Fethard launches a ‘Bring Them Home’ Fundraiser and Festival

Photographed at the launch of Fethard Business and Tourism Group's ��Bring Them Home�" fundraiser and 'Gathering' Festival 2013. Back L to R: Phil Wyatt, Peter Grant, Frances Ryan, Conor McGuire, Bernadette Stocksborough, Joe Keane, Mary Healy, Kieran Butler, Mary O'Mahoney, Johnny Neville, David Curran, Mary Hanrahan, Seamus Barry holding daughter Fiona, Pat Looby. Front L to R: Diana Stokes, Maurice Moloney, Catherine Corcoran, Bill O'Sullivan, Tadhg Gleeson and Leo Darcy.
On Friday, March 22, a major new initiative for the development of Fethard was launched at the Tirry Centre. Fethard Business and Tourism Group and the main voluntary, sporting and cultural clubs and organisations in Fethard jointly launched the 2013 ‘Bring Them Home’ initiative. This project has two main planks: a fundraising element and the Fethard Gathering Festival in June 2013.

On Friday, March 22, a major new initiative for the development of Fethard was launched at the Tirry Centre. Fethard Business and Tourism Group and the main voluntary, sporting and cultural clubs and organisations in Fethard jointly launched the 2013 ‘Bring Them Home’ initiative. This project has two main planks: a fundraising element and the Fethard Gathering Festival in June 2013.

The Fundraising drive will take place between now and May and all funds raised will go towards the Fethard Town Hall Restoration Project, the Fethard ‘Gathering’ Festival and to nominated voluntary club/organisations in Fethard. It is anticipated that the Fethard diaspora will use this opportunity to buy a ticket to visit home in 2013. The ticket price is €50 per ticket for three fabulous prizes eligible for travel anywhere in the world. 1st Prize is a €3,000 travel voucher; 2nd Prize a €1,500 travel voucher; and 3rd Prize: a €1,000 travel voucher. Tickets may be purchased online at Fethard.com/draw/, from all local clubs and from Bill O’Sullivan at 087-2522885. Also by contacting email: business@fethard.com

Fethard ‘Gathering’ Festival

The Business and Tourism Group have brought together Fethard’s Clubs/Voluntary Organisations and Businesses to support and participate in a massive ‘Gathering’ Festival, which will culminate in the weekend of June 21, 22, and 23, 2013. Event ideas are being sought, but already plans are afoot to hold the following events: National Street Celebration of Country Markets, founded here in 1948; U12 Hurling Blitz; Exiles’ Match; Rugby Match; School Reunions; Opening of New Playground; Marquee by Town Wall for functions including a Saturday night ‘Big Event’; Irish Final of Highland Games; Pub Quiz and Darts Championship; Dog Show; Ballroom Dancing on Sunday; and Fethard Historical Pageant.

All Fethard Clubs and Organisations were invited to submit their ideas for the Festival asap to business@fethard.com

It is our vision that The Fethard Tholsel or Town Hall will become a focal point for the visitor to Ireland’s premier Walled Town. The building will act as the link and the portal for the tourist to the ‘Heart of the Town’. It will offer a welcoming, multi-functional and hospitable environment where visitors and local people can relax and learn more about Fethard.

Please support this and your local club by buying a ticket, contacting friends and family abroad inviting them home or by organising an event for the Festival. This is a unique opportunity for all of us to work together for the development of Fethard.