This year, as in the former five years of the Fethard Medieval Festival, there were many competitions that ran alongside the main event and these all added to the fun of the day. The organisers would like to thank all the sponsors and those who supplied facilities that were used leading up to and on the weekend of the festival: O’Sullivans Pharmacy for the children’s shield workshop space, Fethard Ballroom for tables and chairs, Fethard Scouts and Niall Higgins for erecting tents, Youth Centre for showing hurling match on the big screen and Holy Trinity Church of Ireland for the use of the church and grounds over the festive period.
Special mention must go to the County Council staff and the Tidy Towns group for again having the town and especially The Valley area looking so well, especially after the biggest floods in living memory.
Children’s Art Competition
The winners of the Children’s ‘Humpty Dumpty on Fethard’s Wall’ Art Competition sponsored by Tom Hennessy Spar were:
Under 8 years: 1st Robert Keating, 2nd Rose O’Donnell, 3rd Paddy Whyte.
8 to 12 years: 1st Megan Hackett, 2nd Zoë Stokes, 3rd Lucy Whyte.
13 to 18 years: 1st Cassie Needham, 2nd Eamonn Lyons, 3rd Katie Whyte.
Some of the winners had their photos taken with Humpty Dumpty himself, which really put the seal of approval on their great endeavours. Those who did not receive their prize-money on the day should phone Catherine on 087 4102430 to organise the collection of their prize.
Best Costume Results
This year again people were encourage to dress in medieval costume and to join in the parade or just to be present on the day and add to the colour of the whole event. The results of the judging for best Medieval Costumes –sponsored by The Lantern Pizzaria were as follows: (A) Best Male, John Kelly; (B) Best Female, Mary Ahearne; (C) Best Children (three prizes): 1st Amy Joe Hayes, 2nd Paddy and Millie Ryan, and 3rd Aoibhe and Conor McGuire.
Hopefully, if there is sufficient interest, the costume making workshops will be repeated over the coming winter so that even more people in the locality will have a medieval outfit ready for next year’s festival. Anyone waiting to collect their prize should contact Catherine on 087 4102430.
Raffle Sponsors and Prizewinners
This was the best sponsored raffle in the history of the festival and the organisers wish to thank: Jolly’s Café, Pat Carroll Framing, O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy, McCarthy’s Restaurant, Marie Murphy, Johnny Sheehan, Lonergan’s Bar, Mimosa Beauty Salon, Butler’s Off Licence, Town and Country and Country Life/Glanbia for their eleven generous prizes.
The raffle winners were: 1st Marie Moclair (Meal for Two at McCarthys); 2th Eileen Croke (Meal for Two Jolly’s Restaurant); 3th Mel Broderick (Gift Hamper from O’Sullivan’s Chemist); 4th Deirdre Stewart (Framed Print Carroll’s Framing); 5th Caroline Meaney (Wooden Piece from Johnny Sheehan); 6th Helen Guiry (Hamper from Lonergan’s Bar); 7th Phil Wyatt (Scented Candle - Town & County); 8th Carol Kenny (€25 Voucher Mimosa Beauty Salon); 9th Therese Murphy (Two Bottles Wine from Butlers Off Licence); 10th Sarah and Sally Slattery (Potted Plant from Country Life); and 11th Peggy O’Reilly (Polo Shirt - Marie Murphy).
As in former years The Festival Dog Show was a fun attraction where the emphasis was on the likeable and lovable dog and there were plenty of them on show. This year, for the first time and in keeping with the ‘heritage’ nature of the whole day, the Fethard Historical Society sponsored a best of an Irish Native Breed and this was won by an Irish Wolfhound.
The winners of the Dog show, sponsored by Meagher’s Day Break Shop and Killusty Pony show, were. Dog Most Likely to Take Home: 1st Indigo, 2nd Ned, 3rd Daisy. Best Small Dog: 1st Casper, 2nd Tudds, 3rd Charlie. Best Large Dog: 1st Gromet, 2nd Aggie, 3rd Rí. Best Groomed Dog: 1st Dailey, 2nd Millie, 3rd Muffin. Best Medieval Attire: 1st Elvis. Best Irish Breed: 1st Rí, Joint 2nd Alphie and Ollie, 3rd Collie. Best Dog with Waggy Tail: 1st Alfie, 2nd Jessie, 3rd Gromet. Best Dog in Show: Indigo.