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Saturday 8th December 2001

As the cross-country season draws to a close, Fethard was represented by a team of 17 runners at the ‘B’ county championships in Ballynonty last Sunday. Gregory Henry and Damien Morrissey were first into action in the boys under-8 competition. Gregory, who is under-7, ran a fantastic race to finish in 3rd place, while Damien battled courageously to finish in 7th place. The boys were 3rd in the team placings. In the girls under-10 race, Hannah Trehy, Aisling O’Connor, Áine Gleeson and Ciara Trehy packed very well to win well deserved team bronze medals. Unlucky to be outside the medals were Fiona Walsh, Aisling Dwyer, Catherine Trehy, Laura Rice and Michelle Ryall. In the boys under-10 race we had excellent performances from Ryan Laslett, Adam Lyons, Pádraig O’Shea and in the girls under-12, Kate Costigan and Bernadette Costello, two of the most improved athletes, ran superbly to clinch 4h and 7th place respectively. Margaret O’Gorman most unfortunately missed the start of the girls under-14 race. Meanwhile, on the same day, the club was being represented at the highest level as Shane Gorey ran in the uneven-aged National Cross-Country Championships in Rostrevor, Co. Down. Shane, who was in contention throughout the race, faded towards the end due to severe stomach cramp to finish in 17th place. Nevertheless, reward for his dedicated training was not to be denied as he was part of the Munster team who took the gold medals in the inter-provincial competitors. The final cross-country race of the year takes place next Sunday 16th December in Killenaule. Athletes wishing to participate are to be at the venue before 11.15am.

Congratulations to the eleven girls of the Patrician Presentation Secondary School on winning the All-Ireland Schools Volleyball title in Carlow last Thursday. The victory over old rivals Loughrea was particularly sweet as Fethard have suffered many losses to Loughrea over the years. In the last five years, two Community Games finals in Mosney were lost to the same opposition — the 1999 final actually lost to the very same girls who played in Carlow. In addition, the final was an absolute thriller, the best of the five finals played in Carlow. The Fethard girls lost the first set but got to grips with their game in the second and won 25-18. The third set was heart-stopping and the final score of 15-13 is as close as a game can be.
The eleven girls who brought home the coveted trophy were: captain Caroline Croke (St. Patrick’s Place), Jennifer Frewen (Tullamaine), Lynda Nevin (Ballintemple), Vanessa O’Donnell (Monroe), Ailish O’Connell (Coolmoyne), Lily Maher (Kilnockin), Zoë Cooney (Main Street), Kersty McCarthy (Kerry Street), Helena McCormack (Kerry Street), Michelle Coffey (Grove Road), and Evelyn O’Connor (St. Patrick’s Place). Their coach was Jill Cunningham (Kilkenny) who departs for a position in the United States next month. Along with fellow Kilkenny native, Bernie O’Connor, both have done Trojan work in Fethard for which everyone is grateful and without which this victory would not have been possible.
The winning team will take on the teachers in a sponsored volleyball match in aid of the Tanzanian Education Fund on this Thursday 13th December.

The Fethard Conference of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul asks for your generous support for our annual collection this coming weekend. The society aims to help people in need in a considerate and confidential way. We thank you for your generous support in the past.
During the past year we spent £7,377 on education projects at 1st, 2nd and 3rd level; £2,635 on assistance at Christmas; £2,398 on home management projects and First Communion; £729 on fuel contributions; £775 on furniture; £2,393 on subsidised holidays for senior citizens.
We look forward to your continued support by your goodwill, your donations and by bringing to our attention everyone in need of our help. May you have a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

The Well Golf Society will hold their annual general meeting on Friday 14th in the Tirry Community Centre at 8pm. All members and intending members are welcome to come along to the meeting.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 4th December were 9, 12, 14 and 25. We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners. Each received £50
– Charlie O'Sullivan, Kyle, Drangan;
Nora Butler, Garrinch, Fethard.
Next weeks jackpot is £5,300.

Fethard Macra na Feirme will promote a table quiz at Lonergan’s Forge Tavern on this Thursday, December 13, at 9pm. Tables of four are £12 and proceeds go towards the Christmas funds of the Fethard branch of St. Vincent de Paul Society. Your support is earnestly requested and would be greatly appreciated.

The opening meet of the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers attracted a large attendance in Drangan on Sunday last. Ideal weather favoured an excellent afternoon’s hunting over the traditional draws in Knockroe, Mullally’s, Priestown, and Glenmuiladuibhe. The Ballylusky Harriers meet next Sunday at Cloneen at 12 noon.

Santa pays his annual visit to Fethard Folk Museum and Car Boot Sale on this Sunday, December 16, at 2pm.

Fethard under-10 had a high scoring encounter with Carrick-on-Suir on Sunday 2nd December. Some great drives by the forwards, especially Seamie O’Keeffe, Matt O’Sullivan and Michael John Murphy, set up scores for the halfbacks Conor Kavanagh and John Lalor. Some fine running also saw tries for winger Andrew Yates and centre jack O’Connell, indeed, the latter being brought down inches from the line for a winning try.
Fethard under-12 rugby team also travelled to Carrick for their second competitive game on December 2. The Fethard boys are improving with each outing and showed the experience gained on their first outing the previous week. Fethard were leading throughout and ran out of luck when two tries in injury time gave Carrick a very narrow six tries to five victory. Richard Lalor and Darragh Dwyer both having their first outing gave very impressive performances. Richard scored two tries and Darragh won a very deserved ‘man of the match’ award.

Scenes of unbelievable joy were witnessed in Carlow on Thursday last when Fethard Patrician Presentation girls volleyball team defeated St. Rapheals, Loughrea, Co. Galway, in the All-Ireland Schools ‘C’ Volleyball final. The Co. Galway school is one of the premier schools volleyball strongholds in Ireland. Fethard, over the years, have run them so close on so many occasions but Thursdays victory was the first time Fethard beat Loughrea. The final was a nerve-wrecking, nail-biting affair. Greatly encouraged by a band of very vocal supporters, joy knew no bounds when Fethard won a thrilling third set 15-13.
Thanks to all supporters and to Fr Gerry Horan OSA who travelled with the team and congratulations to the team and their mentors Ms Jill Cunningham and Mr Denis Burke.
We also had a local interest in the ‘A’ final — Julie Anne Teehan, Moyglass, was a member of the St. Bridget Convent’s winning team from Callan.

This year’s transition year’s production of ‘Oklahoma’ commences its run on Wednesday December 12, and continues on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th in the Abymill Theatre. Curtain is up at 8.15pm each evening. The producer is Marian Gilpin who each year seems to produce a better and better show from a cast confined to just one class. Last year’s ‘Oliver’ being a typical example of their high standards. Tickets may be booked at the school on Friday, Tel: 052 31572 and in the Abymill prior to performances on Saturday and Sunday.

Penitential Reconciliation ceremonies will be held in the Augustinian Abbey in conjunction with the 7.30pm Mass on Saturday December 15 and at Fethard Parish Church on Monday December 17, at 7.30pm.
Christmas Masses at Fethard Parish Church on Christmas Eve at 8pm and on Christmas Day at 8.30am and 11am; Killusty Church on Christmas Eve at 9.30pm and on Christmas Day at 10am; Augustinian Abbey at 9pm on Christmas Eve and at 9.30am and 11.30am on Christmas Day.

The Community Council held their AGM on Tuesday 13th November after which the following committee was elected: Joe Kenny (chairman), Brian Sheehy (vice-chairperson), Jimmy Connolly (treasurer), Edwina Newport (secretary), Marie Murphy (p.r.o.), Peter Grant (scheme participant development officer), Fr Tom Breen, Diana Stokes, Thelma Griffith, Jimmy Lawrence and Helen Carrigan. Joan O’Donohoe is our FÁS Scheme supervisor and Sr. Christine is supervisor of the Fethard and District Day Care Centre.
The Fethard & Killusty Community Council would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas, especially all who helped throughout the year at the Day Care Centre, Meals on Wheels, Tidy Towns, Community Office and the 12 participants employed on the FÁS Community Employment Scheme.
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre will have their Christmas party on 19th December which is the last day the Day Care Centre will be open for 2001. The Day Care will reopen on January 7th 2002. The Community Office will close on Friday 21st at 1.30 pm and will reopen on Wednesday 2nd January. Meals on Wheels will be delivered as usual on Friday 28th December, no Meals on Wheels on Monday 24th Dec. and Monday 31st Dec.
The annual dinner outing for members of the Community Council, sub-committees, helpers at the Day Care Centre, Community Lotto and Meals on Wheels will take place in J’s Restaurant on Friday night 25th January. Please give your names to Joan O’Donohoe at the Community Office, Tel: 052 31000, as soon as possible as places are limited. Menu and prices available from the office.

The annual Carol Service at Fethard’s Holy Trinity Church of Ireland will be held this year on Sunday 23rd December at 8pm. All are welcome to attend.
The Church Building Fund Committee are currently running a raffle in aid of their building fund. First prize is a super luxurious Christmas Hamper with many extra additional prizes. The draw takes place at the Country Market at 11.30am on Friday 21st December. Tickets may be purchased from Ms Judy Butler or any committee members.

The annual Carol Singing in aid of the Santa Bear appeal for the Central Remedial Clinic will take place on Thursday night 20th December at 7.45pm outside the Town Hall. All are welcome to join in on the night.

Fethard Youth Club resumes on this coming Saturday 15th from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Fethard Ballroom.

The annual ‘Christmas Hat Party’ will take place in Burke’s Bridge Bar on this coming Saturday 15th December. This year, those attending are asked to make and wear a Christmas hat made from paper in traditional Christmas colours. Entry fee is £3 (all for charity) which includes a ticket for a free draw with 6 great prizes to be won. Judging (by celebrity) will take place at 10pm sharp. Lots of fun and craic!


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