Saturday 10th April 2004
JUVENILE GAA CLUB
The Juvenile Club would also like to congratulate the Patrician Presentation Secondary School's U/14 team, captained by Christopher Sheehan, for their great win in the South Tipp Schools ‘Lift and Strike’ competition held in Clonmel recently. Well-done lads a great win and achievement.
Football training continues on Saturdays at 3pm for U/8s, 10s and 12s, and at 6pm on Tuesday evenings for U/12s. U/14s on Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm and Fridays at 6.15pm. U/16s on Monday evenings at 7.00pm. All the above training sessions take place in the GAA field
Hurling training has now commenced for U/14s and U/16s on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm in the new Community Sports Field.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Club Secretary, Caroline Sheehan, Tel: 052 32005 or 086 1713502.
SOCCER FOR OVER-30s
FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Fethard & Killusty Community Council have organised a meeting on Friday evening 23rd April (note change of date) at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre for all those interested in starting a 'Slí na Sláinte' walking route around Fethard. Mr Leo D'Arcy, Killusty, will give an introductory presentation on the night, which will be followed by a discussion and election of a group to steer the project. Tea will be served afterwards. Please do come along!
'Slí na Sláinte' is the Irish phrase for 'Path to Health' and it is a unique exercise concept devised and launched in 1996 by Paddy Murphy, Chief Executive of the Irish Heart Foundation. The aim of the project is to make exercise more attractive and more fun by putting distinctive signs along walking routes around the country to mark one kilometre walked.
STEVEN'S MARATHON HORSE-RIDE FOR CHARITY
Steven would also be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to help with sponsorship. Contact Steven at the following address: Steven O'Connor, 5, Coinagehall Place, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4AZ, England. Tel. 00 441 736 361820
COMMUNITY JACKPOT NOW €5,950
Richard O'Donnell, Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Peter Grant, The Valley, Fethard
John Joe White, Rathkenny
Susanna Manton, Main Street, Fethard
Jim Murphy, Coleman, Fethard
Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:
Tracy Ryan, 10 Cedar Grove, Strylea, Fethard
David Woodlock, Fethard
Thomas Keating, Cloneen, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot is €5,950. Jackpot sellers prize €450.
IRISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA SPRING TOUR
NEWS FROM BRO PAUL IN ELDORET
FETHARD GAA CLUB
The Intermediate Hurling County League commenced on Easter Monday and our first match is away to Clonakenny on this Sunday 18th April at 7pm , with a home game on Sunday 25th in Fethard at 7pm against Lorrha.
Minor Football B commences on Wednesday 21st April against St Patricks at 7pm in O’Sullivan Park, Ballingarry. It is the first South Board fixture to be played in their new field and we wish Ballingarry the very best off luck in this new facility which was blessed and opened to the public last Sunday.
Don’t forget our annual Dinner Dance takes place on this Saturday 17th April in Cahir House Hotel at 8.45 (sharp). Presentation of 2003 South Junior A, County Senior League Medals will take place at the dance, and we will also be honouring the 1978 County/South Senior Football Champions.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
1st Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
2nd Gross: Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins
1st Nett: Tony Hanrahan and David O’Meara
2nd Nett: Mary Quirke and Fr. John Meagher
On Wednesday next 21st April we will be playing the second night of the Club Championship. Please note that there will be a change to our programme for May. We will now be playing for the President’s Prize on Wednesday 12th May and our AGM will be held on the following Wednesday, 19th May. These games are both one week earlier than originally scheduled. Anyone looking for a partner please contact: Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.
GRAWN HOUSE INFORMATION
HISTORICAL SOCIETY AGM 2004
Grand Marshal 2004 - Sister Philomena O'Brien
Sr Philomena O'Brien, formerly from The Green, Fethard, was this year's Grand Marshal, of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade held on 14 March at Bayport, New York.
Seventeen-year-old Philomena O'Brien boarded a ship in 1935, leaving her native Fethard and Ireland for a distant place called Blue Point, New York.
She had chosen America as her missionary field as a refinement of her desire to spread the Kingdom of God. But upon arriving, her expectations of the mission seemed questionable. For here was a place so far away from everything, so far into the country, that her first thought was "This is America?" The landscape was sparsely dotted with homes and in the First Communion Class were only 12 children.
Times changed of course, and with the dawning of the modem age, Long Island towns and villages became vibrant communities. Year later, she realized that the long voyage from her beloved homeland was her answer to Divine guidance. It was her missionary zeal -the mysterious call of God -that sums up her reason for entering the convent.
Looking back through the years and the many memories she cherishes, Sister Philomena fondly recalls John Paul becoming Pope in 1960. Many restrictions regarding women in the Church were being lifted, and choices began to open up for her, providing the opportunity to earn a Bachelor's Degree in English and History from Fordham University, and a Master's Degree in History and her Doctorate in Political Science from) St. John's University.
She was asked to fill a variety of roles, including 18 years as a grade school teacher in Howard Beach, six years as principal at St. Maurice's School in Stamford, Conn., and 10 years as Provincial of her congregation. She also spent six years in Oyster Bay where she conducted retreats. The remaining 20 years were spent as the Director of the St Ursula Retreat Center.
While serving as Director, Sister Philomena began the St. Patrick's Dinner- Dance that was originally held in the Knights of Columbus Hall in Patchogue. When one of her former pupils, Daniel Walsh, was the honouree and over 600 guests wanted to attend, the dinner had to be moved to the much larger West Lake Inn, where it has been held every year since. This very popular event is one of the major sources of financing for the Center. Additionally, Sister initiated the annual Valentines' Day Dance and the well-attended Craft Fair held annually in the fall. Now retired, she continues to offer spiritual guidance to former pupils, long-time friends, and the communities she loves: Blue Point and Bayport.
"My affection for these two communities has no bounds," Sister says, adding that "the people are in my daily thoughts and prayers, particularly the people of the parish. To be selected as Grand Marshal for the 2004 Chamber of Commerce St. Patty's Day Parade is an honour, and 1 am extremely grateful."
FETHARD RUGBY CLUB
The under-12 team will finish off their season on Friday with a game of 15-a-side in Cashel at 7pm.
The Community Games team will play their first round game on the same evening. Both teams will train at 6.30pm on Thursday.
The club’s AGM will take place on Thursday 22nd April at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All mentors please take note.