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Saturday 27th November 2004

Nano Nagle Christmas Show 2004
The pupils and staff of Nano Nagle N.S. are delighted to be returning once more to the Abymill Theatre. Rehearsals figure prominently on the school timetable, at present, as we hone our performances prior to taking to the stage. Our costume boxes have been raided most successfully and parents, too, have been wonderful sourcing, and in some cases even making, suitable costumes for our budding stars.

Our programme comprises:

‘The Christmas Angel’ (Junior Infants with a little help from their friends in 3rd Class). This little angel knows “there’s something special going on” but isn’t quite sure what it’s all about. We journey with her on her quest, enjoying the many delights of the Christmas season along the way. And then, finally…well you’ll just have to come and see exactly what it is she does find!

‘Our Magic Christmas Tree’ (Senior Infants, 1st & 2nd Classes). ) Christmas is coming and expectations are high, and although the outlook is none too bright for a certain “totey little, tiny little, tatty little tree” or indeed for the children in the nearby orphanage, yet with a sprinkle or two of Christmas magic everything just might come right on the night.

‘Manger Mania’ (3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Classes). This modern upbeat version of the Nativity is a fun-filled lively show that nonetheless reflects the deeper meaning of Christmas. It is a musical medley showcasing the many talents of our 53-pupil cast. Teachers, Ms. Michelle Skehan and Ms. Elaine Brady, provide the musical accompaniment on guitar and keyboard.

Our Christmas Show takes place in the Abymill Theatre as follows: 3 pm on Sunday 12th December 2004 (matinee); 7.30 pm on Monday 13th December 2004; 7.30 pm on Tuesday 14th December 2004.  Tickets are €5 each and are available for sale in Nano Nagle National School on Thursday 9th & Friday 10th December 2004.

6th Annual ‘Hat Party' in aid of CRC Santa Bear Appeal
The 6th Annual 'Christmas Hat Party' will take place in Burke's Bridge Bar on Saturday night 4th December. This year there's six great prizes for those who 'Design Make and Wear' their hat on the night. The themes for prizes (2 for each section) this year are:

1. Best Christmas Hat (open)

2. Best Hat with edible feature

3. Best Hat worn by customers in front bar (same categories as above)

Judging will take place at 10.30pm. Entry fee is €5 and all proceeds will go towards the 'Santa Bear Appeal' in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin. So come along for a great night's fun with lots of food, prizes and great craic!

Birthday Greetings to New Zealand
Birthday greetings from all in Fethard to Michael Moclair, from Ballinlough, Lisronagh, who celebrated his 21st birthday in New Zealand on Sunday 28th November. Michael, son of Jack and Marie Moclair and grandson of Joe and Mossie (McCarthy) Hayes, Rathcoole, is on a Macra placement in New Zealand working with a Farm Relief service. Michael is up at 4am every morning in New Zealand to look after the milking of 490 cows!  He misses the 'craic' at home! Birthday greetings also to Michael's sister Judith who was 20 on the same day.

Spare a thought for Christ this Christmas?
An invitation to praise, pray and prepare for the birth of Jesus.  Put Christ back into Christmas by spending an hour in a pleasant prayerful environment – Presentation Convent – on the following dates: Tuesday December 7th, Wednesday 15th December and Tuesday 21st December, from 8pm to 9pm each night.  We would love to see as many as possible attend. Please contact Sr. Winnie at the Presentation Convent if you need more information

Goosie goosie gander
In the hours after midnight the town of Fethard, once the revellers have gone home from the pubs, becomes the domain of the animals.  The streets are deserted apart from cars parked up for the night.  The silence is occasionally broken by a passing taxi or security van or an attacking goose if someone happens to gatecrash their street party.

The four Watergate geese are a familiar sight around the town, hanging out wherever they like, including sometimes the middle of the road.  By day they occupy the banks of the Clashawley river, but at night they like to go for a wander about town.  As soon as the last of the humans leave the area around our local chipper, they join the cats for a late night feast.  It’s a regular sight in the early hours to see a cat chewing on a sausage or a goose laying in to the remains of a curried chip.  Then off they march to survey their town, the three healthy ones in front, followed a few paces behind by the one with the limp.  As the local traffic always stops to let them pass and they have access to plenty food from the pavement, the only thing they now have to worry about is rising cholesterol levels from their diet.  Or, as Christmas approaches, somebody’s oven!

Mary Coughlan supported by local singer
Local talented singer, ‘Samaria Jewel’ from Fethard will support Mary Coughlan when she pays a return visit to the Abymill Theatre on Friday night 10th December.  Mary Coughlan is recognised as one of Europe’s leading lady singers of the blues.  She will be accompanied on the night by James Delaney, an excellent musician in his own right.  Tickets can now be booked at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.

Enough said
We Irish are known the world over as a nation who can talk.  But sometimes we don’t have to.  Imagine a student of the English language trying to interpret the following interaction which took place in a bar in Fethard during the week.

A man entered the bar. The bartender held up a glass. The man nodded, so the bartender poured a pint and left it to settle. After a few minutes, he topped up the drink and raised it to indicate that it was ready to be collected. The man approached the counter and passed over the money as he collected his pint.  He said only one word.

“No”, replied the barman, completing the transaction. The man then drank his pint, nodded, and walked off into the night.

Local’s who witnessed the transaction understood the conversation, for the man involved was the local gravedigger and the barman the local undertaker.

“Well” meant, “Well, is anyone dead?”

Why waste words when two will do.

Community Lotto Jackpot €10,000
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 123rd November were 1, 24, 27 and 30. There was no Jackpot winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received €150:

Therese Ryan, Knockeevan, Clerihan.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Catherine Kennedy, 2 Cois Falla, Fethard

Chris O'Dwyer, 3 Strylea, Fethard

Louise Nagle, c/o Allens, Fethard

Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10.000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is now €980.

Ballroom Dancing Competition
This Sunday, 5th December, the ‘Babe Maher and Danny Murphy Memorial Ballroom Dancing Competition’ will take place in Fethard Ballroom from 1pm to 6pm.  This event is open to all and even Santa has promised to make an appearance in the afternoon.  So do please come along, all are welcome.  Music will be provided by Tom Redmond Sound.

Historical Talk in ICA Hall
The talk on, ‘Along St. Declan’s Way – Ardmore to Cashel’ will now take place in the ICA Hall (not the Abymill as previously stated) on Friday 3rd December, at 8.30pm. As reported in last week’s Fethard Notes, the speaker, Siobhan Lincoln, has spent a lifetime, of over eighty years, following up the history and folklore of West Waterford and she specially wants the old pilgrim route — The Rian Bo Phadraig — to be kept open and preserved for future generations.
Refreshments will be served afterwards and the fee is €3. All are welcome.

Fresh Air?
The smoking ban in the workplace was introduced earlier this year. It was and still is, the cause of many an argument between the pro and anti smoking supporters. Many months have passed and smokers seem to have adapted to living with the ban. Frequenters of pubs, restaurants and nightclubs who wish to puff some tobacco have got to seek out the designated smoking areas before they can light up. These vary from place to place. The venues which lack any space have forced the smokers to stand outside the front door on the street to indulge in their habit. Others have converted sheds, hallways, tents, and even one innovative publican built a shelter on wheels which can be turned around to prevent the wind blowing in the door.

While on the subject of blowing wind, one local barman expressed the few positive reasons for allowing smoking in public places. The smell of the smoke covered up a variety of other odours. The silent but deadly wind that used to sneak into the atmosphere undiscovered now floats from cheek to nostril causing large areas of bars to be cleared in seconds.  At least the publicans who had invested in smoke extractors before the ban can now use them to extract this ‘ill wind’ that certainly wasn’t part of the debate prior to the introduction of the legislation!

Killusty Soccer Club
Killusty 1, Rock Rovers 1.

The highlight of this game was the goal for Killusty, which was scored by Ronan Maher.  Nothing unusual there you would have thought, except that Ronan is our goalkeeper, and the goal was scored from a clearance inside his own penalty area.  If there was a goal of the season award, it would be right up there.  This goal came after 30 minutes in the first half.  In the second half, Rovers began to take control of the game and equalised after 20 minutes. It was only through some poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping from Ronan that we were able to take a share of the points.

This wasn't a great result for us, but we have still have only lost twice in the league so far and every point will count at the end of the season. We have no game next Sunday, but we will need a more spirited performance next time out. Maybe the early kick offs don’t suit us!

Battle of The Brains table quiz — the quiz that you have all been waiting for — takes place this Thursday night December 2nd in Butlers Sports Bar at 8 30pm. Entry fee is €24 per table of 4.

Fethard GAA Club
Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,800 was not won. The draw was made in Lonergans’ Bar and the numbers drawn were, 1, 3, 12 and 23.  We had no match three winners so five tickets were drawn and each received €30: Kevin Ryan (Killusty), Sean Kelly (Rathvin), Deirdre Dorney (37 St Patricks Place), Margaret O’Donnell (Monroe), Niall Higgins (6 St Patricks Place).  The €50 Lucky Dip prize went to Bernadette McManus (Burke Street).

Best Wishes and speedy recovery to our President and Parish Priest, Father Tom Breen after his recent sojourn in hospital.

Congratulations to our Juveniles who had a great night of celebrations and presentations at their Christmas Party in the Ballroom on Saturday last.

Cycling is Easier
A large number of us local rugby fans left Fethard to attend the Ireland versus Argentina match in Lansdowne Road on Saturday November 27th.  As the kick off time was 5.30pm, most intended watching the England versus Australia clash in the pub beforehand, so the cars were abandoned in favour of public transport.  Train tickets were purchased in Thurles, which included the new Luas fare into town.  All of our transport needs were taken care of . . . or so we thought.  The train was late. Once it arrived, we discovered that it was already full, so we had to stand in the corridor . . . thirty-two people on our carriage alone. Hopes of us getting some food faded, as an announcement apologised for the lack of any catering facilities on board due to the absence of staff.

Once in Dublin, the crowd headed for the new Luas system.  A tram pulled away just as we reached the departure point, so we decided to wait for the next one, which a digital display counted down for the next nine minutes. The tram was late. And it was so packed that you couldn’t get a sardine on board. We got a taxi into town and walked to the stadium, where thankfully Ronan O’Gara kicked the Irish side to victory.

Many years ago, the Irish public transport system operated under the CIE banner, which stood for ‘Coras Iompar Eireann’, but was irreverently called ‘Cycling Is Easier’. The Irish Rugby team have turned professional in the intervening years and are a source of great national pride. Pity the same can’t be said for our national transport system.

Fethard Athletic Club News
The All-Ireland Cross Country Championships took place last Sunday in Dungarvan. Mary Gleeson, who was 4th in the recent Munster Championships and Hannah Trehy, who won Munster silver with the Tipperary team, were Fethard’s representatives at this prestigious event.  Hannah Trehy was first into action in the girl’s U-13 race where she battled hard to finish in 78th position and in the U-15 competition Mary Gleeson ran a marvellous race to claim an impressive 10th place. This was a great result for Mary, who is the U-15 County Cross Country Champion and ranks her as one top Juvenile cross-country runners in the Province.

The club would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the McCormack family on the death of Paddy McCormack, father of our long-standing chairman, Miceál. May he rest in peace.

The Club’s annual church gate collection will take place this weekend 27th & 28th November. Your support would be kindly appreciated and would help with the day-to-day running costs of our organisation.

Training has been moved to the GAA field on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6.30pm. We are most grateful to our friends in the GAA for accommodating us while the lights are being installed in the Community Field.

Fethard Christmas Cards
A selection of Fethard Christmas Cards are now available for sale in local shops or from Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

Video No More
One of the larger electrical retail outlets in Ireland has announced that it no longer intends to stock video recorders. Their time has passed and they are to be relegated to the back of the garage or the car boot sales of the future alongside the record player and tape recorder.

The first video recorders arrived on the scene in the early 1970’s and cost the equivalent today of around three thousand euro.  That was probably because the initial machine was huge and so heavy it needed two pack elephants to deliver it to your door.  Pretty soon the machines were mass-produced and the price dropped which made them affordable to everybody.  As Fethard had no video shop at the time, the arrival of the “Video Man” became a weekly or twice weekly ritual.  One such character was “Jack the video man”. Nobody knew his surname. He arrived from Waterford each week with his selection of tapes and did the rounds of his customers. He often had tapes of the latest films in the cinema, months before their video release, which were of such poor quality that they weren’t watchable.  The labels were photocopied and there was usually an episode of Coronation Street at the end of the tape as the tape probably had started its life in Jack’s own home. The adult movies were hidden behind the spare wheel in case customs officers raided him.  Eventually, a video shop was opened in Fethard and the video man stopped coming. 
Many people who had young children in the video era learned the hard way that the units had to be placed well away from their inquisitive fingers. The slot in the front of the machine was a great spot to put things, as a video repairman informed a friend of mine. My friend was having a problem getting tapes in to his machine, so he brought it to get it fixed. The machine was opened and lo and behold, there sat a toasted sandwich, which his two-year-old daughter had stored in the slot for safekeeping.

So, time to move on, which is probably just as well as many people have their machines for years and are still unable to programme the damn things.  So its ‘Hello’ to DVD, MiniDisc and iPod and ‘Goodbye’ to VHS recorders and sandwich slots. 

Died Recently
The death has occurred, on 23rd November, of Mrs Nora “Noddy” Wall, Main Street. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

The death has occurred, on 22nd November, of Mr Paddy McCormack, Noan, Ballinure and formerly of Main Street, Fethard. Interment took place at Dualla cemetery.

1984 Class Reunion
School day memories were exchanged, happy days recalled and old friendships renewed when the Patrician Presentation Leaving Certificate Class of 1984 met for a 20th anniversary re-union at Butlers Bar on Saturday night last.

Paul Looby, who travelled from London for the reunion, created great interest at the function by bringing a number of informal photographs taken by on that final school day many years ago.  Nostalgic stories and funny incidents were revealed. Addresses were exchanged by many of the past pupils who had not met in the intervening twenty years.

Lydia Newport-Kelly and Helen Murray, who organised the event and provided the refreshments, were warmly thanked by their former schoolmates, who greatly appreciated their effort.  The class of ‘84 then dispersed once more to go their separate ways, perhaps, who knows but certainly one hopes not, never to meet again.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Christmas party
Saturday 27th November saw the ‘end of season party’ for the Juveniles with a host of stars present to hand out medals and make sure all had a good time.  The evening began with Michael Leonard of ‘You're a Star' fame who soon had the youngsters singing and clapping along to familiar songs. Our thanks to Michael for travelling such a far distance to help make the night a great success.

The next event was the presentation of medals to the victorious teams throughout the year.  County stars Eoin Kelly and Declan Browne had the honours. Our congratulations to Eoin Kelly for receiving his “All Star” award on Friday night. 

Our thanks also to Tony Spillane from Tipp FM for playing DJ on the night and serving up some great dance hits for the members. Thanks also to the parents and committee members that did such a wonderful job decorating the hall and providing sandwiches and snacks on the night; to all the sponsors that made the evening a possibility and to the Ballroom committee for allowing us to have the extremely enjoyable evening in the hall.

The biggest star of the night was Ian O’Connor, whose tireless canvassing for sponsorship and organisation of the event was hard to match. Thanks Ian, You’re a star!  A merry Christmas and peaceful New Year to you all and we look forward to welcoming back all our old members and for those that may wish to join the club in the New Year.

Hunting News
It was great to see another large number of supporters and followers out to greet the White Heather Harriers at their meet in Fethard Car Park on Sunday last.  Passers by stood in amazement at the hounds found immediately beside the carpark in the piece of rough ground between the Cashel Road and the river, holding a brace of foxes. One made a quick exit across the road to the old railway line. The other one provided a very good hunt to the Cashel Road - Rocklow Road (back road at Monroe) where he was lost.  The second fox of the day did not prove as easily found. McCarthy’s bog, Ballybough Bridge, Rathvin Fort and Mr John Halleys all proved tough as did the grove at Rathcoole. Hounds did find however at Rocklow House covet. This fox was hunted over Rathcoole avenue near the entrance gates, left handed to the river and back over the Moyglass Road near Black’s Bridge. The fox then ran back towards Rathvin, where he seemed lost at Mr Michael O’Sullivan’s. Hounds appeared to be at fault when an observant follower observed Charlie watching proceedings from the roof of Mr O’Sullivan’s garage. Dislodged from here he ran towards Kilknockin where he went to ground. The day concluded with a short sharp hunt from the grove at Mr Tom Ronan’s gate. This fox went to ground in Rathcoole.

A good day in beautiful weather once again and it was great to see so many juveniles out, surely the future of any sport. The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet Sunday next December 5th at Golden and monthly draw takes place on December 6th.

Slievenamon Musical Society
The members and cast of Slievenamon musical society are busy preparing for their forthcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar. This takes place in Cloneen hall on Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December at 8.15 pm.

Booking for Jesus Christ Superstar can be made by contacting 052 31549 or 086 3161882 (from 4-6 pm) or 052 31600 (From 8.30- 9.30pm).


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