Saturday 11th December 2004
This is Serious Stuff!
A few months later, on a dark, dreary, miserable Sunday afternoon, I noticed that the car park was full of cars, but devoid of people. As the ballroom doors were open, I looked in. Two of the committee were inside. They told me to pop in the side door for a look at the competition. The contrast between the drab conditions outside and the colourful spectacle inside couldn’t have been greater. A number of dancing partners were twirling around the floor. The ladies cut a colourful dash in dresses of pink, yellow, orange and black with sequins flashing in the bright light of the hall. Their shoes matched their dresses. Perfectly. This indeed was serious stuff.
The men were equally diligent in their attire. They all wore black suits with tails, stiff white collars, bow ties and patent leather shoes so shiny, you could fix your hair looking at the reflection in them. I was informed that a number of the men kept a bottle of water handy to give their shoes a quick shine before they took to the floor for each dance. Appearance is obviously very important in these competitions.
The music started and the dancers hit the floor. Well-orchestrated couples strutted their stuff in front of a panel who sat behind a desk on the stage, plus some judges around the hall who closely scrutinised the dancers. The male dancers wore numbers on their backs to identify each couple. The four men behind the desk on the stage overlooking the proceedings were obviously the head honchos in this branch of the dancing world. A banner on a table at the front of the stage, which was lined with trophies, announced that the event was organised by the Munster Dancesport Branch.
My only contact with the world of Ballroom Dancing prior to this event was in the cinema watching “Strictly Ballroom”. This hilarious film portrayed a world of ballroom dancers where the top prizes were highly coveted and all the stops were pulled out to achieve them, which involved intrigue, cheating, lying, bitching and a spot of dancing too.
There didn’t seen to be the same amount of drama in the local ballroom as there was on the silver screen, but I was informed in hushed tones that the crowd used to be three times as big as the current one when the event first came to Fethard, but that there were a few splits in the dancing scene. So there was hidden politics in this circle as well as most organisations. I was getting to like the scene already.
The prize giving ceremony at the end of the evening rewarded the dancers for their efforts. As the winners of the various categories were announced, joyful couples stood out onto the floor, where the gentleman took the hand of the lady before she took off in a triple pirouette victory roll across the dance floor, before claiming the trophy. As many of the dancers stood for a picture with their prizes before trooping off into the night, I couldn’t help but notice the safety sign hanging over a door behind them. It said, ‘MIND YOUR STEP’. These couples with their prizes had been minding them all day.
St Vincent de Paul Society
If anyone who has made an application for Christmas funding and hasn’t heard from us by Saturday 18th December, please contact one of our committee members.
Time Out Women’s Group
The first evening session was held in September in the Abymill and the group has attracted about 20 members of varying ages who meet on Monday evenings. The aim of the group is to enable women to have a little time for themselves away from the demands of home and work and to enjoy the company of other women in an educational but light-hearted environment.
During the few weeks that the group has been in existence, the members have undertaken courses in personal development and assertiveness. There will be a demonstration on flower arrangements for the festive season on the last meeting before Christmas and the group will finish off the year by enjoying a Christmas dinner night out together.
In the New Year, it is hoped to arrange a beginner's computer course, discuss health topics and learn some new arts and crafts. A cup of tea, a chat and pleasant company; what a nice way to spend Monday evenings! Please feel free to contact us if you would like to join its great fun. Contact phone number: 052-26269.
And Kilometres to go before I sleep
This was brought to my attention when looking at the new road signs which are being introduced around the County. Slowly but surely the old cast iron signs, which were in miles and fractions of miles, and often twisted to point in the wrong direction, are being replaced by metal ones in kilometres. The old ones are now becoming collector’s items and are increasingly turning up in Irish bars around the world. A sign saying, ‘Fethard 1 Mile’, has been spotted in Kitty O’Shea’s bar in Sydney, Australia.
Like many facets of Irish life, we won’t miss them ‘till they’re gone, and all we’ll have left is the kilometre. But enough of this whinging, I have promises to keep, and kilometres to go before I sleep.
Community Lotto Results
Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle, Fethard,
Kitty Boles, Jossestown, Fethard,
Esther Breen, Barrack Street, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
J. Connolly, Rocks Road, Mullinahone,
Audrey Hackman, 9 Carrageen Estate, Clonmel,
Liam O'Sullivan, Perryville.
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is now €1,000.
Penitential Services for Christmas
Put Christ back into Christmas!
Fethard Judo Club News
Results were as follows:
Roy Gorey U66 Seniors, Gold.
Richard Gorey Upr Kyu, Gold; U73's Seniors, Silver; U73's Youths, Gold.
Martin O’Donnell Upr Kyu, Bronze; U66 Senior, Silver; U60's Youths, Gold.
Padraig O'Shea U37's Junior, Silver.
Aobh O'Shea U27's Junior, Silver.
Niall O'Donnell U37's Junior, Gold.
Cathal Gorey U65's Junior, Gold; U66's Youth, Gold.
Samantha Feery U52's Junior, Gold; U52's Youths, Silver.
Orla O'Donnell U52's Youths, Gold.
Natalie Coyle U33's Junior, Silver.
Gerard Gorey U34's Junior, Bronze.
Lorraine Feery U43's,Gold.
Stephanie Lawrence +63's Youths, +Juniors, Gold.
Gary Bradshaw U28's Junior, Gold.
Donal O'Donnell U 21's Junior, Bronze.
Tom Woodlock U 60's Junior, Bronze.
Alan Brannigan U 50's Junior, Gold.
Jake Walsh U 50's Junior, Sliver.
Alan Sutcliffe U 50's Junior, Bronze.
Cormac Britton U 50's Junior, Bronze.
Daniel Binchy +71's Junior, Bronze.
James Fanning +71's Junior, Bronze.
Well done to Anthony Curran who competed and fought very well. Well done to all competitors and to coach Eric O'Donnell, coach Josephine O'Donnell and coach Roy Gorey who keeps turning them out.
Killusty Soccer Club
The first half of this contest was high on endeavour but low in excitement, in fairness, Celtic had the best chances but failed to make them count. The second half started much the same and it wasn't until the 65th minute that Killusty took the lead, after a defensive slip up, Philly Croke was on hand to hook the ball home. Celtic were still applying the most pressure and only a brilliant point blank save from Ronan Maher prevented Celtic from drawing level. To sum up the kind of day Celtic were having, a Celtic defender, in the final minute of the game, misdirected a long hopeful ball from Shane Aylward was into his own net.
This was as they all are, a valuable win for Killusty a win which keeps us in third place in the league. Manager Chris Coen can feel rightly proud of his young charges who we hope will all come back fighting fit after their Christmas break.
Tom has been a lifelong follower and supporter serving in his younger days as huntsman. His daughter Lucy, and son Michael, currently hon. secretary and hon. treasurer to the White Heathers, are carrying on the great McCormack family hunting tradition.
Tom, in the era when the pack was trencher fed, kept up to four or five couple of hounds on the McCormack farm at Magoury.
The McCormack family and the hunt committee would like especially to see as many supporters as wish to come, especially any old time followers, in Magoury on Sunday. The meet will be held at McCormacks at 11.15am for move off at 12. The special birthday cake will be cut in the Archway bar, Drangan, at the conclusion of the days hunting.
Fethard GAA Club
On weekending 14th December our Lotto Jackpot €2000 was not won. We had two match three winners who received €75 each: Vera O’Connell (c/o Nicky O’Shea, Tullow) and Tossie Lawton (5 St Patricks Place). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by John Phelan (Butlerstown). The numbers drawn at The Castle were 3, 10, 16 and 23.
Progressive 25 Results
Sympathy from London
Open Mind Rewarded
This man was offered some tickets to go and see Ireland play South Africa. He went and returned home with a new game to enjoy watching. A few weeks later he travelled to Thomond Park in Limerick to join the Red Brigade shouting the Munster team to victory against Castres. He was lucky enough to have enjoyed two very exiting spectacles in his first outings.
A wag in a local bar, hearing of the man’s good luck, said, “it was comparable to going on a blind date and ending up with a supermodel”.
Biography of Dr Edward Barron
Fethard Athletic Club
Training has now drawn to a close and will resume next February. Parents and adult members are asked to support the Community Field Committee’s fund raising efforts by helping to raise sponsorship and by selling tickets for the upcoming ‘Dog Night’. Many thanks to all who contributed to our recent church gate collection, the sum raised was €720.
Family Information Wanted
Hi everyone, I’m looking for any Strapp genealogy in your area. My father Rev. Jackson Wright Strapp passed away on July 19, 2003 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Service was held in the Sault and then at the family cottage.
Stephen Mockler (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
I’m looking for the descendants of Mrs Kate Meagher lived during the time period of 1900 thru 1945 approx. Her maiden name may have been Mockler, address was Tinnakelly Fethard Tipperary Eire at that time.
One Day Left
One of the paintings is called ‘Sky Tullamaine Castle’, which should be of interest to Fethard patrons as the view is from the roof of the castle. The other large canvas, on display courtesy of its owner, Hollywood actor Jason Lee, is a panoramic view of the Comeragh mountains in Co Waterford. A third canvas, belonging to the collection of Andrew Lloyd Webber, not included in this exhibition, but which is featured in the accompanying brochure is called ‘Kiltinane’ and looks south from the castle towards Slievenamon.
It doesn’t matter if you like or dislike art or whether you would normally set foot in an art gallery. These paintings are so visually stunning that it would be a shame if they were not viewed before they disappear off into collections all over the world. The two ladies staffing the exhibition said that the reaction to the works has been very enthusiastic, especially among the younger generation who have been visiting it in droves. It finishes on Friday so get there if you can.