Saturday 21st May 2005
Celebrations for St. Rita a great success
The Novena to St. Rita of Cascia commenced on the following Thursday
St. Rita, illuminated by a constant supply of candles, stood truly
A large congregation attended each of the four days for mass and novena
St. Rita's intercession is invoked especially for those who are sick, for those preparing for examinations and for those experiencing any kind of
On Saturday evening, following the novena ceremony in the Abbey, we were all put into a celebratory mood when we were treated to musical entertainment and refreshments in the adjoining Abymill Theatre.
The centenary committee would like to thank all those who attended any
The Centenary Celebrations will continue in August 2005, when we
Fethard GAA News
Please lend your support as all under-16s are free to the match and it will be great to see the All-Ireland champions of 2004 start their title defence on such a splendid surface as Thurles. Remember what happened in Thurles in 2002 against Cork!
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Abigail Doyle, 66 Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Ann Walsh, Jossestown, Fethard
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Sheila O'Sullivan, Main Street, Fethard
Jim Keane, Knockelly, Fethard
Kitty Boles, Jossestown, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
Fethard Bridge Club President’s Prize
At our President’s Prize dinner in Slievenamon Golf Club on Friday 20th May 2005 the following prizes were presented:
President’s Prize: Nora Lawrence and Madeleine O’Donnell;
Committee Prize: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn;
1st Gross: Betty Walsh, Brigid Gorey;
1st Nett: Breda Walsh, Frances Burke;
2nd Gross: Kay St. John, Rita Kane;
2nd Nett: Berney Myles, Fr. J. Meagher;
3rd Gross: Nell Broderick, David O’Meara;
3rd Nett: Carmel Condon, Brendan Kenny;
4th Gross: Bernie O’Meara, Anna Cooke;
4th Nett: Mary Lucey, Tony Hanrahan;
5th Gross: Gemma Burke, Carol Kenny;
5th Nett: Philly Kenny, Margaret Mary McCormack;
6th Gross: Ellen Rochford, Suzanne Opray;
6th Nett: Mary and Patti Tobin;
Player of the Year, for which the O’Flynn trophy is presented: Kay St. John;
Club Champions, for which the Hayes trophy is presented: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey;
Individual Champion, for which the Dick Gorey Trophy was presented for the first time: Betty Walsh;
The Suzanne Opray Trophy, presented for the first time this year as well, was won by Nell Broderick as the player who reduced their handicap by the most during the year.
All-Ireland Champions (Photo: ‘Champions’)
Friday the 13th was certainly not an unlucky day for the Junior Boys’ Volleyball team who won the Under-14 All Ireland A Final against Loughrea in an exciting ‘nail biting’ game in Loughrea, Co. Galway. ‘Man of the Match’ was Adrian Lawrence from Woodvale Walk. Huge support from the school travelled with the team and led by a convoy of cars, they arrived victorious back to the Square at 5.30pm on Friday evening.
This is the first flush of success for this young team and great credit is due to them and to their coach and P.E. teacher, Bernie O’Connor. The team’s new jerseys and shorts were sponsored by Coolmore Stud and they looked pretty ‘classy’ on a ‘classic’ day.
Killusty Soccer Club
Chairman Tony Shelley, on behalf of the players, made a presentation to team manager Chris Coen, in recognition of the work he has done for the team. Finally a few thank yous, firstly to all those who made the effort to be with us last Sunday; to Slievenamon Golf Club, especially Mark and his team who provided such an excellent meal; a word of thanks also to Mick and Marie Smyth, The Well, for putting up with us for another season; finally to all those who have supported us, not just vocally but everyone who supports our weekly lotto, and a special word of thanks to all those who supported our advertisement hoarding venture. These are now in place around our pitch and have been commented on most favourably. Last but not least, our inspirational ex captain Nicky Murphy, who has kept in constant touch through the Fethard website. Nicky, we hope Eddie O’Brien hasn't led you astray, we need you (and Eddie) back in one piece.
Parents’ Association Meeting
Fethard Ladies Football
The under-14 team played Lattin Cullen in Fethard on Saturday last where we had a very easy win. All girls gave a great performance especially Debbie Lawrence who was outstanding on the day. The sponsored walk which was due to take place on Monday last has been rescheduled for this coming Monday, May 30th, commencing in the square at 7pm. All are welcome to take part in this exercise, which will be around the Ballybough circuit. Sponsorship cards are currently in circulation.
Fethard Junior team play their first match of the season against Cappawhite on Wednesday, 25th May, in the GAA Park at 7.30pm.
Community Games County Judo Finals
Fethard Community Games Area has a total of five gold medallists who will travel to Ballincollig to contest the Munster Finals on July 9th. Winners are: Emma Walsh, Tullamaine, Natalie Cahill, Woodvale Walk, Samantha Feery, Killusty, Padraig O’Shea, The Valley, Cathal Gorey, Monroe. Silver medal winners from the area were: Aobh O’Shea, Gary Bradshaw, Gerard Gorey, and Lorraine Feery.
Community Games Volleyball
Corpus Christi Procession
The custom of carrying the Blessed Sacrament in procession through the town on Corpus Christi Day developed in the early fourteenth century. During the later Middle Ages these processions developed into splendid pageants of devotion and honour to the Blessed Sacrament. They are still publicly held, and often with the ancient splendour, in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, in the Catholic sections of Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Canada, Hungary, and in the Slavic countries and South America.
St. Rita's Camogie Club
Fethard Community Sportsfield
Juvenile GAA News
In the second half we levelled the score with two points from Alan Lawrence and Eoin Fitzgerald, but again Rovers took control and scored 2 more points with the game in the balance. A point from Eoin Fitzgerald and a great Aaron Conran point we levelled the game and in the last minute, up popped Eoin Fitzgerald, who seemed to be the calmest person in Ardfinnan, to kick Fethard into the lead, which they were not to loose.
There were some outstanding displays on the night by the six backs, Ciarán, Gerry, Eoin, Ronan, Frankie, and Brian; the two Eoins in midfield; and Tom, Aaron, Dillon, Philip, Alan and Cathal in the forwards. Subs on the night were Willie, Joe, Mike and Jack.
Great credit must go to both teams and managers. We now meet the favourites, Commercials, in the final and it looks like this weekend. Time and venue to be decided. Best of luck to all involved.
Under-6, 8 and 10 training takes place on Saturdays from 3pm to 4pm. We hope to have games for all these on Saturday week. Will have more information next week.
Under-14 football team played Clonmel Og last week and were unlucky to loose by a point. They have now played three games, winning one and losing two, but with a couple of wins could still make the semifinal. These boys have a couple of games to play which have to be re-fixed so trainers will be informed.
All hurling training is now well under way. So to all players, now is the time to get the ball skills done as to be ready for the championship, which is just around the corner. All fixtures for hurling should be out this week.
At our recent meeting we decided to run our Summer Camp from Monday 15th August to 19th August. We will be sending forms to the schools and inform you more in the coming weeks.
There are still some membership fees outstanding and the club will not be able to play anyone who is not a member as they will not be covered by insurance. We would like to wish Paul Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne, Glen Burke and Cian Maher the best of luck on Sunday. As former juveniles it is great to see the lads represent our club and parish against all All-Ireland champions Kerry. It is also great to see Daniel Hickey, Matt Fitzgerald and Eoin Fitzgerald all playing for the Tipperary Primary Game team against Kerry at the same venue. The juvenile club will run a bus to Thurles on Sunday. Contact Caroline for details.
Fethard Judo Club
Just in Passing
Question for sports fans: With what Tipperary club did Ruby Walsh win an under-16 divisional championship medal?
Law 2005 Style
His worship, on being informed that the man was 12 years drawing the dole, remarked, “Most extraordinarily I note he has paid €900 compensation to the injured party, and it is more extraordinary still that while non-nationals are streaming in from all over Europe and finding work here, this man has been unemployed for 12 years.”
He also noted that a solicitor representing a defendant on free legal aid had recently applied for a change of date for the hearing as his client had booked a foreign holiday for the original date set for the hearing.
Some, no doubt, certainly know how to milk the system!
Hearing on the double
Katie, riding her own six-year-old mare ‘Pagentry’, took the red rosette from an entry that included some very well known international riders. A leaving certificate student, Katie, in her first season out of underage competition, is the youngest ever winner of the event.
Goodbye to Lego Land
Interviewed on RTE recently, a very articulate and also very young boy said he prefers PlayStation games to Lego as he likes to “Kill People”. This train of thought is most disturbing.
Dr Marie Murray, doctor of Psychology, stated that parents should be extremely careful of the amount of violence children are exposed to in these games, through all stages of their development.
Driving us out of control
A report on Monday’s Independent that a National School in Ballaglea, Co. Galway, has had to close the school’s playing field due to the danger of pupils who had to cross a public road to reach it, shows one of the many effects the motor-car is having on modern living.
Paddy Kenrick, who drove HI-1, the first registered car in South Tipperary, has been recorded as stating that his mother used to come out and sprinkle it with holy water, sayi8ng it was an instrument of the devil.
Perhaps this was overdoing it slightly, but one thing is certain, that in the motor-car, we have created a monster that is gone beyond control.
The Power of Advertising
The Rubber Band
According to local DJ and radio presenter Ian O’Connor a man in the know about such things the latest fashion is to wear a rubber band on your wrist. These bands represent the wearer’s support for worthy causes and different colours represent the different concerns.
It appears, however, that the causes are becoming secondary to the colour of the band. Many people are now wearing the colours that represent their favourite team, regardless of the causes concerned. The fashion in Fethard is to wear the blue and white bands, the same colours that are sported on our local team jerseys. The white bands, according to our man in the know, represent world peace. The blue ones represent something else nobody seems quite sure.
Today, every charity or cause seems to be jumping on the fashion bandwagon and producing a different colour band, which are sold from two euro each, to fill their coffers. The market place is becoming so flooded that there aren’t enough colours left to go around.
But this fad I’m sure will pass and when it does, I suggest that the older generation reuse and recycle the rubber bands. The more forgetful could use them as shopping lists when heading for the supermarket. White could represent a carton of milk, a yellow some eggs and the red, a bottle of wine. Just be careful not to wear them too tight in case you stop the blood circulation to your hand. If you do, we believe the green band represents the gangrene support group.
As they mentioned it, a man turned and said that bonfires were traditionally lit up on Mayday in Limerick (or the night before in this case). Another man turned and said that he hoped that it wasn’t the Fethard lads car on fire. “We’re all right”, replied the Fethard man looking in the direction of the smoke, “Our car is at the other side of the stadium”. “Or at least it was when ye left it”, came the reply.