Saturday 11th June 2005
Young people of Fethard . . . tell us what you want!
The students will also interview and listen to the views of senior pupils from St Patrick’s Boys National School and Nano Nagle National School on Monday and Tuesday. We are very grateful for the co-operation from both Fethard National schools in this project and for the assistance and help from the staff of Tipperary Institute who have offered and provided their expertise and time voluntary.
This is a great opportunity for young people to get involved and help make Fethard change in the right direction, identify problem areas and provide needed facilities for the youth.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 21st June at 8pm.
Fethard Athletic Club
Broadband Update for Fethard Area
Taking these changes into account, Matthew Collins, Communications Development Division, Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources, asked if these changes are acceptable from the Fethard community's perspective. Taking in to account the proposed 'Wireless Broadband Service' for this area, which will service areas outside Eircom's proposal, it was decided to accept the following amendments.
Summary of Changes to Fethard GBS Proposal:
The proposed service coverage area has changed. Broadband will now be provided to Fethard Town and surrounding area up to a 3-kilometre radius. This is unlikely to include Cloneen, Killusty, Knockbritt, or Moyglass which were included on the original map. A new map indicating the 3.5 Km radius was provided.
It is estimated that the Fethard Town plus a 3.5-kilometre radial area includes 501 households and businesses. Eircom believes that up to 400 of them will be able to get a broadband service, i.e. 80% of households and businesses in Fethard Town.
Eircom expects to have 120 broadband subscriber by month 12 of the project.
Eircom has doubled the download speeds that were originally included in the proposal. The uploading speed and contention ratio are unchanged.
A subscriber in Fethard should expect to experience a lowest download speed of about 800 Kbps (where they have subscribed to a 1,024 Kbps, ie. 1 Mbps service).
Information on customer support arrangements has been provided.
Information on network security has been provided.
Further information is being prepared by Eircom about the full range of wholesale products available to other operators on the Fethard exchange.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Sean O'Callaghan, St Patrick's Place, Fethard
Michael Russell. Drangan
Susan Carroll, Ballyrichard, Mullinahone
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Seamus Moloney, 7 Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard
Agnes Evans, 6 Congress Terrace, Fethard
Jimmy O'Sullivan, Main Street, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
Fethard GAA News (photo ‘Skills Winners’)
The Minor Hurling B Championship starts on the following Friday, 24th June, in Ned Hall Park against Ballybacon Grange at 8pm. The Junior B Hurling and Junior A Football will also be starting shortly.
Results of the draw (w/e 4th June) made in the Well are as follows. The numbers drawn were: 2, 3, 19 and 24. There was one match three winner: €150 to Bob Maher (Barrack St). The €50 Lucky Dip went to John Kirwan (c/o Cambells Soup Thurles).
Juvenile GAA Club
With the under-12 football championship over we now focus all our attention to hurling, and on Friday last we played Moyle Rovers in a challenge match and won by 3 points. We are preparing for the first round, which takes place in two weeks time. We wish John, Mikey, P.J. and all the team the best of luck in the championship game.
With exams on for under-14s and under-16s, the hurling championship is on hold but should start within two weeks. Best of luck to: Liam, Martin, Ian and Jim and to both teams in there quest for silverware. There is a club meeting on Monday 20th June in the dressing room at 8.30pm.
Congratulations to the senior football team on their great win over Aherlow in the county championship. Best of luck to Paul, Damien, Glen and Cian, who are all playing with Tipperary this weekend against Westmeath in the senior championship qualifier. It is great to see our Fethard club so well represented on the County team.
Community Games (photo ‘Athletes’)
Presentation Sisters raise over €2,000
Bridge Bar Golf Society Outing
Manfred Naundorf remembered
This year’s winners of the event were Karl Norris, Shane Harris and Anthony Sweeney of the Tipperary Juniors Team. Giuliana Naundorf made the presentation of the ‘Manfred Naundorf Perpetual Trophy’ to the winners, and in return, received a presentation from Noel Davern, Davern’s Equestrian Centre, as a token of thanks.
The next tournament at Davern’s Equestrian Centre will take place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June. This tournament will have some classic games of Juniors and Under-18s representing Ireland and England this year. All spectators are welcome and admission is free. For further information on the game visit the club’s website www.tipperary-polocrosse.com
Simply the Best!
Death of Kitty Croke
Kitty Croke was interred in England on 7th June.
Another long time Emigrant dies
The deaths of many of our Fethard emigrants living in England, especially during the past two years, reminds us time and again of the terrible toll of emigration from our town in the forties and fifties, and even earlier.
Many of our native Fethard people forced to emigrate from Ireland are now being called home and have died, and been interred far from their native Tipperary. They should not be forgotten, especially where it matters most.
Sayers Family Information follow-up
Ms Carrie Sayers of Main Street married a Mr Thompson, Green Farm, Fethard, and Carrie Thompson-Sayers would have been the last of the Sayers family of Main Street.
Another branch of the Sayers family resided on the opposite side of Main Street and these were a very well-known family in Tipperary, and indeed even further afield legal circles. Probably the best-known lawyer amongst them was Hugh Tom Sayers. They intermarried with the Hazletts who were another well-known family of the era and resided in Shaftsbury House, which is now the Post Office.
The Sayers family owned property on Main Street from the Post Office to where Mrs Ahearne now resides. This branch of the Sayers family on leaving Fethard, relocated to Carlow. They have a burial vault in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, at the rear of O’Sullivan’s. The last interment of a member of the Carlow Sayers family took place there some 20 years ago. There are no descendants of the Main Street branch of the Sayers family now residing in Fethard.
By and extraordinary coincidence, Judy Sayers, daughter of the late Harry and Margaret Sayers, St. Patrick’s Place, now residing in England, gave a long term of employment with the Delmege family at Green Farm, formerly the residence of Carrie Thompson-Sayers.
We home the above information is of some advantage to Judith Sayers. (E.A.N.)
Are they all “Off their tree?”
“You can’t make us!” was the immediate reply.
This gives an example of the lack of respect shown to elders and the lack of regard for rules or laws shown by many in today’s world. The younger generation are not the only ones at fault. For instance, what about the number of car drivers who ignore completely the speed limit on the Lisronagh straight or on the Fethard-Killenaule road. Also the number of drivers who drive while using their mobile phones.
Maybe the old proverb, “What the old cock crows, the young cock will answer”, is not so far off the mark. The number of prosecutions for drink driving is also on the increase in spite of an extensive advertising campaign to drivers not to do so. Where do we go from here?
Augustinian Abbey 700 Celebrations
This visit was organised long before our prior, Fr Gerry Horan, was chosen to be Provincial of the Irish Province. As one of the first acts at the new Chapter, Rev. Fr Prevost will confirm Fr. Gerry as the next Provincial, on 27th June.
County Champions Under 11 Roinn C
Thursday 9th June proved to be a very special day in the lives of the pupils and staff of St. Patrick’s School, Fethard. It was the first time the school had participated in and won a schools hurling final.
The venue was Semple Stadium where the boys experienced the excitement of being in number one dressing room, racing through the tunnel out onto the field, a pre match puck around and photos. Supporters added to the occasion with their shouts of support and singing.
The first half of the match was evenly balanced, Fethard started well with a goal, However Upperchurch fought back well and scored a goal and two points. Fethard scored two more goals and another goal for Upperchurch meant that Fethard led by just one point at half time. Fethard dominated the second half scoring three goals and four points to a goal and two points.
After the match Christy Clancy, Chairman of Cumann na mBunscoil presented the plaque to the captain John Gartland who thanked his teammates, teachers, coach, supporters and the Upperchurch team. Many neutrals after the match commented on the hurling skills of the boys. Brian Healy, steady in goal also starred as a forward in the semi-final. The four backs Cathal Hurley, Ger Maher, Garreth Lawrence and Brian Delahunty marked tightly and showed great ground hurling skills. Ronan Fitzgerald and John Gartland contributed greatly from midfield with fine scores and good ball into the forwards. The very lively forwards of David Gartland, Ciaran O’Meara and Dylan Fitzgerald all put their mark on the scoresheet. The four subs Eoin Walsh, Vincent Lawrence, Andrew Maher and Gerard Gorey were all introduced and contributed to the great victory.
Willie Ryan, their coach, can be very pleased with his efforts and commitment. The twice-weekly training sessions since last January all paid off last Thursday in Semple Stadium.
Team: Brian Healy, Cathal Hurley, Ger Maher, Garreth Lawrence, Brian Delahunty, Ronan Fitzgerald (1-3), John Gartland (1-0), David Gartland (2-0), Ciaran O’Meara (2-0), Dylan Fitzgerald (0-1). Subs: Eoin Walsh, Vincent Lawrence, Andrew Maher and Gerard Gorey.