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Saturday 1st July 2005

The General of the Augustinian Order visits Fethard
The largest gathering ever of Augustinians took place in Fethard Abbey on Wednesday evening, 28th June when over 70 friars broke from their week-long Province Chapter being held at Limerick University and visited Fethard with the General of the Augustinian Order, Fr Robert Prevost, originally from Canada and now based at St. Monica’s Curia, Rome.  Chapters are held every four years to deliberate the life and work of the Irish Augustinians here in Ireland and in their overseas missions in Nigeria, Kenya, Ecuador and friars also working in USA. Canada, Australia and England.

The Augustinians are this year celebrating 700 years in Fethard. During the Chapter mass held at the Abbey Fethard on Wednesday evening the Prior General confirmed the following named men in office — 4 Province Counsellors: Frs John Hennebry, Rector, Good Counsel College, New Ross; Richie Goode, chaplain Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; Pat Codd, St. Augustine's Limerick; Michael Brunnock, Prior, St. Patrick's Rome.

Province Secretary: Paddy O'Reilly, Prior St. Augustine's Ballyboden, Dublin (native of Cashel); Province Bursar: Michael O'Sullivan, John's Lane Priory, Dublin.

The new Provincial (leader) of the Augustinian in Ireland is Fr Gerry Horan. Fr Gerry is a Limerick man who spent 20 years teaching at the Order's school, St. Augustine's Dungarvan.  Fr. Jerry has been the Prior of the local Fethard Abbey for the past four years and is well known in Fethard Secondary School where he acts as School chaplain.

Fr John Meagher OSA celebrated the mass and Fr Gerry Horan, the new Provincial, preached. There was a large congregation of Fethard people at the mass, which was marked by wonderful singing from the choir. A group of local ladies provided a lovely meal afterwards for all the Augustinian visitors in a marquee in the Abbey garden

Fethard Judo Club
Fethard Judo Club has once again enjoyed more wonderful successes over the past number of
weeks.  Firstly, on the last weekend in May, the club travelled to the Northern Ireland Open Competition held in
Belfast.  This competition is one of the best in Ireland and is a British ranking event.
The club had three competitors in action and brought home two silver and a bronze.  The Irish
Judo Association had only two competitors competing for gold medals and both were from
Fethard Judo Club.  Samantha Feery was first on the mat for the club in the Youth - 48kgs
Girls.  She did not do herself justice on the day, fighting under her par, but still collected a
bronze medal. Both Richard Gorey Youth -73kgs Boys and Stephanie Lawrence +70kgs Girls
started their competitions at the same time and soon set the standards, taking on and beating
all before them. Both reached the finals and were extremely unlucky to lose. Both came away
with silver medals, however these could have been gold on another day.

On Sunday the 12th June last another new star came on the scene from the club. At the All-Ireland Mini Mon's in Finglas Kate Delahunty came away with a Gold medal in what was
only her fifth competition.  However, this was no surprise to her coaches as a big future lies in store.

Finally on the 19th of June two competitors went to the Dan Grading in Finglass, both in
search of their black belts. Liam Hally won an excellent three out five contests with Richard
Gorey winning all five contests also known as a Batsukan, which automatically gives him his
black. At sixteen years of age this puts Richard into a very elite and small group. This can
only be described as a marvellous achievement and makes Richard the youngest First Dan in
country. This once again shows the depth and talent in Fethard Judo Club and one can only look
forward to what can only be another wonderful and successful new season.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 28th June were: 2, 3, 19, and 24. There was no Jackpot winner and three ‘Match 3’ winners who received €50 each:

Bob Maher, 8 Barrack Street, Fethard

John Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard

Alice Quinn, Burke Street, Fethard

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Margaret Thompson, 7 Woodvale Walk, Fethard

Laura Doyle, 10 Strylea, Fethard

Mary Ward, 62 Woodvale Walk, Fethard.

Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

Fethard Historical Society
The Historical Society held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 26th April in the Abymill Theatre and the following committee was elected: Dóirín Saurus (Chairperson), Mary Hanrahan (Vice-Chairperson), Margaret Newport (Secretary), Peter Delaney (Assistant Secretary), Catherine O’Flynn (Treasurer), Terry Cunningham (Public Relations Officer), Kitty Delany, Tim Robinson, Marie O’Donnell, Ann Lynch, Colm McGrath and Diana Stokes.

Membership fees are now due, Individuals €7; Family Membership €10; OAPs, Unwaged and Students €5.  Please contact our treasurer, Mrs Catherine O’Flynn, Knockelly, Fethard.

Art Exhibition at Clonmel Library
An exhibition of oil paintings and watercolours by Sue Perry and Rosemary Ponsonby will take place in Clonmel Library from July 4th to July 9th.  Sue has being painting in oils for many years and has exhibitions of her work in Limerick, Abbeyleix and Clonmel.  She follows from a long line of artists in her family, one of whom was Lilla Perry, a well-known artist from the 1920s and 1930s.  This exhibition is well worth a visit.

Killusty Soccer Club
Our AGM takes place on Thursday, July 14th at 9pm in the Tirry Centre. All members are asked to attend. New members are welcome. The club is also holding a sponsored walk on Sunday, July 31st. Sponsorship cards are available from Sarah Shelley and Colm Coen.

The Well Golf Society
Our recent outing to Abbeyleix certainly lived up to all our expectations. We enjoyed a great days golf on a truly wonderful golf course. Results are as follows:
Nearest the pin: Pat Woodlock and Pat Smyth.
Ladies: 1st, Mary Kenrick; 2nd, Ann Delahunty.
Mens 18–24: 1st, Pat Smyth; 2nd, Des Delahunty.
Mens 1—17: 1st, Adrian Kenrick; 2nd: Danny Mullins; 3rd: Aidan Grant; 4th: Tony Phelan.
We cannot let this opportunity go by without mentioning the two birdies and an eagle by our captain Pat Woodlock.  Handicap committee take note. We would like to thank Abbeyleix Golf Club and the clubhouse staff for their hospitality. Our next outing takes place on Saturday July 30th to Adare Manor.

Community Games Munster Finals
Fethard & Killusty Community Games Committee would like to wish all our competitors the best of luck in the forthcoming Munster finals, which will be held in Cork this Saturday, July 9th.   We have five competitors in the Judo Championships Boys Under-35kg, Padraig O’Shea, The Valley; Open, Cathal Gorey, Moanbeg; Girls Under-30kg, Emma Walsh, St Patricks Place; Under-35kg, Natalie Cahill, Woodvale Walk; Under-50kg, Samantha Feery, Killusty.

We also have two volleyball teams travelling. 

Boys Under-15:  Thomas O’Connell, Eoin O’Connell, Adrian Lawrence, Jonathan Fleming, Ciaran Ryan, Jerome Ahearne, Glen Maher, Kevin Hayes, Joseph Sheehan, Darren Prout, James Kelly and Michael Costello.

Girls Under-16:  Sinead Coffey, Ida Carroll, Carrie Sweeney, Gráinne Horan, Mary Anne Keane, Chloe Gough, Debbie Lawrence, Lisa Anglim, Sarah Hayes, Sarah Conway

Niamh Fanning and Leslie Looby.  Manager of both teams is Denis Burke, Redcity, who will be assisted by Stephanie Fitzgerald, Monroe.  

Transport, Times & Venues — Judo competitors are arranging their own transport to Ballincollig where the competition commences in the Gym Hall at 10.30am.  A Bus will collect the Volleyball teams at the Post Office at 9am sharp.  Volleyball championships commence in ‘Christ The King’ Turners Cross, at 12noon.  Check in 11.30am.  Bus Fare is €8 return and must be paid up front.  Please assemble at the post office at 8.50am.

Monroe Walk to Rocklow
The lovely walkway from Monroe to Rocklow has now been cleared again thanks to the annual voluntary efforts of Johnny Burke, Redcity, and Jimmy O’Shea, Burke Street.  This year they were delighted to have an extra helping hand in Joe Keane, St. Patrick’s Place, for some of the clearing work.

If you like walking, why not try the Monroe walk to Rocklow.  Just turn right before you come to the Fethard Folk Museum on the Cashel Road, and you will find a delightful walk taking you up by ‘Breen’s Bridge’ and out at Rocklow, where you can return to Fethard by the Rocklow Road, or if you prefer, carry on for another mile by the laneway to Rathcoole Cemetery and exit two miles from Fethard on the Cashel Road.

Juvenile GAA
Under-6s had no training last week. Training will continue this Saturday from 3 to 4pm in the GAA field and all are welcome.  Under-8s and 10s travelled to Ballingarry last Saturday and had a great day with the under-10s winning by a couple of points and the under-8s playing out a draw.  There were some great displays by both sets of players but one player stood out on the day - this was Dean Dorney who covered every inch of the Ballingarry pitch. 

Under12s played Ballybacon last Thursday night and won well against a very young team.  We have now played four games, winning three, losing one and with four games left we will have to keep up our current form to qualify for the semi-finals.  Fixtures: St Patricks (away) Wednesday 13th, Davins (home) Saturday 16th, Mullinahone (home) Saturday 23rd, Kilsheelan (home) Saturday 30th July.  Training continues as normal – it is essential that all players attend.

The Under-14 Championship is now started and we play Swans away tonight (Thursday 7th).  We defeated Moyle Rovers last Saturday in a challenge match. We hope this form will continue right through the championship.  Fixtures: Davins (home) Monday 11th, Ballylooby away Thursday 14th.  Players are urged to attend training at the usual time.   

The Under-16 Championship will commence in two weeks time.  The team defeated Gortnahoe in a challenge match played recently.  Fixtures: St Patrick’s at home and Clonmel Og away.  Training continues as normal.

Other news — Players are requested to provide the club secretary with a mobile contact number, this is to facilitate a group text service for each team to simplify contact with each member.  Any member who requires a club jersey are asked to please contact the club secretary without delay.  Also please return your summer camp forms immediately.  The crossbars in the community field have now been lowered to GAA levels for anyone who wishes to use the field on Tuesday nights.  This is juvenile GAA night.

The Undertakers Tag Team
The Undertakers tag rugby team, sponsored by McCarthy’s in Fethard, enjoyed their run in the newly formed tag competition organised by Clonmel RFC.  They won their group, and were the overall leaders on points, but were beaten in the first match of the knockout stages.  They’re looking forward to next year when hopefully a few more teams from Fethard will take part in the competition.

(N Gawe)

Helicopter Crash
A casual trip in a helicopter turned into a nightmare scenario for two men on Tuesday June 28th when they were flying over Fethard.  Hugh Clarke from Kilsheelan and Vincent Murphy from Fethard were flying over the Valley area of town when they heard a loud bang from the rear of the aircraft.  They lost all power from the tail rotor section of the craft and had to make an emergency landing.  They crash landed in a field in Brodeen where the helicopter was destroyed on contact with the ground.  Both men walked uninjured from the crash, knowing that they are very lucky to be alive. The incident was captured on film as they were taking video shots of the medieval town wall when the incident occurred. The footage, featured on RTE News on Monday evening last, would not encourage anyone to go flying.

Most parts of the craft have been recovered and are being examined by the Air Accident Investigation Unit of the Irish Aviation Authority. Some parts are still missing. If anybody comes across any part, which they think may belong to the aircraft, please contact the Gardai in Fethard.

Birthday Greetings
Happy Birthday to Derek Newport, The Valley, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Tuesday last, July 5th many miles away from home.  Derek is spending the summer months working (and partying!) at Lake Tahoe, California, USA.  He had secured a job at Sunnyside Resort, West Shore, Lake Tahoe, prior to his departure from Ireland and has just recently acquired additional work as a lifeguard with a pool management company in the area.  Derek and his newly acquired pals are busy arranging activities for the coming months and so far have white water rafting, paragliding, ranching and a wide variety of water sports scheduled in their diaries – we just hope that he can continue to fit in the work as well! 

Best wishes Derek, from all your family at home and just to let you know that we’ll put your birthday celebrations on hold until you get home in September. 

Cemetery Remembrance Masses
This year’s remembrance masses for the deceased members of our community will be held in Calvary Cemetery this evening (Thursday 7th July) at 7.30pm and tomorrow evening (Friday 8th July) in Killusty Church Graveyard at 7.30pm.  Please come along.

Fundraising Auction
Drangan Community Centre will hold a Fundraising Auction and Family Fun Day in Drangan Community Centre on Sunday 17th July at 2pm. 

Caoine Cill Cais
Tom Cooney, New York, contacted us during the week with this story.  Tom went on to say, “As is my usual habit on Saturday mornings from 8-9am in NY, I switched on to WFUV radio to listen to Mile Failte, an Irish language show with English translation / narrative, run by Professor Seamus Blake.

I was a little late (about 8.15) but I jolted fully awake as I heard him reading out the English translation of ‘Kilcash’ (which he does for many Irish songs) followed by the Wolfe Tones singing the Gaelic version.  The non-Munster Irish coupled with the Dublin accent made it a bit difficult to understand but the memories came flooding back and there was a mighty nostalgic tug at the heartstrings.  He then followed up with a song by Frank Patterson about a "battle" of Sliabh Na Mban (not the "Alone" one) in Gaelic, which I had not heard before.

The theme of his show was the poverty and deprivation suffered by the Irish people and their struggles, mostly futile, against their oppression over many centuries. His shows, including songs, always have a theme and are very informative and a link to the past particularly for those of us many miles and years away from our place of origin.

Perhaps the old saying, "Ah nostalgia, it's not what it used to be", is apt, but it reminded me that when I visit the area I always stop at Kilcash and come away a bit disappointed that it is has not been developed as a stop on a general tour of the area. But maybe it's just only of interest to those of us who, as I said, are many miles and years away from our roots in the general area.

Thanks again for the wonderful Fethard News. A friend over here, originally from Tipp Town, is particularly taken by the many "stories" such as the farewell to Bucky Ryan in Cheltenham, and the many other characters that appear.”

Fethard News
Club secretaries are reminded to send their items for publication on this page to news@fethard.com before Monday morning.  If you don’t have email facilities, please leave typed copy (if possible) to Edwina at Newport’s Newsagency, Main Street, Fethard, for collection.

Fethard GAA News
In Senior Football South Championship on Sunday last our boys came off age with a masterful display of fast free-flowing football in Clonmel and won on a scoreline, Fethard 1-14, Ardfinnan 0-7. This display augers well for the future but it is early days and we look forward to more of the same in the months ahead when competitions get down to the knockout stages.  The team on Sunday was: Paul Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne, Michael Aherne, Michael Carroll, Willie Morrissey, Glen Burke, Ian Kenrick, Aiden Fitzgerald 1-0, Cian Maher, Carl Maher 0-1, Michael Dillon 0-4, John P Looby, Conor McCarthy 0-4F, Brian Coen 0-5 (3F), Kenneth O’Donnell. Subs used were: Alan Phelan for Kenneth O’Donnell, Shane Aylward, Darren O’Meara, James Smyth, Jamie McCormack and Jason Nevin. We are now into the last six in the South.

In Minor B Hurling we played Carrick Davins in Monroe last Friday evening resulting in our annihilation, finishing on a scoreline, Davins 7-20 to Fethard 0-1.  We currently just seemed to be out of our league in this competition.  The team was: James Kelly, Connie O’Flynn, Niall Hayes, Declan Doyle, Christopher Sheehan, Liam Ryan, Stephen O’Meara, John Leahy, Peter Gough, Alan O’Connor 0-1F, Glen O’Meara, David Prout, Dean Tobin, James Smyth and Adrian Lawrence. Subs used were: J P McGrath for James Kelly, Edmond Sheehan for Stephen O’Meara.  Our next outing is on this Friday 8th July against Kilsheelan.
In the Junior B Hurling, Round 2, played last Wednesday 29th June in Cloneen, we finished on a scoreline, Fethard 2-9, Killenaule 3-10.  The team was: Paddy Cooney, Kevin Coffey, Diarmuid Burke,  Darragh Corbett, Niall Hayes, Carl Gahan, Mike Kelly, John Noonan, Peter Gough, MJ Croke, Gabriel Horan, John Fitzgerald, John Hanrahan 2-0, Gavin Aherne, Glen O’Meara.  Subs were: Liam Ryan for Gavin Aherne, David Prout for MJ Croke, and Stephen O’Meara.  Our next game is against Carrick Davins.

Our Lotto Jackpot of  €1,800 was not won.  The numbers drawn in McCarthy’s Hotel were 2, 11, 16 and 22.  We had two match threes with €75 each to Joe Ahearne (Main St),  and Bill Bradshaw (24 St Patrick’s Place).  The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Rena Sheehan (264 Elm Park Clonmel).


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