Saturday 13th August 2005
Slieve na mBan Holy Year Cross 2005
Of course a lot of preparation was needed to make this day the success that it was. Special thanks must go to our dedicated clergymen who give so freely of their time. Also to Jimmy and Eileen O’Donnell for the use of their field, and we must also take this opportunity to wish Jimmy a speedy recovery after his recent accident. To all the locals who helped in any way, be it erecting the crosses, food preparation or altar preparation. Take a bow one and all. To our Dutch friends Bert and Janneke for providing much needed refreshments on our way to the mountain. To Tommy Butler and Premier Music, Clonmel, for providing the amplification. To Merrys’ of Clonmel for their generous sponsorship. To Joan Dunphy, Clonmel, and Willie O’Meara for their work on the visitors’ book and stand. To the man who single-handedly keeps Fethard and Killusty accessible to our friends and relatives far away, Joe Kenny. And finally, to all of you who took the time to be there, your attendance made our efforts worthwhile. We hope to see you all again next year.
Visitors to Fethard
Fancy Dress Parade
Fethard Bridge Club News
Regular bridge at the Tirry Centre resumes on Wednesday, 7th September at 7.30pm. We would encourage former members to think about returning to the club you will be made most welcome. Young adults, with time on their hands during the winter months and who enjoy a challenge, might also consider taking up bridge. It exercises the mind and is a very pleasant way to spend an evening!
Clontarf Cowboy in Town
On his return to Ireland, he spent some time in the Fleadh Cowboys, many of whom became members of the Blue Moon Orchestra that backed Nanci Griffith. Philip usually carries the guitar around with him in the boot of the car and has been known to turn up to sessions with musical friends like John Prine, Donovan and many others. It’s been nine years since he last jammed with the Pheasant Pluckers, but he doesn’t intend waiting another nine to play with them again. Plans are underfoot to bring Philip to play in Fethard in the near future. Watch this space.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Margaret Bradshaw, Congress Terrace, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Michael & Paul Walshe, Barrack St., Fethard,
Conor Ryan, c/o Nelly Ryan, Fethard,
Biddy O'Donnell. Slainstown, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
Light Music at the Abymill
Fethard GAA Club News
On Sunday last our Intermediate Hurlers got a set back in Clonmel when Ballybacon defeated them on a scoreline, Fethard 1-8 (1-7), Ballybacon 1-11 (1-5). They now must win their last match against Kilsheelan, which will be played in Cloneen on Saturday 27th August at 6.45pm. The team on Sunday last was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shane Walsh, Michael Ryan, Michael Carroll, Tomas Keane, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Aherne, Michael Dillon 0-1, J P Looby, Aiden Fitzgerald, Alan Burke, Brian Coen 0-1, Kieran Treacy 0-6 (5F), Miceál Spillane, and Kenneth O’Donnell 1-0. Subs used were: P J Aherne and Kevin O’Donnell.
Junior B Football started on Friday 12th August with a game against Kilsheelan played in Marlfield. We came away victors on a scoreline, Fethard 3-11 (2-8), Kilsheelan 1-8 (1-2). The second game against St Patricks is fixed for this week. Match report next week. Back to last Friday’s game the team on the night was Glen O’Meara, Philly Prout, Kevin Coffey, Connie Flynn, Paul Hackett, Diarmuid Burke, Mike Kelly, Gabriel Horan 0-2, William O’Brien, M J Croke 1-2, John Hanrahan, John Leahy 0-3, Paddy Cooney, Shay Coen 1-2, and David Flanagan 1-2. Subs used were: Miceál Sean McCormack, Alan Burke and Peter Gough.
Congratulations to our Under-12 B Hurlers who won the South Championship in Monroe on Sunday last on a scoreline, Fethard 2-2 (2-1), Kilsheelan 1-2 (0-0). The last time won was in 1997 and we wish them the best of luck in the County semifinal this weekend.
Don’t forget our Annual Church Gate Collection takes place this weekend, 20th and 21st August, at all Masses in Fethard and Killusty. Thank you for your continued support.
The Lotto Jackpot of €2,400 was not won. The numbers drawn in Burkes Bar were 3, 16, 23 and 24. We had one ‘Match Three’ winner of €150, to Michael Mallon, Sandymount, Dublin. The €50 Lucky Dip going to Denis O’Meara (St Patrick’s Place).
Early Morning Call
South Hurling Champions
The second half started like the first in a whirlwind fashion with Kilsheelan scoring a point in the first minute. Kilsheelan were now throwing everything at us and it was vital we stood firm in the back line, with Mikey and John making important switches it was not long before we got into the rhythm again. Solid in all positions and starting to get on top, Aaron Conran made a couple of tremendous runs and was rewarded when he put over a vital point to put us 7 up again and with Dylan Fitzgerald making all the right decisions we were guaranteed a good supply of ball. Owen Dillon, Tommy Sheehan and Garreth Lawrence were outstanding in the back line, pulling on everything and making sure nothing easy was going to get through. Cathal Hurley, Ger Maher and Captain Brian Delahunty were rock solid and stood firm in the final minutes. Alan Lawrence was cleaning up behind Ger Maher and man of the match, Eoin Fitzgerald, was winning everything. When the final whistle blew we were 4 points up. Every player was a hero on the day with Dylan in goal, Eoin, Tommy, Garry, Brian, Ger and Cathal all outstanding. Alan and Aaron dominating midfield with Ronan, Frankie, Ciarán, Brian, Eoin and Damien all brilliant. All the subs played their part too throughout the championship, Kyle, Mike, Eoin Walsh, Eoghain, Joedy, Adam, Garry and the two Morgans, Joe and Willie. Sincere thanks to Mick Smith for his very generous sponsorship and who sent us to McDonnell’s to celebrate. On arriving home we took to the streets in the cars to the applause from the Fethard people, a special thanks to Mickey Ahearn and John Hurley for the tremendous work done to achieve this well deserved title and also to the supporters who came to the match to shout the boys on.
Fethard & Killusty Community Games
Art: Aine Proudfoot, Strylea, u-8, Louis Rice u-12 and Laura Rice u-14, both from Everardsgrange. Judo: Emma Walsh, Main St., Padraig O’Shea, The Valley, Natalie Cahill, Woodvale Walk, Samantha Feery, Killusty and Cathal Gorey, Moanbeg. Girls u16 Volleyball Team: Lisa Anglim, Sinead Coffey, Carrie Sweeney, Chloe Gough, Sarah Conway, Gráinne Horan, Ida Carroll, Sarah Hayes, Niamh Fanning, Lesley Looby, Debbie Lawrence and Mary Anne Keane. Managers: Denis Burke, Redcity, Alice Feery, Killusty and Fintan Rice, Everardsgrange. Area Sec., Bernard Feery has been appointed to act as a National Official on both weekends.
Boys Art will commence in American Bar at 9.30am. Girls Art, same venue 2.30pm. Judo is in Indoor Bowles Room commencing at 10am. Girls Volleyball will take place in Gormanstown College at 2pm. All these events are on Saturday, Aug 20th.
Bus will leave Thurles Swimming Pool Car Park on Friday, Aug 19th at 11am sharp, returning on Sunday night. Time to be confirmed. The committee wish to thank all those who attended the meeting last week and wish everybody a safe and fruitful journey.
Proposed Housing Development at Strylea / Rocklow Road
Over the past few years the Community Council have been in regular contact with various sections of South Tipperary County Council (Forward Planning, Community & Enterprise, Planning, Housing and the County Development Board) in relation to current and future development in Fethard and projects currently being undertaken by ourselves. We find it incomprehensible that a development such as the one being proposed would be considered when it directly conflicts with many of the opinions outlined in previous submissions and seriously compromises the future development of Fethard.
While we appreciate the necessity for South Tipperary County Council to provide housing for those who are unable to do so for themselves, we cannot fathom the need for eighty-five more houses in Fethard. According to the recently compiled Fethard Local Area Plan 2005 there are currently fourteen approved applications on the housing list for Fethard town.
The committee and members of the Community Council feel very strongly about the imbalance between public and private housing development to date in Fethard. Public housing schemes in Fethard (Woodvale Walk, Fr. Tirry Park, Canon Hayes Court, Slievenamon Close, Barrack Street and Kilnockin View) provide one hundred and eighty-one houses. In contrast private housing schemes consist of approx. forty-six houses completed (Strylea, Cedar Grove, Cois Falla, Abbey Close) and approx. thirty-three under construction (Killenaule and Cashel roads). By including the (proposed) additional eighty-five houses this increases the public housing stock to 246 units a ratio of 3:1. These figures speak for themselves.
The County Development Plan 2003 stipulates that, “balanced communities (will be generated) through a range of housing types.” It also states that, “the social and cultural needs of rural communities will be safeguarded”. The Housing Section obviously does not assign these principles to their decisions about Fethard. The concentration of all public housing in the one area with the absolute exclusion of play / amenity areas has caused many social problems. So much so that Fethard is one of the seven areas within South Tipperary identified by the South Eastern Health Board as being most deprived.
The design and interior layout of some of the house types proposed leaves a lot to be desired and will, in our opinion, encourage unfavourable behaviour, which will contribute towards anti-social activity in the vicinity. The provision of little more than one room on the ground floor is certainly not conducive to family living. Furthermore, it is critical that the design of houses, particularly those close to Rocklow Road, are compliant with the Conservation Area Design Guidelines (Appendix 2 FLAP) as they are within view of Sparagoleith, the only remaining gate in the Town Wall - a monument of not alone local but National and European importance. The brick material proposed for use on the exterior of the houses is not appropriate to the historical character of Fethard, as a matter of fact 5.7.0 of the FLAP (Fethard Local Area Plan) states that, ‘brickwork …… should be avoided’.
The Community Council are currently in the final stages of preparing plans for the redevelopment of the Convent Hall. This development will facilitate the integration of childcare, eldercare and the establishment of a youth centre. Tipperary Institute are at present completing a Feasibility Study on the project which they carried out on our behalf. The inclusion of a crèche at Strylea completely jeopardises our efforts.
Now it is time for the people of Fethard to say ‘Stop!’ Let the Housing Section reconsider their proposal and follow the direction set out in the Fethard Local Area Plan 2005. In this document the Council pledges ‘ . . . to work closely with community (and other) bodies in order to ensure the provision of adequate social and community services’. The Community Council, on behalf of the people of Fethard, are more than willing to liaise with South Tipperary County Council. We have many suggestions for the proposed development area and we have engaged the services of professional advisors to corroborate our ideas.
In order to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion we request that South Tipperary County Council establish a forum whereby these issues can be discussed in a specific and co-ordinated way.