Saturday 20th August 2005
Great Leaving Cert Results in Fethard
We congratulate all the students of Leaving Cert 2005 and wish them ongoing future success in their chosen fields.
As others see it!
An old County Cavan footballer, from a part of the County where hurling was unknown, was taken late in life to see his first hurling match.
“Well Mick, what do you think of it?” they asked the old Cavan footballer.
“Do you call that a game?” he replied.
“It reminds me of the young lads long ago, with sticks at threshings, trying to kill a rat.”
Beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder!
The Well Golf Society
Childrens’ Fancy Dress Parade
On this coming Sunday, 28th August, we invite all children to take part in our ‘Children’s Fancy Dress Parade’ which will commence at 3pm from Fethard Ballroom. Lots of prizes to be won! Banna Cluain Meala and Majorettes will lead the parade from the Ballroom to the Abbey Grounds where a fete will take place, which will include a recital from the award-winning trio of girl musicians, ‘Amadeus’. All are welcome to take part in this celebration, which is organised as part of the Augustinian 700 Anniversary Celebrations in Fethard.
Albie the Celebrity!
The whys and the wherefores of the little hedgehog, and his welfare, were also discussed at great length on the “Mooney Goes Wild Programme” on RTE radio on Saturday morning last.
Down by the River!
Maybe there could have been more willing to give a hand, but, great credit is due to the band of civic-minded citizens who did turn out on the night.
Clashawley comes from the Gaelic, ‘Clash Alainn’, which means ‘Beautiful Stream, but how can you have a ’Beautiful Stream’ if people continue to dump cans, bottles, crisp bags, fast food containers, the odd piece of discarded furniture and electrical goods etc. into the river. Hopes that the efforts of the ‘cleaning gang’ would last for at least a short while were sadly dashed when an old push-bike was dumped in the river at Coffey’s Bridge near the Abymill in the following days.
Is there any point in appealing to these people to have a little more civic-pride in the town that they share with others. The great Kerry writer wrote, especially about ‘litterbugs’ and those who allow their dogs to bark incessantly and wander where they will day or night, “Lock them in a shed and starve them for a week.” A bit severe perhaps, but maybe it would work!
However, hopes spring eternal and here’s hoping that one day the Clashawley will once again be a “Stream of Beauty” and a pleasant experience to enjoy the walkway, “Down by the Riverside”.
However, things improved immensely at Coolquill on Friday with the best morning’s hunting for some time, followed by another good morning at Knockgraffon on Saturday.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers commenced their campaign with quite a good morning on Slievenamon on Sunday. The White Heathers will once again run their members and friends monthly draw during the current season. With the vast increase in the cost of food supply for the hounds, the committee are confident that support for the draw from followers and supporters will be forthcoming. The monthly subscription is €5. First draw will take place on Tuesday 6th September and those wishing to subscribe can do so by contacting any committee member.
Fethard GAA Club
In Intermediate Hurling our crunch match is on this Friday 26th August at 6.45pm in Cloneen when we play Kilsheelan/Kilcash. We must win to stay in the championship.
In minor hurling, we would like to thank those players that made themselves available to finish their programme although not successful. It is the participation that counts not the winning! Also a big ‘thank you’ to Paddy Cooney and his fellow selectors for their effort and commitment.
The Lotto Jackpot of €2,500 was not won. The numbers drawn in McCarthys Hotel were 2, 6, 9 and 11. We had no ‘match threes’ so five €30 Lucky Dips were drawn: Canon James Power (Cashel Rd), Dermot Darcy (30 St Patrick’s Place), Nellie Ryan (46 St Patrick’s Place), Monica O’Shea (Woodvale Walk), and Paul Dillon (Tullamaine). The €50 Lucky Dip going to Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan),
In the Tipperary GAA County Board Members Weekly Draw of 19th August, Denis O’Meara (Knockbrack), Fethard, won €200 in the Confined Draw.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Maura Morgan, 1 Slievenamon Close, Fethard;
Jimmy Mullins, Knockbrack, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Tess Lawrence, 14 Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard;
Thomas Shine, Monroe, Fethard;
Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
Fethard Bridge Club
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!
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
U6, 8 and 10s will commence training on Saturday 27th August from 3pm to 4pm. All new faces are more than welcome so why not come along and enjoy the fun and games.
U12s will play the County Hurling Semifinal on Monday 29th August in New Inn at 7pm against Golden and we would like to see a large support from the parish there to cheer the boys on. Best of luck to all.
U14s have reached the South Semifinal by beating Kilsheelan by 1 point in a great game. We now await our semifinal opponents whom we will play this week.
Thanks to other clubs, our U16s have had three games rescheduled, which are now due to be played on Wednesday 31st August against Carrick Swan at 7pm in Carrick; Monday 5th September against Ballybacon at 7pm in Fethard. The third game against Clonmel Og to be arranged. It is hoped that we would reach the semifinals of this competition. Well done to the Fethard Senior team on reaching the South Senior Football final.
All committee members are requested to attend the GAA field on Sunday 28th August at 5.30pm for the replay of the South Senior Hurling Final between Ballingarry and Killenaule.
Third Annual TRUST Golf Classic
Alice provides a voice for those who have got no voice in society. Trust is a non-political, non-denominational body working for the homeless. It doesn’t receive any State subsidies, so it relies on donations from the general public to remain in existence. While this may be a struggle at times, it also allows Alice to retain an independent voice and rock the boat from time to time, taking on politicians without fear of losing a grant here and there.
Alice was awarded Tipperary ‘Person of the Year 2003’, and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from UCD in recognition of her work with the homeless . There are some tee-off times left for the Classic. To enter a team or sponsor a tee box, contact Frank Purcell on 087 7805492 or Vincent Murphy on 086 8119625 or contact Slievenamon Golf Club directly. The organisers would like to thank those people who came forward over the past few years and gave donations independently of the classic. More information on Trust can be found at www.trust-ireland.ie
Community Games National Finals
Natalie Cahill, who won a gold medal on her first visit to Mosney last year, gave a repeat performance and fought with skill and confidence in the girls u35kg event to land the first girls gold of the day for Tipperary, beating opponents from Dublin and Galway.
Padraig O’Shea, gave an equally impressive performance in the boys u35kg event winning his gold medal and also beating opponents from Dublin and Galway.
Cathal Gorey, who was well-known at National Finals for many years and accumulating a number of medals in the process, added another gold to his collection. Cathal’s opponents were from Dublin and Cavan. He will be overage next year.
Emma Walsh won a silver medal in u-30kg and this was a brilliant achievement on her first attempt. Emma won her semifinal against a girl from Laois but just lost the final to a very experienced player from Derry.
Samantha Feery, who scooped gold last year, won her semifinal u-50kg in fine style defeating the Kilkenny competitor. Samantha was narrowly defeated by a very tough competitor from Galway in the final, but she won a well deserved silver. Most of the judo competitors had just returned from Wales on the early hours of Friday morning.
U-16 girls volleyball team also gave a good account of themselves even though they lost to Graigecullen, Carlow, in the semifinal. The first set went to 23 -25. In the play off against Monaghan, Fethard won two straight sets 25-22 and 25-21. Denis Burke was very pleased with his team, the majority of whom are underage for next year. Team members were: Carrie Sweeney (Captain), Lisa Anglim, Ida Carroll, Niamh Fanning, Sarah Conway, Chloe Gough, Debbie Lawrence, Lesley Looby, Gráinne Horan, Mary Anne Keane, Sinead Coffey and Sarah Hayes.
Aine Proudfoot and Louis and Laura Rice competed in the Art. They all produced some excellent pictures but the standard was very high and even though medals eluded them everybody had a great time. Fintan Rice and Alice Feery attended as County Manager and Bernard Feery and Helena O’Shea were National Officials Well done to all concerned.