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Saturday 17 September 2005

Fethard Students visit BA Festival of Science
A group of 6th year chemistry students and the Transition Year class of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School headed for Dublin on Wednesday 7th September to take part in the BA Festival of Science in Trinity College. First on the agenda was a lecture on Nanotechnology, a fascinating talk right on the cutting edge. This was followed by some time in the Hands On Tent after a short detour via the Book of Kells. In the afternoon the group split in two, the sixth years attending a lecture on the heart, 'The Heart of the Matter', while the TY's were treated to a drama inside the BioBubble (a blown-up version of a human cell). This was then followed by a series of demonstrations in the Chemistry lab that would have been worthy of Brainiac! After a long interesting and fun day, we still managed to be home in time for the big match (the only disappointment of the day).

Died Recently
The death has occurred, on Sunday 18th September, of Noelle O’Dwyer (nee Maher), Jossestown, Fethard.  Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

The death has occurred, on Sunday 11th September, of Biddy Fogarty, Curraghscarteen, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

The death has occurred, on Saturday 10th September, of Margaret Goode, Coolmoyne, Fethard. Interment took place in Lisvernane.

The death has occurred, on Friday 9th September, of Joe Godfrey, Derryluskin, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary.

Music Dance and Words
Fethard Historical Society will host Internationally acclaimed viola da gamba player Sarah Cunningham, with dancer and choreographer Tara Brandel, in the Abymill Theatre on this Friday 23rd September at 8pm. Booking now at Austy O’Flynn, Burke Street Tel: 052 31254. Tickets are €10 which includes Cheese and Wine reception sponsored by Kennys Centra Supermarket Fethard.

Tara and Sarah come together in Fethard for a project which is close to both their hearts, collaborating in a totally improvised blend of music, dance, words, and vocal sounds which emerge spontaneously in each moment.  Experience a show which is truly like nothing else that has ever happened before! This cutting edge duo is finding and developing forms which allow creative structures to unfold before your very eyes.

Fethard GAA Club News
What a great week it was for the club.  Having won the South Senior Football Final on Sunday 11th September we were put out again on Tuesday 13th in the quarterfinal of the Intermediate Hurling Championship.  With twelve of the starting fifteen also on the hurling team, we, against all the odds, had a memorable one-point victory over St Marys. The game was played in Monroe and the final score was: Fethard 2-7, St Marys 0-12. The team that did us proud was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Carroll, Michael Ryan, Shane Walsh, Tomas Keane, Stephen O’Donnell, Jamie McCormack, Aiden Fitzgerald 1-1, Michael Dillon, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1, P J Aherne 0-1, Brian Coen 0-1, Kieran Treacy 0-1, Miceál Spillane 1-0, and John P Looby 0-2. Subs used were: Michael Ahearne for Michael Ryan (Inj), Karl Maher for P J Aherne (Inj).

We then marched on to Sunday 18th September when at 12.00pm we were pitted against Cahir in the South semifinal.  Cahir were hotly fancied to go all the way this year with convincing wins under there belt in their group section.  At halftime when Cahir were 2-10 to 0-6 up, the writing was on the wall.  But, what a great bunch of wholehearted players we have got — with a second half display that has probably been the best seen in a Fethard hurling jersey in recent years — we stormed back to win by two points on a scoreline, Fethard 2-16, Cahir 2-14, with Aiden Fitzgerald and John P Looby very much to the fore in this half.  Team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Tommy Gahan, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Carroll, Tomas Keane, Michael Aherne, Jamie McCormack, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-6 (2f), Michael Dillon, Miceál Spillane 1-1, John P Looby 0-1, Brian Coen 1-3, Kieran Treacy 0-4f, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1, and PJ Aherne.  Subs used were: Alan Phelan and Carl Maher. We wish the team the very best of luck on Sunday next in the final against Carrick Davins which will be played in Kilsheelan at 5.15pm.

 Hard Luck on our Juvenile Under 12 Hurlers who lost the County Final replay but well done to all. Beidh lá eile le cúnamh Dé.

 The Tipperary County Board Draw presentations will take place in Burkes Bar in Fethard on Saturday 24th September at 10pm. All are welcome.  Club members, draw members and also prospective members who can still join the County Board Draw for the remainder of the year.

 The Lotto Jackpot €2,900 was not won.  We had no ‘match three’ winners.  The numbers drawn at Lonergan’s Bar were 3, 13, 19 and 22. The five €30 Lucky Dip winners were: Michael Doherty (9 Strylea), Rita Doyle (Woodvale Walk), Willie O’Meara (Killusty), Kate O’Shea (Woodvale Walk), and Aoife Morrissey (Tullamaine).  The €50 Lucky Dip going to Dick Fitzgerald  (St Pats Place).

 Our Sympathies are at this time with the family of the late Noelle O’Dwyer (nee Maher), Jossestown, Fethard.  As go ndeanai Dhia Trocaire ar a h-anam atha Dhilis.

Fethard Bridge Club
Fethard Bridge Club results for game played on Wednesday, 14th September were:

1st Gross: Kay St. John and Teresa Cummins

2nd Gross: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny

1st Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret Mary McCormack

2nd Nett: Marie Delaney and Annie O’Brien

Bridge lessons continue in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street on Monday nights at 7.30pm. For further information contact Marie Delaney at Tel: 052-31148 or Gemma Burke Tel: 052-31799.  Anyone looking for a partner for Wednesday night, please contact Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard, at Tel: 052 31862

Lonergan’s Bar  
On Friday night 2nd September, customers at Lonergan’s Bar where treated to a very special if not poignant nights entertainment.  Proprietors Paddy and Ann Lonergan, following many months soul-searching at home and abroad, finally came to the decision to end their family’s 172 years association with the premises.  To show their appreciation for many years of customer loyalty, Paddy and Ann treated all to a free night of refreshments and food at their premises on The Square.

Regulars reminisced and discussed the many changes to the bar over the years — from the famous ballad sessions held at The Forge Tavern — the Pool Hall — the barbecues by the Town Wall — to the colourful bar staff and customers who graced the premises in the past.

We thank Paddy and Ann for their contribution to Fethard life by providing many decades of friendly service, good entertainment, well-run premises and a generous helping hand for those who had need for it.  The night’s atmosphere can be summed up by this impromptu poem recited on the night by two of Lonergan’s customers, Frank and Annette O’Donovan:

Three Cheers, Paddy and Anne

What can we say?

‘Tis just to say thanks on this special day

We know you've had fun and memories galore,

That you'll both have forever

When you close that front door.

The next day might be hard

But not as bad as it seems,

Cos it's the first day of your new life

and the start of your dreams.


You've got Mark in America with his wife Ann-Marie,

With two lovely grandchildren - well almost three!

You've got Kim and Gary still around you,

One big happy Family,

And they’ll help you get through.


We think Anne and Paddy

You deserve three Big Cheers!

For the length of time

You've been pulling those beers.

So enjoy you retirement

And good health to you.

Live long and be happy

As we hope you do,

Well still have our pints

And our sing-songs too.

But like a lot more, well always miss you.

God Bless you both.

Once again thanks a mil’

From two of your regulars

Just down the hill.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 13th September were: 16, 27, 28 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150:
Kitty O'Donnell, Slievenamon Close, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Kitty Boles, Jossestown, Fethard;
Pat Culligan, c/o AIB, Fethard;
Marie Butler, Garrinch, Fethard;

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

Juvenile GAA Club
Last week was one of the most disappointing ones we had for our club in more ways than one.  On Saturday evening our under-16s departed the championship against St Patricks. Having won all our league games quite well we never hurled to the standard required to progress to the final and struggled all through the game in all departments.  The fact that we scored 9 points, with 8 of those coming from frees, would suggest the type of stop start game it was and we never really got into the rhythm we had in earlier games.  While all the lads were disappointed they can be proud of their efforts and are a credit to our club and the people over them.

On Sunday in the replay of the under-12 final the lads never got out of the blocks and were beaten by 4 points by Moneygall.  Down by 6 points at half time the boys pressed hard but could not get the break they needed and when we got within three points of our opponents it looked like a win was on but a couple of great saves by the Moneygall goalie in the final minutes sealed our faith.  The disappointment at the final whistle was there for all to see.  The lads tried there hearts out and could do no more, like our under-14s and under-16s.  Our club is very lucky to have this great bunch of players and the dedication they give is top class.  They are a credit to our club the way they behave on the field and the club would like to thank their parents for bringing them to training in all weather.  We can now look forward to next year.

Finally our club suffered a great loss last weekend when Noelle O’Dwyer, wife of former chairman Mick, lost her battle with life.  Noelle was one of our greatest supporters and never missed a game where she would always join in all the banter that goes with sport.  It was fitting that the last Fethard game she saw was the under-12s winning the South final this year and was out celebrating after the final whistle enjoying it as much as if she was playing herself.  Our club would like to wish her husband Mick and all her family our deepest sympathy. May she rest in peace.

Historical Trip to Inis Oirr   
On Friday, September 9th, eighteen members of the Fethard Historical Society endured a turbulent sea crossing as they made their way on the ferry from Doolin, Co. Clare, to the Gaeltacht  island of Inis Oirr for the weekend.  Inis Oirr is the smallest of the three Aran islands and during the summer months a ferry is operated from Doolin, making the island more accessible for those of us living in these parts of the country.

Mr Liam Burke, the well-known naturalist, led a planned walk on Saturday morning. He focussed on the flora and fauna of the island, which is, apparently, similar to the flora and fauna of the Burren, an area he would be most familiar with. Liam showed us plants like the Yellow Rattle and Aaron’s Rod which many recognised from this area but he also introduced us to Samphire, Wild Leek, Tree Mallow and the highlight was the Bloody Cranesbill.  Linnet, Auk and Turnstone were also seen but not a Goldfinch in sight, contrary to expectations.

A small group also explored the rock pools on the island where they discovered the Hermit Crab and the Purple Sea Urchin.  They mixed with the locals who were collecting Sea Lettuce and Dillisk, which they were calling Creathnach.  By this time on the walk most people had wilted and arrangements were put into place for a horse and tourist cart to bring people around the island. Places visited were the sunken church, a bronze age site, St. Gobnait's church, St. Enda's well and the shipwreck 'Plassey' which viewers of Fr Ted would see momentarily as each episode of the television series begins. 

That night, a meal was organised and afterwards the group split between two bars. There was sean-nos singing, Irish dancing and music in each venue.  Taxi tractors were hired to bring people home to their B&Bs.

On the following morning a special viewing of the Radharc programme was shown in Aras Eanna. This documentary from 1970 showed the role of the priest on the island and the harsh conditions that people lived with at the time.  There was no ferry, no aeroplane, few tourists and no connection to the ESB.

Sunday was a splendid calm day, some went swimming and others went exploring further.  It was the day of the All-Ireland and as the islands are in Co. Galway, the ferry was postponed until after the match. Nobody minded. It was a joyful crossing and the sea was turquoise and calm. No better view of the Cliffs of Moher can be obtained than from the ferry.

If you are thinking of a foreign holiday where you might like music and singing in the bars, where the hospitality is genuine and reasonable, where the beaches are not packed, where the bird life is readily accessible and where the people speak a language that is so hard to catch a word of, then try Inis Oirr and leave the mainland far behind and be surrounded by the spaciousness of sea and sky.

Fethard ICA
We had a great turnout of members at our September meeting.  Bridie Withers from the Tipperary Guild was our guest speaker and told us a lot about the power of pot plants in the home.  It was indeed a very informative talk.

Our guild is hosting the Autumn Federation Meeting on Wednesday 28th September in Fethard Ballroom at 8pm.  We hope all members will give a helping hand.


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