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Saturday 22 October 2005

Hunting news
“The summer time has gone and cold winter’s coming on”, how true are these words from the well known Co. Kildare ballad, especially this week.  All the signs are there, the shorter daylight hours, the changing landscape and the falling leaves.  One of the surest signs however that winter has arrived is Opening Meet time.

The Tipperary Foxhounds hold their Opening Meet at the traditional venue, Fethard, on Monday next 31st October at 11am.  The Tipps also have a childrens’ meet at Kilcooley on Wednesday 2nd November at 12 noon.

The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers, follows a very good morning’s hunting at Crohane on Sunday last, with a meet at Drangan on this Sunday 30th October at 11am.

Turn your clocks back!
Another sure sign that winter approaches is the return of wintertime or old time. The clocks go back one hour on this Saturday night 29th October.  Enjoy the extra hour in bed on Sunday!

Bang Bang on the one night please
Kids of all ages, enjoy Halloween by all means, however, keep the fun to yourself and respect the older people of the parish who may not wish to partake.  We also ask you to please try and confine your firework activities to just the one night as many dog owners undergo a lot of unnecessary strain when their family pets get terrified with the loud explosions.

Emigrants’ Newsletter Collection
The annual church gate collection for the Emigrant’s Newsletter will take place this weekend, 29th and 30th October. We ask for your support to help us publish and post over 1000 Newsletters free of charge to our emigrants throughout the world. 

All donations of €10 or more will be acknowledged in this years issue.  If you wish to be acknowledged, please put your donation in an envelope with your name and address or you can also deliver by hand to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road.

Cemetery Rosaries for November
Parishioners are asked to remember their dead by praying the Rosary in our local cemeteries during the month of November.  “It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead . . . (2 Machabees)

The Rosary will be prayed in the following cemeteries:

Tuesday November 1st Feast of all Saints: Parish Church at 3pm and Holy Trinity Cemetery at 3.30pm.
Sunday 6th November: Abbey Church at 3pm and Everardsgrange at 3.30pm.
Sunday 13th November: Calvary Cemetery at 3pm and Peppardstown at 3.30pm.
Sunday 20th November: Rathcoole at 3pm; Redcity at 3.30pm and Tullamaine at 3.30pm.
Sunday 27th November: Killusty after morning mass; Kiltinan at 3pm and Kilmaclugh at 3.30pm.

Memories of Moscow
Almost every visitor to Moscow makes a trip to Red Square. The image of the place conjures up different things to different people. The Square is steeped in history and legend. A huge Empire was once controlled from this place, stretching from Europe across to China and Alaska.  The head of this Empire was the Csar until the Revolution in the early twentieth century, which toppled the royal family and gave rise to the socialist state which lasted another eighty years. Names associated with the Square are those of Csar Alexander, Rasputin, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Gorbachov, and in the mind of one Fethard man . . . O’Shea.

Micheál McCormack was walking across the famous Square, in the shadow of the Kremlin and Lenin’s tomb, savouring the images which he had formerly seen only on television and in films, when a voice broke the silence. “Hey”, cried a man to Micheál, “Is O’Shea still training the team?”

So every time Micheál sees the place on the news, he thinks of  Jimmy O’Shea training the Fethard football team — as well as Rasputin, Lenin and the others of course.

Fethard Judo Club News
The Irish Open Championships were held last weekend in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght.  There were many counties competing, Great Britain had a strong team as usual, with France, Poland and many other European countries also taking part.

The highlight for many of the Fethard contingent was the outstanding American team that had come over for the event and performed a brilliant display of their skills in Judo, the likes not seen in Ireland very often.

Our club performed very well winning six medals.  On Saturday we had Stephanie Lawrence fighting in both the under-20 and senior events. Stephanie fought well in both grades and came home with two silver medals.  Next was Samantha Feery who also competed in the under-20 section and won a bronze medal.  Both Richard and Cathal Gorey fought well on the day but were unlucky not to win a medal.

On Sunday Cathal Gorey did his club proud by winning our only gold medal in great style.  Although he had some very hard fights, no one was going to stop him.

Samantha Feery, this time competing in her own age group, showed us just how well she can fight by winning a silver medal in great style.  Natalie Cahill was our other medal winner, receiving bronze and fighting very hard to achieve it.

Unlucky on the day were: Lorraine Feery, Alan Brannigan and Tom Woodlock.  Congratulations to all the competitors and keep up the great work.

‘Green is the Valley, Blue are the Hills’
Higginson Book Company is pleased to announce the publication of Thomas J. Crane’s, ‘Green is the Valley, Blue are the Hills’, originally published by and only available as a download from the Fethard Website. The book is now available in both paperback and deluxe hardcover editions from Higginson Book Company, 148 Washington Street Salem, MA. 01970. USA.

Green is the Valley, Blue are the Hills, revolves around the author’s search for, but not limited to, his Crane and March Families, and is presented in narrative form involving the intuitive and deductive reasoning processes that sometimes occur within the genealogical process and as such should hold some interest for the more generalized reader. As well as the details of the author’s travels taken to unravel the mystery of his ancestors, this account includes pictures and poems that are used to highlight the text, but stand on their own merit. In addition to the search for the past, any reader will find some of life’s treasures that exist in human and spiritual values.

Practical in Paris
A number of years ago, a group of intrepid travellers left Fethard to make the journey to Paris to attend the Group one Prix de l’Arc race in the suburban racecourse at Longchamp. For most of the group, it was their first visit to see the spectacular sights of that enchanting city.  They toured around and eventually reached the sight that is most synonymous with Paris — the Eiffel Tower.  Many people have different reactions when they view the tower for the first time. Some think that it is bigger than they imagined it from pictures, others think it smaller, and others say that they imagined it to be a different colour. 

The Fethard party were standing underneath the structure when one of the group asked another, a farmer, what he thought of it. “Not bad”, he replied, “A few sheets of galvanise around the outside and ‘twould be a great place for storing bales”.  A practical man if ever there was one.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Saturday 22nd October, of Mrs Tess Leahy (nee Curran), at the young age of 54. Tess was a very well known and popular lady in Fethard and the surrounding district, where she worked for many years. Our sincere sympathy is extended to her husband Donal, children Noelle and John, and the Curran and Leahy families. Requiem Mass took place on Tuesday at Holy Trinity Parish Church, followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery, Fethard.

Fethard Youth Issues Meeting
In Attendance at the recent Fethard Youth Issues Meeting held on Friday October 7th in the Abymill Theatre were: Pat Holland (South Tipperary County Council, Community and Enterprise), Edwina Newport (Fethard and Killusty Community Council), Denis Landy (Millennium Family Resource Centre/ South Tipperary County Council), Cllr Michael O’Brien (South Tipperary County Council), Peter Grant (Fethard and Killusty Community Council), Denis O’Brien (Foróige), Joe Kenny (Fethard and Killusty Community Council), Marian Gilpin (Patrician Presentation Secondary School), Tess Collins (South Tipperary County Council Housing Section), Deirdre Hennessy (Tipperary Regional Youth Service), John Lonergan (Garda Síochána), Philly Ryan (South Tipperary Community and Voluntary Forum), Mary Larkin (Tipperary Institute), Catherine Corcoran (Tipperary Institute), Una Johnson (Tipperary Institute), Margo Hayes (South Tipperary County Council, Community and Enterprise). Apologies from: Ann Bradshaw (Mid-Tipperary Drugs Initiative /Tipperary Regional Youth Service),, Veronica Crowe (Vocational Education Committee) and Cllr Denis Bourke (South Tipperary County Council).

The Youth services have met with Cllr Denis Landy and Tess Collins three times since the last meeting.  At their meeting prior to October 7th group looked at ways of attracting resources (funding and other) from agencies.  The group are looking at finding solutions for both the present time and also more strategic long-term response.

The application for a Youth Worker submitted by Foróige did not get funding this year.  The good news, according to Foróige Regional Officer, Denis O’Brien, was that the new projects that did get funding were granted two workers, therefore we can expect to get two workers when we eventually get funding.  The application will be submitted again by Foróige with the support of TRYS and the recent research carried out by Tipperary Institute (TI) should help to strengthen that application.

Tess Collins reported that the ‘Second Chance Programme’ has been launched on a county basis after a successful pilot in Tipperary Town.  The ‘Second Chance Programme’ offers a package of social supports to residents that are in danger of loosing their tenancy due to their anti-social behaviour.  The programme is made up of all the agencies/groups who can provide support to one individual or to a whole family.  Supports may include psychological service, addiction services etc.  The programme runs over a number of months depending on family needs.

Catherine Corcoran, from Tipperary Institute, then presented their research findings from the Feasibility Study carried out to establish the Fethard young people’s views and needs for the area.  The knowledge gained from the survey was highly praised and will be crucial if we are to be successful in future applications for services and support for our youth in Fethard.  Catherine and her colleagues, Mary Larkin and Una Johnson, will present their findings at a Public Meeting organised by Fethard & Killusty Community Council on Wednesday night, 30th November in the Abymill Theatre.  Foróige and other supporting agencies will attend.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday 19th October we had a change of partner for Hallowe’en prizes and the results were:

1st Gross: Nell Broderick and Anna Ryan;
2nd Gross: Bridget Gorey and Joan Kelly;
3rd Gross: Suzanne Opray and Betty Walsh.

1st Nett: Kay St. John and Anne O’Dea;
2nd Nett: Gemma Burke and Margaret Mary McCormack;
3rd Nett: Rita Kane and Mike Burke.

Bridge lessons continue in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street on Monday nights at 7.30pm. Anyone looking for a partner for Wednesday night, please contact Annie O’Brien at 052 31862.

All Saints, All Souls and The Resurrection
The next days of celebration to mark Fethard Abbey’s ‘700 Years’ will take place on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd, when they will be celebrating All Saints, All Souls and The Resurrection.

During the month of November a large tree, called the tree of Light and Life, will be placed in the Sanctuary. Everyone is invited to write the names of their beloved dead on a piece of paper and tie them on the Tree of Light.  Please take home a special piece of paper, which can be found at the back of the church, write the names and then tie them to the tree during the next weeks.

We will also make out the traditional dead lists, also to be found in the back of the church.  Complete these and return them as soon as possible, certainly by lst of November, and place them in the ‘November dead box’.  The names on these lists will be read out at a special ceremony during the Celebration Mass for the Dead on All Souls Day. Please make sure the names are legible!.

If you have a photograph of a deceased relative who died at home or elsewhere, please hand it in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road (no frames please), and they too will be mounted on a special display board in the Abbey. All these will be remembered and prayed for during the month of November.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 19th October were: 6, 8, 10 and 25. There was no Jackpot winner and four ‘Match 3’ winners who received €40 each:

Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle, Fethard.

Kathleen O'Riordan, Cloran, Cloneen.

Ian Cooke, Monroe, Scotch Road.

Aisling Stewart, Ballydine, Kilsheelan.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Breda Burke, Main Street, Fethard.
Shelly Duggan, Killusty, Fethard.
Willie Fitzpatrick, Kilmaganny, Kilkenny.

Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000. The weekly draw will now take place on Wednesday mornings at 11am in Fethard Day Care Centre, Barrack Street.  All are welcome to come along.

Fethard GAA Club News
Tipperary Senior Footballers had a great victory in New York on Sunday last on a scoreline, Tipp 1-9, New York 0-9.  Our three representatives present were Paul Fitzgerald, Aiden Fitzgerald and Cian Maher.  Well done!  As the club sojourns the 2005 championships have come to an end we wish Ardfinnan the very best in the County Final. Our Lotto Jackpot €3,400 was not won. The numbers drawn in The Castle were 2, 3, 10 and13.  We had one match three winner, Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan), who received €150. The €50 Lucky Dip went to Stephanie Fitzgerald (Monroe).

Our sympathy at this time go to the Leahy Family (Annsgift) on the death of Tess. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.

Juvenile GAA Club
Our under-10 hurlers played last Saturday in Fethard and, short a number of players, put up great displays against Ballingarry and Killenaule.  Well done to all the boys.  On Sunday morning our under-13 football team travelled to Clonmel Óg to play in next year’s Féile.  Having not played for a couple of months, the lads looked very rusty but deserve great credit coming from 8 points down to level the game in the final seconds. They were unlucky not to win in added time. Again we were short a number of regular players we still have four more games to play.  Please contact the secretary for details of training.

This Thursday, 27th November, we hold a race night in McCarthys Hotel to raise funds for the Juvenile Club.  All parents are asked to attend and support our club.  All are welcome and it promises to be a great night.

With our year coming to a end we would like to thank all players, parents and team management, for the time they have given us this year.  One knows that it is never easy to make these efforts but it is always worth it to see the children play — win, loose or draw. Thanks to all. Training or game will take place for the under-6, 8 and 10s on next Saturday at 3pm.  Telephone contact number: 086 1713502.

Congratulations to senior club captain and former juvenile player, Paul Fitzgerald, on been selected to play for the Munster Football team.  Truly a great honour for Paul and the Fethard club.



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