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Saturday 05 November 2005

Remember the first Foróige club 20 years ago
Foróige, a national youth organisation for people from 12 to 18 years, was first set up in Fethard back in April 1985, twenty years ago this year. The first committee elected on 3rd May 1985 by secret ballot was: Johnny Connolly (Chairman), Fergus McCormack (PRO), Claire O’Riordan (Secretary) and Ted Connolly (Treasurer). It was decided to hold meetings in the Tirry Centre every Friday night from 8pm to 10pm.

Some of the activities that year included visits to Clonmel Swimming Pool and a pony trekking trip to Cahir wood. The club were also invited to local gymkhanas where they provided their own sideshows to raise funds for club projects. The members also organised a 10 mile sponsored cycle on 23rd June to raise funds for rent at the Tirry Centre and buy games and equipment used in the club. That summer over 30 members participated in the Fethard Festival on a float based on the McGuigan versus Pedroza fight.  They won nothing but enjoyed the great crack.

Other members showed their skills by taking part in a fashion show held in the Country Club Ballroom, and for Cospoir Sports Week they were challenged by the Teen Club to a game of volleyball. The local playgroup asked the club to tidy the Dispensary Garden, which they agreed and quickly got to work on the job.

The main advent of the year was the club’s cycling trip to Bansha where they stayed overnight in the Ballydavid Youth Hostel near Aherlow. Here the members met lots of French and American teenagers which broadened and enlightened their experience while catering for themselves at a youth hostel.

Back home in Fethard the members put a lot of work into a citizenship project, which involved tidying up senior citizen’s gardens. Other members concentrated on public speaking, enlisting the assistance of David O’Meara.

The club wasn’t long reaching maximum membership, governed by the amount of leaders, and a waiting list had to be introduced.  In a short time the waiting list exceeded the number of members. One of the main aims of Foróige is to prepare young people for life and to ‘learn by doing’. The members also learned how to conduct meetings in an organized democratic way, which almost resulted in the girls overthrowing the boys at election time. The girls quickly learned that by proposing lots of boys for every committee position, they split the boys votes, and could easily get the one girl of their choice elected.

The following officers were elected at the first annual general meeting of the club held on 13th September 1985: Michelle Fogarty (Chairperson), Claire O’Riordan (Secretary), Elizabeth Reidy (Treasurer), Kieran Bourke (P.R.O.), Rory Bradshaw (Vice Chairman) and Kevin Coffey (Vice Secretary).

A year is a long time when you are young, maybe now, 20 years later, the time is right to start another Foróige club in Fethard.  We have the youth, all we need are the leaders!

Hunting News
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers were obliged to transfer their meet arranged for Cloneen on Sunday last to Walshbog, as a mark of respect to the Keane family on the death of Tadhg Keane on Saturday. The meet has been re-arranged for Cloneen on this Sunday 13th November at 11am.

Not the best of days on Slievenamon where the White Heathers have had two good mornings already this year. Foxes were very scarce; they found just a brace despite drawing a vast area of mountainside, and very little could be done with either of those.

The Tipperary Foxhounds had somewhat of a similar day at Lismolin on Saturday where scent seemed to be non-existent. Just to show how haunting can differ from day to day, the Tipps had an excellent day from their meet at Kedrah on Thursday where hounds hunted very well all day.

Class of 1985 Reunion
All students from the class of 1985 from the Patrician Brother’s Secondary School Fethard and the Presentation Convent Fethard are reminded that a Class Reunion will take place in Lonergan’s Bar, Fethard, on Tuesday 27th December 2005 at 8pm. Please pass on the message to your classmates of 1985 and start collecting your photographs and memories.  Further details by contacting Tel: 087 7644598 or 087 6320519.

St. Vincent de Paul
Anyone requiring the help of St. Vincent de Paul for this Christmas can contact any member of the society for an application form or collect on from the back of our local churches. Please return the completed form to any member of the society before 30th November.

Meeting to discuss Youth Needs
Fethard & Killusty Community Council will hold a meeting in the Abymill Theatre at 8.15pm on Wednesday 30th November to discuss the needs of our youth identified in the recent survey undertaken by Tipperary Institute. We invite all adults, youths, local organisation representatives, and anyone who are interested in making a positive effort in making Fethard a better place for our youth, to come along. Representatives from the National Youth Organisations will also be present.

Catherine Corcoran, Tipperary Institute, who undertook the study commissioned by Fethard and Killusty Community Council, will make a presentation of their analysis found in the survey. Over the period June to August 2005, 116 young people from the area between the ages of 10-18 were interviewed. In addition, 22 adults who are involved with young people as care providers, service deliverers or in a club or sporting context were also interviewed. The purpose of the analysis was to assist the Community Council in developing appropriate responses to meeting youth needs and in introducing services and facilities into the town for the young.

One quite striking negative finding was how negatively labelled the young people felt by adults. Many believed that adults held them in a poor light, and felt categorised as bad and as troublemakers by adults. Most of the adults interviewed were worried that the lack of parental involvement in youth activities was one of the main factors inhibiting the development of youth services. They linked the lack of adult volunteers to a lack of supervision, a reduction in the number of youth leaders available and the under-utilisation of existing services.

The study also pointed out, that for the young, Fethard has many positive features. Young people, particularly boys, have access to a wide range of sporting activities in the town. All of these sporting activities are organised by adult volunteers and obviously demand great dedication and time investment. The young people interviewed like the friendly atmosphere of the town and the close nature of community life. It was heartening, and perhaps surprising to hear that they had a very high appreciation of the history of the town and features such as the town wall were very popular and important to them.

We appeal to all potential youth leaders and those already working with youth to come along on Wednesday 30th November.

Strylea Housing Development
A decision on the proposed Strylea Housing Development by members of South Tipperary County Council has been deferred to their December meeting.

Fethard GAA Club
Congratulations to Joe Ahearne and Tom McCormack who will receive Cumann na Sean Ghael Awards for 2005 which will be presented in Brú Ború, Cashel, on this coming Sunday 13th November. This makes a total of six people from Fethard to receive such an award. The first recipients were Dick Allen (RIP), and Dick Cummins in 2003, with Johnny Farrell (RIP), and a sister of Joe Ahearn, Elsie O’Dwyer receiving in 2004.

The Lotto Jackpot of €3,600 was not won. The numbers drawn at The Well were: 6, 7, 11 and 17. We had five match three winners who received €30 each: Paul Dillon (Tullamaine), Stephen O’Donnell (Derryluskin), Eddie Thompson (37 St Patricks Place), Mick Burke (Redcity), and Dick Fitzgerald (St Patricks Place). The €50 Lucky Dip going to Noel Burke (c/o Cambells Soup, Thurles).

Our sympathy at this time are with the Keane family (Cappagh, Cloneen) on the death of Teddy. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.

Cemetery Rosaries For November

Parishioners are asked to remember their dead by praying the Rosary in our local cemeteries during the month of November. The Rosary will be prayed in the following cemeteries on Sunday 13th November: Calvary Cemetery at 3pm and Peppardstown at 3.30pm.

Rap in the Hood
Fethard has a long and varied musical heritage. Classical, opera, traditional, showband, bluegrass, metal, blues and plain old rock and roll have taken to the stage in some form or other over the past decades. A number of our musicians went on to greater things. Declan Mulligan, from the valley, joined a band called the Beau Brummels in 1963  who went on to have a huge number one in the United States with their single, ‘Laugh laugh’ and toured the country supporting the Rolling Stones. Eoghain O’Neill played with Moving Hearts, Van Morrison and many others before he became the musical director of the Riverdance phenomena  in the USA production. Other bands from Fethard over the years include the Twilight Serenaders, Billy Kenrick Band, as well as the Purple Armageddon, The Sheehans, Space Related, Pheasant Pluckers, the Wok and Talisan.

The rapid move forward in technology means that many artists can get their music onto a disc without leaving the confines of their bedroom. The new artists don’t even need instruments. A computer programme called ‘Garageband’ will now produce the sounds of almost any instrument, which can then be recorded and edited in the same room. This technology has given rise to Fethard’s first rappers.

Elvis took the music of the ghettos and brought it to mainstream popularity in the last century. Eminem did the same a few decades later, taking a musical form from African American culture and popularising it for a mainstream audience. These sounds are now being imitated in the “ghettos” of Fethard (which is probably a fair description of the teenagers bedrooms where the recordings are made). Look out for local rappers Trigger T and Cinnamon making an appearance in the local (neighbour) hood. Mutha.

Dwyers from St. Patrick’s Place
I am the grandson of Michael and Kathleen Dwyer who lived at No 1 St Patricks Place, Fethard. I am trying to build my family tree on the Irish side of which I am very proud. Can anyone help me trace family who may still live in Fethard as my mother, Theresa Bridget Howard (nee Dwyer) is not so sure. I have an Aunty May, Monica, Rita, Bernadette and also had an Uncle Willy and John who are both deceased now. If any one can help I would be so grateful. I have kept the name Michael with my son Ciaran Michael James Howard. Kind regards. Michael Howard (email: mikehoward1969@yahoo.co.uk)

30th Anniversary Dinner Dance in January
Tickets will soon be on sale for the Fethard & Killusty Community Council’s 30th Anniversary Dinner Dance, which will be held in Fethard Ballroom on Friday night 13th January.  Music will be supplied by the big band sounds of Opus One. This promises to be a great occasion and a limited number of tickets will be on sale.  Please put the date in your diary.  More information later.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 15th November at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Would love some family photographs!
My name is Tracey Mullins and my father is Eugene Mullins, originally from Fethard. Eugene is a son of Kathleen Mullins. I am trying to trace the family tree but have a lack of evidence and photographs. I would love to see any photographs or receive any information on my family that anyone may have.  I can be contacted at: (email: tracemul7@aol.com) or by post, Tracey Mullins, 11 Dicks Garth Road, Menston, West Yorkshire, LS29 6HF England.

Illegal Waste Collection in the Fethard Area
The Environment and Waste Management Department, South Tipperary County Council have asked us to highlight a problem with illegal waste collection in the Fethard Area. A number of cases have arisen recently where householders have given their domestic waste to illegal and non-permitted contractors (quite often without realising that there is a problem). This waste regularly ends up illegally dumped in the countryside. If that waste is then tracked back to its origin the householder becomes liable for the dumping as well as the contractor.

We ask householders to beware of people offering to take domestic waste from them — the reason that the service is offered cheap is because the waste is just being dumped rather than treated properly. Anyone collecting waste should be able to show a current permit issued by Kilkenny County Council with a number starting with the letters KK. If the collector cannot show the permit do not give them your waste as you could end up with a fine or court case. If anyone is suspicious about a waste collector please ring the County Council on 1800 20 26 27 and we can verify their authenticity.


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