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Saturday 31 December 2005

Community Dinner Dance on Friday 13th January
Now that Christmas has passed and we’ve settled into the start of the New Year, we can look forward to a great nights entertainment in Fethard Ballroom at the Community Council’s 30th Anniversary Dinner Dance on Friday 13th January. The night promises to be a special occasion not to be missed with the big band sound of Opus 1, and a full meal catered by Paul from Slievenamon Golf Club. Tickets are €35 each and are available from any member of the committee or from Newport’s Newsagency on Main Street.

Fethard Irish Countrywoman’s Association
Best wishes to all our members for a very happy and peaceful 2006 and we hope to see you all at out first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday 10th January at 8pm in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road. Hostesses on the night are the ‘Blue Group’. For our social half-hour we will hold a table quiz which should be good fun and help us get back into action after the festive season.

Our Christmas Party was held this year at the Slievenamon Golf Club on 13th December and everyone present enjoyed the night.  The food was great and the music was supplied by the ever popular Joan O’Brien which was fantastic and got us all out on the floor until after midnight.

The members of Fethard ICA Guild would like to express their deepest sympathy to our President, Nuala Delaney, on the death of her brother Frank Costello who was buried on 17th December in Ballyea, Co. Clare.

At our November meeting votes of sympathy were passed to Hannie Leahy on the death of her daughter-in-law, Tess Leahy; to Joan Heffernan on the death of her brother Nicholas Bergin; and to Mary Lucey on the death of her brother Bobby Power. May all four rest in peace.

Annual Emigrants’ Newsletter
The Annual Emigrants’ Newsletter has now been posted free of charge to all our emigrants throughout the world. We are delighted with the good response received from this years issue and copies are still available for sale in local shops. This year’s issue is printed in full colour, bigger and better with 196 pages, and costs €10.

The Caseys of Sneem
One Fethard man taking a great interest in the programme ‘Cogar’ on TG4 television recently was Joe Ahearn of the Fethard Arms. The programme featured the sporting triumphs of the seven Casey brothers from Sneem, Co. Kerry, especially their exploits at international level in rowing, wrestling and boxing. Joe worked with the Caseys during his term in London. Paddy Casey, the London dance hall proprietor, was a regular visitor to Joe when home on holiday. One local in the Fethard Arms, when Paddy called, described him as “having to turn sideways to come in the door,” — truly mighty men.

Modesty forbids us mentioning the name of the Fethard man who may have had an input in the erection of a statue to undefeated heavyweight wrestling champion of the world from 1938 to 1947, Steve Casey, in his native Sneem. Following a visit to Sneem, our Fethard friend wrote to the equivalent of the Sneem Parish Council that he found it strange that while there were monuments to General De Gaulle and Erskine Childers on Sneem village green, there was no statue to their famous native, Steve Casey.

He never received a reply to the letter but within a few years, lo and behold, a magnificent bronze replica of Steve Casey in his prime now stands in Sneem. Maybe it is only a coincident, but we would like to think, maybe not!

Community Christmas Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 21st December were: 1, 27, 30 and 32. We had no Jackpot winner and
no ‘Match Three’ winners so three tickets were drawn and each received €50:

Nicky O'Shea, Tullow, Fethard;
Audrey Devitt, Strylea, Fethard;|
James Smyth, Fethard.

The €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Mary Grant, Killerk, Fethard;
Dermot Darcy, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard
Mick Aherne, Prospect, Fethard.

The next lotto draw will take place on January 11th January 2006. We would like to thank all our customers for their support throughout the year and look forward to your continued support in 2006.

Fethard & District Day Care Centre
The Day Care Centre will re-open on January 3rd and Meals-on Wheels will re-start on Wednesday 4th January. Happy New Year to all.

Christmas Day ‘Goal Mile’ scores well
Christmas Day in Fethard displayed a lot of unusual activity on Main Street with over one hundred people turning out to participate in the ‘Goal Mile’ walk in support of the international humanitarian organisation Goal. Fethard was one of forty-two locations to host a Goal mile in Ireland, the nearest one in County Tipperary being Limerick Junction. Many of the Clonmel participants who took part in Fethard actually expressed their surprise that a ‘Goal Mile’ was not organised in Clonmel. Maybe Fethard have set a good example that will be followed up next year!

The organisers in Fethard were delighted with the turn out in Fethard and are happy to report that a total of €1,739 was collected on the day. They would also like to thank newly elected GAA South Board Chairman, Miceál McCormack, for being the ‘sports personality’ on the day and signed all the certificates issued on completion of the walk. We also noted quite a few participants togged out for the event and who ran the course — maybe anxious to get back in time for Christmas dinner!

Recent deaths in the parish
The death has occurred of Kitty Fogarty, Curraghscarteen, Fethard. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

The death has occurred of Paddy Murphy, Burke Street, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
The annual Carol Service held in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland attracted a very large attendance on Sunday 18th December. Organised Peter Kenny and the choir led the congregation for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in the appropriate setting of Fethard’s medieval church, which was adorned with beautiful flower displays throughout. The choir, directed by Fr. Peter Haughey OSA, also performed solo for two carols which were sung in beautiful harmony and very well received by all present.

Readers at the service were; Mary Jane Kearney, Thelma Griffith, Dick Major, Jackie Freyne, Michael McCarthy, John Stokes, Heather Baily, Fr. John Meagher OSA and Rev. Canon Jim Power. The evening concluded with refreshments served.

Fethard Open Coursing Club
Fethard Open Coursing Club will hold a meeting on Friday 6th January in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, at 8.30pm.  All members are requested to attend.

With the White Heathers
Followers of the White Heather Harriers were given an excellent chance to get rid of the extra Christmas calories if they were inclined to foot it over hill and dale with some great hunting over the Christmas period.  From the St. Stephens Day meet in Drangan hounds had two very good runs.  Finding in Glenmuicaduibhe they ran over Kylenagranagh to O’Hallorans right handed to the big plantation at Tullicussane and down to the Drangan-Cloneen road.  Hiking it all the way back to Capnagrawn hounds found immediately below the Bridge.  Running almost to the Cloneen-Mullinahone road they ran without a check to the plantation.  Drawing at the old Graveyard this good fox seemed to be heading back towards where he was found when they lost him.  The distances covered on St. Stephens Day may not look much on paper, but covered on foot over ditch and drain believe it they are far enough.

The same may be said of the day from Ballylusky on Sunday last.  Following a nice hunt from the Fort by Lar Noonan’s featuring some excellent hound work the day concluded with another good hunt from the Glen at Ballyluskey.  Finding here hounds got their fox away on the left hand side running parallel to the Ballyluskey-Killenaule road towards Kilkennybeg they turned left and ran with good cry to Ruttles.  Hunting through this big covert they marked their fox to ground on the far side after a run of some forty minutes.  Next Sunday meet is at Ballingarry at 11am. 

Christmas Wedding
Congratulations to Tommy O’Brien, Redcity, Fethard, and Liz Tobin, Kylenahone, Killenaule, who got married in Ballylooby on 21st December. The couple are spending their honeymoon in Egypt.


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