Saturday 25 March 2006
Table Quiz Success
First table prize was won by Ann Fleming, Marian Gilpin and Marie Danagher. Second place went to Gwen and Janice Cronin, Justin McGree and Mary O'Sullivan. The Junior students' table prize was won (for the second time) by four knowledgeable third years, Cian Grogan, Colm Horan, David Gorey and J. P. McGrath. The Raffle was a great success and we congratulate those lucky ones who carried away the beautiful prizes.
The Parents' Association would like to thank the sponsors of the beautiful quiz and raffle prizes and all those who helped with the occasion, which was an outstanding success. We would like to thank all who supported the raffle by buying tickets and all who helped supply and serve the refreshments. We also gratefully acknowledge generous donations to the fund. Go raibh maith agaibh. The proceeds of this quiz will assist local invalids visit Lourdes with the Cashel and Emly Diocesan Pilgrimage in June 2006.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Next weeks Jackpot is €3,150 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €315.
Fethard’s First Gold Cup
Mouse Morris and his team did the town proud when their Michael O’Leary owned “War of Attrition” romped home under jockey Conor O’Dwyer to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. A few minutes later, the party started. Everyone was determined to wait on in McCarthy’s to welcome Mouse home with the trophy that night. Not all of them lasted the pace. Quite a few fallers were listed before Mouse entered at ten thirty and handed over the Gold Cup. He was then grabbed by the well-wishers and hoisted up in the air in the victory celebration. The cheers that went up from the waiting crowd were well deserved. And the party continued.
The following Sunday, Mouse opened up his yard and led “War of Attrition” around for the benefit of all the well-wishers that called to see the now famous steed. Well done to all concerned.
The next committee meeting has been deferred to Tuesday 4th April to facilitate members attending the nine-day novena to Our Lady in the Parish Church which runs from 20th March to 28th March.
The band will as usual be joined by star vocalists Irene Walsh and Liam Butler direct from their starring roles in Carrick on Suir Musical Society’s production of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, which was rated as one of the best amateur musical productions of 2006.
As an added attraction the band will also feature their female vocal quartet the ‘Satin Dolls’. The close harmony singing espoused by the girls is reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters.
Since its formation just four years ago, the band has gone from strength to strength and has accumulated a library of outstanding arrangements of all the well-known big band swing classics.
The band has had the ‘house full’ sign at the Abymill on their two previous visits with lovers of the big band sound travelling from surrounding areas. The sound of saxophones, trumpets and trombones complemented by drums, piano and bass has a huge appeal to many listeners and this promises to be a date not to be missed. Advance booking is at Austin Flynn’s, Burke St., Fethard, phone (052) 31254 and tickets cost €10.
Fethard GAA Club News
Our senior football team are due to play Ardfinnan in the county league also next weekend. Well done to our county senior players on their recent victory over Waterford on a scoreline, Tipperary 1-11, Waterford 1-6.
Club membership fees are due before the end of March, Adults €25 and Juveniles €15. Membership fees to coordinator Stephen McCormack or any of the following officers, Gus Fitzgerald, Dick Fitzgerald or Nicky O’Shea. Thank You for your support.
The County Board Draw will be renewed shortly. Draw promoters will be calling around. Our Lotto Jackpot of €5,400 was won last week by Tom Kearney (Killusty). The numbers Drawn were 5, 8, 15 and 23. The €50 Lucky Dip going to Jim Carroll (c/o Centra, The Green).
Fethard and Killusty Community Games
The standard was extremely high. We would like to congratulate all those who participated and thank the teachers in all the schools for their help and cooperation in organising this event. Aine Proudfoot, Laura Rice, Louis Rice and Charlie Manton were all winners for the second successive year. The following are the medallists:
Art U/8 Girls: Roisín McDonnell, Main St; 2nd Chloe Burke, Woodvale Walk; Joint 3rd, Aisling Gorey Moanbeg and Ciara Hayes, Fethard.
Boys: 1st, Harry Butler, Coolanure; 2nd, Conor Clancy; Joint 3rd, Mark Hayde, Saucestown and Jesse McCormack Woodvale Walk.
U/10 Girls 1st, Aine Proudfoot, Strylea; 2nd, Sadie McGrath; Joint 3rd, Hannah Tobin, St. Patricks Place and Natasha Murphy.
Boys 1st, Charlie Manton, Main Street; 2nd, James Harrington, Killusty; 3rd, Eoghan Hurley.
U/12 Girls: 1st, Nicole Looby, St Patricks Place; 2nd, Deirdre Dwyer; Joint 3rd, Jessica Conran, Killusty and Leah O Donnell. Boys: 1st, Gerard Gorey, Moanbeg; 2nd, Adam O’Donnell; Joint 3rd, Darragh Bradshaw and Brian Healy, The Green.
U/14 Girls: 1st, Amy Lyons, Woodvale Walk; 2nd, Faye Manton, Main Street; Joint 3rd Rachel Prout Derryluskin. Boys: 1st, Louis Rice, Everardsgrange; 2nd, Ger Maher; 3rd, Noel O’Brien. U/16: 1st, Laura Rice, Everardsgrange.
Model Making U/10 Boys: 1st, Michael Hally.
Certificates were awarded to all participants. The first two in each event have qualified for the county finals, which will take place in Fethard Ballroom on Saturday 1st April. Entry fee is €2 and must be paid on the day. Enquiries to 052 31906 or 052 31023.
Fethard Ladies Football Club
Cards are still available for the Duck Race, which will take place on Easter Sunday, April 16th. It is very important that all players sell these lines as this is a fundraiser for the club to assist with cost of transport during the coming year.
On Yer Bike!
Fethard Historical Society AGM
The Well Golf Society
The Trip to Trinity
After a really nice meal, we entered the William Rowan Hamilton Hall and then the nerves started to kick in. Let the battle commence. After a few inspiring words from Professor Sen, the quiz began.
Each round seemed to fly at us but we were going well until Round 7. After that round we felt we hadn’t a chance, but we still kept at it and in Round 8, we got full marks. When we saw that we were up there in 3rd place, just behind Gonzaga College Dublin, and Christians, Cork. We were shocked but realised we had achieved a great feat. We were very proud of ourselves, and glad that we had responded to the early morning alarm call. We were sure that our school would also be glad that we had finished in great style. An exercise to be recommended to all Higher Leaving Cert Maths pupils.
Fundraising for Tanzania
The tournament raised almost €1500 which will go directly to a school in Tanzania run by the Order of Our Lady of the Apostles, and will allow the enrolment of at least ten children in their school in Bugesi Tanzania. In one of the poorest countries in the world, the school in Fethard will have contributed to the provision of that most basic right of all an education.
Sincere thanks to all the pupils and teachers who contributed so generously and to parents who allowed the pupils to fundraise.
Mouse Morris held an ‘Open Afternoon’ at his Everardsgrange Stables on Sunday. War of Attrition, who seemed quite oblivious to what he had accomplished, was paraded. Many of the huge crowd who turned up availed of the opportunity to have their photograph taken with the horse and the cup.
Heartiest congratulations to Mouse, Johnny, the stable staff, and of course to owner Mr Michael O’Leary on their wonderful win. War of Attrition is only seven years old and looks quite capable of doing an Arkle or a Best Mate, and winning three Gold Cups in a row.
We have been asked if War of Attrition is the first Fethard trained winner of the Cheltenham Gold cup. The answer is yes. We will lay our heads on the block here and say he is the first Gold Cup winner trained in Co. Tipperary. No doubt we will have someone within a few days telling us we are wrong on this one.
Two horses that figured prominently during the fifties were Fethard bred. Linwell, Gold Cup winner in 1957 was bred by Mr James Delaney, Red City. Coolcustomer, bred by Mr John Burke, Garrankyle, and bought out of Larry Keating’s yard was a most unlucky second. Winner of many top class chases in England. Coolcustomer seemed to have the race at his mercy when a bad mistake at the second last lost him victory. These were just two of the very many top class chasers prominent on the English national hunt scene, in post war years and after, bred in the Fethard area “The Home of the Racehorse.”
Mouse Morris on Monday said he was amazed and very well pleased at the large crowd who turned up at his stables on Sunday afternoon. He said, especially as the event was not widely advertised, it was most remarkable the many who paid a visit. He is greatly appreciative of their attendance, and wishes to thank all sincerely.
P.J. rode Brave Inca to his first two victories. He first rode the horse to win his ‘Bumper’ race at Fairyhouse at 25/1 and on his next outing to win his ‘Winner’s Bumper’ race at Navan at 3-1. P.J. who was at Aidan O’Brien with Colm and associated with such great horses as Istabraq and Rock Of Gibraltar, was convinced at that early stage he was sitting on a future champion.
Incidentally, P.J. who now runs his own stables of Lowesgreen, is son of the late Pat Colville who rode three times Cheltenham winner Willie Wumpkins, bred by Mr. Dick Hennessy, Coleman, to his first win at Prestbury Park.
To finish the season
Great to see present, Billy Kinane. Billy, one of the very well-known Kinane family of racing fame, is a former huntsman of the Ballydine Beagles. He still continues his life long interest in the little dogs and is a regular puppy walker for the club.