Saturday 29th July 2006
Stop the Decline in Fethard!
“So another census has come and gone and Fethard is again declining in population - down 10% on the 2002 census. This is indeed disheartening to say the least. Why do people not want to stay in Fethard? Why are we not attracting newcomers? It's all very well to say that Fethard is, “The most important small medieval town in Ireland”, but what good is that if nobody visits.
What we also need is industry, factories and such. The IDA factory is idle now for ages, what are the local politicians doing about it? Nothing, that's what! Would you think a factory like that would be idle for long in Clonmel or Cashel or Thurles? Of course not. Politicians need shoving, those towns have representatives who know which side of their bread is buttered and the larger the town the larger the vote, and that is where Fethard is caught, too small for anyone to care about. In the new school year there is only a handful of pupils going into secondary level education in Fethard and this in a country with overflowing classrooms, if we don’t lobby our politicians to get this so-called “masterplan” underway and attract workers and residents to Fethard we might as well say goodbye to our schools as well as our populace.”
With reference to ‘Olivia’s letter’ above, It is our understanding that the IDA Factory on the Killenaule Road was sold privately by the County Council after requesting submissions for its development and use. We would also like to hear your views as to the present situation in Fethard. Please email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand them in to Newports Newagency, Main Street, Fethard, for collection.
Second Record Attempt
Paradise Lost Paradise Regained
“You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.
So sang Joni Mitchell decades ago, referring to the over development of Hawaii. The song sprang to mind as I drove around Clonmel past the newly developed business parks and supermarkets. Where once there was the Poppy Fields, there is now a car park. I’m not giving out about the developments.
And in one way the new shops are a great development if you live on the Fethard side of Clonmel. No more crawling through the congested streets of the town looking for parking spaces. No more searching for change to feed the meter. These are the obvious bonuses. But then, while out strolling on Jesuits Walk a few days later, another of the bonuses turned up. It appears that the top soil that was taken from the Poppy Fields was dropped in a landfill site on Jesuits Walk and we are now witnessing the first bloom of poppies brightening up the area. Clonmel got a parking lot and we got the poppy fields. “Ooh la la la !”
Unable to make the cycle myself, I’m sure the conversation turned to Fethard-on-Sea at some stage. With less than a week to go I hope all the sponsorship cards are full by now. However, if you would still like to make a contribution, cards are still in Newports’ Newsagents and O’Sullivans Chemist also monies can be given to any of the cyclists.
Remember if you haven’t been training for the event, you will be ill-advised to cycle on the day. If you have been training, please make yourself known and make contact with one of the organisers without delay.
Finally, a big thank-you to all who supported our very successful Table Quiz on Friday night last especially to Philip, Ann & the staff of Butlers Bar for hosting the event. A total of €550 was raised for the worthy cause. A special thank you to all who donated spot prizes.
Come along to The Square
Proceedings commence at 2.30pm with the launch of the Slí na Sláinte Walking Route. The highlight of the afternoon will be the welcoming home of the cyclists participating in the Fethard to Fethard Sponsored Cycle. It is envisaged that the cyclists will arrive shortly after 3pm.
Refreshments, for everyone, will be provided in the form of freshly prepared healthy snacks and drinks as directed by the Irish Heart Foundation. A selection of information books and leaflets, advising on a variety of Heart and Health Care will be available to take home. Live entertainment will add a festive atmosphere to the afternoon.
Please come along on the day to join in the activities, which are all free, and to applaud the cyclists for their efforts and to cheer them home with gusto.
Only five parents attended this meeting so our attempt to organize something proved to be a non-runner. The decision of the meeting was that the Community Games will fund the bus and pay the registration fee for the competitors staying outside of the camp. All competitors staying in Mosney must have their accommodation fee of €100 paid on or before the next meeting which will take place in the Tirry Centre on Tuesday 1st August. The committee would sincerely like to thank all those who generously contributed to their Church Gate Collection taken up last weekend. Your support is very much appreciated.
Complete list of those competing in HSE Community Games National Finals are:
Apologies to Ciaran Ryan, Slievenamon Close, who is captain of the under-15 boys volleyball team, and due to a clerical error in our previous report, Matthew Fitzgerald was named as captain. Sorry about that Ciaran!
Church Gate Collection
Fethard GAA Club News
On Wednesday 19th July we lost to Carrick Swans on a scoreline of, 0-5 to 2-11, in the Junior B Football played in Kilsheelan. Team was: Damien Donovan, Darragh Corbett, Paul Kenny, David Kelly, Mike Kelly, Diarmuid Bourke (0-3), Gay Horan, William Harrington, John Hanrahan, Patrick Aherne, John Fitzgerald (0-1), Paul Kenrick (0-1f), Paddy Cooney, Miceál Sean McCormack and Gerry Ahearne.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €3,200 was not won and we had no match three winner. The numbers drawn were 10, 14, 18 and 22.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Nellie Heffernan, 19 Barrack Street.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Monster Draw Results
First prize of €2,000 was won by John Delany. A further 19 prizes of €100 went to the following: Aidan Maher, Ailish Barrett, Biddy Perdue, Billy Treacy, Breda Slein, Caroline Doherty-Brastock, Chris Coen, Christian Healy, Clem Murphy, David Tierney, Ernan Britton, Jenny Quigley, Kieran Treacy, Mary Prout, Patricia Fitzgerald, Pat O'Brien, Rita Kenny, Stephen King and William Connolly.