Saturday 26th August 2006
Fethard School on ‘A’ List
Contrary to the national statistics, ‘A’ grades were achieved in Honours Maths, Physics and Chemistry. Ronan Shee achieved 575 points, John Frewen 565 points and Niall Hayes 545 points. The top third of students averaged 475 points with an overall average of 325 points.
The Principal, Mr Ernan Britton, and Deputy Principal, Marian Gilpin, were there to greet the students on their arrival at the school. Both Principal and Deputy voiced their sheer delight at these amazing results, as also was the reaction of the staff members.
National Heritage Day
Heritage week will commence on 26th August and continue through until 3rd September. This is an initiative that was started by the Council of Europe in 1991, currently there are over forty-six countries taking part. For us in Ireland it means free entry to many of the OPW sites across the country plus many specially organised events from music recitals to historical re-enactments.
In Fethard the local Historical Society will run a guided tour of the town, this will take place on Sunday morning 27th August at 11.30am from the front of the Town Hall. It’s free of course and all are welcome.
Fethard & District Rugby Club
Trust Classic a Huge Success
The event was a huge success. The final tally isn’t in, but the organizers expect to hand over a cheque for more than twenty thousand euro to the Trust charity in the next few weeks. The organizers would like to congratulate the winning teams. First prize of a round of golf at Mount Juliet went to John Lonergan, Brendan Kenny, Sean Lonergan and Conor Lonergan. Second prize was a round of golf at Fota Island, won by John Lonergan, Pat Smyth, Dan Hartnett and James Smyth. Third prize, a round of golf in Dundrum, went to Gerard Purcell, Paul Kelly, Martin McGowan and Trish McGowan. The organizers would also like to thank the staff at the Golf Course for all their help, South East Scaffolding crew for building the stage, Premier Sounds in Clonmel for supplying the sound and lights, the Pheasant Pluckers for the music, the girls from G&Ts for the barbecue, John Stokes for wrangling thousands of euro out of various pockets in the auction and everybody that put their hand in their pocket to sponsor a team, tee box, donate a prize, or just turned up on the night to make it such a great success. The list of people who helped would fill the page, so we’ll just say one word to them all. Thanks.
Music Scene in Fethard
Local ‘You’re a Star’ competitor, Jewel Burke, will play a gig in Fethard on Sunday night 27th August. We have also heard that Aidan Ward, formerly from Kerry Street, is due to return to Fethard soon to play a gig in the Abymill Theatre and will be supported by one of our young emerging Fethard bands.
Money for old hair!
Well done to Sally and Liz for all the work and to Anne and Philip Butler for hosting the event and providing a great night’s entertainment. Many thanks to all who supported the lads by sponsorship.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games
A tremendous performance from the girls’ under-16 volleyball team to win silver medals, just going under in the third set to Claremorris having defeated Monaghan in the semi final. The girls beat Monaghan by two straight sets and won the first match against Claremorris by 23-21, lost the second game by 25-23, and lost the third game by 15-11. They treated their supporters to some super games as indeed did the under-15 boys team who were unlucky to lose the semifinal to Milford, Donegal, who went on to win the championship outright. The boys had a really tight game against Milford and another nip and tuck contest against Graigcullen, Carlow, in the playoff for the bronze, which the boys won for Fethard.
Denis Burke coach said he was very proud of the teams who gave their all, and he was well pleased with the good results. Girls team members: Carrie Sweeney (capt), Sarah Hayes, Sarah Conway, Chloe Gough, Mary Anne Keane, Lisa Anglim, Debbie Lawrence, Niamh Fanning, Leslie Looby, Laura Rice, Aisha Tobin and Kelly Coady. Boys team: Ciaran Ryan (capt), Matthew Fitzgerald, Jerome Ahearne, Darren Thompson, Michael Fitzgerald, Kevin Hayes, Glen Maher, Joseph Sheehan, Damien Morrissey, Tommy Sheehan and Padraig O’Shea.
Laura Rice had a double engagement competing in girls’ under-16 art. Jack Ward, Garrinch, competed in boys’ under-8 art and Andrew Maguire, Annsgift, had an excellent entry in boys under-14 model making. Philip Maher, Ballybough, qualified for the semifinal in the boys’ under-12 swimming championship in the National Aquatic Centre in Finglass.
The Community Games committee wish to say a special thank you to Denis Burke who has always been such a staunch supporter of the games and who gives so much of his time to the youth and volleyball teams. It is due to the commitment of Denis that the teams were entered and his dedication is very much appreciated. Thanks also to managers Alice Feery, Helena O’Shea and Patricia Breen. Denis and the ladies have one of the hardest jobs of all taking the children over the weekend and we really value their support.
Fethard GAA Club News
We advanced to the semifinal of the South Senior Football Championship on Sunday 20th August with a fine win on a scoreline, Fethard 0-13, Killenaule 0-8. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Ian Kenrick, Stephen O’Donnell, Philly Croke, Michael Aherne, Willie Morrissey, Nicky Murphy, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-2, Jamie McCormack, Eoin Doyle, John P Looby (0-2), Brian Coen 0-6 (4f), Martin Coen, Miceál Spillane 0-1, and Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1. Subs used were: Cian Maher, Karl Maher, Christopher Sheehan, Michael Dillon and Brendan Brett. I understand this was the first meeting of both clubs for a number of years if not the only meeting at this grade. Our opponents in the semifinal is another meeting with Grangemockler in Clonmel on this coming Saturday, 26th August at 6.30pm
The Club would like to thank all those who supported our Church Gate Collection last weekend
On this Friday, 25th August, we play Cahir in the third round of Junior A Football South Championship in Marlfield at 6.45pm. We have four points from two games so another win will put us into contention for the final.
We will know our fate in the Minor B Hurling South Championship by the time this paper goes to print, as we will have played the crunch game on Wednesday 23rd August. Match report next week.
In Intermediate Hurling we play St Marys in the ‘top of the table’ clash on Saturday 2nd September in Monroe at 5pm. This is part of a double bill where Cahir and Ballyneale fight for the third spot.
Our interest in the Junior B Football competition is now concluded for 2006. Thanks to all involved. In our Junior B Hurling group the qualifiers were Cahir and Marlfield, hence our involvement is also concluded for 2006. Again thanks to all involved.
This week’s Jackpot of €3,600 was not won.
Last week’s numbers drawn were 2, 14, 17 and 24. We had five Lucky Dips of €30 each, won by:
The previous week’s numbers were 9, 11, 22, 28, with one ‘match three’ winner of €150 to Con Doyle (Woodvale Walk), and the €50 Lucky Dip going to Esther Breen (Barrack Street).
St. Rita’s Camogie Club
Rachael wins ‘Future Performance Connemara Pony Class’
Seventeen competitors were assessed for confirmation, had to perform a dressage test and then jump a derby style track. The pair showed their experience in the dressage and jumping phases to come home one point ahead of Anne Stanley’s 2005 RDS Working Hunter Champion, Bob Marley, with Robbie Fallon's stallion, Cashel Bay Prince, in third. Rachael rounded off a great day by also winning the Connemara Working Hunter class, which happened to be judged by one of our leading local pony judges, Betsy O’Connor.
The death has occurred suddenly on 13th August, aged 63, of Dick 'Richard' O'Brien, Leinster Road West, Dublin, and formerly from The Square, Fethard. Requiem Mass took place on Thursday 17th August at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Dermot Darcy (x3), 30 St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard;
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Fox Hunting not allowed in 1882
“At a meeting held in the Market House, Fethard, yesterday (Tuesday), comprising representatives of farmers, labourers, and inhabitants, to consider the subject of hunting in the district, the following resolution was passed:- That because our fox-hunting gentry are upholders of Kavanagh’s Eviction Company, and the supporters of the rack-renting landlords who had Emergency men in our midst, we, the farmers of the South Riding of Tipperary, will not permit such gentlemen to cross our land, and that we will use all legal means to prevent them.”
Abandoned PAWS to Rescue
As luck with have it, PAWS, Peoples Animal Welfare Society Ireland, have just recently relocated to a 7-acre site just a few miles outside Mullinahone on the Callan Road, and agreed to look after the puppies and mother. PAWS is a voluntary organisation and depends on the physical help of people walking dogs, supplying dog food, as it also depends on donations to help with veterinary fees and medicine fees when needed.
Two local girls, Melanie Ryan and her daughter Amanda, are regular helpers at the new PAWS facility in Mullinahone and are full of praise for the terrific work they achieve in looking after neglected animals and in finding new homes throughout the world. They still badly need more helpers so if you can, please contact Gina at Tel: 052 53507, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also get further information about all the services of PAWS, or on how to make a donation, from their website www.paws.ie