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Saturday 9th September 2006

Fethard/Killusty London Reunion 2006
This year’s Fethard & Killusty London Reunion will take place on Saturday 7th October 2006, at a new more central and more accessible venue: Walkabout, Temple Station, Temple Place, Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PH. Entertainment will be provided by Mary Morrissey and her Band. Admission will be £10 for Adults and £5 for children, to help defray expenses.

The venue is at the back of The Savoy, so if you want to make a posh weekend of it you could stay in the Strand Palace Hotel, 372 Strand, London, WC2R 0JJ Tel: +44 (0)8704 008702. Nearby is the Sanctuary House Hotel, 33 Tothill St. London SW1 Tel: +44 (0)20 7799 4044, and the Mad Hatter Hotel, 3-7 Stamford St, Southwark, London, Greater London, SE1 9NY, 
Tel: 0845 45 66 399.

Some B&Bs in the locality include: Harcourt House Hotel 50, Ebury St, London, SW1W 0LU, Tel: 020 7730 2722 and the Morgan Guest House 120, Ebury St, London, SW1W 9QQ Tel: 020 7730 2384.

Nearby attractions are: South Bank – London’s fastest growing tourist area including The Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe, The London eye, The Millennium Bridge, The Saatchi Gallery, The National Theatre, Vinopolis (venue dedicated to the whole world of wine), and just a short walk from St Pauls Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Shakespeare's Globe was founded by Sam Wanamaker and is dedicated to the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance.

Tate Modern - London's new world-class museum of modern art, is a few minutes away. The world-famous gallery of modern art opened on Bankside in May 2000.

London Eye - As well as the thrilling experience of a flight on the Eye, there's the remarkable story of its conception and development, the vision of its creators!

The Well Golf Society
A final reminder to all our members, our next outing of the season takes place this coming Saturday 9th September, at Callan Golf Club. Tee off time is 12 noon. Hope to see you all there.

Fethard GAA Club News
In Monroe, on Saturday 2nd September, we moved to the top of the Intermediate Hurling table and won a place in the South semifinal when our hurlers came good, with a fine performance in the second half, to win on a scoreline, Fethard 1-15 (1-5), St Marys 1-10 (1-6). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Carol Gahan, Michael Ryan, Michael Carroll, Johnny Leahy, Shane Walsh, Cian Maher, John P Looby, Kieran Treacy 0-8 (F), Eoin Doyle, Miceál Spillane 0-2, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-2, Michael Aherne 1-0, Stephen O’Donnell 0-1, and Kenneth O’Donnell 0-2. Subs used were: Jamie McCormack, Christopher Sheehan and Dean Tobin.

The Senior Football Munster League quarterfinals are due to be played this week with Fethard down to play St Marys (Askeaton) away.

Our Minor B Hurlers play the South semifinal this Friday 8th September, in Clonmel at 6.15pm against Ballybacon Grange. The very best of look to all involved.

Congratulations to Tipperary Minor Hurlers and to selector Noel Russell (South) on their All Ireland success last Sunday. The last time we won was in 1997. Judging by last Sunday’s display, it certainly looks very good for the future of Tipp hurling.

New Boutique opens in Fethard
The latest addition to Fethard’s ever expanding number of retail outlets is due to open this Friday afternoon at 2pm. Opera, as it will be known, will specialise in ladies occasional wear and is located adjacent to the Holy Trinity Church of Ireland entrance on the Square. Some of the “more mature” citizens in the town will remember that this premises was once the location of Mrs O’Brien’s fresh fish and fish and chip shop.

Trip to Cape Clear
The Fethard Historical Society are visiting the island of Cape Clear, off the Cork coast, on the weekend of September the 15th. Diarmuid O Drisceoil, of Fulacht Fia fame, will give a historical/archaeological guided tour on Saturday afternoon. Liam Burke, Clerihan, will lead a nature walk on Sunday. The island is renowned for its bird life and is a gathering point for migratory birds. If you are interested in going and  have not yet booked, please phone Dóirín Saurus at Tel: 31916 this weekend.

First Steps Playgroup Reopened
First Steps Playgroup, situated in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard would like to advise parents that they are now re-opened after the summer break. If you are interested in booking a place for your child, please feel free to drop-in at the above address or phone Patricia Fitzgerald any time. Tel: 086 1580897/052 32164. We look forward to hearing from you.

Fethard ICA
Fethard ICA will hold their Guild Meeting on Tuesday 12th September in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road, at 8pm. Tipperary Regional Youth service will give a talk at the meeting which will give the members an
idea of youth provision in the area and how the youth service can
provide activities for young people. It will create an awareness to
the members of what's available locally which includes rural work
and the drugs initiative. The talk will also cover voluntary
involvement for adults.

Hostesses are the ‘Yellow Group’ and the competition theme is, ‘The Last Rose of Summer’.

Fethard Bridge Club
Bridge resumes in the Tirry Community Centre on Wednesday 13th September at 7.30pm sharp.  We look forward to seeing as many members as possible on the first night.  On Wednesday 27th September we will be playing for the Free Sub Gross and the following Wednesday, 4th October, for the Free Sub Nett and it would be great to see everyone competing for these two valuable prizes.

St. Rita’s Camogie Club
St. Rita’s Camogie Club say a big ‘thank you’ to all who supported their church gate collection last week. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Music Scene
On Saturday 30th September, in the Abymill Theatre, former Fethard man, Aidan Ward, will play a gig with his band. Aidan has toured many countries and has gained vast experience in the music field, both as a musician and songwriter. Aidan will be supported by Fethard’s new young band who are practicing hard for the gig for the past few weeks.

On Thursday 7th September, legendary guitarist Philip Donnelly will also play a gig for his growing Fethard fan club. Admission is free.

Abandoned puppies 
In this day and age it is hard to believe some people can be so inconsiderate as to dump a family of Lurcher pups in a ditch, drive away and leave them with some dog nuts to survive. Well this happened in Killusty last week and luckily the puppies were discovered by a passer-by just in time before they almost died.

As luck with have it, 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 facility in Mullinahone and were 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: waymeet@eircom.net. You can also get further information about all the services from their website www.paws.ie

Annual Emigrants’ Newsletter
This year’s issue of the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter is currently being compiled and we take this opportunity to remind secretaries and club representatives to submit their annual reports before 1st October to ensure inclusion in this year’s issue.

We also invite individuals to submit their own articles (typed where possible) and photographs as soon as possible. Same can be handed in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, or to Edwina Newport, Newport’s Newsagency, Main Street, Fethard.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 30th August were 10, 20, 30 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winners, so three tickets were drawn and the following won €50 each:

Angela Connery, Powerstown, Clonmel;
Finola Horan, Fethard;
Mary Kenny, Mullinahone.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Mary McCormack, Kerry Street, Fethard;
Terry Coady, The Valley, Fethard;
Maureen, Katie & Lucy Whyte, Main Street, Fethard.

This weeks Jackpot is €6,750 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €675.

Fethard Embroidery School 1853
The following article, supplied by Michael Hall, Kyle, was taken from the Tipperary Free Press published on Wednesday 5th January 1853, entitled ‘Fethard (from our correspondent)’. 

“There has been an embroidery school established in this town, under the patronage of Mrs Barton, Grove. There are from 5 to 30 little pupils in daily attendance, to whom instructions are given by Mrs Green, and her daughter, two most excellent embroideresses. As Mrs Green received instructions in this tasteful art at Brussels, a place of known celebrity for this species of manufacture, consequently the school has the advantage of being presided over, by one of the most competent embroidery mistresses probably in the whole country.

Capes, handkerchiefs, collars, It habit-shirts and chemisettes together with a variety of other ornamental and fancy works, are manufactured there, which, if presented at the exhibition, would, I am sure, claim the honour of a premium. Little girls of ten years of age earn 1s 6d a week others about twelve years, earn from 2s to 2s 6d a-week.

I am proud to be enabled to state that time school is characterised by time total absence of sectarianism or proselytism. The greatest decorum, order, end morality is enforced and observed in the school, but there is not a single word spoken, or insinuated, offensive or prejudicial to the religion of the children. lt would therefore be very desirable that this institution should receive more encouragement from parents, and from such as have any influence, by securing a more numerous attendance, as habits of industry and cleanliness would supplant indolence and squalor, and supersede that degeneracy of morals, which in many instances, of late years is but too prevalent among the distressed poor, owing to the extreme poverty under which they so pitilessly languish.

I should not forget to state that the very worthy patroness furnishes for time most part, these children with clothes, and that she has given them an excellent breakfast of bread, beef, and tea, on Christmas morning at the schoolhouse, at which were present the kind‑hearted, and amiable Mrs Barton, and her respected brother.

Would that every lady contributed so much to the weal of the poor as Mrs Barton does; poor-rates would thereby be expunged, poverty would disappear, vice would perish, virtue would bloom, and the domestic family, circle would gladden and be comforted as these little innocent embroideresses would return to their homes, after their days labour, like the bees, laden with the sweet fruits of their industry.

I would be unfaithful to truth and to my subject did I forget to observe that the school has been often visited by Miss Woodward and Miss Darby, who take a great interest in it, and bestow very nice presents to scholars in order to establish a competition among them to encourage them to persevere in their attendance. These philanthropic ladies are second to no one in deeds of charity great active benevolence.”




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