Saturday 7th October 2006
Day Care Centre Funding Cut
The reason for the cutback was directly related to the government not increasing the Section 69 and Section 39 funding for the elderly in the past five years. While no solution for Fethard Day Care Centre was reached at the meeting, a request for further documentation was issued to enable an examination of what can be done to alleviate the situation. A decision will be made within three days of receiving this documentation.
Fethard ICA Guild
At our September meeting we had a very interesting talk by Breda McCarthy from the Tipperary Regional Youth Services who told us all about the different projects they are involved with to help young people all over the county.
Votes of sympathy were expressed to our members, Maura McCormack and Noll O’Brien on their bereavements; to the family of Mary Lucy, who passed away in July, and to the family of Paddy Maher, Abbey Road, Fethard. Paddy’s wife, Anne, was a member of our guild for many years before her death. May they rest in peace.
New Golf Society
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Audrey Devitt, Strylea, Fethard;
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Megan Sceats, Crampscastle, Fethard;
This weeks Jackpot is €7,350 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €735.
Fethard Bridge Club
2nd Gross: Annie O’Brien and Noreen Evans;
Anyone looking for a partner are asked to contact Berney Myles at Tel: 32038.
God away win against Nenagh
Stuart Broderick also had an excellent game throughout, very strong in the tackle and on the ball, he was rewarded with a tremendous individual try to seal it for Fethard in the last few moments. Matthew Fitzgerald had a great game, worked hard for the full hour and also crossed the Nenagh line for a great try. Colin Blackmore was also prominent throughout both in defence and attack, saving our line many times particularly in the second half.
Our lighter pack was under tremendous pressure throughout but especially in the second half, they stood up to the challenge well and the front row of Sam Manton, Matt O’Sullivan and Kevin Hayes worked well throughout, with an improvement on their tackle rate, they will be capable of making this step up to the under 16 grade.
It was a great team performance and all the players deserve mention, they did their coaches proud on the day. This win increases our expectations of them, particularly as we await the return of our players from the hurling fields. Well done Ballingarry on winning the U-16 hurling final.
Music on Thursday Night
Fethard GAA Club News
The Intermediate Hurling County quarterfinals will take place this weekend with Fethard playing Golden. Check sports page for fixtures.
Aidan Ward at the Abymill
Aidan has lived the life of a journeyman musician since then, roving the highways of Europe playing to every kind of audience imaginable. He looked like a man very comfortable in his own skin up there on the stage in the Abymill. Most of the songs he wrote himself, many of which work much better in the live arena rather than on his recorded CDs. He has a real presence on stage, aided on this particular night by guitarist Tom Portman of the Lazy Blues Band a regular feature on the Galway music scene.
The duo easily won over an audience that were there for many reasons. Some were related to Aidan, some were friends, some were curious and some were there for the support band The Autocats who were great and who had a large contingent of young female fans.
All stayed and really enjoyed the gig. There were many highlights in this gig, but one particular song stood out, a song that Aidan wrote about and dedicated to his late father. Ironically, his dad, Philip, was one of the people behind the scenes who gave a lot of help to the committee of enthusiastic lovers of the arts, willing to restore the Abymill, when it was just a falling down building. He did his dad’s memory proud with this show. Many expressed their wish to see Aidan back on the boards in Fethard again. After this show, he won’t be waiting another nineteen years to grace the Fethard stage again. We hope to see him again very, very soon. (VM)
‘Clashawley Girl’ has her first outing
The syndicate, named after the late Jimmy ‘Bucky’ Ryan, Watergate, is based in Butler’s Bar and has 19 members, including some of Jimmy’s oldest friends, John Spillane, Chris and Mary Mackey. The horse was bought last March by Peter Nolan and is trained in Co. Wexford by Colm Murphy.
Sarah celebrates 80 on her new bike!
Concept for Student Exchange
This idea involves organizing a joint youth video project that tells the history of the equine industry in both towns. Mini-documentaries made by local students in Saratoga and in Fethard would show how the horse business works in each community breeding, racing, eventing, pleasure riding, you name it. The films could stand on their own as individual snapshots or be woven together to create an appealing study in similarities and differences as the two towns look to ride the horse industry forward.
Not only would a joint video project build portable skills in each community in such areas as researching, script writing, filming, and editing, but the products could also be incorporated into economic development campaigns in both places.
Local technical assistance could be sought in making the films. The schools may already have programs / equipment. Mike found several organizations, in a brief search of the internet, in or near both communities that might be able provide support, information on funding, and a showcase, including the WYD-Eye Film Unit (of Waterford Youth Drama (www.indigo.ie/~wyd/video.htm) on the Fethard side and the Saratoga Arts Council's Reel Shorts series (www.saratoga-arts.org/exhibitions_reel.htm) on the Saratoga side. In addition, one of the festival organizer of the Cork Youth Film and Video Festival, Helen Prout whose husband was from Killusty, just posted a call for entries for 2007 on the Fethard website guestbook. Cork is a hotbed of Irish film-making and the festival has an international audience. It would be a great venue.
A similar approach could be applied to historic / heritage tourism in both areas. To make something like this go, we would need to begin to get a sense of where we stand, in particular on the Saratoga side, with respect to the proposed exchange.
Talk on Fethard men who fought in the Great War
Hunting season returns as winter approaches
The Tipps, out four mornings per week, are having a good start. Foxes are in reasonably good supply. Some excellent mornings have been enjoyed and a few much appreciated hunt breakfasts, and some not so good mornings. Three mornings have proved blank and, believe it, quite a few have been very very wet.
The White Heather Harriers have also been out one morning each week. Their best mornings were their first outing on Slievenamon and last Saturday near Ballylusky.
The White Heathers begin their annual members and friends monthly draw on next Tuesday night. The draw will run for six months and the subscription is €5 per month.
Missed the flight lingering
Time for action!
Do the perpetrators of such wanton destruction ever stop to think of the expense and inconvenience caused to the Augustinian fathers and car owners? Not at all.
How times have changed. Not so long ago it would have been considered sacrilegious to touch anything pertaining to a church. In all probability, as far as the church window breakages are concerned, it is the only time they go near one.