Saturday 21st October 2006
Fethard Players in Rehearsal
Killusty Sheep Dog Trials
Sunday morning at 8.30am saw the first of fifty-two dogs compete for the Paddy Morrissey Cup. The competition continued all day with dogs and handlers travelling from far and near to compete in this annual event.
Everyone was delighted with the lovely course and the sheep ran well all day which made for a very keen competition with very few points being lost. Continuing from Saturday's success the cup went North to Donegal with Sammy Long and Daisy only losing 5 points out of 100.
Full results from Sun:
The organiser would like to thank everyone who helped to make the event a tremendous success.
Great War Veterans Remembered
The lecture coincided with the 90th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Battle of the Somme. Mick O’Shea and Pat fought right through that five months of slaughter, which neither side won. The terrible winter weather, which broke towards the end of October was the final victor. The incessant rain and snow reduced the Battlefields to a quagmire where a man was just a likely to drown in a flooded shell hole as he was to be shot. Mick O’Shea was of the opinion that no one was able to explain why almost a million men were killed on that wasteland. That question remains unanswered to the present day. The Battle of the Somme was so bad that several soldiers were heard to say, ‘Hell cannot be worse than this’.
Amongst the attendance were a few who had immediate relatives who had fought on the Somme. Nellie Shortall, whose father, the late Paddy Fitzpatrick, was a member of the Irish Guards Regiment. Rena Lawrence, whose grandfather, Nicholas Dreeling, Gowran, also of the Irish Guards was killed on the Somme on October 9th 1916 as was his brother a year later. Her maternal great uncle also died in the war. Rena and Nellie had souvenirs belonging to their relatives with them on the night which generated great interest. Present also was Laura Greene, Clonmel, whose two grandfathers Tom Cummins, Kilnockin Road, and Stephen O’Dwyer, The Valley, were in the 1914-18 War, and John Carey, whose father, Jack Carey, a great raconteur of war stories, was also on the Somme.
A most interesting Fethard memorial can be seen at Beaufort-Hammel, the site of one of the fiercest battles of the Somme. Beaufort-Hammel contains some of the best preserved trenches of the war. All except one are called after London Streets and places e.g. James St., Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square, etc. The one exception is, believe it or not, called Fethard.
Tony said he remembered the Fethard men as just that. They walked the streets of Fethard just as he did. Many of them like ‘Scout’ Butler, Jim O’Gorman, Jim Curran, Dave Heaney, Pat Keating were Fethard footballers. They returned to a very hostile climate which, fortunately, has changed greatly in recent years.
The last of the Fethard men who returned from the 1914-18 War, Pat O’Shea, died twenty-three years ago. Of those who died out there some are buried in marked graves, others whose remains were never found are named on the Great War memorials at Thiepval and the Menin Gate, all far away from the two streets and a pump.
Can we afford to forget them, we think not. For if we look back on the past and do not learn from it we go through life with one eye shut, and if we continue to live in the past we go through life with both eyes closed.
Ballroom Dancing Classes
Fethard Community Youth Project Information Meeting
Suzie O’Shea continued by informing the meeting that one of the objectives of the Project from start-up to year-end was the establishment of four individual groups of young people within the Project. It is hoped that the following groups will be set-up: Primary School pupils currently in fifth and sixth classes; Transition Year pupils it is intended that this group will instigate a Junior Advisory Committee within the Project; Young People in Woodvale Walk this group is ready to commence owing to the interest and involvement of a number of adults in the area and the availability of the Community House and the fourth group being a General Youth Group. The numbers of youths recruited and the activities undertaken by this group will be determined by the number of volunteers available. Current regulations and good practice guidelines restrict the number of young people that Suzie can work with at any given time to enable a large number of young people to be catered for it is essential that adult members of the community who feel that they have something to contribute become involved in the Project. Remember, your commitment to the Project only needs to be the amount of time or the level of involvement that you can give be assured that it will not turn into a life sentence of obligation and responsibility!
To advance the situation further and to enable more people to get involved an additional meeting in relation to the Fethard Community Youth Project is scheduled to take place next week (provisional date Thursday 26th October at 8pm) in the Tirry Community Centre. If you’d like to find out more about the Project or would like to get involved please come along to this meeting or contact Suzie O’Shea, Youth Officer, at the Tirry Community Centre or on 086 2485977.
Rocklow on Monday 8th October saw a fox from the railway bridge on Rocklow Road, cross the river, run towards the Fethard / Cashel Road and back to Monroe Lane where he was lost. Rathvin Fort held, but this Charlie was very quickly to ground. Halley’s proved blank while the day concluded with a run from Rocklow Covert.
Wednesdays meet was at Knockinglass where hounds hunted a nice circle to the New Line back to the Laffansbridge Road, which they crossed to the Old Railway Line. Hunting well here, hounds hunted back to Knockinglass and to ground.
Wednesday at Ballinard was not the best of mornings. Had some nice hunting in Dorans but very little could be done in Ballinard Wood where scent seemed to be poor.
Orchardstown on Saturday produced the biggest autumn mounted hunting field for years. Over sixty mounted followers availing of the very pleasant weather to get their hunters fit for the new season. Great for the future of the sport to see so many juvenile riders out. Morning started slowly on far side of road but improved greatly on Mr Ronans and Mr Purcells on crossing over. Good mornings sport enjoyed with some good covert hunting and two brace marked to ground.
Please support this worthy cause by donating in one of two ways:
Send a cheque, money or postal order made payable to The Children's Medical & Research Foundation to Alan Colville, Ballintemple, Fethard, Co. Tipperary. No cash donations by post please. For telephone donations, call The Children's Medical & Research Foundation on 1850-507-508, using Alan Colville as the reference. Alan would like to thank you in advance for your support.
First Aid Classes
Music on Friday Night
Eddie Raises Money for trip to Malawi
Fethard & District Rugby Club
Our under 14s travelled to Roscrea where they performed very well to record a relatively easy victory. Best on the day for Fethard were Kieran Power, William Croke, Joe Morgan and Jaquis Brett.
Our under 12s these played two very hard games at home against Clanwilliam, winning one and losing one. All the skills of Rugby were displayed in abundance in both attacking and defending. Some lads to impress on the day were Philip Maher, Russell Casey and Josh Walsh.
The Well Golf Society
Fethard Bridge Club Results
The results of our game of Bridge on Wednesday 11th October are:
1st Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
1st Nett: Nora Lawrence and Madeleine O’Donnell;
On Wednesday next, 25th October we will be playing for Hallowe’en prizes. Annual subscriptions of €25 are now due. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at Tel: (052) 32038.
Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto Results
Maura Meaney, Crampscastle, Fethard;
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Madge Hurley, Congress Terrace, Fethard;
This weeks Jackpot is €7,650 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €765.
Parents Association Table Quiz
Fethard GAA Club News
The Junior A football game between Fethard and Moyle Rovers takes place on Sunday 22nd October. Please check sports page for fixture.