Saturday 11th November 2006
Patrician Presentation Awards Day 2006
In the early afternoon mass was celebrated by Fr. Tom Breen P.P., assisted by Canon Jim Power. To all assembled Principal, staff, ancillary staff, representatives of the Board of Management and Parents’ Association, friends, parents and most important of all, our student body, it was a memorable occasion.
The choir was accompanied by Kevin Hickey, with soloists Laura Rice and Aisling Dwyer, and a very welcome and appreciated instrumental on guitars was played by four young 1st Years, Noel O’Brien, Ted Barrett, Tony Myler and Garreth Lawrence.
Our guest for 2006 was Billy Slattery, formerly from Drumdeel, a past-pupil who has travelled much of the world in his career since leaving us some twenty odd years ago. He spoke of the value of achievement, no matter how small, and encouraged the student body to source and enjoy a career in which they would find happiness. He spoke of how the new school had developed since his days spent with us, and how luck the present generation were to have such excellent facilities, particularly the refurbished science block in its present ‘state-of-the-art’ structure.
The Principal, Mr Ernan Britton, addressed the assembly. He thanked all who had helped in any way with Awards Day, particularly the team of Mr Michael O’Gorman, Mr Richard Prendergast and Mr Denis Burke for organising the event. To Mrs Margaret Prendergast and Mrs Marian Gilpin for their respective contribution of the lovely altar and the rehearsals for the choir. He thanked Kevin Hickey for his musical contribution, Fr Breen and Canon Power for the Liturgy, the readers, Connie Sullivan for his hard work in preparing the hall, and the very valuable asset of a dedicated staff.
Mr Britton particularly thanked the parents, the Parents’ Association, and all members of staff who had worked so hard to make the Golf Classic of May 2006 such a huge success. Without their diligence and hard work, and without the support of the community, we would not have the beautiful science labs we have today. Me Britton paid special tribute to the achievement of our maths students of last year’s Leaving Cert who came third in the finals of Ireland's Team Maths competition held in Trinity College on 4th March a huge success for both them and their teacher Ms Lysaght.
Our volleyball teams also did us proud by winning two all-Irelands under the coaching of Ms Bernie O’Connor and Mr Denis Burke. They also achieved silver and bronze in Mosney.
The presentation of awards then took place. Special guest, Billy Slattery, presented the Student of the Year award for 2nd Year to Owen Healy; and 3rd Year to Aisling Dwyer. Junior Cert awards were presented to Colm Horan (Student of the Year), Ida Carroll (Padraig Pearse Award) and Colm Horan (Paddy Broderick Award).
Awards were presented to Peter Garrett (6th Year Student of the Year), Ronan Shee (Leaving Cert 2006), Ciaran Leahy (Padraig Pearse memento) and Joe Fogarty (Paddy Broderick memento). Mr Denis Burke presented the Sports Awards to Stephanie Fitzgerald and Liam Ryan.
Mr Jonathon Gilpin, Director Fethard Credit Union, presented the Credit Union Young Entrepreneur award to Padraig O’Shea and memento to David Gorey. The Outstanding Achievement Certificate was presented by Ms Bernie O’Connor to Padraig O’Shea for his success in Judo at Irish and international level. Certificates were also presented to members of the boys and girls volleyball teams.
Principal, Mr Ernan Britton, and Deputy Principal, Ms Marian Gilpin, presented the Attendance Awards to Katie Coen (2nd Year), Melissa Wallace (3rd Year), Ciaran Ryan (4th Year), Alan O’Connor (5th Year) and Christopher Thompson (6th Year).
Ms Marian Gilpin also presented the English Writers Awards to Rebecca O’Donnell (1st Year), Owen Healy (Junior Fethard Quill) and Kevin Ryan (Senior Fethard Quill).
Principal, Mr Ernan Britton, then presented special guest, Billy Slattery, with a framed print of the Millennium Sunrise over Slievenamon by local photographer Joe Kenny.
To complete the presentations, Credit Union Art Awards were presented to Louis Rice (1st Junior), Shannon Keating (2nd Junior), Xuan Wyatt (3rd Junior), Gráinne Horan (1st Senior), Laura Rice (2nd Senior) and Michelle Garrett (3rd Senior).
The Awards Day then closed with refreshments served for all in the school hall.
International Night will take place on Friday 24th November from 7.30pm to 12.30am. Tickets are €30 which also includes raffle. This event will be held in the New Park Hotel Clonmel and a great nights entertainment is assured.
Congratulations to our member Celia Byrne who recently appeared on RTE television show, ‘Winning Streak’. It was great to see so many local faces in the audience. Well done Celia, you did great!
Fethard Bridge Club Results
1st Gross: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey;
1st Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
Annual subscriptions of €25 are now due. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at Tel: (052) 32038.
Fethard and District Rugby
Roscrea started the second half with all guns blazing and our lads were on the back foot for most of the half, and our backs were resolute in defence with great handling from Stuart Broderick, Damien Barry and Johnnie Moroney. Ben Walsh playing at scrum half for the first time settled very well and made some great defensive tackles in the second half. Roscrea scored a consolation try in the final 10 minutes to leave the score 12 points to 5, in our favour.
The half team talk seemed to have worked because our team landed attack after attack and played all of the second half in the Clanwilliam half of the field, and were eventually rewarded with a great breakaway try by Richard Gorey who threatened the Clanwilliam line all day. Declan Doyle dropped kicked the conversion. Our team continued to play an attacking game and our captain Jack O’Sullivan spurned the chance of easy penalties to work for tries. Cathal Gorey was denied a try after strong running, being built up by the Clanwilliam defence. This attacking game was rewarded later when Alan O’Connor crossed the line for our second try. Jeff Coady and Nicholas Hayes (Nicky) came on for their first game and both can be very pleased with their contribution. Our U/16 props Stephen Healan and David Hall played very effectively and were not out of place in this company. This defeat will prove to be catalyst for this team as they proved by this robust game that they are well capable of playing at this level, and with practice, practice, practice, this team will be a force to be reckoned with, Tuesday night lads, all of you!
We send our best wishes and the wishes of all his team-mates to Paddy Teehan who was injured at training on Friday night.
P.S. Have you your Table Quiz team organised? Thursday 30th November in Butlers Bar.
The death occurred recently of Mr Pat Halpin, Quartercross, Killusty. Interment took place in Killusty.
Horse & Jockey on Wednesday produced several foxes and provided a typical Horse & Jockey day with hunting confined mostly to the hedge bog plantations.
Foxes were in very short supply at Lismolin on Thursday. The childrens meet at Kilcooley on Saturday did provide a good afternoons hunting through the Kilcooley Woodlands. Hounds hunted continuously from twelve o’clock to three. Whether the quarry was a red fox or something a bit larger is open to debate.
Knockfee on Saturday showed a big improvement. Following a nice run from the Waterlooer Gorse a few short hunts were enjoyed in Ballingeary area. The day concluded with a good hunt of forty minutes from Mortlestown Castle. Hounds ran a very fast circle through Casey’s, Kiely’s and O’Donnell’s to the main Cahir / Clonmel road to the Trass orchards. Turning here hounds hunted strongly back to Hickey’s where they had to give a good fox best.
White Heather Harriers
The three €50 ‘Lucky Dips’ were:
Next week’s Jackpot is €8,100 and the Jackpot seller’s prize €810.
Fethard GAA News
In the Senior Football Relegation Match we’re down to play Killenaule in Golden on Wednesday 1st November at 8pm. Congratulations to Aherlow on winning their first County Senior Football title since becoming a senior team in 1996 and the best of luck in the first round of the Munster Club Championship against Fr Caseys (Limerick). Aherlow appeared in four county finals, losing to Fethard in 1997, 2001, and to Commercials in 2003.
Over the weekend the season came down on the clubs involvement in all competition and we thank everyone who helped in any way during the year. The selectors and players, we are grateful for your cooperation with success in 2006 in the Intermediate Hurling South Championship in winning our fifth title. The club will be holding an open forum, before our annual general meeting, to plan for the future of the game in Fethard with a large influx of people in the development areas of the parish. Watch this space for date and time.
Congratulations to Dick Fitzgerald and Liam Connolly who will receive there Sean Na Ghael Awards on this Sunday in Brú Ború, bringing to Fethard a total of eight awards since their inception in 2003 Dick Allen (RIP), Dick Cummins (RIP), Elsie O’Dwyer (RIP), Johnny Farrell (RIP), Tom McCormack (RIP), and Joe Ahearne, We wish them the best of luck on the night.
Our Lotto Jackpot €2,400 was not won. We had one match three winner of €150, going to Stephen O’Brien (Rosegreen). The €50 Lucky Dip going to Sally Hayes (Cashel Rd). Numbers Drawn were 1, 8, 16 and 18. The tickets were kindly sponsored by Harrington Developments
Our sincere sympathies are at this time with the McCormack Family (Monroe) on the death of Tom. Go ndeanai trocaire ar an ainmeachta.
Fethard Players Take to the Stage this Weekend