Saturday 16th December 2006
Fethard / Killusty London Reunion
Redcity was well represented with Tim Curran, Helen Curran and Ena (Curran) Griffin coming down from Hertfordshire. Ollie Fitzgerald travelled from Leicestershire to meet up with daughter Clare and Mick and Mary, on the London leg of their European tour, which has also taken in the Netherlands this year.
Tom Ryan from Killusty received a great round of applause when he popped up to give us an auld song. The auction of Clonacody House having taken place earlier in the week, provided a base for many stories of life and times around Clonacody, Jossestown, Coleman and Coolmoyne.
“The numbers were disappointing, but the evening was great”, commented Paul Looby, organiser of the event. Paul has, once again, asked for feedback from those who attended and those who didn’t. It would be a pity to lose the opportunity to meet, on an informal basis, others from home, but there is a considerable expense involved in organising anything at London venues.
Questions have been asked about the Irish Centre at Camden Town. The Kennedy Hall, venue of the Reunion for many years, is now office space, with the smallest available room in the Irish Centre accommodating over 320 people for functions. Most of the other Irish centre-type venues have regular Saturday night events, such as Bingo, country music, etc.
As ever, without the generous support of the Fethard & Killusty Community Council, the London Reunion could not take place. Paul Looby would like to thank the Community Council, Mary Morrissey and her Band, Michael Falsey and Simon and Adam from the walkabout in Temple for making the evening the success that it was.
Patrician Presentation Jottings
Study Skills Study Skills Day was held on Wednesday 6th December. A visiting lecturer from Student Enrichment Services gave a very intensive day-long training course to 3rd Year and some 4th Year students. They focused on improving study techniques, exam preparation, and setting targets. All the students, afterwards, expressed great satisfaction with the course, which is held annually, sponsored by the Parents Association.
Grease Well done to Ms Marian Gilpin and the whole cast, on their wonderful production of ‘Grease’, which ran for three nights last weekend. The show played to full houses each night.
School Athletics Congratulations to Adam O’Donnell on winning the recent Cidona Schools Cross-Country 3rd Year Boys’ event, also, well done to Louis Rice on coming 6th in the 1st Year boys event.
Religious Services Penitential services for senior classes, directed by Fr. Gerry Horan OSA, will take place during the coming week in the Convent Chapel. The school is grateful to Sr. Bosco and the Community for the use of the beautiful chapel on numerous occasions during the year.
Junior classes will have their penitential services on Thursday in the Parish Church. Fr Tom Breen P.P. will kindly conduct these services.
Finally, our annual carol service will take place on Monday 18th December at 2.45pm in the school hall.
It is hoped that these religious services will help remind the pupils of the real meaning of Christmas in an ever-increasing commercialised world.
How Many Graveyards?
One reader says there are fourteen and questioned Kilbragh, which is partly in our parish, but the actual graveyard, Kilbragh / Railstown, is in Cashel parish.
The graveyards we can list in Fethard & Killusty Parish are: Parish Church Church; Augustinian Abbey; Holy Trinity Church of Ireland; Presentation Convent (private); Kiltinan; Killusty; Kilmaclugh (Grove Estate); Everardsgrange; Calvary Cemetery; Peppardstown; Rathcoole; Tullamaine; Redcity and Templemartin.
Have we still missed one? You tell us!
Tiobraid Árann Abu
Reaching the big plantation over the road, they hunted with great cry and drive. Charlie was determined not to leave this refuge and Derry decided to leave him after some good covet hunting.
Hacking back to Monslatt, hounds took some time to get one of a brace to leave the covet by the Killenaule / Ballingarry road. They hunted their fox across the laneway to the plantation where he was left after twenty minutes hunting in covet.
The main covet at Springhill held a fox, which was once again not anxious to leave. Eventually pushing him out on the top, they headed down to the Laffansbridge road at Cleragh where they were stopped.
Drawing across the road, The Glen proved blank as did Dunguib where, in cricket parlance, bad light stopped play.
Foxes were hard to find from Ballinure on Wednesday. A short run was had in the afternoon from The Scart. This fox ran through Ballougoby towards Folkstown. Making a u-turn here, he retraced his steps to where he was found. Running right-handed, it looked very much as if he was heading for Noan wood where he got to ground close by the Ballinure road.
The weather once again proved the spoilsport at Loughcopple on Thursday. Hounds and huntsman tried their very best but little could be done. A good supply of foxes did, however, keep hounds and followers on the move throughout a very bad day.
The best run of the day on Saturday, from Darcy’s Cross, was in the afternoon from Holoways, following a run from Mocklerstown to the Lagoons and back to Milltown in the morning. From Holoways they crossed the Barrettstown road to Prospect. Turning left, they crossed the Coolmoyne road to Barrys. From here they ran right-handed to Coolmoyne at Martleys where they lost him.
With the White Heathers
Fair dues to huntsman and whips for taking out hounds on the only day in the week they can, getting wet through on Sunday in the process.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday next, 17th December, in Cloneen, and on St. Stephen’s Day in Drangan. Both meets at 11am.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
Nellie Heffernan, 19 Barrack Street, Fethard;
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Tom Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot is €8,540 and the Jackpot sellers prize is now €885.
St. Vincent de Paul Collection
Putting Christ back into Christmas!
Healthy Living Club
Fethard GAA Club News
The club would like to thank the Allen family (Killusty) for presenting the Dick Allen Memorial Cup to the South Board on Sunday 10th December. The cup will be used for the up and coming Minor Football B Championship 2007.
We wish Miceál McCormack the best of luck in his second year as South Board Chairman and to Noel Byrne who retained his position on the Fixture Committee.
We would remind anyone with photos available for inclusion in the South Centenary Book to forward same to Noel Byrne without delay. The first event of the South Centenary Year will be the unveiling of a plaque at the GAA Centre Clonmel on Saturday 13th January at 3pm by Munster Council Chairman. Sean Fogarty. A presentation of medallions will be made to relatives of deceased officers of the South Board.
Last week’s Lotto Jackpot €2,900 was not won. We had no match threes. The numbers drawn were 15, 16, 17 and 26. The following won €30 each: Veronica Barry (Cashel), Robert O’Riordan (Cloran), Chrissie O’Meara (Grove Rd), Philip Doyle (Woodvale Walk) and Claire Landy (Killusty). The €50 Lucky Dip going to Kathleen Connolly (The Valley).
This week’s Lotto Jackpot €3,000 was also not won. We had two ‘match three’ winners who received €75 each: Nicky O’Shea (Tullow) and Abigail Doyle (Woodvale Walk). We would like to thank Harrington Developments for supplying tickets.
On behalf of the Fethard Club we would like to wish all officers, members, sponsors, supporters and players a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.