Saturday 6th January 2007
Reunion of Class of 1980/81
I was quite pleased that I remembered nearly everyone as they came in. I do admit that I needed an prompt from another enlightened ‘pupil’ for Mary Slattery from Milltown, Lisronagh. It wasn’t long before photographs were circulating from Mairead Fitzpatrick, Ena O’Meara and Mandy Phelan. Happily we can say that all in attendance still held their looks from 25 years ago with some maybe carrying the start of middle-age spread. But what the heck it’s not the quantity but the quality that counts!
Anthony ‘Sid’ Colville and Liam Daly revived lots of memories with their remarkable floor performance to the Sex Pistols ‘God Save the Queen’. I think they may have forgotten that they hadn’t leaped and jumped to Punk Rock music for quite a while. Bill Kennedy had a deliberator on standby in case it was needed!
One thing noticed on the night was the general feeling of camaraderie amongst all the people who turned up and the genuine interest that everybody had in talking and listening to other friend’s stories of their lives. That memorable tour to Mountshannon was a topic that could be discussed forever. We laughed about who had kissed who and where they are now. Our two class love-birds, Ger Moloney and Paul Anglim, have been together since Inter-Cert and were still smiling together at the reunion. It was also lovely to meet Fr. Tom O’Connell who is now a curate in Thurles. It’s amazing that someone can live so near and yet you still never meet them.
The night ended on a very positive note everybody enjoyed it and the following day lots of phone calls were received saying how much fun they had and asking not to let another twenty-five years slip by without meeting up again. A big thank-you to Johnny O’Connor who put a lot of effort into choosing appropriate music for the night and also to Michael O’Flaherty for supplying the food, which was very nice and provided a bit of welcome ‘soakage’.
To finish up all I can say is they’re a great bunch of people and as Fr Thomas wrote in my book on the night, “In your chain of friendship, please regard me as a link.” (Liz Newport)
Fethard ICA Notes
We will hold our usual monthly meeting on Tuesday 9th January at 8pm, ‘green group’ are catering.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
Transition Year Youth Group Christmas Carolling
Fethard GAA Annual General Meeting
TYs Sing for Christmas Lights
Helen Prout receives top accolade
Helen went to school in Killusty and married Chris Prout from Killusty in 1947 and later moved to Cork. Helen's interest in film began at the age of 16, when her parents gave her an old clockwork movie camera as a present.
But it was not until 1972, at the age of 42 when her 13 children had been raised, that Helen submitted two entries in an amateur film competition; The Cork Camera House Competition. Both of her entries a documentary about schoolchildren and a film called Fluffy's Adventure took first place. Fluffy's Adventure went on to win first place in The Carlow Film Festival, the Irish Film Institute's Agfa Film Trophy Award as well as various awards in England, Belgium and New Zealand. But far from seeking further glory in the world of amateur film, Helen's thoughts were of others.
“At the festivals, there were no young people involved. They didn't make film-making simple. I thought it was a pity and I said I'd get involved in showing young people how easy it was to make films”, said Helen. And so, the Cork Youth Film Group, later to become the Cork Youth Film, Video and Arts Group, was born. Helen began with a film workshop for ten year olds in Gurranabraher. In 1980, she held the first youth film festival in the country - The Cork Youth International Film Festival. From there, the interest kept growing.
In 1986, Helen became the president of the International Association of Amateur Film and Video Film Festival and was involved in festivals in 40 countries. That was two years after she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Her last Cork festival was in 2005. The festival is now run by the Cork City Learning Support Group, but Helen, who is wheelchair-bound, says she will never give up her workshops. At the moment she is engaged in compiling an archive of all 5,000 films ever entered in the festival. The original films will be stored in the Irish Film Archive in Dublin, while copies of all films and all the files, photographs and her camera will be stored in the Cork City Archive.
Goal Mile on Christmas Day
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Global warming is it here?
Weather for the year (courtesy of Parsonshill Farms Fethard):
February was cold and dry. There were only twelve days of ground frost and sixteen days of rain but we still only had 36 mm for the month.
March saw the coldest night of the year on the 4th with a recorded temperature of minus -7.2˚c. We had twelve days of ground frost and twenty days of rain. Rainfall was 954mm for the month.
April was a dry and cold month. There were only 32.2 mm of rain for the month and seven days of ground frost.
May was wet and windy with no frost, but 114mm of rain fell in the month. There is an old saying that says, “a wet and windy May, fills the barn with corn and hay”. It is probably true!
June got off to a very dry and warm start and temperatures reached 25˚c on the 6th. We had four days with temperature reaching 25˚c. During the month only 30mm of rain fell and most of this was in the last week.
July stayed hot and dry with the temperature reaching 29˚c on the 19th (the highest for the year) and the soil temperature reached 20.4˚c (the highest on record). The rainfall was low at only 47 mm for the month.
August was warm and dry. Most of the rain came as showers mainly in the second half of the month. Rainfall 46.6mm remember august 1986 when 200mm of rain fell in August. That was the year of Hurricane Charlie.
September saw the start of the rain. We got 145mm in 21 days. 75mm fell between 19th and 24th.
October saw more rain. We only had seven days without rain and 136mm fell in the month. 34.5mm (1.4 inches) fell on the 25th, which was the wettest day of the year. There was no frost and temperature was 1.5˚c above normal
November started off dry with no rain for five days. It then rained for the next twenty-five days. 156 mm fell during the month.
December stayed wet and stormy with rain for the first twenty days. High pressure came in on the 20th and stayed with us until just after Christmas. The rains came on St. Stephen’s night and it has being wet and stormy since. We had 143mm of rain in December, which was the wettest December since 1993.
The total rainfall for the year is 1038mm (41.5 inches) this is 125mm (5 inches) above normal. The average rainfall for the last 20 years is 912.5 mm (36.5 inches). The mean temperature for 2006 is 1˚c above average. The weather is definitely getting warmer and wetter, so maybe we will be able to sail up to the North Pole in 2040 without an icebreaker! We will wait and see what happens in 2007.
Tipperariana Book Fair
All followers of Tipperary Foxhounds will be saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Ward O’Malley. The late Mr O’Malley was still in the top flight of riders to hounds fearlessly taking on the biggest Tipperary banks when well into his eighties. This great old veteran of the chase will be sadly missed. Mr. Tom Burns MFH, in a few well chosen words paid a special tribute to Mr O’Malley before the Tipperary Foxhounds moved off from the meet at Cashel Palace on Saturday last.
With the White Heather Harriers