Saturday 26th May 2007
Challenge to Change!
Sixth Class was the designated group at Nano Nagle National School but they were very ably and enthusiastically assisted by Fifth Class. In fact all classes helped by being willing audiences and more actively by writing essays, poems and providing artwork.
The girls project was called, “Live simply that others may simply live”. Within this theme they researched slavery, child labour, war, conflict and care of the environment. A very enjoyable aspect of the project was the girls’ visits to local markets in Fethard, Clonmel and Cahir. This method of shopping seems like a very pleasant alternative to importing foods from halfway across the world.
With the help of organic farmer Fintan Rice, the girls set up a mini-garden, setting organic and seed-saver seeds which will hopefully produce lettuce, parsley, chives, radish, beet leaves, peas and marigolds. This was great fun and all are busy tending the garden and monitoring results.
The research also involved some guest speakers, namely Sr. Winnie and Sr. Juliana who spoke about Zimbabwe and the Philippines. Fintan Rice told us about organic growing and Jimmy Trehy spoke about working for the E.U. on a project in the Solomon Islands.
The work culminated in the coming together of 21 Presentation Schools in Kilkenny on Thursday 10th May. This was a great day where each school got to showcase their own work, view other projects and attend drumming or Indian culture workshops.
The Fethard girls really enjoyed the project in all its aspects and the Fifth Class girls are already planning and hoping they will get to take part in 2008.
Killusty Pony Show
Thanks to our many enduring sponsors, this year there are lucrative championships to be won in fifteen categories: Youngstock, Broodmare, Welsh, Connemara, Show Pony, Side-saddle, Mini Pony Open Show Hunter, Novice Show Hunter, Starter Stakes, Open Working Hunter, Novice Working Hunter. Performance Working Hunter and Equitation. There are fifty-five classes most of which lead to the Championship ring. As usual, Killusty does not rest on its laurels and this year’s new class is for the traditional cob in-hand. Schedules are available now from the Secretary, Betsy O’Connor, Knockkelly, Fethard, Co. Tipperary 052-31130 and may be found on the website of www.fethard.com. Entries close finally on 29th June and must be submitted with fees. A full catalogue is printed to include all the details of individual ponies. Catalogues of previous year’s Shows have become collector’s items as they contain the names of ponies who went on to win such as the Horse of the Year Show Championship and to event or Show Jump for Ireland and other countries.
There is a Riding Pony Class confined to locals within a twenty-mile radius as well as a very popular handy pony class where competitors are asked to perform a series of simple tasks on which they are judged. The special lead rein class caters for all children up to ten years on 1st January with no height restriction on the pony.
Equitation Riding and Jumping classes (where the rider is judged not the pony) may be entered on the day as can the Performance Working Hunter and the Fancy Dress (for which there is no entry fee). The Dog Show for those without ponies has become an outstanding feature of the day with entries increasing every year.
We look forward to seeing all and sundry on Saturday 7th July at Claremore Killusty at the foot of Slievenamon.
Fethard ICA Club
Fethard GAA Club News
Our Minor B footballers suffered their first defeat in Cloneen last Wednesday 16th May on a scoreline, Fethard 1-4, Ballingarry 1-10. The team was: J. P. McGrath, Gavin Fitzgerald, Adrian Lawrence, Kieran O’Connell, James Kelly, Alan O’Connor, Dean Tobin, Declan Doyle 0-1, Aaron O’Donovan, Eoin O’Connell, Jack O’Sullivan, Tom O’Connell, Eoin Condon 1-1, Christopher Sheehan 0-1, and Kieran Ryan 0-1. Subs used were Ben Walsh, Jonathan Fleming and Eoin Healy.
The South Board Commemoration takes place this weekend for Tom Keating in Cloneen on Saturday evening 26th, and Dick Cummins at the Parish Church Fethard after 11am Mass on Sunday Morning 27th May, followed by John Keating in Calvary and finishing with Sean O’Shea and Ned Kenrick in Red City Cemetery.
We continue our Intermediate Hurling South Championship with a game versus St Marys on Friday 1st June in Cahir at 7.30pm.
Our County Board Draw promoters are still on the road and with the first draw now taking place on Friday 1st June we thank you for your continued support.
The Club Lotto jackpot €5,000 was not won. The numbers drawn were 7, 13, 17 and 25. We had no match three winner so the following tickets drawn won €30 each: Monica O’Shea (Woodvale Walk), Nellie Ryan (46 St Patrick’s Place), Mark Hayden (Saucestown), Chrissie O’Meara (Grove Road) and Palma Sweeney (The Valley). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Philly Kenny (The Green). Thanks to Clonmel Oil for providing the tickets.
The club offers its condolences to the family of Tess Lawrence, Fr. Tirry Park, on their bereavement. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.
Marathon Time Again for Sisters
Irish High Crosses
Organised by the Historical Society the bus will leave outside the Town Hall at 10am. Bring your cameras and a picnic lunch for a full day's touring. The group will stop for dinner that evening on route back to Fethard. The price is €15 for the tour and can be booked by phone at 052 31936 or 086 3502360.
O’Reilly brothers return to Fethard
Local Band Showcase Gig
Over €4,500 raised locally for Cystic Fibrosis
Mandy Quigley is now secretary of the Tipperary branch of the association and has been involved for the past four years with this annual fundraising event. Mandy would like to thank everybody who participated in the event on behalf of the association and all the money raised will go towards research as there is currently no cure for cystic fibrosis.
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited condition. It affects organs in the body, particularly the lungs and digestive system, which become clogged with sticky mucus, making it difficult to breathe and digest food. People with Cystic Fibrosis have a shorter life expectancy, with the average being around 31 years, and as they are often dependent on lung transplants the association would remind people to carry organ donor cards whenever possible.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Under-8: Laura Butler, Rebecca Kenny, Mark Heffernan, Darragh Lynch, Aisling Gorey, Isabelle Kennedy, Eric Fogarty and Jack Ward.
Under-10: Annie Prout, Nicola Thompson, Jack Gleeson, Luke Grant, Megan Hayes, Chloe Burke, Dean Dorney and Matthew Lynch.
Under-12: Hannah Tobin, Kate Quigley, David Heffernan, Darren Needham, Karen Hayes, Clodagh Bradshaw.
Under-14: Aine Phelan and Shannon O’Brien.
Under-16: Kevin Hayes, Adam O’Donnell and Eoin Prout.
Hope everybody has collected their pass and paid their entry fee of €2 at the Community Games Office, Grove Road, by now. Competitors are to arrange their own transport.
The area has four competitors entered for the County Swimming Finals which will take place in Nenagh Pool on Saturday June 2nd also commencing at 1pm. Girls Under-12: Ciara Tillyer, Ballyvaden; Under-14 Jade Manickum, Coolmoyne; and Radika Janicovka, Coolmore. Boys under-16: Kevin Hayes, Redcity.
The Well Golf Society
Fethard and Killusty Anglers
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
These come-back kids did themselves, their trainers and club the proudest last Thursday evening in Monroe when they came back from being, ‘down but not beaten’ to force a replay against Ardfinnan for a place in the south final.
This was a game with of no individuality but a team of young boys, many of who will still be at under-12 next year, who played their socks off. Their teamwork and team spirit was in evidence when at half time they were 5 points down and they came back showing a bigger Ardfinnan team what it meant to play for Fethard. They fought and battled their way up the field and replied with a quick 3 points, leaving us 2 points down. Then a wonderful set-up from Kyle Walsh allowed Brian Healy to bury the ball into the back of the net leaving us 1 point ahead. The crowds went wild and wishing the ref would blow the final whistle. Ardfinnan managed to score a point late into injury time leaving the game level.
It was a game that left you wanting more and the replay has been set for Monday evening. Report next week. We can only wish these young lads and their trainers the very best of luck.
Fethard travelled to Killenaule on Friday evening of last week for a challenge match and what a great match it was. There were great displays of skill throughout the field. The backs consisting of Michael Fitzgerald, Gavin Fitzgerald and Kieran O’Connell, were outstanding and solid throughout. Gavin, in the blazing form of full back and Michael on the other side, made sure not much got through. Kevin Hayes was exceptional in goal and Daniel Hickey was in firing form on the night. Eoin O’Connell was fantastic to watch with Aaron Conran on top form as well. The skills and potential these young men showed on the night must formulate a team that will go all the way.
Parents are also asked to note that although the club is especially grateful to them for driving the children to the matches - it has been a great success. They are asked to please stay on a few moments after dropping their children up at the GAA Field to make sure that their child has a lift to the match and also for insurance purposes to make sure no child gets injured while waiting for a lift.
Membership fees are now well overdue and members are asked to note that they can drop their membership fees of €15 to Theresa Hurley's house, Strylea. Every effort is now required for members to start paying their membership. Any queries, please phone club secretary. Tel: 086 1713502.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
Jim O’Meara, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
The €50 Luck Dip winners were:
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.
Fethard Bridge Club Results
The results for game played on Wednesday 16th May were:
1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh;
2nd Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
1st Nett: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara;
2nd Nett: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny.
Confidential Art Sale
The event will be officially opened by local celebrity at 3pm and admission is €5 which includes Cream Tea. A raffle is also being run in conjunction with the event and has very attractive prizes such as, four tickets to the ‘Joseph’ show in London including €200 travelling expenses; two nights superior B&B accommodation at Derrynane, Co. Kerry; Lamb for Deep Freezing, €100 vouchers for ham, and lots more. Do come along and support this worthwhile event. All are welcome.