Saturday 16th June 2007
A Lot of Rocking at the Abymill
All of those imagined fears proved to be totally unfounded.
The gig kicked off with Zero Tolerance who took us back to the sixties and early seventies with the music of Jimmy Hendrix and Thin Lizzy. I don’t think the other bands will mind if I say that this young band provided the highlight of the night. The guitar playing of Jimmy Hendrix was highly unorthodox and innovative. Only the bravest of guitar players would attempt to replicate it. Yet here, in the precocious person of Noel O’Brien, we had a young fourteen year old attempting the lead on two of Hendrix’s most famous classics ‘Hey Joe’ and ‘Purple Haze’ and carrying it off with great panache and bravura. As if that wasn’t enough we were treated to two Thin Lizzy classics ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ and ‘Dancing in The Moonlight.’ Again, Eric Bell’s distinctive guitar breaks were carried off with aplomb by Noel, Garreth Lawrence and Tony Myler. And let’s not forget the contribution of Ted Barrett on drums and Maryanne Fogarty on keyboards.
The Autocats arrival onstage saw the volume being pumped up considerably as they treated the audience to a selection of mostly self-penned numbers that really rocked. There was some excellent ensemble guitar playing from Lory Kenny, Fintan Maher and Declan Doyle. These boys were relentless and indefatigable with Matt O’Sullivan laying down an impressive beat in an unaccustomed role as drummer. An observation: why don’t you all wear shades lads? Oh, and little hats a la vocalist Kevin Maher would give you loads of attitude.
Things settled into a more reflective mood when Ruthless began their set, performing a selection of numbers penned by Jack and Matt O’Sullivan, alternating with some Damien Rice compositions.
Overall it was an impressive display from such a young bunch of lads and let’s not forget the two girls, Laura Rice and Maryanne Fogarty. Rock music is notoriously male-dominated and full of macho posturing so it was good to see two girls involved.
It’s incredible to think that a small town like Fethard could have three young bands trying to play real music, and having the courage, confidence and self-belief to write and perform their own compositions. What we saw may have been raw, but it was real and performed with conviction and was obviously heartfelt. It was great to see that there are kids still striving to create their own music, striving for originality rather than trying to be the next pretty-faced, boy or girl band miming to backing tracks. So, to The Autocats, Ruthless and Zero Tolerance keep at it. Remember, John Lennon and his band played their first gig at a garden fete. A small beginning and look what that led to!
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
Community Alert Public meeting
It is important that as many people as possible will come along and help get this Community Alert Programme up and running in our town. Please tell your friends to also come along and help us create and maintain a caring community in Fethard that will allay fear and reduce the feelings of isolation experienced by many people in our parish today.
Corpus Christi Procession
Annual Cemetery Mass at Calvary
Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Successful Race Night in aid of National SchoolThe Board of Management and the Parents Association of St. Patrick’s Boys School combined forces to organise a fundraising race night in McCarthy’s Hotel on Saturday 19th May.
The results were as follows:
Race 1, sponsored by Carroll Picture Framing, Meagher’s Garage, South East Scaffolding and WG Prout Plumbing was won by Michael O’Riordan’s ‘OR Ironworks’.
Race 2, sponsored by Centra, Allen Meats and A&B Tynan was won by ‘Town & County’ jointly owned by Susan Archdeacon, Conor O’Donnell and A.B. Ryan.
Race 3, sponsored by AIB, Wallace Coaches, Dawn Foods and Clonmel Glass & Mirrors, saw ‘Ballydine Star’ beat its opposition for K. Doherty.
Race 4, sponsored by Coolmoyne Couriers, Treacy Stables, The Lantern and McCarthy’s Hotel, brought joy to the Hayde family when ‘Three Ms’ won convincingly.
Race 5, sponsored by O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy, John Pollard Ltd., Manton Solicitors and Fethard Electrical Wholesalers, resulted in a dead heat between ‘Hally’s Comet’ owned by John Hally and ‘Chancing my Arm’ owned by Frank O’Donovan.
Race 6, sponsored by Killerk Foaling Management, Fergal Murray Car Sales, Premier Concrete and Clonmel Oil, saw ‘Monty’s Biscuit’ lead the field home to the delight of the Manton family.
Race 7, sponsored by O’Brien’s Auto Repairs, Colm Hackett, Sue Ann O’Donnell and Larry O’Keeffe’s Furniture, ‘Kaiser’s Revenge’ confounded his critics by winning the silverware for his owner Helena Delany.
Race 8, sponsored by Kilnockin Construction, Dr. Owens, Cleanrite and Clonmel Glass & Mirrors, was won by Caroline Brastock’s ‘Snowy’, undeterred by the hard ground and high temperature.
Race 9, sponsored by Manton’s Launderette, Dr Condon and Miceál Maher Construction, proved that ‘Molly Malone’, owned by Anita Maguire, was streets ahead of her rivals in Saturday’s race.
Race 10, the auction race, was sponsored by Fethard Juvenile Rugby Club, Ward’s Garage and Hayes’ Bookmakers, was won by ‘Classroom Devil’ purchased by A. Purcell.
The committee wish to thank sincerely those who donated items for auction. Artist Peter Curling donated a print, ‘Early Morning in Cheltenham’, which was kindly framed by Carroll’s Framing. Rugby memorabilia proved very popular among our bidders. Pat Ryan donated green fees for Cahir Park Golf Course. ‘War of Attrition’ made his ‘guest’ appearance in the form of a signed photograph donated by trainer Michael ‘Mouse’ Morris.
We greatly appreciated the donations received from businesses and supporters. Thank you also to the pupils’ families who bought horses and attended our race night, making it a very successful social evening.
Fethard GAA Club News
The Junior A football first round takes place on this Friday 15th June in Monroe where we take on Cahir at 8pm.
Thanks to those club members who turned up for the unveiling of the plaque on Friday last 8th June at McCarthys Hotel, Clonmel, where the first South Board Meeting was held in 1907. This was to mark the centenary celebration of that meeting. As we now approach the half way stages of these celebrations, the Chairman of South Tipperary County Council, Cllr Joe Donovan, awarded the South Board a civic reception on Friday last that was very much appreciated and enjoyed by all. On Saturday 9th June, the Centenary Celebration group were also invited to a Civic reception in Carrick-on-Suir by Cllr Denis Landy.
Mayor of Clonmel, Phil Prendergast, also recently awarded a Civic Reception in Clonmel Town Hall on behalf of Clonmel Corporation.
The club offers its sincere sympathy at this time to the Holohan Family (Cloneen) on the recent death of Father Pat Holohan (Rockwell College). Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
Kathleen Kenny, The Cottage, Fethard;
The €50 Luck Dip winners were:
Mary Ward, 62 Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.
Abymill Theatre AGM
Round the Walls Race
The death has occurred in England of Mr Johnny Heffernan. Johnny, now left Fethard for over 60 years, was a great athlete in his younger days and played senior football for Fethard at a very early age. Johnny was a brother of Nell Murphy, Mary Nagle and the late Paddy Heffernan.
Our sympathy to Mrs Mary Prout, Derryluskin, on the recent death of her mother, Mrs Joan Carroll, which took place on Monday 4th June at her home in Kilcully, Cork. Interment took place in Trelton, West Cork.
Frank Purcell Memorial Golf Classic
This Sunday for Fethard’s first ‘Confidential Art Sale’
The ‘Garden Party’ 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. Do come along and support this worthwhile event. All are welcome.