Saturday 14th July 2007
Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Moyglass United AGM
Exciting Summer Camp for Youths
The main focus of this summer camp will be the preparation of a Medieval-themed act. The organisers are delighted that staff from the Multimedia Department Tipperary Institute have offered their services to produce a DVD of the performance. Additional activities included in the programme for the week include creating and wearing medieval costumes, making and using medieval weaponry, writing scripts and re-enacting battles. And that’s only the ‘history’ bit! There’s also bowling, a fun-sports day, a treasure hunt, remote-control cars, a barbeque and more.
Application forms for this camp are available from the Community Office, Barrack Street and Newport’s Newsagents, Main Street. Closing date for completed forms is Friday 13th July.
A few hours after they had left town, the second group of Australians hit town. They were the connections of the Australian mare ‘Miss Andretti’ that had impressed as a winner in Royal Ascot recently. The majority shareholder in the mare surely has Irish blood flowing through his veins as he reportedly turned down an offer of eight million for the mare (his share cost him 80,000), replying that his business was doing fine and that he led a frugal lifestyle in general . . . so he was willing to enjoy the mare racing rather than the money.
Two locals travelling to Tanzania
The project is being developed in a newly created parish that is under the care of the Palatine fathers and is in a very deprived slum area of Arusha. The skills learned will be used to increase the capacity of the local community to help improve the living conditions of the parishioners. The parish is called the Esso parish and caters for between 50,000 and 60,000 people desperately in need of assistance. The provision of the centre, the short courses, and the creation of the musical and dramatic groups will enable the parish to raise funds by using the newly acquired skills, and by providing entertainment for commercial businesses in Arusha. The drama/music group will also provide a much need outlet for the energies and talents of the large number of unemployed youth of the parish.
Carmel and Mary have agreed to raise a minimum of €5,500 each to support the work of Playing for life in Tanzania. Playing for Life depend greatly upon the generous giving of time, skills sharing and financial support of people like Carmel and Mary, and urge people to assist them in reaching their fundraising target.
If you would like to know more about Playing for Life and their great work you should visit their web site, www.playingforlife.ie or Tel: 045 881607 and they will be delighted to discuss any aspect of their work with you.
Summer Visitors Scarce
The working out of local sandpits, notably the large pits in Rathcoole where the martins nested, put pay to them. The house martins, which nest under the eaves of houses, have also been very scarce for a number of years. The power-hose used on new bungalows and the smooth plaster used on most houses has also helped their demise.
The swallows have been more or less holding their own although there has been a continuous decline nationwide since the 1980s.
This year the swifts are almost gone. These are the last of the swallow tribe to arrive around 1st May and they are gone by the first week in August. Time was when literally hordes of these birds nested in the ruins of the old Military Barracks where the cattle mart now stands. Under the roof of the Abbey Church and the old Convent National School were also the sites of many nests. All these sites have now been demolished. The Abbey Church has been re-roofed and the swifts have disappeared. The destruction of their habitat is not the only reason for the swifts decline. An article in the Daily Telegraph last week states the same situation has arisen in England this year. Hardly a dozen swifts are flying over Fethard this season. Are they going to follow the cuckoo and corncrake into oblivion?
However, on the credit side, we are glad to report that a skylark, another member of the endangered species, has been seen and heard, for the first time in twenty years, soaring and singing over Brodeen.
Sadels Restaurant Closed
Fethard GAA Club News
In football Liam wore the county senior jersey for 11 years with no break from 1956 to 1967 without success. He also represented his club at minor in 1954, a feat unrivalled by any other person in the Fethard club.
For his Fethard club Liam holds Senior County Football titles for 1954, 1957, when at age eighteen he won his first. He won South Senior Titles in 1954, 1955, 1957, 1969, 1976, spanning 22 years between his first and last, and also won Tipperary Man Cup Medals during that period.
Having had the privilege to win two South titles with him I can say Liam was a gentleman at all times with tremendous commitment and advice. In junior football he was a member of the Killusty 1956 South and County winning team. He holds a unique record as a Fethard youth when he won a South minor hurling and football title in 1952 with Fethard as a 16 year old, and another minor South football medal in 1951 as a 15 year old.
Hurling was his great love and he holds a South senior medal with Na Piarsaig 1957 and a Group B South title in 1956 with Padraigh Pearses. He was part of the Coolmoyne Junior A South winners of 1959, and later in life was honoured with a Hall of Fame in 1994, and a Cumann na Sean Ghael Award in 2006.
Liam will be sadly missed for his guidance on the field and his ability to read the game his presence will also be a void on the sideline. To his family we offer our sincere condolences at this time. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.
In intermediate hurling we were defeated on Sunday 8th July in Kilsheelan on a scoreline, Carrick Davins 4-16, Fethard 1-12, with the Davins pulling away in the final quarter. The team was: Kieran Treacy 1-1 (frees), Richard Gorey, Michael Carroll, Niall Hayes, Christopher Sheehan, Michael Ryan, Jamie McCormack 0-1, John P Looby 0-2, John Leahy, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1 Stephen O’Donnell 0-1, Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher, Miceál Spillane, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-6f. Sub used was Connie Flynn. With four games played and three to go our next game is scheduled game is for weekending 22nd July against Cahir.
The Minor Hurling B second round was played last Monday 2nd July, also in Kilsheelan. This was a great game played in ideal conditions with Carrick Swans winning in the final two minutes on a scoreline, 3-12 to Fethard’s 2-12. The team was: Mathew Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald (Red City), James Kelly, Kieran O’Connell, Tom O’Connell, Eoin O’Connell 0-1, Adrian Lawrence, Dean Tobin 0-7f, James O’Keefe, Aaron O’Donovan, Declan Doyle 1-2, Alan O’Connor, Kieran Ryan 1-1, Chris Sheehan 0-1f, and Jonathan Fleming. Our next game in this division is against Fr Sheehys.
Our Lotto Jackpot €5,700 was not won. We had one Match Three winner, Bernie Byrne (Claremore). The numbers drawn were 6, 8, 19 and 21. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Noreen Maher (Abbeyville). Congratulations also to our County Board Winners €200 John Keane (Tullamore) on 29th June, and Eileen Maher (Dun Aoibhinn) on 6th July.
Foróige Citizenship Regional Event 2007
The FCYP/Scoil Ruain project called ‘Us the Future’ in which the twelve members, all 1st years in the school, was based on improving the look of the old VEC building in Killenaule. The group decided the best way to do this was to plant flower boxes and hang flower baskets at the school. The aim of the project was for each member to learn how to actively participate in their own communities.
Three members travelled to Cork for the event and to represent their group, overall it was a great opportunity for the group to get recognition for their hard work and dedication. The group were one of three groups that represented South Tipperary on the day, Clerihan Foróige Club and Carrick-on-Suir Neighbourhood Youth Project were also there. The day ended on a great high as the three groups joined forces to win digital cameras each at a quiz organised for the day. Well done lads!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their help and support throughout my time in Fethard and Killenaule. I had a fantastic seven months and hope that it will not be the last of the FCYP.
To everyone that participated in the groups and to everyone that I met and worked with as Youth Officer for the Project, I wish you all the best and thank you, Suzie O‘Shea.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
Bridget Hayes, Main Street, Fethard;
The €50 Luck Dip winners were:
M.J. Croke, c/o XL Stop & Shop, Fethard;
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.
Two Time Polka and a Sunderland Shirt
The event will take place this Saturday night in the garden behind McCarthys. Music is by the very popular Cork band ‘Two Time Polka’ whose reputation as a live act is growing throughout Ireland.
Tickets can be purchased in McCarthy’s . They cost €20 and all the profits from the night will go to Fethard lady, Alice Leahy’s Trust charity. If anybody is interested in bidding for the jersey prior to the event they can ring 086 8119625 or email firstname.lastname@example.org