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Saturday 20th October 2007

Fethard GAA Club News
In Senior Football we expect to play the county semifinal against Thomas McDonaghs either Sunday 21st or weekending 28th October, please check sports page for fixture. We wish our team the very best of luck. Congratulations to club player, Paul Fitzgerald, who was a member of the Munster Senior Football panel who beat Leinster in the providential semifinal and now play the final in Croke Park on Saturday 27th October

Fethard connections with the county club success in Offaly/Roscommon include the Keane brothers, James and John, sons of John Keane (formerly from The Green). The brothers played with Tullamore (Offaly) and helped win their 26th title and their first in the last five years, with a 1-12 to 0-12 victory over Shamrocks. Congratulations also to the Mannion brothers, Karl and John, sons of Catherine Mannion (nee Byrne, Killusty) in winning their third county title in a row with St Brigid’s (Roscommon).

Well done to our young Minor B Football boys who have now qualified for the county final after a hard earned victory in the semifinal over a gallant Newport played on Sunday last in Templemore. The final scoreline was: Fethard 1-9, Newport 1-6.

The team was: J P McGrath, Ben Walsh, Cathal Gorey, Ciaran O’Connell, Tom O’Connell, Adrian Lawrence 0-1, James Kelly, Michael Fleming, Aaron O’Donovan, Dean Tobin 0-1, Christopher Sheehan 0-5 (3f), Alan O’Connor, Eoin Condon 0-1, Declan Doyle, and Eoin O’Connell 1-1. Subs used were: Johnny Fleming and Daniel Hickey. Other sub Eoin Healy. The final is provisionally set for weekending 28th October.

The Junior A Football South Championship continues this Saturday when we play St Patricks in Kilsheelan. The time is to be clarified so please check sports page for details.

The St Augustine Senior Hurling 25 Years Celebration Dance will be held in the Hotel Minella on Friday 26th October.  We ask you to support those who brought honour to the club and come along and have an enjoyable night with old friends. Music for the night supplied by Richie Halpin. Tickets for Dinner Dance are reasonable priced at €35 each and are available from Noel Byrne (052) 31518, Gus Fitzgerald (052) 31354, Michael Keane (052) 32038.

Our Lotto Jackpot of €7,100 was not won. The numbers drawn were 8, 17, 19 and 27. We had no match three winner so the following tickets drawn won €30 each: Mary Ward (62 Woodvale Walk), Garreth Byrne (Claremore), Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan), John Aylward (Roebucksland) and Margaret Hogan (Peafield). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan). Tickets were kindly provided by Fethard Wholesale Electrical.

Fethard ICA
An Exhibition of crafts takes place in the I.C.A Hall on Sunday 21st October from 12 noon to 5.30pm. On display will be a number of different and very interesting items of crafts, some for sale, a chance for early Christmas shopping. Proceeds of sale go to Concern.

Senior Day Cancelled
The 'Senior Day' at Fethard & District Day Care Centre has been cancelled for the last Friday in October. It will resume again on the last Friday of November.

Golden Wedding Anniversary
Congratulations to Bill and Josie Whitney on the occasion of their recent Golden Wedding Anniversary celebrated at their home in Walthamstow, London, and their second honeymoon in St. Ives, Cornwall.  Bill and Josie were married in the R.C. Church in Kentish Town, London, on the 5th October 1957, are parents to nine children, three boys and six girls, grandparents to twenty-six children and great-grandparents to three children.

Josie was formerly Josie Sheehan from Clarebeg, Killusty, one of a family of twelve born to the late Paddy and Mary Sheehan. Josie’s husband, Bill, is a Londoner and both are very popular in the area. In 2000 they appeared on A BBC show and as a result of their success Josie had Rose named after her, “The Josie Whitney Rose”. They are frequent visitors to Killusty and Fethard and have a grand-daughter living in Carrick-on-Suir.

Their family and friends in Killusty and Fethard wish them both many years of good health and happiness.

Fethard & District Juvenile Rugby Club
We have played two games of the season so far and it has been fantastic to see 80 plus players for the last two Sundays at the home pitch, on the invaluable Community field in Fethard, from the ages of 6 years to 12 years. Fantastic support from the parents is much appreciated. We look forward to continuing this throughout the season.

Under 7 & 8 Mini Rugby have played matches against Cashel, Clonmel and Nenagh in the past two weeks and it has been wonderful to field a squad of 34 players for these. All three games were very tough and it was wonderful to see great improvement from this squad over the past two Sundays. With a large number of rugby debutants it made exciting and interesting viewing. There were plenty of tough tackles, improved passing and great try scoring from all teams.  Here’s to an enjoyable season ahead and well done to the following; Jack Ward, Connor Black, Owen Delmacker, Richard Houlihan, Patrick Scully, Ciaran O’Dwyer, Danny Gleeson, Joe Carroll, Darragh Lynch, Joseph O’Connor, Gavin Ryan, Luke Bradstock, Ned Grogan, Lorcan Ivors, David Healey, Harry Butler, Aaron Smullen, Harry Cummins, Dale Murphy, Connor Pierson, William Pratt, Darragh Harcourt, Muirean O’Connell, Oliver Pearson, Tommy Morgan, Ross Mullins, Aaron Ryan, Jack Spillane, Andrew Moloney, Gavin Moloney, Frankie Maher, Mark Heffernan and Jack Dolan.

The under 10s were victorious and had a great game. A great turn out was wonderful to see and the team provided excellent ball skills and great tackling shone through on the morning. Players to give a great performance on the day were Harry Tobin, Kerry Purtill, Christian Casey and Ben Murray.

Our under 9s had a very hard fought game and came out on top 1-0 against Cashel. There was good play from the whole team and it would be unfair to single out any of the players this week. Keep up the great rugby. With a number of first timers the teaming are working well together and are showing improvement.

Next the under 11s played Cashel and the scoring was, Fethard 5, Cashel 2. With two quick tries at the end coming, it made for great Rugby. Worth mentioning Cathal Mahoney and Jack Kennedy who played extremely as well as did Eoin Hurley. It was a very hard fought game with the two even sides providing great viewing. We had a few first time rugby players giving a great account of themselves and the made for a good day out.

Moving up the Under 12s, we have a very good team this year and beat Cashel 5-1 with some excellent ball handling skills displayed amongst them. Players to shine were, Jimmy Feehan, Josh Murray and Paul Butler along with Robert Horan.

Next week we play away in Nenagh in a ‘Mini Blitz’ for the under 8s, 10s & 12s. Kick off is 10.30am and cars will leave Fethard Ballroom at 9.15am.

The under 14s played Roscrea and were victorious on a score 32-7. Jack McCarthy scored the opening try and we went to half time leading 5-0. We conceded an early try to go 7-5 behind and then we took over after that. Keith Guiry scored 3 tries on the trot. Declan Fanning and Willie Croke both got in for tries at the end. David Hayes kicked the only successful conversion of the day. A much bigger effort will be needed next week when we play Dungarvan at home on Sunday, time to be confirmed at training.

Our under 16s travelled to Roscrea on Sunday and put in a great performance. Such was the standard of the rugby played by these young men that Eddie O’Sullivan, et al, need have no worries for the future of Irish Rugby. Our young men got off to a flying start with Robert Hall breaking through for our first try, which was duly converted by Daniel Hickey. Colm Shanahan and Matthew Fitzgerald were dominant among the forwards and scrapped for every ball, turning over great ball throughout. Our second try came from our scrum half Conor Kavanagh where passing and decision making continues to impress. Our third try came after a 30-metre break by Seanie Curran, before releasing Tim Donovan to cross the ball. Daniel again added the points. Our fourth try was a classic with our hacker Matt O’Sullivan moving out to create the extra man and release Aaron Conlon into the corner. Aaron’s attacking game continues to improve and he was rewarded with his 2nd and Fethard’s 5th try. Jack O’Connell scored Fethard’s 6th try and Daniel Hickey rounded off a great display with a well taken penalty this was the last action of the game to leave Fethard winners by 39 points to 19 for Nenagh. Their next game is at home against Thurles on Sunday. Time will be confirmed at training this week.

Our under 18s did not have a game this week. They play at home Saturday evening at 5pm against Waterford City and the game will be finished in time for the world cup final.

If you have not already registered please return your membership form to the club ASAP so your child will be covered to play under the insurance scheme.  If you are not receiving the texts regarding matches please text your child’s name and age group i.e. U12 to 087 744 7691. Also coaches and parents — under senior membership the new season’s fees of €50 are now due. Please collect your forms from Polly Murphy.

Rugby Ball — A night not to be missed!
Tickets are in great demand for our inaugural Ball, which will be held on the 17th November in the Minella Hotel. This will be a Black Tie affair with tickets at €50 each. The night will include entertainment and dancing so ladies you can organise your glad rags and gents dry clean your monkey suit and join us all for a fabulous night. Tickets are available from Jimmy O’Sullivan, Ger Manton and the Rugby Committee so please don’t leave it too late — organise your tickets now!

Fethard Historical Society
Imagine our surprise, during the Fethard Historical Society’s recent visit to the French bastide, Tournan, to be greeted as Ghaeilge; “Beannacht Dé araibh go léir”. The gentleman in question, David Maine, hails originally from Valentia, Co. Kerry, and his mother’s people were the O’Neills from Rathronan.

David and his wife, Judith, in response to a request from the Mayor of Tournan, very kindly re-arranged their Sunday schedule to come and meet us during our visit to that lovely medieval town. They have been living in the area for the past eight years and were able to afford us interesting insights into the French way of life and the reality of living abroad.

Suffice to say that the French countryside suits them admirably and they have become part of the their local community. Their advice regarding making a success of any such undertaking is to learn the language – something apparently which a surprising number of expatriates neglect to do!

A heartfelt “merci bien” to David and Judith for their warm welcome to Tournan. Our time with them considerably enriched our experience there.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday 10th October we played for the Free Sub Nett and the results were:

1st Nett: Tony Hanrahan and David Abell (winners of free sub);
2nd Nett: Breda O’Grady and Kathleen Kenny;

1st Gross: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey;
2nd Gross: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny.

Next Wednesday, 24th October, we play for Hallowe’en prizes. Anyone looking for a partner please contact Berney Myles at 32038.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 10th October were: 1, 18, 23 and 27. There was no Jackpot winners.  There was no ‘Match 3’ winners so three tickets were drawn and the following won €50 each:

Nicky O’Shea, Cloneen, Fethard;
Philomena Morrissey, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Breda Ryan, Coolmoyne, Fethard.

The €50 Luck Dip winners were:

Anne Nevin, Ballintemple, Cashel Road, Fethard;
Michael Leahy, 3 Cedar Grove, Fethard;
The Roches of Woodvale, Fethard.

Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.

Patrician Presentation Secondary School
The school volleyball teams are currently in training for the championship, which starts this week. The girls, now trained by Mr McGree, are in strict training and play their first games in Callan on Thursday of this week where they will face Callan, Lismore and Kilkenny. The boys continued their preparation with a trip to Lismore on Friday where they played two challenge games. The A team won and the B team failed narrowly but were short Eoin O’Connell through injury. The boys head for Loughrea, Co. Galway, on Tuesday next week to play Loughrea and Woodford.

Awards Day
The Patrician Presentation Annual School Awards Day will take place on Friday 19th October in the school. There is great excitement already in the school regarding the recipients of these awards.

Patrician Bicentenary
Many celebrations will take place worldwide in 2008 to mark the bicentenary of the founding of the Patrician Brothers. The Patricians are still trustees of our school and events will be held in Fethard to coincide with the event. Further information at a later date.

TY Art/History Trip to Dublin
On Tuesday 9th October the TY pupils, accompanied by their teachers, Ms O’Sullivan, Ms Looby, Ms Fogarty, and the 5th and 6th year art and history pupils, took part in an educational programmes tour of Dublin Museum.

It was a long day but a very worthwhile outing. First stop on this trip was the Hugh Lane Art Gallery with a comprehensive presentation of this Georgian Gallery and its collection of art. The highlight of the visit was the viewing of Francis Bacon’s art studio and the reality of “inspirational chaos”.

Next on the tour was the National Museum where the emphasis was on our Celtic treasurers, the Fethard medieval statues and the bog bodies. After lunch in St. Stephens Green it was back to the bus for a visit to Collins Barracks where we viewed an exhibition on high crosses followed by a guided tour of the fashion exhibit, “The Way we Wore”, and a weaponry exhibition.

Finally, for many of our pupils, the highlight of the day was the guided tour of Kilmainham Jail where they heard the history of the jail and visited the cells of famous people in Irish history.

Business Trip
On Wednesday 26th September the First Year students of Patrician Presentation Secondary School were introduced to the world of local enterprise. The tour was organised with the assistance of Ms Sue Ann O’Donnell in her role as Student Enterprise Officer with the South Tipperary Enterprise Board. The students were also accompanied by their teachers, Mrs Anne O’Donnell, Mr Damien Byrne and Mr Michael Leonard.

The students travelled first to Gurtnafluer Business Park where they met with business owners, Mr and Mrs Peter Schaerer of the Label Factory and Mr Michael Lavin of the Transport Museum. Then, on to Carrigeen Business Park where they met business man, Mr Robert Jones of Vision ID. Finally they met with Mr Paddy O’Keeffe who gave them a tour of Tipperary Organic Ice Cream after which some tasting of the product was enjoyed.

Insight into how each person set up their business, pitfalls, advertising, marketing etc., made the tour very interesting and will hopefully result in the encouragement of an entrepreneurial spirit among these young people.

Niall Mellon Trust Fund
John H Delany of St. Johnstown Fethard is getting ready to take part in the Niall Mellon Township Trust building blitz. He will join more than 1300 other volunteers from around the country on the journey to one of the poorest shanty towns in South Africa. It's the biggest group yet to travel from Ireland for the annual intensive building campaign.

On 2nd November he will set off on the one-week volunteer trip to build 200 houses in the township in Cape Town. In the last five years, the trust has built over 1500 houses in four townships in South Africa.

They've provided homes for thousands of impoverished families, moving them from one-roomed shacks to two and three-bed roomed homes with kitchens, bathrooms, running water, electricity and sanitation.

The 1350 men and women will fly out of Dublin and Shannon on
four air busses. Each day, 22 coaches will bring the volunteers the 40kms from Cape Town to Freedom Park, a township created during the Apartheid.

Freedom Park has a population of over 490 families and the plan is
to construct 200 homes, a community centre and a Garden of Hope. Some 200 families, made up of more than 1200 people, will finally have a proper place to call home.

Work by Niall Mellon Township Trust continues on a year-round basis, with 1700 South Africans employed by the charity, the majority of whom come from the townships in which they are building.

John has raised over €6000 in sponsorship. He would like to thank all who generously contributed to the fund.


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