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Saturday 17th December 2007

Annual Emigrants’ Newsletter on sale
This year’s Fethard & Killusty Emigrants’ Newsletter will be on sale in local shops this weekend. The price is still €10 and the money received will help towards the cost of posting 1,000 copies worldwide free of cost to our emigrants. We take this opportunity to thank sincerely all our very generous supporters who enable us to publish the Newsletter every year, which is very much appreciated away and at home.

St. Vincent de Paul Collection
The St. Vincent de Paul Society, Fethard, would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed so generously to their Annual Church Gate Collection last weekend. The total amount came to a staggering €2,401 for which we are extremely grateful.

For those who have applied for assistance and have not heard from us by Friday 21st December, please contact Mr Denis Burke, Redcity, Tel: 052 31852.

Fethard GAA Club News
The Busker Draw, held at Clonmel Dog Track on Sunday 9th December was won by Michael Doherty, Strylea, Fethard. The winning ticket was sold by Eoin Doyle and Club Chairman, Michael O’Dwyer presented the prize of €2,000 to him on Saturday last.

The Club Lotto Jackpot €8,000 was not won.  The numbers drawn were 11, 16, 17 and 20. We had one match three winner of €150 going to, Michael Gould, Claremore, Killusty, Fethard. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Paul Fitzgerald, Kiltinan, Fethard. Thanks to Fethard Electrical Wholesalers for providing the tickets.

The Annual General Meeting of the club takes place on Sunday 6th January 2008. The Club would like to wish all our members, players, supporters, sponsors, a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

Christmas Country Markets
Fethard Country Market will hold their ‘Christmas Markets’ on Friday 21st December from 8am to 11am. There will also be a free raffle for customers on 21st December.  We ask customers to come early if they would like to purchase any of our Christmas mince pies, Christmas wreaths or bunches of holly. We will also have a special range of gluten free Christmas products for sale. We take this opportunity to send seasonal greetings to all our customers.

Youth Christmas Liturgy
On this Thursday night, 20th December, at 7pm in the Parish Church there will be a Youth Christmas Liturgy. This liturgy will feature local youth groups and students from primary and secondary schools. A special invitation is extended to all young people. All are welcome.

Carol Singing
The annual ‘Carol Singing’ on the streets of Fethard will take place on this Thursday 20th December, commencing outside Holy Trinity Parish Church after the Youth Christmas Liturgy at 7pm in the Parish Church. Proceeds in aid of the homeless. All are welcome. Young children need to be accompanied by adults.

School Carol Service
The secondary school annual carol service will take place on this Thursday 20th December in the school PE Hall. This is usually a very thought-provoking and reflective ceremony. It focuses the pupils and staff on the real meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Exams
All junior and senior pupils of Patrician Presentation Secondary School will sit their end-of-term exams this week with reports sent out in early January. We wish our young students the best in these exams.

Penitential Services for Christmas
The penitential service in preparation for Christmas in the Abbey will take place at 7.15pm before Mass on Saturday 22nd December.

Slí na Sláinte reflective jackets
In an effort to promote Slí na Sláinte, the Community Council have purchased reflective jackets with the Slí na Sláinte logo.  At this time of year all walkers should wear these safety jackets.  They are available at the Tirry Community Office at a minimal cost of €5. So Be Safe, Be Seen!

Christmas Mass Times
Abbey Church
Christmas Eve, Monday 24th December at 9pm;
Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December at 9.30am and 11.30am.

Parish Church
Christmas Eve, Monday 24th December at 8pm;
Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December at 8.30am and 11am.

Killusty Church
Christmas Eve, Monday 24th December at 9.30pm;
Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December at 10am.

Christmas Carol Service
The Annual Christmas Carol Service in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland will take place on Sunday 23rd December at 8pm. All are welcome.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club will hold a medal presentation ceremony for their under-14 South hurling champions and under-10 football champions on this Saturday, 22nd December at 7.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. Medals will be presented by Tipperary hurling stars, Declan Fanning and Gerry Kennedy. All juvenile club members are welcome to come along for this celebration of the club’s success over the year.

Fethard TaeKwon-Do School
Fethard TaeKwon-Do School began training in Fethard in October 2005 under the instruction of Mr Paul Tobin, 3rd Degree Black Belt. Since its inception, TaeKwon-Do in Fethard has gone from strength to strength with members grading regularly at various levels and also winning three bronze medals at the Irish Open TaeKwon-Do Championships.

For those interested in taking up this very popular sport, classes take place in Fethard Ballroom every Monday: Junior Classes from 7pm to 8pm and Senior Classes (all-grades) from 8pm to 9pm. All enquiries contact Mr Paul Tobin Tel: 087 2447886.

Christmas Bazaar
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre would like to thank all who contributed and helped to make their Christmas Bazaar a great success, and wish all readers a very Happy Christmas.

Fethard Rugby News
Our under 16s were well beaten by a very impressive Clonmel side at home on Sunday morning. The final score was 24 points to nil. The Fethard team much to their credit showed great heart in that they never gave up and were held up short of the line on a number of occasions. Those to impress on the day were, Robert Hall, who was very effective in the line outs and also carried some great ball, Joseph Meagher continues to impress and despite being rested through injury for ten minutes in the first half finished the game very strongly. James Kavanagh continues to improve and was putting in the big tackles before having to retire injured. Sam Manton and Colm Shanahan also had good games with Daniel Hickey's clearance kicks being very effective.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our players and especially our coaches a very happy Christmas and all that's good for the New Year.

Goal Mile
The Fethard Goal Mile 2007 takes place on Christmas Day. This year’s Goal Mile will commence from outside the Town Hall at 12 noon and will be started by, Tipperary Hurling All-Star, Declan Fanning. All you have to do is to turn up on the day. Bring the family, walk, run or crawl and make a donation to Goal.

Hunting News
From Knocklofty on Monday nothing of note was achieved.  First three foxes found got to ground after short runs. Later in the day hounds failed to find again, drawn along by the railway line almost up to Derrygrath and finishing in the large bog by the same line, a draw seldom failing to hold, but Monday was the exception.

The vagaries of hunting were certainly in evidence on Wednesday from Cappawhite. A top class day’s sport was enjoyed. Hunting completely new territory from their second draw, hounds and field had a cracker. A straight necked fox quickly away to hounds and riders for fifty minutes in almost a straight line without a check. With a three-mile point hounds were within two fields of a tiring fox when they were stopped having run deep into Scarteen Black and Tans country. This run did not conclude the day’s sport. Finding soon again hounds were settling into what looked like being a good run when they unfortunately ran whack into a double-stranded strong electric fence which stopped them in their tracks. Hounds on Wednesday also caught a brace and a half on top.

From Lisronagh on Thursday one of a brace from behind Slievenamon Golf Club ran towards Clonacody left-handed across Jossestown lane and got to ground in a stick pile near Mr Tom Horan’s farmyard.  Finding in Ballinlough Bog they crossed the Jossestown Road. Huntsman and field had to make a wide detour to keep in touch. When they made contact hounds were checked by a well-known local landmark, Killerk rock, where they had probably marked to ground. Finding by the Moyle near Ballinlough bridge running through Ballinlough they caught their fox just short of the Jossestown Road.

Little could be done with an over supply of foxes in Ballyhomeen cover causing hounds to split.  Getting them together a move was made to Orchardstown, drawing down from Donoughmore the cover at the ‘Ha’penny Bridge’, getting one of these away, hounds in the large fields were really travelling.  Hunting strongly back towards the Lisronagh / Donoughmore crossroad they caught him just short of Donoughmore church. They failed to find again drawing the long glen across the road and re-crossing the road into the stud farm, Derry drew almost down to the Halfway House on the Clonmel Road and back to the ‘Ha’penny Bridge’ finally calling it a day at 4.30pm.

Wishing our sporting landowners and all readers of the column, home and away, a very Happy Christmas and good hunting for the rest of the season. Always remembering there is no such thing as a poor days hunting, some days are just better than others.  (E.A.N.)

With the White Heathers
From their meet at Rocklow on Sunday, first draw at McCarthy’s bog held a brace.  One of these pressed hard in cover crossed the Clashawley near the old railway bridge.  Hounds hunted well in good scenting conditions putting their fox to ground near the Fethard / Cashel Road. Returning to the bog they hoped to pick up the one they left behind.  No luck however as Charlie had taken his departure. Finding again at Ballybough bridge hounds hunted to the road where their fox having run the road went through Rocklow House entrance. Running to the covert behind the house they crossed the river, ran through Grangeduff to O’Flynn’s covert where they marked to ground.  Returning to Halley’s it took quite a while to find again. A fox seen on foot earlier was found lying in the Gorse Clumps close to the roadway.  Running almost the same line as before, onto the road at O’Keeffe’s gate down once again to Rocklow entrance and on to the covert.  A few circles around here they hunted across the river and checked by Rathcoole graveyard.  Cast forward they hit the line once more and marked to ground in the same earth where their second fox of the day found refuge. As it takes considerably longer on foot back to the next draw than on horseback it was decided to blow for home at 3.30pm.

The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday next, 23rd December, at Peppardstown; on St. Stephen’s Day at Drangan; on Sunday 30th December at Loughcopple and on Sunday 6th January at Coolbawn.  All meets at 11am.

Cllr. O'Brien Clinic
Cllr. Jimmy O'Brien wishes to inform that he will hold a clinic every second Tuesday, commencing on Tuesday 15th January, in the Tirry Community Centre from 2pm to 3pm. For further information contact 087 6914648. Cllr. O'Brien would like to take this opportunity to wish readers a very Happy Christmas and to say that he looks forward to continuing to represent the people of Fethard and surrounding areas in 2008.

Fethard Childcare Committee
The next meeting of Fethard Childcare Committee will take place on Wednesday 9th January at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre. This meeting is open to the public so if you would like to become involved or feel that you have something to contribute you will be very welcome on the night.

Fethard & Killusty Community Christmas Lotto Results
For the weeks leading up to Christmas, Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto have six extra free draws every week for 3 x Christmas Hams and 3 x Christmas Turkeys. This is in addition to the €10,000 Jackpot, €150 ‘Match Three’ prize and 3 x €50 Lucky Dip draws every week. The last draw before Christmas will take place on 19th December after which we take a two-week break, commencing again on 9th January.

The numbers drawn on Wednesday 12th December were: 1, 4, 16 and 17. There was no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150: John Murphy, Kilnockin Road, Fethard.

The €50 Luck Dip winners were:

Margaret Ryan, Coolmoyne Cross, Fethard;
Elaine Daly, Coolmoyne, Fethard;
Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

Winners of the Christmas Turkey Vouchers were:
Richard O’Brien, Rocklow Road, Fethard;
Anna Bradshaw, 49 St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Cathy O’Brien, c/o Annie O’Brien, Main Street, Fethard.

Winners of the Christmas Ham Vouchers were:
Anne Connolly, Main Street, Fethard;
Breede Ryan, Coolmoyne Cross, Fethard;
Brigid Hennessy, Kilvemnon.

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


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