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Saturday 1st March 2008

Cheltenham Preview Night
A Cheltenham Preview Night, in aid of Hospice, will be held in Butler’s Sports Bar on Thursday 28th February. All are welcome. Guest speakers include trainers Colm Murphy and Michael Philips; tipster Niall Gallagher from the Evening Herald; and jockey Ken Whelan. Come along for a great night’s fun and all for a great cause.

First Aid Classes
Civil Defence are organising First Aid Classes, which will be run in the Tirry Community Centre, Fethard, in the near future. All those interested in participating are asked to contact: Dolores Fahey, Civil Defence Officer, Heywood Road, Clonmel. Tel: 052 34455 or Mobile: 087 2435001. Email: dolores.fahey@southtippcoco.ie

Mens Health Clinic
A mens health clinic will be held in O'Sullivans Pharmacy on Friday 7th March checking blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. If you are over 40 and haven’t been to the doctor for some time and might have some excess weight or smoke please ring for a free consultation at 052 32111 where a Pzifer nurse will be in attendance. This is available to our regular customers who might have let things slip a little over time.

Kellett’s At McCarthy’s
Michael Kearney is the new proprietor of McCarthy’s restaurant on Main Street, which will be called after the little known but quite important Fethard explorer Henry Kellett. Michael began his career in the food trade back in 1992 and has worked in Ireland, Germany and the USA. He has recently returned from a tour of South East Asia where he worked as a volunteer chef for an orphanage in Cambodia and undertook a specialist course in Thai cooking in Bangkok.

Michael is also a member of the South East Panel of Chefs and holds a Gold Star Medal for cooking in both National and International competitions.

Food is now available at breakfast, lunch and evening time in McCarthy’s Bar and the restaurant, ‘Kellett’s’, will be open for Mothers Day. We wish Michael and McCarthy’s all the best in their new venture.

David Kitt at the Abymill
Singer songwriter David Kitt will perform in Fethard on Saturday 29th March. This provides music lovers a chance to see ‘Kittser’ in the intimate surroundings of the Abymill Theatre as opposed to his usual larger gigs at venue’s like the Oxygen festival (where he was one of the hottest acts last Summer if the reviews are to be believed). It’s a great chance to see one of Ireland’s finest performers in a setting where he won’t be in competition with a noisy bar or a chatty crowd.

David Kitt has toured extensively as a solo performer, with a band and has supported the likes of Mercury Rev and REM. Tickets for the gig are available from McCarthy’s in Fethard or call Vincent (Jasper) on 086 8119625.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 20th February were: 6, 9, 15 and 29. We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each
Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Maggie Napier, The Green, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Philomena Morrissey, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Esther Leahy, Ballintogher, Killenaule;
Niamh Moroney, 13 Ard Alainn, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.

Thanks from Bro Paul in Eldoret
Dear Friends in Fethard and especially those associated with the Abymill Theatre. Many thanks for thinking of us here once again. It is very much appreciated and please pass on our thanks to all concerned. The €500 (proceeds of a raffle held in the Abymill during a recent show) will be used by myself and our Brother Headmaster to try and supplement the food we give children in our school. I should say that our primary School was badly affected by the turmoil since 1st January. To put it in perspective, I can say that we lost about 140 to 150 children to the inter-tribal clashes . . . where they all are I don't know and may never know. It is possible that some of them were burned to death in the church torching near our school while others may have been taken to their tribal homelands nearer to Nairobi. I have met some of them in the Refugee Camp here in Eldoret where there are about 20 thousand people. I realize that some people in Fethard and all over Ireland saw our TV report last Monday week. It is really worse than what you may have seen. Today I have been to the Camp with a donation of 1500 sanitary pads for the girls in the camp. Earlier in the week, I brought a portable blackboard, a few hundred pencils, chalk, and copybooks for the primary kids who are in the camp school . . . up to 200 in each tented "classroom". Actually, today I saw that the overnight wind had brought down three of the secondary school "tented classrooms". It is not easy or pleasant to visit this Camp, I might add. But I do admire those who are working there on a daily basis to help alleviate the misery somewhat.

Meanwhile, out at our Patrician School and dispensary, something wonderful happened yesterday . . . we got the ‘BIG SWITCH ON’ to mains electricity for the first time in that whole Kabongo area. I have been pestering the Power people for four and a half years and they finally came through . . . much to amazement of the general population out there, the vast majority of whom have no way of paying for their connection if indeed they will get connected at all. However, our school, staff houses, the Brothers' House, and the whole Dispensary/Medical Lab are now connected and I have to fulfill my earlier promise that we will start a computer programme for the upper Primary kids as soon as possible. It is all part of the well-rounded education and health education that we set out as an objective way back in 2002/3.

Many thanks again and God bless all concerned with this theatrical effort and may God Bless Kenya as we are not out of the woods yet, not by a long shot, unfortunately. We were expecting a significant breakthrough this afternoon in the mediation talks but it may not now happen until next week. If we don't get a break-thru before Wednesday, there may be a backlash and that is not a pretty prospect. It has been very difficult to condense what has been happening here over the past seven awful weeks. Once again I thank each and every one in Ireland and elsewhere who have journeyed with us on that path since 2002. Without them we could not have achieved anything worthwhile.
Bro Paul.

Leahy Family Information Request
The following request for information was received from George Edwardson, 7 Ambleside Close, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 2RU, England.

“I am 79 years old this summer and on a quest to find more out about my mother’s Irish family. It is unfortunate that we do not pursue these matters when we are younger. I am trying to ensure that those who follow me will know more (and be proud of) their wonderful roots.

The ever-helpful John O’Gorman at Thurles Local Studies Library has found me some material and has pointed me to you to try and flesh out the missing bits.

My grandfather was Thomas Leahy of Rocklow Road (The Cottage) who worked on the Rocklow Estate all his life; I understand for the Carroll family. He died in 1946 at the age of 76 due to peritonitis and delay to hospitalise him. He was a veteran of the Boar War and enlisted in 1914 in the Great War where he was severely wounded at Gallipoli when he was there in his mid to late forties. I was always given to understand that he met my father Bert Edwardson when they were recovering in Fermoy Hospital — my father had been accidentally gassed on the Curragh by his own troop exercises.
My cousins in Sussex now reveals that British troops were stationed in Fethard during the First War and three of them eventually married into the Leahy family. Two post war and my mother in 1922 when she had gone to England in service. I know that is a pretty protracted lead up to what I seek but background can sometimes be helpful.

Do you know what formations were based in Fethard in the 1916-1918 period? I am trying to figure out how my two uncles and my father came together at that time. My dad was in the HL1 and later in the Yorkshire Hussars. Do you know if any of those units were active at that time?

The whole family of sons and daughters emigrated to England over about a decade around 1918-1928, with the exception of my Aunt Anastasia who stayed with her parents. Her daughter (and granddaughter) Peggy Dempsey now live in Cahir and are my only direct relatives still in Tipperary.

Incidentally, I last came to Fethard in 1946 and have very fond memories, one of which is Kiltinan Castle, then occupied my Mrs La Terrier. Do you have any information on that property and its history. I am still in good health and thinking of a visit this summer. Has Fethard changed dramatically in 60 years? It was full of wonderful characters via Mrs Walsh the bonesetter (ie midwife, nurse, physio etc, — unqualified but brilliant), Dr Stokes who looked after them all for years; Johnny Croke the cobbler, being the local historian and fountain of knowledge; the two priests Protestant and Catholic, who both visited and helped the poor and were great friends.

Needless to say I will be most grateful for any snippets you may unearth. Sorry to be so detailed but family history, as you must know, is like that.
Thank you, Yours most sincerely, George Edwardson.

Hunting News
The Tipperary Foxhounds from D’arcy’s Cross first drew Long’s Plantation, one of a brace here was eventually persuaded to leave. Hunting across the four cottages road to the plantation in Davin’s they ran back to where they found where he was left. Foxes were rather scarce and they did not find again until drawing in Mr. Des Hunt’s. The large plantation here provided some good covert hunting but once again renard could not be persuaded to leave his vast refuge. The day finished with a short hunt form Holloway’s Fort.

From the Scart at Ballinure on Wednesday they ran back to Noan where they ran through Noan Wood marking to ground at the Laffansbridge end. A fox from the Moor over the wood provided a nice hunt towards Buffana Wood turning right here hounds hunted well back to the Silverfort Ballinure road where they lost him.

At Bansha on Saturday they hunted from Lismacue down to Ballycarron. Moving to the opposite side of the road they found by the Convent hunting back to Ballycarron Bridge. Three very good circles were enjoyed on Saturday from Decoy Bog with a good forty-eight minutes through Minogue’s, John English’s, Luke Halley’s, O’Donnell’s and John Allen’s. The day at Poulmucka was not helped by the very plentiful supply of hares on the Coursing Clubs preserves. Foxes during the past week were rather scarce proving hard to find, several usually sure find coverts drawing blank.

With the White Heathers
From their Coolbawn Cross meet on Sunday last a fox had left the Fort at Coolbawn Cross before the hounds had entered. Unfortunately due to his swift departure less than half the pack were away. Hunting down to the river at St. Johnstown bridge they ran very swiftly upstream to the Bawnbrack-Drangan road junction where they lost him. Getting the pack together Donie drew Quigley’s and Kennedy’s blank before finding again in Smyth’s. Hunting this fox following a small circle, across the Killenaule road, right-handed through Michael Kennedy’s to Ruttle’s Glen where he was left.

Finding again on the gorse on Bawnbrack Hill they hunted down to the Ballyluskey road and back almost to where they found where they lost him. The day concluded with a short run in the Lyonshill area.
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers are currently promoting their 56th Annual Draw. This grand old pack, which takes us back to the day of Auld Lang Syne, have been in existence for almost treble that time. The club have incurred considerable expense during the past season, with the purchase and fencing of a puppy exercise paddock, and are making an all out effort to promote a successful draw. They look forward to the continuous support of their many friends, followers and supporters and hope to continue the White Heather tradition for many seasons to come.

Next Sunday’s meet is in Drangan and the White Heathers finish the season with a lawn meet at Orchardstown House on the following Sunday, March 9th. Both meets at 11am.

Fethard GAA News
Senior Football: County League game played in Fethard on Sunday 24th we came out on top against Ardfinnan on a score line Fethard 0-12: Ardfinnan 0-5 with the half-time scores of Fethard 0-5: Ardfinnan 0-4 in a game that had some patches of fine football. Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Ian Kenrick, Damien Byrne, Philly Blake, Connie O’Flynn, Aiden Lonergan, Alan O’Connor, Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher, Aaron O’Donovan (0-1), Brian Coen (0-3)(2f), Benny Hahessy, Declan Doyle, Aiden Fitzgerald (0-6)(2f), Tommy Gahan (0-1); Subs: Johnny Neville (0-1) and Edmund Sheehan. We have a Bye next week in this League.

Minor Football: In the County League we got back to winning ways, also played in Fethard on Sunday last, against a gallant Clonmel Óg on a score line Fethard 0-1: Clonmel Óg 0-8. Team: JP McGrath, Gavin Fitzgerald, Cathal Gorey, Kieran O’Connell, Tom O’Connell, Eoin O’Connell, Ger Ahearne, Matthew Fitzgerald, Dean Tobin (0-1), Alan Lawrence (0-4)(2f), Adrian Lawrence (0-2), Glen Maher (0-2), Ben Walsh, Aaron O’Donovan (0-1), Kieran Ryan; Subs: Johnny Fleming, Brian Delahunty. We have a Bye next week in the League.
Under 21 B Football: This Saturday we play Ballingarry in the first round in Cloneen at 3.00pm.

Membership 2008: Club Membership deadline for 2008 is 1st March - Adults €30, Juveniles €15 can be given to Michael O’Dwyer, Chairman, Mary Godfrey, Secretary or Nicky O’Shea, Treasurer, without delay.
Church Gate Collection: This weekend Club Members will assist in African Aid Collection with monies going to Self -Help Aid working for a self-sufficient free Africa. We thank you for your generous support to this worthy cause.

The Jackpot €8800 was not won. Numbers Drawn were 9, 22, 25 and 27. There were no match threes with €30 going to the following - Aiden Fitzgerald, (Kiltinan); Annette McCarthy (Main St.); Patrick Hunt (c/o Coolmore Stud); Tom Purcell (Burke St.) and Canon Power (Cashel Rd.), with the Lucky Dip of €50 going to Kate Hassett (Killenaule). Our thanks to Fethard Credit Union for sponsoring the tickets.

Fethard & Killusty Parish Novena
The 2008 Fethard & Killusty Parish Novena - “Give God a Chance (Let’s talk to Him)” - will take place from Monday March 10th to Tuesday March 18th inclusive. Ceremonies will be held nightly, in Fethard Parish Church, at 7.30pm, with the exception of Saturday 15th when commencement time will be 7pm. The Novena will conclude on Tuesday night, March 18th, with a Penitential Service for Easter.

Fethard Rugby News
Fethard Under 7s were at home to Galbally on Sunday 24th February. This game was fantastic and both teams showed vast improvement since they last met. Full credit to the Galbally team, they gave us a tough task and Fethard rose to the occasion. The result was a draw but by rights both team won on their skill and attitude to the game. Great tackling by Connor Vaughan, Peter Wall, Joe Carroll kept the pressure on Galbally. Tries scored by Gavin Ryan, Danny Gleeson and Harry Cummins were set-up by fellow players Jack Spillane, Frankie Meagher and James Philips.

Under 8s played two games on the morning and faced tough opposition from Galbally. We saw tackling and team work from the following Fethard players: Ned Grogan, Darragh Lynch, Bailey Grace, Patrick Scully, Aaron Smullen, Jack Grace, Harry Butler, Darragh Harcourt, Mark Heffernan, Joseph O’Connor, Jack Dolan, Jack Ward, Dale Murphy, Richard Holohan, James O’Connell and William Pratt.
The Under 10s yet again continue to build on their game. They played well together and showed determination to match their tackling and driving. The team consisted of Gary Kavanagh, Luke Grant, Evan Harcourt, James Walsh, Brian Norton, Matthew Lynch, Harry Tobin, Mark Collins, Eoin Shaw, Joey Noonan, Tommy Murphy, Gearóid Fahy, Óran Holohan, Katie Power, Adam Kealy, Michael Gaynor, Jake Murphy, Keith Cleere, Rory Hayes, Padraig Norton, Jack Gleeson, Pierce Blackmore, Christian Casey, Ben Murray, Eoin McCormack, Paul Moloney, Connor Croke and Paraic Feehan. It was marvellous to see so many at the match and great to Fethard come out on top. We look forward to next weekend where it looks likely to have two teams playing at this age group.

The Under 12 team of Cathal Meagher, Cathal Mahoney, Colin Kelly, Kayle Holohan, Tommy Anglim, Thomas McGarry, Ciaran Mockler, Cathal O’Donnell, Russell Casey, Charlie Carroll, Jack Kennedy, Ciarán O’Connor, Kieran Whyte, David Heffernan, Bill Carroll, Jimmy Feehan, Harvey Blackmore, Josh Murray. We won 4-2. The team played excellent in the one game and Ciarán O’Connor played outstanding with good tackling. Jimmy Feehan put in a great effort alongside Josh Murray and Cathal Mahoney. Cathal Meagher and Jack Kennedy all played a good game. It was a big step up for our 11s that played today. It was a strong Galbally team, but the youngsters rose to the challenge.

Our under 16s hosted Clonmel in the second leg of the cup needing a win to ensure advancement to the knock-out stages. Both sides as they did in the first leg produced great rugby, and the intensity of the tackling was a pleasure to watch. Fethard had the better of the first half, and their constant attacking was rewarded with a penalty in the first ten minutes, which Daniel Hickey converted. The score remained 3-0 to Fethard at the break, due to tremendous defensive tackling by Colm Shanahan and Sam Manton.
At the restart the Clonmel back lines began in a more determined mood and were eventually rewarded with a well taken try after ten minutes. Fethard responded and Adam O’Donnell’s searing run through the middle, deserved a try, but the fourth tackler brought him down short of the line. Clonmel responded and scored another try and conversion to leave the score at 12 points to 3. Fethard continued the fight and were rewarded with a penalty which was again converted by Daniel Hickey leaving the score at 12–6. These lads must now travel to Nenagh and win to remain in the cup, a task they are well capable of doing.

Our under 18s hosted Galbally and put on an exhibition of attacking rugby. Kevin Waltzer opened with a well-taken try which was converted by Declan Doyle. The second try came from Cathal Gorey who ran all of forty yards to earn the touch down. Our forwards were dominant throughout, with Billy Horan, Joey Kelly, Jack O’Sullivan, and Nicholas Hoyne being particularly effective. This forward dominance set up numerous scoring opportunities with Cathal Gorey earning a hat-trick. Declan Doyle also scored a try and converted the five trys scored to leave the score at 35 points to nil for Fethard.
A reminder to all Rugby Families and friends of the club that we are holding a Table Quiz on Thursday 28th February in Burke’s Bridge Bar in Fethard at 9pm. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

Next week the 8s, 10s and 12s are home to Waterford City on Sunday (March 2nd) at 10.30am see you all there. Not forgetting training on Friday evening at 6.45pm to 8pm. Any youngsters (girls or boys) from Fethard and the surrounding district who are interested in playing just come along to training on Friday evenings. The Rugby Club mobile is (087) 744 7691.






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