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Saturday 5th April 2008

Fethard Students take up the challenge
On 3rd March, Alice Leahy visited Nano Nagle National School, Fethard, at the invitation of the 6th Class girls, as part of their ‘Challenge to Change’ project. ‘Challenge to Change’ is run by the Presentation Sisters Education Office and encourages and supports its schools nationwide in researching and presenting projects on various subjects such as, injustice, poverty, racism, inequality and Third World issues. Having chosen ‘Homelessness’ as their topic this year, they were delighted to have Fethard woman Alice to talk to them on this subject.

Alice is co-founder and director of TRUST, which is a non-judgemental, befriending, social and health service for people who are homeless, in operation since 1975. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area which she shared with the students and they in turn made a donation of €500 to TRUST. This money was raised through events such as Christmas Carol Singing, which was supported by the local community.

Nano Nagle National School is very grateful to Alice for her kindness in making time for them in her busy schedule and wish her well with her work.

A display of the projects entered from all the different Presentation Schools takes place in Kilkenny on 23rd April, 2008.

Fethard ICA
The April meeting of Fethard ICA will take place on Tuesday 8th April at 8pm as usual. Our speaker for this month will be Fionnuala O'Sullivan. Fionnuala has very kindly agreed to be with us again for our April meeting. The ‘Red Group’ are catering on the night.

Killusty Pony Show AGM
The committee invite all who are interested in the 'best pony show in Ireland' to their Annual General Meeting which will be held in the Tirry Centre on Friday 11th April at 8.30pm. The committee especially welcome your ideas for making it even better this year.

Tony Sheehan Memorial Foundation
The Tony Sheehan Memorial Foundation was set up following the sad death of Tony in 2006. The object of the Foundation was decided to provide a fitting memorial to Tony by offering some financial support to individuals or families where serious illness has caused severe financial difficulties.

The Foundation is now ready to perform this function and application forms for assistance can be had from Denis Burke, Secretary, Tony Sheehan Manorial Foundation, Red City, Fethard.
To finalise all arrangements and to give all up to date information, a meeting of all those interested in the Foundation will be held in the Tirry Community Centre on Tuesday 8th April at 8pm.

Fethard Connection with double win in Dubai
Michelle Nevin, daughter of Michael and Chris Nevin from Fethard, and assistant trainer to Richard Dutrow, was in Dubai for the Dubai Duty Free International Racing, Saturday, 29 March, with two horses, ‘Diamond Stripes’, winner of a $1 million race and ‘Benny the Bull’ winner of a $2 million race. Michelle was interviewed on television in connection with the two wins.

“We are over the moon with this success,” said Michelle after ‘Benny The Bull's’ sensational win in the Gulf News sponsored race. “This is a dream night and the dream continues for us with this second success,” Michelle stated.

The assistant trainer said they had always believed the horse was a quality speed merchant. “Any win of this nature can be a huge boost to a horse's résumé. But this one is even more special as it puts him as one of the top sprinters in the world. We have always believed in his ability as a sprinter,” she stated.

Jockey Edgar Prado, who was celebrating his second success of the night, was even more pleased with his mount. "He has phenomenal speed and that is what he showed everyone. He's the most laid back horse, but at the same time I would put him as a ‘push-button’ horse. He's there and you have to just coax him and he is gone.”

Michelle was representing trainer Richard Dutrow Jr, who stayed behind in the USA to oversee his colt, ‘Big Brown’, cruise to a five-length victory over ‘Smooth Air’ in the Florida Derby on Saturday last at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

60's Rock N' Roll Weekend for Charity
Lonergan's Bar, The Square, will host an exciting '6o's Rock N' Roll Weekend' on 4th, 5th and 6th April with live music, DJs, Finger Food, Fancy Dress and loads of craic! A €10 ticket will cover all the weekend events and all proceeds will go towards PAWS Animal Shelter in Mullinahone.

The weekend kicks of at 9pm on Friday 4th April with 60's DJ and live music by 'Midnight'; on Saturday from 9pm to closing you have a 60's DJ and the return of the very popular 'Elvis' show by Shane Devine; Sunday afternoon from 3pm to 7pm you'll have 60's DJ followed by 'Fancy That'. A great line up not to be missed . . . and all for a great cause!

Convent Hall Youth Project
Work is due to commence on the renovation of the Convent Hall within the next week. Fethard & Killusty Community Council would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to traffic while work is in progress.

Table Quiz
South Tipperary Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association are holding a table quiz in Cloneen hall on Friday night 4th April at 9.30. Tables of four €20. All are welcome and an enjoyable night is guaranteed for all.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 26th March were: 4, 14, 22 and 25. We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner so three tickets were drawn and the following won €50 each:
Martin Bolger, Drumdeel, Fethard;
Hilda Laslett, Knockinglass, Moyglass, Fethard;
Tommy Shine, Monroe, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
William Fitzpatrick, c/o Esther Breen, Fethard;
Marie Nyland, c/o 34 St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Edwina Newport, Old Chapel Lane, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.

Public Clinic Resumes
Cllr. Jimmy O’Brien wishes to advise that Public Clinics will resume on Tuesday 8th April next. These Clinics will be held weekly at 2pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard. For further information contact Cllr. Jimmy O’Brien on Tel: 087 6914648.

Community Games Art & Model Making 2008
Results of Fethard and Killusty Community Area Art and Model Making competition is as follows:
Girls Under-8: 1st Matilda Magner, Peppardstown, Fethard; 2nd Sarah Slattery, Jossestown, Fethard; 3rd Wiktotia Wiezersnka, Coleman, Fethard.
Girls Under-10: 1st Farrah Cummins Doyle, 12 Slievenamon Close; 2nd Roisín McDonnell, 7 Ard Alainn, Fethard; 3rd Megan McCarthy, Derryluskin, Fethard.
Girls Under-12: 1st Larissa Clancy; 2nd Tara Horan, Tullamaine Fethard.

Girls Under-14: 1st Svetlana Novikova, Lakefield, Fethard; 2nd Christina Myler, St Patricks Place, Fethard; Joint 3rd Aobh O’Shea, The Valley, Fethard; and Emma Walsh, Fethard.
Boys Under-8: 1st Darragh Hurley, Strylea, Fethard; 2nd Evan Looby, Coolbawn, Fethard; 3rd Malachy Brett, Tullamaine, Fethard.

Boys Under-10: 1st Harry Butler, Kilnockin, Fethard; 2nd Jack Ward, Garrinch, Fethard; 3rd Jack Spillane, Tullamaine. Fethard.
Model Making Under-10: 1st Emma Hatton, Ardsallagh, Fethard.
Model Making Under-12: 1st Charlotte Hatton Ardsallagh, Fethard

Medals were presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in all categories. The first two in each event have qualified for the County Finals which will take place in Fethard Ballroom this coming Saturday, 5th April at 1pm. Entry Fee is €2 and may be paid to Peggy Colville for the children from Fethard and Killusty area only on the day. Certificates of Merit were presented to all who took part.

The committee would like to congratulate all competitors and wish the qualifiers the best of luck at the finals where the winner of each event will qualify for the National Finals which will take place in Mosney in May. Please note change of date for the Art and Model Making has been brought forward from August as part of the new programme of events and any children who take part in the May weekend may compete again in another event in August if they are lucky enough to win.

The Architect's Eye Visits Fethard
Liam O'Brien, Producer of the RTE Radio 1 programme 'The Architect's Eye' recently recorded a programme in Fethard with the main focus on the town wall. The whole premise of the series is that each building site is viewed through the eye of an architect. In the case of Fethard, his guest was Jacqui Donnelly, Conservation Architect with the Architectural Heritage Advisory Unit of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
The programme on Fethard town wall will air on 15th April at 10pm on RTE Radio 1. This is the second run of the series. Last year's one can be accessed at www.rte.ie/radio1/architectseye

Easter Bonanza for Connolly Family
It was certainly an exciting and happy Easter for Ned and Eileen Connolly, Garrinch, who received the news that their eldest son, Liam, had been promoted to the ranks of Inspector in the Garda Siochana. This was a tremendous achievement for Liam who joined the Gardai 17 years ago and held the post of Sergeant in Charge in Tramore for the past five years.

Liam played football for his local Fethard GAA Club and also played on the County Tipperary Football team before moving to Waterford. Liam also spent some time as secretary of Fethard & Killusty Community Council. All his friends in Fethard and surrounding areas send their congratulations to Liam and wish him well in his future career. There was a double celebration in the family when David Connolly, Liam’s son was selected on the Irish Under-16 Basketball team that will compete in the European Championships in Bosnia next August. David is part of a twelve-man Irish panel that will participate in a pre-championship tournament in Birmingham in May. Their other son, Evan, is captain of Waterford Under-14 Soccer team who will contest the Munster Finals on 6th April. Congratulations and best wishes to all.

Fethard Historical Society News
A lecture by Proinsias Ó Drisceoil entitled, “John O’Daly: Controversy and Traditional Learning in 19th Century Ireland”, will take place on Friday 25th April 2008 at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre. O’Daly, a contemporary of John O’Donovan and Eugene O’Curry, was an energetic but often controversial scholar and editor of early Irish manuscripts, and his contribution to the early study of Irish literature is meticulously researched and documented by Ó Drisceoil in “Seán Ó Dálaigh: Éigse agus Iomarbhá”, published by Cork University Press. Admission to the lecture is €4 and all are welcome.

Gerard Crotty, Cashel, is currently working on a booklet about the heraldry of Fethard, that he hopes to have ready for publication in the summer.

We are likewise happy to report that Michael O’Donnell, Owning, is nearing completion of his comprehensive “History of Fethard through the Ages”. Michael, too, is aiming to have his manuscript ready for publication later this year.

The Realm Plan and The Conservation & Management Plans for Fethard, under the aegis of the Heritage Council, are nearing completion and a public meeting to discuss the contents of both will be held following publication. All interested parties will be invited to attend the discussion forum.

Fethard Bridge Club
The winners of our Easter prizes were as follows:
1st Gross: Alice Quinn and Berney Myles. 1st Nett: Gemma Burke and Carmel Condon. 2nd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane. 2nd Nett: Nell Broderick and David O’Meara. 3rd Gross: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney. 3rd Nett: Frances Burke and Philly Kenny
The results of our game played on 26th March were:
1st Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane. 1st Nett: Rose Lonergan and Kay Walsh. 2nd Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara. 2nd Nett: Philly Kenny and Mgt. M. McCormack.
On April 9th we play the second round of the Player of the Year competition. Anyone looking for a partner please contact Berney Myles at 32038.

AGM Slievenamon Musical Society
Slievenamon Musical Society will hold its AGM on this Thursday 3rd April. The meeting will start at 20.30pm. All members are asked to attend this important meeting. Light refreshments will be provided and we might have a few tunes and songs afterwards. So it promises to be a good night, not to be missed. But more important is that the Slievenamon Musical Society should be what its name says: a society, where all members are involved. The society produced another fantastically successful show with ‘My Fair Lady’ last year. But now it’s time to plan for the future. And the future of the society depends on the input of its members - on stage, but even more off stage. So come on, visit the AGM; give your opinion and ideas to make 2008/2009 an even better year for the Slievenamon Musical Society.





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