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Saturday 10th May 2008

Co. Council Chairman’s Reception for Fethard Community Work
On Wednesday 30th April, Fethard & Killusty Community Council and Fethard & District Day Care Centre were honoured by Chairman of South Tipperary County Council, Cllr John Fahey, when he afforded a ‘Chairman’s Reception’ at the County Chamber Offices in Clonmel.

Cllr Fahey welcomed the full attendance and spoke of the tremendous community work both the Community Council and Day Care Centre have achieved in Fethard. He mentioned some of the work undertaken by the Community Council since its formation in 1976, such as the building of the Community Centre, reopening of Fethard Ballroom, the Fethard Youth Project at the Convent Hall, the new ‘Duneske like’ project planned for the Rocklow Road, and indeed, the Day Care Centre itself, which caters for the elderly of Fethard and the neighbouring parishes of Cloneen, Drangan and Killenaule. Cllr Fahey went on to praise the voluntary staff at the Day Care Centre and how delighted he was that his own mother, Eileen, who was also present, loves attending the Day Care Centre in Fethard. He praised the staff for their high standards and always enjoys calling in to meet the clients for a chat and cup of tea. Cllr Fahey finished by reciting a poem, “I see His Blood Upon the Rose” by Joseph Mary Plunkett, and then called on Cllr Susan Meagher to address all present.

Cllr Meagher was also very generous in her praise of Fethard community and said that a lot of good things were happening in the town at present and even better things were to follow. Next to speak was Cllr Jimmy O’Brien, followed by Cllr Denis Landy, who both echoed the sentiments of the previous speakers.

Cllr Fahey then called on Joe Kenny, Chairman of Fethard & Killusty Community Council, to speak. Joe thanked the Cathaoirleach and said he was honoured to receive the ‘Chairman’s Reception’ for the Community Council, which to his knowledge, was the first reception for a Fethard group in the Council Chamber. He thanked the hard working voluntary committees in Fethard and said the success achieved to date was in no small way due to everyone pushing in the same positive direction. He thanked the Councillors present for their great support, in particular, over the last six years when a more positive working relationship was achieved on both sides.

Cllr Fahey then introduced Joan O’Donohoe, Chairperson of Fethard & District Day Care Centre, who said she was very new to the job but had received great support and encouragement from the committee and members. Joan also thanked the Cathaoirleach for the reception and said how much all present appreciated the invitation and were so much looking forward to attending the Council Chamber.

Cllr Fahey then presented a scroll to both the Community Council and the Day Care Centre in recognition of their magnificent community work to date in Fethard. Following a photo call the group were then entertained to refreshments in the Council’s canteen where they mingled and chatted with the councillors.

First Holy Communion
Best wishes to the boys and girls from Nano Nagle Primary School and St. Patrick's Boys School, Fethard, who will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday 10th May.

May Procession
The annual May Procession takes place on this coming Sunday evening, May 11th, leaving the Parish Church at 7pm for the Augustinian Abbey.

Fethard ICA Annual General Meeting
The May meeting of Fethard ICA takes place on Tuesday 13th. This will be our Annual General Meeting and Nan Hackett, Information Officer from Federation, will be in attendance. Members are reminded that fees for the coming year are due now. Fees for 2008/09 are €26. The Blue Group are in charge of catering on the night.

Fethard Bridge Club
We played for sponsored prizes on 30th April and the results were:
1st Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh;
3rd Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
1st Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke;
2nd Nett: Eileen Frewen and Anne Connolly;
3rd Nett: Rita Holohan and Mary Delaney.

Fethard GAA Club News
The Senior Football South Championship League game against Moyle Rovers, played in Kilsheelan on Sunday last, was a good game with both teams playing fine football and finishing in a victory by the narrowest of margins going to Rovers on a scoreline, Fethard 0-13, Moyle Rovers 0-14.

This game certainly restored confidence in South football with a very sporting game and fine displays from Paul Fitzgerald in goal. Our backs were well marshalled by Damien Byrne and Ian Kenrick at midfield. We broke even with Jamie McCormack having a fine game up front. Michael Dillon, John Paul Looby and Aiden Fitzgerald were always a treat with Glen Burke scoring some nice points from frees out of his hand. It certainly augurs well for an interesting South Championship. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Aiden Lonergan, Damien Byrne, Ian Kenrick, Benny Hahessy, Michael Aherne, Cian Maher 0-1, Jamie McCormack, Eoin Doyle, Shane Aylward, John P Looby, Michael Dillon 0-1, Declan Doyle, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-2, Glen Burke 0-9 (7f). Sub used was: Shane Walsh for Shane Aylward (48m). Our next game is the County Senior Football Championship this Saturday 10th May in Kilsheelan at 6.30pm where we play Clonmel Commercials.

Our County Board Draw Promoters are calling round currently door to door. Thank you for your continued support.
On Tuesday next 12th May we play the County 2008 Premier Division Senior County League Final against Moyle Rovers in Cashel at 6.30pm

Our Lotto Jackpot €9,800 was not won. The numbers drawn were 5, 6, 14 and 18. We had 2 match three winners who received €75 each: Eoin Whyte (Main St Fethard), and John Fitzgerald (Kiltinan Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Philly Kenny (The Green, Fethard). Tickets were kindly sponsored by AIB (Main Street).

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 30th April were: 10, 11, 18 and 27. We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner. Three tickets were drawn and the following won €50 each:
Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Fr. Timmy Walsh, The Abbey, Fethard;
Paddy Butler, Saucestown, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Mary Ward, Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
Mary Pacetti, Killenaule;
Roches of Woodvale, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.

New Book Aims to Promote New Kind of Ireland
RTE’s Pat Kenny launched 'Wasting Time with People?’ edited and compiled by Alice Leahy, Director & Co-Founder of TRUST, in City Hall, Dublin on Tuesday 29th April. The book aims to promote a new kind of Ireland. Speaking at the launch Alice said that, “working in the front line with people who become homeless on the street it is all too easy to appreciate the importance of giving time to others. If we really want to make Ireland a much more inclusive society and ensure everyone feels wanted we must make more time for people, more time for family life, more caring time for people who come into contact with State services at all levels. The evidence of the need for urgent action, if any was needed, was provided again so tragically in recent days.”

'Wasting Time with People?' is published by Gill & Macmillan and features contributions from over seventy people from well-known figures in Irish society to people who are homeless. Contributors include Robert Ballagh, Maeve Binchy, Conor Brady, Louis Copeland, Theo Dorgan, Bernard Farrell, Gerard Mannix Flynn, Aine Lawlor, John Lonergan, David Norris, Terry Prone and Fergal Quinn.
Alice Leahy said that if ‘Wasting Time with People?’ kick starts a debate about why at a time of material success so many people are complaining about being "time poor" and the implications of that for all of us it will have been a tremendous success.

Alice Leahy went on: "As the pace of life in Ireland increases almost everyday, and stress becomes a fact of life for everyone, the amount of time we have, even for each other, seems to be harder and harder to find. In TRUST we meet the casualties, those who cannot fit in or keep up, and we know from our experience there is no hope of ever creating a society that will be a welcoming place for the outsider unless we can make time for others both in our families and communities. Indeed, that applies equally to people working in public service, where staff are sometimes made to feel they are "wasting time with people" when they give, even the most vulnerable, the time and attention they need."

Alice Leahy also said that through this book TRUST is seeking to show how anyone can make a difference if they are prepared to make time for others. "Indeed, it is remarkable how we often talk about what the State can do to help others, and often forget the most important catalyst in creating a better society is what we do ourselves. We must make the first step, especially in terms of helping those who are outsiders feel part of the community. Time is required and until we recognise that we have to invest time with others, in our families, in our communities and in helping those who are forgotten we will never make progress in creating a truly inclusive society,” she said.

TRUST is a non-denominational, non party political body providing health and social services for people who become homeless since 1975. More information about TRUST can be found on their website: www.trust-ireland.ie

Award for Fethard School
An Cathaoirleach, John Fahey and local members of South Tipperary Co. Co. were accompanied by Jim Dillon, Environment Officer, on a visit to Nano Nagle School this week. The school was delighted to have won an award for "Best Environmental Project" in 2007. Our project was called "Live simply, so that others may simply live". We acknowledge the enormous contribution of Mrs Rita Kenny and 6th class who developed and completed the project. During the year, they explored environmental awareness under the headings "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle". They visited the Country Market in Fethard, the Saturday Market in Clonmel and the Farmers’ Market in Cahir, developing their awareness of locally produced food. The class developed a vegetable patch under the expert direction of Fintan Rice and were rewarded with a fruitful harvest of their own. They saw how our ever more demanding life-style today, impacts on those less fortunate in the third world. They involved the rest of the classes in various aspects, such as story writing, drawing and fund raising. We all felt more enlightened in the end.

The members of South Tipperary County Council were very encouraging in their comments to the children and teachers, urging the children to continue to look after the environment and help sustain it for the future. Congratulations to all involved.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Saturday 3rd May, of Dick Burke, Bridge Bar, Lower Main Street, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery. Dick was a very kind generous man and extremely popular publican all his life. Our sympathy to his wife Breda, daughter Mary, and sons, Martin, Eamon, Richard, James, Joe and Gerry.
The death has occurred in Essex, England on Saturday 3rd May, of Billy Fitzgerald, formerly from The Green, Fethard. Billy was the son of the late Nelly and Connie Fitzgerald.

McCarthy’s Hotel Golf Society
On 21st April the society held a Sports Table Quiz in the hotel. The quiz was well attended with 18 tables of 4 teams taking part. The questions were tricky but fair with some very interesting photos put together by Julie in the picture round.

The eventual winners, after a play-off were, Fionnuala O’Sullivan, Johnny O’Sullivan, Eamon Murphy and John Hynes with a wonderful score. The quiz was run in aid of the Fethard Day Care Centre and nearly €1,400 was raised on the night between the quiz and the raffle. The quiz winners and raffle winners all returned their prizes to go to the Day Care Centre.

A big thanks to all who helped and a special thanks to Julie for her help before and during the night.

Our next outing takes place on this coming Saturday 10th May from 11am to 1pm at Callan Golf Club. The competition will be a team event with four in each team. Poster is on display in the hotel. You can contact any member of the society or send text message to Golf Society phone.


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