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Saturday 19th July 2008

Fethard Walled Town Medieval Festival
On Sunday 24th August a Medieval festival will be held in Fethard town to celebrate Irish Walled Towns Day, with events to suit all ages.

The day will commence at 11am with the launch of an exhibition of ceramic works by Dóirín Saurus and her students in the Town Hall.
During the day there will be a talk and tour of the local flora and fauna by Shay Hurley and Liam Burke.

A Fancy Dress Parade through the town is scheduled to start at 2pm and will be led by heraldic shields made by local primary school children, hunting horns and Irish Wolfhounds. A competition will be held for the best-dressed medieval costume in the parade. Prizes will be awarded to: Best Male Adult, Best Female Adult, Best Male Child and Best Female Child.

The parade will culminate in a medieval fair by the town walls to include events such as battle re enactments and traditional craft stalls such as silver smithing, weaving, wood carving and turning, basket making, leather working, butter making, willow work and a Farmers market.

There will also be street entertainers including puppeteers, a chance to try your hand at archery, music by local bands and The Lee Valley Band as well as visiting Medieval French musicians. Food will be available on the day. A large colourful Shell Mandala will be created by the Town Wall during the day also. So come along and celebrate Fethard’s rich heritage and the last few days of the summer.
The Fethard Walled Town Medieval Festival is organised by Fethard & Killusty Community Council and part funded by the Heritage Council of Ireland, Failte Ireland and South Tipperary County Council.

In conjunction with the day, South Tipperary County Museum are hosting a colouring competition for 6 year olds and over.
Entries are available from the County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, and in local Newspapers.
Completed entries must be submitted to the County Museum by 4pm on Saturday 16th August.

Make sure to put name, address and telephone number on reverse. The use of crayons, markers, colouring pencils and paint is permitted. If printing off from the web max size is to be A4. http://walledtownsday.com/competition/
Select either the picture of the Withdrawing Room or Clifford Knight at Tournament as the entry into the Competition. The competition is open to 6+ year olds. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd subject to sufficient entries. Judges decision is final.

Battle of the Bands
A Battle of the Bands will take place in the Walled Garden at McCarthy’s on Saturday 26th July. Bands that wish to enter can send a demo to Vincent (Jasper) at McCarthy’s or to Premier Music Store in Clonmel. Ten bands will be chosen to battle it out. The entry fee is €50 per band, payable if the band is accepted into the competition. First prize is studio time to record a demo with a professional sound engineer.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 9th July were 4, 9, 22 and 30. We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each:
Nell Joy, Killenaule;
A & B Maher, Goatenbridge, Clonmel.
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Sarah Mullins, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard;
Alice Butler, Kilnockin, Fethard;
Pamela O'Donnell. Grangebeg, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000. You can now play our lotto online from your own computer by visiting fethard.com.

Wolfe Tones in concert
The Wolfe Tones will appear in concert in Cloneen on Friday 25th July and a small amount of tickets are available and can be had by ringing 086-0834208 immediately. Tickets to be collected should be done by Friday 18th as no tickets will be kept for anyone and no entry at door on night.

Coming 1st November for a Halloween Party Night are the brilliant Kaye Twins big brass and salsa band. Tickets limited, more details on this later

Change of time
Senator Phil Prendergast's Clinic in the Fr. Tirry Centre, Fethard, will now be held at 10am, Saturday 26th July 2008 instead of 2pm as previously advertised, to facilitate the Labour Party Selection Convention for the European Elections in Silversprings Hotel, Cork.

Tag Rugby Festival
Fethard Rugby Club are hosting a Tag Rugby Festival over the first three Friday nights in August. Entertainment has been organised after each session in a local pub with barbecue on the final night
The rules are simple: you have to be over 35; 10 players per team - each team must have 1 female player (aged 30 and over) and entry is €100 per team.

So if you feel you still have a small spring in your step please contact Paul Scully Tel: 087 6885212
Limited places left. Spread the word and come along for the craic. Bring your family and friends, all are welcome.

Fethard Macra
A very pleasant evening was had by all participating in our card night in McCarthys on Friday, 11th July. We’d like to thank everyone who attended on the night and most especially all of the local businesses who so kindly and generously sponsored the event. Excellent music and song was provided later in the evening by our extremely talented local group ‘The Pheasant Pluckers’.

Club members took part in the ‘Donkey Derby’ in the Clonmel Show on July 6th. This was a very enjoyable event for all participating club members. The raft race, which was due to take place last week, has been postponed until August. Further details later. Events taking place in the next few weeks include the annual ‘Miss Macra’ festival taking place in Dundrum during the first weekend in August. This is an event on the Macra calendar not to be missed.

Our next meeting will take place in McCarthys on Saturday, 19th July at 9pm. If you are interested in joining our club contact Michael (087-9019443) or Una (087-6882683).

The late Nessa Shine
The death occurred recently at St Joseph's Hospice, London, of Nessa Shine (nee O'Donovan), late of Forest Green, London and Burke Street, Fethard. Nessa (82), was the daughter of Denis and Mary O'Donovan, Burke Street. She was predeceased by her brothers Andy (Burke Street), John (The Valley) and sister Meta (Dunlavin, Co Wicklow).

In the 1940s Nessa met Ben Shine, who came from Cork to work in Killerk Creamery. The couple later married and lived on Barrack Street where they had two children, Jim and Benny.
The family moved to London in the 1950s, but Nessa never forgot her roots. A regular visitor to Fethard, she spent holidays at Burke Street with her sister-in-law, the late Gretta O'Donovan, surrounded by family and friends. A subscriber to the annual newsletter, she also kept up to date with the Fethard community notes.
Following Requiem Mass at St Anthony's Church, Forest Gate, burial was in East London cemetery.

Nessa is survived by her sons Jim and Benny; daughters-in-law Siobhan and Cathy; sister Ann (Lucey) Main Street, Fethard; grandchildren; great-grandchildren: other relatives and friends.
A Mass for Nessa will be celebrated in the Abbey Church at 5pm on this Friday 18th July.

Tennis Camp for boys and girls
A Tennis Camp for boys and girls from the ages of 7 to 16 will take place in Fethard Sports Centre from Monday 21st July to Friday 25th July. The camp will take place every morning from 10am to 12.30pm and children willing to take part are asked to give their names to coach, Tony McCarthy Tel: 086 3809397.

Congratulations to Sister Philomena and Sister Annunciata
Congratulations to Sister Philomena and Sister Annunciata on celebrating their recent jubilees. I used to visit you at the convent for afternoon tea when my mother Josie (McCarthy) Fennell and my aunt Mary (McCarthy) Gavin used to visit you on their trips home from England. Sister Terasita, Sister Carmel and Sister Thomas (my teacher) in the baby class would also join us.

I have so many memories of my time spent in your company and the walks around the grounds. In those days the nuns didn't come out on to the street you would meet us at the lodge where Mr & Mrs Power lived and walk us up the path and steps into the grounds or we would enter the convent via the gate at the back of the Parish Church, passed the laundry and join you all in the gardens. Tea would be served in the sitting room and we always left with gifts of holy pictures and soap. I loved those visits. Thank you again for the happy memories. May God Bless you both. Regards, Kate (Kathleen) Fennell.

Fethard GAA Club News
Our Minor Footballers play their semifinal on this Wednesday against Commercials and on Saturday 19th July we play Minor B Hurling in Monroe against Kilsheelan at 7pm. On Monday 21st July we are out in the losers section of the Under 21 B Hurling when we play Knockmealdown Gaels in Clonmel at 7.45pm.
We wish Paul Fitzgerald and Cian Maher the best of luck in the qualifier on Saturday in Ardfinnan at 3pm and also to Aiden Fitzgerald in the Intermediate Hurling final in Thurles on Wednesday 23rd July against Limerick.

The Lotto Jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were5, 6, 9 and 11 and we had four Match Three winners who all receive €40: Maura Ryan (Kilnockin, Fethard), Martin Burke (Main Street, Fethard), Rita Kennedy (c/o Merrys, Clonmel), Monica O’Shea (Woodvale Walk, Fethard). The Lucky Dip €50 was won by Nicola Thompson (Woodvale Walk, Fethard). We would like to thank AIB, Main Street, for providing the tickets.

Killusty Dog Show & Fancy Dress Results
Unfortunately the weather that was forecast came to pass as the Dog and Fancy Dress sections at Killusty Pony Show were just getting under way. It meant that all competitors and judges got a good wetting before the classes were finished. That said the standard was higher than ever in both the Dog Show and the Fancy Dress.

There had been a great deal of effort put into preparation and it certainly showed. While entries for the Dog Show were slightly down no doubt due to the weather forecast, there were more and more innovative Fancy Dress competitors than ever.

Jim Quinlan, Huntsman of the Golden Vale Hunt, was meticulous in his judging of the dogs as was Mrs Bernie Maher owner of Opera in Fethard who judged the many and varied entrants in the Fancy Dress. They were both very complimentary as to the standard of entry.

Dog Show Results
Class 1 Fancy Dress Dog: 1) Emily Maher, UNA; 2) Darragh Lynch, FROGGY; 3) Lucy Kennedy, DAISY.
Class 2 Best Groomed Dog and Handler: 1) Grace Pollard, SAMMY; 2) Finola Riordan, COCO; 3) Pippa Walsh, TOBY; Joint 4) Orlq Croke, TWINKY & Karen Fitzpatrick, TIDBIT.
Class 3 Best Tailwagger: 1) David Bunce, FRANKIE; 2) Sarah Maher, JESSIE; 3) Molly O'Meara, BIBI; Joint 4) Jessica Wilson, SNUFF & Pippa Walsh, TOBY.
Class 4 Most Obedient Dog Handled by a Child under 12: 1) Robert Wall, HATTY; 2) Emma Morrissey, SANDY; 3) Molly O'Meara, BIBI; Joint 4) Matilda Magner, POPPY & Tom Hayden, LASSIE.
Class 5 Most Alert: 1) Darragh Lynch, FROGGY; 2) Geraine O'Donnell, LILLY; 3) John Stokes, WILSON; 4) Matthew Lynch,SNAP.
Class 6 Best Veteran Dog: 1) Mary Lee, MISTY; 2) Tadhg Magner, DOT; 3) Emma Hatton, DAISY; 4) Grace Pollard, SAMMY.
Class 7 Best Trick: 1) Willie O'Donnell, GEORGE; 2) Sally Walsh, TOBY; 3) Darragh Lynch, FROGGY; 4) Emma Hatton, DAISY.
Class 8 Best Terrier: 1) Isobel Kennedy, BARNEY; 2) Ruby Kennedy, TINY; 3) Christian Carroll, POGO; 4) Harry Cummins, PATCH.
Class 9 Best Other Breeds: 1) Pats Cahill, SETANTA; 2) Sliabh Wells, JET; Joint 3) Sally Nagle, PATCH & David Burke, FRANKIE.
Class 10: 1) Caroline Stokes, SAUSAGE; 2) Karen Fitzpatrick, TIDBIT; 3) Matthew Lynch, SNAP.
Class 11 ‘A’ Best Large Dog In Show: 1) Sally Devaney, KEARNEY; 2) David Burke, FRANKIE; 3) Emma Hatton, DAISY; 4) John Stokes, WILSON.
Class 11 ‘B’ Best Small Dog In Show: 1) Lucy Kennedy, DAISY; 2) Karen Fitzpatrick, TIDBIT; 3) Una Matassa, LUCKY; 4) Tadhg Magner, DOT.
Class 12 Obstacle Course: 1) Willie O'Donnell, GEORGE; 2) Geraine O'Donnell, LILY; 3) Caroline Stokes, SAUSAGE; 4) Matthew Lynch, SNAP; 5) Orla Croke, TWINKY.

Fancy Dress Show Results
Best Dressed: Angus MacDonald & Peter Wall;
Most Amazing: Jane Ffrench Davies & Ben Everard;
Most Colourful: Maresa Ronan;
Most Original: Ruth McDonald;
Best Decorated Hat: Georgina Murray;
Most Effort: Kate Atkinson, Aoife Glennon & Aileen Glennon;
Smartest Dressed: Tom & Melanie Hayden;
Best Boy Under 10 Yrs. Charlie McNeice;
Best Groups Rebecca Lalor, Amie Lalor, Susanna Lalor, Mimi O'Grady Lucy Kennedy and the Group led by Shakespeare;
Best Girl Under 10 Years: Yasmin Quirke;
Best Dressed For The Weather: Zoe Stokes.


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