Saturday 2th August 2008
Pride of Place Competition
Fethard & Killusty Community Council were nominated for the competition by South Tipperary County Council. The main thrust of this competition is to celebrate community contribution to local society and the creation of civic pride.
The Pride of Place Competition is all about acknowledging, in a meaningful manner, the fantastic selfless work being done by people in communities all over the island of Ireland. It is recognition of the work being done to create communities for tomorrow while respecting the heritage and culure of the past. It is recognition of the work being done to create viable, vibrant and visible communities. It is also about giving local authorities an opportunity to participate in the heart of their communities, because while acknowledging that, in addition to providing essential services, local authorities also have a responsibility to build communities.
On the afternoon of the judging, the judges were introduced to the community of Fethard and the activities – past, present and future – of Fethard Community Council by means of a remarkable presentation, prepared and delivered by our Chairman, Joe Kenny. This was followed by a short question and answer session before departing the Tirry Centre on a walking tour of the town, so that the visitors could see, for themselves, the outcomes of community development in Fethard.
The day concluded with the judges being brought along the Town Wall, in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, which impressed them greatly. The results of this competition will not be known until the Awards Ceremony which is scheduled to take place in Lismore, Co. Waterford in November.
Friends of Fethard – 15th Anniversary
Indeed, as recent projects such as the Public Realm Plan, the Town Wall Consevation and Management Plan and the Capital Works Programme for the Fethard Town Walls have indicated, the tourism potential of Fethard can be realised on account of the quantity and quality of the remaining Medieval Walls encircling the town.
John O’Shea’s first hunting experience began when, as a young teenager, Mrs Masters offered him a job in the Tipperary Hunt stables. Emigrating to England he came under the notice of Mr Michael McEwan, who took him on as second kennel-man with the Cattistock Hounds in 1965 – 66. The following season he was taken on as whipper-in to Will Garrett at the Marquis of Burghley’s private pack, moving to the North Norfolk harriers.
Mr Shaw of the Norfolk, hearing that the East Essex required a huntsman he suggested he should apply. His application was successful and he was appointed huntsman by Colonel Motton.
John O’Shea was first and foremost a hound man, he loved his hounds and his hounds loved him. He was quiet in the field and in the kennel and showed excellent sport in his thirty-four years with the pack. His sudden, and untimely, death at sixty-five shortly after his retirement on 1st May came as a great shock in the East Essex Country.
A very large crowd of hunting folk attended his funeral. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Rosemarie, and his sister, Mrs Ann D’arcy, Killusty, and his brother, Mr Ned O’Shea, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Suir Valley Three-Day Cycle Race to visit Fethard
Archbishop Richard Burke Diocesan Fund
Fethard Macra na Feirme
The key programme areas for Macra are leadership training, competitions, travel, young farmer development, arts and culture, sports and social and community development and participation.
Competitions include quizzes, capers, drama, public speaking, debating, welding, farm skills, stock-judging, volleyball, indoor soccer, basketball, bowling and 7-A-Side Gaelic football. All these competitions cater for a wide range of interests amongst our members.
Fethard Macra has maintained a strong presence in Fethard life for nigh on 60 years. The first meeting of Fethard Macra na Feirme took place in the Nissan Hut on the 19th of December 1950.
The club was founded by D. McGrath, P. Heffernan, M. Smith, P. Donnelly CAO, T. Rice and R. Holohan. We hope to keep this strong tradition alive, indeed we are currently looking for and recruiting new members for our club. Becoming part of Macra is great for personal and community development as well as being a great way to make loads of new friends at local, countywide and national level.
Macra is not just a farming organisation; it’s an organisation for the benefit of all young people in our local communities. If you are interested in finding out more please feel free to contact the chairperson Michael (087-9019443) or secretary Una (087-6882683). We look forward to hearing from you.
Reflection by Abigail Celebrate First Birthday
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Fethard GAA Club News
The Round 6 Intermediate Hurling was played against Carrick Davins on Saturday last in Monroe. The final score was Fethard 2-18; Davins 3-15, in a fine game of hurling with both teams serving up a fine display of all that is good about hurling. Aiden Fitzgerald was very much to the fore, scoring 2-14. Both teams have qualified for the semi-finals with Round 7 still to play. Team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Carroll, Stephen O’Donnell, Declan Doyle, Aiden Lonergan, Michael Ryan, Cian Maher, John-Paul Looby, Tomás Keane (0-1), Eoin Doyle, Aiden Fitzgerald (2-14; 0-7f), Alan O’Connor (0-1), Michael Dillon (0-1), Brian Coen, Micheál Spillane (0-1). Subs: Alan Burke, James Kelly and Dean Tobin.
Fethard suffered a defeat in the Minor B Hurling Round 3 at the hands of St. Mary’s on a score-line St. Mary’s 1-9; Fethard 0-10, with Dean Tobin our top scorer (0-7; 5f). Team was: J.P. McGrath, Joe Fogarty, James Kelly, Ciaran O’Connell, Gavin Fitzgerald, Eoin O’Connell, Thomas O’Connell, James O’Keeffe, Dean Tobin (0-7), Aaron Conran, Cathal Gorey, Alan Lawrence (0-1), Matthew Fitzgerald, Christopher Sheehan (0-2) and Daniel Hickey. Subs: Aaron O’Donovan and Frankie O’Donovan.
The Lotto Jackpot was not won. Numbers drawn were 5, 7, 17 and 25. There was one Match Three winner, Annette Murphy, Main Street, who won €150. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Patricia Breen, The Green. We would like to thank AIB Fethard for sponsoring the tickets.