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Saturday 27th December 2008

Room Nashville, Omagh and the Lee Valley
Music fans in Tipperary are in for a rare treat, when Jim Rooney, Mick Daly and Arty McGlynn play a gig in McCarthy’s in Fethard coming soon after Christmas.

Jim Rooney is doing a small tour of Ireland with his friends Mick and Arty. Jim is a highly rated producer from Nashville who has worked on Grammy nominated albums with John Prine, Iris De Ment and Nancy Griffith. He is probably best known to Irish audiences for producing Mick Hanly’s song ‘Past the Point of Rescue’ for Hal Ketchum which went to number one in the USA.

Mick Daly is already known to Irish audiences as one of the founder members of The Lee Valley String Band, who reached a new audience last year with their inclusion on RTE’s ‘Other Voices’. Mick was also one of the founder members of ‘Four Men and a Dog’, as well as one of the ‘Mary Black Band’.

Arty McGlynn is one of Ireland’s most popular and sought after guitarists. He has played with Planxty, De Dannan as well as most of the top Irish performers, such as Paul Brady and Christy Moore and spent seven years as a member of Van Morrison’s band in the eighties.

This rare musical treat will take place in McCarthy’s on Friday 16th January. The venue is small (back room in the bar), so it is advisable to purchase tickets early. They are €20 each and limited to 50. Call to McCarthy’s or ring 086 8119625.

Class of 1994
A Facebook group has been set up for members of the class of 1994. So if you were a class member at any stage please log on and join the group. We currently have about 20 members and are getting a few more all the time.
We have organised a class reunion for the back room in McCarthy’s on 26th December so if you are around come in for a few drinks and a catch up. Pass the word around to anyone you are still in contact with and hope to see ye all on St. Stephen’s Day.

Killusty Parents Association
Killusty Parents Association have organised a bag pack in Dunnes Stores, Davis Road, Clonmel on Thursday 18th, Friday 19th and Saturday 19th December to raise money for Killusty school funds. We are looking for volunteers to help out for a few hours over the 3 days. Anyone interested can contact any of the parents at the school.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 17th December were 12, 20, 28 and 32. We had no Jackpot winner and four ‘Match 3’ winners who received €40 each:
Michael Smyth, The Well, Fethard;
Dylan Lyons, Coolmoyne, Fethard;
Catherine & Eamon Kennedy, Cois Falla, Fethard;
Anne Foley, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
John Hunt, Lisronagh, Fethard;
Eamon O'Donohoe, Moyglass, Fethard;
Therese Ryan, Clerihan.

The three ‘Christmas Ham’ winners were:
Olive Looby, Ballybough, Fethard;
Chris O'Dwyer, Strylea, Fethard;
Veronica Fogarty, Garrinch, Fethard.

The three ‘Christmas Turkey’ winners were:
Mary Horan, Kilkennybeg, Killenaule;
Nellie O'Donovan, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard;
Eddie O'Brien, Burke Street, Fethard.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto will resume on Wednesday 7th January. We take this opportunity to wish all our supporters, sellers and customers a very Holy and Peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to your continued support in 2009.

Album Launch for Charity
Aidan Ward, who is going to launch his second album, ‘Stones’, at the Abymill Theatre on Saturday next 27th December is donating the profit from the gig to the Mission Hospital and people of Mutomo in Kenya, where his sister Niamh is currently working.

The money collected will go directly to the source, without being decimated by administration along the way. Tickets for the event are €10 from McCarthy’s in Fethard or at the door on the night. Copies of Aidan’s new album will also be on sale at the event. Support on the night is by local songwriter and member of ‘Naked Mr. America’, Jack O’Sullivan.

Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Mass Times Abbey Church
Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24th December at 9pm
Christmas Day, Thursday 25th December at 9.30am and 11.30am.
Christmas Mass Times Parish Church
Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24th December at 8pm
Christmas Day, Thursday 25th December at 8.30am and 11am.
Christmas Mass Times Church of the Sacred Heart Killusty
Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24th December at 9.30pm
Christmas Day, Thursday 25th December at 10am.

Christmas Day ‘Goal Mile’
Don't forget the ‘Goal Mile’ takes place again this year on Christmas Day, run walk or just amble at your leisure. It’s really all about the spirit of the day and Christmas is a family day but this is a time to remember the bigger family outside of our own immediate one and come together in community spirit and be united in remembering our less well off brothers and sisters across the globe.

Last year was a great success with a great many people participating and really enjoying the great Christmas spirit. We will gather outside the Town Hall for 12 noon. We will have a bucket to accept what you wish to give towards ‘GOAL’ the very worthy third world support and development organisation.

Emigrants Newsletter on Sale
This year’s issue of Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter will be on sale in local shops this weekend. The 208 page newsletter is packed with photographs and articles recording Fethard life over the past twelve months. Copies cost €10 each.
Over 1000 copies are posted free-of-charge every year to Fethard & Killusty emigrants living throughout the world.

Christmas Disco
St. Patrick’s Boys’ School Parents’ Association will hold an ‘80s Christmas Disco Party’ in the Fethard Arms on Saturday 27th December. Tickets are €10 and all are welcome. Doors open at 9pm.

Tipperary Hunt Pony Club
Tipperary Hunt Pony Club will hold their 50th Anniversary Reunion Party for parents of members, senior members (16 years and over), past members and associates, at Slievenamon Golf Club on Saturday 24th January at 7pm.

Tickets cost €25 which includes buffet supper and entertainment. Bookings by 1st January to, Josephine Maher-O’Hagan Tel: 086 0700664; Anne Croom-Carroll Tel: 087 7516502; Rosemary Clifford-O’Donnell Tel 086 8360086; Gillian Maher-Murray Tel: 086 8608006; and Yvonne Blackmore-Casey Tel: 086 8334913.

‘Misery’ for Abymill
Misery the latest production from the Fionn Mac Cumhaill Players will play for one night in the Abymill Theatre in Fethard on Friday 9th January.

This Stephen King thriller, made famous by Kathy Bates and James Caan, through film is rarely seen on stage and is gripping stuff as the relationship between the two actors has to be seen to be believed. A live performance is always great and especially so here as you get lost in the story and begin to believe what is happening. Although a dark play there are many very funny incidents and you can’t help but laugh at how childlike the character is in ways.

A very difficult play and yet the actors hold the audiences attention right through. The part of Paul Sheldon is played beautifully by Trevor Somers while Anne Williamson portrays Annie Wilkes split personality to perfection. Not for the faint hearted but worth seeing and you will definitely be entertained! Booking Tel: 086-8871467 or 086-0834208

Fethard Bridge Club
On Sunday 14th November we held our Christmas Party in the Tirry Centre, Fethard at which the following prizes were presented:
Gross Turkey on 18th November 2008
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
1st Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke;
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and David O’Meara;
2nd Nett: Bernie O’Meara and Anna Cooke.

Nett Turkey on 26th November 2008
1st Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney ;
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
2nd Nett: Philly Kenny & Mgt. M. McCormack;
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn.

Change of Partner Turkey on 3rd December 2008
1st Gross: Philly Kenny and Brendan Kenny;
1st Nett: Annie O’Brien and Mike Burke;
2nd Gross: Breda Walsh and Bernie O’Meara;
2nd Nett: Berney Myles and Mgt. M. McCormack.

Christmas Prizes on 10th December 2008
1st Gross: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny;
1st Nett: Anne Connolly & Tony Hanrahan;
2nd Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara;
2nd Nett: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh;
3rd Gross: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke;
3rd Nett: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
4th Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
4th Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
5th Gross: Nell Broderick and David O’Meara;
5th Nett: Nora Lawrence and Madeleine O’Donnell;
6th Gross: Kathleen Kenny and Philly Kenny
6th Nett: Rose Lonergan and Kay Walsh.


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