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Saturday 17th January 2009

Book Fair Calling
It’s getting to that time of year again when the Fethard Historical Society are preparing for the Tipperariana Book Fair on Sunday 8th February.  The fair, now in its fourteenth year, has become a ‘must go to’ event for hundreds of people from all over the county, and many more from outside the county as well.

Over thirty book dealers from across the country fill the Ballroom with thousands of books of all shapes, sizes and subject matter.  And the big spenders are the ‘collectors’ who come looking for that special book that they have been seeking to lay hands on for years.

One of the ways that the Historical Society makes some income is to sell ‘donated’ books at its own stall on the day.  Therefore, the Society will gratefully receive donations of books from the public.  Of course, donations of complete ‘Book Collections’ - which does happen from time to time - is an especially welcome help to the organizers.

The Society plans to publish two books itself this year.  One, on Heraldry and Family Plaques in the Fethard area, by Gerard Crotty, and also a major history of the Fethard Area by Michael O’Donnell.  These publications will be costly to produce and therefore the Fethard Historical Society will be especially grateful this year for all the support it can get.

It has been the policy of the Society from the beginning, to invite authors of ‘Tipperary Interest Books’- published in the preceding year- to come to the fair, to promote, sell and sign their books.  2008 was again a fruitful year for Tipperary books with over thirty major publications coming out in the county and many of these authors will be present on the day.

Now is the time to go through your books or to ask you family or friends to donate any unwanted books to a good cause. Any member of the committee will be glad to collect the books from you and contact can be made via bookfair@fethard.com or by phoning 052 23402(Terry Cunningham) or 052 31936 (Doirin Saurus).

Fethard Macra
Well done to our public speaking team who were narrowly beaten by Cappoquin in Dungarvan on Saturday last.  Anybody interested in participating in our volleyball league please get in contact any club member.  Upcoming dates for the diary include the South Tipperary round of the National Question Time Competition which will be held in Barne Lodge on Friday, January 16th at 9pm. 

The county round of the Dublin City Talent contest takes place in the Marian Hall, Borrisoleigh on February 7th.  The South Tipperary round of the Drama competition will be held on February 20th.  Our next meeting will be in Butlers Bar on Friday, January 16th at 8.30pm. For further information email fethardmacra@gmail.com.

Fethard GAA Club (Photographs – Teams of the Past: 1924,1947, 1957 & 1984)
The 2009 AGM of Fethard GAA Club will take place on Friday January 23rd at 7.30pm sharp in the Tirry Community Centre.  All club members are welcome to attend.


Fethard & District Rugby Club
Mini Rugby Club travelled to Dungarvan last Sunday and put aside the miserable wet weather.  Yet again we were blessed with fantastic support from the parents and the Children had an enjoyable morning of Rugby. The Under 7's fielded a squad of nine in their two games against Dungarvan and Youghal and played extremely well in both games. 

Shane Neville, Angus MacDonald, Richard Anglim along with Michael Scully produced great tackles and improved passing throughout the two games.  Backup in the maul was provided by Oisin Smullen, Thomas Morrissey and Matthew Gleeson who are improving with every game. 

Continued strong play came from Matthew Burke and James Phillips who showed determination throughout both games and had the hard task of helping out the opposition in the 2nd game and proved great team players.  This team performed with great credit for their first game back after the Christmas break, along with the bad weather meaning that this was, unusually, their first game for six weeks and well done to all of them, keep up the good work.

The Under 8's had a fine game pulling out all the stops in this well matched contest.  We witnessed excellent tackling from Georgina Murray, Matthew Thompson, Ruth MacDonald and Sadhbh Morrissey.  Three tries were scored in a great mornings rugby from this team and it proved that good passing is so important in the game.  Great runs came from Harry Cummins, Danny Gleeson, Joe Carroll, Gavin Ryan and Daragh Lynch who all provided strong drive and determination. 

Another stepped up performance was evident from Frankie Meagher.  This team throughout the whole game put into practise all their skills of passing and tackling into the match.  Another great game from this team of ten.  Well done. 

If you are not receiving the weekly texts regarding Training and Matches please text your child’s name and age group i.e. U8 to 087 744 7691.  Also Coaches and Parents under the Senior Membership this season’s fees are now due, at a cost of €50.

Class of ‘94 Reunion
A great night was had by all who attended the Class of ‘94 reunion on 26th December.  It was great to catch up with some friends we had not seen since leaving school.  Phone numbers and email addresses were exchanged on the night and maybe a few new members into our ‘Fethard class of 94’ group on Facebook.  If you could not make it on the night but would like to catch up with some class mates you can catch up with about twenty class members through the Facebook group or email: classof94@ymail.com.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 7th January were 1, 10, 18 and 21.  We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3s’, each winning €75:
Martin Burke, Main Street Fethard and
Michael Allen, Curraghtarsna, Fethard. 
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Olwyn O’Brien, Chapel Lane, Fethard;
Christy Devitt, Strylea, Fethard and
Sally & Sarah Slattery, The Green, Fethard.
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.

Bridge Club Results
Fethard Bridge Club resumed after the Christmas break on Wednesday 7th January.  The results of our game that night were:
1st Gross:    Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke
2nd Gross:   Marie Delaney and Annie O’Brien
1st Nett:       Berney Myles and Alice Quinn
2nd Nett:      Suzanne Opray and Ellen Rochford
We hope to see everyone back in the next couple of weeks.  On 21st January we play for prizes sponsored by Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh.  If you are looking for a partner for Bridge, please contact Berney Myles at 32038.

Low Impact Aerobics
Aerobics classes, low impact with body conditioning, will start on Tuesday 20th January from 7pm to 8pm at Mullinahone Community Centre.  Fee is €7 per class. Beginners very welcome.  Join up on any Tuesday and tone-up in time for the summer!  For further information contact Esther, Phone: 086 8960369. Wishing all my customers a very healthy and fit 2009.

Dat Tipperary Accent
Two elderly gentlemen from Cork were having breakfast and a chat in a restaurant in Fethard while waiting for a funeral to emerge from the church.  The conversation was a little loud as one of the gentlemen was a little hard of hearing.  The waitress almost had to shout the menu to the man so that he could order.

Once she had returned to the kitchen with the order, it was with much amusement that the other customers heard the hard of hearing gentleman say to his friend, “Dja  know what boy, dat waitress’ Tipperary accent is fierce hard to understand!”.  The waitress who served him is from the Czech Republic.

Hunting News
“Rain stopped play” is a cricket saying when weather spoils the sport.  Rain may not have stopped the Tipperary Foxhounds hunting last week but severe frost certainly played ‘Molly Bawn’ with the weeks hunting.  Hounds did their best in very difficult conditions at Kedrah on Monday. 

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday’s hunting however had to be cancelled.  Derry took the hounds out to the bog on Wednesday and Saturday for hound exercise.  Hunting on the bog at Liskeveen both days, on Wednesday hounds hunted reasonably well in covert but just could not own the line in the open. 

Thursday on the opposite site of the Liskeveen Road was much better.  A good thirty-five minutes was enjoyed.  Hounds got their fox away across the road, right through the forest on the other side and to ground a short distance out from the far end.  Very favourable comments were heard at the Coolmore meet on Monday and many congratulations offered to Mr. Michael Higgens on the excellent tributes paid to him in the article on his hunting career in last Saturday’s Irish Field. 

Described as an “Icon in the Irish Hunting World”, a tribute more than well deserved, special mention was made of his term of seventeen years as Master and Huntsman of the Tipperary Foxhounds.  Michael clocked up 2095 consecutive hunting days without a break.  Great to see him still going strong, two or three days per week, with the Gallant Tipps. Ad multos annos. 

All long time followers of the Tipperary Foxhounds will learn with regret of the recent death of Dr. Tom Clery, formerly of, Mobarnane House, Fethard.  A most enthusiastic supporter and follower of the Tipps he will be especially remembered for his invitation meets at Mobarnane, usually during the Christmas season.  Sincere sympathy is extended from all hunting folk to his wife Jenny, daughter Sarah, son Simon, grandchildren and extended family. 

With the White Heathers

The frost may have been gone by Sunday last but this was one day when the cure was worse than the disease.  Gale Force winds driving sleeting rain made conditions just impossible from their meet at Ballyluskey.  Following one short run to ground from Phelan’s Bog Donie was obliged to call a halt to proceedings after just one hour.  The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday next, January 18th at Coleman Cross; Sunday 25th at Kilvemnon School (near Mullinahone) and on Sunday February 1st at Coolbawn Cross.  All meets at 11am. 

Winners in the January Members and Friends draw were 1st Prize, €200: Ms. Katie O’Flynn, Woodvale Walk and 2nd Prize, €100 Ms. Carol McCormack, Drangan.


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