Thursday 11th January 2010
Tipperariana Book Fair this Sunday
Going back further still to the late 1700s, we have the story of ‘Captain Jeremiah Grant –The Highwayman’ from Moyne which is a play written by Margaret Maher Gleeson, and Margaret will also be at the fair. Then we come into very modern times and members of the Nenagh Writers Group will be there with their book, ‘Top of the Pile’, and they will join other Tipperary authors of 2009 books — a great year for quality Tipperary books.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each: Brendan Kenny, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; Frank Mullins, c/o Tom Purcell; and Bernadette McManus, Burke Street, Fethard.
Third County Title in a row
Sunday was county final day and Jacks next opponent was Mark Lennon from Thurles Boxing Club. This fight went the three rounds with the Fethard man boxing out of the blue corner and winning the fight on a scoreline of 12 points to nil, to become Waterford/Tipperary County Boy 3, 54kg Champion for 2010.
To round off a brilliant weekend for Jack he also won the Frank O’Meara Perpetual Shield for ‘Best Boxer of the Championships’ and Clonmel Boxing Club winning the best boxing club of the championships for the 9th consecutive year.
Next up for Jack is the Munster Championships which will be held this year in Cork. So until then, a few weeks time, it’s intense training and special dieting with Jack’s favourite friend ‘the scales’ out again for another season. Best wishes Jack.
Fethard Macra upcoming events
The next meeting of Fethard Macra will be held on Friday 12th February in the ICA hall in Fethard at 9.30pm. All are welcome to attend. For further information contact Michael at 087 9019443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or on Bebo ‘FethardM’ also check out our page on Facebook. Further information can also be found on www.southtippmacra.com or http://fethardmacra.blogspot.com
Fethard Ladies Football
Training resumes this Saturday 13th February at 11am in the school field for all juveniles. Registration will also take place on Saturday.
Fethard Bridge Club
The Under 7s had two great games with some fine tries in both. First up they played Galbally and put in a fine performance with great tackling from Connor Walsh, Éabha Fitzgerald, Michael Scully and Aidan Fitzgerald. Fast pickup consistently came from Connor Neville ably assisted by Shane Neville, Ian Harrington and Aaron Denny. Robert Wall and Lucy Murphy put in some great ball work throughout the game. In the 2nd game against Kilfeacle, a tougher game, saw Connor Neville score a great try with back up from all the team. Well done to you all and keep up the great work.
The Under 8s also played two games during the morning and proved a force to be reckoned with scoring magnificent tries throughout the game. This team are really coming on great and are improving all the time and getting in fine tackles, their recycling of the ball is coming along and they are working together with impressive passing. The team consisted of Eoghain Fitzgerald, James Phillips, Max Maher, Peter Wall, Richard Anglim, Paddy Gaynor, Eoin Walsh, Connor Vaughan, Mathew Burke and Ben Purcell.
The Under 10 team first played Kilfeacle and Galbally with great results. Trojan work displayed by Matthew Gleeson, Gavin Ryan and David McCormack with Darragh Lynch, ably assisted by Ciaran O'Dwyer, proving tough and consistent. Dale Murphy, John Gilman, Joe Carroll and Frankie Meagher put in fine performances on the day.
The Under 11s had two games throughout the morning and it was a pleasure to watch these players taking the game to a new level as they have this year especially from Ned Grogan, Jack Grace and Richard Holohan who have excelled themselves this season. We must not forget the storming work by Jack Dolan, Patrick Scully, Mark Heffernan and Harry Butler. This team was then strengthened again by the work of Jack Kealy, Ross McCormack and Joseph O'Connor. The Under 11's put in fine tackles and scored some great tries off some tough mauling.
The Under 12s had one game against Kilfeacle and proved too strong for them last Sunday. Michael Gaynor and Andrew Phelan consistently tackled with Jason Ryan. Brian Norton and Matthew Lynch providing great bursts of speed with the ball into contact. John Clancy and Phillip Fogarty put in fine tackles during the game. Tries came thick and fast from Mark Collins, Pierce Blackmore, Phillip Maher all one a piece. Padraig Feehan scored twice during the game then both Liam Maher and Keith Cleere scored a hat-trick of tries each.
Training for all continues on Friday evenings in the Community Field from 6.45pm to 8pm from the age of 6 years up to 13 years. Older teams train from 8pm to 9pm. It is great to see a wonderful turnout for training and matches with great support from parents. If you are interested in joining us come along on a Friday evening and we would be delighted to see you.
Fethard GAA Club News
Congratulations to Alice Lawrence, Coolmoyne, Fethard, on winning a Car or €15,000 in the February Tipperary County Board Draw, and to ticket seller Gus Fitzgerald, Fethard GAA Club.
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
On the registration evening we had a one-off draw of €50 which was won by Brian Healy, well done Brian. Also good luck to those of you who purchased a lotto ticket for next Tuesday's lotto draw.
We have lots in store this year for our Juvenile Club. There will be after school skills/training at St. Patricks Boys School. Day to be decided very soon. We have La na gClub in May, Cul Camp in August, also the Bro Albert Cup and the Danagher Cup to be played for later in the year. And much more, we will keep you posted.
We are delighted to announce that all officer posts were filled this year. Andy O'Donovan is our designated children's officer as well as our treasurer. Thank you to Andy for giving up his time to attend courses/workshop and probably more workshops in order to be recognised by the GAA as qualified for this post. We have our vetting submitted. Our coaches and officers have the field training completed and will be attending a workshop for the protection and welfare of children in sport, some already have done so. These courses/workshops are now mandatory in GAA Juvenile Clubs and are designed to support and educate our coaches and officers to promote respect, fair play and safety in the GAA games with our youth up to the age of 18 years.
We are proud of the fact that Fethard Juvenile GAA Club are well ahead of schedule in implementing all the GAA initiatives for our youth members and all associated with our club.
Fethard was well represented on Saturday at the South Division football trials in Clonmel by Tommy Anglim, Brian Healy, Kyle Walsh, Adam Fitzgerald and Jody Sheehan.
As you are all aware by now, teams need to register with the South Board by March. Therefore anyone who has not registered, make sure you do on or by our next registration evening.
If there is any member who has changed their contact no or is not receiving text from our secretary, Ann, please text your name and number to her on 086 896 3925.
‘Stars in our Bars’ at Lonergans
Lonergan’s Bar invite competitors to take part in their final heats on Saturday 13th February and 20th February. Singers, musicians, comedians and all other stage acts are more than welcome to take part. Lonergan’s final will be held on Saturday 27th March when two acts will be chosen to go forward to the regional final. These two acts will be chosen by all customers present in the bar on the night who will each have a single vote.
'Stars of our Bars' county heats will continue until the end of March. Finalists will be chosen from each participating county to be put forward to the provincial finals in April. The lucky finalists who make it through the county and provincial stages of the competition will then take part in the Grand Final in May. The national winners will receive a chunk of the €50,000 prize pot.
Ardfinnan on Wednesday was described as a day when “foxes were running everywhere and going nowhere”. Every covert drawn held but foxes only ran a short distance before being marked to ground. However as we have said before, “whether foxes run three fields or three miles, hounds can only hunt them as far as they go”.
A reminder that the Tipperary Foxhounds are currently promoting a raffle, for a Bay Hunter (16h), which will be held, next week, on Saturday February 20th, at the Hunt Ball. This fully made hunter is having a brilliant season, hunting two days a week, under Jenny Ronan. Get your tickets now, before it’s too late, from any committee member or by contacting 086 8090709.
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Woman bitten on hand in church attack — Priests condemn 'unbelievable' incident
The attack on the local woman has been condemned as "a sad reflection of the times and society that we live in" by Fr. Tom Breen, the Parish Priest in Fethard. He said the people of the town were dismayed by the attack.
Gardai say they are following a definite line of inquiry, after the woman was bitten when she tried to hold onto her handbag. The woman, who is in her 60s and married with a grown-up family, is part of a weekly rota that cleans the Abbey on a voluntary basis.
He said that we had to ask what we could do as a society to eradicate these problems. The Parish Priest was pleased that the woman was recovering well and he hoped the matter would be brought to a successful conclusion.
The woman was brought to her GP in Killenaule for a tetanus injection and will need further medical attention in the coming months.
Fr. Martin Crean, the prior of the Abbey said it was sad when it came to this. The woman had arrived at the church at midday and he and Fr. Tim Walsh were alerted to the incident by a neighbour at around 1.30.
He said that the Gardai were quickly on the scene, as was the woman's son. Fr. Crean described the women who cleaned the church as wonderful, and he was pleased that the woman was in great form when Fr. Walsh visited her on Friday.