Thursday 18th February 2010
Fethard GAA Club News
The local Community Sports Lotto jackpot of €4,500 was not won. The numbers drawn were 7, 10, 14 and 19. We had two match three winners of €75 each to Larry Kehoe, Monroe, Fethard; and Anna Cooke, 49 St Patricks Place, Fethard. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Josie Fitzgerald, Kiltinan, Fethard. Thanks to Clonmel Oil for providing the tickets.
Juvenile GAA Club News
But lets not forget that while this was going on, in the background was Mary and Austie Godfrey picking up rubbish and other items from our field, in order to make it a safe and more presentable place for all. This is not the first time that Mary and Austie have done this. They are there on a regular basis cleaning up after those who seem fit to leave all sorts behind. Many would say you’re wasting your time asking, but here goes anyway, Please, those of you who choose to jump the wall and do what you do, have a bit of consideration for the fact that you have to be cleaned up after so your friends, younger siblings or even kids are safe to be here. Maybe you could find somewhere else to go or bring your rubbish away with you.
We have now secured a Juvenile Player's Representative and welcome Ronan Fitzgerald to our committee. We look forward to seeing him at our regular meetings.
A number of players travelled to Ned Hall Park on Monday last to attend the U16 trials.
Registration is still ongoing, you can contact our secretary, Ann on 086 895 3925 for further information. Membership will cover you for hurling and football as well as using our Sports Centre which has racquetball, handball and tennis courts.
Good luck to those who are in Tuesday's Lotto. If anyone would like to purchase a lotto ticket at €2 each, let our secretary Ann know.
Places Available on Beginners Computer Course
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each: Pat Carroll, Main Street, Fethard; Helen Grace, Barrack Street, Fethard; and Annette O'Meara, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Book Fair a success for Historical Society
Not alone was there more visitors than last year – when the weather was very bad – but there were also four new book dealers, bringing the number to thirty-four, and overall it was a very successful event for everyone involved.
Books were being sold from ‘ten for a Euro’ on the Historical Society stand, up to €850 for a copy of ‘The Place-Names of Decies’ by Very Rev. P. Canon Power, being sold by a dealer from Dublin. The organisers again wish to thank the Ballroom committee and all those who donated books. It is a great help as the dealers scan the stalls looking for the ‘find’ that could make their day.
A great feature of the day is the presence of authors of ‘Tipperary interest’ books. Many people want to meet the authors of local books, to have them signed, but also to supply some added information or maybe even ‘point out a mistake’ !
Dr. Risteárd Mulcahy was very busy selling and signing his book ‘My Father, The General’ and without question that period of Irish history, from 1916 to 1922, is still fascinating for most Irish people.
Dr. Seán O’Donnell was there with ‘Clonmel 1900-1932 A History’, as was Bob Keating with his ‘Eamon de Valera and Michael Collins Still Making History’, both again published in 2009.
From up the county the Nenagh Writers Group came with ‘Top of the Pile’, an anthology of their work, and Margaret Maher Gleeson with her Moyne play ‘Captain Jeremiah Grant – The Highwayman’ which, hopefully, will get staged in the county in the near future.
Profit will be put to good use.
The Festival is a big undertaking and whether it goes ahead or not will depend on state funding and the availability of help and support from across the community. Last year the organisers spent over sixteen thousand Euro, most of it grant money, staging the event.
‘Me, myself and I’ – personal development course
Fethard Bridge Club
Fethard Rugby Club Notes
Fethard J2s travelled to Thurles on Sunday evening and came up against a well drilled Thurles side, The first twenty minutes were very even with both sides taking well worth tries, Jimmy O'Brien put in a nice grubber kick behind the Thurles defence and the alert Shane Kenny was on hand to gather and score on the corner. Thurles turned out to be the better team on the day but Liam Moloney had a very impressive debut for the club making many great tackles and he was well assisted by Paul Ronan, James Smith, John Fitzgerald and John Hannigan until injured.
While many tackles were missed in the backs the relatively new Sean O'Meara had a fine game as had Martin Murphy, Alan O'Connor, Declan Doyle and Peter Collier. This team in its first season has put in some fine performances, but we need to bring it to the next level to produce a performance over the 80 minutes.
Our under 19s hosted Waterford City and both teams produced a great game of rugby. Waterford were quicker to settle and ran in two great tries in the first quarter, and were dominant in all areas of the field at this stage. Fethard settled into the game and their confidence was restored with some great line breaking runs from Shane Kavanagh, Colm Shanahan and Andy Walsh with Jonathon Fleming on the wing looking menacing with every chance he got.
As others see us.
A Dutchman interested in Equestrian sports contacted the Tipps enquiring if it would be okay to come and see hunting which he had never witnessed. Told he would be more than welcome he arrived and a committee member took him around by car. Noticing Donie Slattery on point on the Ballinard road he wanted to know, “who was the foolish rider staying there all on his own?” He was informed that he was on lookout to see if the fox slipped away on that side. “But how will he know if all the riders go away on the other side?” When told that as soon as the huntsman blew ‘Gone Away’ (or ‘Come on the field’) the rider would be gone like a rocket. He could not quite figure it out. However, his guide gave him a mount before he left and a few pops over a nice bank. He turned out to be quite an accomplished horseman and stated he would be back again to sample Irish hunting at close quarters.
To make up for the hunting days lost during the severe frost the Tipperary Foxhounds intend to extend the season this year to mid-March.
There are only a few days left to purchase tickets for the Bay Hunter (16h), which is being raffled. The draw will take place on this Saturday night, 20th February, at the Hunt Ball in Kilcoran Lodge Hotel. Tickets are available from any committee member or by contacting 086 8090709.
With the White Heathers
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers are currently promoting their Annual Draw. While the country may be in recession nevertheless, to comply with new health and safety regulations, Kennel maintenance expenses are ever increasing. Tickets for the draw are €2 each, or a book of three for €5. The White Heathers are confident that the support of supporters, friends and followers of this long established pack will be forthcoming this year, as always. The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday next, 21st February at Coolbawn Cross and on Sunday 28th at Coolmoyne, at 11am.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games Juvenile Quiz
Congratulations to the following medallists. The winning team from Fethard consisted of Amy Tynan, Katie Butler, Niamh Shanahan and Jessie McCarthy; silver medal winners from Killusty were Ronan Coffey, Dean Kenny, Megan Coen, Molly O’Meara, Sarah O’Donnell and Orla Walsh. In third place, also from Fethard, were Annie Prout, Kiya Burke, Nicola Thompson and Aine Proudfoot.
In addition to the three teams mentioned it is possible for further teams to compete at the County Final in Thurles on Friday 5th March if they wish. Entry fee is €6 per team paid on the night. This is the only competition on the Calendar where there is no restriction on the number of teams representing an area provided that they reside in same and are under the age on 31st July.
Special word of thanks to Fethard Community Council for use of their excellent facility, to Mary Healy who was a fantastic quiz master, to Margaret Burke and Catherine McCormack CDO FÁS for their input, to Gerard Manton, Joe Kenny, Helena O’Shea, Alice Butler, Joe Keane, Sonia Bonelli, Shem Butler, Frances Harrington and all who contributed to the success of the evening.
Children are now asked to please prepare their submissions for the Art & Model Making Area finals. Closing date for collection of pictures etc. is Wednesday 3rd March when all schools in Fethard and Killusty will be visited and entries collected along with fee of €2. If a child is attending school in Moyglass, Cloneen, Lisronagh, Rosegreen etc., but living in the parish of Fethard and would like to take part, we ask the school to contact the Community Games Office at 052 6131906, 086 8110768 or 086 3777812 and we will arrange to collect same or they may also deliver their entry to the Community Games Office at Grove Road. Good luck to all.