‘Challenge to Change’ project supports Rhea Mae
Negros Occidental is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Its capital is Bacolod City. This year’s Nano Nagle pupils are setting their sights on the other side of the world to research and present their ‘Challenge to Change’ project – ‘Rhea Mae – A Success Story’.
‘Challenge to Change’ is a Development Education Project initiated by Presentation Education Office (SE Province) for Presentation Schools.
Rhea Mae, the third of five children, is a 3rd year student at University. Her father works on the local hacienda for the equivalent of €2 and €3 a day and her mother lives and works away from home in Bacolod City to provide for their family. Rhea Mae admires her mother’s bravery but the family really miss her presence in the home. Though a full-time student, Rhea Mae has to assume the role to be mother to her younger brother and sister and keep home in her mother’s absence.
Fortunately she is supported in this very demanding situation by the Presentation Sisters who run a programme for such families in Binalbagan. The Presentation Sisters celebrated 50 years working in the Philippines last February. Through their intervention Rhea Mae gets the financial and other supports she needs to attend college.
A link was forged between Nano Nagle National School and Rhea Mae through the relationship of Sister Helen Lenihan, Binalbagan, and Sr Maureen Power, Principal Nano Nagle School. Sister Helen is a regular visitor at the school, and Sr Maureen initiated our sponsorship of Rhea Mae’s education over ten years ago. We look forward to Sister Helen’s annual visit when she brings us up to speed with Rhea Mae’s education, family news and general development.
Our ‘A Taste of the Orient’ evening held in the Youth Centre Fethard had the dual purpose of raising awareness and raising funds. It was a great success! The menu for tasting included, Pork and Chicken Apretada, Thai Chicken Curry and Prawn and Noodle Stir-fry. The food was prepared by the school staff with great help from the local community. Special thanks go to Marianne Shortall, Gemma Burke, Helena O’Shea, Arlene Fogarty and Sister Maria who were so generous and enthusiastic in their response. Thanks also to the pupils of 5th and 6th Class pupils who as always were most co-operative and encouraging.
Through various events run in the school we have almost reached our €1,000 target. This money will make such a difference and families who are struggling to survive on less than €5 a day.
“The fortitude of the Filipino people, with their innate cheerfulness and optimism in adversity, is quite remarkable. For almost 400 years they have had to contend with Spanish and American colonisation, succeeded by the long arm of dictatorship. If this were not enough the people of the Philippines have, in the last ten years or more, had to cope with a spate of unprecedented natural calamities – earthquakes, typhoons, volcanic eruptions, massive landslides and flooding…
Filipinos are regarded as one of the most convivial and spontaneous people of Asia.”
— (Stephen Mansfield, Guide to Philippines)
Successful conservation operation
During the past few weeks a few local nature lovers noticed that some trout land-locked in the fast-receding floodwaters in Harington’s sandpit on Redcity Road were soon going to be in dire straits.
A report of the fishes’ plight was passed on to Tom Fogarty on 5th May. Tom, Hon Secretary Fethard & Killusty Anglers, then reported the matter to the Waterford branch of the Fisheries Department. Following an inspection carried out by Dept. officials on Friday an all-out rescue operation was initiated over the weekend with the help of local fishing enthusiasts. On Monday 10th May the Fisheries Board experts decided to use a boat and nets to save the fish.
To the great surprise of locals who reported the matter and thought it may have involved a few dozen fish at most, the final count of fish rescued at the end of the day came to just short of five-hundred.
The Fishery Board officials were truly amazed at the amount of fish in the floodwater and extremely pleased and satisfied with their successful efforts. The marine biologist in charge of the operation said, that if action had not been taken, the fish, which were mostly brown trout 5 to 7 inches long, would have perished. Amongst the trout they found a few salmon parr and salmon smolts. Incidentally a good number of sticklebacks were also rescued.
Immediately on capture, to avoid being over-stressed and certain death, the trout were released into the Clashawley at the Millennium Bridge.
Well done to all concerned, to the locals who reported the matter and a sincere ‘thank you’ to Tom Fogarty for his prompt action and the Fishery Board officials for their great work in a very successful job well done. — (E.A.N.)
Augustinian Abbey Triduum
A Triduum in preparation for the feast of St. Rita of Cascia, which takes place on Saturday 22nd May, will commence on Wednesday 19th May with Mass each day at 7.30pm, including Vigil on Saturday. Invited preacher is Father Tony Egan OSA.
Table Quiz for Tidy Towns
Tidy Towns will hold a table quiz in Butlers Sports Bar on Friday 14th May at 9.30pm. Please make a big effort to attend. Tables of four cost €40 per table.
The committee are appealing for good support for this event, proceeds of which will go towards purchasing equipment necessary to continue with the current major clean up of the town. The group assemble at the Ballroom each Wednesday evening at 7.30pm prior to commencing work. Anybody interested in helping would be very welcome to come along. The committee would like to thank all those who turn up each week for the wonderful work they are doing.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games would like to congratulate all participants from the area who took part in the County Finals of the Community Games gymnastics which took place in Tipperary Town last weekend - Leah Coen, The Green; Roisín McDonnell, Killenaule Road; Amy Tynan, Brodeen; and Aobh O’Shea, The Valley.
Ciara Butler represented Drangan in the girls’ U-10 event. Ciara is daughter of Richard and Helen and granddaughter of Tom and Mary Butler, Coolanure. Tom Butler was one of the founder members of community games in the 1970s. Aine Heffernan represented Ballylooby in the girls’ U-14 event. Aine is daughter of Noel and Olive formerly from Ballyvaden. Noel spent many years in Fethard in his capacity as a judo coach and acted on several occasions as referee at the National Finals. County finals are very often venues for great reunions. All competitors performed well.
Fethard Racquetball Club
In recent months there has been a lot of welcome activity in our local Racquetball Club. One of the most recent events was our own novice competition in which the final was hard fought out by Andy O’Donovan and Barry Connolly, with Andy finishing victorious.
Recently Fethard was also used to help host the Irish Junior Open. Well done to all our members playing on the Irish circuit, including Eoin Tynan who was runner-up in the Moylagh Open and also runner-up at the All-Ireland finals held in Kingscourt. Well done also to Niall Nevin, winner at the Ballinrobe Open and All-Irelands, runner-up at the Moylagh Open and the Munster Open held in Youghal.
Special thanks to our local GAA Club who have put a lot of work into maintaining and redecorating the courts.
The racquetball courts are open to all with a ‘Kids Night’ every Monday at 7pm and ‘Ladies Only’ night on Wednesdays. All are welcome to come along.
We are glad to report that the Cuckoo, which has become almost as scarce to us as the Corn-Crake, has been heard calling regularly from the last week in April on the Walshbog area of Slievenamon.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 5th May were: 14, 15, 24 and 25. We had no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150: Kitty O'Donnell, Slievenamon Close, Fethard.
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each: Angela O'Sullivan, Killeens, Ballynonty; Margaret Phelan, Strylea, Fethard; and Mary Keane, Knockelly, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.
Fethard GAA Club News
On Sunday last, La Na gClub was a great day out in Fethard GAA Park with a hive of activities at underage ending on a high note with Fethard 1991 football county champions taking on the 2001 champions. Glad to report we had no injuries but great fun to watch.
The Minor Football B South semifinal takes place this Saturday 15th May in Monroe where we play Mullinahone. Best of luck to all.
Intermediate hurlers are very much in the driving seat having 3 points out of 4 with a well-deserved victory last Friday in Goatenbridge on a scoreline, Fethard 1-15, Cahir 1-11. We had excellent displays on the night from Eoin O’Connell, Mickey Aherne, Eoin Doyle and Christopher Sheehan. Team: J. P. McGrath, Aaron Conran, Michael Aherne, Michael Carroll, James Kelly, Cian Maher, Thomas O Connell, Eoin O’Connell 0-1, Dean Tobin, Chris Sheehan 0-2, Eoin Doyle 1-2, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-3, Colin Allen 0-3f, Tomás Keane 0-1, and Alan O’Connor 0-2. Our next intermediate hurling fixture takes place this Sunday 16th May in Monroe at 7pm against Grangemockler/Ballyneale.
The best of luck to all supporters on this Friday 14th May in the County Board Club Draw. Our Lotto Jackpot €2,200 was not won. The numbers drawn were: 4, 10, 23 and 26. We had one match three winner of €150 to Dick Fitzgerald, 56 St Patricks Place, Fethard. The €40 Lucky dip was won by Stephanie Fitzgerald, Monroe, Fethard. Thanks to Clonmel Oil for providing the tickets.
Clonmel World Music will launch a series of very interesting gigs at Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, on this Thursday night at 8pm. ‘Prison Love’ a Dublin based bluegrass band, will kick off at 9pm playing old-time American sounds. This modern bluegrass outfit sound like the real deal, entirely acoustic based sounds - a quality act!
Tickets at €15 are on sale at Premier Music Centre 052 6129811.
Fethard Rugby Club AGM
Fethard Rugby Club’s deferred AGM will now be held on Thursday night 20th May at 8pm in the Abymill Theatre Fethard.
Golf Classic for Community Field Development
The new community field ‘Club House’ is nearing completion and funds are required to meet the payment schedules. The committee are holding a four-ball scramble in Callan Golf Club on Saturday 3rd July. Team of four costs €200 inclusive of a three course meal and fabulous prizes, such as: 4 Star Golfing Holiday in Costa Del Sol. Tees and Greens can be sponsored for €50. So all you Fethard golfers can have a great day out while supporting the community field development. Details from any committee member or from our treasurer Kieran Butler on (087) 6824340.
What a La na gClub day yet again! The sun was shining; our parish kids were out playing 'the game' and enjoying every moment. Definitely future stars in the making.
The ‘big match’ was fantastic, more players turned up than would normally be on a panel. It was a clean match, not too sure of the score but they have still got it! A big ‘thank you’ to Paddy Ivors who came along to referee the match.
‘We are the Champions’. What can we say, our U-16 lads won the South B title, playing against a great Cahir team. One point decided the game in the end.
Coming back to Fethard to celebrate was great with horns honking, flags flying, music at top notch and all our townspeople out to cheer the lads on. This is what the Gaelic Games are about.
We would like to thank Kenny's Centra for donating soft drinks and 'Sparky' for serving up the players well deserved meals and donating some of those meals.
It goes without saying that every player gave their all throughout this football championship, and were led by three great coaches, Michael Quinlan, Jimmy O'Meara and Steven O'Donnell. We also thank all of you who came to support them in their bid for this title and look forward to the county semifinals next month.
On Monday we play Grangemockler in our U-14c and hopefully our U-12c will play their semifinal on Wednesday. We wish both teams the very best.
Only one change to Training, that is U-10s will train on Friday evenings from 7pm to 8pm. We are still looking for more U-10 players, so if anyone is interested in joining a winning club, please contact our secretary, Ann, on 086 8963925.