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Thursday 14th October 2010


Community Development Programme
Fethard & Killusty Community Council are currently organising a Development Programme to assess the current committee’s work and to help insure the future work and direction of the Community Council is what best serves the community.

The committee invite participation from community council’s sub-committees, resident associations and especially new individuals interested in getting involved in community work. People who are involved in other community groups are also more than welcome to take part.

Please contact the community office (052) 6131000 for further information or contact any member of the committee.
The programme is due to start late October and run for six weekly sessions from 7.30 – 9.45 pm on Tuesday evenings in the Tirry Community Centre.

Ailbhe Harrington will facilitate the Development Programme. Ailbhe draws on over twenty years experience as a facilitator, trainer, educator and coach working within the voluntary, education, public and private sectors.

The proposed programme (below) will include a combination of facilitated discussions, short inputs, practical activities and skills development. The learning environment will be open, fun and allow participants the opportunity to work together.

Evening 1 - ‘Current reality and achievements’
(a) Introductions, expectations and group agreement;
(b) Internal analysis; where we are now, achievements etc;
(c) Introduce Belbin Team Roles.

Evening 2 - ‘Mission, vision and values’
(a) Mission and purpose- Why do we exist?
(b) What values are important to our work?
(c) What is our vision going forward?

Evening 3 - ‘Bridges and gaps to our future vision’

(a) Belbin team/group roles – Understanding how we all contribute
(b) Indentify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats

Evening 4 - ‘Structures and working together effectively’
(a) Communication and individual perception
(b) Roles and managing meetings
(c) Enhance our facilitation skills

Evening 5 - ‘Stakeholder analysis’
(a) Who are our current stakeholders and who do we want to communicate with going forward?
(b) How do we communicate effectively with others?

Evening 6 - ‘Planning our future vision’
(a) How will what we have already achieved help us going forward?
(b) Establish and agree the action steps that will enable the achievement of our future vision
(c) Review and programme evaluation -What are we taking with us to support us into the future?

Emigrants Annual Newsletter
We appeal to all secretaries and club correspondents to submit their reports for inclusion in this year’s Emigrants Annual Newsletter as soon as possible to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road.

Reports should be typed or emailed to newsletter@fethard.com Alternatively they can be handed in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

We also welcome individual articles (long or short), stories of long ago, funny incidents, photographs, particularly old class photographs or photographs of local characters.

Race Night a Great Success
The charity race night held in McCarthy’s for the Niall O’Riordan fund was an overwhelming success. Friends and family of Niall turned up in large numbers to help support his community work in Uruguay. The hard effort put in by Niall’s friends paid off, with over €11,000 being raised on the night.

The organizers would like to thank everybody who sponsored the runners, riders and races, all those who turned up and bet on the night, and those who donated at the charity auction.

All monies received went directly to Niall and were put into good use immediately. Niall was very grateful for the effort and looks forward to meeting everybody when he returns to Ireland again at Christmas.

Halloween Bonfires
Woodvale Walk Residents Association is appealing to residents and businesses in the locality not to supply items for use in Halloween Bonfires in the coming weeks.

Over the past years, this annual pastime has created a lot of problems in the area.

The Residents Association would like to bring to the attention of the public that the bonfire in Woodvale Walk is a not officially organised by any group, it is in no way supervised and is not covered by insurance.

GAA Club News
Fethard GAA Club annual church gate collection will be taken up at all Parish masses on the coming weekend, in aid of the current Sports Centre upgrade.

A table quiz will be held in Butlers Sports Bar this Friday, October 15, at 10 pm, also in aid of the Sports Centre.

All-Ireland Junior Racquetball Championships will be held in the Sports Centre on this Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17. All are welcome.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on October 6 were: 20, 21, 27 and 29. We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winners. The following three drawn tickets received €50 each: Chrissie Cummins, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard; Ellen Sugrue, Cloneen, Fethard; and Ann Gleeson, Drangan.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Andrea Carroll, The Square, Fethard; Nellie Ryan, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; and Dermot O'Meara, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.

Remember you can purchase your lotto ticket online at fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets and get one free! Check on the website for lots of special offers. Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Help
Anyone requiring the help of St. Vincent de Paul for this Christmas can contact any member of the society for an application form or collect one from the back of our local churches. Please return completed form to any member of the society.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday, October 20, we will be playing for Hallowe'en Prizes. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

Bunny Hop for 0-4 year olds
Bunny Hop, music and movement for 0-4 year olds, takes place on Monday mornings from 10 am to 11am in the Fethard Youth Centre.
Bunny Hop is an hour of stimulating songs and rhymes with actions, musical instruments and lots more. Parents and carers can spend quality time with special little ones, interacting with those of same or similar age. For details and to join us contact Nicola 087 6742401.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal
The Christmas Shoebox Appeal is an Irish project that promises to get your ‘Christmas Shoebox’ into the hands of a needy child In Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union or Africa. All they ask is for you to fill a shoebox with a range of simple Christmas gifts, and drop it off at your local drop off point before November 10th, and they will do the rest!

All you need to do is get an average size shoebox (or a plastic storage container would also be great), and wrap it with Christmas paper. Choose who you’d like to receive your gift – a boy or a girl, in one of three age groups: 2-4 years, 5-9 years or 10-14 years.

For further information contact Monica Pollard, Rocklow Road, on Tel: 087 1258591 or visit www.teamhope.ie

Tony Sheehan Fund
The Tony Sheehan Fund, established in memory of Tony Sheehan who died some years ago, was established to help people in the Fethard area who suffer financial problems because of serious illness.
The fund/trust is now a registered charity and application forms for help can be obtained from Denis Burke (Secretary) Red City, Fethard, phone: 052-6131852.

Fethard Rugby Club
On Sunday last Fethard J2s welcomed Newcastle West for the second round of the Gleeson league and from the very start it was obvious this was going to be a tough physical game.

It was Fethard who put the first points on the board to punish Newcastle West for indiscipline with a well-taken penalty kick from Declan Doyle. It wasn’t until midway through the first half that Cathal Gorey scored a good try breaking through three tackles to score, with Declan Doyle adding the conversion. Just before half-time Newcastle West got a well-worked try leaving the score Fethard 10, Newcastle West 5.

In the second half, as a result from some fine forward play, Paul Dwyer scored a good try. Newcastle West weren’t long bouncing back and scored a well-earned try.

From mid-way in the second half Fethard were under attack from a tough set of backs. With ten minutes left on the clock Fethard broke and mauled the ball up the field well. Newcastle West gave away a penalty which Declan Doyle scored leaving the score Fethard 18 Newcastle West 10.

This is a game that Fethard should have closed out mid-way in the second half but up against a tough side like Newcastle West, who never gave up, Fethard had to tackle hard and defend well. It was a well-earned victory.

On Sunday last our ‘minis’ took to the field against Thurles. It was great to see so many young players out on the day. All the Fethard teams played very well. Training continues every Friday night at 6.45 pm.

Fethard Under-15s took on Dungarvan, which was our first league match as Clonmel failed to show the previous weekend. This new look team comprised of most of last years under-13 East Munster champions team and the eligible players in their second year at under-15 level.

Fethard opened their account with a superb long run in try by Adam Fitzgerald in the corner. Some tackling errors by Fethard let Dungarvan in for a soft try but with excellent passing kept the lead in the first half.

Darren Prout out paced his man and scored a signature try. Captain Tommy Anglim tackled very well causing a loose ball to be gathered by Ben Murray and linking up with team-mates scored an opportunistic try stretching Fethard’s lead.

Dungarvan came back but Kieran Whyte’s try-saving tackles, kept the home team in front. Substitutions were made and this gave a great chance to all to make the position their own.

Some great individual performances by Eoghan McCormack at nine and the new front row of the two Cathals and Jason Ryan. Rory Hayes also put in a mammoth game and made way for Niall Kelly in the second half.

Thomas McGabhain’s inspiring breaks showed everyone that this team means business for the season ahead. Final score was 31-24.
Training next Friday should see the return of all the remaining eligible players, which will be needed when we will travel to Waterpark on Sunday, October 17.

Fethard Under-17s played their first league match on Sunday last against Nenagh. This was a very exciting game with Nenagh showing the game until the last ten minutes, when Fethard got a fine try by Dylan Fitzgerald, followed by a penalty, leaving Fethard in front at a crucial time to take the victory.

This was a very good team performance from Fethard with Dylan Fitzgerald popping up in all the right areas at all the right times to be Fethard's main tally’s man on the day.

Fethard News Items for Nationalist
Please submit all news items for the Fethard Page on The Nationalist to news@fethard.com or by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. To ensure inclusion, please have notes supplied before Monday morning.


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