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Thursday 21st October 2010


‘Stella Days’ film for Fethard
Various scenes from an upcoming feature film, ‘Stella Days’, will be filmed in Fethard in November. Actor Martin Sheen, famous for his roles in ‘The West Wing’, ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Catch Me If You Can’, is the main actor in the film.

His mother was a Tipperary native, so he has a particular fondness for the county. The story revolves around a newly arrived parish priest who wants to open a cinema in a small Irish town in 1950s Ireland, but who attracts the opposition of the Bishop and some of the local community who fear the effects of the outside influence on their way of life.

Filming will take place in the Town Hall, Holy Trinity Church, the Town Square, McCarthy’s Bar and other locations yet to be confirmed. Extras will be required for some of the church and hall scenes and the film company hope to source these from the local community. Notices will be put up in the coming weeks regarding the auditions.

Director Thaddeus O’Sullivan has been around the town for the past few weeks sourcing locations. His adaptation of the wartime years of Winston Churchill (Into the Storm), starring Brendan Gleeson, won many awards last year.

The crew hope to start filming on Monday November 8th. A more detailed schedule of filming will be issued in the next few weeks so that everybody is aware of the film plans.

Dermot Cleary, the location manager will be around Fethard for the next few weeks and can be reached on 087 2600913.

Fethard Players rehearse Hugh Leonard comedy
Fethard Players are currently in rehearsal for ‘A Life’, a bittersweet comedy by Irish playwright Hugh Leonard. The play, one of Ireland’s greatest, will be staged in the Abymill Theatre from Friday, November 12, to Wednesday, November 17, inclusive, and early booking is advisable.

Booking has now opened at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard, Tel: 052 6131254 or 087 1604260. Tickets are €15 for adults and €10 for children. Curtain 8.15pm.

Fuse Youth Club
Fethard’s new Fuse Youth Club meets every Monday night at Fethard Youth Centre. The members recently had an art competition to design the club’s logo, which was won by Roisín McDonnell; second place was awarded to Amy Cowlard and third place to Sadhbh Horan. Well done to all three.

On Monday nights the members have great choice, they can watch a movie in the cinema, art tables for those who wish to be creative, and game tables for those who prefer some action.

Karaoke is proving a big hit with the members and we have a ‘Mini X-Factor’ competition going on at the moment. When we come back on November 1, we will finish our pool competition.

Overall we’ve had a great start to the club and it is fantastic to see so many children coming to use the great facilities that are there. We still need more for volunteers!

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. We also welcome individual articles (long or short), stories of long ago, funny incidents, photographs, particularly old class photographs or photographs of local characters. Reports should be typed or emailed to newsletter@fethard.com

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Saturday, October 16, of Mr Joe Bradshaw, Congress Terrace, Fethard. Requiem Mass took place in Holy Trinity Parish Church at 11am on Monday October 18, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on October 13 were: 6, 14, 30 and 32. We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each: Bridget Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard; and Simon Delahunty, Market Hill, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Arthur Daly, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; Breda Wilson, Rathkenny, Drangan; and Chalkie Brett, Kilnockin Road, 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.

Fethard GAA News
Thanks too all who supported the club table quiz on Friday night. Our next table quiz takes place on Friday night, October 29, in Butler's Sports Bar.

We appeal to all for your support, proceeds in aid of the Sports Centre upgrade. The All-Ireland Junior Racquetball Championships took place in Fethard over the weekend and we had very large numbers of players and spectators present.

The competitions were of a very high standard and all were well pleased with the newly upgraded centre.

The club would like to thank all those who contributed to last weekend’s church gate collection also to those who helped at the collection.

The GAA Lotto results for weekending October 2 are. The numbers drawn were 6, 11, 19 and 25. We had no jackpot winner and one match three winner of €150 to Austy Godfrey (Derryluskin, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip went to Michael Gould (Claremore, Fethard).
Lotto results for weekending October 9. The numbers drawn were 25, 27, 28 and 32. We had no jackpot winner and no match three winner. The following drawn tickets won €30 each: Nicky O’Shea (Tullow, Fethard), Mary McCormack (Kerry Street, Fethard), Carmel Nevin (Jesuits Walk, Fethard), Denis O’Meara (St Patricks Place, Fethard), and Bernie Byrne (Claremore, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip went to Brendan Brett (Kilnockin Road, Fethard).

This week’s €4500 jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 13 and 19. We had no match three winner so the following drawn tickets won €30 each: Philip Butler (Main Street, Fethard), Mary Godfrey (Derryluskin, Fethard), Denis O’Meara (St Patricks Place, Fethard), Austy Godfrey (Derryluskin, Fethard), and Garreth Byrne (Claremore, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip went to Andrew Cahill (c/o Merrys, Clonmel). Thanks to Clonmel Credit Union for providing the tickets.

Students visit Dublin for history and art
Patrician Presentation Transition Year students, 5th and 6th year art students, accompanied by teachers, Miss Mary O’Sullivan and Miss Pat Looby, travelled to Dublin to visit The National Gallery, The National Museum, Collins Barracks and Kilmainham Gaol on Thursday, October 14.

In the National Gallery students were introduced to the general collection and a more specific tour of the paintings of Jack B. Yeats.
Out in Collins Barracks students were given a talk and tour on 'Life In the Barracks’, as well as being allowed try on various military costumes.

Senior students were given a talk and tour of their wonderful collection of the work of the Irish designer and architect, Eileen Gray.

The last tour of a full day was to Kilmainham Gaol, where our wonderful guide went through its various histories while taking the pupils to see the prison cells and yards, and explain how the Office of Public Works now maintains it as a historic gaol.

Fethard Ballroom AGM
The AGM of Fethard Ballroom will take place on Saturday, December 4, at 8pm in the ballroom. All are welcome.

Fethard Juvenile GAA
The under-6s and under-8s will have their final training session for 2010 on this coming Saturday, October 23, and will finish off by playing some fun activities.

The club wishes to thank all the boys for their participation this year and look forward to seeing you all again next year. Thanks also to the parents for your support and for bringing the boys to the field every Saturday morning and to the various venues throughout the year.
Our AGM will be held on Friday, October 29, at 8pm in the Fr. Tirry Centre, Fethard. All are welcome.

Two of our under-14s, Kyle Walsh and Tommy Anglim, were chosen to play with Tipperary in a Munster Blitz this weekend. Well done to both lads.

Dylan Fitzgerald will be presented with his well-earned under-16 All-Ireland medal on Friday, October 22, at The Ragg, Thurles.

A referees’ course will take place early November. This will consist of four evenings in Thurles, two nights per week. It is very difficult to attain a referee during South Tipperary championship season, so it is really vital that new referees are forthcoming. It would be great to see Fethard well represented at this important role.

If you are aged 18 years or over and a member of Fethard GAA Club, you are eligible to attend. Both males and females are welcome.
Names need to be registered by October 25. Contact: Ann Fleming on 086 8963925 or email your details to: danaghermcgee@eircom.net

Fethard Athletic Club
We had a wonderful turnout at the first cross-country under lights at the Community Sportsfield on Monday, October 11, with thirty athletes facing the starter.

Ballynonty, Clonmel, Coolquill, Sliabh Ardagh, Urlingford and Fethard were in attendance on this historic occasion on what could be a new innovation in athletics.

Angela McCann from Clonmel AC was the first lady to cross the line and Ross Alexandra from Coolquill AC led the men home.

County chairman Leslie Smyth was very satisfied with the outcome of the event and wished it every success in the future.

The second leg of the league was run on Monday, October 18, with results and comment to follow on our next notes.

Training will continue on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm till further notice. New members are more than welcome, just come along to the field on training nights and join in the activity, running or walking.

Hunting News
‘Tis the month of dull November,
We so gladly welcome ‘round,
And, we hear the merry music,
Of the hunting horn and hound.

The above few lines would not, we expect, be accepted by many. Nevertheless, Opening Meet Day of the Tipperary Foxhounds is with us once again, which signals the start of a new hunting season, all hunting folk will rejoice at its arrival.

Tipperary Foxhounds have completed a very successful Autumn hunting campaign. Out on four mornings per week they have enjoyed some excellent hunting. Particularly good mornings were had on opening morning, August 27, at Knockgraffon; on the bog at Lisheen, twice, and on Mr John O’Leary’s side at Lurgo, Laffansbridge.
Their best morning was probably at Ballagh, when from Mr Padraig Kennedy’s they ran to Dromwood and on to Upper Rossmore.

Tipperary Foxhounds break new ground this season when they will meet on Sundays. The Opening Meet takes place in Fethard on Monday next, October 25, at 11am.

With the White Heathers
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers will hold their opening meet in Drangan on Sunday, October 31, at 11am. Hounds have been out from 8am to midday each Sunday morning from early September.

Donie has hounds looking remarkably fit, with the new season puppies entering remarkably well. The White Heathers had very good hunting from Grove Wood on Sunday last.

Having hunted strongly around the wood for forty-five minutes they hunted into the Market Hill plantation. Hunting well here also they ran out on the bottom to Garrinch and caught him on top at Jesuits Walk.

The White Heathers annual members and friends monthly draw is now operating. Subscription is €5 per month, with attractive prize money of 1st: €200 and 2nd: €100.

The winners in the October Draw were 1st Prize: Rachel McCormack, Magoury and 2nd: James and Aiden Buckley, Drangan.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday 6th October we played for the Free Sub Nett and the results were: 1st Nett, Marie Delaney and Annie O'Brien (Winners of Free Nett Sub); 2nd Nett, Tony Hanrahan and Michael Kenny. Runners Up: 3rd Nett, Philly Kenny and Nora Lawrence.
1st Gross, Bridget Gorey and Betty Walsh; 2nd Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St John. Runners Up: 3rd Gross, Nell Broderick and David O'Meara.

The results of our game on Wednesday 13th October were: 1st Gross, Bridget Gorey and Betty Walsh; 2nd Gross, Carol Kenny and Monica Anglim. Runners Up, 3rd Gross, Nell Broderick and David O'Meara.
1st Nett, Kathleen Kenny and Anne O'Dea; 2nd Nett, Bridie Lee and Mike Burke. Runners Up: 3rd Nett, Philly Kenny and Nora Lawrence.
On November 3, we play for prizes sponsored by Berney Myles and Alice Quinn. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

Fethard pub gets all dressed up for Hallowe'en
By Sian Moloughney, The Nationalist 20th October 2010

Ghosts, ghouls, werewolves and vampires... no it's not a scary movie - it's Lonergan's Pub in Fethard and it's all dressed up for Halloween.
The family run pub in the centre of Fethard has built up a reputation in recent years as 'the' place to go if you want to revel in the atmosphere of special seasons, but this year patrons should be prepared for a spooky scare with the best decorations yet.

The pub now boasts it's very own haunted house. With creepy music playing in the background and ghosts flitting across the ceiling, this year the decorations are so convincing that they come with the warning that small children might be a little too scared.

Proprietors of Lonergan's Bar, John and Roseanne Carroll, are very proud of their pub and are inviting everyone along to see how the place has been transformed, once again.

All credit for the fantastic display goes to Roseanne, John told The Nationalist. This year she didn't even let him see what she was creating until it was finished, despite his offers to help. And it was a sizeable task that Roseanne took on. She had the vision for the haunted house in her head and engaged a local carpenter to help her out.

It took three weeks of building and decorating before the haunted house opened its doors to Lonergan's customers but already it is the talk of more than the town, and a huge hit with patrons.

"Roseanne took it to a whole new level this year," John said. "We've constructed a haunted house on the property. Roseanne wanted something a bit different. She did it up like something you'd see in London. It looks spectacular."

The haunted house opens out on to a spooky graveyard, that the Carrolls have also set up as part of the decor for Halloween.
There are two rooms above the pub that have become storage areas for props and decorating materials used in the pub, at all times of the year. Some of the items have come from as far away as America and the work can be quite costly, but the novelty does attract many families in to the pub, for a quick bite to eat or a drink. Locals also look forward to the different decorations that come with the seasons.
"It's great fun to work here," John says, adding that the atmosphere is great and even the staff get into the spirit of Halloween by dressing up.

The Carrolls took over the pub six years ago. Before that Roseanne loved to decorate at home for her daughter, at Halloween, and for parties. She took that talent into the pub with her, to great affect.
The pub is highly unusual with the effort Roseanne goes to, and John reckons there is not another pub like it in the country. Lonergan's is still a pub where patrons can do normal things, like have a pint and watch the racing, John reminds people.

Of course it's not only Halloween that sees Roseanne decorating the pub, in the coming months she will have the pub decked out for Christmas, with a winter wonderland complete with snow machine.
In the past the pub has also been themed for Arthur's Day, Valentine's Day and St Patrick's Day.

"I'm sure there are plenty of places that would like to be done like this. If you saw it in London or New York you'd be impressed," John said.

Lonergan's is open every evening but watch out... is that a barman or a vampire pulling your pint?

Fethard farmer dies after tragic accident
By Aileen Hahesy The Nationalist 20 October 2010
Gardai and the Health & Safety Authority are carrying out separate investigations into the death of a 67 year-old farmer in a tragic accident at his farm near Fethard yesterday (Tuesday) morning.
Edmond (Eddie) Dillon died when he fell about eight foot through the roof of a shed while working at this farm at Cooleagh, Fethard around 9.30am yesterday.

A farm worker, who was working with Mr Dillon at the time, contacted the emergency services.

Mr Dillon, who was a bachelor, was pronounced dead at the scene and his remains were taken to South Tipperary General Hospital.
The Health and Safety Authority confirmed it was conducting an investigation into the fatal farm accident. Its inspectors visited the farm located close to Coolmore Stud yesterday.

Sgt. Tom O'Dwyer of Clonmel Garda Station said the Gardai were also conducting an investigation into the accident.




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