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Thursday 24th March 2011


Fethard Historical Society Double Event
The AGM of the Fethard Historical Society takes place from 8-9 pm on Tuesday, March 29, in the Fethard Youth Centre. All members are encouraged to attend and, as usual, we would like to extend an open invitation to anyone out there who is interested in history and who would like to join the society. New members and new ideas are always most welcome.

Upcoming events include trips to Quin Abbey, Jerpoint Abbey & Gowran, the launch of a book on the heraldry of Fethard by Gerard Crotty and craft workshops for adults and children during the summer. We hope, once again, in conjunction with the Community Council and other community groups, to host the Medieval Walled Town Festival in August.

Some members may also be interested in joining the South East / Carrick-on Suir group’s trip to Newfoundland next September. Membership queries may be directed to Pat Looby, Kerry Street, at 052-6131537 or by e-mail patlooby@fethard.com Yearly membership costs are as follows: Individual €7 Family €10 Student/OAP €5.
The AGM will be followed by a screening of film footage from last summer’s Medieval Festival at 9pm. The screening should last about forty-five minutes or so and light refreshments will be served. Last year’s festival was the most successful to date, thanks to all the community groups involved and the number of visitors on the day. We extend an open invitation to this event, everyone is invited, not just members of the society, to come along, relive memories of last year’s event and see yourself on the big screen, or, if you weren’t there, come along and see what you missed!

National Chamber Choir for the Abymill
The National Chamber Choir of Ireland will perform their current touring production ‘Tristes Tropes’ in the Abymill Theatre on Friday, April 8, at 8pm. Tickets are €15 and €13 (concession). Booking now at O’Flynn’s, Burke Street. Tel: (052) 6131254 or 087 1604260.
Tristes Tropes is a interesting programme of repertoire from the 15th century right up to the present day including works by Dufay, Josquin and Senfl alongside the music of Kurt Weill, Andriessen and Gorecki. In addition, the National Chamber Choir will also perform the European premiere of Credo-Ani-Ma’amin by Israeli-American composer Shulamit Ran as part of this programme.

The Choir, with Artistic Director Paul Hillier at the helm, are looking forward to performing Tristes Tropes at the Abymill Theatre in Fethard for the first time.

Ballylusky White Heather Harriers Draw Results
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers would like to sincerely thank all those who subscribed to their annual draw held in The Archway Bar, Drangan, on Friday, March 18, last. The draw brings down the final curtain on the 2010-2011 hunting season. The results of the 59th Annual Draw are as follows: 1st Prize €400 - Emma Maher, Clonmore; 2nd Prize €200 - Jack Ronan, Orchardstown; 3rd Prize €100 - Michael Nash, Shanakyle and 4th Prize €50 - Mary O'Donnell, c/o Tom Sayers.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on March 16, were: 8, 11, 22 and 31. We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Anthony Flynn, Tullow, Killusty; Johanna Bradshaw, Drumdeel, Fethard; and Maggie Sayers, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Mary Newport, Congress Terrace, Fethard; Dóirín Saurus, Crampscastle, Fethard; and T. Keogh, c/o Tom Purcell.

Remember you can purchase your lotto ticket online at www.fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets and get one free! Check on the website for lots of special offers including a chance to win a full set of jerseys for your sport’s club. Next week’s Jackpot continues at €5,700 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €570. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Forthcoming Events on the Community Games programme are: The county finals of Cross Country will take place in Thurles Crokes field on Thursday, March 31, at 7pm. Events are mixed distance relays for boys and girls U12 and U14 and boys and girls U13 1200m. Enquiries to Kathleen England (0505) 21776. Entry fee €2 euro competitor. There are no area finals for this event.

The county final of the Talent competition for children U14 will be held in Lattin GAA Centre on April 9. Events include Solo Singing, Group Singing, Group Music, Solo Dancing, Set Dancing etc. Anybody interested in competing please contact Community Games Office at 052-6131906. Closing date for entries with area secretary is Tuesday, March 29.

The county final of Gymnastics will be held in Monroe Sports Complex, Lisronagh, on Bank Holiday Monday, May 2. Any child who is going to enter through their club or otherwise please make the area secretary, Peggy Colville, aware of same.

The county final of Swimming events will take place in Clonmel Pool. Boys will be on Saturday, May 7, and Girls on Sunday, May 8. Events for boys and girls from U8 to U16 years old. Anybody interested in swimming please contact the Community Games Office or phone 086-8110768 for further information before Friday, April 8, in case area events need to be organised.

We have teams entered in the U10 mixed GAA and the U12 Girls GAA. Details of the draw will be issued to the managers asap. Date for local athletics will also be finalised shortly. Offers of help would be greatly appreciated.

Fethard Bridge Club
Fethard Bridge Club Results for game played on Wednesday, March 16: 1st Gross, Anna Cooke & Bernie O'Meara; 2nd Gross, Francis Burke & Breda Walsh; 3rd Gross, Bernie Myles & Alice Quinn. 1st Nett, Carmel Condon & Brendan Kenny; 2nd Nett, Kay Walsh & Rose Lonergan; 3rd Nett, Rita Holohan & Breda O'Grady.

Me, Myself and I, personal development
A Personal Development Course intended to help improve your life and better understand your body s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs will take place at Tipperary Institute, Clonmel Campus, commencing on Tuesday, April 5, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and will run for eight weeks.

This course will help you live the life you want to live and find more peace, joy and harmony in every day living. The course facilitator is Deirdre Brady (Tera Mai Reiki and Seichim Master) and the course fee is: €120 (€80 for unemployed, student and OAP). Contact Deirdre at: (052) 6132277 or (086) 6006283

Fethard Rugby Club
It was a great day for a rugby match last Sunday, when Fethard hosted two visiting teams in Kilfeacle and Waterford City. The Waterford City club were unable to field an U12 team so the Fethard U12s played Kilfeacle in three 15-minute games. The Fethard team was very depleted with some of the players attending Confirmation masses. The rugby played was very good with some terrific rucking and passing from both sides. Kilfeacle were the victors on the day but with Fethard losing nothing in defeat. A special thanks to all the parents who supplied the teams with sandwiches, cakes, buns and hot drinks after the games.

The sun shone and Fethard played two well versed teams of Kilfeacle and Waterford City. Full credit to the visiting coaches for their organised teams. It was wonderful to see so many young people having a great fun on Fethard Community Pitch.

Fethard under 8s acquitted themselves well and scored a good few tries in their two games. We saw improved ball carrying from Oleg Shamabat, with Eoin O'Dwyer, Cathal Foley, Tom Hayden tackling consistently great throughout. Shane Neville, Connor Neville, Aidan Fitzgerald played all round good rugby. Ben Ruttle and Aaron Denny showed good handling skills. Connor Walsh, T.J. Murphy, Sean O'Dwyer, Oisín Smullen worked well together in all areas and were ably assisted Aidan Fitzgerald, Michael Scully and Joshua Rowan who enjoyed fine games. Michael Ryan also showed improvement in ball handling, with Craig O'Shea and newcomer Paddy showing promise. Keep up the great work!

Our U10s were mixed with the U9s for Sunday's game. This mixed team worked well together and scored plenty of tries in their morning’s game. Consisting of Jack Hassett, Ryan Walsh, Angus MacDonald, Darragh O'Connell, Matthew Gleeson, Matthew Burke, Eathan Cohen, Lucy Murphy, David Ivors. Paddy Gaynor, Will Ruttle, Connor Vaughan and Ben Purcell. Special thanks to coaches Alastair and Joe for looking after these teams.

Thank you to all the ladies for their hard work preparing and serving refreshments and food on Sunday. Please note that we are away next Sunday, March 27, at Waterford City. On Sunday, April 3, away to Galbally and on Sunday, April 10, away to Nenagh. The minis will then be home on April 17. Please check with coaches and your weekly text for kick off times.

Clothing left in Fethard Community Sportsfield
On Monday, March 21, over a dozen items of good quality clothing, mainly tops and one picnic tablecloth, which were all on route to the recycling centre, were rescued by the Community Sportsfield. This amazing amount clothes were left behind in the dressing rooms after the Rugby matches on Sunday, March 20. There are also some boots still left in the clubhouse. These clothes have now made a pit stop until Friday, April 1. Anything not collected by then will continue their journey to the recycling unit. This rescue operation is a once off to create awareness of carelessness concerning property. In future anything left over will be immediately recycled. Enquires to 052-6131906 or 086-8110768.

We would also appeal to players to please clean the muck off their boots before entering the dressing rooms. The clubhouse is kept in immaculate condition and the amount of dirt which has to be cleaned up every Monday morning is unreal. Ted Cummins’ patience is quickly running out. So please players try and treat the clubhouse and footpath as if entering your own home.

Fethard GAA Club News
Fethard senior footballers launched their 2011 Championship on St. Patrick's Day against South Champions, Moyle Rovers.
In the first half Moyle Rovers put down a marker straight from the throw-in when they were rewarded with a goal in the 3rd minute. They continued to attack and had the better of the opening exchanges with only goalkeeper, Paul Fitzgerald’s prowess denying Moyle Rovers a fifth minute goal.

Fethard now began to get going and full forward PJ Morrissey, using his aerial strength, won a great free which was coolly slotted home by debutant and current county minor Eoin Fitzgerald. Two minutes later Johnny O'Halloran won a great free which was again converted by Fitzgerald.

Moyle Rovers won a penalty in the twelfth minute which left Declan Browne facing Paul Fitzgerald. These two veterans of Tipperary Senior football, who between them have over 35 years’ experience at this level, faced each other many times. This time it was Fethard’s goalkeeper who had small victory when he dived to his right to make a fine save. Moyle Rovers, however, managed to register a point from the rebound. Moyle Rovers scored two more points before Fethard corner forward Karl Maher scored a fine individual point in the nineteenth minute. Corner back Aidan Lonergan picked up an ankle injury on 20 minutes and was forced to retire, being replaced by another player making his senior football debut, Brian Delahunty. Brain took up the wing back position, with Johnny O'Halloran moving to the corner.

Moyle Rovers clocked two more points before P.J. Morrissey was awarded a penalty. Karl Maher stepped up but it was a day for goalkeepers as ‘Charlo's’ shot was well stopped. Moyle Rovers clocked one more point as did Fethard leaving the score 1-7 to 0-5 at half-time.

In the second half Fethard came out looking more determined and Kenneth ‘Ferret’ O'Donnell and his cousin Alan O'Connor kicked a point each in the first two minutes. Moyle Rovers kicked three points without reply. Fethard kept on the pressure. Chris Sheehan won a great ball from centre back and powered up the field linking with Cian Maher at centre field which resulted in another point for Ferret. Fethard now looked to be the better team with half-time substitute Dylan Fitzgerald, another debutant, Karol Maher and Eoin Fitzgerald combining to win a free duly converted by Fitzgerald. Fethard's period of dominance faded and Moyle Rovers finished with three points to record a win on a scoreline of 1-14 to 0-10.

Fethard can be proud of this performance against a well-fancied opponent. Missing a number of regulars through a combination of injury and work commitments, we had three minors make their debut and acquit themselves well. We look forward to our next game against Kilsheelan on Saturday, March 26.

Best for Fethard were Paul Fitzgerald in goal, Gavin Fitzgerald and Chris Sheehan in defence, Cian Maher at mid-field while Karl Maher, Kenneth O'Donnell and Eoin Fitzgerald led the fight upfront. Team: P. Fitzgerald, A. Lonergan, S. Aylward, G. Fitzgerald, P. Gough, C. Sheehan, J. O'Halloran, D. Doyle, C. Maher, A. O'Connor (0-1), M. Dillon, E. Fitzgerald (0-3, frees), K. Maher (0-3, 0-2frees), P.J. Morrissey, Kenneth O'Donnell (0-3). Subs. B. Delahunty for A. Lonergan (20 mins), D. Fitzgerald for P. Gough (30 mins).

The lotto numbers drawn on Tuesday, March 15, in The Bridge Bar (Burkes)were: 6, 10, 11 and 27. There was no Jackpot Winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: Catherine Ryan (Merry's Clonmel; and Kaylem Quinn (Merry's Clonmel). Our €50 Lucky Dip winner was Noel Gleeson (Merry's Clonmel). We thank Clonmel Oil for their sponsorship of the lotto tickets. Next weeks lotto will be held in McCarthy's, Fethard.

Well done to all our South Football Panels who played the County G&D Football Tournament on Saturday, March 19. Fethard Players on the U14 panel were: Charlie Manton, Joedy Sheehan and Adam Fitzgerald. Fethard players on the U15 panel were: Tommy Anglim and Kyle Walsh. On the U16 panel were, David Hayes, Dion Butler, Ger Gorey and Brian Healy, who won their tournament. Fethard was also represented on the selectors panel, with Tommy Sheehan (snr) for the U14s, Tom Anglim (snr) for the U15s and Michael Hayes for the U16s.

Thanks to all those who helped at our church gate collection and to co-ordinator Andy O'Donovan. We raised €872.82, which is outstanding in these economic times.

Fixtures: U8 South G&D Football in Mullinahone on Saturday, March 26, at 11am. U16 Football away to Killenaule on Saturday, March 26, at 4pm. Minor B Football against Killenaule in Cloneen on Sunday, March 27, at 12 noon.

Training: U6/U10 Saturday from 11am to 12 noon; U8s contesting South Tipperary G&D Blitz in Mullinahone (football), which starts at 11am, please be there by 10.45am; P12s Wednesday at 7pm (that means on field at 7pm); U14s Monday and Thursday evening at 6.30pm; U16s and Minor on Monday and Thursday evening at 7.30pm; Seniors on Tuesday and Friday evening at 7.30pm.
Ladies Football U12s on Saturday morning at 11am; U16s on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm; and Junior Ladies on Wednesday and Friday evening at 7.30pm.




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