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Thursday 2nd June 2011

Ballroom Dancing exhibition by national school students
A wonderful evening’s entertainment was provided by the children of Holy Trinity National School on Wednesday, May 25, when the put on an exhibition of ballroom dancing to a full attendance at Fethard Ballroom. The exhibition, run in competition format, was the culmination of a ten-week course at the school – one hour per week – with instructor and former award winning dancer, Marina Mullins, Fethard. All proceeds from the course and exhibition were donated to Fethard & District Day Care Centre.

Marina told us that the idea for holding the competition first came after Micéal Maher, son of the late Bill and Babe Maher, The Green Fethard, offered all his parents’ ballroom dancing trophies to be donated to a suitable charity. Marina suggested a dancing competition for local children which was enthusiastically agreed by the Maher family, who have a long tradition in ballroom dancing.
Fethard Car Boot Sale provided a perpetual cup and cash voucher for the overall winner. Local businesses also generously donated various spot prizes for the event.

The students dressed in very appropriate dance costumes for the occasion and really looked the part as compere, Mary Hanrahan, individually introduced the dancers as they took the floor. Watching the children dancing the Cha Cha Cha, Quickstep and Slow Waltz it was hard to believe these children had never danced ‘ballroom’ before and could reach such a high standard after just ten hour’s tuition.

The dancers received rapturous applause after each dance which was followed by a dance recall before winners were announced by judges: Marina Mullins (Fethard), Pat Casey (Cashel) and Mary Delaney (Laoise).

In the quickstep section, Rebecca McCarthy and Sarah Slattery were winners; Sadhbh Horan and Ciara Hayes won the over-10 slow waltz; Ben Murphy and Emma Jayne Burke won the under-10 slow waltz; Sally Neagle ad Katie Ryan won the over-10 Cha Cha Cha; Kateryna Novikova and Laura Kiely won the under-10 Cha Cha Cha.
The overall winners were Róisín McDonnell and Courtney Walsh who were presented with the Fethard Car Boot Sale Perpetual Cup.

Died Recently
The death has occurred (unexpectedly) on Thursday, May 26, of Margaret Keane, (née Cormack) of The Green, Fethard. Margaret, a very popular lady will be fondly remembered for her quiet disposition and neighbourly qualities. Our sympathy to her daughters Kathleen (Maher), Josie (Fitzgerald), sons, John and Joe, and their extended family. Requiem Mass took place at the Augustinian Abbey followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Fethard Bridge Club
At our AGM on Wednesday, May 25, the following officers and committee were elected: President: Ann O'Dea, Vice-President: Anne Connolly, Secretary: Brendan Kenny, Treasurer: Anna Cooke, Assistant Treasurer: Rita Kane, Tournament Directors: Alice Quinn, Betty Walsh, Frances Burke and Gemma Burke; Committee: Carmel Condon, Marie Delaney, Eileen Frewen and Tony Hanrahan.
The results of the game following the AGM were:
1st Gross: Nell Broderick and David O'Meara;
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
3rd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane.
1st Nett: Carmel Condon and Betty Walsh;
2nd Nett: Tony Hanrahan and Michael Kenny;
3rd Nett: Anna Cooke and Bernie O'Meara.
Bridge in Fethard is finished until September 14, however, summer bridge continues a 7.30 pm every Wednesday night at the Bridge Centre in Clonmel and in Ballinure on Thursday nights. All are welcome.

Fethard & District Day Care Centre
Fethard and District Day Care Centre will hold their next ‘Senior Day’ on Friday, June 24, from 11am.

The Day Care Centre will hold their annual Church Gate Collection in the parish on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on May 25 were: 5, 7, 11 and 28. We had no Jackpot winner and six ‘Match Three’ winner who received €25 each: Mario Sabatini, The Square, Fethard; Stan Boles, Jossestown, Fethard; Anne Lacey, Kyle, Drangan; Kenneth Byrne, on-line ticket; Brendan Kenny, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; Nellie Donovan, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard; and Harry Bradshaw, c/o K. Connolly.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Kelly Fogarty, Congress Terrace, Fethard; Fiona O'Donohoe Lahart, Coolmoyne, Fethard; and Harry Bradshaw c/o K. Connolly
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 commences at €2,750 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €275. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

School ‘Off The Wall’ yearbook on sale
The annual publication of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School’s yearbook, ‘Off The Wall’ is now on sale at the school and in local bookshops at €8 each. This year’s issue is packed with articles and full colour photographs of school classes and events. These collectors’ items are a credit to the transition year students and their editorial team who compile the information and raise funds for publication. Get your copy now!

Audit of Fethard Pub Music
An audit of Pub meeting is taking place in South Tipperary by the County Development Board. The purpose of the audit is too identify where live pub music is taking place so that this resource can be used to promote tourism in the county.

Margo Hayes, Community & Enterprise, would appreciate if Fethard pub owners would take a few moments to fill out a simple questionnaire, available at Fethard Community Office or by email from info@fethard.com. Margo can collect the completed form at your premises at your convenience. Alternatively, you could post or drop in the questionnaire to Margo Hayes, Community & Enterprise, Carrick-on-Suir Town Hall, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.

Old mixed Fethard team  (Photograph – Old Team)
This week we are looking for information on this mixed Fethard/Kilsheelan team photograph. If anyone has names or team details please contact Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email at: info@fethard.com

Our last old photograph published on this page, May 12, was identified as a Killusty Junior Hurling team 1957. Back L to R: Frank Kearney, Killusty; Johnny Duggan (in coat), Kiltinan; Tom Sheehan, Killusty; Mickey Flanagan, Tullamaine; Ned Sheehan, Killusty; Bill Meaney, Castlehiggins; Vincent Allen, Killusty; Johnny Ferris; Alfie Brett, Kiltinan; Christy Williams (in coat), Killusty; Kevin Holohan, Tullow. Front L to R: Pat Ryan, Loughcopple; Seanie Connolly, Fethard; Seanie Moloney, Fethard; Liam O'Flaherty, Killusty Castle; Gerald Mackey, Fethard; Duffy Barrett, Market Hill; and Paddy O'Rourke, Fethard.

We would like to thank Noel Byrne, Liam O’Flaherty, Paddy Power and Neddie Morrissey who got back to us with information relating to this team.

Next Smallholder's Fair at Clonacody planned for June 25
The next Smallholder’s Fair will now take place at Clonacody House on Saturday, June 25, so it's time for all garden enthusiasts to start thinking and get organised for the event!

Held once again at Clonacody House and Gardens, one mile from Fethard, the next event is a Smallholders Summer Picnic where we will focus on the first summer produce, new potatoes and strawberries, salads and fresh peas, all the joys of early summer. We'll also be looking at keeping on top of things at this time of the year, managing growing livestock, holding back weeds, conserve water and start enjoying the fruits of our labours!

Who do we need on the day? Stallholders with fresh farm and garden produce, hens, eggs, plants, tools, books, animal feed, plant food, compost, mulches, chicken coops, water butts, what have you got? Speakers/teachers to give talks and demonstrations on beekeeping, chicken-rearing, gardening, cookery, horses, anything about how to produce your own food and what to do with it.

Musicians are also welcome to join us for the craic and help all us hard workers to wind down! Kids area folk to set up activities for children and anyone else with ideas and energy who wants to come along!

Remember Fethard in 1967
The following snippets of information are taken from the Fethard archives of 1967.

Education - At Feile Cluain Meala in April, 1967, the Patrician Schools, Fethard, secured first place with 96% in the section for schools drama in Irish under 14. The adjudicator paid high tribute to the standard of acting, clarity of diction and general presentation of the winners.

The June examinations in Intermediate and Leaving Certificates were very successful. All pupils presented passed, sixteen in Intermediate, twelve with Honours, and eight in Leaving Certificate, two with honours. Terence O’Sullivan went to Clonliffe College to prepare for the priesthood, Augustine O’Flynn got an agricultural scholarship and Michael Kenny passed Civil Service Examination. David Fitzgerald, an ex-pupil, was awarded first place in the coming out parade at Templemore Garda Depot in March, the first Tipperary man to gain this distinction.

Bro. Joseph and Bro. Declan, Secondary School, were transferred and their places were taken by Bro. Steven and Bro. Paschal. The number on roll in Secondary now stands at 102, an all-time record. National School numbers, augmented by the Closing of Coolmoyne National School, are now 162, making Fethard Monastery N.S. a five-teacher school. Chemistry, Physics and Woodwork are now being taught in the Secondary School by qualified teachers.

Development Association - The observations made by Mr. E. McLoughlon, B.E., Acting Chief Assistant County Engineer (Planning), in the Draft Development Plan for Fethard, has resulted in the formation of the Fethard Development Association, the President of which is Very Rev. C. Canon Lee, D.D., P.P. The association will concentrate on efforts to promote industrial activity in the town as and when opportunity offers. It will also study the tourist potential of the area, with special reference to hotel and guesthouse accommodation, and promote social, cultural and recreational activities. Officers elected were: Mr P. Meagher, B.A. Secretary, Mr E. O’Neill, N.T., and Treasurer Mrs Meagher. The association has decided to form three panels which would have the effect of ensuring that every facet of the life of the community would receive detailed attention. The panels are: (1) Industrial Development, (2) Tourism and Tidy Towns and (3) Social, Recreational and Educational Development. the members of the Industrial Panel are Michael Smyth (leader), Dr. Maher and Messrs R. Gorey, A. O’Flynn, Ed. Delahunty, T. O’Connell, T. Barrett and D. O’Sullivan. This panel will deal with such matters as housing, cleaning of the river, hotels, road survey and the promotion of suitable industries. Panel No. 2, Tidy Town and Tourism will be the responsibility of Miss H. O’Connell (leader), Messrs Ponsonby, P. Lonergan, T. Coffee, T. Carroll, W. Holohan, Mrs. Healy and Miss P. O’Connell. Panel activities include cleaning and painting of existing buildings, the publication of a brochure, farm house holidays, pony trekking, etc. The final panel, Social, Cultural and Recreational has the following members: Mr P. Broderick, B.A. (leader), Mrs O’Brien, Bro. Steven, Messrs G. Walsh, P. Maher, B.A.; P. O’Flynn, R. O’Sullivan, T. O’Connor, B.Comm., and A. Slattery.
The members will concentrate on the promotion of a Fethard Festival week, the development of recreational facilities, the provision of a swimming pool, etc. Mr A. O’Flynn was appointed public relations officer and a public meeting will be held on the first Wednesday of January, 1968. Following this a Deputation from the Association met councillors who represent the Fethard area. It was learned with satisfaction that twenty houses, including eight new ones almost completed, will be built in Fethard in the next eighteen months. Following activities already on: The Christmas Tree in the Square, also Christmas Shopping arrangements in which draws for three prizes are being held by traders. It is hoped to have special lighting for the month of December.

Surprise Visit - Mr Sandy Duncan, who is on a round world trip, paid a surprise visit to his relations and Friends in Fethard by helicopter. Mr Duncan, who had a delay at London Airport, took a flight to Shannon, where he chartered the helicopter for the flight to Fethard. Sandy is a son of Mr John Duncan, Grove Road, Fethard, and is a partner in his fathers gigantic car spare parts business in South Africa.

Preparing for D-Day - The Capitol Cinema, these days and nights is a hive of activity. December 14, 1967, is D-Day, or maybe Delahunty-day, when the cinema will, as a modern ballroom, open its doors as a place of entertainment once again. Many local exponents of the ‘light fantastic’, when dancing was dancing, have stated their intention of making a comeback for the opening night.




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