Active social life for IWA members in Tipperary
The Tipperary Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association enjoys one of the most active social lives thanks to chairman, John Ryan, originally from Fethard and now living in Moycarkey.
John was first introduced to the IWA in 1995 when he offered his service as a volunteer worker. This was the start of a long-standing relationship that continues to the present day. From 1996 to 1998 John continued working with the IWA in Tipperary while employed as a support worker with FÁS. When this scheme finished he joined the Tipperary IWA voluntary committee and was elected chairman in 2003, a position he still holds today. In the same year, 2003, John also formed a subsidiary group called the ‘JR Gang’, which promoted social activities for IWA members. This group is mainly responsible for the much-improved social life and integration that members enjoy today. In 2010 John was elected to the national board of the Irish Wheelchair Association.
The Tipperary Branch is almost 40 years in existence and is run by volunteers who give their time freely to help people with disabilities to get out and take part in normal activities such as weekend breaks, annual holiday, shopping trips, fishing, sports fixtures, concerts, dances and other social events, that may otherwise prove impossible due to transport limitations etc.
The group also advise and help make premises wheelchair-friendly, such as Cloneen Sports and Social Centre, where the committee installed an accessible toilet when first approached. This centre in Cloneen now hosts many of the group’s social dinner dances and events.
The Tipperary Branch is now one of the most successful in the country and this is due in no small way to the huge level of support and encouragement received from the volunteers, community and families of members who also help with fundraising activities that make it all possible.
Killusty Soccer Club
Our condolences go to the O’Meara family, St. Patricks Place, on the recent death of their father Jim, who was a former president of Killusty Soccer Club. Jim was a true sportsman and a great supporter of the many codes played in the parish, he will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace.
The Man Who Lived in 51
A man so strong, in muscle and limb
We called him Dad, his name was Jim.
Off to work, so hard each day,
So food and clothes, could come our way.
As we grew up, stories were told,
Of Fethard teams from days of old.
Proud and passionate, his eyes lit up,
When Fethard won and took the cup.
Down to the alley, for a game of ball,
Fast and hard, around the wall.
Kept him fit, he loved the thrill,
When he took the game, with another 'kill'.
Loved his Guinness, as you know,
Called it a 'Cantona', or a 'Keano',
He loved his darts, there was no doubt,
When he hit 'tops', to finish it out.
He loved to whistle, many a tune,
At anytime, morning or noon.
You just might hear, as he cycled by,
Jim whistling, 'The Fields of Athenry'.
So now as we stand here,
And all is said an done.
We were proud to be, a daughter or a son,
Of Jim, the man who lived in 51.
– (Willie O'Meara)
Winner of car in Credit Union Draw
Congratulations to Martha Sheehan of Garrinch, Fethard who recently won a car in the Clonmel Credit Union Car Draw. The draw was held in the Fethard office as part of the Credit Union Week Celebrations for 2012.
Parish Card Game
A card game in aid of Parish Funds will take place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday, November 2, at 8.30pm. Entry is €10. All are welcome to come along and support. Lots of spot prizes on the night.
Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game played on Wednesday, October 10 were:
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
2nd Gross: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny
3rd Gross: Nell Broderick and David O'Meara
1st Nett: Gabrielle Schofield and Nora Ryan
2nd Nett: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke
3rd Nett: Annie O'Brien and Marie Delaney
Wednesday, November 7 is our charity night and we look forward to a full attendance. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles 6132038.
Dance Revolution is coming to Fethard
Dance Revolution aim to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle amongst children and teenagers. They teach lots of 'Hip Hop' and 'Break Dance' moves and promise that every class will be full of fun and excitement.
Classes are starting on Friday, November 2, from 4pm at the Youth Center/Convent hall and cater for both boys and girls from age 4 upwards. Class cost €5 per week. For more details contact Rebecca at Tel: 085 8259791.
Irish Girl Guides
Irish Girl Guides Fethard would like to thank everyone who supported our recent table quiz in Butlers Sports Bar.
Firstly thanks to Ann and Philip for facilitating us, to the leaders who organised sponsorship and advertising, and all who attended on the night. Thanks to the following businesses who donated generously to the raffle Centra, Daly Fuels, O’Sullivans Pharmacy, Jolly’s Cafe, Fethard Oil and Fethard Car Boot Sale. Also to our three young leaders who did trojan work on the night.
Guides, Brownies and Ladybirds meet every Wed evening at 7pm in the Ballroom
‘Shadow of a Gunman’ play for Abymill
Fethard Players will stage Sean O’Casey’s war of independence play, ‘The Shadow of a Gunman’ in the Abymill Theatre on two consecutive weekends in November, Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 and the following weekend on November Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18.
A classic of the Irish theatre, it is funny, poignant and entertaining. The play centres on the mistaken identity of a building tenant who is thought to be an IRA assassin.
It is the first in O'Casey's ‘Dublin Trilogy’ – the other two being Juno and the Paycock (1924) and The Plough and the Stars (1926).
The cast includes Ann Connolly, Ann Walsh, Mia Treacy, Jimmy O’Sullivan, Liam O’Connor, Kieran Mullally, Gerry Fogarty, John Fogarty, Colm McGrath, Tom Gilpin and Ciarán Treacy. The play is produced by Austy O’Flynn and booking is now open at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard from 10am to 1pm or by Tel: (052) 6131254 or 087 1604260.
Books still needed for Library at Youth Centre
Thank you to everybody that left books in for the library, unfortunately we still need more books, so if you have any unwanted books that are in excellent condition please bring them to the youth center Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday morning between 10am and 12am or Friday from 7pm to 9pm
Slimming by Hypnosis
A six-week slimming through hypnosis class will be starting soon at Fethard Youth Center / Convent Hall. Hypnosis will have you looking great and loosing weight for the festive season. To book your place or find out more about phone Genevieve at Tel: 085 2709789.
Fethard Rugby Club
Fethard U9 & U10
On Sunday last we travelled to Thurles for a friendly game. Fethard came out on top on both of these encounters, whilst we came out on top there is room for improvement in different aspects of their games looking forward to seeing every one at training on Friday night at 6:45 new players always welcome.
On Sunday last we played away to waterpark A. This was always promising to be a tough game and didn't disappoint. Fethard had the lion’s share of possession in the first 15 minutes. Dale Murphy caught a Waterpark clearance kick on half way and started a loop-passing move to collect again and score in the corner. This was the beginning of the best period of the game for both sides and magnificent defence from all the Fethard players kept Waterpark from registering a score until the half time whistle.
From the restart Fethard dominated territorially and Patrick Scully burst through their defence to score underneath the posts. Darragh lynch converted with ease.
Once again we dominated from the restart and, prop, Will Ruttle was on hand to receive a pass from Patrick Scully late in the game to seal the victory, 17-0.
Great credit must be given to our hosts, Waterpark for a good clean competitive match. Their hospitality is as always second to none and we would all like to thank them.
Team: David McCormack (capt), Paddy Gaynor, Frank Meagher, Danny Gleeson, John Gillman, Barry McGrath, Jack O'Rourke, Paul Scully, Ciaran O Dwyer, Darragh Lynch, Padraig Harrington, Joe Carroll, Harry Cummins, Gavin Ryan, Dale Murphy. Subs: Will Ruttle, Peter Wall, James Phillips, Adam O'Sullivan.
Fethard RFC hosted a well-drilled Waterford City team on Sunday, October 28, with Fethard starting slowly and Waterford City putting some good moves together and scoring a great try. We regrouped and between good passing through the backs and hard yards won by the forwards we got on top scoring 3 tries in the first half. Cathal Meagher, James Burns and Shane O'Connell played great attacking rugby with our backs Jodie Sheehan, Adam Fitzgerald, Darren Prout, David Morgan and Niall Kelly being led by Denis Fogarty ran great lines and tackled hard. Cian O'Connell, David Heffernan, Cathal O'Donnell and Adam Kealy put in a lot of hard work with Matthew Walsh and Paul Maloney making good yards. Ciaran White and Tommy Anglim made a big impact in the second half. A great win for Fethard with the final score 47-14. Well done lads. All players need to be at training and matches.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The lucky numbers drawn on October 24 were: 20, 21, 24 and 26. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Bill O'Sullivan, Main Street, Fethard; Michael Conway, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard; and Niall Connolly, c/o Eileen Connolly.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Michael Smyth, The Well, Fethard; Jaavolso, Garrinch, Fethard; and Phil Wyatt, Fethard.
The next Lotto draw will take place on October 31. The Jackpot prize is €5,350 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €535. Lotto tickets can be purchased in local shops or online at www.fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets online and get one free! Check on the Fethard website for lots of special offers. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.
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