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Thursday 8th November 2012

County Council supports Fethard Community Projects
Fethard community received a welcome boost on Monday last when South Tipperary County Council announced the recipients for their Community Facilities Scheme 2012. Four Fethard projects are to benefit from the scheme.

Fethard Community Council will receive a grant of €74,900 towards the development of a new playground across from the Youth Centre on the Cashel Road.

Fethard Business and Tourism Group will receive a grant of €105,000 towards the renovation and conservation of Tholsel (Town Hall). Building to be leased to Fethard Community Council.

Fethard GAA will receive a grant of €8,000 towards outdoor lighting of sports areas.

Fethard Community Field will receive a grant of €40,000 towards a walking track, car park and drainage.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council would like to sincerely thank South Tipperary County Council and our local councillors for their support, encouragement and confidence in Fethard Community. In these difficult times it is more than a welcome boost to all current and past volunteers who have continued the great work of our predecessors in ‘Community Development’.

Fethard GAA Club News
On Saturday last in New Inn, Fethard came a step closer to winning the County Junior B Football Championship when Cashel King Cormacs were the opposition in a one-sided affair. The ‘blues’ settled in after a flourish from the west boys in the first ten minutes. Cashel worked the ball up the field in the dying second of the first period and took a well scored goal. At half time we led by 1-6 to 1-3.

When the game resumed Fethard took hold of the game allowing the opposition to breach the blues defence on only three occasions. For the final ten minutes it was all one way traffic (full report in the sport section). Well done to all concerned and roll on next week when the final will be played. Final score Fethard 1-16, Cashel King Cormacs1-6.

A speedy recovery to Fethard’s ‘Mr Football’ Jimmy O’Shea who is ‘on the bed’ as they say in these parts. Get well soon and best wishes from all at the club. Condolences to the Connolly family on the death of Annie Connolly (nee O’Meara) of St. Patricks Place, widow of the late Liam Connolly. Annie was a lady to her finger tips and has left many wonderful memories to those close to her and her many wonderful friends, may she rest in peace.

Another good friend of all in Fethard, Peggy McGrath (nee Carroll), who lived in Cashel died a short time ago and on behalf of all the GAA and Camogie people in the parish we send our deepest sympathy to her family and relatives. The late Peggy, originally from St. Patrick’s Place, was a wonderful Camogie player and won a number of titles with Fethard’s St Rita’s Camogie Club when in their glory days. May the light sod of Tipperary rest easy on her blessed soul.

Fethard GAA lost one of it ardent supporters last week when Jim O’Meara passed to his eternal reward. As they say in town, ‘he wore the jersey’ and played his part in the nourishment of the game in the town. All his family gave their time to the club, something the late Jim was very proud of. His handball exploits deserve to be dealt with by someone more eloquent and knowledgeable but as dart player he had few equals. ‘The Man from 51’ was well captured in the poem by his son Willy in last week’s paper. Enough said! Jim, thanks for the memories!

Moyglass Tennis Club up and running
Moyglass tennis club is now up and running again following an upgrade of the courts in early summer. The courts are a great facility in the community and locals are delighted to see tennis being played again. There is a long tradition of tennis in Moyglass. In the 1970s and 1980s Moyglass tennis club competed at the highest levels locally and nationally, winning Community Games finals and many other competitions throughout both Tipperary and Munster. The Guiry brothers went on to play tennis at international level. Perhaps some of the children currently practising on the courts may reach a similar standard someday.

On Saturday, October 13, we held our first tournament for children age 6 to 16. A great day of tennis was enjoyed by all followed by refreshments for participants and parents in the excellent Moyglass Hall facilities. Many of the children participating in the tournament are availing of tennis lessons with Paschal Whelan on Saturday mornings.

We are now registering members offering a once off special price for new members. For more information contact Emma at Tel: 086 8717237.

Opening Meet attracts large crowd
A large crowd turned out at McCarthy’s Orchard for the opening meet of the Tipperary Foxhounds on Monday, October 29. Following the traditional blessing of the hounds, at which Rev. Canon Breen PP and Rev Canon Fryday officiated, led by joint Masters Paul Ronan, Liam Kearney and Tim Hyde, Huntsman Derry Donegan and Whipper-In Gavin Shorten, over one hundred mounted followers moved off to the traditional first draw. From the railway at Ballybough Bridge hounds ran towards John Halley’s Gallops, right handed towards the Killenaule Road. Turning here they ran back across the Ballybough Road almost to Fethard Town and to ground near Woodvale Walk.

From the fort at Dr. Condon’s they hunted towards Rathcoole sandpits. Crossing the Moyglass road they hunted towards Farranaleen and back to Rathcoole. Finding again at Blacks Bridge they had a good circle to the River at Ballyvaden and back to Rathcoole House. The covert at Ballyvaden was blank. From Liam O’Connor’s they hunted Power’s Wood to Annsgift Avenue. Doing a U-turn here they ran back towards O’Connor’s marking to ground in Mrs Fitzpatrick’s. Finding again in Annsgift they ran to Powers Wood. By now the field was getting rather thin, with early season lack of fitness prevailing in horse and rider, many had decided to call it a day when Derry blew for home at almost 5pm. Hounds who looked fit enough to run forever had been hunting very well almost all day. ‘Tosaigh maith leith an obair’ deireann an sean-fhocail. This being the case a very good season seems in store for the Gallant Tipps if Monday’s performance is anything to go by.

Incidentally, the excellent 2013 calendar, containing some excellent photographs of the hounds and followers was on sale on Opening Meet day. Produced by Ms Wendy Donegan and Ms Jane Farrell, the calendars are really a work of art with the photographs well worth framing. Copies are on sale locally, priced at €10. All proceeds towards Tipperary Hunt funds. – E.A.N.

With the White Heathers
Ballylusky White Heather Harriers held their opening meet at Drangan on Sunday, November 4. Following a short run from their first draw at Monroe, weather conditions deteriorated rapidly. Though huntsmen and hounds tried their best, very little could be done with few foxes found on the traditional opening day country of Cappanagrane, Glenmuicaduibhe and Kylenagranagh.

The monsoon like rain very soon washed out what little scent there was. Wiser council prevailed and a halt was called to proceedings mid-afternoon at Ballyvadlea Bridge on the Cloneen-Drangan road. Here’s hoping better weather conditions at least will favour the Ballylusky W.H.H. when they meet at Cloneen on this coming Sunday, November11, at 11am.

Sunday’s meet coincides a very historic occasion as it was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that hostilities ceased on World War I, 1914-1918, amongst whom were a few hardy Fethard hurling men, followers of the old Fethard foot pack when headed by Jack ‘Big Buttons’ Fitzgerald. Perhaps it would be no harm to remember especially the 44 men from Fethard district who fell and indeed all who took part in that horrible conflict.

Zumba Classes
Remember ladies Zumba classes continue in the Convent Hall /Youth Center every Tuesday night at 8.30pm. Why not come along and enjoy an hour’s exercise and have some great fun at the same time.

St. Vincent de Paul
The local society of St. Vincent de Paul may be in a position to give some small help to deserving cases of those attending Third Level Education Courses. Please contact any committee member or the secretary on Tel: 6131852 for an application form.

Emigrants’ Newsletter
A sincere ‘thank you’ to all who subscribed so generously to our recent annual church gate collection in aid of the Emigrants’ Newsletter. A total of €940 was raised for which we are most grateful.

Donations towards the publication of the newsletter can be handed in to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. All donations of €10 and over will be acknowledged in this year's issue of the Newsletters. Donations can also be made online at www.fethard.com/donate/

If you have new addresses or change of addresses for our mailing list please let us know as soon as possible. You can also join our mailing list or download past issues visit: www.emigrantsnewsletter.com

Christmas Market for Fethard
This year we hope to have a Christmas Evening Market in the Youth Center / Convent Hall. If you would like to take a stall and sell your goods please phone 086 8743752 after 6pm to book your place, limited places available so get in early.

Youth Centre booking and opening hours
The convent hall/youth center is available for bookings for birthday parties, meetings, classes or social gatherings, ideal venue with great facilities including a 40 seated cinema, for more information call Joan at Tel: (052) 6131000 office hours.

Due to changeover in staff on the TÚS scheme we have had to change the regular opening hours of the Internet Café at the Youth Center. The centre will now be open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10am to 12 noon and the computers will be available to use at this time at a very reasonable cost. Contact Janice at the centre for further information. As soon as we have the library up and running we will also offer afternoon and evening internet access.

Dance Revolution Classes
Dance Revolution classes will take place every Friday in the Youth Center at 4pm depending on demand the classes will be divided into two classes from 4pm to 5pm and from 5pm to 6pm. For more information contact Rebecca at Tel: 085 8259791.

Died in Dublin
The death has occurred in Dublin of Ms Betty McHale, formerly Ms Betty O’Connell, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.

Adult Education Classes
It is hoped to run a number of classes in the Youth Centre, commencing early in the New Year. Previously, a number of Computer Training Courses including Beginners and Introduction to the Internet were held, they proved to be very popular indeed. It is possible that these courses could be repeated if there is sufficient local interest. Would you like to learn the basics of how to use a computer, how to surf the Net or send emails? There are numerous other programmes available - including Personal Development, Women’s Health, Languages and Crafts - if they interest you more. Contact the Community Office 052 6131000 to give your name and what course you might be interested in and to help us decide what courses to run.

‘Shadow of a Gunman’ opens this Friday
On this coming Friday night Fethard Players will commence their production of Sean O’Casey’s war of independence play, ‘The Shadow of a Gunman’ in the Abymill Theatre. The play will run for two consecutive weekends, Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11, November and the following weekend on Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18, November.

A classic of the Irish theatre, it is funny, poignant and entertaining. 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.

Hilda will shave her head for Breast Cancer Ireland
Hilda Laslett (Lawrence), formerly from Killenaule, has taken a very brave decision to have her hair shaved off in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland.

The fundraising event is taking place at the Village Inn Moyglass on Saturday, November 10. There will also be an auction with ‘all kinds of everything’ for you to bid on and a raffle with some great prizes very kindly sponsored by the business people in Fethard, Killenaule, Moyglass and Clonmel. DJ Kumar will be playing on the night so if you fancy a fun night out head to Moyglass this Saturday night to support Hilda. Hilda is a very popular staff member at Centra Supermarket, The Green, Fethard.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Friday, November 2, of Peggy Kenrick, (née Morrissey) of Shamrock Hill, Clonmel, Tipperary. Peggy was the wife of the late Billy Kenrick, originally from Burke Street, Fethard. Our sympathy to her sons Jimmy, Brian, Ted, Willie and David, daughters Maureen and Betty, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace.
Interment took place in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Clonmel.

27 Tipperary Scout Group
Fethard Scout Group Council will hold their Parental Information Meeting and Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, November 14, at 7:30pm in Holy Trinity School hall. All are welcome. Of special interest to all parents will be the section reports and the programme plan for 2012 /2013.

Agenda: Minutes of last AGM; Beaver Section: report to include programme plan 2012/2013; Cub Section: report to include programme plan 2012/2013; Scout Section: report to include programme plan 2012/2013; Venture Section: report to include programme plan 2012/2013; Financial Report; Group Leader Report; Election of officers & group leader; Any other business after which light refreshments will be served.

Fethard ICA
Fethard ICA will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, November 13, at 8.15pm in the ICA Hall on Rocklow Road. Guest speaker in Derbhile Graham, author of ‘Pink Cage’, a novel based on a visually impaired girl. Derbhile is a native of Clonmel and will give a talk on creative writing. New members are very welcome to come along to hear Derbhile. Hostesses for the evening are the ‘Green Group’.
Ladies, don’t forget our Christmas Federation Competition – ‘Tea Cosy’ – any medium. Closing date is November 14, 2012.

Fethard Ladies win County League
The girls Under 14 football team had a thrilling end to their season on Monday, October 29, when they won the County League in fine style. They beat Moycarkey in the semi-final and beat Arravale Rovers in the final - with both matches played on the same day. As usual, the girls celebrated their win with a victory tour around Fethard with car horns blasting! Many thanks to all who supported the girls on the day, especially the management team of Michael Hayes and Bernadette O'Meara.

The Gaelic4Mothers also brought their 2012 to a close, playing the final match of the season in fancy dress! Well done to all the mothers who were able to attend and who made such a great effort with the costumes. Many thanks to M.J. Croke and Tommy Sheehan for training the Gaelic4Mothers, and to Patricia Fitzgerald for all her work in managing the team during 2012.

The Minor team got their first win of the season against Clerihan on Thursday, November 1. With a win and draw secured, the girls are now able to progress to the next round of the championship. Best of luck.

Bridge Club Results
The results of Fethard Bridge Club’s game played on Wednesday, October 10, are:
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.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The lucky numbers drawn on October 31 were: 2, 20, 27 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Bernie Myles, Saucestown, Fethard; Marie Butler, Garrinch, Fethard; and Dinny Shine, The Valley, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: M. Flanagan, c/o Tom Purcell; Marie O'Neill, The Lantern, Fethard; and Joan O'Meara, The Green, Fethard.

The next Lotto draw will take place on November 7. The Jackpot prize is €5,500 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €550. 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.

Fethard & District Rugby Club
Fethard U13s home game proved to be nail-biting when they encountered a big hitting Waterpark team. The first 15 minutes were spent defending their lines, but climaxed in a superb break, with Patrick Scully running 40 yards to score under the post, followed by a Peter Wall conversion. Half time saw the sides equal at 7 all.
The second half proved slightly easier, with a great try in the 50th minute from Patrick Scully, and another superb conversion from Peter Wall. Waterpark increased the tempo with a great try in the 55th minute, but failed to convert. The final 5 minutes proved to be nerve wrecking, with Fethard conceding a penalty to Waterpark, however, the ball came back off the upright and ended up in a 5 yard scrum to Waterpark, but super defending, turning the ball over and kicking to touch, saved the day for Fethard. A final score of 14 - 12 reflected an outstanding performance from a 22-man squad. Very well done lads!

Items for Fethard News
Items for inclusion on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to news@fethard.com or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.




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