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Monday 21st November 2005

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Fethard Players play to packed houses!

Fethard Players cast of 'Tons of Money' which opened its week's run in the Abymill Theatre on last Sunday night. Back L to R (standing with hats): Eoin Powel and Eoin Whyte. Front L to R: Niamh Hayes, Joe Hanley, Mia Treacy, Jimmy O'Sullivan, Gerry Fogarty, Marian Gilpin, Liam Ryan and Mary O'Connell.

Fethard Players are living up to their annual high standard again this year, with their stylish production of ‘Tons of Money’ which opened in the Abymill Theatre on last Sunday night. Audiences so far have given the comedy the ‘thumbs up’ which is reflected in the high level of bookings already received for the week’s run, which ends on this coming Saturday night,19th November.

Indeed, as has happened in previous years, it won’t be surprising if the cast are forced to stage an extra night’s performance on Sunday night to meet public demand. If you haven’t booked your seat yet, you should do so without delay from O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254 or 087 1338961.

Hunting News
Hunting from Monday’s meet at Knockfee was certainly not helped by the very inclement weather prevailing all day. The gorse covert at Knockmorris held a fox which could not be persuaded to leave and had to be left. The main covert at Knockfee also held but little could be done here.

Hounds found in the quarry and ran to the main Clonmel-Cahir road where he was lost. They then quickly had another fox away hunting well to the Cahir by-pass where they stopped.

Finding again in the sand-stone quarry they hunted back to Knockfee where scent ran out. Full credit due to the hardy followers who saw the day out. Very heavy rain, driven by a gale force wind, certainly showed that good sportsmen do not need the weather on a day when most other sports would be called off.

More favourable weather followed a small field at the Horse and Jockey on Wednesday where some nice wood hunting was enjoyed in the forestry plantations on the bog.

Thursday at Thomastown was a day on which hounds were kept busy all day. Weather again was not the best and Saturday, at Hoare Abbey, was somewhat the same.

A Night to Remember — ‘Friday 13th’
Fethard & Killusty Community Council will be thirty years in existence in 2006. To mark this occasion and to salute the tradition of community spirit in Fethard we are holding our very special ‘30th Anniversary Dinner Dance’ in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 13th January 2006 (don’t let this date put you off!). This is the actual date of the first meeting held on 13th January 1976.

Tickets (the ideal Christmas Present) for this dance at €35 each are limited and will be available for sale, from Monday next 21st November, at the Community Office and from any member of the committee. Admission is strictly by ticket only. We invite all members of the community to join with us on the night where we will remember the past with pride and celebrate the sense of community alive in Fethard today.

With the White Heathers
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers had quite a good day from their Cloneen meet on Sunday last. A fox found at Kilbury got to ground in the large earth in the covert following a short hunt. Drawing upstream on the Anner Banks, they quickly found again. This fox provided a very nice hunt of some twenty-five minutes when hounds ran a left-handed circle between the river and the Cloneen-Mullinahone road.

Cantwell’s held a brace and a half. The first fox away was hunted parallel to the road for 15 minutes when hounds were at fault. Drawing back, they found again in the covert. This fellow was hunted back deep into Kilbury before turning left-handed back to Cantwell’s, where he was given best. A short run across the road from Kylenagranagh to the Cloneen Road brought a most satisfying day to conclusion.

The White Heathers meet on next Sunday, 20th November, at Loughcopple; Sunday 27th November at Rocklow, and Sunday 4th December at Orchardstown.

Winners in the November Member and Friends Draw were: 1st Prize of €200, Conor Duggan, Kyle, Drangan; 2nd Prize of €100, Denis Bergin, Kilbragh.

The Fall of Cramp’s Castle!
(The following article was supplied by Michael Hall, Kyle, Drangan, which he came across while doing some research in the Local Studies Section of the County Library in Thurles. The article was printed in the Fethard Notes section of The Nationalist on 26th August 1893.)


Cramp's Castle from an old photograph showing the collapsed West Wing.

Just some eight hundred yards, on an eminence, to the east of Fethard, is all that now remains of this once imposing edifice. In Saturday's Nationalist was printed a sketch of the siege of Fethard by Cromwell, and its capitulation and article of surrender by Sir Pierce Butler, the governor. Tradition, if not history, has it that Cramp’s fortified castle, being outside the boundary wall of Fethard, and not included in the treaty of surrender, Cromwell considered it a menace to the small garrison he left after him, and that on departing he tried six pieces of cannot on it, leaving some gaps and several rents on the structure.

In this state it remained until the 15th inst, when the west wing fell with a thunderous thud, making the stone resound in the streets of Fethard. What wondrous mortar was used in the building of those old castles! The stones will smash before the mortar gives way. Pieces upwards of 30 tons were hurled a distance. It may be of interest to mention that Cramp’s Castle belongs to Mr Edmond Leamy, ex MP, editor of United Ireland, but it is understood that there has been some tension between the owners and the tenants for some time.

Youth Needs Meeting on 30th November
We invite all adults, youths, local organisation representatives, and anyone who are interested in making a positive effort in making Fethard a better place for our youth, to come along to the Abymill Theatre at 8.15pm on Wednesday 30th November to discuss the needs of our youth identified in the recent survey undertaken by Tipperary Institute. Catherine Corcoran, who undertook the study commissioned by Fethard and Killusty Community Council, will make a presentation of their analysis found in the survey. Denis O’Brien, Munster Area Coordinator with Foróige Youth Organisations will attend along with other representatives from voluntary organisations.

Cemetery Rosaries For November
Parishioners are asked to remember their dead by praying the Rosary in our local cemeteries during the month of November. The Rosary will be prayed in the following cemeteries on Sunday 20th November: Rathcoole at 3pm; Redcity at 3.30pm and Tullamaine at 3.30pm.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 9th November were: 2, 6, 10 and 26. There was no Jackpot winner and five ‘Match 3’ winners who received €30 each:

S. Dorney, Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
Tom O'Brien, Red City, Fethard;
Marie Allen, 14 St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Chris O'Dwyer, 3 Strylea Fethard;
Carmel Murphy, Crampscastle, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Mary Murphy, The Fort, Coolmore;
Craig Moban, c/o The Gateway B&B, Fethard;
Angela O'Connell, Grangebarry, Fethard.

Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000. The weekly draw will now take place on Wednesday mornings at 11am in Fethard Day Care Centre, Barrack Street. All are welcome to come along.

Slievenamon Musical Society ‘Camel Race’
The Slievenamon Musical Society will hold their annual ‘Camel Race’ on November 26th in Cloneen. Camels cost €10 and can be obtained from any member of the society. A series of races will take place and if your camel wins its heat, you win €20; if your camel ends in second place, you receive €10. Great craic guaranteed!
The Musical Society are very busy rehearsing for this year's show, 'South Pacific', which will run in Cloneen on 8th, 9th and 10th December. Following last year's very successful show, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, this is going to be something completely different, but equally as good, if not better!

Fethard Judo Club News
The Waterford Open Judo Competition was held in Waterford Institute last weekend. There was a high attendance and Fethard Judo Club maintained a high standard with the following medallists:
Minors: Kate Delahunty 2nd place; Dean Dorney and Dean Kenny fought well but were in hard luck on this occasion
Juniors: Natalie Cahill 1st place; Padraig Mullally 4th place; Lorraine Feery 1st place under 44kg and 1st under 48kg; Samantha Feery 2nd place under 52kg and 3rd in Open Category; Alan Brannigan 3rd place; Tom Woodlock 2nd and 3rd place in the Open; Hanna Stapleton 3rd place, and Cathal Gorey 1st place. Hard luck to Alan Sutcliffe who put up a good fight.
Youths: Richard Gorey 1st place; Stephanie Lawrence 2nd place in youths, 1st in upper Kyu, and 3rd in senior; Samantha Feery 3rd place; Ciaran Mullally 3rd place; and Alan Brannigan 2nd place. Well done to brothers Cathal and Richard Gorey, who fought each other and were given the title of best fight of the day.

Killusty Soccer Club
Killusty Soccer Club will hold their annual Church Gate Collection on this coming weekend. Also coming up in a few weeks time is our second running of the ‘Battle of the Brains’ table quiz. More details next week.

ICA Fethard Guild
The next meeting of the Fethard Guild of ICA will take place on Tuesday 22nd November at 8pm in the ICA Hall on Rocklow Road. The guest speaker on the night will be Nancy Moloney from Graiguenamanagh who will give a demonstration and talk on Aloe Vera products.

As Nancy has a long way to travel, she would like to begin her talk before the business part of our meeting. Non-members are very welcome to come along at 8pm. Hostesses for the night are the ‘Red Group’.

The Winter Federation Meeting takes place in Halla na Feile, Cashel, on Thursday 24th November at 8pm.

There will be a one-day workshop for ICA members in partnership with the County Museum, Clonmel, on Saturday 26th November. The classes include, beading, lumra and beginner’s patchwork.

Christmas Bazaar
Fethard and District Day Care Centre will hold their annual ‘Christmas Bazaar’ on Thursday 24th November. The committee would appreciate any prizes donated for their raffle. These can be handed in to the Community Office at the Tirry Centre in Barrack Street.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
The uunder-10 footballers played in Monroe last Saturday and did very well against Moyle Rovers and Killenaule. Although they did not qualify for the final stages, they gave a great account of themselves on the day. Thanks to Andy O’Donovan and Tommy Morgan for looking after the boys.

Our under-13s had no game last week but will be playing tonight in the community field at 7.30pm under lights. Our opponents will be Killenaule. We will need a win in this game to progress in the competition. With the year now just finished, and with so many teams to cater for, we would like to see more adults getting involved with the teams next year. We can never have enough help. Finally congratulations to Ardfinnan on their recent county final win.

Fethard Bridge Club
Fethard Bridge Club results for game played on Wednesday 9th November, which was a charity night for the National Council for the Blind, were:
1st Gross: Mary Tobin and Breda O’Grady;
2nd Gross: Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins;
1st Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
2nd Nett: Mary Quirke and Fr. John Meagher.

On Wednesday 16th November we played for prizes donated by honorary life members, John and Anne Lucey, results next week. Next Wednesday, 23rd November, we play for the Gross Turkey prize and the Nett Turkey prize the following week.

Bridge lessons continue in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street on Monday nights at 7.30pm. Anyone looking for a partner for Wednesday night, please contact Annie O’Brien, at Tel: 052 31862.

Fethard GAA Club News
The Tipperary All Ireland Senior Football Tommy Murphy Medal 2005 presentations took place on last Sunday 13th November at a function held in the Anner Hotel Thurles, and it was great to see four of our players receiving their medals from the president of the association Sean Kelly on the night. They were: Paul Fitzgerald, Aiden Fitzgerald, Cian Maher and Damien Byrne. A great night was had by all.

It was mentioned on the night, that Tipperary have won three All Irelands in football in seventy years, 1935 (Minor), 1998 (Junior) and 2005 (Tommy Murphy Senior). It is also worth noting that the Byrne family Killusty have all three medals, with the late Mick Byrne winning in 1935, and his grandson Damien winning both 1998 and 2005.

The National President, Sean Kelly, also presented the Cumann na Sean Ghael Awards for 2005 in Brú Ború, Cashel, on the 13th November to Joe Ahearne and Tom McCormack from Fethard.
The annual GAA Mass for deceased players will take place in Killusty on Tuesday 29th November at 7.30 pm.

The Lotto Jackpot of €3,700 was not won. The numbers were drawn in the Fethard Arms and we had one match three winner of €150 which went to Rita Doyle (Woodvale Walk). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Fr Tom Breen P.P. (Rocklow Rd).

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