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Monday 10th April 2006

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War of Attrition
Photographed above with War of Attrition on his return to Fethard with the Cheltenham Gold Cup are head lad, Johnny Cummins and Pat Carroll (right). War of Attrition's next outing is in Punchestown at the end of April.

Depressing results on the playing field
Recent results from Gaelic football fixtures in which Fethard teams have been engaged make rather depressing reading. A draw with Ardfinnan in their last game in the ‘Adult Football League’ signalled their interest in the said competition. This was actually their best results, as they suffered a twelve point defeat by Cahir and, worse still, a seventeen points annihilation by Annacarty, and with all due respects, hardly recognised as the stronghold of Tipperary football.

The results from under-age competition are even worse! Fethard minor football team suffered a very heavy defeat by Ballingarry in the semifinal of the South B Minor Football Championship and the under-21 team were seventeen points down to Mullinahone when they scored a goal with the last kick of the game at the final of the under-21 competition. To make maters worse, these two competitions were in the B division of both championships.

A very prominent South and County GAA football man inquired recently of Sean Moloney, “What has gone wrong with Fethard football?” . . . “Under age teams from a club with the football tradition of Fethard have no business down in the B division.” The above results seem to show he was wrong on that score!

He is not the only one concerned. Many prominent Fethard senior players of the not too distant past have also expressed their concern or worry over the apparent problem. Just a few years ago Fethard won four South and three County Under-21 A competitions in a row.

What has gone wrong or what can be done to remedy the situation? One thing is certain, if we do not wake up and smell the coffee, we may realise sooner rather than later that the road up from the duffer stakes league is a much more slippery slope to climb than to slide down. The Under-21 South Tipp B Championship is sponsored by Hall Alarms — lets hope the alarms are not sounding for the future of Fethard football!

Fethard Gaelic teams are not the only ones in the parish with problems. We notice Killusty are bottom of the TSDL Premier Soccer League with a total of just four points from sixteen games played. Perhaps football in the Fethard & Killusty area is going to go through seven lean years after seven years of plenty! Maybe there are good times coming, but as Moleskin Joe — a character on one of Donegal author Patrick McGill’s books — said, “There are good times coming but will we live to see them?” (EAN)

Fethard Fair Day c1900

Thriving business on Fethard's Main Street at a Fair Day c.1900.

Fethard ICA Guild
Fethard ICA Guild will hold their next meeting on Tuesday 11th April at 8pm in the ICA Hall on Rocklow Road.  Our speaker will be Florence Land who will demonstrate the very popular craft of ‘Beading’. New members are very welcome to attend. Hostesses for April are the ‘Red Group’ and the competition theme is ‘Easter Bonnet’.

At our March meeting a vote of sympathy was expressed to Nora and Kitty Ahearne on the death of their sister-in-law Elsie O’Dwyer.  Elsie was a member of Fethard ICA many years ago and attended the first summer school, which was held on Slievenamon.  May she rest in peace.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next committee meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council takes place on Tuesday 11th April at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Community Games Art and Model Making County Finals

Pupils from Nano Nagle National School who recently competed in the Art & Modelling Community Games area final. L to R: Aisling Gorey (bronze medal), Roísin McDonnell (gold medal), and Megan McCarthy (silver medal).

Great result for competitors from Fethard and Killusty area in the Community Games Art and Model Making County Finals held in Fethard Ballroom last weekend, winning a total of three gold, three silver and four bronze medals. Over 220 entries were received for this highly competitive event, which took place again in Fethard Ballroom for the fourth successive year. It was a great boost for the Fethard & Killusty area to be among the medallists.


Pupils from Nano Nagle National School who recently competed in the Art & Modelling Community Games area final. Standing L to R: Mark Hayde (bronze medal), Jack Spillane (bronze medal), Conor Clancy (silver medal), Jack Ward (silver medal), Dylan Lyons (bronze medal). In front is Harry Butler (gold medal).

Gold medals went to six year old Jack Ward from Garrinch in under-8 art, Andrew Maguire, Annesgift in under-14 model making and Laura Rice Everardsgrange in u16 Art, silver medals to Charlie Manton, Main Street, in under-10 art, and Louis Rice, Everardsgrange, in under-14 Art, and Charlotte Hatton, Ardsallagh House, in under-10 Model Making. Bronze medals were won by Chloe Burke, Woodvale Walk, in under-8 art, Ger Maher, Kilknockin, under-14 art, Michael Hally, Abbey Court, under-10 model making and Jack Connolly, The Green, under-14 model making. Great credit due to both Andrew and Jack who are only nine and ten years old but due to the age factor of 31st July had to compete under 14 years old.


Fethard artists who took part in the Community Games Art & Modelling County Final held in Fethard Ballroom last weekend. L to R: Nicole Looby, Jane Holohan, Deirdre Dwyer, Laura Rice, Faye Manton and Evie O'Sullivan.

Our three winners have all qualified for the Community Games national finals in Mosney next August. This will be the third time that Laura Rice will represent her county in Mosney. Thanks to all the schools who played such a bit part in organizing the local competitions and to the Fethard Ballroom committee for the use of their wonderful facility and all their help on the day.


Jack Ward, Nano Nagle N.S., who won a gold medal in the under-6 section of the Art & Modelling Community Games County Final last weekend and will now go on to represent Co. Tipperary in the National Finals in Mosney.

Good luck to our under-14 Juvenile Quiz Team: Amy Lyons, Faye Manton, Evie O’Sullivan and Jane Holohan, who will travel to Thurles to contest the county final on this coming Friday night, April 7th. Congratulations to all who competed in this event.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 29th March were 4, 8, 28 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winners so three tickets were drawn and the following received €50 each:
Mary Brown, c/o Kitty O’Donnell;
Brendan Kenny, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Gussie Slattery, Kilnockin, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Paddy McCormack, Kilnockin, Fethard;
Margaret Croke, 50 St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Jack Fleming, Barrettstown, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot is €3,450 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €345.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club is back in full swing with the under-12 and the under-16 championships now underway. Our under-12s play Moyle Rovers (tonight) Thursday 6th at 7pm in GAA field, pending weather conditions, as the GAA field is presently closed we were unable to decide whether game can be played or not going to press.  Our under-16 played their first game against Ballingarry and were well beaten, even though we were under-strength, we played some good football.

Our next two games, against Moyle Rovers and Commercials, were called off due to bad weather. Our next game will be played on Monday next the 10th April against Carrick in Carrick.  Bus will leave GAA field at 5.45pm.

The under-14 Féile hurling will begin on Good Friday when we will play an away game. More details later.  Our under-14 footballers are now back training and all players are asked to make the effort to attend.  Under-6, 8 and 10s will commence their training in the next few weeks.

Finally, membership is well overdue and should be paid to the trainers at the next session.  Membership this year is €35 — €15 membership and €20 to help cover the bus fare to all matches (for their age group). Any queries contact the secretary at Tel: 086 1713502.  Best of luck to all involved this year.

Fethard Open Coursing Club
Fethard Coursing Club will hold their Annual General Meeting on this coming Friday, 7th April, in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm. All members are earnestly requested to attend this meeting and new members are welcome.

Fethard GAA Club News
We have no action to report from the playing field this week as we received a bye in the first round of the Minor B Football and also a bye in the first round of the Under 21B Hurling, so attendance at the training field is the utmost importance for all our players.

Our Lotto Jackpot of €2,000 was not won last week. The numbers drawn were: 1, 13, 23 and 25.  Tickets were sponsored by J. L. O’Sullivan (Chemist). We had no match three winners. The €50 Lucky Dip going to John Shortall (The Valley). The five drawn tickets, who received €30 each, were: Eddie Thompson (37 St Patrick’s Place), Frank Wyatt (Fethard), Louis Coen (Killusty), Arthur Daly (St Patrick’s Place), and Angelo Toisini (37 Ashgrove Lawn, Clonmel).

The County Board Draw promoters are now on the road please support and thanks again from the Fethard GAA Club for your kindness.

Ladies Football
Fethard under-16 team played Upperchurch in Drombane on Sunday last in the under-16 league. We came away winners by 4-6 to 2-3 in a game played under very heavy conditions. The team played very well and was captained by Sara Hayes.

Team as follows: Rachel Prout, Emma Fleming, Carrie Sweeney, Jean Anglim, Claire O’Brien, Chloe Gough, Sara Hayes, Aisha Tobin, Debbie Lawrence, Sarah Conway, Natalie Cahill, Lisa Anglim, Jane Kenny. Subs were: Emma Hayes and Orla Lawrence. Scorers:  Aisha Tobin 1goal 1pt, Natalie Cahill and Debbie Lawrence 1 goal each, Lisa Anglim 1 goal 2 pts, and Sinead Delahunty 2 pts.

Our next match will be at home against Clonmel Og.

St. Rita’s Camogie Club Table Quiz
St. Rita’s Camogie Club’s table quiz will take place on this coming Friday, 7th April, in The Well Bar at 8:30pm. Table of four will cost €20. A raffle will also be held on the night. We are looking forward to your support.

Fethard and District Credit Union
Opening hours for Fethard & District Credit Union for Easter Week are as follows: Thursday 13th April, open from 10am to 12 noon; Good Friday 14th April, closed; Saturday 15th April, open from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Hunt Masters Resign
Consternation, is the only word that describes what was felt by all hunting people when the news filtered through early last week that the three joint masters of Tipperary Foxhounds had tendered their resignations.

Following so closely on the retirements of huntsman Mr Pat O’Brien and whipper-in Mr James O’Donnell, these resignations by Mr Paul Ronan MFH, Mr Peter O’Reilly MFH, and Padraig Kennedy MFH, certainly leaves the Tipperary hunting scene in a state of turmoil.

With the start of the 2006/07 hunting year on 1st May, only days away, it is hoped that things can be sorted and whatever problems have may have arisen, can be sorted out for the sake of the sport, as soon as possible.

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