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Monday 5th June 2006

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Hurly Making Craft in Fethard

Liam Hayes displaying some of his hurleys all hewn locally from Irish Ash

The natural progression from coaching to hurley-making has been made by Liam Hayes in Red City, Fethard. Liam has been coaching in Fethard over the past six years including four years in the local boys primary school, culminating in the winning of the under-14 B hurling championship in 2004, when they beat Liam’s native parish of Killenaule in the final.

Liam and his nephew, Eamon, a skilled wood turner of many years came together in 2005 to form ‘Hayes Premier Hurleys’ as a partnership with their wives Joan and Mary. Mary’s involvement is significant as her grandfather, Mr Bill Fogarty, was one of the first hurley makers in South Tipperary, supplying hurleys to Cleary’s of Dublin in the 1930s and 40s, all of which were shipped by train from the now closed Laffansbridge railway station. Liam and Eamon are rightly proud of their hurleys, all hewn from Irish Ash, which the lads were fortunate enough to source from Limerick for this season.  They facilitate all styles and the most popular one is the traditional Tipperary style with the Cork style a very close second. Incidentally, they have had no requests for a Kilkenny style hurley yet! I wonder why?

Their cousin and mentor John Ryan has been making hurleys in Littleton for many years and Eamon and Liam wish to acknowledge the help he has been and continues to be as they grow their business.

Youth Officer Job Opportunity in Fethard
In an effort to address the need for specific Youth Actions in Fethard, Foróige, the National Youth Development Organisation, is currently advertising for a part-time Youth Officer for the Fethard Area Rural Youth Project.  It is envisaged that the successful candidate will instigate the measures for youths as proposed by the Youth Needs Report, carried out on behalf of the Fethard & Killusty Community Council by Tipperary Institute, and co-ordinate the development of the Convent Hall as a youth facility.

Applications must be made by way of an application form, which along with details of the post, are available from Foróige headquarters: Tel: 01 6301560, email: or from their website:  Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 9th June 2006.

Another position which was recently advertised and which should augment the efforts of the Youth Officer is that of Project Co-ordinator of the Mid-Tipperary Drugs Initiative.  The MTDI is a community-based project operating in a number of local towns, including Fethard, and their rural hinterlands.  The project is funded by the Health Service Executive and is managed by Tipperary Regional Youth Services.  The closing date for this post was Wednesday 31st May and the successful candidate should have a relevant qualification and proven experience in a youth/ community/ drugs education context.

It is envisaged that when these positions have been filled that the concerns of the community; the findings of the Youth Needs Report and the aspirations of the Slieveardagh Area Multi-Agency Network can be addressed in a specific and co-ordinated manner to provide a structured and safe environment for our youth.

Students raise money for Tanzania

Sr. Mary Taylor being presented with a cheque for €1,688, raised by 5th and 6th year students of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School, proceeds of a sponsored volleyball match. The money will provide a secondary school education for two girls in Tanzania. The project was co-ordinated by teacher Mr Denis Burke. L to R: Ms Marian Gilpin (Deputy Principal), J.P. McGrath, Sr. Mary Taylor, Denis Burke (co-ordinator) and Carrie Sweeney.

Recent Death
The death has occurred, in Dungarvan, of Mr John (Johnny) Casey, formerly of The Green, Fethard.  Interment took place in Dungarvan.

Community Games Athletics
Aine Phelan, Fethard, competing in the girls U/12 100m.

Well done to all our athletes who travelled to Nenagh to compete in the Community Games County Finals on Sunday last, especially to Áine Phelan and Kate Quigley who reached the finals. Congratulations also the u/11 and the u/14 tag rugby teams who will represent County Tipperary at the Community Games Munster in U.L. on 8th July. These finals took place in Fethard Community Sportsfield on Thursday 25th May and the final of the u/14 event between Fethard and Cahir was a very closely contested match after which the final result was 5-3.

St. Patrick's Boys School ‘Monster Draw’
St. Patrick's Boys School will hold a ‘Monster Draw’ to help pay some of the outstanding costs arising from the following works; (1) Redecorating, (2) Replacing the underground section of the heating system, and (3) Resurfacing the playground.

First prize is €2,000 and there are also eighteen prizes of €100 to be won. Tickets cost €20 each. Parents are currently selling tickets throughout the parish. The ‘Monster Draw’ will be held in July. Tickets are also available at the school. We appreciate your support.

Cycle for ‘Heartsafe’ Fethard

Fethard volunteers in training for the 'Fethard to Fethard' sponsored cycle that will take place on Saturday 29th July in aid of Fethard Heart Safe Project. L to R: Liam Hayes, Owen Prout, Tom Anglim, Kevin Hayes, Michael O'Gorman, Bill Kennedy, Eugene Walsh, Derry Curran, Seamie Hickey, Paul Shanahan and Noel Blake. Also taking part are Joe Burke, John Hurley and Sean Devaney.

Training continues every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm from the Ballroom car park for the forthcoming Fethard to Fethard sponsored cycle in aid of making Fethard a ‘Heartsafe’ town. We are now up to 20 miles and we will need to comfortably complete a 40-mile cycle before feeling confident of being able to complete the Fethard-on-Sea to Fethard jaunt on Saturday July 29th.

The Fethard connections are coming out of the woodwork with Catriona Ward’s husband Peter Fitzgerald, of the Munster Bar, The Mall, Waterford volunteering to supply food for the Fethard cyclists on the day as they pass through Waterford.  This is a very generous offer and is much appreciated by Bill and Joe and all the organising committee.

Some of our local businesses remain unrepresented on our community cycle team, so get the pump out, sell those lines and persuade one of your customers or staff to cycle on your behalf.

Rumour has it that a community party is being organised for the returning cyclists on the Saturday night of 29th July. This is also the proposed date for the launch of ‘Sli na Slainte’, so Fethard, hopefully, will be well on its way to be a ‘Heartsafe’ town before the end of Summer.

Junction Festival 'Into The Forest' Art Project

Third and fourth class in Nano Nagle School were afforded a unique opportunity to take part in an art project which spanned the past six weeks. Under the expert eye of artist Pat Looby and the cooperation of class teacher Ms. Elaine Brady, the children produced an amazing woven picture, for display, as part of the Clonmel town decoration for the Junction Festival 2006. Look out for the story of The Far Away Tree, when you visit Junction.

Pupils from third and fourth class at Nano Nagle National School Fethard photographed after completing their 'Into The Forest' art project for inclusion in the Junction Festival Participation Programme. The Participation Programme will display the work of local schools for the duration of the nine day festival of music drama and art in Clonmel, commencing on 1st July. Included with the pupils are Theresia Guschlbauer (co-ordinator), Elaine Brady (teacher), Joan O'Brien (assistant artist) and Pat Looby (artist).

Fethard GAA Club News
In the second round of the Senior Football County Championship we came out losers on Saturday last in Kilsheelan on a scoreline, Fethard 0-10, Grangemockler 1-10.  On the last occasion back in 2002 we lost to Ardfinnan at the same stage and after a replay we came back into the County Championship by winning the South Championship. Many of our key players were injured and not available on this occasion. We wish the team the best of luck in the South Championship.

The team on Saturday last was Paul Fitzgerald, Ian Kenrick, Stephen O’Donnell (captain), Nicky Murphy, Willie Morrissey, Michael Aherne, Cian Maher, Jamie McCormack, Aiden Fitzgerald, Brendan Brett 0-2 (1F), Brian Coen 0-4 (3F), Karl Maher 0-3 (2F), John Noonan, John P Looby, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1. Subs used were: Miceál Spillane for Brendan Brett, and Conor McCarthy for John Noonan.

The Munster Senior League for 2006 will be played over the summer months and our first outing takes place on this Saturday 3rd June, away to Athea of Limerick at 6pm.

The Intermediate Hurling County League continued last week when we played Moyne Templetuohy in Fethard. Report next week. The winners of that game play Eire Og (West), on Bank Holiday Monday 5th June.

Full training for all teams for the coming weeks as we are out from 16th June to 24th June in five different championships in the South, starting on the 16th June against Ballingarry in Junior A Football in Cloneen; 18th June against Carrick Swans in Senior Football in Kilsheelan, 21st June against Killenaule in Ballingarry in Junior B Football, 23rd June against Ballyneale in Kilsheelan in Intermediate Hurling, and on Saturday 24th June against Newcastle Cahir in Minor Hurling B so it will be a busy end of June for all our players.

Our Lotto Jackpot €2,400 was not won. Tickets supplied by AIB Main Street. The numbers drawn were 1, 4, 19 and 23. We had one match three winner of €150, to Lilly Maher, Fethard. The €50 Lucky Dip going to Patrick Power, Drangan.

Needs for another playing field highlighted
The Fethard & District Rugby Club AGM rounded off a very successful year, which saw our playing membership increase to 135. The club broke new ground by touring Beddau in Wales with forty-four of our players.  Our players did us proud, their parents proud and Fethard proud. “They played and behaved so well, on and off the field,” said Sean Devaney, founder and secretary of the club for the past five years.

Sean stepped down as secretary this year to concentrate on coaching.  The high quality of coaching in the club is reflected in the fact that six boys are currently challenging for positions on the East Munster team.

Aidan Maher also stepped down as chairman and paid a glowing tribute to all who helped and worked so hard together as a team, paying special tribute to the team coaches for their valuable time and commitment. He also thanked the parents for their great work in feeding the multitudes on many occasions, topped at the end of season barbecue, when 400 meals were served, catering also for 100 visitors from St. Joseph’s Rugby Club, Wales.

The following officers were elected for the coming year: Chairman, Mr Paul Kavanagh; Vice-Chairman, Mr Jimmy O’Sullivan; Secretary, Ms Polly Murphy; Assistant Secretary, Mr Sean Devaney; Youth Officer, Ms Mary Kelly; Treasurer, Ms Valerie Colville; PRO, Mr Liam Hayes. All the coaches present committed to continue their work for the coming season.

The incoming chairman, Paul Kavanagh, paid a glowing tribute to our Youth Officer, Ms Mary Kelly, for all her work during the year, representing the club at Munster Branch level, never missing a meeting and handling every situation that arose with great commitment and professionalism.  He also thanked Sean Devaney, stating that it was his vision and hard work that made the club the success it is.

The Club will adapt a new constitution before the start of the playing season and will accept adult members. The membership fees will be, Adult €50, Children €25, and €20 for families with more than one playing child. The Club will compete at under-18 level next season.

Valerie Colville’s treasurer’s report detailed a €24,000 cost of running the Club, with the main income coming from the Golf Classic, the Race night and table quiz.  She thanked all our sponsors, with particular reference to Coolmore’s generosity in providing the Community field and indeed, their ongoing support of the Rugby Club.

Mr Jerome Casey raised the issue of the field use applauding its success but outlining the difficulties encountered during the season due to the fixtures demand on it. Other members noted that other clubs in the parish have also encountered similar problems, which highlighted the need for another playing field for the town.

Fethard Athletic Club
Well done to the Fethard athletes who competed recently at the County A Track & Field championships. The competitors were: Under-11, Sophie Meehan, Nell Trehy; Under-12, Aine Phelan, Hannah Stapleton; Under-14, Roisín Trehy; Under-15, Eoin Healy, Adam O’Donnell and Hannah Trehy.

Roisín Trehy, taking part in the Long Jump.

Medal winners from this small but committed group were Hannah Trehy (gold in the hurdles and long jump, silver in the 100m, bronze in the high jump and shot put); Adam O’Donnell (bronze in the 800m); Roisín Trehy (silver in the high jump); and Aine Phelan (bronze in the high jump).

Well done also to Hannah Stapleton reaching 4th place in the high jump and to Nell Trehy and Sophie Meehan who competed out of age to make up an under-12 relay team.

We hope all athletes will be able to attend the final county event of the summer season, the County B Track and Field competition in Clonmel on Bank Holiday Monday (June 5th). The starting time is12 noon and entry fee is €2 per athlete. Training continues every Monday and Wednesday at 6:30pm at the Community Field.

Faye receives Certificate of Commendation

Congratulations to Faye Manton, who received a commendation on her entry to the Texaco Childrens Art Competition, 2006. Faye is a sixth class pupil of Nano Nagle School, Fethard. We wish her continued success in her artistic pursuits. Well done, Faye.

Juvenile GAA Club
Our u/8, 10, 12s played Killenaule in Fethard last Friday night in a series of football games and, with the second half of the u/12 game changed codes to hurling, we had a great nights fun. There were some wonderful displays on both teams in all games where each game was evenly matched and the emphasis was on skill development. It was great to see such a large turnout of adults supporting the youth of both parishes. We would like to thank Killenaule for travelling and participating in a great nights entertainment.

This Friday night we play Clonmel Commercials in u/8, 10, and 12 football in the Community Field with the first games to start at 7pm. All players are to report to the Community Field at 6.30pm where more new faces are always welcome to have a great nights fun.

Our u/14 footballers had to pull out all the stops in what was a great game of football played in Fethard on Sunday evening last. Having been 6 points down at half time after playing with the wind, we seemed to be in a very bad situation and looked to be going out of the championship. But somehow the boys turned this game on its head with one of the finest displays of football seen for a long time and turned the 6 point margin to a 4 point advantage, due to some wonderful displays by some of these young men, many of who are underage again next year.

We hope to be in the semifinals next week but are depending on other results going our way. Whatever happens, the future of our club looks bright with promising young players on the way. Well done to all.

We wish the best of luck to all our hurling teams in the up and coming championships. Our club would like some adults to come and teach our u/6, 8, 10s the skills of hurling, as it will be very important in their development. Anyone interested in doing this should contact Tel: 087 1713502. We would appreciate your help.

Best of luck to Aidan Fitzgerald who will play for the Tipp intermediate hurlers this Sunday in Cork. Finally, all membership fees are now well overdue and will have to be paid to our club secretary asap.

Fethard Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Centre are holding a Senior Day on the last Friday of each month.  The first was held on Friday 26th June and was very successful. The Centre will open to all our Senior Citizens from 11.30 to 2.00pm. A hot meal will be served during these hours at a cost of €5. A qualified chiropodist will attend and the cost of this service is €10. The district nurse will also be in attendance. We would like to see a lot of new faces so please come along and benefit from, and enjoy, the Senior Day.

The Fethard & District Day Centre Annual Church Gate collection takes place in Fethard on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June, and in Killenaule and Moyglass Parish on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June. Please support generously.

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