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Monday 25th December 2006

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Died Recently
The death has occurred on Saturday 23rd December of Mr Pat Walsh, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

The death has occurred of Nuala Delaney, Redcity, Fethard, on Thursday 21st December. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery on Saturday 23rd December.

Happy Christmas to all our readers

I would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and especially thank all club secretaries / individuals who submit their notes every week. As the New Year approaches we look forward to gathering another year of Fethard news for today’s readers and recording it for generations to come.

News items can be submitted by emailing same to or handing items to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

Class Reunion of 1980 and 1981

Patrician Presentation Secondary School leaving cert classes of 1981 who are having a class reunion in the Fethard Arms on 29th December.

A Class reunion all Leaving Certificates Students of 1980 and 1981 has been organised for the Fethard Arms on Friday 29th December 2006 at 8.30pm.  Please come along to meet former classmates and to catch up on what everyone has been up to.  Finger-food and entertainment will be provided.  To cover costs it is necessary to charge €10 per person which can be paid on the night.  The organisers would love if you could bring along any photographs from schooldays that you may have to help jog the memories!  Contact Liz Newport (052-32378 after 6pm); Liam Daly (052-31896); Anthony Hayes (052-32051) or Tony Aylward ( for further information.

Christmas Country Market

Members of Fethard Country Markets photographed at their Friday morning market held in the Town Hall Fethard. L to R: Dave Curran, Marie Moclair, Mai Kennedy, Hannie Leahy, Christy Williams and Maura Meaney. This year's Christmas Market will take place on Friday 22nd December from 8am to 11am.

Fethard Christmas Country Market will take place on Friday 22nd December from 8am to 11am. Come early — lots of Christmas fare — holly, holly wreaths, cakes, puddings, mince pies, eggs, jams and marmalade etc.

Carol Singing
The annual ‘Carol Singing’ on the streets of Fethard, in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic Santa Bear Appeal, will take place on Thursday 21st December, commencing at Fethard Town Hall at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

Christmas Day ‘Goal Mile’
Don't forget the ‘Goal Mile’ takes place again this year on Christmas Day, run walk or just amble at your leisure.  It’s really all about the spirit of the day and Christmas is a family day but this is a time to remember the bigger family outside of our own immediate one and come together in community spirit and be united in remembering our less well off brothers and sisters across the globe.

Last year was a great success with a great many people participating and really enjoying the great Christmas spirit. We will gather outside the Town Hall for 12 noon. We will have a bucket to accept what you wish to give towards ‘GOAL’ the very worthy third world support and development organisation.

Emigrants Newsletter on Sale
This year’s issue of Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter will be on sale in local shops this weekend. The 180 page newsletter is packed with photographs and articles recording Fethard life over the past twelve months. Copies cost €10 each.

Over 1000 copies are posted free-of-charge every year to Fethard & Killusty emigrants living throughout the world. We would like to acknowledge and thank the following sponsors who have contributed to posting costs of this year’s newsletter: Sean Connolly (Clonmel Oil), Annette Murphy (McCarthy’s Hotel), Michael Woodlock (Flancare), Vincent Woodlock (South East Scaffolding), Martin Burke (Bridge Bar) and Coolmore Stud Farm. The cost of postage alone for this year’s issue is approximately €2,500.

Pre-Christmas Service of Penance
A pre-Christmas ‘Service of Penance’ will take place in the Augustinian Abbey at 7.15pm (before 7.30pm Mass) on Saturday 23rd December.

Christmas Mass Times

In the Abbey during Christmas week, Tuesday to Friday, morning Mass will take place at 10.30am. Please note there will be no 8am Mass.

Christmas Mass Times Abbey Church
Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December at 9pm
Christmas Day, Monday 25th December at 9.30am and 11.30am.
Christmas Mass Times Parish Church
Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December at 8pm
Christmas Day, Monday 25th December at 8.30am and 11am.


Johanna Sheehan, daughter of Dan & Ann Sheehan, Clarebeg, Killusty, who recently graduated with an MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology, which Johanna studied for part time at the Institute of Technology Tallaght. Johanna currently works as a QA Chemist in a multinational pharmaceutical.

Fethard GAA Club News
Lotto Jackpot €3000 was not won. We had no match three winner so five tickets were drawn and the following won €30 each: Rory Walsh (Grove Rd), Paddy Wallace (Saucestown), Bee Gould (Claremore), Bernie Byrne (Claremore) and Mary Godfrey (Derryluskin). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Ger Gahan (40 Woodvale Walk).

Reminder — Don’t forget the Club’s Annual General Meeting takes place on Friday 5th January 2007 in the Abymill Theatre at 8pm. Please come along!

Fethard GAA Club wish all their patrons and supporters a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Patrician Presentation Jottings
Volleyball — The girls volleyball match took place in Callan on Tuesday 12 December. The cadet teams played the same teams again— Callan, The Presentation (Kilkenny), Tramore and Fethard ‘2’, as in the first round. Fethard 1 qualified for the All-Ireland quarter-finals. Fethard ‘1’ team: Sarah Hayes, Sarah Conway, Lisa Anglim, Samantha Morrissey, Debbie Lawrence, Mary Anne Keane and Chloe Gough.

Christmas Exams — Formal exams for all classes take place this week.

Transition Year — T.Y. students will go on a History / Art / Geography outing on Tuesday 19th December to the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle, Knockgraffon Motte and Mitchelstown Caves. Exams for T.Y. students will take place all day Wednesday and at class times during the week.

Junior Ladies Soccer — This year for the first time, there is training for ladies soccer in the school on Thursday evenings. The sessions are open to 1st, 2nd and 3rd year girls and are conducted by Mr Justin McGree.

Carol Singing — The T.Y. students, under the leadership of Ms Suzie O’Shea, Foróige Youth Officer, will go carol singing in Fethard on Friday morning 22nd December, in aid of Christmas Lights Fund for Fethard.

China bound — Popular 1st year pupil, Miss Xuan Wyatt, is wished the best of luck on her journey to China for Christmas.

The students who prepare these jottings would like to wish the principal, Mr. Ernan Britton and all the staff a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. 

With the White Heathers
Following two Sundays of what might be termed ‘Hurricane Hunting’, the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers were favoured with much better weather and much better hunting from their Cloneen meet on Sunday last.

Finding immediately from their first draw at O’Brien’s gorse in Garrankyle, they ran to O’Grady’s hill at the Ballinard road, turning left here they hunted back to O’Brien’s where they crossed the road at O’Brien’s entrance gate. Through Jim Egan’s the fox looked like heading for Tullicussane but turning left again he re-crossed the road through the glen and went back to O’Grady’s where they lost him.

A fox from Rathkenny wood quickly got to ground in the fort close by. The pack split in Ballinard wood, one lot hunting across the Cloneen road to the Killusty road and back to the Cloneen road again where they were stopped.

Gathering his hounds, Donnie then moved to Carroll’s from where we had the hunt of the season so far. Getting their fox away very quickly, hounds crossed the Cloneen road above the sawmill. Hunting to the Fethard-Killusty road at Roebucksland they swung right-handed and ran to Mullinbawn where they crossed the road. Hunting strongly they gave Reynard no respite in the Mullinbawn. Forcing him to leave on the bottom he crossed the Clashawley to Knockbordan wood in Grove Estate. Running three circles of Knockbordan our fox then left and ran towards Fethard. Crossing the lane near the Fethard Sewage Treatment Plane our fox then re-crossed the river, this time using the farm bridge at Whelan’s. Crossing Cloneen road just below Cramps Bridge hounds hunted towards Saucestown where they lost him by the Banogue river by Fethard Rectory. This was truly a mighty run by any standards, at the end of which both hounds and followers who tried their best to keep in touch throughout, were thoroughly exausted, so home was blown.

The day was not without its drama. Casting themselves across the swollen river, old ‘Plover’, one of the best hounds in the pack, got caught in a broken tree branch. Seeing his plight, whipper-in David Halley, entered the flooded river to chest height and rescued the hound. His prompt action certainly saved ‘Plover’ from a watery grave.

The White Heathers hold their St. Stephen’s Day meet in Drangan. A joint-meeting with the Jessfield Harriers takes place in Ballingarry on Sunday 7th January. Both meets are at 11am.

May we take this opportunity to wish the landowners, followers and supporters of the White Heathers, a very Happy Christmas and good hunting in 2007. Special greetings to all who follow the fortunes of the pack in the “With the White Heathers” notes in the Nationalist. 

Tony O'Donnell

Tony O'Donnell, originally from Crampscastle, Fethard, and now living in Drumcondra, Dublin, photographed above with two major golf competition trophies, Easter Cup and President's Cup, that he won at Ierne Sports Club.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Wednesday 13th December were: 2, 7, 19 and 31. There was no Jackpot winner and ine ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150:
‘Open Door’, Day Care Centre, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Bernadette McManus, Burke Street, Fethard;
Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Majella walsh, Moyglass, Fethard.

Turkey Winners in our Christmas Special Draw:
Sean Moloney, Red City, Fethard;
Mary Newport, Congress Terrace, Fethard;
Nicky O’Shea, Tullow, Fethard.

Ham Winners in our Christmas Special Draw:
Mary Kenny, Mullinahone;
John Walsh, c/o Tom Purcell;
Nora English, Nine Mile House.

Next weeks Jackpot is €9,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is now €900. 

Fethard & District Rugby Club
Our under 10s travelled to Dungarvan and played three games. They lost the first game to Dungarvan on a score line of 5 tries to 4. Our lads upped their performance after this and had a great win against a second Dungarvan side. They had a further game against Cobh Pirates and played some great rugby to record their second win of the day. Players to impress on the day were Ben Murray, David Heffernan, Cathal O’Mahoney, Emily Kavanagh and Emma Walsh.

Our under 12s travelled to Dungarvan and played two games. They had a good victory against Cobh Pirates despite a very slow start. Gavin Delaney got his team off to a good start when winning the ball on a line out. He crashed through the defence and touched down for a great try. Jack Devaney scored our second having been released by Owen Walsh who broke the defensive line. James Holohan ran in for our third score.

Our second game was against Dungarvan and this was a much closer affair finishing in a draw with Gavin Delaney, Owen Walsh and Paul Butler each getting a touchdown. Cian O’Connell also impressed in this game putting in a lot of work all over the field. The coaches are very impressed with the progress these young lads are making and are confident of their ability to succeed in the New Year.

Our under 16s played Clonmel on Saturday morning. Our lads were very poor in the first half conceding three tries, two of which were very soft, scored by Clonmel through missed tackles. The team talk at half time worked wonders as the team played the kind of rugby we have come to expect from this group of young men.  Joe Kelly scored a fine try and our constant pressure in the second half saw Clonmel give us a penalty that was duly converted by Adrian Lawrence. William Power continues to improve at out half and Matthew Fitzgerald and Stuart Broderick were also impressive on the day.

Our under 18s played Kilfeacle and continue to show improvement. They are well capable of successfully competing in the competitions in the New Year.

We wish all our players, supporters and friend’s peace and happiness for Christmas and the New Year.

Fethard Bridge Club Christmas Competition

Club President Mike Burke, presenting 5th Gross Christmas prize to Frances Burke at this year’s Christmas Party.

The results of Fethard Bridge Club Christmas Competition are as follows:
1st Gross: Tony Hanrahan and David O'Meara:
1st Nett: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh;
2nd Nett: Gemma Burke and Carol Kenny;
3rd Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O'Meara;
3rd Nett: Kathleen Kenny and Brendan Kenny;
4th Gross: Mike Burke and Bridie Lee;
4th Nett: David Abell and Rosemary Lalor;
5th Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
5th Nett: Ellen Rochford and Suzanne Opray;
6th Gross: Anne Ryan and Joan Kelly;
6th Nett: Rita Holohan and Mgt. Mary McCormack.

Our Turkey prizes will be given out at our game on Wednesday 20th December.  Any one looking for a partner contact Berney Myles 32038.

Club President Mike Burke, presenting 3rd Gross Christmas prize to Anna Cooke and Bernie O'Meara (left) at this year’s Christmas Party.

Betty Walsh receiving he prizes from Fethard Bridge Club Prisident, Mike Burke at the club's Christmas Party.

Bernie O'Meara and Carol Kenny

Alice (Stapleton) Quinn and Kay St. John

Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny

Mike Burke and Gemma Burke

Died Recently
The death has occurred of Marie (Dineen) White on Friday 15th December in Leamington Spa, England. Marie was originally from Kerry Street, Fethard.

Christmas Carol Service
The annual Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland will take place on Friday 22nd December at 8pm. All are welcome.


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