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Monday 11th February 2008

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Fethard Bridge Club Results
The results of our game played on Wednesday 30th January were:
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
1st Nett: Anne and Sean O’Dea;
2nd Nett: Nora Lawrence and Madeleine O’Donnell.

On Wednesday 13th February we play the second round of the Club Championship. Anyone looking for a partner please contact Berney Myles at 32038.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 30th January were: 9, 10, 17 and 26. We had no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner €150:
Anne Keane, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Angela Connery, Rathloose, Powerstown, Fethard;
Chrissie Cummins, 53 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.

Fethard ICA Resumes Activities
Fethard ICA will resume activities for 2008 on Tuesday 12th February. We are planning to have a table quiz on the night, which is always great fun and enjoyed by all those present. We’re looking forward to a large turnout on the night. Catering is by the ‘Yellow Group. We remind all our members that the Spring Federation meeting will take place on Sunday 2nd March in Brú Ború, Cashel.

With the White Heathers
From Downey’s Cross on Sunday hounds were taken into Fethard and drew up the Banogue river under Laurence Kenny’s Glebe House. Finding here the fox crossed the river to Crampscastle. By Everardsgrange cemetery they hunted well over Bennettshill to Rathkenny where they lost him. Moving on to Byrne’s rock by the sawmills they were quickly away again. Running down through Byrnskill, almost to the kennels at Milestone Mill, they re-crossed the link road to Bannixtown. Hunting well through Tierney’s they hunted their fox back to the roc where he got to ground.

Drawing the Muilleannbawn, they found again below the pump house. Quickly into Grove they hunted down the screen inside the Killusty road crossing the rear avenue near the back gate. Down by Grove House they crossed the river and ran to the Kilsheelan road near Bradshaw’s. Turning short of the road, Charlie ran back to the front avenue where he crossed the Kilsheelan road through a drainage pipe at Grove Wood. Hounds hunted him around here for a short while where they had to give him best. A good day all round!

The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday next, 10th February, in Cloneen at 11am.

Patrician Presentation Secondary School

Cystic Fibrosis Collection
On Friday, 1st February, Transition Year pupils, Andy Walsh, Laura Rice, Aisling Dwyer, Adam O’Donnell, Melissa Wallace and Sarah O’Meara helped out with the national Cystic Fibrosis collection in Fethard. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetically inherited disease affecting mostly the lungs and the digestive system. The quality of the medical care and of the services for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers was very much a national topic of discussion last week and the school was very happy to help out this worthy cause. Thanks most sincerely to all who donated so generously to the fund.

Non-Uniform Day for Tanzania Fund
A very successful non-uniform day was held in the school on 1st February to raise funds for a secondary school in Bugesi, Tanzania. This school run by the order of Our Lady of the Apostles has been able to take in nearly fifty entry pupils as a result of help from Fethard over the last nine years.. Tanzania is an extremely poor country and only 41% of children get a chance to attend second level schooling. By running volleyball tournaments over the years, pupils in Fethard have helped change many lives and give a greater chance in life to so many less fortunate living in Africa.

Open Night in School
Our annual Open Night was a great success with prospective pupils from the surrounding area and their parents in attendance. Teachers and pupils were on hand to show them around the school and there were numerous displays of pupils work including a very impressive art display by Ms Pat Looby’s pupils. A cup of tea was provided for all the visitors with confectionary baked by the school’s Home Economics pupils under the able direction of Ms Maher.

The display cabinet of Patrician memorabilia was on view in advance of the Bicentenary celebrations. A special word of thanks to the Parents’ Association for its faithful support of all our school activities. Their work is greatly appreciated by the school.

Fethard and District Rugby Club
Our under 16s played Nenagh in the second round of the Cup. The game was played in atrocious conditions with the snow belting down and the underfoot conditions being only barely playable and players on both sides struggling to keep themselves warm.

Both teams played some great rugby and the tackles were going in thick and fast. Our lighter pack was more mobile and with great performance coming from Mathew Fitzgerald, Sam Manton, James Kavanagh and Kieran Power. Pressure put on the Nenagh lads yielded Fethard two penalties which were ably converted by Daniel Hickey. With the cushion of six points Fethard grew in confidence and Con Kavanagh began to speed the ball wide which allowed Aaron Conran show his attacking abilities which was rewarded with a tremendous try duly converted by cousin Daniel Hickey. This left Fethard with a well earned win of thirteen points to nil. It was great to see Shane Power back and coming on for the last quarter showing he has a lot to offer. Others to play well were Robert Hall, Timmy Donavan and Sam Manton. They all played well in difficult conditions in this Cup game. Weekend’s game to be arranged.

Our under 18s also played Nenagh at home and these two teams put on an exhibition of rugby despite the conditions. It was end-to-end stuff, with both teams being denied a score on the line on numerous occasions.  The game ended on a nil all draw, but the Fethard coaches were delighted with this performance as it showed a huge improvement on last week. Great play came from Billy Horan, Joe Fogarty and Nicolas Hines. In the Backs Alan O’Connor had a great game and then Stuart Hanrahan played a good game when he came on. For their next game the Under 18s are away to Galbally on Sunday morning.

Despite the snow storm our Under 7s showed determination against an up and coming Cashel Team. We were treated to runaway tries from Dale Murphy, Harry Cummins and James Phillips. Tackling skills were seen at their best from Connor Vaughan and Ciaran O’Dwyer. Whilst Frankie Meagher, Joe Carroll and Danny Gleeson showed a combination of good rugby skills and continued the good teamwork. 

Under 8s won 5-4. Both teams played very well and showed great courage to brave the weather elements. Good individual ball playing from Fethard and considering we had a small turnout the following gave 110% — Aaron Smullen, Harry Butler, William Pratt, Jack Dolan, Jack O’Connor, Richard Holohan, Harry Butler, Joseph O’Connor and Bailey Grace.

Under 9s won 5-3 against Cashel. It was a very tough match and the great tries scored by Andrew Phelan and Keith Cleere were delightful to watch. There was great teamwork by Michael Gaynor, Eoin Shaw and Gary Kavanagh. Also getting stuck in with the tackling was Killian O’Dwyer and James Walsh. The team was well assisted by newcomers in Jake Murphy and Young Croke. 

Under 10s had a very close game that saw Fethard come out on top. Well done to all those that turned out, including the Cashel players. In a tough game in horrendous conditions the boys were a credit to their parents. All Fethard players shone on the morning, but especially Ben Murray and Christian Casey’s teamwork in passing, Padraig Norton saved a Cashel try attempt with great defence from Pierce Blackmore and Jason Ryan.

Our Under 12s lost 3-1 to Cashel. We played a strong team of thirty-four players from Cashel with a number of new faces. Russell Casey scored our only try, which was an intercept. Players that played well in the day’s game were Shane Cleere and Robert Horan alongside Josh Murray, Tommy Anglim and Cathal Mahoney. Also Ciaran Whyte, Ciaran O’Connor, Nial Prendergast and Jimmy Feehan showed good skills. Whilst teamwork from Harvey Blackmore, Bill Carroll, Charlie Carroll, Theirnan O’Neil and Cathal Meagher kept Cashel on their toes. Conditions were atrocious but all played well and two of Cashel’s tries were walk-throughs.

Our Under 14’s match was cancelled last week but they are away to Thurles on Sunday.

Thanks a million to all the parents maintaining their commitment to the club. It would not be able to continue without you and we appreciate it. Please note that on Sunday we are away to Clonmel for 10.30am (Sunday morning). Don’t forget a week on Wednesday there is an Associate Referees IRFU Course taking place on 13th February at Limerick Institute of Technology for coaches and parents interested. There is also the IRFU Mini’s Coaching Course at the University of Limerick on the weekend of February 16th & 17th. We are away to Carrick-on-Suir on Sunday 17th February.

Also a reminder of our Table Quiz at Burke’s Bridge Bar on Thursday 28th February, and our First Aid Course on the weekend of 8th & 9th March. Anyone interested in any of the above or any player not receiving the weekly mobile texts please contact Polly on the Rugby Mobile on 087 744 7691. Hope to see you all at training on Friday.

Tony and Mary celebrate 50 years together
Hunt Presentation to Tony Newport
Tony and Mary Newport, Congress Terrace, Fethard, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend.

On Sunday last 3rd February, Tony Newport and his wife, Mary (nee Kenny), Congress Terrace, celebrated their 50 years of wedded bliss with their daughters, Catherine, Liz, Lydia, Margaret, Edwina and family members.

Tony took up the job as local correspondent for the Nationalist Newspaper in 1960 when Paddy McLellan moved to London. Tony was a keen sportsman and strategically positioned in a busy newsagent’s shop. With an ear for human interest stories and a lover of nature he set about the task with vigour and for the next forty-five years he faithfully supplied the Nationalist with reports of the goings on in Fethard and its surrounds. His sense of humour and story-telling talents warmed up many a conversation and no doubt elicited more than a few anecdotes in return.

Tony acknowledges that his memory was always okay but that he couldn’t spell. He says, “Luckily for him, and the readers of the Nationalist, that his wife Mary was a great speller and he shouted out the awkward words for her to spell as she went about her work and as he tried to meet the Nationalist deadline. Apparently, for many years, the early morning bread van was the last chance of getting the Fethard Notes to Clonmel on time for publication.”

Tony, on the 1st January this year, was made an honorary life member of the Tipperary Foxhounds for his many years involvement in the sport and in particular, his unique reporting of hunting events in the local press. His love of the sport is easily recognised when reading his weekly enthusiastic reports that even non-followers enjoy, especially Tony’s knowledge of local townlands, rivers, fields and landmarks. As Mike Cahill from Saratoga, USA, recently commented, “The Hunting News notes on the Christmas Eve Fox hunt were gorgeously written. I felt as if I were flying along with the hounds. Truth to tell, I could never understand the appeal, but now riding to the hounds is on my short list of things to do in Fethard."

The above video, supplied by Peter Grant ( was taken of the presentation to Tony Newport at the Tipperary Foxhound's New Year's Day Meet on the Square, Fethard. We congratulate Tony and Mary on their 50th Wedding Anniversary and wish them many years of health and good hunting to come.

New Fethard Group on Facebook
Mike O'Brien, son of the late Sally O'Brien, Strylea, Fethard, and now living in Toronto, has just started a 'Fethard Group' on Facebook and would love 'Fethard People' to join up and share photographs etc.

If you live in / have lived in / have family from / visited / would like to visit / Fethard, County Tipperary, then post a message, or a picture. CLICK HERE

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Sunday 3rd February 2008 of Mr Tom Walsh, Buffanna, Killenaule. Reposing at Davitt's Funeral Parlour, Cashel, from 5pm to 7.30pm on Monday 4th February then leaving for the Augustinian Abbey, Fethard.

Requiem Mass at 12 noon on Tuesday followed by burial at Moyglass Cemetery.

Convent Hall Planning Permission Received
Fethard & Killusty Community Council has received planning permission to proceed with the development of the Convent Hall as a dedicated Youth Centre. Tenders for the job will be considered within the next week and work is expected to commence without delay.

Tipperariana Book Fair this Sunday

Photographed at the presentation of this year's 'Tipperariana Book of the Year' at a reception organised by Fethard Historical Society are L to R: Terry Cunningham, Mary Hanrahan, Mary Guinan Darmody, Des Marnane and Dóirín Saurus (Chairperson Fethard Historical Society). The award was presented to Mary Guinan Darmody and Des Marnane for their book 'Finding Tipperary' — a guide to the resources of the Tipperary Studies Department, Tipperary County Library, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. This year's Tipperariana Book Fair takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday 10th February.

Fethard Ballroom is once again ‘booked out’ for this Sunday’s upcoming Tipperariana Book Fair being held between 2pm and 6pm, on 10th February.

What began as a fundraising idea by the Fethard Historical Society in 1996 has now become a bit of a Tipperary institution and the second Sunday in February means a trip to Fethard for hundreds of people from all over county Tipperary and beyond.

The format for the day has changed little over the years for the good reason that the thirty odd book-dealers who come every year rate it as the best book fair in Ireland. The dealers in turn now know what the Tipperary ‘bookworm’ wants and all year they are gathering books that will ‘go’, as the say, in Fethard.

The Historical Society also seek donations of books to sell on their own stall and the public have been good over the years in supporting the society’s work in this way.

Photographed at the presentation of this year's 'Tipperariana Book of the Year' at a reception organised by Fethard Historical Society are L to R: Hugh O'Brien, Kitty O'Brien, Mary Darmody, Mary Guinan Darmody, John Darmody and Una Darmody.

Photographed at the presentation of this year's 'Tipperariana Book of the Year' at a reception organised by Fethard Historical Society are L to R: Michael Ahearn (Clonmel) winner of the 2006 award; Mary Guinan Darmody and Des Marnane, winners of the 2007 award; Liam O Duibhir (Clonmel); and Pat Bracken (Thurles) winner of the 2004 award.

Many Authors Coming
The year 2007 saw over twenty major books of Tipperary interest being launched across the county. In line with tradition, these authors have been invited to come and sell and sign their books at the Fair and again many authors will attend.

Pride of place will do to Denis G. Marnane and Mary Guinan Darmody for their ‘Finding Tipperary’, which was chosen by the organisers as The Tipperariana Book of the Year for 2007. Denis Marnane also produced his own ‘Cashel history and guide’ during 2007.

Photographed at the presentation of this year's 'Tipperariana Book of the Year' at a reception organised by Fethard Historical Society are L to R: John Cooney (Fethard), Seamus Maher (Clonmel), Eddie Dalton (Golden) and John Joe Dunphy (Grangemockler).

Photographed at the presentation of this year's 'Tipperariana Book of the Year' at a reception organised by Fethard Historical Society are L to R: Louis Grubb, Cllr John Fahey, Chairman South Tipperary County Council; and Tim Robinson.

Also confirmed coming are Micheál Ó Meara (South Tipperary GAA 1907-2007), Martin Ó Dwyer (Brigadier Dinny Lacey 1890-1923 by the men who knew him), Willie Hayes and Joe Kennedy (The Parish Churches of North Tipperary), Proinsias Ó Drisceoil (Seán Ó Dálaigh), Barry O’Reilly and Margaret Quinlan (An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of South Tipperary), John Givens (Irish Walled Towns) and Tom Ryan and Mary Ryan (Bianconi a boy with a dream).  George Cunningham and Carmel Cunningham will also be present with four Roscrea based books published between them in 2007. At least two other authors of interest from outside the county will also be present. Unfortunately that well known Tipperary scribe, Pat Shortt, author of ‘I Will in Me Politics’ in 2007 has informed the organisers that due to ‘a prior engagement’ he can’t make it to the Ballroom of Romance on Sunday next.

Photographed at the presentation of this year's 'Tipperariana Book of the Year' at a reception organised by Fethard Historical Society are L to R: Catherine O'Flynn, Maureen Maher, Dot Gibson and Jane Grubb.

Photographed at the presentation of this year's 'Tipperariana Book of the Year' at a reception organised by Fethard Historical Society are L to R: Diana Stokes, Pat Looby, Rita Kenny and Bridie O'Callaghan.

Photographed at the presentation of this year's 'Tipperariana Book of the Year' at a reception organised by Fethard Historical Society are L to R: Kitty Delany, Frances Murphy and Ann Gleeson.

Great Value All Round
The entrance fee to the Book Fair is still only two euro and what you spend after that is your own business. A Café will again be in business on the day and this, for some, seems a bigger draw that the books. The usual raffle, for sometimes ‘unusual prizes’, will take place and, of course, the resident piano player will again grace the stage and set the atmosphere for the day. All in all a very pleasant way to spend a wet and windy Sunday’s afternoon.

Photographed at the presentation of this year's 'Tipperariana Book of the Year' at a reception organised by Fethard Historical Society are L to R: Mairead Lyons, Liam Crowe and Noreen Crowe from Thurles.

Eddie Dalton singing a selection of Irish songs for the attendance at the 'Tipperariana Book of the Year' reception held in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard, on Saturday 26th January.

Photographed at the presentation of this year's 'Tipperariana Book of the Year' at a reception organised by Fethard Historical Society are L to R: Gerry Long and John Cooney.

Donated Books Very Welcome
Anyone wishing to donate books to the Historical Society or who knows someone who is ‘downsizing’ their library should contact any member of the committee or phone Dóirín Saurus at 052 31936 or Terry Cunningham at 052 23402 and collection will be arranged. Books can also be brought to the Ballroom on Friday evening (8pm-11pm), Saturday (2pm-5pm) or as a last resort on the Sunday itself. The sale of donated books is one of the main ways in which the Historical Society generates cash for its own activities and for producing tourist literature for the town.

Fethard GAA Club News
The Tipperary County Leagues start this weekend with our senior footballers playing Killenaule in Fethard at 2pm on Sunday 10th February. The minor footballers are also playing on Sunday in Tipperary Town against Arravale Rovers at 12 noon.

We wish Moyle Rovers the very best of luck in Croke Park on Saturday 9th February in the All Ireland Junior A Hurling Final at 6pm. We also wish Ballingarry the best of luck in the Munster Junior B Hurling final to be played at a Limerick Venue on Sunday 10th February.

The Club would like to congratulate the Patrician Brothers on their Bicentennial Celebrations last week and again our many thanks for their contribution to the Fethard GAA over the last 135 years.

The Sports Lotto Jackpot €8,500 was not won. The numbers drawn were 9, 10, 15 and 28. We had two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan, Fethard) and Majella Drea (Strylea, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Canon James Power (Cashel Road, Fethard). We would like to thank Fethard Credit Union for supplying the tickets.

Our sympathy at this time is with the family of the late Tom Walsh, Moyglass, on their recent bereavement. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.

Oral Hearing into proposed Rosegreen waste plant

Photographed at the Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing on the National Waste Plant at Hotel Minella, Clonmel, were L to R: Eddie Dalton, Aidan O'Dwyer and Richard Henry.

Show support for clean industry in our area by attending the Oral hearing due to resume next week in Hotel Minella, Clonmel. STCI and other community appellants will be asking An Bord Pleanála to uphold the refusal of planning permission at the oral hearing. The community needs your support - please attend. The importance of an Oral hearing cannot be overstated for a number of reasons:

  • The complexity of the planning application
  • The number of grounds of appeal
  • The size and scale of the development
  • The environmental risk that the development would pose
  • The fact that the technology is unproven for the proposed feedstock
  • The fact that this would be a national waste plant and the hazardous nature of the materials that would be treated

Photographed at the Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing on the National Waste Plant at Hotel Minella, Clonmel, were L to R: Douglas Butler (South Tipperary for Clean Industry), Joe Kenny, Chairman Fethard & Killusty Community Council), and Peter Grant (Vice-Chairman Fethard & Killusty Community Council).

Fethard & Killusty Community Council's Objection
Fethard & Killusty Community Council concentrate on finding ways of building our community through the provision of facilities, supporting local voluntary Groups and resolving problems that arise in the parish. We have already made our concerns known on behalf of the community of Fethard, in connection with planning application 07/111. We feel that GOE have failed to address the concerns of our community in a number of different areas. 

The threat of contamination to groundwater
The spreading of the 20,000 tonnes of sludge from the proposed Category 3 plant will flow directly into the groundwater, posing a significant threat to our drinking water supply. At present the water supply in the Fethard area is of a fragile quality, which is supplied from a groundwater source near the town and any further threat to the existing water quality will have huge potential health risks for our community.

Respiratory Problems
For those of us in the parish who’s family members already suffer Asthma and other respiratory problems this proposal only adds to our fear for their future health. Fethard Parish lies due east of the proposed Plant; therefore the prevailing winds would carry any toxins in our direction.

Photographed at the Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing on the National Waste Plant at Hotel Minella, Clonmel, were L to R: Celia Byrne, Fethard; Noel Gubbins, Cashel, Phyllis McDonnell, Fethard

Tourism Potential
Other serious concerns are the huge additional volumes of heavy goods vehicle traffic onto our already congested roads around Fethard. Our understanding is that this proposed development would be the largest of its kind in Europe. Thousands of tons of offal, a lorry load every three minutes, would be descending on the small village of Rosegreen.

Fethard is 5 miles east of Rosegreen and we strongly oppose any possibility or likelihood of high volumes of trucks carrying offal through Fethard, a town that already has vast amounts of goods traffic and significant congestion on a daily basis. We are also familiar with the stench a load of offal leaves in its wake when it passes.

In promoting tourism and after more than twenty years of community work we now feel that Fethard is finally recognised nationally as being the most important medieval small town in Ireland in addition to being the recognized centre of the world-class horse breeding industry.

Fethard’s future at risk
The Fethard Walled Town Steering Group was formed in 2007, comprising of representatives from South Tipperary County Council, The Heritage Council, The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Office of Public Works, Fáilte Ireland, landowners/occupiers and from local community groups.

Fethard is well placed to secure a leading role in retelling the story of the Norman settlement of Munster and the endurance of a rural community over 800 years. The Town Wall dates from the 13th Century when Fethard was at the northern extremity of a dynastic empire that stretched through France to the Pyrenees. The Town Wall and many ecclesiastical and municipal buildings have survived reformation and dissolution, burnings and siege. No other town in Ireland can provide the visitor with such a physical evocation of this unique heritage.

A Public Realm Plan is now nearing completion by the Paul Hogart Company. An effective public realm plan will unlock the tourist potential of this grossly undervalued and undersold asset and greatly improve the quality of the built and natural environment for the residents of the town while building on the established network of tourist attractions located in neighbouring Cashel, Cahir, Kilkenny, etc.

A Conservation and Management Plan for Fethard Town Walls is also currently being undertaken by Oxford Archaeology under direction of the Heritage Council. Fethard’s medieval Town Walls are a recorded monument of national and international importance and are a source of immense county and local ‘civic pride’.  The Town Walls contribute greatly to the overall ‘quality of life’ and ‘sense of place’ for residents in, and visitors to the historic town.  The historic Town Walls are approximately 1,100 metres in length and are the best preserved and most intact medieval Town Walls that survive in the island of Ireland.

The overall aim of the conservation and management plan project is to assist the various agencies and groups responsible for the conservation and management of the Fethard Town Walls in formulating, planning and implementing a successful conservation and management programme for this unique national monument, which is of international importance and significance.  The Conservation and Management Plan must set out to ensure that the walls survive into the future.

Photographed at the Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing on the National Waste Plant at Hotel Minella, Clonmel, were L to R: Paddy Tobin (Killenaule) and Cllr Jimmy O'Brien (Drangan).

The group is already gravely concerned with the damage caused by present day heavy traffic through the town and have recommended a traffic impact study. It is our belief that this GOE plan is totally incompatible with proper planning guidelines. It represents for us a return to a dirty and potentially dangerous industry, which is totally inconsistent with the quality environment which we are building in Fethard and surrounding area.

Coolmore Stud together with the Ballydoyle Racing Arm is a major source of local employment in our area and has a long history of involvement with social structures and initiatives in the area. Our community has genuine fears that this proposed development could endanger this source of local employment and support.

GOE's proposed development of a national waste facility is simply not in keeping with good forward planning for the local area and could destroy Fethard’s imminent tourist potential.

Peter Grant
Fethard & Killusty Community Council

Fethard Community Youth Project
Since the departure, from Fethard, of youth worker Suzie O’Shea last Summer we would like to inform all that the Fethard Community Youth Project has not been forgotten about!  In the intervening months a lot of background work has been carried out by the Community Council, Foróige, South Tipperary VEC, the County Council and others in a collaborative effort to make an application for funding for a full-time, permanent, special youth project for Fethard. We are pleased to announce that a funding application has been lodged with the Department of Education prior to the closing date of Thursday, 31st January. This is not our first application for such funding and we hope that this year the application will be successful in securing the appointment of a much needed, dedicated youth project for Fethard.

Allied to the desire to have the Youth Project reinstated in Fethard, Foróige, the National Youth Development Organisation, would like to re-establish a Foróige Club in the town. A Foróige Club is for young people between the ages of twelve and eighteen years. The young people are responsible, in co-operation with adult leaders, for making all the decisions regarding the club.  To make it possible to re-establish a Foróige Club in Fethard it is necessary that adult volunteers become involved as leaders. If you would like to become an adult leader or be involved in any way please contact Foróige Regional Youth Officer, Gail O’Sullivan, Foróige Office, Military Road, Waterford.  Gail can also be contacted, by phone, at 051 872982 or 086 2316302 or, by e-mail, at

Credit Union Primary Schools Quiz

Taken part in the Credit Union regional table quiz for Primary Schools are L to R: Tara Horan, Aobh O'Shea, Leah O'Donnell and Karen Hayes from Nano Nagle National School Fethard.

On this, the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the Credit Union Movement, Fethard and District Credit Union held their regional stage of the Credit Union Primary Schools Quiz in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 25th June. Schools taking part were Nanoo Nagle National School, Fethard, St. Patrick’s Boys Primary School, Fethard; Killusty National School and Cloneen National School.

The contestants were extremely anxious and competitive to gain the honours and both Category A and Category B went to a tie-breaker; in fack Category B went to two tie-breaks.

Nano Nagle National School team L to R: Amy Tynan, Kiya Burke, Katie Butler and Annie Prout.

The victors, all boys, hailed from St. Patrick’s Boys Primary School, Fethard, who were accompanied by staff members Sarah O’Sullivan and Aisling Fanning. Category A Winners were: Jonathan Hennessy, Connie Coen, David Smith and Eoin O’Donovan. Category B Winners were: Cormac Horan, Colin Grant, Eoghan Hurley and Gerard Gorey. Both teams will now proceed to the Chapter 10 Quiz in Hotel Minella on Sunday 24th February at 3pm. They will face stiff competirion from 15 other Chapter winners in the South East region. Best of luck to them.

Nano Nagle National School team L to R: Molly Proudfoot, Chloe Bradshaw, Jane Morrissey and Gráinne Fanning.

Quiz co-ordinator for the evening was Ms Marian Gilpin, President of Fethard & District Credit Union, and the quiz trophies were presented by Jonathan Gilpin, Vice-President of Chapter 10. Valuable assistance was given by Secondary School pupils, J.P. McGrath and Dave Gorey from 5th Year, and Chloe Byrne, Mary-Ellen O’Reilly and Katie Baker from 1st Year.

Patrician Presentation Secondary School pupils who helped with the scorekeeping in the regional Credit Union Primary Schools Quiz held in Fethard Ballroom. Back L to R: Mary Ellen O'Reilly, Katie Baker, Chloe Byrne. Front L to R: Dave Gorey and J.P. McGrath.

Killusty National School team L to R: Kate O'Donnell, Niamh Crotty, Shannon Hickey and Michelle Walsh.

St. Patrick's Boys School Fethard team who were winners of the Category B section of the regional Credit Union Primary Schools Quiz held in Fethard Ballroom. L to R: Gerard Gorey, Eoghan Hurley, Colin Grant and Cormac Horan.

Nano Nagle National School team L to R: Sadhbh Horan, Chloe Burke, Cassandra Needham and Ciara Hayes

Cloneen National School team L to R: Ciarán Mockler, Sophie Noonan, Kieran O'Brien and Rebecca Hearne.

St. Patrick's Boys School Fethard team who were winners of the Category A section of the regional Credit Union Primary Schools Quiz held in Fethard Ballroom. L to R: Jonathan Hennessy, Eoin O'Donovan, David Smyth and Connie Coen.

Cloneen National School team L to R: Leah Fox, Jessica Brett and Joey Noonan.

Cloneen National School team L to R: Tony Smyth, Ivan Brett and Timothy Hurley (Fethard).

St. Patrick's Boys School Fethard team L to R: Joseph O'Connor, J.J. Roche Freeman, Luck Brastock and Paul Moloney.

Nano Nagle National School team L to R: Aine Phelan, Anastasia Blake, Emma Walsh and Emma Hayes.

St. Patrick's Boys School Fethard team L to R: Brian Healy, Charlie Manton, Tommy Anglim and Niall Doocey.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club held their AGM on Thursday evening of last week in the Tirry Centre and would like to thank those parents who attended the meeting.

The following officers were elected: Chairman - Stephen Fitzgerald, Secretary - Caroline Sheehan, Treasurer - Anne Fleming. The outgoing chairman, John Hurley, wished the incoming chairman the best of luck and success for the coming year.

Two important dates to pencil in your diaries: a ‘Race Night’ will be held on Saturday 8th March in McCarthys Hotel, and a very important ‘Drug Awareness Evening’ is being arranged. Further details will follow.

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