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Missing from Slievenamon / Killusty area
Missing from Slievenamon / Killusty area
A white grey pure-bred Connemara horse 15.2 hands and a a bay 14.2 pony are missing since Thursday 18th September from the Slievenamon / Killusty South area. Any information on their whereabouts would be gratefully received. Tel: 087 9451810. The white grey pure-bred Connemara horse is photographed above.

Home to Celebrate 90th Birthday
90th Birthday
Best wishes to Sr. Philomena O'Brien, formerly from The Green, Fethard, who recently came home from New York to celebrate her 90th birthday with family and friends.

Home to Celebrate 90th Birthday
Sister Philomena O'Brien OSU, New York and originally from The Green, Fethard, is photographed back in Fethard with family and friends on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Back L to R: Chloe Devaney, Claire Doyle, Hazel Mutch, Ailish Devaney, Margaret Gleeson, Liam Kenny, Ella Kenny. Front L to R: Cornelia Ryan, Annette Higgins, Sr. Philomena O'Brien OSU, and Nuala Mallon.

Home to Celebrate 90th Birthday
L to R: Kathleen Kenny, Noreen Brennan, Ann Lacey, Lynn Cummins, Sr. Mary DeMontfort OSU, Bernie Fogarty, Sr. Philomena O'Brien OSU, MIchael Mallon and Ella Kenny.

Home to Celebrate 90th Birthday
Younger generation having their own fun

Home to Celebrate 90th Birthday
L to R: Andrew Mutch, Hazel Mutch, Ella Kenny and Phyllis Ryan.

Home to Celebrate 90th Birthday
L to R: Bernadette McManus, Noreen Brennan, Sr. Philomena O'Brien OSU and Sr. Mary DeMontfort OSU.

ABBA Extravaganza
Slievenamon Golf Club is the place to be on Saturday night, 4th October, especially if you’re an ABBA fan. Local fans have organised an ‘ABBA Extravaganza Mamma Mania’ night in aid of Cystic Fibrosis, Tipperary Branch, and are busy making costumes to look the part on the night. Tickets at €10 each are available from Liz Newport Tel: 087 2792889 and Fancy Dress is encouraged. The ‘Mamma Mania’ commences at 8.30pm with lots of spot prizes distributed throughout the night. Be there to meet your ‘Waterloo’!

Fr. Michael Barry meets Pope
Fr. Michael Barry meets Pope
Fr. Michael Barry, from Tullamaine, Fethard, recently had the opportunity to meet with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI while on holiday in Rome. Fr. Michael is pictured here with Pope Benedict and with his classmate from college Fr. Pat Deely of Toomevara. The meeting took place after the Pope’s general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday August 27th. The Borrisoleigh curate is remaining tight-lipped about the content of their deliberations!

New Internet Café
A new Internet Café service is available at the Tirry Community Centre run in conjunction with the National Learning Network work experience programme and Fethard & Killusty Community Council. The Internet Café service will initially open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 12.30pm to 4.30pm and the charge is €3 per hour.

The Community Council have also planned to extend the service to accommodate local primary and secondary school students who may not have internet access at home, as a means of helping with research for homework and school projects. This free service will be structured with the assistance of teachers in the local schools.

Fethard Ladies Football
 Fethard Ladies Football Club members
Fethard Ladies Football Club members. L to R: Ollie Noonan, Joe Keane, Barbara Ryan, Jennifer Keane and Sinead Delahunty.

We would like to wish our club members, Barbara Ryan and Sinead Delahunty, and the rest of the Tipperary Ladies Football team the very best of luck in next Sunday’s All-Ireland Intermediate Football Final in Croke Park. Tipperary will play Clare and the throw-in is at 2pm. The team are requesting as much support as possible in their efforts to bring back the TG4 All Ireland title to Fethard.

Training in Fethard continues next Saturday for all juveniles at 11am in the GAA field.

Fethard Open Coursing Club
A meeting of Fethard Open Coursing Club will take place on Monday 29th September in Fethard Ballroom at 8.30pm. All members are earnestly requested to attend this meeting and non-members are also invited to come along.

Married Recently in Switzerland
Married Recently in Switzerland
Congratulations to Donal Mullins, son of Margaret and Christy Mullins, Cashel Road, Fethard, who recently got married to Stephanie Pagliaccio in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Historical Outing
The autumn outing of the Historical Society takes place this Saturday, 27th September, to the walled town of Kilmallock and to the very old landscape around Lough Gur, both in County Limerick.

Kilmallock has lots of its Town Wall still standing, with a 600 metre run intact all along the southern end of the town. Anyone that has gone through the town will remember the two gateways, Blossom Gate and Kings Castle. There is also the Collegiate Church of Peter and Paul and a Dominican Friary. The group will be taken around by Sarah McCutcheon, the County Archaeologist for Limerick.

After lunch in Kilmallock the tour will shift to Lough Gur which is a very unique landscape indeed. Bring your walking shoes and you will see a Stone Circle, a Wedge Megalithic tomb, the lake of course and a stone formation known as ‘the Spectacles’. Limerick county Council have developed walkways with lovely views across the lake and the guide here will be Michael Quinlan, a retired teacher who is one of the great experts on the area.

The group will leave from the Town Hall in Fethard at 9am; all are welcome and please contact Dóirín 31936, Terry 23402 or Pat 31537 for further information.

Carroll family reunion
Carroll Family Reunion
Members of the Carroll's family at a reunion in Lonergan's Bar. Back L to R: Debbie Carroll, Roseanne Carroll, Ann Marie Wall-Frank, John Carroll (senior), Ellen Carroll, Ryan Carroll, Chris Poulson. Front L to R: Mary (Carroll) Poulson, John Carroll, Pat (Carroll) Wall and Joan Carroll.

Wall Photo Competition
Keep sending in your photos of the Town Wall up to Monday next, 29th September. The Historical Society is putting up a total of €200 in prizes, with both an Adult and Under 18 category. There are five prizes in all, so there is a good chance of getting into the medals. Drop your photos, with your name and address, into Pat Looby in Kerry Street (052 31537) or into the Tirry Community Office in Barrack Street.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 17th September were 8, 11, 12 and 22. We had no Jackpot winner and two "Match 3" winners who receive €75 each:
Pauline Morrissey, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Una Ryan, c/o Tom Purcell.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Anne Williamson, Cappanagrane, Mullinahone;
Betty Fahey, Poulavogue, Mountain Road, Clonmel;
Gerry Spillane, c/o Maria Murphy.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000. You can now play our lotto online from your own computer by visiting fethard.com

Food firm lays off 32 workers
(By Eamonn Wynne – Nationalist 27th Sept 2008)

Dawn Fresh Foods in Fethard, which laid off 32 temporary staff last Friday, has stated that the company will continue to seek ways of improving its competitive position and reducing operational costs in what was a difficult trading environment.

The lay-offs were followed by a report in a national newspaper on Wednesday that fears were growing for the future of 120 permanent staff at Dawn Fresh Foods, which makes soups, sauces and ready-made meals for the British and European markets.

The statement from company CEO Gerry Raftery said it regretted last week's lay-offs. Over the past few years it had been commonplace to have some lay-offs of temporary staff in the autumn. This was due primarily to the natural seasonal downturn in the company's food service business in the UK.

Since the majority of the company's exports are to the UK, they have been adversely affected by the weaker Sterling exchange rate against the Euro, and significantly higher input costs, the statement added.

Dawn Fresh Foods has been in production on the Killenaule Road, Fethard, since 1984. The company is part of the value added division of the Queally Group, Ireland's largest privately-owned agri-business.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Guest speaker, Martin Ryan, co-ordinator of the Bishops' Appeal — the Church of Ireland's World Development and Relief programme — photographed at the Harvest Thanksgiving Service held in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard. L to R: Fr. Tom Breen P.P., Fr. Peter Haughey OSA, Martin Ryan, Fr. John Meagher OSA and Rev Barbara Fryday.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Photographed at the Harvest Thanksgiving Service in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Fethard are L to R: Louise O'Donnell, Catherine Kearney, Mary Jane Kearney and Carol Kenny.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Photographed at the Harvest Thanksgiving Service in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Fethard are L to R: Ann Gleeson, John O'Flynn and Catherine O'Flynn.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Photographed at the Harvest Thanksgiving Service in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Fethard are L to R: Hillary Carter, Rev. Arthur Carter and Noel Major.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Photographed at the Harvest Thanksgiving Service in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Fethard are L to R: Mary Fitzgerald and Maura Guiry.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service

Senior Day at Fethard Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold a Senior Day on Friday 26th September from 11am. The chiropodist will attend and be available at a cost of €10. The district nurse will also be in attendance. A hot meal will be served. The cost of the service provided is €5.

Fethard GAA Club News
The Intermediate Hurling South Final was played last Saturday in Clonmel with Fethard coming away with a draw against Moyle Rovers on a scoreline 1-12 each. We must now do it all over again at a future date. Paul Fitzgerald, Shane Walsh, Aiden Lonergan, Michael Ryan, Jamie McCormack, John Paul Looby, Aiden Fitzgerald and Tomas Keane were best for Fethard on the day. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, James Kelly, Shane Walsh, Michael Carroll, Aiden Lonergan, Michael Ryan, Jamie McCormack 0-1f, John P Looby 0-3, Brian Coen 0-1, Tomas Keane 1-0, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-6 (4f), Cian Maher, Eoin O’Connell, Michael Aherne and Miceál Spillane 0-1. Subs used were Christopher Sheehan and Michael Dillon.

Fixtures — South Junior A Football final takes place this Friday 26th September at 8pm in Ballyporeen against our neighbours St Patricks. The Minor Hurling B South Final is on Sunday 28th September in Monroe at 12.30pm against St Marys. We wish our teams the best of luck in both finals.

The Lotto Jackpot was not won and we had no match three winner. The numbers drawn were: 4, 26, 30 and 32. The following tickets won €30 each: Jim Williams (Killusty), Jerry Wade (Thomastown Golden), Cian Morrissey (Tullamaine), Danny Kane (Kerry Street) and Bernie Byrne (Claremore). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Margaret Fitzgerald (Monroe, Fethard). We would like to thank Harrington Developments for supplying the tickets.

Fethard Bridge Club Results
Fethard Bridge Club's Coffee Morning
Photographed at Fethard Bridge Club's Coffee Morning in aid of Hospice L to R: Carol Kenny, Tina Shine, Mary Fitzgerald, Catherine O'Shea, Ann Marie O'Sullivan, Bernie O'Meara, Kathleen Kenny, Johnny Nevin and Tommy Bulfin.

The results of our game held on Wednesday 17th September were:
1st Gross: Brendan Kenny and Carmel Condon;
2nd Gross: Alice Quinn and Berney Myles;
1st Nett: Joan Kelly and Kathleen Kenny;
2nd Nett: Anne Connolly and Eileen Frewen.
Our coffee morning in aid of Hospice raised €880 with the possibility of more money still to come in. On 1st October we play for the Free Sub Gross and on 8th October for the Free Sub Nett.
Anyone interested in learning bridge please contact Gemma Burke 31799 or Anne Connolly 31217. Looking for a partner, please contact Berney Myles at 32038.

Fethard Macra events
Fethard Macra’s Indoor Soccer Tournament will begin this Thursday, 25th September in Monroe. Club members travelled to Clonmel for a very competitive round of bowling last Friday. The mystery tour took place on Saturday and was a very successful and enjoyable night for all involved. The county rounds of ‘Know your Ag’ and ‘Macravision’ will be taking place in Ardfinnan on Friday, 26th September.

Fethard Macra will be holding a table quiz for Woodvale Walk Community House in Butlers Bar, Fethard on Friday 3rd October. All are welcome. Our next meeting will take place in Butlers Bar on Friday, 26th September at 9pm. For further info email fethardmacra@gmail.com or contact Michael 087 9019443.

Group Fitness Classes for Ladies and Gents
Group fitness classes for ladies and gents will resume on Monday 6th October 2008, from 9.15pm to 10.15pm in Fethard Ballroom. The cost of the five-week session in ‘Circuits’ is €35 Participants must be at least 18 years of age and all levels are catered for. All you have to bring is a bottle of water and a mat or towel. To book your place or for more information, contact instructor, Bobbi Holohan CEHF, on 087-2130414.

Local man on peacekeeping mission to Chad
Butlers Bar have organised a get-together on this Friday night, 26th September, to wish local man C.J. Taylor and his fellow soldiers, the best of luck while on his peacekeeping mission to Chad starting on 7th October. All are welcome to come along.

C.J. along with over 300 men and women of the 98th Infantry Battalion are being put through the final phases of intense preparation in advance of their deployment to Chad on 21 September and 7th October. The tactics, techniques and procedures of the troops being deployed are tested to the limit ensuring that they will meet the challenges that may arise during their four-month tour of duty.

Scouting Ireland
Meetings and activities for Fethard Scouting will commence in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 26th September from 7pm to 9pm for scouts, and on Tuesday 30th September from 6:30pm to 8pm for cubs.

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