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Fethard Plans Administrative Committee Meeting
Fethard Plans Committee Meeting
Photographed in Fethard after the Fethard Plans Administrative Committee meeting on 30th September are L to R: James Hennessy (Paul Hogart Company), Alison Harvey (Planning & Development Officer Heritage Council), David Jordan (Planning Assistant Heritage Council), Labhaoise McKenna (Heritage Officer South Tipperary County Council) and Jonathan Flood (Planning Office, South Tipperary County Council).


The Fethard Plans Administrative Committee held a meeting on Tuesday 30th September in the Tirry Community Centre to discuss the final draft of the Fethard Public Realm Plan. Present at the meeting were: Joe Kenny (Chairperson Fethard & Killusty Community Council), Cllr Jimmy O’Brien, Terry Cunningham (Chairperson Fethard Historical Society), Pat Looby (Fethard Historical Society), Dóirín Saurus (Fethard Historical Society), Tim Robinson (Fethard Historical Society), Barry O’Reilly (South Tipperary Heritage Forum), James Hennessy (Paul Hogart Company, Urban Design), Alison Harvey (Planning & Development Officer, Heritage Council), David Jordan (Planning Assistant Heritage Council), Labhaoise McKenna (Heritage Officer South Tipperary County Council), Jonathan Flood (Planning Office South Tipperary County Council) and Margaret Quinlan (Conservation Architect).
The amendments to the Fethard Public Realm Plan were fully discussed and agreed. It was proposed that James Hennessy will present the completed plan in the near future to both the local community and to South Tipperary County Council elected members, planners and engineers. A PDF version of the final plan will also be made available to Joe Kenny for the Fethard website.

It was recommended by the Community Council that Draft Plans be made more locally available for observation and consultation in future forward-planning events. This would help iron out any issues on the process and allow for constructive criticism.

Halloween Bangers!
Halloween Preview
A special thanks to John & Rosanne Carroll, owners of Lonergans Pub, for allowing my cousins, photographed above, Dick & Ann O'Hara of Ballyraggett and myself Theresa Strange on holiday from Melbourne, Australia, a preview of the setting for this year's Halloween celebrations. Wishing everyone an enjoyable evening on October 31.


Fethard is certainly one of the most atmospheric places to visit if you need to get into the Halloween spirit! Lonergan’s pub has already been totally revamped with all sorts of seasonal visitors of the ‘supernatural kind’ for the holiday weekend. There are also many special ‘Fancy Dress’ Halloween Parties organised in local bars. All-in-all, Fethard is the place to be this Halloween. We only ask all those who are already letting off ‘bangers’ every night to at least wait until Halloween arrives and please consider the effect it has on pet dogs and other animals whose hearing is hundreds of times more sensitive than that of a human.

Table Quiz at The Castle
A Table Quiz in aid of Re-Hab will take place in The Castle Inn on this Friday night, 17th October. All are welcome to come along and support this worthy cause. Tables of four cost €10 per person and starting time is 9pm. Lots of spot prizes and raffle on the night!

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 8th October were 6, 9, 21 and 29. We had no Jackpot winner and three "Match 3" winners who receive €50 each:
Maggie Napier, The Green, Fethard;
Doog O'Donohoe, Grange, Douglas, Cork;
Roseanne Carroll, The Square, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Deirdre Phelan, Rosemount Gardens, Cahir;
Michael & Mary Ryan, Abbey Court, Fethard;
Carmel Gahan, Cloneen, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000. You can now play our lotto online.

Reunion at Butlers
O'Donnell Family Reunion
Members of the O'Donnell extended family from Killusty South photographed at a reunion in Butler's Bar last weekend. L to R: Eamon Austin, Dave Sassoon, John Smyth, Gary Scarth, Denise O'Donnell. Front L to R: Eileen O'Donnell, Amanda Smyth, Susan Smyth and Jimmy O'Donnell.

Butler's Bar
Enjoying the craic at Butler's Bar last weekend are L to R: Jack Kenny, Annette O'Connor, Valerie Guilfoyle and Paula Fennessy.

Articles for Emigrants Newsletter
We appeal to club secretaries and regular contributors to submit their articles for inclusion in this year’s Emigrants Newsletter. We especially appeal for new contributors to take pen to paper and write about their thoughts and memories of Fethard and its people whether it be short or long, funny or sad, simple or complicated. If anyone has any school class photographs or other interesting photographs we would be particularly interested in using them in this year’s issue. Photographs can be brought by hand (or posted) to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, where they can be scanned while you wait and returned instantly.

The annual church gate collection in aid of the Emigrant’s Newsletter will be held in the parish the week after next, 25th & 26th October. All donations of over €10 will be acknowledged in this year’s issue if put in an envelope with name and address and handed in at the collection or delivered to Carmel Rice or Joe Kenny.

Fethard Youth Centre
Squashy Couch Visit
Maíre Morrissey, Project Manager at the 'Squashy Couch' adolescent health & information project in Waterford City, photographed with Fethard & Killusty Community Council members, Liam Hayes and Ger Manton (right).

Work on the Fethard Convent Hall Youth Project is coming to a close and members of the Community Council invited local youths to visit the premises last Saturday to come up with suggestions as to what they would like to have included in the final plan. The committee also visited other Youth Cafés in the region such as the ‘Squashy Couch’ in Waterford city to look for ideas and advice on how youth centres are structured. It is planned to form an advisory committee comprised of adults and youths to proceed with the internal layout and operation policy.

Patrician Presentation Secondary School welcomes Sr. Kathleen
On 24th September the school had a visit from Sr. Kathleen Costigan home on holiday from Tanzania. She visited nearly all classes in the school and gave a fascinating account of life in a different world to ours.

She showed pictures of people miraculously given the gift of eyesight through the cataracts clinics - each eye costing €40.00. In nearly all cases she could only afford to pay for one eye per person.
She showed some very enthusiastic soccer players, some wearing Tipperary jerseys that she had brought out, none could afford football boots and the football is quite often plastic bags tightly bound together.

She told us of the importance of education in Tanzania and how a girl with an education can have a chance of a job and escape the prospect of having to marry an old man.

Most of all she came to thank the school for supporting the work of the OLA Sisters in Shinyanga one of the poorest provinces of Tanzania which itself is one of the poorest countries on earth.
Sr. Kathleen who comes from Clonakenny, Templemore travels from one clinic to another on a Honda 250. Her work as a nurse earns her €18.00 per week all of which goes to run the Honda. Everybody found Sr. Kathleen to be a very dynamic person and she said she was perfectly happy with her life work in Tanzania.

Patrician Presentation School News
School Walk
Pictured above are pupils in 1st and 2nd year with Transition year from the Patrician Presentation Secondary School Fethard on the annual Sponsored Show Walk for this years production 'Malibu' which will be staged in the Abymill in december. The walk was of a historic nature and included Fethard's town walls.

Volleyball News —
Congratulations to the girls’ volleyball team: Sarah Hayes (captain), Sarah Conway, Carrie Sweeney, Lisa Anglim, Mary Ann Keane, Samantha Morrissey, Gráinne Horan, Jean Anglim, Luiza Lima, Aisling Dwyer, Niamh Fanning and Lesley Looby on their recent success against Tramore and Lismore.

Fairtrade Talk —
On Wednesday next, on the kind invitation of Ms Rita Kenny from Nano Nagle Primary School, the Transition Year pupils will attend a talk on the Fairtrade Movement. The talk will be given by Ms Catherine Corcoran of Tipperary Institute.

Faith Development —
As part of their religious programme in the school, small groups of 6th Year pupils will prepare and take part in a Mass celebrated by Fr. Gerry Horan OSA, in the Convent Chapel. The aim of the programme is to promote a greater understanding of the Mass and its relevance to our daily lives. The school would like to thank Sr. Maureen, Sr. Clement and the Presentation Community for their use of the Convent Chapel.

Geography Trip —
On Thursday last Second and Third Year pupils from the school participated in a Geography Field Trip to the Mahon Falls in the Comeragh Mountains and to Lake Coumshingaun. Fieldwork is now a requirement at Leaving Cert level and the school feels that it is a good idea to develop geographical investigation skills in the junior classes. Their teachers, Mr J. McGree, Ms M. O’Sullivan and Ms M. Whelan, accompanied the pupils.

Student Awards Ceremony —
Our annual Student Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday 17th October. The ceremony will commence with Mass to be celebrated by Parish Priest and School Chaplain Canon Tom Breen. The guest speaker for the prize-giving day is Bro. Cormac Commins. Bro Cormac is a Patrician Brother, a member of the Patrician Provincial Council and busily involved in the management of Catholic Secondary Schools. We are pleased that Bro Cormac will attend as this year marks the Bi-centenary of the foundation of the Patrician Brothers. We celebrated the Patrician Bi-centenary earlier this year.

Best wishes to Gretta and Matt
Gretta's Kitchen
Best wishes to Gretta and Matt O'Dwyer from Fethard who recently opened a new café 'Gretta's Kitchen' in Cahir Industrial Park. The Cafe is open 8am to 5pm from Monday to Friday and from 8am to 4pm on Saturdays. Gretta provides a a selection of traditional home cooked foods and can be contacted on 086 8368615.

Gretta's Kitchen

The Fethard & District Day Care Centre
All our members have settled back in after the summer break. It is great to see new members availing of this wonderful facility and that they feel it is their home from home. They are settling in well thanks to the hard working staff and volunteers. As our annual Christmas Bazaar is just around the corner all are working hard knitting and making Christmas cards.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday 8th October we played the Free Sub Nett and the results were:
1st Nett: Bernie O’Meara and Anna Cooke (winners of Free Sub)
2nd Nett: Mary Quirke and Fr. John Meagher;
1st Gross: Alice Quinn and Berney Myles;
2nd Gross: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey;
On October 22nd we will be playing for Hallowe’en prizes.
Anyone interested in learning bridge please contact Gemma Burke 31799 or Anne Connolly 31217. Looking for a partner, please contact Berney Myles at 32038.

Tony Sheehan Memorial Foundation
The Tony Sheehan Memorial Foundation was set up following the sad death of Tony in 2006. The object of the Foundation was decided to provide a fitting memorial to Tony by offering some financial support to individuals or families where serious illness has caused severe financial difficulties. Application forms for assistance can be had from Denis Burke, Secretary, Tony Sheehan Memorial Foundation, Red City, Fethard.

Fethard Macra Notes
Fethard Macra
Michael Moclair, chairman Fethard Macra, presenting the proceeds of their recent Table Quiz to the Woodvale Walk Community House committee. L to R: Joan Carroll (Secretary Woodvale Walk Resident's Association, Senator Phil Prendergast, Una Shanahan (Secretary Fethard Macra), Michael Moclair (chairman Fethard Macra), Dolores O'Donnell (Treasurer Woodvale Walk Residents Association), Darren Prout (Treasurer Fethard Macra), Lynda Nevin (Voluntary Youth Worker), Ann Butler (Butler Sports Bar) and Geraldine Lonergan (Woodvale Walk Residents Association).

Congratulations to all members of the Dundrum club who ran a very successful and enjoyable Wii night in the Golden Vale in Dundrum recently. A very enjoyable evening’s entertainment was provided for all Wii and non Wii experts alike! The indoor soccer tournament continues in Monroe on Thursday nights. Members of some of our local Macra clubs will be meeting in Clonmel for bowling next Friday. Any club members interested in travelling to the Macra Rally in Galway during the bank holiday weekend please let the club chair or secretary know as soon as possible. For further information contact 087-9019443 or 087-6882683 or email fethardmacra@gmail.com. Information is also available on our Fethard Macra Bebo page.

Fethard & District Juvenile Rugby Club
Last Sunday our club travelled to Nenagh to play the home team and Kilfeacle in Mini Rugby. Our Under-7s fielded a squad of 12 and had a tough game against a well-tutored Nenagh. We witnessed great tackling from Ben Purcell, Adam O'Sullivan, Michael Scully, Shane Neville and Evan Looby, with good passing and back up game from Connor McCormack, Ethan Cohen, Charlie Pearson and Ian Harrington. Determination in the maul and constant tackling from Matthew Gleeson, Richard Anglim and Mark Stakelum helped the team to put a few scores on the board.

The Under-8s had two tough games against Nenagh and Kilfeacle. We saw consistent tackling from Harry Cummins, Danny Gleeson, Darragh Lynch, Joe Carroll, Gavin Ryan, Ciaran O'Dwyer and Connor Vaughan along with fantastic recycling of the ball. Frankie Meagher, Padraig Harrington and Peter Wall ably assisted in moving the team forward to score impressive tries. Yet again this team have showed their improvement and continue to impress. Thanks to all the parents who turned out to support it is very much appreciated.

Our Under-12s travelled to Nenagh to play in a blitz and their first opponents were Nenagh who fielded a very strong team. The Fethard lads stood up to the challenge and worked extremely hard to win on a score line of 3 tries to 2. The scorers for Fethard were Adam Fitzgerald, Ben Murray and Jason Ryan. The Fethard lads were well fired up for their next opponents Kilfeacle. This proved to be a though physical game with Fethard pinning Kilfeacle into their own 25 for most of the game and ending up deservingly winners by 2 tries to 1. Kyle Walsh and Ben Murray scoring for Fethard. Young Ciaran White was outstanding throughout putting in tackle after tackle. There were two well taken victories from two strong underage clubs and the Fethard lads deserve great credit given that we are still missing a lot of the squad. The team players were: Charlie Carroll, Jack Kennedy, Jack Gleeson, Tommy Anglim, Adam Fitzgerald, Kyle Walsh, Cathal O’Donnell, Cathal Maher, Jack Stapleton, Ben Murray, Tom Stakelum, Jason Ryan, Owen McCormack, Ciaran White and Paul Moloney.

Our Under-14s travelled to Kilfeacle on Saturday in their 3rd cup game and were unfortunate not to make it three out of three wins. The final score of 30–21 did not reflect the game played, which was a closely contested game with a slight lapse of concentration in the first few minutes when Kilfeacle managed to score two tries. The determination and effort put in by the team together with some great tackles by Jimmy Feehan and a hat trick of tries by James Holohan made sure this was no walk over for Kilfeacle. Well done to these young lads, keep up the good work.

Our Under-16s travelled to Cashel and despite being beaten by 24 points to 3 put in a much-improved performance on last week. This team includes a number of first time players and as these lads gain in experience this team will undoubtedly improve. Kieran Power, Joe Meagher, Timmy Donovan and Tony O’Brien caught the eye while young Dylan Fitzgerald looked impressive when coming on in the second half. A full panel at training is essential if this team wants to perform to their full potential.

Our 18s hosted Cashel and given that this was their first outing with very little training, they put in a creditable performance against a very good Cashel side. The score line of 13-0 flattered Cashel as Fethard were unlucky in failing to cross the Cashel line on a number of occasions. William Power at scrum-half had a good game and the attacking play of Joey Kelly, Chris Sheehan and Cathal Gorey on another day would surely have yielded scores. James Kavanagh was the most impressive forward on view, while Robert Ahearn was also striking, Jonathan Fleming at full-back put in a personal best performance. With practice and the return of other squad members this team will be a force to be reckoned with.

If you are not receiving the weekly texts regarding training and matches please text your child’s name and age group to 087 7447691. Please return your completed membership form to the Club ASAP with €25 (if new member please bring copy of long birth cert and 2 passport size photographs). Please note that if not registered you will not be covered to play under the Club Insurance scheme. Senior membership fees are also now due at €50.

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