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Fethard artist exhibits in San Francisco
Pat Looby
Artist Pat Looby at work on her 'Field Systems' exhibition which officially opens in San Francisco this Thursday 30th October.

Local artist and teacher, Ms Pat Looby, Kerry Street, is currently in San Francisco for the opening of her solo exhibition of new paintings “Field Systems”, at the David Cunningham Projects.
With this new series of paintings Pat has produced a body of work that reunites the spirit of a place and its actual cartographical history – a visually memoir of human activity in 70 acres of agricultural land in Tipperary.

Taking one specific townland, the place where she grew up, Patricia Looby has intensely researched all known maps of the area stretching from pre-Famine field systems and dwellings to the present day map image of this townland, which is called Corriconeen. The result is a deeply felt and thorough investigation of the actual landscape and the remembered fields, ditches, rises and hollows of a country childhood. Prominent on the maps and in the artist’s own memories and awareness of the landscape surrounding the family dwelling are several 10th century farm settlements and earth works known locally as “king forts”. It is worth noting that the place depicted in these paintings is still very much in existence – it is where the artist’s family continues to live and work the land, as they have done for generations.

Field Systems
Pat’s work has been exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions and is included in several important public and private collections including the Crawford Museum in Cork. Her most recent solo show ‘Harvester’ originated at Temple Bar Gallery and subsequently travelled to several other venues in Ireland. She was invited to contribute to ‘An Leabhair Mor” (the Big Book) – a recent large scale project to create a contemporary illuminated manuscript of recent poetry and art by writers and painters from Celtic countries.
The official opening of the exhibition takes place from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday 30th October at David Cunningham Projects Space, 1928 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. For further information visit

Died recently
Nellie RyanThe death has occurred of Mrs Nellie Ryan, Rathbritt, Fethard who passed away peacefully in Woodside Nursing Home, Killusty, on Wednesday, 22nd October, aged 94 years.

Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Parlour from 5.30pm on Friday 24th October with removal to Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard at 7.30pm. Requiem Mass at 11am on Saturday followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Clocks Go Back this weekend
Don’t forget to set your clocks back by one hour at 1am on Sunday 26th October and gain an extra hour for that extended lie-in on this holiday weekend.

Emigrants Newsletter Collection
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.

Yoga Classes
A calm person can achieve anything. Life can be enjoyed better when we are master our senses and are not their slaves. Only when our ‘stress’ is brought under control do we become aware of the energy at our disposal and the potential strength that we have. Yoga takes the body as a starting point. We develop physical strength and flexibility. With practice and time this strength heightens feelings and increases our power of understanding. Eventually this results in energising our spirit.

Be it for physical problems (sore back), stress, low energy or to put some space back into a hectic life then Yoga will help.
We are organising Yoga in Fethard during the autumn. It is open to men and women and will be as you might expect non-competitive. Class size is limited and we aim for Wednesday nights.
Our instructor is highly qualified and respected, so give yourself a treat. Contact 085 7734998 for more information.

‘Dracula Night’ in Fethard
Denis McIntyre (centre), Director and CEO of the Stoker Dracula International Organisation, photographed with John and Roseanne Carroll, proprietors of Lonergan's Bar.

To add to the seasonal festivities in Fethard we are delighted to announce to Bram Stoker fans that a special ‘Dracula Night’ will take place in Lonergan’s Bar on this Thursday 23rd October at 8.30pm. Special guest is Denis McIntyre, Director and CEO of the Stoker Dracula International Organisation, who has written and lectured widely on Bram Stoker's ‘Dracula’ and the Gothic in General – he is regarded as an international authority in this field. He has organised most successful annual Bram Stoker Summer Schools since 1991. He has also promoted the whole “Dracula Scene” - and continues to do so – by taking part in television and radio documentaries and chat shows at national and international level. So what better setting could there be for ‘Dracula’ than the graveyard at Lonergan’s Bar on Thursday night . . . don’t miss it!

Happy 60th Birthday!
Eddie Sheehan
Eddie Sheehan, celebrating his 60th birthday, photographed with his wife Mary at The Castle, Fethard.

Fairtrade Talk at Nano Nagle Primary School
On Wednesday last, at the kind invitation of Ms Rita Kenny from Nano Nagle Primary School, the Patrician Presentation Transition Year pupils attended a talk on the Fairtrade Movement. The talk, given by Ms Catherine Corcoran of Tipperary Institute, explained the importance of creating awareness of buying Fairtrade products wherever they are available and in asking for them where they are not available. Buying Fairtrade products is a great way of directly supporting our less fortunate human beings exploited in poorer countries. The Fairtrade products should not be any dearer in the shops than regular similar products. Working through the Community Council and the local schools it is hoped to make Fethard a ‘Fairtrade Town’ in the near future.

Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game played on Wednesday 15th October were:
1st Gross: Gemma Burke and Carol Kenny;
2nd Gross: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey;
1st Nett: Kathleen Kenny and Breda O’Grady;
2nd Nett: Alice Quinn and Berney Myles.
Subscriptions of €25 are now due. Next Wednesday is a club night and on 5th November we will be playing for prizes sponsored by Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara. Our coffee morning in aid of South Tipperary Hospice raised the total amount of €992.42. Looking for a partner, please contact Berney Myles at 32038.

Well done Dylan!
Congratulations to Dylan Fitzgerald who wore No. 7 jersey for Tipperary in the Jim Power Under-14 Inter-county football championship in Dungarvan last week-end where Tipperary beat Kerry in a thrilling game of football in the final of the plate. Well done Dylan, this was a wonderful achievement to represent your club and county in both the Under-14 hurling and football.

Table Quiz at the Castle Inn
Table QUiz at The Castle Inn
Taking part in the Table Quiz in aid of Re-Hab at The Castle Inn Fethard are L to R: Helena Vaughan, Carol Fleming, Pamela Whelan and Pamela Sharpe.

Table QUiz at The Castle Inn
Taking part in the Table Quiz in aid of Re-Hab at The Castle Inn Fethard are L to R: Kathleen Connolly, Tom McGrath, Joan Gough and Louise McGrath.

Table QUiz at The Castle Inn
Taking part in the Table Quiz in aid of Re-Hab at The Castle Inn Fethard are L to R: Roseanne Needham, Nicky Noonan, Tara Needham and Christine Needham.

Table QUiz at The Castle Inn
Overall winners of the Table Quiz in aid of Re-Hab at The Castle Inn Fethard were L to R: Michael Fitzpatrick, T.J. Sheehan, Tom Kearney and James St. John.

Table QUiz at The Castle Inn
Taking part in the Table Quiz in aid of Re-Hab at The Castle Inn Fethard are L to R: Frank Fogarty, Una Fogarty, Mary Sheehan and Peg Sharpe.

Table QUiz at The Castle Inn
Taking part in the Table Quiz in aid of Re-Hab at The Castle Inn Fethard are L to R: Brud Roche, John O'Meara, Philly Croke and Richard Hayes.

Table QUiz at The Castle Inn
Taking part in the Table Quiz in aid of Re-Hab at The Castle Inn Fethard are L to R: Annette O'Meara, Dolores O'Donnell, Loretta Healy and Ger Browne.

Table Quiz
A Table Quiz in aid of St. Patrick’s Boys School Parents Association will take place in the Well Bar on Friday 24th October at 9.30pm. All parents, past pupils are invited to come along.

Died recently
The death has occurred recently of Mr Davy Murphy, Dublin, and formerly of Cashel Road, Fethard. Interment took place in Dublin.

The death has occurred on Sunday 19th October of Mr Vincent Slattery, Coolmoyne and formerly Drangan. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

With the White Heathers
The Ballylusky White Heathers have been out each Sunday morning since 1st September. They have also enjoyed some good hunting with particularly good mornings at Jossestown, Kilbury, Baptistgrange and Kylenagranagh, where hounds hunted for one and half hours.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers lost two of their oldest former members with the recent deaths of Mr John Clancy, Drangan, and Mr Vincent Slattery, Coolmoyne. Both have had connections with the pack going back a long long time. We learn with regret of their passing and extend sincerest sympathy to both the Clancy and Slattery families.

The White Heather Harriers will hold their opening meet in Drangan on Sunday 2nd November, in Cloneen on 9th November, and Clonacody on 19th November. All meets at 11am.

It is great to see so many juvenile followers out during the past two months. Youth is the future of every sport and we look forward to seeing very many more joining them during the season.
The White Heathers’ monthly members and friends draw is now in progress. Sub of €5 can be paid to any committee member. The October winners were: €200 to Ms Chrissie Cummins, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard; €100 to Ms Kit O’Connor, Drangan.

Hunting News
The hands of the clock have gone round once more and Monday next, 27th October, signals the start of the season proper for the Tipperary Foxhounds when they hold their opening meet in Fethard at 11am. Hounds have been out on thirty-six occasions during the autumn hunting term and have had some excellent mornings. Foxes were in good supply in most areas with just three mornings proving blank.
The record entry of twenty-five couple of new-season hounds have all entered well. The dog hounds in particular proving first-class with great cry and drive. Huntsman Derry Donegan, now in his third season with the Tipps, has use3d stallion hounds from the Worcestershire, Meynell, and South Staffordshire, as well as the Old English dog hounds from the Co. Limericks. Derry is a firm believer in the use of the Old English outcrosses to help maintain good nose and work. He says this policy has paid dividends in the past and he has no doubt that it will continue to do so. The Tipps are Ireland’s only four-day-week pack.
Best wishes, luck and good hunting to all followers and supporters for the 2008-’09 season. (EAN)

Death of Mrs Eve Goodbody, Lakefield
Eve GoodbodyThe recent death of Mrs Eve Goodbody was greeted with much regret in the Fethard area and by all hunting people in particular. The late Mrs Goodbody was daughter of the late Mr Richard Burke MHF, Grove, legendary Master of the Tipperary Foxhounds. During both his terms of mastership, late 19th and early 20th century, as well as the hounds he kept a staff of fifty employees as hunt staff and in the stables. The Burke hunting tradition we are glad to report is being carried into the 21st century by her daughter Marian and grandson Ben.
To mark the Burke family connection with the Tipperary Foxhounds, Mr Michael Higgens, former master and huntsman of the Tipp Foxhounds, sounded the “Gone Away, Gone to Ground” and the long plaintive “End of the Day” calls on the hunting horn at Mrs Goodbody’s interment at Lisronagh Cemetery. Sincere sympathy is extended to Marian, Tim, Nicholas and relatives. (EAN)

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 15th October were 1, 15, 25 and 26. We had no Jackpot winner and one "Match 3" winner who receive €150 each:
Nellie Donovan, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Liam Foran, Strylea, Fethard;
Phil Tobin, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard;
Sheila Dalton, c/o Kitty O'Donnell.
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

Halloween Fancy Dress
Kaye Twins
There will be a great Halloween Fancy Dress night in Cloneen on Saturday 1st November with music by the brilliant Kaye Twins Big Band — one of the most successful bands in the business. Playing all the hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s they are guaranteed to please everyone. Doors open 9.30pm with great prizes for best male and female. So get yourself along and put on your dancing shoes cause this is going to be a great night. Enquiries to 086-0834208.

Fethard & District Juvenile Rugby Club
Mini Rugby travelled to Carrick-on-Suir to play the home teams last Sunday from Under-7s right through to Under-12s. Yet again we are blessed with great numbers with he players and fantastic support from the parents.

The Under 7s fielded a squad of 15 in their game. Ryan Walsh, Angus MacDonald, Richard Anglim and Matthew Thompson along with Ben Purcell and Adam O'Sullivan showed great style throughout the game.  Tough tackling came thick and fast from Michael Scully, Shane Neville, Evan Looby and especially Ethan Cohen. Great passing and backup from the maul was provided by Matthew Gleeson, Darragh O'Connor, Aaron Ryan and Oisín Smullen to help the try scorers. Matthew Burke showed strength and quick thinking and set up a number of tries in the game. This team proved stronger than Carrick and well done to all of them and keep up the good work.

The Under-8s  had a fine game coming out well on top and new recruits, Ruth MacDonald and Sadhbh Morrissey, had a great game and showed how tackling is done. Yet again plenty of tries and good passing came from the remaining squad of Harry Cummins, Danny Gleeson, Joe Carroll and Gavin Ryan.  Stepped up performances were evident from Mark Stakelum, Ciaran O'Dwyer, Frankie Meagher and Peter Wall in their game.  Dale Murphy and Jack Ward also shone in the game working all their skills of tackling and passing into the match.  Another great game from this team of 12 well done.

The Under-9s & 10s secured great victories, were the stronger players on the day and deserved to win both games. All the players played exceptionally well and the coaches were unwilling to single out any players.

Our Under-12s played in very windy conditions which dictated play. The Fethard lads kept ball in hand and were very unlucky to loose on a score line of 5 tries to 4. The skill level of this young Fethard team was a pleasure to see. Their handling skills were superb and their tackling of a much bigger Carrick-on-Suir side was resolute at all times. The scorers for Fethard were Adam Fitzgerald (2 tries), Ben Murray and Jason. Tommy Anglim made some great runs and crossed the gain line with ease, Cian O’Connell put in another splendid game, while Tomas McGown was also prominent throughout.

Under-14s had no match this weekend.

Under-16s travelled to Nenagh on Sunday last week. The team played their best performance by far and showed how much their game has improved. The score line was 5 - 3 to Nenagh which was not a true reflection of the game as Fethard were camped for most of the game in Nenagh’s half. The lads were very unfortunate not to come away with a win with only the smallest of errors letting us down. The forwards consisting of Matt O’Sullivan, Craig Durran, Colm Shanahan, Alan Casey, Timmy O’Donovan, Matthew Fitzgerald, Sam Manton and Kieran Power proved a force to be reckoned with. Our newly formed backline of Connor Kavanagh, Joseph Meagher, Andy Walsh, Allie, Adam O’Donnell, Shane Power and Tony O’Brien proved they could mix with the best. A great game was had by all with Tony O’Brien, Matthew Fitzgerald, Colm Shanahan and Timmy Donovan having an exceptional good game on the day.

The Under-18s travelled to Nenagh and secured a great victory against a depleted Nenagh side. These Fethard lads continue to improve and are showing the kind of determination and commitment that will surely pay dividends as the season progresses. Our forwards were dominant throughout with Nigel O’Connell being particularly impressive. John O’Dwyer in his first competitive game showed all his sporting skills, while Chris Sheehan and Joey Kelly both put in great performances, as did Johnny Fleming at full-back. Training next Friday night at 7:45pm.

If you are not receiving the weekly texts regarding training and matches please text your child’s name and age group i.e. U8 to 087 744 7691. Also coaches and parents under senior membership are reminded that the new season’s fees are now due at €50.

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