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April Fool's Day
We are happy to report that the North Gate is back in safe hands, as it has been for hundreds of years, and will remain in Fethard in situ. We were also very pleased with the positive reaction people had to preserve our local heritage sites by starting 'action groups' on Facebook etc. We even heard a traffic warden in Cashel was very worried!

We can thank John Cooney, Crampscastle, for his inspired 'North Gate' article and Tony Newport for his 'Fethard Geese' article . . . but, as one lady (obviously caught out by the April Fool's Joke) said, "Have they nothing better to be doing!" For those of you who missed the articles . . . . CLICK HERE

Girls Night Out A Great Success
Girls Night out a great success
The Ladies of Fethard came out in full force last Thursday night 25th March, to enjoy the "Girls Night Out" fundraising event organised by the Fethard Community Playschool fundraising committee. An evening of style, fashion and fun were promised and the night certainly lived up to expectations. A larger than anticipated crowd turned up on the night and proceedings started on a high note with a food and wine reception. Many thanks to Emily's Delicatessen for supplying the food on the night which was of a very high standard and greatly enjoyed by all and to Coolmore Stud for sponsoring the wine.

Modelling at the 'Girls Night Out' at Fethard Youth Centre were L to R: Laura Rice, Siobhán Burke, Anita Norris and Helena O'Shea.
Modelling at the 'Girls Night Out' at Fethard Youth Centre were L to R: Laura Rice, Siobhán Burke, Anita Norris and Helena O'Shea.

Many local businesses supported us on the night in offering their services and displaying their goods. In no particular order, we would like to thank, Top 2 Toe Beauty Salon; Mimosa Beauty Salon; O'Sullivans Pharmacy; Town and County; Eco Spa at the Clonmel Park Hotel; Moroney’s Shoes; Caroline Gras, Miglio Jewellery; Karl Clancy; Red Nose Wine; Geraldine O’Donoghue, Aloe Vera; Ryan Design; Clintons and Receptions Wedding & Party Specialists. A special thank you to Susan from Receptions for decorating the hall and Lillian from Primus for designing and printing our posters and tickets.

Photographed at the 'Girls Night Out' at Fethard Youth Centre were L to R: Lorraine Coen, Catherina Davey, Liz Burke Purcell, Rebecca Maher Kenny and Susan Archdeacon.
Photographed at the 'Girls Night Out' at Fethard Youth Centre were L to R: Lorraine Coen, Donna Reddy, Liz Burke Purcell, Rebecca Maher Kenny and Susan Archdeacon.


The main event of the night was our style and image presentation. Margaret Doyle, Image Consultant, delivered a very professional and hugely enjoyable presentation which included style tips for every body shape, a mini fashion show, a makeover and makeup advice. Without Margaret’s advice, knowledge and unlimited help and assistance we would never have got this show off the ground. Margaret offers Personal styling and colour analysis; wardrobe workout and personal shopping to find the perfect outfits to suit each individuals colouring and body shape. Margaret can be contacted on 087 7926244.

Helping at the 'Girls Night Out' at Fethard Youth Centre were L to R: Michelle Barry and Theresa Ryan from Ryan Design
Helping at the 'Girls Night Out' at Fethard Youth Centre were L to R: Michelle Barry and Theresa Ryan from Ryan Design

On Thursday last Ryan Design, Clintons and Moroney's supplied all the clothes and shoes for the fashion show and models jewellery was supplied by Amanda O’Shea. A big thank you to Elaine, Michelle and Teresa for assisting our models backstage and to Cathy O’Reilly for hair and Karen O’Shea for makeup. A big thank you to our makeover queen Helena and our models Anita, Laura, Siobhan, Karen, Aobh, Emma Jayne and Laura. Claire Kelly and Gary Gubbins also gave presentations on Pilates and Wine respectively. Our compère on the night Brendan Morrissey, was his wonderful and entertaining self, thank you Brendan. Special thanks to Joe Kenny for photography and the Fethard Youth Centre Committee for the use of their excellent facilities.

Helping at the 'Girls Night Out' at Fethard Youth Centre were L to R: Aobh O'Shea and Karen Hayes
Helping at the 'Girls Night Out' at Fethard Youth Centre were L to R: Aobh O'Shea and Karen Hayes


The purpose of the event was to raise funds to help us build a new Community Playschool in Fethard. Our present playschool does need to be replaced and we have an active committee who are determined to do what we have to, to raise funds to build a new playschool. If anyone is interested in getting involved please let us know.

"Girls Night Out" fundraising event organised by the Fethard Community Playschool fundraising committee
This was our first major fundraising event and we are delighted that the night went so well. Here's to "Girls Night Out 2”.

Spring is Sprung
Some say Spring commences on 1st February, others say 1st March, while it is the opinion of those who know that it starts with the Spring Equinox on 21st March. You take your choice. In our humble opinion, nature decides and this year it decided Spring started very late. However, things are on the up and up. The first swallows were seen over Garrinch on Tuesday, 23rd March, which is very early. And we have a report of a Robin sitting on a clutch of eggs in Kilnockin. So there you have it, Spring is here.

Daffodil Day - 26th March
Students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School who helped with Daffodil Day in Fethard L to R : Maryanne Fogarty, Orla Lawrence and Stephanie Allen.
Students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School who helped with Daffodil Day in Fethard L to R: Maryanne Fogarty, Orla Lawrence and Stephanie Allen.

Students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School who helped with Daffodil Day in Fethard L to R: Jane Fitzgerald, Andrew Maher, Tony Myler and Garreth Lawrence.
Students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School who helped with Daffodil Day in Fethard L to R: Jane Fitzgerald, Andrew Maher, Tony Myler and Garreth Lawrence.

Fethard GAA Club
Minor Football B South Championship got under way at the weekend and having played very well in the opening period we faded out in the second half to a defeat, Fethard 2-4, Mullinahone 0-13. With no sub available our task was made much harder. Fethard team: Mathew Fitzgerald, Kieran O’Connell, Garreth Lawrence, Kieran O’Meara 1-0, Ciaran Walsh, Dylan Fitzgerald, Andrew Maher, Frankie Donovan 1-2, Ronan Fitzgerald, Brian Healy, Cathal Hurley, Andrew Maher, Dion Butler 0-2, Owen Healy and Owen Prout.

Check fixtures for details of our County Intermediate Hurling League game against St Marys this weekend.

The numbers drawn last week were 1, 7, 24 and 27. We had no jackpot winner and one match three winner of €150 to Dessie O’Meara (Coolmoyne, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip going to Cora McGarry (Barrack St, Fethard).

This week’s Jackpot €5,100 was not won. The numbers drawn were 13, 14, 26 and 30. We had no ‘Match Three’ winners so the following drawn tickets won €30 each: Maureen McCarthy (Derryluskin, Fethard); Ian Kenrick (15 Abbey View, Fethard); Catherine Kearney (The Green, Fethard); Christy Aylward (56 Ard Na Gráinne, Clonmel), and P J Aherne (Prospect, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip going to Tomas McCarthy (Derryluskin, Fethard). Thanks to Clonmel Oil for providing the tickets.

St. Vincent de Paul
Anyone who has not already applied for assistance with First Communion and Confirmation expenses can do so now by contacting any member of the St. Vincent de Paul committee for details.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on 27th March of Ellen Meagher, Tipperary Town, formerly Nellie Sharpe, Drumdeel, Fethard. Interment took place at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Tipperary Town.

The death has occurred of Helen Clancy, daughter of the late Tom and Mary Clancy, The Green, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery, Fethard.

Capt. JJ ‘Jim’ Heffernan who died on 16th March in Ottawa, Canada.
Capt. JJ ‘Jim’ Heffernan who died on 16th March in Ottawa, Canada.

The death has occurred on 16th March of Capt. JJ ‘Jim’ Heffernan in Ottawa, Canada. Jim, formerly from The Green, Fethard, had been ordained a Deacon in 1990 and was well loved in the parish and by all who new him. The archbishop presided at his funeral. His son Mike drew together a choir of 30 and the music was tremendous.

Fethard and District Day Care Centre
The AGM of Fethard & District Day Care Centre will take place on Thursday 8th April at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All are welcome.

A Table Quiz in aid of the centre will be held in Butler’s Bar on Friday 9th April at 9pm.

Killusty Soccer Club
Our Easter draw takes place in The Well on Easter Sunday night. Besides a first prize of a beautiful hamper, there are numerous other prizes to be won. Tickets are on sale in The Well or from any committee member. We take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed to last weekend’s church gate collection. As always your support is greatly appreciated.

Fethard Tidy Towns clean-up on Wednesday 7th April
Fethard Tidy Towns committee are currently drawing up a litter plan for the town. The first clean-up will start on Wednesday, 7th April, at 6pm from the Ballroom, along the river walk to the new footbridge or as far as we can go. So please come along and help in any way you can. All are welcome. Wouldn’t it be nice see Fethard town and area free of all litter.

Its so nice to see people out walking their dogs but please remember it is also your responsible to clean up after them if they soil the footpath or park. Its hard to walk the footpaths or walkways around town when there’s dog poo everywhere you go. So please bring a poo box or bag with you don’t be the odd one out. We need your help to over come this problem on litter dumping and dog poo.

The next committee will take place on 12th April at 8.30pm in the Tirry Centre.

This Week's 'Pic of the Past'
Following the positive response from publishing some 'old' pictures on Fethard Facebook, I've decided to revive the 'Pic of the Past' section on the Fethard site.

By the way . . . have you joined the Fethard Facebook Group yet? . . . we now have over 540 members and still growing. Join up now by CLICKING HERE

Hogan Musical Society “Old King Cole' Childrens' chorus group January 1986. Back L to R:  Jennifer Fogarty, Belinda McCormack, Elizabeth Burke, Nicola O'Riordan, Marie Cloonan, Laura Doyle. Middle L to R: Kevin Bourke, Niamh Ryan, Edel Fogarty, Lorraine Treacy, Patricia Purcell, Mia Teacy. Front L to R: Lisa McCormack, Vicki Roche, Lee-Ann Burke, Patricia Morrissey, Aine Doocey and Olivia Phelan.
Hogan Musical Society “Old King Cole' Childrens' chorus group January 1986. Back L to R: Jennifer Fogarty, Belinda McCormack, Elizabeth Burke, Nicola O'Riordan, Marie Cloonan, Laura Doyle. Middle L to R: Kevin Bourke, Niamh Ryan, Edel Fogarty, Lorraine Treacy, Patricia Purcell, Mia Teacy. Front L to R: Lisa McCormack, Vicki Roche, Lee-Ann Burke, Patricia Morrissey, Aine Doocey and Olivia Phelan.

Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game on 10th March were: 1st Gross, Nell Broderick and David O’Meara; 2nd Gross, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn; 1st Nett, Mary Delaney and Ann O’Dea; 2nd Nett, Kay St. John and Rita Kane.

We had no bridge on St. Patrick’s night and the results of our game on 24th March were: 1st Gross, Nell Broderick and David O’Meara; 2nd Gross, Suzanne Opray and Ellen Rochford; 1st Nett, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 2nd Nett, Bridie Lee and Mike Burke.

In our results for the FBD sponsored night on 3rd March the following were inadvertently omitted: 3rd Gross, Kay St. John and Rita Kane; 3rd Nett, Kay Walsh and Rose Lonergan.

On Wednesday next, 7th April, we play the first round of our Club Championship. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Congratulations to Matthew Burke son of Joe and Siobhan, winner of a bronze medal in the boys u8 Art at Community Games County Final. This was Matthew's first attempt with an excellent result I am sure we will be hearing more about him.

Matthew Burke winner of a bronze medal in U8 Art at Co Final of Tipperary Community Games.
Matthew Burke winner of a bronze medal in U8 Art at Co Final of Tipperary Community Games.

Final reminder that the closing date for entries for County Finals Swimming is 12th April. Entries must be with the coordinator by that date. Please contact the Community Games Office 052 6131906 on or before 8th April if you wish to enter. No entries accepted at area level after 8th April.

We urge the managers of all teams to please try and get their games played as soon as possible. County Finals are only seven weeks away and it is important to avoid congestion of matches at a later stage. Teams involved are U10 Mixed Football. U11 hurling manager Willie Quigley and U12 Girls GAA manager is Joe Keane. The volleyball teams are qualified for the Munster Final in July and the rugby looks as if it will be a blitz on one day. Rugby coordinator is June Whelan 086 3827182. Venue to be decided. Teams involved are Cahir, Moycarkey Borris, Newport, Thurles, Ballina, St Flannans, Killenaule and Fethard.

Congratulations to our neighbours Powerstown Lisronagh U13 Girls indoor soccer team who put in a sparkling performance to win the Munster Championship for the second successive year. Hard luck to St Olivers, Clonmel, U13 Boys who were unlucky in their semifinal.

Juvenile GAA Club News
U12s were out again last Thursday eve at home to Rosegreen in a challenge. The lads played well and won. Our fixture away to Clonmel Og has been postponed due to pitch conditions. The weather has also affected our own field which is closed to all activity until Monday 5th April at least. We apologise to Darragh Lynch for omitting his name from our U12 panel last week.

U14 training will be advised due to pitch conditions. We hope to play our first fixture on Monday 5th at home to Fr. Sheehy's at 6.30pm.
We are now taking registration for 2010 Cul Camp, €55 for one, €100 for two and €135 for three. Closing date 30th April, after which we cannot guarantee kit. This year we hope to include handball and rounders, as well as camogie/hurling and football from 5yrs to 15yrs. Once registration is paid the participants are insured.

Cul Camp will run from 23rd August to 27th August, and going by last years Camp, booking early will avoid disappointment. You can contact the Juvenile Secretary, Ann on 086 896 3925 for further information or you can book online at www.gaa.ie

Anyone wishing to take photographs at a match/fixture please let our Juvenile Secretary know first. At the moment we have two authorised photographers. They are Annette O'Donovan and Kieran Butler. Visual recording of matches will not be permitted without written permission from South Bord na nOg being presented to Juvenile Secretary prior to event. These club rules/policies will be seen on the reverse of our team sheets in future.

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