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Students Awards Day in Fethard
Full group of award winners at the Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School's Students Awards Day
Full group of award winners at the Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School's Students Awards Day

Our Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday last, October 21, was indeed a joyous occasion with a reunion of some of our recently retired staff members and a celebration of the many talents: academic, sporting, musical and personal of our pupils.

Present for the occasion were the guest speaker, Dr. Leanne Burke and her family, the chairperson of the Board of Management, Br. Matthew Hayes and other board members, the chairperson of the Parents Association, Mrs Catherine O'Donnell and other parent representatives, the principal of Holy Trinity Primary School, Mrs Patricia Treacy, Presentation Sisters, Sr. Maureen and Sr. Maria and the parents and family members of the award winning pupils.

Looking after music and choir at this year's students award ceremony were L to R: Ms Orla Barrett, Ms Edel Vaughan and Ms Catriona McKeogh
Looking after music and choir at this year's students award ceremony were L to R: Ms Orla Barrett, Ms Edel Vaughan and Ms Catriona McKeogh


The ceremony began with a welcome to all present by Jane Fitzgerald, Head Girl and chairperson of the Students' Council. There followed a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Fr. Anthony McSweeney with a beautiful liturgy prepared by religion teacher, Ms Caitriona McKeogh. The Gospel reading, the Parable of the Talents, was most appropriate for the occasion and emphasised the opportunities we all have to develop our skills and deepen our knowledge based on the different talents and abilities we have been given. The key to success is to do our best and persevere in the face of adversity. The new school's choir first performance, with solo performances by Tara Horan and Shannon Garret, went well and congratulations to Ms McKeogh, Ms Barrett and organist Ms Vaughan for their hard work and achievements with the choir.

Student Council Certificates were presented by Mr Ernan Britton (principal) to the following students. Back L to R: Aobh O'Shea (4th Year), Shannon Dorney (3h Year), Ronan Fitzgerald (5th Year), Mike Earl (2nd Year), Andrew Maher (6th Year), Aine Proudfoot (2nd Year), Emma Hayes (5th Year), Ms Marie Maher (teacher). Front L to R: James Maher (4th Year), Jane Fitzgerald (6th Year) and Adam Fitzgerald (3rd Year).
Student Council Certificates were presented by Mr Ernan Britton (principal) to the following students. Back L to R: Aobh O'Shea (4th Year), Shannon Dorney (3h Year), Ronan Fitzgerald (5th Year), Mike Earl (2nd Year), Andrew Maher (6th Year), Aine Proudfoot (2nd Year), Emma Hayes (5th Year), Ms Marie Maher (teacher). Front L to R: James Maher (4th Year), Jane Fitzgerald (6th Year) and Adam Fitzgerald (3rd Year).


The Principal, Mr Ernan Britton welcomed all the guests and thanked them for their attendance at the event. He thanked especially the trustees of the school, Le Cheile, for their guidance and support during the year, the Parents' Association for their financial, practical and moral support of all activities in the school and the Board of Management who manage the school on a voluntary basis. Finally, but by no means least, Mr Britton thanked all those who were involved in preparing the Awards Ceremony and in particular the organising committee of Mr O'Gorman, Mr Cummins and Ms. McKeogh. Awards Day, he said, acknowledged the efforts and achievements of all our pupils during the last school year. Not everyone can be a prize winner but everyone can strive to do their best.

Dr. Leanne Burke presenting the 1st Year Student of The Year award to Katie Whyte.
Dr. Leanne Burke presenting the 1st Year Student of The Year award to Katie Whyte.

Dr. Leanne Burke presenting the 2nd Year Student of The Year award to Cormac Horan
Dr. Leanne Burke presenting the 2nd Year Student of The Year award to Cormac Horan

Dr. Leanne Burke presenting the 5th Year Student of The Year award to Jane Fitzgerald
Dr. Leanne Burke presenting the 5th Year Student of The Year award to Jane Fitzgerald


Mr Britton also spoke about the current challenging times for schools and complimented the Staff both teaching and ancillary for their enthusiasm, commitment and hard work. They really are giving a lot more for less reward. He said that he believed that parents are well aware of these efforts and thanked all Patrician / Presentation parents for their on-going co-operation and support as the school strives to do it's best for all the pupils.

Finally, Mr Britton welcomed past pupil, Dr. Leanne Burke and her family. He outlined Dr. Burke's career path and pointed out that Dr. Burke was a shining example of how the use of one's talents leads to excellence.

Guest Speaker, Dr. Burke, who currently lectures in Economics in UCC, spoke fondly of her time in Patrician/Presentation Secondary School. She remembered the transfer from the prefab buildings near the Convent to the current modern building and spoke of her decision after Leaving Cert to work as an au-pair in Brussels with a view to improving her French. She later completed a B.A. in UCC, majoring in French and Economics before proceeding to a Masters' Degree in Economics there, researching malaria prevention in Africa.

School Principal, Mr Ernan Britton (centre) presenting the Padraig Pearse Award for excellence in Irish, English and History in the Junior Cert examination to Karen Hayes. Also in the photograph is teacher Michael O'Gorman.
School Principal, Mr Ernan Britton (centre) presenting the Padraig Pearse Award for excellence in Irish, English and History in the Junior Cert examination to Karen Hayes. Also in the photograph is teacher Michael O'Gorman.

In 2009, she achieved a PhD for her work on Mental Health Determinants in Ireland. Dr. Burke spoke of her pleasure at the invitation to speak at the 2011 Awards Ceremony in her Alma Mater. She told the pupils that the path to a successful and rewarding career is not a simple or even straightforward one; rather it is paved with many exciting challenges and new learning experiences which should be approached with enthusiasm and optimism.

Dr. Burke went on to remind the pupils of the excellent standards of the school and how through their passion, enthusiasm and good example, the teachers in Patrician/Presentation are shaping them to become upstanding members of society. Finally, she congratulated all the prize winners and wished them all the best of luck for the future.

Paddy Broderick photographed with Michelle Walsh and her mother Mary. Michelle was the winner of the Paddy Broderick Perpetual Trophy for results in Geography in the Junior Cert ExaminationPaddy Broderick photographed with Michelle Walsh and her mother Mary. Michelle was the winner of the Paddy Broderick Perpetual Trophy for results in Geography in the Junior Cert Examination.

Ms Majella Whelan presenting the Marian Gilpin LAM Award to band Army Rising for their achievement in music. L to R: Tony Myler, Noel O'Brien, Ms Majella Whelan, Ted Barrett and Louis Rice.
Ms Majella Whelan presenting the Marian Gilpin LAM Award to band Army Rising for their achievement in music. L to R: Tony Myler, Noel O'Brien, Ms Majella Whelan, Ted Barrett and Louis Rice.


Ms Orla Barrett presenting the Fethard Quill Senior award to Tara Horan.
Ms Orla Barrett presenting the Fethard Quill Senior award to Tara Horan.


Ms Orla Barrett presenting the Fethard Quill Junior award to Thomas Channon.
Ms Orla Barrett presenting the Fethard Quill Junior award to Thomas Channon.


Sports Awards were presented to Gerry Horan by Mr Ernan Britton (principal), and to Jessie McCarthy by Ms Bernie O'Connor (teacher)
Sports Awards were presented to Gerry Horan by Mr Ernan Britton (principal), and to Jessie McCarthy by Ms Bernie O'Connor (teacher)


Sixth Year Mentors were presented with tokens by Dr. Leanne Burke. L to R: Mary Anne Fogarty, Sean Whyte, Jane Fitzgerald, Rachel Prout, Andrew Maher and Louis Rice.
Sixth Year Mentors were presented with tokens by Dr. Leanne Burke. L to R: Mary Anne Fogarty, Sean Whyte, Jane Fitzgerald, Rachel Prout, Andrew Maher and Louis Rice.

Winners of the Attendance and Punctuality Awards were Back L to R: Orla Walsh (1st Year), Eoghan Hurley (2nd Year), Molly O'Dwyer (4th Year), Ted Barrett (5th Year). Front Aobh O'Shea (3rd Year), Michelle Walsh (3rd Year) and Karen Hayes (3rd Year).
Winners of the Attendance and Punctuality Awards were Back L to R: Orla Walsh (1st Year), Eoghan Hurley (2nd Year), Molly O'Dwyer (4th Year), Ted Barrett (5th Year). Front Aobh O'Shea (3rd Year), Michelle Walsh (3rd Year) and Karen Hayes (3rd Year).


The awards were presented as follows:

Students of the Year: Katie Whyte (1st Year), Cormac Horan (2nd Year), Jane Fitzgerald (5th Year); Jean Anglim (Best Leaving Certificate); Karen Hayes (Padraig Pearse Award), Michelle Walsh (Paddy Broderick Award), music group Army Rising (Marian Gilpin LAM Award).

Fethard Quill Awards to Tara Horan (senior) and Thomas Channon (junior). Sports Awards to Jessie McCarthy and Gerry Horan.

Attendance and Punctuality awards: Orla Walsh (1st Year), Eoghan Hurley (2nd Year), Karen Hayes (3rd Year), Aobh O'Shea (3rd Year), Michelle Walsh (3rd Year), Molly O'Dwyer (4th Year) and Ted Barrett (5th Year).

Achievement Awards were presented to Christina Myler (Art), Daiana Adamczak (Art) and Michael McCarthy (Woodwork).

Special Achievement awards for excellence in art were presented  to Christina Myler (left) and Daiana Adamczak. Also included in photograph is Bro. Matthew Hayes (Chairperson of the Board of Management).
Special Achievement awards for excellence in art were presented to Christina Myler (left) and Daiana Adamczak. Also included in photograph is Bro. Matthew Hayes (Chairperson of the Board of Management).


Mr John Cummins (teacher) presented a Special Achievement award for excellence in woodwork to Michael McCarthy
Mr John Cummins (teacher) presented a Special Achievement award for excellence in woodwork to Michael McCarthy


Student Council Certificates: Mike Earl (2nd Year), Aine Proudfoot (2nd Year), Shannon Dorney (3rd Year), Adam Fitzgerald (3rd Year), Aobh O'Shea (4th Year), James Maher (4th Year), Emma Hayes (5th Year), Chloe Byrne (5th Year), Ronan Fitzgerald (5th Year), Jane Fitzgerald (6th Year) and Andrew Maher (6th Year).
6th Year Mentors: Jane Fitzgerald, Rachel Prout, Mary Ann Fogarty, Sean Whyte, Andrew Maher and Louis Rice.

Clocks go back this weekend
Don't forget to set your clocks back by one hour at 2am on Sunday, October 30, and gain an extra hour for that extended lie-in this Halloween weekend.

So You Want To Be An Actor?
South Tipperary County Council Arts Service is offering a fun fast paced workshop which will look at developing some crucial skills needed by young actors today. Facilitated by Shane Dempsey who runs Stagecraft, Clonmel and Fragments International Ensemble, London. Shane also teaches acting at E15 Acting School, one of the UK's leading drama schools and has recently returned from New York where he was invited to lead a series of theatre workshops.

The workshop for teenagers will take place at Fethard Youth Centre from 5pm to 9pm on Sunday, October 30, and anyone interested in taking part are asked to give their name to Joan O'Donohoe at Fethard Community Office, Barrack Street. Tel: (052) 6131000.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on October 19, were: 2, 17, 19 and 30. We had no Jackpot winner and one 'Match Three' winner who received €150: Teresa Fenlon, c/o Mary Sayers, Crampscastle, Fethard.
The three following 'Lucky Dip' winners also won €50 each: Seamus Moloney, Cloneen, Drangan; Brendan Brett, The Valley, Fethard; and Mary O'Dwyer, Knockelly Road, Fethard.

Remember you can purchase your lotto ticket online at www.fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets and get one free! Check on the website for lots of special offers. Next week's Jackpot commences at €5,900 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €590. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Emigrants Newsletter Collection this weekend
The annual church gate collection for the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter will take place at Halloween this weekend, October 28 and 29. We ask for your support for this annual production, which is now in operation for over 50 years and posted free of charge to our emigrants and families living away from home. This year, with emigration again rising steadily, we depend on your continued support to provide this much appreciated service to our parish emigrants.

Donations can be handed in to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or alternatively put in an envelope with your name and address and handed in at our Church Gate Collection on the weekend before Halloween. All donations of €10 and over will be acknowledged in this year's issue of the Newsletters.
All outstanding articles, photographs and items for inclusion in this year's newsletter should be submitted before the end of October.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal
The Christmas Shoebox Appeal is an Irish project that promises to get your 'Christmas Shoebox' into the hands of a needy child In Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union or Africa. All they ask is for you to fill a shoebox with a range of simple Christmas gifts, and drop it off at your local drop off point before November 10th, and they will do the rest!

The Christmas Shoebox Appeal is an Irish project that promises to get your 'Christmas Shoebox' into the hands of a needy child In Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union or Africa. All they ask is for you to fill a shoebox with a range of simple Christmas gifts, and drop it off at your local drop off point before November 11th, and they will do the rest!

All you need to do is get an average size shoebox (or a plastic storage container would also be great), and wrap it with Christmas paper. Choose who you'd like to receive your gift – a boy or a girl, in one of three age groups: 2-4 years, 5-9 years or 10-14 years.

For further information contact Monica Pollard, Rocklow Road, on Tel: 087 1258591 or visit www.teamhope.ie

Fethard Players in Rehearsal
Fethard Players are currently in rehearsal for John B. Keane's, 'Year of the Hiker', which will be staged in the Abymill Theatre from Friday, November 11, to Wednesday, November 16. Commencing at 8.15p. Booking at O'Flynn's Menswear, Fethard. Tel: (052) 6131254 or 087 1604260.

Breast Cancer Coffee Morning
A coffee morning in aid of Brest Cancer will take place in Centra Supermarket, The Green, from 10am to 1pm on Friday, October 28. Coffee / tea and slice of cake will cost €2. A raffle for lots of lovely prizes will take place.

Later on Friday night and 'Pink Party' will take place in the Castle Inn with music, food and raffle for plenty more lovely prizes (men welcome).

Augustinian Abbey three days of prayer
Fethard Augustinian Abbey will hold three days of prayer for the souls in Purgatory on Monday, October 31, at 10.30am; Tuesday, November 1, at t9.30am and 11.30am; and Wednesday, November 2, at 10.30am. Mass at these times with special sermon from invited preacher, Fr. Pat Gater OSA.

November Rosaries in our parish cemeteries
We encourage all the older and the younger people of the parish to come to our local cemeteries each Sunday throughout November and pray for our dear departed. Rosary for the Holy Souls in Purgatory will take place on Tuesday, November 1, Feast of All Saints, in the Parish Church at 3pm and Holy Trinity Cemetery at 3.30pm.
On Sunday 6th November: Abbey Church 3pm and Everardsgrange at 3.30pm.
Sunday 13th: Calvary at 3pm and Peppardstown 3.30pm
Sunday 20th: Rathcoole 2.45pm, Tullamaine 3pm, Redcity 3.30pm.
Sunday 27th: Killusty after Mass, Kiltinan 3pm, Kilmaclough 3.30pm.
Prayer and effort will help our departed when we try to visit a cemetery each Sunday in November.

Fethard Day Care Centre
Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold a 'Senior Day' on Friday, October 28, from 11am.

Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold a Table Quiz in Butlers Bar on Friday November 4th at 9pm. Table of Four will cost €24, and there will also be a raffle held on the night.

The Centre wish to thank Stephen, Tara and P.J. of Ladbrokes for a wonderful fundraising night on Saturday 22nd October. Ladbrokes have once again chosen us as their charity for 2011. We are very grateful to them. We would also like to thank Roseanne and John Carroll of Lonergans Bar for hosting the fundraiser. A great night was had by all.

Dancing Champions
Marina Mullins & Pat Casey winners of the All Ireland Waltzing Championiships which were held in Gort, Co. Galway, on Saturday, October 22.
Marina Mullins & Pat Casey winners of the All Ireland Waltzing Championiships which were held in Gort, Co. Galway, on Saturday, October 22.

Hospice Coffee Morning
A sincere thank you to all who supported the recent Hospice Coffee Morning and to all who held a Coffee Morning at the following venues: Dawn Fresh Foods, Coolmore, Presentation Convent, Holy Trinity National School, Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard & District Day Care Centre and Fethard Bridge Club who held a 'Coffee Day' from 9am to 6pm. The total amount collected was €1,671.

Fethard GAA News
A heavily depleted Fethard team put up an impressive first half display in the U21 B quarterfinal against Carrick Swans in Kilsheelan on October 23 but a combination of the conditions and the strength of the Swan team proved too much for us over the hour and Carrick Swan ran out the victors.

Fethard opened the scoring in the second minute with a Dean Tobin free and followed with a long range free from centre forward Cathal Hurley. Swan did stay in touch but Fethard kept the scoreboard ticking with Dylan Fitzgerald points in the 7th and 11th minute and another from Hurley in the 10th.

Swan registered a point from a free and Fethard responded with points from Dylan Fitzgerald and Eoin Fitzgerald before Swan converted a free in the 19th minute.

The next score was a long delivery from Eoin O'Connell in the Fethard goal to Cathal Hurley who turned and converted from distance and when corner forward Daniel Hickey got Fethard's 9th point five minutes from half time it looked like Fethard would take a substantial lead into the break. Swan, however, had other plans and a well taken goal from the corner forward on the stroke of half time brought the score to 0-9 to 1-4 at the break.

Swan came out fighting from the start of the second half and scored a goal. This was a lead Swan would never relinquish. Fethard tried hard but it was to be a bridge too far. Swan went on to record 1-6 in the final 10 minutes leaving the score Carrick Swan 3-13; Fethard 0-10.

The scoreboard does not reflect the effort put in by this team in atrocious conditions, and the club would like to thank them all for their input over the year. We would also like to thank mentors Mikey Ahearne, John Hurley and P.J. Ahearne for their time and input into this team. Fethard: E. O'Connell, C. O'Connell, R. Fitzgerald, G. Maher, F. O'Donovan, G. Fitzgerald, B. Delahunty, S. O'Keefe, D. Tobin, D. Fitzgerald, C. Hurley, E. Fitzgerald, D. Hickey, C. Ryan and C. O'Meara.
The numbers drawn in our Lotto on Tuesday, October 18, in The Fethard Arms were 4, 9, 11 and 23. We had no jackpot winner and one Match 3 winner of €150 to Mary Coen, Killusty. The €50 lucky dip winner was Michelle Fitzgerald, Old Bridge Road, Clonmel. Next weeks jackpot will be €2,300 and the draw will take place in The Bridge Bar (Burke's) on Tuesday, October 25.

Our Juvenile AGM is on Friday, October 28, at 8pm in the Tirry Centre. All are welcome.

On Saturday, October 29, the club presentation to Eoin Fitzgerald, will take place in The Fethard Arms at 10pm. All are welcome.

Charity Shop celebrates its First Anniversary
The 'Clothes Rack' which is located on Main Street in Fethard (beside Carroll's picture Framing) celebrated its first anniversary on the September 8. This is a charity shop, solely run by voluntary staff, where all proceeds go to three local charities which are, The Irish Augustinians, Presentation Sisters and Fethard Senior Citizens.
Why not pop in to see our large range of items such as DVDs, Books, Jewellery, Bric-a-Brac, we also sell ladies, gents and children's clothes. Many designer items to be found! Our opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 12am and 2pm to 4pm.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers who have supported us in our 1st year of business by either donating goods or purchasing items in the shop. We look forward to another successful coming year.

Crohane Gun Club
Photographed at Guinan’s Bar, Ballyluskey, Drangan, where €4,367, proceeds of a clay pigeon shoot and barbecue, was handed over to CARE Cancer Care voluntary group in Clonmel.  This was a joint fund raising event held by Crohane Gun Club and the Hayden family, Drangan.  A big thanks is extended to sponsors, helpers and shooters that came from near and far to make this an enjoyable and successful event. Back L to R: Michael Gaynor, John V Ruttle, Matt Walsh, John Lawlor. Middle L to R: Joe Ryan, Eileen McEvoy (CARE), Paddy Clarke. Front L to R: Michael Bourke, John Hayden, Gillian Hayden, Imelda Fitzpatrick (CARE), Michael Nash and Mary Hayden. Missing from photo Anne Kennedy (CARE).
Photographed at Guinan's Bar, Ballyluskey, Drangan, where €4,367, proceeds of a clay pigeon shoot and barbecue, was handed over to CARE Cancer Care voluntary group in Clonmel. This was a joint fund raising event held by Crohane Gun Club and the Hayden family, Drangan. A big thanks is extended to sponsors, helpers and shooters that came from near and far to make this an enjoyable and successful event. Back L to R: Michael Gaynor, John V Ruttle, Matt Walsh, John Lawlor. Middle L to R: Joe Ryan, Eileen McEvoy (CARE), Paddy Clarke. Front L to R: Michael Bourke, John Hayden, Gillian Hayden, Imelda Fitzpatrick (CARE), Michael Nash and Mary Hayden. Missing from photo Anne Kennedy (CARE).


Ladies Football News
Saturday, October 15, saw Fethard Gaelic4mothers head to Portmarnock national blitz. It was a great achievement to have two teams entered and both giving fantastic performances. This brought down the curtain on the 2011 season and was rounded of with a great party night in The Castle Inn. Our sincere thanks to Noel and Irene for their continued support and for sponsoring one of the teams. We would also like to sincerely thank Trevor McNamara Car Sales, The Green, for sponsor the second team at short notice. Finally a big thanks to all the ladies who took part and especially to Tom McCarthy and Mikey Ryan for all your work with the ladies. Roll on 2012.

Our U18 ladies first round match against St. Patricks was postponed due to inclement weather and will be re-fixed for a later date. They are due to play St Ailbe's this coming weekend in the second round.
Our U16 ladies have qualified for the County U16 B final where they are due to play Aherlow this coming Saturday at 12 noon. This is a great achievement for the girls having contested a D plate final in 2010 the girls were moved up two grades to B this year and have proved that we are a club on the up as we contest our fourth county final for 2011. The girls are going well in training under the guidance of Tom Ryan, Kieran Butler and Tom McCarthy with assistance from Martin Ryan and Paddy Ryan as they bid to win a first ever U16 county title. I appeal to all followers of Fethard GAA to come out in force to support the girls. Best of luck to the girls and the management team.

The club recently hosted an U10 and U8 blitz which proved to be a huge success with teams from Mullinahone, St. Pats, Moyle Rovers and Fethard taking part. Guest of honour for the day was our own All Ireland minor football medal winner Eoin Fitzgerald who presented all the girls with certificates after the blitz. Thanks to all the parents who supplied food and made tea, your help was greatly appreciated.

Our past season would not have been possible without the coaching skills of mentors which included Willie Morrissey, Miceál Spillane, Sandra Spillane, Mikey Ryan and Mick Tillyer. The club are hugely indebted to you for all your time and assistance.

Well done to Fethard ladies footballers Kate Davey and Molly O'Meara who were selected to play for the Tipp U12 girls who took part in an inter-county blitz last Saturday in Co. Clare. The girls gave great performances in the three games and hopefully this is only the start of a big future for the girls in the blue and gold.

Fethard & District Rugby Club
Jack Dolan breaks through a tackle during Fethard's 29 to 10 win over Waterford City in the second round of the Under 13 League on Saturday, October 22. (Photo Kieran Butler)
Jack Dolan breaks through a tackle during Fethard's 29 to 10 win over Waterford City in the second round of the Under 13 League on Saturday, October 22. (Photo Kieran Butler)

The U7s and U8s had a great game of tag rugby against Clanwilliam last weekend and it is wonderful to see the improvement with each game of these young players. Well done.

Fethard U9s had another great win over Clanwilliam. Well done to all the team. Training for U7s to U13s will take place on Friday at 6.45pm. Blitz next Sunday for U7s to U12 at 10.30am. New members always welcome.

Fethard U10s played a good side from Clanwilliam with plenty of good play from both that any coach would be happy with. Training continues on Friday night at 6.45pm, looking forward to seeing everyone there.
Fethard U11 were first to score in their game with a well worked try. Declan Hayes, Paddy Gaynor and Conor Vaughan pal yed very well. Clan came back well to score two fine tries, but some great work from James Philips, Peter Wall, Charles Pearson and Richard Anglim saw Fethard score another fine try. Clan were last to score in what was a great game by two up and coming teams.

Fethard U12s secured a fine win over Clonmel on Sunday morning. Barry McGrath, Patrick Scully, John Hillman, David McCormack were to the fore in the forwards with some great running movements put together by Gavin Ryan, Darragh Lynch and Joe Carroll. Training continues every Friday evening 6.45. Thanks to the parents who attended the last weeks Munster intro to Mini Rugby.

On Saturday night last the U13 team played a big strong physical side from Waterford City in which Fethard emerged victorious. It was a fast game with plenty of good tackling from both sides. The teams were very close at the end of the first half, but the second saw a more determined Fethard side get their teeth into the game with some great tries scored by Mark Heffernan, James O'Connell and Jack Hayes with Josef O'Connor adding some conversions. Training continues every Friday at 6.45pm and new players always welcome. The coaches would like to thank all the parents for supplying the soup and sandwiches it was very much appreciated by our visitors and spectators.

The U15s travelled to Carrick-on-Suir Saturday evening and lined out with a full squad which proved too strong for Carrick who have only come together as a team this season. The win was secured in the first half giving the replacements a chance to come show their skills and fight for their positions in the coming games.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Friday, October 21, of Veronica Bergin of Magorban, Fethard, Tipperary. Peacefully at home. Beloved daughter of the late Patrick and Mollie. Deeply regretted by her loving sisters Catherine and Sr. Elizabeth (Maura), brothers Paddy and Michael, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephew, grandniece, relatives, neighbours and friends. May She Rest In Peace
Burial took place in Magorban Churchyard.

Halloween at Lonergans!
John and Roseanne Carroll moving in a new troop of ghouls and characters for their annual Halloween display on their premises. This year sees a new 'Haunted Ballroom' with lots of surprises for those bold enough to enter. The annual 'Halloween Party Night' takes place on Sunday, October 30.
John and Roseanne Carroll moving in a new troop of ghouls and characters for their annual Halloween display on their premises. This year sees a new 'Haunted Ballroom' with lots of surprises for those bold enough to enter. The annual 'Halloween Party Night' takes place on Sunday, October 30.

Eucharistic Congress 2012
In 2012, the 50th international Eucharistic Congress takes place in Ireland from June 10th­ to 17th. This is a huge honour for Ireland having last hosted the Congress in 1932. The theme for this congress is: "The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with One Another".

It is very important that we in Ireland prepare for the Congress ourselves and be ready to welcome visitors from all over the world who will come to Ireland in June 2012. To highlight the 'journey of preparation' across the country the Eucharistic Congress Bell is visiting every diocese in Ireland to raise awareness of the Congress and as an aid to prayerful preparation to celebrate the Congress next year.

For Christians, the bell has long been associated with the invitation to 'gather', the sound being perceived as God's voice, God's call which draws people to assemble for prayer. For early Christian Ireland the sound of the bell of St. Patrick and other great saints across the land heralded the dawn of a new and eternal day for the Irish people - called to the Good News- Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh - and in turn become the bearers of this Good News to others, far and near.

The Eucharistic Congress Bell is visiting Cashel & Emly Diocese from October 27th to November 7th. It is not possible to visit every parish but the route selected will give everyone a chance to visit a venue that is hosting the bell near them.

The Bell Journey will begin on Oct 27th at 1pm in Ballina as it is handed over from the diocese of Killaloe. It will visit ancient Christian sites – Derrynaflan, Holycross Abbey – parishes Churches, Cemeteries, just a few schools (Mid-term break), nursing homes etc. throughout the week. The full itinerary is printed below and further details will be in the local news section. It would be great to see as many people from Cashel & Emly responding to the call of the Eucharistic Congress Bell to prayer arid renewal of faith. The Bell is accompanied by four specially commissioned Icons that will be used at prayer services and masses during the visit. Further information on the Eucharistic Congress can be seen on www.iec2012.ie

The itinerary is as follows:

  • Thursday, October 27: Ballina, 1pm, Newport 2pm, Kilcommon 3.30pm, Glenstal Abbey 5.45pm.
  • Friday, October 28: Glenstal Abbey, leaves after mass at 12.10pm. Hospital Community School arriving at 1.40pm; Students will bring Bell to Parish Church after school ceremony. Hospital Church - Novena at 7.30pm.
  • Saturday, October 29: Galbally 9.30am Mass; 2.30pm Pallasgreen Nursing Home; 5.30pm Emly Parish; Vigil mass 7.30pm.
  • Sunday, October 30: Arriving in Tipperary Town for 10.15am Mass.
  • Monday, October 31: Cashel Town, Rosegreen Church for mass at 10.30am.
  • Tuesday, November 1: Fethard, Augustinian Abbey for 9.30am Mass; Parish Church for 11.30am Mass; 2.30pm Derrynaflan - Killenaule Parish Church.
  • Wednesday, November 2: Mullinahone 10am -2pm; 2.30pm Gortnahoe. Stay in Gortnahoe till 8.30am.
  • Thursday, November 3: Moycarkey 9am-2pm; Boherlahan 2.30-5.30pm; Holycross 6pm for Padre Pio Pr. Meeting at 7.30pm
  • Friday, November 4:  Borrisoleigh Church 10.30am–5.30pm.
  • Saturday, November 5: Templemore for Mass 6.30pm-5pm.
  • Sunday, November 6: Thurles- arrived for Vigil Mass in Bohernanave Church at 6.30pm. Stay in Thurles till 1.30pm Monday.
  • Monday, November 7: Visit Secondary Schools in Thurles - Transfer to Limerick Diocese for 3pm

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Work on the production of this year's Annual Emigrant's Newsletter has now commenced. We invite anyone interested in submitting articles or photographs for this year's issue to contact Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, Tel: 052 6131663 or by email: newsletter@fethard.com

Club secretaries are asked to submit their annual reports and photographs as soon as possible.

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