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Saturday 29th March 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 25th March were: 6, 12, 13 and 29. There was no Jackpot Winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received €150:
Kieran Duggan, Main Street, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
John Shortall, The Valley, Fethard
Maura Ryan, 59 Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Joan O'Meara, The Green, Fethard
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €935

Congratulations to the third year students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School who cleaned up the litter on Chapel Lane and environs during the week as part of their school project.

The total amount raised for this year’s ‘Daffodil Day’ was €2,024 which includes €1,200 of Daffodils sold by the transition year students of Fethard Presentation patrician Secondary School outside the Post Office. Well done to all!

The under 21 ‘A’ football semifinal was played on Sunday 30th in Clonmel at 12.30pm, in glorious conditions for fast flowing open football which both teams served up on the day. The final result was, Fethard 0-9 (0-5), Cahir 0-5 (0-4). This earns us a final spot for five years in a row at this grade. We were already successful on four occasions and with Ronan Maher saving two penalties so far and our defence improving in every game we look forward to the final against Killenaule, the same team we drew with in the opening round. Our centre field dominating with Glen Burke 0-2 (f), Michael Dillon 0-3 (f), the half forward line, Shane Walsh 0-1, Brian Coen 0-2, and Shane Aylward 0-1 completing the scoring. The Final takes place in Clonmel on Sunday 6th April at 3pm.
Our senior football County Championship draw against Aherlow or Moyle Rovers will take place in early July.
Our Community Sports Lotto Jackpot of €8,000 was not won. We had nine ‘match three’ winners who received €20 each: Colin Allen (c/o Reflections), Tony McGarry (Woodvale Walk), Jim Carroll (c/o Centra), Brian Walsh (Baptistgrange), Marian O’Connor (St Patricks Place), Bernadette McManus (Burke St), Mary Godfrey (Derryluskin) ,Chris O’Dwyer (Strylea), and Michael Smyth (The Well). The numbers drawn were 3, 9, 15 and 19. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Maggie O’Gorman, 13 Slievenamon Close, Fethard.

Hurling training for under 12s and under 14s has now commenced and will continue on each Monday evening between 6pm and 7pm. All players are asked to attend at 5.50pm. Parents, please note training finishes at 7.00pm sharp. Under 16 hurling training has also commenced and will continue on each Wednesday evening at 7pm sharp. Under 10 hurling training will commence on Saturday, 5th April from 2pm to 3pm. Training time for under 8s and under 10s will be from 3pm to 4.30pm on Saturdays straight after hurling practice. Parents please note these time changes.
Fethard juvenile under 16 B football team will play Mullinahone in Fethard on Monday 7th April at 6.45pm and the under 12 A footballers play Clonmel Og in Fethard on Thursday 10th April also at 6.45pm.
Our under 12's travel to Monroe on Friday 4th April for their first round championship league game against Moyle Rovers at 6.15pm. The bus will be leaving outside the GAA Field at 5.45pm. Good luck to the team. They have had a great start to their season with wins against Kilsheelan and St Patricks.
Fees to cover membership and insurance cover for the current season are now due at €10 per individual or €25 for families of three or more members. Please forward to Club Secretary, Caroline Sheehan.

On Saturday night 28th March, the club continued its activities at Fethard Ballroom. The Coping project went ahead in support of the Fethard and Killusty Community Awareness initiative regarding local crime and anti-social behaviour.
Teams were picked for the 5-a-side regional soccer tournament, which will take place in Doon on Sunday 6th April. For the boys it was hard to choose - from the girls perspective it was easier since our numbers have not increased since the inception of the club. An interesting observation! Stick with it girls...
Two boys teams and one girls team will represent the club. Good luck to them all. I'm sure they will have a great day out in any case.
The Italian lessons for NCVA have been put on hold since February as other short-term initiatives are being implemented.
Our bid for the youth initiative was well received by the Leargas National body, but we will have to work with them to implement a programme that has a much bigger budget for the training of the young people involved. They impressed on us the necessity for top class professional and thorough training. We will resubmit the plans for the autumn deadline and hope to be up and running for ‘CAO’ time next year.
Finally well done to the Fethard under-21 football team in their South semifinal success in Clonmel. We are behind them in a win in the final but since we will be in Doon we can only wish them much success. Lets hope everybody’s a winner.
Club will take place next Saturday as usual and the girls will have training in the Ballroom on Wednesday 2nd April for the tournament 7-8pm

Results for the Progressive 25 Drive on March 28th.
First on 12 games: Jim McGrath and Chris Maher;
Second on 10 games: Jim McCarthy and Alfie Brett;
Table prize: Hannie Leahy and Mick Phelan;
Other winners: Pat Butler, Pat Hickey, and Mrs Bobby Phelan.

A dance will take place on Sunday night April 27th in the Ballroom in support of the Special Olympic’s Support an Athlete’ project. Music will be provided by Chequers and admission is €5. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.

On 26thth March we played the fourth round of the Player of the Year and the results were:
1st Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett;
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
1st Nett: Gemma Burke and Carol Kenny;
2nd Nett: Ann and Sean O’Dea.
On Wednesday next, 9th April, we will be playing for Easter Prizes. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862.

Youths between the ages of 13 and 18 are invited to join the Disabled Integrated Youth Club held every Tuesday night from 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the Wilderness Youth and Community Centre, Clonmel. The club caters for the needs of both disabled and able-bodied youth in Clonmel and surrounding areas. New members are very welcome. Contact Club Secretary, Rosaleen O'Leary at 086 8279038.

News of Lotto winners and winnings has been very much to the forefront in Fethard in recent times. First we had the unclaimed €300,000 prize winning ticket, purchased at Fethard Post Office and not produced in time to claim the prize. A recent joint winner of a €300,000 prize in Listowel is very well known in the Fethard area. Mrs Bridget Fahey of Listowel, along with a friend, has been doing the National Lotto regularly. They were pleasantly surprised to discover on presenting their winning ticket at Lotto Headquarters that they were outright winners of the €300,000 prize. They were apparently under the impression they were joint sharers of the amount and would only receive €150,000.
Mrs Fahey is formerly Bridget O’Brien from Cloneen, to whom we offer heartiest congratulations on her win.
More recently we have news of this weeks €5,000,000 winning National Lotto Jackpot ticket being purchased in nearby Cahir on Saturday night. The identity of the winner is unknown at present.

Local residents are advised that post for local delivery the following day must now be posted before the normal collection time of 3.15pm. From Friday last modern technology has decreed that all Tipperary post goes to Portlaoise to be sorted, then it is returned to Tipperary for delivery. Letters for local delivery, which before Friday 28th March could be posted at anytime the previous day, must now be in the letterbox before the official collection time. Better make sure you also put the full address in case they end up in Fethard-on-Sea, Co. Wexford!

We make no apology for referring once again to the ongoing problems at Fethard’s Pedestrian Crossing at Main Street. A civic-minded local citizen, on receiving numerous complaints, parked his car nearby and carried out a lengthy observation at the crossing.
He found that too many motorists are not showing pedestrians using the crossing the respect and courtesy they are entitled to. He has made representations to have a safety manual traffic light system installed but apparently the powers that be say the volume of through going traffic does not merit such a measure in Fethard. The situation is ongoing and we await the outcome with great interest.

Well done to Fethard under 21 football team and their mentors on qualifying for their fifth successive under 21 South Tipperary Football ‘A’ Final. Fethard, with almost all of their four-in-a-row final winning team now over the under 21 age limit, were obliged to field an almost complete new fifteen in this year’s competition. Best of luck to the team as they go in search of their record-breaking fifth successive title against Killenaule in Clonmel on Sunday next.

Local Woodvale Walk resident, Jim O’Meara, had a rather lucky escape on last Monday morning while out for a stroll in the nearby fields. While getting under a fence he fell and was badly spiked by a ‘sceach’ in the thigh. Fortunately, a passer by heard his shouts for assistance and an ambulance was quickly called on the scene to remove him to hospital. The ambulance crew stated it was fortunate that he did not attempt to remove the piece of timber as it stopped serious bleeding.

The annual general meeting of Fethard and District Day Care Centre was held on Thursday 27th March in the Tirry Community Centre. The elected officers for the following year were: Thelma Griffith (chairperson); Carmel Rice (secretary); and Liam Hayes (treasurer). Committee members, Brian O’Donnell, Agnes Evans, Nellie Donovan, Nora Lawrence, Joe Kenny, Jimmy Lawrence, Jimmy Connolly and Patsy Lawrence. Also attending the meeting were Cllr John Fahey, Joan O’Donohoe (supervisor Fethard & Killusty Community Employment Scheme) and Geraldine McCarthy (supervisor Fethard & District Day Care Centre).

A record 31 tables competed in the Table Quiz held in the Secondary School recently. A fine blend of adult and youth, parent and teacher, senior student and junior student, plus many friends of the school pitched their wits against challenging questions. Congratulations to the many prizewinners.
The Parents Association would like to thank the sponsors of the beautiful prizes and all those who helped with the occasion, which was an outstanding success. Proceeds will enable two students assist invalids in Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage in June and augment the funds of the parochial Lourdes Invalid committee.

On Sunday 23rd March we took part in the Annual Regional Orienteering competition held in Rasheen Wood in Dundrum with over eighty scouts taking part. Fethard kept up the club tradition of top class performances, set around 15 years ago, which has been maintained by many Fethard Scouts since. One who comes to mind is Alan Phelan who, in his scouting days, won the Regional event and went on to win the All Ireland. Fethard are still proving their map reading skills or ‘cunning running’ as some call it. Congratulations to Mikey McCarthy on winning 1st place and Dermot Culligan coming 2nd, and the same two along with Kieran Barrett and Declan Doyle winning the team event. Paul McCarthy and Kieran O'Connell had the best time in the under 13 event, but unfortunately also had one fault. Well done to all. Many thanks to Philip O'Donnell SL, John Noonan ASL, John McCarthy ASL and David Kennedy ASL for their help in training the lads to this high standard, and also to Olivia Phelan ACL who helped out on the day.

Nenagh travelled to Fethard on Saturday last. On a sunny morning a good crowd of support was present to cheer the home teams on. The under 8s played four short matches with six players on each team. It was a closely fought game of rugby with Philip Maher, Eoin Walsh, Keith Bergin, Shane Power and James Holohan making some great runs. Defending and tackling well from Luke Keating, Gavin Delaney, James Mackey, Jack Devaney and Colin Meagher meant they didn't give Nenagh a clear break when they started. A new member to the team was Philip Dalton who also had a good game.
The under 12s played two hard games of rugby in which they were victorious for both. In the 1st game, Adrian Lawrence teamed up with Eoin O'Connell to score a try with Eoin O'Connell scoring in each of his previous matches. The result was 5-3 to Fethard with Seamie O’Keeffe (2), Shane Kavanagh, Adrian Lawrence and Eoin O'Connell scoring the tries. In the 2nd game, a well played game of rugby was on show which resulted in 3-0 defeat for the visitors. Dave Gorey scored all the tries in this game. Training for under l0s and under 12s takes place on Thursday night at 6.15pm and for under 8s on Saturday mornings.
Our under 10s came up against a fine Nenagh side on Sunday morning last, which really brought out the best in the Fethard team. We were eventually beaten by 6 tries to 4 but it was a fantastic game. Some great runs were produced by Mark Ronan, Daniel Hickey, Kevin Hayes and the elusive Gregory Henry, which led to tries for Conor Kavanagh, William Power and Paul Mackey. The defence tackled brilliantly throughout with Jack O’Connell, Joseph O’Brien, Andrew Kelly and Luke Mulcahy to the fore. The forwards came up against a fine pack but even so and produced some fine rolling mauls with Matt O’Sullivan and Michael John Murphy making some great drives.

Now that new time has arrived the Fethard Community Sportsfield Committee wish to announce that any organisation wishing to avail of the field at Kilnockin may apply for permission to use same, indicating day and time required in writing to, The Secretary, Peggy Colville, Spitalfield, or to Manton's Solicitors, Main Street. All applications must be accompanied by a current insurance certificate and letter from the insurance company indemnifying the field. It is expected that each club will forward a once off donation towards running costs of the field, on a proportion of usage basis, with the application. Once the committee are satisfied that everything is in order, clubs will be notified of a commencement date. The committee would like to thank most sincerely all those who have made a contribution towards the cost of getting this venture up and running to date and everybody who have submitted letters of support for application for capital grant. We are delighted to report that several people have already confirmed strong support of the project.

The area Art Competition recently took place. There was a good response and the following are the medallists:
Girls Under 8: Aobh O’Shea, Robyn Tobin, Shannon Dorney.
Boys Under 8: Jody Sheehan, Mike Earl, Cormac Horan.
Girls Under 10: Faye Manton, Chloe Gleeson, Zoë McManus.
Boys Under 10: Joseph Thompson, Tommy Sheehan.
Girls Under 12: Laura Rice, Gráinne Horan, Niamh Fanning.
Boys Under 12: Kevin Browne, Adam Lyons, Padraig O’Shea.
Girls Under 14: Bernadette Costello, Lisa Anglim, Kate O’Brien.
Boys Under 14: John Frewen.
Girls Under 16: Amy Channon
Boys Under 16: Cathal Maher and Joseph O’Connell
The Model Making under/14 event was won by 12-year-old David Gorey from Main Street, Fethard.
The first two in each category will represent the area at the County Finals (provided that they are under the age specified on the 3lst July). Some people make the mistake of thinking it is okay to be under the age on the day they submit their entry for local or county finals. This is not the case.
The County Finals will take place this coming Saturday 5th April, in Fethard Ballroom commencing at 1pm. The entry fee for county finals is €2 which may be paid to the area secretary or to art managers. All competitors must bring their own paper, paints, pencils or whatever else they need. Best of luck to all. This is the first time the County Art Final ever took place in Fethard. The county committee would like to thank the Ballroom committee for their cooperation. Fethard area was also well represented at the County Finals of the Cross Country in Thurles on Monday night last. Full details next week.


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