Saturday 27th November 2004
Nano Nagle Christmas Show 2004
Our programme comprises:
‘The Christmas Angel’ (Junior Infants with a little help from their friends in 3rd Class). This little angel knows “there’s something special going on” but isn’t quite sure what it’s all about. We journey with her on her quest, enjoying the many delights of the Christmas season along the way. And then, finally…well you’ll just have to come and see exactly what it is she does find!
‘Our Magic Christmas Tree’ (Senior Infants, 1st & 2nd Classes). ) Christmas is coming and expectations are high, and although the outlook is none too bright for a certain “totey little, tiny little, tatty little tree” or indeed for the children in the nearby orphanage, yet with a sprinkle or two of Christmas magic everything just might come right on the night.
‘Manger Mania’ (3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Classes). This modern upbeat version of the Nativity is a fun-filled lively show that nonetheless reflects the deeper meaning of Christmas. It is a musical medley showcasing the many talents of our 53-pupil cast. Teachers, Ms. Michelle Skehan and Ms. Elaine Brady, provide the musical accompaniment on guitar and keyboard.
Our Christmas Show takes place in the Abymill Theatre as follows: 3 pm on Sunday 12th December 2004 (matinee); 7.30 pm on Monday 13th December 2004; 7.30 pm on Tuesday 14th December 2004. Tickets are €5 each and are available for sale in Nano Nagle National School on Thursday 9th & Friday 10th December 2004.
6th Annual ‘Hat Party' in aid of CRC Santa Bear Appeal
1. Best Christmas Hat (open)
2. Best Hat with edible feature
3. Best Hat worn by customers in front bar (same categories as above)
Judging will take place at 10.30pm. Entry fee is €5 and all proceeds will go towards the 'Santa Bear Appeal' in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin. So come along for a great night's fun with lots of food, prizes and great craic!
Birthday Greetings to New Zealand
Spare a thought for Christ this Christmas?
Goosie goosie gander
The four Watergate geese are a familiar sight around the town, hanging out wherever they like, including sometimes the middle of the road. By day they occupy the banks of the Clashawley river, but at night they like to go for a wander about town. As soon as the last of the humans leave the area around our local chipper, they join the cats for a late night feast. It’s a regular sight in the early hours to see a cat chewing on a sausage or a goose laying in to the remains of a curried chip. Then off they march to survey their town, the three healthy ones in front, followed a few paces behind by the one with the limp. As the local traffic always stops to let them pass and they have access to plenty food from the pavement, the only thing they now have to worry about is rising cholesterol levels from their diet. Or, as Christmas approaches, somebody’s oven!
Mary Coughlan supported by local singer
A man entered the bar. The bartender held up a glass. The man nodded, so the bartender poured a pint and left it to settle. After a few minutes, he topped up the drink and raised it to indicate that it was ready to be collected. The man approached the counter and passed over the money as he collected his pint. He said only one word.
Local’s who witnessed the transaction understood the conversation, for the man involved was the local gravedigger and the barman the local undertaker.
“Well” meant, “Well, is anyone dead?”
Why waste words when two will do.
Community Lotto Jackpot €10,000
Therese Ryan, Knockeevan, Clerihan.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Catherine Kennedy, 2 Cois Falla, Fethard
Chris O'Dwyer, 3 Strylea, Fethard
Louise Nagle, c/o Allens, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10.000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is now €980.
Ballroom Dancing Competition
Historical Talk in ICA Hall
While on the subject of blowing wind, one local barman expressed the few positive reasons for allowing smoking in public places. The smell of the smoke covered up a variety of other odours. The silent but deadly wind that used to sneak into the atmosphere undiscovered now floats from cheek to nostril causing large areas of bars to be cleared in seconds. At least the publicans who had invested in smoke extractors before the ban can now use them to extract this ‘ill wind’ that certainly wasn’t part of the debate prior to the introduction of the legislation!
Killusty Soccer Club
The highlight of this game was the goal for Killusty, which was scored by Ronan Maher. Nothing unusual there you would have thought, except that Ronan is our goalkeeper, and the goal was scored from a clearance inside his own penalty area. If there was a goal of the season award, it would be right up there. This goal came after 30 minutes in the first half. In the second half, Rovers began to take control of the game and equalised after 20 minutes. It was only through some poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping from Ronan that we were able to take a share of the points.
This wasn't a great result for us, but we have still have only lost twice in the league so far and every point will count at the end of the season. We have no game next Sunday, but we will need a more spirited performance next time out. Maybe the early kick offs don’t suit us!
Battle of The Brains table quiz the quiz that you have all been waiting for takes place this Thursday night December 2nd in Butlers Sports Bar at 8 30pm. Entry fee is €24 per table of 4.
Fethard GAA Club
Best Wishes and speedy recovery to our President and Parish Priest, Father Tom Breen after his recent sojourn in hospital.
Congratulations to our Juveniles who had a great night of celebrations and presentations at their Christmas Party in the Ballroom on Saturday last.
Cycling is Easier
Once in Dublin, the crowd headed for the new Luas system. A tram pulled away just as we reached the departure point, so we decided to wait for the next one, which a digital display counted down for the next nine minutes. The tram was late. And it was so packed that you couldn’t get a sardine on board. We got a taxi into town and walked to the stadium, where thankfully Ronan O’Gara kicked the Irish side to victory.
Many years ago, the Irish public transport system operated under the CIE banner, which stood for ‘Coras Iompar Eireann’, but was irreverently called ‘Cycling Is Easier’. The Irish Rugby team have turned professional in the intervening years and are a source of great national pride. Pity the same can’t be said for our national transport system.
Fethard Athletic Club News
The club would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the McCormack family on the death of Paddy McCormack, father of our long-standing chairman, Miceál. May he rest in peace.
The Club’s annual church gate collection will take place this weekend 27th & 28th November. Your support would be kindly appreciated and would help with the day-to-day running costs of our organisation.
Training has been moved to the GAA field on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6.30pm. We are most grateful to our friends in the GAA for accommodating us while the lights are being installed in the Community Field.
Fethard Christmas Cards
Video No More
The first video recorders arrived on the scene in the early 1970’s and cost the equivalent today of around three thousand euro. That was probably because the initial machine was huge and so heavy it needed two pack elephants to deliver it to your door. Pretty soon the machines were mass-produced and the price dropped which made them affordable to everybody. As Fethard had no video shop at the time, the arrival of the “Video Man” became a weekly or twice weekly ritual. One such character was “Jack the video man”. Nobody knew his surname. He arrived from Waterford each week with his selection of tapes and did the rounds of his customers. He often had tapes of the latest films in the cinema, months before their video release, which were of such poor quality that they weren’t watchable. The labels were photocopied and there was usually an episode of Coronation Street at the end of the tape as the tape probably had started its life in Jack’s own home. The adult movies were hidden behind the spare wheel in case customs officers raided him. Eventually, a video shop was opened in Fethard and the video man stopped coming.
So, time to move on, which is probably just as well as many people have their machines for years and are still unable to programme the damn things. So its ‘Hello’ to DVD, MiniDisc and iPod and ‘Goodbye’ to VHS recorders and sandwich slots.
The death has occurred, on 22nd November, of Mr Paddy McCormack, Noan, Ballinure and formerly of Main Street, Fethard. Interment took place at Dualla cemetery.
1984 Class Reunion
Paul Looby, who travelled from London for the reunion, created great interest at the function by bringing a number of informal photographs taken by on that final school day many years ago. Nostalgic stories and funny incidents were revealed. Addresses were exchanged by many of the past pupils who had not met in the intervening twenty years.
Lydia Newport-Kelly and Helen Murray, who organised the event and provided the refreshments, were warmly thanked by their former schoolmates, who greatly appreciated their effort. The class of ‘84 then dispersed once more to go their separate ways, perhaps, who knows but certainly one hopes not, never to meet again.
Fethard Juvenile GAA Christmas party
The next event was the presentation of medals to the victorious teams throughout the year. County stars Eoin Kelly and Declan Browne had the honours. Our congratulations to Eoin Kelly for receiving his “All Star” award on Friday night.
Our thanks also to Tony Spillane from Tipp FM for playing DJ on the night and serving up some great dance hits for the members. Thanks also to the parents and committee members that did such a wonderful job decorating the hall and providing sandwiches and snacks on the night; to all the sponsors that made the evening a possibility and to the Ballroom committee for allowing us to have the extremely enjoyable evening in the hall.
The biggest star of the night was Ian O’Connor, whose tireless canvassing for sponsorship and organisation of the event was hard to match. Thanks Ian, You’re a star! A merry Christmas and peaceful New Year to you all and we look forward to welcoming back all our old members and for those that may wish to join the club in the New Year.
A good day in beautiful weather once again and it was great to see so many juveniles out, surely the future of any sport. The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet Sunday next December 5th at Golden and monthly draw takes place on December 6th.
Slievenamon Musical Society
Booking for Jesus Christ Superstar can be made by contacting 052 31549 or 086 3161882 (from 4-6 pm) or 052 31600 (From 8.30- 9.30pm).