Blue Skies and Starry Nights and Santa Claus too!
Originally, pilots navigated by following a map, looking out for landmarks, and used a compass and watch to estimate their position. None of these navigational aids were worth a curse if the pilot entered a cloud. He’d be better off with a bible, a bottle of whiskey and a parachute. The pilot who first crossed the Atlantic alone in a single engine aeroplane, Charles Lindbergh, had to use his parachute twice while flying the mail across the USA. Safety was paramount for both passenger and crew, so as air traffic increased, a system of beacons was developed. Initially, these consisted of bonfires in certain parts of the USA, to guide the pilots, but here again the absence of cloud cover was necessary. Soon, as technology became more advanced, radio frequencies were being used and a vast network of beacons was erected worldwide to guide aeroplanes by day and by night. One of these beacons sits in a little shed on the south side of Slievenamon. A large mast rises from the roof of the building sending it’s signal out to the approaching aircraft, directing them safely across the skies to the next beacon until they reach their journey’s end.
Our younger readers might be interested to know that it is widely believed that Santa Claus uses this beacon when flying around the world delivering his gifts each Christmas. Take a look up for this traffic yourself on the next crisp clear day or night. If you’re lucky enough, you might just see, as well as aeroplanes, the red glow of a very famous reindeer’s nose! Just watch out for the droppings.
Killusty Soccer Club’s ‘Battle of The Brains Table Quiz’
Badgers are not in hibernation
Fethard Living History
After what seemed an effortless four minutes of tapping the red-hot iron and sparks flying, the craftsmen produced for our inspection and shiny new medieval projectile. A couple of us then found out, just how tricky the operation is as we tried our hand repeating the exercise. Ann Marie’s delicate touch was proficient enough while this poor archer should have been laughed off the field.
All in all this particular field trip to the forge was a very worthwhile, interesting and enjoyable one which all enjoyed. Thanks again to Richard Linstead for giving of his time, expertise and great hospitality.
The gathering will be Sunday 19th December. Please mark your calendar now so that you don’t miss out. New members always welcome, contact Colm on 086-3502360.
St Vincent de Paul Society
In the spirit of complete transparency we wish to state that we spent the following amounts in the past year in helping all who came to us. Food Hampers/ Christmas help €4,039; Cash assistance to families €6,100; Furniture / Bedclothes €829; Clothes €160; Fuel/ Firing €2,818; Donation to head Office €320; Help for First Communion / Confirmation €1,050; Holiday for Senior Citizens €3,625; Education Projects €500; Expenses, Photocopying, Postage etc, €47.70.
We can of course only give what we receive and we ask for your donation as a vote of confidence in our work. Anybody who has not yet applied to us for Christmas help can still do so by contacting us at any time.
Community Lotto Results
Dan Ryan (Jnr), 3 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Eileen Heneghan, Ballybough, Fethard.
Jane Hayes, Burke Street, Fethard.
Antoinette Coffey, Rosegreen, Cashel.
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is now €995.
Fethard ICA Christmas Party
Three of our members attended the federation meeting in Halla na Feile, Cashel, on November 30th. It was a very good meeting. Competition entries on the night, for a festive food tray, were beautifully decorated and the cakes, puddings, mince pies and mincemeat on them looked delicious.
Well done to all who took part and congratulations to the Newcastle Guild who won the lovely ‘Anne McGrath Cup’.
A Cheque for €650 was presented by the federation to the Alzheimer Society. This was proceeds from a table quiz held recently in the Clonmel Arms Hotel.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School (photograph ‘School Show’)
Joseph 2004 closed on Saturday night in Abymill Theatre. This year’s production involved 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th years and all really enjoyed the “buzz” and the limelight.
David Sullivan, 6th year, won a gold medal in the Tipperary Athletics senior boys 200 metres. Mike Kelly was 5th in the same event. Bernadette Costello, 2nd year, was 3rd in the junior girls.
In the UCC Munster debating competition Sarah Kennedy, Mary Gorey, Davis Sullivan and Brian Kennedy spoke in Rockwell College last Tuesday evening. Brian Kennedy qualified as a single speaker for the next round. Congratulations and well done to all.
Penitential Services for Christmas
Christmas Hat Party
Of course the night would not be possible without the wonderfully talented and creative competitions even though the numbers were smaller this year, the standard was very high indeed.
Prizewinners were: ‘Christmas Hat with edible Feature’, 1st prize Colm McGrath (Liquorice All-sorts and Chocolate Spaghetti) which everyone sampled; ‘Late into the Evening’, 2nd prize John Shortall (Hello Sweetie); 3rd prize, Philomena Shee (Cran-Berret).
In the ‘Christmas Hat Open Category’, 1st prize Veronica Fogarty; 2nd prize Bill Kennedy (Have a Quackin’ Good Christmas); 3rd prize, Bert Van Dommelen. Zaniest title on the night went to Margaret Gleeson, Thurles (Christmas Rose). Again Thanks to anyone who contributed in any way to making a great night. Looking forward to next year’s creations.
Pollution the ongoing problem
Unfortunately, this kind of dumping is commonplace all around our town. Fridges, washing machines, old cookers and televisions regularly end up dumped in a similar manner in ditches and wooded areas around the district. Some offenders even go to the bother of bringing their recyclable material as far as the recycling depot in the car park and then dump it beside the bins rather than taking a few minutes to deposit it.
The worst offenders of the lot are the ones who treat their car window as a waste disposal unit. Most of this rubbish is not visible until you walk along the roads, as the traffic blows the litter into the hedges and streams. One group of walkers were so disgusted that they brought a bin bag and collected the rubbish on the Killusty road. The bag was full by Mullinbawn, about a mile out the road.
Maybe we should follow the example of Nagano in Japan, a town that had a similar problem. They erected statues of the Buddha, staring straight at the traffic in the worst affected areas. It almost eliminated the problem overnight, as people were unwilling to litter with the statues looking at them. Or maybe we could just make a bit of an effort and use the bins and recycling units provided.
The Late Paddy McCormack
Paddy McCormack was a member of the Irish Army during the emergency following, which he worked at Thurles Sugar Factory for 40 years. He also served as secretary of the Irish Ex-Servicemen’s Association O.N.E. for over 30 years. Many tributes were paid to his work on behalf of the organisation, in a eulogy given at his funeral by one of his O.N.E. contemporary colleagues.
The organisation provided a guard of honour at his funeral, and indeed there was a lesson for all in the most edifying manner, they removed, in military fashion, the tricolour from his coffin, giving our national emblem the honour and respect it should always receive. A bugler from O.N.E. sounded ‘The Last Post’ at his graveside.
Paddy also played leading roles in Killenaule pantomimes produced by the late Conor Hogan P.P. His last resting place in Fethard, McCarthys’ Funeral Parlour, was the actual house in which he was born.
On a personal level Paddy McCormack will be sadly missed. Down the years I often had to write to him seeking local information. His knowledge of Fethard sportsmen, place names and families, for one who left his native town so young, was truly phenomenal. His replies were usually more of an epistle than a letter. Sincere sympathy to his extended family. Interment took place in Dualla Cemetery. Ar deis De go riabh a anam dilis. (T.N.)
We have written before that, there is no such thing as a bad day’s hunting only some days are better than others.
The White Heathers day at Golden on Sunday was clearly one of the others with a vengeance. Hounds did not find for an hour and a half and when they did, scent was non-existent. Hounds could not own the line for 100 yards. However, true hunting people take these dogs as they come. The Ballylusky White Heathers meet on Sunday next, December 12th at the Kennels, Sunday December 19th, Ballylusky, and on December 26th, St. Stephen’s Day, in Drangan.
Put Christ back into Christmas!
Mary Coughlan this Friday Night
Fethard Community Sportsfield
Progressive 25 results