Saturday 2nd April 2005
On the day of the race it began to rain so the group ran for shelter. A considerate Australian gentleman stood up to allow one of the girls sit down and they began chatting. He asked them if they were interested in racing. Tara told him that she raced ponies in Ireland and the man replied that he too was also into racing camel racing. He invited Tara to come and see for herself in Adelaide where he lives. Tara thought that he was joking at first but she stayed in touch and as soon as her friend Marie O’Connell arrived from Fethard, they hit the road with a few others to explore Australia.
Tara called on the camel trainer friend, Kym Healy, whom she had met in Melbourne. He introduced her to her first racing camel on Saturday March 19th 2005 and six days later, on Good Friday, she rode her first race in the village of Forbes. The announcer couldn’t remember her surname, so he asked the crowd to give a warm welcome to Tara from Ireland who was about to ride in her first camel race.
She had seven rides that day. The first two weren’t very successful. Camel number one was an old hand and knew that he had an amateur on board so he just trotted along at his own pace as the other four camels in the race tore off up the track. The second camel was only out for the first time, so he shot off with the others and then decided to do a u-turn and race back towards the starting post, much to the delight of the crowd.
Things took a turn for the better after that and Tara rode her first winner, followed by two seconds and two thirds. The announcer dropped the “Tara from Ireland” and she became known as ‘Tara Ireland’. The event was covered by the Australian “Prime Sports” TV channel, who interviewed Tara after her very successful day. The programme was aired that evening and she got a phone call later that day from a man who had seen the broadcast and wants her to ride his racing pony later in the year.
A week later she rode her second winner in a village called Byrock, which has only a handful of inhabitants but swells to hundreds on race day. Tara has since been offered a job racing camels in June when the whole stable takes to the road for seven weeks, touring the towns and villages of the continent and racing everywhere from dirt tracks to professional racecourses.
This way Tara get to see rural Australia, race camels and party with the locals. One of her main worries, as they camp out under the stars at night, is of snakes. She has been assured that they will pose no problem as when they hear the camels hoofs they stay far away. Her biggest threat may be from the camels themselves as Tara describes them as, “vicious feckers and quite fond of biting people”. Of course, Tara has spent all of her life around horses and ponies, some with the same temperament as the camels, so she has no need to worry on that account. We’ll be keeping a close eye on her adventures as Tara Ireland, the contender for the role of Camel Queen of Australia.
Parking on The Green
King Family Information
The following message was received from Tony Jacobs (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) from England.
I'm trying to find out about my great-grandmother and her family, who emigrated from Fethard to London/Essex in around 1899. The family were known by the name of King, but according to my late grandfather this had been anglicised from something sounding like "ray" (I was only a kid at the time and didn't ask how to spell it!). I don't know when - all I know is that they were using the surname of King in 1901 when they appear on the UK Census in Charlton, London.
My great-grandmother, Alice Mary King, was born in Fethard circa 1894. She was the daughter of John King (originally Sean "ray"), born in Fethard circa 1870, and Nora King, born circa 1873. She had a brother John, born Fethard circa 1896; a sister Kathleen (later Sister Gabrielle at Poor Clares Convent, Loughton, Essex), born Fethard circa 1898; and Nora who was born in 1900 in Kent, England. Any information would be most gratefully received. Perhaps there are even some relatives in Fethard!
Fethard Bridge Club
1st Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
2nd Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
1st Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke
2nd Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret Mary McCormack
Our ‘Player of the Year’ competition started this week and will continue for three weeks, playing with a change of partner for the next two weeks of the competition.
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien Tel: 052 31862.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The numbers on Tuesday 22nd March were: 3, 5, 14 and 26. There was no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150:
Gussie Slattery, Kilnockin, Fethard
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Greta O'Dwyer, Red City, Fethard
Cathy O'Brien, c/o Annie O'Brien, Main Street, Fethard
Carmel Shine, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 29th March were: 3, 16, 18 and 20. There was no Jackpot winner and three ‘Match 3’ winners who received €50:
Sadhbh Morrissey, Cappagh Cross, Cloneen.
Tracey & Kelly Coady, The Valley, Fethard.
Tanya Tobin, c/o Group Homes, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Martin Bolger, Drumdeel, Fethard.
Open Door, c/o Centra.
Nellie Ryan, 46, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard,
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
The late Paddy Ryan
Those who didn’t know him that well sometimes mistook his lack of stature for a lack of intelligence. Paddy was a well-read man with a great sense of humour, and was never stuck for an informed reply. An interviewer once asked him if the pint in his local was good. Expecting the usual yes or no reply, he was slightly taken aback when Paddy replied, “you could get used to anything”.
Paddy could easily stand up for himself as he well demonstrated one night in a bar when a friend asked a crowd to part and let Paddy pass. Paddy turned to his friend and told him not to worry saying, “I’ve made my way through herds of cattle without help. I won’t have any trouble going through that lot”.
The large crowd that turned up for his funeral was a true testament to his popularity.
Fethard GAA Club News
IDA Advance Factory at Fethard
Ladies Football Club
Delegates to County Board are Edel Fitzgerald and Sandra Maher. Junior Trainers to be confirmed. Juvenile Trainers, Norah O’Meara, Jennifer Keane, Barbara Ryan, Amy Hopkins and Audrey Conway. Junior training will commence on Monday, 11th April in the Community Sportsfield, Killenaule Road at 7.30pm. Underage training will commence on this Saturday 9th April in the GAA Park at 2 pm. Fees for the coming year are now due and prompt payment would be appreciated. Fees are €37 euro for over 18 players and €27 euro for underage players. Thanks to Audrey Conway who represented the club at the Community Sportsfield meetings. We look forward to welcoming new players for the coming year. Congratulations to trainer, Aiden Fitzgerald, who has been picked for the County Tipperary senior hurling panel.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Last week Faye and Charlie Manton were omitted from the list of families who represented Fethard at the finals. It was excellent to win five medals at a County Final. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all medal winners.
Juvenile GAA Club
Our under/14s played two matches in the Peil last weekend. Against Ballingarry on Friday night, they won by four points, but were beaten by Cahir on Saturday night which put them out of the competition.
The under/12s played a challenge against Cashel on Sunday evening and it ended all square. Their championship starts on Thursday 7th April against Commercials in Fethard. These two teams have provided some of the finest entertainment that one would see in the past and this game should prove no different. It would be nice to see more support in the field to shout them on. All training is now under way but new faces are always welcome. The under/6s, 8s and 10s are back in the field this Saturday from 4pm to 5pm. All are welcome.
Thanks for your help
Fethard ICA Guild
South Tipperary Federation Guild members are busy preparing for the ‘Arts, Crafts & Produce Day’ being held in Halla na Feile, Cashel, on Wednesday 13th April. This event should evoke great interest, as there is also some short entertainment on the night, which will be performed by ICA members. So we can expect a few good laughs.
Hostesses are the Red Group’ and the competition theme is “An Easter Bonnet”.
St. Vincent de Paul
Families who need our help with First Communion expenses are also asked to please contact us as soon as possible.
Aerobic Keep Fit Classes
Fethard Judo Club
Minor: Sophie Meehan, Under 33 kg (bronze); Hannah Stapleton, 44 (silver); Jack Stapleton, 25kg (bronze); Kate Delahunty, 40kg (silver); Garry Bradshaw, 28kg (gold); Natalie Cahill, 33kg (bronze); Gerard Gorey, 37kg (silver); Aobh O'Shea, 27kg (gold).
Juniors: Loraine Ferry, 52kg (bronze); Samantha Feery, 52kg (silver); Cathal Gorey, Open Weight (gold); Alan Sutcliffe, 55kg (bronze); Alan Brannigan, 55kg (gold); Cormac Britton, 55kg (silver); Jake Walsh, 50kg (silver); Padraig O'Shea, 41 kg (silver) & 37kg (silver); Tom Woodlock, 41kg (gold) & 60kg (gold).
Youths: Richard Gorey, 73 (silver); Cathal Gorey, 73 (bronze).
Senior: Roy Gorey, 73 (bronze).
Hard luck to Kristen Britton who put up a great fight but was unlucky on the day, better luck next time.
St. Rita’s Camogie Club
We hope that full commitment will be given to training and matches this year. A special word of thanks to Martha, Sharon and Emma for their hard work with the club over the last number of years. Thanks also to Pat Sheehan for all his help and support to the club.
Membership for the coming year is €25 for adults and €10 for under 18s. These fees are due on Friday 8th April. New players are always welcome.
We are holding a table quiz on Thursday 14th April in Butlers Bar, Main Street, at 9pm. Table of four cost is €20 and we look forward to your support.