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Saturday 30th April 2005

Fethard ICA
The annual general meeting of Fethard ICA Guild will be held in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road, at 8pm on Tuesday 10th May.  Information Officer, Nan Hackett, will attend the meeting.  We will also hold a musical table quiz and we hope all members will come along to take part.  Our summer outing will also be discussed on the night.  Hostesses are the ‘Red Group’ (apologies to the ‘Red Group’ for the mix up last month).  The competition theme is, “A Record in its old Sleeve”.

We send congratulations to Nora Mai Kennedy, Bansha Guild, who has been elected President of South Tipperary Federation.  We wish her and all the newly appointed officers the best of luck for the next three years.

At our April meeting a vote of sympathy was expressed to Lilly Barrett, Killenaule Guild, on the death of her husband, Dick, and to the members of Knocklofty Guild on the death of their esteemed member, Maura Duggan.  May they both rest in peace.

A fun walk in aid of National Breast Cancer Research will take place in Clonmel on Sunday 8th May. This research institute has been supported by ICA for many years so we hope to have your continued support on the day.

A number of Fethard Munster rugby supporters were sitting in the stand in Thomond Park at the Munster versus Edinburgh match last week when they noticed many plumes of smoke rising from various parts of Limerick City.

As they mentioned it, a man turned and said that bonfires were traditionally lit up on Mayday in Limerick (or the night before in this case). Another man turned and said that he hoped that it wasn’t the Fethard lads car on fire.  “We’re all right”, replied the Fethard man looking in the direction of the smoke, “Our car is at the other side of the stadium”. “Or at least it was when ye left it”, came the reply.

(N Gawe)

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers on Tuesday 26th April were: 3, 4, 8 and 27. There was no Jackpot winner and three ‘Match 3’ winners who received €50 each:

Benny Shine, c/o Greta O'Donovan, Fethard

Michael Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard

Jim & Sally Hayes, Cashel Road, Fethard

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Louise Walsh, 27 The Chase, Clonmel

Norman Bradshaw, The Green, Fethard

Aidan Fox, Lavally Upper, Clerihan.

Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

More Gardai Promised for Fethard
Following a meeting between the local Garda Superintendent and County Council representatives, Fethard has been promised more Gardai to help counteract the current anti-social behaviour by a small number of our community.

Parents are encouraged to know the whereabouts of all young children in their care, especially after dark. Locals are encouraged to be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour or gatherings and report same to local Garda members. We appeal to anyone with any information on those committing crime to contact and talk confidentially to Garda John Lonergan or Garda Kevin Corry at Fethard Station Tel: 052 31202 or alternatively contact the Garda Confidential Freephone: 1800 666 111.

War of Attrition
Congratulations are due to Mouse Morris and his team in Everardsgrange — they have managed to bring a winning horse home from the three biggest festivals in the National Hunt calendar.  ‘Fota Island’, owned by JP McManus, opened their account with a win in Cheltenham, followed closely by another win at Aintree.  They went for the treble last week at Punchestown, but when ‘Fota Island’ fell, stablemate ‘War of Attrition’ came from behind to take the win in a thrilling finish.  Well done to all concerned.

(N Gawe)

Fethard Bridge Club
We played the third round of our Player of the Year competition on Wednesday 20th April and the results were:

1st Gross: Kay St. John and Betty Walsh

2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and Anna Cooke

1st Nett: Breda Walsh and Ellen Rochford

2nd Nett: Annie O’Brien and Mike Burke.

We played the fourth round of our Player of the Year competition on Wednesday

27th April and the results were:

1st Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane

2nd Gross: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey

1st Nett: Mary and Patti Tobin

2nd Nett: Anna Ryan and Ellen Rochford

Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien, The Square. Tel: 052 31862.

Table Quiz Success
A Table Quiz in aid of school facilities was held in the Secondary School recently. There was a fine attendance of young enthusiasts and some more seasoned campaigners. As it happened, experience won out on the night, but the young will try again. Beidh lá eile . . . 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 We would like to thank all who supported the raffle by buying tickets and all who helped supply and serve the refreshments. Go raibh maith agaibh.

Youth Mass in Abbey Church
Fr Michael Barry will celebrate a special Mass in the Augustinian Abbey on Saturday 14th May at 7.30pm. This Youth Mass is intended especially for students sitting exams this year and their families, and is organised in conjunction with the 700 Centenary Celebrations taking place in the Abbey in Fethard this year. We look forward to Fr Michael's visit and an invitation is cordially extended to all.

Daylight Robbery
A number of robberies took place in the Fethard area in the past week.  The thieves followed the Guinness delivery truck on its rounds and plucked a few kegs from the street after been dropped outside the pubs in question. This is the first time that Fethard has been targeted by these thieves but the practise is a common one according to the delivery lads on the trucks. They said that it is so bad in one town that the delivery is afforded a Garda escort.   If anybody saw anything unusual or heard of anybody trying to offload cheap kegs, the Gardai would like to hear about it.  Fethard Garda Station Tel: 052 31202.

(N Gawe)

Killusty Soccer Club
Tipperary Cup Final, Killusty v St. Michael's. — Now at the start of the season that's not a headline I thought I would ever be writing.  But not for the first time this season, this young Killusty team have surprised us all. A third place finish in the league behind two of the strongest in Munster, never mind Tipperary, has been a massive achievement. And now this cup final appearance is a bonus. But lets face it, as bonuses go, this is about as tough as it gets. This St. Michael's team are in tremendous form at the moment and it's a team laced with junior international players.

Make no mistake, Killusty are not going into this game just to make up the numbers. As cup final appearances are rare for small clubs like ourselves, we know they will make the most of this opportunity. The game is on this coming Saturday night at the Two Mile Borris pitch which is north of Littleton, just off the Dublin Road. So if you have a couple of hours to spare, or even if you haven’t, please come along and give your support.

The Well Golf Society
After missing out on last month's trip to Tipperary, it is now time to get back on track and our next outing takes place this coming Sunday 8th at Ballykisteen. Tee off 10am. We must also take this opportunity to offer our heartiest congratulations to one of our founders and life long member David Lawton who married the lovely Michelle Hickey last Saturday. We wish them both every happiness for the future.

Alzheimer's Table Quiz
A table quiz in aid of the The Alzheimer Society of Ireland will be held in Butlers Sports Bar on Friday 6th May at 9pm. Please come along and give your support.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland was established in 1982 by a group of carers with the aim of providing support and services to people with dementia and their carers.  The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is now the leading dementia care organisation in the country with 29 branches nationwide.

Ballybough Slí na Sláinte
Fethard & Killusty Community Council have purchased the signage for the first Fethard Slí na Sláinte walk which will start at Fethard Garda Station, proceed up Killenaule Road, around by Ballybough, and returning to Fethard by the Rocklow Road.  This 4.8km walk has now been approved by the Irish Heart Foundation and a meeting will be held on Friday 13th May in the Tirry Community Centre to make further plans to launch the walk.

The local County Council, under the direction of Jonathan Cooney, Town Engineer for Fethard Area, and local foreman Thomas Fitzgerald, have agreed to erect the signs when they are delivered.  As usual, we are very grateful and appreciate their cooperation and ongoing help with this project.

Convent Hall Development
A meeting to discuss the Convent Hall Feasibility Study will be held with Catherine Corcoran, Tipperary Institute, in the Tirry Community Centre on Monday 9th May at 8pm.  The committee have recently met Mr Ciaran Lynch, Director of Rural Development, Tipperary Institute, on site and a lot of new practical ideas were marked for further discussion. 

Application for Youth Officer to work in Fethard
Mr Denis O’Brien, Area Manager Foróige, in conjunction with Fethard & Killusty Community Council, has made an application to Sile De Valera, Youth Affairs Section, Department of Education and Science, for funding to appoint a youth worker to work on projects with the youth in Fethard and surrounding areas.  The appointment would be for two years with the primary aim of working with disadvantaged youth in the locality.

In order for this application to be successful it is crucial that we all lobby our local politicians and TDs to highlight the need for this service in our locality.  A decision on funding is due to be made in late May or early June.

St. Rita’s Camogie Club
On Thursday the 14th of April we held our annual table quiz in Butler's Bar. We were delighted with the large turnout on the night and we thank everyone who turned up to support us. We say a special thank you to Philip and Ann Butler for their warm hospitality. Thanks also to our sponsors of various spot prizes: The Well Bar, Centra Fethard, Jim Smith Taxi, Fethard Beauty Clinic, Martha Sheehan, Paula Gahan, Superquinn, Butlers Bar, Newsworld, O'Neill's and Norah O’Meara.

Well done to the winners on the night Denis O'Meara, John Walsh and Warren Beatty. We are currently organising our Barbeque for the June bank holiday weekend.  We will keep you updated.

Lastly, congratulations to our treasurer, Edel Fitzgerald, who is now on her way to Templemore to join the Garda Siochana. We wish her success in her future


Fethard GAA Club News
Fethard Minor B Footballers had a great victory in Monroe on Wednesday 27th April when, from the jaws of death, Peter Gough scored a goal to win by a single point and in so doing kept alive their chance of qualifying for the latter stages of the South Championship. The scoreline was, Fethard 3-4 (0-2) to Kilsheelan /Kilcash 0-12 (0-9), and after a dismal first half our bare fifteen (no subs) showed there determination and true grit by coming from six points down to edge out our opponents. The team was: Glen O’Meara, Connie O’Flynn (captain), Liam Ryan, Alan O’Connor, David Prout, James Smyth 1-0, Niall Hayes, William O’Brien, Richard Gorey, Peter Gough 2-1, Johnny Leahy 0-3 (1f), Stephen O’Meara, Declan Doyle, Aaron O’Donovan and Dean Tobin. This result gives us five points out of a possible eight and should be good enough to get us into the top three.
The Senior Football County Championship continues this weekend when Fethard play J K Brackens in Littleton on Sunday 8th May at 3pm.
The Intermediate Hurling County League continues with a game in Fethard on Tuesday 10th May at 7.30pm against Lattin Cullen.
Our Lotto Jackpot €1,800 was won on Tuesday 26th April by John Aylward (Roebucksland, Grove, Fethard).  The €50 Lucky Dip went to Esther Breen (Barrack Street).

Thanks for your great response to our County Board Draw.  Promoters are calling door to door.  Tickets cost €100 (annual fee) or €10 per month for ten months with two draws free.  The first Draw takes place on this coming Friday 6th May.

Ardsallagh Information

Sid Rowles (email: marysidrowles@shaw.ca) contacted us for information on Ardsallagh.  “My wife's great grandfather was Colonel George Frend, who died at Ardsallagh, an estate near Fethard, in 1901.  I am looking for information about Colonel Frend or about Ardsallagh? We hope to visit Ireland later this year and hope to visit some family sites including Ardsallagh. Any information you could give us would be helpful. Thank you.

Knights of the Road
A number of years ago they were a common sight in town, but nowadays their numbers seem to have dwindled somewhat.  Known as ‘Knights of the Road’, these homeless men spent their lives wandering the roads of Ireland, going from town to town, where they knew that they would get a bed for the night or a hot meal.  The bed differed each night depending on the policy of the guesthouses and hostels that put them up. Some hostels allowed a stay of one night, and others allowed a few nights rest.

Fethard never had a hostel but the haybarn where the houses now stand at “Cois Falla” was a regular resting spot.

Many of these men were homeless for different reasons.  Some had fallen out with their families, some had problems with drink, some had psychological problems and others just opted out of what most of us call ‘normal life’.  A familiar man to many in Fethard was the late Neddie Wall who took to the road on his bike, moving from place to place as the urge took him.  Neddy’s favourite subject was the weather, and when asked, could give a detailed weather forecast lasting over 20 minutes.  It’s easy known why many called him the “Weather Man”.

These men are no longer a familiar sight in town but they still exist as many people noticed last week when a youngish man spent a few days in town.  The bush telegraph cranked up a gear and his every movement was recorded.  It was interesting to note the reaction to the man. Most were curious. Who was he? Where did he come from? Why was he here? Where was he going? Where did he sleep at night? 

The most worrying observation was that nobody wanted to approach the man for fear of getting involved. We can communicate around the world in seconds, safe behind a phone or a computer, but are we loosing the ability to talk to a stranger on the street?

(N Gawe)


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