Saturday 14th May 2005

Presentation Sisters train for Marathon
Sisters Betty, Winnie and Julianna from the Presentation Convent, Fethard, are in training for the Flora Women’s Marathon, which takes place on Monday 6th June.  The Sisters are hoping to raise funds through sponsorship to support the work of the Presentation Sisters in Zimbabwe where conditions are very difficult due to the oppressive government of President Mugabe.

Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Friday the 13th was certainly not an unlucky day for the Junior Boys’ Volleyball team who won the Under-14 All Ireland A Final against Loughrea in an exciting ‘nail biting’ game in Loughrea, Co. Galway.  ‘Man of the Match’ was Adrian Lawrence from Woodvale Walk. Huge support from the school travelled with the team and led by a convoy of cars, they arrived victorious back to the Square at 5.30pm on Friday evening.

This is the first flush of success for this young team and great credit is due to them and to their coach and P.E. teacher, Bernie O’Connor.  The team’s new jerseys and shorts were sponsored by Coolmore Stud and they looked pretty ‘classy’ on a ‘classic’ day.

Guards on Duty
Great to see in Fethard recently, a sight we thought long gone — two young Gardaí on duty on bicycles did a tour of the town one weekend.  Time was when the ‘Guard’ on his bicycle was a familiar comforting sight.  Of course, times were also different then, crime, especially violent crime, was not as prevalent.  Nevertheless, Gardaí Evans, Cassells, Walsh, Fergus and Sergeant Byrne, who seem to have spent almost all of their careers in Fethard, saw, heard and noted much more than they were given credit for.  Following their night and day tours of town and country they knew everyone and everyone knew them.

A guard’s first duty is probably the prevention of crime and with the old brigade a word of warning to some or a clip in the ear for anti-social behaviour was usually sufficient.  But times have changed and unfortunately the ‘old brigade’ methods are no longer acceptable in our society.

Just in Passing
Champion National Hunt jockey Ruby Walsh was a very promising Gaelic footballer before his rapid rise to fame in the racing world obliged him to give up the football.

Question for sports fans: With what Tipperary club did Ruby Walsh win an under-16 divisional championship medal?

Law 2005 Style
Fair dues to the district court judge who recently refused to grant legal aid to a defendant. The judge in question remarked that a man who was drawing unemployment benefit and who could arrive at court in a €17,000 ’04 car should easily be able to afford legal aid.

His worship, on being informed that the man was 12 years drawing the dole, remarked, “Most extraordinarily I note he has paid €900 compensation to the injured party, and it is more extraordinary still that while non-nationals are streaming in from all over Europe and finding work here, this man has been unemployed for 12 years.”

He also noted that a solicitor representing a defendant on free legal aid had recently applied for a change of date for the hearing as his client had booked a foreign holiday for the original date set for the hearing.

Some, no doubt, certainly know how to milk the system!

Hearing on the double
Seen locally recently was a man speaking on two mobile phones at the same time.  Is this a record or is it just two mobile phones?  Modern technology is no doubt affecting all of us in one way or another!

Riding success
Congratulations and an extra special ‘Well Done’ to Katie Hannigan, Sladagh, on her win at the International One-Day Event Equestrian Competition at Ballindesk, Co. Cork.

Katie, riding her own six-year-old mare ‘Pagentry’, took the red rosette from an entry that included some very well known international riders.  A leaving certificate student, Katie, in her first season out of underage competition, is the youngest ever winner of the event.

Goodbye to Lego Land
Feeling the effects of modern technology also is the children’s game ‘Lego’, for so long top of the popularity list in children’s games.  Apparently PlayStation games and the like have taken over from the traditional favourites such as Lego. 

Interviewed on RTE recently, a very articulate and also very young boy said he prefers PlayStation games to Lego as he likes to “Kill People”.  This train of thought is most disturbing.

Dr Marie Murray, doctor of Psychology, stated that parents should be extremely careful of the amount of violence children are exposed to in these games, through all stages of their development.

Fethard GAA News
In the County Intermediate Hurling League game on the 10th May, Latin Cullen were unable to travel to Fethard.  We had Newcastle in Fethard on the 17th May, full report next week.  The South Championship for Fethard looks like commencing on the first weekend in June against Fr Sheehys. Training continues on Thursdays for all hurlers — Intermediate and Junior B.
Well done to Aiden Fitzgerald on Sunday last representing the club on the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling team that beat Limerick by 4 points and now go on to the Munster semifinal.
Senior /Junior Footballers are now training on Tuesdays / Fridays until competition starts for all Junior A & Bs on or after 26th June.
Wishing all our players, students and juveniles the very best in their respective exams over the next few weeks.  All underage competitions will be on hold for the period of exams until 21st June
Our Lotto Jackpot €1,100 was not won. The numbers drawn in McCarthys Hotel were 2, 8,12 and 14.  We had two match three winners of €75 each, to Willie Fitzpatrick (Kilmoganny), and James Cooney (Coleman).  The €50 Lucky Dip going to Paul Fitzgerald (Kiltinan).

Lost Litter or Letter
Johnny Sheehan, St. Patrick’s Place, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday and is as fit an octogenarian, physically and mentally, as you would find.  Even Johnny was a bit upset last week to be notified that he was obliged to pay a fine of €125 as the result of a plastic bag of rubbish with a label containing his address had been found way down in West Cork over one-hundred miles from Fethard.

A letter in reply from Johnny stating that this could not be possible as he now seldom drives farther than Clonmel, brought a reply stating, that if the fine was not paid within a week further proceedings would be taken.

Johnny was by now getting a little worried and he approached the Citizens Advisory Centre in Clonmel who got the matter sorted.  What makes the matter more serious or interesting is the fact that the offending bag had been put out for regular collection.

While Johnny was both annoyed and amused by the incident, at least he was well capable of coping with it.  However, can you imagine the effect of a threat of prosecution would have on some other very law abiding elderly person who might not be so well able to handle the situation.

Driving us out of control
With nine-billion euro overspent on roadways, highways, by-passes, gridlocks, traffic jams and pollution, not forgetting the 136 people killed on Irish roads so far this year, where are we going?  Just imagine what a fraction of nine-billion euro would do for our much maligned hospital services.

A report on Monday’s Independent that a National School in Ballaglea, Co. Galway, has had to close the school’s playing field due to the danger of pupils who had to cross a public road to reach it, shows one of the many effects the motor-car is having on modern living.

Paddy Kenrick, who drove HI-1, the first registered car in South Tipperary, has been recorded as stating that his mother used to come out and sprinkle it with holy water, sayi8ng it was an instrument of the devil.

Perhaps this was overdoing it slightly, but one thing is certain, that in the motor-car, we have created a monster that is gone beyond control.

Patrician Presentation Secondary School Sports Day Results 2005

1st Year Boys Sprint: Glenn Maher

2nd Year Girls Sprint: Kate O'Brien

2nd Year Boys Sprint: Alex Channon

3rd Year Boys Sprint: Chris Sheehan

1st Year Boys Sack Race: Jerome Ahearne

2nd Year Boys Sack Race: Alex Channon

1st/2nd Year Girls Sack Race: Laura Rice

3rd Year Boys Sack Race: Kevin Maher

1st Year Boys Long Distance: Jerome Ahearne

2nd Year Boys Long Distance: Thomas O'Connell

lst/2nd Year Girls Long Distance: Laura Rice

3rd Year Boys Long Distance: Chris Sheehan

1st Year Relay: Chris O'Donnell, Jerome Ahearne, Stephen Brady, Laura Rice.

2nd Year Relay: Darragh Dwyer, Thomas O'Connell, Sarah Conway, Sarah Hayes

2nd/3rd combined: (3rd Years won) Kevin Maher, Chris Sheehan Alan O'Connor, Sinead Coffey.

Soccer Match: James Smyth (Captain), Mike Kelly, Brian Kennedy, Fintan Maher, Stephen O'Meara, Niall Hayes, Ronan Shee, David Conway, Martin Cooney.

Volleyball Match (won by 2 to 1): Stephanie Fitzgerald, Stephanie Lawrence Sinead Coffey, Niamh Whyte, Chloe Gough, Jillian O'Connell, Margaret Smyth.

Penalty Shoot Out: 1st Year Boys, Kevin Hayes; 1st Year Girls, Gráinne Horan; 3rd Year Boys, Declan Doyle: 3rd Year Girls, Amy Channon. 2nd Year competition will be completed on Tuesday

St Rita's Triduum — Celebrating 700 Years
A triduum in honour of St Rita of Cascia will take place in the Augustinian Abbey, Fethard, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday next (19 - 21 May). Novena prayers and Mass will begin each evening at 7. 30 pm. Fr Michael Collender OSA, Cork, will be the guest preacher each evening.  Saturday evening is a special family celebration and the church ceremonies will be followed by light refreshments and musical entertainment in the Abymill Theatre until 9.30 pm or so.  St Rita's Feast Day is on Sunday 22nd May, and the Triduum will conclude with Mass in the Abbey at 11.30am. All are very welcome.

Fethard Bridge Club Results
Our thanks to J. L. O’Brien (Clonmel) who sponsored our game on Wednesday 4th May.  The results of our game on Wednesday 11th May are:

1st Gross: Joan Kelly and Anna Ryan

2nd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane

1st Nett: Mary and Patti Tobin

2nd Nett: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny

We will have our AGM at 7pm on Wednesday next, 25th May and hope to see all our members there.  The AGM will be followed by our last game of the season. Anyone looking for a partner, please contact Annie O’Brien at 052 31862.

Ladies Football
Fethard Ladies football team played their first ever under-14 League match against Clonmel Commercials in Clonmel on Wednesday last 11th May.  We came up against a very strong Clonmel side that were easy winners in the end but Fethard put up a good performance and will have benefited from the experience.

The under 12's played Killenaule in Killenaule on Monday last and are due to play Clonmel Commercials in Clonmel on this Wednesday night at 7pm.

Fethard Junior team will play Cappawhite during the coming week in Fethard. Date to be finalised.  The club will hold their 3 mile sponsored walk around Ballybough circuit on Monday next, May 23rd commencing at 7pm.  Sponsorship cards are now in circulation please support the young ladies of Fethard.

The club intend to hold a coaching course for ladies in the near future.  Anyone interested in attending please contact any officer of the club as soon as possible.  We really need assistance with the underage players.

Community Games Judo
County Finals of Community Games Judo will take place this Saturday in the Town Hall, Fethard Commencing at 5pm. Entry Fee €2.

Community Games Area Athletics  (Photo: ‘Community Games’)
Fethard and Killusty Community Games Area Athletics took place on Saturday evening last in Fethard Community Sportsfield.  Results as follows:

Girls Under-8, 60 meters: 1st Aine Proudfoot.

Boys Under-8, 60 meters: 1st Jack Gleeson, 2nd Alex O’Donovan, 3rd Eoin O’Donovan. Boys Under-8, 80 meters: 1st Dean Dorney, 2nd Conor Mackey.
Girls Under-10, 100 meters: Joint winners Kate Quigley and Hannah Tobin, 3rd Kayleigh Higgins.

Boys Under-10, 100 meters: 1st Kyle Walsh, 2nd James Harrington, 3rd Gerard Gorey.

Girls Under-12, 100 meters: 1st Aine Phelan, 2nd Rachel Prout, 3rd Faye Manton.  

Boys Under-12, 100 meters: 1st Gerard Gorey, 2nd Kyle Walsh.
Girls Under-10, 200 meters: 1st Annie Prout, 2nd Kayleigh Higgins.

Girls Under-12, 600 meters: 1st Radka Janacikova, 2nd Jenny Pyke, 3rd Nicole Looby. Boys Under-12, 600 meters: 1st Louis Rice.

Girls Under-14, 100 meters: 1st Mary Jane Kearney, 2nd Faye Manton, 3rd Louise O’Donnell.

Boys Under-14, 100 meters: 1st Owen Healy.
Girls Under-14, 800 meters: 1st Laura Rice, 2nd Laura Mullins, 3rd Jean Anglim.

Girls Under-13 Walk: 1st Nicole Looby, 2nd Evie O’Sullivan.

Boys Under-13 Walk: 1st Eoin O’Donovan, 2nd Alex O’Donovan.

Girls Under-12 Relay Team: Aine Phelan, Radka Janacikova, Rachel Prout, Jenny Pyke, Rebecca Phelan.

Mums Race: 1st Kate Phelan, 2nd Cathy Tobin, 3rd Rita Phelan.

Dads Race: 1st Andrew O’Donovan, 2nd Philip Prout, 3rd Darren Phelan.

First two in all events qualify for Co. Tipperary Community Games County Athletics Finals which will take place on Sunday June 5th in Thurles Greyhound Stadium.  In the event of some people being unable to travel the third will be entered if they wish. Anybody who does not wish to go to the County Finals please notify the area Secretary Bernard Feery, 052 31023 immediately.

The Well Golf Society
The following are the results from our recent outing to Ballykisteen.

Nearest the pin: John O’Brien, Billy Phelan, Bernard Caffrey and Joe Corbett.

Ladies: 1st Mary Stakelum, 2nd Eleanor Carroll.

Mens 18-24: 1st Des Delahunty, 2nd Dave Schubert.

Mens 0-17: 1st Joe Corbett, 2nd Michael Kenrick, 3rd Aidan Grant, 4th Davy Woodlock.

Our next outing takes place on Saturday June 4th, at Rathdowney.  The ‘Three Bars Society Challenge’ that had been planned for Saturday next has been postponed. A new date will be fixed in the coming weeks.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 24th May at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Juvenile GAA Club
The under/8s and 10s training had a great turnout so keep coming from 3pm to 4pm each Saturday.  The under/11s had a good win against Ballybacon in a challenge game played under community games rules, scoreline 3-2 to 2-1.  What a pity we had to pull out of the competition due to having players too young.  One would wonder if these rules will affect the future of this competition.

The under/12s have qualified for the semifinal in the championship, which will be played this weekend.  Opponents are unknown at this time but we would like to see a big turnout to support the team. Best of luck.

The under/14s have many games put off for one reason or another but will be out the 19th May away to Clonmel Óg.  Bus leaves at 6-15pm.

The under/16s finished their championship after been knocked out in a play off against Clonmel Óg.  Forced to play under-strength for most of the championship these lads put up some fantastic displays.  Well done boys your effort was great. 

Thanks to Frank and Michael for the effort they put in.  The hurling is not far away so we must concentrate on that.  Well done to Eoin O’Connell and Ben Walsh who represented the club with the South Tipp School of Excellence, also to Eoin who played with the hurlers.

We wish a speedy recovery to our secretary Caroline Sheehan on her recent illness. Ground work in now underway for our Summer Camp news of which we will disclose in the coming weeks.

The Power of Advertising
Fethard people do take notice of advertising on the television. This was proven recently when an undertaker was adjusting the pins that hold a coffin in place in the hearse. A man stuck his head in the window of the hearse and said, “You’d want to get that right or you’ll be like the fella on the ad on the telly. You know the ad.  The one that says, The damage was done by yer man  in the back”.

(N Gawe)

Died Recently
The death has occurred of 20-year-old Margaret McGarry, Woodvale Walk, Fethard, at St. Joseph's Hospital Clonmel, on Tuesday 10th May. Margaret had battled a very serious illness courageously for the past year and the news of her death came as a great shock to the Fethard community.  Our sincere sympathy is extended to all her family and friends. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery on Thursday 12th May.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 10th May were: 1, 5, 20 and 30. There was no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150:

Stacey Haide, 10 Riverdale, Cahir.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Donal Lonergan, Grove Road, Fethard.

Arthur Daly, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.

Michael Kenrick, Burke Street, Fethard.

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

The Rubber Band
Bands come and go and as teenagers change fads and fashions, one band is readily swapped for another as soon as their fifteen minutes of fame is declared over.  But the latest band on the scene is not a boy band or a girl band, it’s a rubber band.

According to local DJ and radio presenter Ian O’Connor — a man in the know about such things — the latest fashion is to wear a rubber band on your wrist. These bands represent the wearer’s support for worthy causes and different colours represent the different concerns.

It appears, however, that the causes are becoming secondary to the colour of the band. Many people are now wearing the colours that represent their favourite team, regardless of the causes concerned.  The fashion in Fethard is to wear the blue and white bands, the same colours that are sported on our local team jerseys.  The white bands, according to our man in the know, represent world peace.  The blue ones represent something else — nobody seems quite sure.

Today, every charity or cause seems to be jumping on the fashion bandwagon and producing a different colour band, which are sold from two euro each, to fill their coffers. The market place is becoming so flooded that there aren’t enough colours left to go around.

But this fad I’m sure will pass and when it does, I suggest that the older generation reuse and recycle the rubber bands. The more forgetful could use them as shopping lists when heading for the supermarket. White could represent a carton of milk, a yellow some eggs and the red, a bottle of wine. Just be careful not to wear them too tight in case you stop the blood circulation to your hand. If you do, we believe the green band represents the gangrene support group.

(N Gawe)

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)

Surprised Tour Guide
Many people put off visiting local attractions because they are so close. And as a result never get to see them at all, even if thousands of people from all over the world visit them every year. Such was the case of one Fethard couple who had travelled the thirty-two counties of Ireland and visited everything from the Giant’s Causeway  to Cape Clear Island, but had by passed one local wonder hundreds of times — the Mitchelstown Caves.

Returning from Cork recently, they spotted the sign for the caves and headed in that direction. There was no imposing visitor centre waiting to greet them, just a parking area in front of a farmhouse. Tickets were acquired by knocking on the door of the house. They nearly didn’t get to visit the caves as a tour group had left already and wouldn’t be back for over an hour. The elderly lady who answered the door gave them the option of catching up with the tour if they wished which would be moving slowly as the group were French and everything that the guide said had to be translated. “The lights might be left on by the guide”, she said, “But I’ll give you this just in case”. She produced a flashlight and told them to follow the path.

The short walk to the entrance was through unspoiled farmland. A closer inspection of the torch showed that it was used on the farm as well as in the caves and had been in close proximity with a cow’s rear end at some point in the past.  A few minutes later the couple entered the caves where the lights had been left on, and began a steep descent to catch up with the French party. The tour guide acknowledged their arrival and asked where they were from. “Fethard”, they replied. “Oh”, he said surprised, “We don’t usually get any locals here”.

What followed was a very interesting and informative tour about the caves, their formation, how they were found, the forty different species of albino insects that inhabit them, the concerts that have taken place there and much, much more. They’re just over the road and well worth a visit.

(N Gawe)


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