Saturday 28th May 2005

1955 Class Reunion
It may have been 50 years since they attended school in Fethard, but they were all willing to make the journey back for a special reunion held at Sadels Restaurant, Main Street, Fethard.  The twelve former pupils of the Presentation Convent chatted the night away as they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1955 Leaving Certificate Examination on Saturday 25th May.  The night was so successful that talks of further reunions were top of the agenda by the time of parting.

Mary Morrissey and her Band for London Reunion
We have just been informed that Mary Morrissey from Patricks Place, Fethard, together with her band, will make a special guest appearance at the London Fethard-Killusty reunion on June 11th. Mary will take the stage at 7pm sharp due to previous engagements. A show not to be missed.  Be warned, Be early!

This year’s Reunion will take place from 7.30pm till late on Saturday night 11th June 2005 in St. Anthony’s Parish Centre, Garratt Rd, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 9AN, London.  This popular venue, run by Mary (Smith) Hennessy, is the same as last year.  If you are travelling by tube, the nearest station, Edgware, is only a few hundred yards from the venue. For further details contact Paul Looby, on Tel: +44 (0) 7967 648244, or Email: loobs@londonirish.org

Fethard Judo Club
The Derry Open was held in Belfast on Saturday 28th May and Fethard Judo Club sent three members from the club to compete.  All three were successful, Richard Gorey winning silver in the under-73kgs category, Stephanie Lawrence wining silver in the +70kg, and Samantha Feery winning bronze in the 52kg.  Well done to all.

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?

Corpus Christi Procession
This year’s annual Corpus Christi Procession took place last Sunday evening and had one of the largest attendances in years.  Well done to all the children who attended, in particular this year’s First Communicants who were all turned out in style. The Procession commencing from outside Fethard Parish Church and proceeding to the Augustinian Abbey grounds for benediction. The weather held out for the occasion and it was great to see the many houses and businesses along the route who erected displays of flowers etc outside their premises in honour of the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Tag Rugby in Fethard
Tag Rugby is a sanitised version of the full-blooded game of Rugby. There are no line outs, scrums, rucks or mauls.  Not even tackles. It is a non-contact sport as long as you don’t run into somebody else or get bulldozed by one of your own team on a charge for the line. The most physical part of the game is running — and lots of it.

The game of Tag Rugby is played with an oval ball and many of the rules that pertain to the real game are applied here also. The object of the game is to score a try against the opposing team. The team with the ball attacks and the other team defends. Each player wears a belt with a tag on either side. The opponent tackles by pulling one of these tags from the belt. It doesn’t matter if Jonah Lomu or Brian O’Driscoll is charging at you . . . once you pull the tag off, they’ve got to stop.  If the attacking team hasn’t scored after five tackles, the ball is handed over and the other team begins their attack.

It’s a fast moving game and a good way to get fit. It’s also open to both male and female participants of all ages, though the average age of the local crop hovers around the thirty mark. It’s a mixed group with some former rugby players, former footballers alongside a few who never put their hand on a ball of any description before.  Up to twenty players gather each Friday evening in the Community Sports Field on the Killenaule Road, and such is the interest that a Fethard team, ‘The Undertakers’, sponsored by McCarthy’s has been put together and will enter in a 32-team competition, which kicks off this week in Clonmel.  We wish them the best of luck.

(N Gawe)

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, Fethard, on her win at the recent 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.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
The following competitors qualified for the County Athletics Finals which will take place in Thurles Greyhound Stadium on Sunday next 5th June, commencing at 1.30 pm.

Under-8, 60 meters: Aine Proudfoot, Strylea; Jack Gleeson, Coolmore; Alex O’Donovan, Moanbeg.

Under-8, 80m: Dean Dorney, Slievenamon Close; Conor Mackey, Barrack Street.

Under-10, 100m: Kyle Walsh, Monroe; James Harrington, Tinakelly; Kate Quigley Redcity; Hannah Tobin, St. Patricks Place.

Under-10, 200m: David Heffernan, Ballyvaden; Annie Prout Derryluskin,

Under-12, 100m: Gerard Gorey, Moanbeg; Aine Phelan, Coolmore; Rachel Prout Derryluskin.

Under-12, 600m: Radka Janacikova, Coolmore; Louis Rice, Everardsgrange; Jenny Pyke Woodvale Walk.

Under-13 Walk: Nicole Looby, St. Patricks Place; Evie O Sullivan Main St.

Under-14, 100m: Mary Jane Kearney, The Green; Louise O’Donnell, Slanestown; Owen Healy, The Green.

Under-14, 800m: Laura Rice Everardsgrange; Laura Mullins Farranshea; Michael Costello, Woodvale Walk.

Under-16, 100m: Bernadette Costello, Woodvale Walk.

All competitors must provide their own transport to Thurles. Assemble at Fethard Banner. Entry Fee of €2 must be paid to local area committee member.

Fethard Advance Factory – Notice of Motion
Cllr Michael O’Brien brought the following ‘Notice of Motion’ to South Tipperary County Council: "In view of the fact that the Council has agreed in principle to the resale of the former IDA factory and lands at Killenaule Rd, Fethard, could the Co Manager see his way to reinvest some of the monies back into the Fethard area in the form of commercial sites for relocation of businesses, starter units etc, for future development, on completion of the transactions?"

The following reply was received: “The Council agreed to purchase IDA lands at four locations throughout the county in the context of finance becoming available through the sale of additional lands to the IDA at Ballingarrane. An opportunity arose in relation to the Fethard site and factory, which has enabled us to bring the proposed resale of the property before today's meeting. It is intended to pursue the acquisition of additional suitable lands in the Fethard area in order to enable sites for small industry/business to be made available. The purchase of the additional site will subject to finalisation of the other land transfers and the payment of monies to the Council. All aspects in relation to this matter will, however, be actively pursued over the coming months.”

Litterbugs back in town!
One litter problem that had disappeared for the past few months has unfortunately re-surfaced again.  This is at the bottle bins in the car park.  Somebody is making the effort to travel to the bottle bins, but rather than place the bottles in the containers, they dump them right beside the bins. It doesn’t take that much time to throw a few bottles in the collection bins.  In an era where the governing bodies in the country are discussing different ways of charging to collect waste, we shouldn’t abuse this free means of getting rid of some of our garbage. Maybe the patrons that dump have failed to see the sign that warns about a possible €3,000 fine if caught. 

Fethard isn’t unique in this matter.  Illegal dumping seems to be a problem all over the county, and sometimes in the oddest of areas.  A recent visitor to the Mr Binman collection centre in Clonmel noticed the workers gathered around a skip that was being emptied in the yard. Asking what was so interesting about the skip, he was told that it came from a particular area and was closely examined when it arrived every three to four weeks.  It contained, among the usual waste, stuff that people didn’t want anybody to find out about – skeletons from people’s closets. They didn’t put the stuff in their own bin in case it was knocked over on the street or examined by an inquisitive neighbour. The list of contents varied from a collection of pornographic video’s, to contraceptives, and boxes of bottles hidden by secret drinkers. Anything that people were afraid others would see in their bins was dumped at this particular spot. And where is this place exactly? — a cemetery in a town in South Tipperary that shall remain nameless. It appears that the place is busy enough already.

(N Gawe)

Fethard GAA Club News
The Senior Football County Championship resumes this weekend. Fethard play Aherlow on Saturday 11th June in New Inn at 7.30pm.
The Intermediate Hurling Championship also resumes this weekend with Fethard to play Father Sheehys.  The date has yet to be clarified, possibly on Sunday 15th May as the county team is involved in hurling on Sunday 5th May, in Limerick against Clare.  Best of luck to Aiden Fitzgerald.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,300 was not won. The draw took place in The Castle and the numbers drawn were 6, 11, 12 and 13.  We had two match threes who received €75 each: Paul Fitzgerald (Kiltinan), and Pat Houlihan (c/o Bob Fitzgeralds, Clonmel).  The €50 Lucky Dip going to James Cooney (Coleman).

Auction of Rugby and Rowing Shirts
Congratulations to Mr Vincent Murphy, McCarthys Hotel, Fethard, and Mr Paul Nugent, Greenane, Clonmel, who are now the proud owners of the signed Irish Rugby Shirt and Rowing T Shirt signed by Steve Redgrave, five times Olympic gold medallist.

The Community Field committee would like to thank everybody for their interest and support.
Attention of all those using the field — please make sure the gate is closed when leaving the field and please do drive any cars on the grass. Thank You.

Fethard Ladies Football Club
Fethard Ladies Football Club enjoyed continued success when the under-12 team, who are really on a winning streak at the moment, defeated the favourites, Galtee Rovers, by a point in a most exciting match in Fethard GAA Park on Saturday last.

This was a great game, nip and tuck all the way and the final score was 1-5 to 1-4 to the delight of the Fethard players and supporters.  The future looks bright for this age group. Cappawhite defeated the junior team, played also in the GAA Park on the previous Wednesday evening.

The club wish to express their sincere thanks to all those who supported the "Walk around Ballybough" on Monday evening last.  It is very expensive to keep a club going at the moment with rising costs of administration, transport etc., we depend of the good will of local people to help us out.  A big thank you and well done to all.

The Well Golf Society
The Well Golf Society’s third outing of the season takes place this coming Saturday 4th June, at Rathdowney Golf Club. Tee off is at 10am.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
We had a great outing on Sunday last to Supermacs and Semple Stadium to see Tipperary play Kerry in three games.  It was great to see our Fethard club so well represented with eight players involved. A special well done to our Primary Game boys who were outstanding, with Matt Fitzgerald scoring 1 point, Daniel Hickey scoring 2 points and Eoin Fitzgerald breaking up plenty of attacks.  The Tipp boys were unlucky to only draw and should have won.  Well done lads ye did yourselves, your families, and your club proud.

We got a football signed by both senior teams which we will raffle same at our Summer Camp this year. The boys also got to meet Tommy Dunne who gave the lads some good advice.  It was great to see all the children so well behaved.

Our under 6s, 8s and 10s will have games against Commercials on Friday night 3rd June.  A bus leaves the GAA Field at 6.15pm for Marlfield and there will be no training on Saturday 7th next.  Training will be on Saturday 14th.

The under-12, 14 and 16 hurlers are now well into training and it is great to see the big numbers at training so keep up the good work as the championship is just around the corner.  We are trying to build on our success last year.  The under-12 football final will be played on this Tuesday night, late for this week’s notes, so we will have a report on the game next week.

Our under-14 footballers played Commercials in Fethard on Thursday last, when after completely dominating the first 40 minutes and leading by 7 points, we somehow lost our way and got beaten by 12 points.  The lads have two games left against Moyle Rovers and Ardfinnan. So keep it going we can still make the semifinal!

“Off The Wall 2005” on Sale
The annual publication of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School’s yearbook, ‘Off The Wall’ is now on sale at the school at €8 each.  This year’s issue is packed with articles and full colour photographs of school classes and events.  These collectors’ items are a credit to the transition year students and their editorial team who compile the information and raise funds for publication.  Get your copy now!

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 24th May were: 2, 15, 29 and 30. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner. Three tickets were drawn and the following won €50 each:

Jean Cullinane, Kerry Street, Fethard

Mary Kenny, Drangan

Brian Coen, Killusty, Fethard

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Nellie Fleming, Farranshea, Fethard

Corina Roe, Monkstown, Fethard

Maura Trehy, The Green, Fethard.

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

‘Bucky’ and the Celtic Cup
The Munster rugby team recently regained the Celtic cup in a victory over the Welsh Llanelli Scarlets at Lansdowne Road. They last won the trophy three seasons ago. Mick Galway, the team captain at the time, brought the cup to Fethard. He and his friends arrived into a pub only to be greeted by Jimmy Ryan.  Jimmy was a little under the weather and started to plagued them as only he could!  They eventually took refuge in the restaurant.  Once their meal was finished, Mick Galway offered to get the Celtic Cup from his car for anybody who would like to see it.  Jimmy, at this point, had passed out or, in to a deep sleep. As nobody wanted to wake him and everybody knew he was a Munster rugby fan, it was decided to place the cup beside his sleeping head, take a picture, and show him what he had missed when he woke up. Mick Galway thought it was a great idea and decided to go one better. He would sit into the photo with the cup and the sleeping Jimmy.

The picture was taken and Jimmy was proud as punch when he saw it the following day.  He showed the picture to everybody.  When people pointed out that he was asleep in the picture he replied in true Jimmy style, “That doesn’t effin matter. That’s Mick Galway, the Celtic Cup and ME”.

(N Gawe)

Died Recently
The death has occurred last week of Dick Butler, Roan, Killenaule.  Dick was a gentle man and a very keen GAA fan all his life. Our sympathy to his wife and family, and in particular his daughters, Marianne Shortall, The Valley, and Veronica Fogarty, Garrinch, and his son Philip, proprietor of Butler’s Bar on Main Street, who all live in Fethard.


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