Saturday 11th June 2005

Young people of Fethard . . . tell us what you want!
All Fethard teenagers from 13 years to 17 years are invited to attend an informal meeting at 4pm on Tuesday 21st June in the Tirry Community Centre to discuss their views on what facilities or services they would like in Fethard to improve their quality of life.  The meeting will be facilitated by two students of Tipperary Institute as part of the Fethard & Killusty Community Council’s Feasibility Study to identify the best community use and development of the Convent Hall and riverside area. 

The students will also interview and listen to the views of senior pupils from St Patrick’s Boys National School and Nano Nagle National School on Monday and Tuesday.  We are very grateful for the co-operation from both Fethard National schools in this project and for the assistance and help from the staff of Tipperary Institute who have offered and provided their expertise and time voluntary.

This is a great opportunity for young people to get involved and help make Fethard change in the right direction, identify problem areas and provide needed facilities for the youth.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 21st June at 8pm.

Fethard Athletic Club
Fethard Athletic Club will hold its annual sports evening in the Community Field on Wednesday 22nd June at 6.30pm sharp.  The programme will include races for all ages from pre-school to under-16 and also on the agenda is the ever-popular sack race. The evening will conclude with a mixed 4x100m relay race.  Entry fee is €2 per child.

Broadband Update for Fethard Area
On the basis of correspondence with Eircom, there have been substantive changes to the original GBS proposal submitted for Fethard. The changes relate to a number of issues, including the area that is covered by this proposed project, the number of households & businesses that will be capable of receiving a broadband service under this project, the details of the broadband service, the expected minimum speed that Fethard subscribers should experience, etc.

Taking these changes into account, Matthew Collins, Communications Development Division, Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources, asked if these changes are acceptable from the Fethard community's perspective. Taking in to account the proposed 'Wireless Broadband Service' for this area, which will service areas outside Eircom's proposal, it was decided to accept the following amendments.

Summary of Changes to Fethard GBS Proposal:
Service Coverage Area:

The proposed service coverage area has changed. Broadband will now be provided to Fethard Town and surrounding area up to a 3-kilometre radius. This is unlikely to include Cloneen, Killusty, Knockbritt, or Moyglass which were included on the original map. A new map indicating the 3.5 Km radius was provided.

Households/Businesses Covered:

It is estimated that the Fethard Town plus a 3.5-kilometre radial area includes 501 households and businesses. Eircom believes that up to 400 of them will be able to get a broadband service, i.e. 80% of households and businesses in Fethard Town.

Subscriber Projections:

Eircom expects to have 120 broadband subscriber by month 12 of the project.

Product Details:

Eircom has doubled the download speeds that were originally included in the proposal. The uploading speed and contention ratio are unchanged.

Downloading Speed:

A subscriber in Fethard should expect to experience a lowest download speed of about 800 Kbps (where they have subscribed to a 1,024 Kbps, ie. 1 Mbps service).

Customer Support:

Information on customer support arrangements has been provided.  

Network Security:

Information on network security has been provided.

Wholesale Products:

Further information is being prepared by Eircom about the full range of wholesale products available to other operators on the Fethard exchange.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 7th June were: 19, 26, 29 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner. The following tickets were drawn and each won €50:

Sean O'Callaghan, St Patrick's Place, Fethard

Michael Russell. Drangan

Susan Carroll, Ballyrichard, Mullinahone

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Seamus Moloney, 7 Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard

Agnes Evans, 6 Congress Terrace, Fethard

Jimmy O'Sullivan, Main Street, Fethard

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

Fethard GAA News (photo ‘Skills Winners’)
Fethard were successful in reaching the quarterfinal of the County Senior Football Championship, to be played on the 18th/26th September, when accounting for Aherlow in Cashel last Saturday evening.  The final score was, Fethard 1-10, Aherlow 1-8.  A full match report is on the sports page.  Team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne, Michael Aherne, Michael Carroll, Willie Morrissey, Glen Burke, Stephen O’Donnell, Aiden Fitzgerald, Cian Maher, Carl Maher 0-2, Brian Coen 0-5 (4F), Miceál Spillane, Conor McCarthy 1-1 (1F), Eoin Doyle 0-1,Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1. Sub used was Tomas Keane. Our next game is in the South against Ardfinnan on the 3rd July.
Best of luck to Paul, Damien, Glen, Cian, on this coming Saturday when Tipperary senior footballers take on Westmeath in the qualifier.
Intermediate Hurling for our club kicks off this weekend, on Sunday 19th, in Cahir against Fr Sheehys at 7pm.

The Minor Hurling B Championship starts on the following Friday, 24th June, in Ned Hall Park against Ballybacon Grange at 8pm.  The Junior B Hurling and Junior A Football will also be starting shortly.
The Munster Hurling Final between Tipperary and Cork will take place on Sunday 26th June in Páirc Ui Caoimhe, which has a capacity of 39,000.  Draw for tickets will be strictly available to 2005 members only.
Our Lotto Jackpot €1600 was not won. The draw was made in Lonergans Bar and the numbers drawn were 11, 12, 15 and 23.  We had one match three winner: €150 to Breda Burke (Main Street). The €50 Lucky Dip went to Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan).

Results of the draw (w/e 4th June) made in the Well are as follows. The numbers drawn were: 2, 3, 19 and 24.  There was one match three winner: €150 to Bob Maher (Barrack St).  The €50 Lucky Dip went to John Kirwan (c/o Cambells Soup Thurles).

Juvenile GAA Club
The under-10 football championship will start this weekend when we play Killenaule in the first round, time and venue to be arranged. Training will continue on Saturdays from 3pm to 4pm and new faces are welcome.

With the under-12 football championship over we now focus all our attention to hurling, and on Friday last we played Moyle Rovers in a challenge match and won by 3 points.  We are preparing for the first round, which takes place in two weeks time.  We wish John, Mikey, P.J. and all the team the best of luck in the championship game.

With exams on for under-14s and under-16s, the hurling championship is on hold but should start within two weeks. Best of luck to: Liam, Martin, Ian and Jim and to both teams in there quest for silverware.  There is a club meeting on Monday 20th June in the dressing room at 8.30pm.

Congratulations to the senior football team on their great win over Aherlow in the county championship. Best of luck to Paul, Damien, Glen and Cian, who are all playing with Tipperary this weekend against Westmeath in the senior championship qualifier. It is great to see our Fethard club so well represented on the County team.

Community Games (photo ‘Athletes’)
Well done to Michael and Bernadette Costello, Woodvale Walk, who both won silver medals at the county athletics finals.  Michael was second in boys’ under-14 100m and Bernadette was second in girls’ under-16 1500m.  Gregory Henry, a member of Fethard Athletic Club, won gold representing Killenaule in the boys’ under-12 600m.

Ladies Football
The Fethard under-14 team had a narrow win over Galtee Rovers in the GAA Park on Thursday last on a final score of 2-5 to 2-4.  This team are now drawn against Templemore in their next game, which will be played in Templemore, followed by a game against Lorrha which will also be played in Templemore.  Special word of thanks to all who subscribed to recent sponsored walk, which was very successful. We would appreciate if all outstanding cards were returned immediately.

Presentation Sisters raise over €2,000
Sisters Betty, Winnie and Julianna from the Presentation Convent, Fethard, would like to thank sincerely all the people who supported and sponsored them in the Flora Women’s Marathon, which took place in Dublin on Monday 6th June.  The Sisters raised over €2,000 through sponsorship which will now go towards supporting the missionary work of the Presentation Sisters in Zimbabwe.

Bridge Bar Golf Society Outing
The next outing for the Bridge Bar Golf Society will take place on Friday 17th June to Mountrath Golf Club.  Tee-off times are from 4.30pm to 5.45pm and the fee is €15.  All members intending to ravel are requested to notify Martin Burke at Tel: 052 31142 as soon as possible.

Manfred Naundorf remembered
In May this year, a Polocrosse tournament was held at Davern’s Equestrian Centre in memory of the late Manfred Naundorf who passed away in September 2003.  Manfred, late of Killusty, was a keen supported of the Polocrosse game, and his wife, Giuliana, returned to Ireland to present the ‘Manfred Naundorf Perpetual Trophy’ to the local club.  The trophy will be presented to the winners of the Junior Grades, in order to encourage up and coming talent in the game.

This year’s winners of the event were Karl Norris, Shane Harris and Anthony Sweeney of the Tipperary Juniors Team. Giuliana Naundorf made the presentation of the ‘Manfred Naundorf Perpetual Trophy’ to the winners, and in return, received a presentation from Noel Davern, Davern’s Equestrian Centre, as a token of thanks.

The next tournament at Davern’s Equestrian Centre will take place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June.  This tournament will have some classic games of Juniors and Under-18s representing Ireland and England this year. All spectators are welcome and admission is free.  For further information on the game visit the club’s website www.tipperary-polocrosse.com

Simply the Best!
Two members of a team of four sheep shearers from Australia caused somewhat of a sensation in local farming circles while on a working visit to Fethard.  The two Aussies sheared 120 ewes on a local farm in just over two hours.  That is an average of just over two minutes per large ewe.  The speed of which these guys operated had to be seen to be believed.

Local Winner
Congratulations to Dick O’Brien, Main Street, on his success at Kinsale Point-to-Point on the Bank Holiday weekend.  Dick’s ‘Delshannon’ won the 5-Years Old Maiden Mares Race on the Saturday of the two-day, end of the Point-to-Point season’s final meeting.

Death of Kitty Croke
With regret we announce the recent death in England of Mrs Kitty Croke, formerly Kitty Tobin of Farranaleen.  Another of Fethard’s very long time emigrants, Kitty and her late husband, Bill Croke, Derryluskin, though over 70 years in England, never forgot their Fethard roots and love of their native place.  Keeping in touch with local current affairs through the Nationalist, which they never missed weekly, and the parish annual  Emigrants’ Newsletter.  Bill and Kitty were regular annual visitors to Fethard up to a few short years ago, where they loved to meet old friends and neighbours and talk of times long gone.  Two lovely people, they both will be sadly missed by relatives and friends.

Kitty Croke was interred in England on 7th June.

Another long time Emigrant dies
The death has also occurred in England recently of Ms Margaret Foster, formerly Peggy Heffernan, Congress Terrace, Fethard.  Peggy was another of Fethard’s long time Fethard emigrants.

The deaths of many of our Fethard emigrants living in England, especially during the past two years, reminds us time and again of the terrible toll of emigration from our town in the forties and fifties, and even earlier.

Many of our native Fethard people forced to emigrate from Ireland are now being called home and have died, and been interred far from their native Tipperary.  They should not be forgotten, especially where it matters most.

Sayers Family Information follow-up
The Sayers family on which Judith Sayers of Gloucestershire, England, is seeking information is one of Fethard’s oldest families.  The Henry Baker Sayers mentioned by her as having several businesses in the town, had a general shop, hardware etc., at Main Street, subsequently Fennellys, then Scully’s and now the Fethard Arms.

Ms Carrie Sayers of Main Street married a Mr Thompson, Green Farm, Fethard, and Carrie Thompson-Sayers would have been the last of the Sayers family of Main Street.

Another branch of the Sayers family resided on the opposite side of Main Street and these were a very well-known family in Tipperary, and indeed even further afield legal circles.  Probably the best-known lawyer amongst them was Hugh Tom Sayers.  They intermarried with the Hazletts who were another well-known family of the era and resided in Shaftsbury House, which is now the Post Office. 

The Sayers family owned property on Main Street from the Post Office to where Mrs Ahearne now resides. This branch of the Sayers family on leaving Fethard, relocated to Carlow.  They have a burial vault in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, at the rear of O’Sullivan’s.  The last interment of a member of the Carlow Sayers family took place there some 20 years ago.  There are no descendants of the Main Street branch of the Sayers family now residing in Fethard.

By and extraordinary coincidence, Judy Sayers, daughter of the late Harry and Margaret Sayers, St. Patrick’s Place, now residing in England, gave a long term of employment with the Delmege family at Green Farm, formerly the residence of Carrie Thompson-Sayers.

We home the above information is of some advantage to Judith Sayers.  (E.A.N.)

Are they all “Off their tree?”
“Get down from that tree or you will break the branches?” was the request made by a prominent civic-minded lady member of Fethard’s Tidy Town’s Committee, to some young boys playing ‘Tarzan’ in one of Fethard’s ornamental trees.

“You can’t make us!” was the immediate reply.

This gives an example of the lack of respect shown to elders and the lack of regard for rules or laws shown by many in today’s world. The younger generation are not the only ones at fault.  For instance, what about the number of car drivers who ignore completely the speed limit on the Lisronagh straight or on the Fethard-Killenaule road.  Also the number of drivers who drive while using their mobile phones.

Maybe the old proverb, “What the old cock crows, the young cock will answer”, is not so far off the mark.  The number of prosecutions for drink driving is also on the increase in spite of an extensive advertising campaign to drivers not to do so.  Where do we go from here?

Augustinian Abbey 700 Celebrations
On Wednesday 29th June a special Concelebrated Mass will take place at 6pm in the Abbey.  This Mass is held in conjunction with the Chapter of the Irish Province of the Augustinian Order, which is being held in Limerick from 27th June to 1st July.
At the time of the Confederation of Kilkenny, when Catholics were given a brief "breathing space" from persecution, the Augustinians were able to hold their provincial chapters in Fethard in 1643, 1646 and 1649. The Provincial superior actually lived in Fethard from 1646 to 1649.
The chapter of 2005 will be presided over by the V. Rev. Robert Prevost (USA), who is the 96th Prior General of the Augustinian Order. On the evening of 29th June at least 60 Chapter fathers will arrive in Fethard to concelebrate Mass in the Abbey in its centenary year.

This visit was organised long before our prior, Fr Gerry Horan, was chosen to be Provincial of the Irish Province. As one of the first acts at the new Chapter, Rev. Fr Prevost will confirm Fr. Gerry as the next Provincial, on 27th June.
To accord Fr. Gerry a Fethard "comhgáirdeachas" and to extend a "Céad Míle Fáilte" to his fellow Augustinians we are asking all friends of The Abbey, from Fethard and surrounding parishes, to come to this historic and celebratory Mass at 6pm on 29th June.

County Champions Under 11 Roinn C
Fethard 6-4, Upperchurch 3-4

Thursday 9th June proved to be a very special day in the lives of the pupils and staff of St. Patrick’s School, Fethard.  It was the first time the school had participated in and won a schools hurling final.

The venue was Semple Stadium where the boys experienced the excitement of being in number one dressing room, racing through the tunnel out onto the field, a pre match puck around and photos.  Supporters added to the occasion with their shouts of support and singing.

The first half of the match was evenly balanced, Fethard started well with a goal, However Upperchurch fought back well and scored a goal and two points.  Fethard scored two more goals and another goal for Upperchurch meant that Fethard led by just one point at half time.  Fethard dominated the second half scoring three goals and four points to a goal and two points.

After the match Christy Clancy, Chairman of Cumann na mBunscoil presented the plaque to the captain John Gartland who thanked his teammates, teachers, coach, supporters and the Upperchurch team.  Many neutrals after the match commented on the hurling skills of the boys.  Brian Healy, steady in goal also starred as a forward in the semi-final.  The four backs Cathal Hurley, Ger Maher, Garreth Lawrence and Brian Delahunty marked tightly and showed great ground hurling skills.  Ronan Fitzgerald and John Gartland contributed greatly from midfield with fine scores and good ball into the forwards.  The very lively forwards of David Gartland, Ciaran O’Meara and Dylan Fitzgerald all put their mark on the scoresheet.  The four subs Eoin Walsh, Vincent Lawrence, Andrew Maher and Gerard Gorey were all introduced and contributed to the great victory.

Willie Ryan, their coach, can be very pleased with his efforts and commitment.  The twice-weekly training sessions since last January all paid off last Thursday in Semple Stadium.

Team:  Brian Healy, Cathal Hurley, Ger Maher, Garreth Lawrence, Brian Delahunty, Ronan Fitzgerald (1-3), John Gartland (1-0), David Gartland (2-0), Ciaran O’Meara (2-0), Dylan Fitzgerald (0-1). Subs: Eoin Walsh, Vincent Lawrence, Andrew Maher and Gerard Gorey.


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