Saturday 10 September 2005

Movement and Music from the wild side!
Internationally acclaimed viola da gamba player Sarah Cunningham, with dancer and choreographer Tara Brandel perform an improvised blend of music, dance, words and sound in the Abymill Theatre on Friday 23rd September at 8pm. Booking now at Austy O’Flynn, Burke Street Tel: 052 31254. Tickets are €10 which includes Cheese and Wine reception sponsored by Kennys Centra Supermarket Fethard.

Tara Brandel is a dancer and choreographer from West Cork who trained in London, has also worked in Amsterdam and Berlin, and now lives in San Francisco. Sarah Cunningham is a chamber musician on the viola da gamba who has toured the world performing and recording music from the baroque and earlier eras.

Tara and Sarah come together in Fethard for a project which is close to both their hearts, collaborating in a totally improvised blend of music, dance, words, and vocal sounds which emerge spontaneously in each moment.

Experience a show which is truly like nothing else that has ever happened before! This cutting edge duo is finding and developing forms which allow creative structures to unfold before your very eyes.

The event is organised by Fethard Historical Society.

Head Shave for Charity 
At a recent ‘Head Shave’, held in Butlers’ Bar in Fethard, Joe O’Meara. Michael Walsh and Philip ‘Rocky’ Crean raised over €1,100 for Cuan Saor Womens Refuge by agreeing to take part in a sponsored head shave.  Ms Breda Bell, Senior Refuge Worker with Cuan Saor, attended the event as did a lot of the local community.

Cuan Saor is currently being renovated and need to raise €100,000 to re-open.  Their counselling service and helpline are still open at Tel: 1800 576757 but other arrangements have to be made for women and children who need accommodation at other refuges throughout the country.

If anybody would like to help Cuan Saor to raise funds you can contact them at Tel: 052 27557.

Ran Away from Home at 15 Years of Age
I am the youngest son of John (Paddy) Duncan and I’m interested in tracing my family tree!  I am hoping to make some contacts as my father is from Fethard born on the 5th December 1920, St Johnstown.  I understand that his father died when he was very young and was married to Elizabeth nee Watson.

My father ran away from home at about 15 years of age and later joined the RAF in England and did a trade. When the Second World War broke out he was posted to South Africa.  After the war he was eligible for South African government citizenship if they stayed and he is still there today.

My eldest brother John Martin Duncan married Rita Bulfin in about 1967 and my second eldest brother Raymond married her older sister Mary in Fethard.  As far as I know their brother Tommy Bulfin is still there!

I have since moved to New Zealand and would like to follow the tree back further so I am hoping that you can help.  Regards, Patrick Duncan (email:pjduncan@xtra.co.nz).

AIB Cup for the Champion Pony 
Congratulations to Jennifer Larkin who won the AIB Champion Show Pony award on Thursday 1st September at Piltown Show. This was a first championship win for both rider and pony, and a very exciting happening at such a prestigious show. The pony ‘Knockbordan Matchmaker’, was produced and owned by Jacqui and Tom Freyne, Knockbordan House, Fethard.

Tommy Murphy Cup in Fethard 
It has been many decades since a senior Tipperary footballer stood in the stand in Croke Park and uttered the famous words, “Ta an athas orm an corn seo a ghlacadh”. Declan Brown wore a smile as wide as the stadium itself as he accepted the Tommy Murphy Cup on behalf of his team-mates. Afterwards, many of the team made their way back to McCarthy’s in Fethard to watch the highlights of the match.  There were loud cheers all round as Fethard’s Fitzgerald brothers, Paul and Aidan, flashed up on the screen. They grew louder still when Paul received the well deserved ‘Man of the Match Award’ for pulling off a number of spectacular saves. The bottle of champagne intended for the cup ended up being sprayed over the crowd, most of which ended up dousing Gerry Nevin who had just flown in from New York.

Let’s hope that this victory will spur a new generation of footballers in the County and bring many more awards from Croke Park to the Valley of Slieve Na mBan. Well done to the Tipperary Team, most particularly the Fethard trio of Damien Byrne, Paul Fitzgerald and Aiden Fitzgerald.  Declan Brown has promised to bring the cup along to the Trust Golf Classic at Slievenamon Golf Club on Saturday 17th September for anybody interested in seeing it.

Married Recently 
Congratulations to Liam Kenny, son of Ella Kenny and the late Jim Kenny, Grove, who married Rebecca Maher, Clonmel, on Saturday 3rd September, in St. John The Baptist Church, Lisronagh.  The couple held their reception at Grove and have now left for Africa on their honeymoon.

The Sweet Taste of Success
The winning of the Tommy Murphy Cup by Tipperary Senior footballers, that meant so much to so many Tipperary football supporters, can be described by just one word — unbelievable!

Following their top class recent displays against Westmeath, Leitrim and Roscommon, many supporters were quietly confident of success.  Others, who have doubts following the Fermanagh debacle last season and this year’s heavy defeats by Derry and Kerry, were not so hopeful.  Even these ‘doubting Thomases’ were re-converted after last Sunday’s great win.

“Was it not great”, “Fantastic”, “Wonderful for Tipp football”, were some of the comments heard after the game as Tipperary followers greeted each other, in Croke Park, outside it, in the car park, and in the hotels on the way home.

Great to see so many former Tipperary footballers from former years, the eighties, seventies, sixties and even back in the fifties, present in such large numbers to witness and savour the great occasion.  One of them was heard to declare emotionally to a Tyrone supporter who congratulated him, “This win today meant more to me than winning the Lotto”.

Seán Ó Ceallaigh, Uachtarán,
Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, is to be complimented on promoting competitions such as the ‘Tommy Murphy Cup’ in football and the ‘Nicky Rackard Cup’ in hurling, for weaker counties and giving the players from these counties the honour of playing in Croke Park on big match days.  In the match programme, he complimented the players and counties who wholeheartedly supported the competitions and for those who showed little interest he had this to say, “Let them if the wish, go on dreaming of next year, but if they are honest for most of them, next year will never come.”

That there is a gap between the stronger and weaker counties, anyone who witnessed the Tyrone v Armagh game, will have to admit exists.  However, who are the stronger counties? Kerry, Armagh and Tyrone seem to be in a class of their own.  The gap between the others is not so great as some people imagine.  Most differences in standards are sometimes more mental than physical.  The Tipperary footballers should now build from last Sunday’s win and the first step is believing in themselves.  If they do they may find, sooner than later, that, as their manager Seamus McCarthy said, “Dreams sometimes do come true!”

Congratulations on Sunday’s glorious day, to the team, manager, selectors, and to the Tipperary County Board who certainly in the lead up to Sunday, scotched the ridicules notion sometimes expressed that they are not supporters of football. 

Still Going Strong    
Congratulations and belated happy birthday wishes to a former St. Patrick’s, Tipperary and Munster footballer, Tom Keane, Barrack Street, who celebrated his 80th birthday on Tuesday.

Indeed the redoubtable Tom Keane’s deeds on the playing field and his droll sayings on and off the pitch, are still often recalled when true Tipperary football men meet. Ad multos annos.

Juvenile GAA Club
Hurling training
Hurling training for under 6s, 8s and 10s will take place next Saturday from 3pm to 4pm so all children are asked to bring their hurley and helmet to training.  New faces are always welcome.

It is hoped that the Under-12 County Final will be played this weekend so please check with any club member if you are unsure.  There are still some DVDs of the drawn game on sale contact Tommy. We urge all supporters to travel to the County Final and it also would be great to see the town shops and houses display the blue and white of Fethard to show their support for this great bunch of juveniles. Best of luck to all involved let’s hope we bring home the cup.

Under 14s
The under 14s bowed out of the championship last week against a very strong Killenaule team but deserve great credit as they battled right to the very end. Well done to all players subs and mentors for the amount of enjoyment that we received throughout the year.  We now wish Killenaule the best of luck in the final and think it only fitting that the team that put us out of the championship should go all the way and take the cup that we held for the last year.

Our under-16s played Ballybacon last week and won quite well to put us in the semifinal due to be played this weekend. The team are playing some brilliant hurling but now the real hurling starts when a loss now puts us out of the championship. So best of luck to all and let’s hope we reach another final.

Other News — the club will run a Race Night in McCarthys on the 27th October and would greatly appreciate all to support us. It was great to see our club jersey sell out so quickly but don’t worry there will be more items on the way including togs and windbreakers.

Slievenamon Musical Society 
The Slievenamon Musical Society express deep gratitude to the children who turned up for auditions, and to their parents who brought them. Musical director Michael Scanlon was very impressed with the abundance of talent that was presented to him, but unfortunately, only two boys and two girls were required; we hope there will not be too many children disappointed.

The annual ‘Duck Race’ was held on Sunday 4th September. Winner of €100 prize was  Chrissie Gahan (Mullinahone); Second was Jim Comerford (Mullinahone), third Chris Keane (London) and fourth Liam Hayes (Kilsheelan).  Many thanks to all who supported us.

Next rehearsal for our forthcoming show South Pacific on Tuesday 20th (ladies) and Thursday 22nd (men). New member are still welcome.

New Off Licence to open
Butlers Bar will open their new off-licence on this Thursday at 6pm and have invited all their customers to come along to a cheese and wine reception, which will precede the event.

Fethard Bridge Club
Fethard Bridge Club reopened on Wednesday, 7th September and the results of the game that night were:

1st Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane
1st Nett: Marie Delaney and Annie O’Brien

Bridge lessons commence in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street on Monday 19th September at 7.30pm and will continue for ten weeks. Cost €50 payable in advance.  Contact: Marie Delaney 052-31148 or Gemma Burke 052-31799. Anyone looking for a partner for Wednesday night, please contact Annie O’Brien at Tel: 052-31862.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 6th September were: 18, 26, 30 and 31. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner. The following tickets were drawn and each received €50:
Bridget Hayes, Main Street, Fethard.
Dearbhla Keane, Main Street, Dundrum.
Lucy Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Mary Coen, Killusty, Fethard.
Maureen Murphy, 18 Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.
Anne Daly, 34 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

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

Fethard And Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 20th September at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Aerobic Classes are back
Aerobic classes are back in Fethard Ballroom every monday evenng from 8pm to 9pm, starting Monday 19th September. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Karen Morrissey 087 9152377.

Polocrosse Success
The end of another successful Polocrosse year for Des Phelan, Lisronagh, who on the 3rd and 4th September played at a charity tournament at Ballylareen, Kill, County Waterford and, along with Tony O’Donnell and Martin Keogh, won the A/B grade which helped to raise €2600 for Waterford Hospice. Des also came 2nd in this years All-Ireland Finals in Ashford County Wicklow.

It was a good year all round for Tipperary Polocrosse as the Junior team won the Tri nations cup in Cardiff and the Pre-Juniors won the All Irelands this year. Congratulations to everyone.

Fethard GAA Club
Senior Football
The Senior Football South Final on Sunday last resulted in Fethard winning their 28th title, the last being in 2002, on a scoreline, Fethard 1-20 (1-10) to Carrick Swans 1-4 (0-2), and are the only team into the county semifinal having started last Sunday without three of the county players.  Congratulations to all.  The team on Sunday was: Paul Fitzgerald (captain), Alan Phelan, Michael Aherne, Ian Kenrick, Willie Morrissey, John P Looby, Stephen O’Donnell, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-3, Tomás Keane, Karl Maher 1-1, Michael Dillon 0-4, Miceál Spillane 0-2, Conor McCarthy 0-8 (3f), Brian Coen 0-1, and Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1. Subs Introduced during second half were: Glen Burke for Ian Kenrick, Damien Byrne for Stephen O’Donnell, and Owen Doyle for Willie Morrissey.

Congratulations to Conor McCarthy for his ‘Man Of The Match’ award. Congratulations also to Damien Byrne and Una Kiernan who were married on Saturday 10th September in Borris (Co Carlow) and ‘Bon Voyage’.

Intermediate Hurling
If we are successful in the Intermediate Hurling on Tuesday 13th we are out again in the semifinal on Sunday 18th September in Monroe against Cahir at 12 noon

In Junior A Football, depending on results, we play Ballingarry in Killenaule at 5pm on Saturday 17th September.

In Junior Football B we were heavily defeated on Saturday last on a scoreline, Fethard 0-3, Clonmel Commercials 6-8.

Our Lotto Jackpot of € 2,700 was not won.  The Numbers Drawn at The Castle were 2, 3, 9 and 19.  We had two match threes and the following won €75 each: Collie Bradshaw (Woodvale Walk), and Bee Gould (Claremore).  The €50 Lucky Dip going to John Spillane (Killerk).

Congratulations to County Board Draw winner, Tom G Murphy, St Johnstown, Fethard, and to promoter Josie Fitzgerald who gets €500.

Our Sympathies are at this time with the Godfrey Family Derryluskin on the death of Joe.
Go Ndeanai Trocaire Orthu.


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