Saturday 26 November 2005

Christmas Bazaar a great success
On Thursday 24th November Fethard and District Day Care Centre held their very popular Christmas Bazaar.  There was a great build up to this event, which began after we came back from our summer break.  The clients and volunteers made beautiful rugs, dolls, dusters, flower arrangements and many other items for sale on the day. We also received very generous donations from the businesses and people in Fethard for our ‘Monster Raffle’, which this year raised €1,010.

A great crowd attended, from near and far, and the total amount raised on the day was €2,500.  This year it was decided that monies raised would go to the Pakistan Relief Fund, so ‘well done’ and a very huge ‘thank you’ to all the clients, volunteers, committee members, staff and everyone who helped to make the day such a success. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

The results of the Christmas Bazaar Draw are as follows:
1: Hamper — Mary Lucey, Cois Falla;
2: Outdoor Santa — J.J. Roche, Woodvale Walk;
3: Hamper — Chrissie Healy, Moyglass;
4: Rug — Pakie McGrath, Canon Hayes Court;
5: Hamper — Michael McCarthy, Kerry Street;     
6: Whiskey — Pakie McGrath, Canon Hayes Court;
7: Fruit Hamper — Esther Breen, Barrack Street;
8: Vodka — Ger Manton, Main Street;
9: Hamper (toiletries) — Maisie O’Meara, Killenaule;
10: Whiskey — Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk;
11: Voucher  — Megan Sceats, Crampscastle;
12: Voucher — Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle;
13: Peach Schnapps    Ger Manton, Main Street;
14: Crystal Bowl        Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk;
15: Voucher — Eileen Gleeson, Knockelly;
16: Two Prints — Sheila Corbett, Grove;
17: Voucher — Alice Quinn, Burke Street;
18: Merry’s Liqueur — Martin Corbett;
19: Chocolates — Kitty Roche, Ballinard;
20: Voucher — Mary Lucey, Cois Falla;
21: Voucher  — Sean Aylward, Grove;
22: Gizmo (Toy) — Stephen Gleeson, Drangan;
23: Wine — Jimmy Roche, Ballinard;
24: Voucher — Brian Palmer, The Green;
25: Whiskey — Dolores O’Donnell, Woodvale Walk;
26: Toiletries — Margaret Croke, St. Patricks Place;
27: Voucher — Margaret Burke, Main Street;
28: Voucher — Mary Grant, Killerk;
29: Print — Peggy O’Dea, Mobarnane;
30: Biscuits — Jimmy Roche, Ballinard;
31: Ironing Board Cover — Janelle Power, Barrack Street;
32: Wine — Jimmy Connolly, Main Street;
33: Children’s Dance Mat — Eileen Corbett;
34: Voucher — Amy Roche, Kilnockin View;
35: Voucher — Sheila Corbett, Grove;
36: Six glasses — Mona Spillane, Killerk;
37: Voucher — Joan Gleeson, Knockelly;
38: Chocolates — Mary O’Connell;
39: Wine — Mary O’Connell;
40: Voucher — Tamara Power, Barrack Street.

Preparing for Christmas
Advent is a time of spiritual preparation to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas.

Put some time aside for prayer and personal reflection during this time by joining in an hour of prayer at the Presentation Convent at 8pm on Tuesday evenings. Encourage your family and friends to come along as well. All are welcome.

Community Lotto ‘Extra Christmas Prizes’
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto will have an extra draw for five Christmas Turkeys and five Christmas Hams every week from now up to Christmas, that’s a total of ten extra chances to win a prize, in addition to winning the Jackpot of €10,000 or ‘Match Three’ prizes, or one of the three ‘Lucky Dips’ for €50.

The numbers drawn on Wednesday 23rd November were: 5, 16, 22 and 24.  We had no Jackpot winner and four ‘Match Three’ winners who received €40 each:

Bernard O'Donnell, Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
Nellie Donovan, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard;
Breda Boland, Hoare Abbey, Cashel;
Catherine, Claire & Mary, c/o Centra, Fethard.

The €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Robert O'Riordan, Cloran, Cloneen;
Nellie Ryan, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Ann Kenny, Castlehiggins, Fethard.

This week was the first of our Christmas Special draw for 10 extra prizes for Turkeys and Hams from local suppliers. The winners this week were as follows.

Turkey Winners:
Marie O'Sullivan, Main Street, Fethard;
Fr. Tom Breen, Fethard;
Cayce Aherne, Prospect, Fethard;
Marie Allen, The Green, Fethard;
Marion O'Connor, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
Christmas Ham winners:
Abigail Doyle, c/o Stephanie’s, The Green;
Rena Sheehan, Killusty;
F. Walsh, Barrack Street, Fethard;
Nellie Fleming, Farranshea;
M. Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard.

Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000. Don’t forget that every ticket bought has ten extra chances to win a prize in our ‘Christmas Special’ draw. The weekly draw takes place on Wednesday mornings at 11am in Fethard Day Care Centre, Barrack Street. All are welcome to come along.

Christmas Cards
A selection of Fethard Christmas Cards are currently for sale in local shops. A selection of new Fethard postcards are also available for sale.

‘Battle of the Brains’ Table Quiz
Killusty Soccer Club will hold their ‘Battle of the Brains’ table quiz on Friday 2nd December in The Well, Burke Street. The quiz starts at 9pm sharp. Committee members are asked to be in The Well at 8.30pm.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday 23rd November we played for the Gross Turkey prize and this week we played for the Nett Turkey prize.  The results of these two games and the change of partner turkey will be announced on 21st December, our last game before Christmas.

Our Christmas Party will be at Sadel’s Restaurant on Friday, 9th December and we will be playing for Christmas Prizes on Wednesday 7th December. Anyone looking for a partner, please contact Annie O’Brien at 31862.

Parents Association Table Quiz
The Parents Association of the Secondary, Fethard, will hold a Table Quiz in the Secondary School Hall on Monday 5th December at 8.30 pm. A Raffle will also be held in conjunction with the Table Quiz. Attractive prizes will be on offer. We wish to thank the various sponsors for their support. Proceeds of this quiz are in aid of school facilities.

A good night’s entertainment is promised, refreshments will be served and an invitation is extended to all. See you there!

St. Vincent de Paul
The closing date has been extended for those requiring the help of St. Vincent de Paul for this Christmas. Please contact any member of the society for an application form and complete same before Wednesday 7th December.

Community 30th Anniversary Dinner Dance in January
Tickets are now on sale for the Fethard & Killusty Community Council’s 30th Anniversary Dinner Dance, which will be held in Fethard Ballroom on Friday night 13th January.  Music will be supplied by the big band sound of ‘Opus I’. This promises to be a great occasion for all members of the community. Tickets at €35 each are available at Newport’s Newsagency or from any member of the committee. A ticket could be the ideal ‘Christmas Present’ for someone you know!

The Community Council would like to see all local organisations support this Anniversary Dance to acknowledge the dedicated voluntary work of our Community Council members over the past thirty years.

Information Evening for Fethard Urban Renewal Programme
Fethard has been picked for the participation in the Urban & Village Renewal Scheme 2006. The amount to be spent in each town chosen could amount to €80,000, so public consultation and involvement is important. The planning section of South Tipperary County Council will hold an Information Evening in the Tirry Community Centre on Monday 5th December at 7pm.  All are welcome.

Santa Bear Appeal
The Annual Santa Bear Appeal in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic will take place from 1st to 11th December and ‘Santa Bears’ will be available for sale in local shops at €2 each. This is a very worthwhile cause and the CRC’s ongoing support and help for affected children and families is invaluable.

To supplement the appeal, the annual ‘Carol Singing’ on the streets of Fethard will take place on Thursday 15th December, commencing at Fethard Town Hall at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

Engagement Announcement
Congratulations to Áine Wright and Michael Knightly who recently announced their engagement. Áine presently works in Limerick and Michael works with Primus Advertising & Marketing Ltd in Fethard.

School Performance of ‘Godspell’
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School will perform the musical ‘Godspell’ in the Abymill Theatre on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December at 8.15pm. The show is produced by Ms Marian Gilpin (Deputy Principal) and promises to live up to the high standard set by the school’s previous productions. A special matinee will take place on Friday afternoon to accommodate students attending local Primary Schools.

With the White Heathers
Sunday last at Rocklow was somewhat good in parts (like the curate's egg). Foxes were quite plentiful with a few short runs being the feature of the day’s hunting. Scent was quite patchy and foxes, nowadays, seem to get to ground very quickly, which does not help matters.

The White Heathers meet next Sunday at Orchardstown at 11am.

Golden Wedding Anniversary
Congratulations to Michael and Rita Kearney, Friarsgrange, who recently celebrated their ‘Golden Wedding’ anniversary.

Hunting news
The Tipperary Foxhounds had a large field of 65 mounted followers from their meet at Moyglass on Saturday 26th November. A fox from the sandpit at Clonbrogan proved a bit of a dodger and could not be persuaded to leave.

Finding down towards Farranaleen, hounds were just settling down when they ran into live electric fencing and Pat decided not to pursue.

Crossing the road, hounds were kept busy throughout the afternoon with followers engaging a few nice circles from Knockinglass and from the old railway line on the Bufanna side.

Kavanaghs of Fethard
I am researching my ggg grandmother, Catherine Kavanagh. She was baptized in 1811 in the parish of Drangan Cloneen. Parents were Thomas Kavanagh and Mary Ryan. Witnesses were William Maher, and Catherine Kavanagh. I am looking in the Fethard area because I have an elusive distant family member who has posted on the Fethard Website Forum for Catherine Grimes Delehunty (my GGG Grandmother). We don't have all the details, but know that she married Michael Grimes and had at least two sons (Edward born 1832 my GG Grandfather, and William born probably 1834). At some point (either before or after) marrying Michael, she was married to a man named Delehunty, and had other children.  We know she was born Catherine Kavanagh. Edward and William went to the USA in about 1850. The Delehunty boys (2) went to Australia. Michael either died or left or was transported on a convict ship in about 1836. We don't know if Catherine ever left Ireland. If you have any information on her or any of these family members, I would really appreciate it. I am finding this search very difficult. Thank you, Pamela Forrest (email: pforrestm@hotmail.com)

Tony Sheehan Fund
A very special and important meeting took place in the Fr Tirry Community Centre, Fethard,
on Friday 25th November.  A committee was formed to secure immediate funding in aid of Tony Sheehan, son of Johnny and Peg Sheehan, St. Patrick’s Place, who is very seriously ill at the moment. The whole community were devastated to learn of Tony’s condition and it is vital that swift action is taken to provide necessary treatment.

Tony, a former national and international star in the sport of clay pigeon shooting, was a wonderful ambassador for sport in his town, county and country, as indeed was his dad, Johnny who also excelled in this sport in addition to making a huge contribution to the sport of Judo and coached many young people in the Fethard Judo Club along the road to national and international fame.  Johnny also plays a leading role in the administration of Killusty Pony Show each year in addition to several other activities.

The Sheehan name is associated with a variety of sports especially GAA one of the great loves of the family. Their door is always open to help everybody and now the wheel has turned and I am sure the public will not be found wanting when requested to “put their hand in their pocket”, in this season of goodwill and help this worthy cause.

Conventional medication in Ireland has failed but treatment is on offer in Mexico. Cost of this treatment will run into serious money but what is money in comparison to life. Tony is home at the moment and daily medial costs are very high.  Plans are currently being made for funding and a bank account has been open with AIB Fethard.

It is hoped that people will rally round and make a deposit in this account immediately. We also expect that companies, clubs etc., will make contributions and arrange benefit nights to help alleviate the financial burden cast upon this wonderful family. It is imperative that assistance be given as soon as possible as time is vital to Tony’s life.

Donations may also be made to any of the following committee members: Waltie Moloney (chairman), Michaél McCormack (secretary), Peggy Colville (public relations). Treasurers/Trustees: Deputy Seamus Healy, T.D., Cllr Michael O’Brien and Jimmy O’Shea. Committee: Cllr John Fahey, Cllr Susan Meagher, John Sheehan, Paddy Croke, Michael Sheehan, Alfie Brett, Michael Fitzgerald, Ian O’Connor, Denis Burke, Tom Tobin, Connie O’Sullivan, Neilie Hall, David O’Meara, Willie O’Meara, Carmel Rice, David Morrissey and Anna Cooke.   

Fethard Athletic Club’s Table Quiz
Fethard Athletic Club is holding a table quiz on Thursday 8th December in Fethard Ballroom commencing at 8pm. Entry fee will be €20 per table with at least one adult per table. A raffle will be held during the evening. Refreshments will be served and the committee would welcome all donations of sandwiches, cakes etc on the night.

Everybody is welcome and we will be especially pleased to see all current and former athletes and their families attend. This is the only fundraising event that the club has undertaken this year so please support us in what we hope will be a fun evening for everyone. Any donations or sponsorship please contact Fintan or Mary or any member of the club.

Fethard GAA News
Fethard GAA Club will hold their AGM on Sunday 15th January 2006.  Please make a note of the date in your diary. 

Our Lotto Jackpot of €3,900 was not won. The numbers drawn in McCarthys Hotel were 4, 13, 14 and 20. We had one ‘match three’ winner who received €150: John Spillane (Killerk). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was: Derek Cuddihy (Woodvale Walk).

History Lecture
Proinsias Ó Drisceoil, a native of Thurles, will give a Lecture on the Diaries of Amhlaoibh Ó Shuilliobháin (Humphrey O'Sullivan) in the Abymill on Tuesday next, 6th December, beginning at 8.30pm. The Diaries were written between 1827 and 1835 when Humphrey was a shopkeeper in Callan Co. Kilkenny, and was also an organizer for ‘The Liberator’ Daniel O'Connell, in the struggle for Catholic Emancipation.

Proinsias has made a detailed study of the diaries and his lecture will give us a good picture of the lives of the Irish middle class of the mid 19th century, which can be regarded as the beginning of the modern Ireland as we now know it.

Proinsias Ó Drisceoil is joint editor, with his wife Mary Ó Drisceoil, of the 2005 Tipperary Historical Journal, which was recently published to great acclaim.

As usual, all and sundry are welcome to attend, the entrance fee is €4 and refreshments will be served following the lecture.



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