Saturday 1st April 2006

Killusty Community Alert
The annual general meeting of Killusty Community Alert will take place on Tuesday 4th April at 8pm in Killusty National School. All are welcome.

Raking up the past!
We said last week that once we mentioned War of Attrition as probably the first Cheltenham Gold Cup winner trained in Co. Tipperary, we were open to contradiction. Sure enough we had a local expert on racing records inquiring, “What about Cottage Rake?” Fair enough.

Having reached the stage where the wheels are falling off the bike with regard to memory matters of 50 years ago, we stand corrected. Cottage Rake was one of the early successes of the legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien. Cottage Rake captured three consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cups in 1948, 1949 and 1950. He was ridden by Audrey Brabazon in each of his Gold Cup triumphs. Another locally bred winner of the Gold Cup was Kerstin in 1958, the Dawn Run of her day, bred by Mr Con Burke, Watergate, at his Kilmore Farm.

The mention of the two great leaps thrown by War of Attrition at the second last and last jumps in Cheltenham has prompted another question, “How much ground does a top class chaser cover while clearing a fence?” During the 1950s period a similar inquiry appeared in the letter pages of the old Sporting Chronicle, now long defunct. The answer given for the longest recorded distance covered by a steeplechaser clearing a jump was 22 feet. This was covered by locally bred Cool Customer, who also finished second to Cottage Rake in the 1949 Gold Cup. Does anyone remember the year or race of this record-breaking jump? It would be most interesting to discover if Cool Customer’s record has ever been equalled in modern times. Over to you Raymond!

Happy Motoring
Figures recently released with regard to the future of motoring in Ireland and indeed worldwide, do not make very happy reading for motorists. By 2020, that is just 14 years away, the population of Ireland will have increased by one million, with a corresponding increase in the number of cars on the roads. This being correct, the present day road system will have as much chance of accommodating the traffic as Strylea boreen would have of taking the present day traffic flow.

What is the solution, or more correctly, is there one at all? They have tried motorway toll roads, penalty points, car testing, breathalysing, etc all to no avail. The latest we hear is that cars with four or more passengers are to be exempt from stopping at toll booths. This suggestion apparently is an attempt to lessen the number of cars on our roads. The M50, which was to have been the motorists dream, has turned out to be more of a motorists nightmare, almost completely gridlocked at peak traffic times. Now it appears if been gridlocked on our latest motorway is not enough, you also stand a fair chance of being shot!

The residential arc spreading out from Dublin gets wider and wider, reaching well into Co. Meath and down to Co. Wexford. Many now who commute up to 60 miles daily each way to Dublin have to leave home as early as 5am to get to work by 8pm or 9pm. Stuck in traffic for up to 4 hours per day and arriving home at 8pm ready to fall into bed after doing a days work, surely can not be called living; and we call this progress. Things, while not as bad down the country, are not so good either. Try and find a bit of parking space, especially at weekends, in any of our major towns and you will see what we mean.
With regard to our terrible death toll on the roads, far more people have been killed by the motorcar in the past 100 years than in all the world wide wars combined. The statistics we mentioned at outset state by 2020 over two million people per year will be killed by motorcars world wide, and we worry about Avian Flu, which is almost impossible to catch.

The solution to our horrific road accident record in Ireland is simple but impossible. There will have to be some means devised to get into people’s head and change their way of thinking. Most extraordinary that so many motorists who live as best they can by the laws of God and man throw the rule book out the window when they get behind the wheel in a car. They would not dream of eating a bag of crisps two days out of date but would think absolutely nothing of exceeding the speed limit, driving while using their mobile phones, after having one or two over the limit, or showing courtesy to other road users. Why is it impossible to change the way they think? Prominent psychologists say, you can only change how you think yourself, not how people think!
We seem to have created in the motor car, a necessity like the mobile phone in modern day living, a monster we can not control, and we have just got to live with it. Happy motoring!

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next committee meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council takes place on Tuesday 4th April at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Fethard Ladies Football U 16 League
Fethard played Lattin Cullen in very wet conditions in Lattin on Saturday last. This was their first outing of the year, which resulted in a decisive victory for Fethard. The team was as follows: Rebecca Fogarty, Rachel Prout, Clare O’Brien, Faye Manton, Jean Anglim, Chloe Gough, Sarah Hayes, Laura Rice, Sinead Delahunty, Aisha Tobin, Debbie Lawrence, Sarah Conway, Natalie Walsh, Lisa Anglim, Jane Kenny. Sub: Emma Fleming. Some players were missing on the day and we hope to have these players back for the next game which will be against Upperchurch on Sunday next, 2nd April in Drombane at 1.45pm

Premier Swing for Abymill
The Premier Swing big band makes a welcome return visit to Fethard’s intimate Abymill theatre on Friday 31st March. The twenty-one piece orchestra, joined by star vocalists Irene Walsh and Liam Butler, will play some of the all time big band favourites including music by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and, of course, a selection of vocals by the late Frank Sinatra. Booking is at Austin Flynn’s, Burke St., Fethard, phone (052) 31254 and tickets cost €10.

Patrician Presentation Secondary School News
Despite the pouring rain, Daffodil Day in Fethard imparted an aura of spring and promising weather to come. Transition Year again played their part in this year’s event with Christopher Sheehan, Paul McCarthy and Declan Doyle taking up their station outside Fethard Post Office to collect for the Irish Cancer Society.

Congratulations to pupils Joe Farag and Matthew Fitzgerald on their selection for the East Munster Rugby panel. Joe plays rugby with Clonmel RFC and Matthew is a member of Fethard Rugby Club.
Best of luck to the Leaving Cert students who take their oral Irish examination this week.
Well done to Padraig O’Shea who won a prise for his ‘Innovative Product’ in the Young Entrepreneurs Programme. Padraig is a pupil of First Year.

Third Year students will leave on an Ecology Field Trip to Foto Island in Cork on Monday next 3rd April. The group will be accompanied by their teachers Mr Maher and Ms Walsh.
Entrance Exams for Patrician Presentation Secondary School will take place in the school on Saturday 1st April commencing at 9.15am and concluding at approximately 12.15. For further information please contact the school, between 9am and 4.30pm, on Tel: (052) 31572.

Badgers Soccer Club
The committee of the Badgers Over 40’s Soccer Club would like to express their sympathy to the Phelan family on the recent death of Gerry Phelan, Grawn, who was a founder member of the club.

St. Vincent de Paul
Families who need our help with First Communion or Confirmation expenses are asked to contact any member of the committee.
Senior citizens who wish to travel on the St. Vincent De Paul sponsored summer holiday are asked to contact any member of the conference for an application form.

New Delicatessen to open in Burke Street
Burke Street is a hive of activity recently with work in progress preparing for the official opening of Emily’s Delicatessen. Emily, is being helped by her father, Tony Sayers, originally from St. Patrick’s Place, and now living in Watergate. With so many shops closing in rural towns, it is very welcome and encouraging to see new ventures beginning, especially here in Fethard.

Emily will supply fresh home cooked dinners daily, for those needing a break from cooking, served on handy reheatable plates. She will also provide sandwiches, rolls, Paninis, bagels and wraps made to order from a wide range of speciality foods or if you’d prefer, grinder, home cooked ham and cheddar. Freshly ground coffee, breakfast smoothies and hand-pressed juices, home cooked breakfast rolls, scrambled eggs or something different from her light and healthy menu, for those needing a boost in the morning. If that isn’t enough, you can choose from a selection of homemade cakes, cookies and muffins.  Emily intends to cater for everyone, and has included lots of organic, gluten free and low fat options in her menu.

We wish Emily the best of luck in her new venture, which will open soon from 7.30am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday. Tel: 052 32728.

This poem was supplied and written by Ena Dunphy, Cloneen, to the memory of two little children, Natalie Horan-Quinn and Michael Brennan of Mullinahone.

We pray to the Lord to tell us why
Two little children had to die.
Please tell us Lord, there was no pain
And tell us they haven’t died in vain.

Hear our prayer Lord for those involved
Around these children — their lives revolved.
Give them peace and show them your wisdom
For two little angles now in your Kingdom.

From the playground in Heaven now they’re Looking down,
Lest we should weep or set a frown.
Watch over all children Lord; keep them from harm
They are bundles of love wrapped up in our arms.

Died Recently

We record the death of Mrs Nora Coady, The Valley, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

The death has occurred in, Leeds, England, on 20th March, at the age of 91, of Mrs Eileen Fahy, formerly of Crampscastle, Fethard.

Our sympathy to Cllr John Fahey, Graystown, Killenaule, on the death of his brother, Patrick, Joseph, who died in England.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday 15th March we had a change of partner and played the third round of the Player of the Year and the results were:

1st Gross: Rita Kane and Mike Burke;
2nd Gross: Marie Delaney and Berney Myles;

1st Nett: Suzanne Opray and Frances Burke;
2nd Nett: Margaret Mary McCormack and Carol Kenny.

On Wednesday 22nd March we played the fourth round of the Player of the Year and the results were:

1st Gross: Madeleine O’Donnell and Gemma Burke;
2nd Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;

1st Nett: Nell Broderick and David O’Meara;
2nd Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke.

On April 5th we will be playing for Easter Prizes and the following Wednesday, April 12th, prizes will be sponsored by Nora Lawrence and Madeleine O’Donnell.  Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien Tel: 31862.

Community Games Art and Model Making Competition 
Children from all over the county will travel to Fethard to contest the County Finals which will take place in Fethard Ballroom on this Saturday 1st April commencing at 1pm. The following children are qualified from Fethard and Killusty area:

Art Girls U/8
Roisín McDonnell, Main St;
Chloe Burke, Woodvale Walk.
U/10 Aine Proudfoot, Strylea;
Sadie McGrath, Rathcoole.
U/12 Nicole Looby, St Patrick Place;
Jessica Conran, Killusty.
U/14 Amy Lyons, Woodvale Walk;
Faye Manton, Main St;
U/16 Laura Rice, Everardsgrange.

Boys U/8
Harry Butler, Coolanure;
Conor Clancy, Barrack St;
U/10 Charlie Manton, Main St;
James Harrington, Tinakelly;
U/12 Gerard Gorey, Moanbeg;
Adam O’Donnell, Moorestown;
U/14 Louis Rice, Everardsgrange;
Gerard Maher, Kilknockin.

Model Making Girls
U/10 Charlotte Hatton, Ardsallagh House;
U/14 Evie O’Sullivan, Main St;
Jane Holohan, Grangeduff.

Boys U/10 Michael Halley, Abbeycourt;
U/14 Jack Connolly, The Green;
Andrew Maguire, Annesgift.

Charlotte Hatton is a pupil of Moyglass NS Jessica Conran and James Harrington are both pupils of Killusty NS, Laura Rice is in Presentation Patrician Secondary School and all others are pupils of Nano Nagle and St. Patrick’s primary schools.

Sincere thanks to their teachers for their interest, encouragement and help.

Deirdre O Dwyer, Baptistgrange, also a pupil of Nano Nagle School will represent Powerstown Lisronagh in the girls u12 event. All competitors must bring their own paper, and whatever materials required. Pictures must be no larger than 60cm x 70cm and must have a sporting theme. Entry fee €2 must be paid on the day. Time allowed to complete picture is 3 hours. Judging will take place immediately after competition and medals will be presented to 1st 2nd and 3rd.  Winner of each category will qualify for National HSE Community Games Finals in Mosney next August. Cross Country County Finals will take place this Friday night, 31st March in Thurles Crokes field commencing at 7pm sharp. Judo County Final will take place in Town Hall, Fethard, on Tuesday, 18th April, at 7pm. Good luck to everybody.

Fethard GAA Club News
On Saturday last we played the final game in the 2006 Senior Football County League in Ardfinnan, against the home team, and came away with a share of the spoils with a spirited performance from all those present. Final score, Fethard 0-11 (0-3), Ardfinnan 0-11(0-8), hence our interest in the latter stages of the League does not apply. Team: Paul Kenny, Ian Kenrick, Jamie McCormack, Nicky Murphy, Willie Morrissey 0-2, Stephen O’Donnell, Darren O’Meara, Eoin Doyle, P.J. Aherne, Conor McCarthy 0-2, Karl Maher 0-2, Brendan Brett 0-4 (1f), Ken O’Donnell 0-1, Brian Burke, John Noonan. Subs used: John P Looby and Paul Hackett.

Fethard made their exit from the Under 21 B Football Championship on Saturday last in Ned Hall Park when Mullinahone were deserving winners on the day. Final score: Mullinahone 2-11, Fethard 1-6. Team: Glen O’Meara, Mike Kelly, Connie Flynn, Richard Gorey, Niall Hayes, Alan Burke, William O’Brien, James Smith, Jamie McCormack 1-3 (1p,1f), Ronan O’Meara, Darren O’Meara, Peter Gough, Paul Kenrick 0-3f, John Leahy, Darragh Corbett. Subs used: Christopher Sheehan, Stephen O’Meara, Liam Ryan and Shane Walsh.

Lotto Jackpot €2000 was not won with tickets sponsored by J. L. O’Sullivan Chemist. We had one Match Three winner of €150 to Brian Coen (Killusty). The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 18 and 23. The €50 Lucky Dip going to Catherine Kearney (The Green).

Time is now nearly run out on club membership for 2006 with fees now due: Adults €25 and Juveniles €15. The County Board Draw promoters will be calling around in the next two weeks for the 2006 / 2007 draw with two cars to be won every month and many other prizes. Tickets can be purchased from any promoter at €100 for the year or €10 per month. As this draw is the main fund raising for the club we are most appreciative of your continued support.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 22nd March were 2, 6, 17 and 20. There was no Jackpot winner and three ‘Match 3’ winners who received €50 each:

Margaret Bradshaw, Congress Tce., Fethard;
Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Will Egan, Moyglass, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Declan Prendergast, Burnchurch, Killenaule;
Ursula Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
Philly Kenny, Hill View, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot is €3,300 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €330.



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