Saturday 6th May 2006

Fethard Thursday Market
Fethard & Killusty Community Council were very pleased with the response to their appeal for local stall holders to turn out on the Square on Thursday last. All towns holding Irish Market Rights that were unused in the last ten years would have been extinguished if not used before the end of April. Fethard was one of the affected towns on the list.

A variety of stallholders turned up on the Square on Thursday morning last and the market created a great buzz for the two hours it was in operation. The vendors were extremely pleased with the results. One lady who had a high class home-made confectionary stall said, her takings for the two hours trading in Fethard on Thursday morning far exceeded her sales at the established weekly market in a neighbouring town. Local hurley maker, Liam Hayes, was both surprised and delighted with his sale of a dozen hurleys.

The Community Council wish to thank sincerely the stallholders who came and set up shop and also the general public for their support.

Thursday’s market prevented a weekly market day for Fethard Town, granted to Town Councils by the English Crown hundreds of years ago, being lost forever. Following the success of last Thursday’s market and favourable comments and suggestions received, the Community Council are now considering making the Thursday Market Day at least a monthly venture in the near future.

In connection with the market day, the market may have, in its early days, been held in and adjoining a Tholsel house in the centre of the Square. The market was subsequently transferred to the Town Hall where the weekly Country Market is now held every Friday morning. Some senior citizens still refer to the Town Hall as the Market House, the name by which it was commonly known up to forty years ago.

Blue is the Colour!
A local GAA supporter was somewhat mystified to see a large blue flag displayed on a house in Barrack Street on Sunday as it was a bit early in the season for important Fethard GAA games. On closer inspection the mystery was solved. Blue may have been the colour but Fiodh Árd certainly were not the team! Emblazoned on the flag in letters large and bold was the one word, Chelsea. However, each to his own!

Time changes for some, not others!
Speaking of matches, a few local GAA followers were caught napping by late changes to starting times of local games last weekend. A car load of followers who travelled to Carrick on Saturday night for the Swan v Davins Under-21 A Hurling semifinal missed the match as the throw-in had been brought forward from 7pm to 6pm. Likewise on Sunday, a few car loads of supporters turned up in Fethard Sportsfield at 2pm for the other Under-21 A Hurling semifinal between Killenaule and Ballingarry to find the field deserted. The starting time of this match for some reason had also been brought forward to 12 noon from the advertised time of 2pm.

Fethard ICA Guild
Fethard ICA will hold their AGM on Tuesday 9th May at 8pm in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road. Nan Hackett, Information Officer, will attend the meeting and Marie Crean will give a talk on the history of the ICA in Fethard. Marie has just returned from a week long trip to Hungary. She was one of a group of fifty Irish lace makers who visited the country with a display of Irish lace. They were welcomed by the Irish Ambassador to Hungary and had a wonderful time while there. Their display work was much admired by the many people who came along to view the different laces on show.

Hostesses for the Annual General Meeting are the ‘Blue Group’ and the competition theme is, ‘Sprig of Flowering Shrub’. Many of the guild members are now preparing for the Arts, Crafts and Produce Day that will be held in Brú Ború on 11th May. The theme is ‘Birthday Celebrations’ as South Tipp Federation is 65 years old this year.

At our April meeting votes of sympathy were passed to Margaret Phelan on the death of her nephew, Eamonn Ely, Littleton; to Jenny Kiely, Ballingeary Guild, on the tragic loss of her son Liam; and to Pat Looby, Kerry Street, on the death of her father. May all four rest in peace.

Knitting enthusiasts!
The Knitting Cafe continues every Tuesday evening at The Green from 7.30pm to 9.30pm or thereabouts.  There is a great variety of knitting projects on hand among the group of knitting enthusiasts!  Those making a return to knitting after a long absence have contented themselves with producing simple items like scarves but made in the new fashion yarns which turn out really stunning.  Some of the group are knitting for charity, some for First Communion, others for family members and some just for themselves!  From evening jackets to Aran, simple sweaters to complicated cardigans, all are there.  There is a great exchange of ideas and advice among the group.  So if you haven't yet put in an appearance, don't be shy.  You will be made very welcome by Sr. Juliana and her flock of knitters and you can enjoy the chat over a friendly cup of tea.

May Procession
The annual May Procession takes place on this coming Sunday evening, May 7th, leaving the Parish Church at 7pm.

Day Care Centre Easter Raffle Results
This year’s Day Care Centre Easter Raffle was a great success. A big ‘thank you’ to all who kindly donated the many lovely prizes. Everyone gave it their best efforts between selling and buying. The total raised was €1,250. The winners of the raffle were as follows:

1st: Josie Boland, Drangan.
2nd: Jimmy Connolly, Main Street, Fethard.
3rd: Adam Reason, Cloneen, Fethard.
4th: Robert O’Riordan, Cloran, Cloneen.
5th: Philomena Morrissey, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
6th: Trish Fitzgerald, Cloneen.
7th: Mamie Morrissey, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
8th: Peggy O’Dea, Mobarnane, Fethard.
9th: Joan Gleeson, Knockelly, Fethard.
10th: Joe Walsh, c/o B. McManus.
11th: Abbey Priests, Fethard.
12th: Con Doyle, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
13th: Frank Wyatt, Jossestown, Fethard.
14th: Ger Manton, The Square, Fethard.
15th: Peter Grant, The Valley, Fethard.
16th: Seamus Healy T.D. Clonmel.
Many thanks to all who supported and congratulations to all the winners.

No Thoughtless Parking Please
“A badly parked car can sometimes cause as much hazard as a badly driven car”, is an advice that is often given to learner drivers. Cars parked without thought in Chapel Lane cause a hazard to residents whose rear entrances exit on to the lane. From putting out the wheelie-bins to getting a delivery of fuel or supplies, it is not so easy with a vehicle, large or small, parked outside and almost up against the rear entrance gate or doorway. Motorists who avail of the convenience of parking in Chapel Lane are asked to please take note.

The Well Golf Society
Our first outing of the season was well worth waiting for. A larger than expected number turned up and it was great to see so many new faces as well as the hardy annuals. Once again we were fortunate to play on a Tipperary Golf Course that was in pristine condition. The results are as follows.

Nearest the pin:
P.J. Morrissey. Michael O’Flaherty (shot of the day) and Tom Foley.

18-24 Cat:
1st David M Woodlock;
2nd Shay Coen;
3rd John Phelan.

1-17 Cat: Just to show that we are an equal opportunity society, the winner in this section was: 1st Mary Stakelum;
2nd Patsy Hartigan;
3rd Tony Phelan.

A word of thanks to Tipperary Golf Club especially the club house staff who looked after us so well, also Tipperary Hon. Secretary, Joe Considine, for all his help.
Our next outing is on Sunday 21st May, at Callan Golf Club. Tee-off is 3pm.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Under-6, 8 and 10 training started last Saturday and we had a great turnout. Special thanks to Munster and Tipperary goalie Paul Fitzgerald and to Tipp and Fethard player Cian Maher for the coaching they gave to the boys on the day. With our under-12s out of the championship, we will run a league over the summer and continue our training with them on Tuesday nights from 7 to 8pm in the community field.

Our under-14s played their second match in the championship and were narrowly beaten by Moyle Rovers. This is a very young team with most of them underage next year. They are showing great promise for the future and their next game is against Commercials on this Thursday 4th May, away. Bus leaves GAA field at 6.15pm.

The under-16 footballers have now qualified for the south semifinal; venue and time have not been decided at time of going to print.  Great credit must go to these young lads and their trainers for playing some great football and showing fantastic determination against all odds, having been dogged by injury from the start. It would be brilliant to see a large number present to cheer them on.

Membership fees are now overdue. All those who have not yet paid please do so as soon as possible. Under-14 and under-12 hurling has now resumed training on Wednesdays at 6.15pm in GAA field. All juveniles eligible are asked to attend.

All-Ireland Volleyball Champions
Congratulations to the Patrician Presentation Secondary School Junior B volleyball team who added further All-Ireland honours to the schools success in volleyball at national level by beating Presentation Kilkenny in the final played at St. Leo’s College Carlow on Friday 28th April. The Fethard girls showed great talent winning the game in two straight sets of 25-11 and 25-15.

Great credit for the schools outstanding success in this event must also go to the dedication of the two team coaches, Bernie O’Connor and Denis Burke. The bus, on arrival back to Fethard on Friday afternoon, was escorted by flag bearing pupils from Main Street to the school grounds, were the team was met and congratulated by the teachers, pupils and parents. Well done to captain Debbie Lawrence, her team, and all concerned!

Fethard GAA Club
The Under-21 B Hurling quarterfinal was played last Sunday with Fethard losing out by a goal to St. Mary’s. Final score was Fethard 0-9 to St Marys 2-6. It was a gallant display from our team who fought right up to the last but had to give way to stronger opposition on the day. The team that finished were: Darragh Corbett, Declan Doyle, Alan Burke, Connie O’Flynn, William O’Brien, Aiden Lonergan 0-1, Mike Kelly, Shane Walsh, Jamie McCormack 0-3f, Christopher Sheehan, Richard Gorey, Niall Hayes, Darren O’Meara, Gavin Aherne and John Leahy 0-5 (3f). Thanks to all involved players and selectors for their time. 

Best of luck to all members in the County Board this Friday 5th May and thank you for your contributions to help keep the club up and running,

The Lotto Jackpot €2,200 was not won. The numbers drawn were: 9, 11, 18 and 28. We had no match three winner. The €50 Lucky Dip went to Chrissie O’Meara and the following drawn tickets won €30: Tony Maher (56 Woodvale Walk), Bee Gould (Claremore), Megan Coen (The Green), Marion O’Gorman (Thurles), and Pat Bradshaw (The Green). Tickets kindly supplied by Allied Irish Banks Ltd.

Our sympathy at this time is with the family of Donal Kealy, Ballingarry, on their recent bereavement.
Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.

Youth Soccer
Sadly due to unforeseen circumstances the kick off date for the new youth soccer club has had to be postponed.  After a long wet winter it has been decided by the community field steering committee, that it would be in all our interest if some maintenance work was done on the field.  Part of this involves spiking to aerate the soil and it is recommended that the field is left unused for some time between ten days and two weeks for best results.  All clubs will be expected to stay off the field for this time.  Please watch this space for the future start up date of the new youth soccer.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Wednesday 26th April were: 5, 7, 29 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner. The following tickets were drawn and each received €50:

Nellie Fleming, Farranshea, Fethard;
Kathleen Kenny, The Green, Fethard;
Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were: 
Maura Meaney, Crampscastle, Fethard;
Stephen Murphy, c/o O’Donovans, Burke Street, Fethard;
Michael Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard. 
Next weeks Jackpot is €4,050 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €405.

Minister for Horse Racing visits Fethard
Winston Peters, the New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Horse Racing paid a visit to town last week.  He is currently on a trip around Europe, taking in Vienna, Moscow, St Petersburg, Kiev, London, Dublin and Fethard.  The New Zealand newspapers forgot to mention the latter, so we feel it necessary to mention the Minister’s stopover on his trip.

A former teacher, solicitor and rugby player (he played for the Auckland Maori team), Mr Peters turned to politics and has become one of the most powerful politicians in New Zealand as the party he leads, New Zealand First, hold the balance of power in the country’s Government.

He came to Fethard to visit Coolmore Stud and Ballydoyle and stopped into McCarthy’s Hotel where he met and entertained many New Zealand ex pats and their partners that live in the Fethard area.

Booking Fee Query
You walk into a room, with a pencil in your hand to send off for some concert tickets. Seeing the telephone, you change your mind and decide to purchase the tickets on the phone. You have one more cup of coffee before you go to the kitchen below to use the phone there. As you have made the call 3 minutes after the tickets went on sale, you expect to get a prime seat. It turns out that they’re already gone, but you can have the seat by the toilet door for the bargain price of €70. In shock, you drop the phone on your toe and cut it open. Hearing the scream, your mother asks if you are okay. “It’s alright ma”, you reply, “I’m only bleeding”.

You return to bed, glad that you have made your purchase. On the way, you slip on a cd and fall asleep to the sound of the artist you are now going to see . . . “The times they are a changing!” A few days later, the ticket arrives. It cost €70 including booking fee. The following day, the visa bill arrives. Cost of ticket is €75.95. Incensed, you call the ticket vendor. Eventually a human voice replies. He can’t explain the charge. He has to get someone to call you back. “It ain’t me babe!” says the man who calls back, “It’s the policy of the company to charge extra for phone bookings.”

So that’s it. You pay to sit by the toilet door to see the artist, you pay a booking fee, and then you pay a second booking fee for using the phone. Isn’t modern technology great. Of course, I won’t name the artist in question, a man once known for protesting against the system. Instead I’ll hold my own little protest. I won’t go to the gig. “I ain’t goin’ to work on Maggie’s farm no more!”

Fethard and Killusty Community Games Area Athletics Change of Date
Please note that the area athletics have been postponed from Saturday 6th May to Monday 8th May. The sports will commence at 6.30pm sharp and is likely to take place in either the school field or the GAA Park.  Enquiries to our chairman and coordinator Joe Keane at (052) 31719 or community games office (052) 31906. The committee regret any inconvenience caused.

Qualifying races are from under-8, 10, 12, 14 and 16. Competitors must be under the age specified on 31st July and must reside in the area. Entry fee is €2. First two in each event will qualify for the county finals which will take place in Nenagh on 28th May. If a competitor is not interested in travelling to Nenagh please inform the committee on the evening otherwise please pay registration fee of a further €2 to take part in the county event. Competitors will have to provide their own transport to Nenagh. Looking forward to a good turn out. Please come along, take part and enjoy the fun.






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