Saturday 22nd July 2006

Launch of Heart-Safe Town
Final preparations are currently underway for activities to celebrate the arrival home of the Fethard-on-Sea to Fethard Cyclists and the launch of the Slí na Sláinte (Path to Health) designated walking route.  We would like to see a big turnout for these events which are scheduled to take place on The Square on the afternoon of Saturday 29th July from approximately 2-5pm.  Entertainment and Refreshments will be provided. (More details next week).

The Fethard to Fethard Sponsored Cycle, the training spins for which have been so entertainingly documented by BiKe in this column, is a fundraising initiative to finance the purchase of defibrillators to be placed in strategic locations throughout the town.  These devices, combined with the prompt assistance of trained lay-responders, will provide immediate emergency care should the need arise.  We urge you to come along on the day to applaud the cyclists for their efforts.  We also ask you to support this costly initiative — each machine costs approximately €2000 — by means of sponsoring a participating cyclist, by making a donation to the Fethard Heart-Safe Programme (to Jimmy O’Sullivan, Liam Hayes, Jimmy Connolly or Edwina Newport) or by participating in the fundraising Table Quiz which will take place in Butlers Bar at 9pm on Friday 21st July.

In addition to the Heart-Safe Programme Fethard & Killusty Community Council are also promoters of the Slí na Sláinte walking route.  This initiative, in conjunction with the Irish Heart Foundation, is an ideal way to improve your health, simply by walking.  This signposted walking route will be launched towards the beginning of proceedings on Saturday 29th after which some of the route will be walked.  Representatives of the Irish Heart Foundation will be in attendance with information sheets and booklets.  The Community Council would like to take this opportunity to thank Jonathon Cooney, Area Engineer, Jimmy Horan, Over-seer, and Council staff from the Fethard depot for their assistance and co-operation with the erection of the signage for this route.
The combination of these two initiatives, the Heart-Safe Programme and Slí na Sláinte, will confer the status of ‘Heart-Safe Community’ on Fethard – one of the first towns in Ireland to achieve such distinction.

Fethard Cycling – Nearly there!
Wednesday 12th July saw the group leave the car-park at 7pm and cycle towards Clonmel.  At this stage, we nearly look forward to Market Hill.  Unfortunately the main roads are very busy and each and every new car is in a hurry, probably home to watch TV.
In Clonmel we decided to go towards Kilmanahan.  We turned right at the Hidden Inn and up the very steep hill towards Knocklofty.  This was where the boys were separated from the men, resulting in the group splitting in two.  However, we carried on.  Over the bridge and straight on, rather than up the hill, pointed us straight in the direction of Cahir.  At the next T-junction we cycled left for Carrickoneen, under the railway bridge and out to the main Clonmel-Cahir road at Derrygrath.  Continuing towards Cahir, we took the next right opposite Pollards Fork-lifts in the general direction of Poulmucka via Angle Hill.  At the next cross roads we asked a girl for directions – she was from Ohio but was able to tell us how to get to Ballingeary School House! Leaving the school on our left we cycled to Poulmucka and on for D’Arcy’s Cross and back to Fethard.  A distance of about 33 miles was covered.

 A reminder to all young cyclists intending to take part in the final leg of the cycle from Kilsheelan to Fethard that Sponsorship Cards, which must be obtained, are available from the Community Office or from Newport’s Newsagents. 
With only one more Wednesday at 7pm to look forward to, may I remind our readers of a Table Quiz to be held in Butlers Sports Bar at 9pm on Friday 21st July.  A table of four costs €20 and all are welcome.  Please support this sure to be a good night of questions, quotes and good craic!  It’s a far cry from the days when you could cycle the by-ways of Fethard and hardly meet a stray bullock, now-a-days when you ask for directions, make sure the person you ask can speak English or even a cupla focail as Gaeilge! Slán go fóill.

Gibson Cup
This year 2006 marks the 70th Anniversary of the first playing of the Gibson Cup Tennis competition in 1936.  Promoted originally by Kilsheelan LTC who won the cup that season, Fethard won the cup the following year 1937 and by their three successive victories in ’37,’38 and ’39 became outright winners.  The cup, when competed for, has since been promoted by Fethard Tennis Club. 

A one time big day in Fethard and Tipperary Tennis circles the Gibson Cup like Fethard Tennis now seems to be at an all time low.  Pictured holding the Gibson Cup is Mrs Josie Casey, a member of the Fethard winning team of 69 years ago.  She recalls the glory days of Fethard Tennis and recalls cycling to Mullinahone, Killenaule and Ballingarry to play tennis matches.  Pictured with Mrs Casey is Tony Newport who was President of Fethard Sports Centre Tennis Club the last year in which the Gibson Cup was run. 

This week a Tennis Camp for juveniles is taking place at Fethard Sports Centre.  We have mentioned before and we do so again, how sad to see three beautiful flood-lit hard-courts lying almost unused in a town like Fethard that for so long was one of the top tennis clubs in Co. Tipperary.

Town Wall Hangout
The banks of the Clashawley river, down by the Town Wall, seems to be the place to hang out if you are a teenager in Fethard.  Groups of youths meet daily by the stone commemorating the visit of President Robinson to the town, though you would be hard pushed to read the writing on the stone as it has been badly vandalized over the years.  Most of what goes on there is harmless enough, boys meeting girls, playing football and hurling and admiring each others first cars.  Unfortunately, there exists among the groups that congregate, a more thuggish element, that have taken to vandalism. These idiots have been breaking windows for ‘fun’.  Many of the windows in the Holy Trinity Church have been broken, as well as in the school and convent.  A man who left his jeep by the river returned to find one of his side windows smashed.  Locals have seen the same group firing stones at people and houses.  Some older residents are afraid to use the walkway in this area as some have been intimidated over the past few years.  If anybody knows who the stone throwers are, contact the Gardai at 052 22222.

Irish Heart Foundation - Thank-you
Organisers of the Church Gate Collection, held recently, in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed.  €1000 was raised from your efforts. 

Fethard Tag Finalists
Two teams from Fethard took part in the 2006 Tag Rugby competition organized by Clonmel RFC.  The ‘Coolmore Broncos’ and ‘The Fethard Gravediggers’ took to the pitches each Thursday night during June and July to try for the coveted title of Tag Champions 2006. The Broncos put up a brave fight, but were badly hampered with the early loss of the man that they expected to be their star player, Eamon Cullen.  Despite their loss, they performed well and finished high up in their group.
The Gravediggers fared a little better, reaching the final of the cup.  Most of the team are far from the first flushes of youth, but the old adage that, “age and guile will beat youth, innocence and a bad haircut”, rang true for most of the tournament.  Unfortunately, the team that beat them by the narrowest of margins in the final (one point) had the upper hand in terms of fitness.  The Gravediggers put up a good fight, but had to settle for the runners up prize. They have vowed to return again next year.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Wednesday 12th July were 3, 13, 22 and 27. There was no Jackpot winner.
There was two ‘Match 3’ winners –
Eddie O’Brien, The Square
and Sean Moloney, Redcity.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Maureen, Katie and Lucy Whyte, Main Street;
Mona Spillane, Killerk  and
Breda Ryan, Coolmoyne.
Next weeks Jackpot is €5,700 and the Jackpot ticket sellers prize is €570.

The Well Golf Society
Our third outing of the season took place at a sun-drenched Mountain View Golf Club on Sunday last.  The results are as follows:

Nearest the pin: John O'Brien and Vincent Phelan.
First Place: Tony Phelan and John O'Brien.
Second Place: Vincent Phelan and Chris Coen.
Third Place: Martin Fanning and Aidan Grant.

Our next outing is due to take place in August, players will be notified when the date and venue are confirmed.

Fethard GAA
Senior Football Munster League:  due to the un-availability of players on the night we were forced to give a walk-over to Athea (Limerick) last week.

Commiserations to the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling team and to our own Aiden Fitzgerald who were defeated in Cork on Sunday last.  Best of Luck to our players who take on Waterford in the Tommy Murphy Cup on Saturday 22nd July in Dungarvan.  
The South Semi-final of the Minor Football B took place on Friday 14th in Cloneen.  We were unfortunate not to secure a draw after conceding 1-2 in the first five minutes to finish on the final score of Fethard 0-14 to Mullinahone 2-9.  Team: Glen O’Meara, Pat Holohan, Liam Ryan, Adrian Lawrence, David Prout, Niall Hayes, Alan O’Connor, Chris Sheehan 0-8 (7f), Thomas Gilpin 0-2, Dean Tobin 0-1, Richard Gorey 0-1, Peter Gough, David Conway 0-1f, Declan Doyle, Ed Sheehan 0-1. Subs: Aaron O’Donovan and Eoin O’Connell.  Well done to all involved.  Best wishes to Mullinahone in the South Final,

Minor B Hurling second round was to have taken place on Sunday last in Cahir but Skeheenarinka failed to fill a team.
We played Kilsheelan in Junior B Hurling on Wednesday 12th July but lost on a scoreline, Fethard 2-6 to Kilsheelan 4-12. The team consisted of:  Mike Kelly, Connie Flynn, Ian Kenrick, Gavin Aherne, Patrick Aherne, Paul Hackett, Glen O’Meara, Philly Croke, Gabriel Horan, Ronan Maher, Kevin O’Donnell, Daniel Lonergan, Paul Kenrick, Tommy Gahan and M J Croke. Subs: Paddy Cooney for Patrick Aherne (injured), John Hanrahan for Ronan Maher (inj), David Kelly for Tommy Gahan (inj) and David Flanagan for M J Croke (inj).

Lotto Jackpot €3100 was not won with one match three of €150 won by Shem Butler, Garrinch.   €50 Lucky Dip was won by Joe Walsh, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles.  Numbers Drawn were 7, 14, 18 and 23. Tickets are kindly sponsored by Harrington Construction.

Fixtures: Wednesday 19th July - Junior B Football v Swans in Kilsheelan at 8.00pm; Sunday 23rd July - Junior Hurling B Fethard v Marlfield in Ned Hall Park at 7.00pm; Wednesday 26th Minor Hurling B Fethard v Clonmel Og in Monroe at 7.30pm and on Sunday 30th July Fethard take on Carrick Davins in Junior A Football in Ned Hall Park at 7.00pm.




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