Saturday 30th September 2006

A New Beginning for the Youth of Fethard
Fethard & Killusty Community Council are delighted to welcome Suzie O’Shea as she commences employment with Foróige as a Youth Officer with the Fethard Area Rural Youth Project.  We wish Suzie every success and look forward to working with her.

The appointment of the Youth Officer is the direct result of the efforts of Denis O’Brien, Area Manager, Foróige, to access funding for the Fethard Area Rural Youth Project.  The current allocation of funding will finance the post on a half-time basis, eighteen hours per week, for one year.  The Community Council would like to take this opportunity to thank Denis O’Brien for his co-operation and involvement.  We hope that Denis’ contribution will prove to be the foundation stone of targeted Youth Actions in Fethard for many years to come. Following the recent regional restructuring of Foróige, Denis will no longer be working with us but we look forward to developing our relationship with the organisation through the involvement of Rachel Murphy who has succeeded Denis as Area Manager.

Foróige is a national voluntary youth organisation engaged in out-of-school youth development and education.  The organisation aims to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their own development and in the development of society. Foróige does this through the operation of over 420 Foróige Clubs nationally and the provision of some 105 Youth Services and Youth Projects.

The key aims of the first year of the project are to:
Involve more young people in community participation and development; Enable adults and community groups to engage effectively with young people; Involve small numbers of at risk and vulnerable young people in personal development and inclusive programmes; and promote access of young people to community premises.

In addition to this a priority for the next few months will be the acquisition of funding to enable the Project to be sustained into the future, the Youth Officer position to be increased to a full-time post and the possible appointment of an additional Youth Officer.

 The main duties that the Youth Officer will have to carry out will be: Identifying and recruiting young people as per the project work-plan; Designing, organising and implementing educational programmes for young people in line with Foróige’s purpose and philosophy and the aims of the project; The development of volunteer led youth activities and provision of services to volunteer adult youth leaders including recruitment, training and consultancy; Involving young people in safe, encouraging, enjoyable development activities; Encouraging community development and citizenship activities and establishing and maintaining links with all youth serving agencies in the area.

 The Community Council would like to outline the following factors which they believe will contribute greatly towards the potential success of the Youth Project.

 The Fethard and Environs Youth Network — this group, which held a number of meetings over the past eighteen months, was instigated by the Community & Enterprise Section of South Tipp County Council under the direction of Mr. John Quinn and facilitated by Pat Holland and Margo Hayes to highlight the provision, or lack, of resources for Youth in the area.  These meetings generated communication and co-operation between relevant local groups and agencies.  Some of the participant groups included South Tipperary County Council, Mid-Tipperary Drugs Initiative, Foróige, Tipperary Regional Youth Services, VEC, Millennium Family Resource Centre, Clonmel Community Partnership, Garda Siochana, Health Services Executive and the Community & Voluntary Forum.

 The Fethard Youth Needs Report — this report was carried out during the summer of 2005 by Catherine Corcoran, Una Johnson and Mary Larkin of Tipperary Institute.  While the findings of the report are probably indicative of the situation of many, if not all, small towns in Ireland the fact that the report exists and is particular to Fethard greatly benefits our ability to present accurate, relevant information.

 Convent Hall — Due to the good will of the Presentation Sisters in Fethard, Fethard & Killusty Community Council were able to purchase the Convent Hall for community use. This is now completely paid off with the help of your support for the weekly Community Lotto and the building is now a valuable asset in our application for funding to renovate the hall.

 In addition the tradition of active citizenship in Fethard evident in the many voluntary organisations that are in existence will enhance the Project and it’s activities.  At a public meeting held in the Abymill Theatre last November to discuss Youth Issues Denis O’Brien was overwhelmed by the attendance and recalled that he had been at similar meetings in several locations throughout the country where only three or five people turned up.   Many of the attendants at this meeting indicated that they would be willing to get involved with youth activities – now is your chance. If you would like to become involved we urge you to make contact with Suzie, Foróige Youth Officer, or give your name to the Community Office, Tel: 31000. 

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 20th September were 4, 5, 7 and 9. There was no Jackpot winner and three ‘Match 3’ winners of €50 each:

Martin Burke, Main Street, Fethard;
Nellie Ryan, 46 St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Angela Connery, Rathloose, Powerstown.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Mary Lynch, c/o Coolmore Stud, Fethard;
Anne Daly, 34 St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Edwina Newport, Main Street, Fethard.

This weeks Jackpot is €7,200 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €720.

Civil Defence Classes
Fethard Branch of Civil Defence will shortly resume their classes on Tuesday nights at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Fethard.  New members, over 16 years of age, are welcome to come along and join.  Training in the following projects will be covered over the period, Line Rescue, Fire Fighting, Kayaking, and First Aid. For further details contact Dolores Fahey, Civil Defence Office South Tipperary, Tel: 087 2435001 or 052 34616 (Ext 111).

Died in England
The death has occurred last week in England of Mrs Mary Jones, Gloucester, formerly Mary Prout from Killusty.

Wind Energy Development Plan
The County Development Plan for wind energy will be open to the public from Monday 25th September until Tuesday 24th October. In this plan the Slieveardagh area is marked as being suitable for wind energy. Other applications in the area might follow, so it is important that everyone is aware of the county development plan.

During the viewing period submissions can be made to the County Council.

Lily and Billy are doing well
We’ve had contact from Lily Maher, Killenaule Road, and Billy Butler, Main Street, who left Fethard last month to seek employment and experience in Australia. We are delighted to report that both are doing extremely well on both counts. Both are now working and despite the bad weather over there at the moment, managed to go elephant riding, catch a few tiger’s tails and, as soon as the weather picks up, they intend to go camel riding. Home was never like that!

Fethard Bridge Club
The results of Fethard Bridge Club game played on Wednesday 20th September were:

1st Gross: Alice Quinn and Berney Myles;
2nd Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;

1st Nett: Marie Delaney and Annie O’Brien;
2nd Nett: Suzanne Opray and Ellen Rochford.

Next Wednesday, 4th October, we will be playing for the Free Sub Nett. Anyone looking for a partner are asked to contact Berney Myles at Tel: 32038.

Fethard GAA Club News
Well done to all involved in winning the South Intermediate Hurling Championship on Saturday last, 24th September, played in Monroe. The final scoreline read, Fethard 0-10, Ballybacon 0-9.  We wish the team the very best in the county quarterfinal. This is the fifth time taking the O’Dwyer Cup, the last in 2002. Those who did us proud were: Paul Fitzgerald 0-1f, Carol Gahan, Cian Maher, Michael Carroll, Dean Tobin, Shane Walsh, John Leahy, Michael Ryan, John P Looby, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-3 (Capt), Miceál Spillane 0-1, Kieran Treacy 0-2f, Michael Aherne, Stephen O’Donnell, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1f. Subs used were: Christopher Sheehan 0-1, Brian Coen 0-1f, Willie Morrissey, P J Aherne, and Jamie McCormack. Other subs: Michael Dillon, Eoin Doyle, Adrian Lawrence, Declan Doyle, and William O’Brien. Well done also to Denis Byrne, trainer /manager, and selectors, John Hurley, Philly Prout, and the backroom team.

On behalf of the club we would like to thank Liam Hayes and his selectors for their commitment and work in looking after the Minor Hurlers this was omitted in last week’s report.

The senior football relegation game against Carrick Swans is fixed for Saturday 30th September in Kilsheelan. Check sports page for club fixtures.

The Junior A football game against Moyle Rovers is expected to be played on weekending 7th October.

The numbers drawn on 12th September were: 2, 3, 23 and 28. We had no jackpot winner and one match three winner of €150 — Seamus Hackett (Strylea, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip went to Geraldine McCarthy (Glenconnor, Kerry Street).

Our Lotto Jackpot of €2,000 was also not won on 19th September. The numbers drawn were 10, 16, 17 and 18. We had no match three winner so five tickets drawn won €30 each: Eamon Drea (Strylea), Julia Brennan (5 Strylea), Andrea Brabston (Rosegreen), Willie McGarry (10 Woodvale Walk), and Joan Dunphy (c/o Bob Fitzgeralds, O’Connell Street, Clonmel). The €50 Lucky Dip went to Noel Sharpe (Castle Inn). All Tickets kindly sponsored by Harrington Development.

Lots of Happy Birthdays
This past week was full of surprises, especially for all the birthday girls and boy who celebrated their birthdays. Those we’re aware of are: John Lucy, The Square, who celebrated his 90th birthday; Mary Fleming, Coolbawn, who celebrated her 70th birthday; Catherine Condon who recently celebrated her 50th birthday and to Majella Drea who celebrated her 40th birthday. We send our best wishes to all!

Concert this Saturday Night in the Abymill
Aidan Ward and guests will play a concert in the Abymill at 8pm on this coming Saturday, 30th September. Several accomplished musicians will accompany Aidan on the night. The support band, to open the evening, is a local group, ‘The Autocats’, featuring Paul McCarthy on drums; Kevin Maher on vocals; 
Declan Doyle on bass; Lory Kenny on guitar; and Fintan Maher also on guitar. Tickets are €10 and can be bought in McCarthy’s Hotel.







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