Saturday 14th October 2006

Four Provinces Sheepdog Trials set for Killusty
Organiser Dan Morrissey is pleased to announce that Killusty is the place to be this weekend for sheepdog enthusiasts.  The Four Provinces Sheepdog Trials Competition and the Paddy Morrissey Memorial Cup take place this weekend. Saturday will see a team of five of top handlers and dogs from each of the four provinces compete in the Four Provinces Sheepdog Trials for individual and team honours.

Sunday the Paddy Morrissey Memorial Cup Competition will be held.  This is an annual open competition and is sure to be keenly contested.  Last year’s winner Mr Denis Birchel, who also won in 2004, will be back to defend his title. 

First dog will be called to post at 9 o’clock on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Further information contact Dan Morrissey on 086 3170116.

Badgers Youth Soccer is back
The youth soccer will return to the Community Field next Saturday 14th October.  For the moment we will operate the usual timetable of 4 to 5pm for ages 6-9 years and 5 to 6pm for ages 10-12 years. These times may change in the not too distant future as evenings get dark.  The normal format will apply of warm ups, drills and a game, and it is still €2 per player per week. If numbers increase we hope to run small league.  Volunteers to help out are very welcome. Further information from Colm McGrath, Rathkenny, Fethard. Telephone: 086 3502360.

Fethard GAA News
The Intermediate Hurling County quarterfinal was played in Cahir on last Sunday and we had a well worked win in extra time, that produced three goals, to leave the final score, Fethard 4-14, Golden 0-19. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Carroll, Shane Walsh, Cian Maher, Michael Ryan, Aiden Lonergan, Johnny Leahy 0-2, John P Looby, Brian Coen 0-1, Michael Aherne 3-1, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-5, Jamie McCormack, Christopher Sheehan, Miceál Spillane 0-5 (4f), Michael Dillon. Subs used were: Kenneth O’Donnell 1-0, Stephen O’Donnell, Willie Morrissey, Dean Tobin, P J Aherne and Ciarán Treacy. We now play the county semifinal on this weekend. Check sports page for details.

Well done to Paul Fitzgerald who was selected to play on the Munster senior football team beaten by three points last weekend.

The Lotto jackpot of €2,000 was not won. With no match three winner also, we had five €30 Lucky Dips won by: Michael Lawrence (16 Woodvale Walk), James Wade (Thomastown), Mary Godfrey (Derryluskin), Deirdre Dorney (St Patricks Place) and Caroline Flanagan. The €50 Lucky Dip going to Mary O’Connell (Main Street).

Progressive 25 Drive
A Progressive 25 Drive in aid of parish funds will take place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 20th October at 8.30pm. Those intending to pay are asked to arrive on time. Further details from Fr. Tom Breen P.P. Tel: (052) 31178.

Tourist Attraction
Every town needs something to tempt the tourists to their door. Fethard is blessed with our medieval town wall and buildings, but that doesn’t seem to be enough to lure the tourists in numbers large enough to create a viable industry. The last week however brought an idea to my mind. The media was awash with news about Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary buying up large amounts of Aer Lingus stock. Just as O’Leary is a master of gimmicks, I spied a suitable gimmick for Fethard. Bring back the stocks! As a tourist attraction of course.

The stocks were a medieval form of punishment for petty criminals that were placed in every town in England between 1405 and 1837. They consisted of pivoted boards through which the hands and feet of the criminals were shackled for as long as a judge decreed.  As a tourist attraction, the stocks could be placed down by the town wall and manned by the youths that spend most of their days down there. This would be an ideal Summer job for the teenagers, looking after the stocks. It would be self-financing as a fee could be charged if tourists want to have their picture taken in the stocks. The youths could even take the medieval pageant one step farther and dress up in medieval costumes and pretend to be petty villains and vandals. It could be the making of the town’s tourist industry!

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 4th October were 15, 18, 21 and 24. There was no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150:

Pauline Morrissey, 48 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Edwina Newport, Main Street, Fethard;
Joan Gleeson, Knockelly, Fethard;
Catherine Kearney, the Green, Fethard.

This weeks Jackpot is €7,500 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €750.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday, 4th October we played for the Free Sub Nett and the winners were Berney Myles and Alice Quinn. The rest of the results were:

1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh;
2nd Nett: Brendan Kenny and Tony Hanrahan;
2nd Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh.

Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at Tel: 052 32038.

Hunting News
The Tipperary Foxhounds had some very good mornings last week. Monday at Sadliers (Golden) provided a good thirty minutes hound work in covert. A fox eventually left and ran a nice left-handed circle to the mushroom farm and back to covert.

Wednesday at Knockelly was not quite as good. Very little could be done with foxes from The Fort at Peppardstown, Quirkes and Spike.

Back to the wind and rain at Drangan on Thursday. Weather was soon forgotten as the bitch pack hunted very well around Knockuragh Hill for an hour, marking a brace to ground. Derry then moved to Priestown and drew Mr Fred Daly’s, which proved blank.

Saturday at Knockgraffon provided the best morning’s hunting so far. The dog pack, which so far had not been exactly sparkling, hunted almost non-stop with great cry and drive for almost four hours. They accounted for one fox and marked a further one and half brace to ground.

Fethard & District Rugby News
On Sunday last our under-8s, 10s and 12s all had games against Clonmel. Our teams performed very well with our under eights loosing despite playing good rugby. Our under 10s and 12s won their games and are showing great improvement. Our coaches deserve great credit for helping these players to take part at this level.

Our under-14 played a very entertaining game against Kilfeacle on Saturday evening under floodlights. Fethard started very smartly and took an early lead with a well-taken try from Aaron Conran, who played well throughout. Kilfeacle with a much stronger pack piled on the pressure from mid way through the first half and but for some tremendous defending from Frankie Donovan, who put in tackle after tackle, to keep our line in tact at half time 5 points up.

Kilfeacle continued their strong play in the second half and eventually got in for a try on 10 minutes. Fethard continued to attack but unforced errors, and stout Kilfeacle defending denied us on a number of occasions. It looked like we were heading for a draw, but Kilfeacle scored a well taken try with five minutes remaining, to lead for the first time.

Our team played very well, and with some replacements, particularly in running, we can face any team with confidence. Ciaran Power, Stephen McGuire and Jaquis Brett were other players who impressed all night. Shane Power who had a great game putting in tackles all over the field, ended the game with a slight concussion having been injured with ten minutes remaining, bounced back to finish out the game and not going down until the game was over. “Brave or what?”

The final score was, Fethard 5, Kilfeacle 12. The Fethard team were: Aaron Conran, Joe Major, Jaquis Brett, Colin Meagher, Shane Power, William Croke, Frankie Donovan, Stephen Tierney, Michael John Murphy, Colm Shanahan, Ciarán Power, Conor Kavanagh, Daniel Hickey, Stephen Maguire, Padraig O’Shea, Declan Fanning, Colm McGuire, Seamus Holohan and Ciaran Hayes.

Our under-16 team put in another very impressive performance on Saturday night under the lights. We must measure this win against the fact that Carrick were very under strength on the night, so our players need to continue to improve as some basic handling errors were made particularly in the second half.

Ben Walsh put in a ‘Man of the Match’ performance by starting the scoring on five minutes and running in a further try ten minutes later. He was involved in all the attacks, but also tackled and defended bravely when the need arose.

Adrian Lawrence continuing to impress running in a hat trick and also converting three, bringing his total score for the night to 21 points. Stuart Broderick had another very impressive game crossing the line for a great try as half time beckoned. Paddy (grandad), it was a lovely fine night you should have been here to see this performance from Stuart. Damien Barry can also be very pleased with his debut game, scoring a fine try in the second half.

Our scrum half, Willie Power, put in a very strong performance on the night, possibly his best performance to date. Competition for places on this under-16 team is very keen, and will get hotter as the stars on the GAA fields return. Final score: Fethard  41, Carrick-on-Suir 10.

The Slievenamon Idol X Factor Competition
The second semi-final was held in Anglim’s Bar, Cloneen, last Friday night and what a night. A great night enjoyed by all. The Final will be held in the Hall next Saturday night the 14th with a start of 9.15pm. The contestants who will sing two songs each will be looking for your votes to see who will be the first ‘Slievenamon Idol’. So get along there and give your support.

A total of four qualifiers from Grangemockler are in the final — the very powerful voiced Jackie Grinsell, from Mick McGrath's Garage; queen of country Linda Lambe from the Trap Bar; the raunchy Linda Treacy from Joe Brennan’s Bar; and the cool Majella Reegan for Reegan Co. Ltd. Cloneen’s hope lies with rocker Gerry Dorney representing Anglim’s Bar.

Fethard have three contestants in the final — the feisty Ginger Whyte for Butler’s Bar; the petite Grace Power for the XL Shop and the Hot Hot Hot favourite at the moment, Deirdre Dorney representing Women's Lib.

Patrician Presentation Secondary School Jottings

TY Sponsored Walk
On Thursday 5th October a Sponsored Walk took place in aid of this year’s TY Show, ‘Grease’. First, second and transition year students took part in the walk and raised a sizeable sum. The walk was organised by Ms Gilpin and the Transition Year Committee: Darragh Dwyer, Adrian Lawrence, Sarah Hayes, David Gorey, Carrie Sweeney and Lisa Anglim. The students left the school at 2.30pm and walked up the Cashel Road and back to the school via the Rocklow Road. Well done to all who participated, in particular, to Carrie and Darragh who monitored the fundraising.

Last week the boys and girls volleyball teams played challenge matches in Lismore. It was a good day overall with the boys winning both of their matches and the girls winning one. Coaches, Mr Burke and Ms O’Connor were happy with the performances of both teams.

New School Year
The new school year in Patrician/Presentation got off to an optimistic note with great joy over the school's excellent Leaving and Junior Cert results. By now, last year's Leaving Certs have embarked on courses in many of the country's colleges and we wish them every success on their chosen paths in life. A big welcome is extended to our First Years and in particular Xuan Wyatt who joins us China. Her father, Paul, is a past pupil of the school and the family now live in Fethard.

Transition Year
The Transition Year Programme 2006 - 2007 is well under way and the twenty-nine participating students will begin a week of work experience next week. As well as pursuing the school's regular academic programme, they have already begun courses in ECDL, First Aid, Yoga, Swimming and Mini-Company. A traditional highlight of the programme has been the school's involvement with the Day Care Centre where pupils help out with the Meals on Wheel's scheme and thus gain very worthwhile experience of community service. Mr Prendergast organises this TY activity in co-operation with Ms Geraldine McCarthy who manages the Day Care Centre.

Transition Year favours the holistic education of the child and in keeping with this ideal, our pupils have already enjoyed outings to the cultural evening in Brú Boru, Cashel, and last week to Dublin. The pupils were accompanied on this Art/History trip by their teachers, Ms Mary O'Sullivan, Ms Patricia Looby and Mr Denis Burke. They visited, first of all, the Hugh Lane Art Gallery where they particularly enjoyed the Francis Bacon Studio. Then it was on to Kildare Street for a guided tour of the National Museum with the highlights being the Bog Bodies, the Fethard Statues, the Ardagh Chalice and the Derrynaflan Chalice and Paten. Next stop was the National Library with its current W.B. Yeats Exhibition of the poet's memorabilia and audio-visual presentations of his work. Finally, the group went on a guided tour of Kilmainham Jail, associated with the 1916 Rising and the location for some of the scenes in the film Michael Collins.

School Show
The school show, ‘Grease’ is well on its way to hitting the boards on 8th December. Rehearsals are taking place in the Abymill with a large number of the cast. Fifth year student, Alannah Browne, has started choreography.

Well done to Intermediate Hurlers
Well done and congratulations to Fethard Intermediate Hurling Team, selectors and team manager on their great win over Golden Kilfeacle in the Co Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Championship quarterfinal game at Cahir on Sunday last. Seven points down mid-way through the second half, they fought back in tremendous style to finish level at full time and force extra time.

Fethard proved the stronger finishers and ran out very deserving winners by a seven point margin. Some of the Golden points scored would have done credit to any player in any grade. Some scores in the first half must have been taken from fifty yards. However, as Mullinahone discovered on Sunday, it’s goals that win matches and Fethard found the Golden net four times on Sunday. Final score, Fethard 4-14, Golden Kilfeacle 0-19.

Fethard Athletic Club
A number of Fethard Athletes travelled to recent County Cross Country races held in Ballynonty and Two Mile Borris. Well done to all those who braved the elements to represent the club. Boys — Pierce Blackmore; Jack Gleeson, Eoghan McCormack, Jason Ryan, Ben Trimble, Jack Stapleton; David Heffernan, Luke Trimble, Harvey Blackmore, Ciaran O'Connor, Louis Rice, Adam O'Donnell, Lolo Trehy.

Girls — Cliodhna O'Connor, Jennifer Yates, Sophie Meehan, Karen Hayes, Nell Trehy, Emma Curran, Aine Phelan, Hannah Stapleton, Mary Gleeson. Well done to the two medal winners Adam and Mary and a big well done to all athletes for putting in such a great effort. Despite the mud and rain the cross country is always a very enjoyable event and any athlete completing their race should feel a great sense of achievement .

Training continues every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30. New members (age 8 or over) welcome to join. Next competition is County B Cross Country on Sunday 12th November.

Fethard Community Youth Project Information Meeting
The Fethard Community Youth Project will host an Information Meeting on this Thursday 12th October at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre. The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the Project to the community and to highlight the need for volunteers.  The success of FCYP and the variety of activities that it can offer depends on the involvement of adult (over 18) members of the community providing support, advice and practical assistance to young people and the Project.  This meeting is a chance to find out more about the Project - it may help you to decide whether or not you wish to get involved or how involved you’d like to get!

So, if you feel you want to make a difference, want to learn new skills or have a little time to spare (a minimum of only two hours per week required!) we’d love to see you there.  Given that this Project is a totally new opportunity for Fethard being involved will create an excellent opportunity for you to contribute to the community, to have plenty of fun and to get to make new friends. 

If you have any queries in relation to the meeting or the Project or you feel that you’ve something to contribute contact Suzie O’Shea, Youth 0fficer FCYP, at the Tirry Community Centre or call her on 086 2485977. 






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