Saturday 11th November 2006

Patrician Presentation Awards Day 2006
Friday 27th October, heralded the arrival of Awards Day for Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School — a day in which achievements both great and small, in the academic world, sporting, prowess, attendance, business, art, personal skills and social skills are acknowledged in a very special way.

In the early afternoon mass was celebrated by Fr. Tom Breen P.P., assisted by Canon Jim Power. To all assembled — Principal, staff, ancillary staff, representatives of the Board of Management and Parents’ Association, friends, parents and most important of all, our student body, it was a memorable occasion.

The choir was accompanied by Kevin Hickey, with soloists Laura Rice and Aisling Dwyer, and a very welcome and appreciated instrumental on guitars was played by four young 1st Years, Noel O’Brien, Ted Barrett, Tony Myler and Garreth Lawrence.

Our guest for 2006 was Billy Slattery, formerly from Drumdeel, a past-pupil who has travelled much of the world in his career since leaving us some twenty odd years ago. He spoke of the value of achievement, no matter how small, and encouraged the student body to source and enjoy a career in which they would find happiness. He spoke of how the new school had developed since his days spent with us, and how luck the present generation were to have such excellent facilities, particularly the refurbished science block in its present ‘state-of-the-art’ structure.

The Principal, Mr Ernan Britton, addressed the assembly. He thanked all who had helped in any way with Awards Day, particularly the team of Mr Michael O’Gorman, Mr Richard Prendergast and Mr Denis Burke for organising the event. To Mrs Margaret Prendergast and Mrs Marian Gilpin for their respective contribution of the lovely altar and the rehearsals for the choir. He thanked Kevin Hickey for his musical contribution, Fr Breen and Canon Power for the Liturgy, the readers, Connie Sullivan for his hard work in preparing the hall, and the very valuable asset of a dedicated staff.

Mr Britton particularly thanked the parents, the Parents’ Association, and all members of staff who had worked so hard to make the Golf Classic of May 2006 such a huge success. Without their diligence and hard work, and without the support of the community, we would not have the beautiful science labs we have today. Me Britton paid special tribute to the achievement of our maths students of last year’s Leaving Cert who came third in the finals of Ireland's Team Maths competition held in Trinity College on 4th March — a huge success for both them and their teacher Ms Lysaght.

Our volleyball teams also did us proud by winning two all-Irelands under the coaching of Ms Bernie O’Connor and Mr Denis Burke. They also achieved silver and bronze in Mosney.

The presentation of awards then took place. Special guest, Billy Slattery, presented the Student of the Year award for 2nd Year to Owen Healy; and 3rd Year to Aisling Dwyer. Junior Cert awards were presented to Colm Horan (Student of the Year), Ida Carroll (Padraig Pearse Award) and Colm Horan (Paddy Broderick Award).

Awards were presented to Peter Garrett (6th Year Student of the Year), Ronan Shee (Leaving Cert 2006), Ciaran Leahy (Padraig Pearse memento) and Joe Fogarty (Paddy Broderick memento). Mr Denis Burke presented the Sports Awards to Stephanie Fitzgerald and Liam Ryan.

Mr Jonathon Gilpin, Director Fethard Credit Union, presented the Credit Union Young Entrepreneur award to Padraig O’Shea and memento to David Gorey. The Outstanding Achievement Certificate was presented by Ms Bernie O’Connor to Padraig O’Shea for his success in Judo at Irish and international level. Certificates were also presented to members of the boys and girls volleyball teams.

Principal, Mr Ernan Britton, and Deputy Principal, Ms Marian Gilpin, presented the Attendance Awards to Katie Coen (2nd Year), Melissa Wallace (3rd Year), Ciaran Ryan (4th Year), Alan O’Connor (5th Year) and Christopher Thompson (6th Year).

Ms Marian Gilpin also presented the English Writers Awards to Rebecca O’Donnell (1st Year), Owen Healy (Junior Fethard Quill) and Kevin Ryan (Senior Fethard Quill).

Principal, Mr Ernan Britton, then presented special guest, Billy Slattery, with a framed print of the Millennium Sunrise over Slievenamon by local photographer Joe Kenny.

To complete the presentations, Credit Union Art Awards were presented to Louis Rice (1st Junior), Shannon Keating (2nd Junior), Xuan Wyatt (3rd Junior), Gráinne Horan (1st Senior), Laura Rice (2nd Senior) and Michelle Garrett (3rd Senior).

The Awards Day then closed with refreshments served for all in the school hall. 

Fethard ICA
Fethard ICA will hold their next meeting on Tuesday 14th November at 8pm in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road. Mandy Quigley will give a talk and demonstration on Christmas Flower Arrangements. Hostesses on the night are the ‘Blue Group’ and the competition theme is ‘Autumn Leaves’.

International Night will take place on Friday 24th November from 7.30pm to 12.30am. Tickets are €30 which also includes raffle. This event will be held in the New Park Hotel Clonmel and a great nights entertainment is assured.

Congratulations to our member Celia Byrne who recently appeared on RTE television show, ‘Winning Streak’. It was great to see so many local faces in the audience. Well done Celia, you did great!

Fethard Bridge Club Results
Our bridge game on Wednesday 25th October had to be cancelled because of the electricity power cut. As a result we couldn’t play for our Hallowe’en prizes until Wednesday 1st November and the results of that game are:

1st Gross: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey;
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
3rd Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara;

1st Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
2nd Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret Mary McCormack;
3rd Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke.

Annual subscriptions of €25 are now due. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at Tel: (052) 32038.

Fethard and District Rugby 

U/14 Rugby
On Saturday morning we travelled to Portlaoise to take on their U/14 side, short some of our regulars we were slow to settle and let in a very soft try early on. The Fethard lads settled then and ran in two well-worked tries through Frances O’Donovan and Kieran Power. Fethard led at half time but Portlaoise came back strong and some missed tackles saw Portlaoise restore their lead. Fethard hit a purple patch then and ran in three great tries through the ever improving Declan Fanning, Conor Kavanagh and Kieran Power. This was a good performance and augers well for the up and coming league matches against Clanwilliam and Thurles. Some of the new players like Tim O’Donovan, Alan Casey and Kevin Hall also had fine games. A full turn out for training is required during the week,

U/16 Rugby
Our U/16s played Roscrea in Fethard on Saturday night. This young team did us proud by beating Roscrea 12 points to 5. Roscrea were a far bigger side, particularly in the forwards, but the tackling skills of this ever-improving side proved to be the difference between the two teams. Fethard moved the ball quicker and were far more comfortable on the ball than their opponents. Captain for the night, Joey Kelly, was very effective in the rucks and mauls, and worked very hard to release Mathew Fitzgerald for our first try on 15 mins. Shane Kavanagh converted. Fethard continued to attack and Joey Kelly ran in a record try just at the bread to bring the lead to 12 points.

Roscrea started the second half with all guns blazing and our lads were on the back foot for most of the half, and our backs were resolute in defence with great handling from Stuart Broderick, Damien Barry and Johnnie Moroney. Ben Walsh playing at scrum half for the first time settled very well and made some great defensive tackles in the second half. Roscrea scored a consolation try in the final 10 minutes to leave the score 12 points to 5, in our favour.

 U/18 Rugby
Our U/18s travelled to Clanwilliam for only their second competitive game and while the scoreline of 28 points to 12 would seem to suggest that Clanwilliam had an easy win here, nothing could be further from the truth. We conceded most of the scores in the first half when our relatively inexperienced and young team made some basic errors that allowed Clanwilliam to gain the upper hand.

The half team talk seemed to have worked because our team landed attack after attack and played all of the second half in the Clanwilliam half of the field, and were eventually rewarded with a great breakaway try by Richard Gorey who threatened the Clanwilliam line all day. Declan Doyle dropped kicked the conversion. Our team continued to play an attacking game and our captain Jack O’Sullivan spurned the chance of easy penalties to work for tries. Cathal Gorey was denied a try after strong running, being built up by the Clanwilliam defence. This attacking game was rewarded later when Alan O’Connor crossed the line for our second try. Jeff Coady and Nicholas Hayes (Nicky) came on for their first game and both can be very pleased with their contribution. Our U/16 props Stephen Healan and David Hall played very effectively and were not out of place in this company. This defeat will prove to be catalyst for this team as they proved by this robust game that they are well capable of playing at this level, and with practice, practice, practice, this team will be a force to be reckoned with, Tuesday night lads, all of you!

We send our best wishes and the wishes of all his team-mates to Paddy Teehan who was injured at training on Friday night.

U/10 Rugby
Our U/10s travelled to Carrick and played very well against a strong Carrick side with a scoreline of 8 tries to 3 in favour of Carrick. The coaches were full of praise for all our young players and Emily Kavanagh, John Kennedy, Paul Moloney Charlie Manton and Christen Kennedy impressed on the day.

P.S. Have you your Table Quiz team organised? Thursday 30th November in Butlers Bar.

Anything Goes
All aboard, that’s going aboard!  Voyages now booking to board the SS American to join with the crew of Slievenamon Musical Society who present ‘Anything Goes’ in Cloneen Hall from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November.  This musical-comedy written by Cole Porter, set on board a transatlantic liner in the 1930’s, brings love, laughter and fun to the stage.  Tickets for the show, priced at €10 for Thursday (Family) Night and €15 thereafter, are now available at the following numbers: 052 31201 and 087 9087828.

Recent Deaths
The death has occurred of Mrs. Tara Bricknell, Moanbarron.  Funeral Service took place on Monday 6th in Holy Trinity Church. 

The death occurred recently of Mr Pat Halpin, Quartercross, Killusty.  Interment took place in Killusty.

Hunting News
The most unseasonable weather currently prevailing is certainly not favouring good hunting for ‘The Tipps’.  The very dry conditions certainly do not favour good scenting conditions.  During the week hounds and huntsmen have had to work extremely hard to produce good sport.  Short runs with whatever scent prevails quickly fading out. 

Horse & Jockey on Wednesday produced several foxes and provided a typical Horse & Jockey day with hunting confined mostly to the hedge bog plantations.

Foxes were in very short supply at Lismolin on Thursday.  The childrens meet at Kilcooley on Saturday did provide a good afternoons hunting through the Kilcooley Woodlands.  Hounds hunted continuously from twelve o’clock to three.  Whether the quarry was a red fox or something a bit larger is open to debate.

Knockfee on Saturday showed a big improvement.  Following a nice run from the Waterlooer Gorse a few short hunts were enjoyed in Ballingeary area.  The day concluded with a good hunt of forty minutes from Mortlestown Castle.  Hounds ran a very fast circle through Casey’s, Kiely’s and O’Donnell’s to the main Cahir / Clonmel road to the Trass orchards.  Turning here hounds hunted strongly back to Hickey’s where they had to give a good fox best. 

White Heather Harriers
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers also suffered from the poor scenting conditions from their opening meet at Drangan on Sunday - A hound they say is only as good as his nose and his nose is only as good as the scent.  One veteran foot follower of the Tipperary pack was highly appreciative of the hounds efforts to hold the line under very difficult conditions.  The White Heather Harriers meet next Sunday, November 12th, at Cloneen for Kilbury at 11am. 

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn on Wednesday, 1st November, were 13, 18, 23 and 27. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner so three tickets were drawn and the following received €50:
J. Kenny, Drangan;
Dermot  Darcy, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard;
Eamon Cullen, c/o Coolmore, Fethard.

The three €50 ‘Lucky Dips’ were:
Eamon Phelan, c/o Coolmore, Fethard;
Ann Darcy, Killusty, Fethard;
Julie Wall, Barrettstown, Fethard.

Next week’s Jackpot is €8,100 and the Jackpot seller’s prize €810.

Fethard GAA News
In the Junior A Football South Semi Final played last Saturday, we had a lot to do going down 7 points in the final quarter. We nearly pulled it off, only to loose in the end by a single point on a scoreline, Fethard 1-7, Ardfinnan 2-5. The team was: Ronan Maher, Paul Hackett, Diarmuid Burke, Connie Flynn, Michael Carroll, Alan Phelan, Ronan Allen, Damien Byrne 0-2, Kevin O’Donnell, PJ Morrissey 0-1, Jason Nevin 0-4f, Richard Gorey, Paul Kenrick, John Fitzgerald 1-0, Shane Aylward. Subs used were: Shane Kenny and Alan Burke.

In the Senior Football Relegation Match we’re down to play Killenaule in Golden on Wednesday 1st November at 8pm. Congratulations to Aherlow on winning their first County Senior Football title since becoming a senior team in 1996 and the best of luck in the first round of the Munster Club Championship against Fr Caseys (Limerick). Aherlow appeared in four county finals, losing to Fethard in 1997, 2001, and to Commercials in 2003.

Over the weekend the season came down on the clubs involvement in all competition and we thank everyone who helped in any way during the year.  The selectors and players, we are grateful for your cooperation with success in 2006 in the Intermediate Hurling South Championship in winning our fifth title. The club will be holding an open forum, before our annual general meeting, to plan for the future of the game in Fethard with a large influx of people in the development areas of the parish. Watch this space for date and time.

Congratulations to Dick Fitzgerald and Liam Connolly who will receive there Sean Na Ghael Awards on this Sunday in Brú Ború, bringing to Fethard a total of eight awards since their inception in 2003 — Dick Allen (RIP), Dick Cummins (RIP), Elsie O’Dwyer (RIP), Johnny Farrell (RIP), Tom McCormack (RIP),  and Joe Ahearne, We wish them the best of luck on the night.

Our Lotto Jackpot €2,400 was not won. We had one match three winner of €150, going to Stephen O’Brien (Rosegreen). The €50 Lucky Dip going to Sally Hayes (Cashel Rd). Numbers Drawn were 1, 8, 16 and 18. The tickets were kindly sponsored by Harrington Developments

Our sincere sympathies are at this time with the McCormack Family (Monroe) on the death of Tom. Go ndeanai trocaire ar an ainmeachta.

Fethard Players Take to the Stage this Weekend
Best of luck to Fethard Players who continue their fine tradition of drama when they open on Sunday night in the Abymill with this year’s production, ‘12 Angry Men’. Early booking is advisable. The play will run from Sunday 12th November to Saturday 18th November, with the exception of Thursday 16th November. Tickets are €12 each with a special priced Family Night on Monday. The play starts at 8.15pm and tickets can be booked at O'Flynns Menswear, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254 or 087 1338961.



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