Saturday 18th November 2006

Home Visits
If you are not looking forward to the long winter nights and you would enjoy a visit every once in a while, the Parish Team would be happy to oblige.

On the other hand, if you are mobile and would like to visit people in their homes, you are more than welcome to join us.

Contact John at (052) 31684 or Carmel at (052) 31134.

Anything Goes
The crew of Slievenamon Musical Society are ready to set sail tonight (Thursday 17th November) with their 2006 production of Cole Porter’s ‘Anything Goes’.  This musical-comedy will run nightly in Cloneen Hall until Sunday next, November 19th.  Thursday night is family night and tickets, which are still available, are priced at only €10 each.  Tickets for the remaining performances are €15 and can be booked by ringing: 052 31201 or 087 9087828.

Fethard GAA Club News
Fethard GAA Club would like to thank all those who helped in any way during the year and we ask for your continued support in 2007. Our annual general meeting is provisionally planned to take place before Christmas, details later.  The County Board visit to the Club takes place on Thursday 23rd November at 8pm in the Tirry Centre.

The GAA Lotto Jackpot of €2,500 was not won. The numbers drawn were 3, 17, 26 and 28. We had no match threes winner so five Lucky Dips of €30 each were drawn and won by: Kathleen Connolly (The Valley), Mary Butler (Roan Killenaule), Marie O’Brien (Coolmoyne), Jimmy O Meara (Cedar Grove), and Michael Gould (Claremore). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan). Tickets were kindly supplied by Harrington Developments.

Our deepest sympathy at this time is with the O’Flaherty family (Killusty Castle) on the death of Peg. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.

Fethard & District Juvenile Rugby news
Fethard & District Juvenile Rugby hosted Waterpark on Sunday last and played games at under 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 levels.

Under-7 Rugby
Our under 7s played a tremendous game against Waterpark and recorded a victory scoring 5 tries against 1 for Waterpark. This was a great performance by our young team and augers well for the future of the club to see so many children play so well. Especially effective on the day were Joe O’Connor, Jack Mulcahy and Ciaran O’Dwyer.

 Under-8 Rugby
Our under 8s also recorded a victory, on a scoreline of 6 tries to 5, in another very closely contested game. The skills demonstrated by these young boys had their coaches beaming with pride. Michael Gaynor, Luke Ryan, Colm Hayde and James Walsh had very effective games.

Under-10 Rugby
Our under 10s played an excellent match, having to fight all the way to secure a well earned draw of 3 tries each. Our young players demonstrated all the skills, running and tackling very well putting in a great team performance. There to impress on the day were Cathal Maher, Conor Murray and Charlie Manton who also scored a great try.

Under-11 Rugby
Under 11s played a very entertaining and great game of rugby with only 1 try separating the sides. This score occurred in the first 3 minutes of the game and proved enough to give Fethard victory. The game that followed was nail-biting stuff with each team being denied on the line on many occasions. This was a tremendous team win with young Russell Casey very impressive in his tackling. Others to impress in this team were Cian O’Connell and Henry Blackmore.

Under-12 Rugby
Our under 12s played a very tough draw, which entertained all those present with all that’s good in rugby.  Their attacking and defensive play was very effective. This was a very encouraging performance as Waterpark and we would have expected to win this one. All the team performed exceptionally well with great individual performances from Jack McCarthy, Gavin Delaney, Niall Walsh and William Morgan. The final score was 2 tries each. 

Under-14 Rugby
Our under 14s travelled to Clanwilliam and recorded a very impressive victory there. This team continues to show great promise and were dominant in all aspects of the game. Robert Hall and Michael John Murphy dominated the line-outs and presented our fast running backs with great ball for attack after attack. Colm Shanahan put in another very impressive performance today, as did Alan Casey and Danny Gerard.

Under-18 Rugby
Our under 18s travelled to Thurles for a league match but as our regular front row were missing we had to concede the match on safety grounds, but, we played a very tough practice game. Thurles ran out the easy winners but again our relative novices at this level put in a powerful second half to again prove that they can compete at this level.

The Gorey brothers, Richard and Cathal, put in tremendous performances, their speed and strength on the ball was a pleasure to witness and Richard was rewarded with a great try 10 minutes into the second half. Our second try came when Adrian Lawrence kicked into the corner to allow Declan Doyle an easy touchdown. Others to impress on the day were Ian Croke, Billy Horan, Michael Hayes and Ciaran Shelly. Our best wishes goes to Liam Smith who was injured on the day.

A special word of thanks goes to the parents who catered for the throngs of spectators and players on the day and made it a very successful event. Thanks also to the local secondary school for giving us the use of their field.

Fethard Tidy Towns AGM
The annual general meeting of Fethard Tidy Towns will take place in the Tirry Community Centre on Tuesday 21st November at 8pm. Tidy Towns are a very small committee with an awful lot of work to do, trying to maintain the town as people expect it to be. The committee would welcome new members and maybe now is the time to get involved!  Come alone to the Tirry Centre on Tuesday 21st November at 8pm.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto numbers drawn on Wednesday 8th November were, 5, 14, 16 and 17. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150: 

Linda Phelan, Slievenamon Close, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Gussie Slattery, Kilnockin, Fethard;
Moquet Jean-Marc, Kiltinan Stud, Fethard;
Dermot Darcy, 30 St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.

New week’s Jackpot prize is €8,250 and the Jackpot Sellers Prize is €825.

St Vincent de Paul
Anyone requiring the help of St. Vincent de Paul for this Christmas can contact any member of the society for an application form or collect one from the back of our local churches. Please return the completed form to any member of the society before 30th November.

Emigrants’ Newsletter
We would like to thank all who subscribed to our annual church gate collection and all who helped with the collection at the local masses. A total of €1,120 was collected for which we are most grateful. For those wishing to be added to our mailing list, change of addresses or new addresses can be handed in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. Anyone with Fethard connections living away from home is eligible to be added to our mailing list. Please remember that newsletters sent to addresses that are returned undelivered are automatically deleted from our mailing list.

Holy Souls in November
The Rosary will be recited in the following Parish Cemeteries during the month of November.
Sunday 19th Nov: Rathcoole 3pm, and Redcity at 3.30pm.
Sunday 26th Nov: Killusty 10.30am; Kiltinan 3pm; Kilmaclugh 3.30pm, and Tullamaine at 4pm.

Table Quiz
The Parents Association of the Secondary School, Fethard, will hold a Table Quiz in the Secondary School Hall on Wednesday 29th November at 8.30 pm. A raffle will be held in conjunction with the Table Quiz. Attractive sponsored prizes will be on offer. This quiz and raffle are in aid of the Secondary School. A good night's entertainment is promised, refreshments will be served and an invitation is extended to all.

Fethard Bridge Club Results
The results of our game on 8th November 2006, which was for charity, are:
1st Gross: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey;
2nd Gross: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke;

1st Nett: Olive Looby and Nora Ahearne;
2nd Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke.

Annual subscriptions of €25 are now due. Next Wednesday 22nd November we play for the Gross Turkey prize. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 32038.

Fethard Judo Club
On the weekend of the 10th and 17th September, Fethard Judo Club travelled to the Citywest Hotel and Conference Centre for the Irish Open, which is now Ireland's premier Judo Competition. Teams and players travelled from all around Europe and from the United States. On both days the standard of judo was very high. In the junior event brothers Richard and Cathal Gorey were in the under 73Kgs category where Richard collected gold and Cathal just losing out on a bronze. Richard was also unlucky in the senior 73kgs category where the eventual silver medallist knocked him out. Alan Brannigan also put up an excellent show in the under 60kgs category where he won a bronze.

We also had to two ladies in the junior event. Stephanie Lawrence collected bronze in the junior event and was very unlucky in the senior event. Lorraine Feery won a well deserved silver medal losing out to a much older American opponent in the 48kg category. On Sunday, in the Cadet event, Cathal Gorey, Alan Brannigan and Lorraine Feery were all out again. Cathal won two bronze medals in both the open weight and in the 73Kgs category. Alan won a second bronze in the 60kgs category and Lorraine collected another silver in the 47kg event.

Tom Woodlock fought very well in what was a very hot 66kgs event and was extremely unlucky to be knocked out. Natalie Cahill also fought brilliantly winning a silver in the 48Kgs event.

For Daniel Binchy, Cormac Britton, Kate Delahunty and Dean Kenny, it was the first time they fought at this level and fought great. Cormac came second in the cadet 60kgs category, Daniel won bronze in the cadet 73kgs category and both Kate and Dean were again unlucky in just missing out on bronze medals.

The following weekend both Richard Gorey and Stephanie Lawrence travelled with the Irish team to the Scottish International where both fought brilliantly. Stephanie came home with a bronze medal, one of only two medallist, another great achievement.

The Fethard Judo Club members train at the Town Hall on the Main Street, Fethard, at 7.15pm sharp on Tuesday nights and once a month on Thursday night. New members are always welcome.

Marathon Finisher
Running for The Children's Medical & Research Foundation, Our Lady's Hospital Crumlin, Fethard man Alan Colville completed the Dublin City Marathon on 30th October in 3 hours 12 minutes. Alan would like to thank all who have contributed and remind people that there is still time to give.
Please support this worthy cause by donating in one of two ways:

(1) Send a cheque, money or postal order made payable to The Children's Medical & Research Foundation to Alan Colville, Ballintemple, Fethard, Co. Tipperary. No cash donations by post please.

(2) For telephone donations, call The Children's Medical & Research Foundation on 1850-507-508, using Alan Colville as the reference. Thanks again for your support.

Recent Deaths
The death has occurred of Mr Leo Meagher, Milestone, Cloneen.  Burial took place in Cloneen.
The death has occurred of Mrs Peg O’Flaherty, Killusty Castle.
The death has occurred in Maidstone, Kent, England, of Mrs Joan Vinten, formerly Jo O’Shea, St. Patrick’s Place.

White Heather Harriers
From their meet at Cloneen on Sunday last the White Heather Harriers had a very good day. Finding in Charlie Lawless’ at Kilbury hounds hunted across the Anner and straight to Slievenamon to Kyloclea Wood and Plantation.  Hunting strongly they pushed their fox out on the hill at the top and back to the forest where the intervention of fresh foxes caused the pack to split.  Returning to Kilbury they found again upstream in Robert Barton’s.  This fox crossed Kilbury Lane at Kilbury House and ran to Cloneen.  Hounds were hunting really well here and turning right-handed they ran parallel to the Mullinahone Road almost to Cantwells.  Swinging left short of the covert they crossed the road to the top of Kylenagranagh.  Turning left here they ran to the Cloneen / Drangan road which they crossed at Ballyvadlea Bridge and to the large plantation at O’Briens where they had to give him best.  Finding again in the Glen behind Michael McCormack’s they ran a circle from here and back to the Glen where they marked to ground. 

The day concluded with a short run from Slattery’s.  Hounds were hunting almost non-stop from move-off at 11am and their deep cry in the good scenting conditions prevailing was heard at its best.  The White Heather Harriers meet next Sunday at Loughcopple and on Sunday November 26th at Rocklow. 

The Australian Game
Much has been said and written about the Australian / Ireland International Rules Games at Croke Park on November 5th.  Now that the panic has died down the game and rules should be looked at in a calmer climate.  Sure there were incidents that reflected no credit on both teams.  The whole thing lasted only ten minutes, there is no one dead or even seriously injured so the cry to call off the series, the Australians thugs, disgraceful etc. is completely overdone. 

Geraghty suffered concussion, so did Maurice Fitzgerald in a club game in Kerry last Sunday, he accidentally ran into one of his own players.  Geraghty sportingly said he was not sure is his injury was accidental or not.  Like Geraghty and Maurice Fitzgerald, whatever the reason, are not the first players to be concussed in a game and they certainly will not be the last.  We must remember, ‘There is no game yet worth a rap for rational man to play into which no accident or mishap could possibly find a way’.  So, on with the International rules series where skill with the round ball was a revelation as was their speed and fitness as they showed the best footballers in Ireland how to shoot points, or overs, and they are called from forty and fifty yards. 

Speaking of a dying art.  The skill of the Scottish Shinty players was also a revelation.  These guys could score points off the ground from up to seventy yards pointing quite a number of seventies, or sixty-fives as they are now called, with ease.  Their game goal-keeper taking his puck-outs off the ground regularly landed the ball beyond the half way line, which in Croke Park is a distance of over eighty yards.  They certainly showed that ground hurling is certainly a forgotten art.



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