Saturday 2nd December 2006

The Well Golf Society
The Well Golf Society hold their final outing of the year on this coming Sunday 3rd December, at Slievenamon Golf Club with a 12 noon tee off. As always, we ask players to arrive well in advance of tee off time and to register on arrival.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
The juvenile GAA club would like to congratulate Michael O’Dwyer on receiving a special merit award at the South Board medal presentation last Friday night. Never has an award been so richly deserved by a worthy recipient. This was awarded to Mick for all the hard work and tireless dedication to the Fethard club over many years. Mick has been involved with the Juvenile Club in Fethard for as long as we can remember and it was great to see his valuable work honoured by the South Board.

Many years have passed since Mick joined the juvenile ranks and his appetite is as strong now as it has ever been. Thanks Michael from all in the Juvenile Club.

Well done to Eoin O’Connell for his participation on the south under-15 football team who were unfortunately beaten in the final after extra time. Well done to the under-11s who played in the floodlit cup in Commercials against Moyle Rovers in atrocious conditions. Although beaten they have qualified for the plate final on Tuesday night. The Juvenile GAA club will hold a Race Night in McCarthys Hotel on Saturday 2nd December. The club would like to thank all parents and sponsors who supported us in this venture and ask you to come along and enjoy the night. A great night is guaranteed!

Preparing for Christmas
Advent is a time of spiritual preparation to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas.

Put some time aside for prayer and personal reflection during this time by joining in an hour of prayer at the Presentation Convent at 8pm on Monday evenings, commencing on 4th December. Encourage your family and friends to come along as well. All are welcome.

Died Recently
The death has occurred, on 23rd November, of Mrs Nellie Colville, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

The death has occurred, on 24th November, of Mr Pat O’Brien, Garrankyle, Cloneen. Interment took place in Cloneen Cemetery.

The death has occurred, on 25th November, of Mrs Mary Meagher, Milestown, Cloneen. Interment took place in Cloneen Cemetery.

A Class Act!
On Tuesday 14th October, in the mediaeval-walled town of Fethard, Co. Tipperary, better known today as the home of Coolmore Stud and Andrew Lloyd Webber, a grand bunch of 60-year-old fellas got together to celebrate a famous victory. In 1963, the tiny, local Patrician Brothers High School (total student population then, just over 100 and, in those ultra-segregated days, all boys) put out a hurling team that defeated the mightiest schools and colleges in the province of Munster to gain the much-coveted Dr Kinnane Cup. The win, against massive odds, had a lot to do with the captaincy of the obstinate and indestructible Dinny Burke, today a senior teacher in the much larger and desegregated school) a young monk called Paulinus, who was the trainer, and total dedication - indeed fanaticism - and support from the whole school, pupils and teachers alike.

The concentration on winning got so intense that in order to strengthen the team reprobates and rebels (of which I was one) were drafted in and speed-trained for the job in hand. It was edge-of-your-seat stuff when the final was drawn and there had to be a replay. The drama was played out in Thurles Stadium on a cold and blustery October day. By the final whistle we had won, if only by the proverbial skin-of-our-teeth. It wasn't until I saw the bonfires on the approaches to Fethard and the crowds greeting us that the magnitude of what we had achieved came home to me.

I would have liked to have been there on the night to share in the celebration. Apparently the Kinnane Cup was borrowed for the night and I'm sure it was filled and emptied several times with stronger stuff than the Cidona we were allowed in '63.

I raised a glass here in Beara to be with them in spirit and to remember our distant great achievement. I will also sadly recall one of our number who has passed on, Paul Raleigh.

We had some good times, even great times - in hard times.

— (Jimmy O’Connor)

Christmas Lights
Fethard & Killusty Community Council ask for your support in helping fund the erection of Christmas Lights in Fethard. The average annual cost of erecting and taking down the lights, including ESB charges, to date is €8,930.  This figure is separate from the actual purchase cost of the lights. All donations to help defray these costs would be much appreciated. Donations can be made to treasurer, Mr Jimmy Connolly, c/o Fethard Post Office.

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.

Comhairle na nÓg Meeting
On Saturday 24th November, approx thirty young people involved in various youth projects around South Tipperary gathered together at the annual Comhairle na nOg meeting held in Clonmel town. Comhairle na nÓg is the junior of Dail na nÓg Dáil na nÓg means, “youth parliament”, and is a chance for the children and young people of Ireland to represent the views of all Irish children at national level.

The Fethard Community Youth Project members were invited to the event in Clonmel for the day, which consisted of various discussions, Road Safety, Stereotyping, Young People and Financial Dept.

One of the aims of the day was to elect four members for the Dail na nÓg. Fethard’s own J.P. McGrath was elected and will attend the annual conference in Croke Park on the 17th February. Many thanks to the two Fethard members, J.P. McGrath and David Gorey, for attending. It is very much appreciated and is a great achievement for the Fethard Project, at such an early stage, to help get our name out there and on the map.

Tony Sheehan Memorial Foundation
A very successful committee meeting of the Tony Sheehan Memorial Foundation took place in the Tirry Community Centre on Friday night last Nov 24th. There will be a further committee meeting in early January to finalise the legalities of the trust which will be followed by a public meeting at the end of January. The following letter was submitted to the meeting from the Sheehan family.

“We, the Sheehan family would like to thank most sincerely the people of Fethard and surrounding areas for their kindness and generosity during the most difficult time of our lives which resulted in the loss of Tony from cancer.

Tony had been fighting the battle of his life when we discovered that conventional medicine was no longer a viable pursuit in the quest for a cure. Being Sheehans we were not prepared to lie down under this enormous challenge and give up but to get up and fight. However, to do this we needed the help and support of our local community. Research led us to believe that Mexico could offer an alternative cancer treatment which we hoped would be the answer to our prayers and so cap in hand we went to each and every one of you for your help. And help you did without a moment’s hesitation and in such a generous and willing way that we will be forever grateful.

Unfortunately, it was not to be and as you are all aware Tony’s journey ended as it began in his native Tipperary on the 10th February, 2006 with Mexico still so far away but yet having been so close due to your generosity. If money was all that was needed to save Tony then the people of Fethard and surrounding areas could surely be considered his saviour.

Tony’s passing has left a void in our lives that can never be filled but it has also left a legacy in the form the Tony Sheehan Memorial Foundation which we, the Sheehan family, hope will be of assistance to other families in our community, who like ourselves, may be faced with the despair and hopelessness of this traumatic and devastating life threatening illness.

Once again, we would like to thank all of you who gave so generously and hope that you will never have to walk a mile in our shoes or need the kind of assistance in your lifetime for which this foundation was first created. I believe that those who give get and your kindness and generosity to Tony may one day be returned to you through his legacy which you helped create.

You will always be in our thoughts and prayers. The Sheehan Family.”

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Wednesday 22nd November were: 2, 15, 25 and 28. There was no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150:

Eileen Fahey, Graystown, Killenaule.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Denis Gahan, Cloneen, Fethard;
Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Eileen Tobin, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

Next weeks Jackpot is €8,550 and the Jackpot sellers prize is now €855.

Judo Success
Congratulations to Aobh O’Shea, The Valley, on winning gold at the Irish Open Judo Competition on 12th October, and also to her brother Padraig for winning a well-earned bronze. Gary Bradshaw came fourth after some very hard contests. Well done to Josephine O’Donnell, coach at Koga Judo Club.

Thanks for helping!
The People Animal Welfare Society (Paws), based in Mullinahone, would like to thank all who organised and supported the Table Quiz in Fethard on Friday night last and donated the proceeds to their organisation. A total of €670 was raised for which they are most grateful.

Fethard Patrician Presentation School Show
The Patrician Presentation Secondary School will stage their annual musical production in the Abymill Theatre on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December.

Christmas Bazaar
On this Thursday 30th November, Fethard and District Day Care Centre will hold their very popular Christmas Bazaar at the Tirry Community Centre.  The clients and volunteers make beautiful rugs, dolls, dusters, flower arrangements and many other items for sale on the day, along with very generous donations from the businesses and people in Fethard for our ‘Monster Raffle’. Please come along and support us from 11am to 12.30pm.

Substance Misuse Information Evening
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School invite all adults to an ‘Information Evening on Substance Misuse’ in the School Hall on Wednesday 6th December at 8pm. Guest speaker is Ms Sinead O’Mahony Carey, Health Service Executive HSE.

Identifying drug, alcohol and solvent related situations is crucial in helping and supporting young people who may be experiencing problems or engaging in risky activity due to their substance use. This is a good opportunity to find out more about this everyday problem in today’s life.

Fethard GAA Club News
The Club’s ‘Open Forum’ has been put back a week to Friday December 8th in the Abymill Theatre at 8pm (sharp). We invite all past players and members and present players and members to attend a night to review the present and plan for the future of this great club. We welcome any new members who wish to come on board as the AGM of the club will be taking place shortly.

To our Sean Ghael award winners, we offer our congratulations and especially to our own Dick Fitzgerald. The Fitzgerald family has been synonymous with GAA in the friary town during the past decades, and Dick followed his late father Paddy’s footsteps, who was chairman from 1955-1957, and 1961-1967. Dick was chairman from, 1968-1975, again in 1987-1988, and for a third time 2005-2006, and in so doing is the first Fethard man to hold the chairman’s office for three separate terms. Dick was also the field caretaker for a number of years, cutting the grass on one of the first sit up lawnmowers at regular intervals, often twice a week, and assisted the GAA as a regular gate checker going on 30 years, and is one of the unsung heroes of the club who was justifiably rewarded by a Sean Ghael Award in 2006. On behalf of the club, well done Dick and many thanks for your contribution to ‘The Blues’ over the years.

Liam Connolly was also honoured for his achievements and contribution on the field of play, with a 2006 Sean Ghael Award. For the county Liam won a minor hurling All-Ireland in 1953 and senior hurling All Ireland in 1958, 1961 and 1962. He also added intermediate hurling All Ireland in 1964 to his National Leagues and Oireachtas medals during this period. Liam also played for the county football team from 1955 to 1967, having been on both minor teams in 1953. It was for his club that he loved so well that he played both games equally over a twenty-two year period, from 1953 to 1974, winning county and south senior football medals in 1954 and 1957, south in 1957 and 1969, junior football south and county with Killusty in 1956, senior south hurling with Na Piarsaigh in 1957, junior south hurling in 1959, and many other tournaments including Tipperary Cup and ‘Seven a-Side’ medals to add to his collection. It is great to meet Liam now at matches, his love of GAA has not waned over the years and we wish him many more years of the same.

To Sean Walsh, Coolmoyne, we also offer our congratulations on his Sean Ghael award. Sean lives amongst us in Fethard and we wish him the best in his attempt to earn a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the most travelled card player on the roads of Ireland, playing in over 1000 different venues. Well done to all!

Our Lotto Jackpot €2,700 was not won. We had no ‘match three’ winner so five tickets were drawn and the following received €30 Lucky Dip: Mrs Hannah Leahy (Annsgift), Michael Gould (Claremore), Bernadette McManus (Burke St), Michael Sheehan (Killusty), Arthur Daly (Patricks Place). The €50 Lucky Dip going to Ann Marie Walsh (Woodvale Walk). Tickets kindly sponsored by Harrington Developments Ltd,

We offer our condolences at this time to the family of  Mrs Nellie Colville (Patricks Place) on their recent bereavement. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.

With the White Heather Harriers and Aquatic Foxes
Sunday last from Rocklow looked like proving somewhat of a disaster taking two hours before finding.  Finding eventually in the main Rocklow Covert an excellent run was enjoyed.  Leaving Covert by the Waterfall they ran under the avenue towards the lodge.  Turning sharply our fox crossed the river, ran right-handed over the Rathcoole Lane and then left crossing the Rocklow – Cashel Roads link road.  Swinging left they ran to McCarthy’s bog re-crossing the river near Breen’s Bridge, to the old railway line.  Crossing the Fethard – Moyglass road they hunted almost to the Fethard – Killenaule road.  Sweeping right-handed he ran to the Fethard Community Sportsfield.  From here they crossed Strylea Boreen to the Rocklow Road whey they crossed, running left-handed almost to Fethard Presentation Convent where a very good fox got to ground.

As hounds were making Sean Ronan viewed a fox on foot on the Cashel Road side of the river.  Donie tried hounds across where they hit the line immediately disturbing a further brace in the piece of scrubbing near Fethard Car-park.  Sticking to their original quarry they hunted to Breen’s Bridge where they crossed the river and on to the bog.  Crossing the river once again they ran to Monroe across the slip road and back to Rathcoole Lane.  Charlie proved a bit of a road runner here running the line for a considerable distance hounds found it difficult to hold the line here and they eventually lost him at the Graveyard.  Flynn’s held a brace which hounds unfortunately split eventually coming together on the slip road where Donie decided to call it a day bringing a very eventful days sport to a conclusion. 

A most unusual feature of the days hunting was that the hounds crossed the Clashawley at least five times.  The river carried quite a flood following recent rains.  Fox and hounds seemed to find the swollen waters no problem with hounds casting across themselves and holding the line each time on the opposite bank immediately.  The White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday next, December 3rd, at Ballyluskey and on Sunday, December 10th, at Clonacody at 11am. 

Hunting News
Monday 20th November saw a good turn out of fifty riders for the Tipperary Foxhounds meet at Poulmucka.  First draw held a fox in small covert off the road.  This fox was hunted to Donegal covert where he was lost.  Moving back across the road to Minogue’s hounds quickly found again.  The pack split on a brace here.  The first lot away ran to the Derog bog and from here a nice hunt to Lavally.  Unfortunately most of the field stayed with hounds hunting in covert and missed this nice run.  Not a lot could be done during the day with foxes from the Gorse, historic Breen’s and Claire Ryan’s.   Foxes were very plentiful at Earlshill on Wednesday.  First draw held at least one and a half brace, one being hunted to the old open cast mine and lost.  The old mine at Coalbrook and surrounds must have held at least four brace.  One was eventually persuaded to leave the Slag Head and hunted to the big plantation above Ballysloe where they were stopped.  Late in the day hounds hunted from near Coppe Steeple to the road near Lisnamrock School where they lost him.  From Moyglass on Thursday a fox on the old railway line between the Village Hall and Clonbrogan Bridge had to be left as having been headed would not leave the Railway/Clonbrogan Sandpit area.  Moving on to Curraghscarteen hounds quickly found this fox just as quickly going to ground.  Crossing the road Derry then drew Michael Teehan’s Plantation.  Hunting from here to the Moyglass road they swung left handed marking to ground close to the Farnaleen – Coolanure road.  Knockanglass area proved blank as did the old railway line behind the Village Hall.  A fox from the grove at Lacey’s proved a very good run.  Hounds ran through Ryall’s left handed to Knockforla towards Foulkstone.  Hounds ran back through Beechmount their fox getting to ground quite close to where they found.  Drawing Buffana Wood late in the evening hounds hunted well on covert but once again Charlie decided it was safer to stay at home than leave, and was given best. 

Haiku Day
A Haiku Day will be held on Saturday 2nd December in Fethard.  Participants are requested to meet at Crampscastle Pottery at 12 noon and to bring walking shoes, a digital camera and a biro.  This event will be led by Jim Norton and further details can be had by contacting Dóirín Saurus (Phone: 052 31916).

Christmas Lighting in Fethard
The Christmas Lighting Committee would like to bring your attention to the fact that the annual cost of providing lighting in Fethard for the Festive Season is €8930. (This figure includes the erection & taking down of the lights and the electricity costs incurred).  As you can appreciate this is quite a considerable amount to be paid out each year so in an effort to defray expenses a local fundraising campaign has been undertaken.  You may give a contribution to any committee member or support the campaign by purchasing a bulb, priced at €5 each, at various businesses throughout the town.  Please play your part in making this Christmas a bright and cheery one.

Patrician Presentation School Jottings

Heineken Cup
On Thursday 23rd November the pupils of the school got the chance to see the Heineken Cup that Munster rugby team won in their great victory over Biarritz in May 2006. This particular Heineken Cup will be retained by Munster Rugby Club and will be on display in the newly renovated Thomond Park Rugby Grounds when completed. The cup was accompanied by Sean Devaney and Paul Kavanagh from Fethard Rugby Club, and Paul Collins and John Lacey who are Rugby Development Officers in Munster.

Volleyball Matches
On Friday 24th November, the girls’ cadet volleyball teams travelled to Callan to play four championship matches. This year the school has two cadet girls’ teams because of the increased interest in volleyball. ‘Fethard 1’ team and ‘Fethard 2’ team also had to play each other as competitors.  ‘Fethard 1’ team members were: Lisa Anglim (captain), Sarah Hayes, Sarah Conway, Debbie Lawrence, Aisling Dwyer, Mary-Anne Keane. Subs were: Samantha Morrissey and Chloé Gough. ‘Fethard 2’ team were:  Niamh Fanning (captain), Aisha Tobin, Emma Fox, Leisley Looby, Kelley Coady, Gráinne Horan. Subs were: Katie Coen, Ida Carroll and Sarah O’Meara.
Other teams that participated on the day were: Callan, The Presentation Kilkenny, and Tramore. Fethard referees on the day were TY students, Adrian Lawrence, Alex Channon, Darragh Dwyer, J.P. McGrath and Johnny Fleming.
‘Fethard 2’ won one of their matches, beating The Presentation Kilkenny, and ‘Fethard 1’ won all four of their matches to the great satisfaction of coach, Mr Denis Burke.

Primary School Visit
On Monday 27th November, as part of the Primary / Secondary Links Programme in the school, sixth class primary school pupils from Cloneen, Drangan and Killusty attended P.E. and Home Economic classes in our school. Pupils from St. Patrick’s Boys’ School and Nano Nagle Primary School have already visited the school and will return for further classes in the near future.

Table Quiz
Patrician Presentation Secondary School Parents’ Association will host their annual Table Quiz in aid of school funds on Wednesday 29th November in the school hall. The quiz is kindly organised by Mr and Mrs Prendergast and is always a great success.

Substance Misuse Seminar
On Wednesday 22nd November, Ms Sinead O’Mahoney Carey, Health Service Executive HSE, gave a very interesting presentation to the TY students on the dangers of substance misuse. In the coming weeks she will also speak to the 5th and 6th year students.

There will also be an ‘Information Seminar’ for parents on Wednesday 6th December in the school hall at 8pm. All parents in the locality are invited to attend this seminar.

Rehearsals are inb full swing in the Abymill Theatre in Fethard for the school’s upcoming production of ‘Grease’. It will be staged on December 8th, 9th and 10th in the Abymill and tickets for the show will be available from the school office, Tel: 052 31572. The producer is Ms Marian Gilpin and the musical director is Mr Kevin Hickey.

Fethard & District Rugby Club
Over seventy children, up to under-12 level, travelled to Portlaoise on Saturday morning with every Fethard player participating and Fethard recording wins in all level. As one excited coach reported, “we had a clean sweep”.

The standard of rugby played by the Fethard kids was of such a high level it would be remiss of us to mention individual performances today, only to say to all the children that you did Fethard proud. Our chairman, Paul Kavanagh, wishes to express his gratitude to all the parents who turned up to ferry this amount of children to Portlaoise, without incurring the cost of a bus.

Our under-18s travelled to Cashel on Saturday evening and played in very bad underfoot conditions, which didn’t suit our players. Cashel won by 28 points to 10, but, the coaches are happy that this bunch of young men are continuing to improve with good performances from Declan Doyle, Richard Gorey and Billy Horan. It was great to see Chris Sheehan back and playing in his first game this season.

Our under-14s travelled to Thurles and came away with a win. This young team are continuing to improve with every outing.

Club News
The new Club constitution was unanimously passed at our AGM on Thursday last. The trustees elected were, Mr Clem Murphy, Mr James O’Sullivan, who is also President, and Mr Sean Devaney. Senior Club membership is now available and application forms are available from any committee member. Cost of membership is €50.

The Heineken Cup visited all the local schools including Fethard, Ballingarry, Lisronagh, Killenaule and Moyglass. Table Quiz takes place on this Thursday night in Butlers Bar.


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