Saturday 14th July 2007

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Both Girls and Boys Volleyball teams from the Fethard area will now represent Munster at the HSE Community Games National Finals in Mosney in August. The boys’ team consist of Damien Morrissey, Darren Thompson, Dean Sharpe, Garreth Lawrence, Andrew Maher and Tony Myler. Both teams are coached by Damien Byrne, Killusty, and full marks to Damien for taking on this task and best of luck to all at National Finals. All Participants please note, one passport type photo must be submitted to Damien or to the Community Games Office, Grove Road, before the deadline of 18th July. Good Luck also to our Judo competitors, Aobh and Padraig O’Shea, The Valley, Kate Delahunty, Market Hill, Gary Bradshaw, The Green and Lorraine Feery, Killusty who will represent the County in Tralee this weekend. The Judo competition will take place in Tralee Sports Complex and competitors must check in at 9am.

Moyglass United AGM
Moyglass United Soccer Club will hold their AGM on Friday 13th July in the Village Inn, Moyglass, at 9pm sharp. All are welcome.

Hospice Collection
The local support group of South Tipperary Hospice would like to express their sincere appreciation to all who supported their annual church gate collection last weekend in Fethard, Killusty and Moyglass. The total amount collected amounted to €1942.

Exciting Summer Camp for Youths
There are still some places available on the Summer Camp being organised by Fethard Community Youth Project and Tipperary Regional Youth Services. This camp will cater for young people aged between 12 and 15 years and will take place during the last week of July (Tuesday 24th to Friday 27th) in the Sports Centre and other locations in Fethard.

The main focus of this summer camp will be the preparation of a Medieval-themed act. The organisers are delighted that staff from the Multimedia Department Tipperary Institute have offered their services to produce a DVD of the performance. Additional activities included in the programme for the week include creating and wearing medieval costumes, making and using medieval weaponry, writing scripts and re-enacting battles. And that’s only the ‘history’ bit! There’s also bowling, a fun-sports day, a treasure hunt, remote-control cars, a barbeque and more.

Application forms for this camp are available from the Community Office, Barrack Street and Newport’s Newsagents, Main Street. Closing date for completed forms is Friday 13th July.

Aussie Visitors
The Attorney General of the State of Victoria in Australia, Rob Hulls MP, was one of the many Australian visitors to Fethard in the past week. Mr Hulls, Minister for Horse Racing in Australia (among other portfolios), paid a visit to Coolmore Stud and McCarthy’s while he was in Ireland. He also has another Fethard link. His former Chief of Staff and legal advisor is a lady who was born and bred in Fethard. Mr Hulls has recently appointed her to the position of Magistrate in Victoria. Her name is Fiona Hayes, daughter of Veterinary Surgeon Denis Hayes (a brother of Joe Hayes, Rathcoole) who emigrated with his family to Australia in the late seventies.  Many will remember Fiona and her brothers Ian and Niall who lived in what is now the home of Jimmy and Sally Hayes on the Cashel Road.

A few hours after they had left town, the second group of Australians hit town. They were the connections of the Australian mare ‘Miss Andretti’ that had impressed as a winner in Royal Ascot recently.  The majority shareholder in the mare surely has Irish blood flowing through his veins as he reportedly turned down an offer of eight million for the mare (his share cost him 80,000), replying that his business was doing fine and that he led a frugal lifestyle in general . . . so he was willing to enjoy the mare racing rather than the money.

Two locals travelling to Tanzania
Carmel Rice, Brookhill, and Mary Cloonan, Killenaule Road, have very kindly volunteered to support the work of Playing for Life in Tanzania in September this year. Both will be part of a group of Irish people participating in a programme that will include the building of a community/sports centre in Arusha, south of Kilimanjaro. The group will also provide short training courses in such diverse areas as IT training, sports, bookkeeping, and chutney and jam making. Another group of Irish people will provide a short course on drama and music and Playing for Life will provide the instruments need for a brass band and jazz group for a local group.

The project is being developed in a newly created parish that is under the care of the Palatine fathers and is in a very deprived slum area of Arusha. The skills learned will be used to increase the capacity of the local community to help improve the living conditions of the parishioners. The parish is called the Esso parish and caters for between 50,000 and 60,000 people desperately in need of assistance. The provision of the centre, the short courses, and the creation of the musical and dramatic groups will enable the parish to raise funds by using the newly acquired skills, and by providing entertainment for commercial businesses in Arusha. The drama/music group will also provide a much need outlet for the energies and talents of the large number of unemployed youth of the parish.

Carmel and Mary have agreed to raise a minimum of €5,500 each to support the work of Playing for life in Tanzania. Playing for Life depend greatly upon the generous giving of time, skills sharing and financial support of people like Carmel and Mary, and urge people to assist them in reaching their fundraising target.

If you would like to know more about Playing for Life and their great work you should visit their web site, www.playingforlife.ie or Tel:  045 881607 and they will be delighted to discuss any aspect of their work with you.

Summer Visitors Scarce
Has anybody noticed the scarcity of swallows this summer (sic). Four members of the swallow family — sand martins, house martins, swallows and swifts — are annual visitors from Africa to Ireland.

The working out of local sandpits, notably the large pits in Rathcoole where the martins nested, put pay to them. The house martins, which nest under the eaves of houses, have also been very scarce for a number of years. The power-hose used on new bungalows and the smooth plaster used on most houses has also helped their demise.

The swallows have been more or less holding their own although there has been a continuous decline nationwide since the 1980s.

This year the swifts are almost gone. These are the last of the swallow tribe to arrive around 1st May and they are gone by the first week in August. Time was when literally hordes of these birds nested in the ruins of the old Military Barracks where the cattle mart now stands. Under the roof of the Abbey Church and the old Convent National School were also the sites of many nests. All these sites have now been demolished. The Abbey Church has been re-roofed and the swifts have disappeared. The destruction of their habitat is not the only reason for the swifts decline. An article in the Daily Telegraph last week states the same situation has arisen in England this year. Hardly a dozen swifts are flying over Fethard this season. Are they going to follow the cuckoo and corncrake into oblivion?

However, on the credit side, we are glad to report that a skylark, another member of the endangered species, has been seen and heard, for the first time in twenty years, soaring and singing over Brodeen.

Sadels Restaurant Closed
Sadels Restaurant, formerly opened in 1991 as J’s Restaurant at Lwr Main Street, closed its doors on Sunday night 1st July. Proprietor Catherine O’Sullivan was joined by customers, staff members past and present, at a farewell party to show appreciation to Catherine and her staff for their long and dedicated service to the restaurant since it first opened. The premises are owned by McCarthy’s Hotel who are now going to renovate the restaurant and incorporate it into their own pub business.

Fethard GAA Club News
Liam Connolly RIP (4/7/07)
It was with great sadness we learned of the passing of one of Fethard’s finest Gaels, Liam Connolly. Liam spanned a playing career of 25 years with club and county from 1951 to 1976 as a dual player. No other person in the club won such honours in senior hurling — All Ireland 1958, 1961 and 1962 (sub). Liam also won Munster medals in 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962 Intermediate All Ireland and Munster Medals in 1966, and to finish won a Minor All Ireland title in 1953 with Munster in that grade in 1953 and 1954.

In football Liam wore the county senior jersey for 11 years with no break from 1956 to 1967 without success. He also represented his club at minor in 1954, a feat unrivalled by any other person in the Fethard club.

For his Fethard club Liam holds Senior County Football titles for 1954, 1957, when at age eighteen he won his first. He won South Senior Titles in 1954, 1955, 1957, 1969, 1976, spanning 22 years between his first and last, and also won Tipperary Man Cup Medals during that period.

Having had the privilege to win two South titles with him I can say Liam was a gentleman at all times with tremendous commitment and advice. In junior football he was a member of the Killusty 1956 South and County winning team. He holds a unique record as a Fethard youth when he won a South minor hurling and football title in 1952 with Fethard as a 16 year old, and another minor South football medal in 1951 as a 15 year old.

Hurling was his great love and he holds a South senior medal with Na Piarsaig 1957 and a Group B South title in 1956 with Padraigh Pearses. He was part of the Coolmoyne Junior A South winners of 1959, and later in life was honoured with a Hall of Fame in 1994, and a Cumann na Sean Ghael Award in 2006.

Liam will be sadly missed for his guidance on the field and his ability to read the game his presence will also be a void on the sideline. To his family we offer our sincere condolences at this time. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.

In intermediate hurling we were defeated on Sunday 8th July in Kilsheelan on a scoreline, Carrick Davins 4-16, Fethard 1-12, with the Davins pulling away in the final quarter. The team was: Kieran Treacy 1-1 (frees), Richard Gorey, Michael Carroll, Niall Hayes, Christopher Sheehan, Michael Ryan, Jamie McCormack 0-1, John P Looby 0-2, John Leahy, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1 Stephen O’Donnell 0-1, Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher, Miceál Spillane, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-6f. Sub used was Connie Flynn. With four games played and three to go our next game is scheduled game is for weekending 22nd July against Cahir.

The Minor Hurling B second round was played last Monday 2nd July, also in Kilsheelan. This was a great game played in ideal conditions with Carrick Swans winning in the final two minutes on a scoreline, 3-12 to Fethard’s 2-12. The team was: Mathew Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald (Red City), James Kelly, Kieran O’Connell, Tom O’Connell, Eoin O’Connell 0-1, Adrian Lawrence, Dean Tobin 0-7f, James O’Keefe, Aaron O’Donovan, Declan Doyle 1-2, Alan O’Connor, Kieran Ryan 1-1, Chris Sheehan 0-1f, and Jonathan Fleming. Our next game in this division is against Fr Sheehys.

Our Lotto Jackpot €5,700 was not won. We had one Match Three winner, Bernie Byrne (Claremore). The numbers drawn were 6, 8, 19 and 21. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Noreen Maher (Abbeyville). Congratulations also to our County Board Winners €200 John Keane (Tullamore) on 29th June, and Eileen Maher (Dun Aoibhinn) on 6th July.

Foróige Citizenship Regional Event 2007
On Saturday 23rd June, members of the Fethard Community Youth Project /Scoil Ruain environment group went to Cork City for the Foróige Citizenship Regional Event. The event was organised by Foróige to award all clubs who had participated in Citizenship Projects around Munster.

The FCYP/Scoil Ruain project called ‘Us the Future’ in which the twelve members, all 1st years in the school, was based on improving the look of the old VEC building in Killenaule. The group decided the best way to do this was to plant flower boxes and hang flower baskets at the school. The aim of the project was for each member to learn how to actively participate in their own communities.

Three members travelled to Cork for the event and to represent their group, overall it was a great opportunity for the group to get recognition for their hard work and dedication. The group were one of three groups that represented South Tipperary on the day, Clerihan Foróige Club and Carrick-on-Suir Neighbourhood Youth Project were also there. The day ended on a great high as the three groups joined forces to win digital cameras each at a quiz organised for the day. Well done lads!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their help and support throughout my time in Fethard and Killenaule. I had a fantastic seven months and hope that it will not be the last of the FCYP.

To everyone that participated in the groups and to everyone that I met and worked with as Youth Officer for the Project, I wish you all the best and thank you, Suzie O‘Shea.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 4th July were: 20, 24, 25 and 27. There was no Jackpot winners and no Match 3 winner so three tickets were drawn and the following won €50:

Bridget Hayes, Main Street, Fethard;
Sean Evans, 6 Congress Terrace, Fethard;
Patrick Looby, The Valley, Fethard.

The €50 Luck Dip winners were:

M.J. Croke, c/o XL Stop & Shop, Fethard;
Anthony Coffey, Burke Street, Fethard;
Majella Drea, Strylea, Fethard.

Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.

Two Time Polka and a Sunderland Shirt
A unique piece of sporting memorabilia will be up for auction this Saturday night at the barbeque in aid of Trust. Niall Quinn, the Chairman of Sunderland, has donated a shirt signed by the squad prior to their first season in the Premiership under the management of Roy Keane.

The event will take place this Saturday night in the garden behind McCarthys. Music is by the very popular Cork band ‘Two Time Polka’ whose reputation as a live act is growing throughout Ireland.

Tickets can be purchased in McCarthy’s . They cost €20 and all the profits from the night will go to Fethard lady, Alice Leahy’s Trust charity. If anybody is interested in bidding for the jersey prior to the event they can ring 086 8119625 or email vinny@mccarthyshotel.net


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