Saturday 21st July 2007

Hunting News
The Tipperary Foxhounds had a very successful day at the All-Ireland Irish Master of Foxhounds Association Show held at Stradbally Hall, Co. Laoise, on 1st July.

Rosettes are not easily won at this Peterborough of Ireland show where the top Irish packs compete annually for prizes. This season packs from Co. Down to Cork, Limerick to Wexford, Louth to Galway, were amongst those represented.

The gallant Tipps were prizewinners in the following classes:
1st Prize in the Nancy Connell Challenge Cup with ‘Watchman’ for best unentered dog; 3rd Prize with ‘Waiter’ and ‘Watchman’ in best couple unentered dogs class; 2nd Prize with ‘Annesgift’ in best entered dog class; 3rd Prize with ‘Portman’ in best stallion hound; 1st Prize with ‘Walnut’ in best unentered bitch and the Isaac Bell Cup; 2nd in same class with ‘Pansy’; and 2nd with ‘Pineapple’ in the best entered bitch.

Congratulations to all concerned, especially to huntsman Derry Donegan. Looking through the list of prizewinners at Stradbally, Tipperary were probably the most successful pack competing.

Credit Union Increase Opening Hours
From Saturday 21st July, Fethard & District Credit Union will also open on Saturday mornings from 10.30am to 12.30pm. These hours are in addition to their regular opening hours on Fridays from 10am to 12 noon and on Saturdays from 7pm to 8.30pm. Applications for loans will continue to be taken on Tuesdays from 7.30pm to 8pm.

Tipperary Puppy Show
The Tipperary Foxhounds held their annual Puppy Show at The Kennels, Tullamaine, on Saturday last, 14th July. The young entry this year consisted of an excellent lot of fifteen couples — eight couple dogs and seven couple bitches.

The quality of the young hounds certainly made the task of picking prizewinners a very difficult one for judges Michael Higgins MFH, former master and huntsman of the Tipps, and Declan Feeney, Huntsman of the East Down Foxhounds. After careful consideration and a lengthy deliberation the winners were declared.

Results of the doghound class were: 1st ‘Watchman’, 2nd ‘Waiter’, and 3rd ‘Patron’. Results of the bitch class were: 1st ‘Walnut’, 2nd ‘Bula’, 3rd ‘Panda’ and Champion, ‘Walnut’.

Cormac Browne will have to invest in a larger sideboard as he took home the Corcoran Cup, Ikey Bell Cup and Championship Trophy having walked ‘Watchman’, ‘Walnut’ and also ‘Waiter’. ‘Patron’ was walked by Ms Yvonne McClintock; ‘Bula’ by Pauline Atkinson and ‘Panda’ by John Farrell. The award for the best working hound last season went to ‘Cradle’ walked by Mrs Fitzgerald.

Michael Higgins thanked sincerely, on behalf of the Tipperary Foxhounds, the contribution made to hunting by the puppy walkers. He said, the excellent work they do goes largely unnoticed and he doubted if, in the middle of the season, anyone of the followers or supporters could name even one puppy walker. We must concur for we sometimes forget that the hounds are the most important element of the sport.

Mr Frank Quirke, acting chairman of the Tipperary Foxhounds, thanked sincerely the farmers over whose land the Tipperarys hunt and without whose cooperation there would not be any hunting. He also complimented huntsman Derry Donegan, his wife Wendy, and new whipper-in, Paul Brady, on the quality of the hounds and the pristine condition of The Kennels and grounds.

The evening concluded with a most enjoyable barbecue, tea and refreshments looked after by the ladies committee, who were also thanked by Mr Quirke.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 24th July at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Golf Classic Washed Out
The Frank Purcell Memorial Golf Classic in aid of Trust had to be postponed last week as the skies opened and flooded the golf course. It is now taking place on August 5th at Slievenamon Golf Course.

The barbecue in McCarthy’s went ahead as everything was in place and was a great success. Niall Quinn took time out of his busy schedule to meet Alice Leahy, the co-founder of Trust, and present her with a Sunderland jersey signed by himself, Roy Keane and the rest of the squad. It made one thousand euro in the auction later on that night.

The Gods were smiling on the event as the night stayed dry in what appears to be monsoon season in Ireland this summer. The band, Two Time Polka, were excellent, and will be more than welcome back to Fethard. And to top it all, the Tipp hurlers beat Cork in Semple Stadium. Not a bad night and to quote John Leahy, who is also one of the golf classic organisers, “It was a sweet win!”

The organizers would like to thank all of those who helped make the night such a success. Teams for the rescheduled event on Sunday 5th August can be given to Vincent Woodlock, John Leahy, Chris Coen, Brendan Kenny at Slievenamon Golf Club or Vincent (Jasper) Murphy at McCarthy’s Hotel.

Irish Heart Foundation
The organisers of the recent Irish Heart Foundation’s church gate collection would like to sincerely thank all who donated from the parish. A total of €1,135 was collected for which they are most grateful.

Fethard GAA Club News
In early September, St Augustine’s (Fethard/Kilsheelan) South Senior Hurling Champions 1982 are holding a reunion at a venue to be arranged with a meal at a reasonable cost to supporters. All are welcome and if interested please contact any of the organising committee immediately so we can clarify numbers: Sean Nugent (Kilsheelan), John Donovan (K), Noel Byrne (Fethard), Gus Fitzgerald (F), Pat Larkin (K), Michael Keane (Knockelly). If any person has any memorabilia of the year e.g. videos, photos, or souvenirs we would appreciate just a loan to any of the above. Thanking you for your cooperation. The 1982 team and management were: selectors Fr Ray Reidy, John Donovan, Joe Ahearne, John Keyes (RIP), Michael Keane; and team/panel: James Keogh, Michael Keogh, John Keogh, Gerry Keogh, Matt Cahill, Cyril Robinson (RIP), William Robinson, Peter Moore, Liam Stokes, Pat Larkin, John Larkin, Sean Nugent, Pat O’Neill, Liam Corcoran (all Kilsheelan), James Downes, Davy Fitzgerald, Liam McCarthy, Noel Byrne, Fr A.B Kennedy, Davy Morrissey, Pakie Harrington, Maurice Harrington, Stephen McCormack and Jim McGrath (all Fethard).

The intermediate hurling game against Cahir takes place on this Friday 20th July in Monroe at 7.30pm.

Our Minor B Hurling South Championship game against Fr Sheehys was played on Wednesday 11th July in Goatenbridge and resulted in a win for the Friary town boys on a scoreline, Fethard 3-21, Fr Sheehys 0-4. The team was: P J McGrath (Sparagoulea), Jonathan Fleming, James Kelly, Kieran O’Connell, Mathew Fitzgerald 0-1, Eoin O’Connell, Adrian Lawrence 0-1, Dean Tobin 0-5f, James O’Keeffe, Alan O’Connor 0-5, Declan Doyle 1-1, Aaron Donovan 0-1, Kieran Ryan 2-2, Christopher Sheehan 0-4, and Jack O’Sullivan (Main Street). Subs were: Jerome Ahearne (Red City) for Jonathan Fleming (52min), and Michael Fleming 0-1 for Kieran Ryan (55min). Our next game is on this coming Saturday 21st July, against Newcastle in Ardfinnan at 7.30pm.

In Minor B Football we received a walkover on Sunday last from Carrick Swans and with this result we are now in the South semifinal, date to be arranged.

Our Lotto Jackpot of €5,800 was not won. We had no match three winners so the following tickets were drawn and won €30 each:  Pat Houlihan (c/o Bob Fitzgeralds O’Connell Street, Clonmel), Nellie Donovan (Fr Tirry Park), Nicky O’Shea (Tullow), Paul Dillon (Tullamaine), and Liz Newport (The Valley). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Dawn Cuddihy (Woodvale Walk). We would like to thank Harrington Development for supplying the tickets.

Senior Day at Fethard Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold a Senior Day on Friday 20th July from 11am. The chiropodist will attend and the cost of this service is €l0. The district nurse will also be in attendance and a hot meal will also be served at a cost of €5.

Important Information Day in Fethard Ballroom
A public assistance and information day for objection advice to the proposed Bioenergy Facility at Rosegreen will be held in Fethard Ballroom on Monday next 23rd July from 12 midday to 8pm. This is a great opportunity to find out more about this planning proposal which, if allowed to go ahead, could seriously impact the quality of life we now enjoy in Fethard and surrounding areas.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council has already made a submission and would strongly urge individuals to do likewise. Following the further information that was lodged by Green Organics
Energy (GOE) regarding their application to build a Rendering, Anaerobic Digestion, Bio-Gas and Bio-Diesel Plant in Castleblake, Rosegreen, Fethard & Killusty Community Council feel they still have failed to address the concerns expressed locally.

In particular, we are concerned about the threat of contamination to our groundwater — look what has happened in Galway! The proposed site is located over a regionally important aquifer of extreme vulnerability. This means that soil and bedrock over the groundwater is extremely porous with the result that any discharges of wastewater or land spreading of the 20,000 tonnes of sludge from the proposed Category 3 plant will flow directly into the groundwater, posing a significant threat to our drinking water supply.

Other serious concerns are the huge additional volumes of heavy goods vehicletraffic onto our already congested roads around Fethard and South Tipperary. Our understanding is that this proposed development would be the largest of itskind in Europe. Thousands of tons of offal, a lorry load every three minutes, would be descending on the small village of Rosegreen. And then other waste, which cannot be handled by the plant, would have to be transported to another location. The local already overburdened road structure could not support this level of transportation.

Employment opportunities in Fethard are limited. We have one factory and our major source of local employment is Coolmore Stud, who together with Ballydoyle Stables, employ over 500 people. The continuation of this employment is essential for our economic well being which is very much tied into the social fabric of the area.

Coolmore Studhas a long history of involvement with and support of social and educational structures and initiatives in the area. We cannot afford to endanger or loose this source of local support.

In promoting tourism and our strong equine locality, Fethard & Killusty Community Council are currently participating in a sister city relationship with Saratoga, USA, noting that horses, history and youth development are common to both communities. This sister city project was endorsed at a Town Board Meeting of the Town of Saratoga on the 11th June 2007.

After almost twenty years work we now feel that Fethard is finally being recognised as being the most important medieval small town in Ireland and local tourism will benefit from the national and international promotion of our Town Wall through the Irish Walled Towns Network, The Heritage Council and Failte Ireland who have all pledged support and funding at recent meetings in Fethard.

Planning decisions in the past have not gone in Fethard’s favour. This time we must make sure by making our voices heard through the planning process. At the very least, please go to the information meeting in Fethard Ballroom on Monday next, open midday to 8pm, and make up your own mind!

Tennis Camp for boys and girls
A Tennis Camp for boys and girls from the ages of 7 to 15 will take place in Fethard Sports Centre from Monday 23rd July to Friday 27th July.  The camp will take place every morning from 10am to 12.30pm and children willing to take part are asked to give their names to Fionnuala O’Sullivan, Main Street.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on 10th July of Kitty Owens, The Green, Fethard. Removal was from McCarthy's funeral home to The Augustinian Abbey church on Wednesday 11th July. Burial took place in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland grounds on Thursday after 11am Requiem Mass.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
It has been a quiet few weeks in the Juvenile Club with no matches played due to the fact that many of our players have been away on holidays and various other reasons.

Our under/12s were out on Thursday evening of last week at home to Mullinahone in one of their South Championship games and came away with a great win. It was a great team effort with some great displays throughout the field. We wish them the best of luck in their next match

Membership fees are still well overdue and members who have not paid are now asked to make a final effort to pay. Fees can be given to Theresa Hurley, Strylea.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 11th July were: 3, 8, 19 and 21. There was no Jackpot winners and seven Match 3 winners who received €22 each:

John Slattery, Barrettstown, Fethard;
Marion O’Connor, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Michael Allen Jnr., Mockler’s Hill, Fethard;
Peggy O’Reilly, Barrettstown, Fethard;
Geraldine McCarthy, Kerry Street, Fethard;
Bernie Myles, c/o The Abbey, Fethard;
Abigail Doyle, The Green, Fethard.

The €50 Luck Dip winners were:

Doog O’Donohoe, Moyglass, Fethard;
Gemma Burke, Red City, Fethard;
Mary Newport, Congress Terrace, Fethard.

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


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