Saturday 11th August 2007

Walled Towns Day – Sunday 26th August
Various activities are well underway in preparation for the Fethard Walled Towns Day which will take place, during National Heritage Week, on Sunday 26th August next.  Members of Fethard Historical Society are being kept busy preparing flags for use on the day.  These flags, echoing the heraldic theme of the day, will be hanging from the town wall which will be the setting for most of the day's events.  The parade, led by the 6ft long Loughnashade Trumpet, followed by the pupils with their coats of arms, will leave the town square at 2pm.  Both medieval and topical entries are welcome as part of the parade so start planning your entry now!  There are several €50 vouchers to be won on the day for best entries.  Other events confirmed for the festival day will be a demonstration of how prehistoric musical instruments were used in Ireland by the Sounds Ancient group from North Galway.  A puppet show will take place at 3pm, while The Lee Valley String Band will also play their music for the afternoon.  Many other organized events are also planned for the day.  Pupils who made a Coat of Arms in their school in June are reminded to come to The Square at 1.15pm on Sunday 26th August where they will be given their shield to take part in the parade.

The Lee Valley String Band
“My home's across the Blueridge Mountains" . . . and quite a way’s further, in fact!  Cork, the summer of 1968, and founding member Chris Twomey, along with brothers Niall and Colm Toner entered a ballad group competition, taking the present band name as their ‘nom de guerre’.  Since then the band has been a fixture on the Irish music scene, hosting their own TV show for RTE (live from the Cork Opera House, with guests Jimmy McCarthy and Errol Walsh), and featuring regularly at the Cork Folk Festival.  They appeared at Queens Festival Belfast in 1998, and as special guests of the Tonder Festival, Denmark in 2000 (along with Emmy Lou Harris and Tim O’Brien).  In 2004, they played in the Ulster Folk Park as part of the 13th Annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival.  An EP, "At Last", was issued in 1983 and in 1998, to mark their 30th anniversary, the band launched their CD ‘Corner Boys’, with the help of well known Nashville producer Jim Rooney.  The current line-up includes original member Chris Twomey autoharp; Mick O'Brien, guitar; Mick Daly, banjo; Kevin Gill, dobro; Hal O’Neill, fiddle; Brendan Butler, mandolin and Pete Brennan, bass.  Chris, Brendan, the two Micks, Kevin and Pete all share vocal duties. More recently the band featured on the Hummingbird / RTE project ‘Other Voices 3’, on RTE television in April 2005, and in July of that year, they shared the stage of the Cork Opera House with The Blind Boys Of Alabama.  The official website, currently being up-dated by Kevin Gill, is available at: www.leevalley.150m.com

Recent Deaths
The death occurred recently of Tommy Whyte, Dublin and formerly of Main Street, Fethard.  Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Sliabh na mBan Holy Year Cross
A reminder that the annual pilgrimage to the Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon takes place on Wednesday next 15th August, commencing at 2pm from the hill wall.  At a time when attendances at religious ceremonies are on the decline, we are delighted to report that this annual event goes from strength to strength. So much so that last year we encountered major traffic congestion on the mountain road, resulting in many people being late for the start.  As always we encourage people to arrive early and those who intend to make the climb to allow at least twenty minutes to walk from the car park at O'Donnell's field.  For those who are unable to make the climb the rosary will be recited at the Mass rock.

Kickham Country Weekend Mullinahone
Each year since 1983 the Kickham Country Weekend has taken place in Mullinahone during the second weekend of August.  The weekend consists of historical and cultural events.  This year the weekend will take place from August 10th to 12th.  In spite of the dates it is not to be confused with Puck Fair.  The weekend has taken on a huge GAA flavour in 2007 because this year South Tipperary Board of the GAA celebrates the centenary of its foundation.  The weekend will be officially opened on Friday evening, Aug. 10th, by Nicky Brennan, Uachtaran of the GAA, after a cheese and wine reception. A lecture will follow at 8.30pm entitled “Maurice Davin of Carrick on Suir – First President of the GAA”.  This lecture will be delivered by Dr. Paul Rouse, Historian UCD. 

A bus tour to and a conducted walking tour of Cashel will take place on Saturday afternoon.  That night at 8.30pm in the Knocknagow Centre there will be another lecture to be delivered by Michael O’Meara who was for over thirty years secretary of the South Board.  He is also known to Tipp FM listeners as the presenter of “Aon Gnoth Eile” on Friday nights.  Michael’s history of 100 Years of the South Board, to be published shortly, is eagerly awaited.  A fine speaker he is expected to discourse on the part played by Kickham’s country in the history of the GAA.

Sunday sees the anniversary Mass for C J Kickham in St. Michael’s Church at 11.30am.  After Mass a wreath will be laid on Kickham’s grave and an oration will be given by the patron of the GAA Dr. Dermot Clifford.  The weekend concludes on Sunday afternoon in the walled garden of Killaghy Castle with a poetry reading of local poets and guest poet Gerry Moran.  Perhaps by then the thoughts of GAA followers will have gravitated to Croke Park.  The 25th Kickham Country Weekend has plenty to offer GAA followers next weekend so “Failte go Muileann na hUamhan” home of the immortal phrase, “for the credit of the little village”.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
The following competitors will represent the area at the HSE Community Games National Finals in Mosney Co Meath over the next two weekends. 

First Weekend (August 17th): Art u8, Roisin McDonnell; Art u16, Laura Rice.  Judo, Gary Bradshaw and Padraig O’Shea.  Volleyball, boys: Damien Morrissey, Dean Sharpe, Garreth Lawrence, Tony Myler, Andrew Maher and Darren Thompson.

Volleyball, girls: Jane Kenny, Jean Anglim, Kelly Fogarty, Kelly Coady, Sarah O’Meara, Katie Coen, Fiona Crotty, Grainne Horan, Kelly Fox and Aisha Tobin.  Managers, Damien Byrne and Fiona Ryan.  Second Weekend: Our athletes are u8 Eric Fogarty and Darragh Lynch; u16, 1500m, Adam O Donnell.  There will be a special meeting to collect all money for Mosney fees, bus fares and deposits for tracksuits on this coming Tuesday night, August 14th in the Tirry Community Centre at 7.30pm sharp.  It is very important that all funds are paid upfront. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our representatives the very best of luck in Mosney.

Juvenile GAA
The annual GAA Summer Camp will take place from Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th August in the Barrack Field.  This year the format will be, Thursday and Friday evening from 4.30pm to 8pm for the Under 10’s and from 4.30pm to 9pm for the 10 to 14 year olds.  On Saturday, August 25th, the camp, to which everyone is invited, will run from 10am to 4.30pm for all ages.  Activities on the day will include a bouncy castle, a barbeque, a raffle and prizes.  Places can be secured by contacting Caroline Sheehan (Ph. 086 1713502) and a reduced rate for members applies. 

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 1st August were: 4, 9, 11 and 15. There was no Jackpot winners and three Match 3 winners who received €50 each:

D.O’Brien, c/o Tom Purcell;
Eddie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard and
R. Nagle, c/o Tom Purcell, Fethard.

The €50 Luck Dip winners were:

John Whyte, Main Street, Fethard;
James Cooney, Coleman, Fethard;
Baby Paddy, c/o Alice Butler, Kilnockin.

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

Fethard GAA Club News
Junior Football A played on Friday 3rd August.  We were heavily defeated on a score line of Fethard 0-6, Ballylooby/Castlegrace 5-10.  On Wednesday August 1st our opposition received a walk-over when we failed to field a team in the Junior Hurling B.  

We play the Minor Hurling South Semi-final in Kilsheelan V Carrick Davins @ 7.00pm on Friday 10th.  Best of luck to our boys.  On Sunday 12th  we play Kilsheelan in the Intermediate Hurling in Monroe @7.00pm

IF our Under 21 B Hurlers lost their match on Tuesday last (07th) we play Cahir in Ned Hall Park @ 7.00pm on Tuesday 14th.  We play Junior Hurling B against Marlfield on Wednesday 15th  August in Monroe @7.00pm.  On Friday 17th August we play the South Minor Football B Semi Final in Ned Hall Park V Carrick Davins.

Congratulation to our Chairman, Michael O’Dwyer, who won €600 in the August County Board Draw, also, to Tommy Sheehan who won €200 in the same draw. This year we have been lucky with six people winning so far.  You may still join the draw with any of our promoters at a cost of €10 per month.

The Lotto Jackpot, €6100, was not won.  Numbers drawn were 1, 24, 27 and 30.  There was no match threes so the following tickets drawn won €30 each, Nancy Ryan, Tullamaine, Colin Bradshaw Woodvale Walk, Bob Maher, Barrack St, Pamela Sweeney, The Valley and Rita Doyle, Woodvale Walk.  The Lucky Dip of €50 was won by Abigail Doyle, The Green.  Thanks to Harrington Developments for supplying the tickets.


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