Saturday 22th September 2007

Travelling to Tanzania
Best wishes to Carmel Rice, Mary Cloonan and Joe Kenny who are travelling next week to Tanzania with this year’s ‘Playing for Life’ team who will build a community centre in Arusha. Along with the building project there will be training workshops given in Music and Drama, Food Preservation, Kids Sports, IT and Computer Skills. This year’s team includes well-known personalities such as Mary Kennedy, Eleanor Shanley, Paddy Cole and Ronan Collins. Another local man very much involved in Playing for Life for years is Seamus Hayes, Kilconnell, who will also travel to Tanzania. The very generous support and help that the volunteers received locally is very much appreciated and has made this trip of a lifetime possible.

Playing for Life is a registered charity and promotes self-development through education, sport & health awareness. Directors are: Tracy Piggott, Paula Murray, Robbie O'Malley, Barney Rock, Peter McCloone and Ossie Kilkenny.

Fethard Players ‘Country Boy’
Fethard Players are busy rehearsing for their oncoming production of ‘The Country Boy’, a play by Irish playwright, John Murphy. The Country Boy is a comedy-drama set in the small Irish farmhouse and reflects on the social problems of emigration and rural life in the late 1950s.

The play will be staged in the Abymill Theatre from Friday 19th October to Wednesday 24th October (inclusive). Booking at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard, on Mondays to Fridays (closed Thursday) from 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Tel: (052) 31254. At other times than above call 087 1338961.

Fethard GAA Club News

In senior football on Saturday last Fethard advanced to contest the South senior final against Moyle Rovers. Our last time was 2005 when we were successful against Carrick Swans. Our last and only meeting since 2000 with Moyle Rovers was in 2002 when on that occasion we won our 27th South title on a scoreline, Fethard 0-13 to Moyle Rovers 0-8.

On Saturday last we were far from impressive in grinding out a victory on a score line, Fethard 0-9, Ardfinnan 0-7, with eight frees all scorable getting away. Lets wish our team the best on Sunday next when we will be going for our 29th South title. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne, Michael Aherne, Ian Kenrick, Benny Hahessy, Cian Maher, Glen Burke, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, Jamie McCormack 0-1, Eoin Doyle, Stephen O’Donnell, John P Looby 0-2, Willie Morrissey, Brian Coen 0-5 (4f) and Christopher Sheehan. Subs used were Miceál Spillane and Kenneth O’Donnell. The South final takes place this Sunday 23rd September in Clonmel at 3.30pm.

In Junior A Football we await the result of Commercials and Cahir for our next match.

Our Lotto Jackpot €6,700 was not won. We had no match three winners so the following tickets drawn won €30 each: Jim Williams (Killusty), Megan Coen (The Green, Fethard), Danny Kane (Kerry St), Nicky O’Shea (Tullow) and Brian Coen (Killusty). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Liam McCarthy (Coolmoyne).

Died in England
The death has occurred in London, England, of Mr Gus Millet, aged 79. Gus was formerly from St. Johnstown, Fethard.

Fethard Ladies Football Club
The club held an Under-10 Blitz in Fethard GAA Park on Saturday last. The teams taking part were Galtee Rovers, Mullinahone, Clonmel Og and Fethard. The draw was as follows: Fethard v Galtee Rovers and Mullinahone v Clonmel Og. In a very close match between Galtee Rovers and Fethard, Galtee Rovers were the winners. In the second game Clonmel Og beat Mullinahone. In the second round Galtee Rovers beat Clonmel Og in a very close game. In the second game Fethard beat Mullinahone in an equally close game.

Mark Tynan of MMT Construction kindly presented a set of jerseys to the club which was very much appreciated and will be of great benefit to the club. Thanks to the following people who presented medals for the blitz: O’Riordan’s Ironworks, O’Meara Roofing, Thomas McCarthy and Michael Ryan. Refreshments were supplied by Mrs Noreen McCarthy. Thanks to all who helped in any way.

Fethard Juniors played Moyne Templetuohy in Moyne Templetuohy on Sunday evening in the Junior C Championship. The girls had a very easy victory in this event. Next game is due to take place this coming weekend.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday 12th September Fethard Bridge Club played the first night of the season and the results were as follows:

1st Gross: Nell Broderick and Ellen Rochford;

2nd Gross: Tony Hanrahan and David Abell;

1st Nett: Anne Connolly and Annie O’Brien;

2nd Nett: Kathleen Kenny and Breda O’Grady.

On Wednesday 3rd October we play for the Free Sub Gross and the following Wednesday, 10th October, we play for the Free Sub Nett. We hope to see all our members back by then. Anyone looking for a partner please contact Berney Myles at 32038.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Our Under-14s having won their South Championship bid, were out to Loughmore in Cashel last week in the county semifinal and were extremely unlucky to be beaten by a much stronger, bigger team. The final score was by no means a reflection of the heart and effort these young men put into the game but in the end they were not able to keep up the pace. Well done to them all and a big thank you to their trainers for the time and effort put into this team. Also a big thank you to all the parents and especially those who did not have anyone playing on the day but came to support and cheer them on - thank you!

The Under-16s still have a few matches to play and have reached the south quarterfinal of their championship bid. We wish them the very best of luck. Match results and report will be printed when games have been played.

The Under-10s took part in the centenary celebrations that took place over the weekend in Monroe. A great day was had and a very young under-10 team took part in a football blitz. They were not to be winners on the day but certainly put on a wonderful display of football. Thanks to Monroe for their hospitality.

Help For The Homeless
The Frank Purcell Memorial Golf Classic in aid of Trust took place on Saturday last at Slievenamon Golf Course, followed by the prizegiving and barbecue in McCarthy’s. The previous attempt to play the Classic was postponed due to unseasonable flooding at the course, but the weather was on the side of the golfers this time. They were blessed with a beautiful sunny day. A large number of teams took part and the eventual winners of the ESB sponsored fourball in Mount Juliet were Bobbi Holohan, Trish Kelleher, Vincent Woodlock and Chris Coen.

A large crowd attended the prize giving ceremony, where Fethard’s Alice Leahy, the co-founder of Trust, handed out the prizes. Alice spoke of how the charity is now over thirty years in operation and needed even more support now than when it was founded. Despite our booming economy, Alice noted that she had homeless people from eleven countries seeking help at her door last week. The marginalized in our society need her help more and more each year. Thus it was heartening to see so many people selflessly putting their hands in their pockets to help out.

The evening finished with a barbecue with music provided by the excellent ‘Supernoodles’ (formerly known as Back Door) band from Kilkenny. The committee would like to thank all of those who helped make the event such a success. It is gratifying to note that every penny of the funds raised will go directly into day-to-day use and not get eaten up by administration or high tech offices. If people want to know more about Trust, they can look up their website at www.trust-ireland.ie

Annual Emigrants’ Newsletter Articles
This year’s issue of the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter is currently being compiled and we take this opportunity to remind secretaries and club representatives to submit their annual reports before 1st October to ensure inclusion in this year’s issue.

We also invite individuals to submit their own articles (typed where possible) and photographs as soon as possible. Same can be handed in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, or to Edwina Newport, Newport’s Newsagency, Main Street, Fethard.

Group Fitness Classes
Fitness classes are starting in Fethard Ballroom on Wednesday 3rd, October 2007 from 8 to 9pm.  Type of Class:  Interval training - segments of aerobics alternated with brief recovery periods. You will need to bring a mat/towel, bottle of water and set of dumbbells or light hand weights (optional).  To book your place and for further information contact Bobbi Holohan on 087-2130414.

Napier Family Information
My name is Anne Anderson, I live in Sydney Australia and I often search the Fethard web site hoping to find information on my ancestors William & Honora (Baldwin) Napier who lived and raised their children in Fethard about 1860-1900. Three of their children immigrated to Australia, some to the USA and at least one to England. I have tried looking up the Napier and Baldwin name in the Irish Phone book link from the Fethard site without any success. I know from your site that there are still Napiers living in or around Fethard and I am hoping that you may be able to suggest to me some way of making contact or obtaining the addresses of any residents by the name of Napier or Baldwin who may still live in Fethard or nearby.
Any help or suggestions you can give to me would be greatly appreciated. My email address is: jcanders@bigpond.com Thanking you, Anne Anderson.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 12th September were: 10, 17, 21 and 22. There was no Jackpot winners and three Match 3 winners who received €50 each:

Lisa Williams, 17 Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle, Fethard;
Esther Leahy, Killenaule.

The €50 Luck Dip winners were:
Maura Trehy, The Green, Fethard;
Richard O’Brien, Rocklow Road, Fethard;
Biddy Duggan, Killusty, Fethard.

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

Van DeVater whereabouts
If anyone has information as to the whereabouts or contact details of the Van DeVater family who lived in Fethard some years ago, a relative living in California would appreciate the information.  You can contact Tina Nobriga directly at email: cattails44@comcast.net or give us the details and we will pass them on.

Mattie’s Clinic
Deputy Mattie McGrath will be holding his next clinic in Fethard on Friday 21st September in the Fethard Arms at 5pm.

Gormley and Hunting – The Thin End of the Wedge
Tom Hayes T.D. today criticised the Minister for the Environment, John Gormley for beginning his long-awaited chase after hunting and coursing.

Is this the beginning of the Green party pushing their agenda on Fianna Fail, and the country? This smacks of the Green Party (with John Gormley at the helm) promoting their internal priorities in incremental steps. Since going into government, the Green Party have been working on their policies, with John Gormley emphasising at every step the Green Party policy matters relating to the environment and other policy. What will be next for the Minister and his Party? While Minister Gormley’s position directly relates to the countryside, agriculture, and the rural population, he is woefully out of touch with the tradition and pride associated with these sports, which are not intended to cause harm to animals and are a wonderful family activity.

Tom Hayes said publicly in a Dáil debate: “Everybody is opposed to the mistreatment of animals, regardless of the side of the debate they are on, or the part of the country in which they live. I love what is good in rural Ireland, whether it is coursing, hunting hares, beagling or whatever, and I believe there is a strong agenda to stop those sports.”

Will the Green Party slowly work on this agenda, and where will we stand at the finish line if this unstable coalition lasts a full five years in government?  For further information, please contact Tom Hayes on 087 8105016.

Patrician Presentation Secondary School News
The Transition Year walk will take place on Friday 21st September from 2.20pm to 3.20pm. This walk is to raise funds for this year’s TY show ‘AbbaBuja’. 1st Class, 2nd Class and TY pupils will participate in this walk and we hope that everyone from these years will take part as it is usually excellent.

Congratulations to Fethard minor team who won a double in defeating Ballyporeen in football with tremendous performances from Adrian Lawrence and Declan Doyle. In hurling they defeated Carrick Swan in Kilsheelan, scoring 4-6 in the last fifteen minutes.  The under-14s also had a magnificent South Championship victory over St. Mary’s.

Special congratulations to Sarah Hayes who is currently training with the Irish National Junior Volleyball team. This is evidence of the high standard of volleyball skills in the school.

Congratulations also to all our Junior Certs on their wonderful results. We wish them success in the senior cycle of our school.

Best wishes and farewell to 2nd Year pupil, Xuan Wyatt, as she embarks on a new stage of her life in San Francisco. Xuan was a very popular pupil and participated fully in all school activities while attending the school. Au revoir!

News from ‘An Ghaeltacht’
Céad mile failte ar ais to all our Gaeilgeoirí who attended Irish courses in the Gaeltacht during the summer holidays. Kate O’Brien, Laura Rice, Aisling Dwyer and Rebecca O’Donnell spent three enjoyable and beneficial weeks in Coláiste na nOileán in Connemara. They visited the Aran Islands and viewed some of the props used in the Fr. Ted television series.

Ida Carroll immersed herself in the language culture and traditions of the West Kerry Gaeltacht, spending three great weeks in Baile an Fhirtéaraigh. Gráinne Horan, the beneficiary of GAA sponsorship, attended Coláiste na Mumhan in Ballingeary, West Cork, improving further her Irish language skills. Gráinne was able to benefit from many sports activities all conducted through the medium of Irish. Jean Anglim, Katie Coen and Rebecca Fogarty headed southwards to Glanmire Irish College for an intensive two-week course.

Well done to one and all: “Tús maith, leath na hoibre” and of course we hope “Gurb é seo an tosach agus nárb é seo an deireadh . . .!


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