Saturday 3rd November 2007

Hunting News
Over ninety mounted followers and an above average crowd of foot-followers and supporters turned out to welcome Huntsman Derry Donegan and hounds at the opening meet of the Tipperary Foxhounds at Fethard on Monday last.

Following the traditional blessing of the hounds by Rev. Fr. T. Breen P.P. and Rev. Barbara Fryday hounds moved off to the traditional first draw at Rocklow.  The Old Railway Line proved blank but hounds quickly found at Ballybough Bridge.  They hunted to the Killenaule Road at the Old Racecourse and back to Rathcoole Sandpit where he went to ground.

Finding again almost immediately hounds flew back to Rathvin where they caught him on top inside the level crossing at Sean Kelly’s.  From Rocklow House covert they hunted towards Fethard, crossing Monroe Boreen they swung back towards Rocklow.  This fox crossed the river via the old girders of Breen’s Bridge and was lost in McCarthy’s Bog.

A good afternoons hunting followed in the Ballyvaden Power’s Wood area.  A fox from Crean’s Grove ran to the Ballyvaden-Moyglass Road where he was lost.  Drawing in far at Janet Barbour’s hounds ran to Power’s Wood which held at least another leash, one ran to the riverbank at Farnaleen, and right-handed back to the Wood where hounds were stopped.  A sharp right-handed circle from Ardsallagh Gate brought a most enjoyable days hunting in excellent weather to conclusion.

Whipper-In Injured: Monday’s great day was marred by an unfortunate riding accident in which first-whip Paul O’Grady was injured.  Moving off from Main Street a followers mount colliding with a parked vehicle swerved and unseated Paul from his mount.  Paul sustained a very heavy fall onto the roadway.  A number of off duty nurses in the vicinity were quickly in attendance.  An ambulance transferred the injured huntsman to South Tipperary General Hospital where, Deo Gratias, his injuries were not as serious as first feared.

Fair dues and great credit to White Heather Harriers Huntsman, Donie Slattery, who on request took over Paul’s duties for the day and did an excellent job.

All hunting people will join in a vote of sympathy to a great supporter of Tipperary Foxhounds, Mrs Faith Ponsonby on the recent death of her mother, Mrs Cherry Brandon of Durrow, Co. Laois.  Interment took place at Kilcooley.

With the White Heather Harriers
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers open the 2007-2008 season with their opening meet at Drangan on Sunday next, November 4th at 11am.  Next meet at Cloneen on Sunday November 11th.

Emigrants’ Newsletter Church Gate Collection
Thanks to everyone who supported our annual church gate collection for the Emigrant’s Newsletter last weeekend.  Proceeds will go towards the publishing and posting of over 1000 Newsletters free of charge to our emigrants throughout the world.

We are still accepting donations and any donation of €10 or more will be acknowledged in this years issue.  Please put your donation in an envelope with your name and address and give it to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

November Cemetery Rosaries
We are all reminded that November is the month to remember our dear departed and we invite you to visit local cemeteries where the Rosary will be recited for the Holy Souls.

In this Thursday (1st November) The Rosary will be recited at 3pm in the Parish Church and at 3.30pm in Holy Trinity Cemetery. On Sunday 4th November it will be recited at 3pm in the Abbey Church and 3.30pm at Everardsgrange.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 24th October were: 5, 17, 26 and 31. There was no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each:
Susanna Manton, Main Street, Fethard;
Michael Meehan (Snr.), Coolbawn, Fethard.

The €50 Luck Dip winners were:
Andrea Carroll, c/o Lonergans, Fethard;
Kaycie Aherne, Prospect, Fethard;
Therese Ryan, Clerihan.

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

Patrician Presentation Secondary School Awards Day 2007

At 11am on Friday morning, 19th October, the Patrician / Presentation Secondary School student awards ceremony commenced with Mass. The celebrants Rev. Tom Breen and Fr. Gerry Horan welcomed all — the Principal and Deputy Principal, staff, students, Board of Management representatives, Parents Association, parents and family members of students, ancillary staff, business representatives and our special guest of honour, Ann-Marie O’Donnell, of Mocklers Hill, a past pupil of the school.

The choir, made up of seniors, Transition Year, 5th and 6th Year students was accompanied by Kevin Hickey. The interlude between the Mass and the commencement of the awards ceremony was devoted to our up and coming 2nd Year group ‘Zero Tolerance’. The band comprising of Noel O’Brien, Ted Barrett, Tony Myler and Gareth Lawrence treated us to a very professional ‘Simple Man’ composed by Leonard Skinner. The Principal Mr Ernan Britton addressed the assembly regarding the importance of this day for everyone and how it had become a milestone in the eventful year of the school. He thanked all those who had helped in the preparation for the event, particularly Mr Michael O’Gorman, Mr Denis Burke and Mr R. Prendergast. He then introduced guest speaker Ann-Marie O' Donnell to all.

Ann-Marie completed her Honours Leaving Cert in 1991 and is now involved in a legal practice in Wexford Town. Ann-Marie's address was clear and practical, offering the students very sound advice on their future careers and what road they should take. Ann-Marie went on to present the ‘Student of the Year’ Druid Cuchulainn awards to Jane Fitzgerald  (2nd year), Fiona Crotty (3rd year) and Jonathan Hall (6th year).

The Padraig Pearse Award for the most outstanding Junior Cert went to Laura Rice. Ann-Marie presented the Paddy Broderick Award to Gráinne Horan. Denis Burke presented the Sports Person of the Year awards to Sarah Hayes and, amidst huge applause, Eoin Condon. Deputy Principal, Marian Gilpin, introduced the Vice President of Chapter 10 Irish League of Credit Unions, Jonathan Gilfin, who presented the Credit Union Enterprise award to Alex Channon.

Mrs Gilpin then presented the Credit Union Fethard Quill Writers award to James Cotter and Rebecca O'Donnell. Mrs Margaret Prendergast presented the Gradam Na Gaeilge award to Ida Carroll.

The best school attendance awards were presented to Ted Barrett, Fiona Crotty, Melissa Wallace, Colm Horan and Alan O’Connor.

In September the Fethard Historical Society had organised a Town Wall Photography Competition in conjunction with the Heritage Council of Ireland and Ms Patricia Looby, Art Teacher, presented the junior 1st Prize to Angelico Bano, one of our international students from Italy. Runners up were Aisling O’Dwyer and Xuan Wyatt whose family have recently returned to the United States, so Xuan’s prize was collected by her grandmother Mrs Phyll Wyatt.

At the conclusion of the ceremony the Principal Mr Britton presented Ann-Marie O'Donnell with a framed photograph to commemorate her return to the school as our guest on this very special day. And so, passed another beautiful Awards Day on a serene and sunny autumn day in October 2007.

Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game played on Wednesday 17th October 2007 were:
1st Gross: Brendan Kenny and Carmel Condon;
1st Nett: Annie O'Brien and Marie Delaney;
2nd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane;
2nd Nett: Pattie and Mary Tobin.

On Wednesday 24th October we played for Hallowe'en prizes and the results were:
1st Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
1st Nett: Fr. John Meagher and Mary Quirke;
2nd Gross: Annie O'Brien and Tony Hanrahan;
2nd Nett: Anne Ryan and Joan Kelly;
3rd Gross: Nell Broderick and David O'Meara;
3rd Nett: Anne and Sean O'Dea.

On Wednesday, 31st October, we play for prizes sponsored by Berney Myles and Alice Quinn and on 14th November we have a charity night and hope to see all our members there.  Subscriptions are now due. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at (052) 32038.

Hospice Coffee Morning
Many thanks to all those who organised and those who supported so generously, the recent Hospice Coffee Morning at the following venues: Dawn Foods, Coolmore, Patrician / Presentation Secondary School, Nano Nagle Nationals School, St. Patrick’s Boys School, Fethard & District Day Care Centre and Fethard Bridge Club who ran a Coffee Day from 9am to 6pm in the Town Hall. The total collected was €2074.

Died Recently

The death has occurred on Tuesday 23rd October, of Ms Tess O'Flynn, The Valley, Fethard. Interment took place in Cashel Cemetery.

The death has occurred on Saturday 20th October, of Mr Joe O'Dwyer, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

The death has occurred on Wednesday 17th October of Mr Gerry Fahey, Coleman. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery, Fethard.

Childcare Meeting
A meeting to elect a committee for local Pre-school Childcare will be held on Thursday 15th November in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm. It is anticipated that this committee will help in the provision of a new custom-built state of the art Childcare Facility in Fethard. Parents who have, or will have, children needing pre-school facilities are especially invited to come along and get involved. Local councillors and Ms Ger Boland from the County Childcare Committee will be in attendance.

World Traveller Ward Returns
Fethard musician Aidan Ward, now based in the West of Ireland when not meandering on his musical journey around the globe, is coming back to the Abymill for his second annual Fethard gig. Last year’s event was a huge success. Aidan took to the stage with fellow musician Tom Portman and held the audience captive with his unique musical style. He has spent the past year traveling and gigging everywhere from Milwaukee to Munich.

The supporting act this year are young up and coming band ‘Naked Mr America’ comprising of brothers Jack and Van O’Sullivan, Lory Kenny, Ciarán Leahy and Kevin Maher.  They write all their own material and claim influences as diverse as early U2, Damien Rice and pre McDonalds Johnny Logan.

Aidan hopes to film the gig for a future DVD. A good storyteller, Aidan recounted how he has been misplaced in venues in America. As an Irish singer, agents expected that he would belt out the old Irish standard ballads and come all ye’s. He was surprised to arrive on a stage at one venue to see the back wall covered with a 10-foot high picture of Gerry Adams. Hopefully the DVD will show what he is about . . . a singer songwriter in his prime.

Tickets for the gig are €10 and can be purchased from McCarthy’s in Fethard or any of the band members. Anyone wishing to learn more about either of these acts can check out aidanward.com or Naked Mr America on their website  http:bebo2nd.com/Naked-Mr-America. Special guests are expected on the night.

Fethard GAA Club News
The Minor Football B County Final was played in Boherlahan on Saturday 29th October and with ‘lady luck’ on our side we have another chance at a date to be appointed after finishing level on a scoreline. Fethard 1-6. Upperchurch/Drombane 1-6.  The game was a low scoring final with our team never reaching the heights of previous rounds.

The team was: J. P. McGrath, Gavin Fitzgerald, Cathal Gorey, Ciarán O’Connell, Tom O’Connell, Adrian Lawrence, James Kelly, Christopher Sheehan 0-1, Aaron Donovan, Dean Tobin 1-1, Eoin O’Connell 0-3(1f), Alan O’Connor, Eoin Condon 0-1 (captain), Declan Doyle and Michael Fleming. Sub used was Ciaran Ryan (55min).

We wish senior footballers success in their County Final bid on Sunday 4th November in Cashel against Moyle Rovers at 3pm. Our last apperance and success at this level was in 2001 when we beat Aherlow by 1-13 to 0-8 in Thurles and went on to loose the Munster Club final to Nemo Rangers by 4 points. Most of our current team were playing then with only Tom Anglim, Michael Quinlan, Brian Burke and Tommy Sheehan not available. We have some very nice young talent at our disposal for Sunday and as it is the very first meeting of both teams in a County Final. Fethard will be very anxious to reverse their South Final defeat to the same team on 29th September last. To our team selectors and management — the very best of luck!

The South Junior ‘A’ quarterfinal was played in Dr Morris Park. Fethard for the first time in this venue playing under lights, met St Patricks on Monday 21st October. This was a high scoring match with Fethard losing out on a scoreline, St Pats 3-15, Fethard 3-6.

The team on the evening was: Glen O’Meara, Connie O’Flynn, Philly Blake 0-1, Nicky Murphy, William O’Brien, Tommy Gahan, Mike Kelly, Brian Burke, Kevin O’Donnell, John Fitzgerald, Martin Coen 0-3 (1f), Paul Kenrick, Ed Sheehan, Michael O’Riordan and Johnny Neville 2-1. Subs at half-time were: Willie O’Meara, Alan Burke and J P McGrath 1-0 (55min).

St Augustines 1982 Senior Hurling Reunion Dance was held on Friday 27th October. We had a very succesfull gathering in Hotel Minnella with over 160 present on the night. It was a huge success for the organisers with 28 of the 31 possible guests in attendance. Some came from America for the night and more from various parts of Ireland. All enjoyed themselves with chat and craic and Paddy Finnucane kindly doing the honours for the presentations, which was much appreciated by both recipients and the gathering. To finish off the night, Richie Halpin provided the music.

Results of the St.’s Silver Jubilee Draw on the Night was: 1st €300, Dermott Mansfield, c/o Chadwicks, Clonmel; 2nd €200, Johnny Nagle, Rathkenny, Fethard; 3rd €100, Bridget Morrissey, Canon Hayes Park, Fethard; 4th Tool Kit (28 Piece), Ciara White, Kilsheelan; 5th Dimplex Heater, Thomas Anglim, Kilcnockin, Fethard; 6th Electric Toaster, Seamus Delahunty, c/o Chadwicks, Clonmel; 7th St Augustine 1982 Team Photo, Frank Britton, Cloneen, Clonmel; 8th Electric Kettle, Lee Ryan, Kilsheelan; 9th Bottle Baileys Cream, John Roche, Cloughcarrigeen, Kilsheelan; 10th Electric Kettle, Bobby Cahill, c/o John Larkin, Kilsheelan;11th Bottle Red Wine, Philip Fahy, c/o Chadwicks, Clonmel.

Prizes will be handed out later in the week there is also a Video or DVD of the night available for €20 please contact any committtee member for same. The organisers would like again to thank everyone that made it such an enjoyable night to all our sponsors . Thanks also to our ticket sellers for the hard work and to our committee for their time and help. Aspecial word of appreciation to the Kilsheelan Club and Fethard Club for giving permission in making this a Silver Jubilee never to be forgotten.

Our Lotto Jackpot of €7,300 was not won. There was no match three winner so five Lucky Dips of €30 each went to: Philip Doyle (Woodvale Walk), Mary Coen (Killusty), Niall Higgins (St Patricks Place), Michael Gould (Claremore), Anthony Leo (c/o Bob Fitzgeralds Clonmel). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Nicky O Shea (Tullow). The tickets were kindly provided by Fethard Wholesale Electrical Ltd.


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