Saturday 17th November 2007

Photographic Competition Winners
There was a great response to the Fethard walled town photographic competition with over 120 entries. The Clonmel photographer, John Crowley, kindly took on the difficult task of choosing the winners. Larry Kenny won the adult section with his photograph entitled ‘Light on the Past’. This photograph of the wall by moonlight went on to become a runner up in the national competition organised by the Heritage Council. To celebrate, they are making it available in postcard format. The first prize in the under 18 section was won by Angelico Bano with her photograph, ‘Incrocio’ (Meeting Place). Four runners-up prizes went to Aisling Dwyer, Xuan Wyatt, Andrew Phelan and Katie Butler. All the prize-winning photographs can be seen in a window display at Pat Carroll's framing shop on Main Street, Fethard.
Thanks to all who entered. It is hoped to turn the competition into an annual event and with top prizes of €500 and €200 it might be worth keeping an eye on the wall for suitable photographic opportunities between now and next year's competition.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 7th November were: 3, 11, 25 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each:
Jennifer & Rachel Cooke, Scotch Road, Lisronagh;
James O’Brien, Priestown, Drangan.
The €50 Luck Dip winners were:
Pat Hayes, Lurgoe, Killenaule;
Charlie Manton, Main Street, Fethard;
Tommy Butler, Clonmel Road, Cashel.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.

Table Quiz
The Parents Association of the Secondary School, Fethard, will hold a Table Quiz in the Secondary School on Wednesday 21st November at 8.30pm. A raffle will also be held in conjunction with the Table Quiz and many attractive sponsored prizes will be on offer. A good night’s entertainment is promised, refreshments will be served and an invitation is extended to all.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 20th November at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre,

St Vincent de Paul
Anyone requiring the help of St. Vincent de Paul for this Christmas can contact any member of the society for an application form or collect one from the back of our local churches. Please return the completed form to any member of the society before 28th November.
Parents on social welfare that have a child attending third level college are also invited to contact the society for some help if financial assistance is needed.

Meeting to elect Childcare Committee
A meeting to elect a committee for local Pre-school Childcare will be held on this Thursday 15th November in the Tirry Community Centre at 8pm. 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.

Fethard GAA News
On Sunday last 11th November the curtain came down on our playing year with the County Minor B football final replay played in Boherlahan and us coming out on the losing side. In a game that could have been saved with a little bit of luck, after missing a penalty and two very scorable frees in front of goal, the game finished on a scoreline, Fethard 0-8, Upperchurch 1-10. Overall Upperchurch/Drombane proved to be a well-balanced opposition in both size, power and football over the 120 minutes.

Our team was: J P McGrath, Gavin Fitzgerald, Cathal Gorey, Ciaran O’Connell, Thomas O’Connell, Christopher Sheehan 0-2 (1/45m), James Kelly, Declan Doyle Aaron Donovan 0-2, Dean Tobin, Eoin O’Connell 0-4 frees, Alan O’Connor 0-1, Ciaran Ryan, Adrian Lawrence and Johnny Fleming. Subs used were: Michael Fleming, Eoin Condon and Ciaran Ryan. Other subs: Ben Walsh, Daniel Hickey and Eoin Healy. To our selectors, thanks for the commitment to our players and thanks for the enjoyment. Beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach.
Our lotto jackpot €7,500 was not won. The numbers drawn were 6, 15, 19 and 21. We had two match three winners of €75: Rita Doyle (Woodvale Walk, Fethard), Margaret O’Donnell (Monroe. Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Chrissie O’Meara (Grove Road, Fethard). Thanks to Fethard Wholesale Electrical for supplying the tickets.

The Fethard Senior Club would like to ask for your support in raising finance by supporting our Race Night in Clonmel on 9th December. Sellers will be out on the road over the next few weeks.

Abymill rocks this Weekend
Aidan Ward performs with special guests in the Abymill this Saturday, 17th November, at 8.15pm.  Aidan will be joined on the night by Richard Dunkley on bass and guitar. The supporting act this year are local band ‘Naked Mr America’ comprising of brothers Jack and Van O’Sullivan, Lory Kenny, Ciarán Leahy and Kevin Maher. Tickets for the gig are €10 and can be purchased from McCarthy’s Hotel or at the door on the night.

Fethard Ballroom AGM
The annual general meeting of Fethard Ballroom will be held on Monday 26th November at 8pm in the Ballroom. All are welcome.

Died Recently
The death has occurred recently of Peggy Conway, Coleman, Fethard. Interment took place in Clerihan

Reflection for Christmas
Advent prayer and preparation for Christmas will take a different form this year. An afternoon of reflection has been arranged at Glencomeragh House of Prayer, Kilsheelan, for Sunday 9th December, beginning at 2.30pm and finishing with supper at 6pm. If necessary transport can be arranged and the cost will be €20 plus travel. If you are interested in coming along please contact Sr. Winnie at the Presentation Convent.

Badgers Soccer Club
A slightly shorter note for all you Badgers this week! We have a new date for our Christmas party night; it is now on, Saturday 24th November. The venue is still Slievenamon Golf Club and the time is still 8pm sharp. For those of you who are playing in Killenaule, you can book with Bryan. Bookings can also be made by ringing Colm, at 086 3502360. To all our absent Badgers, this note is for you too. Just because you may have been away from the field for a while doesn’t mean you can't join in our festivities. In fact, it won't be the same without you. You have the number, make the call. We hope to see as many of you there as possible. Cave Canem.

‘Kerstin’ 1958 Gold Cup Winner
We received the following request from Margaret O'Doherty for information about the 1958 Gold Cup winner ‘Kerstin’ bred in Fethard.

“Can you help? I know that a racehorse called ‘Kerstin’ was bred somewhere in your region and I am trying to trace anyone who knew of her or maybe had something to do with her. I am the daughter of the owner Harry Moore and this coming year (2008) will be the fiftieth anniversary of the mare wining the Cheltenham Gold Cup. I intend to be at Cheltenham to celebrate what I think was a great achievement for the North of England - Northern owner – Harry Moore; Northern trainer – Verly Bewicke; and Northern jockey – Stan Hayhurst. At the time I was a seventeen-year-old girl and I was not able to see the mare win the race but I vowed then that if I could I would be at the 50th Anniversary.

Well I will be there and hopefully I will be able to meet up with some people who knew of her origins. If you can put me in touch with the stud where she was born that would be wonderful. Many thanks. Margaret O'Doherty” (email: sandmod@talktalk.net).

Austin exhibits his art in San Francisco
Congratulations to Austin McQuinn, Killusty, who is currently exhibiting his solo show of new and selected work, ‘The Force of Destiny’, at the David Cunningham Projects, 1928 Folsom Street, San Francisco, from 15th November to 22nd December. ‘The Force of Destiny’ will feature a new installation specially conceived for the DCP project space and presented in conjunction with a selection of recent related work, including a video piece originally commissioned as part of a large-scale installation for Cork 2005, European Capital of Culture.

Austin McQuinn lives and works in Killusty using a broad range of media: painting, sculpture, video and live performance. He has had several solo shows in Ireland and has exhibited in Tasmania, Spain, France, Korea and China. He was Irish artist in residence for the World Expo 2000 in Hanover. In addition to festival commissions he has been awarded many prominent, permanent public sculpture commissions in Ireland. He is the recipient of a major Bursary from the Irish Arts Council for 2007/8. He will have a solo exhibition at the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle in 2008.

Mattie’s Clinic
Deputy Mattie McGrath will be holding a clinic in the Fethard Arms on this coming Saturday 17th November. All are welcome to come along to discuss relevant issues.

Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game of bridge on Wednesday 7th November 2007 are:
1st Gross: Gemma Burke and Brendan Kenny;
1st Nett: Anne Connolly and Eileen Frewen;
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
2nd Nett: Mary and Pattie Tobin.
Next Wednesday, 21st November, we start the Christmas Turkey competitions. Subscriptions of €25 are now due and to be eligible to win a turkey competition subscriptions must be fully paid. Anyone looking for a partner please contact Berney Myles at 32038.

Cemetery Rosaries
Parishioners are asked to make a special effort in remember their dead by praying the Rosary in our local cemeteries during the month of November. The Rosary will be prayed in the following cemeteries on next Sunday 18th November (please note the change of time) 2.45pm at Rathcoole Cemetery and 3.30 at Red City Cemetery. On Sunday 25th November, after Mass in Killusty, 3pm at Tullamaine, 3pm at Kiltinan and 3.30 at Kilmaclugh.

Slievenamon Musical Society stages ‘My Fair Lady'
The latest production by The Slievenamon Musical Society is starting to hot up as rehearsals are in their final stages and the nerves are starting to kick in. The production will be staged in Cloneen from 22nd November to 25th November.

My Fair Lady the story of a young cockney lass who is plucked from her familiar surroundings and placed in a middle class environment simply for a bet is one of the most loved stories told to us through music. Henry Higgins or should I say Professor Higgins believes he can change this ‘guttersnipe’ as he calls her from an annoying foul speaking creature to a lady. Will he succeed? Well, he has a huge task ahead of him and his challenge leaves this middle-aged man with mixed emotions for this young girl. His feelings take a turnabout, which leave him wondering what has happened until he realises life without her is not the same. A wonderful story; great songs; and a must see! Booking is now open at Tel: 087 7814290 or 087 3283074.

Fethard Rugby Club
Our under eighteens scored a great away win, in beating Galbally by 12 points to 6. This victory was forged by our forwards who were very strong throughout, particularly effective were David Hall, Dick Walsh, Stephen Healan and Nigel O’Connell. Colin Blackmore and Willie Power were the try scorers and Shane Kavanagh was successful with one of the converts. Darragh Dwyer had a great debut game. This team can go all the way this season when the full panel becomes available.

Our under sixteen’s travelled to Waterpark and were beaten on a score line of 27 points to 19. Our lads settled the better and were rewarded with a well-taken try within 5 minutes, by Ciaran Power after he won the fall from a Waterpark lineout. Waterpark upped the intensity and scored 3 tries and a conversion before the break to leave the score 17 to 5. On the restart the Fethard lads fought back bravely with James Kavanagh, Sam Manton, Matt O’Sullivan and Colm Shanahan putting in the tackles and making the hard yards which gave the platform for our backs to show there attacking prowess with Aaron Conran, Alan Casey and Daniel Hickey being very effective. These attacks and strong forward play gave Ciaran Power a hat trick and Daniel Hickey converted to close the gap to 3 points. Fethard looked to be well on top at this stage with Joe Maher tackling with a ferocity that belies his years. Waterpark got a lucky breakaway try to finish the game. Best wishes to Sam Manton who retired with an eye injury.

Our under elevens travelled to Carrick and though they lost the game, this band of young rugby players did the club proud and showed great promise. Those to impress were Niall Prendergast, Jack Kennedy, Gerard Horan, Charlie Manton and Charlie Carroll.

Our under twelve’s also played Carrick and gave an exhibition of Munster style rugby, rucking and mauling their way to a very exciting draw. This was a game of the two packs and the Fethard pack scored two great tries through Jimmy Feehan and Shane Cleere. The Fethard lads also defended bravely with every player putting their bodies on the line to hold Carrick at bay time and again. Paul Butler and Ciaran O’Connell were particularly effective in defence.

Our under fourteen’s played Clanwilliam and fought back bravely to take the honours. The try scorers were William Croke, Keith Quirke, James Holohan and Colin Maher. Eoin Fennelly gave an exhibition of kicking in scoring all the coverts.

Congratulations to Matthew Fitzgerald, Ciaran Power and Shane Kavanagh on being selected for the under Seventeen Easter-Munster side, with Matthew and Ciaran also making the under sixteen Munster team. This is a great achievement by these young men and reflects very well on the club and the quality of coaching.  Well done to all.

With the White Heather Harriers
The Ballyluskey White Heathers, from Cloneen on Sunday, had a nice run from O’Donovan's Plantation. Following a good twenty minutes covert hunting they ran back to the Glen. Right-handed from here between O’Donovan's and the Cloneen Road they ran right again to Knockroe where they ran to ground in the covert. In the afternoon they ran from O’Halloran’s to the gorse at the Dublin Road side. Some nice covert hunting was enjoyed here where there were at least two brace of foxes on foot. Hounds meet next Sunday, 18th November, at Clonacody and on Sunday 25th November at Grove Gate, both at 11am.


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