Saturday 1st December 2007

Fethard GAA Club News
Thanks to everyone who attended the Michael Hogan Commemoration in Grangemockler on last Sunday morning. The Fethard club was one of only six clubs represented on the Tipperary team on Bloody Sunday. Past President Paddy Buggy delivered an excellent oration and in his address gave a brief summary of the actual happenings in Croke Park on that faithful day in November 1920 when the British Forces opened fire on players and spectators at a senior football challenge game between Dublin and Tipperary. The story is relayed of a member of the armed forces on seeing the Scout Butler, the Tipperary goalie from Fethard, lying on the ground, asked, where was his gun? He replied, he had left it in Flanders (France), at the end of the 1914-1918 War. Frank was one of three Fethard players who graced Croke Park on Bloody Sunday, the others being Ned Shea (Capt) and Gus McCarthy.

The Buster Draw is now in full flight. The Dog Race takes place on 9th December At Clonmel Track with tickets €20 each available from any club member. First Prize is €2000. Thank you for your support.

Our Lotto Jackpot €7,700 was not won. The numbers drawn were 4, 16, 22 and 30. We had two match three winners each receiving €75: Patsy Lawrence (Woodvale Walk Fethard) and Nellie Donovan (Fr Tirry Park Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Mary Godfrey (Derryluskin, Fethard). Thanks to Fethard Wholesale Electrical for providing the tickets.

Christmas Concert for Abymill
The Abymill Theatre presents a Gala Christmas Concert in association with M&R Productions on Saturday 1st December starting at 8.15pm. The concert compère is Billy McLellan and will feature Derek Ryan (bass baritone), with guests, the Frank Patterson Choir from Clonmel; Darragh McGrath (magician); Deirdre O’Connor (soprano), Seamus O’Reilly (tenor), Sarah E. Murphy (contralto), and Liam Butler (Carrick Operatic Society). Part one of the show will feature soloists performing popular songs from light musicals and part two will be dedicated to the memory of the late Luciana Pavarotti and will concentrate on the world of the Grand Opera. This will be a night of music, song and entertainment not to be missed. Booking is now open at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254. Tickets are €15 and €12 (concession).

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 21st November were: 8, 12, 24 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and seven ‘Match 3’ winners who received €25 each:
Biddy Duggan, Killusty, Fethard;
Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
Siobhan Pollard, The Green, Fethard;
PJ Lonergan, The Square, Fethard;
Ray Condon, Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
Michael Smyth, The Well, Burke Street, Fethard;
R. Broderick, c/o Coolmore.
he €50 Luck Dip winners were:
Dóirín Saurus, Crampscastle, Fethard;
Jackie Aylward, Roebucksland, Fethard;
Ann Tobin, Prospect, Drangan.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Help
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.

Fethard Rugby Club News
We travelled to Clanwilliam last Sunday to see our youngsters perform fine rugby skills. We appreciated the warm welcome received and would like to thank Clanwilliam for the soup, sandwiches and light refreshments served at the end of the morning.

Our under-7s & under-8s played two games each against Clanwilliam and Galbally. There was fine tackling skills displayed by the strong Fethard squad and it was great to see newcomers playing alongside seasoned campaigners. We came away with two wins, a draw and one defeat. Both teams played their best ever games this season and were a credit to the club.

Players from both teams were: James O’Connell, Mark Heffernan, Harry Cummins, Connor Vaughan, Patrick Scully, Bailey Grace, William Pratt, Gerard Kavanagh, Peter Wall, Aaron Smullen, Ciaran O’Dwyer, Danny Gleeson, Dale Murphy, Joe Carroll, Joseph O’Connor, Darragh Lynch, Harry Butler, Gavin Ryan, Richard Holohan, Ned Grogan, Jack Ward, Frankie Meagher and Jack Spillane.

The under 9s & 10s played a total of four games throughout the morning against Clanwilliam and Galbally. A fantastic turnout from Fethard provided plenty of rugby, playing Clanwilliam three times, resulting in a win, a draw and a defeat. They then drew three-all against Galbally in what was a good game to watch. Owen Shaw scored his fist try for Fethard. Mark Collins played very well with Michael Gaynor coming back to play a fantastic game following injury. Great play was also seen throughout the matches by Luke Ryan and Jason Ryan with great tackling from Padraig Norton.

The under-11s played their match against Clanwilliam, which was a good game. Cathal Mahoney scored two tries and played well, along with Charlie Carroll’s fine play throughout the match with a try to show, and not forgetting Cathal O’Donnell who had a great match. Unfortunately we lost 4-3 to Clanwilliam but this take nothing from these youngsters who are constantly improving and with plenty of newcomers joining it looks like a bright future for the team.

The under-12s played Galbally in a very close match leaving the spectators delighted with the performance showing real start to finish skill. Both sides defence play was very good including Fethard’s Shane Cleere, Jimmy Feehan, Paul Butler and Robert Horan. In the dieing seconds of the match Shane Cleere went over for the try, which clinched the game for Fethard. We are pleased to see such a great squad of under-12s coming to training on Friday evenings.

Our under 18s travelled to Waterpark and put in another great performance, loosing by the slenderest of margins, in a 23 points to 22 point game. Our feelings are with Shane Kavanagh, who has been consistency itself with his kicking until he missed a simple conversion by his standards to win the game in the last minute. This game, however, was lost in the first 20 minutes when Fethard conceded two early tries to Waterpark.

Their fight-back was very encouraging with Kevin Waltzer running in two tries. William Power also got on the score sheet and Cathal Gorey’s try at the death was just reward for this young man’s fine display. Others prominent on the day for Fethard were Dick Walsh and Darragh Dwyer. This display augers very well for this team’s season ahead.

Next Sunday, 2nd December, Fethard Under 8s, 10s & 12s are away to Kilfeacle at 10.30am. Finally a huge thanks to the Gala Ball Committee who organised a fantastic evening recently in the Minella for the first Fethard & District Juvenile Rugby Club Dinner. All had a great time and the support from parents was wonderful to see. Thank you.

Christmas Draw Winners
The following were the winners of the Christmas Draw held recently at Kenny’s Centra: Carol Kenny, Mark Tynan, Collie Bradshaw, Catherine Flynn, Eleanor Cummins, Joan Gough, Patricia Cronin, Joan Gleeson, Margaret Fitzgerald, Gwen Cooke, Amanda Kelly, Lizzy Sheehan and Eileen Gleeson.

Annual Emigrants Newsletter

The Annual Emigrants Newsletter is now being prepared for printing. Change of addresses and new addresses should be handed in immediately to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, as all returned newsletters will have their address deleted from our mailing list. Donations for inclusion in this year’s Newsletter are still accepted up to 3rd December. Please give same to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

Fethard Juvenile GAA
As the year draws to an end it is time to reflect back on 2007 and the great work and effort put into all grades by both the players and selectors. Many thanks to the selectors for their time and the hours of enjoyment we received while watching our players compete in the fine manner they did. Also thanks to the parents who gave up their Saturdays to help with the under-6s 8s and 10s. You should be proud of the great displays they put in when asked. Their spirit is what keeps us going!

A big thanks to all involved in the Summer Camp which was run a little differently this year and was a great success. To the teams — our under 12 footballers went out in the semi final stages to a very good Ardfinnan team that went on to win both south and county titles. The highlight of the year was our under-14s winning the south hurling final against St Mary’s to then been beaten by county champions Loughmore. Losing marginally in the south football final to again county champions, Commercials, the team then capped off the year by winning both the 7-a-side finals. To all involved, keep it up it was a great achievement.

We reached the semifinal stages of the under 16 hurling and on the day luck was not with us, both on and off the field, as we had been badly hit with injury. On a sad note, I pay our respects to families of the friends we lost this year. They have left us with some fond memories and we hope these memories will never be forgotten. I would like to finish by thanking the committee for all the hard work over the year and an extra thanks to Caroline Sheehan our secretary and Ann Fleming our treasurer. I hope I have not forgotten anybody and if I did, I apologise. Looking forward to seeing you all next year and hoping all the work achieved in 2007 will pay greater dividends in 2008.

McCarthy’s Golf Society
McCarthy’s Golf Society will hold their next outing on Saturday 1st December to Callan Golf Club. Tee-off time is 9.30am. The society’s AGM will be held on Thursday 6th December at 9pm in McCarthy’s Hotel.

Fethard & District Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold a ‘Senior Day’ on Friday 30th November from 11am. The chiropodist will be available at a cost o €10 and the district nurse will also be in attendance. A hot meal will also he provided at a cost of €5.

Christmas Bazaar
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre are holding their annual Christmas Bazaar in the Tirry Centre on Thursday 29th November from 11am. In conjunction with the bazaar we are also holding a monster raffle and a cake sale. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale that morning. All donations gratefully accepted. Please come along and support our fundraiser. Refreshments will be served.

Died Recently in Canada
The death has occurred recently in Canada of Patrick ‘Paddy’ Madden, formerly of Kerry Street, Fethard.

Music Scene in Fethard
Loudest Whisper, one of Ireland's foremost contemporary originals with their unique blend of folk/rock music, will return to play a gig in Fethard on this Friday night.

Aidan Ward excels at Abymill
Aidan Ward returned to the Abymill Theatre last weekend and presented a top class professional show with guest musicians from Galway. This is Aidan’s second time performing in the Abymill since taking his music on the road some years ago and touring Europe. His up-front honesty and love of live is well documented in the words of his album ‘Water’ and is highly recommended listening. He has penned some beautiful poignant songs recounting his relationship with his father Philip, who died in 1990 in his early 40s. The twenty years or so that Aidan only had with his father left a lasting impact on his life and music as explained in his song ‘Requiem’ —

I’ll show you the beauty of all there is to see
through my eyes you’ll see all I see
across valleys and mountains deserts and seas
I’ll show you the world
I’ll take you with me.
‘Cos I got through broken
I got through hoping
life will not let me down
I’ve done my crying
over you dying
now I live for you.
I’ll breathe for your soul
I’ll follow your dreams
I face all your fears
and I cast them from me.
Because you gave me something
no one can steal,
a passion for living
and a love of me.

Aidan has played music from an early age and joined the Pheasant Pluckers on many occasions performing his own songs with a passion that later developed into a gifted ability to document life with great sensitivity. Aidan has his own website www.aidan-ward.com and anyone wishing to purchase his music can get further details on the site or by email: aidanward.com@hotmail.com

We wish Aidan every success in the future and one can get a glimpse of his character by reading his following article published in the Fethard & Killusty Newsletter, at the age of 16, entitled ‘A Message To The Old And The Young’.

“Nowadays, we are living in a world where the elderly are being badly treated, mugged, robbed, mocked and humiliated. They have grown to be terrified of the young people today. This is terrible, but it is a fact. I know one case where an elderly man living in our own town admitted being afraid to walk up town when the youngsters are coming out of school, for fear of being pushed or shoved off the footpath. This situation is scandalous.

It is up to us, the young, to prove to the elderly that they are loved, needed, wanted and respected members of our society. After all, we owe them a lot. They have passed down to us our Parish of Fethard and Killusty, our faith, our culture and our traditions. We need to put an end to the maltreatment of our elders by correcting those few who are the cause of it, and make the Parish of Fethard and Killusty a safer place for the elderly to live.

So young people from this day forth, say hello to an old person you see, smile and show them that they need not be afraid. If they are trying to get past you and your friends on the footpath, move back and let them through. Give them any help you can, call in to see them more regularly and by doing these simple things we can ease the terrible fear in the old peoples’ hearts and show them that they are loved.” — Aidan Ward, 9th November 1986.

Coffee Morning for ‘Playing for Life’
Nuncie O’Dwyer will hold a Coffee Morning in Clerihan Community Centre at 11am on Sunday 2nd December in aid of ‘Playing for Life’ charity. All are welcome.

Nuncie was one of 37 who recently spent two weeks working with ‘Playing for Life’ in Pallotti parish, Arusha, Tanzania. Playing for live have projects running in Malawi and Tanzania and promote self-development through education, sport and health awareness in third-world countries.

Hunting News
From their meet at Moyglass on Saturday 24th November, following a short run from the willow beds to ground at Ballyvaden lane entrance, the Tipperary Foxhounds had their best hunt of the season from their next draw at Tynans.

Finding on the plantation, their fox ran at a circle to Skehans and back to covert. Not delaying here this time he ran straight through. Away on the other side he turned right-handed towards Moyglass village. Crossing the road, hounds now hunting well, ran to the last draw on the old railway line to Clonbrogan quarry. Pushing their pilot through here they crossed the road hunting on towards Farranaleen and Fogarty’s where they re-crossed the Clonbrogan road to the Moyglass – Silverfort road, which they crossed at Arbour Hill. Running towards Bufanna they wheeled left towards Beechmount. Right-handed here they pushed on towards Knockforla. Short of here this good fox got to ground near the Silverfort-Ballinure road.

This was a cracking hunt of 45 minutes, each starting a check with at least a two and half mile point and probably three miles as hounds ran.

Heading back by Moyglass school hounds finished a good day with a nice hunt from near the New Line by Knockinglass covert. They crossed the Laffansbridge road to the railway line plantation and back again to where they found and then lost him.

With the White Heathers
The White Heather Harriers did not have the best of luck from their meet at Grove on Sunday last. Foxes proved hard to find. The first from Knockbordan ran almost into Fethard before getting to ground. Hounds did not find again until they reached the back gate on the Killusty road. This fox after a short hunt also got to ground.

The Deerpark proved blank and their next fox ran straight to Grove Wood where little could be done. The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers will meet at Ballyluskey on Sunday, 2nd December, at 11am; and at Ballinard on Sunday, 9th December.


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