Saturday 15th March 2008

Boys National School Raise €600 for Bóthar
For the past three years, the boys of St. Patrick’s National School Fethard, have been fundraising for Bóthar during the Lenten season. The role of the 5th and 6th classes is to plan, organise and manage various activities to raise money for Bóthar. The activities and events planned are reliably well received by all boys in the school.

This year’s fundraising got off to a welcome start — a no-homework night proved a successful launch to our campaign. Children gladly contributed! The non-uniform day for the whole school was also embraced enthusiastically as was the DVD viewing the week after.
This year also saw Bóthar benefit from a very lucrative cake and bun sale — always a favourite among children (and staff) as we all enjoyed some culinary delights for a small price and a good cause. The cake sale was very well supported by parents, teachers and children alike.
This year’s fund raising campaign was very special as we enjoyed an interesting visit from Eamon Quirke of Bóthar. He spoke to all the boys about the work of Bóthar abroad and how much our efforts mean to the people in need. Eamon brought a sense of fulfilment to our fund raising efforts as he addressed all our questions and showed photographs of life in Uganda.

The boys of St. Patrick’s N.S. are proud to announce that the school has raised a total of €600 for Bóthar this year. This means that we can send two goats to families in Uganda — a contribution that can make a significant difference to the quality of their humble lives.
Many thanks to all who have participated and contributed in our Lenten campaign. We look forward to continuing our fund-raising efforts for Bóthar next year.

Fethard Community Sportsfield
Good news for Fethard Community Sportsfield, preliminary planning permission has been granted by South Tipperary County Council for the proposed new structure in the sportsfield containing dressing rooms, showers etc. A facility such as this is very important and there is a big voluntary effort being put into this development at the moment.

Fethard Ladies Football Club
Fethard Ladies Football committee would like to thank all those who supported their bag packing venture at the weekend. Your help was very much appreciated and the venture was very successful.
Junior Training will continue on Friday nights at 6.30pm. U-14 and U-16 training will take place on Tuesday nights at 6.15pm. Training for all underage teams will be on Saturday mornings at 11am. Fixtures for U-12 and U-16 will be coming up very shortly. All club registration fees should be paid by 31st March, 2008.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council AGM
Fethard & Killusty Community Council will hold their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 18th March at 9pm (please note later time to facilitate those attending the Parish Novena) in the Tirry Community Centre.

Fethard & Killusty Parish Novena
The 2008 Fethard & Killusty Parish Novena - “Give God a Chance (Let’s talk to Him)” - takes place from Monday March 10th to Tuesday March 18th inclusive. Ceremonies are held nightly in Fethard Parish Church at 7.30pm, with the exception of Saturday 15th when commencement time will be 7pm. The Novena will conclude on Tuesday night, March 18th, with a Penitential Service for Easter.

Fethard GAA Club News
The Senior Football County League game played on Sunday resulted in a win for Fethard on a scoreline, Fethard 2-9, Rockwell Rovers 2-4. The half time score was Fethard 1-6, Rockwell Rovers 2-3, and the game proved very competitive for both teams with fine intelligent football played, breaching our defence in the first half. The team has to learn a lot before the championship begins but they did improve in the second half by holding Rockwell Rovers to a single point. Best on the day was Damien Byrne in defence, Jamie McCormack at midfield, with Michael Dillon, Aiden Fitzgerald, Tommy Gahan and Glen Burke to the fore up front. Scorers were Aiden Fitzgerald 1-2, Glen Burke 0-4f, Tommy Gahan 1-1, Michael Dillon and John P Looby a point each. Subs used were Brian Coen and John Fitzgerald.

The Minor Football League game did not proceed, as both teams had no chance of making the semifinals.

Congratulations to our fellow GAA club, Ballingarry, in winning the All Ireland Club Junior B Hurling title in Athea in Limerick on Sunday last. This is possibly a first club title for both county and division.

Fixtures coming up: Senior County League game against Arravale Rovers is on Sunday 16th March in Tipperary Town at 2pm. The South Under 21 B Championship quarterfinal against Clonmel Og is on Monday 17th March at 4pm in Monroe.
Club Membership fees for 2008 must be paid to Michael O’Dwyer, Mary Godfrey or Nicholas O’Shea before 31st March, Adults €30 and Juveniles €15.

The final County Board Draw for 2007-2008 is coming up shortly and all promoters please note that outstanding monies must be with club coordinator Nick O’Shea before this draw.
Club Lotto Jackpot €9,000 was not won. We had no ‘match three’ winner. Tickets were drawn and €30 each went to Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan, Fethard), Mary Coen (Killusty, Fethard), Esther Breen (Barrack St. Fethard), Alice Lawrence (Derryluskin Fethard), Brian Walsh (Baptistgrange, Lisronagh). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Austy Godfrey (Derryluskin, Fethard). We thank Fethard Credit Union for supplying the tickets.

Fethard and District Rugby Club
All the Minis travelled to Kilkenny last Sunday morning whereby we were treated to fantastic hospitality and witnessed yet again a great morning of rugby. Thank you to all the parents who travelled and we were treated to a wonderful spread.

Well done to our Under 7s who played Kilkenny’s weaker eights and came away with a narrow victory. All credit to the following seven players who were impressive on the pitch: young Frankie Meagher continued his monster tackling; Harry Cummins proved a marvel with his passing and tacking; James Phillips and Peter Wall worked together well to score a try with their ball pick-up and strong driving; Danny Gleeson, Ciaran O’Dwyer and Gavin Ryan ably assisted each other throughout the game by scoring runaway tries after passing the ball and continually showing determination to keep the ball in Fethard’s possession. All these boys upped their game and showed their continuing improvement this season.

Praise is deserved for the Under-8 players — Dale Murphy, Harry Butler, Jack Grace, Richard Holohan, Joseph O’Connor, Darragh Lynch, Ned Grogan, Ross Mullins and Patrick Scully all showed great skills throughout their two games. They came away with two wins on the morning and performed impressive tackling to win the ball. With overcoming the three pass rule they enabled themselves to have the upper hand.

Under 9s scored ten tries to Kilkenny's four in their game. All credit to Gus Browne, Connie Cohen, Mark Collins, Michael Gaynor (1 try), Andrew Phelan (3 tries), Matthew Lynch (1 try), Eoin Shaw (1 try), Gary Kavanagh (2 tries) and Pierce Blackmore (2 tries), who proved too much for Kilkenny. This was an impressive and progressing game to watch with plenty of great tackles and good passing.

The Under 10s had a two great wins. Their first game proved victorious, 7-0 to Fethard and in the second game it was very closely contested with just a try in the difference to Fethard. With just ten Fethard players against forty Kilkenny players, it was a huge task, but Fethard rose to the occasion and played very well. Gearóid Fahy, Jack Gleeson, Eoin McCormack, Thomas Murphy, Harry Tobin, Christian Casey, Ben Murray, Padraig Feehan, Luke Grant and Jason Ryan, all proving a formidable force last Sunday with good ball recycling, passing, driving and great tackling the team work proved the winner.

Under 12s played excellently with a mixed team and won 6-2.
The Under 11s in the 2nd game lost a closely contested match 4-3 but showed a spirited performance with some missed tackles. There is improvement to come from this younger team. The squad was Cathal O'Donnell, Cathal Meagher, Josh Murray, Jimmy Feehan, Colin Kenny, Robert Horan, David Heffernan, Thomas McGowan, Jack Kennedy, Tommy Anglim, Harvey Blackmore, Martin Ryan and Adrian. Well done boys.

Our under 16s continued their cup campaign in Nenagh and travelled with the expectation of a win having defeated Nenagh in Fethard in the first leg. Colm Shanahan captained the Fethard side, and put in a great performance throughout. Nenagh opened the scoring with a well-taken penalty, but immediately Fethard pressure resulted in Daniel Hickey equalising when awarded a penalty. It was end-to-end rugby from there on with neither team willing to yield. Johnny Fleming and Jerome Ahearne were brilliant in defence, but despite this Nenagh got in for a try just on half time to leaver the score at 12 points to 3 at the break for Nenagh.

At the restart both teams upped their game and the forwards on both sides made most of the play. The lighter Fethard pack did extremely well with great performance from Kevin Hayes, Matt O’Sullivan, Robert Hall and Alan Casey with Colm Shanahan driving them on throughout. Nenagh playing with the wind and driving rain crossed for their second try against the run of play, extending their lead to 15 points to 3. Fethard responded and won the ball on the kick off with Ciaran Power breaking the gain line and released Robert Hall on his shoulder who broke through at least four tackles before touching down for Fethard’s only try, which was converted by Daniel Hickey. Fethard played most of the second half with fourteen men and despite been beaten they can all be well proud of their performance. Nenagh won by 20 points to 10 and Fethard go on to compete in the plate competition.

Our under 18s also travelled to take on Nenagh in the cup. Both sides produced a very entertaining game of rugby with Nenagh running out the eventual winners on a scoreline of 10 points to 5. This game was played at a very high competitive level, with a spirit and commandment that was sadly lacking at the weekend. Nothing divided the teams in the first half as both sides enjoyed periods of dominance, the defensive tackles going in were of vintage Munster variety with no quarter asked or given. Nenagh were awarded a penalty on 20 minutes and hit over to go into the break three points up.

Fethard started the second half in determined mood and were help up on the line on at least three occasions. Nicholas Hoyne led the pack with vigour with Dick Walsh, Joe Fogarty and Jack O’Sullivan responding very well, it seemed as if Fethard just had to be patient, but Nenagh scored a breakaway try from the half line to push their advantage to ten points to nil.

Fethard moved up the gears and they continued to attack, which eventually led to a well taken try by Declan Doyle, who continues to show improvement. Mark Fitzgerald and Joey Kelly, despite injury, put in good performances, as did Shane Kavanagh at full back. It was a great team performance with everyone making a contribution including the subs used and they can look forward to the next round with confidence.

Training is on Friday evening at 6.45pm to 8pm. Any youngsters (girls or boys) from Fethard and the surrounding district who are interested in playing just come along to training on Friday evenings. The Rugby Club mobile is (087) 744 7691.

With the White Heathers
One of the largest numbers of followers of the season turned out for the final meet of the White Heather Harriers at Orchardstown on Sunday last. A good afternoons hunting was enjoyed, hounds sticking to their task well in rather patchy scenting conditions. A fox from the Glen across the road ran back to the covert below the bridge. Leaving here he ran through Mr. Bill Carroll’s to the very busy Clonmel – Cashel Road where they were stopped. Hounds did not find again until reaching Donoughmore. They hunted from here through Mr. John Ryan’s crossing the Road at Ballinlough to Ballyhomeen where they lost him. Drawing back they found again near Donoughmore Cross. This fox took them back to the first draw in the Glen. Turning here he retraced his steps crossing the road to Ms. Emily Graafland’s and down to the Ha’penny Bridge where they lost him. Thus finished the day, and the 2007/ ’08 season.

The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers wish to thank sincerely all landowners over whose land they hunted during the season. Thanks to all our friends and followers for their continuous support and a special thank-you to Mr and Mrs Ronan and family for the hospitality dispensed on Sunday last. All followers out on Sunday were very pleased to hear that Damien Morrissey, one of our regular juvenile followers, is making very satisfactory progress, in the Children’s Hospital, Temple Street, where he is undergoing treatment on his arm following a recent accident. We hope to see Damien back in full flow when the horn blows once more next Autumn. Until we meet again through the Hunting Notes in The Nationalist, slán agaibh go léir, is go mbeirimíd go léir beo ar an am seo arís.
— E.A.N.

Fethard Bridge Club
Our game on Wednesday 5th March was sponsored by FBD Investments and the results were:
1st Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
2nd Gross: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney;
3rd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
1st Nett: Anne Connolly and Eileen Frewen
2nd Nett: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh;
3rd Nett: Kathleen Kenny and Madeleine O’Donnell.
Anyone looking for a partner please contact Berney Myles at 32038.

Fethard & Killusty Anglers AGM
Fethard & Killusty Anglers will hold their annual general meeting on this coming Friday night, 14th March, at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Lotto results for 27th February were as follows. The numbers drawn on for 27th February were: 2, 3, 7 and 21. We had no Jackpot winner and four ‘match 3’ winners who received €40 each:
Olwyn Wall, Chapel Lane, Fethard;
Mary Pacetti, Killenaule;
Peggy O’Reilly, Barrettstown, Fethard;
Maura Meaney, Crampscastle, Fethard.
The €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Michael Monaghan, Waterford;
John Joe White, Rathkenny, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.

McCarthy’s Hotel Golf Society
The Society are holding their first outing of 2008 on Saturday April 5th at Mount Wolsley Golf Club in Tullow, Co Carlow. Tee times are from 12.50 to 1.40pm. The poster is now on display in the Hotel. Places are limited, so it’s on a first come first served basis. A reminder will be sent from the social secretary regarding this outing. Membership is now due for the current year, at €25 per person. Fixture cards are available from any member of the committee or member of staff in McCarthy’s.

Cake and Bric-A-Brac Sale
A Cake and Bric-a-Brac sale will take place on this Thursday 13th March at 1:30pm in St. Patrick's Boys School Hall with lots of delicious Easter Eggs to be won. The event is organised by the Parents Association and all proceeds will go towards school funds.

Day Care Centre AGM
Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold their AGM on Thursday 27th March at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All are welcome.

Challenge for Change
There is a lot of talk, debate and concern at present about the problem of homelessness. Although it is quite a complex subject, the girls from Nano Nagle National School Fethard have chosen it as the topic for their ‘Challenge to Change’ project this year.

‘Challenge to Change’ is run by the Presentation Sisters Education Office and encourages and supports its schools nationwide in researching and presenting projects on various subjects such as, injustice, poverty, racism, inequality and Third World issues.
As part of their research, the girls from Nano Nagle invited the Simon Community to come and speak to them. Chris Anderson and Sinéad Cronin Daly visited the school on 25th February and the girls were delighted with the assistance received on the subject of homelessness. The girls then presented the Simon Community with a cheque for €500, proceeds from their project fund-raising fund.
It was a very enjoyable encounter all round and proved very valuable to the girls vis-à-vis the information and insights they required.

Tipperary Foxhounds
Well another season has come and gone. Thanks to all readers, especially those overseas, who cover the familiar highways, byeways and townslands each week with the Tipperary Foxhounds. Le cunamh Dé we will be back next season when “Hounds are baying two and five, friends are saying still alive”. Go dtí sin, slán go fóill, go Dé sibh slán, is go mbeirimíd go léir beo ar an am seo arís.
— E.A.N.







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