Saturday 2th August 2008

Pride of Place Competition
Fethard & Killusty Community Council were recently judged in the 2008 Pride of Place Competition.  This competition is hosted by Co-operation Ireland under its Local Authority Programme in conjunction with the all-island Local Authority Steerting Forum comprising officials from Local Authorities in both parts of the Island. 

Fethard & Killusty Community Council were nominated for the competition by South Tipperary County Council.  The main thrust of this competition is to celebrate community contribution to local society and the creation of civic pride. 

The Pride of Place Competition is all about acknowledging, in a meaningful manner, the fantastic selfless work being done by people in communities all over the island of Ireland.  It is recognition of the work being done to create communities for tomorrow while respecting the heritage and culure of the past.  It is recognition of the work being done to create viable, vibrant and visible communities.  It is also about giving local authorities an opportunity to participate in the heart of their communities, because while acknowledging that, in addition to providing essential services, local authorities also have a responsibility to build communities. 
2008 is the sixth year of the competition, which has enjoyed tremendous success and continues to grow in terms of prestige and populartiy. 

On the afternoon of the judging, the judges were introduced to the community of Fethard and the activities – past, present and future – of Fethard Community Council by means of a remarkable presentation, prepared and delivered by our Chairman, Joe Kenny.  This was followed by a short question and answer session before departing the Tirry Centre on a walking tour of the town, so that the visitors could see, for themselves, the outcomes of community development in Fethard.

  The day concluded with the judges being brought along the Town Wall, in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, which impressed them greatly.  The results of this competition will not be known until the Awards Ceremony which is scheduled to take place in Lismore, Co. Waterford in November. 

Friends of Fethard – 15th Anniversary
July 24th last marked the 15th Anniversary of the visit of President Mary Robinson to Fethard to commemorate the restoration of the Town Wall by the Friends of Fethard.  The excellent work carried out by this group has resulted, not alone, in the wonderful vista apparent in The Valley today but also in the increasing recognition of Fethard as the most important small medieval town in Ireland. 

Indeed, as recent projects such as the Public Realm Plan, the Town Wall Consevation and Management Plan and the Capital Works Programme for the Fethard Town Walls have indicated, the tourism potential of Fethard can be realised on account of the quantity and quality of the remaining Medieval Walls encircling the town. 

The Fethard Town Walls are the most complete surviving example of a Medieval Walled Irish Town in Tipperary, and probably in Ireland and accordingly is of major local, national and international importance.  Following receipt of funding from the Heritage Council a programme of conservation based repair works, under the Capital Works Programme which commenced in 2007, is ongoing.
Funding to the sum of €197,000 has been received from the Heritage Council to progress with this work.  In recent weeks owners of properties adjacent to the Town Wall were issued with consent forms to permit the contractors to enter the properties to carry out the necessary work.  Property owners are reminded to return these forms without delay, if you have not already done so. 

Hunting News
Death of noted huntsman.  The death occurred recently, in England, of John O’Shea, huntsman of the East Essex Foxhounds and one of the most noted and highly regarded figures in the English hunting world.  A native of Ardsallagh, Fethard, John had just completed thirty-four years service as both huntsman and Kennel-huntsman for the East Essex Hunt.

John O’Shea’s first hunting experience began when, as a young teenager, Mrs Masters offered him a job in the Tipperary Hunt stables.  Emigrating to England he came under the notice of Mr Michael McEwan, who took him on as second kennel-man with the Cattistock Hounds in 1965 – 66.  The following season he was taken on as whipper-in to Will Garrett at the Marquis of Burghley’s private pack, moving to the North Norfolk harriers.

Mr Shaw of the Norfolk, hearing that the East Essex required a huntsman he suggested he should apply.  His application was successful and he was appointed huntsman by Colonel Motton. 

John O’Shea was first and foremost a hound man, he loved his hounds and his hounds loved him.  He was quiet in the field and in the kennel and showed excellent sport in his thirty-four years with the pack.  His sudden, and untimely, death at sixty-five shortly after his retirement on 1st May came as a great shock in the East Essex Country. 

A very large crowd of hunting folk attended his funeral.  Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Rosemarie, and his sister, Mrs Ann D’arcy, Killusty, and his brother, Mr Ned O’Shea, Woodvale Walk, Fethard. 
Read obituary from ‘The Master’s Voice’

Suir Valley Three-Day Cycle Race to visit Fethard
Now that the Tour de France is over it’s time for the peleton to take centre stage in and around the roads of South County Tipperary.  The Suir Valley Three-Day Cycle Race takes place from Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th August.   Stage Two of this event will pass through Fethard on the afternoon of Sunday next.  Commencing at Hearns Hotel, Clonmel, at 11am this stage will take a circular route through the countryside travelling to Cahir – Bansha – Tipperary – Kilfeacle – Golden – Cashel – Fethard and back to Clonmel.  The race will arrive into Fethard by the Cashel Road and on leaving the town the riders will be tested in the short, but fast, Market Hill out of the town. The stage finish is at Chalke’s Maxol Filling Station at Rathronan.

Archbishop Richard Burke Diocesan Fund
The joint committees of Fethard and Moyle Rovers GAA Clubs thank sincerely all who supported the above fund, through donations, sponsorship and by supporting our table quiz and raffle. The amount of money realised came to €17,500 net.  The fund was brought to a conclusion with a very enjoyable table quiz held in Hotel Minella, courtesy of the Nallan family.  Quiz Master on the night was Pat Fahy, to whom we extend our gratitude and we would also like to thank everyone who donated a spot-prize.

Concern Collection
All those involved in the Collection in aid of Concern in the Fethard & Killusty Parish wish to thank everybody who supported their Church Gate Collection last week.  All donations make a difference to the plight of these poor people who are so much in need of our aid.  Many thanks.

Fethard Macra na Feirme
Macra na Feirme is a national, voluntary organisation for young people between the ages of 17 and 35.  The organisation aims to promote agricultural and rural development and the personal development of its members.  Currently Macra na Feirme has 8,000 members in 300 clubs nationwide.  Approximately one-third of Macra members are involved in farming, with males making up 60% of the membership and females 40%. 

The key programme areas for Macra are leadership training, competitions, travel, young farmer development, arts and culture, sports and social and community development and participation. 

Competitions include quizzes, capers, drama, public speaking, debating, welding, farm skills, stock-judging, volleyball, indoor soccer, basketball, bowling and 7-A-Side Gaelic football. All these competitions cater for a wide range of interests amongst our members.

Fethard Macra has maintained a strong presence in Fethard life for nigh on 60 years. The first meeting of Fethard Macra na Feirme took place in the Nissan Hut on the 19th of December 1950. 

The club was founded by D. McGrath, P. Heffernan, M. Smith, P. Donnelly CAO, T. Rice and R. Holohan.  We hope to keep this strong tradition alive, indeed we are currently looking for and recruiting new members for our club.  Becoming part of Macra is great for personal and community development as well as being a great way to make loads of new friends at local, countywide and national level. 

Macra is not just a farming organisation; it’s an organisation for the benefit of all young people in our local communities.  If you are interested in finding out more please feel free to contact the chairperson Michael (087-9019443) or secretary Una (087-6882683).  We look forward to hearing from you.

Recent Deaths
The death has taken place of Mrs. Rita Kearney (nee Fahy), Friarsgrange, Fethard. Interment took place in Killusty.
The death has occurred of Ms. Margaret (Peg) Hannigan, Ballyvaden, Fethard.  Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery following Requiem Mass in Fethard Parish Church on Thursday July 24th.
The death occurred recently, in Boston, of Mrs. Bridget Keane (nee Carroll), late of Fethard.  Obsequies and interment took place in the U.S.   

Reflection by Abigail Celebrate First Birthday
Congratulations to Abigail Sheehan, of Reflections by Abigail Hair Studio, who recently celebrated one year in business in Fethard.  Abigail and her staff would like to thank all their customers for their support in the past year.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 23rd July were 3, 6, 12 and 26.  We had no Jackpot winner.  There were two ‘Match 3’ winners, who both received €75 each:
Jim Slattery, Windgap, Co. Kilkenny;
William Fitzpatrick, Kilmoganny, Co. Kilkenny.
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Rev. J. Power, Cashel Road, Fethard;
David Kane, c/o Rita Kane, Kerry Street, Fethard;
Jim O’Meara, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000. You can now play our lotto online from your own computer by visiting fethard.com.

Fethard GAA Club News

The Round 6 Intermediate Hurling was played against Carrick Davins on Saturday last in Monroe.  The final score was Fethard 2-18; Davins 3-15, in a fine game of hurling with both teams serving up a fine display of all that is good about hurling.  Aiden Fitzgerald was very much to the fore, scoring 2-14. Both teams have qualified for the semi-finals with Round 7 still to play.  Team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Carroll, Stephen O’Donnell, Declan Doyle, Aiden Lonergan, Michael Ryan, Cian Maher, John-Paul Looby, Tomás Keane (0-1), Eoin Doyle, Aiden Fitzgerald (2-14; 0-7f), Alan O’Connor (0-1), Michael Dillon (0-1), Brian Coen, Micheál Spillane (0-1).  Subs: Alan Burke, James Kelly and Dean Tobin.

Fethard suffered a defeat in the Minor B Hurling Round 3 at the hands of St. Mary’s on a score-line St. Mary’s 1-9; Fethard 0-10, with Dean Tobin our top scorer (0-7; 5f).  Team was: J.P. McGrath, Joe Fogarty, James Kelly, Ciaran O’Connell, Gavin Fitzgerald, Eoin O’Connell, Thomas O’Connell, James O’Keeffe, Dean Tobin (0-7), Aaron Conran, Cathal Gorey, Alan Lawrence (0-1), Matthew Fitzgerald, Christopher Sheehan (0-2) and Daniel Hickey.  Subs: Aaron O’Donovan and Frankie O’Donovan.
FIXTURES: Thursday 31st July JFA vs. Newcastle in Ned Hall Park at 7.45pm.

The Lotto Jackpot was not won.  Numbers drawn were 5, 7, 17 and 25.  There was one Match Three winner, Annette Murphy, Main Street, who won €150.  The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Patricia Breen, The Green.  We would like to thank AIB Fethard for sponsoring the tickets. 
Our condolences at this time are with the Hanrahan family, The Green, on the recent passing of Seán. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.

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