Saturday 6th September 2008

Fethard – A Fairtrade Town?
As part of a campaign to make Tipperary Ireland’s first Fairtrade County, the Thurles Fairtrade group set up a stall at the Medieval Festival in Fethard. The group met many people and the call for Tipp as Ireland’s first Fairtrade County received another boost as people in Fethard got a chance to see and sample the very wide range of Fairtrade goods now available in the County.

The most important thing about the Fairtrade campaign is to ensure that the producer-grower gets a fair price for the tea, coffee, fruit and other goods they produce and that we consume daily. Most of the producers of these goods are poor, small farmers in Africa and Latin America and despite working hard to produce high-quality produce they remain poor.

This is because they are exploited by the middlemen they are forced to sell their produce to at a very low price that barely covers their costs. The Fairtrade campaign works to eliminate such exploitation by guaranteeing a fair price to the producer. The more Fairtrade goods we buy, the more producers can be supported.

We hope that soon, Fethard can take steps to become a Fairtrade town. This means that a substantial number of businesses, schools, shops, restaurants and local organisations support the campaign and buy and use Fairtrade goods. The Fairtrade mark is the only independent guarantee of a better deal for Third World producers and is supported by all the main development agencies in Ireland.

In order to achieve this, Fethard needs to participate in the following ways:
A local steering group is convened to ensure continued commitment to its Fairtrade status.

The Community Council passes a motion of support and agrees to serve Fairtrade products at all its meetings.
A range of Fairtrade mark products is sold in retail and catering outlets.
A flagship local business plus local schools, churches, voluntary groups and businesses switch to using Fairtrade products.

The group attract media and popular support for the campaign.
A significant number of schools become Fairtrade schools.
We look forward to your support. Lucy McLaughlin, Mayor of Thurles.

Fethard ICA
Fethard ICA will resume the monthly meetings on Tuesday next 9th September. Hoping all our members had an enjoyable summer despite of the weather. However the Guild has something wonderful to celebrate in the accomplishment of our very talented member, Marie Crean, who this July at the RDS won 1st Prize in the National Crafts Competition, plus the RDS Perpetual Challenge Cup as overall winner for her beautiful christening gown worked in crochet. Many congratulations Marie.

We are happy to say that we have Kevin Collins as our speaker this month. As many will know Kevin is an expert on the bird population of town and countryside and their habitats. This will be a most interesting and informative talk and any non-members who would like to attend will be very welcome. Catering for this month is the Yellow Group.
As some fees are still due, we would ask members to pay them as soon as possible, helping to make the duties of our new Treasurer easier.

Support essential for Fethard Youth Project’s success (Photo — Acorn.jpg)
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Mr. Barry Andrews T.D., visited Fethard on Friday 22nd August to see first hand the local effort that is underway to provide top-class facilities for the younger members of the community.

The first port of call for the Minister was a visit to the Community Playgroup premises on the Rocklow Road. Here Mr Andrews was greeted by some of the children who attend the facility and their parents. The main purpose of this visit was to meet with members of the ACORN Childcare committee who gave a comprehensive account of their plans to develop a new childcare facility in Fethard.

Also in attendance were Ms Geraldine Boland of the South Tipperary Childcare Committee and local representatives. Mr Andrews, on viewing the confined premises, agreed that the need for a new facility was clear. He complimented the staff

on their work to date and commented on the wonderful atmosphere prevailing. Mr Joe Burke, on behalf of the ACORN Committee, accounted for the activities of this group since its inception, only a matter of months ago, and urged the Minister to look favourably on the application for capital funds currently being assessed by his office.

It is hoped that funding will be made available to Fethard under the National Childcare Investment Programme. This programme (2006-2010) is a major programme of investment in childcare infrastructure. €575 million has been allocated to the five year programme, including €358 million for capital investment.

Mr Andrews continued his visit to Fethard by visiting the Convent Hall building to view the work being carried out with regard to developing it into a dedicated Youth Centre. The Minister commented on the need for young people to have a place where they can enjoy their leisure time in a secure and safe environment. He also acknowledged the exc

ellent work achieved by the short-term Community Youth Project in the past. This nine-month project ended in June 2007 due to the cessation of funding. Mr Aidan McQuillan, Area Manager, Foróige, and members of Fethard Community Council outlined, to the Minister, the necessity of public funds to be made available to enable the Youth Project to be reinstated so that the Youth Centre can be brought to its best potential.

An application for a Special Youth Project for Fethard, is currently with the Minister’s Office, the next tranche of funding is due to be announced in the coming week.

On completion of his visit Mr Andrews complimented the significant work being carried out by the voluntary organisations in the town and also asserted that it was the policy of the government to help communities who helped themselves. He concluded by saying that he hoped that he would return to Fethard in the future to cut the ribbon at the official opening of a new facility. A former history teacher, the Minister was delighted to see parts of the Town Wall, including the North Gate, during his visit. He showed great interest in the history of Fethard and was very much enthralled by the Medieval Town Trail.

Speaking on behalf of Fethard Community Council, Joe Kenny, Chairman, thanked Minister Andrews for visiting Fethard and for his favourable comments on the community projects being undertaken. He requested that the Minister would look favourably on both projects and stated that he felt it was time that the government provided the necessary resources to support and encourage community effort. Joe concluded by stating that community effort can only do so much on its own and it cannot be sustained without adequate state intervention.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 27th August were: 2, 15, 16 and 21. We had no Jackpot winner, no 'Match 3' winner. The following three drawn tickets won €50 each:
James Murphy, The Fort, Coolmore;
Ellen Murphy, Congress Terrace, Fethard;
Pat Culligan, The Valley, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Carol Kenny, The Green, Fethard;
John Whyte, Main Street, Fethard;
Nellie O'Donovan, Fr. Tirry Park, 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

Double gospel bill in Cloneen
If you fancy some superb gospel singing, Cloneen is the place to be on Saturday 13th September. Two prominent gospel choirs will perform in the Sports and Social Club: the Kilkenny Gospel Choir, known to be one of the very best in the country, and the acclaimed Gordonaires from Clonmel. As support act, the Sliabh na mBan Hillbillies join forces with singer Jim Brophy.
The program starts at 8.15pm. Tickets cost €10 and are available at the door or from any committee member of the Slievenamon Musical Society. Part of the proceeds goes to St. Vincent de Paul, so by enjoying this musical treat, you also support a very worthy cause.

Fethard Bridge Club resumes
Bridge resumes in the Tirry Centre on Wednesday 10th September at 7.20pm. If there is enough interest we hope to run a course of lessons for beginners. Anyone interested in lessons should contact Gemma Burke at 052-31799 or Anne Connolly at 052-31217.

First Day at School
Monday morning last, 1st September, Rocklow Road was again a hob of activity as cars and pedestrians made their way through North Gate on their way back to commence another school year. At Nano Nagle National School it was a first experience for twenty-two pupils when they waved their parents goodbye and were left in the very capable hands of Junior Infant Class teacher, Mrs Margaret Gleeson.

Mrs Gleeson’s many year’s teaching experience and patience blossomed again and within minutes had a very attentive and happy class enjoying their first experience on the road through academic life.

Best Wishes to Leaving Cert Class
Congratulations and the best of luck to all our Leaving Cert students, who fulfilled their expectations so successfully at this years state exams. Having received their 1st choice they now move on to study at such 3rd level institutions as UCC; CIT; UL; WIT; Carlow IT and Tipperary Institute.

New B&B Opens
Congratulations to Willie and Theresa O'Donnell who have opened their new Cozie B&B on the Rosegreen Road, Redcity, Fethard. At a time when Fethard’s tourism potential is growing steadily, this is a most welcome venture in the locality.

The Cozie B&B is situated in a very peaceful area surrounded by green fields, yet less than five minutes walk from the centre of town. Willie and Theresa have also launched a website www.coziebandb.com to give further information and contact details to visitors wishing to visit our town. Theresa can be contacted on Tel: (052) 32276 or 086 8619203 or by e-mail bookings@coziebandb.com

Fethard GAA News
Intermediate Hurlers had a great victory on Friday last in Kilsheelan when they overcame Carrick Davins in the semifinal of the South Championship on a scoreline, Fethard 2-14, Carrick Davins 1-16. For Fethard those who stood out were, Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Carroll, Aiden Lonergan, John P Looby, Aiden Fitzgerald and Miceál Spillane. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, James Kelly, Shane Walsh, Michael Carroll, Aiden Lonergan, Michael Ryan, Jamie McCormack, John P Looby 0-2, Brian Coen, Tomas Keane 0-2, Aiden Fitzgerald 1-9 (5f), Cian Maher 0-1, Eoin O’Connell, Michael Aherne and Miceál Spillane 1-0. Subs used were: Alan O’Connor and Christopher Sheehan. They now go on to meet either St Marys or Moyle Rovers in the final.

Sunday night last saw us loose the Minor A Football Final on a scoreline, Fethard 0-9, Moyle Rovers 3-13. The team: JP McGrath, Kieran O'Connell, James Kelly, Gavin Fitzgerald, Tomás O'Connell, Christopher Sheehan, Ben Walsh, Aaron O’Donovan, Cathal Gorey (capt), Daniel Hickey, Eoin O’Connell, Frankie O’Donovan, Jonathan Fleming, Dean Tobin and Alan Lawrence. Subs were: Adrian Lawrence, Brian Delahunty, Eoin Fitzgerald, Glen Maher, Eoin Healy, Adam Lyons and Tommy Sheehan.
We play the Senior and Junior A Football South finals and also the South Intermediate hurling final after Wednesday 3rd September. Our fate will soon be known in Minor B Hurling.

Vintage Club donates money to hospice
The Vintage Club of Coolmoyne and Moyglass presented a cheque for €3000 to the South Tipperary Hospice on Friday. The cheque, presented in The Village Inn in Moyglass, represented the proceeds of the first hugely successful Vintage Show and Run that was held recently.

Chairman Sean O'Donovan presented the cheque to Sinaida Jansen of the South Tipperary Hospice Movement. Included in the picture are Councillor John Fahy, Deputy Mattie McGrath and some of the committee members.

Aidan Ward launches new CD
Aidan Ward, formerly from The Valley, Fethard, has announced the launch of his new CD. The launch will take place on Friday 19th September in the Station House Theatre, Clifden, Connemara. For those fans not able to travel, you can still buy the CD by contacting Aidan through his website www.aidan-ward.com

Fethard Macra
Congratulations to local man and former Fethard Macra member Brendan Morrissey whose efforts culminated in breaking the world record for 100m continuous relay held over a 24 hour period in Clonmel last Saturday. Over €5,500 was raised for the Alzheimer Society.

Well done also to all involved in the Medieval Festival which took place in Fethard last Sunday. Members of Fethard Macra were on hand to man the stocks which proved to be a great attraction on the day.

Fethard Macra is currently looking for players or teams interested in taking part in a soccer tournament starting in mid September. Contact any club member for further details. Club officer training will take place in Killarney on 13th & 14th September.

Upcoming events taking place in September include bowling on 19th September; mystery tour on 20th September; 7-a-side Gaelic football on 21st September and the ‘Know your Ag and Macravision’ competition taking place in Ardfinnan on 26th September. For further info email fethardmacra@gmail.com or contact Michael (087-9019443) or Una (087-6882683).

Trust Golf Classic 2008
The Frank Purcell Memorial Golf Classic in aid of Trust will take place on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th September at Slievenamon Golf Club. This event is now in its 6th year and has raised over €100,000 for the Trust charity, which was founded 30 years ago by Fethard’s Alice Leahy.

Team of four will cost €200 and Tee boxes are €100 each. The competition will run over two days in Slievenamon Golf Club. The prizes will be presented at a Barbecue in McCarthy’s in Fethard on the Saturday night. Music on the night is by Philip Donnelly & Foul Play.

Entries can be given to Chris Coen, Vincent Woodlock, John Leahy, Vincent Murphy, Eoin Whyte or to Brendan Kenny at Slievenamon Golf Club.
More information about the Trust Charity is available on the website: www.trust-ireland.ie

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