Saturday 20th September 2008

Teen thugs blamed for rampant town vandalism
The community of Fethard have declared that they are "sick' of vandalism in their town. Over the last few months a group of young people have been blamed for a number of acts of vandalism, including graffiti and just last weekend a fire in a shed and now the local Community Council fear there could even be a risk to lives if this carries on.

The vandalism has been condemned by the Community Council and local parish priest Fr Tom Breen described the incidents as "sad" and "undesirable." According to one local man, a group of young thugs, ranging in age from ranging in age from pre to mid teens, have been the bane of the people of Fethard in the past few months.

This group are running around without any parental supervision at all hours and are regularly engaged in drinking parties by day and night down by the Town Wall.

Local acts of vandalism include pushing the Portaloo toilets from the Medieval Festival into the Clashawley river, painting the Millennium Bridge with graffiti, pouring paint on the Medieval Town Wall itself.Stealing crates of wine from the store behind Kellett's restaurant, breaking into various cars and stealing the contents and brawling in the street.

In a statement Fethard and Killusty Community Council condemn the recent spate of vandalism. “Members are concerned that unless the perpetrators are held responsible the current situation could escalate, resulting in more serious damage and possible risk to lives.”

The Community Council statement went on to appeal to members of the community to cooperate with the Gardai in their efforts to apprehend those responsible by passing on any relevant information, however insignificant they may feel it is. They are also appealing to parents to monitor and be aware where their children are at all times.

The Community Council identified these issues and other potential problems in their comprehensive 'Youth Needs and Service Provision Report' undertaken in the Fethard area in 2005 and facilitated by Tipperary Institute. The committee are also very disappointed that they have failed to get adequate support from the Government in providing a Youth Officer for their Fethard Community Youth Project in the Convent Hall.

Speaking to ‘The Nationalist’, Fr Breen said he wondered what the best approach to resolving this vandalism could be, and suggested the education that would be available in the Community Council's youth cafe, which is to open soon, could help.

He said there was a question of parental responsibility but that there also seems to be a breakdown in communication between young people and responsible adults. He did highlight the sale of 'take out' drink as a particular cause for antisocial behaviour.

Fethard was fortunate to have had a good period where there was no trouble and now they are suffering, Fr Breen said, but he added that there are a lot of good kids in the town.

Young Thugs Out of Control
A group of young thugs, ranging in age from pre to mid teens, are currently the bane of the people of Fethard in the past few months. This group are running around without any parental supervision at all hours and are regularly engaged in drinking parties by day and night down by the Town Wall. Local acts of vandalism include pushing the Portaloo Toilets from the Medieval Festival into the Clashawley, painting the Millennium Bridge with graffiti, pouring paint on the Medieval Town Wall itself, stealing crates of wine from the store behind Kellett’s restaurant, breaking into various cars and stealing the contents and brawling in the street.

The townspeople are sick of this behaviour. Anybody with information to help track down these young offenders should contact the Gardai at Fethard Station Tel: 31202 or alternatively contact the Garda Confidential Freephone: 1800 666 111.

Fethard GAA Club News
Senior Football Our year came to an end in Senior Football on Sunday last in when in the South Final we were beaten on a scoreline, Fethard 0-3, Moyle Rovers 0-8. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shane Aylward, Michael Aherne, Glen Burke, Tommy Gahan, Cian Maher, Aiden Lonergan, Michael Dillon, Aiden Fitzgerald, Eoin Doyle, John Paul Looby, Jamie McCormack, Christopher Sheehan and Damien Byrne (captain). Subs used were: Ian Kenrick and Declan Doyle.

On Saturday next in Clonmel we play the Intermediate Hurling South Final against Moyle Rovers at 5.30pm. We wish our team the best of luck.
Our Jackpot was not won and we had no Match Three winner. The numbers drawn were: 17, 18, 22 and 23. The following received €30 each: Cora McGarry, Burke Street, Fethard; Stephen O’Brien, Rosegreen, Cashel; Cian Cuddihy, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; Davy Maher, 8 Barrack Street, Fethard; Claire Landy, Killusty, Fethard. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Abigail Doyle, Woodvale Walk, Fethard. We would like to thank Harrington Developments for supplying the tickets.

Fire Damaged Dwelling at Fr. Tirry Park
Following Cllr. John Fahy’s representation on the above matter, the following reply was received from Jonathan Cooney, Housing Section, South Tipperary County Council.
“The County Council engaged architects who prepared drawings and specifications for the replacement of No. 11 Fr. Tirry Park, whilst also incorporating some repairs to No. 10.

It is a condition of our insurances that we forwarded these documents to the loss adjuster prior to proceeding to tender. These documents have been forwarded on and we are now in a position to advertise for planning. The planning application will be advertised in The Nationalist dated 13th September 2008.

The Council will then tender the works, including the demolition of the existing dwelling allowing a timeframe of 4 weeks for receipt of tenders. Typically it takes a further 4-6 weeks to assess the tenders and to receive the necessary paperwork from the successful contractor (i.e. insurances, C2, Tax Clearance, Site Specific Safety Statement & Bond). Part 8 Planning permission will run concurrently.

I note your concerns but as you can see from the above the Council has been actively progressing this matter. I trust the above is of some assistance to you.”

Fethard Country Markets
Congratulations to Fethard Country Market members who were very successful again at this year’s Iverk Show held on Thursday 4th September. In the ‘Jam and Cake’ section, the Meany family, Crampscastle, were the leading exhibitors; in the ‘Farm Produce’ section, the Quinlan family from Lisronagh were overall winners; and in the ‘Vegetable’ section, David Curran, Moyglass, was the overall winner taking home thirteen 1st prizes and thirteen 2nd prizes. Since its establishment in 1826, the show has grown and developed far beyond what could have been originally envisaged by its founders. In this, its 182nd year, the Iverk Show is now one of, if not the most prestigious events in the Southeast.

To coincide with the recent 60th anniversary of Country Markets a delightful recipe book ‘Country Market Favourites’ has been published featuring favourite recipes collected from all the Country Markets in Ireland. The book was launched at the Iverk Show by Trevor Sergeant and will be available for sale at Fethard Country Market this Friday for €10.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 10th September were 2, 11, 17 and 31. We had no Jackpot winner and no "Match 3" winner. The following three drawn tickets received €50:
Judy Whelan, Ballingarry, Thurles;
Marion Noonan, Drangan;
John Ryan, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Mary Keane, Knockelly, Fethard;
Maura Gorey, Main Street, Fethard;
Jessica Moloney, Congress Terrace, 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

Patrician Presentation School News
Congratulations to the Junior Cert class who achieved excellent results in their exams. We wish them well in the senior cycle of the school.

This year’s transition year group took part in an orientation programme in the school on Wednesday 10th September. Unfortunately, due to the poor weather conditions, the Slievenamon climb was abandoned. Instead, the group visited the Marlfield area of Clonmel and went bowling afterwards.

We take this opportunity to welcome all our First Year students, whom by now have settled in to their new surroundings. This group includes Daiana Adamczak from Poland and Sveta Novikova from the Ukraine. A further initiative for First Years, is that they now stay for lunch Monday to Friday, which gives them a chance to get to know one another and organise themselves for classes.

A warm welcome is also extended to students who have enrolled in the school in other year groups: Hayleigh Ellis to Second Year; Niall Rochford, Kayleigh Morrissey, Paul O’Neill and international student Stefan Müller (Germany) to Transition Year; Jeffrey Madigan and international students Mira Nagy (Germany), Louisa Lima (Brazil), Mattia Veronese (Italy) to Fifth Year; Alison Humphries and Linda Kelliher to Sixth Year. We hope that their time at our school will be positive and rewarding.

Trust Golf Classic 2008
The 6th Annual Frank Purcell Memorial Golf Classic in aid of Trust took place last weekend at Slievenamon Golf Club. The overall winners were the team representing Centra Supermarket in Fethard, which comprised of brothers Paul, Colin and Aidan Kenny with Darren O’Meara. Their prize was a €1000 voucher for Mount Juliet Golf Club. A special mention must be given to the winner of the ‘Nearest the Pin’ competition, Mr Noel Davern, who has swapped the corridors of Dail Eireann for the lure of the golf course. Maybe a place on the seniors tour beckons?

The prizes were presented by Trust’s co founder Alice Leahy at a Barbecue in McCarthy’s on Saturday night. Alice spoke about her work and about the importance of private donations, which both keep her charity going and allow her to remain independent of Government handouts, which allows her to speak her mind and not bow to any political pressure.

Music on the night was provided by Foul Play. The band featuring Irish guitar legend Philip Donnelly were in superb form on the night, rocking out a blistering set. Philip regaled the audience with his warm banter as well as his unique playing, throwing out anecdotes from his years playing with musical legends like the Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash and Nancy Griffith, to name but a few.

Thanks to all who helped to make the night such a success, to Slievenamon Golf Club for the course, to South East Scaffolding for the stage, to Premier Music for the lights, To Kellett’s Restaurant for the food, to the new chef on the night, Eamon Murphy, to all of the committee and to every person who put their hand in their pocket to help in any way. Every cent is very much appreciated. A particular word of thanks must go to a close friend of Frank Purcell, who won a libel case against a newspaper that week and donated the amount awarded to the Trust Golf Classic.
And thanks to the ‘Weather Gods’ for holding back the rain!

Pen friends for over 40 years
Sister Juliana Purcell moved from the Presentation Convent, Fethard to Presentation Convent, Wellington, New Zealand, in 1965. Shortly afterwards she introduced Julie McKay of Wellington to Anne Kenrick from Burke St, Fethard. Anne and Julie corresponded regularly as pen friends, but only met for the first time in 1977, when Julie, by now married, visited Fethard with her husband and family. Julie came to Ireland again recently. She and Anne are seen here with Sister Juliana, who now lives in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.

Outing to Kilmallock and Lough Gur
On Saturday, 27th September, the Fethard Historical Society are organising their Autumn Outing to the walled town of Kilmallock and also to the pre-historic Visitor Centre and lake at Lough Gur. Both these interesting locations are over the border in County Limerick and everyone, whether a society member or not, is more than welcome to come along.

In ways this is a ‘return trip’ as, on 9th April last, Limerick County Council organised a group of over twenty property owners from Kilmallock to come to Fethard to see what we were doing with our Town Wall, and on that day they invited Community Council members, Historical Society members and Fethard citizens in general to visit Kilmallock and area.

Sarah McCutcheon, Archaeologist with Limerick County Council, will host the visit to Kilmallock and another expert, Michael Quinlan, will host the visit to Lough Gur, so all in all it should make for a very enjoyable outing for families and individuals alike.

It is planned to hire a coach for the day, beginning at 9am from the Town Hall, so please phone Dóirín 31936, Terry 23402 or Pat 31537, as soon as possible so that suitable transport can be arranged for everyone.

Harvest Festival
This year’s Harvest Festival will take place at 8pm on Sunday 21st September at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland. Everyone is welcome to attend this annual service in the historic church on Main Street. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Walled Town Photographic Competition
Once again the Irish Walled Town Network is holding a Photographic Competition which helps to highlight the Town Walls that still exist all over Ireland. Of course, Fethard is regarded as one of the best, if not the very best example of a preserved Town Wall in the country after Derry. It was fitting that in last year’s competition that a photograph from Fethard by Larry Kenny was one of the national winners.

At local level, the Fethard Historical Society are putting up cash prizes for the best and most interesting photos of our Town Wall and as only two weeks remain for the national deadline it means that people better start clicking right away. In the adult category a first and second prize of €75 and €25 respectively is being given. For the under 18s there are three prizes: €50, €30 and €20 and children should be encouraged to experiment as much as possible with the their ideas for an interesting photo of some aspect of the Town Wall.

Even a photograph of a shadow made by the Wall or a weed growing on the wall could win one of the prizes. Photos can be dropped into Pat Looby in Kerry Street, phone 052 31537, or The Tirry Centre Community Office, before Monday 29th September.

Fethard Bridge Club Results
The results of our game held on Wednesday 10th September were:
1st Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane;
2nd Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara;
1st Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
2nd Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney.
We hope to see all our members back over the next couple of weeks. On 24th September we will be playing for sponsored prizes, on 1st October we play for the Free Sub Gross and on 8th October for the Free Sub Nett.
Anyone interested in learning bridge please contact Gemma Burke 31799 or Anne Connolly 31217. Looking for a partner, please contact Berney Myles at 32038.

Scouting Ireland registration
Annual registration will be held on Tuesday 23rd September in the ballroom for all existing and new members from 6:30pm to 8pm. It is a condition of registration that at least one parent or guardian will accompany each child. Each parent / guardian will be asked to sign the consent form and fill in a questionnaire. Census and membership must be with the secretary at National Headquarters, Larch Hill, Dublin, by 1st October 2008. New members welcome.

Meetings and activities will commence on Friday 26th September from 7pm to 9pm for scouts, and on Tuesday 30th September from 6:30pm to 8pm for cubs.

Fethard Macra na Feirme
Attention all Roy Keane wannabes in Fethard and surrounding areas, now is the time to put your skills to the test! The Fethard Macra Indoor Soccer Tournament is starting on Thursday, September 18th in Monroe. Any local teams interested in participating contact Michael 087-9019443.

The South Tipp Macra entertainment committee have organised a jam packed weekend of entertainment. On Friday 19th September, a night of bowling has been organised in Hot Shots in Clonmel. On Saturday 20th September, the eagerly anticipated mystery tour will take place.

Where the tour will lead you to remains a closely guarded secret but a great evening’s craic has been guaranteed. Bus pick up points are as follows: Tipp Town at 6.45pm, Cashel at 7.15pm and Barne Lodge at 7.35pm. All quiz lovers pencil in Friday 3rd October in your diaries. Fethard Macra will be holding a table quiz in Butlers Bar, Main Street, Fethard. This will kick off at 9.30pm. For further info contact Michael or Una 087-6882683 or email fethardmacra@gmail.com

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