Saturday 1st November 2008

Patrician Presentation Awards Ceremony
The “Ever-Gentle Gods” dispensed their bounty and benison upon a calm, autumnal, sunny Friday morning, October 17th. As the school community prepared for its annual awards ceremony.

The palpable presence of quiet energy in each and every corner of the school hall at 11am when the choir, with musical director, Kevin Hickey, welcomed all with ‘Come To The Feast Divine”. Canon Tom Breen celebrated the mass. Our guest for the occasion, Brother Cormac Commins, education officer for the Patrician Secondary Schools, was joined by management, staff, board of management, parents, students and parents association for this celebration.
The theme of the hymns very much recognising the bi-centenary of the Patricians in Ireland in the year 2008, with soloists Laura Rice and Alison Humphries.

At the conclusion of the mass, Mr Ernan Britton, welcomed all, congratulated the award recipients, and said that this was not just a day of celebration for award winners, but for the entire school community.

Mr Britton then introduced Brother Cormac who spoke about the vision of education for all, held by Daniel Delaney, founder of the Patrician order, He encouraged the students to also have a vision and follow in the footsteps of such great figures as Daniel Delaney and Martin Luther King – to follow their dream.

Brother Cormac presented the Student of the Year 2005 “Druid Cuchulainn” to Lucy Butler (2nd Year); Mary-Anne Fogarty (3rd Year), Ida Carroll (5th year) and Alannah Browne on the best overall Leaving Cert results. The Padraig Pearse Award, for the best Junior Cert was presented by Mr Britton to Owen Healy. Owen also received the Paddy Broderick Award. Mr Denis Burke then presented the sports person of the year 2008 awards to Aisling Dwyer (5th year) and Tony Myler (3rd year).

Mrs Marian Gilpin, Deputy Principal, then invited Mr Jonathan Gilpin, Vice-President of Chapter X Irish League of Credit Unions, to present the Business and Enterprise Award, which this year of 2008 went to two young groups of Entrepreneurs; ‘GNT’ — Noel O’Brien, Gavin Lonergan and Ted Barrett, and ‘Gardens’ – Adam O’Donnell, Séan White and Dylan Cahill.

Mr McGree, Ms Whelan, Mrs O’Donnell and Ms Barrett organised the “Fethard Quill Writers Awards”. Mrs Gilpin called upon the winners and Ms Barrett presented the Senior category to Joseph Sheehan, Intermediate category to Lyubov Novikova and Junior category to Tara Horan.

The ‘Gradam na Gaeilge Awards’ were then presented by Mrs Prendergast, who spoke about the number of students who were successful in achieving scholarships to the Gaeltacht this year. David Gorey, Ida Carroll, Mary-Ellen O’Reilly, plus ten certificates, were presented by Mrs Prendergast.

Mr Britton and Mrs Gilpin presented best school attendance awards to Mark Fogarty, Noel O’Brien, Fiona Crotty, Melissa Wallace, Siobhán O’Brien, David Gorey and Colm Horan. At the conclusion of the ceremony a framed photograph was presented by Mr Britton to Brother Cormac, to commemorate his visit to the school. A special thank you is extended to all who took part in the ceremony, and in particular the organizing committee; Mr Michael O’Gorman, Mr Richard Prendergast and Mr DenisBurke.

Died recently
The death has occurred of Mrs Nellie Ryan, Rathbritt, Fethard who passed away peacefully in Woodside Nursing Home, Killusty, on Wednesday, 22nd October, aged 94 years. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 22nd October were 10, 11, 15 and 29. We had no Jackpot winner and one "Match 3" winner who receive €150 each:
Majella Drea, Strylea, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Esther Breen, Barrack Street, Fethard;
Mary Keane, Knockelly, Fethard;
D. O'Meara, c/o Tom Purcell.
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 Macra
Calling all new members
Those from far and near
To come along and join our club
Of Macra members for this year.

The craic it is mighty
With fun and sport galore
Join us on one of our club nights
It’ll leave you wanting more!

All roads lead to Fethard
From Moyglass, Drangan and Cloneen,
Killenaule, Lisronagh and Killusty
On our club the locals are keen.

Join us in Butler’s Bar on Friday at 9pm.
For more info on this gathering
Call 087-6882683 or 087-9019443
Looking forward to seeing you then!

November Rosaries prayed in our parish cemeteries
We encourage all the older and the younger people of the parish to come to our local cemeteries each Sunday throughout November and pray for our dear departed. Who will pray for us in the years to come?
Saturday 1st November: Parish Church Cemetery 3pm and Holy Trinity Cemetery at 3.30pm.
Sunday 2nd November (All Souls Day): Abbey Church 3pm and Everardsgrange 3.30pm.
Sunday 9th November: Calvary Cemetery 3pm and Peppardstown 3.30pm.
Sunday 16th November: Rathcoole 2.45pm (note change of time) and Redcity at 3.30pm.
Sunday 23rd November: Kiltinan 3pm, Tullamaine 3pm and Kilmaclugh at 3.30pm
Sunday 30th November: Killusty Graveyard after Mass.

Book Launch in Drangan
On Sunday next 2nd November, Ms Mary Guinan-Darmody, Local Studies Department, Tipperary Libraries, will launch a book that records and maps the graves in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Drangan village. This launch will take place at 12 noon in the Community Hall, Drangan. The launch will be preceded by 11am Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which will be offered for all the souls interred in this old and historical cemetery.

The book was a labour of love for its editor Michael Hall, who sadly passed to his eternal reward in June 2008. Local historian, Michael Hall, was a great source of knowledge and a great ‘Friend of Fethard’. Michael will be long remembered in this parish for the many articles he supplied for Fethard & Killusty Emigrants’ Newsletter.

The book records the details of almost two hundred graves in St. Mary’s Cemetery and should be of great interest to the many families connected to this old burial ground.

Fethard artist exhibits in San Francisco
Local artist and teacher, Ms Pat Looby, Kerry Street, is currently in San Francisco for the opening of her solo exhibition of new paintings “Field Systems”, at the David Cunningham Projects.

With this new series of paintings Pat has produced a body of work that reunites the spirit of a place and its actual cartographical history – a visually memoir of human activity in 70 acres of agricultural land in Tipperary.

Taking one specific townland, the place where she grew up, Patricia Looby has intensely researched all known maps of the area stretching from pre-Famine field systems and dwellings to the present day map image of this townland, which is called Corriconeen. The result is a deeply felt and thorough investigation of the actual landscape and the remembered fields, ditches, rises and hollows of a country childhood. Prominent on the maps and in the artist’s own memories and awareness of the landscape surrounding the family dwelling are several 10th century farm settlements and earth works known locally as “king forts”. It is worth noting that the place depicted in these paintings is still very much in existence – it is where the artist’s family continues to live and work the land, as they have done for generations.

Pat’s work has been exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions and is included in several important public and private collections including the Crawford Museum in Cork. Her most recent solo show ‘Harvester’ originated at Temple Bar Gallery and subsequently travelled to several other venues in Ireland. She was invited to contribute to ‘An Leabhair Mor” (the Big Book) – a recent large scale project to create a contemporary illuminated manuscript of recent poetry and art by writers and painters from Celtic countries.

The official opening of the exhibition takes place from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday 30th October at David Cunningham Projects Space, 1928 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. For further information visit www.davidcunninghamprojects.com

Extra digits on your phone number!
From the 3rd November all phone numbers in the 052 area will have to prefix their five-digit number with two more digits to meet the changing dynamics of the Irish communications market. The old numbers and new number will work together for a period of six months after which your old number will cease. If your old number begins with 3, as most Fethard numbers do, you will have to add 61 to the start, e.g. Fethard Community Office’s phone number 31000 will now change to 6131000.
For more details visit: www.eircom.net/phonenumberchange

Fethard Day Care Centre Senior Day
Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold a Senior Day on Friday 31st October from 11am. The chiropodist will attend at a cost of €10. The District Nurse will also be in attendance. A hot meal will alos be served and the cost of the service provided is €5.

We would like to thank Clonmel Lyons Club for a wonderful afternoon at the Slievenamon Golf Club on Saturday 18th October.
Dualla-Ballinure Gun Club will hold a Table Quiz on Friday 7th November at 9.30pm in the Horse & Hound Dualla in aid of Fethard & District Day Care Centre.

Paul playing for Munster
Well done to Paul Fitzgerald in keeping a clean sheet for Munster last weekend. Paul was Tipperary’s only representative on the Munster football team that defeated Ulster in Fermoy. The final score was 1-5 to 0-5. We wish Paul and his colleagues the very best of luck in the final on this Saturday 1st November in Portlaoise when they take on Connaught under lights, preceded by the hurling final.

Fethard GAA Club News
At club level, our activities on the field resume this weekend when we play the Junior A county football semifinal on Saturday at 2.30pm in Ballingarry when we play mid-champions Moycarkey. On Sunday we have the Intermediate Hurling South Final replay in Kilsheelan at 2.30pm against Moyle Rovers. The very best of luck to all.
Our Lotto Jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were 8, 12, 19 and 26. We had two match three winners who received €75 each: Esther Breen (Barrack Street, Fethard) and Abigail Doyle (Woodvale Walk, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Willie O’Meara (Killusty, Fethard). Thanks to Harrington Developments for providing the tickets.

Fethard and District Rugby Club
Our under 18s travelled to Waterpark and were well beaten on a score line of 40-7. The score does not tell the full story as this was a game of two halves; the first half saw Fethard dominate the ball and had the Waterpark side under pressure. Despite this pressure, Waterpark scored first when at least six missed tackles gifted them their first try. Fethard responded almost immediately when the resumed Fethard pressure released Chris Sheehan to run in a try under the post. John Lawlor duly converted. From the kick-off Waterpark worked the ball up field and again missed tackles allowed Waterpark in for their second easy try, leaving the score 12-7 at half time.

The Fethard player’s lack of fitness was in full evidence in the second half when Waterpark ran in four unanswered tries. Despite this heavy defeat the Fethard lads gave us a glimpse of their true potential when they completely dominated the second quarter and witnessed some fine individual displays, particularly our scrum-half Willie Power and our forwards David Hall and Harry O’Connell. Chris Sheehan on the wing also had a fine game.

We travel to Clanwilliam next week and will need to play for the full 80 minutes as we need to win this one.

Hunting News
The opening meet of Tipperary Foxhounds in Fethard, favoured by good weather, attracted a very large crowd of mounted, foot and car followers on Monday last. A longstanding tradition was broken when the actual meet, for health and safety and modern day traffic throughflow, was transferred from Main Street to McCarthy’s Hotel. The spacious area, formerly known as McCarthy’s Orchard, proved an ideal gathering point for the large crowd attending. Following the traditional ‘Stirrup Cup’, lavishly dispensed by Annette, over one-hundred mounted followers, led by huntsman, Derry Donegan, and First Whip, Paul Grady, moved off via The Pound and Watergate for Rocklow.

While foxes were in short supply and scent was rather patchy, nevertheless, an excellent days hunting was enjoyed by one and all. McCarthy’s Bog, Ballybough Bridge and Rathvin Fort proved blank. A fox from John Neville’s at Kilnockin ran a short circle before going to ground. Hounds found again at Rocklow House. This fox rand to the Killenaule Road where hounds were stopped at Kilnockin Hill was not being hunted. Drawing upstream from Rocklow through Rathcoole and Ballyvaden hounds did not find again until drawing the Ballyvaden Fort which held a brace. One of these was hunted well towards the Cashel – Fethard road before getting to ground at O’Connors. A fox from Power’s Wood provided a fitting end to the day, running a good left-handed circle to the river, back over the Ballyvaden Lane to the fort where they lost him.

Thus concluded the opening meet day of the new season. Judging by the large concourse of people out the future of hunting and the Tipperary Foxhounds looks very good indeed. One long time follower was heard to describe the traffic on the Rocklow Road during hunting as “like Tramore on a fine Sunday in August”.

“Hark forr’ard, Hark forr’ard, hounds are away,
How glorious the sound on Opening Meet Day,
Old friends still gather, new ones to greet,
Is go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís”.

The penultimate day of the Autumn hunting season at Tullamaine on Wednesday last is worth recording as the best mornings hunting of that period was enjoyed. From the main covert hounds ran to the road at Coolmoyne Ballalley, right-handed under the Moate back to the covert. Out on the far side they ran to Eamonn Walsh’s and hunted a big circle through Slattery’s and Martley’s where the intervention of a fresh found fox concluded a brilliant forty-five minutes. Finding on the Moate hounds ran over the cul-de-sac, through Horan’s to the old point-to-point course. Left-handed here to the Rosegreen Road they swung right-handed and corssed the road near the Raceway to Long’s. Pushing him out on the Lowesgreen side they recrossed the road to the Sandpit where they checked for the first time and were stopped at 12.15pm having hunted for almost continuously for over three hours.

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