Saturday 20th December 2008

All-Ireland title for Senior Girls Volleyball
Held in UCD last Wednesday, the Senior Girls B Final saw a battle of Tipperary versus Waterford as the Patrician Presentation Secondary School in Fethard, and Blackwater Community School in Lismore contested the title which had been won by St. Mary’s College from Naas last year.

In previous encounters Lismore had been unbeaten by all but Fethard, as they went on to qualify for the finals by beating the favourites Claremorris in two straight sets in the semi-finals. The Fethard girls, having played their semi final against Manor House Raheny, had struggled to settle at first and eventually needed to play three sets to progress.

In the final both sides traded scores right throughout the opening set, with Fethard’s captain Sarah Hayes setting the example with several scores from her attack. Lismore were strong in the centre through Jackie Forbes and Clodagh Walsh, but it was the Fethard girls who held off the opposition to win the 1st set 25-22.

The 2nd set saw Lismore race into a 3-0 lead, then hauled back to 5-7 through some spectacular rallies, before they again tore away again back up to 12-7.

Enter the fray Luiza Lima from Fethard. Her powerful serve, coupled with some spectacular saves from Carrie Sweeney, Sarah Conway and Lisa Anglim, helped the Fethard team progress from 12-7 to 19-12 (scoring 12 points without reply).

Serving and hitting with intelligence and power, Mary Anne Keane also helped to keep the opposition on their back foot throughout the remainder of the set. In catapulting Fethard back into contention, the confidence of previous victories well and truly resided with the South Tipperary side and finally propelled them to an 8-point win in the 2nd set and to the Senior Girls All-Ireland B title.

Congratulations to the girls and to the panel of 15 who trained tirelessly throughout the year to reach their gold. Panel: Sarah Hayes (Capt), Carrie Sweeney (Vice Captain), Sarah Conway, Lisa Anglim, Mary Anne Keane, Luiza Lima, Aisling Dwyer, Niamh Fanning, Jean Anglim, Samantha Morrissey, Gráinne Horan, Lesley Looby, Sarah O’Meara, Laura Rice and Myra Nagy.

Carol Singing this Thursday night
The annual Carol Singing in aid of the CRC (Central Remedial Clinic) will take place on this Thursday 18th December, assembling at the Town Hall at 7.30pm. The CRC helps people in Ireland with disabilities realise their full potential. Please lend your support by looking out for Santa Bears on sale locally in shops.

Lucky for some
Neilie Hall completed his 13th Dublin City Marathon this year. Neilie, from St. Patrick’s Place, was joined by Paul Walsh from Barrack Street this year and together they raised €2,062 for South Tipperary Hospice.

One of the highlights of this year’s event was meeting Eamon Coughlan at the race. Neilie is a member of Ballynonty Athletic Club and has been a great friend and supporter of South Tipperary Hospice over the past twelve years. Well done lads!

Class of 1994
A Facebook group has been set up for members of the class of 1994. So if you were a class member at any stage please log on and join the group.

We currently have about 20 members and are getting a few more all the time. We have organised a class reunion for the back room in McCarthy’s on 26th December so if you are around come in for a few drinks and a catch up. Pass the word around to anyone you are still in contact with and hope to see ye all on St. Stephen’s Day.

Killusty Parents Association
Killusty Parents Association have organised a bag pack in Dunnes Stores, Davis Road, Clonmel on Thursday 18th, Friday 19th and Saturday 19th December to raise money for Killusty school funds. We are looking for volunteers to help out for a few hours over the 3 days. Anyone interested can contact any of the parents at the school.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto will take a two-week break over Christmas and the New Year and resume on Wednesday 7th January. The last lotto draw before Christmas will be on Wednesday 17th December.

Our thanks to everyone who has supported the lotto throughout the year and we look forward to your continued support in 2009. We would also like to specially thank our online players at home and away. It is great to see people who have moved on still supporting their community.

The numbers drawn on Wednesday 10th December were 8, 18, 19 and 21. We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75:
Pat Culligan, The Valley, Fethard;
Mary Maher, Knockavardah, Killenaule.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Marian Noonan, Drangan;
Maura Fitzpatrick, Ardsallagh, Fethard;
Eddie O'Brien, Burke Street, Fethard.

This week we had no ‘Christmas Ham’ prizes due to the recall of all pork products so we drew 6 ‘Christmas Turkey’ prizes instead and the winners were:
Majella Walsh, Moyglass, Fethard;
Martin Bolger, Drumdeel, Fethard;
Anne Foley, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard;
Monica O'Shea, Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
Bridget Hayes, Main Street, Fethard;
Pamela Ryan, Abbey View, 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

Penitential Services for Christmas
The penitential service in preparation for Christmas will take place in the Parish Church on Monday 22nd December at 7.30pm. The penitential service in the Abbey will take place at 7.15pm before Mass on Saturday 20th December.

Aidan Ward ‘Charity Gig’ at the Abymill
Aidan Ward will launch his second album ‘Stones’ at the Abymill Theatre on Saturday 27th December. The album features fourteen top class musicians, including fellow Fethard man, Keith Colville, who was drafted in on bass and guitars.

Aidan has been playing all over Europe for the past two decades. Germany was his base for most of this time, but he has relocated to Ireland in the past few years, settling in Clifton in the heart of Connemara.

The life of a wandering musician has its highs and lows and Aidan has had his fair share of both. This journey has given him the inspiration for his songs which have made it onto his two albums. Tickets for the gig in the Abymill are €10 and are available from McCarthy’s in Fethard. Support on the night is by Jack O’Sullivan and all proceeds are going to charity.

Hunting News
The Tipperary Foxhounds from Killenaule meet on Monday, December 8th, first drew the traditional Springhill. From here they hunted down to the larger covert behind the stables. Very quickly away from here they were across the Laffansbridge Road to the big bog plantation.

Hunting around here no less than two brace of foxes ran back to Springhill and were left. Moving on to Church Hill they found in a ruin. This fox ran to Laffansbridge over the road, through the quarry and to ground in O’Dwyer’s, Burnchurch. Away again from a find here they ran by Hassett’s to Buffana Wood.

Hunting very well in the wood for thirty minutes, Charlie refused to leave and was left.
From D’arcy’s Cross on Thursday much of the afternoon was spent in the plantations at Des Hunt’s, Garraun, Castleblake and Long’s. Hounds again hunted very well in covert especially at Long’s but no way were foxes going to vacate their stronghold.

Sixty mounted followers enjoyed a good day from Kiltinan on Saturday. Out of Quirke’s they ran through Grangebeg, across the Kilsheelan Road to the river and up to Loughcopple Bridge where they lost him. From the Annesfort Cross they got away on one of a brace found here.

Through Fahy’s they hunted back to Milltown. Swinging right-handed in Tony Slattery’s they ran back through Purcell’s, crossing the Powerstown Road. Doing a u-turn here they re-crossed the road at the crossroads where he was left. A fox found on the old railway line provided another good run, running towards Monroe playing field he swung right-handed and right again.

Hounds fairly raced down to the Shanbally Road where they crossed and ran down to Murphy’s. Left-handed here still hunting strongly they ran to the railway line at Carrigeenshamróg where they lost him. The followers still remaining and their mounts had more than enough for one day in heavy going. Home was blown leaving Quinlan’s and Sladagh for another day.

With the White Heathers
Off to a good start on Sunday last from Fethard Car-park. The Osiery bed at the draw held a brace and a half. A brace crossed the river hounds in close pursuit. Hunting this fellow to Rocklow they crossed the road near Rocklow House gate, to Aidan Maher’s where he turned right handed and was hunted almost into Fethard down by the Veterinary Hospital to the Community Sportsfield where they lost him.

Back to Ballybough they found again at the Railway Bridge and ran almost the same route down to Strylea Boreen where they were at fault. A fox from John Neville’s ran to Rahvin Fort, near Dr. Condon’s residence, where he went to ground. The day finished on a high note as it started.

Finding in the main covert at Rocklow bear the back-avenue bridge down to the lake near which the fox swan the river. Crossing Rathcoole Lane he ran through Grangduff by Hugh Holohan’s re-crossing the lane at the graveyard. Through Joe Hayes’ they hunted down to the Fethard / Moyglass Road at the Sandpit where they lost him. Once again, fair dues to the lads who stayed out with the hounds right through a hard day.

The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday next, 21st December, at Peppardstown House; St. Stephen’s Day, Drangan and on Sunday 28th, Loughcopple, at 11am.
Here’s wishing all followers and supporters of the Gallant Tipps and White Heathers, all readers and especially the critics of Hunting News a very Happy Christmas and good hunting for the rest of the season. A special, sincere thank-you to all landowners over whose land hunt. E.A.N.

Fethard GAA Club News
On behalf of the Fethard Club we would like to congratulate Barry O’Brien (Fr Sheehys) on being elected Chairman of the Tipperary County Board. Barry is only the third South man to hold the position in 108 years, the other two being own Dick Cummins 1900-1905, and Con Hogan (Marlfield) 1999-2001.

We would also like to congratulate Sean Nugent (Kilsheelan) who was elected Vice Chairman of the County Board on Sunday last at the County Board Convention held in Sarsfield Centre, Thurles. Well done to Noel Byrne (Killusty) who was also re-elected Secretary of the South Board 2009 the previous Sunday in Clonmel.

Our lotto results for 2nd December were: numbers drawn 14, 20, 23 and 32. We had no jackpot or match three winner. Five Lucky Dip winners of €30 each to: Seamus Hackett (Strylea, Fethard), Bernie Byrne (Claremore, Fethard), Marie Ahearne (Main St, Fethard), Dawn Cuddihy (Woodvale Walk, Fethard), and Rita Doyle (Woodvale Walk. Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip to Abigail Doyle (Woodvale Walk. Fethard).

Our lotto results for 9th December were: numbers drawn 4, 10, 11 and 16. Three match three winners of €50 each to: Patsy Lawrence (Woodvale Walk, Fethard), Mary Godfrey (Derryluskin, Fethard), Nellie Noonan (Fr Tirry Park, Fethard), with the €50 Lucky dip going to Marianne Shortall (The Valley, Fethard).

Our lotto results for 16th December were: numbers drawn 10, 14, 24 and 27. Two match three winners of €75 each to: Jim Williams (Killusty, Fethard), Aaron Mullally (c/o Merrys, Clonmel). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Noel Gleeson (Poulmucka, Cahir). We would like to thank Harrington Developments Ltd for supplying the tickets.
The club would like to offer our condolences to Margaret Lehane and family, Coolea, Ballyvourney, Cork, on the death of Donal, who played on the Fethard 1954 Senior Football South and County winning team while teaching in Killenaule. Go ndeana trocaire ar an ainmeachta.

On behalf of Fethard GAA Club we wish all our players, officers, members, sponsors, county board ticket holders and patrons a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Fethard Macra
Club members travelled to the table quiz run by Sologhead Macra in the ‘Hideout’ in Sologhead on last Saturday night. Well done to our table quiz team who came in joint first place and also to Sologhead Macra for hosting a very enjoyable evening. The final of the Fethard Macra indoor soccer league is taking place this Wednesday.

This has been a very successful event for Fethard Macra and has received a lot of positive feedback. Our public speaking team is continuing their practice in preparation for the next round of the competition which takes place in January. Tickets are available at €15 per head for the annual South Tipp Macra Christmas party.

This is taking place in the ‘Venue’ in Dundrum on Saturday, December 20th with plenty of food and entertainment provided on the night. For further information contact 087-9019443 or email fethardmacra@gmail.com. We’d like to wish all our members a very happy Christmas and we’re looking forward to a great ’09.

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