Saturday 10th January 2009

Time for change the Irish way
Lucy Carrigan, formerly from Clonacody, Fethard, is a freelance journalist living in New York. Lucy was very impressed with the recent Barack Obama campaign after attending 'Camp Obama' where volunteers gathered together in a hall in Brooklyn for two days of intensive instruction on how to be most effective in the final seven weeks before the general election.

Most of the volunteers for the Obama Campaign were asked to explain why, in two minutes or less, they supported the Senator from Illinois with the funny name. When it finally came to Lucy’s turn, she gave the following reasons.

“The reason I support Barack Obama for president is because I am from Ireland. I said that growing up in Ireland had instilled in me a sense of fairness. That there is a right way to do things, and a wrong way to do things, I don't know if it was the Catholic Education - the nuns' sharp discipline - or, in my own family, the insistence on honesty, generosity, kindness and consideration for others above all else, but there was something that resonated with me about Barack Obama's message.

He got it.

He understood that government does need to play a role in helping people get ahead, in providing the tools, the access to education, affordable healthcare. And while he is proud to be an American, it is not the kind of pride that is perceived as arrogance in a foreign land. Ultimately, I said, this was a great chance for America. The difference between the two candidates was stark.

We were making a decision about the direction in which we would like this country to go.
Did we want - and it was a phrase repeated over and over on the campaign trail - 'four more years of failed Bush policies' or did we want change - a new kind of change. Real, tangible change. And that is why I was supporting Barack Obama.”
Lucy’s full article is published on the RTE website at the following address: http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0103/carriganl.html

Fethard Internet Café
Fethard’s only Internet Café, recently opened at the Tirry Community Centre in Barrack Street, is offering students from local schools a special half-price rate of €1.50 per hour to use the facility. You can also create a user account at the centre which will enable customers to use the amount of time needed and come back another time to use the balance.

The Internet Café is also an ideal place for parents to keep in contact with their loved ones away from home via email. If anyone is interested in learning how to use the internet and email please give their names to Joan at the Community Office Tel: 052 31000.
At the moment the Internet Café is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 noon to 4.30pm. It is planned to extend the service in the future.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto is now back after the Christmas break. Tickets are available in local shops and your support is very much appreciated by Fethard & Killusty Community Council and, indeed, by all the recipients of funding from the Community Lotto made possible by your generous support every week.

Emigrants Newsletter posted to emigrants
The Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter was posted last week to almost 1,000 emigrants from the parish of Fethard & Killusty. We take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who helped address and stamp the envelopes and prepared the newsletter for posting. The job was completed very fast in a few hours thanks to the many hands available on the night.

We also thank all those who supplied articles and photographs for this issue which, we understand, is very nearly sold out in local shops. We again invite those considering to write articles for the next issue to strike now while the iron is hot and put pen to paper straight away.
Thanks also to Carmel Rice for looking after correspondence and donations and to Gemma Burke for proofreading.

Goal Mile
The organisers of the ‘Goal Mile’ would like to thank all who took part and supported the event. A total of €1,833 was collected on the day for which they are most grateful.

Small is Beautiful
The music lovers of Fethard will get a chance to see top class artists in an intimate setting on Friday 16th January in McCarthy’s when Jim Rooney, Mick Daly and Arty McGlynn play in the back room in the bar.

Jim Rooney is better known as the Grammy winning Nashville producer, who has produced hits for Hal Ketchum, Nancy Griffith and John Prine. In Ireland, he is best known for his work with, ‘The Lee Valley String Band’, who are familiar to Fethard audiences as they have played for the past two Walled Town Festivals (with Fethard man Hal O’Neill on fiddle).

Mick Daly is one of the founder members of the Lee Valley String Band, and he will accompany Jim in Fethard. They are currently working on the Lee Valley’s next album, which they claim to arrange in one of their kitchens, so they should be well used to intimate venues like the back room in McCarthy’s.

The last member of this trio is well known to Irish and world audiences. Arty McGlynn started his musical career in the showbands, in an era when showbands ruled the Irish music scene. He then moved on to work in the traditional, folk and rock world, playing with Planxty, De Dannan, Patrick Street, Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Van Morrison.

He has recently worked with Jim Rooney playing on Sean Keane’s latest album. Tickets for the gig are €20 and there are a few left available at McCarthys.

Misery this Friday night at the Abymill
Misery, the latest production from the Fionn Mac Cumhaill Players will play this Friday night, 9th January, in the Abymill Theatre. This Stephen King thriller, made famous by Kathy Bates and James Caan through film, is rarely seen on stage and is gripping stuff as the relationship between the two actors has to be seen to be believed.

A live performance is always great and especially so here as you get lost in the story and begin to believe what is happening. Although a dark play there are many very funny incidents and you can’t help but laugh at how childlike the character is in ways. Booking Tel: 086-8871467 or 086-0834208.

Sister(s) Act
In winning an All-Ireland Senior B Schools Volleyball medal with Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School Volleyball team Sarah Conway continued the remarkable record of the six Conway sisters in winning All-Ireland Schools and Community Games Volleyball competitions.

Eldest sister Rebecca (Bradshaw) and Mandy (Daniels) set the ball rolling in winning Silver medals in the 1985 Community Games Volleyball finals. This was followed by Mandy and Jackie (Findlater) winning further runners-up medals in 1987 with Audrey doing the same in 1997 and Sarah in 2005 and 2006.

The Conway girls were also to the fore in All-Ireland Schools competitions with Mandy and Jackie winning Gold in 1986 and 1987, Fiona winning Silver in 1996 followed by Audrey and Sarah, coming home with Gold in 1997 and 2008 respectively.

Daughters of Mike and Breda Conway, St. Patrick’s Place, the six Conway girls have a truly remarkable record and one which is most unlikely to be equalled. What a pity that players such as the Conway sisters who were coached and who played to such a high standard are lost to the game once they leave school.

Star of the 2008 winning team and ‘player of the competition’ award was Louisa Lima, São Paulo, a Brazilian student in Fethard. Louisa stated that she was amazed and delighted to find that volleyball was of such a high standard in Ireland. She further said that she has been playing volleyball in Brazil since she was seven years old and that ladies volleyball is something of a National sport in Brazil.

Fethard Macra News
Fethard Macra is looking forward to a great line up of events for ’09. This will kick off with the first round of the public speaking competition taking place in Dungarvan on Saturday, 10th January. South Tipperary will be represented by Fethard Macra members Michael Moclair, Edmund Horan and David Fanning. All in Fethard Macra would like to thank Martha Sheehan for all her help in preparing the team for the competition.

Following on from the great success of our soccer league we are currently organising a volleyball league. Anybody interested in participating contact any club member. We are also looking for budding actors and actresses in the Fethard area as we will be shortly casting for the play which we will be entering into the national drama competition.

Our next meeting will take place in Butlers Bar on Friday, 16th January, at 9pm. For further information contact 087-9019443 or email fethardmacra@gmail.com.

Died Recently
The death has occurred of Mr Danny McManus, Woodvale Walk, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Hunting News
Another large Christmas season field of one-hundred and eleven mounted followers turned out to greet the Tipperary Foxhounds at their Ballydine meet on Monday 29th December. Drawing Mr Peter Curling’s blank they moved to Slatefield where they found. This fox, following a short run back towards Ballydine got to ground. From Mr Joe Ryan’s hounds had a very fast thirty minutes run.

Finding in Slatefield Bog they ran a very fast right-handed circle. Racing to the Ardmayle / Ballydine road they ran right-handed. The large field was even by now very well strung out. The fox was probably headed back in the bog and running towards the Cashel / Knockavilla road they lost him. Monday concluded with a run down to the Suir-side in Longfield.

The Childrens’ Meet at Grove on Wednesday drew yet again a huge number of mounted and car followers. A run from near Grove House gave children of all ages a good gallop and some good jumping over the hunter-trial fences.

They ran to Kilmaclough, back to Grove entrance gate, across the Fethard road to Grove Wood. Straight through here they hunted out on the top and over almost to the Fethard / Clonmel Road where they lost him. They finished the day with a short run through the Deerpark across the Boreen to Tullow where they lost him.

A fox from Ballybough Road railway bridge for their New Years Day meet at Fethard ran almost the same route as one found there by the White Heather Harriers. Towards the Killenaule road he crossed the Ballybough road and ran straight to Strylea near Mr. John Halley’s Veterinary Hospital and to ground. Drawing Nevilles’ Fort near Dr. Condon’s residence hounds ran a most unusual route. To McCarthy’s Bog by the Fethard / Moyglass road they hunted strongly to the Cashel Road which they crossed.

To Barrettstown Castle Charlie turned left-handed running to Redcity and to ground in O’Shea’s Fort. Hacking back to Rocklow they found here, hunted to Crean’s Grove and back to the covert. The day concluded with a run from Powers Wood. Hounds were away on very good terms with a real flyer of a fox. Looking like as if he was going forever Charlie had other ideas. Swinging right-handed short of the Mobarnane road he ran to Ballyvaden Fort, formerly Ms. Janet Barbour’s, where he got to ground. Ardsallagh did not hold, bringing a most enjoyable day to a close.

From Thomastown on Saturday another good days hunting ensued with one run of over one hour being enjoyed. Home was blown at 3 o’clock as by then the field had more than enough.

Fethard ICA News
As we start into the New Year, we hope that all had a very happy and enjoyable Christmas and with the wish for a good year ahead for all. Our meeting for January takes place on Tuesday next 13th January, at the earlier time of 7.30pm. We hope that all our members will be able to attend, as our Federation President, Mrs Anne O'Connell, is coming to meet the members of the guild. The ‘Green Group’ are in charge of catering this month.

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