Saturday 7th February 2009

Nano Nagle choose Fairtrade as their ‘Challenge to Change’
Fethard Nano Nagle girls have embarked once again on their ‘Challenge to Change" project. This year the girls have chosen Fairtrade as their topic.

As a prelude to their research, the girls had a look at the Millennium Goals. The Millennium Development Goals are eight international development goals that 192 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organisations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015.

The eight goals are: (1) Eradicate Extreme Poverty & Hunger; (2) Achieve Universal Primary Education; (3) Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women; (4) Reduce Child Mortality; (5) Improve Maternal Health; (6) Combat HIV/Aids, Malaria and other Diseases; (7) Ensure Environmental Sustainability; (8) Develop a Global Partnership for Development.

In 2001, recognizing the need to assist impoverished nations more aggressively, UN member states adopted the targets. The Millennium Development Goals aim to spur development by improving social and economic conditions in the world's poorest countries.

The pupils of Nano Nagle National School will promote Fairtrade products at a special sale being organised at the school in conjunction with National Fairtrade Fortnight from 23 February to 8 March 2009.

National Fairtrade Fortnight presents companies with a unique opportunity to market Fairtrade and is the perfect time for companies to improve visibility at point-of-sale, or even consider extending their range of Fairtrade certified products. The theme is ‘Make it Happen. Choose Fairtrade.’

Benefit Night a great success
The benefit night for ‘Missing in Ireland Support Service’ held last weekend at The Castle Inn was a great success with over €1800 raised on the night for this deserving service. The organisers would like to thank sincerely all who helped in any way and especially to all who supported the event. A particular thanks to Kevin McGivern, Michael Sheehan, John Pollard and Brud Roche who sponsored the music.

Fethard Youth Café registration day
A members’ registration day for teenagers aged between 14 and 19 will be held on St. Valentine’s Day, 14th February, at Fethard Youth Café between 2pm and 4pm. Intending members of Fethard Youth Café are asked to bring along: (a) two recent passport photographs, (b) an original birth certificate, (c) a €5 registration fee.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 4th February were 1, 3, 6 and 19.  We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each:
Pamela O'Donnell, Grangebeg, Fethard;
Laurence Kenny, c/o Centra, Fethard.
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Breda Ryan, Coolmoyne Cross, Fethard;
Pat Culligan, The Valley, Fethard;
Olwyn Wall, Chapel Lane, 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.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on 6th February of Tommy Millett, The Valley, Fethard, and formerly of St. Johnstown, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred on 8th February of Mrs Bridget Quinlan (aged 96), Thomas Street, Clonmel, and formerly of Patrick's Place, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
The Fethard Juvenile GAA club will hold its AGM on Thursday 26th February at 7.30pm in the Tirry Center. We would like to see as many parents as possible attend. With the various championships now just around the corner we will be commencing with training camp for all players in under-12, 14 and 16 on Wednesday 25th February from 7pm to 8pm in the GAA field. 

All players are requested to do their best to try and make this camp. We hope that by the following week that all selectors for the coming year will be in place and that we can look forward to a great year in our club.
We wish a speedy recovery to our secretary Caroline Sheehan who is just home from hospital and is recovering at the moment. We also thank everyone that has supported our club in the past and wish you will continue to do so.

Fires in Melbourne
Katie Knott, writing from Australia, sent us the following message offering help for anyone from Fethard trying to get in touch with relatives living in the Melbourne area.

“I don't know if you have heard of the terrible fires around Melbourne, 170 people have been burned to death and the number is going up all the time. We were having temperatures of 45degs for so long it was about to happen.

Nine hundred houses gone up in flames. If you hear of anyone around Fethard or near by who have relations in Melbourne and might be trying to get in touch with them please give them my email address and I will do my best to help them. We are getting lots of calls on the radio from Dublin and other parts of Ireland trying to find information on relations. My email address is: slainte2@bigpond.com

Wall to Wall Books
Despite the threat of bad weather the 14th annual Tipperariana Book Fair attracted punters in their hundreds to Fethard Ballroom last Sunday afternoon. Only four book dealers, of the 32 booked in, were unable to travel due to road conditions. One dealer from the Midlands rang in saying that when he filled the van with books that he couldn’t then drive up out of his own yard!

A notable feature of this year’s fair was the enormous amount of books donated by the Fethard public to the Historical Society’s own stand. Takings from these book sales were doubled on previous years and the organisers are very grateful for this support.

A big attraction at the fair is the ‘on site’ café that sells the best tea and cakes on the island. A former professional sandwich maker joined the catering team this year and the out of town visitors, and locals alike, really appreciate the quality of fare on offer.

Missing from the team this year was Kitty Delany who is now well on the way to recovery after her very serious accidental fall and everyone wishes her full recovery and a return to the best of health.
Next year, the second Sunday in February falls on the 14th, St Valentine’s Day, so it will be easy to come up with a theme for the event.

All going according to plan there should be a fifteenth annual Tipperariana Book Fair in 2010 and beyond as there seems to be a great demand out there for such an event in the dark days of winter.

Yoga Classes
Traditional Sivananda Hatha Yoga Classes have commenced on Wednesday 4th February from 8pm to 9:30pm at the Abymill Theatre Fethard. A five-class starter course will cost €50. For further information contact Karl Roche, Dip. Yoga, Tel: (052) 38859 or 087 9695316 or 083 3341832.

Barry Barnes brings ‘Rory Gallagher’ to The Well
Guitarist and singer Barry Barnes is one of Europe's most active enthusiasts working to keep alive the music and memory of Rory Gallagher. Barry will perform his tribute to Rory Gallagher on Monday 16th February at The Well in Burke Street at 9.30pm. Admission is €5 and all are welcome.

Fethard Rugby Club News
Fethard under-14s travelled to Waterpark on Sunday of last week in their first game of the league which is now well behind schedule due to the adverse weather conditions that have forced many of the games to be cancelled.

They faced a big, strong Waterpark team and were unfortunate to be beaten, the scoreline certainly did not reflect the game these young men played and they were also without some of their key players. There were some big hits and great displays throughout the day with Luke Keating, Dylan Fitzgerald, Colin Maher, Ronan Fitzgerald, Jimmy Phelan and Gavin, Sean White, Nial Walsh, David Hayes, Tadhg Fogarty, Joss Murray, Willie Morgan, Kieran Walsh, Jack McCarthy all outstanding throughout. Well done to this team and keep up the good work.

Our under-16s hosted Clonmel and both teams produced some great rugby despite the very difficult underfoot conditions. These conditions seemed to bring the best out of both sides. Fethard were the first to put points on the board when Clonmel failed to control scrappy lineout ball giving the quick thinking Kieran Power the opportunity to pounce on the ball for the teams only try. The Fethard full-back narrowly missed the convert.

The Clonmel lads reacted strongly and had Fethard under considerable pressure for the next 15 minutes and were rewarded with a try following a great passage of back play. During this period of Clonmel pressure the defensive work of the Fethard lads was immense with Shane Power, Colm Shanahan, Matt O’Sullivan, and Sam Manton putting in try saving tackles. The teams went into the break all square.

Fethard really upped the tempo in the second half and finished the stronger with Frankie Donovan crossing the line twice. He was held up the first time and was deemed to be held up the second time. All the Fethard players put in sterling performances with Andy Walsh and Matt Fitzgerald putting in great second half displays. The spirit shown by this team was a pleasure to witness and they can look forward to the cup competition with confidence. We send our good wishes to Joe Meagher and hope that his broken hand is on the mend.

Hunting News
From Ballagh, on Monday 2nd February, foxes proved very scarce.  Drawing down to the railway line and back left-handed hounds did not find until reaching Delaney’s on the far side of the village.  Charlie left covert very quickly, crossed the Ardmayle Road, near the school, and to ground after a short distance on the far side.  Padraig Kennedy’s Wood did hold a few, none of which could be persuaded to leave.  Across the road Marlo held a brace. 

Both of these were caught very quickly on top.  Hounds found again in The Gorse further over, running back to Marlo where they gave him best after some good covert hunting.  From Rathronan on Saturday they had a nice run from the Ha’penny Bridge covert.  Down through Carroll’s towards the Orchardstown Road, they hunted back to the Clonmel / Fethard Road which they crossed near the Half-Way, ran to the top of the Quarry on the far side and to ground.  Drawing blank towards Donoughmore they found again near Clonacody. 

Hunting very well over the big tillage fields they hunted down to Mr John Ryan’s where they first lost him near the farm yard.  Charlie must have a safe refuge here as at a Lisronagh meet they lost a fox in a similar manner at the same spot.  Finding again in Ballinlough Bog they ran to the Clonmel Road at Clonacody Gallops.  Doing a u-turn here they ran back through Jossestown right-handed across the road to Killerk Rock. 

The Tipperary Foxhounds promote a Cross-Country Ride, next week, at Moyglass as a fund-raising project for Moyglass Community Hall in conjunction with the Hall Committee.  Starting at 12 noon in Moyglass on Saturday, 21st February, the ride will cover natural hunting country.  The course is not suitable for children on lead-rein ponies.  The subscriptions are €50 for adults and €20 for children.  Full details from, and any enquiries to, Ms Ginny Hutton, 086 837 1057.

With the White Heathers
The Thorny Bridge meet on Sunday last provided a day of what might be described as one of two parts and mixed fortunes.  Moving down to Anner Castle hounds drew back through Seskin.  Of the brace found in this area one went to ground quickly where found.  Hounds caught the second one which they found on a thick edge just as vast.  Vanning the hounds up to Kilmore fortunes improved immensely.

  Finding at the rear of Mr William Burke’s residence they hunted to Quigley’s.  From here they ran to Mr Sandy Stokes’, crossed the road back to Burkes and ran through Mr John Michael Ormonde’s and to ground.  Following two runs of shorter duration they finished the day at 5pm with a good twenty minutes run. 

Drawing the covert at Burke’s they ran to Davern’s at Tannersrath where he got to ground.  With regret we record the recent death of a great hunting stalwart, Mr Michael ‘Mick’ Kearney, Friarsgrange, Fethard.  A fearless and excellent horseman in his youth he was a noted breaker and maker of young horses especially Hunters.  Involved in his earlier years with the old Clonmel Harriers he whipped-in for a number of seasons to Master and  Huntsman, Mr. Niall Shee. 

Mick, in later years, loved to recall great horses he rode, great hunts that he had and great fences jumped.  Mick Kearney was bred to be a hunting man.  He was nephew of Tom O’Shea, whipper-in to Mr Richard Burke, at Grove, and first cousin of Johnny O’Shea, long time huntsman of the Cheshire Foxhounds and rated one of the top huntsman in England during the second half of the twentieth century. 

Mick Kearney, in his retirement years, was a regular and knowledgeable follower of the Ballyluskey White Heathers. 
The White Heather Committee extend sincere sympathy to his daughters, sons, grand-children and extended family.  His wife, Rita, pre-deceased him just a few short months ago.
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday next, 15th February, in Drangan and a Lawn Meet at Orchardstown House on Sunday 22nd February.  Both meets at 11am.

Fethard Shotokan Karate Club
The Fethard Shotokan Karate Club will be opening its doors to new members on the 17th February 2009. Training will be held at the Ballroom hall in Fethard, Co. Tipperary from 8pm to 9pm.
Shotokan karate is a traditional Japanese martial art.

Shotokan training will provide the student with increased fitness, muscle tone, flexibility and indeed physical and mental discipline. It will benefit younger and older students alike and is a superb way to stay in shape.

The club will be fully registered with the worlds largest Shotokan karate body; the Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation. This will mean that a student’s grade is recognised world wide and will allow them to compete at both national and international levels should they wish to. Training costs are seniors €8, juniors €6 and family rates are available. Training is open to all and we look forward to seeing you at the club.

The club chief instructor is Barry O’Neill, a 15 year practitioner and black belt of Shotokan karate and current Irish international squad member. For further information please feel free to contact him at anytime using the following contact details. Tel: 086-0696732 or Email: fethardkarate@gmail.com.

Fethard Macra News
The Romeo and Juliet theme night for Valentine's weekend will take place in Brian Boru's, Cashel, on Friday, 13th February at 9pm. The event is taking place in aid of Coisceim. Entertainment will be provided by Willie Ryan (Bun). There will be excellent raffle prizes on the night — meal vouchers from local businesses Chez Hans, Brian Boru's etc.

This promises to be a fun event for all single and attached members and is open to all members of the public on the night so why not come along and check it out. Who knows you may even meet the Romeo or Juliet of your dreams!

Credit Union Primary Schools Quiz
Fethard and District Credit Union held their regional stage of the Credit Union Primary Schools Quiz in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 30th January. Schools taking part were Nano Nagle National School, Fethard, St. Patrick’s Boys Primary School, Fethard; Killusty National School and Cloneen National School.

The contestants were extremely anxious and competitive to gain the honours in both Category A and Category B. The victors in Category A hailed from Cloneen National School: Joe Noonan, Ava Meagher, Vivienne Noonan and Niall Mockler. The Category B Winners were from St. Patrick’s Boys National School Fethard who retained their title: Eoghain Hurley, Charlie Manton, Jody Sheehan and Cormac Horan. Both teams will now proceed to the Chapter 10 Quiz in the Granville Hotel Waterford on Sunday 1st March. They will face stiff competition from 15 other Chapter winners in the South East region. Best of luck to them.

Quiz co-ordinator for the evening was Ms Marian Gilpin, President of Fethard & District Credit Union, and the quiz trophies were presented by Jonathan Gilpin, vice-president of Chapter X Irish League of Credit Unions.
Valuable assistance was given by Secondary School pupils, Molly O'Dwyer, Haley Ellis and Mary Ellen O'Reilly.

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