Saturday 14th February 2009

Youth Centre membership open to 14-year-olds up to 19-year-olds
Youths from Fethard and district aged 14 to 16 are invited to come along and register for membership on Saturday next 21st February at Fethard Youth Café between 2pm and 4pm. Intending members are asked to bring along a €5 registration fee and proof of age.

Membership forms are available from the Community Office in Barrack Street, Newport’s Newsagency, Patrician Presentation Secondary School (after midterm break) and can also be downloaded from the Fethard website.

Parents, adults and accompanying children are also welcome to come along during these hours to view the Youth Centre which is currently being fitted with furnishings and equipment. The Youth Café will be provisionally open for members use from weekending 1st March with the official opening taking place later in the year when all the premises is completed.


Trade Fairly on Tuesday 24th February in Fethard
Nano Nagle National School Fethard will host a sale of Third World Goods on Tuesday 24th February at 7pm in the school. The products for sale will include jewellery, t-shirts, table linen, quilts, toys, scarves, bags and purses all supplied by ‘Sharing Fair’ and ‘Fairtrade’ foodstuffs (tea, coffee, juices, rice, chocolate nuts etc.) which will be supplied by Kinsale Distributers and The Honey Pot, Clonmel.

‘Sharing Fair’ is a project of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd which markets items made by women in developing countries whose circumstances have brought them in contact with the sisters. One hundred percent of the proceeds is returned to the women and girls in the form of new orders, providing them with hope, dignity and sustainability.

“The experience of globalisation for some of the world’s most vulnerable people has been increasing income inequality, job losses and environmental damage. ‘Fairtrade’ pays producers a fair price for goods, giving consumers the opportunity to help redress the imbalance between rich and poor and help break the poverty cycle. It has experienced increasing success in the past ten years.”
We ask you to please come along and lend your support at 7pm in the school on Tuesday 24th February.


Best wishes Jennifer
Congratulations and best wishes to local lady, Jennifer Dalton, Dip Reflexology L.S.C.R. M.N.R.R.I. who has now started a Reflexology Clinic at ‘Top 2 Toe Treatments’ in Main Street. Jennifer will be in attendance on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 5pm and Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 8pm. Saturdays by request.

Reflexology is beneficial for reduction of stress and inducing relaxation, improving circulation, cleansing the body of toxins, revitalizing energy and balancing the whole system, so now is the time to prepare for Spring. Jennifer is accredited by VHA, Quinn, and Hivernian Aviva. We hope her new venture will go well.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 11th February were 2, 17, 26 and 31.  We had no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150:
Cathy O'Brien, The Square, Fethard (who purchased ticket on-line).
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Agnes Evans, Congress Terrace, Fethard;
Angela O'Sullivan, Killeens, Ballynonty;
Corina Roe, Monkstown, Dublin.
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 Bridge Club Results
On Wednesday 4th February we played the first round of the Player of the Year Competition and the results were:
1st Gross: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny;
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
1st Nett: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey;
2nd Nett: Kathleen Kenny and Philly Kenny. 
On Wednesday, 11th February we played the second round of our Player of the Year competition which was a change of partner and the results were:
1st Gross: Carmel Condon and Alice Quinn;
2nd Gross: Kathleen Kenny and Anna Cooke;
1st Nett: Berney Myles and Anne Connolly;
2nd Nett: Frances Burke and Marie Delaney.
Looking for a partner, please contact Berney Myles at 32038.


Karate Club
Fethard’s Shotokan Karate Club opened its doors to new members on Tuesday 17th February 2009 and training is held at the Ballroom from 8pm to 9pm. Training is open to all and we look forward to seeing new members come along to the club. 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.
Training costs are seniors €8, juniors €6 and family rates are available. 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.


Juvenile GAA Club’s AGM
Fethard Juvenile GAA club will hold our AGM on Thursday 26th February in the Tirry Center at 8pm. We would like to welcome all parents and senior club members to attend as this year is the 125th anniversary of the GAA. We would like it to be a very special year for our club, our juveniles, and would also hope to have a very successful one.
On Wednesday last at 7pm we held training in GAA field for under-12s, 14s, 16s and will continue to do so until selectors are appointed.


Fethard Ladies Football Club
The annual general meeting of Fethard Ladies Football Club will take place this Friday night, February 20th in the Tirry Community Centre at 8pm.
Teams are entered in under-12, under-14, under-16 and junior age groups. We will hold an under-10 blitz in early May. We hope to see a good turn out at the meeting.
The support of parents is very important it is vital to keep young people involved in sport especially in these current times.


The Fionn Mac Cumhaill Players
There are still a few parts left for ‘Juno and the Paycock’, so if anyone is interested the players would love to hear from you. It is hoped to stage this production in Cloneen end of March or first week in April. If interested ring 086-0834208 or 0868871467.


Ladbrokes to open in Fethard
Ladbrooks, part of Ladbrokes PLC, the world's leading online betting and gaming company, are due to open a new branch in Fethard, on The Square, next week. Ladbrooks also provide customers with interactive betting services from their website.


An Intimate Night
Mick Hanly has a way with words. He started the night apologizing to the audience in McCarthy’s because he had a throat infection which hindered his singing and a finger injury from a gardening accident which nearly halted his guitar playing, but he fought on, and won. 

His skill as a wordsmith kept the audience as attentive when explaining his songs as when he was singing them. Mick has forged a living from music since the 1960s when he gave up the pensionable job with the ESB, to his parent’s dismay, to forge a life in the music industry.

Mick’s songs are about real life situations, warts and all.  There was a song to his parents who had passed away before he had his major success with ‘Past the Point of Rescue’, a song to his stepson, a keeper of ‘shellakabookies’ as a boy who ended up in the US marines as a slightly older boy, terrifying his parents until his tour of duty was over in Iraq, where 50 per cent of his platoon came home in coffins, as well as the poignant ‘My Love Is In America’, which he recorded with Dolores Keane, about a woman in Ireland wishing that her love was at home with her in the recessionary 1980s and not working abroad to support his family.

Unfortunately, the song is topical once again as the Irish are heading overseas to support their families.There was also a lot of good humoured banter. He spoke and sang of his early life as a musician doing what young men do, namely touring, carousing, getting pissed and suffering the consequences.

And the audience enjoyed it. His voice finally gave way during ‘Past The Point Of Rescue’, but the audience were content to sing the chorus for him.  It was an enjoyable intimate night.  He has promised to return later in the year to sing and entertain in full voice. We look forward to the visit.

The next back room session is on Saturday 14th March with Philip Donnelly. Tickets are €10 from McCarthy’s. Thanks to Premier Music in Clonmel for the PA.


Hunting News
Scenting conditions, which had been very good since Christmas, seem to have deteriorated last week providing days of mixed fortune with regard to hunting.  A fox from the first draw at Springhill, from Killenaule on Monday, crossed the road at Springhill House entrance.  Hounds, slow to get away, hunted to the big covert.  Hunting well here Charlie left and crossed the Laffansbridge Road to the big bog plantation where he was left. 

Drawing back over Church Hill, Laffansbridge Gorse held a brace.  One of these ran across the road, through the Quarry to Burnchurch and left-handed to Hassett’s.  Late in the afternoon a fox from Lahart’s ran down to Councillor John Fahey’s to the fir grove.  By now, in a biting east wind, scent was almost non-existent and he was left.

A very good run was enjoyed from D’arcy’s Cross on Wednesday.  Finding near David Flanagan’s they ran to Liam Quirkes, through Moorestown, over the hill, they ran to Walsh’s Plantation.  Twenty minutes good covert hunting followed here before they pushed their fox out at the Coleman end.  Crossing Walsh’s Avenue they ran through Joe Hanley’s where the fox did an about turn, running back through Des Hunt’s where they lost him.  This was a good run of just over one hour. 

Scent was very much improved for Cloneen, on Saturday, where hounds were hunting well.  From the Quarry, at the village, they crossed the Fethard Road.  Hunting through Britton’s, they ran to the fort on the Hilltop at O’Brien’s.  Right-handed here they crossed the Cloneen / Drangan Road to O’Donovan’s, Tullacussane, where he got to ground.

From Ballinard, in the afternoon, they hunted through Harrington’s to Thomas Ronan’s and back to the Wood.  From here they crossed the road to Rathkenny, through here and on to O’Halloran’s where he got to ground.  A good day concluded with a nice run from Byrne’s Rock, down to Byrneskill they crossed the road to Grove.  Crossing the road he ran right-handed to Muilleannbawn where he re-crossed the road, ran through Joe Murphy’s and back to Byrne’s where he got to ground in the Eleven Acres. 


With the White Heathers
Very poor scent was once again the order of the day at Drangan on Sunday.  The first fox found in Knockroe was quickly lost, Mullally’s Gorse held.  This fox, slow to leave the Gorse, was hunted back to Knockroe where they lost him.  Drawing Glenmuicaduibhe they hunted down to the Bridge where he turned and was quickly lost.  Knockuragh, in the afternoon, held a leash.  Once again, hounds, which have been hunting well all season, could do little in the prevailing conditions. 

Winner of the February monthly draw was Ms Nicola Neylon, second prize was won by Don Lyons.  May we remind all our friends, followers and supporters that our annual big draw takes place on Monday, 16th March.  Tickets are €5 each, with books of five tickets at €20.  Prize fund: First €500; Second €200 and Third €100.  Support greatly appreciated. 
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers hold a Lawn Meet, courtesy of Mr & Mrs Jack Ronan and family, at Orchardstown House on this Sunday, 22nd February at 11am.


Fethard & Killusty Community Council AGM
The annual general meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 10th March at 8.30pm in the Tirry Centre. All are welcome.

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