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Saturday 21st February 2009

Youth Centre ‘Open Day’ Saturday 3pm to 5pm
Fethard Youth Centre will be open on this coming Saturday. 28th February, from 3pm to 5pm, for parents to view the premises, present members and for those intending to become members. Teenagers aged 14 to 19 are invited to come along and register for membership.

We will also accept application forms from teenagers attending 1st Year or aged 13 years of age. This will entitle limited membership on special nights, to be decided at a later date.

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 and can also be downloaded from the Fethard website.

The Youth Café will be provisionally open for members on Saturday afternoons for the time being. The official opening will take place later in the year when the modifications and fittings are completed.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 18th February were 1, 9, 16 and 28. We had no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150:
Philly Kenny, The Green, Fethard.
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Bill Pollard, c/o Tom Purcell;
Breda Ryan, Coolmoyne Cross, Fethard;
Nick Stokes, Knockbordan, 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.

Juvenile GAA Club’s AGM
Fethard Juvenile GAA club will hold our AGM (tonight) Thursday 26th February in the Tirry Center at 8pm. We encourage as many as possible to attend.
The under-12s, 14s and 16s have been training for the last three weeks on Wednesday nights in the GAA field and we have been getting a good attendance. It is hoped that regular training will commence for all teams next week under the guidance of our new team mentors.
Our deepest sympathy lies with Keith Delahunty and his family on their recent bereavement. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Senior Day
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold a ‘Senior Day’ on Friday 27th February from 11am. The local District Nurse and Chiropodist will be in attendance.

Table Quiz for Day Care Centre
A Table Quiz will be held in Butler’s Bar, Main Street, in aid of Fethard & District Day Care Centre at 9.30pm on this Friday 27th February. Please come along and support.

Fethard ladies Football Club
There was a good attendance at the annual general meeting of Fethard Ladies Football Club which took on Friday night last, 20th February. Plans were made for the coming year and the following officers were elected: President Fr Tom Breen P.P., Chairman Thomas McCarthy, Vice Chairperson Sandra Maher, Hon Sec. Joseph Keane, Assistant Sec.

Fiona Conway, Hon Treasurer Maureen McCarthy, Child Protection Officer Maureen McCarthy. Delegates to County Board are: Thomas McCarthy, Joseph Keane, Paddy Cooney and Patsy Lawrence. Training Officers for U-10: Maureen McCarthy, Sandra Maher, Hannah Daly, Fay Manton, Mary Jane Kearney, Louis O’Donnell and Jo Jo Keane.

Training Selectors for U-12 and U-14: Michael Ryan, Michael Hayes and Denis Burke. Training Selectors for U-16: Thomas McCarthy, Joseph Keane and Paddy Cooney. Junior Trainers/Selectors: Aiden Lonergan, Sandra Maher, Thomas McCarthy and Ian Kenrick.
The club is open to all players, junior or underage. All are welcome to come along and give it a go. Under age training will commence shortly.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games U-14 Juvenile Quiz
County final of the U-14 juvenile Quiz will take place on Friday night, 6th March in the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles at 7.30pm. Panel of six on a team (four and two subs) and the cost is €6 per team. Areas may send as many teams as they wish to this event, which results in a prize for two teams at the May weekend in Athlone.

Team may be either all boys, all girls, or mixed.There are many bright young people in our schools so please try and made a few teams this year and remember they must be all living in the parish. Further enquiries to 052 6131906.

Fethard & Killusty Angling Club
Fethard & Killusty Angling Club will hold their Annual General Meeting in the Tirry Community Centre, this Friday night, 27th February at 8pm. Members only.

Cheltenham Preview Night
A Cheltenham Preview Night, in aid of charity, will be held in Butler’s Sports Bar on this Thursday 26th February. All are welcome. The Cheltenham preview, commencing at 8.30pm, will be presented by jockey Ken Whelan and guests. Come along for a great night’s fun and all for a great cause.

Fethard And District Rugby Club
Our under 11s travelled to Clonmel to play a blitz against Thurles and the hosts Clonmel. They faced a very strong Clonmel team in the first game and lost by 6 tries to 2. Despite the score-line we saw great performances from Denis Fogarty, Jack Gleeson, Tom Stakelum, Darren Prout and Darren Keeley.

These young lads then took on Thurles and they showed great character in defeating them comprehensively with nearly all the young Fethard lads scoring. They demonstrated great running and passing skills in doing so while Ciaran White was tackling in the Denis Leamy style. Others to impress were Jack Stapleton, Tiernan O’Neill, David Heffernan, Padraig Norton, Niall Prendergast and Owen McCormack.

Our under 12s also took on the hosts Clonmel first and had a great win on a score-line of 5 tries to 2. The Fethard lads’ running game was tremendous with Kyle Walsh playing on the wing being particularly impressive running in a hat-trick. Tommy Anglim and Shane Cleere scored a try each. Cian O’Connell playing very well through while James Harington’s tackling saved Fethard on a number of occasions when many of his colleagues were missing in action.

They then played Thurles and although tiring they showed great resolve winning by 3 tries to 2. Our speedy winger Kyle Walsh again getting on the score sheet, with Cian O’Connell and Shane Cleere also scoring. Others playing well on the day were Tomas McGabhann, Rory Hayes, Adam Fitzgerald, Cathal Maher and Cathal O’Donnell.
Our under 16s hosted Cashel at home in a very useful challenge with both teams using 4 or 5 under 18s, they played 3 20minute sections with all players getting game time.

These 2 teams always bring out the best in each other and we were not disappointed today with a close intense game which ended in a 5 all draw. Both teams produced some great forward play with equally exciting and thrilling running. Both sets of coaches were pleased and saw the areas needing work as the cup competitions begin in earnest next week-end. We would like to thank Cashel for travelling to play this game.

Our under 14s played host to Thurles and recorded a thrilling win in the 3rd game of their league season. This was always going to be a tough game against a strong Thurles team but Fethard showed their true character by putting Thurles under pressure from the very first minute of the game forcing them to make simple mistakes and then capitalising on them.

The first try came from some great teamwork and ball handling with Jack McCarthy holding onto a very awkward ball, which he popped up for Dylan Fitzgerald to cross the line, which he then duly converted. Thurles refused to give up and came back with a try of their own. The score stood at 7- 5 at half time.

The second half of the game proved to be a thrilling 25 minutes with Thurles coming back yet again putting Fethard forwards under severe pressure/. The forwards, consisting of Garreth Lawrence, Gavin Delaney, Luke Keating, Jack McCarthy, Sean White, Kevin Hall, Dan Walsh and Owen Walsh, were all outstanding and showed their true colours by holding off Thurles time and time again. Jimmy Phelan, Fethard’s full back, started the game slightly under pressure but showed that this is a place on the field that he could well contend with by putting in some great runs and big hard tackles.

Fethard backs, consisting of David Hayes, Kieran Walsh, Colin Maher, James Butler, Tadhg Fogarty, Jimmy Phelan and Dylan Fitzgerald, were very quick in defence and up on the attacking line which forced Thurles to make mistakes and again Fethard were able to score a try with Dylan Fitzgerald making a great run down the sideline scoring their 2nd try of the game. This try was duly converted by David Hayes. In the dying minutes of the game Thurles came back and scored a try to leave the scoreline at 14 - 10. A much better effort by this under-14 team and keep up the good work.

Fethard Macra
Our Fethard table quiz team representing South Tipp travelled to Abbeyleix to take part in the National Final of the Question Time competition. There were over 20 teams from all over the country taking part in the competition. After valiant efforts from Michael, Darren, Kevin and Una unfortunately we were just pipped at the post.

The Romeo and Juliet night which took place recently in Cashel was a great success with over 200 people in attendance on the night and hopefully plenty of new love matches made! Money raised on the night for Coiscéim Eile will be presented to the charity in the coming weeks. Well done and thanks to the organizing committee of the event for a great night out.

Rehearsals are continuing apace for our entry into this years Drama competition. Edmund, Holly, Michael and Una with the invaluable help of our producer Martha Sheehan are currently rehearsing the drama ‘Blood and Time’. This is a drama exploring the impact of marital separation on a modern day contemporary family.
We are currently organizing basketball and volleyball competitions. Watch this space for further details.

For further information about the club contact Michael (087-9019443) or email fethardmacra@gmail.com or check out our Macra page ‘FethardM’ on Bebo. We are always looking for new members so if you are looking for a new and diverse range of interests and a great way to make new friends locally check us out!

Hunting News
From ‘The Sceach’, at Ballinure on Monday, following a few circles of the covert hounds hunted across the Dualla Road to the plantation where he was left. Noan Wood proved blank. Moving to the big covert on the adjoining Moor hounds found again.

Hounds persevered here in poor scent eventually forcing Charlie out. Running back to Noan they hunted to the Laffansbridge end of the covert and back to the back avenue gate where he got to ground.
From Cappawhite, on Wednesday, following a short run from the spinney under the Annacarty Road hounds finished the day here with a very good afternoons hunting in the Toem area.

Derry described the country here as first class hunting country and said he will make a return visit. The pack and followers were also pleased with the hearty ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ and wishes for a return visited by Cappawhite followers. We took the opportunity to visit the new state of the art Community Centre, not so long opened in Cappawhite. The centre is a fantastic example of what can be done in a rural community, with leaders a hard working committee, coupled with true community spirit and commitment.

Ballyluskey on Thursday held a plentiful supply of foxes. One of three from the first draw on the left of the Killenaule Road was hunted towards Shanakyle and lost. From the Glen behind Guinan’s a fox provided a fast twenty minutes to Ruttle’s Glen. In the afternoon they hunted from Hugh O’Donnell’s over the hill by The Cross and left-handed to John Farrell’s where they lost him.

The day concluded with a run from Phelan’s to the top road and left-handed back to Ballyluskey where he got to ground in a cleft in the stone quarry.

Catherine Austen, hunting correspondent of ‘Horse and Hound’, was greatly impressed by the Tipperary Foxhounds and huntsman Derry Donegan on her recent visit to Tipperary when she hunted with the Tipps. Her first impression was that “they were a lovely pack for looks”. She also added “you could go a long way and not find such a well made level pack who hunt lightly together ‘with voices that rang like bells’”.

Following her description of the days hunting she concluded her article by stating, “we hacked back to the boxes in failing light after a busy day in unhelpful scenting conditions, courtesy of a top-class huntsman and his hounds”. She added that Peter Dell, of Ballindenisk, summed it up later when he said, with satisfaction, “that’s a proper pack”. And, so say all of us.

The Tipperary Foxhounds fund-raising ride, in conjunction with Moyglass Community Centre committee, proved an outstanding success. Held in ideal weather, the ride attracted 120 riders, aged from ten to seven tens.

The route, through Clonbrogan, Farranaleen to Knockinglass, across the New Line to Blackmore’s and Kennedy’s. Crossing the Killenaule Road by Rathmoley to Graystown, left-handed to Buffana, right-handed from here over the hill to Knockforla, left-handed to Beechmount and left again back by Arbour Hill to the village. Refreshments were served in The Village Inn to all riders on their return. The course was reckoned to cover almost fifteen to twenty miles. Well done to the course planners and the members of the hall committee who helped in preparing the route.

With the White Heathers
Most disappointing for the Ballyluskey White Heathers, from Orchardstown on Sunday, to discover that the coverts to be first drawn had been shot over that morning. With the game-shooting season over obviously foxes were the quarry of the gunmen on Sunday.

Result, the hounds did not find until almost 3pm. The day however did conclude on a brighter note with two runs from the plantation at Ballyhomeen, they ran to the Clerihan / D’arcy’s Cross Road where he went to ground. From Mr. Matt Hennessey’s they ran to near D’arcy’s Cross where they crossed the road to Mocklerstown. They were stopped here at 5.30pm. However, there will be days like this and it was just unfortunate on the day especially with a large crowd out. Sincere thanks to the Ronan family for the hospitality dispensed.

Fairtrade Fortnight, 23rd February – 8th March
‘Make it Happen – Choose Fairtrade’ is the theme for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight which will highlight the continued growth in Fairtrade sales and support in Ireland. Stocking Fairtrade mark products isn’t just the ethical thing to do – it’s also good for business and many shops in Fethard are now stocking a selection of Fairtrade products. These products can easily be identified by the ‘Fairtrade Mark’.

Fairtrade Mark Ireland was established in 1992 to promote justice in trade between Irish consumers and producers and workers in developing countries. Fairtrade products are sourced directly from the producer ensuring the producer receives a fair and stable price for their products. The organisation is supported by all the main development agencies including ActionAid Ireland, Concern, Christian Aid, Comhlámh, Oxfam Ireland, Trócaire, Amnesty International, and by the ICTU.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council passed a resolution to work towards achieving Fairtrade town status for Fethard. This can be achieved by following the following five steps:

(1) Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade products (for example, in meetings, offices and canteens).

(2) A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area’s retail outlets (shops, supermarkets, newsagents and petrol stations) and served in local catering outlets (cafés, restaurants, pubs).

(3) Local workplaces and community organisations (places of worship, schools, universities, colleges and other community organisations) support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products whenever possible.

(4) Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.

(5) A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure the Fairtrade Town campaign continues to develop and gain new support.

The next time you are shopping look for Fairtrade products and if you can’t find them, ask your shopkeeper. ‘Make it Happen – Choose Fairtrade!’

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