Saturday 4th April 2009

Fethard GAA Medal Presentation Social
Fethard GAA Club had a great night of 2008 Medal Presentations in the Slievenamon Golf Club on Friday 27th March. With Gus Fitzgerald as MC the night commenced with the Ladies Football medal presentations and special guest on the night was South Board Secretary, Noel Byrne and his wife Bernie also Paul Curran (Mullinahone) who had the honour of presenting the 2008 South Intermediate Hurling medals to the players while Noel presented the 2008 South Junior Football medals to players present.
Three special presentations were also made on the night, the first to Noel Byrne by club chairman, Jimmy O’Shea, to mark his attaining office in 2008 as secretary to the South Board. Noel is only the second Fethard man to hold the office in over 100 years the other being Ned Kenrick (1909-1910). It is a great honour for the Fethard Club. Noel also served the Fethard Club as Secretary for eight years over two terms. He is the 13th Secretary of the South Board and had the unique distinction in his first year to serve with another Fethard man Miceál McCormack in the Chair, both from the same Club.
Other presentations on the night were to Michael Ryan, by Mary Godfrey (secretary), to mark his retirement from playing after two decades service to club and county. The third presentation was made to Paul Fitzgerald, by Nicky O’Shea (treasurer), for Paul being the first man to win a Railway Cup Medal for the Fethard Club. The club also presented a bouquet of flowers to both Bernie Byrne and Fiona Ryan.

Table Quiz for 'Missing in Ireland'
A Table Quiz in aid of the 'Missing in Ireland' support service will take place in Butler's Bar, Main Street, at 9.30pm on Friday 3rd April. Your support for this worthwhile service is requested.

GAA Club News
In the County Intermediate Hurling League last Sunday we lost out heavily at home playing very much under-strength to Moyne, on a scoreline, Fethard 1-6, Moyne Templetuohy 4-11.
Our fixtures in Minor A football are this Wednesday 1st April, against Cahir in Ned Hall Park, and on Sunday 5th April, against Clonmel Og in Monroe at 12.15pm.
There was no winner of our Lotto Jackpot. The numbers drawn were 5, 19, 23 and 24. We had three match three winners of €50 to: Vanessa O’Donnell (Monroe Fethard), Bob Maher (Barrack St, Fethard), and Monica O’Shea (Woodvale Walk, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Peter Grant (The Valley, Fethard). Thanks to AIB for supplying the tickets.

The late Ajay Mehta
Ajay Mehta of Carlow, formally The Valley Fethard, passed away on Wednesday 4th March 2009 having just turned 40 years of age two weeks previous. Born in Leister England of Irish/Asian descent, Ajay moved to Fethard in the late 70s with his family. He was a past pupil of Fethard Patrician Brothers Primary and Secondary School and later went on to study Industrial Design at Carlow IT.
During the early 1980s He was an active member of the Fethard ‘Teen Group’, who along with Kay Riordan and other members ran numerous successful activities and discos for the youth of Fethard.
He had a love of theatre and the arts and was very proud to be part of the FAS Youth Training team who in 1985 began work on restoring the derelict Fethard Mill into the Abymill Theatre the town has today.
His great passion in life was design and photography where this enthusiasm spilled over as lighting technician in several productions for the Hogan Musical Society. He was part of the company whom during the 1980s produced the acclaimed ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ amongst others.
In 1987 as a teenager he fell ill with cancer and underwent surgery for Hodgkin’s disease. To combat the effects of chemotherapy he started Fethard’s first newspaper round delivering daily papers to local households. Even though he was plagued with disabilitating illnesses throughout his life, he had a generous, gentle and courageous spirit. His is a light that shall never go out.
Heartfelt gratitude to the people of Fethard for their kindness and support shown to Ajay and his family. Ajay’s months mind mass is on at the Parish Church Fethard Sunday 5th April at 11am.

Ruth Dillon for Backroom Sessions
Galway based singer, Ruth Dillon, who originally hails from Clonmel is the latest to play in the Backroom Sessions in McCarthy’s. Ruth flirted with music for years before she was heard singing by Dolores Keane’s musical director, John Faulkner, in a bar in San Francisco. She spent the next five years touring Europe, Scandinavia and the United States with Dolores and her band, always getting a chance to do her solo slot at each show. Dolores also asked her to join her on the ‘Woman’s Heart 10 Years On Tour’, where she shared a stage with Maura O’Connell, Mary Coughlin, Eleanor McEvoy and Cara Dillon. All this time, Ruth was writing her own music and preparing her first album.
Ruth has also performed with such luminaries as Richard Thompson, Jack L, Ron Sexsmith, Luka Bloom, Altan, Sharon Shannon and Juniper (that’s Bell X 1 with Damien Rice to those that don’t know).
Joining Ruth in McCarthy’s is American bluegrass player Tom Hanway. Tom graduated college with a BA in legal studies, but gave it up for a life in music. He has shared the stage with Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, Levon Helm (The Band), and Bill Keith among others. Together they play McCarthy’s on Friday 17th April. Tickets are €12 from McCarthy’s. Contact 086 8119625

Fethard Youth Café
The Youth Café will open on this Saturday from 3pm to 5pm and now we expect to open after school from 4pm to 6pm on certain days to be decided soon. All members will be notified by text as to new day and night time opening hours and other events. Now is the time to join up if you want to be included. 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 last night’s training for Fethard Youth Café volunteers takes place on this Thursday night, 2nd April, at 8pm when Carmel O’Neill from Tipperary Regional Youth Service will speak on ‘Substance Misuse / Policies’. The topic last week, was on ‘Child Protection’ which covered many categories of abuse, observation, reporting, bullying, policies, and code of behaviour for adults. We had fifteen volunteers attending: Bobbi Holohan, Joe Kenny, Paul Shanahan, Marian Noonan, Fiona Cleverley, Kyle O’Donnell, Rita Kenny, Brian Sheehy, Anne Butler, Marie Murphy, Edwina Newport, Ger Manton, Brud Roche, Lisa O’Donnell and Peter Grant. New adult volunteers are very welcome to come along on this Thursday night and missed training sessions can be undertaken at a later date.

Fethard and District Rugby Club News
Our under 12s and 10s hosted neighbours Carrick-on-Suir on Sunday morning last. The Fethard panel was depleted due to Confirmation in Killenaule and Moyglass, but two well-matched teams faced off and produced a great game of rugby. Fethard won by 8 tries to 4 and in doing so showed great running and handling skills, with quick ball releasing Kyle Walsh on four occasions to score 4 tries. Others to score were Shane Cleere, Tommy Anglim and Adam Fitzgerald.
Ben Murray played his first game as scrum-half and put in a great performance. The forwards were very strong throughout with James Harrington breaking the gain line at will. Others to impress on the day were Ciaran White for his tackling, while Tiernan O’Neil, Ruairí Hayes, Adam Keeley, Cathal Meagher, Cathal O’Donnell and Paul Moloney all put in personal best performances.
All these young lads will now compete to represent Fethard in an International Blitz in Waterpark next week-end where they will play against Piratii of Italy, Dublin, Cork Con., Shannon, Gorey, Kilkenny, Wexford Town and Seapoint. This is a great opportunity for these young lads to showcase their rugby skills against some of the best junior teams in Ireland, and one from Italy giving this event an International flavour. It’s a great occasion for our club and it reflects very well on the coaches as we are the only team, apart from our hosts from East Munster, involved in this prestigious event.
Training this Friday evening at 6:30pm when the panels travelling to Waterpark will be named. These lads will be very busy over Easter as they also compete in the Clonmel hosted Easter blitz. Good Luck to all.

Fethard Bridge Club Results
On Wednesday 18th March we played for prizes sponsored by Alice Quinn and Berney Myles and the results were:
1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh (prize winners);
2nd Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara;
1st Nett: Rita Holohan and Mary Delaney;
2nd Nett: Kathleen Kenny and Breda O’Grady.
The results of our game on Wednesday 25th March were:
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh;
1st Nett: Anna Ryan and Joan Kelly;
2nd Nett: Kay Walsh and Rose Lonergan.
Our Club Championship starts on Wednesday 8th April and runs for three weeks. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles 32038.

Fethard Macra News
Best of luck to our club members representing South Tipperary in the semifinal of the drama competition taking place in Mallow this weekend. Club members climbed the Galtee Mountains last week. Our next climb is planned for Keepers Hill in a few weeks time.
Macra is a voluntary organisation for all aged from 17-35. The organisation consists of a nationwide network of clubs with six key areas of activity: agriculture, sports, travel, public speaking, performing arts and community involvement. Macra is committed to the personal development of members and puts emphasis on social interaction and participation. We are currently looking for new members in Fethard. If you are anywhere in the 17-35 age group and interested in joining our club contact Michael (087-9019443), check out our Bebo page <FethardM> or email us at fethardmacra@gmail.com.

Senator Phil Prendergast for Fethard AGM
Senator Phil Prendergast will address the AGM of the Fethard branch of the Labour Party on Monday night next 6th April at 8pm in the Tirry Centre. Cllr. Denis Landy and Cllr. Jim Drohan will also be in attendance. This an exciting and essential time to be involved in politics so come along and get active, all are welcome.

Carne Holiday Centre Closed
St. Vincent de Paul would like to inform all the senior citizens who look forward to participating on their annual holiday to the Carne Holiday Centre, Co. Wexford, that the centre is closed this year and alternative arrangements will have to be made. We will let you know details as soon as these are completed.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 25th March were 1, 11, 16 and 28. We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner so three tickets were drawn and the following won €50 each:
Eileen Tobin, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
P.J. Lonergan, The Square, Fethard;
Trish Kearney, Coolmore Stud, Fethard.
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
J. Cooney, c/o Tom Purcell;
Breda Wilson, Rathkenny, Drangan;
Breda Burke, Main Street, 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 in England
The death has occurred on 6th March, in Lincoln City, England, of Mr Billy Mackey, aged 69, and formerly from Redcity, Fethard. Billy won a minor medal with Fethard in 1957 and left for England in 1959. The family would like to thank the Fethard GAA for supplying the Fethard colours for his funeral. Billy was interred in Newport Cemetery, Lincoln.

Daffodil Day Success
The organisers of this years Daffodil Day would like to sincerely thank all those who supplied flowers on the day, the Transition Year students who helped sell the daffodils outside Kenny's Centra, the Post Office and in the schools, and all who purchased and supported the day. Over €3,018 was raised in aid of the Irish Cancer Society for which we are most grateful.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
It has been a busy week for the Juvenile Club with the start of the first round of the south football championship
Under-12s were away to Ballyporeen on Saturday of last week and were not so lucky in the first round of their championship bid. It was with great pride and pleasure that we were able to introduce four girls onto the team — Katie Butler, Annie Prout, Laura Ryan and Jessie McCarthy. It has been a while since we have had girls to play on this age group team and we wish the Under-12s better luck in their next match when they are at home to Mullinahone on Saturday 4th April at 12 noon in the GAA field. Members will be given all details at training.
The Under-14s had a challenge match at home on Sunday last week in the run-up to the start of their championship and came away with a very convincing win against Mullinahone
Under-16s are away to Clonmel Commercials on Monday night in the first round of their south championship bid. Results next week. Good luck to this team.
Parents and players are asked to please note that the Under-10s are back training on Friday 24th April at 7pm after the Easter break in the School Field. Please note Under-10s only!

Training for Under-12/14/16s takes place on Monday and Thursday evenings at 7.15pm in the GAA field. These days and times are a permanent fixture and members will be noted if there are any changes.
Parents are asked to please note that membership fees are now due and can be paid at training, €10 per member. These fees must be paid for insurance purposes. Thank you.
The club would also like to congratulate some of their U-14 and U-16 members who are representing their club and the South in both hurling and football.
Well done to David Hayes, Dion Butler and Brian Healy who are presently training with the U-14 South Football Development Squad and have a match against the West next week. Good luck! To Aaron Conran, Brian Delahunty and Owen Fitzgerald who represented their club and the South in the U-16 hurling on Saturday last week when they defeated the West after extra time. Also to Andy O Donovan, Willie Quigley, Eddity Crotty, Eugene Walsh, Shay Coen and Michael Moroney who are all busy taking part in the Football and Hurling Coaching foundation course.
If you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact the club chairman Fran Conran 0871329694 who would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Results of the Community Games Area Art Finals are as follows:
U-8 Girls: (1) Jennifer Phelan, (2) Ciara Connolly, (3) Megan Ryan.
U-8 Boys: (1) Matthew Burke, (2) Cathal Ryan, (3) Richard Robinson.
U-10 Girls: (1) Sarah Slattery, (2) Roisín McDonnell, (3) Katie Ryan.
U-10 Boys: (1) Conor Harrington, (2) Gavin Mullally, (3) Jack Pollard.
U-12 Girls: (1) Sadbh Horan, (2) Cassandra Needham, 3 Rachel O’Meara.
U-12 Boys: (1) Francis Holohan, (2) Ronan Coffey, (3) Harry Butler.
U-14 Girls: (1) Larissa Clancy, (2) Katie Butler (3) Lily Lee.
U-14 Boys: (1) Tommy Anglim, (2) Cormac Horan.
The first two in each of the above events may go to the County Final which will take place in Gortnahoe Community Hall on this Saturday, 4th April, commencing at 12 noon. Entry Fee is €2. Medals will be awarded to the first three places at county finals with the winner of each event going forward to the HSE Community Fames National Finals in Athlone on the weekend of 22nd to 24th May.
Results of Tots Competition (which do not go any further than area level) are: (1) Natasha McGarry, (2) Keenan Ahearne, and (3) Emma Lyons.

Hunting News
The Tipperary Foxhounds promoted a most successful Point-to-Point meeting at Lisronagh on Sunday last 29th March. They hold their annual Hunter Trials at Rochestown, Cahir, on Friday next 10th April. Rochestown is a new venue by kind permission of Mrs D.P. O’Brien and Ms Yvonne McClintock. The course has been designed by Mr Michael Higgens M.F.H. Start is 9am.
The Tipperary Foxhounds finished their season with a meet at Drombane by invitation of the Golden Vale Foxhounds.

The Golden Vale Foxhounds
The Golden Vale Foxhounds were founded in 1945 by Mr Tim Hyde, Camas. Tim Hyde, a leading National Hunt jockey of his time, rode Workman, winner of the Grand National 1939 and the great Prince Regent, winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup 1945. Tim Hyde hunted the northern side of the Tipperary country by agreement with the Tipperary committee and Mrs Sylvia Masters, master and huntsman with the Gallant Tipps. Mrs Masters was the only lady to actually hunt the Tipperary Foxhounds in their 190 years history.
Following a riding accident in the show ring, Tim Hyde was forced to give up hunting in the early 1950s and the Golden Vale hunt was disbanded. Captain Williams, who took over Mastership of the Tipps c.1954 re-opened the Golden Vale area which he hunted up to 1974 when the Golden Vale was reformed by Tim Hyde junior. They are still going strong up to the present day. They have always worked in harmony with the Tipperary Foxhounds and strong links have always been maintained between the two hunts. Tim Hyde junior, who hunted the Golden Vales up to 1987 was sequentially Master or Joint Master of the Tipps 1992-2002.
A current Master of the Golden Vales, Pat Lyons, is a member of the Tipperary Hunt and a regular follower, while Tim Hyde, grandson of the original founder of the Golden Vales is a prominent committee member.

Allotments available in secure walled garden near Fethard
Garden lovers who may not have the space to grow their own flowers, fruit or vegetables can now avail of allotments for rent in a secure walled garden two miles from Fethard on the Clonmel Road. Allotments are a great hobby. They're cheap, you get healthy exercise without having to pay for a gym or run around in circles and you get to eat healthy fruit and vegetables. For further details contact Linda at 086 3904040 or Helen at 087 2295650.

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