Saturday 2nd May 2009

Well done to ‘Premier Star’ Laura
On Saturday night last, 25th April, at the Premier Hall in Thurles, Laura Rice from Brookhill beat the cream of the county to win the coveted ‘Tipp FM Premier Star’ award. Over the past few months Tipp FM held auditions in twenty-six secondary schools in the county in search for their ‘Premier Star’. Laura, representing the Patrician Presentation Secondary School, successfully came through the regional heats, singing her own songs on all occasions, and reached the final along with eighteen other top class acts. This was one of the biggest events of its kind ever run by any local radio station in Ireland.
Laura introduced her new song called ‘Four People’ and then stole the heart of the judges with her very original performance. The five judges, Sarah McCormack, representing Tipp FM; Mark Hickey, Premier Music, Clonmel; Fran O'Donnell, Limerick, former entertainment manager University Concert Hall; Denis Allen, singer songwriter; and Joe Gallagher, GAF Studios, New Inn; were very impressed with Laura’s song writing ability and her confidence on stage while performing.
Philip Donnelly entertained the crowd while the judging was taking place.
Excitement mounted when the judges returned and awarded their ‘Special Award’ to Debbie Gleeson from the Ursuline Convent, Thurles, before announcing the overall ‘Premier Star’ winner, Laura Rice from the Patrician Presentation Secondary School in Fethard. To loud applause, Laura was presented with a beautiful Tipperary Crystal trophy, a cheque for €1,000 sponsored by Premier Music Clonmel, and a recording contract sponsored by GAF Studios in New Inn. Tipp FM will also give Laura’s song one months ‘priority playlist’ at their radio station.
The packed crowd in the Premier Hall were in awe of the standard of the talent from the 19 different acts that took part in the final and the standard of singing and musicianship was unprecedented. Roll along next year!

What do you think of Europe?
Do you have an opinion about Ireland in relation to Europe? On anything? Have the powers that be robbed us of our National identity and turned us into “good Europeans”? Have they over or under regulated us? Could you care less? And why am I asking?
It’s because a reporter from the BBC will be calling to Fethard on Wednesday 6th May to get the opinions of Irish people prior to the European elections. She will be in McCarthy’s at around six o’clock that evening, so if you want to say something to her, come along. It will be broadcast on a number of BBC channels, as well as on their website and on the BBC World Service.

Interested in Mountain Biking?
Anyone interested in taking part in ‘Mountain Biking’ are invited to join Tipperary Mountain Biking Club. The group was formed over a year ago and there is now around thirty active members from Fethard, Clonmel, Cashel and surrounding areas, ranging in age from 15 to 60.
We bike over all surrounding woodland and mountain trails. Spins take place every weekend and during the summer months, one or two extra evenings. Check out our website at: www.tipperarymountainbikers.org for information about organised outings, times and meeting places etc.
We also take a trip to the purpose built mountain bike trails in Ballyhoura, Co Limerick, about once a month where there are over 90 km of trails available.
We welcome new members who can contact local Fethard members: Dr Alan Moore, Philip O’Donnell and Michael Lyons for more information, or by email at: osnoyl@hotmail.com

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 22nd April were 6, 12, 14 and 19.  We had no Jackpot winner and three ‘Match 3’ winners who won €50 each:
Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Rita Kane, Kerry Street, Fethard;
Christy Williams, Killusty, Fethard.
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Eleanor Roche, Strylea, Fethard;
Sarah Mullins, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Ryan Walsh, c/o Tracy Walsh, Woodlands, Kilnockin.
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.

May Procession on Sunday 10th May
The annual May Procession takes place on Sunday evening, 10th May, leaving the Parish Church at 7pm for the Augustinian Abbey grounds. Please come along with your families and keep this local tradition alive. The month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary in many cultures and is considered the season of the beginning of new life. This custom originated in Italy and spread widely during the nineteenth century, a century well-known for its monthly devotions (Heart of Jesus in June; Rosary in October).

Clozure boyband for Abymill
Clozure are the hottest new boyband to release an energetic youthful vibe on to the Irish music scene and will play with special guests in the Abymill Theatre on Friday 8th May at 8.15pm. Tickets are available at €10 each from the Community Office at the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street. Tel: 052 31000 and proceeds are in aid of Fethard & District Day Care Centre. Your support would be very much appreciated.
Clozure established themselves in late 2008 and consists of four members, Andrew Rice, Jo Petit, Paul Hughes and Ryan Davis. With their own unique blend of culture, personality and flawless vocal ability, the foursome have wasted no time making their mark on the music world. Clozure released their debut single, Simple Thing, in February and topped the Irish Download Charts with an instrumental version of the track also making the Top 10.
In March Clozure also played to a packed crowd of 75,000 in London's Trafalgar Square as part of the annual St. Patricks Day concert featuring the cream of some of Ireland's finest musicians such as The Waterboys, Hothouse Flowers and The Blizzards. For more details on the band go to www.bebo.com/clozuremusic

Fethard GAA Club News
Our Intermediate Hurlers won their second South Championship game on Sunday last on a scoreline, Fethard 2-7, Moyle Rovers 0-7, played in Goatenbridge. Alan O’Connor and Eoin O’Connell very much to the fore in this game with Shane Walsh a tower of strength at centre back. Well done.
The Fethard team: J.P. McGrath, John Leahy, Michael Aherne, Declan Doyle, Aiden Lonergan, Shane Walsh, Jamie McCormack, Johnny O’Halloran, Cian Maher, Alan O’Connor 0-1, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-6 (4F), Eoin O’Connell, Benny Hahessy, Eoin Doyle, and Tomás Keane 1-0. Subs were: Alan Burke 1-0, James Kelly, Miceál Spillane and Dean Tobin.
Congratulations to Paul Fitzgerald and Brian Coen who both played a major part in Tipp’s senior football success in Longford at the Division Three football final, when in extra time, they beat Down with a single point to spare. This has been a unique National Football League with Kerry winners of Div 1; Cork winners of Div 2 and Tipp winners of Div 3, all from Munster. The last meeting against Down in a league semifinal was 1973 when Tipperary lost by one point.
In upcoming fixtures we see Fethard play Mullinahone in South Senior Football on next Monday in O’Sullivan Park, Ballingarry, at 6.30pm. The Minor Football team are out this Saturday 2nd May at 2.30pm against Commercials and also out on 7th May against Ballingarry at 7.15pm (venue not known as we go to press).
The County Board Draw will shortly be in full swing with first prize of a Audi A6 car or €50,000. A VW Polo is also a prize in the first draw. Tickets are €100 or €10 a month, please contact any club promoter. Promoters will also be calling door to door in the near future.
Our Lotto Jackpot €10,000 was not won. The numbers drawn were 9. 16, 26 and 27. We had no match three winner so the following tickets won €30 each: Fran Dillon (Tullamaine Fethard), Kaci Condon (Merrys Clonmel), Siobhan Meagher (Baptistgrange, Lisronagh), Rita Doyle (Woodvale Walk, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Craig Barry (Merrys Clonmel). Thanks to AIB for providing the tickets.

Jack’s done it again!
Less than one week after winning his first All-Ireland title, Jack Connolly, The Green, Fethard, was back in the ring again. This time it was in the Curracloe Hotel, Curracloe, Co. Wexford, for the Ballagh Boxing Clubs annual tournament.
Jack was up against the much fancied Martin Storey (Jnr), a son of the famous Wexford hurler. Well if his father taught him how to hurl, Jack most certainly taught him how to box. Jack fighting on home opposition put on a fine display on how things should be done in the ring. Jack also went on to win ‘boxer of the tournament’ on the night, from a total of 13 fights.
Next up for Jack, it’s back to the National Stadium, Dublin this May bank holiday weekend to compete for the Cadets. The Cadets is Jack’s stepping stone to compete in International and European Competitions. Again Jack well done and best wishes in the Cadets. Watch this space folks.

Fethard Macra
Congratulations to Michael, Edmund and Noel on our Fethard team who won the county round of the farm skills competition which took place in Boherlahan on 19th April. Club members travelled to Kilkenny for the ‘Mr Personality’ contest and the National Drama final last weekend. Best of luck to club members Holly, Michael and Noel who are taking part in the forthcoming production of ‘Juno and the Paycock’ by Sean O’Casey in Cloneen from 15th to 17th May.
Our next club meeting will take place in Butler’s Bar, Fethard on 8th May at 9.30pm and our AGM will take place on Friday, 5th June.
For further information about our 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!

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday 22nd April we played the third round of the Club Championship and the results were:
1st Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
2nd Gross: David O’Meara and Tony Hanrahan;
1st Nett: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke;
2nd Nett: Breda O’Grady and Kathleen Kenny.
On Wednesday 8th April we played the first round of the Club Championship and the results were:
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
1st Nett: Suzanne Opray and Ellen Rochford;
2nd Nett: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh.
The results of the second round of the Club Championship played on 15th April were:
1st Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
2nd Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
1st Nett: Anne Connolly and Eileen Frewen;
2nd Nett: Kay Walsh and Rose Lonergan.
On 6th May we play for the Lucey Trophy and 13th May the President’s Prize. Looking for a partner, please contact Berney Myles at 32038.

Fethard & District Juvenile Rugby Club
As our season has come to a close after another very enjoyable and successful eight months of rugby we would like to thank all parents and players for their continued support. With the minis all having had, or planned, some end of season fun we would like to take the opportunity of thanking all the coaches at Fethard & District Juvenile Rugby Club for their hard work and time that they gave, week in week out, through-out the season.
It was great to see the Ladies team set up this year with thanks to all those of you that pushed hard to get the training up and running for the girls and to arrange and end of season blitz. The club has around 150 youngsters involved in the club we look forward to future fun for the seasons ahead. Furthermore, a huge thanks to the work of the committee that has worked closely with the coaches to continue the successful running of the club. We really appreciate all the commitment of the coaches and committee to make the 2008 /2009 season run smoothly.

A small reminder to please note that the Club's AGM will be held on Thursday 7th May at 8pm, upstairs in the Abymill Theatre in Fethard. All parents and guardians are welcome and urged to attend to safeguard the future of the club. To show your appreciation to the club we would request that all families are represented at the AGM.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
It has been another busy week in the Juvenile Club with matches played at all levels and some with better results than others
The Under-12s are now out of their championship bid with a loss at home to Ballingarry last week. This was a very young team and although the scoreline did not reflect the heart and effort these young lads put into each match they were not to be lucky this time. The club would like to wish Annie Prout a speedy recovery after her injury in last weekend’s match, get well soon Annie.
Our Under-14s they had a very convincing win over Ballylooby last week in the first round of the championship and are home to Kilsheelan on Thursday evening.
Under-16s had the most thrilling game of the season so far when they played away to Kilsheelan on Monday evening of last week. They were down at half time and came back with determination and heart to win. It was a brilliant, skilful game of football and made our spectators proud to be from Fethard. They are now at home to Moyle Rovers. Best of luck!
Well done to Dylan Fitzgerald and Cathal Hurley who represented their club and South Tipp in an Under-15 hurling tournament on last Saturday.
Parents are reminded that some membership fees have not yet been paid. These fees, €10 per member, are needed for insurance purposes. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
Under-10 training has now commenced and takes place every Friday evening at 7pm in the school field.

Juno and the Paycock
Juno and the Paycock the latest production by the Fionn MacCumhaill Players will be staged on 15th 16th and 17th May in Cloneen. This Sean O’Casey classic is a play that has it all so if you would like a good night out get along to Cloneen Hall.
The play is set in 1922 in the aftermath of the 1916 rising when Ireland was in a bit of a recession (what’s new?). The play tells the story of the Boyle family and their ups and downs in life. Captain Boyle is the drunken layabout of a husband who claims he can’t work because of the pains in his legs which miraculously disappear when the pub opens and his buddy Joxer appears. His long-suffering wife Juno works all hours to keep the family together. This could be any family in Ireland at that time and this play caused riots in Dublin when first staged in 1922 because of the references to political themes. Tickets are €10 for all nights. Contact: 086-8871467 or 086-0834208.

'Friend of the homeless' Alice is honoured
Fethard woman and director of TRUST, Alice Leahy, is the first overall winner at the Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards for her life's work in combating social exclusion and providing medical related services for people who are homeless.
Alice, who was appointed to the Irish Human Rights Commission in 2006, was awarded at a ceremony in Dublin. Six other organisations were also recognised for their efforts to communicate clearly with the public with Alice winning the prestigious overall award for her impressive work with the charity TRUST, a nonjudgmental, befriending, social and health service for people who are homeless, which she cofounded in 1975.

"Alice's work embodies the ethos of health literacy," said Dr. Geraldine Doyle, UCD Business Schools and chairperson of the Crystal Clear Awards judging panel. "She empowers those who are sleeping on the streets of Dublin, who have varying literacy levels, to access the services they need. The judges felt her willingness to communicate in nonconventional ways through personal contact, paintings, poems, uplifting magazines and books is inspirational and we honour her for her ongoing dedication to a person-centred model of care."

Alice said it was a "great boost" to receive the National Health Literacy Award. She said, "A big problem for people using services is the jargon they face. One phrase used now in relation to poverty is 'case management' but this is such a cold and meaningless term. To me language in use now is distancing people. We need to use simple language, and be crystal clear." Ms Leahy, who last year published a book titled 'Wasting Time with People' said, "If we do not give our time, what is the point."
The Crystal Clear Awards are part of the MSD/NALA Health Literacy Initiative, which is a collaborative project between the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and Merck Sharp & Dohme Ireland (Human Health) Ltd. Over 135 entries were received this year, each one focusing on health literacy, which is a person's ability to make sound health decisions in the context of everyday life.

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