Saturday 9th May 2009

Fethard Historical Society AGM
The AGM of the Fethard Historical Society took place last Tuesday 28th April in the Abymill Theatre. The business of the meeting was dispatched very efficiently; Catherine O’Flynn, secretary, read the minutes of last year’s AGM, Pat Looby, treasurer, rendered a most comprehensive account of our finances and Terry Cunningham concluded with the chairman’s report comprising an overview of the year’s activities. The new Committee was then elected as follows: Terry Cunningham, chairperson; Colm McGrath, vice-chairperson; Catherine O’Flynn, secretary; Marie Taylor, assistant secretary; Pat Looby, treasurer; Tim Robinson, membership secretary; Mary Hanrahan, PRO; Peter Grant, Kitty Delany, Dóirín Saurus, Rachel Murphy, Marie O’Donnell and Ann Lynch.
Ms Labhaoise McKenna, Heritage Officer, then proceeded to give a brief presentation on the heritage of South Tipperary, including lots of practical information which should assist the Fethard Historical Society in achieving its aims. A lively discussion ensued during which a number of possible projects were proposed, chief of which was the Medieval Walled Town Day in August. We hope we will be able to host the pageant again this year but, like so many other things, it will depend on the level of funding we are able to access.
Upcoming events. On Friday 8th May 2009 we have a Guided Walking Tour of Clonmel with the inimitable Margaret Rossiter, meeting at the Main Guard, Clonmel at 7 o’clock.  The tour lasts one-hour approximately and will undoubtedly afford an illuminating insight into the history of Cluain Meala. Fee is €3 per person.
On Saturday 23rd May 2009: a bus tour to visit the ‘Treasures of Waterford’ leaving from the Town Hall, Fethard at 10.30am. This museum has been described as a treasury of fascinating artefacts as well as a treasure trail that takes you through a thousand years of Ireland’s oldest city. Then it’s on to New Ross where we’ll have time for lunch before viewing the Ros Tapestry at 3pm. Ireland’s newest visitor attraction is a series of gorgeous hand-woven tapestries, painstakingly created by some 100 volunteers over the past decade, which has just gone on permanent public display. These exquisite examples of ‘people’s art’ depict key moments in our national history by weaving the story of the Anglo-Norman invasion and its aftermath as ‘a tale in thread’.  The tour costs €25 for members and €28 for non-members (lunch is optional and not included in the price). To book please contact Dóirín Tel: 052-31936 or Colm McGrath Tel: 086-3502360 before Friday 15th May.

Died recently
The death has occurred on 5th May of Mr Michael Stokes, Killurney, Ballypatrick. Reposing at his residence from 3pm to 8pm on Thursday 7th May. Requiem Mass at Gambonsfield Church, Kilsheelan, at 12 noon on Friday 8th May, followed by burial in Kiltinan Cemetery.
The death has occurred on 5th May of Sam Hanlon Cosgrave (aged 4), Sean Líne, Kerry Street, Fethard. Mass of the Angles takes place at 11am on Thursday 7th May followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery.

Slievenamon Musical Society AGM on 8th May
Slievenamon Musical Society will hold its AGM on Friday 8th May. The meeting will start at 8.30pm. All members are urgently asked to attend this important meeting.
Last year, the society once again got raving reviews with the show ‘Any Dream Will Do’. It never ceases to amaze people that shows of this quality can be staged in such a small community. But to be able to produce new successful shows this year and in the future, input of the members is vital. Showing up at the AGM is one – easy and free - way of showing your support to the society. So come along and give us your ideas!

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 29th April were 10, 17, 21 and 23.  We had no Jackpot winner and four ‘Match 3’ winners who received €40 each:
Lisa Williams, 6 Millers Lane, Newtown, Drangan (X 2);
Marie Grace, Cloneen, Fethard;
John Ryan, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Alice Butler, Kilknockin, Fethard;
Celia Byrne, Cois Falla, Fethard;
Andrew Phelan, Slievenamon View, 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.

Welcome to our new curate
We take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to our new curate, Fr Anthony McSweeney, from Golden, Co. Tipperary. Fr. Anthony was transferred from Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick, where he spent the past seven years as curate to Rev. James Holloway P.P.

First Holy Communion
Best wishes to the children from Nano Nagle Primary School and St. Patrick’s Boys School who will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in Holy Trinity Parish Church on Saturday 9th May.

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.

Clozure boyband supported by Laura Rice
Clozure, Ireland’s hottest new boyband, will play in the Abymill Theatre on this Friday night, 8th May at 8.15pm. Fethard’s ‘Premier Star’ Laura Rice will make her first home appearance as support act to Clozure since she won the Tipp FM Competition in Thurles on 25th April. Tickets are available at €10 each from the Community Office at Barrack Street. Tel: 052 31000 and proceeds are in aid of Fethard & District Day Care Centre. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Fethard GAA Club News
Fethard Senior Footballers had a very comprehensive victory in Round 1 of the South Championship on Bank Holiday Monday resulting in a final score of, Fethard 5-20, Mullinahone 0-5.  The team and scorers were: Paul Fitzgerald, Tommy Gahan, Michael Aherne, Ian Kenrick, Tomás Keane, Christopher Sheehan, Aiden Lonergan, Aiden Fitzgerald 1-1, Cian Maher 0-3, Johnny Halloran, Benny Hahessy 0-2, Damien Byrne 1-3, Eoin Doyle 1-1, John Fitzgerald 0-3, Brian Coen 1-6 (2f). Subs were: Jason Nevin 1-1, Gavin Fitzgerald and Alan O’Connor. Our next game is on this Saturday 9th May when we play Clonmel Og in the County Championship Round 1 in Kilsheelan at 7.30pm.
Our Minor Footballers are struggling to survive in Group A this year with some heavy defeats, the most recent to Clonmel Commercials last Saturday. They play Ballingarry this week and Moyle Rovers on the 14th May in Kilsheelan at 7.30pm.
The County Tipperary Club Draw will take place on the first Friday in June when both the May and June draws will be drawn. Four cars are on offer in the first draw with one car being a top of the range Audi Car (or €50,000) the main attraction. You can buy your ticket from any promoters who are now on the road. New entrants are very welcome and to our existing customers, thank you for your continued support.
On Sunday next 10th May, La na Club in association with ‘125 Year Celebrations of the Gaelic Athletic Association’, Fethard GAA Club will hold a Family Fun Day in the Fethard GAA Park commencing at 2pm and ending around 5pm with a ‘Football League’ with games for boys from U-8, U-10, U-12, for 15 minutes a side with the final taking place later in the afternoon. We will also Ladies Football matches for U-8, U-10, U-12, and novelty acts: (A) Penalty Shoot out with County S F Goalie Paul Fitzgerald and U-21F Goalie JP McGrath; (B) Kick Fada; (C) Free Taking with the experts, concluding with a 7-A-Side adult Gaelic football match. All are welcome to attend.
Our Lotto Jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were: 5, 14, 21 and 32. We had one match three winner of €150 to Kay O’Riordan (Cloneen, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Abigail Doyle (Woodvale Walk, Fethard). Thanks to AIB for providing the tickets.

Fethard Juvenile GAA
Fethard U-16s have played two matches in their South Championship bid and came away with two very convincing wins away to Moyle Rovers on Friday evening of last week and at home to Ballyporeen on Monday evening. It was a huge team effort and a hat trick of goals from Owen Dillon certainly played a huge part in their win over Moyle Rovers. Owen Fitzgerald was also back to his best form.
On Monday evening they had a great win over Ballyporeen, again a wonderful team effort with some very good individual displays of football. David Hayes, Garreth Lawrence and Ronan Fitzgerald certainly kept the back line in place with some great ball clearing, Cathal Hurley in goal made some brilliant saves. This should surely put them into the South semi-final. Well done to the team and their trainers.
Our U-14s are at home to Kilsheelan on Tuesday evening.
Parents are asked to note that the Juvenile Club are offering First Aid Courses, Defibrillator Training and Foundation Coaching Courses to any parent that may be interested in taking part. Please contact any member of the committee and as soon as we have enough names we will set a date for training to commence.
 Parents are also asked to note that some membership fees have not yet been paid. Fees are €10 per child and need to be paid urgently, for insurance purposes, to any coach on training nights.

ICA meeting change of venue
Members to asked to note a change of venue for our May meeting on 12th May. We will hold this meeting at the Glanbia Garden Center, starting at the earlier time of 7.45pm, and we ask all members to make a special effort to be on time. We also remind members that fees are now due.
After the business of the meeting has concluded we will have a talk on gardening and preparing for summer given by Glanbia's resident Horticulturist, Ms Laura O'Dwyer, who will be happy to answer any questions we may have on various garden problems.
Our friends from Cloneen Guild will join us on the night. Tea and biscuits will be served. A special word of thanks to Eamon and Glanbia management for arranging this night for us, it is sure to be special.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday 29th April we played for sponsored prizes and the results were:
1st Gross: Ellen Rochford and Tony Hanrahan;
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
1st Nett: Mary Quirke and Fr. John Meagher;
2nd Nett: Nell Broderick and David O’Meara.
On May 13th we play for the President’s Prize. Looking for a partner, please contact Berney Myles at 32038.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Well done to our five competitors who took part in the County Finals of the Community Games Swimming event last weekend. They all did exceptionally well, especially Caroline Stokes, Ballybough, who won a gold medal in the U-12 Backstroke Championship on her first time competing. Caroline is daughter of John and Melissa and sister of Zoë who are all part of a very sporting family involved in a wide range of activities, including athletics, rugby and horse racing. We wish Caroline the very best of luck at the HSE Community Games national finals in Athlone next August.
There was a great performance given by the Morgan boys, sons of Tommy and Mary from Grangebeg, who were also on their maiden voyage. David, won a silver medal in the U-14 Freestyle competition. Joseph won a bronze medal in the U-16 freestyle event and William, still only 14, was second in his heat of the U-16 freestyle contest. Zoë Stokes also did well in the U-10 freestyle event.
Area Athletics will take place in the near future. Anyone willing to give a hand please contact chairman Joe Keane at 086 2050727 in order to arrange an evening. The County Athletics Final will take place in Templemore on 14th June. Closing date for entries is 27th May.

Jack wins second National Title
In the space of just two weeks Jack Connolly, The Green, a member of Clonmel Boxing Club and representing Munster, won his second National Title, on Saturday 2nd May at the National Stadium, Dublin.
Jack defeated the Ulster Boy 3, 50kg Champion Kieran Doherty, who is a division higher and a year older than Jack on a scoreline of three points to two, on what was a pulsating, nervous, exciting and brilliant fight to watch, to become the National Junior Cadet Champion of Ireland for 2009.
This was not on the script for the Ulster champion, who was out boxed and out classed by the Fethard man on the day. The scoreline dose not reflect the intensity of the fight, which Jack used all his skills to stay ahead of the Donegal man. Again great credit is due to Jacks coach Martin Fennessy, who has a real future star in his stable of young boxers. Pure grit and determination and a real passion and love for the sport earned Jack his latest honour.
Next up for Jack it’s back to Dublin for high performance training and a crack at European competitions later this year. In the meantime it’s back to Clonmel Boxing Club in preparation for an International contest between Ireland and England to be held in Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan at the end of this month.
We wish Jack safety in his chosen sport and every success for the future. He is bringing us on some journey and we are enjoying every minute of it. From your family, friends and dedicated supporters who travel all over the country to see you, Thank you and well done on your latest achievement. Watch this space!

Gráinne wins prize in Animation Competition
Gráinne Horan, a pupil at Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard, was presented with third prize at the Tipperary Institute on the 28th April for their Animation Competition. Gráinne created an animated character entitled "Miss Media", where she came third at senior level in a competition that attracted entries of over two hundred from around the country. Gráinne was presented with her prize by Paul Young of the ‘Cartoon Saloon’ who produced ‘Brendan and the Secret of Kells’, an award winning animated feature.

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