Saturday 30th May 2009

Golf Classic in aid of Bro Paul in Eldoret
A fundraising Golf Classic in aid of Bro Paul Brennan’s special project in Kabongo, Kenya will take place in Abbeyleix Golf Club on 17th June. The entry fee is €25 per player or €100 per team. If anyone would like to play on that day, they can call any of the following numbers for details: Mary Gee (Lady Captain) Tel: 086 8357959; Anne Doherty Tel: 086 838 4132 or Bro James (formerly of Fethard who is now the Vice-President of Abbeyleix G.C.) Tel: 057 8731229; or Club Secretary Tel: 057 8731450. All proceeds will go directly to the project at Kabongo.
Bro Paul goes on to explain his current work. 
“I was able to drill a borehole so as to get a supply of clean water for the children and people of Kabongo. We went down 170 metres and will have the water flowing in a week or so.
We have identified just over 20 families where the parents are HIV positive and who need a decent supply of some nutritious vegetables to supplement their Antiretroviral drugs. To supply this very much-needed supplement, I have planned to set aside one acre on which we will grow a big supply by means of drip-irrigation. This method is necessary as it didn't rain in Kabongo from late October last to early May. Those affected people will actually manage the project once we set it up and that, hopefully, will be in place before August this year.
To help us help these infected people, we are hoping to have a huge turnout in Abbeyleix on 17th June and please pray we get a dry sunny day. Before I finish, I must take this opportunity to thanks the people of Fethard for their support since we got started in Kabongo back in 2003. God Bless all in Fethard.”
(Paul in Kabongo, 20th May)

Killusty Pony Show
A committee meeting of Killusty Pony Show will take place in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, on Tuesday 9th June at 8.30pm. All are welcome to attend. This year’s show will take place on Saturday 4th July and show schedules are available from Betsy O’Connor, Knockelly, Fethard, Tel: 052 6131130.

The Stuart Mangan Appeal
On this Thursday, 28th May, from 4.30pm to 9pm, a special ‘Discount Evening’ will be held by Town & County Interiors and Opera on The Square in aid of the Stuart Mangan Appeal. There will also be a cheese and wine reception and a raffle. A percentage of all proceeds from the evening will go directly to the charity.
Stuart Mangan attended school in St Colman's College, Fermoy; Rockwell College and University College Cork. On Saturday April 5th 2008, while playing rugby with his club in London, Stuart, aged 25, suffered a sudden but devastating spinal injury. Sadly this sporting accident has left Stuart totally paralyzed from the neck down and he will require 24-hour care for the rest of his life.

Table Quiz for Ladies Football Club
A Table Quiz in aid of Fethard Ladies Football Club will take place in Butlers Bar on this Friday night 29th May 9pm. Table of four will cost €40 (€10 per person). Ladies football is one of the fastest growing sports in the country at the moment and your support would be greatly appreciated.

Live music at Fethard Youth Café
This Friday night local musicians Laura Rice and Jack O’Sullivan will perform for members of Fethard Youth Café at their youth centre. This is the first ‘live’ music session at the café and hopefully the first of many.  The Youth Café has 52 registered members between the ages of 13 and 18 at the moment and a panel of 16 adult volunteers who cover on a rota basis. We currently open on Friday nights from 7.30pm to 10pm and Saturdays from 3pm to 6pm. We also open for special nights, such as the Champions League Final on Wednesday night last.
We will shortly be starting a ‘Games Pentathlon’ where members will compete against each other at Table Tennis, Air Hockey, Pool, Wii Tennis and Table Football. Maybe someone will offer to sponsor this competition?
If anyone would like more information on joining the Youth Café or any parents / new volunteers would like to visit the youth centre please contact any of the volunteers or drop down any time we’re open.

80s Night for Childline
The Castle Inn are holding a special ‘80s Night’ in aid of Childline on this coming Sunday night 31st May. This is Childline’s 21st Birthday and everyone is asked to make a special effort to dress up in 80s gear for the occasion. Lots of fun guaranteed as well as great spot prizes.

Fethard Bridge Club
At Fethard Bridge Club AGM held on Wednesday 20th May the following officers and committee were elected: President Kathleen Kenny; Vice President Carmel Condon; Secretary Anne Connolly; Treasurer Rita Kane; Asst. Treasurer Anna Cooke.
Tournament Directors: Alice Quinn, Betty Walsh, Frances Burke, Gemma Burke. Partner Facilitator: Berney Myles. Committee: Marie Delaney, Nell Broderick and Ellen Rochford
The results of our game following the AGM were:
1st Gross: Rita Kane, Kay St. John;
1st Nett: Gemma Burke, Carol Kenny;
2nd Gross: Brendan Kenny, Carmel Condon;
2nd Nett: Eileen Frewen, Anne Connolly.
Summer bridge continues in the Bridge Centre, Clonmel on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm and in Ballinure on Thursdays from 4th June. All are welcome.

Young Ireland Movement
Benny Tynan is calling for the reintroduction of the Young Ireland movement in our secondary schools movement to promote Irish people buying Irish goods. If we, as consumers, focus on selecting quality Irish goods at competitive prices we not only help our economy but our neighbours as well. This is a critical issue for all of the people, by supporting Irish goods we help our friends and ultimately ourselves.
The Government cannot promote a buy Irish campaign but we can tap into the patriotism of our school children. Our schools have been very successful in promoting environmental issues such as recycling, we must now tap this fantastic and energetic source which are our future to benefit their parents and in the longer term themselves.
In the 1980s the Young Ireland movement was strong here in South Tipperary and it is time for us to reiterate the importance of buying our goods from Irish people. Every euro spent on Irish goods stays in the country and helps us keep and sustain jobs both locally and nationally. This is one of the single most important actions we can undertake if we are to rebuild our economy and our employment base.  Buying Irish goods supports Irish jobs, our Jobs!

Community Games Area Sports Results
Fethard Community Games Area Sports took place on Saturday last 23rd May. Well done to all the children who took part. It was good to see a number of parents present supporting the competitors.  Darragh Lynch, Coolmore, won a trophy for his success in the U10 100m. This win is three in a row for Darragh who won U8 when he was 6 and 7 years and now not yet 9 he has qualified U10.
The first two children in each of the following events have qualified for the County Athletics Finals which will take place in Templemore Athletic Track on Sunday 14th June. Children are requested to assemble at 11.30 for the parade. All events will commence at 12noon sharp.
Medals will be awarded to the first three participants in each event in Templemore with all winners going forward to the HSE Community Games National Finals in Athlone.  Entry fee of €2 for County Finals may be paid to Chairman Joe Keane.
A big ‘thank you’ to everybody who helped in the running of the event and to the GAA for the use of their facility.
These are the results:
Girls U8 60m: 1st Lucy Spillane, 2nd Annika O’Connor, 3rd Laura Kiely.
Boys U8 60m: 1st Ben Coen, 2nd Ryan Walsh, 3rd Shane Neville.
Girls U8 80m: 1st Laura Kiely.
Boys U8 80m: 1st Shane Neville, 2nd Cathal Ryan.
Girls U10 100m: 1st Ebony Burke, 2nd Megan McCarthy, 3rd Amie O’Donovan.
Boys U10 100m: 1st Darragh Lynch, 2nd Joseph O’Connor, 3rd Jack Spillane.
Girls U10 200m: 1st Amy O Donovan, 2nd Rebecca McCarthy, 3rd Sally Nagle.
Boys U10 200m: 1st Jack Spillane.
Girls U12 100m: 1st Molly O’Meara, 2nd Cassandra Needham.
Boys U12 100m: 1st Paul Moloney, 2nd Jack Dolan, 3rd Liam Quigley.
Boys U12 600m: 1st Jessie McCormack.
Girls U14 100m: 1st Jessie McCarthy, 2nd Sinead Sheehan.
Boys U14 100m: 1st Jodie Sheehan, 2nd Darragh Bradshaw, 3rd Adam Fitzgerald.
U12 Boys Ball Throw: 1st Eoin O’Donovan, 2nd Liam Quigley.
U14 Girls Long Jump: 1st Kate Quigley.
Boys & Girls long puck will take place during the week.
Non Qualifying Races
Boys U4: 1st Oisín Ryan, 2nd Mark Neville.
Girls U4: 1st Amy Morrissey, 2nd Heather Spillane.
Boys U6: 1st Kiefer Burke, 2nd Conor Neville.
Girls U6: 1st Hannah Sheehy.

Dublin City Ramblers back in Fethard
The Dublin City Ramblers will play in Fethard on Saturday 6th June when they appear open air at Lonergans. Tickets are €12.50 each and available at the bar. The Dublin City Ramblers have thrilled audiences worldwide with their unique blend of ballads, folk, humour, wit and foot-tapping music. Their impressive career has spanned more than thirty-five years, with over thirty albums, top ten hits, several awards for best Ballad/Folk Group and, to top it all off, eight gold albums. It is certainly no wonder that they are classed as Ireland’s number one group!

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 20th May were 2, 3, 22 and 30.  We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner so three tickets were drawn and the following won €50 each:
Ursula Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
Noleen Drohan, c/o Centra, Barrack Street, Fethard;
Henry Kiely, Cashel Road, Tipperary.
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Chrissie O'Dwyer, 3, Strylea, Fethard;
Kathleen Kenny, The Green, Fethard;
Annette Quigley, Kilkennybeg, Killenaule.
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.

Mass by Fethard Town Wall
Mass will be celebrated by Fethard’s Town Wall at The Valley at 7.30pm on this Thursday night 28th May. All are invited to come along.

Fethard GAA Club News
Our Junior A Footballers commenced their defence of the South title with a spirited display in Mullinahone on Saturday last when they came away with a share of the spoils against old rivals St Patricks, on a scoreline, Fethard 0-10 (0-3), St Pats 1-7 (1-3). Kenneth O’Donnell 0-4 (1f) and Conor McCarthy 0-4(2f) were in splendid form and the other scores came from Eoin O’Connell 0-1 and Aaron O’Donovan 0-1. The team was: Ronan Maher, Connie O’Flynn, Stephen O’Donnell, Tom O’Connell, William O’Brien, Willie Morrissey, John Leahy, Declan Doyle, Peter Gough, Kenneth O’Donnell, Shane Kenny, Eoin O’Connell, Johnny Neville, Conor McCarthy, P J Morrissey. Subs used were: Aaron O’Donovan, Ben Walsh, Shane Walsh, Philip Blake and Brendan Brett.
Fixtures: SF South Championship 1st June in Monroe at 7pm against Clonmel Og with the second round of the county against Ardfinnan fixed for Sunday 7th June at 7.30pm in Cashel.
The best of Luck on Sunday to Aiden Fitzgerald, Shane Walsh, Cian Maher who are all members of the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling panel that take on Cork in Semple Stadium at 2pm.
The County Board Draw is still open for new members at €100 per year. Contact any club promoter or officer if you wish to join.

The late Tim O’Riordan
It was with great sadness last week when we heard of the passing away of Tim O’Riordan (Barrack St) at his son Michael’s residence in Templemore on 20th May. Timmy was Honorary Life President of Fethard GAA club for the past few years and had celebrated 50 years of service as committee member. His great love and interest over the years was the Juvenile Club where he took an active part.
Tim was no mean player. He won South Senior football titles with Fethard in 1950, 1954, 1955, and won his County Senior football medal in 1954. He was one of three brothers John and Michael who came to Fethard well over 60 years ago, and was also the last survivor of the three boys who came from Cork (Fermoy) to the Friary town they made there own.  Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery. Go ndeanai Dhia trocaire ar an ainmeachta.

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