Thursday 1st October 2009


Sponsored Cycle for Fethard Youth Centre
Fethard Youth Centre would like to thank all the cyclists who turned up for their sponsored cycle last Sunday. The weather favoured the event with over twenty participants taking part on the two-lap journey from Fethard to Coolbawn, on to Moyglass and back to Fethard. We thank Declan Walsh, Sign Design, for supplying the warning signs for the lead and rear vehicles on the day and a special thanks to Matthew Tynan, proprietor of The Village Inn, Moyglass, who laid on refreshments for the cyclists as they past his premises on both laps.
It was great to see young Conor Harrington taking part with his father Liam. Conor was well up for the trip and the long journey didn’t bother him at all, keeping well up to the leading cyclists.
The committee would especially like to thank Paul Shanahan for organising the event and encouraging his fellow cycling friends to participate. Paul is now collecting all the sponsorship cards and members are asked to bring cards and money collected to the Youth Centre on Friday or Saturday night this weekend. And if you haven’t donated yet . . . it’s still not too late!

Ladies Football
Congratulations to Fethard Ladies Football Junior Team who defeated Thurles Sarsfields in the County C semifinal in Littleton on Saturday last. The county final is due to take place this coming weekend against either Lattin Cullen or Emly. We wish the Fethard ladies the best of luck.
U-8 and U-10 teams won their section in a competition held in Moyle Rovers and both team received medals. Many thanks to Moyle Rovers for everything and to the parents who brought the children to the fixture.

Guests from Emly to attend Tidy Towns meeting
A meeting to re-establish a new Tidy Towns committee in Fethard will be held on Monday 5th October in the Tirry Community Centre at 8pm. Fethard & Killusty Community Council would like to express their thanks to the former members of Tidy Towns for their great work over the years and who, for various reasons, were unable to continue. If you would like to get involved, please come along and tell your friends.
Guest speakers from Emly, winners of this year's National Tidy Towns Award, will attend the meeting to offer lots of Tidy Towns organisational experience and advise to help us get started again. Remember the date – Monday 5th October!
At a time when Fethard community are trying to get Tidy Towns up and running again it is very disappointing to see someone dump what appears to be a trailer load of rubbish at the top of Strylea. This rubbish even blocks the access from Strylea to Rocklow Road at that junction. Maybe someone can identify where the rubbish originated or know who is responsible for this selfish and thoughtless act and report it to the relevant authority.

Internet Café extended opening hours
Fethard Internet Café at will now extend their opening hours to 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 13th October. Open to all. There will also be ‘one to one’ personal computer trainer available for hire at the centre during these times. If you would like to avail of this service and arrange your private/customized session, contact Kimberly at: 087 6259282 or by email info@1on1personalcomputertraining.com

Interested in Racquetball?
All interested in playing racquetball are asked to attend a meeting on this Friday night, 2nd October, in Fethard Sports Centre at 7.30pm. This a great way to keep fit for the oncoming dark nights. All are welcome and all ages and levels catered for.

Coffee Morning well supported
Fethard Guild held their Coffee Morning and Cake Sale in the ICA Hall on 25th September in aid of the National Childrens Hospital, Crumlin. The Coffee Morning, run in conjunction with Tipp FM, was a wonderful success. A sincere word of thanks to all our members who worked so hard preparing for the day, and to all those members and non-members who donated beautiful cakes for the Cake Sale. We also thank all those who came along on the day and were so generous with their donations to this very worthy cause. Over €900 was raised on the day.

Fethard Macra Fights Fit!
Fethard Macra members will begin training for a 4K run in Clonmel this month as part of our keeping fit programme. Club members are keen to work on this challenge and in the process increase our fitness levels and sense of well-being.
Congratulations to our ‘Know Your Ag’ team of Michael, Edmund, Ann and Ann Marie who faced stiff competition from three other clubs in the county to emerge victorious in the county round of the competition. They will now progress to the National Final taking place in Bantry on 23rd October as part of the Macra National Rally. Fellow club member Noel will also be representing the county in the Senior Sheep Stockjudging competition also taking place in Bantry.
Well done to our bowling team who came 2nd in the county round of the competition in Kilkenny, Clonoulty were winners on the night. Fifty members from South and North Tipp Macra had a great night out in Kilkenny afterwards. Well done also to all club members who participated in Macravision in Dualla and best of luck to Andrea from Boherlahan in the competition final.
All club members would like to wish the very best of luck to Noel in the final of the current series of ‘Feirm Factor’ which will be screened on TG4 next year.
The Macravision final will take place in Kilmurry Lodge, Limerick on 3rd October. The South Tipp Mystery Tour takes place on 17th October.
The next meeting of Fethard will take place on 16th October at 9pm in Butlers Bar in Fethard. We will be organising details for the forthcoming soccer league.
For further information contact Michael at 087 9019443 or email: fethardmacra@gmail.com or on Bebo ‘FethardM’ also check out our page on Facebook. Further information can also be found on www.southtippmacra.com or at http://fethardmacra.blogspot.com

Table Quiz
Fethard Macra are holding a table quiz in Butlers Bar, Fethard at 9.30pm on Friday, 9th October. The charity benefitting from this will be MS Ireland. The table quiz in open to all and all are welcome. Spot prizes on the night.

New Years Ball

Tickets are available from club members for the New Years Ball taking place in Kilcoran Lodge. The theme of the ball is ‘Black and White’. Tickets are a recession busting €45 and are available to the public in general from club members. A mulled wine reception and raffle prizes including gym membership and a weekend away are some of the main attractions of the night. Clonmel band the ‘Pearly Whites’ will be providing entertainment on the night.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club News
Fethard Juvenile Club held their annual AGM on Thursday 24th September in the Tirry Centre and would like to thank a very large crowd for turning up.
The outgoing chairman Fran Conran welcomed the incoming chairman PJ Ahearn and wished him the very best of luck for the coming year. The following officers were elected: PJ Ahearn (chairman), Patsy Lawrence (vice-chairman), Anne Fleming (secretary), Andy O'Donovan (treasurer) and Patricia Fitzgerald (public relations officer).
It was a very successful AGM whereby selectors and trainers were chosen for all age groups and we warmly welcome those parents that are willing to get involved with the Juvenile Club this year
U6/8s hurling and football: Mick Moroney, Eugene Walsh, Mick Maloney, Michael Quinlan, Anthony Wall, Jack Neville and Tom Anglim.
U10s hurling and football: Shay Coen and Eddie Crotty.
U12s hurling and football: Willie Quigley, Jamie McCormack and Tomas Kane.
U14s hurling and football: Tommy Anglim, John Hurley and Michael Hayes.
U16s football and hurling: Kieran Treacy, Shane Walsh, Jimmy O’Meara and Michael Quinlan
Any parent that would like to get involved with any of the above age groups would be greatly appreciated - the more the merrier! The juvenile club are also offering coaching courses to any parent that would like to get involved in training. We look forward to seeing you all again when the new season starts

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 23rd September were 14, 21, 27 and 29.  We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner so three tickets were drawn and the following won €50 each:
Paddy Doran, Ryleen, New Ross;
Liz Hunt, Lisronagh;
Christy Devitt, Strylea, Fethard.
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Margaret Kane, The Green, Fethard;
Tom Delahunty, c/o T. Purcell;
Pat Brett, Drumdeel, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.
You can now also play our lotto online from your own computer by visiting www.fethard.com/lotto.

Fethard Community Playgroup
Fethard Community Playgroup wish all their past pupils a great start in the ‘Big School’ and also thank the children’s parents for their continued support throughout the year.
The Community Playgroup are currently preparing for implementing the Government’s ECCE Scheme and may open for a few extra afternoons if the need arises.
The free pre-school scheme will be available from 1st January 2010 to children born between 2nd February 2005 and the 30th June 2006.

Group Fitness Class
Ladies & Gents group fitness classes will resume at Fethard Ballroom on Monday 5th October from 9.15pm to 10.15pm. The Circuits class will cost €35 for five-week session. All you need to bring is a bottle of water and mat/towel. Those intending to take part must be at least 18 years of age. Instructor Bobbi Holohan CEHF caters for all levels and classes are mixed. To book your place and for more information contact Bobbi Holohan on 087 2130414.

Scouts and Cubs back this week

Cub meetings recommence in Fethard Ballroom every Tuesday from 29 September from 6.30pm to 8pm. Scout meetings recommence on Friday nights from 2nd October from 7pm to 9pm at the same venue. New members welcome for both cubs and scouts.

Killusty Pony Show AGM
A note for your diary, Killusty Pony Show will hold their AGM on Friday 16th October in the Tirry Community Centre at 8pm. This meeting will celebrate forty-six years of Killusty Pony Show.

Fethard GAA Club News
On Sunday last we made our exit from senior football when going down to Loughmore in the county quarterfinal with our worst performance of the year. Even so, in the final quarter of the game we had three chances of points and a penalty miss and still only lost by 4 points on a scoreline, Fethard 1-4, Loughmore 0-11. Our defence was the best on the day. The team w as: Paul Fitzgerald, Shane Aylward, Michael Aherne, Ian Kenrick, Tomas Keane, Damien Byrne, Cian Maher, Benny Hahessy, Jamie McCormack, Kenneth O’Donnell, Eoin Doyle, Jason Nevin, John P Looby 1-0, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, Brian Coen 0-3F. Subs were: Michael Dillon for Jamie McCormack (30m), Christopher Sheehan for Jason Nevin (30m) and Shane Walsh for Kenneth O’Donnell (40m).
In Junior Football A we played the quarterfinal of the South on Wednesday last with a convincing win on a scoreline, Fethard 4-11, Davins 2-8. Best for Fethard were Peter Gough, Alan Phelan, Miceál Spillane, John Hanley, Willie Morrissey and sub Johnny Neville. The team was: Paul Kenny, Ciaran O’Connell, Peter Gough, Philly Croke, John Leahy, Alan Phelan, William O Brien, Miceál Spillane 0-1, Stephen O’Donnell, Eoin O’Connell 0-2, John Hanley 0-4 (2f), Willie Morrissey 2-0, Martin Coen 1-1, Shane Kenny, Alan Bourke1-0. Subs were: Johnny Neville 0-3, Philly Prout and Shane Kenny. We meet Carrick Swans this week in the semifinal with the final on Sunday 4th October.
In the U-21 Hurling B South semifinal we lost out to St Patricks Gaels on a scoreline, Fethard 1-8, St Pats Gaels 1-10.
We would like to thank all those selectors and players whose year has come to an end for the enjoyment and pleasure afforded the club during the year. We only have the JFA remaining for any chance of silverware to come to the Club. 1995 was the last year we had no silverware.
Our last week’s Lotto Jackpot €3,300 was not won. The numbers drawn were: 11, 13, 20 and 23. We had no match three winner and the following won €30: Rita Doyle (Woodvale Walk, Fethard); Jim Williams (Killusty, Fethard); Mark Hayde (Saucestown, Fethard); Dick Fitzgerald (St Patricks Place, Fethard); Paddy Cooney (Coleman. Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan, Fethard).
This week’s Lotto Jackpot €3400 was not won and no match threes. The following won €30 each: Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan, Fethard); Denis Burke (Red City, Fethard); Danny Kane (Kerry St. Fethard); Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan, Fethard); and Nancy Ryan (Tullamaine; Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Mick Burke (Red City, Fethard). Thanks to Fethard Electrical for supplying the tickets. 

Patrician Presentation jottings
With the first month of the new school year drawing to a close, it is time to update our school jottings.

Exam Results
Congratulations to all the Leaving and Junior Certs of 2009 on their excellent results. They were indeed a credit to themselves, their parents and their teachers and we wish them well in the future.

A big welcome to our First Years as they embark on their journey through the Secondary School System and to the pupils who have joined us from other schools. Welcome also to Mr Liam O’Brian, Career Guidance Counsellor and Mr Liam O’Neill, Home-School Liaison Officer.

International Students
There is again this year a strong international presence in the school community. Failte to 5th Year students:  Hannah Harbich and Tilmann Lange from Berlin, Anne Schlueter from Magdeburg, Germany, Joe Cho from South Korea and Laurane Gouerec from Paris.

Transition Year
Transition Year got off to a lively start on with a climb of Slievenamon, culminating the Induction Day on 7th September. There are many new aspects to the programme this year. The usual one-week blocks of Work Experience have been replaced by a one-day work experience placement per week, and the school would like to thank most sincerely the numerous employers in the area for their continued co-operation with this programme.

Log On, Learn
The Transition Year under the guidance of their teacher, Mr Justin McGree, have already embarked on a training programme in preparation for the Log On, Learn Initiative. This is a simple and user-friendly method devised to engage our older population in computer training, using the principles of the one-to-one method. The program is designed to “buddy up” a participating transition year student tutor with an older person from their local community, so each share their skills.
In eight weekly training sessions (starting in early November), which will take place initially in the school’s computer room, the student tutor shares:
Knowledge of how to use a PC and mouse, basic word processing and Internet confidence to overcome the ‘fear factor’ surrounding new technologies.
The older person shares: (a) ability to relate and communicate; (b) Memories of the past; (c) Life Experience.
If you are over 65 and would like to take part in the ‘Log On, Learn Programme’, we invite you to contact the school at (052) 6131572 for details.

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