Thursday 10th December 2009


Trading Fair with Fairtrade
Nano Nagle National School, Fethard, hosted its second Fairtrade sale on Tuesday 1st December. Along with the wide variety of Fairtrade products offered for sale by the pupils, the Good Shepherd Sisters from Waterford provided an array of goods produced by women in need from Thailand and other eastern countries. Once again people from the locality were very generous in their response. A large crowd attended and purchases totalled almost €2,000 on the night. Thanks very much to all those who helped and supported the event.

Open Evening at Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Fethard Patrician Presentation held a very successful Open Evening on Monday, 30th November. Members of the Parents Association, teachers and staff were available to greet parents and their children as they arrived and were available to answer questions and show the classrooms and facilities at the school. A video presentation and an elaborate display of photographs also afforded potential pupils of the school.

Killusty Christmas Choir
All are invited to come along on this Thursday night, 10th December, to Killusty Church at 7.30pm to practice singing Christmas Carols with the choir.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Christmas prizes
Christmas turkeys and hams prizes can still be won this week, next draw16th December, in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto. We then take a two-week break so there will be no lotto draw on 23rd and 30th December. The next Lotto draw after Christmas and the New Year will take place on Wednesday 6th January 2010. The Lotto Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people at home and away who support the lotto each week. It is greatly appreciated and we hope you will continue to do so in 2010.

The numbers drawn on 2nd December were 5, 6, 8 and 20. We had no Jackpot winner and three ‘Match 3’ winners who received €50 each:
Michael & Paul Walshe, Barrack Street, Fethard;
John Ward, Kerry Street, Fethard;
Michael Cahill, Saratoga (online ticket).

The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Cath, Clare & Mary, c/o Centra, Fethard;
Tony Morgan, Slievenamon Close, Fethard;
Paddy Ryan, Douglas, Cork.

Christmas Turkey winners:
Diana Stokes, The Square, Fethard;
Nellie Ryan, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Breda Conway, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

Christmas Ham Winners:
John Slattery, Barrettstown, Fethard;
Liam Foran, Strylea, Fethard;
John Whyte, Main Street, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.

Santa appearing at The Castle Inn
Santa will appear at the Castle Inn from 4pm to 6pm on Sunday 13th and Sunday 20th December. Children will have lots to do with a kiddies disco, face painting, finger food and lots of presents. A great afternoon’s entertainment guaranteed for both children and parents.
In Tuesday 22nd December, The Castle Inn will hold their annual Christmas Party Night with music by The Sheehans and on New Year’s Eve, a fancy dress party with D.J. Beni.

Neilie and Paul’s run for charity
Congratulations to Neilie Hall, St. Patrick's Place, and Paul Walsh, Barrack Street, who ran the Dublin City Marathon for charity on 26th October. This year Neilie and Paul raised a sum total of €2,092 for South Tipperary Hospice. On behalf of all who benefit from their tremendous efforts, we would like to say, again, congratulations to both participants.

Country Markets
Fethard Country Markets will hold their Annual General Meeting following their weekly market on this Friday 11th December in the Town Hall.
On Friday 18th December the special Christmas Market will take place from 8am to 11am offering a large variety of Christmas fare including holly, holly wreaths, cakes, puddings, mince pies, eggs, jams and marmalade etc. Come early!

Hunting News
The past week has been a week of mixed fortunes for the Tipperary Foxhounds. Hounds have been hunting well being kept quiet busy each day out without having any great runs of widespread points or long duration. The very heavy going has also limited some areas obliging Derry and Sam to draw some coverts on foot. From Dualla on Monday they found in Looby’s and ran to McCann’s. A fox found in O’Keeffe’s they quickly caught on top before moving on to Boscabe Cross covert which was blank. Finding on a hedge on the way on to draw Georgesland they ran to the big plantation. From here they ran by the Cashel Harriers Kennels across the road to Mayfield where they lost him. They finished the day with a U-circle around Mayfield – Meldrum. Following a run from Mr. Con Ryan’s through Doherty’s to Kilbreedy from the Ballinahinch meet on Thursday hounds caught on top a fox from Ms. Maura Hands. They also caught another on top following a run from Peter Knowles’. From Patrick Kelly’s they hunted to Ballygriffin Bridge, ran a good circle back by Ballinahinch Graveyard, down to the Castle, back to Ballygriffin and to ground. They finished a good day’s hunting from Thompson’s Orchard to Fahy’s and to ground in Michael Carew’s and hunting from John Thompson’sto Lasna Wood and back to ground at Audrey Thompsons.

With the White Heathers
Poor scent made hunting difficult for the Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers from Ballyluskey on Sunday. Hounds did their utmost to hold the line but slow hunting was the order of the day. They hunted from Phelan’s through Magoury to the road at Lismoynan. Drawing the plantation on the other side of the Drangan-Ballyluskey road they ran a light right-handed circle back to the covert where they lost him. From the small covert at Lar Noonan’s they hunted to Hugh O’Donnell’s where he got to ground. The Ballyluskey Harriers Christmas Hunting Card is as follows: Sunday 13th December, Rocklow; Sunday 20th December, Peppardstown House; St. Stephen’s Day, Drangan; 3rd January, Loughcopple and 10th January, Clonacody. All meets at 11am.

Christmas Lights
It is great to see, once again this year, the streets of Fethard adorned with Christmas Lights which add so much to the festive season in the town. The cost of Christmas Lighting for 2009 is €1750. In the past, businesses in the town were requested to subscribe to cover the costs incurred. However, this year, in an effort to spread the cost to the wider community, a new funding approach is being taken. A Church Gate Collection will be held on the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December.

Beginners Computer Classes
Fethard & Killusty Community Council, in conjunction with South Tipperary VEC, intend to organise Beginners Computer Classes to commence early in the new year. It is proposed that a number of courses, such as Introduction to Computers; Using the Internet & E-mail and Basic Typing, will be held, depending on interest. These courses will be four to six weeks duration and will be held in the Internet Café at Fethard Youth Centre. If you are interested in undertaking any of these courses please contact Marion at Fethard Youth Centre (Phone: 6132611) from 10am to 4.30pm, Monday and Tuesday, and from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday, or the Community Office (Phone: 6131000), Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Fashion Night in McCarthy’s
This Saturday is the X Factor fashion night in McCarthy’s. The night will be co hosted by Noelle Leahy, Helen Kealy and Tara O’Donnell. In keeping with the recessionary times, the girls are selling fashion accessories and natural beauty products, including jewellery, handbags, scarves, skincare products and personal care items. The X Factor will be on the big screen in the bar and the music will continue afterwards with Eric Wilson.
So come along and glam up your Christmas, or if you’re a male looking for the ideal Christmas present for the woman in your life, come and ask Tara, Noelle, Helen or any of the many women on the night to help you out!

Jack shines in Wexford
All roads led to Wexford last Saturday 5th December, in what was a brilliant tournament held in Enniscorthy Boxing Club. The best boxers from Tipperary took on the best boxers from Wexford with the men from Tipperary coming out on top.
Most of the Tipperary team came from Clonmel Boxing Club, where again our very own Jack Connolly was in outstanding form. Jack, for the first time, was taken out of his comfort zone and fought against Niall Hunt, an Irish champion at 57kgs, which is almost 4kgs outside Jack’s boxing weight, but the weight difference did not matter as Jack produced a brilliant performance to win the contest by a unanimous decision.
On the day, Jack was also presented with a best ‘boxer of the tournament’ award which he won at a contest in Ballagh, Co. Wexford, some weeks ago.
What a fantastic end to a brilliant year for this very talented young boxer where hard work and dedication gets results, and Jack is living proof of that.

Fethard GAA Club News
The AGM of Fethard GAA Club was held in the Tirry Centre on Saturday last with no changes in officers for 2010; Jimmy O’Shea (chairman), Mary Godfrey (secretary) and Nicky O’Shea (treasurer).
The report for 2009 was presented in booklet form by our secretary, Mary Godfrey, who did a fine job, and our treasurer, Nicky O’Shea, who produced accounts that emphasized the enormous costs to run a voluntary organisation over twelve months, and particularly when they are slowly rising every year.
This week’s lotto jackpot of €4,100 was not won. The numbers drawn were 4, 11, 22 and 23. We had no match three winner so the following drawn tickets won €30 each: Noelle Doyle (Woodvale Walk, Fethard), Patsy Lawrence (Woodvale Walk, Fethard), Cora McGarry (Burke Street, Fethard), Chris Coen (Strylea, Fethard), and Michael Teehan (Moyglass. Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by John Coady (Coolmoyne, Fethard).
Last week’s numbers drawn were 4, 10, 14 and 30. We had no match three winner so the following drawn tickets won €30 each: Ray Condon (Woodvale Walk, Fethard), Pat Holohan (c/o Bob Fitzgeralds, Clonmel), Rita Doyle (Woodvale Walk, Fethard), Martin Coen (The Green, Fethard) and Stephanie Johnson (Main Street, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan, Fethard).
The previous week’s numbers drawn were: 8, 24, 28 and 32. We had two match three winners who received €75 each: Cora McGarry (Burke Street, Fethard) and Nora O’Connell (Cattaganstown, Killenaule). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Arthur Daly, (St Patricks Place, Fethard).
We would like to thank Clonmel Oil for supplying the tickets.

Fethard Macra
Congratulations to the Fethard Macra team of Edmond, Juliet and Una, who won the county round of the public speaking competition in Clonoulty recently. The next round of the competition will be the National semifinal at the Horse and Jockey Hotel on 9th January.
Well done also to Noel Clancy and Holly Williamson who took part in the musical ‘West End Moments’ in Cloneen last weekend. A good performance by all involved.
Rathkeevin Macra recently hosted a 50th Anniversary Party in the Clonmel Park Hotel. All who attended had a great time.
Upcoming events — volleyball will take place every Thursday at 9pm in the Community Hall in Ballyclerihan, all welcome to attend. Drama will continue this Thursday at 8pm in the ICA hall in Fethard. Anyone interested in taking part are welcome to attend. Best of luck to our soccer team who will play in the finals in Clonmel this Friday. Fethard Macra will enter a novelty act for the National Talent Competition in Boherlahan on the 16th January. Fethard Macra will also enter a team for the Novice Debating Competition to be held at Rathkeevin Hall on the 19th December.
Dundrum Macra will hold a Christmas Party in Donohill on the 23rd December, our members will attend. The debating semifinals will take place on the 28th January.
New Years Eve events — South Tipperary Macra will host the New Years Ball at the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel near Cahir on 31st December. The evening will start with a mulled wine reception, followed by a four-course meal. A raffle with great prizes will be held and music will be supplied by the ‘Pearly Whites’. Tickets are moving fast, so book soon by contacting Michael.
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 http://fethardmacra.blogspot.com

Fethard Ladies Football Club Table Quiz
Next Friday night, 11th December, we will hold a table quiz and end of year get-together in Butlers Bar at 9pm sharp. Table of four will cost €10 per person. We will also have a raffle on the night with numerous prizes. All are welcome and your support is greatly appreciated.
Our under-12 medal presentation takes place this coming Saturday, 12th December, at Slievenamon Golf Club from 3pm to 6pm with a buffet and disco.
Finally on behalf of Fethard Ladies Football Club we would like to thank everyone who helped us this year and look forward to your continued support next year and Merry Christmas to all our members.

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