Thursday 17th December 2009

Carol Singing this Thursday night
The annual ‘Carol Singing’ on the streets of Fethard will take place on this Thursday 17th December, commencing at Fethard Town Hall at 7.45pm. All are welcome.
Proceeds will be donated to the Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin to supplement their annual 'Santa Bear Appeal'. This is a very worthwhile cause and the CRC’s ongoing support and help for affected children and families is invaluable.

Christmas Market
Fethard Country Markets will hold their special Christmas Market on this Friday 18th December, 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!

Racquetball Novice Competition
Fethard Racquetball Club is organizing a local novice grade singles tournament open to anyone that has not won a RAI competition. The novice tournament will run in a ‘round-robin; format and graded. Please give your names to Niall, 086 8109605, by this Friday 18th December.

Enrol for 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.

Penitential Services for Christmas
The penitential service in preparation for Christmas will take place in the Parish Church on Monday 21st December at 8pm. The penitential service in the Abbey will take place at 7.30pm Mass on Saturday 19th December.

Christmas Mass Times
Abbey Church
Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December at 9.30pm;
Christmas Day, Friday 25th December at 9.30am and 11.30am.
Parish Church
Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December at 8pm;
Christmas Day, Friday 25th December at 8.30am and 11am.
Killusty Church of the Sacred Heart
Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December at 9.30pm;
Christmas Day, Friday 25th December at 10am.

Hunting News
Moving off towards Killusty from Loughcopple, on Monday, hounds found on the hill at Carrigeen. Running through Ballynaclera to Tullow they wheeled towards the Deerpark and ran back to where they found. From the Quarry in Barry Walsh’s they hunted down to the Blackthorn’s near Tony Slattery’s back under the road at College to PF Quirke’s, down to Morgan’s and back to Quirke’s to ground. Following a short run from Lalor’s, Rathcanty, down to the bridge at Annesfort, where they lost him, they drew Baptistgrange Graveyard. Here they found in a most unusual spot in the ivy on the ruined gable of the old Church. Charlie was loathe to leave so whipper-in Sam, like the sailors of old, was obliged to climb aloft. Charlie was still slow to shift but eventually, from the top of the ruin, he was forced to abandon ship. He provided a nice run back to Barry Walsh’s through to Grangebeg and to ground.
Wednesday at Delaney’s Cross proved to be a blank day with not a fox to be found. They did not find from D’Arcy’s Cross on Thursday until reaching Castleblake, crossing the Cashel – Clonmel Road they hunted down through Ballydoyle to Mulcahy’s. From the Kennel’s they ran a circle on very patchy scent back to the big plantation. Crossing the road to Coolmore (Holloway’s) they ran across the Fethard – Barrettstown Cross Road, towards Prospect. Left-handed towards Tullamaine to Burke’s they re-crossed the road to Hunt’s and back towards Prospect where they lost him.
A field of fifty riders turned out for the Killenaule meet on Saturday 12th December. One of a brace from The Glen was headed three times when attempting to cross the road to Springhill and was left. Springhill was blank. From Feehan’s they ran down to Richard McCormack’s at Dunguib where they caught him on top. Lahart’s held and hounds hunted through Cllr. John Fahey’s and back right-handed to the large Dunguib plantation. From the Old Railway line by Buffana they hunted through Graystown to Burnchurch and left-handed back to Hassett’s where they marked to ground.

Died recently
The death has occurred of Jack Fleming, Barrettstown, on Friday 11th December. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

With the White Heathers
A large crowd turned out for the Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers meet at Rocklow on Sunday. Thanks to John and Susan Halley for the reception and refreshments at Rathvin House, prior to move-off. A good afternoon’s hunting was enjoyed. However, poor scenting conditions and a good supply, sometimes too good, of foxes did not help matters. Hounds were kept on the go all the time through Rathvin, Rocklow, Ballybough, McCarthy’s Bog and Monroe. They finished a long days hunting from behind the Equine Hospital, at Strylea, down across the Moyglass – Fethard Road, across the river to the Old Railway Line behind Londis, Kerry Street. They ran from here through Brodeen to Redcity where Donie blew from home at 4.30pm. Next Sunday the White Heathers meet at Peppardstown House and on St. Stephen’s Day at Drangan, both meets at 11am.
The results of the White Heather Harriers members and friends draw for December are as follows: First Prize (€200) - Bernie Clancy, Magoury and London, and Second Prize (€100) – John Kenrick, Deansgrove, Cashel.

Fethard & District Coursing Club
Fethard & District Coursing Club will run their annual 'Burke Cup' competition on Sunday 20th December.

Christmas Lights Collection
A reminder that a Church Gate Collection will be held on this weekend, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December, to raise funds to cover the costs of the Christmas Lighting in Fethard.

The annual GOAL Mile will take place on Christmas Day, at 12 noon. Assemble at the Town Hall. Walk, jog, run, crawl, bring the dog! Whatever you fancy, come along and join in the fun.

St. Vincent De Paul
We wish to say a most sincere thanks to all those who donated to our annual Church gate collection. In spite of the recession the total donated was a new record €3,111. We appreciate greatly this large collection and we accept it as a note of confidence in us to continue our work.
If anybody who applied to us for Christmas assistance has not already received something from us please feel free to contact us at once.

Second ‘gold’ for Jack in seven days!
For the second week in a row all ‘boxing’ roads led back to Wexford for the league finals, hosted by Enniscorthy Boxing Club on Sunday 13th December. Teams from all over Munster took part in this very prestigious open competition.
Yet again Fethard’s Jack Connolly of Clonmel Boxing Club, put in a flawless display to pick up his second gold medal in a week, to be crowned Wexford Open League Champion 2009 at 57kgs. Jacks opponent was Irish Champion Tom Stevenson of St Michaels Boxing Club in Wexford. A hard fought first two rounds, but Jack kept the skill and experience to pull away in the third and final round.
Again, Stevenson who had nearly 4kgs on Jack, could not handle the Tipperary boxer who won on a unanimous decision from all 3 Judges. Wexford is getting to be a happy hunting ground for Jack, who has added yet another title, to the many titles and honours already won this year. Again well done Jack on another brilliant performance and best wishes for the 2010 season.

Killusty ‘Bag Pack’
Killusty National School Parents Association are holding a ‘bag pack’ in Dunnes Stores, Davis Road, Clonmel, this weekend from Thursday evening 17th to Saturday 19th December. All help would be greatly appreciated.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
For all those who ordered Fethard merchandise you will now be able to collect same on Sunday 20th December in the GAA field changing rooms from 7pm to 8.30pm. Please note to come early as nobody will be available after 8.45pm, also ,please note that payment is required on the night of collection.
We wish all our members and their families a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful prosperous New Year and look forward to seeing you all again when our new season begins.

Fethard Bridge Club results
At our Christmas Party on 13th December the following prizes were presented:

Gross Turkey Prize:
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John (Prizewinners);
1st Nett: Alice Quinn and Berney Myles;
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and David O'Meara;
2nd Nett: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh.

Nett Turkey Prizes:
1st Nett: Anna Cooke and Bernie O'Meara (Prizewinners);
1st Gross: Annie O'Brien and Marie Delaney;
2nd Nett: Mary Quirke and Fr. John Meagher;
2nd Gross: Alice Quinn and Berney Myles.

Change of Partner Turkey:
1st Gross: Kathleen Kenny and Rita Kane;
1st Nett: Kay Walsh and Betty Walsh;
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Suzanne Opray;
2nd Nett: Mike Burke and Frances Burke.

Christmas Prizes:
1st Gross: Anne Connolly and Eileen Frewen;
1st Nett: Joan Kelly and Anna Ryan;
2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh;
2nd Nett: Tony Hanrahan and Ann O'Dea;
3rd Gross: Nell Broderick and David O'Meara;
3rd Nett: Suzanne Opray and Ellen Rochford;
4th Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
4th Nett: Nora Lawrence and Madeleine O'Donnell;
5th Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
5th Nett: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke;
6th Gross: Breda Walsh and Frances Burke;
6th Nett: Kathleen Kenny and Breda O'Grady.
Bridge resumes on Wednesday 13th January 2010. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto will 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 9th December were 7, 14, 15 and 24. We had no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150 each:
Katie, Sally & Harry Butler, Kilnockin, Fethard.

The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Liam Hayes, Red City, Fethard;
Therese Barrett, The Green, Fethard;
Lisa Williams, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.

Christmas Turkey winners:
Mary Woodlock, Rathdrum, Fethard;
Brian Sheehy, Garrinch, Fethard;
Emily Ryan, 3, Clonbrogan Court, Moyglass.

Christmas Ham Winners:
Kitty O'Donnell, Fethard;
Bill O'Sullivan, Fethard;
Larry Keogh, c/o Tom Purcell.

Fethard Rugby Club News
Our under 15s travelled to Clonmel for a league game and maintained their unbeaten record this season overcoming Clonmel by 31 points to 0. This was by no means an easy victory as Clonmel were camped on the Fethard try line for the first quarter, and the bigger Clonmel lads threw everything at Fethard, our two props Joey Purtill and Luke Keating were immense at this stage and continuously won turnover ball and claimed any dirty ball with the determination of terriers. The back row of Ger Gorey, Jack McCarthy and Tommy Anglim gave an exhibition of tackling which denied Clonmel scores in the opening quarter. Fethard eventually rucked up field with Shane Cleere and Thomas McGabháin constantly breaking the gain line before releasing the ball to the backs who set up Jack McCarthy for Fethard’s first try, converted by Joss Murray. Fethard claimed the ball from the kick off and the backs put some scintillating moves together to release Kyle Walsh for Fethard’s second try, again converted by Joss Murray.
Clonmel began the second half very strongly but Fethard as a team were firing on all cylinders, with Cian O'Connell having a great game in scrum half and Kyle Walsh at out half making all the right decisions, there was not way back for Clonmel. Fethard pushed on and a great team movement involving Paul Butler and Tadhg Fogarty released Kieran White for his first try in the corner. Fethard were now dominating every area of the field, the line out being particularly effective thanks in the main to exceptional work by Cathal O'Donnell finding his jumpers with a consistency that Jerry Flannery would envy. William Ryan back after an absence of a few years scored his first try which was again converted by Joss Murray, Adam Fitzgerald came on a contributed well.
Fethard's Youth Club will host a Christmas Party for Rugby Mini's on Friday night next.
Christmas Party — only a limited number of tickets remain, don’t be disappointed, book them now from any committee member. DJ for the night is Ian O'Connor of Tipp FM. Eileen Condon from Newcastle will cater for the extensive banquet included in ticket price. A great night is in store.

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