Thursday 4th March 2010

€250,000 for the proposed amalgamation of two Fethard Schools
South Tipperary/West Waterford TD, Mattie McGrath has been informed by Mr Batt O’Keeffe, TD, Minister for Education and Science that he proposes to provide a devolved grant of up to a maximum of €250,000 for the proposed amalgamation of SN Naomh Padraig and Fethard Convent.

SN Naomh Padraig and Fethard Convent agreed to amalgamate in 2002 but the project did not progress then due to the need for the delivery of a refurbished, modernised school building at the Fethard Convent NS building, according to Deputy McGrath.

Deputy McGrath said, “The Minister is now aware that the condition of SN Naomh Padraig’s building and roof has deteriorated. Following a recent review of the file the Minister proposes to progress the amalgamation as soon as possible”

“A devolved grant, up to a maximum of €250,000 will be allocated to provide the required minimum additional accommodation and refurbishment works at the Fethard Convent building. This will be subject to written agreement by the Boards of Management and the Patron to progress the amalgamation process. It will be open to the new school to apply under the Summer Works Scheme for works to maintain the integrity of the building and to apply in the normal course for Capital Funding for a Major Capital Project should it be required.”

Fethard support Special Olympics team
A fundraising night to support Scoil Aonghusa, Cashel, Special Olympics team, part of the Munster team, will be held in Lonergan’s Bar on Saturday 6th March at 8.30pm when the premises will be transformed in to a mini casino for a ‘Vagas Night’. Customers will have the opportunity to have great fun playing various games such as Roulette, Texas Holdem, Blackjack, Greyhound Racing, Target Shooting and raise funds to help eleven athletes and their coaches to attend the National Games in Limerick. The approximate cost for tracksuits, kit bags, travel, hotel stay, food and pre-training if any qualify for the World Games in Greece, is €500 per person. So your support would be greatly appreciated.

All games will be provided by Jamie Barlow who also runs the ‘Card Club’ in Clonmel. Tables on the night are available for local sponsorship and any donations for this truly worthy cause would be greatly appreciated by the hard working committee and volunteers at Scoil Aonghusa. All the money raised will go towards sending the athletes and coaches to the National Special Olympics held in Limerick from 9th June to 13th June. The athletes will be competing in aquatics, athletics, badminton, gymnastics and motor activities.
A special thank-you to our sponsors to date including, O’Sullivans Pharmacy, Londis Fethard, Jimmy Morrissey, Ladbrooks, Oriental Gardens Restaurant, Diageo and AIB Fethard. All other sponsors are welcome to come on board by contacting Roseanne or John at Lonergan’s Bar Tel: (052) 6131447. Also on Saturday 6th, Ladbrooks will have games and special events at their shop to celebrate their 1st year open in Fethard.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 24th February were: 1, 4, 8 and 17. We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner. The following drawn tickets received €50 each: Open Door, Fethard Day Care Centre; Eileen White, Drangan; and Selena Cummins, Hymenstown, New Inn, Cashel.

The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each: Annette Quigley, Killenaule; Richard O'Brien, Abbey Close, Fethard; and Mary McCormack, Kerry Street, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.

St. Vincent de Paul
Families that may need help with this year’s First Communion or Confirmation expenses are asked to contact any member of the Fethard St. Vincent de Paul committee as soon as possible.
The committee are also looking for a fridge in good working condition, if anybody has one to spare please contact the committee or Denis Burke at (052) 6131852.

Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game on 24th February were: 1st Gross, Kay St. John and Rita Kane; 2nd Gross, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn; 1st Nett, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 2nd Nett, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke.
Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

Tidy Towns Meeting
A meeting of Fethard Tidy Towns will take place in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm on Monday 8th March, with a view to elect a new committee. All are welcome and we particularly invite representatives from all areas of the town to come along and share their ideas on how we can improve ‘Tidy Towns’ in Fethard.

Charity Bazaar this Sunday
A Charity Bazaar in aid of Haiti Orphans Appeal will be held in Fethard Ballroom on this Sunday, 7th March from 1pm to 5pm. Admission free. Items for sale include adults and childrens clothes, toys, books, DVDs, plants, home baking, ‘bric-a-brac’ and lots more! There will also be a ‘Monster Raffle’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Thursday 25th February of Mr Shay Ahessy, Killaloan Lodge, Waterford Road, Clonmel. Interment took place in Cloneen.
The death has occurred on Thursday 25th February of Mr Jack Wall, Tullamaine, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Fethard ICA Guild
The next meeting takes place on Tuesday 9th March at the usual time of 8pm. Our speakers will be Susan Connell-Ford and her daughter Ester. Susan is a survivor of breast cancer and at the end of her treatment wrote a book ‘The M Word’ on her experiences and ‘coping strategies’, during that very difficult time in her life. In more recent times Susan and her daughter Ester have gone on to make beautiful, chemical free soaps and skincare products. We are delighted these two ladies are able to be with us for our meeting. The Red Group are in charge of catering this month.

We also offer warmest congratulations to Marie Crean, who has passed her teachers exams in Fine Textiles. This achievement represents three years of travel to and from Cork and a great deal of very hard work on Marie's part. A fantastic result, very well done Marie.

We are sad to record the passing of Frank Wyatt, Jossestown, husband of Phil, our very dedicated and hard working member. To Phil, her children and the extended families, we offer our sincere sympathy. May Frank rest in peace.

With the White Heathers
Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers broke new ground with their meet at Coolmoyne on Sunday last. A big crowd, on a glorious day, enjoyed hunting of mixed fortunes. Due to bloodstock being out the bogs at the back of the old creamery were not drawn. Starting on the other side of the Kilbragh Road they drew through Walsh’s and Slattery’s and did not find. Foxes actually being hard enough to find on the day. Moving back across the road they found in Harrington’s. This fox provided a short sharp run to the big fort in Pat O’Donnell’s where he got to ground. Hounds did not find again until reaching the main covert in Tullamaine. A fox found here could not be persuaded to leave and was left. Moving across towards the old ball-alley they found near Hayes’. Hunting a nice right-handed circle he ran back to the yard and found a safe refuge in one of the barns full of large hay bales. Crossing the top road into Prospect they found again. They finished the day with a nice circle on this fellow up to behind Tom Noonan’s swinging left he ran back through Aherne’s and Prospect, crossed the road to Pat White’s and to ground at Pat’s Airport in Crossard.

The day finished on a very high note with a surprise 65th birthday party for our Master Philly O’Connor at his Archway Bar, in Drangan. A huge crowd of followers, supporters and well-wishers turned up to wish the rock on which the pact stands a very happy birthday. Phil hunted the hounds for fourteen seasons and he is still a great help to keep the show on the road. Always cool, calm and collected in keeping the ship on an even-keel even when the seas get rough.
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers finish the season with a Lawn Meet at Orchardstown House, to which all are cordially invited on Sunday next, 7th March, at 11am.

Fethard Youth Centre
A meeting will be held on this Thursday, 4th March, at 8pm in Fethard Youth Centre to discuss a range of projects which are ready to commence in the near future at Fethard Youth Centre. One of the proposals under consideration is the establishment of a Junior Youth Club for young people aged from 10 to 14 years. This meeting will be attended by the CEO of Tipperary Regional Youth Services (TRYS), Cora Horgan, and a number of her staff who will give a broad outline of the various projects planned and will explain the detail of the Junior Youth Club. Existing adult volunteers of Fethard Youth Centre and others who have expressed an interest in becoming involved in the Junior Youth Club will also attend. If you are interested in becoming involved, in any capacity, as an adult volunteer please feel free to come along to this meeting. There are exciting times ahead for the young people of Fethard, this is your chance to be part of it. Further details can be had by contacting Maura Carey, Outreach Worker with TRYS, on 087 2860991.

Just In Passing - The Fethard Connection
Manchester United celebrated their one-hundred years at Old Trafford on 16th February. A list of ten Old Trafford milestones contains one event with Fethard connections. Surprisingly Old Trafford’s biggest attendance was not for a game involving Manchester United. This figure was achieved at an F.A. Cup semi-final between Wolverhampton and Grimbsy Town on 25th March 1939. The figure was 76,962. Goalkeeper on the Grimbsy Town team was Irish International George Moulson. George and his brother, Connie, of Lincoln City, also an Irish International, were sons of Charles Moulson, a British Soldier, and Bridget Dahill of Sparogolea and later The Valley, Fethard. Only dedicated soccer fans would be familiar with the name of the Irish Internationals. One such fan and local sports historian is Georgie Matthews, Kerry Street. A lot of water has gone down the Clashawley since Georgie told me of the Moulson brothers. He recalled both George and Connie as youths and young men coming to visit their Dahill cousins on The Valley. He recalled that both of the boys stood well over six feet tall when this was a most uncommon height. He also added that Fethard people used to stop in their tracks to watch them pass by. Their father, Charles Moulson, having completed his term in the army, on retirement became a postman in Clogheen. Connie was born in Fethard, George in Clogheen. Charles Moulson re-joined the army on the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Unfortunately, he was killed in action in December 1915. Two weeks earlier he had been involved in action following which he was decorated for bravery. He received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for “leading his men with great resolution and gallantry” after their officer had been killed. This medal has been likened to the Victoria Cross. Charles Moulson’s remains were never found, his name is inscribed on the Menin Gate War Memorial in Ypres, Belgium.

Bridget returned to her family in Fethard with her young family, Charles, Mabel, Connie and William. She lived with her family in Fethard before returning with them to Grimbsy, England. Remarkably, both brothers played for Ireland. George making three appearances in 1948 while Connie played five times in 1936-37. The Old Trafford attendance record still stands. George Moulson played an important part in that record-setting day. That game incidentally created another piece of Soccer history. That was the first time that the players all wore numbered jerseys. It was some time before this became an official requirement. Perhaps the Fethard connection with the Moulson family and soccer history will be acknowledged on a plaque in Fethard sometime in the future. The Moulson descendants still living in Grimbsy have been in contact recently with their Fethard relatives and have stated they intend to renew visiting their Fethard cousins. (E.A.N.)

Fethard and Killusty Community Council
A Church Gate Collection for Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th March. Your support would be very much appreciated.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 23rd March at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street. All are welcome.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
We remind our quiz teams that the U14 Juvenile Quiz County Final will take place in the Presentation Convent, Mitchell Street, Thurles, on this Friday night at 7.30pm. Entry fee is €6 per team to be paid on the night. We wish our teams the very best of luck. There will be ten rounds of ten questions and each round will contain one community games question. Medals will be presented to the three top teams with the first two qualifying for the National Finals, which will take place in Athlone in May.

Closing date for entries in the Art and Modelling events was on Wednesday 3rd March. Submissions are currently being judged and medals will be awarded to the first three in each category for both boys and girls. The first two in each category will qualify for the County Final which will take place in Gortnahoe on Saturday 20th March. Area results will be announced next week.

Manager Willie Quigley had to withdraw the boys U13 indoor soccer team due to lack of training facilities but Willie will be busy with the GAA teams who are requested to please play their first game as soon as possible and avoid congestion at a later stage. County Finals in Semple Stadium are two weeks earlier this year and it is very important that all matches commence immediately.

In the U10 Mixed Football and U11 Hurling we are due to play Kilsheelan in both and Fethard have home venue. We play St Marys, Clonmel, in the girls U12 GAA with the venue going to Clonmel. Our manager is Joe Keane.

Fethard play St Flannan’s in the U11 Rugby. Coordinator is June Whelan Tel: 086 3827182. Date and venue to be finalised.
Denis Burke and Justin McGree will be happy to know their U16 Boys and Girls Volleyball Teams got a walk over in the County and have now qualified for the Munster Finals in U.L. on 10th July.
Other individual finals in Swimming will take place in Tipperary Town on 25th April. Closing date for entries is 12th April
Gymnastics are also in Tipperary Town on 3rd May. Closing date for entries is 30th April. Athletics to be confirmed.
We look forward to a competitive and enjoyable season.

Fethard GAA Club News
On Sunday last our senior footballers took a heavy defeat by Cahir in the opening game of the Tipperary County League played in Fethard. The second round is on this weekend against Moyle Rovers to be played in Monroe.

Our Lotto Jackpot €4,700 was not won. The numbers drawn were 4, 8, 19 and 24. We had one match three winner of €150 to Abigail Doyle (Woodvale Walk, Fethard). The €50 lucky dip was won by Alice Lawrence (Woodvale Walk, Fethard). Thanks to Clonmel Oil for providing the tickets.

The club was saddened this week with the passing away of Jack Wall (Tullamaine), a great Gael with his first love handball, a game he excelled and promoted during his life time, with hurling a very close second. Jack was a player in the famous Coolmoyne Junior Hurling South & County Champions team of 1950. He added a second South title in 1959, and was presented with the GAA’s Cumann na Sean nGael Award on 18th November 2007. To his nephews, nieces and extended family, we offer our condolences at this time. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.

Fethard Macra na Feirme
Fethard Macra na Feirme are staging the one act play ‘Till We Meet Again’, by Colin and Mary Crowther, in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday, 16th March at 8pm. This play examines the question of what we would we do differently if we had the chance to live life over again? Nearing death, the play's hero, John, revisits himself as a teenager, as a young man starting a career, as a disgruntled middle-aged husband and, in the final moments, as a newborn child and as the old man he'll never be. He is taken on this journey by his guardian angel in the guise of his old Nana. The play offers an insightful yet humorous account of the different paths life can take and of the mistakes we make along the way. It explores what has happened in the past and what might have been and what could have been if life had been lived differently.

The play’s cast features members of the ‘Fionn MacCumhaill Players’, Slievenamon Musical Society’ and ‘Cashel Pantomime Society’. The play is directed and produced by Cork man Michael Manley. Michael has been directing plays for Macra clubs for many years. He directed the winning play ‘Sorry, Wrong Number’ for Clonakilty and was awarded Best Director at the Macra Drama National Final last year.
Cast is as follows: Noel Clancy (John); Una Shanahan (Nana); Michael Moclair (Young Man); Anne Marie Kennedy (Young Woman); Anne Kennedy (Sarah); Leah McNamara (Wife); and David Ryan (Old Man). Tickets will be available on the door on the night and can also be booked by phone at: 087-6882683.


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