Thursday 11th March 2010

Fethard Youth Centre
A very positive, productive meeting took place at Fethard Youth Centre on Thursday 4th March. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss and plan a number of projects to develop and expand the activities taking place at the Youth Centre. In attendance were current adult volunteers, others who are interested in becoming involved and Cora Horgan, Maura Carey and Christy O’Neill from Tipperary Regional Youth Services (TRYS). It is hoped that a Youth Group and a Youth Club will be established in the near future with other projects being rolled-out later in the year.

The Youth Group will operate separately from the drop-in facility which runs every Friday and Saturday night from 8 to 10pm. It will be run by Christy, a Community Youth Worker with TRYS, and an assistant in addition to two local volunteers and will target approximately fifteen young people who might be interested in being involved. Christy is hoping to undertake some outreach work in an effort to attract members and he will visit Fethard in the coming weeks to meet with young people here. It is envisaged that the Youth Group will run, initially, during the last school term between Easter and the Summer Holidays. Programmes within the Youth Group will be issue based to help raise awareness among members and also to facilitate personal growth for them. The main focus of the Youth Group is that it will be Fun for the members who will have the opportunity to do activities such as Dance Troupe; Youth Work Ireland Games; Film Production and Variety Shows, and a lot more. Further information can be had by contacting Christy on 087 7727111.

Five adult volunteers have shown an interest in establishing a Youth Club. This club will be activity based and will be for young people aged from 10 to 14 years who are in at least Fifth Class in Primary School. Already, a number of parents have shown interest in this proposal by completing questionnaires recently distributed to local schools. Induction Training for interested adult volunteers, conducted by Tipperary Regional Youth Services, will commence on Monday 12th April at 7.30pm in Fethard Youth Centre. Leaders interested in becoming involved just turn up on the night or contact Maura, on 087 2860991 or at trysrow@eircom.net, for further information.

Other projects which are planned for the coming months include multi-media and music programmes and activities for Sixth Class pupils in the wider Fethard area to introduce them to Fethard Youth Centre.

Calling All Ladies
From teens to nineties, if you fancy a girly night out, then come along to the Fethard Youth Centre on Thursday 25th March for our “Girls Night Out”. We have a number of guest speakers on the night, including Image Consultant Margaret Doyle who will be on hand to advise ladies on what to wear and also give a surprise makeover to one lucky lady. GOSH makeup will show you how to apply the perfect makeup and Red Nose Wine will set the chilled tone for the night with a talk on how to select the right wine. We will have a number of stands from local retail outlets and beauty therapists. Wine and juices, canapés and snacks will be provided. All in all it promises to be the perfect girls night out, with lots of fun and good beauty, fashion and lifestyle tips.

So don’t forget, Thursday 25th March at 8.30pm in the Fethard Youth Centre (formerly the Convent Hall). Tickets are priced at €15 and are available at Newport’s Newsagents and Fethard Community Playschool, alternatively you can book your ticket by contacting Carmel at 087 6851046. This is a fundraising event for Fethard Community Playschool and all monies raised will go towards the construction of a new playschool.

Stable-Staff Award
Congratulations to Annette Connolly, Barrettsgrange, who was awarded a Stable Staff Award (Flat) for her work with Joseph G. Murphy, at Crampscastle. The Irish Stable Staff Association presented its annual awards in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, on Saturday night last, March 6th. A total of thirty-eight nominations were received from all over the country, covering both flat and National Hunt yards. Annette was the winner in the Tipperary, Limerick, Kerry and Cork region. Well done to all concerned.

Hurling Blitz
Congratulations to the boys from St. Patrick's Boys School, who won a recent School Hurling Blitz in Clonmel. In no particular order the boys were, Eoin O'Donovan, Nathan Coston, Paul Moloney, Ross McCormack, Alec O'Donovan, Joseph O'Connor, Tony O'Reilly, Andrew Phelan, William O'Meara and of course their captain, Dean Dorney.

Our Under 16s had a fantastic challenge match on Saturday at home to Kilsheelan. The final score was Fethard 6-11, Kilsheelan 1-4. This was definitely due to the buzz that is obviously back in our Fethard lads plus a brilliant show of team-work. Our thanks to the coaches, Michael Quinlan, Jimmy O'Meara, Stephen O'Donnell and the panel who made us very proud – Tommy Anglim (0-2), Niall Doocey, Dylan Fitzgerald (0-1), David Hayes, Gerry Horan, Eoghain Hurley, Andrew Maher, Willie Morgan, Kyle Walsh (0-1), Dion Butler (0-2), Jack Devaney (2-1), Adam Fitzgerald, Ronan Fitzgerald, Gerard Gorey, Brian Healy (2-1), Cathal Hurley (1-3), Garreth Lawrence, Dave Morgan and Mike Smyth (1-0).

We look forward to our first U16 fixture next Saturday 13th at home to Fr. Sheehy's. Training will continue on Monday & Thursday at 6.45 for U16 and U14. Also U12 on Monday and Thursday at 7pm, we are also pleased to have a few girls joining in with our U12 training.
If you are interested in joining the Fethard GAA Club you can contact Ann Fleming, our secretary on 086 8963925.

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
The bi-annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help will take place in the Parish Church from 22nd to 29th March this year. We will have nine separate guest speakers at the nightly novena starting at 7.30pm (excluding Saturday 27th when the Ceremony will commence at 7pm).

Pray for us Sinners for the Abymill
The Fionn Mac Cumhaill Players new play by Paul Maher, 'Pray for us sinners', will be coming to a theatre near you soon. Beginning on Wednesday March 10th in The Watergate Theatre Kilkenny - then on to Tipp Town on the 11th - The Abymill Fethard on 12th and The Source Theatre Thurles on 13th March.

This play is set in 1980s rural Ireland when Christian values were taking a turn and the statues were moving - Joey Ryan a young man is bewildered by it all - what is going on - is he loosing his mind or is some mighty revelation at hand?
Booking for the Abymill Fethard on 12th March is at 087-2544229

Lourdes Table Quiz
A Table Quiz will be held in the Secondary School Hall on Monday 15th March at 8.30pm. The proceeds of this quiz and raffle will be used to sponsor two 5th Year students as youth helpers with the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in June. A raffle will be held in conjunction with the table quiz. Attractive sponsored prizes will be on offer.
Don’t miss this excellent night’s entertainment. Refreshments will be served and an invitation is extended to all.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 3rd March were: 14, 17, 20 and 21. We had no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150: Frank Mullins, c/o Tom Purcell.

The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each: Alice Butler, Kilnockin, Fethard; Mary Sayers, Crampscastle, Fethard; and Bob Maher, Barrack Street, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.

St. Vincent de Paul
Senior Citizens wishing to come along on the St. Vincent de Paul annual holiday to Ballybunion, from 8th May to the 14th May this year, are asked to contact Vincent Doocey (052) 6131698 for an application form immediately.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Friday 5th March of Joan Doran, Ballinard, Fethard. Interment took place in Cloneen.
The death has occurred on Thursday 4th March of Mrs Patricia Whelan, Tullamaine Cottage, Fethard.

Fethard Bridge Club
On 3rd March we played for prizes sponsored by FBD Investments and the results were: 1st Gross, Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh; 2nd Gross, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke; 1st Nett, Mary Quirke and Fr. John Meagher; 2nd Nett, Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara.
There will be no bridge next Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

Hunting News
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers brought the curtain down on another season with their Lawn Meet at Orchardstown House on Sunday last. A hearty “Go raibh míle maith agaibh” to the Ronan family for their hospitality prior to move-off. A very big crowd turned out but unfortunately hunting was not in keeping with the occasion. Scent was almost non-existant. Hounds did their almighty best under the conditions but hunting a field or two, working the line for a similar distance and opening again was the order of the day. Hounds did not find in Orchardstown, or Carroll’s, or the Ha’penny Bridge covert. Finding in the gorse patch at Donoughmore they hunted back to the Bridge. They checked here and by the time it was discovered the fox had crossed the road to Orchardstown they could do little more. Crossing the road to the Glen, he ran up to the Clonmel-Cashel Road. The fox turned left here, ran inside the road and left, back to the Glen where he crossed the road from the Ash Grove at the Bridge where they lost him. Drawing up towards Ryan’s they found but this fellow quickly got to ground. From the banks of the Moyle they had a good left-handed circle before marking to ground in the same earth as shortly before. This run concluded the day and the season.

A reminder that The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers Annual Members and Friends Draw will take place next week. Tickets for the draw are €2 each, or a book of three for €5, are available locally. The White Heathers are confident that the support of supporters, friends and followers of this long established pack will be as good this year, as always.

Well, another season has come and gone. The White Heathers still continue with great local support and long may it continue. Tradition is a wonderful thing and the hunting tradition and support still lives on very strongly in Tipperary. Most extraordinary the amount of people who never actually go out hunting still follow with great interest the fortunes of the Tipps and the White Heathers and indeed hunting in general. Very heartening and encouraging to see so many juvenile and youthful followers out, they are indeed the future of the sport. A very special “thank-you” to all landowners without whose co-operation the sport could not continue. Remember also, the season may be over but still hounds have to be very well looked after seven days a week throughout the year. Sheer dedication to their sport keeps professional and, even more so, amateur huntspeople up to the task throughout the year. A special “thank-you” to my good assistant who spends at least an hour each week trying to decipher my writing and typing and preparing these notes each week for the Nationalist. Thanks also to the Nationalist for their co-operation. The interest is indeed a wonderful thing and Joe has had e-mails from New Zealand, America and god knows where else where people follow with interest the hunting scene in Tipperary.

Fethard Community Sportsfield
Development of Fethard Community Sportsfield has increased dramatically in recent times and the committee are currently in the process of availing of the services of a Community Employment Project. The field is in need of a person who would be available for 19.5 hours each week to cut grass, line pitches, clean up litter, clean containers etc., and moving on to maintenance of the clubhouse when the time comes. If there is anybody over 25 years old and in receipt of a Social Welfare Benefit for more than one year who would be interested in this work the committee would be very glad to hear from them. Garda clearance applies to all applicants.

Fethard Rugby Club News
Our U19s had a great run out on Saturday night when Clonmel hosted us for a challenge match. Fethard came out of this keenly contested game with a deserving two point win, on a score line of 12-10. Fethard were first on the scoreboard with a well taken penalty from Ben Walsh. The Fethard line-out and scrum was very effective on the night giving Fethard great attacking opportunities. The defensive play of Fethard was put to the test on numerous occasions holding up the ball three times when Clonmel crossed the line. Adam O'Donnell's tackle count was phenomenal and he constantly disrupted the Clonmel attack. Robert Hall was captain for the night and his quick thinking on a penalty saw him tap and cross for Fethard’s try, Ben converted leaving the score at 10-0. Clonmel attacked on restart and were rewarded with a penalty. Fethard missed a number of try scoring opportunities before Clonmel struck for their try in the dying minutes.

This was a great team performance and Fethard can use this experience as they prepare for Cashel in the first round of the Cup next week. Our good wishes go to the young Clonmel man who suffered a facial injury on the night.

Our U15s travelled to Waterpark for the first of the League playoffs and were beaten by twenty points to ten. The concession of two soft tries by Fethard in the first half was the difference between these two teams. Despite this concession Fethard really got stuck in, playing constructive rugby and constantly attacking the Waterpark line. Jack McCarthy and Tommy Anglim put in some great tackles with Jack winning great turnover ball. Willie Morgan played very well linking up with the backs. Gerard Gorey scored Fethard’s first try after the forwards rucked and mauled the length of the field before releasing Ger. The second try was generated through the backs when David Hayes was held up, Jack McCarthy crashed over from the resulting scrum. This was a game Fethard could have won and we saw fine performances from Tomas McGabhain, Keith Brunnick, Shane Cleere, Tadhg Fogarty and Paul Butler while Joey Purtill was very effective in the lineouts. Fethard play Dungarvan next weekend in the second playoffs and must win to advance.

U17s - played host to Carrick RFC on Sunday morning last week and came away with a well deserved 12 apiece draw. This was a very evenly contested game which could have gone either way, Fethard never once gave up and the backs put up a strong defence that showed the scoreline, the forward pack rucked and malled and Sean White was rewarded with a well deserved try.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome back to the team Colin Meagher and Gavin Delaney, and a special mention must go to our newest up and coming member Cathal Hurley who scored our second try and converted with only 2 league games under his belt well done Cathal. A man of the match performance with some great tackling and line out defence from Thomas Keavney, Frankie O'Donovan was solid at full back with some great tackles being pulled off, great also to see Shane Power back to his full potential, Dylan Fitzgerald and the rest of the team all deserve a pat on the back for the great effort that they put in. It has been really good to see the numbers increase at training on a Friday night and the results are starting to show - well done lads keep up the good work and see you all at training.
On Sunday last, the Under 11s team played two games at home against Carrick-on-Suir and Clanwilliam. Both visiting teams were in fine form, but the Fethard boys won both games, beating Carrick by 4-2 and Clan by 3-2. Two Fethard players in their first season of rugby continued to show great progress since they started: Ross McCormack was powerful in attacking play, while Jack Kealy made several terrific tackles. Ned Grogan and Jack Grace used their strength to great effect, while Mark Heffernan and Joseph O'Connor used their speed to keep Fethard on top. Aaron Smullen, Harry Butler and Patrick Scully were solid in securing possession at the breakdown, while Jack Dolan played superbly in rucks and on the restarts from scrums and line-outs. The first half of the game against Clanwilliam was a joy to watch, and was arguably Fethard's best passage of play all season. Although missed tackles allowed Clanwilliam to get two tries in the second half, this young Fethard team can be very proud of their performance. Well done boys.

Fethard Macra
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, March 16th at 8p.m. 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.
Tickets will be available on the door on the night and can also be booked on 097-6882683.

Fethard GAA Club
Senior Football County League game played on Sunday last we were still short quite a number of players which resulted in a defeat on a score line Fethard 0-5; Moyle Rovers 1-1. On Sunday next Fethard are at home to J K Brackens at 2.30pm.
The Tipperary County Club draw for 2009/2010 is coming to a close with the last two draws March/April taking place in Fethard on this Friday night 12th March at 10pm in Butlers Bar, Main Street. All members and promoters are invited to attend. They will have the opportunity to see and congratulate Alice Lawrence, Coolmoyne, who won a car in last months draw. Alice will be presented with her car keys on the night, other prize winners will also be present.
We would like to advise that some Fethard Club memberships are still outstanding. You only have until the end of March to pay to be a member for 2010. Payment can be made to any club officer: adult players €40; under 21 & u18 €20; general membership (non players, 21 & over) €30.

Lotto Jackpot €4800 was not won. Numbers Drawn were 5, 7, 11 and 32. There was no ‘Match Three’ winners. €30 each went to Dorothy Keane, Merrys, Clonmel; Bee Gould, Claremore, Fethard; Austy Godfrey, Derryluskin; Rebecca Bradshaw, St. Patrick’s Place and Paraic Spillane, Tullamaine. €50 Lucky Dip went to Tom Purcell, Burke Street. Thanks to Clonmel Oil for sponsoring the tickets.

Juvenile GAA Notes
Training for U6 & U8 boys & girls will re-commence with football on Saturday 27th March from 11am to 12noon. We look forward to seeing all the boys & girls from last year still aged 8 & under. Also we encourage any new boys & girls interested in playing football or hurling to come along.


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