Thursday 10th June 2010

Fethard Youth Centre officially opened
Fethard Youth Centre was officially opened by Cllr. Liam Ahearne, Cathaoirleach, South Tipperary County Council, on Friday night last, June 4th. Proceedings commenced with an address by Joe Kenny, Chairman of Fethard Community Council. Joe extended a welcome to everyone present and continued by outlining the history of the Community Council’s involvement with the project, from the acquisition of the Convent Hall from the Presentation Sisters, through the completion of the Fethard Youth Needs Report, by Tipperary Institute to the renovation and refurbishment of the building into a dedicated Youth Centre. Joe explained that while the Youth Centre has been in operation for a number of months now the reason for this was to enable the committee to see how things were going in terms of youth membership, usage and preferred activities which would guide the development of the Centre. Currently, in addition to the drop-in facility at weekends, a Youth Project is underway every Thursday night and training has just completed for leaders with a view to establishing a Youth Club, for children in Fifth and Sixth Classes and First Year, next September.

Joe acknowledged that the completion of the project was due in no small part to the strength of the Community Council and how all members worked together over the past number of years. He continued by expressing his gratitude to the many adult leaders who had come on board to get involved in the Youth Centre. Joe also thanked those who made the project possible with financial assistance, South Tipperary County Council through the Recreation and Communities and Amenities Scheme in 2007 and 2008, and the Magnier family by means of a private donation. Joe concluded by mentioning the various agencies and organisations who have been involved with the Community Council on the project to date and stated that the committee are looking forward to developing and strengthening these relationships in bringing the Youth Centre to its best potential in the years to come.

Cllr. John Fahey (Cathaoirleach 2007/’08), Chairman South Tipperary VEC, then addressed the gathering. John congratulated Fethard Community Council on their efforts in developing a “truly magnificent” facility. He remarked on how it was an wonderful example of “people coming together to enrich the community of Fethard” and that the many people involved in the project to date were an example of how much can be achieved “with open minds and willing hearts”. John continued by expressing his wish that the young members of the community would learn from their example and would get involved and experience participation, teamwork and social skills - skills for life that they would learn in the Youth Centre and carry with them throughout their lives. In conclusion, Cllr. Fahey alluded to the many and varied projects that could be undertaken in the Centre, in co-operation with other agencies and organisations, and stated that these wider activities, into the future, would be of far-reaching benefit to both the youth and the community of Fethard.
Canon Breen P.P., on behalf of the clergy of the Parish, congratulated the Community Council on the “amazing project” which was completed to “an unbelievable high standard” and wished them the very best of luck with their endeavours. Canon Breen remarked that in life you get back what you give. The Youth Centre was a fine illustration of this and he considered it a fitting example, of community undertaking and leadership, to young people. He hoped that they will appreciate what the Community Council has done for them and give the facility the recognition and respect that it deserves. Canon Breen then blessed the building and all those who use it.

It was now time for the ‘cutting of the ribbon’ by Cllr. Liam Ahearne. In his address Cllr. Ahearne stated that Fethard Youth Centre is “state of the art” and complimented the Community Council and all those involved in the project. He figured that in time people will travel from throughout County Tipperary and beyond to come and see the place and to get the advice of those involved. “It cannot but be a success”, he said. Liam commented that youth doesn’t last. The youth of today are not the youth of tomorrow, it is merely a passing phase of our lives. However, there will always be young people. It is important that the youth have a place to play in society and that they are encouraged to participate in the community. The provision of youth facilities can only help their participation. Cllr. Ahearne saluted Fethard Community Council in this regard and, on behalf of South Tipperary County Council, acknowledged their delight in being involved in and contributing towards Fethard Youth Centre.

Two Branches – One Credit Union
On Friday 4th June Clonmel Credit Union Limited opened for business in its Fethard office. This new beginning was the result of the ‘transfer of engagements’ by Fethard and District Credit Union to Clonmel Credit Union. Both Board of Directors had previously met and approved the transfer on the 1st June.

Mrs Alice Twomey, President together with Michael Hickey, Kathleen Halpin (Directors), Paul Davey (Manager), Tracy Hogan (Financial Controller) and staff members Paul and Martina, were there to greet the first members at 10am when the Fethard office opened. Flowers were presented to the first members using the office.

The Clonmel Credit Union - Fethard Office will be opened each week on Friday 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5.15am and on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. The extended opening hours in Fethard Office is the first of the benefits available. The Clonmel office is open Tuesday to Saturday.

Clonmel members living in the greater Fethard area now have the convenience of a local office on their doorstep. Now all members can use either of the two offices thereby providing greater choice.
The range of services available in the Fethard Office will also be extended to match those being currently provided in Clonmel. The monthly car draw and saving stamp scheme, which have been long time favourites amongst the membership of Clonmel Credit Union, were in demand from the time the Fethard office opened.

In the next few days all the 22,000 plus members will receive a booklet and letter providing additional information on the ‘transfer of engagements’. Both new and existing members can now apply for loans through either office, by phone, email or by using the Clonmel Credit Union website.

Mrs Twomey acknowledged the work done over the years by the previous voluntary staff in Fethard since its foundation over 40 years ago.

Fethard GAA Club News
Our next senior football game in Cahir on next Sunday at 5pm is a very important game in the 2010 Championship where our destiny lies in our own hands when we play Ardfinnan, with the losers possible ending their football playing year. Please come along and support our team.

Our intermediate hurling match against Fr Sheehys was postponed until weekending 20th June.

Our Junior A footballers had a heavy defeat on bank holiday Monday losing to Newcastle by 5-13 to 0-5.

Our Lotto Jackpot of €2,600 was not won. The numbers drawn were 12, 17, 30 and 32. We had one match three winner of €150 to Mick Smyth (Jnr), Burke Street, Fethard. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Jimmy O’Meara (Cedar Grove, Fethard). Thanks to AIB for providing the tickets.

Our condolences at this time are with the McNamara Family in Templemore following the death of Joe who back in the 70s spent a number of years training our senior footballers. Go ndeanai Dia trocaire ar a anam.

Fethard Macra ‘Field Evening’ this Sunday
Fethard Macra is hosting a field day in conjunction with the South Tipp Macra Tag Tournament in Fethard Community Field on Sunday, 13th June. This promises to be a fun event and a great day. Entry is FREE. The events taking place on the day include Guess The Weight, Penalty Shoot Out, Relay Races, Round Bale Rolling, Stocks, Egg and Spoon Race, Face Painting, Gladiator, Noel's Amazing World of Animals and tons more. There will be plenty of tea, coffee, burgers, hot dogs and other delicious food available on the day. One and all are invited to join us on this great day's entertainment! Any team interested in participating in the Tag Rugby Tournament can contact Michael on 0879019443.

The club AGM will take place on Friday, 18th June in Butlers Bar, at 9pm. Anybody interested in coming along please contact Michael 0879019443. Alternatively check out or page on Facebook or contact fethardmacra@gmail.com.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 2nd June were: 3, 5, 17 and 30. We had no Jackpot winner and three ‘Match 3’ winners who received €50 each: Emma O'Donohoe, Friarsfield, Fethard; Rita O'Shea, Main St., Fethard, and Therese Murphy, c/o Maria Murphy, Coleman.

The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each: Fr. Timmy Walshe, The Abbey; Brigid Hennessy, Kilvemnon, Mullinahone, and Marie Corcoran, The Valley, Fethard.

Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.

Fethard Ladies Football Club
Fethard ladies football club has launched ‘Gaelic4Mothers’. If you are interested in a bit of football and a bit of craic then come along on Wednesday nights to the school field from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Following a great response to the formation of a minor team we now have approx 25 girls in training for the upcoming championship. We would like to thank Tommy Sheehan for taking on the role as coach and to Tom Anglim, Emily Noonan and Tom McCarthy for their assistance with training. Training will take place every Wednesday night in the school field at 6.30pm.

Training for our under-14s has recommenced under the guidance of Christopher Sheehan and continues every Saturday morning from 11am to 12 noon in the school field.

Our under-12 team have reached the knock out stages of the county championship. Despite all being underage again next year this team has surpassed all expectations and we wish them and their coaches Michael Hayes, Michael Ryan and Maureen McCarthy the best of luck in the remainder of the championship.

Our annual table quiz will take place on Friday 18th June in Butlers Bar at 9.30pm. We ask all parents of juvenile members and adult members to please support this. Table of costs €10 per person. We will also hold a raffle with numerous prizes.

Killusty Pony Show
The 47th Killusty Pony Show will be held this year on Saturday 3rd July. We have a huge variety of classes, something for every pony: ridden, hunter pony, handy pony, working hunter, jumping, lead rein, in-hand and many other classes and of course the fancy dress. Not forgetting the popular dog show with prizes for the ‘waggiest tail’ to dressing up (entries for the dog show will be taken on the field).

Lets hope we have a good fine day, like last year. For entry forms contact Lorraine 087 7783596. Entries close on Friday 25th June. A show meeting tonight will be held Thursday (tonight) 10th June at the Tirry Centre, Fethard at 8pm.

Fethard Juvenile GAA
Players representing Fethard at the county football trials on Saturday morning in Dr. Morris Park were: Brian Healy, David Hayes in U15, and Ronan Fitzgerald, Dylan Fitzgerald and Cathal Hurley in U16. Kyle Walsh represented Fethard at the U14 county hurling trials on Sunday in Clonoulty.

Our first U12 hurling fixture is on Friday 11th June in Fethard at 6.30pm. The coaches are Willie Quigley and Tomás Keane.
Our apologies to Jack Dolan whose name was omitted from last weeks U12 panel. Jack has been our great goalkeeper throughout the season.

Our U14s won their place in the South Final on Monday night against Fr. Sheehys. This match could have gone either-way in the first half. But Fethard came back with some great goals.

Congratulations and well done to our U14s who have reached a county final in the football, they played Thurles Gaels in New Inn on Monday evening in some wet and windy conditions It was a physical and tough game but the lads kept their head and ran out with a comfortable win by 4-7 to 4 points. Well done to this team, supporters and their trainers Tommy Anglim and John Hurley. The team was a follows: Charlie Manton, Jody Sheehan, Niall Doocey, Paul Maloney, Adam Fitzgerald (3 points), Andrew Phelan, Tommy Anglim (1 point), Kyle Walsh (captain, 3 points), Dean Dorney (1 goal), Owen O’Donovan (1 goal and 1 point), Dean Kenny, Alex O’Donovan and Eoghain Hurley (1 goal). Subs: Ross McCormack, Willie O’Meara, Matthew Lynch, Jack Purcell, Michael Earl (1 goal) and Thomas Condon. The very best of luck in the final, details of date and opponents to follow.

Parents are asked to note that a registration/payment evening takes place on Monday 14th June in the GAA dressing rooms for the VHI Cúl Camp. Prices are: €50 for 1 child, €100 for 2 children, and €135 for 3 children. A deposit or full payment is required on the night. Any queries please contact Annette O’Donovan (camp co-ordinator) 086 8120513 or Anne Fleming (secretary) 086 8963925.

‘Fired By Bees’ workshops
The ‘Fired By Bees’ exhibition will run in the County Museum Clonmel until the 19th June. One of the events accompanying the exhibition will be a talk in the museum on this Thursday 10th June at 7pm by John Feehan entitled ‘An introduction to the beeing of bees’ - some really nasty relatives and a quick clamber through the family tree.

On Saturday the 12th June, from 2pm to 4pm, there will be a free hat-making workshop, ‘Put a Bee in your Bonnet’ open to adults and children.

Another win to end the season
Mohammad Ali once said, “I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”, well the same can be said about Jack Connolly, The Green, just 5 days after winning his first 57kg fight, Jack was in action again at Clonmel Boxing Club’s last tournament of the season held in Clonmel on Friday night 4th June.

Jacks opponent was Willie Harty from Rathkeale Boxing Club, in Co Limerick. Harty, the golden boy of west Munster boxing, thought he had nothing to do only turn up in Clonmel, but the 2010 Irish Champion from Fethard, had other ideas and gave him a lesson in power, speed and pressure. Jack fighting through the pain barrier, after injuring his finger during his warm-up, dazzled all the judges and won on an unanimous decision, much to the delight of the home supporters, and a packed venue, for this extraordinary popular young athlete.

Jack also impressed all the judges and referees, and was awarded the ‘Best Boxer of the Tournament’ award for his outstanding display, out of a total of 11 fights from novice up to heavyweight.
Jacks impressive season has come to an end, and the trophy cabinet is bursting at the seams, but he is looking forward to a well-deserved rest. He will continue to keep himself in peak condition with roadwork and strength training. Again well done Jack on a brilliant season, enjoy your rest and we look forward to the 2010/11 season starting in September.

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