Thursday 8th July 2010

A new era dawns for Nano Nagle
Sr. Maureen Power came to Fethard from Waterford in 1980 and has been teacher and principal in Nano Nagle National School for the last thirty years.  Her career has been marked by the dignity and dedication she brought to both of those roles.  She was understanding and kind with her staff; firm but fair in dealing with school issues; and gentle and popular with the hundreds of children she has put through her hands. She is an unassuming person who never seeks the limelight, but the light she sparked will shine for many years to come through her pupils.  We wish her a long, happy and healthy retirement.

This year also marks the end of the Presentation Sisters Trusteeship of Nano Nagle School.  The Presentation Sisters came to Fethard from Thurles Convent in 1862 and the first school opened on May 1st of the same year with ninety pupils present.  Within a few weeks the number had risen to three hundred. A lot of hidden sacrifices, toil and dedication to the pupils and people went on over the next one hundred years. The first sod of the current building, Nano Nagle Primary School, was turned on 24th March 1977. The school was officially opened in September 1978.

A Mass to mark Sr. Maureen’s retirement and the school’s transition from the Trusteeship of the Presentation Sisters to Parish School was held in the Parish church on 30th June. The celebrant, Rev. Father Breen, spoke of Sr. Maureen’s talents and attributes and also paid homage to the Presentation Sisters’ long and valued association with Fethard.

The amalgamation of Nano Nagle N.S. and St. Patrick’s N.S yields a new school, Holy Trinity N.S., which opens its doors on 1st September 2010.

Hopefully this innovation will enrich the education and development of the girls and boys of Fethard for generations to come.

Ending of one era heralds the beginning of another
The ringing of the school bell at noon on Tuesday 29th June, brought an end to 137 years of the primary school boys of Fethard being educated in Scoil Naomh Padraig, Fiodh Ard. The Patrician Brothers, who founded the school in 1873, taught here for 120 years, up to 1993.

School Principal, Mrs Patricia Treacy, thanked them for their contribution to the lives of the people of Fethard over the years, before a gathering of pupils, teachers, past-pupils and parents who came along to mark this special occasion.

Mrs Treacy went on to say, “The aspirations of Bishop Daniel Delany, who founded the Patrician Order and those of Nano Nagle, who founded the Presentation Order, will merge when the two schools amalgamate as Holy Trinity National School, on 1st September 2010.

So, while on the one hand we feel a sense of sadness and loss, we also look forward with a sense of anticipation and excitement.
Now, before we have the final ringing of the school bell in St. Patrick’s BNS, Fethard, we will together sing a hymn synonymous with Fethard and with the boys’ school in particular, as it was composed by one of the Patrician Brothers, ‘Íosagáin’ which asks Jesus to be with us always and never to forsake us.”

At 12 o’clock she called on past pupil, Tony Newport, to ring the final bell in St. Patrick’s Boys’ NS, Fethard.

Thanking Mrs Treacy for inviting him to represent all past-pupils of Patrician Brother N.S., Tony said his thoughts of his schooldays in Fethard brought many memories of the teachers and the boys who were his schoolmates. Many, he said, in his opinion, were obliged to leave school early, from sixth class on, and a few years later take the emigrant ship to England. That being over sixty years ago, a great number of them in recent years have now been called to their eternal reward in England and are interred far from their native town. He remembers these friends especially at this time.

Tony also recalled his own family’s long association with the school. His eldest uncle, Paddy Kenrick, born 1872, along with his seven brothers would have been the first pupils to attend the school. From then up to the present day the Kenrick family’s sons, grandsons, great-grandsons and great-great-grandsons have continued to attend the Patrician Brother’s school, and indeed, many other families in Fethard have done likewise.

Tony then rang the school bell for the final time, marking the end of one era and heralding the beginning of another.

Fethard Community Field Golf Classic
A reminder that the fundraising Golf Classic for Fethard Community Field will take place on this coming Friday and Saturday at Callan Golf Club. We still have availability on Friday afternoon for those wishing to take part. Contact Colm Duggan on Tel: 086 3478544 for details. Prizes include a golf outing to La Carla Resort, Spain, for four; green fees for the K Club and Mount Juliet and lots more great prizes.

The presentation of prizes will take place in McCarthy’s Hotel on Saturday night with music supplied in the marquee by exciting Clonmel band, ‘Mind at Risk’. Please come along and do your best to support this event for a great night’s entertainment.

Medieval costume workshops
Fethard Historical Society is organising adult sewing workshops to make costumes for the Fethard Medieval Walled Town Festival, which takes place on Sunday 22nd August as part of National Heritage Week.

Anyone interested in making an authentic medieval costume can come along to the Abymill Theatre at 8pm on Wednesday 14th July. For further information please contact Mary Hanrahan Tel: 087 9009722.

Fethard Tennis Camp
A Tennis Camp for children will run from 12th July to 16th July from 10am to 12.30 in Fethard Sports Centre tennis courts. Ages are from 1st class to 6th class. Cost is €30. Names to O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy or text 086 3809397.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 30th June were: 3, 22, 27 and 31. We had no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150: Anna Bradshaw Cooke, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each: Marie Allen, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; John Whyte, Main Street, Fethard; and Pat Grant, c/o Arthur Daly.

Remember you can purchase your lotto ticket online at www.fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets and get one free! Check on the website for lots of special offers.

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

Hospice Collection
The local support group of South Tipperary Hospice would like to express their sincere appreciation to all who supported their recent annual church gate collection held last weekend in Fethard, Killusty and Moyglass. The total amount collected was €1,947.

Well done Amy
Well done to Amy Sweeney who came 1st for the second year at Clonmel Show for young handler with her falabella pony ‘Sahara’ and won 2nd prize in the Coloured Class and again in the ‘Under 32’.

Ballymena journey worthwhile for Paraic
It may well be a long way to Tipperary but the journey home for Paraic McCormack who regularly travels north from his home in Fethard to compete at Ballymena Raceway would surely have seemed a little shorter after claiming his first victory at the Co. Antrim circuit in the Classic Hotrod Final on Friday 25th June.

Paraic grabbed the lead at the start of the final and his Ford Escort Mk1 #53 showed a much improved turn of speed as he pulled out all the stops to comfortably hold off the rest of the field and capture a splendid maiden classic win for the Ballinure native.

Upcoming gigs
Paul Watchorn, ‘The Sons of Erin Band’, will play in The Castle Inn on Saturday 10th July at 10.30pm. Admission free. Paul was one of the main singers with Derek Warfield of the Wolfetones and is rated as one of the best five-string banjo players in Ireland. Paul will play with Shay Kavanagh, a former member of the Dublin City Ramblers for over fourteen years. Together they guarantee a great night of Irish music and song at its best and ensure that the legacy of Ireland’s past will continue in song and ballad for many years to come.

Coming to McCarthy's hotel soon is 'The legend of Luke Kelly' tribute band. Chris Kavanagh and the Patriots put on a great two-hour show and will play in concert at the marquee in McCarthys on 31st July, commencing at 9.30pm. Tickets are €10 and can be had by ringing 086-0834208 or from McCarthys Hotel. This is a wonderful tribute to the late Luke Kelly and Chris is so like him both in looks and singing voice that it will put a shiver down your spine. His band members are also a very talented bunch. If your a Luke Kelly fan you won’t want to miss this.

Fethard GAA Club News
Our Intermediate Hurlers had a draw on Friday last on a scoreline, Fethard 2-11, St Marys 1-14, resulting in Fethard topping the league table. They now await a semifinal against Ballyneale or Cahir. The Fethard team was: J.P. McGrath, Gerard Maher, Michael Ahearne, John Leahy, Declan Doyle, Cian Maher, Shane Walsh, Eoin O’Connell, Kenneth O’Donnell, Michael Spillane, Eoin Doyle, Tomás Keane, Brian Delahunty, Colin Allen and Alan O’Connor.

Congratulations to our U-16 B football team who won the county title on Saturday evening last.

Our Minor B hurlers will play their first game on Sunday next 11th July at 12 noon in Monroe against Cahir with another game on Tuesday 13th against Carrick Swans in Kilsheelan at 7.30pm.

Our Lotto Jackpot €3,000 was not won. The numbers drawn were 5, 18, 20 and 30. We had two match three winners who received €75 each to: Jim Williams (Killusty, Fethard), and Monica Ahern (Prospect, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan, Fethard). Thanks to AIB, Main Street, for providing the tickets.

Our condolences are at this time with the Ryan Family (Ballyclerihan) on the passing away of Breda O’Donoghue (nee Ryan, Preston) in Kerry. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
‘We are the champions’ - a deserving team of young men brought home an U-16 B county title home to Fethard on Saturday evening last. All roads led to Cashel for the county final where we played Rockwell Rovers in a thrilling game of football displayed for the large crowd of supporters that travelled to cheer them on. They were not disappointed — it was a tit-for-tat game of football but the Fethard lads held on. The amount of hard work and dedication put into the team was evident as they pulled away to a comfortable lead. Each and every member of this team can be proud of their achievement. The pride and glory that they have restored into the club is amazing and some of these team members will still be U-14 again next year. Well done to all concerned. It was a proud day for the club, players and supporters when, to a huge loud roar and round of applause, a deserving captain, Dylan Fitzgerald, lifted the cup to bring back to Fethard.

Many thanks to those people who came out to cheer the lads when they came home to Fethard. Thanks also to those who put up all the blue and white flags and bunting around the town. It was a proud fantastic time for the club.

The team was as follows: Andrew Maher, Joedy Sheehan, Garreth Lawrence, Kieran Walsh, Ger Gorey, Ronan Fitzgerald, Kyle Walsh, Dylan Fitzgerald (captain 1 point), David Hayes, Adam Fitzgerald (1 point), Cathal Hurley (1 goal 3 points), Tommy Anglim (1 point), Dion Butler (3 points), Michael Smith, Brian Healy (1 goal and 1 point). Subs used were: Philip Maher (1 point) for Michael Smith. Their brilliant trainers and mentors for the year were, Jimmy O’Meara, Michael Quinlan and Stephen O’Donnell. Well done lads a mighty job and we wish the same luck to these young men in hurling.
We were home to Mullinahone in U-14 hurling on last Monday evening in their first game of their south championship bid and came away with a comfortable win. It was a wonderful display of hurling and hopefully a good start to their season. They play at home to Clerihan on Wednesday evening. The final score stood at Fethard 5-12, Mullinahone 2-3, a good result from the start. Our scorers on the night were Eoghain Hurley, 3 goals and 1 point; Kyle Walsh a whopping total of 9 points; Adam Fitzgerald 1 point; Tommy Anglim 1 point and Dean ‘The Goo’ Dorney 2 goals and 1 point. Well done lads, this same team brought home the county football title and we wish them as much luck in the hurling, their trainers are Tommy Anglim, Tommy Sheehan and John Hurley.

In U-12 hurling our young lads put on a wonderful display and drew with Skeheenarinky in a thrilling exciting game. The final score was Fethard 3-01 to 1-07. These young men brought home the south title in football and we wish them the very best of luck in their quest for the south championship. Our scorers on the night were Jessie McCormack 1 goal, and Dean Kenny 2 goals and 1 point. Well done lads and best of luck in your next match.

Match details and fixtures can be found on our Fethard Bord na nÓg Facebook page which is updated regularly with changes and results.
There are a very few places left on our Cúl Camp, please contact either Annette O’Donovan (camp co-ordinator) or club secretary Anne Fleming for information.

Jack selected for Bulgaria
What a fantastic weekend the 3rd and 4th July turned out to be for Jack Connolly, The Green, when he was selected to represent Ireland at the 8th European Schoolboys Boxing Championships to be held in Bulgaria from the 19th to 25th July 2010.

Jack had to fight a box-off to qualify at the National Boxing Stadium, Dublin, which consisted of two fights between Irish Champion, Luke Thomas from Watergrasshill Boxing Club, on Saturday 3rd, with the Fethard man winning three points to nil.

Sunday 4th July was a much harder fight against Cadet Champion, Louis Crocker from Cairn Lodge Boxing Club in Co Antrim, with Jack out-pointing the Northern man 3 points to 2, in what was a cracker of a fight.

Jack has to sacrifice his family holiday to go into full time training in preparation for the Europeans. Last year he made history, when he became the youngest ever schoolboy to represent Ireland at international level. This year he will go to Bulgaria full of confidence and experience, having already tasted European competition in Russia. Best of luck Jack from all at home in Fethard.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
The area will represent Tipperary in both boys and girls U-16 Volleyball at the HSE Community Games Munster finals which take place in U.L. on Saturday next 10th July. Competitors are required to check in at 12 noon at the Main Sports Arena, and not the old PESS Building that had previously been used as the venue. This is an excellent hall where futsal and basketball will also be played.
The U-16 girls team members are: Aobh O’Shea, Michelle Walsh, Aisling Costin, Christina Myler, Emma Hayes, Karen Hayes, Gráinne Fanning, Lucy Butler, Tara Horan, Chloe Byrne, Sveta Novikova and Kelly Keating.

Boys team consist of David Hayes, Brian Healy, Cathal Hurley, Eoghain Hurley, Dylan Fitzgerald, Adam Fitzgerald, Dion Butler, Ronan Fitzgerald, Graham Maher, Niall Doocey and Cormac Horan. Team managers are Denis Burke and Justin McGree. We wish them the very best of luck. Fethard have a good record in this event, hopefully it will continue.

A bus will leave the GAA Park at 10.30am sharp. Return fare is €5 per person.

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