Thursday 15th July 2010

Tipps Top at the All Ireland Championship Hound Show 
Tipperary Foxhounds paid a most successful visit to the All Ireland Championship Hound Show at Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois, on Sunday July 4th last.  Being amongst the ribbons in every class, with one exception, in which they had an entry The Tipperary’s were once again the top prize-winning pack, winning 6 First Prizes; 3 Second Prizes; 2 Third Prizes; 1 Champion and 1 Reserve Champion, as they were when last competing in 2008.  They were unable to enter last year due to an outbreak of Kennel Cough.  Tipperary’s successes were as follows:

Class 1A: Best Unentered Dog Hound (Confined) for Nancy O’Connell Cup - First with Govener; Second with Lifeguard.  Silver Salver for Walker of Winner to Thomas Donegan, son of Tipperary Huntsman.

Class 2: Best Couple of Unentered Dog Hounds for John Watson Memorial Cup – First with Dasher and Govener.
Class 3: Unentered Dog Hound – Third with Govener.
Class 4: John Watson Cup for Best Entered Dog Hound – First with Captain.
Class 5: Best Couple Entered Dog Hounds – Second with Captain and Darius.
Dog Hound Championship of Show – First with Captain.

Class 8A: Isaac Bell Cup (Confined) Best Unentered Bitch – First with Lucky.
Class 10: Unentered Bitch – Third with Lucky.
Class 12: Best Entered Bitch for Major Larkin Cup – First with Sable; Second with Raven.
Class 13: Grogan Challenge Cup Best Couple Entered Bitches – First with Raven and Sable.
The Bitch Championship - Champion Kildare Sample; Resereve Tipperary Sable.

To win an All Ireland Championship in anything is a great achievement.  The foxhound world is no exception with the following, leading thirteen, packs in Ireland taking part at Stradbally Hall this year, Ballymacad and The Island, Wexford, East Down, North Down, Duhallow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Meath, Tipperary, North Tipperary and Waterford. 

The display of the magnificent Cups and Trophies won by the Tipperarys at Stradbally at the Tipp Puppy Show last week was a marvellous sight indeed.  Something not too easily achieved.  Congratulations to the puppy walkers who walked the hounds and especially to Huntsman, Derry Donegan, and Whipper-in, Sam Staniland whose hard work, breeding policy and attention to detail is now showing results on the flags and in the field. 

Tipperary Foxhounds Puppy Show
Favoured by a glorious evening, Tipperary Foxhounds held their annual Puppy Show at The Kennels on Wednesday 7th July.  Derry Donegan presented  seven-and-a-half couple Dog Hounds and eight-and-a-half couple Bitches before judges Mr Rupert MacAuley, of the North Wicklow Foxhounds, and Mr Paul O’Brien, of the Kilmoganny Harriers.  The following were the prizewinners:

Dog Hounds: 1st Govener, walked by Thomas Donegan; 2nd Lifeguard, walked by Ginny Hutton and 3rd Benedict, walked by Yvonne McClintock. 

Bitches: 1st Lilac, walked by Mr Ned Tierney; 2nd Banquet, walked by Mr Frank Quirke and 3rd Dauntless, walked by Mr William Morgan.

Presenting the prizes, Mr Padraig Kennedy, Chairman, thanked Derry and the Kennel Staff for their work throughout the year and the resplendent condition of the Kennels and surrounds.  He also thanked the landowners and puppy walkers without whose co-operation hunting just could not continue.  The evening concluded with a Barbeque and Puppy Show Tea and refreshments in the Marquee provided by the ladies committee.

Fethard Walled Town Medieval Festival
This year’s Walled Town Medieval Festival will take place on Sunday 22nd August with great entertainment planned for all the family. A fancy dress parade will also take place with special prizes for those wearing costumes with a medieval theme.

The organising committee would also appreciate anyone wishing to help out with stalls on the day. Contact any member of the committee, the Community Office at Tel: (052) 6131000 or email: festival@fethard.com

Tragic death
The news of the tragic death of Aideen O’Donnell on Saturday morning, 10th July, came as a great shock to the Fethard community. Aideen, daughter of Ann and Pat O'Donnell, Kilconnell, Fethard, attended the Patrician Presentation Secondary School in Fethard and maintained her many school friendships since completing her Leaving Cert in 2001.

Our sincere sympathy to the O'Donnell family and to Aideen's relatives and friends. Requiem Mass took place at St. John The Baptist Church, Cashel, on Tuesday followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 7th July were: 12, 27, 31 and 32. We had no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150: Olive Looby, Ballybough, Fethard.

The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each: Margaret Walsh, Barrack Street, Fethard; Stan Boles, Jossestown, Fethard; and Alice Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.

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.

Annual Pilgrimage to Knock
The Augustinian pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will leave The Abbey, Fethard, at 7am on Saturday 17th July. Booking at the Abbey between 10.45am to 12.15pm from Monday to Saturday and after weekend masses. Fare of €45 includes breakfast and evening dinner or €20 for bus fare only.

Fethard GAA Club News
Our minor hurlers went down to Cahir on Sunday last in Round 2 on a scoreline, 0-11 to 2-11. We have a back match on Tuesday 13th July against Carrick Swans and also a game on Friday 16th July against Skeheenarinka in Goatenbridge at 7.30pm.

We hold a Church Gate Collection this weekend for ‘African Assistance’, which will be collected by Fethard GAA volunteers.
Our Lotto Jackpot €3,100 was not won. The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 25 and 26. We had no match three winner so the following drawn tickets won €30 each: Kate Hearne (Burke St. Fethard), Mick Smyth senior (Burke St. Fethard), Christy Aylward (57 Ard Na Gráinne, Clonmel), Laura Kate Ryan (Tullamaine, Fethard), and Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Louise Fitzgerald (Fethard). We thank AIB Main Street for providing the tickets.

Our condolences are at this time with Charlie Boland and family Lisnatubrid, Thorney Bridge, on the death of young David. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.

Killusty Soccer Club training
Killusty Soccer Club will commence training for next season on Wednesday 21st July at 7 pm. If you intend joining us or you just want to get fit and play ball, either way you are more than welcome. All we ask is for you to please be on time.

Trip to Dublin's National Museum
A trip to Dublin's National Museum to view the statue of ‘Our Lady of Fethard’ and the three other wooden statues relating to Fethard, has been organised by the Friends of the Abbey. A visit to Glasnevin Cemetery has also been incorporated. We travel by bus on Saturday 21st August. Please contact Agnes Evans or Mary Healy during July for further details.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Double victory for the U-16 girls and boys volleyball teams at the Munster finals of the HSE Community Games which took place in University of Limerick on Saturday 10th May. The Fethard area, who had such a tremendous record in this event in the past, were relatively quiet during the past two years, but they certainly made a big impact last weekend. The girls were first to play and beat a team from Quin/Cooney in the semifinal they then went on to complete a decisive win over St. Senans Limerick in the final.

That victory put it up to the boys who faced a strong team from Quinn/Cooney in their final but Fethard pulled out all the stops and were not going to give in until they had Mohawk Cup in their grasp to the delight of their managers, Denis Burke and Justin McGree, who put in so much effort coaching both teams.

The trophy for the girls final was none other than the Tom Butler Shield which was presented to the Munster Council many years ago by our county patron Tom Butler from Coolanure and whose granddaughter Lucy was a member of the present team.

Lucy's mum, Alice, played, coached and managed volleyball teams in Mosney in 1987 so she wont be lacking in support. Big thanks also to her dad Kieran for all his assistance in the media dept on the day.
Teams members (girls) were: Emma Hayes (captain), Aobh O’Shea, Michelle Walsh, Tara Horan, Karen Hayes, Aisling Costin, Chloe Byrne, Christina Myler, Kelly Keating and Lucy Butler. Boys: Adam Fitzgerald (captain), Eoghain Hurley, Cathal Hurley, Ronan Fitzgerald, Cormac Horan, Niall Doocey and Dion Butler. Brian Healy and Dylan Fitzgerald were absent due to previous commitments to a match in Dublin. Other panel members are David Hayes and Graham Meagher.

The HSE National Finals will take place in AIT Athlone on weekending 13th -15th August. Fee of €120 to stay in student accommodation, which also includes all meals and entry to entertainment. Fee to stay out is €25. Passport type photo of all team members and managers must be forwarded to the Community Games Office, Grove Road, immediately.

Well done to all. The Community Games Church Gate Collection will be taken up within the next few weeks.

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