Thursday 22nd September 2010


Juvenile GAA Club
Training continues for U-6, U-8 and U-10s on Saturday mornings at 11am. Our U-12s are looking forward to a small blitz on Saturday 4th September and our U-14s are out on Tuesday 31st August in the South Hurling Semifinal. The U-16s are at home to Cahir on Thursday 2nd September.

Fethard Cúl Camp finished up on Friday and what a great week we had with seventy-five kids ranging from 4 years to 14 years taking part this year. And the weather was fantastic for them.

A big ‘thank you’ to the Cúl Camp coaches: Dermot Fogarty, Thomas Hassett, John Coughlin (Munster Hurler & Footballer) & Jack Fogarty - all from Moyne/Templetuohy; to Steven Marshfield and Alice Fogarty from Thurles Sarsfields; July Kirwan and Claire Ryan from Cashel Camogie Club; and of course John Cummins our Tipperary Games & Development Officer.

We had visitors to the camp this week, they were: Brendan Maher (Tipperary hurler), Eoin Kelly (Tipperary hurling team captain), representative from VHI, sponsors of the National GAA Cúl Camps throughout the country, along with Sophie Dillon from Q4 Public Relations, and photographers John Kelly and Joe Kenny.

Our Cúl Camp co-ordinators and assistants were: Ann Fleming (co-ordinator & Juvenile Club secretary); Annette O'Donovan (co-ordinator); Emma Fleming (co-ordinator); Mary Godfrey (assistant & Fethard GAA Club secretary; Ronan Fitzgerald (assistant & Juvenile player representative); Frankie O'Donovan (assistant); and Cáthal Hurley (assistant). All of which were Garda vetting and signed up to the GAA code of behaviour before starting.

Congratulations to the Tipperary U-16 hurling team on winning the All-Ireland on Sunday last with Fethard's Dylan Fitzgerald a member of the winning panel. This was a proud day for Fethard and the Fitzgerald family on bringing home an all-Ireland medal to the parish.  

All back to school this week and we take this opportunity to wish all our players a great start to the scholastic year, work hard and play safe.

The GAA Club Championship season will soon being coming to a close and annual general meetings will be on the agenda. Anyone wishing to join our brilliant team on the Juvenile committee can keep an eye out for the date of our upcoming AGM.

Race Night to support Niall
Niall O’Riordan is a vet from Thurles, working for the past few years in Fethard. He took a sabbatical from his job this year to help people in Uruguay who live in dire poverty. A letter that Niall sent to thank his friends for raising €300 says all that needs to be said,
“To all my friends and benefactors, On behalf of the many people in need here in Florida, Uruguay, I wish to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the generosity you have all shown to this great cause. Many of these people really have very little, and with your money raised, we can now buy things like clothes and shoes for the kids and milk and bread for the families. It has been a very cold winter here, especially at night, and some parents had to take a loan out from the bank to buy simple things like blankets for their children. With your money, we can help these people in a great way.
Already, your money has been sent into action . . . the first €300 Denis (a work colleague of Niall’s) sent, has bought beds and mattresses for a family where the kids were sleeping on concrete floors. The mother was crying so much when we delivered the beds, which I told her was a present from Ireland, she thanked the people who sent the beds profoundly and declared that she would pray for them every night.

The community that I’m working with here get nothing from the government, so donations are all we depend on. I will keep you updated on where the rest of your money goes. Niall.”

A race night will be held to support Niall’s cause in McCarthy’s on Friday 17th September. Every cent gathered goes directly to Niall, so nothing will be lost in administration. There will also be a number of items donated for auction by friends and supporters of Niall (like tickets to Ireland v All Blacks etc) on the night.  Come along and help this very worthy cause.

Jon Kenny appearing at the Abymill Theatre
Jon Kenny is back and better than ever and will be performing his brand new show in the Abymill Theatre in Fethard on Saturday 18th September. His new show, ‘Jon Kenny Live’ heralds a return to the type of work that gave him the reputation as one of the most talented comedians in Ireland. Formally one half of the hugely successful duo, d'Unbelievables, Jon Kenny is a multi talented actor, stand-up comedian, musician and singer.

Tickets for Jon Kenny at the Abymill on Saturday 18th September are now available at €20 each from McCarthy’s (052) 6131149 or O’Flynn’s Menswear (052) 6131254.


Barrett Family (photographs – Fundraiser)
The Barrett family from Market Hill asked to express a sincere and much appreciated ‘thank you’ to all who have attended and contributed to the Paul Barrett fundraising events. Your generosity was incredible. Many thanks to Mr Dinny Burke and Gussy Fitzgerald for organising the Table Quiz and also to Ann Butler of Butlers Sports Bar for hosting the events.

‘Meat at the Square’
Congratulations to Jimmy O’Brien who officially opened his new business ‘Meat At The Square’ on Friday morning last in Fethard.  A large turnout of customers, family and friends turned up to wish him well and listen to the eloquence of Cllr Michael Fitzgerald as he cut the tape, helped by Jimmy’s daughter Erin, and then spoke on how good it was to see a new business opening in these recessionary times. This shop will open from Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 6pm and will offer a wide range of meat and meat products.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 25th August were: 4, 8, 12 and 24. We had no Jackpot winner and five ‘Match 3’ winners who received €30 each: Tommy Shine, Monroe, Fethard; P.J. Lonergan, The Square, Fethard; Patricia Maher, Kilnockin, Fethard; Chrissie Nash, c/o K. O'Donnell; and Francis Lonergan, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.

The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50: Patricia Bergin, c/o Nellie Ryan; Brendan Breen, c/o Arthur Daly; and Jim O'Meara, c/o Jimmy Connolly.

Remember you can purchase your lotto ticket online at 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.

Died in England
The death has occurred in England of Alice Healy, formerly Alice Coen, daughter of Alice Coen (nee Danagher) and the late Mick Coen, Brodeen, Cashel Road. Before moving to England, Alice and her husband Paddy, lived at 27 St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard. Our sympathy to the Coen family.

Speech and Drama Classes
Speech and Drama Classes will take place in the Tirry Centre, Fethard, commencing Saturday 11th September. For bookings or further details contact Nancy Farrell at 086 3432526.

Bunny Hop resumes next week
Bunny Hop, music and movement for 0-4 year olds, will be starting again on Monday 6th September, at the ICA Hall, Rocklow Rd, Fethard, 10-11am.

Bunny Hop is an hour of stimulating songs and rhymes with actions, musical instruments and lots more. Parents and carers can spend quality time with special little ones, interacting with those of same or similar age. For details and to join us contact Nicola 087 6742401.

Killusty Soccer Club
Best wishes to our clubman Declan Fanning and the Tipperary hurling team in their bid for all Ireland glory next Sunday. Declan has had a fine solid season so far and it would be fantastic to see this wholehearted athlete achieve the games highest honour. All the best Declan, from everyone in the village.

We also take this opportunity to offer our deepest sympathies to Louis Coen and the Coen family on the recent death of their sister Alice in England. May she rest in peace.

Community Games  
Fethard and Killusty Community Games committee would like to congratulate all those who competed in the various activities during the year especially those lucky enough to win medals at County, Provincial and National level. Winning medals is the ultimate goal but participation and fun is the main theme of the organisation.
The committee would also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all parents for their support, those who supplied venues for the events, everybody who helped and contributed to the recent Church Gate Collection in both Fethard and Killusty and anybody who helped in any way. All assistance is very much appreciated.

We look forward to a further increase in participation in 2011 and intend to hold our AGM sometime in November.

Fethard GAA Club News
In Cloneen, our Junior A Football team lost out in the quarterfinal to a fitter Ballingarry outfit on a scoreline, Fethard 1-9, Ballingarry 4-9, with Ballingarry scoring 3-2 without a reply in the first 10 minutes of the second half. This left a mountain to climb but we did our best. Fethard team: Paul Kenny, Ciaran O’Connell, Stephen O’Donnell, Alan Phelan, John Leahy, Frankie Donovan, Declan Doyle, Miceál Spillane, Eoin O’Connell 0-2, John Hanly 1-2 (1f), Willie Morrissey 0-1, Martin Coen 0-3 (1f), John Fitzgerald, and Colin Allen 0-1. Subs used: Ciarán O’Meara, Ronan Allen, Brian Delahunty, James Smyth and Martin Ryan.

On Sunday last our Intermediate hurling team lost out to 2009 champions, Moyle Rovers, on a scoreline, Moyle Rovers 1-20, Fethard 2-5. Fethard team: Paul Fitzgerald, Aaron Conran, Michael Ahearne, John Leahy, James Kelly, Cian Maher, Shane Walsh, Eoin O’Connell, Kenneth O’Donnell Christopher Sheehan, Eoin Doyle, John P Looby, Brian Coen, Colin Allen and Miceál Spillane. Subs were: Declan Doyle, Jamie McCormack Alan Bourke and Aidan Lonergan. Our sole chance left now is in the county semifinal
Last week’s numbers drawn were 7, 20, 21 and 26 We had no match three winner so the following tickets won €30 each: Stephanie Johnson (Main St); Tossie Lawton (St Patricks Place); Peter Gough (Fethard); John Fitzgerald, Aiden Fitzgerald and Aiden Fitzgerald. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Michael Sheehan.

This week’s Lotto Jackpot €3800 was not won. The numbers drawn were 8, 16, 26 and 28. We had one match three winner of €150 to Sabrina Gardiner. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Aoife Morrissey (Tullamaine). Thanks to AIB for supplying the tickets















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