Thursday 9th September 2010


Holy Trinity National School opens 
On the 1st September this year a new era dawned in the primary education of our children in Fethard with the amalgamation of Nano Nagle National School and St. Patrick’s Boys National School. The new school named, Holy Trinity National School, in based in the former Nano Nagle premises and extension work is expected to take place over the coming months.

This innovation will bring primary school boys and girls together in senior classes for the first time in Fethard. On the opening day a special prayer service, led by Sr. Winnie, was held at class assembly. The school principal is Mrs Patricia Treacy, former Principal St. Patrick’s Boys School, who was appointed following the retirement of Sr. Maureen Power as Principal of Nano Nagle National School.
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.

We wish the staff, pupils and all involved in this new exciting phase of Fethard education the very best of luck for many generations to come.

Fethard ICA
Fethard ICA will resume their monthly meetings, after their summer break, on Tuesday next, 14th September, at the usual time of 8pm. We hope all our members enjoyed the wonderful summer weather.
We will have two ladies from Rathkeevan Guild, Geraldine and Mary, to give a talk and demonstration on Parchment Card Making. Both ladies are experts and their beautiful work is a sight to behold. Non-members are very welcome to come along for the demonstration. The ‘Red Group’ are in charge of catering on the night.

Community Field Day this Sunday
All roads lead to the Fethard Community Field Day this Sunday 12th September in the Community Field commencing at 12 noon with the GAA Danaher Cup taking centre stage. It’s guaranteed to be a busy day with a number of different activities including Donkey Derby, Wheel of Fortune, Dog Show with a number of different classes including puppy, terrier, small dog, gun dog, medium dog, best veteran/rescue dog, fancy dress and the ever popular dog & owner race.

We will also have a Cake Competition, Bouncing Castles, Face Painting, Barbeque, Pony Rides and lots more entertainment! A great family day guaranteed.

Ladies Football Club
Our junior ladies have once again qualified for the county final after defeating Gortnahoe last Wednesday night in a nail biting finish in Clerihan. Having won the Junior Division last year they now are only one step from a historic double and to win the C championship this year would be fantastic.

The final against Ballyporeen is due to be played on Sunday 12th September with time and venue to be confirmed. We would appeal to you all for a big turnout and support for the ladies. We wish the management team of Gary Hallinan, Tom McCarthy and Maureen McCarthy and the team the best of luck.

Our Under-14s had their first outing in the championship last Saturday morning in Fethard and had a great result winning on a scoreline of, Fethard 2-04, Upperchurch 1-03. Well done to all involved.

Fethard Rugby
Fethard J2s played a very big and physical team from Dungarvan on Friday last and won 27-17. It took a while for both teams to settle with Fethard putting the first points on the board with a try from John Smullen, this was the only score in first half. The second half was a much different game with Dungarvan attacking from the start and scoring with Fethard responding with a good try by Niko Hynes, it was ‘to-ing and fro-ing’ with both sides scoring tries. Cathal Gorey had an exceptional game scoring two great tries with Willie Power showing great pace and speed to score also.

This was a game that Fethard should be happy winning, there was a lot of miss-tackles and handling errors that need to be worked on at training. It was great to see such a turn out of players with the average age of the team now down to under 25 years.

Training is on Tuesday and Friday at 8pm. It is important that everyone keeps attending as we have a lot of work to do.  Please support our field day this Sunday from 12 noon in the Community Field which promises to be a great family day.

Race Night
A race night to support Niall O’Riordan voluntary work in Uruguay will take place 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.

Fethard Macra Club
It has been a busy round up to the summer. Members of the club took part in Fethard’s Medieval Festival and organised a number of fun family activities on the day. What with lovely weather, the day was a great success.

A number of members also took part in an impromptu public speaking competition recently and will do similar competitions throughout the region in the coming months.

For those members interested in some extra exercise, there are ongoing Macra dancing classes in Cashel's Halla na Feile every Tuesday night at 8pm.

A meeting of the county executive takes place this Friday, 10th September, at 9pm in Fehan's pub in Cashel.

The annual training weekend for club officers takes place in Ennis, Co. Clare, in the Auburn Lodge Hotel from the 24th to 26th September. Those interested must fill out an application form through the club secretary by 14th September.

For more information on Fethard Macra contact club secretary, Michael Mockler, on 087 9019443 or chairman David Ryan on 087 9454384 or checkout our Bebo or Facebook pages online.

Fethard Draft Local Area Plan
A reminder that the Fethard Draft Local Area Plan is still available for inspection up to Monday 20th September, during normal office hours at the following locations: The Planning Department, County Hall, Emmet Street, Clonmel; and Fethard Area Office, Town Hall, New Street, Carrick-on-Suir. The Draft Plan can also be viewed online from the South Tipperary County Council’s website where you can also download a PDF version. It is important that you have your say in the future development of Fethard as this plan, when operative, will dictate development in Fethard up to 2016.

Submissions may be made in writing and marked for the attention of Mr. Tom O’Dwyer, Administrative Officer, Planning Section, South Tipperary County Council, County Hall, Emmet Street, Clonmel. Submissions in writing must be received before 5 pm on Monday 20th September 2010 and should include your name, address and where relevant the body represented. Submissions by e-mail will be accepted until 12 midnight on Monday 20th September 2010 to: planningsubmissions@southtippcoco.ie

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 14th September at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Comedian Jon Kenny at the Abymill
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.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 1st September were: 4, 18, 26 and 32. We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winners so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Martin Burke, Main Street, Fethard; Jessica Winters (online ticket) and Sheila Dalton, c/o K. O'Donnell.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Rory Walsh, Knockbrack, Fethard; Jennifer & Rachel Cooke, c/o Anna Cooke; and Mary Myler, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

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.

Hello from Bro Paul in Kenya
Good morning to all our friends of Kabongo scattered throughout Ireland. Greetings from Kenya and good wishes to you all. All is well here with myself and our work. I am looking forward to meeting many of you during my planned vacation to Ireland in October or early November.

At Kabongo School and Health Centre, we are still working away, just now building some staff houses for our teachers and nurses so as to get some stability in both institutions. This phase of the complex is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2012 and then maybe I will ‘retire’ into another job, God willing. The extra rain this summer has disrupted our progress quite a bit and now we are threatened with a long dry spell starting in late October. Such is life in this part of the world.

All who are associated with Kabongo here, the parents, their children, and local government representatives, are very appreciative of the help we have got from you all over the last eight years and may God bless you abundantly for that. Without it, nothing could have been accomplished.

We are teaching 443 children now and feeding twice daily about 320 of those. All of our children and all teachers and nurses walk to school as we have no transport anywhere near. Even if we had transport, we have no roads during the wet seasons, but life has changed here for the better since we got the school and dispensary up and running.

We are also working on the possibility of purifying water that we get from a borehole so that the general population around the school will have some access to clean drinking water — something they don't have now.

Over the past two months we have been blessed with many visitors from Ireland. Visitors are always very welcome and the red carpet is always ready to be deployed. The more the merrier! So, hoping to meet many of you a bit later this year, I will say God bless you all and stay well.

Bro. Paul D. Brennan, P.O. Box 5064, Eldoret, Kenya 30100

The late Maureen Guiry
The death has occurred on Monday 5th July of Mrs Maureen Guiry, St. Johnstown. She was an active member of the community with interests in farming, sport and of course her family. She was a member of a series of voluntary committees in Fethard - B.L.O.E, Cospoir, Community Games and The Irish Red Cross, of which she was Treasurer for over 20 years. She was a key person in the development of Moyglass Tennis Club and was a keen social player for over 50 years. In recent years she was an active participant in the Senior Citizens in Fethard.  She will be sorely missed by her daughters Hilda and Noreen, her sons, Brian, William and Pat, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace. Interment took place in St. Johnstown Graveyard.

A day to remember!
What a day for The Premier County! Tipperary Seniors winning the All-Ireland Hurling final, in true style, against a great Kilkenny team. Those who attended our Cúl Camp will recall that both Brendan Maher & Eoin Kelly paid a visit to us during our Cúl Camp Week. To the management and players of the Tipperary team, our congratulations and pride go out to all of them. Up Tipp!

Juvenile GAA Club 
Fethard U-6s will take part in a blitz on Saturday 11th September in Moyle Rovers between 11am and 1 pm. The blitz is being held in memory of the late David Boland (RIP) and will also involve teams from Moyle Rovers, Clerihan and Kilsheelan. All players are asked to bring €2 with them, with all funds raised going to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

The Danagher Cup will be played for by six U-8 football teams, including Fethard, on Sunday 12th September in the Fethard Community Field as part of activities for the Community Field Day. This competition will commence at 1pm and will be concluded by 3pm. The other teams competing are Ardfinnan, Clonmel Commercials, Moyle Rovers, Mullinahone (last year's winner) and St. Patricks. Please come along and support the kids.

Our U-14s drew their match against Mullinahone on Saturday in their bid for the South Hurling Final. Date and time of replay to be decided yet.

The U-16s are out this week, on Tuesday, away to Skeheenarinky and again on Thursday away to Cahir. Match reports next week.



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