Thursday 4th November 2010


Hallowe’en Fun & Frolics 
Hallowe’en in Fethard is certainly an occasion growing in popularity every year. Once the bastion of children, Hallowe’en is now equally as popular with all ages and as seen on the streets of Fethard, no longer is a child only celebration. Witches, warlocks and many other strange creatures could be seen roaming the streets at all hours of the night . . . all in good fun I may add.

This year’s ‘fancy dress’ spanned over the whole weekend and we expect the ‘firecrackers’ to stop popping sometime before Christmas! However, it was all great fun and great crack. Congratulations to all who made the effort to make the weekend special and in particular, all the visiting ‘witches’ who came to Fethard over the weekend!

Fethard ICA
Members are asked to note that because a number of our membership are travelling to the ICA’s ‘100 Years Exhibition’ in Collins Barracks, Dublin, on Tuesday, November 9, our monthly meeting has been put back to Tuesday, November16, at the usual time of 8pm.

We hope this arrangement will not inconvenience anyone. Our speaker on the night will be John Osborne of Osborne Chiropractic, Clonmel. The ‘Green Group’ are in charge of catering.

Booking now open for ‘A Life’ comedy
Booking is now open for Fethard Players production of Hugh Leonard’s comedy, ‘A Life’. The play is recognised as one of Ireland’s greatest and will be staged in the Abymill Theatre from Friday, November 12, to Wednesday, November 17, inclusive. Booking at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard, Tel: 052 6131254 or 087 1604260. Tickets are €15 for adults and €10 for children. Curtain 8.15pm.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on October 27 were: 5, 17, 21 and 29. We had no jackpot winner and eight ‘Match Three’ winners who received €20 each: Mike Purcell, The Green, Fethard; Doog O'Donohoe, Whitechurch, Cork; Eddie Croke, c/o Tom Purcell; Phil Bergin, Clonmel; Bridie Lee, Killusty, Fethard; Frank Mullins, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; Emma O'Donohoe, Friarsfield, Fethard; and Stephanie Allen, c/o M. Allen.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Marie O'Sullivan, Main Street, Fethard; Martin Burke, Main Street, Fethard; and Bernie Myles, c/o The Abbey, 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 will start at €3,150 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €315. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Cemetery Prayers November – month of the Holy Souls
The Rosary will be prayed in all our local cemeteries during the month of November. On this coming Sunday, November 7, Abbey Church at 3pm and Everardsgrange at 3.30pm.

On Sunday, November 14, Calvary Cemetery at 3pm and Peppardstown 3.30pm.

On Sunday, November 21, Rathcoole at 2.45pm, Tullamaine 3pm and Redcity at 3.30pm.

On Sunday, November 28, Kiltinan at 3pm; Kilmaclough 3.30pm and Killusty after 10am Mass.

Please encourage the members of your family to come to these cemeteries to pray for all our families and friends laid to rest.

Killusty Church Grounds & Graveyard Collection
We need to replace some work tools (lawnmower, weed eater etc.) in order for the FÁS employee to continue the great work he is doing in maintaining Killusty Church grounds and graveyard. We are appealing to everyone who has relatives interred in Killusty to contribute generously to this collection, which takes place on Sunday, November 8, at the Church. If you are unable to attend on Sunday and wish to donate you can drop it to Christy Williams in Killusty village.

Photographic Workshops in Fethard Youth Centre
A series of photographic art workshops, ‘Composition and Context’, will be held by artist Patricia Looby at Fethard Youth Centre, as part of this wider programme, run by South Tipperary County Council Arts Service. This workshop is for young people between 13 and 20.
The workshop will explore some elements of photography that focus on creative composition and choosing a subject.

The subject for this project is ‘a sense of place and time’. Students will create and select a series of images that will be put on permanent display in Fethard Youth Centre.

Workshops start at Fethard Youth Centre on Thursday, November 11, from 4pm to 6pm (induction class); Saturday, November 13, from 10am to 1pm; and Saturday, November 20, from 10am to 1pm.
Places limited. To book contact the Community Office, Fethard, on (052) 6131000.

Fethard Ladies Football Club
Our u-18 girls have qualified for the county final against Ardfinnan which is due to be played this coming weekend. Their win in the semi-final was a hard fought battle against Western Rovers finishing on a scoreline, Fethard 2-04, Western Rovers 0-08. Having been 7 points to 1 down after ten minutes in the second half, the girls battled back to win in true gladiator fashion. Well done to all the girls who in their first year competing in minor have reached the county final.
To cap off a fantastic week our under-14s defeated Arravale Rovers last Sunday on a scoreline, Fethard 5-06, Arravale 2-03, to qualify for the under-14 county final. This bunch have improved so much this year and all the girls had fantastic performances last Sunday. They now face Moycarkey in the county final on a date yet to be decided.
We wish both teams and management the best of luck in their respective finals.

Tipp under-13 Development – Well done to Ciara Tillyer, Jessie McCarthy and Katie Butler who played for Tipperary last Saturday in two matches against Limerick. The girls played very well and now go on to play for their county against Waterford next Saturday. Well done girls and the club is very proud of the three girls.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
The 2010 season may be finished. But now the 'behind the scene' work begins, with annual general meetings for division and county fast approaching. We are also preparing for the 2011 season organising club policies, membership, auditing equipment, mentor/officer courses and much more.

What a season Fethard had this year bringing home the U-12c, U-14c and U-16b South Championship titles in football; as well as the U-14c South Championship title in Hurling and the U-14c and U-16b County Championship titles in football.

At county level, Dylan Fitzgerald won an All-Ireland medal in hurling. Brian Healy and Dylan Fitzgerald won a Munster tournament for their county in U-15 and U-16 football.

To those lads moving on to our minor teams, we ask you to bring along your loyalty, determination and reliability that you showed well over the past year. Those players are: Jack Devaney, Dylan Fitzgerald, Ronan Fitzgerald, Gerry Horan, Cathal Hurley, Garreth Lawrence, Andrew Maher, Philip Maher and Mike Smyth. We also look forward to your assistance with our younger players.

The Juvenile Club had their AGM on Friday, October 29. It was very well attended and we were delighted to see some previous members attend as well as some new faces. Again this year, with the meeting so well led by P.J. Aherne, we were able to fill all posts and team mentors positions. 

The elected officers are P.J. Ahern (chairman), Patsy Lawrence (vice-chairman), Ann Fleming (secretary and p.r.o.), Ronan Fitzgerald (assistant secretary), Andy O'Donovan (treasurer), John Hurley (assistant treasurer), Andy O'Donovan (designated children’s officer) and Eoghan Hurley (player's representative).

The committee members will be posted after our first meeting, which is due to take place in the next couple of weeks. This will give those who were unable to attend an opportunity to put their names forward to join the committee.

Those wishing to join the committee can contact our secretary, Ann Fleming, who will notify same after the said meeting.
Mentors for 2011 are as follows: Mini GAA (U-6 to U-8) and U-10, Michael Moroney, Eugene Walsh, Johnny Neville, Michael Quinlan, Michael O'Mahoney and Paul Ryan.

U-12 to U-14: Willie Quigley, John Sheehan and Andy O'Donovan. U-16: John Hurley, Tom Anglim and Steven O'Donnell.

Dylan Fitzgerald & Kyle Walsh will attend the county captains and sponsorship presentation evening on this coming Friday, November 5.

Date, time and venue have yet to be decided for our own presentation evening, when our winning panels will receive their well-earned South and County medals.

Tai Chi and Meditation
A six-week course on Tai Chi and Meditation will commence on Thursday, November 11, from 7.30 to 9pm in the Tirry Community Centre. Anyone interested can contact Carmel O’Connor on 087 2373343 for further details.

La Terriere family information
My name is Hugh La Terriere, a relative of some people who lived at Kiltinan between 1919 and 1968. They were the De Sales La Terrieres, namely Lieut. FJB and his wife the late Joan La Terriere (d. 1968), nee Joan Grubb of Castle Grace.

I was wondering if some of your readers might remember the De Sales La Terrieres? Although my relative died in the 1930s, some might still remember him as a Master of the Tipps and a regular follower thereafter. More people would probably remember his late wife Mrs La Terriere for her eccentric character and her horses. Or perhaps they would recall her late son, Rory, who was killed during the Second World War in Holland, 66 years ago.

The reason for my query is a book that another relative and I are writing and hoping to publish in London, based on the De Sales La Terriere family. I have already found some material in the Fethard-Killusty Emigrants Newsletter, which was extremely helpful. Unfortunately Mrs Bissill, daughter of Mr and Mrs La Terriere and the only direct survivor of the family in Tipperary, died in 2006 before we could speak with her on this topic.

We would both be gratefully indebted to you or to your readers for any information, anecdotes or photographs which you may be able to provide.

Yours, Hugh La Terriere and Miss Pierette Miles.
(Email: hughdesaleslaterriere@gmail.com)

Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers
A great turn-out greeted the Ballyluskey White Heathers at their opening meet in Drangan on Sunday last. Master of the White Heathers treated followers to a Halloween treat prior to move-off to the nearby first draw at Knockroe. 

Hounds were quickly laid on to a fox which quickly left covert. He ran to the road before turning left-handed. Down to the Convent Lane be turned left again and back to covert. Again leaving covert hounds crossed the Priestown Road, ran up through the covert before re-crossing the road and back to Knockroe where he got to ground.
Finding again below Mr Fred Daly’s residence they ran across the plough in Ballyrichard to the Mullinahone Road where they checked and were stopped.

Down to Glenmuicaduibhe hounds found again very quickly. This fox provided a very nice run. Running over the Priestown – Drangan road hounds hunted almost back to Knockroe.

Swinging left they ran by Mullally’s gorse, left again to the big plantation at O’Donovan’s and from here to the Dublin road where they lost him.

This nice hunt concluded a most enjoyable and successful opening to the 2010-‘11 season for the Ballyluskey White Heathers. 

The White Heathers meet on Sunday next, November 7, at Cloneen and at Loughcopple on Sunday, November 14, at 11am.

Fethard Rugby Club
Our under-15s travelled to play against Waterpark B.  Fethard got stuck in from the start with great clean catching from the kick off securing possession. Captain, Tommy Anglim, leading from the front, assisted by forwards Jack Gleeson, Matthew Walsh and Tom Stakelum who constantly robbed ball at the breakdown.

As Fethard settled down they captured their first try with Adam Fitzgerald getting over in the corner. Fethard’s defence was breached a number of times which was sorted by Harry Tobin and Jason Ryan putting in tackles along with Ben Murray and Cian O’Connell at full back.

The lineout was proving difficult as both sides contested vigorously. Eoghan McCormack had his work cut out to get his backs moving but with better ball available from the rucks and some great breaks by Thomas MacGabhann, he linked up with his No 8, Adam Fitzgerald, who got over for a second try by managing to avoid the touchline and step inside with great footwork.

Kyle Walsh kept ball in hand and out paced the Waterpark centre and wing to get Fethard’s next try but making it more difficult to convert. Waterpark kept plugging away and started to grow in confidence in the second half.

Fethard by no means had it their own way and had to scramble defensively. Using the quick tap penalty to great advantage Ben Murray broke the defence and got Kyle Walsh away who was tantalisingly close to a second try but passed it inside to his second center Niall Kelly. The Waterpark backs got back in numbers and after some tough rucking phases Matthew Walsh crashed over for a great try which Tommy Anglim converted.

Waterpark came back at Fethard after they gave away two penalties and managed to breach the Fethard defence finally in the corner and convert it.

Fethard did not rest and with great scrummaging from Cathal O’Donnell and clean line-out ball from Adam Kealy, they worked their way back up the pitch for Adam Fitzgerald to get his third try in the corner. Final score 27-7.

An overall good performance but defence will have to be worked on over the coming weeks if this Fethard team can take a few more scalps in this league.

Many thanks to Waterpark for their hospitality with much welcomed soup and rolls after the wintery conditions. We will be able to reciprocate shortly in our new club house. Training next Friday at 8pm.


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