Thursday 18th November 2010


Hunting News
Last week was what might be called a week of mixed fortunes for Tipperary Foxhounds. Tuesday, from Mullinahone was a completely blank day, no fox to be found. Thursday at Hoare Abbey, huntsman and hounds did their almighty best in the prevailing gale-force winds and driving rain.  

Hounds were busy all day but could do very little in the prevailing weather conditions. Drawing the Willow Beds in Fogarty’s, hounds found here, hunted back to Clonbrogan Sandpits where he got to ground. A brace were viewed leaving Clonbrogan before hounds arrived but were too long gone and had to be left. Teehan’s, Knockinglass and the old railway line were blank. Hounds found again on re-crossing the road.

They had a nice hunt from here with some stiff jumping. Running back almost to Knockinglass hounds swung left to the New Line which they crossed below Ms Sue Perry’s. They hunted strongly down to Grant’s where they checked. They were stopped here as they were heading for St. Johnstown, country soon to be hunted.

From Lahart’s Glen, while not the best for the large field out, hounds had an excellent hunt in cover. They fairly rattled their fox around this very heavy covert for thirty minutes but Charlie would just not leave and hounds were called off at 4pm.

From Ballinure on Sunday the Tipps had another fast run from above Knockforla. Running through Fogarty’s they swung left-handed crossing the Silverfort – Moyglass Road down to the rear of the Mushroom Farm where he got to ground.

They finished the day with a hunt from O’Dwyers’s Burnchurch and with a circle from Hassett’s to the quarry where their fox found refuge in a cleft in the rockface.

With the White Heathers
Very poor scenting conditions were the order of the day for the Ballyluskey White Heathers at Loughcopple on Sunday. First fox from Morgan’s ran just a short distance and to ground. College was blank, Blackthorns across the road held a brace, hounds split on these. One lot hunted slowly to Slattery’s where they lost him, these hounds returned, joined the other lot which had hunted back towards the meet.

The united pack hunted again slowly back to Slattery’s and lost him. Hunting from Rathcanty, electric fencing finished a run here. Drawing up the railway line towards Monroe GAA Park they found here, crossing the road to Fortwilliam they found again. Scent had deteriorated very much as the afternoon wore on and hounds could just not hold the line. Home was blown at 3.30pm.

The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday next November 21, at Clonacody, November 28, with a Lawn Meet at The Rectory, Fethard and on Sunday December 5, at Ballyluskey. Winners in the November draw were 1st: €200 – Ms Ann Dunne, Milestone, and 2nd: €100 – Paddy Power, Tullacussane.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Help
Anyone still requiring the help of St. Vincent de Paul for this Christmas can contact any member of the society for an application form or collect one from the back of our local churches. Please return completed form as soon as possible to any member of the society.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on November 10, were: 9, 10, 13 and 29. We had no jackpot winner and three ‘Match Three’ winners who received €50: Mary Sayers, Crampscastle, Fethard; Gerry Spillane, c/o Maria Murphy; and Dermot O'Meara, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Willie Fitzpatrick, Kilmaganny; Audrey Devitt, Strylea, Fethard; and John Ryan, 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 will start at €3,300 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €330. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Table Quiz in aid of IWA
A Table Quiz will be held in Gaules Bar on Friday, November 26, in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association.

Christmas Bazaar
Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar in the Tirry Community Centre on Thursday, November 25. A ‘Monster Raffle’ will also run in conjunction with the Bazaar and your support will be much appreciated.

Last call for Emigrants Newsletter articles
Last call to all secretaries and club correspondents to submit their reports for inclusion in this year’s Emigrants Annual Newsletter as soon as possible to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road. Reports should be typed or emailed to newsletter@fethard.com Alternatively they can be handed in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

We also welcome individual articles (long or short), stories of long ago, funny incidents, photographs, particularly old class photographs or photographs of local characters.

Fethard GAA Club News
Congratulations to Nicky O’Shea on receiving a Sean Ghael Award 2010 at The Dome, Thurles, on last Sunday evening. Archbishop Dermot Clifford presented the award before an attendance of over four-hundred people, to mark Nicky’s service to the GAA and the Fethard Club. The club would also like to extend their gratitude and be associated with the Award.

Mass for all deceased players and members will take place in Holy Trinity Church Fethard on this Friday evening November 19, at 7pm.
Last week’s numbers drawn were 1, 6, 7 and 15. We had no match three winners so the following drawn tickets won €30 each: Patrick Sheehan (Walshbog, Fethard); Edel Fitzgerald (Kiltinan, Fethard); James Murphy (Coolmore, Fethard); Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan, Fethard) and Justin Walsh (c/o Merrys, Clonmel). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Kevin Ryan (Loughcopple, Fethard).

Our Lotto Jackpot €4,900 was not won. The numbers drawn were 18, 19, 24, 28. We had one match three winner of €150: Fitzgerald Family (Kiltinan, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip going to John Fitzgerald (Monroe, Fethard). Thanks to Fethard Credit Union Branch for providing the tickets.

Funding Badly Needed for Acorn Childcare
South Tipperary T.D. Tom Hayes has called on the Minister for Children, Barry Andrews to allocate funding to Acorn Childcare in Fethard.

“I am calling on Minister Barry Andrews to allocate money to the Acorn Childcare facility. The facility is full to capacity, with children receiving excellent childcare. However, the facilities are not good enough in the Health Centre.”

“The facility was approved for by the Department for improved facilities in the past, but has not yet received funding. The staff of the playgroup, the attention to the children and their environment is second to none. But this playgroup needs the government to match the commitment made to it, and allocate the funding it needs to get a new facility.”

“The children need a ground-floor facility with a play area, to be able to play outside. I have raised this issue with the Minister for Children, Barry Andrews and I will continue to push for this funding to be allocated to Acorn Childcare as a priority.”

Parents Association Table Quiz
Table Quiz in aid of Patrician Presentation Secondary School will take place in the school hall on Tuesday, November 23, at 8.30pm. Pupils, parents, past-pupils and friends are welcome. €28 per table of adults, and students €20 per table. Great prizes to be won.

Fethard Bridge Club Results
The results of our game on Wednesday, October 27, were: 1st Gross - Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh; 2nd Gross - Alice Quinn and Berney Myles; 3rd Gross - Rita Kane and Kay St. John. 1st Nett - Kay Walsh and Rose Lonergan; 2nd Nett - Bridie Lee and Mike Burke; 3rd Nett - David O'Meara and Paul Twomey.

On Wednesday, November 3, we played for prizes sponsored by Berney Myles and Alice Quinn and the results were: 1st Gross - Tony Hanrahan and Monica Anglim; 2nd Gross - Frances Burke and Breda Walsh; 3rd Gross - Rita Kane and Kay St. John.
1st Nett - Bridie Lee and Mike Burke; 2nd Nett - Jim Lahart and David O'Meara; 3rd Nett - Kathleen Kenny and Anne O'Dea.

Wednesday, November 10, was a charity night and the results were: 1st Gross -Frances Burke and Breda Walsh; 2nd Gross - Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 3rd Gross - Michael Kenny and Tony Hanrahan. 1st Nett - Brendan Kenny and Margaret Smyth; 2nd Nett - Jim Lahart and Paul Twomey; 3rd Nett - Nora Lawrence and Philly Kenny.

On November 24, and December 1, we will be playing for the Gross Turkey and Nett Turkey prizes respectively. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

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

Fethard Rugby Club
Last Sunday our minis had a well deserved rest and will be fit and raring to go this Sunday.

Like a wave crashing on the shore is how the Under-9 boys from Fethard broke upon Dungarvan recently. Within two minutes they were two tries in front but were by no means finished. Gallantly the west Waterford crew came back but the lads were merciless.  When Dungarvan probed they were met with rugged tackling best exemplified by the hardy Angus McDonald. Ian Harrington and his good friend Mark combined well with great passing and pace to torment their foes. Jack Hassett created great space in tight areas to push Fethard further on. Matthew Gleeson showed bravery in defence as well as speed in attack.

Dungarvan though had their moments and one quick burst seemed certain to score but for a blistering tackle into touch by Eoin Walsh. The great thing to admire in these boys is their ability to combine neat short pop passing and running with an ability to gain hard yards. Matt Burke was in the thick of it and carried ball and man well all day, with Richard Robinson always on hand to clear rucks quickly the scoring kept coming. With the final whistle came smiles all round for a job well done by the victorious boys of Fethard & District.

Fethard J2s travelled to Mitchelstown on Sunday evening to play a friendly. Mitchelstown another new club like ourselves in just their second year at adult level provided strong opposition in what was a very evenly contested game.

Fethard attacked strongly from the start but good defence from the home side held Fethard out for the first 20 minutes until Fethard were awarded a scrum in the Mitchelstown 22 from which No. 8, Paul Ronan, crashed over for a fine try. Declan Doyle narrowly missed the conversion.

The home team never gave up and took the game to Fethard for the first 15 minutes of the second half and were unlucky not to cross for a try. However, they did score a penalty, which left the score at 5-3 with 20 minutes remaining. The game flowed from end to end and Mitchelstown should have scored when they just knocked on with the line at their mercy.

Fethard continued to spread the ball wide and some great runs from Mush Dwyer, Nicko Hynes, Cian Moloney and Emmet Sheridan saw Shane Kavanagh stopped just short of the line. A few rucks later Cathal Gorey broke the defence to score a fine try, which Declan Doyle converted.

Nigel O'Connell, Paul Scully, Martin Murphy and Alan O'Connor had fine games. Our thanks to Mitchelstown for their warm hospitality on the day, and we look forward to having them up pre-Christmas when our new clubhouse will be in full use. We have Galbally at home next week in the Gleeson League at 2.30pm on Sunday, to be confirmed.

Me and My Girl
Slievenamon Musical Society's production of ‘Me and My Girl’ runs from Thursday, November 18, to Sunday November 21, inclusive. This promises to be a great show for all ages, so do come along for a great night's entertainment. Tickets cost €15 for adults, €10 for children and can be booked by ringing Betty on (052) 6131549 between 11am and 2pm or Pamela on 087 3283074 between 6pm and 9pm each day.

We would like to thank everyone who supported our recent Duck Race, the winners are as follows: 1st prize: Liam Meagher Crohane, Drangan. 2nd: Colm Murphy, Corbally, Drangan and 3rd: Sean Fitzgerald, Fethard St, Mullinahone.




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