Thursday 20th January 2011

Fethard GAA Club News
The Senior Club held their AGM on Friday, January 14, 2011. I t was well attended by forty-three members. Club President, Fr. Tom Breen, spoke with passion and asked that both players and members commit more in all areas of the club in order to go forward into a brighter future. He asked that members take pride in our club, pull our socks up and put a bit of 'back-bone' into our contribution to what is part of our national heritage, and pride of our parish. Fr Breen, certainly left the meeting with healthy 'food for though'.
Outgoing chairman, Jimmy O'Shea, stepped down from his post after many years of support and commitment to the club. We wish him well and we know he will always be on hand to help out and support the club in anyway he can. Jimmy received a well earned rapturous round of applause.

Gus Fitzgerald (PRO) also stepped down from his post after many years. Gus will continue to assist in any way he can and will still continue to promote the County Bord Draw as well as our Lotto Draw. Gus will be unavailable for the foreseeable future as he is due to undergo surgery this week. We take this opportunity to wish Gus a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing back in full swing in the near future.

The 2011 Fiodh Ard committee are: Patsy Lawrence (chairman), P.J. Aherne (vice chairman), Mary Godfrey (secretary), Ann Fleming (assistant secretary), Stephen Fitzgerald (treasurer), John Fitzgerald and Ann Fleming (joint public relations officers), Eoin Fitzgerald (senior players representative) and Andy O'Donovan (designated childrens’ officer).

The first new committee meeting will take place on Monday January 24, where all other officer positions will be occupied and validated, as well as coaches and team managers will be confirmed (other than U-21 football).

Under-21 football training has started. Presently it takes place on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm. The coaches are, Tommy Sheehan, Jamie McCormack and Michael Fitzgerald. Last Tuesday there was a great turn-out for training. Please keep it up lads, you’re worth it.
Last week’s lotto jackpot drawn in the Fethard Arms was not won. The numbers drawn were: 1, 11, 25 and 28. No one matched three numbers so five tickets were drawn and the following won €30 each: Paul Fitzgerald (Kiltinan), Caroline Quinlan (Tullamaine), Niall O'Brien (c/o Bob Fitzgerald, Clonmel), Austie Godfrey (Derryluskin), and Kaci-Jane Condon (c/o Merry's, Clonmel).The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Kaylem Quinn (c/o Merry's, Clonmel).

This week’s Lotto Jackpot €5,500 was not won. The numbers drawn were: 13, 14, 21 and 26. There was no match three winner so the following drawn tickets received €30 each: Patrick Sheehan (Walshbog, Killusty); Aiden Fitzgerald (Kiltinan, Fethard); Margaret Lyons (Grangemockler); Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan, Fethard) and Michael Spillane (Tullamaine, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Mary Kendrick (Burke St, Fethard). Thanks to Clonmel Oil Ltd for providing the tickets.

You can purchase tickets at €2 each from any club player or committee member, as well as local shops. Why not take a chance, this could be your lucky week.

Membership fees for 2011 is, €40 for players, €30 for members and €20 for minors. Please note that full membership must be paid before March 31, 2011, in accordance with Rule 6.2 of the GAA official guide.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Membership fees are due now. €20 per membership (capped at €40 for two or more from same family). Please pay before March 31, 2011 (Rule 6.2 of the GAA official guide). A committee meeting will be held on Friday, January 21, at 8pm in the Fethard GAA field changing room.

We have lots to look forward to this year: The new Premier U-12's competition, U-14 and U-16 championship fixtures, Lá na gClub, Danagher Cup, and much more. New members are always welcome. Contact Ann Fleming on 086 896 3925 for more information.

Pottery Course
A hand-building pottery course will be run by Dóirín Saurus at Crampscastle Pottery, Fethard. Beginning on January 26, the course takes place on Wednesday mornings from 10.30 to 12.30 for six weeks. Learn about coil- building, slab pots and glazes. Decorate your own bowl with velvet undergalzes. Suitable for beginners and those with some previous experience. Course fee is €90 which includes cost of materials and firings. To book phone 087 9378628.

Boxing Tournament in Fethard Ballroom
Clonmel Boxing Club will host their annual, T.J. Redmond Memorial Boxing Tournament, in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday, January 23, at 2.30pm, featuring local Irish Champion, Jack Connolly, and many more Irish champions including Clonmel’s Dessie Fahy and Cork’s Rory Donoghue. Also in the ring will be European gold medallist, Con Sheehan.

Jack Connolly, from Fethard, will square up to Prince Suwali from the Bracken club in Dublin in what promises to be a very entertaining contest. There will be twelve bouts in total and a great afternoon’s entertainment is assured, all for just €10 admission. Come along – you wont be disappointed!

Hunting News
Tipperary Foxhounds had a field of over seventy riders for their Lawn Meet at Coolmore on Thursday, January 13. Having been lavishly entertained they moved off to their first draw close to the Coolmore offices. Finding here they ran towards Coolbawn Cross. Turning right-handed in Skehans they ran back to Kilnockin. Right-handed here they flashed across the Fethard – Killenaule Road to the old Kilnockin Racecourse. Sam got ahead of them here and they were stopped as they were running out of country.

Back to Coolmore they found by the Banogue River in Anglim’s. Away from here they fairly flew back through Dillon’s and Skehan’s crossing the St. Johnstown road to Prendergast’s. Doing a u-turn here they ran back over the same ground, Charlie getting to ground just ahead of hounds at Coolmore Lake, quite close to where found. Peppardstown House area drew blank, hounds again down by O’Donnell’s. They hunted through Sparrow’s across the road to Niall O’Donnell’s. Turning again here they re-crossed the St. Johnstown Road, ran down almost to Dillon’s, turning again here they hunted to where found. This good fox got to ground in a pile of round bales.
They found again in Blackmore’s, running down to the St. Johnstown Road they were stopped as they were heading towards country already hunted over. They finished with a run from the fort at Coolbawn Cross to ground in Cooney’s and from the Waterfall they had a short run through Donal Kennedy’s and to ground in Ritchie Holohan’s.

The large field out included a party of American visitors including a huntsman of an American foxhound pack. They said their day with the Tipps was the highlight of their Irish hunting holiday. Their huntsman was loud in his praises of the Tipperary hounds, both of their quality and hunting ability and also highly complimentary to Tipps huntsman Derry Donegan. They say in business, “a satisfied customer always returns” and the American visitors, who took some souvenir photographs of their Tipperary visit, promised to make a return visit in the future.

With the White Heathers
As a mark of respect to the Hayden family, who had suffered a bereavement in recent days, the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers transferred their meet on Sunday last to Killusty. Drawing up the Glen they were slow to find until reaching Mullinbawn. From here they ran towards Fethard crossing the Fethard – Killusty Road to the Sawmill, crossing the Cloneen Road to Carroll’s where they lost him. Returning to Byrnes Rock they found again. To Bannixtown, turning right-handed they ran through Donovan’s to the Killusty Road which they crossed at Grove back-gate. Right-handed here they hunted the grove inside the estate wall re-crossing the road at Mullinbawn pump house. Through Roebucksland they ran to Byrnes where they marked to ground. Finding again across the Cloneen road they hunted to Bennettshill. Swinging left here they ran through Mouse Morris’ Gallops, crossed the Fethard – Cloneen Road back to Mullinbawn where they lost him. Finishing a nice days sport at 3.30pm. Hounds meet next Sunday, January 23, at Coolbawn Cross and on January 30 at Coolmoyne. Winners in the January members and friends draw were 1st Prize (€200): Mrs O’Brien, Rathkenny and 2nd Prize (€100) Tom Sayers, St. Patrick’s Place.

Fuse Youth Club
The Fuse Youth Club is back on at Fethard Youth Centre on Monday nights from half 7pm till 9pm. The Fuse Youth Club for children from 5th class to 1st year. For details on joining please contact: Martina at 086 0881083 or Ruth at 086 8615161 for further details. We ask parents or anyone interested in becoming leaders to please volunteer their services and help with the club’s activities.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on January 12 were: 1, 6, 16 and 27. We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each: Anna Bradshaw Cooke, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard, and Karl Cooke, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Margaret Burke, c/o Kitty O'Donnell; Carmel Gahan, Cloneen, Fethard, and Teresa Fenlon, c/o Mary Sayers, Crampscastle.
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 €4,350 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €435. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Please note that the closing date for the Area Community Games Art Competition is Friday, February 11. The following schools will be visited on that day and entries collected: Holy Trinity National School, Killusty National School and Patrician Presentation Secondary School Fethard.

If children reside in Fethard / Killusty area but are attending school elsewhere they may submit their entries to the community games office at Grove Road, Fethard, but please telephone either (052) 6131906 or 086 8110768 to make arrangements for collection. Entries cost €2 each. If any parents could assist in the collection or sorting of these pictures prior to judging their help would be appreciated. Age groups are under 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16. Children must reside in the area and be under the age specified on July 31, 2011.
We also hope to repeat the U-14 Juvenile Table Quiz which was so successful last year in the very near future. Again, offers of assistance here would be gratefully received. County final of this event takes place in Thurles on March 4. The area secretary is not prepared to undertake administration of events singlehanded so remember that 2011 is the year of the volunteer, please do your bit!

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday, January 12, 2011, we played for sponsored prizes and the results were: 1st GrosNell Broderick and David O'Meara; 2nd Gross, Rita Kane and Kays, St. John; 3rd Gross, Gemma Burke and Carol Kenny; 1st Nett, Ellen Rochford and Jim Lahart; 2nd Nett, Ann Slattery and Carmel Condon; 3rd Nett, Kathleen Kenny and Brendan Kenny.

On January 26, we will be playing for prizes sponsored by Nell Broderick and David O'Meara and on February 2, we play the first round of the Player of the Year competition. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

Clashawley Film Club
Fethard’s Clashawley Film Club will resume its spring programme on February 4. This six-week session will cost €35 and anyone looking for further information or wishing to join should contact Susanna Manton at (052) 6131897.

Fethard Rugby Club
The mini's played had an enjoyable morning of rugby at home to Thurles last Sunday. The weather was kind to us and it was marvellous to see so many youngsters out enjoying themselves.
The under-9 squad was: Colin Fitzgerald, Jack Hassett, Sean Ryan, Cain Welch, Mark McCormack, Paddy Gaynor, David Hayes, Richard Robinson, Matthew Burke and Conor Vaughan. These boys played well with some good recycling of the ball along with a few tackles. Keep up the training boys and huge thanks to Alistar MacDonald for all his continued work in coaching this group.

The under-10 squad met a strong organised Thurles team who were well versed. Fethard's team was: Peter Wall, Angus MacDonald, Aaron Quigley, Ben Purcell, Matthew Thompson, Will, Matthew Gleeson, Lucy Murphy, Ian Harrington, David Ivors and Ryan Walsh. They showed a few nice tackles and some pieces of good play throughout their game with a case of work in progress for this group.
Special thanks to the three players of Thurles who swapped with Fethard players to make for a more informative match. Also special ‘Get Well’ wishes to coach Anthony Wall. We look forward to seeing you back on the pitch soon. Thank you very much to all the coaches, players, parents and supporters who travelled on the day. Training for the minis takes place every Friday evening from 6.45pm to 8pm.
Our under 11 panel got the exciting opportunity to play a halftime fixture against a Douglas side at the Munster v Glasgow Warriors in Musgrave park on January 8. A panel of fourteen travelled by minibus with parents and coaches in tow to maintain order. A few singsongs, a lot of fighting for the backseat and one pit-stop later we arrived in Cork.

The first treat was a VIP style entry, no tickets and straight past the queues. The second was to see some squad members in Fethard colours in the match programme and the third and most important was a chance to meet Munster players after the match.

Excitement began as the Munster squad entered the field, realising that in forty-minutes time it would be their chance to play in front of 7,000 rugby fans. As Munster left the field the Fethard squad entered full of confidence and chomping at the bit to go. And go they did! I have never witnessed a mini's game of rugby played with such intensity. From the whistle the Fethard side captained by Gavin Ryan attacked and David McCormack was first to cross the line with a great individual break. The well-drilled Douglas side tried to do the same but were met with ferocious tackles and counter rucking that the Munster squad would be proud of.

After turning over Douglas possession Fethard struck again with a try from Dara Lynch. More great defending followed and for the eight or so minutes the game lasted Douglas did not even get into the Fethard half. The game may have been brief but all players got to showcase their talents. Douglas were gracious in defeat and are eager for a rematch at some stage this season! After the match our squad got to meet a few of their heroes with a lot of the Munster players signing jerseys, balls and anything else our guys could find to write on. A perfect end to a day that will be with them forever.

U-11 Squad: Gavin Ryan, Joe Carroll, Harry Cummins, John Gilman, Danny Gleeson, Daragh Lynch, Dale Murphy, Ruth McDonald, Owen McGarry, David McCormack, Frank Meagher, Padraig Harrington, Patrick Scully and Ciaran O’Dwyer. Coaches: Martin Murphy and Michael McCormack.

Fethard Macra Club
Volleyball continues every Thursday night at 9pm in Clerihan hall and is very well attended every week. Members from all clubs in the area are invited to come on and join the craic as well as shed those excess 'Christmas pounds'!

A debating team is currently being formed to take part in an upcoming competition; those in the club who are interested should contact Michael Mockler 087 9019443.

Michael Manley from Cork is once again on board with the club to produce the upcoming play for the Munster semifinals of the National Drama Competition which this year will be held in the Abymill theatre, Fethard on March 19 and 20. We are delighted to welcome Michael’s wealth of experience back for another year.
For more information on Macra go to www.macra.ie on the web or phone our chairperson, David Ryan on 087 9454384.

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