Thursday 3rd February 2011

Patrician Presentation Open Evening
As Patrician/Presentation Secondary School Fethard prepares for its Open Evening on Monday, February 7, from 7pm to 8pm, we reflect on the school’s history and traditions and its current pivotal role in the life of Fethard and the surrounding area.

Sadly there are no longer Patrician Brothers or Presentation Sisters on the Secondary School staff but their legacy lives on through the school’s Catholic ethos and through the dedication and high standards of the Principal and staff. Today, the school is managed by a local Board of Management, chaired by Br. Matthew Hayes from Mountrath, representing the Le Chéile Trust, based in Dublin. It is a small school by modern standards but herein lay its great advantage of a family-like environment, which helps create a sense of belonging, so important for young people in this modern age.

The school offers a broad range of academic subjects ranging from Art to the Sciences and offers such programmes as Transition Year, L.C.V.P and J.C.S.P. The curriculum is supported and enhanced by a career guidance service and learning support. The school is proud of the many excellent achievements of its students in the past who have attended all the Third Level Institutions in the State with many going on to achieve Doctorates or to set up their own businesses. This year we congratulate in particular Grainne Horan, daughter of James and Catherine Horan, Tullamaine, who was awarded an entrance scholarship to UCD on the basis of her Leaving Cert results in 2010. Ultimately Patrician/Presentation is committed to the holistic development of all its pupils and their preparation for life as mature and responsible citizens.

To cater for the wider aspects of pupil development and to try to develop the potential of each pupil, the school provides a comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities to suit boys and girls. These activities include: Football, Volleyball, Hurling, Outdoor Pursuits, Debating, Quiz Competitions, Educational Day Trips, Photography, Film-Making, Author in the Classroom, Science and Business, Community Liaison and Entrepreneurial Skills.

In the tradition of its founding orders, the school marks all the religious landmarks of the Liturgical Calendar and the Pastoral Care Team is always available to mentor and support the school community in times of personal difficulty or bereavement.

The school has many links with the local community through the GAA, Work Experience Programmes, Mini-Company activity, the School Bank, Lourdes Fund, Daffodil Day, Irish Heart Foundation Fundraising, Meals on Wheels, Day Care Centre and Fethard Youth Centre. Last year the Log-on Learn Computer programme was offered to Fethard Senior Citizens and many local people attend the weekly Yoga Class in the school, the proceeds of which are very kindly donated to the Cancer Support Centre in Clonmel.

Finally, a very active Parents’Association contributes greatly to the school. They select the parents’ representatives for committees, developing or reviewing school policies with the other partners in education. Through fund-raising, they have provided in recent years equipment and resources for the school and regularly sponsor awards on Prize-Giving Day.

All 5th and 6th Class pupils and their parents are invited to the school’s Open Evening on February 7, to meet the staff and learn more about Patrician/Presentation Secondary School.

Fethard Tidy Towns
Fethard Tidy Towns are back up and running again after a very cold break. Litter is still a major problem all over town and on approach roads to Fethard. At the bottle banks some people are still leaving boxes and bags for someone else to clean up. Please leave the bottles in the bins and bring home the boxes and bags.

We now have a three-year plan in operation, which was drawn up by Mr Frank Donaldson whose company has considerable expertise in assisting communities improve their marks in the annual national tidy towns competition. We would like to thank Fethard and Killusty Community Council for funding this plan and helping us work in a more organised way.

We are now working hard to improve our marks in this year’s competition and help keep Fethard litter free. We invite all organisations and members of the public who share our desire to make Fethard a better place to live and visit, to come to our next public meeting on Tuesday, February 8, in the Tirry Community Centre at 8pm. All are more than welcome.

Community Council salute Jack Connolly
On Thursday, January 27, the Community Council made a formal presentation to Jack Connolly in recognition of his boxing achievements in 2010. The event, held in Fethard Youth Centre, was attended by the extended Connolly family, members of Clonmel Boxing Club, of which Jack is a member, and Fethard Community Council and other members of the community including Fr. Tom Breen P.P. and Fr. Anthony McSweeney.

In his address, Joe Kenny, Community Council Chairman, said that it was a privilege to be able to host an occasion to honour Jack and his achievements. Joe considered that Jack is indeed an ambassador for Fethard today.

Martin Fennessy, on behalf of Clonmel Boxing Club, informed the gathering that Jack began his boxing career at the age of 11 and congratulated him on his achievements to date, these include three national titles. Martin explained that it takes ten years for a boxer to develop and he anticipates that in six years time that Jack will bring a senior title home. He continued by outlining the necessary attributes to be a good boxer – ability, discipline and fitness and added that to be a better boxer you have to have a great boxing brain. Jack possesses all of these. Martin stated that Jack’s success in the TJ Redmond Memorial Tournament in the Ballroom the previous Sunday was evidence of this. Martin complimented the people of Fethard for their support of Jack and the interest shown to him, he said the atmosphere and community spirit in the Ballroom was palpable. He added that one of the competitors in the TJ Redmond Memorial Tournament was John Joe Joyce, current senior champion of Ireland, had lived in Fethard as a boy and his family recalled their fond memories of the community here.

On the night Jack’s trophies, medals and other items were present and a slideshow presentation of photographs of Jack’s achievements to date were shown. When the formal proceedings had concluded a number of videos of Jack’s fights were shown while refreshments were served. Well done Jack!

Hunting News
Tipperary Foxhounds had a red-letter day from their meet at Lismolin on Thursday, January 27. Hounds are hunting exceptionally well since Christmas, several regular followers described the hunting from Lismolin as the best hunting they enjoyed for a few seasons. From Lismolin church they ran over the hill toward Kyle wood, turning left here down to Moroney’s and Duggan’s they again turned left short of Finane wood and back to Lismolin where they checked near the graveyard. From here they hunted back towards Moroney’s and Duggan’s crossing the Mullinahone – Lismolin road to Croke’s. Doing a u-turn here they were checked as their fox looked like running once more back to country which had been previously hunted. Drawing the large Finane wood in the evening they found again. Hunting very well in the forest they had their fox away on the top. Running too good circles in the Newtown area they crossed the Drangan – Lismolin road to Kyle, swung left towards Drangan where he got to ground at Knockcura. This brought a great days hunting to a close, plenty of very stiff jumping with a number of empty saddles in evidence during the day.

With the White Heathers
Foxes were in good supply from the Coolmoyne meet on Sunday last. However, it proved much easier to find them than to hunt them as in very poor scenting conditions, hard as hounds tried they were struggling all day to hold the line. A fox found in Coolmoyne bogs ran through Ritchie Ryan’s crossing the Fethard – Cashel Road where they lost him. Back to Hugh Holohan’s but after a small right-handed circle he got to ground. Finding again in the Blackthorns behind Coolmoyne Creamery they hunted through Holohan’s right-handed through Ryan’s and Jim Barry’s did almost the same circle again back to the Fethard – Cashel Road near meet where scent just failed.

Hounds were vanned back to Coolmoyne Ball Alley where they found immediately. This fox ran a short distance before getting to ground in a stick pile. Bolting from the mark he ran down to Tullamaine where he got to ground near Hayes’ Barn. Crossing the road to Derryluskin they had two short runs here. From Ger Casey’s to Prospect. Finding again here they ran back to Ardsallagh did a u-turn here back to Prospect crossing the road near Jerry Hannon’s to Godfrey’s where the poor scent one again failed and home was blown at 4.30pm. The Ballylusky Harriers meet on Sunday next at Thorney Bridge at 11am.

Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game on January 26, were: 1st Gross, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 2nd Gross, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn; 3rd Gross, Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh; 1st Nett, Madeleine O'Donnell and Margaret Mary McCormack; 2nd Nett, Ellen Rochford and Jim Lahart; 3rd Nett, Kathleen Kenny and Anne O'Dea.

On February 9, we play the second round of the Player of the Year competition. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

Fethard ICA Guild
The next ICA meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 8, at 8pm in the ICA Hall. Our guest speaker will be Laurann O’Reilly from Personal Nutrition and Health. Her talk will cover various areas of nutrition such as healthy balanced diets, weight loss and other topics. It should be of great interest to us all so we hope all members will attend. Ladies who would like to become members are very welcome to join us on the night. Catering by the ‘Yellow Group’.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on January 26 were: 1, 5, 17 and 29. We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each: Margaret Thompson, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and Emma O'Donohoe, Friarsfield, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Anna Bradshaw Cooke, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard; Maureen Whyte, Main Street, Fethard; and Roseanne Carroll, The Square, Fethard.

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 €4,650 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €465. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fit Walk Clinic
South Tipperary Sports Partnership are holding a Fit Walk Clinic on Tuesday, February 15, from 7pm to 9.30pm, in the Patrician Presentation Secondary School. The Fit Walk Clinic will teach participants how to squeeze every ounce of fitness from walking. The clinic will identify how to optimise aerobic fitness and fat burning; demonstrate how to incorporate flexibility and strength into a walking programme; demonstrate use of step counters, heart rate monitors and walking poles and teach the key techniques of Stridewalking, Powerwalking and Nordic Walking. As the programme and clinics are activity based participants are advised to wear warm comfortable clothing and good walking shoes/runners Cost of the Fit Walk Clinic is €5 per person.

For further information or an application form please contact the STSP office at 062 64783 or email: info@stsp.ie. The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday, February 8, 2011. As places are limited, it is advisable to return your completed application form, together with fee, as soon as possible to secure a place. All are welcome.

Fethard Historical Society
On Friday night, February 28, the ninth ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year’ award ceremony was held in the Abymill Theatre and this year two young people were honoured for the winning book. Dermot Poyntz of Clonmel and graphic artist Lee Grace from Waterford for their very novel new book ‘The Curse of Cromwell: The Siege’.
Terry Cunningham, chairman of the organising committee outlined the history of both the Tipperariana Book Fair and ‘Book of the Year’ award. He told the audience that the ‘The Siege’ book was up against forty other Tipperary books to win the 2010 prize. Both the author, Dermot Poyntz and illustrator, Lee Grace were awarded specially commissioned ceramic plaques by well known local ceramic artist Dóirín Saurus of Crampscastle Pottery.

Mary Hanrahan, MC for the ceremony, then introduced local singer/songwriter, Jack O’Sullivan, to sing some of his work and reinforce again the focus of the evening which was youth and its accompanying energy and openness to new ways at looking at and presenting history.

Books wanted for Book Fair
Preparations are well under way for the 16th annual Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday week, February 13. Since it was first held in 1996 the fair has gone from strength to strength. Every year book dealers, who rate it as the best fair in the country, come from all over Ireland to sell their books to an average attendance of over seven hundred punters attending between 2pm and 6pm.

In particular, books of Irish interest are always in demand and of course books of Tipperary and Munster interest sell very well at the Fethard fair.

Fethard Historical Society man their own stall every year where you can get lucky and come across some ‘gems’ at a very good price. The society are presently looking for donations of unwanted books which are sold at the fair and the monies raised used to fund activities throughout the year such as the Medieval Festival, Book of the Year award and other unforeseen events. For instance, this year we need to publish a new version of the visitor map and medieval guide to Fethard, as the present version is down to its last few copies.
Anyone wishing to donate books can contact any of the following members: Pat (6131537), Dóirín (6131936) or Terry (086 390 5373). Books can be collected or else left into the Ballroom on Saturday afternoon (February 12) between 2pm and 5pm.

A feature of the Fair is the presence of authors of Tipperary interest books published the previous year. This year’s winner, ‘Curse of Cromwell: The Siege’ and its authors Dermot Poyntz and Lee Grace will be there to sign copies of their book, as will many other authors from around the county.

The Fair runs from 2pm to 6pm and visitors often remark on the Café atmosphere that prevails. That can be attributed to the wonderful fresh homemade fare on offer and piano player on stage providing a suitable ambience – a feature which seems to go down a treat with punters and dealers alike. Entrance fee is €2 and accompanied children are free. In these times what better way to spend a wintry Sunday’s afternoon.

Fethard Macra
Fethard Macra has recently been given a boost by a number of new members to swell its ranks. We are delighted to welcome them all and we hope to see them partake in many activities with the club.
Our debating team competed in Clonoulty on the January 21, against an experienced outfit from Dundrum. The motion on the night, proposed by Fethard was 'European farmers should not have to depend on grants and subsidies'. The team consisted of Elaine Kennedy, Pat Murphy, Michael Mockler and David Ryan. Sadly Dundrum edged it in the end and it wasn't Fethard’s night. We wish Dundrum the best as they progress further in the competition.
Things are hotting up in the 'drama department' here at the club. Michael Manley from Cork is again on board to direct this years play, 'One Man Down’ in the national drama competition. The cast are busy rehearsing at the moment.

On Friday, February 4, the county executive will meet in 'The Trap', Grangemockler. This meeting will be followed by the county round of club 'Question Time'. We here at the club are planning to wield a few teams on the night. Volleyball continues every Thursday night at 9pm in Clerihan hall.

For more information on Fethard Macra contact David Ryan on 087 9454384.

Fethard GAA News
After two years away from the football championships, our U21s are back and will play their first championship fixture next weekend against Kilsheelan. Training has taken place on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm under the guidance of Tommy Sheehan, Buddy Fitzgerald and Jamie McCormack. The team played a challenge match last Sunday.

Minor training is on Wednesday at 8pm, senior and junior on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm.

We had no Jackpot winner last week. The numbers drawn were 5, 15, 16 and 20. Noelle Aherne, Prospect, Fethard matched three numbers and won €150. Mary McCormack, Kerry St, Fethard was our €50 Lucky Dip winner.

Our U-16 panel are back training on Wednesdays at 8pm. Our U-14s hope to start training next Wednesday as well as our Premier 12s. Mini GAA and U-10s will start back later in February. This year there are set fixtures for our U-8s and U-10s in football and hurling, and league fixtures for our Premier 12s.

Fethard Sports Centre proudly presents and Open Racquetball Competition weekending February 12-13. Anyone interested in entering can contact Patsy Lawrence on 086 2678813 or Niall Nevin on 086 8109605. Closing date is Friday, February 4. All are welcome.
We also have brilliant facilities for handball, anyone interest in playing or learning please contact Patsy Lawrence on 086 2678813.

Fethard Rugby Club
Our U-12s travelled to Dungarvan on Sunday, January 30, and despite the previous night's hard frost, we were still able to play two games with modified rules to help protect the players from injury on the firm ground. In the first game we drew with the hosts Dungarvan, on a scoreline of four tries each. In our second game we came away with a win, scoring five tries to Thurles' three. Like the previous game, this one featured plenty of passing and superb running from our backs.

Fethard Minis played a Blitz against Thurles and hosts Dungarvan. We combined our 7s and 8s for our games against Dungarvan and Thurles. This team have improved and deservedly came away with plenty of tries and big smiles. They showed good handling skills as the games progressed and put in plenty of tackles. We hope Aaron Denny is feeling better soon as he was unwell and unable to play.
The U-9s upped their game this week and proved a strong team, consistently tackling to turn over the ball to their advantage.

The U-10 team had two great performances against equally matched teams. It was tough going and required plenty of strong tackles to put down some nice tries and show improvement for future fun in the months ahead. The quicker handling skills were encouraging, keep up the great work.

The U-11s played Dungarvan first, winning 5-4 with tries from David McCormack (2), Darragh Lynch, Gavin Ryan and Frankie Meagher. Tough tackling and great passing helped this team to get their well deserve success. In their second game they finished 4-3 ahead against Thurles.

Training continues every Friday evening from 6.45pm to 8pm at the Community Field for ages 6 to 13 years. New members are always welcome. Club jerseys are now in stock, contact Kieran for more information. If you are not receiving our texts please contact Paul Scully on 087 6885212.

Our U-19 team (Fethard/Thurles) travelled to Thomond in their first pan-Munster league match. This game started off very well, but then two successive injuries forced us to make substitutions which didn’t suit the players now playing out of position. Due to the disarray of the team, Thomond scored a few tries in succession and the moral of the team was broken in defeat from a very organised Thomond team. Hopefully this result will encourage players to attend training on a more regular basis.


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