Thursday 7th April 2011

All Things Bright and Beautiful

‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ is the title of the project which Holy Trinity National School, Fethard, will present at the ‘Challenge to Change’ seminar in Kilkenny on May 12 this year. ‘Challenge to Change’ is a Development Education Project initiated by Presentation Education Office (SE Province) for Presentation Schools.

The pupils of sixth class have focussed their attention on biodiversity at a local level mainly but are also researching exotic ecosystems such as the rainforests and the polar regions. The study of biodiversity takes in everything from the smallest microbe to the biggest whale and everything in between – all plants and animals and the habitats they live in. Humans are part of the biodiversity of the planet and from hunter-gatherers to the present day, have used nature for food, shelter, medicine and raw materials.

The following are some of the facts the students have come across during their research.

One and a half acres of rainforests are lost every second with tragic consequences for both developing and industrial countries. Rainforests are being destroyed because the value of rainforests is perceived as only the value of its timber by short-sighted governments, multi-national logging companies and landowners.
Nearly half of the world species of plants and animals will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to the destruction of rainforests.

Biodiversity alone is worth 2.6 billion a year to our economy. Earthworms contribute over 1 billion euro to the Irish economy in maintaining soil structure and fertility.

The Irish Barn Owl population has experienced a dramatic decline in recent times. South Tipperary is known to be one of the main strongholds of the Barn Owl in the country and as such is of national importance in terms of conservation of the endangered Barn Owl population.

A total of 82 species of bird regularly winter in South Tipperary.
Bees are extremely important because they pollinate plants, including crops that we rely on for food. There are 101 bee species in Ireland, but bees are declining. Whenever we remove a hedgerow, reseed grass lawns or fields, spray weeds or do other activities that change their habitat, we make it harder for bees to find the food that they need.

Much of our local information has come from the South Tipperary Biodiversity Action Plan which was produced by Labhaoise McKenna, Heritage Officer, South Tipperary County Council. We were lucky enough to have Labhaoise visit our school on March 8th when she gave us lots of interesting facts on the flora and fauna of South Tipp. We are also grateful to Liam Burke and Brian Sheehy who are helping us with our project.

Just to end on a cheery note . . . according to Albert Einstein, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left!”

Newfoundland information evening in Fethard!
An information evening will be held in the Tirry Community Centre, Fethard, on Monday next, April 11, at 8.30pm for anyone interested in travelling with the ‘South East’ group to Newfoundland in September this year. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit the spectacular country where at least 100 families from this area settled in the 1700s and 1800s.

In Newfoundland there still exists a 'little Ireland' full of people whose ancestors came originally from South Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford. They left, mostly from the port of Waterford, to go fishing off Newfoundland in the 1700s and 1800s and their descendants are still there - with their accents and music and song still mostly intact.

For the past four or five years there has been an organised exchange of visitors between the two countries. This year the people from the South East are going to Newfoundland and they especially want Tipperary people to join them, as next year, when the Newfoundlanders come back here, they intend to concentrate on the families who left Tipperary to go fishing on the famous 'fishing banks' off the east coast of Canada over two hundred years ago.

It is hoped that a number of people from Fethard will join this year's group who are going to Newfoundland from September 16 to 24. The arrangement has been that people stay with host families while in Newfoundland and one big round of 'events' is laid on for the cousins from Ireland. You can, however, stay (and pay) in a hotel if you so wish. People wishing to know more can come to the Tirry Centre on Monday night next or check out the website www.festivalofthesea.ca or the Ireland Newfoundland Partnership website www.inp.ie.

Success for secondary school U16 ladies football
Well done to Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School U16 ladies football team who became the first ladies team from the school to compete in competition and in doing so won the B final at the recent blitz held in Clonmel. The Ladies Football Club would like to thank the school for letting us start ladies football and to Tom McCarthy and John Cummins for their time training the team.
The school team included current U14 inter-county player, Jessie McCarthy, along with Annie Prout, Kiya Burke, Clodagh Bradshaw, Emma Hayes, Emma Morrissey, Aine Proudfoot, Niamh O’Meara, Grainne Fanning, Aobh O’Shea, Karen Hayes, Christine Fitzgerald, Louise Fitzgerald, Alannah Coady, Orla Walsh, Molly Proudfoot and Sophie Noonan who plays with Mullinahone. Great achievement for the School and well done.

Our Junior Ladies opened their league account with a two point win over Mullinahone last Saturday night in Mullinahone and finished on a scoreline of, Fethard 1-12, Mullinahone 3-04. Well done girls. This was a great start fielding five new players from last year who have settled in very well. Next game is at home to Cappawhite.

Our U16s are currently preparing for the championship which is due to start shortly. The girls have played challenges against Abbeyside from Waterford and Moyle Rovers. Best of luck to the players and their management team of, Tom Ryan, Tom McCarthy, Kieran Butler and Maureen McCarthy.

Our U12s are currently preparing for the upcoming championship under the guidance of Michael Hayes every Saturday morning.
We have had a great turnout with our new generation of U6, U8 and U10 girl footballers, with an average of 25 girls turning up every Saturday morning at 11am in the GAA field. The girls are expertly coached by Michael ‘Magic’ Ryan, Michael Spillane and Sandra Spillane. We sincerely thank them for their time and new girls are always welcome.

Angling club competition
Fethard and Killusty Angling club will hold a fishing competition on this Sunday, April 10. Anglers are asked to meet at Thorny Bridge at 10.30am. Fishing to start at 11am.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
The county final of boys and girls swimming will take place in Clonmel Pool on Saturday, May 7, for boys and Sunday, May 8, for girls. The closing date is Monday, April 18, with Area Secretary, Peggy Colville, 086 8110768. The closing date with the county co-ordinator is Friday, April 22. No late entries accepted. So if you are interested please forward your details as soon as possible.

Badgers Over 30s Soccer and Social Club
Attention all members, non-members and even the old past members who think they are past it, next Friday, April 8, we hold our AGM in the lounge of the Well Bar, Burke Street, with an 8pm kick off. It is important that there is a good attendance as some very important decisions will be made about the coming summer and what to do. Do we have a break for the summer or do we change format with a different game and a different venue?

New members always welcome. At present we still play on the AstroTurf in Killenaule every Wednesday from 8pm.

Military History Society
The next meeting of South Tipperary Military History Society is on Tuesday, April 19, at 8pm in Slievenamon Golf Club, Lisronagh. There will be a lecture by Robert Reid on Irish Soldiers in Foreign Armies. In May the society has organised a trip to the battlefields of the Western Front. In June we plan a trip to Limerick including a visit to Sarsfield Barracks museum. Details to follow.

Fethard ICA
Fethard ICA will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, April 12, at 8pm in the ICA Hall on Rocklow Road. Chef Siobhán Brennan will give a cookery demonstration with recipes and ideas for Easter.
Membership fees are now due. Catering is by the ‘Blue Group’ and we will also get a chance to sample some of Siobhán’s goodies.

Hospice Support Group AGM
The annual general meeting of the Fethard Hospice Support Group will take place in the Tirry Community Centre at 8pm on this Thursday, April 7. All are welcome to come along.

National Chamber Choir perform for US President Barack Obama
The National Chamber Choir of Ireland will perform their current touring production ‘Tristes Tropes’ in the Abymill Theatre on this Friday, April 8, at 8pm. Tickets are €15 and €13 (concession). Booking now at O’Flynn’s, Burke Street. Tel: (052) 6131254 or 087 1604260.

The White House invited the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, to perform for President and Mrs Obama at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day reception at the White House. Celebrations at the White House also involved the Taoiseach presenting the U.S. President with a Waterford crystal bowl filled with shamrock, in a longstanding tradition celebrating the friendship between Ireland and America.
On this Friday night, April 8, we are also privileged to have the fantastic National Chamber Choir of Ireland perform for the people of Fethard in the Abymill Theatre at 8pm. Highly recommended and not to be missed.

The Importance of being Earnest for the Abymill
Carrick’s Brewery Lane Theatre's Spring production of "The Importance of being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde will be staged in the Abymill Theatre on this Sunday night, April 10. The play has just concluded a very successful run in Carrick-on-Suir. Directed by Roseanne Glascott the cast line up include well known faces and names to Brewery Lane Theatre: David Grant, Colm Power, Maria Clancy, Julianne Denby, Claire O'Sullivan, Paula O'Dwyer, Enda O'Driscoll, Denis Barry, Jim English and Caolán Deehy-Power.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Wednesday, March 30, of Hannah Leahy, (née Hickey) of Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard, and formerly of Kilvemnon, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on March 30, were: 3, 10, 21 and 24. We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each: Rory Shelly, Moyglass, Fethard; and Noel Sharpe, The Castle Inn, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Philly Kenny, Hillview, The Green, Fethard; Aine Cuc, An Coill, Fiod Ard; and Dick O'Brien, c/o Tom Purcell.

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 including a chance to win a full set of jerseys for your sport’s club. Next week’s Jackpot continues at €6,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €600. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday, April 12, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Daffodil Day
The organisers of this year’s Daffodil Day would like to sincerely thank all those who supplied flowers on the day, the Transition Year students who helped sell the daffodils outside Kenny's Centra, the Post Office and in the schools, and all who purchased and supported the day. A total of €2236.27 was raised in aid of the Irish Cancer Society for which we are most grateful.

Fethard Tae-Kwon Do
Students from the Fethard area recently successfully increased their Tae-Kwon Do grading. From thirteen Fethard students and sixty-four students from their sister school in Carrick-on-Suir who examined for the grade, Aisling Geoghegan from Fethard was the only student who achieved an ‘A’ mark in their discipline.

To achieve a pass in grading all students perform a sequence of moves as if there is an imaginary attacker and should begin and end each move on exactly the same spot keeping the correct posture and facing at all times. Well done to Aisling and all students from Fethard.

If anyone would like to join this fast growing and interesting sport classes in Fethard are on Monday evenings from 7pm to 8pm for students age 5-13 and from 8pm to 9pm for teenagers and adults. There is plenty to learn in a fun and lively environment, class fee is only €5 each or ‘3 for the price of 2’ in family situations. Contact instructor: Mr Paul Tobin, 3rd Degree Black Belt, on 087 2447886.

Fethard RFC retain U13 East Munster title
Fethard U13 travelled to Waterpark on Sunday morning last, knowing that a win would see them win the U13 league for the second year in a row. The group of young rugby players had already secured wins against Thurles, Dungarvan, Kilfeacle and Cashel.

Fethard were the smaller but a team full of heart and determination. The first ten minutes were very even but Fethard began to gain the upper hand and when they were awarded a penalty in the Waterpark twenty-two, quick thinking saw Tommy Murphy feed Larry Gleeson, who crashed over for a fine try in the corner. The Fethard pack now seemed to have the upperhand with Bill Phelan, Michael Gaynor, Mark Collins and Gearóid Fahey tucking very well and winning most of the lineouts.

Half time saw Fethard leading 5-0 but they started well again and played most of the second half in the Waterpark twenty-two. Gary Kavanagh, Killian O'Dwyer and Eoin Barry tackled everything with constant pressure. Paudie Feehan crashed over for a fine try. Fethard were in command at this stage and Keith Cleere fed Richie Ivors who was unlucky not to score in the corner. Liam Meagher, Andrew Phelan and Matthew Lynch had great games and Connie Coen, Philip Fogarty, Griffin Ivors and John Clancy all played their part. These young rugby players are a credit to the club, their coaches, their parents and this is just reward for all the effort they put in all year.

History made in Fethard Rugby Club
Fethard Rugby Club held their first ever girls’ rugby game on Saturday, April 2, when the U15 girls’ team took on Thurles/Carrigaline. Fethard were joined by Jane Pennyeater, Aoife Kelly and Niamh Connor from Carrigaline on the day. Both teams started well with Fethard getting the opening score with Marcella Myler touching down, scoring the first ever girls try in Fethard. Fethard kept up the pressure and had their second score from Aine Phelan. Thurles got a scrum in the Fethard 22 and scored their first score. At the end of the first 20 minutes, Fethard were on top leading 10-5.

In the second 20, Fethard backs of Ciara O'Donnell, Kelly McCormack and Karen Hayes put in some fine runs which resulted in Aine Phelan scoring under the post, which was converted by Aoife Kelly. Thurles replied quickly with a try. With five minutes to go before the end of the second 20 minutes, Emily Kavanagh made a great break from inside her own half and offloaded to Jane Pennyeater for her first score. Thurles dug deep and were back in the game scoring their third try.

The final 20 minutes Fethard piled on the pressure which resulted in Aine Phelan sprinting from the half way line to score her final try, a hat trick for Aine. Aoife Kelly converted the try. Fethard spirits were high and kept the attack going with winger Katie Butler showing her football skills when she chipped her winger and regained possession only to be stopped by the Thurles fullback.

In the dying minutes of the game, centre Jane Pennyeater showed her pace and agility to wrap up the game for Fethard when she touched down her second try which was converted by Aoife Kelly. This was a great result for the Fethard girls on only their second outing.
A big thank you to Sean Lanigan Ryan, Thurles girls, Ger Healy and the girls from Carrigaline. Special thanks to the parents for providing the apres match refreshments and Paul Kavanagh for pre match set up.

Fethard girls train every Friday, from 8pm to 9pm in the Fethard Community Field and are coached by Valerie Connolly and Kim Ronan. New players are always welcome.

The Fethard team: Christina Myler, Aisling Costing, Molly O'Dwyer, Aoife Delaney, Niamh Houlihan, Niamh Connor (guest), Aobh O'Shea, Loreen Baude, Kerri Purtill, Aoife Kelly (guest), Jane Pennyeater (guest), Emily Kavanagh, Kelly McCormack, Ciara O'Donnell, Karen Hayes, Aine Phelan and Katie Butler.

Fethard GAA Club News
The Senior Footballers played the 3rd round of the South SFC against Clonmel Commercials in Monroe on Friday last, 1st April at 6.15pm.

Fethard are still chasing their first points of the championship as they were beaten on a score line of 1-10 to 0-08. This was very much a game of two halves as each team managed to score just a point against a strong wind with Commercials playing with the advantage for the first half. Commercials opened the scoring with a point in the 1st minute. Fethard worked hard against the wind and managed a point from a Brian Coen placed ball in the 3rd minute, but it was to be their only score in the opening half as Commercials registered 1-8 in the remainder to leave the score 1-9 to 0-01 at halftime.

In the second half Fethard came out fighting and after Commercials got what was to be their last score of the game in the 3rd minute, Fethard settled and started to claw back Commercials advantage. Alan O’Connor got a point in the 7th minute and brace of frees, one from Chris Sheehan and the other from Brian Coen, brought Fethard to 4 points midway through the half. Sheehan and Coen were each on target again in the 23rd minute and substitute Jason Nevin converted a 45 in the 28 minute. Kenneth O’Donnell got the last score of the game in the 29th minute but it was a case of running out of time as the final score read 1-10 to 0-8.

The strong wind in Monroe played a pivotal role in this game with Commercials managing to register a considerable score in the first half, which they defended well in the second. While Fethard tried hard in the 2nd half to overturn the advantage, Commercials retained possession well and the score proved too much for Fethard to match.
Team: P. Fitzgerald, S. Aylward, M. Ahearne, G. Fitzgerald, E. Delahunty, C. Sheehan (0-2, 0-1f), P. Gough, D. Doyle, C. Maher, K. Maher, B. Coen (0-3, 0-2f), E. Fitzgerald, A. O’Connor (0-1), P.J. Morrissey, K. O’Donnell (0-1). Subs Used: J. Nevin (0-1; 45) for D. Doyle, D. Fitzgerald for K. Maher.

We have five more games in the league stages of this competition and qualification for the knock out stages is very much alive.

Minor Football

The Minor footballers continued their good form in defeating Cahir in the second round of the MFC on a score line of 2-15 to 1-08. This team is progressing well and with a lot more hard work and effort we should be in contention at the knock out stages of this Championship.

Lotto Numbers drawn were: 10, 12, 27 and 30. We had no Jackpot winner and one ticket matching three numbers - €150 to Sasha and Gail Doyle, Woodvale Walk. Our €50 Lucky Dip went to Caroline Croke, 42 St. Patrick’s Place. Jackpot next week is €3,000 You can purchase a ticket for €2 from GAA members or local shops.

Training Schedule: With fixtures coming alone hard and fast. Please make sure you keep up to date with our Facebook training times, on Fethard GAA.

Merchandise will be ordered on Friday 8th April. There will be someone in the GAA Park from 7pm till 8pm to take last orders (for this bulk order) and payments for orders already placed. Unfortunately, we cannot order without payment.

Our Premier 12s had their first fixture on Friday 1st, against Ardfinnan. Playing the new rules of 11 a-side, panel of 15, all players having to play at least 1/2 a match.

Both Fethard and Ardfinnan were well matched in skill and size. The weather was not on our side this evening being very dull, cold and windy.

Ardfinnan seemed to have the upper hand in the first half of the match, scoring a goal within the first couple of seconds, but after the 1/2 time whistle Fethard came back with speed and great skill.
We finished two points behind on the evening. But that was no reflection on the great playing of our lads and lassies in Blue. Well done.

Tesco Vouchers: Thank you to all those who have handed in their Tesco vouchers for equipment for School's & Clubs. Keep them coming in....''every little helps''.

Fixtures over the next week are: U10 Football away in Cloneen for G&D Blitz on Saturday 9th (11am) P12's Football away v Mullinahone on Friday 8th , U14b Football away v Cahir on Monday 11th, Intermediate Hurling Round 1 on Tuesday 12th v Cahir in Monroe at 6.30pm.

Code of Ethics: Fethard GAA Club is committee to the continued implementation of the GAA Code of Behaviour (rule 1.14). We are intended to host a number of Code of Ethics workshop evenings over the coming months. We are lucky enough to have on hand one of the Tipperary Code of Ethics Tutors who is at present visiting clubs to present this Workshop. Any members of the GAA who is involved with underage players/members must have attended a GAA Code of Ethics workshop. If you are interest in attending any of these evenings contact Ann on secretarybng.fethard.tipperary@gaa.ie.



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