Thursday 14th April 2011

Newfoundland trip open to all
Details of the itinerary for this year’s trip to Newfoundland were discussed at the information evening held in the Tirry Centre, Fethard, on Monday night last. The Ireland Newfoundland Festival is a unique community festival which rotates every year between Ireland and Newfoundland, Canada. This year a group from the South East will travel to Newfoundland from September 16 to 24 and anyone interested in travelling is more than welcome to come along. The overall inclusive cost will be approximately €1,250 and a deposit of €200 is required with booking. For further details, itinerary brochure and bookings contact 087 2310396 or 01 8388168, or email: wallykirwan@gmail.com

During the meeting Tom Nealon from Carrick-on-Suir mentioned a list of Fethard people from Newfoundland who contributed to the Repeal Fund in 1843. The Fethard names included a Matthew Murphy, Capt Michael Dunne, Michael Maher, Cornelius Berrigan, William Carew, John Gleeson, Timothy Donovan, James Durney and Mrs Breen. Tom also mentioned a marriage in 1797 of Mr Thomas O’Donnell, Fethard, to Mary Barrett, St. John’s, Newfoundland; a death notice dated 8/6/1866 of Mr Thomas Strapp of Fethard who died in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland; and a business (probable still there today), Strapp’s Heritage House, Harbour Main, on lands settled in 1825 by Patrick Strapp from Fethard, Co. Tipperary.

The itinerary to date is:
Wednesday 14th September: 22:30 Arrival St. John's International Airport (direct flight from Dublin via Heathrow Airport).
Thursday 15th September: 11:00 -16:00 St John's Heritage tour and Lunch.

Friday 16th September: 9:00 -16:00 Economic Conference; Tour Simulator; 10:00 -11.00 School Twinning; 19.30 Grand Opening Reception; 21:30 Ally O Brien Tribute.

Saturday 17th September: Morning with Billets; 10:30 Hurling match; 12:00 -14:00 Heritage Tours and Lunch; 18:30-21:30 Spirit of Newfoundland Dinner; Theatre; 22.30 Hurling Fund-raising Event.

Sunday 18th September: 11:00 Mass of Thanksgiving; 12:00 Brunch; 14:00 Departure to Irish Loop; 16:30 Grand opening - Art Exhibit & billet meet & greet; Meet Your Hosts / Guests; 20:00 Community Concert.

Monday 19th September: 9:30 Economic Development Conference; 12:00 Greater Bay Bulls walking tours; 17:30 Whale Watching Boat Tour; 19:00 Irish Play & Newfoundland Crab Dinner; 21:00 Pub Night.

Tuesday 20th September: 9:00 Economic Conference Field Trips; 10:00 St Bernard's / Ireland School Twinning Event; 11:00 Community Brunch; 14:00 Emigrant Trail Event; 17:00 Civic Reception; 20:00 Beach Bonfire & BBQ.

Wednesday 21st September: (Option One) 7:30 Depart Bay Bulls to Woody Island Resort; 9:30 Overnight Excursion to Woody Island (Additional Cost). (Option Two) 13:00 Picnic Lunch at Scenic Cataracts Bridge; 17:00 Meet your Hosts / Guests; 20:30 Evening of Newfoundland Entertainment.

Thursday 22nd September: 11:30 Light Lunch; 12:15 -14.00 Guided Walking Tour of Historic Placentia; 15:00 Woody Island Resort Visitors De part Cove for Placentia; 14:00 -17:00 Cultural Event; 17:30 Dinner; 19.30 Departure Placentia for St. Bride's; 21:00 Meet your Hosts / Guests.

Friday 23rd September: 10:00 School Twinning Event; 13:00 -15:30 Walking Tour of Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve; 20:00 -21:30 Community Concert; 21:45 Pub night.

Saturday 24th September: 11:00 Community Brunch; 12:00 -14:00 Irish Theatre Performance; 14:00 -16:00 Dance and Interactive Session; 21:00 Closing Celebration Dance.

Fethard Support Group – South Tipp Hospice
The AGM of Fethard South Tipp Hospice Support Group took place on Thursday, April 7, in the Tirry Centre. The meeting was addressed by Jim Bond and Sinaida Jansen from South Tipp Hospice in Clonmel.

The election of officers then took place. Benny Tynan was elected chairman, Kathleen Coen as treasurer, and Dinny Burke secretary. Also present at the meeting were Samantha and Ellen O’Brien, Irene Sharpe, John Burke and Claire Sullivan.

Our annual Church Gate Collection will take place in July and the ladies are planning to participate in the Mini-Marathon in June.
Please support all our events for this very worthy cause.

Nicky retires after 17 years as treasurer
Fethard GAA Club held a presentation night in Butler’s Sports Bar to honour Nicky O’Shea’s retirement as club treasurer after seventeen years, making him one of the longest serving officers in the club’s history. Nicky continues to be one of the club’s principal promoter of the County Board club draw and the weekly club lotto which provide two main streams of the club’s income. Mary Godfrey, club secretary, made the presentation.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Jackpot won
Congratulations to Tommy Shine, Monroe, Fethard, who won our Jackpot prize of €6,000 last week, April 6. The numbers drawn were: 4, 6, 8 and 12.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Eleanor Cummins, Everardsgrange, Fethard; Mary Graham, Kileens, Ballynonty; Cathy and Michael Trehy, Kilnockin, 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 including a chance to win a full set of jerseys for your sport’s club. Next week’s Jackpot commences at €3,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €300. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fethard RFC Notes
Fethard J2s had a great win in the Casey Cup when they travelled to Waterpark on Sunday and, short some regulars, togged out a very young team.

Waterpark scored a fine penalty and then took control of the game. With a fine big pack they were leading 21 points to 3 halfway through the second half.

A Fethard backline move saw Chris Large cut open the defence to score under the post. Continued pressure from Fethard saw the lively Dick Walsh cross for a fine try and with only six between the sides, Fethard were now taking command. Nigel O’Connell crossed for a fine try which Declan Doyle converted. Fethard ran out victorious by one point in what was a great performance by a young team.

John Hannigan, Emmet Sheridan, Cian Moloney and the welcomed back Nicko Hoynes had fine games while Liam Redmond, Alan O’Connor and Andy Walsh were solid in defence.

Having just secured the U13 East Munster League the previous week, Fethard had a good win over Galbally in the first round of the cup. Griffin Ivors and John Clancy were solid in the scrum and Mark Collins and Bill Phelan had fine games in open play. Philip Fogarty and Luke Grant were to the fore in the backs while Matthew Lynch and Paudie Feehan were always to the fore.

Fethard Macra Club
Fethard Macra has taken on the mantle of 'Aiken Promotions' this week as members are busily selling tickets for the Holy Thursday dance in Cloneen Sports and Social Club. Held on Thursday, April 21, it promises to be a great nights craic with music performed by the 'Loose Canons'. Tickets are a measly €10 and available from all our members.

Last Sunday, April 9, our volleyball team took on Slievenamon Macra in a challenge match in Clerihan. This game was to help Slievenamon prepare for next weekend’s national volleyball competition to be held in Kilkenny against a number of other teams from around the country. Meanwhile, inter-club volleyball takes place every Tuesday night in Clerihan at 8.30pm for any club members in the region who are interested in partaking.

The annual Mr Personality Festival run by Kilkenny Macra takes place the oncoming April, 15 and 16, in the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny. The hotel rooms are sold out on the nights in question but there are still a small number of tickets for the banquet available. Entry fees are as follows: Friday night €10, Saturday night informal gala banquet €30 or €15 if you require a 'Disco only' ticket. Banquet tickets must be booked by contacting Denis Drennan on 086 8389401. Full weekend details and schedule are on www.mrpersonality.ie

Our club would this week like to congratulate our new Macra president, Cork dairy farmer, Alan Jagoe, who has just been elected. The 28 year old received 88 first preference votes out of a possible 165 from clubs around the country. Alan will formally take up his new position at the Macra AGM in Cavan in May. During his two year term he says he wants to ''show new and potential members exactly what Macra has to offer. That we are not just a young farmer’s organisation, but there is something in Macra for everyone.''
He also pointed to some of the new big issues facing Irish farmers such as CAP reform, Mercusor, milk quotas and climate change legislation. Meanwhile in our own area of Munster, Tommy Dolan will be the new Munster vice-president. Tommy is a member of Ballinascarthy, County Cork, and takes on the mantle from Michael Manley who is well known to our own club and has produced and directed our drama entries for the past two years.

Married Recently
The wedding took place on Saturday, April 9, of Brendan McElroy, Macroom, and Lee-Ann Burke, daughter of Dinny and Eileen Burke, Redcity, Fethard. The wedding took place in Honan Chapel in the grounds of University College Cork.

Fethard Historical Society
The A.G.M. of the Fethard Historical Society took place on Tuesday, March 29, in the Fethard Youth Centre and was very well attended. Terry Cunningham prefaced his report to the meeting by expressing the society’s condolences to Marie O’Donnell, one of our founder members, on the recent death of her husband Pierce O’Donnell, Grangebeg.

Terry, reviewing his three-year term of office as chairman, stated that Fethard has gained national recognition in the last three years, primarily due to our membership of the Irish Walled Towns Network which resulted in major input from the Heritage Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and South Tipperary County Council.

In 2008, Oxford Archaeology was commissioned to draw up a Conservation & Management Plan for Fethard and this was followed by a Public Realm Plan for Fethard. There was also a plan for the Town Hall that is still to be finalised. In the interim, the Landmark Trust which develops historic buildings as self-catering accommodation for tourists are interested in the possible development of part of the Town Hall in this way. €200,000 was also granted during that year for repairs to the Town Wall. In 2009, a further grant of €60,000 was given for the restoration and conservation of the Town Wall that extends from North Gate via the GAA grounds across to the mart. In 2010, Fáilte Ireland focussed on the provision of information boards, signposts and plaques for the town. The local area plan was also finalised. Terry pointed out that members of the society devoted a huge amount of time to the development of the plans and the information material, meeting with consultants, going walkabout around the town, attending meetings, drafting, re-drafting, proof-reading and editing material etc. He commended everyone for giving so willingly of their time and hopes that, now all that work has been done, we will have more time to focus on outings and lectures.

Terry also gave a comprehensive overview of the society’s activities including the outings to Athassel and Kilcooley Abbey, which proved very popular with all age groups. He thanked Tim Robinson for his splendid organisation of the trip to the Medieval Festival in Chinon in the Loire valley, which proved both informative and most enjoyable. Every January brings the Book of the Year Award and the 2010 recipients were Dermot Poyntz and Lee Grace for their illustrated history book ‘Cromwell; the Siege of Clonmel’. The Tipperariana Book Fair which takes place on the second Sunday of February each year continues to be a resounding success and is our main fundraising event for the year. The proceeds of the Book Fair enable the society to fund other events. A major highlight of the last year was the launch of Michael O’Donnell’s long-awaited History of Fethard. The wait proved very much worthwhile as Michael has delivered a mighty tome that will serve as an excellent resource for all who are interested in the history of the town. We also look forward to publishing Gerard Crotty’s book on the heraldry of Fethard later this year.

The society, in conjunction with the community council, was delighted to receive a Munster Express/Dooleys Hotel South- East Heritage & Cultural Award for the medieval festival that takes place in August each year and has become a fixture in Fethard’s summer calendar. It is always nice to be acknowledged and receiving the award definitely inspired us with fresh enthusiasm for future projects.

The new committee was then elected and comprises Colm McGrath, Chairperson; Patricia Looby, Vice-Chairperson; Mary Hanrahan, Secretary; Ann Gleeson, Assistant Secretary; Catherine O’Flynn, Treasurer; Terry Cunningham, PRO; committee members Diana Stokes, John Cooney, Maree Moclair, Tim Robinson, Kitty Delany, Marie O’Donnell, Liam Noonan and Jane Grubb.

The AGM was followed by the showing of film footage (Grant Video) of the Fethard Medieval Festival weekend August 2010.

Membership remains as it has done for the last number of years at €7 individual, €10 family and €5 Student, OAPs and the unwaged. Anyone wishing to join the society or to renew membership should contact our treasurer, Catherine O’Flynn, Knockelly, Fethard (052) 6131826. Meetings take place at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre on the last Tuesday of the month and all members are most welcome to attend.

Fethard GAA Club News
Senior Football
Fethard had a planned bye this week, although all games were later postponed due to the Tipp Senior Footballers last NFL game away to Cavan on Sunday afternoon.

Minor Football
The Fethard Minor footballers accounted for Ballingarry in glorious sunshine on Sunday afternoon in Cloneen in the 3rd round of the South Championship. Fethard led from the off and were 2-6 to 1-1 ahead at half time and ran out deserving winners on a score line of 2-14 to 1-2. This was a solid team performance and with each member playing a significant part including the brilliance of Ronan Fitzgerald in the Fethard Goal. We are still hopeful of honours in this competition.

Intermediate Hurling
The Intermediate Hurlers began their campaign on Tuesday night against Cahir at Monroe. Please see sports pages for result.
The numbers draw in this week’s lotto were: 4, 12, 26 and 32. There was no Jackpot and no match 3 winner. Five Lucky Dip winners received €30 each: Megan Coen, The Green; Pat O'Donnell, Monroe; Cian Morrissey, Tullamaine; P. J. Aherne, Prospect; and Catherina Williams, Killusty. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Lyndsey McGrath, Merrys, Clonmel.

Juvenile News:
U16 footballers play at home on Thursday, April 14, facing Ballylooby. On Friday 15, our Premier 12s are at home facing St. Pats and on Monday 18, our U14 team take on St. Pats at home. Saturday 16, sees our U8 in Rockwell College for a South/West Football Blitz (from 10.30 - 12 noon) Those born 2003 & 2004 need attend and we ask all players to be in Rockwell for 10.15am.

Training this week is: U16 TrainingTuesday at 7pm, Minor training on Thursday at 7.45pm, Premier 12s Wednesday at 7pm. U10 and U6 at 11am Saturday.

Happy Birthday
We on take this opportunity to wish Ann Fleming, our Juvenile Secretary a very happy 50th Birthday, which she celebrates on Monday, April 18. Ann came aboard the Juvenile GAA as Secretary in 2008 and has devoted her time and energy to our Juveniles. She has become more involved with the GAA by representing Fethard Juvenile Club at South board level, and representing the South Bord na nÓg at County level, she also serves on the South Bord na nÓg CCC as well as becoming one of Tipperary's GAA/ISC Code of Ethics Tutors. Ann is a bit of a stickler for the rules, which at times we may seem frustrated about, but are very grateful to her for taking the time to become familiar with them. Have a great Birthday Ann, you deserve it.



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