Thursday 12th May 2011

Youth Film Project
Mr Will Nugent, Film Festival Director IFFI, will work with youth from the Fethard area and district on the art of film-making. The project, run in conjunction with Fethard Youth Centre and South Tipperary Regional Youth Services, will be based in Fethard and the objective is to make a short film that will be later entered in the youth section of the International Film Festival Ireland held in Clonmel in September 2011.

A meeting for all youth interested in getting involved will be held at Fethard Youth Centre on Tuesday, May 17, at 8.30pm. All are welcome to come along.

Olivia Hughes
Following up on enquiries regarding the memorial stone to Olivia Hughes we have learned that the original plinth holding the Fethard tourist trail map and also bearing a memorial stone to Olivia Hughes on the side were removed to facilitate filming of Stella Days outside the Town Hall in Fethard. Hughes Monumental Works in Clonmel were commissioned to remove the plinth and replace the memorial stone to Olivia Hughes when filming was completed and the new tourist trail boards, replacing the plinth, were erected at the Town Hall.

The new tourist boards erected in Fethard, following the recommendations of Bord Failte, are now in place for many months with no sign of the memorial stone to Olivia Hughes being reinstated as promised. After making contact with Hughes Monumental Works in Clonmel, we were assured by a representative that they would be acting on completing the work in the next two weeks.

Hunter Trials
Congratulations to Kate Quigley and Aoibheann O’Neill who won the ‘Pony Pairs Trials’ at the recent Hunter Trials held at Kedrah, Cahir. Kate is a daughter of Mandy and Willie Quigley, Redcity, Fethard.

Bingo and Quiz Night
Lonergan’s Bar are currently organising a Bingo and Quiz Night in aid of the Fethard GAA Club’s refurbishing of their club dressing rooms. The event, organised for Saturday, May 21, promises to be a great night’s entertainment for a great cause. Mark it in your diary!

Died in Australia
The death has occurred recently in, New South Wales, Australia, of Mrs Eleanor O’Donnell Walker. The late Eleanor was a sister of the late Betty Holohan, Abbey Road, Fethard, and formerly members of the O’Donnell family from Stokes Hotel on The Square, Fethard.

Pitch and Putt Winner
Congratulations to Ciaran Kehoe, formally of The Castle Inn, Fethard, and now living in Tramore, who recently won the Tramore Pitch and Putt Open Junior Nett.

Fishing rod found
A fishing rod was found down by the Clashawley river and left on the ground by the Mary Robinson memorial stone at Fethard Town Wall. The fishing rod was discovered by a civic minded community member and the owner can have same by contacting the community office Tel: (052) 6131663 or by email: fethardnews@gmail.com

Fethard Scouts
Fethard scouts attended the annual county shield competition at which they had a great overall result in the toughest event of the year where they endured extreme wet weather. These boys showed great resolve and discipline and stuck with the many hard tasks over the weekend finishing 2nd and 3rd in many disciplines and winning the cooking competition. We say well done to PL Donal Walsh, APL Shane Quigley, Paddy Walsh, Willie O'Meara, Colin Grant, Dan Walsh, Conor Quigley and Brendan Walsh.

Your turn to SPEAK
Having a child with special needs can be a frightening, lonely and an isolating experience. A new group SPEAK (Special Parents Empower Amazing Kids) has been set up by the South Tipperary County Childcare Committee to offer support and advice to parents and families going through similar experiences.

The voluntary group of parents hold network meetings and coffee mornings throughout the year where they organise: one to one support; play mornings at ‘Planet Playground, Clonmel’; information sessions with the HSE on diet and nutrition, and speech and language; meditation and relaxation; health and safety information sessions; music and dance; arts and craft.

“After diagnosis what do you do? Being put in touch with another mother was a Godsend. She was a mine of information and I have never looked back” . . . one of the testimonials from a mother of a special needs child.

If you would like to talk or receive information please contact SPEAK at Tel: (052) 6182274 or 087 9268000, email: geraldineb@southtippchildcare.ie

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on May 4 were: 6, 7, 8 and 30. We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets won €50 each: Deirdre Dorney, c/o Lonergans; Eileen Tobin, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard; and Kitty O'Donnell, Slievenamon Close, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Ann Kenny, Castlehiggins, Fethard; Cliodhna McCarthy, Kerry Street, Fethard; and Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, 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 €2,300 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €230. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Meeting to start Fethard Business and Tourism Group
A meeting to start a Fethard Business and Tourism Group will be held in the Tirry Community Centre on Tuesday, May 24, at 8.30pm. Mr Anthony Fitzgerald, Business Development Executive, South Tipperary County Development Board, will be in attendance and the meeting will be chaired by Ms Catherine Corcoran, Tipperary Institute.

This meeting, facilitated by Fethard & Killusty Community Council, will hopefully result in the formation of an independent group who will promote business and tourism in Fethard and the surrounding district. In this time of recession it is even more important that we work together to promote commerce and employment using all resources available in our community.

We invite all, particularly those in business and tourism, to come along and help get this group up and running. Contact the Community Office (052) 6131000 or email: business@fethard.com

Fethard Athletic Club
On Sunday last we had two athletes competing at the Annerville 10k Road Race in Clonmel. James Denn posted a time of 42.17 and finished in 61st place while Michael Moclair had 43.06 finishing in 74th position. Great running for two boys just starting out on their athletic adventure. Last week both athletes had a great run in the ‘John Joe Barry’ race in the Commons with Derek Zulu and Nagda Humfries also taking part. On this Friday that quartet are travelling to Portlaw for the local road race.

Jimmy O’Sullivan made his debut in athletics in the Limerick 10K last Sunday in Limerick City and posted a time of 52.10. Well done Jimmy, thanks for helping to keep the flag flying for the club. Its great to see athletes from the town supporting the club.

Training continues on Thursday nights at 7.45pm sharp. Our own ‘Walls of Fethard’ four-mile race will take place on Thursday, May 26, at 8 pm. Prizes this year will be on a par with other years with a mixture of vouchers, training grants and prizes. The after race refreshments will also be supplied as usual with a full and varied assortment of goodies as has been the case since we ran our first ‘Walls’ race in 2002.

Any sponsorship on offer, large or little, would be more than gratefully received. Contact Miceál McCormack who will deal with your response.

Some jackets are still on hand awaiting for their new owners to collect them. Any outstanding money due on jackets would be appreciated.

It was with deep sorrow we learned of the death of one of our popular members, the late Aidan Purcell who used to attend training with his friends Marie Pierret and Guna Spundere in the Community Field on training nights. The young man was a gentleman to the finger tips and enjoyed the banter in his very quite way. He left an indelible mark on the group and will be missed dearly by us all. Our deepest sympathy to his parents and family. Thanks for your company and may you rest in peace.

Fethard Macra News
Last Friday night a team from the Fethard club took part in a fundraiser quiz for Boherlahan/Dualla Macra, held in Cashel. Unfortunately our team wasn't placed and a very talented team from Dundrum emerged victorious when the final scores were tallied.
The club has nominated our secretary Michael Mockler to represent South Tipperary on Macra's National Council. He is up against Anne Marie Wade of Dundrum Macra, our current South Tipperary chairperson. The eight clubs in South Tipp will vote in the coming weeks so we wish Michael all the best.

Members of our club and various others from around the county took part in a rather blustery walk last Sunday to the top of Galteemore, all enjoyed the 'blow out' and the banter despite the lack of sunshine on the day.

Volleyball continues every Tuesday night in Clerihan at 8.30pm, for anyone interested in a good evening of sport and craic.

The South Tipp 2011 round of dairy stock-judging and farm skills competitions will be held on the farm of our chairman, David Ryan, Ballycullen, Mullinahone, next Sunday, May15, at 2pm. The farm will be signposted off the Mullinahone-Cloneen road on the day.

The next meeting of Fethard Macra is our Annual General Meeting so we would urge all members to make a special effort to attend as we will be voting on the officer positions for the coming year. The meeting will be held in Butler's at 9pm this Friday night, the May 13. Any potential new members are especially welcome.

For more information on Fethard Macra phone our chairperson, David Ryan on 087 9454384.

Fethard GAA Club News
This week saw the launch of Fethard's 2011 VHI/GAA Cúl Camp, which has become increasingly successful over the past few years with more children joining in each year. Last year we had seventy-five boys and girls taking part. This week the launch took place in Holy Trinity National School where we were delighted to welcome Tipperary hurler Paraic Maher, along with John Cummins (County Games and Development Officer), Thomas McCarthy (Fethard GAA School Liaison Officer), Lisa McCormack Barlaz and Ann Fleming (Cúl Camp Co-Ordinators) and Emma Fleming (Cúl Camp Assistant). We very much thank Mrs Patricia Treacy, principal of Holy Trinity National School, for welcoming us at such short notice. The children were given a short coaching session and chat from Paraic.

This years Cúl Camp costs the same as the past few years at €55 for one child, €45 for second child and €35 for each subsequent child from the same family. For this price you receive a full, supervised week of Hurling, Camogie, Football, Handball and Rounders (on demand), along with a t-shirt, shorts, socks and ruck-sack.

VHI/GAA assure you that all coaches are appropriately trained and vetted, as well as attending the ISC/GAA code of ethics course. Cúl Camp is open to non GAA members who are also insured for the period upon full payment of Cúl Camp fee.

Senior Football
Fethard’s senior footballers played Cahir on Sunday, May 8, in the second of a double header at Monroe in a gale force wind blowing down the field. The conditions for good football were, to say the least, challenging. Fethard, having won the toss, played with the wind an opened the scoring with Paul Fitzgerald pointing from a 45. In the thirteenth minute Brian Coen pointed from a free and Kenneth O’Donnell pointed from play. Cahir opened their score in the 15th minute.

Paul Fitzgerald again came from his goal to take another 45 which went over the goalie's head and into the Cahir net. Both Brian Coen and Kenneth O'Donnell scored another point each and Gavin Fitzgerald finished the half with a very good goal to leave the score at half time, Fethard 3-4, Cahir 0-2. Cahir started the second half on a more positive note scoring 4 points in as many minutes and they continued in this vein aided by a hurricane wind clocking up a goal and 2 points. Fethard only managed to score 2 points both from frees by Brian Coen in this half. It ended on a score of Fethard 3-6 to Chair's 1-9. The conditions were very blustery and luckily the rain stayed off until the very end.

Juvenile News
Well done to our U16 B Footballers who won well against Ballyporeen to earn themselves a place in next weekend's South Tipperary Bord na nÓg Final. We will have to wait until Friday night to find out who we are up against as Killenaule and Grangemockler's semi-final will be played then. Good luck to both teams for Friday. The final has been set for Sunday at 2pm in Kilsheelan. No Training for Mini GAA's on Saturday 14, due to Holy Communion taking place.
We understand that some parents are enquiring about membership. Please contact our Juvenile Secretary, Ann, on 086 896 3925 and she will arrange to meet with you on a Saturday morning training session. Tesco vouchers are now coming to an end. So anyone with vouchers please give them to Eugene Walsh at the next training session.

From Wednesday, May 25 (inclusive), U8s and U10s will have additional training sessions, each Wednesday from 6.30pm until 7.30pm. Please remember that players must have a hurley and helmet.

The lotto numbers drawn were 9, 18, 24 and 27. We had no jackpot winner this week and one match three winner of €150 to Willie Fitzpatrick, Kilmoganny, Co Kilkenny. The €50 Lucky Dip went to Mick Burke, Red City. Next Week’s jackpot is €3,500.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday, April 27, we played the second round of the Club Championship and the results were:
1st Gross, Bernie O'Meara and Anna Cooke; 2nd Gross, Alice Quinn and Berney Myles; 3rd Gross, Nell Broderick and David O'Meara.
1st Nett, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 2nd Nett: Annie O'Brien and Marie Delaney; 3rd Nett, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke.

On Wednesday, May 4, we played the third round of the Club
Championship and the results were:
1st Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 2nd Gross, Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey; 3rd Gross, Alice Quinn and Berney Myles.
1st Nett, Anne Connolly and Eileen Frewen; 2nd Nett, Ann O'Dea and Kathleen Kenny; 3rd Nett, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke.
On May 11, we play for the Lucey Trophy and on May 18, the President's Prize. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.



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