Thursday 16th June 2011

One vote decides semi-final place
Congratulations to all the contestants that took part in the 1st round of the X-Factor 2011 competition at Lonergan’s Bar in aid of Re-Hab, where the participants put on a breath-taking show that kept everyone in suspense as to who would make it through the next stage of the competition.

Judges, John Shortall, Francis Lonergan, Joe Kenny and Sarah Purcell had the arduous task of trying to decide who would go through from the judge’s vote, while the public decided 50% of the total vote through voting for their individual choice at €1 per vote, all of which went to Re-Hab.

The first round contestants were Helen O’Brien (Fethard), Mary Boland (Moyglass), Deirdre Dorney (Fethard), Rebecca Murphy (Kilmoganny), Holly Williamson (Cloneen), Martin Shelly (Ballingarry and Tony McGarry (Fethard).

Based on the television show, judges were asked to comment on each act after their performance. Their comments were constructive and professional and this added to a great atmosphere in front of a large crowd of supporters and friends of the contestants.

The standard of singing and performance was such a high quality that it was unfortunate that any of these acts had to leave the competition at such an early stage and on the night the votes were so high that only one vote separated the last act to go through and the act that had lost out. It was a nail-biting finish to a great night’s entertainment. Success on the night went to Mary Boland, Deirdre Dorney, Jedward (Tony McGarry and Martin Shelly), and Holly Williamson.

We look forward to the second round of the X-Factor on Friday, June 24, with great anticipation. Come along and support the acts involved as all the money raised through the public voting goes straight to Clonmel Re-Hab. Thanks to the sponsors of the competition: Bulmers, Gleesons, Heineken, Diageo and Tipp FM.

Postbox ‘out of service’
On a visit to her homeplace near Moyglass over Easter, one reader was very disappointed to notice that the post box at Silverfort Cross was ‘out of service’. The notice caught her eye as this was a sentimental landmark in the area for ourselves and many others in the area.

Imagine our surprise on returning for the June Bank Holiday weekend to discover that it was permanently out of service! From talking to many saddened locals, we learnt that it had been stolen in the early hours of Friday, June 3, 2011.

This wall mounted post box which bears the letters VR stands for Victoria Regina (Victoria Regina simply means Queen Victoria in Latin). Queen Victoria died in 1901 which makes this post box greater than 100 years old. There is also a Crown (Royal Cypher) on the facade.

The whereabouts of this piece of history is now unknown but if anyone has any information could they please contact the relevant authority.

Parent & Toddler Group for Fethard
Fethard Community would like to set up a 'Parent & Toddler Group' here in Fethard. If you are interested in finding out more information, why not come to a 'Coffee Morning' in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road, on Friday, June 17, at 10.30am. All are welcome. Please contact 087 9271524 or (051) 640344 (HSE Contact) for more information.

Abymill Theatre AGM
The following board of directors were elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Abymill Theatre (The Mill Fethard Ltd) held on Thursday, June 9: Austin O’Flynn (administrator), Joe Kenny (chairman); Michael McCarthy (secretary); Marian Gilpin (assistant secretary); Agnes Evans (treasurer); Jimmy O’Shea, Carmel Rice, Bernard Walsh, Eileen Maher, Mary McCormack and Vincent Murphy.

Bingo at the Abymill
Bingo continues every Thursday night at the Abymill Theatre. A great night’s entertainment for all members of the family. So come along and bring a friend and who knows . . . you might go home a little richer than when you came!

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on June 8, were: 2, 18, 20 and 27. We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75: Anna Cooke, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; and Rose Lonergan, The Square, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Amy Roche, Kilnockin View, Fethard; Michael Monaghan, Woodstown, Waterford; and Dorothy Connolly, The Green, 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 €3,050 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €305. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Summer Smallholders Picnic
Following on from the success of Spring into Smallholding, there is another great day out planned at Clonacody House, Fethard. The Smallholders Summer Picnic will be open all day on Saturday, June 25. As usual, entrance is €5 for adults and free for kids, and there will be free talks and workshops all day as well as lots of interesting stalls and attractions.

The focus this time is on enjoying the first produce from our backyard farms and gardens, and taking time to relax. Eamonn O’Dwyer of Tipp FM’s ‘Down Your Way’ will be joining us, and he’ll have plenty to see!

Work is progressing well in the walled garden, with first new potatoes ready to eat on the day. Regulars like Ashgate Butchers and Tippy Chicks will be there, with hens, pigs and equipment for sale, live butcher demonstrations, and of course plenty of delicious food! We’ll also have some new things to see including an open hive display from North Tipperary Beekeepers, and childrens’ shows and workshops from Little Big Top.

There are a few spaces left for stallholders so if you have garden produce, plants, tools or anything else you’d like to sell on the day, be sure to book your place online or call Lily on 087 612 8577.

New Service Station opened on The Green
David Pat O’Brien from Mullinahone has now taken over and opened a service station on The Green, Fethard, formerly Trehy’s Garage. The new services include petrol and diesel sales, servicing, pre NCT Inspection, tyres, crash repairs, car wash and all with ccompetitive prices and friendly service. Tel: (052) 6132758 and 086 0481844.
Also joining him at The Green is Trevor McNamara, for New & Used Car Sales. Tel: 087 0608042.

Badgers Over 30's Sports and Social Club
Now that summer has arrived we have a new program of events planned for the next three months. Many of the activities won’t be as strenuous as our weekly game of soccer at the Astroturf in Killenaule so we hope that some of our former members who have retired from the ‘beautiful game’ may join us once again.

Next Wednesday, June 22, at 8pm there will be racquetball at the courts in Fethard sports centre, for more information contact Neil on 086 1029773.

On the following Wednesday, June 29, at 8pm also will be snooker at the Abymill, for further information contact Colm on 086 3502360
Next months activities will include cycling, boot camp and possibly clay pigeon shooting and cricket. Watch this space for further updates. Cave canem!

Fethard Macra News
On Friday, June 10, last our new chairperson, Liam Cleary, chaired his first meeting of Fethard Macra. There are a number of events and activities happening over the summer which the club are involved in.
The club will hold a cake sale in Fethard as a fundraiser for club activities. This sale will go ahead on Sunday, June 26, after the Fethard masses and we would appreciate all or any support on the morning in question.

Inter-club volleyball, which was held weekly in Clerihan, is now suspended for the summer. For anyone interested in sport, some members of our clubs and others have started playing tag rugby. Games take place in Clonmel rugby club every Thursday and our team also hold practice sessions with Fethard rugby club in the Community Field every Monday night. Anyone interested can contact Liam Cleary. The South Tipp round of the national Macra tag rugby tournament takes place during July. A date will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to outgoing club secretary Michael Moclair on his recent appointment to Macra as a national council representative for South Tipperary, we all wish him well in representing us and are sure he will do well at national level.

A dinner will be held for Michael Manley in the 'Indian Ocean', Clonmel, on Friday the July 8, to thank him for directing the drama this year. A small presentation will also be made to Michael on the night. All club members are welcome to attend.

For more on Fethard Macra contact our chairperson, Liam Cleary on 086 3998711.

Fethard girls make history
Last Sunday history was made for our club when three Fethard girls, Jessie McCarthy, Katie Butler and Ciara Tillyer were part of the Tipperary squad that won the All-Ireland U14 ladies football final, beating Roscommon on the scoreline of Tipperary 3-7, Roscommon 1-6. This was a very proud day for us and the families of the girls. To see three All-Ireland medals return to the parish is just testament to the work that has been done in the ladies club to the present. Well done to Tom McCarthy who was a selector with the team and to Kieran Butler who captured some magical moments on camera in this historic year.

Our junior Ladies play their re-fixed B league final against Mullinahone on next Saturday evening, June 18, at 6.30pm. Venue to be confirmed. We are hoping to see a big support their on the night as these ladies have given us some great moments over the last two years and here’s hoping to more success on Saturday evening. Venue will be updated on the club’s Facebook page as soon as it is confirmed. We wish the girls and the management team the best of luck.

Our U12 girls are going very well in the championship and with two games left to play, will hopefully qualify for the county semi-final.

Fethard GAA Club News
Our Intermediate Hurlers played what was to be their final hurling game of the year on Monday, June 6. This was a must win game against Ballyneale to keep our hopes of qualification alive, but Ballyneale were the strongest team on the night and ran out winners on a score line of 3-9 to 0-12.

Fethard started well and a Dean Tobin free opened the scoring with a point in the 6th minute. Dean Tobin converted another free in the 8th minute and this was followed up almost immediately with a point from Alan O'Connor. Ballyneale did not open their account until a 15th point and they were guilty of many missed chances. But the 2nd quarter was to change and Ballyneale registered 3 goals and 4 points before half time, while Fethard could only manage 1 more point before the break from a Brian Coen long range free. Half time score 3-4 to 0-4.

In the 2nd half, Ballyneale were first to score with a point from a free in the 3rd minute, but Fethard fought back with 5 points without reply in the following 15 minutes, which brought us within 6 points of the leaders. Ballyneale replied with 3 points in the following 5 minute. Alan O'Connor and Kenneth O'Donnell contributed a point each before substitute Cathal Hurley converted a free in the 26th minute. A great run up the field from another substitute Ronan Fitzgerald resulted in full forward Miceál Spillane scoring Fethard's final point of the game. Just before the finish Ballyneale tacked on a final point to leave the score at 3-9 to 0-12.

This defeat brings our intermediate hurling campaign to a close for the season. While this is a disappointment, we can take some hope from the performances of our younger players which we look forward to seeing challenge for honours in the Minor and U21 Hurling competitions which are due to start shortly. Our thanks to Michael, Philip, Stephen, PJ, John and the squad for their contribution during the year.

Team: J.P. McGrath, G. Maher, A. Lonergan, G. Fitzgerald, P. Gough, C. Maher, E. O'Connell, B. Coen, D. Tobin, D. Doyle, K. O'Donnell, E. Delahunty, A. O'Connor, M. Spillane, D. Hickey. Subs used: R. Fitzgerald and C Hurley.

Our senior footballers took the field in Clonmel for the final league game of the South Championship on Saturday evening. Facing Ardfinnan, this was a winner take all encounter as the victors would be guaranteed a place in the quarterfinals.

The opening half was a close affair with points being traded after a Jason Nevin free opened Fethard’s account. Brian Coen registered a point from play in the 5th minute but after the opening 10 minutes Ardfinnan were ahead, 4 points to 2. Two more Nevin frees kept Fethard in touch and Karl Maher converted another free in the 21st minute to keep Fethard within 2 points of the leaders. Ardfinnan scored again in the 23rd minute to leave the half time score 8 points to 5.

In the second half it was to be Ardfinnan who kept up the momentum scoring 2 points before Karl Maher scored a free for Fethard in the 8th minute. Ardfinnan scored again after 10 minutes. Karl Maher and Brian Coen scored a free each at either side of 20 minutes quickly followed by a well-taken Declan Doyle free in the 24th minute that left Fethard within 1 point of Ardfinnan. This set up an exciting finish but it was to be a controversial Ardfinnan goal in the 28th minute which was to ensure Ardfinnan’s place in the quarter finals and leave Fethard with no further part to play in this year’s South Championship.

A disappointing end to the championship for a team that started poorly with four defeats in a row but then showed great character to bring themselves to a situation where a win in the final game would have brought them to the knock out stages of the competition.
The year is far from over, however, and we have almost two months to prepare for our 1st Round County Championship game against Killenaule in early August.

Team: P. Fitzgerald, S. Aylward, A. Lonergan, P. Gough, E Delahunty, G. Fitzgerald, A. O'Connor, D. Doyle, M. Dillon, K. Maher, B. Coen, D. Fitzgerald, K. O'Donnell, C. Maher and J. Nevin.

Congratulations to our current senior footballer, Ian Kenrick, who married Ashling Croke, on June 2, at Kilshane House. We wish the happy couple all the best for the future.

Fethard hosted the Games & Development U10 Hurling Blitz on Saturday. All those who played and spectated had a great time. Thank you to Micheál McCormack and Ronan Fitzgerald who refereed our matches.

Cúl Camp registration took place over that last couple of Saturdays, Our camp will start on Monday, August 22, for one week. If you want to book a place, please do so now via www.gaa.ie.

Premier 12 Hurling fixtures start this Friday, June 17, we are at home to St. Patricks. We really need all our eligible 10-year-olds and our 12-year-olds to turn up. We are very low on numbers for the hurling and we really do not want to forfeit any games.

The Lotto numbers drawn were 7, 8, 21 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner or ‘Match 3’ winner. Our €50 Lucky Dip winner this week was Ian Kenrick. Five tickets drawn won €30 each, Marie O'Donnell, Coolmoyne, Michael Ryan, Tullamaine, Austin O'Flynn, Abbey St, Nicky O'Shea, Killusty, Mary Godfrey, Derryluskin. Next week’s Jackpot is €4,000. Draw takes place on Tuesday, June 14, in Gaule’s Bar.

Fethard are hosting the Senior Football quarterfinal, Kilsheelan v Killenaule, on Friday, June 17, at 8pm.

Tickets for the Tipperary v Clare senior hurling game in Limerick are on sale now from Patsy Lawrence, Mary Godfrey or Ann Fleming.



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