Thursday 23th June 2011

Boxing night for Community Sportsfield
On Saturday, July 9, there will be a Boxing Night Fundraiser in aid of Fethard Community Sportsfield. Up to ten matches will take place on the night. The boxers are not professional: they are from all walks of life in our locality - publicans, students, vets, shopkeepers, and even an elected representative from the world of politics!

They are giving an enormous amount of their time to train properly for this event, which will hopefully raise funds needed to continue developments at Fethard's Community Sportsfield. Please come along and show your support. A fun-filled night is in store!

Barbecue for neighbours and friends
It was with enormous pleasure that we at Clonacody House were able to host a barbecue for all our neighbours and friends last Friday night. We had in the past year opened Clonacody House as a venue for private hire and accommodation and this was the first opportunity that we had of entertaining our friends and neighbours who have supported us over the years and some in particular who have played a huge part in our lives.

So far all of our business has come as a direct result of friends and neighbours spreading the word and by having the get together last Friday was a small gesture on our part to thank all of them. We were delighted that although it was a bit chilly the rain stayed away and up to 150 people arrived. Eamon O'Dwyer of Tipp FM, coerced by Waltie Moloney, came along and recorded an episode of ‘Down Your Way’, which will be broadcast on Tipp FM this Thursday night.

A Poem was read by Tom Acheson, and an emotional version of Grace was sung by John Carroll, together with our local and much loved music preformed by the ‘Pheasant Pluckers’, Joe Carroll (Killenaule), Tony Doran, Johnny B, and Pat ‘Festy’ Kerwick who ended the show with a rousing performance of Slievenamon.

Our sincere thanks for all who were able to make it a special evening here at Clonacody House and we hope to be able to host another in the near future.

Australian TV broadcast live from Fethard
Aussie Morning TV show 'Today', broadcast live from McCarthy's Hotel on Monday, June 20. Australian breakfast TV watchers will this week get a glimpse of some of the key tourist attractions in Ireland, courtesy of Tourism Ireland. The breakfast TV show Today, which appears on channel 9, is broadcasting live from Ireland this week to over 1 million people around Australia.

The show's weather presenter, Emma Freedman, came to Fethard to explore the horse-racing tradition of Tipperary and to look at outlaw Ned Kelly's family connection with Fethard and Moyglass. On Tuesday she travelled to Dublin where she looked at some of the city's main tourist attractions to Australian viewers and broadcast live from Trinity College.

Today and Weekend Today are Australian breakfast television programmes, the show is often referred to as The Today Show. The show has been broadcast live by the Nine Network in Australia each morning since 1982.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on June 15, were: 3, 14, 17 and 25. We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75: Dóirín Saurus, Crampscastle, Fethard; and David Shelly, Moyglass, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Michael Cahill, c/o Walshes, Barrack Street, Fethard; Jim O'Meara, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard; and Peter Kenny, 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 €3,200 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €320. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Summer Smallholders Picnic at Clonacody this Saturday
Another great family day out is planned at Clonacody Country House this coming Saturday, June 25. The ‘Smallholders Summer Picnic’ will be open all day on Saturday, and as usual the entrance is €5 for adults and free for kids 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. Clonacody House is situated two miles from Fethard on the Clonmel Road.

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.

X-Factor Second Round Heats
The second round heats of the X-Factor 2011 competition at Lonergan’s Bar takes place on this Friday, June 24, from 9pm. Come along and support the acts involved as all the money raised through the public voting goes straight to Clonmel Re-Hab. Following the very high standard of competitors in the first round heats, we can look forward to another night’s great entertainment on Friday night. The organisers would like to thank the sponsors of the competition: Bulmers, Gleesons, Heineken, Diageo and Tipp FM.

New Service Station opened in Fethard
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 competitive 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.

Trip to Jerpoint Abbey and Gowran Abbey
The Fethard Historical Society has organized a trip to Jerpoint Abbey and Gowran Abbey Co Kilkenny, on this coming Sunday, June 26. Car pooling outside the Town Hall, Fethard, at 12.45 to leave sharp at 1pm arriving at Jerpoint at 2pm. Bring a picnic, tea and coffee will be provided, as we intend to make time at Jerpoint before going to see the Butler Tombs at Gowran. There will be a guided tour of both sites, with a charge of €5 for members and €6 non-members. All welcome. In the evening tea and scones will be provided at a cost of €4 (optional) which also includes a ‘surprise’. For further information please contact (052) 6131537 or 087 9009722.

Fethard Ballroom & Dancing Club
Every Sunday night hundreds of social dancers from far and wide travel to enjoy the facilities at Fethard’s ‘Ballroom of Romance’ and enjoy a great night’s dancing. Fethard Ballroom reopened on St. Patrick’s night 1993 and has enjoyed 18 years of considerable success since as the ideal venue for social dancing in the area.

The committee are to be congratulated for their efforts, not alone in keeping the hall and dance floor in pristine condition, but also for their fundraising events such as the Annual Mick Ahearn Perpetual Dance Competition which this year raised €1,475 for South Tipperary Hospice. The late Mick Ahearn, Prospect, after whom the trophy is named, was a former chairman of Fethard Ballroom Ltd. Well done to all concerned.

For those of you who enjoy a dance or two, who not come along to the Ballroom on any Sunday night from 9pm to 12pm. Dancing suitable for all and all are welcome.

Fethard GAA Club News
The Premier 12 hurling team took on St. Patrick’s in Fethard last Friday night, June 17. Playing with very limited numbers, Fethard were unable to score on this occasion. We hope to find more players to join before our next fixture, but we are delighted to welcome are first two girls on our Premier 12 hurling panel, Katie O'Flynn and Amy Brophy. We invite more boys and girls to join our panel.

The U10 South Football Tournament 2011 on Saturday saw our team take on other clubs in the South for the first time in a number of years. Up to this year, we were unable to field a full panel. Fethard, being placed in Group 2, took on Clonmel Óg, Kilsheelan, Grangemockler, Ballyporeen and Ballybacon.

We may not have won our games. But one thing stood out most was the pride in our Fethard players going onto the field to play, giving it their all throughout each of the games, with the encouragement of the supporters and mentors. The weather was atrocious and yet they played on, dripping wet for some matches, and with no complaining or back-chat to their mentors or opposition.

We have come up through the ranks and our players wear their parish club jersey with serious pride and a want to represent it to the best of their ability. True Fethard GAA spirit witnessed and long may it last. Well done to all that took part and a big thanks to all who stayed on to support the club at this blitz.

Training times for week ending, June 26: Mini GAA on Wednesday, hurling for U8/U10 at 6.15pm until 7.15pm; Saturday at 11am for U6/U10 football; U8 hurling blitz in Cloneen (St. Patricks) on Saturday 25th at 11am; U12 hurling on Wednesday at 6.15pm (coach is P.J. Aherne); there will be no U14 hurling training this week. U16 football training on Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm sharp. Senior football training on Monday at 7pm and a challenge game against Arravale Rovers in Tipperary Town on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Junior A on Monday at 7pm.

Cúl Camp registration went very well. We only have a couple of places left so if you want to guarantee a place you will need to contact Ann Fleming on 086 8963925 by Sunday, June 26. Unfortunately after this date registration will be closed.

Champagne and Strawberry Social Evening
Town and County, The Square, Fethard, organised a charity fundraiser last week in aid of Cancer Care. Patrons at the shop were treated to ‘Champagne and Strawberries’ evening and enjoyed a very relaxed social evening with friends. The organisers would like to thank all who supported the event and came along on the night. A sum of €750 was raised and donated to the very worthy Cancer Care charity.

Business and Tourism Group
The next meeting of Fethard Business and Tourism Group will take place on Monday next, June 27, at the earlier time of 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

It is envisaged that any improvement in commercial activity will generate tourism benefit for the town and, likewise, that an increase in visitors and tourists will have a positive, knock-on effect on both existing and potential new businesses. Hence the move to combine a Tourism Group with the Business Association.

The last meeting was very well attended with representatives from local businesses and tourism event providers. The meeting was facilitated by Catherine Corcoran, Tipperary Institute, and also attended by Pat Holland, Community and Enterprise Administrative Officer at South Tipperary County Council, and Anthony Fitzgerald, Business Development Executive at South Tipperary County Development Board, and Cllr John Fahey.

South Tipperary Enterprise Board has agreed to provide training on Social Networking Sites (Facebook; Twitter; Linked-In) for interested business owners. Further details will be available and names will be taken on Monday night. If you would like to become involved in the new Business Association and Tourism Group feel free to come to the meeting, June 27, at 8pm, Tirry Centre or contact business@fethard.com



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