Thursday 15th September 2011

Fethard GAA Club News
After the disappointment of the All Ireland hurling final for Tipperary supporters, we now look forward to the football final and the involvement of the Tipperary Minor team in football’s biggest day. We wish the team the very best of luck and hope they bring the first All Ireland minor title to Tipperary since 1934. A special word of support for our own Eoin Fitzgerald and also to the O'Riordan brothers from JK Brackens whose father Michael is a former county final winning captain for Fethard.

Cúl Camp  
What a fantastic Cúl Camp we had this year. So many to thank, and yet a simple ‘thank you’ does not begin to describe our gratitude to those who took time out to help and sponsor prizes for our Cúl Camp Raffle.

This year we produced a club Cúl Camp policy which was adhered to throughout. We had five assistants, Cathal Hurley, Frankie O'Donovan, who also helped last year, David Hayes, Brian Healy and Dion Butler who joined us this year. These lads assisted the coaches all week, as well as organising groups before training. They worked very hard and were a credit to the club. Also helping with the camp co-ordinating were Mary Godfrey, Sheila O'Donovan, Emma Fleming, Annette O'Donovan, Ann Fleming and Lisa Barlaz. Sheila took care of catering, Annette oversaw the raffle and photographs. All helping on the first day with registration and handing out kits as well as break time supervision. We also had P.J. Aherne (juvenile chairman), Patsy Lawrence (club chairman), Andy O’Donovan (children's officer), and Michael Hayes on hand to help with supervision.

Those who sponsored prizes for the raffle were, John Hanrahan, Reflections by Abigail, Liz Sheehan, Pat Sheehan, The Lantern, XL Stop n Shop, Gerry Aherne, Allens Meats, John O'Donovan, Mary Fogarty, Danny Morgan, Frank O'Donovan, Carroll Framing, Butlers Bar, McCarthy Hotel, O'Sullivan's Pharmacy, Meagher - Daybreak, Liz McCormack, Johnny Sheehan, Austin Godfrey and Wards Garage.
Our brilliant coaches this year were: Noel Russell (Carrick Swans) and Johnny Cummins (Ardfinnan) overseeing, James Logue and Laura Maher from Ballingarry, Mossy Bracken and Mauve Hackett from Moycarkey, Ian Maher, Tommy Dorney and Stephen Maher from Thurles Sarsfields.

We had visitors this week from County players both past and present in both hurling and gaelic football, they were our own Paul Fitzgerald, Shane Walsh, Michael Ryan from Fethard, Padraic Maher (2011 Cúl Camp ambassador) and the one and only Eoin Kelly (Tipperary senior hurling captain).

Also visiting this week was John Landers, from Munster Coaching & Games, who was very impressed with Fethard camp and all the precautions taken for the children who attended. It seemed like very hard work but with everyone on board this week went so smoothly and we hope to do the same next year.

Cardiac Screening
Following the most up to date international best practice guidelines, the GAA's medical scientific and welfare committee now advise players over the age of 14 years to undergo cardiac screening. It also advises that this process be repeated before the age of 25 years. Screening consists of filling out a GAA cardiac screening questionnaire, a physical examination and ECG. The cost of this screening should be approximately €70.

Sports Lotto
On September 6, the numbers drawn were 7, 19, 26 and 27.  We had no jackpot winner and no match three. Five drawn tickets received €30 each: Cara McGarry, Burke Street; Bridget Ryan, Killusty; Anne-Marie Jones, Moyglass; Bernie Byrne, Claremore; and Austie Godfrey, Derryluskin.

The €50 Lucky dip winner was: Clare Moloney, Red City. Next weeks draw takes place in Butler's Bar, Fethard, on Tuesday, September 13.

Danaher Cup
Well done to our U8 Footballers who won back the Danaher Cup on Sunday, September 11, in Fethard's Danaher Cup Blitz. We thank all those clubs who joined us to compete for this coveted trophy including Clerihan, St. Patricks, Ardfinnan, The Nire and last year's winners Clonmel Commercials.

The cup is named after one of Tipperary's most stylish players of the period, Gus Danaher, who was a member of the Tipperary minor football team beaten by Dublin in the 1955 All Ireland minor football final. He played on the Tipperary junior football team the following year and was a regular member of Tipperary senior football teams of the following decade. Gus was honoured twice by the Munster football selectors in the sixties and he was also an accomplished hurler and figured prominently on Coolmoyne and group selection junior and senior teams of the period. He was a leading playing member of the Fethard county senior football championship team of 1957.

The Danaher Cup was presented to the winners of parish under-14 league for many years up to October 2002. The competition was revived in 2009 when the club held a juvenile blitz in aid of the Community Field inviting neighbouring clubs to compete at Under 8 level football. It has now become an annual blitz organised by the Fethard Club between neighbouring parishes.

Walkway officially opens on Wednesday
The official opening of the new walkway at Congress Terrace to Jesuits Walk will take place on this Wednesday, September 14, at 1pm. All are welcome and refreshments will be served afterwards in the Pop Up Café at Fethard Youth Centre.

Harvest Fete at Clonacody
On Sunday last, September 11, Clonacody Country House held their first annual Harvest Fete and were blessed with good weather to augment a wonderful family afternoon. Banna Chluain Meala came along to entertain the crowd on the lawn as did pupils of Paul Tobin’s Taekwon-Do classes, who put on a terrific display of self-defence and martial arts.

The atmosphere was very relaxed and visiting families really enjoyed just wandering around visiting the various craft stalls, food displays and popular pet stand. Younger children enjoyed the bouncing castle and pony and trap rides around the estate.

A large group enjoyed local chef, Barbara Russell’s workshop on home cooking while others were fascinated by some of the intricate jewellery on display.

This was a very enjoyable afternoon provided by Helen Carrigan and her partner Michael Brennan at this beautiful country house, which also offers luxurious accommodation at very reasonable rates.

Fethard Historical Society lecture
On Friday, September 16, at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre, Dr Bernadette Cunningham from the Royal Irish Academy will give a talk on Geoffrey Keating entitled, 'The man and the Myth'. Priest, poet and historian Geoffrey Keating was born in Co Tipperary, though it is disputed whether he was born in the townsland of Burgess or at Moorstown Castle. He worked for most of his life in this area and is believed to be buried in the ruined churchyard at Tubbrid which is situated between Cahir and Clogheen.

He wrote two famous works, 'Tri bior-ghaoithe an bhais' and 'Foras feasa ar Éirinn' and also a number of poems two of which are still widely known. Foras feasa ar Éirinn became famous in the seventeen century as it gave to the people of Ireland a narrative of their own history in their own language while combining a shared heritage between the Gaeil and the Sean Ghaill (Old English) which was in sharp contrast with the new official histories then being written. His book offered a sense of Irishness to the people of the time and was widely read for the following two hundred years. It was passed around in manuscript form and one of these manuscripts was written by Seaghan O Duibhir of Burke Street, Fethard (formally Sraid An Riasga) in 1837.

At the time of the Irish language revival movement in the late 19th century, his use and style of the Irish language was also acclaimed and admired as the standard to reach. Keating also was a populariser of the special relationship between Irishness and Catholicism which these days is open to review. In historical terms Keating retains the distinction of being the most influential man of this county.

Fethard Scouts registration
The annual registration for Fethard ventures, scouts, cubs and beavers will take place on Friday, September 16, from 7pm to 8pm in Fethard Ballroom. To complete registration at least one parent or guardian must attend with the child.

Fethard Business and Tourism Group

Fethard Business and Tourism Group will hold a meeting on Tuesday, September 20, at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on September 7, were: 7, 22, 29 and 32. We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets won €50 each: Mike Fitzgerald, Red City, Fethard; Trish Fitzgerald (online ticket); and Nellie Ryan, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: John Maher, Kilnockin Road, Fethard; Eileen Connelly, Garrinch, Fethard; and John Slattery, Barrettstown, 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. Next week’s Jackpot commences at €5,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €500. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

South Tipperary Military History Society
Our next Lecture presented by Noel Carey and titled The Siege of Jadotville, A Coy, 35th Infantry Battalion, Katanga, September 1961, will be on Tuesday night, September 20, at 8pm in Slievenamon Golf Club. This is really not one to be missed. Members €2 Non Members €5, all are welcome.

If you have an interest in Military History of any era or just a general interest, check out our website www.stmhs.ie and see if you are interested in joining us. You can also contact our chairperson, Kay Neagle on 086 0655428. We are always looking for new Members and you will be more than welcome. Membership costs just €25 per year and €2 per Lecture.

Class of 1976 Reunion
Calling all past pupils from the Patrician Presentation class of 1976. Yes it’s hard to believe that five years have passed since our last get together, so we now look forward to our next reunion on Saturday, September 17, at McCarthy’s Hotel (back room) at 8.30pm. We realise you might be nervous or apprehensive about meeting your old schools pals, trust me, it will be like walking into the classroom, just as noisy but minus the teachers. Nights like these are few and far between so we hope you can make it, you will be glad you did.


Patrician Presentation School Jottings

Leaving Cert Results
Congratulations to all the Leaving Certs of 2011 who received their results last week. They are a credit to themselves, their parents and their teachers and we wish them well in the future. Patrician/Presentation continues to support and encourage all pupils to reach their potential in a caring and supportive environment.

A big welcome to our First Years as they embark on their journey through the Secondary School system. Welcome also to our new Home-School Liaison Officer, Ms Margaret O’Neill. The First Years had their induction programme on Monday, August 29, when they were welcomed by school management and by our new Career Guidance teacher, Mr McGree. A group of 6th Year mentors returned to school early to assist with the orientation programme for the First Years, and in the afternoon accompanied them on an outing to the Bowling Alley in Clonmel led by Ms Sinead Burke. The following pupils have volunteered as mentors for the coming school year: Sean Whyte, Rachel Prout, Andrew Maher, Jane Fitzgerald, Louis Rice, Mary Ann Fogarty and Ted Barrett.

Congratulations to the Second Year Class of last year whose beautiful family shields flew proudly over Main Street on Medieval Walled Towns Day and during the following week. This work was facilitated by Ms Patricia Looby during Art Class.

The AGM of our very active Parents’ Association was held in the School on Monday, September 5. We commend the work and contribution of the Parents’ Association in the school and thank in particular Mrs Rita Kenny for her dedication, and support of the school over the last number of years. The new Parents’ Association is as follows:
Catherine O’Donnell (chairperson), Pamela Morrissey (vice-chairperson), Cait O’Neill (secretary), Christine Fitzgerald (assistant secretary), Mary Healy (treasurer).
Committee members: Valerie Rice, Jim O’Donnell, Philomena Whyte, Mary Prout and Mary Walsh
Ms. Margaret O’Neill, our new Home School Liaison person gave an interesting presentation to the Association on her role in our school.

Home-School-Community Liaison Scheme at Patrician/Presentation
Ms Margaret O’Neill, Home-School-Community Liaison Co-ordinator, is currently organising a six-week cookery course entitled, ‘Cook It!’ in Fethard Youth Centre, Lower Main Street, Fethard, on Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon. The course will cover such topics as cooking on a budget, menus to suit different dietary requirements, nutrient value of our food and exploring different cooking techniques to mention a few.

The course is certified by the Health Promotion Unit of the HSE and it is jointly funded by Tipp South VEC Community Education budget and the Home-School-Community Liaison at Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard.

The course will start on Tuesday, October 4, and will finish on Tuesday, November 22. It is open to all parents/guardians of students attending school at Patrician-Presentation and will cost €30 per participant to cover the cost of ingredients and other expenses. This fee can be paid weekly if preferred (i.e. €5 per class).

To reserve your place on this course please contact Margaret O’Neill, Home-School-Community Liaison Co-ordinator on (087) 6536374 as soon as possible as places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Sporting Success
Well done to Jessie McCarthy, 2nd Year, on her All-Ireland victory with the Tipperary U14 Ladies Football team during the Summer. Tipperary beat Waterford in the Munster Final in June in Cahir and went on to claim the All-Ireland title against Roscommon in Banagher, Co. Offaly. The school is very proud of Jessie’s achievement and the high standard of Ladies Football in the local Fethard GAA Club.

Higher Options
Some 4th, 5th and 6th Pupils will travel to the Higher Options Career Exhibition in Dublin on Friday, September 16. They will be accompanied by Mr McGree, Career Guidance.



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