Thursday 29th September 2011

What it means to be Irish!
Monday, September 26, saw Holy Trinity National School have the honour of launching the “What it means to be Irish “ inaugural book.  The book is a collection of short stories, poems and pictures set about answering the question, “What does it mean to be Irish” in 2011.

Over the past decade the demographic of the Irish landscape have significantly changes with the influx of the ‘New Irish’ into local communities all over the country.  The book is the answer that the primary school children provided to the question asked by the title.
The book launch and prize giving ceremony was conducted by the presidential candidate Mary Davis who praised all those who took part in the competition especially congratulating the winning entries, which are published in the book.

The individual overall winner was Sarah Last, Presentation Convent, Clonmel, with the overall school prize going to the Holy Trinity National School Fethard.

The South Tipperary Volunteer Centre would like to express their thanks to Mary Davis, Michael Fitzgerald, Cathaoirleach of South Tipperary County Council, the staff and pupils of the Holy Trinity National School, Fethard, for contributing to the success that is ‘The New Irish Project’.  For a full list of prizewinners and how to order your copy of “What it means to be Irish”, please visit www.volunteersouthtipp.ie

Happy 80th Birthday Tony
Congratulations to Tony Newport, Congress Terrace, who celebrated his 80th Birthday on Friday, September 16. Tony’s five daughters, Catherine, Liz, Margaret, Lydia and Edwina organised a surprize party for the occasion and an equally surprized Tony walked into Margaret’s home in Killusty to find his relatives from England, hunting friends from the Tipperary Foxhounds and Ballyluskey White Heathers, along with his long-time GAA acquaintances awaiting his arrival to celebrate this special occasion.

Tony, at the age of 29, took over from Paddy McLellan as local correspondent for The Nationalist in 1960 and spent the following 45 years reporting on local events. Tony’s hunting reports are read far and wide, home and away, and are considered by many to be the best in the land. His colourful language and ‘unusual’ place names have stumbled many local historians. Happily, Tony continues to report on this weekly seasonal sport in our area.

Tony’s second love is the GAA and spent many years playing football for his club and county. In 2002, Tony received the South Tipperary GAA / Nationalist ‘Hall of Fame’ award and a Sean Ghael Award in 2009 presented by the President of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Christy Cooney. A lover of all sport, Tony was a very successful player and active committee member in the local badminton, tennis, racquetball, handball clubs as well as serving many years as chairman of Fethard Sports Centre.

Before cutting his birthday cake, Tony expressed his sincere gratitude to his wife Mary for her steadfast support and patience over the years and to his five wonderful daughters for organising the party.
We take this opportunity to wish Tony a very happy 80th birthday and he and his wife Mary many more years of happily wedded bliss.

Arthur’s Day in Fethard
Lonergan’s Bar in Fethard was ‘alive’ on Thursday, September 22, when ‘Mad Patsy’ and customers took to the street to dance a ‘Seige of Ennis’ to celebrate Arthur’s Day and toast the legendary Arthur Guinness, the man who created our beloved beer. This was the second year that Lonergan’s participated in this event which is celebrated annually from Ireland and Europe across to the USA, Caribbean and ending in Asia.

The entertainment continued throughout the evening with local musicians, singers and dancers partaking in the fun.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on September 21, were: 1, 2, 7 and 21. We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: M. Flanagan, c/o Tom Purcell; and John Joe White, Rathkenny, Drangan.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: D. O'Brien, Rocklow Road, Fethard; Nellie O'Sullivan, c/o K. O'Donnell; and Sinead Coffey, Grove Road, 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 €5,300 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €530. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Died recently
The death has occurred on Tuesday, September 13, of Owen Doyle, 66 Woodvale Walk, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Fethard Bridge Club results
The results of our game on Wednesday, September 21, were:
1st Gross: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny
2nd Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O'Meara
3rd Gross: Tony Hanrahan and Michael Kenny
1st Nett: Mary Tierney and Betty Egan
2nd Nett: Kathleen Kenny and Ann O'Dea
3rd Nett: Eileen Ryan and Jim Lahert

Next Wednesday, October 5, we play for the Free Sub Nett. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

Fethard Girl Guides
Fethard Girl Guides and Ladybirds resume their meetings in Fethard Ballroom on this Wednesday night, September 28. New members welcome.

Fethard Macra
Now that autumn is here again and the nights are drawing in, volleyball has begun again on a weekly basis. All South Tipp members are invited to attend. Games take place every Thursday night at 9pm in Clerihan hall. See you there!

The next meeting of Fethard Macra takes place on the October 10, in Butlers Bar, Fethard. For more information or to become a member, phone our chairperson, Liam Cleary on 086 3998711

Patrician Presentation Jottings
Ladies Football
The school’s under 16 Ladies Football team under the guidance of Mr. John Cummins will have their first outing of the year in Golden on Tuesday, September 27th when they will take on St. Ailbes, Tipperary in the first round of the Munster competition. The local Fethard club has encouraged both the promotion of ladies football and the revival of Gaelic football and hurling in Patrician/Presentation. They are wished all the best in this competition.

Le Chéile
A reminder to all parents and past pupils that our school has been part of the Le Chéile School’s Trust since October of last year. The Le Cheile Schools Trust is a collaborative trust involving thirteen religious congregations who wish to affirm their commitment to the future of Catholic Education in Ireland and to work in partnership with the government in the Education System. The Le Chéile vision is based on gospel values and has as its centre a philosophy of education based on the unique dignity of the human person created in the image and likeness of God. The 13 congregations involved in Le Chéile are: De La Salle Brothers, Dominican Sisters, Sisters of Cross and Passion, Patrician Brothers, Poor Servants of the Mother of God, Religious of Jesus and Mary, Holy Faith Sisters, Sisters of Charity of St. Paul, Religious of Christian Education, Sisters of St. Louis, Faithful Companions of Jesus, Society of the Holy Child and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny.

Historic All-Ireland Football Win
Congratulations to Colin O’Riordan, Templemore for his part in this historic victory on September 18. Colin is son of Mr and Mrs Michael O’Riordan, Barrack Street, Fethard and Templemore. Michael is a past pupil of our school.

Volleyball Training
The after-school Volleyball Training Sessions for both boys and girls are up and running again after the summer holidays.

Cookery Course ‘Cook It’
Parents are reminded that this 6 week Cookery Course, organised by Ms Margaret O’Neill, Home-School-Community Liaison Co-ordinator will commence on Tuesday next, October 4th. Information on the course is available from Ms O’Neill at (087) 6536374.

School Texting Service
A texting service with a database of all parents is now in use in the school. In future parents may be contacted by text in the event of changes in the day to day running of the school or the cancellation of school events.

St. Vincent de Paul
Anybody who has a son or daughter attending third level college and need help or support should contact any member of the local conference of St. Vincent De Paul as soon as possible.

Fethard Ladies Football Club 
Next Saturday, October 1, will see Fethard host our U10 and U8 girls football blitz. Assistance is required at 10am to help set up the pitches. Thanks to Willie Morrissey, Miceál Spillane, Mikey Ryan, Sandra Spillane and Mick Tillyer for all your great work with the girls this year.

Our U14 girls were beaten recently in the U14 B county final by Galtee Rovers. This was a big step for our girls this year as, for some strange reason, they were moved up two grades from the D championship in 2010 to B championship in 2011. However, they proved to everyone that we are a club on the up and gave some great performances during the year. It was a great achievement itself reaching the B final. Well done again girls and the club is very proud of you. A big thank you to team manager Michael Hayes, selectors Aisling Dwyer and Maureen McCarthy, and Chris Sheehan for all your help during the year. Roll on 2012.

Our U16s are still preparing to play their county semi-final against Moycarkey which is due to be played in the coming week or 10 days. Best of luck to the girls and the management team of Tom Ryan, Kieran Butler and Tom McCarthy as they bid to reach the county final.

The Junior Ladies are awaiting confirmation of the county semi-final replay against Templemore, which is due to be played this week. Best of luck ladies as you try to make it three in a row.

Our ‘Gaelic4Mothers’ are currently back in training getting ready for the G4Ms blitz due to be held in Portmarnock on October 15. As well as training in the GAA field the ladies enjoyed a very enjoyable trip to Clonea beach last Saturday evening for a training session on the strand. Well done ladies.

Africa – trip of a lifetime!
Over the past 8 to 10 years many Fethard people have travelled with Tracy Piggott to Africa working on charity projects with ‘Playing for Life’ and ‘Self Help Africa’. Next January we are bringing a group of GAA hurling and football stars to Ethiopia to fund the building of a school/sports hall and to demonstrate Gaelic Games to local Ethiopian young people. About thirty supporters will be brought as well and if anyone from Fethard would like to be part of this group please get back to me, Seamus Hayes, as soon as possible. The launch of the project will take place in Croke Park on Tuesday and I expect that the places will be taken up very quickly after that.

Come on Fethard people you are getting first option on what will be a truly unique visit to one of the most beautiful areas of the world as yet seen by only a tiny group of travellers. The area of the Arc of the Covenent, Axum and Lalibela Rock-Hewn Churches. The 11 medieval monolithic cave churches of this 13th-century 'New Jerusalem' are situated in a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia near a traditional village with circular-shaped dwellings. Lalibela is a high place of Ethiopian Christianity, still today a place of pilgrimage and devotion. An opportunity that only come once in a lifetime.
If you’re interested in more details contact Seamus Hayes, Kilconnell, Fethard. Tel: 086 2307330 or email: seamushayes@iol.ie

Congratulations to Clive Moore, Clonmel, and Biddy Purcell, Fethard, who recently announced their engagement, from all their family and friends in Fethard.



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