Thursday 27th October 2011

Students Awards Day in Fethard Patrician Presentation
Our Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday last, October 21, was indeed a joyous occasion with a reunion of some of our recently retired staff members and a celebration of the many talents: academic, sporting, musical and personal of our pupils.

Present for the occasion were the guest speaker, Dr. Leanne Burke and her family, the chairperson of the Board of Management, Br. Matthew Hayes and other board members, the chairperson of the Parents Association, Mrs Catherine O’Donnell and other parent representatives, the principal of Holy Trinity Primary School, Mrs Patricia Treacy, Presentation Sisters, Sr. Maureen and Sr. Maria and the parents and family members of the award winning pupils.

The ceremony began with a welcome to all present by Jane Fitzgerald, Head Girl and chairperson of the Students’ Council. There followed a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Fr. Anthony McSweeney with a beautiful liturgy prepared by religion teacher, Ms Caitriona McKeogh. The Gospel reading, the Parable of the Talents, was most appropriate for the occasion and emphasised the opportunities we all have to develop our skills and deepen our knowledge based on the different talents and abilities we have been given. The key to success is to do our best and persevere in the face of adversity. The new school’s choir first performance, with solo performances by Tara Horan and Shannon Garret, went well and congratulations to Ms McKeogh, Ms Barrett and organist Ms Vaughan for their hard work and achievements with the choir.

The Principal, Mr Ernan Britton welcomed all the guests and thanked them for their attendance at the event. He thanked especially the trustees of the school, Le Cheile, for their guidance and support during the year, the Parents’ Association for their financial, practical and moral support of all activities in the school and the Board of Management who manage the school on a voluntary basis. Finally, but by no means least, Mr Britton thanked all those who were involved in preparing the Awards Ceremony and in particular the organising committee of Mr O’Gorman, Mr Cummins and Ms. McKeogh. Awards Day, he said, acknowledged the efforts and achievements of all our pupils during the last school year. Not everyone can be a prize winner but everyone can strive to do their best.

Mr Britton also spoke about the current challenging times for schools and complimented the Staff both teaching and ancillary for their enthusiasm, commitment and hard work. They really are giving a lot more for less reward. He said that he believed that parents are well aware of these efforts and thanked all Patrician / Presentation parents for their on-going co-operation and support as the school strives to do it’s best for all the pupils.

Finally, Mr Britton welcomed past pupil, Dr. Leanne Burke and her family. He outlined Dr. Burke’s career path and pointed out that Dr. Burke was a shining example of how the use of one’s talents leads to excellence.

Guest Speaker, Dr. Burke, who currently lectures in Economics in UCC, spoke fondly of her time in Patrician/Presentation Secondary School. She remembered the transfer from the prefab buildings near the Convent to the current modern building and spoke of her decision after Leaving Cert to work as an au-pair in Brussels with a view to improving her French. She later completed a B.A. in UCC, majoring in French and Economics before proceeding to a Masters’ Degree in Economics there, researching malaria prevention in Africa.
In 2009, she achieved a PhD for her work on Mental Health Determinants in Ireland. Dr. Burke spoke of her pleasure at the invitation to speak at the 2011 Awards Ceremony in her Alma Mater. She told the pupils that the path to a successful and rewarding career is not a simple or even straightforward one; rather it is paved with many exciting challenges and new learning experiences which should be approached with enthusiasm and optimism.

Dr. Burke went on to remind the pupils of the excellent standards of the school and how through their passion, enthusiasm and good example, the teachers in Patrician/Presentation are shaping them to become upstanding members of society. Finally, she congratulated all the prize winners and wished them all the best of luck for the future.

The awards were presented as follows:
Students of the Year: Katie Whyte (1st Year), Cormac Horan (2nd Year), Jane Fitzgerald (5th Year); Jean Anglim (Best Leaving Certificate); Karen Hayes (Padraig Pearse Award), Michelle Walsh (Paddy Broderick Award), music group Army Rising (Marian Gilpin LAM Award).

Fethard Quill Awards to Tara Horan (senior) and Thomas Channon (junior).

Sports Awards to Jessie McCarthy and Gerry Horan.

Attendance and Punctuality awards: Orla Walsh (1st Year), Eoghan Hurley (2nd Year), Karen Hayes (3rd Year), Aobh O’Shea (3rd Year), Michelle Walsh (3rd Year), Molly O’Dwyer (4th Year) and Ted Barrett (5th Year).

Achievement Awards were presented to Christina Myler (Art), Daiana Adamczak (Art) and Michael McCarthy (Woodwork).

Student Council Certificates: Mike Earl (2nd Year), Aine Proudfoot (2nd Year), Shannon Dorney (3rd Year), Adam Fitzgerald (3rd Year), Aobh O’Shea (4th Year), James Maher (4th Year), Emma Hayes (5th Year), Chloe Byrne (5th Year), Ronan Fitzgerald (5th Year), Jane Fitzgerald (6th Year) and Andrew Maher (6th Year).

6th Year Mentors: Jane Fitzgerald, Rachel Prout, Mary Ann Fogarty, Sean Whyte, Andrew Maher and Louis Rice.

Clocks go back this weekend
Don’t forget to set your clocks back by one hour at 2am on Sunday, October 30, and gain an extra hour for that extended lie-in this Halloween weekend.

So You Want To Be An Actor?
South Tipperary County Council Arts Service is offering a fun fast paced workshop which will look at developing some crucial skills needed by young actors today. Facilitated by Shane Dempsey who runs Stagecraft, Clonmel and Fragments International Ensemble, London. Shane also teaches acting at E15 Acting School, one of the UK's leading drama schools and has recently returned from New York where he was invited to lead a series of theatre workshops.
The workshop for teenagers will take place at Fethard Youth Centre from 5pm to 9pm on Sunday, October 30, and anyone interested in taking part are asked to give their name to Joan O’Donohoe at Fethard Community Office, Barrack Street. Tel: (052) 6131000.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on October 19, were: 2, 17, 19 and 30. We had no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Teresa Fenlon, c/o Mary Sayers, Crampscastle, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Seamus Moloney, Cloneen, Drangan; Brendan Brett, The Valley, Fethard; and Mary O'Dwyer, Knockelly 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 €5,900 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €590. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Emigrants Newsletter Collection this weekend
The annual church gate collection for the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter will take place at Halloween this weekend, October 28 and 29. We ask for your support for this annual production, which is now in operation for over 50 years and posted free of charge to our emigrants and families living away from home. This year, with emigration again rising steadily, we depend on your continued support to provide this much appreciated service to our parish emigrants.

Donations can be handed in to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or alternatively put in an envelope with your name and address and handed in at our Church Gate Collection on the weekend before Halloween. All donations of €10 and over will be acknowledged in this year’s issue of the Newsletters.

All outstanding articles, photographs and items for inclusion in this year’s newsletter should be submitted before the end of October.

Fethard Players in Rehearsal
Fethard Players are currently in rehearsal for John B. Keane’s, ‘Year of the Hiker’, which will be staged in the Abymill Theatre from Friday, November 11, to Wednesday, November 16. Commencing at 8.15p. Booking at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Fethard. Tel: (052) 6131254 or 087 1604260.

Breast Cancer Coffee Morning
A coffee morning in aid of Brest Cancer will take place in Centra Supermarket, The Green, from 10am to 1pm on Friday, October 28. Coffee / tea and slice of cake will cost €2. A raffle for lots of lovely prizes will take place.

Later on Friday night and ‘Pink Party’ will take place in the Castle Inn with music, food and raffle for plenty more lovely prizes (men welcome).

Augustinian Abbey three days of prayer
Fethard Augustinian Abbey will hold three days of prayer for the souls in Purgatory on Monday, October 31, at 10.30am; Tuesday, November 1, at t9.30am and 11.30am; and Wednesday, November 2, at 10.30am. Mass at these times with special sermon from invited preacher, Fr. Pat Gater OSA.

November Rosaries in our parish cemeteries
We encourage all the older and the younger people of the parish to come to our local cemeteries each Sunday throughout November and pray for our dear departed. Rosary for the Holy Souls in Purgatory will take place on Tuesday, November 1, Feast of All Saints, in the Parish Church at 3pm and Holy Trinity Cemetery at 3.30pm.

On Sunday 6th November: Abbey Church 3pm and Everardsgrange at 3.30pm.

Fethard Day Care Centre
Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold a ‘Senior Day’ on Friday, October 28, from 11am.

Fethard GAA News
A heavily depleted Fethard team put up an impressive first half display in the U21 B quarterfinal against Carrick Swans in Kilsheelan on October 23 but a combination of the conditions and the strength of the Swan team proved too much for us over the hour and Carrick Swan ran out the victors.

Fethard opened the scoring in the second minute with a Dean Tobin free and followed with a long range free from centre forward Cathal Hurley. Swan did stay in touch but Fethard kept the scoreboard ticking with Dylan Fitzgerald points in the 7th and 11th minute and another from Hurley in the 10th.

Swan registered a point from a free and Fethard responded with points from Dylan Fitzgerald and Eoin Fitzgerald before Swan converted a free in the 19th minute.

The next score was a long delivery from Eoin O’Connell in the Fethard goal to Cathal Hurley who turned and converted from distance and when corner forward Daniel Hickey got Fethard’s 9th point five minutes from half time it looked like Fethard would take a substantial lead into the break. Swan, however, had other plans and a well taken goal from the corner forward on the stroke of half time brought the score to 0-9 to 1-4 at the break.

Swan came out fighting from the start of the second half and scored a goal. This was a lead Swan would never relinquish. Fethard tried hard but it was to be a bridge too far. Swan went on to record 1-6 in the final 10 minutes leaving the score Carrick Swan 3-13; Fethard 0-10.

The scoreboard does not reflect the effort put in by this team in atrocious conditions, and the club would like to thank them all for their input over the year. We would also like to thank mentors Mikey Ahearne, John Hurley and P.J. Ahearne for their time and input into this team. Fethard: E. O’Connell, C. O’Connell, R. Fitzgerald, G. Maher, F. O’Donovan, G. Fitzgerald, B. Delahunty, S. O’Keefe, D. Tobin, D. Fitzgerald, C. Hurley, E. Fitzgerald, D. Hickey, C. Ryan and C. O’Meara.

The numbers drawn in our Lotto on Tuesday, October 18, in The Fethard Arms were 4, 9, 11 and 23. We had no jackpot winner and one Match 3 winner of €150 to Mary Coen, Killusty. The €50 lucky dip winner was Michelle Fitzgerald, Old Bridge Road, Clonmel. Next weeks jackpot will be €2,300 and the draw will take place in The Bridge Bar (Burke's) on Tuesday, October 25.

Our Juvenile AGM is on Friday, October 28, at 8pm in the Tirry Centre. All are welcome.

On Saturday, October 29, the club presentation to Eoin Fitzgerald, will take place in The Fethard Arms at 10pm. All are welcome.

Charity Shop celebrates its First Anniversary
The ‘Clothes Rack’ which is located on Main Street in Fethard (beside Carroll’s picture Framing) celebrated its first anniversary on the September 8. This is a charity shop, solely run by voluntary staff, where all proceeds go to three local charities which are, The Irish Augustinians, Presentation Sisters and Fethard Senior Citizens.
Why not pop in to see our large range of items such as DVDs, Books, Jewellery, Bric-a-Brac, we also sell ladies, gents and children’s clothes. Many designer items to be found! Our opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 12am and 2pm to 4pm.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers who have supported us in our 1st year of business by either donating goods or purchasing items in the shop. We look forward to another successful coming year.

Ladies Football News
Saturday, October 15, saw Fethard Gaelic4mothers head to Portmarnock national blitz. It was a great achievement to have two teams entered and both giving fantastic performances. This brought down the curtain on the 2011 season and was rounded of with a great party night in The Castle Inn. Our sincere thanks to Noel and Irene for their continued support and for sponsoring one of the teams. We would also like to sincerely thank Trevor McNamara Car Sales, The Green, for sponsor the second team at short notice. Finally a big thanks to all the ladies who took part and especially to Tom McCarthy and Mikey Ryan for all your work with the ladies. Roll on 2012.

Our U18 ladies first round match against St. Patricks was postponed due to inclement weather and will be re-fixed for a later date. They are due to play St Ailbe’s this coming weekend in the second round.
Our U16 ladies have qualified for the County U16 B final where they are due to play Aherlow this coming Saturday at 12 noon. This is a great achievement for the girls having contested a D plate final in 2010 the girls were moved up two grades to B this year and have proved that we are a club on the up as we contest our fourth county final for 2011. The girls are going well in training under the guidance of Tom Ryan, Kieran Butler and Tom McCarthy with assistance from Martin Ryan and Paddy Ryan as they bid to win a first ever U16 county title. I appeal to all followers of Fethard GAA to come out in force to support the girls. Best of luck to the girls and the management team.

The club recently hosted an U10 and U8 blitz which proved to be a huge success with teams from Mullinahone, St. Pats, Moyle Rovers and Fethard taking part. Guest of honour for the day was our own All Ireland minor football medal winner Eoin Fitzgerald who presented all the girls with certificates after the blitz. Thanks to all the parents who supplied food and made tea, your help was greatly appreciated.
Our past season would not have been possible without the coaching skills of mentors which included Willie Morrissey, Miceál Spillane, Sandra Spillane, Mikey Ryan and Mick Tillyer. The club are hugely indebted to you for all your time and assistance.

Well done to Fethard ladies footballers Kate Davey and Molly O’Meara who were selected to play for the Tipp U12 girls who took part in an inter-county blitz last Saturday in Co. Clare. The girls gave great performances in the three games and hopefully this is only the start of a big future for the girls in the blue and gold.

Fethard & District Rugby Club
The U7s and U8s had a great game of tag rugby against Clanwilliam last weekend and it is wonderful to see the improvement with each game of these young players. Well done.

Fethard U9s had another great win over Clanwilliam. Well done to all the team. Training for U7s to U13s will take place on Friday at 6.45pm. Blitz next Sunday for U7s to U12 at 10.30am. New members always welcome.

Fethard U10s played a good side from Clanwilliam with plenty of good play from both that any coach would be happy with. Training continues on Friday night at 6.45pm, looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Fethard U11 were first to score in their game with a well worked try. Declan Hayes, Paddy Gaynor and Conor Vaughan palyed very well. Clan came back well to score two fine tries, but some great work from James Philips, Peter Wall, Charles Pearson and Richard Anglim saw Fethard score another fine try. Clan were last to score in what was a great game by two up and coming teams.

Fethard U12s secured a fine win over Clonmel on Sunday morning. Barry McGrath, Patrick Scully, John Hillman, David McCormack were to the fore in the forwards with some great running movements put together by Gavin Ryan, Darragh Lynch and Joe Carroll. Training continues every Friday evening 6.45. Thanks to the parents who attended the last weeks Munster intro to Mini Rugby.

On Saturday night last the U13 team played a big strong physical side from Waterford City in which Fethard emerged victorious. It was a fast game with plenty of good tackling from both sides. The teams were very close at the end of the first half, but the second saw a more determined Fethard side get their teeth into the game with some great tries scored by Mark Heffernan, James O'Connell and Jack Hayes with Josef O'Connor adding some conversions. Training continues every Friday at 6.45pm and new players always welcome. The coaches would like to thank all the parents for supplying the soup and sandwiches it was very much appreciated by our visitors and spectators.

The U15s travelled to Carrick-on-Suir Saturday evening and lined out with a full squad which proved too strong for Carrick who have only come together as a team this season. The win was secured in the first half giving the replacements a chance to come show their skills and fight for their positions in the coming games.



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