Thursday 22nd December 2011

Christmas Mass Times

Abbey Church
Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, at 7.30pm;
Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, at 9.30am and 11.30am.

Parish Church
Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, at 7pm;
Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, at 8.30am and 11am.

Killusty Church of the Sacred Heart
Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, at 8.30pm;
Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, at 10am.

Emigrants Newsletter on Sale
The Annual Fethard & Killusty Emigrants’ Newsletter is now on sale in local shops at €12 each. This year’s issue is the largest yet with over 256 pages of articles and photographs including many interesting features. We expect this year’s issue to sell out fast so we advise early purchase to avoid disappointment.

The GOAL Mile
The annual GOAL Mile will take place again this year on Christmas Day, at 12 noon. Assemble at the Town Hall. Walk, jog, run, crawl, bring the dog! Whatever you fancy, come along and join in the fun.

Community Lotto extra Christmas Prizes
The numbers drawn on December 14 were: 1, 20, 22 and 29. We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: J. & C. Butler, Garrinch, Fethard; Jessica Winters (online ticket); and John Maher, Kilnockin Road, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Oisín & Rory Shelly, Moyglass, Fethard; Irene Sharpe, The Castle, Fethard; and Tony Maher, c/o Arthur Daly.

The winners of Christmas Hams were: M. Flanagan, c/o Tom Purcell; Martin Burke, Main Street, Fethard; and Annmarie Kenny, Killusty, Fethard.

The winners of Christmas Turkeys were: Niall Connolly, c/o Eileen Connolly; Marie Smyth, The Well, Fethard; and Breda Ryan, Coolmoyne Cross, Fethard.

We will have no Lotto draw on December 28 or January 4. The Lotto will resume after a two-week break on January 11, 2012. We take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a very Happy Christmas.

You can also 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 €6,950 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €695. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

With the White Heathers
From Rocklow on Sunday last hounds found hunting different in very poor scenting conditions. Trying here they found it almost impossible to hold the line for a long period of time. They were kept busy enough all day which started from Dr. Condon’s fort, Halley’s and O’Flynn’s to Rocklow. Sincere thanks to Mr & Mrs John Halley for sumptuous traditional hunting breakfast served in the true Christmas spirit prior to move-off. Ballyluskey White Heathers will meet over the Christmas period on St. Stephen’s Day in Drangan; Sunday January 1 at Peppardstown House and January 8 at Coolmoyne. Huntsman Donie Slattery intends to include a bye-day on the week after Christmas, venue to be arranged. All meets at 11am.

Wishing all landowners, hunting enthusiasts, supporters and all readers of the column a very Happy Christmas and good hunting in 2010. (E.A.N.)

Hunting News
Tipperary Foxhounds enjoyed some good hunting last week with good runs from Loughcopple on Monday and Ballyluskey on Thursday. Finding in the Blackthorn’s they put their fox quickly to ground. From the grove at Annesfort and following some good hound work in covert they were away at the far end for Slattery’s. Turning right here they ran to Purcell’s and to the Annesfort Cross, Powerstown Road. Checking briefly here cast across they ran through Kilmore to the Sawmill. Turning right-handed here they crossed the road to Monroe. Turning right again hunting strongly they crossed the road near the Old Railway bridge. Through Murphy’s they hunted to the old railway line where they lost him.

This was a very fast run of forty minutes. The field were well strung out by the end with many playing catch up. From Quinlan’s Glen in the afternoon the rain which was heavy all day became more severe with a gale force wind. They ran across the road to Ryan’s back to where they lost their first fox and to Annsfort bridge where home was blown. Following a good pipe-opener on Wednesday when hounds ran over Lyonstown from Shanakyle to Ryan’s and to ground near the Bawnbrack road they moved on to Ballyluskey. From here they had a cracker. Crossing the road above Ballylusky Quarry they ran through Carey’s swinging left here they crossed the road and hunted strongly to Lower Crohane. From here they hunted to the road at Moanverrin where they checked. Cast back towards Crohane they were away again. They ran left handed crossing what is known as ‘The Straight Mile Road’. Running on they turned left again ran to Hayden’s back towards Ballylusky Glen. Left handed here they ran almost the same route as the first time round and finished a very good hunt at the Moanverrin Road. During this run there were plenty of muddy hunting jackets and quite a few empty saddles. The day finished with a run from Ruttles Castle to the Ballylusky Killenaule road where home was blown at 3.30pm. A field of some fifty riders was well thinned out by the end of the day with many having an early finish in very heavy going. Later that evening a well-attended Christmas get-together in Guinan’s was very much enjoyed.

Killusty Night Out!
Calling anyone with Killusty connections! A night out for all Killusty people has been arranged for Friday, January 27, 2012, in the Clonmel Park Hotel. If you're from the village or have any connections with it contact 087 9795025 for more information and booking.

Happy Christmas to all our readers
I take this opportunity to wish all our contributors and readers a very Happy Christmas and a sincere thanks for your help in compiling this ‘Fethard Page’ with news items and photographs over the past year.

The Senior Citizens' Club
Fethard's Senior Citizens enjoyed their annual Christmas party at the Anner Hotel, Thurles, on Sunday, December 4. The members and committee wish to thank everyone who supported our Christmas Raffle by purchasing tickets or sponsoring a prize. Our lucky winners were: 1st Prize, Gerry Ahearne, Prospect; 2nd Prize, Kaycie Aherne, Prospect; 3rd Prize, Richard Sayers, Woodvale Walk; 4th Prize, Paudie Kirwin, Ballinure; 5th Prize, Marie Mulcahy (phone number supplied).

We wish all members, their families and friends a happy and a safe Christmas 2011. Our next gathering will be on Tuesday, February 7, in the Tirry Community Centre.

Season’s Greetings from Fethard & District RFC
On Friday last, December 16, our minis had a great night when Santa called to the clubhouse to visit them. He was very impressed with the players and how much they had grown since last year, advising them to get to bed early next Saturday night. He gave them all a treat and thanked them for making his visit so enjoyable. Polly did a great job organising the quiz while they waited for the big man to arrive. Mary, Deirdre and Margaret provided mince pies and tea for the parents in the kitchen. A big thank you to Kieran and Alice for looking after the sale of Fethard Rugby gear (gear still available, contact Kieran ). Fethard & District RFC would like to thank their coaches for all the hard work they put in with their teams. It is much appreciated. A very Happy Christmas to all our members and their families. We look forward to seeing you all in 2012. Training resumes on Friday, January 6.

Fethard Under 7s travelled to Carrick on Sunday, December 11, for a great morning’s rugby in fine conditions. Yet again this team showed quick hands in both their games with great improvement. Brilliant work throughout from Thomas Smyth and Tomas Ryan. Louis Ryan had a storming game and was assisted by Mark Neville who recycled the ball very well with fine tagging by Luke Fitzgerald. Not forgetting the fast footed Michael James Phelan who with his team put plenty of scores on the board.

The Under 8s played ferocious rugby throughout the morning and worked very well together. Johnny Gleeson, James McCormack and Conor Neville continually tackled and scored fine tries from recycling of the ball. Quick thinking by James Ryan and David McCormack proved a great partnership in retrieving ball for scores. Yet again Charlie Cummins and Padraig O'Dwyer tackled and rucked well to help the team with tries. Thank you to Carrick for the wonderful sandwiches and cakes with light refreshments.

Travelling to Carrick-on-Suir, Fethard U-10s knew to expect a tough game; on a good pitch and in decent weather our hosts provided just that. Our team of Mathew Burke, Darragh Fitzgerald, Aoife Fitzgerald, Mathew Gleeson, David Gunn, Ian Harrington, Jack Hassett, Courtney Jade, Angus MacDonald, Andrew Slattery, Eoin Walsh and Ryan Walsh played the best game of their season so far. Terrific ball carrying from all players, good rucking (at last!) and nimble passing made Fethard an unstoppable attacking force, whilst the covering tackling by Ian, Jack and Andrew gave Carrick nowhere to run. This is a team that improves by the week and to concede only one score today whilst putting more than there is room to mention over the opposition`s line allows these children to go into the festive break content and duly proud of the work they have put in so far. Plenty to do next year.

Fethard U12s won all three games in a blitz played in Carrick-on-Suir on Sunday, December 11. They played some great open rugby and moved the ball really well with Joe Carroll, Darragh Lynch, Harry Cummins and Paraic Harrington linking up well. In the forwards Jack Cleere was impressive and was well assisted by John Hillman, Seamus Cleere, Danny Gleeson and the improving Barry McGrath. Our thanks to Carrick-on-Suir for their hospitality on the day.

Our U13s lined out against Thurles in the league semi-final, in the eagerly awaited replay. Thurles on the day were by far the better side and Fethard wish them the very best of luck in the final. Our special thanks to the referee who did a great job from start to finish. The Fethard dressing room was a very sombre place after the game with all the players knowing what they have to do in order to lift their performances.

The Under 15s side travelled to Waterpark on Sunday, December 11, and it was a bruising encounter with Waterpark seeking to balance the account after been beaten by Fethard in the earlier league match.
The first half saw Fethard start slow as the opposition ran at them in waves and Fethard’s defence was unusually caught off guard to let the opposition claim the first points. Jason Ryan put the opposition’s number 15 under pressure with a number of high balls before Fethard pounced for a super try by Killian O’Dwyer, converted by Ben Murray. Waterpark came back and worked their way up the pitch and through some slack Fethard tackling, let the big number eight in under the posts. Adam Fitzgerald got a try back to tie the game at half time.

It was a very close game for nearly 25 minutes and neither side could break through. Fethard with a few substitutions, Eoghan McCormack, Tom Stakelum, Paudie Feehan and Andrew Phelan, allowed fresh legs to get involved and play it out wide to Darren Prout who had a great run to the corner but was deemed to have been shoulder barged into touch giving Fethard a penalty. This was quickly taken by Adam Fitzgerald and pot over in the corner to put Fethard in front. With a minute to go Waterpark broke free from the lineout and got in under the posts to add the full 7 points to win the match 17-19. Great play from Larry Gleeson, Philip Fogarty and Gearóid Fahey have now put Fethard in the upper half of their league.



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