Thursday 5th Janruary 2012

Christmas GOAL Mile
The organisers of the annual GOAL Mile that took place in Fethard on Christmas Day would like to thank all the runners and walkers who took part. The event was blessed this year with mild weather and a  sum of over €910 was collected for GOAL on the day. GOAL was founded in Dublin in 1977 by former sports journalist and current Chief Executive, John O'Shea and is a non-denominational, non-governmental and non-political international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor.

A ‘Night Out’ for Killusty people
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.

Fethard Community Lotto
The Lotto Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy and prosperous New Year. A big ‘thank you’ to all for your support in 2011 and look forward to your continued support in 2012. The next draw will take place on January 11, 2012.
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 Jackpot commences at €7,250 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €725. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Tipperariana Book Fair
Fethard Historical Society will hold their Tipperariana Annual Book Fair on the second Sunday in February 2012 where books of all types and shapes from valuable antiquarian books to modern ‘pulp fiction’ paperbacks will go on sale.

Anyone with unwanted books to donate to the society can contact any member of the committee to arrange collection or delivery. These books will be sold at the society’s second-hand bookstall to raise money for the Fethard Historical Society.

Auditions for new musical in Cloneen
A new musical comedy is coming to the stage in Cloneen at the end of March. Written and produced by Michael Kennedy, this tribute show to the late Shay Ahessy is being run in conjunction with Slievenamon Musical Society. Auditions for dancers will take place on Monday, January 9, and for singers/actors on Wednesday, January 11, at 8pm in Cloneen Hall on both nights. Anyone interested can turn up on either of these nights.

Died in England
The death has occurred recently in Yorkshire, England, of Eddie O’Shea, formerly of the Green and St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.

Jewellery found on Slievenamon
While taking a refreshing walk up to the Holy Year cross on Slievenamon on the morning of December 27, an item of jewellery was found at the base of the cross which didn’t appear to be out in the elements for too long. This piece may be of value, sentimental or otherwise, to the person who lost it. If the owner would like to get it returned please contact Joe at 087-2824438.

Hunting News
Good hunting was enjoyed by both the Tipperary Foxhounds and Ballylusky White Heather Harriers over Christmas. What a pleasant change from the same period last season when the big ‘freeze-up’ caused a long time cancellation of all hunting activities.

Tipperary Foxhounds had just over one hundred children of all ages at the Childrens’ Meet at Grove on Christmas Eve. All thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon around the estate with the more adventurous trying a few pops over the hunter-trial fences.

Ballagh on St. Stephen’s Day saw a very old St. Stephen’s Day custom revival by the visit of an excellent group of very colourfully attired Wren Boys. The visit of the Wren Boys each year, for as long as the followers can remember, was the custom when the St. Stephen’s Day meet was held at Lismolin.

At Ballagh, while no runs of any great time or distance was achieved, the large field of seventy riders were not short of jumping and clearing the famed ‘Ballagh Banks’ in great style.

From Cashel on Wednesday, December 28, hounds found at Cashel Sewage Plant. This digger of a town fox was not inclined to leave and when he did a shower of hail and sleet quickly washed out any scent. They ran from close to here towards Castleblake, right-handed to Mr Magnier’s stud farm and to ground in the fort.

From the old racecourse across the road they ran back to Camas and to ground. From the covert here they ran through Fahy’s and Morrissey’s to the boreen and back to the covert again. Moving on to Castleblake they had a good circle towards the Cashel-Golden road, left-handed towards O’Keeffe’s and back to where they found.

Around seventy riders took part in the Charity Ride at Moyglass on Saturday, December 31. An excellent six-mile course was laid out from Moyglass towards Magorban and returning to Moyglass where the riders enjoyed refreshments in the community hall.

With the White Heather Harriers
From Knockroe on St. Stephen’s Day, hounds hunted across the Priestown Road to Fred Daly’s. Running the valley they re-crossed the road to Mullally’s Gorse. Hunting well here they were away at the top to O’Halloran’s Glen. From here they hunted to the big plantation at O’Donovan’s where after some covert hunting they put him to ground. Back to the glen, they found again, ran across the Cloneen/Drangan road to Paddy Powers. Through the covert here they hunted to O’Brien’s where they lost him.

At Peppardstown on January 1, one of a brace from O’Donnell’s ran towards St. Johnstown. Swinging right they crossed the road at the Quarry. Through Harry King’s they crossed the road to Knockelly, re-crossed the road just below Magoury road, ran to Shanakyle onto Magoury to the big earth in the fort at Phelans just short of the Drangan-Cloneen road.

Vanned back to Peppardstown they found just below the house. Running through Coolmore they turned right near the Fethard/Killenaule road. Ran through Cooleagh, did a turn here and back close to where they found.

They finished their last day since the opening meet with another great run from the fort in O’Connor’s opposite Peppardstown Graveyard. Before move off a very pleasant function took place where long-time hunt committee officer, Michael McCormack, presented from the White Heather Harriers, a present to David and Nicola Guiry, marking the occasion of their recent wedding. Michael also on behalf of the Ballylusky White Heathers thanked the Guiry family for the very welcome refreshments provided to the large turn out.

Please note, to avoid clashing with the Tipperary Foxhounds meet at Rosegreen on Monday next, Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will meet on Sunday next at Loughcopple at 11am.

December draw winners were: 1st Prize €200 to Tom Sayers and 2nd Prize €100 to Liam Hennessy, Crohane.



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