Thursday 23rd February 2012

Wendy rides for Cancer Research at Cheltenham
A very successful fundraiser to aid Cancer Research was held at the Village Inn, Moyglass on Saturday, February 18. The event was organised by Wendy Normile, Maurice Moloney, Gerry Aherne and Tom Lynch. Wendy unfortunately lost her brother Alan, to cancer at a young age last year. In his honour and paying thanks to hospice and all those who were so kind to Alan’s family, Wendy decided to ride in the St. Patrick’s Derby charity race at the upcoming Cheltenham Festival on Thursday, March 15.

The late Alan and his wife Lucy were horse trainers in Scotland, where Lucy still trains. Alan worked at Kim Bailey’s when they achieved the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle double with Master Oats and Alderbrook. Alan was a mad Cheltenham enthusiast and it is fitting that Wendy is riding at this famous track to aid Cancer Research.

Wendy wishes to thank her committee and all those who helped to make the night such a huge success, especially those who bought tickets, sponsored items for the auction, purchased items, auctioneer Johnny Cummins, Sean Ryan who provided music and sound system and her friends who travelled from near and far to support the event.
Johnny O’Sullivan from Fermoy was the prize winner of a trip to Manchester United’s home game against Aston Villa.

Wendy is preparing for her big day under the experienced eye of local trainer and Cheltenham specialist Mouse Morris. We all wish Wendy the best of luck in Cheltenham and will be cheering her up that famous hill in what will hopefully be a successful conclusion to her great effort. Donations can be made on line at www.justgiving.com/wendy-normile or sent direct to Wendy at Coolmore Stud, Fethard, Co. Tipperary.

Fethard Ladies Football Club
Starting this weekend, on Saturday, February 25, Fethard Ladies Football Club will be running a ‘Last Man Standing’ competition as a fund-raising initiative for the club. The general rules of the competition are simple: select one team from the Premier League fixtures this weekend; if they win you are through to the next round, but lose or draw and you are out; Last Man Standing wins the pot. All entry forms for the competition must be submitted by Friday night to Willie O'Meara. Contact any member of the committee for further information. The more people that enter the bigger the pot is, so your support is greatly appreciated. Updates on the progress of the competition will be posted in the Fethard Notes and on our Fethard Ladies Football Facebook page.

Committee contact numbers: Anita Manton (chairperson) 086 8353255; Stephen Fitzgerald (secretary) 086 8190023; Alice Butler (treasurer) 086 0612306; Kay Spillane (vice-chairperson) 087 9234459; Miceál Spillane 087 6217055; Willie O’Meara 087 9780974; and Willie Morrissey 086 3032260.

New players are always welcome to join the club and we'd be delighted to see you at training. Training for Under 12 girls commences this Saturday at 11am in the GAA Field. The Junior Ladies are also back to training; members of the Minor panel (who won a thrilling County Final against Ardfinnan in late 2011) are invited to join the Junior Ladies for training.

Fethard Macra News
Many Macra members from all corners of South Tipp converged on 'Jerry Jack's' pub, Annacarty, last Saturday evening for the annual South Tipp Barn Dance. A great nights craic was had by all who attended and fair play to the members who donned Cowboy and Cowgirl outfits on the night for the fancy dress.

The county basketball tournament will be on in Clerihan on February 26 and Fethard hope to field a team on the day. All are welcome to come on the day and cheer them on!

South Tipp Macra are organising a night out at the dogs on Saturday, March 10, in Waterford Greyhound stadium. First race on the night kicks off at 8pm and the plan is to head out in the city afterwards for a bit of socialising. There is a great offer of only €9.99 admission on the night which includes a racing card, a €4 food or drink voucher and a €2 tote betting voucher. Please let club chairman, Liam Cleary know if you're interested in going. Numbers need to be finalised by February 25.

For more on Fethard Macra or to become a member phone our chairperson, Liam Cleary on 086 3998711.

Died Recently (Photograph – Leish Fogarty)
The death has occurred on Wednesday, February 15, of Mrs Alice (Leish) Fogarty (née Cooney), aged 87, from Congress Terrace, Fethard, and formerly of Ballingrana, Carrick-on-Suir. Requiem Mass took place in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, on Saturday, followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery.

GAA Lotto Results
The GAA Sports Lotto took place on Tuesday, February 14, and the numbers drawn were 5, 7, 17 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘match three’ winner so the following drawn tickets won €30 each: Marie Ahearne, Main Street, Fethard; Sharon & Jimmy O’Meara, Cedar Grove, Fethard; Niamh Brown, Shanbally, Lisronagh; Elaine Hickey, Cahir; and Liz Burke, Ballyhomuck, Cloneen. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Donal Ryan, Tullamaine.

Our thanks to our promoters, supporters and to Clonmel Oil Ltd for sponsoring tickets. Next week’s jackpot is €2,100.

Fethard Bridge Club Results
On Wednesday, February 1, we played the second round of the Player of the Year competition, which was a change of partner, and the results were:
1st Gross: Sean O'Dea and David O'Meara;
2nd Gross: Joan Kelly and Rita Kane;
3rd Gross: Frances Burke and Kathleen Kenny;
1st Nett: Jim Lahert and Kathleen Kenny;
2nd Nett: Nell Broderick and Anne Connolly;
3rd Nett: Carmel Condon and Ellen Rochford.

The results of the third round of the Player of the Year competition played on Wednesday, February 8 were:
1st Gross: Jim Lahert and Rita Kane;
2nd Gross: Ann O'Dea and Betty Walsh;
3rd Gross: Alice Quinn and Nora Lawrence;
1st Nett: Carol Kenny and Rita Holohan;
2nd Nett: Sean O'Dea and Brendan Kenny;
3rd Nett: Carmel Condon and Breda O'Grady.

Wednesday, February 29, will be a club night (it was omitted from the diary) and the following Wednesday, March 7, will be the first night of the Club Championship. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

Information Required
I am tracing some family history regarding my great great grand father who came to Australia in 1841. His name was Thomas English whom we believe was born about 1797 in Fethard. He left for Australia from Fethard and his 'reference' to be allowed to make the trip was given by an Andrew Walshe who was from Tullamaine Estate in Fethard. This information is contained on the shipping logs which we have here. Any information please to Matt English, Melbourne, Australia, email: matt.english1@gmail.com

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on February 15 were: 4, 7, 10 and 11. We had no Jackpot winner and nine ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €20 each: Marie O'Sullivan, Main Street, Fethard; Andrew Butler & Veronica Fogarty, Garrinch, Fethard; Tom Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard; J. Maher, c/o Tom Purcell; Eileen Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard; Pat Looby, The Valley, Fethard; Bridget Lonergan, Newchapel, Clerihan; Joan Shine, The Valley, Fethard; and Seamus Hackett, Strylea, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Holly Fogarty, C/o Kathleen Connolly; Chrissy Nash, C/o Kitty O'Donnell; and Jim Keane, Knockelly, Fethard.

The next Lotto draw will take place on February 22, and 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 €8,150 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €815. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Hunting News
Tipperary Foxhounds finish their 2011-12 season with their meet at Ballynonty on this Saturday, February 25. They had their best day last week from their meet at Ballydine on Thursday 16. From their first draw they ran from Ryan’s towards the Ballydine road. Doing a u-turn here they ran back to cross the Ardmayle-Camas Road to the river Suir across from Clune. Circling again here they re-crossed the road toward where they found.

Hunting well they once again ran back over the road to the river where they marked to ground. Bawnmore held at least a brace. Again hunting well they had a good three minutes around the estate before getting a fox away. He ran towards Longfield but turning left they hunted up to Mr Tom Ryan’s and to ground.

They finished a good day with a short run from the bog by the railway. Upwards of two-hundred-and-eighty teenagers of all ages enjoyed a really successful Hunt Ball at Hotel Minella showing once again that there is still very good support for hunting in Tipperary.
Tipperary Foxhounds will add a bye-day meet for the younger members with a children’s meet at Kilcooley on Saturday, March 3.

With the White Heathers
The Ballyluskey White Heathers did not have the best of days from their meet at Cloneen on Sunday last. Finding quickly in the moor near the bridge at Garranguile they hunted towards Cloneen. Settling down to what looked like developing into a nice hunt the fox crossed the Fethard – Cloneen road and to ground at the Quarry near the village.

Drawing on towards Rathkenny car followers on the road at Boland’s and Rathkenny reported three foxes on foot before hounds arrived. Scent being not the best hounds could do very little with these, the same applied at the Ballinard side. Foxes in this area having been well hunted during the season are very alert and the sound of horn, hounds or even horses on the road are enough to send them away.
They finished a rather uneventful day drawing Carrigbawn Rock blank. The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers finish their season with a Lawn Meet at Orchardstown House on Sunday next, February 26, at 11am. While the season ends this weekend the show must be kept on the road. This entails much work by very few. Hounds have to be fed, kennels kept clean, young puppies looked after, repair work and painting carried out and much more.

The White Heathers are currently promoting their annual draw. Books of three tickets at €5 are available from committee members. Winners of the February draw were: 1st Prize (€200), Ann Buckley, Drangan and 2nd Prize (€100), Pat Carroll, Fethard.



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