Thursday 8th March 2012

George Plant 70th Anniversary Commemoration
The 70th anniversary commemoration of the death of local IRA volunteer General George Plant was held in glorious sunshine at St Johnstown on Sunday last, March 4. Master of ceremonies on the day was Cllr Liam Walsh, Sinn Fein, who proceeded by inviting Mick ‘Avic’ O’Leary to lay a wreath on the grave of George Plant. A very interesting oration was then delivered by Dr. Ruan Ó Donnell, senior lecturer in history at Limerick University. This was followed by a rendition of ‘The Ballad of George Plant’ by Eamon Fogarty and ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ played by the Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band.

Special guest on the day was George Plant (junior) who travelled from his home in Bantry to attend the commemoration and was greeted with loud applause. He thanked all those involved over the years for their dedication to the memory of his late father.

The event was attended by a great local following and many others supporters who travelled from various parts of Ireland to be present. Following the commemoration, all present were invited to Fethard Ballroom for refreshments.

Fethard Water Mains Rehabilitation work to commence
Work on Fethard Mains Rehabilitation - Site Investigation and Service Identification Contract – will commence in Fethard town next week. There will be 'slit trenches' excavated across the streets and backfilled again involving three crews working for 4 to 5 weeks. Due to archaeological potential a Ministerial Consent for excavations was obtained on June 16, 2011. The work will be monitored by archaeologists Jo Moran and David Pollock and it will contain some test trenches for archaeological finds.

Yoga Classes for a Healthier Lifestyle
Beginners/Intermediate Classes in deep breathing, gentle stretching, exercises and relaxation will take place in the Tirry Centre, Fethard, o Monday nights. Booking essential. For further details contact Peg at 086 3027927.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on February 29 were: 10, 16, 19 and 25. We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Kathleen Connolly, The Valley, Fethard; Frank Mullins, c/o Tom Purcell; and Michael Smyth, The Well, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: John O'Flynn, Online Ticket; Liam O'Connor, Knockelly Road, Fethard; and Gerard Lawless, Crampscastle, Fethard.

The next Lotto draw will take place on March 7, 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 €8,450 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €845. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fethard Ladies Football Club
The Under 16B championship got underway on Sunday, March 4, with the first round played in Bansha against Galtee Rovers. It was a tough but good-spirited game, with both sides coming away with a few knocks and bumps. Galtee Rovers put up a very strong defence which really tested us, but they were able to counter-attack at pace forcing Ciara Tillyer to make at least three superb saves from point-blank range. In the end, the Fethard girls held out for a win, and now look forward to Round 2 against Aherlow. Well done girls!

Our Last Man Standing competition continues to throw up a few surprises as some of the big teams falter. Anyone picking Chelsea is now out of the competition, and so too is anyone who took a gamble on either Sunderland or Newcastle after their drawn game on Sunday. There are still plenty of people left in the competition, so best of luck over the next few weeks.

We are still collecting the ‘GoPlayToday’ tokens on page two of the Irish Independent to help us get a free Sports Equipment kit worth €500 for the Club. We'd be very grateful if you could collect the tokens with us, and give them to any member of the club committee. If you want to find more details on this, or anything else about the club, you should take a look at our ‘Fethard Ladies Football’ page on Facebook.

Patrician Presentation Jottings

Junk Kouture
Congratulations to Ms Looby and the two Transition Year groups on their selection for the Regional Finals of the Junk Kouture Fashion Competition in the Strand Hotel in Limerick on Sunday, April 1. This is the first year that the school has entered the competition and their selection for the regional final is a credit to their hard work during the course of the year. The very popular Junk Kouture competition features fashion items made from recycled material and the National Final will be held in late April. As 10% of the voting for the competition will be online, the school would welcome support from the Fethard Community and the surrounding areas in their bid to bring All-Ireland glory to Patrician/Presentation and to Fethard. Voting opens on Monday, March 26, at the following www.erpjunkkouture.com. Further details on the competition and on the voting procedures will be contained in the upcoming jottings.

National Tree Week
The school will mark National Tree Week, March 5 - March 10, with the planting of some native species of trees during the week.

TY Raffle
The results of the Transition Year Raffle in aid of their trip to Paris were as follows: 1st Prize A DVD-TV: Jamie Cahill. 2nd Prize €10 Phone Credit: Corey Carroll. 3rd Prize A tin of Roses: Damian Donovan. 4th Prize Cath Kidston Bath Set: Gwen Cronin.

Junior Volleyball
Congratulations to the Junior Girls Volleyball teams on their recent successes in Thurles against Thurles and Mountrath. The First Year Team was as follows: Ciara Hayes, Molly O’Meara, Kate Davey (captain), Megan Coen, Emily Whyte, Sadbh Horan, Chloe Burke-Lawrence and Emma Keating. Sarah O’Donnell and Cassandra Needham were allowed transfer to the 2nd Year Team. The Second Year Team members were: Louise Fitzgerald, Katie Whyte, Orla Walsh, Annie Prout, Nicola Thompson and Aine Proudfoot. The First Year Girls participate well in lunchtime volleyball sessions and after-school training. Well done to P.E teacher, Ms O’Connor.

Lourdes Applications
Wednesday, March 7, is the closing day for 5th Year applications for the Lourdes Trip. Every year, two of our 5th Year pupils are selected to accompany the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes on June 16 as Youth Helpers. A lot of fundraising is done annually in the school for the Parish Lourdes fund and traditionally there is a lot of interest in the trip. A non-uniform day in aid of the fund will be held in the school on Friday, March 9th and the annual Lourdes Quiz, very kindly organised by the Parents’ Association and Mr and Mrs Prendergast, is planned for Monday, March 26. Your support for this quiz would be much appreciated.

Entrance Assessment
A reminder to the parents of all incoming First Years that the Entrance Assessments will be held in the school on Saturday next March 10. The Parents Association invite the parents of the incoming 1st Year Pupils to a “Meet and Greet” in the school on March 10, at 12.15 pm (during the assessments). Refreshments will be provided and it will be an excellent opportunity for parents to meet before September. The current Parents’ Association will be in attendance to answer any queries you may have about the school.

Build A Bank Challenge
Best of Luck to Ms Mulhall and the Transition Year Group of Danielle Sheehan, Karen Hayes, Michelle Walsh, Tara Horan, Aobh O’Shea and Svetlana Novikova in the AIB ‘Build A Bank’ Competition in Limerick on Tuesday next, March 6th. AIB Bank Official Ms Birdy Barrett has been of great help to the group as they get ready for the competition.

Guitar Lessons
Ms Burke, our School Completion Programme Co-ordinator is currently organising after-school guitar lessons for the First Years. There is great interest in the classes, which will begin shortly.

ICA prepare for AGM
The next meeting of Fethard ICA will be their AGM and will take place on Tuesday, March 13, at 8pm in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road. ICA Information Officer, Mary Moloney, will attend. Hostesses on the night are the ‘Red Group’.

A card-making workshop will be held at 11am on Saturday, March 10, in the ICA Hall. Duration is 2-3 hours and materials will be supplied, just bring a scissors.

Rugby - A fantastic game from Fethard U17 v Cashel
Our U17 boys came up against a very big and strong Cashel team and played a tremendous game that did them proud!

Fethard got off to a good start but Cashel got the first score with a try. Joss Murray, Tadhg Fogarty and Willie Morgan combined to put Adam O'Connell through for our first try. Our pack put in great effort and won a penalty which Joss converted. Adam Fitzgerald benefited from the hard work of the backs resulting in a brilliant try. Joss went on to convert. Keith Bergin our scrum half had a great game linking our forwards and backs and making try saving tackles, well done Keith.

In the second half our forwards upped their game, making it possible for Joss to make a fantastic break to score a great try which he followed up with a conversion. Our back row of Cian O'Connell, Ger Gorey, Paul Butler with the help of Joey Purtill and Liam O'Brien did a huge amount of work keeping Cashel out. Shane Cleere, Cathal O'Donnell, James Burns and Adam Keeley put in a huge amount of work also.

It was a very exciting game for the parents and spectators to watch and this result now puts us through to the semi-final away to Clanwilliam next weekend. Our boys will need to continue to put in a big effort and all the fantastic support from family and friends is really appreciated.

St Rita’s Camogie Club Registration
St Rita’s Camogie Club will hold their Juvenile Registration on Friday, March 9, from 7pm to 8pm in the GAA Park, Fethard. We will be starting camogie this year for the following age categories: U8, U10, U12 and U14. Juvenile Membership is €10 per player.

Community Games Art Competition
Well done to all children who participated in the Fethard and Killusty Community Games Area Art Competition. The judge was very impressed with all submissions which were of a very high standard and had a hard task deciding the winners from a total of 146 entries overall. We would like to compliment all those who took part.

Results as follows:
Girls U8: 1st Rose O’Donnell, 2nd Anna Collier, 3rd Lily O’Mahoney.

Girls U10: 1st Lauren Needham, 2nd Laura Harrington, 3rd Lucy Spillane.

Girls U12: 1st Rebecca Jones, Joint 2nd Lucy Spillane and Rebecca McCarthy.

Girls U14: 1st Abigail Maher, 2nd Tara Regan, 3rd Farrah Cummins Doyle.

Girls U16: 1st Cassie Needham.

Boys U8: 1st Dara O’Meara, 2nd Michael James Phelan 3rd Andy Duggan.

Boys U10: 1st Michael Quinlan 2nd Matthew Burke, 3rd Keenan Ahearne.

Boys U12: 1st Andrew Phelan, 2nd Cathal Slattery, 3rd Darragh Hurley.

Boys U14: 1st Harry Butler, 2nd Gavin Mullally, 3rd Luke Coen.

The first two in each of the above events have now qualified for the County final which will take place this coming Saturday, March 10, in the Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel, commencing at 12 noon. Entry fee of €2 to be paid on the day.

Results of the Tots U6 (non qualifying events).
Girls: 1st Keira Daniel, 2nd Sarah Smith, 3rd Aoife Harrington.
Boys: 1st Leo Makhinga, 2nd Charlie Brennan, 3rd Jake Fox.
This is a fun event run outside of the age group on the National Programme.

Certificates of Merit were awarded to all participants.
Team Events – the area have now entered U10 mixed football, U11 hurling and U12 girls football for the summer games draw.

Fethard Bridge Club Results
On Wednesday, February 15, we played the last round of the Player of the Year competition and the results were:
1st Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O'Meara;
2nd Gross: Eileen Frewen and Anne Connolly;
3rd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
1st Nett: Ann O'Dea and Kathleen Kenny;
2nd Nett: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny;
3rd Nett: Annie O'Brien and Marie Delaney.

On February 22 we played for prizes sponsored by FBD and the results were:
1st Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and David O'Meara;
3rd Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O'Meara;
1st Nett: Tony Hanrahan and Michael Kenny;
2nd Nett: Rita Holohan and Ellen Rochford;
3rd Nett: Eileen Ryan and Jim Lahert.

The Club Championship, will run for three Wednesday nights from March 7 to March 28. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.



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