Thursday 15th March 2012

Fethard Knitting Group  
The Fethard Knitting group held their winter party recently at Raheen House, Clonmel. The group continues to thrive and now has nineteen members who meet every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the convent. We were delighted to welcome back Sr. Juliana who was instrumental in getting the group off the ground all those years ago. We also welcome new members Judy Doyle, Mary Cloonan and Margaret Phelan who recently joined.

Over the years the group has knit and crocheted blankets and baby clothes for the Presentation Sisters' mission in Zimbabwe as well as items for themselves. Our Tuesday evening get together is a great forum for swapping notes, patterns and ideas and sharing expertise.

Fethard Ladies Football  
In the second round of the U16B championship, the Fethard girls travelled to the Glen but were well beaten by Aherlow. Fethard got off to a great start with a goal from Annie Prout, but Aherlow soon settled in to their stride and clocked up several scores to have a commanding lead at half-time. The Aherlow team were very strong and showed all the signs of a team intent on retaining the U16 B title which they won last year. Well done to all the players and subs who never gave up and best of luck in Round 3 next weekend, which is likely to played on Bank Holiday Monday.

There were about eighty people left in the ‘Last Man Standing’ competition for this weekend's games. Things are really starting to heat up now as lots of the favourites fell including Man City and Norwich. The FA Cup quarter-finals will take place this weekend, so any involved Premier League sides will play their League games the following Tuesday and Wednesday (i.e. the FA Cup games do not qualify for ‘Last Man Standing’).

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. Training for Under 12, 16, Minor and Junior Ladies continues as normal. All club details are on our ‘Fethard Ladies Football’ Facebook page.

The Origins of Irish Horse Fairs
Fethard Historical Society will host a talk by Noel Mullins on ‘The Origins of Irish Horse Fairs & Horse Sales’ on Thursday, March 22, in the Abymill Theatre at 8.30pm. Admission is €4 which includes a cheese and wine reception.

Noel Mullins started riding ponies, following the famous Galway Blazer Foxhounds over 50 years ago. Although his business career was as head of marketing of the computer services company IBM in Ireland, he always retained his interest in hunting and cross country riding, and so far he has visited packs in Ireland, England, France, Australia, New Zealand and America.

As a photo-journalist, he is a regular contributor to The Irish Field, and his work has also been published in Horse and Hound, Baily’s Hunting Directory, Hunting and Country Illustrated in Britain, and The Chronicle of the Horse in America.

He has hunted hounds on foot and on horseback for over 20 seasons.
Noel has published two books: ‘The Origins of Irish Horse Fairs & Horse Sales’, (2008) which takes a look at 3000 years of selling Irish Horses; and ‘Horse Tales and Hunt Talk’, (2006) which takes an excellent look behind the scenes at the people and their sport.

Parents’ Association Table Quiz
The annual table quiz in aid of the Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage will be held on Monday, March 26. The proceeds of this quiz will be used to sponsor two fifth year students who will assist pilgrims throughout their stay in Lourdes next June. The quiz begins at 8.30pm in the Secondary school's study rooms. Table of four adults will cost €28, and student teams €20. Refreshments will be served by the Parents' Association. Wonderful raffle prizes to be won and many thanks to our generous sponsors.

Céad Míle Fáilte do gach duine, parents, pupils, past-pupils, teachers agus cáirde go leir, see you there!

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on March 7 were: 2, 5, 18 and 23. We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: Samantha O'Brien, Chapel Lane, Fethard; and Margaret Bradshaw, Congress Terrace, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Yvonne Lawlor, Lower Gaigue, Killenaule; Jim O'Meara, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; and Michael Russell & Jim Kenny, c/o S. Moloney.

The next Lotto draw will take place on March 14, 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 is €8,600 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €860. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games   
Congratulations to all competitors from the area who took part in the County Finals of the Community Games Art Competition held in Clonmel last weekend. Well done especially to Michael J. Phelan, Jossestown, who won a gold medal U8 and to Rose O’Donnell, Grangebeg, and Dara O’Meara, Killusty, who both won bronze medals in the same event.

Dara O’Meara was the winner at local level with Michael the runner up on that occasion but Michael turned the tables in the county final and he will now represent Tipperary at the HSE Community Games National finals in Athlone on the weekend of May 25 to 27. Well done also to Cassie Needham who won a bronze medal in the U16 event. This was a great achievement as Cassie is still only 13 years old.

Fethard & District Rugby Club
Fethard RFC played Clanwilliam in the semifinal of the U17 league. Both teams were evenly matched and the game was still scoreless after the first 20 minutes with both defences standing up well. Fethard failed to find touch and Clanwilliam seized this and got momentum to get the first score. Fethard then went on to score a try by Adam O'Connell and two penalties put over by Joss Murray. Unfortunately this was not enough to win but the boys as a team played some excellent rugby and have improved immensely since the beginning of the season.  Our next focus is the U17 cup which starts for us on Sunday week. Training Friday night as usual.

Fethard Minis travelled to Thurles on Sunday. The U7s played a tough training game amongst themselves. The commitment of this group of young players is commendable. Well done to Andrew Wall, Louis Ryan, Tomas Ryan, Michael James Phelan, Luke Ryan, Mark Neville, Oisín Ryan, Thomas Smyth and Padraig Duggan. Keep up the great Rugby. Thanks also to their Coach Nigel for all his encouragement.

The U8s had a fine game against Thurles and are really starting to understand the game and how to get organised. Great tackling from Ben Ruttle, Connor Neville along with the improving Luke Dolan. Charlie Cummins with Padraig O'Dwyer and Michael Ryan ably assisted by James McCormack and David McCormack were great in the pack at turning over the ball.

Fethard U10s had a marvellous game. The team was Darragh Fitzgerald, Eoin Walsh, Jack Hassett, Iain Harrington, Matthew Burke, Matthew Gleeson, Eabha Fitzgerald, David Gunn, Richard Robinson, Sam Quigley O'Dwyer and Lucy Murphy. This game provided some great tackling and fine tries. Special thanks to coach Kevin for lending a hand today with this team.

An enjoyable morning had by all. Huge thanks to all the parents for the support on the side-lines. We would also like to thank the Thurles parents for their wonderful hospitality after the game with the tasty refreshments. See you all at training on Friday evening from 6.45pm to 8pm.

Patrician Presentation Jottings

A function was held in the school on February 24 last to honour popular Science Teacher, Mr Michael O’Gorman on his formal retirement from Patrician /Presentation Staff. The event was attended by current and former colleagues, and by his wife Margaret, daughter Sinéad and son Barry. He will continue with his Leaving Cert Physics class until the end of this school year. We wish him many years of good health and happiness as he embarks on this new stage of his life. Mr O’Gorman himself sends good wishes to all his past and present pupils.

Boys Volleyball
Following on the success of the senior boys who beat Colaiste Cathal Naofa, Dungarvan in this year’s Senior B All-Ireland final in UCD, our cadet boys were out in force this season, beating Thurles and two teams from Dungarvan thereby qualifying for Division A. Despite their promotion to the top division, the Fethard boys, led by Eoghan Hurley, staved off strong challenges from schools such as St. Clare’s Manorhamilton, and St. Brigid’s Vocational School, Loughrea, to reach the national quarter finals in UL on Tuesday last (March 6). After a shaky start against Davis College, Mallow, they fought back strongly to take the next two sets and progressed to the semi-finals against St. Raphael’s, Loughrea, whose Korean and Philippino hitters proved just too much on the day for the boys from Tipperary. Our boys will undoubtedly take solace from the fact that they ranked within the top four teams in the country and yet the majority of this panel will still be under-age for cadet level next year. The panel was as follows: Eoghan Hurley, Niall Doocey, Adam Fitzgerald, Cormac Horan, James Maher, Kieran Whyte, Thomas Channon, Christy Dunn and Patrick McCarthy (injured).

Our Junior Boys also played this week in Mountrath in their seeding rounds against teams from Cork, Waterford and Laois. Finishing 3rd out of the five teams in their group, they qualify for the All-Ireland B series and face some tough training sessions in the next few weeks as they prepare to meet Leinster and Connaught schools in the first of a series of knock-out rounds.

This is a competition predominantly for 2nd Year students and so credit is due to our five 1st years (from a panel of 12), each of whom played valiantly on Friday last – in particular Danny O’Regan who was outstanding on the day. Junior Panel is: Nathan Costin (captain), Keith Cronin, Mikey Earl, Jamie Cahill, Thomas Condon, Dylan O’Regan, Dominik Adamczak, Danny O’Regan, Ross McCormack, Nathan Thompson, Anthony O’Reilly and Thomas O’Reilly.

Lourdes Diocesan pilgrimage
Fifth Year Pupils, Molly O’Dwyer and Aisling Costin, were chosen to travel to Lourdes with the Diocesan pilgrimage as Youth Helpers on June 16 next. A non-uniform day was held on Friday last in aid of the Lourdes Fund. A reminder also of the annual Lourdes Quiz to be held in the school’s study hall on Monday, March 26. This is usually a very enjoyable occasion and we would welcome the support of the Fethard community on the evening. The school has long associations with fundraising for Lourdes in the parish.

Geography Field Trip
As part of their Leaving Certificate Programme, the 5th Year Pupils and their teacher Mr McGree will carry out a Geographical Investigation in Tramore Bay on Tuesday, March 13, next. They will study the geomorphological processes of transportation and deposition in a coastal environment.

Fethard GAA Club News
The Fethard Open Racquetball competition was held at the Sports Centre on February 11 and 12. There was thirty-five competitors entered from seven clubs, Fethard, Fermoy, Kilkenny, Templederry, Rossmore, Touraneena and Newport.

The Fethard team comprised of Eoin Tynan, Benny Morrissey, Niall Nevin, Kevin Coffey, Nadja Humphries, Noreen Hackett and Cathriona Boland.

The chairman, Patsy Lawrence, in his ‘cúpla focail’ at the presentations thanked all for taking part and hoped to see them back again soon. He then wished everyone the best for the coming season and said he was satisfied that it was such a great success. Results were: Mens winner Noel Callaghan (Fermoy), runner-up Mark Murphy (Kilkenny). Mens D Singles: winner Mark Murphy (Kilkenny), runner-up Niall Nevin (Fethard). Mens D Singles: winner Ronan Kinane (Templederry), runner-up Stevie Quinn (Rosmore). Mens Novice Singles: winner Eamon Buggy (Kilkenny) runner-up Jack Skehan (Touraneena). Mens Over 40: winner Christy Slattery (Templederry), runner-up Benny Morrissey (Fethard). Mens C D Novice Doubles: winners E Tynan and B Morrissey (Fethard), runner-up S. Quinn and P. Ryder (Rossmore Newport). Women’s Open: winner Aisling Hickey (Rossmore), runner-up Donna Ryder (Newport). Women’s Novice: winner Noreen Hackett (Fethard), runner-up Nadja Humphries (Fethard). Women’s Doubles: winners E Murphy (Templederry) and Donna Ryder (Newport), runners-up Aisling Hickey (Rossmore) and Kate Ryan (Rossmore).

The GAA Sports Lotto Results for draw that took place on March 6 are as follows. The numbers drawn were: 3, 7, 22 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner, Ashling Kenrick, Abbey View, Fethard. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Josie Fitzgerald, Kiltinan. Thanks to all promoters, supporters and to AIB Fethard who kindly sponsored printing of tickets. Next week’s jackpot is €2,400.

Memorial Garden for those who died in road accidents
A memorial garden to remember those who were killed in road accidents will be official opened in Ballinunty on Monday, March 19, at 2pm. The organising committee would like to thank the Killenaule FÁS participants and the local help who gave of their time to complete this project, including P.J. Shine, Michael Shine and Gillian Shine from Fethard. They also wish to thank their sponsors, Gleeson Quarries, Killenaule Stone Quarry, to all who contributed to the various fundraising activities, and to South Tipperary Development Company who provided grant aid for the project.

The garden will remember all those who accidently died within approximately a ten-mile radius of Ballinunty including Raymond O’Donovan, Michael Shine (junior) and Johnny McGarry with Fethard connections. All are welcome to attend the official opening at 2pm on Monday, March 19, in Ballinunty.

South Tipperary Military History Society
Our March Lecture, by Michael Moroney, will detail the life and times of George Plant and will take place on Tuesday March 20, at 8pm in IUNVA House Clonmel.

Born in 1904, George Plant, who had been involved in the War of Independence (1919-1921) and the Civil War (1922-1923), continued in the IRA up into the 1930s, on both sides of the Atlantic. His trial and execution by firing squad in Port Laoise prison on March 5, 1942, was one of the most controversial incidents of the Emergency Legislation and Military Courts era of the early 1940s, and is still one seen by international legal experts (as well as the late S.C. Dr. Sean Mac Bride who defended Plant) as one of the worse examples of a dubious legal history which goes right back to the early days of the State, and the shooting without trial of any sort, of four Republican prisoners within 48 hours of the Free State constitution and government coming into operation, in December 1922. Cost is €2 for Members and €5 for Visitors.

Charity Dance Competition in aid of South Tipperary Alzheimer's Society
On Saturday, March 31, a ballroom dancing and jive competition, with social dancing also will take place in Cahir House Hotel, starting at 8.30pm, competitions to start at 9pm. Tommy Carroll will play music on the night and admission is €10. All proceeds will go to South Tipperary Alzheimer's Society. For more details contact Ruth at 086 8493787.



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