Thursday 5th April 2012

Fethard ‘Junk Kouture’ girls qualify for All-Ireland Finals
Congratulations to Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School pupils Junk Kouture entries, 'Bright Ideas' and 'Punkture', who have both qualified for the grand All-Ireland final, which will be held in the City West Hotel in Dublin on April 20. Fethard had 100% success at the semi-finals in Limerick on Sunday, April 1, when both teams got through to the all-Ireland final. Competition was extremely high at the semi-finals from the fifty costumes that were shown on the night from the Munster schools that qualified. Eighteen were chosen to go forward to the all Ireland final.

‘Bright Ideas’, created by Aobh O’Shea and Danielle Sheehan, is made entirely from crisp bags while ‘Punkture’, created by Karen Hayes, Michelle Walsh and Svetlana Novikova, is made from bicycle tubes.
For the final, 10% of the voting is online so we are again looking for your votes for this final round. Voting has already begun and lines will stay open until April 13.

We wish both teams every success with their costumes at the final, and acknowledge all the many hours of work put in to their haute Junk Kouture outfits.

All-Ireland Spikeball runners up
Holy Trinity National School, Fethard have been taking part in Spikeball (variation of volleyball) for the past five years, competing at local and county level. This year the hard work and commitment paid off when 6th Class boys became County Champions after a hard fought final with their younger counterparts 5th Class in an all-Fethard affair.

As County Champions, 6th Class went on to compete in the South Regional Finals in Glanmire on the March 2, representing Tipperary. After another successful day at the office the boys went on to beat Limerick to become South Regional Champions, a great achievement, cementing their place in the National Finals as one of only two teams representing the South of Ireland.

On March 27, the boys travelled to Mary Immaculate College in Limerick to compete in the National Finals. Ranking 3rd place after the pool stages they progressed to the semi-finals, easily beating the 2nd ranked team, so an All-Ireland Final beckoned. After a spirited battle, unfortunately the boys came out second best to a highly experienced and skilled Kildare team. This was a huge achievement for the team, school and community to have a primary Fethard team winning All-Ireland Runners-Up medals.

Special thanks to the boys and girls for all their hard work and commitment at training throughout the year, the parents for their support and encouragement and Kieran Butler for the fantastic photographs taken on the day.

With the Patrician Presentation Secondary School current All-Ireland Champions and Holy Trinity N.S. All-Ireland Runner-Up, the future of volleyball in Fethard looks to be in very safe hands!

Guided Tour of Fethard on Easter Monday
A guided tour of medieval Fethard will take place this Easter Monday, April 9, at 12 noon. This historic walk is being provided by the new ‘Backs to the Wall Tours’ guiding service being jointly promoted by locals Colm McGrath and Terry Cunningham.
The Backs to the Wall tours are normally pre-booked by visiting coach groups or schools but some ‘open tours’ will be scheduled, especially during holiday periods, so as to give a chance to individuals and families to join in on an historic walk around this unique town. The tour would be especially interesting for any ‘local’ who wants to brush up on the history of their home place or to visitors who are in the area for Easter.

The tour will begin at 12 noon from the Foot Bridge in the Valley Park and will last one and a half hours. No booking is required, just turn up, the cost is €5 per person and children are free. Further details of the Backs to the Wall Tours programme can be got from www.backstothewalltours.com or by phoning Colm 086 350 2360 or Terry 086 390 53 73.

Fethard ICA Notes
Fethard ICA will hold their April meeting on Tuesday, April 10, at 8.15pm in the ICA Hall on Rocklow Road. A special demonstration of flower arranging will take place on the night. Catering by Blue Group.
We held our AGM in March at which Margaret Phelan was elected as our new president. We would like to congratulate Margaret and also thank our outgoing president, Betty Lanigan, for her commitment over the past three years.

Gig for Africa 'Playing for Life'
A fundraising night for 'Playing for Life' projects in Africa will take place on Saturday, April 28, in Brú Ború, Cashel, featuring 'Folk The Recession' with an evening of Folk, Trad, Old Timey, Gospel, Gossip and God knows what! presented by the fantastic lineup of Eleanor Shanley, Frankie Lane, Paul Kelly, Mick Hanly and Brendán Ó Beaglaoich.

This is a night not to be missed . . . Tickets are available locally from Joe Kenny at €25 . . . and by supporting this gig you are also supporting 'Playing for Life's' ongoing work in Africa.

Fethard Ladies Football Club
The girls Under 12 team played a challenge match on Thursday, March 29. We had a fabulous turnout of twenty-four girls for this match. Based on how all the girls played in this challenge against a strong Commercials side, the Under 12s should do well in the first championship match at home against Mullinahone at 12.30pm this weekend. On Saturday, March 31, the Under 14 team played their first challenge at home against Mullinahone. The girls from Kickham's hometown arrived with only twelve players, so they picked up three of the younger players from Fethard to make up a full team. Both teams were reasonably well matched for much of the first half. But in the second half, the strength of the Mullinahone girls really shone through, and they finished comfortable winners.

Also on Saturday, the Junior Ladies team played their first match of the Junior B League. With a few players absent because of other commitments, we had a struggle to get a full team together for the trip to Ballyporeen. Despite the low numbers available, Fethard matched Ballyporeen for much of the game but just weren't able to get the scores. On two occasions, the Bally girls grabbed a pair of goals in quick succession. But Fethard kept plugging away, and finished the game with a score of 4-10 to 3-4.

On Sunday, our Under 16 Team played Cappawhite and put in a really good performance despite being missing a few key players. Fethard were level with 1-5 each at half-time. In the second half, Cappawhite racked up several scores without reply and eventually finished the game as winners on a scoreline on 2-15 to 1-9. A massive effort is needed at training over the next few weeks to make sure we are ready for a possible semi-final spot later in April.

Well done to all our teams, and best of luck in your championship and league fixtures. The numbers in the Last Man Standing are very easy to count now! Although we have a few results yet to confirm in this round, it looks like there are about four people left in the running. You can follow all our progress on the Fethard Ladies Football Facebook page.

Community Council Annual General Meeting
The AGM of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday, May 8, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. We would like to invite all who are interested in community affairs, members of community organisations and particularly those interested in getting involved.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council, formed in 1976, is run by a Board of Directors, numbering thirteen, and also supports the following sub-committees: Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto; Fethard and District Day Care Centre; Fethard Tidy Towns; Fethard Youth Centre; Community Office; Christmas Lighting Committee; Residents Associations; Fethard Community Alert; Fethard Town Park Development; Walled Town Festival Committee; and Fethard Plans Administration Committee.

The late Georgie Matthews
The death has occurred on Saturday, March 31, of Mr Georgie Matthews, Kerry Street, Fethard, age 91. Georgie was a very popular resident who had an amazing memory for all topics Fethard related, whether it be sport, music, military, family or otherwise. Georgie was also very musical and a former member of Fethard’s Sodality Brass Band under the baton of the late Tom Hickey. Other members of the band at that time included Jimboy Danaher, Paud O’Shea, Jimmy O’Shea, Mick O’Shea (father), Eddie Butler, Billy Ryan, Billy Mackey, Tom Hickey, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Jackie Madden, John Sayers, Tommy Fitzpatrick and Johnny Reilly.

Our sincere sympathy is extended to his wife and family.
Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery, Fethard.

Daffodil Day Proceeds
The organisers of Daffodil Day in Fethard are pleased to announce that the proceeds of this year’s sale amounted to €2,102 for which they are most grateful. The students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School are sincerely thanked for their help every year at the various sale points throughout Fethard.

Daffodil Day in Ireland is celebrating their 25th birthday this year, and has raised important funds for cancer nursing services and fantastic support for people and families across the country affected by cancer.

Daffodil Day was created by the Canadian Cancer Society in the early 1980s and is now run by cancer charities in seven countries.

Card Game for Parish Funds on Good Friday
A €10 Card Game in aid of Parish Funds will take place at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Friday, April 6, at 8.30pm. Please come along and support this worthwhile parish cause.

Cake Sale in Killusty on Easter Sunday
A cake sale will take place in Killusty National School on Easter Sunday morning after mass and all are welcome.

The Parents Association would also like to thank everyone who helped with and contributed to the recent church gate collection which amounted to €827.

Easter Ceremonies at Fethard Parish Church
Holy Thursday, April 5, Mass of The Lord's Supper at 7pm.
Good Friday, April 6, Stations of The Cross at 3pm; Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 7pm
Holy Saturday, April 7, Easter Vigil Mass at 7pm.

Easter Ceremonies in Killusty
Holy Thursday, April 5, Mass of The Lord's Supper at 8pm.
Good Friday, April 6, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 8pm
Holy Saturday, April 7, Easter Vigil Mass at 8pm.

Easter devotions at the Augustinian Abbey
Details for the Easter Triduum at The Augustinian Abbey, Fethard, are as follows:
Holy Thursday, April 5, Mass of The Lord's Supper at 7.30pm.
Good Friday, April 6, Solemn Liturgy to celebrate Good Friday at 3pm. Stations of The Cross at 7.30pm.
Holy Saturday, April 7, Easter Vigil Mass at 7.30pm.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on March 28 were: 4, 10, 11 and 19. We had no Jackpot winner and three ‘Match Three’ winners who received €50: Tom Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard; Monica Pollard, Rocklow Road, Fethard; and Seamus Moloney, Cloneen.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Peter Nagle, Mockler’s Hill, Fethard; Bridie Lee, Loughcopple, Fethard; and John Cullinan, Kilmacomma, Clonmel.

The next Lotto draw will take place on April 4, 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 €9,050 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €905. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fethard GAA Club Lotto
The GAA Sports Lotto Results for draw that took place on March 27 are as follows. The numbers drawn were: 9, 11, 24 and 25. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner. The following drawn tickets received €30 each: Joe Ahearn, Main Street; Justin Walsh, c/o Merrys Clonmel; Mary Godfrey, Derryluskin; Bridget Ryan, Killusty; and Frances Dillon, Tullamaine, Fethard. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Catherine Ryan, The Green, Fethard.

Thanks to all promoters, supporters and to AIB Fethard who kindly sponsored printing of tickets. Next week’s jackpot is €2,700 and the draw will take place in Lonergan’s Bar on April 3.

Fethard Bridge Results
On Wednesday, March 21, we played the third round of the Club Championship and the results were:
1st Gross: Michael Kenny and Tony Hanrahan;
2nd Gross: Gemma Burke and Carol Kenny;
3rd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane;
1st Nett: Philly Kenny and Nora Lawrence;
2nd Nett: Annie O'Brien and Marie Delaney;
3rd Nett: Rita Holohan and Mary Delaney.
Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

Fethard Historical Society
The AGM of the Fethard Historical Society took place in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday, March 27, and the outgoing chairperson, Colm McGrath, reported on another positive year for the society and its activities. The annual Tipperariana Book Fair in February was again the main fundraising event of the year and the very successful Medieval Festival last August entailed a lot of planning and work by members of the society.

The future staging of the Medieval Festival was discussed in some length and an application for funding has been lodged with the Heritage Council as a sum of ten thousand euro is needed to organise a festival to the standard of the past few years.

The AGM was also very supportive of the County Council’s on-going efforts, along with the Fethard Business and Tourism Group, to develop the Town Hall as the focal point for the ‘visitor experience’ to the town as well, of course, as an amenity for the citizens of the parish.

The society has been approached by the South Tipperary Tourism Company (set up a few years ago to develop tourism in the county) to see how Fethard can join Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel and Cahir in the promotion of ‘The Butler Trail’ which is one of the company’s main projects for the next couple of years.

A new Medieval Town Trail brochure is needed as stocks of the present brochure are low and also to tie in with the new information boards that were erected last year. An application for funding will be made in the next few weeks to the South Tipperary Development Company (Leader) for help in designing and printing a high quality Historic Town Trail brochure.

A new chairperson, Patricia Looby, was elected for the coming year. Pat is a well-known local teacher and artist who has been central to the success of the medieval festival for the past five years. The remaining officers and committee are: John Cooney (vice-chairperson), Mary Hanrahan (secretary), Anne Gleeson (assistant secretary), Catherine O’Flynn (treasurer), Terry Cunningham (public relations officer), Colm McGrath, Gerry Long, Kitty Delaney, Jane Grubb, Marie O’Donnell, Diana Stokes and Tim Robinson.

Fethard & District Rugby Club
Under 12 Pan Munster Blitz. Ennis
On Saturday, March 24, we had a trip to Ennis for a Pan Munster Blitz. Our first match against Waterpark started well with Patrick Scully running in an early try. Waterpark, however, replied with a try soon after. Darragh Lynch went over to put us ahead at half time. Paul gave an inspiring talk during the break and the lads came out a different side running in three tries without reply. There was a huge improvement in passing, running with the ball and off loading seemed to be the difference.

Our second match was against Middleton and we continued with our determination and hunger. Defensively we put in some great tackles and ran out winners 4-0.

Ennis had a very strong side and seemed to have a considerable size advantage but this did not deter our boys and we won convincingly 3-0. Great credit is due to all the lads in the way they conducted themselves all day. The team was Ronan Kelly (capt), David McCormack, Conor Vaughan, Paddy Gaynor, Jack O’Rourke, Seamus O’Rourke, James Phillips, Danny Gleeson, Darragh Lynch, Ciaran O’Dwyer, Gavin Ryan, Patrick Scully and Peter Wall.

Fethard J2s reach final of O'Carroll plate
Richmond were visitors to Fethard on Sunday evening last in the semifinal of the O'Carroll plate. Richmond would have been hot favourites but this young Fethard team gave one hundred per cent, in what turned out to be an epic battle which went to extra time with Mark Ronan of Fethard scoring the decisive try!

Fethard were off to a flying start leading by ten points with scores from Robert Hall and Shane Kavanagh, one of which was converted by Richie Carroll. Richmond though, were not finished yet and scored a fine try of their own and was converted to leave the half time score 12-7 to Fethard.

Richmond with a long history of rugby in Limerick were now getting the upper hand and took the lead with another fine try which was also converted and the Richmond full back dropped a goal from the half way line leaving the score 17-12 to Richmond, with only minutes remaining this Fethard team never gave up and when young Conor Kavanagh dummied from the back of the scrum and then went blind and ran in from the ten yard line the scene was set for a major finish. Declan Doyle was unlucky with the conversion and so it was extra time.

The young Fethard team, on a day that reached 21 degrees, took control and after numerous infringements by a tiring Richmond, a quick penalty by Conor Kavanagh fed Mark Ronan who crashed over in the corner. A great win for this young club which sees them face Newcastle West in the final in Bruff!



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