Thursday 12th April 2012

Ireland’s Strongmen strut their stuff in Fethard
Fethard’s medieval town wall was the venue chosen by the Irish Strength Association (ISA) for the Republic of Ireland Strongest Man Qualifier 2012 held on Saturday, March 31. A large crowd of spectators turned out to see local competitor, Brian O’Meara, and Ireland’s strongest men compete for a place in the last sixteen of this year’s ‘Republic of Ireland Strongest Man’ competition.

Observers to this well disciplined support were fascinated to watch these men lift weights of over 44 stone over their head while others threw barrels over a 13-foot height barrier in quick succession against the clock. Other events included lifting a 145kg Husafell stone over a distance marked on the well-kept grassed area at Fethard’s Town Wall. The original Husafell Stone, weighing roughly 190kg, was a legendary lifting stone located in Husafell, Iceland, over two hundred years ago. The stone has been used as a test of strength by either simply lifting the stone, or by lifting and carrying the stone around the goat pen where it is located.

The event in Fethard was well organised and entertaining with safety to the fore at all times. The spectators and visitors were treated to a spectacular feat of strength in glorious sunshine in a perfect medieval setting. We look forward to their return.

Abbey Choir break new ground
Easter mass goers this year were treated to a pleasant surprise at the Augustinian Abbey when the local choir performed a well-practiced flawless performance of Händel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’. Organist Ann Barry and her dedicated choir worked extremely hard over the past few weeks perfecting this piece in time for Easter and their efforts certainly paid off, receiving sustained applause after each performance. Congratulations to Ann for taking this choir to a new level with such ease and harmony, not alone in the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ but in all their singing at the Augustinian Abbey.

Fethard Scouting
Congratulations to Fethard Cub Scout's winning Pack at the County Sports Day which took place on Sunday, April 1, in Ardfinnan. Individual winners were: Conor Harrington - Gold for Clothesline Race and Bronze for Wellie throw; Cathal Ryan and Kyle Allen - Gold for the wheelbarrow race; Kyle Allen - Silver for spud and spoon race; Katie Ryan - Gold for spud and spoon race; Aisling Prendergast and Katie Ryan - Gold for 3 legged race; Aisling Prendergast, Katie Ryan, Sarah Slattery and Edel Walsh - Gold for chair team race.
We are very proud of each cub for playing his/her part for a great result. Leaders were: Venturer, Lorna Quigley; Scouters: John Walsh, Denis Larkin and Michelle Hennebry.

Are you interested in working with young people?
Youth Advocate Programmes Ireland (YAP Ireland) are currently recruiting advocates in South Tipperary region. If you are open-minded and non-judgemental; have experience working with young people; would like to make a difference in somebody’s life; have a never-give-up attitude; would like to work in your local community; a creative person; Youth Advocate Programmes Ireland would like you to work with them.

If you are interested in working with young people and need further information please don’t hesitate to contact: Annmarie Coughlan, Deputy Manager, Youth Advocate Programme, Unit 11 E, Watch House Cross, Limerick. Tel Office: 061 322815; Mobile: 087 6384992; Email: acoughlan@yapireland.ie

Fethard Ladies Football Club
Twice in the last week, teams from the Fethard Ladies Football Club were held to a draw in championship matches. The Under 14s played Clerihan in the first round of their championship on a bitterly cold Wednesday evening, April 3. The score was 2 goals to nil in favour of Clerihan at half time, but in the second half Fethard had an extra little energy and found the back of the net three times - with one of the goals coming from a superbly-taken penalty. Clerihan also scored a penalty in the second half, leaving the full-time score a draw at 3 goals each. On Saturday, April 7, the Under 12s played Mullinahone in the first round of the A/B championship. Playing against a strong breeze in the first half, Fethard did very well to hold Mullinahone to just a single point thanks in large part to a strong Fethard defence. Mullinahone made a great start to the second half, scoring a goal to put them ahead by 1-1 to no score. But with the breeze behind us, the Fethard girls fought back bravely to score four points before the end of the game. The final result was a draw: Fethard 0-4, Mullinahone 1-1.

On the fundraising side of things, this week we are launching our Cash for Clobber fundraising initiative which will help the Club raise a little extra funds for any unwanted clothing that we collect. If you are doing your spring cleaning this month, keep us in mind for any clothing that you no longer need - we will be collecting outside the GAA Field in Fethard on Saturday April 28 between 11am and 1pm. Finally, there are just three people remaining in our Last Man Standing competition at the time of going to press. Keep an eye on all the Club's activities via our Fethard Ladies Football Facebook page.

A date for the diary
Fethard and District Rugby Club will hold their AGM in the Abymill Theatre at 8pm, on Thursday, May 3, everybody welcome see you there.

Thanks for your support
The Ballroom Committee would like to thank all who supported the card game on Good Friday night. All proceeds were in aid of Parish Fund and the clergy are most grateful for your support.

Fethard Macra News
Members of the club hit Clonmel last Friday night for some Easter fun and games in 'Hot Shots' bowling club, Clonmel and a good night was had by us all.

The 2012 South Tipp Macra farm skills competition takes place on Sunday, April 15, on the farm of John Murray. Sign in deadline for teams of three is 12.30pm. Team skills on the day will involve the Ag. question time, tractor driving and erecting a fence. Teams are asked to bring their own fencing equipment, drilling tools, stakes and wire on the day. Gates will be provided on site. The two top teams on the day will go on to represent South Tipp at the Munster final and the winners from this will go on to take part in the All-Ireland final at the national livestock show in Tullamore this August.

Soccer takes place every Friday night at 9pm in Munroe. All are welcome to take part and come for a bit of exercise and craic on the night.

The next meeting of Fethard Macra takes place in Butler's Bar at 8pm on Friday, April 13. We thank Butlers for their continued support in facilitating our monthly meetings.

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

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 & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on April 4 were: 20, 22, 23 and 25. We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75: Bobbi Holohan (online ticket); and Christine Brett, The Valley, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Kathleen Kenny, The Green, Fethard; Mary O'Riordan, Red City, Fethard; and Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

The next Lotto draw will take place on April 11, 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 €9,200 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €920. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fethard GAA Club News
Congratulations to our minor football combination football team, St Josephs, in their victory in the championship recently over Ballyporeen with a score of St Josephs 3-12 to Ballyporeen’s 4-7. We had a walkover this weekend. Playing in the A Championship will certainly improve our standard of football for the future and with a little luck and perseverance we will make it to the latter stages of the competition.

At senior level we played a great game against Killenaule in the south Senior Football championship and came away with a well deserved draw and some would say we were kind of unlucky not to have won .
Our Intermediate hurlers should be playing shortly and on their way to some positive action for the coming season.

Condolences to the Matthews family in Kerry Street on the death of their father, Georgie Matthews. Georgie was a former playing member of the club in years gone by, but will probably be remembered more for the many times he safely delivered our many juvenile teams both hurling and football by bus to various venues through the country to play games.

He had the patience of a saint dealing with the lads and could get them to do his will at any time. They still talk about the trip to the All-Ireland Sevens in Cavan or the weekend we went to Portlaoise for a hurling tournament and when we were late leaving after the parade he drove straight to Clonmel to deliver some of the mentors and players to a Intermediate hurling game, with all the juveniles in tow.
Talking of loyal service on Gene Walsh’s buses, Georgie Mathews was the man! A Legend! May he rest in peace and may the sod rest lightly on his soul.

Our lotto has picked up in the last couple of weeks and the personnel in charge must be complimented for sticking with it. If you are not in you can’t win so meet our sellers and buy a ticket and maybe hit the jackpot.

The GAA Sports Lotto Results for draw that took place on April 3 are as follows. The numbers drawn were: 6, 22, 25 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Aidan Fitzgerald, Kiltinan. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Anthony Leo, c/o Bob Fitzgerald.

Thanks to all promoters, supporters and to AIB Fethard who kindly sponsored printing of tickets. Next week’s jackpot is €2,800 and the draw will take place on April 10.

Night With The Stars
Moyglass will hold a ‘Night With The Stars’ in association with the Irish Cancer Society, in the new sports hall on April 21, at 8pm. The artists include Trudi Lawlor, Larry Cunningham, Louise Morrissey and Daniel O’Donnell tribute artist, Gary Gamble. The MC for the night will be well known Tipp FM presenter, Norman Morrissey. Tickets are €25 and you can buy them now at www.moyglass.net or from any member of the committee. This will be a limited seated concert and light refreshments will be available.

Community Outreach Digital Switchover Programme
RTE Television is switching from Analogue to Digital Transmission on October 24, 2012. A new Outreach Programme will help mobilise people from community and voluntary organisations in Fethard and surrounding areas to identify and reach people they know in their communities who are in danger of being left behind, and assist them in making the switch to digital TV before Wednesday, October 24, 2012.

Individuals and community organisation representatives in Fethard and the surrounding areas are invited to attend a meeting in Fethard Community Centre, on Tuesday, April 24, at 8pm. The objective of the meeting is to discuss the best way of getting information to people in the community who for whatever reason may not be ready for the changeover. All input into the meeting would be greatly appreciated. If you’re interested in getting involved or would like further information, please contact: Maura Carey, Tipperary Digital Outreach Champion, Tipperary Regional Youth Service, Hogan Square, Cashel, Co. Tipperary. E-mail: maura.carey@trys.ie Mobile: 087 2860991.

Fethard Bridge Club Results
On Wednesday, March 28, we played for Easter Prizes and the results were:
1st Gross: Marian Walsh and Sean O'Dea;
2nd Gross: Anna Cooke and David O'Meara;
3rd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane;
1st Nett: Joan Kelly and Breda O'Grady;
2nd Nett: Annie O'Brien and Marie Delaney;
3rd Nett: Nora Lawrence and Philly Kenny.
Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Community Games season is now well underway and the first round games for our teams in South Tipperary are as follows:
U12 Girls Football: (A) Ardfinnan v Mullinahone, (B) Fethard v Ballyclerihan, (C) Cahir Bye. Winners of A versus C, South Final A or C versus B.
U11 Hurling: (A) Cashel Rosegreen v Ballyclerihan, (B) Carrick-on-Suir v Fethard, (C) Kilsheelan v Cahir, (D) Mullinahone v Powerstown, (E) Ballingarry v Drangan.
Under 10 GAA: (A) Cahir v Cashel Rosegreen, (B) Ardfinnan v Carrick-on-Suir, (C) Powerstown v Ballingarry, (D) Ballyclerihan v Kilsheelan, (E) Fethard v Clogheen

All first round games must be played before April 30. Panel Forms may be downloaded from the website: www.communitygames.ie
Anybody interested in entering the Swimming Competitions please contact the community games office: 086 8110768 before Wednesday, April 18, providing information on date of birth and event you wish to take part in. Events are for boys and girls from U8 to U16 Freestyle, U10 to U16 Backstroke, U12 to U14 Breaststroke; U14 to U16 Butterfly.



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