Thursday 19th April 2012

Popular teacher retires from Holy Trinity NS 
Mary Hanrahan joined the staff of Nano Nagle N.S. Fethard in 1981, having previously taught for two years in Corduff, Blanchardstown, Dublin. From all accounts Mary really enjoyed her metropolitan experiences, but circumstances, affairs of the heart even, drew her to Fethard where she since resides with her husband, Tony and her family. Dublin’s loss was Fethard’s gain as Mary has proved to be a valued staff member for over 30 years.

During her career Mary has taught a wide variety of age groups, but is particularly associated with First Communion classes. Her dedication to the preparation of the children for this sacrament and her efforts to make it a very special occasion for all concerned has been recognised and commended over the years.

Mary’s teaching experiences range from teaching infants during the years when class sizes of 40 children didn’t raise an eyebrow, to an 11-year period as Learning Support Teacher. She excelled in this area, managing assessments, setting up child-specific programmes, liaising with parents, teachers, therapists and psychologists. One could say she was in her element! She also acted as consultant in the Learning Support area to Cloneen N.S. This assistance was greatly appreciated by the Principal and staff.

Mary returned to the classroom in 2010 when Nano Nagle N.S. and St. Patricks N.S. amalgamated to become Holy Trinity N.S. Once again her holistic approach to the childrens development came to the fore as did her caring, understanding demeanour.

Those who know Mary will be well aware of her considerable P.R. skills. Her gift of having words at will for every occasion, linked with her facility in presentation were very valuable staff assets. She also served on the Board of Management of Nano Nagle N.S. for many years. Her secretarial skills vis-à-vis minute taking and report writing were second to none.

Mary’s love of history has also been a great boon to the school. Her forte in this area has to be her amazing bank of knowledge and her ability to present it to audiences young and old. She has given guided tours of Fethard to hosts of school children over the years and has promised to return to help us out in future.

Mary was always welcoming and helpful to visitors and new-comers; generous and supportive to colleagues; resourceful and respectful to her students. Her sense of fun and lively disposition will be missed by the school community.

Mary officially retired from Holy Trinity N.S. on February 29, of this year. We wish her a long, healthy and happy retirement.

Presentation Sisters celebrate 150 years in Fethard
On May 1, 2012, the Presentation Sisters will celebrate one hundred and fifty years of presence and ministry in Fethard. A special concelebrated Mass will take place in Tuesday, May 1, at 7pm in the Parish Church to mark this special landmark occasion. All parishioners, past-pupils, are invited to attend and share in this special celebration. Refreshment will be served after Mass in the convent and adjoining grounds.

Died Recently in Dublin
The death has occurred on Thursday, April 12, of Denis Byard, aged 43, son of the late Don Byard (Burke Street, Fethard) and Nora Byard, Ballingarry. Our deepest sympathy to his wife Áine, mother Nora, brothers Michael, Donal, Brian, Thomas, sisters Marie-Claire and Marguerite. Sadly missed by his loving family, relatives and friends. Interment took place at in Clonsilla Churchyard, Dublin.

Patrician / Presentation Jottings

Junk Kouture
As everybody in Fethard should know by now, the school’s two entries in the Junk Kouture competition have qualified for the All Ireland Final of the competition in City West Hotel on Friday next, April 20.

Congratulations to Karen Hayes, Michelle Walsh and Sveta Novikova who designed the winning entry Punkture and Aobh O’Shea and Danielle Sheehan who designed the other winning entry Bright Ideas. We are very proud of the school’s position in the remaining sixty entries and wish the girls and their teacher, Ms Patricia Looby, all the best in the final. There are many prizes and hopefully, our entries will bring glory to Fethard. Each regional winner will receive an ERP Junk Kouture Trophy with the overall winner receiving an ERP Junk Kouture trophy, €2,500 for their school, €500 for the team, €1,000 Euro worth of IT Equipment for the team and a week long course in the Grafton Fashion Academy for the team. An ERP Prize will be awarded for the Dress that best incorporates electrical waste (WEEE) and the Glamour Prize is again open to all finalists. This prize is for two models and their dresses to go to the Royal Film Premiere in London later in 2012 where they will walk the red carpet with the stars of the chosen movie. Finally, a number of entries will be whisked away after the show to appear on the Late Late Show.
A big thank you to all the parents, teachers, pupils, friends and the Fethard Community who diligently voted each day online for the two entries. Beir Bua!

Lourdes Quiz  
As usual there was good support for the Lourdes Quiz which was held in the school on Monday, March 26, last. A big thank you to the Parents’Association led by Mrs Catherine O’Donnell for their organisation of the night and in particular to Mr and Mrs Prendergast for all their hard work in the weeks leading up to the event. Mr and Mrs Prendergast have a long association with the organisation of the Lourdes Quiz in the school and their on-going support for the event is much appreciated.

Two 5th Year Pupils: Molly O’Dwyer and Aisling Costin will travel as Youth Helpers with the diocesan pilgrimage on June 16 next. Thanks to all who supported the quiz on the night.

Winners Senior Section: 1st Prize: Tom O’Dwyer, Patrick O’Donnell, Sheila O’Donnell and Mary Healy. 2nd Prize: Betty Walsh, Claire Walsh, Carly Walsh and Shirley Cooney.

Junior Section: 1st Prize: Adam Fitzgerald, Niall Doocey, Cathal Hurley and Kieran Whyte. 2nd Prize: Michelle Walsh, Karen Hayes, Emily Whyte and Cassandra Needham.

Easter Hamper winner
Congratulations to Noel Maher, Barrack Street, Fethard, who was winner of the Easter Hamper at Kenny’s Centra Supermarket. The draw raised over €1,000 for South Tipperary Hospice Homecare team.

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

Fethard & Killusty Anglers
Fethard and Killusty Angling Club’s fishing competition will be held this Sunday, April 22, at Thorny Bridge. Anglers will start fishing at 11am. Membership fees are now long overdue and should be paid before fishing club waters.

Senior Citizens Club
Fethard Senior Citizens Club will meet at the Tirry Centre on May 15, for their annual Mass at 7.30pm. Please note change of date.

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.

‘Folk The Recession’ gig for Africa
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' (as seen on the Late Late Show) 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 Brendan Begley.

This is a night not to be missed . . . Tickets at €25 are available locally from Joe Kenny at (052) 6131663, Brú Ború, Cashel (062) 61122 or O'Dwyer's Pharmacy, Cashel (062) 61318. By supporting this gig you are also supporting 'Playing for Life's' on-going work in Africa.

Killusty F.C. promoted
Last Sunday Killusty secured promotion to the 2nd Division League with a hard earned win over Ballypatrick (see sports section for details). Well done to all the lads, Shay and Liam your jobs are safe for next season.

Our heartiest congratulations go to Frank Britton, Cloneen, who was the winner of our €10,000 lotto jackpot, well done Frank. Thanks to all of you who support our weekly lotto, and special thanks to Fethard Oil, the home heating specialists, who are our ticket sponsors this year.

We must also thank everyone who contributed to our recent church gate collection. In these difficult times your support is greatly appreciated.

During the month of May the club are organising a series of scrap metal collection days. Every Saturday between 10am and 4 pm you can leave your unwanted scrap metal (no electrical goods) in Killusty sports field. Items can also be collected by calling or text to either 087 2355964 or 086 1061452. So if you have any old cars, bikes, lawnmowers etc to get rid of, now is your chance. First collection day is May 5.

Finally, we take this opportunity to offer our condolences to the Matthews family, Kerry Street, on the recent death of Georgie, who was a selector with the club in the 1980s. Georgie had a great passion for the game and instilled in us an attitude of playing to the final whistle, he would certainly have been proud of our lads on Sunday last when they won in the dying seconds. Georgie will be fondly remembered in Killusty, may he rest in peace.

Community Games
A meeting of Fethard and Killusty Games committee will take place on Tuesday, April 24, in the Tirry Community Centre at 8pm with a view to arranging the local athletics (which unfortunately never took place last year). This is an opportunity for anyone interested to please attend and put forward his or her ideas. We would also be glad to have mentors for our teams – U10 GAA, U11 Hurling and U12 Girls GAA –present for updates on state of play.

The next individual event taking place is the Gymnastics County Final in Moyle Park Sports Complex, Lisronagh, Clonmel, on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7, where the competition will commence with the U8 age group at 12 noon. Warm ups will be permitted prior to that. Competitors from the area may enter for this event through their gymnastic clubs. Please make a note of the meeting of April 24 in your diary. All are welcome.

The County Community Games Swimming Finals will take place in Clonmel Pool on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, commencing at 2.30pm. All girl’s events will take place on Saturday and all boy’s events on Sunday. Closing date for entries at local level has been extended to this Friday, April 20, at 5pm as closing date with county co-ordinator is April 30 and we have to allow time to run a local competition in the event of there being more than two competitors entered in each event.

Competitors must be under the age specified on the July 31, 2012, and must reside in the Fethard and Killusty area.

Events are as follows for boys and girls: Under 8 Freestyle. Under 10 Freestyle and Backstroke, Under 12 Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke. Under 14 Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly, Under 16 Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly. There is also an Under 13 Squad (4x1 length freestyle plus 2 subs) and an Under 16 squad (4x50m medley plus 2 subs). Entries will not be accepted at local level after this Friday April 20.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on April 11 were: 3, 12, 25 and 31. We had no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Kevin Bradshaw, c/o Kathleen Connolly, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: J. O'Donnell, c/o Tom Purcell; Stephanie Fitzgerald, Monroe, Fethard; and Henry Smith, Moyglass, Fethard.

The next Lotto draw will take place on April 18, 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 €9,350 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €935. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fethard Ladies Football Club
Well done to the Under 12 girls who won their A/B championship match against Moyle Rovers on Saturday, April 14, on a scoreline of 5-1 to 3-0. These girls are playing some great football, and we hope they continue to do well in the championship.

The Under 14 girls were home to Ballyporeen on Sunday evening, August 15, and won by a comfortable margin. It was a great team effort from all the girls who played. The Junior Ladies travelled to Thurles on Sunday, April 15, for a match against Sarsfields in the Junior B League. Fethard took advantage of playing with the wind in the first half, reaching the interval ahead by three points (1-2 to 1-5). However, they could have been even further ahead, perhaps by at least another two goals.

In the second half Fethard worked hard to win the ball, but then struggled to keep it. At the final whistle Thurles Sarsfield had done enough to win the game by 2-7 to 1-6. Certainly a game that Fethard could have won. One very positive aspect of the Junior Ladies match was the fact that seven of the starting 15 played at Minor level for Fethard last year. It is great to see these players coming through to complement the experience already in the Junior Ladies team.
The Gaelic 4 Mothers are back! Training begins on Wednesday evening at 8pm in the GAA Field. The emphasis in G4M is firmly on participation and fun rather than competition. No previous playing experience is required. Please come along on Wednesday. See you there.

On the fundraising side of things, last week we launched our ‘Cash for Clobber’ fundraising initiative to raise funds using 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, the Last Man Standing competition came to a close with two people agreeing to share the pot. Keep an eye on all the Club's activities via our Fethard Ladies Football Facebook page.

Fethard GAA Club News
The beautiful Anner Park in Cloneen was the venue for our encounter in the South Tipperary senior football championship with near neighbours Mullinahone. Playing with whatever wind was on offer in the first half, the Blues opened with a point from a free from Brian Coen, quickly followed by a Michael Dillon point from play and this put the boys in front till the final whistle.

Goalie Paul Fitzgerald had two fine saves early in the half, denying the opposition goal chances. Mikey Ahearne at No. 3 was solid throughout with his two corner men, Shane Aylward and Alan O’Connor, both delivering a fine performance.

The half back line of Gavin Fitzgerald, Dee Bourke and Brian Delahunty were solid and supplied well to Cian Maher and Jamie McCormack in the centre field, who worked the ball into the forwards to create many fine scoring chances. The younger lads in the forward line especially Ciaran O’Meara and Dylan Fitzgerald gave notice of their intension to hold on to their positions with superb displays. Michael Dillon at No. 11 caught some amazing high balls as he can when he turns on the power.

The veterans of the side, in the inside line Karl Maher, Brian Coen at full forward and Kenneth O’Donnell, showed a fine turn of pace and took their scores well.

The final score was, Fethard 1-14, Mullinahone 0-10. Team as follows: P. Fitzgerald, S. Aylward, M. Ahearne, A. O’Conner, G. Fitzgerald, D. Bourke, B. Delahunty, C. Maher, J. McCormack, C. O’Meara, M. Dillon, D. Fitzgerald, C. Maher, B. Coen, K. O’Donnell. Subs were: A. Lonergan for A. O’Conner, S. Walshe for C. O’Meara, and Doyle for B Coen all in second half.



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