Thursday 26th July 2012

Sean wins New York Television Festival prize
Congratulations to Sean O’Riordan (24) on winning the 2012 New York Television Festival (NYTVF) prize for the best Independent pilot game show. After months of speculation the news was announced at a press conference in New York on Thursday 19th July.  This is the first time anyone from Ireland or the UK has won this prestigious award.

Sean, son of Michael O’Riordan formerly from Barrack Street, Fethard, created and produced the show ‘Newton’s Law’ as part of his final year project while studying for his MA in the National Film & Television School, London.

The world famous Warner Brothers Corporation was so impressed that they signed up the rights to the show. Sean will be joining their London based operation to develop the concept further. According to Andrew Zein, SVP, Creative, Format Development and Sales WBITVP, “Newton’s Law was the stand out format from the competition this year, the pilot was well produced and the idea highly original. We look forward to working with Sean to develop his format further and hopefully bringing it to market”

Sean who went to school in Templemore and has a degree in Media Studies from Maynooth NUI has just completed his MA in London.  He has spent the last few days dealing with media requests at local, national and international level and is naturally delighted, as it has always been his ambition to work in television.

This latest award is only part of a very impressive portfolio, as already in May this year at the world renowned Cannes Film Festival, Sean won the Panavision prize for his commercial ‘Paranoid’.
Back home in Killea, Templemore, his parents Michael and Imelda are very proud of their son as are his brothers Kevin, Stephen, Alan and Colin.

I’m sure we will be hearing more from this young man in the future.

Medieval Festival Plans in Place for August 18-19
The Summer has finally come, the plans are in place and the Festival Poster is out so the sixth Fethard Medieval Festival is definitely going to happen on the weekend of August 18 and 19, in a little over three weeks from now.

Family Shield Workshops and Children’s Art

In fact, the festival is already underway with people cutting out and sewing up their medieval costumes for the day. Year on year there has been a big increase in the number of people who get dressed out in medieval style for the day. If anyone is interested in getting a simple pattern to make an Irish ‘léine’ from the Middle Ages period then contact Mary on 087 9009722 to arrange for a copy to be sent to you.

The family shield workshops go ahead on Thursday, August 16 and Friday 17 for children and are completely free. The daytime adult workshop on Wednesday, August 15, has a charge of €10 but all materials are supplied and the end product should become a family keepsake. As places are limited, please check and then leave your name and contact details and the family name of your shield into the Community Office in the Tirry Centre , phone (052) 6131000.
The children’s ‘Humpty Dumpty on Fethard’s Wall’ Art Competition is being generously sponsored by Tom Hennessy Spar, as outlined last week, so children in the three categories (A) Under 8 years, (B) 8 to 12 years and (C) 13 to 18 years should set to work immediately on their drawing (max size A3) or sculpture of Humpty sitting on or falling off Fethard’s town wall. These again can be left into the Community Office in the Tirry Centre with name, contact details and age attached to each item.

Guided Tours on Friday

Guided Tours of Medieval Fethard continue every Friday at 2.30pm until the end of August and Festival Friday, August 17, will be no different. People meet up in the Youth Centre beside Madam’s Bridge for 2.30pm, the tour takes one and a half hours and the charge is €5 per adult with children going free. For further information please see www.BacksToTheWallTours.com

Saturday’s ‘Secret Tour’, Book Launch and Reunion

Saturday, August 18, will host a ‘Silent Tour of Fethard’s Secret Places’ at 3pm which will involve people, in small groups, being escorted to various ‘secret’ locations around the town where they will be regaled in some manner. All very mysterious, but it should be good fun. By its nature, numbers must be limited so booking details and cost will appear in the coming week and on the website: www.fethardfestival.com

Saturday night sees the launch of ‘Heraldic Memorials in Fethard’, a colourful book by heraldic expert Gerard Crotty, which explains the various family shields and crests that are to be found in and around Fethard. The two most commonly seen are the Everard/Roche and Butler memorials on the street facade of the Town Hall. The launch takes place in old Holy Trinity Church, at 8pm, and everyone is invited to come along, especially those whose ‘family name’ appears on a plaque in or around the town. The book has been grant aided by Fáilte Ireland and the launch, with music and reception, is being hosted by the Fethard Historical Society.

Plans for The Green –Barrack Street Reunion are full steam ahead at this stage and are reported on elsewhere and the gathering should unearth some ‘medieval type’ memories of times past!
Festival Sunday, August 19

Sunday, August 19, is the big day; the day of the Parade (at 2pm) and the Medieval Fair in The Valley Park along by the Town Wall and the Clashawley river. All who have come in previous years agree that the location for Fethard’s medieval fair is one of the best, if not the very best, in the whole country.

Most of the favourites should be present again this year – Wobbly Circus, Bands, fighting Knights, Pet Farm, Wolfhounds, Falcons, Dog Show, Dunking Tank, Coin Striking, Games, Craft demos, food stalls and if God and the weather are on side it should be the best Festival yet.

The big news this year is that – all things going to plan-Humpty Dumpty will try again to sit on the wall. Exactly which wall, or whether he tries his falling stunt, are things that are not clear at present so we’ll have to wait and see what he gets up to on the day.
Joining the fair also will be the old fashioned ‘Wheel of Fortune’ which was a standard at carnivals up until recent times and it again should prove popular.

Inter-Pub Horseshoe Throwing Competition
Given, that there is the odd horse here and there around Fethard, the Festival Committee are been encouraged to hold an Inter-Pub Horseshoe Throwing Competition during the Festival. This will be explored in the coming days but if pub owners or a sponsor or an organiser wish to comment to festival@fethard.com then it could happen and become a new event on the calendar.

Festival Website
The festival website www.fethardfestival.com is in place and information will be added by the day over the coming weeks so do check it for the latest news on events or additions to the programme.

Walking on fire!
On Saturday last, July 21, many brave volunteers decided to walk over hot coals in aid of The Happy Africa Foundation at Fethard Youth Centre. A large family crowd gathered to watch the rare event and also enjoyed the barbecue, face painting and dance music provided by a DJ in the youth centre hall.

After a safety seminar, the walkers, Matt Fitzgerald, Adam O'Donnell, Kyle O'Donnell, Samantha O'Herlihy, Siobhan Cotter, Jarleth ‘Foxy’ Connolly, Joe Whelton, Gary Walsh, Frankie O'Donovan, Paddy Cooney, Matt Nolan, Tom Halpin, Marie Kelly, Kevin Whyte and Paul Ryan, braved temperatures of 1500-1700 Degrees Fahrenheit to complete the walk which was approx 12 feet long, all the while being cheered on by the crowd. Well done guys!
This was certainly a unique event for the town and the support of the people who took the time to participate in the event was greatly appreciated. For more information see the Facebook page or visit fire-walk.com

Fethard Ladies Football Club
On Saturday, July 21, Fethard Ladies Football Club had two teams represented in the Munster Under 12 blitz which was held in Clonmel. This was a great opportunity for the girls to get experience playing against a wide range of clubs from across Munster. On a rare sunny day, there was a large turnout of families to support the girls for which we are very grateful. Many thanks also to the trainers and mentors Miceál and Sandra Spillane, Jacqui O'Flynn, Michael Ryan, Bernadette O'Meara and Mark Prout.

All players are asked to make a special effort to attend training because we have a busy schedule coming up with Under 12, 14 and 16 leagues due to commence in the near future. The Minor team continue their training, while the Junior Ladies have already started their championship and are due to play Mullinahone in the next round - details to be confirmed.

Finally, the club will be running another ‘Cash for Clobber’ fundraiser towards the end of August. If you have any unwanted clothing or shoes in any condition, please set them aside; we will confirm the collection date in the next week or so.

Fethard ‘Green / Barrack Street’ reunion
The next meeting of The Green & Barrack Street Reunion will take place on Wednesday night, August 1, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. We are appealing for memories, photographs, information and funny stories that could be used in a booklet published in conjunction with the reunion. Please send same to the following email address: thegreen@fethard.com or hand in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

The reunion is part-funded by Fethard & Killusty Community Council and tickets (limited) will be available shortly from any of the organisers at €10 each which includes reception, refreshments and a copy of booklet. If you are interested in getting involved please give your name to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email to: joe@fethard.com

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Monday, July 16, of James (Jim) McCormack, Kerry Street, Fethard, and previously of Wales and London. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Community Games
Fethard and Killusty Community Games would like to congratulate all the children who took part in the various events during the year. Each child played their part well, had a lot of fun and benefited from the experience.

The three lucky young people who qualified for the HSE National Finals were Michael James Phelan, Jossestown who competed in Art in AIT Athlone last May, Zoe Stokes Ballybough will compete in the Swimming event on Saturday August 18th and David Heffernan, Ballyvaden will compete in U16 100m on the weekend of August 24 to 26. All girls swimming will take place on August 18 and all boys’ events are on Sunday August 19. We wish them both the very best of luck.

The annual church gate collection will be taken up at all masses in Fethard and Killusty on Saturday and Sunday August 4 and 5, as usual we would be very grateful for volunteers to attend to some of the masses. If anyone has 20 minutes to spare they might please contact 086-8110768.  Full details of all events and venues may be viewed on the national website www.communitygames.ie
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The lucky numbers drawn on July 18 were: 4, 9, 17 and 24. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Darren O'Donohoe, Rochestown, Cork; John O'Connell, c/o Ann Daly; and Fiona Lahart, Coolmoyne, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: P.J. Lonergan, The Square, Fethard; Patrick Grant, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; and Robert O'Riordan, Cloran, Cloneen.

The next Lotto draw will take place on July 25, and you can also purchase your lotto ticket in local shops or online at www.fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets online and get one free! Check on the Fethard website for lots of special offers. Next week’s Jackpot commences at €3,250 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €325. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.



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