Thursday 20th September 2012

Fethard Bridge Club
Fethard Bridge Club reopened on Wednesday, September 12. Although there was a small crowd in attendance we had a very enjoyable game. We hope to see all our members return over the next week or two. This Thursday, September 20, the club members will host a coffee morning in the Town Hall in aid of South Tipperary Hospice. On September 26 we play for the Free Sub Gross and on October 3 we play for the Free Sub Nett. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

Fethard Choral Group
Rehearsals for the choral group continue at Abymill Theatre on Sunday evenings. Last Sunday the ladies had their first rehearsal and a large group attended. Sunday, September 23 will be the men's turn again, 8pm for tenors and 8.30pm for basses under musical director Ann Barry. Rehearsals will continue on alternate Sundays for men and women. Ann hopes that more singers will come along and join the group. For further information please contact Ann at 087-6194215.

Children’s course in acting singing and stage presence
The Fionn MacCumhaill Players will shortly be starting a six-week course for children with a view to preparing them for an upcoming show earlier next year. Anyone genuinely interested in drama and stage should contact 086 0834208 for details. The course is aimed at 10 to 14 year-olds (boys and girls) and will prepare children for acting singing and stage presence. Places for this course are limited so early booking is advisable. The course will cost €50 for the six-weeks and payment is in advance. It is hoped to start this course in a few weeks in Fethard. The course will also run in Cloneen on a different day.

The Players are also planning a couple of one act plays around about Christmas time to be staged in Cloneen Hall – two very funny one-acts to cheer you all up in these gloomy times. Watch out for further details!

Fethard Ladies Football 
The Junior Ladies championship campaign came to an end in Monroe after a quarter-final loss to Clonmel Commercials. The concession of a quick goal and a point in the opening minutes didn't do anything to settle our team. Despite several attacks on the Commercials defence, particularly in the second half, we just couldn't take our scores. On more than one occasion, possession lost well inside the Commercials half was punished with a score at the other end of the field.

Fethard scores on the day came from Lucy Butler (0-1), Sandra Spillane (0-1), Marian Harrington (0-2), Sarah Smyth (0-1) and Sandra Maher (0-1). A huge thank you to Willie O'Meara, Kieran Treacy and Tomás Keane for their marvellous work during the year, and to all the Junior Ladies team for their tireless effort and 100% commitment in 2012. Best of luck to Commercials in the semi-final.
On Saturday, September 22, the club will hold a ‘Cash for Clobber’ fundraiser. If you have any old clothes, shoes, bags, soft toys etc, just pop them in a plastic bag and drop them off at our collection point in the car park of the GAA Field in Fethard between 11am and 1pm. The clothes can be in any condition. We will send everything for recycling; the more we recycle, the more we can earn for the club. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Emigrant’s Newsletter!
Preparations have begun for the publication of this years Emigrant’s Newsletter, which is printed and posted free of charge to our emigrants and families living abroad in time for Christmas every year.

We now invite submissions of articles and photographs for inclusion in this year’s edition. The Newsletter covers all generations of emigrants and it would be nice to have articles covering all age groups. The item need not be long. It might just be a funny incident, a local character you remember, a particular event, school time or any other recollection that may surface.

So please consider putting pen to paper, or voice to recorder, and submit an article for this year’s issue. Photographs are also very welcome.

Articles or photographs can be submitted to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email to newsletter@fethard.com


Fethard Country Markets well represented at Iverk Show, Piltown
Fethard Country Market members maintained their long time tradition in quality produce when two of their members did exceptionally well in this year’s Iverk Show held in Piltown on Saturday, September 15.

Following in her late mother Maura’s footsteps, Bernie Meaney, Crampscastle, won the Iverk Produce Cup and €200 by coming first in the prestigious ‘Great Cherry Cake Competition’, with over fifty entries. Bernie also came third in the ‘Brown Bread’ class.

David Curran, Moyglass, maintained his extraordinary record at Iverk by winning a total of fourteen first prizes in the ‘Farm Produce’ section, along with thirteen second prizes and three third prizes. David was presented with the ‘Billy Breen Cup’ for overall winner in the produce section.

Congratulation Linda
Congratulations to Linda Kenny, daughter of Brendan and Mary Kenny, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard, who recently graduated from UCD with a Masters in Social Science (Social Work) on September 6, 2012. Linda, now hopes to pursue her career in Social Work.

Zumba Fitness at Fethard Ballroom
Classes starting in Fethard Ballroom on Wednesday, September 19, from 10am to 11am. Classes are for men and women aged 15 and over and cost €7 pay as you go. So now is the time to ‘Ditch the workout – Join the Party!’ Contact Carla Costigan Blake on 087 9360516 for further details.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Tuesday, September 11, of Mrs Ann Matthews, Kerry Street, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Hazel has ‘winning streak’
Congratulations to Hazel Sheehan, Fethard, who appeared on RTE’s Winning Streak last weekend and very nearly got to ‘Spin The Wheel’ but nevertheless came home with €22,100. Hazel arrived back to Fethard on Saturday night to celebrate with family and friends.

Yoga Classes for a healthier lifestyle
Beginners and intermediate classes in deep breathing, gentle stretching, exercises and relaxation will take place in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard, on Monday nights commencing September 24. Booking essential. For further details contact Peg at 086 3027927.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The lucky numbers drawn on September 12 were: 3, 10, 25 and 31. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Brud Roche, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; Lar Looby, 70 Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and Tom Ryan, c/o Nellie Ryan.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Phil Bergan, c/o Nellie Ryan; Michael Russell, c/o Seamus Moloney; and John Maher, Kilknockin Road, Fethard.

The next Lotto draw will take place on September 19. The Jackpot prize is €4,450 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €445. Lotto tickets can be purchased 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. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

One-to-One computer tuition
Congratulations to Billy McLellan who is now a Certified Training Professional specialising in Microsoft Word. Billy is now offering one-to-one computer tuition in all Microsoft Office programmes so if you need to brush-up in your word-processing skills or learn the full potential of Microsoft Office to improve your employment options. Tuition, long or short course, is tailored to your specific needs. Contact Billy at Tel: 052 6187998, 086 8338882 or email: tutor@almondtree.co

Items for Fethard News
Items for inclusion on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to news@fethard.com or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

Chinese to reopen under new management
The Oriental Gardens Chinese Restaurant at Lonergan’s, The Square, will reopen under new management on Sunday, September 23. The new restaurant, trading under ‘The Golden Dragon’ are successfully operating in neighbouring Killenaule for many years and have now extended their business to Fethard. Contact details will remain the same, Tel: 052 6132914.

John and Roseanne Carroll, proprietors at Lonergans Bar, would like to sincerely thank all their restaurant customers in the past and hope for your continued support for the Golden Dragon.

Johnny Duhan at Crocanoir
The legendary singer/songwriter, Johnny Duhan, will play at Crocanoir on Saturday September 29. Johnny started his career as a fifteen-year-old front man with Granny’s Intentions, the most popular beat group in Ireland in the 1960s. After rousing Dublin with their soul touch, they moved to London, were signed to the prestigious Deram label, enjoyed considerable success and disbanded before Johnny was twenty-one. Johnny started writing folk songs, poetry and prose at this stage. In a career spanning 40 years, his greatest achievement is a quartet of epic albums - Just Another Town, To The Light, The Voyage and Flame - which correspond to the four chapters of his lyrical autobiography, ‘To The Light’.
Johnny’s songs are sung worldwide in a variety of languages, thanks to the focus put on them by Christy Moore, The Dubliners, Mary Black and hosts of other Irish and international singers.

His song The Voyage has become a modern classic. Christy Moore has termed Johnny “One of our greatest songwriters.” And the late Ronnie Drew described him as, “One of my favourite songwriters”.
Concert starts at 8pm for tickets phone: (052) 9153117.

Community Council News
The last meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council was held on Tuesday, September 11, in the Tirry Centre and was attended by: Joe Kenny, Edwina Newport, Deirdre Brady, Carmel Kiely, Marie Murphy, Pamela Sweeney, Joe Keane            , Brian Sheehy, Thelma Griffith, Peter Grant, Tom McGrath and Maurice Moloney.

Plans for the proposed playground in Fethard are steadily making progress. An inspector from the water council visited the site and recommended fencing the entire river area as a safety precaution. Other than that he was very happy with the site. We are awaiting for an engineer from the senior planning department to inspect the site.
The layout of the playground in relation to the overall site development was discussed and it was decided to organise a meeting between the relevant involved parties the second week in October to prepare a development plan for the area when a decision on our funding application for the project was known.

The application to South Tipperary County Council was for a total of €100,000 of which 70% of that amount may be funded leaving a balance of €30,000 to be raised.

Business and Tourism Group
Fethard Business and Tourism Group, a sub-committee of the Community Council, are progressing well with their plans for the Town Hall Development. The final set of draft plans have been received from Shaffrey Associates Architects, Dublin, and will be discussed this week.

Youth Centre
Committee members met with Ms Phil Shanahan and Richard Wood, TUS supervisor, on Friday, July 13, to discuss the future of the scheme. The need for a full time manager was again stressed. There are apprenticeship schemes and internships available, both of which were only for a period of nine months. We were advised that there was no FÁS projects or other funding available.

Lisa Kavanagh, Youth officer with the VEC Clonmel, requested a meeting to help discuss the issues of the Youth Centre and the meeting was held in the Tirry Centre on the September 6. Lisa, accompanied by Carmel O’Neill, acting CEO of the Tipperary Youth Services, advised that money is available from the National Lottery Funding, and that there could be facilitator hours available which may allow a youth leader work on individual projects. A meeting was organised with young people from the relevant age groups to ask them directly what they would like to do and get their feedback before putting the application forward.

Joe Kenny suggested a meeting on Wednesday, September 26, in the Youth Centre, with regard to the management of the centre and putting some structures in place.

Fire Safety
Among the items discussed on the night it was decided to look for additional quotations for servicing the fire equipment in both the Tirry Community Centre and the Youth Centre following advice that the previous supplier was no longer in business.

Tidy Towns up six points
Joe Keane said that he was delighted that Fethard was up six points on last year in the Tidy Towns National Competition results.



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