Thursday 27th September 2012

Musical Society commence rehearsals for ‘Carrie’
Slievenamon Musical Society has commenced rehearsals for this year's show, Carrie, written by Wesley Burrows of Glenroe fame, a great comedy based in a Dublin hotel in the 1950s. Music was written by Michael Coffey and the songs have a great comic element to them also with titles such as 'Matter a Dam', ‘Tenement Town', 'The Pleasure and the Sin' to name but a few.

If you would like to join up we'd love to see you at rehearsals each Monday, Wednesday and Friday night in Cloneen hall at 8pm. More men are required but women are more than welcome also. The show will run from November 29 to December 2. Auditions will take place this week so come along and join us! For enquiries phone Pamela at 087 3283074.

Community Allotments
Fethard Community Allotments are looking to hear from anybody interested in having or sharing an allotment in Fethard. We are hoping to have a more central site which will facilitate everyone in the community. Please contact Jimmy on 086 3088049 or (052) 6132277 for more details.

Fashion Show for Fethard RFC
Fethard Rugby Club are holding a Fundraising Fashion Show with a cheese and wine reception at 7.15pm on Thursday, October 4, in the Clonmel Park Hotel with Celia Holman Lee's models on the catwalk at 8.15pm. Your support on the night and valuable assistance on selling tickets is of vital importance to raise much needed funds to keep the club going throughout the year. There are amazing prizes on offer of a hotel break, spa treatment, dinner voucher, travel voucher and many more.

Tickets at €20 each, along with a goodie bag on the night, are available from Theresa Kavanagh 086 0757836, Mary Lynch 086 1688158, Deirdre O'Dwyer 086 3821474, Marisa McCormack 087 054346, Ronnie Meagher 087 2557600, Margaret Ryan 087 2520751 and Polly 086 3394959.

Tidy Towns prepare for another year 
Fethard Tidy Towns committee would like to thank all who helped in any way during the past year. The adjudication report for this year is now out and we were quite happy with the results. We received 31 marks out of 50 for the overall development approach; built environment 37 out of 50 marks; landscaping 38 out of 50 marks; wildlife and natural amenities 25 out of 50 marks. Litter control, 35 out of 50 marks, is one of the major problems in the town and countryside. We ask people to be more litter aware and use the litter bins provided – there’s never one too far away from where ever you are. Waste minimisation control for recycling bottles and cans at the bring centre 8 out of 20 marks; residential areas 23 out of 40 marks; roads, streets and back areas 30 out of 50 marks; general impression 7 out of 10.

Overall we did very well gaining six marks on last year. The committee would like to congratulate Holy Trinity National School on their first Green Flag award. Well done to all. There is a lot of work currently underway and we could always do with more help. Please contact any member for further information.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday
The annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service will take place in the Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Main Street, on this coming Sunday, September 30, at 7.30pm. Refreshments served afterwards. All are welcome to come along.

Holy Trinity National School Parents Association
Holy Trinity National School Parents Association will hold their annual church gate collection on this coming weekend Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. Please support your local school.

Fethard Bridge Club
On September 26 Fethard Bridge Club 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.

Table Quiz at Butlers
Butlers Bar will host a table quiz on this Friday, September 28, in aid of Brain Injury victims. Your support would be very much appreciated for this worthy cause.

Highspeed Broadband solution for South Tipp
Are you one of the many people in South Tipperary who are either unable to get Internet coverage or receive a very poor service? Well now there is help at hand, KBO Ltd, a Limerick based telecommunications company and one of Ireland’s leading Broad band providers, have appointed local man Michael Walsh as their Field Sales agent for South Tipperary.

KBO specialise in Satellite Broadband aimed at both the residential and business markets. With speeds from 8 to 18mbps they can offer comprehensive packages to suit any customer. KBO Ltd are also providers of Satellite Telephones, CCTV security and satellite Television including both Sky and saorview.

Michael who is based in Jossestown, Fethard is available to deal with all enquiries and can advice you on the best package to meet your requirements.  For further information Michael can be contacted at 085 7075384.

Fethard GAA Club News
On Saturday evening last in Ardfinnan our Junior B football team advanced to the South final when they defeated near neighbours Moyle Rovers by a scoreline of Fethard 1-13, Moyle Rovers 1-4. Both teams had their moments in the first half with ‘The Blues’ leading at the 30 minute mark. In the second half we took complete control of matters and ran out easy winners. To be fair to the opposition we were a bit on the strong side with a well balanced youth and mature selection who jelled well under the steward ship of P.J. Aherne, their captain. The elders on the side showed amazing cuteness not to mention the short bursts of speed that they produced on occasions. Paul Kenny in goal had a lapse of concentration in the first half but his judgement at a later stage saved a certain goal and helped in no way to spur on the boys.

When Darra O’Meara was introduced he upped the ante for the blues and this should see him start in the final against Cahir. P.J. Aherne played a captain’s part with his never-say-die attitude and brilliant passes. Miceál Spillane, Willie Morrissey, Martin Coen and Johnny Neville were inspirational in their deliveries in the forward line and showed that their spirit is still strong. At No 3, Michael Moroney was sound and took no nonsense, and likewise the corners Ian Kenrick, and Peter Gough, stood their ground. The half-back line of Frankie O’Donovan, Damien Byrne and Ronan Allen were reliable. Cathal Hurley and P.J. Aherne did well in the centre of the field and kept a good supply of ball to the forwards. The half-line of Eugene Walsh, Willie Morrissey and Brian Healy also had their moments. Subs used were: D. Tobin, A. Burke, D. O’Meara and J. Fitzgerald.

Belated best wishes to our treasurer Stephen Fitzgerald on winning a car in the Tipperary County Board draw. Also belated congrats to Michael Ryan, Tullamaine, for his management skills on guiding the Tipperary Intermediate hurlers to victory over Kilkenny in the all Ireland. Hopefully he will get the chance to guide the Tipperary seniors in the not to distance future. Well done Mike, from the Fethard club which you served loyally for many years.

Fethard Choral Group
Rehearsals for the choral group continue at Abymill Theatre on Sunday evenings. Sunday, September 30 will be the ladies’ turn again, 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.

Autumn Workshops
Autumn Workshops will take place at the Common Thread Café, Parnell Street, Clonmel, facilitated by Deirdre Brady, Reiki & Seichim Master (Tera Mai), starting on Saturday, September 29, from 3pm to 5pm. The theme is ‘Time for Me’ includes angel cards, breathing techniques, relaxation exercises, guided meditation and refreshments. €20 session.

On Saturday, October 6, from 2.30pm to 5 pm, the theme is ‘Making a Vision Board’ where you can have some fun creating your very own vision board and help to manifest your dreams. Starting with angel card and short meditation followed by some fun creating your own personal vision board. Cork boards, all materials and lots of pictures and inspiring words provided. Participants are asked to bring photos and personal items that they might like to use. Refreshments provided. €50 session.

Saturday, October 20, from 10am to 5 pm: Reiki 1 initiation and workshop which is a full day Introduction to Reiki 1 (Tera Mai). AM: angel cards and guided meditation followed by initiation. Break for lunch from 1pm to 2pm (bring your own). PM: theory and Reiki practice. Refreshments, manual and Reiki 1 certificate provided. €100 session.

For more info and to register for any of the above, please contact me on 086 6006283 (052) 6132277 or email deebrady7@gmail.com

Children’s six-week acting course at Fethard Youth Centre
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 on Friday, October 5, in the Youth Centre Fethard. The course will also run in Cloneen on Tuesdays.

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 Athletic Club
Training has recommenced for the coming athletic season at the community field on the Killenaule Road. Sessions start at 7pm on Monday and Thursday nights and continue until 8pm. All are welcome to attend.

We intend to run a cross-country under lights again, as we did the year before last. We plan to have five races, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 kl over the five sessions with an overall winners list, starting time will be 7.15pm on Thursday night September 27. Entry fee is €5 each night.
Registration is due shortly if you intent to run in the Tipperary County Novice on October 9, in Powerstown Park, Clonmel.

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 & Killusty Community Lotto
The lucky numbers drawn on September 19 were: 11, 22, 26 and 27. There was no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Pat Brett, Drumdeel, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Philly Kenny, Hillview, Fethard; Brendan Brett, The Valley, Fethard; and John O'Brien, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.

The next Lotto draw will take place on September 26. The Jackpot prize is €4,600 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €460. 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.

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.

Rugby Club back in action
Fethard U7 and U8
Fethard hosted Kilfeacle for their first match of the season and. The fine weather brought a wonderful turnout of players and their families. It was wonderful to see you all. Welcome to our Under 7s of Gavin Neville, Charlie Walsh, Codi Grogan, Millie Sheehan, Sean Fitzgerald and Bill Smyth. The six players are great to get involved and have shown enthusiasm with plenty of promise already when joining in with a fun game of tip rugby amongst themselves with our Under 8s. The U8’s panel consisted of Robbie Cleere, William Noonan, Oisin Ryan, Conor Treacy, Adam O'Connell, Mark Neville, Andrew Wall, Clodagh Foley, Pairic Heffernan, David McCormack, Padriag O'Dwyer, Michael James Phelan, Jack Quinlan, Tomas Ryan, Louis Ryan, Luke Ryan and Tom Smyth. A great panel of 17 who showed plenty of passing, good turning in or before the tackle, support for each other and tackling. We look forward to continued enjoyable Rugby for the season ahead.

Fethard U9
On Sunday last we were host to Kilfeacle at the minis level. Our U9s had a fine win against a spirited Kilfeacle team with Fethard lads Conor Neville, James McCormack and Charlie Cummins tackling everything that moved. The Ruttle boys, Ben and Stuart, and Conor Walsh had great games. Our thanks to Kilfeacle for a great sporting game.

Fethard U10
What a great start to the season for this team, it was a brisk morning for a rugby match this did not deter this bunch of young players. There was really great passages of play with some good line breaks being made, with some powerful tackles being made, in having said that there is still room for improvement with some of the lads a small bit rusty, looking forward to seeing everybody at training on Friday new players always welcome.

Fethard U13
We had our first practice match of the season against Clanwilliam and the boys had a very nervous start as, for most of them, it was their first 15 a side game and Clanwilliam ran in two early tries, one of which they converted. However, once we got our bearings, we contested much better and David McCormack broke from the back of the ruck and grounded for our first try. The lads, captained by Jack O'Rourke, put in some very hard tackles and a lot of hard work which resulted in Patrick Scully scoring our second try followed by James Phillips scoring another later in the game, converted by Daragh Lynch. We started to tire towards the end and Clanwilliam’s fitness helped them to two more tries. The game ended 22-17 to Clanwilliam but the signs are good for us to compete very highly at U13s this year. Fethard RFC can be proud of the effort put in by all players. Well done lads.

Fethard U15
These lads clocked up their second win of the season accounting for Thurles last weekend and a fine Clanwilliam team this Sunday. The team on Sunday was lead by Griffith Ivors, who was assisted by John Clancy, Gearóid Fahey, Michael Gaynor and the up and coming Tim Daly. Aaron Smullen, Jack Kealy, Andrew O'Connell and the Ivors cousins, Richie and Oran, had great games. Luke Grant, Ross McCormack and Mark Heffernan had great performances also. Training continues on Fridays at 8pm and all new and old players very welcome

Many thanks to all the parents who brought biscuits and cakes for after-match refreshments. All is much appreciated. Furthermore, a huge big ‘thank you’ to all the ladies and gents who managed the serving in the clubhouse. Not forgetting the great coaches for their time. See everyone at training on Friday evening. New members and new coaches are always welcome to our Club. Please come along to training on Friday night at 6.45pm.

Fethard J2
Fethard senior team started off this season as the finished up last season with two great wins in the Gleeson League! Last week we had a great win against Kilfeacle scoring three great tries in a game we won 21 points to 16. Nick Hoynes, Willie Power and Philip Ivors scoring these great tries and Declan Doyle scoring three great penalties!

This Sunday we lined out against Clonmel and despite being short many regulars, Fethard dug in and never relented to earn the well deserved win by 6 points to 3. The much younger and probably less experienced Fethard team played with exceptional heart, with Shane Kavanagh and Philips Ivors sawing down everything in the centre, tries were going to be hard to come by! Cliff O’Halloran, Kevin Hayes, Dave Kelly and our new brothers, Chris and Rob Bannister, were to the fore in the forwards. Matthew Ryan and Conor Kavanagh were others that shined. Next week we face Clanwilliam in the league. Training continues Tuesdays and Fridays at 8pm. New players always welcome.



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