Thursday 11th October 2012

Married Bliss for 70 years
Congratulations to Madge and Jimmy Hurley, Congress Terrace, who are celebrating 70 years of marriage bliss. Madge and Jimmy married in Fethard Parish Church in 1942. Jimmy recalls cycling to the church for the wedding ceremony, the main mode of transport at that time. Madge also relates that times back then were simple and people never had much or wanted for much and were very happy overall.
Madge and Jimmy are still very happy and we wish them many more years of married bliss!

Patrician/Presentation Jottings

Ladies Football
Training has resumed on Tuesday evenings, 4pm to 4.45pm, for Ladies Football under the leadership of Mr Cummins and Mr Thomas McCarthy from the local club.

Cura Visit: On Tuesday last, two representatives from Cura gave a presentation to the 3rd Years on the work of the agency in Ireland.

Lunchtime Volleyball
Lunchtime volleyball continues to be popular in the school and provides good competition practice for pupils of all ages. This activity is run by the pupils who referee the matches and set up the teams themselves and only requires teacher supervision. Well done to First Year Shane Buckley who has already ably refereed some lunchtime games.

Welcome back
Welcome back to Presentation Sister, Sr. Juliana, who helps out on a voluntary basis in the Pastoral Care Department of the school. We are grateful for her help and support in this area.

Awards Day
There is an air of anticipation in the school as preparations are made for the school’s Annual Awards Ceremony and Opening Mass of the School Year on Friday next, October 12th. The organising committee of Ms Maher, Ms McKeogh and Mr Cummins has been working hard on the last minute details of the event.

School Choir
The School Choir has reassembled under the direction of Irish Teacher, Ms Raggett who has a lot of experience in this field. At the moment, they are focusing on preparations for the School Mass.

Youth Centre Booking
The Youth Center is now available for bookings and is run by a new voluntary committee. The hall can be hired out at an hourly rate to groups or organisations who wish to use it. The centre is an ideal venue for birthday parties as it also includes a forty-seated cinema and the main hall has a pool table, air hockey table, games table, table tennis and lots more. Tea/coffee making and kitchen facilities are also available in the hall. If you would like to make a booking please call Joan between 9am and 5pm at (052) 6131000.

Drama classes for 10 to 14 year olds
The Fionn MacCumhaill Players will commence drama classes in Fethard Youth Centre on this coming Friday, October 12, for six weeks from 7pm to 8pm.

If you are genuinely interested in drama and would like at some time in the future to be part of our drama group then come along to this course and see if it might be what you are looking for.

This is an introductory course to source out talent and hopefully we will be able to do a show in 2013. The six week course will cost €50 or €10 weekly. For further details contact Anne on 086 0834208.

The late Annie Connolly
The death has occurred (suddenly) on Friday, October 5, 2012, of Annie (Nan) Connolly (nee O'Meara), St Patricks Place, Fethard, Co Tipperary. Pre-deceased by her husband Liam. Deeply regretted by her brother Jim, her sisters Mary, Joan and Louise, her brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and large circle of friends. Funeral Mass took place on Monday, October 8, at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Books wanted for Youth Centre Library
It is hoped to open a public library in the Youth Center over the coming months Tipperary Libraries will help us but we need to gather as many books as we can ourselves. We need all types of books, hobbies, science fiction, cookery, novels, childrens books, gardening etc. They will only accept books that are in excellent condition. Books can be dropped to the Youth Center on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next from 9am to 12am. If you have time on your hands and would be interested in helping out with the running of the library please give Joan a ring at Tel: (052) 6131000.

Fethard and District Open Coursing Club
Fethard and District Open Coursing Club will hold their AGM in Fethard Ballroom at 8pm on this Wednesday, October 10. New members are welcome to come along.

Emigrant’s Newsletter!
This year’s Emigrant’s Newsletter is now underway and we remind all club secretaries to send in their annual reports as soon as possible. We also 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 recall 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, current or old, are also very welcome.

The annual church gate collection in aid of publishing and posting the newsletter to our emigrants free of charge every year will be held at the Halloween Bank Holiday Weekend, October 27 and 28. Donations can also be made online at www.fethard.com/donate/
We ask for your continued support and also to send us any new addresses or change of addresses, which may be many in this period of high emigration.

To join our mailing list or download past issues visit: www.emigrantsnewsletter.com
Articles or photographs can be submitted to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email to newsletter@fethard.com

The late Suzanne Opray
The death has occurred, peacefully, on October 4, 2012, of Suzanne Opray (nee Mills), Caherass Nursing Home, Co. Limerick, and formerly of Colman Cottage, Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Deeply regretted by her son Roderic Keating and daughter Jenny Cleary, her grandchildren Sarah, Simon and Tamarah, daughter-in-law, grandsons-in-law, great grandchildren, relatives and friends. Service takes place at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard on Wednesday, October 10, at 11.30am followed by cremation at The Island Crematorium in Cork.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The lucky numbers drawn on October 3 were: 2, 5, 20 and 24. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each €50 each: Albert McGivern, Fethard; Michael Russell and Jim Kenny, Cloneen, Drangan; and Michael Leahy, c/o Tom Purcell.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Tony Maher, c/o Lonergans; Ann Healy, Strylea, Fethard; and J. Mullins, c/o Tom Purcell.

The next Lotto draw will take place on October 10. The Jackpot prize is €4,900 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €490. 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.

Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game on Wednesday, September 19 were:
1st Gross: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny;
2nd Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
3rd Gross: Nell Broderick and David O'Meara;
4th Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn.

On Wednesday, September 26 we played for the Free Sub Gross and the results were:

1st Gross: Nell Broderick and David O'Meara (winners of free sub);
2nd Gross: Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh;
3rd Gross: Joan Kelly and Breda O'Grady;
1st Nett: Jim Lahert and Eileen Ryan;
2nd Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
3rd Nett: Annie O'Brien and Anne Connolly.

On October 24 we play for Hallowe'en prizes. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles 6132038.

Fethard & District Rugby Club
Fethard U10

Last Saturday Fethard RFC U10s travelled to Ashbourne RFC for a minis blitz. Fethard lost two and won two games. We were narrowly defeated by Lisburn and Dundalk Sharks but had two great wins against Cobh Pirates and Corrib. On the day all of the Fethard team gave 100%. In our forwards Oran Ryan, Oisín Smullen, Conor Walsh and Michael Scully kept the opposition busy with some great line breaks, fine tackling, and some superb tries. Toby Collier kept the game flowing with some good interplay between backs and forwards. In the backs Robert Wall and TJ Murphy showed a clean pair of heels to score terrific tries. Aaron Denny and our new man Daniel Boland were forever to the fore with hard tackling and great support play. Eoin O’Dwyer had a superb game and with his jinking runs left the opposition in his wake. This was a terrific performance and they should be all very proud of themselves, most especially the singing on the bus!

Fethard U17
Fethard’s U17s played Clonmel in a friendly on Sunday, October 7, which was a very competitive game for our first full game. First half was all defence with our lads putting in a lot of tackles, Kieran Whyte taking down anything that came his way. Cian O'Connell had a huge game and James Burns at scrum half played well for his maiden voyage in this position. He got injured just before half time leaving us with 14 players, Clonmel scored two tries.

It was 14-0 going into second half. Darren Prout made a fantastic cross field dash to save a certain try. Our lads woke up with Shane O'Connell, supported by the other forwards help James Burns (after a miraculous recovery) score our first try. Adam Fitzgerald went on to convert. Jodie Sheehan from the restart made great ground with the team working their way up to the Clonmel try line and David Heffernan a charge over the line to score our second try which was converted. Leaving the score 14-14, a fair result on the day. Well done lads.

U 17 Blitz
U17 blitz in Fethard RFC in aid of Zambia Immersion Project took place on Sunday, September 30. Eight teams took part in a very competitive competition. Fethard played Waterford City in their first game. A lot of mistakes were made but it was the first competitive game of the season for this newly formed team. Waterford City won the game 15-5. We went on to play Cashel in the semi final of the plate. There was a big improvement on our first game with the team starting to gel. The players put in some big hits with the forwards doing a huge amount of work allowing the backs to shine. Fethard won 19-7, a great boast for the boys. The final of the plate saw the team play a strong Kilfeacle team. It was a tough game which saw our backs run in four tries with Adam Fitzgerald converting all four and Fethard only conceding one try.

Well done to all the boys and especially Shane O'Connell who played his first game of rugby, a great addition to the team.

It was a great day for our U17s namely forwards: Cian O'Connell, Niall Kelly, Cathal Meagher, Adam Kealy, James Burns, Cathal O'Donnell, Shane O'Connell, Mathew Walsh, David Morgan and backs Paul Maloney, Adam Fitzgerald, Jodie Sheehan, Darren Prout and the legend that is 15 Kieran White who tacked everything that moved.
Thanks to Cashel, Waterpark, Waterford City, Kilfeacle, Carrick-on-Suir and Clan William rugby clubs for participating and well done to Waterpark Reds on winning the Cup Final.

Fethard U11
Our first away game of the season and the early start was too much for some, but having finally mustered a team Fethard faced up to Waterpark in a thrilling and hugely competitive match. Fierce tackling, strong running and good support work had Fethard going in at half-time only one point adrift. The second half saw Fethard putting in a terrific display for this early in the season and the scores came more regularly. Final score 12-9 to Fethard and a hard won victory.

Next up Dungarvan, with a physically imposing team and another hard fought game. What was encouraging here was our team’s refusal to be cowed by a bigger physical presence and we rucked and tackled like furies coming out of the game with the job well done. Our team was: Mathew Burke, Mathew Gleeson, Ian Harrington, Jack Hassett, Mark McCormack, Angus MacDonald, Sam Quigley, Richard Robinson and Eoin Walsh.

Fethard U13
Fethard U13s played their first league match at home on Sunday against Waterford City. It proved to be a good test for Fethard. Great tackling by Barry McGrath, David McCormack, Paddy Gaynor, Kieran O'Dwyer and Richard Anglim coupled with a great team performance allowed Fethard win out in the end with scores from Joe Carroll, Gavin Ryan, Peter Wall and Patrick Scully. Well done to all the team.

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.



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