Thursday 18th October 2012

Patrician Presentation Students’ Awards Day 
The Patrician Presentation Secondary School Annual Awards Day and opening Mass of the school year took place in the school on Friday, October 12, and was attended by members of the Board of Management, members of the Parents’ Association and parents of award-winning students.

The school’s mission is to encourage each pupil to achieve their potential in a caring and Christian community and the Awards’ Day reflects this mission. Congratulations to all award winners and their families. The guest speaker on the day was past-pupil, Mr Conor Kane who is a well-known freelance journalist in the South-East.

The presentation of awards followed:
The ‘Student of the Year’ awards were presented by Conor Kane to: Sadhbh Horan (2nd Year), Orla Walsh (3rd Year), Brian Healy (6th Year). Rachel Prout was presented with the ‘Best Leaving Certificate’ award for 2012.

School principal, Mr Ernan Britton presented the ‘Padraig Pearse Award’ for best Junior Cert result in Irish, History and English, to Kate Quigley, and the ‘Paddy Broderick Award’ for Junior Cert results in Geography to Kate O’Donnell.

Retired vice-principal, Mrs Marian Gilpin, was in attendance to present the annual L.A.M. (Literary Arts and Music) award to the School Choir. The award was accepted on behalf of the choir by Katie Whyte and Tara Horan

English teacher, Ms Majella Whelan, presented the Fethard ‘Quill Awards’ to Timmy Hurley (Junior) and Tara Horan (Senior).
Sports awards, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, were presented by Mr Justin McGree to both Kate Davey and Thomas Channon.

Ms Marie Maher presented Student Council Certificates to: Dominik Adamczak, Dylan Maher, John Paul Fitzgerald, Rachael O’Meara, Corey Carroll, Annie Prout, Eoghan Hurley, Kate Quigley, Molly O’Dwyer and Michelle Carroll.

Mentors Certificates and Trophies were presented by Conor Kane to: Molly O’Dwyer, Danielle Sheehan, Tara Horan, Michelle Walsh and Lucinda Carroll.

Attendance and Punctuality Award winners for the previous school year were called by Mr Britton and presented by Conor Kane: Kate Davey for 1st Year 2011, Katie Whyte 2nd Year 2011, Cormac Horan 3rd Year 2011, James Maher and Michelle Walsh joint winners for 4th Year 2011, and Cathal Hurley 5th Year 2011.

Special Achievement Awards, sponsored by AIB, were presented by Ms Pat Looby and Mr John Cummins to Kate O’Donnell and Rachel O’Meara for Art, and to Cormac Horan for Woodwork.

Mr Britton then made a presentation of a framed Millennium Sunrise print to guest speaker and past-pupil, Conor Kane, before thanking pupils, parents and guests and concluding the award ceremony for 2012.

Evan wins Masters Superbike Cup Championship
Well done to Evan Delaney, Redcity, Fethard, who won the 2012 Adelaide Masters Superbike Cup Championship at Mondello Park on October 7, 2012. In this Superbike Cup class, Evan and Melvin Hollingsworth tied for first place on the final day, with Evan declared champion on the basis that he won three races compared to Hollingsworth’s two victories.

Evan would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped and supported him in any way throughout the year.

The late Sr. Philomena Croke
The death has occurred on Saturday, October 13, of Sr. Philomena Croke, Presentation Convent, Fethard. The late Sr. Philomena recently celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday, August 20, 2012.
Sr Philomena was born in Ballingarry and left there at the age of two to live in, Jamestown, Mullinahone. Her father, John, was a creamery manager in Ballingarry for 42 years and her mother, Ellen (Egan), died at the young age of 41, during childbirth of their seventh child, Bernadette.

While going to school in Callan, Sr. Philomena had very happy memories being taught by the Sacred Heart of Mary nuns and made her mind up that she’d like to join them. This she did on September 24, 1930. The order then amalgamated with Thurles Presentation Convent in 1931.

Sr. Finbar went to Thurles as a postulant on April 19, of that year, Sr. Agatha and Sr. Philomena went to Thurles the following day to the noviciate and in 1933 were professed in Thurles. In July 1933, Sr. Philomena, Sr. Finbar and Sr. Agatha came to Fethard where they taught in the primary school up to their retirement.

The Presentation Sisters, up to the 1960s, were not allowed to go any place in Fethard even though they were teaching local history. Sr. Philomena recalled that she didn’t know much about the town except what she could see from the convent. They were allowed go to the old gate and out to the parish church but couldn’t go beyond there. Archbishop Dr. Thomas Morris gave the Sisters permission to take a walk once a year, and eventually permission to go as often as they wished.

Sr. Philomena, speaking of teaching methods at that time, said it was easier to discipline children in those days. There was more parental control in those days and you’d always have the parents on your side.
Sr. Philomena will be well remembered in Fethard for her teaching of the piano and violin. Madge Danaher was her first pupil in Fethard. During her time Sr. Philomena taught music to over eighty pupils, many who have since gone on to excel in music in their adult lives.

Sr. Philomena lived a full and rewarding life, leaving those who had the pleasure of meeting her, far richer for the experience. May she rest in peace.

Funeral Mass took place on Monday, October 15, in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery.

Fethard Players rehearse O’Casey play
Fethard Players will stage Sean O’Casey’s war of independence play, ‘The Shadow of a Gunman’ in the Abymill Theatre on two consecutive weekends in November, Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 and the following weekend on November Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18.

A classic of the Irish theatre, it is funny, poignant and entertaining. The cast includes Ann Connolly, Ann Walsh, Mia Treacy, Jimmy O’Sullivan, Liam O’Connor, Kieran Mullally, Gerry Fogarty, John Fogarty and Colm McGrath. The play is produced by Austy O’Flynn and booking is now open at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard from 10am to 1pm or by Tel: (052) 6131254 or 087 1604260.

Fethard GAA Club News
Top marks to our Junior B football team who took the honours over Cahir at Ned Hall Park on Sunday last. The team gave great enjoyment to their loyal followers and indeed to the management team of Jimmy O’Shea, Paul Fitzgerald, Brendan Brett and Pat Sheehan, who guided them on their way.

Early in the game Fethard took the lead but Cahir kept in touch throughout the first period. Fethard had a goal in the first quarter compliments of Miceál Spillane. Cahir came back and levelled and at half time we were down five points on a score of 2-5 to 1-3.

Not long into the second half we began to claw back the lead and within fifteen minutes we were level. Cahir moved away again but with Miceál ‘Hammer’ Spillane in sparkling free-taking form we came back to one point. Our superior fitness and cuteness came in to play and with seven minutes to go we moved away and finished strongly to win by 1-13 to 2-8.

All in all it was a good game especially in the second half when Michael Moroney and Damien Byrne combined well in front of the posts. Young Ronan Allen at number seven was solid, as was Frankie O’Donovan until his retirement.

P.J. Ahearn and Cathal Hurley in the center of the field where unyielding with Hurley scoring a great point near the end that settled the team.

The old guard of Willy Morrissey, Martin Coen, Miceál Spillane and Michael Quinlan (when he came on) were just a little too experienced for the Cahir defence. All in all it was a good game and gave us a title in our 125th year which will keep the  ‘wheels on the wagon’ until we settle in the New Year.

Team was: Paul Kenny, Peter Gough, Michael Moroney, Ian Kenrick, Frank O’Donovan, Damien Byrne, Ronan Allan, P.J. Ahern (captain), Cathal Hurley, Eugene Walshe, Willy Morrissey, Darren O’Meara, Martin Coen, Miceál Spillane and Brian Healy.  Subs were: M. Quinlan for F. O’Donovan, C. Butler for D. O’Meara, J. Neville for B. Healy, D. Tobin for E. Walshe, K. O’Connell for Ian Kenrick.

Sports Centre Collection
Thanks to all who subscribed to the church gate collection for the Sports Centre on Sunday last. This facility is run by the GAA and is a great asset to the town and parish.

Our sympathy to the Mathews family in Kerry Street on the death of their mother Ann, wife of the late Georgie Mathews.

Condolences also to the Dineen family on the death of Lory Dineen who died in  Tramore recently.

The recent death of Jim McCormack, Kerry Street, saw one of the few remaining members of the famous Coolmoyne hurling team to win a county hurling title, pass to his eternal reward. A quite and affectionate gentleman, Jim was as sweet as they came to wield the camáin and his great encounter with the legend from Holycross, John Doyle, are still spoken about in senior circles in the GAA fraternity in the parish of Fethard and Killusty.

Emigrant’s Newsletter articles or photographs
Please send in your club reports, personal articles and photographs for inclusion in this year’s edition of the Emigrant’s Newsletter as soon as possible. Please also send us any new addresses or change of addresses of your family members living away from home. To join our mailing list online visit: www.emigrantsnewsletter.com
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 October 10 were: 12, 21, 23 and 26. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Edwina Newport, Main Street, Fethard; Mary O'Dwyer, Knockelly Road, Fethard; and Nicole Moloney, Abbeyview, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Eileen Tobin, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; Monica Pollard, Rocklow Road, Fethard; and Hannie Leahy, Annsgift, Fethard.

The next Lotto draw will take place on October 17. The Jackpot prize is €5,050 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €505. 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
On Wednesday, October 4, we played for the Free Sub Nett and the results were:
1st Nett: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny (winners of free sub);
2nd Nett: Mary Delaney and Rita Holohan;
3rd Nett: Kathleen Kenny and Ann O'Dea;
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Carol Kenny;
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
3rd Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh.

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

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday, October 23, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street.

St. Vincent de Paul
The local society of St. Vincent de Paul may be in a position to give some small help to deserving cases of those attending Third Level Education Courses. Please contact any committee member or the secretary on Tel: 6131852 for an application form.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal
The Christmas Shoebox Appeal is an Irish project that promises to get your 'Christmas Shoebox' into the hands of a needy child in Eastern Europe. All they ask is for you to fill a shoebox with a range of simple Christmas gifts, and drop it off at your local drop off point before November 12. All you need to do is get an average size shoebox (or a plastic storage container would also be great), and wrap it with Christmas paper. Choose who you'd like to receive your gift – a boy or a girl, in one of three age groups: 2-4 years, 5-9 years or 10-14 years.

For further information contact Monica Pollard, at Centra Foodmarket, or by Tel: 087 1258591.

‘Ireland Reaching Out’
An information evening for ‘Ireland Reaching Out’ will take place in The Village Inn, Moyglass on Thursday next, October 18, at 8.30pm. Ireland Reaching Out (a fore-runner of The Gathering concept) and was founded by businessman Mike Feerick in 2009 to get parish natives to come back to their roots.

Community activation officer, Henry Healy, cousin of Barack Obama from Moneygall, will give a presentation on the Ireland Reaching Out idea and how it might be used in the Moyglass/Fethard area.
Interest in the Ned Kelly story and the Kelly Clan/Australian Irish connection and a planned upcoming Nationwide TV programme on the Ned Kelly story are the reasons for the 'activity' in the Moyglass area at this time. It is over 20 years now since the Fethard Historical Society confirmed that the Kelly family came from Clonbrogan, Moyglass and also produced the booklet, 'Ned Kelly - One of Our Own', at that time. All and sundry are welcome to attend on Thursday night.

Munster Ladies Football
Patrician Presentation Fethard Secondary School competed in the Munster Ladies Football Competition on Wednesday, October 10, against the Presentation Limerick. This was a very exciting and entertaining opening group match.

The Limerick girls provided stiff opposition, however, the Fethard girls went on to record a well-earned victory against a fancied Limerick side. The final score was the Patrician Presentation Secondary School Fethard 5-17, Presentation Limerick 7-4.

The Fethard Team Members were: Sadhbh Horan, Louise Fitzgerald, Kiya Lawrence, Tara Regan, Chloe Lawrence, Molly O’Meara, Carly Tobin, Annie Prout, Kate Davey, Emma Cronin, Jessie McCarthy, Megan Coen, Ciara Hayes, Katie Whyte and Megan McCarthy.
Well done to all involved in this victory.

Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Road Safety Programme

On Thursday last, October 11, TY pupils and some Fifth Year pupils attended a very interesting road safety seminar presented by Mr Michael Gleeson of O’Gorman Motors, Newport, who invented the MOG car, which has been modified to show all working parts through the removal of panels. Mr Gleeson emphasised the importance of car maintenance and increased the pupils’ awareness of the dangers on the road.

Visit from Aware
Ms Oonagh Hogan from Aware will speak to the senior pupils on Mental Health Issues on Tuesday, October 16.

Cyberbullying Seminar
A seminar on Cyberbullying will be held in the school on Monday, October 22. It will be facilitated by Mr Pat Courtney and by Garda Sergeant John Burke. All parents from the area are invited to attend this seminar. Be informed. Know what social media sites your children view and learn what you as parents can do to counteract the effects of these sites. Mr Courtney is the Anti-Bullying Co-ordinator in the Department of Education SPHE support service and has much expertise in the area of Cyberbullying.

Fethard Rugby Club news
Our Under 7s played well last Sunday morning and the Under 8s had a wonderful turnout, so much so that we were able to field two teams. Fethard U10s had a thrilling game against Cashel RFC on Sunday last. The team showed great determination to win this game by the narrowest of margins. Fethard rose to the occasion by going ahead into the last quarter 1 try up and defended this lead bravely until the final whistle, with some fine tackling despite some ferocious Cashel pressure.

Starting well, Fethard U11s looked the more composed and positive side but Cashel came back to lead at half-time. The second half started with Cashel running in two quick scores! Fethard never really recovered and although they battled well they could not close the scoreline. Well done Cashel!

Fethard U13s away game to Clonmel proved to be a very eventful encounter, with a final score of 40 - 12 in favour of Fethard. Patrick Scully scored 3 tries, with a try each from Joe Carroll, Darragh Lynch and Jack O'Rourke, and five conversions from Darragh, there was also great support play from a 22-man squad. Best wishes to Patrick Scully who sustained an ankle injury.

Fethard Ladies Under 16 and Under 18 are training well and numbers are increasing each week. New girls are always welcome at training from 8pm. We look forward to our next games at the Munster arranged tournament on Saturday, November 3, at Thurles.

We look forward to seeing everyone at training on Friday evening of 6.45pm to 8pm. New members are always welcome. Remember if you would like to receive the match texts please contact your coach direct. The Minis are home with a Blitz playing Waterpark and Nenagh next Sunday October 21. We ask parents to please provide sandwiches, cakes, snacks etc for the visiting teams and our own players. We would also really appreciate parents’ support next Sunday helping with the distribution in the Club House.

A huge thanks to all those who supported our Fashion Show fundraiser recently in the Clonmel Park Hotel.  A special thanks to all the local shops who supported us, to Celia Holman Lee and her models on the catwalk, and our local models and organising committee – a wonderful group of ladies who made the evening very enjoyable. We are very fortunate to have such wonderful fashions at great value so near, so remember to ‘Shop locally’.

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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