Thursday 25th October 2012

‘Shadow of a Gunman’ play for Abymill
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 play centers on the mistaken identity of a building tenant who is thought to be an IRA assassin.

It is the first in O'Casey's ‘Dublin Trilogy’ – the other two being Juno and the Paycock (1924) and The Plough and the Stars (1926).
The cast includes Ann Connolly, Ann Walsh, Mia Treacy, Jimmy O’Sullivan, Liam O’Connor, Kieran Mullally, Gerry Fogarty, John Fogarty, Colm McGrath, Tom Gilpin and Ciarán Treacy. 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.

Clocks go back this weekend!
Don’t forget to set your clocks back by one hour at 1am on Sunday, October 28, and gain an extra hour for that extended lie-in this Halloween weekend.

Newsletter Church Gate Collection this weekend
The annual church gate collection for the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter will take place at Halloween next weekend, October 27 and 28. We ask for your support for this annual production, which is now in operation for over 50 years and posted free of charge to our emigrants and families living away from home. This year, with emigration again rising steadily, we depend on your continued support to provide this much appreciated service to our parish emigrants.

Donations can be handed in to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or alternatively put in an envelope with your name and address and handed in at our Church Gate Collection next weekend. All donations of €10 and over will be acknowledged in this year’s issue of the Newsletters.

All outstanding articles, photographs and items for inclusion in this year’s newsletter should be submitted before the end of October to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email to newsletter@fethard.com

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

The late Jim O’Meara
The death has occurred on Friday, October 19, of Jim O'Meara of St Patricks Place, Fethard. Jim was a very popular member of Fethard Community and very active in sporting circles, in particular, Fethard Sports Centre in the 1970s and again in 1987-88 when the season saw a very welcome revival of handball at the centre culminating in Jim O’Meara winning the Masters 40x20 County Championship title. Jim was also an active member and supporter of Fethard & Killusty Community Games, Fethard GAA and Killusty Soccer Club.
Our sympathy to his daughter Norah, sons Denis, Willie and Jimmy, extended family and friends. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Juvenile GAA Club News
Saturday, October 27, will be the last training day for U6, U8 and U10 training, starting as normal from 11am until 12 noon. We will also be selling the remainder of our stock, some at special prices. Lost property will be on hand for anyone who lost items during Cúl Camp as well as uncollected prizes.

The AGM for the Juvenile Club is on Friday, November 2, at 8pm in the Tirry Centre. All nominations for Juvenile Board to be in by October 29, you can email, secretarybng.fethard.tipperary@gaa.ie
We ask that all members and parents of players attend our AGM and we also invite anyone interest in helping next year.

Fethard Ladies Football
Our Under 12 team had their last get-together for 2012 on Saturday, October 20. The girls were brilliant on the day, only losing the league final by a very late point. This group of girls were a pleasure to train throughout the year, and we look forward to having them back in training for 2013. Many thanks to Bernadette, Jacqui, Miceál, Mark and Michael for their coaching support.

The Gaelic4Mothers team competed in the National Blitz at Portmarnock on Saturday, October 20, where they played 9 games of between 10 and 15 minutes against teams from Cork, Armagh, Down, Dublin, Tyrone, Antrim, Roscommon and Kildare. Fethard won all but one of their games, and came away with some superb memories. Many thanks to Patricia Fitzgerald for managing the team, and to the trainers M.J. Croke and Tommy Sheehan.

The Fethard Ladies Football club extends their deepest sympathies to the O'Meara family on the bereavement of their father and grandfather Jim O'Meara RIP.

Zumba Classes at Youth Centre
Ladies don’t forget Zumba classes on every Tuesday night in the Youth Center at 8.30pm, one hour of great workout and having great fun at the same time. A great way to keep fit and loose weight. Zumba Fitness is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music and contagious steps to form a ‘fitness-party’ that is downright addictive.

Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world's largest and most successful dance-fitness program with more than 14 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries.

Books still needed for Library at Youth Centre
Thank you to everybody that left books in for the library, unfortunately we still need more books, so if you have any unwanted books that are in excellent condition please bring them to the youth center Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday morning between 10am and 12am or Friday from 7pm to 9pm

Slimming by Hypnosis
A six-week slimming through hypnosis class will be starting soon at Fethard Youth Center / Convent Hall. Hypnosis will have you looking great and loosing weight for the festive season. To book your place or find out more about phone Genevieve at Tel: 085 2709789.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The lucky numbers drawn on October 17 were: 9, 16, 28 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Robert O'Riordan, Cloran, Cloneen; Bridget Hayes, Main Street, Fethard; and Henry Smyth, Moyglass, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Betty Walsh, c/o Kitty O'Donnell, A. Moloney, Abbeyview, Fethard; and Liam O'Connor, Knockelly Road, Fethard.

The next Lotto draw will take place on October 24. The Jackpot prize is €5,200 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €520. 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.

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.

Fethard Rugby Club
Fethard U10s had two games last Sunday. The first game against Waterpark was a very close encounter and although Fethard got off to a poor start they recovered well to earn a draw. In the second game against Nenagh we had a great win. There was a vast improvement in ball retention and rucking this week. Finally we hope Cathal Foley is fully recovered after his knock and look forward to seeing him back training on Friday night.

The change in the weather brought a boost to the U11’s spirit this Sunday as Fethard played host to Waterpark and Nenagh RFCs. They played Waterpark first and a gripping grappling half it proved to be with Fethard’s rucking skills much improved since their defeat last week. Waterpark are no slouches and very skilful running and neat passing play put them ahead at half-time by 3 scores to 1. Fethard pulled themselves together in the second half and the sense of teamwork missing in the first half came out strongly. The rucks were made and won, tackles completed, passes went to hand and Fethard overhauled their opponents winning handsomely in the end. In the second game Nenagh produced the first score which brought an overconfident Fethard to their senses. Despite very quick runners and a fabulous commitment it soon became apparent that this was Nenagh’s first outing of the season and short of match practice allowed Fethard runaway winners at the end. Fethard Team: Mathew Burke, Ethan Coen, Eabha Fitzgerald, Mathew Gleeson, Ian Harrington, Jack Hassett, Angus MacDonald, Mark McCormack, Sam Quigley, Richard Robinson, Eoin Walsh and Ryan Walsh. Their best performance yet.

Fethard U12s first game against Waterpark proved to be a tough contest. Fethard scored two great tries in the second half but Waterpark proved to be the better team. Nenagh played us next and it was a much tighter affair with both teams trading tries. This game ended in a draw. We wish Sean Carey from Nenagh a speedy recovery from his injury, looking forward to seeing Sean in Fethard soon.
Fethard Ladies numbers are on the increase with over 18 players training every Friday. Valerie is eagerly looking forward to some matches with her team if they play as good as they train they will take some beating!

Fethard U15s had no game on Sunday so the coaches took full advantage of the fine morning and had a good training session. Looking forward to seeing everybody on Friday night at training.

Music at Crocanoir
On this Friday October 26, we look forward to Colum Sands, a member of the internationally renowned Sands Family from County Down, who is one of Crocanoir’s most popular performers. Colum has performed in over thirty countries around the world, confirming the universal appeal for the songs and stories with which he observes the small and often humorous details of life.

Momentum is also growing for the arrival of ace guitarist Arty McGlynn on Saturday, November 3, who will be joined on the night by Jim Rooney and Mick Daly. Arty McGlynn is in demand as a top guitarist and record producer. He has played with everyone from Van Morrison to Mark Knopfler and Liam O’Flynn.

For further information and tickets contact John at Tel: (052) 9153117

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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