Thursday 15th November 2012

A big ‘thank you’ from Hilda 
Hilda Laslett shaved her hair off on Saturday night last at The Village Inn, Moyglass, in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland. The support Hilda received on the night and in the lead up to the event was unbelievable, a total of  €6,600 was raised and there still is a few Euro outstanding. Hilda would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who supported her in any way and made the night so successful. Fethard now has its own Sinead O’Connor lookalike . . . Well done Hilda!

Christmas themed weekend for Fethard
This December we hope to have a Christmas themed weekend in Fethard for the young and not so young to enjoy. The weekend will begin on Friday, December 7, when Santa has a visit to Fethard planned. He will be in town to turn on the Christmas lights and then visit the Youth Center where a Christmas Market will be held from 5pm to 8pm. Anybody interested in having a stall in the hall phone 086 8743752 after 6pm. Stalls will be given on a first come basis and as space is limited it’s advisable to book early.

On Saturday, December 8, a Christmas matinee and an evening film will be shown in the hall. On Sunday December 9, Bernard Tynan will hold a craft fair in the hall where lots of stalls will display with a large variety of lovely craft items available to purchase for gifts. If anyone is interested in a stall call Bernard at 086 1709951.

This weekend will offer a great chance for the community to come together and do some Christmas shopping in a lovely relaxed atmosphere. All money raised from the rent of stalls will be used for the upkeep and running of the Youth Centre. We are very lucky to have this hall and its facilities available in the town so lets all do our bit to keep the doors open and at the same time enjoy a great festive weekend.

Dance Classes
Remember Zumba classes in the Youth Center every Tuesday evening at 8.30pm and Dance Revolution classes on a Fridays at 4pm.

Fethard Ballroom Notes
The AGM of Fethard & Killusty Community Ballroom Limited will take place in the Ballroom on Sunday, December 1, at 8pm. All are welcome. Dancing this Sunday Night to Sam O’Doherty

Actor Sam Neill visits Fethard
Hollywood actor Sam Neill visited Fethard during the week on his whistle stop tour of Ireland. Famous for his leading roles in films such as Jurassic Park, the Piano, the Dish and BBC’s The Tudors, Sam is no stranger to Ireland. He was born in Omagh and spent the first six years of his life in Ireland before returning to his father’s homeland of New Zealand.

Although he has spent much time working as an actor in Ireland, this trip was about his other job, which is promoting the wine from his own vineyard, ‘Two Paddocks’ in Otago on New Zealand’s South Island.  He was accompanied on his visit to Fethard by one of the Irish agents for his wine, Clonmel man Gary Gubbins of Red Nose Wine. They stopped first at Coolmore Stud to see the great stallion Galileo, before heading to McCarthy’s for a wine tasting and some lunch, which he obviously enjoyed as he gave his visit to Fethard the ‘thumbs up’ on his Twitter site,  @twopaddocks, a few days later.

Ladies Football
The Minor ladies team enjoyed a good win over Slievenamon in the championship on Sunday, November 11, with a score line of 8-4 to 0-11. This win sets up Fethard for a County semi-final match against Ballyporeen within the next two weeks. Ballyporeen easily beat Fethard during the earlier rounds of the championship, so a big step up in performance is required if the Minors are to have any chance of progressing to the County Final to defend their crown from 2011. It's vitally important, therefore, that all the girls attend the upcoming training sessions.

The club extends a big congratulations to Laura Stocksborough and Muireann O'Connell who helped the Tipperary Under 12 team to victory in the Inter County blitz on Saturday, November 3. Muireann and Laura (who was captain) are both regulars for Fethard at Under 12 and Under 14 level. Also, best of luck this coming weekend to Molly O'Meara, Kate Davey, Megan Coen, Laoise Stapleton, Aine Trayor and Ciara Hayes when they line out with the Tipperary Under 13 team in the Munster Inter County blitz. Well done to all of the girls as they fly the flag for Fethard at inter-county level.

Cemetery Prayers November
The Rosary will be prayed in all our local cemeteries during the month of November. On this coming Sunday, November 18, Tullamaine 2.30pm, Rathcoole at 2.45pm, and Redcity at 3.30pm. Please come along and remember our loved ones who have passed on to their eternal reward.

On Sunday, November 25, prayers will take place in Killusty after Mass, Kiltinan at 3pm and Kilmaclugh at 3.30pm.

Hospice Coffee Morning
The South Tipperary Hospice Support Group would like to thank all those who organised and those who supported the recent Coffee Morning at the following venues: Holy Trinity National School, Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Dawn Fresh Foods, Coolmore Stud, Academy House, Fethard & District Day Care Centre, and Fethard Bridge Club. The total collected was €1,579.30.

Fethard GAA News
Best of luck to Fethard junior footballers who will contest the county final in Boherlahan on Sunday next and with a little luck and great skill, we can add a second title in that grade to the club’s achievements.

Fethard Club will celebrate Mass for members, both living and deceased, on Friday night, November 30, at 7pm in Holy Trinity Parish Church.

It was nice to receive funding for the improvement of our lights from the Co. Council. In the New Year work will commence on the project.

‘Shadow of a Gunman’ run closes this Sunday
Fethard Players will continue their successful run of Sean O’Casey’s play, ‘The Shadow of a Gunman’ on this on Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18, November, in the Abymill Theatre. This is your last chance to see this delightful production played by a well-balanced cast of 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. Curtain at 8.15 and booking at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard from 10am to 1pm or by Tel: (052) 6131254 or 087 1604260.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Sunday, November 4, of Dermot Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, after a long illness borne very bravely in the wonderful care of Mr Peter Murchan and his Surgical 1 staff in South Tipperary General Hospital. Deeply regretted by Carmel, Fintan, Lisa, his sister Marie, extended family and friends.

Dermot was a very popular member of Fethard community, serving time with Fethard Macra na Feirme, Presentation School Board of Management, Fethard & Killusty Community Council, and Glanbia Fethard & Coolmoyne Area Advisory Committee to name but a few.
Dermot was also a fine athlete in his younger days excelling in track and field sports, rugby and tennis. His generosity and willingness to help anyone in trouble was always evident, as was his jovial character. Dermot will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Interment took place in Everardsgrange Cemetery. RIP.

Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game played on Wednesday, October 17 were: 1st Gross, Betty Walsh and Anna Cooke; 2nd Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 3rd Gross, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny. 1st Nett, Eileen Ryan and Jim Lahert; 2nd Nett, Ellen Rochford and Sean O'Dea; 3rd Nett, Bridie Lee and Mike Burke.

On Wednesday, October 24 we played for Hallowe'en Prizes and the results were: 1st Gross, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 2nd Gross, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn; 3rd Gross, Kay St. John and Rita Kane. 1st Nett, Joan Kelly and Madeleine O'Donnell; 2nd Nett, Betty Walsh and David O'Meara; 3rd Nett, Rita Holohan and Mary Delaney.

The results of our game on Wednesday, October 31 were: 1st Gross, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn; 2nd Gross, Anna Cooke and Bernie O'Meara; 3rd Gross, Breda Walsh and Frances Burke. 1st Nett, Margaret Mary McCormack and Madeleine O'Donnell; 2nd Nett, Anne Connolly and Eileen Frewen; 3rd Nett, Betty Walsh and David O'Meara

On the next three Wednesdays, November 21, 28 and December 5, we play for our Christmas Turkey prizes. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles 6132038.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The lucky numbers drawn on November 7 were: 13, 14, 26 and 29. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Maureen Quinn, c/o Kitty O'Donnell; Mary Newport, Congress Terrace, Fethard; and Breda Burke, Main Street, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Cathy and Michael Trehy, Kilnockin; Brian Sheehy, Garrinch, Fethard; and Michael Russell, Drangan.

The next Lotto draw will take place on November 14. The Jackpot prize is €5,650 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €565. 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.

Patrician Presentation Jottings

Parents’ Association’s Table Quiz

The Annual Parents’ Association Quiz in aid of School Sports will be held in Room 11 in the school on Monday next November 19, at 8 pm. This is usually a very enjoyable event for young and old and your support for the event would be greatly appreciated. €28  for a table of 4 adults and €5 per student.

Volleyball in aid of Tanzania

There was great interest in the volleyball match between staff and students which took place in the school on Friday, October 26, in aid of the mission in Tanzania. The school has long associations with this mission through our connection with Sr. Mary Taylor, sister-in-law of retired staff member, Mr Denis Burke.

Bin It

First and Second Pupils attended a drama presentation on October 23 last on the problem of chewing gum. Actors performed an interactive role-play with the students encouraging them to think about their behaviour, to take responsibility for their actions and to dispose of chewing gum correctly. This approach to learning was appealing to the students and enabled them to participate actively in the session, contributing their opinions and thoughts to the discussion.

Transition Year News
On Friday last, November 9th, the Transition Years took part in a day-long First Aid course which was organised by Ms Dolores Fahey and facilitated by both Mr Eddie Cooney and Mr Pat O’Callaghan. The course will be followed by a CPR module and Defibrillator Course.

Willow Bed Project

As part of the Connex 12 Youth Outreach Project, TY pupils will make a video and document through photographs on the local willow beds, a site maintained and harvested by the Cummins family for generations at the Cashel Road in Fethard. This project will be co-ordinated by Ms Patricia Looby, Art Teacher. Ms Looby will develop the project focusing on the keeping and harvesting of Osiery or Willow beds along the river Clashawley, a tributary of the river Suir. In the past families would maintain Osiery or Willow beds which would be used for making baskets and the willow was harvested to make thatch for local homes. Today these skills and traditions, although part of our heritage, are lost to many of the younger inhabitants of the area.

By using modern technology and contemporary art interpretations and methodologies, Pat hopes to rekindle a fascination and knowledge about our past allowing a younger generation of the locality to get to know their own place and landscape. The project will develop through video, photography and stories. Students will record their findings through both film and photography and these will be presented at the conclusion of the project. Pupils will also learn the art of basket making from Mr Patsy Cahill of Slievenamon Willowcraft who has been making baskets there for many years. The school is excited about the project and look forward to the outcome in early December.


Well done to past pupil Dr. Edmund Walsh from Coolmoyne on winning the Bergels Rohsenow Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers recently and on his appointment as lecturer in the University of Oxford.

Dance Classes
1st and 2nd Year Pupils are currently taking part in a series of Dance Classes organised on Thursdays after school by Ms. Sinead Burke and delivered by Irish Teacher, Ms. Raggett who is also an experienced choreographer.

After School Study
Many pupils are availing this year of the Homework Club and supervised study facilities. A Study Skills Day is being organised for all pupils in the coming weeks. More details in future jottings.

Volleyball News
As the 2012/13 season begins again our senior girls were out last week in Laois where they faced teams from Mountrath and Naas. With some great displays by Christina Myler, Aisling Costin and Emma Hayes, the Fethard girls had a comprehensive win over Naas but lost in a close game to Mountrath Community School. This places us 2nd in our group for the next draw for the last 16. Well done to Ms O’Brien and her team on beating Naas, who have been senior cup and league champions over the last number of years in this division.
Following their success at B last year, our senior boys are now playing in the premier division and also played their first round last week. Travelling to Loughrea, they played teams from Elphin, St. Raphael’s (last year’s premier winners) and St. Brigid’s (2011 Runners up to Raphael’s). From this group all progress to the national quarter finals and so the matches played were to determine position for that stage. Easy winners against Elphin they faced St. Raphael’s in the second game and, though resilient in defence, lacked the killer instinct of their opponents in what were close sets. The big hitter for Raphaels, an Indonesian player called Tomas, rained down spike after spike on our defence and eventually broke it down. In the final match against Brigids, again we lacked the big hits of our opponents, who are veterans at this level and are composed of 5 of the Irish National junior team. A close match from start to finish, Fethard were unlucky, despite the calibre of their opponents, not to have won. Finishing 3rd in the group, we now face Raphael’s again in the All-Ireland Quarter Finals to be held next week.

Our cadet boys and girls both begin their season this coming week with the boys travelling to Mountrath on Tuesday and the girls travelling on Friday (TBC). We wish them all the best of luck in their seeding rounds.

Great news for Moyglass Centre
Generous funding has been granted to Moyglass hall for the further development of their field including a new lit walkway around the sports field, flood lights for the sports field and fencing of the property. This funding is coming from the Tipperary Development Company and South Tipp County Council, it will provide a valuable resource for all in the community and add to the excellent facilities already in place.

Moyglass dates to remember
The Moyglass Sale of Work on November 25, generates the funds to cover the annual Moyglass senior citizens Christmas party which will take place on December 8. We depend on the support of the whole community for the sale of work for donations and funding to make local event a success. The sale of work will include cakes, pictures, books and other saleable items, auction items and a wheel of fortune please support with you attendance.

The Moyglass Annual Community Christmas Dinner and party will take place in Moyglass Hall on December 1, at 8pm this has become the social event of the year. Tickets are now available from any committee member and cost €25. Individuals, couples and groups are more than welcome and a good night is guaranteed with live music, disco and full bar.

Fethard & District Rugby

U7s and U8s
Fethard U7s and U8s played two games this morning against strong teams from Carrick and Clonmel. Thank you to all the parents who very kindly provided refreshments and food for all the visiting teams and their families along with our own families.

Our U7s played well in both games. They are coming on with every game with great passing from Andrew Connorton, newcomer Robert O'Connell Hayde, Oisín Ryan, Gavin Neville and Brian O'Dwyer. We saw great support to the team from Sean Fitzgerald, Padraig Duggan, Finn Madigan, Charlie Walsh, Emily Fox, Oscar Croke Staunton, Codi Grogan and Danny Hayes our other newcomer. The team’s good work resulted in plenty of tries in their games. Keep up the great work.

The U8s played two wonderful enjoyable games of rugby with plenty of tries from Michael James Phelan, Jack Quinlan, David McCormack, Luke Dolan, Luke Ryan, Tomas Ryan, Louis Ryan, Mark Neville, Robbie Noonan and William Cleere. The team supported each other well with fine tackling and passing from Adam O'Sullivan, Andrew Wall, Niall O'Mara with the enthusiastic Pairic Heffernan.

Thank you to all the parents who very kindly provided refreshments and food for all the visiting teams and their families along with our own families. Huge thanks, also to the ladies who very kindly worked in the kitchen during the morning.

We are at home next week for the mini's on Sunday 18th November against Galbally. Please would parents be kind enough to provide some refreshments for the visiting families and our own families.

Fethard U10
Fethard 10s played Carrick-on-Suir & Clonmel in a blitz on Sunday. Fethard played so great rugby against both teams. Fethard came out on top in both matches with tries from Robert Barton, Oran Ryan, Robert Wall and great defence from Sean Ryan, Josh Rowan and Eoin O’Dwyer. Well done to all the team.

Fethard U11
A beautiful sunny morning and a visit by our two nearest neighbours saw a great crowd turnout to witness a couple of closely fought matches in Fethard on Sunday last. Clonmel were the first up and yet again the opposition put first points on the board; Clonmel's rucking and close-quarter handling was top notch and only desperate defending kept the score down. However, once Fethard u-11s remembered what they were there for they started giving the crowd something to cheer but at half-time it was 2-1 Clonmel.

The second half saw a Fethard team transformed, passes went to hand, rucks were formed and won and tries were scored. It was a delight to see runners being supported and the ball being passed down the line, playing as a team put points on the board and as we all know, points make prizes: the prize here; victory to Fethard and a really good performance against good opposition. Carrick-on-Suir are a club that starts later in the season than many and some of the changes in the game that come with the change from U-10 to U-11 were still very new for these boys who showed last year that they are no pushovers and indeed despite the lack of game-time this season Carrick were far the stronger team from the off; both teams committed to tackles and rucking. Half-time and too close to call, back out again and the crowd were treated to some fine rolling mauls – in both directions! Fethard, though, had slightly more to prove and dug deep to produce some fine scores, passing, running and supporting were excellent and Fethard emerged from this scrap as winners.

The crowd had seen two humdingers and melted away slowly and reluctantly. Whew! Our Team: Mathew Burke, Eabha Fitzgerald, Mathew Gleeson, Ian Harrington, Jack Hassett, Angus MacDonald, Mark McCormack, Richard Robinson, Eoin Walsh and Ryan Walsh.

Fethard U17
Fethard hosted Dungarvan RFC last Sunday in the U17 league. Fethard once again got off to a slow start and before they knew it they were 10 points down. Our forwards had a lot of work to do with Shane O'Connell, Cathal Meagher, Matthew Walsh and Cian O'Connell putting in big hits to stem the tide. Cathal O'Donnell, Paul Maloney and Adam Kealy ensured Fethard were winning the lineouts while under pressure from a big Dungarvan team. Half time score 10-0. Second half Fethard came out fighting with great moves by the backs. Denis Fogarty, Jodie Sheehan and Davy Morgan with great passing and forward movements helped to put Darren Prout over for the first of his 2 tries. David Heffernan popped up on the wing to score a great try taking Dungarvan by surprise with Adam Fitzgerald converting. Matthew Walsh scored a great try under the posts with Jodie converting. James Burns, Niall Kelly and Kieran White put in some great tackles. Colin Kenny played his first game of rugby and proved to be a huge asset to the team. The final score 29-22 was a great reflection of the hard work that the lads put in the second half. Well done lads. Training Friday night, match Sunday away to Clonmel

Fethard Ladies
The Fethard girls played very well recently in their second tournament at Thurles. The team of Kora Delaney, Aoife Delaney, Niamh Holohan, Aisling Kelly, Molly O'Dwyer, Hannah Stapleton, Leah Fox and Karen Hayes stepped up their game and played teams from Abbeyfield and Carriagaline with great gusto. We also had two guest players from Shannon in Aideen and Aoife to help the girls and put scores on the board in both their games against strong teams from Carrick and Clonmel. It was great to see tries from Hannah and Aideen with Molly converting both very well. Keep up the improving rugby girls and remember we have a tournament at Shannon on Saturday 18th November.

Dog Fouling
Please note that there is a problem with dog fouling on the Community Field. In the interest of health and safety will the public refrain from letting their dogs foul on the field.

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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