Thursday 22nd November 2012

Patrician Presentation Jottings

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.

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.

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.

Archbishop Clifford’s Visit
His Grace, Archbishop Dermot Clifford visited the school on Tuesday last November 13th. He was accompanied by Fr. Anthony McSweeney and officiated at a Prayer Service with readings by Emma Hayes 6 Year and Hannah Tobin Transition Year. The Prayers of the Faithful were read by foreign students Judith Witte and Caio Morelli Marques with the School Choir, under Ms Megan Raggett performing a beautiful version of The Lord is My Shepherd. The Archbishop thanked Mr Britton and Staff for the warmth of their welcome and wished all the School Community well in their endeavours. Mr Britton thanked His Grace for his inspirational words and thanked Ms McKeogh, Ms Raggett and all those who prepared the ceremony.

Presentation Day 2012
Best wished to Sr. Winnie and all the Community on Presentation Day, Wednesday, November 21st. The school values its connection with the Sisters and thank them for facilitating many of the school's religious ceremonies in the Convent Chapel during the year. Thanks especially to Sr. Juliana for her weekly Pastoral Care work in the school.

Higher Level Irish Pupils
T.Y, 5th year and 6th year Higher Level Irish pupils will attend a performance of the play ‘An Triail’ in the Excel Theatre in Tipperary Town on Thursday, November 22nd. The play will be performed by the Aisling Ghéar Theatre Company and explores issues in Ireland in the 1960s.

Transition Year Visit
On Friday last November 16m, the Transition Years accompanied by Mr McCarthy attended a Training Workshop in the Civil Defence Headquarters in Clonmel.

Open Evening
The school's Open Evening will be held on Monday, December 3rd at 7 o'clock. All 5th and 6th Class Pupils and their parents are invited to attend and information on the event will be distributed shortly to the local primary schools.

Study Skills Seminar
A Study Skills Seminar for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th Year pupils will be held in the school on Friday next, November 23. The seminar will cover the following topics: Goal Setting, Time Management, Note Taking, Memory Techniques, Essay Writing, Exam Techniques and Homework Skills.

Legion of Mary celebrate 60th Anniversary
Fethard Legion of Mary, founded on December 2, 1952, will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of its foundation in the parish with a Thanksgiving Mass in Holy Trinity Parish Church at 3pm on Sunday, December 2. All past members, senior, intermediate, junior, active and auxiliary, are especially invited and welcome to attend.

Fethard Ladies Football  
Congratulations to Kate Davey, Ciara Hayes, Molly O'Meara, Megan Coen and Laoise Stapleton who each played for Tipperary Under 13 in the Munster Inter-County Blitz at Mallow on Saturday, November 17. The girls played superbly in a series of matches against some very strong county teams in Munster, and will no doubt have gained valuable experience along the way. It was great to see so many girls from Fethard flying the flag at the County level. Well done also local man Pat Morrissey, who is a mentor with the Tipperary Under 13 team.

Historical Society Talk
On Friday, November 30, Fethard Historical Society will host a talk by John Gillis on ‘The Faddan More Psalter’. This talk will tell the story of the recovery and conservation of this early medieval manuscript unearthed from a peat bog in Co. Tipperary in the summer of 2006. The talk will be held in the Abymill Theatre at 8pm. Admission €3 for members and €5 non-members.

Youth Centre Activities  
Painters needed! Do you have a few hours to spare during the day or in the evenings? We have received bookshelves from the old library but they need to be painted so if you could help us get them painted we would be delighted to hear from you. Phone Joan at (052) 6131000.

Books for the library are still needed so if you have any please drop them into the Youth Center any morning between 10am and 12 noon.

Christmas Market
As you may have heard, Santa is calling to see all the boys and girls in Fethard on Friday, December 7, after he turns on our Christmas street lights he will visit the Christmas Market at the Youth Center and meet all the children. If you have any Christmas decorations or lights (indoor or outdoor) that you no longer need we would love to decorate the inside and outside of the hall for Santa. Items can be left into Janice at the Youth Centre from Monday to Friday between 10am and 12 noon or Friday between 3.30pm to 6pm. All items received will be used and then stored for future years. 

Pilates Classes
Pilates classes will take place in the Fethard Youth Centre, starting this Thursday, November 22, from 8.30pm. The cost is €7 per class and all are welcome to attend, just bring along a mat and a bottle of water. Any queries please contact Dolores at 086 2870373.

Dance Revolution
Dance Revolution classes are going down a treat in the Youth Centre where boys and girls from age 4 upwards can learn Hip Hop, Spinning and Break dance. Classes for 4 to 9 year old boys and girls are from 4pm to 5pm, and boys and girls age 9 upwards are from 5pm to 6pm. Classes are held every Friday and cost €5

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

Cemetery Prayers November
The Rosary is prayed in all our local cemeteries during the month of November. On this coming Sunday, November 25, prayers will take place in Killusty after Mass, Kiltinan at 3pm and Kilmaclugh at 3.30pm. Please come along and remember our loved ones who have passed on to their eternal reward.

Fethard and Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday, November 27, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

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
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.

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

The results of our game played on Wednesday, November 7 were: 1st Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 2nd Gross, Frances Burke and Breda Walsh; 3rd Gross, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn. 1st Nett, Mike Burke and Carmel Condon; 2nd Nett, Annie O'Brien and Marie Delaney; 3rd Nett, Joan Kelly and Ellen Rochford.

On Wednesday, November 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 lucky numbers drawn on November 14 were: 12, 13, 19 and 26. There was no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: Mary O'Sullivan, Clerihan; and Mary Horan, Kilkennybeg, Killenaule.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: T.J. Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard; Conor Cunningham, Rathkenny, Drangan; and John Cullinan, Clonmel.

The next Lotto draw will take place on November 21. The Jackpot prize is €5,800 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €580. 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.

Slievenamon Musical Society  
Slievenamon Musical Society are currently at rehearsal for their upcoming show 'Carrie' which takes place in Cloneen from Thursday, November 29, to Sunday, December 2, at 8.15pm each night.
Carrie is a musical comedy set in Dublin in the 1950/60s and tells the story of Carrie, a maid from the country who moves to Dublin to work in a 'top class hotel'. There she meets and falls in love with the window cleaner. It also features a rich American who is staying in the hotel for her 5th wedding. The staff of the hotel do anything but work so it all leads to chaos and some great comic moments! Carrie is produced by Eileen Maher who has produced school shows in Ballingarry during her time there and we are delighted to have her working with us this year.

Come along for a great night's entertainment. Bookings can be made on 086 3161882, 087 3283074. Tickets are €15 for adults, €10 for children and OAPs. Thursday night is family night with all tickets €10.

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 and District Rugby Club
Fethard under 18 girls completed in their third Munster seven-a-side tournament last Saturday at Shannon. With every game this team has improved hugely and this week beat Bandon 28-0. Kora Delaney was great in the scrum and along with our scrum half Niamh Holohan they both constantly tackled and had great runs. Aishling Kelly was fantastic with her line outs to Hannah Stapleton, they both worked well rucking over and clearing out ball for Ciara O'Donnell to show her quick thinking and working with Aobh O'Shea who took the ball on passed out to Aoife Doyle to score and convert. Leah Fox scored also with a fine run and quick feet under the posts. Aideen Farrell helped on the wing and with new member Amy Tynan playing a stormed for her first games. The girls worked well together and in their second game showed another good game with Aobh O'Shea scoring a fine try from work from all the team up along up along the pitch.

Training continues for all girls from 13 years up to 18 years on Friday evenings at the Community field from 8pm to 9pm. The will be some more friendly games planned for the coming weeks with the 15-a-side tournaments commencing in January.

Fethard Minis were at home to Kilfeacle and Galbally last Sunday. The U8s had two guest players from Galbally, Jason O'Mahony and David O'Milan. Fresh from his debut try last week Michael James Phelan put in some great tackles with Tomas Ryan and Louis Ryan.
What a difference a week makes. Our U9s and U10s played teams from Galbally and Kilfeacle. The way both teams played was quiet exciting with the rucking, mauling and picking top class. Well done to both teams and see you all at training on Friday.

A tale of two weather fronts last Sunday as Galbally were first to line out against Fethard U11s in what proved an energetic and good spirited match, close at half-time, but Fethard ran away slightly in the second to come out comfortable winners. Kilfeacle blew away any cobwebs against Galbally and then faced Fethard as the rain started. Playing full U-11 rules both teams enjoyed practising new found skills. This game had few brave spectators that hung on after everyone else had slunk away to the weather-proof clubhouse. It was tackling, if anywhere, that proved the difference in the end with Fethard missing too many and Kilfeacle running in two tries towards the end of the game to come out eventual winners, 3-1. What a game, back to the drawing board for our team.

Thanks to all the families for donations of food for Sunday. Furthermore huge thanks to the ladies who very kindly and generously gave their time yet again to serve it.

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