Thursday 3rd January 2013

Greetings to all our Friends of Kabongo
It is that time of year again when we are very thankful for what has been achieved during the year in Kabongo, Eldoret, Kenya, and this would not have been achieved without your help, given wholeheartedly. May God Bless you and may Christmas bring you all you may desire.

Here at Kabongo we have been able to complete sixteen houses for our teachers and nurses and just now we are embarking on the building of a large dining hall which will also have a stage. This facility will be very useful for many purposes into the future.
This coming year I hope to focus on production of food for the children as well as continuing to educate about 460 very materially disadvantaged children. So far we have graduated five classes and all our graduates are doing well in second level education.

We very much appreciate your help in this very important work and pray that you all may have a really good year ahead. I look forward to meeting many of you during the coming year, God willing.

Christmas is not really the same here as in Ireland or America or England or France or Australia or New Zealand and the vast majority of our Kabongo children don't know a lot about Santa Claus! But they are happy to be getting a good education.

May God continue to bless you all. Bro. Paul D. Brennan, P.O. Box 5064, Eldoret, Kenya 30100. Tel: +254 722 377 509.

With the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers 
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers for the third successive Sunday had a very good afternoon’s hunting from their meet at Coleman on Sunday last. Having drawn Hennessy’s blank hounds found at Moclair’s and were quickly away. Hunting well they ran a good circle through Ryan’s back to Moclair’s and to ground in Walshs.

Finding again on a hedge they had another good hunt over much of the same area and put him to ground in Moclairs. Crossing he road the found again in Ballinlough. Hunting down to the Moyle river in Jas Moclairs, Charlie decided against crossing the Moyle turning left-handed here they ran back through Ballinlough and to ground approaching Jossestown road.

As the hounds will be out again on Wednesday next, St. Stephen’s Day at Drangan, and again on the following Sunday at Orchardstown, Donnie decided to call it a day here.

With scent usually improving especially in late afternoon with ‘an lá ag dul chun síneadh’, here’s hoping for more good hunting for the second 2013 half of the season.

A special ‘Go raibh mile maith agaibh’ to the Griffin family for the great welcome in true Christmas spirit to the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers. A very happy Christmas and every good wish for the New Year to the sporting landowners who always make the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers feel most welcome, and also to supporters and followers of the pack. Good luck and good hunting!  — E.A.N.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Monday, December 24, of Rev. Fr. James Holway, (peacefully) at his residence, Moymore, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick and late of Madamsland, Fethard.

Fr. Jim, deeply regretted by his sister Alice, brother John, cousins, his devoted housekeeper Mary, the O'Connor family, his relations and many friends, the Parishioners of Pallasgreen and Templebraden, the Priests of the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly.

Interment took place in St Columba's Cemetery, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick.

Winners in the Moyglass 200 confined draw
These are the results of the Moyglass confined draw for Draw 2 and 3.
Draw 2: €1,000 Michael Trehy Fethard, €300 Martin Ryan, €200 Denise Ryan, €100 John Slattery, John Fahey, Fiona Nolan, Jimmy Hayes, Tom Hayes, Rathcoole.
Draw 3: €1,000 Pat and Betty Kennedy, Arbour Hill, €300 Tom Hayes, €200 Christine and Joe McGrath, €100 Mark Smith, Catherine Tynan, John and Cora Stapleton, Peter Gleeson, James Barry.

Coolmoyne/ Moyglass Vintage Club
Coolmoyne/ Moyglass Vintage Club chose the End of Life Care Committee at South Tipperary General Hospital as their charity for 2012.

A cheque for €2,000 was presented to Ann Guiry and Richard Cummins, representatives of the committee, at The Village Inn, Moyglass on Saturday, December 15. The funds were raised from a tractor run and field day that included vintage cars, steam engines, craft show, model machinery and memorabilia.

The club are delighted to help the initiative started in 2007 by former president Mary McAleese aiming to create a family friendly environment on a par with Hospice Hospitals. For instance, a room has been renovated where patient and family can have privacy at what is a stressful time for families. Further improvements are planned and this committee deserved to be supported for their efforts to help families in their time of need.

Unwanted Books Wanted
On Sunday, February 10, 2012, the Fethard Historical Society will hold their 18th annual Tipperariana Book Fair which has established itself as a major event in County Tipperary’s cultural calendar.

The Book Fair is the Historical Society’s main source of funds for the whole year and so every effort is made to ensure that the event stays popular with people from all over the county and beyond.

Every year, in addition to the thirty book dealers present, the Historical Society has its own bookstall selling books donated by the public. This is a great source of funds for the society with the added bonus of ‘de-cluttering’ someone’s house and finding a good home for valuable books. So if you are de-cluttering, downsizing or received a present of a book that you already have, well then the Historical Society will gladly receive donation of books to sell at the book fair on February 10. Contact any member of the society or phone 086 3905373 and arrangements will be made to receive the books in time for the fair in February.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The next Lotto draw will take place on January 9. The Jackpot prize is €6,550 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €655. 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.

We wish all our supporters a very Prosperous New Year and look forward to your continued support in 2013.

Fethard News
We take this opportunity to wish all our contributors to the Fethard Page and readers a very Happy and prosperous New Year.
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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