Thursday 30th May 2013

Playground Race Night exceeds expectations
The fundraising Buster Race Night for the Community Playground was a wonderful success. There was a great turnout on the night and proceedings were blessed with wonderful weather which really added to the atmosphere. A large number of children attended and going by their interest and enjoyment of betting on the races I think the attendance at Clonmel Track may expand in future years. We had three characters present - our Bananas Aisling and Natasha and Richard the Donkey - which added to the fun element and also our Face Painting staff were in good demand.

The Buster Draw of €1,500 was won by John Hanly, c/o Coolmore Stud, congratulations John. This fundraising initiative raised just about €19,000 and with costs of €2,500 the net income is €16,000 which more than meets our current financial needs. Well Done to all concerned and a big 'Thank You' to all those who made it the success it was. So many people helped in so many ways, that there are too many to mention individually. The project is proving to be a wonderful example of a community working together for a very worthwhile cause.

Fethard Ladies Football
Well done to our Junior Ladies team on winning the county league title on Saturday against Mullinavat in Monroe. As usual the ladies put in tremendous effort in an exciting game to take home the club’s first piece of silverware of the year.

All roads lead to Semple Stadium for our U11½ girls after they overcame Rosegreen/Cashel in the South final of the community games. The girls put in a great performance, with some brilliant scores taken to run out comfortable winners. Now it’s the county final on June bank holiday Monday in Thurles. Well done girls
Our U14 girls were narrowly defeated by Templemore in the championship on Sunday. In what was an enthralling match either side could have claimed victory but the spoils went to Templemore this time winning by 2 points.

Training continues this Tuesday in the school field at 7.30pm as the girls gear up for a semi-final clash with Aherlow next week.

Thelma sells winning Community Lotto Jackpot ticket
This week’s Jackpot of €9,400 was won by Mary Delahunty, Castlehiggins, Fethard. The ticket was sold by long-time ticket seller, Thelma Griffith, who received the seller’s prize of €940. The numbers drawn on May 22, were: 3, 9, 14 and 28.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Bridget Cooney, c/o Tom Purcell; Michael Moloney, Greystown, Killenaule; and The Odd Couple, c/o Tirry Centre, Fethard.

Remember you can purchase your lotto ticket online at fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets and get one free! Check on the website for lots of special offers. Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, May 29 and the Jackpot commences at €2,500 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €250. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games Notes
Congratulations to the girls’ U12 football who made history being the first ever Community Games team to win a South Final. The girls had a super game defeating our neighbours Cashel in Rosegreen on Wednesday last.

These young ladies have wonderful co-ordination and skill and will be strong contenders in the County Final in Semple Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday, June 3, at 3pm. Those who scored were Ava Hickey 2-2, Ciara Connolly 2-0, Leah Coen 1-0, Lucy Spillane 0-1, Carrie Davey 0-1, and Kaylin O’Donnell 0-1.

Congratulations and best wishes to Annette Connolly, one of the team selectors, and her husband Jarleth on the birth of their baby boy.

‘Stars in your Eyes’ for suicide awareness
The recent ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ event for suicide awareness was a great success in Lonergan’s Bar where some of the ‘top stars’ in the world performed on Friday, May 25. On the night we had a Neil Diamond, Dean Martin, Justin Bieber, Delores O’Riordan, Christina Perri, Luke Kelly and a surprize visit by the Blues Brothers to entertain all present and contribute to a great nights entertainment.
It was all good fun with even proprietor, John Carroll, dressing as Amy Winehouse to compère this charity event which raised the tidy sum of around €800 which will go towards suicide awareness.
Although billed as a ‘fun night for charity’, some of the performances were of a really professional standard. Joe Thompson kicked of the show with his own inimitable version of Justin Bieber. Joe could really be a future star, he puts everything into his performance and has wonderful tone in his voice. Next up Helen O’Brien gave a breath-taking performance of Christina Perri singing ‘Who do you think you are?’ This was followed by Fethard’s own Neill Diamond, Adrian Bradshaw, who had the large attendance rocking with ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’.

After a short break we had Steve Baker dressed for the occasion and giving a great impression of Dean Martin singing ‘Little old Wine Drinker Me’. Steve was followed by Charlene Serdobbel who sang a mesmerising version of Delores O’Riordan and the Cranberries song ‘Zombie’. We then had the Blues Brothers hoping and leaping about to ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’, performed by Martin Shelly helped by Steve Baker. Last but not least we had Frank Culleton as Luke Kelly and what a voice from the young Rosegreen man.

A special thanks to Patricia Breen who was a tremendous help to John and Roseanne on the night. Thanks also to everyone who turned out to support this worthwhile cause and helped make the night a wonderful success.

Fethard and Killusty Athletics Results
Complete results of Fethard and Killusty area athletics as follows.
U8 Girls 60m: 1st Aine Connolly, Tullamaine, 2nd Kaycie Aherne, Prospect, 3rd Olivia Ward, Redcity.

U8 Boys 60m: 1st Jake Coen, Killusty, 2nd Matt Coen, The Green, 3rd Oisín Ryan, Killusty.

U8 Girls 80m: 1st Emily Davey, Farranshea, 2nd Aoife Harrington, Kerry Street, 3rd Nicola Moloney, Abbey View.

U8 Boys 80m: 1st Andrew Connorton, Killusty, 2nd Oisín Ryan, Killusty, 3rd Joseph O’Flynn, Knockelly.

U10 Girls100m: 1st Ciara Spillane, Tullamaine, 2nd Kelly Ryan, Cedar Grove, 3rd Eabha Ryan, Killusty.

U10 Boys 100m: 1st Michael James Phelan, Jossestown, 2nd Keenan Aherne, Prospect, 3rd Shane Lawrence, Woodvale Walk.

U10 Girls 200m: 1st Hannah Connorton, Killusty, 2nd Eabha Ryan, Ryan, Killusty.

U10 Boys 200m: 1st Dara O’Meara, Killusty, 2nd Conor Neville, Kilknockin.

U12 Girls 100m: 1st Alison Connolly, Tullamaine, 2nd Lucy Spillane, Tullamaine.

U12 Boys 100m: 1st Ben Coen, Killusty, 2nd Cian O’Brien, Slievenamon Close, 3rd Robert Hackett, Cashel Road.

U12 Girls 600m: 1st Leah Coen, The Green: 2nd Carrie Davey, Farranshea, Joint 3rd Kaylin O’Donnell, Kilconnell, Joint 3rd Laura Harrington, Kerry Street.

U12 Boys 600m: 1st Robert Hackett, Cashel Road, 2nd Richard Robinson, Watergate.

U14 Girls 100m: 1st Casey Hall, Slievenamon Close, 2nd Megan Earl, Slievenamon Close.

U14 Boys 100m: 1st Mark Heffernan, Ballyvaden.

U16 Boys 1500: 1st Jack Dolan, Coolmore Stud.

U14 Girls Long Puck: 1st Katie Ryan, Tullamaine, 2nd Lucy Spillane, Tullamaine, 3rd Amy Brophy, Kilknockin View.

U14 Boys Long Puck: 1st Ben Coen Killusty, 2nd Robert Hackett, Cashel Road, 3rd Keenan Aherne, Prospect.

U6 Non-Qualifying Girls Tots Races: 1st Sarah Moore, 2nd Grace Coen.

U6 Non-Qualifying Boys Tots Races: 1st Noah O’Flynn, 2nd Gavin Neville, 3rd Zac Smyth.

U4 Non-Qualifying Tots Races: Girls 1st Lauren Connolly, Boys 1st Joe Purcell.

Plea from Peggy
The first two in each race U8 to U16 have qualified for the County Finals in Templemore on Sunday, June 23. Unfortunately this is the same day as ‘The Gathering Festival’ in Fethard where many children will be involved in other activities. Those going to Templemore have to be entered by Tuesday, June 4.

Anybody who wishes to be entered in the County Finals are asked to please contact Peggy at 086 8110768 or email peggycolville@gmail.com before next weekend as we will only enter those who are free to attend. Please note that competitors may not compete in both an athletics event and the long puck so we need your thoughts on that also.

An Evening of Celebration on Friday
There’s lots happening in the Convent Community Hall, Fethard next Friday, May 31, and everyone is invited. The evening begins at 7pm with the launch of the new Medieval Town Trail Brochure, followed by the unveiling of the Transition Year students’ 3D model and culminating in the ‘Bring them Home’ Festival Draw at 8pm.
Launch of the new Medieval Town Trail brochure
The Fethard Historical Society is delighted to launch the new Medieval Town Trail Brochure that shows Fethard as it appeared circa 1650. The illustrator of the new map is Dan Tietzsch-Tyler, an expert in archaeological and historical reconstruction drawings. Dan literally spent hours in Fethard exploring and photographing the extensive medieval fabric of the town including, of course, the Town Wall. The results of Dan’s painstaking research are plain to be seen in the wonderfully detailed features of his drawing. Dan will be present at the launch to explain the process he used to recreate the Fethard of over three centuries ago. The Historical Society would like to acknowledge funding support from the South Tipperary Development Company. The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and the E.U.

The unveiling of the Transition Year students’ 3D Model
Transition Year Students from the Patrician Presentation Secondary School invite the local community to view their 3D model of the Medieval town of Fethard which they have been working on for the last year under the guidance of their Art teacher, Ms Patricia Looby. The students would also like to acknowledge the assistance volunteered by Mr Michael Costello, a former past pupil of the school, now a qualified architect’s technician. This scaled model is based on the Dan Tietzsch-Tyler illustration of 17th century Fethard and is an impressive addition to our local historical archive. It’s wonderful to see the next generation taking such an interest in their local heritage so please come along and show your appreciation of these very talented young people.

Fethard Gathering 2013 Festival Draw

The third event of the night is the much-anticipated ‘Bring Them Home’ Festival Draw at 8pm. This is a fundraising initiative undertaken by the Fethard Business and Tourism Group to help fund the restoration of the Town Hall. Local voluntary clubs and organisations will also benefit from the draw. The FB&TG are dedicated to promoting business in the town as well as raising Fethard’s profile as a tourist destination. The Town Hall project is a vital first step in that direction. The draw will see three lucky winners receive travel vouchers to the value of €3,000, €1,500 and €1,000 respectively. Remember, if you’re not in, you can’t win! The evening will conclude with refreshments.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Thursday, 16th May, of Kitty McCarthy, Main Street, Fethard, and late of New York. Interment took place in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Graveyard, Fethard.

The death has occurred on Monday 20th May 2013 of Margaret Brett (née Phelan), Tullamaine, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

The ‘Rose of Fethard’ for the festival gathering
The ‘Rose of Fethard’, in conjunction with the Fethard Gathering Festival, will take place on Friday, June 21. If you have a family member, friend or relation that would like to take part in this community event, please contact Roseanne on Tel: (052) 6131447.

Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, June 2, to the music of the Liam O’Sullivan. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing. Dancing 9pm to midnight and admission is €7.

Corpus Christi Procession this Sunday
The annual Corpus Christi Procession takes place on this coming Sunday evening, June 1, at 7pm, commencing from outside Fethard Parish Church and proceeding to the Augustinian Abbey. All are invited to come along.

The custom of carrying the Blessed Sacrament in procession through the town on Corpus Christi Day developed in the early fourteenth century. During the later Middle Ages these processions developed into splendid pageants of devotion and honour to the Blessed Sacrament.

Free Reiki sessions all day
Free half-hour Reiki sessions will take place all day on Wednesday, June 6, upstairs in the Tirry Community Centre. Come and experience for yourself the relaxing and calming effects of Reiki. The sessions will be facilitated by Deirdre Brady, Reiki and Seichim Master (Tera Mai). Please call Deirdre on (086) 6006283 to book a time.

Senior Citizen’s Club
The annual summer outing, for members of Fethard's Senior Citizens' Club, will take place on Tuesday, June 4. The bus will depart from the Town Hall, Main Street at 11am.

Relaxation Classes
Relaxation class starting in Fethard Convent Community Hall this Thursday night at 7pm with Dee Brady, relax and unwind in a stress free environment for one hour. €5 per week

Parent Minder Toddler group
Fethard Parent / Minder Toddler group has been in contact with the neighbouring Clonmel branch and as a result have decided to make some changes to help increase our local numbers and make the experience more enjoyable for children and adults. The first change is that the group will now meet for two hours on Thursday mornings, from 10am to 12 noon, and the cost will remain at €2 for the first child and €1 for second child. The group will be more structured and will also include song and nursery rhyme time.

The group was set up at Fethard Convent Community Hall so that children could get to know each other and play together in a clean safe environment and enable parents to get out of their house and enjoy a tea/coffee with other parents. This is a great facility to have available to us in our town with lots of toys for the children to play with and a changing unit in the bathroom. If you have a small child at home why not come down to the hall on Thursday mornings. For this group to be a success we need your continued support.

Fethard GAA Sports Lotto
The numbers drawn on May 14 were 1, 5, 2 and 28. We had no jackpot winner and one match three winner, Joan Dunphy, c/o Bob Fitzgeralds, Clonmel, who received €150. The €50 lucky dip winner was Tossie Lawton, St. Patrick's Place.

The numbers drawn on May 21, were 1, 18, 22 and 24. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner, Patrick Sheehan, Walshbog, Killusty, who received €150. The €50 lucky dip winner was Johnny Ryan (A), Philipstown, Cappawhite.

Next week’s draw takes place on Tuesday, May 28, in Gaules Bar. The jackpot will be €6,500. Ticket sponsor is AIB Fethard and good luck and thanks for your valued support.

Fethard Athletic Club
On May 14, Fintan Rice warmed up for the County Senior Road Championships with a fine win in the Ballynonty Summer Series 3-Miler with his daughter, Jennifer Rice, also running well finishing just outside the top 10.

On May 19 all road led to Fethard for the Ladies 5k and Mens 10k County Championships. There were record entries with a total of 97 athletes taking to the roads to run The Red City loop. After a last minute course rejig to show respect to a funeral in town the Fethard ladies got under way with a seven strong entry and they must all be commended for putting on such a good showing as all seven are only in their first season.

Aine Doocey showed well again coming home 15th with the every improving Mary Ryan 29th, Nicola Guiry again showed she is not afraid to go up against the counties best in 31st. The trio of P. Kennedy, Elaine Daly and G. Ryan, running in their very first event, combined with Aine, Mary and Nicola to come 5th in the Team A section and 4th in the B section.

The mens’ race was up next, and what a sight it was to see a big group of the counties best athletes head away from Barrack Street, down through Main Street and turning right out Red City in front of what some said was the biggest crowd at a championship race for many a year.

Fintan Rice ran a steady early pace while keeping the leaders in sight at all time and made up several positions as the race turned at Barrettstown towards Colman. A strong second half saw Fintan move up to sixth and when the leader pulled out with 200 metres to go, he finished strong on home soil in 5th place. Fran Tyrrell and ‘Magic’ Ryan both set personal bests over the distance coming home 52nd and 59th.

On May 24, Poulmucka was the place to be for the 8k and 5k Road Races. A massive entry of twenty-four travelled from Fethard for this one, a sure sign of the level of interest in the sport and the good work that has been done over the last few months.

In the 5k P.J. Gazely and David Burke where 3rd and 5th with ‘Magic’ Ryan coming in 34th. Denise O'Brien was our first Lady home in 16th and Mary Ryan, Denise O'Brien, Imelda Vaughan, Nicola Guiry all picking up predict time prizes .Again we had several Ladies competing in an event for the first time so congrats to Helen Gazley, Una Shanahan, Anne Kennedy, Gwen Cooke, We also had Elaine Daly, Biddy O'Dwyer, Grainne Ryan and Miceál McCormack represent us over the distance. In the 8k, Michael Moclair was our first man home in 24th place and Edmond Kinane in 50th. Aine Doocey was 2nd in the Over 35 section and Kate O'Mahoney and Maeve Moclair ran well without reward on the night.

At last the time has come for our main event of the year, The Clonacody House 13th Walls of Fethard 4 miler plus 2 mile Just4Fun Run on Wednesday, May 29, at 8pm. Sign in takes place from 7pm in the Convent Community Hall. A big thanks to all the local business people and members of the public who helped to sponsor this event. A full list will be posted later.

We will have on-street music for all to enjoy. Cahir Physiotherapy will be on site with free post race rub downs and Brehon Sports Cashel will have lots of bargains available tonight as they are bring their stock clearance sale to town. Our post race refreshments and prizegiving also take place in the Convent Hall and this truly has the making of a night to remember. We would like to thank everyone for supporting this event and we again invite the public to come out and cheer on and support the runners as they pass your door.

We would ask motorist to be aware and show care for the runners and marshals on the streets and note that proceeding will be over in approximately 45 minutes. For many it will be there first visit to Fethard and all will be very welcome to our heritage town.

Running continues every Monday and Friday night at 7.15pm meeting outside the Ballroom.

Congratulations to our vice-chairperson Annette on the birth of baby Kevin and best wishes to Caroline Slattery who will swap her running gear for her wedding dress this Friday.

Best of luck to all taking part in the ‘Walls of Fethard’ from all at Fethard A.C. For Club and event information contact Paraic on 087 9229747. Keep on Running!

Fethard News
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