Thursday 22nd Augest 2013

Weather shines for Music Extravaganza
Sunday last saw the second ‘Music Extravaganza’ run in Fethard in aid of the Tipperary Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association. The weather obliged with brilliant sunshine in the lovely setting of Lonergan’s Beer Garden under the shade of Fethard’s Town Wall. A huge ‘thank you’ to all the seven bands who provided their services free of charge for the day. The quality of music was fantastic and was enhanced even more by the ‘gig rig’ supplied and manned by Premier Music staff, Clonmel.

Customarily planned as a ‘Family Day’, this year was no exception where children of all ages enjoyed the bouncy castle and face painting with barbecue food supplied by Peter Stocksborough and his staff. The organising committee of the IWA would like to thank all who helped out on the day in particular John and Roseanne Carroll who provided the premises and prepared the venue for wheelchair access. Thanks also to Helen Carrigan who sponsored a prize of two nights bed and breakfast with evening meal at Clonacody House. This proved a very attractive main prize for the raffle. Lastly thanks to MC and DJ for the afternoon, evening and night, Roger Mehta (Roger Brown) who was the perfect host and anchor throughout the day.

Free Dementia Clinic
Daltons Pharmacy will hold a free Dementia Clinic at their premises on Barrack Street, Fethard, on Wednesday, September 4. In attendance will be Geraldine Hoyne who is a registered general and psychiatric nurse and will be available to meet for 30-minute clinical session. For further details call in to store.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Saturday, August 17, of Biddy O'Donnell (née Butler), Slanestown, Fethard. Biddy, deeply regretted by her daughter Margaret, her son Eddie, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, brother Tom, sister-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. RIP. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Hello from Ethiopia
Catherine Corcoran, a member of Fethard & Killusty Community Council and Fethard Business & Tourism Group, earlier this year availed of the wonderful opportunity to take some time out and work with Concern in Ethiopia. Catherine has travelled extensively while working with Concern in the past and this time has promised to keep us in touch with her work in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is a really fascinating place full of so many contrasts. There is a huge amount of construction going on everywhere – huge glass buildings being built from medieval wooden scaffolding – like on the North Gate I suppose. And in front of all these glass buildings are holes in the road, herds of sheep and goats, beggars and blind people, hoards of people in white robes going to church, kids selling everything, shoe shiners galore, kids in hoodies on mobiles, a few bewildered looking tourists-you name it, its here. It is certainly vibrant and exciting if tiring too with traffic and all those contrasts you have to brace yourself a bit.

Work is going great so far; Concern has a big programme here – over 250 staff involved in nutrition, agriculture, income generation, soil conservation, water and HIV/Aids. There is a very good and experienced team who seem to know what to do in most situations – which I suppose is no surprise as the organisation is here 40 years and there are lots of very talented Ethiopians working in Development work. Just as well as the problems here are huge – 85 million people depending mostly on agriculture; tiny land holdings; droughts and floods happening one after the other; very poor services and a huge young population to serve. On the plus side Government staff work hard generally at their jobs and we assist where we can; there are 2 harvests every year of wonderful produce; the largest livestock herd in Africa is here and set to grow and most importantly it is peaceful. And the people are very warm and lovely – very proud of their culture.

I am off for a week up North on Wednesday so looking forward to that. All the very best to my friends in Fethard. – Catherine.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Saturday, August 17, of Martin Phelan, Strylea, Fethard. Martin, deeply regretted by his loving parents Robert and Margaret, his sister Olivia, brothers Aiden and Alan, brother-in-law Jack, sisters-in-law Tara and Emer, nieces Aishling and Lily, nephew Liam, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives and friends. RIP. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Heritage Week Fethard Guided Tour
In conjunction with Heritage Week, ‘Backs to the Wall Tours’ have organised a guided tour of the Medieval Walled Town of Fethard at 2.30pm on Saturday, August 24, meeting at the footbridge at the Valley Park. The duration of the walking tour is one and half hours. There is no need to book, just turn up on Saturday. Fee is €5 and children go free. For further information contact: Colm 086 3502360 or Terry 086 3905373.

Kids Disco in Cloneen
A Kids Disco takes place in Cloneen Hall on Friday, August 23, from 7pm to 9pm. Local DJ will be in attendance. Entry will be allowed for ages 8 to 13 only and this will be strictly monitored and supervised by qualified adults. For refreshments a mineral bar and snacks will be available. Tickets costing €5 per head will be available at the door.

Roger needs your votes
Roger Mehta has been a passionate musician, singer/songwriter, DJ, music teacher, music therapist and radio broadcaster over the last 30 years and still DJs today under the name ‘Roger Brown’.

Along with his music careen, Roger has had 15 years voluntary experience working with addicts in conjunction with the HSE. He holds a Diploma in Drug Studies with The University of Limerick (2011) and a Certificate in Drug Counselling and Intervention Skills with UCD (2010) and has also worked as a Community Drug Worker with The Mid Tipperary Drug Initiative (2011-12).

Four years ago Roger developed a unique substance misuse programme that uses music and film to help addicts recover called CROSSROADS. This programme has now been shortlisted by Guinness for funding but to succeed the next level it will need your vote before Friday, August 23.

More information on the ‘Crossroads’ programme and how to vote can be found under the ‘Music’ section at the following website: www.arthurguinnessprojects.com

Roger needs your vote as without funding and support this programme will no longer be able to continue.

Mountain Madness Weekend
‘Mind at Risk’ band will perform in Cloneen Hall at 10pm on Saturday, August 31. This rock band have spent the last few months perfecting their sound, musicianship and show! Now with everything set in place, the boys are back in town again (to quote an Irish Legend!) to remind everyone how a rock band should sound like! Cover Charge is €5 payable at the door. Come along and enjoy great music.

Garden of Remembrance
Mass will be celebrated in the Garden of Remembrance, Ballynonty, on Thursday August 22, at 7pm, for the lives of loved ones, friends and family members who tragically died on the roads near Ballynonty and the surrounding areas. All are very welcome.

Family Fun Field Day
Cloneen Hall will be holding a Family Fun Field Day on Sunday, September 1, starting at 2pm with Dog Show, Bouncy Castles, Sumo Wrestling, Archery, Barbecue, Bric-a-Brac sale, Cashel Brass Band, Stalls, Games, Music and many other events and fun competitions. Bring that ‘mutt’ to the dog show and enjoy the various competition classes on offer. Entry Fee: Adults €5, Student €2, Accompanied Children are Free.

Evening of music this Sunday at Clonacody House
Clonacody House, Fethard, in association with ‘Opera 40’ will host an evening in the company of recordings playing your favourite arias selected from the most famous operas composed by Giacomo Puccini. The selected recordings will be introduced and explained by Soprano Sara Filippini and accompanied by a selection of authentic Italian Antipasti and wines from Puccini’s homeland, Tuscany, sponsored by Mitchell & Son.

The evening promises a very casual, relaxed atmosphere and commences at 7pm on Sunday, August 25. Tickets are €25 per person (limited) and can be purchased in advance by contacting Helen Carrigan at 087 1689167.

Medieval Mix Up
This week is National Heritage Week the traditional time that Fethard Medieval Festival was held over the past few years. This year the Medieval Festival was held earlier in June to coincide with the Fethard Gathering Festival with the approval of the Heritage Council who fund the event. Unfortunately many visitors were unaware of the change and came to Fethard on Sunday last to attend the Medieval Festival. Jolly’s Café on The Square reported that at least nine people travelled from various places as far away as Wexford stating the Festival was still being advertised as part of Heritage Week on some websites. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and for any wrong information that was made available online not under our control.

Articles for Emigrants’ Newsletter
We are now inviting submissions of articles and photographs for inclusion in this year’s Emigrants’ Newsletter. Articles or photographs can be submitted to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email to newsletter@fethard.com

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on August 14 were: 2, 4, 5 and 27. We had no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Kathleen Connolly, The Valley, Fethard; Fr. Lazarus, The Abbey, Fethard; and Marie Allen, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Patrick Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard; Michael Flanagan, Derryluskin, Fethard; and Sean Kelly, c/o Kathleen Connolly.

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, August 21. The Jackpot is €4,300 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €430. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fethard GAA Sports Lotto
There was no jackpot winner in this week’s GAA Sports Lotto. There was one match three winner who received €150: P.T. Houlihan, c/o Bob Fitzgeralds. The €50 lucky dip went to Anthony Coffey, Burke Street, Fethard.

Next week’s jackpot is €7,700 and the draw takes place at McCarthy’s Bar. You can get the lotto tickets of any committee member. The jackpot is big now so remember if you’re not in you can't win. Thanks again for all the support. It is much appreciated.

Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon
North & South Tipperary Sports Partnerships have come together to organise the Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon which is now in its 4th year. The event takes place on Sunday, September 29, in Clonmel at 11am and follows a 10k route through the streets of the town.
Since the inaugural event in 2010, many charity groups have used the event as a much-needed fundraiser for their own individual causes. This event provides each charity with the opportunity to have a 10k fundraiser, without the time and financial cost of organising an event of this nature.

We would like to invite you to utilise our Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon as a fundraiser for your charity. All you need to do is register your willing participants at www.tippminimarathon.ie or by contacting the STSP office at (062) 64737. The fee for participation in the event is €20 per person however; an early bird offer of €15 is available up to September 2. As an added incentive the organising committee will make a charitable donation of €200 to the largest charity fundraising group to register. Please contact Valerie Connolly, Sports Co-ordinator, should you have any queries.

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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