Thursday 7th November 2013

Fethard Players celebrate 100 years of amateur drama
Fethard Players, who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, are putting the finishing touches to a wonderful play ‘Miss Rose White’ by Barbara Lebow, which will be staged in the Abymill Theatre from Wednesday, November 20, to Sunday, November 24. Booking has now opened at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Tel: (052) 6131254 or 087 1604260.

The present Fethard Players had their roots in the Fethard Dramatic Society, which was formed in 1913, and continued on since under the titles of The Sodality Players, The Tirry Players, and since 1940, The Fethard Players.

This year’s production ‘Miss Rose White’ is set in 1940s New York and a tale of the relationship between two sisters. Rose White is a Jewish woman who changes her name to appear far removed from her Polish heritage. She longs to climb the ladder of success in the large department store where she works. Years ago, her mother and sister had to remain in Poland and were subsequently sent to concentration camps. Good news arrives. The sister is alive and, at last, coming to America. When she enters the country, she is much changed. Rose is forced to share her apartment with a virtual stranger. In time, they slowly warm to each other in this well-written, moving production produced by Austin O’Flynn.
The cast includes Niamh Ryan, Jimmy O’Sullivan, Ann Walsh, Colm McGrath, Geraldine McCarthy and Maeve Moclair.

Fethard Town Wall conservation works receive grant of €10,000
South Tipperary County Council in partnership with the Fethard Town Walls Steering Group secured a grant of €10,000 from the Heritage Council through the Irish Walled Towns Network in 2013 to undertake repairs to a section of the Fethard Town Wall at Watergate (Jimmy Ryan’s property). The works for this year are nearing completion and involved infilling a breach in the wall, re-pointing of the wall face and flaunching of the wall head. This year’s works builds on town wall conservation works undertaken from 2007 which have resulted in significant visual improvements to the wall. Since 2007 a total of €499,000 has been grant aided by the Irish Walled Towns Network for conservation works to the Fethard Town Wall.

Information Evening at Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Patrician Presentation Secondary School cordially invites parents and students of 5th and 6th class to an ‘Information Evening’ at the school on Wednesday, November 13, starting at 7pm with the Principal’s Address followed by a tour of the school.

Principal, Mr Michael O’Sullivan, is looking forward to showing those attending the facilities available and answering any questions that intending pupils may have.
Our Community – Our Town – Our School – Our Future!

Tipperary Foxhounds opening meet in Fethard
A field of ninety-eight mounted riders turned out for the opening meet of the Tipperary Foxhounds in Fethard on Monday, October 28. While the mounted followers may have been up to twenty less than last season, several commented on the really huge crowd, certainly the largest for many seasons of car and foot followers present when hounds moved off from McCarthy’s Orchards at 11am.

First fox found at Leahy’s bridge was quickly caught after a short sharp run across the river to the Cashel-Fethard road. The pack, which seem to be very sharp, also accounted for their second fox from Ballybough.

The rest of the afternoon may be described as a typical opening day’s hunting. Hounds were kept quite busy all day through Rocklow, Rathcoole, Annesgift, Ballyvaden and Powers Wood. While no great runs of time and distance were enjoyed nevertheless, the hunting was probably more than enough for obviously unfit early season riders and horses.

Compliments to Wendy Donegan and Jane Farrell on the production of an excellent 2014 Tipperary Hunt calendar. Copies at €10 may be obtained by contacting Wendy on 087 7563653 or Jane on 087 2481195. — (EAN)

Successful Sports & Neuromuscular Therapist locates business in Fethard
Congratulation to local lady, Cathy Doran, who was Physio for the successful Loughmore Castleiney GAA Club who on Sunday last became the first club ever to become Tipperary County Champions in both Hurling and Football. The club, who had many a great match against Fethard teams throughout the years, now go on to meet Dr. Crokes in the Munster Championships on November 17.

Cathy, a Sports & Neuromuscular Therapist, has recently relocated her established business to the former Newport's Shop on Main Street. We wish Cathy, and Loughmore Castleiney, continued success in the future.

Rosaries for the Holy Souls during November
Sunday November 10: Calvary Cemetery 3pm, Peppardstown Cemetery 3.30pm.
Sunday November 17: Tullamaine Cemetery 2.30pm, Rathcoole Cemetery 2.45pm, Red City Cemetery 3.30pm.
Sunday November 24: Killusty after Mass, Kiltinan Cemetery 3pm, Kilmaclugh Cemetery 3.30pm.

Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this Sunday Night, November 10, to the music of ‘Dermot Lyons. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing. Dancing 9pm to midnight and admission is €7.

St. Vincent De Paul help for Christmas
Those needing help this Christmas may obtain forms at the back of Holy Trinity Parish Church or the Augustinian Abbey church this week. The forms should be filled in and returned to any member of the society as soon as possible.

Fethard ICA talk on Christmas flower arrangements
Fethard ICA will hold their next Meeting is Tuesday, November 12, at 8pm. Guest speaker for this meeting will be Mandy Quigley, who will give a talk and demonstration on Christmas flower arrangements. The ‘Green Group’ will cater for the evening.

One-day ‘Twitter’ workshop at Clonacody
Clonacody House will host a one-day workshop on using ‘Twitter’ on Saturday, November 16, from 9.30am to 3.30pm. The price of the one-day course presented by ‘Tweetinggodess’ is €50. Contact: (087) 3596275.

Many Irish business have yet to realize the full potential of Twitter. Follow my blog for tips and advice or give me a call or email. ‘Tweetinggodess’ will show first hand how Twitter works and teach practical tips to get you tweeting straight away! Fun and interactive! As seen on RTE One! ‘She’s the Business’ and ‘Dragons Den’. Winner of the #Tweetieinspire award.

Killusty Soccer Club moonlight walk
Killusty Soccer Club will hold a sponsored moonlight walk fundraiser on Saturday, November 23, at 8pm with a start and finish in Killusty. Sponsorship cards are now available from committee members, or if you just want to join us for the walk you are more then welcome.

Hospice Coffee Morning
The South Tipperary Hospice Support Group would like to thank those who held ‘Coffee Mornings’ and all who supported them at the following venues: Holy Trinity Nationals School, Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Presentation Convent, Fethard & District Day Care Centre, Coolmore Stud, Academy House & Primus Advertising, and Fethard Bridge Club. The total amount donated amounted to €1,797.41.

Free Dietician Clinic
O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy will have a dietician in attendance to answer any of your queries on Tuesday, November 12. Do you need help with overeating or under eating? Do you need help to control your Diabetes or Cholesterol better? Please call and make appointment (052) 6132111. This service is free to all patients.

Slievenamon Macra
Volleyball is back again to pass these winter nights in comfort of Clerihan hall, followed by a bag of O’Donnell’s crisps in pub, 8.30pm every Tuesday. Basketball also continues every Friday at 8pm, all welcome.

The club did extremely well in All-Ireland Impromptu Debating final held in Cavan, proposing that ‘Woman are superior to men’ which made for an interesting debate. Unfortunately, we were beaten by the outright winners, Castlerea Macra, Co. Roscommon. Well Done to Anne Marie, John, Triona and Michael.

For a great night at the dogs we are holding ‘Racing for Macra’ evening on November 30. Please buy your tickets from Slievenamon Macra members at €10 each and this will help support our club.
Mount Wolseley hotel, Carlow, had 3,000 Macra members passing through its doors over the October bank holiday weekend, a fantastic weekend was had with club members dressing up as ‘Guess Who’ characters, Mad doctors, Zombie sailors,1920 gangsters, even Dorothy from Wizard of Oz.

New Members are always welcome to our club. Contact John K 086 1040082 or check us out on Facebook.

Juvenile GAA Club’s AGM
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club will hold their AGM on Friday, November 15 at 8pm in the Tirry Centre. The club is going very well and has had a good year's performance at all levels. We are fortunate to have a good committee and supporting families.

We would like to take this opportunity to both say well done to all our children and recognize the improvements in skill they have achieved from year to year, they are the future of the club and the future looks bright. To all parents we send out an open welcome to both our AGM and our club. It is a great place to be involved with the children and other parents, making memories for the future.

The club would like to wish Joedy Sheehan a quick and successful recovery after a serious operation on his knee. This year, both when available to play or when injured, Joedy was always part of the team and club, we look forward to his return to playing in the future.

Jump Start Games on Tuesdays
Jump Start Games take place in Fethard Ballroom at 2pm on Tuesdays. The three games played are based on some of the activities played by Go for Life groups around the country - ‘Lobbers’ (a target game adapted from petanque and boules), ‘Flisk’ (adapted from boccia and horseshoe pitching), and ‘Scidils’ (an adaptation of ten pin bowling with one skittle).

We invite anyone who would like to join us to drop in for an hour or so of light competition mixed with a great social atmosphere and cup of tea to recharge the batteries afterwards. If you would like any further information on Go For Life games, please contact South Tipperary Sports Partnership on 062 64783 or info@stsp.ie.

John Spillane returns to play at Crocanoir
Tickets are already selling quickly for Crocanoir’s next concert on Saturday, November 30, featuring John Spillane. Thanks to his regular television appearances and rambles around the country John has attracted a large following. In concert he is one of those musical gems – a performer who can read the mood of the audience and bring them with him on a quirky musical journey. His recent wanderings on the TG4 series ‘Spillane an Fanai’ brought him to Fethard. Next stop is Mullinahone. Tickets available at (052) 9153117 or 086 8907329.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on October 30 were: 24, 27, 30 and 31. We had no jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: Therese Ryan, Clerihan, Clonmel; and Christine Brett, The Valley, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Brian Sheehy, Garrinch, Fethard; Sheila O'Sullivan, Main Street, Fethard; and Jimmy Connolly, Main Street, 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, November 6. The Jackpot is €5,950 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €595. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday, October 23 we played for Hallowe’en prizes and the results were:
1st Gross: Nell Broderick and David O’Meara
2nd Gross: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny
3rd Gross: Alice Quinn and Berney Myles
1st Nett: Ellen Rochford and Rita Holohan
2nd Nett: Mike Burke and Bridie Lee
3rd Nett: Philly Kenny and Nora Lawrence

On November 6, we play the first round of the ‘Player of the Year’ competition and November 13 is our charity night. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles 6132038.

Fethard Sports Lotto Jackpot won!
Fethard GAA Club’s lotto jackpot of €8,700 was won this week by Karl Maher, Barrack Street, Fethard. The numbers drawn were 3, 10, 11 and 16. Congratulations to Karl (Charlo) who is a great promoter of the draw and has been for many years.

We had one lucky dip winner who was Mary McCormack Kerry Street, Fethard. Next week’s draw will take place on Tuesday, November 5, with our jackpot starting again at €2,000. Thanks again to all that support the lotto.

Fethard & District Rugby Club
On Saturday evening last Fethard senior team hosted UL Bohemians in the second round of the Gleeson League. Having lost narrowly away to Ennis the previous week it was vital to get some points from this game but that wasn’t going to be easy with a team like Bohs.
Fethard played against a strong wind in the first half and displayed some great defence with Jamie McCormack and Shane Kavanagh tackling everything in midfield and limited the visitors to two penalties. As half time approached some great forward play by Chris Large, Kieran Power and Robert Hall saw Conor Kavanagh go on the blind side of a ruck and he drew the winger and off-loaded to Matthew Ryan who ran straight to the full back to score under the post, Declan Doyle converted to leave the half time score 7-6 to Fethard.

With a strong wind behind them Fethard pilled on the pressure and were awarded by two fine penalties by Doyler. Fethard were dominating exchanges now and when Nicko Hoynes broke for the line a certain try looked on but his pass to J.R. McGrath went forward and the chance was gone. Bohs got down the field and after what seemed about fifty phases they eventually got over for a try which they converted to leave the final score 13 all. A good performance by this young Fethard team and some great displays by some new players like Jimmy Pollard, Kevin Pollard and the very solid Luke Keating. Next week we play Kilfeacle away at 1pm on Sunday.

Fethard U15s played their second league game having had a good victory over Waterford City in the first one, the opposition this time was hot favourites Waterpark. Fethard very slow to start and allowed the visitors in for two soft tries. We really got going then and played much of the game in their 22 and some great back play from Jack Hayes Jack Kealy and Jack Dolan saw the Ross McCormack cross for a fine try which Josef O’Connor converted. Indeed it was the lively scrum-half who scored the next try and converted. It was game on now and waterpark were driven back by the relentless rucking of Ned Grogan, David McCormack, Jack O’Rourke and Harry Butler. The game could have gone either way but Waterpark were deserving winners by 27-17. Fethard can be very proud of their performance, Some of the lads who came up from the U14 were brilliant like Joey Carroll Patrick Scully, Padraig Harrington and were led by players like Jack Grace, Mark Heffernan and Richard Holohan.

Fethard Mini's Rugby hosted neighbours Cashel and Clanwilliam last Sunday morning and a dry morning ensured fine conditions. U7s were supported in great numbers allowing us to field two teams on the day. The squads played two games each and showed their training to good use when they put great scores on the board courtesy of Troy Delaney, Shane Ryan and Sean Fitzgerald. Not to be outdone, Lee Delaney with Adam Ruttle also recorded tries, with great passing and tagging from Sam Wyse, Conor Danaher and Harry O'Toole.

Our other U7 squad also scored plenty of tries with Charlie Walsh storming through with Gavin Neville and Pairic O'Connor, ably assisted with great passing and support from Sammy Laaksonen, Sam Austin, Bill Smith. Noah O'Flynn stormed through on occasions to score with great recycling from Codi Grogan.

U8s had tough competition from Clanwilliam and Cashel in their games, but did not shy away with fine runs from Padraig Duggan to set up Andrew Wall with plenty of tries, followed by Oisín Ryan tough rucking with solid passing, tackling and ball carrying from Brian Hayes. Newcomer Darragh Linnane proved a fine asset to the team and worked well with his teaming supporting continually.

U9s met a strong team in Clanwilliam who ended up 4 tries to 3 which were scored by Jack Quinlan, Mark Neville and Michael Corcoran, ably assisted by great rucking from Louis Ryan, Tom Smyth, Mark Neville, Joseph O'Flynn and Luke Ryan. There was fantastic support and passing from Anna Quigley, Clodagh Foley and newcomer Jake Coen. Fethard then went on to beat Cashel 4-2 tries scored by Tomas Ryan, Padraig O'Dwyer, Jack Quinlan and William Cleere. All played extremely well.

Fethard U10s had a very disappointing turnout for a home game against Clanwilliam and Cashel. For the boys that did turn up they put in a great display in securing two draws. Great tries by Ben Ruttle, Michael Long, Michael Ryan, Conor Neville and Jack Cleere. Apt support play and driving forward was witnessed from by Luke Dolan and James McCormack. This has the makings of a very fine team. Hope to see all the U10s at training next Friday night.

Fethard U11s had an exciting morning’s rugby was served up to the parents of Fethard Cashel and Clanwilliam on Sunday last. Our first game was against our closest neighbour Cashel, who emerged victorious by a single try. The final whistle came a bit too soon for our lads who seemed to take some time to get into their mojo. We started as we would of liked against Clanwilliam a fast game to say the least. Fethard took the spoils in this game, all levels of the game were improved in this match.

A break in the weather saw the sun shine on Fethard as the U12s took on Clanwilliam in what was always going to be a close game. Both teams were fresh back from their sterling efforts in Bruff last weekend though Fethard still suffered from a shortage of numbers Clanwilliam brought a decent sized squad.

The game started with a fine individual score from Eabha Fitzgerald which perhaps gave her team mates some misplaced confidence because Clan came back hard and fast. Despite solid defence work and tackling from Angus MacDonald and Eoin Walsh Clan started to put scores on the board. The Fethard pack, again missing players and so of a makeshift arrangement, stood up well at the scrums and had the better of the line-outs, Sam Quigley-O'Dwyer has a fine throw and is hooking well. Mathew Burke is becoming an attacking force to be reckoned with and the temporary second row of Mathew Gleeson and Ryan Walsh stole ball, rucked and mauled with aplomb. Mark McCormack, at scrum-half worked what ball he got out to the backs where Iain Harrington used it well, his kicks when they came were accurate and clean, his passing much improved. Cathal Ryan and Tom Hayden carried bravely and threw their bodies into defence but sadly were not given the opportunity to show what they do best when given the ball and run with it. Fethard with a depleted squad were always on the defensive and although they broke out occasionally and gave us glimpses of their running and handling, scoring enough to be respectable: it was Clan that emerged on top by a point or two.

Thank you all so much to all the wonderful cakes and sandwiches parents kindly provided on Sunday. Furthermore, a huge thanks for all the help in the kitchen providing refreshments after the matches. It makes a real difference and your support is greatly appreciated.

Next week training as normal on Friday evening from 6.45pm to 8pm or all Minis from 5 years up to U12s. Match on Sunday at home, November 10, for the three older minis squads of U10s, U11s and U12s against Waterpark and Kilkenny.




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