Thursday 28th November 2013

Coffee Morning was a Jolly success
The coffee morning in Jolly’s Café, The Square, on Saturday last was a fantastic success where people’s generosity was so evident in this fundraiser in aid of the recent Philippine disaster. Ger and Susanna Manton, proprietors of Jolly’s Café were more than prepared for the occasion having acquired the adjacent premises to accommodate the large number of customers coming to support the event.

Extra staff members were engaged to serve the free coffee and light refreshments and all as asked from consumers was a donation towards the Philippine appeal. The fantastic amount of €3,146 was raised on the day, all of which will go directly to the families who need it most. The organisers would like to sincerely thank all who came along and supported this worthy cause.

Jollys Café opened on June 21, 2012, and the name came from a romantic local story from the 17th century. Robert Jolly was a private in a Cavalry Regiment stationed in Fethard in 1680 when he fell in love with a local orphan girl, called Ellen Meagher.

They planned to marry at the earliest opportunity but his regiment was suddenly posted abroad and Ellen was left behind. Clearly a resourceful woman, Ellen went to London where through a wealthy Jewish gentleman, who left her his fortune she herself became wealthy. Not forgetting her true love, she bought Robert Jolly out of the British Army; they were married and lived happily at Knockelly Castle just outside Fethard. Robert died on August 20, 1709, and is interred in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Fethard.

On one of the Church chalices is the following: “This cup was given to the Church of Fethard by Mrs Eleanor Jolly in consideration of a piece of ground given by the minister and church wardens for a burying place for her family Anno 1711.”
Taken from ‘Fethard, Church of the Holy Trinity – Memorials’ (Rev. R. H. Long)

Beneficial/Peppardstown foal sells for €44,000
At the recent Tattersalls National Hunt Sales in Ferryhouse, Dublin, Lot 984, a chestnut colt foal, ‘Beneficial (GB)’ ex ‘Peppardstown (IRL)’, consigned by Railstown Stud (the property of Peddardstown Stud) was sold for €44,000 to John O'Byrne for JP McManus. ‘Beneficial’ is a full-brother to Group-2 winning hurdler ‘Mala Beach’.

Head shaved for Cancer Research
Local girl Lizzie Reddy very bravely shaved off her hair in aid of cancer research in the Convent Community Hall on Friday night. Unfortunately the event went unnoticed by many as it wasn’t advertised. Lizzie would still appreciate and be delighted to accept donations or sponsorship and has a collection bucket in Meagher's Daybreak Shop and a sponsorship card in Larry Kenny's Centra. Please give your support. Well done Lizzie for this fantastic individual effort for a very worthy cause.

Fethard Juveniles win first county hurling title
On Friday last, the captain of our county winning team for U14 C Hurling, Jesse McCormack, collected medals on behalf of his team at the County Captains’ evening. Also on Sunday he collected the team’s South medals. This has been a history-making win for Fethard being the first county title that Fethard Juvenile Club have won in hurling.
Well done to Jesse, the team and coaches for this historic win. We hope that this may be the start of something special in both codes and that wins may be coming Fethard's way in both football and hurling in 2014 and beyond.

Musical Success for Katie
Congratulations to Patrician Presentation Transition Year Pupil, Katie Whyte, daughter of Tina and Pat Whyte, Coleman, on her outstanding achievement in the Leinster School of Music and Drama this year and to her piano teacher, Mr Stuart Clooney, who nominated Katie for the Excellence Awards National Competition held in July in Griffith College, Dublin. The competition is held annually since 2004 and includes the top music and drama students in the country. Out of 10,000 students taking exams each year only approximately 100 students are chosen each year. Katie played her chosen piano piece before the examiners at the competition and having progressed to the final stages, she was duly awarded the Excellence Award Certificate. Well done Katie and best of luck in your future music studies.

Craft Workshop for students project
Fethard Transition Year pupils under the guidance of Ms Pat Looby have started work on their Osiery Bed Project Part 2. Students will construct a living Willow Sculpture on the grounds of Holy Trinity National School, Fethard. The idea of the project is to create an awareness in Fethard of the Willow Osiery Bed on the Cashel Road, owned by the Cummins family. As part of the project, the pupils have already attended a workshop by Patsy Cahill and Jane Walker, Basket Makers on Slievenamon.

St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Collection this weekend
The annual St. Vincent de Paul Christmas collection will take place on next Saturday November 30, and Sunday, December 1. All funds raised are used within the parish and we are blessed to be so well-supported up to now. Our collection has risen every year since the recession started. We have an energetic team of volunteers.

We are greatly helped by the various businesses in the parish but most of all we have people who trust us and allow us to help them. If you wish to donate to our collection we will be most grateful.

Christmas Bazaar this Thursday
Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, on Thursday morning, November 28. In conjunction with the bazaar we are holding a monster raffle and a cake sale. Refreshments will be served. All donations gratefully accepted. Please come along and support our fundraiser.

A senior day will also be held at the Day Care Centre on Friday, November 28, from 11am. The chiropodist will be in attendance. All seniors welcome.

Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this Sunday Night, November 24, to the music of ‘Tommy Carroll’. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing. Dancing 9pm to midnight and admission is €7.

Killusty Soccer Club
A big thank you to all our walkers and to those who donated to our sponsored walk, as always your support is greatly appreciated.

Slievenamon Musical Society
Slievenamon Musical Society are holding a Table Quiz in Anglim's Bar, Cloneen, on Friday, November 29, at 9pm. All welcome.

Fethard GAA Club
A mass for the deceased members of Fethard GAA club will take place on Saturday next, November 30, at 7pm in the Parish Church. All are welcome.

The club would like to thank everybody who donated and helped out with the recent church gate collection.
The Senior Club’s AGM will take place on Monday, December 16, at 7pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All are welcome.

There was no jackpot winner this week. The numbers drawn were as follows: 4, 5, 10 and 19. There was two match three winners who received €75 each: M.J. Croke, Tullamaine, and Tossie Lawton, St Patrick’s Place. The €50 lucky dip winner was Harry McLoughlin, 12 Strylea, Fethard. Next weeks jackpot will be €2,300 with the draw taking place in the Fethard Arms on Tuesday, November 26. Thanks to all for the continued support and also the people that carry out the draw every week.

'The Fox is in the Town-O’
Tipperary Foxhounds had a very good run from their meet at Rathronan on Thursday 21. Finding a brace, in the Ash Grove on Mr Bill Carroll's, in the evening they soon had one away at the top. Running up and over the road above the dairy farm hunting towards Newchapel. Running a big left-handed circle they ran back right down to the Clonmel suburbs. Their fox got underneath a close-cable electric fence at the Poppyfield's end of town which proved too much of a barrier for hounds who were flying at the time.

All's well that ends well as Reynard in full flight with fifteen or sixteen couple of Tipp hounds in full cry would certainly not be an ideal situation in Clonmel on a Thursday, or any other, late afternoon. The fox was certainly one of the many town foxes who now frequent rural areas and who had wandered to woo in November, which is the start of the foxes breeding season.

White Heather Harriers
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers had a very enjoyable days hunting from Rocklow and would like to thank Mr John Hally and family for their kind hospitality prior to move off.

Our next meet will be in Ballyluskey on Sunday, December 1, and at the Rectory, Fethard on Sunday, December 8. Both meets start at 11am.

Fethard Macra Notes
Volleyball takes place in Clerihan Hall every Tuesday night at 8.30pm. New players are welcome. Rehearsals for Capers have also begun. Club members are looking forward to this season’s performance in January. Actors, musicians, dancers and singers are still required. Our national fundraiser will be held this Saturday in Kilcohan Park in Waterford. Tickets can be purchased from Liam Cleary on 086 3998711.

New members are welcome. If you would like to join Fethard Macra, or if you need any information on the above, contact Emma Flynn on 086 3472285 for more details.

Extra Christmas Prizes in Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on November 20 were: 10, 11, 16 and 21. We had no jackpot winner and four ‘Match Three’ winners who received €40 each: Jack Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard; P. Russell, Ballydonnell, Mullinahone; Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle, Fethard; and Eddie Crotty, Killusty.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Mary Fleming, Coolmore, Fethard; Anna Bradshaw Cooke, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; and Mary Brett, The Valley, Fethard.

We will have extra Christmas prizes each week of three Turkeys and three Ham on December 4, 11 and 18. The Lotto will then take a two-week break over the Christmas period and return again on Wednesday, January 8.

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 27. The Jackpot is €6,400 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €640. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fethard Bridge Club
There is a change to our diary and our charity night has been deferred until the New Year. On November 27 we play for the Gross Turkey, Nett Turkey and Change of Partner prizes respectively, and on December 4 we play for Christmas Prizes. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles 6132038.

Nano Nagle on the first rung of the ladder to Sainthood
Pope Francis has promoted Nano Nagle, the founder of the Presentation Sisters, on the ladder to sainthood. The Vatican's announcement said the Pontiff had bestowed the title ‘Venerable’ on the 18th century Cork woman. She had already been declared a Servant of God in 1994, a move that placed her on the first of four steps to canonisation.

Nano Nagle was born in 1718 to wealthy parents in Ballygriffin, Co. Cork, and was educated in Paris. Aged 36, distressed by the plight of the poor, she founded her first school in a two-room cabin in Cove Lane in Cork city. Two decades later, in 1775, she founded the Presentation Sisters with a mission to bring the gospel message to people on the margins of society.

The Presentation Sisters first came to Fethard when Very Rev. Sean Cantwell, Fethard, arranged with the Archbishop, the Most Rev. Dr. Leahy and the Thurles community of the Presentation Order that a convent be founded in Fethard. This occurred on April 12, 1862, and the following nuns were placed in Fethard: Sr. M. Agnes Ryan as Superior, Sr. M. Alphonsus Holohan as Bursar, and Sr. de Pazzi Gubbins as Novice Mistress. A house on the Main Street in Fethard (beside the Parish Church) was given and the school opened on Friday, May 1, 1862, with ninety children present on that day. There were two classrooms quite unfurnished having neither desks nor forms. There were only borrowed planks supported by logs of wood fitted around the rooms. Within a few weeks the number of pupils had risen to 300.

Today the Presentation Sisters leadership team is based in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare, from where it oversees the work of 1,200 sisters worldwide – 650 of them in Ireland.

Presentation Day 2013
Best wishes to Sr. Winnie and all the Presentation Community on their feast day celebrated on November 21. We send wishes in particular to former Secondary School Staff member, Sr. Annunciata and Sr. Juliana who still works in the Pastoral Care area of the secondary school. Patrician Presentation school continues to have close contact with the Presentation Community and thank them for the use of their chapel for school ceremonies during the year and their on-going support of our work.

Rugby Lights Draw winners
A really big ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported Fethard & District Rugby Club in our fundraising draw in aid of the new pitch lights. The tickets for the local club prizes were drawn on Friday night. Every family that paid their membership also received a complementary ticket for the draw.

The local winners and prizes were: Orla O'Donnell - Christmas Hamper; Cathal O'Donnell - €50 voucher from Benetton; Cathal Foley - Leg of Knockelly Lamb from Hugh O'Connor; Katie Ryan - homemade Christmas Cake from Mary Butler; Harry Butler - signed rugby jersey from British & Irish Lions Tour; Jack Hayes - signed rugby ball from Munster Team; Vincent Hourihane - signed rugby ball from international Scottish Team; Aidan Fitzgerald - portfolio of rugby photos; Barry Purcell - tour of Coolmore and Ballydoyle.
Sincere thanks also to Sean Murphy from Coolmoyne Couriers for his help in transporting all the tickets to the IRFU head office in Dublin where they will now be entered in the national draw. A final word of thanks to everyone who supported the club's ‘Cash For Clobber’ fundraising campaign which also concluded on Friday night.

Fethard minis’ rugby
Fethard Mini rugby members have enjoyed an incredible start to the season with games most weekends since September. We have seen great enthusiasm from players, parents and coaches at both training and matches. We have also witnessed wonderful development and enjoyment from the great games played by the Fethard youngsters. Training on Friday evenings from 6.45pm to 8pm. Our next game is on Sunday, December 1, away to Dungarvan with Carrick. Kick off at 10.30am.

Fethard U15 and U18 girls played last Saturday with Thurles in the Munster Leagues and all played well. In particular Lisa Norton tackled well against a very strong Shannon team. In the U8's games Leah Fox tackled and recycled ball well throughout with Kora Delany constantly on the ball and feeding out to the wings. Niamh Holohan had great hands and fine carrying. Thank you very much to Ellen and Dawn and the Thurles ladies for the warm soup and pasta after the match. Training continues on Friday evenings from 8pm to 9.10pm in Fethard community field. New members are always welcome. Next matches for the girls are on Saturday, December 7, in Thurles.

A Feast Fit for a King Looking for a little inspiration to liven up your Christmas menu this year? Then Cloneen Sports and Social Club invite you to Cloneen Hall on Friday, December 6, at 8pm for an evening with celebrity chef Frank Moynihan presenting 2½ hours of Christmas fare. We promise you this is a most enjoyable event and you will not be disappointed. Tickets are only €10 and should be pre-purchased from Noonan’s Shop or Anglim’s Bar in Cloneen. Tickets can also be booked at 087-7587913 or by emailing: chef@cloneenhall.com

Frank will be remembered from his time as Food Correspondent on the Gay Byrne Radio Show on RTE1. He has conducted cookery programmes on virtually every local radio show and has written a best selling cookbook ‘A Pinch of This’. So write the date in your diary and secure your ticket in time.

Christmas Party Night in Moyglass
Moyglass Community Centre will host its annual Christmas Party Night on Saturday, December 7. A three-course meal will be served followed by band and disco with fully licensed bar. Tickets €25 and doors open at 7pm, Meal served at 8.30pm. Enquires to Philip at 087 2544703. Bingo takes place every Sunday night at 8pm with €1,000 prize money. Jackpot of €300.




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