War of Attrition
Depressing results on the playing field
The results from under-age competition are even worse! Fethard minor football team suffered a very heavy defeat by Ballingarry in the semifinal of the South B Minor Football Championship and the under-21 team were seventeen points down to Mullinahone when they scored a goal with the last kick of the game at the final of the under-21 competition. To make maters worse, these two competitions were in the B division of both championships.
A very prominent South and County GAA football man inquired recently of Sean Moloney, “What has gone wrong with Fethard football?” . . . “Under age teams from a club with the football tradition of Fethard have no business down in the B division.” The above results seem to show he was wrong on that score!
He is not the only one concerned. Many prominent Fethard senior players of the not too distant past have also expressed their concern or worry over the apparent problem. Just a few years ago Fethard won four South and three County Under-21 A competitions in a row.
What has gone wrong or what can be done to remedy the situation? One thing is certain, if we do not wake up and smell the coffee, we may realise sooner rather than later that the road up from the duffer stakes league is a much more slippery slope to climb than to slide down. The Under-21 South Tipp B Championship is sponsored by Hall Alarms lets hope the alarms are not sounding for the future of Fethard football!
Fethard Gaelic teams are not the only ones in the parish with problems. We notice Killusty are bottom of the TSDL Premier Soccer League with a total of just four points from sixteen games played. Perhaps football in the Fethard & Killusty area is going to go through seven lean years after seven years of plenty! Maybe there are good times coming, but as Moleskin Joe a character on one of Donegal author Patrick McGill’s books said, “There are good times coming but will we live to see them?” (EAN)
Fethard Fair Day c1900
Fethard ICA Guild
At our March meeting a vote of sympathy was expressed to Nora and Kitty Ahearne on the death of their sister-in-law Elsie O’Dwyer. Elsie was a member of Fethard ICA many years ago and attended the first summer school, which was held on Slievenamon. May she rest in peace.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
Community Games Art and Model Making County Finals
Gold medals went to six year old Jack Ward from Garrinch in under-8 art, Andrew Maguire, Annesgift in under-14 model making and Laura Rice Everardsgrange in u16 Art, silver medals to Charlie Manton, Main Street, in under-10 art, and Louis Rice, Everardsgrange, in under-14 Art, and Charlotte Hatton, Ardsallagh House, in under-10 Model Making. Bronze medals were won by Chloe Burke, Woodvale Walk, in under-8 art, Ger Maher, Kilknockin, under-14 art, Michael Hally, Abbey Court, under-10 model making and Jack Connolly, The Green, under-14 model making. Great credit due to both Andrew and Jack who are only nine and ten years old but due to the age factor of 31st July had to compete under 14 years old.
Our three winners have all qualified for the Community Games national finals in Mosney next August. This will be the third time that Laura Rice will represent her county in Mosney. Thanks to all the schools who played such a bit part in organizing the local competitions and to the Fethard Ballroom committee for the use of their wonderful facility and all their help on the day.
Good luck to our under-14 Juvenile Quiz Team: Amy Lyons, Faye Manton, Evie O’Sullivan and Jane Holohan, who will travel to Thurles to contest the county final on this coming Friday night, April 7th. Congratulations to all who competed in this event.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Our next two games, against Moyle Rovers and Commercials, were called off due to bad weather. Our next game will be played on Monday next the 10th April against Carrick in Carrick. Bus will leave GAA field at 5.45pm.
The under-14 Féile hurling will begin on Good Friday when we will play an away game. More details later. Our under-14 footballers are now back training and all players are asked to make the effort to attend. Under-6, 8 and 10s will commence their training in the next few weeks.
Finally, membership is well overdue and should be paid to the trainers at the next session. Membership this year is €35 €15 membership and €20 to help cover the bus fare to all matches (for their age group). Any queries contact the secretary at Tel: 086 1713502. Best of luck to all involved this year.
Fethard Open Coursing Club
Fethard GAA Club News
Our Lotto Jackpot of €2,000 was not won last week. The numbers drawn were: 1, 13, 23 and 25. Tickets were sponsored by J. L. O’Sullivan (Chemist). We had no match three winners. The €50 Lucky Dip going to John Shortall (The Valley). The five drawn tickets, who received €30 each, were: Eddie Thompson (37 St Patrick’s Place), Frank Wyatt (Fethard), Louis Coen (Killusty), Arthur Daly (St Patrick’s Place), and Angelo Toisini (37 Ashgrove Lawn, Clonmel).
The County Board Draw promoters are now on the road please support and thanks again from the Fethard GAA Club for your kindness.
Team as follows: Rachel Prout, Emma Fleming, Carrie Sweeney, Jean Anglim, Claire O’Brien, Chloe Gough, Sara Hayes, Aisha Tobin, Debbie Lawrence, Sarah Conway, Natalie Cahill, Lisa Anglim, Jane Kenny. Subs were: Emma Hayes and Orla Lawrence. Scorers: Aisha Tobin 1goal 1pt, Natalie Cahill and Debbie Lawrence 1 goal each, Lisa Anglim 1 goal 2 pts, and Sinead Delahunty 2 pts.
St. Rita’s Camogie Club Table Quiz
Fethard and District Credit Union
Hunt Masters Resign
With the start of the 2006/07 hunting year on 1st May, only days away, it is hoped that things can be sorted and whatever problems have may have arisen, can be sorted out for the sake of the sport, as soon as possible.