Hurly Making Craft in Fethard
Liam and his nephew, Eamon, a skilled wood turner of many years came together in 2005 to form ‘Hayes Premier Hurleys’ as a partnership with their wives Joan and Mary. Mary’s involvement is significant as her grandfather, Mr Bill Fogarty, was one of the first hurley makers in South Tipperary, supplying hurleys to Cleary’s of Dublin in the 1930s and 40s, all of which were shipped by train from the now closed Laffansbridge railway station. Liam and Eamon are rightly proud of their hurleys, all hewn from Irish Ash, which the lads were fortunate enough to source from Limerick for this season. They facilitate all styles and the most popular one is the traditional Tipperary style with the Cork style a very close second. Incidentally, they have had no requests for a Kilkenny style hurley yet! I wonder why?
Their cousin and mentor John Ryan has been making hurleys in Littleton for many years and Eamon and Liam wish to acknowledge the help he has been and continues to be as they grow their business.
Youth Officer Job Opportunity in Fethard
Applications must be made by way of an application form, which along with details of the post, are available from Foróige headquarters: Tel: 01 6301560, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or from their website: www.foroige.ie. Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 9th June 2006.
Another position which was recently advertised and which should augment the efforts of the Youth Officer is that of Project Co-ordinator of the Mid-Tipperary Drugs Initiative. The MTDI is a community-based project operating in a number of local towns, including Fethard, and their rural hinterlands. The project is funded by the Health Service Executive and is managed by Tipperary Regional Youth Services. The closing date for this post was Wednesday 31st May and the successful candidate should have a relevant qualification and proven experience in a youth/ community/ drugs education context.
It is envisaged that when these positions have been filled that the concerns of the community; the findings of the Youth Needs Report and the aspirations of the Slieveardagh Area Multi-Agency Network can be addressed in a specific and co-ordinated manner to provide a structured and safe environment for our youth.
Students raise money for Tanzania
Community Games Athletics
St. Patrick's Boys School ‘Monster Draw’
First prize is €2,000 and there are also eighteen prizes of €100 to be won. Tickets cost €20 each. Parents are currently selling tickets throughout the parish. The ‘Monster Draw’ will be held in July. Tickets are also available at the school. We appreciate your support.
Cycle for ‘Heartsafe’ Fethard
The Fethard connections are coming out of the woodwork with Catriona Ward’s husband Peter Fitzgerald, of the Munster Bar, The Mall, Waterford volunteering to supply food for the Fethard cyclists on the day as they pass through Waterford. This is a very generous offer and is much appreciated by Bill and Joe and all the organising committee.
Some of our local businesses remain unrepresented on our community cycle team, so get the pump out, sell those lines and persuade one of your customers or staff to cycle on your behalf.
Rumour has it that a community party is being organised for the returning cyclists on the Saturday night of 29th July. This is also the proposed date for the launch of ‘Sli na Slainte’, so Fethard, hopefully, will be well on its way to be a ‘Heartsafe’ town before the end of Summer.
Junction Festival 'Into The Forest' Art Project
Fethard GAA Club News
The team on Saturday last was Paul Fitzgerald, Ian Kenrick, Stephen O’Donnell (captain), Nicky Murphy, Willie Morrissey, Michael Aherne, Cian Maher, Jamie McCormack, Aiden Fitzgerald, Brendan Brett 0-2 (1F), Brian Coen 0-4 (3F), Karl Maher 0-3 (2F), John Noonan, John P Looby, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1. Subs used were: Miceál Spillane for Brendan Brett, and Conor McCarthy for John Noonan.
The Munster Senior League for 2006 will be played over the summer months and our first outing takes place on this Saturday 3rd June, away to Athea of Limerick at 6pm.
The Intermediate Hurling County League continued last week when we played Moyne Templetuohy in Fethard. Report next week. The winners of that game play Eire Og (West), on Bank Holiday Monday 5th June.
Full training for all teams for the coming weeks as we are out from 16th June to 24th June in five different championships in the South, starting on the 16th June against Ballingarry in Junior A Football in Cloneen; 18th June against Carrick Swans in Senior Football in Kilsheelan, 21st June against Killenaule in Ballingarry in Junior B Football, 23rd June against Ballyneale in Kilsheelan in Intermediate Hurling, and on Saturday 24th June against Newcastle Cahir in Minor Hurling B so it will be a busy end of June for all our players.
Our Lotto Jackpot €2,400 was not won. Tickets supplied by AIB Main Street. The numbers drawn were 1, 4, 19 and 23. We had one match three winner of €150, to Lilly Maher, Fethard. The €50 Lucky Dip going to Patrick Power, Drangan.
Needs for another playing field highlighted
Sean stepped down as secretary this year to concentrate on coaching. The high quality of coaching in the club is reflected in the fact that six boys are currently challenging for positions on the East Munster team.
Aidan Maher also stepped down as chairman and paid a glowing tribute to all who helped and worked so hard together as a team, paying special tribute to the team coaches for their valuable time and commitment. He also thanked the parents for their great work in feeding the multitudes on many occasions, topped at the end of season barbecue, when 400 meals were served, catering also for 100 visitors from St. Joseph’s Rugby Club, Wales.
The following officers were elected for the coming year: Chairman, Mr Paul Kavanagh; Vice-Chairman, Mr Jimmy O’Sullivan; Secretary, Ms Polly Murphy; Assistant Secretary, Mr Sean Devaney; Youth Officer, Ms Mary Kelly; Treasurer, Ms Valerie Colville; PRO, Mr Liam Hayes. All the coaches present committed to continue their work for the coming season.
The incoming chairman, Paul Kavanagh, paid a glowing tribute to our Youth Officer, Ms Mary Kelly, for all her work during the year, representing the club at Munster Branch level, never missing a meeting and handling every situation that arose with great commitment and professionalism. He also thanked Sean Devaney, stating that it was his vision and hard work that made the club the success it is.
The Club will adapt a new constitution before the start of the playing season and will accept adult members. The membership fees will be, Adult €50, Children €25, and €20 for families with more than one playing child. The Club will compete at under-18 level next season.
Valerie Colville’s treasurer’s report detailed a €24,000 cost of running the Club, with the main income coming from the Golf Classic, the Race night and table quiz. She thanked all our sponsors, with particular reference to Coolmore’s generosity in providing the Community field and indeed, their ongoing support of the Rugby Club.
Mr Jerome Casey raised the issue of the field use applauding its success but outlining the difficulties encountered during the season due to the fixtures demand on it. Other members noted that other clubs in the parish have also encountered similar problems, which highlighted the need for another playing field for the town.
Fethard Athletic Club
Roisín Trehy, taking part in the Long Jump.
Well done also to Hannah Stapleton reaching 4th place in the high jump and to Nell Trehy and Sophie Meehan who competed out of age to make up an under-12 relay team.
We hope all athletes will be able to attend the final county event of the summer season, the County B Track and Field competition in Clonmel on Bank Holiday Monday (June 5th). The starting time is12 noon and entry fee is €2 per athlete. Training continues every Monday and Wednesday at 6:30pm at the Community Field.
Faye receives Certificate of Commendation
Juvenile GAA Club
This Friday night we play Clonmel Commercials in u/8, 10, and 12 football in the Community Field with the first games to start at 7pm. All players are to report to the Community Field at 6.30pm where more new faces are always welcome to have a great nights fun.
Our u/14 footballers had to pull out all the stops in what was a great game of football played in Fethard on Sunday evening last. Having been 6 points down at half time after playing with the wind, we seemed to be in a very bad situation and looked to be going out of the championship. But somehow the boys turned this game on its head with one of the finest displays of football seen for a long time and turned the 6 point margin to a 4 point advantage, due to some wonderful displays by some of these young men, many of who are underage again next year.
We hope to be in the semifinals next week but are depending on other results going our way. Whatever happens, the future of our club looks bright with promising young players on the way. Well done to all.
We wish the best of luck to all our hurling teams in the up and coming championships. Our club would like some adults to come and teach our u/6, 8, 10s the skills of hurling, as it will be very important in their development. Anyone interested in doing this should contact Tel: 087 1713502. We would appreciate your help.
Best of luck to Aidan Fitzgerald who will play for the Tipp intermediate hurlers this Sunday in Cork. Finally, all membership fees are now well overdue and will have to be paid to our club secretary asap.
Fethard Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Centre Annual Church Gate collection takes place in Fethard on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June, and in Killenaule and Moyglass Parish on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June. Please support generously.