Monday 26th January 2009
Brewery Lane Theatre stage ‘Da’ in the Abymill
This production, produced by Peg Power, has already received rave reviews with one of the leading critics in the South East listing Tom Nealon as Best Male Performer for his portrayal of Da. His review said that the Brewery Lane Theatre's exceptional production of ‘Da’ was as good and better than many professional play productions he had seen during the last five years.
As well as Tom Nealon’s performance in the leading role, the review praised Peg Power's excellent direction, John Denby’s set and Eileen Butler and Mary O'Hanlon’s costumes. The reviewer said that 'Da' was not an easy play with its time shifts and stage technique of having a dead father and a living son Charlie (played impressively by David Grant and Eamonn O'Neill at different stages of his life) conducting those dialogues that never happened. The remaining parts are played by Maria Clancy, Jim English, Julie Ann Denby, Roseanne Glascott and Colm Power.
The Brewery Group have visited the Abymill on many occasions and played to packed houses every time. We expect this time will be no different so early booking is advisable. Tickets are €15 each (concessions €12). The show will be staged at 8.15pm on Saturday 31st January. Booking at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard, telephone: 052 31254 or 087 1338961.
Fethard GAA Club News
We had no winner of our Lotto Jackpot. The numbers drawn were 15, 18, 19 and 23. We had one ‘match three’ winner of €150 which went to Sasha Doyle (Woodvale Walk, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by John Aylward (Roebucksland, Fethard).
The numbers drawn last week were 5, 10, 24 and 28. We had two match three winners of €75 each to Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan, Fethard) and Hilary Troy (c/o Merry’s Clonmel). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Owen Doyle (Woodvale Walk Fethard). We would like to thank Clonmel Oil for providing the tickets.
Patrician Presentation Open Day
There was a good attendance at the Patrician Presentation Open Evening held on 19th January. The 6th Class parents and their children got a great opportunity to meet with the staff and to view the school facilities. Some of the officers and the committee from our active Parents’ Association were also in attendance to talk about their involvement in the school and help out with the catering arrangements for the event.
Killusty National School preparing for centenary celebrations
We would also like to thank everyone who helped out at our recent ‘Bag Pack’ in Dunnes and Christmas raffle to raise much needed funds for the school. To anyone who donated prizes a very big thank you.
Training for Living 2009
South Tipperary Lone Parent Initiative is a free and confidential service to lone parents. STLPI offers support and information to anyone who parents alone. The support might be in the form of a query about their rights and entitlements, they might need assistance with filling out forms, need a listening ear when they are in difficulty, need to be referred to other services in the community or need assistance and guidance to move back into education and the workforce.
We also offer training in personal development and basic computers. The training for Living programme, which is now being offered in Fethard, covers Personal Development, Parenting, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Stress and Stress Management. The course trainer is a qualified counsellor who at the end of the programme hopes the participants will identify ways to move forward in their lives in the future. The course is free to anyone parenting alone. It is also an opportunity for lone parents to meet each other as well as learning new coping skills.
Liz Moloney is the coordinator and Breda Dunne is the administrative support worker. STLPI is located in Room 1, Clonmel Community Resource Centre in Kickham Street Clonmel. We are open from 9am to 4pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9am to 2pm Thursday and Friday. Phone: 052 27429.
Congratulations to the Patrician Presentation Cadette girls’ volleyball team who made it to the All-Ireland semifinals on 28th January in Monroe Sports Centre, Lisronagh. The team played with high spirits all day and beat strong teams from Claremorris and Balla by two sets each on 19th January.
Thanks for the special trip!
A fox from the fort at Coolbawn Cross was slow to leave. Getting him away eventually hounds hunted to Blackmore’s Gate. From the roadside grove Charlie made at least three attempts to cross the Killenaule Road but was headed each time. Wheeling from here this fox provided a very good run. Running down through Blackmore’s they crossed the road to Norton’s Gorse. From here they crossed the Ballyluskey Road and were hunting towards Ruttle’s Glen when checking at a farmyard they were stopped, as this area was not on Monday’s country. They hunted from the whin bushes at the Waterfall to ground at Bawnbrack Stables and finished a very good day with a nice circle from Mortlestown Laurels, left-handed under Ms Sue Perry’s to Grangebarry and back to where they found.
The elements, once again, proved the winner on Wednesday from Rossmore. Swirling cloud and high winds, especially on the very high ground in Upper Rossmore, made conditions anything but pleasant. The amazing thing was that so many foxes were over-ground. Hounds were kept busy all day and finished with two short runs from Drom Wood.
A very good run, of just over one hour, was enjoyed from one of a brace found in Grawncole, Ballingarry, on Saturday. Running down over the narrow road through Maher’s and Cahill’s the fox did a few circles in this area before running right handed through Boolagh. Crossing the road at the bottom of the hill he ran to the Commons Road which he crossed. Turning right here hounds ran towards the top of the hill where he got to ground in the Quarry.
Saturday’s weather, at Barne, made Wednesday’s look like a good day in April. “None but the brave” could only describe the sixty-two hardy sportsmen and women, young and not so young, who followed Derry and Paul from the meet. The extraordinary feature of the day was that scent was first class. The bitch pack hunted brilliantly and gave the car followers on the Lavally Road a wonderful view as they ran a fox in sight to the road. Gaining some ground here, Charlie ran the road for some distance. He must have read the January Hunt Card as he saved his brush by running into Knockfee country which was to be hunted on Monday. Drawing on, they found again towards Clerihan and ran back towards Long’s Glen. Derry wisely decided to call a halt here, as hurricane-force winds were making conditions, not alone impossible to hunt in but dangerous. The hardy followers proved once again that “good sportsmen don’t mind the weather”. Did they also discover that it is true that rain never goes past your skin.
With the White Heathers
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Coolmoyne & Moyglass Vintage Club
The new committee comprises of Eddie Murphy (chairman), Sean O'Donovan (vice-chairman), Pat O'Loughlin (secretary), John Slattery (assistant secretary), Seamus Barry (treasurer) and Sean Kiely (assistant treasurer). Safety steward is Ray Walsh, and PRO is Declan Walsh.
Coolmoyne & Moyglass Vintage Club is affiliated to the Irish Vintage Society, whose motto is ‘Preserving our heritage’. The main event for the coming year will be a static show and vintage run on Sunday the 26th July; this will be a great family day with plenty of entertainment for children. The new committee intend to run numerous events during the year. Further information will be publicised in due time.
Fethard Bridge Club
We hope to see everyone back in the next couple of weeks. On 4th February we start our ‘Player of the Year’ competition. Looking for a partner, please contact Berney Myles at 32038.
A memorable and magical night in McCarthys
An added bonus was the unexpected arrival of Mick Hanley. Jim Rooney picked one of Mick’s songs from obscurity a few years ago, gave it to an artist that he was working with at the time, Hal Ketchum, and sent it to number one in the American charts. The song was ‘Past the Point of Rescue’, and Mick took Jim’s guitar, turned it around and played the song for the audience, accompanied by Mick and Arty. It went down a treat and Mick has promised to return to do a gig in the near future.
When all was over the stories and chats began. Thanks to Paddy Lonergan, former publican and manager of Country Club Ballroom, who left in an envelope full of memorabilia for Arty to see (he being a former member of the hugely successful Plattermen back in the 1960s). The conversation got around to the showband era and it turned out that Annette (the proprietor) was a good friend of Brendan Bowyer back in the 60s who is also a good friend of Arty’s. Arty reckons that Brendan shook the whole showband scene up and wrestled control from the ballroom managers and gave the bands the clout to agree their own terms rather than be dictated to by town councils which were controlled by the local parish priest at the time.
We hope it won’t be long till these fine musicians return to play McCarthy’s again. They will be made feel more than welcome.
Fethard Macra News
Dundrum Macra will be hosting a table quiz in Roche’s pub, Tipperary town on Friday, 30th January at 9pm. The county round of the Dublin City Talent competition will take place in Boherlahan on Friday, 13th February. Categories in the competition include ballad group, novelty act, set dancing, disco dancing, solo singing and comedy. An event of great interest for all our single and indeed attached members is the forthcoming ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Valentine event which will take place in Brian Borús, Cashel on Friday, 13th February This event is open to all members of the public and promises to be a great night’s entertainment. A raffle will be held on the night with proceeds going to charity.
The South Tipperary round of the national drama competition takes place on 20th February. The pantomime in Cashel will run from 4th to 8th February. We are all looking forward to seeing our fellow club member Michael in his starring role!
Our next meeting will be in Butlers Bar on Friday, 30th January at 8pm. For further information contact 087-9019443 or email email@example.com or check out our Macra page on Bebo.
Fethard Historical Society says thank you to two friends
Alison Harvey of the Heritage Council and one of the driving forces of the Irish Walled Town Network recognised the importance of Fethard following her first visit and helped to ensure that finance was made available to help the historic town.
Three major reports have been produced; a Conservation and Management Plan for the Wall, a Public Realm Plan for the Town itself and a detailed Feasibility Study of the Town Hall is nearing completion. All these reports will feed into the local planning process which should ensure that Fethard's unique character will be maintained for generations to come.
Furthermore, the Heritage Council gave a large grant towards physical repairs to the Wall over the past few months and this work can now be seen on the Wall between Barrack Street and Burke Street, at Watergate and other places.
A presentation of an artistic piece of pottery depicting the Watergate area, by local potter Dóirín Saurus, was made to Ms Harvey and she thanked the Historic Society for the gesture and the evening in general.
Present on the night, along with members of the Historical Society, were Jonathan Flood, who has replaced Hugh O'Brien in County Hall; Eoin Powell, Area Engineer and Ms Labhaoise McKenna, County Heritage Officer. Mr. John Fahey MCC also attended the very enjoyable function as he also played a big part in promoting the special case of Fethard to the Heritage Council over the past few years.
Book Fair Calling
One of the ways that the Historical Society makes some income is to sell ‘donated’ books at its own stall on the day. Therefore, the Society will gratefully receive donations of books from the public. Of course, donations of complete ‘Book Collections’ - which does happen from time to time - is an especially welcome help to the organizers.
The Society plans to publish two books itself this year. One, on Heraldry and Family Plaques in the Fethard area, by Gerard Crotty, and also a major history of the Fethard Area by Michael O’Donnell. These publications will be costly to produce and therefore the Fethard Historical Society will be especially grateful this year for all the support it can get.
It has been the policy of the Society from the beginning, to invite authors of ‘Tipperary Interest Books’- published in the preceding year- to come to the fair, to promote, sell and sign their books. 2008 was again a fruitful year for Tipperary books with over thirty major publications coming out in the county and many of these authors will be present on the day.
Now is the time to go through your books or to ask you family or friends to donate any unwanted books to a good cause. Any member of the committee will be glad to collect the books from you and contact can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 052 23402(Terry Cunningham) or 052 31936 (Doirin Saurus).