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Monday 6th February 2006

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Fethard Public Meeting Re/ Strylea Housing Development
A public meeting to discuss the Proposed Housing Development at Strylea will be held in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, Monday 6th February at 8.30pm. All are invited to attend.

Fethard Planning Decision rests with six Councillors!
The decision on whether the controversial proposed Housing Development for Rocklow Road will go ahead or not rests on the six councillors elected in the Fethard Electoral Area. The decision will be made on Monday next at the monthly South Tipperary County Council Meeting. The Fethard community are strongly opposed to the development and the following representatives attended a meeting at the Council Offices on Thursday 2nd February to make their case:

  • Fr. Tom Breen PP, Fethard & Killusty Parish
  • Joe Kenny, Chairman Fethard & Killusty Community Council
  • Waltie Moloney, Representative from Fethard Public Meeting

  • Ger Walsh, Housing, South Tipperary County Council
  • Richard Bowen, Planning, South Tipperary County Council
  • John Maloney, Housing, South Tipperary County Council

  • COUNCILLORS Fethard Electoral Area
  • Cllr. John Fahey, Graystown, Killenaule (Tel: 052 56349)
  • Cllr. Michael O'Brien. Rathkenny, Drangan (Tel: 052 52169)
  • Cllr. Denis Landy, Mainstown, Carrick-on-Suir (Tel: 051 641641)
  • Cllr. Eddie O'Meara, Ballydonnell, Mullinahone (Tel: 052 53229)

  • COUNCILLORS Fethard Electoral Area (not at meeting)
  • Cllr. Susan Meagher, Shangarry, Ballingarry (Tel: 052 54163)
  • Cllr. Denis Bourke, Castle Park, Carrick-on-Suir (Tel: 051 641338)

We believe that this proposed development is wrong for Fethard and there are far better alternatives that should be considered. CLICK TO READ 'CRITICAL ISSUES FOR PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES' sent to each of the six councillors.

Watch out for Fethard’s new ‘Knitting Café’
Watch out for a new sign adjacent to Kenny's Centra Supermarket advertising a Knitting Café. Sr. Juliana and a group of knitting friends will gather there to knit. If you are interested in knitting and can knit you are very welcome to come along when it’s open. If you are interested in learning to knit there are experienced knitters there who are willing to teach anyone who comes along. If you are interested in just coming in for a chat and a cuppa, that can be catered for too.

The initial meeting will take place on Wednesday 8th February at 7.30pm. If you are interested in being part of the organising group come along and enjoy a cup of coffee, a homemade scone, and an exchange of ideas. We will make decisions on when we will start and how best to cater for the needs of as wide a range of knitters as possible. Looking forward to seeing you at Kenny's, The Green.

Fethard Rugby

Fethard under-14 rugby team who beat beat Galbally 32-14 in their recent league game. Scores for Fethard were: Aaron Conran (2 tries), Matthew Fitzgerald (2 tries), Ben Walsh (1 try), Jack O'Connell (1 try) and Daniel Hickey (1 conversion).

Badgers Over 30 soccer
The dream has been realised, finally, just last Wednesday night, the club reached its ultimate aim of fielding a full eleven-a-side game. In fact it has been looking very good this past few weeks with big turnouts, most nights, of eighteen and nineteen players. With this increase in numbers the games have changed considerably also, and instead of a goal tally of maybe eight goals to ten, it's now a much more closed shop of maybe two to one or even last nights amazing nil all final score. Sadly though at the same time, because of the weather and the field being in continues use, its condition has been of great concern to all the clubs that use it. The steering committee will be looking into ways of maintaining the good condition of the field and, no doubt, have proposals to make in the near future. In the meantime it's up to all of us to play our part. The real damage is done when the pitch is wet, and although we have called off matches in the past because of really bad weather, in future this may occur more often as even a small amount of wet weather could be detrimental. To all Badgers it has been proposed and agreed upon that anyone intending to play on a Wednesday night should phone one of the three committee members, who will have checked conditions and decide whether it is possible to play without causing damage to the field. Please call, between 18.30 - 19.00, to one of the numbers given below. No need to call when dry sunny conditions prevail of course. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. Just a small reminder that €20 fees will be taken up next week, please try to have paid at least by the months end. Also a reminder to those interested in the bowling night, names to Philip or Kevin. Those numbers are, Philip: 086 0565075. Liam: 086 8436546. Colm: 052 31397.

Patrician / Presentation Secondary School Jottings

Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School higher-level Leaving Cert maths team beat twenty of the county's schools to win the regional IMTA (Irish Mathematics Teachers' Association) Team Maths Quiz held at Presentation Convent, Clonmel on Friday 27th January. They now go on to represent Tipperary at the national final in Trinity College, Dublin, in March. The winning team members photographed above are L to R: Ronan Shee, Fintan Maher, Niall Hayes, John Frewen and Ms Mary Lysaght (teacher).

IMTA Maths Quiz — Fethard Win Regional final
Congratulations to our Leaving Cert Higher Maths students. On Friday last, 27th January, our Leaving Cert higher-level teams competed in the IMTA (Irish Mathematics Teachers' Association) Team Maths Quiz held at Presentation Convent, Clonmel. Twenty teams from all around the county represented their schools and it was to our great delight and excitement, that one of our teams held on to their lead going into the final round and won the quiz. They now go on to represent Tipperary at the national final in Trinity College, Dublin, in March. The winning team was: John Frewen, Niall Hayes, Fintan Maher and Ronan Shee. Good luck to the boys in March, we hope they will enjoy the experience.

Work Experience
During the week of 30 January – 3 February, Transition Year students will do their second term of work experience. They have already completed one week of work experience, which took place in November last year and all participants found it to be an enjoyable and beneficial experience.

Three students from the school participated in a cross-country race on 26th January: Laura Rice, Eoin Healy and Adam O’Donnell. Laura finished in 12th place in her under-15 race, Eoin finished 7th in the under-14s and Adam 8th in the same race.

This week both the school’s Cadet B boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams will compete in the national semifinals. The girls’ team, captained by Carrie Sweeney, will take on Mountmellick on Tuesday 31st January, in the sports complex, University of Limerick. On Wednesday 1st February, the boys’ team will meet Drumshanbo in Mountmellick. Captain Declan Doyle said with enthusiasm, “If the team continue to work hard at training, we will have a good chance of winning.” Best of luck to both teams.

Open Night
On Tuesday 7th February, there will be an ‘Open Night’ taking place in our school from 7pm to 8.30pm. Senior primary school pupils, their parents and the general public are welcome to attend.  The school will soon celebrate the opening of its newly renovated science labs, offering a full range of subjects to higher Leaving Cert level and providing the pupils with a truly holistic education.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 1st February were: 3, 6, 22 and 25. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winners. Three tickets were drawn and the following received €50 each:
Kathleen O'Riordan, Cloneen, Fethard;
Julie Wall, Barrettstown, Fethard;
Gretta O'Donovan, Burke Street, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Bridget O'Brien, Cloneen, Fethard;
Sarah Mullins, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Adrian Allen, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

With the White Heathers
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers met last Sunday, 29th January, at Ballingarry and next week, 5th February in Ballylusky at 11am.

Lee Ann Burke

Lee Ann Burke (centre), Redcity, Fethard, who received her MA (Hons) Degree in Economics in UCC recently. Lee Ann is a past pupil of Patrician / Presentation Secondary School, Fethard, to which she sends her best wishes. Lee Ann, photographed above with her father Denis (left) and her brother Glenn, is currently employed in UCC.

Fethard Ladies Football
Fethard Ladies Football Club will hold their Annual General Meeting on Friday night, 10th February at 8pm in Tirry Community Centre, Fethard. All members are expected to attend and new faces are very welcome. The club enjoyed a good year in 2005 so please let us prepare in time for 2006 and start by making a special effort to attend the AGM.

Fethard Bridge Club
The results of Fethard Bridge Club game played on Wednesday 25th January were:
1st Gross: Nell Broderick and David O’Meara;
2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey & Betty Walsh;
1st Nett: Nora Ahearne and Olive Looby;
2nd Nett; Mary Quirke and Fr. John Meagher OSA.

On Wednesday next, 1st February we play the second round of the Club Championship. Anyone looking for a partner please contact Annie O’Brien at Tel: 052 31862.

Fethard GAA Club News
With our under-21 and minor footballers back in training on Tuesdays and Fridays, the senior footballers return on this Sunday, 5th February, at 12 noon sharp in Fethard GAA Park with a County League match against J K Brackens on 12th February in Fethard at 12 noon. Players, do not forget your membership fees of €25 for 2006, to chairman, secretary, treasurer or Stephen McCormack (membership coordinator).

Best of luck to our players involved with the Tipperary senior football team who commence the national league away to Sligo on this coming Sunday 5th February.

The lotto jackpot of €4,700 was not won. Then umbers drawn in Lonergans Bar were 2, 12,  21 and 28. We had one match three winner of €150 to Ber Flanagan, Knockbritt, Fethard. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Ricky Flynn, Tullow, Fethard.

Our sympathy are at this time with the Morrissey family, Tullamaine, on the death of Dominic Connolly, Clonmel, husband of Mary Morrissey. Go ndeanai Dhia trocaire ar an ainmeachta.

‘Book of the Year’ award presented in Fethard

Tipperariana 'Book of the Year' award winner, David Butler from Cahir, photographed accepting his award from Fethard Historical Society at a special function held in the Abymill Theatre on Friday 27th January. David's book, 'South Tipperary 1570-1841: Religion, Land and Rivalry', was chosen as the 2005 Tipperariana Book of the Year. This year's Tipperariana Book Fair takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday afternoon, 12th February from 2pm to 6pm. L to R: Ernie Bates (Cahir), Peg Butler (Cahir), David Butler (Cahir), Dóirín Saurus (Chairperson Fethard Historical Society) and Terry Cunningham (PRO).

As the Fethard Historical Society approaches the 11th Tipperariana Book Fair on February 12th, it was time last Friday night, January 27th, to celebrate the 2005 ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year’ award. One book, newly published, from each of the past three years has been selected by the society for the award. The criteria for selection is that the book must be of Tipperary and in this, its fourth year, the award was presented to David J. Butler, author of, “South Tipperary, 1570-1841; Religion, Land and Rivalry".

Photographed at the Tipperariana 'Book of the Year' award presentation are L to R: Liam O Duibhir, John Slattery, Peg Butler, Denis Holland and Jim Trehy.

Presenting the award at the Abymill Theatre, Terry Cunningham from the Historical Society, reminded the audience how the political system in the past had granted land and houses to the dominant group of the time; existing owners and occupiers were forced to forfeit their property to a new group of people. As a result many of the dispossessed were forced into a new way of livelihood or poverty, or were forced to migrate, and some in turn did to the indigenous peoples of the new lands what had been done to them. He spoke of the real emotional issues that affected these dispossessed people during those turbulent times we now view, somewhat dispassionately.

Photographed at the Tipperariana 'Book of the Year' award presentation are: L to R: John Cooney, Bridie Callaghan and John O'Flynn.

David Butler, who comes from Cahir, where the book had recently been officially launched, chose to outline his own approach and development of his subject, how his integration of history and geography came about as he sought to outline and describe the differing political and religious groupings that vied for the ultimate prize, ie. the ownership of land during the period of time that his study covers. In an interesting aside, he informed the audience that he had not studied history for his Leaving Certificate but had finished with double honours in history and geography for his degree in UCC. As an indication of the amount of work involved he spent nine months compiling the maps for this book.

Photographed at the Tipperariana 'Book of the Year' award presentation are L to R: Marie O'Donnell, Marie O'Hara, Ann Lynch and Catherine O'Flynn.

By all accounts it is reported that this book is an excellent academic account of the movement of people and of the major political upheavals in this area during the 270 years prior to the famine. It will serve as a great reference book for many people who wish to know what happened to land ownership and the reasons for the tension between the different Christian groups as they politically sought ownership of land and influence. David Butler was presented with a specially commissioned ceramic platter which featured a representation of the actual cover of his book, an early drawing of Cahir Castle at the foot of a quiet majestic Himalayan mountain range, better known as the Galtees. Generous refreshments were followed by a short concert given by John Birmingham and Evan Grace. These two fine musicians, with three others, are giving a concert in the Abymill on Friday, 3rd March. It was an intimate night to honour a historian and to acknowledge a work of the highest achievement and to celebrate David Butler's great success for this beautiful published work that is now available for us all to read.
(J. Cooney)

L to R: Ann Gleeson, Joan Heffernan and Paddy Heffernan.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 25th January were: 5, 12, 15 and 30. There was no Jackpot winner and five ‘Match 3’ winners who received €30 each:
Maureen Murphy, 18 Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard;
Hannie Leahy, Annesgift, Fethard;
Annette O'Donovan, The Valley, Fethard;
J.J. Ryan, Ballywilliam, Fethard;
Carol Kenny, The Green, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Ashley Sullivan, Barrettstown, Fethard;
James O'Meara, Drangan;
Paddy Wallace, Saucestown, Fethard.

Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

Young Writer Competition
To commemorate the life of Blessed William Tirry OSA, young people are invited to, (a) compose a poem relating to Blessed William Tirry, and/or, (b) compose a piece of creative writing prompted by one of the ideas suggested below:

  1. You are Blessed William Tirry writing about how it felt to be a wanted man; being sought out like a criminal; how you survived while in hiding.
  2. You are a journalist who interviews Blessed William while in captivity. Record your questions and his answers.
  3. You feel Blessed William has left his mark on the Fethard you know today. How?
  4. You are Blessed William writing your thoughts on the night before your execution. What are your hopes and prayers for Ireland?

Entries are welcome from:

  • Category A:
    Fifth & Sixth class Primary students. Closing date 17th Feb. '06.
  • Category B:
    First, Second & Third year Secondary students. Closing date 24th Feb. '06.
  • Category C:
    TY, Fifth & Sixth year Secondary students. Closing date 24th Feb. '06.

All entries on A4 paper please. Please attach to the back of your work, on a separate sheet, your name, class/year and school address. The signature of a parent/guardian or teacher as being your original work. Please submit your entry to your teacher for collection (local schools) or deliver to The Augustinian Priory, Abbey Street, Fethard.

Class of '85 Reunion

We how have the photographs of the Class of '85 Reunion on the site, as promised. The phorographs were taken by Michael Barry and Ray Looby at the reunion held in Lonergan's Bar on 27th December 2005. CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOGRAPHS

Fethard & Killusty Community Council AGM
The annual general meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 21st February at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All are welcome to attend and we would especially invite new members who wish to get involved.

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