Fethard Foróige Club
There are currently over 420 active Foróige clubs in operation all over Ireland. Foróige clubs are purposely structured youth development groups made up of young people from the local community. They enable young people to experience democracy by electing their own club committee and managing and operating the club in co-operation with adult leaders. Foróige clubs normally consist of less than 30 young people, aged 12-18 years, and voluntary adult leaders. There are a number of Foróige Clubs in the South Tipperary region including Drangan, Clerihan and Fethard. It is hoped that we can arrange inter-club events with these neighbouring communities in the future.
The Fethard Foróige Club is held on Friday evenings from 7 to 8.30pm and the Club currently has 20 members. On behalf of the Project and Foróige I would like to thank all the adult volunteers: Nicola Lonergan, Lorraine Morrissey, Leona Doyle, Pamela Daly, Michael Moclair and Eilish Burgess, who contributed their time and energy to establish this club and give the young people of Fethard something to do and somewhere to go.
Volunteers needed for Fethard Youth Project
Adult volunteers are vital to the growth of the Project and we would greatly appreciate anyone who could lend some of their free time to become an adult volunteer. It doesn't matter whether a volunteer wishes to give 1 hour a week, 2 hours a week or 1 hour for 5 weeks, your spare time is essential to the survival of the Project and giving young people in the Fethard area something to do. If you feel you can offer some time or simply wish to find out more please call Suzie on Tel: 086 2485977.
Life’s Too Short to Cry
Though born in England, the family were of Anglo Irish descent, and moved to Tullamaine outside Fethard when Tim was a boy. He was put on a horse as a toddler and remained passionate about horses and dogs all his life.
As a teenager, he joined the RAF. He almost failed to get his wings after two years of training as one of the final exams was a science paper, which he knew he couldn’t pass. So he took a chance and invited his science teacher for a pint, where he asked him how relevant the scientific knowledge would be in the skies face to face with an attacking German Messerschmitt. The teacher agreed that knowledge of science would be the last thing on his mind and gave him a pass.
Shortly afterwards, he was defending the troops that were being evacuated from Dunkirk. His fantasies of flying were soon shattered as, day after day, young men he had trained with failed to return from their missions. He knew that his number could be up at any time so he and his fellow pilots partied hard when they had some down time.
Having played an important part in the Battle of Britain, he was then posted overseas to Singapore and Malaya (modern day Malaysia), where he came closest to losing his life. An attacking Japanese plane shot down his aircraft. The fuel tank exploded beneath him. He was badly burned and just managed to bail out. His parachute opened, but his descent was terrifying as the Japanese pilot turned and began shooting at him in the air. He was hit in the thigh, but still had the presence of mind to remember an old commanding officer’s advice, who had told him how to escape a situation like this one. It involved collapsing the parachute by climbing the rigging on one side and falling like a stone for a few thousand feet. Letting go of the rigging would then refill the parachute with air. He had to do this three times to escape his pursuers who then tried to finish him off on the ground.
The book ends in Java. The author had been on active duty in Britain against the German forces and in Asia against the Japanese. He had been awarded a DFC for his bravery in the skies over Britain. He was training young men to be pilots in Singapore, before he was shot down in Malaya. By this time, he was still only 20 years of age. Copies of the book are available in Newport’s or online from Amazon. It is a very worthy read. (VM)
Fethard Athletic Club Training
Fethard and District Rugby Club
The team started brighter in the second half and our man of the match, Joey Kelly, was rewarded with a well worked try, with all the hard work again being done by Colm Dunne and Mark Fitzgerald. Shane Kavanagh started with the convert. The backs came more into the game with James Kelly putting in a Gordon Darcy type performance, particularly at breakdowns, where he won four rucks he had no right to win. James continues to improve with every outing and as one of his team mates commented, “James is brilliant, he never lets you down.”
James made at least six line breaking runs, always setting it up for his supporting players and one of these breaks led directly to Shane Kavanaghs first try, Fethard’s third. Shane added the points to leave the score at 19 points to 7. From the kick off, the ball was taken by Joey Kelly and our team rucked and mauled up to the Roscrea line where Mathew Fitzgerald was just held short of the line but a quick ball from William Power released Shane Kavanagh for his second try, which was nicely converted by Johnny Moroney, which left the score at 26 points to 7 for Fethard.
Overall, apart from 4 to 5 players, this was a poor performance by a dominant Fethard side. Our forwards were often slow to the breakdowns and out backs were less than clinical in their defence. Our final league game is against Galbally and we will need to beat them comprehensively to win the league title, so you all need to up the effort and two nights on the training field is essential to prepare for the cup competitions starting next weekend. Our under 18s are at home to Clanwilliam in the first round of the cup next weekend.
A very tough game against Youghal on Sunday for our Under 7s resulted in a great come back by the team with the help of Tommy Morgan, Harry Butler, Connie Cohen and Joe Carroll playing great Rugby. Tries by Darragh Harcourt, Jack Dolan and Joey Noonan secured a draw for us. Also commended for great play was Jack Ward.
The Under 8s had a nice victory in their match against Youghal. Once again this team worked very well together. Colm Hayde, Michael Gaynor, David Stocksbourgh and Luke Ryan showed great skill in tackling and ball carrying. A very enjoyable game to watch with plenty of ball recycling by the team, culminating in a good number of tries scored.
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Fethard GAA Club News
Under 21 B footballers gave a fine display in Fethard on 24th February, against a very big and strong Kilsheelan fifteen and lost out on a scoreline, Fethard 1-8, Kilsheelan 1-13. Full match report on sports page. Team was: Glen O’Meara, Mike Kelly, Connie Flynn, Darragh Corbett, Niall Hayes, James Smith, Declan Doyle, William O’Brien, John Leahy, David Sullivan 1-0, Christopher Sheehan 0-4 (2f), PJ Morrissey 0-1, Paul Kenrick 0-1(f), Shane Walsh 0-2, and Edmond Sheehan. Subs used: Alan O’Connor, Liam Ryan, Jack O’Sullivan. Our best player on the day was Declan Doyle at wing back. We may have better luck in the loser’s section when we play Fr Sheehys at 4pm next Saturday 3rd March.
Lat week’s lotto jackpot €3,700 was not won. The numbers drawn were 9, 13, 14 and 21. We had one match three winner of €150 to Bridget Ryan (Loughcopple Killusty). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Jimmy Dalton, Coalbrook, Ballingarry.
This week’s Lotto Jackpot €3,800 was not won. The numbers drawn were 6, 10, 11 and 24. We had one match three winner of €150 to Stephen O’Donnell (Derryluskin, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Josie Fitzgerald, Kiltinan, Fethard. We would like to thank AIB, Main St, for providing the tickets.
Drawing across the road they found again and had a fast twenty minutes through Mr English’s and Myles, and on to Whytes where he got to ground. They failed to find again though drawing on in the rain until 3.30pm.
If the rain did not help matters, in Cahir it proved a worse hazard from Silverfort on Wednesday where they had a completely blank day. Hounds failed to find all day which had veteran followers failing to recall a day when hounds failed to find.
Thursday from Darcy’s Cross hound found in Ballynattin and ran by Moorstown Abbey towards the Fethard Rosegreen road. Turning left-handed here they ran by the Lagoons to the Cashel Clonmel road at Castleblake. Doubling back the fox ran to the Lagoons covert. Hunting him well in covert, hounds soon had him away at the lower end and running back towards Moorstown he got to ground in a drain.
Drawing Garraun, Walls held a brace. Hounds were quickly laid on the fox which crossed Garraun avenue to Barrettstown. Crossing the road he ran to the stables on the Fethard Barrettstown road, which he crossed. Hounds were now hunting well and running towards Prospect. Swinging right-handed they ran through Barrettsgrange down by Barrettstown Castle towards Redcity where once again a strong electric fence brought a very good run to a premature end.
Hounds, though hunting well with great cry in the big plantation at Walshes, Coleman, could not get their fox to leave and were stopped. A good day’s hunting in much better conditions.
With the White Heathers
Finding in the glen below Priestown bridge, they ran a nice circle through the flat country underneath and back to Priestown House where he got to ground. From Glenmuicaduibhe they hunted almost the same line to the Drangan Mullinahone road where they lost him. From the top of the glen they hunted over to the Dublin road and left-handed to the bridge where they were at fault.
The Ballylusky White Heathers will finish the season on Sunday next when they meet at Ballinard at 11am.
Fethard Open Coursing Club
Fethard Community Games
Fethard Ladies Football
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Membership fees are now due and are €15 per member. Please note that this membership is now due and members will not be insured to play unless this money has been paid.
The Juvenile Club congratulate Aidan Fitzgerald on winning the Intermediate Hurler of year award which was presented over the weekend.
The Juvenile Club is now selling tickets for the Community Field Clubhouse project and tickets are available from any committee member. This is a great opportunity to expand the community field and is a good cause for any club to get involved in. It is for the benefit for our children.
Training for under-6, 8 and 10s takes place every Saturday in the GAA field from 3pm to 5pm. Parents are asked to find out from one of the trainers what time the training finishes at due to the fact that on some Saturdays a match may be taking place in the GAA field and training has to finish early to accommodate the match taking place.
Any queries you may have, please phone our club secretary Caroline Sheehan at Tel: 086 1713502.
Fethard connection with Oscars
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
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