Fethard receives €140,000 funding
The Community Council will receive €100,000 towards the renovation of the Convent Hall Youth Café / Drop in Centre. As soon as planning permission is received the project will go ahead. The completed project is estimated to cost in the region of €300,000 which will be also part-funded from the weekly Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto.
Fethard Community Sports Field will also receive €40,000 towards the development of a new clubhouse at their premises on the Killenaule Road.
Fethard and Killusty Community Council would like to express their gratitude to Cllrs John Fahey and Jimmy O’Brien for their help and advice in securing funding for the Fethard Youth Project.
Fionn Mac Cumhaill Players
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The €50 Luck Dip winners were:
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.
Fethard Country Market’s 60th Birthday
“Our market started in most adverse circumstances. Vegetables had never been scarcer owing to the bad weather of 1946, and bread rationing, which had recently been introduced, was stringent, and no one had surplus flour. All the other towns in South Tipperary had been discussed as possible sites for the venture, but the local
We put in plugs for an electric fire and kettle. Before many months had passed the authorities decided to block off a portion of our abode for the fire engine, and this was a blessing as it made the room of more manageable proportions and got rid of some of the draughts.
We bought an electric kettle and were lent an electric stove. We converted a handsome Victorian workbox into the most efficient of moneyboxes by getting a carpenter to divide it into sloping compartments. We bought a lock-up case for our books and we had the loan of some egg packing cases. We had a few pounds which had been subscribed by sympathizers, and we had two jolly posters which showed glorious cakes and vegetables, and were headed, ‘The shape of things to come.’
Some local opposition was to be expected, and to meet this, we had circularised every household explaining our plans saying, “A Market should not conflict with shopkeepers or traders, as the prices charged will be current market prices, and if the country women bring their produce into the towns they will spend their money in the town, and do their shopping there. Where these markets have been held, they have proved a stimulus to business, and created a steady demand for high-class produce. We hope we shall have your sympathy and support.”
The report goes on to tell of the increase to trade in the town, also of the opening of a brand new Market garden during the first year of trading.
The pricing proved to be a problem, and the controller, May Quinlan, had the ultimate authority of the task. It was soon found out to be increasingly difficult to look at everything brought in during the crowded half-hour in which they were getting their stalls ready, to combat this problem the pricing was done by the stall-holders, who became expert with added experience.
A Friday morning was chosen for the day of the market, which proved to be a wise choice as it was a day for collecting the pensions, also for people from the country to go to the Bank to get money for wages. The streets were full of potential customers. Being a Fast Day, there were more customers for eggs, vegetables and savoury dishes.
Fethard & District Day Care Centre
Killusty Soccer Club rebuilding team
The Presley Picture!
Nobody had ever seen this man before but it was obvious what he wanted when he walked into the local bar. His appearance gave him away. He wore his hair in a quiff, sported generous sideburns, his collar raised and his jeans were tight. He approached the counter, “Is it true that the Presleys were here?” he asked the barman. He was directed to their picture hanging on the wall. He rushed down to look at it and there in front of him was Lisa Marie Presley, her husband Michael Lockwood, and her mother Priscilla Presley, photographed on 2nd January 2007 where the picture now hung. He couldn’t have looked more impressed if Elvis Presley himself had stood before him. He asked if he could take a picture of the picture and rushed off into the night to get his camera. An hour later he returned, took the picture and shot off again. The Elvis fan had just left the building.
He returned the following day with friends and sat at the table where the picture was taken. Two of the group are Elvis fans from Fethard and the man who took the photo was an Elvis impersonator. The group live and breathe Elvis and many have made the pilgrimage to Graceland in Memphis as do thousands of other fans to worship at his grave. They are members of over thirty dedicated fan clubs both in Ireland and England who attend Elvis gatherings regularly. With fans like these, Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll, will remain on his throne forever.
Summer Visitors Scarce
The working out of local sandpits, notably the large pits in Rathcoole where the martins nested, put pay to them. The house martins, which nest under the eaves of houses, have also been very scarce for a number of years. The power-hose used on new bungalows and the smooth plaster used on most houses has also helped their demise.
The swallows have been more or less holding their own although there has been a continuous decline nationwide since the 1980s.
This year the swifts are almost gone. These are the last of the swallow tribe to arrive around 1st May and they are gone by the first week in August. Time was when literally hordes of these birds nested in the ruins of the old Military Barracks where the cattle mart now stands. Under the roof of the Abbey Church and the old Convent National School were also the sites of many nests. All these sites have now been demolished. The Abbey Church has been re-roofed and the swifts have disappeared. The destruction of their habitat is not the only reason for the swifts decline. An article in the Daily Telegraph last week states the same situation has arisen in England this year. Hardly a dozen swifts are flying over Fethard this season. Are they going to follow the cuckoo and corncrake into oblivion?
However, on the credit side, we are glad to report that a skylark, another member of the endangered species, has been seen and heard, for the first time in twenty years, soaring and singing over Brodeen.
Tipp lost principally in the first half because of their failure to score from play for 33 minutes, Eoin Kelly’s free-taking keeping them in the hunt. The only thing we can say about the ref on Sunday last is that he is a bit beyond his ‘best before date’. This is quite common to many referees of top GAA matches and something that will have to be remedied. Remember, a referee to do a proper job in a match like Sunday last must be prepared and able to run as much if not more over the ninety minutes that any of the players.
Great controversy was caused also by the replacement of Brendan Cummins in goal by Gerry Kennedy from Killenaule for the Limerick replays. That was the selectors decision and must be respected. The young Killenaule player stood up to the plate excellently and he certainly has the makings of a top class keeper. His positional sense, his narrowing off of forward’s angles, his advancing when required, his staying on the line in certain situations, coupled with his speed and agility were all top class. The jury are still out on his ability as a shot stopper as he has not been yet severely tested in that department. We feel sure that when that day comes Gerry Kennedy will not be found wanting!
Fethard Heartsafe Programme
The committee would once again like to thank all our sponsors and especially the brave cyclists who raised so much money for this community effort.
Training and retraining will recommence in September. Those interested please give your name to Joan O’Donohoe at the Community Office, phone (052) 31000.
Fethard ICA Celebrate 80th Anniversary this weekend
Fethard Coursing Club AGM
Fethard GAA News
On Saturday last in Marlfield our Intermediate hurlers had great difficulty in fielding fifteen players due to holidays, injuries, weddings, suspensions and players in America, but those available gave of their best in a sporting game that saw us lose on a scoreline, Fethard 2-6 (1-2), Fr Sheehys 3-13 (1-6). The team was: Ciarán Treacy, William O’Brian, Michael Carroll, Richard Gorey, John Leahy, Michael Ryan, Dean Tobin, John P Looby, Michael Ahearne, Brian Coen 0-3F, P J Aherne, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1, Peter Gough 0-1, Miceál Spillane 1-1, and Edmond Sheehan. Sub used was Tommy Sheehan.
Our next game in Minor Hurling is against Carrick Swans this weekend. For Junior A and B Football games, check sports page for fixtures.
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Anyone for Africa? now is your chance of a lifetime
Last October five local men had the trip of a lifetime and travelled to Malawi with the Irish charity Playing for Life. Playing for Life is a charity founded by RTE sports personality Tracy Piggott with the aim of providing Vocational Education and Training for underprivileged people across the globe and to deliver sports programmes as a means of creating awareness of the dangers of HIV AIDS amongst young people.
This year Playing for Life will finish the Malawian project in October and also will develop projects in Kenya and Tanzania during the year. If you would like to be part of any of the teams visiting these projects Playing for Life needs builders, nurses, accountants/bankers and IT trainers. Participants will be asked to raise €5,500 sponsorship and be prepared to travel to one of the African countries for two weeks. You can contact Playing for Life for further information at 045881607, 045881609 (Fax) or visit the website. www.playingforlife.ie
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