|€70,000 Grant funding for Fethard Youth Centre
Deputy Mattie McGrath has today Monday, February 2nd welcomed the announcement by Mr. John Curran, Minister of State with special responsibility for Community Affairs and the National Drugs Strategy at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, that he has approved €70,000 of grant aid to the Fethard & Killusty Muintir Council Ltd., under the Programmes of Grants for Community and Voluntary Organisations.
The grant funding of €60,000 is for the repair, refurbishment and renovation of the former school hall into a dedicated youth centre. A further €10,000 has been approved for the purchase of equipment for the centre.
“I am delighted that this funding has been approved and I know it will go along way towards this very valuable project in the Fethard/ Killusty Area. This is the first round of funding under the current Programmes in 2009 and it demonstrates the Government’s commitment to tackling disadvantage in our society by providing support for important projects being undertaking at a local level by community and voluntary organisations” said Deputy Mc Grath.
Deputy McGrath congratulated the Fethard & Killusty Muintir Council and all the staff at the Fr. Tirry Community Centre for all their hard work in the Community on an ongoing basis and wishes this project the very best of luck.
Tipperariana ‘Book of the Year’ Award Ceremony
Photographed at the presentation of this year's Tipperariana Book of the Year, ‘A Day to Remember — a photographic memoir of the Loughmore Pageant’ published and compiled by Loughmore community, at a reception organised by Fethard Historical Society are L to R: Tom Cullagh, Caroline Nesbitt, Sean Gleeson, Dóirín Saurus (Fethard Historical Society), Graham Cullen, Philip Maher and Terry Cunningham (Fethard Historical Society).
On Friday night last the Fethard Historical Society awarded The ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year’ for 2008 to ‘A Day to Remember’ — a photographic memoir of The Loughmore Pageant — which took place on Sunday 11th May last year. The pageant was a re-enactment of the 1910 funeral of the Cormack Brothers. The whole parish area entered into the spirit of the occasion and the book captures that enthusiasm and community spirit which resulted in a very special day for all involved.
A large contingent of people from Loughmore came to the Abymill to join in the presentation of the seventh Tipperariana Book of the Year award. Sean Gleeson, on behalf of the Loughmore group, was presented with a specially crafted pottery piece by Dóirín Saurus which drew its inspiration from the story of the Cormack Brothers who were wrongly hanged in 1858 and then exhumed and reburied with a huge funeral cortege in 1910. Three of the visitors spoke and thanked the organisers of The Tipperariana Book Fair for the award and the great welcome they had received in Fethard.
The Strappe family from Fethard who supplied musical entertainment at the presentation of this year's Tipperariana Book of the Year in the Abymill. L to R: Susan, Jamie, Tommy and Gavin Strappe.
Following the formalities there was music supplied by the Strappe family from Fethard with refreshments aplenty. Before the evening was out at least half of the people present contributed a song, story, recitation or poem. From the evidence on the night it would appear that everyone in Loughmore can sing.
Paul and Rachel Murphy photographed at the presentation of this year's Tipperariana Book of the Year in the Abymill Theatre.
Photographed at the presentation of this year's Tipperariana Book of the Year in the Abymill, are L to R: Bat O'Dea, Bridget O'Dea, Rory Walsh and Brendan Kenny.
Photographed at the presentation of this year's Tipperariana Book of the Year in the Abymill, are L to R: Bat O'Dea formerly from Mobarnane, Fethard, Tony Newport, Fethard, and Sean Gleeson, Loughmore.
L to R: Martin O'Shea, Tommy O'Brien and Colm McGrath.
L to R: Ann Gleeson and John Slattery
Joe Kenny and Dóirín Saurus photographed at the presentation of this year's Tipperariana Book of the Year in the Abymill Theatre.
Book Fair on Sunday 8th February
All is in place for the fourteenth annual Tipperariana Book Fair on Sunday 8th February, between 2 and 6pm, in the Ballroom. The formula that has worked since 1996 is being repeated; over 30 book dealers and stalls, authors of 2008 books of Tipperary interest, a café, piano player and all for two Euro.
As always, donations of books are greatly appreciated for selling on the Historical Society’s own stand and thus generating funds for the society’s work throughout the year. Any member of the committee will arrange collection or people can take the books to the Ballroom on Saturday 7th February between 2pm and 5pm or even on Sunday morning before 12 noon if possible. Contact can be made by email at email@example.com or by phone at 23402 (Terry) or 31936 (Dóirín).
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place in the Tirry Community Centre on Tuesday night 10th February at 8.30pm.
Fethard Bridge Club Results
On Wednesday 21st January we played for prizes sponsored by Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh and the results were:
1st Nett: Ellen Rochford and Suzanne Opray;
2nd Nett: Eileen Frewen and Anne Connolly;
1st Gross: Bernie O’Meara and Anna Cooke;
2nd Gross: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey.
Next Wednesday, 4th February, we start our Player of the Year competition. Looking for a partner, please contact Berney Myles at 32038.
Fethard GAA Club News
Photographed after Fethard GAA annual general meeting held in the Tirry Community Centre are L to R: Miceál Spillane, Damien Byrne, Shane Kenny and Tomás Keane.
The adjourned AGM of Fethard GAA Club will take place this Saturday 24th January at 7.30pm sharp in the Tirry Centre. Please note change of night. All members are welcome.
The Lotto Jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were 1, 17, 20 and 23. We had no match three winner. The €30 Lucky Dips went to John Breen (Flat 3 Burke St Fethard), Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan, Fethard), Mark Hayde, (Saucestown, Fethard), Jimmy Dalton (Ballingarry) and Kevin Ryan (Killusty, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Nancy Ryan (Tullamaine, Fethard). Tickets were kindly supplied by Clonmel Oil.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 21st January were 13, 19, 30 and 31. We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner so three tickets were drawn and each received €50:
Tony Fennessey, Shanbally, Lisronagh;
Kevin McGivern, c/o The Castle, Fethard;
Mary Sayers, Crampscastle.
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Ann Fleming, Red City, Fethard;
Maggie Napier, The Green, Fethard;
J. Cooney, c/o T. Purcell.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.
Photographic Competition Winner
Pat Looby (right) presenting first prize to Edwina Newport for her entry in the Walled Towns Photographic Competition organised by Fethard Historical Society. The event was run by Fethard Historical Society and organised by the Irish Walled Towns Network in conjunction with the Heritage Council. It is now in its 2nd year. Edwina's photograph, which was a viewpoint of Madams Bridge, will now go forward to national level and we wish her every success.
Fethard & District Rugby Club
Our under 11s and 12s travelled to Galbally to participate in a blitz with Clanwilliam (Tipperary Town) and Galbally. With the hills around covered in snow, the weather did its best to test the resolve of our young players. Our under 11s were the first to take to the field and they handled the weather and opposition in great style, beating our hosts.
This young team played exceptionally well with Darren Prout scoring 2 tries. Jason Ryan and Eoin McCormack were great on the wings and assisted Ben Murray in scoring his try. The rucking and mauling skills on display would do justice to far older players. Jack Gleeson, Paul Maloney, Padraig Norton, Liam Kelly, Adam Keeley and Luke Ryan were tremendous throughout, while our new player James had a great first outing.
Our under 12s then played Galbally in a great physical tussle that delighted the brave parents and coaches that were watching. Again the skills of rucking and mauling evident from both teams was exceptional. Shane Cleere scored two tries following great cleaning out of the rucks by Cian O’Connell. Colm Kelly, Ruairi Hayes and Cathal O’Donnell put in sterling performances to win narrowly by 2 tries to 1.
Our under 12s then played Clanwilliam and were well deserving of the one-all draw. Tommy Anglim and Kyle Walsh gave a great display of running rugby while Robert Horan and Shane Cleere put in Trojan work throughout. The tackling skills of Ciaran White was brilliant with Ben Murray and Padraig Norton also playing very well.
The draw for the under18s cup has been made and we face Kilfeacle in the first round. We now have a strong panel of 22 players and with a bit of commitment there is no reason why we cannot win this competition. Training on Tuesday and Friday nights at 8pm as usual.
Public Speaking Winners
Patrician Presentation Public Speaking team who won the area final of the Mental Health Ireland Public Speaking Competition on Thursday 22nd January. They now qualify to go through to the regional final on 11th February and we wish them every success. L to R: Jerome Ahearne, James Cotter, Siobhán O'Brien and Cian Grogan.
Fethard and District Youth Centre
The Community Council now plan on opening the centre on Sunday 1st March, by which time all the equipment will be installed. A meeting of the adult volunteers will take place on Tuesday night next 3rd February at 8pm in the Youth Centre. We still have a need for more volunteers, so please come along on the night to ensure that the centre succeeds in meeting the needs of our youth.
Fethard Macra News
Following on from the great success of our soccer league we are currently organising a volleyball league. Anybody interested in participating contact any club member. 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 Boru’s, 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 be running 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 8pm. For further information contact 087-9019443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our Macra page ‘FethardM’ on Bebo.
Tipp FM ‘Premier Star’
Laura Rice who qualified for the next round of Tipp FM ‘Premier Star’ competition.
On Tuesday 20th January, the Tipp FM search for talent in the 26 schools around Tipperary took place in Patrician Presentation Secondary School. Three acts from Fethard school took part: 3rd Year band ‘Zero Tolerance’, Kayleigh Morrissey and Laura Rice. Our congratulations to Laura who qualified on the night for the next round of the competition. The winner of the ‘Premier Star’ competition will receive €1,000 cash and a Waterford Crystal trophy. Laura sang a self-composed song and accompanied herself on acoustic guitar.
Congratulations to the Patrician Presentation Cadette girls’ volleyball team who made it to the All-Ireland final after winning their semifinal played on 28th January in Monroe Sports Centre, Lisronagh. The team played with high spirits all day and previously beat strong teams from Claremorris and Balla by two sets each on 19th January.
The starting six girls were Aisling Dwyer, Jane Kenny, Jean Anglim, Bridget O’Reilly, Fiona Crotty and Katie Coen. Also on the panel are Kelley Coady, Kelly Fogarty, Becky Fogarty, Mary-Ellen O’Reilly, Hayley Ellis, Jane Fitzgerald and Lucy Butler. Coach, Mr McGree was ably assisted on the day by 6th Year pupil Mary-Ann Keane.
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School senior volleyball team who won the All-Ireland Senior B final. Back L to R: Laura Rice, Niamh Fanning, Gráinne Horan, Sarah O'Meara, Sarah Hayes, Jane Kenny, Myra Nagy, Samantha Morrissey, Lisa Anglim. Front L to R: Mary Ann Keane, Lesley Looby, Sarah Conway, Carrie Sweeney, Jean Anglim, Aisling Dwyer and Justin McGree (coach). Also on the team was Louiza Lima.
With the White Heathers
Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers enjoyed a very good days sport, from their meet at Kilvemnon, on Sunday last. A plentiful supply of foxes kept hounds busy all day. The day finished with the best run. Finding at the School where they met they ran across the Fethard Road to Mullinahone Creamery. Right-handed here, through Compsey they ran by the village towards Croke’s where they were stopped on the old Callan Road. The White Heather Harriers meet Sunday next, 1st February, at Coolbawn Cross at 11am.
Mick Hanly to Play Fethard
Mick Hanly is one of Ireland’s most respected songwriters and performers. He recently turned up in Fethard to meet an old friend, Jim Rooney, the legendary Nashville record producer, who was performing in McCarthy’s. A number of years ago, Jim heard Mick’s “Past the Point of Rescue” and passed the song on to an artist that he was working with in Nashville, Hal Ketchum, who brought the song to number one in the American charts. This secured Mick’s stature as one of Ireland’s finest songwriters.
Mick’s career began in the 1960’s in his home town of Limerick, working by day with the ESB and playing music by night. In 1972 he met up with the late legendary Michael Ó Domhnaill (later of the Bothy Band). They formed the band Monroe and supported Planxty on their famous 1973 tour. This era gave rise to the new confident breed of Irish folk singers. The late 70s saw Mick recording with Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Matt Molloy, Paddy Glackin, Noel Hill and Declan Sinnott.
In 1981 he was invited to join Moving Hearts (alongside Fethard man Eoghan O’Neill) when Christy Moore decided to go solo. He remained with them until they broke up in 1985. It was while he was in the Heart’s that he began recording what have become some of his more famous songs like ‘Open Those Gates’, in support of the political prisoners in Northern Ireland and ‘All I Remember’, which lambasted the Christian Brothers cruelty in his schooldays.
Mick’s songs were getting a lot of airplay at this time, and soon other artists began recording his songs on their albums. Mary Black recorded ‘Past the Point of Rescue’ on her huge first album ‘No Frontiers’.
Classic songs like ‘My Love is in America’ have kept Mick in the public eye, getting regular airplay in Ireland and abroad. One fan of his songs is country megastar Garth Brooks who has said of Mick, “His song’s are real. They mean something. He is one of the best songwriters around at the moment”.
Mick plays in the intimate ‘Back Room Sessions’ venue in McCarthy’s on Friday 13th February. Tickets are €15 from McCarthy’s.
Doodle 4 Google finalists
Laura Hards and Sinead Regan from Nano Nagle School, are county finalists in the 'Doodle 4 Google' competition to choose a doodle for display on the Google home page on St. Patrick's Day 2009. Congratulations girls and good luck in the next round of the competition.
From Knockfee on Monday nineteen hounds hunted one of three foxes at the water tower to the sandpits. Finding quickly here again they ran back in a rather heavy snow shower to the gorse where they first found. Moving across to Moorestown they found shortly after crossing the main road. They ran a nice circle here back to the main Cahir / Clonmel road where they were stopped. They next found in the quarry on Moorestown lane. This fox provided a nice run. Hunting to the Poulmucka road he did a u-turn, ran back over the lane and right-handed to the Apple Farm where they marked to ground.
One of a brace from the gorse bank provided a most unusual spectacle. Leaving at the road side of the covert he was coursed in view by a farm dog. This fast dog should have qualified for Powerstown next week. He ran the fox across the road through two large fields of stubble and who knows where after that. The fox that he stayed behind escaped from being chopped in covert at least twice before getting to ground in a rabbit burrow. From the glen down the lane beyond the ball-alley hounds hunted back across the road to Ballingeary old school and to ground. Finding again, a fox lying hare-like in the middle of a stubble field, they had already hunted through. They finished a rather busy day by hunting back to the Poulmucka Road, left-handed behind the old Ballingeary school and to ground a bit further on. ‘Horse and Hound’ magazine had a photographer and a lady follower reporter out on Monday. At the end of the day they complimented Tipperary Huntsman, Derry Donegan, on the fitness, quality, standard and hunting qualities of his hounds and also on the control under which they operated.
Ballinahinch on Thursday also provided plenty of action and jumping for a field of sixty-two. Following a short run from moving off they crossed the road to Camas. Here they hunted on a brace down the banks of the flooded river Suir and to ground. From the covert over the river near the Castle they ran right-handed around the graveyard to Hunt’s where they lost him. From Grawn across the Knockavilla Road to Thompson’s they ran right-handed to near Lasna Wood where they lost. Lasna wood proved blank as did the last draw at the point-to-point course at Greenpark.
Moyglass on Saturday provided one of the best hunts of the season. Following two short runs from Clonbrogan sandpits hounds went on to draw Teehan’s, ran from here to the Fethard Road and to ground at Tynan’s. A fox viewed leaving a hedgerow from behind Mr Michael O’Neill’s ran back to Teehan’s covert on the Ranch road. Running through Mrs Anna Skehan’s at Bohermacouge he turned right-handed. Hounds were in full cry now and they hunted him across the Coolbawn cross / Moyglass road, through the Grangebarry gallops to Mortlestown laurels. Here Charlie crossed the Fethard / Killenaule Road with the full pack on the road together not twenty seconds behind. Swinging left by Blackmore’s entrance he ran right-handed by the lower cattle sheds to the river. Hounds were really motoring now. Through Aiden Kennedy’s and Patrick Kennedy’s he crossed the Graigue laneway and marked to ground beyond here, near the Waterfall. This was a run with a three-and-a-half mile point and at least five as hounds ran. These hounds cover country so quickly it is difficult to realise they have ran so far so quickly. The best of the field were hard pressed to keep in touch throughout. Hacking back to Knockinglass both the main covert and the Laurels were blank as was the old railway line. Moving over the hill they found in Knockforla and ran back to ground at the rear of the old Moyglass tennis courts.
The death has occurred in Birmingham on Monday 19th January of Eileen Hyland and late of Lisronagh and Cloran. Reposing in Birmingham. Funeral arrangements later.
The death has occurred on 13th January of Mrs Ellen Lines, formerly Ellen Flynn from The Green, Fethard, who passed away at Milton Keynes General Hospital, Buckinghamshire, England, after a short illness. Her funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Milton Keynes, followed by her burial in the nearby graveyard.
Brewery Lane Theatre stage ‘Da’ in the Abymill
Carrick-on-Suir’s Brewery Lane Theatre Company will stage the acclaimed production of Broadway’s smash hit ‘Da’ by Hugh Leonard in the Abymill Theatre on Saturday 31st January.
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.