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The death has occurred on Thursday, November 27, 2014, of Margaret 'Maggie' Napier, The Green, Fethard. Deeply regretted by her partner Frankie and daughter Amanda, family and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Parlour on Friday, November 28, from 5pm to 7pm followed by removal to Holy Trinity Parish Church. Requiem Mass at 11am on Saturday followed by interment in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Graveyard, The Square, Fethard.
The death has occurred on Tuesday 25th November, 2014, of Billy Clancy, Killusty, and formerly of Cloran, Cloneen. Billy, deeply regretted and sadly missed by his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, on Thursday, November 27, from 5pm to 7pm. Funeral to arrive at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Cloneen, at 7.30pm. Funeral Mass on Friday at 11am followed by burial in the adjoining Cemetery.
Irish Drift Championship Awards
Photographed at the annual Irish Drift Championship awards ceremony o NOvember 15 are L to R: Mike McCarthy, John McCarthy, Paul McCarthy, Donal Vaughan and Colum Buckley.
Local drivers (and brothers) John and Paul McCarthy attended the annual Irish Drift Championship awards ceremony last Saturday, November 15, at the Plaza Hotel in Dublin. Both drivers have drifted competitively for the past nine years, both using three series BMWs. John’s BMW is running a 5.0 litre M5 V8 while Paul is running a 3.2 litre M3 engine. Over the course of the nine years, both drivers have secured many podiums and end each season high in the rankings of the championship.
At this year’s awards Paul was nominated for ‘Underdog of the Year’ due to competing in a car that would be considered underpowered in comparison to others in his class but unfortunately did not take home the award. John was nominated for ‘Showman of the Year’ and ‘Drivers’ Driver of the Year’, both of which he won.
The season finished this year in September but will return in April 2015 and will hopefully see both John and Paul on the podiums again after a lot of hard work and engine rebuilds.
With the White Heathers
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers photographed at their invitation meet at Fethard Rectory on Sunday, November 23.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers had an excellent afternoon’s hunting, described by a veteran follower as the best he had ever seen, from their invitation meet at Fethard Rectory on Sunday, November 23. Finding by Saucestown Bridge their fox crossed the Knockelly Road to Kilnockin. This famous Tipperary Foxhound draw of yesteryear is now a veritable foxes fortress. Nevertheless, the White Heathers stuck to their quarry, hunting for almost an hour through the fifty acres of dense gorse, undergrowth, forest and what have you.
They eventually lost him and had to give him best. Returning back to the first draw they found again. Following great hunting up and down the riverbank he crossed the river and ran to Mouse Morris’. Driving on around this cover with great cry they pushed their fox out towards the huge cover at Knockelly. Cillian, who carried the horn in great style, managed to get ahead of them here and stopped them at 5.30pm. This was a great hunt of seventy-five minutes, hounds hunting non-stop with great cry throughout. Hounds meet next Sunday, with Mr Rory Dicker’s, Rockview Harriers, in Co. Kilkenny. A very sincere thank-you, from the large number of followers out on Sunday, to Laurence and Rosina Kenny for their hospitality prior to move off. – E.A.N.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Students from Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School taking part in their school show 'Cinderella' which will be staged in the Abymill Theatre from December 5 to December 7.
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School participates in the Deis Programme and two inspectors from the Department of Education visited the school for three days recently to inspect the implementation of the programme in the school.
They visited subject classes, met with Ms Sinéad Burke, the School Completion Programme Co-ordinator; Ms Margaret O’Neill, the Home School Community Liaison Officer; Ms Deirdre Mulhall, Resource Teacher and JCSP Co-ordinator; Mr Justin McGree, the Guidance Counsellor; and representatives of the Parents’ Association, They also met several times with school principal, Mr Michael O’Sullivan and deputy principal, Ms M.A Fogarty. They reported positively on their findings to management last week. The findings of this report will be published shortly by the Department.
Congratulations to Emma Cronin, 3rd Year and her team Moyle Rovers on winning the County Ladies Minor Football Final against the Brian Ború team on Sunday, November 9.
Megan Coen, Fethard, receiving the Patrician Presentation Ladies Sports Award 2013-14 from Mr John Palmer, AIB Fethard, sponsors of the award, and special guest, Eoin Kelly (left).
There was a great buzz around the school recently when Fran Curry visited the school for a live broadcast of his ‘Classic Café’ radio programme on Tipp FM. The programme was produced by the school’s Transition Year pupils under the guidance of Mr Ian O’Connor and we thank Ian for all his work in organising the event.
There were contributions from the following: sisters Kelly and Emma Keating who are taking part in the school pantomime, past pupil, John Paul Fitzgerald, Ms Marie Maher, Home Economics’ teacher, Ms Majella Whelan and Mr Justin McGree, directors of the school pantomime, Fr. Tom Breen P.P., Katie Whyte (TY), Corey Carroll (TY), Amye O’Donovan (3rd Year), Ms Geraldine McCarthy, supervisor of the Fethard and District Day Care Centre, Carly Tobin and Orla Walsh, winners of the ‘Great Fethard Bake Off’, Mr John Hurley from Fethard GAA, Ms Pat Looby, art teacher and chairperson of Fethard Historical Society and school principal, Mr Michael O’Sullivan. The T.Y. pupils baked and decorated a special cake for the event which featured a beautiful image of Cinderella by Sadhbh Horan.
During his visit, Fran launched the school’s website www.fethardsecondaryschool.ie. A sincere thank you to Fran for his interest in the school and well done to all concerned in the event.
New floodlighting for community sportsfield
On Friday night, November 28, the Rugby Club will hold a table quiz at McCormack's Ardagh House in Killenaule at 9pm. Fethard & District Rugby Club is raising funds to go towards the new pitch floodlighting at the Community Sportsfield. The lights are due to be installed during November at a cost of over €90,000 and will be a major asset for all who enjoy sport in our community.
We are also continuing with our ‘Cash for Clobber’ event for the next few weeks. Please drop any items of unwanted clothing, footwear or soft toys up to the rugby club on Friday nights during training, or contact Alice 086 0612306 or Mary 086 1688158. Many thanks for your generous support.
Tony meets the Boomtown Rats
Tony Colville (centre), originally from St. Patrick's Place, photographed with Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats back stage at a recent gig at The Forum in Kentish Town.
Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, November 30, to the music of ‘Declan Aungier’. Dancing 9pm to midnight and admission is €8 which includes tea and cakes.
The next pre-Baptism meeting will be held in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, on Tuesday, December 9, at 7.30pm, for parents who wish to have their child baptised during the following weeks. Please contact Fr. Tom Breen P.P. prior to attending.
Fethard Athletic Club’s Santa Run nears
Fethard A.C. annual Christmas 5k Santa Run is drawing ever closer, Sunday December 21, so we hope as many as possible will get involved, walkers, bugger pushers and runners alike. All proceeds will go towards the paediatric ward at South Tipperary General Hospital, a really worthy cause.
Also on the horizon is our annual Christmas night out in Clonacody house on Friday December 12, bookings still being taken for this not to be missed festive night out.
Training continues each Monday and Friday evening at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark. New members always welcomed.
Clothing Collection this Thursday
On this Thursday, November 27, a collection of clothes will take place before noon at Fethard Ballroom in aid of Fr. Nicholas Ngulutu, Kavisuni, Kitui, Kenya. All types of clean, dry, ladies, gents and children’s clothing, bed linen, curtains, towels, bags, belts and paired shoes are welcome. This clothing collection will help fund the apostolate of Fr. Nicholas Ngulutu in the Parish of St. Joseph’s, and help provide a balanced diet for a child living with aids, and to assist with school fees for children from peer families and also to help with food costs for orphaned children.
A new series of Yoga classes for beginners/intermediate will take place in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, starting on Monday, December 1, at 8pm. Yoga encourages overall health and wellness by improving flexibility, strengthening the body and relieving stress by practising relaxation techniques. Booking is essential as places are limited. For details contact Peg at: 086 3027927.
Young GAA Stars
Fethard U6 Gaelic Football Team that performed admirably in a recent GAA Football Blitz held in Mullinahone GAA Club. Team members: Micheal O’Rahilly, Tomas O’Rahilly, Kelvin Ryan, Sam Coen, Oliver Woodlock, Daniel Barry, Alec Knightly, Sam Knightly and Tadhg Cuddihy.
Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday, November 5, we played the first round of the Player of the Year competition and the results were: 1st Gross, Rita Holohan and Ellen Rockford; 2nd Gross, Kay St. John and Rita Kane; 3rd Gross, Betty Walsh and Monica Anglim; 1st Nett, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke; 2nd Nett, Kathleen Kenny and Ann O’Dea; 3rd Nett, Eileen Ryan and Jim Lahert.
The results of our game on November 12 were: 1st Gross, Betty Walsh and Monica Anglim; 2nd Gross, Kay St. John and Rita Kane; 3rd Gross, Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara; 1st Nett, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn; 2nd Nett, Margaret Mary McCormack and Breda O’Grady; 3rd Nett, Mary Tierney and Breda Walsh.
On Wednesday next, December 3, we play for the Change of Partner Turkey prizes and on the following Wednesday, December 10 we play for our Christmas Prizes. Please note that bridge now starts at 7.15pm sharp! If you are interested in learning bridge, come along to the Tirry Centre on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on November 19 were: 1, 13, 20 and 22. We had no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: The Friendship Club, Fr. Tirry Centre, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Kevin McGivern, Knockbrett, Fethard; William Connolly, The Green, Fethard; and Liam Hayes, Red City, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, November 26. The Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €1,000. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
The annual Lotto Christmas Draws, with extra prizes for turkeys and hams, will take place on December 3, 10 and 17. There will be a two-week break over the Christmas period and lotto will resume on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.
Fethard GAA Sports Lotto
The numbers drawn on November 21 were 3, 12, 20 and 24. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner so the following drawn tickets received €30 each: Donna Keyes, Woodvale Walk; Megan Coen, c/o Bob Fitzgeralds; Tom Anglim, Kilknockin; Alice Lawrence, Woodvale Walk; and Bob Maher, Barrack Street. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was: Cassidy Bradshaw, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot is €7,300 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park on Friday, November 28, at 7pm. All are welcome. Thank you for your continued support.
November Cemetery Rosaries for the Holy Souls
Rosaries for the Holy Souls will be recited in the following cemeteries on Sunday, November 30, in Killusty Cemetery after Mass; Presentation Convent Cemetery after 11am Mass; and Kilmaclugh Cemetery at 2.30pm. All are invited to come along and remember our loved ones who have passed on to their eternal reward.
Fethard Rugby Club
Fethard U7s have continued to improve in their rugby and have travelled to Cashel and Thurles in the past couple of weeks where they have played games against Nenagh, Cashel and Thurles. Josh Britton and brother Luke work together well with great passing and set up tries. Cormac O'Donnell continues to improve and pairs with Alec Knightly for great ball recycling. Sam Knightly is a little dynamo in his tagging and passing. Max O’Reilly has shown quick hands with good passing and last but not least newcomer Tom is a great asset to the squad. Keep up the fun Rugby boys.
The U8s are a strong and lively bunch and continue to perform well as a team with tough continual tackles from Tadhg O'Brien, Joey Fitzgerald and Alex Britton resulting in scores. Charlie Walsh also tackles very well with fast legs to score ably assisted by strong tackling from Gavin Neville. Sam Austin provides great backup to stop the opposition with the important tackle and a safe pair of hands. Pierce Vaughan and Cody Grogan are always quick to the breakdown to turn over the ball and off load to Noah O'Flynn who continues to put his tackling and ball recycling to great effect to score with great assistance from Paddy Ryan and Ned O'Meara who show quick ball handling to accompany their fine tackling. Sean Fitzgerald works well with Shane Ryan to ruck over and with quick hands off load to put in tries. Emily Cuddihy is great with the tip offs and supporting her team with tackles. Twins Troy and Lee Delaney show speed and determination to turn over ball by tackling and robbing to off load to supporting Adam Ruttle and Bill Smyth to keep Fethard to the forefront. Thank you to Cashel and Thurles for the wonderful hospitality shown.
Next Sunday, November 30, Fethard Minis are home to Clonmel and Clanwilliam at 10am for 10.30am kick off. We would really appreciate donations of cakes and goodies for the visiting teams please. New members are always welcome. Training continues on Friday evenings at 6.45pm to 8pm. Also don't forget the club fundraiser ‘table quiz’ on this Friday, November 28, at 9.30pm in McCormack's Ardagh House in Killenaule. Please support.
Girls Rugby continues with the U13 girls playing matches in the Munster Blitz at Abbeyfeale and the U15s and U18s finishing off their seven-a-side leagues with great results. The girls start the fifteen-a-side Munster League this coming weekend. New girls are always welcome.
Community Text Alert – expect a call!
Members of the Killusty Community Text Alert Committee photographed at the recent launch in Cloneen L to R: Sean Aylward, Louise Coen, Damien Byrne and Kevin Ryan.
Local residents in Fethard will be contacted over the coming weeks by someone you know in your area to distribute ‘sign-up forms’ for the new Community Text Alert Scheme. This scheme, to help combat crime, is supported by Muintir na Tire and the Garda Síochána and is now operative in surrounding communities. It was recently launched in the Killusty and Cloneen area.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council is now focusing on Fethard town, which when completed, will be followed by covering the remaining countryside areas linking up with other parishes already joined.
There is no obligation to join but it is highly recommended that as many people as possible do. The form will ask for your consent to use your mobile phone for receiving ‘Text Alerts’ when deemed necessary by the monitoring area headquarters. This will warn you of suspicious activity or potential criminals approaching or in the Fethard area. This very useful information is gathered by all communities reporting suspicious activity in their area and reporting the information to the Gardai by calling the 24 hour manned Text Alert phone: 0504 25100. This information is then assessed and if decided necessary, a text alert will be sent to all who are signed up to the scheme. In practice this usually only happens a few times per month.
A once off donation, at your discretion, would also be greatly appreciated to help with the local cost of erecting new Text Alert Signs and the on-going cost of the texts themselves. For further information or request for sign-up forms please contact Joan at Fethard Community Office, Barrack Street Tel: (052) 6131000.
Calendars on Sale
Tipperary Foxhounds 2015 Calendar is now available and would make a lovely Christmas gift. They are priced at €10, plus postage of €1.65, and can be ordered from Wendy Donegan on 087 7563653. They are also available from the following local outlets: O'Sullivans Pharmacy, Fethard; Equine Warehouse, Clonmel; Raceside Service Station, Rosegreen; The Sport of Kings Saddlery, Cashel; The Gift Shop, and Horse and Jockey Hotel. Don't hesitate and order your Calendar now and support Tipperary Foxhounds.
Also available for sale are Blank Greeting Cards, €5.00 for a pack of 5, plus postage. Please contact Wendy Donegan on 087 7563653 to order now. They are also available at the Gift Shop, Horse and Jockey Hotel, Horse and Jockey.
St. Vincent de Paul assistance
Any person requiring St. Vincent de Paul assistance for Christmas please find application forms at the back of both churches. Please return completed forms to any member before Sunday, November 30.
Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold their annual ‘Christmas Bazaar ‘in the Tirry Centre on Thursday, November 27, from 11am. In conjunction with the bazaar we are holding a monster raffle and a cake sale. Refreshments will be served. All donations gratefully accepted. Please come along and support our fundraiser.
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