Monday, March 12, 2018
Fethard avoids 'Emma' and enjoys the snow
By 6pm, with still no significant wind or snow, we felt that we may have escaped by some mysterious unexpected tactic by Storm Emma as she leaped over Slievenamon, Killusty and Fethard and headed north in a hurry. By 9pm we were regretting all our cancelled plans to go out, as just wisps of snow blew gently around . . . still no storm.
So it continued as 'Gentle Emma' continued to bathe us in her white dust gathered from Siberia for the next few hours. This was no ordinary snow. Not like our usual fall of snow that melts three seconds after landing. This was different . . . floating around, looking for the perfect landing spot to build a 'drift'. Back listening to weather reports from other blustery places, we could happily relax watching our light white breeze in fading light.
Morning arrived, one of the brightest for years, to the fluttering of birds trying to find a hard place to land as trees, branches, roofs, and ground were covered in this very attractive soft snow. 'Gentle Emma' had performed well and distributed her Siberian 'guests' everywhere, without the dreaded gusts.
March 1, 2018, will be remembered for many years to come and children will also recall building the biggest snowmen and other works of art, maybe never again to be surpassed. Now that the day has passed, and the memories slowly melt away, we can thank all those good people who visited neighbours, cleared pathways and roads, and helped make the meeting of Emma and The Beast, a pleasant experience, at least for most of us in Fethard.
GAA Easter Camp
To book your place or for further details, contact Michael O'Mahoney 087 6791735 or Deirdre McEvoy 087 2479023.
Fethard GAA Representatives
Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Junk Kouture semi-final
Modelling 'Age of Aquarius' is Maggie Fitzgerald and working with Maggie to create this outfit was Rachel Prout. This outfit was created entirely from plastic drinks bottles. The second outfit to reach the semi-final was 'Libertas', and modelling this outfit is Daragh Fenlon. Daragh's team also included Caoimhe O'Meara and Emily Fitzgerald. 'Libertas' is made using recycled paper card and discarded puzzles. Twenty outfits will be chosen on Friday night in Limerick to go forward to the Final which will be held in the Three Arena, Dublin, on April 19.
We wish both Daragh and Maggie every success on the night. We are also very grateful to Ms Looby for the work she has put into this competition here in the school over the years.
Student Enterprise Finals
Fethard Reach two National Finals (so far) in Volleyball in 2018
The Fethard girls, meanwhile, shook off a rocky start against Holy Family S.S. from Newbridge and St. Mary's of Naas, going on to beat St. Raphaels of Loughrea and Colaiste Mhuire of Ennis, to secure their semi-final spot against St. Raphael's of Loughrea, whom our girls dispatched in two straight sets at Streete venue in Westmeath, where our boys also secured their finals place with a 2-1 win over Drumshanbo.
With a 6.15am start from Fethard, bleary eyes boarded the team bus to finals but, assured that they had a supporters' bus in tow, spirits were high. Both Fethard teams were clearly marked as underdogs by others as we found ourselves against St. Brigid's College, Loughrea, for the boys, who had teams in three finals that day and won all three, and against Holy Family S.S., Newbridge, for the girls (who had beaten Fethard comprehensively in Round 1). Also, a large proportion of both Fethard teams will still be underage for this category next year.
First up were the girls, on court for 11am. The girls got off to a great start and settled down very quickly. Newbridge were slower to get started but it wasn't long before they started to develop a lead. The girls struggled to stay within reach of Newbridge who had a very strong service. Newbridge took the first set, which meant the girls had to give their absolute best for the second set which of course they did. Newbridge again proved too strong for the second set, with excellent service and strong hitting. The girls had some impressive rallies and never once gave up. They continued to encourage one another right to the end but unfortunately it was Newbridge's day. This All Ireland final will certainly stand to this young team as the majority of them will play at cadet level again next year. As a school we are extremely proud of their great achievement. Well done to their coach Ms Walsh, and also to the huge support given on the day by both their fellow students and parents alike.
The boys, following a long wait, faced St. Brigid's at 2pm. We had a very shaky start and found ourselves 9 points down very quickly. Rallying, Fethard managed to reduce the deficit to 4 before the westerners powered on to secure the first set 25-13. In the second set the Fethard Boys settled well and, with some probing attacks and vital rallies, took the second set 25 - 18. The tiebreaker was nail-biting for both sides with the lead switching in the early stages. Fethard led at the change 13-9 but points and the lead were traded many times over the course of the final set. In the end, the Brigid's team slowly increased their attack after the sides changed court ends and held on to win narrowly 25-18. The Patrician Presentation boys' team, their parents and all supporters of the school are very proud of their silver All-Ireland medals. Congratulations also to their coach Mr McGree.
Serving Fethard since 1922
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
We apologise for any inconvenience caused due to cancelling last week's Sunday night dancing as a result of the very bad weather conditions throughout the country.
Killusty Pony Show Meeting
Fethard ICA AGM
Fundraising drive for Killusty National School
We also accept working laptops intact with power leads and mobile phones less than four years old (please keep separate). No household bric-a-brac please. Thank you for taking the time and effort to support our fundraising drive.
Fethard Convent Community Hall
If you are interested you can do a self-referral with our TÚS coordinator, Richard Wood. The TÚS program makes it possible for the committee to keep the hall open and cater for a variety of events. We are very grateful to have TÚS and their great program working for the benefit of all the community. Positions are suitable for both males and females.
Friends of Slievenamon
Those present will recall that a committee (Friends of Slievenamon) was formed on the night consisting of eight people who have taken on various tasks in relation to access and ownership. We have since had further meetings and members have been engaged in looking into the complicated background issues involved and have been liaising with relevant bodies such as Coillte, Mountaineering Ireland and the Land Registry. We have also been trying to arrange a meeting with the owner, but so far without success.
At our next committee meeting will be planning to arrange a further public gathering to bring people up to date with our findings and to pool knowledge: we will circulate the date and time in due course. In the meantime, it would be helpful if our committee could be updated with any news of recent difficulties with access. Please email such information to EMAIL.
Don't drink the water!
The warning was issued on Monday, March 5, shortly after it emerged that a river in Mullinahone may be contaminated with kerosene. Irish Water say that, “Due to hydrocarbon contamination of the source supplying the Fethard Public Water Supply, Irish Water and Tipperary County Council, in consultation with the HSE, have issued a Do Not Drink notice for customers supplied by this scheme."
Areas affected include Fethard, Killenaule, Gortnahoe, Ballysloe, Ballynonty, Moyglass, Mullinahone, Drangan, Glengoole, Cloneen, Ballinure, Killusty and surrounding areas. This water should not be used for: drinking, drinks made with water, food preparation, washing or cooking of food, brushing of teeth, or making of ice. In particular, pregnant women should not drink this water.
This water should not be used for making up infant formula for bottled fed infants. An alternative source of water should be used. Bottled water can also be used to make up infant formula. All bottled water, with the exception of natural mineral water, is regulated to the same standard as drinking water.
It is best not to use bottled water labelled as ‘Natural Mineral Water’ as it can have high levels of sodium (salt) and other minerals, although it rarely does. ‘Natural Mineral Water’ can be used if no other water is available, for as short a time as possible, as it is important to keep babies hydrated. If bottled water is used to make up infant formula it should be boiled once (rolling boil for 1 minute), and cooled in the normal way.
The water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing, flushing toilets, laundry and washing of utensils, however, if you are experiencing skin irritation you may wish to avoid using water for showering or bathing or washing clothes. Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink. Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water. Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Please note that boiling the water will not be sufficient to make it suitable to drink.
Water tankers will be provided to assist customers in these areas. Details of the locations of these tankers will be available on the Service and Supply Section of the Irish Water website at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/
Irish Water is working with Tipperary County Council, the HSE and other relevant bodies to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Our priority at this time is to safeguard public drinking water supplies and public health. Production at the plant has ceased until the issue has been resolved and it may be a number of days before a full supply is restored. We will continue to keep the public informed on the progress of this work.
Irish Water and Tipperary County Council apologise for the inconvenience caused as a result of this incident and wish to assure customers that we are making every effort to restore supply as quickly as possible once it is safe to do so. Should customers have any concerns or queries, they should contact Irish Water’s 24/7 customer care line at 1850 278 278.
Fethard Mini Girls Rugby fun continues
The girls also recently were lucky enough to play at Munster’s half time games in the hallowed Thomand Park . A marvellous opportunity for the girls to play and they really showed off their skills by proving the stronger of the two teams against Listowel Girls. A great time was had by all and who knows we hope to see some of the Girls playing for Munster in the future at Thomand. Lead ably by Aoife Bryne with Ciara Fitzpatrick, Emmaleigh Cuddihy, Aine Connolly, Amy Costigan, Phillie Gillman, Millie O’Hallorhan, Ciara McCarthy, Jamie Ferncombe, Katie Clancy and Zoe Prout, these girls made their Club very proud for their great performances, and thanks to Joe and Cliff for all their work with this fantastic team along with Thomas.
Fethard RFC Girls have been Great to Support Edel McMahon playing for the Ireland Women at Donnybrook these past few weeks. Furthermore, Edel played for the first ever Barbarians Women’s Team before Christmas that played in Thomand Park. Edel is working at the Fethard Equine Hospital next to the Community Field and most weeks since last summer volunteers her time to coach our Fethard Girls Youth teams. We are very lucky to have Edel’s wonderful input and support to the girls. Our Fethard Girls Rugby will be running a Bus subsidised by the IRFU to the Ireland Women's Game at Donnybrook, on Sunday 11th March and looking forward to continuing to cheer on Edel and the Girls in Green. If you are interested in travelling up on the bus for €15 including entrance ticket to watch the Six Nations Match against the Scottish Women’s team please contact Polly by Thursday evening on 086 339 4959.
Upcoming Fethard RFC Fundraisers this coming month, are our Fantasy Cheltenham at €20 a ticket where by you can be top tipster each day and over the 4 days. Please contact any committee member or Coach to buy your ticket. For more details please contact Polly on 086 339 4959
Also, we will be sending out “Guess the Score” Cards for the Ireland Vs England Rugby match on St Patricks Day this Friday Evening, to be back by Friday 16th March for all to have a bit of Fun, and raise some much needed funds to keep the young people in Fethard & Surrounding district having fun playing Rugby. Fethard RFC will also hold a Race Night on Easter Saturday March 31st in McCarthys Fethard. This is always wonderful fun as much as a valuable fundraiser. More details to follow.
Finally, please come and lend your support to our Fethard Girls, in their Munster Cup final, which was postponed due to the snow last weekend and is now on this Saturday in Limerick. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more details. The Snow might have postponed the Munster Girls Cup final last weekend, but some of our members and supporters had great fun last Saturday with their own Snow girl.
Fethard and Killusty Anglers AGM
The National Strategic Development Plan has allocated approx. €32K of a grant to carry out stream enhancement works on the river Anner in the worst affected areas of this beautiful river. Simon has already dedicated a lot of his time in identifying the worse effected areas where there is siltation due to trees in the river, and overgrowing the river, causing a tunnelling effect, which stops any light onto the stream bed and kills any growth of Ranunculus and invertebrate habitat. There is a lot of analysis to be performed before any monies are granted, including a habitat report on the Anner including pearl mussel survey, ecologists report, electrofishing, and identification of worse effected areas from those submitted. Past projects on similar sized rivers have given staggering results with increase in fish stocks with typical increases of up to 600% (electrofishing comparison). We wish Simon and his team every success with this for the future.
The officers elected at this year’s AGM were Chairman; Colm Hackett, Secretary; Seán Maher and Treasurer; Albert Adcock. Tom Fogarty, our chairman of over 20 year’s service stepped down this year and handed the baton on to another enthusiastic Fethard man. We wish Tom all the best in his semi-retirement from club duties, but he will always be there to give us all a bit of common sense and give Colm a kick in the backside when needed. Sunday 11th March is set for bank cleaning with all to meet at Thorny Bridge at 10.30am, please support this if you can as every pair of hands makes a big difference.
The annual club competition date is set for Sunday, April 8, meeting at Thorny bridge at 10am. If you are interested in joining our club please contact Colm Hackett on 086 8397868 or Seán Maher on 085 7050580 for membership cards (Seniors €25, Juniors €10, OAPs Free) or come along to our bank cleaning or competition to meet some of us. The new season starts on March 17, and new members are always welcome, and we encourage you to try this fantastic hobby, it’s a great way to clear the head and get out in the fresh air. Our club members will do their very best to show you how to get started or teach you new methods you may not have tried yet. The Gods do not deduct from mans allotted span, the hours spent in fly-fishing. Tight lines to all for 2018.
Community Games South Draw for Fethard & Killusty Teams
U10 Mixed Football – 1st Round, 2nd Round, 3rd Round, North/South Finals
U12 Girls Football South – 1st Round, 2nd Round, 3rd Round, North/South Finals
U14 Girls Football South – 1st Round, 2nd Round, 3rd Round, North/South Finals
U11 Hurling South – 1st Round, 2nd Round, 3rd Round, North/South Finals
U15 Girls Outdoor Soccer South – 1st Round, 2nd Round, 3rd Round, North/South Finals
Tag Rugby One Day Blitz - Venue to be confirmed after team confirmation of participation/registration deadline.
Complete draw for all events may viewed on our Facebook Page. Managers please arrange to send details of your teams to Noreen Sheehy ASAP and get the games up and running. Best of Luck. Busy times ahead.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The following three 'Lucky Dip' winners received €50 each: B. Tobin, c/o Kathleen Connolly; Fionn Kenny, c/o Carol Kenny; and Jimmy Mullins, Knockbrack, Fethard.
Next week's draw takes place on Wednesday, March 7. The Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot seller's prize is €1,000. All proceeds go towards community projects in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
GAA Sports Development Lotto
The next draw takes place on Friday, March 9, when the jackpot is €20,000 and the sellers prize is €1,000. The committee of Fethard GAA/Sports Centre Development Lotto would like to thank all our supporters near and far who participate in our weekly lotto draw. The funds raised are used to promote sport in the local community
Fethard’s Senior Citizens’ March meeting Ccancelled
Snow slow coming and snow slow leaving!
Many of our elderly will still find it impossible and unsafe to stir outside so it is important that those that can, will give them a call to check if they may need supplies or medication etc.
Amoris meeting this Thursday cancelled
Patrician Presentation's two regional finalists for this year’s Junk Kouture competition
Anybody can vote! You don’t have to be entering the competition or know someone who is. Voting will take place at: https://app.junkkouture.com/ Each day during a voting period you will be able to vote for any design once (there is no cap on how many design you can vote for in a day, but only 1 vote per design).
At the end of each voting period, there will be a Super Friday vote: Throughout the week you can complete activities to get extra votes, which will add up over the voting week to be used on Friday. At the end of the week, you can put the total number of votes towards ONE outfit. You’ll need to choose carefully- there’s no going back after you’ve spent your Super Friday votes! You can still give your regular daily votes to other designs on Super Friday.
There are a few different ways you can get Super Friday votes. You can complete any, all, or none! Each day that you vote for even 1 outfit gives you 1 Super Friday vote. Each day you can also share any outfit on Facebook for an extra vote (you can share as many as outfits as you’d like, but you will only get 1 Super Friday vote per day that you share). There will also be social media accounts that you can follow which will give you 5 Super Friday votes each.
In each voting period, you can give 1 design a maximum of 25 Super Friday votes and 5 standard votes for a total of 30 possible votes. Designs that you do not choose to allocate your Super Friday votes to can still get up to 5 regular votes from each voter throughout the week!
Fethard Faces and Places from the Past
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