Monday, February 18, 2019
Tipperariana 2019 – a lot more than just a fabulous book fair
An important feature of the Tipperariana Book Fair is the ample space available in Fethard Ballroom that allows thirty dealers to display their wares and in excess of 200 visitors to mingle, chat and even browse the books on offer as time allows. The literary ambience and chat is further enhanced by the regular pianist Eamon O'Malley, whose fingertips have the ability to sooth the busiest legs. If some rest is required or extended chat required, one can sit at the in-house café for tea, cakes and other refreshments on offer.
Observing the large attendance from ‘everywhere and anywhere’, their happy disposition and willingness to chat with friends and strangers, one could nearly believe it was ‘their’ book fair. This opinion can be further advanced by the huge contribution of ‘used’ valuable books donated to the Fethard Historical Society’s fundraising second-hand stall at the fair. The organising committee are astonished with the good-will and support received from these very generous benefactors and thank them sincerely for their encouragement.
Next year’s Tipperariana Book Fair will be a very special celebration being the 25th Anniversary of what is now recognised as ‘probably’ the best book fair in Ireland. For those not using digital diaries that can automatically enter recurring dates like, the 'Second Sunday in February', as a reminder of our annual Tipperariana Book Fair . . . maybe take a few seconds now, to note Sunday, February 9, 2020, on your calendar of upcoming events not to be missed.
Health & Wellbeing and Cookery Demonstrations for Parents at Fethard Convent Community Hall
Mollie’s special birthday raises €1,750 for Cancer Research
Mollie is a volunteer at Fethard Horse Country Experience, situated in the Town Hall on Main Street, and what better venue for a coffee morning. Manager of the centre, Laura Condon, was very supportive as were fellow volunteers, in particular, Eileen Croke, who not only baked numerous apple tarts (with the help of her husband), cream cakes and a delicious gluten free chocolate cake, she also kept things moving smoothly on the day. Mary Healy provided freshly cooked scones. Catherine Britton and Anna Cooke oversaw the ticket sales for the raffle.
Mollie’s family were also a great support, both in the lead up and on the day itself. Her husband Dave, their daughter Sarah, son Simon and his partner Maryanne Fogarty, set up the venue, served teas and coffees and washed up for hours-on-end. Mollie’s niece, Hazel Hurley, used her amazing creative talent to design a lovely poster for the event. Mollie’s sisters were also enlisted to supply some fresh home-baking and help on the day, supposedly help, but in reality, to catch up with their many relatives and friends!
Raffle prizes were generously donated by Kathleen Connolly, Mary Shelly, Catriona Boland, O’Sullivans Pharmacy, Anita Maguire (Fethard Reflexology and Holistic Centre), Trish’s Beauty Salon, Veronica Fogarty, Margaret Lawlor, Serena Kirkham, Mary O’Dwyer and the Murphy family.
Mollie would like to thank everyone who supported the fundraiser: her fellow volunteers for helping out; everyone who donated cakes or raffle prizes; and all who bought tickets, tea, coffee and cakes who helped in no small way to make it the success it was.
It was a very joyous occasion with good food and great company and although Mollie may not have managed to meet everyone who attended, she would like you to know that your support is greatly appreciated. An amazing €1,750 was raised for this very worthy cause.
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Fethard’s three Junk Kouture entries reach regional final
Each outfit has a team of two to three students working on each piece, including the model. Each team used their artistic skills and social awareness for their designs, with inspiration coming from issues of Environmental Pollution, Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Modelling ‘In a Tangle’ is Samantha Buckley, with Phoebe Duggan and Megan Ryan on the team. This outfit is made from hundreds of green water bottles, garden netting and plastic milk bottles, cut, twisted and put in place.
Modelling ‘EleMental’ is Michelle Cronin, with Rachel O’Loughnan and Patrick Shine on the team. This is made from thousands of little cut out pieces, resembling sequins, from plastic prescription drugs’ packaging, and hand sewn in place.
Modelling ‘Athena’ is Allison Connolly, with Nell Spillane and Paige Ryan on the team. This is made from thousands of ‘helicopters’ or seeds from the sycamore tree and other forest finds, all meticulously shaped and placed.
All students are in Transition year, with other students from T.Y. giving an extra helping hand when needed. Voting commences at 10am on Monday next, February 18, and is open until midnight on Friday, February 22. You are required to register before voting at the following website: app.junkkouture.com
The public online votes, which are worth 10 percent of their overall marks received, are very important to qualify for the Grand Final. You can vote once a day so please support our local entrants in Fethard which you will find in the South section of the online voting website.
Fifteen outfits will be chosen in Limerick to go forward to the Grand Final, with one ‘wild card’, and will be held in the Three Arena, Dublin on May 2. We wish all the students and their inspiring teacher Ms Patricia Looby every success in Limerick on March 8.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Marie Danagher wins car in County Board GAA Draw
Best Wishes Fiona
Fethard Bridge Club results
Bridge starts at 7.15pm each Wednesday. Anyone looking for a partner contact Gemma Burke.
Fethard U16 Girls Rugby win Munster League Championship
Right from the start of this Munster final it was a fast and furious pace of rugby on the new surface. Fethard girls were keen to put their mark early in the game and straight away receiving the kick-off from Abbeyfeale, the Fethard girls took control to carry the ball and pass it through the hands to make great meters. Abbeyfeale were defensively trying to slow the game down, but quick thinking from our number 10, Kate Flannery, to offload to second centre, Aoibhe Grayson Molloy (captain), who passed out to Karen Bennett, our centre, on her outside to find space and Karen was able to run to score by the posts, which was ably converted by Kate Flannery.
It was not long before Fethard Girls were able to score again with support from the forwards of our Hooker Shauna Maher, assisted by the strong props of Sophia O'Brien and Lia Coady to add more points, with Scrum Half Lucy Fogarty receiving the ball after back up from our Number 8 Orlaith Breen (Captain), to break through and Aoibhe was able score out wide. As the first half continued our second rows were strong at the tackling and rucking with Orla Maher, Ciara Gahan, Clodagh Fanning and Evelyn Gayson Molloy making sure they defended Abbeyfeale very strongly, to get the ball out to our right winger Jessica Stokes to put Abbeyfeale under pressure. The Fethard girls made the ball work hard for them by offloading and even when Abbeyfeale got their hands on the ball and tried to kick for space our full back Kate Ross was fantastic under the high balls to take it on making valuable ground before sensibly offloading to our backs. Lucy Austin on the left wing never gave up and again supported her backs by receiving ball and making sure any time Abbeyfeale tried to break away down the left wing that she was there. Just before the end of the first half Aoibhe Gayson Molloy received great ball from a combination of passes from Orlaith, Kate, Lucy and Karen and Aoibhe found space and scored her second try of the match to put the Fethard girls 17 - 0 up at half time.
Changes to the team to allow Rachel Ryan and Saoirse Davis to come in to second Row and Evelyn Gayson Molloy move out to Scrum half in the second part of the match caused headache to the Abbeyfeale team who were throwing everything at the Fethard girls that they possibly could. Having lost Aoibhe Gayson Molloy and Lucy Fogarty at half time due to sporting codes clashes as they had to travel back up the motorway for their Cashel School Senior Camogie All Ireland Semi Final, which they duly won. Aisling Morrissey came on to assist her team and helped Fethard defend well. Abbeyfeale later in the second half were able, twice due to penalties given against Fethard, put scores on the board and with 10 minutes left of the second half the score was 17-12 to Fethard. Wow this was a very exciting game. Each and every Fethard player tackled and upped their game to withhold Abbeyfeale right to the final whistle and at times with decisions going against the Fethard girls whose steely determination with Abbeyfeale camped on their own try line they withheld a late surge and deservedly so, were victorious. In the spirit of rugby, it was four years previous that Fethard had played in their first Munster league final in Limerick against Abbeyfeale who were the victors on that occasion in another very close game. So, last Saturday's result and three years of great determination gave the girls what they work hard week in week out for during the seasons.
Congratulations Girls and we at Fethard RFC are so proud of your achievements. Huge thanks to our coaches Jason Flannery and Michael Fogarty for their continued positive work with these girls also with assistance from Louise O'Donnell, Marie Gayson along with Pat O'Donnell and Irish Women's player Edel McMahon. We would also like to thank the club for their support to allow the girls rugby section in Fethard to continue to grow. Furthermore, thanks to our girls sponsor, O'Donnell Fencing, for their assistance over the last few years. We must not forget that the development support that the club received from Women's Rugby Development officer Amanda Greensmith, Munster Rugby, over the past six years to encourage the growth of the IRFU pathway for Women's Rugby under Nora Stapleton.
The girls cannot sit on their laurels as they defend their Munster Cup with the competition starting the week ending, February 23.
New members are always welcome to Fethard Girls Rugby for girls from 6 years old to 18 years. Ladies are also welcome to come along too for 7s rugby. Training on Monday evenings 7.30pm to 8.30pm for all. Training on Friday evenings from 6.45pm to 8pm for U8 to U14 and from 8pm to 9pm for U16s and U18s. Any inquiries, please contact Polly Murphy Tel: 086 339 4959.
Fethard well represented in County Inter-divisional Football Tournaments
Daragh Spillane, corner back and Conor Neville, full forward, lost out to Mid Tipp in a sensational U15 final of the Mick Frawley Tournament, by 2-9 to 2-8 ,only losing to a last-minute goal scored in injury time.
Jack Quinlan (midfield) captained South Tipp to an emphatic win over North Tipp 4-7 to 0-0, in U14 Dom Brown Tournament. It was a great honour for Jack to captain a seriously strong divisional team.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Phil Wyatt, Jossestown, Fethard; Roseann Carroll, Lonergan's Bar, Fethard; and Frank Mullins, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, February 13. 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, February 15, in Burke’s Bar at 7.30pm, when the jackpot is €20,100 and the seller's 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.
Exciting 'Reel to Reel' concert coming to Abymill
Fethard Faces and Places from the Past
These are a selection of photographs taken in 1982 . . .
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