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Monday 29th November 2004

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Happy 21st Birthday
Birthday greetings from all in Fethard to Michael Moclair (right) from Ballinlough, Lisronagh, who is celebrating his 21st birthday in New Zealand today, Sunday 28th November. Michael, son of Jack and Marie Moclair and grandson of Joe and Mossie (McCarthy) Hayes, Rathcoole, is on a Macra placement in New Zealand working with a Farm Relief service.
Michael is wondering what hit him since his arrival in New Zealand as there's no going to the pub any more with his work starting at 4am and 490 cows to milk! Of course he also misses the 'craic' at home and there's no Macra in Metamata! Birthday greetings also to Michael's sister Judith who will be 20 on the same day.

Welcome Back to Fethard

Photographed in McCarthy's Bar on Saturday night, 27th November, are L to R: Ciarán Hayes, Bill Kennedy, Patrick and Alicia Burke (home on holiday from Milwaukee, Wisconsin), Gerry Nevin (home on holiday from New York), Rita Kenny and Martin O'Shea.

6th Annual ‘Hat Party' in aid of CRC Santa Bear Appeal
The 6th Annual 'Christmas Hat Party' will take place in Burke's Bridge Bar on Saturday night 4th December. This year there's six great prizes for those who 'Design Make and Wear' their hat on the night. The themes for prizes (2 for each section) this year are:

  1. Best Christmas Hat (open)
  2. Best Hat with edible feature
  3. Best Hat worn by customers in front bar (same categories as above)

Judging will take place at 10.30pm. Entry fee is €5 and all proceeds will go towards the 'Santa Bear Appeal' in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin. So come along for a great night's fun with lots of food, prizes and great craic! (Click to see photos from past Hat Parties | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 )

‘End of Year’ Party
Just a reminder to all parents and members of the Fethard GAA club that the Fethard Juvenile GAA club’s end of year party and presentation of medals night will take place this Saturday 27th November in Fethard Ballroom.  All players and their families are invited to attend including all members of the Fethard GAA Club.
The party commences at 7.30pm sharp with doors opening at 7pm.  Parents please note no child will be allowed in unless they are accompanied by a parent/adult. Looking forward to seeing ye all there for what will be a great night with special guests!!!

Talk on the Old Road
‘Along St. Declan’s Way – Ardmore to Cashel’ is the title of a recent book by eighty-five-year-old Ardmore woman, Siobhán Lincoln. On Friday 3rd December, the Fethard Historical Society will host a talk by Siobhán on The Rian Bo Phadraig - the ancient highway of the Decies, which connected the present day areas of West Waterford and South Tipperary.

A former schoolteacher, Siobhán Lincoln (photographed left) is a sprightly octogenarian indeed, and she has spent a lifetime collecting local history and folklore from her native area. For years she has endeavoured to save what is left of the ancient pilgrim route from Ardmore to Cashel, which is also known as St. Declan's Way.

Of course the present-day borders of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore still reflect the extent of the area that was controlled by the Decie clan in ancient times , including the area of the 'modern' towns of Carrick, Clonmel and Cahir. Everyone is welcome to come to the Abymill Theatre on Friday 3rd December, at 8.30, to hear Siobhan speak on the old connections between South Tipperary and West Waterford and the route of the ancient road. Refreshments will be served afterwards and the fee is €3.

Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 123rd November were 1, 24, 27 and 30. There was no Jackpot winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received €150:
Therese Ryan, Knockeevan, Clerihan.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Catherine Kennedy, 2 Cois Falla, Fethard
Chris O'Dwyer, 3 Strylea, Fethard
Louise Nagle, c/o Allens, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10.000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is now €980.

St. Patrick’s Boys’ School
Our Cumann na mBunscol games finished this week. Having reached the finals in Under-11 and Under-13 there were high hopes of victory as both teams had played very well to reach the finals.

Under 13 B Team Back L to R: Eileen Fitzgerald (teacher), Eoin Healy, Andrew Maher, Ger Maher, Colm Shanahan, Damien Morrissey, Matthew Fitzgerald, Padraig O'Shea, Louis Rice, Michael Smyth, Willie Ryan (trainer). Front L to R: Dean Sharpe, Stephen Maguire, Tommy Sheehan, Frankie O'Donovan, Dylan Fitzgerald, Ciárán O'Meara, Kieran O'Connell (captain), Brian Delahunty, Cathal Hurley and John Gartland.

First to play were the Under 13s in Littleton against Loughmore. It was a very blustery day and a very low scoring match. Fethard had already beaten Loughmore by a point in the first round. Loughmore had the better of the play in the first half and scored 1-02 to 0-01. In the second half the Fethard boys rallied to score 1-01 to 0-2. They were quite unlucky not to score a goal in the last few minutes. The final score was Loughmore 1-04 to Fethard 1-02.

Under 11 team Back L to R: Eileen Fitzgerald (teacher), Gerard Gorey, Eoin Walsh, Ronan Fitzgerald, Ger Maher, Ciárán O'Meara, John Gartland, Vincent Lawrence, Kieran Walsh, Willie Ryan (trainer). Front L to R: David Gartland, Brian Healy, Louis Rice, Dylan Fitzgerald, Cathal Hurley, Brian Delahunty (captain), Andrew Maher, Michael Smyth and Dion Butler.

The four boys involved in both teams had to quickly overcome their disappointment to take on Grange in the Under-11 final. It was a hard fought competitive match with some excellent scores on both sides. The Fethard boys never gave up and were very disappointed to lose by just two points, 2-08 to 3-03.

The boys on both teams and the school coach Willie Ryan can be very proud of their efforts and hopes will be very high of retaining the Under 11 trophy next year and doing well in the Under 13 competition.

Overseas Experience
Australians and New Zealanders call it OE. It’s a trip that they make once they’ve finished in school or college. They purchase a backpack and a travel guide, get the names and addresses of as many relatives, friends, friends of friends, vacant cowsheds and anywhere else they can grab a bed for the night. And off they head, to Europe or America. These days the reverse process is happening, with hundreds of Irish youths heading to Australia to take advantage of a years working holiday visa.

One recently returned voyager stated that there are so many people from the Fethard, Cloneen, Killenaule and Drangan area living in the Bondi beach area of Sydney that you are more likely to be greeted on the street by someone saying “Well, how’s it goin?” rather than the traditional Aussie “G’day!”.

Most of the current backpackers take a bit of time out in South East Asia on the way out or on their return trip. Apparently, there are as many Tipperary people there as in Bondi. Only a few weeks ago, a honeymoon couple from Fethard, Ian Meagher and his wife Claire, heard someone calling out to them on the Island of Koi Samui in the South of Thailand. Fearing that it was the timeshare salesman who had got their names the previous day, they put their heads down and began to walk faster. They were just about in a jog when they realised that the accent was familiar. Ian turned around to see Nicky Murphy, from Fethard his travelling companion Eddie O’Brien from Killenaule, shouting at them. The lads are en route to Australia and have stopped off in Thailand to do an in depth study of the effects of tourism on the local economy. They have been very impressed with the late night pool parties and are considering introducing them to Ireland on their return.

It just goes to show that no matter where you go on this planet, you’ll probably run into someone who knows, or is from, Fethard. Beware if you’re up to no good!

Hunting news
This Sunday, November 28th, the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet at Fethard Car Park for Rocklow at 12 o’clock. Time was when the old Fethard pack met each Sunday in the town, usually on The Green with the famed Bob Byrne as huntsman. The hounds were then walked up to three miles to the hunting district for that day. The late Tom Neville has said that he sometimes walked to Silverfort, hunted all day and walked home. Whatever problems those huntsman of yesterday may have had, obesity certainly was not one of them. Even if you were not a follower all are very welcome to come along on Sunday to see the hounds before we move off.

Sale of Work for Lisronagh Church
Powerstown & Lisronagh Parish will hold their annual sale of work and raffle on Sunday November 28th at the GAA Centre, Western Road from 2pm to 5pm. Stalls include cakes, bric-a-brac, books, vegetables and produce and toys. Many other attractions like the spinner with loads of valuable prizes, guess the weight of the turkey and the cake, face painting and Santa will be in attendance. Raffle will take place on the day. Proceeds to the renovation fund of Lisronagh Church. All are welcome.

School’s ‘Open Evening’ a great success

Home Economics teacher Ms Marie Maher giving a demonstration of baking aat the Patrician Presentation Secondary School Open Day. L to R: Suzanne Gorey, Margaret Smyth, Ciara Aylward, Marice Sullivan and Ms Marie Maher.

Patrician Presentation Secondary School’s ‘Open Evening’, which took place on Monday November 15th, was a huge success. From 6.55 pm onwards the school was host to the many parents and students who came to meet the principal and staff, on an informal basis, and enjoy the ambience of the school. The Parents Association had a very impressive display in the foyer. The variety of disciplines and subject areas, and their teacher representatives were available with wonderful classroom displays. Mr and Mrs Prendergast organized a “find the clue” quiz for the younger students, which was won by Niamh McGrath and the Irish quiz by Jean Anglim, Nano Nagle National School.

Mr Noel Walsh, science teacher, showing a disected sheep's heart to boys at the Patrician Presentation Secondary School Open Day. L to R: Noel Walsh, Tom Sheehan, Matthew Fitzgerald, Damien Morrissey and Frankie O'Donovan.

Ms Marie Maher held a cookery class in the home economics room and an energetic game of volleyball was underway with Mrs B. O’Connor, P.E. teacher. The work of Ms Patricia Looby’s art students was a delight to the eye, and there was a video showing excerpts from past shows. Mr Justin McGree organised a large screen continuous presentation of a very interesting student profile, featuring students from the last seven years. Many thanks to all concerned for their hard work particularly our ancillary staff, Con Sullivan, Catherine, Patti and our secretary Gwen Cronin.

Science teacher Ms Joan Walsh (right) showing Katie Coen how to use a microscope at the Patrician Presentation Secondary School Open Day. Also in the photograph is Debbie Coen (left).

Well Golf Society AGM
A final reminder to all our golfers out there, our AGM takes place this coming Friday 26th at 8pm in The Tirry Centre.

Community Lotto Jackpot €10,000
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 16th November were 6, 15, 17 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and no 'Match 3' winner so three tickets were drawn and each received €50:
Brendan Kenny, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard
Rose Lonergan, The Square, Fethard
Jack Fleming, Barrettstown, Fethard
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Julie Wall, c/o Group Homes, Fethard
Liz Newport, The Valley, Fethard
Anne Daly, 34 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10.000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is now €965.

Died Recently
We record the death of Noddy (Hennessy) Wall, Main Street, who died on Tuesday 23rd November. House Private. Remains left her family home on Main Street to Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 7.45pm on Wednesday 24th November. Requiem Mass took place at 11am on Thursday followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.



The End of the Line

Garda John Lonergan signing some of the last dole forms at Fethard Barracks. From the 29th November 2004 the requirement of having postal signing dockets certified by Garda will cease and will now have to be presented at the Unemployment Exchange Clonmel.

Tuesday mornings won't be the same on the Square in the centre of Fethard when the Department of Social Welfare’s new plans come into operation. The familiar sight of the dole queue forming outside the Garda Barracks will soon be no more. Residents of the queue will now have to go to Clonmel to sign on once a month. Some say that this will free up police time and centralise the administration of the unemployment benefits. On the other hand, it could eliminate a sense of community when the recipients become just another number in a queue in a large town.

Under the Department’s Sustaining Progress Agreement it has been decided therefore, that from 29 November 2004 to cease Garda involvement in the certification (signing) of unemployed customers
Under the new procedures the following revised arrangements will apply:

(a) customers residing up to 10 miles (16 KM) from their Local/Branch Office will attend that Office once every 4 weeks for certification purposes.
(b) customers residing over 10 miles from their Local/Branch Office will self-certify every four weeks and attend that Office every 12 weeks.

A certain element of community policing will also be lost to the area, as the Garda on duty usually knows the members of the queue. A question answered, a comment passed or a word in the right ear could often nip something in the bud before it became a problem.

I’ll leave the final word on the matter to the late Jimmy ‘Buck’ Ryan. The guard on duty was late arriving to let the beneficiaries sign on and the queue was starting to stretch down the street. Jimmy happened to pass the Barracks just as the guard arrived. “Would you ever hurry up”, he said to the guard “ or half of the lads will be late for work”.

Are you prepared for Christmas?
An invitation to praise, pray and prepare for the birth of Jesus. Put Christ back into Christmas by spending an hour in a pleasant prayerful environment – Presentation Convent – on the following Tuesdays: November 30th, December 7th, 14th and 21st, from 8pm to 9pm. We would love to see as many as possible attend. Please contact Sr. Winnie at the Presentation Convent if you need more information

Mary Coughlan Returns to Abymill
Fethard and Tipperary blues fans are in for a rear treat on Friday night 10th December when Ms Mary Coughlan pays a return visit to perform in the Abymill Theatre. Mary Coughlan is recognised as one of Europe’s leading lady singers of the blues. She will be accompanied on the night by James Delaney, an excellent musician in his own right. Tickets can now be booked at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.

Enough said
We Irish are known the world over as a nation who can talk. But sometimes we don’t have to. Imagine a student of the English language trying to interpret the following interaction which took place in a bar in Fethard during the week.

A man entered the bar. The bartender held up a glass. The man nodded, so the bartender poured a pint and left it to settle. After a few minutes, he topped up the drink and raised it to indicate that it was ready to be collected. The man approached the counter and passed over the money as he collected his pint. He said only one word.
“Well?”
“No”, replied the barman, completing the transaction. The man then drank his pint, nodded, and walked off into the night.

Local’s who witnessed the transaction understood the conversation, for the man involved was the local gravedigger and the barman the local undertaker.
“Well” meant, “Well, is anyone dead?”
Why waste words when two will do.

Died Recently

The late Paddy McCormack photographed with his family on the occasion of his 80th birthday celebrated at Slievenamon Golf Club on 21st February 2003. Back L to R: Ned McCormack (Ballinure), Miceál McCormack (Fethard), Stephen McCormack (Fethard). Front Eileen (McCormack) Sheridan (Naas), Paddy McCormack (Ballinure) and Tom McCormack (Fethard).

We record the death of Paddy McCormack, Noan, Ballinure, who died, aged 81, on Monday 22nd November. Remains left McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 7.30pm on Tuesday 23rd November to arrive at St. Mary's Church, Killenaule, for 9pm. Requiem Mass took place at 11.30am on Wednesday followed by burial at Dualla Cemetery.
Our sympathy to his sons, Miceál and Stephen, and his brother Tom, who all live in Fethard.

Fethard Judo Club
The Waterford Judo Open Competition was held in St. Angela's Secondary School, Waterford, on Saturday and Sunday 20th & 21st November, 2004. There was a high attendance and Fethard Judo Club maintained a high standard with the following medallists:

Seniors (Saturday 20th): Orla O'Donnell U-52kg Gold, Martin O'Donnell U-60kg Silver, Richard Gorey U-73kg Bronze. Youths (Saturday): Richard Gorey U-73 kg Gold, Orla O'Donnell U-52 kg Gold, Martin O'Donnell U-60 kg Gold & U-66 Bronze, Stephanie Lawrence +70kg Gold, Samantha Feery U-52 kg Silver.

Juniors (Sunday 21st): Alan Brannigan, Gold; Cathal Gorey, Gold; Alan Sutcliffe, Bronze; Jake Walsh, Silver; Stephanie Lawrence, Gold; Loraine Feery, Gold; Robert Guiry, Silver; Niall O'Donnell, Gold & Silver; Padraig O'Shea, Gold & Silver; Samantha Feery, Silver; Natalie Cahill, Gold; Aobh O'Shea, Silver.

Minors (Sunday 21st): Jack Stapleton, Silver; Gerard Gorey, Gold; Gary Bradshaw, Gold, Robert Guiry, Silver; Hannah Stapleton, Silver; Roy Gorey & Josephine O’Donnell competed on Saturday but were unlucky on the day.

Congratulations to Gary Bradshaw (photographed left) who won the title of ‘Player of the Day’. Well done to the six in the club who were picked from the Munster Squad and are going on a training camp to Bruge in Belgium in early January 2005 — Orla O'Donnell, Martin O'Donnell, Niall O'Donnell, Jake Walsh, Richard Gorey and Stephanie Lawrence. Good luck to Stephanie Lawrence & Niall O'Donnell who are off to Wales to an under 16s competition in January 2005.


Fethard GAA Club
Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,700 was not won. We had no match three winner so 5 tickets were drawn and each receives €30: Clare Landy (Killusty), Ann Butler (Main Street), Doyle Brothers (Woodvale Walk), Michael Gould (Claremore), Francis Dillon (Tullamaine). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Frances Holohan (Cois Falla). The draw was made in Butlers Sports Bar for the first time and we wish them the very best of luck in their venture.

The clubs next business will be the Annual AGM with date time and venue to be announced shortly.

It is great to see the county senior football selectors crisis moving forward to a conclusion and here’s hoping that we will have ‘White Smoke’ shortly. The first game in the national league is scheduled to take place at home to Cavan on the 6th February 2005. The second game is away to Waterford on 13th Feb, third round takes place on 6th March at home to Meath, fourth game away to Louth on the 12th/13th March, with the fifth game away to Wicklow on 19th /20th March, the six game is at home to Antrim on 27th March, and the Seventh game in Division 2B is away to Derry on the 3rd April with the semifinals down for the 17th April and the final fixed for the 1st May 2005.

The club would like to offer it deepest sympathies at this time to Miceál and Stephen McCormack and their families on the passing away of there dad, Paddy McCormack (Ballinure). Go Ndeanai Dhia Trocaire ar an ainmeachta.

Progressive 25 Results
Progressive 25 results for game played on 19th November. Winners on 11 games, Chris Maher and John Buckley. Runners up on 10 games, Mick Holohan and Esther Phelan, Chris Colville and Jackie Devitt. Table prize, Jim and Mary Garrett. Tickets, Tom Phelan, Sheila Hall, Bobby Gleeson, Hannie Leahy. Rubber finals, Willie Kennedy and Michael Browne, Sheila Hall and Mona Kinane, Bunny White and Cyl Murray, Brian O’Donnell and Seamus Maher. Next game takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 26th November at 8.30 sharp.


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