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Monday 31st October 2005

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“The summer time has gone and cold winter’s coming on”, how true are these words from the well known Co. Kildare ballad, especially this week. All the signs are there, the shorter daylight hours, the changing landscape and the falling leaves. One of the surest signs however that winter has arrived is Opening Meet time.

The Tipperary Foxhounds hold their Opening Meet at the traditional venue, Fethard, on Monday next 31st October at 11am. The Tipps also have a childrens’ meet at Kilcooley on Wednesday 2nd November at 12 noon.

The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers, follows a very good morning’s hunting at Crohane on Sunday last, with a meet at Drangan on this Sunday 30th October at 11am.

Turn your clocks back!
Another sure sign that winter approaches is the return of wintertime or old time. The clocks go back one hour on this Saturday night 29th October. Enjoy the extra hour in bed on Sunday!

Bang Bang on the one night please
Kids of all ages, enjoy Halloween by all means, however, keep the fun to yourself and respect the older people of the parish who may not wish to partake. We also ask you to please try and confine your firework activities to just the one night as many dog owners undergo a lot of unnecessary strain when their family pets get terrified with the loud explosions.

Emigrants’ Newsletter Collection
The annual church gate collection for the Emigrant’s Newsletter will take place this weekend, 29th and 30th October. We ask for your support to help us publish and post over 1000 Newsletters free of charge to our emigrants throughout the world.

All donations of €10 or more will be acknowledged in this years issue. If you wish to be acknowledged, please put your donation in an envelope with your name and address or you can also deliver by hand to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road.

Cemetery Rosaries for November
Parishioners are asked to remember their dead by praying the Rosary in our local cemeteries during the month of November. “It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead . . . (2 Machabees)
The Rosary will be prayed in the following cemeteries:

Tuesday November 1st Feast of all Saints:
Parish Church at 3pm and Holy Trinity Cemetery at 3.30pm.

Sunday 6th November:
Abbey Church at 3pm and Everardsgrange at 3.30pm.

Sunday 13th November:
Calvary Cemetery at 3pm and Peppardstown at 3.30pm.

Sunday 20th November:
Rathcoole at 3pm; Redcity at 3.30pm and Tullamaine at 3.30pm.

Sunday 27th November:
Killusty after morning mass; Kiltinan at 3pm and Kilmaclugh at 3.30pm.

Tipperary's Cumann na Sean Ghael Awards

Tipperary's Cumann na Sean Ghael this week announced its list of award winners for 2005. These awards included two Fethard men, Joe Ahearn and Tom McCormack, who will be presented at the third annual awards ceremony in Brñ Born, Cashel on Sunday evening, 13th November commencing at 6 p.m. sharp.

As in previous years there are ten award winners from each of the four GAA Divisions in the county and the recipients, who must be over 70 years of age have, in the opinion of the organising Committee, all rendered significant service to the Gaelic Athletic Association in the county as a player, official, supporter, etc.

The County Tipperary Cumann na Sean Ghael Committee is comprised of John Moloney, Chairman; John Costigan, Noel Morris, Seamus King, Pat Moroney, Seamus McCarthy; and Micheal O'Meara, Secretary.

Joe Ahearn
Joe is the second member of his family to be honoured following in the footsteps of his sister Elsie O'Dwyer, one of last years recipients. Joe and his family have given trojan service to the Fethard club on and off the playing field. An outstanding dual player, Joe captured many honours during a long career and wore the county jersey in senior football and minor hurling. He has also served the club as an able administrator down the years and enjoyed the regular Divisional board meetings at which he proved himself a worthy club advocate. His deep interest in our games continues unabated and he is regularly to be seen enjoying the sport at venues all around the Premier County.

Tom McCormack
Tom won a South Tipperary minor hurling medal when he manned the goal on the Coolmoyne team that defeated Carrick Swans in the South final of 1952. His performances throughout that campaign won for him a place on the County minor side as goalkeeper in '53 and having taken the Munster title the team went on to defeat Dublin by 8-6 to 3-6 in the All-Ireland final in Croke Park.

Tom's team mates on that occasion included another of the recipients Billy Quinn who captained the team, Liam Devaney, Ray Reidy and Tom's fellow clubman Liam Connolly. Tom went on to play for the County junior side in 1957 and gave excellent service to Coolmoyne and Fethard.

Fethard Judo Club News
The Irish Open Championships were held last weekend in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. There were many counties competing, Great Britain had a strong team as usual, with France, Poland and many other European countries also taking part.

The highlight for many of the Fethard contingent was the outstanding American team that had come over for the event and performed a brilliant display of their skills in Judo, the likes not seen in Ireland very often.

Our club performed very well winning six medals. On Saturday we had Stephanie Lawrence fighting in both the under-20 and senior events. Stephanie fought well in both grades and came home with two silver medals. Next was Samantha Feery who also competed in the under-20 section and won a bronze medal. Both Richard and Cathal Gorey fought well on the day but were unlucky not to win a medal.

On Sunday Cathal Gorey did his club proud by winning our only gold medal in great style. Although he had some very hard fights, no one was going to stop him.

Samantha Feery, this time competing in her own age group, showed us just how well she can fight by winning a silver medal in great style. Natalie Cahill was our other medal winner, receiving bronze and fighting very hard to achieve it.

Unlucky on the day were: Lorraine Feery, Alan Brannigan and Tom Woodlock. Congratulations to all the competitors and keep up the great work.

All Saints, All Souls and The Resurrection
The next days of celebration to mark Fethard Abbey’s ‘700 Years’ will take place on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd, when they will be celebrating All Saints, All Souls and The Resurrection.

During the month of November a large tree, called the tree of Light and Life, will be placed in the Sanctuary. Everyone is invited to write the names of their beloved dead on a piece of paper and tie them on the Tree of Light. Please take home a special piece of paper, which can be found at the back of the church, write the names and then tie them to the tree during the next weeks.

We will also make out the traditional dead lists, also to be found in the back of the church. Complete these and return them as soon as possible, certainly by lst of November, and place them in the ‘November dead box’. The names on these lists will be read out at a special ceremony during the Celebration Mass for the Dead on All Souls Day. Please make sure the names are legible!.

If you have a photograph of a deceased relative who died at home or elsewhere, please hand it in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road (no frames please), and they too will be mounted on a special display board in the Abbey. All these will be remembered and prayed for during the month of November.

Fethard Rugby Club
On Saturday night our under-14s travelled to Waterford City and came away with the league points in a very keenly contested game. The forwards put up a great performance against a bigger pack and Kevin Hayes, Matt O'Sullivan and Andrew Kelly were to the fore while Damian Morrissey, Daniel Hickey and Cathal Bergin all had fine games in the backs.

The under 16s held on to secure victory over Carrick in Fethard on Saturday evening, leading seventeen points to nil at half-time, Carrick rallied in the second half and Fethard held on to win by 24-20.  Dean Tobin in his first game showed prospects while Michael Power, Johnny Moroney and Dave Gorey were also prominent.

Our under-8, under-10 and under-12 teams travelled to Thurles on Sunday morning and had some great games. The under 8 were beaten by five tries to four. Paul Moloney got the first score of the day while Ben Murray, Emily Kavanagh and Tommy Murphy also scored. Killian O'Dwyer, Richard Holohan, Jennifer Keating, Luke Grant and Louie Quirke had fine games and were unlucky not to earn a draw.

The under 10 had a good win with some great passing movements. Paul Butler, Eoin Hurley and Joss Murray were always going forward while Russell Casey, Cian O'Connell, Shane Cleere and Colm Grant did some great defensive work.

The under-12s had to give best in their game but nevertheless they kept trying to the end. Jack Devaney, Jonathan Yates and Michael Smith were impressive in attack while William Morgan, Philip Meagher and Cohn Meagher were very solid in defence. This team is improving with every game.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 26th October were: 3, 4, 8 and 21. There was no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each:
Geraldine McCarthy, Kerry Street, Fethard
Abigail Doyle, c/o Stephanie's Hair Salon.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Jessica Moloney, 12 Congress Terrace, Fethard
Mary Newport, Congress Terrace, Fethard
Sonya Cullen, Clonoulty, Cashel.
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000. The weekly draw will now take place on Wednesday mornings at 11am in Fethard Day Care Centre, Barrack Street. All are welcome to come along.

Fethard GAA Club News
Tipperary Senior Footballers had a great victory in New York on Sunday last on a scoreline, Tipp 1-9, New York 0-9. Our three representatives present were Paul Fitzgerald, Aiden Fitzgerald and Cian Maher. Well done! As the club sojourns the 2005 championships have come to an end we wish Ardfinnan the very best in the County Final. Our Lotto Jackpot €3,400 was not won. The numbers drawn in The Castle were 2, 3, 10 and 13. We had one match three winner, Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan), who received €150. The €50 Lucky Dip went to Stephanie Fitzgerald (Monroe).
Our sympathy at this time go to the Leahy Family (Annesgift) on the death of Tess. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday 19th October we had a change of partner for Hallowe’en prizes and the results were:
1st Gross: Nell Broderick and Anna Ryan;
2nd Gross: Bridget Gorey and Joan Kelly;
3rd Gross: Suzanne Opray and Betty Walsh.
1st Nett: Kay St. John and Anne O’Dea;
2nd Nett: Gemma Burke and Margaret Mary McCormack;
3rd Nett: Rita Kane and Mike Burke.
Bridge lessons continue in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street on Monday nights at 7.30pm. Anyone looking for a partner for Wednesday night, please contact Annie O’Brien at 052 31862.

Juvenile GAA Club
Our under-10 hurlers played last Saturday in Fethard and, short a number of players, put up great displays against Ballingarry and Killenaule. Well done to all the boys. On Sunday morning our under-13 football team travelled to Clonmel Óg to play in next year’s Féile. Having not played for a couple of months, the lads looked very rusty but deserve great credit coming from 8 points down to level the game in the final seconds. They were unlucky not to win in added time. Again we were short a number of regular players we still have four more games to play. Please contact the secretary for details of training.

This Thursday, 27th November, we hold a race night in McCarthys Hotel to raise funds for the Juvenile Club. All parents are asked to attend and support our club. All are welcome and it promises to be a great night.

With our year coming to a end we would like to thank all players, parents and team management, for the time they have given us this year. One knows that it is never easy to make these efforts but it is always worth it to see the children play — win, loose or draw. Thanks to all. Training or game will take place for the under-6, 8 and 10s on next Saturday at 3pm. Telephone contact number: 086 1713502.
Congratulations to senior club captain and former juvenile player, Paul Fitzgerald, on been selected to play for the Munster Football team. Truly a great honour for Paul and the Fethard club.

Fethard Players return with ‘Tons of Money’

Now that the dark evenings are closing in, Fethard Players are back in rehearsal for this year’s production, ‘Tons of Money’, a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn adapted from the original by Will Evans and Valentine. In Ayckbourn’s update of this farce, inventor Aubrey Allington is strapped for cash. News of a large legacy brings relief until Aubrey realises that the money will disappear in paying his creditors. Beautiful wife Louise comes up with a stunning plan. Disaster upon hilarious disaster ensues.

Members of this year’s cast are: Jimmy O’Sullivan, Mia Treacy, Gerry Fogarty, Marian Gilpin, Niamh Hayes, Joe Hanley, Liam Ryan, Eoin Powell, Mary O’Connell and Eoin Whyte. The play is produced by Austin O’Flynn and will run in the Abymill Theatre from 13th to 19th November.

Died Recently
The death has occurred of Mrs Tess Leahy (nee Curran), on Saturday 22nd October. Remains left her family home at Annesgift, Fethard, at 6.30pm on Monday 24th October for Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard.

Requiem Mass took place at 11am Mass on Tuesday followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery, Fethard.

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