Fethard News in brief...

‘Stella Days’ premiere on RTE this Wednesday

‘Stella Days’ premiere on RTE this Wednesday

‘Stella Days’ the film, directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan and set in rural Ireland in the 1950s, was mostly shot in Fethard in November 2010 and will premiere on RTE ONE television at 9.35pm on this Wednesday night, April 3. The film features Martin Sheen, Stephen Rea, Marcella Plunkett, Amy Huberman, Tom Hickey, Trystan Gravelle and lots of local faces and places. Well worth watching if you haven’t seen it already.

Social Dancing

Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday night next, April 7, to the music of Peter Burke. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing. Dancing 9pm to midnight and admission is €7.

Fethard Bridge Club

On Wednesday, March 20 we played for Easter prizes and the results were:

1st Gross: Eileen Ryan and Jim Lahert; 2nd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane; 3rd Gross: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke;

1st Nett: Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh; 2nd Nett: Kay Walsh and Rose Lonergan; 3rd Nett: Berney Myles and Annie O’Brien.

On April 10 we start the Club Championship which runs over three nights. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles 6132038.

Fethard ICA

The next meeting of Fethard ICA will be held on Tuesday, April 9, at 8pm in the ICA Hall on Rocklow Road. Guest speaker will be Trish from Trish’s Beauty Salon, Main Street, and hostesses for the evening are the ‘Blue Group’.

Tai Chi classes with Carmel O’Connor begin on Monday, April 8, at 8pm in the ICA Hall.

We held our AGM on March 12, and the officers elected were President, Catherine O’Connell, Hon. Secretary, Margaret Phelan, and Treasurer, Phil Wyatt. We are happy to report that we have quite a few new members joining our guild this year. We are always very pleased to see new faces come along to our meetings.

Fethard & Killusty Anglers

The Fethard & Killusty Anglers club competition due to take place this Sunday, April 7, has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Any information on club membership and rearranged competition date can be had by ringing 087 7477218.

Community Lotto

The numbers drawn on March 27, were: 12, 15, 23 and 32. We had no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Pamela O’Donnell, Grangebeg, Fethard; Trish Fitzgerald (online ticket); Abigail Sheehan, Grangebarry, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Dermot O’Meara, 63 Woodvale Walk, Fethard; Therese Ryan, c/o Maria Murphy; and Margaret Fitzgerald, Monroe, Fethard.

Remember you can purchase your lotto ticket online at fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets and get one free! Check on the website for lots of special offers. Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, April 3 and the Jackpot is €8,350 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €835. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

‘Cash for Clobber’ fundraiser

St. Rita’s Camogie Club and Fethard Ladies Football Club will hold a ‘Cash for Clobber’ spring-clean fundraiser so if you’re spring-cleaning this month keep us in mind for any clothing that you no longer need. We will be collecting outside the GAA field in Fethard on Friday, April 5, between 7pm and 9pm and on Saturday, April 6, between 10am and 1pm. Contact numbers: Mary O’Mahony (St Rita’s Camogie Club) 087 6980351 or Micheál Spillane (Fethard Ladies Football Club) 087 6217055.

We can take adult and children’s clothes, paired shoes and boots, handbags, belts, sheets, curtains, towels and soft toys. Please note we cannot take duvets or pillows, dirty or wet clothing, mats or carpets.

The company we are using is fully licensed and Irish owned. This company supports charities by it works including Friends of Calcutta and we have been assured that the clothes and textiles will be sent to Africa and Asia.

Unlucky Jack

‘Humble in Victory and Gracious in Defeat’ these are the words of the great Mohammad Ali, and can also be used to describe Jack Connolly’s defeat in the All-Ireland semi-final, against Wayne Kelly at the National Stadium in Dublin last Friday evening, March 29. At the end of the second round the scores were 7 points each, and after the third and final round, the score read 10 points to 9. A fantastic performance by Jack, who like everyone else at the Stadium that night thought the fight had gone the Fethard man’s way, but believe it or not, three out of five judges gave the third round to Jack, only to be denied by the computer.

Last year the world governing body of boxing introduced a new scoring system, where the highest and lowest scores are taken away and the computer comes back with an average score for each round. Heartache for Jack who under the old system would have won the fight hands down, but that’s not the way anymore, so it’s onwards and upwards from now. After this very impressive performance Jack will now enter the under 18s category, who have it all to lose against the Tipperary ace.

Maybe we should be very grateful that the software used by the boxing association’s computers is not the same software used to fly aeroplanes, or your next holiday flight might be your last! Many thanks to everyone who sponsored Jack, thank you very much for your support.

Fethard News Deadlines

Items for inclusion on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to news@fethard.com or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.