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Saturday 23 February 2019

Fowl and fun at Fethard game banquet evening

Claire Brennan, Gráinne Chapman, Barbara McIntyre, Aoife Stafford and Clara Bracken
Claire Brennan, Gráinne Chapman, Barbara McIntyre, Aoife Stafford and Clara Bracken

David Looby

The January blues around Fethard-on-Sea were definitely banished for the 100 people who attended a wild game banquet to raise funds towards the cost of a recently commissioned study which looked at ways to improve facilities and enhance the experience of visitors to Tintern.

The event, organised by the Tintern Trails Development Committee, was hosted by David and Siobhan Neville in Neville's Pub and Restaurant, Fethard-on-Sea and was a great success due to the collaboration and the support of the people who purchased the tickets for the event and the people who helped source the fabulous variety of wild game on the menu.

The food was prepared by chef Tommy Murphy and it did not disappoint. Diners were treated to hot and cold starters including lobster bisque, scallops, mussels, smoked salmon, duck liver pate and oysters. This was followed by a main course that included venison pie, roast duck and pheasant and a wild game casserole.

Speaking at the end of the evening the chairperson of the Tintern Trails Development Committee, Pat Caulfield, thanked everyone involved in making the event such as success. In particular he thanked David and Siobhan and their staff for hosting the evening and Tommy Murphy for preparing a wonderfully enjoyable meal. Special thanks also went to Tom Fiske, manager of the North Slob, Burke Corbett and to the Fethard-on-Sea Game Protection Association for their support in sourcing the wild game.

Kate of Brien of the Tintern Trails committee said: 'Events such as the wild game banquet and vital in the ongoing fundraising efforts of the Tintern Trails Development Committee. The study highlighted Tintern's importance as a site of historical, cultural and recreational significance.

'What was also highlighted was the need to improve facilities for visitors in particular through the provision of toilets and additional car parking spaces. Over the coming five years the Trails Development Committee will work to deliver the recommendations outlined in the study.'

Alongside these new developments the committee will continue with the work of monitoring and maintaining the walking trails around Tintern.

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