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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 18th January 1997

New phones
Two new public phones, one card and one coin, have been installed at Main Street.
Public by name and public by nature is certainly sure of the new installations.
Basically one on either side of a pole, while looking fine, is not very practical. Callers, if the two phones are being used at the same time may not be sure if they are speaking to the person on the other end of the line or at the other side of the pole.
The noise of the passing traffic, from which the kiosk offered some insulation, will also present a problem. The new phones may, however, prevent evening callers, especially in inclement weather from hogging the phone for fifteen or twenty minutes, or trivial local calls.
We will see what the feedback is after a trial period.

Grease
Transition year students of Patrician/Presentation Secondary present the rock 'n roll musical in the Abymill at 3pm on Sunday January 19th, and the following three nights, January 21st, 22nd and 23rd, at 8.15.

Irish weather
The stream which runs beside the Redcity Road and Jesuits Walk, eactly this time last year, made both these roads impassible for days due to severe flooding.
The adjoining sandpit and fields looked like the Lakes of Killarney.
The stream, known locally as '
The Forage', has now dried up in January for the first time in living memory.

Historical Society
The Fethard Historical Society hold their annual Book Fair in the ballroom on Sunday February 9th, from 2pm to 6pm.
Ireland's leading book dealers will attend and have stands, as well as the Historical Society.
Anyone who would like to donate books to the Society's stand should contact Terry Cunningham on 052 23402, or Doreen Saurus on 31936.

Newsletter
The publishing committee of the Parish Newsletter wish to thank sincerely all who subscribed to their church gate collection. A sum of £622 was realised.

Fethard Bridge Club
Results Wednesday January 8th - 1st gross Dick Gorey and Betty Walsh, 2nd gross Annie O'Brien and Kathleen Kenny.lot nett Brendan Kenny
and Rosemarie Lalor, 2nd nett Rita Kane and Gemma Burke.
This week the club was saddened to lose one of its founder and longest standing members, Kitty Hayes. The club extends its sincere sympathy to her family.
Club contact number if looking for partner, Annie O'Brien, 052 31862.

GAA
A presentation night for juvenile players and the minor team will take place in the ballroom on Saturday at 8.30pm. This event should be regarded as a family night for all members of the community and all are welcome.
All juveniles who won competitions during the season will receive their medals on the night and this includes those involved in the local Danagher Cup competition and the under11 ground hurling tournament, so be sure to be there to get your award.
The juvenile club would like to thank most sincerely all those who supported their Christmas draw and especially the promoters who worked so hard selling the tickets. A special word of thanks to the sponsors and congrats to the winners.
The annual church gate collection for the juvenile club will take place on weekend of January 25th and 26th. Your support would be very much appreciated.
Our annual general meeting will take place on 8th February at 8.30pm, in the Tirry Community Centre. We look forward to a large attendance and meanwhile wish all a happy prosperous successful 1997.
The senior club will also make a presentation to the Player of the Past. A cheese and wine reception and other refreshments will follow the presentation and a disco will take place until midnight.

Death
The death occurred on December 27th of Mr Eamonn Butler, Kilsheelan, formerly of Garrinch, Fethard
Inteirnent was made at Gambonsfield Cemetery.

Old creamery
historian would be most interested to hear from anyone in the area who may have any information on the Drangan branch of Coffey's Creamery of Fethard.
The creamery was in operation circe 1903/4 and of particular interest would be information regarding when it was founded and when was it taken over by Drangan Co-Op.

Charity walk
Champion jockey Walter Swinburn did a detour from his charity walk from Cork to Dublin to visit McCarthy's Hotel on Wednesday night of last week.
Walter and his helpers, having heard of this internationally known racing pub, decidded a visit was a must.
They were overwhelmed by the huge crowd that turned up, considering that the visit was not confirmed until 4 o'clock that afternoon.
They were most impressed by the hearty Céad Mile Fáilte and friendliness of the regulars and also by the generous response to their appeal.

Weddings
The wedding took place in Fethard Parish Church on December 28th of Ms Liz Newport, Fethard, to Mr Bill Kennedy, Air Hill, Clonmel.
The wedding took place in Drangan Parish Church on December 27th of Ms Ann Gleesen, Drangan, to Mr Miceál Broderick, Kilnockin Road, Fethard.

Death
The death has occurred in New York of Mr John Lee, formerly of Loughcopple, Fethard.
The death has occurred on January 11th of Mrs Kathleen Hayes, Burke Street. Interment was made at Calvary Cemetery.

Fethard GAA Club Officers

The following are the members of Fethard GAA Club for 1997:
President: Very Rev. Canon Power PP; Chairman: Sean Moloney; Secretary and PRO: Miceal McCormack; Treasurer: Nicky O'Shea; Vice-chairmen: Dick Fitzgerald and Billy Morrissey; Irish officer Danny Kane; Development officer: Timmy O'Riordan; Insurance officer: Denis Hannon; School liaison officer: Denis Burke.
Club secretary Miceál McCormack contests the office of vice-chairman at the South Board GAA convention.

Weddings
The wedding took place in Drangan Parish Church on 27th December of Micheál Broderick, Kilnockin Road, to Ms Ann Gleeson, Drangan.
The wedding took place in Fethard Parish Church on 28th December of Liz Newport, The Green, to Mr Bill Kennedy, Clonmel.

Fethard model
Tipperary's answer to Naomi Campbell is one of the many well-deserved tributes being paid to Fethard's Kerry Ryan.
Daughter of Joe and Patricia Ryan, St. Patrick's Place, 16-year-old Kerry is featured in a full-page advertisement in the Christmas edition of the RTE Guide modelling a ribbed) longline knitted cardigan creation by Clonmel fashion designer James Ryan and available at a Dublin store.
Kerry, who has done a few smaller modelling assignments previously, is being showered with compliments and congratulations at her place of employment in a Clonmel Superstore. She hopes to take up modelling as a full-time career at some future date.
We wish one of Fethard's most likeable teenagers every success in her future career.

GAA
The recent death of our postman, Eamonn Butler, came as a shock to all in the club. Eamonn was a sterling corner back with his native. Fethard. He played for Kilsheelan for a brief period in the sixties and was also club secretary. In later years he took a keen interest in the fortunes of both clubs, while the performances of the county teams was always subjected to in-depth analysis.
Eamonn's popularity was best exemplified by the large numbers who came from Kilsheelan and Fethard, and further afield, to attend his funeral. Committee member Nicky Coughlan's mother also passed away recently. We extend our sympathy to both families.
A number of our players took part in under-21 and minor football trials recently. Let's hope at least one of them makes the grade in the coming championships.

Eamon Butler - A tribute
The sharp winter frost covered the slopes of Slievenamon as I drove into Kilsheelan on Monday morning, 30th December. The sun was peeping through and whispered welcome. But my thoughts were nearer to home for they dwelt on Eamon Butler, having spent a good part of my youth with him preparing and playing hurling and football in a field at the foot of Market Hill, Fethard. All Christmas joy was turned to sorrow on hearing of his sudden death.
After leaving the Patrician Brothers School, Eamon served his time as a telegram boy in Fethard. He went to Cork City as a postman in 1951 and remained there for five years. He played football with St. Michael's and hurling with Blackrock. He, won a Cork County football championship with St. Michael's and playing
with him on that team were Cork's outstanding goalkeeper, the late Mick Cashman, father of Tom and Jim, Jimmy Brohan, Paddy Filpot and Tommy Furlong.
Eamon was appointed postman in Kilsheelan in 1956. He met and married Frances Roche and they set up home in Kilsheelan. Never confined to one job, Eamon served the people of the parish on lots of different committees and was the current chairman of the Tidy Towns committee. You would only have to ask any committee member about his drive and then you would understand why Kilsheelan is such a beautiful village.
But Eamon never lost his Fethard roots. I was ever present when Fethard played in Kilsheelan. He wore the blue jersey with pride, talking to goalkeepers who played with him and remembering that a forward never came in easily when he was in front of you. I recall playing a junior hurling game against Carrick in Kilsheelan. Eamon and Denis Burke were two
outstanding backs. Driving the ball into the village goal it was going back up equally as quick until Eamon arrived from the back line and with him a few wellchosen words. He transformed us, as only he could, and we went on to defeat Carrick. Eamon won a South senior football championship with Fethard in 1969.
The eldest of seven boys and three girls, he was in Fethard every Sunday to visit his eightythree yearold mother. Always a great man at a party, he would liven things up with his beautiful voice. When we laid him to rest in Gambonsfield, Kilsheelan had lost a faithful postman and Fethard another great son. God gave us memories that we might have roses in December. God rest you Eamon Butler.


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