In the 34 years of its existence, Killusty Pony Show has been supported with great, enthusiasm by sponsors and helpers alike.
Add to that the many pony people who look on Killusty and its prizes as the only ones that count and you have a very successful show.
As plans are being made for the 35th running of the Killusty Show, which is now one of the best four in the country, a new generation of helpers is sought to continue to build on the foundation of the previous 34 years.
Anyone who would like to join in the effort to bring all the joys of Killusty, the scenery, the atmosphere, the welcome and the very best in ponies and judges to the public, would be very welcome at a Killusty Show meeting on Tuesday March 4th, at 830pm sharp. Please 'contact Betsy O'Connor, hon. sec., 052 31130, for venue.
Fethard Bridge Club
Results Monday 17th February - 1st gross Sean and Ann O'Dea, 2nd gross Rose Holohan and Norah Ahearne.
1st nett Mick Burke and Donas Jean Russell, 2nd nett Jovita Delaney and Antoinette O'Donnell.
Wednesday February 19th - 1st gross Bernie Myles and Margaret Hackett, 2nd gross Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn.
1st nett Mick Burke and Neilie Hall, 2nd nett Suzanne Oprey and Eve Goodbody.
Dr. Bernadette McCarthy, opthalmic physician, Cahir, will be guest speaker, with the aid of slides, in the Tirry Centre, at 2.3Opm, on Sunday 2nd March.
The seminar on caring for your eyes, and the problems that occur, and how to cope with them now and in later life, will be hosted by Fethard Branch of the Irish Red Cross Society.
A qnestion and answer session will ensue after the lecture. All are invited to attend. Admission £2 and light refreshments will be served.
The next meeting of the Fethard / Killusty tourism project will be held in the Tirry Centre on Monday March 3rd, at 7.3Opm. The meeting will finish at 9 o'clock.
This will be a local information exchange meeting. All local interested organisations are being requested to give a brief statement as to how they may be able to be involved with the promotion of tourism in the parish.
Clubs and organisations who own or control buildings, open spaces, sports facilities, etc., are particularly important.
The local information exchange session will be facilitated by Mr Terry Cunningham, Teagasc rural enterprise advisor. Mr Cunningham may be contacted at the Teagasc office, The Quay, Clonmel, or 052 21300, during office hours.
All are most welcome to attend the meeting. Details on training in rural tourism can be obtained by contacting the Teagasc office.
Fethard footballers got the 1997 season off to a winning start under new manager Waltie Moloney.
The under-21 team beat Ballyporeen in a challenge game on Saturday last.
Club secretary Miceál McCormack wishes to advise intending members that annual subscriptions for club membership are now due.
The Grey Monk, recently hitting the high spots on the English National Hunt scene, and winner at Haydock on Saturday, was bred by Mr Jimmy Doran, Ballinard.
Fethard / Macroom wedding
The wedding took place at St. Lactin's Church, Kilnamartyra, Macroom, on Saturday February 22nd, of Dermot, son of Mr Danny and Mrs Rita Kane, Kerry Street, to Ms Mary Cronin, Macroom.
Many happy years in retirement to Paddy Croke, St. Patrick's Place, who this week retires from Dawn Fresh Foods processing plant, Kilnockin Road.
Congrats to Gárda Pat son of Mrs Mary and the late Gárda Michael Fallon, Main Street, who has recently been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Pat, a former Irish lOOm champion and international athlete, is attached to Tipperary town Gárda Station.
The White Heather Harriers meet this Sunday March 2nd, at Lismolin, at 11am.
A man killed in a motorcycle accident last December was wearing a helmet that offered "little or no protection" because the inner padding had been removed, an inquest into the man's death was told last week.
42 year-old Joseph Thompson of The Valley, Fethard, had been driving from Moyglass to Fethard when the accident occurred at Rathcoole on December 1st last.
In a statement to the inquest held in Clonmel Courthouse, John Sheehan said that he had met the late Mr Thompson earlier that evening and offered him a lift, but he declined.
In a statement read to the inquest by Garda Inspector Tadg Browne, John Mc. Andrew said that he saw the deceased lying on the roadway between 9.30 and 945pm that night.
He stopped an oncoming car for assistance.
Garda Inspector Tadg Browne said the deceased was wearing a helmet that, for some reason, had its inner padding removed, and because of that is offered little or no protection.
Only the motorcyclist was involved in the accident.
The coroner, Paul Morris, solicitor, said it was extremely unwise for motorcyclists to travel without a proper helmet, because its effectiveness as a protective measure was reduced.
He said that the removal of the lining from the helmet may have had some element of contribution.
Condolences were extended to the family of the deceased, who was a married farm labourer.
The jury returned a verdict that death was due to a fractured skull received in the accident.
Tragic death of student
The tragic death, in a car accident, a number of months back, of Raymond O'Donovan, Grove Road, Fethard, was met with both profound shock and sorrow not only by his heartbroken family, but by all his relatives and friends alike.
Aged 17 years, he was a quiet, shy and loveable young man and indeed his character could be summed up by the adage: "The smile on his face was the light in the window that told people he was at home." And Raymond always was, not alone for his own family, but also for his own friends, of which he had many.
A transition student at Scoil Ruain, Killenaule, the large attendance of teachers and pupils from the school at the removal of his remains to the Holy Trinity Church, Fethard, and his interment the following day, was proof testament to his popularity.
Although at school, he assisted his father John in the family business whenever he had time to spare and was, in fact, about to start a full-time apprenticeship in panel beating and spraying work, at which he had a promising future.
Raymond had anumber of hobbies and one of those involved him in a charity mara-cycle Dublin / Belfast / Dublin. Coming from an old and solid Fethard family, this kind of charity would be in his character. As an owner of two motorcycles, he had an abiding interest in this kind of sport and, indeed, one of his most cherished possessions was the autograph of his greatest idol, the rider Joey Dunlop, whom he met while attending the Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod.
To his father John, his mother Dympna, his brother Adrian and sister Maura, deepest and heartfelt sympathy is extended.
Our beloved mailman A tribute
Much sadness fell over the Kilsheelan area at the end of December with the sudden and untimely death of the late Eamon Butler.
I can truly say that Eamon was not only the mailman but he was everyone's friend on that route he travelled for so long. He started that mail route in the late 1950s. In the bad as well as the good weather he was always there.
It wasn't an easy job then on the bicycle. After covering the Kilsheelan territory with his deliveries, he hit across the bridge and on along the Glen Road to face the first of three bad hills known as "The Jenny Height," not much further on was Scartlea Hill and a few miles further on Curraghkiely, not forgetting all the side trips he had to cover along the way.
He brought a ray of sunshine into many a home with a letter or parcel from abroad. He went above and beyond the call of duty. If some person needed help filling out a necessary form regarding the old age pension or whatever it might be that one needed, help from Eamon was always there.
Before the telephone was a common thing Eamon would pass alt-)w th-e news
of a death in the locality, or on the lighter side he would bring a message (no postage needed) to a rciative or friend aloiw the way. It might be to tell someone that Mrs. So-&-So had a hatching hen if they were looking for one.
Speaking for our own family and I know I can speak for the neighbours also, he was more like a family member than the mailman. He saw many changes over those 40 years as he travelled that road. He saw the children grow up and get married as well as attending many of their weddings and then he saw the next generation come along. However, the only change saw in him was the colour of his hair. He was still the happy smiling Eamon we all knew and loved.
Although I've been gone for many years, my trips home would not have been com 'te without meeting Eamon wi "as usually somewhere along his route. That great welcome was always there. He was as happy to see you as if you were one of his own family. "Eamon you will be missed."
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm.
Mary (Landers) O'Connor.