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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 18th March 1997

Parents’ Association
Will hold a table quiz in Pat O’Shea's Lounge on Monday 10th March, at 9.30pm. Tables of three will cost £10. We would like to thank all who supported our Christmas Raffle. Hope to see you at the quiz.

Fethard Bridge Club
Results Monday February 24th - 1st gross Nell Broderick and Antoinette O’Donnell, 2nd gross Margaret O’Rourke and Margaret Hackett.
1st nett Maureen Maher and Rosemary Lalor, 2nd nett Buddy Roche and Jovita Delaney
Results Wednesday February 26th (prises sponsored by Clonmel Oil) – 1st gross Dick Gorey and Betty Walsh, 2nd gross Francis Burke and Breda Walsh, 3rd gross Bernie Myles and Margaret Hackett.
1st nett Maura Mullins and Kathleen O’Connell, 2nd nett Eve Goodbody and Suzanne Oprey, 3rd nett Tony Hanrahan and Mary Quirke.

Racing
The recent death of Verly Bewicke, the successful Northumbrian trainer, recalls the career of a very famous locally bred racehorse.
Mr Bewiche, who was the trainer of a string of high-class chasers, never made a secret of the fact that the best, by far, was the great mare Kerstin.
Bred by the late Con Burke, Kilmore, Kerstin won the National Hunt Handicap Chase in 1956 and the Christmas Cracker Chase at Aintree. In 1957, favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, she finished second, but won in 1958. She won the Hennessey Gold Cup in 1959.
Incidentally, when finishing second in the Gold Cup in ’57, she was beaten by another Fethard-bred horse, Linwell, bred by the late Jimmy Delaney, Redcity.
Here’s hoping One Man carries on the marvellous Fethard tradition in this years Blue Riband of chasing.

Wrong Name
The Gremlins who bedevil every scribe now and again were working overtime last week. We got our Gardai mixed. The report should, of course, have read Garda Pat Fallon.
Sincere apologies to all concerned.

School Draw
The monthly draw in aid of the Fethard Secondary School, takes place in the Abymill on this Thursday night March 6th.
The organising committee wish to thank all who support the draw. Still time to join this month’s promotion, if you are not in you can’t win.

Runner
Fethard was a hive of activity in the early hours of last Friday morning when ultra distance runner Raymond McConnell passed through at 6am.
Raymond, doing a charity 150 miles run from Dublin to Dungarvan, his native town, was met at the Tipperary-Kilkenny border by members of Ballynonty AC. The Ballynonty athletes ran with him to Killenaule where the Fethard runners joined. Bernard Feery, Neily Hall and Micheal Sean McCormack ran in relay with Mr McConnell to Clonmel.
Fair dues and well done to the Fethard boys and especially to Micheal McCormack who organised the Fethard effort at eight hours notice.
Micheal, who ran a relay from Lisronagh to the Halfway House, handed over to Brenda of the Jerry Ryan Show and her helpers at the Tipperary/Waterford border at the Old Bridge, Clonmel.

Killusty Pony Show
A meeting was held in the Abymill on Tuesday last to make arrangements for the 35th running of the Killusty Pony Show.
Rated one of the four best pony shows in the country, a new generation of helpers in sought to build on the foundation and success of the previous 34 years.

Historical Society
Fethard Historical Society invite all to the launch of Dr. Tadgh O’Keeffe’s booklet Fethard, Co. Tipperary, a Guide to the Medieval Town, in the Abymill, on Friday March 14th, at 9pm.
Dr. O’Keeffe will give a talk illustrated with slides on his findings during his full archaeological survey of Fethard.

Late Mrs Imelda O’Dea
The death has occurred in England of Mrs Imelda O’Dea, formally Imelda Walsh, Ardsallagh.
The late Imelda O’Dea was a member of the Coolmoyne camogie team, winners of the Co. Tipperary senior camogie championship of 1932.

Information sought
Members of the Coady family, Chicago, are seeking information on a Patrick Coady, who died on the Thurles-Clonmel train in April 1903.
Records of the inquest, held in Clonmel, show the name of Coroner Cummins and his address Brookhill, and the name and address of the registrar, Michael Bowe, Fethard.
The address of Patrick Coady, who may have been from the Fethard area, is not recorded.

Hunting
The White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday next March 9th, at Carraigbawn, Cloneen Road, at 11am,

GAA
Joe Keane and John Paul Looby of the Fethard club have been selected on the Tipperary county minor football panel.

Jailed after savage attack at chip shop
The case of a man who was dragged out of a chip shop by his hair and kicked in the ribs and head before he managed to run away, was described as “savagery” at Clonmel District Court last week.
Judge Michael Pattwell sentenced a Fethard man and Clonmel man to two months each for the assault on John Mullaly at The Lantern Restaurant, Main Street, Fethard on August 11 last year.
They were Anthony O’Meara (22), 7 Jordan Place, Clonmel and Mark Shine (18) of 7 Congress Terrace, Fethard who both pleaded guilty to the offence.
The judge said in this day and age someone should be able to go into a restaurant or fast food place and feel that he shouldn’t be in any kind of risk.
“It’s absolutely and totally unacceptable to me and unacceptable to society at large,” he declared. “The assault was such that he had to run away. That is the kind of savagery we should be getting away from.”
Superintendent Dick Burke said the incident occurred at 12.15am on the night in question while John Mullaly was sitting in a Fethard chip shop with three other people.
Anthony O’Meara passed by and said something to him about a solicitor’s letter. O’Meara went out and came back with Mark Shine who spoke to Mullaly. Shine put his hand on a girl’s shoulder and jumped over her. O’Meara pulled her away and then turned over a table and hit Mr. Mullaly. Shine also hit him. Both defendants then pulled the injured party out the door by the hair and kicked him in the ribs, neck and nose.
Mr. Mullaly got up and ran away. He was followed but they didn’t manage to catch him.
Superintendent Burke said the injured party was taken to casualty and kept there overnight for observation.
John Mullaly told the court he was kept in hospital overnight because his head had been kicked. He still suffered from dizziness now and again.
Peter Reilly, solicitor said there was a good deal of drink involved as all parties had been out for the night. The incident wasn’t premeditated. It just happened that Anthony O’Meara went into the chip shop to go to the toilet on the night in question.
The solicitor outlined that words were exchanged between O’Meara, Mr Mullaly and his friends in the chip shop. When O’Meara went back outside, some of the people with Mullaly came out onto the street and a good deal of words were exchanged. It was then that his clients assaulted Mullaly.
“It was a most regrettable incident which shouldn’t have happened. There appears to have been no good reason for it,” continued Mr Reilly.
He asked the Judge to give his clients the opportunity to demonstrate that they wouldn’t be in trouble again. Both worked with a construction company.
Judge Pattwell sentenced Shine two months detention in St. Patrick’s Institution and sentenced O’Meara to two months imprisonment. Recognisance in the event of appeal was fixed at £250 with a surety of £100.
Mr Reilly asked the Judge to consider adjourning the matter for the production of a Court Welfare Officer’s report. It seemed a shame that their careers should be blighted in such a way, he said.
Judge Pattwell replied that the offences were too serious. “Just because they were never in trouble before, doesn’t mean that they should come out of here with a slap on the wrist,” he said.

Hopelessly devoted to ‘Grease
The recent success of the transition year of Patrician Presentation secondary school, Fethard, with their production of Grease, was due in no small measure to the enthusiasm and dedication of over forty 16-year-olds. The 25th anniversary of the Broadway production of this show was indeed an opportune moment to send Abymill Theatre, Fethard, rocking to the sound of such well-known and loved numbers like ‘Summer Lovin’; ‘You’re The One That I Want’; ‘Sandy’ and ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’, to mention but a few of this great score.
The principals, in well-cast roles, certainly did justice to a demanding run of five performances – Danny Zuko played by John Phelan; Sandy by Elaine Fogarty; Rizzo (Niamh Sheehan); Kinickie (Michael Smith); Sonny (Cian Maher); Roger (M.J. Croke); Jan (Breda Burke) lining up for the “T Birds” and the “Pink Ladies”.
The show was produced by Marian Gilpin, no stranger to either side of the footlights, and the very innovative set was designed by Pat Looby, with lighting design by Nick Anton.
The demanding choreography was under the enthusiastic eye of Fiona Ryan, a fifth year student, and the highly complementary orchestra of Nell McCarthy; Fergal Carroll, Bob Hall and Paul Lyttleton.
The entire team, including back-stage crew and front of the house worked well to make this a veritably memorable time, when Fethard, for a few brief nights, became ‘hopelessly devoted to Grease,’



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