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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 15th March 1997

Tourism Project
A well-attended working meeting of the Fethard/Killusty Tourism Project took place on Monday March 3rd.
The meeting was in the format of a local information exchange session.
Reports were received from ten local organisations: the Tidy Towns, Friends of Fethard, Girl Guides, Ballroom Committee, ICA, GAA, Abymill, Historical Society, Community Games, Community Council.
Other clubs such as Macra, Badminton, Sports Centre, Fishing Club will be involved and contribute as the occasion rises.
“Did I hear someone say there is nothing in Fethard!”

Fethard Urban Renewal 1998
A copy of the County Council submission to the Urban and Village renewal Scheme, in relation to the upgrading of Fethard in 1998, was circulated to the thirty people who have got involved with the tourist project to date.

Next Meeting
The next working session of the Tourism Project will take place in the Abymill on Tuesday next March 18th. Anyone wishing to become involved are welcome to come along.
Contact Tirry Centre, or speak with Terry Cunningham, The Quay, Clonmel, 052 21300.

Patrician / Presentation Secondary School
The second year students enjoyed three activity-packed days in Kilfinane last week. The weather was kind to them and the hostel facilities excellent.
The annual visit by second year students to Kilfinane has now become traditional. This year’s visit to the outdoors pursuits centre was greatly enjoyed by all.
Sheila O’Donnell, a fifth year student, enjoyed a weekend in London, for which she qualified with Macra na Feirme.
The transition year students travelled to Dublin on Friday last. Their trip included a visit to the Irish national Museum of Art, followed by an energy-sapping two hours at the Silver Skate Ice Rink. This did not deter their enthusiasm and energy for the Gaiety Theatre, where they saw Elvis the Musical.
The audience were encouraged to sway in their seats and dance in the aisle as the musical roller-coasted its way along the nostalgic career of the king himself.

Cody information
The visitors from Clonoulty area researching Patrick Cody, who died on the Clonmel-Thurles train in 1903, left no contact number.
The following information may be of some assistance – “A few coppers and a loaded revolver were the only possessions of the Patrick Cody who died on the train on his way home to Thurles in April 1903. Interment took place in Callen.

Fethard Bridge Club
Results Monday 3rd March – 1st gross Joan Cooney and Betty Walsh, 2nd gross Gemma Burke and Kathleen Kenny, 3rd gross Jovita Delaney and Buddy Roche.
1st nett Antoinette O’Donnell and Francis Burke, 2nd nett Rose Lonergan and Mary Meagher, 3rd nett Margaret O’Rourke and Brendan Kenny.
Wednesday 5th March – 1st gross Dick Gorey and Betty Walsh, 2nd gross Margaret Hackett and Bernie Myles.
1st nett Brendan Kenny and buddy Roche, 2nd nett Annie O’Brien and Gemma Burke.
Club contact if looking for a partner, Annie O’Brien 025 31862

Medieval town
John Bradley MA, Dublin, has described Fethard as “the most important small medieval town in Ireland.”
“Fethard, a Guide to the Medieval Town,” by Dr. Tadgh O’Keefe, will be launched in the Abymill on this Friday night, March 14th at 8pm.
The guide is based on discoveries made by Dr. O’Keefe during his archaelogican and historical survey of Fethard, carried out on behalf of the National Heritage Council of Ireland, between winter 1993 and spring 1994.
The evening will commence with a cheese and wine reception at 7.45pm

New phone
The feedback on the new phones installed on Main Street is not so good. The violent stormy weather of recent weeks showed the furtility of trying to make a phone call while standing on the open street.
The new phones in a shopping mall, railway station or airport would probably be a thing of beauty. They are not, however, as far as local callers are concerned, a joy forever. People paying for a service deserve better.

GAA
The Fethard under-21 footballers were beaten 0-6 to 0-4 by Ardfinnan, in the first round of the South Tipperary championship on Sunday last.
Saturday March 15th is juvenile registration day. All juveniles who wish to be considered for selection in this year’s juvenile competitions must register.
Registration takes place at the Tirry Centre, fee £2.

Hunting
The White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday March 16th at Ballyluskey and at Drangan on March 17th at 11am, to finish the season.
The Harrier Club wish to thank sincerely all land-owners over whose land they have hunted during the past season.

Dumped carcasses storm
The dumping of dead sheep and calves at the entrance to the Tipperary Hunt Kennels near Fethard last week, has prompted the county vet to appeal to farmers to use the Animal Collection Service to dispose of carcasses.
According to Mr Pat Power, the six sheep and two calves were dumped at Tullamaine, Fethard, after their owner read a sign outside the kennels stating that they no longer took in animal carcasses because of the new Department of Agriculture ruling on specified Risk Materials.
The new Order requires that certain types of animal offal such as the spinal cord, skull and eyes, can only be removed from carcasses at a licensed premises and must be rendered separately at a dedicated rendering plant approved by the Minister for Agriculture.
This rendering plant, Money By-Products, is located in Co. Cavan and farmers are incensed at the costs involved in transporting the offal to the factory.
“We receive complaints about the dumping of a dead cow about once a month, but because of the new Order, we expect that there will be no more dumping now,” said Mr Power.
The council received a number of complaints from local people in Fethard around Tuesday of last week about the dumping of animals around Tullamaine, Fethard. The complaints were investigated by Pat Power and Leonard Russell, senior executive engineer in the council’s environment section.
Mr Power said the dead sheep and calves were dumped at the gateway to the Kennels and could be seen from the road. They weren’t able to identify who owned the animals because they weren’t wearing any tags.
The county vet said they also investigated a report about animals being dumped near the reservoir in Cahir, but they were now satisfied that the report was unfounded. The water at the reservoir would be available today (Thursday).
Mr Power warned that anyone caught dumping carcasses would be prosecuted under the Control of Dags Act and the Public Health (Ireland) Act of 1898.
He urged farmers to use the Animal Collection Service to dispose of the dead animals.
“The normal collection service is still available. “Why not avail of it,” he said.
The County Council used the service to remove the dumped animals from the entrance to the Tipperary Hunt Kennels last week.

Drove Erratically
A Fethard motorcyclist who was found driving erratically on a road near Cahir, was convicted of drink driving at Cahir District Court.
John Fleming of Coolmore, Fethard, who pleaded not guilty to drink driving at Knockagh, Cahir, on 16th November last year was fined £400, disqualified from driving for two years and received a license endorsement.
Garda Pascal O’Dwyer told the court he was on patrol duty at 4.15 as on the date in question when he observed a motorbike being driven in a erratic manner.
When he stopped the bike, he got a strong smell of liquor off the defendant. A breathalyser test proved positive, so Fleming was arrested and taken to Cahir Garda Station where he supplied a urine sample.



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