On 21st June last, this column reported upon the ongoing TV service controversy.
We wish to make it clear that Suir Nore Relays Limited and MMDS Television Limited are the sole holders of licences from the Minister for Communications for the dissemination of TV signals by the MMDS system and by the wired broadcast relay system respectively for most of County Tipperary and most of the town of Clonmel.
On July 7th Suir Nore Relays and MMDS Limited obtained High Court injunctions from Mr. Justice O'Sullivan prohibiting others from continuing to rebroadcast TV signals into areas the subject of their licences. This order becomes effective on 21st July next.
We apologise to Suir Nore Relays Limited and MMDS Limited for any contrary implication in our earlier report.
Recent Fethard visitors were a young man from County Westmeath seeking any relatives of his grandmother, Mai (?) King, born on The Valley. An elderly lady seeking information on her grandfather whose surname was Harding, born and resided at Tullamaine Castle about 120 years ago, and an Australian visitor who came especially to see the house where Archbishop O'Donnell was born. A social in England seeks information on Alice Mackey (father Darby Mackey), born in Fethard, moved to Strabane, and emigrated from there to England in the 1950s.
Day Care Centre
On Friday, 27th June, the Day Care Centre closed for the summer holidays with a party for all. It was one of the most enjoyable events ever to take place in Fethard. The Centre which opened on 4th November, 1996, has enjoyed great success and publicity and if the attendance records are anything to go by it not only shows how much everyone enjoys the facility but the demand in our community for a facility such as this.
Meals and Wheels have been with us since the opening of the Centre and between us we cater for 45 people every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It has been great to have their support and indeed a welcome sight to see two organisations coming together to provide such a wonderful service.
Top credit should go ,to the members of the FAS Employment Scheme at the Tiny Centre and a superb team of volunteers who maintain the Centre, entertain and produce meals of the highest standard. We thank and appreciate you so much for all your hard work and kindness. Without you this success would not be possible.
We were very fortunate this year to have Sr. Christine volunteer her services to act as coordinator. Since her arrival the Centre has had many improvements and has never run as smoothly. We are indebted to Sr. Christine for giving so much of her time to us.
The only sad note during the year was the transfer of Sr. Mary to Kilkenny. Sr. Mary has been with us since the very beginning and words could not describe her dedication and contribution or indeed how much we will all miss her. We wish her every success in her new appointment.
We would also like to thank the gallant Fethard walkers who completed a 52-mile walk from Fethardon-Sea (Co. Wexford) to Fethard recently in aid of the Day Care Centre. This is their second time come to our assistance and without their efforts last year we would not have reached our target to get up and running.
The Day Care Centre will start again on Sunday, 7th September and all who have been attending will receive appointment cards with dates for the coming year over the next few weeks. If you have not attended before and would like to, come along in September. You can also contact Yvonne at the Tiny Centre (052-31000) or get a relative to call in if you can't. We would love to hear from you.
To conclude, we would like to thank all who have helped in any way with the Day Care Centre and to all who supplied us with prizesfor our '' party raffle Race Night: The Fethard Day Care Centre committee will hold a race night in aid of the Day Care Centre on Friday, 3rd October in the Fethard Arms. All proceeds will go towards the running of the Centre and the building fund for the Day Care extension.
Small business start-up
Are you involved in a small business or would you like to set up your own, but you just don't have the premises. We just may have the solution to your problem. If you are interested in renting low-cost units in the Fethard area as part of an enterprise project then why not contact Yvonne at 052 31000 or 052 32037. All matters will be treated in strictest confidence.
Good luck to Kenneth O'Donnell, Monroe, Fethard, who travels to Portugal this weekend to represent Ireland in the under-55kg judo event at the European Youth Olympics. Kenneth, son of Margaret and Pat O'Donnell, is a member of Fethard Judo Club and it is a great honour to be selected to represent his country at this event.
Fethard under16 footballers had a decisive 5-14 to 1-4 win over Killenaule in the final of the South Tipp under-16 football championship played at Cloneen on Saturday night. The championship was played on a one-round league system. Fethard played a total of six games in winning the title. They scored in their six matches a total of 28 goals and 113 points, and conceded just 4-17.
While the scoring average of our senior team may not be as great, their record to date however is equally impressive. The senior team to date have played 13 league and championship games, won 12 and lost just one. They play Clonmel Commercials in the South senior football semifinal at Kilsheelan on this Sunday night. This is a vital make or break game for both teams as defeat here means exit from the 1997 championship.
The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Friday, 11th July of Catherina, daughter of Mr. Noel and Mrs Joan Reddy, Patrick's Place, to Mr. Marty Davy, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.
The annual general meeting of the Abymill Theatre took place on 8th July. The following board members were elected for 1997/'98: Chairman, Michael McCarthy; administrator, Austin O'Flynn; secretary, Marian Gilpin; treasurer, Agnes Evans; P.R.O., Eileen Maher; board members, Carmel Rice, Mary McCormack, Joe Kenny, Jimmy O'Shea, Noelle O'Dwyer, John Cooney and Bernard Walsh.
The death has occurred on Sunday, 6th July, of Mrs. Pearl Burke, Kilmore, formerly Pearl Dowlmg, Watergate Street, Fethard. Interment took place at Powerstown Cemetery.
The death has occurred of Mr. Dick Rice, Crampscastle, formerly Derryluskin. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
Fire charge adjourned
A Fethard man charged with maliciously damaging property belonging to his mother by setting fire to it had his case adjourned to October at Clonmel District Court. Eoin Tynan, Main Street, Fethard, is charged with setting fire to property belonging to Mrs. Maura Tynan, 3. St. Patrick's Place, Fethard, on 2nd May, and with being reckless as to whether property would be damaged or Mrs. Tynan's life endangered. Inspector Tadg Browne asked for time in the case so the Book of Evidence could be produced, and said there was some difficulty with some aspects of the forensic evidence that would be required
Judge Michael Pattwell adjourned the case to 14th October.
Easy win for Fethard
Fethard under-16 footballers had an easy victory over Killenaule in the 'A' final, played at Cloneen on Saturday last. Fethard took full advantage of the wind and led by 2-10 to Killenaule's 0-2 at half-time.
Killenaule's best efforts came at the start of the second-half when for the first ten minutes they kept pressure on the Fethard goal but they failed to score. Fethard controlled the game for the remainder and coasted to victory. Final score: 5-14 to 1-4.
Killenaule: Robert Webster, Martin Shelly, Noel O'Grady, Michael McCarthy, Dainian Lyons, Thomas Grant, Patrick Lawlor, Thomas Fitzgerald, Damian Gleeson, Niall O'Dwyer, Tony Doyle, Pat Kirwan, Joe Caesar, Ed. O'Brien, Declan Ryan. Sub, used: Jimmy Hayes.
Fethard: Tommy Gahan, Michael Ahearne, Kevin O'Donnell, Philip Croke, Alan Phelan, Cian Meagher, Ronan Allen, Joe Keane, Nicky Murphy, Conor McCarthy, Kenneth Byrne, Kenneth O'Donnell, Karl Maher, John Fitzgerald, Brian Coen. Subs used: Paul Hackett, Niall Walsh, 0. Burke.