Fethard and Killusty Scouts We would like to thank all those who generously supported our recent church gate collection.
Cub meetings resume on Monday next September 29th, at 7pm, in the town hall. There are a few vacancies for new members between the ages of 8 and 10, so come along on the night.
Congrats to the Scouts who recently received their Junior Cert. results.
Best of luck to former assistant scout leader Tina Phelan who is getting married to John Clarke, ARC Ventures, on Saturday.
Fethard Bridge Club
Wednesday 17th September - 1st gross Margaret Hackett and Bernie Myles, 2nd Betty Walsh and Bridget Gorey.
1st nett Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn, 2nd Nellie Hall and Mick Burke.
Don't forget beginners' classes starting on Monday 6th October, from 8pm to 10pm, in the Tirry Centre, fee £3 per night.
For further information, ring Annie O'Brien at 052 31862.
To mark the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of Rev. Father Michael Twoomey OSA, a special concelebrated Mass took place at Fethard Abbey Church, at the 1130am Mass, on Sunday last.
Co-celebrants with Father Toomey were Right Rev. Monsignor Lee, Cashel; Father O'Brien, Prior, Fethard Abbey; Father Haughey OSA; Father Meacher OSA; Father Hourihane OSA.
Special guest of honour with Father Twoomey's relations was recently-retired Fethard Abbey sacristan Mrs Jo O'Connor.
Best wishes and good luck to Michael and Marie Allen who have leased the victualling business formerly run by Charlie Boland at Green Street.
Michael and Marie opened for business on Friday 19th.
The death has occurred recently of Miss Di Turner. The late Miss Turner, a native of England, was an accomplished horsewoman.
She will be remembered by many Fethard people as secretary to the Tipperary Hunt during Captain Williams' period as master. Interment took place in Templemore.
Annual general meeting
The agm of the Parents' Association for both the boys and girls primary schools will take place on this Thursday September 25th, in the Nano Nagle Girls' School, at 8pm.
Parents of children attending these schools are asked to make a special effort to attend.
Fethard Ballroom hosts the 1997 Sliabh na mBan waltzing competitions and awards on this Saturday September 27th, at 9 o'clock. Music by Michael English and his band. Full details from 052 31516.
Congrats to the Junior Cert students on their excellent results achieved in this year's exam. There was certainly no shortage of As. Well done to both teachers and pupils. To mark the occasion, the group, who are in Transition Year, visited the cinema together.
Last week the first of the outings in Transition Year took place to Bru Boru, Cashel. Surely a positive omen for Idearsals for their annual show which commence this week and will go on stage in midDecember.
The Siul Mor, the fund-raising project organised by the Friends of Tipperary Football reached Fethard at 230pm on Saturday. A large crowd turned out to meet the walkers at Kerry Street Cross, led by the Moycarkey Pipe Band, followed by a colour party.
The Fethard GAA committee and the organisers of the walk wish to thank sincerely the people of Fethard for their generous support of the project.
Outstanding displays by full-forward Tommy Sheehan and goalkeeper Paul Fitzgerald were probably the deciding factor in Fethard's county senior football final win over Aherlow at New Inn on Sunday last.
Tommy Fethard's man of the match award winner, notched the important scores at vital stages of the game to keep Fethard hanging in there.
Paul, whose reading of the game, timely advancing and safe handling were impeccable throughout, surely saw Fethard through. Suffice to say that with a keeper of lesser calibre, Fethard would have lost.
Aherlow, perhaps, contributed to their own defeat. The furious pace they dictated throughout dictated against them in the last quarter.
Fethard in this period, down to fourteen men following the rather harsh dismissal of Stephen O'Donnell for a second bookable offence, were able to get through for the two vital goals that proved the downfall of the Aherlow boys. The Glen men can look back on the game with pride.
Full report on sports pages.
An article in the programme for last Sunday's county football final "Can You Beat That" relates the record of allIreland final attendances of Tony Casey, secretary of GAA Lar na Pairce visitors' centre, in Thurles.
The article says he has attended every all-Ireland hurling and football final since 1956. Tony, you only started yesterday!
Dick Fitzgerald, former secretary of Fethard GAA. has attended every hurling final since 1947 and every football final since 1948. He could not quite make the 1947 football final as it was played in New York. Any takers on that one?
Incidentally, Dick says this year's final between Tipperary and Clare was the best he has seen.
COUNTY S.F.C. FINAL...
FETHARD'S CROWN BUT AHERLOW PUSH THEM ALL THE WAY
FETHARD 3-8 AHERLOW 1-9
AS LONG as their illustrious history is, Fethard will find it hard to remember such a hard fought for county football final as they overcame courageous newcomers Aherlow in a thrilling county final on Sunday in New Inn.
Aherlow, playing their first ever senior final, were enjoying second half ascendancy when a breakway goal nine minutes from the final whistle from veteran campaigner Michael 'Buddy' Fitzgerald rescued the favourites.
Fitzgerald's goal put Fethard two points ahead and inflicted a severe blow to a rampant Aherlow side whose supporters sensed an historic victory.
It brought to an end Aherlow's brave challenge as Fethard, reduced to 14 men a minute later with the dismissal of Stefan O'Donnell, finished the stronger with a spectacular point from man of the match Tommy Sheehan and an opportunist goal from midfielder Michael Spillane.
While the five point winning margin was probably a bit unfair on Aherlow, Fethard deserved to take the honours, their first county senior football title since 1993.
Aherlow deserved great credit for taking the game to Fethard in the second half They had squandered a number of chances playing with the wind in the first half and made up for that in the second half with an inspired display.
Aherlow's presence certainly swelled the crowd for the county's football show
piece. Their supporters brought plenty of colour and atmosphere to the spectacle.
They sensed victory after eight minutes of the second half. Aherlow were outplaying Fethard and were rewarded with a breathtaking goal from Cathal O'Shea after a marvellous move from one end of the field to the other.
It brought Aherlow level with Fethard to set up a pulsating climax. Aherlow continued to press on and the same player edged them a point ahead five minutes later only for Martin Coen to score an instant reply for Fethard.
Aherlow were applying all the pressure at this stage. They moved the ball out of defence very quickly and centre forward Conor O'Shea played a pivitol role in exerting pressure on Fethard.
Aherlow full forward Mark O'Shea put Aherlow ahead again with a point after twenty minutes from a free.
Against the run of play Fethard launched an attack and Aherlow's dream was shattered when Fethard broke out of defence. Substitute John Paul Looby had his shot blocked by the advancing goalie Michael Moroney and Michael "Buddy" Fitzgerald was in the right place as he slotted home to the net.
It was the crucial score of the game and sealed victory for Fethard. Despite being reduced a minute later to fourteen man Fethard tacked on scores to increase the wincing margin against a now demoralised Aherlow.
Relieved Fethard fans greeted the final whistle as a brave Aherlow search for their first title was thwarted.
Jubilant captain Willie Morrissey, who formed part of a very effective half back line along with Michael Quinlan, who had a great second half and Willie O'Meara, accepted the trophy at the finish of a memorable final.
"This is one is for you Shay" he told a large Fethard celebration, referring to their football colleague Shay Ryan who is hospitalised in America at the moment.
It was a victory secured by tremendous hard work throughout the hour. It was an excellent team effort with some outstanding individual displays most notably the target man Tommy Sheehan and midfielder Brian Burke.
It was a final packed with tension and drama, some superb goals and quality football from both sides.
At times the tension boiled over on and off the pitch. It was an uncompromising bruising encounter and referee Paddy Russell did very well to keep matters in control as tension mounted in the dramatic climax.
In the end it was Fethard's lethal finishing in front of goal that made the difference. Buddy Fitzgerald's goal was the killer score, Michael Spillane finished it off while Tommy Sheehan's goal a minute and a half into the game gave Aherlow an awful lot of work to do in the opening period.
It was the ideal start for Fethard but it gave Aherlow a mountain to climb from very early on. Every score Aherlow a mountain to climb from very early on. Every score Aherlow took was hard fought for as Fethard defenders hunted in packs to close down the attackers. Aherlow wasted a lot of possession, failing with the last pass and shooting wide too often.
The goal was set up by Brian Burke who stayed on his feet despite having his jersey pulled. Burke picked out Tommy Sheehan who blasted to the net for the best possible start for Fethard.
Despite playing with the wind it took Aherlow eight minutes to score with a Mark O'Shea free after he was fouled himself. Brian Burke added another Fethard point before Mark O'Shea scored his second free after fourteen minutes.
Willie O'Meara, who made good use of his clearances out of defence throughout the hour, set up Martin Coen for a Fethard point a minute later to put Fethard three points ahead.
Within five minutes Aherlow were level with three points. One from Timmy Carew after excellent play from the full forward, Mark O'Shea. Carew then set up Lionel Leonard and Derry Peters scored a superb score from midfield to level matters (1-2 to 0-5) after twenty minutes.
Aherlow wasted numerous chances and Fethard took full advantage taking scores from Brian Burke (free) and Tommy Sheehan who in turn finished of an excellent Fethard move initiated by Burke, now playing in midfield.
Minutes later Burke set up Sheehan with a glorious chance. He put Tommy Sheehan clear through on goal but his shot struck the upright.
It was a major let off for Aherlow who responded by taking a score with Mark O'Shea setting up Cathal O'Shea. Four minutes into time added on at the end of the first half Damien Byrne pointed to give Fethard a two point advantage at the break.
Both sides had good goal chances at the start of the second half. Conor O'Shea made one of his many surging runs through the Fethard defence to set up Mark O'Shea whose fisted effort went inches wide.
The Aherlow goal also had an escape thanks to goalie Michael Moroney who pulled off an excellent save from Jimmy O'Meara.
When the first score of the second half came it was of the highest quality. Tommy Sheehan won the ball out on the left touchline. He side stepped his marker and sent over an excellent long range point to put Fethard three points ahead.
The lead was wiped out with one Aherlow move. Another aggressive run right through the heart of the Fethard defence from Conor O'Shea set up the score. O'Shea passed to Lionel Leonard who quickly laid it off with a hand pass to the incoming Cathal O'Shea who gave Fethard goalie Paul Fitzgerald no chance with a well struck effort after eight minutes.
Aherlow, now in control, wasted two further chances to take the lead. They managed to take the lead after thirteen minutes of the half when half forward Lionel Leonard again provided the crucial pass to Cathal O'Shea for a point.
Within a minute Martin Coen equalised for Fethard (1-7 apiece). Aherlow had noticably upped their game from the first half. Playing with much more determination and speed they applied incredible pressure on the Fethard defence.
They took the lead again through a Mark O'Shea free after Denis O'Shea was fouled twenty minutes into the half.
Fethard made their experience tell in the closing stages and made the most of a breakway move.
An Aherlow attack broke down to lift the seige on the Fethard goal. A long delivery found substitute John Paul Looby. Looby's shot was well smothered by Aherlow goalie Michael Moroney. The rebound fell to the unmarked "Buddy" Fitzgerald and he finished off to an empty net.
It was a huge blow to an Aherlow side that had dominated the second half. A minute later Fethard were reduced to fourteen men with the dismissal of Stefan O'Donnell but Fethard still managed to finish the stronger team.
Tommy Sheehan put Fethard three points ahead with two minutes to go and on the stroke of full time centre back Willie O'Meara took a very quick free to catch the Aherlow defence napping. Midfielder Michael Spillane had ghosted in behind the Aherlow full back line and beat the advancing goalie to the ball to fist to the net.
Midtielder Derry reters scored a consolation point for Aherlow in the injury time added on by Paddy Russell for time lost to injuries during the second half and a short stoppage for to deal with an incident on the sideline.
A very young Aherlow team were broken hearted at the final whistle. It was a marvellous performance by Aherlow in their first ever senior final and if Sunday is anything to go by, it will be the first of many.
Fethard: Paul Fitzgerald, Stefan O'Donnell, Michael Ryan, Philip Blake, Michael Quinlan, Willie O'Meara, Willie Morrissey, Chris Coen, Michael Spillane (10), Damien Byrne (0-1), Brian Burke (0-2), Martin Coen (0-2), Jimmy O'Meara, Tommy Sheehan (1-3), Michael Fitzgerald (1-0).
Subs: J.P. Looby for Jimmy O'Meara, Thomas Keane for Martin Coen.
Aherlow: Michael Moroney, Fergal Clifford, Sean Russell, Paul Kiely, Mark O'Brien, Mark Leonard, Timmy Leonard, Derry Peters (0-2), Declan Reardon, Lionel Leonard (0- 1), Timmy Carew (0-1), Denis O'Shea, Cathal O'Shea (1-2), Mark O'Shea (0-3), Conor 0' Shea.
Subs: Kieran Moroney for Mark O'Brien, Luke Leonard for Timmy Carew.