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Saturday 4th October 1997

Ronnie Drew in Abymill
Fethard Abymill Theatre promotes a rare treat for theatre goers on Friday, 17th October, when Ronnie Drew presents his new show, "Ronnie I Hardly Knew Ya."

The show is structured around works by Joyce, O'Casey, Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh whom Ronnie personally knew.

Now is your chance to hear Ronnie sing numbers such as 'The Ould Triangle,' 'The Captains and the Kings' and many others which he has well-earned the full right to sing. The show is also well structured around Ronnie rhyming and storytelling as only he can.

The show is directed by Derek Chapman and reinforced by former Stockton's Wing guitarist, Mike Hanrahan.

Booking at O'Flynn's Menswear, Burke Street. Tel: 052 31254.

Wedding bells
The wedding took place recently at New Inn Church of Mandy, daughter of Mr and Mrs John O'Donnell, Slanestown, to James, son of Mr and Mrs John Lyons, Woodvale Walk.

Fethard NACA Athletic Club, revived and back in action this year after a few season in the doldrums, has had a most successful year. Athletes under the training and coaching of Micheál McCormack have won medals at county, provincial and national level.

The successful athletes will be presented with their medals at a special party in the Tirry Centre on this Saturday, 4th October at 8.15 pm.

The medals will be presented by Ms. Breda Barrett, Co. Kerry, development officer of Munster NACA.

Welsh visitors
A party of 12 visitors from Rhiwiriaeth, Wales, visited Fethard on Saturday last. The Welsh party, guests of Fethard Community Council, walked around the town, visiting places of interest and enjoying the hospitality and humour that Fethard is noted for. Part of Powys Training Group, they wished to discover as much as possible about Fethard with a view to twinning Fethard with their home town in the future.

Fethard prizewinners at the Slievenamon Waltzing Dance Awards competition at the Ballroom on Saturday night last were - Bill and Babe O'Donnell, Michael and Marie Allen, Nicholas and Moira Casey, Christy and Margaret Mullins.

Dancers from all over Ireland attended.

Blood donor award
Mrs. Teddy Pollard, St. Patrick's Place, was one of the blood donors presented with the Golden Pelican emblem at a recent special function in Cork organised by the Cork Blood Transfusion Service. Teddy, a regular donor to the Cork Blood Transfusion Unit on their visits to Fethard, was the only donor from the area to qualify for the Golden Pelican, awarded to donors who have donated in excess of 50 pints of blood to this most deserving and lifesaving work.

We hope that Teddy's great achievement on which we heartily congratulate her will serve as an example to our younger citizens to become donors and thus enable the Cork Blood Transfusion group to continue their great and noble work.

Did you know, Fethard's win over Aherlow brought Fethard its 20th county senior football title, a record. Fethard won their first county title in 1887, the very first year the county senior football championship was played.

Fethard has taken part in every county senior football championship since, was never regraded to a lower level, and always played under the name Fethard. Surely this must be a record very few clubs in the country can equal.

Dick Fitzgerald tells us with regard to his attendance at 50 hurling and 49 football All-Ireland finals, that the attending of the earlier ones was something of an endurance test. With his father, Paddy, Jack and Jimmy Danaher, Paddy Heffernan (all now passed on) they left Fethard by car (driven by Paddy Ahearne) at 4 am. They would attend 7 am Mass at The Oblate Church in Inchicore, followed by a hurried breakfast.

After that they would head straight for Croke Park to join the queue for the sideline and would be outside Croke Park at 9 am.

They would not get back to Fethard until about II o'clock on Sunday night.

Joe Ahearne of Fethard Arms can go one better. Joe cycled to two All-Ireland in the early Forties leaving Fethard at 7 am on Saturday, and as he says himself, "I had not got a Sean Kelly bicycle either."

Fethard Bridge Club
The club would like to thank everyone who supported and helped with the Coffee Day in aid of South Tipperary Hospice and also a special word of thanks to the schoolchildren who raised money with a non uniform and activity day. The amount raised was £1,100.

Results from Wednesday, 24th September (prizes donated by last season's President Prize winners, Dick Gorey and Betty Walsh): 1st nett, Margaret Hackett and Bernie Myles; 2nd, Carl Kenny and Anna Cooke; 1st gross, Betty Walsh and Bridget Gorey; 2nd, Rita Kane and Eileen Dillon.

The free gross sub competition will be held on Wednesday, 8th October.

The beginners bridge classes are starting on 6th October in the Tirrey Centre from 8 to 10pm. Fee £3 per night.

Club contact (looking for a partner, etc.) Annie O'Brien. Tel: 052 31862.

The Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, will hold a service of Thanksgiving for Harvest on Friday, 3rd October at 7.30 pm with Rev. George Knowd conducting the service and the Yen. J.G. Murray preaching. Thiis an ecumenical service and everyone is welcome.
Meanwhile at nearby Magorban, a community harvest festival will be held on Sunday, 5th October at 3 pm.

Fethard and Killusty Scouts meetings resume on Saturday next at II am in the Ballroom with full and proper uniform to be worm by all. Please bring runners and sportsgear.

The patrol leaders had a COH during the week where an active programme between now and Christmas was planned with preparations for the regional soccer well underway. 'Mac' will have more details about it on Saturday.

Ronnie for Fethard

The Abymill Theatre, Fethard, presents one of the country's greatest entertainers, Ronnie Drew, in a one-night show on Friday, 17th October.
Best known for his time with The Dubliners, Ronnie has now embarked on a new solo career and his show, "Ronnie, I Hardly Knew Ya'," has been getting rave reviews.

The unique evening's theatre has been described as a fascinating mix of music, craic, literary interactions and classic Dublinese.

Ronnie is accompanied by brilliant guitarist Mike Hanrahan in a show directed by Derek Chapmau. Tickets are available at O'Flynn's, Fethard. Tel: 052-31254.
Two Tipps in race for the Presidency by Eamonn Lacey

TWO Tipperary people are now contesting the race to become the eighth President of the country.

The county's interest in the Presidential election intensified this week when Clonmel's Adi Roche was joined by Derek Nally whose last minute helicopter dash around the country on Monday secured the Holycross man a nomination.

Clonmel will experience its first taste of election fever next Tuesday when Adi Roche uses her home town to kick off a national tour of the country in her Presidential campaign.

The "People's Alliance" candidate wanted Clonmel to play a special role in her election bid and has insisted on embarking on her tour of the country from Clonmel.

Adi Roche will spend the day in Clonmel with a 10.45 am press conference followed by a walkbout. She is expected to leave Tipperary at 4 pm. The itinerary for the day has not been finalised yet.

When nominations closed at 12 noon on Tuesday at the Custom House, Derek Nally became the only male in the race after he had secured nominations from County Councils throughout the country the day before.

Derek Nally was born in Holycross on December 4th, 1936. He completed his secondary education at 'fhurles CBS.

His father was a member of the Garda Siochana and he became a member in 1957. He had a distinguished career before taking up the post of General Secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, a position he held for ten years.

He is best known for founding the Irish Association for Victim Support in 1983. For his work with the association, he was presented with the Person of the Year Award in 1995 for his "outstanding contribution to society in Ireland".

A third Tipperary person, Jim O'Connor, from Kiltinan near Fethard, made a late bid to secure a nomination to contest the Presidential election.

He lobbied County Councils and canvassed TDs and Senators in Dublin on Monday. Now farming in Beara, Co. Cork, he took to the Presidential campaign in a 1981 Volkswagen.

He is well known in Clonmel where he lived during the eighties when he ran a successful business in Mitchel Street "Knocknagow Bookshop". He was a member of Clonmel Chamber of Commerce and the Clonmel Tidy Towns committee.


Adi Roche officially launched her national campaign for the presidency in Dublin yesterday afternoon. Preparations to, campaign in South Tipperary
will begin this Friday night at a public meeting in Hearns Hotel (8.30) chaired by Labour TD, Michael Ferris.

"People interested in supporting Adi and working on her campaign in South Tipperary are welcome. People of all political persuasions or of none are most welcome', said Michael Ferris.

That meeting will put in place an action committee, in South Tipperary and will pave the way for Tuesday's visit to Clonmel by Adi Roche and the launch of her national tour.

"It is very significant that Adi has chosen her home town of Clonmel to launch her national tour. It will be a big day for the town. It's the town where she was born. It's appropriate she should launch her national tour there", said Michael Ferris.

Yesterday the Clonmel woman became the fourth contestant to officially launch her national campaign following Mary Banotti, Mary McAleese and Dana.

In her speech Adi Roche told the country that she wanted to be an "effective" President. "I don't want to be a President for the people. I want to be a President of the people. It couldn't be any other way for me. I want the next seven years to be rooted in this community, to celebrate what we are and what we can be. I want everyone who is a citizen of this country to take ownership of the office. Let it be, from now on and always, a Presidency of the people", she declared.

She asked for the chance to dedicate her abilities to the service and the welfare of the people of Ireland. "When I talk about the peo-'1 of Ireland, I mean all its peopic. People who are unemployed. Peo1i

are struggling to make ends meet. People who are raising and educating the next generation. People who are forging ahead with their lives. Older and younger people. Children and mothers. People who live on the margins. People who struggle to overcome disability. People who create jobs and enterprise. People who pursue ideals and convictions. People who create and express the ideas and the sounds and the pictures that reflect our pain and our pleasure".

Adi Roche said she wanted to be an effective President, one who knows how to represent the people, to be involved in the community, drawing strength and listening to the concerns of the people, to help people work together, to honour the spirit of the people abroad, to ensure that our distinctive character is fully represented on the international stage and to ensure the President can be the embodiment of Irish hospitality.

"I know the President can't change economic policy, nor run the foreign affairs of our country. But an effective Presidency can help us all raise our sights, to be proud of what we are, to express our confidence as a young and proud country".

Referring to her work with the children of Chernobyl, Adi Roche said the last President went to the developing world many times and brought with her the unique spirit of the Irish people. She had also tried to represent that spirit in her life's work in a place that could be described as "the
"In that world I've stood on contaminated earth. I've held the children of that earth in my arms. I have shared their pain and been uplifted by their courage",

She had witnessed how the people of Ireland, in all sorts of different ways, had made a connection with the people of that lost world.

"The work and sacrifice that hundreds of people have offered in response to that suffering was testament to the spirit of the Irish people at its best. And that spirit harnessed and focussed can move any mountain", she added.

Adi, who at 42 would, if elected, become the youngest President of the country, said it would be her intention to host, with the full approval of the Government, a Global Summit in Ireland in 1999 of "Peacemakers and Humanitarians". Another objective would be to form a Commission to advise her on how she could help to carry out the spirit of the Proclamation of Independence that urges us to cherish all the children of the nation equally. She intended to open the President's House to the children of Ireland.

"And it is a mark of our independence and our maturity when we take that task seriously".

The people of Ireland, she said, can continue to he a beacon of possibility in a world of despair. It would be her intention to continue a Presidency which "will be characterised by compassion, concern and hope".


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