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Saturday 11th October 1997

Fethard Bridge Club
Wednesday 1st October -1st gross Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn; 2nd gross Rita Kane and Eileen DiIlon; 1st nett Margaret Coffey and Cynta O'Flynn; 2nd nett Kathleen Kenny and Gemma Burke.
The club will play the 'ree nett sub competition on Wednesday 15th October.
Classes for beginners in Bridge will continue every Monday night in the Tirry Centre, from 8 to 10pm. All are welcome.
Club contact: Annie O'Brien, 052 31862.

Tidy towns
New members who are concerned with the appearance of the town are urgently needed by Fethard tidy towns committee.
The committee is in danger of being disbanded if more support is not forthcoming. it now appears it is far easier to say: "Why don't they do this or why don't they do that" than get involved. All is needed is a few volunteers to get involved a few hours once a month.

Fethard and Stradbally, Co. Laois, finished level at the end of a very fast, open and most entertaining challenge game at Fethard on Sunday night last. Final score Fethard 211, Shanbally 3-8.
Fethard GAA hold their annual church gate collection on this weekend 11th and 12th October.
Sports Centre: The season of indoor games and past-times is now with us once again.
Fethard GAA Sports Centre are making an allout effort to promote racquetball and handball at the centre.
Tournaments for beginners are experienced players are being organised.

Book launch
Jim O'Keeffe, Kiltinan, will launch his book "Odes of a Sliabh na mBan Emigrant" in the Abymill on this Saturday October 11th, at 8.15.
Jim has led a most adventurous life since leaving his native Fethard at the early age of sixteen. He has travelled the world as a sailor in the Merchant Navy and as a steward on the holiday cruise liners.His stories of writing "Let Fly, Coolmoyne," above English soccer graffiti on a Government building in Melbourne, singing rebel songs on the docks in Singapore and tenderising a piece of steak for a complaining passenger on a cruise liner by a most unusual method are priceless.
Jim has seen his share of ups and downs, though perhaps down sometimes in the financial and employment sense, he certainly was never down in spirit.
He has had the gift of being able to record most of the extraordinary and ordinary events in his life in verse. These are now published in "Odes of a Sliabh na mBan Emigrant," a must for every South Tipperary home.
The reception will commence with a cheese and wine reception and all are welcome. -

Fethard President
Mr Jimmy O'Connor, a native of Kiltinan, and now residing in West Cork, set out for Dublin on Sunday night September 28th, in a bid to gain a Presidential election nomination.Jimmy, who is now an experimental farmer, has had a varied career. As well as farming, he has been involved in publishing, running a book shop, sculpting and done some research on how traditional farming farming could be revived.Jimmy canvassed TDs and Senators in his attempt to get his name on the ballot paper. The idea came to him when he was considering which candidate to vote for. Then he decided he could field himself. He believes in a campaign like this anything can happen. "I may be a Presidential candidate,:" he said, "or I may be going back to my farming in Beara!"
Jimmy was not successful in gaining a nomination.
Fethard Macra: We are continuing to practice every Wednesday night at 9pm in the ballroom for the volleyball competition in Ennis at the end of the month.

Thursday night is South executive night. Delegates please take note and bring your briefings to the club meeting on Friday night 10th October, in the Tirry Centre,
This is also a club clinic and members are requested to attend, especially those interested in drama.
New members are always welcome. Just drop in on Friday night at 9pm.
Fethard flower power

Flower and Horticultural show
The results of the Fethard Autumn Flower & Horticultural Show held in the Ballroom, Fethard, in aid of charity, are as follows:
From the Garden: 1st, Eileen Moroney, Mountain Road, Clonmel; 2nd, Eva O'Keeffe. Fethard; 3rd, Marjory McGrath, Ard Gaoithe, Clonmel.
Autumn - The Ronan Trophy: 1st, Peggy Kennedy, Air Hill, Clonmel.
In a Jug: 1st, Maura Blackmore, Mortlestown, Killenaule; 2nd, Fionnuala O'Sullivan, Fethard; 3rd, Eileen Moroney, Mountain Road, Clonmel.
Harvest Festival - Helen O'Connell Cup: 1st, Josephine Shelly, Grangebarry; 2nd, Peggy Kennedy, Air Hill, Clonmel.

A Bunch of Garden Flowers - Mai Quinlan Trophy: 1st, Mildred Stokes, Killurney; 2nd, Rebecca Homfray, Cloneen; 3rd, Valerie Rice, Brookhill.
Pot plant foliage: 1st, Mildred Stokes, Killurney; 2nd, Mrs Shorthall, Fethard; 3rd, Martin Butler, Tipperary.
Pot plant, flowering: 1st, Martin Butler, Tipperary; 2nd, Mrs Phelan, Fethard; 3rd, Martin Butler, Tipperary.
Pot plant, fern: 1st, Mrs Shorthall, Fethard.
Pot plant, foliage (novice): 1st, Marjorie McGrath, Ard Gaoithe, Clonmel.
The P.F. Quirke Cup for best exhibit in pot plant section was won by Marjorie McGrath.

Fruit in a basket: 1st, Rebecca Homfray, Cloneen.
Three carrots and three parsnips: 1st, Maura Meaney, Crampscastle.
Potatoes (five round):
1st, 2nd & 3rd, Maura Meaney, Crampscastle.
Potatoes (five kidney): 1st, David Curran, Moyglass; 2nd, Simon Curran, Moyglass; 3rd, Anne Quinlan, Lisronagh.
Onions: 1st, David Curran, Moyglass; 2nd, Simon Curran, Moyglass; 3rd, Maura Mney, Crampscast1e.
Mixed herbs 1st, Martin Butler, Tipperary; 2nd, Rebecca Homfrar, Cloneen; 3rd, Valerie Rice, Brookhill.
Three vegetables in a basket - Olivia Hughes Trophy: 1st, Bill Meaney, Crampscastle.

Brown bread: 1st, Sheila O'Donnell, Coleman; 2nd, Kitty Fitzgerald, Thurles; 3rd, Maura Meaney, Crampscastle.
Shortbread: 1st, Jemma Burke, Red City.
Light fruit cake: 1st, Mary Leahy, Derryluskin; 2nd, Catherine O'Connell, Coolmoyne.
Two preserves: 1st, Maura Meaney, Crampscastle; 2nd, Megan Sceates, Cramps-castle.
Chutney: 1st, Maree Moclair, Ballinlough; 2nd, Mary O'Connell, Fethard.
Jar lemon curd: 1st, Rebecca Homfray, Cloneen.

Adults garment: 1st, Jemma Burke, Red City; 2nd, Catherine O'Connell, Coolmoyne; 3rd, Jacinta O'Connell, Fethard.
Cross stitch: 1st, Sandra Stewart, Grove Road; 2nd, Ailish Buckley, Cahir; 3rd, Sandra Stewart, Grove Road.
Tapestry- Phyllis O'Connell Trophy: 1st, Maria Weston, Lucan, Dublin; 2nd, Joan Gough, Coolmore; 3rd, Sandra Stewart, Grove Road.
A handcrafted item Bitsy Carrigan Cup (confined to senior citizens): 1st, Alice Hunt, Moyglass; 2nd & 3rd, Kitty O'Sullivan, Fethard.

A decorated potato: 1st, Laura Moloney, Nano Nagle School; 2nd, Adam Lyons, Nano Nagle School; 3rd, lane Kenny.
A handmade puppet: 1st, Rachael Blackmore, Mortlestown; 2nd, Stephen Helen: 3rd, Emma Smyth.
Any article in embroidery: 1st, Judith Moclair, Ballinlough; 2nd, Claire Tierney; 3rd, Hatty Homfray, Cloneen.
A handmade greeting card: 1st, Sinead Moclair, Ballinlough; 2nd, Leigh Ann Stewart; 3rd, Laura Burke; H.C., Sarah Healy.

Fethard Open Coursing Club

The coursing season is now underway and a meeting of the Fethard Open Club will be held in the Tirry Centre on Friday, 17th October at 8.30 om.
All club members are requested to attend as some important issues are down for discussion. All outstanding money and ticket will be collected at the meeting.

Mr Jim O'Keeffe will launch his first book of poetry, "Odes of a Sliabh na mBan Emigrant," at 8.3Opm on Saturday night 11th October, at the Abymill Theatre commencing with a cheese and wine reception a 8.lSpm. All are welcome. Jim was born and bred in Kiltinan Barracks in the 1930s. At the age of 16 he left home and set out for London. He joined the Merchan Navy and spent many glorious years travelling around the world until ill-health forced early retirement and a return to his native sod. In the past few years Jim started writing about his good and bad times as an emigrant, his many travels and life in general. "Odes of a Sliabh na mBan Emigrant" is a selection from his large collection of poems, which will especially appeal to emigrants from the valley of Sliabh na mBan. The book will retail at £5.95 in local shop


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