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Saturday 18th October 1997

Walk raises £9, 215
The Fethard to Fethard annual walk from Fethard (Wexford) to Fethard (Tipperary), in aid of the Day Care Centre for the elderly, took place from July 4th to 6th. We started in Fethardon-Sea, Wexford, on Friday morning and walked 25 miles that day to Mooncoin.
On Saturday we completed a further 17 miles to Kilsheelan and finished the last 10 miles on Sunday morning to Fethard.
The following walked the entire 25 miles - John and Marianne Shortall, Noel Doheny, Eileen Maher, Geraldine McCarthy, Margaret Newport, Denis O'Donovan, Marie Danagher.
Pat Culligan completed Friday and Sunday's walk and Austin Muihearn completed Saturday and Sunday's walk.
A further 13 joined on Sunday morning to make an impressive 23 people entering Fethard.
The walk was a tremendous success in every respect. All who walked and helped would agree it was a very enjoyable experience. The nett amount raised after expenses was £9,215. This has been handed over to the Day Care Centre committee. They will use £2,400 for running expenses and £6,600 will be lodged in a separate building fund account.
We wish them every success in their future fundraising efforts for the proposed extension to the existing premises in the Tirry Community Centre.
We owe a great debt of gratitude to many people to the support team of drivers: M. C. Maher, Miceal McCormack, David Skeats, Michael McCarthy, and especially Jim Danaher and Liam Cooney who stayed with us all three days; to the support team of collectors who collected over £1,000 over the three days: Mary Creane, Mary McCormack, Megan Skeats, Thelma Griffith, Ann Cooney and Joan Culligan; to the organisers of the welcome in Fethard: Michael O'Hagan, chairman of the community council; Yvonne Walsh, and their team of helpers.
Special thanks to our principal sponsors Merck Sharp & Dohme and Coolmore Stud, who each gave £2,000, and to all other sponsors.
And, lastly, to the many people who gave to our buckets en route. Thanks also for their encouragement. It was badly needed at times.
As chairman of the organising committee, I would like to ay thank you to my colleagues on the organising committee: Ann Cooney, secretary; Marie Danagher, treasurer; Marianne Shortall, Denis O'Donovan and Jim Danagher.
We hope to repeat the walk in 1998 and we look forward to your continued support. - John Shortall, chairman.

Silver jubilee
Congrats to Michael and Anne Kenny, Castlehiggins, who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on 12th October.

Fethard GAA Club wish to thank sincerely all who supported their church gate collection last weekend.
Fethard play Limerick county champions in the first round of the Munster club football championship on Sunday October 26th.
They travel to Portlaoise on Sunday to play the home team in a challenge game.

Recent death
The death has occurred of Ms Patsy Osborne, Clonacody.
The late Patsy Osborne was well-known in Irish racing circles and was a native of Co. Kildare.
She rented the Clonacody Stables some four years ago. She was very popular in the district and made Clonacody and Fethard her home.
Interment took place at Killusty.

A sure sign of the changing seasons is the start of the Fethard Sunday coursing year, which is almost with us.
To make fixture arrangements, a most important meeting of the club will be held on this Friday night 17th October, in the Tirry Centre, at 8.30. All members are requested to attend.

Fethard Players
Rehearsals are in full swing for Fethard Players' 1997 production of "The Loves of Cass Maguire," by Brian Friel. The production promises to be a great success.
The leading role will be played by Marian Gilpin.

Book launched
A most representative crowd, with Killusty very well represented, attended the launch of "Odes of a Sliabh na mBan Emigrant" by Jim O'Keeffe, at the Abymill on Saturday night.
The book was launched by Sean Nugent, Kilsheelan, editor of the most successful "Sliabh na mBan in Song and Story."
Sean complimented Jim on his book and said the emotions expressed in his poems reflected his great love of his native Tipperary, Fethard, Killusty and Sliabh na rpBan.. congratulated him on his courage and initiative in having his poems published and encouraged any other local authors to have the confidence to do likewise.
Jim OKeeffe thanked his sponsors and proofreaders and all who helped in any way to make the printing of his poems in book form possible.
The book contains over 100 poems written from the heart by a true Irish emigrant. An excellent read for everyone, especially for all with the valley near Sliabh na mBan connections, it would make an ideal present for any emigrant, even those not from the Sliabh na mBan area.

Fethard Bridge Club
Results Wednesday 8th October - Gross free sub competition: 1st gross Brendan Kenny and Buddy Roche, 2nd gross Nell Broderick and Moira McInerney; 1st nett Olive Looby and Annie O'Brien, 2nd nett Philly Kenny and Tess O'Flynn..
The first round of the Player of the Year competition will be held on Wednesday 22nd October. Margaret Hackett and Bernie Myles are looking after the catering.
The beginners' classes are being held on Monday nights in the Tirry Centre from 8 to 10pm. All are welcome. Club contact Annie O'Brien, 052 31862.

Tipperary county novice in Fethard
Fethard AC will host the Tipperary novice men's and ladies' cross-country championships on lands on the Rosegreen Road, by kind permission, on Sunday next 19th October.
The races will start at 1pm sharp and should be finished by 3.30.
This is the first time in ten years that cross-country has taken place in the parish, so it is a treat not to be missed.
Everyone is invited to come along and see the spectacle.
Our under-16 boys' team of Sullivan, Cannon, Noonan, Kennedy and Doyle should do well.
Equally our girls' under16 team of K. Lyne, L. O'Donnell, E. Williams and M. Croke should be in the team shakeup.
Our under-14 girls team of O'Donnell, McCarthy, McCormack and O'Keeffe should produce results.
Individuals Darren O'Meara, J. C. Williams, J. Lyne and Ciara O'Keeffe should do well also.

Medieval Fethard
The Heritage Centre is the venue for a talk and slide show on Medieval Fethard this Thursday, 16th October at 8.OOpm. The speaker is Fethard historian, Mary Hanrahan, and well known local singer, Marietta O'Keeffe will perform Slievenamon songs.
Promotion tributes
Glowing tributes were paid to two popular members of the local Garda Siochana at a very enjoyable presentation ceremony held recently in Tipp Town.
Organised to mark the promotion of Inspector Michael Murray to the rank of Superintendent and Garda Pat Fallon to rank of Sergeant, the party nigh) saw a large gathering of serving and retired officers, a number of whom had travelled long distances to attend the function held at Mary Dalton's Lounge in O'Brien Street.
Master of Ceremonies, Garda John Conroy, said the great turnout to congratulate Mick and Pat was indicative of the high esteem held for both officeit within -the, Tipperary District Garda Force.
In honourof his recent promotion to Garda Sergeant, Pat Fallon, who is going to serve in Nenagh, was presented with a decorative lamp by Tipperary Unit Sergeant John Long, who spoke of the dedicated service carried out by the new Sergeant during his 11 years in the district.
Describing the night as one of the "most memorable of his life" Sergeant Fallon thanked his colleagues for their kindness. His only regret was that his dad, who had served a long number of years in the Garda Siochana, hadn't lived to witness his promotion. Coming from a home environment where the Faflon family had served in policing for the past 75 years, it was the only career he had ever wanted and was one he felt privileged to be part of.
Shortly after the foundation of the Irish State, his grandfather Patrick Fallon joined the force as a young man in 1922 and served up until 1960. His own father Michael joined in 1945 and retired in .1985. Having joined himself in 1978, he was proud of the tradition that had seen an unbroken record of policing in his family for the past three generations.
"They gave great service in the good and bad old days and when my time comes to retire I hope I will do so with the same respect and dedicated service as was achieved by my father and grandfather", said Sergeant Fallon.
The only downside' of his promotion was having to leave Tipperary District and his colleagues at the local station, but come the very first opportunity, he hoped to "be back", the new Sergeant added.
The second presentation was in the form of a TV set, bought by colleagues and staff, and presented to Supt. Michael Murray by Inspector Paschal Feeney. In congratulating Supt. Murray, he said his promotion was "well deserved".
Adding his congratulations Sergeant Pat O'Donnell spoke of Michael Murray being kept on in his local station to serve as Superintendent.
It was a situation the local force had long hoped for and would, he felt, create a more stable environment than heretofore at the Tipperary Station which had seen an inordinate amount of Superintendents come and go in recent years.
In reply Superintendent Murray thanked one and all for their kind words and presentation, adding that he had what he felt was "a wonderful relationship" with everyone under his command.
The night also included a presentation to retired Garda Andy Moriarty from the Garda Representative Association, in appreciation of his 34 years participation and dedicated work within the union movement.
Presenting Andy with a beautifully crafted bronze statuette depicting a. Garda in uniform, Garda Sean Moore recalled the unstinting support given the Garda Representative Association by Andy Moriarty and thanked him for his ever-reliable backup at times when tough decisions had to be made.
Campaign by multi channel TV group
The campaign being waged by a voluntary group to bring a multi-channel service to Fethard and Killenaule continues despite setbacks in the courts, a county council meeting was told.
The Fethard/Killenaule Community Television Company Ltd., have gathered 4,000 signatures to support their campaign which are to be presented to Mary O'Rourke, Public Enterprise Minister, the meeting heard.
The company last week enlisted the support of South Tipperary County Council in their campaign to secure a deflector licence.
Their signal is off the air since High court proceedings involving Suir Nore who have the licence to supply MMDS service to the Fethard and Killenaule community.
The company representatives however, told County Council members on Monday that they still wanted a licence because the people of the area were not receiving any signal despite Suir Nore holding the licence for eight years.
Company secretary Paddy Horgan and chairman John Ci'otty called on the council to apply pressure on the Government to grant the company a licence.
Following High court and Supreme Court proceedings Suir Nore gave a commitment that a service would be supplied within three weeks, according to Paddy Horgan.
"That was this summer, nothing has happened since. The people of the area are being deprived of the service" said Paddy Horgan.
He told the members that the company had already applied for phase one of the licence and paid a £200 deposit but had received no communication from the
government or the appointed regulators since.
"We are a voluntary committee and we feel we are entitled to a licence" Paddy Horgan told the meeting.
He said the people of the area were being discriminated against. He estiminated that the company would have approximately 1,000 customers.
Councillor Michael Anglim, Chairman told the members of the deputation that they had the support of the members. He wished them well in their campaign.
Deputy Michael Ferris and Senator Tom Hayes proposed that the Council call on the minister to issue a temporary licence untk the regulator announce he

Fethard returns as cross country venue
Next Sunday, 19th October sees the star of the cross-country season when the county novice, even age juveniles, over-35 ladies ad over-40 men championships take place.
Over the past few years these championships have traditionally taken place in Coolquill, Dundrum and Moyne but with the reformation of a number of clubs. Fethard AC will have the honour of hosting the event on Sunday. For many of the older athletes it will be a trip down memory lane travelling to Fethard as in former years they played host to many top class international races and in particular Ras Mumhan which was part of the Sport and Culture Week' and hosted athletes from Spain, France, Portugal and Belgium as well as Ireland.
A winner of the novice championship in either ladies or men's event is usually hard to predirt as no form over cross-country is known in advance as this is usually the first opportunity
any novice athlete has o competing. Dundrum have provided the winner of the men's event over the past couple of years and again will be strong on Sunday with the likes of Pierce Butler and Donal Keanc well in the hunt.
Leslie Smyth of Coolqwll and Paddy Doyle of Moyrc have always been there or thereabouts and could he the surprises on Sunday while Billy Prout, Coolquill, Phil Dwye.i, Coolquill or Gerry Ralph. Dundrum cannot be ruled out either.
In the team event, where all clubs will be competing for the Maher Cup which has a history dating back to the 1940s and included such winners as McDonagh, Coolcroo, Solohead, Portroe, Cahir not to mention Moyne. Coolquill and Dundrum in the latter years, competition will be very tight.


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