At a recent meeting of the local branch of the I.F.A., the current farming situation was reviewed.
To offset the very difficult year for grass farmers, it was decided it is imperative that there must be a reduction in input costs to offset the reduction in yields.
Mr. John O'Donovan, South Tipp representative on the I.F.A. National Livestock Committee, addressed the meeting on the current livestock situation.
Mr. O'Flynn stated that while it was satisfactory that shipments had been finally resumed to Europe it was worrying that no progress had been made about re-organising the export of cattle to North Africa.
The following motions are being forwarded to the county executive for discussion: (1) that TB testing for the purpose of bring Blue Cards up to date should not now be necessary as animals are being checked post-mortem; (2) that where a beast reacts to a TB test having been brought in, having been 60day tested, that herd should not be downgraded in reactor payments; (3) that the 12-month interval of TB testing is too long in risk areas; (4) that the present situation of the tagging requirement in the 10month and 22-month premium is unsatisfactory.
Mr. Ger Mullally, with John O'Flynn and Liam Ryan, from Avonmore/ Waterford PLC, 'addressed the meeting on the allocation of shares in the new group. They also clarified the allocation of bonus shares based on trading with the co-op.
Members expressed disappointment that the 6.15 Farm Dairy ,Programme from Radio Eireann has been discontinued.
Members present sent their good wishes for a speedy recovery to branch chairman, Mr. Denis O'Halloran, who through being ill was unable to attend on the night.
An important meeting of Fethard Sunday Coursing Club will be held in the Tiny Centre on this Friday night, 31st October at 8 o'clock. All members are requested to attend and to be punctual.
Fethard Girl Guides are promoting a table quiz in Pat O'Shea's on Monday next, 3rd November at 9 pm. The organisers are looking forward to the support of the Guides' parents and families.
Fethard senior footballers found in Limerick last Sunday that the only similarity between the Galbally team they beat so easily in a challenge game, and Sunday's team, was the colour of the jerseys.
The Galtee boys really hung in there and though Fethard were fully deserving of their fourpoints winning margin, they suffered many anxious moments before top-class referee Muiris O Suilleabháin blew the full-time whistle. The accurate free-taking in the first half and an excellent opportunist goal by Jimmy O'Meara at the start of the second half certainly helped Fethard greatly on the road to victory.
Fethard have a home venue, probably Clonmel, in the semi-final of the Munster club SF championship in which they will meet the Clare champions.
Time flies! A last reminder to club secretaries and regular contributors for articles for this year's Parish Newsletter which goes to press shortly. New addresses or changes of address of emigrants should be forwarded to Carmel Rice or Brendan or Joe Kenny.
The hunting following the opening meet of the Tipperary Foxhounds on Monday last was the best for a number of seasons. With good crowds of mounted and foot and car followers, good hunting, great jumping, and good viewing for the foot followers, favoured by excellent weather, a great day's sport was enjoyed by all.
The sport shown on Monday by huntsman Simon Probin with first whip Pat O'Brien, shows promise of a great 1997/'98 season for the gallant "Tipps."
Ms. Tara O'Donnell, Farrnaleen, was leading lady jockey of the 1997 pony racing season which concluded on Sunday last. With a total of 11 wins, Tara retained the title of top lady rider which she also won last year.
Fethard Bridge Club have arranged bridge classes for Monday nights. All are welcome. Club contact: Annie O'Brien on 052 31862.
Lecture: Fethard Historical Society have invited Michael Coady, Carrickon-Suir, to give a talk "At Home Abroad in Newfoundland" upstairs in the Abymill at 8.30 pm on Tuesday, 4th November.
Hundreds of young Irishmen from South Tipp, Waterford and Kilkenny emigrated to Newfoundland to work on contract for the fishing season. Their customs, traditions, names, dances, music, accents and culture lingered on. The people of Newfoundland have been described as Ireland's forgotten emigrants. Perhaps because there was no chance of filling jumbo jets of tourists with poor farmers and fishermen.
A field on the lands of John and Catherine O'Flynn, Knockelly, is known as "The Codders Field." The original purchase price of this field was earned by a family named Walsh working on contract at the cod fishing banks of TalmhAn Eisc.
Michael Coady, has travelled to Newfoundland a number of times researching the Irish, especially the South Tipperary connection. His lecture will hold great appeal for all interested in our history. Students should make a special effort to attend.
There will be a cover, charge of £2.
Munster club football championship
Fethard are in the dark'.
County senior champions Fethard are now winding down their preparations for their Munster club football tie on this Sunday afternoon (26th). But amazingly, the identity of their opponents won't be known until tonight (Thursday), writes Eamonn Wynne.
Fethard had presumed that they would be travelling to the Gaelic Grounds to play University of Limerick, the county champions.
But defeated finalists Galbally subsequently lodged an appeal on the grounds that the university team that beat them in the final wasn't properly affiliated.
That appeal will be decided on at the Munster Council meeting tonight (Thursday) at the Limerick Inn.
The county board had found in favour of UL, but then Galbally appealed that decision to the provincial council.
Whoever they end up playing, Fethard will be anxious to confirm the form that has won them South and county titles in recent months.
Much responsibility, therefore, will rest upon the shoulders of experienced players like Chris Coen, Brian Burke, Michael Spillane, Tommy Sheehan, Willie O'Meara, Michael Quinlan and Willie Morrissey, as Fethard embark upon their first provincial campaign in four years.
If the tie against the UL stands, it will go ahead at the Gaelic Grounds at 2.30.
But there could be a change of venue if Galbally's appeal is successful.
In any event, the match will be refereed by Muiris O'Sullivan of Kerry.
Pupil of the Year
Mr. Ernan Briton, principal, Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard, presenting student David Kennedy, Kilnockin, Fethard, with the 'Padraig Pearse Perpetual Memorial Cup' for his academic excellence in Irish, History and English in the Junior Cert examination. The perpetual trophy was donated to the school in November 1991 by Mr. Breffny O'Rourke, a native of Ballingarry, who spent most of his life in California and wished to make the presentatlon to mark the 75th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.