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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 1st November 1997

Fethard / New Zealand
The wedding took place in Palmerston North, New Zealand, on October 18th, of John, son of Dr. Paddy and Mrs Di Stokes, Main Street, to Ms. Melissa Davidson, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Patrician / Presentation Secondary School
The erm up to the Hallowe'en )reak has been extremely )usy, with many activities.
Subsequent to obtaining xcellent results in the Funior Cert exam, with no ;hortage of As, the transiion year went to Kilrush, o. Clare, on their outdoor Dursuits programme.
They are now rehearsing usily for their 1997 show, 'Godspell," which will be staged in the Abymill in mid-December.
Davin Kennedy of transition year has been awarded the Padraig Pearse Memorial Trophy for excellence in his Junior Cert results.
Rachel Outram of the 5th year has been selected to play on the national women's volleyball team.
Six members of the school's football team were on the Co. Tipperary under16 football team which has qualified for the Munster under-16 football shield final - Cian Maher, Kenneth O'Donnell, Conor McCarthy, Michael Ahearne, Kenneth Byrne and Joe Keane.
John Phelan of 5th year has qualified for the final of the solo singing talent competition organised by Kilsheelan GAA Club.
Sheila O'Donnell and Cathal O'Brien of 6th year will represent the school in the UCC philosophical debate.
Five of the schools girls volleyball team have been chosen on the Munster volleyball squad.
Record price: The eightacre holding of the late Jimmy Heffernan, Ballyvaden, was sold by public auction for £280,000.
This is regarded as being somewhat of a record price for farm land in the area.
The purchaser was Mr Pat Heffernan, Ballyvaden.

Aquatic fox and daring huntsman
The Tipperary Foxhounds had a red letter day following their meet at Hoare Abbey on October 30th.
Having hunted continuously for an hour and forty minutes at the Ballinamona side, hounds drew the Brittas end of Mr Hyde's stud farm in the afternoon. A good fox was quickly away and ran to Camas Bridge. Reynard did a u turn just short of the road and ran the riverbank bnck in the opposite direction, Halfway back, under no pressure, he decided to cross the River Suir. A brief check on the bank saw the bitch pack cross the river and hit the line immediately on the other side.
Huntsman Simon Probin was quickly across also. Seeing him make it safely, a few of the more daring followers also crossed. Hounds hunted their fox into a thick covert where he was left after twenty minutes excellent hunting.
It is 27 seasons since a hunted fox last crossed the Suir. The point where he crossed is just two miles downstream from Mr Burke's MFH whipper-in, Paddy Tierney, was tragically drowned while crossing the Suir in January 1908.

Challenge quiz
Congrats to Wall's pub team on retaining their Fethard challenge quiz title, which they also won last year.
The team representing Fethard Arms were the defeated finalists.
Walls were represented by John Lacey captain, Olwyn Wall-O'Brien, Gerry Murphy and Michael Maher.
Fethard Arms Margaret Hackett, Kenny Hackett, Tom McCormack and Pat O'Brien.
Thirty teams participated.
Co-ordinator John Ryan wishes to thank sincerely the sponsors, team members, quizmasters and scorekeepers and all who contributed to the success of the venture.
A sum of £1,015 was realised which this year went to the Nano Nagle School Fund.

St. Vincent de Paul
With Christmas now much closer than we realise, the local St. Vincent de Paul Society would welcome gifts of toys and clothes in good condition.
Contact Vincent Burke, Vincent Doocey or Father Ryan CC.

Bridge results
Wednesday October 22nd - First round player of year competition:
1St gross Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins; 2nd gross Margaret Hackett and Bernie Myles; 1st nett Maureen Maher and Marie Delaney; 2nd nett Margaret Cummins and Margaret O'Rourke.
Wednesday 29th October - Hallowe'en sponsored prize:
1st gross Alice Quinn and Theresa Cummins; 2nd gross Margaret Hackett and Bernie Myles; 1st nett Eileen Dillon and Rita Kane; 2nd nett Tony Hanrahan and Mary Quirke.
Wednesday 12th November: Second round player of year competition (change of partner).

GAA
Coolaclare, following their 1-6 to 0-7 win over Doonbeg in the Clare county SF final, will be Fethard's opponents in their second round semi-final game in the Munster club SF championship at Clonmel on this Sunday November 9th.

St. Rita's Camogie Club
Our under-16s put up a very spirited display against St. Cronan's, Roscrea, in the county semi-final and ran out winners by one point, 1-4 to 13, to reach the county final which takes place on Saturday next at The Ragg, at 3pm, against Holycross.
Support would be appreciated by the girls.
The club remind all parents and supporters of our pub quiz in O'Shea's Lounge on Monday 10th November, at 10pm.
A presentation will also be made to Margaret Quinlan, who was married recently.
Athletics: At the recent agm of Fethard AC, the following officers and committee were elected:
Chairman Miceal McCormack; Vice-chair; Tony Hanrahan; Secretary: Dr. Carmel Condon; Treasurer: Tom Cannon; Asst. treas.: Marie Crèan; Registration: Margaret Casey; PRO: Peggy O'Sullivan. Committee: Margaret Cannon, Michael O'Sullivan, Noreen Maher and Geraldine Mullins.
Twenty-two athletes from the club travelled to Beaufort, Co. Kerry, on Sunday last for the under10, under-l2, under-l4 juvenile, novice and vets Munster cross-country championships.
Eoin O'Sullivan won silver in the boys under-14 event.
All Fethard athletes in their first season in competition ran very well on the day.
Munster club football championship

Fethard are in the dark again.'
For the second time in the space of two weeks, Fethard find themselves in a state of limbo approaching a Munster club championship fixture, writes Eamonn Wynne.
The Tipp champions are
scheduled to entertain the Clare representatives Cooraclare in the Munster semi-final at Clonmel Sportsfield on this Sunday afternoon (9th).
But Cooraclare, who beat Doonbeg by 1-6 to 0-7 in the county final last Sunday, have sought a postponement from the Munster Council. A decision was expected from the Munster Council last night (Wednesday) and suggestions earlier this week indicated that the game might be postponed for a fortnight.

Fethard beat Galbally in the first round two weeks ago, although they didn't know until the Thursday night before the match that it would be Galbally, and not University of Limerick, that they would be playing.
whenever the match is played, Fethard will be hopeful of confirming the
form that saw them defeat Galbally by 1-13 to 0-12, when they had encouraging performances from the likes of Chris Coen, Philly Blake, Michael Quinlan, Willie O'Meara, Jimmy O'Meara, Brian Burke, Willie Morrissey and Martin Coen.
Cooraclare, meanwhile were given a timely boost for last weekend's county final with the return from Boston of Tom Morrissey, who was on the Clare team that beat Kerry in the 1992 Munster final.
Their other prominent players include corner-back Tomas Queally, freetaker Christy O'Donoghue, midfielder Joe Considine and Martin Morrissey.



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