Developing Fethard tourism
All the main players involved in local development at community and official level came together recently in Fethard and took part in a two-hour seminar that looked at the development of tourism in the area. It was a very comprehensive gathering indeed. The concept was initiated by Fethard and Killusty Community Council and the idea was enthusiastically supported by Councillor Michael Anglim, chairman of South Tipperary County Council. Local Councillors Ned Brennan and Susan Meagher were also present, and Senator Tom Hayes represented Councillor John Holohan who was unable to attend.
The County Council official side was represented by Ms Mary Carroll, environmental officer; Mr Dan Walsh, area engineer; and Mr Martin Maher, county librarian, also attended.
Tipperary Leaders were represented by John Devane and Deirdre Cox; County Enterprise Board by Mr Toss Hayes; and FAS by Mr Joe Whelan.
Ms Mary O'Halloran represented SERTA and the county tourism committee and Teagasc was represented by Mr Terry Cunningham.
Mr Michael O'Hagan, chairman, Fethard and Killusty Community Council. headed up the local community groups who have been involved with the Fethard and Killusty Tourism Project since it began its work in January of this year. The tourism project and associated training course in rural tourism was facilitated by Mr Terry Cunningham, rural enterprise officer with Teagasc. The aim of the project was to look at the Fethard area's potential as a possible tourist destination and to help in the co-ordination of a community approach to developing a tourist industry in the area. The objective of the seminar was to achieve greater understanding and coordination between the local community groups and the State agencies so as to achieve a more focused development process in the Fethard and Killusty area.
The seminar was very successful in its aim of increasing understanding between the local community group and the official development agencies and a better working relationship should now evolve. This is especially important at the present time as Fethard is earmarked for improvement works in 1998 under the Urban and Village Renewal Scheme. There was unanimous agreement that the medieval town of Fethard was of national importance in archeological terms and that all developments, whether public or private, must respect and enhance that unique feature of the town. The local community groups were particularly concerned that the town hall would again become the focus of the town by the development over time of a joint Library / Tourist / Information Office in the centrally located medieval building. The whole question of safe walking routes, maintenance of rights-of-way and access to the Town Wall were also of great concern to the local residents. The discussion ranged over a very wide agenda and many good suggestions and practical ideas were generated.
The visitors to Fethard and Killusty Parish were very impressed by the set of slides prepared by Michael O'Hagan which illustrated over one million pounds has been raised locally in recent years for building projects alone.
There is a huge voluntary effort ongoing in the parish, Mr O'Hagan said, and what the people of Fethard and Killusty are asking for is that the official agencies consult with the local people to ensure that all efforts are going in the one direction.
McCarthys Bar & Restaurant on Main Street, Fethard, is the ideal spot to enjoy good food and drink over the Christmas season. The old world style of the bar with wooden beams and furniture and a warm glowing fire create a warm and welcoming atmosphere and the cheerful friendly staff are always looking out for customer's needs.
"J's" Restaurant adjacent to the bar offers excellent home cooked food in a pleasant environment.
Evening meals are served from Wednesday to Sunday until 10pm in the restaurant where Sunday lunch is also available from l2.2.3Opm. Lunch is also served daily in the bar. So why not drop in and enjoy a drink in the bar before trying out some excellent food in the restaurant.
McCarthys wish all their customers a very happy Christmas.
G & Ts Cafe and Deli is now open adjacent to McCarthys Hotel offering customers a varied breakfast and lunch menu, as well as soups, sandwiches and snacks.
All the food is home made using only the freshest ingredients and a wide range of salads and freezerfoods such as lasagnes, quiches, etc. are available to take out.
The cafe will open from 8.30am to 6.3Opm daily so why not pay a visit for a tasty, home cooked meal. Full bar and wine licence.
Baguettes are just that bit different with delicious toppings such as grilled brie and tomato, grilled avocado with mozzarella and tomato, or grilled brie and crispy bacon with honey mustard - all delicious. Soups are normally thick country vegetable made from the finest vegetables in season served with home-made brown bread. Specials of the day served would be chicken breast with various sauces, or beef, ham or pork. 0 & Ts also cater for small parties/functions or for your own dinner party, just ask them what you can get beautiful home cooked food and serve your guests at home
Coen's Meat Market, Fethard
First quality - fair prices is the motto at Coen's Meat Market, where a wide range of top quality meats are sold at reasonable prices.
Home made sausages are a speciality, along with beef, pork, lamb, bacon and frozen foods.
Order your Christmas meats now at Coen's for turkeys and hams of the finest quality.
Coen's are well known for their personal service and quality products and they wish all their customers and friends the very best of 1998.
Allen's Meats, Fethard
Allen's Meats, situated on The Green, Fethard, specialise in best quality beef, pork, lamb, chicken and bacon and supply fresh vegetables daily.
They guarantee only topof-the-range meats to their customers as they source all their meat from a top quality abbatoir.
Fresh free-range turkeys, green and smoked hams are all available for the Christmas season and customers are urged to order early so as not to be disappointed.
Allen's wish all their customers and friends a very happy Christmas.
Duggan's Garage, Fethard
For all your car maintenance and sales requirements why not drop in to Duggan's Garage Main Street, Fethard, where highly skilled mechanics can take care of your problems.
Duggan's have installed a new diagnostic unit for car tuning.
Well known for their fast and efficient service, Duggan's are always available to help customers on any aspect of car maintenance and repair and are only too happy to offer a word of advice.
The management and staff wish all their customers a very happy Christmas.
Fethard Bridge Club:
Monday 1St December
1st gross Marie Delaney and Frances Burke, 2nd gross Mick Burke and Mary Quirke.
1st nett Margaret O'Rourke and Nell Broderick, 2nd nett Gemma Burke and Kathleen Kenny.
Wednesday 3rd December - Change of partner, turkeys, 1st gross Tony Hanrahan and Frances Burke, 1st nett Brendan Kenny and Tess Flynn,
1st gross Olive Looby and Bridget Gorey, 2nd nett Maura Mullins and Eileen Dillon.
The club will hold its Christmas dinner on Wednesday 17th Dec rnber, in i's Restaurant. Members wishing to go may contact Annie O'Brien, 052 31862.
Last appeal for changes in emigrants' addresses.
Newsletters, including postage, cost over £7 per copy to post outside Europe and £5 to other parts.
Please try to cut down on unnecessary expense by notifying Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, 052 31663, or Brendan Kenny, St. Patrick's Place, 052 31989.
At the 7 o'clock Mass in the Parish Church, on Saturday, Rev. Father Ryan CC made an appeal for new members for the parish choir.
Emigrants especially home for Christmas look forward to hearing the Christmas hymns and carols sung in the traditional manner.
Please come along, new members are urgently needed.
Sympathy: Sincere sympathy is extended to Mrs Eileen Purcell, Burke Street, on the death of her sister, Mrs Mary Frizelle, formerly of GrangemockIcr, which occurred recently at Greystones, Co. Wicklow.
Interment took place in Greystones.
Fethard Sunday Coursing Club got the current season off to a .fly
ing start on Sunday 23rd November.
Following an excellent day's coursing the Looby Cup was completed.
Mick Flanagan, who is always there or thereabouts when finals are down for decision, won the event with Ican Pickem, who beat Pat McCormack's Roof It in a great final.
All members are requested to be present in the car park on Saturday morning at 10.30 and to attend the next club meeting in the Tirry Centre on the previous Friday night December 12th, at 8.30.
The annual Church of Ireland Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church on Friday December 19th. All are invited to attend.
Christmas country markets in the town hall on Friday December 19th.
Mass for all members in the Augustinian Abbey on Sunday December 14th, at I 130am. Christmas party on the same date.
The committee regrets that this year they are obliged to confine the party to members only.
New members would be warmly welcome. They may join by attending the senior citizens' monthly meeting in the Tirry Centre on the first Tuesday of each month at 8.
Fethard junior footballers were beaten 2-6 to 1-3 in the South Tipperary junior A final played at Clonmel on Sunday.
The championship was played on a one-round league system.
Fethard won all their games including a win over Eire Og in the preliminary rounds.
However, when they needed it most they could not just strike the same form in Sunday's final.
Fermoy looks like the most likely venue for the Fethard versus Castlehaven [Cork] Munster A1B club football final on Sunday.
Munster Club Senior Football Final
Fethard all set for their biggest day
JUST, like the crew of Star Trek's Starship Enterprise, County Champions Fethard will boldly attempt to go where no Tipperary football team has gone before when they participate in this Sunday's Munster Club Senior Football final against Castlehaven of Cork at Fermoy's Fitzgerald Park.
In spite of four appearances by two different clubs, a Tipperary team has yet to win the Munster football championship.
Clonmel Commercials were the first into the fray, when they were beaten by UCC in the 1971 provincial
Fethard captain, Willie Morrissey championship, although the match was actually played in the early months of the following year.
Commercials went agonisingly close in 1990, when they lost to Dr. Crokes of Killarney after a replay in Fermoy.
The Clonmel team was comprehensively defeated by Castlehaven in the '94 decider at Pairc Ui Rinn, as
were Moyle Rovers when they travelled to the same venue to play Laune Rangers the following year.
Now it's the turn at Fethard to make their imprint on the championship. The Blues look as well equipped as any of the sides that have emerged to represent the county, though that's not to lessen the magnitude of the task that they face.
Semi-finalists nine years ago when they lost to Kilrossanty, Fethard will be playing in their first final, following earlier victories over Galbally and Cooraclare.
Castlehaven booked their place in the final when they dismissed Kerry's Laune Rangers with almost summary ease in the semi-final at Castlehaven last weekend.
Fethard's preparations for the big game are now being wound down, as football followers from all over the south of the county in particular make their arrangements for the short journey south to Fermoy.
Selector Noel Byrne says that in spite of the stiff challenge that awaits them, Fethard will give it their very best shot on the day.
While the team has a rich reservoir of experience to draw upon, he considers that qualities like commitment, heart and the will-towin will have more important roles to play.
He notes that since the County final defeat of Aherlow, the team's spirit and will-to-win have been increasing, and should be big assets to the players on Sunday.
Fethard's three most experienced campaigners are Brian Burke, Tommy Sheehan and Michael 'Buddy' Fitzgerald, who were all on the team that won the County Championship in 1984.
The Blues have six of the players who figured in their team in 1988, when they beat Claughan, only to be defeated by Kilrossanty in the semi-final.
They are Michael Ryan, Willie O'Meara, Willie Morrissey, Brian Burke, Tommy Sheehan and Michael 'Buddy' Fitzgerald.
Fethard put up a brave performance in 1991, when they travelled to Killarney to play Dr. Crokes. But their luck was out, and they went under on a 1- 16 to 3-7 scoreline.
Brian Burke didn't start that game because he had only just returned from a spell in Australia, while injuries to Shay Coen and Michael Fitzgerald greatly upset Fethard's plans.
Their only consolation from the defeat was that Dr. Crokes went on to beat Thomas Davis in the AllIreland final the following spring.
Hallowe'en of 1993 saw Fethard travel to Quilty on the coast of Clare, to play Kilmurray Ibrickane. They lost by 1-8 to 0-9, but given their dominance for long periods it was a tie that they really should have won.
ONLY THREE NEWCOMERS
Interestingly, Fethard have twelve of the team that played in Clare that day. The only newcomers are Paul FitzGerald, Damien Byrne and Stephen O'Donnell, thus enhancing the panel's sense of unity and togetherness.
It won't have gone unnoticed that although Fethard is nearer to Fermoy than Castlehaven is, the final will be played at a venue which is within the county of one of the participants.
Noel Byrne said they were happy enough with the pitch, but he believes that Dungarvan or Kilmallock would have been a fairer venue.
However, the choice of Fermoy hasn't unduly upset the Fethard camp, although he also made the point that last week's Munster Hurling final between Clarecastle and Patrickswell was played at a neutral venue.
Fethard weren't represented in Castlehaven last Sunday, when the home
team left no room for argument with a 2-10 to 1-3 defeat of Laune Rangers.
That victory maintained a quite remarkable record for the West Cork club that has seen them unbeaten in Munster club football.
Laune Rangers coach, John Evans also sounded a note of warning for Fethard in the post-match interviews, when he described Castlehaven's level of fitness as "astonishing".
Castlehaven coach Christy Collins was pleased with the tremendous hunger shown by his side.
He said that the team had played as if the match was taking place on the first day of spring instead of the first Sunday in December.
While no Fethard personnel were present at the game, the team and selectors will study a video recording of the semi-final this week.
Noel Byrne understood that Castlehaven were totally on top, and had dominated every position. He said that with players of the calibre of Larry Tompkins, the two Cahalanes and the two Clearys, they were bound to be strong.
John Cleary was the main dangerman, scoring a total of 2-3, while Kevin O'Donovan, John Maguire and Martin O'Mahoney were others who had played well, by all accounts.
Tompkins ruled the roost at centre-forward in the first-half, before being deployed as a third midfielder in the second half when Castlehaven faced the wind, and a torrential shower of sleet.
Fethard themselves shouldn't lack for preparation this weekend. Since l,ast February they've had 107 training sessions. They've played 15 champi
onship matches and 14 challenges, and have been unbeaten in championship football since they lost to Moyle Rovers on April 11th last.
Noel Byrne agreed that they had done enough in terms of preparation, and it would be a question of whether their legs would carry them on the day.Though it hadn't been chosen at the time of writing, the team is expected to be along the same lines as that which beat Coraclare in the semi-final.
RYAN'S RETURN A MORALE BOOST
The panel will be heartened by the return to the narish this week of Shay Ryan. One of the most talented footballers to have emerged from Fethard in recent years, Shay was involved with the panel earlier in the season, before
his work with Coolmore Stud brought him to Kentucky for a number of months.
Shay became ill during his sojourn in America, but his return on the eve of the club's most important match ever is timely, both from his own point of view and as a boost for the team's morale.
When they strike form Fethard can be a skillful, stylish team capable of some scintillating football.
But as they showed in quite atrocious conditions against Cooraclare in the semi-final in Clonmel, they can also roll up their sleeves and scrap and battle when the need arises.
In the previous round they put in another workmanlike performance to see off Galbally by 113 to 012. Jinimv O'Meara did most of tile - ' that day, weighing in with a sonal tally of 1-3, while Tommy Sheehan (0-2), Michael Quinlan (0-2), Martin Coen (0-3), "Buddy' Fitzgerald (01), Michael Spillane (0-1) and John Paul Looby (0-1) accounted for their other points.
Their six points against Cooraclare came courtesy of Martin Coen (0-3), Brian Burke, Jimmy O'Meara and Tommy Sheehan.
Fethard's trainer / manager is Walty Moloney, and the other selectors are Noel Byrne, Michael Healy, Jimmy O'Shea and Danny Kane.
Noel Byrne's final word was that the team would travel to Fermoy not just to give a good account of themselves, but with every intention of winning the Munster crown.
He felt that they have a 50/50 chance, they have nothing to lose, and they present the county to the best of their ability.
South JFC 'A' final...
Super Ryan goal seals Clonmel Og title
Clonmel Og 2-8; Fethard 2-3
Whilst the final scoreline might indicate that Clonmel Og had a comfortable success over Fethard in an absorbing Martins Tiles South Tlpp JFC 'A' final, played at Clonmel on Sunday, nothing could be further from the truth as the game hung very much In the balance with five minutes remaining and it took a super goal from sub. and captain, Mark Ryan to put Clonmel Og on their way to their second title.
File game began in wet and windy conditions and both sides had problems In adapting to a heavy pitch. However they settled down to provide a most entertaining and closely contested decider that yielded some golden moments,
Fethard began with the, wind advantage and Brendan Brett opened the scoring with a point from a free quickly followed by another from play. The 20th minute saw a long bail from Michael Carroll fumbled in the Clonmel Og goal and Eugene Walsh was on hand to deflect to the net.
Fethard were looking good at this stage but once Stephen Aylward opened the Cionmel account with a point from a free in the 21st minute they grew in confidence. Brian Gentles added a point before Joe Barrett shot a peach of a goal to even the game. Thomas
1-3 to 1-2 ahead on the call of half-time.
Fethard began the 'econd period in determined fashion and Johnny Neville almost had a goal but his effort was well smothered by John Landers.
Stephen Aylward equalised from a free in the 34th minute and Cloñmel Og edged ahead for the first time when John Crotty kicked a mighty point from a 55-metre free a minute later.
The Clonmel joy was shortlived however as Fethard struck back within seconds and Johnny Neville goaled.
A point from Ivan McMenamin left one between them at the threequarter. The teams were Gentles kicked a splendid equaliser entering the final quarter. The team were deadlocked for a ding-dong ten minutes before a long ball from Michael Carroll found sub, Michael Hrowne who drew his man before parting to Mark Ryan who sent an unstoppable shot to the top left corner of the net for one of the best goals seen for some time. There was no stopping Clonmel Og now as Fethard's gallant bid crumbled and John Crotty and Stephen Aylward added the insurance points.
It was a splendid success for Clonmel Og given that they had to line out without some key players.They have a county title now in their sights and must have every chance of making history.
Whilst all seventeen players used played their parts in taking the club's second title in the grade, a number stood out. Mark Ryan's goal will ever be remembered in the annals of the club whilst his fellow sub. Michael Browne made a major contribution when introduced. Over the hour John Crotty was a commanding figure in the midfield area and he got splendid back-up from Brian Gentles who scored two fine points. Pat Walsh proved the key man in defence giving a majestic display whilst all the defenders closed their opponents down well. The accurate place kicking of Stephen Aylward and Joe Barrett's fine goal also con tributed handsomely.
On the Fethard side John Hanley, Philip Prout, goalie Thm Ryan, Brendan Brett, lohn Neville, Michael Carroll and Eugene Walsh were always to the fore.
Referee, Donie Cahill (Ballyporeen) gave an impressive performance in his first major final.
Clonmel Og: Stephen Aylward 0-3, Mark Ryan 13, Joe Barrett 1-0, John Crotty 0-2, Brian Gentles 02, Ivan McMenamin 0-1,
Fethard: John Neville 1-3, Eugene Walsh 1-0, Brendan Brett 0-2, Thomas Burke 0-1.
John Landers, Tony Smith, Pat Walsh, Jonathan O'Connor, Bremidan Murray, Seamus Halpin, Mark Gregory, John Crotty, Brian Gentles, Michael Condon, Malcolm O'Connor, Stephen Aylward, Joe Baritt, John Morrissey, Ivan McMenamin,
Subs: Michael Browne for Ivan MeMenamln, Mark Ryan for John Morrissey.
Fethard: Torn Ryan. Philip Prout, Cohn Allen, John Kelly, Michael Carroll, Michael Burke, Kenneth Sheehan, Shane Kenny, Eugene Walsh, Brendan Brett, John Hurley, Thomas Burke, Gerry Horan, Brian Higgins, John Neville.
Subs: Joe Keane for Shane Kenny, Dcclar, Maher for Cohn Allen. Conor O'Donnell fo Brian Higgins.
Ref: Donle Cahill, Ballyporeen.
Double honour for Willie Morrisey
Captaining Fethard in Sunday's Munster club football final against Castlehaven in Fernioy will not have been the only honour bestowed upon Willie Morrissey this week, writes Eamonn Wynne.
On Monday night the popular defender was chosen by the Tipperary United Sports Panel for a Cidona Award for Gaelic Football for 1997.
The award is suitable recognition of the captain's outstanding displays throughout the year, that have helped Fethard win South and county titles and brought the club to its firstever Munster final.
When I broke the news to him on Tuesday morning, Willie said he was "shocked and stunned" to have been honoured by the United Sports Panel.
He was delighted to have been selected for the Cidona Award, but modestly added that in his opinion any of the other fourteen players on the team could have been chosen.
Turning his thoughts towards Sunday's big game, he said it would be their intention to let Castlehaven worry about Fethard, rather than the other way around.
Castlehaven would be hot favourites and having beaten Laune Rangers so convincingly in the semi-final they might be thinking they had the championship in the bag already.
Fethard had nothing to lose, and they would concentrate on playing the same way they had played all year.
The Fethard captain was pleased that the final would be played in Fermoy Instead of Cork. The clubs own supporters would have travelled irrespective of the venue, but he believed that the relatively short journey to Fermoy will bring a lot more support from around the county.
NO SOFT TITLES
Some people might have claimed that Fethard won a soft county title, but in his view there was no such thing.
The entire panel of players was very comthitted to the cause all year, and everyone was working for each other.
There was a great atmosphere within the club, and training was going well.
The return from America this week of Shay Ryan would be another big boost for everyone.
Willie Morrissey said it would be great to have him in the dressingroom before the game, and they would be trying that bit harder to win the championship for him.
It had been an honour for Willie to captain the team to the South and county championships, and it would be a privilege to lead the side into the Munster final. -
Victory would be icing on the cake, he said. While some were only too willing to write them off, Willie Morrissey believed that Fethard had a 50/50 chance.
He said if they had a good support behind them, and got off to a reasonably good start, then it could well be their day.
He also made the point that Castlehaven had a few problems in the camp, Fethard were more settled.
The one thing their captam promised was that Fethard wouldn't be overawed by their Cork opponents.
2 O'CLOCK THROW-IN
Sunday's Munster club football final between Fethard and Castlehaven will have a 2 o'clock start at Fitzgerald Park, Fermoy. The referee is Kevin Walsh of Clare.