Compared with other areas, Fethard escaped relatively lightly from the Christmas eve storm. The town was without electricity from 12.45 pm to 10 pm on Christmas Eve. The eight o'clock Mass at Fethard parish church and the 9 pm Mass in the Abbey were celebrated by candlelight. A freak gust of wind dislodged a garden shed in St. Patricks Place. The shed catapulted a 9" cavity cement block through a 14' high bedroom window at Mr. Joe Keanes residence. Fortunately the room was unoccupied. Some of the Coolmoyne / Rosegreen area did not have power restored until St. Stephens Day.
Compliments from the local organising committee to Neily Hall and Pappy Halpin who through their efforts in completing the Dublin City Marathon. raised £437 for the South. Tipperary Hospice Movement.
The full house attendance at the talk given by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber in the Abymill on Saturday 21st found the evening most informative and entertaining. Mr. Bob Lanigan who organised the talk proved a most competent MC and interviewer. The proceeds went to the Shane Broderick Appeal and The Abbey Building Fund. Sir Andrew attended Christmas' Service at Holy Trinity Church and visited the crib at the Augustinian Abbey.
The parish newsletter has now been posted to over 1,100. Fethard emigrants in 44 different countries.
The magazine is also on sale locally and has been very favourably commented upon. Editor Joe Kenny is always open to any suggestions as to how the Newsletter could be improved.
Fethard GAA Sports Centre are currently organising the Hayes Cup Racquetball competition The event is confined to novice players on teams of three gents and two ladies. Entries of teams at ClO per team to any committee member.
of the Fethard Judo Club have had two very active weekends. Week-ending December 14th club members participated in the Munster finals in the University of Limerick where Valerie Colville had a great day winning two gold medals in both the ladies senior event and the mixed team event where she was part of the University of Limerick squad who defeated UCC Mizenqwai Club, Kerry and Regional College, Tralee.
Munster silver medallists were: D. J. Gorey, u-3lkg; Liam Hally, u-45kg; bronze medallists, Peter Hally, u 37kg; Martin Sheehan, u 37kg. Phillip Hally had also reached a final for bronze during which he injured his foot and ended up in the Regional Hospital but was later discharged.
Sunday, December 21st A special Christmas competition confined to club members took place in Fethard. There was a large number of parents and supporters present at this very competitive event. Results were as follows:
Girls: U-25kg - I, Sinead Lee; Joint 2, Lo rraine Feery, Samantha Feery. Open - 1, Danielle Lawrence; 2, Stephanie Lawrence; 3, Lisa Ryan.
Boys: U-2Okg - I, Tim O'Hagen; 2, Paddy Power; 3, Matt O'Sullivan. U-22kg - I, Ciarian O'Shea; 2, Mike O'Hagan; 3, Seamus O'Keeffe. U-28kg - I, David Conway; 2, Patrick Holohan; 3, Jack O'Sullivan. U-3Ikg - I, Derek Shine; 2, David Lee; 3, Cathal Gorey. U-37 kg I, Stephen Shine; 2, James Curran. U-4lkg - 1, Richard Gorey, 2, Anthony Feery; 3, David Gorey.
Open event for Perpetual cup: 1, Roy Gorey; 2, Tony
Gorey; Joint 3, Anthony Feery, Peter Hally.
Diana Walsh Memorial trophy for player of the day: Richard Gorey.
The club would like to thank everybody for their support and to wish a happy New Year to all.
Community Games Art
Competition: Due to recently introduced winter/ summer games programme the Area Art & Modelling (Clay) finals will take place on January 10th. Anyone wishing to participate must have their picture and entry fee of 50p with Peggy Colville, Grove Road, before January 10th. Competitors must reside in. the Fethard / Killusty area and must be under the age specified on the 31st of July, 1998.
Age categories for art boys and girls u-8, 10, 12, 14 & 16; Modelling, boys and girls u-10 and u-14. County final will lb e held in CBS Carrick-on-Suir on Saturday, January 24th at 2
As this is pur last effort at time of writing for 1997 a sincere thank you to all who helped with the Fethard notes~ the past year. A special thank you to club secretaries and PROs for their contributions. May I take this opportunity to wish a very happy new year to all readers, especially our overseas friends. Sometimes you probably think things are not up to scratch, all we can say is, "we are doing our best".
One of the club's most consistent players over the best part of the last decade, Willie Morrissey enjoyed one of the greatest honours that comes the way of any player when he led Fethard to the South and County Senior Football Championships during 1997.
The stylish defender was one of the team's best performers when they heat Ardfinnan and Aherlow respectively to claim the division's and the county's top footballing honours.
He also captained the team in its Munster campaign, when they beat Galbally and Cooraclare before reaching the end of the road in the provincial final in Fermoy.
Fethard lost little in defeat, as they put up a tremendous display before giving second best to Castlehaven.
Garda plea for help in. Missing Woman search
Gardai have issued an appeal to the public for help in tracing a woman missing from her parents' Fethard home since Friday.
Concern is mounting for the safety of thirty year old Mary Fitzgerald, who worked and lived in Clonmel for the last ten years, with the search now almost a week old.
On Wednesday morning members of the Garda sub aqua unit were called to assist in the search. They began searching the river Clashawley which runs near the Fitzgerald family home in Crampscastle.
Mary Fitzgerald 51'' tall of slim build was wearing a green knitted jumper and green trousers when she left her parents home at 3.30 on Friday afternoon. She was last seen on tile Cloncell road around 4.15 pin later that day.
Up to eighty people, including gardai, civil defence, neighbours and friends of the Fitzgerald faintly have participated ill searches since Sunday.
Clonmel Garda, John Lonergan, has called on the public to help gardai locate the missing woman, They are anxious to talk to anybody who might have seen or spoken to Mary from Friday afternoon or to anybody who might know or have heard anything about her whereabouts.
The distraught family, parents Jack and Winnie, sister Theresa and brother John are deeply appreciative of the support and kindness shown to them by their neighbours and friends
Mary Fitzgerald who has been missing since she left her parents home in Fethard shortly after 3 pm last Friday during their ordeal.
John praised the work of the gardai and the civil defence and the huge amount of people who assisted in the search. lIe said the family were appreciative of the support and kindness shown to them by family, neighbours and friends.
Gardai also appealed to the public for help and urged anybody with any informalion that might help find his sister to contact the gardai immediately.
Mary works in the (Tluain Enterprise Centre, Clonmel and has lived in various parts of Clonmel over the years and presently lived in a flat in Mitchel Street.
She left home at about 3.00 pm last Friday. Site left without a coat and without the glasses she normally wears. She was last seen walking on the Cloneen Road at approximately 4.15. Gardai say she may he suffering from memory loss.
The family became concerned later that evening when Mary failed to return and alerted the gardai. Intensive searches of fields near the river in Crampcastle and adjoining areas of Everardsgrange and Rathkenny started on Sunday morning.
Gardai appealed to farmers to check outhouses and farm buildings. The gardai and civil defence were joined by dozens of neighbours and friends of the family when the search started.
Up to eighty people have taken part in the search for the missing woman since Sunday.
In Clonmel, where Mary was very well known, searches were made in sonic public houses that she was known to visit on Sunday night. Posters with her picture have been distributed in pubs and shops all over Clonmel and also in Fethard, Cloneen, Mullinahone and other areas.
Reported sightings of her in ('lonmel on Friday are being investigated by the garda i At the moment the last definite sighting ot Mary was on Friday at 4,15 pin on the Cloneen road.
After further searches all day Monday, Gardai decided to call in the sub aqua unit which arrived in the area on Tuesday evening and began searching the river Clashawley at 7.30 am on Wednesday morning.
Anybody with information that could help Gardai in the search for Mary Fitzgerald can ring Clonmel Garda Station at 052 22222.