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Saturday 17th January 1998

The local branch of Fethard IFA held its annual general meeting in December. The following officers were elected for 1998:
Chairman: John O'Flynn; Secretary: Denis McGrath; Treasurer: David Tierney; Vice-chairmen: Richard Hennessy and David Tierney.
The following delegates were elected to the county agricultural committees Dairying Joe Trehy and David O'Meara; Livestock Richard Hennessy and David Tierney; Grain Noel Delaney; Industrial John Slattery.
Michael Hanly, county IFA secretary, who attended as guest speaker, complimented and paid great tribute to outgoing chairman Denis O'l-Ialloran for his outstanding service to IFA at branch, county and national level.
As well as his term of chairman of Fethard branch, Denis has been chairman of the county animal health committee and a member of the national animal health committee.
A special seminar on phosphate will be held in the ICA hall on Wednesday January 21st, at 8pm. Mr Frank Burke of Teagasc will be guest speaker.
All farm families in the area are welcome to this meeting, where information on the correct levels of phosphate under the new regulations will be explained.

On the Internet
Fethard has now gone international with Fethard At Home Web Site.
Whether you live in Moyglass or Mongolia and wish to keep abreast of current Fethard news and affairs, the Web Site address is http://www. iol/.ie-fethard/.

The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers had aP outstanding hunt following their meet at Peppardstown on Sunday last.
Finding on a hedgegrow under Peppardstown House, hounds ran two large circles of the flat lands underneath. Crossing the road at Parsonshill, this good fox took a huge lefthanded circle through Parsonshill, Lismolin and Magoury; hounds finally marking to ground at St. Johnstown Quarry.
The many followers of this famous and historic pack, which felt obliged to disband at the end of the last season, will be very pleased to hear that the White Heather Harriers are up and running again and showing excellent sport.

Fethard AC
The all-Ireland juvenile and novice cross-country championships were held recently in Maynalvey, Co. Meath.
Congrats to B. Prout who was on the boys' under-15 team which secured the bronze medal.
Also, well done to the Maher brothers, Niall and Eoin, who represented the club at the Munster indoor championships in Nenagh on December 31st. Eoin won two bronze medals in the boys' under-15 60m sprint and 600m. Niall won two gold medals in the under-19 400m and long jump, and two bronze medals in the 60m sprint and the shot putt.
We are holding a table quiz in Pat O'Shea's Lounge, Fethard, on Monday 19th January, at 9pm. We are appealing for your support on the night and especially the support o the parents of our athletc All are welcome.
We would like to thank most sincerely all individuals and business people in Clonmel, Fethard and surrounding districts who supported us in our recent fund-raising appeal.

Buy and sell
Fethard car boot sale has re-opened and will be held each Sunday at noon.

Music, music, music
The Hogan Musical Society have commenced rehearsals for their 1998 production "Magic Moments."
Rehearsals in the Abymill Theatre each Monday night at 8pm. New members are cordially welcome.

Recent death
The death has occurred of Ms Mary Fitzgerald, Crampscastle.
Interment took place at Moyglass Cemetery

Web draws emigrants homeFethard emigrants all over the world will now be able to keep up to date with happenings in their home town thanks to a new 'Fethard at Home' web site just launched at the following address :http://www.iol.ie/~fethard/
'Fethard at Home' Is maintained by Joe Kenny. Rocklow Road, and is dedicated to keeping emgranta to touch with I thard A 'Current News' page is updated daily keeping those away well informed of mtneh reports, deaths, eoim munity news and other events Pages are also included on the 'Kenriek Collection of Photographs', Photographic Views of Fethard', the monthly edition of the Parish News' can be downloaded directly from the site and either viewed or printed in your own time from your own computer. A 'Links' page to other Tipperary sites is also included.
The site is only in operation over a week and many encouraging messages have already been received: this one from Kathleen Phelan in New York "Fethard at Home is a terrific idea! As I type this i am printing December '97 Parish Newsletter: The other sites were readily available and a joy to read I see great possibilities for all sorts of world connections- all leading back to Fethard Thanks for all the hard work you do It is greatly appreciated here,"
Prom Alice flynn in South Australia: "Thanks you for letting me know about the Fethard at Home page on the Internet. I have just read it, and downloaded the December Parish Newsletter The fact thatI will be able to log and get up-to-the minute information on happenings in Fethard us just wonderful. I look forward to the Links section and updates on the Historical Society activities, Congratulations on a fine publication which is so easy to navigate
The idea of the site followed on from the production of the Annual Emigrant's Newsletter which is posted free of charge to over 1,000 emigrants from the parish every year. The Legion of Mary began sending Newsletters to emigrants over 30 years ago. Today it has grown to a
full colour 132 page booklet covering all aspects of Fethard life with photographs, articles and club reports submitted from people at home and abroad, The annual cost of producing and posting the Emigrants Newsletter is close on £6,000, which is raised through donations. and sales of the book at home. It is anticipated that the new web site will compliment the annual Newsletter and help people feel more at home, wherever they are

"Titanic" winners
Winners of tickets to the opening night of "Titanic" at the Clonmel Omniplex are:
Noel Doheny, Crampscastle, Killusty Road, Fethard.
Patsy O'Neill, 7 Elm Park, Heywood Road, Clonmel.

Web site
Last week's notes had the "Fethard at Home" web site address incorrect. The correct address is: http://www.iol.ie/-fethard:

Fethard Bridge Club
Monday club Christmas prizes - 1st gross Mick Burke and Mary Quirke; 2nd gross Betty Walsh and Marie Delaney; 1st nett Antoinette O'Donnell and Jovita Delaney; 2nd Frances Harrington and Eleanor Cummins
Wednesday club Christmas prizes - 1st gross Betty Walsh and Bridget Gorey; 2nd gross Margaret Hackett and Bernie Myles; 1st nett Nell Broderick and Moira Mclnerney; 2nd nett Marie Delaney and Norah Ahearne.
Wednesday 7th January -1st gross Betty Walsh and Bridget Gorey; 2nd gross Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins; 1st nett Margaret Hackett and Bernie Myles; 2nd nett Mick Burke and Nellie Hall.
Wednesday 14th - 4th round of the Player of the Year competition.
Wednesday 21st - J. L. O'Brien & Co. sponsored night.
Club contact Annie O'Brien, 052 31862.

Missing woman 'brought joy and laughter'

The tragic death of Mary Fitzgerald, Crampscastle, Fethard has caused profound sadness in the area and in Clonmel where she worked.
The body of 30-year-old Mary Fitzgerald, missing from her parents home at Crampscastle for almost a week, was found on Friday morning. Huge crowds attended the obsequies over the weekend at the Holy Trinity Church in Fethard and in Moyglass where she was buried.
In a poignant ceremony Father Michael Barry, a former classmate of the deceased and her brother John, paid glowing tributes to Mary Fitzgerald in his homily and to the Fitzgerald family on the courageous way they were coping with the tragedy.
He praised Mary for her selfless work in helping others and in particular her voluntary work in Lourdes where she went on four occasions with the diocese of Cashel and Emly. Not only did she assist people that needed help but also brought joy and laughter to their lives.
Mary was Jiscovered last Friday a short distance from her home, almost a week after she went missing from her parents house. A huge search involving up to eighty people including gardai, civil defence, neighbours, relatives and friends started last Sunday week. Two men who had participated in the daily search found her body shortly before midday last Friday. The body was then recovered by the garda sub aqua team.
A daughter of Jack and Winnie Fitzgerald, Mary had one sister, Teresa and a brother, John.
Removal took place from McCarthys funeral home on Saturday night to the Holy Trinity church. During the anniversary Mass for P.J. Butler, Coolanure, Canon James Power offered prayers or both Mary
Fitzgerald and P.J. Butler and for their families.
Canon Power praised the Fethard community for the solidarity it has shown to the Fitzgerald family during their ordeal. Their presence at the Mass, he said was sign of the tremendous support the Fitzgerald family had received and would continue to receive.

Requiem Mass the following morning was celebrated by Father Michael Barry, He was assisted by Canon Power, Father John Treacy of SS. Peter & Paul's, Clonmel, Father Sean Ryan, Fethard, Father Michael Twoomey and Father Hourihan both of the Abbey in Fethard and Father Meagher formerly of the Abbey.
During a moving ceremony Father Barry told the congregation that Mary had been carry ' ro in her life which perhaps only her family knew the full weight of. People searched in vain for her and as the days went on hope dwindled and the family hoped that Mary would be returned to them so that they could say goodbye to her.
He said Mary's life was epitomised by the picture photo top of her coffin which which was taken during one of her trips to Lourdes. The smile she radiated so abundantly brought life to the parish, her home and to everybody she met.
He praised her work in Lourdes, symbolised he said, by the Lourdes candle on the altar and the bottle of holy water she had brought home from Lourdes which was one of the offertory gifts. Mary had also visited Taize, the ecumenical monastery in France in recent years.
The Mass was attended not only by people from Fethard and surrounding area but also by a large crowd from Clonmel where Mary lived and worked for the last ten years.
Among the attendance were her second family, her work colleagues form Cluain Enterprise Centre in Clonmel. Mary worked in Cluairi since the centre opened in Clonmel at the end of 1993. A cheerful character, Mary's sparkle and enthusiasm lit up everyday life at the centre. Mary worked as personal assistant to the manager at the centre, Ronnie Corbett and she was held in deep affection by everybody in Cluain.
During Mass family members remembered the people who found Mary and prayed for everybody who assisted them in any way - the gardai, civil defence, garda sub aqua team, the media, neighbours and relatives.

Mary was given an emotive and heart rending send off when her favourite song, Art Garfunkels "Bright Eyes 'was played before the final blessing

Her Cluain colleagues formed a guard of honour as the coffin left the church on its way to Moyglass cemetery where Mary was laid to rest in the Fitzgerald family plot beside the church.


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