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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 24th January 1998


Grave slabs study
Dr Martin Mansergh, special adviser to the Taoiseach, will launch the book Medieval Grave-Slabs of County Tipperary, 1200-J600AD, British Archeological Report 5262, by Denise Maher, Fethard. The launching ceremony will take place in the Abymil Theatre Fethard, this Friday, January 23rd at 8pm.
The study records all grave-slabs in County Tipperary dating to between 1200 and I 600AD It is presented in the form of seven chapters and a catalogue, in which the cultural and historical background of the period is identified, groups of grave-slabs within the county are discussed, the range and the frequency of occurrence of the various motifs, emblems and symbols are identified, inscriptions, which are a very important aspect of medieval grave-slabs from the point of view of both dating and the historical information they provide, are also discussed. It features nineteen drawings and thirty-seven black-and-white photographs taken by Joe Kenny;
Book launch: Dr. Martin Mansergh will officially a new book: "Medieval Grave Slabs of Co. Tipperary 1200-1600 AD,". by Denise Maher, Abbey Street, on this Friday 23rd January, in the Abymill Theatre, at 8pm.
Guest speaker is Professor C. Woodman, Department of Archaeology, UCC.

Late Mr Johnny Doyle
The death has occurred in Wales recently of Johnny Doyle, Rosegreen.
Johnny will be fondly remembered by dancing patrons of Fethard town hall in the fifties when he was vocalist with the Doyle family dance band. He possessed a voice of rare quality and really sang from the heart. Many good judges are of the opinion that had he so desired, he could have really gone to the top of his profession. However, of a shy and retiring disposition, that was not his way. A tape which he made with very basic equipment is now a collectors' item locally.
He sang semi-professional under his Irish name Sean 0 Duibhili, in Wales.
Thanks for the memories, Johnny. May he rest in peace.
Interment took place in Wales.

Coursing
Fethard Sunday coursing hosts the annual Tipperary versus a Cork annual coursing challenge on this Sunday 25th January. Meet at the car, park at9.a.m..
Last Sunday's fixture was postponed as a mark of respect to the Shine family on the death of Mark Shine and to the club chairman Arthur Daly on the recent death of his brother, Patrick Daly, Clogheen.

Book Fair
Fethard Historical Society promote the annual Tipperariana Book Fair in the ballroom on Sunday February 8th.
The National Library of Ireland will provide a special attraction this year when they bring their "Stereoscope" and a sample of stereo images taken in Co. Tipperary c. 1860-1883.
The Society will sell for a percentage commission any valuable collection of books you may wish to dispose of.

Late Mark Shine
The death has occurred of Mark Shine, Congress Terrace. Interment was made in Calvary Cemetery.

Community games
The following are the results of area finals of art and modling, which took place on January 10th. All entries vere of a high standard and participants were complimented on their work. Medals were awarded to first three in each category and first two in each event have qualified for county finals, which will take place in Carrick PBS on Saturday January 24th.
Boys' under-8 - 1st
Adam O'Donnell, Nano Nagle; 2nd Adam Lyons, Nano Nagle; 3rd Kevin Hayes, Nano Nagle.
Boys' under-10 - 1st
Jack O'Sullivan, Fethard PBS; 2nd Ronan Shee, Killusty; 3rd Paul McCarthy, Fethard PBS.
Boys' under-12 1st
Cathal Maher, St. Pat's NS; 2nd James d'Arcy, Killusty; 3rd Gavin Lee, Killusty.
Boys! under-14 - 1st
Joey Feery, Killusty; 2nd iu Hickey, Killusty;
3rd Darragh Corbett, Killusty.
Boys' under-l6 - 1st
Emmet Burke, Fethard 2nd Tom Ryan, Fethard .u; 3rd John Maher Fethard.
Girls' under-8 - 1St Ashing Breen, Nano Nagle; 2nd Aimee Smyth, Nano Nagle; 3rd Samantha Feery, Killusty.
Girls' under-10 - 1st Niamh Cannon, Nano Nagle; 2nd Sinead Coffey, Nano Nagle; 3rd Jennifer Quigley, Nano Nagle.
Girls' under-l2 - 1st Sharon Duggan, Killusty; 2nd Lucy Sheehan, Killusty; 3rd Ciara Hickey, Killusty.
Girls' under-14 -- 1st Dawn Russell, Killusty; 2nd Claire Ryan, Killusty.
Boys' under-10 modelling - 1st David Gorey, Fethard; 2nd Alan O'Connor, Fethard; 3rd Mike O'Hagen, Fethard.
GAA: The annual general meeting of Fethard GAA Club, fixed for this Sunday January 25th, has been postponed.
The postponement was made to avoid clashing with the Tipperary County Board GAA convention fixed for the same date.
The Fethard meeting will now be held on the following Sunday February 2nd. at 6pm, in the Tirry Centre.
Fethard AC: On January 10th our athletes travelled to the NACA national indoor championships in Nenagh.
Congrats to Niall Maher who won the silver medal in the under-19 shot putt, and to Killian Cannon who won the bronze medal in the under-13 60m.
On Sunday January 11th, we had some great results at the county senior crosscountry championships in Coolquil.
Our junior ladies' team of A. Prout, E. Williams, K. Lyne and L. O'Donnell were first in their team event, while Avril Prout won the silver medal in the individual event.
In the junior men's race our team of B. Sullivan, B. Prout, N. Maher, G. Burke and B. Doyle got bronze in the team event, while Brian Sullivan secured the bronze medal in the individual event.

Our under-l4 relay team of E. Sullivan, D. Cannon. H. McCormack and E. Maher received silver medals, and our under-l2 relay team of K. Cannon, D. Sullivan, J. McCormack and M. Coffey were third in their event. Well done to all.



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