Something for everyone at Fethard Book Fair
On Sunday 8th February, between 2 and 6pm, the old walled town of Fethard becomes home to one of the biggest Book Fairs in Ireland, Tipperariana '98, hosted as usual in Fethard Ballroom by Fethard Historical Society.
Tipperariana '98 will follow the successful formula of former years with upwards of thirty booksellers present with a stock of thousands of books of every type, shape and price. It is this "all types of books for all types of people" that has made the Fethard Book
Fair such a resounding success.
One can purchase a used 'pulp fiction' paperback for 50p or a set of rare books from any of the antiquarian book dealers present. The book dealers are again coming from as far away as Armagh, Dublin, Cork and places in between. Dealers and bookshops selling new books will also have stalls so that you can grab the latest title on the market if you so wish.
The hundreds of book lovers who attend the Tipperariana Book Fair are
attracted also by the nominal entrance fee of £1 and the fact that a lively café is in operation for the day, literally in amongst all the books. To complete the scene, a piano player wafts her soothing notes over the browsing masses.
A very interesting feature of this year's event will be the stereoscope viewer on display by staff from the National Library in Dublin. Through the stereoscope once can view the "three dimensional effect" pictures taken, with a special twin lens camera, in Co.
Tipperary in the 1860 and 1870s. This will be a rare opportunity for Tipperary people to see these stereo images back home in their own county.
The National Library will also display aerial photographs of various towns in Co. Tipperary taken c. 1960. These photographs, and lots more, will be sold at a reduced cost at the Book Fair by the National Library of Ireland. To bring the pictures right up to date, some dealers of the latest computer information technology will also be present
for the first time, selling, equipment and software.
The popularity of the Tipperariana Book Fair is a reflection of our love of books and it would be a self restrained person indeed who could pass through the fair and not buy a book or two.
But a very conscientious bookworm could attend Tipperariana '98, have tea and cakes, purchase five books and still have change from a fiver. Not a bad day out for a Sunday in February? We hope to see you all in Fethard on Sunday afternoon 8th February.
A meeting will be held in the Tirry Centre on Wednesday, February 11th at 8.30 pm to discuss the 1998 Fethard to Fethard Walk. Committee chairman John Shorthall says all those interested in attending will be made feel more than welcome. The fund raising effort takes the walkers from Fethard on Sea in County Wexford to Fethard, Co. Tipperary.
The Fethard GAA convention was held in the Tirry Centre on Sunday 1st February preceeded by one minutes silence for Mrs Biddy Ryan Club President Canon lames Power PP welcomed everyone to the meeting Sean Moloney, chairman, likewise, Hon. Sec. Miceal McCormack gave his report relating to activities for the previous year. Treasurer Nicky O'Shea gave a detailed financial report. Both reports were adopted.
Canon James Power PP President; Dick Cummins, LifePresident Timmy O'Riordan and Dick Allan, vice-presidents; Sean Moloney, chairman; Dick Fitzgerald and Mick Ahearne, vice-chairmen; Miceal McCormack, secretary/pro; Danny Kane, Irish officer: Nicky O'Shea, treasurer; Denis Hannon, insurance officer; Timmy O'Riordan, development officer. Financial Committee: Gussie Fitzgerald, Dinny Burke and M C Maher. Committee: Jimmy O'Shea, Pat Sheehan,
Michael O'Dwyer, Mickey Fitzgerald, Tossie Lawton, Mary Godfrey, Austin Godfrey, Noel Byrne, Jim Clarke, Michael Keane, tom Gahan, Waltie Moloney and Martha .Sheehan. Selectors Senior Football and u/21: Waltie Moloney (trainer), Michael Healy and Jimmy O'Shea. Minor Football: Waltie Moloney (trainer), Michael Keane and Timmy O'Riordan. Junior Football: Waltie Moloney, Denis Hannon and Michael Keane.
Mick Ahearne, Liam McCarthy and David Morrissey.
Junior Hurling: Miceal McCormack, Mick Ahearne, and Tom McCarthy.
U/21 Hurling: Michael Ryan, Mick Ahearne and David Morrissey.
Minor Hurling: Mick Ahearne, David Morrissey and Tomas Keane.
Next Sunday Fethard goes nationwide when Fethard Historical Society promote their annual Tipperariana 98 annual book fair. Booksellers, browsers and bookworms from all over Ireland will descend on the ballroom for the "All kinds of Books for all kinds of People" sale. A special feature this year will be an exhibition of pictures taken with a special twin lens camera of Tipperary in the 1860s and 70s. These pictures may be viewed through the Stereoscope Viewer and one presented by the National Library, Dublin.
Killusty NS which for the second year won the national school quiz promoted by Credit Union were represented by Dawn Russell, Edward Hickey, Shane Alyward and Claire Ryan. The four pupils incidently represent the entire sixth. class of Killusty NS. Well done the little village.
Alcohol Anonymous hold their meeting every Thursday night at 830pm in the Tirry Centre
The juvenile athletic club of Fethard AC paid a successful visit to the National junior and Juvenile indoor championship held in Nenagh on January 31st. Brian O'Sullivan finished third in the boys u/l9 1,500m. R. Prout also ran an excellent race in this event, as did Avril Prout who finished 5th in the girls u/17 1,500m.
Eoin O'Sullivan ran brilliantly to capture the silver medai in the boys u/IS 300m.
When one considers the Fethard juveniles were competing at this level for the first time, representing the recently reformed Fethard AC, that performance reflects great credit on the young athletes and their mentors.
Club coach Michael McCormack spent a busy two hours following the track meeting, coaching the members of many of the competing clubs, in the high jump.
The death has occurred of Mrs. Bridget Ryan, Tirry Park. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
A record thirty teams of five have entered for the novice raçquetball team competition at Fethard GAA Sports Centre. Both ball courts are presently a hive of activity with players earnestly practicing for the event. To facilitate the expectant running of the event the organising committee have divided the competition into two separate divisions, A & B with a plate in each section. The competition commences on February 8th.
The winter games programme is now well underway. Fethard/Killusty area have already had a big input haying two competitors already qualified for Mosney next summer. At the County finals of the Art and Modelling held in Carrickon-Suir last weekend Cathal Maher, Dun Aobhinn who was under 10 winner last year once again displayed his talent and won the under 12 category even though still only 9 years. Jack O'Sullivan, Main Street, bronze medallist under 8 last year went on to win another bronze under 10 and Emmet Burke, Redcity now 13 had a great achievement to win a bronze medal under 16. In
the Modelling event a first for Fethard when Alan O'Connor, St. Patrick's Place won a gold medal and silver medallist in same event was David Gorey, Main St. Cathal and Alan now go forward to Mosney. Well done to all.
Of Fethard/Killusty area will take place on Monday, February 16th in the Tirry Centre at 830pm. This committee badly needs a restructure and we hope to see many new faces at the meeting. Everybody welcome.
Under 16 Girls Voleyball Team will play Moyne Templetouhy in the first round during the coming week.
Fethard delegates who attended the National AGM in the Hudson Bay Hotel, Roscommon last weekend were Joe Keane and Peggy Colville along with Jerry Lyons, Ballynonty.
Congratulations to Paddy and Kitty Ahearne, and to Dick and Bridget Gorey, Main Street who recently celebrated their Golden Wedding tnniversaries. Congratulations also to Bobby and Ann Guiry on their silver jubilee.
The first of the GAA awards went to Willie Morrissey, for Gaelic football. Willie is one of the most consistent players in the county. He enjoyed a great year in 1997 when he led Fethard to the South and county senior football championships.
An excellent defender, he was one of Fethard's top players when they beat Ardfinnan and Aherlow to take the division's and the county's top footballing honours. He also captained Fethard when they beat Galbally and CooraIare in the Munster campaign.