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Saturday 18th January 1998

The A.G.M. of Fethard G.A.A. Sports Centre has been deferred to Tuesday Apr. 28th in the Tirry Centre at 8.30 pm.

Easter Ceremonies
Large crowds attended the Holy Week Ceremonies in Fethard’s Parish and Abbey churches. At the conclusion of the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night at Fethard Parish church. Rev. Fr. Sean Ryan cc, celebrant, thanked the parishioners for their attendance during the week, the organist and choir, altar servers and altar society.
May we all compliment Fr. Ryan for the devotional manner in which he conducted the ceremonies, which made them so meaningful for all who attended

Recent death
The death has occurred of Mr. Patrick “Paddy” Dahill, The Valley. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

New Sergeant
We would like to welcome Sergeant Haran who was recently appointed to Fethard from Ennis, Co. Clare. He is originally from Co. Sligo.

In preparation for the new Millennium in 20 months time the Parish Church has invited your suggestions for religious topics to be included on their discussion group agenda. The first meeting will commence on Tuesday 28th April at 8 pm in the Nano Nagle School, Rocklow Road, Fethard. All are welcome.
Some of the topics to be short listed are:

What it means to be a Christian today
How to involve younger people
How to involve lay people
The passing on of the faith
Relevance of religion on everyday life
A la carte Catholics
Women's role in the church
The vocations crisis
Future of religion
Is the church moving with the times
The Millennium

The Kenrick Collection of Photographs project has won the Heritage category of the 1998 Henry Ford Irish Conservation Awards. Now widely acknowledged as the most prestigious environmental awards scheme in the country, this year's Ford Irish Conservation Awards has generated enormous interest and has attracted some of the best ever entries from all over Ireland. Chairman of the adjudicating panel, William Finley SC, who is also chairman of the National Gallery of Ireland, said "the importance of the Fethard project was that it showed a slightly unusual side of heritage, namely the preservation, indexing and identification of a body of photographs from a particular period and place." The highly respected judging panel consisted of Dr. Pat Donlan, former Director of the National Library and Chief Herald of Ireland, Mr. Eamon de Buitlear, film maker and prominent environmentalist, Prof. James Dooge, academic, and Mr. William Finley SC, Chairman of the National Gallery of Ireland.
The award was presented by Noel Dempsey TD, Minister for the Environment, to Dóirín Saurus of the Fethard Historical Society at a reception in the Viking Adventure Centre in Dublin's Temple Bar on 7th April. The £1,000 prize will go towards the research and identification of people and places in the photographs.

Fethard Macra will take part in the All Ireland Senior Debating semifinal on Saturday 18th April in Grant's Hotel, Roscrea, at 8 pm. Fethard will oppose the motion that "The Irish banking system has been irrevocably damaged by recent scandals"

Fethard solicitor
Local solicitor Mary Delehanty has been appointed as County Registrar for the county of Tipperary. This is indeed a great honour. Mary Delehanty has been in Fethard since 1991 and is most grateful for all the marvellous support she received from the local community in Fethard and to the wonderful people of Cloneen, Drangan and beyond who supported her.

Her office will of course continue with business as usual, but after Easter it is more likely that clients will be met by her colleague Suzanne Manton who will now take over day to day working of the office.

Suzanne is well known to us all, being a daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Maher and she is living in her old family home in the town. Suzanne qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and since then has worked in general practice with particular interest in conveyancing and taxation matters. We wish them both every success. Games
Fethard & Killusty U/12 soccer team were beaten by Nenagh in Nenagh in the semifinal of the U/12 County Community Games soccer competition.
Fethard were obliged to field a team composed mostly of 9 and 10 year old players and lost no caste in defeat by the much more experienced and stronger Nenagh eleven. Fethard will learn a lot from this years event and look forward to having another go in 1999.
Thanks to manager Ian Gough who gave so much of his time to training the team. Thanks also to Michael Kenrick, June Gough, Frank and Valerie O’Meara and all parents who helped with organisation and transport and those who supported the team.
The team was selected from the following panel of players: Peter Gough, Paul Kenrick, Edward Sheehan, Glen O’Meara, Keith Lawrence, Brian and David Conway, Francis Lonergan, Eoin Delahunty, James Curran, Damien Shine, David Prout, Connie O’Flynn, Damien Sharpe, James Smyth and William O’Brien.
Fethard will be at home to Moyne Templetouhy on this Sat. Apr. 4th at 2.30 p.m. in the girls U/16 County Community Games Volleyball Competition.

Summer Visitors
the first swallows have arrived somewhat earlier this year. The summer migrants were seen over the Anner river on March 20th.

Youth Theatre
The Clonmel Youth Theatre Group will present a musical “The Day the Music Stopped” in the Abymill Theatre on Saturday 4th April at 8.15 p.m. Tickets at £3 each are available from O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, or at the door.

Step Together
The Fethard-to-Fethard (Co. Wexford) walkers commenced training for this years marathon walk on Sunday last. Local walkers who wish to participate in this years event may contact John or Marianne Shortall, The Valley. Telephone: (052) 31175.

The tradition of Fethard bred winners at Cheltenham was well maintained by ‘One Man’ at this years festival. The impressive winner of the Cheltenham 2 Mile Chase was bred by Hugh Holohan at his Grangeduf Stud.
John Halley’s ‘Cross The Suir’ was winner of the opening race at the Tipperary Hunt’s Point-to-Point at Dundrum on Sunday last.

Bridge Club
Monday 23rd March: Frances Burke and Margaret Hackett (1st Gross); Michael Kenny and Tony Hanrahan (2nd Gross); Olive Looby and Marie Delaney (1st Nett); Sean and Ann O’Dea (2nd Nett).
Wednesday 25th March: First Round Club Competition (The Kitty Hayes Memorial Perpetual Trophy): Breda Walsh and Frances Burke (1st Gross); Eve Goodbody and Suzanne Opray (2nd Gross); Mike Burke and Nellie Hall (1st Nett); Tony Hanrahan and Mary Quirke (2nd Nett).
The Club contact for those looking for a partner is Annie O’Brien, The Square, 052 31862.

Recent Death
The death has occurred of Fergal Corbett, Roebucksland, Fethard. Internment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

Two very exciting and closely contested finals took place at Fethard G.A.A. Sports Complex last Sunday evening. In the Div ‘B’ Plate Final, Liam Sweeney’s team beat A & B Interior Design. Liam Sweeney’s team are as follows: Christy Devitt, Cathy Tobin, Liam Sweeney, Mary Kenrick and Paul Shanahan. In the Div ‘B’ Team Competition Final, Ronans beat Coolmoyne ‘E’. Ronan’s team are as follows: Michael Murphy, Ann Marie Quinlan, David Ronan, Mary Wall and Buddy Fitzgerald.
Well done to Waltie Moloney who organised and coordinated the event, not forgetting his able helpers Mary Godfrey, Paula Gahan and Andrew O’Donovan, top class umpires Denis O’Meara and Benny Morrissey, and a special thank-you to our sponsors, all the teams and their managers who entered and took part.
This year’s ‘Hayes Cup’ will be played off between the four winning teams of Division ‘A’ and ‘B’, and the Plate winners from both divisions. The draw is as follows: Ronans v Coolmoyne ‘A’, and Walls v Liam Sweeney. The matches will take place in the G.A.A. Sports Complex on this Sunday night, 5th April.


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