Lucky for some
Two young Healy sisters from New Zealand visited Fethard during Easter Week seeking information on their great-grandmother Mary McDavitt who emigrated to New Zealand in the 1880’s. When all hope of finding any information seemed remote, Willie Crean of Annsgift came to the rescue. The McDavitts emigrated to New Zealand from a small holding on the banks of the Clashawley at Annsgift. The land is now held by Pat Heffernan. Willie was also able to provide information as to their surviving relatives in the locality.
Fine racing victory plan
Congratulations to Eamon and Kate Phelan, Coolmore, who certainly had good reason to celebrate Easter when there horse “Biliverdin” won the £50,000 “Goffs Land Rover Bumper” at the big Fairyhouse meeting on Tuesday last. This race had a £29,500 pot to the winner and there was also an additional prize of a Land Rover Discovery to the winning vendor. This horse who was beaten a short head at the reason terms Gowran meeting certainly made amends here in the capable hands of Mr. Philip Fenton. In the second Bumper at Fairyhouse “The Powers Gold Label”, Radiation, trained by A.P. O’Brien and ridden by P.J. Colville looked an assured winner in the home straight but unfortunately the saddle slipped and P.J. did extremely well to keep the partnership in tact to take the 3rd place prize money. P.J.’s four mounts at the Laois Hunt Point to Point at Ballinacolla on Sunday all finished in the frame taking two second and two third spots respectively.
Fethard Macra have won through to the All-Ireland final of the National Macra Senior debating competition. They beat Bartlemy, Co. Cork in the semi-final at Grant’s Hotel, Hotel, Roscrea on Saturday last. Fethard opposed the motion “That the Irish banking system has been irrevocably damaged by recent scandals”. The team was David Corbett (Chairperson), Máiréad Croke, John Fitzgerald, Corina Morrissey. The Fethard debaters, who are coached by Martha Sheehan, oppose Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan, in the All-Ireland final in Athlone on Saturday May 9th.
GAA Dinner Dance
Fethard GAA Club hold their annual Dinner Dance in Grant’s Hotel, Cashel on this Saturday night April 25th. Dinner 9.15pm sharp. Tickets are still available from the hon. secretary. The Junior football league, South Tipp U/21 football championship medals and South and County Senior football championship medals will be presented at the function. Joe Fogarty will be presented with the personality of the past award.
Fethard minor footballers had a comprehensive 2-18 to 2-5 win over Wild Rovers (Cahir / Ballylooby) in their South Tipp M.F.C. game at Monroe on Sunday last.
Fethard and Killusty anglers promote their first competition of the 1998 season on Sunday next Apr. 26th.The spring competition for the Tom O’Shea Cup will be held on club waters. Competing anglers are requested to meet at Kyleavalla Bridge at 11am.
Paddy Moloney, formerly of Main Street paid a flying visit to his native Fethard on Sunday last. Paddy now resident in the Channel Islands wishes to be remembered to his many Fethard friends.
The International Weight Watchers Association are opening a branch in Fethard. Sessions will be held weekly on Tuesday nights in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street.
Fethard Bridge Club
Result of the Club Championship for The Kitty Hayes Memorial Perpetual Trophy
Congratulations to the winners Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins.
2nd Gross: Margaret Hackett & Bernie Myles.
3rd Gross: Frances Burke & Breda Walsh.
1st Nett: Eve Goodbody & Suzanne Opray.
2nd Nett: Annie O’Brien & Olive Looby.
3rd Nett: Nell Broderick & Moira McInerney.
Wednesday 14th April
1st Gross: Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins.
2nd Gross: Margaret Hackett and Bernie Myles.
1st. Nett: Bridget Gorey and and Betty Walsh.
2nd Nett: Annie O’Brien and Olive Looby.
The final round of the Player of the Year Competition for The William O’Flynn Memorial Perpetual Trophy will be held on Wed. 22nd April.
Club Contact (looking for a partner etc.) Annie O’Brien 052 31862
Fethard & Killusty Community Games U/16 Girls Volleyball team travel to Thurles on Saturday to contest the Community Games County Volleyball Final. The area have the following people entered for the Co. Swimming Finals on May 9th: Aoife & Ciara O’Keeffe, Derek Newport and Richard Gorey. In hurling and football: Fethard v Mullinahone and Fethard v Carrick-on-Suir are both due to take place during the coming week. Good luck to all the competitors.
Our area meeting took place in M.C. Mahers residence on Thursday last.
The monthly meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 28th April at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre. All members are welcome.
Pilgrimage to Knock
The Cashel & Emly Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place this year on Sunday 2nd August. The Pilgrimage Director is Rev. James Walton. C.C., Cathedral Presbytery, Thurles, (0504) 22229, who will assist with any enquiries.
Fethard GAA Club are organising a Golf Classic in Cahir Golf Club on Friday 17th July. This is being run to raise funds for further development of training facilities now needed due to demand. Entry fee for a team of four is £100 which includes a full meal on the day.
Details and entry forms from: Denis Burke, Redcity, Fethard (052) 31852; M.C. Maher, Dún Aoibhinn, Fethard (052) 31144; Sean Moloney, Redcity, Fethard (052) 31081; Gus Fitzgerald, Kiltinan, Fethard (052) 31354.
Beckett Play for Abymill Theatre
Impact Theatre Company will perform: Not I; That Time; Footfalls; a trilogy by Samuel Beckett, directed by Patrick Burke, in the Abymill Theatre on Saturday, 25th April, at 8pm. Tickets are £5 and can be booked at O'Flynn's Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.