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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 2nd May 1998


Urban & Village Renewal Programme
Members of Fethard & Killusty Community Council met with representatives of the community on last Monday night to decide on a consensus of opinion for how the forthcoming funding from the ‘Urban & Village Renewal Programme’ should be spent by S.R. County Council this year. There was unanimous agreement that Fethard’s unique medieval classification is the most important characteristic to be developed and that all further development should ratify that fact. It was decided that, under no circumstances, should we accept inferior or modern materials to be used, when more suitable authentic materials are available. A list of priorities was draw up and it was then decided to draft a letter to local Councillors informing them of the town’s decision. Chairman of the Fethard & Killusty Community Council, Michael O’Hagan, then suggested that the delegation should be available to meet the Councillors in case any misunderstanding still remains before the arranged meeting between officials and community representatives on Wednesday, 13th May.

Fethard Bridge Club
Monday 27th April (special end of season competition). Gross Prizes: Bernie O’Meara & Anna Cooke (first); Ann O’Dea & Marie Delaney (second); Michael Kenny & Betty Walsh (third); Tony Hanrahan & Norah Ahearne (fourth); Joan Cooney & Moira McInerney (fifth). Nett Prizes: Mary Quirke & Rosemary Lalor (first); Mick Burke & Mary Meagher (second); David O’Meara & Frances Burke (third); Ella Kenny & Olive Looby (fourth); Rita Holohan & Annie O’Brien (fifth).
Wednesday 29th April: Gross Prizes: Fr. John Meagher OSA & Dick Gorey (first); Rita Kane & Eileen Dillon (second). Nett Prizes: Tony Hanrahan & Mary Quirke (first); Susanne Opray & Michael Kenny (second).
Congratulations to club members Breda O’Shea and Maureen Maher on winning a Novice Competition at the recent Clonmel Bridge Congress and also to Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins on winning an Open Pairs Competition at the Tramore Bridge Congress last weekend. This year’s President Prize Competition will be held on next Wednesday night the 13th May at 7pm. Club contact (looking for a partner etc.) Annie O’Brien, 052 31862.
May Procession
Fine weather helped to bring out the crowds to this year’s procession that started in the Parish Church and finished with Benediction in the Abbey Church. At the conclusion Fr. John Meagher OSA complemented and thanked the people of Fethard for their very good attendance.

Sincere sympathy
Sincere sympathy is extended to Mrs Bridie Phelan, Fr. Tirry Park on the death of her brother Jack Hartigan, formally of Grawn, which occurred recently in Kent, England. Interment took place in England. And also to relatives of Mr. Patrick Doran, Rathkenny, who died recently. Interment took place in Cloneen cemetery.

Angling Club
Conditions did not favour the Fethard & Killusty anglers in there Spring Competition that was held on Sunday 3rd May. The total catch of just three trout being the lowest in living memory. The winner of the Tom O’Shea Cup was David Grant with a catch of two trout, with Jim Sayers in second place.

The truth in the news
A reporter, from a quality English Sunday newspaper visited Fethard early last week. His mission, it was understood, was to write an article on ‘Hidden Interesting Places’, of which apparently Fethard was one, or so it was stated.
The article however smacked of tabloid journalism at its worst. A mixture of half-truths and innuendoes coupling together a series of events, which took place over a period of years, and more or less insinuating they all took place at the same time. Which just goes to show that, unless you read the ‘Fethard Notes’ you just can not believe all you read in the papers.

Fethard Festival
A provisional date, Sunday July 26th, has been chosen for this year's Fethard Festival and suggestions for events are welcome while the draft itinerary of events is currently being planned. Contact: Edwina Newport, Red City, Fethard.

Hogan Musical Society
At the Annual General Meeting of the Hogan Musical Society held on Monday 20th April 1998 in the Abymill, the following Committee was elected: Ellen Shortall (president), Michael O’Hagan (chairman), Agnes T. Evans (secretary), Miceál McCormack (treasurer). Committee: Joan Halpin, Marian Gilpin, Geraldine McCarthy, Eileen Maher, Chris O’Riordan and Jimmy O’Shea.

Litter
Co. Council worker, Jim Allen, cleared the streets of Fethard on Friday last as only he can and left them spotless for the bank holiday weekend. Early on Sunday morning looking down Fethard’s Main Street one was reminded of the old cowboy song of the fifties ‘Drifting along with the Tumbling Tumbler Weeds’. This time, however, it was not weeds that were tumbling. Litter of all kinds, plastic bags, paper bags and wrappers and a few non-natives, that at some stage contained Big Macs and Supermacs, blew around with abandon. Where does it come from, who knows, or worse still, who cares. We may be ‘Top of the Pops’ in supporting raffles, draws of all kinds as our recent input of £4 million to the “People in Need” collection shows. Our record, however, on being litter conscious, in spite of appeals being made constantly through national advertising in the press, on radio and T.V., will never make the top thirty. Someone cares! – on Sunday afternoon some civic minded members of our Tidy Towns Committee collected five bags of litter on Main Street. One member stated they just could not leave the streets litter strewed for the May Procession.

The Full Monty’
Did you know that Elizabeth Gallagher, a musical consultant on the film ‘The Full Monty’ is a daughter of Kathleen Mackey-Gallagher, Redcity, Fethard.

Community Games
Football: Under/10 mixed football managers, Michael O’Dwyer and Tommy Sheehan reported that, on Sunday morning last among rain and muck suffering defeat at the hand’s of Carrick-on-Suir in Carrick, they witnessed one of the most enjoyable and sporting games of football they had attended at any level in a long time. The Fethard team who were very young were led by Captain Edmund Sheehan and will have benefited from the experience of the game. His cousins Christopher and Tom Sheehan were also team-mates and are following in the footsteps of their father, senior player Tommy, with young Tom having a great game at only seven years old. All players gave their best, but “man of the match” would have to go to Jason Lawrence who made some super saves in goal. The team consisted of: Edmund Sheehan (captain), Jason Lawrence, Adrian Lawrence, Christopher Sheehan, James Kelly, Aaron O’Donovan, Patrick Holohan, David Lee, Eoin Condon, Liam Ryan, Alan O’Connor, Ciarán Ryan, Cathal Gorey, Craig Pollard and Tom Sheehan. Thanks to all who supported the team.

Swimming: Parents and competitors are asked not to forget the county swimming final which will be held in Tipperary Town this Sat. May 9th, commencing at 1.45 p.m. Best of luck to all.

Tennis: There was no interest in tennis in either age group by the closing date for first rounds so therefore Cashel were given a walk-over in both events.

Judo: Fethard Judo Club would like to thank all those who supported their church gate collection over the weekend. The Club, who have a large number of beginners, are in need of new mats. They also have a number of competitors travelling to Dublin next weekend to contest the Charles Hegarty Memorial championships.

School Sports Day
The last school term always appears to be hectic and last week was no exception. It started with our transition year students climbing Slievenamon for ‘People in Need’, one girl, Audrey Conway, reached the top! – they collected well over £500.
On Monday evening our ‘seniors’ appeared on RTE 2 television on “Job Line” and looked very well in their blue uniform, despite regular protestations. Thursday afternoon was School Sports Day – the weather being regretfully clement. There was great enthusiasm, particularly from the seniors, fifth and sixth year students. The following are the results: Kersty McCarthy (1st year girls sprint); Emmet Burke (1st year boys sprint); Rebecca Carroll (2nd year girls sprint); Eoin Sullivan (2nd year boys sprint); Eoin Sullivan (2nd year boys 2 laps); Billy Prout (3rd year boys 2 laps); Kersty McCarthy & Vanessa O’Donnell (1st year girls 3-legged race); Martin Sheehan & Brian O’Connell (1st year boys 3-legged race); Alison Houlihan & Pamela Sharpe (2nd year girls 3-legged race); John Hanrahan & Damien Cannon (2nd year boys 3-legged race); Lisa O’Donnell & Julianne Smith (3rd year girls 3-legged race); John Burke & Thomas Dorney (3rd year boys 3-legged race); Siobhán Slattery & Deirdre Keane (T.Y. girls 3-legged race); John McCarthy (T.Y. slow bicycle race); Norah O’Meara & Sandra Maher (5th year girls 3-legged race); Alan Phelan & Michael Costello (5th year boys 3-legged race); Bríd Cloonan & Fiona Conway (6th year girls 3-legged race); J.P. Looby and Marian Kelly (6th year mixed obstacle course).

Relay races: Kersty McCarthy, Vanessa O’Donnell, Anthony Keane and Tom Conway (1st year); John Noonan, Eoin Sullivan, Jennifer Frewen and Patrick Tobin (2nd year); Frank Nugent, Majella Croke, Billy Prout and Lisa O’Donnell (3rd year); John Phelan, Nicky Murphy, Nuala Sheehan and Sandra Maher (senior relay).

Boys’ penalty shoot out: John Looby (first); Nicky Murphy (second).
Girls’ penalty shoot-out: Jennifer Frewen (first); Edel Fitzgerald (second).

Lourdes Walk
The annual walk in aid of local Lourdes Invalid Fund will take place on Sunday 17th May, leaving the Ballroom at 2.30pm to Coleman Cross, Barrettstown Cross and back to Fethard via Red City. Sponsorship cards are available from Tony Newport. All are welcome to take part.



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