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Saturday 16th May 1998

''This Life'
Joe Ahearn, a son of Joe Ahearne, Fethard Arms, Main Street, Fethard, wrote last week's episode of 'This Life', the popular BBC popular programme. Joe (junior), who lives in England, has written many and directed some of the 'This Life' episodes. It is broadcast on RTE 2 on Thursday nights.

Urban Village Renewal Meeting
The meeting with County Council Officials took place on Wednesday 13th May, in the Tirry Centre at 12 noon. Michael O'Malley, Engineer, stated that the sum of £71,000 has been allocated for Urban Renewal in Fethard, this figure will be topped up by £23,000 by Tipperary S.R. County Council making an overall total of £94,000.
The meeting was attended by: Cllr. John Holohan; Cllr Susan Meagher; Cllr Ned Brennan; Cllr Jimmy Hogan; Cllr Denis Bourke; Cllr Denis Landy; Michael O'Malley (Engineer); Joe Whelan (FÁS); Deirdre Cox (Tipperary Leader Group); Dan Walsh (Tipperary S.R. County Council); Michael O'Hagan (Community Council); Suzanna Manton (Tourism Group); Joe Kenny (Fethard Historical Society) and Anne Cooney (Tidy Towns).
Cllr Denis Landy proposed that Cllr John Holohan MCC chair the meeting. This was unanimously accepted. Following a a brief presentation of the Council's plans by Michael O'Malley, Engineer, Mr. Michael O'Hagan, chairman of Fethard & Killusty Community Council spoke on behalf of the Fethard delegation. The Fethard suggestions included the development and completion of the Clashawley river walk with footbridge and also the erection of tourist signs and plaques in the town.
These suggestions were met favourable by all present. It was decided that the Co. Council will 'cost' the project and when completed the group will meet again. The Council also agreed to look at the Town Hall, which is in need of immediate maintenance work.

Abymill 10th Anniversary
The Abymill Theatre celebrated its 10th year in operation on 16th May, 1998. Congratulations to Austin O'Flynn and the Abymill committee for their achievement. The Abymill restoration project began 18 years ago by members of the Fethard Players and officially opened on 16th May 1988.

Off the Wall '98
The Patrician Presentation Transition Year pupils have just completed their 'Off the Wall '98' yearbook. The booklet covers all activities of the school year in Fethard with photographs of all the classes, activities and awards presented throughout the year. Copies are now on sale in local shops at £3. These limited edition books will be collectors' items in a few years. Congratulations to all concerned.

Ballingarry Mines
Fethard Historical Society are holding an illustrated talk, by Pat Dunne, Cashel, on the Ballingarry Mines on Friday night, 29th May, in the Abymill Theatre at 8.30pm. The Ballingarry Mines was a great source of employment for Fethard men. This talk, illustrated with slides, will give a good idea of what conditions were like for those employed there.
Fethard and Killusty Angling Club promote the John Sayers Memorial Trophy Competition on Sunday next May 24. The John Sayers trophy competition always attracts a good entry of top-bracket anglers. With fishing conditions greatly improved and some excellent recent catches reported a great day's competition seems assured. Competing anglers are requested to assemble at Loughcopple Bridge at 11 a.m.

Sports Centre Tennis
Fethard G.A.A. Sports Centre are organising a Novice Tennis Team Competition for members and intending members. Teams to consist of two ladies and two gents. Entry fee £ 10 per team before May 31st to Mary Shanahan, Siobhán Maher or any committee member.

Senior Football
Fethard senior footballers, as in last years corresponding game, had to give best to Moyle Rovers in a high scoring South Tipp Senior Football Championship game at Kilsheelan on Saturday last. Rovers had three penalties awarded, each converted, in a very high scoring encounter. Final score Rovers 5-10, Fethard 3-8.

Loud and Shrill
A white cock that has mysteriously appeared in town is certainly shaking things up in Main Street. He patrols the street each morning letting residents know that a new day has dawned, in no uncertain manner. Much as people like to hear the almost forgotten sound of a cock crowing, they sort of wish he would open up a little later than 4 a.m.

Fethard Historical Society
Following their National Henry Ford Foundation Conservation Award, the Fethard Historical Society will shortly begin their project researching the photographs from the 'Kenrick Photographic Collection' taken around Fethard c.1895. It is envisaged that a series of information evenings will be held at which slides from the collection will be shown and discussed. These will be followed by on-the-ground investigations of individual photographs. To help with the project, third-level students eligible to participate in the Summer Students Scheme are invited to apply to work on the project. Fethard Historical Society has vacancies for 12 students this year. Other work will include: newspaper research at The Nationalist office Clonmel and Thurles Library; interviewing senior citizens in the area; data entry on computer; working on the 'Fethard at Home' Web Site; and transcribing the 'Fethard Interviews' audio tapes. Please contact: Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Tel: 052 31663.

Recent Deaths
The death has occurred in London, following an accident, of Mr. Chris Purtill. The late Mr. Purtill was just two days returned from a visit to his native Moyglass.
The death has occurred of Mr. Dick Ryan, Coolmoyne. Internment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred on Sunday 17th May of Mr. Mick “Toby Boy” McCormack, The Green.

The first M.M.D.S. TV aerial was erected in Fethard on Saturday last on McCarthy's Hotel. Just for the record, McCarthy's was the first premises to install a TV when RTE commenced broadcasting in 1960.

Ballroom News
The results of last weeks Progressive 25''s. Joint winners on 11 games: Sean Spillane and Chris Maher; Cly Mullins and Sean Walsh; Gay Horan and Jack Fleming. Table prizewinners: Biddy O'Donnell and Pat Horan. Raffle winners: Jim Barry (1st), Pat Horan (2nd) and Gay Horan (3rd).
The committee would like to remind patrons that dancing continues on Sunday 24th May, music by Michael O'Brien. Bring your friends for a good night's entertainment. There will also be a 'Race Night' in McCarthy's Hotel on Thursday 28th May.

Married Recently
The wedding took place, on Friday 24th April, in the Chapel of the Chorus, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, of Kerry Ryan, daughter of Catherine and Willie Ryan, Rockspring, Fethard, and John Juback, New York.

Maiden Race Winner
Congratulations to Mick Ahearne, Coolmoyne, trainer of 'Ear-to-the-Ground' winner of the Mares Maiden race at Bartlemy, Co. Cork, Point-to-Point on Sunday last.


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