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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 23rd May 1998


Before the Mast
Planning permission is now been sought from Tipperary Co Council S. R. for the erection of a mobile phone mast on Bennetts Hill. We understand that local residents are to organise a protest to the siting of the mast in this local scenic view area on ascetic and health hazard grounds.

Community Games
All you young athletes please note “The Day You Have Been Waiting For” – Fethard/Killusty Community Games Area Sports will take place on Monday next June 1st in the GAA Field at 1.30 P.M. Qualifying races will be for boys and girls under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 17. All competitors must be under the age specified on 31st of July 1998. Entry fee will be £1 to cover all events. All those who qualify and who intend travelling to Roscrea for County Finals must also pay entry fee of £1 to cover their County Entry Fee before the end of the evening. Looking forward to a good turn out.

Judo
Community Games Judo Finals took place in GAA Centre, Clonmel on May 23rd. Medallists from the Fethard Club were as follows:
Gold: Cierán O’Shea, Phillip Halley, Richard Gorey, Roy Gorey, and Tony Gorey. Stephanie Lawrence, Ciara Hickey and Danielle Lawrence.
Silver: David Conway, Anthony Feery, Peter Halley and Sinead Lee.
Bronze: Adam Lyons, Stephen Shine, David Lee, Liam Halley, Mike O'Hagan and Samantha Feery. All Winners please bring birth certs. to club training on Friday night next.

Holiday Work
Fethard Tidy Towns Committee have 200 hours summer employment available for third level students from June to August 1998. Students interested in the scheme may contact Peter Grant on 052 31103.

Puppies
Wanted a kind home for some puppies. Contact Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, 052 31663.

Ballingarry Mines
The illustrated talk on the 'Ballingarry Mines' on this Friday night 29th May in the Abymill Theatre promises to be very informative. Pat Dunne, who will give the presentation, has in his collection a unique set of photographs taken in Ballingarry Mines while in operation from 1943 to 1971. Pat worked in the mines for 13 years and his father also worked there for 29 years. His talk will give an overview of the work undertaken in Ballingarry Mines and his photographs will illustrate the conditions that the miners had to work under. Some of the local people who worked in the mines are: Mick and Joe Ryan, Paddy and Dan Morrissey, Jim and Dinny O'Meara, Paddy Croke, Bill Sharpe, Neddy Fleming and Paddy Murphy.

Bridge Club
Wednesday 13th May. President’s prize competition. The winners of the president’s prize were Bridget Gorey and Betty Walsh (1st nett). The winners of the committee prize were Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins (1st gross). 2nd nett Jacinta O’Flynn and Margaret Coffey, 3rd nett Frances Harrington and Eleanor Cummins, 2nd gross Rita Kane and Eileen Dillon, 3rd gross Frances Burke and Breda Walsh.
The club’s annual dinner was held on May 20th in J’s Restaurant, Fethard.
Club president Frances Burke presented her own prize and the committee prize to the respective winners.
Sally Hayes presented the Kitty Hayes Memorial Perpetual Trophy to the winners of the club championship, Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins.
Dolores Cleary presented the William O’Flynn Memorial Perpetual Trophy to the winner of the Player of the Year competition, Frances Burke.
The clubs AGM was held on 27th May. Details next week.

Fethard Web Site
Fethard Web Site has now topped 5,000 hits since it started in January. Every week more and more Fethard emigrants are tuning in for local news and information. It is planned to include a page of information on every local organisation in the near future. Topics included on the site are: ‘Current News’ - this gives up to date news and photos on happenings in Fethard; ‘Fethard Information’ - this contains information on the many clubs, historical buildings and attractions in Fethard. It also has information about the education and accommodation facilities in Fethard. ‘Fethard Views’ & ‘Fethard People’ - shows pictures of Fethard people and places. ‘Results’ - this keeps people up to date on current sports news and results. ‘Parish Newsletter’ - the monthly ‘Parish Newsletter’ can be downloaded from this site, even the necessary software can also be downloaded from here. ‘Historical Society’ - research information and other topics are covered here. ‘Guest Book’ - an on-line Fethard guest book can be signed or read here, many people who visit the site express their gratitude at being able to keep up with local news through the site on this guest book. ‘Links’ - this gives links to other local people on the Internet as well as local sites such as the Coolmore website, and other Tipperary sites.
This is a very intensive website and is a hive of information not only for emigrants but local people too. It can be accessed at: http://www.iol.ie/~fethard/

GAA News
Fethard intermediate hurling team had a four point win over Templederry (North) in their
Intermediate hurling league game at the north Tipp venue on Saturday night last. The Templederry manager in congratulating Fethard on their win welcomed them to Templederry. He pointed out that while Templederry and Fethard have been affiliated to the G.A.A. since its foundation, this was the first time the two clubs had met in competition.

Wedding
The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Saturday 23rd of Mary Jane Carroll, Burke St., Fethard, to Mr Eamonn Phelan, Radestown, Kilkenny. The reception took place in the New Park Hotel, Kilkenny.

Fishing - John Sayers Memorial Trophy
Fethard and Killusty Angling Club held their John Sayers Memorial Trophy Competition yesterday, Sunday May 24. The weigh-in took place outside Kiltinan Barracks. Results: Mattie Fleming (winner); Tom Fogarty (second prize) and George McGrath (third prize). The chairman of the club Tom Fogarty made a special presentation to Tom Sayers who recently retired after serving 20 years as chairman.

Rare Postcards
Joan Merriman, Dublin, sent the Fethard Historical Society some unique postcards featuring the Irish Volunteers in Fethard in 1914. These postcards were belonging to her mother, Mrs Creed, who worked in Fethard Post Office at that time. One of the few stories that Joan can remember her mother telling about her time in Fethard was that she met a postman who was either present at the burning of Bridget Cleary, Ballyvadlea, in 1895 or at the subsequent arrest of the perpetrators. Anyone else with information?



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