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Saturday 6th June 1998

Fethard music lovers are in for a treat on Saturday 27th June when Maeve Carey and friends will partake in a joyous celebration of music and song in the Abymill Theatre commencing at 8.15pm. Maeve and her friends will also be joined by Noreen O’Flynn. The gala concert will feature the melodies of Lloyd Webber, Rogers & Hammerstein and Puccini etc. Tickets are £6 and booking is now open at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: (052) 31254.

Donnacha Prendergast, Cashel Road, was winner of the captain's prize played over two days at Clonmel Golf Club.
A rule change that allows students to enter all major competitions enabled this promising young Fethard golfer to capture this prestigious prize. Donnacha, who was runner-up in the event last year held off stiff challenges to emerge a clear-cut winner with four shots to spare.
One of the youngest ever winners of the competition, Donnacha has just completed his first year studies at Mater Dei. Congratulations to Fethard's own Tiger Woods who fully deserved the acclaim he received at the presentation of prizes on Sunday May 31st.

The committee would like to thank all those who sponsored races and horses at their recent Race Night held in McCarthy's Hotel. The winner of the television raffled on the night was Noreen Allen, Brodeen.
Last weeks card winners were: B O'Donnell and J. Hayes (£40 each); Biddy O'Donnell (£10); Pat Horan (£10); and other prizes making a total of £120. Table Prize winners were Sean Walsh and Cly Mullins who received £10 each.
Dancing continues on Sunday night 14th June dancing from 9 to 12 to High Society.

The death has occurred of Johnny Conway, Coleman Cross, Fethard, who died on Thursday 28th May. Burial was at Old Ballyclerihan Cemetery. Johnny, aged 58, was a stable-hand at Larry Keating's for many years where he worked with Billy Treacy and the late Dick Nevin.
The death has occurred of James 'Jim' Treacy, Barrettstown. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred of Pat Murray, Killusty, widely known in music circles in Tipperary and adjoining counties. Many of his wide circle of friends in the music business attended his funeral Mass in his native Killusty. Soloist at the Mass was international country singing star Paddy O'Brien.

At our last meeting of Tidy Towns we had a long discussion on areas of the town which badly need attention. A flyer is presently being distributed asking for everyone's co-operation in cleaning up their own areas. A clean environment is nice, not alone for our visitors, for ourselves as well.

Liam O Duibhir, Clonmel Historical Society, will take members of the Fethard Historical Society on a walkabout Clonmel on Monday evening 15th June. The group will meet at 7.30 p.m. in the car park on the quay opposite the Clonmel Arms Hotel. The walkabout is open to all so feel free to come along.

The Tipperary GAA Draw will be commencing on Friday 3rd July and members are making a big drive to renew and extend draw membership in the Fethard area. This is a special appeal to all parishioners to support the draw which, through the work of the GAA in the parish, will especially help to complete the GAA Park development.
The subscription is £5 per month or £60 per year which gives you a chance to win: 12 Motor Cars; 26 Foreign Holidays; 48 Lotto Jackpots (£2,000 min.); 12 x £1,500 Cash Prizes and lots more regular prizes.
Local contacts are: Nicky O’Shea, Killusty, Tel: 31127; Denis Burke, Redcity, Tel: 31852; M.C. Maher, Dun Aoibhinn, Tel: 31144; Gus Fitzgerald, Kiltinan, Tel: 31354.

Terrible weather is usually the most recent salutation when two people meet, but is it! The overall rainfall for May at 38.5 ml was average while the mean temperature for the month was above average as was the hours of sunshine. The rainfall on the day and night of Sunday May 21st was 26.24 ml, so therefore the rest of the month can not have been too bad. The highest temperature of 23.4 C was recorded on May 20th, two days into the second week of warm sunshine some local farmers were screaming for rain. The next time you say “terrible weather” just remember things could be a lot worse.
When one recalls that a town has been destroyed by a Cyclone in Oklahoma; people have been flooded out of their homes on Italy; thousands killed in an earthquake in the Afghan village of Badaksan and dying from 116 F of heat in India, our Irish weather is never as bad as it seems. Weather report through courtesy of Parsons Hill Farms.

Local athlete Jacqui Stokes won the ladies long jump in the Europa Cup competition held in Lithuania on Saturday last. Jacqui's jump of 6.28 meters was a slight improvement on her third place 6.24 in Estonia the previous week. Ladies captain of the Irish Athlete Team, Jacqui was also a member of the victorious Irish Ladies 4x100 relay team.

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 6th June of Mary, daughter of Mr & Mrs Dick Burke, Main Street, to Mr Pascal Hickey, Cahir.

The following committee were elected at the club's AGM: President: Dick Gorey; Vice President: Bernie Myles; Secretary: Gemma Burke; Treasurer: Cinta O'Flynn; Assistant Treasurer: Mary Quirke; PRO: Brendan Kenny. Committee: Frances Burke, Margaret Hackett, Rita Kane, Kathleen Kenny, Betty Walsh, Alice Quinn, Breda O'Shea, Maureen Maher and Michael Kenny. Bridge will continue at 7.30pm on Wednesday nights for the Summer months. Club contact for partners is Annie O'Brien, The Square, 052 31862.
Winners on Wednesday 27th: North: Rita Kane; South: Margaret Hackett; East: Gemma Burke; West: Fr. John Meagher.

Congratulations to all athletes who participated at the county track and field championships in Moyne on May 10Th. With only a small number of our athletes taking part we had a most successful day winning a total of twenty-three medals: 13 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze. Best of luck to the athletes who will compete in the Munster championships in the R.T.C. in Cork on June 20th and 21st. Good luck also to our athletes who are taking part in the County ‘B’ League.
We would like to thank all who supported our recent draw. The results are as follows: 1st Prize: Caroline O’Rahily, Killenaule; 2nd Prize: Lisa McCormack, Fethard; 3rd Prize: P.J. Ryan, Ballinure; 4th Prize: Mrs. J. Halley, Fethard; 5th Prize: Mrs. Forag, Lisronagh; 6th Prize: Mary O’Shea, Clonmel; 7th Prize: Mrs. M. Ryan, Upperchurch; 8th Prize: Mrs. K. O’Neill, Grangemockler; 9th Prize: Robert Phelan, Fethard; 10th Prize: John Lyons, Killenaule.

The computer course organised by the Community Information Office unfortunately will not take place as hoped. Although there was exceptional interest with more than the twenty-six required applying, we were unable to secure funding towards the cost. The contract price quoted also proved too expensive for individuals and indeed for a beginners course. It certainly proved that there is a market for a computer training course in Fethard. The main concept behind the idea, the elimination of travel, has proved that the community would avail of training courses if offered locally.
As an alternative there are courses on offer in Clonmel, details of these are available at the Community Office Tel: 052 31000. To all who put forward their names thank you for your interest.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council have been awarded a Student Summer Scheme and would be very interested to hear from registered students who would like to partake in this scheme. For full particulars please contact the Community Office Tel: 052 31000

Some of our Senior Citizens have just returned from a very enjoyable weeks holiday in Co. Wexford. Those who travelled wish to express their thanks an appreciation to the organisers of the trip.

Best wishes and the best of luck to all students of Patrician Presentation Secondary School who commence their Intermediate, Junior Cert and Leaving Certificate examinations this week.

Tipperary S.R. Co. Council have recently replaced the trees on Main Street which they had been obliged to remove recently. The new trees, mostly 'Mountain Ash' and of a special small variety, should prove a brilliant addition to the environment when in full berry in the autumn.

The local members are very grateful to and wish to thank sincerely all those who supported the recent Sponsored Walk to enable five people from our parish to travel to Lourdes on the forthcoming Diocesan Pilgrimage. We also wish to acknowledge the help of all the good people who are making brown bread, fruit cakes etc. to be taken with us to France. Anyone who has ever been to Lourdes on the pilgrimage will vouch for the value of these items!

The St. Vincent de Paul will not be meeting during the summer months. We will be returning as usual in September. In the meantime if anyone needs help in any way feel free to contact any of the following members in total confidence: Dinny Burke, Lynn Cummins, Fr. Anthony Hourihane OSA, Fr. Sean Ryan and Peggy Sullivan.


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