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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 20th June 1998


LOCAL SONG WRITER
Pat Tynan, Silverfort, was featured strongly in Fáilte Isteach from Radio Eireann on Saturday night. Presenter, Donnacha O’Dúlhainn said he would definitely avail of Pat’s invitation to visit Thames Radio, London, a station that emigrant Pat is involved in. Donnacha played Pat’s latest composition “The Soldier’s Tree”. This ballad tells the story of “The Soldier’s Tree”, the large oak that stands on the Mobarnane roadside.

BUILDING FUND
Senator Tom Hayes M.C.C. raised the matter of the Restoration of Fethard Abbey in the Seanad debates on June 16th Senator Hayes stated (having outlined the history of the Abbey) that restoration on upgrading work on the historic church would cost in the region of £600,000. He felt the project deserved funding and that a sum of £150,000 has been raised in Fethard over the past 20 months.
The Minister for Arts, Gaeltacht, and The Islands, Ms. Síle de Valera replied to Senator Hayes's request.
Ms. De Valera said that she was well acquainted with the history of Fethard Abbey and that it was probably the most important building in the medieval town. She outlined the amount of £1.9 million spent by Duchas, the Heritage Service of her Department. She said, however, as the church is in private ownership and still in use for ecclesiastical purposes, that the Department is precluded from recovering any expenditure in relation to it.

FETHARD SUNDAY COURSING CLUB
Fethard Sunday Coursing Club intends promoting a race night shortly. To make arrangements re the running of same, a meeting will be held in the Tirry Centre on this Friday June 26th at 8.30 p.m. All members are requested to attend.

GOLF
Would all golfers intending to play in the G.A.A. Golf Classic in Cahir on July 17th please ring Dinny Burke (052-31852) with the time they require. We hope to make this a great social occasion and look forward to seeing many Fethard “Exiles” on the day. Lady Golfers are eligible and especially welcome.

COMMUNITY GAMES
Fethard/Killusty Area contested the County Finals of Community Games Camogie recently in “The Rag”. A large group of spectators travelled from the Area to support the girls. County Chairman, Joe Keane, was also present to make presentations, but on this occasion he had to present the Silver medals to his own Area as the formidable opponents from St. Flannans won the Gold. However, the local girls all had a great game and almost all will be underage again for next year.
The Silver Medallists were;- Ursula Lawrence, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Vanessa O’Donnell, Tracey Lawrence, Stephanie Walsh, Margaret Smyth, Kate Maher, Melissa Breen, Laura Burke, Lucy O’Hara, Susie Harvey, Melissa Rochford, Donna Ryan, Emma Walsh, Tracey Burke, Stephanie Lawrence, Aoife O’Meara, Stacey Grace and Susanna Gorey.
Thanks to Denis O’Meara and Tossie Lawton (Coaches), Jennifer Keane and all who helped with the team.

County Finals Athletics Roscrea C.O.B.S. Field, commencing at 1.00 p.m. sharp on Sunday next.

RACING SUCCESSES
Fethard had two local winners during the three day Tipperary Racing Festival programme. 'Shampooed', owned by Eamonn Phelan and trained by Joe Murphy won at Thurles on Saturday. 'Smooth Technology', owned by Matthew Tynan was winner at Clonmel on Sunday.

FRENCH STUDENTS
Families with teenage children in the area, are required to take French Students for the first three weeks in August. If interested, please contact (052) 21352

DRIVING
Too often we hear how fast and dangerous driving causes serious and sometimes, fatal accidents. This time we can report how good and careful driving avoided one.
A local van driver, who wishes to remain anonymous, was driving towards Fethard on Saturday morning. On rounding the bend at the top of Market Hill he met a group of walkers, (not locals) walking on the right hand side of the road. This group had no advance car or warning of any kind proceeding them.
They may thank their lucky stars for the expertise driving, and for the lightening reflexes, which still have not dimmed, of the Fethard driver, that the encounter had not far more serious consequences.
We understand the group concerned were children on a charity walk from Fethard to Clonmel..
Organisers please take note.

FIRST WINNER
Congratulations to Shane Walsh, Grove Road, who rode his first winner under H.P.R.A. rules at Shanagolden Horse and Pony races on Sunday last. Shane won the feature event of the day. The OPE 2 Miles Trophy race on Messrs. Kenneally’s (Co. Galway) 'Harry'.
The horse and Pony racing circuit has proved the first rung on the ladder of success for such rides as Adrian Maguire, Richard Dunwoody, Jamie Spencer etc., Here’s hoping Sunday’s win proves the start of a successful career in the saddle for Shane.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The next monthly meeting of Fethard Historical Society will be held on Tuesday 30th June at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre.

FETHARD BALLROOM
Progressive 25
First prize went to Joe Godfrey and Jimmy McCarthy on ten games.
Second prize went to Sean Spillane and David O’Donnell
Pat Horan and Biddy O’Donnell won table prize.
Ticket prizes were won by;
1. Paddy McCormack
2. Hannie Leahy
3. Gus Lawrence
4. Television raffle was won by Noreen Allen, Brodeen, Fethard.
5. The Committee would like to thank those who supported them in race night and raffle

FETHARD A.C.
Our athletes travelled to the R.T.C. on the 20th and 21st June for the Munster Track and Field Championships.
Our star athlete was Eoin Sullivan who won the Gold Medal in the boy’s U/15, 800M and the 1,500M.
Congratulations also to the following athletes.
N. Maher won Gold in the men’s U/19 Discus and 2nd in the Long Jump and the 100M
D O’Meara 3rd. in the boy’s U/14 High Jump.
S. Lawrence 2nd in the girl’s U/9 80m
E. Maher was 3rd in the boy’s U/14 100m and 300m
J. Noonan was 3rd in the boy’s U/15 100m
K. Cannon was 2nd.in the boy’s U/13 300m
D. Sullivan was 3rd.in the boy’s U/12 600m
These athletes will now go forward to compete in the All Ireland Championships together with S Gleeson and A. O’Keeffe who also qualified. Well done to all who participated.

FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
Wednesday 17th June Results
1st.Gross Dick Gorey & Bridget Gorey.
2nd.Gross Bernie Myles & Margaret Hackett
3rd.Gross Nell Broderick & Annie O’Brien
1st.Nett Breda O’Shea & Maureen Maher
2nd.Nett Carl Kenny & Rita Kane
3rd.Nett Cinta O’Flynn & Margaret Coffey
Club Contact: Looking for a partner etc., Annie O’Brien (052) 31862

MORE NEW HOUSES FOR BARRACK STREET
Tipperary S.R. County Council have now invited submissions or observations with regard to the proposed development of 2 x 3 Bedroomed Houses (1 1/2 storey) and 3 x 2 Bedroomed Houses (single storey) at Barrack Street, Fethard. Plans and particulars will be available for inspection at Housing Office, Aras an Chontae, Emmet Street, Clonmel, from 9am to 5pm up to 8th July. Submissions may be made in writing to: The Secretary, Tipperary S.R. County Council, not later than 4pm on the 22nd July, 1998.



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