GOLDEN YEAR FOR FETHARD ATHLETES
Athletes from Fethard Killusty Area had a successful day at the Community Games County Finals held in Roscrea on Sunday last 28th June. In the Boys U/16 100 metres event John Noonan, of St. Patrick's Place won a gold medal and in the Boys U/16 1500 metres the 'gold' was won by Eoin Sullivan of Barrettstown. In the Girls U/10 100 metres Stephanie Lawrence of Woodvale Walk won her heat and won a Bronze medal in the final. This was a fine performance as Stephanie is still only 8 years old. David Sullivan, Barrettstown qualified in his heat in U/12 600 metres. Other competitors who also ran very well were Sarah and Tim Gleeson of Brookhill and Aoife and Ciara O’Keeffe of Ballybough. Managers were:- Danielle Lawrence and Brian Sullivan, who did a great job.
The gold medallists John and Eoin have now qualified for the National Finals at Mosney, and are requested to submit birth certs, photographs etc. to the secretary M. C. Maher as soon as possible. We wish them the best of luck in the finals.
The Community Games Annual church-gate collection will take place this weekend, 4th and 5th July.
FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
Our Club had some great achievements at both senior and junior level at the Munster Track and Field Championships which were held at the R.T.C. recently. At senior level, Carmel Condon won the silver medal in the 100m, while Miceál McCormack won silver in the 100m Men's U/50 and bronze in both the 200m and the 800m.
At junior level, Eoin Sullivan won both the 800m and the U/15 1500m. N. Maher won the Men's U/19 discus and was 2nd in the 100m and long jump. E. Maher was 3rd in the Boys U/14 100m and 300m.
D. O’Meara was 3rd in the Boys U/14 high jump. S. Lawrence was 2nd in the Girls U/9 80m. J. Noonan was 3rd in the Boys U/15 100m. D. Sullivan was 3rd in the Boys U/12 600m. K. Cannon was 2nd in the Boys U/13 300m. Well done to all.
On Sunday, June 14th last the County 10k Road Championship was held in Fethard and Brian Sullivan won the silver medal in the Junior Men's 3,000m. Congratulations to two of our club members John Noonan and Eoin Sullivan who have qualified for the National Finals of Community Games in Mosney next September.
There was a full capacity attendance at the Maeve Carey concert at the Abymill on Saturday night last. Criticisms from some of the attendance was levelled mostly at the brevity of the programme of one and a half hours, including the interval. This was the second visit to Fethard by the group and the very high standard that was set in the previous concert was not superseded.
The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Saturday June 27th of Sophie, daughter of Mr. Joe and Mrs. Betsy O’Connor, Knockelly to Mr. Anthony Wall, Clonmel.
STILL THEY COME
A visitor from the U.S.A., Ms. Kathy Sands is seeking information on her great grandfather John O’Flynn. A native of Newtown Anner, John O’Flynn worked as a Coachman at Coolmoyne. He married Mary Carew of Fethard and they emigrated to America in 1890 where he died in 1928.
Speaking of emigrants, quite a number of third and fourth generation descendants of Fethard emigrants are now contacting Fethard having discovered the 'Fethard at Home' site on the Internet. To most of these, Fethard is just a name handed down from generation to generation. Typical of the letters being received from all over America, Australia and New Zealand is “how thrilled I was to find Fethard on the Internet, my great-grandfather emigrated from there in 1820 or 1830 or whatever. Please send me a copy of the Parish Newsletter”.
Many have stated their wish and their intention to visit the town of their forebears at some future date.
Due to inter-county commitments Fethard and Kilrush (Co. Clare) were obliged to field under-strength teams in their senior Football challenge game played in Limerick on Sunday morning.
Fethard were deserving winners in a most entertaining game in which some of the Fethard players who do not command a regular place on the first senior team were most impressive.
Final score, Fethard 1-14, Kilrush 0-10.
Fethard junior Hurlers beat Ballylooby/Clogheen in their junior Hurling “B” Championship game at Marlfield on Saturday last.
Mr. Paddy Lonergan’s Forge Tavern Bar was rated very highly in the opinion of the “Pub Spy” journalist of a national Sunday Newspaper. The “Pub Spy” who visits licensed premises nation-wide, uninvited and unannounced, wrote a most favourable report on the Forge Tavern. The writer stated he/she was most impressed with the standard of courtesy, service, and the cleanliness of the premises and toilets.
Congratulations to Paddy, Ann and staff on their points rating, a mark not easily obtained in this survey, especially by provincial pubs.
BALLROOM CARD RESULTS
First prize on Friday 26th June was won by Kay Cunningham and Sean Callaghan on 11 games. Second prize, joint three pairs on 10 games: Cly Mullins and Sean Walsh, Margaret and Jody Lee, Willie Crean and Hannie Leahy. Ticket prizes: Willie Crean, Mary Lee and Greta O'Donovan. Table prize: John Lee and Willie O'Connor.
Next Friday 3rd July is our £5 game and on Sunday 5th July our dancing continues, music by Pat Burke.
Fethard to Fethard walkers returned to Fethard on Sunday 28th June after completing their 52 miles sponsored walk over the weekend. Great credit is due to these voluntary walkers who spent the past few months training for the event and three days walking to raise funds for local charities.
'THE WELL' GOLF SOCIETY
A meeting will be held in the Tirry Centre on Tuesday 7th July at 8.30pm. We ask all members to try to attend especially those who intend travelling to St. Helen's Bay on 18th July.
Our most recent winners in Tipperary were Keith Woodlock, Michael Leahy and Jason Nevin. Thanks to all who helped make this another successful day out.
MIDSUMMER MADNESS WITH MACRA
Sunday 21st June saw the club in Cahir taking part in the Mid Summer Madness Festival. The club's aim to build a well, design a garden and prepare a picnic for four people and of course do it better than any of the other five competing teams. It was an interesting day with clubs from all over South Tipperary taking part. Fethard fought off tough competition to take the overall prize and prize money (very important to the clubs ailing funds!)
Great credit was due to the dedication of club members for their efforts. Credit is also due to the sponsors who kindly donated materials,
- AWG who supplied our lovely garden furniture and garden fence (only £18)
- Glenbridge Garden Centre for the shrubs and flowers
- Pat Lanigan, Killenaule for the quarry paving stones
- and our many other sponsors and willing volunteers.
The club celebrated late into the night at the Stop Inn in Cahir with a barbecue extraordinaire! I'm not telling the stories if you weren't there yourself to see it, suffice to say that a good night was had by all! The club is planning an activity day in Killaloe Adventure Centre, Co Clare on Sunday the 5th of July. Any one interested in going should contact Corina at 052 31894 as soon as possible.
SCHOOL SOCCER LEAGUE WINNERS
The winning team of the St. Patrick's National School soccer league final played last week in atrocious conditions was P. J. Morrissey, Patrick O'Brien, Michael Lawrence, Connie O'Flynn, Michael McCarthy, John Leahy (captain), Stephen O'Meara and Dermot Culligan. The game was watched by Middlesborough Scout, Freddie Murray, Clonmel, and the medals for the winners and runners-up were sponsored by the Garda Síochána and presented by local Garda Máiréad O’Farrell. Master Jack Kenny, Rocklow Road, was presented with a medal for 'best supporter' over the tournament.
Congratulations to Brian Kennedy, Kilnockin, Fethard, who was winner of the St. Patrick's Boys School Essay Competition for 5th and 6th class students entitled "Sport what it means to me". The first prize of a £50 sports voucher was sponsored by the school's Parent's Association.
The death is announced of Bridie Meagher (nee Phelan, Crampscastle) at her home in Quinton, Birmingham, England. on 17th June 1998. Widow of Thomas Francis Meagher and dear mother to Mary, John, Michael, and Anne. Grandmother to Joanne, Tony, Andrew, Thomas, Mark and Philip and sister to Alice and Ciss.
A Requiem Mass at Our Lady of Fatima followed by internment at Quinton cemetery on 23rd June 1998. Requiesect in Pace.
40th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Congratulations to Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, who celebrated his 40th Birthday with his family and friends at the Bridge Bar on Friday 26th June.
OLD FETHARD MAP
Richard Everard, Heemstede, Holland, has sent the Fethard Historical Society a copy of a 1708 map of Fethard which he recently discovered while researching the 'Barton Papers' at the National Library. The map was included in a folder containing the Barton Deeds from the period 1841-1861. It shows the property of Sir Redmond Everard in Fethard and confirms Richard's research that the original site of the Everard Mansion House was where the old Military Barracks on the Square was built. Another surprising discovery was that 'Court Castle' (The Castle Inn) was also part of Sir Redmond's property.