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Saturday 18th July 1998

The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 28th July at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre. All members are welcome to attend.

First Prize: Jimmy Hayes and Denis O'Donnell (on 12 games).
Joint Second: John Martin and Bridie Lee, Philly Kenny and Gretta O'Donovan.
Ticket Prizes: Patricia Horan, Lillian Maher, Gus Lawrence.
Table Prize: Richie Nevin and Margaret Fallon.
Dancing: Next Dance on Sunday July 26th. Music by 'Checkers'
Lessons: Classes for learning to play 25's will begin in September for anyone interested. More details from David O'Donnell (052) 31336.

A further meeting between representatives of the local community organisations: Community Council, Tidy Towns, Historical Society and Tourism Project met with the County Council Engineers on Thursday last 16th July in the Tirry Centre. The meeting is one of a series of meetings between the County Council and Community representatives so as to achieve greater agreement as regards the development work that the Council will undertake very soon, beginning in September, under the Urban and Village Renewal Scheme.
Major landscaping and upgrading will take place along the Clashawley River in The Valley area, including a pedestrian stone-look bridge across the river. Major upgrading will also take place in the Barrack Street and Square area. The community representatives again stressed the need for all developments to take account of the historic nature of the town, and especially to consider the well being of pedestrians when redesigning the Barrack Street and Square area.

A once in a lifetime opportunity to see the construction of a spectacular three masted tall ship, the Dunbrody, will be on offer on Saturday next, 25th July, when the Fethard Historical Society go to Co. Wexford on the ‘Trail of 1798’. The Dunbrody is an exact replica of a famine ship of the same name that carried thousands of Irish Emigrants from New Ross to America and especially to the sad island of ‘Gross Isle’ in the St. Lawrence River which was the quarantine stop for entry to Canada.
The ship is now nearing completion (by the Kennedy Trust) in a great Boat House, New Ross and early next year she will make her maiden voyage across the Atlantic to America retracing the route of the Coffin Ships of the 1840’s. Arrangements have been made to see in and under the ship and all are welcome to join the Historical Society on their outing to Wexford. The luxury coach will leave Fethard town hall at 9am and return to Fethard at 10pm. Cost per person is £12. Names and £5 deposit to Chris Nevin, Gateway B&B, Rocklow Road.
Tel 052-31701 or any committee member.

The new Slievenamon Golf Club opened last Saturday July 11th, at Clonacody, Fethard. The 18 hole course is now playable, clubs and trolleys are available for hire and all are welcome. Green Fees: £6. Annual membership is £300 for first year and £200 from then on. Tel: (052) 32213.

We record the death of John 'Cutsie' O'Donnell, Slainstown, who died recently. Burial in Calvary Cemetery on Friday 17th July.


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