On this Saturday, 15th August, the annual parish pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon will take place leaving from the base of the mountain at 2pm. We ask you to support this long-standing traditional pilgrimage by coming along and asking others to take part as well.
The wedding took place at Killusty church on Saturday last of Dermot O'Donnell, son of Mr. Pierce and Mrs. Marie O'Donnell, Grangebeg, to Pamela, daughter of Mr. Dan and Mrs. Bernie Morrissey, Cashel Road, Fethard.
The wedding also took place at Carrick Beg church on July 7th of Patrick, son of Mr. Tom and Mrs. Pauline Morrissey, St. Patrick's Place, to Ms. Helena McGrath, Carrick Beg.
Michael and Phyllis McDonnell have retired and closed their grocery and victualler business at Main Street. The business was started by Michael's late father Paddy McDonnell in 1926. Michael and Phyllis wish to thank sincerely all their friends and customers for their support over the years. May we join the many who called personally in wishing them both many happy years in retirement.
The Stonethrowers Rally, on Sunday last, featured two stages in close proximity to Fethard. The day-long closure of the roads did not meet with universal approval. Loudest to complain were members of the farming community who were obliged to take advantage of the fine day for catching up on much behind haymaking and harvesting work. However, their activities in this regard were severely curtailed on Sunday as, of course, they could not move their machinery to where required due to the road closures.
Another familiar daily sight Fitzgerald's Bread Van (formerly Mother's Pride) will no longer be seen on its rounds on the streets of Fethard. The firm due to reorganising their delivery system have decided to take the van off the road. Liam Connolly, the ever-popular delivery man on the Clonmel-Kilkenny route has decided to take early retirement after 35 years service. Liam, on Saturday last his last day on the job, bade good-bye to all his customers en-route. Liam says what struck him most forcibly was the number of small shops that have gone out of business over the years.
We feel sure that we will still see quite a lot of Liam around and hope sincerely that he will now find more time to give to the day-to-day running of Fethard GAA affairs. No-one, just that, reads a game like Liam can.
During the course of the Progressive 25 Drive in the Ballroom last week no less than five of the six players at one table were octogenarians. These five plus a few others in the same age bracket are regular attendees at the weekly game and figure quite often amongst the prize-winners.
Fethard lost their South and County senior football titles when beaten by 0-16 to 1-10 by Moyle Rovers at Cahir on Sunday last. Rovers were deserving winners in a game they could have won by ten or twelve points but just as easily could have lost. A few first-class stops by Paul Fitzgerald in the first half and a brilliant tip-over in the second half when goals for the Rovers seemed certain kept Fethard in the hunt. Paul, however, is just as much a part of Fethard team as Declan Brown, their chief scorer, is of Moyle Rovers.
A ball that came back off the top of the goal-post that would have given Fethard a one point lead in the second half was the turning point of the game. Rovers came down the field from the rebound and Fethard conceded a needless free-kick which was moved forward ten meters for dissent. Declan said “thanks very much” by kicking the free over no problem and Rovers were on their way. Brian Burke, Tommy Sheehan and Michael Quinlan were most impressive for Fethard.
NEW DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR FETHARD
The County Council are in the process of preparing a new Draft Development Plan for Fethard. This plan, when finalised, will determine what development will take place in Fethard for the next five years. The preparation of a Development Plan is a very important process and it gives residents of the town a chance to have an input into what happens, or is allowed to happen, in Fethard.
Tipperary South Riding County Council will be pleased to receive the views of Business and Community Organisations, Residents Associations, Environment and Conservation Groups, Landowners, Developers etc. as part of the review process in the preparation of this Draft Development Plan. All submissions should be forwarded to the County Secretary, Tipperary S.R. County Council, Clonmel, before 31st August 1998.
The next meeting of the Fethard Historical Society will take place on next Tuesday night 18th August in the Abymill Theatre. Please note the change of date. The Monroe Walk should be cleared and opened by the time you read this. A special word of thanks to Johnny Burke and Jimmy O'Shea who put in an extra big effort to complete the job while the weather was fine.