LECTURE ON 'ORANGEISM'
Fethard Historical Society will host a very interesting lecture on 'Orangeism' by Kevin Haddick Flynn in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday 25th August at 8.30pm. "Probably there is no human institution claming to be based on the Bible and professing to maintain the principal of the Reformed Faith, which has been more bitterly maligned by its avowed foes and more falsely represented by those who profess to be its friends, than the Orange Order."
Kevin Haddick Flynn was educated in Ireland, Britain and the United States. He is a director of a number of companies engaged in the International Oil Industry, and in addition to his business interests is a lecturer, writer and contributor to cross-channel publications on Irish historical and cultural subjects.
His book "Orangeism The Making of a Tradition" will be published by Wolfhound Press in the New Year and he is presently working on a History of Irish Nationalism. He is a member of the British Council for Irish Studies, The Ulster Society and The Tipperary Historical Association.
His talk will take about 75 minutes and admission is £2. All are welcome.
Community Games Tennis Tournament kindly sponsored by Mr. Seamus Dineen, Took place last week. In the under 16 Girls singles the winner was Vanessa 0'Donnell, Monroe, Fethard and the runner up was Barbara Ryan from Moyglass. The Boys Under 16 singles was won by Peter Kenny, The Green, and runner-up was Nicky Noonan, St. Patricks Place. Perpetual Trophies and trophies to winners and runners up were presented by Seamus Dineen who is currently on holiday from U.S.A. Thanks to all who participated and to Patsy Lawrence, Coordinator.
The reopening of Coolmoyne Ball Alley as a racquetball court on July 16th saw a huge turnout of locals on this historic occasion. Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. Canon Power, in the unavoidable absence of Rev. Father Michael Barry a native of Coolmoyne, assisted by Rev. Loughlin Brennan, Moyglass, Rev. Father Sean Ryan CC Fethard, and Rev. Batt O'Dea home on holidays from Australia and a past-pupil of Coolmoyne National School.
Canon Power blessed the Alley and the official opening was performed by Declan Brown, Moyle Rovers and Tipperary footballer. Present also on what must have proven a most enjoyable evening for them were Johnny and Mick Hayes and Joe Ahearne who had worked on the reconstruction of the original Ball Alley from a dwelling house in 1938. Another man in attendance was Jack Wall who, as well as those mentioned above, with Stephen O'Brien played many a hard fought game in the old three-walled alley.
Following the unveiling of the Memorial plaque which was blessed by Monsignor Lee, presentations were made to local people who were involved with Coolmoyne alley in past and present times.
A most enjoyable barbecue and dance followed the opening. Mr. Sean Walsh proved a most capable M.C. The Coolmoyne racquetball Club is now a thriving organisation with 143 members. Special tribute were paid to Tom Noonan whose initiative, drive and organising abilities were primarily responsible for getting the whole project in motion and being brought to such a satisfactory and successful conclusion.
DIED IN ENGLAND
The death has occurred in England of Mr. Bill Burke formerly of Grove Fethard.
Congratulations and best wishes to Sr. M. Clement and Sr. M. Celsus, Presentation Convent, who celebrated the golden jubilee of their professions on Sunday last.
The wedding took place in Manchester on Friday August 7th of Joseph, son of Mr. Joe and Mrs. Ann Keane, St. Patrick’s Place, to Ms. Kathryn Pendleberry, Mosley Common, Manchester.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK
The annual Augustinian pilgrimage to Knock takes place this year on Sunday September 13th. Those wishing to travel to Knock may book their places at Whyte’s supermarket, Main Street, and McManus’s Grocery, Burke Street.
Results of the ‘98 Juvenile Tennis Competition held at the G.A.A. Sports Centre were:
U/12 ‘A’: Darren O’Meara (winner); David Conway (runner-up).
U/12 ‘B’: Alan O’Connor (winner); Jack O’Sullivan (runner-up).
U/15 ‘BOYS’: Emmet Burke (winner); James Kelly (runner-up).
U/15 ‘GIRLS’: Áine O’Dwyer (winner); Barbara Ryan (runner-up).
U/16 ‘BOYS’: Peter Kenny (winner); Nicky Noonan (runner-up).
U/16 ‘GIRLS’: Vanessa O’Donnell (winner); Barbara Ryan (runner-up).
Fethard had a most unusual coach load of visitors recently when a party of Spanish tourists visited the town. They were most impressed with the town and surrounding area and actually paid a second visit to some areas after lunch to lake photographs.
On August 15th and 16th our athletics travelled to the NACAI National Veteran, Junior and U/15 Championships in Tullamore. We won our first All-Ireland title since the revival of the club when Eoin Sullivan won gold in the Boy's U/15 1500 meters final. He also took the silver medal in the 800 m, beaten by 200th of a second in what can only be described as a brilliant performance. Congratulations Eoin and also to his brother Brian who won a bronze medal in the Men's U/17 800m. Well done to Carmel Condon who won bronze in the Ladies Veteran 100m Sprint and to Miceál McCormack who came third in the Men's Veteran 100m Sprint, Long Jump and High Jump. Niall Maher and John Noonan also participated but unfortunately were out of the medals.