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Saturday 22nd August 1998

Best of luck to competitors from Fethard who will take part in the National Finals of the Credit Union Community Games in Mosney Holiday Centre, Co Meath, over the
next two week-ends.
On the first weekend Richard Gorey, Moanbeg and his cousin Roy from Redcity will contest the Judo event along with Cathal Maher, Dun Aoibhinn in boys U/1O Art and
Alan 0'Connor, St. Patricks Place in U/1O Modelling. Hard luck on Ciaran 0'Shea, Main Street, who had to forfeit his place in the 25Kg Judo event due to injury. However next year is just around the corner and Ciaran will have his chance again. On the second weekend John Noonan, St. Patricks Place, will contest the U/16 100 M and Eoin Sullivan, Barrettstown, will participate in the U/16 1500.
National Officials from Fethard are: Chairman Joe Keane; Co-ordinator GAA, and Eric 0'Donnell, Monroe, Judo Official.

Back to school dates are as follows: first year students return on Tuesday September 1st, second year on Thursday September 3rd, third year on Wednesday September 2nd. Transition year students return on Monday September 7th, fifth year on Wednesday September 2nd and sixth year on Thursday September 3rd.

The death has occurred of Mr. Willie O'Shea, Coolmoyne. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

Seen around town recently renewing old acquaintances were Din O'Flynn, The Green; Pat O'Flynn, Killerk; Jimmy O'Shea, St. Patrick's Place; and Peter O'Connell, Coleman. All four are in great form and though forty years out of Fethard, look forward very much to the annual parish newsletter.

Congratulations to Sr. Philomena O'Brien, St. Ursula Centre, Blue Point , Long Island, New York, who will shortly celebrate her 80th birthday. We also heard that a 'surprise party' was held on Sunday 23rd August to mark her retirement as the Director of the Retreat Centre at Long Island.
At the age of 18, Sr. Philomena (Nuala) left her home on The Green on the 9th August 1935 and together with three of her friends, Nellie Carey (Sr. Paula), Kilnockin; Monica Kevin (Sr. Monica), Barrack Street; and Kitty McCarthy (Sr. Vincent), Bufanna; they set sail from Cobh to join the Ursuline Order in New York. Happy Retirement!

All members are requested to attend a meeting of Fethard Sunday Coursing Club in the Tirry Centre on this Friday night, September 28th at 8 p.m. All cash for sponsorship of races and horses for the clubs Race Night at the Bridge Bar to be handed in at this meeting.

The eagerly awaited Leaving Certificate results were distributed by school principal Mr. Ernan Britton on Wednesday of last week amid great signs of joy and relief. The Fethard results were excellent with no shortage of A's with many students reaching the high overall points that will enable them to comfortably realise their options.
The results also bring strangely to mind a young boy who also awaited his results. Sadly this student died in the recent Omagh tragedy. How heartening to see so many youths of his age group present at the Ecumenical Service in St. Mary's Church, Clonmel, in many of those who died at Omagh, on Saturday last.

A book of condolence has been opened where parishioners may express their sympathy with the relatives of the victims of the Omagh tragedy. The book was opened on Sunday last in the entrance porch of Fethard Parish Church. It will close at the end of this week. A prayer service was also held in the Augustinian Abbey grounds on Saturday last.

Pilgrims who intend to travel on the 1999 pilgrimage to Lourdes and wish to pay their fare in weekly instalments may do so. The scheme, so successful in previous years, and reintroduced by popular demand this year is being co-ordinated by Kathleen Barry, Tullamaine, telephone number (052) 31630.

Summer Bridge finished with a fun game on Wednesday 19th August with the winners being North: Bernie Myles, South: Rita Kane, West: Kathleen Kenny and East: Michael Kenny. The winter season commences on Wednesday 9th September at 7.30pm sharp. We hope to continue our Monday night game this winter -and details will be published later. Anyone interested in learning Bridge should contact Brendan Kenny or any committee member. If you are looking for a partner contact Annie O'Brien, The Square, Tel (052) 31862.

The Fethard-Kilsheelan Junior Football game at Marlfield on Saturday night last, turned out to be something of an anticlimax. Both clubs found it difficult to field full teams. Fethard secretary, Miceál McCormack was obliged to line out for Fethard. Kilsheelan commenced the game with thirteen players but could not field fifteen players for the second half. Fethard, according to rule, were then awarded the game.

Bishop Ben Devlin paid his annual visit to Fethard during the week. Rev. Ben is Bishop of Gibraltar and his family originally came from Fethard.

The wedding took place at Killusty church on Saturday last of Michael, son of Mr. & Mrs. Sean Spillane, Tullamaine, to Sandra, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Wade, Killusty.

The one mile long Monroe walk to Rocklow, via Breen's Bridge, is now cleared and the Society would like to encourage people to use it. This would also help in keeping down the unwanted growth on the pathway. It is intended to approach the County Council to help maintain the walk in good condition. The current walkway being cleared is from the Rocklow Road to Strylea. The society would like to acknowledge the work of all those members involved and also the non-members who joined in this worthwhile project.
The Abymill Theatre have also donated £100 towards the project, proceeds of a Bingo night.

Congratulations to Ms. Jennifer Fogarty, The Green, who was one of the naval recruits, Class Alpha, who was at the passing out ceremony at the Naval Base, Haulbowline, Co. Cork. Jennifer was the only lady recruit amongst the class of sex.

All members of our clubs are invited to the Tirry Centre on Thursday, August 27th at 8.30p.m. for the presentation of medals and some refreshments will be served.


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