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Saturday 29th August 1998

Fethard had three representatives on the Tipperary All Ireland Junior Football winning team at Portlaoise on Friday night last, Tommy Sheehan, Willie Morrissey and Damien Byrne. The three Fethard players each had an excellent game, thus upholding a great Fethard tradition
When Tipperary last won the All Ireland Junior Football championship, all of seventy-five years ago in 1923, the Fethard club had nine players on the Tipperary team panel. Playing members included, Ned Cummins (captain), Tom Hogan, Dan Mullins, Tom Tubridy, Gus McCarthy and Jack Delaney. Jim O'Gorman, Dr. Paddy Stokes and Frank (Scout) Butler were reserves. Dan Mullins won a record nine senior county championship medals with Fethard while Dr. Stokes won international caps on the Irish Rugby Team. A direct link with the1923 team is Fethard’s Dick Cummins whose brother Ned captained the team 75 years ago. Dick was present at the game on Friday night where he met Willie O Connor. Willie, a native of Clonmel, is now long time residing in Carlow where he served as GAA secretary for a number of years. Now 85 years old and a long time follower of Tipperary football fortunes, it is, believe it or not, 70 years since Dick and Willie last met when fellow pupils at Clonmel High School. Only true football followers can fully realise what Tipperary’s win on Friday night last meant to Dick Cummins and Willie O Connor and to the many many other supporters of Tipp Football down through the years in more bad times than good. The Junior team have shown it can be done, perhaps the break through in senior ranks is closer than we think. Kildare have done it, why not Tipperary…

Kieran and Martina O‘Shea and daughter Gillian have opened a new business "Slievenamon Saddelry and Country Fashions" at The Westgate, Clonmel. The O’Shea’s have a very long tradition and association with equestrian affairs in Tipperary and surrounding counties which should be of great benefit to them in their new shop. We congratulate them and we wish them the very best of luck in the venture.

The death has occurred in London of Mr James (Jimmy) Anglim, Farranaleen. Internment took place in London.

Mink it is widely known have become very plentiful, many would say too plentiful on local lands and streams. However, one would not expect that one of these normally shy of human contact animals would come down Chapel Lane, calmly cross Main Street, and disappear under a gateway into an enclosed yard. Locals were astounded to witness the occurrence one afternoon last week.

Fethard Ballroom will be the Mecca for dancers from as far afield as Belfast, Galway and Dublin on Saturday night next, September 5th. The Ballroom hosts the '1998 Slievenamon Ballroom Dancing and Waltzing Competition' event. Classes for all grades will commence at 9pm. Even if you do not wish to compete come along and enjoy a great nights Ballroom Dancing at its best.

Through the Fethard Historical Society and local voluntary labour some local walking paths long years overgrown once impassable have now been cleared and are open to the public once again. Pedestrians may now travel the old Monroe Boreen which comes out between Michael McCarthy's house and Paddy Ahearn's house on the Cashel Road – Moyglass Road link at Rocklow. Returning by Rocklow road walkers can turn left at Strylea Boreen and walk to The Green. Those engaged in clearing the walkways included Johnny Burke, Jimmy O'Shea, Tom McCormack, Miceál McCormack, Joe Kenny, David Sceats, Mike Burke, Peter Grant, Megan Sceats, Terry Cunningham, Owen O'Brien and Tony Askins.
The next walkway to be tackled is behind Marie Crean's house at Moanbeg.

Local greyhound enthusiast Tim O'Riordan, after a life spent time in greyhound circles has produced a great greyhound 'Debs Hare' who recently won the Carlow Sprint at Kilkenny Track by no less than eleven lengths in what the press described as "An awesome display of pace in 16.54"
Tim has since sold the dog for a substantial sum to Seamus Murphy, 'Debs Hare' now trained by Hennessys has been short priced favourite for the Puppy Derby at Harolds Cross.

The next meeting of Fethard Macra will take place on Tuesday next, September 8th at 9.30pm in the backroom, Lonergans. The south executive meeting is on Thursday, 3rd September, at 9pm in the Coachman Club. Officers will travel to Killarney this weekend to attend the Annual officers training course.
We have restarted our sports sessions in the Ballroom every Monday night from 9-10pm .Currently we are playing volleyball to prepare for the finals in November at which we hope to retain our All-Ireland title won last year in Ennis. Anyone interested in playing ,please contact Catriona at 31740
Currently Club members are replying to a questionnaire circulated by our club Secretary, Mairead Croke, indicating which activities they would like to be organised or which competitions they would be willing to enter. Club programme for the coming months will be based on these interests. If you would like to become involved, these questionnaires are available from any club member.

Esat Digifone has appealed to An Bord Pleanala the refusal of Planning Permission for their GMS base station at Bennetts Hill. The planning application was turned down for the following:
Reason 1 states:- “The proposed site is located near a hilltop site in a visually sensitive landscape setting and within the zone of archaeological potential of a hilltop enclosure as listed in the Recorded Monuments for South Tipperary, issued by the National Monuments and Historic Properties Service. The proposed mast would be visually obtrusive and would seriously injure the visual amenities of the area and would interfere with a view or prospect which it is necessary to preserve. The proposed development would. accordingly. be contrary to the proper planning and development of the area.

Reason 2 states:- “The proposed development, by itself or by the precedent which a grant of permission for it would set for other relevant development, would seriously injure the visual amenities of the area.

Congratulations to all the winners of our recent competition for front gardens, window boxes and hanging baskets. The lucky winners can collect their prizes at Friday's Market on September 18th at 11am. The competition was judged by John Kearns, Clonmel.
Our next fundraiser organised is coming up on Sunday September 13th at 1.30pm. We will visit the gardens of Grove House and Mildred Stokes and then end the evening at Thelma Griffiths for refreshments. All are welcome so please come along.

Congratulations to Mark Lonergan, The Square, who got married to Ann-Marie Ogrodowski, San Francisco, on Wednesday 26th August in St. Kieran's Church, Clareen, Co. Offaly. Mark and Ann-Marie held their wedding reception at Kinnitty Castle.

The Federation of Local History Societies will hold their Autumn Seminar in the Abymill Theatre on Saturday 12th September. A lecture "1848 – An Overview" by Jonathon McCabe will be held in the Abymill Theatre at 12 noon. This lecture is free to members of Fethard Historical Society and non-members are also welcome, admission £2.


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