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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 26th September 1998


FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
Monday 21st September
1st Gross: Frances Burke and Margaret Hackett
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and Annie O'Brien
3rd Gross: Mike Burke and Suzanne Opray
1st Nett: Rose Lonergan and Mary Meagher
2nd Nett: Marie Delaney and Olive Looby
3rd Nett: Mary Quirke and Bernie O'Meara

Wednesday 23rd September President’s Prize Winners Competition
1st Gross: Margaret Hackett and Bernie Myles
2nd Gross: Betty Walsh and Bridget Gorey
3rd Gross: Eileen Dillon and Rita Kane
1st Nett: Tess O'Flynn and Philly Kenny
2nd Nett: Marie Delaney and Olive Looby
3rd Nett: Norah Ahearne and Michael Kenny

The club would like to thank Bridget Gorey and Betty Walsh, last season’s President Prize winners, for donating the 1st Gross prizes for this competition. On Wednesday 7th October the club will play for the Free Gross Sub Competition. Club Contact: Annie O'Brien (looking for a partner etc.) Telephone 052-31862.

SPORTS CENTRE
Fethard G.A.A. Sports Centre are promoting a singles racquetball competition for ladies and gents. The competition is open to all and if sufficient entries are received the event will be graded. Entry fee is £1 per player. Entries to any committee member before Saturday October 10th.

JUDO TRAINING
Fethard Judo club has reopened for the 1998-99 season. Training and coaching will take place in Fethard Town Hall on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

RECENT APPOINTMENT
Damien Byrne, son of Mr. Noel and Mrs. Bernie Byrne, Killusty, who graduated with an honours degree in Physical Education at Limerick University has recently taken up a permanent position at Colaiste Dun Iascaigh Cahir.
Damien, a member of Fethard senior football team, played a very prominent part, especially in the final, on the Tipperary Junior Football Team which won this year’s All-Ireland Junior Football Championship. Congratulations Damien and the best of luck in your future career.

FETHARD MACRA NA FEIRME
Club Members are attending a meal at the Kamboat Chinese Restaurant in Clonmel on next Sunday, October 4th, at 8.00pm.

Over the coming weeks we are organising the following events :
Bowling at Waterford Bowl (Tuesday Oct 13th at 8.30pm)
Greyhound Racing at Thurles Racetrack (Saturday Oct 10th at 8pm )
Drama Workshops to be held weekly (Limited number of places available to all members)
During October we will have members of the Kerry Executive in Fethard on a club exchange

Volleyball continues on Monday at 9pm in the Ballroom.
South Executive meeting takes place in the Coachman on Thursday October 1st at 9pm.
Next meeting takes place on Tuesday October 6th at 9pm in Lonergan’s Parlour.

GAA REUNION
Upwards of 100 attended the Fethard G.A.A. reunion of County Championship medal holders of the 1938-1978 period. M.C. Jimmy O'Shea welcomed all on behalf of the organising committee and said he was particularly pleased to see members of the 1938 senior football championship winning team present. Eight of this team, now sprightly octogenarians, survive and still take a keen interest in the fortunes of the "Blues" in good and not-so-good times. A special welcome was given to Joe Hannon and Paddy McCarthy, Moyle Rovers, who played on the 1957 senior team. Paddy McCarthy stated that many of the currently successful winning Moyle Rovers team did not realise that Joe Hannon and himself brought the first senior county championship medals to the club. Rovers have now got one of the best laid out pitches and dressing-rooms in South Tipperary. Paddy also said that during his playing career the club used nine different fields and on one occasion when they turned up for training they discovered the field had been ploughed. Current players of all clubs take note.
A letter from Paddy Dalton, a typical example of the spirit of Fethard, was read. Paddy said in the course of the letter “Though I won't be there in body I will certainly be there in spirit, as the greater part of me will be forever Fethard. Up the Blues and Let Fly Coolmoyne”.
Absent friends were also remembered many of whom the final whistle was blown with much more than two minutes to go. A sumptuous meal was served and a great night of “Has it been so long since we met” nostalgic reminiscing and replaying of great games, concluded with a most enjoyable dance. Well done to the organising committee.

HARVEST FESTIVAL
This year’s Harvest Festival will be celebrated in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard at 8 p.m. Friday 2nd October. Very Rev. Canon Power P.P. will be guest preacher. All are most welcome. Refreshments will be served.

FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
Another sign of approaching Winter is the start of the cross-country running season. Fethard A.C. following a most successful track and field season have commenced training for the winter game. Training will continue in the G.A.A. sportsfield on this Saturday morning. Renewal of registration of all our athletes will take place on Saturday October 10th at 12 noon in the G.A.A. field prior to a training session.
All athletes are asked to attend training on Monday nights in the G.A.A. field at 7 p.m. in preparation for the Cross Country Season. Our first outing for the season will be on Sunday 18th October to Moyne for the County Even-Age Juvenile, County Novice ladies and men, veteran men O/40, 45 and 50 and veteran women O/35.
Our A.G.M. takes place on Tuesday night October 27th in the Tirry Centre at 9 p.m. We would like to welcome parents of our athletes and anyone interested in athletics to please come along.

GET THE BIRD
Speaking of winter, another sure sign of the changing seasons is the departure of the Swallows. Many record the sightings of the first swallow but a local birdwatcher is anxious to record the departure of the last. He is most curious to hear from anyone who notices a swallow that missed the 'African Bus' so to speak.

BOY SCOUTS
Fethard cubs and scouts have commenced their weekly club night in the Ballroom on Monday nights.

7-A-SIDE FOOTBALL
Fethard were represented in the All-Ireland 7-A-Side Championship at Kilmacum Crokes grounds in Dublin last weekend. The Fethard boys beat St. Vincent's Dublin 3-6 to 4-1 in their first game. They were beaten 1-5 to 0-2 by Mullaghbawn, Cavan, in the second game and beat Fr. Manning Gales, Fermanagh, 5-6 to 4-2 in the final game of Group 8.
Mullaghbawn went through to the play-off stages having won their three games. Fethard's Brian Burke sustained a facial injury in the first game against St. Vincent's. The injury proved more serious than at first thought. Brian's nose was broken and he was slightly concussed. This injury definitely affected Fethard's chances of advancing further but their overall performance was excellent.
The Fethard panel was: Brian Burke, Tommy Sheehan, John Paul Looby, Michael Spillane, Joe Keane, Willie O'Meara, Chris Coen, Damien Byrne and Phil Blake.

ABYMILL YOUTH DRAMA CLASSES
Drama classes for the Abymill Youth Drama Group have now commenced. The age group catered for is 7 to 16 year olds. The coordinator of these classes is Seamus Hayes B.A. (P.G.C.E.) Drama. For more information ring Austin O'Flynn (052) 31254.

LONERGAN SOLDIERS
Fethard Historical Society have received information on the four Fethard-born Lonergans killed in action in the 1914-18 war. Dick Lonergan came from the Green, he appears in the first known photograph of a Fethard football team c.1913 (third from left in the back row). This information came from Joe O'Donnell, Clonmel, whose father, the late Paddy O'Donnell, The Green, was a Great War veteran.
A letter from Jack Lonergan, Glenconnor, Clonmel, tells us his father was William Lonergan born in Killusty and was the eldest of his brothers Edward, Jeremiah, Patrick and Jack. As originally stated Edward (Ned), Jeremiah (Jer) and Patrick (Pad) all died in the early months of 1915. Patrick's name is inscribed in the Cahir Great War Memorial Stone and lived at Whitelands, New Inn. He enlisted in Cahir and joined the Royal Irish Regiment.
The official history of the First Battalion Irish Guards names only three Lonergans killed in action. Two of them Jerry and Ned were the letter-writer's uncles and the third is named Daniel, killed 29/8/18.
In the official history of the Second Battalion Irish Guards only one Lonergan is named killed in action, John Lonergan, killed 2/8/17. The letter-writer's father, William, and his brother Jack were the only two that married. Jack also had a son named Jack and a daughter Bridie. They lived in London.
Jack Lonergan from Clonmel states he has no knowledge if the John Lonergan killed was also a brother of his father. His father William is on the official list of wounded in the Second Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment. He came home wounded in October 1918 and was at home when the war ended. He was posted to India in 1920 and died in the hospital for British ex-soldiers at Leopardstown Park, Dublin, in 1963.



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