CHURCH GATE COLLECTION
The Annual Church Gate Collection in aid of the Emigrants' Newsletter will take place this weekend 18th October. Please give generously. All donations over £5 will be acknowledged in this year's issue due to be published in December. If you wish to be acknowledged please supply your name and address with donation.
DEATH OF DICK GOREY
The death has occurred of Mr Dick Gorey, Main Street. Since taking up residence in Fethard some 35 years ago Dick Gorey took an active part in the social, sporting and business life of his adopted town. Dick was a founder member of the Fethard and District Credit Union, Fethard & Killusty Community Council and Fethard Sports Centre of which he was one of the trustees. An active member of Fethard Muintir na Tire he also served a term with Fethard Hurling and Football Club.
An outstanding hurler in his youth which was kind for him as he was a nephew of Dick Grace, a star with Kilkenny in the early GAA years, and a cousin of the great Lory Meagher. In his native Kilkenny he played at full-back on a Leinster Senior Colleges championship winning team with St. Kiernans College. He also won two Kilkenny senior hurling championship medals with Eire Og and Mooncoin and also made a number of appearances with Kilkenny County.
Undoubtedly but for the fact that work commitments obliged him to retire from the game in his early twenties he would have won many further honours.
Dick in his later years was a keen card player and was current president of Fethard Bridge Club where he played every week. He also was a regular prizewinner at the weekly card games in Drangan and Ballingarry. The large attendance, at the removal of remains and funeral, from Kilkenny and Tipperary testified to the popularity of the late Dick Gorey. A great family man and neighbour, committee or individual when in need of a job done had just to ask Dick Gorey who was always more than willing to oblige.
His coffin was adorned with the 'blue and white' of Fethard and 'black and amber' of Kilkenny. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Bridget and family. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
The committee of Fethard GAA Sports Centre invite individuals and families to come and view the facilities now available at the centre which includes: two first class alleys for handball and racquetball; two top of the range floodlit tennis courts; nine hole mini pitch and putt course; meeting/refreshment room; shower and toilet facilities. Membership fees for the coming year are: Family £30, Adult £20, Student £12.50, Under-15 £5. Please consider joining-up for the all-weather, night and day facilities now on offer.
WATCH THE BIRDIE
Our request for information on the last of the seasons swallows has met with an amazing response. We thank all who volunteered information. The latest confirmed sightings to hand were two on Wednesday October 7th. Any advance on this date?
The wedding took place in Killusty Church on Saturday 10th October of Claire, daughter of Ted and the late Carmel O'Brien formerly from Grangebeg Fethard, to Ian Morrissey, Ballintaggert, Co. Kilkenny.
SURPRIZE PARTY FOR SR ÉILIS
A large turn-out of staff and friends attended a surprize party organised for Sr Éilis Bergin PBVM, Director St. Bernard's Group Home Fethard, to mark her transfer to Terenure, Dublin. We wish her well in her new appointment.
TOWN WALL LIGHTS TO BE SWITCHED ON AGAIN
The Town Wall lights will be switched on again thanks to a motion carried by Tipperary S.R. County Council on Monday 5th October. Cllr. John Holohan has informed us that the Council have now agreed to take over the running costs of the Wall's lighting and will be connected to the town's street lighting, probably before Christmas.
The death has occurred in London of Michael O'Gorman, formerly of Saucestown, Fethard. Interment took place in London.
PUPIL OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Eoin Doyle, Strylea, Fethard, who was presented with the ‘Padraig Pearse Perpetual Memorial Cup’ by Mr. Ernan Britton, principal Patrician Presentation Secondary School for his academic excellence at the school this year.
AUGUSTINIAN ABBEY PLANS
The proposed restoration plans for the Augustinian Abbey are now on view in the front porch of the Abbey Church. Please come along and have a look.