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Saturday 24th October 1998

To mark the Centenary of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association a Centenary Rally is being organised for Sunday 30th May 1999 in Croke Park Dublin. Admission is by ticket only and will cost £5 each. It is hoped that a large number of Pioneers from the Parish of Fethard & Killusty will attend this very unique Rally. In order to make travel arrangements for the day those intending to travel are asked to kindly give their names and ticket money to any committee member before Sunday 8th November. (The £5 ticket fee is for entry to Croke Park only)

On Tuesday night last Lorraine Morrissey, Tullow, attended the Press Conference to launch this years Queen of the Land Competition. Lorraine will represent Tipperary in the Competition which will be held in Tullamore, Co. Offaly on the weekend of November 14th / 15th.

Club members are currently practising for the All Ireland finals of the Volleyball Competition that takes place at the National Rally in Bantry on Sunday November 22nd. We are current holders of the Ladies All Ireland Title won in Ennis last year although this year's competition has reverted to mixed teams.

Best Wishes to club members Matt Hennessy, Liam Hayes, Brendan and Lorraine Morrissey who represent South Tipp. in the Regional Final of the Know Your Agriculture Quiz in Dungarvan on Saturday night next

On Tuesday night last club members went Bowling in Waterford.
Drama workshops continue in the Ballroom at 8.30pm sharp every Wednesday.

Events next week include South Executive meeting on Thursday November 5th in the Coachman at 9pm. Also, the South are holding a Traffic Lights Disco in Kilcoran Lodge Hotel on Friday night November 6th - so, members get revved up to GO!!

Next meeting takes place in Lonergans on Tuesday November 3rd at 9pm.

The hunting season is now well and truly with us. The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers hold their opening meet on this Sunday November 1st in Drangan. They will meet subsequently for November on November 8th Golden, 15th - Cloneen, 22nd - Ballingarry, 29th - Peppardstown House. All meets at 12 Noon.

County Tipperary Community Games AGM will take place in Munster Hotel, Thurles on Wednesday November 18th . The closing date for all motions and nominations for officers with Co. Secretary is November 4th. Any individuals or clubs within the area who wish to have a motion on any issue submitted for discussion at this meeting must lodge same with Area Secretary, M.C. Maher, Dun Aobhinn before November 2nd. There is no fee to submit a motion and all motions must be passed by Co. Board before being transferred to National AGM. So if anyone sees a need for change or improvement - act before Nov. 2nd.

The Annual General Meeting of the Tidy Towns will take place in the Tirry Centre on Tuesday 10th November at 8pm. All are welcome to attend and share your views and ideas for the coming year.

Following the joint blessing of the hounds and followers by Very Rev Canon Power PP and the Rev Knowd one hundred and four mounted followers moved off after joint Masters Mr Paul Ronan MFH , Mr. Jack Ronan MFH., Simon Probyn, Huntsman and First Whip and KH Pat O’Brien following the opening meet of the Tipperary Foxhounds in Fethard on Monday last. While the number of mounted followers was down a little on recent years the number of car and foot followers of all ages broke all previous records. The old hunting saying that ‘threatening rain forebodes a poor scent’ was proved more than true as very little could be done with a good supply of foxes in the traditional draws of McCarthy’s Bog, Flynn’s, Rocklow, Rathvin, Power’s Wood and Ardsallagh. A fast twenty-minute run was enjoyed however from Rathvin fort.

A most interested visitor was Mrs Eileen Ward-Palmer from Hayling Island, Hampshire. Mrs Ward-Palmers grandfather Paddy Doherty went as Kennel Huntsman with Mr Richard Burke MFH when he left Grove to hunt the Laois hounds from Ballinakill, Co. Laois. She was more than pleased to have her photograph taken with Simon.

Also present was hunting author Mr Michael McEwan. Mr McEwan is currently staying in Tipperary Country where he is doing research for his book on the Tipperary Foxhounds.

Congratulations to Tara O’Donnell who clinched and retained the Champion lady rider under Horse and Pony Racing Ass. Rules with a double at Ballina, Co. Mayo Horse and Pony Races on Sunday last. At the final meeting of the season Tara rode the winner of the Open Horse Race and the 14.2 hands Pony race.

Fethard Badminton Club had a 4 - 0 win over Cloneen in their ‘Gents Team of 4’ Competition in Fethard recently. Fethard were represented by James Dorney, Matt O’Shea, Noel Sharpe and Francis Lonergan.

St. Rita's Camogie Club will hold a Table Quiz on this Thursday night 29th October in Pat O'Shea's Bar at 9.30pm. The under-18 team are away to Borrisoleigh on next Sunday 1st November, in the championship. The throw-in is at 12 noon and your support is requested.

Fethard’s Junior A Football Team joined their Junior B colleagues as South Tipp Finalists in their respective competitions when they beat Ballyporeen by 3-17 to 0-5 in their semi-final game of the South Tipp Junior A Football Championship on Sunday.

The party of 57 who travelled on the Fethard GAA Clubs holiday trip to Santa Ponsa had a most enjoyable week. The junior players on the trip, with the seniors played two thirteen a side practice matches and held two training sessions. They also surprised and amazed the locals and visitors from other countries, by producing a selection of Camans and having a few hurling sessions in the local park. To prove it is really a small world a pub and restaurant in the holiday resort is owned by Mary Hickey. Mary was a bank official in Fethard in 1971. She sends her regards to all her friends in Fethard especially her former colleagues in Fethard Badminton and Macra Clubs.
Club Secretary Miceál McCormack will neither confirm or deny the following story. When asked why he did not travel to the airport on the coach with the other members of the party Miceál is alleged to have replied ‘does Vincent O’Brien travel to the races in the Horse Box’! Miceál as a good club secretary actually stayed behind on the Saturday to look after the Junior B football team who were playing in Clonmel.

The new Forge Brasserie restaurant at Lonergan's Pub, The Square, will open on Saturday 31st October. Mark and Diana Richardson who previously worked as chef at Coolmore will manage the new eating house. The Forge Brasserie will open five nights a week, Thursday to Monday, and will also serve lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

The death has occurred in England of Mr Jimmy Walsh, formerly of The Green, Fethard. Interment took place in England.

A prayer service will be held at Templemartin Church Ruins, Jesuit Walk, on Sunday 22nd November, at 2pm. Please put the date in your diary.

Fethard Players will take to the stage on Monday 16th November with a hilarious comedy 'Wanted One Body'. Rehearsals are currently taking place in the Abymill Theatre and Austin O'Flynn is producing the play. The strong cast includes: Helen Carrigan, Ann Connolly, Gerry Fogarty, John Fogarty, Marian Gilpin, Geraldine McCarthy, Mary O'Connell, Lisa Rice and Fr. Sean Ryan. Booking will open shortly at O'Flynn's Menswear, Tel: 31254.

Due to the death of the Abymill Chairperson Michael McCarthy's mother-in-law Mrs Dennehy, Abbey Road, Clonmel, the AGM of the Abymill Theatre planned to take place on Thursday 22nd October, was deferred until this Thursday 29th October at 7.30pm in the same venue.


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