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Saturday 21st November 1998

The wedding took place recently at Milford Church, Castletroy, Co Limerick of Patrick, son of Patrick and Margaret Croke, 50 St Patrick’s Place to Joan, daughter of Oliver and Theresa Carry, Drogheda. The reception was held at Kilmurray Lodge Hotel Castletroy.

The death has occurred of Mrs Mai O’Keeffe, Mallow. Formerly Mai O’Flynn, Main St, Fethard. Interment took place in Mallow.

The singles racquetball competition has attracted a large entry, at Fethard GAA Sports Centre. Both ladies and gents events have been graded. Ten competitors will contest Div A Men’s section with 26 contesting the Div B section. The Ladies competition has 5 in Div 1 and 4 in Div 2. Play commences on Tuesday night next Dec 1st.

Fethard Junior football team had to give best to Moyle Rovers in a keenly contested Junior A football final at Clonmel on Saturday last. played in a gale force wind Fethard started rather badly, raising their game in the second quarter they led 6 points to2 at half time, having played with the wind.
They tried their hardiest against the elements in the second half. They failed to score in this period though creating some excellent scoring chances. Rovers added five points to their half time tally and out narrow but deserving winners in a game that reflected great credit on both teams considering the conditions.

Congratulations to Brian Guiry, St. Johnstown who won the Masters (over 40) title at the All Ireland Power Lifting Championships held at Clonmel on Sunday Nov 15th. Brian lifted a total of over 500Kgs in the three power lifting disciplines, Squat, Bench Press and Dead Lift.

Take Your Partners
The national Waltzing Competitions organised by The Munster Dancesports Federation at Fethard Ballroom on Sat night last attracted a very large entry. Local prizewinners were Bill and Babe Maher and Michael and Marie Allen.
The weekly Sunday nights dancing being organised by Fethard Ballroom committee go from strength to strength and are attracting great crowds each week from a wide catchment area.

Plaque for John Cantwell, Poet and Patriot (1870-1898)
On Wednesday 2nd December Fethard Historical Society celebrate the centenary of the death of local poet and patriot John Cantwell by unveiling a plaque in the Abymill Theatre at 8.30pm. All are invited to come along to honour John Cantwell. Light refreshments will be served before the unveiling of the memorial plaque. Frances (Long) O'Connor, a relation of the poet, will also read some of his poetry.
In the late 1880's, many of John Cantwell's poems were published on a regular basis in The Nationalist Newspaper and the Fethard Historical Society are currently researching and cataloguing these poems. Another feature on John Cantwell was published in the 'Tipperary Annual' of December 1912, by Father P.A. Doyle, OSA who, while serving in his first ministry in Fethard, became acquainted with the poems of John Cantwell through Cantwell’s sister, Mrs Long. A quote from the article says:

"I cannot better close this meagre sketch of the life and writings of John Cantwell than by expressing a wish to see his unpublished poems in a future number of your Annual. If I were a Tipperary man I should be sorry to see a single verse of the rudest ballad perish while so excellent a means exists for preserving songs that are never sung in vain. If we younger people did but stay to think we should recognise that seldom and old man or old woman is borne to the graveyard that a sweet song, or quaint legend, or fund of Irish history is not lost forever.

When one of our own days inherits the ancient bardic spirit, and having blown his trumpet calls, alas! too few, to a generation that sorely needs arousing, is called away, Ireland is the poorer. But if she forgets his words and his memory she is ungrateful, and this is why John Cantwell should be remembered in Tipperary."

Monday Nov 16th
1st Gross: Frances Burke & Margaret Hackett.
2nd Gross: Kathleen O’Connell & Eileen Dillon.
3rd Gross: Mary Quirke & Betty Walsh.
1st Nett: Mick Burke & Marie Delaney.
2nd Nett: Kay Walsh & Ella Kenny.
3rd Nett: David & Bernie O’Meara.
We play for the Change of Partner Turkey Competition on Wednesday next Dec 9th.
We played for the Gross Turkey Competition (Nov 18th) and the Nett Turkey Competition (Nov 25th), the results of these three competitions will be announced at our Christmas Party on Wed Dec 16th.
Club Contact (looking for a partner etc.) Annie O’Brien 052 31862.

Santa pays his annual visit to Fethard Folk & Farm Museum on this Sunday Nov 29th at 2pm.
Shannon, Co. Clare was the venue on Sunday last for the Munster Juvenile U/9 – U/15 cross–country championships. Congratulations to Eoin Sullivan who was 2nd in the Boys U/15 and captained the County team that finished 3rd and to David Sullivan who ran good race to finish 6th in the Boys U/13. Training continues on Monday evenings in the Ballroom from 6 to 7pm.

Congratulations to club member Lorraine Morrissey on her achievement on being crowned Queen of the Land 1998. We have no doubt but that Lorraine will do both the club and Macra proud during her reign. She gets the opportunity to attend many functions throughout the year as well as travelling to America in the spring. She also received a cheque to the value of £1,000 sponsored by Banagher Concrete, A voucher for £100 courtesy of Dunne’s stores and a weekend for two in London compliments of Kelly Travel Tullamore. Well done Lorraine.
Last weekend many club members attended the Macra rally in Bantry. Our team competed in the National Final of the “Know your Agriculture” quiz on Saturday, this competition was won by Cahir, representing South Tipperary. On Sunday our Volleyball team reached the final only to be narrowly beaten by Mountmellick, Co. Laois – the runners up last year.
The first round of senior debating takes place in Rockwell on Saturday Night. Clonoulty V’s Sologhead and Clonmel V’s Cahir.
Macra capers takes place on Friday Dec 4th. We are entered for this competition.
Congratulations to Dermot and Pamela O’Donnell on the birth of their baby girl – the first of our new members for this year!
Next meeting takes place on Tuesday December 1st at 9pm in Lonergans.

The Opera Theatre Company is delighted to announce it’s first visit to the Abymill Mill Theatre, Fethard on Friday 4th Dec at 8.15pm as part of their national tour of “The Four Note Opera” by Tom Johnson. This comic opera has had hundreds of successful productions around the world.
The Four Note Opera is The Opera Theatre Company’s specially designed small-scale national tour taking in various new venues across the country. It is also the Irish premiere of the opera. It is directed by Gavin Quinn, and designed by Aedín Cosgrove with costumes by Suzanne Cave, all of Pan Pan Theatre Company.
The Four Note singers are also keen actors: soprano Nicola Sharkey made her British debut with Welsh National Opera as ‘Queen of the Night’ and has repeated this role many times in Britain and Europe with companies such as English national Opera, Opera de Metz in France, Stadttheater Regensburg in Germany and under John Eliot Gardiner in Parma and Ferrara in Italy; Welsh mezzo Buddug Verona James has sung with OTC in Edinburgh, London, New York and Paris, she has sung all over the world in Opera Circus’s Commedia show ‘Kill me I Love You’, Buddug has also played a number of straight acting roles for British television: Kevin West hails from Leitrim but comes to Four Note via Turin Opera; baritone Joe Corbett has appeared in many Opera Festivals around Europe including Madrid and Antwerp, recent concert performances include ‘The Messiah’ with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and ‘Dichterliebe’ for Song Circle at the National Concert Hall.; pianist Dearbhla Collins, whose family come from West Cork, was awarded in 1986 the performers diploma of the Royal College of Music, London with honours and in 1987 was the winner of the piano section of the RTE ‘Musician of the Future’. As a result of this, Dearbhla represented Ireland in the 1988 Eurovision Young Musician Competition in Amsterdam.
This is a great honour for the Abymill Theatre as this is the Opera Theatre Companies only appearance in the South East of Ireland.
Early booking is advisable, Tickets £7/£4 (concessions). Book now at O’Flynn’s Menswear, 052 31254


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