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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 12th December 1998


ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
St. Vincent de Paul can only help those that we know are in need of assistance. If you know of someone who is in need at this time of year please contact any of our members, Dinny Burke, Lynn Cummins, Vincent Doocey, Fr. Sean Ryan and Peggy Sullivan. There will be no meetings from Dec 21st to Jan 11th, should anybody need help during this time please contact any of the members. Mass for all our Benefactors will be on Jan.5th ’99 at 7pm in the Parish church. Our annual Church Gate Collection will be held on the 19th and 20th of December. Please support generously.

BRIC-A-BRACK SALE
Fethard Juvenile G.A.A. club committee promote a bric-a-brac Sale in the ballroom on Sunday 20th Dec. at 1.00pm the sale will have something for everyone, Santa will attend and teas will be served.

ABBEY
Thanks to all who supported the Bazaar and the raffle for the pony. The winner of the pony was Brenda O’Connell, Mortlestown. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held in the Abbey on this Saturday night Dec. 19th at 7.30pm.

AWARD
Usually at this time of the year Person of the Year and Sportstars of the Year Awards are the order of the day. May we present our award of the year to David O’Donnell and his Fethard Ballroom Committee. The ballroom was almost derelict when the committee took it over. The repairs and refurbishment put the committee severely in dept. A serious
Of Sunday night dances were at the outset anything but successful. When it would have been easy to call the whole thing off they persevered. The dances are now very successful and attracting a large crowd of patrons from a wide area who eagerly look forward to their weekly visit to Fethard. The ballroom is also proving a wonderful local asset, being regularly used for functions by local clubs and organisations.

BADMINTON
Fethard badminton clubs 3rd division team got the seasons cup competitions underway last week. The cup is played on a home and away bases and Fethard’s first round opponents in the 3rd division competition event were Drangan. Playing away on Friday night Fethard were beaten 4 games to 2, being most unfortunate to have to concede first ladies. Playing at home with a full team on the following Tuesday night Fethard won the necessary 4 games to draw overall 6 games each, with two extra sets to spare Fethard were overall winners over the two nights play. Fethard team: Jimpy Connolly, Pat Ryan, Ger Browne, Andrew O’Donovan, Catherine Morrissey, Fiona Lawrence, Catherine Kenny and Aisling Kenny.

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES
Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th) Fethard 8.00pm, Killusty 9.30pm.
Christmas Day (Friday 25th) Fethard 8.30am, 11.00am, Killusty 10.00am.

CHOIR MEMBERS
All new members who wish to join for Christmas are more than welcome (Practise after 11.00 mass).

RECONCILIATION SERVICE
As part of the preparation for Christmas a reconciliation service will be held in the Parish Church on Monday 21st of December at 8.00pm. It will be the same as in recent years with an opportunity by all to receive forgiveness for all their sins. Taking the first step is admitting that we can hurt others and God by what we do and say, The Lords forgiveness is a gift for all who will take that step. We ask that people would stay for all the service, which should last no more than three-quarters of an hour.

MAST ON BENNETT’S HILL
An Bord Pleanála has refused Esat Digifone’s appeal for permission to erect a mast on Bennetts Hill. The decision is a welcome one for the local community. The committee that opposed the mast would like to thank all those who supported them in their opposition to the granting of planning permission.

HUNTING
Ballylusky White Heather harriers will meet over the Christmas season at Peppardstown Sunday Dec 20th, St. Stephens Day Drangan, Ballingarry Sunday Jan.3rd. All meets 12 noon.

SHOW BUSINESS
A most interesting 50 years old show business letter has recently come to light in Fethard, Written on Duffy Circus headed notepaper to Jimmy O’Shea, St. Patrick’s Place. The letter asks if Jimmy is interested in renewing his touring contract with the circus Band for the 1949 season. A brilliant trumpet player Jimmy who had played with the No 1 Army Band, had, with brother Paud and Billy Mackey, also from Fethard, toured previously with the circus. Jimmy with his father and five brothers had played with the old Fethard Confraternity Brass Band played with the Twilight Serenaders Dance Band prior to emigrating to England where we are glad to report he is still going strong. Duffy’s Circus was that time under the directorship of John and James Duffy, sons of the legendary showman John Duffy senior. Incidentally John Duffy’s gravestone at the Circus winter headquarters in Dunmanway, bears the embossed carving of a circus wagon drawn by two horses and bearing the inscription “The Last Milestone Passed”.

FETHARD GAA COMMITTEE ELECTED
The following officers were elected at the A.G.M. of Fethard Football and Hurling Club held in the Abymill Theatre on Friday 11th December. Chairman: Gus Fitzgerald; Vice-Chairmen: Mick Ahearne and Dick Fitzgerald; Secretary: Miceál McCormack; Assistant Secretary: Noel Byrne; Treasurer: Nicky O'Shea; Assistant Secretary: Michael Fitzgerald; Senior Football Team Trainer: Waltie Moloney; Assistant Trainer: Jimmy O'Shea; Senior Football Selectors: Waltie Moloney, Jim Williams and Danny Kane; Junior Football Selectors: Waltie Moloney, Jimmy O'Shea and Michael 'Chas' Keane; Under 21 and Minor Football Trainer: Tommy Sheehan; Intermediate Hurling Selectors: Miceál McCormack, Austin Godfrey and Mick Ahearne.

ECUMENICAL CAROL SERVICE
The annual Ecumenical Carol Service will take place in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland on this Thursday evening, 17th December at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS
The Pheasant Pluckers will go carol singing on Christmas Week to raise funds for the Central Remedial Clinic's annual 'Santa Bear Appeal'. Young and old are welcome to come along and join in.
Last year, the 'Pluckers' were presented with a framed certificate in acknowledgement of their outstanding contribution to the Central Remedial Clinic.

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES
Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th) Fethard 8.00pm, Killusty 9.30pm.
Christmas Day (Friday 25th) Fethard 8.30am, 11.00am, Killusty 10.00am.

CHOIR MEMBERS
All new members who wish to join for Christmas are more than welcome (Practise after 11.00 mass).

RECONCILIATION SERVICE
As part of the preparation for Christmas a reconciliation service will be held in the Parish Church on Monday 21st of December at 8.00pm. It will be the same as in recent years with an opportunity by all to receive forgiveness for all their sins. Taking the first step is admitting that we can hurt others and God by what we do and say, The Lords forgiveness is a gift for all who will take that step. We ask that people would stay for all the service, which should last no more than three-quarters of an hour.

THANKS
May your correspondent take this opportunity to thank sincerely all who contributed in any way towards the weekly compiling of the Fethard notes. A special thank you to all club secretaries and p.r.o.’s for their kind co-operation. A happy Christmas to all especially our overseas readers who call when home on holiday to say how much our weekly humble endeavours help to keep them in touch with the weekly comings and gossips in the biggest little town in Ireland



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