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Saturday 26th December 1998


Members of the local racing fraternity featured strongly on the opening day of the Leopardstown Christmas Racing Festival. The featured Denny Gold Medal Chase was won in impressive style by 'His Song' trained by Mouse Morris and the concluding race of the day 'The Ballyfree I.N.H. Flat Race' was won by the appropriately named 'Give it Holly', well ridden by P.J. Colville and trained by Aidan O'Brien.
On Sunday 27th, the Martha Maher owned 'Roses of Picardy', a winner last time out, ran very well in the 'Stakis Casinos Hurdle'.

The members of Fethard St. Vincent de Paul Society wish to thank sincerely all who subscribed to their Christmas Church Gate Collection. A sum in excess of £1,000 was donated.

The death has occurred in England of Mr. Patrick Kelly formerly of Rocklow Road. The death of Paddy Kelly reminds us strongly of the 1945 to 1960 years, probably the worst period of emigration since the famine. Paddy was one of the hundreds, often whole families, who emigrated from Fethard and indeed most Irish towns during that era. Some still visit on a fairly regular basis, some only come intermittently while there parents are alive, others never return.
The time of life has now arrived when many of our Fethard emigrants, particularly in England, have reached their allocated span in this life. Someone, relation or otherwise, knowing of the Fethard connection usually sends the following notice: “The death has occurred in England of . . . ”. Hardly a month passes now when one or more such notices are read in our churches.
At this time of year we remember our emigrants. Let us remember especially this Christmas our Fethard emigrants who lived, worked and died far far away from their native town.

On behalf of the Fethard & Killusty Day Care Centre we would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the Fethard Walk committee, and all who participated and assisted in the 1998 Walk for their donation of £2,000 from funds raised. As with all the other beneficiaries of this year's walk we are more than appreciative of the committee's generosity towards this worthwhile cause.

Congratulations and best wishes in her future career to local bank official Carmel Butler, Garrinch. Carmel has been appointed Manager Personal Banking at the Ulster Bank branch at Ballsbridge, Dublin.

The strong winds experienced locally last Saturday was the chief local topic of conversation on Sunday morning. We can now scarily realise the damage and severe flooding that was caused in Central America by winds of almost twice the velocity during the recent 'Hurricane Nitch'. To help the victims of this great disaster a special collection will be taken with the offertory collection at all local masses next weekend. Please subscribe generously to this most deserving cause.

The Fethard & Killusty Newsletter this year features an article on Duffey's Circus. The Newsletter, like the famous circus, is this year "bigger and better' than ever" and is on sale locally.


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