ST. RITA’S CAMOGIE CLUB
St. Rita’s Camogie Club AGM was held on February 12th. The committee was reasonably unchanged from last year; Chairman Joe Keane, Vice-chairperson Caroline Fitzgerald, Secretary Jennifer Keane, Treasurer Sharon Lawton, PRO Tossy Lawton. Liam Treacy takes over the training this year assisted by Dennis O’Meara. During the meeting Dennis was thanked for his outstanding commitment to the Fethard Camogie team. Selectors for the junior and under 18 team are Liam Treacy, Stephen Fitzgerald and Dennis O’Meara. This year teams will be entered at Junior A level, under 18(B) and under 12 (C). Training has already commenced on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6.30. New members are very welcome to attend.
We have commented on a number of occasions or the litter problem in Fethard. However credit where credit is due and quite a few people have commented on the almost litter free Main St. and Rocklow Road during the past week. There must be a reason for this perhaps the strong prevailing winds of this time of year have blown it all away. A film crew will visit Fethard next month in connection with the making of a film on the Ballingarry 1848 rising. Would it not be nice if we could present a litter free town to the visitors.
The death has occurred of Mr Tom Flynn, Derryluskin. Interment took place at Calvary cemetery.
A full capacity attendance thoroughly enjoyed the performance of “A Magical Journey to Vienna” by Ballet Ireland in the Abymill on Friday night last. Full marks to the Abymill management in having Fethard included in their Irish tour by this prestigious company.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet at Lismolin on Sunday next at 12 noon.
HOGAN MUSICAL SOCIETY
Rehearsals are going at full pace for the society’s 1999 production “Fiddler on the Roof”. The society hopes to have the show on stage in March.
VISIT OF M.E.P.
Popular M.E.P. Brian Crowley took time out from Brussels to make a first time ever visit to Fethard on Monday 15th Feb. Brian was very impressed with the town and hopes to make a return visit. Among those who greeted him was Peter Napier, grandfather of Cork City soccer star, Stephen Napier. Larry Kenny’s “Centra” foodmarket also made an impact having the prices shown in Euro’s as well as Punts. Brian visited the Day Care Centre where he entertained the Snr. Citizens to a lovely rendering of Danny Boy in harmony with Councillor Susan Meagher accompanied by our local trio of Mrs. Pauline Morrissey, John Pollard and Jimmy Lawrence. The very best of luck to Brian in the forthcoming European Elections.
All anglers please note the fishing season on the Anner and Clashawley rivers does not open for the 1999 season until March 17th. The AGM of Fethard/Killusty Angling Club will be held in the Tirry Centre in this Friday night Feb.26th at 8pm.
There was a great response to the Area Art & Model Making competitions with total of 122 entries being submitted overall. The standard was good and the judges had a hard task arriving at the winners. Cathal Maher, Dun Aobhinn, made it three in a row winning his third successive gold medal. Medals were awarded to first 3 in each category and Certificates of Merit were presented to all participants. Well done to all.
Complete results as follows:-
Art: Under 8 Girls Lorraine Cannon, Nicola Gleeson, Laura Rice. Under 8 Boys Darren Connolly, David Walsh, Philip Doyle. Under 10 Girls Lisa Condon Amy Smyth, Aoife Delaney. Under 10 Boys Jack O’Sullivan, P.J. McGrath, Tomas O’Connell. Under 12 Girls Samantha O’Brien, Lucy Sheehan, Patricia Lee. Under 12 Boys Cathal Maher, David Lee, Kieran Leahy. Under 14 Girls Sharon Duggan, Sarah Costello, Stacy Grace. Under 14 Boys James D’arcy, Gavin Lee, John Kearney.
Model Making: Under 10 Boys David Gorey, Darragh Dwyer, Jerome Ahearne. Under 14 Girls Mary Gorey, Sarah Mai Ahearn, Stacey Grace. Under 14 Boys Joey Feery.
Well done to Co-ordinator Mrs Phyllis Grace who is currently concentrating on the Choir. This group need to go into regular training sessions, as County Finals are approx. 5/6 weeks away.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Fethard branch of St. Vincent de Paul meets on Monday nights (excluding Bank Holidays) in the Tirry Centre from 7.00-7.20pm. If you need help or know of someone who may need assistance, come to meet us in confidence: Members Dinny Burke, Lynn Cummins, Vincent Doocey, Fr. Séan Ryan and Peggy Sullivan.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
Monday 15th February
1st Gross: Betty Walsh & Bridget Gorey.
2nd Gross: Michael Keeley & Kathleen Kenny.
3rd Gross: Moira McInerney & Eileen Dillon.
1st Nett: David & Bernie O’Meara.
2nd Nett: Tony Hanrahan & Michael Kenny.
3rd Nett: Annie O’Brien & Noreen Evans.
Wednesday 17th February
1st Gross: Margaret Hackett & Bernie Myles.
2nd Gross: Theresa Cummins & Alice Quinn.
3rd Gross: Eileen Dillon & Rita Kane
1st Nett: Gemma Burke & Kathleen Kenny.
2nd Nett: Teresa Hanley & Antionette O’Donnell.
3rd Nett: Cinta O’Flynn & Margaret Coffey.
Club Contact: Annie O’Brien (looking for a partner etc.) 052 31862
GIRL GUIDE PEN PALS WANTED
This message was received via the Fethard Web Site.
"Hello from Kentucky, USA. Our Brownie troop is working on a Friendship Fair for March 13. We areponsible for providing information about Girl Guides in Ireland to other troops in our area. Is there any information that you would be able to share that could be helpful to us? What are some of the girls favorite activities, hobbies, pasttimes, foods, etc.... Also, if you are interested in starting a pen pal relationship with any troops in your area we would be thrilled. We have twentysix girls ages 6-9. Thank you, Jennifer Mills"
If anyone would like to reply they can give their message to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, or reply directly by e-mail to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
G.A.A. HOME AND AWAY
Tradition is something to be proud of and Fethard’s football tradition was well proven on Sunday last when the club were able to field for the first time two football teams in senior competition home and away. A panel of 30 players was available for the home game against Aherlow and a panel of 19 travelled to Cork for the Munster Senior league quarterfinal against St. Finbarr’s.
Fethard beat St. Finbarr’s by 1-16 to 0-7, leading by 0-8 to 0-4 at half time having played against the wind. Outstanding displays by young players Conor McCarthy, Joe Keane and Michael Ahearne coupled with the steady influence and experience of Paul Fitzgerald, Tommy Sheehan and Brian Burke were the hallmarks of Fethard’s win over a full strength St. Finbarr’s team.
Former Cork goalkeeper J. O’Mahony visited the Fethard dressing room after the game. He said, in a few well-chosen words. “Fethard came with a high reputation which they certainly more than lived up to. We did not expect to be beaten so easily”, He described Fethard’s display as a class act and wished them the best of luck in the penultimate stages of the competition. Fethard Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearne, Stephen O’Donnell, Billy Blake, Damien Byrne, Michael Quinlan, Willie Morrissey, Michael Spillane, Aidan Fitzgerald, Conor McCarthy, Brian Burke, Eugene Walsh, Michael O’Riordan, Tommy Sheehan, Joe Keane. Replacements used Shay Ryan and Alan Phelan.
Equally deserving of praise was the performance of Fethard against Aherlow in the Tipperary Football league in Fethard on Sunday. OK they lost 0-8 to 0-2. Many of them were playing in the senior football grade for the first time, and were moving up three grades from junior B to senior in the course of three weeks, and playing a team that gave Fethard more than enough to do in the 1997 Co. Senior Football final. They reflected great credit on themselves and on their club and were by no means as much out of it as the final score would indicate.
Fethard home team: Thomas McCarthy, Kenny Hackett, Michael Ryan, John Kelly, Keith Woodlock, Cion Maher, Michael Costello, Jason Nevin, P.J. Ahearne, Conor O’Donnell, John Hurley, Brendan Brett, Johnny Neville, Thomas Burke and Nicky Murphy.
Ten out of ten to the Fethard mentors and players who fulfilled both fixtures under extreme pressure. Not so well done to the powers that be that compelled them to play both games, bad weather, postponements, not withstanding.