SCHOOL COMPUTER DRAW
Congratulations to Jean Morrissey, St. Patrick's Place, who won the first computer in the Patrician Presentation Secondary School draw. The ticket was sold by P. J. Morrissey. The school have recently upgraded their computers at the new Apple iMacs and decided to raffle seven of their old Apple Classics.
ANYONE FOR GOLF
At the A.G.M. of the Well Bar Golf Society the following officers were elected. Captain: Brian Higgins; secretary: John Hurley; treasurer: David Lawton. New members are cordially invited to join. The society will hold its first outing of the new season on Saturday 27th March when they visit Clonmel. Further information re membership etc. may be obtained by ringing 052 32001.
The death has occurred in London of another of Fethard’s long time emigrants Paddy “Gordon” Ryan, formerly of The Back Green, Fethard. Interment took place in London. Paddy was one of the few surviving members of the old Fethard Confraternity Brass Band.
The fifth division team played Hillview in Hillview and went down by 5-2 in their second match of the second half of the league. The team was Ger Brown, Andy O'Donovan, Noel Sharpe, Fiona Lawrence, Dolores Costigan and Monica Hickey.
The third division team took on Drangan in their first match of the second half of the league. On this occasion they had a better score winning 5-2. The team was Pat Ryan, Jim Connolly, Ger Brown, Catherine Morrissey, Bridget Ryan (sub) and Fiona Lawrence.
We wish the best of luck to Catherine Morrissey and Aisling Kenny who will contest the second division county doubles final and to Jim Connolly who will be in action in the fourth division county doubles final in Tipperary Town on Friday 12th March.
Sean Spillane, Tullamaine, was winner of the second prize of £1,500 in Co. Tipperary Board G.A.A. monthly draw held in the Fethard Arms on Friday night last. Jimmy Hayes, Main St., won a £100 prize.
The senior footballers maintained their current form with a 1-16 to 1-5 win over Loughmore in Castleiney on Sunday last. Fermoy has been confirmed as the venue for the Fethard versus Bishopstown Munster senior football league game on St. Patrick's Day at 3 p.m.
One item missing from the new development plan for Fethard is the provision of a goose slip at Fethard. This is serious. Geese history tells us how they guarded the walls of ancient Rome. Well we have to geese guarding the ancient walls of Fethard at the Pound. Due to the steepness of the bank following drainage, they absolutely refuse to enter the river and are the worst of wear for it now being different shades of brown instead of white.
Much photographs during the tourist season, we feel sure the provision of a goose slip at the Pound will be high on the list of the policies of the candidates in the forthcoming local elections. By the way, speaking of local elections, the re-surfacing of Burke St. and other works only two weeks down the line before Christmas seems to have been side-tracked somewhere along the way.
“WE GOTTA HORSE”
Fethard and the breeding of great national hunt horses seem to go hand in hand. We may not be able to claim that any of the likely looking winners of the principal races at this years Cheltenham are locally bred but we go close enough. 'Florida Son' sire of this years Gold Cup favourite 'Florida Pearl' was bred by the late Dr. John Burkhardt at his Prospect Stud. His grandson 'Busted' sired Derby winner ''Crepello'. Dr. Burkhard also bred 'Florida Pearl' grand dam 'Peach Stone'.
They say in racing circles "An ounce of breeding is worth a ton of feeding", this being so 'Florida Pearl' is home and hosed.
The two Irish girls seriously injured in the horrific crash in Australia in which one man died, have close Fethard connections. Catherine Morrissey from Swords, Dublin, is daughter of Detective Garda Patsy Morrissey of St. Patrick's Place, and Tina Mannion, Athlone, is a daughter of Catherine Mannion - Byrne, Killusty. Catherine and Tina are both members of the Gardai and passed out together last April. They were on a holiday visit to their friend Sheila O'Hara, Enfield, a computer programmer who has been to Australia since last year. The three Irish girls were on their way to the Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne when the crash occurred. Relatives of the two girls have flown out to Australia to be with them.
We wish Pat Leahy, the popular young entrepreneur, the best of luck on the recent move of his equine and AgriStock business from Barrack Street to the former A&B Interior Designs spacious premises in Green Street. A&B Interior Designs have moved to the former Barware Enterprises Ltd. premises in Coleman and Barware Enterprises Ltd. have now moved to Cahir.
FETHARD AT HOME
The Fethard-at-Home website is growing more popular by the day. Fethard emigrants, both recent and those of second, third and even fourth generations continue to make contact at an unbelievable rate. The website had an unbelievable 1,025 visits during the week ending 6th March. This amounts to almost 150 visits per day. The service is provided voluntarily by Joe Kenny assisted by his brother Brendan. They both deserve every credit for providing this very much appreciated service to all Fethard emigrants world wide.
Kathleen Phelan, New York, made contact seeking information on her late father Jeremiah Phelan. Jeremiah was one of the star players on the almost unbeatable Fethard fifteen, as they were known, of the teens and twenties. He emigrated with four other noted footballers: Ned O'Shea, Ned Cummins, Mikie Gunne and Paddy Barrett. Though in the autumn of their career when emigrating they played on with the Tipps in New York. They also, over the years, were staunch members of the New York Tipperary Mens Association.
P. J. Colville, who featured with 'Give it Holly' on the big screen at the Cheltenham Preview held in Langton's Hotel, Kilkenny, last Wednesday, continued his current run of good luck by winning the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales race on 'Camden West' trained by David O'Brien, at the Kilkenny Point-to-Point which took place at Gowran Park Racecourse on Sunday 7th March.
DAY CARE CENTRE
Fethard Day Care Centre recently travelled with fifty members, by Gene Walshe's coach, to the Anner Hotel in Thurles. The group left the Tirry Centre at 1 o'clock and had their first stop at Thurles Shopping Centre where one lucky person bought and won £25 on a Scratch Card. At 3 p.m. they arrived at the hotel and were served with afternoon tea and delicious pancakes. Then, as usual, the songs and dancing began to the music of Pauline and John. Everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable evening with plenty of fun and laughter. They arrived back in Fethard at 6 p.m. and are looking forward to the next outing. Fifth
A fundraising bazaar will take place on Friday 26th March from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Tirry Centre, Fethard. Home-made crafts made by the folks from the centre will be on sale. Many hours were spent making these lovely crafts and congratulations must go to all concerned. Home-made cakes, tea and coffee will also be available where you will be able to sit and have a chat in a relaxing manner. Donations of cakes etc. for the cake sale would be greatly anticipated. Proceeds go towards the facilities at the Day Care Centre so come along and please support.
Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday next 14th March at Ballingarry and on St. Patrick's Day at Drangan. They wish to thank sincerely the sporting farmers over whose land they hunted during the past season.
Fethard Ballroom will hold their Anniversary Party Night on St. Patrick’s Night, 17th March. Dancing to the Hillbillies. Please come along and enjoy a great nights entertainment.
The Secondary School Parents Association are hosting a table quiz in O’Shea’s lounge on Tuesday 16th March at 9.30 p.m. sharp. Proceeds are in aid of the School Lourdes Fund. Table of four: £12.
MUINTIR COUNCIL LTD
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Muintir Council Limited will take place on Tuesday 16th March at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All members are asked to attend.
Wednesday 3rd March
1st Gross: Betty Walsh & Bridget Gorey
2nd Gross: Margaret Hackett & Berney Myles
3rd Gross: Teresa Cummins & Alice Quinn.
1st Nett: Mary Quirke & Fr. Meagher
2nd Nett: Tess O'Flynn & Philly Kenny
3rd Nett: Eleanor Cummins & Frances Harrington
Monday 1st March
1st Gross: Tony Hanrahan & Michael Kenny
2nd Gross: Suzanne Opray & Anna Cooke
3rd Gross: Moira McInerney & Eileen Dillon
1st Nett: Margaret Hackett & Frances Burke
2nd Nett: Mike Burke & Rosemary Lalor
3rd Nett: Michael Keeley & Kathleen Kenny
Committee Meeting at 7pm on 10th March.
FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
At the recent annual general meeting of Fethard Athletic Club the following officers were elected: Dick Cummins, president; Miceál McCormack, chairman; Marie Crean, vice-chairman; Carmel Condon, secretary; Tony Hanrahan, public relations officer; Sean Ryan and Peggy Sullivan, joint treasurers; Sean Ryan, registration officer.
Recent club successes include Brian Sullivan who came third in the Munster Schools 1200m; Eoin Sullivan who won the boys Munster Schools title. Avril Prout came second in the County 5k Road Championship held in Moyne on February 21st. We would like to wish all our athletes the best of luck in the Indoor County Championships which will be held in Nenagh on St. Patrick's Day, 17th March.