COMMUNITY COUNCIL NEWS
The Fethard & Killusty Muintir Council would like to thank all who subscribed to their Annual Church Gate Collection which took place last weekend.
At the last meeting of Fethard & Killusty Muintir Council (Community Council) on Tuesday night, 16th March, it was agreed to hand over the running 'Annual Fethard Festival' indefinitely to the Fethard Historical Society. The Fethard Historical Society applied to take it over some months ago with the aim of reviving the Fancy Dress Parade. The Community Council are provisionally planning a 'Christmas Cooking' extravaganza which will be held in the Ballroom in October.
The Fethard & Killusty Muintir Council's Annual Church Gate Collection will take place next weekend, w/e 21st March.
22 GOLD MEDALS WON
At the NACAI county championships held in Nenagh on St. Patrick's Day Fethard athletes had a super day out winning a total of twenty-two gold medals and eight silver. Even the athletes that did not win took part in some very close finishes. The club would like to see more parents present at these events.
Results: Sheamie O'Keeffe second in u/8 boys 60m; Stephanie Lawrence first in the u/10 girls 60m and second in the long jump; Ciara O'Keeffe second in u/12 girls 60m; Eoin Maher first u/16 boys 60m, second 800m and second long jump; Eoin Sullivan first u/16 boys 800m; Katie Lyne first u/19 girls 60m and 400m; Niall Maher first u/17 boys 60m, second 400m and first senior long jump; Brian Sullivan first boys u/19 400m and second senior mens 800m; Avril Prout first u/19 girls 1,500m; Billy Prout second u/19 boys 1,500m. In the relay events we were first in the u/12 girls 4x100m team Tracy Lawrence, Stacey Grace, Tracy Burke and Ciara O'Keeffe; and were first in the u/19 boys 4x100m team Niall Maher, Eoin Maher, Brian Sullivan and Eoin Sullivan. We were also first in the senior ladies relay race with our team of Carmel Condon, Peggy Sullivan, Katie Lyne and Avril Prout. In the o/35 ladies 60m race Carmel Condon finished first.
In the National Indoor Championships on the 13th March, Miceál McCormack came third in the veterans 60m; Maria O'Hara came second in the veteran 60m and Carmel Condon won the over 35 60m. On the 14th March at the same event our Eoin Sullivan finished second in the senior 800m in a time of 2 minutes 01 seconds and Brian Sullivan third in a time of 2 minutes 05 seconds.
SCHOOL COMPUTER DRAW
Congratulations to pupil Ray Fanning, Donoughmore, who won the second Computer in the Patrician Presentation Secondary School draw. The ticket was sold by Tony Spillane.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
Helen Prout, wife of Christy Prout from Killusty, is president of the Irish Youth Video & Film Co. and her career has included being world president of the International Amateur Association of Film for two years, establishing the Cork Junior Film Festival and establishing a video road show that teaches schoolchildren all about making their own films. Helen is currently involved in organising the 20th Cork Youth International Film/Video/Arts Festival, which takes place from 2Oth24th April 1999 and is open to U/8, U/12, U/18, with a special category for adults. So if you own a camcorder, or have borrowed one, why not enter your candid camera shot captured at a wedding, sport or any other occasion in the 'Funny Incident' category. There is a cash prize of £200 for winner and other runner-up prizes. Time limit 60 seconds. The whole emphasis of the Festival is to create awareness and involve young people in all forms of Art, especially those who would not otherwise be involved, and to provide a showcase for their work. Further details: 021 306019
FETHARD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The annual general meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on next Tuesday night at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre. If you feel like getting involved or would just like to see what we are involved in come along, you will be more than welcome. Membership fees are now due and is open to all ages.
After the formal meeting concludes at approximately 9.30pm, Mr Pat Slattery, Executive Planner with Tipperary S.R. County Council, will speak on the 'Planning Process Development Plan'. This will be followed by a cup of tea.
TIME GENTLEMEN PLEASE
This weekend summer time comes into operation. Clocks go forward one hour on Saturday night please.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation Ceremonies will be celebrated in the Augustinian Abbey church on this Saturday March 27th at 7.30pm and in Fethard Parish church on Monday March 29th at 7.00pm
HOGAN MUSICAL SOCIETY
The Hogan Musical Society got their week long run of “Fiddler on the Roof” off to a flying start on Saturday night last. The opening nights Gala performance was proceeded by a cheese and wine reception attended by 150 patrons. The £500 holiday voucher from Clonmel Travel was won by Dr Liam Meagher and the Sarah Brightman tickets were won by Anthony Eiffe, Coolmore
WHERE IS BALLINTEMPLE?
A recent enquiry as to the location of a local racecourse has caused some controversy. Up to some sixty years ago an important annual Horse and Pony races known as the “The Ballintemple Races”, was held adjacent to the Cashel Road one and a half miles from Fethard. However, the two large fields on which the races were held some locals maintain are not in Ballintemple townsland at all, others are equally adamant it is.
The racecourse is situated on the Holway farm entrance opposite Glenagaddy Quarry. Ballintemple townsland is situated half a mile further on, the boundary on two sides is the river, the other two being the Cashel Road and Rathcoole Lane. Some still maintain the racecourse was part of this townsland. The arguments are growing fast and furious; maps are even being consulted. Can any one solve the mystery? Were Ballintemple races held in Ballintemple or not.
Fethard by defeating Bishopstown in Cork on St. Patrick’s Day have qualified for the final of the special Munster S.F. league competition. The final will be an all Tipperary club event as Commercials beat Ballincollig in the other semi-final. The final it is understood will be played at a Tipperary venue, on Easter Monday. A rehearsal for the final took place at Fethard on Sunday last when Fethard had a 1-12 to 0-12 win over Commercials in their South Tipp S.F. Championship tie.
Many spectators present in the sports field on Sunday were of the opinion that whoever was responsible for the siting of the new electronic scoreboard will have to hold there hands up. As one disgruntled supporter said, “as far as the sideline supporters on the stand side of the field are concerned it may as well be out in St. Patrick’s Place”.
Fethard U/21 footballers had a one point win over Killenaule at Monroe in the semi-final of the South Tipp U/21 championship on Saturday last.
The game turned out to be a rather tough encounter with two players from each side receiving marching orders. Times certainly change. One recalls the words of the late John Keating over thirty year ago chairman of Fethard GAA club “Play the game Fethard, honour before honours”.
ST. RITA’S CAMOGIE CLUB
The team had their first outing of the season when they had a six point win over Templemore in a challenge game. Their first official game is on this Sunday against Ballingarry Gaels at 11.00am.
Following a superb turn out at training sessions the club look forward with confidence to the 1999 season, clearly which they would appreciate more support.
A meeting of players and committee will take place on this Friday night at 7.30pm.
Congrats to P.J. Colville, who is really “on song’ at the moment. P.J. went through the card securing 9 rides at North Kilkenny Point-To-Point at Ballyragget on Sunday and added another winner with “Torduff Boy” and two thirds to his credit.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
Monday 15th March
1st Gross: Margaret Hackett & Frances Burke.
2nd Gross: Tony Hanrahan & Brendan Kenny.
3rd Gross: David & Bernie O’Meara.
1st Nett: Rita Holohan & Mary Delaney.
2nd Nett: Annie O’Brien & Nell Broderick.
3rd Nett: Rose Lonergan & Mary Meagher.
Wednesday 17th March
Sponsored by Lonergan’s Forge Brasserie
1st Gross: Anna Cooke & Carol Kenny.
2nd Gross: Teresa Cummins & Alice Quinn.
3rd Gross: Mary Quirke & Fr. John Meagher.
1st Nett: Rita Kane & Eileen Dillon.
2nd Nett: Frances Harrington & Eleanor Cummins.
3rd Nett: Annie O’Brien & Bernie O’Meara.
There will be no bridge on Wednesday 31st March and also the Monday nights of 29th March & 5th April as the Tirry Centre will be closed for refurbishment.
Bridge will return on Wednesday 7th April when we play the 2nd round of the club championship for the Kitty Hayes Memorial Trophy.
Congratulation to all competitors from Fethard/Killusty area who took part in the Co. Finals of the Art & Model making events, held in Gortnahoe on Sunday last and especially to all our medallists. Cathal Maher, Dun Aoibhinn, who took his third successive Gold medal when winning the final of the boys under 12 event. Joey Feery, Killusty won Gold in the U/14 Model Making competition. Jack O’Sullivan, Main Street, stepped up on his Bronze of last year winning Silver in the boys U/10. Silver medals also went to brother and sister David & Mary Gorey, Main Street in the Modal Making competition and a bronze medal was won by Darragh Dwyer, Ballygambon also in modal making. Cathal & Joey are now qualified for National Finals in Mosney and we wish them the best of luck.
The news from the Choir group with whom Mrs. Phyllis grace, put in tremendous work since last November, unfortunately looks bleak at the moment, due to the fact that despite several inquiries we are still unable to get an accompanist for them, the situation is that unless somebody volunteers to provide music before March 31st this Choir well be withdrawn from the competition. If there is anyone who can assist please contact 052 31906 before above date.
HOLY WEEK THE ABBEY
Saturday 27th March at 7.30pm. Mass begins with The Rite and Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Passion (Palm) Sunday 28th March. Mass at 9.30am and 11.30am.
The Blessing of Palms and Procession at 11.30 Mass.
Mass on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8.00am, 10.30am and 7.30pm
Confessions: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11.00am to 1.00pm
Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm. The Mass will include THE WASHING OF FEET; HOLY COMMUNION (with chalice);
Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the altar of Repose.
The church will remain open for Adoration until 11.00pm.
Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm.
It will include: Readings of the Passion, Prayers for all people, Veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion.
The Way of the Cross (Stations) at 7.30pm
Holy Saturday The Easter Vigil Ceremonies begin at 9.00pm, consisting of:
Easter Fire and Light and Hymn of Praise.
Bible Readings of Salvation History.
Blessing of Water and Renewal of Baptismal.
Easter Sunday Mass at 9.30am and 11.30 am.
The career of John O’Shea, Ardsallagh, huntsman to East Essex hounds is featured in a full-length profile in Horse and Hound.
John, who worked in Capt. Williams hunt stables at McCarthy’s Hotel yard, did some work with Tipperary Hunt terriermen before emigrating in 1963. After a rather shaky start in hunt service in England he worked with Lord Exeter’s private pack at Burghley. He then spent five seasons as whipper-in to the Essex and Suffolk, and then to the North Norfolk Harriers as Kennel huntsman. He applied for, and was appointed huntsman to the East Essex in 1974 and has been there ever since. John got his start at the East Essex from Mr Michael McEwan, who has at present resident in Tipperary currently researching information for his book on the Tipperary Foxhounds.