FETHARD LOSE MUNSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE FINAL
Fethard came a cropper at the final hurdle in the Munster Senior Football League competition when beaten by Commercials at Clonmel on Monday 5th April. Fethard may make the "what might have been" and "only for" excuses but will have to admit they were beaten by a better team on the day. Fethard almost owned the ball, playing against the wind, in the first half but for their territorial advantage they had only 1-1 on the scoreboard at half-time, the point coming from a 45.
Commercials got a dream start to the second half when a ball, flicked on more in despair than hope, from ten yards by the Commercials full-forward caught Paul off his line and ended up in the back of the net. Fethard were fighting an uphill battle from here on. This score gave the Clonmel side a much needed confidence boost and they finished the much stronger side.
Clonmel goalkeeper, Philly Ryan, proved Fethard's downfall. The County custodian used all his expertise and experience by knowing what to do and doing it correctly when saving Conor McCarthy's well taken penalty, and coming off his line to smother what looked like two certain goal-bound shots from Joe Keane in the first half. He also stopped a goal-bound, point-blank, pile-driver from John Paul Looby in the second half. Philly is, however, part of a good Commercials team and did very well what he was there to do. Final score: Commercials 1-11, Fethard 1-5.
Fethard, for the third weekend in succession, will meet Commercials again this coming weekend when the two teams clash in the South Tipperary Football Championship tie at Fethard on Saturday evening.
We record the death of John Croke, Derryluskin, who died on Monday morning, 5th April. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery following 11am Mass.
RÁS MUMHAN PASSES THROUGH FETHARD
The four day I.C.F.A. Rás Mumhan cycle race passed through Fethard unheralded and unannounced at midday, Monday 5th April, during the final stage from Mitchelstown to Thurles. As the lead car took the turn at Kerry Street Cross, chief race commissaire Michael Twomey lowered the window and shouted "Hello Miceál" to one of the few standing at the cross to watch the race going through. Who said "a prophet is never known in his own land".
FETHARD BALLROOM AGM
Fethard Ballroom Ltd had their annual general meeting on Monday March 29th and the following board of directors was elected: Michael Ahearne (chairman), Corina Morrissey (secretary), David O'Donnell (treasurer), Gay Horan, Paddy Hickey, Sean Spillane, Marina Mullins and Robert Phelan.
'WINNING STREAK' for CATHERINE
Catherine (nee Hayden) Mellerick, St. Johnstown, appeared on RTE's 'Winning Streak' on Saturday night 3rd April and won a total of £20,600.00. Catherine bought the lucky ticket at Kenny's Centra Foodstore on The Green.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY AGM
At the annual general meeting of the Fethard Historical Society the following committee was elected: Chris Nevin (chairperson), Dóirín Saurus (vice-chairperson), Margaret Newport (secretary), Catherine O'Flynn (assistant secretary), Gemma Burke (treasurer), Terry Cunningham (planning officer), Mary Hanrahan (public relations officer), Joe Kenny, Fr. John Meagher OSA, Kitty Delany, Peter Grant, Marie O'Donnell and Anna Henehan.
A most interesting talk on the Fethard Town Development Plan was delivered by guest speaker Pat Slattery, executive planner with Tipperary S.R. County Council. The plan is now in the draft stage and submissions for consideration must be made to before April 23rd to: The Planning Office, Emmet Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
WALK TO TINSLEY BRIDGE, GROVE
Fethard Historical Society have organised a walk from Fethard to Grove on Sunday next, 11th April. The walk will leave Fethard at 2.30pm from the Augustinian Abbey, via the Killusty Road, and finish at the unique 'Tinsley Bridge' on the Grove Estate near Kilmaclugh. The bridge was designed and built by renowned Victorian architect William Tinsley who was born in Clonmel on the 7th February 1804. Due to flood damage the bridge is now in bad repair and in danger of collapsing. William Tinsley is best known locally for his building of Tullamaine Castle, Lakefield House and Anne Street Clonmel. The walk from Fethard is approximately three miles each way and is not suitable for children or buggies. Please use footwear and clothes suitable for rough terrain. For those not able to walk the full distance from Fethard we will assemble at Grove House at 3.30pm before leaving for Tinsley Bridge. Cars can be parked at Grove if necessary. We would like to thank the Ponsonby family for their help and cooperation.
GREETINGS FROM ABROAD
Jimmy Ryan during his annual prolonged and extended trip to Cheltenham met the following with Fethard connections that send greetings to the friends and acquaintances they have not met for years. Billy Mullins, Knockbrack, Tom Ryan, Station House and London Publican Aidan Ennis whose grandfather Joe Ennis, with Paddy Whyte and Sean Morrissey started Fethard’s first commercial garage in the post office yard. They also had Fethard’s first petrol pumps on the pavement where Whyte’s shop now stands. Petrol was then ten old pence per gallon. When it got the gigantic hike of almost 50% to one and two pence locals said “they’ll never buy it at that price”.
We do not know if the “Swallows have returned to Capistrano” or not but our very welcome summer visitors are back in Fethard on cue. The first batch was seen over the river in the Valley area on Sunday April 4th.
The team games are now in full swing. The new system of a geographical grouping at a central venue comes into being next week-end, In the U/13 hurling Fethard are due to play Kilsheelan at the Kilsheelan venue at 2pm. The winners of this contest play Carrick on Suir at the same venue at 3.30pm. Any enquiries to Co-ordinator Mrs Emby Walsh 051 640696.
U/10 Mixed GAA: Fethard got the venue here and the following games must be played by May 15th. Mullinahone-V-Drangan and Fethard-V-St. Peter and Paul’s, Clonmel. Co-ordinator Joe Keane 052 31719. Further details later.
Choir: We regret to say that the Choir has now been withdrawn from the competition.
Juvenile Quiz: Two teams entered from Killusty must travel to the Co. Final in Moyne this coming Friday night, April 9th to compete at 8pm. Fee is £5 per table.
Cross-country: This event also takes place in Moyne this coming Friday night at 7pm. Best of luck to all competitors.
Girl’s Volleyball: Fethard are drawn against Roscrea in this final which will be played approx. late May at a central venue.
HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES
The Holy Week Ceremonies at Fethard Parish and Abbey churches attracted large and devotional congregations. The Stations of the Cross this year under the new format of a candlelight procession through the Convent gardens were most edifying. The prayers at each station with reference to problems encountered in modern day living were very favourably commented upon. At the conclusion of the weeks ceremonies on Holy Saturday night Fr. Sean Ryan C.C. who was celebrant at Fethard Parish Church thanked, the organist, choir, sacristan and all who contributed and helped throughout. He thanked especially and paid tribute to the parishioners for their excellent and devotional attendance during the week.
The Clonmel Citizens Information Centre in conjunction with the National Social Service Board’s Mobile Information Unit will be in Main St. Fethard on Wednesday 14th April between 11am to 1pm. If you have queries in relation to your rights and entitlements come along and check them out.
GAA CONCERT FOR ABYMILL
Lovers of Traditional Music and Song are in for a rare treat in the Abymill on Friday 16th April. Fethard GAA Club present "A Night of Irish Culture With a Difference" when a group of Ceoltóiri Éireann musicians and singers appear in the theatre. The group have a residency at Newpark Hotel Kilkenny for some time now where they have received great acclaim. Tickets are £5 and may be booked at O'Flynn's Menswear, Burke Street, Tel: 052 31254, or at the door on the night.
Congratulations to local trainer Cliff Wilkinson on scooping the £20,000 Murphy's Handicap Hurdle with 'The Cashman' at the Cork meeting held in Mallow racecourse on Saturday last. Cliff moved from England to set up operations at Killerk. 'The Cashman' is the only horse in training with the Wilkinsons. To win such a prestigious race is a wonderful achievement for a permit-holder. Cliff and friends celebrated with a victory party at McCarthy's on Sunday night.