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Saturday 24th April 1999


We started the weekend with the County semifinal losing to Holycross/Ballycahill by a score of 3-5 to 2-7. This is only our second time, out of seven county appearances, to loose, but keep the heads up as this is a very, very, young team with only one member overage in the year 2000.

Score: Fethard 2-5, Clonmel Óg 1-11. This was a great performance against all the odds. Well done and best of luck on Wednesday against Kilsheelan/Kilcash which will be played in the Ned Hall Park at 7.30pm.

We have amassed four points out of a possible six. We play Moyle Rovers in Monroe on Monday night at 7.30pm. We just need one point from the remaining two games to secure a place in the final stages.

Our next opponents are Wild Rovers in Ardfinnan on Friday night 30th April at 7.30pm. All meet at 6pm at the GAA Park in Fethard.

On Sunday night we were defeated by Moyle Rovers in the championship league having taken the field very depleted. We were further handicapped having to play with 14 men for nearly three quarters of the game. We now have a break for a few weeks which will give us time to heal the injured. Final score: Fethard 1-5, Moyle Rovers 2-12.

On Saturday 1st May we play Newcastle in Marlfield at 7.30pm in the 1998 league semifinal. Please note we have a players meeting after training on Thursday night at 9pm.

County U21 semi-final Fethard 2-7 Holycross/Ballycahill 3-5. In splendid Conditions on Sat 24th at Cloneen Holycross came out worthy winners on the day by a single point. The age difference and physical power was the major factor in this slim victory. No one can take it from Holycross who on the day showed more determination and commitment. It reminded us a little of the 1993 decider when Eire Og (Nenagh) beat Fethard in the County Final. Although up to 1990 we appeared in five county finals winning all five 1966, 1967, 1968' 1987, 1988. Since then we have not been successful 1993 and today. But this is a very young team and your day will come. After five minutes Fethard had two points to no score through Conor McCarthy and Aidan Fitzgerald. Then Holycross got their first goal it was well taken by Stephan Flanagan. It took ten minutes more before John Fogarty got a point to lead 1-1 to 0-2, then, almost immediately, Denis McCullagh made it 1-2 to 0-2. A great counter move by Fethard was finished by David Morrissey to level the score 1-2 each, after 16 minutes of the game. In the 19th minute John Ferncombe scored a fine point to make it 1-3 to 1-2. Within a minute the same player pounced on a breaking ball to finish it in the net leaving the score 2-3 to 1-2. Fethard’s hopes were still alive when John Paul Looby took a point to leave the score, after 26 minutes, 2-3 to 1-3. Conor McCarthy in the 29th minute added a point to leave the score at half time 2-3 to 1-4. On the resumption Dara Duggan was in for Brendan O’Dwyer and what a difference this player made to the attack. His power and strength and fresh legs were very much to the fore. In the first minute of the second half Conor McCarthy had a long range point to leave the score 2-3 to 1-5. Then a minute later Holycross struck for their 3rd goal. When John Ferncombe finished a movement up field. The score now was 3-2 to 1-5. It was another ten minutes before a score was registered, this time by Aidan Fitzgerald (7) to leave the score 3-3 to 1-6. John Ferncombe brought his tally to 1-2 points when he scored in the 49th minute leaving the score 3-4 to 1-6. Fethard lifted their game and try as they might with the wind in their back could only secure another point from Joe Keane. In the next 10 minutes spell where Dara Duggan with not as much effort finished of a fine move with a point to leave the score 3-5 to 1-7. Fethard kept attacking and were rewarded in the 59th minute when Garret Byrne finished of a move with a fisted goal to leave just a point between the teams. Although Fethard got their chances to level it was not to be their day so they bowed out of this U21 Championship on a final tally Holycross/Ballcahill 3-5 Fethard 2-7. Referee Brian White handled the game excellently.
Fethard: Michael Sean McCormick (Capt.), Keith Woodlock, Michael Ahearne, Michael Carroll, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Michael Costello, Aidan Fitzgerald (0-2), David Morrissey (1-0), Conor McCarthy (0-3) Michael Teehan, John Paul Looby (0-1), Kenneth O’ Donnell, Joe Keane (0-1), Nicky Murphy. Subs: Garret Byrne (1-0), for Michael Teehan, Conor O’Donnell for Kenneth O’Donnell, Kenneth Byrne, Jason Nevin, Tommy Gahan, Philly Croke, John O’Meara.
Holycross: Robert Quinlan, Michael Hayes, Jack Doyle, Noel Ryan, Patrick Ryan, Peter Donoghue, Shay Doyle, Garry Byrne (Capt.), Denis McCullagh (0-1), Paul O’Dwyer, John Ferncombe (1-2), Liam McCullagh, Brendan O’Dwyer, John Fogarty (1-1), Stephan Flanagan (1-0). Sub: Dara Duggan (0-1)

Fethard Historical Society in conjunction with the Artists in Residence and pupils at St. Patrick's Boys School Fethard are planning to revive a traditional pattern day held on Trinity Sunday and centred around Fethard's Medieval Wooden Statues.
The following is an excerpt from an article By Catriona MacLeod, Royal Society of Antiquaries (July 1947).
"Around 1822, the Pattern of the Blessed Trinity was held with the greatest solemnity on every Trinity Sunday in Fethard. As early as 1608 the Citizens had obtained a charter from James I, authorising a fair to be held on the three days following the feast in order perhaps to take advantage of the crowds coming into the town. Within the last century the statues were shown on the outer steps of the church on Trinity Sunday, when people came from all parts of Munster to take part in the "Pattern." Preparations were made in advance, and we are told that for weeks beforehand the streets were filled with booths to cater for the visitors. Abuses crept in. The pattern were discontinued and another long, lingering custom of Mediaeval Ireland passed away."
The committee will hold a parade on Trinity Sunday 30th May, commemorating the statues, starting from the grounds St. Patrick's Boys School and culminating in a celebration by Fethard's Medieval Town Wall.

Pupils of Nano Nagle Primary School planted a 'Tree for Peace' on Wednesday 21st April. The tree was presented by the School's Parents' Council as part of a national tree planting project dedicated to peace and the victims of Omagh. Every primary school community, parents, teachers and children, were asked to plant and nurture a 'peace tree' in their school or locality.

Frank Meagher, 1995 Dunlop Tarmac Champion and the first Irish driver to win four rounds of the series in a single year, is making a comeback to rallying starting on 30th April when he competes in the Killarney International Rally of the Lakes. Frank will team up with co-driver Micheál Maher from the Green. Having successfully disposed of his '95 winning car in late '98, Frank set about replacing it with a modern type machine which would have the capability of winning at International level. This car has now been sourced and secured. Frank has always rallied Fords, and this fact did not go unnoticed by the Works Rally Team when they became aware he was returning at top level. They have now made available to Frank, the very last Ford Escort World Rally car prepared and rallied by the works team driver Juha Kankkunen in the 1998 World Rally Championship. The best of luck to Frank and Micheál on their comeback.

On Friday 23rd April the Day Care Centre held a fundraising day. The committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Bazaar such a success – those who made items and supplied cakes, those who helped with the raffle and those who helped with the teas. A special thanks to Noreen and her hard working team. Plans are already in progress for our next Bazaar later this year. So if you missed out on this one you will have another chance then.

Congratulations to Clare Ryan, first year, who won the regional final of the Maths Competition. Also to Pat Walsh and John Kenny who received congratulatory letters from the President of University College Limerick as a result of achieving a very high grade in their exams. Pat and John are recent past pupils and are studying Computer Science and Computer Engineering at Limerick University.
Best wishes to Una Prendergast and Miriam Carroll in the final of the Young Entrepreneurs competition in Limerick this weekend. Congratulations to Conor McCarthy, fifth year, and Aidan Fitzgerald, past pupil, who were both nominated for the South Tipperary Young Footballer of the Year Award.
A group of transition year and second year students travelled to Leixlip to see a performance of the musical 'Fame', and renew acquaintances with Bryan Flynn, the producer of Fethard's Hogan Musical Society's production of 'Fiddler on the Roof' in which the students took part.

The Fethard Conference meet every Monday night (Excluding Bank Holidays) in the Terry Centre from 7 to 7.20 pm. Should anyone need assistance of any sort or help with First Holy Communion please call to our meetings or contact any member in strictest confidence. Our annual holiday in Corne, Co. Wexford will be held for senior Citizens, please give in your names. Our members are Denny Burke, Lynn Cummins, Vincent Doocey, Fr. Sean Ryan and Peggy Sullivan.

The junior 'A' team had a convincing win over Bournea on Sunday last. The final score was 6-5 to no score, with Emily Sayers scoring 4-1. The team lined out as follows: Jean Morrissey, Sharon Lawton (captain), Imelda Spillane, Mia Treacy, Norah O’Meara, Aisling O’Riordan, Olivia Phelan, Sandra Spillane, Jennifer Keane, Marie Holohan, Caroline Fitzgerald, Audrey Conway, Niamh Sheehan, Edel Fitzgerald, Emily Sayers. Subs used were Fiona Conway, Bernie Moran and Vanessa O’Donnell.

The club wishes to congratulate both T.J. Maher, Killenaule and Irene Moloney, Cahir on their recent victories in the National Election. They will be elected to their positions at the National AGM in Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan on May 8th. We in Fethard have no Doubt that both T.J. and Irene will serve South Tipperary. Well in their Roles – T.J. as National President and Irene as Munster vice president.
Irene will host a celebration party in Cahir House Hotel on Saturday next May 1st to which all Club members are invited. Best of luck to our club members who will compete in the county final of the Miss Macra, Queen of the land and country blue Jeans selection which takes place in the Park Avenue, Thurles on Friday April 30th at 9pm.
Congratulations to Lorraine Morrissey who won the South Final of the U/23 Dairy Stock Judging Recently. This win qualifies her for the National Final to be held later in the year. Next club meeting takes place on Tuesday May 4th at 9pm in Lonergans- It is essential that all current members attend.

County Finals of swimming event will take place in Nenagh Pool on May 15th. Closing date for entries with co-ordinator is May3 rd. Anyone interested please contact local Secretary Mrs. Phyllis Grace, 41 Woodvale Walk or telephone 052/31906 to complete official entry form BEFORE APRIL 30th . Entry fee £1 per individual event £5 per Squad.

Fethard Judo Club’s Annual Church Gate Collection this weekend. Classes will resume again within the next couple of weeks and only I.G.A members can be allowed to practice, bring your membership card with you. Those wishing to join can do so by filling in a application form signed by a parent and paying the annual fee of £7. This is an Insurance Requirement and must be strictly archived to. No membership No Practice.

Fethard Killusty Angles Club Fishing competition due to have been held on Sunday last had to be postponed due to river flood. The event now takes place on Sunday May 9th.

A dance will be held in the Ballroom on Sunday 2nd May with all Proceeds going to Kosovo Refugee Fund. Music by Heatherside and your support for this worthy cause will be appreciated. Tickets at Kenny’s, Whyte’s, McCarthys and Post Office.

David Butler, Cahir gave a most interesting lecture on "Presbyterianism in Fethard c.1690-1919" to members and friends of Fethard Historical Society on Friday night last. A number of historical aspects pertaining to Fethard and not previously known to many present, were disclosed during the talk. The original 18th century church of the Fethard Presbyterians still stands in Burke St. Currently in a bad state of repair Mr. Butler stated every should be made to preserve this link with our historic past. When access to this meeting house was no longer available to the congregation the church body were strong enough to purchases a site, and built a new church at Main St. This church was in use , thought in later years by a very small congregation, up to 1919 The Chalice from this church was removed to the Presbyterian church museum in Belfast, where it is still on display. The Chalice is inscribed “St. Johnstown” where there was obviously a meeting house at one stage as the Presbyterian families in the area, were mainly resident in St. Johnstown, Lismoylon, and Mobarnane. The rich large land owner families who were the backbone of Fethard Presbyterianism have now completely ceased to exist. The last owner of the Presbyterian Community, Capt. Henderson of Lismoylon died in 1944. A hill field known locally as “The Captain's Hill" was named after Capt. Henderson. The ruins of his house may still be seen, on Parson Hill Farms.
David Butler has promised to come again and give a further lecture on prominent Fethard Families. We look forward to his return visit with great interest.

The annual Fethard May Procession takes place on this Sunday night May 2nd at 7.30 p.m.

This year Co. Council all over Ireland are celebrating their century. Tipperary Co. Council is no exception. The first chairman of South Tipperary Co. Council was of course a Fethard man, Richard “Coronor” Cummins Brookhill was the man who held the exalted position. We must mention however that we have not had one since. Perhaps the matter may be rectified in the new millennium. Supporters of Co. Council Candidate Waltie Moloney held a father meeting in the Abymill on Friday night to discuss the plan of campaign. A social evening has been arranged for the Fethard Arms for Friday May 7th . Tickets at £1 are on sale locally. A raffle for valuable prizes will be held for ticket purchases, on the night, music by the Pheasant Pluckers.

The A.G.M. of Fethard open Coursing Club will take place in the Tirry community centre at 8.30.

Sincere sympathy is extended to local trainer Michael 'Mouse' Morris on the death of his father Lord Killanin which occurred in Dublin on April 25th.

Supporters of Fethard u/21 footballers who travelled to Cloneen for the county Tipperary u/21 football semifinal expecting a rather facile Fethard victory came home certainly very disappointed. The Fethard team had a great win over Ardfinnan in the South Final and is composed of many players with senior experience who had played a prominent part in Fethard's march to the Munster senior football league final. Apparently someone forgot to tell Holycross. With scant regard for reputations they just tore into their more fancied opponents from the throw in. They played gaelic football in the old fashioned way — they caught and they kicked, they tackled hard and hit even harder and showed no little skill for a predominantly hurling club. Two of their goals, scored from first time ground shots from the 12 meter line area, would have done credit to any team in any ground. They were by no means, as loosely termed, a club team. They played within the rules and their style of play was something that the Fethard boys just could not cope with on the day. Sure, Fethard had missed scoring chances, so had Holycross. Missed chances do not go on the scoreboard. A scrambled goal in the last minute brought Hollycross's winning margin to the minimum one point margin. Anyone that thought Fethard should have won, or that Holycross were lucky, is living in cloud cuckoo land. They were the best team on the day — no more or no less. This defeat as far as Fethard supporters are concerned was the shock of the decade. the team live, their young, and lets hope they have learned.
The selectors who put so much work into preparing the team will have to just, in the words of a song from a popular musical, "have to sit right down, think it over and start all over again". Final score Holycross 3-4, Fethard 2-6.
Fethard's tale of woe continued at Monroe on Sunday night when they were beaten by 2-12 to 1-5, on a pitch that should have been unplayable, by Moyle Rovers in their South Tipperary S.F. Championship game.


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