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Saturday 15th May 1999

Congratulations to the Junior A team who beat Clonoulty in the Championship Final, on a scoreline of 3-10 to 1-3. It was a superb performance by the team, bridging a gap of 34 years since St. Rita’s last won a county final. Their sheer determination was a credit to the team. The team lined out as follows: Jean Morrissey (Goal), Sharon Lawton (Captain), Imelda Spillane, Mia Treacy, Nora O’Meara, Aisling O’Riordan, Olivia Phelan, Jennifer Keane, Sandra Spillane, Marie Holohan, Caroline Fitzgerald, Niamh Sheehan, Audrey Conway, Edel Fitzgerald, Emily Sayers. Subs used were Fiona Conway, Mary O’Mahony and Bernie Horan. Also on the panel were Sandra Maher, Noelle Murphy, Venessa O’Donnell and Lisha O’Connell.
The players would like to thank all those associated with the clubs success, the selectors, and to trainer Liam Treacy, without whose commitment the team would not have reached the final. St. Rita’s would also like to thank their sponsors: Coolmore. Prior Park Statoil, Kenny’s Centra, Burke’s Bar, McCarthy’s Hotel, O’Shea’s Bar, Lonergans Bar, John Leahy and Paul Higgins, they would also like to thank all supporters who travelled to Thurles to the final and all who celebrated with them when they arrived home. Finally special thanks to the senior and Juvenile GAA Club.
The following message received through the 'Fethard at Home' website may be of interest to our new 'County Champions': On behalf of the North American Camogie Association we say a Cead Mile Failte to all camogie clubs and fans. We the New York Young Irelands Camogie Club, have hosted an annual International 7-A-Side tournament in New York every year for the past five years. The Trophy for the tournament is called the "Cuculainn Emigrant Trophy" and it was donated in person by the late Bridin Ui Mhaolagain past president of the Camogie Association of Ireland. This year the tournament is on Aug 21 and 22. The 21st is the 7–A-Side tournament played in Van Cortland Park Bronx, New York, followed by a Presentation Ceremony that evening. The 22nd of August is an International Game between and North American Camogie Selection vs an Irish selection in the famed Gaelic Park Bronx New York, followed by a reception in Gaelic Park. Anybody interesting in attending or competing are very welcome. For information contact Treasa Goodwin 7-A-Side Chairperson at E-Mail: camogieus@worldnet.att.net. Help us promote Camogie in our adopted homeland. Camogie "The greatest women's field sport in the world"

The celebrations were loud and prolonged in a well known Main Street hostelry on Sunday night. A patron on inquiring were they celebrating Tipperary’s National Hurling League victory was informed. Well not exactly, Manchester United have won the Premership.

Farmers in the Tipperary Foxhounds Country have been notified that they will no longer be able to collect fallen stock.
The facilities available at the Kennels are not suitable to operate and maintain a Knackery Service to mandatory E.U. standards. The Dept. of Agriculture 1996 European Committees Knackery Regulations and the Diseases of Animals (BSE) order also effects the service.
The Hunt Committee sincerely regrets not being able to maintain the service it has provided for over 100 years.

Jacque Stokes had a good win in the Ladies long jump at the recent B.L.E. Games in Dublin. Jacque’s winning jump was an excellent 6.06 M. The Dublin win follows her success in the Munster’s the previous week, she has been selected on the Irish Ladies team that competes in Slovenia this week-end.

A nature study not seen by many was witnessed by Mr. O’Donnell, Boola, on his lawn on the lower slopes of Slievenamon last week-end. A hen blackbird was feeding a young cuckoo. The fledging cuckoo was already larger than the parent bird.

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish church on Saturday May 15th of Linda daughter of Thomas and Esther Phelan, Tullamaine, to Mr Pat Hunt, Cashel.

Saturday next May 22nd is First Communion day in Fethard. The Fethard children will receive the sacrament at 10.00am Mass on Saturday morning.
Parishioners are invited to attend the ceremony, the last First Communion ceremony of the Millennium.

The annual collection for the Primary Schools in the parish will be taken up at all parish masses this week-end May 22nd/23rd.

Last Sunday’s competition really went to the wire. The top four competitors Thomas Fogarty, George McGrath, Liam Boland and Jim Sayers each caught six trout. Thomas Fogarty won by a mere 1i/2 ozs. With George, carrying on a great family fishing tradition second.
The competition for the John Sayers Memorial Trophy takes place on Sunday next May 23rd. Competing anglers are requested to meet at Loughcopple Bridge at 11am.

Wednesday 12th May
1st Gross Bridget Gorey & Betty Walsh.
2nd Gross Nell Broderick & Moira McInerney.
3rd Gross Rita Kane & Eileen Dillon.
1st Nett Gemma Burke & Kathleen Kenny.
2ND Nett Tony Hanrahan & Bernie O’Meara.
3rd Nett Margaret Coffey & Cinta O’Flynn.
We would to congratulate Antoinette O’Donnell and Noreen Creegan the winners of this years President’s Prize (1st Nett) and whose names were omitted in last weeks report. The Committee Prize (1st Gross) was won by Bridget Gorey and Betty Walsh.
The Club’s AGM will be held on Wednesday 26th May and not the 19th as stated in last week’s report. All club members are requested to attend.
Club contact: Annie O’Brien 052 31862.

Tipperary Open Judo Championships took place in Tipp Town on Saturday last. This event was supported, as always by members of the Fethard Club. This was a day of mixed fortunes for the Gorey families. Richard Gorey, Moanbeg won a Gold medal and his brother, Cathal, first time competitor at this event won bronze. Tony, from Red City ended up in hospital with an injured toe while his twin brother Roy sustained a knee injury, there younger brother Cathal had better luck getting into the final and winning a silver medal. Stacy Grace of Woodvale Walk appears to be a young lady with a bright future, winning a silver medal at her first ever competition. Christopher Sheehan also competing for the first time,, gave a great display and finished in 4th place. Well done to all who took part and to Valerie Colville & Eric O’Donnell club coaches.

The Judo County Final will take place in the Town Hall, Fethard on Saturday, May 29th. Weigh in at 9.30a.m. Entry £1.
We intend to hold area athletics in the GAA Park on Wednesday, May 26th at 7p.m. Events for boys and girls under 8. 10. 12. 14. 16 & 17.
Competitors must reside in the parish and be under the age specified on 31st July, ’99. Entry fee £1. Enquiries 052 31719, 31906 or from the secretary Mrs Phyllis Grace, Woodvale Walk.

Reminder to all fitness awareness people – Don’t miss this May 29th 1.30p.m. Fethard Ballroom. N.C.T.C. University of Limerick are sending their mobile unit to enable people to get to the grassroots of fitness, diet & exercise. Do avail of this tremendous opportunity to know more about capabilities of one’s body.
Admission Free. Enquiries 052 31906. Open to all.

Gaísce Award (bronze Medal). A group of transition year students were involved in this very worthwhile involvement. They had to involve themselves in (A) Personal Development. (B) Physical Achievement. (C) Community Involvement. As part of the adventure outing aspect they had to walk 25 kilometres and stay away overnight. Hill-walking in the Comeragh and Galtee Mountains was ‘on stream’ last week-end, and an overnight stay in the hostel at Glengarra woods.
The students involved were Ross Maher, Thomas Grant, Lisa O’Donnell, Majella Croke, Elaine Williams, Eithne Horan, John Lonergan, Deirdre Cleary, Jimmy Hayes and Eoin Doyle. The bronze medal will be presented on transition year evening May 27th.
It has been an event packed few weeks for many of our classes, a group of them climbed Slievnamon on Monday last in aid of the Lourdes Invalid Fund. The Leaving Certs will travel to Glendalough, Co. Wicklow this Friday 21st May, and their graduation mass will be that night at 8.30pm.The transition year evening will be held on Thursday May 27th at 8.00pm, both events in school. John Cushnehan MEP visited the school on Tuesday May 11th where he spoke to the senior classes.
A major boost for some of our leaving cert. Girls was the winning of the All Ireland Junior County (A) Camogie Final on May 15th. A welcome incentive for the last few weeks of intensive revision. The school was well represented by past and present students, our girls from school were Norah O’Meara. Jean Morrissey, Niamh Sheehan, Ashling O’Riordan, Audrey Conway, Marie Holohan, Edele Fitzgerald and Vanessa O’Donnell. The score was 3-10 to 1-3. Congratulations to all.

Week ending 16th May proved a very successful week for Fethard GAA on all fronts. The U/18 school football team on Monday beat High School, Clonmel in the semi-final of the county schools U/18 competition. Two girls from Tommy Gahan set up Fethard for a surprise victory. They have now qualified for the Tipperary Schools A final in which they meet Templemore.
The U/16 1/2 school team outshone their more senior schoolmates with a magnificent win in Limerick on Wed. Spanish Point, from Co. Clare a much bigger and physically stronger team than Fethard, were their opponents in the Munster Schools semi-final. Fethard playing with a very strong wind were reeling by the Clare boys start. Spanish Point had two goals and two points on the board within five minutes. However the Fethard team of ten Fethard and five Moyle Rovers players got stuck in and with some excellent point scoring and a brilliant goal by John Looby (M.R.) led by a point at half time.
The second half with the strong wind in their favour and greater physical size looked a mere formality for the Clare boys, not so, not by a long chalk. The Fethard team played out of their skins. More great point scoring nullified a Spanish Point goal. Moyle Rovers hero John Looby scored another great goal in the last two minutes to put Fethard Patrician/Presentation into the Munster U/16 1/2 final against Macroom or Caherciveen. Fethard Team: Ronan Maher, Pat Looby, Ian Kenrick, Anthony Keane, Billy Hunt, Paul Hackett, John Hanrahan, Glen Burke, Damien Cannon, John Noonan, Eoin Doyle, John Needham, John Lonergan, John Looby, Paul Croke.
Congratulations to the Fethard Camogie team who won the County Junior final on Saturday last in Thurles, there was great rejoicing and celebrating when the team brought the cup back to the town that night.
The senior footballers beat Ardfinnan in a most amazing game at Monroe on Sunday night last. Completely outplayed in the first half only very poor finishing by Ardfinnan and a great goal by Shay Coen sent Fethard in one point ahead at half time when they could easily have been eight or nine points down. Fethard took over completely in the second moiety in which Ardfinnan scored just two points, and ran out eventual winners by 14 points.
Final score Fethard 3-17, Ardfinnan 0-12.

On Friday evening 28th May at 8pm, Mass will be celebrated in Calvary Cemetery in remembrance of all buried there. It is part of our Trinity Pattern celebrations and also a chance when we can remember those who have gone before us. To add to our celebrations there will be candles for sale in the Charity Shop in Burke Street costing £1.30 each. These candles will be placed on the graves of our loved ones during our Mass. All are welcome to our remembrance of those who have walked the highways and byways of Fethard before us.

The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 25th May at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre.


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