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Saturday 22nd May 1999

As the school year draws to a close many memorable events took place last week. The success of our Camogie girls was quickly followed on Wednesday by the U/18 boys winning the County Final, impressively beating the C.B.S. boys of Templemore. A number of our Leaving Cert. boys were on the team which was captained by Conor McCarthy. A good way to finish their school career. On Friday the Leaving Cert. Travelled to Glendalough, Co. Wicklow where Michael Rodgers took them on a spiritual pilgrimage around the breath-taking scenery and serene surroundings of lake and woods. The same night they celebrated their graduation mass. The celebrant was Fr. Séan Ryan and the homily was given by Joe Walsh, a past pupil who is to be ordained in June. The lovely compositions of David Hass were heard for the first time in South Tipperary, accompanied by Kevin Hickey. The Principal Mr. Britton presented each member of the class with an inscribed medallion as a memento of their school days. A very successful sports day organised by PE teacher Bernie O’Connor was held on Thursday in lovely sunshine. The junior’s participation was excellent, results to follow.

Congratulations to Garda Liam Connolly, Garrinch, who has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Liam has been appointed to Tramore Garda Station where he took up duty on May 24th.

Paying a visit to his native Fethard for the first time in many years was Mr Tom O’Dwyer, Roscrea. A truly extraordinary man by any standards Mr O’Dwyer is 95 years old and left his native Fethard in 1924. Born in Annsgift, he attended the old Coolmoyne N.S. that stood where the new ball alley now stands. His memory of people, Fethard shopkeepers and tradesmen of his youth is unbelievable. He can recall the great Fethard Football team of the early years of this century travelling by McCarthy’s Hotel wagonette. When his departive bus arrived he crossed the street with a sprightly step and mounted the high entrance step to the bus with an agility of a man half his age. A truly remarkable man, God keep his memory green.

Last week we had a visit from five members of the South Pembrokeshire Arts Network who are on a fact-finding mission to create working links with a similar sized Irish town as their own Narberth in Wales. The group walked around Fethard and were shown the Abymill Theatre. They were very interested in the revival of the Trinity Pattern Day festival and would like to come back soon and make further investigations.

Wednesday 19th May.
1st Gross Tony Hanrahan & Michael Kenny.
2nd Gross Fr. John Meagher & Bridget Gorey.
3rd Gross Nell Broderick & Moira McInerney.

1st Nett Kathleen O’Connell & Maura Mullins.
2nd Nett Maureen Maher & Breda O’Shea
3rd Cinta O’Flynn & Margaret Coffey.
Club Contact (looking for a partner etc.) Annie O’Brien, 052 31862

The wedding took place at Holy Trinity Church, Fethard on Saturday May 22nd of Rosanna daughter of Mr Harry and Mrs Rosemary Ponsonby, Grove House, Fethard, to Mr. Tim Smalley, Berwick-On-Tweed, Northumberland.

A seven a side soccer tournament was held in St. Patrick's School on Saturday 15th May. sixty-eight boys from 4th, 5th and 6th classes in Moyglass, Killusty and Fethard took part in the tournament. This year's tournament was held to the memory of the Fethard pupils classmate, Connie Coen. The winners and runners-up medals were sponsored by An Garda Síochána and the new Cornelius Coen Perpetual Cup was sponsored by Coolmore Stud. Mrs Kathleen Coen, mother of Connie, presented the cup to the winning team. The organisers would like to thank all who sponsored refreshments etc. and those who helped on the day.

Our No 1 Junior A Football team and supporters had a futile journey to Cloneen on Friday 21st May when their opponents Killenaule failed to turn up. This is the second occasion this season that Killenaule failed to show. They also failed to field for a minor football game. The second No 1 grade junior team were easily beaten by Cahir at Monroe on Sat May 22nd. The Patrician Presentation U/18 football team beat Templemore in the County Tipperary Schools U/18 Football Championship final played in Thurles. This win was somewhat nostalgic for the Fethard players who this year do their leaving certificate. The match was their last game for their school. They have represented their school and their club with distinction and no little success all over Tipperary and Munster from the U/12 grade up. They kept the great tradition of Fethard football high on all occasions in victory and defeat. We wish them the best of luck in their future academic and sporting careers.

Families with 14-18 year-old teenagers wanted to take in French Students mid-June to end August. Top rates paid per week. Golf and tennis facilities provided. Please contact tel: 052 21352.

The pupils of St. Patrick's Boys National School and the Artists in Residence presents their Pattern Day Pageant / Parade on next Sunday afternoon at 2pm. The parade will leave the School Grounds to Main Street and then to the Town Wall. The parade is a schools event grant-aided by the Arts Council. An exhibition of pupils art will also take place in the Town Hall (downstairs) from 11.30am to 3pm on Sunday.
After the parade, the Fethard Historical Society have organised further festivities by the Town Wall which include Barbecue Stall, Guess the Object etc. Live music featuring two of Irelands top musicians, Frankie Lane and Paul Kelly, will also take place by the Town Wall during the afternoon. Why not come in medieval costume and join in the celebration.

The two points lost by Fethard when obliged to field their second fifteen against Aherlow in the Tipperary S.F. League would seem to have cost them dearly. Fethard with there six games played in their section have a total of nine points. Moyle Rovers and Clonmel Commercials with five games played each have a total of eight points. These two teams meet in the final game of the A section. The winners with ten points will go through to meet the winners of section B in the final. Fethard who beat both these teams in their respective games would seem to have been hard done by being obliged to Aherlow on a day when the Fethard first team was representing the County in the Munster Senior Football league in Cork. Fethard’s only hope at the moment is that the game between Rovers and Commercials would end in a draw. This would give a three way tie at the top and force a play-off.

At the last meeting of Fethard Day Care Centre the committee expressed thanks to Yvonne Walsh for her work while serving on the committee. The committee appointed Agnes Evans as treasurer and issued an invitation for voluntary workers to come and help with the day-to-day running of this invaluable service to our senior citizens. Committee: Sr. Christine (supervisor), Thelma Griffith (chairperson), Julie Wall (secretary), Agnes Evans (treasurer), Brian O'Donnell, Carmel Rice, Noreen Allen, Maura Tynan, Nellie O'Donovan, Megan Sceats, Jimmy Lawrence and Mary Fennel (South Eastern Health Board).

Final reminder to avail of this unique opportunity to check out your health and fitness levels. Richard Sims, Mobile Officer of University of Limerick will visit Fethard with the N.C.T.C. mobile unit at the invitation of the South Tipperary Sports Advisory Body and will cover a comprehensive programme which includes something for everybody in Fethard Ballroom on Saturday next, May 29th at 1.30pm. This is a date for everyone’s diary. Admission is free.

Congratulations to David Sullivan, Barrettstown, Fethard who was a member of the County Tipperary Community games team who won the Silver medals at the National Finals of U/13 Cross country event at Mosney last week-end. David was also the individual Bronze medallist at the same event. David appears to be a very promising young athlete of the future.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games area sports will take place on Friday evening next in the GAA Park, Fethard commencing at 6.30pm. Qualifying races will be for ages under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 17. All competitors must reside in the parish and be under the age specified on July 31st 1999. Entry fee £1.
Congratulations to the under 10 football team who had two great games during the past week defeating teams from St.Peter & Paul’s, Clonmel and from Drangan/Cloneen in the community games competition. Every player had a starring role here to contribute to the success of their team. The main scorers overall were: Alan O’Connor, Declan Doyle, Joss Harrisson, Aaron O’Donovan, Andrew Walsh and J.P. McGrath while goalie, Jack O’Sullivan made some fine saves. They have now reached the County semi-final and will play the winners of the A v B section from North Tipperary in Fethard on June 5th. The Final will also be played the same day. Team members: Jack O’Sullivan, Paul McCarthy, Lory Kenny, Cathal Gorey, Adrian Lawrence, Christopher Sheehan, Tommy Sheehan, Arron O’Donovan, Frankie O’Donovan, James Kelly, , Declan Doyle, Andrew Walsh, Alan O’Connor, Joss Harrison, Kiernan Ryan, J.P. McGrath, Glen Maher Ben Walsh, Michael John Murphy and Colin Bradshaw. Manager/Coach’s Michael and Tommy Sheehan. Well done to everybody concerned with the team and best of luck in the semi-final.

This 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 last meeting will be held on Monday evening, 31st May at 7pm in the Tirry Centre. St. Vincent de Paul will close for the Summer months, reopening in September. If anyone is in serious need contact any society member; Dinny Burke, Lynn Cummins, Vincent Doocey, Sean Ryan and Peggy Sullivan.

The pupils of Nano Nagle Primary School will take to the stage on June 1st and 2nd with their show, broken into two parts — 'Toby's Ark' and 'Paradise Island'. The show will take place in the Abymill Theatre and features all classes from Senior Infants up to Sixth Class.

On Saturday next, 29th May, Fethard Historical Society have organised a lecture in the Abymill Theatre at 8.30pm. The lecture is by Kathryn Carrigan who worked on the restoration of the Fethard statues. Kathryn is a Gilding Conservator and for the past twelve years has worked as a freelance conservator for the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Museum and the Office of Public Works. She has lectured in Scotland, England and Ireland to conservators and to the public on various projects which she has completed individually or as part of a team. In 1997 she completed some work on the Fethard Polychrome Statues for the national Museum.
Admission to the lecture is £2 and provides a great opportunity to learn more about our medieval statues now displayed in the National Gallery. All are welcome.

The Killusty field development draw took place on Sunday 16th May and the winners were: 1st Prize £100 to Gussy Fitzgerald, Kiltinan; 2nd Prize £50 to Christy Williams, Killusty; 3rd Prize £25 to Kevin Ryan, Loughcapple; 4th Prize £25 to Joe Allen, Killusty; 5th Prize to Michael Walsh, Killusty South. Next draw on Sunday 13th June.


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