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Saturday 5th June 1999


In preparation for the championship ahead, a very interesting challenge was played in Ballincollig (Cork) on Sunday morning last. With a very indifferent wind, the score was level at half time at 0-6 each. Six different players scored a point each. In the second half the game stepped up a gear and after a hard fought game the sides were still level at full time. Score: Fethard 1-12, Ballincollig 2-9. Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Stephen O'Donnell, Murt Ryan, Philly Blake, Jimmy O'Meara (0-1), Thomas Anglim, Willie Morrissey (0-1), Brian Burke (0-1), Michael Quinlan (O-I), Conor McCarthy (0-3), Damien Byrne (0-1), Kenneth O'Donnell (0-2), Kenneth Byrne, Shay Coen (1-1), Miceál Sean McCormack (0-1). Subs: Garret Byrne for Kenneth Byrne, Michael Fitzgerald. Training continues of Wednesday and Friday nights at 7.30pm.

On Monday 7th June we played Ballingarry in Killenaule. The final score was Fethard 0-10, Ballingarry 0-9. This was a fine sporting game with Ballingarry showing great fitness but needing a match or two to finish better. Well done to all concerned for a deserved victory. Team: Miceál Sean McCormack, Kenny Hackett, Michael Ryan, Alan Phelan, Kenneth Browne, Michael Ahearne, P.J. Ahearne, Cha Morrissey, (0-1), Kenneth Byrne, Brendan Brett (0-6), Michael O'Riordan (0-1), John Hurley, Glen Burke (0-1), Shay Coen (0-1), Johnny Neville. Subs used: Michael Fitzgerald for Cha Morrissey, John Kelly for Kenny Hackett, John O'Meara, Keith Woodlock, John Hackett and Gabriel Horan.

Match against Killenaule was postponed on Sunday 4th June as a mark of respect to the late Patrick Ahearne, Main Street. May he rest in peace.

After a hard fought challenge against Windgap last Sunday, who beat us by 3-10 to 2-7, it is back this week to the County League away to Clonoulty. On Friday 11th June we play Cahir in Clonmel and this starts our Championship proper. Training on Thursday nights.
Well done to Miceál Spillane and Michael Ryan who both had excellent games with Tipperary's Intermediate success in Cork on Sunday last.

The death has occurred in London of Mrs Ellen Johnson, formerly Ellen 'Nellie' Matthews, Kerry St. Interment took place in London.
The death has occurred of Mr Paddy Ahearne, Main Street. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.
His Fethard helpers and fund raising organisers extend their sympathies to Mr Seamus McGuire, Thurles, “Youth in Need” project leader on the recent death of his mother Mrs Ellen McGuire.

Local master farrier Stephen Foyle has recently taken possession of his new mobile forge. The van fitted out to Stephens’s own design and specifications contain all the equipment of the old fashioned forge. The gas-heated forge reddens a shoe in two minutes. A system of pigeon holes, racks and drawers hold all tools, files etc required by the farrier. Progress seems to have now decreed that while we may still “hear the hammer strike the anvil”, we will no longer see the sparks fly out the smithy door. The old fashioned forge at which so much local knowledge was acquired is gone forever. The horse is now no longer brought to the forge. The forge is now brought to the horse.

Paying his first visit to his native Fethard in 12 years and re-newing old acquaintances last week was Billy Morrissey of Grove accompanied by his wife Sheila. Billy is a particularly avid reader of the parish annual newsletter and mentioned the articles in recent issues that brought back happy memories of his youth in Fethard.

A series of aerial photographs taken from Vincent Murphy’s light aircraft and sent world wide on the Fethard web site on the internet has brought great reaction and feed back from Fethard emigrants. These pictures give some of Fethard’s second, third and even fourth generation emigrants, most of whom have never seen it, some idea of what the town their forebears left so many years ago, looks like. They have shown their appreciation by contacting Joe Kenny who took the pictures and thanking him sincerely. The Fethard Website had over 1,800 visits last week alone. The internet address is: www.fethard.com

By the time next weeks edition of the Nationalist is published the results of the local elections will be known. This election gives Fethard a chance to elect its very own representative on Tipp S.R. Co. Council.
Independent candidate Waltie Moloney has done helped by willing assistants an extensive and in depth canvass. Waltie, a well-known community activist will given the chance represent as an independent all of the people, fairly and squarely all the time.
Forty years have elapsed since Fethard had its own Co. Council representative. We have the chance to rectify the matter on this Friday.
Best of luck Waltie.

There was fine turnout on Sunday night last when the final procession of this century took place, starting in the Parish Church and finishing in the Abbey Church with Benediction.

William Power was the special person who received the Sacrament when the First Holy Communion was celebrated in Killusty on Sunday last the 6th of June.

On the feast of the Sacred Heard, Friday the 11th of June, there will be a Cemetery Mass celebrated in the graveyard in Killusty. It is a chance for us all to call to mind those that have gone before us. As we come to the end of this century and millennium it is only appropriate that we remember with love those who have played a role in our lives. Candles will be for sale on the night costing £1 each. The mass will begin at 8.00pm. The Church in Killusty is of course dedicated to the Sacred Heart.

Congratulations to Niamh Fanning who came first in the under eight ball throw at the Munster Championships in Cork recently

Bro. Raymond paid a return visit to Fethard on Thursday 3rd June. Bro. Raymond was the last Patrician Brother to teach in Fethard and has worked in Kenya since he left Fethard in 1993. He now has returned to stay in Ireland and is based at the Patrician Brothers in Tullow, Co. Carlow.


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