Gwen Cooke, daughter of Paddy and Anna Cooke, St. Patrick's Place, has passed her final exam with a first class honours degree in 'Financial Services' at Waterford Institute of Technology. Gwen, a student in Waterford for the past four years, with her life long school friend Elaine O'Connell, daughter of Frank and Miriam O'Connell, Coolmoyne, were two of only four students in the college to graduate with first class honours. Both are former past pupils of Presentation Patrician Secondary School Fethard.
Double celebrations and congratulations were the order of the day for Gwen who is also a member of Fethard Sports Centre Tennis 'A' team. Gwen celebrated her 21st Birthday in Moyglass last week and so many friends and well wishers turned up that the 'House-Full' signs were erected. We wish Gwen and Elaine every success in their future careers.
Fethard Garden Club have organised this year's outing to the Mallow Garden Festival on Thursday 24th June. Non members are most welcome to come along on the trip. Names of those intending to travel to be handed this week in to Mrs Kay McGrath, Main Street. Fare £5.
Bon Voyage and good luck to four Fethard teenagers: Marie O'Meara, St. Patrick's Place; Joe Keane, Woodvale Walk; Michael Carroll and Michael Costello, Strylea, who are leaving their native town on 26th June. Marie and Joe are going to Essen in Germany to Marie's uncle Joe Ryan who now owns a very successful pub and two shops in the German city..
Both Michaels are emigrating to New York. The three boys will be agreat loss to Fethard GAA Club as all three were top class hurlers and footballers and were members of the Fethard under 16 teams which went within the width of a goalpost of bringing odd a historic under 16 county hurling and football double.
All their young friends in Fethard and Killenaule GAA wish them the very best of luck in whatever they choose to do. We all sincerely hope that their tickets will not be one way only. Best to luck to Marie and the three boys from everyone in Fethard.
Wednesday 2nd June
1st Gross: Brendan Kenny and Michael Keeley
2nd Gross: Eileen Dillon and Rita Kane
1st Nett: Carol Kenny and Alice Quinn
2nd Nett: Cinta O'Flynn and Margaret Coffey
Wednesday 9th June
1st Gross: Bernie Myles and Margaret Hackett
2nd Gross: Margaret Coffey and Cinta O'Flynn
1st Nett: Philly Kenny and Tess O'Flynn
2nd Nett: Moira McInerney and Kay Walshe
Waltie Moloney wishes to thank sincerely all who gave him their number one vote in the recent County Council election. Waltie polled the magnificent total of 830 first preference votes and surprised more than few by his excellent showing. Local political pundits are of the informed opinion that if he had to represent any particular party he would have headed the poll. He very nearly made it and would have but for the following reasons. Many local loyal members of the major parties freely admitted that they felt duty bound to vote party instead of person or town. An independent candidate, as is also well known, receives very few second preferences votes. One hundred and fifty spoilt votes were cast in Fethard. Tally men have recorded over 90% of these spoilt ballot papers intended to vote number one Waltie Moloney. Waltie would have been elected had these votes been properly recorded.
Waltie and his supporters are naturally very disappointed at being so close to and yet so far from success. However they have no need to be, the Fethard electorate did not let them down and now, after 40 years, is still without a local County Councillor. There will always be another day!
DAY CARE CENTRE
On Tuesday 8th June, Fethard Day Care Centre held their annual day trip to Tramore. This was followed by a lovely tea served at the Ivory Lodge Hotel. The evening was , as usual, filled with song and dance to the music of John, Jimmy and Pauline. This was appreciated by all present.
We would like to thank all who supported and contributed to our first church gate collection last weekend.
We would like to welcome our Killenaule members who attended for the first time on 10th June. The centre is now open five days each week.
We are currently organising a Karting Grand Prix which will be held in July/August. The event is being run in conjunction with Tipperary Raceway and sponsored by Coolmore Stud. The competition will be run over a number of weekday evenings at the racetrack in Rosegreen culminating in a Grand Prix final held on a Sunday afternoon. A team will consist of four members. Tha aim of the race will be to get the highest number of laps per team in a fixed time. The cost per team is £20 per head (£80 per team). Further details from Liam Hayes, Gurteen, Kilsheelan (Tel 052 33555); Avril Colville, Spitalfield, Fethard (Tel 052 31906); Patricia Morrissey, Cashel Road, Fethard (Tel: 062 62666); Amanda Kelly, Rathavin, Fethard (Tel: 052 31012).
FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 22nd June at 9pm in the Tirry Community Centre.
Fethard GAA Club will hold their annual Church Gate Collection on this weekend 19th June. Please give your support.
DON'T RUBBISH FETHARD
Fethard Tidy Towns will start their campaign against the local litter problem by starting a ''Clean-up Fethard' evening on this Thursday 17th June, commencing at 7pm outside the Town Hall. We invite all parents and children to come along and help beat the ongoing litter problem in Fethard. This is just a start and all we need is your cooperation and help on Thursday night. Lets give good example to all by cleaning outside our own homes as well!
Fethard A.C. are now leading the County NACAI 'B' League with two rounds to go. All athletes are asked to turn up for training in Fethard GAA Park on Tuesday 22nd June at 6pm.
FETHARD GAA NOTES
Training continues on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. As we go to press, there is no news of fixtures.
We continue on Saturday 19th June with our A (1) team against Ardfinnan in Clonmel at 8pm. Our A (2) team will play Carrick Davins on Tuesday 22nd at 8pm in Monroe.
With exams in progress all games are postponed until their completion. Best of luck to all who are sitting their exams.
We have continued our success in the county league with an easy win on Tuesday last in Clonoulty. The final score was 3-14 to 0-4.
WE also won on Friday last in the South Championship league with a fine win over Cahir on a scoreline of: Fethard 3-12, Cahir 0-13. Team: Liam Treacy, Mick Ahearne, Michael Bourke, Thomas Bourke, P.J. Ahearne, Michael Ryan, Michael Quinlan, Miceál Spillane (0-1), Stephen O'Donnell, Willie Morrissey (0-1), Colin Allen (0-6), Kenneth Byrne, Kenneth O'Donnell (1-3), Paul Fitzgerald, Aidan Fitzgerald (0-1). Subs used: Damien Byrne for Paul Fitzgerald.
Next Tuesday 15th June we are at home to Sean Treacy's in the County League. On Tuesday 22nd we play Templederry away. All matches at 7.30pm.