The Tipperary Foxhounds held their annual puppy show at the Kennels, Tullamaine on Tuesday, July 6th. The show, held in ideal weather, attracted a large attendance of puppy walkers, landowners and supporters. A feature of this seasons young entry of 4 and 1/2 couple dog hounds and 9 and 1/2 couple bitches was that they were almost all Tipperary breeding. The judges were Mr. Robin De Vere Hunt and Mr. Nicholas McDermott.
The prizewinners were:
Dogs: 1st Billet, walked by Master J. Morris,
2nd Battlement, walked by Mrs. J. Wilkinson,
3rd Batman, walked by Master S. Ronan.
Bitches: 1st Biscuit, Master C. Norris,
2nd Telephone, Mr. & Mrs. John Thompson,
3rd Teasel, Master N. Maher.
Mr. Jack Ronan M.F.H., at the presentation of prizes, paid special tribute to the huntstaff Simon Probyn, Pat O'Brien and James O'Donnell. He assured the attendance that the spick and span condition of the Kennels was the norm throughout the year and not just on Puppy Show day. He warmly thanked the landowner over whose lands the Tipps had hunted during the year.
Mr. Ronan then paid tribute to Nicholas Casey. Nicholas had been kennel man to the Tipps for 30 years during which he hardly missed a days work. Due to the new knackery laws, Nick was obliged to take early retirement. The master said he was pleased that Nick had found alternative employment quickly. He then called on Mrs. Dorothy Ronan to present Nick, on behalf of the Hunt members and supporters, with two beautiful Peter Curling hunting prints. Mr. Brian Duffy, chairman of Tipperary Foxhounds also thanked Nick for his 30 years service and presented him with a cheque from the Tipperary Hunt Committee.
The Puppy Show concluded with a sumptuous tea served by the ladies committee.
Ireland finished 9th out of 18 competing nations in the international fishing competition held recently in Slovakia. Jim Sayers, Fethard/Killusty Angling Club, received a special prize for the heaviest catch by an Irish team member.
CRUISING DOWN THE RIVER
Members of Clonmel working mens boating club are organising a sponsored canoe trip on the river Suir from source to sea. One of the organising committee and participants is Nicky Ahearne, Main St. and Clonmel. The proceeds go the Clonmel Chernobyl Childrens project. Nicky, a keen water sports enthusiast since boyhood, is an accomplished swimmer, scuba diver, surfer and canoeist, and is seeking sponsorship for this most deserving cause. The event will take place from July 23rd to 25th. A special meeting to make final arrangements for the trip will be held in Fennessys Hotel, Clonmel, at 8.30pm on Wednesday, July 14th. All are welcome.
Fethard Ballroom is now perhaps the leading centre for ballroom dancing in Munster. The venue attracts regular patrons to the weekly Sunday night dance from as far afield as Kilkenny, Waterford, New Ross, Doon, Tipperary, Thurles and a wide local catchment area. The success of the Fethard venue, especially as the committee operates without a bar licence, is spoken of by dancers far and wide. Dancing continues each Sunday night.
MATCH OF THE DAY
Fethard and Aherlow GAA players met at a different sort of match on Friday last. The wedding took place at Fethard parish church on Friday last of Ann Marie, daughter of Mr. Michael and the late Mrs. Joan Quinlan, Tullamaine to Mr. Michael Moroney, Aherlow. The groom is a playing member of the Aherlow senior football team and the bride's brother, Michael is a leading member of the Fethard senior team. The bridal car was decked in the Aherlow and Fethard colours. A very large crowd attended the wedding breakfast and an even larger one of GAA players and personalities attended the evening reception. A most enjoyable time was had by all. Best wishes from their many friends and acquaintances in Tipperary GAA circles to Ann Marie and Michael.
The Well Golf Society will hold their next outing on Sunday, July 25th. The society will travel to Dundrum golf course where they will promote a singles competition, commencing at 10am. Well done to Shay Ryan who had a hole-in-one in a recent competition. Shay must surely be a player to watch out for in the future.
Enjoying an extended holiday in her native Fethard is Mary Shine, Crampscastle, now resident in Australia. Mary, one of the most fervent readers of our annual parish newsletter, would like to contact old Fethard friends. She is most anxious that any old friends she may not recognise after her 30 years in exile should come and make her acquaintance.
Following the community games Munster Finals at Limerick University, Fethard/Killusty parish have 5 competitors, plus the u16 girls volleyball team, qualified for the National Finals in Mosney. The 5 competitors are:
Art: Cathal Maher, Dun Aobhinn.
Model Making: Joey Feery, Killusty.
Athletics: Anthony Feery, Killusty.
Athletics: Stephanie Lawrence, Woodvale Walk.
Judo: Richard Gorey.
The u16 girls volleyball team consisted of: Caroline Croke, Noelle Leahy, Donna Walsh, Vanessa O'Donnell, Alison Houlihan, Marie Carroll, Marian Harrington, Evelyn O'Connor, Lily Maher and Patrice Tobin. They had a great win over Kilkishen, Co. Clare in the semi-final, winning by two sets to one and an equally impressive win over St. Senan's, Limerick in the final with a score of 15-1 and 15-0. Team coaches are Bernie O'Connor and Denis Burke. In the judo event Richard Gorey, Moanbeg won the 35kg category and Tony O'Brien, Philip and Liam Halley, all members of Fethard Judo Club, won their categories but will have to represent their area Mullinahone at the National Finals. Runners up in Limerick were Stacey Grace, D.J. Gorey and Jason Lawrence.
This gives us a total of 16 competitors. A special meeting will take place in the Sports Centre on Thursday night next at 7.30pm. All competitors and parents are asked to attend and to bring passport type photographs with them.
The Fethard collection for the South Tipperary Hospice will take place this weekend. We look forward to your continued support for this most worthy of causes.
MACRA NA FEIRME GRAND PRIX
Plans are at a final stage in the organising of the karting grand prix which will be held over the coming weeks. This competition will be held at Rosegreen Raceway in conjunction with Tipperary Raceway and Karting Centre and sponsored by Coolmore Stud. Teams competing will consist of four members with substitutes (to be named on the entry form). Cost per team is £80. Late entries will be accepted up to 8pm today (Thursday) by phoning Liam Hayes on (087) 6779057.
The Grand Prix draw will take place on Friday, 16th July at 9.30pm in Lonergans where competition rules and further details will be available. All are welcome to attend.
The success of the Fethard GAA juvenile camp, held in the Sportsfield from Monday to Friday last week, exceeded all expectations. How wonderful to go up there each morning and witness the sheer enjoyment and excitement of the 162 children, from 5 to 12 years old, who participated in the weeks activities. Praise is not adequate to thank the promoters, the official GAA coaches and especially the ladies from Fethard club who made the venture such a success. Each child who attended was presented with a special medal at the camp's conclusion on Friday.
Fethard GAA club is looking into the possibilities of promoting a similar venture in August.
Well done to our seniors in the 1st round of the County Championship, winning on a final score of Fethard 1-23(1-13) to Moyne 1-1(1-0) in Littleton on Saturday night.
Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Thomas Anglim, Damien Byrne, Stephen O'Donnell, Jimmy O'Meara (0-2), Ml. Quinlan (0-1), Cian Maher, Brian Burke (0-2), Miceal Spillane (1-2), Conor McCarthy (0-2), Chris Coen (0-1), Eugene Walsh (0-2), Tommy Sheehan (0-6, 2 frees), Shay Coen (0-4), Willie Morrissey (0-1).
Subs used: Aidan Fitzgerald for Miceal Spillane, Murt Ryan for Willie Morrissey, John Paul Looby for Stephen O'Donnell, Philly Blake, Miceal Sean McCormack, Michael Ahearne and Colin Allen.
Our 1/4 final fixture to be arranged vs. Galtee Rovers. Our next senior game is the South semi-final vs. Clonmel Commercials on 25th July. We play Aherlow on Thursday, 29th July in the 1/4 final of the County Senior league. Challenge to be arranged for Friday 16th in Fethard.
Training on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Junior A(1) had a walk-over against Davins on Sunday 11th last in Carrick-on-Suir.
Junior A(2) played last night, Wednesday in Killenaule vs. Ballingarry. Result next week.
We await fixtures of semi-finals. We had a very successful challenge vs. Dungarvan last Tuesday.
Commiseration to our team after losing the South Final but well done to all for getting there.
On Tuesday last, 13th July, we played Thurles Sarsfield in County League semi-final at Gortnahoe. Results next week.
Minor Hurling B
We got off to a great winning start on Thursday 8th beating Clonmel Og by 6-18 to 0-1. Our next game is on Thursday 15th vs. Fr. Sheehys at 7.30pm in Clonmel.
Team that beat Clonmel Og: Conor McCarthy, John O'Meara, Tommy Gahan, Philip Croke, Ronan Allen, Mick Ahearne, Glen Burke, Cian Maher, Alan Phelan, Carl Maher, Kevin O'Donnell, Owen Doyle, John Noonan, John Fitzgerald, Kenneth O'Donnell.
On Tuesday last, 7th July, we put on a dismal display in the league semi-final replay vs. Newcastle on a scoreline of 5-8 to 0-3.
Team: Miceal McCormack, Philip Croke, Michael Fitzgerald, William Delaney, Gabriel Horan, Shay Ryan, Gerry Horan, David Morrissey, Chris Coen, Miceal Sean McCormack, John Kelly, Owen Doyle, Tommy Gahan, Tomas McCarthy, Paddy Cooney.
Well done to those who attended but one lesson must be learned. Come to the field for practice on Thursday nights and things will turn around before the championship.
Thanks to all who supported the County Board draw making it the most successful to date and to all the committee who helped in any way to get it together before 8th July. Please support our dog night in Thurles coming up in September by sponsoring or buying a dog from any committee member.
Thanks to all committee members who assisted in the field over the last month.
FETHARD A.C. "NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK"
Fethard A.C. had 9 athletes at the all Ireland T&F "B" Championships at Santry Stadium on Saturday last. "New kids on the block" Gavin Ahearne, Michael McCarthy and Darren Sharpe gave excellent performances winning medals in their respective events. Gavin Ahearne had a double gold victory winning the u14 100 metres and the boys u14 shot. This young athlete only came to light in the "B" League Tipperary T&F Campaign which we won. If he maintains training he has a very bright future in athletics. Another newcomer Darren Sharpe easily qualified for his final in the boys u13 100 metres, going on to take a bronze medal in the final. The winter training in the Ballroom paid dividends for Michael McCarthy who collected his first National medal in the boys u12 600 metres. In the finishing straight he divided a Newry athlete and a Louth athlete to take the silver medal.
Sarah Gleeson and Treacy Burke kept the flag flying for "mna na hEireann". Treacy had her moment, to the joy of her mother who was manager of the team for the day, when she won the bronze in the girls u11 600 metres. Sarah Gleeson competed well in her u13 100 metres taking a 3rd in the event. Darren O'Meara, one of our long serving members gave a spirited performance to take 3rd in his event in the boys u14 100 metres. Niamh O'Connor was very unlucky not to take a medal in the girls u13 600 metres when she was pipped for third into 4th spot. Lolo Trehy competed in u9 16 metres and long jump. Niall Maher competed in 100 metres, senior.
Seven medals from nine athletes is surely a high performance by any standard. Top marks to Maire O'Mara and Miceal McCormack for the dedicated training in the GAA park on Tuesday evenings and at the present time six senior ladies are in training twice a week in preparation for the Munster championships. Discus and shot training also continue.
Out door cross country and B League medals will be presented at a function which will be held shortly.
Entries are in for the Munster Senior Championships at Cork and the all Ireland Juvenile A in Tullamaine.
Condolences to the Leahy family on the death of Tommy Leahy. Tommy was an athlete of fine stature, winning many distinctive events at the time. May he rest in peace.
Congratulations to Stephanie Lawrence on her great win in the Co. Finals of the Community games in Clonmel recently. She will now represent her Parish club and county in the finals in Mosney in September for a second time.