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Saturday 17th July 1999

Dog Show Results:
Class 10 (small dog you would like to take home)
1st: Pixy, Gillian O'Shea
2nd (joint): Tixy, Maria Hyland & Darky, Gillian O'Shea
3rd: Tiny, Mary Hyland


Senior Football
Training is well in progress on Tuesday/Fridays for our South semi-final meeting with Clonmel Commercials in Kilsheelan at 3.30pm on Sunday, 25th July and also our quarter-final of the County League fixed for Thursday 29th July vs. Aherlow in New Inn at 8 o'clock. We await our County quarter-final vs. Galtee Rovers.

Junior Football
Our Junior A(2) played well but were beaten in Killenaule by Ballingarry on Wednesday last by a score Ballingarry 1-15, Fethard 0-15.
Tommy Gahan, Philly Prout, John O'Riordan, Philip Croke, Nicky Murphy, Michael Teehan, Kenneth Sheehan, Gerry Horan, Jason Nevin, Kenneth O'Donnell 1-1, Garreth Byrne 0-2, Colm Coen 0-3, Brian Coen, John Stokes, Kevin O'Donnell.
Subs used: John Fitzgerald 0-1, Peter Carroll.
Speedy recovery to Philly Prout on injury sustained in the match from all in the club.
The Junior Football challenge game between Dunhill, Co. Waterford and Fethard arranged, if that is the operative word, did not turn out according to plan on Saturday evening. Due to some break down in communications no one locally seemed to know on Saturday afternoon if the game was on or not. Just six members of the Fethard team and one selector turned up at the sports field. This is just not good enough. The Waterford side went to the trouble and expense of travelling to Fethard. We mentioned recently the regard for Fethard football tradition in Waterford. Fortunately Fethard were able to avail of the services of a number of u16 players who were having a training session. The fact that they gave Dunhill a reasonably good game, losing 1-8 to 0-5, is beside the point. A slip up that we hope will not be repeated occurred. No fixtures as we go to press.

Minor Football
We play Killenaule in the South semi-final in the final week of July. Keep up the training.

Best of luck to Michael Ryan and Miceál Spillane who represent Tipp in the Munster Final (intermediate). On Tuesday last we went to Gortnahoe to play Thurles Sarsfield in the semi-final of the County League (intermediate) and recorded a memorable victory, Fethard 3-11, Thurles Sarsfields 1-6.
Liam Treacy, Mikey Ahearne, Michael Burke, Thomas Burke, PJ Ahearne, Ml. Ryan, Ml. Quinlan, Miceál Spillane 0-5(F), Stephen O'Donnell, Willie Morrissey 1-0, Colin Allen 0-1, Aidan Fitzgerald 0-1, Conor O'Donnell 1-2, Kenneth Browne 1-0, Kenneth O'Donnell 0-2.
Galtee Rovers won the other semi-final and we await the fixture date of the final.
We also await the next round of the South Championship.
Minor Hurling (B)
Our fixture on Thursday last vs. Fr. Sheehys was postponed. Our next fixture was on Tuesday, 20th July in Monroe at 7.30pm vs. St. Marys.
Dog Night
We thank you for your support and generosity in the County Board draw and appeal for your continued support in the development of the Sports complex. Fund raising 'Dog Night' in Thurles in September. The Sports Complex caters for Juvenile and adults, GAA, camogie, athletics and tennis (3 hard courts, tournament currently in progress). There are also facilities for squash, racquetball and handball. The courts are floodlit and we strive to maintain the complex in a high standard. Circulars have been sent out to the public so please sponsor or support any committee member.

Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 28th July in The Abymill Theatre at 8pm sharp. All players are requested to attend.

The wedding took place in Killusty church on July 10th of Margaret, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Allen, Killusty to Mr. Robert Downs, Blackpool, England.
The wedding also took place at Killusty church on July 17th of Dawn Baker, Scotland to Mr. Jason McKeown, Scotland. The Scottish visitors, many attired in the traditional Scottish kilt, were very surprised with the scenery around Killusty and Slievenamon, the home of the brides mother Ann Sheehan-Baker.

The weather change over the week-end brought a halt to local harvesting operations which had been in full swing. The winter barley harvesting commenced on July 8th when Pat White, Derryluskin, cut the first of his 1999 crop at Rocklow Road.
The first load of winter barley, delivered to Avonmore, Fethard branch on July 14th, was of excellent quality and had a moisture content of 17.5%.

During the past week at least four large delivery trucks attempting to travel the Fethard-Moyglass road failed to get through the historic arch of the North Gate on Rocklow Road. While one marvelled at the skill of the drivers reversing all the way back down to Main St. it seems extraordinary that although the arch is 800 years old there is no sign at either side indicating the height of width.

The local authorities have completed an excellent clean up on the Clashawley, downstream from the Convent Bridge. The work has been carried out in connection with the proposed extension of the Riverside walkway from the Abbey Mill. Part of the plan includes the erection of a footbridge at the pound laneway. Our attention has been drawn to the fact that the upper reaches of the river in the Farranaleen area are almost completely closed up by fallen trees and flood debris.

Fethard Tidy Towns committee continue their street clean up campaign on this Thursday night July 22nd. The Tirry Park project commences on Thursday, meet at the entrance steps at 7pm. The project includes weeding, sweeping paths, hedge trimming and hopefully painting the roadside wall. All volunteers welcome. Tools will be supplied, you supply the help. Why should these workers, through their civic-minded spirit have to pick up other people's rubbish? Ninety nine per cent of litter is caused by sheer lack of thought. A wrapper or carton carelessly dropped within a few feet of our many litter bins is quite a common sight. How long does it take to eat a carton of fast food or drink a bottle of pop? Depending of the speed of the car, about a mile of two of roadway. Take a walk or a cycle out any of the roads leading to Fethard, two in particular. The roadside at this point is littered with empty fast food cartons and soft drink bottles, obviously dumped through car windows. A not so beautiful sight, that is unless you are a hedgehog and partial to a lick of tomato sauce or curry.

Two of our local feathered summer visitors have this year chosen rather unusual nesting sites. Swallow number one has built in the archway of The Forge Tavern. Oblivious to the constant flow of people through the bar, restaurant and toilets the enterprising birds hatched and reared five young.
Committee members working on the erection of a shed, at the White Heather Harrier kennels at Milestone, were amazed to see a swallow building on the roof beam of the structure. When the bird commenced to hatch work was suspended on the project. Four young were successfully reared and left on Friday last.

At a recent meeting of Fethard/Killusty Community Games Officers with parents and young people travelling to National Credit Union Finals at Mosney, it was decided to hold a volleyball blitz as a means of fund raising. Sponsorship cards will shortly be issued. This is a joint effort to cover all events concerned. A church gate collection will be taken up at all masses on weekend of July 31st & Aug 1st.

The Fethard support group of the South Tipperary Hospice wish to thank most sincerely the people of Fethard, Killusty and Moyglass who donated a record sum of £915 to the annual church gate collection last weekend. A special word of thanks to the collectors who helped out at the church gates.

Wednesday 7th July:
1st Gross: Brendan Kenny and Michael Keeley
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Eileen Dillon
1st Nett: David and Bernie O'Meara
2nd Nett: Nell Broderick and Annie O'Brien

Wednesday 14th July:
1st Gross: Margaret Hackett and Bernie Myles
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and Annie O'Brien
3rd Gross: Brendan Kenny and Michael Keeley
1st Nett: Eve Goodbody and Suzanne Opray
2nd Nett: Tony Hanrahan and Michael Kenny
3rd Nett: Philly Kenny and Alice Quinn

Fethard Macra na Feirme would like to thank all the individuals and businesses who supported the Karting Grand Prix. A total of 60 team entries were received. The draw for the competition, made by T.J. Maher, National President of Macra na Feirme, took place in Lonergans on Friday night last.
The first rounds of the competition, held in conjunction with Tipperary Raceway & Karting Centre and sponsored by Coolmore Stud, will be run off on Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th July and the following week Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th August. The races will run from 7pm to 10pm each night.
Competing teams will be notified in advance of their races.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all the teams and drivers the very best of luck!
Next club meeting takes place on Tuesday, 27th July at 9.30pm in Lonergans.

Fethard Historical Society will hold their next monthly meeting in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday 27th July at 8.30pm. All members welcome.

Have you ever thought of writing an article for the Emigrants Annual Newsletter?.. Well now is the time to start if you have. I'm sure everyone will have some memories of their childhood, characters they knew, places they played and worked in etc. We would love to hear your story this year and we are always delighted to receive old photographs of people and places in Fethard. Contact Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. (052) 31663.

Fethard A. C. had 7 athletes competing at the Munster Senior & Veterans T. & F. Championships at the regional college track, Cork on Sunday last.
For Mary Shanahan & Alice Butler (the Ryan sisters) it had been 14 years since they last wore the Fethard A. C. colours. Alice got off to a great start taking silver in the Senior Ladies slot with Mary taking bronze. In the javelin event the result was likewise.
Carmel Condon had a very impressive sprint in the 100 metres taking second spot. Mary Trehy made her debut also on Sunday on the track taking 1st spot in the Veterans Ladies.
Carmel Condon took silver in the long jump veterans' section with Mary Trehy doing likewise in her own age category in the long jump.
Michael Cormack seemed to loose his way in the 100 metres with a fourth spot in the veterans over 50. In the field event he had 3rd in the hammer-3rd in the javelin (1 centimetre depriving him from silver) -2nd in the long jump & 2nd in the county relay & 3rd in the 800 metres. The ladies quartet of Carmel Condon, Mary Trehy, Mary Shanahan, & Alice Ryan took the Munster gold in the Ladies over 30 relay.
Brain Sullivan took silver in the senior 1500 metres. Meanwhile- Brendan Cahill from Ballypatrick who joined the club had a win in the veterans over 40 javelin, shot & long jump giving Fethard a total of 26 medals on the day.
Training continues on Tuesday nights at 6:45 at the sports field.
Condolences to the Blake family Coolquill on the passing of Mick Blake-a folk hero & legend in the athlete world of cross-country. Club stalwarts Miceál & Tom McCormack joined in the County Board guard of honour at his funeral in Ballingarry on Monday evening last. May he rest in peace.


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