Congratulations to local athlete Jacqui Stokes, who won the ladies long jump at the Irish senior B.L.E. athletic championships held in Dublin last weekend. Jacqui's win on Saturday was her sixth win in the long jump event. Six Irish championship titles is a remarkable record by any standards.
UNDERNEATH THE ARCHES (NOT QUITE)
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.
Following representations made by Councillor John Fahy, Tipperary Co. Council S.R. is looking into the matter of erecting height and width signs at the Northgate archway, Rocklow Road.
Some seats are still available for the pilgrimage to Knock, leaving Fethard at 8am on this Sunday, August 1st.
Fethard still seem to have more than their fair share of knockers and critics amongst their supporters. The record of Fethard senior football team this year speaks for itself. They have played in 19 games, challenge, league and championship, against Munster and Tipperary's best club teams. We have won 15, drawn 1 and lost 3.
The wedding took place at Killusty church on Saturday 24th of Cathriona, daughter of Mr. Gay and Mrs. Patricia Horan, Tinakelly, to Brendan, son of Mr. Dan and Mrs. Bernie Morrissey, Cashel Road.
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 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 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%.
Tonight we play Aherlow (Thursday 29th) in the quarterfinal of the County Senior league. Fethard, with their 0-14 to 0-9 victory over Commercials on Sunday 25th, qualified for the South S.F. final against Moyle Rovers. The final will probably be played on August 15th. Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Stephen O'Donnell, Damien Byrne, Philly Blake, Tomas Anglim, Ml. Quinlan, Jimmy O'Meara, Miceál Spillane, Brian Burke, J.P. Looby 0-2, Chris Coen 0-1, Willie O'Meara, Tommy Sheehan 0-8 (3f), Shay Coen, Willie Morrissey 0-1. Subs: Eugene Walsh 0-1 for S. O'Donnell, Conor McCarthy 0-1 for Tom Anglim. Other Subs: Aiden Fitzgerald, Miceál Sean McCormack, Colin Allen, Michael Ahearne, Martin Ryan, Martin Coen. Our County quarterfinal is fixed for Saturday, 7th August in Cahir at 7.30pm vs. Galtee Rovers.
Junior A1 and A2
As we go to press there is a south fixture for A2 on Sunday, 1st August at 1pm vs. Ardfinnan in Clonmel. There is also a challenge for Junior A1 fixed for Fethard on Wednesday, 4th August vs. Commercials at 8pm.
Our minor semi-final took place on Tuesday last vs. Killenaule in Cloneen. Report next week.
We suffered another defeat in Fethard last week. Swans 3-3, Fethard 1-7.
Minor Hurling B
Score: Fethard 1-14, St. Mary's 0-5.
Team: Conor McCarthy, John O'Meara, Tommy Gahan, Philip Croke, Ronan Allen, Mick Ahearne, Glen Burke, Cian Maher 0-1, Alan Phelan, Carl Maher 0-1, Kevin O'Donnell, Owen Doyle 0-2, Kenneth O'Donnell 1-9, John Fitzgerald 0-1, John Noonan. Subs used: Paul Hackett for Ronan Allen, Peter Carroll for Alan Phelan.
That is 2 wins out of 2 games.
Junior Hurling B
We play Ballylooby/Castlegrace in Cahir on Saturday, 31st August at 7.30pm.
The final of the County League is fixed for Tuesday, 14th August in Cashel at 7pm vs. Galtee Rovers.
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 is now taking place for our 'Dog Night' which will be held 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.
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 continued their street clean up campaign on Thursday night July 22nd. The Tirry Park project included weeding, sweeping paths, hedge trimming and hopefully the painting the roadside wall.
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 16th.
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 their recent annual church gate collection. A special word of thanks to the collectors who helped out at the church gates.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
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
MACRA NA FEIRME GRAND PRIX
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!
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 Track & Field Championships at the regional college track, Cork on Sunday 18th July.
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 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.
Miceál 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. May he rest in peace.
Parents are reminded that all children must be supervised by an adult before they will be allowed swim at Newbridge.
COMMUNITY SCHEME SUPERVISOR
The position of supervisor of Fethard & Killusty Community Council's FÁS Scheme will be vacant shortly due to Ms Yvonne Walsh's, the current supervisor, return to employment in her chosen Nursing profession. The Community Council will be advertising the position and would like to thank Yvonne for her trojan work for the community scheme and for the Day Care Centre.
CLASS OF '99 DEBS BALL
As the hotel need confirmation of numbers immediately, all those who need tickets please contact Niamh Sheehan, Garrinch, Fethard, Tel: 052 31546, before Friday 6th August. The Ball will be held on 3rd September in Cahir House Hotel.