Congrats to local athlete Jacqui Stokes, who won the ladies long jump at the Irish senior BLE 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 four weeks 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 Street, it seems extraordinary that although the arch is 800 years old, there is no sign at either side indicating the height or width.
Following representations made by Councillor John Fahy, Tipperary SR County Council is looking into the matter of height and width signs at the North Gate archway, Rocklow Road.
Some seats are still available for the pilgrimage to Knock, leaving Fethard at 8am on Sunday August 1st.
Fethard still seem to have more than their share of knockers and critics amongst their supporters.
The record of Fethard senior football team this year speaks for itself. They have played in nineteen games, challenge, league and championship, against Munster and Tipperary's best clubs. We have won fifteen, drawn one and lost three.
The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Saturday 24th of Cathriona, daughter of Mrs 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 bride's mother, Ann Sheehan-Baker.
The wedding took place in Killusty Church on July 10th of Margaret, daughter of Mr and Mrs John Allen, Killusty, to Mr Robert Downs, Blackpool, England.
Harvest: The weather change over the weekend 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%.
Tomorrow night Friday 30th we play Aherlow in the quarter-final of the county senior league, in Cahir, at 7.30.
Fethard, with their 0-14 to 0-9 victory over Clonmel Commercials on Sunday 25th, qualified for the South SF final against Moyle Rovers,The final will probably be played on August 15th.
Team Paul Fitzgerald, Stephen O'Donnell, Damian Byrne, Philly Blake, Tomas Anglim, Michael Quinlan, Jimmy O'Meara, Micheal Spillane, Brian Burke, J. P. Looby 02, Chris Coen 0-1, Willie O'Meara, Tommy Sheehan 0-8, Shay Coen, Willie Morrissey 0-1.
Subs - Eugene Walsh 01 for S. O'Donnell, Conor McCarthy 0-I for Tom Anglim. Other subs
Aidan Fitzgerald, Miceal Sean McCormack, Colin Allen, Michael Ahearne, Martin Ryan, Martin Coen.
Our county quarter-final is fixed for Saturday August 7th, in Cahir, at 7.3Opm, versus Galtee Rovers.
As we go to press there is a South fixture for A2 on Sunday 1st August, at 1pm, versus Ardfinnan, in Clonmel. There is also a challenge for junior Al fixed for Fethard on Wednesday 4th August, versus Commercials, at 8pm.
Our minor football semifinal took place on Tuesday last, versus Killenaule, in Cloneen.
In under-16 hurling we suffered another defeat in Fethard last week; Swan 3-3, Fethard 1-7.
In minor hurling B, 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 02, 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 two wins out of two games.
In junior B hurling we play Ballylooby / Castlegrace in Cahir on Saturday 31st July, at 7.30pm.
The final of the county inter hurling league is fixed for Tuesday 14th August, in Cashel, at 7pm, versus 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 juveniles and adults, GAA, camogie, athletics and tennis (three hardcourts, tournament currently in progress). There are also facilities for squash, racquetball and handball. The courts are floodlit and we strive to maintain the complex to 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 cleanup 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 blocked by fallen trees and flood debris.
Fethard tidy towns committee continued their street cleanup campaign on Thursday night July 22nd. The Tirry Park project included weeding, sweeping paths, hedgetrimming and, hopefully, the painting of the roadside wall.
Ninety 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 on the speed of the car, about a mile or 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 bird 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 roofbeam 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 Mosiiey, it was decided to hold a volleyball blitz as a means of fundraising.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 July 31st and August 1st.
The Fethardsupport 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 July 17th 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 July 14th 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 Oprey, 2nd nett Tony Hanrahan and Micahel Kenny, 3rd nett Philly Kenny and Alice Quinn.
MACRA NA FEIRME
Fethard Macra na Feirme would like to thank all the individuals and businesses who supported the karting grand prix. A total of sixty teams were received. The draw for the competition, made by T. J. Maher, national president of Macre na feirme. look the hammer, third in the javelin, second in the long jump and second in the county relay and third in the 800 metres. The ladies quartet of Carmel Condon, Mary Trehy, Mary Shanahan and Alice Ryan took the Munster gold in the ladies over-30 relay.
Brian 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 and long jump, giving Fethard a total of 26 medals on the day.
Training continues on Tuesday nights at 6.45 at the sportsfield.
Condolence to the Blake family, on the passing of Mick Blake, a folk hero and legend in the athletics world of crosscountry. Club stalwarts Miceál and Torn McCormack joined in the County Board guard of honour at his funeral in Billinai.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 and Killusty Community Council's FAS Scheme will he 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 1999 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 August 6th.
The ball will be held on September 3rd in Cahir House Hotel.