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Saturday 14th August 1999

The Rev. Kenyon Homfray, Garranguile, with his wife and family, left Fethard on Tuesday of last week for Donegal to take up his first Appointment as Rector in Raphoe. A native of southern England, Ken Homfray came to reside in Fethard, where he set up a saddling business twelve years ago. A master craftsman, he was many times first prize winner for leather work at he Dublin Horse Show. Ken, however, had answered a higher, calling. Following a time as Deacon it Holy Trinity Church, Fethard, and his recent ordination, he has been appointed to Donegal. His many friends in Fethard area will join in wishing him God's blessing and very success in his new mini ministry.

Rainsweep, owned by Derek Walsh, Moneypark, and ridden by his son Shane, was the winner at the recent Ballybuidhe, Co. Cork, horse and pony races. Shane Walsh is rapidly establishing himself as one of the best young riders under Horse and Pony Association Rules. He had nine mounts at last weekend's Dingle Derby meeting, having one winner, Bet For Speed. Shane, in a race many thought he had won, was beaten by the shortest of short heads on his father's Rainsweep, in the Cup. P. J. Colville, Shane's next-door neighbour, rode two winners last week. Chaparral Lady, trained by Aidan O'Brien, was the well-supported winning favourite of the Batters~ town QR Handicap at Ferryhouse on the Wednesday. Not so well supported, apparently, was P. L's second winner when Blackwater Cisco won the Maiden Hurdle at Wexford. Trained by Mrs Louis Andrew, he was returned at 25/1.

News of transport arrangements for Co. Tipperary participants in the national community games finals at Mosney are not so good. CIE are unable to run special trains on the first weekend of the finals, while there is still doubt regarding a special train for the second weekend. Community games promoters are at present making arrangements to run special buses from a central venue to the finals.

The traditional annual pilgrimage to the Holy Year Cross on Sliabh-na-mBan takes place this Sunday 15th August. The walk commences from monfair wall at 2pm . Following the procession to the cross there will be a slight change in the procedure this year. Mass will be celebrated in O'Donnell's Field at 4pm. The field is accessible by car and this will enable as many as wish to do so to be present. The committee welcomes everyone to come along and join in the last Sliabh-na-mBan pilgrimage of the millennium, and, in doing so, honour Our Lady and ask her to intercede for us, on this day, the Feast of the Assumption.

The death has occurred of Sister M. Aiphonsus Noonan, Presentation Convent, Fethard. The late Sister Alsphonsus entered Fethard Presentation Convent as a novice and made her profession in 1939. She spent her entire teaching career in Fethard Presentation Convent secondary school, and is fondly remembered by many generations of pupils from Fethard and adjoining areas. Interment took place in the convent cemetery.
The death has occurred of Mrs Madeline O'Donnell (formerly Madeline Looby), Burke Street, Fethard.

A coach party of fifty members of the Dutch branch of the Everard family visited Fethard on Saturday last. The Dutch Everards are descendants from two Fethard Everard brothers, having moved to Co. Meath, lost their lands in the Cromwellian Plantation and subsequently emigrated to Holland. Saturday's visitors, accompanied by Doctor Richard Everbrd, leader of the Dutch Clan, did a tour of the town accompanied by Dorin Saurus and Terry Cunningham of the Fethard Historical Society. Following a special Mass in the Augustinian Abbey, at 4pm, the group left for Cork.

After our progression in senior football to the South final against Moyle Rovers, we continued in the county senior league quarter-final in Cashel, winning 3-16 to Aherlow's 0-12. After a superb first half we led 3-12 to 0-5. team - Fitzgerald, Stephen O'Donnell, Darnian Byrne (1-1. Philly Blake, Jimmy O'Meara. Michael Quinlan, Willie Morrissey, Michael Spillane 0-2, Brian Burke, J. P. Looby 0-2, Aidan Fitzgerald 0-2, Willie O'Meara 1-0, Tommy Sheehan 1-2, Shay Coen 12. Conor McCarthy 04. -Subs used - Thomas Anglim for Willie Morrissey, Eugene Walsh 0-1 for Michael Spillane. We continued with the county quarter-final championship game with Galtee Rovers in Golden on Saturday night. The game ended in stalemate, Fethard 1-13 to Galtee Rover's 3-7, with the replay on Tuesday next 17th August, at 6.45, in Cahir.
Team - Paul Fitzgerald, Tom Anglirn, Damian Byrne, Philly Blake, Jimmy O'Meara, Michael Quinlan, Willie Morrissey, Brian Burke, Michael Spillane, John Paul Looby 0-1. Chris Coen 01, Willie O'Meara. Tommy Sheehan 1-4, Shay Coen 0-2, Conor McCarthy 0-5.
Subs used - Cian Maher for Tom Anglim, and Martin Coen for John P. Looby. Our junior A (2) team played Ardfinnan on Sunday week last in Clonmel, with half-time score Ardfinnan 0-6, Fethard 0-5. In the second half Ardfinnan took their chances and won on a score line of I-Il to 0-8. Best of luck to our minor A footballers and management on Saturday August 14th, against Ardfinnan, in Clonmel, at 7pm. We now look forward to our county intermediate league hurling final with Galtee Rovers in Cashel on Tuesday August 10th, starting at 7pm. Best of luck.

Father Ben O'Brien OSA, a member of the local Sliabh-na-mBan Golf Club, shot a hole-in-one on the first hole last week. It was the first hole-in-one at the recently-formed club. Father Ben continued his good form on Saturday when he won the club's threeball scramble competition with partners Eamonn Keane and Martin N


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