FETHARD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 31st August in the Abymill Theatre at 8.30pm. All members welcome.
Local athlete Neelly Hall won the silver medal in both the novice 800 and the senior 3000 metre events at the Tipperary Athletics Championships held in Templemore on August 18th.
15 competitors, 2 managers & 5 national officials will travel to the last National Finals of the century in Mosney Holiday Centre, Co. Meath, over the next two week-ends.
First week-end, 28th, 29th and 30th of August, competitors are:
Art: Cathal Maher, Dun Aobhinn.
Judo: Richard Gorey, Moanbeg.
Model-Making: Joey Feery, Killusty.
Second week-end, 3rd, 4th and 5th of September, competitors are:
U16 Girls Volleyball Team: Caroline Croke, Marion Harrington, Patrice
Tobin, Alison Holohan, Lily Maher, Evelyn
O'Connor, Yvette Walsh, Vanessa O'Donnell,
Noelle Leahy, Donna Walsh.
Athletics: Stephanie Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, U10, 100m.
Anthony Feery, Killusty, boys U17, marathon.
Managers: Volleyball-Denis Burke.
National Officials: Joe Keane, Jennifer Keane, Michael McCormack, Eric
O'Donnell and Ailish O'Connell, Coolmoyne.
Train: Train Dept from Thurles, Saturday 28th August, 10:15am.
Return, Tuesday, 31st August-Arrival, Thurles, 1:15pm.
Times are the same on the second week-end. Departure on Friday, 3rd September-Return, Monday, 6th September.
Fare: £9 return. Full report on Sports page.
Good luck to all our competitors.
Congratulations to all Patrician Presentation Secondary School students on the excellent results achieved in their exams.
Many scored points higher than their third level requirements.
Mr. Ernon Britton, school principal, complimented the consistently good grades across the board.
Both principal and staff wish the students well in their future studies and careers.
Many column inches will no doubt be written on the Moyle Rovers-Fethard County senior football semi-final on Sunday. Rovers proved once again, if proof were needed, that they still have the beating of Fethard when the chips are down.
Fethard, for some unknown reason, went into the game complete underdogs. The so-called experts gave them no chance whatsoever, one local bookmaker is reported to have quoted them 5/2 against 4/11 Rovers.
For Fethard there was no shame in defeat. They were actually a point ahead with five minutes left. Once again Declan Browne, who up to this point had been well held in check and more importantly fairly played by Willie Morrissey, came to Rovers rescue. Coming outfield he kicked the equalising point and within a minute added another. The final point which left the Rovers two point winners was purely academic.
THE TIMES AND THE JOY'S
The death of Paddy Gleeson, Cloran, marks the end of an era, and brings many happy and nostalgic memories to many former patrons of the old dance platforms at Downey's Cross and Kilnockin.
Paddy Gleeson was a talented box player and with his father-in-law, Tommy O'Donnell, he supplied the music for many generations of set dancers of the thirties and forties. Truly it could be said of Paddy Gleeson he was one of natures gentlemen, of gentle disposition and nature he was indeed like Goldsmith's village schoolmaster, "a man to all the country dear."
He played his music for the love of it and for the enjoyment of the people who danced to it. Sad it is to think that the children of the dancers he played for never danced or never will dance a waltz or a set at an open air board.
Paddy Gleeson who recently celebrated his 93rd birthday was of a time when the pressures of life were not as demanding and people got enjoyment from simple things. A time when "all the world was young lad and all the fields were green, then every boy a prince lad and every lass a queen."
Thanks for the memories Paddy.
May the good lord have mercy on his gentle soul and the green grass of the
valley near Slievenamon rest lightly on him. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife and relatives.
What a hectic week with a very disappointing result. Two hard games in 5 days took their toll.
Team vs. Galtee Rovers (1-14 to 1-8): Paul Fitzgerald, Cian Maher, Thomas Anglim, Philly Blake, Jimmy O'Meara, Michael Quinlan 0-1, Willie Morrissey, Damian Byrne 0-4, Miceal Spillane, Conor McCarthy 0-5 (4 frees), Aidan Fitzgerald, Willie O'Meara 1-1, Tommy Sheehan 0-1, Shay Coen, Eugene Walsh 0-2.
Subs: Ml O'Riardan for Aidan Fitzgerald.
That was Tuesdays nights team. On Sunday at one o'clock we played Moyle Rovers in the County semi-final losing Fethard 1-9(0-6) to Moyle Rovers 1-11(1-3).
Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Willie Morrissey, Thomas Anglim, Philly Blake,
Jimmy O'Meara, Ml Quinlan, Cian Maher, Damien Byrne 1-0,
Miceal Spillane 0-1, John Paul Looby, Tommy Sheehan 0-5f, Willie
O'Meara 0-1, Brian Burke, Shay Coen 0-1, Eugene Walsh.
Subs used: Stephen O'Donnell for Ml Quinlan (injured), Conor McCarthy
0-1 for John Paul Looby, Chris Coen for Cian Maher.
We await fixture of South Final vs. Moyle Rovers and County League semi-final vs. Commercials or Moyle Rovers.
Replay played Tuesday last report in Sports page last weeks drawn game. If we win on Tuesday 24th we are playing County semi-final vs. JK Brackens in Littleton on Friday, 27th at 7 o'clock. Best of luck to all concerned.
Junior football A
Our Junior A(1) play Ballylooby on Sunday 29th August in Cahir at 6:30pm in the 5th round already having secured 8 points out of a possible 8.
Minor hurling B
In the 3rd round, with no defeat to date, we play Kilsheelan on Tuesday 31st August in Cloneen at 6:30pm.
Remember training in field on Thursdays as we await our next fixture.
Note: Please do not forget to support our fund raising dog night in Thurles on Tuesday, 21st September. Senior club players, juvenile club and camogie club please note meeting takes place on Monday, 20th August in Tirry Centre at 8 o'clock to finalise arrangements. Please support. Sponsorship £150, adv £100, £50 and £25, nomination £10. Entry ticket with raffle £4. Please help support your club from any member.