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Saturday 28th August 1999

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish church on Saturday last of Ms. Geraldine Pollock, Scotland to Mr. John O'Halloran. The bride is daughter of Eileen Walsh-Pollock, formerly of Newtown farm, Market Hill, Fethard, and it was her wish to be married in her mothers native town.
The tartan of five or six Scottish clans was evident in the kilts of the traditional Scottish dress, worn by many of the visiting guests amongst the large crowd attending. The visitors were very impressed with the ceremony and with Fethard Parish church. Very Rev. Canon Power officiated. Ms. Pauline Bargary was soloist.

Members please note that the Weight Watchers classes at the Tirry Centre have been changed to Monday night, 8-9pm. The first Monday night class will be on Monday, September 6th.

The new Development Plan for Fethard has recently been passed and is now in operation. The full plan is now published on the 'Fethard at Home'
website by kind permission of Mr Pat Slattery (Executive Planner). The web address is: 'www.fethard.com' Copies of the plan can also be purchased from the Tipperary S.R. County Council or viewed free of charge at their offices. This Development Plan sets out the Council’s proposals for the development and use of land within the town of Fethard up to 2004 and beyond. The development Plan will be used to: guide the day to day activities of the Council in terms of service provision; provide a policy framework for development over the life of the Plan and beyond; and provide guidelines in relation to the policy objectives and development control standards of the Planning Authority.
The first Plan for Fethard was adopted in 1967. This was reviewed and new Development Plans made in 1972, 1977, 1983, 1988 and 1994. In preparing the Plan, the Planning Authority has regard to; the policies and objectives set out in the Tipperary (S.R) County Development Plan, 1996 and submissions made by Fethard Historical Society, and other interests in Fethard. Other Development Plans were also considered in light of the heritage theme link between, Cashel and Clonmel.
This Plan is different from previous plans in that it aims to reinforce the town’s heritage status through the designation of the central area as a Conservation Area.
The Plan also provides a framework for sustainability, by preserving the quality of Fethard’s medieval heritage from damage caused by insensitive development proposals.

A shed at Chapel Lane, the ownership of which is not easy to ascertain needs a bit of attention. Disused for a number of years it was formerly used as a hardware store by Messers Scullys. One of the entrance doors has been demolished and sufficient to say the premises is now being used for purposes for which it was never intended. For the peace of mind and for the night-time peace of nearby residents powers that be please take note.

One of the best games in any code seen at the venue in many years are some of the descriptions being used to describe the County Minor football semi-final game between Fethard and JK Brackens, Templemore played at Littleton on Friday night last. Played at a furious pace throughout, Fethard were three points behind and looked dead and buried with seven minutes to play. These young Fethard players, not for the first time, showed their never say die fighting spirit and kicked six great points in the closing stages to win by three.
One disconcerting note, the use of non-neutral linesmen, once again proved most unsatisfactory. A GAA referee has to provide six officials as against two in other codes, not an easy task. The onus should be on the fixtures committee or the club holding the venue to take some responsibility in the matter. Dubious decisions at this stage of competition are most unfair to teams who may have played up to eight or nine games to reach that stage.

The death has occurred in USA of Mrs Bridie Davin, New York. The late Mrs Davin was formerly Bridie Lee, Loughcopple and one of the last serving members of an old and respected Killusty family. Internment took place in New York.

Dinny Burke continued his fine form when he won the Slievenamon golf club's weekly scramble. His team-mates on the day were Martin Noonan and Gerry Guidera. They finished five shots ahead of the second placed team of Brian Burke, Bob Hayes and Pat McGarry. Third were Mick Burke, Anthony Burke and Eddie Spillane. Michael Kenrick won our nearest the 18th pin competition. The Treasure Chest, Cashel, sponsored the prizes. The club is currently running a singles stableford competition over two weeks, which started last Sunday, 29th August. The prizes for this weeks scramble on Saturday, 4th September, are sponsored by Noel and Irene Sharp of the Castle bar, Fethard.
Our PGA qualified coach, Derry Kiely, continues to give lessons every Friday. For more information contact the club at (052) 32213 or 32040.

Alice Leahy, Director of Trust, a private charitable trust founded in 1975 to help people who are homeless, has informed us that Trust will soon celebrate their 25th anniversary with a special initiative aimed at the wider community to help promote the dignity of the homeless.
Trust commissioned the independent award winning documentary "A Fragile City" to create a greater awareness of the needs of people who become homeless and have real educational value. The documentary will be officially launched in Dublin Castle on September 6th and will be broadcast on RTE 1 television on Thursday, 9th September at 10.10pm. Alice is a daughter of Hannie and the late Jack Leahy, Annsgift, Fethard.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra will play in the Abymill Theatre Fethard on Wednesday 15th September as part of their Autumn Tour '99. Seats can be booked at O'Flynn's Menswear, Burke Street, tel: 052 31254. Tickets £7. Concessions £5. Starts at 8pm.

Senior Football
With all competitions postponed until after the U21 hurling county involvement. It is back to training on Friday at 7pm.

Junior Football
Our Junior A1 team is undefeated to date, we await fixtures for A2.

Minor Football
What a great week with our first Minor Final A involvement, vs. Burgess to be arranged, since 1985. We began on Tuesday night in replay vs. Ardfinnan in Clonmel. Winning Fethard 3-10 (1-5) to Ardfinnan 0-2 (0-0).
Team: Tommy Gahan, Kevin O'Donnell, Mick Ahearne, Philip Croke, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Ronan Allen, Kenneth Byrne, Nicky Murphy (capt.), Conor McCarthy (0-2, 1 free), Glen Burke (0-3, 1 free), Brian Coen (0-1), Carl Maher (0-1), John Fitzgerald (1-1), Kenneth O'Donnell (2-2).
We then went on to play J.K. Brackens on Friday night (three days later) in the county semi-final and winning: Fethard 2-8 (2-1) JK Brackens 1-9 (1-3). The same first 15 started with John O'Meara coming in for Alan Phelan (inj). Scores: John Fitzgerald (1-1), Cian Maher (0-1), Conor McCarthy (0-3, 2 frees), Kenneth O'Donnell (1-1), Carl Maher (0-2). Well done to all and the best of luck in the County Final.
Minor Hurling
On Tuesday night we played Kilsheelan in Cloneen and we expect to play the South semi-final over 5th September weekend. See sports page for fixtures.

A committee meeting of Killusty Pony Show will take place in the Tirry Centre on Tuesday night, 7th September, at 8.30pm, to finish up business in this millennium and plan for the next. All members are asked to attend.

Applications for the position of Supervisor for the FÁS Community Scheme are now being processed. Work on the development of the riverside walk and foot-bridge has now commenced in the Valley. The renovations and reorganisation of The Square and Main Street will go out to tender in October and work in this area will not commence until next year. Well done to Jimmy O'Shea and Larry Joy for their work in repairing the wall at The Pound which was in bad repair.
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 14th September at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Articles for inclusion in this years Annual Emigrant's Newsletter are now invited from individuals and local organisations. Please send articles and photographs to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. Photographs will be returned.

The Holy Year Cross is a significant landmark on the slopes of Slievenamon for those who live in the Killusty and Fethard Parish and to those who belong and live elsewhere. The Cross was erected by the people of the parish to commemorate the
Marian Year and was blessed by the late Rev. Patrick 0’Donnell, Archbishop of Brisbane, Australia on 15th August 1950
The cross was made of wood and extended 12’ by 9’ and each year the Holy Year Cross was illuminated both on Christmas night and Easter time using a lamp powered by wet batteries. Many members of the parish contributed to the building of the Holy Year Cross and several gave days each until it was completed for the Feast of the Annunciation in 1950.
In 1974 the wood of the Holy Year Cross had suffered from the extreme climatic conditions on Slievenamon over the years and had to be replaced by a concrete structure. That year the annual procession also had Stations of the Cross with smaller Crosses erected at intervals from the entrance to Slievenamon.
Since the erection of the new Holy Year Cross the practice of illuminating it on special days in our spiritual calendar has not happened for many reasons, not least finding an appropriate source of modern power to illuminate it. However, it is now proposed to ensure that the illumination of the Holy Year Cross occurs not only in this important Millennium year, which celebrates the anniversary of its erection. To achieve this, planning permission has be sought and resources to purchase a more permanent source of power and this is achievable without having to make the difficult journey to the Holy Year Cross in often extreme weather conditions. It is also acknowledged that it cannot be achieved without some financial support from ourselves in the larger Killusty and Fethard Parish. We owe this at least to those who toiled hard fifty years ago to make this special symbol of our faith visible to us each day as we look towards Slievenamon.
It would be impossible to mention everyone by name that helped to build the Holy Year Cross. We believe that the best way to remember them is to ensure that the special feature of our Christian lives the illuminated cross which they left us as their legacy remains a constant feature.


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