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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 11th September 1999


WIDE MAIN STREET
Fethard, apart from the square in Templemore, has probably the widest Main St. in the county. While this has many advantages it also has serious disadvantages, especially for our senior citizens and those not so fleet of foot. To reach the chemist or the post office, which most senior citizens have to do, many of them are now literally frightened to take the chance and have to ask for assistance to do so. Surely they have as much right to the public street as the uncourteous motorist or the whizz kid with the mobile phone to his ear while driving.
Councillor John Fahy has made representations to Tipperary County Council S.R. re providing a pedestrian crossing at Main St. The matter is being investigated by the powers that be, and councillor Fahy will be contacted in due course.

RECENT DEATHS
The death occurred recently of Mr. Paddy O'Donnell, London, formerly of Crampscastle. Interment took place in Calvary cemetery.
The death has also occurred of Mrs. Nora Hogan, Thurles, formerly Nora O'Dwyer, Kilnockin. Interment took place in Thurles.
The death has occurred in Clonmel of Mr. Paddy Kavanagh, formerly of Clonbrogan. Interment took place in Calvary cemetery.

CAMOGIE
All Tipperary reflects in the glory of the Tipperary senior camogie team's All Ireland win, their first ever. The O'Duffy cup was first played for in 1933, when the first inter county all Ireland camogie championship commenced. Coolmoyne, who won the Tipperary championship in 1932, had three representatives on the Tipperary camogie team that took part in the 1933 championships. Elsie Ahearne (capt.), Nell O'Flynn and Kitty "Babs" Croke. Tipperary beat Kilkenny and Limerick to reach the All Ireland semi-final where they were beaten 3-0 to 2-1 by Dublin.
The game was played in Thurles on an extremely wet day. Elsie Ahearne maintains the lack of proper footwear cost Tipperary victory. Tipperary lined out wearing tennis shoes or runners, in which they found it almost impossible to hold their footing in the prevailing conditions, whereas Dublin wore properly studded boots and fared much better. The Tipperary team lined out as follows: Elsie Ahearne (capt.), Nell O'Flynn, Kitty Croke (Coolmoyne), Molly Minogue, Peg Young, Maureen Flanagan (Toom), Mary Withero, Shelia Moloney (Thurles), Bridie Clery (Drom), Bab Ryan (Boherlahan), Biddy Waters (Ballingarry), Miss. Hartigan (Powerstown). Nora Walsh (Coolmoyne) was also on the Tipperary panel. Elsie Ahearne's daughters, Ita and Carmel, were leading camogie players and also represented Tipperary at senior level with distinction.
Fethard also has connections with the '99 Tipperary all Ireland winning team. Philly Fogarty (Cashel) is daughter of Phil Fogarty, Curraghtarsna. Some of the other Cashel representatives started their juvenile camogie careers with the original St. Rita camogie club, Fethard, where they received their early coaching from Lou O'Meara-O'Grady a former top class camogie player.

WEDDING
The wedding took place recently, at St. Oliver's Church, Clonmel, of Jason, son of Joe and Patricia Ryan, St. Patrick's Place to Miss. Tracy Cronin, Clonmel.

COMMUNITY GAMES
Fethard/Killusty Community games committee would like to congratulate all competitors from the area who took part in the National Finals of the Credit Union Community Games in Mosney over the past two weekends.
Pride of place must go to Richard Gorey, son of Richard and Rose Gorey, Moanbeg, who won a gold medal in the 35kg judo event. This was a great win for Richard, only his second time competing at these finals where he was silver medallist last year. Cathal Maher, son of M.C. and Eileen, Dun Aobhinn, finished a very respectable 5th in the art competition out or 32 competitors.
The Feery family, Killusty was well represented, with Joey contesting the model-making event and Anthony competing in the U/17 marathon. Their father, Bernard was County Athletics manager.
Stephanie Lawrence, daughter of Willie and Anne Marie, Woodvale Walk, was competing for her second time at Mosney and finished 5th. Stephanie had the misfortune to encounter 4 false starts in her race.
The U/16 girl's volleyball team were also stars of the show winning silver medals. They had a fine win of 2 sets to 0 over Graigcullen, Carlow in the semi-final, and after a one all score after the first two sets in the final against Loughrea, they were narrowly defeated in the final. Coach Bernie O'Connor and Manager Denis Burke were very pleased with these girls, as this was the only volleyball match of the whole final to go to 3 sets.
Silver medallists were: Marian Harrington (Capt.), Caroline Croke, Vanessa O'Donnell, Evelyn O'Connor, Patrice Tobin, Noelle Leahy, Yvette Walsh, Alison Holohan, Lilly Maher and Donna Walsh.
National Volleyball referee was Jennifer Keane, St. Patrick's Place. Joe Keane was GAA co-ordinator and Micheál McCormack was National GAA referee. Ailish O'Connell, Coolmoyne was National Programme Seller.
The committee would like to say a special "thank you" to all who contributed to recent fundraising.

SLIEVENAMON GOLF CLUB
There was a good turnout last Saturday for the weekly scramble despite the threatening weather conditions. Thirteen teams competed with the team of Tony McGarry, Arthur Daly and Bernard O'Donnell winning by one stroke over the team of Kieran Burke, Bud Roche and Derry Curran. The beautiful prizes were sponsored this week by Kevin and Margaret Lalor.
The winners of the last two weekly singles competitions were also presented with their prizes.
First week (3rd September): 1st nett Kieran Burke, 2nd nett Paul Kenrick. 1st gross Brian Burke, 2nd gross Thomas Butler. Ladies: 1st nett Patricia Leonard, 1st gross Rena Kelly.
Second Week (10th September): 1st nett Diarmuid Heafey, 2nd nett John Kenny. 1st gross Declan Heafey, 2nd gross Denis Burke. Ladies: 1st nett Rena Kelly, 1st gross Patricia Leonard.
There is another singles stableford competition running this week from Sunday, 12th September to Friday, 17th September.
Next Saturday the scramble will be run as usual from 12 o'clock to 2 o'clock.
Also running next weekend will be the qualifying round of the County Tipperary singles championship. Members can play as many rounds as they want and the top six nett scores will qualify for the finals in Dundrum. Two players will be chosen from the 0-13 handicappers and 4 players will be chosen from the plus 13 handicappers.


FETHARD MACRA NA FEIRME
Congratulations to Chris Barlo's team who won the carting grand prix on Sunday last. Second placed in the competition were 'Formula 99'. Prizes were presented by Macra National President T.J. Maher. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped make the competition such a success, Coolmore Stud who sponsored the events, the management and staff of Tipperary Raceway and Karting Centre, teams and programme sponsors. We would also like to thank Superquinn, Dunnes and Tesco's who sponsored the food on Sunday night last, and especially to all club members who worked tirelessly on the project over the past number of months. The competition was such a success and was so well enjoyed by all the participants we hope to make this an annual event. So we looking forward to seeing you all again next year!
We would like to congratulate club vice-chairman, Matt Hennessy, who represented South Tipperary in the Macra/I.F.A. young farmer of the year competition recently. Fethard club will hold a Karoke competition in the Village Inn, Moyglass in conjunction with Killenaule/Moyglass Macra in early October. Next club meeting on Tuesday, 21st September at 9.30pm.


GAA CLUB
Senior Football
The seniors, on Sunday last, had a successful challenge vs. Commercials in Fethard.
Minor Football
The minors played their final challenge on Sunday morning in Fethard vs. Rockwell Rovers. Best of luck in the County Final on Sunday next, 19th in Ardfinnan at 2.30, going for our 4th this century. Thanks to everyone concerned with the team for a great year of youthful football at its best. Keep up the good work and the same high standard of "the blues" football should see ye take the trophy.

Minor Hurling
On Friday last we played the South semi-final, losing by the narrowest of margins. Fethard 1-10 (1-5) Ballybacon Grange 2-8 (0-3). Team: Conor McCarthy, John O'Meara, Tommy Gahan, Philip Croke, Paul Hackett, Michael Ahearne (0-1), Glen Burke, Cian Maher (0-1), Alan Phelan, Owen Doyle (0-6, frees), Kevin O'Donnell (0-2), Carl Maher, Diarmuid Burke, John Fitzgerald (1-0), Pat Ahearne.
Subs: Kenneth O'Donnell for Pat Ahearne (45 minutes), Ian Kendrick, Nicky Murphy, Paddy Cooney, Peter Carroll, Seamus Harrington. Well done to players and selectors and hard luck. Some lovely hurlers up and coming.
Do not forget to support our Dog Night in Thurles on Tuesday, 21st September by nominating a dog, £10, or buying a ticket, £4.
On Tuesday, 21st September a free return bus is available, leaving Fethard at 7.15pm from the Town Hall. Courtesy of Gene Walsh.

SUPERVISOR APPOINTED
Fethard & Killusty Community Council have appointed Ms Mairead Croke to the position of Supervisor of their Community FÁS Scheme. Mairead will also be responsible for the running of the Community Office in the Tirry Centre.



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