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Saturday 18th September 1999

“There is a bridge below the Town” so wrote and sang the late Frank O’Donovan. Fethard now has a new bridge below the town. A very large crowd turned out on Friday night last to observe the parapets of the new footbridge at the pound being placed. The tallest crane ever seen working in the area was in operation. Onlookers marvelled at the skill of the driver of the 60 feet high jib as he worked the two 20 ton parapets into position with such precision. The re-enforced concrete crosspieces were then equally skilfully placed. Locals and visitors will now be able to go “Roaming in the Gloaming” “Down by the Riverside” on the new riverside walkway. What a pity the flow of water of former years when the river operated four mills within a mile of it’s course through the town.

Congratulations to John Paul Keane son of Mr & Mrs John Joe Keane, Kilmore, who was conferred with his BA in finance degree at the conferring ceremony at Maynooth University recently.

The Fethard Historical Society has arranged a walkabout and guided tour of Cahir with David Butler on Sunday 26th September. The tour will start from the War Memorial car park (outside Cahir Tourist Office) at 2pm. Those wishing to attend are asked to make their own way to Cahir. All are welcome and the tour will cost £2.

The community games mini-series on the recent Credit Union National Finals will be shown on Network 2 over the next three Thursday evenings, all commencing at 6 p.m. the first one nest Thursday, Sept 23rd is a documentary featuring Keith Duffy of Boyzone and Geri Maye of Den 2.Those featuring National Finals will be on Thursday Sept. 30th and Thursday October 7th. Do tune in – you might see yourself.

Fethard minor footballers had to dig deep for their one point 0-9 to 0-8 victory over Burgess, North Tipp Champions, in the Tipperary County Minor (A) Final at Ardfinnan on Sunday 19th September. Fethard three points behind for the most of the second half came good when most needed. Nine points was Fethard’s lowest score of the entire championship and while they proved their mettle by once again coming from behind when all seem lost, Burgess must be considered somewhat unlucky to not have at least forced a draw. A very timely intervention by corner back Philly Croke and an excellent stop by goalkeeper Tommy Gahan prevented two certain Burgess goals. The victorious team had a large turn out on Sunday night to welcome them home. Following a victory parade through the town. The team were introduced individually from the victory rostrum at the Town Hall. A special tribute was paid to coach and manager Tommy Sheehan for the work he put in with the boys through the whole campaign.

The death has occurred of one of Fethard’s oldest residents Mrs Stasia Kenrick, Congress Terrace. Interment took place at Faugheen cemetery, Carrick-on-Suir.

Fethard Badminton Club commenced practice for the '99/'00 season on Monday night last. New members are particularly welcome and may contact Pat Ryan or just come along to the town hall on practice nights. Fethard Badminton Club starts its 53rd season this year which must make it one of the oldest, if not the oldest club affiliated to the Tipperary County Badminton Association of which it was one of the original founder member clubs. Cly Mullins and the late Jimmy McCarthy set a standard of competitive play not equalled until the arrival some 25 years later of the Fogarty brothers of Cashel and the Holohan sisters of Killenaule. Both Cly and Jimmy won Munster singles championships the first Tipperary players to do so in 1953 and ’54. The Fethard team which could hold its own with any team in Munster during the fifties was from the following panel; Cly Mullins, Jimmy McCarthy, Tony Newport, Sean Henehan, Liam Connolly, Pat Walsh-McCarthy, Kitty McCarthy, Carmel Whyte, Marie McCarthy-O’Sullivan, Mary Kenny-Newport.

Despite the terrible conditions on Saturday last there was a good turnout for the weekly scramble. First prize went to the team of Paddy Clancy, Tony and Pattie Leonard with a score of 58.1 points. They just held of a strong challenge from the team Anthony Burke, Peter Kenny and Liam Cleary on 58.8 points. In third place came the team of John Carney, Owen Cahill and Declan Heafey on 60.0 points. The singles competition which ran from Sunday 12th to Friday 17th was won by Kieran Burke with a fantastic round of 67. This gave him a total of 48pts. John Kenny came in second with a total of 41pts. The qualifying competition for the County Tipp Singles Championships got underway on Saturday last and continued until Wednesday 22nd Sept. Six players will be chosen to represent the club in the County Final to be held in Dundrum in October. Derry Kiely, PGA professional coach is available for lessons. For more information ring 052 32213 or 32040.

Mr. Ted Murphy of the International Wine Museum Kinsale will give a lecture on the "Wine Geese of Bordeaux', with special reference to the Barton family, on Wednesday 29th September in the Abymill Theatre at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

An information meeting will be held at 7.45pm on this Thursday 23rd September in the Clonmel Arms Hotel in relation to the recently announced 'Town Renewal Scheme'. Local community representatives, development interests as well as business and property owners are invited to attend this meeting which is being held under the auspices of Tipperary S.R. County Council. Four of the following six towns will be chosen to participate in the scheme: Ardfinnan, Cahir, Cashel, Clogheen, Fethard and Killenaule. It is important that all interested groups and individuals from Fethard be represented at this meeting.

Congratulations to Fr. John Meagher OSA who celebrates the diamond anniversary of his ordination this week.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council have organised a modern cookery demonstration to be held in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday 5th October at 7.45pm. The demonstration will be given by top chef, J. J. Healy, who is currently head chef at the Carraig Hotel, Carrick-on-Suir, and will shortly take up the position as executive chef and kitchen manager at the Dublin Exchange, Shangai, China. J. J. and his assistants will provide a very professional show using video equipment to help everyone have a closer look at his skills. He will also give lots of easy to understand 'cooking tips' on the night. Tickets are £5 and can be had from any committee member or from Newport's Newsagency on Main Street. This demonstration is suitable for both men and women, young and old.

The Cork Historical and Archaeological Society visited Fethard on Saturday 18th September, as part of their 'Ormonde Weekend' in Co. Tipperary. Luckily the wind and rain of early morning subsided to enable Mary Hanrahan and Chris Nevin to give the group of 35 a guided tour of the town. They were also very appreciative of the community initiative involved in the restoration of both the Abymill Theatre and the Town Wall. Among the group were Professor John A. Murphy and Dr. Diarmuid O Murchadha of University College Cork.

Wednesday 8th September
1st Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett
2nd Gross: Carol Kenny and Anna Cooke
1st Nett: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
2nd Nett: Gemma Burke and Kathleen Kenny

Wednesday 15th September
1st Gross: Margaret Coffey and Teresa Cummins
2nd Gross: Bridget Gorey and Betty Walsh
Nett: Tie for 1st & 2nd between Philly Kenny and Tess O'Flynn, and Michael Kenny and Norah Ahearne.
Please note that the course of bridge lessons commences on this Thursday 23rd September at 7.30pm in the Tirry Centre.
Anyone looking for a partner should contact Annie O'Brien Tel: 31862.

The local conference of St. Vincent de Paul has established a fund to help students attending third level colleges. Any person (student or parent) who would like to apply to the fund please contact and of the conference members listed here: Vincent Doocey Tel: 31698, Denis Burke Tel: 31852, Lynn Cummins Tel: 32197, Fr, Sean Ryan Tel: 31187, Peggy Sullivan.


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