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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 13th November 1999


COMMUNITY GAMES
The AGM of Fethard & Killusty Games took place on Tuesday night last in the Tirry Community Centre. The Officers elected were Chairman: Joe Keane, Vice Chairman: Michael Fitzgerald, Secretary: Phyllis Grace, Treasurers: Peggy Colville & Joe Keane, PRO: Peggy Colville, Delegates to Co. Board: Michael Fitzgerald & Phyllis Grace. Committee: Denis Burke, M.C. Maher, Frances Thomson, Rita Hall, Gerard Gahan, Mrs. Costelloe, Rose Gorey, Miceál McCormack & Michael Dwyer.
The Secretary's comprehensive report gave a detailed account of the successful year during which the club had many successes. Fethard competitors during the past year won county medals in art, athletics (including cross county & marathon), judo, model making and girls volleyball. We got to the semi-final in the u/10 mixed GAA. Provincial titles were won in judo and volleyball. Richard Gorey, Moanbeg won a gold medal at national level. The volleyball team won a national silver team medal and David Sullivan won an individual bronze medal in the cross country event last May. It was proposed to hold a millennium carnival.

THE RACING GAME
Fethard areas reputation as the producer of top class national hunt horses both at home and across channel would seem to be enhanced by the prices paid to local bloodstock breeders at last weeks Goffs sales. The following are some of the prices received, local breeders Hugh Holohan £23,000, Joe O'Dwyer £15,000, Michael Crean £12,500, Kieran Duggan £18,500 for a four month old foal, Jack Mockler £7,500. Fethard would still seem to be "The home of the racehorse".

ROOTS IN CLARE CASTLE
A most interesting recent visitor to Fethard was Mr Michael Keane, a lecturer in UCG whose forbears lived in Clare Castle, Killusty. Michael has amassed an amount of genealogy on the Keane family and can trace their connection with Clare castle back to the mid eighteenth century. He is still continuing his research, tying up a few loose ends and anxious to trace any direct descendants of the Clare castle still living in the area.
THE PIPERS BUSH
The request for information on stories or legends connected with trees in the locality brought us the following interesting story. A large whitethorn tree that stood by the roadside at St. Johnstown was known as The Pipers Bush. The pipe playing of an old piper, long deceased, whose favourite playing location was under the tree, could be heard at certain times. Time came when the pipers bush had to be removed during road widening operations. However no one could be found who was willing to cut it down. A workman who said he did not believe in such piseog and fairy tales volunteered for the job and cut down the whitethorn. By an unfortunate co-incidence the man's son died suddenly that night. Locals of course attributed the loss of the man's son to the curse of the tree, thus adding to the legend and folklore of "The Pipers Bush".

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Please note that the St Vincent de Paul will be meeting on the first Monday of every month from now on, commencing on the 1st December from 6.30pm to 7.00pm.
Any persons requiring the assistance of the St. Vincent de Paul before our meetings should contact any of the below listed conference members Dinny Burke, Fr. Sean Ryan, Vincent Doocey, Lynn Cummins and Peggy Sullivan.
Applications for Christmas assistance will be available from this weekend until mid December from any of the committee members and at the back of both the Abbey and Parish Churches.

FETHARD AC
A tremendous crowd turned for the Tipperary NACAI Cross Country championships at Fethard on Sunday last. The ladies team of Mary Trehy, Fionnuala O'Sullivan and Helena O'Shea won the intermediate and ladies over 35 championship. The course on lower Market Hill (The Commons) was favourably commented on being dry and firm. Next Sunday the Munster cross-country will take place over the same course. Compliments to the Crean family. Please note a 1pm start. All road stewards in position at 12 noon. Full results on sport page.

FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The Annual General Meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council was held on Tuesday 9th November, in the Tirry Community Centre and the following committee was elected: Joe Kenny (chairman), Edwina Newport (secretary), Fr. Ben O'Brien OSA (treasurer), Pamela Sweeney (public relations officer), Diana Stokes, Peter Grant, Paddy Croke, Nellie O'Donovan, Jimmy Connolly, Megan Sceats, Thelma Griffith and David Sceats. The next meeting is set for Monday 13th December at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

FETHARD PLAYERS
Booking is good for the Fethard Players production of "A letter from the General", which takes place in the Abymill Theatre from Sunday 21st November to Saturday 27th, with the exception of Thursday 25th. All tickets are £5 except on Sunday and Monday night which are special family nights and all tickets will be reduced to £3. Booking now at O'Flynn's Menswear, Burke Street. Telephone: 052 31254.

FETHARD IFA
The local IFA branch will hold their annual general meeting on Thursday 25th November at 8pm. Guest speaker is John Dwyer, chairman South Tipperary Executive and South Tipperary representative on the national dairy committee. He will speak on the present changes taking place in the milk quota regulations and IFA's policy. The meeting will take place in the ICA Hall and all farm families, young and old, are welcome to attend.

CHANGE OF ADDRESSES
If your relatives are on the Emigrant's Newsletter mailing list and have moved flat or house during the past year please give their new addresses, as soon as possible, to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. New addresses should be also handed in if they are to receive this year's issue. Anyone wishing to make a donation towards the newsletter can still do so. All donations of £5 and over will be acknowledged in this years issue. This is also the last reminder for outstanding articles and club reports. Articles received after 21st November will not be guaranteed inclusion in this years issue.

HUNTING
The White Heather Harriers will meet in Sunday next at Loughcopple, on the 28th in Ballingarry and on December 5th at Golden at 12 o' clock.

FETHARD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 30th November in the Abymill Theatre. All members welcome.

TIPPERARIANA BOOK FAIR
The annual Tipperariana Book Fair will take place on the second Sunday in February. Old unwanted books are now being collected by members of Fethard Historical Society. Please contact any committee member who will arrange collection.

FETHARD GAA NEWS
JUNIOR FOOTBALL
We had a great win on Sunday morning in Marlfield in the South semifinal beating Ballylooby 0-8 to 0-4. The half time score was 0-3 to 0-2 in favour of Fethard. We now meet Cahir in the South Final in Ardfinnan on next Sunday 21st November. The team that got us there are: Miceál Sean McCormack, Michael Ahearne, Michael Ryan, John Kelly, Michael Carroll, Michael 'Buddy' Fitzgerald, Alan Phelan, John Hurley, P.J. Ahearne, Glen Burke (0-2 f), Shay Ryan, Brendan Brett (0-1), Karl Maher (0-2), Rubaírd Broderick (0-2), Johnny Neville (0-1). Subs used: Keith Woodlock for Brendan Brett (inj), John O'Meara for Michael Ryan (inj), Robert Ryan for Johnny Neville.
SENIOR FOOTBALL
The much talked about game in the Munster Senior Football League, Fethard v Gaelteacht, which was to take place on this Sunday in the GAA Park has been rescheduled to weekend of 28th November due to Gaelteacht's involvement in the West Kerry Senior Football Final in which they play Dingle.
DINNER DANCE TICKETS
We have a very big demand for dinner dance in the Clonmel Arms on Friday26th November. To avoid disappointment please get your tickets now from Noel Byrne, Gus Fitzgerald, Nicky O'Shea, Sharon Lawton, Joe Keane or Jennifer Keane.. All tickets to be paid for by 23rd November.

RACQUETBALL TOURNAMENT
A racquetball tournament will run for the next two months on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8 o'clock on. There are two separate divisions A and B.
Division A will be played for the 'Hayes Cup' and Division 'B' for the Liam Daly Shield.
Teams of three are now in place with a few remaining teams to be filled. Anyone interested please contact Tommy Gahan. Tel: 052 31665.


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