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Saturday 20th November 1999

A special Mass for all those who died from November 1998 to November 1999 will be held in the Augustinian Abbey at 7pm on Thursday 25th November. Please come along and pray for all those who have left us in the past year.

Junior Football
We played an excellent game of football on Sunday last in the final of the 'A' Championship in Ardfinnan against Cahir. We were in control from the start to the finish. Scoreline: Fethard 2-10 (1-3), and Cahir 0-4 (0-2). The team that brought us our third south title this year in football with the fourth up for grabs in a few weeks were: Miceál Sean McCormack, Keith Woodlock, Michael Fitzgerald, John Kelly, Michael Carroll, Michael Ahearn, Alan Phelan, Shay Ryan, P.J. Ahearn (0-1), Brendan Brett (0-3), John Hurley (1-0), Glen Burke (1-4), Johnny Neville, Rubaird Broderick, Michael Ryan (0-1) captain. Subs: Karl Maher (0-1) for Johnny Neville, John O'Meara for Michael Carroll, Ken Hackett, Kenneth Byrne, Robert Ryan, Paul Hackett and Ian Kenrick.
The county semifinal against J.K. Brackens is set for Sunday 28th at 3pm in Cashel.
Senior Football
On Sunday 28th November we play Gaeltach (Kerry) in Fethard at 1pm. A great game should be expected. On Sunday 5th December we have the replay of the South Final against Moyle Rovers at 2pm in Kilsheelan.
Dinner Dance
Our Annual Dinner Dance takes place on this Friday 26th November.
Mass for Deceased Members
On Thursday 25th November we hold our annual mass for deceased club members and players. This will take place in Killusty at 7pm.
Annual General Meeting
Watch this space for coming information and date of our annual general meeting.
Juvenile GAA
Your support is required for the Juvenile Club's 'Christmas Bazaar' which will be held in the Ballroom on Sunday 28th November from 2pm to 6pm.

Michael Coady introduces and reads from his new book FULL TIDE - a
miscellany, and talks about writing in general in the Abymill Theatre on Friday night 3rd December at 8.30pm. Copies of FULL TIDE (£9.95) will be available for signing by the author.

The Red Cross Society wish to thank most sincerely the parishioners of Fethard and Killusty who contributed so generously to their recent Church Gate Collection.

Next Sunday is annual family day at Fethard Car Boot Sale. Highlight of the afternoon will be the visit of Santa at 2pm.

Killusty Pony Show Committee, to show their appreciation to all who contributed in any way to the successful running of their annual show each year since it’s inception, held a Millennium Appreciation Party in the Ballroom on Sat. night last.
Chairman Mr. Noel Byrne welcomed the guests and following a sumptuous supper served by the ladies committee Mr. Christopher Horsman gave a most interesting history of the show from the first venture in 1962.
The show, Mr Horsman said originated from a discussion between Gus Keane, Ted Butler and Major Watts, all now passed on, on the best methods to improve pony blood-stock in the area. He paid special tribute to all the chairmen and secretaries over the years and a special tribute to current long serving secretary Mrs Betsy O’Connor. Mrs O’Connor, as a token of appreciation of her services over the years was presented with a Peter Curling painting of Killusty Pony Show. Mrs O’Connor in reply, thanked all who helped over the years and to loud and prolonged applause said she had no intention of resigning in the immediate future as she got as much out of Killusty Pony Show as Killusty Pony Show got out of her!
The show is now ranked second only to Dublin Show in size and importance. The figures that show the entries for the first show numbered 91 in eleven classes, and the entries in this years, over 900 in 51 classes, gives a clear indication of the growth in popularity over the years.
The entertainment on the night was provided by Fethard’s own Pheasant Pluckers who were in brilliant form. The boys in the band said they would be most interested in recording Mr. Horsmans ‘Slievenamon’. Mr Horsman wrote the song especially for the occasion, and may we say sang it as only he can.

The names of Fethard players figuring amongst the prizewinners in the various competitions make most interesting reading. Some were our leading GAA players of the not too distant past still keeping the eye and hands in order at a more leisurely pastime. Most interesting are the players who were top class team games and individual sports players at underage level who for some reason or another dropped out of their chosen sports at an early age. Apparently they have not lost their skill and co-ordination. Some of our most promising juvenile players especially of racquet games seem to now concentrate all their energy successfully on golf, the coming game of the new millennium.
All of them may be interested to learn that Fethard had one of the first golf clubs in Ireland. The course was at Kilnockin Hill at the turn of the century. The club house was the building, now in ruins, at the entrance to the hill, one field from the road. Photographs of the players of the time are in existence and may be seen locally.

The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will meet on Sunday next Nov. 28th at Ballingarry and on December 5th at Golden at 12 noon.

Majestic Slievenamon created a wonderful backdrop to the Munster Intermediate Cross Country Championships hosted by Fethard A.C. at the Common, Market Hill, on Sunday last 21st November. Being the last Munster Cross Championships in Tipperary for this Millennium and for the NACAI organisation as we know it, the event was staged as a top class promotion. Great credit must go to the organising committee, small in number as they may be. The Civil Defence led by local man Rory Walsh, the County Council, Garda John Lonergan and the Gardai must be complimented on the parking and traffic arrangements. Local residents must be thanked also for their cooperation, Marie Crean, chief road steward; Dr. Carmel Condon, finishing organiser; Rita Burke and Noreen Maher, athletes co-ordinators; Tony Hanrahan, Terry Cunningham and Nicky Sullivan, course and start marshals. Just under 1,000 people attended the race with 600 young and not so young athletes taking on the testing course on the side of Market Hill. Local lad David Sullivan won silver in the boys under/13 1500meter and also a Tipperary team medal. Darragh Dwyer had a good run in the boys under/9 event finishing in the top 15. Gavin Ahearne and Darren O'Meara finished in the pack in the boys under/15, Seamus O'Keeffe ran in the boys under/9, Lolo Trehy in the boys under/9 and Treacy Burke in the under/8 finishing 23rd in a field of 80 athletes. Well done to all and Miceál McCormack for all the work put into the event.


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