Saturday 11th December 1999
Fethard hospice support group would like to thank sincerely Diane Halpin, Alice O’Gorman, Nellie Hall and Paddy Halpin for running in the Dublin City Marathon in October in aid Of The South Tipp Hospice Movement. They raised the magnificent sum of £1,540.50 in the process. A sincere thanks to all who kindly contributed to this very worthy cause.
HATS ON FOR CHRISTMAS
Marianne and John Shortall have organised a 'Party Night' in aid of the CRC Santa Bear Appeal on Saturday night 18th December, in Burke's Bar, Main Street. In addition to live music, food and craic they have also organised a 'Christmas Hat Competition' with prizes for (a) the most unusual hat; (b) craziest hat; (c) zaniest hat. Entry fee for the hat competition is £1, which will go towards the Santa Bear Appeal.
A BRIDGE TO FAR
The bridge at Jesuit’s Walk that carried the old Clonmel-Thurles railway line over the Roadway was seriously damaged in a mysterious accident on Friday night last. Apparently a large truck, during the night attempting to negotiate the narrow structure almost demolished the old landmark. The stonework on the bridge was a marvellous example of the art of the stonemasons of the 19th century. The bridge on one of Fethard’s favourite walkways will now probably be demolished completely.
Mr Bob Lanigan representing Coolmore Stud made a very interesting, witty, informative and constructive speech at the recent Gimcrack Racing Dinner in York.
Mull of Kintyre in the ownership of Mrs Magnier and Mr Tabor gave Coolmore the honour of providing the principal guest speaker.
Mr Lanigan emphasised the need for more prize money in racing and he found it hard to understand how so many trainers continued under the present set up. He finished with a ballad written with the assistance of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber on the names of horses in general and Mull of Kintyre in particular, Bob we may add did not sing it.
The source of reconciliation will be held in the Augustinian Abbey church on this Saturday night Dec 18th at 7.30 p.m.
The Pheasant Pluckers will sing carols in aid of the Santa Bear Appeal on Tuesday night 21st December, leaving the Town Hall at 7.30pm. All are welcome to come along and join in.
Congratulations to Billy Treacy on another win at the recent Clonmel meeting with his good mare Annie Cares. Good to see success for the smaller owner/trainer.
The large turn out for the Ballylusky White Harriers meet at Rocklow on Sunday last were treated to an excellent afternoons hunting. The pack hunted contintusely with great energy especially in the covert, from move at 12 o clock to 4.15 when Donnie blew for home.
Next Sundays meet Dec 19th at Peppardstown and on St Stephen’s day Dec 26th at Drangan.
FIRST TITLE IN JUNIOR GRADE
Fethard won the Junior A County Tipperary football championship at Clonoulty on Sunday last when they beat West Tipp Champions Emly 0-10 to 0-9.
This was Fethard’s First County Title in the junior grade, The parish did win a Junior championship in 1956. Killusty did however have the assistance of a number of current Fethard senior players of that period. A rule stating that a senior club could pick from two adjoining junior clubs, enabled the senior players to transfer to Killusty, much to the consternation of the then Chairman John Keating, and avail of the loophole in the wording of the rule.
The first supper dance organised by the Fethard Ballroom Committee proved an outstanding success. The promoter achieved the impossible in having the full compliment of 260 guests seated to a hot meal at 7.30pm. A most enjoyable nights dancing followed from 9pm.
The committee intend to make the supper dance an annual event. Compliments and congratulations to all concerned were the order of the evening.
Munster Judo Championships took place in University of Limerick on Sunday, 12th Dec. There was a large attendance. Great results for Fethard Club who won the handsome total of 18 medals, 4 Gold, 6 Silver and 8 Bronze. This was a very fitting end to a another successful year. After many highlights the dim side was the official retirement of founder Chairman, Johnny Sheehan, who was the recipient of a surprise presentation on Friday night last (see sports page for separate coverage) but the good news here was that the club will have his continued support. The club would like to extend best wishes to all for a very Happy Christmas and Millennium.
Results Munster Finals.
Under 12 Categories
U/25kg. Tony O’Brien Silver, Tommy Sheehan Bronze.
U/28kg. Michael Costelloe Bronze.
U/30kg. Samantha Feery, Bronze.
U/33kg. Grace Maher Bronze.
U/44kg. Stephanie Lawrence Gold.
U/34kg. Cathal Gorey Bronze.
U/37kg. Richard Gorey Bronze.
Under 15 Categories.
U/37kg. Richard Gorey Silver.
U/44kg. Stephanie Lawrence Bronze.
U/41kg. D.J. Gorey Silver.
U/60kg Roy Gorey Silver, Tony Gorey Bronze.
U/60kg. Roy Gorey Gold, Tony Gorey Silver.
U/63kg. Valerie Colville Gold.
U/73kg. Eric O’Donnell Gold
Eric O’Donnell also won Silver on the Waterford Institute of Technology Team.
Christopher Sheehan, Bernedette Costelloe and Aaron O’Donovan all got into finals for Bronze medals.
Great performances also from Padraic O’Shea, Frankie O’Donovan and Daniel Hickey who were just out of the medals.
FETHARD GAA CLUB
On Sunday last Fethard won their 1st Junior A county title since Killusty won in 1956, 43 years ago. The team who did us proud against Emly winning 0-10 (0-6) to 0-9 (0-5) were; Miceal Sean McCormack, Michael “Buddy’ Fitzgerald (0-1), Michael Ryan (Captain), John Kelly, Michael Carroll, Michael Ahearne, Alan Phelan, P.J. Ahearne, Shay Ryan, Glen Burke (0-1), John Hurley, Carl Maher (0-1), Kenneth Byrne (0-2), Brendan Brett (0-5) and Keith Woodlock. Subs; Robert Ryan, Johnny Neville, Kenneth Hackett, Paul Hackett, John O’Meara, Ian Kenrick, Paddy Cooney and Colin Allen.
This means that in the year 2,000 we have Senior, Intermediate and Junior (A) football teams in the parish. What a great achievement in the century.
Please note that the AGM takes place on Sunday 2nd Jan at the Abymill Theatre at 4.00pm sharp. All members remember they have a vote. I.e. Players who paid their membership for 1999 and by Jan 2nd 2,000 and are 18 or over.
The Final of the County League is fixed for next Saturday 18th Dec. against Moyle Rovers. Check fixtures for time and venue.
County league is now in progress. We play next Sunday 12 noon. Check fixtures for opposition and venue.
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