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Saturday 8th January 2000

We started our Munster League Campaign on Sunday last to Ahada losing 1-12 to 1-3 with a very young team: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Carroll, Cian Maher, Miceál Sean McCormack, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Nicky Murphy, Kenneth Byrne, P.J. Ahearne, Brendan Brett, Aiden Fitzgerald, Glen Burke (1-2), Conor McCarthy, Eugene Walshe (0-1), John Paul Looby. Subs used: Garreth Byrne and Tommy Gahan. Our next game is away to Ballincollig on Sunday 23rd followed by a home clash with Killrossanty on Sunday 30th January.
In the County League last Sunday Inane Rovers were unable to field a team. On next Sunday 16th January, we play J. K. Brackens in Templemore at 12 noon. Players please note we meet at 10.30am.
Elected officers omitted from last weeks report were: Vice Chairmen Mick Ahearne and Dick Fitzgerald; Field Development Officer Denis O'Meara; Oifigeach na Gaeilge Denis Burke. Hurling Selectors Junior 'B': Michael Keane, Michael Ahearne, and Denis O'Meara. Under 21 Hurling: Michael Ryan, Shay Ryan, and Mick Ahearne. Minor Hurling: Tommy Gahan, Mick Ahearne and Austin Godfrey.
Committee (officers plus): Tossie Lawton, Tom Noonan, Michael O'Dwyer, Mary Godfrey, Michael 'Chas' Keane, Billy Morrissey, Austy Godfrey, Gerry Hannon, Tommy Gahan, Tom Anglim and M. J. Croke.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 18th January at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

The death has occurred of Mrs. Mary Slattery, Rocklow Road. Interment took place in Calvary cemetery.

Garda warnings on local radio throughout last Sunday morning greatly contributed to no serious accidents locally in the atrocious driving conditions prevailing. Black ice, especially on the Fethard – Clonmel road saw drivers being extremely careful.
A three car pile up at Clonacody cross on Saturday night in which no one, fortunately, was injured looked particularly nasty. Heres hoping that drivers, while perhaps not driving quite so slowly, will still exercise the caution so necessary to make our roads safer for everyone.

Judging by the number of cars with the 00 registration plate locally the Celtic Tiger seems to be thriving in Fethard. Any information on who is driving 00-TS-01? - as the first car registered in South Tipperary HI – 1, owned by Mr. Richard Burke M.F.H. Grove, was the first seen in the streets of Fethard almost 100 years ago.

Fethard Augustinian Abbey Building Fund Committee and Fethard Hogan Musical Society jointly host a special premiere of Frank McCourt's best selling book Angela's Ashes in Clonmel Omniplex on this Thursday night, Jan 14th . The night will commence with a Cheese and Wine reception, sponsored by Superquinn, at 7.30pm. Tickets at £15 each are available from Fr. Ben O’Brien OSA, Michael O’Hagan or any committee member of the Hogan Musical Society.

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber who spent Christmas with his family at Kiltinan Castle has recently purchased the Stoll Moss Theatre Group in London. The deal, which involves 10 leading West End Theatres, gives Sir Andrew, who now owns or has interests in several other theatres, almost complete control of London Theatreland.
The cost of the recent acquisitions which includes amongst others The Palladium, The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Her Majesty’s, a mere £85 million.

The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers will meet in Moyglass on Sunday next January 16th at 12 noon.

Congratulations to our team who won the South Final of the Senior Debating Competition in Cashel last weekend. Representing Fethard, against Cahir, were Chris O’Riordan (Chairperson), Pamela O’Donnell, Declan Morrissey and Brendan Morrissey who opposed the motion that 'Corporal Punishment is not the answer to Juvenile Delinquency'. This win qualifies the team for the County Final which takes place in Thurles on Friday January 23rd.
Next club meeting takes place on Tuesday January 18th in Lonergans.


This is a summary of our weather for 1999 prepared by Noel Delany, Parsonshill Farm, Fethard.

The year started off wet and windy. January rainfall was near normal at 78mm. Mean temperature for the month was a little above normal despite a short spell of very cold weather on the 10/11th when temperature dropped to –9.1C.

February was a dry month with only 50% of normal rainfall (54mm for month). There were 4 days of severe frost between 8/12th then the temperature went down to –6.4C. overall it was a mild dry month.

March started of very cold but it turned out to be a mild month at 1C above normal. St. Patrick's day was dry and sunny with maximum temperature getting up to 15.5C. There were 14 days of rain but it only amounted to 50% of normal for the month.

April started off warm, then got very cold midmonth and warm again later. Overall the month was mild and rainfall was around normal at 53mm.

May was mild, dry but dull. There was no frost during the month. The maximum temperature for month was 19.2C on the 3rd. The rainfall was around normal at 57mm.

After a lot of mild months June was cold. The highest temperature for the month was 22C on the 25th. The lowest temperature for the month was 1.5C on the longest day of the year (21st). Rainfall was only 50% of normal at 44.5mm.

July was hot and dry. The month started off dull but warm, maximum temperature 26.2C on 9th. There was some rain midmonth and there was a lot of good sunshine up to the end of July. Rainfall was 30% of normal at 24mm.

August started off dull but warm, 24mm of rain fell on the 4th. The weather stayed cloudy until the 16th and the rest of the month was showery and warm. Total rainfall was 72.7mm. i.e. 90% of normal.

September started of f warm and dry but on 6th the rains came and did not know how to stop. It rained for 3 weeks 209 mm (8.4'') of rain fell for the month. This was just 300% of normal. There were two days of over 32.5mm of rain during the month.

October started stormy and wet and on the 3rd the weather settled down to give a very dry month, only 50% of normal rain fall. Temperature was around normal with 7 days of ground frost.

November started off wet and cold. Midmonth was dry and cool with –5.4C on the 20th. From 25th onwards the weather was cold, stormy and wet 73mm of rain fell during the month. i.e. 90% of normal.

At the end of November the rainfall levels looked like being the driest year on record but this did not happen. There were only 5 dry days, 20 days with gales, a white Christmas morning and 12 nights of frost. The total rainfall for the month was 134 mm which is 150% of normal. This the wettest December since 1993.

The total rainfall for 1999. 895 mm (35.8’)

The average rainfall for the last 16 years was 950 mm (38”) so 1999 was a dry year.


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