The 5th year debating team emerged victorious over the Ursuline Convent, Thurles in the first round of the Concern debate on Oct 13th. Well done to the team of Aideen O'Donnell (Capt.), Thomas Grant, Terence Fahy, Ross Maher and John Lonergan.
FETHARD GAA NOTES
At the adjourned annual general meeting qualified P.T. instructor, Tom Mansfield, was elected manager for the coming year. We qualified for the Munster Club League quarter-final over the weekend when Killrossanty were unable to field a team. The final eight are: Clonmel Commercials, Bantry Blues, Laune Rangers, K. O'Rahilly's, Bishopstown, Ahada, Clonakilty and Fethard.
On Sunday next 6th February, we play Bishopstown (Cork) in Bishopstown at 3pm. Our last meeting with this team was in the semifinal on the same competition last year in Fermoy on St. Patrick's Day when we recorded a 2-10 to 1-9 victory. Best of luck next Sunday.
At the adjourned annual general meeting Angus Ryan was elected team manager for the coming year.
Minor Football (under 17 league)
We have now reached the county semifinal of the league after the weekend results. The semifinal is fixed for Sunday next 6th February against Cahir in Marlfield at 11.30am. Please show your support by attending the game. Best of luck to everyone involved.
Your support is requested at the Annual General Meeting which takes place on Saturday next 5th February at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre. Parents, this is your opportunity to get involved.
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club wish to thank sincerely all who subscribed to last weekend's church gate collection.
KILLUSTY PONY SHOW
The committee invite all who are interested in the continuance of the 'best pony show in Ireland' to their Annual General Meeting which will be held in the Tirry Centre on Tuesday 8th February at 8.30pm. The Y2K Show will be held on Saturday 1st July and your ideas for making it better are more than welcome.
FETHARD DAY CARE CENTRE
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Day Care Centre committee will take place on this Thursday 3rd February at 7pm in the Tirry Community Centre.
ANNUAL BOOK FAIR
Don't forget the Fethard Historical Society's annual Tipperariana Book Fair which will be held on Sunday afternoon 13th February, in the Ballroom. Angela Bourke, author of the popular book ''The Burning of Bridget Cleary' will attend and be available to sign copies of her book. If you have any unwanted books at home please gather them together as they are urgently needed for the society's own book stall. Please contact any committee member to arrange collection or ring Dóirín Saurus 052 31936.
The death has occurred of Mrs Mary Fleming, Barrettstown. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
BADMINTON CLUB NOTES
The league for this season has begun with Fethard entering two teams, one in the 3rd division and one in the 5th division. Both teams have started well with our 5th division team playing Rosegreen last week and taking all games. They will now play Hillview on Monday night in Hillview. Fifth Division Team: James Dorney, Val O'Dwyer, Thomas Dorney, Marie Neavyn, Breda Ryan and Mary Nugent.
The 3rd division team also started well playing Ballycommon away and came home with a 5-2 victory. They also played Grange at home and on that occasion had a 6-1 victory. Third Division Team: Pat Ryan, Jim Connolly, Ger Brown, Catherine Morrissey, Fiona Lawrence and Marie Neavyn.
Tipperary Foxhounds committee have come up with an excellent idea to mark the new Millennium. By kind permission of the landowners, over whose land the old point-to-point took place, they have organised a once-off Millennium Hunt Race Day which will be held on Sunday 27th February.
The card will consist of four races, two of which are confined to Tipperary Hunt members a ladies and agents race.
A great opportunity is now presented to former regular patrons of the Tullamaine Races to make a nostalgic return visit to the venue and recall happy memories. An equal opportunity is available to young racegoers to turn up and experience the wonderful atmosphere of what once was one of Tipperary's great sporting and social occasions. The first race starts at 1.30pm. Full details from: Teresa Bergin, Kilbragh, Rosegreen.
TAKEN BY SURPRISE
No Prises for guessing the name of a well-known Fethard publican who was really taken in at a surprise birthday party on Saturday night last. A 'foreign' looking gentleman called to Joe Ahearn in his bar on Saturday evening selling a framed print of Fethard. After spending a lengthy period haggling over the price with the landlord he finally revealed his identity and presented the picture, with happy birthday greetings to a surprised Joe. Nice one Seamus!
The Ballylusky Harriers will meet on Sunday next, 6th February, in Cloneen at 12 noon.
SELF-HELP FOR AFRICA
The organisers of the recent church gate collection in aid of Self Help for Africa would like to thank all who subscribed. Proceeds amounted to £378.98.
The Killrossanty v Fethard Munster Senior League game fixed for Fethard last Sunday was postponed due to Killrossanty being unable to field a team. It is sad to see, whatever the reason, a club with the tradition of Kilrossanty unable to field. The club are older than the GAA and hold many Waterford senior football county titles. In Jimineen Power, who is still actively associated with club affairs, they have a player with a playing career only second in length to that of Cork's Christy Ring. Did you know that the County Waterford club also gave the green and gold colours to Kerry's county team. Here's hoping that this current problem is only of a temporary nature.
NEW TEAM MANAGER
Tom Mansfield, a corporal at Kickham's Barracks Clonmel, was appointed trainer of Fethard senior football team, at the adjourned annual general meeting held last Saturday night. Tom, a native of Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, is a qualified P.E. instructor and has had an impressive playing record in all grades with Waterford football teams. We wish Tom the very best of luck in keeping the Fethard club in its rightful place at the top of Tipperary football circles.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 8th February at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.
Congratulations to the club who won the novelty section of the Dublin City Talent Competition held in New Inn on Friday last. Our entry called "Challenged Times", was written by Chris O'Riordan and performed by Lorraine Morrissey, Avril Colville, Eoin Whyte, Thomas Grant, Darren O'Meara, Darren McGrath, Emma Morrissey and Chris O'Riordan.
Club members enjoyed a great night out in Waterford on Saturday last. Next meeting takes place on Tuesday 15th February in Lonergans. All are welcome.
ST. RITA'S CAMOGIE CLUB
The following St. Rita's players have been selected for the county junior camogie team trials at The Ragg on Sunday next 6th February: Jennifer Keane, Audrey Conway, Edel Fitzgerald, Caroline Fitzgerald, Sharon Lawton, Mia Treacy, Imelda Spillane, Niamh Sheehan and Marie Holohan. The county selection committee are adamant that any players selected and fail to field on Sunday will not be considered for further trials. Further information available from Joe or Jennifer Keane, 72 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard. Tel: 31719.