Kevin Collins in his most interesting weekly "Wild Life Matters" in the Nationalist looks for information on the eminent Fethard Ornithologist Mr C. J. Carroll.
The late C. J. Carroll lived at Rocklow and was Irelands leading collector of wild birds' eggs of his time. Interested in all maters pertaining to egg collecting, bird watching and wild life Mr Carroll had a wonderful collection of stuffed native species of birds. Displayed in what was known as the bird room, each specimen was mounted in a separate glass display case with an egg of the species also on display. Mr Carroll was also a collector of rare antiques and was regarded as one of Irelands leading experts and valuer's of old Irish silver.
His wonderful collection of birds and eggs were sold when he moved from Rocklow on his retirement to Menlo.
Fethard is still more than living up to it's reputation as the "Home of the Racehorse".
At last weeks Thurles meeting Fethard owners provided the first and second in the Mores Novice Chase. The winner Roses of Picardy being owned Ms Martha Maher, and the 2nd placed Anne Cares is owned and bred by Billy Treacy.
Local Mouse Morris, Everards Grange stable continued its recent run of success with Moral Support in the Esat Digifone Hurdle.
Jockey P.J. Colville rode Derryvilla Lad to win the "winners of two" race at Wexford Point to Point on Sunday Last for local trainer Pat Hurley.
TIPPERARIANA BOOK FAIR
Today's Tipperariana Book Fair was one of the best ever. Book sellers, buyers and browsers came from all over Ireland to be in Fethard for what the dealers now claim to be the best book fair in Ireland.
The winner of the Ogham Wooden Sculpture, by well-known local wood carver David Gorey, was Vincent Doocey, Abbey Street, Fethard. Second prize of a framed photograph of the first sunrise of the new Millennium over Slievenamon was won by Mary Hanrahan, Rathcoole, Fethard.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers had their best day of the season from their meet at Donoughmore Cross on Sunday last. From the move-off two good hunts were enjoyed.
Finding in the Spinney at Jossestown late in the afternoon hounds ran towards Lisronagh. They ran towards Donoughmore turning right handed they hunted strongly through Mr John Ryans, Mr Jos Mocklers and Mr Jack Mocklers, Ballinlough, back almost to where they found. Crossing the Jossestown road they fairly flew towards upper Killerk where they checked. Hounds were stopped at this point at 5.15pm, when it looked almost certain they were heading for the Coleman Plantation. This was an excellent run of 55 minutes.
Next Sundays meet at Drangan 12noon.
The base drum of the old Fethard dance band The Twilight Serenaders, of the forties and fifties has been returned to Fethard by an extraordinary co-incidence.
Jim Cauley a former member of Mick Del's famous band who was originally from Cashel and now resides in Dublin after spending nearly thirty years in America.
After leaving Mick Del's band to form his own band he purchased the drum kit from the then defunct Twilight Serenaders. After a few years he decided to emigrate to the USA he gave the drum kit to a young nephew in Dublin who was just starting to play the drums.
On one of his frequent visits with his brother Mark who still hails from Cashel to the Fethard Sunday market to buy some records as they are still very much into the big band and jazz music. They were reminiscing with Brendan Kenny about the old local bands that were around in the fifties etc. when out of the blue Jim mentioned about his purchase of the drum kit. Brendan enquired about what happened to the drum and what it mean to have it returned to the town. Jim was sure that it was still in the loft of his sister's house in Dublin as his nephew never took up the drums and was now married and living in London.
True to his word he found the drum still emblazoned with the Twilight Serenaders logo and drove down especially the Sunday after to give the drum to Brendan and would not except a penny for it.
Brendan has since passed on the drum to Pauline Morrissey (nee Sheehan) daughter of the late Tom Sheehan who was the celebrated leader of the Twilight Serenaders, which will bring back many happy memories of the many waltzes, tango's, foxtrots, quicksteps etc. played in the old town hall and the many ballrooms of romance in surrounding areas.
Wednesday 9th Februrary
1st Gross: Carol Kenny and Anna Cooke.
2nd Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn.
1st Net: Tony Hanrahan and Brendan Kenny.
2nd Net: Eleanor Cummins and Frances Harrington.
MACRA NA FEIRME
In this millennium year, Fethard Macra na Feirme will celebrate its 'Golden Anniversary'. Later in the year we will hold a celebration dinner and we would love to hear from past members who may be interested in attending. We also plan on publishing a commemorative booklet and, on the night of the celebration dinner, to have backdrops on display. If any past members have photographs, newsletter cuttings or even a memory that they would like to share can send them to us, either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Mairead Croke, Coolbawn, Fethard, Co. Tipperary by the 31st July.
Further details will be posted on the Fethard Webpage at a later date.
FETHARD GAA NEWS
At the adjourned AGM for 2000 the following have been appointed to run the affairs for the coming year: Chairperson, Josie Fitzgerald; Secretary, Caroline Sheehan; Treasurer, Ann Darcy. Committee members: Susan O'Meara, Laura Allen, Martin Burke, Martin O'Connor, Ian O' Connor, Marie Ryan, Michael Walsh, Austin Godfrey and Mary Godfrey.
This has been our first free weekend from all competitions. Next Sunday, 20th February, we play Aherlow in the Senior football County League in Lisvernane. At last weeks South Board Meeting we learned of all nine competitions dates.
Senior Football: League (top 4) 1st round V Cahir 19/3/2000.
Intermediate Hurling: League (top 4) 1st Round V Kilsheelan/Kilcash.
Intermediate Football: Knockout 1st Round Bye.
Junior Hurling B: Knockout 1st Round V Kilsheelan/Kilcash.
Junior Football B: (2 groups) (B) 1st round V Clonmel Og.
U21 A Hurling: Knockout Semifinal V Killenaule 16/4/2000
U21 A Football: Knockout 1st Round V Cahir 27/2/2000
Minor A Football: League (top 4) 2nd Round V ---- 19/3/2000
Minor B hurling: League (top 4) 1st Round V Carrick Davins.
In preparation for our upcoming championship we had a very successful challenge on Sunday morning last in Fethard.
ART & MODEL-MAKING
Calling all girls and boys in the under 8 to under 16 age group, in the Fethard/Killusty Area. The closing date for entry in the Community Games Art & Modelling Competition is Tuesday, Feb 29th. Age groups are under 18, 10, 12, 14 & 16 for the art event and under/10 and under/14 for the model-making event. Entries may be made through the local schools or individually. If competitors live in the area but go to school outside the area entries may be submitted to the chairman, Joe Keane, 72 St. Patrick’s Place or to the secretary, Mrs. Phyllis Grace, 40 Woodvale Walk, Fethard, on or before February 29th.
All entries submitted to schools will be collected on Wednesday March 1st for judging. All entries must be accompanied by a fee of 5Op.
This is an event which proved very successful for the area. Alan 0 Connor & Joey Feery qualified for Mosney in model-making for the past two years and Cathal Maher was in Mosney for the last three years in the art category. So take out your materials and start working now!