TULLAMAINE RACING TRAGEDY
The tragic death of Jimmy McCann, representing the Meath Hunt, in the Inter Hunt Chase, marred what was proving a great day for all at the Tipperary Foxhounds Millennium Hunt Chases at Tullamaine on Sunday last.
A pall of gloom descended over the entire course following the tragic event as the news of the tragedy spread through the course and spectators gathered, shocked, in groups to discuss the tragic accident.
These things can, and unfortunately do occur in equestrian sports whether they be three day eventing, racing, hunting or whatever. The brave sportsmen and women who participate do so in the full knowledge that;
There is no game yet worth a rap
For rational men to play
Into which no accident or mishap
Could possibly fiend a way.
Jimmy McCann was no exception. May he rest in peace.
Sincere sympathy is extended to his sorrowing wife and relatives.
As a mark of respect to the late Jimmy McCann, the rest of the Tullamaine card was abandoned and the meet of the Tipperary Foxhounds arranged for Dromwood on Monday 28th Feb. was cancelled.
GAA CLUB NEWS
On Sunday last, due to the weather, we had to travel to Castleiney to play Loughmore in the senior football league winning very handy in the end. The team was as follows: Paul Fitzgerald, Stephen O'Donnell, Cian Maher, Murt Ryan, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Jimmy O'Meara, P.J. Ahearn, Aiden Fitzgerald (0-2), Conor McCarthy (0-1), Miceál Spillane (0-2), P.J. Looby (0-2), Ken O'Donnell (0-1), Kenneth Byrne (2-0), Tommy Sheehan (0-2). Subs used: Nicky Murphy (1-1), Tom Anglim, Michael Ahearn, Tommy Gahan and Glen Burke. The final score was Fethard 3-11 (1-5), Loughmore 0-5 (0-3). This gives us maximum points from two outings. Our next game in this competition is away to Commercials on 12th March.
Will all those who have not yet come to the field please note that training is on Wednesday and Friday nights at 7.30pm sharp. Our first outing takes place on 12th March in the Intermediate South League.
Our next match is on 17th March in the County League Final against J.K. Brackens at 12 noon in New Inn.
Under 21 Football
Due to an unplayable pitch our re-fixture against Cahir takes place on Sunday 5th March in Clonmel Sportsfield at 2.30pm.
Tennis Coaching Scheme will take place in the GAA Sports Complex at 10.30am every Saturday and will cater for girls and boys aged 6 to 16 with immediate effect. Visiting coach Des Bolger may be contacted at Sports Centre on Saturday mornings or by phone 086 8607075
FETHARD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday night 29th February at 8.30pm. All members welcome.
FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
Sunday 27th saw Fethard A. C. veterans take on their counterparts in the new A.A.I. Athletics Body's All Ireland Championships at Nenagh indoor arena.
The standard of the competition was "awesome" (as the yanks would say) to say the least, Many athletics from our northern counties were very prominent on the result sheets.
Carmel Condon had an excellent run in her 60mtrs in the V2 class taking the silver medal. Carmel had a marvellous run in the 200mtrs, with a medal prospect on hand with seventy mitres to run but her Cork rival and friend Finnegan slipped her on the inside and took the third spot.
Relatively new comer Fionnuala O'Sullivan got her first taste of the track since her school days on Sunday Even though a little nervous and slow off the blocks, Fionnuala managed to pull back a few metres and take a silver medal on this occasion. A wonderful experience to see these ladies in competition and hopefully the start of a new trend in our ancient town.
Club Chairman Miceál McCormack consolidated his Munster victory recently in the shot by taking the bronze medal in the Veterans V3 class, Murty Kelly of the famed Brow Rangers won the event.
In the recent Juv. A.A.I. Munster's at Nenagh we had two competitors Eoin Maher and David O'Sullivan. Big entries were the order of the day on the occasion and some serious competition. Eoin Maher took bronze in the boys U/16 200Mtrs, David O'Sullivan was unlucky not to be placed.
It is hoped next week to have (possibly Tuesday evening) Fitness testing in the ballroom in preparation for the Tipp County Indoor 19th March inn Nenagh.
All athletics are asked to attend. Training continues on Tuesdays at 5.30 in the G.A.A. Park. Registration is now due. Contact Fr. Sean Ryan re same.
ST. RITA'S CAMOGIE CLUB
The AGM of St. Rita's Camogie Club will take place on Friday 10th March in the Tirry Centre. Training will take place in the GAA Park on Friday 3rd March.
Next Sunday the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet at Grove at 12 noon.
The AGM of the Well Golf Society took place in the Tirry Centre on Friday 18th Feb last. The following officers were elected: Captain Pat Woodlock, Secretary Michael Leahy, Treasurer David Lawton. The first outing of 2000 will take place in Clonmel Golf Club on Saturday 25th March. Tee reserved 10.00am to 11.30 am (provisional). More details will be announced later.
The death has occurred of Mr Jim Connell. Barrack Street and formerly Dublin. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.
The Fethard and Killusty Anglers Club wish to draw to the attention of local anglers that, as last year, the fishing season does not open until March 17th.
Landfill Dumps, Giant Incinerators and other means of rubbish disposal have all been vary much in the news lately. Some however do not seem to realise we have a very efficient waste disposal service in operation in Fethard.
Residents of the Grove Road area are very annoyed at the amount of household refuse, including obsolete fridge's and other household appliances being dumped by the roadside.
This back road route to Clonmel especially now with spring growth appearing in Grove wood is one of the most scenic routes in the area. Known to generations of travellers as "The Green Road", let us please try and keep it that way.