THE LATE EDDIE BUTLER
The death has occurred on March 5th of Mr. Eddie Butler, Garrinch. The late Eddie ‘Goll’ Butler was a member of one of Fethard’s oldest families. A great local historian, he was a mine of information on Fethard families and could trace long forgotten family trees of those who have now died out in the parish.
Eddie's memory was all the more remarkable when one considers that he spent40 years working in London prior to his retiring home to his native Fethard. He was one of the very few survivors of the old Fethard Confraternity Brass Band and had some wonderful stories of how he and his fellow student bandsmen used to try the patience of the great but very eccentric bandmaster Tom Hickey. He will be sadly missed on a personal note as he was a great help when third or fourth generation Fethard emigrants wrote for information on their Fethard forebears. Sincere sympathy in extended to his wife and relatives. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred of Mrs Josephine ‘Josie’ Gleeson, Cloran. Interment took place at Cloneen Cemetery.
The death has occurred of Mrs Peggy Fahy, Crampscastle. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
Sincere sympathy is extended to Mrs Chris Nevin, The Gateway B&B, Rocklow Road, on the recent death of her father Mr Thomas Tobin, James St. Clonmel.
MACRA NA FEIRME
Congratulations to the Fethard Macra team who won the Dublin City Talent Competition, Comedy Section, in Newport on Saturday night last. Representing Fethard were Chris O’Riordan, Emma Morrissey, Lorraine Morrissey, Avril Colville, Thomas Grant, Darren McGrath, Daryn O’Meara and Eoin Whyte.
This victory qualifies Fethard for the All-Ireland semi-finals of the competition which takes place in Ovens, Co. Cork, on Saturday April 8th. The next club meeting will take place on Tuesday March 14th at Lonergans Bar.
JIMMY'S FETHARD CONNECTION
The tragic death of Mr. Jimmy McCann, Athboy, at Tullamaine races on Sunday February 27th became all the more poignant in Fethard when it became known that Jimmy’s mother Mrs Peg McCann has Fethard connections. Formerly Peg O’Beirne, she spent much of her childhood in Fethard where her father, the late Leo O’Beirne, was manager of the Provincial Bank Peg is very fondly remembered by her former classmates at the Presentation Convent School, and many friends. Her only brother Capt. Barney O’Beirne was pilot of the ill fated Aer Lingus Boeing 'St. Patrick' which crashed mysteriously off Tuskar Rock in 1969.
TIME FOR A RUN
Tom Mansfield, the new trainer of Fethard football senior team, showed he really means business by getting his charges out for a three mile run on Friday night last. Glad to report that all successfully completed the exercise.
The Gallant Tipps brought the 1999/2000 season to a very successful conclusion with two red letter days at Dromwood on Thursday 3rd and at Gortnahoe on Saturday 5th. The Dromwood day finished with a four mile point run in atrocious weather from Rossmore glen to the highest hill point above Hollyford. At Gortnahoe hounds hunted continuously from move off at 11 to 3-15pm in the vast forestry plantation. They caught their final fox of the season after a brilliant hour and forty - five minutes. The mounted and foot followers present at the finish joined in unanimously paying tribute and saying special thank you to huntsman Pat O’Brien for the good sport he showed during the season. Pat, gracious as ever, who took over the horn following Simon Probin injury replied and thanked all for their help and co-operation.
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers meet at Ballyluskey on this Sunday March 12th and at Drangan on St. Patricks Day to finish the season.
FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
Training continues on Tuesday evenings for the moment at the sports field at 5.30pm. An increase in numbers would certainly help the relay programme. As the evenings get longer we will move back to a 7.30pm start in training.
On this Saturday morning fitness testing by Doctor Condon will take place in the Ballroom starting at 10.45am sharp. All athletes intending to compete this season are requested to attend. The Tipperary County Indoor Championships, juvenile, senior and veterans, will take place in Nenagh on Sunday 19th March, starting at 11am. Entries to Carmel Condon. Registration fees now due, contact Fr. Sean Ryan.
CLEAN UP OUR WALKWAYS
Within the next couple of weeks the local 'conservation corp.' will start work on tidying up of walkways in Fethard and those surrounding the town. Extra voluntary help is always welcome and badly needed. Contact: Johnny Burke, Tom McCormack, Jimmy O'Shea or Miceál McCormack.
FETHARD PLAYERS AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Fethard Players will take place in the Abymill Theatre on Wednesday 15th March at 8.30pm. All are welcome.
PATTERN DAY FESTIVAL
Fethard Historical Society will hold a meeting in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday 21st March to discuss this year's Pattern Day Festival which will take place on weekending 18th June 2000. All interested in helping are invited to attend.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL NEWS
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 14th in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm.
FETHARD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
KILKENNY CORPORATION VISIT
The Town Clerk and other members of Kilkenny Corporation will visit Fethard for a walking tour of the town walls with Mary Hanrahan at 3pm on Saturday 18th March.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meeting of the Fethard Historical Society will take place in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday 28th March at 8.30pm, followed by a video of last year’s Trinity Pattern Day Festival (30 minutes duration approx). All are most welcome.
A lecture by Peter Murray, Curator, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, will take place on Friday 24th March, in the ICA Hall at 8pm. The title of the talk is '20th Century Watercolour Painting from Rose Barton to Kathy Prendergast' and all are welcome. Admission £2.
Membership fees of the society are now due. Contact: Gemma Burke, Redcity, Fethard.
FETHARD GAA CLUB NEWS
UNDER 21 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
On Sunday last we played our 1st championship game of the millennium in Clonmel against Cahir in defence of our last years success in the grade. We came out on top on a scoreline Fethard 2-11 (1-4), Cahir 2-6 (1-3) in a game of penalties. The team was: Tommy Gahan, Michael Carroll, Michael Ahearn, Michael Costello, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Keith Woodlock, John P. Looby, Aidan Fitzgerald, Conor McCarthy (0-6 frees), Conor O'Donnell (2-0 penalties), Glen Burke (0-4 2 frees), Kenneth O'Donnell (0-1), Kenneth Byrne and Nicky Murphy. Sub used: Philip Croke. Other subs: Garrith Byrne, Karl Maher, Michael Teehan, Brian Coen, Peter Nolan, Kevin O'Donnell, Ciaran Treacy, Alan O'Meara and Jason Nevin.
On next Saturday, 11th March, we play Moyle Rovers in the semifinal at 4pm.
We continue our County League with a fixture against Commercials in Clonmel on Sunday 12th March at 2.30pm.
We have our first league match on Sunday next, 12th March, in Fethard at 4.30pm. Please note details.
The South Championship starts on 12th March and we have a bye. Our first game in the competition is fixed for 18th March at 5pm. On the previous day, 17th March, we represent the division in the County Minor league final at 12 noon against J.K. Brackens in New Inn.
Coaching sessions in tennis are taking place for girls and boys aged 6 to 16 on Saturday mornings at 10-30am in the GAA Sports Complex. Coach Des Bolger will be present and can also be contacted by telephone: 086 8607075.
The Parent's Association of the Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard, will hold a Table Quiz in O'Shea's Lounge on Tuesday 28th March at 9pm. Proceeds are in aid of the Lourdes Helper Fund. Tables of four cost £12 and all are welcome.
DAY CARE CENTRE
The Annual General Meeting of Fethard Day Care Centre took place in the Tirry Community Centre on Thursday 2nd March. The committee were complimented on their running of the centre throughout the year. A special appreciation was expressed to the workers on the Community FÁS Scheme and also the voluntary helpers who attend every day. The outgoing committee remains unchanged for the coming year. The meeting concluded with a poem written by Jimmy Lawrence:
The Day Care Centre
The Day Care in Fethard is for one and all,
Fethard, Cloneen and of course Killenaule.
You can stay all day, you can stay for a while,
But you will always be greeted with a friendly smile.
It passes the day and many a friend you will see,
Music and Bingo and tea at three.
We love the Day Care, there is no fuss,
We're treated like queens and we travel by bus.
The music is lovely, it's fit for a king,
You have John and Pauline and on keyboard is Jim.
We all get together, we're a great little team.
And its all thanks of course, to Sr. Christine.
Canon Power calls to see us, with a big friendly smile,
He shakes hands with everyone and stays for a while.
he takes time for everyone , he leaves no one out,
And that's what the Day Care is all about
Over eight people from the Day Care Centre, which included volunteers, enjoyed an afternoon out in Thurles on the 23rd February. We spent one hours shopping in Thurles Shopping Centre and from there on to afternoon tea in the Munster Hotel. Music was supplied by our own trio, Pauline, John and Jim. We arrived back in Fethard at 6.45pm. As per usual on these outings, there was great fun, laughter and entertainment from all involved.