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Saturday 6th May 2000

His grace Most Rev Dr. Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly will administer the sacrament of confirmation in Fethard parish church on this Friday May 11th. The ceremonies commence at 11am. The children for confirmation their sponsors and parents are requested to be in church by 10.45am. All are welcome to attend. The congregation is asked to refrain from taking flashlight photographs during the ceremonies.

The weekly meetings for Fethard Girl Guides, Brownies and Ladybirds have re-commenced and will be held in Fethard Ballroom each Monday evening.

The death has occurred of Mr Eddie Dineen, Kerry Street. The late Eddie came to Fethard as postman in 1930. He worked his daily round of Cashel Road, Coolmoyne, Rathbritt, Ballyvaden, Farranaleen for over 40 years up to his retirement. Eddie originally covered 17 miles a day walking, then 28 miles per day on bicycle before progressing to a van. A native of Carrick-on-Suir and a life long GAA supporter he never lost interest in the fortunes of the famed Carrick Swans. He was also a regular race goer and the ever popular and smiling Eddie Dineen will be sadly missed by a wide circle of friends and especially by the residents on his postal route to whom he delivered both the good news and bad in all kinds of weather over so many years. Sincere sympathy is extended to his family Marie, Betty, Shamie and Lory. Interment took place in Calvary cemetery.

This month's edition of Ireland's national fishing magazine 'Angling News' features a profile of George McGrath. George is a prominent member of Fethard/Killusty angling club and winner of this years Spring Fishing Competition. The article deals with George's' skill as a dry fly fisherman and his international recognition in the very specialised art of tying fishing flies.

The largest number in recent years took part in the traditional May Procession, the first of the new millennium on Sunday last. The statue of Our Lady was carried this year by members of the Fethard Boy Scout Group. The attendance of the Scouts and Guides in their uniforms was commented on by Rev Fr John Meagher OSA at the conclusion of the procession in the Abbey Church. Benediction took place at the conclusion with the congregation joining in the singing of the traditional May hymn to our lady, "Queen of May". Canon Power and Fr Meagher thanked all whom took part and complemented the parishioners of Fethard/Killusty on the numbers that turned out.

We had no winner in last weeks Community Lotto which was drawn on Tuesday night 2nd May at 7pm in the Tirry Community Centre. Numbers drawn were: 4, 8, 11 and 29. We had two 'Match 3' winners: Eileen Long, 3 Slievenamon Close, Fethard, and K. Evans, Rose Cottage, Saucestown, Fethard. both received £50. Our next draw takes place on Tuesday night 9th May. Jackpot is now £2,300 and tickets are £1 each. All proceeds go directly towards community projects.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 16th May at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. The committee for 2000 are Joe Kenny (chairman); Edwina Newport (secretary), Fr. Ben O'Brien OSA (treasurer), Pamela Sweeney (public relations officer), Nellie Donovan, David Sceats, Jimmy Connolly, Megan Sceats, Diana Stokes, Peter Grant, Thelma Griffith, Brian Sheehy, Alice Butler, Bill Kennedy, Helen Carrigan, Dave Looby and Fr. Sean Ryan.

On last Saturday night our under 21 'A' football team achieved what has not been done since 1988 in winning the County Under/21 'A' title to make it six in total (also won in 1966, '67, '68, '87 and '88). Well done to all concerned and thanks to Kildangan for a tremendous final which could have gone either way (full report on sports pages). The final score was Fethard 0-14 (0-6) and Kildangan 1-6 (1-2). Thanks also to our sponsors Lonergan's Bar, Clonmel Oil and Christy Looby. Unfortunately there was no programme of any sort available on the evening for the large attendance present who paid a little more than normal to watch this match.
On Sunday 7th May our senior footballers went down to Moyle Rovers 3-13 to 1-5. We have no excuses the better team won on the day (full report on sports pages). On Saturday 13th May we play Moyle Rovers in Fethard at 7.30pm in the County League. Please come and support our team.
Our long awaited Munster Junior semifinal is fixed for Sunday 28th May in Mitchelstown at 7.30pm. We play Listowel Emmetts (Kerry).
Our minors had a very successful outing against Newcastle and their next games are fixed for Friday 12th May against Moyle Rovers at 7.45pm in Kilsheelan, and on Wednesday 17th May against Commercials at 7.45pm also in Kilsheelan. We wish Glen Burke a speedy recovery.
On Wednesday last our intermediate footballers received a walkover to reach the last four of the South League which should be played off within the next few weeks. In Intermediate Hurling we follow up our first win by playing Templederry on Tuesday 9th May and on Tuesday 16th we play Galtee Rovers in Bansha.
In the final game of the current South Junior League we play Killenaule in Fethard on Wednesday 10th May.

The Senior Citizens Club will hold their Summer Outing on Wednesday 17th May. Bus will leave The Square at 8.30am for The Dáil, Dublin.
The Fethard web site, 'www.fethard.com', has certainly put Fethard on the international map in a big way. The tourist season has not even started and already second and third generation emigrants with Fethard ancestors are starting to arrive. Last week we had visitors from the USA enquiring for Skehan / O'Donnell ancestors from Strike / Drumdeel; Hickey / Ryalls from Fethard and O'Briens from The Valley, all of whose ancestors were born in Fethard and emigrated in the 1870 to 1880's. The Skehans and the O'Brien's we were able to help, we were not so lucky with the Hickey / Ryalls.
Helping these descendants of Fethard ancestors, while perhaps also helping Fethard, can be very time consuming. Fethard needs some sort of heritage centre where all the available information could be recorded on computer with somebody permanently in charge. Who are you going to put in charge? for instance, with regard to the above information required, how many people in Fethard know where 'Strike' is? Of course, there is always the local ordinance survey map.

We had no winner with three 'Match 3' winners who received £35 each: Stephanie Fitzgerald, Jenny Halloran and Diarmuid Hackett. Next draw on Tuesday 16th May in O'Shea's Bar at 10pm.

Fethard under 21 team had to call on all their reserves and dig very deep to beat a surprisingly good Kildangan 'A' team from North Tipperary in the County Final played at Holycross on Saturday night last. Making better use of their opportunities, goalkeeper Tommy Gahan, the woodwork, and the fact that the north champions could not score points from any distance were, perhaps, the deciding factors in Fethard's victory. The gap between the football stronghold of south Tipperary and the more traditional hurley standard bearers of mid and north Tipperary has not only narrowed but definitely closed. Burgess in last year's county minor final, who were unlucky losers, Holycross who beat Fethard in last year's under 21 county semifinal, and Kildangan on Saturday last are ample proof. Kildangan were in there on Saturday night with more than a shout of at least a draw when they were reduced to 14 players. Fethard then kicked a further three points before running out narrow but deserving winners on a scoreline 0-14 to 1-6.
Behind from the throw-in, yards behind, Fethard senior footballers gave their worst display in recent years when going under by 3-13 to 1-5 to Moyle Rovers on Sunday last. The scoreline, to be honest, at the final whistle was actually kind to Fethard. The only excuse that Fethard could offer was the fact that during the course of the game they were obliged to call on five of the under 21 team who had played a very hard under 21 county final in Holycross the previous evening and must have been playing on very tired legs. Still, some of these overworked young players were Fethard's better performers on the day.
Moyle Rovers, on Sunday's performance and especially on the form shown by some of their veteran players, must be, in racing parlance a bigger certainty as Istabraq to retain their county senior football title. Incidentally, there's a story going round that a well known pub has been named after a noble steed — it is called "The Bleeding Horse".


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