A meeting will be held on Tuesday May 23rd at 8.30pm in the Tirry Centre with Foróige Youth Training Officer. Anyone interested in becoming a youth leader with a Foróige Club in Fethard is welcome to attend. Contact Edwina Newport, Secretary Fethard & Killusty Community Council, Main Street, for more information. Tel: 052 32337.
PEOPLE IN NEED
Mrs Nellie Ryan, St. Patrick’s Place deserves great credit and congratulations on her great contribution to the recent national “People In Need” fund raising project. Nellie in getting the required sponsorship for her entry in the “Granny of the Year” competition raised over £600 for the very worthy cause, a truly marvellous effort. She may not have won the Granny competition, she certainly wins much admiration for her great work. Nellie wishes to thank sincerely all her supporters and sponsors.
The 21st of May has been set aside by the Irish church to be a day of pilgrimage for all parishes, here in Fethard and Killusty we have a tradition of having an annual pilgrimage to the holy year cross on Slievenamon, so this year we will hold this pilgrimage on the 21st of May. As we do so we will be asking the Lord to help us all on our own particular pilgrimage of life the one which we live out each day.
The pilgrimage begins at 2pm with the Stations and the Rosary being prayed on the way up to the Holy Year Cross. Mass will be celebrated at 3:45pm in the field which is accessible by car. (the stations will be prayed here at 3pm)
During our mass there will be a reconciliation service and also a special anointing for everyone, we will be asking the Lord to protect and guide us all on our journey of life.
If you have a cross to carry, a particular worry or problem, doing exams, something to thank God for we invite you all to take part in this pilgrimage. It is a chance to join together and give time to the Lord. It is a chance to come together as a community and walk in the footsteps of those who have gone before us and to ask God our loving Father's protection and care.
We had no winner in last weeks Community Lotto which was drawn on Tuesday night 9th May at 7pm in the Tirry Community Centre. Numbers drawn were: 3, 19, 23 and 29. We had four 'Match 3' winners: Mary O'Connell, Main Street, Fethard; Mamie Morrissey, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Jerry, c/o Gleeson's Quarries; Sean Ward, Kerry Street, Fethard. All win £25. New Jackpot is £2,400. Our next draw takes place at 7pm on Tuesday night 16th May. Tickets are £1 each and all proceeds go directly towards community projects.
Families interested in hosting foreign students during the summer months should contact Susan Phelan, Tannersrath, Clonmel. Tel: 052 21352.
The Fethard Clonmel road is closed all this week while road surfacing is been carried out from Market Hill to Lisronagh.
The Clonmel Fethard road even though the surface and road markings are very well maintained could at best be described as a second class road. How many drivers maintain the speed limit that a road of this class requires? A driver who has driven exclusively all over mainland Britain and on the continent describes it as 'a suicide road' between 8am and 9am and now instead, uses one of the back roads on his many journeys to Fethard. The problem is that every driver, young male drivers especially are very foolishly firmly convinced that they can drive as well if not better than Frank Meagher. Hardly a week passes without a number what are described as minor accidents taking place on this 8 mile stretch. There has been no fatal accident, thank God, for a number of years, long may it continue.
Recent research, as if it was necessary, shows that excessive speed is the prime cause of most fatal accidents. May we add our small voice to the national appeal to all drivers to slow down and drive carefully.
WELL GOLF SOCIETY
The Well Golf Society held their last outing on Saturday May 20th to Dundrum Golf Club. The society wish to thank sincerely all sponsors of prizes and all who participated in this year’s draw. The main prize winners were Michael Woodlock, Margaret Lyons and P.J. Keyes.
Fethard senior footballers more than redeemed their reputation with a one point victory over Moyle Rovers in the County Tipp SF league game at Fethard last week.
Who said there was a scarcity of referees in South Tipperary. On that Saturday night we had quite a number on the sideline convinced they could do the job much better than the man in charge. They even come on to the playing field to instruct him on how to do it properly. The official in charge’s report on the activities of these would be ‘knights of the whistle’ is awaited with interest.
Best of luck to David Sullivan, Barrettstown, Fethard who is a member of the boys U/14 Cross Country Team representing Tipperary at the ESB Community Games National Finals in Mosney this week-end. David was the bronze medallist in the U/13 event last year.
Judo: The County Finals of the Judo Championships will take place this Saturday, May 20th, in the Town Hall, Fethard, commencing at 11am Entry Fee £1. Weight Categories U/30, 35, 40, 45, 50 Kg & Open. Boys U/25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 Kg & Open. Weigh in Friday May 19 at 7pm.
Enquiries to co-ordinator: Valerie Colville 052 31906 or 086 8401813.
FETHARD GAA NOTES
Six days is a long time in politics. The same can be said of the Fethard senior football team, who on Saturday night last, beat Moyle Rovers by 0-9 (0-5) to 1-5 (1-1) in the County League, thereby reaching the final for the 2nd year to meet Aherlow as their opposition. Venue and date to be decided. This display of true grit, determination and good football in ideal conditions was a perfect way to come back and record our second defeat of Moyle Rovers in quite some time. The team that did us proud and make it an interesting championship to look forward to was: Paul Fitzgerald, Cian Maher, Damien Byrne, Martin Ryan, Willie Morrissey, Aidan Fitzgerald, Miceál Spillane, Michael Quinlan (0-1), P. J. Ahearne, Conor McCarthy (0-2), Martin Coen (0-1), Tommy Sheehan (0-2), Kenneth O'Donnell (0-1), Kenneth Byrne (0-1), Brendan Brett (0-1). Subs: Miceál Sean McCormack, Michael O'Riordan, Nicky Murphy, Tommy Gahan, Seán Óg Rian, Kenneth Browne. Our next south championship game is on Saturday 20th at 6.15pm in Clonmel against Carrick Swans.
On Friday 12th May our minors lost their league game to Moyle Rovers on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-10. On Wednesday last we played Commercials (report next week). The top four teams will qualify for the semifinals.
Our Munster Junior 'A' meeting with Listowel Emmetts is fixed for Sunday 28th at 7.30pm in Mitchelstown, on the way back from Cork where Tipperary play Waterford that afternoon in the Munster Championship.
We have full points to date after beating Templederry in the Intermediate League in Fethard last week on a scoreline of 1-17 (0-8) to 0-8 (0-4). We played a great game under splendid conditions and the team that did us proud were: Conor O'Donnell, John Kelly, Michael Burke, Peter Nolan, Michael Ahearne, Michael Ryan, Michael Carroll, Stephen O'Donnell, Shay Ryan (0-1), Kenneth O'Donnell (0-1), Miceál Spillane (0-8), Kenneth Browne (0-4), Miceál Sean McCormack (0-1), David Flanagan (1-2), Garreth Byrne. Subs: Teddy Morrissey and Gabriel Horan. On Tuesday last we were away to Galtee Rovers (report next week).
We fulfilled our Junior League fixture in Fethard on Wednesday last with a top class performance from our players who turned up on the night, loosing to Killenaule 3-11 (2-6) to Fethard's 3-8 (1-3). Only one team goes through to the semifinals.
There was no winner and the numbers drawn were 6,7,16,21. No match three winners. Jackpot is now £700. 'Lucky Dip' results: John Kelly, Rathvin; Carl Maher, Barrack Street; Molly O'Meara, Brodeen; Francis Dillon, c/o Morrissey's, Tullamaine; Carolya Tobin, 7 St. Patrick's Place. All receive £20 each. Next draw is in Lonergan's Pub on Tuesday 23rd May at 10pm.