FANCY DRESS PARADE
Fethard Historical Society will hold their Millennium Fancy Dress Parade on this Sunday 18th June, commencing from the Ballroom Car Park at 2.30pm. We invite all children to take part in the parade and to assemble at the Ballroom from 2pm onwards. Over £300 in prize money will be distributed to the best entries. The parade will then make its way to the Town Wall where the judging will take place. Entertainment, barbecue and many craft and side-show stalls will take place by the Town Wall. Live music will be provided by Dominic O'Driscoll and friends. We look forward to seeing you all there.
WELL GOLF SOCIETY
The well golf society will hold its next outing on this Saturday, 17th June, to West Waterford Golf Club. Tee-off time is from 12 noon to 1.15pm. We hope to see all our members there.
The importance of the forthcoming Tipperary South bye-election to all political parties may be gauged by the visit of An Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahearn's visit to Fethard on Saturday last. Accompanied by members of Fethard Fianna Fail Cumann, Mr Ahearn did a canvass tour of the town. As far as we can ascertain this is the first occasion that a serving Taoiseach paid such a visit to Fethard.
The death has occurred of Mrs Colette Carroll, Cahir, formerly Colette Morrissey, Main Street, Fethard. Interment took place at Ballylooby cemetery.
The death has occurred of Mr Augustine Allen, Grimsby, England, and formerly of Barrack Street, Fethard. The late Gusty Allen was a member of Fethard's best known football families and one of the four brothers who played with Fethard in the thirties and forties. Mass for the repose of his soul was celebrated in Killusty Church on Wednesday evening.
The death has occurred of Ann McEniry, Knockelly, who died on Sunday 11th June. Interment took place in Cahir Cemetery.
A poetry reading by Denis O’Driscoll will take place at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre on Friday 23rd June 2000. Fethard Historical Society are delighted to welcome this distinguished poet to Fethard. Denis has published five anthologies of poetry; the latest of which won the prestigious Lannon Award. Admission is £3 which includes a cheese and wine reception sponsored by Kenny's Centra Foodstore, the Green, Fethard.
WORK ON SQUARE RE-COMMENCES
The work on completion of the first phase of the Fethard renovations on The Square has re-commenced this week. The dust seems to have settled on the controversy surrounding the initial plans and once again we request locals to reserve their final judgement until completion of the project.
TV OR NOT TV
The Fethard / Killenaule elected BBC TV Committee have been informed that their license to restore the BBC service in the area has been granted. The co-ordinators of the project hope to have the service up and running within three weeks.
Mr Malachy Brett, Tullamaine, is very hopeful of a successful result to his recent appearance in the High Court where he lodged an appeal against the law disposal of milk quotas. Mr Brett, a founder member of the IFA, was accompanied by two other farmers who appear on behalf of all in a similar position. Justice Ms Melia Carroll will give her judgement on the appeal in July.
We have heard of cards for baby boys, cards for baby girls, and cards for baby twins, but who ever heard of congratulation cards on the arrival of baby goslings. Jimmy Ryan, Watergate, was in receipt of such a card congratulating him on his goose and gander hatching seven baby goslings last week. History tells us that geese successfully guarded the great walls of Rome. The new Ryan geese family are proving a great attraction to locals and visitors alike as they guard the medieval walls of Fethard at The Pound.
UNDER AGE FOOTBALL
How disappointing to learn that the both teams, the winners Moyle Rovers and the runners-up Fethard, have both been disqualified from the under/10 Community Games football competition. Following a thrilling final at Fethard, a game undoubtedly that either team could have won, it appears both teams were technically out of order. Rovers infringed the parish rule law and Fethard, during the competition, played two players under the minimum age of seven rule.
Surely, such decisions should have no part in a competition involving boys of such a tender age. Would not a warning have sufficed? Imagine the feelings of the young players to be informed they had been removed from further participation under rules which they themselves could not comprehend.
This week's winning numbers were 3, 24, 29 and 31. No Jackpot winner. We had only one 'Match 3' winner Gwen Cooke, 49 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard, who won £100. Next weeks Jackpot is now £2,800.
MACRA NA FEIRME
Fethard Macra na Feirme are preparing for their 50th Anniversary and are putting together a booklet of the last 50 years. We are looking for old photographs or details of anything that may have happened in the years that you were a member. If anybody has anything, please send them to Lorraine Morrissey, Tullow, Fethard, or ring 052 31384.
Good luck to any member wishing to take up a position on the South Tipperary Executive at the AGM on Friday 16th June in the Cashel Palace.
Horse riding still continues every Wednesday night at 7.30pm at the Trevor English Equestrian Centre, Clonmel. Our next meeting is on Tuesday night 20th June at 9.30pm in Lonergans. All new and old members are welcome.
The annual Church Gate Collection in aid of Fethard Tidy Towns will take place on this weekend. Please give your support.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK
The annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday 6th August. Buss fares are Adults £9 and Concessions £5. Names to Nellie O'Donovan, or Christy Williams.
Tel: 052 31043. Further details and times later.
CIVIL DEFENCE STRETCHER PUSH
Fethard Civil Defence members have organised a Sponsored Stretcher Push from Fethard to Killusty on Sunday 25th June. Please give your support to this voluntary body who are always willing to participate and provide much appreciated back up services at community events.
LOURDES INVALID FUND
A sincere thank you to everyone who supported our Lourdes Invalid Fund. Your generosity has ensured that four invalids will travel on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes on June 16th. Also thanks to all who supported the 800 Club Draw and those who provided the much appreciated brown bred, fruit and cakes. You will all be remembered in Lourdes.
FETHARD GAA NEWS
See the sports page for report on the County League game played on Monday night last. We await our next fixture in the South Championship.
We have received a bye in the first round and we ask all players to attend training under our team managers on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm. Challenges will be arranged by selectors in due course. Our first challenge will take place immediately after the Leaving Cert is over.
Our first round game in this competition is against Clonmel Óg. All players are asked to attend training under Tom Mansfield on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm.
After our first round victory against Kilsheelan. Please check sports page for up and coming fixture.
We had a first round victory over Kilsheelan. Please check sports page for up and coming fixtures.
Our under 14 footballers made their exit from the competition during the week when they lost by 2 points to Cahir. Our under 12 hurlers were beaten heavily by Killenaule in the first round of their competition.
We would like to thank the Community Games Juvenile committee for organising a great day on Saturday 10th June and providing refreshments for the large numbers that turned up. In the under 10 football we avenged our previous defeat by Moyle Rovers with a great display in the semifinal. Fethard 3-3 to Moyle Rovers 1-2. In the final we defeated Ardfinnan on a scoreline of 1-2 to 0-1. Panel: Ed Sheehan, Ben Walsh, Owen O'Connell, Glen Maher, Ciarán Ryan, Christopher Sheehan, Adrian Lawrence, Andrew Walsh, Aaron O'Donovan, Paul McCarthy, James Kelly, Tomás O'Connell, J. McGrath, Gavin Fitzgerald, Darren Prout, Dave Gorey, Adam Lyons, Cathal Gorey, Kevin Hayes, Philip Doyle and Jerome Ahearn.
We reached the final in the under 8 competition but lost to Moyle Rovers by six scores to three scores. Panel: Matt O'Sullivan, Tommy Sheehan, Owen Fitzgerald, Frankie O'Donovan, Ross Barron, Kieran O'Connell, Arran Conran, Alan Lawrence, Daniel Hickey, Brian Delahunty, Davy Walsh, Matthew Fitzgerald, Ronan Fitzgerald, Owen Healy, Damien Morrissey, Owen Prout and Colm Shanahan.
Please note our annual Summer Camp will take place from 10th to 14th July for ages 8 to 12 in the GAA Field.
No jackpot winner this week and we had six 'match three' winners. Next draw takes place in Joe Ahearns on Tuesday 20th at 10pm. Last Weeks Jackpot was £1,200.
County Board Draw
Our promoters will be calling to all doors from the Fethard Juvenile, Senior, Camogie and Sports Centre within the next two weeks. Please support by giving £60 per year or £5 monthly by cash or direct debit.