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Saturday 15th July 2000

At the annual general meeting of Killusty Soccer Club, held in the Abymill Theatre, on Friday July 7th, the following committee was elected - Chairman: Sean Aylward; Secretary: Michael Crannitch; Treasurer: Louis Coen (who was returned for the 31st consecutive year); Team manager: Chris Coen.
A very important meeting of the Killusty parish field committee will be held in the dressing rooms on this Friday night July 14th, at 8pm. All members are requested to attend.

We record the death of Josie Gazley, Woodhouse, Fethard, who died on Sunday 9th July. Interment took place in Moyglass.
We record the death of Mary Godfrey, relict of Paddy Godfrey, Barrettsgrange, who died on Saturday July 8th. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

On Saturday morning 8th July, fifteen members of Fethard Historical Society set off for a week's holiday to Bordeaux in France. The members will tour the many vineyards in the Bordeaux area, including those of the Barton Gustier firm.
Thomas Barton emigrated to France from Fermanagh where he founded the Barton and Gustier wine firm. He reportedly bought Grove Estate in Fethard while in France without actually seeing it, and the sum paid is reputed to have been £30,000.
Tom Barton's business acumen in France made him very wealthy and he also bought large tracts of land in Fermanagh and Leitrim.
Thomas Barton installed his only son William in Grove House in Fethard and this William Barton became the first of the family to live at Grove. William, apparently, was not the owner as Thomas Barton (French Tom) by his will of 1771 left Grove and all the lands and houses he bought from James Butler to his oldest grandson Thomas and his son William.
Thomas Barton was one of nine children, six boys and three girls, of William Barton. He was elected Sovereign of Fethard for 1788 and 1792. In 1808 he was appointed Recorder of Fethard and was also Sovereign from 1812 to 1815. He was also MP for Fethard. He died in 1820. His brother Hugh was Sovereign in 1799.

The wedding took place of Mary, daughter of Mrs and Mr Joe Horan. Tullamaine, and Mark Mansfield, Ba!linakill, Co. Laoise, who were married in Holy Trinity Church, Fethard, on Friday 7th July. The wedding reception was held at the Anner Hotel, Thurles.
The wedding took place of John, son of Winnie and Jack Fitzgerald, Crampscastle, Fethard, and Ann-Marie O'Neill, New Inn, who were married on Thursday July 6th, in Holycross Abbey. The wedding reception was held at the Anner Hotel, Thurles.

This week's winning numbers were 21, 27, 28 and 29. No jackpot winner and no match three winners.
Five tickets were drawn and each receives £20.
The winners were

Mary Danagher, Cedar Grove, Fethard;
Margaret Ryan, Coolmoyne Cross, Fethard;
Pat Holohan, Killusty, Fethard; Christy Grassick,
Coolmore Stud, Fethard;
Jim O'Meara, 51 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
Next week's jackpot is now £3,200.

A Very Happy Birthday to Mrs Alice Keane, Tirry Park and formerly Knockelly, Fethard, who celebrated her 90th birthday on Monday July 3rd.

The Fethard / Killenaule community television committee have now restored the deflected BBC television channels to the Fethard area. The quality of the picture on some of the channels is at present not the best quality. The committee, however, ask subscribers to be patient as the equipment has been out of action for three years and needs some attention. The quality of the picture on all channels will improve when the work is complete.To receive the signals your must have your on original ar pointing Owads Slievenamon and your television tuned to the following channels - BBC 1 channel 67; BBC 2 channel 57; UTV channel 61; Chn 4 channel 53.

On Sunday last in senior hurling we made our exit from the county championship, losing to Ardfinnan 3-4 to 0- 11. Full report on sports pages.
On Wednesday last our county league final was played (report next week) versus Ahernow, in New Inn. We now await our opponents in the South final.
In intermediate hurling we play Ballybacon Grange in Clonmel on Friday night July 14th. Report next week.
In minor hurling we lost our second game to Ballybacon on Tuesday week last on a scoreline Ballybacon 5-12, Fethard 14. Team - Pat Looby, Peter Carroll, John O'Meara, David Kelly, Paul Hackett, Diarmuid Burke, William Harrington, Owen Doyle 13, Glen Burke 0-1, Alan Burke, Ian Kenrick, John Noonan, Tommy Dorney, Val Dwyer and Owen Maher. Subs used - James Lawrence and Paddy Cooney. Our third game was played last Thursday night against Skeheenarinky in Cahir. Report next week.
Our Lotto jackpot was won last week by Louis Coen; numbers were 11, 14, 17 and 21 (600). Next week's jackpot is £500 and draw will take place in O'Shea's Bar, Main Street.
Congrats and best wishes to Eugene Walsh on his recent marriage. Deputy's visit: Local constituents will have the opportunity to meet their new TD for South Tipperary on this Friday night July 14th. Seamus Healy TD will be guest of honour at a social gathering in the Fethard Arms at 9pm.

"It is beautiful" that was the opinion of a group of visitors to Fethard on seeing the work completed as part of the County Council's work carried out on the Square and Main Street. The flower beds have been planted, shrubs installed and large tubs filled with plants of various lines.The finished article, complemented by the new tarmacadam road, which now exists from Woodvale Walk to Redcity Road Cross, now presents a most pleasing aspect of our town to natives and visitors alike. The much-feared impeachment on car-parking space proved to be a fallacy. Apart from peak periods such as church services on Sundays, there is actually more parking space on Fethard streets during week days than in any town in TipperaryTipperary SR County Council, with the co-operation of a most efficient pavement and asphaltlaying firm from Norhern Ireland, have certainly, as our visitors said, have made a great improvement on the overall appearance of Fethard town. Once again an appeal to locals and visitors alike to keep it that way. Please be careful with that litter and please use the many litter bins provided.

Fethard senior footballers made an early exit from this year's Tipperary senior football championship, going out to Ardfinnan in the first round at Clonmel on Sunday night last. Fethard did very well in the first half when playing against a strong breeze and led 0-8 to 1-2 at half time. However, as in the drawn SF league final against Aherlow, at New Inn, they failed badly in the second half when Ardfinnan were completely on top. Ardfinnan affed a further 2-2 to Fethard's 0-3 and ran out worthy winners on a final score Ardfinnan 3-4, Fethard 0- 11.

Fethard AC, in conjunction with community games, will hold a major open sports day on Saturday next July 16th, at 2pm.Highlight of the day will be the Coolmore Trophy, which is an open 4xlOOm mixed relay. Also the Pat Ryan Memorial Cup and Trophies for under-14 open relay 2x2 mixed. There will be events for under-8, -9, -10, -11, -12, 13, -14, -15 and -16 from 60 metres to 1500 metres for boys and girls and events for small children. Events also for junior men and women, senior men and women, veteran men and women. Entry fee is £1 for juveniles and £2 for adults and covers all events. Relay teams are £4 per team. Athletes may only run in their own age group. Age as on January 1st. All welcome to this fun packed afternoon.

The qualifying final of the organics I vital 18 hole scotch foursomes golf competition was held in Cahir Park Golf Club. The winning pair were Mary Meagher, Fethard ICA, and Anne Cullen, Tipperary ICA. They will now, go forward to represent South Tipperary ICA Federation at the all-Ireland golf final in Tullamore in September. Best of luck, ladies. Our guild are now on summer holidays and the next meeting takes place on September 12th. We hope all members have a lovely summer.


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