FETHARD GAA NOTES
Due to Miceál Spillane and Michael Ryan, our semifinal fixture against Moyle Rovers was deferred to 8th October. Best of luck to Miceál and Michael who will represent us in the All-Ireland final next Saturday on the County Intermediate hurling team against Galway. The game will be played in Birr.
MINOR HURLING ‘B’
Our minors played the south semifinal on Sunday last, losing to Cahir by a scoreline 4-7 (2-4), to 1-7 (0-5). The team was: Paddy Cooney, Alan Burke (1-0), Paul Hackett, John O’Meara, William Harrington, Dermot Burke, Paddy Ahearne, Glen Burke, Ian Kenrick, Brian Coen, Owen Doyle (0-6), Shane Walsh, John Noonan, Peter Carroll and Ronan Maher. Subs used: Nicky Noonan, Paul Morrissey and John Hanrahan. Other subs: James Lawrence, David Kelly, Owen Maher. This game concludes our involvement in under-age hurling for the year 2000.
JUNIOR HURLING AND FOOTBALL
Please check the sports page for our fixtures in Junior ‘B’ football and Junior ‘B’ hurling.
Well done to Colm Hickey, a member of the All-Ireland under-21 hurling team. His grandmother is Margaret Hickey (nee Byrne) from Claremore, Killusty, Fethard. He has won two Munster under-21 medals this year in hurling and football and now an All-Ireland medal as well.
No jackpot winner and three ‘match 3’ winners: Edel Fitzgerald, Brian Walsh and Kay Williams, each receives £35. Next week’s jackpot is £1,400.
The next meeting of Fethard Foróige Club will take place on this Saturday night, 23rd September, at 7.45pm in Fethard Ballroom.
FETHARD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday night 26th September at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre (upstairs). All members welcome.
DAY CARE CENTRE
The Fethard and Killusty Day Care Centre is now back in full swing after the summer break. The committee would like to thank Lonergans Bar for accommodating the patrons of the centre in their premises following a ‘break-in’ to the Day Care Centre recently. The disruption only lasted a few hours while Garda looked for evidence and filed a report. There was no major damage done.
The Day Care Centre and Meals-on-Wheels in Fethard together supply a staggering 8,000 meals annually to our elderly from their small kitchen in the Tirry Centre.
MICHAEL ‘MICK’ TWOOMEY
The recent death of the late Michael ‘Mick’ Twoomey, Market Hill, revived many nostalgic memories of Fethard GAA in the late fifties.
Taking up employment at Messers P.J. Henehans, Mick, a native of Cahir, threw in his lot with the Fethard GAA Club with whom he gave some great performances. Mick’s stay in Fethard was however, altogether too short. Marrying a local girl Peggy Keating, they emigrated to England. They never forgot their native Fethard and following the death of his wife, Mick, who had made Fethard his adopted home, returned to live in retirement in the Keating family home at Market Hill. Of a most kind and genial disposition he loved to wander up town and meet and greet old acquaintances. He will be sadly missed by his many Fethard friends. Interment took place in Cahir.
Five members of Fethard Historical Society have returned from a tour of the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars in Flanders and Normandy. One of the most interesting visits was to Beaumont-Hamil on the Somme where one section of the trenches was shown on the map of the area to have been given the codename ‘Fethard’. Many Fethard men fought on the Somme, some returned, many did not. Amongst the names of those from the Fethard area who fell were William Mackey (Coolmoyne), D. Madden, J. Mulcahy, W. Maher, J. Quirke (The Green), Thomas Murray (The Green). The tour included a Colour Party of the F.C.A. members. McKee Barracks, Dublin, led by the tricolour, rendered the honours and laid wreaths at Willie Redmonds grave, the Celtic Cross to the 16th Irish Division and the Irish Peace Park Round Tower.
Travelling with the Fethard group was Mrs Rena Lawrence, Kilkenny Beg, searching for the grave of her grandfather Nicholas Greeling, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny. Rena, to her great surprise and joy, found her grandfather’s grave in the last cemetery visited on the itinerary at Artillery Wood. Artillery Wood Cemetery also holds the grave of the celebrated Irish Poet, Francis Ledwidge.
Members of the Fethard Historical Society who travelled would hope to return at a future date to further research the final resting place of Fethard men in Flanders fields.
We record the death of Mary Quinn, Lowesgreen, Fethard, who died on Wednesday 13th September. Mary was originally from Main Street and a sister of the late Donal O'Sullivan, Chemist. Interment took place in Rosegreen.
COMMUNITY LOTTO RESULTS
There was no jackpot winner in last week's Community Lotto Draw. The numbers drawn on Tuesday night 12th September were: 1, 7, 20 and 32. We had no 'match 3' winners either so 5 tickets were drawn and each receive £20. The winners were: Sarah Mullins, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Mick Burke, Drumdeel, Fethard; Paddy McCormack, Kilnockin, Fethard; Willie Ryan, Slievenamon Close, Fethard; Eamonn Barry, Tullamaine, Fethard. Next weeks jackpot £4,200.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council are currently planning for the erection of Christmas street lights and Christmas tree. If anyone would like to get involved in organising this years lighting plan, please come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 17th October, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.
A meeting for all those concerned about the ever increasing danger on our roads due to careless driving and speeding are invited to attend a meeting in the Tirry Centre on Monday 2th October at 8.30pm. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss ways of making our town and roads safer to walk for children and adults alike. All are welcome.