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Saturday 30th September 2000

Firstly, congratulations to all Junior Cert pupils on their examination results. Now plans are in motion to ‘hit the boards’ on December 11th-15th in the Abymill Theatre with this year’s school production of the ever popular ‘Oliver’. Rehearsals are well underway with the strains of the very catchy ‘Consider Yourself’, ‘Who Will Buy’, ‘Ump-pa-pah’, ‘Food Glorious Food’ and many many other memorable tunes. Keep a space in your diary that week.

Well done to everyone on Saturday last when our team qualified for the South Final in defeating Moyle Rovers by 0-19 to 1-12. The team was as follows: Conor O’Donnell, William Delaney, Michael Burke, Peter Nolan, Mick Ahearne, Michael Ryan, Michael Carroll (0-1), Aidan Fitzgerald (0-6), Willie Morrissey (0-1), Cian Maher (0-1), Miceál Spillane (0-4), John Paul Looby (0-3), Kenneth O’Donnell (0-1), Damien Byrne (0-1), David Flanagan (0-1). Subs used: Garreth Byrne and Kenneth Browne. Other subs were Shay Ryan and P.J. Ahearne. Our next fixture is the south final against Ballybacon on Sunday 8th October in Clonmel at 3.15pm. Please come and support us.
On Sunday evening last we beat Grangemockler by 4-16 to 0-3. The team was; Peter Carroll, Kenneth Sheehan, John O’Riordan, Philly Prout, Dermot Burke, Michael Costello, John O'Meara, Garreth Byrne, David Morrissey (1-2), Ian Kenrick, Ronan Allen (1-6), Johnny Neville (1-1), John Fitzgerald (0-1), Willie Quigley (0-5), M.J. Croke (1-0). Subs used: Johnny Needham (0-1) and Miceál Sean McCormack. Our final game is against Kilsheelan.
No winner of our £1,500 jackpot. Winning numbers were 2, 3, 16 and 23. We had four ‘match 3’ winners,
Ian Kenrick, P.J. Henehan,
Fintan Butler and
Margaret Flanagan. All received £25.

The recently formed Fethard Foróige club is progressing well with approximately 20 young members attending our meeting each week. We have been offered the opportunity to participate in a theatre awareness programme conducted by Galloglass Theatre Company. The first part of this programme consists of a theatrical workshop which the members will attend on Saturday night next, October 7th, at 7.45pm in the Tirry Community Centre (note change of venue). This programme will culminate with the members attending Galloglass Theatre Company’s production of ‘Leonce & Lena’ which takes place in St. Mary’s Parochial Hall, Clonmel, from 9th to 14th October. The cost for members to participate in the programme is £5.
We would like to take this opportunity to invite some adults who might be interested in getting involved as leaders to contact Edwina Newport, Main Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 32337.

Residents from both sides of Slievenamon came together on Friday 29th September when Verona, daughter of Mrs and Mr Michael Holohan, Killusty, and Tommy Walsh, Kilcash, got married in The Church of the Sacred Heart Killusty. The couple held their wedding reception at the Clonmel Arms Hotel.

Results for Wednesday 27th September
1st Gross: Bridget Gorey and Betty Walsh
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and Moire McInerney
1st Nett: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
2nd Nett: Gemma Burke and Mike Burke
Looking for a partner. . . . call Annie O'Brien (052) 31862

The Abymill Junior Youth Theatre Group will not commence until after Christmas.

Our 50th anniversary dinner dance takes place on Saturday October 7th at 8pm in the Clonmel Arms Hotel. Music is by Tony Egan with a disco to follow. Tickets are £20 and are available from Lorraine Morrissey (052) 31384 or Avril Colville (086) 8421792. We have a special advertisement feature about Macra over the last 50 years in the September 30th issue of "The Nationalist". Thanks to everyone who sponsored this page.
Congratulations to our novice public speaking team of Linda Nevin (chairperson), Sineád O'Brien, Daryn O'Meara and Aideen O'Donnell who were victorious over Dundrum on Saturday September 23rd in the Clonmel arms hotel. The team discussed the topic; "The effects the past generation have had on our world and how our generation aims to counter them", and impressed all who attended with their knowledge of their chosen subject and speaking ability. As this is the first time that any of the team have taken part in a Macra speaking competition it was a great achievement and we hope that it will be the first of many victories. Well done.
Volleyball will take place every Wednesday night in the Ballroom at 9pm sharp. Those interested in being on the team to compete in November, please attend. Meetings in October will take place on Tuesday 3rd, Tuesday 17th and Tuesday 31st. All meetings are held in Lonergans at 9.30pm sharp.

Last week we had two very near winners of the £4,200 Jackpot. Both Yvonne Purcell and John Pollard had three correct numbers and chose number 19 for their fourth number, which was just one number from the winning number 18. The numbers drawn on Tuesday 26th September, were: 2, 7, 18 and 27.
We had three 'match 3' winners each received £35. The winners were:
Yvonne Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard;
John Pollard, Rocklow Road, Fethard;
and Maureen Walsh, The Green, Fethard.
Next weeks jackpot is £4,400.

Fethard branch of the Irish Girl Guides will resume their programme on Monday 9th October in Fethard Ballroom from 7pm to 8pm. Ladybirds, Brownies and Guides are invited to attend. New adult leaders are always welcome. For further details contact Judy Doyle, 10 Strylea, Fethard. Tel: 052 31109.

Fethard Red Cross will shortly commence a weekly series of lectures on First Aid. Anyone interested in attending may obtain full details from the Fethard branch secretary on telephone (052) 31170.

The death has occurred of Mr John Connolly, Dualla, on September 30th. John had many friends in Fethard from his time as stable jockey to the Larry Keating stables and while he resided in Burke Street. He was a popular and active member of the old Fethard Tennis Club when the grass courts were in Burke Street. John emigrated to England and was having a most successful riding career with the Toby balding Stables when a horrific fall brought a premature end to his days as a jockey. He subsequently emigrated to America where he worked until his retirement to his native Dualla. He always kept in touch with Fethard where he will be missed by a wide circle of friends. Interment took place in Dualla cemetery.

Quick thinking and prompt action at great personal risk by local man Val O’Dwyer when a car caught fire while approaching Main Street on Monday morning last prevented far more serious damage. The car came to a halt in very close proximity to the Bridge Bar. Val entered the burning vehicle and succeeded in moving it away from occupied dwelling houses. He certainly saved serious damage to the windows and façade of the recently refurbished Bridge Bar at least, and at worst the whole premises being engulfed in flames.
A passer-by who went to notify a member of Fethard Fire Brigade who lives nearby was amazed to discover that due to lack of funding and support from the ‘authorities’ that Fethard Fire Brigade no longer exists. The best they could do was call the Clonmel Unit. Quickly and all as they were on the scene and had the fire under control, but for Val O’Dwyer, who deserves the utmost credit for his action, it would have been a case of ‘too little too late’.

The 54th Fethard Autumn Flower and Horticulture Show will be held in Fethard Ballroom on this Sunday 8th October from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. All exhibits must be in the Ballroom between 3pm and 6pm on Saturday 7th October. Proceeds from this years event go towards St. Joseph’s Hospital Clonmel Cat Scan Appeal.


Due to inclement weather, our Intermediate Championship match against St. Cronan's of Roscrea on Sunday was postponed. Our next fixture is for next Sunday, 8th October, in The Ragg against Kilruane McDonaghs at 1pm.

The well golf society will hold its last outing of 2000 on next Saturday, October 7th, in Callan Golf Club. Tee-off time is from 9.30am to 10.30am. Please remember that only soft spikes can be worn on this course. We would like to apologise to some of our members who did not get any notification of the cancellation of our Tipperary outing. We would like also to thank our members and our sponsors for their support during the year and hope to see you all on Saturday.

The Fethard Historical Society present a lecture on the ‘Wine Geese Worldwide’ by Ted Murphy of the International Wine Museum, Kinsale, on Tuesday 17th October, at 8.15pm in the Abymill Theatre. Admission is £3 which also includes a cheese and wine reception. Ted was in Fethard last year when he gave a lecture on the ‘Wine Geese of Bordeaux’ which proved the springboard for our most successful trip too the Chateaux of Bordeaux in July, 2000. This lecture will follow the fortunes of Irish emigrants from the 16th century to the 20th century who became involved in wine-making in such diverse places as France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and California.

Articles for this year’s issue of the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter are now invited. Please hand in your articles, typed if possible, to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, as soon as possible. We also remind families to hand in their ‘change of addresses’ to help avoid wasted postage money being spent every year. When Newsletters are returned to us we have no alternative but to erase those names and addresses from our mailing lists, so please make sure we have your up-to-date addresses.
If anyone has some time to spare and is good at typing, we would appreciate some help in typing up articles onto computer for this years issues. If you can help, please contact Joe Kenny for details. Tel: 052 31663.
The Annual Church Gate Collection in aid of the Newsletter will take place on weekending 16th October. All donations of £5 and over will be acknowledged in this year’s issue.

Friday September 29th was the official celebration opening mass of the year 2000 for the Patrician Presentation Secondary School in Fethard. This millennium year marked the initiation of a new 'awards ceremony' for students. Principal, Mr. Ernan Britton, welcomed all in his opening speech — staff, pupils, board of management, parents association and parents. he particularly welcomed Fr. Michael Barry, celebrant, and Canon James Power P.P., Mr T.J. Maher, national president of Macra, and Mr Michael Woodlock, Flancare, past pupils along with Fr. Barry. He emphasised that this was not just a day to celebrate the opening of a new school year, but also a day to remember two colleagues who had died in service — Mrs Anne Maher and Sr. Breda O'Connor. A commemorative picture was then unveiled in the presence of Mr Paddy Maher and the Presentation Sisters, to be displayed in the school in acknowledgement of their dedicated service.

The fourth, fifth and sixth year choir sang joyful yet meaningful hymns accompanied by Kevin Hickey, musical director for the transition year shows. The beautiful 'Atlas' piano was kindly loaned for the day by John Shortall, also a past pupil. The soloists from the pupils were Jodie Gilpin, Kersty McCarthy, and Lisa O'Donnell. Ross Maher and Daryn O’Meara assisted Kevin on guitar.
Mr T.J. Maher then presented certificates for excellence in attendance to Brian Kennedy, Claire Ryan, Emmet Burke, Bill Hunt, Ali Holohan and Eoin Fanning. Marian Gilpin, on behalf of the board of directors of Fethard and District Credit Union, then presented a perpetual trophy for business and enterprise to Mary Gorey for her involvement and success in the 'Young Entrepreneurs' competition.

Past pupil Mr Michael Woodlock then proceeded to present awards which he had sponsored himself; the awards for excellence and contribution to class year groups last term went to Sarah Kennedy (1st year), Una Prendergast (2nd year), Evelyn O'Connor (3rd year), Eoin Fanning (5th year) and David Kennedy (6th year). Rebecca Carroll (5th year) received a replica of the Padraig Pearse Perpetual Trophy that she had won last year. This year’s winner of the trophy, awarded for excellence in Irish, History and English in the Junior Cert, was Anthony Keane, Kilmore. Conor McCarthy and Marie Holohan, both now at college, received sports awards for football and camogie respectively. Ian O'Connor and Elaine Williams were declared 'head boy' and 'head girl' for the new academic year 2000-2001.

A note of sadness was evident in the mass that was dedicated not only to the memory of Anne Maher and Sr. Breda but also to Jason Barron, a 19 year-old past pupil who was killed so tragically last weekend.

The ceremony concluded at 1pm with the general consensus of opinion that it had been a day of looking forward to the future as well as remembering all who had done so much in the past — the Brothers and Sisters, Timmy O'Connor, Bro Albert — all were remembered with fondness and gratitude.


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