FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
Twelve young local runners made the trip to Marlfield, Clonmel, on Sunday last to contest the County Cross Country Championships in what turned out to be very testing conditions. Fethard made an unlucky outset as Ella Prendergast missed the start of the girls under-9 race, this was unfortunate as she had prepared very well for the race.
First into action were the under-9 boys with Darragh Dwyer running a superb race to win the silver medal, followed closely by our under-8 county champion John Lalor who took bronze. Our third athlete to finish was Ben Walsh, a great debut in Fethard colours, followed by Eoin Healy whose strong finish clinched the team bronze for Fethard.
Our girls under-11 team were led home by Elaine Kennedy (schools cross-country winner) followed by Rachael Blackmore with another sterling performance. Both girls have shown outstanding commitment and work-rate this season. The next team member was Stephanie Lawrence who ran a great race and was just reward for her dedicated training. Stephanie was followed by Samantha Feery who ran well on her first outing of this year. The boys under-11 saw a keenly contested finish with Fethard athlete Richard Lalor just being pipped on the line. Winning a county silver medal was an incredible achievement for Richard and is an indication of the potential of this talented runner. The next Fethard boy was Lolo Trehy who finished strongly well up the field despite running under-age.
Our Fethard runners were Pamela Lalor and Tracy Burke in the girls under-13 race. Pamela ran an excellent race to finish in the top 12, followed by Tracy who had a very well paced and determined run. All our runners deserve great credit for participating in a very tough and demanding sport. Training continues on Monday and Wednesday nights at 7pm in the Fethard GAA field. All are more than welcome.
A breast feeding support group meeting will be held in the Fethard Health Centre on alternate Wednesdays. Next meeting 8th November between 11am and 12am. All mothers welcome.
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 17th October were 6, 8, 14 and 24. We had no Jackpot winner and three 'Match 3' winners each receiving £35.
The winners were:
Chrissie Nash, Shanakyle, Drangan;
Tommy Bulfin, The Valley, Fethard;
and Johanna Bradshaw, Drumdeel, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot is £4,700.
ROSARY FOR HOLY SOULS
The Rosary will be recited for the Holy Souls on Wednesday 1st November, in the Parish Church at 3pm and in Holy Trinity at 3.30pm. All are invited to come and pray.
Last call for articles for inclusion in this years Annual Emigrants Newsletter. Please submit to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, before 31st October.
On Sunday last in Littleton we lost to Galtee Rovers in a game played under atrocious conditions. The final scoreline was 0-6 (0-3) to 0-3 (0-2). Team: Conor O'Donnell, Peter Nolan, Michael Burke, John Kelly, Willie Morrissey, Michael Ryan, Michael Carroll (0-1), Aidan Fitzgerald, Kenneth Browne, Cian Maher, Michael Spillane (0-2), J.P. Looby, Damien Byrne, Stephen O'Donnell, David Flanagan. Subs used: William Delaney and Garreth Byrne. Thanks to Angus & Co for a wonderful year of entertainment.
Junior Hurling ‘B’
On Saturday last in Marlfield we had a draw in the South Final against Clonmel Óg on a scoreline Fethard 2-4 (0-4) Clonmel Og (1-7) (0-3). The replay is not fixed yet. We play the county quarterfinal in Gortnahoe at 3.30pm on Saturday 28th October against Rockwell Rovers. The team that played in south final was: Conor McCarthy, Gabriel Horan, Liam Treacy, Philip Croke, Noel Barry, John Hurley, Michael Costello, Tommy Gahan, Glen Burke, David Morrissey (0-2), Ciaran Treacy (1-1), Kevin O'Donnell, Brian Coen (0-1), Alan Phelan (0-1), Johnny Neville. Subs used: Teddy Morrissey for Kevin O'Donnell. Best of luck in the quarterfinal.
Junior Football (B)
On Bank Holiday Monday Oct 30th we play Kilsheelan at 12 noon in Monroe. A win is vital to advance to the last four in this competition. All players please be in Monroe for 11.30am.
Please take note of the date, Friday 24th November, in the Clonmel Arms. Tickets available from any officer or committee member.
On Tuesday last the £1,800 Jackpot (2, 3, 7, 11) was won by Phil Smyth, c/o Paula Gahan, Fethard. This is the third time the Jackpot has been won in the last six months. The total of the Jackpots won was £3,800. Please support community sports lotto. If you’re not in you cannot win.
HONOURS FOR FETHARD PROFESSOR
Professor William T. Coffey of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering Trinity College Dublin and Innisfall, Burke Street, Fethard, has been awarded the degree, Docteur Honoris Causa, on October 13th, by the University of Perpignon, France, by virtue of his contributions to Chemical Physics. This contribution has also been recognised by the American Physical Society where he was amongst the 22 non-Americans worldwide based physicists elected to the Fellowship of the society.
The significance of Professor Coffey's honour is shown in the fact that this single honour is achieved by just half of 1% of the membership.
The Killenaule/Fethard BBC signal is now up and running giving very good reception to members on four channels BBC1, BBC2, UTV and Channel 4. The annual subscription of £50 is now due. A fully authorised collector has now been appointed and will call on members for subscriptions. We sincerely hope that a full response will be forthcoming to ensure the signal being maintained..
OLD TIME RETURNS
Do not forget to put the clock back one hour on this Saturday night Oct. 28th when winter time returns. With the return of the long dark winter nights may we once again make our annual appeal, this time especially to parents. Please do not allow your child out after dark wearing dark cloths or an unlit bicycle. Children just do not realise the danger in this practice. We have had several reports of very near serious accidents from motorists in recent years who have narrowly missed knocking down children on unlighted bicycles. Their luck will not last forever. The same rule with regard to being seen also applies to pedestrians. Always while walking after lighting up time wear bright clothing or a reflective belt or armband.
A sure sign that the winter is now upon us is the start of the 2000/2001 hunting season. The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers hold their opening meet in Drangan on Sunday on Sunday 29th October. The White Heathers meet at Kilnockin Hill on November 5th. This one time traditional draw from Fethard meets during Mrs Masters, mastership of the Tipperary Foxhounds has not been hunted for over 50 years. Other November meets are Nov 12th Ballylusky, Nov. 19th Loughcopple, Nov. 26th Ballingarry. All meets at 12 noon.
The Tipperary Foxhounds hold their opening meet of the new season in Fethard on Monday Oct 30th at 11.00am.
Since taking up residence in Jerusalem, Virginia Quirke, Kiltinan has contributed articles to our national press on the political situation in the Middle East. Her full length dispatch in the Sunday Tribune of 22nd October is a most informative and well written account of the current situation in the near war like zone.
LECTURE ON NORMAN INFLUENCE
Fethard Historical Society have organised a lecture by Liam O Duibhir entitled ‘The influence of the Normans on Fethard and South Tipperary’. The lecture will take place at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre (upstairs) on Tuesday 7th November. Admission is £2 and open to all.
A COMEDY CLASSIC FOR FETHARD PLAYERS
The Fethard Players are currently in rehearsal for their oncoming production of “You can’t take it with you” America’s best loved classic comedy written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. The play will be staged in the Abymill Theatre from Sunday 12th November to Saturday 18th, with no performance on Thursday 16th. Booking now at O’Flynn’s Menswear (052) 31254. Special family nights on Sunday 12th and Monday 13th when all seats are £4.