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Saturday 4th November 2000

Well done to everybody who took part in 'Macra Capers' in New Inn Hall recently, fifteen members took part in what judges said to be a very entertaining show with much talent involved. Well done to the winners Boherlahan/Dualla.
Well done to Ali Holohan, Jennifer Frewen, Mary Barry, Deirdre Cleary, John O'Meara, Paddy Cooney and Kevin Whyte on been runner-up in the Volleyball Finals in Tipperary Complex last Sunday. They were only beaten by three points by Killenaule in a very close and exciting final.
The action continued on Sunday night when Members attended a 'Drag Queen' competition in the Clonmel Arms in aid of the Women's Refuge. Well done to Kevin Whyte and Lorraine Morrissey for putting in the effort and dressing up for this occasion. The two made such an impression on the judges that they were placed third.
Congratulations to Brendan Morrissey who won the Culchie Festival in Shrule Co. Mayo last weekend.
Congratulations to our team who won the Futuristic Fashion Show in Limerick last weekend. This win qualifies them for the All Ireland Final of the competition which will take place at the National Rally, in Limerick, on Saturday November 25th. Representing Fethard were Sinead O’Brien, Jennifer Frewen, Linda Nevin and Darren McGrath with recently crowned culchie king Brendan Morrissey acting as compere. This team deserves particular credit as they have all just recently joined the club. We can be sure that the future of the club is in safe hands with such talent.
We would like to remind all members that club affiliation fees are now due. Volleyball continues in the ballroom every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday November 14th at 9.30pm in Lonergans Bar.
All new members are welcome.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night, 14th November 2000, in the Tirry Community Center, Barrack Street, at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

Eighty-five mounted followers left Fethard following the opening meet of the new Millennium on Monday last. The widespread great support for hunting in Tipperary was again amply demonstrated by the huge crowd of car and foot followers of all ages that attended. While the very inclement weather of Monday morning cleared to a brisk and dry afternoon, hunting can not be organised to order, and with scent almost non-existent, nothing could be done with the good supply of foxes found. A good hunt was enjoyed, however, from the old Kilnockin Racecourse through Rathcoole and Ballintemple, to Rocklow, returning to the new plantation in Ballintemple where an excellent thirty minutes of good hound work followed, Raynard very finally been given best. Power’s Wood proved blank. A fox from behind Ardsallagh Lodge quickly went to ground before huntsman Simon Probin blew for home bringing a most enjoyable day to conclusion. Tipperary Foxhounds, due to the water-logged state of the land, cancelled their meet at Knockfee on Monday.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet at Loughcopple on Sunday 12th and Ballingarry on Sunday 19th at 12 o’clock.

Best of luck in his new business venture to Mr Senan Murray, Redcity, who has established a new taxi service. Senan may be contacted on 086 4001882 for all general taxi work including to train, boat, plane, hospital etc.

A hearty well done and thank you to Nellie Hall, Alice (Halpin) Gorman, Tom, Diane, and Paddy Halpin, and all their willing band of helpers and sponsors, for taking part in this year’s Millennium Dublin City Marathon. The Fethard runners efforts were in aid of a fundraising project for a most deserving cause — the Tipperary Hospice Group.

Two examples of the ‘ups and downs’ good luck and otherwise experienced by man and horse in racing were well demonstrated in the Fethard racing scene recently. Local trainer Mouse Morris enjoyed good luck with a good double when ‘Boss Doyle’ and ‘Puget Blue’ won at Wetherly on Saturday last. Not so lucky was ‘Buck Time’, a very promising National Hunt prospect that broke down on the same day and will not race again. Jointly owned by Aidan Archdeacon and Joe O’Dwyer, the mare, having won a point-to-point in Ireland last season, was sent across channel to be trained by Sue Smith. Having shown great promise in winning over hurdles on her first outing, her brief racing career came to an end on Saturday last.

The Rosary will be recited for the Holy Souls on Sunday 12th November in the Calvary Cemetery at 3pm and in Peppardstown at 3.30pm. All are invited to come and pray.

Our last outing was to a wind and rain swept Listowel Race Course for the Munster A.A.I. under eight boys cross-country championship. Young John Lalor from Rathcanty, a relative newcomer to the athletic scene was our only entry. With a win under his belt at the Tipperary Championships at this age group, he had a 6/1 chance to be in the medals (six contestants from Munster). Conditions to say the least were heavy and very wet when the 90 athletes faced the very efficient starter and his staff. Instructions re tactics and positioning were issued and the boy was on his own.
The experience of the more seasoned runners showed when John was left behind after an early surge from the start but he quickly regained his footing and within 150 meters had rejoined the bunch and at 300 meters held fifth place. John came up to third position with 100 meters to go, then was beaten to fourth but regained composure to take bronze on the line. Well done John for a tremendous achievement at Munster level. Tipperary took third in the inter-county award.
Training continues in the GAA Park on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7pm. On Sunday 12th November, we travel to Dungarvan for the Munster uneven age group cross-country championships.

Booking is now taking place for the Fethard Players 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 at O’Flynn’s Menswear (052) 31254. Special family nights on Sunday 12th and Monday 13th when all seats are £4.

Results for Wednesday 18th October
1st Gross Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
2nd Gross Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
1st Nett Maureen Maher and Breda O’Shea
2nd Nett Anna Cooke and Carol Kenny
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862

The Fethard Youth Club continues weekly in the Ballroom, next meeting on Saturday November 11th November from 7.45 – 9.30pm. We look forward to the very fine attendance that we have had in recent weeks.
As you will be aware insurance is a major issue today – every parent needs to know that their son / daughter is covered by insurance in case of any incident or accident.
We cannot run this club without your support and therefore ask you to ensure that your son / daughters registration fee of £6 is paid as soon as possible.
Over the coming weeks inter club activities include: Millennium Variety Show (in Oola on Friday November 24th ), Soccer Tournament and Christmas Disco and much more.
We will host a Table Quiz to raise much needed funds to maintain the club in The Fethard Arms on Thursday November 16th at 8.30pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Support Fethard Youth Club – Support your kids!

Fethard IFA and Fethard Macra na Feirme are jointly holding a meeting in Fethard Ballroom on Wednesday 15th November at 8pm. The speakers are Joe Hand and Frank Bourke from Teagasc. Joe Hand will speak on ‘Winter Feeding of Cattle’ and Frank Bourke will speak on the ‘Farm Retirement Scheme’. All farm families are welcome.

Two youths wearing balaclavas and carrying a knife entered the 7 Days shop on Killenaule Road at 8.15pm on November 2nd. Assistant Ms. Mary Sayers who was very shocked by her experience was ordered at knife-point to hand over the day’s takings.

The death has occurred of Mrs. Margaret Cummins, Mockler’s Terrace. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

President Mary McAleese in a recent interview on Radio Eireann said that one of her most memorable moments since her inauguration was unveiling the Irish Round Tower at Mesen, Belgium in memory of the 50,000 Irishmen, North and South, who fell in the 1914 –1918 war. A number of Fethard men fell in that terrible conflict. This week, Armistice Day week, perhaps it is only fitting we should recall their names and remember them. James Power; Philip O’Brien, Barrettstown; J. O’Keeffe;
J. Mulcahy; Thomas Murray, The Green; D. Madden; J. Quirke, Lower Green; William Mackey, Coolmoyne; W. Meehan, St. Johnstown; Denis Mackey, Monroe; James Butler, The Green; John Cummins, Abbey Street; John Cummins, Saucestown; Michael Dagg, The Green; Michael Denny, Moyglass; William O’Dwyer, Kerry Street; William O’Dwyer, The Valley; Michael Fahy, Lisronagh; James Fitzpatrick, Chapel Lane; Patrick Flynn; Joseph Green, Moore Street; James Keating, Kerry Street; Laurence Keating; Patrick Keating, Abbey Street; E. Lonergan; J. Lonergan; Patrick Lonergan; Richard Lonergan; Patrick Mahoney, The Valley; Charles Ryall, Buffana.
Killed in the 1939-45 war were: Christy Murphy, Rocklow Rd. and James Davis, Killusty.
‘Oh, had they died by Pearses’ side, or fought with Cathal Brugha. Their names would blaze from history’s page and ring out in the Foggy Dew.’ , statements expressed in the Irish ballad be one of the reasons why their memory as well as the memory of the other 50,000 Irishmen who fought in the Great War is not as well honoured as it might be.
Francis Ledwidge, the Co. Meath poet killed at Ypres wrote in his poem ‘At Currabwee’
“For am I not one of those who reared
The banner of old Ireland high
From Dublin town to Turkeys shores
And where the Vardar loudly roars”

Thomas Kettle, the Dublin poet probably got it right when he wrote in his poem ‘ To my daughter Betty’, written four days before he was killed.
“Tell them we fools, soon with the foolish dead,
Died not for flag, or king, or empire
But for a dream, born in a herdsmans shed,
And for the sacred scripture of the poor”
Whatever their reason for going, perhaps economic, necessity, those men ranging in age from 19 (Michael Dagg) to 42 (Patrick O’Mahony) who walked the streets of Fethard, went and paid the supreme price.
A plaque is to be unveiled in Thurles by President Mary.McAleese, honouring the men from Thurles district who died in both wars. Maybe some day we will see the same tribute paid to the Fethard men who did not return.

Tipperary GAA referees will play an all-star selection including Declan Browne, John Leahy and Liam Cahill in a Football challenge at Clonmel on Saturday November 18th. Lining out for the knights of the whistle team, the men who are never wrong will be Miceál McCormack, Willie Barrett, Brian White, Seamus Roche, T.J. Corby. The team will be managed by Tipp. FM G.A.A. Commentator, Paddy Finucane. Proceeds of the novelty game go towards the Tipperary CAT Scan appeal. Anyone wishing to be associated with the venture may contact any of the referees taking part.

Listed at 24 in the list of ‘the 50 most Influential Women in Irish Business’ is Caroline Lonergan, daughter of Mr Paddy and Mrs Rose Lonergan, The Square, Fethard. Caroline is managing director in Ireland of Novell, the fifth largest software company in the world. Before joining Novell when it set up in Ireland in 1985, a chartered management accountant, she worked as worldwide controller and director of finance for Claris Corporation.

The wedding took place at Killusty Church on October 28th of Denis, son of Mr. Jerry and Mrs Carmel Hannon, Crossard, to Ms Elizabeth Molloy, Irishtown, Clonmel.

Fethard escaped serious widespread flooding in last weekends downpour. When the main drain at the town end of Strylea laneway became blocked water quickly filled the area close to the Senior Citizens homes at Canon Hayes Court. Fortunately as the houses are slightly elevated water did not enter the dwellings. A number of houses on the Green opposite Meagher’s Garage were not so lucky. Floodwater did enter these houses and caused considerable damage to carpets and floor coverings.

On Saturday last our participation in the county came to an abrupt end in New Inn. We lost to Galtee Rovers on a scoreline 3-9 to 2-5. This was our fourth meeting with Galtee Rovers this year, losing 2, drawing 1 and winning 1. Well done so far to everyone involved and remember to keep attending training in the field with the south final replay due in a few weeks. Team on last Saturday: Conor McCarthy, Philip Croke, Liam Treacy, Michael Costello, Gabriel Horan, John Hurley, Noel Barry, David Morrissey, Tommy Gahan, Ciaran Treacy (0-5), Kevin O’Donnell, Brian Coen, Johnny Neville, Teddy Morrissey, Karl Maher (1-0). Subs: Alan Phelan (1-0), Paul Hackett and Owen Doyle.
No winner of this weeks jackpot and no ‘match 3’ winners. Five winners drawn for £20 each were: Brian Freaney, Mick Looby, Patsy Lawrence, Anna Henehan and Goldie (Killusty).
Please remember our Dinner Dance on 24th November. Please give your names immediately to any club officer. Last date for tickets is Monday 13th November.

There was no Jackpot winner or no 'Match 3' winner in this week's Community Lotto drawn on Tuesday night 31st October.
Five tickets were drawn and the following won £20 each:
Michael O'Hagan, The Square, Fethard;
Elizabeth Burke, Farranshea, Fethard;
Michael Shelly, The Green, Fethard;
Melanie Ryan, Slievenamon Close, Fethard;
June Gough, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot is £4,800.


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