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Saturday 9th December 2000

Tipperary U/21 obliged to field a very much weakened team due to injuries and club commitment were beaten by four points by Wicklow in their Hasting Cup game on Saturday last. Tipperary who plagued well throughout missed a penalty in a closely contested game. Final score Wicklow 2-7, Tipperary 0-9. Tipperary travel to Crossmaglen where they take on Armagh this weekend.

Tipperary Foxhounds had an excellent run from their meet at St. Johnstown on Thursday last. Finding in the fort at Coolbawn Cross hounds ran through Milltown St. John to Mr. Charles Blackmore's, crossing the Fethard - Killenaule road they hunted strongly up to the New Line at Sue Perry's. Left handed again through Mr. Tom Hannon's they simply flew down to St. Johnstown pub where they crossed into Mr. Frank Sparrows, up over the Knockelly - Fethard road they hunted down to Magoury where they lost this good fox. Most of the field of 70 mounted followers had enough after a very fast hour in very heavy conditions.
Ballyluskey Harriers meet next Sunday at Donoughmore Cross.

Yes indeed, hats off to the organisers of the Christmas Hat Party held in the Bridge Bar on Saturday night last. Exotic creations that would make milliner Philip Treacy envious were the order of the evening. Over sixty entrants took part in the various competitions. Judge Marie Crean had a very difficult task in deciding on the following winners in the various classes. Craziest hat: Bill Kennedy. Best use of re-cycled material: Lydia Kelly. Most unusual hat: Paul Shanahan and Smallest hat: David Sceats. Sumptuous refreshments were served. John and Marianne Shortall were the organisers and the entire proceeds went to the Central Remedial Clinic Santa Bear Appeal. Santa Bears are currently available for sale in shops in Fethard.

The American Embassy have been in communication with Fethard Community Council regretting that the planned visit of President Clinton to Fethard has been cancelled. Fethard was proposed to be included in the President's original seven-day trip to Ireland scheduled for October. Unfortunately this visit had to be rescheduled to a three-day visit in December which did not allow time for his trip to Tipp.

Fethard Youth Club will host a Christmas Party for members in the Tirry Community Centre on Saturday night next, Dec. 16th from 8 to 10pm.

On Thursday night 21st December, the Pheasant Pluckers will go Christmas carol singing around Fethard in aid of the CRC Santa Bear Appeal. All are welcome to come along and join in on the night. Starting outside the Town Hall at 7.30pm.
Congratulations to our Ladies team who won the inter club Soccer competition held recently. The South Executive Christmas party takes place on Saturday December 23rd in Cahir House Hotel. All members, past and present, wishing to attend should give their names immediately to Club chairperson, Lorraine Morrissey or Secretary, Avril Colville.
Best of luck to our Senior Debating team of Aideen O'Donnell, Sinead O'Brien, Ali Houlihan and Darren McGrath who compete in the first round of the South Tipperary competition against Cahir this weekend.

We record the death of Giles Blundell, Piltown, and formerly from 'Wishy's Tiegh', Slievenamon, who died on Sunday 3rd December. Interment took place in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland.
We record the death of Bro Augustine CSSP formerly Paddy O'Keeffe, Milestown, Cloneen, who died in Dublin. Interment took place in Cloneen cemetery.
We record the death of Anne (Sayers) Dalton, formerly from The Green, who died in Peterborough, England, on Saturday 9th December, 2000.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard GAA Club will take place on Sunday 31st December at 2pm in the Abymill Theatre. All players and members of the club are asked to attend.

Sometimes we can almost glide through the experience of Christmas and almost miss the real point of it all. At its very heart is of course the celebration of the birth of Jesus, he is the reason that we celebrate Christmas at all. We invite you to join us in marking the birth of Christ as a local Christian Community. Our Reconciliation services will take place in the Abbey on Saturday the 16th December at 7:30pm and in the Parish Church on Monday the 18th December at 8pm.

Parish Church: Christmas Eve at 8pm and on Christmas Day at 8:30am & 11am.
Killusty: Christmas Eve at 9:30pm and Christmas Day at 10am.
The Abbey: Christmas Eve at 9pm and Christmas Day at 9:30am. & 11:30am.
Even if you do not join us on a regular basis we especially invite you to join us in our liturgies, at our reconciliation services as a form of preparation and on Christmas Eve and day as part of our celebration of this great season. You are all most welcome.

The total amount collected for South Tipperary Hospice by our local six runners: Alice O’Gorman, Diane Halpin, Neilie Hall, Paddy Halpin, Michael Halpin and Tom Halpin, so far is £2,372. This is a great achievement and congratulations to the runners and all involved in helping the runners participate in this years Dublin City Marathon.

The next meeting will take place in the Tirry Centre on Wednesday 10th January at 6:30pm. We are here for you and all problems are dealt with in total confidence. Christmas assistance will be given during the final week before Christmas. Our annual collection will take place next weekend the 16th and 17th December. We ask you to help us to help others. Our members are: Dinny Bourke, Lynn Cummins, Vincent Doocey, Sean Ryan and Peggy Sullivan.
We take this opportunity to wish all of those who generously give us contributions and also those who we assist throughout the year the blessings of this special time, may you and those you love always feel the protection of Jesus in your lives. Happy Christmas to all and best wishes for 2001.

Congratulations to Áine O’Dwyer, Strylea, who came 5th in the under/16 Munster Irish Dancing Championships and qualified for the World Championships due to be held in Limerick next Easter.


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