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Saturday 30th December 2000

The wedding took place on December 29th of Ms Margaret Newport, Grove, to Mr Michael Callan, Dublin.

Fethard Youth Club will hold a church gate collection this weekend. We would greatly appreciate your financial support. By supporting Fethard Youth Club you are supporting your kids. Our next meeting takes place on Saturday 12th January at 7.45pm in Fethard Ballroom.

Baby Jack McCormack will occupy a very historical place in the annals of Fethard parish — Jack was the last baby of the year, the century and the Millennium, to be christened in Fethard Parish Church. His parents, Fergus McCormack formerly from Kerry Street, and his wife Anna brought the infant home from Denmark where they reside to be christened in his dad’s native parish.
The McCormacks are one of Fethard’s oldest families and the new baby is presently at his grandparent’s, Miceál and Mary’s house in Kerry Street. The last Jack McCormack, no relation, to reside in Kerry Street coincidentally in the same house, was one of Fethard’s best known personalities of his era over 50 years ago.

A big thank you to the large group of children and adults who joined the Pheasant Pluckers singing carols on Thursday 21st December. The proceeds of the night amounted to£463 and were in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic's Santa Bear Appeal.

Enjoying a great day’s sport with the Tipperary Foxhounds at their annual New Year’s Day meet at Fethard were Francis and Thierry Doumen, the French father and son team of trainer and jockey, respectively of ‘First Gold’. ‘First Gold’ was a most impressive winner of The King George Chase at Kempton on St. Stephen’s Day. The Doumens were having a short break in the locality visiting Tipperary friends. On Saturday night they visited McCarthys the ultimate racing pub where they met many very well-known personalities in Irish racing circles.

Sales of the Annual Emigrants Newsletter are very high and supplies are expected to run out pretty soon. If you didn’t get your copy yet it is advisable to do so straight away. Copies are available in local shops at £5 each. Over 1000 copies have been posted free-of-charge to our emigrants throughout the world.
So we had a slight snowfall, well there is no doubting what’s seldom is wonderful. The weather, the weather — nothing else seemed to be discussed during the past week. Fethard was hardly affected at all, mail vans, milk and bread delivery vans, more important still the brewery trucks seem to get through all the time. The doyen of drivers, the newspaper delivery men, who start at 4am each morning said they’ve seen worse and the workers and shoppers seemed to be able to make the all important trips to Clonmel without any great problem. Maybe some day we will see real snow and then what? Travelling would want to have been as good as it was as the sand and salt spreading trucks in Fethard were conspicuous by their absence.
Other parts of the country did not fare out so well as the tragedies in Monaghan, Dublin and Donegal testify.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 16th January in the Tirry Centre Fethard.

The largest herd of swans ever seen in the area were resident in the floodwaters in Harringtons for over a week. The herd varied in numbers from 11 to 14 birds. The swans seemed to be quite tame and would readily accept titbits from the hands of our local children who were very disappointed when they took their departure as suddenly as they came.

Fethard Parish Church had an overflowing congregation for their vigil mass on Christmas Eve night. Canon Power complimented all on the magnificent attendance and extended a hearty welcome home especially to Fethard emigrants an to all who travelled to be with their families at this very special family time. He thanked sincerely all who had helped in the church administration during the festive season and indeed throughout the year.
At the conclusion of the ceremonies we had the very unusual and indeed very well deserved spectacle of the magnificent choir getting an ovation from the packed church.

At least one group would not agree that the old custom of following the wren on St. Stephen’s Day is dead and buried in Fethard. Very well done to John Pollard and Pauline Morrissey, resident musicians at Fethard Day Care Centre we went out on St. Stephen’s day to raise funds for the day Care Centre. Their efforts brought in £450 to help in the day-to-day administration of the centre. The big question is, who were the two very well attired ladies who accompanied them on their rounds and joined in the merry making with gusto?

The following officers were elected at the annual general meeting of Fethard GAA Club held in the Abymill Theatre on Sunday 31st December: chairman Gus Fitzgerald; secretary Noel Byrne; treasurer Nicky O’Shea; football team manager Tom Mansfield; senior football selectors Danny Kane, Jimmy O’Shea, Waltie Moloney and Pat Sheehan. The intermediate hurling team manager is yet to be decided. Intermediate hurling selectors Miceál McCormack, Waltie Moloney, Davy Morrissey and Michael ‘Chas’ Keane.
The very comprehensive report shows that Fethard won the county under/21 ‘A’ football championship and the under/17 county league title. The displays in the under-age teams throughout the year augers well for the clubs future. Michael Ryan and Micheál Spillane brought further honours to the club by being members of the Tipperary all-Ireland intermediate hurling winning team. The senior football team are still very much involved in the South Tipperary senior football championship. The report that the attendance at senior football training sessions under trainer Tom Mansfield was ‘scattered’ is a bit disconcerting. Our under/21 and under/17 players show that Fethard have the footballers but without full commitment, especially in this day and age, the best efforts of trainer or selection committee are a futile exercise.
The balance sheet showed a deficit after a large turnover and this surely calls for an all out effort by all in promoting the clubs weekly lotto. We have three weekly lotto promotions in the parish at the moment and it is a sad reflection on all that the lotto promoted by the club, with the tradition of Fethard football club, would not be in the first two as regards membership and promotion.

The basket collection in aid of TRUST, who look after the homeless people especially in our cities realised £1,420. Canon James Power P.P. and Father Sean Ryan thanked the parishioners for their excellent response to the appeal on behalf of this very worthwhile project. Fethard’s own Alice Leahy is a founder member of TRUST and has devoted most of her life working on behalf of our less well off citizens.


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