All great trainers of two legged and four legged athletes have their own secret of success. The late Dick Ryan, Clonoulty, doyen of coursing greyhound trainers when asked to what he attributed his many cup wins replied modestly ‘the biggest and most important item is to get the dog, after that the rest is easy’.
Mick O’Dwyer, the most successful GAA trainer/manager of the last century said, in an article in a national daily recently, ‘the game at county level is now almost professional. If a manager can get his charges to give full commitment which includes giving up alcohol and tobacco, they might win something, if not they are no addition to club or county’. That’s what the man said.
Judging by the theme of two articles in last Sunday’s Independent, and the views expressed by the Rev. President of Blackrock College in a letter sent to the parents of pupils, if a trainer can get present day young players to give the above commitment he is not only a manager he is also a magician and a miracle worker.
Incidentally, with Mick O’Dwyer it is not a case of don’t do what I do but do what I tell you. Mick a fitness fanatic, cycle 20 25 miles three or four times per week around the lakes in his native Kerry.
Speaking of football it must be most depressing and discouraging for all interested in promoting Tipperary football who read the National Football League rankings in Sundays papers - out of 31 counties competing Tipperary are ranked 30th. Pointless after 3 games they are just one place, on scoring difference above Waterford in the lowest division of the current competition.
The death has occurred of Mrs. Mary Looby (nee O’Grady) Coleman. Interment took place at Rosegreen Cemetery.
The death has occurred of Mr. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Dorney, Milestown. Interment took place at Cloneen.
Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. & Mrs. Paddy Grant, Canon Hayes Court, who celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday February 11th.
Shooting near Cashel, Willie McGrath, well known local sportsman shot a snipe which he found to be ringed. Returning the ring to the address there-on in Holland, Willie received a most interesting letter from the Netherlands. The bird had been ringed in Zwagermieden, Holland, in April 1997. The letter thanked Willie for returning the ring and said that the information was very useful to them in recording the migrating journeys and life span of birds.
FETHARD GAA NOTES
Minor Football County League
On Sunday last in Killenaule, our boys gave a very promising display in defeating the home side. Final score: Fethard 2-11 (1-7) to 0-1. Team was: Ronan Maher, Derek Newport, Ian Kendrick, Paddy Cooney, Emmet Burke, Paul Hackett, Alan Burke, John Hanrahan, Anthony Feery, Johnny Needham (0-1), Michael Dillon (0-4), John Noonan (0-5), Nicky Noonan, Owen Doyle, John Smith. Subs: Jamie McCormack, Shane Walsh (0-1). Next Sunday, February 18th at 12 o’clock in Fethard we play Loughmore. Your support and attendance will be much appreciated.
At the county adjourned convention a new format for 2001 was passed the county championship will now be played on an open draw basis where the top 4 teams will be joined by the 3 divisional champions and county league winners. Where any of the 4 teams are divisional winners or league winners, the next in line will make up the quarter finalists from divisional and league respectfully.
The AGM of the above will take place on Monday, 19 February 2001 at 8pm in the Tirry Centre. All are welcome.
Last week we had no winner (6/2/2001). Jackpot £1800. No ‘match 3’ winners so we had 5 lucky dips each received £20 Martha Sheehan, Anne Hanrahan, Thomas Henehan, Louis Coen and Jim O’Meara.
Welcome to Michael Dillon, grandson of Billy Morrissey and nephew of Willie Morrissey from Tullamaine, who has joined us from Carrigaline.
Catherine Morrissey won two Munster Badminton titles in the Munster Junior Badminton Championships that took place in Clonmel last Saturday. Catherine won the ladies singles and was partnered by Mary (O’Connell) Wall in the ladies doubles. Fethard was also represented by Pat Ryan and Jimpy Connolly in the mens section. Jimpy was partnered by Catherine Morrissey in the mixed where they reached the quarter finals. John Maher from Ballycommon won the mens singles.
Fethard have reached the semifinal of the 3rd division county cup with good wins over Hillview and Grange. They now go on to play Knocklong on this Thursday night. Fethard also have two league teams who are still very much in contention at this halfway stage of the league.
FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 20th February at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.
ST. RITA'S CAMOGIE CLUB
Training resumes on Sunday 18th February at 12 noon in the GAA field. All players are requested to attend as we are due to play the Intermediate League semi-final within the coming weeks.
The AGM of Fethard & Killusty Community Games took place on Monday February 5th in the Tirry Community Centre. It was decided to enter an u/11 Rugby Team this year thanks to an offer coaching from Sean Devaney, Drumdeel. Josephine O’Hagan kindly offered a pitch, so this would be the first ever rugby team from Fethard in the Games. Joe Keane proposed that we should also enter a girls u/14 football team, as another new event, so ladies if you are anxious to play ring Joe at 052 31719. Other events considered were: u/10 GAA Volleyball; Outdoor and Indoor Soccer; Cross Country. Closing date for all team entries Feb. 12th. Individual events normally catered for are: Art, Model-making, Athletics, Judo, Swimming. Closing dates for these to be confirmed.
Helena O’Shea proposed that we should run a Draughts competition within the area with a view to an entry in the Counties next year. Anyone interested names to Helena at 052 31008.
The Committee elected for 2001 are as follows:
President: Rev. James Canon Power, PP
Chairman: Joe Keane
Vice Chairman: Bernard Feery
Secretary: Caroline Hall
Joint Treasurers: Peggy Colville, Joe Keane
P.R.O. Patricia Fitzgerald
Development Officer: MC Maher
Games Directors: Josephine O’Hagan, Tony Fitzgerald
Youth Officer: Helena O’Shea
Area Delegate to County Committee: Ml. Fitzgerald, AN Other
Area Nominee to Company: Peggy Colville
Committee: Denis Burke, Phyllis Grace, Sean Devaney, Micheál McCormack, Michael O’Dwyer
All budding artists may now be preparing their entries for the Art & Model-making events which will be one of the first to be run in the County. Closing date for entries at Area level is Monday March 5th. Age groups boys and girls u/8, 10, 12, 14 & 16. Model Making with mala or clay u/10 and u/14. If attending school in Fethard or Killusty entries may be done through schools. Other children living in the Parish who would like to enter please hand in your entries to Community Games Office, c/o Peggy Colville, Grove Road (052 31906) or Caroline Hall, Slievenamon Close (052 31268) before March 5th. Entries to be accompanied by fee of 50p.
SCHOOL AMALGAMATION UPDATE
As most people are aware by now, it has been proposed that Nano Nagle National School and St. Patrick’s Boys National School amalgamate in the near future, subject to approval from the Department of Education and Science. A Steering Committee, representative of the Boards of Management of both schools, has been formed to engage in the amalgamation process and to liaise with the Department of Education and Science. This committee will report on an ongoing basis to both Boards of Management.
The Steering Committee comprises: Mr. Dermot Rice, Chairperson, Mrs. Helena Delany, Secretary, Mrs. Mary Delahunty, Assistant Secretary, Mrs. Mary Hanrahan, P.R.O., Sr. Margaret Mary, Fr. Seán Ryan, Mrs. Cathríona Morrissey and Mr. Ger Manton. Sr. Maureen Power, Principal, Nano Nagle N.S. and Mr. Eamon Dwyer, Principal, St. Patrick’s Boys National School are auxiliary members of the Committee.
Our first task is to submit a formal letter of proposal to the Department of Education and Science, stating our wish to amalgamate and seeking departmental approval. During the coming months the Steering Committee will be involved in ascertaining the needs of our “new school”, seeking expert advice and collaborating with the Department of Education and Science and the Board Of Works. We have already been in touch with Mr. Declan Kelleher, District Representative, INTO, who has promised us the benefit of his considerable experience of school amalgamations. We also hope to visit some new schools to gain an insight into the latest thinking re. purpose-built educational structures. Interesting times ahead!
ORCHESTRA FOR ABYMILL
Booking is good for the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s visit to Fethard’s Abymill Theatre on Friday 23rd February. The programme has a distinct South American flavour with works by popular Argentinean composer Piazzilla and Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos. The performance will take place at 8.15pm. Booking now at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.
The Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Jackpot results for Tuesday night's draw (6th February). The numbers drawn were 22, 25, 30 and 32. No jackpot winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received £100: Adrian Moloney, Kerry Street, Fethard. Next weeks Jackpot £6200.