We record the recent death England of Patrick ‘Paud’ O’Shea, formerly of St. Patrick’s Place. Patrick was one of the last survivors of the old Fethard Confraternity Brass Band and he also played with the ‘Twilight Serenaders’.
The principal subject under discussion locally during last weekend was the ‘stop and search’ operation carried out by the local Gardai on last Friday night on the two ‘disco busses’ outside Fethard. A quantity of alcohol and what is currently referred to as illegal substances were confiscated.
The vast majority of teenagers who travel regularly on these busses are just out for an ordinary night’s enjoyment to which they’re perfectly entitled. Parents however, in these days of the too much money too soon syndrome for young people, must be fully aware of the dangers and temptations they are subjected to by the unscrupulous few.
Two youths, not from the district, we understand are to be charged and a file has been sent to the D.P.P.
Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will meet at Ballyluskey on next Sunday 25th February.
FETHARD BRIDGE RESULTS
Wednesday 14th February was designated a charity night by the club. Each member paid £5 to play and no prize money was paid out to the winners. We had eight tables which raised £160 and many members who could not play on the night also donated money. We also received sponsorship of £60 from FBD Insurance and this was included in the charity fund. All the money collected will be donated to the CAT scan appeal for St. Joseph&Mac226;s Hospital. The results on the night were as follows:
1st Gross Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2nd Gross Rita Kane and Kay St John
1st Nett Joan Kelly and Ann Ryan
2nd Nett Gemma and Mike Burke
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862
IF WINTER COMES
Some signs that Winter is over and Spring has arrived is the closing meet of the Tipperary Foxhounds now being advertised and the date of Fethard & Killusty anglers AGM being announced. The AGM of the fishing club will be held in the Tirry Centre on this Friday February 23rd at 8pm.
New members are badly needed for the Fethard Branch of Civil Defence. Meetings are held in the Tirry Centre at 8pm every Tuesday night. Just come along on the night or contact any member.
The new cellophane kiosk installed at Main Street will be greatly appreciated by regular users of the public telephone service. Callers previously were exposed to the elements on the almost outdoor phones. The new kiosks will have shelter from the adverse weather and will be soundproofed from the passing traffic. They well also accept both coins and phone cards.
PATRICIAN PRESENTATION SECONDARY SCHOOL
Mock interviews for leaving cert students were organised by teacher Mr Denis Burke on Thursday 8th February. Those interviewed were deemed to be of a very high standard and well prepared. The Parents’ Association awarded prizes for the students whom the interviewers found to be of the highest standards.
Best C.V. award went to Mary Costello. Interview prizes went to Paul Hackett, Majella Croke, Gavin Mulcahy, Glen Burke, Diarmuid Burke, Thomas Grant and Emma Fogarty. All of the leaving cert class were complemented on their performance.
The annual George Plant Commemoration at St. Johnstown cemetery will be held this year on Sunday 4th March. The oration will be delivered by Brendan Hughes, ex-hunger striker and former prisoner at Long Kesh. The commemoration, timed to commence at 3pm, is being held under the auspices of the South Tipperary Republican Committee and the National Graves Association.
Tipperary S.R. County Council outdoor staff have been busy recently in carrying out extensive pruning on the ornamental trees in Fethard. They have also replaced trees damaged beyond repair by vandalism. Here’s hoping we have seen the last of these mindless acts of destruction.
ABBEY MASS READERS
The readers for the Abbey Masses on weekending February 25th are; J. Fitzgerald (7.30pm), M. McCarthy (9.30am), G. Burke (11.30am).
FETHARD GAA NOTES
County Board Lotto Wins
Our club has been very lucky in February with two winners. On Friday 2nd, Bernadette McManus won £ 2,500 and on Friday 16th, The Abymill Theatre won £2000. Congratulations!
County Minor League
On Sunday last we were well beaten on home soil by a fitter Loughmore side on a scoreline Loughmore 36, Fethard 05. The team was: Ronan Maher, Paddy Cooney, Ian Kendrick, John Conway, Pat Looby, Eoin Doyle (0-1), Emmet Burke, John Hanrahan, Damien Cannon, Eoin Maher, John Needham, John Noonan (0-4), Nicky Noonan, Michael Dillon, John Smith. Subs: Derek Newport and Paul Hackett. On Sunday, March 4th, we play Ballina in Fethard at 12 o'clock.
FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
Fethard was represented by four athletes at the recent Athletics Ireland Munster Indoor Championships in Nenagh. Richard Lalor, Rachel Blackmore, Lolo Trehy and Elaine Kennedy made their debut on the track and competed well in what was a very high class event. All four ran the 60m and the 600m while the girls also competed in the long jump. Elaine Kennedy qualified for the final of the 600m by finishing an excellent 2nd in the heat. In the final she ran bravely to finish just outside the medals in 5th position. On Monday night 31 members travelled to train on the track in Kilkenny where the children practised starts, sprints, relys and long jump.
Upcoming events for members: Wednesday 21st February Second trip to Swimming Pool in Carrick-on-Suir; Saturday 3rd March County Indoor Championships in Nenagh.
New members are always welcome.
Back in action and playing as well as ever is Bellachy and Derry footballer David O’Neill. Less than twelve months ago the career playing day of the all-Ireland under/21 medal holder seemed to be all over when a mysterious illness appeared to have ended his sporting career for good. Hospital visit after hospital visit failed to show what was wrong and specialists were likewise baffled. The symptoms were severe chest pains, shortness of breath and dizziness.
David was willing to try anything when he was advised to visit faith healer Nicholas ‘Niko’ Quigley, Mortlestown, Killenaule, at his Castlebar Clinic. Following three visits in the one day, David says he was completely cured and has been ever since. He says he has no doubt there are doubters but if he didn’t experience the cure himself he would not have believed it either. He has no reservations whatsoever in saying that it was Niko Quigley who cured him and enabled his resumption of his playing career at the highest level.