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Saturday 3rd March 2001

The next meeting of Fethard Day Care Centre will take place on Thursday 8th March at 7pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Bingo at the Abymill Theatre on Thursday nights is cancelled until further notice due to the possible outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease in Ireland.

Families are wanted to take foreign students during the first three weeks of July. Top rates paid. For further information contact: 052 21352.

Fethard Bridge Results 28th February 2001
1st Gross: Moira McInerney and Nell Broderick
2nd Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
1st Nett: Margaret Coffey and Cinta O’Flynn
2nd Nett: Maureen Maher and Breda O’Shea
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862

The Parents Association of the Secondary School will hold their Annual Table Quiz in O'Shea's Lounge on Tuesday 27th March at 9.30pm. An exciting night is in prospect with excellent prizes for both quiz and raffle. Proceeds will help sponsor two students as youth helpers with the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in June. Your support is appreciated.

Congratulations to the Patrician Presentation Badminton team who recently won the Tipperary girls over 16 schools badminton championship. This team will now represent County Tipperary at the Munster finals in Limerick on 7th March.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard Athletic Club, which was due to take place on Monday night 5th March at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre, was cancelled. All meetings that involve people travelling between different areas were recommended to be cancelled as one of the procedures by the government in preventing the spread of FMD in our country. A future date for the AGM will be announced when suitable.

Fethard has upgraded steps, in conjunction with the efforts been made nationwide to prevent the spread of the dreaded Foot and Mouth disease. Many local organisations have cancelled meetings and functions at which members would congregate. The Hogan Musical Society have put rehearsals for their production of ‘Mother Goose’ on hold. Fethard ICA have cancelled their monthly meeting on March 13th. Ballylusky White Heather Harriers have deferred their annual St. Patrick’s Day draw as the sale of tickets entails the calling from door to door in rural areas. Fethard Athletic Club have postponed their AGM and of course all GAA activities have been brought to a halt. Disinfectant soak mats are in place outside public buildings and business premises.
The precautions taken locally may seem to some to be overreacting to the scare. However, many local people, of free travel age, will remember the 1941 outbreak when cattle were destroyed on a farm as near as Moyglass. This was in an era when the very few cattle trucks in operation were grounded as the petrol was rationed and livestock could only be moved as far as they could walk. The outbreak of sixty years ago was not, however, without its humorous episodes.
The noted practical jokers working at Coolmoyne Creamery included a 7lb weight in the back-pack of the late John Croke, whose job it was to spray the incoming carts. John walked around for a considerable period oblivious to the fact he was carrying 7lb overweight. It was also a regular occurrence to see five or six able-bodied men pushing and pulling, trying to persuade a reluctant donkey to get its feet wet and go through the one-foot-deep pit of disinfectant.
Looking back, it now seems a different world, when horses and carts, donkeys and carts, went to the creamery. To the younger generation it must seem like a different planet. Those were the days when farmers like Tom White of Knockelly called to houses en route inquiring if occupants needed any messages, and gladly brought them. We certainly have progressed and gained much from those days, but perhaps in hindsight, we have even lost more.

A familiar sight to regular users of the Convent Bridge was the sight of the grey heron or crane, as they are more commonly known, motionless in his constant fishing position some 100 yards upstream. The bird who last year was found on the roadway with a half swallowed peal stuck in his gullet, our grey fisherman was noted dead in the water last weekend and it looks like as if, this time, he really bit off more than he could chew.

A soccer league is now in progress for 4th, 5th and 6th classes in the boys primary school. Times certainly change!

Rev Canon James Power P.P. at the weekend Mass in Fethard Parish Church, thanked personally and also on behalf of the parishioners of Fethard and Killusty, Fr. Sean Ryan for his work in the parish during his 6 years ministry in Fethard and Killusty. Canon Power said the work Fr. Ryan carried out was witnessed first hand by the people and needed no words of his to describe it. Fr Sean will certainly be remembered for his excellent and devotional manner in which he organised and officiated at the ceremonies during Holy Week and at Christmas.
Canon Power concluded by saying that he misses him as a priest, colleague and friend. He wishes that perhaps some day Fr. Sean would return to Fethard as Parish Priest.
Fr. Dunne from St. Patrick’s College in Thurles will stand in for weekend duty and Fr. Michael Ryan C.C., Rosegreen, will help during midweek when available. These are the arrangements for Fethard and Killusty parish until the diocesan changes take place in summer.


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