If the Foot and Mouth crisis remains stable, and the restrictions on certain activities are lifted, the long awaited rugby training will commence in St. Patrick’s Boys School field on Saturday next, April 7th at 12.30pm. All boys over 8 years old and under 11years on the 31st July, 2001 are welcome to attend this training. Any further enquiries to coach, Sean Devaney, Drumdeel. Tel: 052 31095. Fethard and Killusty area consider themselves very lucky to have acquired the expertise of a coach like Sean and look forward to having a rugby team in Fethard again after a lapse of 70 years.
The art and model-making event is now over. Medals and certificates were presented during the past week. Detailed results will be published next week. It is understood that the county finals of this event will take place in Clerihan Community Centre on Saturday 21st April. This date is to be confirmed.
The date set for the County Judo Finals is Friday 11th May in the Town Hall Fethard at 7pm sharp.
If anyone is interested in boy’s under/12 soccer please contact vice-chairman Bernard Feery. Telephone: 052 31023. Training will commence in Killusty on Tuesday April 10th at 6.15pm
We sincerely welcome Gerry Ahearne to the club in his new capacity as chairperson. Training this week will be held on Wednesday and Friday at 7pm. Our intermediates have arranged a challenge match on Saturday 7th April against Ballyhale of Kilkenny. Training for under 12s, 14s and 16s will commence at 2.30pm each Saturday.
The news that this years Cheltenham racing festival has been abandoned has broken an extraordinary attendance record of Fethard’s Cheltenham ring. Jimmy Ryan, Watergate, has attended Cheltenham races annually in an unbroken sequence since 1957. Jimmy is by now a well known personality at the meeting and his flamboyant character has been featured in many articles on the festival in the national dailies and racing magazines. He has every intention of resuming his annual visit in 2002.
ARTIST JOHN P. O’FLYNN
Artist John P. O’Flynn, formerly of Killerk, Fethard, and now living in Huddersfield, York, has forwarded a number of contacts he has received through his website, following his two excellent articles on his life in Ireland and Yorkshire in the last two issues of the Fethard and Killusty Emigrants’ Newsletter. Many of the messages, all very highly complimentary, were from people worldwide with no connections whatsoever with Fethard. One publications company has expressed interest in publishing further articles by him. John, who is also an excellent landscape artist has recently held a public exhibition of his paintings in Huddersfield.
A local lady on a visit to a large provincial town recently was somewhat surprised to find her public car parking charge was £7. She had been unavoidably detained into a third hour’s parking fee the charges were £1.50 per hour for the two hours and £4 for the third.
This is a typical example of the manner in which the private motorist is being exploited. The large percentage of private motorists are just ordinary law-abiding citizens. The ‘powers that be’ know that they will not complain. They implement parking charges, and then when in operation for a certain period, increase them. Introduce traffic wardens who stick £15 fine tickets on windscreen for the most trivial parking offences. Clamp wheels when in the city, charge what you like, John or Jane citizen will cheerfully pay up, no problem! The local authorities have a golden goose in the private motorist and they are certainly not going to kill it by increased parking charges, meters on Clonmel’s main thoroughfares is the latest scheme suggested.
The poor motorist pays up without complaint, no strikes, no parades, no banners, no marching on city hall. However, to quote a favourite saying of John O’Riordan, now in New York, “There comes a time when you must say stop”, perhaps the time is now!
We record the death of Mrs Mary O’Meara, Ballyvaden, who died on Sunday 25th March. Interment took place in Rathcoole, Cemetery.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY AGM
The Fethard Historical Society held their annual general meeting on Tuesday night, 27th March, and the following committee was elected: Chris Nevin (chairperson), Mary Hanrahan (vice-chairperson), Catherine O'Flynn (secretary), Margaret Newport (assistant secretary), Gemma Burke (treasurer), Peter Delaney (planning officer), Terry Cunningham (public relations officer), Diana Stokes, Dot Gibson, Kitty Delany, Joe Kenny, David Sceats and Marie O'Donnell. Membership fees are now due and those intending to join or renew their membership can contact: Gemma Burke, Redcity, Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Membership fees are as follows: Individual £5, Family £7, Overseas £10, Students, Unemployed and OAP's £3.50.
FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY LOTTO
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 27th March were 1, 5, 25 and 29. No Jackpot winner and one 'Match 3' winner, Brian Delahunty, Castlehiggins, Fethard, who received £100. Next week's Jackpot is £6,900.
FETHARD BRIDGE RESULTS
Our annual dinner and prize giving will be held in J’s Restaurant on Friday 18th May 2001. Past members or current non-active members who would like to attend the dinner are very welcome to join us. For further information or to make a reservation please contact Gemma Burke (31383 / 31799) before 30 April 2001.
RESULTS: 28th March 2001
1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2nd Gross: Anna Cooke and Carol Kenny
1st Nett: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett
2nd Nett: Rosemary Lalor and Nora Lawrence
HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY
Happy Birthday to Megan Sceats, Crampscastle, Fethard, who celebrated her 60th birthday at a surprise party in Fethard on Saturday night 31st March. A large group of relatives and friends turned up for the special occasion. Megan has asked us to thank everyone who helped in any way to make her day so special.
Last weekend Michael O’Brien, Rosegreen, retired from his milk delivery round which covered the Clonmel, Fethard and Killenaule areas. Michael provided a daily milk delivery service to his customers for almost 45 years, never failing, no matter what the weather or road conditions. He has been known to set out on his early morning travels in snowy conditions accompanied by two companions armed with shovels to clear any encountered snow drifts.
We wish him all the very best in retirement and are very pleased to report that the milk round has been taken over by his very popular manager, well known local personality Stephen O’Brien, to whom we wish the very best of luck.
The first swallow of summer was seen in Coolmoyne on Friday 30th March. This summer visitor is from two to three weeks earlier than normal. Up to 1990 the earliest sighting of a swallow in Ireland was March 4th. However, since then yearly sightings have become much earlier. Last year on was recorded in Dublin Airport on February 14th. Bird watchers are puzzled by the early arrivals and think that it may be due to the recent global warming changes.
The sacrament of reconciliation will be held in Fethard Augustinian Abbey on this Saturday night 7th April at 7.30pm and in Fethard Parish Church on Monday night 9th April at 8pm.
ENGLISH POETRY BOOK WANTED
If anybody still has a copy of the old school poetry book “The Higher Book of English Poetry” please contact Kathleen Bradshaw, The Green, Fethard. Tel: 052 31662.
FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
The AAI Mens County Novice ‘B’ 5k road race took place on the streets of Fethard last Sunday as 24 athletes took to the line. Our only club runner Fintan Rice ran a great race finishing in second place in a very competitive field. The results were: 1st: Pat Ryan (Dundrum), 2nd Fintan Rice (Fethard), 3rd Ross Alexander (Coolquill), 4th Noel O’Dwyer (Ballynonty). In the Ladies 3k race the results were: 1st Sheila Tierney (Ballynonty), 2nd Phyllis Bennett (Coolquill), 3rd Veronica Moore (Dundrum), 4th Maeve Corbett (Coolquill). The overall team results were: 1st Nenagh, 2nd Ballynonty, 3rd Dundrum.
Many thanks to Miceál, Carmel, Mary, Marie, Rita, the AAI and the Ballroom Committee for their help in organising this event.
Please note change of venue and night for training 7pm Mondays and Thursdays in the school field, Fethard.
FETHARD YOUTH CLUB
Fethard Youth Club will hold a Euro Interactive Night on Saturday 7th April at 7.30pm in the Ballroom. Lots of spot prizes will be given out on the night.
Our two teams who represented us in the Tipperary Youth Services Football Tournament held on Sunday 1st April, did us proud in their games. Our A team reached the semifinal. The day was very enjoyable and a special thanks to Claire and Tony, two of our leaders, for taking care of the teams on the day. Thanks also to the parents who helped ferry the teams to the tournament.
Please keep up your support for our activities because without it, we cannot take our Fethard youths on their trips. We would like some new helpers on our club nights as we now have 45 members with many more wanting to join. We look forward to meeting you if you come along to our weekly meetings held in the Ballroom.
CREDIT UNION OPENING HOURS
The Easter opening arrangements for Fethard & District Credit Union Ltd are as follows: Holy Thursday 10am to 12pm; Good Friday closed; Holy Saturday 7pm to 8.30pm.