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Saturday 5th May 2001

On Monday 9th April 2001 the teachers from Nano Nagle N.S. and St. Patrick’s Boys National School visited Bunscoil na Naomh, Lismore to learn more about the amalgamation process. In a situation similar to our own, the boys and girls primary schools in Lismore amalgamated three years ago, the new school being sited on the girls primary school campus. Our thanks to Sr. Aileen Fenton, Chairperson Board of Management, and Mr. David Corbett, Principal, who facilitated our visit and shared the "ups and downs" of amalgamation with us. Given their insights we now have a much clearer understanding of the process involved. Sr. Aileen advised “patience and perseverance” in embarking upon amalgamation and stressed the importance of knowing exactly what is necessary in terms of school structures, classroom equipment etc. etc. On a positive note she informed us that, while the preparatory work was taxing in the extreme, the amalgamation itself proved a tremendous success from the outset. We are currently awaiting a visit from representatives of the Department of Education and Science to assess our needs in terms of classroom space etc. In the meantime, the staffs of both schools are to collaborate in drawing up a list of what we consider to be priorities for the proposed ‘new’ school. Mr. Declan Kelleher, INTO Area Representative, is also to meet with us to discuss our reply to the Department’s original letter consenting to amalgamation.

After last week we thought things would revert back to normal but how wrong can you be. On Saturday last we had no replay of the county under-21 football final. Galtee rovers stated they were unable to field a team on Saturday, Sunday or Monday and now the matter rests with the county GAA board. Our intermediate hurling championship match also went by the board. The only fixture to stand over last weekend was in minor football where we received our first defeat at the hands of Killenaule 3-8 (2-3) Fethard 1-12 (0-8). Team: Ronan Maher, Gary Williams, Ian Kenrick, Alan Burke (0-1), Emmet Burke, Damien Cannon, Pat Looby (0-1), Owen Doyle (0-1), John Hanrahan, Johnny Needham (1-0), Michael Dillon (0-5), John Noonan (0-2), Nicky Noonan (0-2), John Smyth, Jamie McCormack. Sub used was Paddy Cooney. Our next game is on Sunday next in the Ned Hall park at 7.30pm against Moyle Rovers and a good result is a must.
The good wishes of the club go to Michael Kenrick for a speedy recovery from his recent illness.
Our intermediate footballers are out in Clonmel on Monday 14th May, in the league against Clonmel Commercials.
Our intermediate hurlers are out in the county league on Wednesday 16th May, in Thurles against Thurles Fennellys.
There was no winner of our £3000 lotto jackpot. We had four ‘match threes’ at £25 each, Kevin Ryan, Billy Lahart (Littleton), Nellie Ryan and Neddy Byrne. Our Irish Grand National results £100 to Edwina Keane, £50 to Derek Bailey, £25 to Ken Byrne and £25 to Michael Keeley.

Results for 2nd May 2001
1st Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and Moira McInerney
1st Nett: Fr. John Meagher and Mary Quirke
2nd Nett: Noreen Evans and David O’Meara

Congratulations to Nora Coady, Fethard, who celebrated her 80th birthday on Saturday night 5th May. Nora’s seven children reunited in Fethard to celebrate the special occasion.

The club will host a “Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative’ for parents and leaders of the Youth Club on Wednesday 16th May in Fethard from 8pm to 9pm. Sinead O’Mahoney and J. Casey are the drugs project workers who will lead the course on ‘The attitude on social tolerance to drugs misuse’. The second practical session will take place on Tuesday 22nd May, in Fethard from 8pm to 9pm, entitled ‘What are the different types of drugs’.

Fethard's Abymill Theatre will stage a two-act, one-man, story-play called 'Robert Service, Bard of the Yukon" on Saturday 12th May at 8.15pm. Now, actor Mike O'Mahoney brings the gold-rush era vividly to life when he becomes the poet in Robert Service, Bard of the Yukon. This one-man, two-act story-play begins with The Canadian Kipling’s birth in England in 1874. Mike dramatically recreates his childhood journey from England to Scotland, his youth and the privileged education that introduced him to the arts, and the beginning of the great adventure of his life with his emigration to Canada in 1896. The story-play is directed by Miriam O'Regan.
Mike O'Mahoney is an actor, craftsman, and a native of Kerry. He made his stage debut in New York with the Thomas Davis Irish Players in 1992 and subsequently appeared in their productions of Moll, 'Shadow of a Gunman', 'The Righteous are Bold', 'Big Maggie' and 'I do not like thee, Doctor Fell'.
Since his return to Ireland in 1995, he has appeared in the title roll in The Apostasy of Matthew Sullivan. Productions in the Irish language with 'An Taibhdhearc' include 'Aistriúcháin' (Translations), 'An Bacchae' and 'Stigmata'
Booking at Austin O'Flynns, Burke Street, Fethard. 052 31254.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 15th May, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Two most interesting participants in last Sunday’s May Procession were Joe Dalton and Gus Cummins. Joe and Gus, both now octogenarians and residing over 50 years in England, recalled their memories of the Fethard May and Corpus Christi processions of over 60 years ago. Joe, one of the few surviving members of the old Fethard Confraternity Brass Band, recalled the band’s assembly at the ‘old band hall’ in the ‘Forge Field’. A good marching time got them to the church gates. They then led the procession through Barrack Street, Burke Street and The Valley, returning then to the Parish Church. Following the Procession the band gave a recital on Main Street. No disturbance from the constant flow of traffic in those days.
Gus recalled Tim Tierney acting as marshal lining up the men outside the hotel and the ‘Children of Mary’ resplendent in their blue robes and their banners. He also recalled that it was obligatory for the boys of the National School to wear blue sashes for the May Procession and red sashes for Corpus Christi, and also the beautiful altar erected on The Square by Mrs Henehan.
The crowds on Sunday night last may not have been as large as those former years remembered by Gus and Joe but it was still as meaningful a ceremony. At the Benediction held in the Abbey Church, those who attended were complimented and it was encouraging to see such an excellent turn out. It was also mentioned that it was sad to see the number of young people on the footpaths who literally ignored the procession.

Retiring this week from Cashel Hospital staff is Mrs Alice Croke, Barrettsgrange, Fethard. Alice has given 42 years service to Cashel Hospital doing her daily duty which she very seldom missed. She was a very familiar figure in the hospital’s reception area to the hundreds of patients who visited the hospital over the years. She treated everyone with the utmost respect and courtesy. We wish her many happy years in retirement, which she must have taken early and during which, she certainly will not be idle. That just would not be her scene.

Welcome to Fethard to the town’s first lady bank manager, Mrs Mary Birmingham, who takes up her new position officially on Monday 14th May.

Congratulations and best of luck in her new appointment to Nurse Mary Prendergast, St. Johnstown, Fethard. Ms Prendergast has been appointed Acting Assistant Manager of St. Patrick’s Hospital, Cashel.

The postponed Ballylusky Harriers Draw takes place in The Archway Bar, Drangan, on this Sunday night 13th May.

Success in the inter-county football scene has not given local football supporters much to talk of recently. However, the non-playing, cancellation or postponement of the replay of the drawn Fethard v Galtee Rovers under/21 County Football Final at New Inn is certainly causing great local conversation.
Fact 1: — The original game was drawn on Saturday 29th and the replay fixed for the same venue on Saturday 5th May. Fact 2: — Some Galtee Rovers members announced at the drawn game there would be no replay the following weekend. Fact 3: — Galtee Rovers looked for a postponement on the grounds that one of their players was taking an exam in Dublin on that date and their application was refused. Fact 4:— Fethard offered to play the game on Sunday 6th or at a stretch on Tuesday 5th evening. Galtee Rovers would not play on these dates either.
Now the rumours start to fly. Rumour 1: — The match was not postponed it was Galtee Rovers refused to play. Rumour 2: — In addition to the player taken the exam, Rovers had players injured and players ‘away’.
Fethard intended travelling to New Inn on Saturday night but were advised not to. The whole matter needs clearing up and the rumours contradicted by the powers that be. Perhaps a new tribunal is needed!

A serious fire on Friday night last completely destroyed the residence of Mr Denis Walsh, Grangebarry, Coolbawn, Mr Walsh’s house was one of the most picturesque residences in the district. A long single storied thatched dwelling, it was always kept in pristine condition and only in recent years was an excellent thatching job done on the roof by a young highly skilled thatcher from Co. Mayo. Many travellers on the Coolbawn to Moyglass road, including locals, often stopped or slowed down to admire it.
The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire and fortunately no one was injured, but the news of the destruction of such a building masterpiece was greeted with consternation in the locality. Maybe, only maybe, Denis might see his way to have it reconstructed.

Local anglers will unfortunately not be entitled to avail of the lifting of the restrictions on fishing which come into force this weekend. The restrictions, imposed to help curtail the current Foot and Mouth outbreak, still forbids “The entry on to agricultural land for the purpose of fishing”. All of the club waters on the Clashawley and The Anner rivers, with the exception of a very small area near Fethard town, are enclosed by prime agricultural land. Members of Fethard and Killusty Angling Club and others who fish these waters will have to curtail the pursuit of their favourite pastime until further lifting of the Foot & Mouth fishing laws. The Department of Agricultural have advised Mr Thomas Fogarty, chairman Fethard and Killusty Angling Club, on the matter.

What could have been a very serious accident was narrowly avoided on Fethard’s new pedestrian crossing during the past week. A motorist duly stopped to allow a lady accompanied by a young child to cross. While crossing, a second car overtook the parked car with what could have been very serious consequences. The lady in question, who fortunately still has youth on her side, was obliged to take very quick evasive action. We have restated this same message before — “Would motorists approaching the pedestrian crossing on Main Street please take care!”


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