GAA CLUB NOTES
On Friday night 1st June our senior footballers travelled to Castleiney to play Loughmore in the county league needing a result to be safe. We achieved what we set out to do winning by a scoreline, Fethard 2-10 (2-6), Loughmore 1-4 (0-2). We now believe that on account of Moyle Rovers defeat at the hands of Commercials, there is a three-way tie for the top spot. Our team on the night was Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Carroll, Cian Maher, Stephen O’Donnell, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Kenneth Browne, Aiden Fitzgerald (1-0), Kenneth Byrne, Conor McCarthy (0-2), Tommy Sheehan (0-2), J. P. Looby (0-1), Karl Maher, Colin Allen (0-4), Kenneth O’Donnell (1-0). Subs: Thomas Anglim and Brian Burke.
On Sunday next, 10th June, we play Mullinahone in the south championship in Cloneen at 7.00pm. Our last recorded meeting in senior football was in the 1st round of the South in 1982 when we had a very easy passage to the next round not like earlier years e.g. 1969. On the 5th October, in the south final, Fethard bridged a 12 year gap, Fethard 3-11, Mullinahone 2-4, and our team was Pat (Pop) Barrett, Seán Moloney, Eamon Butler (capt), Noel Byrne, Philip Byrne, Davy Fitzgerald, Mick Ryan, Denis Burke, John Fitzgerald, A.B. Kennedy, Ger Leahy, Waltie Moloney, Pat Noonan, Jimmy O’Shea, Liam Connolly (1-8). Sub: Liam O’Flaherty. As you can see from team there were three sets of brothers, Fitzgeralds, Byrnes and Moloneys. On next Sunday’s panel there are three Byrne brothers, Damien, Ken and Garreth; Fitzgeralds, Paul and Aiden; O’Donnells, Stephen and Kenneth; Burke cousins, Brian, Glen. The tradition lives as our present players include sons of Noel Byrne and Gus Fitzgerald (brother of Davy and John) and Denis Burke’s son Glen. Best of luck to all in our quest of a victory over a team that won the intermediate county title in style and earned their senior status this year.
We had no winner of our Community Sports Lotto £3,400 jackpot. We had two match three winners who receive £50 each, James Hackett (jnr), Cork, and Tommy Croke (Littleton). The numbers drawn were 13, 22, 23 and 24.
We extend our deepest sympathy at this time to the Robinson (family) Kilsheelan on the passing away of Cyril during the week. As a player he won a county under 21 football (1966) with Fethard and a south senior hurling (1982) St. Augustine’s (Fethard and Kilsheelan) to add to his achievements won with his own club Kilsheelan.
The annual general meeting of Fethard I.C.A. Guild takes place at 8pm on Tuesday 12th June in the I.C.A. Hall. Margaret Morrissey C.D.A. will attend. Membership fees are now due and new members are most welcome. Final arrangements for our summer outing will be discussed at the meeting. We hope to travel to Thomastown, Inistioge, visit a garden along the way and return by Kilkenny. Non-members are welcome on our outing. Green group are catering on June 12th.
FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 19th June at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
Bridge results for 30th May:
1st Gross: Eve Goodbody and Suzanne Opray
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and Moira McInerney
1st Nett: Rita Kane and Brigid Gorey
2nd Nett: Philly Kenny and Tess O’Flynn
Summer Bridge will continue provided there are enough tables. If you wish to play for the summer, please come along on Wednesday night at 7.30pm.
FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY LOTTO
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 29th May, were 13, 16. 21 and 32. No Jackpot winner and no 'Match 3' winners. Five tickets were drawn and the following receive £20 each: Sinead Delahunty, Castlehiggins, Fethard; Martin Coen, The Green, Fethard; Hugh Walsh, Kingswood Heights, Clondalkin, Dublin; Aidan Walsh, Lisronagh, Clonmel; John Whyte, Main Street, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot is £2,600.
The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 2nd June of Ms Helen McGarry, Woodvale Walk, Fethard, to Mr Francis Vaughan, Kilsheelan.
The wedding took place in The Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty, on Saturday 2nd June, of Ms Jacqueline Dorney, Woodvale Walk, Fethard, and Mr John Hally, Clerihan.
SINEAD'S BODY RETURNS HOME
The remains of Sinead Healy will be brought home from London to her native Fethard on Thursday 7th June and will leave McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 7pm for Holy Trinity Church Fethard. Burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery following requiem mass at 11am on Friday 8th June. Sinead, a daughter of Paddy and Alice (Coen) Healy, had been missing since October 18th, 2000.
Best wishes for a long and happy retirement to John and Maureen Whyte who have retired from business in their shop at Main Street. Best of luck to John Morrissey and Veronica Barry who have taken over the Whyte business premises on and from Tuesday 5th June and hope to provide the same excellent service to their customers as Whyte’s shop has done since its establishment in 1954.
THE WAY WE ARE
Two Fethard people have returned recently from visits to mainland Europe. Both never realised that the litter problem in Fethard and indeed Ireland was so bad until they saw the difference on the continent. One of our returned holidaymakers was in the large provincial town of Lorch in Germany. The visit coincided with a local weekend festival. Thought the festival had eight brass bands performing and several marquees dispensing fast food, nevertheless, not a scrap of litter of any kind was seen on the ground during or after the weekend festivities.
The other visitor travelled to Brussels and after witnessing the spotless cleanliness of the Belgium city, felt actually ashamed of the state of the streets of their native town. Why is this? Appeals from ministers, government and local authority councillors seem to fall on deaf ears. We seem to live in a culture of buy it, eat or drink it, and then throw the carton, can, wrapper or bag wherever it falls. However, I suppose we as a nation have many good points but being litter conscious is certainly not one of them.
OFF THE WALL 2001
Copies of the Presentation Patrician Secondary School’s ‘Off The Wall 2001’ yearbook, are available for sale in local shops at £4.
VERY RARE VISITOR
Seen in the Rathcanty area last week was a Hoopoe. The Hoopoe is a native of Africa and is a beautiful multicoloured bird of the thrush family. So rarely is the bird seen in Ireland that the last confirmed sighting in Tipperary was in 1944. The Hoopoe which was filmed on video stayed about four days and then moved on.
FUNDRAISING FOR CLUBS
Local clubs and organisations are invited to participate in this year’s ‘End of School’ Fancy Dress Parade by organising stalls by the town wall where the parade will finish. We would also ask for help and assistance in transferring chairs and tables etc. Please leave your name to Joan, Patsy or Monica at the Community Office, tel: 052 31000, or contact any member of Fethard & Killusty Community Council.
A photograph of the 1913 Fethard junior football team was up to a week ago thought to be the oldest photograph of a Fethard football team in existence. Joe Kenny, through the Fethard website, has received from William P. Heffernan , New Jersey, USA, a photograph of a Fethard senior team of the same era. The photograph is titled ‘Fethard General Burke’s Senior Football Team 1913’ and has the following names of players written underneath which is most interesting: Back Row: Tom Pollard, Christy Burke, Jack Phelan, Jack Tobin, Ned 'Sparky' Delahunty, N. Phelan, J. Gleeson, E. Coffey. Middle L to R: T. Keating, Lar Gorman, Mikie O'Meara, Bob Byrne, Percy Dahill, Paddy Daniel. Sitting: Ned O'Shea, Jack Ryan (captain) and Jimmy Heffernan. It is interesting to note that Ned 'Sparky' Delahunty also figured on the 1908 Cloneen County Senior Football Championship winning team and the captain of the team was a very well known Fethard personality of yesteryear, Jack ‘Bánín’ Ryan.
FANCY DRESS PARADE
Children are reminded in good time to start preparing for the ‘End of School’ Fancy Dress Parade that will take place in Fethard on Sunday 1st July.
FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
The club had a record entry of 46 athletes at the Tipperary A.A.I. Track and Field Championships (U8 to U12) at Templemore on Monday 4th June. Hopes of success proved not to be unfounded as the club brought home a total of 24 medals. Each participating athlete must be commended on their sportsmanship as they did both their club and families proud by their exemplary behaviour on the day. Stars of the show were triple county champion Darragh Dwyer who won the under-10 300m, under-10 60m and the ball throw; double county champion Michelle Ryall who won the under/9 200m and the under-9 60m a remarkable achievement by two outstanding athletes. Other individual medal winners were Damien Morrissey who won silver in the boys under-8 long jump, Jake Maher who took silver in the boys under-9 60m, Elaine Kennedy winner of the silver medal in the girls under-11 600m, and cross country champion John Lalor who earned a bronze medal in the boys under-9 200m.
Success did not end there as our relay teams went on to prove that Fethard are a force to be reckoned with at county track & field. The relay results were:
Silver in the boys under-9 4x100m, team: John Lalor, Jake Maher, Damien Morrissey, Owen Healy; Bronze in the girls under-10 4x100m, team: Debbie Lawrence, Claire O’Brien, Ella Prendergast, Aisling Sullivan; Silver in the boys under-10 4x100m, team: Darragh Dwyer, Michael Costello, Ben Walsh, Adam Lyons; Silver in the girls under-12 4x100m, team: Áine O’Connor, Rebecca Ryan, Carla Hally and Rachel Blackmore.
Our girls under-9 relay team of Sarah McManus, Hannah Trehy, Fiona Walsh and Michelle Ryall can consider themselves very unlucky when they were harshly disqualified for a technical rule break after running superbly to clinch third place. Others very unlucky to be out of the medals were Rachel Blackmore, beaten by a whisker in the 600m final, Hannah Trehy and Damien Morrissey who were both just pipped for third place in their respective 60m finals.
The full Fethard squad for the championships were: Róisín Trehy, Damien Morrissey, Dean Sharpe, Noel O’Brien, Gregory Henry, Sarah McManus, Aisling O’Connor, Aisling Dwyer, Hannah Trehy, Fiona Walsh, Michelle Ryall, Michelle Bradshaw, Laura Rice, Debbie Lawrence, Claire O’Brien, Ella Prendergast, Aisling Sullivan, Aoife O’Connor, Kate O’Brien, Siobhán O’Brien, Bernadette Costello, Elaine Kennedy, Kevin Hayes, Padraig O’Shea, John Lalor, Jake Maher, Owen Healy, Emma Fleming, Ciara O’Connor, Michael Costello, Darragh Dwyer, Ben Walsh, Adam Lyons, Jonathon Fleming, Jamie O’Keeffe, Ryan Laslett, Nicola Henry, Lolo Trehy, Rachel Blackmore, Áine O’Connor, Rebecca Ryan, Carla Hally, Nicola Hally, Richard Lalor, Josh Harrison and Stephen Walsh.
Many thanks to the club officials and parents who helped make this such a successful and enjoyable outing. Our top runners will progress to represent their county at Munster level in two weeks time. Training continues on Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm in the boys school field and yes there’s still room for more new members.
BALLET FOR ABYMILL
Some tickets are still available for the oncoming spectacular European touring show ‘The Magic of Ballet’ preformed by Ballet Ireland on Friday 15th June in the Abymill Theatre at 8.15pm. Tickets are available at £6 & £8 from O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street. Tel: 052 31254.
FETHARD YOUTH CLUB
The Peer Education Programme for our youth members on the ‘Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative’ starts on the 12th June from 7.30pm to 8.30pm and continues on the 16th, 19th and 23rd June. Certificates will be presented on Monday night 25th June.