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Saturday 9th June 2001

Would all those interested in providing accommodation for the entrants and supporters of the National Culchie Festival to be held in Fethard from the 25th to 28th October (Bank Holiday Weekend) please contact Catherina Stapleton, tel: 052 31289, for details. Those providing accommodation will be paid for same. Your support would be much appreciated. Accommodation must be within a two-mile radius of Fethard.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 19th June at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Fethard Youth Club start their Peer Education Programme for our youth members on the ‘Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative’ 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.
We have arranged for a one-day outing to Oakwood Adventure Centre in Wales on 10th July. Members are asked to bring their money to the leaders before 30th June as all fees must be paid up to the travel agent and the club will close for our summer break on the same day.

Some tickets are still available for the oncoming spectacular European touring show ‘The Magic of Ballet’ preformed by Ballet Ireland on this 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.

On Sunday last our senior footballers lost out in the first round of the South Championship to a fitter and more eager Mullinahone fifteen on a scoreline: Mullinahone 2-9 (0-3), Fethard 0-9 (0-6), played in Cloneen. We wish them the best in the next round. Our team: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Carroll, Damien Byrne (capt), Tom Anglim, Willie Morrissey (0-1), Stephen O’Donnell, Cian Maher, Brian Burke (0-1), Aidan Fitzgerald, Conor McCarthy (0-1), Ciarán Allen, J.P. Looby (0-1), Karl Maher, Tommy Sheehan (0-3), Kenneth O’Donnell (0-2). Subs used, Micheál Spillane and C. McCarthy. Our next game is in the south league on this weekend versus Ardfinnan in Clonmel.
We play Clonmel Óg in Intermediate football championship on this Friday, June 15th, in Marlfield, the same opposition as last year, with hopefully a different result.
We played Sean Treacys in the Intermediate hurling county league on Tuesday last, report next week.
Our Lotto jackpot is now £3,500 and was not won last week. We had one match three winner, Edel Fitzgerald, who received £100. The numbers drawn were 5, 15, 19, and 20.

In the recent past great interest has arisen in the various memorials and statues that have erected throughout County Tipperary. The Famine, War of Independence, World Wars, Individuals and many other events have been commemorated by the erection of such memorials, plaques and statues.
Unfortunately the existence or history of such items is very often confined to the immediate area and its residents. If possible could we seek your assistance and that of your readers to list any such memorials in your area and send on the results to me here at the Local Studies Department, Tipperary Libraries, Thurles. Email: tipplibs@iol.ie
This would be of benefit not only to the many emigrants seeking information on their ancestors but also to the more local individuals now undertaking research on their native county. Many thanks for any help that you may be able to provide. Yours faithfully, Mary Guinan Darmody (Local Studies Department) Tipperary Libraries.

Due to Tipperary playing in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship final on Sunday 1st July it was decided to postpone the Community Council's plans for the 'End of School' Fancy Dress Parade until later in the year.

On the night, Fethard senior footballers were beaten by the better team, Mullinahone, in their first-round South Tipp senior football championship game at Cloneen on Sunday night last. Fethard’s six points to three lead at half time should, on scoring chances created, have been at least doubled. Fortune did not favour the blues in their scoring efforts on the night. The number of wides from good scoring positions must have reached double figures. Mullinahone had a goal in the first minute of the second half to tie the score and from then to the final whistle, the writing was on the wall.

Why oh why do so many of our younger Fethard players show dissent so often when a free is given against them. They gain absolutely nothing and loose a lot. Firstly the referee never changes his mind and the least he does is move the ball forward ten meters for minor dissent. he may book or show the offending player a yellow or red card for a more serious offence. Players acting in this manner also run the risk of getting offside of the ref who will probably be stricter on them for further offences. One thing, however, is certain, no matter how much a player objects to his decisions, the ref never points to the opposite direction.

Passing through Fethard Sports Centre during the week was a sad sight to see the three excellent tennis hard courts lying idle and not being used. Fair dues to Patsy Lawrence who, each year during the summer holidays, organises under-age competitions for boys and girls. Where are all the adult players in a town that was always a Tipperary tennis stronghold. During the past ten years Fethard did have the makings of at least three first class club teams. The last players were fifth and sixth year students and unfortunately on completion of their Leaving Certificate were obliged to leave their native town. Surely there must be at least two or three tennis enthusiasts out there who would lead a tennis revival in Fethard. That is all it needs.
Upwards of £24,000 was raised and spent just a few years ago in resurfacing the courts and installing flood lights for all year playing. We are always hearing the cry “no facilities (whatever they are) for the young people in Fethard, they have nowhere to go but to the pub”. The same cry can be heard in every living town and village in Ireland.
Anyone interested in organising tennis in the sports centre will receive every cooperation from Fethard GAA committee who are now administering the affairs of the centre.

The wedding took place recently at The Lough Church, Cork, of Edmond, son of Mr Eamonn and Breda Walsh, Coolmoyne, to Ms Julie Keogh, Model Farm Road, Cork.

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Eddie Delahunty, Market Hill, who have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last weekend.

The annual Fethard Corpus Christi procession will be held on this coming Sunday evening, 17th June, at 7.30pm. Full details will be announced at masses on this weekend.

Killusty under-12 soccer team played a challenge against Cashel in Killusty on Sunday last. Most of the Killusty panel are actually under-10 and though beaten by a much more experienced Cashel eleven, showed they lacked little in the skills of the association football code. Who knows, we may have another Roy Keane or Niall Quinn on the bench. Killusty team: Daniel Hickey, Christopher and Tommy Sheehan, Aaron Conran, Adam Lyons, Jake Maher, Glen Maher, Ben Walsh, Alan O’Connor, Phillip Doyle, Kevin Hayes, Padraig O’Shea, Eoin Healy, Ciarán Ryan and Patrick Kearney. The team is coached and trained by widely known Tipperary athlete Bernard Feery.


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