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Saturday 14th July 2001

The Well Golf Club will hold an outing to Tipperary Golf Club on Sunday next 22nd July, tee-off time is from 11.30am to 1.30pm. Anyone interested in travelling is asked to phone 052 31739 (after 6pm) before Friday next.

Mr. Tom Hayes TD will visit Fethard on this coming Thursday night, 19th July, to express his thanks to the people of Fethard for their support in the recent South Tipperary bye-election.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 24th July at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm.

There was great excitement in Fethard on Saturday morning last when two buses and many cars carrying competitors, parents and supporters departed to the ESB Community Games Munster Finals in Cork.
Our wonderful under-10 GAA Co. Champions who defeated Waterford in the first round of the Munster finals again had a super game but were defeated by Mitchelstown, Cork by 4 points. However, we can still claim a Fethard connection as the Cork coach was a brother of Fionula O’Sullivan, Main Street, whose son, Matt was a member of the Fethard Team. These boys gave some great performances during the past few months, they are a credit to their mentors and their area. Better luck next year.
Our under-16 girls Volleyball Team also won their first game against Clare, but, Lismore, County Waterford, got the upper hand in the final. Well done to Denis Burke and all the girls for their commitment and participation.
Our under-16 Boys got a walk over from Limerick and will now represent Munster at the ESB National Finals in Mosney from Aug 24th to 27th. The Team consists of: Paul Kenrick, Connie O’Flynn, James Smyth, William O’Brien, David Prout, Peter Gough, John Leahy, Darren Sharpe, Keith Lawrence, Adrian Allen, Chris Taylor and Brian Conway.
The members of Fethard Judo Club came up trumps as usual winning 7 of the 14 categories. It was a golden day for the Gorey family with brothers Cathal & Richard from Moanbeg and their cousin D. J. from Redcity all becoming Munster Champions. Other champions were Padraig O’Shea, The Valley; Stephanie Lawrence, Coleman; Niall and Martin O’Donnell, from St. Mary’s, Clonmel who are also Fethard Club members. Roy Gorey, a former Community Games Gold Medallist, is currently coaching the squad & will travel with them to Mosney on the first week-end 17th to 20th August.
Cathal Maher, Dun Aoibhinn will represent the County for the 5th successive year in the Art section. Nicola Gleeson Coolmore is County Champion in Model-Making and this is her first time competing. Michael Costelloe, Woodvale Walk was qualified as County Champion in both under-10, 200 meters and Judo. He opted for Athletics and will compete on the second weekend August 24th to 27th.
Congratulations and best wishes to Rory O'Connor, Main Street, Fethard and Kate Richardson, who got married in New Jersey, USA, on Saturday, 7th July. Rory and Kate met in San Francisco.

The Community Games church gate collection will be taken up weekending 29th July. We appeal to parents to assist with this collection. Contact our secretary: Caroline Hall (052) 32168 to arrange Masses.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday night 3rd July were 4, 19, 26 and 29. We had no Jackpot winner and three 'Match 3' winners, Geraldine Hayes, Burke Street, Fethard; Sean Ryan, River Street, Killenaule; Kevin Whyte, Coleman, Fethard. All received £35 each. Next week's Jackpot is £3,200.

Under 21 ‘B’ Hurling
On Friday 13th July in Kilsheelan we accounted for Ballyneale to reach the south final against Swans. This game is due to be played on Tuesday 24th or Wednesday 25th check sports page for fixture. The scoreline in Kilsheelan was Fethard 5-23 (3-7), Ballyneale 1-11 (0-5). Team: C. O’Donnell, P. Croke, Michael Ahearne, T. Gahan, Kevin O’Donnell, Michael Carroll (0-1), C. Maher, A. Fitzgerald (0-2), G. burke (1-0), Michael Dillon (1-2), A. Phelan (1-1), O. Doyle, B. Coen (0-6), J. Nevin (1-0), Ken O’Donnell (0-1). Subs: A. O’Meara, Michael Costello, C. McCarthy, J. Fitzgerald (1-0) and Val O’Dwyer.
Minor Hurling ‘B’
On 15th July we beat Kilsheelan in Monroe on a scoreline Fethard 3-10 (2-5), Kilsheelan 1-2 (0-1). Team: P. Cooney, D. Kelly, W. Harrington, W. Doyle, J. McCormack (1-0), I. Kenrick, E. burke, O. Doyle (0-2), J. Noonan, S. Walsh (1-0), A. Burke (0-2), Michael Dillon (0-7), Michael Lawrence (1-0), R. Maher (0-1), and N. Noonan. Subs: G. Ahearne, C. Doyle, and P.J. Morrissey. We now await the semifinal draw for our next match. Check sports page for fixture.
Junior Hurling ‘B
In Monroe on 11th July we met and beat Kilsheelan on a scoreline Fethard 7-16 (3-12), Kilsheelan 0-6 (0-5). Team: C. McCarthy, S. Ryan, T. Gahan, L. Ryan, L. Treacy, Kevin O’Donnell, A. Phelan, C. Allen (3-3), C. Gahan (0-1), G. Burke (3-2), C. Treacy (1-4), A. O’Meara (1-2), J. Nevin, J. Fitzgerald (0-3), J. Neville (0-1). Subs: J. Hurley, P. Prout, B. Doyle, V. O’Dwyer. For next fixture check sports page.
Senior football
On this Sunday 22nd July at 6.15pm in Kilsheelan we play Mullinahone in the county championship. On Sunday last in Monroe we beat Ardfinnan in the south league on a scoreline Fethard 1-11, Ardfinnan 1-10. Team: T. Gahan, Michael Ahearne, C. Maher, T. Anglim, D. Byrne, Michael Quinlan, S. O’Donnell, A. Fitzgerald (0-1), K. Byrne, J.P. Looby (0-2), B. Burke (0-1), G. Burke (0-1), C. Maher (0-1), Michael Spillane (0-1), C. Allen (1-1). Subs: T. Sheehan (0-2), Ken O’Donnell, C. McCarthy, J. O’Meara, W. Morrissey.
Junior Football ‘B’
In Ned Hall Park on Saturday 14th July we had to call on all resources to fulfil the fixture in compiling a team. Thanks to all who helped including drivers, players young and old, and selectors. We beat Newcastle by 2-12 (2-4) to 3-6 (3-4). Team: Miceál McCormack (snr), I. Kenrick, W. Quigley, J. O’Riordan, K. Sheehan, Michael Fitzgerald (0-1), J. O’Meara, O. Doyle (0-4), J. Needham (0-1), J. Noonan (0-3), G. Byrne (2-0), C. Coen (0-1). Subs: J. McCormack (0-1), L. Treacy. Check sports page for next fixture.
Our £4000 jackpot was not won. We had two who matched three: Michael /Monica Ahearne, Prospect, and Breda Burke Main Street. Each received £50. The numbers drawn were 11, 12, 16 and 23.

The Irish Heart Foundation would like to thank all who subscribed to their recent Church Gate Collection. The total collected was £380.

Michelle Ryall achieved All-Ireland success and established herself as one of the most exciting up-and-coming talents in juvenile athletes with a superb performance in the All-Ireland juvenile track & field championships held in Tullamore last weekend. Having made a nervous start in the heats, Michelle went on to run splendidly in the final of the girls under-9 60 meters. The top three could not be separated at the finish line by the judges which left parents and coaches with an anxious wait while the camera was consulted. When the result was announced Michelle was awarded 3rd place and thereby winning her first and indeed the clubs first A.A.I. All-Ireland juvenile track and field medal.
The club hosted its second sports evening of the season in the boys sports field last Wednesday 11th July. While the members were down on the previous occasion, the competition was keen and an enjoyable evening was had by athletes and spectators alike. The results were as follows:
Boys & Girls under-5, 60 meters: Joint 1st Nell Trehy and Aobh O’Shea, 3rd Owen Healy.
Boys under-6, 60 meters: 1st Vincent Lawrence, 2nd Cathal Hurley, 3rd Brian Healy.
Boys under-7, 60 meters: 1st Ronan Fitzgerald, 2nd Dion Butler, 3rd Dylan Fitzgerald.
Girls under-7, 60 meters: 1st Rachel Prout, 2nd Jane Prendergast, 3rd Lucy Butler.
Girls under-8, 60 meters: 1st Roisín Trehy, 2nd Mary Jane Kearney.
Girls under-9, 60 meters: 1st Michelle Ryall, 2nd Hannah Trehy, 3rd Fiona Walsh.
Boys under-9, 60 meters: 1st Owen Healy, 2nd John Lalor, 3rd Pádraig O’Shea.
Boys under-10, 80 meters: 1st Darragh Dwyer, 2nd Michelle Costello, 3rd Conor Prendergast.
Girls under-10, 80 meters: 1st Ella Prendergast, 2nd Orla Fogarty, 3rd Máire McHugh.
Boys & Girls under-11, 80 meters: 1st Elaine Kennedy, 2nd Lolo Trehy, 3rd Bernadette Costello.
Boys under-12, 80 meters: 1st Naoise Cunningham, 2nd Stephen Walsh, 3rd Alan O’Connor.
Girls under-12, 80 meters: 1st Aoife O’Gorman, 2nd Rebecca Ryan, 3rd Jennifer O’Donnell.
Boys under-13, 80 meters: 1st David Kennedy.
Girls under-14, 80 meters: 1st Helen O’Gorman.
Boys under-6, Sack Race: 1st Vincent Lawrence, 2nd Dion Butler, 3rd Brian Healy.
Girls under-6, Sack Race: 1st Lucy Butler, 2nd Aobh O’Shea, 3rd Nell Trehy.
Boys under-8, Sack Race: 1st Darren Moloney, 2nd Louis Rice, 3rd Dean Sharpe.
Girls under-8, Sack Race: 1st Roisín Trehy, 2nd Rachel Prout, 3rd Amy Lyons & Jane Holohan.
Boys under-10, Sack Race: 1st Conor Prendergast, 2nd Alan Lawrence 3rd Jerome Ahearn.
Girls under-10, Sack Race: 1st Michelle Ryall, 2nd Hannah Trehy, 3rd Aisling Sullivan.
Boys under-12, Sack Race: 1st Lolo Trehy, 2nd Alan O’Connor, 3rd Darren Prout.
Girls under-12, Sack Race: 1st Elaine Kennedy, 2nd Aoife O’Gorman, 3rd Rebecca Ryan.
Boys under-14, Sack Race: 1st David Kennedy, 2nd Jonathan Hall, 3rd Christopher Thompson.
Boys under-8, 200 meters: 1st Damien Morrissey, 2nd Dean Sharpe, 3rd Dylan Fitzgerald.
Girls under-8, 200 meters: 1st Roisín Trehy, 2nd Mary Jane Kearney, 3rd Jane Holohan.
Boys under-9, 200 meters: 1st John Lalor, 2nd Owen Healy, 3rd Tommy O’Dwyer.
Girls under-9, 200 meters: 1st Michelle Ryall, 2nd Hannah Trehy, 3rd Fiona Walsh.
Boys under-10, 300 meters: 1st Darragh Dwyer, 2nd Conor Prendergast, 3rd Philip Doyle.
Girls under-10, 300 meters: 1st Ella Prendergast, 2nd Orla Fogarty, 3rd Máire McHugh.
Girls under-11, 600 meters: 1st Elaine Kennedy, 2nd Bernadette Costello.
Boys under-11, 600 meters: 1st Lolo Trehy, 2nd Darren Prout.
Boys under-13, 600 meters: 1st Richard Lalor, 2nd David Kennedy, 3rd Stephen Walsh.
Girls under-12, 600 meters: 1st Aoife O’Gorman, 2nd Jennifer O’Donnell, 3rd Rebecca Ryan.
Under-8, 4x100m Relay: 1st Mary Jane Kearney, Louis Rice, Damien Morrissey and Darren Moloney.
Under-10, 4x100m Relay: 1st Michael Costello, Philip Doyle, Aisling Dwyer & Michelle Ryall.
Under-12, 4x100m Relay: 1st David Kennedy, Elaine Kennedy, Richard Lalor & Margaret O’Gorman.
Training ceases for juvenile athletes from July 11th and will recommence with the beginning of the school year in September.

Playing in goal for the under-14 Belgian gaelic football team was Peter Barrett. Peter is a son of Pat ‘Weeshie’ Barrett, Main Street, former Fethard senior footballer.

A Fethard emigrant looking for the words of ‘Slievenamon’ on hearing the line in the second verse “Thas the soul of truth and melting ruth”, said that cannot be correct as there is no such word as ‘ruth’ in the English language apart from a Christian name. Consulting two dictionaries and several people well versed in the Queen’s English has brought no further solution to the question. Can any of our readers solve the problem?

Approaching throw-in time at Ned Hall Park on Saturday night last Fethard were finding it extremely difficult to field a team. With the hour, however, came the man — the indefatigable Miceál McCormack. Miceál, a 54 year old grandfather, was given the honour of captaining the team and his display in goal proved no small part in Fethard’s victory over Newcastle. Record books are now being searched, not alone in Fethard but in Tipperary, to discover if there is a similar case of a fifty plus granddad captaining a winning football team.

The death has occurred in Majorca on 5th July of Mr Michael Robert Coffey, formerly of Brodeen, Fethard. the 11.30am Mass in Fethard Augustinian Abbey on this Sunday 22nd July will be a memorial Mass for Mr Coffey. Sincere sympathy is extended to his son Professor William Coffey, Innisfall, Fethard, and his daughter-in-law Andreé.

The South Tipperary Hospice Support Group would like to thank everyone who subscribed to their Annual Church Gate Collection held at local masses in the area. A total of £1,129 was collected for which they are most grateful.

The annual open air masses in local cemeteries will be celebrated in the last week of July. Mass will be celebrated at 8pm in Calvary Cemetery, Fethard, on Wednesday 25th July and in Killusty cemetery at 8pm on Friday night 27th July.

International folk singer Joe Giltrap includes Fethard on his current Irish tour when he plays the Abymill on this Friday night July 20th. Joe met up with local songwriter Pat Tynan, Silverfort, and includes some of Pat’s compositions in his current CD. Songs such as ‘The Road to Silverfort’, ‘The Bluebells of Mobarnane Wood’, ‘Clonbrogan’, ‘The Soldiers Tree’ have beautiful lyrics and melody. They express Pat Tynan’s great love of his native place and are really excellently interpreted by the singer. All locals, especially residents of Moyglass, Silverfort, Mobarnane areas will greatly appreciate Pat Tynan and Joe Giltrap’s talent. Come along and hear for yourself!

The death of Captain Evan Williams M.F.H. was deeply regretted by his many friends and acquaintances in Tipperary hunting circles. The late Capt. Williams took over Tipperary Foxhounds in 1954 and during his seventeen year term as master, he proved one of the best and most popular masters of the twentieth century. Evan Williams did not come from a traditional hunting background, being a professional jockey and winning the Grand National in 1937 on ‘Royal Mail’. He soon set matters right in that regard bringing in to assist him such help as Mr Ikey Bell M.F.H., one of the best hunt breeders in the world; Ted Reid, retired huntsman from the Duke of Beaufort; and Percy Durno from the Heythrop, one of the top ten professional huntsman of the century in England. He kept up to 20 hunters in McCarthy’s Hotel yard and the foundation work he put in with the ‘Tipperarys’ contributed in no small way to their success in the field and on the flags which continues up to the present day.
Captain Williams will always hold a very special place in Tipperary Hunting folklore, especially in Fethard, the town that has been described as the home of hunting. Interment took place privately on Saturday 14th July following a memorial service in Kilmallock Church.


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