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Saturday 21st July 2001

On Sunday 22nd July our senior footballers came back on track in defeating Mullinahone on a scoreline Fethard 1-15 (1-8) to Mullinahone 1-5 (1-2) in the Credit Unions County Senior Football Championship. This victory assures us one of the last eight positions alongside Cahir and Commercials, the others to be decided. Team Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher, Thomas Anglim, Willie Morrissey (0-2), Michael Quinlan, Stephen O’Donnell, Tommy Sheehan (0-1), Damien Byrne, John P. Looby (0-1), Brian Burke, Glen Burke (0-1), Karl Maher (0-3), Miceál Spillane (1-4), Colin Allen (0-2). Subs: Kenneth Byrne, Kenneth O’Donnell (0-1), Jimmy O’Meara. Reports for the under 21 B hurling final on 25th July and the junior ‘B’ hurling on 26th July next week.
Fixtures: Junior Football B match will be played on Wednesday 1st August in Kilsheelan versus Davins at 7.30 pm
Our Lotto jackpot of £4,100 was not won. We had one ‘match three’ winner of £100, Keith Culligan.

Fethard/Killusty Community Games hosted an extremely successful Open Sports on Wednesday last. In addition to a large amount of competitors from our own area we also had very welcome visitors from Bansha, Clonmel, Cahir, Kilsheelan, Killenaule, Mullinahone & St. Flannan’s, Dunkerrin.
The feature event was the 4 x l00m mixed relay for the Coolmore Trophies. This race was won by the GAA Team consisting of Tommy Sheehan, Willie Morrissey, Linda Quigley & Michael Dillon. Runners Up were ‘The A Team’: Eoin & Niall Maher, Michael Walsh & Elena Fernandez from Spain, 3rd place went to ‘The Bee Team’:- Nicky Noonan, Gavin Ahearn, Emmet Burke & Stephanie Lawrence, 4th Place was ‘The All Stars’:- Liz Crowley, Clonmel, Liam 0’Gorman, Mullinahone, Gráinne Wade, Bansha, and Maria Jones, St. Flannan’s. Trophies were presented by Agnes Evans, Coolmore Stud.
There were 30 competitors for the Pat Ryan Memorial Cup Penalty Kick which provided great entertainment. The winner of this magnificent cup & trophy was Eoin Healy, The Green who defeated Colm Shanahan, who is the grandson of the late Pat Ryan, by the narrowest of margins. The presentation of prizes was made by Mrs Nellie Ryan, St. Patrick’s Place.
Other Results as follows:
U/5, 50 meter Girls: 1st Nell Trehy, 2nd Emma Morrissey, 3rd Aobh O’Shea.
U/5, 50 meter Boys: 1st Gary Bradshaw, 2nd Brian Healy, 3rd Owen Quigley.
U/5, 60 meter Girls: 1st Edel Ryan, 2nd Aobh O’Shea, 3rd Cassandra Needham & Chloe Burke.
U/5, 60 meter Boys: 1st Eric Quigley, 2nd Jody Sheehan, 3rd Paul Maher.
U/7, 60 meter Girls: 1st Lorraine O’Shea, 2nd Danielle Ryan, 3rd Roisín Trehy
U/7, 60 meter Boys: 1st Maurice Crowe, 2nd Adam Quinn, 3rd Louis Rice.
U/7, 80 meter Girls: 1st Danielle Ryan, 2nd Lorraine O’Shea, 3rd Roisín Trehy.
U/7, 80 meter Boys: 1st Maurice Crowe, 2nd Bill Maher, 3rd Adam Quinn.
U/9, l00 meter Girls: 1st Michelle Ryall, 2nd Aisling O’Connor, 3rd Hannah Trehy.
U/9, l00 meter Boys: 1st John Lalor, 2nd Eoin Healy, 3rd Damien Morrissey.
U/9, 200 meter Girls: 1st Anne Marie 0 Gorman, 2nd Aisling 0 Connor, 3rd Hannah Trehy.
U/11, l00 meter Girls: 1st Aoife 0’Gorman, 2nd Mgt Kirwan, 3rd Elaine Kennedy.
U/11, l00 meter Boys: 1st Kevin McGrath, 2nd Michael Costelloe, 3rd Kevin Quigley.
U/11 200 meter Girls: 1st M Elaine Kennedy, 2nd Aoife 0 Gorman, 3rd Mgt Kirwan.
U/11 200 meter Boys: 1st Kevin McGrath, 2nd Lolo Trehy, 3rd Kevin Quigley.
U/13 l00 meter Girls: 1st Amanda Kiely, 2nd Una Ryan, 3rd Stephanie Lawrence.
U/13 l00 meter Boys: 1st Donal Cody, 2nd Lolo Trehy, 3rd Richard Lalor.
U/13 200 meter Girls: 1st Amanda Kiely, 2nd Mgt 0 Gorman, 3rd Una Ryan.
U/13 200 meter Boys: 1st Donal Cody, 2nd Richard Lalor, 3rd Alan 0 Connor.
U/15 100 meter Girls: 1st Gráinne Wade, 2nd Maria Jones, 3rd Una Ryan.
Thanks for everybody who supported this event.
Sponsored Walk
A total of 20 local competitors qualified for ESB Community Games National Finals at Mosney and the cost of our participation this will be approx. £1,000. We will hold a sponsored Walk on Friday, August 3rd, at 7. 30 pm to help raise the necessary funds. Competitors are presently selling lines for this worthy cause.
Church Gate Collection
Our Annual Collection will be taken up this weekend. Parents of all competitors are asked to please arrive 1/2 hour before Mass and assist with collection for at least one mass. Give this short time to your children. Phone Joe Keane 052 31719 or Caroline Hall 31268 to arrange times. Masses 7pm & 7.30 pm on Saturday evening and at 8.30am, 9.30am, 11am & 11.30 am on Sunday July 30. Mass also in Killusty at 10 am on Sunday. Our next local meeting is on Tuesday Aug 6th at 9 pm.
Well done to Area Secretary, Caroline Hall, 7 Slievenamon Close, who recently successfully completed her European Computers Driving Licence Course.

Sincere thank you to the readers who made contact re the article in last weeks issue on the meaning of the word ruth. One of the contacts made shows that the word, according to the interactive dictionaries on the internet, is an archaic 12th century word meaning kindness or pity for another’s sad plight. We even had a leaving certificate poetry book circa 1947 containing Milton’s Lycidas which has the word in its verse.
Incidentally, the fly-leaf of this book has the name Joe O’Donnell inscribed. Although long resident in Clonmel, we know that Joe is a regular reader of the Fethard Notes — the column that continues to be a mine of useless information.

The death has occurred recently at his residence in Cahir of Mr Johnny Casey, formerly of The Valley, Fethard.
The death has occurred in London of Mr Tommy Mullins, one of our long time emigrants formerly from Knockbrack. Interment took place in London.

Mr Mick Ahearn’s good mare ‘Ear to the Ground’ continued her winning streak with her three in a row win at Kilbeggan last week.

Commiserations to Jim Quinlan, huntsman to the Kilkenny Foxhounds, who has been obliged to take very early retirement on medical advice. Jim, prior to his appointment at Kilkenny was 2nd whip to the Tipperary Foxhounds. He then spent two seasons as huntsman in the USA before going to Kilkenny where he has hunted for four seasons.
Jim, who was dedicated to the sport, was presented with a silver hunting horn to mark his retirement at the Kilkenny Puppy Show on Saturday last. His many friends in Tipperary hunting circles will join in wishing Jim every success and the best of luck in whatever career he now chooses to follow.

Paul Ronan MFH, Rocklow, was a member of the Ireland Polo team that played the USA in Newport, Long Island, USA, last weekend.

The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Saturday last of Vera, daughter of Mrs Bridget and the late Mr Tom Sheehan, Claremore, Killusty, to Mr Robert Dooley, Cork. Vera has been a very prominent and successful athlete with Fethard AC since her juvenile competitive years. Long-distance and cross-country running have been her forte, running many successful races in both categories. Her many friends in Fethard and Tipperary athletic circles wish Vera and Robert every good wish in their future lives.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday night 17th July were 7, 22, 26 and 27. We had no Jackpot winner and no 'Match 3' winners. The following five tickets were drawn and each receives £20: Dan Hartnett, Killenaule; Joe Looby, Fethard; S. Evans, Congress Terrace; Paddy Cooke, Fethard; Sarah Rochford, Mullinahone. Next week's Jackpot is £3,300.

On Sunday morning, 14th July, we played Templemore, in Templemore and were narrowly defeated in what proved to be a contest of real determination. Despite a delay of more than twenty minutes at the beginning of the match, the Fethard girls dug deep against a team who were very highly rated in this competition, and at half time, there was only the bare minimum of a point between the teams. From the start of the second half, Fethard were on top with fine displays of skill and teamwork all over the field. Templemore got a goal against the run of play, but this did not phase the Fethard girls, and they rallied to come within a point of them again. However, Templemore managed to hold on to their precious lead, and emerged victorious, with the scoreline reading, Templemore 1-04, Fethard 0-05. The team was: Teresa Burke, Norah O'Meara, Sharon O'Meara, Edel Fitzgerald, Vanessa O'Donnell, Imelda Spillane, Fiona Conway, Marie Houlihan, Caroline Quinlan, Marie Mulcahy, Jennifer Keane (0-1), Audrey Conway (0-4), Ailish Sheehan, Lisa McCormack and Lisha O'Connell.
On Tuesday evening, 17th July, we played Kilruane MacDonaghs, in the Ragg, and togged off for the first time in the new County dressing rooms. After a day of rain the ground has quite cut up, but the rain had cleared. We were on top from the beginning, playing against a very strong wind, and we took an early lead which Kilruane never managed to get on top of. Kilruane fielded a very young and inexperienced team, and the Fethard girls capitalised on every opportunity given to them, and showed some fine skill and great teamwork throughout the field. The scoreline ended, Fethard 6-10, Kilruane MacDonaghs 0-01. The team was: Lisha O'Connell, Norah O'Meara, Sharon O'Meara, Fiona Conway, Vanessa O'Donnell, Imelda Spillane, Sandra Maher, Kay Ryan (0-01), Caroline Quinlan, Marie Houlihan (1-01), Jennifer Keane, Audrey Conway (1-01), Ailish Sheehan (1-01), Edel Fitzgerald (2-02) and Lisa McCormack (1-04).


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