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Saturday 4th August 2001

This year's annual pilgrimage to the Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon will take place on Wednesday 15th August, leaving from 'The Wall' at the base of Slievenamon at 2pm and returning at 4pm to celebrate Mass in the adjoining field.

The forty hours devotion will commence on Wednesday 15th August in the Augustinian Abbey after 11.30am Mass and continue until 7.30pm with an interruption for Mass at 5pm. On August 16th Mass will be celebrated at 10.30am. The Exposition will take place after this mass. The Holy Hour will follow later that evening from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Fethard Youth Club held there A.G.M. on Friday night 3rd August and the following committee was elected: Patricia Fitzgerald (chairperson), Maria Murphy (vice-chairperson), Rita McCormack John (secretary), Clare Hannigan (treasurer), Mary Shanahan (public relations officer), and Tony Askins (senior supervisor).
The club would like to thank all the out going committee members for there hard work and dedication through the year also to all the parents who helped us this support is very important to keep the club going.
Fethard Youth Club re-opens on Saturday, 8th September, from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm in the ballroom. As we are a senior club all members must attend secondary school. Please take note that anyone interested in doing our self-defence classes with the club, our first get together is on Saturday night 11th August at 7.30 pm. We would like to ask anybody out there interested in helping out with the club to please contact any of the committee members for further information.
During our first year in operation we organised the following events for our members to participate in: senior football tournament, regional variety concert, senior table quiz, outing to Oola disco, drama workshop and theatre, Christmas party and club quiz, parents drug awareness program sessions, peer education drug project, small group cinema trip, summer trip to Oakwood Activity Centre in Wales, classes in self-defence.

Congratulations to Claire, daughter of Ella and Jim Kenny, Grove, Fethard, who married Donncha Doyle, Clonmel, on Saturday 4th August.
Congratulations to local musicians Seamus Hayes and Mary Nugent who also got married on, Saturday 4th August, in Newcastle.

Junior (B) Football
On Wednesday 1st August in Kilsheelan we won our second match on a scoreline Fethard 0-14 (0-8) Carrick Davins 1-6 (0-2). The team was: Ronan Maher, Ian Kenrick, Willie Quigley, John O’Riordan, Kenneth Sheehan, Seán Óg Ryan (0-1), John O’Meara, Garreth Byrne, Owen Doyle (0-2), Peter Nolan (0-1), Colm Coen (0-6), Johnny Needham (0-1), M. J. Croke (0-1), Michael ‘Buddy’ Fitzgerald (0-2), David Flanagan. Subs: Brendan Doyle and Philly Prout. Our next match is on the week of 26th August.
Junior (B) hurling
On Sunday 5th August we had great difficulty in fielding a team due to 8 members of our previous team away on holidays out of the country (a sign of the times!). Great credit to everyone who came to the rescue and a particular mention to our youthful Miceál McCormack (senior) who started, scored a goal, and went back in when one of our players got injured. We were very pleased to get a result that keeps our unbeaten run intact, Fethard 2-9 (2-8), Carrick Swans 1-12 (0-7). The team was: Conor McCarthy, Philly Prout, Tommy Gahan, Ian Kenrick, Liam Treacy, Shay Ryan, Noel Barry, Carol Gahan, Kenneth Byrne, Ciarán Treacy (0-4), Colin Allen (1-4), Alan O’Meara (0-1), Ollie Reddy, Miceál McCormack (senior) (1-0), Brendan Doyle. Sub: Michael ‘Buddy’ Fitzgerald. Our last game of the section is versus Carrick Davins on weekending 2nd September.
Senior football
The south league final takes place on Thursday evening 9th August at 7.45pm in Kilsheelan against Commercials. Our intermediate football championship game is also on Thursday evening 9th August at 6.30pm in Kilsheelan against the same opposition, Commercials.
Our lotto jackpot of £4,300 was not won. No ‘match threes’ and 5 lucky dips at £20 each: Jim Williams, James Murphy, Kim Lonergan, Bernie Byrne, Cha Morrissey. The numbers drawn were 7, 14, 15 and 19.
All tickets for Tipp v Wexford must be collected before Thursday 9th August.
Out off nine teams entered in completions we have eight still left in championship. Our under 21’s have presently football & hurling south titles under their belt.

A senior mens and ladies ‘Walls of Fethard’ road race will take place on Friday 10th August at 8pm. Race headquarters at Fethard ICA Hall. Sponsors of the three first prizes are O’Riordan Ironworks, Kerry Street, Fethard; Market Hill Stud, Moanbeg; South East Scaffolding, Clonmel.

The monthly meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm on Tuesday 14th August. All members are asked to attend.

At a most enjoyable parish function in the ballroom on Thursday 2nd August, presentations were made from the Fethard and Killusty parishes to Very Rev, Canon James Power to mark his retirement as Parish Priest of Fethard and Killusty.
Mr Jimmy Connolly, M.C. on the night, on behalf of the Fethard parishioners thanked Canon Power for his dedicated and unselfish service to the people of Fethard and Killusty. He paid a very special tribute to the Canon’s devotion to the sick and incapacitated of the parish and said he never failed to visit any member of his flock who were hospitalised, whatever the distance.
Mr Mick Ahearne made the presentation and Mr Noel Byrne spoke similarly on behalf of the parishioners of Killusty. Mr Pat Halpin made the presentation on behalf of the Killusty people. Noel stated that Pat was well worthy of the honour as he probably knew Canon Power longer than anyone else in the parish. While in the employment of Healy’s of Coolcroo, Pat was a team-mate of the Canons on the 1945 Moycarkey junior football team.
Fethard and Killusty parish are very fortunate that Canon Power will still continue his ministry amongst us. Jimmy and Noel also welcomed our new Parish Priest, Fr. Tom Breen, to the Fethard & Killusty parish. Canon Power suitable replied and thanked all concerned with the organisation of the event. He repeated his thanks at the 11am Mass in the Parish Church on Sunday morning.

What hope is there of stopping or preventing the awful carnage being repeated day by day on our roads? Not much, if the experience of two local truck drivers recently is anything to go by. Driver number one was approaching the hump backed bridge on the straight beyond the Portlaw junction on the Carrick / Kilmeadan road, when almost at the bridge he was overtaken by a motorist who crossed the bridge completely on the wrong side of the road.
Driver number two, towing a 40ft trailor, was overtaken by a young driver who crossed the double white line on the New Inn / Cahir road on the incline just beyond the Pet Shop junction and overtook almost on the bend. These drivers should not be allowed on the road, good or bad. Just imagine the result if there was an approaching vehicle in those two incidents.
Reminders such as ‘Drive slowly please’, ‘wear your seat belt please’ etc. are only a waste of time as long as we allow such drivers to use our roads.


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