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Saturday 1st September 2001

The county senior football league play-off in Kilsheelan on Friday 31st resulted in victory for our boys against Clonmel Commercials on a scoreline of Fethard 2-11 (0-6) to Clonmel Commercials 2-6 (0-3). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearne Cian Maher, Thomas Anglim, Willie Morrissey, Ml Quinlan, Glen Burke, Brian Burke, Damien Byrne, Conor McCarthy, Tommy Sheehan, J P Looby (1-3), Carl Maher (0-2), Miceál Spillane (1-3), Kenneth Byrne (0-3). Subs used: Kenneth O’Donnell for Tommy Sheehan (injured). Jimmy O’Meara for Tom Anglim (injured). We await our next fixture in this competition as winners of division one .
In junior football (b), on 2nd September, we played our third game in the championship league in Monroe winning on a scoreline Fethard 1-10 (0-6) to Clonmel Óg’s 2-6 (1-3). The team was: Ronan Maher, Ian Kendrick ,Michael (Buddy) Fitzgerald, John O’Riordan, Kenneth Sheehan, Sean Og Ryan, Damien Cannon, Garreth Byrne (0-1), Owen Doyle (0-2), John Hanrahan Kevin O’Donnell (0-3), John Noonan (1-1), M. J. Croke, David Flanagan, Colm Coen (0-3). Subs used: Peter Nolan and Philly Prout. Our next fixture is coming up shortly check sports page for fixture.
On this Friday night we are to play Skeheenarinka in intermediate hurling in Clonmel at 6.30pm.
We had no winner of our lotto jackpot of £4700.
We had two match threes who received £50 each, they were
Sean Spillane and
Joan Dunphy, c/o Bob Fitzgeralds.
The numbers drawn were 1, 5, 7 and 15.
Congratulations to all players who passed their leaving cert and we wish them the very best in there chosen careers.

Training resumes for the upcoming cross-country season on Thursday evening, 6th September, at 7pm in the boy’s school field and will continue on Monday and Thursday evenings until further notice. Children who wish to partake in the schools cross-country races will find this training of great benefit.
The season closed on a high for the club with five members representing their county in the national community games finals at Mosney. With thirty-one county champions qualified to compete in each event, the competition was of the highest standard. In spite of the stiff competition, five of our athletes — Elaine Kennedy, Michelle Ryall, Conor Prendergast, Kevin Quigley and Gregory Henry made it through their events to qualify for the semifinals. Down to the last sixteen, Conor, Kevin and Gregory failed narrowly to make it to the finals, while Michelle ran an excellent race to win her semifinal. Elaine Kennedy qualified for the final of the 600m on the previous day. In the final of the under-10 200m Michelle Ryall gained a very credible fourth place in a closely contested finish while Elaine Kennedy ran superbly in the final of the under-12 girls 600m finishing in sixth place.

Due to the availability of the ballroom the Fethard Youth Club will not reopen until Saturday night 22nd September from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Fethard is classified as a senior club so all members must attend secondary school or equivalent second level school. We look forward to seeing all our past members return and meeting new members who are always welcome.

We invite the submission of articles and photographs for inclusion in this year’s Emigrant’s Newsletter from now on. Club secretaries are also reminded to submit their reports as early as possible. Please have articles typed if possible and hand them in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

Another very well known personality from the racing world was a visitor to McCarthy’s Hotel on Thursday last. Willie Carson, former champion flat race jockey and current BBC television leading racing personality called to the internationally known racing hostelry during a business trip to Fethard. Willie spoke to any locals who cared to approach him and all were very impressed with his very friendly disposition and manner. One nine-year-old impression was slightly different when, leaning to her parents, she said “ he is very small, not much bigger than me!”

The death has occurred in England of Mrs Josie Guildea, formerly Josie O’Connell, Coleman. Interment took place in England.
The death has occurred of Mr Michael (Mick) Treacy, Barrettstown Cross. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

Congratulations and well done to all the young Fethard athletes representing Tipperary who competed in the all-Ireland community games finals in Mosney over the past two weekends. They say in athletes that the farther you go from the parish pump, the tougher it gets. Community games successes were the first steps to international fame for world class athletes such as John Treacy and Catherine McKiernan. Will some of our young Fethard competitors follow in their footsteps?
Pride of place goes to Stephanie Lawrence who was a gold medal winner in judo. Cathal and D.J. Gorey were silver medallists in judo and a very under-age Padraig O’Shea was awarded a certificate of merit for his valiant efforts.
The Fethard boys under-15 volleyball team also did exceptionally well at the finals. Volleyball does not figure on the boy’s school curriculum so the boys were prepared especially for the games on their own efforts and just missed out one of the top three places in the country by finishing fourth overall.
Perhaps just as important as the successes was the fact that the behaviour of the young athletes during their stay in Mosney was exemplary throughout the weekend.
Fethard’s longest serving community games participant is referee Miceál McCormack from Kerry Street. The veteran games referee Miceál, who has officiated at many community Gaelic games finals, was deprived of the honour this year when he aggravated an old hamstring injury and was obliged to forego the honour of refereeing two GAA finals.
To compete and succeed at national level as anyone who tried an failed will tell you is not too easy. Congratulations once again to all the young athletes.
The community games committee wish to thank sincerely their sponsors Coolmore Stud, the Ryan family from St. Patrick’s Place, the V.E.C, the parents of the athletes, all who supported their church gate collection, the Fethard ballroom committee for providing training facilities and especially to all the coaches who so freely gave of their time in preparing the young competitors for Mosney.

Fethard I.C.A. Guild will hold their next meeting in the I.C.A. hall on Tuesday September 11th at 8pm. Hostesses for the night are the yellow group. Annual subscriptions are now due and new members are more than welcome. Just come along on the night.


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