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Saturday 15th September 2001

Rev Fr Michael Twomey OSA bade an emotional farewell to the people of Fethard and Killusty when he celebrated the 9.30am Mass at the Augustinian Abbey church on Monday morning 17th September. Fr Twomey has spent four terms at Fethard Augustinian Abbey during his sacred ministry. His present term covers a period of twenty years. The combined length of his service to the Fethard and Killusty parish and indeed to far beyond exceeds that of any other priest, at least in living memory.
Fr Twomey was greatly loved and held in the highest of esteem by all. He goes on retirement to the Augustinian house at Ballyboden, Dublin, where he commenced his novitiate almost 70 years ago.
What is there to be said on behalf of the Fethard and Killusty people only ‘Slán agus bennacth’ Fr Twomey and thank you for all you have done during your terms at Fethard Abbey.

On Wednesday September 12th our Junior Certs received their examination results and despite the sombre wood of all the western civilization, they were overjoyed, many of them achieving Grade A’s in subjects and one student achieving nine straight A’s across the board. It was certainly a day that will go down in memory for them in the aftermath of the U.S. tragedy. Well done to all. God bless them and God bless America.

Fethard Parish Church was packed to capacity for the special Mass in remembrance of all who perished in New York bombing and for world peace. Co celebrants of the Mass were Rev Fr Tom Breen P.P. and Rev Fr Horan Prior OSA.

On Saturday afternoon 22nd September, the Danagher Cup final will take place in the GAA field at 2.30pm. For boys under-11 years old, this cup was generously donated by the Danagher family who have a long connection with GAA in Fethard. A great game is in prospect between ‘Kerry’ (captain Christopher Sheehan) and ‘Galway’ (captain Adrian Lawrence).

Once again the Irish Chamber Orchestra have included a visit to Fethard in their 2001 ‘Four Seasons Tour’. The orchestra, under the direction of Fionnuala Hunt, play in the Abymill Theatre on Friday September 28th at 8.15pm. Last year the orchestra gave a brilliant performance which was acclaimed by prolonged and sustained ovation from a very appreciative audience at its conclusion with the musicians being obliged to take four curtain-calls. Whatever your taste in music the visit is a treat not to be missed. Booking is at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard, Tel: 052 31254.

The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Saturday 15th September of Maura, daughter of Mr John and Mrs Dympna O’Donovan, Grove Road, Fethard, to Stewart, son of Mr Liam and Mrs Shirley Clooney, Baptistgrange.
The wedding took place in Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 15th September of Triona, daughter of Mr Bill and the late Mrs Sheila O’Sullivan, Perryville, Fethard, to Mr David Madigan, Dublin.
The wedding took place in Killusty Church on Saturday 8th September of Kathleen, daughter of Mrs Christine and Mr Michael Nevin, Rocklow Road, Fethard, to Adrian Gavin from Bedfordshire, England.

The death had occurred recently of Margaret ‘Peggy’ Fitzgerald, Kiltinan. The family of the late Peggy Fitzgerald are very prominently connected with Fethard GAA Club. her son Gussy is current chairman of Fethard Football and Hurling Club, his brothers Garda Davy Fitzgerald and John Fitzgerald are former senior players with the club. Peggy’s grandsons Paul, Aidan and John are currently present-day prominent players. As a tribute to Mrs Fitzgerald club officials formed a guard of honour at the removal of remains from McCarthy’s Funeral Parlour to Fethard Parish Church. Sincere sympathy is extended to Gus, his sisters and brothers and to the late Mrs Fitzgerald’s extended family and relatives. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

The annual Harvest Thanksgiving Festival will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland on Friday 21st September at 8pm.

Fethard Youth Club reopens after the summer recess in the Ballroom on Saturday night 22nd September 22nd from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. New members are cordially invited.

The committee of Tipperary Foxhounds have decided to defer the opening of the hunting season to December 1st. Permission had been granted by the Minister of Agriculture for hunting to resume on the usual starting time of the season on October 31st. The committee, in view of the ongoing Foot & Mouth conditions in Britain have decided to put back their opening date. The position across the water will be reviewed in a month or so and if improved the opening date may be brought forward.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers have also decided to postpone their opening date to concur with the Tipperary Foxhounds decision.

Jenny Butler has decided on a change of career and will close her widely known J’s Restaurant at Main Street, Fethard. Jenny has built up a great reputation for her culinary delights amongst her select clientele in Fethard and indeed a much wider area. The high quality of the service she has provided over her ten years in business in Fethard has been very favourably commented on by her customers and also by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber in his gourmet column in the Daily Telegraph. Jenny finishes on Friday 21st September, which will be her last day in business. We wish her the very best in her new career.
The good news is that, following a weeks closure, the restaurant will reopen under new management. Catherine O’Sullivan, from Portarlington, is the new manager and Chef De Cuisine and is will maintain the high standard of service offered by Jenny in the past.
Jenny Butler wishes to thank sincerely all her customers, her staff, and all who supported her in the successful operation of J’s.

On Sunday last we qualified for the semi finals when we defeated Skeheenarinka in Clonmel on a scoreline Fethard 1-9 (0-3) to Skeheenarinka 1-7 (0-4). Team: Conor O’Donnell, John Kelly, Michael Ryan, William Delaney, Michael Carroll, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher (0-1), Miceál Spillane (0-2), Kenneth O’Donnell, Willie Morrissey, Brian Coen (0-2), David Flanagan (0-2), Kenneth Browne (0-2), Garreth Byrne (1-0). Subs used Michael Dillon and Owen Doyle.
The under 21 B county hurling semi final takes place on this Saturday 22nd September in Holycross at 3pm against Templederry.
Our lotto jackpot has now reached £4,900 was not won. We had one match three winner of £100 Catriona William (Killusty). Numbers drawn were 6, 8, 14 and 16.
The sympathy of the club is extended to the Fitzgerald family on the death of Mrs Margaret Fitzgerald (Kiltinan).

Killusty pony show social takes place on Saturday 6th October in the ballroom Fethard. Supper is from 7.30pm to 9.30 pm. Music by Kieran Fogarty from 10 to 12.30pm. Tickets at £10 may be booked before 4th October from Betsy O’Connor (Tel: 052 31130) or Noel Byrne (Tel: 052 31518). No tickets available at the door on the day.


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