FETHARD GAA CLUB
In Clonmel on Sunday last we lost our third Intermediate hurling south final in four years to Ballybacon / Grange who coincidentally won their fourth title in a row on a scoreline Ballybacon 0-13 (0-7), Fethard 1-2 (1-2). The team was: Conor O’Donnell, Damien Byrne, Michael Ryan, William Delaney, Michael Carroll, Stephen O’Donnell, Willie Morrissey, Aiden Fitzgerald, Michael Spillane (0-1), Ken O’Donnell, Ken Browne, J. P. Looby, Garreth Byrne (1-0), David Flanagan, Brian Coen (0-1). Subs used: Owen Doyle, Tommy Gahan and Glen Burke. Our quarter final is scheduled to be played on weekending 4th November against the north champions.
The senior football county semifinal against Ardfinnan takes place on this Sunday in Clonmel at 2.30pm and our intermediate football south semifinal against Ballyporeen will be played on this Monday 29th October at 2.30pm. Check sports page for fixtures details.
Our lotto jackpot of £400 was not won. We had two match three winners who received £50 each Anna Cooke (St. Patrick’s Place ) and Fiona Lawrence (20 Woodvale Walk). The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 13 and 24.
The annual church gate collection in aid of the Emigrants Newsletter will take place this weekend, 27th and 28th October. Over one thousand copies are posted free of charge to our emigrants throughout the world. We depend on your donations to help towards meeting the postal and publishing expenses. If you would like your donation acknowledged please put your donation in an envelope and write your name and address on the outside. You can hand your donation at the church gate collection or to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. All donations of £5 and over will be acknowledged in this year’s issue of the Emigrants’ Newsletter.
FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
Kilmallock was the venue last Sunday for the AAI Munster juvenile even-aged championships. A squad of 20 runners from the club travelled to compete with the best cross-country athletes in the province and each child represented both their club and county with distinction. The Fethard club continues to make progress in the competitive world of cross-country racing. Wearing the ‘blue and black’ were Roisín Trehy, Damien Morrissey, Michelle Ryall, Hannah Trehy, Áine Gleeson, Aisling O’Connor, Ciara O’Connor, Sarah McManus, Darragh Dwyer, John Lalor, Michael Costello, Ben Walsh, Owen Healy, Elaine Kennedy, Aoife O’Gorman, Rebecca Ryan, Aoife O’Connor, Shane Gorey, Lolo Trehy, Naoise O Cuinneagáin and Richard Lalor.
Among the medal winners were the boys under-10 team of Darragh Dwyer who ran superbly to win individual bronze; John Lalor with a courageous performance to finish 21st; the lion-hearted Ben Walsh and our two all-important anchor men Michael Costello and Owen Healy all collected their first, and indeed the club’s first, Munster cross-country medals. Both John and Darragh had the distinction of being on the victorious Tipperary team and now have Munster gold medals to add to their already substantial collection.
A great run by the talented Roisín Trehy in the girls under-8 saw her make the Tipperary team, winning her first Munster silver medal. Lastly, Shane Gorey, finished a most impressive 6th in the boys under-12 race, leading the Tipp team to silver medals in the inter-county competition.
Well done to all on a great team performance. Omitted last week were Conor Prendergast and Shamie O’Keeffe, medal winners with Moyglass N.S. in the recent Schools Cross-Country Competition.
Training continues on Monday and Wednesday nights at 6,30pm in the GAA Field with the kind permission of Fethard GAA Club.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
The bridge results for Wednesday 17th October are as follows:
1st Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett
2nd Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
1st Nett: Maureen Maher and Mike Burke
2nd Nett: Anna Cooke and Rose Lonergan
Bridge continues on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm in the Tirry Centre. Anyone looking for a partner should contact Annie O’Brien at 052 31862.
FETHARD YOUTH CLUB
There will be no Fethard Youth Club on this Saturday night 27th October.
FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY LOTTO
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 16th October were 4, 21, 22 and 29. We had no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner, receiving £100:
Peter Doherty, c/o Coolmore Stud, Fethard.
Next weeks jackpot is £4,600.
A most interesting visitor to Fethard during the past week was Mr Vincent Sheridan of Dublin. Mr Sheridan is researching the life and times of the famous explorer of the Artic regions of the 19th century, Captain Henry Kellett of Clonacody.
The extraordinary thing is that very little is known locally of Captain Kellett’s exploits in the Artic regions. He became famous internationally following his successful search for what remained of the Frankin led Artic expedition, which had failed to return from the Artic some two years previously. Captain Kellett and his crew, during this trip, discovered hitherto uncharted islands in the region.
Mr Sheridan visited Clonacody House and also Rathronan and Baptistgrange graveyards in the forlorn hope of discovering Captain Kellett’s grave. The records state that he was buried at Clonacody. There is of course no Clonacody cemetery as such, and local folklore and historians have no mention or knowledge of his burial place. Mr Sheridan would greatly appreciate if there was any information either offered or handed down traditionally of Captain Kellett’s burial place.
Best of luck to Mary Conway, Coleman, who goes forward to take part in Winning Streak on RTE this weekend. here’s hoping that Mary does have a winning streak, gets to spin the wheel and win a fortune.
LOCAL CULCHIE CHOSEN
Following heats held in local pubs, the heat winners assembled at The Well Bar on Saturday night last where Fethard’s representative in the final of the ‘Culchie of the Year’ competition was selected. After great deliberation and consideration, having interviewed all the candidates on matters of serious international prevailing conditions and the current price of cattle, Brendan Higgins was declared the winner. Best of luck to Brendan in the final which will take place in Fethard Ballroom this coming weekend.
Due to the temporary suspension of hunting, the opening meet of the Tipperary Foxhounds which has been held each year in Fethard for well over 100 years, will not take place this season. Hunting has been temporarily suspended due to the Foot & Mouth outbreak in England. However, with the much brighter outlook across channel where there has not been a confirmed outbreak of Foot & Mouth for over three weeks to date, the prospects of hunting resuming locally are now much better.
Clocks go back one hour to ‘old time’ on this Saturday night October 27th. You have been notified! Each year we have the few who do forget, also, believe it or not, we have cases where the clock is actually put forward another hour. One case was witnessed on Main Street at 6.30am wondering why the church was not open for 8.30am Mass.
SAFE DRIVING WEEK
During safe driving week and with the dark dangerous days for driving with us, we once again appeal to all drivers to drive with great care. Our annual appeal is also to cyclists to get a bicycle front and rear light and to wear bright clothing when cycling. Pedestrians also should not walk at night without at least a reflective armband.