FETHARD CAMOGIE CLUB
On Saturday last we were beaten in the championship by Templemore on a scoreline of 3-6 to 2-4. It was a very physical game in which we got very few scoring chances, evident in the fact that we only had 3 wides in the entire game. Fethard put up a strong challenge, especially in the second half but on the day we were beaten by a better team - Templemore are now through to the Intermediate County Championship Final but await the outcome of next weekends fixtures to know their opponents. Next Sunday we play Moycarkey at home. The team lineout was: Lisa McCormack, Vanessa O'Donnell, Sharon O'Meara (1-0), Fiona Conway, Sandra Maher, Imelda Spillane, Norah O'Meara, Kay Spillane, Niamh Sheehan, Jennifer Keane (0-1), Caroline Quinlan, Marie Holohan, Mia Treacy, Edel Fitzgerald, Audrey Conway (1-3) 3f. Subs: Joan O'Donnell, Louise Wade, Ailish Sheehan, Laoise O'Connell, Marie Mulcahy. Training continues this week on Tuesday at 6.30 and Friday at 8pm.
FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY LOTTO
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 23rd October were 11, 15, 18 and 21. We had no Jackpot winner and six ‘Match 3’ winners, each receiving £20:
Mrs. M. Ward, Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
Jim Murphy, c/o O'Donovan's, Burke Street;
Billy Barry, 27 Rice Estate, Callan;
Ken O'Donnell, Monroe, Fethard;
Paul Meaney, The Valley, Fethard;
Larry Cummins, Congress Terrace, Fethard.
Next weeks jackpot is £4,700.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
On Wednesday 24th October we played for Halloween prizes and the results were
1st Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett
3rd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
1st Nett: Bernie O’Meara and Brendan Kenny
2nd Nett: Olive Looby and Marie Delaney
3rd Nett: Ann and Sean O’Dea
Bridge continues on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm in the Tirry Centre. Anyone looking for a partner should contact Annie O’Brien at 31862.
FETHARD YOUTH CLUB
The Fethard club will hold an inter-club boys soccer tournament in November. We have lots of work to do also in preparation for the variety show in Oola in November, so lads get your heads working.
The Tipperary regional youth services senior club community involvement award was won by the Fethard Youth Club for their drugs awareness project. Well done to all for your great work Tara, Ashley, Louise, Tracy,, Kyle, Brian, John H, Ciarán, Niall and Anthony.
In senior football on Sunday last we defeated Ardfinnan to reach our first county senior final since 1997 against Aherlow or Cahir in Thurles on Sunday 11th November. The final score was Fethard 1-9 (1-6) Ardfinnan 0-9 (0-4). Team was: Paul Fitzgerald, J. O’Meara, C. Maher, T. Anglim, W. Morrissey, D. Byrne, S. O’Donnell (0-1), B. Burke, A. Fitzgerald, G. Burke (0-2f), T. Sheehan (1-1), J.P. Looby (0-2), C. McCarthy (0-1), Ml Spillane (0-2), K. Byrne. Subs: K. O’Donnell and C. Maher.
In intermediate football on bank holiday Monday our team earned a great draw in the south semifinal on a scoreline Fethard 2-9 (0-2), Ballyporeen 1-12 (0-7). Team was: T. Gahan, Martin Ryan, Ml. Ryan, Philly Blake, J. Nevin, W. O’Meara, N. Murphy, J. Hurley (2-0), C. Coen, Ml. Dillon (0-1), S. Ryan, B. Coen (0-1), M. Coen, Ml. O’Riordan, B. Brett 0-7 (5f). Subs: A. Phelan, C. O’Donnell. The replay is possibly on next weekend.
The intermediate hurling county quarter final takes place on this Sunday November 4th in Templemore against Kildangan at 2 o’clock.
We had no jackpot winner in our weekly lotto and two match three winners who received £50 each - G. Byrne and Eileen Burke. The numbers drawn were 10, 13, 18 and 21.
FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
The racing schedule for November is as follows: Wednesday 7th November Schools Cross-country in Clonmel; Sunday 11th November Munster uneven ages in Cork; Sunday 18th November County uneven ages in Moyne; Sunday 25th November National even ages in Dungarvan.
The following are qualifiers for the national: Roisín Trehy in under-8; the boys under-10 team of Darragh Dwyer, John Lalor, Michael Costello, Ben Walsh, Owen Healy and Neil Gleeson; and Shane Gorey in boys under-12.
It is important that children representing their club at national level should prepare well for their race by attending the twice weekly training sessions and, in the days preceding a big race, by going to bed early and avoiding too much physical activity. On race morning, breakfast should consist of bread, cereals and fruit and must be eaten at least three hours before the race. Runners should drink plenty of water and avoid fizzy drinks and sweets. An effort should be made to ensure that all children have their black shorts and t-shirts for their upcoming races. The club is deeply grateful to Bernard Feery, Michael Fitzgerald, Percy O’Flynn, Michael O’Donnell, John and Anne-Marie Fitzgerald, Mr and Mrs Fitzgerald, for their invaluable help at out recent cross-country race in Fethard.
THE POWER OF THE PRESS
Following our article seeking information on Captain Kellett, the Arctic explorer, we have been able to furnish Mr Vincent Sheridan with some required information. A partially demolished grave slab at Holy Trinity Church, Main Street, has the name of the explorer inscribed. Local historian, Mrs Marie Crean, said her father, the late Philly O’Meara, told her the following as a child that when passing Clonacody, “There is a man buried on that estate estate that travelled to the Arctic. Some of the equipment for the expedition was made by my grandfather at the old ‘O’Meara forge at Knockbrett.”
Mr Sheridan, who was very grateful for the information, has contacted Marie.
WHAT IS A CULCHIE
A local lady enquiring at a local shop as to what exactly is a culchie, got the following reply from the County Meath entrant in the competition. “A culchie man, he said, is a farmer who can walk through a field containing 120 cows and not step in a cow s••t.”
So now you know!
The new automatic road sweeper made one of its first appearances in Fethard on Friday last. The modern County Tipperary S.R. machine will be shared by Mullinahone, Fethard and Killenaule.
The new litter warden has been very active in Fethard recently. He has not, so far as we know, issued any £50 fine dockets to litter louts. He has, however, made some very helpful suggestions and says the litter situation at students break time could be greatly improved. You have been warned! So watch that litter and use the litter bins provided.
Incidentally, speaking of litter bins, the new litter bin installed by the riverside seat near Coffey’s Bridge had a short life. Two days after installation, the bin and its holding concrete base were transferred to the nearby Clashawley.
This weekend, November 3, young Aaron O’Donovan, The Valley, travels to Douglas, Co. Cork, to represent his school, St. Patrick’s Boys School Fethard, in the Munster finals of the boys under-12 swimming championships. Fethard does not produce many swimmers of provincial championship class and we wish Aaron the very best of luck on Saturday.
At this, the traditional time of year for ghost stories, a local tale of the supernatural not heard so often in the 20th century is recalled in the current edition of Ireland’s Own. The story covers a member of the O’Shea family resident in Cloran House for over 300 years. In the 18th century, a Mrs O’Shea on one moonlit night returned to the house obviously very shaken and distressed. She would not speak of what caused her anguish until in old age when pressed to do so by her son. She said she saw on the avenue “a troop of soldiers on horseback, carrying swords and wearing some kind of uniform.”
It is presumed that the soldiers were phantom ‘wild geese’ of the Irish Brigade. Captain Robert O’Shea of Cloran House, with his troop of 130 men, came from France and fought as personal bodyguards to Charles Stuart, ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’, at the battle of Culloden. The army of Prince Charlie were defeated suffering heavy losses. Captain O’Shea survived the battle. He returned to France and little is known of his subsequent career.
KING OF THE CULCHIES
The Culchie Festival held in Fethard over last weekend proved most successful. Huge crowds attended and we are glad to report not the slightest untoward incident marred the festivities. Credit for the smooth running of the events go first of all to the 24 entrants from all over Ireland, a great bunch of lads who certainly provided ‘ceol agus craic’ in abundance over the weekend. The organisers, their ladies committee, and the Fethard Ballroom management also deserve great credit. The coincidental attendance of the Shannonvale Ride & Drive Club on Sunday proved to be another highlight of the weekend. Horse drawn carriages from a long-gone era, lanterns, tub-traps, back-to-back, side cars and governess traps all impeccably turned out with drivers and passengers in period costume were really something to see. We even had “an American Surrey with the Fringe on Top” drawn by a matching pair of high stepping bay horses.
The loudest cheer of the weekend was heard in McCarthy’s Bar on Saturday night when a packed to capacity crowd watched on relayed T.V. the local victory of Johannesburg at the Beechmont meeting in New York.
The icing on the cake was the winning of the National Culchie title on Sunday night by Slievenamon representative Ken Lee from Killusty. Next year’s event is being already planned for the same venue, Fethard, following the success of this year’s event.
Thanks to all who helped make it a big success; Brendan Morrissey the outgoing champion who was instrumental in bringing the event to Fethard; the Fethard Youth Club for their culchie window displays; to all businesses who participated in the shop window displays; to those who provided accommodation, to the publicans who participated in the festival events, those who sponsored events and especially to the hard working organising committee who made it happen with the cooperation of the Fethard Ballroom committee.
Well done to all!
We would like to thank all who contributed to our Church Gate Collection last weekend and remind those with changes of addresses or new addresses to hand them in as soon as possible to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard.