FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
Last Sunday the 25th November the club sent a team of seven athletes to compete at the highest level in the juvenile cross-country finals in Dungarvan. First into action were the boys under-10 team, and once again our captain Darragh Dwyer had a fine race, finishing 12th despite a slip at the start. Darragh was a member of the victorious Munster team, who were gold medallists in the inter-provincial competition. The next boy home was John Lalor, the under-9 county champion, who ran superbly to finish 25th, followed by Neil Gleeson who took a heavy fall midway through the race but still managed a credible 42nd place.
Michael Costello, Ben Walsh and Owen Healy battled gamely and gave their all, finishing 80th, 83rd and 99th respectively. On a day when lady luck deserted them the boys finished agonizingly close to the medals in 4th place. This talented team, who are county champions, have great future prospects in cross-country running.
Our only other qualifier was Shane Gorey who gave a gutsy performance to finish 33rd in the boys Uunder-12 race. Shane has the national under-11 race to look forward to in December. Thanks to all the parents and club officials who travelled to support the team.
CHRISTMAS HAT PARTY
The annual ‘Christmas Hat Party’ organised by Marianne Shortall, in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic’s ‘Santa Bear Appeal’ will take place in Burke’s Bridge Bar on Saturday 15th December. This year, those attending are asked to make and wear a Christmas hat made from paper in traditional Christmas colours. Entry fee is £3 (all for charity) which includes a ticket for a free draw with 6 great prizes to be won. Judging (by celebrity) will take place at 10pm sharp. Lots of fun and craic!
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Any person requiring St. Vincent de Paul assistance at Christmas are asked to please fill in a form, available at the back of both churches or from any member of the Vincent de Paul Conference, Fethard. Please return the forms as soon as possible.
FETHARD GAA CLUB
On Sunday last, 25th November, our team gave us the greatest performance of any Tipperary club ever in a Munster club final. Although defeated by Nemo Rangers on a scoreline of 1-11 to Fethard’s 0-10, we are very proud of our players who gave us a first class display of style, ability and heart as associated with our club’s tradition. Beidh lá eile le cúnamh Dé. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearne, Tomas Anglim, Cian Maher, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Stephen O’Donnell, Brian Burke, Aiden Fitzgerald, John P. Looby (0-2), Tommy Sheehan (0-2), Damien Byrne, Karl Maher (0-3),(2f), Miceál Spillane, Glen Burke (0-3). Sub used: Kenneth O’Donnell. Other subs: Conor McCarthy, Jimmy O’Meara, Kenneth Byrne, Tommy Gahan, Michael Carroll, Brian Coen, Michael Dillon, Martin Ryan and Willie O’Meara. We still have to play the county league final.
The county under-21 B hurling semifinal replay is scheduled to be played this Saturday in Holycross. Please check sport page for fixture time. Our under-21 A football county final replay is also coming up shortly .
Last weeks lotto jackpot of £ 900 was not won. One matched 3 and £100 was won by P. Downey (Ballyneale).
Our annual Mass for deceased members takes place on this Thursday, 29th November, in Killusty at 7.30pm.
Congratulations to Willie Morrissey on receiving the Cidona Award (football).
On behalf of the club we would like to thank all subscribers who helped to make our senior county and Munster campaign as enjoyable off the field as the players did on the field.
DAY CARE CENTRE
Fethard and District Day Care Centre would like to thank everyone sincerely who donated prizes or participated in any way in making this year’s Christmas Bazaar, Cake Sale and Raffle, held in the Fr. Tirry Community Centre on 23rd November, one of the most successful to date. The atmosphere and good will was tremendous. Your support is much appreciated by the committee and the patrons who avail of the centre daily. Thank you all again!
DRAMA AT INISH
The Fethard Players opened their run of ‘Drama at Inish’ on Sunday night last to a great reception from a full house. The play will run until next Saturday night and if you haven’t booked by the time you read this you may already be too late! Booking is at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street. Tel: 052 31254.
TANZANIAN EDUCATION FUND
Mr Denis Burke is coordinating a Sponsored Volleyball & Soccer Match in aid of the Tanzanian Education Fund on Thursday 13th December. The matches will be played by local teams who would appreciate your generous sponsorship for the cause.
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 4th December at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.
WELL PLAYED FETHARD
Fethard senior footballers did themselves, their town, club and county proud by their great performance, though losing against Nemo Rangers, Cork in the Munster Club A.I.B Senior Football final at Fermoy on Sunday 25th November.
The strength in depth of the Nemo team is shown by their three under-21 Cork inter-county star players, David Niblock, James Masters and William Morgan, who were on the substitute bench on Sunday. These three players would walk on to any Tipperary club senior football team.
Nemo, on the run of play, fully deserved their 1-11 score line. Fethard on the other hand would not be flattered by a further four points at least in addition to their score of 0-10 on their chances created.
Congratulations to the results of Fethard town residence, especially Burke Street on the wonderful show of blue and white on display during the week preceding the game.
A special ‘well done’ to Fethard’s two Fermoy residents, Aisling Horan- Abernethy, who had her large “Come on Fethard” poster on display opposite her residence at Deerpark outside Fermoy. Lydia Newport Kelly had an extra large blue and white flag on display and Slievenamon playing on her sound system from her residence almost opposite Fermoy Park.
Two slight critical observations: Nemo Rangers captain Colm Corkery could have paid more tribute to Fethard in his cup acceptance speech. Secondly, the report on Monday’s Examiner was downright biased.
Cork bookmaker Liam Cashman’s ridiculous odds of sixteen to one on Nemo Rangers made it look very much like it was not worth while for Fethard to even turn up for the game. One thing for sure, anyone foolish enough to accept those odds, certainly sweated before the final whistle sounded.
Please hand in your change of addresses and new address for the Emigrants’ Newsletter mailing list to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, or Carmel Rice, Brookhill, as soon as possible. Every year, a certain number of Newsletters are returned because people have changed address or come back home to live. Please help us avoid this waste of postage money by checking if your family’s addresses are up to date and letting us know if they have changed since last Christmas.
Fethard under-10 and under-12 juvenile rugby teams played their first competitive games in Clonmel on Sunday 25th November, when taking part in a blitz competition.
The under-10s lost their first game 5 tries to nil to the much more experienced Kilfeacle boys. They won their second game by three tries to one against Clonmel. Fethard scorers were Seamie O’Keefe and Paul Tierney. The full under-10 squad includes: David Bergin, Johnny Grassick, Matt O'Sullivan, Sam Manton, Jack O'Connell, Andy Walsh, Jessica Kenny, Jack Devaney, Mark Ronan, John Lalor, Tim O'Hagan, Robert Ahearne, David Kelly, Conor Kavanagh and Keith Bergin.
The under-12s lost 3 to 1 to Kilfeacle and by the same score to Clonmel. Outstanding for Fethard in this game were William Grassick at full back pulling off some great tackles. David Thompson had a great game at hooker. Try scorers were David Gorey and William Grassick. The full under-12 squad includes: William Grassick, Dick Walsh, Adam Clooney, David Gorey, Chris Thompson, Stephen Healan, David Thompson, Shane Kavanagh, James Kelly, Mike O'Hagan, J. Blackmore, J.P. McGrath and David Kelly.
The Fethard boys who are playing the game just a few months, some of them just a few weeks, will greatly benefit from this experience. The committee wish to sincerely thank their sponsors and all who supported their fund raising night at McCarthy’s Hotel. Fethard rugby jerseys are now available for sale at McCarthy’s at £35 each.
FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY LOTTO
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 13th November were 12, 13, 23 and 27. We had no Jackpot winner and 2 ‘Match 3’ winners. Each received £50 D. Roberts, Nagle House, Rocklow Road, Fethard; Greta O'Donovan, Burke Street, Fethard.
Next weeks jackpot is £5,100.
The day that many people in the home of hunting thought they would never see this season, arrives on this Saturday when the Tipperary Foxhounds hold their traditional opening meet in Fethard at 11am.
Huntsman Simon Probin and Pat O’Brien have done their utmost, in a very curtailed autumn hunting season, to have their hounds fit and everything ship-shape for the 2001-2002 season.
Hounds have been out five mornings a week and covered as much of the country as possible. Simon says he is not quite ready to go, but circumstances alter cases and followers will just have to make allowances under the prevailing circumstances.
The many friends in Tipperary hunting circles will be glad to hear that popular Cashel sportsman, Willie McGrath, is making a good recovery from his recent knockout and looks forward to being him out as usual in the near future.
The Annual Christmas Party for the Senior Citizens of Fethard and Killusty will take place in the Ballroom on Sunday 9th December 2001 at 1.00 pm. In order to facilitate the caterer, names must be handed in to Annie O’Brien, The Square by the 3rd of December.
The Patrician Presentation Parents Association are currently selling lines for their annual Christmas Draw. Please give your support. Lines are only £1 each with lots of seasonal prizes to be won.
FETHARD YOUTH CLUB
Our club will open on Saturday night, 1st December from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. We always welcome more adults to get involved in the running of the club. Please feel free to call in any Saturday night or contact any of the club leaders.
FETHARD CREDIT UNION
The annual general meeting of Fethard & District Credit Union will take place on Monday 10th December in the Tirry Community Centre at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend.