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Saturday 15th December 2001

The organisers of this year’s Christmas Hat Party in aid of the CRC Santa Bear Appeal would like to thank most sincerely Burkes Bridge bar and all those who took part. The stipulation, this year, that all hats be made from paper in traditional Christmas colours brought out incredible talent and imagination in all who participated. The standard was extremely high and the judges had very difficult decisions to make. All the entries were worthy of winning as Burke’s Bar was full of wonderful creations, fit for the ‘high streets’ of Paris. Sincere thanks also to the ladies who provided food on the night — Teresa Roche and Phil Shee; and to All-Ireland Culchie champion, Ken Lee, and his assistant judge, Rachael, who travelled down from Mayo for the occasion; and to those people who could not make it on the night but still paid their entry fee. Plans for next year are already in motion!
The winners this year were: 1st – Ger Browne; 2nd - Bill Kennedy & his reindeer; 3rd - John Kennedy; 4th - Jennifer Casey; 5th - Joan Carroll; 6th - Paula Taylor; Highly Commended – John Shortall.

The committee and members of Fethard Macra na Feirme would like to thank most sincerely all those who supported their table quiz held recently in aid of St. Vincent De Paul.
We would like to congratulate our soccer team who won the South final recently and will now go on to represent Tipperary in the regional rounds. Members are reminded that the annual Christmas Party takes place on Sunday night next, 23rd December, in the Munster Hotel, Thurles. Names to be given to Mary Barry (secretary), telephone 086 8583261, as soon as possible.
We wish all our members, past and present, a very Happy Christmas.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 11th December were 13, 19, 20 and 29. W
e had no Jackpot winner and three ‘Match 3’ winners. Each received £35
–Damien Trehy, The Green, Fethard;
Mrs M. Ward, Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
and Adam Burke, Abbey Meadows, Clonmel.
Next weeks jackpot is £5,400.

Fethard Patrician Presentation Parents Association held their Christmas Draw on Tuesday 11th December and the following are the results:
1st Prize Christmas Hamper - Marie Maher, c/o Secondary School;
2nd Prize Fuel Hamper - Rosie Barry, Lismore, Co. Waterford;
3rd Prize Hamper - Biddy Murphy, Western Road, Clonmel;
4th Prize Harry Potter Books - Frances Morrissey, Rossane, Cloneen;
5th Prize: Christmas Cake - Pat Gahan, Cloneen.

Christmas Masses at Fethard Parish Church on Christmas Eve at 8pm and on Christmas Day at 8.30am and 11am; Killusty Church on Christmas Eve at 9.30pm and on Christmas Day at 10am; Augustinian Abbey at 9pm on Christmas Eve and at 9.30am and 11.30am on Christmas Day.

The annual Carol Service at Fethard’s Holy Trinity Church of Ireland will be held this year on Sunday 23rd December at 8pm. All are welcome to attend.
The Church Building Fund Committee are currently running a raffle in aid of their building fund. First prize is a super luxurious Christmas Hamper with many extra additional prizes. The draw takes place at the Country Market at 11.30am on Friday 21st December. Tickets may be purchased from Ms Judy Butler or any committee members.

The annual Carol Singing in aid of the Santa Bear appeal for the Central Remedial Clinic will take place on Thursday night 20th December at 7.45pm outside the Town Hall. All are welcome to join in on the night.

Fethard Youth Club held their annual table quiz on December 7th in the Fethard Arms. All had a very enjoyable night and the money raised will be of enormous benefit to the teenage members of the Youth Club. A special word of thanks to Noreen Ahearn who as always, accommodates the committee and the Youth Club at every opportunity, also to Tommy Gahan, who loaned and set up the public address system for the night. Tom McCormack set the questions, including a few awkward ones to divide and confuse teams. We thank the following parents of present members, Joe Walshe, Davy Morrissey and Emmet Burke (representing Denis and Eileen) and last but not least, all the businesses, clubs and individuals who sponsored the club’s activities during the year — Allen’s, Coen’s, McManus’s, Flynn’s Menswear, Glanbia, Fethard Electrical, Cross Shop, XL Stop Shop, 7 Days, Centra, Night Owls, G&T’s, Burke’s Bar, Post Office, Meagher’s Garage, Duggan’s Garage, Rugby Club, , Judo Club, Newport’s, Seanie Morrissey’s, AIB, Liam Sweeney, Valerie Rice, Launderette, Stephanie’s, Reflection’s, O’Sullivan’s Chemist, Shortall Pianos, N.T.D.I. and to all the people who made up teams on the night, especially to the two young mens teams from Strylea and The Green.
Our own club soccer tournament took place on Sunday last in the Ballroom, six teams of three took part. Thanks to our referee, Tony Askins for spending five hours adjudicating the matches. The overall winning team was: John Conway, Noel Walsh and Jody Looney; in second place were: Ronan and Russell O’Meara, Emmet Burke and Derek Newport; in third place: Shane Aylward, William O’Brien and Brian Conway.
The highest goal scorer was John Conway; best goalie – Russell O’Meara; best sportsman of the day – Brian Conway. Congratulations to all who played a great day’s soccer.
Our Christmas Party will take place next Saturday night in the Ballroom from 8pm to 11pm. Fethard Youth Club wish all its members, parents, and the community a happy and peaceful Christmas, and prosperous New Year.

The county mixed relay cross-country competition took place last Sunday on the same course in Killenaule where Sonia O’Sullivan took her first national title in 1985. this was the last cross-country event of the season and Fethard finished on a winning note with our under-11 team of Lolo Trehy, Mary Gleeson, Elaine Kennedy and Shane Gorey beating Carrick and Clonmel to win the gold medals. Our under-9 team of Damien Morrissey, Michelle Ryall, Hannah Trehy and Owen Healy ran superbly to win silver medals in the previous race. Our ‘B’ team of Aisling O’Connor, Jake Maher, Fiona Walsh and Sarah McManus finished in fourth place.
Deserving a special mention is Aisling Dwyer, one of our most dedicated runners, who was most unlucky to be omitted from our under-9 team — her fate decided by the toss of a coin. Nevertheless, Aisling, true to her sporting character, ran with distinction for Moycarkey club who were short an athlete for their team. The Fethard club also fielded four other teams who all achieved top-ten placings. The teams were as follows: Under 11 — Ben Walsh, Bernadette Costello, Ryan Laslett and Debbie Lawrence; Michael Costello, Ciara O’Connor, Neil Gleeson and Áine Gleeson; Adam Lyons, Lisa Anglim, Aoife O’Connor and Darren Prout. Under-13 team — Margaret O’Gorman, Wayne Laslett, Aoife O’Gorman and Kate Costigan.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members and supporters a happy and peaceful Christmas.

The unexpected death of Mrs Donna Jean Russell, Tullamaine, on Saturday last came as a great shock to her many friends in Fethard. Mrs Russell and her late husband came on an extended summer vacation to Fethard from California some 12 years ago. Falling in love with Fethard, its surrounds, and its people, they decided to live here permanently in retirement. Shortly after coming to this decision Mr Jake Russell died and was interred at Moyglass. Mrs Russell then went to live at Rose Cottage, Tullamaine, where she resided up to her death on Saturday last. Mrs Russell was interred at Moyglass Church Cemetery on Thursday following 11am mass.

‘Operation Freeflow’, which is proving exactly the opposite if current reports are correct, came into operation in Dublin recently. We have yet to be grid-locked in Fethard for up to two hours, but nevertheless, there are times when we sure could do with ‘Operation Freeflow’ in Fethard. Last Saturday night was a typical example. An ‘artic’ attempted to go up Main Street, but unfortunately there was another truck coming down and with cars parked at both sides of the street, from the bridge to the church, there resulted a twenty-minute traffic jam. The situation would be much worse but for the action of a quick-thinking local who directed Clonmel traffic via The Valley.
What is the solution? if parking is prohibited on both sides of the Main Street, do we solve one problem and create another? Cars and trucks would then pass through at a much higher speed. Perhaps we need traffic lights at the cross or a one-way street system as these hold-ups are becoming more prevalent as the traffic flow increases from year to year.

Fethard Macra presented a cheque of £380 to the local branch of St. Vincent De Paul last weekend. This was the proceeds of a Table Quiz held in Lonergan’s Bar. Well done to all concerned.

The Transition Year students concluded a very successful four-night run of their 2001 production ‘Oklahoma’ in the Abymill Theatre last Sunday night. Congratulations to all the pupils involved and to the never-tiring producer/teacher Ms Marion Gilpin, her ninth production with transition year pupils.

The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers have arranged the following meetings over the Christmas period. Sunday December 23 — Ballylusky; St. Stephen’s Day — Drangan; Sunday December 30 — Ballingarry; New Years Day — The Kennells, Milestone Mill. All meets at 12 noon.
A belated happy 87th birthday to our esteemed colleague Mr Tom McCormack, Magoury. Tom was out as usual on Sunday last and on December 26, God willing, he will attend his 75th consecutive St. Stephen’s day meet of this historic pack. Tom McCormack’s interest in hounding and hunting, which is still as keen as ever, may be gauged by the fact that when the pack was fed by individuals, prior to being handled at Milestone, he kept up to six couple of hounds on his farm at Magoury.

The Tipperary Foxhounds enjoyed their best hunt of the season so far from their meet at Lisronagh on Saturday last. Finding in Mr John Ryan’s lands at Donoughmore, they ran to Ballinlough where the big banks decimated the field. Crossing the Donoughmore road, they scented to the Fethard / Darcy’s Cross road, which they crossed near Mr Richard Hennessey’s farm, straight through Mocklerstown they hunted by the cattle sheds at Milltownmore and marked to ground at Mr Des Hunt’s land at Garraun. This run covered approximately three and half miles by road and at least five miles as hounds ran.

Well it’s hard to believe a year has passed since I took up my position as supervisor of the Fethard & Killusty Community Employment Scheme based in the Fr. Tirry Community Centre. It has been a challenging year but also very fulfilling. We have a great team of workers, Patrick Lawrence and Monica Ahearne in the Office, Janet Byrne, Maura Tynan and Melanie Ryan are our chefs for Day Care and Meals on Wheels, John Neagle, David Standbridge and Brud Roche are our kitchen mechanics and look after general building maintenance. Martin Bolger and Tom Purcell look after Tidy Towns and Michael (Chas) Keane is Sports Centre maintenance. As well as doing all of this, the staff also find time for training in various skills such as: computers, hygiene, cookery, health & safety, first aid and many others.
On behalf of myself Joan O'Donohoe, and everyone at the Tirry Centre, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas.
The Day Care Centre will have their Xmas party on 19th December, which is the last day the Day Care Centre will be open for 2001. The Day Care will re-open on January 7th 2002. The Community Office will close on Friday 21st at 1.30 pm and will re-open on Wednesday 2nd January. Meals-on-Wheels will be delivered as usual on Friday 28th December, no Meals-on-Wheels on Monday 24th December and Monday 31st December

Our under-21 football county final replay against Galtee Rovers will be played on Sunday 30th December in Ardfinnan at 1.30pm.
The senior football county league final, against Aherlow or Galtee, takes place on Sunday 13th January in New Inn at 1.30pm.
The AGM of the Fethard club will take place on Sunday 27th January at 2.00 pm.
Lotto results for 4th December: jackpot not won and three ‘match three’ numbers each receiving £35 — Aine Henehan, Mary Mathews (Cashel), and Miceál Seán McCormack. Numbers drawn: 1 3 14 and 22.
Results for 11th December. £1200 jackpot was not won and four match three numbers each receiving £25 —
Martin Coen, John O’Riordan,
Denis Hannon and
Nuala McCormack (Erin Foods),
Numbers drawn 7 10 19 and 21.
The club would like to extend Christmas and New Year greetings to players, members, supporters, sponsors and workers in 2001.

As this will probable be our last Fethard Notes for 2001, some will say its time for the last one altogether, a special thank you to all club secretaries, p.r.o.’s, and to everyone whose help during the year kept the weekly miracle published each week. Some weeks, things are so bad, I feel I have to go out and bite a dog, as dog bites man is no news.
A Happy Christmas to all readers, especially our readers overseas to whom our column is specially dedicated. As the Fethard News caters for all, a very special wish to our favourite fans — the mistake watchers — they are so keen that sometimes we feel like throwing in a few deliberate ones just to keep them happy. A very special thanks also to Joe, without whose cooperation we would be in dire straits.


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