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Saturday 9th February 2002

We congratulate Tony Newport on receiving the South Tipperary GAA / Nationalist ‘Hall of Fame’ award at a very successful function held in GAA centre in Clonmel on last Saturday 9th February. Tony’s record published in last weeks paper speaks for itself. Our congratulations also to ‘Footballer of 2001’ award winner, Willie Morrissey (second time receiving this award), and to Dick Cummins, our life president, on receiving his presentation.
Our lotto jackpot of €2,300 was not won. We had no match three winner so six ‘lucky dips’ received €25 each: Ed Thompson, Frank Coffey, Mary Hanrahan, Denis O’Meara, Josie Fitzgerald, and Enda Walsh (c/o Erin food). Our €50 winner was Greta O’Dwyer (Redcity).
The adjourned annual general meeting takes place this Saturday night, February 16th at 8.00 pm (sharp) in the Abymill Theatre.
Club membership fees are now due, adults €15, juveniles (under-18) €10. Please pay same to our secretary or treasurer.
Don’t forget we’re having our ‘Race Night’ on Friday 22nd in Burkes Bridge Bar.
Minor footballers please note that training is now starting under Willie Quigley with the County League starting shortly, and our under-21 footballers are back a few weeks with the championship due to start in mid-March.

Chrissie Norton, nee O'Connor, born Main Street, Fethard, died this Monday,11th February at the East Surrey Hospital, England. She died peacefully in her sleep in the company of her family. Chrissie, who was 91, had been in hospital for three weeks. She is the last of the family of James and Eileen O'Connor, nee Walsh, both of whom are buried in the Augustinian Abbey graveyard. Chrissie was a sister of Stevie O'Connor, deceased, The Brick Yard, Kiltinan. She is fondly remembered and mourned by her children Laura, Pamela, Robert and Conor, her many grandchildren, other family and friends. The burial will take place next week in Woldingham, Surrey.
A nephew of Mrs Norton, David Belton, died suddenly of a heart attack last weekend at his home in Oxford. An annual visitor to Kiltinan and Fethard in the '50's and '60s, he made many friends locally, especially through his keen interest in tennis. David, who was 68, had a heart condition for several years which confined him to a wheelchair. He is survived by his wife Valery and his adopted children, Helen and Gavin.
May they both have peace.

Congratulations to Richard Cummins, Monroe, Fethard, and Kay Walsh, Grangemockler, who recently got engaged.

A reminder to all members to get your teams together as there’s only a few weeks left to go to our quiz. Four members on a team and €12 per team to enter. We have many great prizes to be won.
Happy birthday from all the club members to Russell O’Meara who recently celebrated his 18th birthday. Our next club meeting will be held in Fethard Ballroom on Saturday 16th February from 7.30pm to 9-30pm.

Local hunt supporters will learn with regret of the recent death in England of Captain Ronnie Wallace. Captain Wallace was considered to be one of the best huntsman and hound breeders of all time. He was a frequent visitor to Tipperary with his Hawlkstone otter hounds when Captain Williams was master of the Tipperary Foxhounds.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet at Cloneen on Sunday next, February 17th at 12 noon.

THE CHAPEL BELL (11/2/2002)
Workers erecting scaffolding on the spire of Fethard Parish Church have confirmed the chapel bell was cast in the Dublin foundry of J. Murphy in 1879. The bell, though not now rung as often as in former years, has certainly since its erection played a great part in the day-to-day life of Fethard town. Time was when watches were almost non-existent and clocks scarce enough, it heralded dinner time and finishing time for workers within earshot as it tolled out the Angelus at 12 noon and 6pm. The Angelus was also rung at 7am. Half an hour before mass, it also rang loud and clear, followed by a five-minute latecomers reminder bell before mass commenced.
The bell, now on automatic pilot and electronically operated, was up to not long ago rang manually. Perhaps it would not be a bad idea when we visit the church, to remember those who so faithfully rang the bell so many times each year. Ned Gould, The Valley, and Mrs Matthews, Kerry Street, were two very long serving sacristans of the last century who diligently carried out their duties. We might also remember the countless people of Fethard parish for whom the bell tolled as they made their last journey to their final resting places.

The death has occurred in Boston USA of Mrs Alice MacKearson, formerly Alice Heffernan of Green Street, Fethard. Interment took place in Boston.

Mr Billy Smith, Fr. Tirry Park, says he will have to leave Fethard where he was very happy, as his house has been broken into three times in recent weeks. There must be something seriously wrong in a society, where a harmless, inoffensive individual like Billy Smith, cannot be left to live in retirement in peace. If anybody has any information about who the culprits might be, maybe they should contact the relevant authorities and do the community a favour.

Fethard had been fortunate that the amount of vandalism in the town is not as bad as in other areas. However, a spate of car mirror smashing carried out over a week ago is a bit beyond a joke. Do the perpetrators stop to think that the victims, all working people, have to fork out €120, to €180 if the mirror is electronic, to have the damage repaired. The Gardai are investigating.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday night, February 5, were 15, 20, 21 and 27. We had no jackpot winner and no 'match 3' winner. Five 'lucky dips' were drawn and each received €30.
Ciarán Duggan, Main Street, Fethard.
M. Power, Knockelly Road, Fethard.
Mary Walsh, Geraldine House, Callan.
Tony O'Meara, c/o Coolmore Stud, Fethard.
Brendan Flynn, Rathrone, Enfield, Co. Meath.
The winner of the €50 'Free Draw' for players was Ms Mairead, McCormack, c/o Coolmore, Fethard. Next week's jackpot is €7,750. Tickets cost €2.

A sure sign that Spring is fast approaching is that the opening of the fishing season on local waters is almost with us once again. The recent heavy rainfall has created a good flow of water on the Anner and the Clashawley rivers which should ensure a good run of trout for 2002. The Fethard and Killusty Angling Club will hold their AGM in the Tirry Centre on this Friday, February 15th, at 8pm. The excellent fishing available locally is sometimes taken for granted by many anglers. Thomas Fogarty, club chairman, has in this regard, made a special appeal to all interested in fishing to attend Friday nights meeting.

All roads lead to Fethard Ballroom on Friday night 15th February, where the ‘Culchie Blind Date’ will take place attracting eligible men and women from all over the country. The Ballroom will have full bar facilities with music and disco to follow. A great nights entertainment is guaranteed.

The Fethard Historical Society would like to thank the Ballroom Committee and all who donated books or helped in any way to make this year’s book fair the great success it turned out to be. Over thirty dealers from all over Ireland attended and were full of praise for the way the Fethard Book fair is organised and attended. Nine authors of Tipperary interest books published last year also attended to sign copies of their books. Next year’s book fair will take place on the second Sunday in February, 2003. Book your stalls early!


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