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Saturday 16th February 2002

The Fethard & Killusty Community Council will hold a general public meeting on Monday 25th February in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm to discuss the County Council’s Review of the County Development Plan. This plan is very important to local communities and this is our chance to have some input to the formation of the plan, which may effect the environment we live and enjoy today.
The South Tipperary County Council commenced a review of the existing County Development Plan in December 2001. The revised Plan will set the direction of land-use policies in the County for a six-year period and beyond. The existing County Development Plan was adopted in 1996 and provided the blueprint for development in the county over the last 6 years. The revised Plan is required to incorporate the principles of sustainable development and conform to European, National and Regional Planning Guidelines, including the forthcoming National Spatial Strategy, as well as recent Government Planning Guidelines.
The following are the main issues that will be addressed as part of the Plan review:
(a): Population trends and demographics
(b): Formulation of a Vision for the future development of the County
(c): Housing —spatial strategy and village plans
(d): Infrastructure: access, roads, sanitary and water provision
(e): Employment, retail, tourism and education
(e): Environment and natural resources: Landscape, minerals and quarries, wind energy, rivers and lakes, etc.
(f): Conservation and the protection of the built and archaeological heritage

The AGM of Fethard & Killusty Community Games took place on Monday, February 11, in the Tirry Community Centre. It was nice to see members of local clubs networking to ensure the continuation of the games in the parish. Amongst the attendance were representatives from the Athletic Club, Rugby, GAA, Soccer, Judo & Camogie. It was proposed to enter the following teams: U/10 GAA, U/11 Rugby, U/12 Boys Soccer, possibly U/12 Girls GAA and Camogie, U/16 Girls Volleyball. The chairman complimented all who participated and those who assisted, both manually and financially, during 2001. Coolmore Stud was thanked for their annual sponsorship, and also the GAA Club for the use of their facilities. It was proposed to hold three sports evenings during the coming year:
(1) Confined Parish Sports
(2) Open Sports
(3) Novelty evening which will include Penalty Kick, Long Puck, Cycling etc.,
It is a good job that members of the local organisations are so enthusiastic because parental support at the meeting was unfortunately practically nil.
The officers elected were:
Patron: Tom Butler
President: Rev. James Canon Power.
Chairman: Joe Keane.
Vice Chairman: Michael Fitzgerald
Secretary: Bernard Feery.
Asst Sec: Caroline Hall.
Treasurers: Peggy Colville & Joe Keane
Development Officer: Sean Devaney
PRO: Peggy Colville.
Games Director: Michael O’Dwyer.
Individual Events Coordinators: Fintan Rice and Mary Trehy.
Delegates to County Board: Fintan Rice and Michael Fitzgerald
Delegate to Company: Peggy Colville.
Committee: Denis Burke, M.C. Maher, Micheál McCormack, Nellie Ryan, Mary Shanahan, Helena 0’Shea and Rosie Gorey.

Congratulations to Bernard Feery, Killusty who finished in 3rd position overall in the senior event in The Waterford Crystal 10 mile Road Race in Dungarvan on Sunday last. This was a great achievement especially as Bernard was recovering from his 40th Birthday celebrations over the weekend.

The results for the first three rounds of Player of the Year are:
Wednesday 30th January:
1st Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
1st Nett: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett
2nd Nett: Nora Lawrence and Rosemary Lalor
Wednesday 6th February (Change of Partner)
1st Gross: Betty Walsh and Kay St. John
2nd Gross: Alice Quinn and Rita Kane
1st Nett: Marjorie O’Brien and Margaret McCormack
2nd Nett: Breda Walsh and Anne O’Dea
Wednesday 13th February (Change of Partner)
1st Gross: Teresa Cummins and Pearl Lahart
2nd Gross: Betty Walsh and David O’Meara
1st Nett: Tony Hanrahan and Mary Delaney
2nd Nett: Anne O’Dea and Rita Kane
Anyone looking for a partner should contact Annie O’Brien at 31862.

The adjourned AGM was held on Saturday last in the Abymill Theatre. The following selectors for the coming year were elected:
Hurling Minor (B) — Kenneth Browne, Shay Ryan and Mick Ahearne (prov).
Hurling Under-21(B) — Michael Ryan, Shay Ryan and Kenneth Browne.
Hurling Junior (B) — Miceál McCormack, Austy Godfrey, Denis O’Meara
Hurling Intermediate — Miceál McCormack, John Hurley, Tommy Gahan, (trainer Michael Ryan).
Football Intermediate / Junior (B) — Danny Kane, Jimmy O’Shea, Tommy Gahan.
Football Senior — Danny Kane, Jimmy O’Shea, Pat Sheehan, (trainer Tomás Anglim).
Our first game in the minor county league is away to Killenaule on this coming Sunday, 24th February, at 12.0 clock. Will all players meet at the Fethard field at 11am sharp.
Membership fees of €10 are due to be paid to our secretary or treasurer before next Sunday please. In the county adult football league (division 1), our first game will take place on Sunday 3rd March in Fethard at 3pm against Cahir.
We hold our Race Night on this Friday 22nd February in Burkes Bridge Bar. Please come along and support. We hold our Club Dinner Dance on Friday 14th March. Tickets at €22.50 are now available from the secretary, chairman or treasurer.

The Fethard Branch of Red Cross are due to commence with classes shortly. Anyone interested in taking part are asked to contact any committee member or ring the secretary at Tel: 052 31170.

Fethard Judo Club travelled to Finglass in Dublin on Sunday 3rd February and had a great day, topped off by some great performances. The Fethard club came home with 5 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals.
old medal winners were: Richard Gorey (Junior 55kg), Martin O'Donnell (Youths 50 kg and Junior 50kg), Alan Brannigan (Minor 41kg), and Michael Campbell (Minor 45kg). Silver medal winners were: Cathal Gorey (Minor 45kg), Stephanie Lawrence (Junior 57kg), Tom Woodlock (Minor 41kg), and Roy Gorey (Youth 66kg). Bronze medal winners were: Niall O'Donnell (Minor 28kg), Liam Hally (Youth 81kg), and Philip Halley (Youth 66kg). Unlucky to collect medals on the day were Grace Maher and Padraig O'Shea. The club have added another two members to the national squad — Richard Gorey and Martin O'Donnell.

The annual general meeting of Fethard and District Day Care Centre will take place in the Tirry Community Centre on this Thursday night, 21st February, at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday night, February 12, were 5, 9, 17 and 19. There was no jackpot winner and no 'match 3' winner. Five 'lucky dips' were drawn and each of the following received €30:
Anne Cooney, The Square, Fethard.
Margaret Hannigan, Cashel Road, Killenaule.
Mary Trehy, The Green, Fethard.
Greta O’Dwyer, Red City Road, Fethard.
Tríona O’Sullivan, Perryville, Fethard.
The winner of the €50 'Free Draw' for players were, The Trehy Children, Mobarnane, Fethard. Next week's jackpot is €7,900.

Due to popular demand, Willie Hayes, Lisheen Press, Roscrea, has done a reprint of “I Slept With Dan!” This book by Canon Mattie Hayes, tells the story of the Hayes family at Rathcoole, Fethard. The first printing sold out very rapidly and those disappointed readers may now obtain a copy on sale in local shops.

The Secondary School Parents Association will hold their annual Table Quiz on Tuesday 12th March at 8.30pm in the Secondary School. A raffle will be held in conjunction with the quiz. Attractive prizes are kindly sponsored. Proceeds are in aid of the School's Lourdes' Fund. Please take note of the date for your diary. All are welcome.

Michael Coligan, Adelaide, South Australia (email: michael_coligan@bigpond.com)
On the 17 and 18 March 2002, my partner Susan and I will be visiting Fethard to trace my family history. I am tracing the Ryan and Coligan families. The Ryan family I understand lived near Fethard. The parents were Edmond Ryan (d. circa 1879) and Ellen Hennesy (d. circa 1886) and they had 9 children. Four of the children, Edmond, Maggie, James and Michael came to Adelaide in South Australia in the late 1870’s and early 1880`s and three went to New York, Mary Ann (Reverend Mother Marcella, b. 28 June 1863, d. 18 March 1923), Anneas and John, while Ellen and Thomas stayed in Ireland. When Edmond Ryan arrived in Adelaide in 1882 he carried with him a reference from Darby Scully and Matthew Langley of Knockinglap, Fethard Co. Tipperary.
I am having more difficulty with the Coligan family origins. My great great, grandfather James Coligan (father was John Coligan and mother may have been Winifried Nelson Coligan) was in South Australia in the early 1850`s. I have no knowledge of his movements prior to 1858 when he married Bridget Dinon in Kapunda, South Australia. I understand there is a Colligan River in Co.Waterford near Dungarvan and I would be interested in finding out if there is a connection. The spelling of Colligan is often written with two l’s.
Any information that you may have would be greatly appreciated. Will look
you up when we are in Fethard.

Hi my name is Caroline (email: jackos2@bigpond.com)
I am doing some family history research for a friend’s birthday and I found your address on a Ned Kelly site. My friend believes that he is related to Ned in some way. We have reason to believe that Ned's half brother, John King, is his G, G, Grandfather. I just need to prove it hopefully before his birthday at the end of this month. I don't know who John married and any of his children’s names. I'm hoping one of the children was called Annie or similar who married a Matthew Foots. If you can help with any info or advice I would greatly appreciate it. I can't even seem to find any help on the net apart from Victorian BDM wanting to sell the indexes for loads of money. I hope you are able to help in any way. Thank you for your time.

Julian Hynes (email: nhead364@worldnet.att.net)
I believe you know my Uncle and Aunt, Tom and Kathy McCormack? Could you pass on a message to them (as their Luddite ways exclude them from the web)? Tell them that I hope they are both well and that Julian got the book about ‘Fethard and it's Abbeys’ from Alex. Thanks for your help.

The following officers were elected at the annual general meeting of Fethard & Killusty District Anglers Club: Tom Fogarty (chairman), David Grant (secretary), and Mattie Fleming (treasurer). The annual membership fees are: Adult Members €10, Junior Members €5.

Councillor Denis Landy has received the following reply from Tipperary S.R. County Council following representations made on behalf of Fethard area:
Arrangements have been made to clear litter from the council field on the Killenaule Road and repair railing on the front perimeter. The council have also stated that, subject to the approval of the Fethard area councillors, it is proposed to surface-dress 1km of the Knockelly Road in 2002. The council have also included 1km of the Rocklow Road for reconstruction in 2002 and a further 1.3km in 2004.

Reconstruction work being carried out on Tinsley Bridge at Grove is now well up on schedule. The historic bridge, more commonly called Kilmaclugh Bridge, on Grove Estate has been only crossable on foot since being partially demolished by the huge flood of 1947. Mr and Mrs Ponsonby are to be complimented on their efforts in having this architectural treasure restored to its former glory.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers Pack. The Ballylusky Harriers were trencher fed in the Ballylusky / Drangan area for over 100 years that can be traced. The White Heather Harriers were kennelled at lower Slievenamon for a large period. They were chiefly associated with the O’Shea family and Jim O’Shea, of the same family, was their last master. This is the pack that tradition tells us, is referred to in Knocknagow when Barney Wattletoes asked the P.P., “Is it lawful to follow the beagles on Sunday.” The answer was in the affirmative and locals are still following the beagles on Sundays almost 150 years later.
The late Senator Bill Quirke and James O’Shea were also involved with this pack following the death of Jim O’Shea. On James O’Shea’s instructions, the Ballylusky boys brought their hounds to Milestone in 1952. James with the remaining hounds of the original White Heathers, and a few Clonmel Harriers which also ceased to function around that time, added his lot and thus the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers came into being.
To mark the occasion, the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will hold a special evening meet in Cloneen on March 17th, where the first opening meet was held in 1952. In the interim they meet at Golden on February 24th, Lismolin on March 3rd and Ballingarry on March 10th.
Those currently keeping the pack going are: Tom McCormack (president), Philly O’Connor (chairman and master), Dr. Mattie Corcoran (secretary), David Guiry (treasurer), Donnie Slattery (huntsman), Noel O’Donnell and Richard Sayers (whips). Committee members: Michael McCormack, Lucy McCormack, Tom Sayers, Michael Stokes, Michael Fitzgerald, Tony Newport, James O’Donnell and Sonny Goldsboro.

Following representations made by Councillor Seamus Healy T.D., Tipperary County Council have stated that work to ease the traffic flow problems at Lower Main Street is high on their present list of priorities. This is an ongoing problem for some time and certainly needs urgent attention. Recently we again had the situation of two young mothers with buggies being forced into the main stream of traffic at the narrowest part of Main Street due to cars parked on the footpath. Prevention is better than cure and if the situation is not remedied sooner rather than later, we are going to have a serious accident.

The death has occurred in London of Mr Paddy Casey, aged 92. Paddy Casey was the last survivor of the seven Casey brothers from Sneem, Co. Kerry. Paddy was a visitor to Fethard during his holiday periods in Sneem. He regularly called to see Joe Ahearne in the Fethard Arms. Joe and Paddy Casey became great friends during their days together in London. The Casey brothers produced national, international and world champions in rowing and wrestling. Paddy was Irish heavyweight wrestling champion from 1936-1938 and his brother Steve was world heavyweight champion around the same time. A team of Casey brothers caused a sensation at Henley when they took on and beat the cream of the best oarsmen in the world in singles, pairs and fours competition. Looking at the sheer size and bulk of Paddy Casey, even when in his mid-eighties, it was not difficult to know why. Interment took place in his native Sneem.

The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday night, 26th February, at 8.30pm.


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