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Saturday 23rd March 2002

The wedding took place at Holycross Abbey on Saturday march 23rd of Deirdre, daughter of Mr Murt and Mrs Margaret Lawlor, Mockler’s Terrace, Fethard, to Mr Donie Tobin, Patrickswell, Co. Limerick.

The Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto are marking this Easter Weekend by adding lots of extra prizes to their weekly lotto. In addition to the €8,650 Jackpot prize, an extra 10 ‘Lucky Dips’ for €50 will be drawn. There will also be a sellers prize of €200 for the promoter who sells the winning Jackpot ticket. This prize will continue every week as an extra incentive for our hard-working sellers of our tickets every week. If you, or your club, would like to get involved in the Community Lotto, please contact any member of the Fethard & Killusty Community Council.
The Community Lotto funds have helped purchase the Convent Hall for future community use and has also enabled the Community Council to proceed with the building of a much needed extension to Fethard and District Day Care Centre. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who support our draw every week and wish everyone a very Happy Easter.

We have a much earlier sighting than usual of the first swallow on 2002. The first annual summer migrant was seen over the local river on Tuesday 19th March.

We now know that Newcastle are our semifinal opponents in under-21 ‘A’ football on this Sunday in Monroe at 12 noon. The minor football south championship commences on Friday 5th April against Ballyporeen. Please check sports page for venue.
Our lotto jackpot of €2900 was not won. We had no match three winners so five ‘lucky dips’ received €30 each: Brendan O’Donnell, Jimmy O’Connell, Jimmy O’Shea, Francis Dillon and the Fitzgerald Family (Kiltinan). The ‘lucky dip’ €50 winner was Margaret Napier (15 Slievenamon Close).

On 14th March our under 11’s played under floodlights in Clonmel field loosing to Ardfinnan on a scoreline, 2-5 to Fethard’s 1-4, in a great sporting game. The team was: Darren Connolly, Damien Morrissey, Kevin Hayes, Jerome Ahearne, Eoin O’Connell, Kieran O’Connell, Kieran Ryan, Adam Lyons, Gavin Fitzgerald 1-3, Eoin Fitzgerald and Alan Lawrence. Subs were: Tommy Sheehan, Frank O’Donovan, Jonathan Fleming, Mathew Fitzgerald, Eoin Healy, Colm Shanahan, Padraig O’Shea, Eoin Prout and Eoin Dillon.
Under 10 and 12 football training takes place every on Tuesday evenings at 6.30. Under-14 football training takes place on Mondays at 6.30pm. Under 13 hurling training is every Friday at 4pm. Under 14 hurling training takes place on Saturdays at 4pm. All training takes place in the GAA field. Everyone is most welcome.
Please support our Easter raffle by giving €1 per line to any juvenile club member. Draw takes this Saturday 30th March in the Fethard Arms.
The club would like to wish Michael Sheehan a speedy recovery after his recent illness.

Local ace angler Tom Sayers got the season off to a great start when, in the first week of the new season,, he caught a lovely brown trout of 1oz under 4lbs on club waters.

The following are the times of the Easter Ceremonies at Fethard Parish and Augustinian Abbey churches.
Fethard Parish Church
Holy Thursday: Mass (children) 4pm, Mass of the Lords Supper at 8pm
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross at 3pm, Liturgy at 8pm.
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil at 8pm.
Augustinian Abbey
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm.
Good Friday: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.30pm. Way of the Cross at 7.30pm.
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil at 9pm
Confessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 12 noon.

At this time of year we look forward to the long evenings, warmer temperatures and an athletic calendar that is brim full of activity. To provide funding for these activities, the club will hold its annual Church gate Collection on weekending 7th April. We ask the Fethard citizens to support the clubs efforts in providing our young people with a much-needed service.
Our upcoming events are as follows:
Wednesday 3rd April: Community Games Cross Country in Thurles.
Sunday 21st April: County Indoors in Nenagh
Tuesday 23rd April: Schools (large and small) Track and Field in Clonmel
Wednesday 24th April: Schools (medium and major) Track and Field in Clonmel
Sunday 12th May: County Track and Field, under-13 to under-18
Sunday 19th May: County Track and Field, under-9 to under-12
The club will also organise a trip to Kilkenny Track and to Carrick-on-Suir Swimming pool for members who participate regularly in the training sessions. The 2002 registration fee of €10 is now overdue and should be paid to Mary Trehy or Laura Lyons as soon as possible. Fees must be accompanied by a copy of birth certificate for first-time members. Training continues Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm in the GAA field.

We invite any senior citizens intending to come on our annual holiday outing to Carne, Co. Wexford, from Saturday 15th June to Friday 21st June 2002, to hand in their names to any committee member of Fethard St. Vincent de Paul as soon as possible.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Mrs Phyllis McDonnell, Main Street, on the death of her brother, Tom Synnott, who died in Basildon, Essex, England on Sunday 17th March. Tom, was born on Market Hill before the Synnott family moved to Clonmel some years ago. Interment took place in Basildon on Wednesday 27th March.
The death has occurred of Mr Christopher ‘Christy’ Hall, Slievenamon Close, Fethard, and formerly of Ardmayle, Cashel. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Tipperary may have been far away but certainly not forgotten, by John Kelly, Rathvin, on St. Patrick's Day. John proudly carried the official ‘blue and gold’ Tipperary flag in the very big St. Patrick’s Day parade in Auckland. We was amazed at the many ‘Up Tipp’ cries he heard en route over 6,000 miles from Slievenamon.

A ‘25 Card Drive’ will be held in Fethard Ballroom on this coming Friday night, March 29th, in aid of the parish fund. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of a new motor mower for the Parish Church cemetery.

The numbers drawn for the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 19th March, were as follows: 7, 8, 26 and 27. We had no jackpot winner and no 'Match 3' winner. Five lucky dips were drawn and the following won €30 each:
Ruth Higgins, 6 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
N. O'Sullivan, c/o Burkes Bar, Fethard.
Christina Farrell, c/o Donovans, Burke St. Fethard
Kim Lonergan, The Square, Fethard
Steve Clancy, Shanakyle, Drangan.
The winner of our €50 free weekly draw was: John Shortall, The Valley, Fethard. This weeks Jackpot is €8,650.


Dan Farmer, Richmond, Virginia USA (email irishfarmer@attbi.com)
My Grandmother, Catherine Quirke who I never knew, was born in Fethard in 1889. She came to America in 1910, married my grandfather who was Bernard Farmer from Dublin Ireland.

Dennis Ashby, London (email: dennisashby@blueyonder.co.uk)
Happy St Patrick’s Day to all my relatives in Fethard. My Mother (Mary) and her family are all from Fethard (McGraths). Related to the Slatterys and the Ryans of St Patricks Place. I’ve brilliant memories of a beautiful place.

Wm. C. Napier, Carmel Valley, California USA (email: wnwn@prodigy.net)
I believe that my grandfather, Thomas Napier, emigrated from Fethard to New York circa 1880s. Raised as an RC, he was married to Annie Cowan and they had four sons; William, Edward, Tom and Harold, all born in the United States. I have frequently wondered about the origin of Catholic Napier line.

Philip Collins, Hinsdale, USA (email: pcgrahop@aol.com)
Thanks for your hard work in maintaining the site. I'm looking for Collins (great grandfather) and Thomas Collins, born about 1854 (grandfather). My great grandfather came from Fethard.

Martin Richard Phelan, Gloucester (email: martin_phelan@hotmail.com)
I’ve spent a few holidays with my uncle Mick at Kiltinan - mustn't leave it too long before another visit.

Anne Dawe, Canada (email: annedawe@yahoo.com)
I just read the online article about Fethard Military Barracks. I'm trying to read info on the British military in Clonmel. The reason being that my g grandfather, Frederick Reed was a British soldier stationed in and we think died in Clonmel. He had a very large family and I think they were all born in Ireland, the first child being Ellen Reed born in 1887. Ellen was my dad's Mom and she ended up living in London, England. Do you have any idea who would have his military records? I would like to know some information on the family and hopefully find out where in England that Frederick was from and where in Clonmel he is buried. This is just a shot in the dark, I have no idea if you will be able to help but am hoping for the best! Thanks for anything you might be able to tell me.

Brad MacDonald, Canada (email: mossimo@fundy.net)
I was just visiting your website because my girlfriend is looking at possibly taking a position in Fethard. Just wondering what the town is like because we are from Canada and we would be moving over there. How far is it away from Dublin. That is where I probably would be working because I'm in the information technology section of the industry. What is the weather like, how large is the city, nightlife, sport and stuff like that. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Don Kelly, Point Lookout, USA (email: Dglyn@aol.com)
I am attempting to locate the baptismal record of my grandfather: James Henry Kelly II, born Tipperary May 6, 1851. Tipperary Family Research Center was unable to locate any baptismal record in the Diocese of Cashel and Emly. They did find a possible lead concerning my great grandparents Mary Butler baptised in Killenaule Parish on 27/7/1828, address in town of Rathroe and my great grandfather Daniel Kelly baptised Boherlahan Parish 4/2/1824, address town of Garranmore. We've also checked the parishes of Roscrea, Kyle, Larrha, Dorrha, Shinrone, Ballingarry, Coughjordan, Silvermines and Kilmore. I'd appreciate any direction you might give me.

Jay Hovdey, California (email: hovdey@aol.com)
My name is Jay Hovdey, and I am a horse racing journalist from Southern California. My wife and I are planning a trip to Ireland April 2-9, and my business will be taking me to the locality. We would like to stay somewhere in your area if possible. We would appreciate any recommendations you could make regarding inns or hotels in the region.

Barry Shortall (email: BarryShortall@aol.com)
I have family in Ballygerald, Tony and Julia Shortall and Greta Shortall and I believe my great grandfather farmed near Fethard. I am trying to trace that connection. I visit every year and would like to be kept up-to-date. Regards.

On Wednesday 21st March we played for Easter prizes sponsored by Kenny’s Centra Foodmarket and the results were:
1st Gross Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2nd Gross Gemma Burke and Carol Kenny
3rd Gross Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett
1st Nett Nell Broderick and Moira McInerney
2nd Nett Kathleen O’Connell and Maura Mullins
3rd Nett Marjorie O’Brien and Ellen Rochford
Anyone looking for a partner should contact Annie O’Brien at 052 31862.

The dreaded first night back at training looms closer. It is guaranteed to blow away a few cobwebs and cause copious stiffness. Training commences on Wednesday 27th March at 7pm in the Barrack Field and every Wednesday and Saturday thereafter at the same time. A committee meeting will be held on Friday 5th April in the dressing room at 8.30pm.

The next club meeting of Fethard Youth Club will be held on Saturday 30th March, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Fethard under-8 fielded two teams against Cashel on Sunday morning last.
The first game was very evenly contested and some great defence by both sides saw that scores were hard to achieve. Eventually the speedy Gregory Henry crossed for two tries and Conor Kavanagh got one.
Cashel, however, managed to score three times, so the result was very even at three tries each. Others to play well for this Fethard team were Stephen Tierney, Cian O’Connell, Joss Murray, Jonathan Yates and Eoin Walsh.
The second Fethard team was very strong, with the Bergin brothers, David and Keith, tackling everything that moved and were well assisted by Luke Keating, Gavin Delaney, Jack Devaney and the try-scoring Philip Maher.
These young rugby players are improving with every game and are a credit in their first season. The final result was 6-3 in favour of Fethard.
Fethard under-l0 fielded without many regulars on Sunday morning, but still managed a good win against a fine Cashel side. Johnny Lawlor, Shane Kavanagh and Darragh O’Dwyer crossed for tries in the first half and these were the result of some good rucking by Joe Kelly, Robert Ahearne and Sam Manton.
David Hall and Colin Blackmore were introduced to the pack at half-time and a continual movement of ball saw further tries for Daniel Hickey and Darragh O’Dwyer. Others to perform well were Paul Mackey, Jack O’Connell, Paul Tierney, Jerome Ahearne and Andrew Kelly. Under-10 will take part in a blitz on Good Friday 29th, in Clonmel. Players, please meet in the car park at l0am.
Training continues on Saturday for under-8, under-10, under-12, at 11am, in the school field.
New members and beginners are always welcome. Any enquiries to 086 8388205.


This site is maintained by Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.