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Saturday 22nd June 2002

Brian McBride, a member of the USA international soccer team who surprised many by their excellent performance in the World Cup, has strong South Tipperary connections. His great-grandfather, Michael McCormack, emigrated from Shanakyle, Drangan, in the latter half of the 19th century, to Nebraska. When the USA team visited Ireland in March last, his mother paid a visit to Fethard and visited relatives — members of the McCormack family at Kilnockin. The players on this occasion were not allowed social visits, but he has stated that he hopes to visit, accompanied by his wife, the area in the not too distant future. The McCormacks of Kilnockin, Fitzgeralds of Kiltinan, and the extended family of Drangan McCormacks, would be cousins of the USA international. Forty-nine players in total playing in the World Cup are sponsored by Nike or Adidas sports-wear. Brian, along with Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were the only three Nike sponsored players to score in the competition. Everton F.C. are currently reported to be interested in signing Brian. The player also expressed a great interest in declaring for Ireland but unfortunately the connection was one generation short to qualify.

The clash with the Ireland v Spain World Cup match resulted in a smaller than usual entry for the Fethard & Killusty Anglers fishing competition on June 16th. The overall winner was Irish International fly-fishing team member, Jim Sayers. It was good to see the youth coming to the fore with David Grant (junior), son of a many times local competition winner, taking the heaviest trout caught award.

Experts from Sothebys of London will attend Grove House on Thursday next 4th July between 11.30am and 4.30pm to advise and value antiques. Now is the opportunity to have that old ceramic or porcelain figure, old portrait hanging since great-grandmothers day, old books etc valued. Light refreshments, strawberry and cream teas will be available in Grove Gardens. There will also be a sale of plants and cakes. Proceeds of the day will go towards the Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Restoration Fund. Please come along and bring your friends!

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Friday 20th June of P.J., son of Michael and Monica Ahearn, Prospect, to Noelle, daughter of Mrs Mary and the late James Murphy, Fethard. The groom is a very popular playing member of Fethard GAA Club. His playing colleagues and his many friends in Fethard and Tipperary GAA circles join in wishing the happy couple best wishes and every success and happiness.

The annual general meeting of Fethard Abymill Theatre took place on Monday night 24th June in the Abymill Theatre. The officers appointed following the meeting were Michael McCarthy (chairman), Marian Gilpin (secretary), Agnes Evans (treasurer), Austin O’Flynn (administrator), and the following board members, Carmel Rice, Noelle O’Dwyer, Joe Kenny. The accounts for the past year were presented by John Fahey, Accountant, Clonmel.

The senior football county championship game played in Clonmel last Sunday finished all square on a scoreline, Fethard 1-4 (1-2), Ardfinnan 0-7 (0-4). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher, Willie O’Meara, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Stephen O’Donnell, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, Damien Byrne, Brian Coen, Michael Dillon, John Paul Looby 0-1, Karl Maher, Miceál Spillane 1-0, and Glen Burke 0-2f. Sub was Thomas Anglim.
Our intermediate football county championship game played in Ardfinnan last Sunday resulted in defeat on a scoreline, Fethard 0-11 (0-6), Fr Sheehys 2-12 (0-7). The team was: Tommy Gahan, Michael Ryan, Martin Ryan, Nicky Murphy, Ian Kenrick, Shay Ryan, Philly Croke, Owen Doyle 0-1, Alan Phelan, Johnny Neville, John Hurley 0-1, Kevin O’Donnell 0-2, Brendan Brett 0-1f, Chris Coen and Martin Coen 0-6 (4f).
The intermediate hurling south championship against Skeheenarinka is on this Saturday in Cahir at 8pm. We’ll have a report on the intermediate county hurling league game against Moyne next week.
The senior county football league game against Loughmore takes place in Castleiney on Tuesday 2nd July. The minor hurling south championship commences on Wednesday 26th June against Cahir in Marlfield.
Our lotto jackpot of €4,200 was not won. We had no ‘match threes’. Our €50 lucky dip winner was: Gerard Gahan (40 Woodvale Walk). Our five drawn €30 winners were: Paul Dillon (Tullamaine), Collie Bradshaw (52 Woodvale), Anne Mc Garry (29 Woodvale), Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan) and John Aylward (Grove).
Tickets for the Munster final, Tipperary versus Waterford, must be collected tonight (Thursday 27th) in the GAA dressing room between 7pm and 9pm.
Our sympathies are at this time with the O’Callaghan family (Clonmel) and McMenamin family (Clonmel) on there recent bereavements.

A Golf Classic in aid of the new extension to Fethard and District Day Care Centre will be held in Slievenamon Golf Club at the end of August. Local golfers interested in helping out are asked to contact any member of Fethard & Killusty Community Council or Brendan Kenny at Slievenamon Golf Club, Tel (052) 32213.

The Abymill Theatre Fethard will present Tom Hickey in Tom MacIntyre's award winning play "The Gallant John-Joe" on Friday July 5th at 8.30pm. Proceeds from the play will go to the South Tipperary branch of I.S.P.C.A. Tickets are €12 which includes a cheese and wine reception at 8pm. The play is a tour-de-force of story telling, swinging from tragic to the richly comic. This performance is one of the last before leaving for a three-week run at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland — "A performance of rare virtuosity" as described in the Irish Times. Booking now at O'Flynn's Menswear Tel: 052 31254.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 18th June were 4, 21, 26 and 29. We had no Jackpot Winner and no "Match 3" winner. Five 'Lucky Dips' were drawn and each of the following received €30:
Alfie Brett, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
Maureen Whyte, Main Street, Fethard.
Mary Butler, Coolanure, Fethard.
Berney Myles, Saucestown, Fethard.
Helen Grace, Ballyrichard, Drangan.
We had three Free Draws this week for €50 and the winners were:
Jim Trehy, Donoughmore, Lisronagh.
Marion Gilpin, The Valley, Fethard.
Betty Crowe, Dualla Road, Cashel.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is €380.

A new website, www.fethard.biz was recently discovered on the web. The company is called ‘Fethard Finance’ and is an International Internet Banking Company based in Uruguay. Being curious as to see if there was a connection with our Fethard in Tipperary, we made contact and received the following reply:
“Yes, we know Fethard is a small town in Ireland. We visited your site during creation of our company. We are very excited about Ireland, Irish culture and Irish music. I even started to learn a basic knowledge of the Irish language! We decided to name our company like this because it sounds good and we thought it would be great for our business. We'd even like to visit your city someday! It will be honourable for us to put a link to your site and if you have any posters of your city? We'd like to get one! Thank you! Mrs. Blanca Doris Sosa (Secretary).

The under/12 football team played Moyle Rovers in the south semi-final at the Clonmel Bye-Pass on Thursday night last and were defeated by a very strong Moyle Rovers team on the scoreline of 2-07 to 0-0. While the scoreline looks bad, it in no way reflected on the game as the Fethard boys put up a great display right up to the end. After dominating the first 10 minutes, Fethard’s Arran O’Donovan somehow managed to steer a long ball from midfield to the Moyle Rovers net only to see the referee disallow the goal, and when two minutes later Moyle Rovers scored a similar goal, the referee to the amazements of both teams, allowed the goal to stand, a decision which was to have a major impact on the game. Fethard had many outstanding players on the night, but Gavin Fitzgerald, Paul McCarthy, Eoin O’Connell, Adrian Lawrence, Cathal Gorey, Tom O’Donnell, Christopher Sheehan and Kieran Ryan were terrific on the night. Well done to all players involved, you can be proud of your achievements and efforts in your development as future senior footballers for Fethard. Congratulations to Moyle Rovers on their win and we now wish them the best of luck in their quest for south and county titles.
Our main attention will now turn to the under/10 football team who are currently training for the Munster Championship. Fethard under/12 hurlers travelled to Killenaule last weekend with their first league game of the season and came away with a well-earned win over Killenaule. This game proved to be a real nail biter with the scores standing at 2 points each at half time. Some spectacular playing from the whole team and with some brilliant show of skill and determination by Christopher Sheehan, Fethard then went ahead to win a really exciting and well worth watching match, some great displays were shown by Kieran Ryan, Joe Fogarty and Kevin Hayes. The final score stood at Fethard 1-03, Killenaule 0-02, well done to the whole team on a great show of skills learnt. All credit to Liam Hayes, Martin O’Connell, Jim McGrath and best of luck on your next match.
Training continues on Tuesdays at 6.15pm and Saturdays at 3pm for under /10 football; Mondays at 5.30pm for under/12 hurling; Saturdays at 3pm for under/14 hurling and under/16 hurling.
Our upcoming games are: under/12 ‘B’ hurling against Carrick Davins on Thursday 27th June, bus leaving at 6pm; under/10 football against Ballymac (away) on Monday 1st July, bus leaving at 6pm.
Congratulations to Liam Ryan and Niall Hayes who were picked for the final trial for the South Tipp under/14 football team and to Shane Walsh on his selection on the under/16 football team.


Steven Querns (email: stevequerns@aol.com)
My grandmother, May Querns (nee Watts), originally from The Green, was sent a cutting from 'The Nationalist' newspaper which had a contact from Dan Farmer of Virginia, USA, who was trying to find out about his grandmother, Catherine Quirke. My Nan thinks that she could be related, as her mother's maiden name was Quirke. My Nan will be visiting Fethard in June/July of this year, so maybe she will meet up with you again. I have printed up your aerial photographs, which my Nan is now looking at and working out where things used to be!

Eileen Lord (email: eml39@whsmithnet.co.uk)
Eileen Lord, 39 Steps Meadow, Wardle, Rochdale, OL12 9UJ, England
I have tried many different ways and means to trace my Irish ancestors and so far, I have come up 'blank'! Anyway, may I, through your newspaper, try and trace my Doheny relatives (and there must be some!) in Ireland. I will tell you the knowledge that I have (which isn't much really); my grandmother was called Margaret Doheny. She was born 12 July 1883. I always believed she was born in Clonmel but I have heard she may have been born at a place called Upper Graigue (or something like that.). She was the youngest daughter of Thomas Doheny and Mary Anne Daly. They were married 4 March 1867 in Killenaule. Their other children were; Mary (b1868), Honora (b1869), Michael (b1872), William (b1874), Elizabeth (b1877), Patrick (b1880). I believe Mary, Michael and Patrick went to live in the USA (New York), Maggie came to England and married my grandfather, Arthur Clough in Rochdale in 1906. Many years ago I sent a letter to another Irish newspaper and was pleased to get a response from Maggie Brown who lived in Fethard and she gave me most of the above information, she said she was a cousin to my mother. However, I long since lost contact with her but I am sure she will have passed away by now as she was in her 80s when she wrote to me. I am told her son, Paddy, still lives in Fethard? As I have lost the address, I cannot write to him. I have left messages on quite a number of message boards on the Internet but of course, not everyone possesses a home computer so either that is the case or, nobody else is researching the Tipperary Dohenys!
Anyway, hopefully, your readers may be able to help me if you would be kind enough to print the above information.

A Martin (email: TONLOU32@aol.com)
Palm Bay Florida, USA
In the 1850 Griffiths Valuation there are three entries with the surname Julian. Do you know if there are any Julians in the Fethard area? I am coming to Ireland in October and was wondering if there is a place in Fethard where I can get information.

Caroline Mullan (email: archives@blackrockcollege.com)
The Archives, Blackrock College, Blackrock, Co Dublin
I am searching for any information about a Winston family who lived in Fethard in the 1780s and 1790s. Henry Winston was a tenant of the Bartons and also had a shop from which he supplied fabrics for curtains, etc, for the Barton house and gowns, etc for the family. He rented "field and Minors house in Main Street with garden behind, also two gardens in .....". I can't make out this last name but it looks like Fitney. This account was closed in March 1801 when perhaps Henry Winston died. These details are from an old Barton account book. Henry Winston married Margaret Kelly and they had a daughter, Mary Anne, who married Pierse Barron of Waterford in 1788. Mary Anne and Pierse had a large family which included Dr Edward Barron who became Bishop of Liberia. A biography of the bishop is being prepared and I am interested in details of his mother's family, the Winstons of Fethard. If anyone can help I would be very grateful.

Kenneth Bradshaw (email: ken_bradshaw@hotmail.com)
Do you have any interest in a family tree of Bradshaws from about early 1600's, to present, covering many branches, and including some in Co. Tipperary, and down to my own connection to Robert of Lismoynan. I note quite a few genealogical type queries on the site from time to time, and thought this might be of interest: One of the Bradshaws from Lismoynan has proven a problem with both his birth and his death. GRO Dublin have no record of his death, and we have three different possible birth dates for him. Robert Emanuel Bradshaw born at Lismoynan, to Robert and Elizabeth Rose, nee Blunden: Dates quoted are 25th December 1844, or 4th February 1845, or 25th December 1855. Probable place of a Christening would have been Kilvemnon Church of Ireland. Same fellow,( who was my Grandfather) is reputed to have died in Dublin in 1903 or 1904., as I say no record can be found in the GRO. Could you help with either of the Number two problems?

Jody Austin (email: jody_austin@hotmail.com)
I was reading the Fethard site and I believe my family are related to the Kelly's somehow. My grandmother was born around 1927 and her surname was Tanner. I am 28 yrs old and I am about to have my first child. I’ve been trying to finish a family tree as a gift and was wondering if you have the Kelly family tree from Ned Kelly and siblings to anywhere near current.

Mary Clancy (email: clanclan@eircom.net)
Carrick on Suir
Just found your fantastic website by chance. I love Fethard anyway, now I can pour over the aerial views, the photographs are just lovely.

Phyl Brindley (email: philbrin@hotmail.com)
I am looking for the family of Michael Ronan (Michael may not be his baptismal name) b. 1844 Tipperary. Michael came to Western Australia in 1860 with a shipment of horses for L C Burges. I have been unsuccessful so far in tracing Michael's connections in Ireland. I am hoping that as Fethard has a Ronan Stud Farm there that there may be a connection. Michael married Mary Ann O'Reilly in Geradlton Western Australia in 1865 and they had 16 children. If anyone can help with information I would be grateful. Thank you for a wonderful site. I would be well pleased to find my roots in Fethard.

Robert O'Shea (email: boboshea@bigpond.com)
You might find this interesting (excerpt from Planet Rugby)
'Did you know that an Irish team won a nude touch rugby competition in Dunedin on the eve of the New Zealand v Ireland clash. The match, organised as part of the New Zealand Backpacker Festival, took place at Dunedin's St Kilda beach with the victorious Irish team led by Fergus Mather from Tipperary. According to the Otago Daily Times, around 150 people watched the match which was played out in freezing conditions. Mather told the newspaper that he wished his mum could have seen his starring role in the 2-1 victory. "She would have been so proud. It would have brought a wee tear to her eye," he said. The Irish team and most of the spectators were overseas tourists staying in Dunedin hostels.'

T. J. Malone (email: TJMalone@easycash.ie)
Can you please tell me what the population of Fethard and Killenaule are respectively.

Helen Prout (email: hprout@europe.com)
I am researching the family tree of the Prout family of Killusty, Fethard. I am looking for connections through marriage of Mary Burke, who married Micky Prout in 1800's and Mary Nagle, who married Ned Houlihan. I would appreciate if anyone can give me any information.

Bridget Mann (nee Sheehan)
(email: Bridget.Mann@chase.com)
Hello to all the Sheehan's and their families hope everyone is keeping well Just wish I `was there with you all to celebrate Ireland getting so far in the World Cup It is just pure mayhem here when they score but I’m sure its glorious at home. I may go home to that wonderful place called Killusty to celebrate. Miss you all very much!

Jennifer Anne Locke (email: Jenniferlocke69@hotmail.com)
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.
It is a wonderful place to come and get info on family history. I love it!!!!

Florence Locke (nee Quinn) f.l@ns.sympatico.ca
New Waterford, C.B. CoNova Scotia Canada
I visited Fethard on May 9, 2002. It was fantastic. I got my great grandfather's baptismal certificate from Fr. Breen. His name was James Quinn and he was born on Feb 16, 1819. His father was Michael Quinn and his mother was Margaret Dowling. I would like more information if anyone has any. Michael was born in 1787. He and his brother James immigrated to Canada about 1822. James was born in 1798. I loved visiting Fethard!

Anthony Grace (email: anthonygrace75@hotmail.com)
My father Dick Grace came from Fethard and was a garage proprietor in Clonmel until his death in Dec 1992. His brother Bob gave many a local their last drive in McCarthy's hearse. Anyway, I never thought I'd see the day when Fethard would be wired! Best wishes from California!

Maggie (email: rebel14@iinet.net.au)
Perth Australia
I wonder would someone be able to check a headstone in the cemetery for the date of death for a Anastasia MacCarthy. Plus I also believe there other names and dates on this, if this could be confirmed.

Christine (email: christine@coolmore.com.au)
Great aerial views... was just searching for some background info on Fethard, as of an interest, because I work at Coolmore Stud in Australia

Edna Sayers (email: esayers@execulink.com
Port Stanley Ontario Canada
Congratulations on a great site. I am just amazed at the information this site holds. My ancestors Henry Sayers and his wife Joanna Ryall were married and raised their children in Fethard. Nice to see pictures of the town.

Marion Kelly (email: mkelly4@hotmail.com)
A big G'day from down under to everyone in Fethard. Having a great time here in Sydney!

Ann Turner (email: annturner@rogers.com)
I am researching the Wright family of Cloran, Fethard & Mullinahone. My great-great-grandfather was Rev. William Wright, one of the first missionaries to go to S. African in 1820. His father was John Wright, married to Mary Sillito, and his father was John Wright. Wright who came to Ireland and the area, with the Cromwellian Settlement, in the 17th Century. Any help or information would be much appreciated. John Wright, married Catherine Shee, daughter of Richard Shee.


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