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Saturday 29th June 2002

The Abymill Theatre will host a 10th July Concert following the highly successful launch of singer / songwriter Billy (Bob) O’Dwyer’s new CD, ‘The Time has Come’, recently held in Brú Ború in Cashel. The concert will begin at 8.15pm and advance booking is advised. For booking and enquiries, contact the Abymill Theatre on 052 31254.
Billy will be accompanied by Fran Curry of Tipp FM and former member of ‘The Bards’ on piano; the acclaimed Ali Price of fiddle; and Paul (Tac) McCarthy on double bass. Singer / songwriter, Nick McCarthy, author of ‘Tipperary on my Mind’, which was later recorded by Louise Morrissey, will be the special guest on the night.
Billy (Bob) O’Dwyer’s new CD is available at the Treasure Chest, Cashel, and at Premier Music, Clonmel, or you can order by email at the following address,

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 25th June were 8, 13, 15 and 17. We had no Jackpot Winner and no "Match 3" winner. Five 'Lucky Dips' were drawn and each receive €30:
Biddy Kearney, St. Patricks Place Fethard.
Michael Purcell, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.
Maura Meaney, Crampscastle, Fethard.
Nora O'Meara, Milestown, Fethard.
Donal Cummins, 126 Willow Heights, Clonmel.
We had three Free Draws this week for €50 and the winners were:
Rita McDonagh, c/o Nano Nagle Centre
Julie Wall, Barrettstown, Fethard
Joe Corbett, Grove, Fethard
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is €395

The Fethard Historical Society’s outing to Ballingarry has now been rescheduled for Friday evening, 12th July. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble outside Ballingarry Church at 7.30pm where Dr. Willie Nolan, UCD, will commence his tour of the local historical attractions which includes The Warhouse. The fee for the evening is €3 and all are welcome to attend.

Congratulations to Karen Walsh, Burke, Street, winner of two gold and one bronze medal at the recent Special Olympics National Games held in Dublin. Karen’s success came in the 100m and 200m relay swimming events. A special thank you to Coolmore Stud for their sponsorship of the Olympic team in Tipperary.

A full church congregation attended the mass celebrated by Very Rev Canon James Power in Holy Trinity Parish Church on Wednesday night 26th June to mark the Golden Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood. Thirteen of Canon Power’s fellow priests assisted in concelebrating the jubilee mass, which was followed by a most enjoyable social evening in Fethard Ballroom.
At the 7pm mass in the Parish Church, on Saturday evening last, Canon Power thanked sincerely the parishioners of Fethard and Killusty, and all who sent good wishes and congratulations, and everyone who helped in any way in organising Wednesday night’s celebrations. Canon Power concluded by saying, “As long as the good Lord grants him the health to do so, he intends to serve the people of Fethard and Killusty in his sacred ministry.”

The death has occurred of Ms Margaret ‘Peg’ Conway, Coleman Cross, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

A sort of mini opinion poll conducted amongst a good number of young boys during the past week showed how times have changed in regard to their sporting interests. The question asked was, “Who will win the game on Sunday?”. Just two said, “Tipperary”, all the rest replied, “Brazil”. Whatever their interests, best of luck to the Fethard under/10 community games football team who travel to Rathkeale on this Saturday to play Co. Kerry champions, Kenmare, in the semifinal of the Munster Community Games.

Fethard and Killusty Anglers Club promote both the John O’Donnell and Eddie O’Neil Memorial Cups on club waters on Sunday next, 4th July. Competing anglers are requested to assemble at Thorny Bridge at 11am. Incidentally, we got our lines crossed with the result of the competition on June 17th. Jim Sayers was overall winner; Mattie Fleming was 2nd; Brendan Doolan 3rd; and John Fleming, following in his father’s footsteps, won the heaviest catch.

Fethard under/11 rugby team will travel to Munster Community Games on Saturday 13th July, representing County Tipperary. Please note that training for this team will take place on the coming Thursday at 6.30pm and on Saturday at 11am in the school field.

Experts from Sothebys of London will attend Grove House on this Thursday, 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!

Veteran Fethard Gael, Dick Cummins, was honoured at the Munster Hurling Final in Cork on Sunday last by meeting the President of Ireland, Mrs Mary McAleese. The meeting was arranged by a member of the Munster GAA Council. The President, herself a keen GAA supporter, spoke with Dick, a legend in his own lifetime in Tipperary and Munster GAA circles, about his seventy-five years plus interest in GAA affairs and his regular attendance at games both at club and county level.
Dick Cummins is honorary life president of Fethard GAA Club and the South Tipperary GAA Board.

Fethard & Killusty area have already three individual competitors qualified for the ESB National Community Games finals — Christopher Taylor, Kerry Street, in under/16 Art, David Sullivan, Barrettstown, in the under/16 1500m, and Joey Feery, Killusty, in the under/17 marathon. The Munster finals will take place in Limerick University on Saturday, 13th July, where we will be represented by Pádraig O’Shea, Michael and Bernadette Costello, Cathal, Richard and D.J. Gorey in Judo, the boys under/11 rugby team, girls under/16 volleyball team and, of course, our gallant boy’s under/10 GAA champions who have to play a preliminary match on Saturday next, July 6th, against Kenmare, Co. Kerry, in Rathkeale. We wish them the very best of luck!

We collected our second brace of points in the south intermediate hurling championship on Friday 28th June in Cahir on a scoreline Fethard 4-14 (1-8), Skeheenarinka 1-15 (0-10). The team was: Owen Doyle, Shay Ryan, Stephen O’Donnell, David Flanagan, Kevin O’Donnell, Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher, Michael Quinlan, Tomás Keane, J. P. Looby 1-3, Colin Allen 1-5 (4f), Aiden Fitzgerald 0-2, Ciarán Treacy 1-2, Michael Ryan 1-1, and Brian Coen. Subs were: Miceál Spillane and Jamie McCormack 0-1. In Fethard on Tuesday 25th June, we had a great victory in the county league on a scoreline, Fethard 1-20 (0-10), Moyne Templetuohy 1-10 (1-6). The team was: Owen Doyle, Shay Ryan, Stephen O’Donnell, David Flanagan, Kevin O’Donnell, Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher, Michael Quinlan, Tomás Keane, Ciarán Treacy 0-3, Colin Allen 1-12 (6f), Brian Coen 0-2, J. P. Looby 0-2, Michael Ryan 0-1 and Jamie McCormack.
The minor hurling B south championship commenced on Wednesday 26th June in Marlfield, where we lost to Cahir on a scoreline, Cahir 3-13 (2-8), Fethard 2-4 (0-0).
The senior football county league against Loughmore was played on Monday 1st July in Castleiney, full report next week.
We play Newcastle in the junior hurling ‘B’ championship on Sunday 7th July, at Ned Hall Park at 7pm. In the intermediate hurling county league, we play Kilsheelan in Fethard on Tuesday 9th July at 8pm and in the minor hurling ‘B’ we are provisionally due to play Carrick Davins in Kilsheelan on Tuesday 9th July.
Our ‘Friends of Fethard GAA Golf Classic’ held in Cahir Golf Club on Friday 28th was a tremendous success. Our chairperson, John Hurley and his committee would like to thank all clubs, sponsors, participants, players, club members, and particularly Owen Cummins (America) for his assistance. The Fethard GAA club would like to thank, John, Chris Coen, Tommy Gahan, Tom Anglim, Denis Burke, Gerry Ahearne, Sean Aylward, Nicky O’Shea, Mick Ahearne, Noel Byrne, the committee and anyone else who helped to make it such a success .
Our lotto jackpot of €4,300 was not won. We had one person who ‘matched three’, Mary F. O’Connell (Main Street) who won €150. The €50 lucky dip winner was Noelle Doyle (37 St Patricks Place).

There was very little activity on the field this week gone. The under/10 Community Games football team travel to Limerick on Saturday 6th July for their preliminary round against Kenmare, if they win, it will then take them into the Munster finals on July 13th. Best of luck to these brilliant young players and to all involved. Any amount of support and well wishes for this game would be greatly appreciated.

Our under/12 ‘B’ hurlers travelled to Carrick Davins on Thursday last and had their backs to the wall before the game even began, as the team carried a few injuries and were without some of their star players. There was a major upset when their goalie P. J. McGrath was injured within the first few minutes of the game and had to be taken off, to be replaced by Gavin Fitzgerald, who did a sterling job as the replacement goalie. Fethard were beaten by a very strong Carrick Davins team but still managed to hold their heads up high and did not stop trying until the final whistle blew. Well done to the whole team and their trainers. The final score stood at Carrick 4-03, Fethard 0-03.
Training continues on:
U/10 Football - Tues 6.15pm - Sat 3.00pm
U/12 Hurling - Mondays 5.30pm
U/14 Hurling - Saturdays 3.00pm
U/16 Hurling - Saturdays 3.00pm
On Sunday 7th July our under/12 ‘B’ hurlers take on St Mary's at 10.30am in Fethard.
The alleys continue every Friday night from 7pm to 8.30pm. All parents are welcome to come along and give a hand. Any help would be appreciated. Each child to bring 50c and new children are welcome as well.

In spite of the appalling weather and the Ireland v Spain soccer match, Fethard Athletic Club was well represented at the recent Community Games County Finals in Thurles. Winners of the coveted gold medal and subsequent trip to Mosney were club members David Sullivan, in the under/16 boys 1,500 meters and Mary Gleeson in the under/14 girls 800 meters. Indeed, the 800 meter final was dominated by the Fethard club as Elaine Kennedy finished a close second to Mary and Aoife O’Gorman won the bronze medal. Aisling O’Connor won silver in the under/10 200 meter race while her cousin Liam O’Connor won silver in the under/12 600 meters final.
In the under/12 boy’s 600 meters final, Lolo Trehy ran splendidly to win the silver medal, while his sister, Roisín Trehy also took silver in the final of the under/10 girls 80 meter hurdles. Rebecca Ryan continued her good form in the shot putt by winning bronze in the girls under/14 competition.
In the relay races, the girls under/14 team of Aoife O’Gorman, Jennifer O’Donnell, Rebecca Ryan and Elaine Kennedy were most unlucky to be piped into second place by a strong Carrick team, while the boys under/12 team of Conor Prendergast, Kevin Quigley, Ryan Laslett and Lolo Trehy put in a great performance to win silver medals in the final of the 4 x 100 meters. The girls under/12 team of Hanna Trehy, Michelle Ryall, Elizabeth Kennedy and Yvonne Slattery ran a great race to win bronze in the 4 x 100 metres.
Our annual summer sports evening took place on last Wednesday and the club would like to thank parents and children who came to participate in what turned out to be a most enjoyable evening of fun and sport. The following is the result list and well done to all:
Under/5 Boys 40m: 1st Adam Fitzgerald; 2nd Kieran White; 3rd Jody Sheehan; 4th Mark Heffernan.
Under/5 Girls 40m: 1st Gráinne Fanning; 2nd Rachel O’Meara; 3rd Imelda Hackett.
Under/5 Boys 60m: 1st Jack Stapleton; 2nd Darragh Bradshaw; 3rd Owen O’Donovan.
Under/7 Boys 60m: 1st Brian Healy; 2nd Ciarán O’Connell; 3rd Gary Bradshaw.
Under/7 Girls 60m: 1st Emma Walsh; 2nd Emma Morrissey; 3rd Amy Pollard.
Under/7 Boys 80m: 1st Owen Healy; 2nd Kevin Allen; 3rd Donal Walsh; 4th Ashley Weslet.
Under/9 Boys 60m: 1st Ciarán O’Meara; 2nd Louis Rice; 3rd Ger Maher.
Under/9 Girls 60m: 1st Roisín Trehy; 2nd Jenny Pike; 3rd Fiona O’Connor.
Under/10 Boys 60m: 1st Damien Morrissey; 2nd David Burke; 3rd Dean Sharpe.
Under/10 Girls 60m: 1st Sarah McManus; 2nd Fiona Walsh; 3rd Kelly Fox.
Under/10 Boys 200m: 1st Damien Morrissey; 2nd Dean Sharpe; 3rd Padraig O’Shea.
Under/10 Girls 200m: 1st Fiona Walsh; 2nd Sarah McManus; 3rd Kelly Fox.
Under/11 Boys 60m: 1st Michael Costello; 2nd Eoin Healy; 3rd Kieran Ryan.
Under/11 Girls 60m: 1st Michelle Ryall; 2nd Claire O’Brien; 3rd Debbie Lawrence.
Under/11 Boys 300m: 1st John Lalor; 2nd Michael Costello; 3rd Ben Walsh.
Under/11 Girls 300m: 1st Michelle Ryall; 2nd Catherine Trehy; 3rd Áine Gleeson.
Under/12 Boys 60m: 1st Lolo Trehy; 2nd Adrian Lawrence; 3rd Darren Prout.
Under/12 Girls 60m: 1st Ciara O’Connor; 2nd Bernadette Costello; 3rd Elizabeth Kennedy.
Under/12 Boys 600m: 1st Wayne Laslett; 2nd Lolo Trehy; 3rd Stephen Walsh.
Under/12 Girls 600m: 1st Ciara O’Connor; 2nd Bernadette Costello; 3rd Elizabeth Kennedy.
Under/14 Boys 80m: 1st Alan O’Connor; 2nd Christopher Sheehan; 3rd Wayne Laslett.
Under/14 & 16 Girls 600m: 1st Aoife O’Gorman; 2nd Niamh O’Connor.
Under/14 Girls 80m: 1st Aoife O’Gorman; 2nd Jennifer O’Donnell; 3rd Kate Costigan.
Under/16 Girls 80m: 1st Niamh O’Connor; 2nd Helen O’Gorman.
Under/5 Boys Sack Race: 1st Gary Bradshaw; 2nd Kieran White; 3rd Darragh Bradshaw.
Under/5 & 7 Girls Sack Race: 1st Mel Trehy and Aobh O’Shea (U/7); 2nd Hannah Stapleton; 3rd Ruby Kennedy.
Under/9 Boys Sack Race: 1st Sean White; 2nd Jamie Walsh; 3rd Pio Hartnett.
Under/9 Girls Sack Race: 1st Roisín Trehy; 2nd Rachel Prout; 3rd Faye Manton.
Under/10 Boys Sack Race: 1st Alan Lawrence; 2nd Tommy Sheehan; 3rd Padraig O’Shea.
Under/10 Girls Sack Race: 1st Rita Tobin; 2nd Fiona Walsh; 3rd Kelly Fox.
Under/11 Boys Sack Race: 1st Ben Walsh; 2nd Eoin Healy; 3rd Owen Prout.
Under/11 Girls Sack Race: 1st Michelle Ryall; 2nd Sandra O’Sullivan; 3rd Catherine Trehy.
Under/12 Boys Sack Race: 1st Lolo Trehy; 2nd Adrian Lawrence; 3rd Robert Ahearne.
Under/12 Girls Sack Race: 1st Aoife O’Connor; 2nd Elizabeth Kennedy; 3rd Bernadette Costello.
Under/14 Girls Sack Race: 1st Kate Costigan; 2nd Aoife O’Gorman; 3rd Aoife O’Connor.
Under/10 Relay:
1st Tommy Sheehan, Fiona Walsh, Damien Morrissey and Roisín Trehy.
2nd Ciarán O’Meara, Sarah McManus, Louis Rice and Kelly Fox.
3rd Alan Lawrence, Lisa Healy, Padraig O’Shea and Aisha Tobin.
Under/12 Relay:
1st Michelle Ryall, Elaine Kennedy, Owen Healy and Ben Walsh.
2nd Claire O’Brien, Áine Gleeson, Michael Costello and Kieran Ryan.
3rd Siobhán O’Brien, Aisling Sullivan, John Lalor and Adam Lyons.
Under/14 Relay:
1st Jennifer O’Donnell, Aoife O’Gorman, Wayne Laslett and Richard Lalor.
2nd Aoife O’Connor, Christopher Sheehan, Ciara O’Connor and Alan O’Connor.
3rd Michael Costello, Margaret O’Gorman, Áine Gleeson and Kieran Ryan.

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.


Victoria Riley, nee O'Connell, (email: victoria.riley67@btopenworld.com)
I am trying to find information on my grandfather James O'Connell, who's family came from Fethard. James came over to England during the 1920's, he was a farmer and as far as I am aware one of his siblings was called Michael. Any info would be appreciated. Regards and many thanks in advance.

Shaun Morrissey (email: shaunfire@tinyworld.co.uk)
My father, Gus Morrissey came from Grove Lodge, Fethard. Hi to any relations I've not yet met. Love to hear from any of you.

Anne Kelly (email: denenna@hotmail.com)
I just want to say hello to all my family in Fethard especially my Mother Mary Morrissey in St Patricks Place. Also want to wish my niece Catherine Morrissey all the best for Friday when she gets Married in Swords. See ye all at the Church and later at Clontarf Castle. I also want to wish my niece Martina Morrissey all the best for her wedding on the 3rd August in the Parish Church in Fethard, we'll paint the town that night Marty! I wish ye both all the best for the future. May ye both enjoy wealth, health and happiness throughout your lives but not in that order.

Margaret Solomon (email: Slmnmr@aol.com)
I am interested in any information anyone may have on John Morrissey born about 1825 who married Mary Tobin in February 1866. I believe John died August 2, 1900. I would like to know what cemetery he is buried in and anything about the farm they owned in Mullinahone. I believe the land to have been sold to a neighbour after Mary (Tobin) Morrissey died in the US in 1910. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Greg Julian (email: hobbitj@tpg.com.au)
My GGG Grandfather was John Julian (with Elizabeth Britten) and their son was Edward Henry born about 1834. I believe John lived in the Fethard/Clonmel area. Need infomation to confirm Edwards’s birth to continue search. please help!

J.L.Montes (email: maildejose@terra.es)
Madrid (Spain)
Hi to Fethard´s people. I’m looking for information as my daughter will travel next summer to your nice town to learn English. I’m surprised how wonderful it looks. Congratulations, I believe she will enjoy it a lot. Good bye.

Hubert O'Reilly (email: hubert@eurotrademetals.com)
South Africa
This is a wonderful way of keeping up to date with the Fethard Folk especially when I am so far away.

Rosemary Hegwood (email: z0073981@aol.com)
Beaverton, Oregon U.S.A
I’m in search of my grandfather's family. His name was Joseph Michael Kenrick. He was born in Fethard in May 18-27, 1887

David J Maher (email dmaher@wn.com.au)
Brook Hills Farm, New Norcia WA 6509, Australia.
I am looking for any information on relatives of James Maher/Meagher and Margaret Maher/Meagher nee Leahy from Fethard Tipperary Ireland. They were married on 25 Jan 1863 and left on the ship the Eena and arrived in Western Australia in July 1863. Thomas Leahy was Margarets brother and he came out as well so did two of James Maher brothers. They purchased land around New Norcia about 120km north East of Perth. The original block of land is still in the family and is now owned and run by myself, David John Maher. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Dennis Ashby (email: dennisashby@blueyonder.co.uk)
I am looking into the family tree. My mother was born in Fethard in 1932. Her name is Mary McGrath (now Ashby). My grandfather was, of course, a McGrath (originally from Tipperary Town) and married a young girl called Catherine Slattery from Fethard. I know a good bit from talking to uncles and relatives but if anyone can shed any new information it would be appreciated. Patrick (a local barber in Burke Street) and Catherine (died c.1934) had 7 children, Jack, Buster, Paddy, Frankie, Philip, Monica and Mary. His sister Briget (BiBi to all who knew her) who was working in Dublin, came to Fethard and helped raise the children after my grandmother died. Unfortunately only Phil and my mother are still with us, Phil lives in Cahir, my Mother in London. Any help please?

Gavan Prendergast (email: gprender@bigpond.net.au)
My relatives, the Keck family lived in Fethard around 1800 to 1850. I’m from Australia and will be visiting Fethard to find local history of them. Thomas Keck was working at the Barracks for some time. Does anyone recall this surname?

Marianne Turner (email: maturner4@bigpond.com)
I'm looking for anyone who may know of any family who lived in Fethard called Napier or Napper. My great-great-great-grandfather William Napper-Napier was buried there 20 May 1849. He was married to Frances nee Atkins-Atkinson. Sometime after 1849 Frances and her daughter, also named Frances, went to America, I think it was California. Anyone knowing anything on a family in Fethard named Napier-Napper, I would love to hear from you!


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