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Saturday 9th November 2002

Fethard & Killusty Community Council are currently in negotiations with suppliers of seasonal street lighting to supply and erect same in Fethard this year. The costs will well exceed €12,000 and a fundraising drive will be organised later this month to help fund the project. A meeting took place on Monday morning, 11th November, to decide on the planting of a Christmas Tree on The Square. It was decided to proceed immediately with the County Council preparing the site before Sap Nurseries plant the tree. At the meeting were: Christy Fitzgerald, tree specialist with Coolmore Stud Farm who are kindly supplying the tree; Jonathan Cooney, South Tipperary County Council engineer; Thomas Fitzgerald, foreman with South Tipperary County Council; Gráinne Murphy, manager SAP Nurseries who will plant the tree; and Jimmy Connolly, Gerard Manton and Joe Kenny representing the Fethard & Killusty Community Council.

Confirmation that South Tipperary County Council will cover the energy costs of flood lighting Fethard Town Wall was received by John Bolger, ESB. We expect no further delay in connecting the new lights to the town supply and switching them back on as soon as possible.
The Town Wall lights were first installed by the Friends of Fethard and switched on by President Mary Robinson on Saturday 24 July 1993. Due to high running costs and the disbandment of the Friends of Fethard, the lights were switched off some years later.
The late Cllr John Holohan was promised that The Town Wall lights would be switched on again thanks to a motion agreeing to take over the running costs of the Wall's lighting was carried by Tipperary S.R. County Council at their meeting on Monday 5th October 1998. It has been a long wait!

Fethard Players began their run of the West-End, Broadway smash hit ‘Black Comedy’ in the Abymill Theatre on Sunday last. Those who have already seen the play have giving it great reviews, “Best yet . . . not to be missed!”. The play will continue its until Saturday 16th November so if you haven’t booked your seat, do now, at O’Flynns Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.

Change of addresses and new addresses for the Emigrants Newsletter mailing list should be handed in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, as soon as possible.

Marie Taylor, a post graduate student in Historical Geography at University Limerick and a native of Saucestown, will give a talk on Monday next, 18th November in the Abymill at 8.30pm. Marie will talk on the medieval (1185-1665) settlement patterns in the countryside in what is now the modern-day Catholic Parish of Fethard. This is equivalent to the old Civil Parishes of Rathcoole, Peppardstown, Coolmundry, Tullamaine, Red City, Kiltinan, St. Augustines Abbey and Crompsland.
So it will be very interesting to hear what was going on outside the Walls for a change. All are welcome and tea/coffee will be served as usual after the talk. Admission for members is €3 and non-members €4.

Internationally published author, Rita Emmett, talks about Conquering Procrastination in the I.C.A. Hall on Sunday 17th November at 3pm. Admission is €3. Rita has published such books as, “The Procrastinator's Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing It Now” — Do you put off until tomorrow what you should really do today? Do you leave urgent matters to one side, thinking "I'll do that later"? Do you find you never have enough time to do everything that you want? If the answers are yes, then you are not alone. Almost everyone procrastinates, whether at home or at work. This book, drawn from the author's own triumph over procrastination and from people she has met at her seminars, could enable you to break your old habits and turn your life around. Find out how to identify the patterns you use for putting things off; apply proven anti-procrastination tips and techniques; develop strategies to move forward when stuck or in danger of reverting to old procrastination patterns; and design personal action plans. Filled with useful suggestions and real-life stories from people who have overcome procrastination, this work is as entertaining as it is rewarding. Signed copies of Rita’s books are available on the night or at Clonmel Bookshop. All are welcome.

Dr Tadhg O'Keeffe who compiled the 'Archaeological and Historical Survey of Fethard' for the National Heritage Council, will return to give a talk in Fethard on Monday night 25th November, at 8.30pm. The title of his talk is ‘Fethard in the Eighteenth Century: a look at the famous estate maps’. The talk is organised by Fethard Historical Society and admission is €3 for members and €4 for non-members. Tadhg has presently completed the first draft of the Fethard Historical Atlas for the Royal Irish Academy. This comprehensive study is due to be published in 2003.

Mr Pete McCarthy, number one best selling author, pays a visit to the Abymill on Friday 29th November. Mr McCarthy’s latest book ‘The Road to McCarthy’ includes a chapter on McCarthy’s Hotel, Main Street, Fethard. He is also renowned as a brilliant stand-up comic and his visit to the Abymill is one of his two only appearances on his current tour. Tickets at €20 each may be obtained at Clonmel Book Shop or McCarthy’s Hotel Fethard. Admission includes a cheese and wine reception and book signing after the performance.

On Sunday 10th November we attended a blitz held in Cashel. The under-8 team was Colin Meagher, Owen Walsh, Jack Devaney, Keith Bergin, David Bergin, Shane Power, Cian O’Connell and Luke Keating. Fethard won this match against Cashel by a big margin with tries coming from David Bergin (7), Colin Meagher (2), Cian O’Connell (1), Owen Walsh (1) and Keith Bergin (1). The boys played very well.
In the first match the Fethard under-12s played Clonmel. The team consisted of Shane Kavanagh (Captain), David Kelly, Sam Manton, Seamie O’Keefe, David Gorey, Colm Blackmore, Josh Halley, Mike O’Hagan, William Power, Joe Kelly and James Kelly. In the first half Fethard was losing 3-0 with a good performance from the Clonmel team. In the second half Fethard came back strong. Due to good pushing and driving by David Kelly, David Gorey and Sam Manton a way was set to score. Seamie O’Keeffe defended well by good tackling. The end result was 4-2 to Clonmel. Our try scores came from Seamie O’Keeffe and David Kelly. However there were occasions where support was lacking and this cost tries.
In their second match they met Fermoy. They had a good win; the result was 8-1 to Fethard. Tries came from David Kelly (2), Shane Kavanagh (2), Colm Blackmore (1), Josh Hally (1), William Power (1) and James Kelly (1). A good team effort was played in this game and the score showed it.

The seventh Annual General Meeting of Fethard Ballroom Company Limited will be held on Tuesday 26th November at 8pm. The meeting takes place in the Ballroom and all are welcome. The reputation of Fethard Ballroom as an outstanding venue for dancing for dancers from 25 to 85 is now acknowledged all over Munster and beyond. Next Sunday night music is provided by ‘Kieran Fogarty’, dancing from 9pm to 12 midnight.

Anyone needing our assistance for Christmas please find an application form at the back of both local churches. Complete and return same to any member of the Fethard Conference before November 30th.

The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will meet next Sunday in Ballingarry (Sunday 17th November) and Coolbawn (Sunday 24th November). All meets at 12 noon.

The death has occurred in England of Mrs Catherine Casey (nee Delaney), Redcity, Fethard.

The Rosary will be recited at Rathcoole Cemetery at 3pm on Sunday next 17th November and at Redcity Cemetery at 3.30pm. All are welcome to come and pray.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard Tidy Towns will take place on Tuesday 19th November at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All are welcome to attend.

Mr Danny Kane retires this Friday, 15th November, from Killusty National School. Danny has taught at Killusty National School for 35 years, most of which he served as principal. His many past-pupils, friends in the Fethard area, and associates in Tipperary GAA and greyhound racing circles will join in wishing Danny many happy and healthy years in retirement.

Congratulations and a very special well-done to players and all concerned with Mullinahone senior hurling team in their magnificent win in the Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship final in Thurles on Sunday last. Mullinahone club was one of Tipperary’s football strongholds for decades, their achievement in rising from a junior hurling club to County Senior Hurling Champions within a decade, must rank as one of the greatest ever success stories in Tipperary GAA. To beat clubs like Toomevara and Thurles Sarsfields on their victory trail certainly makes their victory all the more meritorious.

Fourteen young Fethard athletes competed in the county ‘B’ cross-country championships held in Moyne last Sunday. Fethard’s sole representative in the girls under-10 race was Fiona O’Connor who ran very well to finish in 20th place. Boys under-10 were next to run and Jim Moloney was the first Fethard boy home with an excellent 4th placing, followed by Louis Rice in 10th place and Ciarán O’Connor and Noel O’Brien running well in a supporting role.
In the girls under-12 race, Aisling Dwyer built on her recent good form by finishing in an impressive 12th place, followed by Sarah McManus, Siobhán O’Brien and Laura Rice who all had fine races.
Both Michael Costello and Ryan Laslett put in workman-like performances in the boys under-12 race, while the girls under-14 event saw Bernadette Costello and Kate O’Brien in action. Both girls can be proud of their effort in what was a very competitive race.
The best wine was certainly saved until last as Wayne Laslett ran an excellent race to win the boys under-14 title in fine style.
The clubs next competition is in the Munster even age cross-country championships due to be held in the famed Spancil Hill, Co. Clare, next Sunday 17th November.
Fethard qualifiers are as follows:
Boys Under-10: Gregory Henry
Girls Under-12: Ciara O’Connor and Hannah Trehy
Boys Under-12: Darragh Dwyer, John Lalor, Ben Walsh, Conor Prendergast, Kevin Quigley and Owen Healy.
Girls Under-14: Mary Gleeson, Elaine Kennedy, Aoife O’Gorman, Aoife O’Connor and Aimee Moloney.
Boys Under-14: Shane Gorey and Wayne Laslett.
Boys Under-18: David Sullivan.

Congratulations to Roger Daly who has now expanded his solid fuel and gas delivery service to include agri-diesel and home heating oil. Roger can be contacted by phone on Tel: 087 9896709 or 052 31896. We wish him well in his new venture.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 5th November were 2, 18, 22 and 31. There was no Jackpot Winner and no "Match 3" winner. Five €30 'Lucky Dip' winners were drawn:
Stephen Nagle, Coolmoyne
Tom Purcell, Burke Street
Padraic O'Donnell, Kilconnell
Barbara Ann Ahearne, Monroe
Brud Roche, Woodvale Walk
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Marty Burke, Tullamaine
Kevin Murphy, Cashel Road
Dermot D'arcy, 30 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €665.

Over 900 children participated in the above event which was held at Marlfield GAA Field on Wednesday 6th November. The competition was organised by Niall O’Sullivan, Clonmel Athletic Club, with the cooperation of Carrick A.C. and Fethard A.C.
Fethard and Moyglass schools were well represented and indeed commanded both the large and medium schools categories. First into action were the Fethard 3rd and 4th class boys in the large schools race. Owen Healy led the team home with a marvellous 2nd placing, followed by Damien Morrissey running strongly to finish 4th, with Louis Rice (10th) and Padraig O’Shea (11th) in support. This team were Division 1 champions. Fethard also won Division 2. Team was: Dean Sharpe (18th), Kieran O’Connell (15th), Jamie Walsh (30th) and Brian Delahunty (31st).
Division 3 bronze medallists were: Noel O’Brien, Gareth Lawrence, Tony Myler and Ted Barrett. This was a hard act to follow for the 5th and 6th class boys in their large schools race, but they proved themselves equal to the task. Darragh Dwyer captained this team with a great win, and team-mate John Lalor was next across the line in 2nd place. Ben Walsh and Michael Costello captured 8th and 12th placings respectively to win Division 1 gold medals for Fethard.
Division 2 winners were: Andy Walsh, James Kelly, Jonathon Fleming and Adam Lyons. Division 3 bronze medallists were: Christopher McGrath, Dick Walsh, Kevin Hayes and Darren Prout. These combined results meant that St. Patricks Boys School Fethard were declared winners of the perpetual large schools boys shield.
In the medium schools category, Moyglass had a formidable reputation to defend and they did so with style. In the 3rd and 4th class girls race, their team was led home by Aisling O’Connor who had a great race to take the individual silver medal, followed closely by her cousin Roisín Trehy who took bronze. With her sister Fiona O’Connor finishing in 6th place, it was a great performance from the Ballyvaden girls.
The Division 1 gold medals were secured by a fine run from Charlotte Blackmore who finished in 9th place. Fifth and sixth class girls equalled that performance when Elaine Kennedy finished 2nd in her race, despite running on an injury. Ciara O’Connor captured the bronze medals with a fine run, with Hannah Trehy (4th) and Michelle Ryall (7th) in support. The team were clear winners of the Division 1 category. Remarkably, Moyglass also won the Division 1 bronze medals. Aoife O’Connor captained this team in 8th position, with great support from Nicola Henry, Elizabeth Kennedy, Fiona Walsh, Ella Prendergast and Aisling Browne. The combined effort of the girls insured that the medium schools girls shield was on its way to Moyglass.
The 3rd and 4th class boys team were next in action as Gregory Henry produced another fine run to win individual silver. Gregory was followed closely by Jack O’Connell in 4th place and the team silver medals were won when Conor Kavanagh, Thomas Keavney and Aidan Brophy all finished in the top 20. Fifth and sixth class boys went one better by winning the Division 1 gold medals with a convincing performance. The team was captioned by Lolo Trehy who won his first cross-country race with an impressive display of evenly paced running. The next Moyglass boy home was Andrew Yeats with a fine 4th placing, while Shane Kavanagh (10th) and Conor Prendergast (14th) provided the necessary back up to insure victory. Division 2 silver medallists were Ryan Laslett, Seamie O’Keeffe, Gavin Strappe and Josh Halley.
In the girls 5th and 6th class large schools race, the Nano Nagle girls were in action. This race was certainly worth waiting for as Fethard’s Bernadette Costello won individual gold with an impressive display of front running. The talented Siobhán O’Brien was next across the finish line to win silver, while Aisling Dwyer gave 100% to gain a 5th placing. Sarah McManus, Laura Rice and Kate O’Brien all gave great performances to help win Division 1 silver medals for their school.
Congratulations to all competitors, teachers, helpers and organisers who cooperated to make this such a successful enjoyable event.

Our under-10's travelled to Clonmel on Saturday last to play off the South semifinal. We played Clonmel Og in a very exciting game and at half time the scores were level at 1 point each, our point scored by Tommy Sheehan.
The lads then came out with great determination and edged ahead by another point and goal scored by Owen Fitzgerald. With their determination Clonmel Og were awarded a penalty in the dying minute, and with Colm Shanahan outstanding in goal, saved the goal by knocking it over the bar for a point.
The final score stood at Fethard 1 - 02, Clonmel Og, 0 - 02 We now meet Clonmel Commercials this coming Sunday at 11 am, venue to be decided. Best of luck lads, and to all involved.

November has been a busy month for our club members. We would like to thank Bronagh Galvin from Killusty, who has run a Beauty Treatment course for the girls of our club. The girls will be presented with certificates at the completion of the course.
The members are currently practising for the Regional Variety Show that will be hosted by the Fethard Youth Club in the Ballroom on Saturday 23rd November. Best of luck to all the entrants. The competition will be stiff this year as we are expecting ten clubs to take part in this variety show which has always been a great highlight for the clubs and their members. Members are also in training for the upcoming soccer tournament, a date and venue is still to be decided.
Any new leaders would be warmly welcomed, if you have two hours to spare any Saturday night, we would be delighted to see you down at the Ballroom, from 7.10pm to 9.10pm. So come on down and see for yourself what its all about.

Following a short illness the death has occurred in London of Joe Ryan. Joe spent his last days in the care of St Josephs Hospice, Hackney, East London; he passed away peacefully on Friday 11th October 2002. Following requiem mass on Friday 18th October at St Joseph’s Church, Bunhill Row in the City of London, Joe was laid to rest in Finchley Cemetery, North London.
A native of Parsonstown, Westmeath Joe was the husband of the late Mary Ryan (nee Neville) of Woodhouse, Fethard. Joe was a regular visitor to the Fethard area, in particular the Moyglass district and the townlands of Woodhouse, Arbour Hill, Mobarnane and Silverfort. Joe spent fifteen years in the Air Force and saw action throughout the Second World War as a combatant in the North African Campaign. He is survived by his son Matt Ryan, Matt would like to express his gratitude to all those who sent Mass cards and messages of sympathy.

The intermediate hurling county quarterfinal was played on Saturday last in Boherlahan when we lost on a scoreline, Fethard 1-8 (0-7), Gortnahoe 4-8 (3-4). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Michael Ryan, Willie Morrissey, Tomas Keane 0-1f, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Aherne 0-1, P. J. Aherne, Cian Maher, John P Looby 0-1, Brian Coen, Miceál Spillane, Ciarán Treacy 1-1, Aiden Fitzgerald, Colin Allen 0-3 (2f). Subs used were: Damien Byrne 0-1, Kevin O’Donnell, Owen Doyle, Alan Phelan and Philip Croke. On behalf of the club I would like to thank trainer, selectors, club officers, and players for their commitment and dedication over the year in bringing the south title back to the friary town.
With six competitive games in three weeks, it took its toll. We would like to congratulate Commercials in winning the county senior football title and to Mullinahone in winning there first county senior hurling title, and in so doing, bringing the double to South Tipperary (last time was 1967). All remains for us is the county senior football league.
Our lotto jackpot of €6,200 was not won. We had no match three winners so five lucky dips were drawn and each receives €30: Lizzy Reddy (Woodvale Walk), Catherine Kearney (The Green), Garreth Byrne (Killusty), Richard Bennett (Golden) and Margaret Grant (Tirry Park). Our €50 lucky dip winner was Miceál McCormack. The numbers drawn were: 6, 10, 23 and 24.


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