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Saturday 7th December 2002

Past supervisor of the Day Care Centre, Sr Christine, was given the honour of cutting the tape at the official opening of the extension to Fethard and District Day Care Centre on Thursday 5th December. The extension was built the Fethard & Killusty Community Council and was part funded by the South Eastern Health Board. Following the opening, Mass was celebrated at the centre by Fr Tom Breen P.P. Among those attending were, Joe Nixon FÁS Clonmel, Cllrs John Fahey, Denis Landy and Susan Meagher; past and present members of the Community Council, Fethard FÁS Community Scheme Staff, voluntary workers with the Fethard Meals on Wheels and Day Care Centre and the senior citizens who attend the centre every day. Laurence and Rosena Kenny, Centra Foodmarket, kindly sponsored the food and wine reception that followed, for which we were most grateful.

Fethard Country Markets will hold their Christmas Market from 8am to 11am on Friday December 20th. Fethard Country Markets, established 1947, is the longest established Country Market in the country. Mrs Hannie Leahy, a founder member, is we are glad to report, still very actively involved in the weekly operation. The usual Christmas fare of holly, cakes, puddings, etc will be on offer, so come along early!

This year’s Patrician Presentation Transition Year production ‘T.Y. Tops Ten’ is a mixture of the past ten musicals performed by the past Transition Years. The show opens on Tuesday 10th and runs for four nights, Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December, in the Abymill Theatre commencing at 8.15pm sharp. Booking at Tel: 31572 between 9.30am and 12 noon. Tickets €8 each.

The death has occurred on December 2nd of Mrs Mary Byard, Burke Street. Mary Byard’s death, after a very short illness within two weeks of the death of her brother Gus Kenrick, came as a great shock to her family and friends. An old and respected resident of Burke Street, she will be greatly missed by her family and her many old Burke Street friends.
Sincere sympathy is extended to her daughter Patsy Burke, Kylenahone, Killenaule, her grandchildren, and extended family. Interment took place at Ballingarry cemetery following Requiem Mass at the Augustinian Abbey Fethard.

Quite a number of local residents were puzzled on hearing the winners of the South Tipperary Environmental Awards presented at Hotel Minella recently. Second prize in the small (under half acre) old cemetery section went to Kilmurry Cemetery, Fethard. Problem solved! The scheme covered electoral areas, not parishes. Kilmurry cemetery, as far as we know, is actually in the Kilsheelan area.
Congratulations to Fethard’s Woodvale Walk Residents Association who won €800 second prize in their section of the competition

A fair few euro of local punters money went down the Swanee when Mickey Croke (the horse) failed to show in the 3.15 bumper race at Hereford. Owned by Lady Lloyd Webber, the horse is named after Mickey Croke, the local trainer who broke him. Mickey Croke (the man) says, he (the horse) was not suited by the going at Hereford and with firmer ground he will win next time out.

Congratulations to Neilie Hall on his Dublin City Marathon run which realised a total of €788 for South Tipperary Hospice Group. Thanks to all who supported him.

The local conference of St Vincent de Paul asks for your support this coming weekend for their annual church gate collection. During the past 12 months the committee have spent €3,100 on holidays for our senior citizens, €2,800 on help with education, particularly at 3rd level, €3,800 in helping families at Christmas, and €5,100 on help to individuals and families throughout the years. A totally confidentially service is offered to those in need and we confidently ask for your generous support as in the past.

Sarah Gleeson, Brookhill, has been selected on the Munster under/18 girls hockey team that takes part in this seasons inter-provincial championships. Sarah, as far as we know, is the first lady inter-provincial players from this area. We wish her and her team the very best of luck in the games which take place in Galway this weekend, December 13th and 14th.

The Committee of Fethard & District Rugby Club wish to thank most sincerely everybody who supported their recent table quiz and sponsored walk, both of which were highly successful and surpassed all expectations. Your support was greatly appreciated.
The under-10s and under-12s travelled to Fermoy on Sunday last. The under-10s team played well with tries coming from William Power and Daniel Hickey. Kevin Hayes and Tim O’Hagan played very well and were unlucky not to score more tries. The final result was a loss to Fethard 4-2.
The under-12s had a great game of rugby and it was a superb match to watch with a great effort by all the players resulting in a 3-0 score line in the first half, with James Kelly, Andrew Yates and William Grassick scoring. In the second half, Fermoy came back strong with two tries and it looked to be a very close game until the last minute when a try was scored for Fethard. The final score was 4-2 to Fethard.
The sponsored walk was a great success and a special thanks to all the sponsors and those who participated in the event. A bus will leave Fethard at 9.15am on Sunday 15th December for a trip to Shannon. Training as usual on Saturday at 11am.

The December Meets of the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers are as follows, Sunday 15th Golden; Sunday 22nd Ballingarry; Thursday 26th (St Stephens Day) Drangan. All meets at 12 noon.

The ceremony of reconciliation will be held in Fethard Parish Church on Monday night 16th December at 7.30pm. All are asked to attend this ceremony in preparation for Christmas.
The Augustinian Abbey will hold their reconciliation ceremony on Saturday 21st December following 7.30pm Mass.

The annual Christmas Carol Service will be held in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Main Street on Sunday 22nd December at 8pm. All are invited and welcome to come along and sing. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Fethard and Tipperary blues fans are in for a rear treat on Saturday night 21st December when Ms Mary Coughlan performs in the Abymill Theatre. Mary Coughlan is recognised as one of Europe’s leading lady singers of the blues. She will be supported on Saturday night by local singer Jewel Burke, an excellent artiste in her own right. Tickets can now be booked at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.

Fethard Juvenile Club will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday 15th December, from 2 - 5pm in Joe Ahearns Pub. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at Joe Ahearns Pub on the Sunday morning between 11am and 1pm, or alternately, to Caroline Sheehan's house at No 1 Woodvale Walk. Donations of toys, books or bric-a-brac would be greatly appreciated. All monies collected on the day go straight back into the club for funding buses and equipment, so please support this worthy cause, after all it is for the benefit of the children of the parish.
The Juvenile Club would like to thank the Fethard Arms most sincerely for stepping in and allowing us the use of his premises due to the Ballroom not being available to us this year. On the day we will have Face Painting, Wheel of Fortune, Cake Sale, Raffles, Lucky Dips and much more, so please come along and support your local Juvenile Club

Your support is asked for the Annual Santa Bear Appeal in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin. Bears at €2 each are now on sale in local shops. The annual Carol singing in Fethard in aid of the same cause will take place on Thursday night 19th December.

The club has now closed for the Xmas holidays and we would like to wish all our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will be back in full swing for the New Year with plans for our New Years party already underway, we will notify all our members when we will re-open.
We would like to thank Noelle O'Dwyer, Rural Outreach Worker from the Tipperary Youth Services, for her visit on Saturday night last, hope she enjoyed her visit with us and saw how much hard work and time goes into these teenagers.
Saturday night last saw some of our members doing an Arts and Crafts session, with Candle Holders being made, and some really wonderful work was created.
We would like to wish our Transition Year students the best of luck for their show which is being performed at the Abbey Mill Theatre, good luck lads, you will be used to performing after our Variety Show, lets hope there are no last minute nerves.
We would also like to advise people that we will be holding our annual Table Quiz on Friday, 20th December 2002, in Joe Ahearns Pub at 8pm. Please, please come along and support this really worthy cause, the proceeds from this table quiz goes straight back into the club, enabling us to fund future events, keep entrance fees down and most importantly, keep the club running.
New leaders are urgently required and we would be delighted to see you any Saturday night from 7.10pm -9.10pm, if you have 2 hours to spare please come on down and see what we are all about.

For the weeks leading up to Christmas, Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto will have six extra free draws every week for 3 x Christmas Hams and 3 x Christmas Turkeys. This is in addition to the €10,000 Jackpot, €150 ‘Match Three’ prize and 5 x €50 Lucky Dip Draws every week. The Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €725. We would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support every week, it is really appreciated!
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 3rd December were 3, 6, 11 and 27. There was no Jackpot Winner and four "Match 3" winners who received €40 each:
C.E.S. Tirry Centre, Fethard
Ann McGarry, 29 Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Breda Ryan, Coolmoyne Cross
Michael Burke, Main Street, Fethard
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Anna Wyse, Knockborden, Grove
Kevin Wilson, Rathkenny, Drangan
Geraldine Mullins, Farranshea Lodge, Farranshea

Its time again to start planning your ‘Christmas Hat’ for the annual ‘Hat Party’ organised for Charity at Burkes Bridge Bar. This year’s ‘Party’ will be held on Saturday 14th December and promises to be bigger and better than ever with ‘Great Prizes’, food and loads of craic! The theme for this year is ‘Make, Wear and Name your Hat’. All hats should be clearly named and easily read. Great prizes this year for the top three hats and an additional two prizes for the ‘Best Named’ hat on display. We look forward to seeing a large turn out again to support this great fundraising idea spawned some years ago by Marianne Shortall. This years entry is €5 which enters you in a free draw. All proceeds go to charity, so please come along and support.

There will be no meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council in December. The next meeting will take place on January 14th in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our voluntary workers at the Day Care Centre, Meals on Wheels, Tidy Towns, Residents Committees, Community Lotto, Christmas Lighting Committee, Community Information Office and the participants of the FÁS Community Scheme for their dedication over the past twelve months and wish all a Very Happy Christmas. We would also like to thank all who supported us during the year and a special ‘thank-you’ to Jonathon Cooney, Tom Fitzgerald and the staff of Tipperary County Council for their help and ongoing cooperation over the past twelve months.

The club was represented by seven athletes at the All-Ireland even-aged cross-country championships held in Navan, Co. Meath, last weekend. With only two club teams from Tipperary qualified for the event, the participation alone of the Fethard boys under-12 team of Ben Walsh, Conor Prendergast, Kevin Quigley, John Lalor and Darragh Dwyer can be considered as an excellent achievement. Individual medals were on offer for the twelve athletes across the line and team captain Darragh Dwyer ran a splendid race to win his 1st All-Ireland cross-country medal by finishing in 12th place. Darragh was followed by Muster under/11 bronze medallist John Lalor who finished in 32nd position. Kevin Quigley, Conor Prendergast and Ben Walsh ran very competitively to finish in 78th, 92nd and 110th places respectively.
In the provincial category, the Munster team, of which Darragh was a scoring member, were the gold medallists. In the girls under/14 race, Mary Gleeson and Elaine Kennedy were Fethard’s representatives. Mary achieved an excellent 25th placing despite being boxed in at the start and suffering a nasty spike to her knee. Elaine, who was representing her county for the first time at an All-Ireland, finished in a very creditable 67th place. The final cross-country of the season, the county cross-country relays, take place on next Sunday 15th December at the Clonmel Racecourse.
Our Christmas Party takes place the following night, Monday 16th December in the Ballroom. All club members and families are invited to attend.

The total cost of erecting and purchasing this years Christmas Street Lights is over €19,000. Most of the expense this year is only once-off and with the support of the Community Council, local businesses and fundraising, the committee are confident on raising the money to pay for the lights. The Community Lotto will donate €10,000, Coolmore Stud will donate €5,000 and the rest will be raised locally. To start the fundraising, the pupils of Patrician Presentation Secondary School art class have prepared 'Christmas Lights Donation Boxes' which will be available in local shops. We ask for your support ‘Buying a Bulb’ by putting the equivalent amount in the boxes provided in the local shops. We also thank the local businesses who have already agreed to make a donation towards the overall costs.


John Winkler (email: Winkler_John@msn.com)
I don't know if you can help me but I don't know were else to look? My Great, Great Grandfather came from Ireland between 1829 to 1838. His name was John Downey. His wife’s name was Margaret, I have no maiden name for her. The reason I think they were from Co. Tipperary, Ireland is because their firstborn child was James Downey,
born about 1828 in Tipperary Co., Ireland. This is all I have. If you can help me I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you, John Winkler, Greenville, Indiana, USA.

Bridget (Sheehan) Mann (email: Bridget.M.Mann@chase.com)
Wishing you a very happy Christmas and to say thank you so much for keeping us up to date on all the news. It’s my first job every morning logging on to see what is happening at home. Just love all the photo's and seeing all the young and old face's. So have a lovely Christmas and all the very best for 2003. Please keep up the good work. From all the Sheehan's in London (of Killusty) and their families.

Tasha Smithwicks, QLD Australia (email: tash_06@hotmail.com)
I’m looking for information on Smithwicks family who moved to Australia in 1846. Their first names are Peter, William, William, James, Thomas, Edward, Thomas, James, Dale and Kevin which is my dad. In a book my greatgrandfather wrote, he said he was born in 1826 and came to Australia when he was 20. William married Anastasia Bayne, then his son William married Annie Elizabeth Northridge.

Brian Clancy (email: Brianclancy@aol.com)
Brian Clancy here from Cloneen, presently domicile in Boston, USA. It’s nice to see the local websites you've set up. I’m just back from a road trip over to Northwest, Down South and back to the East Coast. Heard some good country and bluegrass in some wonderfully obscure places. Must admit the main reason I called was to ask you to say hello to my old pal Tommy O’Brien, UHOY, Killerk. Well keep up the good work!

Mike Carney (email: cearna@hotmail.com )
I'm writing from Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. My great grandfather, Patrick Duggan came to the USA from Fethard in the mid 1800's and we have a great deal of information on his life here, i.e., American Civil War information, etc. I am trying to initiate contact with someone in Fethard who could help me with some information on Duggan's in and around the place in the mid 1800's, more specifically, the 1840's and 50's. I'd be very interested in birth / baptismal records for Patrick as well as any historical bits that may (probably do not) exist, as well as any potential links to Duggan's still living in the area. I'd appreciate beyond comprehension any help or leads that you may provide me. I would of course be more than willing to reciprocate by providing your society information that we have regarding a Fethard emigrant from the "other side". Thanks a million!.

Paul Looby (email: Plooby@ntlworld.com)
As you know, I am a mad London Irish rugby fan. One of our players, New Zealand Born Jarrod Cunningham, was diagnosed earlier this year with ALS, a form of Motor Neurone Disease. Since then we, the London Irish Supporters, have been involved in various fund-raising efforts for Jarrod to ensure that he gets the type of care that he will ultimately need with this condition.
We have had a special piece of racing memorabilia donated to help the fund raising. It is the Dettori 7 race card. A race card signed by Frankie Dettori on the day that he rode all 7 winners at Ascot (?). We also have a letter of provenance from Frankie to attest to its authenticity. This card will be coming up for auction on Ebay soon, as soon as the logistics are sorted out. Proceeds are going to Jarrods SALSA fund. We are trying to get as much publicity as possible in the racing fraternity for this unique item as possible. With the proceeds going to such a worthy cause, could I please ask for your support.


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