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Saturday 11th January 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

Bridge results for Wednesday 8th January.
1st Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane
2nd Gross: Margaret Hackett and Betty Walsh
1st Nett: Bernie O’Meara and Anna Cooke
2nd Nett: Suzanne Opray and Noreen Evans
Anyone looking for a partner please contact Annie O’Brien at Tel: 31862.

The Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto is now back in action after the Christmas / New Year break. The jackpot remains at €10,000.
The numbers drawn on 23rd December were 6, 21, 25 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner: Alice Moloney, Redcity, Fethard.
The five ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Patty Thompson, 45 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Tom Purcell, Burke St. Fethard
Maureen Whyte, Main St. Fethard
Ian Cooke, 49 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Kevin & K. Murphy, Cashel Road, Fethard
Turkey winners:
Kieran Butler, Kilnockin, Fethard
T. J. Ryan, Crosscannon, Killenaule
Ham Winners:
Ml. Keane 47 Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Ml. Ryan, Coolmoyne Cross, Fethard
Paddy Cooke, 49 St. Patricks Place, Fethard

The Fethard GAA Club’s annual dinner dance takes place on Saturday 1st March in Cahir House Hotel. Tickets are now available from Noel Byrne, Gus Fitzgerald, Martha Sheehan, John Hurley, Mary Godfrey or Nicky O’Shea. Please book early.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 21st January at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

The County Secretary and Chairman of County Tipperary Ladies Football will visit Fethard in the near future with a view to starting up a club. Further details next week.

Teagasc plan to extend their Opportunities Programme to the general Fethard area in the coming weeks. This new Advisory Programme is aimed at farming families, full-time or part-time, who want to get an overall view of the best mix of farm enterprises, other enterprises and off-farm work that will achieve the best possible family income and also achieve a good quality of life for all concerned.
This is a free ‘once-off’ service open to farmers in the middle range of farm enterprise size, of under 40,000 gallon quota, 100 sucklers or 600 ewes.
The programme consists of two main stages. Firstly, participants attend three group sessions (2 hours each) were 10 or more farming families come together with a number of Teagasc personnel for a general overview of the current economic / quality of life and farming situation in Ireland at present.
Secondly there is ‘One to One’ contact and visits between the farm family and Teagasc personnel so as to come up with the best ‘way forward action plan’ for each family.
For further information please contact Frank Burke or Terry Cunningham (Opportunities Programme Coordinator) at Teagasc Clonmel 052-21300.

The tragic death of 92-year-old Bridie Skehan recently in London has aroused much local speculation. The late Bridie Skehan was described as a native of Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Local enquiries have failed to find Ms Skehan’s former Fethard address or if she has any surviving relatives now living in Fethard. She was brutally murdered in her home just two months after giving a BBC T.V. interview in which she highlighted the dangerous situations under which elderly residents on London City reside.

Work has commenced on the lands recently purchased by Coolmore Stud on the Killenaule Road. The land is being designated as a community sportsfield. A committee representative of the sporting clubs who intend using the field will co-ordinate the administration of the project.

Fethard Main Street was in somewhat of a state of chaos on Monday morning when traffic diversions had to be put into operation at either end of the street while Tipperary S.R. County Council were rectifying the subsidence problem on the road opposite Lower Chapel Lane. The Council apologised for any inconvenience caused and gave warnings of the diversions throughout the day on local radio.

Having lost three days hunting due to frost last weekend, the Tipperary Foxhounds resumed activities with a red-letter day from their lawn meet at Coolmore on Monday. A fox found in Mortlestown crossed the Fethard – Killenaule road to St. Johnstown. Running the riverbank to Bawnbrack, he swung right handed crossing the Kilkennybeg Road where hounds were stopped.
Quickly finding again in Mr Patrick Kennedys, hounds re-crossed the Fethard-Killenaule road to the large plantation in Rathmoley where they lost him.
Hacking back to Coolbawn, hounds found in Mrs Shekans. This good fox ran through Dillons and Coolmore to Slainstown, where he retraced his path to St. Johnstown crossing the road near The Ramble Inn. Through Mr Guirys and Mr Charles Blackmores, hounds ran to Kilkennybeg Cross where they had to give this good fox best. This was a hunt of 45 minutes without a check, with a three mile point and at least five miles as hounds ran.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet next Sunday 19th January at Cappagh Cross and on Sunday 26th January at Loughcopple at 12 noon.

The mention of Fethard’s first boy’s secondary school being established in Main Street in 1941 has brought a few enquiries as to its location. The school was located in two upstairs rooms in the old Fethard Laundry. These rooms were located in an unused part of the laundry nearest the Parish Church. The building is now occupied by the Primus –Trans European office block, part of Coolmore Stud enterprises.
Rev. Brother Albert Small was as justifiably proud of the achievement of the school’s under/16 hurling team shortly after the schools opening as he was of the academic success of many of his pupils. The team won the Croke Cup for Tipperary under/16 hurling teams beating a star studded Thurles CBS in the final at Cashel’s old GAA field beyond the Railway.
Recalling that Fethard school had less than fifty pupils, no sports half-day for training and no playing field, puts their victory in its proper perspective. To realise that sixty years have elapsed since that historic win is almost impossible to comprehend.
Where are the players of that team today? Some close to hand, others far away. Willie Molloy, Michael Tynan, Cly Mullins, three of Fethard’s best, and Michael Quirke are no longer with us. Goalie, Jim Barry, his brother Michael, captain and full back, Paddy Browne, Buddy Sayers and a diminutive Sean ‘Glamour’ Walsh, the baby of the team, were Fethard’s best players on the day. Michael Tynan, Fethard’s match winner, was an outstanding prospect had the emigrant ship caused him and Buddy Sayers to leave us as teenagers and lost to Fethard and the game.
Incidentally, Fethard’s means of transport to the games was most interesting. many of the pupils to Fethard school came by pony and trap. These were commandeered on match days. Most of the games were played in Cashel. Ryans or Corcoran’s Hotels were the stables, dressing rooms and refreshment venue for the teams. Tea, bread and butter, and jam before the game with ham and tomatoes afterwards was the usual menu. Believe you me, the walk of almost a mile from the town to the playing field and back again after the game in the football boots prevailing at the time was something else.
The day the cup was won, all pony and traps returning were ordered to stop at the Cashel Road approaching Fethard and wait for the slow trotters. Then a victory parade (sic.) was held up Main Street.
A team picture of the team was hanging on a school room wall up to recently. I wonder if it is still there. The school jerseys were green with a white band emblazoned with the Fethard Patrician Brothers crest. Our last memory of those is a cat having a litter of kittens on them in a press in the old school.

Fethard Historical Society will hold their annual Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday 9th February from 2pm to 6pm. The society are also interested in receiving any unwanted books that you may have, please contact any of the committee who will arrange to have them collected and sold at the Historical Society’s second-hand book stall (proceeds to Historical Society). If you wish to have your own stall, please contact Terry Cunningham, Grangebeg, Fethard, Tel: 052 23402, to book a stall.

The following are some messages received through the Fethard Web Site (www.fethard.com) over the past few weeks:

Myra Duffy (email: myra@duffy.screaming.net)
I saw your contribution to the web site a few days ago (the Patrick Kenrick collection) and I was fascinated by it. I just wanted to thank you for all the obvious hard work that you have put in to make such an interesting (fascinating) site. It was a joy to use as the web site, too, is so well planned.
I was very upset when I saw you were asking for information on the people featured on the photos (someone obviously knew more about the car than the people! But I suppose that's how it goes!) Have you ever found out who the people were? Surely in Ireland you would be able to find out about the horses featured on the photos!
I have been to Fethard once (2001) and loved it. (So the aerial photos were full of memories too.) I went to Grove and had the opportunity to see in the Cellars and around the stables of the Big House - so full of mysteries. I also walked through the farm, along the river to the very old burial ground - but didn't think to take note of any of those people interred there.
I do know the names of the present owners of Grove, Rosemary and Harry Ponsonby and before them I believe the Barton family lived there. They had another home and land in Italy where they grew vines and produced wine. (It is sold in Ireland under the label of Barton & Gustier. I believe some of the books in the library at Grove still have the name of the Bartons inside them. Presumably these photos were taken before their time though.
I do hope you eventually manage to find all the information on the subjects of the photographs. If you do, please produce a book with the photos, the names and info about the people. I for one would love to buy it.
Thank you (and all your colleagues who have done links on this site) for producing such a treasure house. It will keep me occupied for years to come.

Jacqueline Brennan (email: jackiebresid@ntlworld.com)
Moved from Manchester Dec 1978. Went to school in Fethard Jan 1979 to June 1982. Lived in Killusty for a while then moved to Glengoole/New Birmingham near Killenaule. Moved back to England 1983. Hi to any old school friends Peggy Burke, Mary Denn, Liam Daly, Paddy Burke etc. Also to Joan Brophy who did the move the other way around from Liverpool to Glengoole then to Fethard. Speak to you soon Joan

Beedles James, New Zealand (email: jimbee@paradise.net.nz)
My Grandmother, was born Margaret Fitzpatrick in Fethard in 1890, and that’s all I know, hence my interest in Fethard, I am enjoying the site.

John Davies, Lancashire (email: ajj@ajjdavies.fsnet.co.uk)
Would you mind letting me have some information. I have traced my great grandfather on a 1901 Census in England and his place of birth is given as Kenford, Ireland. I cannot find this place on any of our maps. Would any of your readers know where this is ? Thank you.

Joe Quirke, New Zealand (email: hbay@paradise.net.nz)
Is it possible to get Vincent Murphy up in that plane again and get some more updated aerial pictures. Great site. Happy New Year to you all.

Jim Corcoran, Portlaw (email: Jimcorc@hotmail.com)
I’m signing the Fethard guest book on behalf of Grandparent Mary Walsh (nee Fahy) of Crampscastle, Fethard .

Dinny & Maureen Mullins, New Jersey (email: mull@aol.com)
The tribute to Cly Mullins was so special to us. We wish to thank you for all your thoughts and be thankful to all who knew him as a quiet and gentle man. May he rest in peace thank you.

Margaret Solomon, United States (email: Slmnmr@aol.com)
Trying to notify cousins from the Tipperary area that Fr Charles Goentges passed away on Dec 26, 2002. If John Maher sees this please contact me! If anyone knows Richard and Mary Morrissey's children: Patricia Maher, Letty, Carmel, Maureen, Thomas, Sean, Walter, Richard, Noel, Sylvester, Albert please contact me. Thank you.

Jeremiah J. O'Keefe, Mississippi (email: jokeefe1@cableone.net)
Enjoyed learning more about the area-great site. Searching for the ancestors of Ned and his sister, Catherine, O'Keefe from Tipperary in 1880's. Best Regards!

Jim Fitzgerald, Fenit Kerry (email: jimtess@eircom.net)
I am saddened to read of the death of Cly Mullins. He was a real gentleman. God rest his soul.

Billy Power, London (email: gunners.fan@btibternet.com)
When I was a young lad growing up in Fethard in the early 50s, Cly was my hero when he pulled on the blue shirt. May God look after him now and let him rest in peace.

Kathleen Mullins (email: kkm58@aol.com)
Happy Holidays to Danny, Paul, Mary, Geraldine and all the Mullins. So sorry to hear about Cly. He was a great gentle man that will be missed greatly.

M. Carney (email: mcarney@hcc.mass.edu)
I would like to hear from anyone connected to Duggan's in and around Fethard. My mother's g-father Patrick came to the USA in the mid-1800's. Anyone with Duggan/Dugan connections to share would be appreciated.

Joan Fagan (email: faganjoan@iol.ie)
I am looking for any information on Mary (Mai) Fitzgerald. She had one son Connie born 1899 she was not married, they lived in Burke Street for a while and then moved to the Green, Fethard, where her son married Nellie Casey they had two sons Joe and Billy and two daughters Mai and Alice. Connie died 13th January 1971. Connie Fitzgerald was my Uncle. I hope some can help. Thank you for your time.

Cyrang Vinsus (email: cjs@oceanfree.net)
Tony is a sportsman, and a gentle soul is he,
at seven in the morning out Cubbing he will be.
With followers he will walk a mile or even two.
To view the fox o'er hill and vale and bring his terriers two.
There is never a dull moment when Tony is about
his middle name is banter of that there is no doubt.
For when hounds leave covert and go from sound and view
that tree, that field, that house, we view,
he tells us of their pedigree way back to Brian Boru.
Then when all fails a song he has, to entertain the crew
but then forgets verse thirty two.
Again he starts and when he does a prayer,
we offer to the gods, hounds please come back to view.
Red cards this year he did receive from Pat and fellow crew.
But then his terrier he did work one morning in the rain
and we were made to hold our heads very low with shame.
He is full of information, on matters come what may,
Tipperary is his happiness Tipperary is his pride
Long may his banter continue for Tom, Willie, Cyril, Sue,
and those of you who join us in the early morning dew.


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