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Saturday 18th January 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

Results for sponsored prizes played for on 15th January 2003:
1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2ndGross: Nell Broderick and Moira McInerney
1st Nett: Margaret M. McCormack and Philly Kenny
2ndNett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke
On Wednesday next, 29th January, we will play the first round of the Club Championship. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862.

On Saturday 11th January we trained for the first time on the new Community Field on the Killenaule Road, Fethard, which is a tremendous facility. Our gratitude to Coolmore Stud for providing this sports field for the people of Fethard and surrounding areas. We also thank the Fethard Primary and Secondary Schools for the use of their sports field over the past two years. It was much appreciated and there was some great memorable matches played there.
On Sunday we travelled to Dungarvan to play under-8s, 10s and 12s. Our under-8s played a very big and strong team and were beaten by five tries to one, with Philip Meagher scoring for Fethard. Good performances were given by Colin Meagher, James MacKay, Keith Bergin, Jack Devaney, Joss Murray, Cian O’Connell, James Holohan and Gavin Delaney. Eoin Walsh, Shane Power and Tomás Anglim tackled well but were unable to stop the constant pressure applied by Dungarvan.
Our under-10s had a comprehensive win in their match. They played some good rugby and put some fine passing movements together. Tim O’Hagan, Kevin Hayes, Daniel Hickey, Conor Kavanagh and Jack O’Connell were among the scorers in the game. Another aspect that helped win was the great defence shown in the backs with great tackling by Paul Tierney, Mark Ronan, Andrew Kelly and Johnny Grassick.
The under-12s also put in a fine performance and had a good win. The foundation of this success was the power in the forwards especially from Stephen Healan who is just back from injury. Stephen was well assisted by the ever-improving Sam Manton, David Hall, Seamie O’Keeffe and David Gorey. The backs tackled very well, especially Paul Mackey, Shane Kavanagh, William Grassick and Josh Halley. The try scorers were J.P. McGrath, J.P. O’Donovan and Pa Holohan.

The Tipperary Foxhounds had their longest field of the season on Saturday last when a field of 101 riders turned out for their meet at Cloneen on Saturday last. Another great days hunting was enjoyed by all. Following three good circles through Garrankyle, Rathkenny and Ballinard in the morning, hounds had another great afternoon’s hunt. Finding on the rock at Calanigbawn, hounds ran through Byrnskill and Ballinard to Milestown. Doing a u-turn, the fox then ran back close to the Killusty-Cloneen road, passing Killusty ran towards Tullow. Raynard then decided to head to the hills, swinging left-handed he crossed the Anner River and hard pressed was heading for Kyleavalla Wood when hounds were stopped at a check on the mountainside at Cappanadroma sending what few followers remained home, tired, very wet, but also very happy after a great days sport.
The White Heather Harriers will meet at Loughcopple on this Sunday 26th January at 12 noon and at Fethard for Rocklow / Rathvin on Sunday 2nd February at the same time.

Your correspondent wishes to state categorically that he had no knowledge of, association with, or responsibility for the publication of a certain poem ‘Our Tipperary Tony’ in last weeks notes. A few red cards have been issued and a full enquiry is being instigated.

Ms Marie Hurley, during her talk on the history of the I.C.A. said she felt in coming to speak to the Fethard I.C.A. Guild she had more to learn than she had to offer. Fethard was on of the founder guilds of the I.C.A. and some of the members present, such as Hannie Leahy and Aggie Barrett, were members of the I.C.A. before she was born.
Fethard Guild formed the first I.C.A. summer school on Slievenamon in 1926. This project was a forerunner of the now internationally known ‘An Grianán’ at Termonfeckin in Co. Louth. National organiser, Mrs Olivia Hughes, Phyllis O’Connell who helped ladies from rural Ireland establish I.C.A. branches throughout the land, her sister Helen, Dollie O’Keeffe, Liz Brett who gave classes to various guilds in rush work, rug making, garment, glove and slipper making from cured sheepskins, helped greatly to make the I.C.A. the national institution it is today.
Fethard was first in the field in this regard and it is a tradition of which Fethard I.C.A. Guild should be justifiably proud.

The fact that a 66 years old Dublin man has chosen to go to jail rather than pay a substantial fine for littering has attracted widespread national media publicity recently. His offence, throwing a cigarette butt out his car window. The law certainly seems an ass if a 66 years old pensioner can go to jail for littering while a sixteen year old can scatter litter at random with no charge pending.

Fethard's modern hairdressing salon 'Reflections' is available to lease as a going concern on Main Street, Fethard. The premises is newly decorated and fully furnished with all mod cons. For further details and viewing contact Jackie at Tel: 052 52290 or Mobile: 086 3386852.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 14th January were: 3, 10, 16 and 31. There was no Jackpot Winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received who received €150:
Regina Power, c/o Maura Trehy, The Green, Fethard.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Majella Drea, 12 Strylea, Fethard
Kieran Butler, Kilnockin, Fethard
Michael Doherty, 9 Strylea, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €785.

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 Annual General Meeting of Fethard Country Markets will be held in the Market Shop on Friday 31st January at 10.30am.

It is great to see Fethard website creating such international interest. The site is obviously now being visited by people with Fethard connections. With regard to the Paddy Kenrick photo collection, unfortunately we left its unearthing a few years to late to put names on the faces of the people photographed. We have, however, identified quite a few. Our interested website visitor would have to come up with an at least 120 years old native of Fethard to make identification of the remainder possible. The horses featured are mainly Mr Richard Burke’s and his staff’s hunters. These would not be thoroughbreds or racehorses and would therefore not have any registration.
To the website visitor requesting Vincent Murphy to go up in his plane for more aerial photographs, we say, there is no problem in getting Vincent aloft, to get the photographer to accompany him is a horse of a different colour — he is still recovering from the thrill of the first flight!


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