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Saturday 22nd February 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

The AGM of Community Games took place in the Tirry Community Centre on Tuesday last, 18th February. Outgoing chairman Joe Keane welcomed everybody to the meeting and secretary Bernard Feery gave a very comprehensive report on the year’s happenings which were quite successful. The treasurer’s report also showed a healthy balance. We donated approximately €190 to various fund raising activities by other clubs in the area during the year. We are of the opinion that all clubs should network and support each other’s ventures.
We purchased two racehorses for the forthcoming Rugby Club’s Race Night on this Thursday night in McCarthys Hotel. One will run for the community games syndicate and the other is in the ownership of the newly formed Ladies Football Club. Hopefully they will increase some club finances. We would like to wish the best of luck to the Ladies Football Club which we understand is the first ever to be formed in Fethard.
It was provisionally decided to enter the following teams in this years community games events: U/10 GAA, U/13 Hurling, U/12 Girls GAA, U/13 Boys Indoor Soccer, U/12 Mixed Draughts, U/11 Rugby and U/11 Tag Rugby, U/12 Boys Soccer and U/16 Girls Volleyball. The individual events will include athletics, judo, swimming, art and model making. The closing date for entries for the area art and modelmaking event is Friday March 7th. All entries, together with fee of €1, will be collected in the schools on that date or if one is living in the parish and going to school elsewhere entry may be handed in to Helena O’Shea, The Valley. Tel: 052 31008 or to Bernard Feery, Killusty. Tel: 052 31023.
Mr and Mrs Magnier, Coolmore Stud, were complimented on their generosity in leasing a 6 acre field on the Kilknockin Road to the Fethard community to be developed as a multipurpose sports facility. This is a huge boost to the town and very much appreciated.
The following officers were elected: President Rev. Canon Power; Chairman, Joe Keane; Secretary Bernard Feery; Joint Treasurers Peggy Colville and Joe Keane; Development Officer Helena O’Shea; Games Director Michael O Dwyer; PRO Peggy Colville; Youth Officer Roy Gorey. Committee members: Sean Devaney, Denis Burke, Fintan Rice and Michael Fitzgerald
The County Finals of the Art & Modelmaking events will be held in Fethard Ballroom on Saturday, April 5th at 1pm.
Due to recent sponsorship by Coolmore Stud for a new set of County Tracksuits some of the old ones will be auctioned at the next County Board meeting in Horse & Jockey Inn on Tuesday, March 18th. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Fethard Youth Club had an interesting night out on Wednesday last when 24 members attended the Galloglass Theatre Company’s performance of ‘My Children, My Africa’, an eloquent and moving piece of theatre enhanced by the simplicity and directness of the language, the staging and the intimacy of the venue.
While it was enjoyed by the members of the club and the leaders, it became obvious that 'the play'/'drama' is not a genre that is understood for its own sake. While in discussion with the director and the outreach worker the consensus seemed to be that workshops before a performance would go a long way to counteract this. On a personal note I feel that what is missing is 'theatre in education'. Outreach groups need to be funded to go into schools, into the classrooms. Outreach theatre workers and actors need to work with teachers and students on another level - the level of theatre a genre. Don't wait until students are in exam classes and doing the plays for a paper - theatre needs to be explored as a living interactive work in which each member of the audience participates. Drama is such a useful method of exploring social, historical and other issues.
Small theatre groups cannot do this type of work without funding and I for one would be pleased to see some investment by the government/dept of education in theatre in education. The worst thing anyone can believe is that a play is just something to be read from a page.
On to this weeks club news. Saturday night went ahead as usual and we wish good luck and a great trip for all those students and club members travelling to Rome on the school trip this week.
Club will run as usual on this Saturday 1st March. See you all there!

Senior citizens who wish to go to Carne, Co. Wexford, on the St. Vincent De Paul sponsored holiday are asked to contact any member of the conference for an application form as soon as possible. The holiday dates are from June 7th to June 13th.

The AGM of the club was held in the Tirry Centre on Saturday, 15th of February, and the following officers were elected for the forthcoming year: President Fr. Tom Breen; Chairperson Martha Sheehan; Secretary Emma Fitzgerald; Treasurer Sharon O'Meara; PRO/Assistant Secretary Ailish Sheehan; County Board Delegates Stephen Fitzgerald and Gus Fitzgerald. Committee members: Martha Sheehan, Emma Fitzgerald, Sharon O'Meara, Ailish Sheehan, Gerry Ahearne, Stephen Fitzgerald, Joe Keane, Gus Fitzgerald, Jennifer Keane and Marie Houlihan.
There will be a meeting of the committee next week to discuss the appointment of a trainer.

Training continues in preparation for our competitive outing to the Primary Schools Track and Field Competition in Clonmel on the 9th and 10th April, followed by the County Indoor Championships on Sunday 13th April and the County Track & Field Championships on the 10th and 11th May. Affiliation fees of €10 are now due. Please pay these fees as soon as possible as we need money to help defray the day-to-day running costs of the club.
New members are also very welcome to start preparing for the upcoming track season. Training sessions take place twice weekly at the GAA field on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. The club intends to move training to the new community sports field when the clocks go back at the end of March. Please bring along a copy of your birth certificate to our next training session.

Our community sports lotto jackpot €7,400 was not won. The numbers drawn were 1, 3, 11 and 13. We had one ‘match three’ winner: €150 to Sports Centre, c/o Fethard GAA. Our €50 lucky dip winner was Aisling Aherne (Monroe, Rocklow, Fethard).
Our Dinner Dance takes place on Saturday 1st March. We will make medal presentations for 2002 football, under 21 A south and county, senior south, south intermediate hurling. We will also honour the county/south senior football champions of 1954 and 1957. All tickets to be collected before Monday 24th February from dance committee members. Bus will leave Main Street at 7.30pm sharp. Price of bus is €5.

The Juvenile Club held their annual AGM and would like to thank those people who attended. There was a great turnout and we would like to welcome Liam Hayes as our new incoming chairman and bid a fond farewell to Michael O'Dwyer who stood as chairman for the Juvenile Club for the last 13 years. Thanks to Michael for all the hard work and dedication he has shown to the Juvenile Club and we are sure it wont be the last we see of him.
The football season has begun and there is training for under/16's on Wednesday nights at 6pm in the Barracks Field. Under/14 training takes place on Friday evenings at 6pm in the GAA Field. New members are welcome to attend these training sessions.
There is no date set yet for training for under/12's, under/10's and under/8's but they will be informed as soon as it has. New members are welcome to attend these training sessions. The Club is looking forward to a great and successful year.

Well done to local rider, Mr P.J. Colville, Spitalfield, who rode the Andrew Balding trained ‘Moor Lane’ to victory in the 3 mile handicap chase at Kempton Park, England on Friday last. This horse returned at the handsome price of 6/1 and P.J. has been booked to ride him again at the Cheltenham Festival in a couple of week’s time. P.J. was also one of the nominees by the ‘At The Races Panel’ for the ‘Ride of the Week’ competition.

Helen Fletcher (email: johnandhelen@gentlepersuasion.fsnet.co.uk) is looking for some information on the 18th Hussars.
“I have just been viewing the old photographs of around 1900 on the Fethard website. I have only recently started to research my family history but have found some old birth and marriage certificates which show my grandfather's birth 1886 as being registered in Dublin (William McMahon) with his father William McMahon private in the 18th Hussars as having his address as Fethard Co Tipperary. On Williams marriage cert the year before at Royal Barracks, St Pauls, Dublin, his father is shown as William McMahon (shepherd).
As I live in Lancashire, England I would welcome any advice I can get on following up the Irish links in my family, I also wonder if any of the photographs of men in military uniform relate to the 18th Hussars. Keeping my fingers crossed!”

Pat Tynan, Middlesex, (email: pattynan@btinternet.com) asks:
“Would anyone in the your area know where I could get a picture of the Cloneen football team that defeated Thurles in the final of the Co Tipperary senior football championship at Glengoole in 1908. I realise that it's a bit of a long shot but worth a try! Office: 0044 (0)1895 636935, Mobile: 07985 400297.”

A surprising but very welcome visitor to McCarthy’s last week was Mick Galway with the Celtic Rugby League Cup. Locals found the former Kerry county footballer and international rugby star a most friendly gentleman who was willing to enter into discussion and sign autographs for all who approached him. Mick was on a visit to some of his former college colleagues living in the area.

The Fionn McCumhaill Players, Cloneen, present John B Keane’s play, ‘Many Young Men of Twenty’ on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March in Cloneen Hall. The very aptly named society being in such close proximity to Slievenamon the legendary seal of Fionn, have been in rehearsal since early January under producer Anne Williamson. The production features a gallery of local talent, which includes, we are informed, a special interest from Fethard. Remember the dates for your diary! Booking at 052 53376. Curtain 8.15pm. Adults €8, Children under-12 and OAP’s €4. Concession for Group bookings.

The hunting season is now drawing rapidly to a close. The season just passed has not been the best in hunting terms. However, it is an oft quoted saying on the hunting scene, “There is no such thing as a bad days hunting, some dogs are just better than others!”
The Ballylusky Harriers meet on Sunday next, 2nd March in Cloneen at 12 noon and in Ballingarry on Sunday 9th March at the same time.

The new double hand-crafted entrance doors erected by Fethard woodcarver, David Gorey, to his studio on Main Street are attracting great attention and being very favourably commented upon. The door shows the embossed figures of a monk and a Viking, a medieval church and tower, and a Viking longboat. The carvings are very artistically executed and a marvellous example of David’s craft.

Belated happy 80th birthday wishes to Paddy McCormack, Ballinure. Born in the centre of Main Street, Fethard, Paddy through most of his life has always been a 100% Fethard man. A very large number of guests, family and friends attended a surprise birthday party for Paddy at Slievenamon Golf Club on Friday night 21st February. Ad Multos Annos.

The end of one sporting year signals the start of another. The local fishing season on local waters commences on St. Patrick’s Day, Monday 17th March. The Fethard and Killusty Anglers will hold their AGM in the Tirry Community Centre on this Friday night, 28th February, at 8pm. All members and intending members are requested to attend.

We had another outbreak of anti-social behaviour, or to more correct, downright vandalism, in the area on Saturday night last. A tractor was taken in the Rocklow district on Saturday night / Sunday morning. The vehicle was then used to demolish part of the Rocklow estate wall near Rocklow Bridge. Very extensive damage was caused to the tractor, which now could almost be called a write-off.

Fethard Rugby Club will auction a framed Fethard Rugby Club Jersey signed by Munster captain Mick Galway at their Race Night on Thursday 27th February in McCarthy's Hotel. The auction will take place at approximately 11pm. Framing was sponsored by Pat Carroll.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 18th February were: 11, 17, 26 and 28. There was no Jackpot Winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received €150: Michael Allen (Jnr), 14 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Noelle Aherne, Prospect, Fethard
Celia Byrne, Cois Falla, Rocklow Road
Monica O'Shea, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000. Next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €860.

Fethard was host to Clonmel rugby teams on Saturday last in the new community field. The under-8s drew 5-5 with tries coming from Philip Maher (3) and Shane Power (2). Joss Murray and Keith Bergin played well. The team was: Thomas Anglim, Keith Bergin, Cian O’Connell, Gavin Delaney, Jack Devaney, James Holohan, Luck Keating, James Mackey, Philip Maher, Colin Meagher, Joss Murray, Shane Power and Eoin Walsh.
Fethard under-10s served up another tremendous game of rugby against Clonmel emerging victorious by the bare minimum, 6 tries to 5. This was a great game to watch with great running movements by both sides. David Bergin, Gregory Henry, Tim O’Hagan, Michael John Murphy and Joseph O’Brien always posing a threat to the Clonmel line. The Fethard defence tackled brilliantly with Andrew Kelly, Johnny Grassick and Luke Mulcahy to the fore. Fethard try scorers were Daniel Hickey, Conor Kavanagh and Paul Tierney.
The under-12s had another tough but well-played match resulting in a 4-2 victory for the home team. Our try scores came from Joe Kelly (2), William Power and Andrew Yates, with all players playing a great game. This Thursday 27th February we hold a Race Night in McCarthys Hotel and all are welcome to come and support the Rugby Club. We train as usual on Saturday morning at 11o’clock and we play Waterpark at home on Sunday morning.


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