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Saturday 1st March 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 25th February were: 2, 4, 5 and 32. There was no Jackpot Winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received €150:
Ciarán Hayes, Red City, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Pat Culligan, The Valley, Fethard
John Joe White, Rathkenny, Fethard
Philip Prout, Derryluskin, Fethard
The Jackpot remains at €10,000.
Next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €875.

Members of the community were delighted to see Canon James Power's return to full health when he celebrated Mass on Sunday morning last following a few weeks rest after his recent surgery. Canon Power received a round of applause from the congregation as a reminder of how much he is appreciated in the parish for his work with the sick and the elderly.

On Sunday morning last we played host to Waterpark under-8s and under-10s, and Carrick-on-Suir under-10s and under-12s in the new community sports field in Fethard.
The under-8s played their hearts out but were unable to contain a fine Waterpark side. Notable performances were given by Luke Keating, Cian O’Connell, James Holohan, Eoin Walsh and Colin Meagher.
The under-8s played two great games and emerged victorious in both by the narrowest of margins. The forwards played very well, with Mark Ronan, Michael John Murphy and Matt O’Sullivan making great runs while also managing to recycle the ball. The backs defended very well with Johnny Grassick in particular making many try saving tackles, well assisted by Andrew Kelly, Luke Mulcahy and Joseph O’Brien. Try scorers on the day were, Daniel Hickey, Conor Kavanagh, Paul Tierney, Jack O’Connell, Mark Roan and David Bergin.
The under-12s continue to improve and fought back well after going behind by two tries, to win the game by 4 tries to 2. A great performance was given by the new Eoin O’Connell, well assisted by Shane Kavanagh, William Grassick and Josh Hally. The try scorers were Mike O’Hagan, Seamie O’Keeffe, Jack O’Sullivan and Joe Kelly.
The club held a very successful race night on Thursday 27th February and our thanks to all who supported, sponsored races, or who helped in any way to make the night a success.
Training continues on Saturday mornings at 11am. On Sunday morning next we hold a blitz for under-10s and under-12s with visiting teams from Waterford City, Cashel and Clonmel.

The death has occurred on Thursday 27th February, of Catherine (Kitty) Lyttleton, Mockler's Terrace, Fethard. Burial took place at Calvary Cemetery.

A meeting of Fethard Tidy Towns will take place in the Tirry Community Centre at 8pm on Tuesday 11th March. New members always welcome.

Our Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday 1st March was a tremendous success for our club and many past players who came from far and near to make it a very enjoyable reunion. Twenty-three, out off panel twenty-eight players from the 1954 and 1957 county and south champions teams were represented to accept a momentum of those years. Also on the night, forty-four players received their medals for 2002 county/south under 21 football titles, south senior football title, and south intermediate hurling titles. Thanks to all who helped on the night and to our loyal supporters who attended, and in so doing so, made it such an enjoyable occasion for all.
Our lotto jackpot of €7,600 was not won. We had 3 match three winners who received €50 each: Judy Doyle (Strylea), Rita Doyle (66 Woodvale Walk), and Bill Bradshaw (24 St Patricks Place). The €50 Lucky Dip went to Mary Morrissey (22 St Patricks Place).
Football Fixtures
Our postponed under 21 game of last week we understand is fixed for Saturday 8th March. Please check sports page for time and venue. The senior football county league kicks off in Fethard on Sunday 9th March at 2.30pm (check sports page for details).

On 19th February we played for prizes sponsored by Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh and the results were:
1st Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret M. McCormack
2nd Nett: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
1st Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
Bridge results for 26th February are:
1st Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
1st Nett: Joan Kelly and Anna Ryan
2nd Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
On Wednesday next, 12th March, we will be playing the second round of the Player of the Year for which you pick your own change of partner. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien Tel: 052 31862.

As our juveniles are busily preparing for the upcoming track season, Fethard senior athletes are making their mark on the 2003 road-racing season. In action last weekend were Pat Heffernan and Fintan Rice, both returning to racing after a prolonged absence. Ballyduff, County Waterford was the venue for a tough, hilly five-mile road race as Pat Heffernan performed well to finish in 2nd place in a time of 26 min. 32 sec. This was an impressive result coming on the back of his recent great win at a Limerick City 10k (32 min 52 sec). Both these results show that Pat’s comeback is well underway and augers well for his participation in the classic ‘Ballycotton 10’ next weekend. Meanwhile at the County Novice Road Race Championships, held in Ballynonty, Fintan Rice ran a well paced race to finish 2nd in the 6,000m event with a time of 20 min 13 sec. The race winner was Mark Gleeson of Nenagh Olympic (20 min 06sec) and 3rd place went to Johnny Brunnock of Clonmel A.C.
Monday March 31st has been set as the date for the Community Games Cross Country Championships and athletes intending to compete should ideally attend our twice-weekly training sessions as preparation for this event. Please come along to Fethard GAA field on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. New members are especially welcome.

A patron from outside the county wishes, through this column, to compliment Noel Byrne, secretary of Fethard GAA Club, on his excellent organising of the club’s dinner dance in Cahir House Hotel on Saturday night 1st March. The visitor who has wide experience of organising such functions was very impressed with the efficiency, expediency and well-organised manner in which the function was run. Noel deservedly or otherwise, has had his fair share of brickbats thrown at him in the past, so it is only right that he should receive a few well-deserved bouquets when the occasion merits it.
Members of the 1954 and 1957 county championship winning teams who were honoured and did not get the chance to do so personally, have asked us to thank the organisers for remembering them.

The long wait for an ATM Cash Machine in Fethard ended on 26th February, when Bank of Ireland installed a machine in Kenny's Centra Foodmarket, The Green. The new ATM Machine is one of only 53 similar machines installed in Ireland.

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 2002-2003 hunting season now drawing to a close, seems to be ending on a high note. the Tipperary Foxhounds had a cracking forty minutes following their meet at Loughcapple. Finding at the Loughcapple side of Kilsheelan, they ran to Grove, crossing the Fethard-Killusty road near Grove back gate. They turned right-handed and ran almost to the Milestone road onto Ballinard. Swinging left, this good fox re-traced his steps over Carrigbawn and back to Grove at Roebucksland. He then ran through the long roadside wood before going to ground near Grove House.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers also had a good run from their meet at Cloneen on Sunday last. A fox, found in Kylenagranagh gorse, took a lot of persuading to leave. However, hounds persevered in this very thick court and eventually pushed him out at the far end. They ran to Cappanagrane Bridge where the fox attempted to cross the road but was headed. He then ran the road which hounds hunted in great style for a considerable distance. Returning almost to where originally found over at the Dublin road, he circled the moor at Kylenagranagh making good use of the thick hedges before eventually going to ground. This was an excellent run which, excluding the time getting the fox to leave the first court, lasted an hour.
The White Heather Harriers meet in Ballingarry on Sunday next, 9th March, at 12 noon. The White Heathers are currently promoting their annual draw. Tickets are available from any committee members.


Sheila Power Bridget Duggan (email: sllwilliam@eircom.net)
Hi Eugene and Alison, all well here. Just to let you know that Paul and Hester had a baby girl born on the 25th February. Love to Eva and Michael.

Melanie Shah (email: melwhitney123@hotmail.com)
Can you please say hi to my uncle Johnny Sheehan. I miss him loads. From his little Melanie (Josie’s daughter). Johnny is from Killusty and is Dan Sheehan’s brother.

Thomas Monaghan, Scotland (email: tjmon@msm.com)
My grandfather came to Scotland at the start of the 20th Century. His name was Thomas Monaghan. He came from Knockshambo in Mayo. His mothers name was Sabina Barrett.

Charlotte Giles, Michigan, USA (email: antchralx@hotmail.com)
I am an immigrant from Canada to the U.S. My grandmother and her parents Mary (nee Somerville, or a variant of the spelling) and William Hall, immigrated to Canada from Ireland when she was 12. Mary's grandmother owned Fethard Castle and apparently gave it to the government. I am tracing my heritage, and am interested in finding out more about the castle, the history of my family, and what their names were. I am estimating that it would have been sometime in the late 1700 or early-mid 1800's that Fethard Castle was given to the Government. I would appreciate any information that can be forwarded to me at my email address. Thank you for your consideration.
Charlotte Giles

Sharon Lawton, Linesville, PA (email: pookie@mdvl.net)
Just ran across your site and found a Sharon Lawton in Fethard. My name is also Sharon Lawton, my family is originally from Cork County Ireland.

Walter Thomas (email: walter.thomas@stageholding.de)
My name is Walter Thomas, married to Kathleen Maher, born in Fethard Garrinch, Market Hill. I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful website you have made. This is the only possibility for us to get the daily news from Fethard. Please give my regards to my brother in law Bob Maher in case you meet him. Greetings from good old Germany from Walter and Kathleen Thomas.

Angela Moylan O'Reilly, Kilkenny (email: newhouse@eircom.net)
I am doing some research on a family from Fethard called Meagher or O'Meagher. I was wondering if you or anyone else in Fethard has information of this family which they would share with me. The family lived in Main St. Fethard in the early 1800's and were merchants. John Meagher died in 1839 and is buried in the Abbey grounds. The family was also known as O'Meagher and some of them may have lived at Kilburry House in Cloneen. My interest lies in the fact that an Ellen O'Meagher born 1812 to a John Meagher and a Mary Costello was my great, great, grandmother. I would love more information on the family if anyone can help me.

Mary Warley (email: marywarley@supanet.com)
We are coming to Ireland in April with our parents as our father would like to trace any remaining relatives in Fethard district, primarily Barretts Grange. The only information we have is that in 1941 my father visited to stay with his Aunt and cousin on a farm at Barretts Grange which was between Cashel and Clonmel. His cousin’s name was Liam Quinn and at that time he would have been about 14-15 years old. Living on an adjacent farm was a family called Godfrey (the daughters name was Maisie). The only other information we have is that the farm was near a Martello tower. Our fathers name is John Patrick O'Neill and he would have also been 15 in 1941. We would be grateful for any assistance.

Leo Roche, 8 Fuller Close, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 4GS England (Tel: 0044 163 5827 650)
Please could you find any information with regards to Mary Roche of the Rathkenny area of Fethard circa 1930. It would be greatly appreciated. Yours Faithfully, Leo Roche.


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