Saturday 8th March 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 4th March were: 1, 9, 14 and 21. There was no Jackpot Winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received €150:
Pat O'Donnell, Coleman, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Helen Morrissey, 48 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
James Moloney, c/o Allen's Meats
Gerry Fogarty, Brookhill
The Jackpot remains at €10,000.
Next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €890.

A Table Quiz will be held in Lonergans Pub at 9pm on Tuesday 18th March in aid of Killusty Youths Soccer Club forthcoming trip to Peterborough in May. Your support for this cause is asked by entering a team.

On Saturday last 8th March, 11 cub scouts and two leaders braved the elements and hiked to Grove Wood, in preparation for investiture. The morning's activities of comprised of shelter building, which helped in working up an appetite for a lunch of sausages and bacon cooked on the traditional scout fire, before heading home.
Our weekly meeting have now moved to Friday nights from 6pm to 7.30pm in the Ballroom for anyone who is interested in joining.

The Muintir Na Tire Annual Church Gate Collection will take place in Fethard next weekend Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March. Fethard & Killusty Community Council are affiliated to Muintir Na Tire who coordinate Community Councils in Ardfinnan, Cashel, Fethard, Tipperary and Cappawhite.

Last weekend saw the playing season for 2003 begin in earnest when on Saturday 9th March, in Fethard, we played the first round off the Under-21 A Football and on this occasion, the final score was Fethard 0-10 (0-6), to Killenaule 2-4. The team was: Ronan Maher, Ian Kendrick, Diarmuid Burke, Paul Hackett (capt), William Harrington, Glen Burke, Shane Walsh, Jamie McCormack, Owen Doyle, Michael Dillon 0-7 (6 frees), Alan Burke, Darren O’Meara 0-1, John Hanrahan, Brian Coen 0-2, and John Noonan. Subs used were: Ronan Allen, Pat Looby, Emmet Burke, and Shane Aylward.
On this Sunday l6th March, we play Clonmel Commercials in Ardfinnan at 12 noon in the next stage of the competition.
On Sunday 9th March our senior footballers played the first round off the County League in Fethard, resulting in a final score of, Fethard 1-6 (0-2), J. K. Brackens 1-6 (1-5). The team was: Tommy Gahan, Nicky Murphy, Michael Aherne, Philly Blake, Tomás Keane, Cian Maher, Michael Carroll, Kenneth Byrne, P. J. Aherne, Karl Maher 0-1(F), Miceál Spillane, Willie Morrissey 1-0, Conor McCarthy 0-2, Tom Anglim and Alan Phelan. Subs used were, Brian Coen 0-3 and Owen Doyle.
On this Sunday 16th March we play Galtee Rovers in Bansha at 4pm in the second round.

South Tipperary Championships Draws
Senior Football
Fethard v Commercials (preliminary round) winners play Ardfinnan
Intermediate Hurling 1st round
Fethard v Kilsheelan / Kilcash (8 rounds and top 4 reach semifinals)
Junior A Football (Group B) 1st game
Fethard v Commercials (Ballylooby, Newcastle, Cahir,) top 2 x over,
Junior B Football (Group A) 1st game
Fethard v Mullinahone (Kilsheelan, Commercials, Clonmel Og, Newcastle, Carrick Swan). Top 2 x over.
Junior B Hurling (Group B) 1st game
Fethard v Ballybacon Grange ( Fr Sheehys, Ballingarry, Killenaule, St Marys)
Under 21 B Hurling (knockout)
Fethard v Moyle Rovers (9 teams)
Under 21 A Football (losers group) in progress.
Under 18 (Minor) B Football (Group B) 1st game
Fethard Bye (Carrick Swan, Mullinahone, Ballyporeen, Clonmel Og) Top x over.

Our Lotto Jackpot of €7,700 was not won. The numbers drawn were, ,6 12, 14 and 17. We had one match three winner of €150, Pat Sheehan (Killusty) Our €50 Lucky Dip went to Phil Breen (Grawn, Ballingarry).

The Parents Association of the Secondary School, Fethard, will hold their Annual Table Quiz in the Secondary School on Tuesday 25th March at 8.30pm. Proceeds will help sponsor two students as youth helpers with the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in June. Your support is appreciated.
A Raffle is also held in conjunction with the Table Quiz. It is customary to have prizes for both the quiz and raffle sponsored.

Ballycotton 10K
Over 2000 athletes took part in this ever-popular event which took place last weekend in conditions which were far from conducive to fast running. Pat Heffernan, our sole representative, battled the elements and stomach cramp to finish in 23rd place in a time of 55 minutes 07 seconds. This was the top performance from a Tipperary athlete on the day and it is an indication of this athletes high standards that he was more than a little disappointed with his race.
Special Training Session
The club has organised a training session to focus on technical track events such as long jump, relays, starts and sprints. This will take place next weekend March 15th in the Dr. O’ Callaghan Sports Complex from 4pm to 6pm. Top local athlete and National record holder for the long jump, Jacqui Stokes Freyne, will be present to give her expert coaching advice. All juvenile members should avail of this opportunity to improve their jumping and sprinting skills. A bus will leave Fethard from outside the GAA field, at 3.30pm and return at 6.15pm. Affiliation fees of €10 are now overdue, please bring same to one of our regular training sessions which take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at the GAA Field from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Entry fees for the upcoming County Indoor Championships are also due (€1 per event).

Fethard ladies football club have now affiliated to the county board and have entered teams in the following grades, under/16, minor and junior.
We are still short of players in the under/16 grade. Any girls in the 13 to 16 yrs age bracket please contact our secretary, Jennifer Keane at (052) 31719. Registration fee must be paid before commencement of training for insurance purposes. Training will take place in the GAA field on this Thursday night at 7.15pm. All are welcome!

Members of the County Council were told at their last meeting that a decision in relation to the appointment of an Arts Officer in South Tipperary cannot be taken at this point in time but rather should be considered in the context of budget proposals for 2004. The recommendation followed a notice of motion lodged by Cllr. John Fahey who had asked that the Council appoint the Officer for 2004. He had stated that the county strategy for the arts had been adopted by the Council last autumn and he questioned what stage its implementation was at. He also questioned who was working on its implementation.
Fethard and similar towns in Tipperary could well do with the service of a permanent Arts Officer in the County. It seems very strange that some County Councils can afford to appoint an Arts Officer while South Tipperary’s artistic talented inhabitants are left disadvantaged because they cannot access funding due to not having an Arts Officer appointed in the County.

Tom Crane, Calumet City, USA, (email: tccrane@peoplepc.com) sent us this article from ‘The Times’ (Illinois Final March 9th 2003) by Tim Shellberg in connection with his book on his life and family history.
“Although a primary purpose of Thomas Crane's "Green is the Valley, Blue Are the Hills" was to trace his family tree as far back as he could, the author wasn't concerned with keeping true to any genealogy form.
"I didn't want it to become a scholarly text, but I wanted to write it from an emotional standpoint," said Crane, who currently lives in Calumet City. "There were inconsequential people there, but they were real, living people who just didn't occupy some space. I wanted to look into their lives and see their lives and see the struggle that they made."
A project with a birthing period of nearly a quarter-century, "Green is the Valley" is a tribute to Crane's family history, both recent and as far back as the Revolutionary War. Although completed more than a decade and a half ago, "Green Is The Valley" has only recently made its way to viewing audiences via the Internet.
Crane was raised on the South Side of Chicago by a father of Irish descent and a mother with Pennsylvania Dutch roots. He began to research his family tree in the late 1970s, after his mother and father passed away over a span of less than a six months.
"We had no idea really of where we came from, and that creates a sort of emptiness," he said. "Consequently, if you don't know where you're coming from, you don't know where you're going more or less in life."
It would take Crane years to navigate his way through his family tree. While he was able to trace his roots back to the Revolutionary War and at numerous locations throughout the country during the 19th century, Crane was equally intrigued by the people behind the birth dates, and not just in the impressive timeline.
"It was almost like a revelation," he said. "As I dug deeper, I found more meaning behind the individuals I was seeking out. It wasn't like as if were an established family or notable family. My family was really working class. I really felt like I was travelling back in time."
Crane knocked off "Green is the Valley" over the course of a six-week period during the summer of 1986, with an addendum to the book included a year later. Crane met with a small number of publishers, all who turned him and his book down ("I thought that when I died that the book would be buried with me"). But technology would allow Crane to dust it off the shelf more than a decade later and present it to readers via the Internet.
For help in resuscitating his book, Crane looked down a familiar route: his family tree. His grandson, Timothy Robert, a junior at Thornton-Fractional South High School, aided him last summer in preparing the book for reading on the computer. He was provided space to present his book online by Joe Kenny, site supervisor at fethard.com in Tipperary, Ireland.
"While I don't derive any monetary rewards from it, at least the written word is out there," Crane said. "I've gotten many, many compliments through the web about the book."
Additionally, hard copies of "Green is The Valley" have made their way to numerous libraries and institutions, including the Villanova Library at Villanova University, the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Ill., the Pennsylvania Historical Society, and the National Library of Ireland.
"Green is the Valley, Blue Are The Hills" can be found online at http://fethard.com/crane

Juvenile football training has now begun for under/12's and under/10's and under/8's at 2pm on Saturday, 15th March 2003 in the GAA Field. We look forward to seeing all our past members and especially welcome any new members that may wish to join.
Under/16 football training continues on Wednesday evenings at 6pm in the GAA Field.
Under/14 football training continues on Friday evenings at 6pm in the GAA Field.
All new members are welcome to come along to any of these training sessions

Anne Gallagher from Patchogue, New York, was chairperson for the St Patricks Day Dinner Dance in support of the St Ursula Retreat Center on Saturday, March 1st. At the dance, Sr. Philomena O'Brien (formerly from The Green Fethard) was honoured and joined by many of her past pupils from Howard Beach where she taught them during the late 1940s / early 1950s. They still have wonderful memories of their days in Our Lady of Grace School in Howard Beach and all could see how beloved she still is to them. Congratulations Sr. Philomena from all in Fethard!

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 18th March at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

The wedding took place in Rome on February 14th of Ann Marie, daughter of Mr Denis and Mrs Chrissie O’Meara, Grove Road, to Richard, son of Mr George and Mrs Betty Corcoran, Railstown, Cashel. The happy pair, to whom their many friends will join in extending best wishes, met of Valentines Day, became engaged on Valentines Day in Paris and were married on Valentines Day in Rome.
The death took place of Ann Marie’s grandmother, Mrs Mary Ahearne, Baron Park, Clonmel, on February 20th.

Paying a brief visit to Fethard last week was Patsy Dixon. Patsy, a native of Co. Wexford, was employed for a period in the early 1950s at Barrys of Tullamaine, when he took a keen interest in local GAA affairs.
Local juvenile footballers, lacking official juvenile GAA competitions, organised local challenge games. Patsy was manager of the Kerry Street team, known then as ‘The Mau Maus’. Who remembers their keenly, sometimes too keenly, contested games against their opposition, ‘The Holy Terrors’. This sporting event was sponsored each year by J. O’Brien, an emigrant in America who put up a cup for the winners of the competition on an annual basis. Both teams were picked from the youth of the town up to 14 years (approx.). These were very serious affairs and the interest generated by them, together with the sporting prowess contained therein, rivalled that to be found in any Munster Final between Cork and Tipperary or any All Ireland in the 70’s between Kerry and Dublin. The reward for the winner of these local “massacres” was a 2/6d cup purchased in Woolworths. To have won any of these matches and to be presented with a cup was equivalent to winning an Olympic Gold medal. Some of the players engaged in those games went on to give sterling service to Fethard GAA Club in all grades.
Patsy wishes to be remembered to all players on both teams of that era, to all his GAA friends he did not meet, and especially to Sean Walsh, Dick and Jack Wall.

The Tipperary Foxhounds brought their 2002/03 season to a close with a childrens’ meet at Kilcooley. Children of all ages enjoyed an excellent afternoons hunting in the vast woodlands of Kilcooley Estate. The quarry being hunted was sometimes in doubt, but Pat is quite adamant his hounds are true to fox and will not hunt anything else.
Huntsman Pat O’Brien in his first official season as huntsman has provided excellent sport throughout the season under very difficult scenting conditions. Pat O’Brien is acknowledged in Irish hunting circles as one of the greatest authority on hound pedigrees and hound breeding. Pat and his whipper-in, James O’Donnell, wish to extend their personal thanks and appreciation to all farmers and landowners over whose land they hunted during the season for their cooperation.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers hold their traditional end of season meet on St. Patrick’s Day in Drangan at 12noon. The committee wish to thank all landowners over whose land they hunted during the season.

The 2003 Lenten Pastoral Letter from His Grace Most Rev Dr Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, entitled “The Whole of Creation is Groaning . . .” concentrates on the environment. Dr. Clifford, at the outset, extols the beauty of Tipperary and Limerick, which reminds us of the following lines:

Were you ever in sweet Tipperary,
Where the fields are so sunny and green,
Where Slievenamon and the Galtees
Look down with a proudly mien.
‘Tis there you will see more beauty,
Than is on all Irish ground.
God bless you my sweet Tipperary,
For where would your likes be found!

Very many people are very concerned with our environment and its preservation and do all in their power to preserve and improve it, and pass it on to the next generation. The many Tidy Towns committees do trojan work in this regard, and Tipperary areas like Kilsheelan and Terryglass have succeeded in winning the supreme award of Ireland’s Tidiest Town. Local authorities also do their part in providing clean pure drinking water and a clean air environment.
However, others, too many others, are not quiet so particular. One has only to visit the bog road at Liskeveen near Littleton to see the destruction caused by indiscriminate dumping. Obsolete fridges, washing machines, cookers, prams and buggies, beds and bedding, and worse are scattered in abundance. All human life is certainly there!
The lower slopes of Slievenamon have not escaped either. A few clapped out and sometimes burned out motorcars are evident. Who would bother to travel almost two miles up the forest roads to dump household waste and two recently removed deerskins. ‘Sweet Slievenamon, you’re my darling and pride!”, how are you!
What do you do with teenagers who, standing feet from a litterbin, drop-kick their empty plastic bottles on to the middle of Main Street.
Sprays and chemicals of all sorts are in every day use. Fishermen are being confined to nine day per month fishing. Modern technology and boats with up to two-mile trawls have almost left the seas around our coasts as sterile as the once cod rich waters off Newfoundland, where preservation measures were brought in too late.
The American Indians who worship nature, have a saying, “When the last fish is caught, the last tree cut down, and the last river polluted, only then will man realise you can’t eat money!” Perhaps if we are not careful and get our act together, some of you may live to see that they were right!


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