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Saturday 15th March 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 11th March were: 7, 15, 27 and 29. There was no Jackpot Winner and no 'Match 3' winner. Five 'Lucky Dips' were drawn and the following win €30 each:
Breda Ryan, Coolmoyne Cross, Fethard
Sharon O'Donovan, 20 Roaring Springs, Clonmel.
Audrey Devitt, Strylea, Fethard
Philly Kenny, Hillview, Fethard
Paddy McCormack, Kilnockin, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Therese Barrett, The Green, Fethard
Carol Kenny, The Green, Fethard
Alice Moloney, Redcity, Fethard
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €905.

Cathal Kelleher, assistant manager at Fethard AIB, has retired on Friday 7th March after over 40 years service to the AIB. Cathal has served at Fethard for the past 25 years where he was greatly esteemed and highly regarded as a most helpful and courteous official.
His many friends in Fethard will join in wishing Cathal a long and happy retirement.

Congratulations to Killusty Youths soccer team who beat Galbally 2-0 on St. Patrick’s Day in the final Youth League Division 2 final played at Cooke Park, Tipperary. Team coaches Bernard Feery and Sean Aylward were delighted for their committed players who worked hard together for the past 18 months to earn this great victory over a strong Galbally team.

A Toyota Starlet car, the property of Fethard art teacher Ms Pat Looby, was burned out at Kerry Street in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Ms Looby was awakened by a passer-by who saw the car on fire. The intense heat blew in the double-glazed front windows of a neighbouring house. She immediately phoned the Gardai and the Fire-Brigade and notified neighbours to move their cars. Her prompt action prevented what could have been a major disaster as only a very narrow footpath just stood between Pat’s and neighbouring dwelling houses and the burning car. The petrol pumps on Ward’s Garage forecourt were also very close by.
Preliminary enquiries would seem to indicate the car was either deliberately set on fire or short circuited wrongly in an aborted theft attempt.

Local Gardai have asked for more local support to help solve incidents of crime in the Fethard area. If we want to keep crime at bay in the area, a much higher level of local cooperation is needed in helping Gardai with their work. It is essential that all suspicious activities are noted and reported. We should also keep a closer look on our neighbours property and record unusual activities. All information can be passed on confidentially to members of the local Garda or to the Garda Confidential Freephone: 1800 666 111.

Last Saturday night saw the beginning of the ‘Copping On’ project at the club. It involves ten young people and explores the causes of antisocial behaviour and crime in the community. It is being facilitated by Noelle O'Dwyer, Outreach Worker for Tipperary Regional Youth Service, and is a Department of Justice initiative.
Our boys and girls are now training for the Regional five-a-side soccer tournament which will take place in April. Further details will follow.
Congratulations to the lads (past and present club members) who played in the under 21 football in Ardfinnan on Sunday 16th and also the lads who played for Killusty in the soccer final in Tipperary Town on Monday 17th. You always do Fethard proud.
The club will be closed on Saturday 22nd March but will open as usual on the following Saturday night. Hoping everyone had a good St. Patrick's weekend and enjoyed the fine weather. Finally, we continue on our quest for leaders - please contact us if you are at all interested in offering the odd Saturday night in a good cause.

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.

Our first outing of this year takes place next Sunday, March 23rd, at Tipperary Golf Club. Tee off is from 11am and patrons are asked to arrive well in advance of tee off, and to register immediately on arrival.
Membership fees to be paid on or before next Sunday 23rd March. This year, as a show of appreciation to the organising committee, prizewinners are asked to remain for the prizegiving.

Welcome home to Richard Fallon who is home on holidays from New York after a period of 16 years away. Richard is a son of the late Garda Mick Fallon and left Fethard for the USA to pursue a scholarship in athletics following his success at the high jump in Ireland. Due to injury Richard had to leave athletics and take up a different career. He now holds the position as Captain at a detention centre in New York.

The annual general meeting of Fethard Historical Society takes place on Tuesday 25th March at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre. All are welcome especially new members.

The under 21 ‘A’ Football championship continued on last Sunday 16th March in Ardfinnan where our team came back from the throes of defeat (down eight points at half time playing with the wind ) to record a memorable victory on a score line Fethard 1-10 (0-2), Clonmel Commercials 1-9 (1-7). The team was: Ronan Maher, Ian Kendrick, Diarmuid Burke, Paul Hackett, Shane Walsh, Owen Doyle, Ronan Allen, Glen Burke 0-5 (3f), Jamie McCormack, John Noonan, Michael Dillon 0-4 (1f), Shane Aylward, Emmet Burke, Brian Coen 0-1, and Darren O’Meara. Subs used were: John Hanrahan, Alan Burke and Liam Frewen. In the quarterfinal we play Moyle Rovers on Sunday 23rd March at 12 noon. For venue please check sports page.
The senior football county league 2nd round took place on Sunday 16th March in Bansha, where we recorded our first victory on a scoreline, Fethard 0-12 (0-7), Galtee Rovers 1-7 (1-1). The team was: Tommy Gahan, Nicky Murphy, Michael Aherne, Philly Blake, Tomás Keane, Cian Maher, Alan Phelan, Kenneth Byrne, P. J. Aherne, Karl Maher 0-6 (frees), Miceál Spillane, Willie Morrissey 0-1, Conor McCarthy 0-1, Tom Anglim 0-3, and John P Looby 0-1. Subs used were: Stephen O’Donnell, Kevin O’Donnell and Paraic Cloonan. Our next fixture takes place on the 30th March, away to Aherlow in Lisvernane.
Club Membership fees are now due, €15 for adults and €10 for juvenile, to club secretary or treasurer.
Our Lotto Jackpot €7,800 was not won. The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 6 and 9. Match three winners of €20 were: Vera Sheehan (Killusty), Bernie Byrne (Killusty), Monica O’Shea (Woodvale Walk), Margaret Dorney (Woodvale Walk), Dick O’Brien (Main St), John Morrissey (Main St), Bill Fennessy (Canon Hayes Court), Derrick Cuddihy (The Green) and Willie McGarry (Burke St). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Pat Croke (c/o Burkes Bar Main St).

Belated happy birthday wishes to Timmy O’Riordan, Barrack Street, who celebrated his eightieth birthday on February 12th. Timmy is well known in Irish Greyhound racing circles and what better place to celebrate the event but in the sumptuous surroundings of the new restaurant at Shelburne Park, Dublin. Timmy’s six children and eleven grandchildren joined the festivities. The icing was really put on the cake when he recorded a double at Shelburne on the night with his litter brother and sister, ‘Honchos Hare’ and ‘Honchos Trix’.

Local amateur rider Mr David Halley got his riding career off to a perfect start on Sunday last. Young David rode his father’s horse ‘Kald River’ to win the Kevin McManus Bookmakers Champion N.H. Flat Race at Limerick. Congratulations David and a special ‘well-done’ from your colleagues in Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers.
One lucky local punter who invested €10 each-way on David’s winner on Sunday, scooped €1,700 on the tote.

Congratulations to local lady rider Ginny Hutton, winner of the Ladies Race at the recent North Tipperary Foxhounds Hunt Races at Toomevara.

This Friday, March 21st, is ‘D-Day’ for the winner of the unclaimed €300,000 National Lottery Jackpot ticket bought in Fethard Post Office on December 21st. To help jog your memory, the €6 ticket was bought on the weekend of two funerals in Fethard, the late Derek Wall and Tommy Fleming. As many family relative were in the area at the time, it could have been purchased by one of them. The ticket was bought for one draw and wasn’t a ‘quick-pick’. If the lucky winner doesn’t come forward before next Friday the €300,000 will be returned into the National Lottery fund.

Another busy weekend in the community field in Fethard, with our under/8s and under/10s training on Saturday morning and the under/12s playing a great game against Waterford City, which resulted in a two all draw. This was a fast game with some fine passing movements in the backs which saw Josh Hally, Joe Kelly, Eoin O’Connell and William Grassick always putting the opposition under pressure. In the forwards the two big cousins Dave Gorey and Paddy Teehan had fine games especially in the lineouts.
On Sunday morning our 8s, 10s and 12s played Cashel on a beautiful sunny morning. Our under/8s had a very well played game of rugby resulting in a 3-1 victory. With Philip Maher and Joss Murray defending and attacking well when they met with Niall Anglim and Steven Hickey of the Cashel team who attacked brilliantly. Eoin Walsh, Gavin Delaney, Cian O’Connell and Colin Meagher gave great runs and defending well was Luke Keating, Jack Devaney, James Mackey and Shane Power.
The U/ 10 had another battle almighty with our friends from Cashel, with Fethard emerging victorious on this occasion. Fethard took an early lead when some fine passing saw Daniel Hickey cross the corner, But Cashel levelled on the brink of half time. The Fethard lads kept applying pressure and fought hard for possession which resulted in them scoring again. This was a fine team performance and everyone gave their utmost.
The under/12s had to give their best in their game but never the less gave a fine performance. Stephen Healan, David Hall and J.P. McGrath had fine games in the forwards setting up many balls for Shane Kavanagh who, in his first game at scrumhalf, had a fine game. James Kelly and Eoin O’Connell tackled very well.
The under/12s train on Friday evening at 6.30pm and play in Cashel on Saturday in the cup. Under 8s and 10s train as usual on Saturday mornings at 11am.


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