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Saturday 24th May 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

Congratulations and best wishes to John and Anna Lucy, The Square, Fethard, who are celebrating their sixtieth wedding anniversary. The auspicious occasion was marked by a special anniversary mass at Holy Trinity Church Parish Church on Sunday at 12.30pm. Very Rev. Fr. Tom Breen P.P. was celebrant. Ad multos annus.

The wedding took place at Fethard parish Church on Saturday last, 24th May of P.J., son of Mr Michael and Mrs Joan Shine, Congress Terrace, Fethard, to Carmel, daughter of Mr Michael and Mrs Marie Allen, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.

The death has occurred, on May 19th, at New Ross Community Hospital of Margaret (Rita) Coffey, Pondfields, New Ross. Daughter of the late John and Ellen Coffey, the late Rita Coffey had strong Fethard connections. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery Fethard.

A special bus will run from Fethard to Graigcullen, on Sunday 8th June, in connection with the visit of the relics of St. Anthony to the County Carlow town. The bus leaves Fethard at 9.30am and the fare is €10. Those wishing to travel may leave their names at Kenny’s Centra Foodmarket or contact Mrs Patrick Maher, Kilnockin.

Two or three carloads of lovely young ladies, in somewhat of a hurry, descended on Fethard one afternoon last week. Out from Waterford City, they were engaged in a company leadership exercise treasure hunt. Their Fethard visit included a search for places and items with the following clues:
Where is the ATM Machine in Fethard situated?
The little boy lives down here, but when was the wall built?
Birds of a feather flock together but how many Fethard friends are there?
There were also a few more that we cannot recall just now. Whoever set the trail must have a good knowledge of Fethard. The above clues should prove no bother to natives! have a go and we will give the answers supplied next week.

Judging by the local comments on Sunday morning following the Eurovision Song Contest, if Fethard had votes for the programme they would have gone as follows — 4 votes for ‘Useless’; 6 votes for the standard and quality of songs entered as being the lowest yet; 12 votes for the event being a completely over-hyped much ado about nothing and a con-job and a farce to boot!
Other comments heard that the voting followed the usual political and a, ‘you vote for us and we’ll vote for you’, pattern. England gave the traditional large number of votes to Ireland. Ireland, as usual, gave no vote to England, but then again, neither did anyone else! Maybe England got what they deserved as a few locals with a good knowledge of music remarked, ‘would you not think a country the size of Great Britain could get singers to represent them that could at least sing in tune!’

The club’s qualifiers for Mosney had a most successful weekend at the recent National cross country relay finals which took place on the 17th & 18th of May. All eight athletes went through from their heats to qualify for the finals on Sunday. Tipperary’s U 14 girls team gave a marvellous display of team running to win bronze medals for their county with Fethard’s Elaine Kennedy and Mary Gleeson playing a vital role in this achievement while Aoife O’ Gorman provided the necessary back up as sub on the team of six. Well done also to Lolo Trehy, Shane Gorey, Michael Costello, Hannah Trehy and Ciara O’ Connor on reaching their finals at this prestigious event.
Meanwhile on the senior road-racing scene, County Champion Pat Heffernan continued his winning ways by clinching the John Joe Barry 5K in fine style. Pat’s winning time was 16 min 34 sec, in second place was Thurles Croke’s Tommy Moloney.
All juvenile athletes who participated in, but did not win individual medals at, the recent County Championships are eligible to compete in the upcoming County A Championships to be held in Moyne on Sunday May 8th.

The results of the Progressive 25 game on Friday night 23rd May are as follows:
Joint winners on 12 games: Nora Lee and Nora O'Donnell; Dinny Gahan and Alice Quinn. Table Prize: Bob Gleeson and Tom Phelan. Rubber Finals winners: Jerry Murray and Pat Dwyer; Jim and Mary Garrett; Kevin and Betty Sweeney. Ticket Winners: Dinny Gahan, A. Mulrooney, Tom Phelan and Kevin Sweeney. Next game is on Friday May 30th at 8.45pm sharp.

Saturday night was the last night of our club until the end of the summer. We finished having Des Bell, Juvenile Liaison Officer, as a guest speaker. Talks of our summer trip venue and plans have yet to be decided. We will let all our members know when we have the details.
Good luck to all our members doing their junior and leaving certs over the next few weeks. We are confident that you will do well - remember it’s never too late for a bit of early morning last minute cramming, but also take time out!
Thanks to everyone involved in the club this year we had a really successful one and we can all look forward to a great summer break.

A bus will leave Fethard for this year’s revived Fethard & Killusty London Reunion on Thursday 5th June and return on Sunday 8th June. The return fair will cost €140. If you are interested in travelling please give your names to Joan O’Donohoe at the Community Office, Fr. Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard. We would like to see as many as possible come along and meet our emigrants across the water. Further details can be had by phoning 052 31000.

Fethard senior footballers played their county league game on Tuesday May 20th in Castleiney against a very determined Loughmore team with Fethard coming out on top on a score line, Fethard 1-13 (0-12), Loughmore 2-7 (2-2). With quiet a few players out, this was a great performance from some off the fringe players, who made their mark. Playing with the wind in the first half our players scored 12 points (3 frees) to a 2-2 reply. In the second half the character off the squad was tested time and again, and they stood firm to sore 1-1 and concede only 5 points. Team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Alan Phelan, Michael Aherne, Philly Blake, Tomas Keane, Tom Anglim, Stephen O’Donnell, Glen Burke 0-2 (1F), P. J. Aherne, Karl Maher 0-4 (3F), Miceál Spillane 1-0, Willie Morrissey 0-1, Conor McCarthy 0-4, John P Looby 0-2, Michael Dillon. Subs used: Nicky Murphy, and Philly Croke. Our next game in the County League is at home to Cahir on 3rd June at 8pm. Well done to our County Players (Damien Byrne and Aiden Fitzgerald ) who played for Tipp last Sunday in Waterford. Their next outing is in Tralee on the 15th June against Kerry in the Munster (senior) football semifinal.
The County Intermediate Hurling League started on Tuesday last away to Gortnahoe (report next week).
Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,100 was not won. We had no match three winner. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Hannah Sheehan (Kerry Street). Each of the following won €30: Marion Lyons (Coolmoyne), ‘Wee 4 Hacketts’ ( Strylea), Caroline Sheehan (Woodvale Walk), Pat O’Donnell (Monroe), Richard Bennett (Golden Cashel). The numbers drawn were: 1, 12, 14 and 19.
Juvenile Fixtures for under-14 football on Monday 2nd June, Fethard play at home to Mullinahone; on Thursday 5th June, the under-14 footballers play away to Moyle Rovers.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 20th May were: 25, 27, 29, 30. There was no Jackpot Winner and two 'Match 3' winners who received €75 each:
Monica O'Shea, Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Helen Clinton, 25 Parnell St., Clonmel
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Rev. Canon James Power, Cashel Road, Fethard
Gabriel Horan, Tinakelly, Fethard
Patrick Sheehan, Walshbog, Killusty, Fethard
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

Fethard Country Markets will hold a very important meeting in the Town Hall on Friday 30th May at 10.30am. A full attendance of members is requested.

Congratulations to Shane Aylward, Killusty, who was chosen by the Irish soccer referees, as Tipperary Southern and District League Division 2 Youths ‘Player of the Year’ at their awards ceremony held in Clonmel Arms Hotel on Saturday night last, 24th May. 26, 03

Fethard Camogie Club will hold their annual Barbecue at Lonergans bar on Friday 27th June 2003 at 9pm. Please put the date in your diary for good food, good music and great fun. Tickets will be on sale shortly at €6 each.

Cycling may not have many followers or supporters in Fethard, however, those of us who do follow the sport compliment and congratulate Ray Clarke, Clonmel, of his great riding in last week’s FBD Milk Race. The race was dominated by the full time international professional riders and won by Chris Newton, England, who is a world points champion track rider.
Ray Clarke gave every stage from day two a great lash. Staying well up until the final stages where, especially in the atrocious weather prevailing, the professional’s full time training and regular competition told. He finished in the first ten in the final stage at the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on Sunday — one of the two home based Irish riders to do so. Ray, with his aggressive riding, also powered Meath’s Lee Strand Cycleways team to the overall best county team title.
Ray’s father is Sean Clarke, Crampscastle, Fethard, former prominent, member of Fethard football and Coolmoyne hurling teams of the fifties.

The John Sayers Trophy, promoted on Sunday 25th May by Fethard and Killusty Angling Club, was won by Eddie Casey. In second place was David Grant and Paul Burke won third place. The competition was run in conjunction with the Tom O’Shea Cup for heaviest trout, which was won also by Eddie Casey.
The poor fishing conditions this year, commented upon by many local anglers, was borne out by the fact that the thirteen top fishermen competing on Sunday last caught just eight trout in total. Eddie Casey caught four of these.
When top class exponents of dry fly fishing like international Jim Sayers and the experienced Willie McGrath fail to land a fish, something is definitely not right. A research taken by the Inland Fisheries, at the request of club chairman Tom Fogarty, has shown there is a plentiful supply of larvae on riverbeds but no hatch. Could the out-of-season cold weather in May be responsible?
Good sportsmen, however, such as fishermen and huntsmen, never have a bad day. To them, every day is a good day, some days are just better than others!
They’re not out for full baskets, medals or glory, they are just there for the love of the sport. When things are not as good as they might be, they come on regardless and savour the good days when they arrive — which they always do — all the more!

The lack of road manners and regard for other road users by a young motorcyclist in the district has been commented on by many recently. The young man rides his bike on local roads in a most reckless and dangerous manner. His speed especially on the Killenaule and Clonmel roads approaching the town is nothing short of appalling.
The Gardai who have been very active in the area recently on speed control are doing an excellent job but just cannot be in all places at all times. Maybe if the individual concerned reads this, he will slow down, or maybe the publicity will make a bad situation worse if he wants to show off!
If he watched the programme ‘Crash’ on RTE on Tuesday night, he will realise such behaviour mill have only one result. The problem is that some innocent pedestrian or motorist may also be involved in that result as well.

Best wishes to John Shortall, The Valley, who recently reached the half-century. John, proprietor of Shortall Pianos, The Valley, is a very talented musician. Master of the fiddle, mandolin, tin whistle and concert flute, he plays with the local popular bluegrass band ‘The Pheasant Pluckers’.
John was joined by many of his family, friends and neighbours, at his ‘birthday bash’ of good food and music organised at his home at The Valley on last Saturday night.

Brian Keating, Poole, England (email: eleye175@ntlworld.com)
On researching my ancestors, I have found my Grandfather, Patrick, was born in Tullamain, Co. Tipp. On my travels in Limerick & Tipperary Counties, I have yet to find it. I believe it is near Fethard or Cashel. Anybody help please. Born to Thomas & Eliza Keating (nee Gleeson).

Carla Hitzler, Arizona, USA (email: chitzler@azachievers.com)
Loved our stay in the Fethard area - the wedding of our daughter, Alicia, to Patrick Burke is a memory of beauty - the people, the land, the history, wonderful!

James Rochford (email: jrbr27974@blueyonder.co.uk)
I've Rochford relatives in Mullinahone. I'm looking for other Rochford connections in the neighbouring villages. Can anyone help? I'm also connected to the MacGrath/McGrath family. My GGGrandmother was Jane MacGrath born 1835. She married a Thomas Rochford on 05.02.1856. Their son (my GGrandfather), Thomas Rochford born 10.09.1858, married a Johanna Carney born 1875. The names Phelan, Kett and Flood are also related.

Gail T. Bellucci (email: gtibs@snet.net)
My grandparents Michael O'Dwyer (married Margaret Keating and upon her death, Mary Lonergan) and Patrick Lonergan (married Mary Carey) were natives of Fethard. Michael departed for the US in the 1890s and Patrick in the 1880s. They came to New Haven, Connecticut where our family still resides. I would love to correspond with any cousins (or potential cousins)! God bless - Gail Bellucci

Robyn Byrne (email: sbyrne@i-o.net au)
I don't know much about Lonergans except that my grt grt grt grandmothers sister, Mary Harney, married Maurice Lonergan in Fethard around 1860. They migrated to Australia about 1863.

Marion Harper (email: marion.h@blueyonder.co.uk)
I am currently trying to research my husband's family tree and have come to a full stop. Try as I might I am not able to get any further. Any advise / help you may be able to offer would be much appreciated. The information I have to date is as follows;
Descendants of John HARPER
(1) John HARPER 1859 - b: 1859 .. +Sarah Kelly 1861 - b: 1861 in Tipperary, Ireland m: November 8, 1878 in The Parish Church, Fethard, Tipperary. Witnesses at the marriage were a John Kelly and a Mary Kelly.
(2) (Christopher) John Thomas HARPER 1870 - 1955 b: Birth entry shows name as John Thomas Harper - the Christopher seems to have been added later. Birth was registered by a Margaret Keating who lived in Fethard - was she the midwife? December 18, 1870 in Fethard, Tipperary Family: John's father was living at the Barracks, Fethard at the time of John's Birth. He was employed as a servant. Father's Occupation: In 1904 when John was born Christopher is employed as an electrical fitter. By 1933 when he remarried he was works engineer at a gas-stove works. In 1940 Christopher is described as an engineer on his son's marriage certificate.
(3) (Joseph) Michael HARPER 1880 - b: January 11, 1880 in Fethard, Tipperary. The birth was registered by Ellen Kelly - was this a relation if so where does she fit in? Her address is given as green, Fethard. Father's Occupation: At the time of Michael's birth his father was employed as a groom at Fethard Barracks. The were living at the Green
What regiment was based at the barracks at this time?

At this stage every house in the parish should have received a sponsorship card for ‘Community Walk’ in aid of Fethard Community Sports Field Ltd. This walk will take place on Friday June 27th commencing at 6.30pm from Fethard, around Ballybough and back to the sports field where there will be various forms of entertainment, including a fun sports (something for all the family), ‘Penalty Kick’ against celebrity goalies – open to all to have a shot, and lots more. Well known personalities will attend. Fethard Rugby Club and Athletic Club have each sponsored prizes worth €100 for sellers of full cards. Don’t forget to put name of your family on the end of card. Draw for the sellers prizes will be made by our Mystery Guest on the evening.
This funding is in aid of the sports field, which promises to be something special. Due to the generosity of Mr and Mrs Magnier, Coolmore Stud, who provided the field and brought it to its current state, Fethard now have the opportunity to have an enviable facility. It is proposed to have a six-lane athletic track, high jump, long jump and triple jump, playing pitches, throwing arena for discus, javelin and shot and five-a-side astro turf pitch and eventually dressing rooms. It is now up to you, parishioners, to enable this dream to be fulfilled. This facility will be of benefit to all members of the community. In addition to Rugby, Athletics, GAA including ladies football who have all expressed their desire to use it, it may also be used for walking, jogging or whatever by contacting the committee and following set procedures.
Each household is expected to return their cards with some sort of contribution, it will be necessary to involve ones friends, extended families and whoever one meet in their walk of life. Anything worthwhile is never easy but we are sure the people of Fethard will meet this challenge and be proud to say we played our part in this venture. There are very few homes in the area that has not benefited from Coolmore in some way either through employment, sponsorship, spin off to business, senior citizens etc., etc., Now is the time to show that the people of Fethard will not be found wanting when “they are asked to put their hand in their pocket”
Cards and money may be returned to any member of the committee before June 27th or handed in on the evening. It is also proposed to include a ‘Pub Relay’ on the programme for the sports evening. Publicans will be visited for their entries in the near future. Teams will be €100 each.
Committee: Fr. Tom Breen. Peggy Colville, Fintan Rice, Susanne Manton, Jerome Casey, Clem Murphy, Gus Fitzgerald, Sean Devaney and Jacqui Freyne.

Fethard Fianna Fail Cumann wish to thank everybody who contributed to the recent National Collection

Closing date for entries for County Athletics Finals is June 4th. Any child who finished first or second in any of the events at the recent sports qualified for this event. It was announced that only those who indicated their intention to travel would be entered. So far nobody has been in touch with secretary, Bernard Feery at 052 31023. If you want to compete in the County Finals in Thurles on June 22nd please ring Bernard immediately
Entry fee is €2.


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