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Saturday 21st June 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 17th June were: 3, 19, 27 and 28. There was no Jackpot Winner and one 'Match 3' winners who received €150:
Bill O'Sullivan, Perryville, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle, Fethard
Roger Daly, St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Nellie O'Connor, Cashel Road, Golden
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

Congratulations to everybody from Fethard/Killusty area who took part in the County Athletics Finals at Thurles Dog Track on Sunday, especially to Michael Costello, Woodvale Walk, who won the 100 meters under-12, and to Kate Quigley, Redcity who qualified for the semi-final in under-8 80 meters. Fethard Athletic Club had a great day as Killenaule representatives Róisin Trehy and Michelle Ryall both won gold for their parish. The under/12 boys relay team won silver, Eoin Quigley won silver, and Kevin Quigley and Hannah Trehy won bronze. Shane Gorey won gold for Drangan and Darragh Dwyer won silver for Powerstown. All of these children are members of Fethard Athletic Club. We wish all winners the best of luck in Mosney.

Community Games committee would like to send best wishes to Richard Gorey, Moanbeg who will represent Ireland in the European Youth Olympics in Paris next month. The Judo club, and indeed the Gorey family, have a long association with the games. Richard has several County, Munster and National Community games titles under his belt as indeed had Kenneth O’Donnell, who represented Ireland at the Youth Olympics in Portugal in 1977, and Avril Colville, who was the first member of the club to Represent Ireland at the European Olympics in Belgium in 1991. Richard is sure to do Ireland and Fethard proud.

Junior A Football commenced on Friday 20th June in Kilsheelan where we had a win over Commercials on a scoreline, Fethard 1-13 (0-8), Clonmel Commercials 0-8 (0-3). The team was: Tommy Gahan, Martin Ryan Diarmuid, Burke, Philly Croke, Ian Kenrick, Michael Carroll, Jamie McCormack, Alan Phelan 0-1, Kevin O’Donnell 0-1, Brendan Brett 0-3 (1f), Shay Ryan, Jason Nevin 0-4, Johnny Neville 1-3, John Hurley and John Noonan 0-1. Our next game is against Newcastle.
We lost our first game in Intermediate Hurling on Sunday 22nd June on a scoreline, Fethard 2-11 (0-6), Ballybacon Grange 2-16 (2-10). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Michael Carroll, Philly Croke, Tomas Keane, Michael Ahearne, Ian Kenrick, Cian Maher, Ian Kenrick, Brian Coen, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-3, John P. Looby 0-2, Colin Allen 1-5 (frees), Miceál Spillane and Jamie McCormack 1-1. Subs used were: Kevin O’Donnell, Owen Doyle and Michael Costello. On Tuesday 24th June we played Aherlow in the County League. Match report next week.
In senior football we play Ardfinnan in the South Championship on Saturday 28th June in Clonmel at 8pm.
The Junior B Football Championship commences on Tuesday next in Cloneen against Mullinahone at 8pm.
Our Juveniles under-12 hurling team play in Fethard on Thursday 26th June.
The Lotto Jackpot of €1,500 was not won. The draw took place in Burke’s Pub. We had five ‘match threes’ who received €30 each: Tom Purcell (Burke St), Patrick Gleeson (10 Cathal Brutha St. Cashel), Thomas Barrett (The Green), Philly Kenny (The Green), and Brian Walsh (Baptistgrange), The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Bee Gould (Claremore).
We extend our deepest sympathies to Charlie Boland and family, Thorney Bridge, on their recent bereavement. Go Ndeanai Dhia Trocaire Orthu.

There are some very exciting plans for the development of the new Fethard Community Sportsfield. These plans include a six-lane athletic track, arena for long jump, high jump, shot putt and discus. The playing pitch will cater for rugby, soccer, community games and GAA, including camogie and ladies football. Provision has also been made for an ‘Astro Turf Pitch’, which is very much in demand as an all-round playing surface.
Fethard & Killusty Community Games used the field for their local athletics and Fethard Athletic Club recently held a very successful open sports evening. Coolmore Stud also availed of the pitch for their sports day. Tag Rugby is presently being coached on Thursday evenings.
The ‘Community Walk & Sports Evening’ in aid of the field will take place on this coming Friday, June 27th. The walk will commence from The Square, Fethard, at 6.30pm and will finish in the Community Field. A fun sports evening will follow immediately. Programme will include sack races for all ages, mixed relays, penalty kick and sponge throwing. One of the main events will be the pub relay race. This is an open evening and we are hoping for a good turn out.
The collection points for sponsorship cards are: Newports Newsagents; Ger Manton WashCo, The Square; and McManus Grocery Burke Street. Please hand in your sponsorship cards during the week and come out and support the event on Friday next. County Tipperary goalkeepers, Paul Fitzgerald and Philly Ryan have agreed to stand in goal for the penalty kick competition. It does not matter where you live – you are welcome to come along and join in the fun.

The Fleadh Cheoil Committee are under severe pressure to provide accommodation for the large number of people who plan to descend on Clonmel in late August. They are appealing for anybody within a 20-mile radius of the town who might be willing to take in people on a B&B basis or to rent out their house for a week, to please contact Maureen or Kathleen at 052 24960 as soon as possible. There is a special appeal to anybody who accommodated guests for the Fethard Culchie Festival to contact the office.

Fethard under-12 hurlers travelled to Clonmel Og on Monday last and came away with a convincing win in the second match of their championship bid. There were outstanding performances from every member of the team and the final score stood at 2-10 to 1-00 with Tommy Sheehan, Kieran Ryan and Eoin O'Connell supplying the scores.
Fethard play host to Ballybacon on Monday and are also at home this Thursday in the GAA field at 7pm to Killenaule. We wish them the best of luck in the next rounds of their championship.
It is also that time of year again folks for the annual GAA Camp which takes place in the GAA field from Monday 30th June to Friday 4th July (inclusive). The starting time is 10am and finishing at 1pm everyday. The cost of this years camp is €15 per child and €35 for a family of 3 or more. The age group for this camp is 7 - 14 years. Please contact club secretary Caroline Sheehan for any queries that you may have at Tel: 052 32005.

The community games county athletics finals took place last weekend in Thurles. The club was represented by competitors from four parishes, Fethard/Killusty, Killenaule / Moyglass, Powerstown / Lisronagh and Drangan / Cloneen. County champions and winners of the coveted trip to the national finals at Mosney were: Roisín Trehy in the under-10 60m hurdles; Michelle Ryall under-12 100m; Michael Costello under-12 100m and Shane Gorey under-14 800m. Kevin Quigley and Conor Prendergast were also members of the winning Killenaule / Moyglass under-12, 4x100m relay team.
Other medal winners on the day were Elaine Kennedy 2nd in the under-14 800m; Eoin Quigley 2nd in the under-8 80m; Hannah Trehy 3rd in the under-12 600m and Kevin Quigley 3rd in the under-12 600m. Relay silver medal winners were the Fethard boys under-12 team of John Lalor, Jerome Ahearn, Adam Lyons, Damien Morrissey and Michael Costello; the Moyglass girls under-12 team of Michelle Ryall, Aisling O’Connor, Hannah Trehy, Cliodhna O’Dwyer; and the Killenaule / Moyglass girls under-14 team of Elaine Kennedy, Aoife O’Gorman, Rebecca Ryan and Jennifer O’Donnell. Well done to all who competed and best of luck to the six club members who travel to Mosney for the national finals in August.
Juvenile training has now been discontinued for the summer and will restart in September for the cross-country season.

Sheila Comerford from South Tipperary County Childcare Committee attended the last meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council, along with members of the Community Playgroup Committee, and spoke on the possibility of including an all-day childcare facility in the future development of the Convent Hall in Fethard. Sheila had previously viewed the building with committee members and was very impressed with the potential and layout of the building. She also stated that it was a great advantage for the group to have and own their own building when applying for funding.
The committee have also had visitors from Tipperary Leader and Tipperary Institute, to view the building. The committee have now applied to undertake a feasibility study that will help determine the best sustainable solution for the development of the premises while also serving community needs.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council is an umbrella for other committees formed within the town of Fethard and to date have been quite successful in helping and guiding those groups.
It is our experience that the most effective way of improving the quality of areas around the town is when each area form its own Residents Association. By doing so we can work effectively with those groups, deal with various problems and issues arising for people living in the town.
For those living in newer developments in Fethard and not feeling adequately represented by the Community Council, we would recommend that your area form a Residents Association. If you are interested and willing to participate in such a group please contact the Tirry Centre Information Office, Tel: 052 31000, and we will organise a preliminary meeting.

It is good to see much cleaning activity at Fethard Sports Centre. Lets hope the youth of Fethard will make full use of this excellent facility now that it is available again.

Tim O’Hagan, son of Michael and Josephine O’Hagan, Tipperary Tack Shop, Fethard, was a member of the Tipperary Pony Club boys under-12 team who won the National Minimus Triathlon 2003, hosted by Killinick Pony Club in Wexford. The members of the Tipp team were, Oisín McQuinn, David Hannigan, Craig O’Connor and Tim O’Hagan. The events consisted of swimming, running and a cross-country riding test with over 250 competitors taking part.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Mr Paddy Heffernan, Ballyvaden, on the recent death of his brother, Mr John Heffernan, Croagh, Tipperary.

Fethard would not normally be associated with official protests. The scene was changed somewhat on Sunday morning last when employees of Ronan’s Dudley’s Mills, Clonmel, mounted their placard carrying protest on Main Street, Fethard. The workers are protesting at the closure of the Clonmel Tannery and the resulting loss of their jobs without proper negotiation for redundancy.
The last occasion we can recall a placard carrying protest being mounted on Main Street, Fethard, was around 1937. A well-known local personality of the time, Pierre Foster, was dismissed from the gang digging the trench for the installation of the town’s water supply. The following morning, Pierre appeared on the job carrying a placard, which read, “Discrimination, victimised by ganger Harrington!” We understand his protest was successful and he was shortly afterwards re-established at his job.

WE had an excellent turnout for the annual Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday evening last. At the ceremonies conclusion in the Augustinian Abbey grounds, Very Rev. Fr. Tom Breen P.P. thanked all who took part with a special thank-you to the Fethard Boy Scouts troop, the First Communion girls, to Joe Keane for providing the transport and amplification, and to David Tobin who led the hymn singing.
While, by modern standards, it was most heartening to see the number of teenagers and younger children taking part, it was disappointing to see more just sitting idly by or whizzing past on their bicycles as the Blessed Sacrament passed through the streets. After all, the future of the processions is definitely in the younger generation’s hands.

The Fethard & Killusty Anglers promote their second round of competitive fishing on Sunday next 29th June. The Eddie O’Neill and Jack O’Donnell Trophy competitions will be run off on Sunday. Competing anglers are asked to assemble at Thorny Bridge at 11am.

One wonders if the action by members of the truckers ‘Irish Road Haulier Association’ in refusing to use the new Boyne Bridge by-pass near Dundalk will herald an all-out revolt by Irish private motorists. What they consider, the excessive toll charges, being the reason for their action.
With regard to all road charges, especially parking charges, the current situation is certainly causing a lot of protest from local motorists. Already paying high road tax and insurance, the average motorist objects to having to pay for the privilege of working or shopping in any of our larger towns. The charges are not to severe when the Urban Council Car Park is used, but extending parking meters well into the suburbs, where a parked car is causing no traffic interference or obstruction, is stretching it a bit too far.
Double yellow lines and traffic wardens ensure you cannot park in the streets, so there is no alternative but to pay up and look merry.
An average private motorist is a law-abiding citizen who pays up without a murmur. Surly it is overdoing it a bit when a senior citizen has to pay a parking charge to attend morning mass. We have heard of another case where a lady motorist left her car to cross the street to a bank ATM machine and found, on her return, she had got a parking ticket. Is there anyone to speak up on the private motorists behalf?

The members of Fethard Ladies Football Club wish to thank sincerely, Mr Bob Grant, of Grants Bar, Main Street, for his generous gesture in sponsoring the club with a set of new jerseys. Bob presented the jerseys to the ladies at a training session on Thursday night last.
The girls will wear them with pride, and we are also sure with distinction, for the first time when they play Cappawhite in a championship game on this coming Monday night June 30th.
The club will promote a table quiz in Grants Bar on Thursday night 10th July at 9pm. The committee also invite any young ladies, especially those who are now on school summer holidays, who are not already members to come along and join in the training sessions on Monday and Thursday nights.

Diana Halpin and her team of participants in the recent Dublin Ladies Mini-Marathon, wish to thank sincerely all those who generously sponsored them. The girls have now gathered their total sponsorship and have as a result, donated €2,446 to the Friends of St. Joseph’s Hospital committee.

Members of the Fethard & Killusty Community Council will meet with Cllr John Fahey, South Tipperary County Council officials Michael Fitzgerald and John Moloney, along with Conservation Officer Stephen Fallon, on Wednesday 25th June, at 3pm in Fethard, to discuss the future use and renovations needed for the historic building. It is hoped that a suitable project can be drawn up that will bring the building back into community use, make it viable, and also attract EU funding for the conservation of the building.

Well done to all who helped Fethard sponsor three athletes for the Special Olympics. Nano Nagle Primary School, Fethard Ballroom and Fethard and Killusty Community Council raised the money needed to sponsor the three athletes. The Abymill Theatre also ran a Bingo Night and donated the proceeds in aid of the local fund.

A meeting is being organised in Ballingarry to investigate the source of EU relief funding for ex Ballingarry minors and their widows. Fethard provided a lot of the workforce for Ballingarry Mines during its peak time. The minors will be honoured by the erection of a plaque in Ballingarry village and the publication of a book on the history of the mines.
Further details will be published when they become available, or else contact Cllr John Fahey, Graystown, Killenaule. Tel: 052 56349.


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