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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 28th June 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

MONROE WALK CLEARED
Congratulations to Jimmy O'Shea and Johnny Burke and their two loyal young helpers, Patrick O'Brien and C.J. Taylor, who have worked over the past two weeks on opening up the Monroe Walk to pedestrians again. As well as clearing some fallen trees, they have also erected a stile on each end to prevent stray animals from wandering. The Monroe Walk is a very beautiful experience that takes you past Breen's Bridge and out at Rocklow. Not suitable for buggies or prams. The work was all supplied voluntary and expenses sponsored by Fethard & Killusty Community Council.

ICA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Fethard ICA Guild held their AGM on June 10th. Margaret Morrissey C.D.A. attended the meeting. The newly elected officers are as follows: President, Nuala Delaney; Treasurer, Ann Horan; and Secretary, Anne Gleeson. Our summer outing is arranged for July 10th, leaving from Fethard Town Hall at 9.45am. The outing will leave for Woodstock, Inistioge, and then on to Kilkenny to view the craft exhibition on show at the Design Centre. The exhibition includes a display of rush-work by our talented member, Marie Crean. Afterwards, we plan to have some time for shopping followed by and evening meal. Enquiries to Kay McGrath, Main Street, Fethard.

FETHARD JUVENILE GAA
It has been another busy week for the juveniles, with the under/12s playing two matches in the next round of their championship bid, they played host to both Ballybacon and Mullinahone, and both of these matches had to have been the most nail biting to date, with each one being more exciting and thrilling than the last. The determination and skill these young players have shown would do any parent proud and they have won all of their four games played, with another two to go. The final score was as follows, Fethard 3-05, Ballybacon 3-03. This match was played on Monday last, with Fethard managing to score the wining goal in the dying seconds, proving to be a really exciting match to watch.
The result of last Thursday’s match against Mullinahone was, Fethard 1-04, Mullinahone 0-04, with Fethard once again scoring a goal in the dying seconds. This was a hard match played and at half time the score stood at one point in Fethard’s favour. The action was point for point and the tension and atmosphere was electric as these wonderful young players came back and scored the much-needed goal. Fethard are at home on Thursday evening at 7pm to Kilsheelan, we wish them the best of luck.
The club would also like to congratulate Andrew Walsh (Cloneen) and Eoin O'Connell (Fethard) for their performances in the Primary Games in Kerry.
Congratulations are also due to Glen O'Meara, James Smith, Connie Flynn and John Leahy on their selection to the South Tipperary U/16 Football panel. Well done lads!
The Juvenile Club would also like to invite all the children and their parents to the Abymill Theatre on Monday evening 7.30 for a talk by the Clonmel Youth Liaison Officer - Des Bell. He will be discussing issues that parents and the youth of Fethard are facing and some of the topics up for discussion are vandalism, underage drinking and drugs. It would be great to see a good turn out as it is for the benefit of our children and ourselves, parents of our town.

THE RABBIT CATCHERS
Mr Michael Conry of Carlow is currently researching information for a book he is writing on the Economic Situation, especially amongst rural workers during the 1939 - 45 World War period. During his research work he has visited Fethard a number of occasions where he is seeking information on those who were full time rabbit catching during the period. He has interviewed the few still surviving in the area, from whom he has received what he considered excellent information. Mr Conry was intrigued to learn that Jimmy Sheehan of Killusty had written a comic song about the job.
"Three and nine for a rabbit fifteen bob for four
It's no wonder that the bunnies are being killed by the score
There is no doubt about it I have heard people say
'Tis the best paying job in the county today"
(Fifteen bob or shillings would have been a week’s wages for an agricultural worker at that time.)

He is seeking more information on Mr Aird, The Green, a well-known rabbit and game buyer and exporter of the time. Mr Conry has so far failed to discover what Mr. Aird's Christian name was. He is also anxious to discover if anyone in the area would know the rest, or part of, Jimmy Sheehan’s ballad on the Rabbit Catchers.

DIED RECENTLY
The death has occurred in Dublin of Mrs. Monica Fahy, Crampscastle. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

LOURDES TREE
Twenty Pilgrims from Fethard area travelled on the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. Each found the experience most uplifting. How many of the pilgrims or indeed the general public are aware we have a 'Lourdes Tree' growing in Main Street. A Miss Corcoran of Barrack St. on returning from a trip to Lourdes in the early 20th Century brought back a chestnut or conker as it is more popularly known to her friend Miss Mary Heffernan, Main Street. Miss Heffernan planted the chestnut in the garden at the rear of her residence on Main Street, now Fethard Beauty Clinic, where it is still growing today.

FISHING COMPETITION
The results of the fishing competition promoted by Fethard/Killusty Anglers on Sunday last were as follows:
Jack O'Donnell Perpetual Trophy
1st Mattie Fleming
2nd Eddie Casey
3rd Tom Fogarty
Eddie O'Neill Trophy for Heaviest Trout
Winner: John Fleming
Juvenile Competition
Winner: Kieran O'Connell

ROAD DEATHS
The epidemic of fatal accidents on our Irish roads over the week-end just past remind us once again, as if reminding was necessary, of the terrible toll of human life being taken by Irish roads today. The deaths have now reached crisis point, and it is a recorded fact the road accidents are now in the top three causes of death amongst young Irish people between 18 and 25 years. The biggest problem seems to be that these tragedies are becoming to be accepted as the normal in present day living.
Prior to writing this I approached a local octogenarian and asked him, “What was the name of the man that was killed off his bicycle by a car on the old road at Garrinch.” Without hesitation he replied, Mike Slattery. This accident took place over sixty years ago. Around the same time, Micky Loughlin, the pump sinker, was killed beyond Lisronagh. These two deaths became part of Fethard folklore and were spoken of for years afterwards.
Currently a road death has become part and parcel of every day living. It is truly frightening. Something will have to be done - but what. Certainly if as many people died form food poisoning or whatever illness last weekend as did on the roads, the papers would not hold the headlines and there would be a national outcry for something to be done.

FETHARD & KILLUSTY AWARENESS GROUP
At a recent meeting of the Awareness Group, at which Garda Des Bell addressed, it was decided to hold a walk on Wednesday 9th July at 8 o'clock within the town of Fethard to emphasise the importance of vigilance towards unsavoury and anti-social behaviour.
The interest and questions by the very large attendance of young people at the meeting showed that the willingness is there to combat any misgivings that are within our society. Please support the Awareness Group in its activities for the town and parish.

FETHARD COMMUNITY WALK
A community walk and fun sports in aid of Fethard Community Sports Field took place on Friday last, June 27th. Despite weather conditions being very favourable the turn out was moderate considering the population of the town. However, those who did turn out to walk the circle of Ballybough and compete in the activities in “The Field” really enjoyed themselves. The fun sports certainly lived up to its name and all goings on ‘in the sack’ were most entertaining. The walk commenced from the Town Hall, where the attendance was welcomed by Fr Tom Breen, P.P. and chairman of the sports field committee. Councillor Michael Fitzgerald, chairman South Tipperary County Council, and Councillor John Fahy were among those who came under “starters orders”
The committee would like to thank most sincerely the celebrities who attended. County Tipperary football goalkeepers Philly Ryan, Clonmel and our own Paul Fitzgerald who had a marathon session in goal for 60 competitors in the Penalty Shoot Out, which was won by David Connolly from Tramore, grandson of Ned and Eileen Connolly, Garrinch. David’s dad, Liam, was also a former county footballer. Runner up was Tommy Sheehan, son of Caroline and Tommy Sheehan, another county footballer. This talent seems to run in the families.
We were also delighted to welcome John Lacy, Tipperary Town, who is development officer for the IRFU and Denis Leamy, Cashel. Both John and Denis are members of the Munster Rugby squad. John and Denis demonstrated the skills of rugby and it was great to see them in action. International Rugby player, Denis Leamy, presented the magnificent trophy kindly sponsored by John Quirke Jeweller, Cahir, to the team representing Burke’s Bar who won the Pub Relay beating strong teams from Grants, Ahearns, McCarthys, The Castle and The Well.
Thanks to Miceál McCormack who did a great commentary job; finish judges Joe Keane and Bill Kennedy; Suzanna Manton, penalty kick coordinator; members of Fethard Athletic Club; Rugby Club; GAA Club; Community Games; and everybody else who helped in any way. Thanks also to all those who returned their sponsorship cards on time. Outstanding cards and money can be handed in to the following collection points: McManus’s Grocery Shop, Burke Street; Ger Manton, The Square; Newport’s Newsagents, or to any committee member.
The €100 draw prize for sellers of full cards, donated by Fethard Athletic Club, was won by Kennedy/Newport family, The Valley, and the €100 sports voucher, donated by Fethard Rugby Club, was won by Colville family, Spitalfield.

RESULTS OF FUN SPORTS DAY
Tots Sack Race: Emily White
Mixed Sack Race: Sian Horan and Robyn Shubert
U/6 Sack Race: Ruby Kennedy
Mixed U/6 Sack Race: Eric Quigley and Nicola Thompson
U/8 Sack Race: 1st Emma Morrissey (girls); 1st Kieran White (boys).
U/8 Sack Race Girls: 1st Kate Quigley, 2nd Aobh O’Shea.
U/8 Sack Race Boys: 1st Darragh Bradshaw, 2nd Gary Bradshaw.
U/10 Sack Race Girls: 1st Roisín Trehy, 2nd Zoë McManus, 3rd Lucy Butler.
U/10 Sack Race Boys: 1st Mark Fogarty, 2nd Eoin Walsh, 3rd Sean White.
U/12 Sack Race Girls: 1st Aisha Tobin, 2nd Hannah Trehy, 3rd Helena Danaher.
U/12 Sack Race Boys: 1st Alan Lawrence, 2nd Kevin Quigley, 3rd Shane Power.
U/14 Sack Race Girls: 1st Elaine Kennedy, 2nd Helena Danaher, 3rd Niamh White.
U/14 Sack Race Boys: 1st Christopher Sheehan, 2nd Lolo Trehy, 3rd Adrian Lawrence.
Ladies In The Sack: 1st Mary Trehy, 2nd Linda Quigley, 3rd Fionnula O’Sullivan.
Gents In The Sack: 1st Bill Kennedy, 2nd Willie Quigley, 3rd Tom Tobin.
U/12 Relay Mixed: 1st, Hannah Trehy, S Kavanagh, Louis Rice and Kevin Quigley; 2nd, Siobhan O’Brien, Padraig O’Shea, Aisling Dwyer and Michael Costello; 3rd, Aisha Tobin, Sarah McManus, A. Lawrence and Ger Maher.
U/10 Relay Mixed: 1st, Darren Needham, Deirdre O’Dwyer, Evie O’Sullivan and Roisín Trehy; 2nd, Kieran White, Pamela Tobin, Kate Quigley and Sean White; 3rd, Nell Trehy, Emma Morrissey, Cormac Horan and Aobh O’Shea.
U/14 Mixed Relay: 1st, Elaine Kennedy, Christopher Sheehan, Hannah and Lolo Trehy.
Pub Relay Race: 1st, ‘Burkes Bar’ — Philly Croke, Barbara Ryan, Brian Coen and Alan Phelan; 2nd, ‘Grants Bar’ — Karl Maher, Lily Maher, Ronan Maher and Peter Nolan; 3rd, ‘Fethard Arms’ — Kevin O’Donnell, Willie Quigley, Anne Marie Fitzgerald and John Hurley.
Penalty Kick: 1st David Connolly, 2nd Tommy Sheehan, 3rd Padraig O’Shea, 4th Kieran Ryan.

FETHARD GAA CLUB
On Saturday 28th June, our senior footballers secured a South semifinal spot with a victory over Ardfinnan on a scoreline, Fethard 2 -16 (0-7), Ardfinnan 0-8 (0-4). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Thomas Anglim, Michael Ahearn, Damien Byrne, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Stephen O’Donnell, Aidan Fitzgerald 0-3 (1f), P J Ahearn, John P Looby, Willie Morrissey 1-2, Karl Maher 0-2 (1f), Conor McCarthy, Brian Coen 0-5 (3f), and Miceál Spillane 0-2. Subs used were: Michael Dillon 1-1, Kenneth Byrne, and Colin Allen 0-1. Our next game is in the county championship against Moyle Rovers on w/e 12th July. The best of Luck to Damien Byrne and Aidan Fitzgerald in Croke Park on the 5th July in the All-Ireland qualifier, Tipp versus Donegal.

In the County League, our intermediate hurlers had a convincing win over Aherlow in Lisvernane on a scoreline, Fethard 6-18 (1-9), Aherlow 2-6 (1-5). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Michael Ryan, Philly Croke, Michael Ahearn, Cian Maher, Michael Carroll, Colin Allen 1-9 (4f), P J Ahearn , Owen Doyle 1-0, Aidan Fitzgerald 0-1, Brian Coen 0-1, Jamie McCormack 0-2, Miceál Spillane 2-3, and Kevin O’Donnell, 1-2. Subs used were: Michael Dillon 1-0, Ian Kenrick , and William Harrington. Our next game in the County League is at home to Annacarthy. Our next game in the South Championship is on this coming Sunday evening against Father Sheehys.
In Junior Football ‘B’ we play in Cloneen on 1st July (report next week) and on Wednesday 9th we play Commercials in Ned Hall Park at 8pm.
In the minor football south championship we lost out to Carrick Swans, played in Kilsheelan on Wednesday 25th June, on a score line, Fethard 0-8 (0-4), Carrick Swans 0-15 (0-10). This qualifies Ballyporeen and Carrick Swans for the semifinal.
In minor hurling on this Saturday 5th July we play Mullinahone in Carrick-on-Suir at 8pm in the first game.
In juvenile under-12 hurling on Sat 12th, we are away to Killenaule, and our under 14 ‘B’ hurlers are at home to Ballybacon Grange at 7pm on Thursday 10th July.
Our Community Sports Lotto Jackpot of €1,600 was not won. We had eight match three winners who received €20 each: Olive Wall (Main Street), Mary F. O’Connell (Main Street), Monica O’Shea (Woodvale Walk), Martin Burke (Main Street), Paul Dillon, (Tullamaine), Garreth Byrne (Claremore), Peter MaManus ( Burke Street), and Margaret O’Donnell (Monroe). Our €50 Lucky Dip winner was: Tony McGarry (29 Woodvale Walk). The draw was held at Grants Bar and the numbers drawn were: 6 , 9 , 11 and 21.
We offer our deepest sympathies to Jack Brett (family) Drangan / Mullinahone on there recent bereavement. Go Ndeanai Dhia Trocaire Orthu.

FETHARD A.C.
The 2003 “walls of Fethard” road race certainly had an international feel to it as Patrick Guidera and Robert Wade, both home from athletics scholarships in the U.S, did battle with Mick Kelly from Gowran and Raivis Zakis from Latvia for the honour of first man through the ancient town wall gate of Sparagoleigh. At the finish it was Zakis who proved strongest, holding off the challenge of Guidera for an excellent win while Kelly finished just 1 second adrift in 3rd place. In the women’s race, Madeline Doroney continued her superb run of form with a convincing win from Carina Walsh in 2nd place.
Overall Results: Women 1st M. Doroney, Thurles Crokes 25 min. 34 sec; 2nd C. Walsh, West Waterford 25 min. 58 sec; 3rd L. Duggan, St. Mary’s Clare 26 min. 48 sec. Men 1st R. Zakis, Ballynonty A.C. 20 min. 44 sec; 2nd P. Guidera, Clonmel A.C. 20 min. 46 sec; 3rd M. Kelly, Gowran 20 min. 47 sec; 4th R. Wade, West Waterford 20 min. 58 sec; 5th T. Moloney, Thurles Crokes 21 min. 43 sec. (1st Over/40); 6th R. Flanagan, Bilboa 21 min. 49 sec; 7th T. Vaughan, Coolquil 22 min. 10 sec; 8th Fintan Rice, Fethard A.C. 22 min. 10 sec; 9th K. Curran, Ballynonty 22 min. 20 sec; 10th Michael Moore, Dundrum 22 min. 25 sec.
1st Over/45 T. Cahill Coolquil 23 min. 37 sec.
1st Over/50 J. Harty, Thurles Crokes 24 min. 11 sec.
1st Over/55 M. Dundon, Thurles Crokes 25 min. 00 sec.
1st Over/60 M. Neville Tullamore Harriers 25 min. 50 sec.
Athletes should note that this course is longer than 4 miles and accordingly should deduct 25 to 30 sec. to find their true 4-mile time.



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