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Saturday 5th July 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

Fethard senior footballers take on Moyle Rovers in the county championship this weekend, Sunday 13th July, in Kilsheelan at 7.30pm (if Tipperary qualifier is on Saturday, if not check sports page for fixture).
In the intermediate hurling south championship we beat Fr Sheehys in Clonmel on Sunday last on a scoreline, Fethard 2-14, Fr Sheehys 1-13, giving us six points out of a possible eight, with four games to go. Our county league game against Annacarthy takes place in Fethard on Tuesday 15th July at 8pm.
On the 1st July in Cloneen we had a convincing win against Mullinahone in the start of our Junior B Football campaign, the final score being, Fethard 4-14 (2-6), Mullinahone 1-5 (0-3). The team was: Kenny Hackett, Sean Og Ryan, Willie Quigley, Paraic Cloonan, Paul Hackett, Philly Blake, Michael Costello, Chris Coen 0-2, Colm Coen 0-3, M J Croke 1-1, Joe Keane 2-3, Shane Aylward 0-1, Martin Coen 0-4 (3f), Michael O’Riordan 1-0 and Paul McDonald. Subs used were: Paul Kenrick, Shane Walsh, Noel Barry, John Hanrahan and Kevin Coffey. Our next game in this competition is on Wednesday 9th July. Report next week.
Our Minor B Hurling commenced on Saturday 5th July in Cloneen against Mullinahone, resulting in a final scoreline of: Mullinahone 3-18 (2-7), Fethard 2-6 (1-5). The team was: Keith Lawrence, Paul Kenny, Paul Kenrick, Mike Kelly, Liam Frewen, Shane Walsh 0-2 (1f), Liam Ryan, Jamie McCormack (sub P J Morrissey), Darren O’Meara, John Leahy, Alan Burke 1-4 (2f), Ned Allen (sub Shane Aylward), Connie O’Flynn, William Doyle and Darragh Corbett 1-0. Our next game is against Cahir (check sports page for fixture).
Juvenile Fixtures: U/14 B Hurling at home to Ballybacon on 10 July at 7pm and on 17th July we are away to Cahir. In U/16 B Hurling we are away to Fr Sheehys at 7pm.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,700 was won last week by Jim Williams (Killusty), this gives us a total payout since the 14th May 2003, of €11,700 to lucky people who buy our tickets each week. Thank you for your continued support.
We offer our sympathies to the Nagle Family at this time on the passing off Mary O’Connor (nee Nagle) formerly (Grove Road ), who played Camogie for a good number of years, go nDeanai Trocair Orthu.

Fethard 2-14, Fr Sheehys 1-13.
This was no easy game for last year’s South Champions who were made fight all the way in a keenly contested contest which was played in Clonmel on Sunday evening 6th July. With both teams guilty of missed chances, Fethard had 13 wides and Fr Sheehys 12 wides, during the game. A strong wind favoured Fethard in the first half leaving the score, Fethard 1-7, Fr Sheehys 0-5, at half time. The scorers were: Jamie McCormack 1-1, Colin Allen 0-3 (1f), Aidan Fitzgerald, Shane Walsh and Miceál Spillane scoring 0-1each; with Fr Sheehy’s Liam O’Connor scoring 0-3 (1f), Liam Fleming and J D Sweeney having a point each. Fr Sheehys amassed eight wides to Fethard’s four, so the halftime score could so easily have been level, had Fr Sheehys taken their chances. In the second half Fethard upped their game, Fr Sheehys introduced Michael Fleming at half time for Brendan English, and they seemed to play with more purpose. Liam O’Connor, outstanding at centre forward, seemed to pop up at the end of every move to score freely, adding 1-7 to his first half 3 points, scoring 1-10 out of their total 1-13. Liam Fleming scored 0-1 in this period. Fethard replied with Miceál Spillane scoring 1-2, Michael Dillon, Colin Allen (free), Owen Doyle, Stephen O’Donnell and Brian Coen all getting 1 point each, to give a final score of Fethard 2-14, Fr Sheehys 1-13. Those who played well for Fethard were: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Ryan, Tomas Keane, P.J. Ahearn, Brian Coen and Miceál Spillane. Fr Sheehy players who caught the eye were: Liam O’Connor, Liam Fleming and J. D. Sweeney. Fethard team: Paul Fitzgerald, Philly Croke, Michael Ryan, Shay Ryan, Tomas Keane, Stephen O’Donnell 0-1, Michael Ahearn, Colin Allen 0-4 (2f), P J Ahearn, Cian Maher, Aidan Fitzgerald 0-1 (sub Owen Doyle 0-1), Brian Coen 0-1, Jamie McCormack 1-1 (sub Michael Dillon 0-1), Miceál Spillane 1-3, Shane Walsh 0-1 (sub Kevin O’Donnell). Fr Sheehys team: Brendan Walsh, John Corbett, Frankie Wyse, James Butler, Emmet O’Brien (sub Brendan English), Willie Clancy, Richie McGrath, Declan English, Liam Fleming 0-2, Brendan English, Liam O’Connor 1-10 (5f), J D Sweeney 0-1, Eoin Myers, Tom Tierney (sub John Sheehan ) and Mike Maher.

Winners on 12 games: Teresa Cummins and Brigid Hayes. Second on 11 games: Jackie Davitt and Chas Keane. Table Prize-winners: Greta O’Donovan and Philly Kenny. Rubber Final Winners: Paddy and Tom McCormack, Tess Maher and Paddy Butler, Phyllis Murray and Ciss Neville, Jim and Mary Garrett. Next game Friday July 11th at 8.45 sharp.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 15th July at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

South Tipperary Hospice will hold their annual Church Gate Collection in the area next weekend, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July. The organizers would like to thank you for your generous support in the past and would appreciate your continued support for this very worthy cause.

The death has occurred of Mrs Mary O’Connor, Crampscastle. The late Mary O’Connor, formerly Mary Nagle was the last surviving member of her family of nine boys and one girl. A former camogie player of note on the re-formation of Fethard Camogie Club in 1962, although then in the veteran stage, she joined the newly formed St. Rita’s Camogie Club. Her wholehearted displays gave great leadership and encouragement to her younger colleagues, and played a significant part in St. Rita’s winning two county camogie championships in the sixties. Her coffin was draped in the club colours. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred on July 7th of Mr. Jack Fitzgerald, Crampscastle. Interment took place at Moyglass Cemetery.

A large contingent of Fethard and Tipperary football followers travelled to Croke Park on Saturday last to support Tipperary in their All-Ireland S.F. championship play-off game against Donegal. Many visiting Croke Park for the first time since its redevelopment were awe struck by the sheer size of the new GAA Headquarters. They described the sheer volume of sound re-echoing from the stands when the Dublin supporters were in full voice is something that had to be heard to be believed.
All returned very well pleased with Tipperary’s great performance. They say fortune favours the brave and also that goals win matches. Fortune certainly did not favour the brave Tipperary footballers when two excellently created goal chances did not bring the result they deserved. Donegal scored two goals, one at a very critical stage for Donegal, in the second half. These goals probably were the deciding factor in a game that gallant Tipperary, who led by a point midway through the second half, did no way deserve to lose by ten points.
Each and every one of the Tipperary players can look back on the game with pride. They came up from the bottom position in Division 2 of the league and revised their game, especially the players form the intermediate grade, by the very necessary gear or two to perform at such level. They certainly did themselves and the ‘Blue and Gold’ jersey proud.

Tipperary Foxhounds held their annual Puppy Show at the Kennels on the evening of Wednesday 2nd July. Mr. Michael Higgins, former master of the Tipps, and Mr. James Quinlan, Kilkenny Foxhounds huntsman, judged this years young entry of five couple doghounds and five and half couple bitches.
Winner of the doghound section was ‘Charmer’, second ‘Chester’, and Third ‘Champion’, all walked at the Kennels. First in the bitches section was ‘Chapel’, second ‘Ramble’, and third ‘Bluebell’. The winner and second were also walked at the Kennels, ‘Bluebell’ walked by Ms. Ginny Hutton. Winner of the best entered hound in the hunting field last season was ‘Radio’ walked by Mr. Tommy Morgan.
Mr. Kennedy, hunt chairman thanked the puppy walkers, all sporting landowners, and the judges. He paid a very special tribute to the kennel staff of Pat, James and P.J. on the pristine condition of the kennels and their surrounds, and the excellent condition of the hounds in kennel. The every concluded with the Puppy Show Tea. At the festive fare presentations were made to long time lady followers and great hunt supporters, Ms Neta Ryan, Ms. Yvonne McClintock, Ms Jean O’Brien and Ms. Di Stokes. A presentation was also made to Mr. Timmy Hyde, former master to mark his years of service and interest in the Gallant Tipps. Judging by the enthusiasm of the very large crowd present and the number of the younger generation in attendance the future of the Tipps and indeed hunting in South Tipperary seems assured for many seasons to come.

Fethard Tidy Towns committee wish to thank sincerely all who contributed to their recent Church Gate Collection. Ireland is reckoned to be one of the worst countries in Europe for littering offences and in this regard Fethard is no exception. However, one has to admit that the litter situation on our streets has improved since the school holiday’s commenced. Fethard Tidy Towns committee, who continue the uphill battle to make our town neater and tidier, meet every second Tuesday in the Tirry Community Centre at 8pm. Anyone interested in joining and helping out would be very welcome to come along.

While the skateboarders would appear to have disappeared, at least temporarily, from our footpaths our attention has been drawn, by a few of our senior citizens to an even greater hazard. The number of very young children riding the new motorized scooters, not alone on the pavement but also on the roads, has increased dramatically in recent weeks. These latest contraptions we are informed are capable of speeds up to twelve or fifteen mph. Parents, it is just not right to leave very young children out in public on these scooters over which they seem to have no proper control or road sense. Please warn them to take extreme care.

Centre back on the Offaly minor hurling team beaten by Kilkenny in last Sundays Leinster M.H. final was James Keane. James who also figured on the Offaly minor football team is son of Garda John Keane, Tullamore, and the Green, Fethard. John, a former Fethard and Tipperary senior player was centre back on the Fethard senior football team that won the 1978 County Senior Football title after a gap of twenty one years, the longest interval between county titles in the clubs history. James is under age for the minor grade again next year and is first cousin of the Fitzgerald brothers, current Fethard and Tipperary players.

Shane Gorey was Fethard’s top performer at the Munster Championships held in Castleisland on the 30th of June. Shane took the bronze medal in the final of the boys 800M and is thus entitled to represent his club at National track and field championships to be held in Tullamore in two weeks time.
Meanwhile at the Munster B Championships, where teams of two compete in each event, Fethard juveniles had a most rewarding day’s racing. The girls U/11 team of Aisha Tobin and Roisín Trehy won bronze in the 65m hurdles. Michelle Ryall and Hannah Trehy won gold in both the girls U12 80m and 65m hurdles. In the boys U/13 Kevin Quigley and Darragh Dwyer won gold in the 800m and silver in the long jump and 80m. Siobhan O’Brien was most unfortunate as her team partner failed to attend, she nonetheless competed in the long jump and 80m.

A bus will leave the post office for university of Limerick on this Saturday at 9.45 sharp. Return Fare €5. This bus must leave on time as volleyball competitors must be registered at 11.30 and traffic will be heavy. Judo competitors are travelling by car as the weigh in is at 10.30 competition will start at 11am.
Judo competitors are: Aobh and Padraig O’Shea, The Valley, Lorraine and Samantha Feery, Killusty, Gary Bradshaw, The green Emma Walsh Main St., Katie Coen, Killusty, Cathal and Richard Gorey, Moanbeg. Other club members taking part but representing other areas are Stephanie Lawrence, Clerihan, Orla and Niall O Donnell, Cahir John O’Brien, Clonmel. Coaches, Eric O’Donnell and Roy Gorey. The girls Volleyball team consists of: Sarah Mai Ahearn, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Margaret Smyth, Suzanne Gorey, Gillian O’Connell, Sinead Coffey, Ciara Aylward. Boys: Christopher Sheehan, Michael Fleming, Liam Ryan, Aaron O’Donovan, Declan Doyle, Stephen O’Meara, Cathal Gorey, Alan O’Connor, Joe Fogarty, Chris Horan, Paul McCarthy and Lory Kenny. Manager both teams Denis Burke assisted by Mary Gorey.
This year Co Tipperary are hosting the games and Munster Judo co-ordinator is Peggy Colville. Volleyball co-ordinators /Ref are Jennifer Keane and Aidan Fitzgerald. The Munster games director is Joe Keane so we hope the Fethard contingent and everybody from Co. Tipp will do well. Good luck to all.

It was a great week for the Juveniles and it kicked off on Monday last with our annual summer GAA camp, the numbers were unfortunately down on last year but a great time was had by all the members that did come to support the camp. The weather even managed to stay pretty much dry and only an odd shower passed by.
The U/12 hurling team had another wonderful win over Kilsheelan on Thursday last at home, making it 5 out of 5 wins, with one last match to be played against Killenaule, in Killenaule on Wednesday at 7pm. We wish them the very best of luck and hope they continue their winning ways.
The U/14's also kicked off their championship bid with a glorious victory over Killenaule at home on Monday evening last, it was a hard match played but the lads showed what they were made of and came away victorious. They are at home this Thursday evening to Kilsheelan in the GAA field at 7pm and we wish them the very best of luck in their next round.
The club would also like to congratulate some of their members for their selection onto certain panels. Christopher Sheehan and Niall Hayes who played for the U/15 Schools of Excellence in a match against Waterford. They were unfortunate to be narrowly beaten in the dying minutes. Well done to Alan O'Connor for his selection onto the U/14 South Tipp hurling panel.
Well done again to James Smith, Connie O’Flynn, Glen O'Meara and John Leahy, they were selected onto the U/16 panel and this team won the Divisional Championship.
The Club would also like to wish Richard Gorey the best of luck when he travels to France shortly to represent Ireland in the Judo. Best of luck Richard and congratulations on your selection.
On a final note, the club would like to wish the U/15 Volley Ball team travelling to Limerick for the Munster Final the very best of luck.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 1st July were: 14, 21, 26 and 28. There was no Jackpot Winner and three 'Match 3' winners who received €50 each:
Michael Smyth, The Well, Burke St., Fethard.
Derek Newport / M. Callen, 4 Cois Falla, Fethard.
C.E.S. Tirry Centre, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Richard Wright, Killerk, Fethard.
Rena Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard.
Charlie O'Sullivan, Kyle, Drangan.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.


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