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Saturday 26th July 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

The Annual general Meeting of Killusty Soccer Club will take place in The Well Bar at 9pm on Friday 1st August. All are welcome.

A walk through an organic farm and garden will take place on Saturday 2nd Aug at 3pm on Rice’s farm, Everardsgrange, Fethard. Topics for discussion will include: ‘The impact of organic farming on the rural landscape’, ‘Flora & Fauna’; ‘Water Quality’; ‘The combining of agriculture and forestry on the family farm’; ‘The growing of fruit and vegetables organically’; ‘Self sufficiency and the environment’. All are welcome.

The tennis courts at Fethard Sports Centre are now open daily from 9am to 5.30pm for children up to 16 years. Children interested in playing should come along between these hours.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 22nd July were: 6, 12, 18 and 30. There was no Jackpot Winner and four 'Match 3' winners who received €50 each:
Anthony Witherow, 17 Aherlow Heights, Tipperary Town.
Margaret Dorney, 22 Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Margaret Smith, Cashel Road, Fethard.
P.J. Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Eamon Delahunty, Killusty Road, Fethard.
Fr. Tom Breen, Parochial House, Fethard.
Maureen Whyte, Main St., Fethard.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

A Golf Classic in aid of Fethard & District Day Care Centre will take place at Slievenamon Golf Club on weekending 23rd August. Please lend your support by entering a team or sponsoring a green. Further details from the Community Office Tel: 052 31000. For time sheets please ring Brendan Kenny, Slievenamon Golf Club. Tel: 052 32213.

In minor ‘B’ hurling on Wed 23rd, we had a victory over Cahir on the tightest off margins in Newcastle on a scoreline, Fethard 1-7 (1-3), Cahir 1-6 (0-2). The team was: Keith Lawrence, Mike Kelly, Darragh Corbett, Liam Ryan, Liam O’Brien, Shane Walsh 0-3 (f), Gavin Ahearne, Jamie McCormack, Daren O’Meara, Johnny Leahy, Paul Kenrick, William Doyle 1-0, Connie O’Flynn, Alan Burke 0-4 (2f), and Daniel Lonergan. Subs used were, Shane Aylward and Liam Frewen. Our next game will be played on Wednesday 30th. On Wednesday 6th August we play Moyle Rovers in Cloneen at 7.30pm.
Our next game in Junior ‘B’ Hurling is fixed for Tuesday 5th August in Killenaule against Ballingarry at 7.30pm.
We had no winner of the €1,200 Lotto Jackpot. We had two ‘match three’ winners who received €75 each: Teresa Fogarty (Pike Street, Killenaule), and Bernie Byrne (Claremore). The numbers drawn were: 16, 18, 19 and 23. The draw was made in The Well and the €50 Lucky Dip winner was Louis Coen (Killusty).

A final reminder to all of our members, that our next outing takes place on Saturday, August 2nd at Callan Golf Club. The format for this outing is a scramble, so please arrive well in advance of the 9.15am tee off time, and register immediately on arrival. Players arriving late may find themselves out of the competition proper. And finally, don’t forget, soft spikes.

The results for the Progressive 25 Game played on Friday 18th July are as follows:
Winners on 11 games: Bob Gleeson and Tom Phelan. Runners up on 10 games: Michael O'Brien and Sean Callaghan; Jack Fleming and Cyril O'Dwyer. Table Prize: Seamus Maher and Brian O'Donnell. Rubber Finals: Alice Quinn and Kay St. John; Dinny O'Donnell and Jimmy Hayes; Hannie Leahy and Mick Phelan. Tickets: Michael Davitt, Margaret Phelan and Chris Maher.
The results for Friday 25th July are: Winners on 10 games: Greta O'Donovan and Philly Kenny. Second on 9 games: Michael O'Brien and Seamus Lawrence; Nora Lee and Nora O'Donnell; Jimmy McCarthy and Davy Lonergan; Jackie Davitt and Tom Tobin. Table Prize: David Curran and Bridget Hayes. Rubber Finals: Bridie Lee and John Martin; Greta O'Donovan and Joe Godfrey. Tickets: Michael Davitt, Tom McCormack, Ann Nevin and Richie Nevin.

There were two matches played in the U/14 Hurling championship with one great victory over Cahir in Cahir. It was an extremely hard match played but every member of this team did their club proud.
They then travelled to St Pat's on Thursday evening last and were well beaten but once again did their club proud and did not give up and played on until the final whistle.
The U/12's are still waiting a date and venue for their semi-final match in their championship bid. The club would also like to congratulate John Leahy on being presented with his U/16 County medal.
Training times for U/12 - U/14 hurling training has now changed to Tuesday evenings in the GAA field at 6 o/c - please note this time change.

Belated ‘Happy Birthday’ wishes to Mamie Morrissey, St. Patrick’s Place, who celebrated her 80th birthday on July 24th. To mark the auspicious occasion, a surprise birthday party was arranged in her honour by her family, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brother and sister, in the Fethard Arms on Saturday night last.
Mamie, who was formerly connected with the running of Fethard Sports Centre and Fethard Muintir Na Tire, is still very much involved in the administration affairs of Fethard and District Credit Union. Ad Multos Annos.

Many local residents are concerned about the introduction of a one-way street system in Fethard. Current plans being introduced in the near future involve one street only. The main Clonmel-Killenaule through road remains as it is and will not be affected. The one-way system will apply only to the street running from opposite the Centra Foodmarket to St. Patrick’s Place. Known locally as the ‘Back Green’, this road will now be one way only heading north towards St. Patrick’s Place. Traffic entering from the St. Patrick’s Place end will now be obliged to turn left at the junction at Canon Hayes Court and enter the Killenaule Road above Meagher’s Garage.
The problem of the bottleneck caused by double-parking on Lower Main Street is still ongoing with South Tipperary County Council.

Where is the ‘Gibson Cup’? This trophy is the oldest one-day competition cup in Munster. The cup originated in Kilsheelan when it was presented to Kilsheelan Tennis Club in the mid nineteen thirties by Mr Gibson, a Dublin jeweller, who annually spent a fishing holiday in Kilsheelan. The cup was won outright by Fethard Club years ago. In more recent years, Fethard teams have also won the cup many time at finals played at the tennis courts in Fethard Sports Centre.
Sean Henehan, at present a resident in St. Patrick’s Hospital Cashel, was enquiring on a recent visit as to the whereabouts of the trophy. Sean, an outstanding rackets player, tennis and badminton, figured on no less than eight winning Fethard Gibson Cup winning teams. He is also the only survivor of these great Fethard tennis teams of the forties and fifties.
What a great gesture it would be if we could locate the cup, take it over to Cashel for Sean to see, and so help him to revive many old and happy memories of his tennis years with the Fethard Club.

Mr Tom Bracken of Tipperary County Library is writing a book on the history of cricket in County Tipperary. Minutes of the old Cashel Cricket Club are available and make most interesting reading.
Fethard had what must have been the oldest cricket club in the country. A photograph of a Fethard Cricket team of a hundred years ago is in the Kenrick Collection of Photographs now in the National Library, a copy of which has been forwarded to Mr Bracken.
There was, however, a revival of cricket in Fethard in the 1930s led by Mr Rice of Derryluskin. The cricket pitch was on the lawn of Derryluskin House. Some of the players of that period were, Mr Rice, Dick Rice, John and David O’Brien, Dick McCarthy and A.W. Newport.
Dick McCarthy sounded hilarious when telling of a match against Cashel. A former Coolmoyne hurler, Dick was certain when he got the cricket bat in his hand that he was going to send the ball into the next parish, to his consternation, he was clean bowled for a ‘duck’ by old Col. Murphy of Ballinamona.
Cahir, Lismore and Mount Juliet were some of the other cricket clubs that Fethard played in that era. Information on any other players of the 1930s, or better still, a photograph of the team would be greatly appreciated.


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