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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 20th September 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

FETHARD’S LONG TIME EMIGRANT
The death has occurred in England of Mrs Josie Skillen, formerly Josie Grant of The Valley, Fethard. Interment took place in England.

FETHARD GAA CLUB
On Sunday last in Clonmel our Senior Footballers earned the right to do it all over again in the county championship semifinal when the game ended level on a scoreline, Fethard 1-11, Cahir 1-11. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne, Michael Aherne, Stephen O’Donnell, Tomas Keane, Michael Quinlan, Cian Maher, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, P J Aherne 0-2, Michael Dillon 1-1, Willie Morrissey, John P Looby, Miceál Spillane, Brian Coen 0-5F, Jimmy O’Meara 0-1. Subs used were: Glen Burke 0-1, Tomas Anglim, and Conor McCarthy.
Intermediate Hurling is now down to South semifinal stage and on this Saturday 27th September, we play Kilsheelan in Monroe.
Junior A Football is also at South semifinal stage where we understand our opponents are St Patricks, at a time and venue to be arranged.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €1000 was not won. The numbers drawn in The Castle were 10, 18, 21 and 22. We had one match three winner of €150 who was Francis Dillon (Tullamaine). Our €50 Lucky Dip went to John Walsh (Curraghtarsna).

ROBERTA GRADUATES
Congratulations to Roberta Guiry, daughter of Mr Bobby and Mrs Ann Guiry, Peppardstown House, Fethard, who was conferred with her BCL Degree at University College Cork on 15th September.

MASS FOR FR TWOMEY OSA
The month’s mind Mass for the late Fr. Twomey OSA will be celebrated in the Augustinian Abbey at 10.30am on Monday 29th September.

PROGRESSIVE 25 RESULTS
Progress 25 results for game played on Friday 19th September are as follows: Winners on 13 games: John Martin and Bridie Lee. Joint second on 11 games: Michael Murphy and Jim Mescal, Lory Byrne and Sean Walsh. Table Prize: Dinny O'Donnell and David Curran. Rubber Finals: Tom McCormack and Jackie Devitt, Jim Garrett and Mick Holohan, John Martin and Bridie Lee. Tickets: Margaret Phelan, Jerry Murray, Michael Devitt and Jackie Devitt. Next game will take place on Friday 26th September in Fethard Ballroom at 8.45 sharp.

FETHARD YOUTH CLUB
Fethard Youth Club will hold its AGM on Wednesday 24 September in the Fethard Arms at 7.30 pm. The Club will reopen to members old and new on Saturday 27th. Please remember that due to the small number of club leaders membership will be on a first come, first served basis this year. Hoping to see you all back as usual.

DANCER REMEMBERED
Fethard Ballroom dancer, the late Babe Maher who with her husband Bill were oft times winner of local ballroom dancing competitions, will be remembered in Cahir on Sunday next. The Babe Maher Memorial Dancing Championships will be held in Cahir House Hotel on Sunday next 28th September from 1pm to 6pm. The afternoon’s entertainment is not only for competitors, there will be dancing for everyone and families are especially welcome. Admission for spectators is €6.

LOCAL HISTORY DAY
On Saturday 11th October, the first ever County Tipperary Local History Day will be hosted in the Abymill Theatre by the Fethard Historical Society. This day-long Seminar is for everyone in the County who is interested in, or involved in, Local History (whether in a voluntary or official capacity) to come together to exchange information and expertise for the benefit of all. This is to become an annual event and it will be hosted in a different town every year. In 2004 it will probably be in a town in the North Riding.

WEDDING WEEK
In the week ending Saturday 20th September, we had three parish weddings and may we take this opportunity to congratulate the three happy couples and wish them the best of luck.
On Thursday 18th September, the wedding took place in Fethard Parish Church of Catriona, daughter of Mr Seamus and Mrs Margaret Hackett, Strylea, to Mr Terry Boland, Drangan.
The wedding took place in Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 20th September of Helen, daughter of Mr Tony and Mrs Joan McGarry, Woodvale Walk, Fethard, to Tommy, son of Mr James and Mrs Patricia O’Brien, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.
The wedding took place in Killusty Church on Saturday 20th September of Avril, daughter of Mrs Peggy and the late Mr Pat Colville, Spitalfield, Fethard, to Adrian, son of Mr John and Mrs Margaret Morrissey, Tullow, Killusty.


CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN
A Duffys Circus is to make a two-day visit to Fethard on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd October. The circus is under the direction of Tom Duffy, proud barer of a name linked with circus entertainment in Ireland for well over a century. Time was when two Duffys Circuses toured Ireland. One was owned by the Duffy family whose winter headquarters was in Dunmanway, Co. Cork, where the legendary king of the circus world of his era, the great John Duffy is buried. Incidentally his tombstone shows the carved figure of a circus caravan pulled by two horses and inscribed, “The last Milestone Passed”.
The Dunmanway Duffys Circus has long since ceased to exist and it must be over 40 years since it last toured Ireland. Three Fethard men, James O’Shea, his late brother Paud, and Billy Mackey, toured with the circus for many years as members of the circus band.
The current Duffys Circus was owned by the present Tom Duffy’s grandfather. We remember the circus with Tom Duffy’s father, also Tommy Duffy appearing with his six brothers way back in the forties in Fethard. They were a rather small outfit at the time and pitched their tent in Harrington’s field, just where Jesuits Walk joins the Clonmel Road. They also performed in Harrington’s field on the opposite side of the road. During those war time years we recall the circus performing under the light from kerosene lamps.
Following his father’s death, Tommy Duffy ran the circus for years. he now appears to have handed over the reins to his son Tom. Like all good circuses, this Duffys Circus has grown bigger and better each year. The old circus of the forties is but a pale shadow of the present day outfit. The huge big top is luxuriously furnished and also features a live circus band.
Tom Duffy has joined in recent years with the world wide famous English circus family, Chipperfields, who specialise in exotic animal acts. This enables him to present a top class show. The tradition of the oldest known form of entertainment lives on!
Here’s hoping, from a confirmed circus fan, that the people of Fethard will turn out, especially children, and children at heart of all ages, and support it. With the support forthcoming, we then may not have to wait another 15 years for a return visit!


GOOD LUCK CONOR
Best of luck to local journalist Conor Kane who has started as journalist with The Nationalist on Monday last. With a professional Fethard man on the job, we will certainly have to keep on our toes and always remember to cross our ‘T’s and dot our ‘I’s.

IRISH HISTORIC TOWNS ATLAS
Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 13, Fethard, by Tadhg O'Keeffe, will be published by Royal Irish Academy late in 2003 and will retail at €30. The pre-publication price for orders received before that date is €20 plus €2 post and packaging. Copies can be ordered by writing to: IHTA Fethard special offer, Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Order forms are also available from the Community Office in Barrack Street, Fethard.
This atlas will include historical and archaeological details of over 400 sites, an historical essay, and a range of large-format maps, reconstructions, views and photographs. All trace the growth of Fethard from its possible origins as an early Christian church site, to its foundation as an Anglo-Norman town in the early 1200s, right up to the 20th century. Fethard will join twelve other Irish towns and cites, which have been published as part of the IHTA series. For further details and online order form visit the following website: http://www.ria.ie/projects/ihta/offer.html

GOLF CLASSIC FOR TRUST
A golf classic in aid of TRUST Charity will be held on 3rd and 4th October 2003 at Slievenamon Golf Club. Teams will cost €200 and Tee Box sponsorship €100. Further details of the event can be had by contacting any of the following: Vincent Murphy (Tel: 086 8119625), Frank Purcell (Tel: 087 7805482) or Brendan Kenny at Slievenamon Golf Club (Tel: 052 32213).

CAR FREE DAY
Not that many Fethard people would have noticed, but last Monday on Ireland was ‘Car Free Day’. The traffic in Fethard was no better or worse that on any Monday, with certainly no rush of cyclists peddling furiously up and down Main Street.
Speaking of cars, we notice that the Minister of Education has placed P.E. and Science on the National School curriculum. Did he ever stop to think that by combining the two, that it is a scientific fact that if children walked or cycled to school, it would be far more beneficial than any P.E. Of course this will not happen as the car is now king and has replaced the human being as the most important thing on the planet! What? You do not believe it? Okay!
The car now through purchase tax, road tax, N.C.T. charges, parking meter charges, parking offence fines and clamping fines, and petrol tax, contributes far more to the exchequer and local borough councils than all the P.A.Y.E. workers combined. To make it possible for a motorist to avoid a provincial town or to get from Dublin to a point north, west or south twenty minutes faster, how many billions of euro has been spent on by-passes in the past few years. Certainly I assure you, far more than has been spent of reducing the time some patients are waiting for vital organ by-passes or hip-replacements. Need we go on? It is certainly a funny old world!

KILLUSTY SOCCER CLUB GOLF CLASSIC
A final reminder to all you golfers out there, that Killusty Soccer Club Golf Classic takes place this Friday and Saturday, in Slievenamon Golf Club. It’s a 3-ball scramble and entry fee is €100, which includes a meal. There are many fabulous prizes on offer. For time sheets contact: Chris Coen 087 6868991 or Brian Higgins 086 1053304.

EXTRA PRIZES FOR COMMUNITY LOTTO
From next Tuesday 30th September, Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto will introduce a new prize of a Holiday Break of your Choice to the value of €1,000. This prize can be won on your regular ticket if you match three numbers with a ‘bonus number’ that will be drawn separately each week for the duration of the special promotion. Lotto tickets remain at €2 each and we thank you for your continued support each week. All proceeds of the draw are used for community projects in the parish and have helped many organisations and groups in the area to date. If you are interested in selling tickets in your workplace or home, please contact the Community Office 052 31000. All sales big or small are really appreciated and, don’t forget, if you sell the winning Jackpot ticket, you could win the €1,000 sellers prize, or €10 for each ‘Match Three’ ticket you sell.
The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 16th September were: 5, 9, 14 and 27. There was no Jackpot Winner and two 'Match 3' winners who received €75 each:
Gerry Fogarty, Brookhill, Fethard
Louis Coen, Killusty, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Mary Sayers, Crampscastle, Fethard.
Mary Myler, 66 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
Nancy O'Driscoll, Powerstown, Clonmel.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
Fethard Bridge Club results for Wednesday 17th September.
1st Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
1st Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke
2nd Nett: Pearl Lahart and Breda O’Grady
We played for the Free Sub Gross on 24th September and we will play for the Free Sub Nett on next Wednesday 1st October.
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien at 31862.

JUVENILE GAA CLUB
Our under/10 footballers travelled to Clonmel Commercial on Saturday last to participate in their annual Football Blitz and came away with the Trophy. Moyle Rovers, Kilsheelan, Commercials and Fethard were the teams participating. We had convincing wins over both Moyle Rovers and Kilsheelan. With a place secured in the finals for Fethard, we then went on to play Commercials who needed a win to secure a place in the final. Commercials came out with great determination and earned their place with a great win over Fethard.
The final match was a real thriller for both players and spectators, Fethard came out strong and scored a goal in the opening minutes to set the pace. The lads then went out and scored two more points, with Commercials replying with a goal, the atmosphere was electric and the lads played their socks off. Commercials came back with another point and with one point in it, it seemed as if the final whistle would never be blown. Commercials determination made hard work for the Fethard defence and they were kept busy until the final whistle finally blew. It was a great win for Fethard and an overall win for the lads. Well done to them. It was a great days football and many thanks to Commercial for the invitation and their hospitality.
Under/10 football training continues on Saturdays at 3pm in the GAA field - all players are asked to attend.

SOUTH TIPP TODAY

Judo: Feery Sisters Excel in Maynooth
Lorraine Feery continued on her winning ways when she won the Leinster Open Judo Competition in Maynooth last Sunday. Her sister Samantha fought an excellent bout to secure Bronze having moved up two weight divisions fro this competition. An excellent performance fro Lorraine and Samantha who over the last 12 months have brought County, Munster and All--Ireland titles back to their Club and put Killusty on the map in judo circles.

Rosary
A reminder to everyone that October is the month of the Rosary. It will be recited by members of the Legion of Mary in Killusty Cemetery on Thursday and Sunday evenings at 7.30pm sharp, for the month of October. This is an ideal opportunity for all parishoners to get together and remember all loved ones.

Wedding Congratulations
Congratulations and best wishes to Adrian Morrissey and Avril Colville, who were married recently in Killusty Church. Wishing them every good wish for the future.

Soccer: Juniors
Killusty Juniors had a good 3-1 victory over Vee Rovers last weekend, in their first game of the League.



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