The organisers of the Diocesan Draw wish to thank sincerely, promoters and subscribers who supported the Diocesan Fund Draw in Fethard Parish over the past few months. As a sign of appreciation, a special draw for €2,000 amongst parish subscribers took place at the final promoters meeting on Tuesday 23rd September.
Winners were as follows:
James Lonergan €500; Mary Newport €500; Mrs Ita and Hugh Carrigan €200; Teresa Harrington €200; Berney Myles €200; Joan Anglim €200 and Robert Grant €200. In a draw for promoters, the following were winners, Paddy Wallace and Paddy Butler €100, Teresa Roche €100.
Club secretaries are asked to submit their annual reports for inclusion in this years Emigrant’s Newsletter as soon as possible. Photographs and articles can be handed in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
This years annual church gate collection for the Emigrant’s Newsletter will take place in a few weeks time on weekending 25th and 26th October.
THAT SHOOK YOU
“Shake the hand that shook the hand of the man that shook the world”, was the catchphrase in American twenties of many who had shaken hands with Irish American, John L. O’Sullivan, heavyweight-boxing champion of the world.
This week we would like to shake the hand of local farmer, Brendan Morrissey of Cashel Road, who shook hands with 14,169 people in eight hours at this year’s Annual Ploughing Championships held last week. This represents an astonishing rate of 1,771 handshakes per hour and gives Brendan a place in the Guinness Book of Records. The handshakes were recorded by computer through a special disk placed in the palm of Brendan’s right hand. He was only allowed to use his right hand and obliged to shake the right hand of each individual separately, among other conditions, before the record would be recognised.
Brendan’s effort is even more meritorious as he did 99% of the organising, public relations etc, as well as thinking up the idea himself in the first place.
Always a great man for the craic, Brendan, a former all-Ireland ‘Culchie of the Year’ winner, had much more than craic in making the world record hand-shaking attempt. Brendan’s aim was to raise funds for the Tipperary and Meath branches of the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland. Members of Enfield and Fethard Macra, along with members of the South Tipperary and Meath branches of the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland, provided stewarding and back-up for the event.
We congratulate Brendan for his physical prowess in his record-breaking achievement and complement him on the purpose for which the event was organised. We feel sure that if anyone is still interested, Brendan and Fethard Macra would be only too pleased to accept further subscriptions towards the cause.
DEATH OF JIMMY HAYES
The death has occurred on Wednesday 24th September of Mr Jimmy Hayes, Main Street. The late Jimmy Hayes was the last of his generation of a well-known and highly regarded family the Hayes family of Coolmoyne.
Jimmy was known throughout Irish racing circles where for over fifty years on all Irelands racecourses, he acted as clerk for his late brother Dick in their course bookmaking. he was regarded as the best bookmaking clerk of his era. In keeping with a great family tradition, he was also a former Coolmoyne and Fethard senior hurler and footballer. He won South Tipp senior hurling medals with Coolmoyne in 1937 and 1938, and South and County Tipperary senior football medals with Fethard in 1938 and 1942.
Throughout his long life, he remained a constant racegoers and a great supporter and follower of Fethard GAA teams. He took particular interest in the 4 south and 3 county under/21 Fethard championship-winning teams.
Jimmy was also a very keen card player and a many-times winner at local ‘25s’ competitions. A regular attender at the weekly Progressive 25 game at Fethard Ballroom each Friday night, he was actually present on the Friday night previous to his last illness.
Jimmy Hayes’s greatest qualities were as a great family man and good neighbour. He was also a man of very deep faith. A daily communicant at 10am Mass each morning at Fethard Parish Church, he also regularly came back from his Rocklow Road walk through the Convent Grounds making a private visit to the Blessed Sacrament on his way home.
Jimmy Hayes, who has passed his ninetieth birthday, was something of an institution in the town. he will be greatly missed by his wife Bridget and family, and by a very wide circle if friends. Past and present players of Fethard GAA formed a guard of honour at his funeral. His coffin was draped with the Fethard and Coolmoyne ‘blue and white’. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.
The 2003/2004 coursing season has just opened and already Fethard has a qualifier for this year’s Derby at Powerstown Park. John Morrissey’s ‘Fiodh Ard’ was winner of the 64 dog Derby Trial Stake at last week’s coursing meeting in New Ross. Congratulations to John and also to his father Billy, who assisted on the preparation of ‘Fiodh Ard’. Here’s hoping it is the start of better things to come and that the dog will do himself and Fethard proud in Powerstown Park next spring.
FETHARD YOUTH CLUB
A disappointing start to the club year this week. The club was unable to open on Saturday 27th due to unavailability of the Ballroom but we will open on October 4th at 7.15pm. Sorry to any members who were left waiting a notice was posted but seems to have been taken down.
Our condolences to the Hayes family on the recent death of Jimmy, and also to Maria Murphy, one of our club leaders. Out of respect for Jimmy Hayes and the family, the club AGM that was to be held on 24th September was cancelled. We will notify of the new date as soon as it is fixed.
FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY COUNCIL AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 21st October at 9pm in the Tirry Community Centre. Ms Tess Collins, Tenant Liaison Officer with South Tipperary County Council, will meet the committee and representatives of Fethard’s Residents’ Associations before the AGM at 8.30pm.
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.
PROGRESSIVE 25 RESULTS
Results for Progressive 25 game played on Friday 26th September. Winners on 12 games: John Martin and Bridie Lee. Runners up on 11 games: Micky Phelan and David Curran. Table Prize: Seamus Maher and Brian O'Donnell. Tickets: John Martin, Willie Kennedy, Patricia Lee and Gerry Murray. Next game will take place on Friday 3rd October at 8.45pm in Fethard Ballroom. Please remember games start sharp on time.
CONVENT HALL DEVELOPMENT
Members of the Fethard and Killusty Community Council and the Fethard Community Playgroup committee met with Mr Chris Sheehan, County Childcare Committee, and Ms Phil Mackey, South Eastern Health Board, on site at the Convent Hall to discuss the feasibility of opening a full-day Childcare Facility on the premises. Childcare is becoming an essential part of modern day living and Fethard has been identified as an area where facilities could be successfully developed. Further discussions are due to take place.
EXTRA PRIZES FOR COMMUNITY LOTTO
From Tuesday 30th September, Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto have introduced 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 23rd September were: 3, 5, 8 and 13. There was no Jackpot Winner and six 'Match 3' winners who received €25 each:
Lar Hally, Mullinahone
The Fogarty Family, 3 Congress Tce., Fethard
Josephine Burke, Lowergate Sq., Cashel
Chrissie Cummins, 53 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard
Angela Keavney, Coolanure, Fethard
Eamon Keane, Barrack St., Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Bridget Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard
Nellie Ryan, 46 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard
Tossie Lawton, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
Fethard Bridge Club results for Wednesday 24th September.
1st Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles (winners of the Free Sub Gross)
2nd Gross: Bridget Gorey and Betty Walsh
1st Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke
2nd Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney
We played for the Free Sub Nett on Wednesday 1st October and on Wednesday next, 8th October, we will be playing for charity. We hope all our members will come along on the 8th to support our charity night. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien at 31862.
FETHARD GAA NEWS
On Saturday last we qualified for the Intermediate Hurling South Final on a scoreline Fethard 1-13 (1-6), Kilsheelan/Kilcash 1-11(0-5). We now have a chance to put back-to-back titles having won the 2002 Championship as well. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Quinlan, Michael Ryan, Shay Ryan, Tomas Keane 0-3F, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Aherne, John P Looby, P J Aherne, Cian Maher 0-1, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-2, Brian Coen 0-1, Miceál Spillane 0-3 (1F), Michael Dillon 0-2, Ciaran Treacy 1-1 (1F). Subs used were, Jamie McCormack and Shane Walsh.
The Senior Football County semifinal replay against Cahir takes place on this Sunday 5th October in Clonmel at 3.15pm (extra time will be played in the event off a draw).
The Junior Football A south semifinal against St Patricks will not be played this weekend. It will possibly we played 13/14th October.
The Lotto Jackpot of €1,100 was not won. The draw took place at the Well and the numbers were 5, 17, 18 and 19. We had one ‘match three’ winner and €150 went to Caroline Flanagan (Derryluskin). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Liz Burke (Burke Street).
Our Sympathies are with the Hayes Family (Main Street) on the death of Jimmy (Nobby) recently. Go nDeanai Trocaire Orthu.
COMMUNITY PLAYGROUP OPEN EVENINGS
Fethard Community Playgroup are now open on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm. For further details of times and places, please contact administrator Helena O’Shea at Tel: 052 32316 or call upstairs to Fethard Health Centre, Rocklow Road, during opening hours.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
The St. Vincent de Paul Fethard Conference wish to ask any person with a son/daughter at a 3rd level college who needs financial assistance to please contact any member of the conference for an application form. Closing date for receipt of forms is October 15th.
FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
We have decided to change training times for the winter months as we have no floodlights in the community field. We will commence on Monday 6th October and will train each Monday and Wednesday from 4.l5pm to 5pm.
On Sunday October 12th, the county cross-country under/9, 11, 13 and 15s will take place at Dunkerrin at 12 noon. On Sunday October 10, the country cross-country under/10, 12, 14 and 16s will take place in Dundrum at 12 noon. Entry fee is €1 per athlete per day.
In order to enter in any competition, you must be registered with the club. Please bring a copy of your birth certificate and €10 if you are not already registered.