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Saturday 8th November 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper


The curtain came down on our senior football campaign on Saturday November 8th last in New Inn when we won the County League Division 1 (Corn Ui Chlumhain) Cup presented to our captain, Paul Fitzgerald, by County Football chairman Michael Frawley after a difficult game that finished on a scoreline, Fethard 0-9 (0-5), Aherlow 0-6 (0-3). Since 1999 we have appeared in four county league finals and one semifinal and on four of  the five appearances we played Aherlow — in 2000, Fethard 2-9 Aherlow 0-8; 2001 (Fethard 2-12, Aherlow 1-15); replay, Fethard 1-11, Aherlow 1-12.; 2002 Fethard 2-7, Aherlow 1-14.  This made it four years in a row with some silverware for our senior footballers.  The team last Saturday was:  Paul Fitzgerald. Alan Phelan, Michael Aherne, Willie Morrissey, Glen Burke 0-3f, Michael Quinlan , Stephen O Donnell , Aiden Fitzgerald, P J Aherne, Miceál Spillane, Michael Dillon 0-1, Brian Coen, Conor McCarthy 0-1f, Tom Anglim 0-2, John P Looby 0-1.  Subs were: Jimmy O’Meara 0-1 (Miceál Spillane), Cian Maher (Brian Coen), Nicky Murphy (Conor McCarthy). Congratulations and well done, and thanks to the players and the management team for their time, commitment and for the enjoyment afforded to all over the last year.

The Junior A Football County semifinal against Rosegreen takes place on this Sunday in Cashel at 12.00 clock.  Check Sports page for verification.

Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,700 was not won.  We had four ‘match three’ winners who received €35 each: Willie O’Meara (Killusty), Frank Kearney (73 St Patricks Place), Nicola / Nathan Thompson (37 St Patricks Place), Rena Sheehan (264 Elm Park, Clonmel).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Jim Sheehan (36 Hazelwood, Dublin Road, Thurles).


Fethard juveniles travelled to Ballynonty on Sunday 9th November to compete in the County B Cross-Country Championships. First into action on a tough windswept course was the girls under-10 team of Hannah Stapleton, Emma Walsh and Radka Janlikova. Radka was first Fethard girl home with an excellent 4th place followed by Emma and Hannah in 14th and 20th place respectively. In the boys under-10 race Vincent Lawrence ran really well to claim 13th place as did Ashley Laslett who finished in 22nd position. All our under-10s are entitled to feel very proud of their achievements in their debut cross country season. Girls under-12 was the next race to feature and here Fethard provided not only the individual winner in the person of Hannah Trehy, but also the team gold medal winners. This was Hannah’s 2nd win of the season and she was ably supported by her sister Róisin in 5th place, her cousin Aisling O’Connor in 7th place, Aisling Dwyer in 12th and Sarah McManus in 20th position. In the boys under-12 event Fethard’s only representative was Louis Rice who ran well to finish in 4th place. Laura Rice was also our sole competitor in the girls under-14 competition and she ran a determined race to claim 7th spot. Next to toe the line were the boys under-14 and in this race Fethard’s team of Darragh Dwyer, Lolo Trehy and Ben Walsh combined splendidly to take the team gold medals. Darragh also had the distinction of winning the race, adding yet another gold medal to his collection. Last to take part was Wayne Laslett who put in a great performance to win the bronze medal in the boys under-16 race.

Upcoming events are the Munster even age championships in Killarney November 9th and the County Cross-Country Relays to be held in Thurles on the 16th of November.


Best wishes to John Cooney and Dóirín Saurus, Crampscastle Pottery, who have opened a Pottery Shop on Main Street for the Christmas period. The shop will open on Fridays from 9am to 6pm (closed for lunch from 12.00 to 12.30) and on Saturdays from 12am to 4pm.


Fethard's oldest petrol pumps were closed and taken down on Tuesday 4th November. Due to new safety regulations, underground petrol tanks adjacent to streets are no longer permitted.  The two underground petrol tanks were filled in with concrete and had already taken well over three lorry loads to complete the operation. The garage on Main Street, formerly Whyte’s Garage, has now closed and current proprietor, Kieran Duggan, will now operate his business from his home in Kiltinan.


Congratulations to Paddy Cooke, St. Patrick's Place, who won the €10,000 Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto Jackpot on Tuesday night 4th November. The winning ticket was sold by his wife Anna, who received the sellers prize of €1,000.

The numbers drawn were 10, 14, 23, 31, and the bonus number 15. The three 'Lucky Dip' winners of €50 each were:

Michael Meehan (Snr), Coolbawn, Fethard.

Mary Ryan, 2 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.

William Needham, Friarsgrange, Fethard.

Next week's Jackpot will commence at €3,000 and the sellers prize will commence at €150. The weekly 'Bonus Number' draw for €1,000 Holiday Break will also continue until Christmas.


Sun. Nov 16th: Rathcoole Cemetery 3pm, Redcity Cemetery 3.30 pm;

Sun. Nov 23rd: Kiltinan cemetery 3pm, Kilmaclugh 3.30 pm;

Sun. Nov 30th: Killusty after Sunday Mass, Tullamaine 3pm.


The Annual General Meeting of Fethard and Killusty Ballroom Ltd will be held in the ballroom on Thursday November 20th at 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend.


The Bridge results for Wednesday 6th November are:

1st Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara

2nd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane

1st Nett: Breda O‚Grady and Rita Holohan

2nd Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret Mary McCormack

Subscriptions of €25 are now due.  Next Wednesday,19th, we play for the gross turkey prize.  To be eligible for a turkey prize you must have played at least four nights.

Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien at Tel: 052 31862.


A date has not been set yet for the launch of the Fethard Town Atlas, by Dr. Tadhg O’Keeffe.  It was originally planned to have it before Christmas in the Abymill Theatre but due to various circumstances the launch has now been put back to early February, possibly the same weekend as the Fethard Tipperariana Book Fair which will be held on Sunday 8th February.

The printing of the Atlas is still on target for the end of November and all pre-publication offers will be delivered as promptly as possible following their receipt from the printers.

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


Marilyn Trembath (email: m.trembath@infogen.net.nz)

Any information you may have would be greatly appreciated. My grandmother was Kate O'Donnell who lived in Burke Street, Fethard. She had a sister Ellen who stayed in Ireland.  Kate came to New Zealand and married James Harris at the age of 27 on the 12 November 1896.  They had seven children, one of whom was Malcolm my father.  Kate passed away when my father was 13 or 14 years old therefore I have limited information of my grandmother. I would appreciate any knowledge of Ellen’s family. It was great to get to Fethard, one of my dreams come true.  Ireland is such a wonderful place and I found the people so warm and helpful. Regards: Marilyn Trembath, 92 Hillcrest Drive, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Jim Sause (email: bigjims@juno.com)

Apparently my GGGrandfather, Richard Sause, his wife Margaret St. John and their children, Michael, James, Peter and Ellen left Fethard about 1847 and came to NYC. I guess that would make me part of a Fethard emigrant family, so when I found this Fethard website, I thought it a good idea to join your ranks and perhaps learn something about the homeland of my forefathers.  Would love to hear from anyone who may have information. Jim Sause, Baltimore, Md. USA.

Bill Matthews (email: bmatthewstx@eircom.net)

Congratulations on a first rate site. I found it fascinating: but then I would. I was born in Burke Street, and spent my earliest years in Fethard - way back in the 1930's! Happy Days. Best wishes to all today's citizens. Bill Matthews, Dublin.

Gregory St. John Taylor (email: greg@gregtaylorsales.com)

Greetings. I am of the St. John family that reputedly is associated with a few castle walls on the farm of Mr. Frank Sparrow. I have a paper describing these structures from 1965 when our family historian took pictures of the doorway and the coat of arms. I would like to know more of this place and anything else you could tell me about it. My grandfather, David St. John married my grandmother, Norah Monahan in Scartaglen in the early 1900s and moved to Naugatuck Connecticut in the US. Their daughter, Clementine, is my mother. It is a pleasure to get in contact with you. Thank you very much for your time, and I enjoyed your site immensely. Yours truly, Greg Taylor, West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA.

Colleen O'Neill (email: coneill123@aol.com)

What a beautiful town! Came to your site looking for info on ancestors - Dennis Davin who married Mary Hallman was my ggrandfather Thomas's brother. Their father was Kennedy Davin who married Margaret Morrissey. Dennis and Mary had a large family in the Fethard area, but I understand there are no Davins there now. But still perhaps Morrisseys, Hallmans, Maloneys, Loobys and Collinses with whom the Davins married? Thanks for giving me the opportunity to ask for info. Colleen O'Neill, Flagstaff AZ.

John Cooper (email: jcooer@aol.com)

My grandmother told me that my great, great grandfather was John Delahunty who lived in this lovely town of Fethard and married Mary White O’Keefe and had a son Michael Delahunty in 1841 who moved to America in 1861 along with his seven brothers. If anyone has any info would appreciate it if you could share any info.

Sincerely, John Cooper, Long beach, California.

Phyllys Donald (email: phyllysdonald43@hotmail.com)

I am researching the Ronan, Reilly, Craney Brooks families. My ancestor Michael Ronan came to Australia in 1862 with a shipment of horses for Mr Burges from Fethard. Michael stayed here and had 16 children with Mary Ann Reilly whom he married. They were had a great interest in horseracing. Michael worked for the Burges family at their property which they called Knockbrack, until he managed to acquire a farm of his own. A Mr Paul Ronan contacted me once. I am hoping he or someone from Fethard will be able to help me. I think Michael may be on the Church of Ireland parish register, perhaps someone could send this address to me. I have reason to suspect that the Cranley/Craney is possible related to the Morrissey family.  I am looking for Honora Craney (Cranley) married to Michael Ronan early 1800's.  Thanks again and it is nice to have this site where I can see photographs and interests from the place I believe my ancestor was born.

Stephen Mockler (email: treadman98@hotmail.com)

Greetings, I am looking for information about Mocklershill area. My G-Grandfather James Mockler grew up there and was a master horse-shoer in Brooklyn NY between 1867-1907. His parents were Thomas and Katherine Shea (Shay) Mockler. Because James was a horse-shoer, perhaps he and his family worked at the Mocklershill stables? Any information would be a blessing! Thank You Stephen Mockler.

Carolyn Quackenbush (email: crq357@bellsouth.net)

I’m looking for information on Lonergans / Fitzgerald / Cummins family. William Lonergan married Kate Cummings in 1700's in Tipperary. William died 1803 - Kate 1801. Children - Mary, John, Edward, William and James.  William came to USA around 1831. John married Julia Fitzgerald when he was 18. They landed in New York in Fall of 1837 - eventually living in Gaston County, North Carolina. Children - William, Edward, Patrick, Thomas, James, Katherine, Bridget, Johanna Ann. John's sister, Mary married Edward Pendergast. Would like to correspond with anyone related to this family.


Anyone needing our assistance for Christmas please find an application form at the back of both local churches.  Complete and return same to any member of the Fethard Conference before November 30th.


The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 18th November at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.


The Fethard Players production of Sean O’Casey’s play ‘The Plough and The Stars’ will start its 6 night run on this Sunday night 16th November in the Abymill Theatre and continue to Saturday 22nd November, with the exception of Thursday night. Monday and Tuesday are family nights when the admission price is reduced from €10 to €8 for all seats.  This Sean O’Casey’s classic is currently on the Leaving Cert Course so booking is expected to be heavy so please book early.  The play’s mixture of tragedy and comedy captures the dramatic events in Dublin during and prior to the Easter Rising of 1916. A large cast in this production includes: Marian Gilpin, Angela Dillon Whyte, Mary O’Connell, Mia Treacy, Sarah Kennedy, Siobhán Prout, Jimmy O’Sullivan, Gerry Fogarty, Philip O’Meara, Robert O’Keeffe, Vincent Murphy, Eoin Whyte, Joe Hanley, Michael Tillyer and Eoin Powell. The play is produced by Austin O’Flynn and booking is now open at Tel: 052 31254 or 087 1338961 and at O’Flynn’s Mens Shop, Burke Street.


If you wish to lose those extra pounds before Christmas, come along to our aerobic classes in the Ballroom starting on Thursday 13th November at 8.15pm sharp.  All are welcome.


This week, the week of Armistice Day, the Nationwide television programme devoted to Pte John Condon of Waterford on Monday night aroused nationwide interest and received widespread publicity.  John Condon was 14 years old, the youngest soldier killed in the Great War.  How many can recall the names of even two or three of the 40 plus Fethard men killed in the same conflict.

Well over 40 others returned, two of those who survived the 1914-18 war had stories similar to that of John Condon.  Danny Mullins and Paddy O’Donnell in a spirit of adventure as teenagers decided to join the army and go to the front.  As Danny said, they did not know what ‘the front’ was or what it entailed, but they certainly were not long in finding out.  For some reason or other, recruitment was not taking place at Clonmel Barracks on the day they arrived and they were advised to try Waterford.  They walked the thirty miles to Waterford and enlisted.  Both were 18 years old and were never previously out of Fethard.  Their war experience stories to follow would have made material for many a book.

Paddy O’Donnell was wounded in battle and carried a steel plate in his head for the remainder of his life. Brothers Mick and Paddy O’Shea were two others who fought and returned.  They were on the Somme for the entire campaign and fought in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd battles of Ypres.  Nineteen thousand were killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916.

John Condon , the boy soldier, is a hero on the continent, but almost unknown in his native city.  The forty men from Fethard lie in Flanders fields.  Some were never found and their names are inscribed on the memorials at the Menin Gate in Ypres and on the immense Thiepval Memorial where over 74 000 names of missing soldiers are recorded on the Memorial. As bodies are discovered names are removed from the memorial.

Why did they go?  Was it the spirit of adventure or for economic necessity? Some say to this present day, that they were unpatriotic!

Perhaps they went to fight for what poet Thomas Kettle, a Dublin man, said in a letter home to the baby daughter he never saw.  “When they ask why we went, tell them we fought not for King, flag or empire, but for a dream born in a herdsman’s shed.”

Seventy thousand Irishmen were killed in the Great war.  It is only in the very recent past, the sacrifice they made is being recognised and remembered.  Better late than never!


Quick reaction by alert neighbours when the burglar alarm went off prevented three robbers ‘smash and grab’ attempt to gain entry to the XL Stop ‘n Shop at Main Street in the early hours of Friday morning last. Joint shop proprietor, John Morrissey from Cashel, when phoned was quickly on the scene.  The would be burglars were still in the vicinity but unfortunately succeeded in making their escape before the arrival of the Garda, who would have had to travel from Clonmel.


The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will meet at Loughcopple on Sunday 16th November at 12 o’clock.



Selected to play Water Polo for UCC where he is a first year student, is Derek Newport, The Valley.  Players from Fethard have participated at various sports and team events at all levels.  As far as we can discover, Derek is the first water polo player from Fethard at that level.  A member of Clonmel Water Polo team, Derek is a powerful swimmer.  The level of physical fitness required for water polo and the training it involves to attain it, makes the hardest training for other sports look like a stroll in the park.


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