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Saturday 29th November 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper


Our under/11 football team travelled to Commercials ground on Thursday last to meet Ardfinnan in their next game of the ‘Floodlit Cup’.  It was a great match with Fethard having another fine win.  The scores were very close in the first half of the match but once the second half began Fethard dominated much of the game. Ardfinnan did have opportunities to score but the lads were on tip-top form and saved some great frees directed at the goal.  The final score stood at Fethard 3-08, Ardfinnan 2-02.  They now go on to meet Moyle Rovers and Clonmel Og in the week ahead and we wish them the best of luck. The panel was Cathal Hurley, Brian Delahunty, Damien Morrissey, Owen Dillon, Kieran O’Connell, Frankie Donovan, Daniel Hickey, Matthew Fitzgerald (capt), Eoin Fitzgerald, Alan Lawrence, Tommy Sheehan, Dean Sharpe and Ciarán O'Meara. Subs are: Ronan Fitzgerald, Michael Smith, Gerry Horan, Ger Maher and Davy Walsh.


A table quiz in aid of St. Vincent de Paul will be held in Bob Grants Bar, Main Street, Fethard, on Tuesday 9th December at 9pm.  Please come along and support St. Vincent de Paul who do so much to help those in need get through this demanding time of year.


The Pheasant Pluckers will go carol singing on Thursday night 18th December at 8pm, leaving from the Town Hall.  Please make sure children are supervised if they wish to come along. Proceeds are in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic’s Santa Bear Appeal.


The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers had a most unusual hunt from their meet at Rocklow on Sunday morning last.  From their second draw at Ballybough Bridge, a fox was quickly away across the road through Mr Aidan Mahers.  Crossing the Fethard Moyglass road, he ran the riverbank almost as far as The Kennels, where he crossed the river.  Hounds pushed him on over the Cashel Fethard road, which he crossed near the Car Boot Sale, oblivious to the traffic, crowds and noise.  The pack then hunted into Fethard to the rear of the Cross Stop Shop. Turning right-handed, they ran to the Redcity Road and back re-crossing the Cashel road at Canon Power’s entrance, and making to ground in the Osiery Bed.  Disturbed by this intrusion into their domain, no less than a brace and a half of foxes left the Osiery, crossing the river to the Convent fields.  One of these was hunted across the Rocklow Road, almost to Woodvale Walk.  Hounds then hunted left-handed to where Strylea Boreen meets the road.  Hounds were at fault here.  A follower viewed the hunted fox making a very hasty entrance through the gate of the Parochial House.  No doubt he felt this was a safe refuge, as did the huntsman who decided to leave him. 

Rathvin Fort held a brace, one of which crossed into Rocklow Demesne, where hounds hunted in great style under the beech trees where he was lost.  Mr Halley’s ‘Spinney’ proved blank, as did the roadside Grove in Mr Tom Hayes.  Huntsman Donnie Slattery then blew for home at 4.30pm, bringing the best day of the season so far, before the largest number of followers, to a conclusion.

Hounds meet next Sunday at Jossestown at 12 noon.


Following the sending off of three players on Sunday last, local GAA historians are in deep reflection trying to recall the last time a Fethard team was obliged to finish with twelve men.  As far as we can recall, it was all of seventy years ago.  Coolmoyne hurlers won the South Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship and were drawn against a team from the banks of Shannon in the county semifinal at Thurles.  The game got rather physical and Coolmoyne were reduced to twelve men.  The late Tom ‘Doc’ O’Callaghan was urging on his team of twelve to, “give them holly”.  A rather comfortable lady who probably had a son playing for the opposition suddenly interrupted him, “Will you shut up for … sake and go back to Coolmoyne, the home of the Snipe!”

Even up to recently, the late Jimmy Hayes often used the expression, “I come from Coolmoyne, the home of the Snipe!”


Congratulations to Grangemockler ob their winning the county Intermediate Football Championship on Sunday last.  It is great to see this great stronghold of Tipperary football back in senior ranks once more, where we wish them the best of luck.

The curtain came down on the hurling year in a dramatic fashion on Sunday last in Clonmel in the replay of the Intermediate Hurling South Championship, in a game that was played in superb spirit of what hurling is all about until the 55th minute of the game when a immature decision, decided the faith of 12 months of commitment and dedication by the players and mentors, resulting in Fethard been reduced to 12 players without a dirty stroke on the field of play, and Fethard were leading by 3 points. Ballybacon /Grange went on to score 1-2 in the last three minutes to record a surprise victory on a scoreline, Fethard 1-9 (1-5), Ballybacon 3-8 (1-4).  The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Quinlan, Michael Ryan, Shay Ryan, Tomas Keane, Stephen O’Donnell (capt), Michael Aherne, John P Looby 0-1, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-2, Michael Dillon 0-1, P J Aherne 0-1, Brian Coen 0-1, Jamie McCormack, Miceál Spillane 0-1, and Colin Allen 1-3 (all frees). Subs used were: Cian Maher, Shane Walsh; other subs were, Eoin Doyle, Garreth Byrne, Philly Croke, William Harrington. On behalf off the club we would like to thank the players, selectors, trainer and supporters for their effort and commitment in 2003.
In Junior A Football, on Sunday 7th December, we play Ballina in Templemore at 1.30pm in the County Final, having last won in 1999.  On Sunday we are going for our third county title in this grade. The club will be playing in Maroon Colours as both clubs must change jerseys on the day. Best off luck to all involved.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €2,000 was not won.  The draw took place in The Well and the numbers drawn were 9, 10, 15 and 22. Five matched threes and each received €30: Majella Drea (Cedar Grove), Kate O’Shea (Woodvale Walk), Austy Godfrey (Derryluskin), Garreth Byrne (Claremore), and Marian O’Connor (44 St Patricks Place).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Con Doyle (66 Woodvale Walk).
All current Club Adult Members will receive nomination papers in the next three weeks as our Annual general Meeting is on Saturday 10th January 2004 in the Abymill Theatre at 8.15pm (sharp).


At the recent Cidona Post-Primary Schools Cross Country Competition, six club athletes represented Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School. In the girls first year race, Bernadette Costello ran really well to just miss out on the bronze medal with a 4th place finish and Kate O’Brien competed valiantly to finish the 1200m race in 25th position. First year boys were next to race and in this event Darragh Dwyer yet again showed his class by taking the silver medal, Michael Costello was an impressive 9th, while Robert Ahearn can be well pleased with his run, finishing mid-pack in 22nd place. The best wine was certainly saved until last as David Sullivan put in a marvellous performance in the boys 5th year event to win the gold medal with considerable ease.

Please note that there will be no training on Monday the 8th December. 


I typed in ‘Fethard’ on the Google search engine and there you were. Your site intrigues me because it is dedicated to emigrants from Fethard. Does it matter how long ago they emigrated? I ask because I recently came upon a clue that indicates that my great-great grandfather and his brood emigrated from Fethard. We had always known that they had come over from County Tipperary, but never could pinpoint where in Tipperary. Still can't.  However, recently, I had dinner with my cousin, Maureen Flynn, in Connecticut, and she showed me a passage, from an old manuscript, written by her great-grandfather, that clearly stated that Richard Sause had come to the USA, from Fethard, County Tipperary, Ireland. He was the son of Michael and Annie Sause.  We know that Richard Sause was married to Margaret St. John and apparently fathered at least 4 children while still in Ireland (Fethard). He apparently came to the USA about 1847 and lived in NYC and Connecticut. His Irish born children were: Michael Judson Sause, James Sause, Peter Sause and Ellen Sause.  My Grandfather told me many years ago that the Sauses came from Tipperary, near Clonmel (I thought that he had said Carmel and did not know the difference until only a couple of years ago). He also said that there was a small town called Sausestown near where they came from. Can you recommend any way that I might be able to determine if they really were emigrants from Fethard: Then, I would feel more at home on your website. Thanking you, James M. Sause, Baltimore.  (Email: bigjims@juno.com)


We record the death of Sally O'Brien (nee Finn), Strylea, Fethard, and formerly Burke Street, who died on Monday 1st December. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery Fethard.


The numbers drawn on Tuesday 25th November were: 14, 17, 23, 28 and the bonus number 11. There was no jackpot winner and no 'Match Three' winners so five tickets were drawn and each received €30:

Johanna Bradshaw, Drumdeel, Fethard

Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle, Fethard

C.E.S. Tirry Centre, Fethard

Mary Barrett, Brodeen, Fethard

O'Connor Children, c/o Hair-M Salon, Fethard

The three 'Lucky Dip' winners of €50 each were:

Adie Purcell, Jossestown, Fethard

Rev. T. Walsh, The Abbey, Fethard

Michael Quinlan, Tullamaine, Fethard

Next week's Jackpot is €3,450 and the sellers prize €195. The weekly 'Bonus Number' draw for €1,000 Holiday Break will also continue until further notice.

Fethard I.C.A.
The December meeting of Fethard I.C.A. will be held in the I.C.A hall on December 9th at 8p.m. After the meeting we will have our Christmas Party so we hop all members will attend. Green group are hostesses with some help from the committee. There is no competition on the night, but we will have usual exchange of gifts. Congratulations to our esteemed member Mrs Nellie Shortall, who recently celebrated her ninetieth birthday. Nellie we wish you many more years of good health and membership of the I.C.A

Twenty of our members attended the International night in Cahir House on November 21st. All had a great time. Thanks to Joan Power for organizing such an enjoyable night.


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