Mary Gorey, Main Street, who plays with Clonmel Ladies Rugby team was a member of the Munster under/19 ladies rugby team at Donnybrook, Dublin, on 10th January. Mary was very pleased when the team, who were very well looked after, were presented with their inter-county jerseys, shorts, stockings and tracksuits.
Car followers of the Tipperary Foxhounds from Cloneen on Saturday were treated to a rather unusual chase. A fox on foot at Rathkenny was suddenly mobbed by a flock of guinea foul. Standing in amazement for a second or two, Reynard hoisted his brush and took flight. He was chased across the field by the fowl, screeching as only guinea fowl can. Obviously the volunteer in Percy French’s “Slattery’s Mounted Fut” who said, “He was not as bold as lions but braver than a hen”, never heard of the Rathkenny guinea hens.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet at Loughcopple on next Sunday. 25th June, at 12 noon.
DEATH OF CENTENARIAN
The death has occurred on 15th January, in her 103rd year, of Ms Kathy Guinan, Coolbawn, and formerly of Coolquill, Killenaule. Interment took place at the Church of the Assumption Cemetery in Ballingarry.
The grocery and Newsagency business of Peter and Bernadette McManus, Burke Street, was subject of a very mean type of theft last week. A group of seven to eight non-nationals entered the shop and created confusion and distraction by all wanting to be served at the same time. Having created the distraction, a number of the party succeeded in entering a door to her adjoining dwelling house and stole a considerable amount of cash. The same group, it is understood, carried out a similar type of robbery in Templemore.
PREMIER SWING BAND
The very popular twenty piece Premier Swing Band from Clonmel will play in the Abymill on 13th February (day before Valentine’s Day). Tickets may be booked from O’Flynn’s, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254 or 087 1338961.
TIPPERARIANA BOOK FAIR
This year’s Tipperariana Book Fair will take place on Sunday 8th February. Fethard Historical Society are looking for unwanted books that can be sold at their second-hand book stall to raise funds for the society. If you have books to donate, please contact Terry Cunningham, Tel: 052 23402; or Dóirín Saurus, Tel: 052 31936; and we will arrange to have them collected.
THE WELL GOLF SOCIETY
The following officers were elected at our recent AGM: Pat Woodlock (captain); Michael Kenrick (vice captain); Kevin Ryan (secretary); Willie Morrissey (assistant secretary); Danny Mullins (treasurer); Michael Kenrick (assistant treasurer). Handicap committee: Kevin Ryan, Willie Morrissey and Brian Higgins. Committee: Sean Aylward, Michael Leahy and David Simmons. Director of Golf: David Lawton.
This season we are re-introducing the Player of the Year award, and also a Young Golfer of the Year. Details about these later.
Membership fee is the same as last season. We have an introductory offer for new members who join with a present member. Single Membership: €25. Old and new member: €40. Juniors: free. Fees to be paid on or before first outing.
We have six outings planned for this season, with our first outing on Sunday March 7th at Tipperary Golf Club.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
Fethard Bridge Club results for Wednesday 14th January 2004:
1st Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane
2nd Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
1st Nett: Betty Walsh and Noreen Evans
2nd Nett: Anna Ryan and Joan Kelly
Anyone looking for a partner, contact Annie O’Brien at Tel: 052 31862.
I have started my family tree and my grandfather Michael Murray came from Fethard Killusty and he died in Carrick on Suir in 1974 aged 82ish? His death certificate says he was a horse trainer. My grandmother was a Hartrey, also I presume from Fethard, and she died in 1970 aged 79. Apparently my uncle M J Murray and Billy Murray were horse jockeys and I wondered if you had any information on them? If not do you know if there are any Murrays still living in Fethard or Killusty? Or is there a church that might hold any records? Yours Sincerely, Patricia Murray (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
AN INDIAN SUMMER
I wanted to send a personal thanks for a wonderful submission by John Fogarty entitled "An Indian Summer" in the 2003 Emigrants Newsletter. In particular, I am grateful for the references to my father Morgan Fergus (d 1991) during his youth in Fethard. The piece also painted a wonderful picture of life in the 1950's which was often described to us. We visited Fethard over the holidays and usually make a trip at least once per year. Thank you again. Morgan Fergus, Boston (email: JFergus@revere.mec.edu).
NEW BUSINESS - MICHAEL QUINLAN HEATING & PLUMBING
Best of luck to Michael Quinlan, Tullamaine, Fethard, who has recently started his own heating and plumbing business. Michael can be contacted at Tel: 086-1743733 or 052-31360 (after 6pm).
DIED IN LONDON
The death has occurred in London of Mrs Bridget Thomas, formerly Bridget O’Grady of Rathsallagh, Fethard.
FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY LOTTO
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 13th January were: 1, 21, 24 and 27. There was no Jackpot winner, and no "Match 3" winners. Five tickets were drawn and the following received €30 each:
Martin Bolger, Drumdeel, Fethard
Audrey Sheehan, Derryluskin, Fethard
John Fahey, Graystown, Fethard
Sarah Mullins, Patricks Place, Fethard
Ger McCarthy, Kerry St., Fethard
Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:
Ned O'Shea, Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Michael Russell, Drangan, Thurles
Seamus Harvey, Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot is €4,200 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €270.