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Saturday 28th February 2004

Forget your Monday morning blues and come and join Fethard ladies Group in the Abymill Theatre from 10.30am to noon.  Courses on the agenda are, Women’s Health, Alternative Therapy, Assertiveness and Self Awareness, Computer for Beginners, which will be followed by lots of others.  You are more than welcome to come along.  We hope to keep it informal, have some craic and tea and coffee will be served.  What better way to spend a Monday morning!

The next meeting of Fethard ICA will take place on Tuesday 9th March in the ICA Hall on Rocklow Road.  Our guest speaker is Kevin Collins from Birdwatch Ireland.  A lot of members may be familiar with Kevin through his weekly column on Wildlife Matters published in the Nationalist newspaper.  Hostesses for the night are the Blue Group and the competition theme is ‘Vase of Flowers.   New members are always welcome to come along.

Fethard and Killusty Community Council will hold their annual Church Gate Collection, under the auspices of Muintir Na Tire, on weekending 13th and 14th March.  The committee ask for your support at this collection and invite anyone interested in getting involved in the Community Council to come along to the next committee meeting, which takes place on Tuesday 16th March, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

The annual general meeting of Fethard Ladies Football Club took place on Friday night, 20th February in Grant’s Lounge before a large attendance.  Our secretary, Jennifer Keane, gave a comprehensive report on the past year.  Junior training commenced on Friday, February 27th and will continue each Monday and Friday at 7.30pm.

We were delighted with the good turnout at our first training session for 2004 on Friday. New players are very welcome to join all our age categories  If you have never played before why not give it a go.  Juvenile training will commence shortly we would appeal to parents to assist with the juveniles.  Any help we get from ladies would also be very much appreciated.

The following committee was elected: President, Rev. Fr. Tom Breen P.P.; Vice President, Bob Grant; Chairman, Joe Keane; Vice Chairperson, Geraldine McCarthy; Secretary, Jennifer Keane; Asst. Secretary, Edel Fitzgerald; Treasurer, Bob Grant; Asst Treasurer, Lisa McCormack; PROs, Geraldine McCarthy and Barbara Ryan.

Committee members: Meala Noonan, Sandra Maher, Marie Holohan, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Lisa Ryan, Gillian O’Connell and Valerie Colville. Trainers: Tom Anglim and Aiden Fitzgerald. Trainer Underage: Willie Quigley.

Sincere apologies to all for computer error when submitting notes last week. Unfortunately a saved item regarding our inaugural match was sent by mistake. Above are the up to date notes for 2004.

Fethard & Killusty Community Games Committee would like to thank most sincerely all those who attended and supported their Open Table Quiz which took place in Fethard Ballroom on Saturday February 28th.  This was a family type quiz, tables of 4 consisted of three children and one adult and we had a total of 28 tables taking part.  It was a keenly contested event which was eventually won by Shirley Clooney’s team from Powerstown / Lisronagh, by the narrow margin of one point.  Three teams from New Inn & Rosegreen areas tied for second place on a total of 63 points.  After three tiebreakers we were down to two teams and after two further questions the teams were still level so we declared a draw. 

It was wonderful to have support from Clerihan, Moyglass etc and surrounding areas for a most enjoyable and successful evening.  Thanks to all those who sponsored prizes for the raffle: Superquinn, Fieldmaster, Dunnes, Discount Store (Mitchell St.), Helena O’Shea, Sean Devaney, Kenny’s Centra Foodmarket, Hogan’s Toymaster, J. F. O’Sullivan, and Carries Clonmel.  Thanks also to our competent quizmaster, Dr. Carmel Condon, assisted by Tony Lyons

The Well Golf Society
The wait is almost over, our first outing of the season takes place next Sunday 7th at Tipperary G.C. Tee off 11.30. The format is a three-ball scramble and to ensure the event runs smoothly, we ask all patrons to arrive well in advance of tee off.
While we are looking forward to Sunday, the day will be tinged with sadness as we remember our good friend and colleague Sean Walsh who died last week. Sean was a member of our society for many years and his unique and steady style saw him figure in the winner’s enclosure on a number of occasions. To Mary and Ronan, to his father, brothers and sisters we offer our deepest sympathies. Rest in peace Seanie, you will be always in our thoughts.

The Fethard Parish Church Novena will be held from March 22nd to March 30th.  The Parish Novena has now replaced the traditional Parish Mission.  The devotions commence each evening at 7.30pm and the following is a list of the visiting priests and the themes of their respective sermons:

Monday 22nd: Mgr. M. Olden, Tramore — ‘Religion & The People’.

Tuesday 23rd: Rev. C. Hayes, Cashel — ‘Mary Our Mother’.

Wednesday 24th: Rev. J. Delaney, Newport — ‘Hope’.

Thursday 25th: Rev. J. Egan, Lattin & Cullen — ‘Christian Marriage & Family Values’.

Friday 26th: Rev. Seamus Ryan, Walkinstown, Dublin.

Saturday 27th: Rev. Joe Walsh, Thurles — ‘Young People & Christian Principles’.

Sunday 28th: Rev. Joe Egan, Boherlahan — ‘Death and its Christian Meaning’.

Monday 29th: Rev. T. J. Breen, Holycross — ‘Forgiveness & Penitential Service’.

Tuesday 30th: Rev. G. Horan, The Abbey. Fethard.

SlÍ na SlÁinte
Fethard & Killusty Community Council are interested in promoting a 'Slí na Sláinte' walking route around Fethard and would like hear from anybody interested in getting involved.  Please give your name to Joan O’Donohoe at the Community Office, Tel: 052 31000 and we will make contact with further details following our next committee meeting on Tuesday 16th March.

'Slí na Sláinte' is the Irish phrase for 'Path to Health' and it is a unique exercise concept devised and launched in 1996 by Paddy Murphy, Chief Executive of the Irish Heart Foundation. The aim of the project is to make exercise more attractive and more fun by putting distinctive signs along walking routes around the country to mark one kilometre walked.

Since its launch over five years ago, the 'Slí na Sláinte' concept has captured the imagination of local authorities and members of the public not just in Ireland, but in many parts of Europe as well.

'Slí na Sláinte' signs are marked with a bright yellow sun and a human figure in yellow, blue and red, to signify the energy and vitality of life! The routes are all over the country, in housing estates, along canal and riverbank walks, public footpaths, alongside the sea and in woodland areas. Each sign is placed at a convenient one kilometre distance from the next and you can start and finish your walk anywhere you like. There are individual signs marking the beginning, end, direction and distances along each 'Slí na Sláinte' route, but after that you, the walker, are in control.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 24th February were: 1, 12, 28 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner, and one "Match 3" winner who received €150:

Willie O'Donnell, Red City, Fethard.

Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:

Tom Kearney, Killusty, Fethard

 Mary McCormack, Kerry Street, Fethard

 Esther Breen, Barrack Street, Fethard

Next weeks Jackpot €5,100. Jackpot sellers prize €360.

The annual general meeting of Killusty Pony Show will take place in the Tirry Community Centre on Tuesday 9th March at 8pm. The committee invite and would love to see anyone interested in helping at this year’s show, to come along to the meeting.

On Wednesday 18th February we played the first round of Player of the Year and the results were:

1st Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara

2nd Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn

1st Nett: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny

2nd Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret Mary McCormack

On Wednesday 25th February 2004 we played the second round of the Player of the Year competition and the results were:

1st Gross: Kay St. John and Betty Walsh

2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Tony Hanrahan

1st Nett: Breda O’Grady and Ellen Rochford

2nd Nett: Gemma Burke and Brendan Kenny

Next Wednesday 10th March we will be playing the fourth round of the Player of the Year competition where you play with your own partner.  Anyone looking for a partner can contact Annie O’Brien. Tel: 052 31862.

Carol Watkins Miller (email: amicam377@aol.com) from Summit Hill, Pennsylvania, USA, wrote to us looking for information on a Guiry family: “Searching for Irish relatives. My ancestors were perhaps born in your area; Patrick Guiry, son; Jeremiah Patrick Guiry, and his wife; Elizabeth Allen Barrett Guiry. Thanks for letting me glimpse a "bit" of Ireland. Warmest Wishes; Carol.”

Johnny Duhan, Limerick born singer/songwriter plays the intimate Abymill Theatre in Fethard on this Friday night 5th March at 8.15pm. Tickets are €10 on the door and can also be booked at O’Flynn’s, Burke Street, Fethard Tel: 052 31254.

Johnny Duhan rates with Jimmy McCarthy and Noel Brazil as one of the best songwriters in Irish music. He captured the public imagination in the '80s when Christy Moore recorded his song, "The Voyage". Duhan has put out a number of albums in the last two decades developing his exquisite brand of songwriting.

Duhan's songwriting soon caught the attention of some of Ireland's biggest folk acts. Christy Moore popularised Duhan's song, "The Voyage" and the song became a classic of contemporary Irish music. In the last two decades, Duhan's songs have been covered by such renowned acts as The Irish Tenors, Mary Black, Christy Moore, Dolores Keane and The Dubliners.

Duhan's debut solo album, ‘Johnny Duhan’ was released in 1982. Johnny followed his debut albums with ‘Just Another Town’, documenting his Limerick childhood, ‘Don Quixote’ explores his luck with love, ‘Flame’ considers his spiritual quest and ‘Tree’, tells the story of his family history. His most recent collection, ‘The River Returning’ looks to the familiar terrain of childhood and love for themes.

Duhan's autobiography, ‘There is a Time’ is published by Bandon Books. The book tells of his childhood high jinks at a carnival, his uproarious days with Granny Intentions and his life as a songwriter. His reputation as a songwriter was sealed with the book, The Voyage - A Johnny Duhan songbook, which was published by Walton. This concert in the Abymill Theatre will be an excellent opportunity to see one of the hidden gems of Irish song writing. Don't miss it.

St. Rita's Camogie Club
The AGM of St. Rita's Camogie Club took place in the Tirry Community Centre last Thursday night, 26th February, and despite the small number, it proved to be a very successful night.
A presentation was made to Stephen Fitzgerald in recognition of his appointment as County Camogie Chairperson, and we would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere best wishes to him for his forthcoming term of office.
Tossie Lawton was unanimously elected as the clubs Life President in recognition of her role as a player, founder and supporter of the club.  We also wish to acknowledge and thank Tony Shelley for his work as trainer of the intermediate team last year. Due to commitments, Tony will not be training the team this year, and the club would like to wish him every success.
This year the club has been re-graded to Junior A and will be participating in the County Championship and League.
Training will resume on Wednesday night, 3rd March in the Barrack Field at 7pm. Membership rates have been set at €20 for adults and €10 for students.
Officers Elected were: President, Fr. Tom Breen; Life President,  Tossie Lawton; Chairperson, Martha Sheehan; Secretary, Emma Fitzgerald; Treasurer, Sharon O'Meara; PRO, Ailish Sheehan. Junior A Selectors: Denis O'Meara and Stephen Fitzgerald. Trainer: To be appointed by committee.
Committee members: Martha Sheehan, Sharon O'Meara, Emma Fitzgerald. Ailish Sheehan, Stephen Fitzgerald, Denis O'Meara, Marie Houlihan, Jean Morrissey, Sarah Mai Ahearne, Emma Walsh and Gussy Fitzgerald.

A special bus will run from Bansha, via Cashel, to the House of Prayer, Achill Island, on Saturday 20th March.  The organisers are willing to accommodate pilgrims from the Fethard area who may wish to travel.  Those interested may obtain full details by ringing Josie on 062 54367.  The coach departs Cashel at 6.30am.

Hubert Dunphy (E-Mail: dunphy7@grics.net) is looking for information on Pat T. Dunphy. His parents were Tim Dunphy and Anty Croke. He was baptized in Saucestown on Dec 29, 1835.  He asks for anyone with information to please contact him.

Progressive 25 results
Results for Progressive 25 game played on Friday 20th February.

Joint winners on 12 games: Alice Quinn and Vincent Cummins, Sean Spillane and Chris Maher.  Table Prize: Jim Garrett and Michael Murphy.  Tickets: Nora Lee and Mary Lee, Hannie Leahy and Michael Murphy.  Rubber finals: Gus Neville and Bid O’Donnell, Brian O’Donnell and Seamus Maher, Paddy McCormack and Tom McCormack.
Results for Progressive 25 game played on Friday 27th February.
Winners on 10 games: Jimmy McCarthy and Chris Maher, Mr and Mrs Mulroney, Greta O’Donovan and Philly Kenny. Table Prize: Sean Spillane and partner. Tickets: Jim Garrett, Jimmy McCarthy and Mr Mulroney.
The next game takes place on Friday 5th march at 8.30pm sharp in Fethard Ballroom.

The actors playing the four characters in ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ preformed by the Brewery Lane Drama Group from Carrick-on-Suir in the Abymill Theatre on Friday night last, more than upheld the high acting standards of the nationally known Carrick society.  The full house audience were highly appreciative of their efforts.

The Abymill present another outstanding attraction on this Friday night, 5th March, when singer-songwriter Johnny Duhan takes the stage.  Amongst the singers who have recorded Johnny’s songs are The Irish Tenors, Christy Moore, Mary Black, Delores Keane, Ronnie Drew and many more.

Veronica and John of Barmore XL Shop on Main Street wish to apologise for the inconvenience caused to customers by the unavoidable, no proper notice of the closing of their shop on last Sunday morning.

The death has occurred in England of Mr William ‘Billy’ Mullins, formerly of Knockbrack, Fethard.  Billy Mullins was a very promising cross-country runner with the newly formed Fethard NACA athletic club.  Running on ninety per cent natural ability with very little training, he finished in the top 15 in fields of a hundred runners in the 1953 county novice and junior championships.  He never had the opportunity, however, to develop his full potential.  Like so many young Fethard men of twenty of the era, including his two brothers Michael and Jimmy, his sister Kathleen, and the late Danny and Tommy, Billy was obliged to take the emigrant ship to England in 1954.

His death took place in Buckinghamshire on 24th February.  Sincere sympathy is extended to his sister Kathleen and brothers Michael, Jimmy and Christy.

The changing year signals the end of another hunting season.  The Tipperary Foxhounds will hold their ‘to finish the season’ meet at the Horse and Jockey’ on Monday 1st march.

The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet at Ballylusky on this coming Sunday at 12 noon and continue up to their traditional concluding day meet in Drangan on St. Patrick’s Day.  The White Heathers are currently promoting their annual draw.  Tickets are available from any of the committee members and followers.

Munster Dancesport Board
The above Committee and members extend a grateful thanks to the people of Fethard and surrounding areas who attended our event in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday 1st February. A special thanks to the committee and members of Fethard Ballroom, they helped in every way possible to make the day as successful as it clearly was. Our next event in Fethard will be on Saturday 27th of March 2004 with the South East of Ireland Waltzing competitions. Dancing classes are also ongoing every Wednesday night in the Fethard Ballroom from 8-9pm.

The senior football county league continued last Sunday when we played Ardfinnan in Goatenbridge and came away with the points on a scoreline, Fethard 2-12 (2-4), Ardfinnan 3-7 (2-5).  It was a glorious day and both teams served up fast free flowing football with quiet a large number of players already having played a match earlier on that day.  Our lineout was Paul Fitzgerald, Willie Morrissey 0-1, Nicky Murphy, Shane Walsh, Brian Coen, Michael Quinlan, Cian Maher, Kenneth Byrne, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, Conor McCarthy 0-1, Stephen O’Donnell, Miceál Spillane, Brendan Brett 0-7 (5f), Michael Dillon 1-1, Damien Byrne 1-1. Subs were: Ian Kenrick and Tommy Gahan. This result gives us maximum points from our outings to date. Our next match in a league game at home to Commercials on 14th March.

Our under 21 game in the A Football Championship was also played last Sunday at 12.00 in Fethard and resulted in a victory for Commercials on a scoreline, Fethard 2-5 (1-0), Commercials 2-16 (2-9).  Report published on sports page.  We get our second chance in this competition on Sunday 7th March in Kilsheelan at 4.15pm against Moyle Rovers.

The under 21 B hurling game against St Marys will be coming up shortly.

Our Lotto Jackpot of €3,200 was not won.  We had one match three winner of €150 which goes to John Hurley (Strylea).  Our €50 Lucky Dip winner was Bernie Tobin (Moyglass).  The numbers drawn at McCarthys Hotel were 1, 2, 10 and 12.

Our sympathies are at this time are with Seanie Walsh and family, Rathronan, and to Richie and Thomas Walsh and family on their recent bereavements. Go nDeanai Trocaire Orthu.


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