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Saturday 3rd April 2004

In 1819 the first Mass was celebrated in the Parish Church of Fethard.  The relaxation of the Penal Laws made it possible to build the Church and celebrate the Eucharist. Since then, the Eucharist has been celebrated in Fethard church continuously, helping to deepen the faith of the area.  We are now approaching the Easter season when the Lord Jesus becomes our Saviour.  He changes us: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

May all of us be renewed this Easter and, being refreshed after our recent Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help, may our light so shine before men that they may see good works and glorify our Father in Heaven this Easter season.

On behalf of Canon Power and myself, we wish all our parishioners a very Happy Easter. Fr. Tom Breen PP.

Fethard GAA circles were stunned during the week by the news that club chairman Mick Ahearne had tendered his resignation from the club and from the association.  Mick, following from the referee’s report on the South Tipperary, Ballybacon/Grange v Fethard intermediate hurling semifinal game, received a two-month suspension at last week’s meeting of South Tipperary GAA Board.

He is adamant that he is not guilty of the charge as set out in the report and felt, having stated his case to the Board, when the suspension was imposed, he had no other alternative but to tender his resignation as a matter of principle.  Mick is the first chairman in the 120-year history of the club to receive a term of suspension, and also the first to resign before his term of office was completed.

Mick Ahearne is a gael that the club or the association can ill afford to loose. A most dedicated official, Mick was not a man just for the big occasion.  An under-14 juvenile match, a junior ‘B’ game on a wet day, cutting the grass on the pitch, senior football or intermediate hurling games, representing the club at South and County Board meetings, were all equally important to Mick Ahearne.

Despite several approaches from club members and friends to change his mind, Mick says his decision is final!  Let us hope that wiser council will prevail and Mick Ahearne will return to the GAA, which has been so much part of his life for so long.

Last Thursday night in Grants Bar, the very first meeting of ‘Badgers’ took place. Who and what is Badgers?  It's simply a group of people getting together for a game of soccer once or twice a week.  But what makes it different is that those involved are all in the 30-40 age group and upwards.  This is about getting together for fun and a bit of exercise with little emphasis placed on competition in order to avoid injury. It is hoped to officially kick off in the next week, with two days to choose from to cater for the varying work schedules that exist.  So if you are over 30 and feeling you're already past it, think again! Come along and join us in the Community field on the Killenaule Road on Wednesday night at 7.30pm or Sunday morning at 11.30am.

For further information contact Colm at Tel: 086 3502360 or Liam at Tel: 086 8436546.

The death has occurred in Kent, England, of Ms Ann Lee, formerly Ann Cummins, Killenaule Road, Fethard, and daughter of the late Noreen Cummins.

The Eleanor Shanley concert at the Abymill on Friday night last was greatly appreciated and highly praised by the full-house attendance.  The concert was opened by local musicians, Mary Nugent and Seamus Hayes, who were later joined by John Shortall on fiddle.  Eleanor Shanley, supported by musicians Paul Kelly and Frankie Lane, said she was very impressed by the performance of Mary, and also her programme of songs, which were mostly written by herself.  She said she would very much like to record some of them at a later date.

Austin O’Flynn and the Abymill management continue their policy of promoting entertainment of the highest standard, when they present the Irish Chamber Orchestra in the Abymill on Friday 16th April.  Fethard are extremely lucky that such a talented group of classical musicians have now included the Abymill Theatre in Fethard as one of their six only Irish performances on their annual National tour.

Fr. Tom Breen P.P. and Canon James Power, at last week’s masses, paid tribute to the parishioners of Fethard and Killusty for their magnificent nightly attendances at the nine-nights retreat which concluded in the Parish Church on Tuesday 30th March.

Fr. Breen also thanked sincerely, the visiting priests who preached so eloquently, all who contributed to the retreat’s success, with a special thank you to sacristan Ms Pauline Morrissey.


Holy Thursday: 7.30pm, Adoration until 11pm.

Good Friday: Passion at 3pm and Stations at 7.30pm.

Easter Saturday: 9pm

Easter Sunday: 9.30am and 11.30am


Holy Thursday: 8pm.

Good Friday: Stations at 3pm and Passion at 8pm.

Easter Saturday: 8pm

Easter Sunday: 8.30am and 11am


Holy Thursday: 8pm.

Good Friday: Stations at 3pm and Passion at 8pm.

Easter Saturday: 8pm

Easter Sunday: 10am


Confessions will be available in the Abbey from 12 noon on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

Confessions will be available in the Parish church after the ceremonies each day and after the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.

Easter Mass Bouquets are available from the Abbey. For further information call to the Abbey. Tel: 052 31273.

The next meeting of Fethard ICA Guild will take place on Tuesday 13th April in the ICA Hall at 8pm.  Our guest speaker will be shanachaí, T.K. Dwyer.  Hostesses will be the ‘green group’ and competition theme is “Something new from something old”.

The Spring Federation meting is being hosted by the Cloneen Guild on Tuesday 20th April, so ladies, we hope as many as possible will attend on the night.

Have you a room, flat or house to rent for weekending 27th, 28th and 29th August?  Local accommodation is urgently required by Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann committee for competitors, their friends and supporters who will be attending the Fleadh in Clonmel on the above mentioned dates.  B&B accommodation and full board are also sought.  For further information contact the Fleadh secretary at Tel: 052 24960.

The Republican Movement in South Tipperary will hold its annual George Plant Commemoration in St. Johnstown Graveyard on Easter Sunday 11th April.  The main speaker will be Mr David Dunne who is their candidate for South Tipperary County Council elections in this area.  The other republican candidates for South Tipperary will also be present.

Mark this date in your diary for this years Fethard & Killusty London Reunion which will take place on Saturday 26th June 2004 at St. Anthony’s Parish Centre, Garratt Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 9AN.  Flights still available at €1 each way from the Ryan Air website (www.ryanair.com).

The committee would like to thank all who helped and supported the Eleanor Shanley concert in the Abymill last weekend, proceeds of which are going towards the costs of purchasing and erecting the annual Christmas Streets Lights in Fethard.  Thanks to the staff of the Community Employment Scheme and Centra Supermarket who organised the Cheese and Wine reception and a special work of thanks to Vinny Murphy, McCarthy’s Hotel, who organised the event.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 20th April at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council have organised a meeting on Friday evening 16th April at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre for all those interested in starting a 'Slí na Sláinte' walking route around Fethard.  Please come along!

'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.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 30th March were: 16, 20, 23 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner, and no "Match 3" winner so five tickets were drawn and the following received €30 each:

Annie O'Brien, Main Street, Fethard

Nellie Ryan, 46 St. Patricks Place, Fethard

C.E.S. Tirry Centre, Fethard

John Whyte, Main Street, Fethard

Anna Wyse, Knockboordan, Fethard

Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:

Liam O'Fionnusa, Canon Hayes Court, Fethard

Anthony Coffey, Burke Street, Fethard

Maura Trehy, The Green, Fethard

Next weeks Jackpot is €5,800. Jackpot sellers prize €435.

What a wonderful colourful response we've had from our 'Space Stations on Slievenamon’ article in last week’s Fethard Notes.  It's good to know that the tradition of 'April's Fools Day' is alive and well, at home and abroad!

Incidentally, I wonder if in fifty years time, someone researching last week's paper will believe we were really contemplating putting a 'Space Station' on Slievenamon in 2004? Checking the publication date (Saturday 3rd April) on the newspaper will not give a clue to the date it was available for sale locally (Thursday 1st April). Yet, with a little bit of 'local' knowledge the story can be unravelled . . . I suppose that is what makes Irish life a little more colourful than others!

The Irish Chamber Orchestra will return to the Abymill Theatre on Friday 16th April as part of their National Tour. Tickets can now be booked at O'Flynn's Menswear. Tel: 052 31254 at €20 each (Concession €15).

I expect that many of you readers are wondering where is the best place to go on Easter Sunday night. Well worry no longer, because The Well is the place to be. Not only are we holding our Annual Easter Draw, there will also be music by Donal Lyons, plenty of food, loads of craic, sure where else would you get it. And a reminder to our members, get those draw cards back A.S.A.P.

Our under-21 ‘A’ hurling losers game took place on Saturday last in Kilsheelan against Kilsheelan and, having to play without five of our regulars, Shane Walsh, Paul Hackett, Darren O’Meara, William Doyle, Shane Aylward, our team put up a great show in losing in the last few minutes by 4 points on a score line, Fethard 0-11, Kilsheelan 2-9.  Full match report on sports page.  The club would like to thank all selectors and players for their commitment and voluntary time.

Intermediate Hurlers please note that training resumed on Thursday evening 1st April at 7.30 pm.
Our last senior football county league game resulted in a walkover for Fethard which puts us in the county league semifinal which will be played on Easter weekend. For more details please check sports page for opposition and details.
Well done to our senior football county players, Damien Byrne, Aiden Fitzgerald, Paul Fitzgerald, Glen Burke, John P Looby and Cian Maher, for a great league showing of nine points and hard luck in not making the play off stages.  We wish them the best of luck in the Munster Championship.
Congratulations also to our minor player, Shane Walsh, in helping Tipp footballers to reach a semifinal spot later on.
Please also check sports page for details and fixtures of Minor Football B.
Our under 16 A juvenile footballers play Cahir in Fethard on Monday 12th April at 7.00pm and our under 12 A footballers are away this Thursday 8th April to Clonmel Og and away also on 15th April to Cahir.  Both games take place at 6.45pm.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €3,700 was not won.  We had one match three winner, Gillian and Aisling Breen (9 Barrack Street), who received €150.  Our €50 Lucky Dip winner was Tony Sayers (Watergate Street).  The numbers drawn at The Castle were 13,15,18 and 20.
Congratulations to all our County Board draw winners and thank you for your continued financial support.  The April winners were: Pat O’Donnell (Monroe) €1,000, Noreen Harrington (Garrinch) €600, Joe Allen (Killusty) €200.  It is that time of year again and our promoters will soon be contacting each member for this year’s draw. Annual Premium is €100 or by ten €10 monthly payments by direct debit or collection.
Don’t forget our annual Dinner Dance takes place on Saturday 17th April in Cahir House Hotel at 8.45 (sharp). Presentation of 2003 South Junior A, County Senior League Medals will take place at the dance, and we will also be honouring the 1978 County/South Senior Football Champions. Final bookings will be taken this weekend by our secretary, treasurer, or any dinner dance committee member.

The club was well represented at the recent Community Games Cross Country Championships, held in Thurles last Wednesday the 31st March.  With the much sought after ‘trip to Mosney’ on offer, for the first six across the line, competition was keen. Nevertheless, Fethard Club provided five athletes who will have the honour of representing their County at the Cross County weekend in Mosney in May.  These athletes are: Lolo Trehy, Ryan Laslett, Ciara O’Connor, John Lalor and Hannah Trehy.

Meanwhile, on the senior scene, Fethard’s team of David Sullivan, Pat Heffernan and Tom Prester, took 3rd team prize at the recent 4 mile road race held in Moyglass on St. Patricks Day.

Training has now moved to the Community Field on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30 to 7.30pm.  Please note there will be no training on Easter Monday.

Members are reminded that registration fees are now due for 2004. This season’s fee is €20 per individual and €50 per family.  This increased fee will cover all entries to A.A I. events for the entire year, this will make administration simpler and easier for all concerned. All are welcome to come along and join in the training for the 2004 track and field season.

Results for Progressive 25 game played on Friday 2nd April.
Winners on 12 games: Robert and Bernie Phelan.  Runners up on 11 games: Tom Phelan and Bob Gleeson.  Table prize: Pat Horan and Biddy O’Donnell.  Tickets: Sheila Hall, Seamus Maher, Greta O’Donovan and Michael Murphy. 

A ‘special’ €10 game will take place in the Ballroom on Friday 9th April at 8.30 sharp. Proceeds are in aid of a very good cause.

Popular dancing as usual in the ballroom on next Sunday night 11th April to the music of Old Flame.

Our under-12s began their south championship football bid on Thursday last with a great home win over Kilsheelan in some really bad weather conditions.  The match started off fairly slow and at half time it was only four points apiece.  The Fethard lads then stepped up the pace with Alan Lawrence, Eoin Fitzgerald, Ronan Fitzgerald and Gareth Lawrence piling on the pressure by scoring some really great goals and points, which put us well ahead before the final whistle blew.  It was great to see the lads back in action.  The final score was, Fethard 2-09, Kilsheelan 1-01.

We play Clonmel Og in our next match on Thursday 8th April in Clonmel Og.  The bus leaves from outside the GAA field at 6 pm.  Best of luck to the team and to all involved.  For further information please ring club secretary, Caroline Sheehan, Tel: 052 32005 or 086 1713502.

Training continues on Saturdays at 3pm for under/8s, under/10s and under12s.  On Tuesdays at 6pm, Wednesdays at 6.30pm, and on Fridays at 6.15pm for under/12s and under/14s.  Under/16s on Mondays at 7pm in the GAA field.  Hurling training has commenced for under/14s and under/16s on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm in the new community sports field

Approximately 220 children contested the county finals of the Community Games Crown Paints Art Challenge in Fethard Ballroom on Saturday last, April 3rd.  Congratulations to Fethard competitors, Evie O Sullivan, daughter of Jimmy and Fionnuala, Main Street, and Jane Kenny, daughter of Joe and Rita, Rocklow Road, both of whom won gold medals in under/10 and under/12 age groups.  Louis Rice, son of Fintan and Valerie, Everardsgrange, won a silver medal in the boys under/12 event.   This was a great achievement for Fethard and we wish the girls the very best of luck at the National Finals which will take place in Mosney next August.   Evie and Jane are requested to send a copy of their birth certificate and a passport type photo to our Area Secretary, Bernard Feery, Tel: 052 21023 as soon as possible. 

Other local competitors were: Charlie Manton, Gerard Gorey, Adam Lyons, Christopher Thompson, Brian Delahunty, Jody Sheehan, Nicole Looby, Jessica Conran, Sadbh and Gráinne Horan, Laura Rice and Jane Holohan.  Well done to all our competitors. It is a great achievement to reach a county final.  A big ‘thank you’ to the Ballroom Committee for the use of their venue and for all their help on the day.

A large bunch of keys were lost in the vicinity of the town last week. We ask the finder to please hand them in to the local Garda Station.

On Wednesday 31st March 2004 we played for Easter prizes and the results were:

1st Gross: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke

2nd Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles

3rd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John

1st Nett: Mary Quirke and Fr. John Meagher

2nd Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret Mary McCormack

3rd Nett: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny

On Wednesday next 14th April we will be playing the first night of our Club Championship.

Anyone looking for a partner please contact: Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.

Sharon Duggan, Sarah Kennedy and James Smyth from 5th year successfully completed the 2FM Trocaire fast. This is a very worthwhile cause and good sponsorship was raised.

The Lourdes Quiz Night raised €900 and was again a great success with large student participation. The student table winners were John Freeman and Niall Hayes of 3rd year. The students selected to go to Lourdes are Mary Gorey and Sarah Kennedy.

A great effort by Mr. & Mrs Prendergast, all our scrutineers, collectors and sponsors, Connie Sullivan of our ancillary staff and all who help is made and they are to be congratulated.

In the Young Entrepreneur competition, Sara Conway, Carrie Sweeney and Chloe Gough, all of 1st year, received a prize for their Personalised Calendars which looked very attractive indeed.

Transition Year Daffodil Day Team Suzanne Gorey, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Gillian O'Connell, Richard Gorey and Fintan Maher raised approximately €1000 outside the Post Office on Daffodil Day, 19th March.  This is an annual venture for TY students who were hugely supported by Anne Connolly, the local organiser.

On the games front our Volleyball Junior team were in action in Lismore, Co. Waterford, and both our hurling and football teams have games coming up.  In the annual charity volleyball challenge match between the seniors and the staff, the staff won 2-1.

We commenced our monthly meetings for the Abbey Restoration and Jubilee Year Celebrations in February 2004 and so far have had a good response from the people of Fethard and Killusty.  If you wish to help or feel you have anything to contribute to the Jubilee Celebration please join us in the Abymill Theatre on, Tuesday 12th April, at 8pm for our next meeting.

The proposed 'Augustinian Dates' we have marked for special celebrations are:

Lent 2005 - Opening of the Jubilee Year;

April 2005 - Our Lady of Good Council;

May 2005 - St. Rita;

August 2005 - Sts. Augustinian & Monica (highlight of the year);

November 2005 - St. Nicholas of Tolentine;

January 2006 - Church Unity Octave

Lent 2006 - Closing Triduum dedicate to Blessed William Tirry


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