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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 9th October 2004


50 Years of Athletics in Fethard
October, for most sporting people in the Fethard area, will bring down the closing curtain for activities.  For those of a hardy and adventurous nature, it is the beginning of the cross-country season where, “the going gets tough and the tough get going”.  From now until mid February clubs will navigate the roads of Tipperary, Munster and Ireland, to follow their dreams of winning a championship cross-country medal at these events.  Fethard Athletic Club will be no different in following the elusive gold. On Sunday last, we congratulate young Gregory Henry who won our first championship in the boys’ under-9 event at the County Juvenile Uneven Age Cross Country Championships held in Ballynonty. 

Even though records show athletic activity in the ‘Valley of Slievenamon’ for hundred’s of years, there appears to be no organised club until 1954.  The first Athletic Club was formed in March 1954 at a meeting held in the monastery school under the leadership of three curates in the parish at that time — Fr. Ryan, Fr. Hogan and Fr. Lambe.  The attendance at that meeting included, Timmy O’Connor, Sean Hogan, Dick Long, Billy Holohan, Willie Heffernan, Paddy Fitzgerald, Tommy Hogan, Billy O’Flynn, John Keating and Tim Tierney to mention but a few.  For a number of years Fethard Athletic Club had many outings within the limited scope of the time but, unfortunately, interest waned towards the end of the fifties.  In the meantime many outstanding athletes strutted their efforts as individuals with other clubs in the vicinity.

The sixties saw the emergence of a new generation of runners, jumpers and throwers, in an organised way, and has remained so up to the present day.  Personnel come and go, likewise athletes, but Fethard Athletic Club is still running strong after 50 years.  It has given hundreds of young, not so young, boys and girls, men and women, the chance to follow in the steps of the legendary Fionn MacCumhaill of Slievenamon fame, to stretch their legs and do what comes so natural to us — running — being the basic prerequisite for nearly all sport.

This year, being our 50th anniversary, a number of activities are in the pipeline and further details will be released as they become available.  It would be nice to have a reunion of all our past and present athletes.

The club has played its part in the activities of our parish and indeed, surrounding parishes, and we are thankful for the support and financial help we have received down through the years, and long may it continue.

School Reunion of Leaving Cert Class of 1984

Anyone who was in Leaving Cert Class of 1984, or indeed, any school class at that time, is invited to attend a school reunion in Butler's Bar, Main Street, Fethard, on Saturday 27th November 2004.

The organising committee would like anyone who has photographs of school outings, sports events, etc. they might bring them along on the night. Also, people are requested to pass the word on that the reunion is taking place, as not everyone might see the Fethard Website or indeed, the Nationalist. For any further information contact Lydia at 025-33552 or 087-6792992.

Death of Pete McCarthy
Mr Pete McCarthy, author of ‘McCarthy’s Bar’ and ‘The Road to McCarthy’ has died of cancer, aged 51 years, on Wednesday 6th October at The Royal Sussex Hospital, Brighton.  Pete came to Fethard and appeared at the Abymill Theatre on 29th November 2002.  He also said that should he die in Ireland he would like the Undertakers at McCarthy's in Fethard to look after him.

He was a brilliant writer and a very funny man. Pete was given a standing ovation by the full capacity attendance at the show’s conclusion in Fethard.  On that occasion, Pete described Jimmy Ryan, Watergate, as one of the most unusual and extraordinary characters he encountered on his worldwide travels.

Sympathy
Our sympathy to Sarah (Crooks) Murphy, Burke Street, Fethard, on the recent death of her father who died in New Zealand. Sarah and her husband Vinny are currently on holiday with Sarah's family who live in New Zealand.

Fethard Bridge Club Results
Fethard Bridge Club results for Wednesday 6th October are:

We played for the free sub nett and the winners were Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny who were 1st Nett;

1st Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett;

2nd Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara;

2nd Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke.

We played for the free sub gross on Wednesday 13th October - results next week. Subscriptions of €25 are now due. Anyone looking for a partner can contact Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Jackpot €9,850
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 5th October were 8, 13, 21 and 30.  There was no Jackpot winner although Helen Morrissey was unlucky to be only one number away from winning the jackpot, picking 9 instead of 8. We had five 'Match 3' winners who received €30 each:

Martin O'Shea, The Valley, Fethard

Helen Morrissey, 48 St. Patricks Place, Fethard

Valerie O'Meara, Strylea, Fethard

Helen Fahey, Buffana, Killenaule

Cassandra Needham, Woodvale Walk, Fethard

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Eddie Sheehan, 15 St. Patricks Place, Fethard

O'Connor Children, Hair M Salon, Main Street, Fethard

Martina Neary, Burke Street, Fethard

Next weeks Jackpot is €9,850 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €875.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 19th October at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.  All are invited to attend, especially representatives from local Residents Associations and anyone interested in getting involved in community events.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council was formed on the 13th January 1976 at a public meeting, representative of the entire community, to promote the social, cultural and educational welfare of the whole community regardless of class, creed or political persuasion.   On 1st August 1996 ‘Fethard and Killusty Muintir Council Ltd’ was incorporated under the Companies Acts, 1963 to 1990 and that company is limited without share capital.  Our Charitable Status registration number is CHY 11376.

Today, the Fethard and Killusty Community Council meet at least once a month and run their affairs from The Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard.  The building houses a Community Information Office, Fethard District Day Care Centre, Fethard First Steps Play School, three community meeting rooms and is also home to our FÁS Community Employment Scheme employing eleven people.  The Fethard and Killusty Community Council is run by a Board of Directors and also has the following independent sub-committees — Fethard Community Lotto, Fethard and District Day Care Centre, Fethard Tidy Towns, Fethard Christmas Lighting Committee, Woodvale Walk and Barrack Street Residents Associations, Slí na Sláinte Committee. 

The 2003-2204 Board of Directors is as follows: Joe Kenny (chairperson), Edwina Newport (secretary), Jimmy Connolly (treasurer), Gerard Manton (vice-chairman), Marie Murphy (public relations), Peter Grant (FÁS scheme co-ordinator), Joan O’Donohoe (FÁS scheme supervisor), Thelma Griffith (Fethard & District Day Care Centre delegate), Diana Stokes (Tidy Towns delegate). Board Members: Liam Hayes, Brian Sheehy, Fr. Tom Breen P.P. and John Barrett.


Ladies Football
Well done to our young ladies on the under/12-13 panel who took part in the Mullinahone Blitz tournament and came away winning the B category.  These girls all played their part in winning medals for Fethard and are a credit to their trainer Jennifer Keane. 

Harvest Festival
The Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Harvest Festival will take place this year on Friday 15th October at 8pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend this annual service in the historic Holy Trinity Church on the Main Street.  Refreshments will be served.

Nano Nagle Parents’ Association
There was a large attendance at the Nano Nagle Parents’ Association annual general meeting held on 21st September in the school hall.  The outgoing chairperson Kate Horan thanked the committee and parents for their help and support during the year.  She also expressed her thanks to School Principal, Sr. Maureen, and staff for their ongoing support.

Kate Phelan, outgoing secretary, outlined the highlights of the year, which included the, annual cake sale, Santa’s Xmas visit and a ‘Fun Day’.

Helena Delany, outgoing treasurer, gave an account of the income and expenditure for the year.  She thanked parents for their support of the annual fundraising event — table quiz held in November.

The following officers were elected for the coming year: Helena Delany (chairperson); Selina Gleeson (secretary); Kate Phelan (treasurer).  Committee members: Helena O’Shea, Kate Horan, Fionnuala O’Sullivan, Veronica Fogarty, Marie Holohan, Fiona Ryan, Valerie Rice, Mary Butler, Kathleen Tobin, P.J. O’Dwyer, Mandy Quigley, Laura Lyons, Mary Morrissey, Mary Prout, Suzanna Manton, Majella Hayde and Mary Hurley.

Fethard Athletic Club
A team of 21 Fethard athletes competed in the County Juvenile Uneven Age Cross Country Championships held in Ballynonty last weekend.  First into action were the girls’ U-9 team who were led home by Nell Trehy in 33rd position, followed by Hannah Tobin, Sophie Meehan, Jennifer Rice and Kate Quigley.

In the boys U-9 race David Heffernan was our only representative and ran very well to finish 14th in his first competitive outing.  The girls’ U-11 event saw Radka Janacikova take an impressive 7th place followed by Hannah Stapleton. 

Medal hopes were high as the boys U-11 toed the line with Gregory Henry attempting to win his third successive county cross country title.  Optimism proved to be well founded as Gregory won the gold medal convincingly and with great backing from his team-mates, Brendan Gleeson in 10th, Patrick Gorey in 21st and Ciaran O’Connor in 28th, led Fethard A.C. to well deserved team silver medals in this category.

The girls U-13 team also performed well, with Hannah Trehy finishing in 4th place, Aisling O’Connor in 23rd, Roisín Trehy in 31st and Sarah McManus in 32nd position. Louis Rice was our only competitor in the boys’ U-13 race and he finished in 15th place. Fethard vests were to the fore in the girls’ U-15 event as Mary Gleeson and Elaine Kennedy were dominant throughout the race.  Mary eventually took the silver medal in a very close finish with Cliodhna Ryan of St. Flannan’s with Elaine winning bronze and Laura Rice finishing in 11th place.

In the boys U-15 race Lolo Trehy ran well to claim 14th spot.  Overall it was a most successful outing with a respectable medal haul of 3 individual and one set of team medals. The next event is the Even Age Championships to be held in Dundrum next Sunday October 17th.

St. Patrick’s do well in Allianz Cumann na mBunscoil
The following matches were played by St. Patrick's School Fethard over the last few weeks. The boys did very well to win each match.

The Under 13 B match was played in Littleton on 24th September, Fethard got off to a great start and led by four points at halftime. Loughmore rallied well in the second half but Fethard held out for a well deserved win on a scoreline, Fethard 3-3, Loughmore 2-5.

Fethard under 13s played Upperchurch in Drombane on 7th October.  Fethard dominated the play in the first half but only managed to score one point.  Upperchurch put in a brave effort in the second half and led at one stage.  However, the Fethard boys fought hard to win the match. Final score: Fethard 3-4, Upperchurch 2-1.
Fethard panel: Colm Shanahan, Matthew Fitzgerald, Ger Maher, Kieran O’Connell (captain), Stephen Maguire, Damien Morrissey, Brian Delahunty, John Gartland, Tommy Sheehan, Frankie O’Donovan, Owen Healy, Dean Sharpe, Padraig O’Shea, Andrew Maher, Michael Smyth and Ciarán O’Meara.

We played our Under 11B match in Ardfinnan on 28th September.  The Fethard boys dominated the match throughout.  Christopher Lambert, Nathan Cleary, Colm O’Gorman and Aaron Lonergan tried hard for Ardfinnan. All the Fethard players and subs acquitted themselves well to win on a scoreline, Fethard 6-6, Ardfinnan 0-0.

Fethard played Loughmore in Littleton on 1st October.  We knew it would be a tough, hard match and it proved to be so.  Because of the blustery conditions scores were hard to come by and well earned.  Fethard led at half time but had to withstand a late Loughmore rally to win by a point.  All the Fethard players worked hard and they deserved their win. Final score: Fethard 1-3, Loughmore 1-2.  Best for Loughmore were John McGrath, Joseph Hennessey, Tommy Maher and Craig Cleary.
Fethard Under 11 panel were: Cathal Hurley, Dylan Fitzgerald, Ger Maher , Eoin Walsh, Ronan Fitzgerald, John Gartland, Brian Delahunty(captain), David Gartland, Brian Healy, Ciaran O’Meara, Andrew Maher, Dion Butler, Kieran Walsh, Micheal Smyth, Gerry Horan, Louis Rice, Vincent Lawrence, Gary Bradshaw, Gerard Gorey and Garreth Lawrence.

Fethard GAA Club
Our Junior Football ‘A’ semifinal opponents are not yet known as the match played on Sunday last ended in a draw with the replay fixed for this weekend.  Our opponents will be either, Commercials, Moyle Rovers or Newcastle.
Our Lotto Jackpot €1,100 was not won.  We had one match three winner of €150: Esther Breen (Barrack Street).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Mick Burke (Main Street). Draw took place at The Castle and the numbers drawn were 15, 18, 21 and 23.

St. Patrick’s Boys School Parents’ Association
The annual general meeting of St. Patrick’s Boys School Parents’ Association was held in the school on 30th September and the following officers were elected: Helena O’Shea (chairperson); Mary Healy (secretary); Kathleen Maher (treasurer).  Committee members: Suzanna Manton, Áine Doocey, Kate Horan, Fiona Lawrence, Fintan Rice, Peter Grant, Mary Delahunty, Caroline Sheehan, Patricia Fitzgerald and Valerie Rice.

Dates for your diary are:

Thursday 14th October — Dr. Vincent Maloney, Clinical Psychiatrist, is a guest speaker following the AGM of the County Parents’ Association, which will be held in the Munster Hotel Thurles, at 8pm.  The topic of Dr. Maloney’s talk is, “The Ten Commandments of Parenting”.

Monday 18th October — Lisronagh Parents’ Association have invited Mr Brian Gilsenan, author of “The Essential Parents’ Guide to the Primary School Years”, to speak at the Clonmel Arms Hotel at 8pm. Admission is €5.

Tuesday 19th October — St. Patrick’s Boys’ School Parents’ Association annual table quiz, in The Well Bar, Burke Street, Fethard, at 9pm.  Tables of four will cost €20 and all funds raised will go towards purchasing Maths and Science equipment for our sons’ school. 

As parents of pupils at St. Patrick’s are aware, school principal, Mr Eamon Dwyer, retired from teaching on 30th June last.  The Board of Management and the Parents’ Association will make a joint presentation to Mr Dwyer at the Table Quiz in the Well bar on Tuesday 19th October.  We would like to take this opportunity to invite all past and current parents of pupils, teachers etc to attend on the night.  We look forward to meeting you on the night.

Annual Newsletter
If you have any photographs or ideas for articles for inclusion in this years Annual Emigrants Newsletter please start getting them together now. Work on compiling this year’s issue has commenced and we invite you to submit your articles to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.  Club secretaries are also asked to submit their annual reports as soon as possible.

‘Feathard Lady’ wins again
Locally owned racehorse ‘Feathard Lady’ continued her winning ways in Punchestown two weeks ago, making it two wins out of two for the "Lords of the Ring" syndicate. Despite a strong late challenge from Love Supreme, ‘Feathard Lady’ kept on well to follow up on her first win in Limerick last May, to the great delight of a bus load of syndicate members and friends who made the trip to support her, not to mention all those who had her backed.  The Lords of the Ring syndicate was formed in Grants bar early last year, and with the expert eye of Peter Nolan to pick the horse, they ventured into the world of racing.  The horse is being trained by ‘Brave Incas’ trainer, Colm Murphy, in Wexford, and so far everything is going very well with two wins in two outings. Hopefully there is more exciting racing ahead in the coming months, and wherever the road leads with ‘Feathard Lady’, one thing is certain, the boys in the syndicate will enjoy the trip!

Killusty Soccer Club
Killusty 4, Rock Rovers 4 (Killusty win 5 - 3 pens)

This was a game that had everything, plenty of goals, many missed chances and a penalty shoot out. Rovers started the brighter and went into an early lead, Killusty replied with a well-taken goal from Philly Croke. Mid way through the first half Rovers were reduced to ten men after a crude challenge on Glen Burke. Glen was replaced by Karl Maher who continued his goal-scoring spree with two before half time, the first coming from the penalty spot.

Early in the second half Rovers were reduced to nine men, and as is often the case, that's when the outnumbered team start to play. Rovers quickly pulled one back and the lads were under pressure trying to hold on to their one gaol lead.  But to their credit Rovers got a well-deserved equaliser to bring the game to extra time. Rovers took the lead in the first period of extra time and it needed an excellent goal from Brian Coen to take the game to penalties. The lads found their scoring boots scoring five from five. This was a game we could have won easily but in the end were relieved to get the win.

Nano Nagle Bric-à-Brac sale
There will be a sale of cakes and bric-à-brac in Nano Nagle Primary School Hall at 1.30pm on Thursday 21st October.  A raffle will also be held, tickets available from class teachers. All donations of bric-à-brac (toys, books, comics etc) and cakes would be much appreciated.  Children may bring in items for the sale during the week.  Cakes and buns may be brought to the school on Thursday 21st October.  Please bring bags for taking home the purchases.



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