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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 16th October 2004


The late Jimmy ‘Buckie’ Ryan
Fethard lost one of its better-known characters on Monday 18th October 2004 when Jimmy ‘Buckie’ Ryan died at his lifelong home at Watergate Street at the age of 67.

Jimmy Ryan, better known to most as ‘Buckie’, did not lead an ordinary life.  His mother, a schoolteacher, tried her best to give him every chance to lead a life that most of us would refer to as normal, but he just wasn’t interested.  He was born on the 13th May 1937 and christened Michael, a name he only ever used for official documents.  He received his education in Rosegreen National School, The Irish College in Ring and in Rockwell.  He often spoke of how he shared a bench in school with a man called Paddy Hillary, who went on to become the President of Ireland.

Though very intelligent, Jimmy didn’t display any signs of following in his mother’s footsteps. Instead he decided to do his own thing.  A job to Jimmy was a means to an end.  He got a job, got it out of the way as quickly as possible, got paid, and then set out to enjoy himself.  He liked a drink or two — before breakfast. He liked the ones that followed even more. He was well known in hostelries all over the world.  If you named a town or village almost anywhere in Ireland or England, Jimmy’s next line would be, “Isn’t there a pub there called . . .” and he would proceed with a story about how he drank there when he was working with someone or other.

Jimmy worked as a farmer, a fishmonger, a trucker, on building sites, in pubs, hotels, restaurants, on ships and even did several stints travelling with various circus troupes, as well as once serving as ‘Mayor of Fethard’, a title he received for collecting more money than his opponents in a community fund raising competition for the building of the Abymill Theatre. 

Jimmy sold shamrock to the Irish punters in Cheltenham if St Patrick’s Day happened to fall in the middle of the racing festival, an event which he attended for almost sixty years, missing it only once due to ill health. Hard as he was on the drink at times, he usually gave it up for a month or two prior to his departure to Cheltenham each March.  This was so that he could spare a bit of cash to go on the annual Irish orgy of drinking in the shadow of the Cotswold Hills. He always stayed in the Queens Hotel, which becomes the headquarters for the Irish invasion each year, but he never booked a room.  His bed was the couch on the top landing of the hotel — if he happened to make it that far each night.  His return trip from the festival varied from year to year, but he usually got back to Ireland in time for Listowel races in September. The bachelor festival in Lisdoonvarna was normally his last port of call before he returned to Fethard. He often returned home with a woman, but never a wife.

As soon as Jimmy heard a foreign accent, he was immediately drawn to the person. He might have visited their town, so he had to determine where they were from. One day, a couple told him that they were from Cape Town. 

“I was there once for a day”, Jimmy replied. “Were you on a tour of South Africa”, they asked.  “No”, said Jimmy, “I was working on a ship and we docked there. The captain gave us all a day off, so I went and found a pub. I woke up the following day in a house full of women, and I wasn’t in a convent if you know what I mean.  That’s all I saw of Cape Town”.

A chance meeting with author and wit, the recently deceased Pete McCarthy, got many of Jimmy’s hilarious stories and yarns into print in the best selling book, “The Road To McCarthy”.  Jimmy’s adventures also feature in Raymond Smith’s racing book, ”Better One Day as a Lion”.  He was never one to shy away from  publicity and often featured in newspaper and magazine articles. As a younger man he delighted in trying to shock the crowds who turned up to watch the annual carnival parade through the streets of Fethard.  His antics weren’t as wild in his latter years, but he still remained unique wandering about wearing one of his trademark Stetsons, with Kaj, his three legged, Guinness drinking dog by his side. Jimmy certainly lived a life less ordinary.

Our sincere sympathy to his sister Mary Hanlon who lives in Dublin, his family, relatives and close friends.  Interment took place in Holy Trinity Parish Church Cemetery Fethard.

ICA ‘Interior Design’ Workshop
Fethard ICA Guild were delighted to welcome two TV Personalities to their meeting in the ICA Hall on Tuesday 12th October, Lisa McNulty from 'Beyond the Hall Door' series gave a great talk on 'Interior Design'. She filled us in on all the latest trends, telling us that wallpaper is back in fashion, deep pile carpets are big, and wooden floors are out.  Leslie Swarbrigg from TV3 was also present to answer all our DIY questions.  Both speakers were brought to the meeting curtsey of Woodies DIY Stores and we would like to thank Brian O'Neill from Woodies Head Office for making the evening possible for us.  Woodies also kindly supplied the raffle prizes for the evening.

Our own members were delighted to welcome visiting guild members from Cloneen, Killenaule, Powerstown and Lisronagh, to the very enjoyable night.

Calling our Leaving Cert Class of 1984
Calling all our scattered Leaving Cert Class of 1984, or indeed, any school class at that time, to attend a school reunion in Butler's Bar, Main Street, Fethard, on Saturday 27th November 2004.  Slowly some are beginning to surface — Paul Looby already has his flight booked from London, lets hope the rest will follow his example!

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 (Newport) Kelly at 087-6792992 or Helen Murray at 052-35915 or 086-3595290.


Ladies Football
Well done to Fethard Ladies Junior Football team who scored 2 goals and 8 points to draw with the ladies from Moyne Templetuohy who scored 3 goals and 5 points in Gortnahoe on last Sunday evening.  The replay of this match will take place again in Gortnahoe on this coming Sunday afternoon at 4.30 pm.  Best of luck to all.

Well done also 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.

First Aid Classes
Fethard Civil Defence will commence with a 9-week First Aid Course in the Tirry Centre on Tuesday 26th October at 8pm.  All ages over-16 are welcome to take part and the course is free. For further information contact Rory Walsh, Tel: 086 0802782 or Civil Defence Headquarters, Clonmel. Tel: 052 34455.

Community Lotto Jackpot reaches €10,000
This week the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Jackpot has reached €10,000 — a great prize to win for Christmas.  Proceeds of the Community Lotto have already helped the following: Fethard Day Care Extension; Purchase of Convent Hall; Hogan Musical Society; Christmas Lights & Christmas Tree; Fethard Foróige Club; Medieval Town Wall Floodlights; Fethard Tidy Towns; Historical Society Medieval Trail; Woodvale Walk Residents Association; Senior Citizens Club; Fethard & Killusty London Reunion, Community Sports Field and Holy Trinity Church of Ireland.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 12th October were 6, 8, 19 and 23.  There was no Jackpot winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received €150:

Diane Halpin, 63 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Stephen Nagle, Coolmoyne, Fethard

Eddie O'Brien, Burke Street, Fethard

Hazel Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard

Next weeks Jackpot is €10.000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €890.

St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School
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, Michael Smyth, Gerry Horan, Louis Rice, Vincent Lawrence, Gary Bradshaw, Gerard Gorey and Garreth Lawrence.

St Patricks School played their last group match against Killenaule in the Barrack Field on October14th. They had a good win on a scoreline, 5-6 to 1-0. They now meet Ardfinnan in the semi-final to be played on Thursday. Best of luck to all.
Brother James a Patrician Brother from Abbeyleix is bringing a team to Fethard to play a challenge match on Tuesday next. It's great to see the Fethard connection with the Patrician Brothers being continued.

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.

Susan’s new shop on Main Street
Congratulations to Susan Archdeacon on the opening of her new shop, 'Town & County Interiors', which officially opened at Lwr Main Street, Fethard, on Friday 15th October. Susan's spacious shop has an extensive selection of items on show: furniture & gifts, art, Danish down quilts & pillows, bed linen, lamps, cushions, Stevenson Rocking Horse, Park Candles — ideal for Christmas and wedding gifts. Gift vouchers can also be purchased.

Susan's shop is situated opposite Holy Trinity Parish Church on the site of Morrissey's Grocery Shop and will open from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday. It is always great to see new business start on Main Street and we wish Susan the best of luck in her new venture and hope many more will follow her example. Susan can be contacted by telephone at: 052 32805 or 086 8553318.

Annual Newsletter
Photographs or articles for inclusion in this year’s Annual Emigrants’ Newsletter are requested as soon as possible.  Work on compiling this year’s issue has already commenced and we invite individuals and club secretaries to submit articles, typed where possible, to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.  Email: joe@fethard.com.

Fethard Players rehearse ‘Blithe Spirit’
Fethard Players are deep into rehearsal for their forthcoming production ‘Blithe Spirit’, an improbable farce by Noel Coward. The play is scheduled to hit the boards in the Abymill Theatre from Sunday 14th November to Saturday 20th November. Written and first produced in 1941, at a time when Britain faced destruction and invasion by Nazi forces, Blithe Spirit is a droll comedy about life and death in English society.

Killusty Soccer Club Munster Junior Cup
Killusty 3, The Commons 0.

Killusty advance to the next round of the Munster Junior Cup after a workman like display against a spirited Commons team.  We took the lead midway through the first half with a goal from the penalty spot, scored by Karl Maher. In the second half Commons tried hard for the equaliser but the lads battled well and were rewarded for their efforts with a well taken goal from Philly Croke.  A third goal late into the half from John Noonan completed the scoring.

Next Sunday it's back to the league with an important away game against Two Mile Borris. Borris have recorded some great results in the last few weeks so the lads will have to be at their best to get a result.

Finally, it's farewell and ‘Bon Voyage’ to our team captain Nicky Murphy who is travelling ‘down under’ in an effort to improve his ball control. No, joking aside it's really to improve his tan. All the best Nicky and remember, we're only a www away.

Fethard Athletic Club
The County Even Age Cross Country Championships took place last Sunday in Dundrum. Fethard A.C. was represented by a team of 22 athletes who ranged from 8 to 15 years of age.  First to race were the girls U-10 team who were led home by Nell Trehy in 43rd position followed by Hannah Stapleton in 47th, Sophie Meehan 54th, Kate Quigley 58th, Hannah Tobin 60th and Jennifer Rice in 64th place.

Next to compete were the boys U-10s as Ciaran O’Connor ran strongly to finish 23rd followed by Ashley Laslett in 39th and David Heffernan in 43rd position.

Roisín Trehy and Radka Janacikova were Fethard’s representatives in the girls’ U-12 competition. Roisín ran a well-judged race to take 12th spot while Radka, suffering from stiff legs, battled gamely to finish 19th. The boys U-12 were next to line up as Gregory Henry sought to add to his U-11 gold medal of the previous week.  This time, however, the ever-competitive Gregory had to settle for a very creditable 4th place followed by Louis Rice in 14th and Brendan Gleeson in 28th place.

Our U-14 girl’s team were also victims of stiff and sore syndrome having taken part in a coaching session in Waterford the previous day.  Nonetheless, Hannah Trehy had a great race to claim 7th place, next to score was Aisling O’Connor in 13th followed home by Sarah Mc Manus in 23rd and Laura Rice in 31st place.

Fethard U-13 boys were prominent in their race with Ryan Laslett taking an excellent 13th place and Adam O’Donnell an impressive 16th in his first championship race. Mary Gleeson was Fethard’s sole competitor in the girl’s U-16 2000m race and as usual Mary gave a marvellous display of cross-country running. Mary led the race from start to finish and despite a tough challenge from Carrick’s Rebecca Briscoe ran out a convincing winner of the coveted County Gold Medal.

Due to shorter daylight hours training times have been put forward to 6.15 pm.

Fethard GAA News
The Junior A Football South semifinal takes place this Saturday 23rd October at 4pm in Kilsheelan when we play Moyle Rovers, with Cahir and Commercials competing in the other semifinal. 
The county senior football final has come and gone to Loughmore-Castleiney who last won the competition against Fethard in that very much talked about 1992 final, also played in Cashel, which went to a replay and Fethard losing on a scoreline, 1-9 to 0-10.  On that occasion Loughmore had to go out within 24 hours and play their Munster club championship game.  We wish them the best of luck against the Waterford champions in their next game.
The GAA Lotto Jackpot €1,200 was not won. The numbers drawn in The Well were 5, 8, 12 and 20. We had no jackpot or match three winner so we drew five €30 which were won by: Dick Fitzgerald (St Pats Plc), Edwina Newport (Main St), Sean Casey (St Pats Plc), Willie Quigley (Garrinch), and Majella Drea (St Pats Plc ). The €50 Lucky Dip went to Thomas Shine (Monroe).

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday 13th October we played for the free sub gross and the winners were:

Nell Broderick and David O’Meara.

2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett

1st Nett: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke

2nd Nett: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara

Subscriptions of €25 are now due.  Anyone looking for a partner please contact: Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.

Fethard Tidy Towns
A presentation was made by Peter Grant, chairperson of Tidy Town on the 4th October to Tom Purcell and Martin Bolger to say ‘thank you’ for four years of work well done for the Tidy Towns.  Both were presented with table lamps, handcrafted by Johnny Sheehan, St. Patrick’s Place.

At our AGM the following officers were elected:  Peter Grant (chairperson), Nellie O’Donovan (vice-chairperson), Thelma Griffith (secretary), Anna Cooke (treasurer) and Diana Stokes (public relations).  Our committee members remain the same.  We invite and look forward to some new members joining us in the coming year.

Fethard Judo Club
The Irish Open international judo championships 2004 were held last weekend in the basketball arena in Tallaght.  There was a very high attendance from all parts of the country and overseas which included Welsh, English, French, German, Dutch and Danish. The standard of judo at the Irish Open was very high and Fethard maintained a high standard with the following medallists: Senior Ladies (Saturday): Josephine O'Donnell won silver in the masters and bronze in the senior.

Youths: Well done to Richard Gorey, Martin O'Donnell, Orla O'Donnell and Stephanie Lawrence who all fought well in the youths but were unfortunate on this occasion not to bring home medals.

Juniors (over 63 kg): Stephanie Lawrence, bronze in the junior under -66 kg; Cathal Gorey, bronze, Junior under -40 kg; Lorraine Feery, bronze, junior under -37 kg; Niall O'Donnell, bronze, junior under -31 kg; Padraig O'Shea, bronze, junior under -27 kg; Aobh O'Shea, bronze, junior under -25kg; Gary Bradshaw, gold.

Well done to Alan Brannigan, Tom Woodlock, Stephanie Lawrence and Jake Walsh, who fought in the juniors but were unlucky on this occasion.  Well done to all competitors and to coach Eric O'Donnell, coach Josephine O'Donnell and coach Roy Gorey who keep turning them out.



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