GAA Club hold their AGM)
The GAA Sports Lotto Jackpot of €2,400 was not won. The numbers drawn at the Fethard Arms were 3, 5, 21 and 23. We had one match three winner who received €150, Orla Carroll (32 St Patricks Place). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Brian Walsh (Baptistgrange).
Our deepest Sympathies are at this time extended to the McCarthy Family on the passing of Michael (Main Street) to his eternal reward. Go Ndeanai Dhia Trocaire Orthu.
Annual General Meeting
On Sunday last 9th January over 50 people attended our AGM held in the Abymill Theatre at 2pm. The meeting concluded at 5.45pm with all duties carried out efficiently and with all new officers in place. A detailed and excellent report of last year’s club happenings was put together by Noel Byrne, Miceál McCormack and Nicky O’Shea, showing a healthy balance for the year ahead. Outgoing chairman (2004) Dick Fitzgerald and president Fr Tom Breen handled proceedings in a very constructive manner and both were re-elected for 2005.
The medals for the County Division 1 League Winners (2004) were presented to the players at the meeting
Officers elected for the coming year were: President, Fr Tom Breen; Life Presidents, Dick Cummins and Canon James Power; Vice Presidents, Joe Aherne and Timmy O’Riordan; Chairman, Dick Fitzgerald; Vice Chairmen, Michael O’Dwyer and Austy Godfrey; Secretary, Gus Fitzgerald; Assistant Secretary (and Juvenile Secretary), Caroline Sheehan; Treasurer, Nicky O’Shea; Assistant Treasurer, Mary Godfrey; PRO, Noel Byrne; Insurance Officer, Noel Byrne; Field Development Officer, Denis O’Meara; Coaching, Damien Byrne; Youth / Oifig Na Gaeilge, Miceál McCormack; Scór, Mary Godfrey; County Board Representative, Gus Fitzgerald; South Board Representatives, Noel Byrne and Michael O’Dwyer; Football Board Representative, Austy Godfrey.
Senior /Junior A Football: Michael Fitzgerald (manager) and two selectors.
Junior B / Under 21 Football: Michael O’Riordan (manager) and two selectors Ken O’Donnell and Ian Kenrick.
Minor Football: Brian Burke (manager) and two selectors.
Intermediate /Junior B Hurling: Stephen McCormack (manager) and four selectors.
Under 21 Hurling: Michael Ryan (manager) and two selectors.
Minor Hurling: Paddy Cooney (manager) and two selectors.
We wish all executive committee management and selectors the very best for 2005.
Membership fees for the coming year are: Adult €20, Juveniles (under-18) €10. Fees are now due and application forms can be had from our treasurer.
O’Connor Family Information
I am searching for any information regarding my great great great grandfather Edmond O'Connor who lived in Fethard, Tipperary. His wife was Mary O'Farrell and they would have married circa 1838 (Roman Catholic). Edmond O’Connor may have owned land or farm and they must have had money for them migrate to Australia as unassisted passengers.
They had six children all born in Tipperary and reared them during the period of the Famine years of 1845-1849. The children were: Catherine born circa 1839; Patrick born circa 1841; James born circa 1843; John born circa 1845; Edward born circa 1849; and an unnamed male born circa 1851.
Catherine, aged 16, immigrated to Victoria circa 1855 as a single female passenger on unknown vessel. Catherine spent 48 years in Victoria as stated on her death certificate in 1903. It is not known whether she joined her father Edmond who had arrived here earlier. It may have been that Edmond died in Ireland during the Famine. This may have been the factor that lured her to begin a new life in Australia.
Mary (mother) and four of her six children travelled (unassisted) to Victoria on board the vessel, ‘Chariot of Fame’. They departed Liverpool on October 27,1861 and arrived at Hobson’s Bay, Victoria, on January 3, 1862. The journey lasted 68 days. On board were mother Mary age 50, Patrick age 21, James age 19, John age 17 and Edward age 13.
Mary suffered dysentery and died one year and nine months later in Kyneton Hospital on 24th September 1863 (Reg: 6632). She was buried at Kyneton Cemetery on 25th September, 1863. It is not known where the children travelled following their mother’s death. The older two sons were perhaps old enough to look after themselves, the younger two sons, John and Edward, travelled to Sydney, NSW, where John spent seven years and Edward spent one year.
I would appreciate any further information about this family. Thank you. Lisa Sukra (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 18th January at 8.30pm.
The Death has occurred on Saturday 8th January of Mrs Teresa Halpin, Quartercross, Killusty. Interment took place at Killusty Cemetery.
The death has occurred of Sr. Pius, Presentation Convent, Thurles.
Arts Award For Austie
A number of people associated with the Abymill Theatre and the Fethard Players attended a surprise presentation to Austin O’Flynn in the above-mentioned theatre on Thursday 6th January. The award presented was the Tipp FM local radio monthly award in recognition of an individual’s contribution to Arts and Entertainment in Tipperary. Denis O’Sullivan, presenter of the Arts programme on the station took part in an ambush style presentation. Austie knew nothing about the award until a few strange faces appeared on what would usually be a normal bingo night.
Denis appeared out of the blue and took his life in hands when he disrupted the bingo. Austie once cancelled a bingo night to give the Fethard Players a continuous run with a play. The bingo ladies made sure it never happened again. Thursday night is bingo night. Full Stop.
Denis explained why he was borrowing Gerry Fogarty’s seat by the machine with the bingo balls for a few minutes and called on Austie to come forward and accept the award for over thirty five years of service to the arts and entertainment scene in Fethard with the Fethard Players and with the huge variety of events in the Abymill Theatre since its renovation in the nineteen eighties. He then presented Austie with his award.
Austie will join the other eleven nominees in a Gala banquet in Dundrum later in the month, where an overall winner will be picked for 2004. Best of luck to Austie from all of us in Fethard who really appreciate his contribution to the arts over the years. (N. Gawe)
Killusty Soccer Club
Tipperary Cup First Round, Dualla 1, Killusty 5.
This was a game that Killusty would be expected to win, but after a four-week lay off we were travelling more in hope than in confidence. Weather conditions were far from ideal so it took us a while to get into the game. Our first goal came mid-way through the first half a rocket free kick from Colm Coen from anywhere between 25 and 40 yards (depending on who was telling the story!). We went 2-0 up ten minutes later from an excellently headed goal from Shane Aylward.
To their credit, Dualla never gave up trying and were rewarded for their efforts with a goal just before half time. The half time pep talk put a bit more urgency into the Killusty team and a third goal soon followed. The Dualla defence failed to clear and Cian Maher was on hand to stab the ball home from the goalmouth scramble. This goal was all the sweeter for Cian as his brother was the Dualla goalkeeper. Our fourth goal came courtesy of Philly Croke before Colm Coen added his second to finish the scoring. Even though the result went our way, the team will have to be a lot sharper if they wish to progress in this competition. We expect a better turnout for training now that Christmas is over. Next Sunday we are away to Peake Villa in the league.
Progressive 25 Results
Results for Progressive 25 game played on Friday 7th January 2005. Winners on 11 games: Philly Kenny and Alice Quinn. Runners up on 9 games: Sean Spillane and Chris Maher, Alfie Brett and Nellie Meaney, Willy Maher and David Cunningham. Table prize: Chas Keane and Jackie Devitt. Raffle: Tess Maher, Bridie Lee, Tom Phelan and Willie Kennedy. Rubbers: Michael Browne and Willie Kennedy, Esther Phelan and Jim Garrett. Next game takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 14th January at 8.30 sharp.
From the Horses Mouth
The scene was the betting office in Fethard a number of years ago. A regular punter arrived in the door as she did most mornings. She had a chat with the other regulars and caught up with the news about town, collected her winnings from the previous day and then handed her list of horses over to Vincent Cummins who was on duty with Dick Hayes that particular morning.
The lady left the office and went on her way up the Main Street. A while later, her list was being transferred from the piece of paper to a proper docket which she would collect later in the day. Vincent looked at the list and asked Dick where a horse called ‘Cornflakes’ was running. The race cards for Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales were searched but no horse called ‘Cornflakes’ could be found. They soon realised that their search was in vain when they looked at the other horses names. Butter, milk, and sausages weren’t running either. The bookies had received the shopping list and the grocer had the ladies tips for the day. So the bookie had no bets, the grocer had no order and the family had no breakfast the following morning. Thankfully for all concerned, it has never happened again. (N Gawe)
White Heather Harriers
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will meet on Sunday next 16th January at Mocklerstown at 12 noon.
Fethard Bridge Club Results
Fethard Bridge Club results for game played on Wednesday 5th January are:
1st Gross: Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins
2nd Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara
1st Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke
2nd Nett: Ellen Rochford and Suzanne Opray
Anyone looking for a partner can contact: Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.
“Well”, asked the gravedigger as he collected his pint from the bartender undertaker.
“That man is dead”, came the reply.
“Give me the change of twenty. I’ll see you in the graveyard in the morning. You can start another pint”.
It’s an ill wind . . .
Survey of Elderly Needs
You may be already aware that the Fethard and Killusty Community Council is involved in providing certain services to older people in the area. Over the next few weeks a survey into the needs of older people in the area will be carried out in order to gather views about the services that are provided by state and voluntary agencies now and into the future.
A list of all eligible people registered with the Health Board was received and 40 people have been randomly selected from this list. As the Community Council is very keen to hear your views, I hope that those people selected will be willing to participate in this survey. Over the next few weeks, a volunteer from the Health Board or the Community Council will call to these people's homes to ask a number of simple questions about the kinds of services they are currently receiving and more importantly, the kinds of services they would like to receive and the activities they would wish to participate in. This interview will take about 20 minutes to complete. Thanks to all for your co-operation.
Good morning Doodles!
I was sad to hear of Michael McCarthy's passing. I remembered some years ago, my sister was out riding on the roads one morning when she encountered Mr McCarthy. She cheerfully saluted him, "Good morning Doodles!" to which he swiftly retorted "It's Mr McCarthy to you!". You can be sure she didn't make that mistake again.
May he rest in peace. Eithne Chen (email: email@example.com)
Time Out Women's Group will be back in action on Monday 17th January from 10:30am to 12 noon in The Abymill, Fethard. These morning meetings will see some new women joining the group for a year of talks, activities, and education programmes. We are delighted with the support from the South Tipperary VEC Community Education Facilitator, Veronica Crowe, who will help us prepare our programme of training and education for 2005. So, calling all women in the Fethard area, come along, you are very much welcome. For more information, please call Veronica at Tel: 087-2277510
Connolly Family from Fethard
I have family from Fethard. The information that I have says the family Connolly was from Prospect Place, Fethard, Tipperary. I don't know the parents names but the children were Bridget, Catherine, Mary, Margaret, Johanna, Ann and Patrick, there was also another brother, name unknown. Bridget (born c.1820) married a John Meagher, born c.1814 from Mullinahone /Drangan. Bridget and John came to New York, USA. John came in 1850 and Bridget came in January 1851 with two children both born in Ireland, John F. born 1846 and James L. born 1848. A baby Eliza was born in route and died when they landed. Bridget’s sisters and brothers followed.
John Meagher had a brother Michael who came to New York in August 1848 with this son John Valentine (born 1836). There was also a Valentine Maher, born 17th May 1780 in Tullamaine and died about 1844 in Turtulla, I think. Is there any way you can help us? Thank you so much, Judy Meagher (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
We’ve had a very justifiable complaint from a very angry local motorist. Driving from Barrack Street towards Main Street, he very nearly knocked down a young boy on a motorised scooter. The young rider shot off the pavement above Tipperary Tack Shop straight across the main road heading towards St. Patrick’s Place. Luckily for the lad the driver was more than observing the 30 mile speed limit.
The driver concerned is earnestly requesting parents not to allow young riders out on the public roads on these motorised scooters.
Yoga Group Social Evening
Fethard Yoga Group invite all to a social evening at the ICA Hall, Fethard, on Thursday 13th January at 7.30pm in aid of the Tsunami Disaster Fund. Come along and enjoy a chat, cup of tea and snacks, a bit of fun as we experience an appreciation of our moderate climate, the general stability of our weather and the warmth and generosity of our wonderful Irish population. Bring your friends along and your generous hearts. Further information from Mary Clancy Tel: 051 640231 or Dolores Cleary Tel: 052 31306.
First World War Certificates of Honour
The following is an excerpt from the Clonmel Chronicle dated Wednesday 20th June 1917 and offers further information to the presentation of certificates to the 140 soldiers from Fethard who participated in the First World War. The full list of soldiers is published in this year’s Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter (page 102).
“On Monday (17th June 1917) at the Military Barracks, Fethard, certificates of honour were distributed to the wives and relatives of soldiers from the Fethard district, who are serving their King and country in the present campaign. Much interest was taken locally in the ceremony, and the recipients who numbered about 140, appeared to highly appreciate the neat looking souvenir, which will ever remind them and their descendants of the part their relatives took in what may be described as one of the greatest conflicts the world has ever beheld. The certificates were distributed by Captain C. R. Barton and Rev. R. C. Patton, and the very irksome work of procuring the requisite information to entitle each relative to them was cheerfully undertaken by Miss M. Tennant and Mrs. Heffernan, and accomplished in a most thorough manner. Relatives entitled to the certificates and who have not yet received them should inform or communicate with Rev. H. C. Patton, Rectory, Fethard, who will be only too pleased to see that they get them.”