Saturday 15th January 2005
Great Train Robbery
Not so well known is the Fethard train robbery. The story of this robbery had been forgotten for many years until a bag of old photographs was found in McCarthy’s attic in the Main Street a few years ago. A black and white photograph was discovered which showed a train hanging from a railway bridge down at Drumdeel on the back road to Clonmel. Nobody appeared to have ever heard about the incident. Eventually, one man was shown the picture who knew the story of the train on the road. Mikey O’Connor, late of Grove, actually witnessed the train on the road when he was a young man working in Grove Estate.
A local wing of the old IRA blew up the bridge. This was to cause as much disruption to the British transport infrastructure as possible. The men then proceeded to the railway station in Fethard where they uncoupled the carriages from a train and pushed them two miles down the track to the bridge past Grove Wood, where they ended up stuck in the damaged bridge. Not many train robbers actually steal the train itself so this may be the greatest train robbery.
It would have been a great coup for the rebels if word got out and havoc ensued, but their luck ran out. A division of army engineers had broken their journey between Dublin and Cork with an overnight stay in the Barracks in Fethard. They got to work on the problem early the following morning and the bridge was repaired before anybody knew about it. Except for Mikey and two of his workmates from the farm, and whoever took the picture. Ironically, the same bridge which was blown up almost a century ago, still stands today. (N. Gawe)
Running to Killaghy Castle he turned right handed back to the wood once more. Not dwelling too long this time hounds had had him away through Moroneys and Duggans towards Michael Bretts. Running straight to Lismolin he circled the quarry to the castle. Turning right-handed again he crossed the road back to Finane Wood once more. Hounds at this stage were fairly screaming and looked like as if they were getting close.
Leaving the wood once more he crossed the main road and headed towards Crokes. Hounds were stopped here after the best hunt of the season so far. As horses and hounds had done about enough, having hunted already in the morning, they headed for country.
This was an excellent run of one hour and forty five minutes with scarcely a check, during which hounds were never touched, with a four-mile point and double that as hounds ran.
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday next at Loughcopple at 12 noon. Winners in the White Heathers January draw were, €200 Mr Bobby Guiry, €100 Ms Mary Eakins, Cashel. The committee greatly appreciate Bobby Guiry’s generous gesture in donating a large portion of his win to club funds.
Up Tipp Again
The game overall was top class. The reason being first of all, two very sporting teams and the new pick-up off the ground rule added immensely to the free-flow of play, in addition to a top class referee. Great credit is due to both teams for the fact that the sin bin rule was only once implemented during the game.
Well done again Tipperary and here’s hoping for greater and better things from our very underrated footballers.
Country Markets AGM
Yoga Evening reached its Goal
The amount collected on the night was €821 and an envelope of old money. The Euro amount was deposited in the GOAL account and the old currency was donated to the Augustinian Abbey collection.
The organisers would like to thank all the people who contributed so generously in so many ways to this very successful evening.
Celebrating 700 Years School Art Competition
Size of your artwork must be not smaller than A4 (210mm x 297mm) and not larger than A2 (594mm x 420mm). The work that you submit may be drawn or painted using paints, crayons, colouring pencils, charcoal or pen and ink.
When completed please submit your entries in flat format (not rolled, folded or framed) to your teacher for collection, or hand deliver to the Augustinian Priory, Abbey Street, Fethard. On the back of your work please clearly print your name, age, class and school. The signature of your parent, teacher or guardian is also required, as being your original and unaided work.
Categories for Primary Schools are: (A) third and fourth class pupils; (B) fifth and sixth class pupils. Categories for Secondary Schools are: (C) under 14 years; (D) under 16 years; (E) under 19 years.
Closing date for entries is Wednesday 2nd February 2005. Prizegiving will take place on Saturday 12th February 2005 in conjunction with the opening Triduum events.
Bad Hair Day
Other attempts to cover the receding hairline include placing a wig on the offending patch. Most of those are, unfortunately, so poor in quality that it sometimes looks like a small animal has decided to set up house on the top of the wearers head. One high profile sports celebrity who visits Fethard on a regular basis is reputed to wear a wig. He is a wealthy individual so his replenished locks look real. A gale force wind wouldn’t budge the stuff on his head. So confident is he of his piece that he even dives from a diving board into a swimming pool with it on. Some friends of his, who weren’t quite sure if he really had a wig or not but were determined to find out, decided to play a trick on him. They waited until he dived into the water and threw a wig that they had bought into the water behind him. As he rose from the water, someone pointed behind him and told him that he had lost something. He looked around, saw the floating hairpiece, grabbed it from the pool, slapped it onto his head and ran to his room. Sometimes it might be better to grow old disgracefully. Sorry, gracefully. And not worry about high winds or diving boards. (N. Gawe)
Tipperariana Book Fair
If you have books to donate to the Historical Society for their second hand book stall, please contact Terry Cunningham, Tel: 052 23402; or Dóirín Saurus, Tel: 052 31936; and we will arrange to have them collected.
Fethard GAA Club News
Fethard Bridge Club Results
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
3rd Gross: Teresa Cummins and Berney Myles
1st Nett: Nell Broderick and David O’Meara
2nd Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
3rd Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret Mary McCormack
Anyone looking for a partner please contact: Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.
Fethard Community Sportsfield
This money will go towards the cost of containers used as temporary dressing rooms, and the purchase of toilets etc. The committee are presently floodlighting the pitch and extending the car park. The cost of this venture is expected to run into a large amount of money.
A Dog night will take place in Thurles Greyhound Stadium on Saturday 5th March to help raise further funds. The cost of sponsoring a race is €300; buying a dog €100, and advertising rates in the race card cost as follows: full page €150, half page €80 and quarter page €50. Philip Furnell is advertising manager and he will call to all business people in the area in the near future.
Tickets are currently on sale for a ‘Buster Draw’ and all of these tickets must be sold before the next committee meeting which will take place on Tuesday 25th January. These tickets are only €10 each and it is expected that everybody will buy one of these to play their part in assisting with this worthwhile development.
Fethard & Killusty Employment Scheme Renewed
Unfortunately some schemes were closed and other schemes were amalgamated. The Fethard & Killusty Scheme was lucky enough to be one of the latter. Because of the caring nature of the scheme we escaped this time. We also took over the responsibility of three participants who work at St. Bernard Group Homes. This is obviously good news for Fethard and most especially the Day Centre. We live to fight another day.
We welcome on board our new people and look forward to working with them. All we can do know is hope that the goalposts will not be moved once again.
Thanks a Million!
Progressive 25 Results
Killusty Soccer Club
I suppose you could say it was a bad weekend for our club. Firstly, on the soccer front we suffered our third defeat of the season away to Peake Villa. Going a goal down in the first half, the lads battled back and after ten minutes of the second half, substitute Philip Ryan was on hand to score a fine goal. However, with ten minutes remaining Villa scored what was to be the winning goal. To their credit Killusty tried hard to draw level but it was not to be. Next week we play Two Mile Borris in Killusty.
On a more serious note, it's a poor reflection on our society when we have to report on the wanton destruction of our dressing rooms. Words cannot describe the extent of the damage. This act of sheer vandalism had all the hallmarks of a drink and drugs fuelled attack. Also last Friday night, the premises of our local publican was broken into. It's a sad state of affairs when the elderly in our area now live in constant fear of being a target for mindless vandals. Hopefully the Garda investigation will prove successful and the culprits will be made to pay for their crimes.
Dumping on Knockelly Road
Preservation of Killusty Sheep Dip
Following representations from concerned Killusty residents, Fethard and Killusty Community Council have approached South Tipperary County Council with a view to retaining and maintaining the ‘Sheep Dip’ outside Killusty village and keeping it as a reminder of what farming was like before the EU.
The Well Golf Society
Community Lotto Results
Selina Gleeson, Coolbawn, Fethard
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is now €1,000.
Text or txt
Growing up, we learned English as our number one language. Most of us were force fed Irish and one European language, usually French or German. Some of us even had to try our hand at Latin, which has stood us well over the years. With glee in my heart I listen to the crowds at matches chanting with good nature at the players. “Quo vadis? Brendan Cummins”, you might hear them yell , or “Veni, vidi, vici”, with a conspiratorial wink to Ronan O’Gara after another Munster win. Ah, the joy.
These days, you don’t even have to be able to speak to communicate. You just need a thumb and a mobile phone. Literacy is also irrelevant. The sound of the language is enuf, sorry, I mean enough. Slowly the language once known as the ‘Queen’s English’ is being eroded. Actually, the Queen herself may have to concede to text to communicate with her errant grandson Harry. I can imagine her relaxing in her sitting room, picking a snack out of her tupperware container while watching her favourite soap on television, texting the third in line to her throne. “stp pting ur ft n ur mth. Dats ur grnfthrrs jb. Luv grnny.” (for those of you who, like me, have trouble reading text, the translation is “Stop putting your foot in your mouth. That’s your grandfathers job, love Granny”. (N. Gawe)