Saturday 23rd April 2005
Fethard Abbey Jubilee 700 Celebrations
The Abbey Shrine of Our Lady of Good Counsel was dedicated in the 1880's and is said to be the first in Ireland to Our Lady under that title, a title which originated in Genazzano, Italy, some 50 kilometres south of Rome. It became universally known and revered during the pontificate of Pope Leo XIII, (1878-1903). The feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel is celebrated in Genazzano on 25th April, elsewhere throughout the world on the following day, 26th April.
As I Grow Old
My Strength by helping me to love more, by giving my heart more generously, more thoughtfully.
My Mind and Energy by a smile which will encourage others, especially young people; by understanding their attitudes, and being a support to their plans; by not being a "wet blanket" in spite of the depression which I sometimes feel.
My Imagination by helping me to remember the joys of my own youth, so that I can now live with young people, be enthusiastic with them, and make their joys my own.
My Will that I may be gracious in agreeing with the sensible suggestions of those close to me. Keep me at the same time, firm in my faith and my convictions. Let me influence others by my example, without being rigid, so that I will show others, Lord, that your yoke really is easy, and your burden light.
My Intelligence that I may accept humbly that my brain is growing weaker, less lively, less brilliant. Let me use it now to search for you, to know you better, and to try to grasp the meaning of your promise of eternal life. Above all, Lord, make me generous, unselfish, detached, so that I may forget myself, and give all that I have left to you and with you.
Munster Squad visit Fethard
They visiting group paid a visit to Coolmore Stud where they were given a tour of the facilities by Maurice Moloney. One of the squad said that he thought that they were coming to look at “a few horses running around a field” and couldn’t believe his ears when told that the stallions had air conditioning in their stables.
The visit concluded in the boardroom where Alan Gaffney was presented with a framed picture of top stallion ‘Saddlers Wells’, and Alan Quinlan, the squad member who organised the tour, was presented with a memento and a promise of a special job if ‘Saddlers Wells’ retires in the near future.
The squad then paid a visit to the Community Sports Field where they were greeted by hordes of kids in search of autographs on pieces of paper, rugby balls and team shirts. Most in demand were the familiar faces of John Hayes and Donnacha O’Callaghan the two players who are representing Ireland in the Lions squad travelling to New Zealand later this year.
The squad finished off with a visit to McCarthy’s to enjoy a well earned pint, where once again they were mobbed for autographs and photographs. It was a memorable day for the large number of rugby supporters in Fethard, many of whom remember the visit of the Irish Triple Crown winning team to the town in 1985. Best wishes to Alan Gaffney in his new job in Australia, to the squad for the remainder of the season in the Celtic League, to those touring with the Lions and finally to Alan Quinlan that he may get ‘Saddlers’ job if he does retire.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Fethard got off to a great start with two fine goals from Brian Delahunty and led 2-1 at half-time. Damien Morrissey scored another goal in the 2nd half but the Powerstown lads notched up three goals to give a final score of 4 -3, after a most exciting final between two very evenly matched teams where each boy played a vital part.
The Fethard team was: Eoin Dillon, Damien Morrissey, Brian Delahunty, Tommy Sheehan, Frankie O’Donovan and Ronan Fitzgerald. Well done to all.
Good luck to Aobh O’Shea, The Valley, and Kevin Hayes, Redcity, who will represent Fethard in the county swimming finals in Nenagh this Saturday.
Earlier Each Year
Fethard Community Sportsfield
The team then stopped off at McCarthys Hotel for refreshments before finishing off a long day in Dundrum House Hotel with some of our Fethard mentors who had a most enjoyable and memorable day and night.
A jersey signed by the Irish Rugby Team was presented to the Community Sportsfield committee for auction in aid of sportsfield funding. This valuable jersey has since been framed courtesy of local man, Niall Hickey, Clonmel Glass & Mirrors, and will be auctioned by phone along with a rowing jersey signed by Steve Redgrave. Phone lines are now open at 086 1704874 and 052 31906 and will remain open until 9pm on Sunday, 15th May. So hurry up and get these bids in as soon as possible. Both Jerseys will go to highest bidder at 9pm on Sunday 15th May, provided they reach the reserve price.
Fethard GAA Club
Please give your support to the promoters for the County Board Draw that starts with the first draw on Friday 6th May. Tickets are €100 per annum or €10 monthly. Thank you for your continued support.
Fethard & Killusty Angling Club
Well done to everybody that fished and made this the best-attended competition for many a year. A special word of thanks to Liam Croke for the use of his field for parking.
John Sayers Trophy, 1st Eddie Casey, 2nd Willie McGrath, 3rd John Burke;
John O'Donnell Cup, for heaviest trout, to Paul Burke;
Tom O’Shea Cup, for second heaviest trout, to Jim Sayers;
Eddie O'Neill Cup, for most trout caught, to Willie McGrath.
The presentation for ‘Club Person of the Year 2004/2005’ was made to Matty Fleming
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
The under/14 footballers started their championship against Kilsheelan and came away with a great win, after a shaky start. They went two goals down in the first few minutes but recovered well and went on to play some fine football. Their next match is on this Thursday away to Moyle Rovers at 7pm. All players to be at the GAA field by 6.15pm.
The under/16s played Mullinahone and put up a great performance but unfortunately were beaten. Many of this team are underage again next year and at the moment are playing against bigger and stronger teams.
Well done to Alan O’Connor on representing his club with South Tipp under/16 football team last weekend. They are now in the divisional final.
Due to the number of ladies involved in the juvenile club at the moment we decided to run a coaching course in football. Nine ladies took part and had a very enjoyable evening under the guidance of John Cummins. All membership is now seriously overdue, for any information contact Tel: 086 1713502.
Fethard Bridge Club
1st Gross: Kay St. John and Betty Walsh
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and Anna Cooke
1st Nett: Breda Walsh and Ellen Rochford
2nd Nett: Annie O’Brien and Mike Burke
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien, The Square. Tel: 052 31862.
Environmental Award for Nano Nagle School
We commend South Tipperary County Council on such a fine incentive for positive environmental efforts in schools.
Hanrahan from Drangan
My name is also Patrick Hanrahan and my grandfather also Patrick Hanrahan was from Drangan. He later moved to Tipperary Town, where I grew up.
I wonder if there is a connection. I am about to become a grandfather, for the first time, and would like to be able to provide some historical data, connections etc. to my roots in Ireland and especially in Tipperary.
Hope you can help. Thank you, Pat Hanrahan (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), 74 Caffrey Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714. USA
Fethard Judo Club
Garry Bradshaw (28kg) Silver;
Loraine Ferry (44kg) Silver;
Samantha Feery (52kg & Open) Bronze;
Cathal Gorey (73kg) Gold;
Alan Sutcliffe (55kg) Silver;
Jake Walsh (50kg) Bronze;
Padraig O'Shea (34kg) Gold;
Aobh O'Shea (30kg) Bronze.
Richard Gorey (73kg) Gold;
DJ Gorey (60kg) Silver.
Roy Gorey (73kg) Bronze.
Thanks to all our competitors who fought in the Leinster Open. Keep up the good work. Thanks also to our supporters who cheered our athletes to success.
Table Quiz for Audrey
Volleyball Success for Secondary School Boys
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
Michelle Tobin, c/o Eileen Connolly
Leo Darcy, Killusty, Fethard
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Jessica Moloney, 12 Congress, Fethard
Celia Byrne, Cois Falla, Fethard
Mary McCormack, Kerry Street, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
The late Brian was a very active community worker throughout his life, formerly with Fethard & Killusty Community Council and more recently with Fethard & District Day Care Centre.