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Saturday 18th June 2005

Fethard meeting discuss Youth Facilities
On Thursday last, 16th June 2005, a meeting was held in the Fr. Tirry Community Centre.  This meeting was organised and facilitated by Margo Hayes (RAPID Co-ordinator Carrick-on-Suir) and Pat Holland (Community Development Officer), staff members from South Tipperary County Development Board.  The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the situation regarding the provision, or lack, of community based facilities and activities for young people in Fethard, Killenaule and surrounding areas.

Information from communities across South Tipperary indicated that each town was experienced similar problems and that definite action was required to redirect the situation. The interest and enthusiasm at the meeting was palpable and each person agreed that by combining resources the issues could be addressed in a specific and coordinated manner. However, they concurred that it is imperative that adequate support from statutory bodies and agencies is essential for the efforts of local activists to be successful.

The attendants at this meeting were committed to the following ideals: the provision of a dedicated area / building in every community for youth activities and the establishment of specific projects to target early school leavers and those at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour.

It is worth noting that of the twenty-two attendants the following organisations were represented: Mid-Tipperary Drugs Initiative; Tipperary Regional Youth Services; South Tipp. VEC; Millennium Family Resource Centre; Presentation Patrician Secondary School, Fethard; Clonmel Community Partnership; Garda Siochana; South Tipp Co. Co (Tenant Liaison Office); Fethard Community Council; Tipperary Institute; Health Services Executive; Foróige; Fethard Tidy Towns and South Tipperary Community & Voluntary Forum.  Public Representatives, Councillors for the Fethard Electoral Area, Susan Meagher, Denis Landy, John Fahey and Michael O’Brien were in attendance also. 

It was decided that a follow-up meeting would be scheduled for Thursday 22nd September 2005 to further develop the links established at this gathering and to help sustain the various activities being undertaken.

The members of Fethard & Killusty Community Council who were in attendance realise the significance of their efforts to establish a Youth Facility in Fethard and recognise the importance of acquiring funding to engage the services of a Youth Officer.  An application has been submitted to the Department of Education and Science for this funding and a decision is awaited.

Fethard GAA Club
The Intermediate Hurling South Championship started last Sunday evening in Cahir with a victory over Fr. Sheehys on a scoreline, Fethard 2-16, Fr Sheehys 1-8.  The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Philly Croke, Michael Ryan, Michael Carroll, Tomas Keane, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Aherne, Aiden Fitzgerald, Cian Maher, Kenneth O’Donnell, Kevin O’Donnell, Miceál Spillane, Ciaran Treacy (2-12), Jamie McCormack, David Flanagan. Sub used was Alan Bourke. Our next outing is for a ‘round three’ match when we play Carrick Davins.  In round four we play Ballybacon/Grange, and round five, Kilsheelan, with the group winners going into the semifinal and a play-off between second and third place teams for the other semifinal spot.
The Minor B Hurling starts on this Friday 24th June, in Ned Hall Park, against Ballybacon /Grange at 8pm with seven rounds to be played.  Our next game is against Carrick Davins.
Junior B Hurling also starts on this coming Saturday, 25th June, in Fethard against Ballybacon/Grange at 8pm with five rounds to be played.  Our next game is against Killenaule.
In senior football we play in the South Championship against Ardfinnan in Clonmel on Sunday 3rd July at 2pm.
We compliment Paul Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne, Glen Burke, and Cian Maher (his championship debut) on their fine displays in Thurles against Westmeath in the Munster senior football qualifier.  Hard luck in not progressing to the next round when, on the night, we must say, the best team lost.  We wish Westmeath the best of luck in the All Ireland series and Tipperary, in the Tommy Murphy Cup coming up shortly.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,600 was not won on 14th June.  The draw was made in the Fethard Arms and the numbers drawn were 4, 8, 9 and 15.  We had two match three winners who received €75 each: Nicky O’Shea (Tullow), and Deirdre Dorney (37 St Patricks Place).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Percy O Flynn (Burke Street).

Abymill Theatre AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Abymill Theatre will take place on Thursday 23rd June at 7pm in the Abymill Theatre.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 14th June were: 3, 7, 12 and 26. There was no Jackpot winner and four ‘Match 3’ winners who received €40 each:

Noreen Sheehy, Garrinch, Fethard.

Gemma Burke, Red City, Fethard.

Tracey & Kelly Coady, The Valley, Fethard.

Michael Phelan, c/o Coolmore Stud, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Luke Dolan, Kilnockin, Fethard.

The Fogarty Family, 3 Congress Terrace, Fethard.

Julie Wall, Barrettstown, Fethard.

Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

Presentation Sisters raise over €2,000

Sincere thanks from Sisters Betty, Winnie and Julianna from the Presentation Convent, Fethard, to all those who supported and sponsored them in the Flora Women’s Marathon, which took place in Dublin on Monday 6th June.  The response was magnificent and over €2,000 was collected.  A word of appreciation also to those who filled and collected the sponsor cards.  The money raised will go to support the work of the Presentation Sisters in Zimbabwe. Conditions there right now are extremely difficult and oppressive so the financial support is a great boast

Manfred Naundorf remembered
In May this year, a Polocrosse tournament was held at Davern’s Equestrian Centre in memory of the late Manfred Naundorf who passed away in September 2003.  Manfred, late of Killusty, was a keen supported of the Polocrosse game, and his wife, Giuliana, returned to Ireland to present the ‘Manfred Naundorf Perpetual Trophy’ to the local club.  The trophy will be presented to the winners of the Junior Grades, in order to encourage up and coming talent in the game.

This year’s winners of the event were Karl Norris, Shane Harris and Anthony Sweeney of the Tipperary Juniors Team. Giuliana Naundorf made the presentation of the ‘Manfred Naundorf Perpetual Trophy’ to the winners, and in return, received a presentation from Noel Davern, Davern’s Equestrian Centre, as a token of thanks.

The next tournament at Davern’s Equestrian Centre will take place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June.  This tournament will have some classic games of Juniors and Under-18s representing Ireland and England this year. All spectators are welcome and admission is free.  For further information on the game visit the club’s website www.tipperary-polocrosse.com

Augustinian Abbey Concelebrated Mass
On Wednesday 29th June a special Concelebrated Mass will take place at 6pm in the Abbey. This Mass is held in conjunction with the Chapter of the Irish Province of the Augustinian Order, which is being held in Limerick from 27th June to 1st July.

Sayers Family Information follow-up
The Sayers family on which Judith Sayers of Gloucestershire, England, is seeking information is one of Fethard’s oldest families.  The Henry Baker Sayers mentioned by her as having several businesses in the town, had a general shop, hardware etc., at Main Street, subsequently Fennellys, then Scully’s and now the Fethard Arms.

Ms Carrie Sayers of Main Street married a Mr Thompson, Green Farm, Fethard, and Carrie Thompson-Sayers would have been the last of the Sayers family of Main Street.

Another branch of the Sayers family resided on the opposite side of Main Street and these were a very well-known family in Tipperary, and indeed even further afield legal circles.  Probably the best-known lawyer amongst them was Hugh Tom Sayers.  They intermarried with the Hazletts who were another well-known family of the era and resided in Shaftsbury House, which is now the Post Office. 

The Sayers family owned property on Main Street from the Post Office to where Mrs Ahearne now resides. This branch of the Sayers family on leaving Fethard, relocated to Carlow.  They have a burial vault in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, at the rear of O’Sullivan’s.  The last interment of a member of the Carlow Sayers family took place there some 20 years ago.  There are no descendants of the Main Street branch of the Sayers family now residing in Fethard.

By and extraordinary coincidence, Judy Sayers, daughter of the late Harry and Margaret Sayers, St. Patrick’s Place, now residing in England, gave a long term of employment with the Delmege family at Green Farm, formerly the residence of Carrie Thompson-Sayers.

We home the above information is of some advantage to Judith Sayers.  (EAN)

Juvenile GAA Club
Fethard under-6, 8s and 10s played Killenaule in three football matches in Fethard last Saturday.  The games were played in brilliant sunshine and many future stars were on show.  We fielded 45 players between the ages of 4 and 10, and while all the results were unclear at the finish, the real winner on the day was football.  We would like to thank Killenaule club for making the day a great success.

Training continues on Saturday next from 3pm to 4pm.  The under-12s will have started their championship and have played two games, against Killenaule and Clonmel Óg, by the time this report is printed. We will have a report on these games next week. We will have to play eight games with the top four to qualify for the semifinals.  The fixtures for these games will be printed next week.

Now that the Leaving and Junior Cert exams are over this week it is expected that there will be a lot of under-14 and under-16 games coming our way.

Congratulations to Christopher Sheehan on making the county under-16 football panel who are currently training for the Munster championship. Well done to the Tipperary football team on there great performance last week when really, the best team lost.  Well done in particular to Fethard’s Paul, Cian, Glen and Damien, who all played great.

Forms for our Summer Camp have been distributed to the local schools and anyone interested in taking part should return the forms as soon as possible, or contact Caroline on Tel: 086 1713502. Those interested in buying our Club Jersey should also contact Caroline at the above telephone number.

Rev Henry Woodworth
I am interested in any information on of Rev. Henry Woodworth who was Rector of Fethard.  His father came over from England to take an Irish bishopric, and he himself was said to have refused more than once to be made a bishop.  He had a son that was Dean of Down and daughter Olivia. Kind Regards, Lisa Lambert, Collaroy Plateau, NSW (email: lisa@topperman.com) Phone: (02) 9982 2117.

Ladies Football Club
Fethard Ladies Football Club church gate collection will be taken up this coming weekend, 25th and 26th June, at all local masses.  The club would be grateful for your support.  Members are asked to please put their names forward to assist with the collection.

The Well Golf Society
Without doubt, next Saturday's outing to Abbeyleix is the one that our members have been waiting for. This course has been described as, "one of the hidden gems in Irish golf" and so a large turnout is expected. Tee-off time is 10.30am.

Looking for Dave Roche
I ‘Googled’ to locate your lovely town, where my ancestors came from.  I found a Dave Roche on the Index to Griffith's Valuation of Ireland. It lists Fethard as the location where a Dave Roche lived and that the parish was located in Fethard and Kerry Street.

I am looking for a Dave Roche who had been married to Honora Dorsey.  They had four children, John, William, Margaret and Mary.  Honora immigrated to Canada with her four children when she was about 40 years old. We think that maybe Dave had already died. Her sons John and William purchased land in Ontario, Canada in 1841.

John is my great, great, grandfather. I hope to be able to trace where he was born. John was born on 4 March 1819. We have only been told that he was from Tipperary and the names of his parents.

My grandfather immigrated to Michigan, USA and in 1976 I came to live in Australia. I am hoping to write our family story for my children so they understand their roots. I hope to pass on a sense of Ireland as being part of their heritage. I know the Potato Famine was happening around the time my ancestors left Ireland. I look forward to learning about life in Tipperary. I have always liked history and I find it comes alive as I try to imagine what the lives of my ancestors would have been like.

I hope that someone will have time to direct me to my next action in trying to locate Dave and Honora Roche. Was there a particular port that families from Fethard would have sailed to Quebec, Canada from in the 1830'abd 1840'?

Thanks for your time. Sincerely, Ann Harrington (email: harrington@netspace.net.au)

The late Joseph Walsh
The death has occurred on Thursday 16th June, in England, of Joseph Walsh, aged 84. Joe Walsh was born in Fethard in 1921 and lived near Crampscastle. He wrote an article for the Emigrants’ Newsletter about his memories of living there, which appeared in the 1999 issue.  Joe and members of his family, made a few visits to Ireland in the last few years and during his visits Joe re-discovered the area near Crampscastle where his family home was. Joe’s father, Jerry, worked as a ploughman at Saucestown Stud Farm. His family moved to England in the 1930s when Joe was about 13 or 14. He had six older brothers and two older sisters.  Interment took place in England.

Meals on Wheels
A big ‘thank you’ to the Transition Year pupils from Patrician Presentation Secondary School who helped with the delivery of the Meals on Wheels over the year.  They were well conducted at all times and very helpful with the delivery of the meals to all our clients.  Over the year they got to know all the voluntary workers and those involved in providing and receiving the service.  It was a great exercise in bridging the ‘generation gap’ and very beneficial for both age groups.


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