Saturday 27th August 2005
Children Show Great Style in ‘700 Parade’
The hardworking organising committee had lots of free refreshments available for the many children, which was served from a specially erected marquee on the grounds. Following Banna Cluain Meala’s display, we were treated to a recital by ‘Amadeus’ in bright sunlight. This trio of exceptional musicians entertained the crowd with a variety of music from classical pieces to Irish traditional tunes and songs.
Following the presentation of prizes to the Fancy Dress entrants, the afternoon concluded in time for the replay of the South Senior Hurling Final between Killenaule and Ballingarry in the GAA Field. Well done to all concerned.
Slievenamon Musical Society
Rehearsals and auditions for this show commence in Cloneen Sports and Social Club as follows: for men on Tuesday 6th September at 8pm, and for ladies on Thursday 8th September at 8pm. Childrens’ auditions will be held on Sunday 4th September at 2.30pm, for girls aged 8-11 years and for boys aged 7-9 years.
The Society will host their annual ‘Duck Race’ on Sunday next 4th September. Ducks at €5 each are available from any committee member.
Set in Stone!
First Steps Playgroup
We are open Monday to Friday from 9.30 - 12.30pm and offer a fun filled, stimulating morning of activities for those children aged from 2 years 10 months up to 6 years.
If you have any enquiries or questions you may have or would like to register your child for the new term, please feel free to call in or contact Patricia Fitzgerald Tel: (052) 32164 or (086) 1580897.
Annual Emigrants Newsletter
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
The Heritage Council of Ireland established the Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) in April 2005 to unite and co-ordinate the strategic efforts of local authorities involved in the management, conservation and enhancement of historic walled towns in Ireland, both North and South.
The Irish Walled Towns Network is formally linked to the International Walled Towns Friendship Circle (WTFC), which is the international association for the sustainable development of walled towns, walled cities and fortified historic towns.
The Irish Walled Towns Network seeks to ensure that Ireland’s unique cultural and archaeological heritage in relation to its walled and fortified towns and cities is protected and managed in a sustainable and appropriate manner in the long-term. The Network will liaise with other historic Walled and Fortified Towns in Europe on a regular basis. Improved networks and links will ensure that quality management and effective conservation plans and systems are designed and implemented to protect and conserve the historic Walled Towns for the enjoyment and appreciation of current and future generations in Ireland and further afield.
Trip to Inis Oirr
A bit of mystery surrounds the man that the lady sought. He married and had five children. One child died and the rest of the family emigrated to Australia, including his wife. Records of their lives exist in Victoria. No record remains of his life (or death as the case may be). Information on this man’s history is what the Kerry lady sought. But while showing her notes, a name and address stood out on a page. It was part of a more complete record of the other side of her family which contained a very unusual but highly entertaining story.
Her ancestor on the other side of the family was a man named Smith from London. The family were instrument makers, but none of the four sons took up the trade as they all enlisted in the British army. Three moved to Australia with the forces and the fourth, a bandleader in the army, was due to join them. Unfortunately, he was injured in a battle and ended up with a limp, so he was pensioned off early as he could no longer march in time. A colleague showed him an advert from an Irish newspaper which offered the position of porter with musical ability to work in the Killarney lunatic asylum. The candidate was required to lead the musical ensemble that played for the inmates midweek dance. He accepted the job, moved to Killarney, and then fell in love with the fiddle player in the ensemble. They married and a new line was borne. Cupid works in mysterious ways.
Nearest the pin: Brian Mullins, John O’Brien, Kevin Ryan.
Under 21 B Hurling (losers group) we have to play Cahir at a date to be arranged.
Junior Hurling B South Championship our next game is on Saturday 3rd September against Carrick Swans in Fethard at 6.15pm.
Junior Football B South Championship continues with a game on Wednesday 7th September against Killenaule in Cloneen at 6.15pm.
The Senior Football South Final has been fixed for Sunday 11th September at 1.30pm, in Kilsheelan, against Carrick Swans.
Best of Luck to Damien, Paul and Aiden in the Tommy Murphy Cup Final against Wexford on Sunday 4th September in Croke Park.
Our Lotto Jackpot €2,600 was not won. The draw was made in Butlers Bar. We had no ‘match three’ winners so five Lucky Dips were made and the following won €30 each: James Wade (Thomastown, Golden), Davy Morrissey (38 St Patricks Place), Bubbles O’Dwyer (Cashel Rd Killenaule), Brendan Higgins (6 St Patricks Place), Fergus Healy c/o Rita Doyle (Woodvale Walk, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was, Veronica Barry (Barmore XL Shop, Main St Fethard ).
Thanks to all business, supporters, GAA members, helpers , officials and staff for making the South Final replay such a memorable occasion and congratulations to Killenaule, who last won the South Senior Hurling Championship in 1991, with commiserations to a gallant Ballingarry team. Thanks also to the Garda, local and district, for there assistance and also the Civil Defence for their time. We are much indebted.
To the Delahunty family we offer our sincere condolences on the death of Edmond (Ned) (Market Hill) last weekend. Neddy played senior hurling with Coolmoyne in 1943/1944. Go ndeanai Dhia trocaire orthu
Jerry Maher had a very short football career. Having played on the Tipperary minor football team, Jerry quickly graduated to the Fethard senior football team in an era when the selection of teenage players on senior teams was almost unheard of. He also made the Tipperary senior football selection panel.
Unfortunately, accounts of Fethard games during Jerry Maher’s era of 1941/1942 are rather scarce. A selection panel for a South Tipperary Senior Football Championship game in 1941 contains twenty-two names. Of the twenty-two names only four remain with us today Joe O’Dwyer, Dick Cummins, Jerry Maher and Joe Ahearne.
Hazel did meet Joe Ahearne, whose brilliant memory, especially on GAA matters, seems to be evergreen. Joe was able to give her much appreciated information on her father’s career. Photographs of teams during the war years are also very rare. We were, however, able to present Hazel with a photograph of a 1942 Fethard senior team. While the photo does not include her father, it does include his team-mates. Jerry Maher is also mentioned in a poem, ‘The Wedding Song’, which was published on page 96 of the Fethard GAA Centenary Book 1887-1987, and marks the convention held on 7th February 1942 when the ‘Gaels of Fethard’ united and Killusty joined Coolmoyne.
Jerry Maher was another young footballer obliged to take the emigrant trail at the age of 21/22. He is still hale and hearty and residing in Australia.
Tiobraid Árann Abú
A special ‘Good Luck’ wish to the Fethard boys who wear the ‘Blue and Gold’ on Sunday. How much it would mean to Tipperary football people, especially our own Dick Cummins, who has kept the faith down through the years to see Tipperary Senior Football Team once again successful in Croke Park.
Seen, Heard and Noticed!