Saturday 03 September 2005
Waiting Four Years for Urgent Repairs
Councillor John Fahey has already made representations to South Tipperary County Council on complaints from the following residents: John Tobin, Maureen Keane, Noel Coffey, Seamus Moloney, Brendan O’Donnell, Dinny O’Brien, Patrick Grant, Michael Whelan, Bill Fennessy, Kitty O’Sullivan, Patrick Fitzgerald, Patrick McGrath, Johanna Corbett and Nellie O’Donovan. A lot of the work is in relation to rotten timber in doors and windows that no longer keep out wind or the cold. Surely in this day and age it is totally unacceptable to treat our senior citizens in this manner. What is the delay?
Women’s Group Continue Community Education In Fethard
Last Wish to Return Home made possible
Joe returned to visit Fethard a few times much later in his life with various children from his own family, looking for all the places he remembered in his childhood.
Joe passed away in June this year and his last wish was to return to his beloved Fethard and Tipperary. Joe’s family have ensured that his wish was carried out and his ashes were interred in Everardsgrange Cemetery on Friday 2nd September, only yards away from the cottage where he was born, where Fr. Tom Breen P.P. said a small blessing.
The Walsh family would like to thank all those local people, Joe Kenny, Dermot Rice, Edwina Newport, Paddy McEvoy and Fr. Tom Breen for their generous help in ensuring that Joe’s last wish to return home came true. They would also like to thank the local people of Fethard who they have met during their short stay, for being so friendly and welcoming.
Fethard GAA News
The Senior Football South Final
Our last two meetings against Sunday’s rivals were on 19th June, 2004, in the South Championship and on the 20th May, 2000, when on that occasion the scoreline was, Fethard 1-13, Swans 0-7. Fifteen members of that panel of thirty are still available for Sunday. Our last meeting in an adult final was in 1984 and that was the Junior Football South Final played in Kilsheelan when Fethard won after a struggle by, 0-12 (0-3) to 1-4 (1-3). Fethard team that day was: Tom Ryan, Paul Hayes, Joe Allen, Joe Corbett, Willie O’Meara, Jim Butler, Louis Coen, Sean Aylward, Davy Williams, Kevin Ryan, Noel Byrne, Chris Coen, John Morrissey, Waltie Moloney and Willie Lawrence. The sub used was Andy O’Riordan.
The Intermediate Hurling
Junior B Hurling
In Junior B Football
St Rita’s Camogie Club
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
When the second half resumed it continued very much the same with the ball going up and down the stadium at lightning speed. Moneygall levelled and again put enormous pressure but with Alan Lawrence and Aaron Conran doing trojan work we won a free under the old stand. Up stepped Alan Lawrence and pointed brilliantly to put us back in the lead by 1 point.
With Fethard’s Frankie O’Donovan, Gerry Maher and captain, Brian Delahunty, starting to dominate, we conceded a free which Moneygall scored to level once again. Now with five minutes to full time, Ronan Fitzgerald got on to a loose ball and put us in front again. At this stage Moneygall threw everything at us. With Damien Morrissey, Eoin Fitzgerald, Ciarán O’Meara, Joe Morgan, Brian Healy all doing their best to win ball, Moneygall still got a chance, and when a goal seemed on, they took their point to level yet again. The referee decided a draw was a fair result and at this stage no one could argue with him.
We now will have to do it all again in the replay. Well done to John and P.J. and to the fine Fethard supporters, and especially the players who played their hearts out, well done. Our u/10s played Killenaule in a challenge game last week and had a great win. There was great displays from Blaine McCormack, David Hayes, Willie Morgan and Brian Healy.
Our u/8 hurlers played a blitz in Monroe last Saturday. We played three games against Moyle Rovers, St Marys and The Swan, winning 2 and losing 1. We had some great displays in these games also and each boy received a sliotar at the end. Training will continue next Saturday from 3pm to 4pm.
Our u/14s have qualified for the south semifinal and great credit must go to the boys for reaching this stage. We hope to be in the final on Saturday. Full report next week. Under/16s played Carrick Swan in Carrick last week and won quite well. These boys are showing great form and it now seems certain they will reach the semi-final which will probably be played next week. Best of luck to all.
We now have our club jersey on sale in Manton’s Laundrette on Main Street. All sizes are available but are going fast. Club shorts will also be on sale soon.
Well done to Eoin O’Connell who played for the Tipperary u/14 hurlers in a recent tournament and to Matt Fitzgerald who played for the county in football a great achievement for both players.
Best of luck to the Fethard senior footballers in the South Final on Sunday and also to Paul Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne and Aiden Fitzgerald who played in Croke Park with Tipp last Sunday. Finally sincere thanks to Mick Ahearn, Fran Conran and Tommy Morgan, who generously donated towards food for the boys after the county final. We also thank John and Rosanne Carroll at Lonergans Bar for providing all the refreshments, also to Susan O’Meara and the girls for making all the flags.
Ran Away from Home at 15 Years of Age
My father ran away from home at about 15 years of age and later joined the RAF in England and did a trade. When the Second World War broke out he was posted to South Africa. After the war he was eligible for South African government citizenship if they stayed and he is still there today.
My eldest brother John Martin Duncan married Rita Bulfin in about 1967 and my second eldest brother Raymond married her older sister Mary in Fethard. As far as I know their brother Tommy Bulfin is still there!
I have since moved to New Zealand and would like to follow the tree back further so I am hoping that you can help. Regards, Patrick Duncan (email:firstname.lastname@example.org).
AIB Cup for the Champion Pony
Eleanor Shanley concert for Trust
The venue for her concert in Fethard is the medieval walled garden behind McCarthy’s Bar where she played to a capacity crowd last year. Tickets are €20 and all proceeds go towards the Alice Leahy’s Trust charity . Tickets are available from Vincent in McCarthy’s. Contact: 086 8119625.
St. Rita's Camogie Club
Due to the unavailability of players during the year we found it difficult at times to field a team. We were unsuccessful in both league and championship this year. Hopefully next year will be a better year for the club.
We held a very successful table quiz on 14th April in Butler's Bar, Main Street, and also a Barbeque on the 3rd June at the same venue. A special word of thanks to Ann and Philip Butler for their hospitality on both nights. Also thank you to anyone that sponsored the club on both occasions.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Mary Mackey, 7 Kilnockin View, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
Fethard and Killusty Community Council
Tommy Murphy Cup in Fethard
Let’s hope that this victory will spur a new generation of footballers in the County and bring many more awards from Croke Park to the Valley of Slieve Na mBan. Well done to the Tipperary Team, most particularly the Fethard trio of Damien Byrne, Paul Fitzgerald and Aiden Fitzgerald. Declan Brown has promised to bring the cup along to the Trust Golf Classic at Slievenamon Golf Club on Saturday 17th September for anybody interested in seeing it.
The Sweet Taste of Success
Following their top class recent displays against Westmeath, Leitrim and Roscommon, many supporters were quietly confident of success. Others, who have doubts following the Fermanagh debacle last season and this year’s heavy defeats by Derry and Kerry, were not so hopeful. Even these ‘doubting Thomases’ were re-converted after last Sunday’s great win.
“Was it not great”, “Fantastic”, “Wonderful for Tipp football”, were some of the comments heard after the game as Tipperary followers greeted each other, in Croke Park, outside it, in the car park, and in the hotels on the way home.
Great to see so many former Tipperary footballers from former years, the eighties, seventies, sixties and even back in the fifties, present in such large numbers to witness and savour the great occasion. One of them was heard to declare emotionally to a Tyrone supporter who congratulated him, “This win today meant more to me than winning the Lotto”.
Seán Ó Ceallaigh, Uachtarán, Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, is to be complimented on promoting competitions such as the ‘Tommy Murphy Cup’ in football and the ‘Nicky Rackard Cup’ in hurling, for weaker counties and giving the players from these counties the honour of playing in Croke Park on big match days. In the match programme, he complimented the players and counties who wholeheartedly supported the competitions and for those who showed little interest he had this to say, “Let them if the wish, go on dreaming of next year, but if they are honest for most of them, next year will never come.”
That there is a gap between the stronger and weaker counties, anyone who witnessed the Tyrone v Armagh game, will have to admit exists. However, who are the stronger counties? Kerry, Armagh and Tyrone seem to be in a class of their own. The gap between the others is not so great as some people imagine. Most differences in standards are sometimes more mental than physical. The Tipperary footballers should now build from last Sunday’s win and the first step is believing in themselves. If they do they may find, sooner than later, that, as their manager Seamus McCarthy said, “Dreams sometimes do come true!”
Congratulations on Sunday’s glorious day, to the team, manager, selectors, and to the Tipperary County Board who certainly in the lead up to Sunday, scotched the ridicules notion sometimes expressed that they are not supporters of football.
Still Going Strong
Indeed the redoubtable Tom Keane’s deeds on the playing field and his droll sayings on and off the pitch, are still often recalled when true Tipperary football men meet. Ad multos annos.
Grade A ponies of this standard change hands when they are sold for truly mind-boggling figures. A sum of £1,000,000 sterling for one such pony was recently mentioned. The Tipperary team were Joan Widger, Thorney Bridge; Rachael Blackmore, Coolmore; Natasha Corballis, Clonbrogan; and Nuala Ryan, Kilheffernan, Clonmel.