Saturday 7th April 2007
Jimmy O’Shea, a member of the ’56 team was a most capable MC for the presentation of a beautiful memento of the occasion to the 1956 veterans, all of those in attendance we are glad to report looked fit enough to go out and play next Sunday. Four members of the panel were unfortunately unable to attend, and especially remembered were the six members of the panel, Mick Byrne, Mick O’Riordan, Ned Sheehan, Brian O’Donnell, Gus Danagher and Tom McCormack who are now no longer with us. Indeed it was an evening of remembering and do you remember, matches won and lost, and worthy opponents of the day. More than one of the old timers remarked, “what a pity we do not have more such nights when old friends could meet and recall past glories”.
Very welcome refreshments were provided by the ladies of the club. The evening concluded with a terrific sing-song, many of the guests contributing with local talented accordionist Joan O’Brien at her brilliant best.
Holy Week Ceremonies
Fethard Parish Church
Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty
‘Any Dream Will Do’ on Saturday night
Community Council meet with Minister Haughey
Fethard GAA Club News
The Minor Football Championship starts with a game on the 13th April against Cahir. The Senior Football county league game for the Easter weekend will now be played at home to Killenaule.
The club had a very enjoyable night in the Fethard Arms on Friday 30th March with a fine attendance honouring the 1956 Killusty Junior Football County /South Champions. In an ‘off the cuff’ summary, captain of the day Jimmy O’Shea, went through the team and subs mentioning the fourteen still alive and the six deceased. Each representative was presented with a momentum on the night. The team in the final was: Tony Newport, Jim Williams, Mick Byrne (Rep Noel Byrne), Sean Moloney, Tom McCormack (Rep Kathleen McCormack), Liam Connolly, Seanie Connolly, Jack Prout, Ned Sheehan (Rep Elisabeth Sheehan), Gus Danagher (Rep Eamon Keating), Brian O’Donnell (Rep Mary O Donnell), Jimmy O’Shea, Gus Neville, Johnny Ferris, Seamus Hackett. Subs were: Liam O’Flaherty, Gerard Mackey, Vincent Allen, Alfie Brett, Mick O’Riordan (Rep Michael O’Riordan).
On behalf of the team, Tony Newport thanked the club for there recognition and presentations. Guests present were: Chairman South Board Miceál McCormack, Secretary Sean Nugent, and 2007 Hurling Hall of Fame recipient, Jimmy Ryan (Carrick Davins). These guests presented medals also to the current players on their 2005 South Senior Football and 2006 South Intermediate Hurling successes.
Our President, Fr Tom Breen P.P. graced us with his presence and a well few chosen words. Joan O’Brien provided the music on a night and started a sing song that went on till late. Thanks to everyone who assisted on the night, Michael O’Dwyer (Club Chairman), Noel Byrne (PRO), and Mary Godfrey (Secretary) for organising the event and to all who provided the sandwiches and sausages. Well done.
Don’t forget, all Fethard club players, county players, mentors, past players, officers, juveniles, camogie and ladies football members are asked to attend the Easter Monday (9th April) GAA South Board Centenary Parade in Clonmel, meeting at the GAA Centre at 11am for 12pm start. The parade will go through the town and the time expected to take from start to finish is two hours. A mini Fleadh Cheoil will take place in the centre during the afternoon. We ask you for your support to show that GAA is vibrant and strong in the current way of life in the ‘Friary Town’, particularly as we are the leading club in football in the county.
Congratulations to the Connolly Brothers
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Under-14s travelled to Ardfinnan on Sunday evening of last week for a challenge match in preparation for their championship bid, which begins this Thursday evening at home to Clonmel Commercials at 7pm in the GAA field. In Ardfinnan they played a great game in glorious sunshine and came away with a convincing win. We wish them luck as they start their championship bid. Thanks to Ardfinnan for the match.
Under-16s have played two of their championship matches and some serious work is needed with these lads if they are to leave behind the results of the last two matches. This is a team with great potential and we wish them the best of luck in their next match at home to Killenaule.
The Juvenile Club would also like to congratulate Eoin Fitzgerald on his selection to the Tipperary Schoolboys Team representing Ireland in the Kennedy Cup which is being held in Paris over a four-day period. Eoin will be playing other teams from Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Best of luck Eoin!
If you have any queries please phone club secretary, Caroline Sheehan Tel: 086-1713502.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Congratulations to our four competitors who won medals, Roisín McDonnell, Main Street, won her first county gold medal under 8, and Laura Rice, Everardsgrange, won her third gold medal in the under 16 event. Leah O’Donnell, Coleman, won a silver medal under-12 and Nicole Looby, St Patricks Place, won a bronze medal under-14. Roisín, Leah and Nicole are all pupils of Nano Nagle School while Laura is a pupil of Presentation Patrician Secondary School, Fethard. Roisín and Laura will now represent Tipperary at the HSE Community Games National Finals in Mosney next August. Raisin’s dad, Pat, competed in Mosney in athletics some years ago. A reminder to Róisin and Laura to please hand in a photocopy of their birth certificate with one passport type photo to the Community Games office at Grove Road as soon as possible as the county secretary needs to have them by 12th April, otherwise place will be offered to runners up.
Well done to all and a big thank you to Frances Fennessy for judging the competitions. Thanks to Fethard Ballroom committee for providing the venue, to Monica Ahearne and Margaret Phelan for supplying the welcome refreshments, to Joe Keane, Shem Butler, Kathleen Long, Sonia Bonelli, Gabrielle Fortune, Geraldine Quigley and everybody who helped in any way to make the day so successful.
Badgers (over 30s soccer)
On the top of the agenda was deciding when to return from our winter grounds at the Killenaule astro-turf to our home ground in the Fethard Community Field. All agreed to return straight away, so from Wednesday 4th April we are back to the field. A gentle reminder to all that players to arrive early and help with setting up goals, corner flags etc, for kick off at 8 sharp.
Please also be reminded that new rules dictate that all players should have shin guards and not use steel studs. New members are always welcome but it has proven difficult to regulate who is a member and who is not, hence, who is covered under the insurance umbrella? So from here on new members will be expected to pay €10 from day one which will go towards full membership if they so decide.
Congratulations to the new committee members voted into office, they are: Owen Roach (chairman), Kevin Ryan (assistant secretary) and Brian Steedman (treasurer). Many thanks to those outgoing officers who worked so well in the last year Philip Furnell, Liam Harrington and Colm McGrath.
Drats! forgot to elect a new PR person, oh well what’s another year, Cave Canem.
Fethard Bridge Club
1st Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara;
1st Nett: Madeleine O’Donnell and Nora Lawrence;
On Wednesday next, 11th April, we play the first round of the Club Championship. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 32038.
Country Markets AGM
Fethard was the first Country Market formed in Ireland and this year celebrate their 60th year. The Country Market was started in a time of great need for produce to be made available and sold to the general public. Eggs were plentiful, but the farmers' wives had no way of disposing of them on a weekly basis. Olivia Hughes got together a few very enterprising people to start a market in Fethard, and from this Country Markets was born, and now it has spread throughout the whole country.
Easter Opening Hours
St. Rita’s Camogie Club
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Rita Doyle, Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Bred Nolan, Ballinure, Thurles;
Next weeks Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.