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Friday 8th August 2003

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Our U/12's played their semi-final hurling match against Ballybacon/Grange on Saturday last in Kilsheelan and were extremely unfortunate to be beaten. These young players did their club proud and tried their very best to overcome the lead that Ballybacon had taken in the first half.
These young players are a credit to their club and all credit is due to Liam, Ian, Martin and Jim, the hard work and effort that have gone into these young players is evident and it is a shame that having won 6 out of 6 matches they had to loose out in the semi-final. The club would like to thank all the people that made the journey to show their support.
The U/14's are still on track for their championship bid, they are at home to Kilsheelan on Thursday evening in the GAA pitch at 7pm and we wish them the best of luck.

The Intermediate Hurling South Championship resumes on this Sunday 10th August, when we play Skeenarinka in Cahir at 5.30pm. In Minor Hurling B we play Kilsheelan on Sunday 10th August in Monroe at 7pm, and on Wednesday 13th August we play Clonmel Og at 7.30pm, also in Monroe.
In Junior Football A on this Thursday 7th August, we play Ballooby in Ned Hall Park at 7.30pm .
Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,300 was not won. We had no match three winners and the numbers drawn at The Well bar were 13, 16, 22 and 23. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was: Kay Williams (Killusty), and the following drawn tickets won €30 each: Phil Smyth (Tinakelly), Miceal McCormack (Kerry St), Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan), Eamon Drea (Cedar Grove), and the O’Shea Family (Woodvale Walk).
Juvenile Fixtures are as follows: Under 14 B Hurling on 14th August we are away to Skeheenarinky at 7pm and in Under 16 B Hurling on 11th August we are away to Kilsheelan at 6.45 pm.

We had another successful outing last Saturday in Callan, where the scoring was as hot as the weather. With just over two shots separating the first five teams, the results are as follows:
Nearest the pin: David Moore and Aiden Grant.
In 3rd place with a 63.4 nett: David Moore, Michael Leahy and Aiden Fox.
In 2nd place with a 62 nett: James Smyth, Brian Kennedy and Aiden Grant.
In 1st place with a 61.3 nett: Sean Aylward, David Simmons and, not his first time in the winners enclosure and certainly wont be his last, team captain Paul Kenrick.
We would like to thank Callan Golf Club and complement them on their marvellous course. A special thanks to the Club House staff for providing such an excellent menu on the day. Our next outing is Sunday, September 7th at West Waterford.

The results of the Progress 25 Card Game played on 1st August are as follows: Winners on 13 games: Ann and Richie Nevin. Runners up on 10 games: Chris Colville and Sean Walsh. Rubber Finals Winners: Hannie Leahy and Mick Phelan, Jo Ryan and Sheila Hall, J.J. and Willie O'Connor. Tickets: Pat O'Dwyer, Gus Neville Phyllis Murray and Brigid Hayes. Next game in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 8th August at 8.45 sharp

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The wedding took place at Killusty Church on July 31st of Philip Ryan, Killenaule, to Ms Sheila Hackett, Co. Clare.
The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on August 1st of Michelle, daughter of Mr Pat and Mrs Mary Butler, London and Garrinch, Fethard, to Mr John Roche, Cork.
The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on August 1st of Linda, daughter of Mr Bill and the late Mrs Mary Sayers, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard, to Mr Declan Burgess, Lisronagh.

Following last week's article, we have located the Gibson Cup and also some further information on Fethard Cricket at Derryluskin. The Gibson Cup was in the safe keeping of Roger Daly who captained the last Fethard team to win the cup in 1997. The cup has not been competed for since.
Mrs Elsie O’Dwyer, Coolmoyne, informs us that cricket was played at Derryluskin some years to its temporary revival in the thirties. Teams representing the Fethard and Cahir Military Barracks played local teams there some 20-25 years previously.
We also have the following rather amusing story from two sources of the thirties period. The late Mick Hayes, Coolmoyne, a classy defender of Coolmoyne hurling teams of that time, was invited by Mr Rice to try his hand at cricket. Mick must have made a fair hand of the game as he was asked to play on a Fethard team against Cashel. Mick replied, “I’m sorry to have to disappoint you Mr Rice, but the fact is, if word got around I had appeared dressed in cricket flannels, I could never show my face in Coolmoyne again!”

The death has occurred recently in England of Mrs Kitty Sparks, formerly Kitty Murphy, Knockelly, Fethard. Interment took place in England.

The thirty-year anguish of a Fethard family came to an end when an inquest into the death of one of the victims of the "forgotten" Dublin bombing was reopened on Friday 25th July.
The family of thirty year old CIE bus driver George Bradshaw, who was killed in a bomb blast in Sackville Place, Dublin in December 1972, have welcomed the re-opening of his inquest after a thirty year wait.
On an emotional day for members of the Bradshaw family, the inquest into the death of George Bradshaw was reopened along with inquests into the deaths of two other CIE workers killed in separate bomb blasts in Dublin in the early seventies. READ REPORT FROM 'THE NATIONALIST'

If you have any photographs or ideas for articles for inclusion in this years Annual Emigrants Newsletter please start getting them together now. Work on compiling this year’s issue will commence shortly and we invite you to submit your articles to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

Senior Citizens wishing to attend Fethard & District Day Care Centre should give their names to the local public health nurse or contact the Day Care Centre Supervisor, Geraldine McCarthy for further details, at the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 32917. The Day Care Centre caters for the elderly from Fethard, Killusty, Cloneen, Drangan, Killenaule, Moyglass and Ballinure.



  • Best Business Premises: Post Office
  • Best Baskets: Bill Maher
  • Best Window Boxes: Esther McCormack
  • Best Large Garden: Eileen & M.C. Maher
  • Best Overall Area: Strylea


  • Knockbrack / Spitalfield / Mockler’s Terrace: Martina & Donal Lonergan
  • The Valley / Watergate: Nora Lawrence
  • Kerry St / Congress Tce / Red City: Madge & Jimmy Hurley
  • Cashel Road: Irene & Noel Sharpe
  • Main St / Rocklow Road / Cois Falla: No 3 Stephanie Moore
  • Burke St / Abbey Road: Mrs. Nora Harrington
  • The Green / Barrack St: Mary Carroll & Chris Mackey
  • Fr. Tirry Park / Canon Hayes Court: 1st Biddy Hannigan, 2nd John Tobin
  • St. Patrick's Place: 1st Kathleen Coen, 2nd Annie Ryan
  • Slievenamon Close: Maura Tynan & Tony Morga
  • Strylea / Cedar Grove: Majella & Eamon Drea
  • Woodvale Walk: 1st Patricia & Jim O'Meara (No 49), 2nd Sharon Burke (No 65)
We record the death of John Bourke, Tullamaine, who died on Monday 28th July. Remains left McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 7pm on Wednesday 30th July for Holy Trinity Parish Church Fethard.

Burial took place at St. Cormack's Cemetery, Cashel, following 11am Mass on Thursday.

The sudden death of Mr John Bourke, Tullamaine, on Monday 28th July, came as a great shock to his family and wide circle of friends. A great GAA man, he played minor and junior football for Fethard and in subsequent years was one of Fethard’s staunchest supporters. His coffin was draped in the club colours and the large attendance at the removal of remains to Fethard Parish Church and at the funeral, testified to the esteem in which he was held by all.
Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Alice, children, sisters, brothers and relatives. Interment took place in Cormac’s Cemetery Cashel.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 29th July were: 10, 14, 21 and 29. There was no Jackpot Winner and five 'Match 3' winners who received €30 each:
Peggy Burke, Grangebeg, Fethard.
Maria Condon, Church Street, Cahir.
Mary McCormack, Kerry Street, Fethard.
Marie Corcoran, The Valley, Fethard.
Deirdre Dorney, 57 Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Noel Reddy, 40 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
Fr. Tom Breen, Parochial House, Fethard.
Eamon Cullen, c/o Coolmore, Fethard.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

Winners of the Gibson Cup Tennis Tournament played at Fethard GAA Sports Complex on 10th August 1997 are the Fethard ‘B’ team who were the overall winners. L to R: Gwen Cooke, Roger Daly (captain), Davy Morrissey and Helen Morrissey.

Winners of 1986 Gibson Cup. Back: Pat Culligan, David Keane, Anthony Hayes, David Morrissey. Front: Caroline Looby, Majella Morrissey, Ann O’Riordan-Walsh, Mildred Lawlor.

Where is the ‘Gibson Cup’? This trophy is the oldest one-day competition cup in Munster. The cup originated in Kilsheelan when it was presented to Kilsheelan Tennis Club in the mid nineteen thirties by Mr Gibson, a Dublin jeweller, who annually spent a fishing holiday in Kilsheelan. The cup was won outright by Fethard Club years ago. In more recent years, Fethard teams have also won the cup many time at finals played at the tennis courts in Fethard Sports Centre.
Fethard had a most successful season in 1959. They won the Father Power Cup at Cahir for the second year in succession also won out their own Gibson Cup at Fethard. The following were the teams; Mrs. B. Holohan, Misses Mary Goldsbrough, D. Schofield, O. Schofield, Carmel Brett, Marie McCarthy. James McCarthy, Donal O’Sullivan, Richard Willis, Pierce O’Flynn. Pongo was played every Sunday night to pay for new pavilion in the Club at Burke Street.

Fethard 'A' Tennis Team in 1951. Back L to R: Sean Henehan, Andy Holohan, Jimmy McCathy, Sean Hogan. Front L to R: Pat Walsh, Mary Goldsborough, Carmel Whyte and Betty (O'Donnell) Holohan.

Sean Henehan, at present a resident in St. Patrick’s Hospital Cashel, was enquiring on a recent visit as to the whereabouts of the trophy. Sean, an outstanding rackets player, tennis and badminton, figured on no less than eight winning Fethard Gibson Cup winning teams. He is also the only survivor of these great Fethard tennis teams of the forties and fifties.
What a great gesture it would be if we could locate the cup, take it over to Cashel for Sean to see, and so help him to revive many old and happy memories of his tennis years with the Fethard Club.

Tennis Courts at Coffey's Burke Street in the 1950s. Notice the old lawn roller in the background.


Mr Tom Bracken of Tipperary County Library is writing a book on the history of cricket in County Tipperary. Minutes of the old Cashel Cricket Club are available and make most interesting reading.
Fethard had what must have been the oldest cricket club in the country. A photograph (above) of a Fethard Cricket team of a hundred years ago is in the Kenrick Collection of Photographs now in the National Library, a copy of which has been forwarded to Mr Bracken.
There was, however, a revival of cricket in Fethard in the 1930s led by Mr Rice of Derryluskin. The cricket pitch was on the lawn of Derryluskin House. Some of the players of that period were, Mr Rice, Dick Rice, John and David O’Brien, Dick McCarthy and A.W. Newport.
Dick McCarthy sounded hilarious when telling of a match against Cashel. A former Coolmoyne hurler, Dick was certain when he got the cricket bat in his hand that he was going to send the ball into the next parish, to his consternation, he was clean bowled for a ‘duck’ by old Col. Murphy of Ballinamona.
Cahir, Lismore and Mount Juliet were some of the other cricket clubs that Fethard played in that era. Information on any other players of the 1930s, or better still, a photograph of the team would be greatly appreciated.

Declan Mulligan and Johnny Casey playing cricket at The Valley. Fethard, in the 1950s.


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