ST. RITA's CAMOGIE CLUB
This year the camogie club has been regraded to facilitate the development of the team and on Friday night 16th April, the Junior A team took to the field in Rosegreen to face Cashel. Stephen McCormack has taken on the role as trainer and his experience and understanding of the game will be of great benefit to the club this year. Edel Fitzgerald was elected the club captain for the forthcoming year, and no doubt she will prove an inspiration to us all. The team has undergone a make over in the last few years and many new and young faces took to the field in the blue and white of Fethard for the first time, and their contribution to a highly entertaining and tough match must not go unnoted.
Despite losing to a strong Cashel side on the night, there was a very positive atmosphere from both players and mentors after the match that this was the start needed in order to prepare for the Junior A Championship. The team was: Jean Morrissey, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Ailish Sheehan, Emma Walsh, Sandra Maher, Marie Houlihan, Norah O' Meara, Niamh Sheehan, Jennifer Keane, Sarah Mai Ahearne, Vanessa O' Donnell, Gillian O' Connell, Majella Croke, Edel Fitzgerald, Lisha O' Connell, Eimear Gahan, Margaret Smith.
Our next match is scheduled to be played next Wednesday in the GAA field in Fethard at 7pm against Dromaninch.
Swimming at Newbridge in the 1970s
Two notice boards erected on the entrance to the local swimming hole at Newbridge will be greeted with dismay and regret by local swimmers of all ages. The notices simply states, “Sorry, No Swimming, No Insurance”.
A plaque on the upstream side of the bridge says, “Richard Burke M.F.H. 1890”. Though now 114 years erected, it is still known as the Newbridge. Since then, the deep hole on the down stream side of the bridge has been used as the local ‘Sandybanks’, Tramore and Clonea, all rolled into one.
Gerry Fogarty taking a rest at Newbridge in 1973
Having personally swam there annually for over 60 years, I paid a nostalgic visit to Newbridge during the week to see the notices at first hand. As we looked from the bridge, we remembered all the happy hours spent there when, “All the world was young, and all the fields were green”. We recalled the good and not so good swimmers of yesteryear and remembered especially the very few experts such as Dick Gough, Derek Wall and Paddy O’Sullivan, all now alas no longer with us, who were able to dive from the bridge. This feat required the diver to clear about 12 feet of concrete from the not so high bridge, and then make a shallow dive, as the water was none to deep.
Liam Leahy hiding in the rushes at Newbridge 1973
The opening line of The Old House, “Lonely I wander through scenes of my childhood”, come very much to mind and no doubt former Newbridge swimmers, some now scattered world wide, will also have very happy memories of long lazy summer days spent near the crystal clear cool waters, fed by Mullinbawn springs.
Insurance problems have closed down many local amenities nationwide. Mr and Mrs Ponsonby have, with great regret, been obliged to withdraw the swimming facility at Newbridge. We feel sure the locals will respect their decision.
On behalf of all who enjoyed the privilege of swimming at Newbridge over the years, we would like to thank them sincerely for their courtesy, especially in recent years, when the privilege was more than somewhat abused by leaving litter, breaking fencing, on what, after all, is private property. (T.N.)
The Old House
by John McDermott
Lonely I wander through scenes of my childhood
They bring back to memory the happy days of yore
Gone are the old folk, the house stands deserted
No light in the window, no welcome at the door
Here’s where the children played games on the heather
Here’s where they sailed their wee boats on the burn
Where are they now? some are dead, some have wandered
No more to their home will the children return
Lonely the house now, and lonely the moorland
The children have scattered, the old folk are gone
Why stand I here, like a ghost or a shadow?
’tis time I was movin’, ‘tis time I passed on.
COMMUNITY JACKPOT NOW €6,250
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 20th April were: 4, 19, 25 and 27. There was no Jackpot winner, and two "Match 3" winners who received €75:
Fr. T. Walsh, The Abbey, Fethard
Anne Mc Garry, 29 Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:
Tess Lawrence, 14 Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard
Josephine Boland, Rathkenny, Drangan
Open Door, Day Care, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot is €6,250. Jackpot sellers prize €515.
FETHARD & DISTRICT RUGBY CLUB
On Friday last in Cashel we fielded 15 under-12 players from no fewer than four different parishes. All players adjusted very well from their usual 10 a side games played on a smaller pitch. This was an excellent game of rugby with some great tackles, in particular, David Walsh, who headed the tackle count for Fethard. Cashel scored 2 tries in the first half but didn’t have it all their own way in the second, with Fethard having most of the possession, but unfortunately, only breaking the opposition line on one occasion.
The club will finish their season on this Friday evening with an Inter-Club Blitz and Barbecue. Starting time is 6.30pm which will be followed by a tag rugby match in which Clonmel Ladies will take on our team of coaches and parents.
Members please note the club’s AGM will be held on Thursday 29th April and not as previously noted.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
On Wednesday 14th April we played the first round of the Club Championship and the results were:
1st Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara;
2nd Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn;
1st Nett: Mary and Pattie Tobin;
2nd Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret Mary McCormack.
Our game on 7th April was sponsored by FBD Investments which was omitted from our notes last week. Next Wednesday, 28th April we will play the final round of the Club Championship. Just a reminder that we will be playing for the President’s Prize on 12th May, which is one week earlier than originally scheduled, and our AGM will be on 19th May. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien at Tel: 052 31862.
Fethard hold out to reach final
County Div 1 Football League Semifinal
Fethard 0-13, Cahir 0-10 (Nationalist 17th April)
On Saturday 10 April in Clonmel before a very small attendance, the public were treated to a very keen and close match with Fethard leading from start to finish. We had some great passages of free flowing football of the highest standard from both teams who played fast moving open football for this time of the year.
Fethard got off to a flying start and raced into a three point to nil lead after 10 minutes from John P Looby, Stephen O'Donnell, Brendan Brett (free). Cahir, after 12 minutes, got their first score from Robbie Costigan and before the end of the first quarter Cahir added another point from Robert Hally and Fethard had two from the boot of Brendan Brett (1 free) to leave the score, Fethard 0-5, Cahir 02.
Cahir came right back into this game from the 15th to the 25th minute when scoring three points from Robbie Hally, Benny Hickey (free) and Paddy Hyland, without a reply from Fethard, to draw level. Fethard answered this with a point from a free that fell short with Stephen O'Donnell. The next five minutes was nip and tuck with Cahir equalising with a free from Benny Hickey to leave it 0-6 each entering the last few minutes. Fethard took control for this period and points from John Paul Looby and a free from Brendan Brett to leave the half time score, Fethard 0-8, Cahir 0-6.
Much was expected in the second half but Fethard came out with all guns blazing and by the end of the third quarter had raced into a five point lead with points from Kenneth O'Donnell, Brendan Brett (free), Karl Maher (free)and Miceál Spillane, to a single reply from Cahir's Benny Hickey (free) to leave the score, 0-12 to 0-7 entering the final quarter.
Cahir did come more into the game in the final quarter and added three points from Benny Hickey (2 frees) and a fisted point from Michael Tarrant which so easily could have been a goal, to a single Fethard reply from a Karl Maher free to leave the score, Fethard 0-13, Cahir 0-10.
Fethard: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Aherne, Michael Quinlan, Alan Phelan, Tomas Keane, Damien Byrne, Glen Burke, Eoin Doyle, Cian Maher, Michael Dillon, Stephen O'Donnell 0-2, Miceál Spillane 0-1, Kenneth O'Donnell 0-1, John P Looby 0-2, Brendan Brett 0-5 (4 frees). Subs: Karl Maher 0-2 (2 frees), Brian Coen, Tom Anglim and Conor McCarthy.
Cahir - Brian Enright, Damien Lonergan, David O'Gorman, Eamon Hally, Paul Frazer, Paddy Hyland 0-1, Gerard O'Gorman, Robby Costigan 0-1 Michael Tarrant 0-1, Gary Morrison, Mark Costigan, Robby Hally 0-2, James McGrath, Benny Hickey 0-5 and Liam Kiely.
Glasheen grace wins coveted cup for Saints second string
Paddy Purtill Cup Final
Michael's B 2, Killusty 1.
The Paddy Purtill cup final was played in glorious conditions on Easter Monday in the idyllic setting of Celtic Park, Bansha. The Cup, named after the great Cahir stalwart of the game, produced a fitting final full of skill and effort with dramatic incidents throughout.
St. Michaels's second team triumphed over a gallant Killusty in a game that was in the balance right to the final whistle as Killusty sought an equaliser.
Killusty opened in whirlwind fashion and were ahead within a minute when Michael Quinlan scored from close range after Saints keeper John Russell saved the first effort following a corner.
Following this early body blow Saints settled and 25-goal Brian Glasheen headed home his brother Anthony's corner on eighteen minutes. The all-important winner came fifteen minutes into the second half when Mark Roche’s headed flick was latched onto by that man Glasheen again and he drilled home from the edge of the box.
Saints defence then came to the fore and were ably led by Fergal O'Reilly as they withstood anything that Killusty threw at them. Their efforts were all the more noteworthy as Saints had been reduced to ten men earlier.
As time ran out Killusty forced a corner and keeper Ronan O'Meara, who had an outstanding afternoon, came forward and unbelievably won a great header that flashed just wide.
Captain Brian Glasheen accepted the cup from TS&DL chairman Cyril O'Flaherty and in a colourful speech he paid tribute to the defeated Killusty side and thanked his manager Davy Hassett and assistants Joey O'Dwyer and Eddie Jones.
THE WELL GOLF SOCIETY
The results of our Easter Draw are as follows:
1st prize Hamper: Doris Higgins, St. Patrick’s Place.
2nd prize Meat Voucher: Christy Aylward, Ard na Greine.
3rd prize Meal Voucher: Teresa Cummins, Burke St.
4th prize Meal Voucher: Craig Mullins, Mountain Road.
5th prize Bob Fitzgerald Voucher: Margaret Hassett, 35 Elm Park.
6th prize Tickets to Irish Guineas: Kevin Barry, c/o Clonmel Plumbing.
7th prize Meal Voucher: Kayleigh Higgins, Strylea.
8th prize Bottle of Brandy: Andy Walsh, c/o Clonmel Plumbing.
9th prize Easter Egg: Ann Mullins, c/o Brian Mullins.
Thanks to everyone who supported our Easter Draw and a special thanks to our sponsors, without whose generosity this would not have been possible.
Our second outing of the season took place last Saturday, at a wet and windy Rathdowney G.C. Despite the conditions, some good results were recorded. The results are as follows:
Mens: 1st on 35pts (back nine), Ray Morrissey; 2nd on 35pts, Dan O’Riordan; 3rd on 31pts (back nine), Davy Williams; 4th on 31pts, Jim Smyth; 5th on 29pts, Donal O’Grady.
Ladies: 1st on 33pts, Ann Delahunty; 2nd on 31pts, Mary Stakelum.
Juniors: 1st Brian Kennedy, 29pts; 2nd James Smyth, 27pts.
Visitor: Peter Moore, 34pts.
Nearest the pin: Paul Hayes.
Our next outing takes place at Adare Manor on Saturday, June 5th. Those who intend to go are asked to forward their name and €10 deposit on or before May 20th to Kevin Ryan, Danny Mullins or Michael Kenrick.
Finally, a word of congratulations to junior member Paul Kenrick who qualified for the final round of the Munster Youth Championships which were held at Clonmel Golf Course over the weekend.
A group of local ladies have, over the past few years, taken part in the Ladies Dublin City Mini Marathon. Their efforts have raised much needed funds on behalf of the ‘Friends of St. Joseph’s Hospital Clonmel’, now the ‘South Tipperary General Hospital’.
This year, however, a number of the group are unable to take part and a few new recruits are urgently needed. Judging by the number of ladies regularly seen walking the Ballybough Cashel Road and other local circuits, these should not be too difficult to find. Any local ladies willing to help are asked to contact, Diane Halpin on 052 31013 or Bernadette O’Meara on 052 32329.
The County Finals of under 11 Rugby took place in Fethard Community Sportsfield on Sunday, April 18th. Our local team were defeated by Nenagh in the semifinal who then played Powerstown/Lisronagh in the final. Powerstown emerged County Champions and we wish them the best of luck in Munster finals in July.
Quarterfinals and semifinals of the under/13 boys Indoor Soccer took place in Rockwell College on Thursday last. Fethard boys had a great victory over Powerstown with a final score of 9-2. Fethard team (photographed above) consisted of Back L to R: Ciaran Ryan, Darren Connolly, Adam Lyons. Front L to R: Damien Morrissey, Jake Maher and Ben Walsh. Also on the team was Daniel Hickey.
Fethard played Mullinahone on Thursday last in Mullinahone and had a 4-1 win. Tommy Sheehan scored 2 goals. Dylan Fitzgerald and Alan Lawrence scored a goal each.
Area athletics will take place in Fethard Community Sportsfield on Friday, April 30th, commencing at 6.30 pm. Entry fee €2 covers all events.
ACE OF TRUMPS
“He was well known in the district”, is a line often written about the recently departed! However, Sean ‘Glamour’ Walsh, Curraghtarsna, is apparently very well known in several districts. Sean, a very keen card player, plays his favourite game of ‘25s’ most nights of the week. He has, so far, played at 67 different venues in six different counties. These range from, Pallasgreen in Co. Limerick, to Grain in Co. Kilkenny, and from Cullahill, Co. Laoise, to Doneraile, Co. Cork.
At most of these far flung halls, at least one, sometimes more, come up to him and ask, “Are you Sean Walsh?”, usually followed by, “that used to hurl with Killenaule”. Indeed, Sean with his blonde hair, white boots, which were 40 years before their time, and usual excellent performances at center-full, made him stand out on the playing field. Sean, in his playing days, was known as ‘3D Walsh’, having played in three Tipperary divisions in own year. Maybe from now on he will be known as the ‘Six County Card Player’.
Sean says, it is his intention to play cards at 100 different venues. When he accomplishes this it will perhaps, entitle him to be included in the Guinness Book of Records.
PROGRESSIVE 25 RESULTS
The Progressive 25 game results played on 9th April were: Joint winners on 11 games David O’Donnell and Peggy Colville; P.J. and Mary Anglim; Paddy McCormack and Tom McCormack. Table Prizes: Willie and Nora Heffernan; Paddy Murphy and Una Mullane; Jackie Devite and Chas Keane. Rubber Finals: John Martin and Bridie Lee; Paddy Hickey and Mary Lee; Una Mullane and Paddy Murphy; Tom McCormack and Paddy McCormack.
Results for game played on 16th April were: Winners on 13 games: Tony Kelly and Pat O’Dwyer. Runners up on 11 games: Sean O’Callaghan and Michael O’Brien. Table Prize: Bernie and Robert Phelan. Rubber Finals: Sean Spillane and Chris Maher; Biddy O’Donnell and Mick Holohan. Tickets: Margaret Phelan, Nora Lee and Willie Kennedy. Next game takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 23rd April at 8.45 sharp.
FETHARD GAA CLUB
The final of the 2004 Senior Football County League, on this Friday 23rd April in Cahir, brings together the two most consistent teams in the league for the last five years, when Fethard take on Aherlow at 7pm. The very best of luck to our team in their attempt to win ‘back to back’ titles.
Our Intermediate Hurling County League game was played in Clonakenny and thanks to all those who travelled. We came away with a share of the spoils under our new manager, Martin Shanahan, on a final score of, Fethard 4-9, Clonakenny 3-12. The team on the evening was: David Flanagan, Tommy Gahan, Michael Ryan, William Harrington, Ian Kenrick, Michael Aherne, Philly Croke, Stephen O’Donnell, Tomas Keane, Colin Allen, Aiden Fitzgerald, Kenneth O’Donnell, Gerry Aherne, Miceál Spillane and John Noonan. Our next game is on this Sunday 24th in Fethard at 7pm.
The Under 16 juvenile football team are away to St Patricks on 26th April and their final game will be at home on Monday 3rd May at 7pm. The Under 14 A Football commences with a home game against Moyle Rovers on 29th April at 7pm. The Under 12s play at home on Saturday 1st May at 12pm.
BLUEGRASS DOUBLE BILL FOR ABYMILL
Out Lotto Jackpot of €3,900 was not won. The numbers drawn at Lonergans Bar were 10, 13, 19 and 24. We had three match threes winners of €50 each: Eileen Burke (Redcity), Lisa Nolan, c/o Noelle Doyle (St Patricks Place), and Austy Godfrey (Derryluskin). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Denis Burke (Redcity).
The 1978 County Senior Football Champions were honoured at the Clubs Dinner Dance on Saturday last where a most enjoyable night was had by all.
Our sympathies are at this time with Neddy Britton (family), Clonmel, and Willie Wall (family), Faugheen and Carrick Swans. Go nDeanai Dhia Trocaire Orthu.
On Sunday 25th April, the Abymill Theatre will stage a Bluegrass double-bill, at 8.15pm, featuring "New York Bluegrass Maestro", Orrin Star, and top UK bluegrass band 'Grassroots'.
This double-bill is not to be missed! Tickets cost €12.50 and are available now from John Shortall Tel: 052 31175 or Tel: 086 3325260.
'Brooklyn Bluegrass Maestro' Orrin Star (photographed on right) is a nationally recognized folk & bluegrass performer and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. Winner of the 1976 National Flatpicking Championship (the largest bluegrass guitar contest in the country), he plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, sings, and performs solo, duo and with his band Orrin Star & the Sultans of String.
His repertoire spans old-time, western swing, Celtic and original songwriting in addition to more mainstream bluegrass and folk material. An accomplished storyteller and entertainer (he worked as a stand-up comic for five years in the Boston area) he has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and has three recordings on Flying Fish Records. He is the author of a popular guitar instruction book (“Hot Licks for Bluegrass Guitar”, Oak Publications) and a columnist for Flatpicking Guitar magazine. He is also a recording engineer/producer specializing in acoustic music. An avocational graphic designer, his hobbies include table tennis, zydeco dancing and cribbage.
The members of Grassroots (above) have enjoyed playing and singing bluegrass music for over thirty years. The band was formed in 1973 with the line up of Kelvin Fosberry on banjo and harmony vocals, Barry Martyn on mandolin and fiddle, Terry McCarthy on lead and harmony vocals and Ron Nesbitt on bass, lead and harmony vocals. The late 1970's early 80's were extremely busy for the band, with success coming in numerous country music competitions and the release of three LP's. Without doubt the high spot for the group was an invitation to represent Great Britain at the 1979 Nashville Fan Fair where they played on both the International and Bluegrass Shows and performed on stage with the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe.
Today some 31 years after its conception the band is still going strong, playing numerous concerts and festivals both in the U.K. and continental Europe. Their latest CD, released in February 2004, 'The Original And Genuine' consists entirely of original material, written and performed by the band.
FETHARD RUGBY CLUB
The Under-10s finished off their season taking the runners-up medals in the ‘Blitz’ competition held in Clonmel last Friday, going down 3 tries to 1 against Nenagh. This young side showed great skill and determination but Nenagh just had the upper edge on the day. Most of the Fethard team will still be able to play under-10 rugby next season and this season’s experience will stand to them. The under-12 team will finish off their season on Friday with a game of 15-a-side in Cashel at 7pm. Since October 2003, Grassroots have been joined by veteran bluegrass virtuoso Rick Townend on fiddle, who although new to the band, brings with him a wealth of experience playing bluegrass music at the highest level
The Community Games team will play their first round game on the same evening. Both teams will train at 6.30pm on Thursday. The club’s AGM will take place on Thursday 22nd April at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All mentors please take note.
SLIEVENAMON GOLF CLUB
Congratulations to Slievenamon Golf Club's Junior Foursomes team (under 18's) who qualified for the Munster Final by coming second in the East Munster section of the qualifiers at Cahir Park Golf Club. The team are photographed above L to R: Michael Kenrick (team manager), Peter Gough, Paul Kenrick, James Smyth, Brian Kennedy, and Arthur Daly (selector). The scores and pairings were Peter Gough and Paul Kenrick 140 nett, James Smyth and Brian Kennedy 140 nett.
The full result was as follows: 1st. Clonmel 137.5; 2nd. Slievenamon 140; 3rd. Tipperary 144; 4th. Cahir Park 146; 5th. Waterford Castle 148.5; 6th. Thurles 149; 7th. Dungarvan 149.5; 8th. Gold Coast 152; 9th. Templemore 153; 10th. West Waterford 154; 11th. Youghal 165; 12th. Tramore 166.
THIS WEEK'S - 'PIC OF THE PAST'
If you have an old photograph of interest to our readers why not email it to us and we will include it on next week's 'Pic of the Past.
Neil Sharkey, Galway, found these two photos recently when clearing out old papers. They were among some other papers that came from Ned Bulfin's old house on the Grove Road. Ned, Michael and Jim were Neil's uncles and Tommy Bulfin is his first cousin. Neil has written articles for the Annual Emigrant's Newsletter some years back.
The photograph above was taken in the mid/late 1960s at a Retreat in Limerick. Neil recognises his Uncle Michael Bulfin second from left in the front row. I'm sure we'll get the names of the others in time. Some of those included are: Gus Fitzgerald, Mick Trehy, John Tobin, Percy O'Flynn, A.B. Kennedy, Tommy Carey, Larry Fahy, Neddie Delahunty, Gus Whelan, Nicky O'Shea, Austy O'Flynn.
This photo seems to be taken at a wedding - the lady second from right may be Veronica Bulfin - Neil is not sure.
Neil also scanned in this interesting receipt from Sean Henehan's, Auctioneer, The Square, Fethard, for his first bicycle bought for him by my Aunt May Sharkey.
Neil was just eight years of age and I used it to cycle out to Fethard from Clonmel.
Bicycles were almost unobtainable during those war years and £3.10.0 was the equivalent of a week's wages or more.
Anyhow I though they might be of some small interest. Good luck and keep up the good work.
1 Glenard Crescent
FETHARD HISTORICAL SOCIETY AGM
At the Annual General Meeting of Fethard Historical Society held on Tuesday 30 March 2004, the following were elected to the committee: Chairperson, Terry Cunningham; Vice Chairperson, Catherine O’Flynn; P.R.O., Mary Hanrahan; Secretary, Dóirín Saurus; Vice Secretary, Margaret Newport; Treasurer, Peter Delaney; Planning Officer, Chris Nevin; other committee members, Kitty Delany, Ann Gleeson, Tim Robinson, Mary McCormack, Karen Evans, and Marie O’Donnell. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month in the Abymill Theatre (upstairs) and all members are welcome to attend.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
The bridge results for Wednesday 7th April are:
1st Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles;
2nd Gross: Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins;
1st Nett: Tony Hanrahan and David O’Meara;
2nd Nett: Mary Quirke and Fr. John Meagher.
On Wednesday next 21st April we will be playing the second night of the Club Championship. Please note that there will be a change to our programme for May. We will now be playing for the President’s Prize on Wednesday 12th May and our AGM will be held on the following Wednesday, 19th May. These games are both one week earlier than originally scheduled. Anyone looking for a partner please contact: Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.
We record the death of Johnny 'Taxer' Ryan, formerly of St. Patrick's Place, Fethard, who died last week in London.
Johnny is photographed here by Paul Looby at last year's Fethard & Killusty London Reunion.
SOCCER FOR OVER-30s
If you are interested in playing soccer for fun and are in the 30-40 age group and upwards, come along and join us in the Community Sports Field on the Killenaule Road on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm or on Sunday evenings (time to be confirmed). We are a recently formed group ‘Badgers’, who are simply a group of people getting together for a game of soccer once or twice a week. This is about getting together for fun and a bit of exercise with little emphasis placed on competition in order to avoid injury. So if you are over 30 and feeling you're already past it, think again! For further information contact Colm McGrath at Tel: 086 3502360 or Liam Harrington at Tel: 086 8436546.
FETHARD & KILLUSTY LONDON REUNION
This years Fethard & Killusty London Reunion will take place on Saturday 26th June at St. Anthony’s Parish Centre, Garratt Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 9AN, from 6.30pm ‘til late! Buffet food will be available, with music from 8pm onwards and all are welcome.
Now is the time to start booking those cheap flights (for €1 depending on the day) and while you’re at it, why not make a weekend of it in London and enjoy some shopping.
Cover charge on the night to help defray expenses is: adults £10.00, and children £7.00 and tickets available in advance or at the door. Further details from Paul Looby, Tel: 0044 (0)1276 459080 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For your information only (not a recommendation): the nearest Tube is: Edgware; the nearest hotel (directly opposite): Premier Lodge, 435 Burnt Oak Broadway. Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 5AQ. www.premierlodge.com or Tel: 0044 (0)870 9906522. Room rate is £58.00 per room per night. There are other hotels also nearby.
This year, it would be nice to see a lot more visitors from Fethard making a special effort and coming to the reunion.