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Friday 14th May 2004

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TEAC A BLOC
The Abymill Theatre will stage the renowned ‘Teac a Bloc’ production by Des Dillon on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th June.  The show, as seen on The Late Late Show, is receiving rave reviews throughout Ireland and along with Peigí, Rattle the Boards and all her friends, promises for a great night of music and fun.  The show commences on each night at 8.15pm and tickets are €15 and €12. Booking at O’Flynn’s Menswear. Tel: 052 31254.

CONFIRMATION
Best wishes to the 69 children of the parish who received the sacrament of Confirmation on Friday 14th May at Holy Trinity Church Fethard.  Mass was celebrated by His Grace, Most Rev Dr. Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.

FETHARD A.C.
Last weekend the 2004 County Track & Field Championships took place in Scanlon Park, Kilkenny. A small but successful team of 17 athletes travelled to the games to represent Fethard A.C. and brought home a total of 11 individual medals.
Fethard’s gold medal winners were: Elaine Kennedy in the U15 800m and 1500m; Hannah Trehy in the U13 hurdles and Ciara O’Connor in the U14 1500m.  Silver medallists were: John Lalor (U13 hurdles), Aoife O’Connor ( U15 1500m) and Hannah Trehy (U13 high jump).  Fethard’s bronze medallists were: Michelle Ryall in the U13 long jump and 80m sprint, Laura Rice (U14 1500m), Wayne Laslett (U16 high jump) and Elaine Kennedy in the U15 200m.  Other athletes to compete with distinction were: Hannah Tobin, Kate Quigley, Jennifer Rice, Bernadette Costello, Lolo Trehy, Louis Rice and Roisín Trehy.

CUCKOO CALLS
We’re told that the Cuckoo has been heard for the first time this year in the Cloneen area, on April 5th.

YOU’RE A STAR IN THE ABYMILL
‘You’re a Star’ finalist Michael Leonard will play a concert in the Abymill Theatre on Saturday 29th May at 7pm.  Tickets are €12 and can be booked at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street. Tel: 052 31254. 
Michael Leonard is not just your average Mr. Nice Guy, behind the blue eyes and the white smile lies a talent that is a rare find these days. Michael began playing the piano when he was seven and as the years rolled by he started to play guitar and drums. At the age of 16 he started writing songs and this has become his single, most favourite, hobby. He looks for inspiration from his rock idols that include Jimmy Hendrix, Counting Crows and U2.
Michael is now concentrating on his song-writing abilities. He has since co-written material with Westlife front-man Brian McFadden and both Brian Kennedy and Simon Casey have expressed interest in recording some of Michael’s songs.  His life has been a whirlwind of excitement since the TV show and he is now touring the country performing to capacity crowds. Michael believes that ‘You’re a Star’ was the best experience of his life. Though it was tiring and stressful for him, he made many friends, many of whom he keeps in contact with, including Simon Casey, Brian Ormond and Susan McFadden.

COMMUNITY LOTTO JACKPOT NOW €6,700
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 11th May were: 5, 14, 16 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner, and one "Match 3" winner who received €150:
Niall Walsh, Knockbrack
Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:
Dan Hartnett, Killenaule
Margaret Thompson, Fethard
Carmel Murphy, Crampscastle
Next weeks Jackpot is €6,700. Jackpot sellers prize €560.

COMMUNITY GAMES SOCCER
There were two very exciting girls soccer county finals in Killusty on Sunday evening with Killenaule winning both U/12 and U/15 events.  Fethard boys under 13 indoor soccer champions, winners the county title in Rockwell College recently, paraded under the County Banner proudly displaying their medals before the finals.
Team members who will represent Tipperary at Munster Finals are: Ben Walsh (capt) Adam Lyons, Damien Morrissey, Darren Connolly (goal), Ciaran Ryan, Daniel Hickey and Jake Maher.

GET WELL SOON
Anne Kelly, on behalf of her family and friends, sends get-well wishes to her sister Paula Gahan who is making a speedy recovery in St Joseph's Hospital Clonmel.

BACK IN THE SADDLE
At the recent special meeting of Fethard Football and Hurling Club to elect a secretary and chairman, following recent resignations, vice-chairman Dick Fitzgerald was elected chairman, and Miceál McCormack was elected secretary.
Both Dick and Miceál have given great service to Fethard and Tipperary GAA over the years, and we are sure they will continue to do so as each of them filled the positions with distinction on previous occasions.  Both also being dedicated to furthering and promoting GAA ideals at all levels, we feel confident that all Fethard GAA players, committee, members, followers and supporters will unite behind Dick and Miceál in making 2004 another successful year for Fethard GAA.

MARRIED RECENTLY
The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 8th May of Claire, daughter of Mr Edmond and Mrs Phyllis Healy, The Green, Fethard, to Eugene O’Donnell, Clonmel.

JUVENILE GAA CLUB
The U/12s play their last game of football in their championship bid this Thursday evening away to Clonmel Commercials. A bus leaves from outside the GAA Field at 6.15pm on Thursday 13th May.  They need a win to ensure a place in the semi-finals so best of luck to the lads.
Our U/14s played St, Patricks in Cloneen on Thursday of last week in their championship bid and came away with a great win.  Well done to the these young players and we wish them the best of luck in their next match.
Football training for U/8s, U/10s and U/12s on Saturdays at 3pm in the GAA Field; U/12s also on Tuesday evenings at 6pm in the GAA Field.  U/14s on Wednesdays at 6.30pm in the GAA field and on Fridays at 6.15pm.  U/16s on Monday evenings in the GAA field at 7.00pm.
Hurling training for U/14s and U/16s on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm in the new Community Sports Field.  Anyone is welcome to come along to any of these training sessions and new members are always welcome.
If you have any queries please phone Club Secretary - Caroline Sheehan. Tel: 052-32005 or 086 1713502
On a final note, the Juvenile Club would like to wish all the boys and girls that are receiving their Confirmation on Friday 14th May, a very happy day.

MAY PROCESSION
A very good number of parishioners took part in Fethard’s annual May Procession held on Sunday evening 9th May.  Rev Fr. Meagher OSA, at the conclusion, on behalf of the parish clergy thanked sincerely all who took part, especially the children who had received their First Holy Communion the previous day.

FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
On Wednesday 5th May we played for prizes sponsored by Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles and the results were:
1st Nett: Mary and Pattie Tobin
2nd Nett: Suzanne Opray and Ellen Rochford
1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2nd Gross: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny
Our AGM will be held on Wednesday, 19th May at 7pm and will be followed by a game of bridge.  Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien Tel: 052 31862.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Best wishes to the 70 children of the parish who will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on this Friday 14th May at Holy Trinity Church Fethard.  Mass, celebrated by His Grace, Most Rev Dr. Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, will commence at 11am and all are invited to attend this special ceremony in our parish.
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School invites all adults to an ‘Information Evening on Drub Misuse’ in the School Hall on Wednesday next 14th May at 8pm.

Mr John Lonergan, Governor Mountjoy Prison, is principal guest speaker. John Lonergan, a native of Ardfinnan, has shown himself, in his many media interviews, to be one of the great humanitarians of our time.  While a firm believer in discipline, Mr Lonergan forever promotes the cause of the underprivileged members of our society.  Removing or preventing the cause, rather than terms of imprisonment, has been his policy on crime reform.  Experiencing the evil of substance abuse on a daily basis during the course of his work and being the brilliant speaker that he is, no one is more qualified to speak on the subject.

The Garda Drugs Task Force, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Mr John Casey SEHB, will also speak on the subject.

FETHARD & COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 18th May at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.  The committee are currently working a feasibility study, in conjunction with Tipperary Institute, to refine the development of the Convent Hall to the best community use while still remaining sustainable and self-sufficient.

TOWN RENEWAL SCHEME
The Town Renewal Scheme of tax incentives, aimed at promoting the physical renewal and improvement of Fethard, introduced by the Finance Act 2000 has been extended to 31st July 2006.  The original closing date of 31st December 2004 was extended by the Minister of Finance in his Budget 2004, but will only apply to projects under the Town Renewal Scheme for which full planning application has been received at the relevant Planning Authority on or before the 31st December 2004.

Further information is available from the Planning Section, South Tipperary County Council. Tel: 052 34646.

THE WELL GOLF SOCIETY
The names and deposits for Adare Manor are coming in slowly but surely and to help you in this endeavour we have organised a golf evening at Slievenamon Golf Club on Saturday, May 22nd.  Tee-off time is 5pm.  The format will be a three-ball scramble or rumble (yet to be decided). A very reasonable rate for green fees will also include dinner. Hope to see you all there.

FETHARD GAA CLUB
Intermediate Hurling continued last week with our county league match played on Tuesday evening, Fethard 2-9 (0-3), Arravale Rovers 2-9 (2-4), and our south championship game played on Friday evening, Fethard 2-17 (2-7), Carrick Davins 3-4 (0-3). 

Fethard’s game against Arravale Rovers, played in Tipp Town, was a very difficult evening for hurling but both teams braved the elements and some fine passages of skills were the order of the evening.  A draw was a fair result as it was a game of two halves. The score in the first half was, Arravale Rovers 2-4, Fethard 0-3.  The Fethard team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Michael Ryan, Tommy Gahan, Philly Croke, Michael Aherne, Shane Walsh, Cian Maher 0-1, Stephen O’Donnell 0-1, Ciarán Treacy 0-1, P J Aherne, Colin Allen 1-5 (5F), John Noonan, Miceál Spillane 1-1, and Gerry Aherne. Our last game in this competition will be played during this week.

The minor football B game played in Ned Hall Park on Saturday 8th May resulted in a fine victory for us on a scoreline. Fethard 5-9 (3-5), Ballyporeen 1-4 (1-1). This 2nd round Minor B South Championship game, was a very one-sided contest.  From the throw-in Fethard were always in control and by halftime had amassed 3-5 to 1-1, with goals for Fethard from Shane Walsh, Ronan O’Meara, and Stephen O’Meara and points from Paul Kenrick 0-2, Shane Walsh, Peter Gough and Johnny Leahy to a Ballyporeen goal scored by David Crotty, and a point from Paidí Fitzgerald.

There was some lovely football movements from both teams but Fethard finished off with scores while Ballyporeen broke down due to the dominance of the Fethard backline, who broke from defence time after time. In the second half Ballyporeen scored only 3 points from Harry English, Dave O’Farrell, and a free from David Crotty, with Fethard adding 2-4 goals from Paul Kenrick and Johnny Leahy, and points from Shane Walsh 0-2, P.J. Morrissey, and Stephen O’Meara to leave the final score, Fethard 5-9, Ballyporeen 1-4.  Fethard thus march on to a semi-final spot. Some of the referee’s decisions on both sides were very hard to understand on the evening.

Our Juvenile Under 14 A football received a bye for their game scheduled for Monday 17th May.

Our new officers elected at Special General Meeting on Wednesday 5th May for the remainder off the year were Dick Fitzgerald (Chairman) and Miceál McCormack (Secretary).  We wish both the very best off luck.

Our Lotto Jackpot was not won at Burkes Bar on 4th May either. The numbers drawn were: 1, 5, 16 and 18.  We had one match three winner of €150, Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Larry Keogh (Kilcash).

It was with sadness last week that the old Gaels learned of the passing away of Jimmy Hickey (Drangan) who played Minor Football with Fethard and won South titles in 1932 and 1933.  To his family we offer our condolences at this time Go ndeanai Dhia trocaire orthu.
Fethard Team: Glen O’Meara, Mike Kelly, Darragh Corbett, Shane Harrington, James Smyth, Richard Gorey, Niall Hayes, P.J. Morrissey 0-1, William O’Brien, Peter Gough 0-1, Ronan O’Meara1-0, Shane Walsh 1-3, Stephen O’Meara 1-1, Paul Kenrick 1-2, Johnny Leahy 1-1. Subs used: Damien Donovan, James D'Arcy and Christopher Sheehan. Ballyporeen Team: Pat Ahearne, Paddy McCarthy, Sean McGrath, David O’Neill, Robert Duggan, Tomas Martin , Danny Hannon, Pat Quinlan, Kenneth English, Larry Brophy, Harry English 0-1, Paidí Fitzgerald 0-1, Dave Farrell 0-1, David Crotty 1-1, and Sean Hickey

LONDON REUNION
Don’t forget that this years Fethard & Killusty London Reunion will takes 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. 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 (email: loobs@londonirish.org), Tel: 0044 (0) 1276 459080 or Joe Kenny, Fethard. Tel: 052 31663.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIMMY
Olly Fitzgerald and family from Leicestershire, England, would like to wish Jimmy Fitzgerald a very happy 60th birthday and they’re sorry that we could not be home to celebrate it with you.

BADGERS ALIVE AND KICKING
Many people are wondering why is it there seems to be so many badgers killed on the side of the road these days. The answer must be that it's just the time of year and these new generation of badgers that are not yet aware of the dangers of our busy roads.  Happily this is not the case as regards to our own ‘Badgers’— the 30s to 40s plus age group soccer players in the community sports field — as numbers seem to be growing all the time.  On the very first Wednesday night just six people appeared, the following week, this doubled to twelve and on the books at present we have 16 players.  The soccer has been lively and people are already feeling the benefits of the fresh air and exercise, but an added bonus has been that of so many old friendships re-acquainted. Some who have not met since school days, one would not have thought the small town was so big. The invitation is still there for those who would like to play a little social soccer, come along to the community field at 19.45 each Wednesday night.

NEW CHAIRMAN AND SECRETARY
Fethard GAA Club appointed a new chairman and secretary at an extraordinary general meeting of the club held on Wednesday night 5th May. Following the recent resignations of both officers, Dick Fitzgerald was elected as chairman and Miceál McCormack elected as secretary. We wish them both well in their new positions.

SURPRISE PARTY FOR COACH ERIC

Fethard Judo Club made their annual awards presentations to members at a 'surprise' social held in the Fethard Arms on Saturday night 1st May. The event was jointly organised as a surprise birthday party for coach Eric O'Donnell who was presented with a gift from the club to mark his 20 years service to Judo in Fethard. Photographed after the presentations above are L to R: Aobh O'Shea (most improved girl for 2004), Josephine O'Donnell (coach), Eric O'Donnell (coach), D.J. Gorey (Player of the Year) and Tom Sharpe (most improved boy 2004).


Eric O'Donnell and his girlfriend Ailbhe Kinsella photographed with friends in the Fethard Arms.


Fethard Judo Club founder member Johnny Sheehan and Noel Heffernan photographed with members of the Gorey family, all who played Judo with Fethard Club. L to R: D.J. Gorey, Richard Gorey, Tony Gorey, Johnny Sheehan, Noel Heffernan, Roy Gorey and Cathal Gorey.


Judo coaches past and present L to R: Johnny Sheehan, Eric O'Donnell and Noel Heffernan.


Providing music on the night were L to R: C.J. Taylor, Mark Sullivan and Jack Kenny.

KILLUSTY NEWS

Get well wishes
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mrs C Byrne, Killusty, from her many friends and neighbours in the area.

Rosegreen are crowned champions
The big game in local junior soccer last Wednesday evening was the league decider of the 1st division title Killusty had the home venue against a determined Rosegreen side. A win for either side would have guaranteed the 1st Division title. Killusty have not enjoyed great success over Rosegreen this year, in their previous two games Rosegreen came out on top and this game was no different. A couple of weeks ago Killusty were in contention for winning two trophies, The Paddy Purtill Cup and the 1st Div League title. Unfortunately following defeats in two big games. The trophy cabinet remains empty. A small consolation, however, was finishing in second position in the 1st Division League. They will now be playing in the Premiership next season and we wish them well.

Under/12 Soccer Quarterfinal
Fethard and Killusty U/12 team play Tipp Town in Killusty on Wednesday May 5th at 7pm. A very young side did very well in a recent game where they defeated Mullinahone 4-1. Tipp Town are a very good side and we look forward to a big effort from our lads. Hopefully we will have a big local crowd to cheer on the boys, some were part of the recent U/13 county final indoor soccer panel who were crowned Tipperary champions recently. All panel of players are reminded to be in Killusty it 6.30 sharp. Young Tommy Sheehan will captain the team on the night.

Double bill on Sunday evening
Killusty and Fethard community games have enjoyed great success to date this year in the Community Games circles and on this coming Sunday evening, May 9th, Killusty will host the county final of the girls U/12 at 6.00pm, followed by the county U/15 final. A big attendance is expected.

Finalists are: Grangemockler v Killenaule in the girls U/l2 which kicks off at 6pm, followed by the girls U/15 between Nenagh and Killenaule at 7.15.  Co-ordinator for the games is Bernard Feery (Tipp Community Games) who can be contacted at Tel: 052-31023.

It is hoped that recent County Champions, Fethard and Killusty Boys U/13 soccer team, will be proudly displaying their recent county gold medals and trophy on the evening, so do come along and show our support for a great bunch of lads who brought the title back to Fethard and Killusty. A feast of football for all next Sunday evening, 9th May in Killusty.

Programme of events:
5.45 pm: Parade of County Champions Fethard & Killusty boys U/13 team captained by Ben Walsh
6.00 pm: County Final U/12 girls — Grangemockler v Killenaule
7.15 pm: County Final U/15 girls — Nenagh v Killenaule
8.15 pm: Presentation of Medals.

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.


Hugh Walsh sent us this photograph taken at his parents wedding, Bill Walsh to Nora White, in 1945. The photo includes several Fethard people that we all remember well:
Back Row (L to R):- Louis O'Donnell, Fethard;  Kay O'Keeffe, Barrettstown;  Michael O'Keeffe, Barrettstown;  Peg Hayes, Derryluskin;  Bill Holohan, Killusty;  Kitty McCarthy, Fethard;  Billy Kenrick, Fethard,  Mary Goldsborough, Fethard;  P. J. Holohan, Fethard;  Babs Looby,  Fethard;  Michael Britton, Cloneen;  Middle Row (L to R):- May White, Mullinahone;  Tom Walsh, Newtown;  Maureen Holohan. Fethard;  Canon Ryan, Fethard;  Bill Walsh, Baptistgrange;  Nora Walsh (nee White), Baptistgrange; Andy Holohan, Fethard;  Nora Nyhan (nee Carew), Cork & Derryluskin;  Matt White, Mullinahone;  Liz Brett, Fethard;  Front Row (Seated) Jackie White, Derryluskin;  May Britton (nee Walsh), Cloneen;  Tim Walsh, Newtown;  Agnes Barry (nee White), Ennis;  John White, Derryluskin;  Ellen White, Derryluskin

ST. RITA'S CAMOGIE CLUB
The Junior team were due to play Dromaninch in the County League last Wednesday night, but the North Tipperary team were unable to field a team. A challenge was organised against Dundrum for Wednesday night at 7pm and on this occasion Fethard emerged victorious on a scoreline of Fethard 2-7, Dundrum 2-3.  Details of further fixtures have yet to be confirmed.  Training continues in the field on Wednesday night at 7pm and Sunday morning at 11am.

County stars inspire Fethard to another league final win over Aherlow
County Senior Football League Division 1 Final
Fethard 0-15, Aherlow 0-7
(match report - The Nationalist 1st May)

Fethard win back to back County Senior Football League titles and their third in five years - and in each final it was Aherlow who provided the opposition.

This game on Friday evening last was fixed for Cahir but moved to Ballyporeen at very short notice. Both teams were very much up for the game and 10 minutes into the second half it could have went either way. Fethard were more accurate and fitter over the hour and were deserving winners in a fast, free flowing and no nonsense game that had thrills galore. Fethard had seven players who took their chances while Aherlow had only two who did all their scoring and this was a true reflection of the game

Almost from the throw in Fethard had a point from Conor McCarthy. On the kick out Aherlow were awarded a free and Seanie Peters duly replied to level the score. For the next ten minutes we had no scores but a lot of wides and near misses from both teams with a great save on Aherlow's David Cleary by Fethard's Paul Fitzgerald.

In the 12th and 13th minutes Fethard had points from Brendan Brett and John Paul Looby. Aherlow's reply came in the 18th minute from a free. Seanie Peters added a point. Fethard had quick replies within two minutes with points from Aidan Fitzgerald and Glen Burke to leave the score after 20 minutes, Fethard 0-5, Aherlow 0-2.

From that to half time we had thrills aplenty from both teams but Fethard added two points from Ken O'Donnell and Conor McCarthy and Paul Fitzgerald made another great save, to a single Aherlow reply, a point from a free by Seanie Peters to leave the half time score, Fethard 0-7, Aherlow 03. Both teams also had five wides in this half.

In the second half Fethard were first to attack which resulted in a wide but the next ten minutes were to belong to Aherlow who came at Fethard with all guns blazing and had the score reduced to a margin of two points with Conor O'Shea 0-2 (1F) — Fethard 0-7, Aherlow 0-5. This was as close as Aherlow got to Fethard. The next ten minutes belonged to Fethard who had edged back up to a 0-10 to 0-6 lead with points from Miceál Spillane, John P Looby and a Conor McCarthy free to a lone reply from Seanie Peters.

In the last ten minutes, with subs introduced everywhere, the game swung very much Fethard's way with their county players shining on the night.

Fethard added five points from Ken O'Donnell, Brian Coen, Aidan Fitzgerald and a brace from Glen Burke (1 free) to a single Aherlow score, a point from Conor O'Shea to leave the final score Fethard 0-15 Aherlow 0-7. Best for Fethard on the night were Paul Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne, Glen Burke, Aidan Fitzgerald, Ken O'Donnell and Conor McCarthy. For Aherlow the players who tried hardest were Mark O'Shea, Derry Peters and Seanie Peters. These teams will surely meet later on in the year when the Championship gets under way.

Fethard: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Aherne, Michael Quinlan, Alan Phelan, Tomas Keane, Damien Byrne, Glen Burke 0-3, Aidan Fitzgerald 0-2, Cian Maher. John P Looby 0-2 , Stephen O'Donnell, Ken O'Donnell 0-2 Conor McCarthy 0-3(1F), Miceál Spillane 0-1, Brendan Brett 0-1. Subs Tom Anglim, Eoin Doyle, Willie Morrissey, Brian Coen 0-1 and P.J. Aherne.

Aherlow - Mark O'Shea, Timmy Leonard, Leo Leonard, Fergal Clifford, Denis O'Shea, Mark O'Brien, Cathal O'Shea, Tommy Russell, Derry Peters, Anthony Moroney, Mark Leonard, Paddy Hennessy, Conor O'Shea 0-2 (1F), David Cleary, Seanie Peters 0-5 (4F). Subs: Ciarán Moroney, Laurence Coskeran, Lionel Leonard.

Walsh introduction spurs Fethard to victory
South MFC 'B'
Fethard 1-9, St Patricks Gaels 0-10
(match report - The Nationalist 1st May)

History was made on Wednesday 21st April when the first championship game was played at O'Sullivan Park, Ballingarry . We congratulate the club on their excellent facilities on the night, although the conditions were not so kind but a great game was served up by both teams. This match had everything that was good about the game of football with skills galore and great scores. It was played in a great sporting manner, a credit to both clubs, and a result of the narrowest of margins favouring the 'blue and white' of the Friary Town.

From the throw in St Pats Gaels were in control and by the end of the first quarter had raced into a 0-4 to 0-2 lead with points from Brian Hickey, Brian McCormack, Damien McCormack 02 (1F) to points from Fethard's Stephen O'Meara and John Leahy. St Pats were guilty of a lot of misses in this half and should have a bigger lead at the interval than 0-5 to 0-3 in front with points in the second quarter coming from St Pats Gaels Philip Britton and Fethard's Paul Kenrick. In the third quarter we were treated to a transformed team in St Pats Gaels who upped the tempo took good scores from all angles and raced into a lead of 0-10 to 0-4 with scores from Philip Britton, Robbie Ryan, Danny Gleeson, and Damien McCormack 0-2(1F), to a single point from Fethard's county player Shane Walsh who was unable to start with an injury and was introduced mid way through the second half.

This player's introduction changed the whole pattern off the game in the final quarter as the other Fethard players seemed to get a new lease off life and took up the challenge laid down by St Pats Gaels. In the final quarter both teams had goals disallowed but Fethard had the score of the match with a piledriver of a goal from Paul Kenrick who came very much into the game on the introduction of Shane Walsh who between them broke the hearts on the combination team to carve out a one point advantage at the final whistle and carry the day for Fethard.

Scores in that final quarter came from Fethard's Paul Kenrick 1-4 (4F). John Leahy (0-1), to a single point from St Pats Gaels Philip Britton to leave the final score Fethard 1-9 St Pats Gaels 0-11.

Fethard's best on the night were Glen O'Meara, Mike Kelly, P.J. Morrissey, Ronan O'Meara, Paul Kenrick, John Leahy and sub Shane Walsh. For St Patricks Gaels those who never gave up were, William Phelan, Brian McCormack, Robbie Ryan, Damien McCormack and Philip Britton.

Fethard: Glen O'Meara, Mike Kelly, Daragh Corbett, Stephen Harrington, James Smyth. Connie O'Flynn, Niall Hayes, P 3 Morrissey, William O'Brien, David O'Sullivan, Ronan O'Meara, Stephen O'Meara 0-1, Peter Gough, Paul Kenrick 1-5, John Leahy 0-2, Subs: Shane Walsh 0-1, Richard Gorey, Damien Donovan, James D'Arcy.

St Pats Gaels: John Molloy, Kevin Dempsey, Colin Murphy, Tom Burke, Dermot Molloy, W M Phelan, Tom McGrath, Brian McCormack 0-1, Danny Gleeson 0-1, Enda Fogarty, Brian Hickey 0-1, Philip Britton 0-3, Dean Madden, Damien McCormack 0-4 (2F).

COMMUNITY GAMES ATHLETICS

Some of the medallists at the Community Games Fethard Area Finals. L to R: Mark Heffernan (Ballyvaden), Kevin Hickey (Coolmoyne), David Heffernan (Ballyvaden), Jack Gleeson (Coolmore) and Brian Healy (The Green).

There was a small turn out at the area finals of the community games athletics held in Fethard Community Sportsfield on Friday May 30th.   However, those who braved the cold evening enjoyed themselves.  First and second in all of the events have qualified for the County Finals which will take place in Thurles Dog Track on Sunday, May 30th commencing at 2pm. 

If you do not wish to compete in Thurles please contact area secretary Bernard Feery, Tel: 052 31023 before Sunday May 9th as entries have to be submitted before May 15th. There is no point in entering children who do not intend to travel.  Entry fee is €2.00.

Under 8, 60 Meters:  Kate Quigley, Hannah Tobin, Molly Proudfoot, Jack Gleeson, David Heffernan, Eoghain Hurley.
Under 8, 80 Meters: Molly Proudfoot, Kayleigh Higgins, Alanna Cody, Eoghain Hurley, Kevin Hickey.
Under 10, 100 Meters: Aine Phelan, Jennifer Rice, Brian Healy, Gary Bradshaw, Vincent Lawrence.
Under 10 200 Meters: Philip Maher, Vincent Lawrence
Under 12 100 Meters: Owen Healy
Under 12 600 Meters: Radika Janacikava
Under 14 800 Meters: Bernedette Costello, Laura Rice, John Lalor
Under 16 100 Meters: Kate O’Brien, Redcity.

County Finals of Under 12 and Under 15 Girls Soccer will take place in Killusty Sportsfield on Sunday, next May 9th.   Teams involved are:  Killenaule-v-Grangemockler and Killenaule-v-Nenagh.   Enquiries to: Bernard Feery Tel: 052 31023.

Killusty Soccer Club Sponsored Walk
We could not have asked for a better day for our walk, a fine turnout of walkers from the very young to the not so young, from near, and from as far away as Bray. Thanks to all of our walkers for their time and effort, thanks to everyone who sponsored us.  A special thanks to J.L. O'Brien & Co. Clonmel, for the refreshments, they were greatly appreciated.  Plans are underway already for next year's walk, with a route from Boolagh, across the mountain to Walshbog finishing in Killusty as the likely course. Watch this space...

FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
On Wednesday 28th April we played the third round of the Club Championship and the results were:
1st Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara
2nd Gross: Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins
1st Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret Mary McCormack
2nd Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney

On Wednesday next 12th May we will be playing the President’s Prize and all members are requested to be present at 7pm sharp.  Our AGM will be held on the following Wednesday, 19th May also at 7pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien at Tel: 052 31862.


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