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Monday 12th September 2005

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Fethard Debs Ball

Photographed above at Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School Debs Ball held in Kilcoran Lodge on Friday 2nd September were: L to R: Evelyn Fogarty. Amy Quigley, Helen Frewen, Roseanne Meaney, Marice Sullivan, Sharon Duggan, Tara O'Flynn, Siobhán Prout, Sarah Kennedy and Ciara Hickey. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS

Waiting Four Years for Urgent Repairs

Some of the residents of Fr. Tirry Park who are awaiting South Tipperary County Council to undertake repairs to their houses for many years. L to R: John Fahey MCC, Pat Fitzgerald, Seamus Moloney, Paddy and Margaret Grant, Noel Coffey, Maureen Keane and David Hennessy.

Residents of Canon Hayes Park and Fr. Tirry Park in Fethard are getting increasingly frustrated at the lack of action by South Tipperary County Council on repairs to their houses that were first sought four years ago. The situation is now gone beyond a joke as senior residents prepare for another cold winter in far from weatherproof houses. Local spokesman for the residents, Pat Fitzgerald, has brought the urgent matter to the attention of local councillors and the Fethard & Killusty Community Council, in the hope that something can be done to speed up the long awaited work.

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?

Last Wish to Return Home made possible

The immediate family of the late Joe Walsh, formerly from Crampscastle, who returned to Fethard to inter the late Mr Walsh's ashes in Everardsgrange Cemetery, near the site of the ruins of his family home. L to R: Rachael Brinsden, Nick Walsh, Di Harris, Danny Walsh, Margaret Walsh (Joe's wife), Timmy Walsh, Teresa Phillips and Bernie Walsh.

Joseph Walsh was born in a small cottage near Crampscastle, Fethard, in 1921. He enjoyed his childhood growing up, in and around Fethard and never wanting to leave. But, in the late 1930s, his family moved over to the South East of England.

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.

Ran Away from Home at 15 Years of Age
I am the youngest son of John (Paddy) Duncan and I’m interested in tracing my family tree! I am hoping to make some contacts as my father is from Fethard born on the 5th December 1920, St Johnstown. I understand that his father died when he was very young and was married to Elizabeth nee Watson.

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:

AIB Cup for the Champion Pony

Knockbordan Matchmaker, ridden by Jennifer Larkin being presented with the AIB Cup for the Champion Pony at Piltown Show.

Congratulations to Jennifer Larkin who won the AIB Champion Show Pony award on Thursday 1st September at Piltown Show. This was a first championship win for both rider and pony, and a very exciting happening at such a prestigious show. The pony ‘Knockbordan Matchmaker’, was produced and owned by Jacqui and Tom Freyne, Knockbordan House, Fethard.

Eleanor Shanley concert for Trust
Eleanor Shanley is returning to Fethard to play a concert in aid of the Trust Charity on Saturday 17th September. Eleanor will be accompanied by musicians Paul Kelly and Frankie Lane, both very accomplished solo performers in their own right. Eleanor’s career in music took off in the eighties when she was heard singing in a bar in Dublin by a member of De Dannan who were looking for a singer at the time. They invited her to join them on their upcoming tour after which she spent many years with them before forging a successful solo career.

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
The AGM of St. Rita's Camogie Club took place on the 29th March 2005. The following officers were elected: Chairwoman, Jean Morrissey; Secretary, Eimear Gahan; and Treasurer, Edel Fitzgerald. A word of thanks from all players go to Martha Sheehan, Emma Fitzgerald and Sharon O’Meara for their commitment and dedication to the club over the last number of years. Davy Morrissey was elected trainer for the coming year. Davy is very committed to the job never missing a training session, a special thank you to Davy for all his time and effort.

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
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 6th September were: 18, 26, 30 and 31. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner. The following tickets were drawn and each received €50:
Bridget Hayes, Main Street, Fethard
Dearbhla Keane, Main Street, Dundrum
Lucy Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Mary Coen, Killusty, Fethard
Maureen Murphy, 18 Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard
Anne Daly, 34 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

Fethard and Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 20th September at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Tommy Murphy Cup in Fethard

Declan Brown, captain of the victorious Tipperary senior football team photographed with the Tommy Murphy Cup after beating Wexford in the final played in Croke Park earlier today. L to R: goalkeeper Paul Fitzgerald, who won 'Man of the Match', Aidan Fitzgerald, who scored Tipperary's first goal, and Declan Browne, captain of the team. The other Fethard player on the Tipp team was full back Damien Byrne. This was Tipperary's first national senior football title won in 75 years.

It has been 75 years since a senior Tipperary footballer stood in the stand in Croke Park and uttered the famous words, “Ta an athas orm an corn seo a ghlacadh”. Declan Brown wore a smile as wide as the stadium itself as he accepted the Tommy Murphy Cup on behalf of his team-mates. Afterwards, many of the team made their way back to McCarthy’s in Fethard to watch the highlights of the match. There were loud cheers all round as Fethard’s Fitzgerald brothers, Paul and Aidan, flashed up on the screen. They grew louder still when Paul received the well deserved ‘Man of the Match Award’ for pulling off a number of spectacular saves. The bottle of champagne intended for the cup ended up being sprayed over the crowd, most of which ended up dousing Gerry Nevin who had just flown in from New York.

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.
(N Gawe)

Married Recently
Congratulations to Liam Kenny, son of Ella Kenny and the late Jim Kenny, Grove, who married Rebecca Maher, Clonmel, on Saturday 3rd September, in St. John The Baptist Church, Lisronagh. The couple held their reception at Grove and have now left for Africa on their honeymoon.

The Sweet Taste of Success
The winning of the Tommy Murphy Cup by Tipperary Senior footballers, that meant so much to so many Tipperary football supporters, can be described by just one word — unbelievable!

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.

Equestrian Success
Another Tipperary team had an outstanding win in the equestrian world last week. The Tipperary Pony Club show jumping team won the British Pony Club National Show Jumping Championship. A current report of the event says that the standard of jumping by all competitors was truly amazing. The success of the Tipperary riders over the best of the best of England’s show jumping ponies deserves the highest praise.

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.

Fethard GAA News
Tommy Murphy Cup  (Tipp 3-10 Wexford 0-15)

Congratulations to Tipperary Senior Football team on achieving a great victory in Croke Park on Sunday last, to Paul Fitzgerald for his ‘Man of the Match’ performance, to Damien Byrne for holding the ‘All Star’ player, Matty Forde, to a single point from play, and to Aiden Fitzgerald for a wonderful fisted goal to put us on the road to victory. The Fethard players accounted of themselves very well in helping to bring home the silverware to the Premier County, against all the odds, in beating a Wexford team that, earlier this year, had contested the Div 1 League Football Final against Armagh. Again thanks to all involved for making it such a wonderful occasion for those who were able to attend Croke Park or watch it at home on TV.

Congratulations also to our Under 12 B Hurlers for there performance in Thurles last Sunday in securing a draw in the County Final on a scoreline of 0-4 each and the best of luck in the replay

The Senior Football South Final takes place this Sunday at 1.30 pm in Kilsheelan against Carrick Swans who are going for their first senior title while Fethard are hoping to add to their current tally of 27 titles. We wish our team the very best of look on Sunday and we ask you for your support by your attendance as a true Gael and follower of the ‘Friary Town’.

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 Championship South Quarterfinal between Fethard and St. Marys takes place on Wednesday 14th September at 5.30pm in Monroe.

We were defeated in the Junior B Hurling game on Saturday last in Fethard on a scoreline, Fethard 1-7, Carrick Swans 2-14.

In Junior B Football we play Killenaule on Wednesday 7th September and on Saturday 10th we play Clonmel Commercials in Monroe at 6pm.

St Rita’s Camogie Club would like to thank most sincerely all who supported their recent Church Gate Collection.

Still Going Strong
Congratulations and belated happy birthday wishes to a former St. Patrick’s, Tipperary and Munster footballer, Tom Keane, Barrack Street, who celebrated his 80th birthday on Tuesday.

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.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Our u/12 hurlers played the county final in Semple Stadium last Sunday and came away with a draw in a very exciting game. Playing with the wind in the first half Moneygall settled the better and took the lead with a point. It took us a while to settle but, when we did, Eoin Fitzgerald levelled matters from a free, and a couple of minutes later Ronan Fitzgerald scored another from a free to put us 2 points to 1 up. With half-time close Moneygall put on some strong pressure but with Dylan Fitzgerald outstanding in goal and our full-back line of Eoin Dillon, Gary Lawrence and the brilliant Tommy Sheehan, we held out firm and led 2 points to 1 at half-time.

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 Launderette 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.

Community Games
Fethard and Killusty Community Games Committee would like to congratulate the Tipperary Football Team on their great victory against Wexford in the Tommy Murphy Cup last Sunday. This was a fantastic achievement and many of the players would have competed with the games in their respective areas down the years. Tipp goalie and ‘Man of the match’ Paul Fitzgerald won the gold medal in the boys’ u/12 long puck championship in Mosney in 1989, the same day that Tipp beat Antrim in the All Ireland Hurling Final. Well done to all.

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