Fethard Junior Footballers beat Ardfinnan by a four point margin in the final of the 1997 Junior Football League played at Marlfield on Sunday last. Fethard looked out of it at half time when they were fortunate to be just four points in arrears. The Fethard selectors, however, made full use of the new five subs rule in league competition. They introduced Joe Keane and Jason Nevin at half time and Shane Kenny, Jerry Horan and Roibeárd Broderick during the second half. These shrewd changes certainly paved the way for Fethard’s four point winning margin at the final whistle.
Congratulations to the girls of the Patrician Presentation Secondary School’s volleyball team who won the All- Ireland Schools Cadet ‘A’ title in Limerick on Saturday 21st March. The same girls had lost in the Schools ‘C’ Final two years ago and in the Community Games finals of both 1996 and 1997. This time. however, there was to be no repeat and playing an outstanding brand of attacking volleyball Fethard blitzed their Galway opponents 15-5 in the first set and completed the rout with a 15-8 victory in the second set. Such was the Fethard dominance that the final lasted only 31 minutes, an incredibly short time in volleyball terms. The team was captained by Irish international panelist Rachel Outram and the trophy for MUP (Most Valuable Player) in the final went to Fethard’s Aisling O’Riordan. The team members are Audrey Conway, Aisling O’Riordan, Jean Morrissey, Nora O’Meara, Rachel Outram, Mary Lee, Marie Holohan, Deirdre Keane, Mary Doyle and Siobhán White. The trophy was last won by Fethard back in 1974.
Fethard Macra qualified for the semifinal of the Senior Macra National Debating Competition on Saturday 21st March in Clonmel when they beat Moyne-Templetouhy in the quarter final of the event. Fethard opposed the motion that “The men of violence have too much say in the peace process”. Fethard team was made up of David Corbett (chairman), Mairéad Croke, John Fitzgerald and Corina Morrissey. Mairéad Croke won the ‘Best Speaker’ on the night award. The team was coached by Martha Sheehan, Garrinch, Fethard. We wish them the best in the All-Ireland semifinal which takes place in Roscrea on April 18th.
So successful was Cancer Research Daffodil Day in Fethard that the Patrician Presentation Transition Year sellers were obliged to go to the country mid-morning to replenish supplies. A sum of £1,072, a record for Fethard, was contributed towards this very worthwhile cause. The organisers wish to thank sincerely the student sellers and all who supported the project.
The death has occurred of Mrs Monica (Mon) Kenny, Greenville, Fethard, on Wednesday 18th March. She is survived by her four children, Lawrence, Brendan, Gemma and Joe. She is also survived by her brother Gus Kenrick and sister Mary Byard. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery on Saturday 21st March following 11.30am Mass in the Augustinian Abbey.
Historical Society AGM
The annual general meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday night at 8.30 pm, followed by a short video presentation of club events during the year. All are welcome.
Fethard Sports Centre gallery was packed to capacity for the finals of the ‘A’ section of the beginners team competition. Walls Bar team beat Tomás Keane in a very closely fought plate final winning 3-2 in a five game thriller. Coolmoyne ‘A’ beat Jason Nevin in the final of the ‘A’ event. Coolmoyne ‘A’ team was Declan O’Donnell, Dessie O’Meara, Gerry Ahearne, Fiona Spillane and Annette McCarthy. Plate winners Walls Bar team was Charles McCarthy, Noel Maher, Willie O’Donnell, Grace Pollard-Wall, Jenny Fogarty and Fiona Hackett.
The final of the ‘B’ competition will take place in the Sports Centre on this Sunday night 29th March commencing at 6.30 pm.
The Club Bridge night on Wednesday 18th March was postponed as a mark of respect to the death of Mon Kenny who was a founder member of the club and past president.