Fethard Bridge Club
Monday 30th March: Moira McInerney & Betty Walsh (1st Gross); Frances Burke & Margaret Hackett (2nd Gross); Rose Lonergan & Mary Meagher (1st Nett); Tony Hanrahan & Michael Kenny (1st Nett).
Wednesday 1st April 2nd Round Club Championship (The Kitty Hayes Memorial Trophy): Bernie Myles & Margaret Hackett (1st Gross); Teresa Cummins & Alice Quinn (2nd Gross); Kathleen O’Connell & Maura Mullins (1st Nett); Nell Broderick & Moira McInerney (1st Nett). There will no bridge on Easter Monday. Club Contact if looking for a partner etc. Annie O’Brien 052 31862
The annual Easter Sunday tribute to the memory of George Plant will take place at the Memorial in St. Johnstown cemetery, Fethard at 3 pm. The oration will be delivered by Bernadette Sands-McKevitt Vice Chairperson 32 County Sovereignty Committee. George Plant’s brother Eddie (Ned) passed away last year in Canada. His sister Elizabeth, the last member of the Plant family to reside in the family home, died some six years ago.
Robert Emmet the Fethard Connection
Dublin historian Freida Kelly, who is writing a book on the eminent patriot recently visited Tipperary town in her research into Robert Emmet’s Tipperary roots. The late Mrs Mrs. Moseberry-Toppin, Main St. many times traced a direct link to Emmet through the Toppin-Millet families, Mrs Moseberry’s grandmother was Millet. We now regret we did not record her family connection with the 1798 rebellion leader.
One (and only) Man
Bloodstock Breeders from Fethard area have produced many stars of cross channel National Hunt racing in post-war , Grand National winners Teal, Royal Tan, Kilmore, West Tip and Rough Quest. The Grey Monk, Money Marker, Linwell, Lochroe, Kerstin, Cool Customer, Master H and Green Pound were others who won many top class chases.
One Man however was the brightest star of them all. This great race horse who had to be put down following a fall at last week’s Liverpool meeting was something special to all, and they are many, who follow the racing game in Fethard. His breeders Hugh and Marie Holohan had travelled over to see him run. The gallant grey is a large loss to his connections. Perhaps some day, Fethard, the home of the racehorse will provide one as good.
Buy and Sell
Fethard Car Boot sale celebrates 15 years in business with a double sale this weekend on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. A special attraction will be a free raffle every half hour on both days for attending patrons.
Parish Church: Holy Thursday 4 pm and the celebration of the last supper at 8pm. Good Friday Stations of the Cross 3 pm. Veneration of the Cross 8pm. Holy Saturday Easter Vigil 8pm. Killusty the same times except no 4 pm mass Holy Thursday.
Pupils of Patrician / Presentation secondary school have raised £301.68 in a recent Easter 25 hour fast in aid of Trocaire. Over the past three years the pupils have raised almost £1,000 through similar for this very worthwhile cause. Congratulations and well done to all who participated, and to all who supported this very worthy cause.
Fethard Sunday Coursing Club will hold their A.G.M. in the Tirry Centre at 8.30pm on Friday April 24th.
Fethard branch Irish Red Cross are promoting a series of Home Nursing classes. The project commences in the Tirry Centre on Thursday 16th April, and weekly each Thursday thereafter at 8.30pm. All are welcome.
The relatives of those who died in the Tuskar Rock Air Disaster thirty years ago are demanding a further enquiry into the cause of the Air Crash. Captain Barney O’Beirne the pilot of the ill fated aircraft the St. Phelim spent much of his boyhood years in Fethard. His father Leo O’Beirne was manager of Fethard branch of The Provincial Bank.
Local Racing Successes
Congrats to local trainer Mr Joe Murphy, who saddled the winner of the first race at Clonmel on Saturday when ‘Shampooed’ owned by Coolmore Stallion Manager, Mr Eamon Phelan, and ridden by Mullinahone jockey Michael Duffy won the Templemore Handicap in a convincing style. The Mouse Morris stable also who had a Liverpool winner in ‘Boss Doyle’. Well done also to local jockey Mr P.J. Colville, who rode ‘The Dell’ to victory at Naas on Saturday for trainer Aidan O’Brien, and very nearly had a quick double being beaten only half a length on ‘Life of a Lord’ at Kilmallock on Sunday for trainer Austin Leahy. P.J. is doing very well this year having approx 50 rides since the season started in January and had numerous second placings in the last few weeks so this winner was a nice bonus.
Swimming: Anyone interested in Swimming in the Fethard?Killusty area should contact Secretary M.C. Maher. 052 31232 or PRO 052 31906 immediately as all entries must be with Co-ordinator before April 20th. Events are boys and girls u/8, 10, 12, 14 and 16. And include free style, backstroke etc., Area must be informed at once in the event of a local competition having to be organised.
Volleyball: The first round of the u/16 Girls Volleyball game resulted in Fethard getting a walk over from Moyne-Templetouhy. The Fethard/Killusty Team consists of: Mary Lee, Eimear Gahan, Julieanne Smyth, Jennifer Frewen, Majella Croke, Caroline Croke, Lisa O’Donnell, Fiona Maher, Patrice Tobin, Vanessa O’Donnell, Siobhán White and Marian Harrington. Teams now remaining in the Co.Final are Fethard, Borrisokane and Roscrea. It is hoped to run this event on Saturday 25th April in Thurles. Date and Venue to be confirmed.
GAA Sports Centre
The G.A.A. Sports Centre is now up and running strongly under chairman Waltie Moloney ably assisted by a new committee. A most successful beginners team racquetball competition has just been completed. The event attracted a record entry of 30 teams of five. Coolmoyne 'A' were winners of Div. 1 and Ronans of Div. 2. A ladies and gents singles competition for members is coming shortly.
With the advent of the brighter evenings it is hoped the interest in tennis at the centre will be maintained. The facilities at the centre are, however, still not being used to full capacity. New members are always welcome so why not come along and make full use of this great sporting facility on your doorstep. The Sports Centre committee are holding their A.G.M. on Wednesday April 15th in the Tirry Centre at 8.30 pm and look forward to a full and representative attendance from the parish. Suggestions towards the more efficient running and better management of the centre will be most welcome at the A.G.M.
The annual walk in aid of the local Lourdes Invalid Fund will take place in early May. Sponsorship cards will be available in the near future. The Diocesan Pilgrimage takes place from June 16th to 21st and anyone who would like to travel as and invalid with the local group should contact one of the local priests as soon as possible.
The next meeting of Fethard Tidy Towns will take place on Tuesday 14th April at 8 pm in the Tirry Centre. The new committee are looking forward to another year’s battle against litter and with your help and cooperation it is a battle that can be won.
The next meeting of the Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 28th April. This meeting will concentrate on organising this years Fethard Festival.
Community Council Task Group
Following the recent meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council a task group has been formed to work towards generating a greater interest in the Community Council and examine its present structure. The members of the action group are: Fr. Ben O’Brien (chairman); Jim Danagher; Pamela Lawlor; David Morrissey and Suzanna Manton. Suggestions, comments and local opinions will be encouraged and are invited. Their findings will be reported back to the Community Council in two months.
Historical Society AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Fethard Historical Society was held on Tuesday, 31st March at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre. The following committee was elected: Joe Kenny (chairman); Terry Cunningham (vice chairman); Catherine O'Flynn (treasurer); Margaret Newport (secretary); Chris Nevin (assistant secretary); Mary Hanrahan (P.R.O.); Gemma Burke (planning officer); Diana Stokes; Kathleen McCormack; Peter Grant; Kitty Delany; David Sceats and Marie O'Donnell.
The winner of the first Historical Society Sweatshirt for members who are paid up by 1st April is Miceál Sean McCormack, Kerry Street, Fethard. The draw was made in Tony Newport's shop at 6.10 pm on Wednesday 1st April and the winner was drawn by Kay McGrath, Main Street, Fethard. Miceál was also our first student member to join at the special rate of £2 this year. We will have another free draw for a Society Sweatshirt for all those who join or rejoin before 1st May. Membership fees for 1998-99 are now due. The committee are offering their usual membership offer for the month of April: Individual membership £5; Family Membership £7; Overseas £10; Senior Citizens £3.50; Unwaged £3.50 and Students £2. Membership fees to: Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Phone (052) 31663.
Volleyball Regional Squad
Congratulations to Fethard’s Jean Morrissey, Norah O’Meara, Audrey Conway, Mary Lee, Aisling O’Riordan and Edel Fitzgerald who were chosen for the Regional Development Squad by the Volleyball Association of Ireland. The girls are part of a squad of twelve who will represent the South-East in the U/16 All-Ireland Regional Finals in Galway on 18th-19th April.
Fethard’s ‘Well Golf Society’ held their first outing of ‘98 recently at Dundrum. Prize winners were Billy Quirke, Pat McCarthy, Jim Cooke and Keith Woodlock. The organisers wish to thank sincerely Dan O’Riordan, Pinewood Laboratories, who sponsored the prizes, and all who supported the venture and made it so successful. The society’s next outing takes place in Cahir on Saturday April 18th. Tee off at 9.30 am sharp. New members and beginners welcome. The Easter Hamper Draw takes place in The Well on Easter Sunday night, music by Donal Lyons.