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Saturday 4th July 1998

Well Golf Society
Our most recent winners in Tipperary were:- Keith Woodlock, Michael Leahy and Jason Nevin. Thanks to everybody who helped make this another successful day out. We ask all our members who intend travelling to St. Helen’s Bay on 18th July to contact the committee re/ arrangements.

Tidy Towns
The flower beds in Fethard are now kept nice and tidy. It is lovely to see the hanging-baskets, tubs and window-boxes appearing. The colours are beautiful, but, unfortunately, we still have a major problem with litter. A little thought and a few minutes each day can work wonders. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 14th July at 8.00pm in the Tirry Centre. All are welcome.

Flaming June
June was wet, what’s new? with just 5 days without rain in the month. We had a rainfall of 121.5mm (4.86”) in the 25 days of rain. The average for June is 2.88” (72mm) making June ’98 rainfall 17% above normal. The highest June rainfall in this area was as recent as 1986 when the recorded rainfall was 137.6m.m (5.5m.m)
The temperature was also well below June average, the highest recorded was on June 19th at 19.4 degrees. The lowest was 4.7 degrees on the 11th. The rainfall to date for 1998 is 20.7”, six inches above the average rainfall to June 30th.
The met office figures shows that the six-month rainfall nation-wide was 25% above average.
Much of the June rainfall was localised. On Saturday 13th, a cloud-burst almost washed out Coolmore, Knockelly and Rathenny areas, whereas areas a few miles away had just a light shower.
Perhaps the best indication of the local June weather is shown by the fact that not a swimmer, juvenile or adult, was seen swimming in the Clashawley River at New Bridge, Grove, during the month.
(Weather Report: - Courtesy Parsons Hill Farms)

Fethard and Killusty Community Games

A total of 11 competitors will travel to University of Limerick on Saturday next to contest the Munster Finals of the Credit Union Community Games in Judo and girls U/16 Volleyball. The Judo competitors are: Richard Gorey, Moanbeg and his twin cousins Roy and Tony Gorey, Redcity; Ciarán O’Shea, Main Street; Ciara Hickey, Killusty; Stephanie and Danielle Lawrence, Woodvale Walk.
The Munster Judo co-ordinator is Valerie Colville

The Volleyball Team members are:- Mary Lee, Killusty; Caroline Croke and Patrice Tobin, St. Patrick’s Place; Eimear Gahan, Woodvale Walk; Lisa O’Donnell, Redcity; Siobhan White, Strylea; Marian Harrington, Coolmoyne; Fiona Maher , Kilnockin; Jennifer Frewen and Majella Croke, Tullamaine; Julianne Smyth, Tinakelly; Vanessa O’Donnell, Monroe.
Team Coaches:- Denis Burke and Bernie O’Connor, assisted by Jennifer Keane. Volleyball co-ordinator:- Margaret Carew.
A bus will leave the Square on Saturday at 10 am for these finals. Fare is £3. The games will commence at 12.30 p.m. All teams must be checked in before 12.00 noon. Tipperary will meet Cork in the first round of Judo and Tipp will play Clare in the first round of Volleyball
Good luck to all participants.
Community Games Committee would like to express their sincere thanks to all those who supported their Church Gate Collection last week-end.

Death notifications from overseas
The death has occurred recently in West-Cliff, Essex of Ms. Noreen O’Rourke. The late Noreen O’Rourke served as District Nurse in Fethard and rekindled a lot of happy memories for young Fethard couples of the mid fifties. She welcomed many a Fethard baby into the world and indeed kept a “medical” eye on all of them until they were on their feet and ready for life’s rocky road. A native of Glengarriff, Co. Cork she was, while in Fethard a member of the Tennis and Badminton Clubs as well as the “Old Pantomime Group”. Internment took place in Southend-on-Sea, England.

The death has occurred some time ago in England of Mr. Tommy Burke, formally of Spittlefield, Fethard. Thomas Burke was born on the 11 September 1927, in Rathkanty near Fethard. His father is thought to be a James Burke but his name does not appear on the birth certificate. His mother is stated to be Ellen Burke and, unusually, is described as "A Tramp". The family lived in poor circumstances on a farm in Rathcanty. Ellen would have worked for farmers and the 'living accommodation', which often wasn't great, was provided with the job. The family then moved from Rathcanty to Burke Street for a short period before moving to Spittlefield. It was from their home in Spittlefield that Tommy emigrated, his Mother Ellen, brother Jimmy and his sister Nellie died. Neither Jimmy or Nellie married and both died at a comparatively early age. Thomas Burke's daughter Patricia would love to hear of any other information about her family. Her address is: Mrs Patricia Tremlett, 36 Laburnam Way, Bulwark, Chepstow, Gwent NP6 5RF, England

Coolmoyne Abú
A thriving racquetball and social club has been in operation in the old Coolmoyne Ball Alley for the past two years. The official opening of the re-developed ball alley takes place on next Tuesday night July 16th. Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Michael Barry, Coolmoyne, C.C. Borrisoleigh, followed by a social evening. A special booklet to containing interesting articles on Coolmoyne’s sporting tradition, school and personalities is being published to mark the occasion..

Joint first prize on Friday 3rd July was won by Paddy Hickey and Brian O'Donnell, and Conor and Chris Maher, all on 10 games.
Ticket prizes: Paddy McCormack, Donnacha Doyle, Breda Spillane and Gus Lawrence.
Table prize: Willie Crean and Hannie Leahy; Paddy Butler and Gus Lawrence.
We had a great crowd at the Progressive 25 Card Game on Friday night last, much appreciated by the committee.
Fethard Ballroom Dancing Dates
Sunday 12th July: Country Blues (from Co. Kildare)
Sunday 26th July: Checkers

Dance classes will start in Fethard Ballroom on Tuesday nights at 9pm. Young and old are welcome to come along. Details from David O'Donnell, Tel: 052 31336.

The Guild went on their annual outing recently to the Hunt Museum in Limerick which they found very interesting and well worth the visit. They then travelled to Adare where they had their evening meal.
The guild have been asked to help with the Irish Heart Foundation church gate collection on the 11th and 12th July. Your support would be greatly appreciated for this worthy cause.

Due to the great commitment and enthusiasm shown by our youths last season the club has decided to continue with their youth policy in the years ahead. To help in this venture a suitable playing field in or around Fethard area would be of great benefit.
If you have a field to let or know of one please contact Michael Cranitch Tel: 052 31578 or Louis Coen, Burke Street. This would help facilitate the fine young sporting men of our parish.

Cllr John Holohan has announced that a further £95,000 has been allocated to renovate Fethard Main Street in addition to the £92,000 already pledged to complete the River Walk under the Urban Renewal Scheme. The extra £95,000 is coming from £100,000 Government Funds allocated to the Fethard Electoral Area. Local councillors fought off stiff opposition from Carrick to win 95% of the allocation for Fethard. The remaining £5,000 will be spent on necessary maintenance repairs in the electoral area. The money will be spent before Christmas.

It's now or never, do or die as far as the Fethard Senior Football team as concerned. Fethard have been drawn against Moyle Rovers in the Semi-Final of the South Tipperary S.F. Championship. The championship has now reached the knock-out stages so there is no back-door or second chance entry for the beaten semi-finalists. The match has been fixed for Cahir at 8pm on Saturday 18 July. The game will be preceded by the other semi-final, Commercials v Ardfinnan.

Bridge Club Results

June 24th
1st Gross:
Rita Kane and Eileen Dillon
2nd Gross: Margaret Hackett and Bernie Myles
3rd Gross: Dick and Bridget Gorey

1st Nett: David and Bernie O'Meara
2nd Nett: Nell Broderick and Annie O'Brien
3rd Nett: Kathleen Kenny and Gemma Burke

July 1st
1st Gross:
Kitty McCarthy and Theresa Cummins
2nd Gross: Margaret Hackett and Bernie Myles
3rd Gross: Rita Kane and Eileen Dillon

1st Nett: David and Bernie O'Meara
2nd Nett: Cinta O'Flynn and Margaret Coffey
3rd Nett: John and Eileen Preston


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