BEST GARDEN & WINDOW BOXES
The following are the prizewinners in Fethard Tidy Towns \' Best Garden Competition 1998:
Mockler's Terrace, Spittlefield & Knockbrack
1st Mrs & Mrs John Coffey.
The Valley & Watergate
1st Joan Anglim
Kerry Street, Congress Terrace & Redcity
1st Mary Newport
1st John & Mary Barrett
Main Street & Rocklow Road
1st Jimmy O'Sullivan
Burke Street & Abbey Street
1st Percy O'Flynn
The Green & Barrack's Street
1st Esther Breen
St. Patrick's Place
1st Tom & Pauline Morrissey
2nd Anne & Joe Keane
1st Mary & Benny Morrissey
Strylea & Ceaderwood Grove
1st Billy & Patricia Treacy
1st Buddy Y Teresa Roche
2nd Mr & Mrs Dan Murphy
Fr. Tirry Park & Canon Hayes Court
1st Mr & Mrs Grant
2nd Mrs Hannigan
Best Large Garden
1st Joan Anglim
Best Business Premises
1st O'Sullivan's Chemist
Best Window Boxes
1st Dr. Corcoran
Best Overall Area
1st Strylea & Ceaderwood Grove
We in Fethard Macra have had a very successful start to the new Macra year a 100% success rate in the competition’s we have entered so far.
On Wednesday September 16th our team: Lorraine and Brendan Morrissey, Matt Hennessy and Liam Hayes won the Know Your Agriculture Quiz held in Rockwell College. On Thursday September 17th we defeated team’s from Clonmel and Killenaule to progress to the second round of the indoor soccer competition.
Brendan Morrissey, donned with spurs and Stetson, gave a great rendition of Garth Brooks' "If Tomorrow Never Comes" to win the Karaoke competition in Kilmanahan on Friday night last. He now represents South Tipperary along with Rathkeevin at the National Finals hosted by Kildare Executive on Saturday October 17th.
Congratulations to both Pamela O'Donnell and Brendan Morrissey who were recently awarded Silver Leadership Awards.
Club members continue to play volleyball in the Ballroom every Monday night from 9-10 p.m. New members are always welcome. Contact any club member.
Congratulations to all Junior Cert students of Fethard Patrician / Presentation Secondary School who did so well in their exams. They celebrated by having a party together on Wednesday night.
Transition Year 1998-1999 students have already been on two outings. They really enjoyed their outing to Cork to see the show "Me & My Girls" This brilliant Noel gay musical is their choice of show this year. Watch out for its production in the Abymill Theatre in December. Their second outing was to Brú Ború in Cashel where they spent a most enjoyable evening.
The marvellous work which has been done recently in clearing local boreens and walkways etc. will make a most interesting field trip for transition year. The latest boreen to be cleared is locally known as Andy's Gap and runs from the Valley, via Jesuits Walk and Moanbeg, to exit at the top of Market Hill.
Incidentally, while academic education is all important, good citizenship is equally so - we are pleased to record that the Hotel management where the Fethard Leaving Cert Students had their School Leaving Certificate 'Debs' Dance stated that the Fethard students were the best behaved group they had catered for.
On Friday night next, September 25th, Fethard IFA in conjunction with South Tipperary Executive are holding a meeting open to farm families. The speakers are Pat Cox MEP who has recently been elected leader of the liberal group in the European Parliament, and Dermot Leavy, chairman of the National Rural Development Committee of IFA. This committee discusses issues relevant to Farm Grants, Farm Retirement Scheme, Environmental Schemes, Farm Education and Structural Funds.
The meeting is being held to discuss the implications to Ireland should we lose our objective one status, Cap Reform, Agenda 2000, the next round of Structural Funds and the implications of Europe expanding to the east. This is the most important meeting to take place in Fethard for some time to discuss agricultural issues. The venue is Fethard Ballroom and the starting time is 8.30pm.
Fethard had a two-point winning margin over Kilsheelan in their South Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Championship semifinal game at Clonmel on Sunday last. Two goals in the first five minutes saw Kilsheelan race into a 2-1 to 0-1 lead before the game had barely started. Fethard, who had trained very hard for this game, fought back in great style to level the scoring and go into a three point lead with two minutes remaining. A Kilsheelan forward raced forward from 50 yards and kicked a great goal to level. Things looked ominous for Fethard at this stage but two great long-range points, one from Stephen O'Donnell and another from Joe Keane, saw them through to meet Ballybacon-Grange in the South Tipperary Final on Sunday October 4th. A feature of this game was the accurate long distance free taking by Michael Spillane for Fethard and Sean Nugent for Kilsheelan. The final score was Fethard 1-14, Kilsheelan 3-6.
Fethard are also very much involved in the play-off stages of the Junior Football 'A' Championship and the Junior Football 'B' Championship.
The following officers were elected at the AGM of Fethard Badminton Club: Pat Ryan, Chairman and Secretary; Fiona Lawrence, Treasurer. Selection committee: Catherine Morrissey, Ger Browne and Pat Ryan. Committee members: Andrew O'Donovan, James Dorney and Helen
The club had a most successful 1997/98 season. Practice has now commenced for the current season and new members are cordially invited to join. Special coaching classes are being organised for beginners.
The wedding took place of Mary McGarry, Woodvale Walk, and Michael Holohan, Grangemockler, who got married in Holy Trinity Church, Fethard, Saturday 19th September. The wedding reception was held in Hearn's Hotel Clonmel.
MUSIC CONCERT FOR ABYMILL
Helen Lane and friends from Galway will play in the Abymill Theatre on Saturday night October 10th. Helen, a singer and artist, is a sister of Frankie Lane who played with the Fleadh Cowboys before setting out on his solo career. Frankie accompanies Helen on her tour. More details later.
"DANCERS" FEATURED ON RTE NATIONWIDE
Congratulations to Marina Mullins, Fethard Folk Farm, and her dancing partner Eddie Murphy, Newpark Hotel Kilkenny, who both featured in RTE's Nationwide programme on TV, Wednesday 16th Sept. The programme covered their backgrounds, their training, and their competitions entered up to the recent West of Ireland Dancing championships held in Gort, Co. Galway, where they finished third. Marina began ballroom dancing nine years ago and won her first trophy with her brother as partner. This year Marina and Eddie won first prize in Munster and were overall winners in Co. Kilkenny where they are members of St. John's Ballroom Club.
VINTAGE RALLY TO PASS GROVE
A family fun day and barbecue will be held on the front lawn at Grove House at 2.30pm on Sunday 27th September in aid of Holy Trinity Church of Ireland maintenance fund.
At 3pm a Vintage Car Rally will pass through Grove providing a colourful start to the day. The 'Pheasant Pluckers' will provide the music and the kids can enjoy lots of games including Donkey Rides, Wellie Throwing, Bran Tub etc. Admission is £5 for adults and £1 for children.
Monday 14th September
1st Gross: Rose Holohan and Norah Ahearne
2nd Gross: Suzanne Opray and Anna Cooke
3rd Gross: Tony Hanrahan and Michael Kenny
1st Nett: Mary Delaney and Anne Ryan
2nd Nett: Olive Looby and Marie Delaney
3rd Nett: Sean and Ann O'Dea
Wednesday 16th September
1st Gross: Anne Cooke and Carol Kenny
2nd Gross: Dick and Brigid Gorey
3rd Gross: Margaret Hackett and Eileen Dillon
1st Nett: Eleanor Cummins and Frances Harrington
2nd Nett: Maura Mullins and Kathleen O'Connell
3rd Nett: Annie O'Brien and Noreen Evans
FETHARD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 29th September in the Abymill Theatre (upstairs) at 8.30pm. All members are invited to attend.
Fethard & District Credit Union Ltd. are pleased to announce extra opening hours, beginning Friday 6th November, from 10am to 12.30pm, as well as our usual Saturday evening times from 7pm to 8.30pm. Loan applications on Tuesday 7.30pm to 8pm.
ANNUAL EMIGRANTS NEWSLETTER
The Annual Church Gate Collection in aid of the Fethard & Killusty Emigrant's Newsletter will take place in the parish week-ending 17th & 18th October. Please give generously. Over 1000 Newsletters are posted free of charge every year to our emigrants living away from Fethard. If your family members abroad have moved or changed address during the past year please let us know in time to avoid unnecessary postal expense. Articles for inclusion in this year's issue should be handed in as soon as possible to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.