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Saturday 9th January 1999

For reasons many and varied, half the players of Fethard senior football team were unable to travel to Clonakilty on Sunday 10th January for the away Munster Club Senior Football League game. Rather than travel with a number of underage players, Fethard were obliged to seek a postponement of the game on Saturday. To be fair to all, however, it must be stated that Fethard did not receive confirmation of the match until Friday night.
A special players meeting has been called for the Abymill on this Friday night 15th January at 8pm. All senior and junior players are expected to attend.

Tipperary S.R. County Council have prepared their suggested plan for the Square in Fethard. The plan can be viewed at the Tirry Centre or at the Council Offices in Clonmel.

Congratulations to the winners of the Patrician Presentation School Parent's Association Christmas Raffle and thanks to all our sponsors, supporters and ticket sellers. The results are: 1st: Kathleen Hayde, 6 Loughtally, Clonmel. 2nd: Tony Kiely, 101 Elm Park, Clonmel. 3rd: Ann Healy, 7 Strylea, Fethard. 4th: Anthony Phelan, The Halfway, Rathronan, Clonmel.

We record the death of Denis 'Dinny' Grant, Tullamaine. Interment took place at Cashel Cemetery.
We record the death of Mary Leahy, Derryluskin, Fethard, who died on Wednesday 6th January. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery.
We record the death of Peggy Anglim, Knockelly, Fethard, who died on Tuesday 5th January. Burial took place in the Augustinian Abbey Church Fethard.

The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will meet on this Sunday 17th January at Loughcopple (for Annsfort) and on 24th January at Golden at 12 noon.

Ireland's new classical company 'Ballet Ireland' will pay their first visit to Fethard on 19th February when they perform "Ballet Extravaganza" with highlights from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Adagio in Colour and Belle Epoque. The group are currently touring Ireland and were featured on The Late Late Show. Booking at O'Flynn's Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.

Fethard's Day Care Centre Christmas Party for our Senior Citizens was held this year in the Ballroom and proved a great success. The guests entered into the spirit of the occasion with gusto and indeed the talent shown by some of them who contributed solo items opened more than a few eyes. The committee wish to thank sincerely all who contributed to the promotion of the venture: the musicians whose melodies enabled all who wished to enjoy a dance to do so; the workers on the night; those who contributed sponsorship and spot prizes; the senior citizens who really entered into the spirit of the occasion; and to all others who helped in any way.
May we, on behalf of the local community, pay a special tribute and say a sincere 'thank you' to all the voluntary workers who , week by week, provide a much needed social outlet for our senior citizens at the Day Care Centre.
The Centre reopens on Monday 11th January and the committee are looking forward to meeting everyone again in 1999.

Coolquill was the venue on Sunday 10th January for the senior, junior, and juvenile relay cross-country championships. Avril Prout won the junior ladies event in great style and together with Katie Lyne and Lisa O'Donnell took silver in the team event. In the junior men's race, Brian Sullivan ran a great race finishing in second place and together with Eoin Sullivan, Billy Prout and John Noonan captured silver in the team event. Well done to all.

Well done to the fifth and sixth year pupils of Patrician Presentation Secondary School who raised £350 for the Omagh Disaster Fund by staging a soccer game between their classes. A special thanks to leaving cert pupils Nicjy Murphy and Michael Costello who organised the fundraising and Joe Keane and Alan O'Meara who donated trophies. The man of the match award in a very compeditive game went to Kenneth O'Donnell.

Since no one else is going to do it we may as well do it ourselves — believe it or not, the weekly miracle of the Fethard News Column from your local correspondent is, this year, forty years in operation. For better or worse, many will say more worse than better, we have done our best.. We succeeded Paddy McLellan who in turn succeeded his father-in-law Bill Tierney, which takes the Fethard News back probably eighty years or more.
We were persuaded by the late Mr Darmody, editor of the Nationalist, assisted by Brother Albert to take the job until they got someone else. All we can say is that it is taking them a hell of a long time. Thanks to all, and a special thank-you to the Nationalist management for their co-operation over the years.


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