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Saturday 23rd January 1999

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 Époque.
The group are currently touring Ireland and were featured recently on The Late Late Show. Booking at O'Flynn's Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.

Tipperary S.R. County Council have prepared their suggested plan for the Square in Fethard. The plan can be viewed at the Tirry Community Centre or at the Council Offices in Clonmel. The work will include the renewal of footpaths with paving; road realignment with alterations to car parking facilities; new public lighting, landscaping and street furniture.
Submissions or alterations with regard to the proposed development may be made in writing to: The Secretary, Tipperary S.R. County Council, Clonmel, not later than 5pm on Monday 1st February, 1999.

The Tipperary S.R. County Council Fethard Town Draft Development Plan 1999 is now available for observation and suggestions for the next three months. Copies are available at the County Council Offices in Clonmel and at the local Library in the Town Hall.
The Development Plan sets out the Council's proposals for the development and use of land within the town of Fethard up to 2004 and beyond. The Development Plan will be used to guide the day to day activities of the Council in terms of service provision; provide a policy framework for development over the life of the Plan and beyond; and provide guidelines in relation to the policy objectives and development control standards of the Planning Authority.

The Fethard Site has now had over 20,000 visits and is continuing to grow. Last week alone there was 774 visits — an average of over 100 per day. One of the interesting correspondences received this week was from Roy Green, Director, Employment Studies Centre, University of Newcastle NSW 2308, Australia, who writes: "The first parish priest for Morpeth, the town where I live and arguably the 'most important colonial town in New South Wales', was Patrick Thomas Corcoran of Fethard. He was followed by many others from Co Tipperary, but mostly from Fethard. Incidentally, his horse, Posinatus, was a Melbourne Cup winner as a 5 year old in a field of 20 starters in 1913 (ridden by A Shanahan). And now the newly built parish centre in Morpeth has been named the 'Corcoran Centre'. If you like, I can send you a new monograph on all of this by Kevin Pilgrim, which includes the original letter of appointment for Fr Corcoran. I should add that we visited Fr Corcoran's grave today (which I had not really noticed before) and it is a beautiful sculpted stone and marble Celtic cross with born in Fethard in big letters."

Congratulations to Corina Morrissey who was recently appointed as Executive Officer with the Department of Food and Agriculture based in Kildare Street, Dublin. Corina was, up to now, scheme supervisor with Galloglass Theatre Company based in Clonmel.
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Five students from U.C.C. are currently on a week’s visit to Fethard. The students as part of their diploma coarse are carrying out studies on rural development, tourism and local history. They are hoping to conduct a number of interviews locally. The co-operation of those approached will be gratefully appreciated.

Dr. Martin Pulbrook of Maynooth University, who recently visited Fethard, is seeking information on two Unitarian (Presbyterian) Churches. The churches were situated in Burke Street at the rear of Mrs Kennedy’s residence (years 1728-39) and in St. John’s Town (in existence in 1647). Dr. Martin does not seem to have any information on the Presbyterian Church which was situated on the site of Jimmy O'Sullivan's private residence in Main Street, which was in use well into this century.
By an extraordinary coincidence Fethard Historical Society are arranging a lecture in April by Mr David Butler, Cahir, on Fethard's three Presbyterian churches.

The death has occurred of Miss Angela Anglim, Knockelly, internment took place at Peppardstown cemetery.

The special Munster S.F. league seems to be turning out to be something of a non-starter as far as Fethard is concerned. Their game against Nemo Rangers, Cork, was postponed at the request of the Cork city club who we understand were unable to field a team. All Fethard’s games, the first which should have been played on Nov 24th have now been postponed for one reason or another.
Fethard Juvenile G.A.A. club will hold their annual church gate collection on this weekend Saturday and Sunday January 30th and 31st.

We had two good local winners at Leopardstown last weekend when the Mouse Morris trained Cheltenham bound “His Song” was the impressive winner of the Bailey’s Arkle Perpetual Challenge Cup and Billy Treacy’s good mare “Annie Cares” won the Waterford Crystal Novice Hurdle. This is a great pick-me-up for Billy who is convalescing at the moment after his recent hip operation. Three cheers for Billy "Hip Hip Hooray".

The closing date for entries for Art & Modelling in Fethard and Killusty Area is Wednesday, February 10th co-ordinator is Mrs Phyllis Grace, 40 Woodvale Walk, Fethard. Phyllis will visit the schools in the area to create awareness of these events and will collect all entries on February 10th. The age groups in Art are U/8, 10, 12, 14, and 16. Separate events for boys and Girls.
Model-Making, age groups are under 10 and under 14 Boys and Girls. This relates to model making with clay or mala. Entry fee for each event 50p.
Entries in both Art and Model Making must be of a sporting theme and all competitors must be under the age specified on 31st of July 1999. If there is anyone attending schools outside the parish and who would like to enter, just draw a picture, put name, address and age on back and hand it to Phyllis Grace at above address. Medals will be awarded to first three in each event at area level and first two in each event will qualify for County Finals. Do not get help with your pictures and each category will be done under strict supervision at Co. Finals, date and venue of which will be announced next week.

Will done to our ladies Soccer Team who competed in the All Ireland finals held in Portlaoise recently. Representing Fethard were Catherine Mellerick (Captain), Corina, Lorraine and Emma Morrissey, Caitriona and Bernie Horan and Barbara Ahearne. Congratulations to our team who won the Table Quiz hosted by the Glen of Aherlow on Saturday night last. Competing for Fethard were Liam Hayes, Mairead Croke, Adrian and Brendan Morrissey.
Best of luck to our Chairperson Corina Morrissey who took up the position of Executive Officer with the Civil Service in Dublin recently. Vice-Chairperson Liam Hayes takes over at the helm in her absence. The club will host a Disco in the Rugby Club Clonmel on Friday January 29th. Next meeting takes place on Tuesday Feb 2nd in Lonergans at 9pm. New members always welcome.

Monday 18th January
1st Gross: Anna Cooke & Suzanne Opray.
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick & Mick Burke.
3rd Gross: Frances Burke & Margaret Hackett.
1st Nett: Rita Holohan & Mary Delaney
2nd Nett: Michael Kenny & Tony Hanrahan.
3rd Nett: Kathleen Kenny & Michael Keeley.

Wednesday 20th January
1st Gross: Michael Kenny & Annie O’Brien.
2nd Gross: Buddy Roche & Brendan Kenny.
3rd Gross: Bernie Myles & Margaret Hackett.
1st Nett: David and Bernie O’Meara.
2nd Nett: Neilie Hall & Mick Burke.
3rd Nett: Maura Mullins & Kathleen O’Connell.

Club Contact: Annie O’Brien (looking for a partner etc.) 052 31862

Two of our club members were in winning form in the Munster Championships, which were held in Tralee last weekend. Jim “Jimpy” Connolly partnered Mary Redican, Solohead to win the Munster Graduate Mixed Doubles Final on the score of 15-13, 15-10, the runners up were John O’Meara, Killenaule and Ashling Kenny who hails from Tarbert, but now lives in Fethard and plays with the club. Catherine Morrissey also partnered by Mary Redican won the Munster Graduate Ladies Doubles Final on the score of 15-10, 15-5. Catherine who won the Munster Graduate Ladies Singles Final last year and as winner was not eligible to take part in this years competition. It’s great to see the club doing so well and hopefully very soon the members will tread again the paths of it’s former glory.

The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet this Sunday at Ballylusky 12 noon.


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