Fethard I.F.A. are organising a couple of loads of fodder to areas critically short of feed for their animals. The shortage is particularly severe in areas west of the Shannon. A survey of the worst affected areas has been completed and contact people have been established in these areas. We are asking farmers to subscribe a couple of round bales of either hay, straw or silage if they are not short themselves.
So far, there has been an excellent response to this appeal. It is intended to arrange the collection of this fodder at a couple of central points between the 10th and 13th March when it is hoped to transport same to identified areas most critically in need of this feed. For any further details contact Branch Secretary Denis McGrath, telephone: 052 52129, or any member of Fethard I.F.A.
We record the death of Jackie Pollard, Grangebeg, who died on Sunday 28th February. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery.
FILM CREW START TODAY
'Stray Dog Films' company paid a visit to Fethard last Saturday and Sunday in connection with the making of their film documentary on the Ballingarry 1848 rising. The film will tell the story of the Young Irelanders through a combination of interviews and dramatic reconstructions. The company based their headquarters at the Abymill Theatre and apparently, the theatre building and the historical aspect of Fethard was exactly what they wanted. Chapel Lane or St. Mary’s Lane, to give it its real medieval name, was redeveloped for the occasion. The whole laneway was covered in sand and straw to hide the modern tarmacadam. A typical old-time blacksmith’s forge was constructed in what was formerly Scully's shed complete with fire, anvil and smith's hammer etc.
Michael McCarthy of Fethard Players made a mighty smith. Other members of the Fethard Players and Hogan Musical Society also played parts and helped out. They discovered that doing up to ten takes of each scene on a bitterly cold day, that the world of the film star is not all glitter and glamour.
Congratulations to Una Prendergast, Brodeen, and Miriam Carroll, Menlo, who won the South Tipperary Young Entrepreneurs Junior Section on Tuesday 23rd February in Cashel. Their educational project has now qualified for the Munster finals. Both are pupils at Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
Monday 22nd February
1st Gross: Suzanne Opray & Anna Cooke
2nd Gross: Brendan Kenny & Michael Keeley
3rd Gross: Tony Hanrahan & Michael Kenny
1st Nett: Rose Lonergan & Mary Meagher
2nd Nett: David and Bernie O'Meara
3rd Nett: Marie Delaney & Olive Looby
Wednesday 24th February
1st Gross: Margaret Hackett & Berney Myles.
2nd Gross: Alice Quinn & Theresa Cummins.
3rd Gross: Nell Broderick & Moira McInerney.
1st Nett: Gemma Burke & Kathleen Kenny (winners of sponsored prize).
2nd Nett: Margaret Coffey & Cinta O'Flynn.
3rd Nett: Rita Kane & Eileen Dillon.
Committee Meeting at 7pm on 10th March.
A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME
Bill and Josie Whitney have a very special flower a rose named Josie. The happy couple, of Berryfields Close, Walthamstow, England, won the flower after coming first in Gabby Roslins BBC TV show 'Anything You Want'. The show, to be aired later in the year, pits couples who have been married for 40 years against each other in a Mr and Mrs-type quiz. Bill said: " We had a great time and were very pleased to have come first. The prize was absolutely fantastic and Josie loves it very much."
Josie is a member of the Sheehan family from Killusty and one of the prizes awarded to the couple is having a rose "Josie Whitney Rose" named after her. This new rose will be on sale in England next year.
Congratulations to Dr. Pat Guiry who was partnered by Neil Wilson to win the National Indoor Vets Doubles Tennis Championship. The indoor championships were played during last weekend in the Tennis Village Cork. Both players play for Landsdowne Tennis Club, Dublin. A very high standard of tennis was played throughout the championships.
The Secondary School Parents Association are hosting a table quiz in O'Shea's lounge on Tuesday 16th March at 9.30 p.m. sharp. Proceeds are in aid of the School Lourdes Fund. Table of four: £12. All are welcome and your support is appreciated.
The March draw of the Tipperary County Board G.A.A. will be held in the Fethard Arms on this Friday night 5th March at 9 p.m.. The Fethard G.A.A. Club cordially invite all subscribers and supporters to attend. Additional prizes will be drawn confines to local subscribers. Music will be provided by the Pheasant Pluckers and refreshments will also be available. Club chairman and draw coordinator, Gus Fitzgerald, wishes to thank sincerely all those who support the draw.
Players and supporters are reminded to keep their membership fees coming. Closing date is 31st March. Adults £5 and Juvenile £3.
Congratulations to Tony O'Sullivan on his recent marriage, and also to Martin Coen and Willie Quigley ( and their partners) on the recent additions to their families. We would like to welcome all those who transferred to the club for 1999. Well done to the following players on their selection: John Paul Looby (County Football u/21 panel); Conor McCarthy and Joe Keane (County Football u/18 panel); Paul Hackett, Diarmuid Burke and Glen Burke (South Football u/17 panel); Paul Hackett (South Hurling u/16 panel).
Fixtures: Senior Football League v Loughmore in Loughmore on Sunday 5th March; Fethard's semifinal game in the Munster Senior Football League against Bishopstown is fixed for St. Patrick's Day at 3pm in Fermoy. In the under-21 'A' football semifinal our opponents are Killenaule. Nice to see such big numbers back in the field on Tuesdays and Fridays.
ELECTRONIC SCOREBOARD IN OPERATION
The electronic scoreboard erected in the sportsfield was in operation for the first time on Saturday 27th February for the Moyle Rovers v Ballincurry under-21 championship game.
Following the recent hectic activities, last weekend was very quite on the G.A.A. front with no team in action. Fethard's semifinal game in the Munster Senior Football League against Bishopstown is provisionally fixed for St. Patrick's Day at a neutral venue.
Congratulations to Breda Kearney and Maurice Cooney, both from St. Patrick's Place, who became engaged on St. Valentine’s Day. Maurice surprised Breda by popping the question in Paris where they had flown on a surprise trip for Breda who actually taught they were going to Dublin for the weekend.
Eric O'Donnell, representing the Regional Technical College Waterford, won a gold medal in the 60k category in the Inter-varsity Judo Competition. He also won bronze in both the open and team competitions. The college entered two teams in the competition both captained by Fethard men. The 'A' team was captained by Eric O'Donnell and the 'B' team was captained by John Harrington.
OFF THE WALL MAGAZINE
The transition year pupils of Patrician Presentation Secondary School are starting work on this year's annual school magazine 'Off The Wall'. They are currently looking for advertisers to book space at a minimum cost of £10 per advertisement.
Fethard fifth division league team completed the first half of their Co. Tipperary Badminton associations league campaign going down by four games to three against Knocklong in a contest which could have gone either way. They got off to an excellent start in the second half by defeating Galbally at home by five games to two having lost 4-3 in the first half. The Fethard team was: Ger Brown, Andy O'Donovan, Noel Sharpe, Fiona Lawrence, Dolores Costigan, Monica Hickey.
Fethard third division team commence their second half league campaign on this Thursday night with a home game against Drangan.
RAILWAY CLOSURE RECALLED
The recent death of Marty Roche, Kilsheelan, will recall for many the closure of the passenger train service on the Thurles-Clonmel line. Marty, who had Fethard connections, entertained on his accordion the large crowd present at Fethard Station to witness the last passenger train to pass through the station in 1962.
Incidentally, the last train ticket issued at the station to Ms. Catherine Newport, Main Street, and signed by the station-master Mr. Ryan, is still carefully preserved locally.
TWO-HOUR RUN FOR WHITE HEATHERS
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers had their best hunt of the season from their meet at Lismolin on Sunday last. From the Quarry at the Two Trees hounds crossed the road and the river running towards The Commons. Turning right-handed they crossed the Urlingford road and ran Glengall Glen almost to Ballingarry, through Tinnock almost to Ballintaggart Wood. They then crossed the Mullinahone road and ran to Foyle Hill. Some good local information enabled huntsman Donie Slattery to regain contact with the pack where hounds, still hunting, were stopped at four-thirty.
The distance covered in this excellent hunt, as hounds ran, is difficult to estimate. They hunted without assistance or a check for just under two hours and crossed six roads. Next Sunday’s meet is at Cloneen.
Congratulations to all concerned with 'Owens Beau', local winner at Kilmallock Point-to-Point on Saturday last. Owned and bred by Hugh Holohan at his Grangeduf Stud, the horse is trained just across the fields by Richie Nevin, Ballintemple, and was ridden by P. J. Colville who also has strong Ballintemple connections