Fethard beat Commercials by 1-14 to 2-6 in their South Tipperary Senior Football Championship game at Kilsheelan. Fethard have now beaten Commercials twice out of the last three meetings in successive weeks. They lost the important one however, when things did not happen for them on the day, as Ned Kelly said before they hanged him “Such is life”.
Fethard minors at an eighteen point win over Commercials in their South Tipperary minor football championship game at Kilsheelan. Two outstanding features of what must have been a record win for Fethard over Commercials in any grade were recorded. Firstly there was no goal scored. Secondly the Fethard goalkeeper scored from play. Tommy Gahan came up to the forward line in the closing stages and scored a point. Surely one for record books. In Fethard’s 0-22 to 0-4 victory all the Fethard forwards played their part. Their defence in which right-back Philip Croke had an outstanding game easily contained the best efforts of the Commercials attack.
Fethard team: Tommy Gahan, John O'Meara, Kevin O'Donnell, Philip Croke, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Ronan Allen, Nicky Murphy, Kenneth Byrne, Kenneth O'Donnell, Conor McCarthy, Brian Coen, Karl Maher, Joe Keane and Diarmuid Burke.
FETHARD GAA CLUB REPORT
Fourth Round of County League: On Wednesday 7th April we travelled to Ardfinnan with both teams short of players. A great sporting game of football was played with spoils even at the end. Fethard 2-11, Ardfinnan 2-11. After fifteen minutes Ardfinnan were 2-4 to 0-2 points ahead. By half-time the score was Ardfinnan 2-6 to Fethard’s 1-6. In the second half we lifted our game like stalwarts and earned a draw. Thanks to Ardfinnan Club for tea and sandwiches. Much appreciated.
First Round of South Championship: on Saturday 10th we had our third encounter in 10 days with Commercials. This was truly a team performance leading at half-time 0-9 to 0-5. Playing a lovely brand of football with good handling and first-to-the-ball we amassed a final tally of 1-14 to Commercials 2-6. A goal coming with nearly the final kick of the ball. Scorers: Michael Quinlan, Brian Burke, Conor McCarthy (1 point each), John Paul Looby (2 points), Shay Coen (1-1) and our top marksman with some excellent points Tommy Sheehan a total of 8 points (5 from frees).
Fixtures: Our next match is the Fifth Round of the County League which takes place on Sunday 18th April in Fethard against Kickhams at 7pm.
South Football Final: The South Football Final takes place on Sunday 18th April at 3.15pm in Clonmel. The club would like to thank Ann and Paddy Lonergan for togs and socks presented to players on Sunday evening 11th April at training. Best of luck to all in the final.
Our second round game took place on Sunday 11th April against Clonmel Commercials in Kilsheelan. Our team gave a tremendous display of open football to lead at half-time 0-11 to 0-1.. We took off in the second half to run out easy winners on a final score of 0-21 to Commercials 0-4. Team: Tommy Gahan (0-1), John O'Meara, Kevin O'Donnell, Philip Croke, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Ronan Allen, Kenneth Byrne, Nicky Murphy (0-3) captain, Kenneth O'Donnell (0-4), Conor McCarthy (0-8), Brian Coen (0-1), Diarmuid Burke (0-2), Joe Keane (0-1) and Carl Maher (0-1).
On Tuesday 6th April we played the Swans in Fethard in the second round of the Minor 'B' Championship. What an entertaining game! At half-time Carrick Swans 4-9 and Fethard 2-5. At full time the score was Carrick Swan 6-10 to Fethard 4-9. Our third round takes place on Wednesday 14th against Newcastle at the Ned Hall Park at 6.45pm. Bus leaves 5.45pm from Fethard GAA Field.
Our Junior players won their First Round game on Thursday 8th in The Ragg against Drom-Inch. Final Score Fethard 3-3, Drom-Inch 0-1. Fethard scorers: Edel Fitzgerald (2-0), Caroline Fitzgerald (1-0), Audrey Conway (0-2) and Niamh Sheehan (0-1). We play our second round in Fethard on Sunday April 25th against Burnea.
Football: Our under 16's had a great victory last Monday beating Ardfinnan 1-17 to 0-3. On Monday 19th April we plat Cahir in Cahir at 7.15pm.
Our under 12's play their second round against Killenaule in Fethard on Thursday 15th at 7pm.
Hurling: All hurlers please note that training starts back on this Thursday 15th April in the GAA Field.
Don't forget Fethard GAA Club Concert on Friday 16th April at 8.15pm in the Abymill Theatre. 'A Night with a Difference' featuring Ceoltóiri Éireann who also have a residency at Newpark Hotel Kilkenny during tourist season. Adm: £5. Booking at O'Flynn's Menswear. Tel: 052 31254 (Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm)
ON THE INTERNET
Interesting conversation heard between two Fethard men on Sunday morning: “I see in the Parish Newsletter that a relation of yours is looking for Fethard connections through the Internet”. “I wonder is he wealthy?” was the reply. “He has over three thousand sheep and a camel” says the adviser. “What does he want a camel for?”. “To use when herding the sheep”. “Why does he not use a sheepdog like everyone else?”
On a more serious note, the 'Fethard at Home' website continues to provide an excellent service for our emigrants and their descendants. The number of visits per week is now running well over one thousand. Anyone with any information that may help out with the inquiries listed on this month’s Parish Newsletter are asked to contact Joe Kenny.
David and Jack Halley, representing the Tipperary Foxhounds, were winners of the "Pony Doubles' event at the Woodstown Harriers Hunter Trials at Portlaw on Sunday last from an entry of 41 pairs. David was also placed third in the singles event from an entry of 79 riders.
Well done to David Sullivan, Barrettstown, in qualifying for the National Credit Union Community Games finals in Mosney on week-ending 22/23 May in the boys under 12 mixed distance relay. David qualified at the county finals in Moyne on Friday night last.
The South Eastern Health Board is looking for carers for children who need to be looked after for periods of time away from their own families. At the moment in South Tipperary, there are sixty-four foster families providing care for 76 children between the ages of 1-18 years. There is a particular need for carers for the older age group (13 years+) and we would like to hear from anyone who thinks that they may be able to offer this valuable service. Foster carers come from all walks and ages of life and may include those who are currently unemployed and single parents. The main qualities that all have in common are that they are genuinely interested in and have time for children. Foster carers are needed to provide anything from emergency care, involving a stay of up to one week to longer stays ranging from a few weeks to long term care 6 months or more.
To support foster carers, the South Eastern Health Board provides training, emotional and financial assistance. There is an assessment process, which gives an opportunity for you to discover if foster care is suitable for you.
You are invited to come to an information coffee morning on Friday 23 April from 11am to 12.00pm at McCarthy’s Hotel in Fethard. There you will be able to meet a social worker and foster carers who will be happy to tell you about fostering and answer your questions. You can then go home and think about it and if you are interested, we can arrange to meet you in your home for a more private discussion. Any telephone inquiries can be directed to the foster resource social worker at 052-22011.
LOURDES INVALID FUND
The sponsored walk in aid of the local Lourdes Invalid Fund will take place in May. Details and cards will be issued at a later date. Congratulations to Jack and Mary Fleming, Derryluskin, who won first prize in the March Diocesan Lourdes 800 Club Draw.
A NIGHT OF IRISH CULTURE
Lovers of Traditional Music and Song are in for a rare treat in the Abymill on Friday 16th April. Fethard GAA Club present "A Night of Irish Culture With a Difference" when a group of Ceoltóiri Éireann musicians and singers appear in the theatre. The group have a residency at Newpark Hotel Kilkenny for some time now where they have received great acclaim. Tickets are £5 and may be booked at O'Flynn's Menswear, Burke Street, Tel: 052 31254, or at the door on the night.
TINSLEY BRIDGE WALK
Approximately fifty people turned up to take part in the walk to Tinsley Bridge on the Grove Estate last Sunday afternoon. Mrs Ponsonby explained how the bridge was damaged in 1947 by the severe flooding experienced in the area that year. Another piece of the bridge collapsed during the exceptional bad weather last year. It would be a shame to lose such an important structure built by renowned Victorian architect William Tinsley. The bridge was part of the original main entrance to Grove Estate from Springmount and it also leads to nearby Kilmaclugh cemetery.
ST. RITA'S CAMOGIE CLUB
St. Rita's Junior 'A' team beat Drum/Inch last Thursday in the opening round of the Junior 'A' Championship played at The Ragg. The final score was 3-3 to 0-0. The team lined out as follows: Jean Morrissey, Sharon Lawton (captain), Imelda Spillane, Sandra Maher, Norah O'Meara, Aisling O'Riordan, Olivia Phelan, Sandra Spillane, Jennifer Keane, Marie Houlihan, Caroline Fitzgerald, Niamh Sheehan, Fiona Conway, Edel Fitzgerald and Audrey Conway. Subs used were: Emily Sayers, Mary O'Mahoney and Vanessa O'Donnell.
ABYMILL YOUTH DRAMA GROUP
The Abymill Youth Drama Group will perform 'One Day Out' and 'Robin Hood' on 26th and 27th April in the Abymill Theatre. The students are studying drama under the direction of Seamus Hayes, Clonmel. Further details from O'Flynn's Menswear, Burke Street. Tel: 052 31254.
GEORGE FORMAN IN TOWN
Former world heavyweight boxing champion George Forman and his friend, former world indoor mile record holder Eamon Coughlin, called to Coolmore on Wednesday 7th April, to visit the world famous stud farm. George expressed an interest to visit an Irish Stud Farm while in Ireland so Eamon obliged and brought him to Fethard. This was George's first visit to Ireland.
FETHARD'S PROTESTANT CHURCHES
Fethard Historical Society have organised a most interesting lecture for Friday Night, 23rd April in the Abymill Theatre at 8.30pm. The lecture by David Butler, Cahir, covers 'Presbyterianism in and around Fethard c.1690 1919'. Admission £2.
Origins in Cromwellian period (1650’s), when Presbyterian, Baptist and Independent (Congregationalist) New English Settlers arrived in the area. Known land-owning Presbyterian families in the Fethard/Killenaule/Cashel area in this period included Jacob of Knockelly and St. Johnstown (& later Mobarnane); Minchin; Sankey of Coolmore and Mobarnane; Latham of Meldrum; Despard of Killaghy Castle. They inter-married with each other and with other Presbyterian families at Clonmel and Tipperary Town. Despite being outside of the Established Church, they rose to local prominence (politically). A Sankey was Soverign (Mayor) of Fethard in 1719; a Latham in 1731. Many more were Freemen of Fethard Corporation.