FETHARD GAA CLUB NOTES
Congratulations to all for winning our first U/21 South title since 1988. A great game of football was played in Clonmel on Sunday 18th April. Final score: Fethard 1-17, Ardfinnan 1-14. Best of luck to the team in the county semifinal against Holycross on next Saturday 24th April. All of this panel of 25 are under age next year except one. The future of Gaelic football looks bright.
We had an easy win in the county league on Sunday evening last at Fethard on a scoreline Fethard 3-19, Kickhams 1-4. We have seven points after five rounds of the league. The league, when it resumes after the championship, has two more rounds to be completed. We have a bye in the next round so our final game in the county league is against Moyle Rovers.
Our next game in the south championship is against Moyle Rovers. This takes place on Sunday 25th April at 7 p.m. in Kilsheelan.
Our 'B' team were defeated on Wednesday 14th by Newcastle on a scoreline 3-17 to 0-4. Our next outing is against Clonmel Óg on Saturday 24th at 7 p.m. in Monroe. Well done to Conor McCarthy and Joe Keane and their teammates on the county minor team when they defeated Limerick last Thursday.
Our junior team play Burnea in Fethard on Sunday 25th April.
The Castle Inn at Watergate opened on Monday 26th April, under the management of Noel Sharpe and his wife Irene. Noel is a popular local barman and has worked in Carrolls Pub in Burke Street for years. Noel and Irene are looking forward to the challenge of running their own pub and have already made plans for providing a wide selection of bar snacks and bar food. The bar is now the only one in Fethard containing on the door forelight “Licensed to open on all Fair Days of Fethard at 6am”.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW
Fethard had three Protestant Churches - do you know where they were? Did you know that one of the oldest meeting houses, outside Belfast, was in Burke Street.
If you would like to know more about 'Presbyterianism in and around Fethard c.1690 1919' come along to the Abymill this Friday night 23rd April where Fethard Historical Society have organised a most interesting lecture by David Butler, Cahir, starting at 8.30pm. David has researched his subject intensively over the past number of years and will illustrate his talk with slides. Admission £2.
MICHAEL STEPS DOWN
Michael O'Hagan has informed the Fethard & Killusty Community Council that, much to his regret, he must resign as chairman. He said the decision was not taken lightly and was made only after careful consideration. Michael spends a lot of time away from home and over the past few months this has increased more than expected. He said that this was the primary reason for his decision. The committee will now meet to appoint officers from the Board of Directors.
We record the death of Mary Holway, Madamsland, Fethard, who died on Monday 19th April, at the ripe age of 101. Interment took place at Holy Trinity Parish Church Fethard.
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION
Patrician Presentation Secondary School Parents Association will hold their Annual church gate collection on the weekend 24th/25th April Please Support.
Best of luck to Fergal Murray, Red City, who has recently opened a car sales business at Red City road.
To help the refugees of the terrible Kosovo conflict a collection will be taken at all masses in the parish this weekend. Contributions may be placed loosely or in an envelope in the basket at the offering collection
Jim Sayers, St. Patrick’s Place and Dublin has been selected on the Irish International Fishing Team that competes in Slovakia, June 24th-29th. Jim carries on a great fishing tradition of an old Fethard family that have fished the Clashawley and Anner almost as long as the rivers are flowing. He travels down for all Fethard/Killusty Anglers fishing competitions and regularly figures amongst the prizewinners.
Cliff Wilkinson, Killerk had a good winner at Ballynoe Point to Point on Sunday last. ‘Kind Word’ a half sister to ‘The Cashman’ a recent winner under rules, won Div.1 of the Mare’s Maiden race.
FETHARD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 27th April at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre. Membership fees for 1999-'00 are now due. Contact: Gemma Burke, Redcity, Fethard. (052) 31799.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
Monday 12th April
1st Gross: Tony Hanrahan & Michael Kenny.
2nd Gross: Frances Burke & Margaret Hackett.
3rd Gross: Nell Broderick & Annie O’Brien.
1st Nett: Rosemary Lalor & Mick Burke.
2nd Nett: Kathleen O’Connell & Eleanor Cummins.
3rd Nett: David and Bernie O’Meara.
The results of the Club Championship (Kitty Hayes Memorial Trophy) which was played for over the last three Wednesday nights will be announced at the Annual President’s Dinner.
Congratulations to club members Tony Hanrahan and Michael Kenny who won the Friday Night Novice Competition at the Clonmel Congress last weekend.
Club Contact: (looking for a partner etc.) Annie O’Brien 052 31862.
Fethard U/21 footballers had a marvellous 1-14 to 1-11 win over favourites, Ardfinnan, in a thrill a minute U/21 South Tipp final at Clonmel on Sunday last. Ardfinnan led by four points at half time. Fethard came back strongly, a great goal by David Morrissey leading the revival and went four points ahead, with Ardfinnan to level matters again with four minutes left, Fethard finished the stronger however and scored three points to win by that margin at the final whistle. Fethard had great displays from Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher, Nicky Murphy, Alan Phelan and Aiden Fitzgerald. They can thank this time the educated left foot of wing forward Conor McCarthy for this title. Conor who lined out with a broken nose received in Tipperary’s M.F. win over Limerick on Wednesday night. He never missed from play or from frees on Sunday and accounted for ten of Fethard’s 14 points, ten shots and all on target.
Miceál Séan McCormack, Keith Woodlock, Michael Ahearne, Michael Carroll, Alan Phelan, Aidan Fitzgerald, Dave Morrissey, Conor McCarthy, Michael Teehan, John Paul Looby, Kenneth O’Donnell, Joe Keane, Nicky Murphy. Replacements used: Kenneth Byrne and Conor O’Donnell.
Fethard proved much to strong for Knockavilla Kickhams on their county S.F. league game at Fethard on Sunday night and ran out easy winners 3-19 to 1-6. A number of first class stops by the Kickhams goalkeeper prevented the game from turning into a real rout.
Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Stephen O’Donnell, Damien Byrne, Martin Ryan, Tomas Anglim, Michael Quinlan, Willie Morrissey, Michael Spillane, Brian Burke, Eugene Walsh, Martin Coen, Willie O’Meara, Jimmy O’Meara, Shay Coen, Tommy Sheehan. Replacements used: John Hurley and John Kelly.
Fethard senior footballers travel to Kilsheelan on Sunday night next where they take on Moyle Rovers in their South Tipp S.F. tie. Fethard have not beaten Rovers in a competitive game for four seasons. Will they redress the matter on Sunday, time will tell.
Mick Ahearne, Fethard’s delegate to last weeks South Tipperary GAA board’s meeting had a surprising amount of support from delegates when he raised the question of consistency in suspensions imposed by the board. Mick said he had no problem accepting the terms of suspensions imposed but said he could not understand why some players received a months suspension and others just two weeks for what appeared the same offence. He also stated that while the board had no control in the matter, he also found the inconsistency in the press reports of games hard to fathom. He quoted two reports of recent games. One in which there were a few minor incidents was reported as if all hell broke loose. In another game, a mini riot on the field and sidelines was not mentioned. Mr Ahearne said he did not want any unsavoury incidents swept under the carpet but he felt it should be a level playing field for all.