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Saturday 29th May 1999


Having completed our South Championship programme we now have 6 points out of a possible 8. We await our semi-final opponents. Score: Fethard 3-10, Cahir 1-4. After a slow start it was only in the second half that we got it together to win convincingly. Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Tom Anglim, Damien Byrne, Philly Blake, Jimmy O'Meara (0-1), Willie O'Meara (1-0), Willie Morrissey, Michael Spillane, Brian Burke (0-1), Aidan Fitzgerald (0-2), Eamonn Walsh, P.J. Looby, Conor McCarthy (1-2), Shay Coen (0-1), Tommy Sheehan (0-3). Subs used: Michael Quinlan for Damien Byrne, , Stephen O'Donnell for Philly Blake, Martin Coen (1-0) for J.P. Looby. The fourth spot in the semi-finals is still not decided as yet. We are also in the semifinal of the County League with Moyle Rovers, Commercials and Aherlow. On Sunday next, 6th June, we play Ballincollig, Co. Cork, in a challenge at 11.30am in Cork. Training at 7.30pm on Mondays and Fridays and also every Sunday morning.

We had a walkover in the first round and now play Ballingarry in Killenaule on bank Holiday Monday, 7th June, at 7.30pm.

After losing to Cahir we play Killenaule in Cloneen on Friday 4th June at 7.30pm.

Our Intermediates had a great victory in the County League against Galtee Rovers at home, thereby giving us two victories out of two outings. Score: Fethard 3-14, Galtee Rovers 0-7. Team: Liam Treacy, Michael Ahearne, Michael Bourke, John Kelly, P.J. Ahearne, Michael Ryan, Michael Quinlan, Michael Spillane (1-7), Stephen O'Donnell, Conor O'Donnell (0-1), Colin Allen (1-3), Aidan Fitzgerald, David Flanagan, Joe Keane (0-1), Michael Carroll (1-2). Subs used: Kenneth Browne, Garreth Byrne, Tomás Bourke, Kenneth O'Donnell and Alan O'Meara.
On Tuesday 1st June we play Windgap in a challenge in Fethard and on Tuesday 8th June we are away to Clonoulty in the County League at 7.30pm. On Friday 11th June we meet Cahir in the first round of the South Championship in Clonmel at 7.30pm.

The County Draw is about to be launched so please join up with any committee member or officer of Fethard Club for July. £5 per month or £60 per year.
Thanks to Coolmore for the new up-to-date remote control scoreboard which is now fully functioning at our GAA field. Advertising billboards will become available shortly from any officer of the club. Details can be had from same.

A congregation of some 600 attended the special mass for their diseased relatives held at Calvary cemetery on Friday night last. Those who attended availed of the opportunity to lay a special candle on the graves of their dear departed. A similar mass will be celebrated at Killusty graveyard on the Feast of the Sacred Heart Friday June 11th at 8pm. It is a chance for us all to call to mind those that have gone before us. As we come to the end of this century and millennium it is only appropriate that we remember with love those who have played a role in our lives. Candles will be on sale on the night costing £1 each. The Church in Killusty is of course dedicated to the Sacred Heart.

Festivals and carnivals will no doubt be held in almost every town and village during the coming months, each one following almost the same format. Fethard the town that promoted one of the first Fancy Dress Parades in Ireland, had a one day festival with a difference on Sunday set in a medieval theme, the Pattern, organised by Pat Looby and Austin McQuinn Artists in Residence at St. Patrick’s National School was a brilliant success. Many of those taking part turned out in medieval costume which greatly contributed to the atmosphere of the occasion. Well done to all concerned in the promotion, here’s to bigger and better things next year.

Ms Kathryn Carrigan gave a most interesting and informative talk on the Fethard Statues to members and friends of Fethard Historical Society on Saturday night last. The three statues, God the Father, Ecce Homo “Jesus before his Crucifixion” and John the Baptist, date from the 16th century. Ms Carrigan who works as a freelance Gilding Conservator for the National Gallery of Ireland said the statues, an integral part of Fethard’s great historical and archaeological heritage were the only example of Polychrome Statues of their era in Ireland, they are one of the Museums most prized exhibits. The statues are so highly thought of they are now on exhibition in the museums new Collins Barracks branch. They may only be viewed through a Perspex screen and are kept in a specially humidified and temperature controlled air.
Our Lady of Fethard another medieval statue is also in Dublin Museum. Many Fethard people were not at all pleased when this statue was sent to the museum some years ago for preservation and security reasons. Ms Carrigan said she only recently learned of this statue on her visit to Fethard. She promised she would look into the matter of this statue on her return to Dublin.

Golf for beginners, starting on Friday 11th June, 6pm to 7pm. No clubs or equipment needed. For more information phone 052 32040

Rev Robert McCarthy who has recently been appointed Dean of St Patrick’s, Dublin is a native of Donoughmore, Lisronagh. The McCarthy family have many Fethard associations. They also farmed at Jossestown and Killerk, his uncle the late Jack McCarthy was a very well known Fethard personality of the forties and fifties.

Due to a breakdown in communications between the Co. Tipp GAA board and the Fethard club the information furnished last week that Fethard senior football team were out of contention in the S.F. league were incorrect. The two sections of the league are apparently separate competitions and the top four teams in each play off for the title.
Damien Byrne, Killusty playing for Tipperary senior footballers against Kerry has created a unique family and club record. The Byrne family are the only Tipperary family to have a grandfather Mick Byrne, a father Noel Byrne and a son Damian Byrne represent the county at senior level in either hurling or football.

There was a turnout of over 60 people for the Fitness and Exercise Seminar held in The Ballroom on Saturday May 29th hosted by South Tipperary Sports Advisory Body. Richard Sims attended from N.C.T.C. with the mobile unit. He was assisted by Crainne Young, Valerie Colville and Liz Crowley all U.L. There were some interesting lectures, demonstrations and tests carried out on people from all walks of life. Thanks to all who supported this venture.

The death has occurred at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Clonmel of Mr Simon Thompson, 45 St Patrick’s Place. Interment took place in Calvary cemetery.
The death has occurred in England of Mrs Lena Keoghane formerly Lena D’Arcy, Killusty. Interment took place in England.
Sincere sympathy is extended to Mrs Alice Burke, Tullamaine on the recent death of her brother Mr David Slattery, Ballyporeen.

The following are the results of Fethard/Killusty Community games athletics which took place in the GAA Park on Friday last, May 29th.
Boys: U/5 Colin Grant, U/7 Frankie O’Donovan, Daniel Hickey, Glen Carroll. U/8 60M Frankie O’Donovan, Kevin Quigley, Glen Carroll. U/8 80M Kevin Quigley, Glen Carroll, Daniel Hickey. U/10 100M Christopher Sheehan dead heated with Declan Doyle, Aaron O’Donovan. U/10 200M Declan Doyle, Aaron O’Meara, Chris Sheehan dead heated for 3rd with James Kelly. U/12 100M Michael McCarthy, Josh Harrison, Aaron O’Donovan. U/12 600 Michael McCarthy, Josh Harrison, Jason Lawrence. U/14 100M Anthony Hanrahan, Darren O’Meara, Darren Sharpe. U/14 800M David Sullivan, Anthony Hanrahan, Darren O’Meara. U/16 100M Eoin Maher. U/16 1,500M David Kelly. U/17 100M John Noonan.
Girls: U/5 Jenny Pyke, Nicole O’Meara, Evie O’Sullivan. U/7 Kelly Fox, Sarah McManus, Katie Coen. U/8 60M Clare O’Brien, Cliodhna McCarthy, Lesley O’Meara & Sarah Conway Joint 3rd. U/8 80M Cliodhna McCarthy, Clare O’Brien, Lesley O’Meara. U/10 100M Stephanie Lawrence, Donna Ryan, Lisa Ryan. U10 200M Stephanie Lawrence, Donna Ryan, Samantha Feery. U/12 100M Tracey Burke, Stacey Grace, Kate Hanrahan. U/12 600M Kate Hanrahan, Tracey Burke, Stacey Grace. U/14 100M Ciara O’Keeffe, Kate Hanrahan.
A specific list of qualifiers for the County final, which will be held in Clonmel on June 27th, will be published later. Thanks to all who assisted and supported.

Killusty B soccer team brought a very good season to a most successful conclusion when they won the Div 4 Shield Final. The beat a very strong Commons team 1-0 in a nail biting very closely contested final. When it seemed a result would have to be obtained by the dreaded penalty shoot out, up popped Martin Fanning to score the all-important winner. Joyous celebrations were the order when team captain John McEvoy was presented with the County Shield. Killusty Team: Kenny Hackett, Tom Halpin, Gerry Murphy, Brendan Brett, John McEvoy (Capt.), Eamon Holohan, Eugene Walsh, Martin Fanning, Carl Maher, George Williams, Eddie O’Brien. Reserves: Keith Woodlock, John Hurley and Conor O’Donnell. Team Managers Tom Kearney and Bob Maher.

Mr Pierce Dillon has retired from business and closed his pharmacy at Main Street. Percy Dillon has been in business in Fethard for 45 years during which he gave excellent service to his patrons. May we wish Mr and Mrs Dillon a long and happy retirement.

The County Finals of Judo took place in Fethard on Saturday, May 29th the following people from Fethard have qualified for the Munster Finals. Full report on Sports page. Aaron O’Donovan, Richard Gorey, D.J. Gorey, Stacey Grace winner of 40kg event is unable to travel and will be replaced by Stephanie Lawrence. Other Fethard medallists were: Lorraine and Samantha Feery, Bernadette Costello, Grace Maher, Michael Costello, Colm Shanahan, Michael John Murphy, Christopher Sheehan, Cathal Gorey, Seamus O’Keeffe and David Gorey.

Congratulations to P.J. Colville, Spitalfield, who was the winner of the Novice Riders Award in the Southeast Region, was presented with his trophy and cheque at the end of season ceremonies which took place in the Talbot Hotel, Wexford last Tuesday night, where there was a general “gathering of the clans” and celebrations continued into the early hours. Well done also to our local lady jockey Ms Elizabeth Lalor, Annesfort who rode her first winner at Kinsale Point to Point on Sunday. Elizabeth won the open lightweight race on ‘Guesswork’.

Fethard Macra Na Feirme held its AGM recently. The following were elected to the committee. Chairperson Liam Hayes, Vice-chairperson Matt Hennessey, Secretary and PRO Amanda Kelly, Treasurer Patricia Morrissey. Chris O’Riordan and Mary Barry.
Volleyball takes place every Monday night in the ballroom at 9pm. Soccer is played every Thursday night in the ballroom at 9pm. New members are always welcome. Secondary students can join for £5 for the summer.

The 1999 Patrician Presentation School Yearbook is now on sale in local shops at £3 each. The 32 page booklet, with lots of photographs and articles, covers all classes and school events over the past twelve months.

At the AGM held on Wednesday 26th May the following officers and committee were elected: President Bernie Myles, Vice President Anna Cooke, Secretary Gemma Burke, Treasurer Jacinta O’Flynn, PRO Tony Hanrahan.
Committee & Tournament Directors: Alice Quinn, Margaret Hackett, Kathleen Kenny, Rita Kane, Frances Burke, Maureen Maher, Bernie O’Meara, Betty Walsh and Breda O’Shea
Bridge will continue every Wednesday night for the summer at 7.30pm sharp.
Results Wednesday 26th May
Joint 1st Gross Margaret Hackett and Alice Quinn, Annie O’Brien and Rita Kane.
1st Nett Michael Kenny and Tony Hanrahan.
2nd Nett Mick Burke and Neilie Hall.
All members, especially beginners, are welcome to play Bridge every Thursday night for the summer in Ballinure. The Summer Season commences on this Thursday Night June 3rd at 8pm.


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