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Saturday 25th September 1999

Fr. Joe Walsh, Coolmoyne, celebrated the 7.30 mass at Fethard parish church on Saturday night last. Fr Joe in his homily thanked the people of Fethard, his teachers, and his schoolmates during his primary and second level schooldays in Fethard for their friendship and support. He said a special thank you to all that wrote phoned and personally congratulated him and wished him well in his ministry. He asked the people of Fethard for their prayers and continued support; Fr Joe thanked especially Canon Power for his personal support especially during his six years in Thurles College and for inviting him to celebrate mass in the great parish of Fethard. The congregation, at the end of Fr Joe's address responded with prolonged and sustained applause. May we on behalf of the people of Fethard and Killusty wish Father Joe Gods blessing and every success in his sacred ministry.

The death has occurred of Mr. Michael McDonnell, Main Street. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Any suggestions for a name for the new footbridge at the pound. One local entrepreneur has proposed it be called the Harry Sayers bridge and has stated he will sponsor a plaque if the powers that be agree to the name. Harry Sayers was a true Fethard man. He crossed the river at that point on stepping-stones literally thousands of times during his long employment with Messer's P.J. Henehan.

Members of Fethard Judo Club paid a successful visit to Ashbourne, Co Meath for the Leinster Judo Championships.
Richard Gorey followed up his great Mosney victory with another Gold Medal in the U/35kg event. Tony O'Brien, Mullinahone and Christopher Sheen both had some excellent wins on their way to winning bronze medals.
Stacey Grace, Woodvale Walk, Cathal Gorey, Moanbeg and Arron O'Donovan, The Valley also reached also reached the bronze medal contests of the championships. Congratulations to all.
Club members will have their next outing in the Irish Championships, which will be staged in Dublin in November. Training continues in the Town Hall on Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to 9pm.

We have a special request for any song poems or ballads relating to any Tipperary Hunting Packs of Foxhounds or Harriers.

A local bird watcher is once again requesting information on sightings of the last swallow of 1999. Last year a Knockgraffon reader reported a sighting on October 7th.

Nellie Ryan, St Patrick's Place was the winner of the AIB Bank/Tipp FM Energy Week competition. Nellie was surprised when Duncan Stuart of 'Our House' fame accompanied by reps. from AIB Bank and Tipp FM called at her door to present her prize. The prize consisted of her house being examined by Duncan Stewart for the best ways of saving energy in the house. This work (attic insulation etc.) will be carried out for Nellie in the near future. Nellie's brother-in-law Kevin Ryan, Killusty was also a winner in the competition.
Duncan Stewart has a Fethard connection; he's grandmother was Catherine Fossett (nee Kenny), a sister of the late Larry Kenny, Builder, The Green.

There will be an open day in Scoil Aonghusa Special School, Cashel on Friday 1st Oct between 11am and 1pm. All are welcome.

The guiding year commences again in Fethard Ballroom on Monday Night 4th Oct from 7pm to 8pm. Ladybirds 4 to 7 yrs. Brownies 7 to 10 yrs. and Guides 10 to 14 yrs. are more than welcome. So come along girls and enjoy the guiding way of life. Further information can be had from Judy Doyle 052 31109. Adult leaders are always welcome.

Fethard and Killusty have organised a cookery demonstration to be held in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday October 5th at 7.45pm. Top chef J.J. Healy will give the demonstration. J.J. and assistants will provide a very professional show using video equipment to help everyone have a closer look at his skills. He will also give lots of easy-to-understand cooking tips on the night. This demonstration is suitable for both men and woman, young and old. Tickets are £5 and are available from any committee member or at Newport's Main Street.

U/21 Hurling
On Saturday last our hurlers got off to the best start in beating St. Mary's in the first round 3-11 (1-6) to 1-6 (1-4). Conor McCarthy, Tommy Gahan, Alan O'Meara, Paul Hackett, Cian Maher, Michael Ahearne, Liam Delaney, Aidan Fitzgerald, John Paul Looby, Eoin Doyle, Ciaran Treacy (0-8 frees), Miceal Sean McCormack, Kenneth O'Donnell (0-2), Garreth Byrne (1-0), Conor O'Donnell (2-1) Subs; Brendan Doyle for Garreth Byrne (Inj.), Peter Carroll and Paddy Cooney.
Our next game is the South Semi-Final against Killenaule.
Minor Football
Congratulations to the boys in blue who were awarded for hard work, and a great effort by winning the "A" championship for the fourth time this century. To everyone in the club who helped and the physio we thank you. Continued support from our main sponsors Coolmore also McCarthy's Hotel, O'Sullivan's Chemist and the club for their gear (shirts, togs and socks). We look forward to a great gathering on the occasion of the presentation of south and county medals later in the year.
Senior Football
We await fixture of same against Moyle Rovers.
Junior A Football
We have reached the last four, but no fixture date yet.
Intermediate Hurling
The four semi-finalists are now known, we await fixture. We had a successful challenge against Windgap on Sunday last.

Dog Night 21/9/99
We would like to thank all who supported us, the sponsors, the advertisers, the nominators and ticket buyers for making it a very successful financial venture. Your help in every way is much appreciated particularly to the small committee who did so much work behind the scenes.
Results of Dog Night Draw 1st:
David O'Donnell, Coleman (car and four to France), 2nd Nicky O'Shea, Tullow (county board draw), 3rd William Troy, Dualla (dinner for 2 at J's restaurant).
Nominator's Draw 1st Billy O'Dwyer, Thurles (TV), 2nd Michael Ryan, Tullamaine (hamper), 3rd Willie O'Meara, Fethard (sports bag).

The six qualifiers to represent the club in the Volvo/Tipp FM County Singles Final to be held in Dundrum on Friday 8th October are Brian Burke, Peter Kenny, Paul Cormack, Kieran Burke, Declan Heafey and Paddy Clancy. The winners of the Saturday Scramble were Dinny Burke, Mick Burke and John Kenny. The winners of the Friday Ladies Scramble were Barbara Stucky, Noeleen Kelly and Rena Kelly. The first tee will be closed on Saturday between 12noon and 2pm for the scramble competition. The ladies scramble competition will be held on Friday 1st Oct at 4pm. The weekly singles competition will start as usual on Sunday morning. Derry Kiely, PGA professional coach, is available for lessons. For more information, ring 052 32213 or 32040.

Eight club members travelled to Wales last weekend on an exchange programme with a Welsh young farmers club near Cardiff. The trip was so well enjoyed by everyone that plans are already afoot to organise a joint trip to Scotland for both parties next year.
Declan and Brendan Morrissey competed in the finals of the Belgian Blue stockjudging competitions held at the national ploughing championships in Cork this week.
Our annual apple-picking fundraiser takes place on Sunday Oct. 17th. More details at the next meeting which will be held on Tuesday 5th October at 9.30pm in Lonergan's Bar.


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