Saturday 18th December 1999
|ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
We do not know how they celebrated the start of the current millennium in Fethard. The birth of the 20th century was marked with a huge bonfire in the Square. Slievenamon was also ablaze with mountain fires lighting up the night sky on many of its peaks.
New class, new cast, the Fethard Patrician/Presentation transition year have done it once more. Their production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar', which has concluded a weeks run in the Abymill, was an outstanding success. What greater tribute can be paid to the youthful performers and their musical director and producer Marian Gilpin then in the opinion of patrons who saw the same show performed by professionals in the Point, Dublin, the Fethard production was equally as good, if not better.
Well done to all concerned.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers wish a very happy Christmas and every good wish for the New Year to all landowners, followers and supporters. The pack will meet over the Christmas period at Drangan on St. Stephen's Day. Cloneen on Thursday Dec 30th and Ballingarry on Sunday Jan 2nd. All meets at 12 noon.
The Hats off to Christmas party in Burke's Bar on Sat night last certainly turned up some fantastic creations. Philip Treacy look out the Fethard designers are on the warpath. Bill Kennedy's winning entry, decorated with, battery operated unusual Christmas lights could only be described as brilliant. Proceeds of a most successful night went to the "Santa Bear Appeal Fund".
LEARNING FOR LIFE NIGHT CLASSES
The Patrician Presentation Secondary School will offer night classes in Computers, Woodwork, Cookery, Arts & Maths early in the New Year. Classes will be held on Tuesdays at 7.30pm for 6 to 8 weeks. Enrolments will take place at the school on 17th and 18th January, 2000. All are welcome.
WINNING TEAM OF 1923
We are now told that Fethard did win another County Junior Football Championship, and then there are medals to prove it. Some of the records do not record the win but patriarch of Fethard GAA, Dick Cummins, has in his possession South and County championship medals from the 1923 Fethard winning team. Franny Kelly, Commercials and Tipperary footballer, is in possession of another. Bill Dwan, Franny's paternal grandfather, a member of an old Fethard family from the Green was a member of the winning team.
Moyle Rovers once again proved the better side when beating Fethard by 1-12 to 1-8 in the senior football final at Kilsheelan on Saturday last. Fethard senior football team gave some outstanding displays, especially in the Munster club S.F. competition throughout the year. They are the nearly team of 1999, beaten in the final of the Munster senior football league, the South Tipperary senior football final, the final of the Tipperary senior football league and the County senior football championship semifinal. Here's hoping for better luck in the new millennium.
The Christmas Church Services in Fethard and Killusty are as follows.
Christmas Eve: Parish Church 8.00pm, Abbey 9.00pm,
Christmas Day: Parish 8.30am and 11.00am, Abbey 9.30am and 11.30am, Killusty 10.00am.
St Stephen's Day: Parish 8.30am, 11.00am and 7.00pm, Abbey 9.30am, 11.30am and 7.30pm, Killusty 10.00am.
MILLENNIUM LIGHTS UP FETHARD'S MEDIEVAL PAST
Fethard & Killusty Community Council will celebrate the New Millennium on Wednesday 29th December outside Fethard's Medieval Town Hall which has been illuminated for the occasion. Music by the 'Pheasant Pluckers'. Please come along and celebrate with us. Starting at 8pm and finishing at 10pm. Lots of fun and craic.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank all who contributed to their Church Gate Collection. Anyone in need of help over the festive season can contact any committee member: Dinny Burke, Lynn Cummins, Vincent Doocey, Sean Ryan and Peggy Sullivan.
ANNUAL EMIGRANTS NEWSLETTER
The Annual Emigrant's Newsletter will not be available for sale locally until early in the New Year.
Fethard may not have the massive display of Christmas Lights of larger towns. The decorative displays of seasonal lighting on Tipperary Tack and on the Town Hall with the Christmas Tree on the Square certainly add atmosphere and colour to the festive season. The large electrically operated saluting Santa Claus on Meagher's Garage on the Green gives a great welcome to all approaching from the Killenaule road. Well done to Frank and whom we understand went to considerable expense to have Santa operating.
The erection of the overhead lights, purchased by Fethard & Killusty Community Council, for crossing the streets have been deferred until next year due to dangerous overhead electric cables which will be removed and put underground by next year.
FETHARD GAA NOTES
We played our last senior match of this century in the league final against Moyle Rovers, losing 1-12 (1-7) to 1-8 (0-3). It was a great second half performance under difficult conditions. Team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Willie Morrissey, Martin Ryan, Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher, Brian Burke, Willie O'Meara, Miceál Spillane, John Paul Looby (1-1), Glen Burke (0-1), Brendan Brett (0-1), Conor McCarthy (0-1), Jimmy O'Meara, Tommy Sheehan (0-4), Martin Coen. Subs: Karl Maher for Conor McCarthy, Michael Fitzgerald and Kenneth Byrne. After a full year's programme we now take a break until our next game in the Munster league.
Annual General Meeting
We hold our annual general meeting in the Abymill Theatre at 4pm on Sunday 2nd January.
Under 17 County League
Due to the heavy fixtures our campaign is due to start on 26th December at 1pm against Moyle Rovers in Monroe.
On behalf of the club may we wish all our members, players and patrons a very Happy Xmas and prosperous New Year.
The Fethard & Killusty Community Council have successfully applied to the courts to run a 'Community Lotto' which will commence in the new year when the Abbey Lotto has finished. This lotto will be run by a lotto committee and will be made available to all community organisations as a fundraiser on a percentage basis. The proceeds will go towards community projects and emergency funds when needed.
A well-known Fethard man of yesteryear was won't to say, "The years fly especially when they're getting scarce" by now we feel like Tennyson's brook. Well this one has certainly flown. Once again thanks to all who helped on any way to the producing of the weekly column. To all club secretaries, P.R.O.'s and committee members who kept us informed on club happenings. To Joe, Brendan and Edwina, without whose help and the use of modern technology we would often fail to meet the deadline, our overseas readers who make contact to let us know we help in some small way to let us know we help in some small way to keep them in contact with home. A very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year to all.
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