The traditional date of the annual George Plant Commemoration has been changed this year to Sunday March 5th, at St. Johnstown Churchyard, Fethard. March 5th is the actual date of the anniversary of the death of George Plant, executed in Portlaoise prison on March 5th 1942. The commemoration will commence at 3.00pm, and Marian Price, Belfast, will deliver the oration.
One of the surest signs of the approach of Spring is the opening of the fishing season in March on the Clashawley and Anner rivers.
The AGM of Fethard/Killusty Angling Club will take place in the Tirry Centre on Friday night Feb. 18th at 8.00pm.
BOOK FAIR THIS WEEKEND
Ogham was a simple system of writing that was developed in Ireland before the arrival of the Roman and Latin script that came with St. Patrick and Christianity. The words 'Tiobraid Arann 2000' will be carved on a commissioned wooden sculpture by well-known local wood carver David Gorey. This unique piece of work will be first prize in a special raffle at this year's Book Fair on Sunday afternoon 13th February.
A special feature of the Book Fair every year is the presence of authors of books of Tipperary interest published in the past year and the authors will sign copies of their books. One of the authors present this year is Angela Bourke of University College Dublin, whose book 'The Burning of Bridget Cleary' recounts the infamous story of the death of Bridget Cleary at Ballyvadlea in 1895.
The death has occurred of Mrs Ellen "Nell" Fitzgerald, The Green. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.
The Ballylusky White heather Harriers will meet on this Sunday Feb. 13th at Donoughmore Cross at 12 noon.
MACRA NA FEIRME
The club would like to wish Brendan Morrissey the best of luck in the All-Ireland semi-finals of the Impromptu competition in Ovens, Co. Cork this Saturday night the 12th Feb.
Club members are heading to the Shamrock lounge, Kilross outside Tipperary town on Friday night in search of love, members are taking part in a blind date. Good luck to all. Club members are also taking part in the South final of Creative challenge in Tipp Town this Sunday 13th Feb. Next meeting is Tuesday the 15th Feb. All new and old members welcome.
Congratulations to Mary Gorey, Main Street, who has qualified for the County final of the Young Entrepreneurs Competition. As her entry Mary produced wooden models of Sparagoleith which she made available for sale locally.
KILROSSANTY AND KERRY
Inquiries to hand from some local GAA fans as to how the Kilrossanty, Co. Waterford GAA club gave the club colours of Green and Gold to 'famed' Kerry.
Kerry travelled to Dungarvan in the early years, of the last century to play Waterford in a tournament game.
They arrived without their jerseys and were loaned a set of the Kilrossanty colours. Kerry played so well in the borrowed strip that they decided there and then to adopt the Kilrosanty Green and Gold as their county colours.
Strange but True.
FETHARD GAA CLUB
The adjourned AGM takes place on Saturday Feb. 12th at 8.15pm in the Tirry Centre, for the sole purpose of election of officers. This is the final opportunity for volunteers from parents and people interested in keeping the juvenile club in its present form. We believe over the last 21 years it was the most successful way to nourish young players in the Gaelic Athletic Association, In both hurling and football as results over the year's show.
So please either attend AGM or leave your name go forward by contacting current senior sec. Noel Byrne before Friday evening at 7.45pm.
Minor Football U/17 '99 League
On Sunday last in atrocious conditions we overturned a league defeat by Cahir to win by the narrowest of margins. 1-11 to 1-10 (halftime: Fethard 1-10, Cahir 1-3). Well done to all concerned and best of luck in County Final against JK Brackens.
Team: Ronan Maher, Pat Ahearne, John O'Meara, Alan Burke, Paul Hackett, Diarmuid Burke (0-1), Ian Kenrick, Glen Burke (0-5), John Needham, John Hanrahan, Owen Doyle (0-2), Brian Coen (0-1), Patrick Looby (0-2), Val O'Dwyer, John Noonan (1-0).
After reaching the quarterfinal of the Munster League on Sunday last, we gave to a super fit Bishopstown fifteen in heavy underground conditions and high wind on a scoreline Bishopstown 0-20 (0-12), Fethard 1-5 (0-3).
Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Carroll, Cian Maher, Stephen O'Donnell, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Damian Byrne, Brian Burke, P.J. Ahearne, Michael Spillane, Thomas Anglim (1-0), Aiden Fitzgerald, Conor McCarthy (0-3), Kenneth Byrne, Brendan Brett. Subs. Kenneth (0-1), Tommy Gahan, Miceál Sean McCormack.
The new manager Tom Mansfield was present and was presented to the players before leaving Bishopstown.
SLIDE SHOW AND TALK
Fethard Historical Society have organised a slide show and talk by Mr Peter Murray, curator of the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery of Cork, on '20th Century Watercolour Paintings from Rose Barton to Cathy Prendergast'. The talk will take place in the Abymill Theatre on Friday 25th February at 8.30pm.
Congratulations to John and Gladys O'Flynn who celebrated 45 years marriage on Saturday 5th February. John P. O' Flynn left Killerk, Fethard, in January 1954 and travelled to Yorkshire, England, where he met Gladys in September and married her on the 5th February 1955. We send them both our congratulations and best wishes for the future.
MONSTER BINGO NIGHT
A monster bingo night will be held in the Abymill Theatre on Thursday 17th February in aid of the Hogan Musical Society. With £1,000 in prizemoney to be won it is a night not to be missed. Twelve panel books will cost £15 and six panel books £10. Please come and support.
The annual Emigrant's Newsletter will be on sale this weekend in local shops at £4. Over 1,000 copies are posted free of charge to emigrants throughout the world and we would like to thank all those who made donations, submitted articles or helped in any way with this year's publication. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the delay in having this years issue printed. This was due to articles not being submitted in time for the deadline set by the printers. We appeal to all club secretaries and individuals to have their reports in good time for next year. Articles will be accepted throughout the year, so why not start now!
LAST ABBEY LOTTO JACKPOT WON
Congratulations to Marianne Shortall who won the £1800 Jackpot in the Augustinian Abbey Lotto last week. This was also the last Lotto Draw in aid of the Augustinian Abbey. A new Community Lotto will commence in the near future.
WORK ON SQUARE COMMENCES
Tipperary SR County Council have commenced work on the redesigning of the Square. The work will include the construction of a 600mm high concrete block wall marking the line of the new road which will then be filled with topsoil inside and planted with shrubs. Also included is the provision of parking spaces, the renewal of footpaths with paving; road realignment with alterations to car parking facilities; new public lighting, landscaping and street furniture. When completed, this will help make the area much more pedestrian friendly.
Following three rounds of audits, Kenny's Centra Foodstore, The Green, has been voted regional winner of the Centra Store of the Year competition. In the eighteen months since Larry carried out the extension of his shop, the store has gone from strength to strength. Larry has been highly complimented by customers on the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, the cleanliness of the store and the range of goods carried.