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Saturday 19th February 2000

So far not so good would seem to be the opinion of many locals on the work being carried out under the E.U Urban Renewal Scheme at the Square.
Widespread criticism being the order of the day. However, It would seem that the issue is being pre-judged. How many of the critics have taken the trouble to go to the Tirry Centre and study the plan of the operation. Perhaps we would all be better advised to wait until the work is complete before venturing an opinion, on work that will beyond doubt enhance the appearance of our main thoroughfare.

Two further local young riders have been in the news on the racing scene recently. Mr Keith Culligan, The Valley attached to trainer Louis Wells establishment in Essex rode Little Buck to win the Hunters Chase at Plumpton. This was Keith's first mount over fences and proved a winning one. His effort came under very favourable notice in the Racing Post, where he received good press and was referred to as "another very promising young Irish rider".
Local young amateur Mark Grant, Lismortha on Sunday last brought his total of point-to-point winners to five with a winner at Killdorrery. This follows his double success at Knockanara point-to-point the previous week.

The eagerly awaited Parish Newsletter is now available at all the usual local outlets and is being very favourably commented on.
The article by John P. O'Flynn is proving something of a revelation with several that have taken up residence in Fethard during the past thirty years enquiring "who is John P. O'Flynn".
John tells his story more than well in the article. When one considers he had little formal education and was locked in total deafness for almost 40 years, his article is a revelation. His description of the treatment of the migrant farm labourer of his time is certainly an indictment of a Christian Society.
John P. O'Flynn is also a brilliant self-taught artist. He has painted some beautiful watercolour nature studies some of which he has kindly sent to his friends in Fethard. We sincerely hope that this year's article in the parish newsletter will be the first of many more to come.

Next Sunday the Ballylusky Harriers meet at Ballingarry at 12 noon.

Congratulations to Killusty who won the Youths League Division 2 Cup after they beat Clonmel Evergreen 7-0 on last Saturday.

Fethard throughout the years has produced many good hurlers. Primarily noted as a football parish with Many County football titles to its credit. Fethard parish, believe it or not, has won just one county hurling title. This was the county junior hurling championship when Coolmoyne, long the standard bearers of hurling in the parish, were successful.
A committee has been formed to organise a celebration to mark the golden jubilee of that victory: chairman Frank Coffey; joint treasurers Frank Coffey and Joe Ahearne; secretary Mary Godfrey. Committee: Jimmy Barry, Jack Wall, Michael O'Dwyer, Austin Godfrey, Derry O'Dwyer, Tom Noonan and Sean Moloney.

Final preparations are being made, the course is now in order, and everything points to a most successful day at next Sundays Tipperary Foxhounds Chases at the old Tullamaine point-to-point course. Some of the "Fairest Diana's" of the chase have signified their intention to take part in the ladies event. No truth in the rumour that the gentleman's race is going to be a weight for age, for the riders that is, not the runners.
The outstanding race on the card has attracted the following personalities from the sporting and racing world. Ted Walsh, Michael Hourigan, Steve Collins, Enda Bolger and Tony Mullins. Come along and enjoy an excellent free day's sport and entertainment for all the family.

Congratulations to Killusty who won the Youths League Division 2 Cup after they beat Clonmel Evergreen 7-0 on last Saturday.

The bridge in Jesuits Walk is now being repaired. We congratulate the County Council for their prompt action in getting repair work underway. Lets hope all this dumping of rubbish in the area will also cease and be cleaned up before it opens up as a walk way again.


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