GAA CLUB NEWS
With four teams out in football it was a credit to all that we won all four matches.
INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL LEAGUE
On Sunday morning 12th March we played Grangemockler in the first round of the league, winning on a scoreline: Grangemockler 0-7 (0-4), Fethard 1-14 (1-8). Team: Miceál Sean McCormack, John Kelly, Michael Ryan, Philly Blake, Kenny Hackett, Michael Fitzgerald, Keith Woodlock, Garreth Byrne, Stephen O'Donnell, John Hurley (0-2), Shay Ryan (1-0), Brendan Brett (0-3), Karl Maher (0-4), Rubaird Broderick (0-1), Johnny Neville (0-1). Subs used: Philip Croke, Michael Teehan, Jason Nevin, and Kenneth Brown. Our next outing is on Wednesday 26th March against Kilsheelan.
SENIOR FOOTFALL LEAGUE
On Sunday 12th March in Clonmel we renewed acquaintances with old rivals Commercials in the County league. We won on a scoreline Commercials 0-7 (0-3), Fethard 0-11 (0-4). Refreshments were much appreciated after a long day. That gives us maximum points to date from three outings. Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Thomas Anglim, Cian Maher, Murt Ryan, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Damien Byrne (0-1), P. J. Anglim, Aiden Fitzgerald (0-2), Conor McCarthy (0-5), Brian Burke (0-1), Miceál Spillane, Martin Coen, Kenneth Byrne, Tommy Sheehan (0-2). Subs: Kenneth O'Donnell for Martin Coen. J. P.. Looby for P. J. Anglim.
UNDER 21 FOOTBALL 'A' SEMIFINAL
On Saturday 11th in Clonmel our young guns gave a first class display in disposing of Moyle Rovers on a scoreline: Moyle Rovers 0-8 (0-3), Fethard 3-18 (2-7). Team: Tommy Gahan, Michael Carroll, Michael Ahearn, Nicky Murphy, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Keith Woodlock, Cha Morrissey, Aidan Fitzgerald (0-5), Conor McCarthy (0-4), John Paul Looby (2-1), Glen Burke (0-3), Kenneth O'Donnell (0-1), Kenneth Byrne (0-1) Conor O'Donnell (1-1). Subs used: Karl Maher (0-1), Garreth Byrne (0-1). The South Final against Ardfinnan will take place on Sunday 26th march at 3.15 in Clonmel.
Best of luck to Aidan Fitzgerald on Saturday 18th March when he represents the club on the Tipperary under 21 football team to play Kerry in Limerick.
In preparation for the County Final meeting with J.K. Brackens in New Inn on St. Patrick's Day our team travelled to Mitchelstown on Sunday 12th for a very worthwhile challenge match winning 2-12 to 2-10. Best of luck in the County Final. We would like to thank O'Shea's Pub in Main Street for their sponsorship of togs to this young team. Please lend your support.
UNDER 21 HURLING
In preparation for the up and coming match, all players are asked to be present on Sunday 19th March in the GAA field for training at 11.45am sharp.
Congratulations to local garage proprietor Frank Meagher, who has been given the Skoda main dealership for the Tipperary area. Frank needs no introduction in the motor trade in Tipperary or indeed in Ireland. His many rallying successes have long since marked him as one of Europe's leading rally drivers.
His many friends and fans in the trade will join in wishing Meagher garages the very best of luck with new appointment.
Viewers of the Nationwide programme on R.T.E. on Sunday night last were in no doubt pleased to see schoolchildren reviving the ancient art of making St Patrick's Crosses. This ancient Irish tradition associated with our patron saint and once widespread throughout the county died out at the beginning of the last century. However a much greater tradition, if the children on TV on Sunday night are a typical example, looks like dying out at the beginning of this century when asked who was Saint Patrick, some nine or ten old pupils had not got a clue. The interviewer may as well have asked them who was Rasputin. The story al St Patrick coming to Ireland, like the penny catechism, would now seem too have disappeared from the school curriculum. Perhaps they should put it on the Internet, everything else seems to be on it now.
ST RITA'S CAMOGIE
The old proverb nothing succeeds like success would not appear to hold much water as for as St Rita's camogie club is concerned. At their AGM there was not enough present to elect officers and a committee. The meeting was adjourned and has been re-fixed for Friday March 24th. A special request, and rightly so, is made to all players to attend.
Why is it in GAA circles that players are not more involved in the administration of club affairs, with the exception of our near neighbours Moyle Rovers whose senior goalkeeper is chairman of the club. GAA players by tradition or sometimes club rule are not allowed to become involved in administration. The same is not true of other team games. Tennis and racquetball for instance have their club and county association run mostly by active playing members and players often all benefit the most from the games. So come on lads and lassies of football, hurling and camogie, get involved and show the old "Alick Adoos" what you can do.
NEW REPRESENTATIVE APPOINTED
The Irish Council of People With Disabilities, Tipperary County Network, are pleased to have Bernard A. Walsh, Burke St. Fethard, appointed as a representative on the South Eastern Health board, to deal with the issues affecting people with disabilities in the South Eastern Health Board Area of Tipperary. We wish Bernard the best of luck in his new appointment.
This week we have three weeks in one so to speak. We have Seactain na Gaelge, Book Week and Tree Week. Fethard probably marked book week a bit early with the Fethard Historical Society's very successful Tipperariana Book Fair. We are not so sure about Seactain na Gaelge, but however we did not forget tree week. Some mindless yobbos at 3am on Saturday morning last decided to break in half the beautiful Mountain Ash planted last year by Tipperary County Council as part of their town improvement scheme. The tree was just coming into bud and locals who admired its beauty so much last year, especially in Autumn when red berries were in full bloom are horrified at this wanton act of vandalism. To complete their nights entertainment they then chucked a rock through the office window of Pat Leahy, Agri Stock store at Green Street.
FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
Our fitness testing session in the ballroom on last Saturday morning was very enjoyable and a worthwhile experience. A number of new people attended and took part in the 'beep' test also. The exercise will be repeated in a few weeks time at the same venue.
Congratulations to Eoin Maher who will be our representative at the indoor juvenile all-Ireland event later in the year. The under 23 Munster outdoor championships will be held on Limerick track in April. The Munster Road Championships for senior novice and veterans will take place in Castleisland, Co. Kerry, on Sunday 19th March. The ladies two-mile race will start at 2pm and the mens four-mile race starts at 2.30pm.
The County Tipperary A.A.I. Indoor event will take place in Nenagh on Sunday 19th March starting at 11am. Longer distance events for senior novice will be hopefully held over.
Training continues on Tuesday evenings at 5.30pm in the GAA Park. The next County A.A.I. meeting takes place on this Thursday in Horse and Jockey at 8.30pm.
FETHARD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
A lecture by Peter Murray, Curator, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, will take place on Friday 24th March, in the ICA Hall at 8pm. The title of the talk is '20th Century Watercolour Painting from Rose Barton to Kathy Prendergast' and all are welcome. Admission £2.
Don't forget our Annual General Meeting will take place in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday 28th March at 8.30pm, followed by a video of last year’s Trinity Pattern Day Festival (30 minutes duration approx). All are most welcome. Membership fees of the society are now due. Contact: Gemma Burke, Redcity, Fethard.
The Fethard and District Credit Union will open on Thursday 16th March from 10am to 12.30pm. The office will be closed on Friday 17th, St. Patrick's Day, and will open on Saturday evening as usual.
PATTERN DAY FESTIVAL
Fethard Historical Society will hold a meeting in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday 21st March to discuss this year's Pattern Day Festival which will take place on weekending 18th June 2000. All interested in helping are invited to attend.
Groups and local organisations wishing to take part in the new Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto are asked to give their names to: Edwina Newport, The Secretary, Fethard & Killusty Community Council, Main Street, Fethard. A meeting will soon be called to form a Community Lotto Committee made up of club representatives and members of the Community Council.
ART & MODEL MAKING EVENT
Community Games Area Finals of the Art & Model-Making event took place last week. Medals were won by the first three competitors in each category and Millennium Award Certificates were presented to all participants.
Cathal Maher, Dun Aoibhinn has a great record in this event winning his 4th gold medal in a row. There was a large entry of a very high standard in the art event, but entries in model-making were low.
We wish all competitors the best of luck in the County Finals which will take place in Clerihan on Saturday next, March 18th at 2 p.m.
First and second in each event go forward and entry fee is £1. Competitors to arrange their own transport. Thanks to Judge, Mr. Pat Williamson, Mullinahone and to Mrs. Christina McGuire, Seskin, who co-ordinated the event. Complete results as follows:
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1. Joseph Morgan, Kiltinan. Amy Lyons. Fethard.
2. Cathal Hurley Fethard. Laura Mullins Fethard.
3. Steven Tierney Bannixtown Laura Rice Fethard.
1. William Power Killusty. Aimee Smyth Fethard.
2. Andrew Walsh Coolmoyne Aisling Breen Fethard.
3. J.P. McGrath Fethard Grainne Horan Fethard.
1. David Lee Killusty Samantha Feery Killusty.
2. Edmond Sheehan Lisa Ryan Fethard.
3. Josh Harrison Fethard Brieta Power Killusty.
1. Cathal Maher Fethard Lucy Sheehan Killusty
2. Kieran Barrett Fethard Sharon Duggan Killusty
3. Owen Doyle Fethard Patricia Lee Killusty.