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Saturday 18th March 2000

What a great weekend for all concerned, particularly players whose endurance was put to the test by playing two matches within 30 hours and winning both very convincingly. On St. Patrick's Day we won our 1st County title of the new millennium when defeating JK Brackens by 1-12 (0-7) to 1-9 (0-5) in the under 17 County 'A' League (1999). The team that brought the Mick Frawley cup to the club was: Ronan Maher, Allen Burke, John O'Meara, Patrick Looby, Paul Hackett, Diarmuid Burke, Ian Kenrick, John Needham (0-1), Glen Burke (0-6), John Hanrahan (0-1), Owen Doyle, Brian Coen (0-2), Nicky Noonan (0-1), Ronan Allen (0-1), John Noonan (1-0).
On Saturday 18th in Clonmel, we played the first round of the championship beating Ardfinnan 1-13 (0-6) to 0-4 (0-4). Team: Ronan Maher, Peter Carroll, Paul Hackett, Diarmuid Burke, Ronan Allen, John O'Meara, Ian Kenrick, John Needham, Paul Morrissey (0-1), John Hanrahan, Glen Burke (0-6), Brian Coen (0-1), Pat Looby, Owen Doyle (1-1), Val Dwyer (0-1). Subs used: John Noonan (0-3), Paddy Cooney and Patrick Ahearn.
Our next game in this competition is against Killenaule on Sunday 9th April at 11.30am in Cloneen.
Our game last week against Cahir will now be played over Easter. Our next outing in the County League is against Ardfinnan and will be played in Fethard on Tuesday 28th March at 6.15pm. Please note the time.
Our next outing is in Kilsheelan on Sunday 26th March at 11.30am against Kilsheelan.
On Sunday 26th March at 3.15pm in Clonmel we play Ardfinnan in the South Final – a repeat of last year's opposition. Best of luck to all concerned.
This is your last opportunity to become a member for 2000. The closing date is 31st March and the fees are Adults £5 and Juveniles £3. Please give subscriptions to any club officer or committee member before that date.
The new manager has arranged a players meeting for Friday 31st March at 7pm in the dressing rooms. All players are requested to attend.

The Abbey would like to thank all who subscribed to their Annual Envelope Collection. So far, the total has amounted to £2,300 for which they are most grateful.

A public demonstration on the area of heart disease and cardiac resuscitation will take place in Fethard Ballroom on Monday March 27th at 8pm. All are welcome and admission is £1. This event is organised by the Fethard Branch of the Irish Red Cross. Professional speakers will be present and following their presentations an open forum will take place. Refreshments will be provided afterwards.

The change of partner for the third round of the 'Player of the Year' took place on Wednesday 15th March and the results were:
1st Gross: Moira McInerney and Gemma Burke
2nd Gross: Tony Hanrahan and Betty Walsh
1st Nett: Eve Goodbody and Rita Kane
2nd Nett: Alice Quinn and Mike Burke

The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 28th March in the Abymill Theatre at 8.30pm. All members are welcome to attend.

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.

A meeting will take place at 8.30pm in the Tirry Centre on Monday 27th March to form a Community Lotto Committee made up of club representatives and members of the Community Council. Groups and local organisations wishing to take part in the new Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto are asked to attend or give their names to: Edwina Newport, The Secretary, Fethard & Killusty Community Council, Main Street, Fethard.

Adjourned AGM takes place this Friday March 24th in the Tirry Centre, Fethard. We play Moycarkey in the Intermediate Camogie League in Fethard on Sunday 26th at 12 noon.

Summer time commences at 2am on this Sunday morning March 26th. Clocks go forward on hour on Saturday night.

Fethard may not have produced any local trained winner at Cheltenham last week. Nevertheless the local connection with the famous racing festival was well maintained. Fethard amateur riders had mixed fortunes. P.J. Colville was going very well on the Mouse Morris trained Leonardo in the National Hunt Chase when a very bad mistake by his mount gave P.J. no chance of staying in the plate. P.J. was carrying on a family tradition as his late father rode Willie Womkins to victory at Prestburn Park in 1973. His Uncle T.J. Ryan rode five Cheltenham winners in the eighties. Keith Culligan riding Little Buck, had a great run in the Foxhunters chase. Keith had ridden Little Buck to victory in his previous two outings and neither horse nor rider lost no face in finishing not to far off pace horses in this top class field.
Where or what would Cheltenham be without Fethard's official representative the one and only Jimmy Ryan. A regular annual attendee for well over 20 years Jimmy has by now become one of the better known Irish characters of the meeting. Never far from publicity or interviews he figured prominently being photographed in the Evening Herald.
Jimmy having spent Friday night at Wrexham in Wales with another Fethard personality of yesteryear Jimmy travelled to Paris on Saturday morning for the rugby international. The official post match celebrations without doubt would not be complete without him.

May we be excused this week for taking a rather personal theme, Newport's newsagents on March 19th celebrated the 80th anniversary of their opening. The premises operated as tailoring business for 100 years under Patrick Kenrick and his son Edmond Kenrick prior to being opened in its present form by Catherine Kenrick Newport on March 19th 1920. Edwina Newport great-great granddaughter of Patrick Kenrick is now managing the shop.
Edwina is currently having the shop re-furbished. The work was to have been completed for the anniversary but the best laid plans of mice and men (and women) etc. The work should be completed by the end of next week. Edwina wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused to customers during alterations. We take pride in the fact that we have selling the Nationalist for the eighty years we have being in business, we wish to thank sincerely our loyal friends and customers for their continued support over the years and look forward with confidence to offering, we hope, the same satisfactory service in the years ahead.

Best of luck to Fethard Macra's Senior Debating team who contest the regional final of the competition against Cappoquin in the Munster Hotel, Thurles on Saturday night. Fethard will be represented by Chris O'Riordan (chairperson), Mairead Croke, Declan and Brendan Morrissey. Next club meeting takes place in Lonergan's Bar on Tuesday March 28th.

The County finals of Art & Model Making competition took place in Clerihan on Saturday last. Representing Fethard & Killusty were: Amy Lyons, Laura Mullins, Aimee Smyth, Aisling Breen, Samantha Feery, Lisa Ryan, Lucy Sheehan, Sharon Duggan, Kieran Barrett, David Lee, Edmond Sheehan, William Power, Joseph Morgan, Cathal Hurley and Cathal Maher, who won his 4th Gold Medal in a row in this event and will now represent Co. Tipperary at the National Finals on the last week-end of August. Full results on sports page. Co. Final of Gymnastics will take place next Sunday, March 26th in Clonmel. Any child who is involved in Gymnastics in the area who might like to take part please contact Secretary, Mrs Phyllis Grace, 40 Woodvale Walk, Fethard.

Sullivan & Hickey take silver, on Sunday last we had ten competitors at the Co. A.A.I. Championships in Nenagh. The parents and friends who travelled on the occasion must be complemented on their eagerness to help. Club Sec and Chairman Carmel Condon and Miceál McCormack respectively took the position of public address announcer and starter on the occasion. James Stapleton took charge of the shot competition. Eamon O'Dwyer and Terry Cunningham looked after the needs of our own athletics.
Jerome Ahearne was 4th in 60m heat and 5th long jump.
Shauna Stapleton was 5th in 60m heat and 6th long jump.
Lisa Condon was 7th in 60m heat and 9th long jump.
David Sullivan was 2nd in 300m.
Treacy Burke was 2nd in heat & 4th in final 60m, 6th in long jump.
Stacey Lawrence was 4th in 60m & 5th long jump.
Darragh O'Dwyer was 5th in 60m final.
Seamie O'Keeffe was 7th in 60m heat.
Daniel Hickey was 2nd in U/10 60m final.
Arron Conron was 7th in 60m heat.
Training for this week will be on Tuesday evening at 5.30pm in the GAA park under James Stapleton.
Vets and Senior indoor will take place this Thursday evening at 7.30pm in Nenagh.


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