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Saturday 29th April 2000

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

On Saturday last, 29th April, our Intermediate team played wholeheartedly and cohesively to beat St. Cronan's of Roscrea in a convincing manner in The Ragg. This was a keenly contested league match which allows the Fethard side to proudly retain their unbeaten record. The team lineout was Jean Morrissey, Sandra Maher, Edel Fitzgerald, Nora O'Meara, Fiona Conway, Aisling O'Riordan, Marie Holohan, Kay Ryan, Niamh Sheehan (0-1), Audrey Conway (0-1), Bernie Horan, Mia Treacy (2-0), Sandra Spillane, Jennifer Frewen and Imelda Spillane (0-2). Subs used were Caroline Fitzgerald (1-0) (Sandra Spillane) and Jennifer Keane (Jennifer Frewen).

Patrick Boucle, Youth Officer, would like to meet with anyone interested in becoming youth leaders and forming a Foróige Youth Club in Fethard. The meeting will take place in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard, on Tuesday 23rd May at 8.30pm. If you need further information please contact: Edwina Newport, Secretary, Fethard & Killusty Community Council, Main Street, Fethard. Tel: (052) 32337.

We had no winner in this weeks Community Lotto which was drawn on Tuesday night 25th April at 7pm in the Tirry Community Centre. Numbers drawn were: 3, 20, 26 and 31. We had three 'Match 3' winners: R.H. Major, Clonmel; Joseph Bowes, Kilconnell; and David O'Donnell, Coleman. All receive £35.
Our next draw takes place on Tuesday night 2nd May. Tickets are £1 each and all proceeds go directly towards community projects.

The annual walk in aid of the local Lourdes Invalid Fund will take place on Thursday 18th May at 7.30pm, leaving from the Ballroom car park. Please note the new evening time and everyone is invited to take part.

Some things never change as the best anglers were the top prize winners once again in the Spring Fishing Competition held by Fethard & Killusty anglers on Sunday 30th April. This was the 30th anniversary of the competition. Once again we had the pupil teaching the master as George McGrath took first place with second place going to his dad Willie McGrath. Fourteen rods competed.
The official results were: 1st George McGrath (4 trout weighing 2lb 11oz), 2nd William McGrath (7 trout weighing 2lb 7oz), 3rd Mattie Fleming (4 trout weighing 1lb 7oz). In the junior section Ciarán O'Connell came first with a catch of 1 trout weighing 7oz, and second was John Fleming with 1 trout weighing 4oz.

The next meeting of Fethard Day Care Centre committee will take place in the Tirry Centre on Thursday 4th May at 7pm.

Over the weekend the Fethard and Killusty Community Council played host to Community Council representatives from St. David's in Wales who were visiting Fethard as part of WICC Project exchange trip on Sustainable Rural Communities. The joint workshop took place in the Tirry Community Centre on Saturday 29th April to identify future projects that could be developed between both communities.
St. David's were very impressed with the community effort in Fethard and were interested in projects like the Abymill Theatre, Country Markets, Credit Union, Ballroom and the production of the monthly Parish Newsletter.
It was decided to commence with the following projects: a joint website which would encourage the exchange of information between both communities and begin new exchange projects; identifying joint ventures in tourism and the development of a multipurpose resource centre which would house a tourist office, public toilets, library, information centre and access to local research information already computerised by the Fethard Historical Society with the aid of the Students Summer Scheme. The workshop was facilitated by Seamus Hoyne, Tipperary Energy Agency Limited, and was attended by Peter Jenner and Christine Grimshaw from William Battle Associates, Management Consultants, Swansea; Brian Connor, BP Connor & Associates; Councillor Susan Meagher; Councillor John Fahey; Richard Thornton and Shan Williams from St. David's County Council; and the following Fethard representatives: Joe Kenny, chairperson Fethard & Killusty Community Council; Edwina Newport, secretary Fethard & Killusty Community Council; Mairead Croke, supervisor Fethard and Killusty Community Employment Scheme; Chris Nevin, chairperson Fethard Historical Society; Diana Stokes, chairperson Fethard Tidy Towns; Terry Cunningham, Rural Enterprise Officer Teagasc; Peter Grant, David Sceats, Mary Hanrahan and Dóirín Saurus.

This year's first cuckoo, in the area, was reported to be heard on Slievenamon on Sunday 30th April.

We had a most interesting contact from Dr. Richard Everard on the internet re our article in last weeks issue on the 'Dutch Mass'. Dr. Everard says that "the service is not actually a Mass as there is no eucharistic prayer. The service is known as a 'Word and Communion Service' where the celebrant can be a male or female pastoral worker appointed by the local bishop. These services are held quite frequently in Holland."
Richard Everard, scion of Fethard’s most historic family has led many parties of the Dutch branch of the Everard clan on historic trips to the home town of their eminent ancestors.

The wedding took place in Killusty church on Saturday April 29th of Deborah, daughter of Mr Bobby and Mrs Ann Guiry, Peppardstown House, Fethard, to Mr John Dunphy, Dunhill, Co. Waterford.

The success of Fethard Ballroom Sunday night dances continues apace. The committee's recent record crowd of Easter Sunday night was surpassed by at least 100 patrons when a capacity crowd danced to the music of Johnny Barrett.
Johnny is one of the top five entertainers in his field in Munster. He said on Sunday night, that it was the first time he played at a venue with no bar. He expressed himself as duly amazed at the attendance. This was his first time playing in Fethard. So there you have it, no bar, no bouncers, no noise on the street afterwards, just good music, an excellent floor and good dancing.
Perhaps there is some chance that the younger generation will get the message. Incidentally the number of younger people attending the weekly Fethard promotion is steadily on the increase.

The annual May procession in Fethard is a very long-standing tradition, as also is the Corpus Christie procession. Next Sunday night the annual May procession takes place from the Parish Church to the Augustinian Abbey, commencing at 7.30pm.

The Fethard Abymill Youth, Drama Group concluded a three night run of their production of Grease in the Abymill on Sunday night. House full signs were up on each of the three nights during which a number of new stars of the stage were born.
The singing and acting of the young artistes was truly amazing especially considering that the vast majority of the cast were appearing on stage for the first time.
Congratulations to the cast and their producer Seamus Hayes and to all who contributed in any way to the success of the production.

Congratulations to Denis O’Meara who won £100 in GAA Lotto (Match 3’s), and Kathleen McGrath who won £417 in the County Board Lotto (Match 4’s). Please support our local Lotto as all the sports clubs are to benefit. Tickets can be obtained from any player or committee members.
The GAA club wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of the late Michael McCarthy, Monroe, Lisronagh on their recent bereavement.


Senior Football: We had no game last week. Our next game is Sunday 7th against Moyle Rovers in the South Championship in Kilsheelan on Sunday afternoon.

Intermediate Football: On Saturday night we played St. Patrick’s (report next week). Our last game was against Killenaule in the league. Our junior team will play the Kerry champions sometime over the weekend 14th May fixtures permitting.

Under 21 Football: Best of luck to our team on Saturday next 6th May in Holycross against Kildangan in the County Final. Thanks to Lonergans, Clonmel Oil and Christy Looby for their sponsorship support.

Minor Football: On Sunday last our team beat Newcastle 2-14 to 0-11 in Marlfield Team: Ronan Maher , Peter Carroll, Alan Burke, Diarmuid Burke, Ronan Allen, Ian Kenrick, John Needham (0-1), Glen Burke (0-6), John Hanrahan (0-1), Owen Doyle, Paul Morrissey (0-3), Pat Looby (0-1), Brian Coen (2-2), John Noonan. Subs Paul hackett, Paddy Cooney and David Kelly.

Intermediate Hurling: Well done to our team who defeated Ballybacon/Grange 1-16 (0-8) to 4-5 (3-2) in the County League at Fethard on the 25th April last. Team: Liam Treacy, Michael Burke, John Kelly, William Delaney, Ml Ahearne, Ml Ryan, Ml Costello, Aiden Fitzgerald (0-2), Steven O’Donnell (0-1), Kenneth O’Donnell (2-0), Ml Spillane (1-6), Conor O’Donnell (0-1), Michael McCormack (0-2), David Flanagan (0-1) and Gareth Byrne (0-1). Our next game is Tuesday 9th May in Fethard against Templederry.


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