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Saturday 20th May 2000

We had no winner in this weeks Community Lotto which was drawn on Tuesday night 16th May at 7pm in the Tirry Community Centre. Numbers drawn were: 1, 4, 7 and 20. We had four 'Match 3' winners: Anne Morris, Monroe, Lisronagh; Tony Hanrahan, Rathcoole, Fethard; Pat Fox, 46 Woodvale Walk, Fethard; James Wade, Thomastown, Golden. All win £25. Jackpot now £2,500.
Our next draw takes place at 7pm on Tuesday night 30th May. Tickets are £1 each and all proceeds go directly towards community projects.

After last week's great victory over Moyle Rovers on a scoreline of Fethard 0-9, Moyle Rovers 1-5, we now await the Senior Football League final against Aherlow which will be played in the near future. On Saturday 20th May we beat Carrick Swans by 1-13 to 0-7 in Clonmel which gives us 6 points from 4 games with one remaining game against Commercials. Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Stephen O'Donnell, Cian Maher, Murt Ryan, Willie Morrissey, Aidan Fitzgerald (0-1), Miceál Spillane, P. J. Ahearne, Michael Quinlan, Conor McCarthy (0-3), Brian Burke (0-2), Martin Coen, Kenneth O'Donnell (1-2), Kenneth Byrne (0-1), Jimmy O'Meara (0-2). Subs: J. P. Looby (0-1) for Martin Coen, Glen Burke (0-1) for Brian Burke.
On Friday 19th May we lost the Intermediate semifinal of the South League to Ballyporeen in Cahir on a scoreline of 0-11 to 1-6. A lot of 'wides', fourteen in total, on the night did not help our cause. After dominating the game for nearly 40 minutes we had to concede to the more accurate opponents in taking their scores. Team: Miceál Sean McCormack, John Kelly, Michael Ryan, Michael Burke, Michael Carroll, Stephen O'Donnell (1-0), Alan Phelan, P. J. Ahearne, Kenneth Browne (0-1), Colin Allen (0-1), Michael O'Riordan, Brendan Brett, Karl Maher (0-2), Garreth Byrne (0-1), Johnny Neville. Subs used: Conor O'Donnell, Keith Woodlock, Sean Óg Ryan, Nicky Murphy and Jason Nevin. Our next outing will be in the Junior Championship against Listowel Emmetts on Bank Holiday weekend.
On Wednesday 17th May our minors lost to Clonmel Commercials 2-9 to 1-10. It was a closely contested game. Team: Ronan Maher, John O'Meara, Paul Hackett, Alan Burke, Ronan Allen (1-0), Diarmuid Burke, Ian Kenrick, Johnny Needham (0-1), Glen Burke (0-6), Patrick Looby, Owen Doyle, Paul Morrissey (0-1), Brian Coen, John Hanrahan (0-1), John Noonan (0-1). Subs used: Peter Carroll, Paddy Cooney, Patrick Ahearne, Michael Lawrence. Our next game is in Tuesday 23rd in Marlfield against Cahir (report next week).
In Intermediate Hurling on 16th May we paid a visit to Bansha and came away with a victory, Fethard 4-9, Galtee Rovers 1-8. Team: Conor O'Donnell, John Kelly, Michael Burke, Peter Nolan, Michael Ahearne, Michael Ryan, Michael Carroll (1-0), Stephen O'Donnell, Shay Ryan (0-1), Kenneth O'Donnell (0-2), Miceál Spillane (2-4), Kenneth Browne (0-1), Miceál Sean McCormack, David Flanagan, Garreth Byrne (0-1). Subs used: Carol Gahan and David Morrissey. Our last game was against Gortnahoe on Tuesday night 23rd May (report next week). Best of luck to Miceál Spillane on Sunday next when he plays Waterford in Cork at Intermediate level.

The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday 30th May at 8.30pm. All members are welcome to attend.

On Friday evening 26th May, at 8pm, we hold a Cemetery Mass in Calvary Cemetery. Graveyard candles are now available for sale for £1:30 in the local Charity Shop in Burke Street which is open on Friday from10am to 12noon, and from 2pm to 4pm. It would be a good idea if you lit your candle for an hour or so beforehand at home so as to help it stay alight on the night.

First Communion will be held on next Saturday morning 27th May, in the Parish Church at 11am and everyone is invited to this special event for our community — the First Communion of this Century. Thirty-six boys and girls will receive this special sacrament. We ask that people would refrain from taking flash photographs during the ceremony.

Families interested in hosting foreign students during the summer months should contact Susan Phelan, Tannersrath, Clonmel. Tel: 052 21352.

The Fethard – Clonmel road was closed all last week while road surfacing is been carried out from Market Hill to Lisronagh and due to the heavy rain the work was delayed and now will continue this week.
The Clonmel – Fethard road even though the surface and road markings are very well maintained could at best be described as a second class road. How many drivers maintain the speed limit that a road of this class requires? A driver who has driven exclusively all over mainland Britain and on the continent describes it as 'a suicide road' between 8am and 9am and now instead, uses one of the back roads on his many journeys to Fethard. The problem is that every driver, young male drivers especially are very foolishly firmly convinced that they can drive as well if not better than Frank Meagher. Hardly a week passes without a number what are described as minor accidents taking place on this 8 mile stretch. There has been no fatal accident, thank God, for a number of years, long may it continue.
Recent research, as if it was necessary, shows that excessive speed is the prime cause of most fatal accidents. May we add our small voice to the national appeal to all drivers to slow down and drive carefully.

The death has occurred of Mrs Mary Maher, St. Patrick's Place. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

The Well Golf Society held their last outing on Saturday May 20th to Dundrum Golf Club. The society wish to thank sincerely all sponsors of prizes and all who participated in this year’s draw. The main prize winners were Michael Woodlock, Margaret Lyons and P.J. Keyes.

Fethard senior footballers more than redeemed their reputation with a one point victory over Moyle Rovers in the County Tipp SF league game at Fethard last week.
Who said there was a scarcity of referees in South Tipperary. On that Saturday night we had quite a number on the sideline convinced they could do the job much better than the man in charge. They even come on to the playing field to instruct him on how to do it properly. The official in charge’s report on the activities of these would be ‘knights of the whistle’ is awaited with interest.

Mrs Nellie Ryan, St. Patrick’s Place deserves great credit and congratulations on her great contribution to the recent national “People In Need” fund raising project. Nellie in getting the required sponsorship for her entry in the “Granny of the Year” competition raised over £600 for the very worthy cause, a truly marvellous effort. She may not have won the Granny competition, she certainly wins much admiration for her great work. Nellie wishes to thank sincerely all her supporters and sponsors.

We had no winner and two 'Match 3's' — Kevin Ryan, Loughcopple, and Francis O'Sullivan, Vienmane, Co. Kerry. Each receives £50. Our next draw takes place on Tuesday night at 10pom in The Castle Inn. Please support our club by purchasing a ticket from any player or club officer. Jackpot last week was £900.

Fethard and Killusty Anglers promote the John Sayers Memorial Trophy fishing competition on this Sunday, 28th May. The late John Sayers was considered the doyen of dry fly fishermen on the Clashawley and Anner. A good turnout is expected for Sunday's event. All competitors are requested to assemble at Loughcopple Bridge at 11am.

The results of our Annual Competitions are as follows.
President's Prize Winners: Nora Lawrence and Rosemary Lalor
Player of the Year: Myra McInerney
Club Champions: Myra McInerney and Nell Broderick

On Sunday last, 14th May, saw athletes from Fethard AC in action at both county and provincial levels. The 'young guns' from the Friary town take pride of place on this occasion. New names keep appearing on the winning lists, so it is obvious that training in the 'old way' is paying dividends. James Stapleton, Coolmoyne, was our manager on Sunday last at the A.A.I. track and field championships at Templemore track and must surely be proud of his prodigies and their results. James stepped into the breach when operation 'bowstelli' whisked the regular tutor off to Germany. For the present time training continues on Tuesdays and Thursday nights at 7.30pm in the GAA Park or if not available, in the school field. All athletes are requested to attend these sessions to be considered for entry to further championships in the season.
Results from Templemore:
Girls under 8
Shauna Stapleton, 4th 60mtr heat, 4th Ball Throw and 5th Long Jump.
A. O'Dwyer, 6th Ball Throw and 6th Long Jump.
Girls under 9
Michelle Bradshaw, 5th 60mtr heat, 7th Ball Throw and 8th Long Jump
Lisa Condon, 4th 60mtr heat and 8th Ball Throw
Girl's under 12
Gillian O'Connell, 5th 80mtr, 4th Long Jump
Boys under 8
Daniel Hickey, 2nd 60mtr final, 3rd 600mtr final
Boys under 8 Relay
Winners Daniel Hickey, Arran Conran, Stephen Coffey and Ciarán O'Connell.
Boys under 9
Glen Maher, 1st Ball Throw, 5th 200mtr final, 5th 60mtr heat.
Darragh Dwyer, 2nd 200mtr final, 2nd 600mtr final, 3rd Ball Throw
Eoin O'Connell, 2nd Long Jump (2.55mtr), 5th 60mtr heat.
Boys under 9 Relay
2nd: Glen Maher, Darragh Dwyer, Eoin O'Connell and Daniel Hickey.

At the Munster Senior and Veterans Track and Field at Castleisland, Co. Kerry, Miceál McCormack had two good runs in the 100mtr and 200mtr over 50, with 4th and 5th placings, and third in the Shot Putt.
It was nice to see former club athlete Damien Cannon back in Fethard on a few days holidays from his home in France. Next weekend the All-Ireland Relays will be held in Santry, Dublin and the Munster Juvenile Championships will be held in Castleisland, Co. Kerry. Entries have been submitted to both events. A bus may be organised to travel to Castleisland. Details at Thursday nights training.

The Transition Year pupils of Patrician Presentation Secondary School have produced their millennium edition of the school yearbook ‘Off The Wall 2000’ and will now be on sale at the school and also in local shops. The price is only £3 and a limited number of copies were printed. The publication was part funded by local sponsorship.

We had an enquiry on the internet from Margaret Biles from Australia re John McCarthy of Fethard. John McCarthy, world wide recognised in music, engineering and architecture, was born in Fethard. His family resided where AIB Bank now stands. When his first wife died she was interred in Fethard Parish Church Cemetery. The grave is just at the back entrance to the Convent Garden at the rear of the church. John was so broken-hearted that he had two hearts inscribed on the headstone. One contains his wife's name and the other was reserved for his own. However, like many a man in a similar position, when the light of his life went out he struck another match. Within the year he had found another, married her, and emigrated to Australia. A daughter of this marriage, Maud McCarthy, was a renowned internationally known classical violinist.
Many examples of John McCarthy's architectural work, including the monument to Fenian leader Michael O'Dwyer of Wicklow, may still be seen in Australia. The headstone with the two adjoining hearts may still be seen in Fethard Parish Church graveyard.

The Fethard & Killusty Community Council are organising a meeting to address the problem of drivers speeding through the town. Parents are very concerned for the welfare of their children who are closely exposed to this hazard on their way to and from school. We sincerely hope this meeting will have the desired effect. We have referred repeatedly to this ongoing problem. Our senior citizens find it extremely difficult to now cross the Main Street in safety. During the past week one elderly pedestrian who had a very narrow escape said "We will son need a by-pass".
What on earth gets into so many ordinary people when they get behind the wheel of a car. Only last week we mentioned a very experienced driver referring to the Clonmel / Fethard road between 8am and 9am as a suicide road. A hoarding outside Kildare town carries a notice saying "86 people have been killed on the roads in Kildare in the past three years". What does that mean to the speedster doing 'the ton' up the duel-carriageway, nothing, until he makes himself, or some other unfortunate road user, number 87.
While on the subject, some of our older children are not altogether blameless, especially on bicycles, they still continue to ride unlighted bicycles, sometimes two on a bike on a dark winters night. They make right handed turns on Main Street without a signal or even looking behind them, and a few even continue to cycle at speed on the footpaths.

As those who attended Killusty Show in 1999 will have been aware, the popularity of the Show is such that we had outgrown our venue. Thanks to a generous landowner we are relocating to a new larger field this year only 200 yards from the village. All the usual classes are catered for in the In-hand, Ridden Show Pony, Ridden Hunter and Working Hunter Rings as well as the Mini and Intermediate divisions. Changes this year include yearling classes for Show Ponies and Hunter Ponies and a Lead Rein for ponies of hunter type. Couple the advantages of the larger site with the purchase of a new set of fences and the committee are able to offer a section for Performance Working Hunters as well as the popular equitation classes in Ring 6. It is also hoped to stage a Connemara Working hunter and a Side Saddle Working Hunter with fences at 3 feet. It is a feature of Killusty Show that all entries must be made in advance to allow for a most complete catalogue to be produced for the information of competitors and spectators alike and to form a historical record. An exception to this rule will be made for this year for entries in Ring 6 only.. Schedules are available now for the Show and can be obtained from Betsy O’Connor, Knockelly, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, 052-31130.
Entries close finally on June 23rd. The Show will be held on Saturday, 1st July, at Claremore, Killusty. The Committee look forward to welcoming even larger numbers to the Show this year which is only made possible through the generosity of the landowner, sponsors, many of whom have been supportive since the very beginning of the Show, and volunteers who do all the behind the scenes work not forgetting the judges and competitors without whom we would not have a Show at all.

The Annual General Meeting of the Hogan Musical Society will take place on Wednesday 31st May 2000. All are welcome to attend.


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