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Saturday 3rd June 2000

The annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday 6th August. Buss fares are Adults £9 and Concessions £5. Names to Nellie O'Donovan, or Christy Williams.
Tel: 052 31043. Further details and times later.

Congratulations to Mildred Lawlor, daughter of Mr and Mrs Murt Lawlor, The Valley, and Kenneth Morrison, Scotland, who got married in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty, on Saturday 3rd June. The couple held their wedding reception at Knocklofty House.
Congratulations to Jill Barrett, daughter of Mr and Mrs John Barrett, Market Hill, and Shay Ryan, son of Mr and Mrs John Ryan, Coolenure, who got married on Friday, 2nd June, in Holy Trinity Church Fethard. The couple held their wedding reception in Hotel Minella.

County Council engineer Michael Graham and foreman Tomás Fitzgerald informed members of the Community Council and Tidy Towns that work on the resurfacing of Main Street and The Square should begin within the next two weeks. The much needed litter bins on The Square will also be reinstalled. The broken litter bin on the Rocklow Road has now been replaced and an extra bin placed outside the Secondary School gate. This should help keep litter off our streets. It was also reported that someone was dumping a trailer load of rubbish in Strylea. This will be investigated further.
A new mechanical road sweeper has also been purchased by the County Council and will be available to sweep the streets of Fethard one day per week. Please remember you can now be fined £50 for throwing litter on our streets.

This week's Jackpot of £2600 was only one number from being won. Maureen Meaney, The Valley, picked 5, 11, 15, 22, and the winning numbers were 5, 11, 16, 22. Hard luck Maureen. Next weeks Jackpot is now £2,700. We had five 'Match 3' winners. Clodagh, Carroll, Cahir Road, Fethard; Maureen Meaney, The Valley, Fethard; Padraig O'Donnell, Kilconnell, Fethard; Pat Brett, Drumdeel, Fethard; Mary Kelly, 53 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.

Local racegoers felt that Mark Grant was very hard done by at the recent Kilkenny Race Meeting. Having won the hunter chase on Mr. Michael Bowes 'Fernhill Queen', Mark lost the race in the stewards room when he weighed in 'point two of a pound (just a few ounces) over the allowed one pound. Mark has ridden 14 winners during the '99/2000 point-to-point season just concluded.

The Rev Kenyon Homfray was ordained curate by the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe in the Church of Ireland Cathedral in Derry on Ascension Thursday. The Rev Homfray, who is now attached to the parish of Convoy and Raphoe, will serve as curate in the Donegal parish. Before he took to the ministry, Ken Homfray, Garranguile, Cloneen, carried on a very successful saddlery business at Main Street, Fethard. He was many times first prize-winner for his leatherwork at the RDS Horse Show. His many friends in Fethard and away will join in wishing Ken every success and God's blessing in his new appointment.

We record the death of Billy Smyth, Cashel Road, Fethard, and formerly of Baptistgrange, who died on Tuesday 30th May. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred recently in Gardencity, Herts, England, of Mr Tom Kelly, formerly of The Valley, Fethard.

Fethard business premises were the target of what would appear to have been professional gangs during the past week. Meaghers Garage on The Green was the first hit when at least three balaclava clad criminals gained entry in the early hours of last Thursday morning. The prompt arrival of the owner and the Gardai, who were alerted by the alarm and being notified by nearby residents, obliged the robbers to flee empty handed.
The shop at Avonmore Creamery were the target later in the week. This time the robbers caused considerable wanton damage to the large plate glass windows and doors gaining access to the premises. It is understood they stole some cash and a large quantity of cigarettes.

The Lenten Trocaire Collection in Fethard and Killusty Parish amounted to £2,600 this year. Fr. Ryan, at Saturday evening Mass, complimented the parishioners on their wonderful support for this most deserving cause. The amount contributed was a 25% increase on last year's figure.

The ashes of the late Martin McCarthy, Barrack Street, who died in London, were interred at Calvary Cemetery following 10 o'clock Mass in Fethard on Monday morning last. A lovely gesture to see so many of Martin's fellow Fethard-London emigrants return to their native town and pay their last respects. The relatives of the late Martin McCarthy wish to especially thank Kathleen Mackey - Gallagher, who made the necessary arrangements at the London Crematorium for the transfer of the urn to Fethard.

A poetry reading by Denis O’Driscoll at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre on Friday 23rd June 2000. Fethard Historical Societyare delighted to welcome this distinguished poet to Fethard. Denis has published five anthologies of poetry; the latest of which won the prestigious Lannon Award. Denis is a critic for The Harvard Review, The Poetry Review and The Times Literary Supplement. He also contributes to various other publications in Ireland and abroad. On Friday 23rd Denis is going to read a selection of his poetry for us as well as extracts from his autobiographical 'Memoir'. We feel sure that this will be a night to remember for all those poetry lovers among us. Admission is £3 which includes a cheese and wine reception sponsored by Kenny's Centra Foodstore, the Green, Fethard.

Fethard Historical Society are holding their 'Millennium Fancy Dress Parade on Holy Trinity Sunday, 18th June 2000. This year our society is sponsoring a parade with prizes amounting to £300 for various categories such as “The best historical entry”, “ The most humorous entry”, “The most innovative entry” etc. etc. Further details on our posters. There will also be a reprise of last year’s events down by the Town Wall - live music, fresh food, duck races, novelty items, face painting, sack races etc. Anyone interested in participating is asked to contact us as soon as possible: Mary Hanrahan (PRO), Rathcoole, Fethard. (052) 32141.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council takes place on Tuesday night 14th June at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All members are asked to attend.

All roads lead to New Inn on Monday night at 8pm for the County Senior Football League Final against Aherlow. A repeat of the 1997 County Final when we last met in an important match. Best of luck to all concerned.
On Monday last our juniors played a great game with the Kerry champions Listowel Emmetts in the Munster semifinal, losing by 1-16 (1-8) to 1-13 (1-6). Listowel were ably assisted by the three Stack brothers, Stephen (capt), Gary (0-1) and Jerome (0-1) and Mickey Kenneally (0-2) who led the attack and the lethal Derek Galvin (0-9), Tom Walsh (0-2) and Tommy Sweeney (1-1). We wish them the best in their final against Youghal at a future date. The Fethard team who did us proud on the night were: Miceál Sean McCormack, John Kelly, Michael Fitzgerald, Michael Carroll, Keith Woodlock, Michael Ahearne, Alan Phelan, David Morrissey, P.J. Ahearn (0-1) captain, Colin Allen (0-2), Kenneth Browne (1-1), Glen Burke (0-1), Karl Maher (0-5), John Hurley and Brendan Brett (0-3).
In Intermediate Hurling we played Gortnahoe in the County League last Sunday with the winners going forward to the last four. On this occasion we were not successful on a scoreline Gortnahoe 0-18 (0-8) to Fethard 1-7 (0-5). Team: Conor O'Donnell, John Kelly, Michael Burke, Peter Nolan, Michael Ahearn, Michael Ryan, Michael Carroll, Stephen O'Donnell, Aidan Fitzgerald (0-1), Colin Allen, Michael Spillane (0-6), Kenneth Brown, Miceál Sean McCormack, David Flanagan (0-1) and Garreth Byrne.
On Saturday last we played Kilsheelan in the South Championship and what a turnabout in a few days when we were successful on a scoreline Fethard 1-10 (0-4) to Kilsheelan 0-6 (0-4). This is on a league basis with the top four teams for the semifinals. Team: Conor O'Donnell, William Delaney, Michael Burke, Peter Nolan, Michael Ahearn, Michael Ryan, Michael Carroll, Stephen O'Donnell, Aidan Fitzgerald (0-2), Kenneth Browne, Miceál Spillane (1-6), Kenneth O'Donnell, Miceál Sean McCormack, John Kelly (0-1), Garreth Byrne (0-1). Subs: Carol Gahan for John Kelly.
Best of luck to Michael Ryan and Miceál Spillane on Sunday when we play Cork in the Munster Intermediate semifinal.
In the last county board draw of '99, which took place on Friday last in Clonmel Óg, we had two winners. Michael Healy won £200 and Sean Ward won £100. The next draw starts with two cars as first prizes on the 7th July. Please support the local club by spending: (a) £60 a year or (b) £5 per month to any promoter or club officers who will be calling in the next few weeks. As the fifth highest sales in South Tipperary last year it has been a main source of income in running the day-to-day costs of maintaining the club. Thanks to our coordinator Nicky O'Shea for the great work he is doing and to all our promoters for their trojan work.
Our local lotto jackpot has not been won and is now £1,100. last weeks numbers were 11, 13, 15 and 21. We had nine 'match-3' winners who each received £15 — Danielle Breen, Mary Looby, Joe O'Dwyer, Brian Walsh, Megan Coen, Liam Smith, Mick Ahearn, Tony Heneghan, and Caroline Hall. Next weeks draw takes place at Carrolls Pub, Burke Street.


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