FETHARD GAA CLUB
On Saturday night last we had a great win over Carrick Davins on a scoreline 1-16 to 1-8. This gives us maximum points out of two outings. With exams now at an end we ask all players to attend training every Thursday night at 7.30pm. Team: Conor O'Donnell, William Delaney, Michael Burke, Peter Nolan, Michael Ahearn, Michael Ryan (0-1), Michael Carroll, Cian Maher, Stephen O'Donnell, Kenneth Browne (0-2), Miceál Spillane (0-8), Garreth Byrne (0-2), Kenneth O'Donnell (0-1), David Flanagan (1-1), and John Kelly (0-1). Sub: Tomás Bourke.
Best of luck to Damien Byrne who plays with Tipperary when they play Clare in the senior football championship on Sunday next. Also, best of luck to Tommy Sheehan and Willie Morrissey who are on the Junior panel to play Clare on Sunday at the same venue, Limerick.
Congratulations to Jimmy O'Meara who scooped the £1,200 Jackpot in the GAA Lotto last week. Please keep up your support to promote our national game.
County Board Draw
The 200 Draw is starting on 7th July so please support by buying a ticket from our promoters who will be calling. You can pay £60 for the year or £5 per month.
The annual Corpus Christi procession takes place on this Sunday 25th June at 7.30pm.
The beautiful weather combined with an excellent turn out of children of all ages contributed to the very successful Fancy Dress Parade on Sunday last. The parade proceeded via Main Street to The Pound where an excellent afternoons entertainment was enjoyed by all. It was good to see John Willie Smyth, Killenaule, now a young veteran of many past Fethard Fancy Dress Parades, still taking part and amongst the prizewinners.
THE BRIDGE BELOW THE TOWN
The official opening of the new footbridge over the Clashawley will take place on Monday evening 26th May at 8.30pm. The bridge will be opened by members of Tipperary SR County Council and all are welcome to attend.
A poetry reading by Denis O’Driscoll will take place at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre on Friday 23rd June 2000. Fethard Historical Society are delighted to welcome this distinguished poet to Fethard. Denis has published five anthologies of poetry; the latest of which won the prestigious Lannon Award. Admission is £3 which includes a cheese and wine reception sponsored by Kenny's Centra Foodstore, the Green, Fethard.
HOGAN MUSICAL SOCIETY
The annual general meeting of the Hogan Musical Society took place in the Abymill Theatre on Wednesday 31st May. There was a full and frank discussion as to the future of the society. Disappointment was expressed at the fact that there was no show staged this year. Chairman, Michael O'Hagan suggested that the best approach might be to accept that this happens and that we should concentrate on a show for 2001. This was agreed unanimously by those present.
It was therefore decided that the Hogan Musical Society would secure the services of Mr Leonard Anderson as guest producer / director. Those of you who were associated with Leonard in the past will realise that he is a most exact individual an expects hard and honest work from those who take part in the show. Since the AGM, Leonard has accepted the invitation to return to Fethard and has scheduled late November / early December for rehearsals to commence, with the show being staged in early/ mid-
March 2001. So all aspiring actors and actresses take note!! Also at the meeting Agnes Evans stood down as long suffering secretary of the HMS. We thank her most sincerely for her time and effort much of which took place behind the scenes, and wish her well in her new found freedom! The position of secretary will be filled in the autumn. We would be delighted to have new members for this show . . . so don't be shy!
The annual Church Gate Collection in aid of Fethard Tidy Towns will take place on this weekend 24th and 25th June. Please give your support.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK
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.
This week's winning numbers were 1, 2, 7 and 14. No Jackpot winner and no 'Match 3' winner. Five tickets were drawn and the following winners received £20 each: B. Maunsell, 60 Woodvale Walk, Fethard; Maura Trehy, 'The Limes', Kilnockin; David Gorey, Main Street, Fethard; Margaret Ryan, Coolmoyne Cross, Fethard; and Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. Next weeks Jackpot is now £2,900.
CIVIL DEFENCE STRETCHER PUSH
Fethard Civil Defence members have organised a Sponsored Stretcher Push from Fethard to Killusty on Sunday 25th June. Please give your support to this voluntary body who are always willing to participate and provide much appreciated back up services at community events.
MACRA NA FEIRME
The Finals of Fethard Macra's Karting Grand Prix will take place in Tipperary Raceway & Karting Centre this Sunday 25th of June at 7.30pm. With all local teams competing for a prize fund of IR£300 a good nights racing is promised. The prize giving will take place in Lonergan's pub after the racing, approx 9pm. Music by The Pheasant Pluckers, all are welcome.
HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY
Trinity Sunday is the Feast Day of Fethard Parish. Up to the start of the 20th century, Trinity Sunday was a day of great parish celebrations with the town en fete and many stalls of every description displaying their wares on the streets. A feature of Trinity Sunday in those days was the public display of the 16th century wooden statues now known as the 'Fethard Statues' in Dublin museum. These medieval oak statues, on loan from Fethard parish, are one of the museums most treasured acquisitions and are now on display behind plate glass in special humidified conditions.
Congratulations to Fethard Patrician Presentation Transition Year students who gave a presentation on Fethard's medieval 'Trinity Statues' at last Sunday's 11am Mass in the parish church. The students, under the direction of their art teacher Ms Pat Looby, have made excellent paper maché life size replicas of two of the statues. The third will be completed next year. The statues and historical information are now on display in Holy Trinity Parish Church Fethard and this is an unique opportunity for all Fethard people to come and visit the church and learn the history of, perhaps, Fethard's proudest heritage.
1st Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh.
2n Gross: Mary Hackett and Berney Myles
1st Nett: Suzanne Opray and Michael Kenny
2nd Nett: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
It was like old times in the GAA sportsfield on Sunday last for the two senior hurling championship games played there, Mullinahone v St. Mary's followed by Ballingarry v Killenaule. Fethard, for some reason, seems to have been out of favour for major South Tipperary GAA games in recent years. Would the old Irish proverb "is fear cara 'san cúirt ná púnt 'san sparán" be a factor in Fethard being favoured once again with major South Board fixtures.
All athletes who have qualified for the Tipperary Community Games county finals are reminded to assemble at the Clonmel Óg GAA grounds (Clonmel by-pass road) on this Sunday 25th June. Judging for the best turned out area commences at 11am sharp and all athletes and officials are requested to be in their places by this time. All who finished in first or second places in the parish finals are eligible for Clonmel and a full turn out is expected. Further details may be obtained from Community Games chairman Joe Keane telephone: 052 31719.
The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 27th June, in the Abymill Theatre at 8.30pm. All members are welcome to attend.
SLIEVENAMON 'THE MOUNTAIN'
Congratulations to pupils of Killusty National School and artist-in-resident Austin McQuinn on the completion of their wonderful project on 'The Mountain'. An open day was held at the school last Monday for parents to view the project.