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Saturday 8th July 2000

At the annual general meeting of Killusty Soccer Club held in the Abymill Theatre on Friday 7th July the following committee was elected: Chairman Sean Aylward; Secretary Michael Cranitch; Treasurer Louis Coen who was returned for the 31st consecutive year; Team Manager Chris Coen.
A very important meeting of the Killusty Parish Field Committee will be held in the dressing rooms on this Friday night, 14th July, at 8pm. All members are requested to attend.

We record the death of Josie Gazley, Woodhouse, Fethard, who died on Sunday 9th July. Interment took place in Moyglass.
We record the death of Mary Godfrey, widow of the late Paddy Godfrey, Barrettsgrange, who died on Saturday 8th July. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

On Saturday morning, 8th July, 15 members of Fethard Historical Society set of for a weeks holiday to Bordeaux in France. The members will tour the many vineyards in the Bordeaux area including those of the Barton Gustier firm.
Thomas Barton emigrated to France from Fermanagh where he founded the Barton and Gustier wine firm. He reportedly bought Grove Estate in Fethard while in France without actually seeing it, and the sum paid is reputed to have been £30,000. Tom Barton’s business acumen in France made him very wealthy and he also brought large tracts of land in Fermanagh and Leitrim.
Thomas Barton installed his only son William in Grove House in Fethard and this William Barton became the first of the family to live at Grove. William apparently was not the owner as Thomas Barton (French Tom) by his will of 1771 left Grove and all the lands and houses he bought from James Butler to his oldest grandson Thomas and his son William.
Thomas Barton was one of the nine children, six boys and three girls, of William Barton. He was elected Sovereign of Fethard for 1788 and 1792. In 1808 he was appointed recorder of Fethard and was also Sovereign from 1812 to 1815. He was also M.P. for Fethard. He died in 1820. His brother Hugh was sovereign in 1799.

The wedding took place of Mary, daughter of Mrs and Mr Joe Horan, Tullamaine, and Mark Mansfield, Ballinakill, Co. Laoise, who got married in Holy Trinity Church Fethard on Friday, 7th July. The couple held their wedding reception at the Anner Hotel Thurles.
The wedding took place of John, son of Winnie and Jack Fitzgerald, Crampscastle, Fethard, and Ann Marie O'Neill, New Inn, who got married on Thursday 6th July, in Holy Cross Abbey. The couple held their wedding reception at the Anner Hotel Thurles.

This week's winning numbers were 21, 27, 28 and 29.
No Jackpot winner and no 'Match 3' winners.
Five tickets drawn each winning £20. The winners were:
Mary Danaher, Cedar Grove, Fethard;
Margaret Ryan, Coolmoyne Cross, Fethard;
Pat Holohan, Killusty, Fethard;
Christy Grassick, Coolmore Stud, Fethard;
Jim O'Meara, 51 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot is now £3,200.

A very 'Happy Birthday' to Mrs Alice Keane, Tirry Park, and formerly Knockelly, Fethard, who celebrated her 90th birthday on Monday 3rd July.

The Fethard / Killenaule Community TV Committee have now restored the deflected BBC TV channels to the Fethard area. The quality of the picture on some of the channels is at present not of the best quality. The committee however ask subscribers to be patient, as the equipment has been out of action for three years and needs some attention. The quality of the picture on all channels will improve when the work is complete. To receive the signals you must have your original aerial pointing towards Slievenamon and your television tuned to the following channels: BBC 1 — channel 67; BBC2 — channel 57; UTV — channel 61; CHN 4 — channel 53.

On Sunday last we made our exit from the County Championship loosing to Ardfinnan. On a scoreline Ardfinnan 3-4, Fethard 0-11, (report on sports page) On Wednesday last our County League final was played (report next week) Vs Aherlow in New Inn. We now await our opponents in the South Semifinal.
We played Ballybacon/Grange in Clonmel on Friday night July 14th . (report next week)
We lost our second game to Ballybacon on Tuesday last, on a scoreline Ballybacon 5-12, Fethard 1-4. Team: Pat Looby, Peter Carroll, John O'Meara, David Kelly, Paul Hackett, Diarmuid Burke, William Harrington, Owen Doyle (1-3), Glen Burke (0-1), Alan Burke, Ian Kenrick, John Noonan, Tommy Dorney, Val Dwyer & Owen Maher. Subs used: James Laurence, Paddy Cooney. Our third game was played last Thursday night against Skeheenarinka in Cahir. (report next week)
Our Lotto jackpot was won last week by Louis Coen, numbers, 11,14,17 and 21.(£600). Next Weeks jackpot-£500, draw will take place in "O'Sheas Bar", Main Street.
Congratulations: Best of luck to Eugene Walsh on his recent marriage.

Local constituents will have the opportunity to meet their new T.D. for South Tipperary on this Friday night July 14th . Seamus Healy T.D. will be guest of honour at a social gathering in the Fethard Arms at 9.pm

"It is beautiful" — that was the opinion of a group of visitors to Fethard on seeing the work completed as part of County Council's work carried out on the Square and Main Street. The flower beds have been planted, shrubs installed and large tubs filled with plants of various lines.
The finished article, complemented by the new tarmacadam road, which now exists from Woodvale Walk to Redcity Road Cross, now presents a most pleasing aspect of our town. to natives and visitors alike. The much feared impeachment on car parking space proved to be a fallacy. Apart from peak periods such as Church services on Sundays there is actually more parking space on Fethard streets during weekdays than in any town in Tipperary.
Tipperary Co. Council S.R. with the co-operation of a most efficient pavement and ashphalt laying firm from Wothen Ireland have certainly, as our visitors said, have made a great improvement on the overall appearance of Fethard town. Once again an appeal to locals and visitors alike to keep it that way. Please be careful with that litter and please use the many litter bins provided.

Fethard Senior footballers made an early exit from this years Tipperary S.F Championship going out to Ardfinnan in the first round at Clonmel on Sunday night last. Fethard did very well in the first half when playing against a strong breeze and led 0-8 to 1-2 at half time. However as in the drawn S.F League final against Aherlow at New Inn they failed badly in the second half when Ardfinnan were completely on top. Ardfinnan added a further 2-2 to Fethard's 0-3 and ran out worthy winners on a final score, Ardfinnan 3-4, Fethard 0-11.

Fethard A.C in conjunction with Community Games will hold a major Open Sports Day on Saturday next, July 16th at 2.pm. Highlights of the day will be " The Coolmore Trophy" which is open 4x100m Mixed Relay. Also the Pat Ryan, memorial cup and Trophy's for u/14 open relay 2x2 mixed. All welcome to this fun packed afternoon. Full programme of events as follows: (next page)


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