The next meeting of Fethard Foróige will take place in Fethard Ballroom on Saturday September 9th and not on the 2nd as advertised last week. This is due to the hall not being available as the '2000 Slivenamon Waltzing Competition' is taking place on the same night. Foróige caters for young people between the ages of 12 and 18 years. Meetings take place in Fethard Ballroom at 7.45pm.
The 2000 Slievenamon Waltzing Competition will take place on Saturday 2nd September in Fethard Ballroom. This event caters for all categories. Doors open at 8pm. Further details from Marina Mullins, telephone (052) 31516.
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday evening 12th September at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.
'DA' FOR ABYMILL THEATRE
Thurles Drama Society will perform their stage production of Hugh Leonard's hilarious comedy 'Da', in the Abymill Theatre on Saturday 16th September at 8.15pm. Booking now at O'Flynn's Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: (052) 31254. Tickets are £5 (concessions £4).
At a most enjoyable function at the Fethard Arms on last Friday night, souvenir mementoes were presented to the surviving members of the 1950 Coolmoyne County Junior Hurling Championship winning team. Representatives of members, now sadly no longer with us but especially remembered, were present to collect the awards.
A special tribute was paid to Michael McCarthy who travelled over from London to represent his late father Michael McCarthy, Kerry Street, a member of the 1950 team. The players and the representatives of those who were presented with the beautiful mementoes wish to thank sincerely the organisers who made the wonderful night possible. They also wish to thank Mrs Bernie Byrne, wife of club secretary Noel, and her willing helpers who provided the sumptuous meal, and John Pollard for the music.
The Fethard Community Playschool, situated upstairs at the Health Centre on Rocklow Road, will reopen on Monday 4th September from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Further enquires please ring (052) 31008.
THOSE INTENDING TO VOTE
If you have reached the age of 18 and wish to have a say in what happens in this country, please check that your name is entered on the voters register. To be included, you must give your name to Tom Smyth, Town Hall, Fethard, before January 2001.
"OUTING OF THE MILLENNIA"
Last Saturday's "Outing of the Millennia" promoted by Fethard Historical Society and organised by member Terry Cunningham, proved a most interesting and rewarding experience for the 20 members who travelled. The tour began at 9am with a visit to Coumshingaun Corrie Lake in the Comeragh mountains and dates back to the Ice Age. Following a full Irish breakfast in the Park Inn in Carrick-on-Suir, the next stop was the Megalithic burial site, dating from 3,000 BC at Knockroe, Ahenny.
This archaeological treasure, quite recently discovered and partly excavated is a very significant find in archaeological terms. Dr. Muiris O Súilleabháin, Professor of Archaeology, U.C.D, gave the lecture on the Knockroe site.
Following lunch at Delaney's, The Slate Quarries, the group then visited the high crosses at Kilkieran, the holy well, and then on to Kilcash where historian Liam O Duibhir, Clonmel, spoke on medieval times in County Tipperary.
Kilcash Community Hall was the pleasant venue for the evening meal accompanied by appropriate live music from local harpist Steve Hagerty. The tour concluded with a visit to the 21st century modern sewage treatment plant at Waterford Road, Clonmel. Mr Gillies McBain, in a discussion at the plant, made the interesting point that the method of sewage treatment employed at the multi-million pound plant was in fact a modern modification of the recycling methods used in his Norman tower house dwelling in North Tipperary.
The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Saturday last of Corina, daughter of Mr and Mrs Dan Morrissey, Cashel Road, to Mr Robin Roe, Borris-in-Ossory, Co. Laoise.
The death has occurred in England of Ms Kathleen Croke, formerly of Derryluskin, Fethard. Interment took place in England.
The death has occurred of Philip Byrne, Ballyboe, Kilsheelan, and formerly of Claremore, Killusty, on Friday 25th August. Interment took place at Gambonsfield Church, Kilsheelan.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Welcome back to all our pupils and teachers after their long summer vacations. A special cead-mile-fáilte and best wishes to the young pupils setting out on their education highway in junior infants class in the Nano Nagle National School and in first year class at the Presentation Patrician Secondary School. All schools reopened this week with the exception of the Nano Nagle Primary School which will not open until next week due to renovations. Transition year pupils also return next week on Monday 4th September.
His native village of Loughmore is planning a big celebration to mark a visit next month of John Kelly, legendary American long distance runner and boxer. John Kelly spent his boyhood and early manhood in Moyglass when his family resided at Buffana. Employed at Lacey's, Arbour Hill, John is still well remembered by his local contemporaries.
John represented America in the 1964, '65, '66 London to Brighton Marathon. He won the 196 Philadelphia Marathon and represented Ireland in the Mexico Olympics setting an Irish record in the trials. He has achieved best times at every distance from one to a hundred miles and in 1973 earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records when he walked the 120 miles in the notorious Death Valley Dessert, California, in the non-stop record time of 34 hours nine minutes.
He represented America in long distance running and walking on six occasions. He was Race Walk Director at the Los Angeles Olympics and also played a part in the film, 'Star'. A noted amateur boxer, John Kelly's achievements are truly wonderful for a man who had absolutely no facilities whatsoever in his early years in Moyglass and Loughmore.
Local greyhound trainer Tim O'Riordan produced yet another flyer at Shelbourne Park Track on Thursday night last week. His 'Debs the Best', making his racing debut, won in the best time of the night clocking an excellent 29.27sec for the standard distance. Tim, who is a lifetime involved in the greyhound game was last week granted a trainers licence by Bord-Na-gCon. His many friends in the greyhound world will join in congratulating Tim and wishing him every success in his training career.
COMMUNITY LOTTO DRAW
Numbers drawn last Tuesday 22nd August, were 4, 6, 7, 14. We had no Jackpot winner and three 'Match 3' winners:
Pat Looby, The Valley, Fethard;
Grace Maher, Clonacody, Fethard,
and Caroline Mullally, c/o Coolmore Stud Farm, Fethard. Each receives £35.
Next weeks Jackpot is £3,900.
Local artist Austin McQuinn will exhibit 'Idyll' at the Project, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, from Saturday 2nd to Friday 22nd September, 11am to 9pm (closed Sundays). Austin worked with the students of Killusty National School as artist in residence on the school's Mountain Project.
Our sympathy to Dóirín Saurus, Crampscastle, on the death of her father Tomás O'Shea who died in Cork and to the Cuddihy family on the recent death of their father Mick from Grangemockler.
GAA CLUB NOTES
On Friday night last at Ned Hall Park, we overcame Kilsheelan to move on to the last eight after winning on a scoreline of Fethard 4-12 (3-5) to Kilsheelan 0-6 (0-4). The team was: Conor McCarthy, Philip Croke, Liam Treacy, Michael Costello, Noel Barry (0-1), Kevin O'Donnell, Tommy Gahan, David Morrissey (1-3), Alan Phelan, Karl Maher (0-1), John Hurley (1-0), Ciarán Treacy (2-2), Glen Burke (0-2), Teddy Morrissey (0-1), Johnny Neville (0-2). Subs used: Diarmuid Burke, Brian Coen, M. J. Croke, Philly Prout and Paddy Cooney. Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Congratulations to Michael Ryan and Miceál Spillane in helping Tipperary reach the All-Ireland final where they will meet Galway or Kilkenny.
Junior 'B' Football
On next weekend we play Clonmel Óg. Please check sports page for fixture.
Last weeks jackpot of £1,100 was not won. We had two 'Match 3' winners: Colm Shanahan, Farranshea, and Annie Connolly, 39 St. Patrick's Place. Thank you for your support.
The club wishes to extend their deepest sympathy to Martin Cuddihy on the recent death of his father Mick Cuddihy