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Saturday 7th October 2000

A church gate collection in aid of the Fethard & Killusty Annual Emigrant’s Newsletter will take place this weekend, 14th & 15th October. We again ask for your support. All donations of £5 and over will be acknowledged in this years publication. If you wish to be acknowledged please put your donation in an envelope and write your name on the outside or alternatively give your donation to Carmel Rice, Brookhill. Approximately 2,000 copies of the Newsletter are printed every year and posted free of charge to all our emigrants throughout the world. Postage costs alone average £1.50 per Newsletter. Change of addresses and new addresses should also be handed in as soon as possible.
All club secretaries and individuals are asked to submit their articles for inclusion in this year’s issue before Friday 27th October. We cannot guarantee that anything received after this date will be included as we expect to go to print in early November. Please submit all articles, typed if possible, to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

Congratulations to Frank Meagher who finished fourth in the Cork Rally last weekend. Frank is now driving a new Ford Focus.

On Sunday 8th, our Intermediates had a welcome win. We beat Kilruane McDonaghs in a keenly contested game in the Ragg. We fielded an understrength team and displayed grit and determination to win against the odds on a scoreline of 3-4 to 0-6. Training takes place as usual on Tuesday and Fridays at 6.30pm. The team lineout was: Jean Morrissey, Vanessa O'Donnell, Edel Fitzgerald, Sandra Maher, Norah O'Meara, Imelda Spillane, Sandra Spillane, Jenny Keane (0-1), Marie Holohan, Kay Ryan (1-0), Niamh Sheehan, Caroline Fitzgerald, Bernie Horan (1-0), Mia Treacy (1-0) and Sharon O'Meara (0-3).

Sunday, 8th October was the start of the Cross Country season at Moyne, for the county juvenile even-age. Congratulations to all who took part in what was a tough course. In the boys under 8 we had a gold medal winner in John Lalor who ran a spectacular race for his first time out. Keep it up John. Damien Morrissey and Eoin Healy also did us proud. Hannah Trehy and Aisling O’Dwyer had a good race in the girls under 8. Elaine Kennedy ran a great race to come 4th in the girls under 10. Aoife O’Connor also ran but was not as lucky.
In the under 12 girls, Rachael Blackmore ran a steady 1,200 meters to come in 11th in a field of 60 athletes — another great run. We had a team of four in the boys under 10, Adam Lyons, Darragh Dwyer, Seamie O’Keeffe and Lolo Trehy who ran a good race in a large field. Well done to all and thanks to Fintan Rice for his help. Training continues in the GAA field every Monday and Wednesday evening at 7pm.

Married on Friday 6th October in The Church of St. John the Baptist, Powerstown, were Jennifer Cummins, Clonmel and formerly from St. Patrick's Place, Fethard, and John Harkin, Carlow.

Fethard residents expressed their dismay at the lack of respect by motorists for pedestrians, cyclists and those in charge of animals at a public meeting called by the Fethard & Killusty Community Council on Monday 2nd October. This meeting was called due to the many complaints received by the Community Council concerning the ever-increasing danger to residents when using our roads.
Following a lengthy discussion on various solutions, it was decided that the most effective immediate plan would be to encourage all locals to report speeding cars to the local Garda Station. This community action will help make ‘Fethard’s Roads Safe’ before it’s too late. If you see a car breaking the speed limit or driving dangerously, write down the registration number, the place, and the time, on a piece of paper and hand it in to the local Garda Station. If everyone acts similarly it won’t be long before the chief offenders are identified. This action will be supported by ‘Community Speed Watch’ signs erected on all our roads.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 3rd October were 5, 14, 17 and 28. We had no Jackpot winner and no 'Match 3' winners so five tickets were drawn, each receiving £20. The winners were: Monica Pollard, Rocklow Road; Ger Lonergan, Woodvale Walk; Amy and Darren Tynan, Barracks Street; Nellie Ryan, St. Patricks Place; and Donal Lonergan, c/o Slievenamon Gold Club. Next weeks Jackpot is £4,500.

Fethard Historical Society will host a lecture on the ‘Wine Geese World-wide’ by Ted Murphy of the International Wine Museum, Kinsale, on Tuesday 17th October, at 8.15pm in the Abymill Theatre. Admission is £3, which also includes a cheese and wine reception sponsored by Superquinn, Clonmel. This lecture will follow the fortunes of Irish emigrants from the 16th century to the 20th century who became involved in wine-making in such diverse places as France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and California.

The death has occurred in London of Mary Ryan (nee Neville), she died at The London Hospital on Saturday 7th October. Mary was seventy-six years of age and a native of Woodhouse (Moyglass). Although she emigrated in the fifties she never lost her love for her homeland and was a regular visitor to Moyglass and Fethard. It was only this summer that she made a trip to Mobarnane and Silverfort to visit with her brother Jimmy Neville and sister Sarah O'Connell. Throughout her live in London she played an active part in the Irish and church community where her passing has been received with great shock and remorse. Her husband Joe and son Mattie would like to express their sincere thanks for the many messages of sympathy they have received from home.

On Sunday last we were defeated in the South Final by a more in form Ballybacon Grange, on a scoreline 1-15 to 0-11. The team was: Conor O’Donnell, William Delany, Michael Burke, Peter Nolan, Michael Ahearne, Michael Ryan, Michael Carroll, Aiden Fitzgerald (0-1), Willie Morrissey, P. J. Looby, Miceál Spillane (0-8), Cian Maher, Kenneth O’Donnell, Damian Byrne, David Flanagan. Subs used: Kenneth Browne (0-2), John Kelly, Stephen O’Donnell and Garreth Byrne. On Saturday next we play Galtee Rovers in the County quarterfinal at Cashel. Check sports page for fixture details.
In the semifinal of this competition Fethard will meet Ballybacon Grange. Check sports page for fixture details.
We had no jackpot winner and three ‘match 3’ winners, each received £35, Emma Walsh and friends; Jim O'Meara and Stephanie Cahill.
The annual club dinner dance will take place on Friday 24th November in the Clonmel Arms Hotel. The presentations of the under 21 south and county football titles, 1999 junior ‘A’ county football title and the under 17 county football league will take place on the night. Tickets can be booked from any club officer or committee member.

Fethard website, www.fethard.com is currently having over 250 visits daily. Many of these are by people who have no connection whatsoever with Fethard but still find the Fethard site most interesting. Congratulations again to all involved. Amongst the 30 excerpts from messages received and published in the monthly ‘Parish News’ is one from Lois Heffernan, USA. Lois is looking for information on his great great grandfather Edward Heffernan, born at Brookhill in 1796 and who emigrated to Boston in 1823. We have no recollections of Heffernan family in Brookhill. A Heffernan family did reside just over the hill at Rathkenny. The last known member of this family was a rather eccentric old lady, a Miss Heffernan, who lived in the Valley in the forties. The Rathkenny Heffernans holding is now part of Mr Denis McGrath’s farm. Perhaps there’s some connection and the above information may be of some assistance to Lois.

A feature of the Ballybacon / Grange south intermediate hurling final win over Fethard last Sunday was the outstanding display of the winner’s goalkeeper, County Tipperary custodian Brendan Cummins. Brendan, as well as dealing most competitively with everything thrown at him between the posts, pointed a number of long-distance frees for his side. Most of these were from over 80 yards. Two of his efforts in particular, from almost the sideline at centerfield on the Western Road side, were truly amazing.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place at 7.30pm (after Lotto Draw) in the Tirry Community Centre on Tuesday 17th October.

Two hundred and twenty five patrons attended the golden jubilee dinner dance of Fethard Macra na Feirme at the Clonmel Arms Hotel on Saturday last. At this most enjoyable function the guest speakers were Mr T. J. Maher, national president of Macra na Feirme, and Ms Irene Moloney, Cahir Macra and vice president Munster Macra na Feirme. Mr T. J. Maher was a most appropriate speaker — a nearby neighbour from Killenaule and a past pupil of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School. The three first lady members of Fethard Macra — Mary (Skehan) Hennessy, Marie (Rice) O’Donnell and Phyllis (Wall) Slattery, cut the special jubilee birthday cake. Three original committee founder members were also present — Denis McGrath, Dick Hennessy and Pierce O’Donnell.
Compliments to the current officers and committee of Fethard Macra on the excellent booklet “Fethard Macra na Feirme 1950-2000” produced in conjunction with the jubilee celebrations. The contributors, Lorraine Morrissey (chairperson of Fethard Macra), Michael Smyth, Marie (Rice) O’Donnell, Pierce O’Donnell, Martha Sheehan, Francis McGivern, Pat Fahy, Avril Colville and John Fitzgerald in their articles gave an excellent account of the activities of Fethard Macra down through the fifty years since its foundation. Long may it continue to play such an important part in the everyday life of the parish of Fethard, Killusty and surrounding areas.

A very worthwhile day was spent in Gracedieu, Waterford, on Wednesday 6th October, by sixth year leaving cert students, on the Patrician Presentation Secondary School retreat. The group were accompanied by Mr R. Prendergast and by Ms C. McKeogh.
Transition year travelled to Dublin on the same day where they visited Collins Barracks, Kilmanahan and the IMMA Arts Centre in the Royal Hospital. This trip was of both historical and artistic value. Ms M. O’Sullivan and Ms P. Looby accompanied the group on this trip.

The Scheme for community support for older people in our parish has commenced in Fethard within the last few weeks. This scheme comprises of an alarm unit installed in the homes of the elderly and most vulnerable people in our Parish.
The cost of these Alarms is £260 each. As it would be impossible for the elderly to pay this amount in full, so we only ask each to contribute a little towards the cost of the Alarm. We received a Grant of £6,500 from the South Eastern Health Board and the remainder we must get through fundraising. The alarms remain the property of the local community and distributed by the Day Care Centre committee. If you would like to contribute, please contact any member of the committee.


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