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Saturday 28th October 2000

Well done to everybody who took part in 'Macra Capers' last weekend in New Inn Hall last weekend. 15 members took part in what judges said to be a very entertaining show with much talent involved. Well done to the winners Boherlahan/Dualla.
Well done to Ali Holohan, Jennifer Frewen, Mary Barry, Deirdre Cleary, John O'Meara, Paddy Cooney and Kevin Whyte on been runner-up in the Volleyball Finals in Tipperary Complex last Sunday. They were only beaten by three points by Killenaule in a very close and exciting final.
The action continued on Sunday night when Members attended a 'Drag Queen' competition in the Clonmel Arms in aid of the Women's Refuge. Well done to Kevin Whyte and Lorraine Morrissey for putting in the effort and dressing up for this occasion. The two made such an impression on the judges that they were placed third.
Congratulations to Brendan Morrissey who won the Culchie Festival in Shrule Co. Mayo last weekend.
Volleyball continues in the Ballroom every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. All new members are welcome. Meetings are held every second Tuesday night in Lonergans at 9.30p.m. The next meeting is 14th November.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night, 14th November 2000, in the Tirry Community Center, Barrack Street, at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

Fethard Historical Society have organised a lecture by Liam O Duibhir entitled ‘Aspects of Norman influence on Fethard and South Tipperary’. The lecture will take place at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre (upstairs) on Tuesday 7th November. Admission is £2 and open to all.

Eighty-five mounted followers left Fethard following the opening meet of the new Millennium on Monday last. The widespread great support for hunting in Tipperary was again amply demonstrated by the huge crowd of car and foot followers of all ages that attended. While the very inclement weather of Monday morning cleared to a brisk and dry afternoon, hunting can not be organised to order, and with scent almost non-existent, nothing could be done with the good supply of foxes found. A good hunt was enjoyed, however, from the old Kilnockin Racecourse through Rathcoole and Ballintemple, to Rocklow, returning to the new plantation in Ballintemple where an excellent thirty minutes of good hound work followed, Raynard very finally been given best. Power’s Wood proved blank. A fox from behind Ardsallagh Lodge quickly went to ground before huntsman Simon Probin blew for home bringing a most enjoyable day to conclusion.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will meets for November are Ballylusky on Sunday 5th, Loughcopple on Sunday 12th and Ballingarry on Sunday 19th.

The weekend brought mixed results when on Saturday last we had a wonderful victory over Rockwell Rovers in the county quarterfinal on a scoreline Fethard 3-8 (3-6) to Rockwell Rovers 1-12 (0-5). Team was Conor McCarthy, Philip Croke, Liam Treacy, Michael Costello, Gabriel Horan, John Hurley, Noel Barry, Alan Phelan, Tommy Gahan (0-3), David Morrissey (1-0), Ciaran Treacy (0-3), Kevin O’Donnell, Johnny Neville (1-0), Teddy Morrissey, Karl Maher (1-2). Subs used, Brian Coen and Owen Doyle. Our next outing is the county semifinal on Saturday 4th November against Galtee Rovers at 2pm in New Inn.
On bank holiday Monday, the curtain came down for us in this competition when we were well beaten by Kilsheelan on a scoreline Kilsheelan 3-8 (0-1) to Fethard 1-4 (1-4). The team that tried their best was Miceál Sean McCormack, John O’Riordan, Michael Burke (0-1), Kenneth Sheehan, Gabriel Horan, Diarmuid Burke, Michael Costello, Jason Nevin (0-2), Garreth Byrne, Johnny Needham, Michael Teehan, David Morrissey (0-1), Johnny Neville (1-0), Ronan Allen, Peter Nolan. Subs used Owen Doyle, Ian Kenrick and John O’Meara.
The community sports lotto jackpot is £500 and we had no winner last week. Our two ‘match 3’ winners were Jackie Maher and Gerry Hannon who both received £50.
Book your tickets now for our annual dinner dance on November 24th in the Clonmel Arms. Available from any officer of the club.

Brendan Morrissey, Cashel Road, was crowned ‘Ireland’s Culchie of the Year’ at Shrule, Co. Mayo, last weekend. Brendan, who farms on the lower slopes of Slievenamon, was runner-up in last year’s ‘Culchie’ competition and went one better this year when capturing the coveted title. A long time prominent and active member of Fethard Macra, we congratulate Brendan and wish him the best of luck in his twelve months reign as Ireland’s ‘Culchie of the Year’.

Best of luck in his new business venture to Mr Senan Murray, Redcity, who has established a new taxi service. Senan may be contacted on 086 4001882 for all general taxi work including to train, boat, plane, hospital etc.

A hearty well done and thank you to Nellie Hall, Alice (Halpin) Gorman, Tom, Diane, and Paddy Halpin, and all their willing band of helpers and sponsors, for taking part in this year’s Millennium Dublin City Marathon. The Fethard runners efforts were in aid of a fundraising project for a most deserving cause — the Tipperary Hospice Group.

Two examples of the ‘ups and downs’ good luck and otherwise experienced by man and horse in racing were well demonstrated in the Fethard racing scene in the past week. Local trainer Mouse Morris enjoyed good luck with a good double when ‘Boss Doyle’ and ‘Puget Blue’ won at Wetherly on Saturday last. Not so lucky was ‘Buck Time’, a very promising National Hunt prospect that broke down on the same day and will not race again. Jointly owned by Aidan Archdeacon and Joe O’Dwyer, the mare, having won a point-to-point in Ireland last season, was sent across channel to be trained by Sue Smith. Having shown great promise in winning over hurdles on her first outing, her brief racing career came to an end on Saturday last.

The Rosary will be recited for the Holy Souls on Sunday 5th November in the Abbey graveyard at 3pm and in Everardsgrange at 3.30pm. All are invited to come and pray.

Last Sunday wind and rain swept Listowel Race Course was our pot of call for the Munster A.A.I. under eight boys cross-country championship. Young John Lalor from Rathcanty, a relative newcomer to the athletic scene was our only entry. With a win under his belt at the Tipperary Championships at this age group, he had a 6/1 chance to be in the medals (six contestants from Munster). Conditions to say the least were heavy and very wet when the 90 athletes faced the very efficient starter and his staff. Instructions re tactics and positioning were issued and the boy was on his own.
The experience of the more seasoned runners showed when John was left behind after an early surge from the start but he quickly regained his footing and within 150 meters had rejoined the bunch and at 300 meters held fifth place. John came up to third position with 100 meters to go, then was beaten to fourth but regained composure to take bronze on the line. Well done John for a tremendous achievement at Munster level. Tipperary took third in the inter-county award.
Training continues in the GAA Park on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7pm. On the this Sunday, 5th November, we host the Munster Novice under 23 championships, plus the under-eight boys and girls, under 10, 12, 14 open races. Starting at Market Hill at 1pm.
On the following Sunday 12th November, we travel to Dungarvan for the Munster uneven age group cross-country championships.

Booking is now taking place for the Fethard Players production of “You can’t take it with you” — America’s best loved classic comedy written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. The play will be staged in the Abymill Theatre from Sunday 12th November to Saturday 18th, with no performance on Thursday 16th. Booking at O’Flynn’s Menswear (052) 31254. Special family nights on Sunday 12th and Monday 13th when all seats are £4.


On Wednesday 18th October 2000 we played for Halloween Prizes and the results were:
1st Gross Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
2nd Gross Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
1st Nett Maureen Maher and Breda O’Shea
2nd Nett Anna Cooke and Carol Kenny
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862


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