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Saturday 18th November 2000

The 11am mass at Fethard Parish Church on this Sunday 26th November will be offered for all babies baptised in the parish during the year. During the Mass we would ask the mothers to bring their child around the altar for a blessing, in which we ask God to protect and care for them throughout their lives. This is an opportunity for us to say hello as a community to our newest members. Last Sunday we remembered those who have left us now will be the time to look forward to the future. All are welcome.

Application forms are now available for anyone requiring assistance at Christmas. These application forms are available at the rear of both the Parish and Abbey Churches and should be returned immediately to any member of the Saint Vincent de Paul committee — Dinny Burke, Sean Ryan, Vincent Doocey, Peggy Sullivan and Lynn Cummins.

Santa pays, what has become a very popular annual local event, his yearly visit to Fethard Park and Folk Museum on this Sunday, Nov. 26th at 2pm.

Well done to the local co-ordinators, sponsors and participants of last Sundays ‘Referees’ Vs- ‘All Stars’ game played in Clonmel. The excellent sum of £2,500 was raised as a result and will go towards the St. Joseph’s Hospital Cat Scan appeal.

Paddy Morrissey (formerly of Grove) who died during the past year, was a former jockey and National Hunt Dope Control official and was one of the best known post war racing personalities on the English National Hunt racing scene. Paddy has been honoured by having a race named to his memory ‘The Paddy Morrissey Handicap Chase’ at his local Hereford track.

The joint meet of the Tipperary, Scarteen and Kilkenny Foxhounds, cap towards the Danny Noonan project fund attracted a huge crowd of supporters to Thomastown on Saturday last. One hundred and thirty mounted and a vast concourse of car followers left the village as Tipperary Huntsman, Simon Probin, led the mix pack o 5 couple from each hunt to the first draw. Great credit to Simon who had the mixed pack under perfect control and provided an excellent days sport for the huge following. One run in particular from under the Kilfeacle rugby grounds covered two huge left handed circles through Hogans, Burkes and Hourigans. The last draw, which proved bland at Thomastown Castle at 4pm sent the hunters home tired but very satisfied with an excellent days sport.
The White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday 26th November at Coolbawn Cross; Sunday December 3rd - Golden; Sunday Dec 10th - Rocklow.

There was no Jackpot winner in last week's Community Lotto Draw (drawn Tuesday 14th November). The numbers drawn were 9, 23, 25, 32. We had no 'Match 3' winners either so five tickets were drawn and each received £20: Jimmy Connolly, Main Street, Fethard; Mickey Flanagan, Derryluskin, Fethard; Sharon Burke, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; David Sceats, Crampscastle, Fethard; Kin Lonergan, The Square, Fethard. Next weeks Jackpot is £5,100. This is the largest local Lotto Jackpot at the moment. Tickets £1.

We record the death of Jim Fahey, Farranshea, Fethard, who died on Friday 17th November. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery Fethard.

Brilliant! They were marvellous! were some of the well deserved comments heard from patrons leaving the Abymill Theatre during the past week following the production of ‘You can’t take it with you’. The play was an excellent choice, by producer Austie O’Flynn as the parts seem to have been written for the cast. Looking through the list and dates of previous productions dating back to 1931 it is hard to realise that it is so long ago that many of the players made their debuts in the old Town Hall.
What can one say except that during the past week they exceeded their own high standards and the performance of the younger artistes, some of them making their debut in this years production ensures that the future of the Fethard Players is in very good hands indeed. Some of the young players are third generation members of Fethard Dramatic Society. Due to very popular demand the society are going on stage for one more night on this Saturday, November 25th. Booking at O’Flynns Menswear, Burke Street, on 052 31254.

On Friday November 24th, Fethard Youth Club are travelling to Oola to participate in the Tipperary Millennium Variety Concert. We wish our team the very best of luck.
The bus will leave Fethard Ballroom at 6.30pm and will return at 12.30pm. We would like to remind members that they will not be allowed travel if they fail to present their permission slips.
We would like to thank all those who contributed to our Table Quiz which we held recently, those who took part, sponsored raffle prizes and those who made generous donations to contribute to the success of the night.

The Rosary will be recited for the Holy Souls on Sunday 26th November in Kiltinan Cemetery at 3pm and in Kilmaclugh at 3.30pm. All are invited to come and pray.

The Junior Hurling ‘B’ South Final replay against Clonmel Óg will take place in Marlfield on Saturday 25th November at 2pm.

The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday night 28th November at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre.

At the recent County ‘B’ even age Cross Country Championships Hannah Trehy ran a marvellous race in the under/8 girls race winning a silver medal. Hannah was followed by Aisling Dwyer who competed bravely on a very unyielding course. In the boys under/8 our only competitor was Damien Morrissey whose chances were dashed by an unlucky fall.
The blue stripe of Fethard was always to the fore in the girls under/10 race as Elaine Kennedy dominated from the start and ran out a clear winner of the gold medal. Next girl home was Ella Prendergast, running a very well paced and determined race. Lolo Trehy was Fethard’s star in the boys under/10 contest finishing an excellent 6th, followed by Kevin Hayes and Adam Lyons who both fought hard on the uphill, windswept course.
In the girls under/12, Rachael Blackmore did her club proud by running a courageous race to finish a very creditable 8th place.
Training continues on Monday and Wednesday at 7pm in the Fethard GAA Park and all are welcome to participate.


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