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Saturday 25th November 2000

On this Thursday night (tonight), 30th of November, two meetings will take place regarding the proposed amalgamation of the Nano Nagle Primary school and St. Patrick's Primary School. The meeting for the parents of the Nano Nagle Primary school will take place in the school hall at 8pm. While the meeting for the parents of St. Patrick's Boys Primary School will take place at 9:15pm in their School Hall. If you are a parent of children attending the two schools you are asked to attend both meetings.

Application forms for Christmas assistance are to be handed in to any member by the 1st of December. These forms are available at the back of the local churches. Our annual collection will be held on the weekend of 16th and 17th of December, please contribute generously. Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday the 6th December at 6:30pm in the Tirry Center. St. Vincent de Paul is here to help those in need and we do so in total confidence. Our members are: Dinny Burke, Lynn Cummins, Vincent Doocey, Sean Ryan and Peggy Sullivan.

The Coolmore owned ‘Ned Kelly’ won the Ardmore Blood Booster Hurdle in most impressive fashion at Naas on Saturday last. The horse gets his name from the Australian bushranger whose father was born close to Coolmore at Clonbrogan, Moyglass.
A most interesting document has recently come to light in Australia and is now in the State Library of Victoria. Known as the ‘Jerilderie Letter’, the document was dictated by Ned Kelly to Joe Byrne, one of the Kelly gang, after the Jerilderie bank was ‘stuck up’ in February 1879. Described as Ned Kelly’s ‘manifesto’ it is the only document providing a direct link to the Gang and the events with which they were associated. One of the only two original documents credited to Ned Kelly, the letter gives his lengthy account of how persecution of his family by the state troops and police made him the outlaw he became. The letter can be viewed on the internet at the following web address: www.slv.vic.gov.au

The Hastings Cup is a winter competition of inter-county under/21 football in which 22 counties have signified their intention to enrol. Tipperary are grouped with Monaghan, Armagh, Wicklow and Louth. Fethard will be well represented on this team by having Waltie Moloney as team manager, and Conor McCarthy, Cian Maher, Aidan Fitzgerald and Tommy Gahan on the player panel. Tipperary’s first match is a home game against Monaghan on this Saturday 2nd December.


The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will meet at Golden on Sunday 3rd December; Rocklow on December 10th and Donoughmore Cross on December 17th.

“There is nothing to do in Fethard”, “We are bored” — this seems to be the catch phrase very often heard from our younger citizens, especially when they have free time on their hands. At the last count, we have 45 active working committees in the town catering for every need including sporting, charitable, musical, artistic, historical, dramatic, religious, youth and lots more besides. Most of these organisations could badly do with more active young members. Look around you and if anyone still says they have nothing to do in Fethard must have nothing in their heads— or to quote a well-known Fethard personality of yesteryear, “only mutton and spuds”.

The attendance figure of 1,850 patrons at the nine nights performance of “You can’t take it with you” is a record. The numbers far exceed the total attendees at any previous productions of the Fethard Players. Once again ‘congratulations’ and well done to producer Austin O’Flynn, his cast, and his behind the scene workers on this record breaking run.

Mr Michael Walsh, The Valley, chairperson, and your correspondent are Fethard’s representatives on the St. Joseph’s Hospital Parent’s Welfare Committee. Any ex-patients of St. Joseph’s Hospital that may have any suggestions which may help in patients welfare can bring them to either of the above who will place them before the committee.

The Transition year 2000 production of ‘Oliver’ is about to take off to the Abymill where it will commence its run on December 11th through to December 16th with no performance on Thursday 14th December. This every-popular musical will appeal to adults and children alike. A mixture of fun, sadness and catchy tunes, it will be a fitting conclusion to millennium year at the Abymill. Booking is at the Secondary School office, telephone 052 31572, between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm.

On Saturday 18th November, four students — Ross Maher, John Lonergan, Sinead O’Brien and Jennifer Frewen — accompanied by teachers Noel Maher, Justin McGree and Mary Anne Fogarty, set off for two days hill-walking competing for their Gaisce President’s Award. Over the two days a distance of nineteen miles was covered over bog, rock, mire and river. A great two days had by all despite minor injuries picked up along the way. Even the weather was clement. Well done to all especially Justin McGree for his excellent organising of the event.

On Saturday last in Marlfield, under atrocious conditions, we went down to Clonmel Óg on a scoreline 2-7 to 1-3. After a good first half against the wind and rain we just faded out to a fitter and better opposition on the day. The team was: Liam Treacy, Philip Croke, Kevin O’Donnell, Philly Prout, Gabriel Horan, John Hurley, Liam Harrington, Glen Burke, Tommy Gahan, David Morrissey (0-1), Ciaran Treacy (1-2), Brian Coen, Johnny Neville, Teddy Morrissey and Carl Maher. Subs used were Diarmuid Burke and Owen Doyle. This brings down the curtain on activities for 2000 as the senior south football is not even at south semifinal stage having played our last game on 20th May.
At our annual dinner dance on Friday last in the Clonmel Arms Hotel our young players received their county and south under/21 football medals along with the under/17 county league medals for 1999/2000 and the 1999 junior ‘a’ football county medals. The club also honoured Michael Ryan and Micheál Spillane for their achievements in winning all-Ireland and Munster medals in county intermediate hurling. A great night was had by all.
Last week there was no jackpot winner and one ‘match 3’ winner, Tony Newport, who received £100. This weeks jackpot is £900. Thank you for your continuing support.

The organisers of the coffee morning held in Fethard in aid of Hospice wish to thank everybody who helped this worthy cause in any way. Those who supplied coffee, cream, biscuits, etc., those who gave of their time, those who came and supported the coffee morning and those who couldn't come but whose contributions helped raise the total sum of £963. Thank you all most sincerely for your continued support.

We had no Jackpot Winner on Tuesday night's draw (21st November). The numbers drawn were 8, 23, 27 and 29. T
wo 'Match 3' winners each receiving £50,
Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle,
and Frank Fogarty, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
This weeks Jackpot is £5,200.


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