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Saturday 2nd December 2000

On Sunday last, two of our female athletes kept the flag flying for Fethard Athletic Club at the Munster Cross Country ‘B’ Championships held in Ennis, Co. Clare. In the girls under/12 event, Elaine Kennedy and Rachael Blackmore from Mortlestown, Killenaule, were our two starters. In a field of over 130 athletes Elaine was the lucky one when the field split at the start, she had the advantage of being in the inside group near the rails, while Rachael was drawn wide to the outside. Elaine ran on well to take sixth place with a fine spurt to the finish to collect her first Munster individual medal plus a Tipperary Team medal also. Rachael also ran well to finish in 26th position.
On last Saturday over 30 athletes travelled to the Sean Kelly Swimming Complex in Carrick-on-Suir for a swimming session. In the near future a trip to the world cross-country championships in Dublin is in the pipeline, also a trip to Kilkenny track. Training continues on Mondays and Wednesdays at Fethard GAA Park at 7pm. Bon Voyage to our Spanish coach Carlos Rodrigeuz Sanchez who departs for Alaska on Sunday next for three months.

Marianne and John Shortall have organised an even 'bigger and better' Christmas Hat Party this year. The party, in aid of the Children's Remedial Clinic Santa Bear Appeal, will take place on this Saturday night 9th December at The Bridge Bar, Lower Main Street. To participate in the fun all you have to do is design and wear your party hat and enter in one of the following categories: 'Most Unusual', 'Craziest', 'Smallest', 'Best Made from Recyclable Materials'. The entry fee is £2 (all for charity) which includes a free draw for all who enter. Of course all the usual craic, music and food will also be available on the night!!!

On Thursday night 21st December, the Pheasant Pluckers will go Christmas carol singing around Fethard in aid of the CRC Santa Bear Appeal. All are welcome to come along and join in on the night. Starting outside the Town Hall at 7.30pm.

Our Christmas Dinner takes place on Thursday 14th December at 8pm in J’s Restaurant, Fethard. The Christmas menu will cost £18 per person. Bookings before 8th December to Dóirín Saurus (052-31936) or Mary Hanrahan (052-32141).
The Fethard Historical Society’s Annual Tipperariana Bookfair will take place on Sunday 11th February, 2001, and all unwanted books will be gratefully accepted by the following committee members: Terry Cunningham (052-23402), Mary Hanrahan (052-32141) or Dóirín Saurus (052-31936).

A large Christmas Tree was erected on The Square on Saturday last. We would like to thank Martin Cuddihy, Crampscastle, for supplying the tree and equipment to put it in place, without any charge. Thanks Martin!
Negotiations are in progress in getting to get the ESB to supply a live electric supply for the tree lights. The wiring is in place but without any power. All the electric wiring on The Square was due to be put underground as part of the ongoing renovations. Unfortunately, this will not happen before Christmas which also means our Christmas lighting for the street cannot be erected. The extra light columns needed by the ESB have only be ordered this week and will take two months to be delivered from the UK. The County Council’s plans to erect floodlighting on the buildings on one side of the street have met with opposition from some of the owners. The ESB have told us now that the overhead wiring on that side will not be placed underground.
John Bolger, who is responsible for all ESB Christmas Lighting queries, has promised us that we will have electric power for our Christmas tree.

We had no Jackpot Winner on Tuesday night's draw (28th November). The numbers drawn were 1, 4, 16 and 24.
One 'Match 3' winner received £100,
Rita Kelly, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.
This week’s Jackpot is £5,300.

The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will meet at Rocklow on December 10th, Donoughmore Cross on December 17th, and Peppardstown on 24th December.

We would like to compliment our members who gave an excellent performance at the Millennium Variety Concert held in Oola recently.
A very important meeting of Fethard Youth Club will take place on Saturday 7th December at 7.30pm in the Fr. Tirry Community Centre. We request that all members attend this meeting.

Anyone with new addresses or change of addresses for this years Annual Emigrants’ Newsletter please hand them in as soon as possible to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. Over 1000 Newsletters are posted free of charge throughout the world every year. Postage alone for overseas can cost up to £4 per letter. Please help us avoid unnecessary expense by checking that your addresses are up to date. Newsletters that are returned are automatically deleted from our mailing list.

Congratulations to Mrs Chrissie Healy, Grangebarry, who was represented by her son Denis and won £12,000 and a skiing holiday for two in last Saturday night’s ‘Winning Streak’ programme on RTE.
Congratulations to Mary Jane Kearney, Rahinch, The Green, who was one of the five winners in RTE’s Dempsey’s Den under/8 ‘Paint a Halloween Witch’ competition.

Congratulations to Mr Eddie and Nellie Cummins formerly of St. Patrick’s Place and now resident in Clonmel, who celebrate their Golden wedding anniversary on December 19th. The Cummins family cordially invite all Eddie and Nellie’s old friends to come and join them in celebrating this happy occasion in the Coachman Inn, Clonmel, on the night of Tuesday December 19th.

A selection of local Christmas Cards are now for sale in local shops.

Fethard Red Cross Branch wish to thank sincerely all who supported their recent church gate collection in aid of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Cat Scan Appeal. As a result of the generous response, Mr Frank Coffey, chairman Fethard Red Cross, presented a cheque for £500 to the fund committee.

South Tipperary Federation ICA held a variety concert in aid of the Cat Scan Appeal Fund in Halla na Feile, Cashel on 22nd November. Fethard branch were represented by Marie Crean who contributed a very well received humorous recitation on a variety programme that provided a great night’s entertainment.
Fethard ICA will hold their Christmas Party in J’s Restaurant on Tuesday 12th December. Patrons intending to attend please give their tames to Mrs Kay McGrath, Main Street, s soon as possible. Best wishes to all our members for a very happy Christmas.

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 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.
In our last game played 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 held recently 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.

Terry Cunningham, Grangebeg, Fethard, was coordinator of a unique project in converting a cottage ruin into an eco-friendly holiday home just outside Clogheen. The project was featured on RTE Television 'Nationwide' on Monday evening, 27th November. For more information visit the website www.ecobooley.com


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