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Saturday 6th January 2001

Local amateur jockey Keith Culligan, The Valley, was subject of a very complimentary report in racing’s bible ‘The Racing Post’ following his first winner against the professional jockeys when riding Kilcourt Lad to take the novice hurdle by six lengths at the recent Folkstone meeting.
Twenty-one-year-old Keith who started his career riding his father point-to-point horses is now attached to the winning trainer stable of Mr Laurence Wills in Sussex. He has ridden the winners of a few hunter chases since his arrival in England 12 months ago but this is first success at this level. Keith has stated that he would like to turn professional in due course as he modestly put it “if I’m good enough”. His many friends in Fethard in the racing game and outside it feel he will certainly be good enough to realise his lifetime ambition to be a successful professional jockey and wish him every success in his future career.

The Tipperary Foxhounds are the most recent local organisation to support the St. Joseph’s Hospital CAT Scan appeal. The hunt committee donated ‘the cap’ from the very well attended children’s meet at Grove. The sum realised for the appeal was in excess of £900.

Results for Wednesday 3rd January
1st Gross: Annie O'Brien and Bernie O'Meara
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and Moira McInerney
1st Nett: Francis Burke and Margaret Hackett
2nd Nett: Bridget Gorey and Betty Walsh

Fethard Macra are running a Table Quiz in aid of St Vincent de Paul on Tuesday 16th January in Lonergans at 9.30pm. The club would appreciate support on the night as it is for a worthy cause.
Good luck to the Ladies who are playing in the All-Ireland Finals of Indoor soccer on Sunday 14th January in Gormanstown College in Co. Meath. The team is Avril Colville, Jennifer Frewen, Teresa Grant, Deirdre Cleary, Linda Nevin, Ali Holohan and Lorraine Morrissey.
The club are preparing for a sun holiday next September. The club is also preparing for Dublin City Talent competition at the end of the month. Club members are involved in solo singing, novelty acts, solo instrumental, disco dancing and comedy acts. The next meeting is on Tuesday 16th January at 8pm before the table quiz.

The death has occurred in Jersey, Channel Islands, of Ms Madeline Leonard, formerly Madeline Croke, Redcity.

A young lady from Canada, a member of the internationally known ‘Mounties’ Canadian police force, is in Cork tracing her roots. She says her biggest problem is understanding what the local people are saying as “they mumble so much”. Fair comment, however, what about the Scottish girl who has come to reside not a hundred miles from Fethard? She says she finds the country and the people lovely but finds it very hard to adjust to the Irish custom whereby people do not go out to socialise until it is time to go to bed and do not return until well into the next day.

Fethard area, like many other primarily agricultural communities, is going to be affected by the slaughter of over 700.000 animals nation-wide in the current B.S.E. (Mad Cow) control scheme. The only thing that matters with most of the animals to be slaughtered is the fact that they are over 30 months old. Even allowing for the fact that the producers are going to be compensated this wholesale slaughter seems nothing short of scandalous at a time when over half the world’s population are suffering severe food shortages. Will the end justify the means? The ‘Rhinestone Cowboys’ of the civil service have got it wrong before, they could be wrong again.
We are now in the era of the high quality Holstein and Friesian dairy cow that is more of a milk factory than a cow. Other human interference in nature are: the highly protein fed chicken that is available for sale in our supermarkets within ten weeks of been hatched; the battery hen that lays two or three eggs in twenty-four hours; and the beef bullock and heifer that can attain extraordinary weight gains with, as many recent court cases show, a little help from their friends. We also have the unlimited spreading of nitrate on the land not to mention the many cases of local fish kills in our rivers by modern sprays and pesticides. Not long ago we’ve had a laboratory on the Killenaule Road, headed by a Chinese professor, that implanted twin calves into every cow to double their productivity. I wonder have we come to far too fast and will once again pay a very severe price to be reminded that ‘nature will not be mocked’.

Best wishes to Mairead Croke, supervisor of the Fethard & Killusty FÁS Community Employment Scheme who left her position on Friday, 5th January, to take up a new supervisor's position in Clonmel. The newly appointed supervisor of the Fethard & Killusty Community Scheme is Joan O’Donohoe who was previously in charge of community office administration and information at the Fr. Tirry Centre. The community scheme currently employs Ester Breen, Patsy Lawrence, John Neagle, Thomas Shine, David Standbridge, Megan Sceats, Maura Tynan, Martin Bolger and Tom Purcell. Two more positions are now vacant will be filled in the near future.

On Saturday 6th January, two of our athletes travelled to Nenagh to compete in the all-Ireland A.A.I. veteran indoor championships. Mary Trehy had a remarkable win in the 60mtrs V1 class. Due to circumstances beyond our control her 200mtrs did not take place but she shouldn’t have a problem in making it a double at a later date. Well done Mary. Miceál McCormack was unlucky in the V3 Shot event being only 10cm off the bronze medal in 4th spot from a very large field.
Over the Xmas period we held our annual party and presentation of medals to our winners in the Abymill. Our president Dick Cummins presented the awards with the help of vice-chairperson Marie Crean and hon. secretary Carmel Condon. Mary Trehy and Fintan Rice announced the nomination for ‘club-athlete’ and duly presented the beautiful award to Rachael Blackmore. County Board secretary Tony Gleeson was our guest-of-honour and made the medal presentations. In his ‘cupla focal’ he gave great praise to the young athletes present and to their trainers. He said he was delighted to be present and felt honoured to be amongst us. The large number of parents present gave us great hope for the future and long may it continue. It is now over 30 years now since we reintroduced athletics into the parish and the records will show that Fethard Athletic Club have provided a very credible service to our community during that period. Chairman Miceál McCormack thanked landowners Dick Cummins and Marie Crean for their help during the year and all other landowners in the parish who helped in any way over the club’s history.
It is lovely to see Fethard Youth Club back on the road again as it was from the first Fethard Youth Club back in 1970 that we started in athletics and boxing. Those were the days! and for the record, Michael Kenrick, Burke Street, was our first winner in the boys under/16 cross-country held in Delaney’s on the Cahir Road, with Thomas McCarthy, St. Patrick's Place, 2nd and the great Billy Morrissey, Ballytarsna, 3rd.
Training has now recommenced on Monday and Wednesday nights in the GAA Park at 7pm. On this coming Saturday, 13th January, Michael Healy, Joan Dargan, Mary Trehy and Miceál McCormack will compete in the Munster Indoor championships, veteran category, which will be held in Nenagh. Best of luck.


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