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Saturday 27th January 2001

The Hogan Musical Society commence rehearsing this years production Mother Goose in the Abymill on Monday February 5th at 8 pm sharp. A further rehearsal will follow on the following evening, Tuesday Feb. 6th. All interested are cordially invited to come along and take part.
Producer Leonard Anderson will attend a rehearsal / audition in the Abymill on Sat Feb 10th at which he will take adults from 1pm to 3pm and children between 7 and 10 years old at 12 noon. The HMS hope to commence the 2001 production of Mother Goose in the Abymill on Sat. March 17th, St. Patricks Day.

The Fethard Historical Society will hold their very successful Tipperariana Book Fair on Sunday afternoon 11th February. If anyone would like to donate books, sell books or have books sold for you, then contact any committee member of the Fethard Historical Society or Terry Cunningham at 052 23402 or Dóirín Saurus at 052 31936 so that collection and arrangements can be worked out. The book fair is the Historical Society's main fund raising event of the year so any donation of books is much appreciated.

Many have been surprised to read in last weeks notes that Fethard had street lighting 100 years ago. The electricity was supplied from a plant installed in the old mill at the Kennels by a Mr. Webb. Mr. Webb's interest was taken over by the Munster Electric Light Co. who operated from the mill at Watergate Bridge, now the Tipperary SR County Council Depot, who in turn were taken over by the ESB. During restoration work carried out some years ago on the Sacre Coeur nursing home some very interesting correspondence between Mr. Webb, Mr Schofield who owned the mill, and the Munster Electric Light Co., whose directors were based in Manchester, concerning the handing over of the electricity supply were discovered. Unfortunately the old mill at the Kennels and a greater part of the mill race dam, the traditional summer swimming hole of many generations of Fethard boys, was demolished some years ago.

The death of John Burke of Donoughmore came as a great shock to his many friends in Fethard. John was a true Lisronagh man, but Fethard was his local town for marketing , socialising and where he was a very familiar figure on his daily visit to Fethard creamery prior to his retirement from dairy farming. A thorough gentleman of a most genial disposition he was held in the highest regard by all. President of Moyle Rovers GAA Club how proud he must have been of the successes of his beloved Rovers during the past decade. A true gael it must not be forgotten that John with his great friend Mick McCarthy, kept the Moyle Rovers flag flying high when they did not enjoy the success of recent years and indeed did not even have a regular playing field. The wonderful facilities now available at Monroe will stand forever as a monument to the work of great gaels like John Burke and Mick McCarthy. He will be especially missed by his contempories who enjoyed his genial company at the card games in the Fethard Arms. On behalf of his friends in Fethard we extend sincere sympathy to his daughter Marie and relatives.

The death has occurred of Mrs Ellen Slattery, Barrettstown on January 28th. The late Mrs. Slattery in her 98th year was one of the oldest parishioners in Fethard & Killusty. Interment took place at Clerihan Cemetery.

Fethard Boys National School is one of the 40 schools nationwide that have been named by the Primary Schoolteachers union for deplorable conditions. Overcrowding, lack of proper hygiene conditions are amongst the problems encountered in the schools every day. The Department of Education say however that over three quarters of the schools on the INTO list are approved for upgrading or replacement.
Thirty one of the schools are either in the architectural planning stage or have been completed. The other nine will now be looked at by the Department.

The well golf society will hold their annual general meeting on next Friday night in the Tirry hall at 8pm sharp, all members are requested to attend also new members are welcome.

The AGM of St. Rita's Camogie Club will take place on Friday February 2nd at 9pm in The Tirry Centre. All are welcome and players particularly are asked to attend as there is an upcoming fixture - last year's County Intermediate League semi-final to be played shortly.

Fethard Macra would like to thank everybody who attended their table quiz in aid of St Vincent de Paul recently. A sum of £286 was raised on the night.
Well done to the Ladies Soccer team who were in Gormanstown College, Co. Meath. After an early start, the girls played two excellent games. Well done to Jennifer, Linda, Ali, Avril, Lorraine, Deirdre and Lil. The men were also playing the same day and did extremely well. Well done to Paddy, Darren, Kevin, Pa, Adrian and Liam.
Congratulations to one our members Teresa Grant who took part in an interesting discussion on the teachers strike on RTE Radio. She has a future in communications.
Congratulations to Patricia and Matt on their recent engagement.
The club are preparing for Dublin City Talent competition which takes place in Loughmore on Friday 9th February. Members are taking part in solo singing, solo instrumental, disco dancing and comedy acts. We wish them the best of luck.
Soccer continues every Wednesday night at 9 o'clock in the Ballroom.

The Annual General Meeting of the Fethard Country Market will take place on Friday 9th February 2001 in the Town Hall, Fethard, commencing at 10.30am. All members and suppliers are welcome to attend. Likewise, members of the general public are cordially invited to come along.

The Fethard Senior Citizens held their Christmas party in the Ballroom on December 3rd. Over one hundred people attended the function and enjoyed a beautiful Christmas Dinner which was followed by singing and dancing with music supplied by local musicians: Pauline Morrissey, John Pollard and Jimmy Lawrence. The evening then ended up with a monster Bingo.
During the past year the members visited Dail Eireann where they were welcomed by our local politicians. They also enjoyed a trip to Tramore which was blessed with good weather.
The club meet in the Tirry Centre on the first Tuesday of each month, New members always welcome. A sincere word of thanks to those people who buy tickets for our Christmas Draw and also to those who help the club in any way.

The Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Jackpot is now £6000 following Tuesday night's draw (23rd January). The numbers drawn were 2, 8, 18 and 25. No jackpot winner and two 'Match 3' winners who received £50 each: John Tobin c/o The Castle; and Sandra Horan, c/o Michael Costello, Strylea. Next weeks Jackpot £6000.

Bridge results - 17th January 2001
1st Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
2nd Gross: Brendan Kenny and Buddy Roche
1st Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
2nd Nett: Rita Kane and Kay St. John


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