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Saturday 3rd February 2001

Fethard and District Day Care Centre reopened on January 8th following the end-of-year break. We now open five days per week and things are 'humming' along nicely with great camaraderie, music and craic. The food is great too!
We held a bazaar, monster raffle and cake sale in the Tirry Centre before Christmas and raised approximately £800 for our funds. The resident 'Wren Boys' outing raised £445 also for the Centre and a big 'thank-you' is well deserved to all involved.
The committee would like to thank the volunteers who help out at the Centre and with the Meals-on-Wheels, also the staff, the musicians and in fact all who attend the Day Care Centre and make it such a happy place to be every day.
Our Annual General Meeting will take place in the Tirry Centre on Thursday 15th February at 7pm. All are welcome.

The annual Tipperariana Book Fair will take place in Fethard Ballroom on this Sunday, 11th February, from 2pm to 6pm. This annual event, organised by Fethard Historical Society, is now one of the biggest one-day book fairs in Ireland and attracts buyers and sellers from all over Ireland. Admission is still only £1.

An open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous will be held in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard, on Thursday 15th February at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

Rev. Fr. John Lyttleton was winner of second prize in the recent Sunday Times best sermon competition. Fr. Lyttleton, a native of Cahir, is son of Mr and Mrs Johnny Lyttleton of The Valley, Fethard. The winning sermon, based on 'Saying you're sorry' is included in the Sunday Times book of best sermons.
Congratulations to Fr. John who is at present ministering as c.c. in the parish of Doon in County Limerick.

The death has occurred of Mrs Kathleen Walsh, Barrack Street, Fethard. Interment took place in Moyglass Cemetery.
The death has occurred in England of Madge Croke, formerly of Derryluskin. The late Madge Croke, who was in her 95th year, is one of Fethard's very long time emigrants being resident in Britain for 78 years. While she was able to travel accompanied by her husband she was a regular visitor over the years to her native Derryluskin. She is still remembered by the very senior citizens of the area. Both Madge and her late sister 'Babs', who died last year, were brilliant camogie players with the old Coolmoyne camogie team. Interment took place in England.

Speaking of Coolmoyne, is it Tipperary's or Ireland's 'Tír-na-nÓg'. From a very small area of Coolmoyne and Derryluskin we have at least ten very active octogenarians. All are still most active in their daily pursuits and hobbies, and indeed are still more than able to show how it should be done at local card games. Ad multos annos.

While Kerry can lay claim to the best known field in Ireland, featured in John B. Keane's play 'The Field', we feel that Fethard can justifiably lay claim to the largest. A field at Knockelly / Peppardstown, part of Parsonshill Farms, extends to 250 acres and apart from The Curragh in Kildare, is reputed to be the largest field in Ireland.

Fethard GAA club had two winners in their subscribers to the County Tipperary GAA Draw. Bernadette McManus, Burke Street, was winner of £2,500 top cash prize in the Lotto competition, which is run in conjunction with the County Tipperary GAA Board's monthly draw. Sharon Lawton O'Meara was a £100 winner in the same draw.

Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers meet on Sunday next in Cloneen at 12 noon.

Next weekend we will be celebrating the feast of our lady of Lourdes, the feast designated as a day of prayer for all of those who are sick. At all weekend masses the sacrament of the sick will be available to those who feel the need of the strength and comfort of this sacrament, prayers will be said for all who are sick and for those who care for them.

The extraordinary interest being shown by the Irish media in the current BBC / TV1 series 'Love in a cold climate' will have a special interest for Fethard. The serialised programme based on two of Nancy Mitfords best books 'Love in a cold climate' and 'The pursuit of love' is broadly based on the aristocratic lives of the five Mitford sisters from Gloustershire.
The local interest derives through one of the sisters, Pamela Mitford Jackson, who resided in Tullamaine Castle with her husband during the forties and fifties. Mrs Jackson entered wholeheartedly into the day-to-day activities in Fethard. She was chiefly connected with the I.C.A. and a founder member off the still remaining 'Flower Show' where her gardener George Younge was a many time prizewinner.

Best of luck to our senior students Lynda Nevin, Julie-Anne Smyth, Ursula Lawrence, and junior student Kelly Anne Nevin who are competing in the Munster Badminton finals on March 7th in Limerick.
A little light in our lives is the order of the day with transition year Mini-Company "Watts Up' — very original! They are selling hand-painted light bulbs which look very decorative, casting a vast array of hues in our sometimes grey lives.
Get well soon is the message from all of us to our vice-principal Paddy Broderick who is recuperating after an operation.
Sympathy is extended to staff member Anne O'Donnell, whose mother died recently, and to our students who have lost dear family members.

A very large gathering turned up in Fethard Ballroom to participate in the Fethard and District Credit Union Primary School Quiz 2000. The victors were: Group A; Nano Nagle National School's Aoife Delaney, Lisa Anglim, Ida Carroll and Sarah Hayes; Group B: Killusty National School's Ronan Shee, Joshua Harrison, David Lee and Samantha Feery. Prizes and plaques were presented by Marian Gilpin (chairperson) assisted by Kate Healy (treasurer) and Kay Spillane.

The Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Jackpot results for Tuesday night's draw (30th January). The numbers drawn were 2, 12, 18 and 22. No jackpot winner and eight 'Match 3' winners who received £20 each: Keith Culligan, The Valley; Gillian Murphy, Main Street; N. Sullivan, c/o Burkes; Keith Colville, Ballintemple; Suzanna Manton, Main Street; Mrs Grant, Killerk; Breda Morrissey, St. Patrick's Place; and Noreen Maher, Barrack Street. Next weeks Jackpot £6100.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra will visit Fethard’s Abymill Theatre as part of their Spring Tour 2001. Irish accordion player, Dermot Dunne joins Fionnuala Hunt and the Irish Chamber Orchestra in this first outing of the New Year. The programme has a distinct South American flavour with works by popular Argentinean composer Piazzilla and Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos.
The performance will take place in the Abymill Theatre on Friday 23rd February at 8.15pm. Booking now at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.

Cllr John Fahey has informed us that the County Council have agreed to a twice weekly specimen collection service be provided for patients in the Fethard, Killenaule, Mullinahone and Ballingarry areas. This is most welcome news because at present, patients who have blood samples taken have to either post them themselves or deliver them personally to hospital. There are some samples that must arrive in the hospital within six hours of taking them and that was placing a large burden on some patients who may have not had access to transport.
Antenatal classes for expectant mothers in the area will also be organised.


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