Saturday 10th March 2001


The Fethard Historical Society’s 6th Annual Book Fair, which took place on Sunday 11th February 2001, yet again proved to be a resounding success. Congratulations to Terry Cunningham and his faithful band of helpers for superb organisation of this most popular event.
We were delighted to see so many familiar faces among the booksellers and also to welcome new bookdealers. As usual, the stallholders came from far and near, spanning the country from Antrim to West Cork, offering books of all kinds, antiquarian, specialist, modern best-sellers, secondhand, childrens’, etc. with bargains galore available. There was a steady flow of enthusiastic buyers from 1 p.m. onwards. Lisa O’Sullivan provided soothing background music on the piano. The Cafe provided snacks and a welcome chance to chat and review purchases. We would especially like to thank everyone who donated books to the Society for our own stall. Thanks also to the Ballroom Committee, the I.C.A., Mr. John 0’Flynn, Ms. Mary Darmody and to all our sponsors who contributed so much to the success of this venture: Dawn Foods, Superquinn, Mrs. Rosemary Ponsonby, J.L. 0’Brien & Co., and Mr. Johnny Sheehan.
Finally, a special word of thanks to all the booklovers out there without whose terrific support the Book Fair just wouldn’t happen.

The Fethard Historical Society hopes to make trestle tables for next year’s Book Fair and so we are looking for suitably skilled volunteers among our members who would be willing to participate in the design of an appropriate prototype. Anyone ready, willing and able to give time to this project please contact Terry Cunningham (052) 23402.

Our annual A.G.M took place recently in the Tirry Centre and the following officers were elected, captain Pat Woodlock, treasurer David Lawton, and secretary Michael Leahy.
The following outings are planned for the following year:
Saturday March 24th, Carrick-on-Suir, tee time 10 - 11.30am;
Saturday May 12th, Thurles, 8.45 – 10am;
Sunday June 24th, Water rock, 12 - 1.30pm;
Saturday July 21st, Tramore, 12 - 1.30pm;
Saturday August 25th, Rathdowney, 10 - 11.30am
Saturday September 30th, Waterford Castle, 11.40 - 12.45pm
Membership for the year remains at £20.00 and it would be appreciated if fees could be paid before or on our first outing. Please remember new members are always welcome.

Mr Jack O’Keeffe, Bank Manager A.I.B., has been transferred from Fethard as Development Manager for Waterford / Tipperary and will take up his new appointment sometime in May. Jack has been with us for the past fifteen years and we wish him well in his new role.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 6th March were 11, 22, 25, 31. No Jackpot winner and one 'Match 3' winner, Barry Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard, who received £100. Next week's Jackpot is £6,600.

Bingo resumes in the Abymill Theatre on this Thursday night, 15th March.

Kelly A. Krauchun, secretary of the St. Mary's Camogie Club in Chicago has asked us to mention that they are a new club going into our fourth season. In the past three years they have participated in the North American GAA Finals and were in the championship match in 1999. If any players or students that are going to the United States for the summer or that want to, and would like to play camogie, please contact Claire McVeigh at 001-708-499-5244 or make contact by e-mail at stmaryscamogie@hotmail.com. Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon.

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