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Saturday 17th March 2001

Discovered during the week in a drawer in a shop on Main Street was a card, c.1935, advertising a one-pound box of chocolates, the ones the lady on the TV add looks for. The cost was 3/6d (that is 17 1/2p), the current price of the same box is around £7 Irish Punts..

The death has occurred on St. Patrick’s Day of Ms Agnes Allen, Barrack Street and The Green. The late Agnes Allen was a devoted member of Fethard Legion of Mary ever since the local praesidium was established. She was a familiar figure each weekend at the Augustinian Abbey where she distributed the Catholic papers at weekend masses. Agnes was also actively engaged in the circulation and distribution of the Annual Fethard Parish Emigrants Newsletter, especially in the earlier years of its publication.
Sincere sympathy is extended to her brother Dick, relatives and friends. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
We record the death of Michael Morrissey, Swindon, and formerly Grove Lodge, who died in England recently.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 12th March were 19, 20, 26, 29. No Jackpot winner and one 'Match 3' winner, Rita Smyth, Ballinard Cross, Fethard, who received £100. Next week's Jackpot is £6,700.

In light of the Foot and Mouth crisis, the Department of Agriculture have issued an instruction against people going onto any land, which includes our annual daffodil pickers. This will affect our supply of daffodils for this year's Daffodil Day on Friday 23rd March, held in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. We invite anyone who has a supply of daffodils in their own home to bring them along to Fethard Post Office on Thursday 22nd March to help this very worthy cause. We would be very grateful!

Mr. Seamus Healy, T.D. M.C.C, met with members of the newly formed Woodvale Walk Residents Association at a meeting in the Tirry Community Centre on Thursday night 15th March. A large attendance came to voice their opinions and also hand a petition to Deputy Healy seeking support from the County Council to improve facilities in their housing estate. The meeting was also attended by representatives of Fethard and Killusty Community Council who are seeking a meeting with the Council's Engineer, Jonathan Cooney, with the committee members of the Residents Association. This meeting will take place in Woodvale Walk.
Cllr. Healy also read a letter (published below) from Mr John O'Mahoney, Co. Council's Housing Dept. This letter was a reply to the queries already submitted. Cllr. Healy suggested to prioritise the items on the list and tackle them over a period of time. He was delighted with the turn out and suggested that the County Council will work positively with a Residents' Association.
The officers of the residents committee are as follows: Chairperson Mary Murphy, Vice-chairperson Bill Pollard, Secretary Dolores O'Donnell, Treasurer Fiona Lawrence and PRO Brod Roche.

Frank Fogarty, Dublin, has asked us for any information on a Johanna Brown, Peppardstown, Fethard, born 1904. She left at the age of 6 for Thurles. They lived in a cottage and worked on Guiry's Farm. Frank can be contacted at Tel: 01 8482630 or Mobile: 087 2119356.
Dorothy O'Connor contacted us and says: “ My husband and I are going through the process of applying for our Irish citizenship. I know I'm eligible by marriage to my husband but I'd rather go through my own family if I can. I am trying to get some information on my grandfather who was born in Fethard around 1870. His name was James Butler. He came to the US and married one Hanna Ryan. His son, my father, died in 1969 and we have very little to go on. I'm not even certain of the exact year of his birth, I was 7 when he died. I know that he and my grandmother were married in St. Patrick's in New York and I'm going to see if I can get the marriage certificate.
That would ,at least, include his age at the time of the marriage. My grandmother died in the early 30s, so no chance of any information from that side either. If you have any thoughts I'd really appreciate it. My husband and I hope to come over for a visit soon. Last time we visited his family in Kerry and Dublin, this time I'm insisting on Fethard.

The Parents Association of the Secondary School will hold their Annual Table Quiz in O'Shea's Lounge on Tuesday 27th March at 9.30pm. An exciting night is in prospect with excellent prizes for both quiz and raffle. Proceeds will help sponsor two students as youth helpers with the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in June. Your support is appreciated.

Families are wanted to take Spanish and French foreign students during the first three weeks of July. Top rates paid. For further information contact: 052 21352.

Great interest is been shown locally on a selection of photographs on the Fethard web site (www.fethard.com). The selections of photographs ‘Down Memory Lane’ was taken by John Kenrick, Burke Street, and feature some well known Fethard personalities of the time, many of them such as Bill Connors, Neddy Wall, Jack Casey, Sean Hogan, Joe Green, Nellie Fitzgerald, now no longer with us.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 27th March at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre. The meeting will be followed by a lecture on "The Flora and Fauna of Fethard" by naturalist Liam Bourke. All are welcome.

A spate of very mean type of thieving has become quite prevalent in the locality recently — the rugs and blankets on a number of ponies and hunters, turned out for a pick of grass, have been stolen from the animals while grazing. The O’Hagan family of Tipperary Tack have lost five rugs to the robbers. Other owners in the town, Grove and Tullamaine areas have also been hit. These robbers in a hunting and pony club area like Fethard and the surrounding area are really the lowest of the low.

Time was when the ancient game of skittles was widely played in Fethard. Skittle rings were at Kerry Street Cross, The Green and The Valley, where the best exponents of the game played and were in constant use on Sundays and summer evenings. The game, like many other old forms of recreation died out quite some time ago. Is there any chance of a revival?
Matt Anglim, secretary of Clonmel Skittle Club has been in contact with Joe Keane, Fethard Community Games, with the intention of establishing a club in Fethard. Joe is very willing to cooperate. Matt has stated that the Clonmel Club are willing to play an exhibition game in Fethard. Anyone interested, young or not so young are requested to contact Joe Keane, 72 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard. Tel: 052 31719.
Who knows, we may once again see in Fethard, the ring cleared with the three ‘bowlers’ or maybe on the rare occasion, with one throw.

Rev Fr. Dunne at the conclusion of 11am Mass in the Parish Church on St. Patrick’s Day, wished the large congregation a very enjoyable national feast day and welcomed all who had returned to spend the weekend with their families in Fethard. He paid special tribute to the combined choir from Fethard boys and girls national schools who sang the traditional St. Patrick’s Day hymns “as Gaeilge” so well.
Greatly appreciated also was the selection of beautiful slow Irish airs played by Goldie Newport on the organ before and during the St. Patrick’s weekend masses.

Just a reminder that Summer Time comes into being this weekend. Do not forget to put the old timepiece forward one hour on Saturday night.

Mr Thomas Reynolds, Dargoon Ranch, Arizona, USA, inquires in the ‘Letters to the Editor’ page of the Nationalist, March 10th, re cousins in the Fethard area. Mr Reynolds mother Johanna Mary Murphy was born in Monroe in 1895. The last Dunphys to reside in Monroe in the late forties were Jack Dunphy, probably his mother’s brother and his wife Kate. They had no family. Kate Dunphy, a native of Dublin, whose husband Jack pre-deceased her, left the house to a niece who subsequently sold it to the Cummins family who still retain it. A brother of Jack Dunphy, Paddy Dunphy, emigrated to New York in the twenties when he joined the large contingent of Fethard footballers who emigrated to the ‘Big Apple’ around the same time. As far as can be ascertained, no relation ofg the Dunphy family now reside in the area. The family burial place was Rathcoole cemetery.


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