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Saturday 7th April 2001

In Clonmel last Sunday our under 21 footballers triumphed over Moyle Rovers, for the second year in a row at semifinal stage, to set us up for a possible three in a row south titles. It is ironic that our opponent in each final is Ardfinnan. This game is fixed for next Sunday 8th April, check sports page for time and venue. The scoreline last Sunday was Fethard 2-7 (1-2), Moyle Rovers 0-9 (0-5). Team: Tommy Gahan, Michael Carroll, Michael Ahearn, Nicky Murphy, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Michael Costello, Aidan Fitzgerald, Glen Burke (1-2), Brian Coen (0-2), Kevin O'Donnell, Jason Nevin (1-1), Karl Maher (0-3), Kenneth Byrne, Kenneth O'Donnell. Subs used: Michael Dillon and Conor O'Donnell.
Our minor footballers league fixture has yet to be agreed due to our reaching the county final. Intermediate football first round is against Commercials at 6.30pm on Wednesday 11th April in Clonmel.
The GAA lotto jackpot was not won for the past two weeks. We had two 'match 3' winners w/e 31st Match, Paul Hackett and Kay Williams, who each received £50. We had two 'match 3' winners w/e 7th April, Mary Ann Keane and James St. John, who each received £50. Next weeks jackpot is £2,600.
We defeated Commercials on a scoreline 2-15 to 1-5, on Friday 6th April in the first round of the minor football championship league. Team: Ronan Maher, Johnny Conway, Paul Hackett, Alan Burke, Emmet Burke, Damien Cannon, Ian Kenrick, Eoin Doyle (0-3), John Hanrahan, Johnny Needham (0-1), Michael Dillon (0-6), John Noonan (1-1), Nicky Noonan (0-2), Paddy Cooney, Pat Looby. Subs used: Owen Maher, Gary Williams, Jamie McCormack (1-2), John Smith and Anthony Feery. Other subs: Darren O'Meara and Liam Frewen. On Saturday next we play Mullinahone in Cloneen at 6.30pm and on Wednesday 18th our rearranged county league final against J.K. Brackens is fixed for Gortnahoe at 6.30pm. The under 21 'A' football final against Ardfinnan has been rearranged for Easter Sunday 15th April at 2.30pm in Clonmel. Our next outing in senior football is in the county league when we play Commercials in Clonmel on Easter Monday 16th April at 6.30pm.
Our juvenile under 16 'A' footballers lost to Ardfinnan and Cahir. Our next outing is against Moyle Rovers on Saturday 21st April at 3pm. Our under 12 'A' footballers next outing is away to Ardfinnan on Thursday 19th April.

The news of the unexpected death last Sunday 8th April of artist John P. O'Flynn from Bradford and formerly Killerk, Fethard, came as a great shock to those that knew him and met him on his many visits to Fethard. John was deaf for 40 years and had a very tough life which he described so well in the past two editions of the Fethard and Killusty Emigrant's Newsletter. His recent love of communication via the internet is best described by his son Mick in an email that also brought the unhappy news of his death.
"Sad news I'm afraid. My Dad passed away peacefully but unexpectedly last night 8th April. I would just like to let you know that you, and all his friends in Fethard and far away places kept him going for the last few years. Since he started using the internet it gave him a new lease of life, and I think he set a good example for any silver surfers out there who may be considering this wonderful medium.
Fethard was still a main talking point with him, even after being so long away from there, and he had just booked another trip to visit." Regards, Mick Flynn.

The local conference would like to thank everybody who contributed to our annual church gate collection that realised a record £1,470, for which we are most grateful. We look on your outstanding support as an endorsement of our work in the parish. Any persons needing help with First Communion expenses please contact any conference member before 25th April. Our annual holiday for the senior citizens is from June 23rd to 29th in Carne, Co. Wexford. Anybody wishing to travel please give your names to society committee members in the next two weeks or before 25th April.

Members of Fethard Youth Club met on Saturday night last and had a session on the 'Euro' given by the Tipperary Regional Youth Service in conjunction with the Department of Education. Normal club activities proceeded afterwards.
We would like to congratulate the two teams who represented the Fethard Club in the recent inter-club tournament in Tipperary Town held on Sunday 1st April. They did the club proud and also provided a great days entertainment. The standard of the tournament was very high and our lads did extremely well to reach the semifinal. Thanks to Clare and Tony (trainer/coach) who looked after the teams all day, and many thanks to the parents, Eileen and Dinny Burke, Stephen McCormack and Joany Duggan who ferried the lads to and fro. Please keep up the support of our activities because we cannot take our members to events without your help.
As previously mentioned, we will be starting our peer education drugs project in May with two sessions for parents of members, followed by a four session small group project. This can be extended to other interested groups thereafter. The dates arranged are: Parents Nights on 16th and 22nd May from 8pm to 9.30pm; Project Nights on June 12th, 16th, 23rd and 25th from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
Please remind your sons/daughters to return their self defence forms so that we can organise dates for this activity. The club will be closed on Easter Saturday 14th April and reopen on Saturday 21st at 7.30pm.
Parents are asked to look out for further notification on drugs night and are always welcome to pop in on a club night to see what we are about. As always we would appeal for more interested adults to help out. We wish all a very Happy Easter.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 17th April at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Members of Fethard Historical Society paid a most interesting visit to the historic city of Waterford last weekend. Highlights of the trip included a conducted tour of the Granary Viking and Norman Museum and a walking tour of the archaeological treasurers. Many of the very well preserved Viking artefacts unearthed during the construction of the modern day shopping centre are the only examples of their type in Europe. The day concluded with a visit to Waterford Glass factory where the visitors could just marvel at the skill and craft of the workers. It takes eight years apprenticeship to become a blower and ten years to become a cutter.
It's extraordinary how we have so many 'blowers' of a different kind locally who served no apprenticeship at all!

Following the defeat by Limerick of the Tipperary County under/21 football team, which he manages, Waltie Moloney has decided to step down and also retire as a Fethard senior football selector. Waltie says his reason for retiring is personal. While the 0-3 to 1-9 defeat by Limerick looked bad, Tipperary he felt lost enough scoring opportunities in the first twenty minutes to have won the game. It did not influence his decision to retire. He felt that the personal criticism levelled at him with regard to team selection was most unjustified. He also takes grave exception to some of the rules and regulations, some of which he again feels were levelled personally at him, in a letter sent to all Fethard selectors by the club.
Waltie Moloney has given great service, both as a player and mentor, to Fethard and Tipperary football. He is adamant that this time his decision to retire is final, perhaps in a calmer atmosphere he will be persuaded to re-think the matter.

Supporters who travelled to Clonmel on Sunday evening last had a journey in vain. Shortly before throw-in time at 6pm, the pitch was declared unplayable following the morning and afternoon heavy rain.

Did your mother come from Ireland, or more correct, did any of your parent's or grandparent's relatives emigrate from Fethard?. The constant number of such inquiries coming in via the Fethard website is truly amazing. While some of the inquiries show Fethard postal addresses, the district or townsland referred to is often outside Fethard parish. Some of the inquiries, far too long to list here, are published on the current monthly Parish Newsletter. Try and get hold of a copy, available at both the Parish Church and Augustinian Abbey, and if possible help the emigrants with their search. Having being involved in a few successful tracing of ancestors, it is unbelievable how much it means to even third and fourth generation emigrants to trace their Tipperary roots.

RESULTS: 4th April 2001 for Easter Prizes
1st Gross Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2nd Gross Bernie O’Meara and Annie O’Brien
3rd Gross Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett
1st Nett Eve Goodbody and Suzanne Opray
2nd Nett Rosemary Lalor and Nora Lawrence
3rd Nett Anna Cooke and Carol Kenny
Our annual dinner and prize-giving will be held in J’s Restaurant on Friday 18th May 2001. Past members or current non-active members who would like to attend the dinner are very welcome to join us. For further information or to make a reservation please contact Gemma Burke (31383/31799) before 30 April 2001.
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Inter-County hurler and All-Star footballer Declan Browne to Fethard Camogie Club. Declan's injury misfortune has manifested itself as our undisputed gain, owing to the fact that Declan has agreed to act as trainer for the Intermediate side this year. We wish Declan the very best of luck in his new undertaking and eagerly await the wealth of experience, knowledge and skill that he will bring to the training field. Training continues this week in the Barrack Field on Wednesday and Friday nights at 7p.m.

The Easter opening arrangements for Fethard & District Credit Union Ltd are as follows: Holy Thursday 10am to 12pm; Good Friday closed; Holy Saturday 7pm to 8.30pm.

The Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto numbers drawn on Tuesday 3rd April were 1, 10, 26, 30. No Jackpot winner and three 'Match 3' winners, Joan O'Connor, Main Street, Fethard; Megan Sceats, Crampscastle, Fethard; and Jimpy Connolly, Main Street, Fethard. All received £35 each. Next week's Jackpot is £7,000.

Fethard town has lost a very much needed local amenity with the closure of Sacre Coeur Nursing Home on Saturday 31st March. The home provided a great service for residents and visitors which was much appreciated. The residents have been placed in nursing homes throughout South Tipperary which will of course greatly inconvenience relatives and visitors, especially those without their own transport. The future of the Sacre Coeur Home is at present uncertain.

Following the item in last weeks Fethard Notes, it has been brought to our attention that we forgot another insidious charge. A local driver refers to the £40 charge, now that the testing mechanics strike is settled, for testing cars of over eight years old. Our driver says that no matter how well the car is maintained and serviced, the owner has no other option but to have it tested. There is also a further charge of £17 for not turning up at the appointed time. He also points out that most owners of eight year old vehicles would not be of the speed merchant type and that statistics will show that it is not the old age of the car but the young age of the driver that is responsible for most serious accidents.

Coach Sean Devaney was very pleased and most surprised at the turn out of 24 young rugby players at is first coaching session organised on Saturday morning last. While Sean hopes to have a team of nine players organised for this year's community games, he feels that the Fethard boys total lack of experience would tell severely against players from established clubs such as Clonmel, Kilfeacle, Cashel, Carrick and Thurles. The very little amount of time left before the start of the tournament is also a big disadvantage.

From Wednesday 9th May, a new system will be put in operation for local 'out-of-hours' family doctors service. CareDoc South Tipperary — local doctors in South Tipperary and neighbouring areas have organised this new service for patients with urgent medical problems who need to contact a doctor after surgeries close. During these times, patients will ring a central number 1850 334 999, where a receptionist at the CareDoc headquarters will answer this number and take the patients details. A nurse will ring the patients back and give advice or if necessary, organise appointment times to be seen at local treatment centres, or arrange a home visit if necessary. Fethard Health Centre is our local centre.
Appointments to see the doctor must be arranged by phone before the patients attend the centres. There will be four doctors on duty, based in the treatment centres, and provided with cars equipped with the most up to date medical equipment. These cars will be in constant communication with the nurse at the headquarters of CareDoc.
It is intended to provide a high quality 'out of hour' service for urgent cases. Where a patient contacts the service regarding a problem that can wait until their own doctor's surgery opens, they will be advised to report to their own doctor at the next routine surgery. In this way doctors will be free to deal with urgent cases promptly.
Remember the number: 1850 334 999 (out of hours only).


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