Saturday 21st April 2001

On Saturday last we beat Moycarkey in our first league match in Littleton. The game was played in atrocious weather, which rendered the playing conditions very trying. The team was: Lisa McCormack, Sharon O'Meara, Edel Fitzgerald, Fiona Conway, Sandra Maher, Imelda Ryan, Olivia Phelan, Sandra Spillane, Kay Ryan (1-0), Mia Treacy, Niamh Sheehan (0-2), Caroline Quinlan (0-1), Audrey Conway (0-1), Jennifer Keane and Vanessa O' Donnell. Subs: Ailish Sheehan, Laoise O'Connell. We now play Clonoulty in Fethard on Saturday 28th at 6.30pm. Training for this week is on Monday and Friday at 7 p.m. in the Barrack Field.

On Sunday last Fethard badminton club won the Tipperary 3rd Division County Cup in defeating Galbally. The winning team was: Fiona Lawrence, Mary Nugent, Ita O’Brien, Catherine Morrissey, Pat Ryan, Jimmy Connolly and Gerard Browne.
The club also contested the 3rd Division League Final last Thursday against Grange but the loss of No 1 lady, Catherine Morrissey, proved too much of a handicap and the club lost 4 games to 1. The team was: Fiona Lawrence, Mary Nugent, Ita O’Brien, Pat Ryan, Jimmy Connolly and Gerard Browne.

The committee of Ballylusky White Heather Harriers have been once again obliged to postpone their annual draw. The draw will now take place on May 13th. The committee wish to apologise to subscribers and ticket sellers for the inconvenience caused.

Results for 18th April 2001
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
2nd Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
1st Nett: Nell Broderick and Moira McInerney
2nd Nett: Cinta O’Flynn and Margaret Coffey
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

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday last of Elaine, daughter of Mr Bernard and Mrs Kay Walsh, Burke Street, Fethard, to Mr Malachy Feeney, Limavaddy, County Derry.

We record the death of Mrs Kitty (Mackey) Power, London, and formerly from 6 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard, who died on 10th April.

Congratulations to Phil Tobin, Fr. Tirry Park, the first outright jackpot winner in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto weekly draw on Tuesday 17th April,. The winning jackpot was £7,100 and the numbers drawn were 8, 12, 16 and 20. The jackpot will start again at £2,000 this week.

Fethard Brownies and Ladybirds have resumed their weekly meetings, following the Easter Holiday recess, in the Ballroom on Monday nights.

Recently come to light locally are a number of poems, hitherto unknown, by the late John Maher, College. The poems are of a local, national and religious theme, including one poignant tribute to his twelve-year-old brother killed in a fall from a donkey on his way home from school.
The work of local poets such as John Cantwell, John Maher and James Kennedy, Ballinard are indeed to be greatly admired. These men would not have the benefit of today’s free educational system. They probably left school at a very early age and were still capable of writing such beautiful poetry. The poetry will be included in local archives by the Historical Society for the benefit of future generations.

Vandalism in Fethard, compared with other areas we suppose, is quite mild. Nevertheless, the destruction of one of the ornamental trees between 1pm and 2pm on Saturday afternoon is to be deplored. This particular tree was planted approximately one month ago to replace a beautiful Mountain Ash, also wantonly broken.

The club must have created a record over the last 8 days, when we played 8 games, winning 7 and losing 1. In that we achieved a minor county league title, two minor south wins, under 21 ‘A’ south title, county under 21 ‘A’ semifinal win, senior league victory, intermediate win and one loss. All games were in football and all at adult level.
In senior football on Easter Monday we made a great recovery against Clonmel Commercials from a first half dominance 1-8 to 1-2, to win 1-11 to 1-9. The team was Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearn, Cian Maher, Michael Carroll, Willie Morrissey (0-1), Damien Byrne (0-1), Stephen O’Donnell, Aidan Fitzgerald (0-3), Miceál Spillane, Glen Burke (0-2), Brian Burke (0-1), Kenneth Byrne (0-1), Karl Maher (0-2), Thomas Anglim (1-0), and Kenneth O’Donnell. Subs used: J.P. Looby, Michael Quinlan and Martin Ryan.
Our intermediates played on Tuesday 17th April in Fethard. Final score was Fethard 2-11 (0-3), Grangemockler 1-7 (1-6). The team was: Tommy Gahan, John Kelly, Michael Fitzgerald, Martin Ryan, Alan Phelan, Michael Ryan, Sean Óg Ryan, Jason Nevin, Conor O’Donnell (1-1), Brendan Brett (0-4), Kevin O’Donnell (0-1), Shay Ryan, Johnny Neville (0-4), John Hurley (1-0), Miceál Sean McCormack. Subs used: Kenneth Browne and John Fitzgerald. On Sunday 22nd April we lost in Ballyporeen to the home side on a scoreline Ballyporeen 1-11 (1-6), Fethard 0-4 (0-2). Team: Tommy Gahan, John Kelly, Martin Ryan, Peter Nolan, Kenneth Browne, Michael O’Riordan, Sean Óg Ryan, John Hurley, Michael Teehan, Brendan Brett (0-1), Shay Ryan, Garreth Byrne, Johnny Neville, John Fitzgerald, Chris Coen (0-3). Subs used: Michael Ryan and Philly Croke.
On Saturday 21st April at The Ragg, we beat Kildangan by 3 points in under 21 ‘A’ football, Fethard 2-6 (1-5), Kildangan 1-6 (0-3), and earned the right to meet Galtee Rovers in the county final on Saturday 28th in New Inn. Fethard, in very wet conditions, dominated the first half particularly in midfield and upfront, had scores from Kevin O’Donnell (1-2), Glen Burke (0-1) and Karl Maher (0-2) to lead 1-5 to 0-3 at half-time. Our full-forward Conor O’Donnell scored 1-1 in the second half. Team: Tommy Gahan, Michael Carroll, Michael Ahearn, Nicky Murphy, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Michael Costello, Aidan Fitzgerald, Kenneth Byrne, Glen Burke (0-1), Kevin O’Donnell, Jason Nevin, Karl Maher (0-2), Conor O’Donnell (1-1), Kevin O’Donnell (1-2). Subs used: Brian Coen and Michael Dillon.
On Wednesday 18th April we retained our minor ‘A’ football county league title in winning the ‘Frawley Cup’ in Gortnahoe by defeating J.K. Brackens (same opponents as last year’s final) by 0-8 (0-2) to )-4 (0-3). In a pulsating second-half against hill and wind our team showed great character in coming from behind and taking the games to Brackens. Well done to all. Team: Ronan Maher, Gary Williams, Ian Kenrick, Alan Bourke, Paul Hackett, Damian Cannon, Emmet Burke (0-1), Owen Doyle (0-1), John Hanrahan, Pat Looby (0-1), Michael Dillon (0-1), John Noonan (0-2), Nicky Noonan (0-2), John Needham and Johnny Conway. Sub used: Jamie McCormack.
On Sunday 22nd April in Monroe we kept up our winning ways when we accounted for Cahir in the South Championship on a scoreline Fethard 0-7 (0-4), to Cahir 0-5 (0-3). Team Ronan Maher, Gerry Williams, Ian Kenrick, Alan Bourke, Paul Hackett, Damian Cannon, Emmet Burke, Owen Doyle, John Hanrahan (0-1), Johnny Needham (0-2), Michael Dillon (0-4), John Noonan, John Conway, Paddy Cooney, Jamie McCormack. Subs: Owen Maher and John Smyth.
We had no jackpot winner in our lotto and five match 3’s, Mick Looby, Brian/Colin Coen, Lea Ann Burke, Aidan Kenny and Aine O’Dwyer. Next weeks jackpot £2,800.

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