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Saturday 28th April 2001

Members had a great time on last Saturday at the club meeting and look forward to this coming Saturday night, 5th May, when they prepare plans to host a “Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative’ for parents and leaders of the Youth Club. The course will start on Wednesday 16th May in Fethard from 8pm to 9pm. Sinead O’Mahoney and J. Casey are the drugs project workers who will lead the course on ‘The attitude on social tolerance to drugs misuse’. The second practical session will take place on Tuesday 22nd May, in Fethard from 8pm to 9pm, entitled ‘What are the different types of drugs’.
We have also planned to have a ‘Peer Education Programme’ in Fethard in June, date to be confirmed in the near future.

On Sunday morning we were beaten in the Intermediate League by Clonoulty. We had to field an under-strength team due to injuries but on the day we were beaten by a fitter team. Our next match is in two weeks time away to Templemore. Training continues on Wednesday and Friday nights this week at 7 pm Sunday's team was : Lisa McCormack, Sandra Maher, Edel Fitzgerald, Fiona Conway, Marie Holohan, Imelda Ryan, Olivia Phelan, Kay Ryan, Jennifer Keane, Caroline Quinlan, Niamh Sheehan (1-0), Audrey Conway (0-1), Ailish Sheehan, Vanessa O'Donnell and Sharon O'Meara. Sub: Laoise O'Connell.

The Well Golf Society will hold its next outing in Thurles Golf Club on Saturday 12th may tee off time is from 8.45 to 10am. We held our Annual Easter Draw in The Well Bar on Easter Sunday night where we also had a great nights entertainment from 'Seamus and Mary'. The following were the winners of the draw:
1st: Maura Morrissey, Tullamaine, Fethard
2nd: Josephine O'Brien, Cashel
3rd: Paddy Keane, Clonmel
4th: Charlie Meagher, Cloneen
5th: Bernie Young, c/o Sean Alyward
6th: Aidan Grant, Kilsheelan
7th: Mary Butler, Cashel
8th: Roger Daly, Fethard.
The society would like to thank all our sponsors for their generosity: Coolmore, Cahir Park Golf Club, Cashel Motor Works, Michael Smyth and everyone who made the draw a success.

Fethard Historical Society will hold a lecture on ‘The Burren’ by Liam Burke, on Tuesday night 8th May at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre. All are welcome and admission id £2.

RESULTS: 25th April 2001
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
2nd Gross: Joan Kelly and Ann Ryan
1st Nett: Anna Cooke and Carol Kenny
2nd Nett: Gemma Burke and Mike Burke
Our annual dinner and prize-giving will be held in J’s Restaurant on Friday 18th May 2001. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 15th May, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

The Woodvale Walk Residents committee and members of the Fethard & Killusty Community Council met with John O’Mahoney, Housing Department, Tipperary SR County Council, on last Monday night in the Tirry Community Centre to commence with an action plan for the Woodvale Walk estate. In attendance also at the meeting were Senator Tom Hayes, Cllr Seamus Healy T.D. and Cllr John Fahey.

After a very impressive first half, Fethard came from 3 points behind in the last minute of the game to earn a replay against Galtee Rovers in the County 'A' Football Championship Final played at New Inn on last Saturday evening under atrocious weather conditions. The replay, earned by Glen Burke's last minute goal, promises to be a great game not to be missed. Click here to see more photos from the match.
Final score: Fethard 2-6 (1-5 ) Galtee Rovers 2-6 (1-3 ). Team: Tommy Gahan, Michael Carroll, Michael Ahearne, Nicky Murphy, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Michael Costello, Aiden Fitzgerald, Kenneth Byrne (0-1), Glen Burke (1-1), Kevin O'Donnell (1-0), Jason Nevin, Karl Maher (0-2), Conor O'Donnell (0-1), Kenneth O'Donnell (0-1). Subs used: Brian Coen, Keith Woodlock, Conor McCarthy, Eoin Doyle. We await the replay with interest.

Our senior football fixture was beyond our control when suggested times and days were totally ignored and we were forced to field a team only fourteen hours after playing a county final. We lined out a team without any of our under 21 panel and injured players. Final score: Fethard 0-4, Moyle Rovers 1-7. Team: Paul Fitzgerald, John Kelly, Damien Byrne, Martin Ryan, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Stephen O’Donnell, Brian Burke, Kenneth Browne 0-1, Jimmy O’Meara, Miceál Spillane, Colin Allen, Ian Kenrick, John Hurley 0-2, Martin Coen 0-1 Sub: Michael Teehan.
Schools football under 18 result: Fethard 1-12, Borrisokane 1-7.
Fixtures for the coming week are:
Minor football, Fethard v Killenaule in Cloneen at 3pm on Monday 7th May.
The Under 21 County final replay is provisionally set for next Saturday night at 7pm, venue to be decided (check sports page).
Intermediate Hurling South Championship League, Fethard v Moyle Rovers in Kilsheelan at 7pm on Monday 7th May.
Intermediate Football League, Fethard v Fr. Sheehys in Fethard at 7.15pm on 9th May.
No winner in our Sports Lotto. Jackpot £2,900. One ‘match 3’ winner Willie McGarry who received £100.

Local artist Pat Looby has currently running in the Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, her first solo art exhibition. Corn is the theme of her work and entitled ‘Harvester’. Her work has been the subject of very complimentary notices in the National Press and media reports. Featured on ‘The View’ arts programme on RTE, journalist Madeline Keane described Pat’s work as ‘an oasis of peace’ and a ‘delightful surprise’.
Congratulations to Pat who is art teacher at Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School. The exhibition runs until May 13th.

The death has occurred on Monday 30th February of Mrs Mary (Hennessy) Mullins, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard, and formerly of ‘Woodbine Cottage’, Abbey Street, Fethard.
The death has occurred in England of Mr Robert Carew, formerly of Derryluskin, Fethard. Interment took place in England.

Local amateur jockey Shane Walsh had recently joined the successful racing stable of Mr Dan Williams in Lambourne. Shane has had a very successful career in Irish pony racing circles, the training ground of so many top class Irish riders.
His many friends in Fethard and indeed in the Irish racing scene will join in wishing Shane every success and the best of luck in his future career across channel.

Fethard’s annual May Procession takes place on this Sunday, 6th May, commencing from outside the Parish Church at 7.30pm.

Members of the Fethard ICA Guild were entertained by a most enjoyable and interesting talk on gardening by Mr. Hanna from Glenconnor Garden Centre at their April meeting.
Next guild meeting takes place in the ICA Hall on Tuesday 8th May at 8pm. New members are most cordially welcome. Catering by ‘Blue Group’.

Following our recent article on the ‘charge the motorist policy’, we have been approached by a rather irate local driver, having had his car tested and serviced prior to the mandatory test, he was most disappointed to discover that the test showed some minor defects which needed attending to. Returning to his regular garage, the owner, a most competent and experienced mechanic told him that personally he, assisted by the most modern electronic equipment installed in his garage, could not find fault in the areas specified in the computerised test report. Mechanics differ and the motorist pays.

Judging by the attendance in Croke Park on Sunday last we would wonder if Ireland needs a 80,000 capacity all-seated stadium. Here you had, apart from the All-Ireland finals, two of the most important games in the GAA calendar, the finals of the Division 1 and Division 2 National Football League. The attendance was just under 22,000 and one of the teams, Cork, represents a county holding our second largest city of population. Where were the thousands who clamour every year for tickets for the All-Ireland finals. The Irish sporting public are prepared to go ballistic for very few sporting events. The provincial and All-Ireland GAA finals, soccer internationals, home rugby internationals and Manchester United. The attendances at the preliminary rounds in the higher division football and hurling league games, which could be numbered in hundreds rather than thousands, bear this out. The new national stadium, if ever built, would prove to be most of the time literally, just a home for the birds.

The cuckoo comes in April, so goes the old proverb, we have a report of the summer visitor being heard in the Crohane area on April 27th.


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