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Saturday 12th May 2001

Bridge results for Wednesday 9th May:
1st Gross: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
1st Nett: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
2nd Nett: Suzanne Opray and Eve Goodbody
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862

A Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help will take place in St. Mary’s Church Killenaule from Tuesday 15th May to Wednesday 23rd May, daily at 7.30am, 10.30am and 8pm. You are invited to take part in these nine days of special devotions and celebrations.

Sisters from the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary will speak to the congregations at masses in Fethard and Killusty Parish this coming weekend on their work in the mission fields. Two Fethard sisters are well known for their mission work, the late Sr. Mary Delaney, Redcity, who spent all her missionary life in India, and Sr. Carmel O’Rourke, Kilnockin, currently stationed in England, who also spent a lengthy period on the foreign missions. A collection to help the missionary sisters in their excellent charitable work will be taken up at the masses, after communion. We feel assured that a generous response to their appeal will be forthcoming.

It has been an event filled fortnight for the club with athletes taking part in the county and Munster track and field championships and also our own juvenile sports evening in Fethard. In the county track and field, Mary Trehy won the 100m gold, and silver in the long jump. Carmel Condon equalled that feat by taking the 100m silver and gold in the long jump. Our stalwart, Miceál McCormack, added gold in the javelin and silver in the shot to make it a great day for the club. The following weekend our vets stepped up a level top compete in the Munster track and field competition and the results are as follows: Carmel Condon won bronze in the women’s V2 100m; Mary Trehy won bronze in the women’s V1 100m; Miceál McCormack won silver in the men’s shot and also silver in the men’s javelin.
On Wednesday 9th May, the club hosted a juvenile sports evening in the boy’s school field in Fethard. It turned out to be an outstanding success with over 100 competitors taking part. The club would like to thank St. Patrick’s Boys School and all who helped to make it such an enjoyable event.
Boys U/5 60m: 1st P. Maher, 2nd Garry Bradshaw, 3rd Adam Hall
Girls U/5 60m: 1st Emma Walsh, 2nd Nell Trehy, 3rd Aobh O’Shea
Boys U/7 60m: 1st Gregory Henry, 2nd Garreth Lawrence, 3rd Darren Maloney
Girls U/7 60m: 1st Rachel Prout, 2nd Shannon Hickey, 3rd Áine Phelan
Boys U/8 60m: 1st Damien Morrissey, 2nd Brian Delahunty, 3rd Matthew Foyle
Girls U/8 60m: 1st Laura Mullins, 2nd Mandy Lonergan, 3rd Jane Hannigan
Boys U/9 60m: 1st John Lalor, 2nd Daniel Hickey, 3rd Owen Healy
Girls U/9 60m: 1st Michelle Ryall, 2nd Hannah Trehy, 3rd Fiona Walsh
Boys U/10 80m: 1st Darragh Dwyer, 2nd Ben Walsh, 3rd Ryan Laslett
Girls U/10 80m: 1st Debbie Lawrence, 2nd Ella Prendergast, 3rd Aisling Sullivan
Boys U/11 80m: 1st Christopher Sheehan, 2nd Lolo Trehy, 3rd Cathal Gorey
Girls U/11 80m: 1st Elaine Kennedy, 2nd Aoife O’Meara, 3rd Aoife O’Connor
Boys U/12 80m: 1st Kevin Maher, 2nd Josh Harrison, 3rd Alan O’Connor
Girls U/12 80m: 1st Stephanie Lawrence, 2nd Rebecca Ryan, 3rd Rachel Blackmore
Boys U/8 200m: 1st Tommy O’Dwyer, 2nd Damien Morrissey, 3rd Gregory Henry
Girls U/8 200m: 1st Roisín Trehy, 2nd Jane Hannigan, 3rd Jenny Pyke
Boys U/9 200m: 1st John Lalor, 2nd Daniel Hickey, 3rd Owen Healy
Girls U/9 200m: 1st Michelle Ryall, 2nd Aisling O’Connor, 3rd Fiona Walsh
Boys U/10 300m: 1st Darragh Dwyer, 2nd Michael Costello, 3rd Ben Walsh
Girls U/10 300m: 1st Debbie Lawrence, 2nd Ella Prendergast, 3rd Aisling Sullivan
Boys U/11 300m: 1st Christopher Sheehan, 2nd Lolo Trehy, 3rd Cathal Gorey
Girls U/11 300m: 1st Elaine Kennedy, 2nd Aoife O’Meara, 3rd Nicola Henry
Boys U/12 300m: 1st Josh Harrison, 2nd Richard Lalor, 3rd Alan O’Connor
Girls U/12 300m: 1st Rachel Blackmore, 2nd Rebecca Ryan, 3rd Stephanie Lawrence
Boys U/15 80m: 1st Darren Sharpe, 2nd Michael McCarthy, 3rd Richard Gorey
Boys U/15 300m: 1st Darren Sharpe, 2nd Michael McCarthy, 3rd Richard Gorey
Relay U/10 4x100m: 1st Elaine Kennedy, Rachel Blackmore, Richard Lalor and Lolo Trehy.
2nd Darragh Dwyer, Debbie Lawrence, Kieran Ryan and Aisling Dwyer
Relay U/12 4x100m: 1st Elaine Kennedy, Rachel Blackmore, Richard Lalor and Lolo Trehy
2nd Sinéad Delahunty, Alan O’Connor, Stephanie Lawrence and Josh Harrison
Boys & Girls U/6 Sack Race: 1st Dion Butler, 2nd Jessica Conran, 3rd Emma Walsh
Boys & Girls U/8 Sack Race: 1st Matthew Foyle, 2nd Rachel Prout, 3rd Alan Lawrence
Boys & Girls U/9 Sack Race: 1st Michelle Ryall, 2nd David Walsh, 3rd Eoin Prout
Boys & Girls U/10 Sack Race: 1st Darren Connolly, 2nd Adam Lyons, Joint 3rd Kevin Hayes & Jonathan Fleming
Boys & Girls U/12 Sack Race: 1st Rachel Blackmore, 2nd Elaine Kennedy, 3rd Richard Lalor
Training continues on Monday and Thursday evenings at 7pm in the St. Patrick’s Boy’s School field. Upcoming events , in what promises to be an action packed summer programme, includes a visit to Kilkenny Track, a ‘beep’ fitness test, county track and field championships, community games, and an end-of-season trip to Carrick Swimming Pool. New members are always welcome.

Fethard Youth Club will be closed this weekend May 19th. Members are asked to bring their consent forms and money for the Oola Disco on 26th May and hand it in to any of the club leaders before 19th May, as otherwise we will be unable to book our bus.

Professor William Coffey, Innisfall, Fethard, and Trinity College Dublin, has recently been honoured when elected a member of The Royal Irish Academy on March 16th. Congratulations to Professor Coffey on being conferred with this further significant honour in his distinguished career.

This Sunday, 20th May, Fethard Friends of Powerstown Park are running a sponsored meeting at the Clonmel Track. Each race will be named after a local sponsor and with favourable weather an excellent days racing and enjoyment seems assured. One of the local sponsors, Mr Paddy Lonergan of The Forge Tavern, has presented the organising committee with a pass for Clonmel Races dated 1892.

Owen Cummins, St. Patrick’s Place, was a member of the New York hurling team defeated by a one point margin by Down in the first round of the All-Ireland senior hurling championship. The game was played in New York and Down’s winning point came from a free in extra time.

Intermediate Football League
On Monday 9th May we played host to Father Sheehys loosing on a scoreline of Father Sheehys 0-9 (0-4 ), to Fethard 0-5 (0-1). Team: Tommy Gahan, John Kelly, Martin Ryan, Philly Croke, Séan Og Ryan, Michael Carroll, Michael Costello, John Hurley, Kenneth Browne, Karl Maher, Shay Ryan, Jason Nevin, Johnny Neville, Philly Prout, Brian Coen (0-2). Subs: Michael O’Riordan (0-1), Conor O’Donnell, Owen Doyle, Michael Dillon (0-2).
Minor Football
It was a pleasure to see our young players get back on their form when accounting for Moyle Rovers on Sunday evening last in Kilsheelan. Score: Fethard 2-13 (1-6), Moyle Rovers 1-10 (0-7). Team: Ronan Maher, Paul Hackett, Ian Kenrick, Johnny Conway, Emmet Burke, Damian Cannon, Jamie McCormack, Owen Doyle (0-1), Johnny Needham, Shane Walsh, John Hanrahan (1-1), John Noonan, Nicky Noonan (0-2), Michael Dillon (1-8), Alan Bourke (0-1). Subs: Owen Maher for Shane Walsh, Paddy Cooney, Gary Williams, John Smyth and Liam Frewen. This gives us 8 points out of a maximum 10 which assures us of at least a play-off or a place in south final depending on other results.
No jackpot winner in our GAA Community Sports Lotto. We had one match three winner, John Butler (Rosegreen ) who receives £100. The numbers drawn were 8, 10, 12 and 19. Jackpot is now £3100.
Congratulations to Miceál Spillane who played his part in Tipperary’s junior football victory over Kerry last Sunday in Clonmel. Check sports page for weekend fixtures.

Following the article in last week’s issue on Fethard’s Pedestrian Crossing, we have been approached by three senior citizens who have had similar frightening experiences while using the crossing. Pat Culligan, during the course of his duties at nearby Fethard AIB tells us he witnesses daily several examples of motorists failing to stop when pedestrians are already on the ‘Zebra Lines’ in the process of crossing. Pat is of the opinion that unless something can be done to improve the matter there will be a very serious accident. There are times when a spade must be called a spade — any driver that does not show respect to an elderly person crossing the street is showing a high degree of downright ignorance and bad manners, irrespective of whether there is a pedestrian crossing in question or not. They are also guilty of careless driving of the worst order.
What is the solution? Is the placing of orange beacons on the poles already in position, or the installation of push button traffic lights the answer. Who knows, but something will have to be done, and done sooner than later.

Local football followers worst fears were fully realised at Clonmel on Sunday last when Kerry inflicted a 19 point defeat on Tipperary in their first round Munster senior football championship game. Mr Mick Frawley in his match programme review, stated he hoped that the Tipp players would not be found wanting in ‘resolve and determination’. However, when up against a team of far superior standard and class in the basic skills of the game such as speed catching, passing accurately from hand and foot, blocking and scoring, wholehearted endeavour is like faith without good works. The difference between the standard of both teams was emphasised in the pattern of play. Tipp playing with a strong breeze in the second half scored a point in the first minutes. They did not score again until the final minute and in the in-between 35 minutes the Kerry goalkeeper hardly touched the ball and took about a few kick outs. Bitter a pill as it is to swallow, maybe Greg Fives, manager of the Waterford senior football team beaten by a similar margin by Cork, was correct. Greg said in a press interview during the week previous to the game, that Cork and Kerry between them will be winning the Munster senior football championship title for the next 100 years. The only glimmer of light for Tipperary was they won the junior game defeating Kerry by one point.

A feature in the match programme at Clonmel on Sunday was a photograph of the 1928 Tipperary senior football team that beat Kerry in Tipperary in their Munster championship game. Dan Mullins and John Weston of Fethard were members of that Tipperary team. Dan is holding the unique record of Fethard County Tipperary senior football championship medals. He played on nine successful Fethard senior football championship winning teams and was in the autumn of a distinguished football career when figuring on the 1928 Tipperary team.

A large group of transition year pupils visited Ms Patricia Looby’s, exhibition ‘Harvester’ in Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin. Not only was it a worthwhile experience for the pupils to see an exhibition, but also, as Patricia is art teacher in the school, they are extremely lucky to also have such a talented artist.
On May 8th, transition year set out for Delphi, Co. Mayo, to the outdoor adventure centre. It was a wonderful few days for them as mother nature blessed them with sunshine which certainly enhanced outdoor activities like surfing, kayaking, abseiling and many more healthy pursuits. A very worthwhile part of the transition year programme.
Our first and second years travelled to Cork to see “The Wizard of Oz” in the Opera House. The live stage performance was a memorable experience for them, particularly at that age, and all 75 enjoyed it.

This weekend members are setting of for a weekend trip to the Burren with guide Liam Burke. Those interesting in travelling can contact Dóirín Saurus, Crampscastle. Telephone 052 31936.


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