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Saturday 19th May 2001

At our President’s Prize Dinner on Friday, 18th May, the following prizes were presented:
President’s Prize to Rita Kane and Kay St. John.
Committee Prize to Brendan Kenny and Buddy Roche.
The Hayes Cup was presented to Club Championship winners Moira McInerney and Nell Broderick and the O’Flynn Trophy was presented to Player of the Year, Berney Myles.
The Annual General Meeting of the club is due to be held on Wednesday 23rd May at 7.00pm sharp.

Senior Football
On Saturday last in Clonmel we played the first game in the South League, against Cahir, winning on a scoreline, Fethard 0-11 (0-3), Cahir 1-4 (1-1). Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Carroll, Cian Maher, Nicky Murphy, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Stephen O’Donnell, Aiden Fitzgerald, Kenneth Byrne, Conor McCarthy (0-1), Colin Allen, Tommy Sheehan (0-4), Karl Maher (0-5), Miceál Spillane, Kenneth O’Donnell (0-1). Subs used: John Paul Looby, Philly Blake, and Brian Coen. Check sports page for next fixture.
Intermediate Football
On Monday 14th we played our final game in the South League and had extreme difficulty in fielding a team. To the players who played we are very grateful. The final score was Clonmel Commercials 2-16 (0-10), Fethard 1-10 (0-5). Team: Tommy Gahan, Philly Prout, John Kelly, Philly Croke, Kenneth Sheehan, John Hurley, Seán Óg Ryan, Kenneth Browne, Jason Nevin (0-1), Karl Maher (0-4), Shay Ryan, Brendan Brett (0-3), Johnny Neville, Conor O’Donnell (1-2), Michael Fitzgerald. Our next outing is in the championship against Clonmel Óg
Minor football
With a combination of factors in now concludes with a three-way draw for two finalists — Fethard v Moyle Rovers, the winners to play Killenaule in the South Final. This game is to be played after exams
Intermediate Hurling
On Tuesday 15th we travelled to Thurles to play Fennellys loosing by the narrowest of margins — Fethard 0-9 (0-7), Thurles Fennellys 1-7 (1-3). Team: Conor O’Donnell, Peter Nolan, John Kelly, William Delaney, Michael Ahearn, Michael Ryan, Michael Carroll, Aiden Fitzgerald (0-1), Stephen O’Donnell (0-1), Colin Allen (0-4), Kenneth Browne (0-1), Carl Gahan, David Flanagan (0-2), Liam Treacy, Garret Byrne. Sub used: Michael Spillane. We play Moyle Rovers on Sunday next in the South Championship League at Clonmel. Check sports page for fixtures.
Community Sports Lotto
No winner of our £3200 jackpot. Two matched three and won £50 each, Jimmy O’Shea and Aiden Fitzgerald. Numbers drawn 7, 12, 17 and 19.

All games have been postponed throughout the county until exams have been completed but training continues on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm and on Sunday mornings. Preparations are well under way for our upcoming fundraising event and we are appealing for support from all the community. A barbeque will be held in Lonergans Bar on Friday June 1st at 9.30pm. It promises to be a fun-filled and enjoyable night with music by DJ K. There is to be a raffle held on the night of which the first prize is a pair of tickets to The Irish Derby. There will also be many spot prizes throughout the night. Tickets are priced at £3 and are available from all players and committee members, so come along and enjoy a summer treat while supporting your local team camogie team.

Paddy Rock, organiser of Ireland’s 'Culchie Festival' visited Fethard last week and met with community members to discuss this year's 'Culchie Festival' which will be held in Fethard from 25th to 28th October, 2001. This event was won last year by our own Brendan Morrissey who helped secure the National Festival for Fethard this year. It is expected that over 1000 extra visitors will be in Fethard for the four days of the Festival and Paddy is looking for basic B&B accommodation for the entrants. The rate paid will be £15 per night. If you are willing to provide accommodation please give your name to Joan, Monica or Patsy at the Fethard Community Office, Barrack Street. Tel: 052 31000. Fax: 052 32037.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday night's Community Lotto (May 15th) were 5, 7, 14 and 30. We had no Jackpot winner and three 'Match 3' winners who received £35 each. Michael Cahill, c/o Walshes, Barrack Street; Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle; and Liza Ward, Northgate House, Fethard. Next weeks' Jackpot is £2,400.

The sacrament of First Holy Communion will take place in Fethard Parish Church on this Saturday, 26th May. A reconciliation service was held on Monday night last for the boys and girls who will receive their First Communion and their families.

At the recent AGM the following club officers were elected: President Dick Cummins, Chairperson Miceál McCormack, Secretary Mary Trehy, Treasurer Laura Lyons, Assistant Treasurer Peggy Sullivan, PRO Fintan Rice.
An all-time record was set for the club when 73 children attended the training session on Monday 14th May. This indicates a bright future for athletics in the Fethard area. Parents please note that children attending training must bring a birth cert and £5 affiliation fee immediately and children under 7 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The club cannot accept responsibility for children who are not affiliated to the A.A.I.
Fethard 5K Road Race and Fun Run
This event will take place on the evening of the 10th August. The course takes in the streets of Fethard and is just 3 miles in length. The club will offer advice and help to those who would like to participate in the fun aspect of this race. A ten week training programme for beginners will commence on Wednesday 30th May in the Boys’ School Field at 8pm.
The winners of the under 10 relay at our recent sports evening and omitted from our results last week were Ella Prendergast, Nicola Henry, John Lalor and Adam Lyons.

Many thanks to the parents who came to the first night of our course on “Mid Tipp Drugs Initiative”. The second night will be held on Tuesday night 22nd May in the Fethard Arms and all the parents on Youth Club members who attended the first night were very pleased with the information available and the help given by Sinead O’Mahoney and Jim Casey.
The members were invited to attend the Oola Disco this weekend, 26th May, and are very grateful for the invitation. Our next club meeting will take place on Saturday 2nd June from 7.30pm to 9pm. We would like to see more adults come along and help our leaders to keep the club up and running, even if it was for one or two Saturdays a month.

Though beaten by 9 points to 1 by a much more experienced Cashel team, Fethard's young rugby players gave an excellent display, winning silver, in their first Community Games rugby competition. Playing the game only a matter of weeks, on one or two evenings per week, what the Fethard boys lacked in expertise they made up for in enthusiasm. Full marks to coach Sean Devaney for achieving so much in such a short time. Sean says, with the numbers turning up for practise, the enthusiasm of the players, the no little skill shown by the very youthful players, he intends to keep the show on the road especially, if he gets the necessary co-operation and support.
Fethard have another practice game against Clonmel Rugby Club boys this week. The team who played against Cashel was as follows: Stephen Heelan, Robert Ahearne, Jerome Ahearne, James Kelly, Mike O'Hagan, William Grassick, Johnny Grassick, Juss Halley, Seamie O'Keeffe, John Lalor, Sam Manton, Michael John Murphy and Matt O'Sullivan.

The Fethard and Community Council invite all to drop in to the Tirry Community Centre for a cup of tea and an opportunity to see the facilities available at the centre on Tuesday morning next, 29th May, between 10am and 12 noon. The Tirry Centre is a hive of activity every day and caters for all members of our community, from the very young to the very old. Great credit is due to the many volunteers who carry out their wonderful work every day in a quiet and unassuming manner. Some of the facilities available at the centre are: Fethard & Killusty Community Office and Information Centre which has free literature available on tourism and family support; FÁS Community Employment Scheme providing 11 employees working for the Day Care Centre, Tidy Towns, GAA and Community Office; Day Care Centre open five days per week and providing transport, entertainment, meals and services to the elderly in our area; Meals on Wheels providing a home delivery service of hot meals to those not always in a position to cook for themselves; 'First Steps' a privately run playschool which caters for our very young and prepares them for National School.
We would like to see as many as possible drop in on Tuesday morning next. Everyone is more than welcome!

Sr. M. Nuala Glynn of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters wishes to thank sincerely, the Fethard and Killusty parishioners for the cordial reception she received when she spoke on the work of her order on the foreign missions. Sr. Nuala said the main purpose her address was to bring to the notice of the Irish people the poverty and really terrible conditions existing today for the very big majority of people in third-world countries. She expressed the wish that we should never become complacent or forget the plight of so many in these days of the comparative luxury of our standard of living here in Ireland. Sr. Nuala received a round-of-applause from the congregation following her address on Sunday morning.

The 'Fethard Day' at the races in Powerstown Park on Sunday last proved an outstanding success. Favoured by beautiful weather, what must have been a record crowd turned up for the afternoons racing. The local businesses who sponsored races were Jimmy Hayes, McCarthy's Hotel, Coleman Stud, Frank Meagher Car Sales, P.J. Lonergan Publican, O'Flaherty Foods Killusty, Tipperary Tack Shop and Tynan Construction Moyglass.
The success of the meeting, which incidentally featured a very attractive race card in Fethard's blue and white GAA colours, will surely guarantee now that 'Fethard Day' will become a regular fixture on Powerstown Park's annual programme of events. The only missing link on Sunday was one or two Fethard owned or trained winners. Here's hoping that this will be rectified at future racing meetings at Powerstown.

There has been a very positive response by County Councillors to our article on the dangers of Fethard's pedestrian crossing. Fethard Community Council has been requested to submit suggestions as to what locally can be done to make motorists fully aware of the crossing.

The new streetlights on The Square were switched on last Friday, 18th May, and really brighten up the area. They are a great improvement to what was previously installed. Congratulations to all concerned.

A local landmark, the timber bridge at Jesuits Walk, was totally destroyed by an act of sheer vandalism on Thursday / Friday of last week. The bridge, the only timber bridge in regular use in the locality, gave local farmer, Mr Nick Harrington, his only access to his land known locally as Gleeson's Bog. Nick uses the land, which floods in the winter, for much needed summer grazing for his live stock. He only discovered the bridge destroyed when changing animals onto the land recently and to which he now has no access. Did the mindless morons who caused the damage ever stop to think of the very great inconvenience they were causing to the landowner?
The original Boordy Bridge, although small, served as a mini dance platform for local young people of previous generations in an era when amusements and pastimes of youth were of a more simple nature. The late Mrs Nell Fitzgerald, 'Mrs Connie' oft times told of the happy hours on summer Sunday afternoons she and her companions spent dancing on the bridge to the music of Tommy Wall on his accordion. The original bridge was reconstructed in the fifties when the nearby railway line was re-layed with new sleepers. The very heavy sleepers attached to the iron girder cross beams were certainly not removed and thrown in the Forage stream by young juveniles!

The Fethard & Killusty Community Games Sports will be held in Fethard GAA Field on Sunday next 27th May, starting at 1.30pm. All local children are invited to participate.

The Fethard and Killusty Community Council have provisionally planned to hold an 'End of School' Fancy Dress Parade on Sunday 1st July. A meeting will be held on Wednesday 30th May at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre for those interested in helping or ideas for the event. All are welcome.


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