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Saturday 16th June 2001

The historic journey of Fethard's first ever ladies football team to compete in Community Games proved a successful one when Caroline Sheehan took her team of under-12 young ladies to Littleton on Tuesday 5th June to play Moycarkey-Borris. This was certainly a great baptism for Fethard as they won the match by 2-1 to 0-0.
On Sunday 17th June, the girls returned to Littleton to play St. Flannouis. At half time Fethard had a one-point lead but St. Flannouis proved too strong in the second half. Stephanie Lawrence gave an outstanding performance in both matches. The team panel was: Mary Anne Keane, Siobhán Pollard, Sinead Delahunty, Sinead Coffey, Emma Fox, Stephanie Lawrence, Debbie Lawrence, Lisa Ryan, Donna Ryan, Leslie Looby, Aoife O'Meara, Samantha Feery, Lorraine Feery, Bernadette Costello, Michelle Bradshaw and Lisa Condon. A special thanks to team coaches Caroline Sheehan and Michael Walsh and also to co-ordinator Joe Keane.

The county athletic finals will take place on Sunday next 24th June at Thurles Greyhound Stadium. Assembly for the parade is at 11am. The first events to be run, at 12 noon sharp, will be the under-10 and under-14 hurdles followed by the relays.
The following competitors are qualified from Fethard & Killusty area:
Under-8, 60m: Dylan Fitzgerald and Darren Moloney
Under-8, 80m: Brian Healy
Under-10, 100m: Michael Costello, Damien Morrissey and Emma Fleming
Under-10, 200m: John Lalor, Ben Walsh, Aisling Sullivan and Lorraine Feery
Under-12, 100m: Alan O'Connor, Cathal Gorey, Samantha Feery and Lauren Murphy
Under-12, 600m: Sarah Moloney
Under-14, 800m: Richard Lalor and Richard Gorey
Under-16, 100m: Darren Sharpe
Under-16, 1500m: David Sullivan and Joey Feery
Due to the small number of athletes qualified, competitors are asked to arrange their own transport.

A meeting to form a Resident's Association for St. Patrick's Place will take place in the Tirry Community Centre on Tuesday night 26th June at 8.30pm. All St. Patrick's Place households are asked to send a representative at this important inaugural meeting.

A number of classroom tables and chairs of various sizes are available for sale. Please contact Nano Nagle Primary School, Rocklow Road, Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Tel: 052 31493.

Recent changes have been made public for the Irish Augustinians, which affect two of the present members of the local Abbey. Fr. Ben O'Brien is to be Prior in the community in Galway after eight years service in Fethard. Fr. Michael Twomey who celebrated his 88th year last week is retiring from ministry altogether and will live with five other friars in St. Augustine's College, Dungarvan. This comes at the end of 20 years in Fethard. He was also stationed in Fethard as a young Augustinian at a time when Monsignor Lee was a young curate here.
The incoming Prior will be Fr. Gerard Horan from Limerick City who has been involved in second-level education in Dungarvan since his ordination. Also coming is Fr. Tim Walshe from Ballylanders who served many years in Nigeria and also had experience for some years in an American diocese.
Two priest will continue to care for the Friary in Callan — Fr. Clifford who has been there for many years and Fr. Malachy Loughnane who hails from Drogheda. They will be actual members of the Fethard Community but continue in Callan for the following year at least.

On Sunday morning, 17th June, we played a challenge match against Mullinavat who are a Senior Kilkenny side and we emerged victorious by a one-point margin. The team and scorers were: Laoise O'Connell, Edel Fitzgerald, Sharon O'Meara, Fiona Conway, Marie Holohan, Vanessa O' Donnell, Sandra Maher (0-1), Jennifer Keane, Kay Ryan, Mia Treacy (0-1), Caroline Fitzgerald, Audrey Conway (1-3) and Ailish Sheehan. We are now due to play them in a return challenge in Fethard on Tuesday evening.

Fethard Bridge Club results for 13th June 2001
1st Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and Annie O'Brien
1st Nett: Philly Kenny and Tess O'Flynn
2nd Nett: Kathleen O'Connell and Suzanne Opray
Anyone interested in learning how to play Bridge should contact Gemma Burke Tel: 052 31383/31799 (after 6pm) by 15th July 2001. If there is enough interest we hope to run a course of lessons for beginners in the near future.

The AAI Munster Championships were held in the Cork Institute of Technology and run over two days last weekend. Seventeen Fethard athletes competed in what was their first top-level athletics meet and turned out to be a very rewarding experience for both our runners and coaches. Again our two heroes were Michelle Ryall and Darragh Dwyer who both now progress to represent their club, county and province at the National Finals in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Michelle, on her first outing on an artificial surface and running without spikes, pulled off a remarkable achievement by finishing 4th in the 60m final and winning a hugely deserved bronze medal in the 200m final. Darragh continued his progression to the top of juvenile athletics by clinching a bronze medal in the 300m final that was run at record pace.
Other performances of great merit came from Elaine Kennedy who finished 5th in the 600m final and 4th in the 1,000m final; Damien Morrissey who made the final of the under-8 long jump, placing him in the top 8 in Munster; and Hannah Trehy who was placed 4th in her 60m semi-final, missing the final by the narrowest margin.
The Fethard squad who travelled for the Munster Championships were: Damien Morrissey, Daniel Hickey, John Lalor, Owen Healy, Michelle Ryall, Hannah Trehy, Fiona Walsh, Darragh Dwyer, Michael Costello, Adam Lyons, Ben Walsh, Ella Prendergast, Aisling Dwyer, Elaine Kennedy, Rachel Blackmore, Rebecca Ryan and Carly Hally. Well done to all!
Many thanks to the parents who drove and helped with supervision, especially Mary and Declan, both of whom made the journey on Saturday and Sunday. Athletes and parents are reminded that the county finals of the Community Games will take place next Sunday 24th June at the Greyhound Stadium in Thurles. Those qualified to participate should contact Mary Trehy or Fintan Rice, or a member of the Community Games committee. Finally the club urges all those interested in the youth of the community to support our bid to raise much needed funds by sponsoring a member in our upcoming club sponsored walk.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 12th June were 1, 5, 22 and 28. We had no Jackpot winner and one 'Match 3' winner, Eamonn Drea, c/o Lonergan's Bar, who received £100. Next week's Jackpot is £2,800.

"Helping Hand" — a guide to education, training and employment opportunities, interactive CD has been produced by the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs, in collaboration with FÁS, VTOS, NALA and CERT. The CD is a virtual tour of the second chance education, training and employment opportunities that are currently available to people who want to return to work. It includes internet links to various websites.
As part of 'Welfare Awareness Week' which is to run from June 18th, the Fethard and Killusty Community Council will have this CD available, from the Community Office in Barrack Street, to interested individuals or groups. Contact Joan O’Donohoe at the Community Office for further details. Tel: 052 31000 or by email at tirrycentre@fethard.com

Local archaeologist Mr Barry O'Reilly gave a most interesting lecture on Fethard Town Hall to members of the Fethard Historical Society in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday 12th June. Having outlined the medieval aspect of the building and the charter granted to benefit the building, Mr O'Reilly then spoke on the various purposes it had been used for over the centuries. The administrative bodies, currently Tipperary S.R. County Council, have been collecting revenue in Fethard Town Hall since 1608. Mr Tom Smith still collects each Friday morning in his capacity as County Council rents and rates collector.
Fethard Corporation held their meetings in the Town Hall from the early 18th Century up to 1840. The Corporation was composed mainly of successive generations of the leading Fethard families in that era — Everards, Walls, Hacketts and Keatings. Fethard Town Commissioners took over in 1840 and continued in office until 1935 when Tipperary County Council took over. A regular court or petty sessions was also held in the Town Hall from 1720 up to 1962. Local clubs and organisations used the hall for various fundraising activities. Well and widely known as a popular dance hall, its springy maple floor being one of the best dance floors in Ireland. The two longest serving tenants of the Town Hall during the past 100 years are the Badminton Club from 1946 and the Friday Country Markets from around the same period.
Mr O'Reilly concluded his lecture by very thought provoking words, "What is the future of the Town Hall?" The Town Hall has been serving the community since 1608 and should not be allowed slip into private ownership. In recent years the Town Hall has the appearance of a building that has not been loved and structurally, it needs attention if we are to ensure that it will survive for future generations to enjoy.

The Irish Ballet Company thrilled and greatly entertained their audience with a magnificent performance in the Abymill Theatre on Friday night last. The highly appreciative audience gave the company four curtain calls at the conclusion of a wonderful nights entertainment.

We have arranged for a one-day outing to Oakwood Adventure Centre in Wales on 10th July. Members are asked to bring their money to the leaders before 30th June as all fees must be paid up to the travel agent and the club will close for our summer break on the same day.

On 12th June we played Sean Treacys in the final game of the county Intermediate hurling league winning on a scoreline Fethard 1-16, Sean Treacys 1-10. Team: C. O’Donnell, W. Delaney, Ml. Ryan, J. Kelly, Ml. Ahearne, S. O’Donnell, C. Maher (0-1), A. Fitzgerald (0-5), Ml. Spillane (0-5f), Ml. Dillon (0-1), K. Browne (0-1), Ml. Carroll, J.P. Looby (1-1), P. Nolan, K. O’Donnell (0-2). Subs used: G. Byrne, C. Gahan, J. Fitzgerald. On Sunday 24th June in Clonmel we play Davins in the south championship at 3.30pm.
On Saturday 23rd June we play Kilsheelan in under 21 ‘B’ hurling at Monroe in the south championship. Check sports page for times of matches.
On Friday 22nd June our minor footballers play Moyle Rovers in Clonmel for the right to a place in the south final .
Our Intermediate footballers defeated Clonmel Óg in the south championship on Friday15th June on a scoreline Fethard 1-12 (1-3), Clonmel Óg 1-5 (1-3). Team: T. Gahan, Ml. Ryan, Martin Ryan, P. Blake, W. O’Meara, Ml. Ahearne, Ml. Costello, J. Nevin (0-1), J. Hurley, B. Coen (0-3), S. Ryan, Ml. Dillon (1-2), M. Coen (0-4), C. O’Donnell (0-1), B. Brett (0-1f). Subs used: C. Coen, Ml. O’Riordan and N. Murphy.
No winner of our Lotto jackpot £3,600. Two ‘match 3’ winners at £50 each, Mick Quinlan and Pat Sheehan (Killusty). Numbers drawn 6, 7, 12 and 23.
Well done to Tipp junior footballers, including Miceál Spillane in getting in to the Munster final. Our GAA church gate collection took place last weekend and we are very grateful for your contribution. Any further subscriptions can be given to any committee member.

The Fethard / Killenaule TV committee wish to apologise for the break-down in transmission on Saturday last. This was due to circumstances completely beyond their control. A transmitter on an ESB pole on Slievenamon malfunctioned leaving a wide area without electrical power. The damage being repaired saw the TV crew on the hill immediately to restore the signal. Remember the community TV workers are doing their work on a voluntary basis. Many who are using the signal have still not paid the annual subscription. Mr Austin O'Flynn, Burke Street, has kindly offered to help out in this regard and will accept subscriptions for the committee at his Menswear Shop in Burke Street.

The lowest number in recent years turned out for Fethard's Annual Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday evening last. Fr. Ben O'Brien OSA commented on the fact at the conclusion of the procession in the Abbey Grounds when he asked "Where are the young people?" How true, those taking part were almost all middle-aged and elderly people. Without the interest and participation of the younger generation, the annual processions seem to have a bleak future.

All last week the inquests have been held on Fethard's senior football defeat by Mullinahone at Cloneen and as yet, a verdict has not yet been reached. The opinion of some good judges that it will put Fethard football back ten years is a bit harsh on Fethard. The lack of proper preparation by some of the Fethard players is the verdict of others and is not fair to Mullinahone. Mullinahone were the better team on the night, they showed a higher degree of fitness and much more determination and won on merit.
Kickhams have stated they were surprised to win and that it was fifty years since they beat Fethard in senior football. Can anyone recall that particular game? We can't remember the final score but we do recall an epic encounter between Fethard and Mullinahone in the old Drangan field at Knockroe in the late 1940's. Mullinahone had Mick O'Sullivan, Waltie Scott, Paddy Dineen and Mick Quirke. A very youthful Cly Mullins scored thirteen points for Fethard in that game. The ball in use at that time was of solid leather and must have weighed at least twice as much as its modern counterpart. Whatever the result, every true Fethard and Tipperary football supporter will welcome Mullinahone, one of the great traditional strongholds of Tipperary football, back into senior ranks. We feel sure that like the other great Tipperary little village of Loughmore, they will be able to compete successfully at senior level in both codes. We wish them many more successes in the premier football grade, but not too many, we hasten to add, at the expense of Fethard.


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