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Saturday 30th June 2001

Congratulations to William Delaney, son of Mr Bill and Nuala Delaney, Redcity, who this year passed his final Veterinary Surgeon examination. William graduated from U.C.D. and was conferred with his degree at the University on 25th June.

A Munster hurling feature in a provincial evening paper last week stated that the Cork based Cashman Bookmakers had accepted a £20,000 bet from Fethard on Tipperary to win the game. The identity of the plucky punter still remains a mystery. He certainly must have suffered more than a few anxious moments before Tipp clinched a well-earned victory in the final minutes.

The Abymill Theatre will hold a unique concert on Friday 20th July when Joe Giltrap, a singer songwriter who has entertained the exiled Irish throughout Europe returns to perform in Ireland for the first time in over twenty years. Joe’s is a performer akin to Christy Moore and preformed with top Dublin based folk group ‘The Broadsiders’ before moving to London in the early seventies. Booking is now open at O’Flynn’s Menswear, tel: 052 31254, and tickets, at £5 each, also available at the door. Concert starts at 8.15pm.

The death has occurred on 29th June of Mr Thomas Morrissey, St. Patrick’s Place. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

Paying a visit to her native town recently was Mai Squires (O’Dwyer), London, accompanied by her sisters Rita and Bernadette. Mai, though over 40 years an emigrant, still keeps an ongoing interest in her native town. Avid readers of the Annual Parish Newsletter and members of one of Fethard’s oldest families, the former O’Dwyer sisters send their best regards to all who remember them.

Patience and perseverance certainly paid off for local racehorse owner Mr Mick Ahearne at the recent Tramore evening meeting. Mick was told that his mare ‘Ear to the Ground’ would not race again after an injury received at Ferryhouse. Making her first appearance on a racecourse in almost three years. ‘Ear to the Ground’ won will at Tramore thus vindicating Mick’s judgement and perseverance.

Local rider Carol Gee from Byrneskill Stud had a very narrow escape from serious injury while exercising a horse on Grove Estate recently. The horse that Carol was trying to encourage to enter the river bucked her off. Carol, whose foot was caught in the stirrup and was been repeatedly kicked in the face by the horse’s knee, was fortunately rescued from a potentially dangerous situation by her friend Sue Doyle who was nearby. Carol who was lying face down in the water reckons that if Sue was not there to pull her out, she was a goner. Thought very badly bruised and suffering from a knee injury, the very plucky and lucky rider is determined to ride in a three-day event in Germany this week.

The people of St. Patrick's Place held a meeting in the Tirry Community Centre on Tuesday night 26th June, to elect a residents' committee. Councillors Susan Meagher and John Fahey attended and spoke at the meeting and congratulated the committee on their initiative. The officers elected at the meeting were Geraldine Looney (chairperson), Eileen O'Shea (secretary), Philomena Morrissey and Maura Ryan (joint treasurers). Plans to start a clean-up of the area are now underway. Residents are asked to support this worthwhile initiative and come along and give a helping hand.

Mr Dick Cummins, Main Street, was guest of honour at the Munster GAA Council’s Centenary Celebrations in Mallow on Saturday 30th June. The special meeting was held in Moran’s Hotel, Mallow, in the same room where the first Munster Provincial Council was formed on June 30th 1901. Dick Cummins’s father, also Dick Cummins of Fethard, was elected chairman of the first Munster Council at that meeting. Dick Cummins, patriarch and life-president of Fethard GAA Club and of Tipperary South Board GAA, thus supplied a living link with that historic meeting. Dick, like his father before, has devoted his life to the service of Fethard and Tipperary GAA. A very sprightly octogenarian we wish him many more years of service to that cause he has served so faithfully over the years.

Mr Sean O’Callaghan, St. Patrick's Place, has in his possession a very rare and unusual GAA medal. The beautiful gold medal carries a most unusual insignia. The dressing in keeping with the disturbed conditions prevailing at the time shows an armed volunteer in playing gear, standing over a football and hurley. The medal was won by Sean’s late father, Ed O’Callaghan, in the first Tipperary v Dublin Bloody Sunday commemorative game played in 1921.

Fethard Bridge Club results for Wednesday 29th June 2001
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Brigid Gorey
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and Annie O'Brien
1st Nett: Kitty McCarthy and Philly Kenny
2nd Nett: Anna Cooke 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 a course of lessons for beginners will be run in the near future.

Fethard Youth Club members were presented with their certificates on ‘Peer Education and Drug Awareness’ last Wednesday night 27th June. The following received their awards from Sinead O’Mahony, Drug Project Worker with Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative: John Hannigan, Charlotte Escalon, Brian Conway, Niall Maher, Ashley McCormack-John, Anthony Hanrahan, Kyle O’Donnell, Adrian Allen, Tracy Coady, Tara Ryan, Louise Nagle, Ciarán Duggan, Eoin Maher and Eoin Delahunty.

On Friday 29th our senior footballers successfully overcame Moyne in the county championship on a scoreline Fethard 3-13 (2-5), Moyne 1-5 (1-3), in Gortnahoe. Team: P. Fitzgerald. Al Ahearne, Cian Maher, S. O’Donnell, D. Byrne, Ml. Quinlan (capt) ml Carroll, A. Fitzgerald, K. Byrne, J.P. Looby (0-1), B. Burke, Glen Burke (0-2), Carl Maher (1-2), Ml. Spillane (1-3), C. Allen (0-3). Subs: Ken O’Donnell (0-1), Conor McCarthy (0-1), T. Sheehan, T. Anglim. Our next outing in this competition is against the winners of Mullinahone v Arravale rovers. The very best of luck to Miceál Spillane in the Munster football (junior) final tonight (Thursday) in Limerick .
Minor hurling ‘B’
On Wednesday 27th in Ned Hall Park we lost to Davins 3-14 (2-7) to Fethard 2-3 (1-2). Team: Paul Kendrick, William Doyle, William Harrington, Dan Lonergan, Gavin Ahearne, Ian Kendrick Darren O’Meara, Owen Doyle (capt) 0-1, John Noonan, Shane Walsh, Alan Burke (0-1), Jamie McCormack (1-1), P. J. Morrissey, Paddy Cooney (1-0), Nicky Noonan. Sub: Mike Kelly. Our next game is on Sunday evening 8th in Kilsheelan at 8pm v Moyle Rovers.
Junior (B) hurling:
On Saturday last we had a easy win over our neighbours St. Patrick’s. Score: Fethard 3-20 (2-9), St. Patricks 1-5, played in Killenaule. Team: C. McCarthy, P. Croke, T. Gahan, I. Ryan, J hurley (0-1), Kevin O’Donnell, N Barry, C. Allen 0-3 (1f), C. Gahan (0-1), G. Burke (0-3), C. Treacy 0-6 (4f), A. O’Meara (1-4), A. Phelan, J. Fitzgerald (1-1), J. Nevin (1-1). Subs: B Doyle, P. Prout. Our next game is Wednesday 11th in Monroe v Kilsheelan at 8pm
Intermediate hurling
On this Sunday 8th in Clonmel we play Kilsheelan in the championship at 3.15pm.
No winner of our £3,800 jackpot and one match three winner: Kim /Gary Lonergan who received £100. Numbers drawn: 2, 4, 8 and 19.
We congratulate Dick Cummins and family on the acknowledgment by Munster GAA council centenary celebrations on the first chairman in 1901 Dick Cummins snr (Fethard) in Mallow on Saturday 30th June 2001 .
We extend our deepest sympathy to the Maher family (barrack st ) on their recent bereavement. Go ndeanai Di trocaire ar an ainm.
Feile Peil na nOg
Division 3 C teams are Fethard, St. Patricks, St. Josephs (Baltinglass, Wicklow) and Carrickmacross (Monaghan).
Friday 6th at 3pm in Fethard, Fethard v St. Josephs (Wicklow).
Saturday in Fethard at 10.15am, Fethard v Carrickmacross (Monaghan).
Skills will take place from 12noon for all competitors in 3 C in Fethard GAA park. Best of luck to all involved.


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