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Saturday 18th August 2001

Fethard Youth Club will reopen on Saturday night 8th September from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Fethard is classified as a senior club so all members must attend secondary school or equivalent second level school. We look forward to seeing all our past members return and meeting new members who are always welcome.

The death has occurred of the oldest resident of the parish, Miss May Hanly, Barrettstown and Mocklerstown, who was in her 99th year. Interment took place in Powerstown Cemetery.
The death has occurred at his residence, on Friday 17th August, of Mr Paul Quinn, Tullamaine and Lowesgreen. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

Congratulations and best wishes to Brud and Teresa Roche, Woodvale Walk, who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on August 18th.

The winners of the recent scramble competition outing to Tipperary were: Nat McCarthy, Brian Mullins and Dan Grant. Nearest to the pin were Darragh Corbett and Conor Ryan. The Well Golf Society will travel to Rathdowney on Saturday next 25th August. Tee-off time is from 10am–11am.

Killusty Soccer Club promote their annual juvenile blitz tournament on this Sunday 26th August. The tournament goes from strength to strength each year with literally dozens of hopeful Keanes and Beckhams turning up. Enrolments will take place at 10.30am on Sunday morning followed by team selections. As in former years, no doubt many keenly contested games will take place before the winners of the Pat Aylward Memorial Shield and trophies are decided. The competition is confined to players under 14 years old and the entry fee is £1 per player.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 14th August were 13, 23, 25 and 32. We had no Jackpot winner and two 'Match 3' winner who each received £50,
Eleanor Butler, Garrinch, Fethard;
Irene, Majella and Noel, c/o The Castle, Fethard.
Next week's Jackpot is £3,700.

On Friday 17th August, the Fethard at Home website (www.fethard.com) passed the quarter million mark of visitors to the site since the installation of a counter on the homepage on January 1st, 1998. The average sessions for the month of July 2001 was 684 per day.

The extended family, children, grand-children, great-grand-children, and friends of the late Garda Jim and Mai Fergus, Cashel Road, gathered in the Augustinian Abbey Church at 3pm on Saturday 18th August, — the occasion being a special mass in celebration of the lives of Garda and Mrs Fergus and their sons Vincent and Morgan.
Members of the Fergus family travelled from USA, Holland, Belgium, England, Northern Ireland and Ireland for the occasion. Chief celebrant of the mass was Rev Fr John Meagher OSA assisted by Very Rev Canon James Power and Rev Fr. Michael Twomey OSA.
The late Garda Fergus served most of his police career in Fethard in an era when Gardai were seldom changed or transferred. Amongst the very large congregation present were members of the Evans, Cassells and Welsh families whose fathers were equally long serving contemporary Garda colleagues of Jim Fergus.
Peter Fergus (grandson) and Brendan Fergus (son) spoke at the conclusion of the ceremonies, thanked everyone for attending and paid special tribute to Kathleen Kenny, her choir and soloists, and to Agnes Evans, local coordinator of the memorial service. Following the mass the family visited the Fergus family burial plot at Calvary Cemetery.
The day’s events concluded with a social evening at Lonergan’s Bar where the wonderful musical and singing talents of the Fergus clan were very much in evidence.

No need to worry, it is not of recent vintage. A large notice board poster in pristine condition has been unearthed during repair work on the former Fethard Police Station on Main Street. The poster gives details of restrictions on the movement of livestock to market or slaughter during a local Foot & Mouth outbreak. The document is signed by the then Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and is dated March 18th, 1883.

Congratulations to Stephanie Lawrence who won a gold medal at the National Community Games Judo finals at Mosney last weekend. Cathal and D.J. Gorey also put on a great performance by winning silver medals in their respective judo events. Our other two judo finalists, Padraig O’Shea and Richard Gorey were both presented with certificates as was Cathal Maher who competed in the Art event. Well done to all our competitors for reaching the National finals.

The minor hurling ‘b’ south semi final was played on Sunday last in Clonmel where we lost by the narrowest margin — a single point in the final minutes of the game. The final score was Fethard 3-5 (2-2), Newcastle 2-9 (0-5). Best of luck to Newcastle in the final. The team was: John Noonan (capt), David Kelly, William Harrington, Emmet Burke, William Doyle, Paul Hackett, Gavin Ahearne, Ian Kendrick, Eoin Doyle (0-3), Shane Walsh, Alan Burke (0-1), Michael Dillon (1-0), Darren O’Meara, Ronan Maher (1-0), Michael Lawrence (1-1). Subs used: John Hanrahan, Damien Cannon, Nicky Noonan. Other subs: Christy Doyle and Paul Kendrick. Thanks to our selectors and all who assisted.
Our lotto jackpot of £4500 was not won. We had no ‘match threes’ so five lucky dips were picked at £20 each: Francis Dillon, Kate Kearney, Joe Godfrey, Miss Barry and Martin Coen. Numbers drawn were 3, 13, 20 and 23.
Check sports page for fixtures.


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