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Saturday 29th September 2001

A meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Games will take place in the GAA dressing rooms on Tuesday, October 9th at 8.30pm.

Those intending to travel on the 2002 pilgrimage to Lourdes and would like to pay their fare by weekly instalments can now do so. Kathleen Barry, Tullamaine, has organised a 30-week saving scheme beginning on w/e 7th October where you pay £15 (or €19) per week to save your fare in time for the trip. If you would like to join the scheme or get further details contact Kathleen at Tel: 052 31630.

Junior (B) hurling
The junior (b) hurling semi final was played last Sunday evening at Monroe under atrocious weather conditions. All players must be complimented for serving up a great game of determination and true grit hurling to beat the elements and produce a final score of Fethard 3-4 (2-1) to St Marys 0-5 (0-4). The team was as follows: Conor McCarthy, Philly Croke, Tommy Gahan, Paul Hackett, Liam Treacy, Kevin O’Donnell, Liam Ryan, Colin Allen 1-4 (2f), Shay Ryan, Glen Burke, John Hurley, Alan O’Meara, Brendan Doyle, John Fitzgerald 1-0, Johnny Neville 1-0. Subs used were Philly Blake and Philly Prout. The south final is now against Ballybacon/Grange.
Junior (B) football
The junior (b) football semifinal against Ballyporeen takes place this Saturday October 6th in Cahir at 5pm. Our senior football county quarterfinal against Moyle Rovers takes place on Sunday 7th October in Kilsheelan at 3.30pm.
We had no winner of our lotto jackpot of £5100 and no match three winners. We held 5 lucky dips at £20 each and the winners were Aoife O’Meara (Grove Rd ), Seamus Moloney (Tirry Park), Tom Ryan, St Patricks Place, Kim Lonergan (The Square), J. J. Maher (c/o Erin Foods). The numbers drawn were: 10, 13, 18 and 22.

In one of the most frustrating defeats in the club's history at The Ragg last Sunday, we were beaten by Kilruane McDonaghs, a solitary point being the decisive factor. Aided by a strong wind and some fine scores we led by 2-8 to 0-2 at half time. Unfortunately, we fell apart in the second half and were beaten by the narrowest of margins after a controversial 7 minutes of extra time was played. The final score was Kilruane 4-4, Fethard 2-9. The team was Teresa Burke, Vanessa O'Donnell, Sharon O'Meara, Fiona Conway, Sandra Maher, Imelda Spillane, Joan O'Donnell, Kay Spillane, Jennifer Keane, Niamh Sheehan (1-0), Caroline Fitzgerald (0-1), Marie Holohan (1-1), Mia Treacy (0-2), Edel Fitzgerald (0-1), Audrey Conway (0-4). Subs: Norah O'Meara, Ailish Sheehan, Laoise O'Connell, Marie Mulcahy and Louise Wade. Our next championship match takes place on Sunday October 7th.

Best wishes and every success to Ed Holohan, Cois Falla, Rocklow Road, who has opened a new furniture warehouse at Green Street, Fethard.

Fethard Historical Society will hold a lecture on Friday 5th October at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre by Senator Maurice Manning on 'James Dillon, his life, times and contemporaries'. Admission is £3 and all are welcome.

Bridge lessons for beginners will commence on Monday, 8th October at 7.30pm
in the Tirry Centre. Anyone interested should contact Gemma Burke (31799) as
soon as possible. The cost will be £40 per person for the eight lessons, payable
in advance. On Wednesday 26th September we played for the gross free sub and the results were:
1st Gross: Bernie Myles and Margaret Hackett
2nd Gross: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey
1st Nett: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
2nd Nett: Margaret McCormack and Suzanne Opray

Referees are generally fair game for criticism, usually from mentors, managers and players of defeated teams on their performances in important matches. Many members of the media who should know much better are not blameless in this regard either.
Congratulations are in order to the referee of last Sunday’s ladies football final on having the courage to award a match winning free on a technical foul to Laois. The rule was broken when a team-mate took the ball from a short kick-out by the goalkeeper inside the 20 meter line. Few amongst the large attendance would have been any the wiser had he allowed play to continue for the remaining few seconds and allowed the top class game to end in a draw. On the other hand for Mayo, what a way to loose an All-Ireland final, but the rules are there and the ref’s job is to enforce them, not to explain them.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 25th September were 6, 13, 25 and 32. We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winners. Five tickets were drawn and each of the following receives £20:
Ted Connolly, Main Street, Fethard;
Tony Maher Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
Eamon Delahunty Castlehiggins, Fethard;
Tyrone Tobin, Kilnockin, Fethard;
Agnes Evans, Congress Terrace, Fethard.
Next weeks jackpot is £4,300

The death has occurred of Mrs Elfreda Hulsebosch, formerly of Annesgift House, Fethard. The late Mrs Hulsebosch, with her husband Tom, caused quite a sensation in Irish agricultural circles when they started the first very large commercial tulip bulb production industry in Ireland. Crowds travelled from far and near, especially in the early years, to see beautiful sights of acres of tulips in various hues in full bloom. Many generations of local schoolchildren earned their first wage package working at ‘picking the bulbs’. The harvesting season fortunately coinciding with their school summer holidays. Mrs Hulsebosch was held in high esteem by all who knew her.
Interment took place in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Clonmel.
The death has occurred of Sr. M. Celine (Sisters of St. Marie Madeline Postel) of Roscrea and formerly of Ballintemple, Fethard. Sr. M. Celine was a sister of Josie O'Rourke, Fethard, and Annie Fahey, Buffana, Fethard. Interment took place in the Convent Chapel Roscrea.
The death has occurred on Monday 24th September of Michael Shelly, The Green, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Peter Southcott contacted the Fethard website and is looking for information on Johanna & Patrick Neville. he goes on to say: “I have done considerable research into the whereabouts of the graves of my great grand parents. I have found the dates of death registered in Clonmel where they were born and had lived most of their lives at 40 Kickham Street (formally Blind Street), but am unable to find the graves. I know they had 6 children one being my grandmother Katherine. She moved to London in the thirties and lived in Kilburn with her brother Lawrence and sister Nora.
How can I find any other members of the family that are still in and around Clonmel. I have checked phone numbers etc. I am at a blank end I would much appreciate any help you can give.” Peter’s email address is: petersouthcott@compuserve.com

Mary Ellen Farley is also looking for information of her connections with the Fitzgerald and St John families. Mary has the following information on Patrick Fitzgerald (in some records Bernard) and Mary St. John (Sengion) from New Brunswick Canada. Patrick died in 1875 at age 76 and his obituary shows his birthplace as Tipperary. His children were: Alexander (born 1828), Edward (born 1833), Margaret (born 1835), Catherine (born 1837-39). I believe Mary St John died about the time of this birth. The children were born in New Brunswick, Canada, and a census record shows he immigrated about 1827.
Mary says when she walked around the burial ground at the old Friary in Fethard, she found tombstones for Alexis Fitzgerald, died 1899 age 60, and James St. John died 1877 age 75, so she’s wondering if Patrick and Mary could have been from the Fethard area.
Also, Catherine Fitzgerald married in New Brunswick, Eugene Gallagher, son of Eugene and Ann Gallagher. Mary also noticed some Gallagher's on the Fethard website. Eugene was born about 1836-38, and his obituary shows he was born Branford, Cork. This is a puzzle for her and she’s wondering if he emigrated from Cork, and born Bradford.
Mary Ellen Farley email address is

Time is drawing near for Ireland's Original Culchie Festival which will be held in Fethard from 25th - 28th October 2001. The Festival will attract visitors from all over Ireland and the official launch of this years event will take place in Dublin Zoo on Tuesday 9th October at 12 noon at the "City Farm". More details later.

As a regular patron of all travelling shows and drama groups to visit Fethard in an era now long gone, Tony Newport may be able to assist last week’s enquiry on ‘Bamboozalem’. Tony says that Bamboozalem was actually a nickname, the artiste’s stage name was ‘Rameses’, a top of the bill conjurer, magician and illusionist of his time. As far as he remembers he was an Englishman who probably got the name Bamboozalem from the first line of his show’s opening chorus which went — “Bam-Bam-Bam-Bam Boozelem” etc. He only remembers him visiting Fethard twice doing a weeks stint in the Town Hall on the first occasion and a shorter visit of probably three nights in the Capital Cinema (now the ballroom) on the second occasion. Tony has good reason to remember the second visit as when ‘Rameses’ looked for two volunteers from the audience to assist in his ‘Sawing the woman in half’ illusion; the volunteers were himself and the late Mick ‘Toby’ McCormack. After getting the lady in the box the lads went to work with a crosscut saw. Half way through he stopped the operation. We then resumed and when we finished the box was in halves alright but the fortunate lady had disappeared.
Bamboozalem was also what is know in theatre circles as ‘a quick change artiste’. he walked off stage after one or two tricks, returned immediately in a different costume with the catchphrase “same man, different clothes”. He also answered questions sent up on slips of paper by members of the audience. A question sent up one night in the Town hall was “How many yards of buttermilk would make a breeches for a bull?” Rameses reply was “ This question was sent up by a very smart young man who got in through the window instead of paying the admission price at the door”. He got that 100% correct!
Incidentally, Bamboozalem’s illusion ‘The Magic Kettle’ has been described by renowned magician Paul Daniels, fifty years later, as his most popular illusion. This is where the illusionist pours, on demand, any drink called for by the audience — beer, spirits, tea, milk or whatever, apparently from the same ‘kettle’ container.
The only support act that Tony recalls with the ‘Bamboozalem’ show were Pauline and Diana in ‘Acrobatic Frolics’. These two young ladies stayed in Miss Daverns (O’Sheas Pub) for the duration of the show.
Bamboozalem and all the travelling shows, cinemas and drama groups are now a thing of the past. Would the current generation find any entertainment or value in their performance today? Maybe not! The circus is the only travelling entertainment left and these shows are state funded to help them be viable. The top travelling groups of the past were really good and presented a first class show to their enthusiastic audiences throughout Ireland. They also filled a void in local entertainment during their era. We certainly shall not see their likes again.


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