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Saturday 6th October 2001

Hope, a new book on the ‘Hope Diamond’, has just been published and is being currently reviewed in the literary pages of the national daily and Sunday newspapers, and on radio. The author of the book is Mary Ryan whose grandfather was cousin of Mrs Evalyn Walsh McLean, long time owner of the ‘Hope Diamond’.
Evalyn Walsh’s father, Tom Walsh of Baptistgrange, emigrated to America as a 17 year-old youth having worked as an apprentice carpenter on the erection of the ornamental porch on the former curate’s house at Main Street. Tom Walsh became a very successful tin and copper mine owner in America and with his other business interests was reckoned to be one of the richest men in the world of his time. The ‘Hope Diamond’ was the largest coloured diamond in the world and allegedly had a curse attached to it. Evalyn Walsh made light of the curse even though several tragedies befell her. She overcame a drug addiction problem, her daughter died from an overdose, her son was killed in a car crash and her husband died in a sanatorium.
After Evalyn’s death, her diamonds were acquired by a millionaire jeweller, Harry Winston, whose family also suffered misfortune. Local folklorists in the Baptistgrange district, notably the late Tommy Purcell, Jossestown, and the late Jack Smith, Donoughmore, often discussed the life and times of Tom Walsh using information they had heard from people who knew him. Part of the folklore was that, on a visit home in 1889, he made an offer to build the church in Lisronagh. The offer for reasons unknown was refused. Tom Walsh died in 1910. The book is arousing widespread interest locally but is not yet available from the publisher.

Congratulations to Fethard GAA Club treasurer, Nicky O’Shea, Tullow, in winning the £5,200 Jackpot in last week’s GAA Lotto draw. We understand that Nicky, great clubman that he is, donated a substantial portion of his winnings to club funds.

Nurse Alice Leahy, Annsgift, who has spent 30 years working for the homeless in Dublin, stole the show whit her three-minute speech at last weeks national Labour Party Conference in Cork. Alice attacked what she called the “poverty industry”. During the course of her very well worded speech she said “More researchers and consultants produce more and more reports to be discussed in circles of luxury, far removed from the smell and pain of poverty. It is run by highly paid but inexperienced people and has been turned into a multi-million pound business.”
Her chief concern for the homeless is that beds be made available when required and that simple requirements such as clean towels and soap should not be too difficult to have available.
Alice Leahy is director and co-founder of ‘Trust’, an organisation to help the homeless.

Senior football
Our senior football championship game against Moyle Rovers took place in atrocious weather in Kilsheelan on Sunday 7th October with Fethard finishing victorious. Final score was Fethard 3-4 (1-1), Moyle Rovers 0-6 (0-5). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher, Tomas Anglim, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Stephen O’Donnell, Brian Burke, Damien Byrne, Aiden Fitzgerald (0-1), Tommy Sheehan (0-1), J. P. Looby (1-0), Karl Maher, Michael Spillane (2-1) and Glen Burke. Subs used: Conor McCarthy and Jimmy O’Meara. Other subs: Ken Byrne, Tommy Gahan, Martin Ryan, Brian Coen and Michael Dillon. We will now face Galtee Rovers or Ardfinnan in the county semifinal on 21st October.
Junior B football
We made our exit in Junior B football on Saturday 6th in Ardfinnan on a scoreline Fethard 0-10 (0-6), Ballyporeen 1-12 (1-4). The thank the following team and subs who gave of their best: Ronan Maher, Michael (Buddy) Fitzgerald (0-1), Willie Quigley, John O’Riordan, Kenneth Sheehan (0-1), Alan Phelan, John O’Meara, Owen Doyle (0-1), Garreth Byrne, John Noonan (0-1), Kevin O’Donnell (0-2), John Hanrahan, Johnny Neville (0-4), Peter Nolan, M. J. Croke. Subs: Philly Prout, Colm Coen and John Fitzgerald.
Congratulations to Nicky O’Shea, Tullow, who won our lotto jackpot of £5,200. The numbers drawn were 6, 10, 12 and 18.
Our junior (b) hurlers will meet Ballybacon Grange in the South Final on Sunday next in Monroe at 1.45pm sharp. The intermediate hurling semifinal against Kilsheelan also takes place on Sunday 14th in Clonmel at 3.30pm.

Killusty Pony Show held a very successful social evening on Saturday 6th October in the ballroom. We would like to thank all those who helped to make it an enjoyable night.

Fethard Youth Club takes place on Saturday night from 7.30pm to 9pm in the ballroom. New members are welcome to attend.
Well done to all who completed our recent Self Defence Course held in the Ballroom. The following leaders and members received certificates — Leaders: Mary, Rita, Maria and Patricia. Members: Ashley McCormack John, Louise Nagle, David Conway, Adrian Allen, Brian Conway and Katie Murphy. At the final session of this course an adult male attacker was introduced to facilitate the participants putting theory into practice. The Fethard Youth Club course was the first of its type to attract boys as well as girls to take up the challenge of self-defence. We would like to thank instructor Paula Kearns for her professionalism and good humour throughout the course.
The Club is now preparing their girls for a 5-a-side inter-club soccer tournament which will be held in Tipperary on 21st October. Girls, remember we have only two practice nights left so don’t forget to turn up on time. A boy’s soccer tournament will take place in November. Further details to follow next week.
Some of our up and coming events include the memorable inter-club variety concert in Oola. Come on now lads, get your act together!
Finally, to all our members who are taking part in the Abymill Youth Theatre production on stage this week, ‘break a leg’ and we hope you have packed houses. See you all on Saturday night.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 16th October at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street. The annual general meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th November.

Anyone interested in travelling on the 2002 pilgrimage to Lourdes and would like to pay their fare by weekly instalments can still do so. Kathleen Barry, Tullamaine, has organised a 30-week saving scheme, which began 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.

Ireland's Culchie Festival will be held in Fethard on the October Bank Holiday weekend from 25th - 28th October 2001. The Festival will attract visitors from all over Ireland and anyone who still has accommodation to let please contact Catriona Stapleton, Coolmoyne. Tel: 052 31289.

Club reports, articles and photographs for inclusion in this year’s Emigrant’s Newsletter should be submitted before 27th October. Please have articles typed if possible and hand them in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. A church gate collection in aid of the Emigrant’s Newsletter will be held w/e 27th and 28th October. If you would like your donation acknowledged (£5 and over) in this years issue please put your donation and your name in an envelope and hand it in at the church gate collection or deliver to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard. Please give change of addresses or new emigrant addresses for our mailing list to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road.

The Fethard Conference of St. Vincent de Paul still have some educational funds available for parents of third-level students who are finding it difficult to meet the expenses incurred. If you need help please contact any member of the Conference as soon as possible.

Classes in old-time, ballroom and social dancing will commence in Moyglass Hall on Wednesday 17th October. Children’s classes will take place from 7pm to 8.30pm and adult classes from 8.30pm to 10pm. The instructor is Mai Murphy who can be contacted at 052 42515. Further information: 087 2387608.

Congratulations to Gillian Murphy, proprietor of G&T's Restaurant, Main Street, who recently got engaged to Peter Collier from Meath.

The Fethard club has the honour of hosting the county juvenile novice cross-country championships on Sunday next 14th October, as the new cross-country season gets underway. The venue for this event is Rice’s farm, Everardsgrange, and the starting time is 12 noon. We invite all those interested in juvenile sport to avail of this opportunity to see the county’s top young athletes compete in this most basic and natural sporting discipline.
The Fethard team is as follows:
Girls Under-8: Roisín Trehy, Rachel Prout, Catríona O’Connor, Hannah Daly and Jane Kenny.
Boys Under-8: Damien Morrissey, Gregory Henry, Louis Rice, Brendan Gleeson, Brian Delahunty, Ted Barrett, James Walsh and Noel O’Brien.
Girls Under-10: Michelle Ryall, Hannah Trehy, Áine Gleeson, Fiona Walsh, Aisling O’Connor, Ciara O’Connor, Aisling Dwyer, Sarah McManus, Siobhán O’Brien, Emma Fleming, Lisa Anglim, Sarah Hayes, Ciara Trehy, Michelle Bradshaw, Catherine Trehy and Laura Rice.
Boys Under-10: Darragh Dwyer, John Lalor, Neil Gleeson, Conor Prendergast, Michael Costello, Cathal Bergin, Adam Lyons, Ben Walsh, Andy Walsh, Owen Healy, Kevin Hayes, Jonathon Fleming, Pádraig O’Shea, Owen Prout, Darren Thompson, Stephen Maguire, Jerome Ahearn and Seamie O’Keeffe.
Girls Under-12: Elaine Kennedy, Aoife O’Gorman, Mary Gleeson, Rebecca Ryan, Aoife O’Connor, Bernadette Costello, Niamh Bergin, Rachel Blackmore and Kate O’Brien.
Boys Under-12: Shane Gorey, Lolo Trehy, Darren Prout, Cathal Gorey, Dick Walsh, Wayne Laslett, Naoise Ó Cuinneagáin and Rian Ó Cuinneagáin.
Girls Under-12: Margaret O’Gorman.
Athletes are asked to arrive at the venue by 11.15am and spectators by 11.45am. With the kind permission of Fethard GAA Club, training moves to the GAA Field from Monday October 15th, at 6.30pm. Parents are advised that children should wear appropriate clothing for winter weather conditions e.g. windcheater and peaked cap for rain, wool cap and warm tracksuit for cold conditions. Footwear must be worn at all times – no spikes allowed.

A race night will be held in McCarthy's Hotel on October 22nd in aid of the newly formed Fethard Rugby Club. One or two of the current Irish squad are going to attend. More details later.

Bridge lessons for beginners commence on Monday, 8th October in the Tirry Centre. We played for the gross free sub on Wednesday 26th September and the results were as follows:
1st Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
1st Nett: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
2nd Nett: Margaret McCormack and Suzanne Opray
On Wednesday 10th October we will be playing for sponsored prizes and we look forward to seeing everyone there.

Hindered by atrocious weather, we beat our old rivals Clonoulty in a keenly contested intermediate championship match in Fethard on Sunday. The rain poured down for the duration of the match rendering playing conditions very difficult which simultaneously affected the scoreline. The Fethard team showed extreme determination and resilience to emerge victorious by a 3 goal margin. The team lined out as follows: Lisa McCormack, Vanessa O'Donnell, Sharon O'Meara, Fiona Conway, Sandra Maher, Imelda Spillane, Joan O'Donnell, Kay Spillane, Niamh Sheehan, Mia Treacy, Caroline Quinlan, Marie Holohan, Ailish Sheehan, Edel Fitzgerald, Audrey Conway. Subs: Norah O'Meara (Joan O'Donnell), Marie Mulcahy, Louise Wade, Jennifer Frewen, Laoise O'Connell and Teresa Burke.

The Shannonvale Ride & Drive Club will hold their final outing of 2001 in the Fethard area on the Sunday of the October Bank Holiday weekend (30th October). They will group in the old orchard behind McCarthy's Hotel who are also sponsoring the prize for the best turned out on the day.


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