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Saturday 17th November 2001

Well done to all our senior footballers involved in reaching another Munster (club) final, our second in four years, the last been 1997 in Fermoy against Castlehaven (Cork) and this year again in Fermoy on Sunday 25th against Nemo Rangers (Cork). On Saturday last in Drumcollogher our boys came from behind to beat Drom/Broadford (Limerick) on a scoreline Fethard 1-9 (0-3), Drom/Broadford 0-9 (0-7). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher, Thomas Anglim, Willie Morrissey (0-1), Michael Quinlan, Stephen O’Donnell, Brian Burke (0-1), Aiden Fitzgerald (0-2), Damien Byrne, Tommy Sheehan (0-2f), John P. Looby, Conor McCarthy, Miceál Spillane, Karl Maher (0-1f). Subs: Kenneth O’Donnell (1-1) and Glen Burke (0-1).
We had no winner of our £800 jackpot and
wo match three winners who get £50 each,
John Morrissey (Tullamaine),
and Pat Houlihan (c/o Bob Fitzgeralds).
Our GAA mass for all deceased players will take place in Killusty church on Thursday 29th November at 7.30pm.

On last Sunday, twenty-eight athletes from the club travelled to Moyne to compete in the A.A.I. county uneven aged cross-country championships and it proved to be a memorable day as the club took three individual titles and one team title.
Our first winner was John Lalor who battled hard to fend off a late challenge from Andrew Byrne, Borrisokane, to become the boys under/9 county champion. Mary Gleeson then stepped into the limelight by winning the girls under/11 race with a great display of front running. The boys under/11 competition turned out to be a coup de grace as not only did Fethard provide the individual winner but we clinched the team title also, beating our nearest rivals, Clonmel A.C., by eight points. The winning team was captained by the in form Shane Gorey who pulled off a marvellous feat by winning the race and thus becoming county cross-county champion at both under/11 and under/12. Next home was Darragh Dwyer having a great run to finish seventh, followed by the impressive Neil Gleeson in twelfth place. Lolo Trehy, winning his first county gold medal in 16th place, anchored the team.
The full Fethard team was as follows:
Girls under/9: Hannah Trehy, Sarah McManus, Aisling O’Connor, Ciara Trehy, Aisling Dwyer, Catherine Trehy, Roisín Trehy.
Boys under/9: Damien Morrissey, Andy Walsh, Owen Healy, John Lalor, Louis Rice, Gregory Henry.
Girls under/11: Aoife O’Connor, Ciara O’Connor, Bernadette Costello, Mary Gleeson, Elaine Kennedy, Áine Gleeson, Kate Costigan.
Boys under/11: Ryan Laslett, Dick Walsh, Ben Walsh, Shane Gorey, Lolo Trehy, Neil Gleeson, Darragh Dwyer.
Girls under/13: Aoife O’Gorman and Margaret O’Gorman.
Congratulations to Delores Costigan, Moyglass, who won the women’s intermediate cross-country title on the same day.
The ‘big one’ comes next Sunday, November 25, when the National Cross-Country finals take place in Dungarvan. Qualified to represent their club are: Roisín Trehy (girls u/8), Shane Gorey (boys u/12) and the boys under/10 team of Darragh Dwyer, John Lalor, Neil Gleeson, Ben Walsh, Michael Costello and Owen Healy.

Our next outing will be to a Variety Show in Oola on Friday 23rd November, where two groups will represent our club — one in modern dance and the other in singing. Those taking part are Tracey Coady, Sandra Costigan, Kelly Ann Nevin, Ashley McCormack John, Samantha Sheehan, Danielle Lawrence, Niall Maher, Fintan Maher, John Hannigan, Philip Ryan, Michael Walshe and Kieran Duggan. Wishing you all the best of luck on the night and hope you enjoy yourselves. We will leave from Fethard Ballroom at 6.20pm and return at 11.30pm approximately.
On Sunday 25th November we will hold a soccer tournament in the Ballroom. We will have eight teams participating on the day consisting of members of the Fethard club only. There will be no club on Saturday 24th November due to the busy weekend schedule lined up. Our club will open on Saturday night, 1st December from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. We appeal again for more adults to get involved in the running of the club as this would lighten the workload and help us all out a lot. Please feel free to call in any Saturday night or contact any of the club leaders.

The next committee meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 27th November in the Abymill Theatre (upstairs) at 8.30pm.

The schedule for praying The Rosary for the repose of the souls of our faithful departed on this coming Sunday, 25th November, are as follows: Kiltinan Cemetery at 3pm, Kilmaclugh Cemetery at 3.30pm and Killusty after Sunday Mass.

The Fethard Players will commence their production of “Drama at Inish” a comedy by Lennox Robinson in the Abymill Theatre on Sunday 25th November and continue to Saturday 1st December, with the exception of Thursday 29. Booking at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Tel: 052 31254 (from 10am to 6pm). Admission is £6. Special rate family nights on Sunday and Monday when admission will be reduced to £4.

Best of luck to Fethard senior football team in the Munster Club Final in Fermoy on Sunday 25th against Nemo Rangers (Cork). This is Fethard’s second appearance in a Munster final and if they win, will be the first Tipperary football team to win the title.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 13th November were 3, 11, 12 and 27. We had no Jackpot winner and 3 ‘Match 3’ winners. Each of the following received £35:
Mary McCarthy, Pine Cottage, Ballintogher;
Michael Burke, Main Street, Fethard;
Richard Cummins, Monroe, Fethard.
Next weeks jackpot is £5,000.

Matthew Hayes has just published a delightful book which records some cherished memories of childhood at his home at Rathcoole, Fethard. The book entitled ‘I Slept with Dan’, covers Matthew’s childhood days up to 1937 when he set off to Rockwell for the commencement of his secondary schooling. The book contains lots of photographs and is a great record of his family life at Rathcoole at that time. The book is available for sale in local bookshops at £5.


We had the following enquiry through the Fethard Website from Neil Wright in England (email address: nw001b7046@blueyonder.co.uk). Maybe someone can help and make contact by email:

My grandmother's family came from Fethard and I can recall my uncle who is now dead used to sing a marvellous comic song called McCarthy's party but I can only remember a little of it:

If you look at me a decent man you’ll see the other day I met McCarthy
Walking down the road,
He did say to me come to McCarthy's Party

Now at McCarthy's party everyone was hearty until someone hit Maloney on the nose
And with the handle of a broom Maloney swept the room
Ee by gum by heck it was murder

Now little Biddy Maher even she was there
Man but she was a grand old lady
Roaring like a bull ‘cos she was nearly full
Down at McCarthys party

and so it went on . . . but a late night party piece it was sure to liven up a flagging party and I have never heard it again but would like to get all the words.

My grandmother's maiden name was Maher and I think Ned Maher was her brother - he had a shop in Fethard in the 60s and I came to stay there in the late 60s I recall other names vaguely but Kenrick I think was also somehow related and whilst I was in Fethard I recall a helicopter bringing someone to the town who’d gone away and done well for himself......anyway, I’m sure you hear this sort of thing all the time but I’d love to hear any ideas about the song?

We had another enquiry from Ed Phelan (email address: Epphelan@aol.com) who want information about Fethard Military Barracks.

I wonder if you might be able to answer a few questions regarding the Military Barracks that were taken over in 1922 by the anti-treaty forces under command of Comdt' Jerome Davin and assisted by Capt. Gerry Whelan.
1. Was the later AKA Jeremiah Phelan of Crampscastle?
2. Were they responsible for the torching?

Pat Looby's 'Harvester' exhibition opened in the South Tipperary Arts Centre, Nelson Street, Clonmel, on Friday night 16th November and will run until 8th December.
The exhibition was officially opened by Maud Cotter, artist and member of the Arts Council of Ireland.
This is a great opportunity to view the exhibition, especially for those who didn't get the chance to see it when it first opened at Temple Bar, Dublin, earlier this year.

Fethard Juvenile Rugby Club will hold a Race Night at McCarthy's Hotel on Thursday 22nd November. Please show your support by coming along on the night!
The club have also some club jerseys for sale. These can be purchased at McCarthy’s Hotel or contact Sean Devaney, Grove, Fethard. Tel: 052 31095.


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