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Saturday 29th December 2001

The death has occurred in Dublin of Mr Ian Maher, formerly of Main Street, Fethard. Interment took place at Goleen, Co. Cork.

Fethard St. Vincent De Paul Society wish to thank sincerely all who contributed so generously to their Christmas Church Gate Collection. The sum of £1,700 was donated to help those in need at Christmas time.

Very Rev Fr Tom Breen P.P. at last Saturday’s evening mass complimented the parishioners of Fethard and Killusty on the numbers that attended the Sacrament of Reconciliation ceremonies and the masses at Christmas. He paid special tribute to all who helped at Christmas, the choir, the organist, the members of the Altar Society, the altar boys and girls, the church cleaners, the sacristan, and all who helped in any way throughout the year.

The new currency is now well and truly with us for better or worse. One prominent citizen is not over impressed with the quality of the new notes and coinage. The notes he described as Monopoly money and the poor quality of the coins, he said, reminded him of what the late Neddy Wall said when the decimal coins replaced the old half-crowns, florins, shillings etc. Neddy’s words were, “The new coins are an insult to a noble currency.”

The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers committee wish to apologise to followers for any incontinence caused by the cancelling of last Sunday’s meet at Ballingarry due to overnight frost. The pack will meet at Peppardstown on this Sunday, January 6th, at 12 noon.

The severe frost of the last week of 2001 may prevent the year just over as being one of the warmest recorded since records began in 1840. The very mild conditions prevailing two weeks before Christmas did however, produce one local record. Mrs Kitty Ahearne, in her garden at Chapel Lane, picked a punnet of fair sized strawberries. A few days at room temperature, they coloured and for flavour, compared very favourably with the mid-summer fruit.

The future of Fethard football seems assured by the victory of the Fethard under-11 team from St. Patrick’s Boys School in the county final of the Under –11 ‘B’ Championships. They beat Upperchurch in the final played in Boherlahan. the final score was Fethard 2-2, Upperchurch 0-2.
The team was as follows: Darren Connolly, Eoin O’Connell, James Kelly, Adam Lyons, Adrian Lawrence, Kevin Hayes, Darragh Dwyer (captain), Thomas O’Connell, Ciarán Ryan, Jonathan Fleming, Alan Lawrence, Ben Walshe, Jerome Ahearne, Michael Costello, Andy Walsh, Glen Maher and Phillip Doyle.
Brendan Cummins, Tipperary’s senior hurling team goalkeeper of the All-Ireland senior hurling championship winning team, presented the Fethard boys with their championship medals on a recent visit to their school.

This year's issue of the Annual Emigrant's Newsletter is now on sale in local shops. Newsletters will be posted to over 1,100 emigrants from the parish shortly. We would like to thank all who submitted articles for this years issue. We would also like to thank all who made contributions to help us meet the postal and publishing expenses incurred. If you would still like to make a donation you can give your donation to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. All donations of 10 Euro and over will be acknowledged in next year’s issue.

Work on the renovation of the historical flood-damaged 'Tinsley Bridge' at Grove commenced on Friday 21st December. The company who will work on the Bridge are P.J. Edwards Ltd, supervised by Tony O'Dowd from Co. Kerry. The work is part grant-aided by The Heritage Council of Ireland. The bridge was built c.1840. Further Information from Rosemary Ponsonby, Grove House, Fethard. Donations gratefully accepted for the project.

Over 60 children joined the adults taking part in this year's carol singing in aid of the CRC 'Santa Bear Appeal'. This year the group also visited St. Bernard Group Homes on their walk and sang at the interval at Bingo in the Abymill. Thanks to all who came and sang and, of course, to all those who contributed.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 18th December were 3, 5, 20 and 26. We had no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received £100 – Pat Culligan, The Valley. Next draw on Tuesday January 8th, 2002, Jackpot — 7,000 Euro.
We would like to thank all who supported the Fethard & Community Lotto in the last year and wish you all a Happy New Year.

The under 21’A’ football county final replay took place in Ardfinnan on Sunday December 30th and our young footballers won on a scoreline Fethard 2-6 (2-3), Galtee Rovers 0-7 (0-2). Congratulations to all involved in putting back to back county titles and best of luck in there quest for a ‘three in a row’ in 2002. The team on Sunday was: Tommy Gahan, Michael Carroll (captain), Michael Aherne, Nicky Murphy, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Philly Croke, Aiden Fitzgerald, Glen Burke (0-1), Conor McCarthy (1-4), Kevin O’Donnell, Brian Coen, Karl Maher (1-0), Kenneth O’Donnell (0-1), Michael Dillon. Sub used: Owen Doyle. Other subs: Kenneth Byrne, Jason Nevin, Michael Costello, Keith Woodlock, Conor O’Donnell, Paul Hackett and John Fitzgerald.
Our senior county football league final is down for Sunday 13th January, in New Inn at 1.30pm.
The club lotto jackpot was not won on and now stands at £1,500. On the 18 December, the numbers drawn were 2, 3, 4 and 22.
We had one match three winner of £100,
Fiona Lawrence, 20 Woodvale Walk. On the 28 December the numbers drawn were 11, 14, 21 and 22. W
e had five match three winners of £20 each,
Lous Coen, Teddy Morrissey,
Brendan O’Donnell,
Cathy Doran and
Michael Dillon.
A happy new year to all our players patrons supporters and members.


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