Saturday 5th January 2002

On Sunday 13th January we play the county senior football league final in New Inn at 1.30pm. This is our third county league final appearance in a row having been unsuccessful in 1999 against Moyle Rovers, and in 2000, by a single point, in a replay against Aherlow. It would climax a tremendous year for the Fethard club by winning next Sunday, bringing eight cups, four county, to the friary town. Best of look to all on Sunday in New Inn.
Our annual general meeting will be held on Sunday 27th January in the Abymill Theatre at 2pm.

Members of Fethard GAA have been furnished with nomination papers for the 2002 AGM, which takes place on January 30th in the Abymill Theatre. Members are requested to make sure that any candidate they nominate for any position has agreed to let his or her name go forward for election. Completed nomination papers may be placed in the special ballot box at Newport’s Newsagency, Main Street. Closing date for nominations is Monday 14th January.

The Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto has now recommenced w/e 6th January with added prize money and a new weekly quick-pick draw for 50 Euro. The draw will now cost 2 Euro to enter. The current jackpot is 7,000 Euro. The jackpot will be increased by 150 Euro every week until it is won, after which it will resume again at 2,500 Euro. The weekly ‘Match Three’ prize, when the jackpot is not won, will be 100 Euro with a free draw for 50 Euro every week for all who entered.
The Fethard & Killusty Community Council would like to thank all who support the weekly community Lotto and look forward to your continued support. All funds raised are used within our local community for community projects.

Fethard Youth Club reopens on Saturday 12th January when we will hold our first New Year’s party, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm, for members only. Fee for this year is 2 Euro. The club would like thank the people of Fethard and Killusty for supporting our recent Church Gate Collection and also wish everyone a very Happy New Year.
New leaders are urgently needed to help with the club. Anybody interested can contact any of the leaders or call to the Ballroom on any Saturday night during club hours.

The introduction if the Euro on January 1st seems to have run rather smoothly in the Fethard area with no major hitches. All retail outlets changed punts and decimal coinage to Euro and cents prior to customers making purchases. By the end of the week this was nearly unnecessary, as by Sunday, Euro and cents were widely in circulation with over 90% of purchases being made in the new notes and coins.
A feature of the changeover was how quickly juvenile purchasers caught on to the value of their 1C, 5C, 10C, 20C and 50C coins. Great credit and full marks to the counter staff of Fethard AIB and Fethard Post Office on the patience, courtesy and efficiency with which they dealt with customers on the first days of Euro, which must have been the busiest days on record in both places.

The honour of being the first Euro customer in Fethard must surely go to Mr Niko Quigley, Mortlestown, who made a purchase in Euro at Newport’s Newsagency at 7.10am on the morning of January 1st.

Best of luck and ever success in his new career to Conor O’Donnell, Cloughtaney, Crohane, who has been recently granted an amateur rider’s licence by the racing authorities. Conor has been a successful rider on the horse and pony racing scene from an early age. He at present rides for the Thomand O’Meara stable at Coolbawn.

Our juveniles are currently taking a well-deserved mid-winter break but, club chairman, Miceál McCormack’s season is already in full swing as he competed in the Munster indoor championships in Nenagh during the pre-Christmas holidays. Miceál made the perfect start to his season by winning the silver medal in the Masters Shot Putt competition.
Training for juveniles is not due to recommence until early February.

Bridge resumes on Wednesday 9th January and the table money will now be 3 Euro.
At our Christmas party held in the Fairways Restaurant on Wednesday 12th December, the following prizes were presented:
Gross Turkey Prizes - played on 14th November 2001
1st Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John
2nd Gross, Annie O'Brien and Cinta O'Flynn
1st Nett, Anna Cooke and Rose Lonergan
2nd Nett, Ellen Rochford and Marjorie O'Brien

Nett Turkey Prizes - played on 21st November 2001
1st Nett, Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
2nd Nett, Joan Kelly and Anne Ryan
1st Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St John
2nd Gross, Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh.

Change of Partner Turkey Prizes - played on 28th November 2001
1st Gross, David O'Meara and Rita Holohan
1st Nett, Anna Cooke and Sean O'Dea
2nd Gross, Bernie O'Meara and Kay St John
2nd Nett, Berney Myles and Breda O'Grady

Christmas Prizes - played on 5th December 2001
1st Gross, Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey
1st Nett, Anna Cooke and Rose Lonergan
2nd Gross, Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
2nd Nett, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke
3rd Gross, Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
3rd Nett, Moira McInerney and Nell Broderick
4th Gross, Kay St. John and Rita Kane
4th Nett, Marjorie O'Brien and Ellen Rochford
5th Gross, Tony Hanrahan and David O'Meara
5th Nett, Brendan Kenny and Mary Quirke
6th Gross, Bernie O'Meara and Bridie Lee
6th Nett, Maureen Maher and Anne O'Dea

We’ve had a message via the Fethard Website from Professor Roy Hayhurst (email address: Roy.Hayhurst@ul.ie) who is enquiring about a Mary O’Connell:
“I am contacting you in the hope you will have some local knowledge. There was a photo in the Sunday Independent, 30th December, taken in the "French Pub", or York Minster in Soho about 1952. According to my brother Joe, who worked there for many years, one of the people in the shot was Mary O'Connell who also worked there. She and her husband John retired home to Fethard some years ago and Joe hasn't seen them for some time. John was a chef in London.
Does this ring any bells? Assuming both of them are okay, Joe would like to get them a copy of the photo and renew contact. We are working on a memoir of Soho in those far off times. I look forward to hearing from you.”

A financial correspondent in a national Sunday newspaper is not too pleased with the artistic standard of the new currency. The former Irish currency notes were imprinted with portraits of national, historical and literary figures. Our Irish coins were unique in Europe, very attractively embossed with domestic and wild animals and birds. The journalist describes the new notes as a suitable monument to the “blandness of the Eurostew now being served.” Perhaps Neddy Wall was not to far off the mark with his “insult to what was a noble currency”, comment.


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