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Saturday 12th January 2002

The local conference of St. Vincent De Paul Society wish to thank everybody who contributed to their annual collection before Christmas. The amount collected, £1,694 (2150 Euro) was another record collection as also was the amount donated outside of the collection. We feel that this illustrates the public endorsement of our work and we are delighted to continue to offer a totally confidential service. Anybody who needs us, please contact any conference member.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday night, January 8, were 4, 7, 26 and 30. We had no jackpot winner and no 'match 3' winner. Five lucky dips were drawn and the following won 30 Euro each:
Leo Darcy, Anner View, Killusty
Alice Byrne, Brodeen, Fethard
Ann McGarry, 29 Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Michelle Hickey, c/o The Well, Fethard
Agnes T. Evans, Congress Terrace, Fethard.
The first winner in new 50 Euro 'Free Draw' for players this week was Eamon Drea, c/o Lonergan's Bar, The Square, Fethard. Next week's jackpot is 7,150 Euro. Tickets now cost 2 Euro.

Senior football .
At New Inn on Sunday last the curtain finally came down on the Fethard 2001senior football season by:
(a) Winning the (Corn Ni Chlumhain) perpetual senior county league trophy — Fethard 2-14 (2-6), Aherlow 2-7(1-3)
(b) Brian Burke playing his last game for the Blues (19 years senior) who was captain for the day and appropriately accepted the cup from Michael Frawley (football chairman).
The team on Sunday was: Paul Fitzgerald, Martin Ryan, Michael Ahearne, Thomas Anglim, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Cian Maher, Damien Byrne 1-0, Aiden Fitzgerald, Tommy Sheehan 0-1, Brian Burke 0-1 (capt), Glen Burke 0-6 (3f), Conor McCarthy 0-4 (1f), Miceál Spillane 1-0, Kenneth Byrne. Subs: Stephen O’Donnell, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1, Brian Coen 0-1,Willie O’Meara. Subs not used: Michael Dillon and Tommy Gahan.
On behalf of the club I would like to thank the management team and the senior panel of players for the great year in bringing Fethard back to its rightful position in Tipperary football as county champions in championship and league; also divisional league champions; also under 21 ‘A’ football county and south champions; under 21 ‘B’ hurling south champions; minor football county league champions.
The club’s annual dinner dance will take place on Friday 15th March in Cahir House Hotel. Please put date in your diary.
The Cidona award for football will be presented to Willie Morrissey on Saturday 26th January in Clonmel .
A Race Night for the club will take place on Friday 22nd February in Burkes (Bridge Bar). Please support by sponsoring a race at 100 euro, jockey trainer or owner at 15 euro.
Fethard AGM takes place on Sunday 27th January in the Abymill Theatre at 2 o’clock and not as stated in last weeks paper.
Bon voyage to Michael Carroll and Kenneth O’Donnell who have taken sabbaticals.
The Lotto jackpot, 8th January, (£1,500 ) was not won. We had 4 match threes at 42 euro each: Paddy Cooney, Brian Delahunty (52 Honeyview Est), Audrey Treacy(Burnchurch Killenaule), Monica O’Shea (Woodvale Walk).
Our sincere sympathies are at this time with the families of Mick McCormack (Aherlow / Mallow), John Oakley (Acroney) and Richard Morris (Loughmore) on there recent bereavements.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 22nd January at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. The council’s annual dinner for members, sub-committees and helpers will take place in J’s Restaurant on Thursday night 24th January. Full details from Joan O’Donohoe at the Community Office. Tel: 052 31000. Names to be handed in before 22nd January.

Results for game played on 9th January 2002
1st Gross, Bernie O’Meara and Bridie Lee
2nd Gross, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke
1st Nett, Fr. John Meagher OSA and Mary Quirke
2nd Nett, Ann O’Dea and Sean O’Dea.
Anyone looking for a partner should contact Annie O’Brien at 052 31862.

Following Fethard’s win over Aherlow on Sunday last, Brian Burke, who was honoured by being made captain for the day, announced his retirement from Fethard senior football team. Brian, one of Fethard’s best ever players says, he may continue playing at a lower level where the high standard of fitness he has set himself may not be required and lessen his punishing training schedule. Brian’s full commitment to the game and the sporting manner in which he played should serve as an example to all young wearers of the blue and gold. Whatever he decides to do, Fethard gales wish him all the best and thank him for so many memories.

The death has occurred in Derby, England, of Stephen O’Brien, Coolmoyne. The late Stephen O’Brien was an outstanding hurler with Coolmoyne and Tipperary in the early fifties. Following a term serving in the Irish Army, Stephen, then in his early twenties, threw in his lot with the Coolmoyne hurlers. He was one of the star players on the Coolmoyne junior hurling team that brought Fethard its only county hurling championship, winning county honours in 1952. he also won a junior handball doubles championship partnered by Jack Wall.
Unfortunately Stephen O’Brien’s hurling and handball career was all too short. he was one of the very “many young men of twenty” forced to take the emigration ship at that time and his prowess as a hurler and handballer was lost to his parish and county forever.
Those who knew him and played with him will not forget him. May he rest in peace. Interment took place in England.

The importance of the ‘Fethard at Home’ (www.fethard.com) website to emigrants generations removed from their Fethard roots is graphically illustrated by a communication received from Motherwell in Scotland.
Joe Kenny had an email from Mary Saunders stating that she was 80 years old and a daughter of Catherine Butler, The Green, Fethard, and a niece of the late Frank ‘Scout’ Butler. Mrs Saunders said she found the Fethard site by accident. Imagine her delight and surprise when Joe was able to forward full details of the career of the late ‘Scout’ and an audio interview between himself and Louis O’Donnell speaking about the events on ‘Bloody Sunday’ when he played in goal for Tipperary.
David Saunders, son of Mary Saunders, sent an email in reply thanking him for his cooperation and information. Situations such as this, Joe says, make the time and effort, of keeping the website operating more than well worth while.

The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers had a great afternoons hunting in the picturesque valley of St. Johnstown, Coolbawn, Knockelly and Saucestown following their meet at Peppardstown on Sunday last. The large following enjoyed the evening’s sport in glorious weather more like April than January. Next Sunday’s meet is at Loughcapple at 12 noon.

Christmas is coming but as they say, it is now as far away as ever. Many seemed to have missed the official notice in the Nationalist re the recycling of Christmas Trees. Old Christmas trees may be brought to the county council yard in The Valley where they will be accepted for recycling.

Fethard GAA Club brought one of the most successful seasons for some time to a successful conclusion on Sunday last when winning the 2001 Senior Football Div 1 League title. They beat Aherlow in a repeat of the championship final on a scoreline Fethard 2-14, to Aherlow’s 2-7. This victory added the league title to the senior championship and under/21 championship already won.
Perhaps the South Senior Football championship by Mullinahone, the one blip in the year’s performance, was the spur Fethard needed to drive them on to greater things. Any club would be rightly proud to have won one of the above titles. To hear some of the local moaners, begrudgers and critics in action, one would imagine that Fethard had won nothing. May we thank players, manager, selectors, club officers and committee for a tryly great season. With a little bit of luck, and the ball running more favourably on the day, Fethard could have added a Munster S.F. Championship title to this list.
With the annual general meeting almost upon us, may we appeal to all who work so hard on behalf of the club, to put all personal difficulties, opinions and whatever, to one side, and strive to bring further honours to Fethard’s great tradition. Always remember, foe success in any sport, the interests of the game must come first, the club second and your own last. Sometimes we are inclined to get it the other way round.

One local fox was certainly “on the town o” one morning last week. Two regular early arrivals for morning 10am mass were amazed to see a fox calmly cross in front of Fethard parish Church entrance. “Charlie’ rambled slowly around the side of the church, probably on his way to visit the convent. This fox has probably not heard yet of the arrival of Donnie’s new beagles!

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