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Saturday 26th January 2002

The Annual General Meeting of the Fethard Club took place on Sunday last, 27th January, in the Abymill Theatre at 2 pm. The officers elected for 2002 are as follows Fr Tom Breen (president); Mick Aherne (chairman), Noel Byrne (secretary), Nicholas O’Shea (treasurer), John Hurley (joint vice-chairman), Dick Fitzgerald (joint vice-chairman), Mary Godfrey (assistant treasurer), Caroline Sheehan (assistant secretary and juvenile secretary), Martha Sheehan (Scor officer), Noel Byrne (p r o / insurance / coaching officer), Denis O’Meara (field development officer), Denis Burke (youth officer), Daithi O Cathain (oifig na gaeilge), Gussy Fitzgerald (county board delegate), Tommy Gahan (county football board delegate). South Board delegates are Noel Byrne and Mick Aherne; joint vice presidents are Dick Allen and Timmy O’Riordan; honary life president Dick Cummins, honary life vice president Rev. Canon James Power. Selectors for under 21 ‘A’ football are Tommy Sheehan, Pat Sheehan and Tom Anglim. Minor football selectors are Willie Quigley (trainer), John Hurley, Willie Morrissey and Austy Godfrey. All other team trainers, manager and selectors will be elected at the adjourned AGM on sat 16th February at 8pm in the Abymill Theatre.
Our lotto jackpot of €2000 was not won. We had four ‘match three’ winners who received €35 each: Davy Lawless, Jim O’Meara (snr), Dick Fitzgerald, and Stephen O’Donnell. Lucky Dip for €50 was Moira Morrissey (Tullamaine).
Our deepest sympathy at this time is with the families of Stephen O’Brien (England) and Grace Maher (Abbeyville) on their recent bereavements. Go ndeanai dia trocaire uirthi.

A very enjoyable night was had by all our members and leaders at our club’s New Year’s Party night. The night began with a club table quiz, followed by a photo session for the Nationalist and then the presentation of a cheque to our club by Liam Browne, Director Regional Youth Services. Refreshments and hot food was provided on the night for all present and to finish the night we had a Karoke session at which everybody took part, including the leaders. To sum up the night in a few words, “we had a ball”.
The club is on every Saturday night from 7.30pm to 9.30 pm and the weekly fee to cover expenses is €2. New leaders are always required to help out with this busy club. Please contact any leader or call to the club on Saturday night and have a look for yourselves.

Fethard juvenile rugby club travelled to Mitchelstown on Sunday 13 January. We were able to field three teams at under-10, under-11 and under-12. Our under-12 team went down by 3-0 in tries against a very experienced Mitchelstown who are unbeaten so far this season. Fethard showed great spirit and determination and the final score didn't reflect how close the game really was. Stephen Healan got the 'man of the match' award for his work in attack at a strong Mitchelstown pack. The team was: J. P. McGrath, D. Gorey, S. Healan, D. Hall, D. Kelly, C. Thompson, D. Kelly, D. O'Dwyer, Jam. Kelly, R. Lalor, C. Blackmore and W. Grassick.
Fethard fielded an under-11 team for the first time. Some of the players played for the under-12 team in the previous game. The experience showed and Fethard scored quickly through Andrew Yates breaking just outside his own 22 line to score and Shane Kavanagh scoring another almost identical try within minutes. Joe Kelly came on as a replacement and got a brace of tries for his hard work. Dick Walsh, having his first full game, made some very determined runs and tackles. Robert Ahearne also played well. Both players will benefit from the experience of the game. The 'man of the match' award was shared between Joe Kelly and Dick Walsh. Team: J.P. McGrath, D. Gorey, D. Hall, S. Healan, D. Walsh, R. Ahearn, J. Hally, A. Yates, S. Kavanagh, W. Grassick and D. O'Dwyer.
Fethard under-10 team ran out comprehensive winners after a tough game also against Mitchelstown. Fethard applied the pressure from the start with some great kicking by Sam Manton and Mark Ronan which was rewarded by the speedy Johnny Grassick getting two tries. However, Mitchelstown fought back strongly and only due to the strong tackling of centres Jack O'Connell and Andrew Kelly, Fethard would have been in arrears at half time. Fethard introduced some fresh legs at this stage as conditions were very heavy and some fine running by Jessica Kenny, Tim O'Hagan and Andrew Walsh set up tries for Seamie O'Keeffe, Johnny Lalor and Daniel Hickey. So Fethard under-10's recorded another fine win and are to be congratulated on their progress in this, their first season.
Training continues on Saturday morning at 11am for under-8, under-10 and under-12. New members are most welcome. Contact number: 087 9661315.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday night, January 15, were 3, 13, 18 and 21. We had no jackpot winner and three 'match 3' winners receiving €50 each:
Thérèse Murphy, c/o O'Donovan's, Burke Street, Fethard.
Anna Cooke, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
Eddie O'Brien, The Square, Fethard.
The second winner in the €50 euro 'Free Draw' for players was Margaret Smith, Cashel Road, Fethard.
The numbers drawn on Tuesday night, January 22, were 2, 10, 18 and 25. We had no jackpot winner and two 'match 3' winners receiving €75 each:
Carmel Murphy, Crampscastle, Fethard.
Eileen O'Brien, c/o Coolmore, Fethard.
The winner of the weekly €50 'Free Draw' was Joe Keane, 72 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
Next week's jackpot is €7,450 euro. Tickets now cost €2.

We had the following request from Mary Ann Geiger (email: tedibear@isrv.com ) through the Fethard Website (www.fethard.com):
“My mother's grandfather was Hamlim Latham, from Ballysheehan/Killenaule, who married Catherine Cudahy. Supposedly she was the caretakers daughter and he got disinherited.... when he married her. They moved to Canada and later to Windsor Ontario and thence to Detroit Michigan. My Grandfather Tom O'Neil courted Annie Latham and she moved to Detroit! On the back of a photo I have are the words Brook Hill and Maugary Estate, Crumps Castle. I assume the family owned these properties!
I know my Great Uncle Frank Latham went to Ireland to do something about the ownership of the Abbey of Fethard, and as my mother said, giving the Abbey back to the monks? When this was done I do not know because my grandmother died in 1911 and she was the one who insisted uncle Frank do this. So it must have been before that!
Also I remember my mother saying something about a title in the family. Lord Haywood or Harwood, and the motto, the eagle devouring the dove. The words Killenaule and Ballysheehan are also on the back of the photos. One lady in a photo is named Eliza I believe. It has been many years since I really looked at the photos so I may not be perfectly correct.
Where might I look online for some Latham family info? I ordered some film from the Mormon family history library and got nowhere! Can anyone please direct me a little to more info. I would greatly appreciate it. Are there any Latham families still living in the area? Your site is the first I've really seen of Fethard and the surrounding area. I was really pleased to see it.”

Fethard’s weekly Country Market on Friday mornings still continues to grow apace. Established over 50 years ago, it was the flagship and forerunner of the Country Market movement nationwide. Fethard Market, founded by Mrs Olivia Hughes, has been used as a working example by many of the national Country Markets of the present time. Mrs Hannie Leahy, Annsgift, one of the Fethard founder members, is still going strong and in regular attendance each Friday morning at Fethard Town Hall. The group will hold their Annual General Meeting on Friday 1st February at 10.30am in the Town Hall.

The Euro and Cent is now well up and running after two weeks in circulation. Opinions locally on the new currency are certainly many and varied. Some say, “no problem whatsoever”, while others say “I’ll never get used to it.” One thing is certain, however, the one cent and two cent coins have been given the thumbs down sign, big time.
“What did they bother minting those for?”, “They’re only a nuisance!”, “Keep the change or put it in the mission box!”, are some of the opinions being expressed, even from juveniles. The smaller coins are definitely not being spent.
Retailers find that once they give them out in change, they simply disappear and are never seen again. The wearing quality of the new 5 Euro note is also being questioned and a number of these have already been re-claimed by the banks.
One final reminder, you have just two weeks left to spend your old decimal coinage and punts. After February 9th, the notes will still be honoured by the banks, the coins can be placed amongst your souvenirs!

The death has occurred of Mrs Grace Maher, Abbeyville, Fethard who died on Thursday 17th January. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred of Mai Maher, Market Hill, Fethard, who died on Friday 25th January. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

The Ballylusky White Heathers enjoyed a good day from Loughcopple on Sunday 20th January and another good day from their meet at Clonacody Cross on Sunday, January 27, having a great run of one hour from their first draw. Hounds meet this coming Sunday, February 3rd at Coolbawn Cross at 12 noon and on Sunday February 10th at Ballingarry.

Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School will run the following as part of their Spring 20002 Life Long Learning Programme:
E.C.D.L. (modules 1-3), suitable for those with basic computing skills, a 12 week course costing 132 Euro. A follow up programme covering modules 4-7 will be offered in September.
Exercise to Music, an eight week course costing 35 Euro.
Both programmes will commence on Tuesday February 5th at 7pm. Further details Tel: 052 31572.

Marie Thomson (email: racingmatamata@xtra.co.nz )
“I came across your web page when looking for information about Kiltinan Stud where my friend has gone to work for six months. She starts work there on Tuesday, your time. (She is Irish and comes from Co Cork but has been in New Zealand for six years)
I have actually been to Fethard in 2000, and visited Coolmore and drank in McCarthy's pub. Great pubs you have in Ireland! Even tasted a ‘small’ of Guinness! Something I was told I must do.
Could you please give me some info about Kiltinan Castle, where the stud is situated, as I was very interested to read that at one stage it was owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Pictures on the web were excellent. Thanking you in anticipation”

Katie Nott (email: knott@bigpond.net.au )
“Absolutely delighted to pick your website up on this side of the world (Australia). I can’t believe the changes that have taken place in Fethard. My family are from Fethard, Thurles, Templemore etc. I have cousins living at Rathvin, Ryans and Kellys, but never seem to have time to keep in touch. We know the Newports, Whytes, McCarthys. Is the shop still on Rocklow Road? We knew the Ryan family who owned that house very well before it was taken and turned into the shop. We are planning a trip to Fethard this year. Please put us on your Emigrants Newsletter mailing list.”

Mary Ryan, author of 'Hope', the story of one of Tipperary's richest ever men, is coming to the ‘Tipperariana Book Fair’ in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday 10th February to sign copies of her recently published book. ‘Hope’, is the story of Tom Walsh from Lisronagh, Co. Tipperary, who left his home, with his sister Maria in 1869, when 19 years old, to go and make his fortune in America. And what a fortune he made! He followed the railroad west as far as Colorado and eventually to a great gold mine that would make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. Fortune however has her price. Tom's daughter Evelyn, wife of the heir to the Washington Post, buys the world's most infamous gemstone, the Hope Diamond, and the subsequent tragedies and unfolding life stories are told in novel format in 'Hope' published by Headline Publishing of London.
Fethard Historical Society are also interested in receiving any unwanted books that you may have, please contact any of the committee who will arrange to have them collected and sold at the Historical Society’s second-hand book stall (proceeds to Historical Society). If you wish to have your own stall, please contact Terry Cunningham, Grangebeg, Fethard, Tel: 052 23402, to book a stall. Stalls are sold at a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay!

On Wednesday 23rd January we had an impromptu change of partner and the results
were as follows:
1st Gross: Teresa Cummins and Carol Kenny
2nd Gross: Alice Quinn and Gemma Burke
1st Nett: Breda O’Grady and Ellen Rochford
2nd Nett: Joan Kelly and Sean O’Dea

On 16th January we played for prizes sponsored by Rita Kane and Kay St. John,
last year’s President&Mac226;s Prize winners, and the results were:
1st Nett: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett (winners of prize)
2nd Nett: Pearl Lahart and Breda O’Grady
1st Gross: Annie O’Brien and Noreen Evans
2nd Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn

On Wednesday night, 30th January, we commenced the Player of the Year competition which continues for the next three Wednesday nights. On February 6th and 13th there
will be a change of partner and on February 20th you play with your own partner.
Anyone looking for a partner should contact Annie O’Brien at 31862.

His many friends are very pleased to hear that Gus Maher is once again back on the road and making good progress after his recent spell in hospital.

Please note that training for juveniles recommences on Monday, February 4th, at 6.30pm in the GAA Field.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Games will take place in the Tirry Community Centre on Monday February 11 at 8.30pm. All parents and those involved with clubs are requested to please attend this important meeting. This plea goes out every year and usually falls on deaf ears. If there is not an increase in attendance this year, the games are in danger of being disbanded. There are presently over 30 events on offer. We in the Fethard area have enjoyed considerable success each year despite being under pressure for additional help. Please help and make sure your children are not deprived of their chance to take part this year. Closing date for affiliation and team entries as February 28th. Anyone wishing to enter a team, please attend.

The death has occurred in London recently of Mr Bill Croke, formerly of Derryluskin, Fethard. The late Bill Croke, one of Fethard’s very long time emigrants, left his native Derryluskin in 1931. Though over 70 years resident in London, he never lost his great interest in his native place. A regular weekly reader on The Nationalist, he followed with great interest all items of local interest especially the varying fortunes of Fethard parish football and hurling teams.
Bill Croke became a great cricket fan and followed the state of play diligently in all the test matches, the advent of television proving a great boon. Accompanied by his wife, he was a regular annual holiday visitor to Fethard when he loved to meet old friends and chat about older friends and times. He also loved to tell how he still had the return half of the ticket he purchased at Clonmel Station for 21 shillings all those years ago. He also told how he introduced hurling and football in Hughes’s field, the legendary training ground of the old Coolmoyne teams. On evening while cycling to Fethard, Bill and one of his companions found an old 10 shilling note. They purchased a football and, with permission, started to play each evening in Hughes’s field. Many locals joined in. Denis Walsh and family of famed Tubberadora took up residence in nearby Ardsallagh House and soon there were so many playing hurling, football and camogie, that a hawker found it worth her while to come out from Cashel to sell her wares on practice nights.
Bill Croke lived to see a great age. Advancing years and failing health prevented him from fulfilling a wish to make one more visit to Derryluskin and Fethard, his native place which he never forgot. May he rest in peace. Interment took place in London.

Those fortunate, or should it be unfortunate, to be up before daybreak can now hear a long forgotten but very familiar sound re-echoing in the morning light. Two yards in the Watergate area have each a few very healthy cockerels, proving that, in either bird or man, “What the old cock crows, the young cock answers”. They greet each new day with their own dawn chorus.
How wonderful that in these days of computers, mobile phones, fax machines and internet etc., that a sound which we know has been heard for at least 2,000 years can still be heard each morning in Fethard. There was a time when a cock crew each morning from every country farmyard, it is now doubtful if many under 40 years olds would have ever heard it!

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