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Saturday 2nd February 2002

Fethard GAA Club will hold a Race Night on Friday 22nd February in Burkes Bridge Bar and we thank you in anticipation of your generous support. On the night, races will be auctioned and prize money, now in euro, will be given. If you are unable to attend on the night, you may still purchase horse, owner or jockey from any club officer or committee member at a cost of €15.
Club membership fees are now due. Subscription rates are: adults €15 and youths (under-18) €10. Please pay our club secretary or treasurer before 28th February, 2002.
Our annual dinner dance will take place this year in Cahir House Hotel on Friday 15th March. Tickets costing €20 can be booked from Mick Ahearne, Nicky O’Shea, or Noel Byrne.
Our lotto jackpot of €2,200 was not won. We had three ‘Match 3’ winners who received €50 each: Brendan O’Donnell, 20 Fr Tirry Park, Fethard; Fethard Juvenile GAA Club; and Dick Burke, Lwr. Main Street, Fethard. The lucky dip winner of €50 was F. Napier, 15 Slievenamon Close, Fethard.
Congratulations to our local Nationalist Award winners. The presentations will be made in the GAA Centre, Clonmel, on this coming Saturday, 9th February. Tickets are €8 each.
The adjourned annual general meeting takes place in the Abymill on Saturday 16th February at 8pm sharp.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 12th February at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. Members and subcommittees are asked to attend.

The annual church gate collection for St. Rita's camogie club will take place next weekend, 9th and 10th February in the churches of the parish. The club A.G.M. will also be held shortly, date to be announced.

Congratulations to Vincent Murphy, son of Annette and Stan Murphy, Main Street, Fethard, and Sarah Crooks, Palmerston North, New Zealand, who got married in New Zealand on Sunday 3rd February.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday night, January 29, were 1, 7, 9 and 27. We had no jackpot winner and one 'match 3' winners who received €150: Chris Coen, Strylea, Fethard. The winner of the €50 'Free Draw' for players was Mrs Bridget Phelan, Killusty South, Fethard. Next week's jackpot is €7,600 euro. Tickets cost €2 and all proceeds go towards community projects.

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 this Sunday 10th February to sign copies of her recently published book. The Book Fair opens from 2pm to 6pm. Admission is €2 with accompanied children free.
‘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).

Four Fethard teams played Kilkenny in Kilkenny’s home ground on Saturday, 2 February. The under-8 team had their first match of the season, where a magnificent display of rugby was given and they recorded their first win. Daniel Hickey scored the first two tries which was followed by a Kilkenny try. Great displays of tackling were given by Keith Bergin, Stephen Tierney, Philip Maher and Gavin Delaney who stopped Kilkenny from scoring on many occasions. Also some great runs came from Josh Murray, Owen Walsh, David Bergin and Conor Kavanagh. In the final few minutes Gregory Henry, from the 10 yard line, scored a wonderful try, leaving the final score of 3 tries to 1 in favour of Fethard. Both Gregory Henry and Philip Maher received man of match awards. A brilliant exhibition of rugby from the under-8’s in their first game.
The under-10 team had a dismal start giving away three early tries to Kilkenny in the first half. However, a comeback followed in the form of a tries from John Lawlor and Daniel Hickey. Seamie O’Keeffe was a tower of strength during this game scoring two great tries. Kilkenny once again assumed control over the game scoring another three tries, before Daniel Hickey scored yet again another try. Michael John Murphy received man of the match and was very unlucky not to score a try himself. A good hard fight was put up by Fethard leaving the final score 6 tries to 5 in favour of Kilkenny. Fine performances were given from Paul Tierney, Jerome Ahearne, Jack O’Connell, Sam Manton, Andrew Kelly and Matt Sullivan.
Fethard under-11 were very unlucky to lose their game, Kilkenny scored 4 tries before Fethard got into the game. However, they kept their heads high and kept battling to level the score at 4 all, with tries from Gavin Yates, Mike O’Hagan, Joe Kelly and Darragh Dwyer. Unfortunately, in the last minute Kilkenny went over the line to secure their win. The final score was 5 tries to 4 to Kilkenny. Man of the match went to Mike O’Hagan who showed some beautiful passes and tackles throughout the game. Josh Halley, Dick Welsh, Cohn Blackmore and Robert Ahearne also played well.

In the last game of the day, the under-12 team started well and at halftime the score was 2 tries all. These tries were scored by Gavin Yates in made a great run from halfway and David Gorey who forced himself over from a ruck on the Kilkenny line. Fethard defence faltered slightly in the second half and let Kilkenny in for 3 more tries leaving the final score 5 tries to 2. Fine performances came from David Kelly, Stephen Heelan, David Hall, Chris Thompson and Richard Lawlor. Man of the match went to Gavin Yates, one of the try scorers.
A great day of rugby was had by all on such a cold day. Training will take place next Saturday at 11am in the school field, new members are always welcome. A home fixture is hoped to be secured for next weekend.

Fethard Macra Club would like to thank everyone who contributed to their table quiz in aid of St. Vincent de Paul. The sum of £400 was raised on the night. Hard luck to the ladies indoor soccer team who travelled to Gormanstown, Co. Meath, to play in the national play-off but were unlucky on the day. Indoor soccer continues every Wednesday night at 9pm in Fethard Ballroom.
Anyone interested in joining the club can contact Mary at Tel: 086 8583261. Our next meeting will be held in The Forge Tavern, Lonergans, at 9.30pm on Friday 15th February.

A delivery van pulled up in Main Street driven by a 100% Dub. “Where is Redcity?”, he asked. After been given directions, he said, “ Thanks a lot, when I saw the address on the parcel, I thought they were bloody well sending me to China!”.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Games will take place in the Tirry Community Centre on Monday February 11 at 8.30pm. In order for the games to continue in the parish it is imperative that parents and those involved with clubs attend this important meeting, otherwise the children of the parish will be deprived of their chance to compete in the 2002 games.

Pat Marshall (email: patricia.marshall1@ntlworld.com )
“I am interested in researching my family tree as my parents were both born in Fethard. I wonder if you could put me in touch with someone who could help me. My father's name was Michael O'Meara and my mother's was Alice Hartigan of Grawn. Yours sincerely Pat Marshall.”

Maggie Lucey (email: Genocidia@btinternet.com )
“My name is Maggie Lucey and just wondered if I could say "Hello" to my husband, Richard Lucey, who is currently at home with his parents, Ann & John Lucey of The Green. We very much enjoy your website and look at it regularly. Keep up the good work and thanks.”

Joseph M. Moroney (email jmoroney@alliedkc.com )
“I have just learned that I will travelling to Dublin in August 2002. I would like to locate relatives of my maternal grandfather Edmund Byrne. He was born around 1860-1870. I will check the cemetery if I need the correct date. He left Ireland with his first cousin, ? McNamara. My cousins have visited the family farm in the early 1970's and remember meeting a relative whose first name was Kitty. I know my grandfather was baptised in Fethard and that his descendants owned a family farm as late as the 1970's. Due to deaths in our family it is difficult to get specific information. Is there anyway you can help me locate the Byrne Family? Thank you in advance for any assistance.”

Tom Vigar (email: vigartom@hotmail.com)
“I am sending this mail with the hope that you can help me. Many, many years ago (just over 40 to be precise) I had a penfriend ( I was then living in Malta) and her name was Connie Grant. Her address at the time was: Kilbury, Cloneen, Fethard. I believe she had moved to Dublin but around 1961 we had lost contact. In, now, my old age I would like to find out if she can be traced so I can at least say "Hello". Could you possibly help on this? If not I would be grateful if you could address me to some other organisation within the area who might be able to help. In the meantime I thank you for your cooperation

The Fethard club will host the Tipperary Regional Youth Senior table quiz for 2002, in the Ballroom on Saturday 2nd March at 8pm. Clare Hannigan and Tony Askins represented the club at the Tipperary Regional Youth Services A.G.M. in Dundrum last Friday night. The new director of services is Mr Liam Brown, who previously worked in Australia with street kids, said, what a pleasure it was to attend the Fethard New Year Party and see teenagers doing what teenagers should be doing, having fun, in a safe environment with leaders that they respected. We are proud to announce that two of our leaders, Rita McCormack John and Clare Hannigan, have been elected to the Regional Club Council. We welcome David Mulvey, our arts and crafts expert, to the club. David gave a class on Origami, the art of paper folding. There will be no club on this Saturday night due to preparations for the Annual Book Fair on Sunday. We’ll be back on track on Saturday night 16th February from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Fethard I.C.A. Guild wish to thank sincerely all who supported their recent Cake and Bric-A-Brac sale. Thanks also to the ICA members who worked so hard to make the project such a success. The proceeds went to charity, half being donated to the people of Afghanistan.
The next guild meeting will be held in the ICA Hall on Thursday 12th February. Mrs Helen O’Brien will give a talk and demonstration on reflexology and massage. The ‘Green Group’ will be hostesses on the night.
Craft classes are currently underway with Mrs Marie Crean now conducting classes in 3D Decoupage picture making. New members are always welcome.

Congratulations and best wishes to Mick Ahearn on his recent election as chairman of Fethard GAA Club. Mick Ahearn is a true and blue GAA man. A regular attender at all local games over the years, from juvenile, junior ‘b’ to senior, has given him an excellent one-to-one relationship with players of all grades. Part of Mick’s policy is the excellent idea of getting players more involved in the day-to-day running of the club. This is a situation that, traditionally, has been sadly lacking in most GAA clubs. Players are the ones who benefit most from club activities and it is only right that they should take a more active part in the running of club affairs. This is certainly the case in many other sports and team games. The balance sheet at the AGM showed a rather unhealthy bottom line. To remedy this situation and help put the club back on a even financial level is also high on the list of Mick’s priorities. We wish him the best of luck in his endeavours and feel sure he will have the wholehearted support of all members in his efforts.

Fethard, like most other towns, has its share of skate board users, mostly boys of pre-teen years. Unfortunately a local lady who is visually impaired was knocked down by one young skate-boarder last week, and very fortunately, suffering no serious injury apart from being very badly shaken.
It would be wrong to adapt a very negative attitude here. The kids on their skateboards have nowhere else to use them except the footpath. This is completely wrong as last weeks incident shows. At the same time, it should be understood that wherever they’re used, extreme caution should be taken at all times by users. What is the solution? Perhaps some public body or club should consider erecting a proper skate boarding ramp on some open space. Skateboarding is a comparatively new craze in Fethard that looks like it is here to stay and the boarders need somewhere to use them. The public footpath is certainly not the place. While it is not their duty to provide play areas, would it be feasible for the GAA Sports Centre to erect a proper ramp for skateboard enthusiasts? One thing is certain, it would attract many young boys to the GAA playing field area.

Unfortunately, the complaints are increasing as to the gatherings at old Chapel Lane. Anyone passing through the lane would readily see the litter that is strewn everywhere, and worse still, now it seems that local property is also being interfered with. Is Fethard now going to end up like many other towns, with locked gates on our lanes to stop these unsocial gatherings?

Fethard Historical Society having enquired about submitting their tourist brochure for distribution at the Bord Failte international tourist fair in Dublin were told that if they wish to have it included, they will have to remove the hunting photograph from the front. This photograph shows the Tipperary Foxhounds, when Captain Williams was master, passing under the medieval North Gate at Rocklow Road. Apparently it is now national policy not to advertise hunting.
To remove hunting from the Fethard tradition is to remove a great part of what we are. Written records of hunting locally go back to 1765. Béal Ódhas goes back much further and is lost in the mists of mythology. Fionn MacCumhaill and the Fianna hunted on Slievenamon with their great hounds. Carraig na gCon, one of the peaks of Slievenamon is the traditional burying place of Fionn’s favourite hounds, Bran.
Carraig na Fiadh (The rock of the deer) is another place name on Slievenamon associated with the hunting tradition. No doubt the men in suits in their offices in the city have a very good reason for banning material they consider to be promoting hunting. They should remember that at least as far as Fethard area is considered,
“It is not very easy just to think of fox and hound,
For Hunting seems the essence of the countryside all round,
You just cannot separate it from the beauty you have found,
In South Tipperary.”
Simon Probin, huntsman to the Tipperary Foxhounds is recovering from a bad fall he had at Knockavilla on Thursday of last week. Simon, who suffered serious facial injuries and was badly concussed in the fall, is making a good recovery.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet at Ballingarry on this Sunday 10th February, at 12 noon.

The Fethard Parish Church’s Sacristan’s collection will be taken up on this weekend, 9th and 10th February.

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