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Saturday 23rd February 2002

The results for Wednesday 20th February, the final round of Player of the Year, are:
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
2nd Gross: Annie O’Brien and Noreen Evans
1st Nett: Moira McInerney and Anna Cooke
2nd Nett: Nora Lawrence and Rosemary Lalor

The Player of the Year will be announced at our President’s Prize Dinner in May. On Wednesday next, March 6th, we will play or prizes sponsored by FBD Investments. Our committee meeting will be held beforehand at 7pm.
Anyone looking for a partner should contact Annie O’Brien at 31862.

The minor football county league commenced on Sunday last, February 24th, we were defeated in the first round by Killenaule on a scoreline, Killenaule 4-9 (2-4), Fethard 0-7 (0-1). Our team was: Ronan Maher, Paul Kenny, Alan Burke William Doyle, Gavin Aherne, Emmet Burke, Jamie McCormack, Johnny Needham, Johnny Conway (0-5f), Darren O’Meara, P J Morrissey, Owen Maher, Shane Alwyard, Derek Newport and Shane Walsh (0-2, 1f). Our next game is on this coming Sunday, March 3rd, at 11am in Fethard against J.K. Brackens followed by the senior county league game at12.45 pm against Cahir. All players and supporters please note change of times.
We had no winner of our €2,500 lotto jackpot. We had seven ‘match three’ winners who received 25 euro each: Gussie Breen (Burke Street), Frank Coffey (Burke Street), Jim O’Meara (St. Patricks Place), Phil Griffin (Carrigeen, Cashel), Padraic O’Donnell (Kilconnell), Pat Sheehan (Killusty) and Catherine Stapleton (Coolmoyne). The €50 ‘Lucky Dip’ winner was Teresa Walsh, Ballynockin, Ballypatrick.
The club’s annual Dinner Dance takes place on 15th March in Cahir. Tickets costing €22.50 can be had from the chairman, secretary or treasurer.
We would like to thank everyone who made our Race Night such a success on the night. to Martin Burke, for the use of his facilties, to the sponsors, thank you, to Stephen for the crack, to Willie and Vincent, Danny, Chris, John and Gussy, for all their help on the night, and last but not least, to all who bought a line or a horse on the night, it was much appreciated. Our next main fundraising activitie is a Golf Classic on Friday June 28th in Cahir.

The Well Golf Society will hold a golf outing to Thurles Golf Club on Saturday March 2nd, and all are welcome to play. Tee-off is at 9am.

The Fethard Branch of Red Cross will commence with their First Aid classes on Tuesday March 5th, at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre. Anyone interested in taking part are asked to contact any committee member or ring the secretary at Tel: 052 31170.

The Secondary School Parents Association will hold their annual Table Quiz on Tuesday 12th March at 8.30pm in the Secondary School. A raffle will be held in conjunction with the quiz. Attractive prizes are kindly sponsored. Proceeds are in aid of the School's Lourdes' Fund. Please take note of the date for your diary. All are welcome.

The Fethard & Killusty Community Council held a general public meeting on Monday 25th February in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm to discuss the County Council’s Review of the County Development Plan. The meeting was facilitated by Terry Cunningham, Teagasc, and was attended by members of the community and representatives from local community organisations. Following a general discussion, it was agreed to record the issues discussed and submit them to the South Tipperary County Council for their review of the existing County Development Plan. The revised Plan will set the direction of land-use policies in the County for a six-year period and beyond.
Individual/group submissions should be posted, to arrive before Wednesday 6th March, to the: Administrative Officer, Planning Section of South Tipperary County Council, County Hall, Clonmel.

The annual George Plant commemorative ceremony takes place at St. Johnstown on Sunday March 3rd at 3pm. The oration will be delivered by Ruarí Ó Brádaigh, President Republican Sinn Féin.

While the decorative lanterns which now supply the public lighting on The Square have met with universal approval, the lighting elsewhere is now receiving its share of criticism. The problem is , it looks dull in comparison to the new lighting system.
Following representations made by Cllr Denis Landy and other councillors regarding the public street lighting in Fethard, the following reply was received from Mr Jonathan Cooney, Area Engineer. “There are no plans to replace the existing lighting at Lower Main Street, with decorative lanterns. Fethard has been included in the Urban Renewal Programme for 2001-2006.”

Kathleen Kenny, Hillview, The Green, Fethard, was the lucky winner of one of the St. Thérèse plates in the competition on Radio Éireann’s Faílte Isteach program on Saturday night.

Next Sunday’s meet of the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers takes place at Lismolin at 12 noon.

‘Anois teacht an Earraigh’ and in spite of the inclement weather people are starting to move out. Some regular riverside walkers of the Coffey’s Bridge, Millennium Footbridge to Convent Bridge walk are rather weary of Jimmy Ryan’s geese that sometimes approach in what appears to be a rather aggressive manner. On being questioned by one walker the bold Jimmy said, “ I categorically state that the geese are like their owner, they might make a lot of noise now and again, but otherwise they are quite harmless. Jus say, shoo, and they are gone!” Jimmy also says,. the geese would greatly appreciate a few bits of broken biscuits, if walkers would throw them their way. He did not state what variety, but as soon as we find out, you’ll be the first to know!


John & Jackie Maher (email: jaamah@webtv.net>
I am Ned Maher's nephew and writing on the off chance that you may know of a cottage or house to rent in Fethard. We just want it for one week, from October 12th to 19th.

Bryan Strapp (email: bkstrapp@hotmail.com)
I’m looking to make contact with any Strapps in the area or any information that could help me make contact!

Rosalyn Kutchins (email: RKutchins@hotmail.com)
I am the 4th great grandaughter of James and Anastasia Brohan who were married in Fethard parish in 1843 and who migrated to the US in the 1850's with their young family. Anastasia was the daughter of James and Bridget Craddick. I am also looking for family of Timothy Splane (Splaine) migrated to US around the same time. Tim Splane married Ellen Brohan (daughter of James and Anastasia.

Breda Kearney (email: bredakearney@yahoo.co.uk)
Hi, Great to see the pictures of Coolmore. We are in Adelaide two weeks now and are heading to Melbourne to see the Grand Prix, really looking forward to that. Hi to all in St. Patrick’s Place.

Marianne Coffey Morrison (email: morrisom@netnitco.net)
I am doing research on the Coffey family. My relative that was from Fethard was Michael Coffey. I believe that he was born about 1816. He emigrated to England and then to America. He lived in Chicago, Il at the time of his death. His daughter was my grandmother, Agnes. She married a Thomas Michael Coffey who I believe was from either Clonmel or Tipperary and who emigrated to the United States. They lived in Chicago, Il. She moved to Michigan City, IN to live with my father, Thomas Phillip Coffey until her death in 1938. My father Thomas was quite old, 63, when I was born and almost 65 when my younger brother, Phillip was born. He lived until he was 73. Any help with Coffey relatives in Ireland would be most appreciated. My husband and I went to Ireland in 1999, but even though we visited Fethard, we didn't have much time to really do any lengthy genealogical searching. Besides, we were enjoying the beautiful country to much to be stuck in doors the whole time. Best Regards, Marianne Coffey Morrison

The A.G.M. of St. Rita's Camogie Club, Fethard will take place this coming Friday night, March 1st, at 8.30 pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All players are asked to attend as it is envisaged that training will commence immediately. Juveniles are also encouraged to be present as teams have been entered in all under-age grades and it will be necessary to ensure that training times suit the younger girls. All are most welcome to attend.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday night, February 19, were 2, 4, 6 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and three 'match 3' winners, each received €50:
Neilie Hall, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard
Mary Cranitch, Ballinard, Fethard.
Marie Butler, Garrinch, Fethard.
The winner of the €50 'Free Draw' for players was, Seamus Hackett, Strylea, Fethard. Next week's jackpot is €8,050. Tickets cost €2.

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