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Saturday 2nd March 2002

A public meeting will take place on Monday 11th March in the Tirry Community Centre at 8pm, with a view to setting up committees to run racquetball and tennis in the Sports Centre. A special appeal is made to all parents of youth and indeed, to all who may be able to help, to please attend. The sports centre is a very important amenity to the people of Fethard and every effort should be made to ensure it continues and be run efficiently by an active committee.

We opened our defence of the county senior football league on a winning note, last Sunday in Fethard, on a scoreline, Fethard 0-14 (0-7), to Cahir 1-4 (1-2). The team was: Tommy Gahan, Ian Kendrick, Cian Maher, Nicky Murphy, Alan Phelan, Michael Ahearne, Diarmuid Burke, Glen Burke (0-1), Owen Doyle (0-1), John Noonan (0-2), Kevin O’Donnell (0-1), Brian Coen (0-3), Carl Maher (0-1), Conor McCarthy (0-5), and John Hanrahan. Subs used: Paul Hackett, Stephen O’Donnell, Miceál Spillane, Michael Quinlan and John Fitzgerald. Other sub: Paul Fitzgerald. Our next match in this competition is away to Moyne on Monday 18th March, at 3pm.
In the minor football county league, played also in Fethard on Sunday last, we got back to winning ways on a scoreline, Fethard 0-14 (0-6), to J. K. Brackens 0-4 (0-2). The team was: Ronan Maher, Liam Frewen, Gavin Ahearne, Paul Kenny, Emmet Burke, Jamie McCormack, Connie O’Flynn, Johnny Conway, Shane Walsh (0-1), Ronan O’Meara (0-2), Michael Dillon (0-6), P. J. Morrissey (0-1), Darren O’Meara (0-2), Alan Burke (0-2), and Shane Aylward. Subs used: Owen Maher and Derek Newport. Our next game will be played on this Sunday 10th March, in Fethard at noon against Ballina.
Tickets for our Annual Dinner Dance, on 15th March, are still available from our chairman, secretary or treasurer.
The lotto jackpot of €2600 was not won. We had three ‘match three’ winners at €50 each: Willie O’Meara (Killusty), Celine Sheehan (Grangebarry) and Noelle Doyle (37 St. Patrick’s Place). Our Lucky Dip winner of €50 was Garreth Byrne (Killusty).
Best of luck in upcoming matches to Glen Burke and Conor McCarthy who were chosen on the county under-21 panel; to Michael Dillon who was picked for the county minor panel; and to Damien Byrne and Willie Morrissey on the senior county panel.

The results for Wednesday 27th February are:
1st Gross: Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett
1st Nett: Pearl Lahart and Breda O’Grady
2nd Nett: Anna Cooke and Madeline O’Donnell
Anyone looking for a partner should contact Annie O’Brien at 052 31862.

Hickey goes one better than O’Driscoll
Daniel Hickey accumulated a massive four tries for Fethard under-10 rugby team on Saturday 2nd March, against a strong Mitchelstown side, a further two tries by the robust Seamie O’Keeffe saw Fethard win narrowly by 6 tries to 5. The foundation for this win was laid by some great forward drives from Mark Ronan, Sam Manton, Matt O’Sullivan and Michael John Murphy. Fethard started the stronger and were three tries up before Mitchelstown settled. When they did get going, they were well tackled by Jack O’Connell, Stephen McGuire, Johnny Grassick and Paul Tierney.
The introduction at half time of the two Killenaule boys, Andrew Kelly and Paul Mackey, into the centre proved crucial in Fethard’s victory, bringing down a big Mitchelstown prop inches from the line. Fethard ran out winners and other good performers on the day were Andy Walsh, Conor Kavanagh, Jerome Ahearne and Johnny Lalor.
Under 12 Rugby
A good all-round team performance secured a good win and victory over Mitchelstown by 5 tries to 3. Adrian Lawrence got the vote for man-of-the-match, making his debut on the rugby field, with some fine runs in attack and his tackles in defence stopping Mitchelstown on a number of occasions inches from the line. This great performance on the day will give the team great confidence in our next match against Cashel in a cup-tie on next Saturday. The try scorers were Dick Walsh, J.P. McGrath, Stevie Healan (2) and Joe Kelly. The team was: Josh Halley, William Grassick, Joe Kelly, Colm Blackmore, Darragh Dwyer, Adrian Lawrence, David Kelly, David Gorey, Dick Walsh, Stevie Healan, Robert Ahearne, J.P. McGrath (captain) and Richard Lalor.

The Fethard Day Care Centre Committee and helpers would like to thank sincerely all who helped, donated prizes, sold tickets, and supported their recent draw. All profits will be used at the centre to help with the new planned extension, which is due to commence within the next two months. The centre is open five days a week and, with the help of the participants of the FÁS Community Employment Scheme, voluntary helpers, South Eastern Health Board, and the committee, tremendous work is being done to help our elderly citizens have much needed services available under one roof. If you would like to get involved and help us in this rewarding work, please contact the Community Office at 052 31000, or call in and speak to Sr. Christine at the Day Care Centre.
The results of the draw were as follows:
1st: ‘Nortgate Painting’, Patrick Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
2nd: ‘Fox Painting’. Larry Kenny, Barrack Street, Fethard.
3rd: ‘Clown Golfer’, Gary Pollard, Clonmel.
4th: ‘Biscuit Barrel’, Agnes Pollard, Clonmel.
5th: ‘Knitted Rug’, Mary Grant, Killerk, Fethard.
6th: ‘Brass Lamp’, Lizzie Reddy, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
7th: ‘Vase’, Fr. Gerry Horan OSA, The Abbey, Fethard.
8th: ‘Watches’, Jimmy O’Sullivan, Main Street, Fethard.
9th: ‘China Wall Clock’, Fr. Michael Toomey OSA, The Abbey, Fethard.
10th: ‘Whiskey’, Nick Harrington, Garrinch, Fethard.
11th: ‘Martini, Brian O’Donnell, Market Hill, Fethard.
12th: ‘Biscuits’, Amy Pollard, Clonmel.

The new information signs showing the interesting sites on Fethard’s Medieval Trail, erected by Tipperary S.R. County Council on conjunction with Fethard Historical Society, should prove a great boon to tourists and locals alike. Hands up how many locals have never made this trip? Why not do so now and learn a bit more about your native place. The Fethard Historical Society will officially launch the trail as soon as the accompanying ‘Medieval Trail’ hand maps are printed. The society will hold their annual general meeting on Tuesday 26th March. All are welcome.

The competitors, on the fifteen teams of four, competing for the South Eastern Irish Thoroughbred Association’s table quiz in Leighlinbridge, were described as the “brains of the bloodstock industry”. The winning team of four had three Fethard participants, David O’Loughlin (Coolmore), Michael Knightly (Primus Advertising), and Shane Horan (Coolmore). The fourth member was Jimmy Murphy (Carlow) who was also team captain. A photo finish and two further rounds were required before the Jimmy Murphy quartet were given the ‘winner alright’ signal.

The Tipperary Foxhounds and the Ballyluskey White Heather packs have enjoyed excellent sport over the past two weeks. The Tipps, after an indifferent start following their Ballylusky meet, had a cracker of a run in the afternoon. Finding close to the Drangan-Ballylusky road, they had a very fast 45 minutes with scarcely a check and losing their fox eventually in Magoury.
The Ballylusky White Heathers on Sunday last, had a good hunt from the Urlingford road to the Lismolin – Ballingarry road, near the village of Ballingarry. Electric fences obliging Donie to call of hounds. A good 40 minute run from Wilford, over Lower and Upper Crohane, found another good day for the foot pack. The White Heathers meet at Ballingarry on this coming Sunday March 10th at noon.

The Fethard-Killenaule Community TV Signal Committee have now supplied a first-class 4-channel British TV signal to our area for the past 19 months. The quality of the picture supplied is now digital quality and the subscriptions for the year 2002 are now due from members of the public benefiting from the service.
The committee are extremely disappointed with the response from the general public on the subscription front. They have estimated that only two in every five households receiving the service have paid their subscription. The request for payment has met with a very poor response, particularly in Fethard town. This is a sad reflection on those who are prepared to accept the service without any notion of paying for same, and is most unfair to those who do pay. The company members who work on an entirely voluntary basis, as a result have not yet cleared their bank debt on the loan required to purchase the equipment and the site for the mast. They therefore make an earnest appeal to members of the public availing of the service and who have not paid their membership, to do so without delay. Funds are urgently needed to maintain the service and for further development. The subscription is a very reasonable €64 and may be made to Waltie Moloney, 35 St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard, or Austin O’Flynn, Burke Street, Fethard.

Due to confusion of dates, the senior club quiz was cancelled on Saturday 3rd March. A new date will be announced shortly. Our club night for next Saturday, 9th March, is cancelled. The next club night will be held on Saturday 16th March, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Looking forward to seeing all members there.

The death has occurred in London of Tommy Tynan. Tommy aged seventy eight died on Tuesday 26th February at The Whittington Hospital, Highgate, London N19, following a short illness.
Born in Glasnevin, Dublin Tommy grew up in Cattaganstown, Killenaule, he was the eldest child of Mattie and Julia Tynan. Tommy married Angela Neville (Moyglass) and the couple moved to England in the fifties. Throughout the years he was a regular visitor to his beloved Killenaule, Moyglass and Fethard district where he had many friends. Tommy played for the Killenaule hurling team in the forties/fifties, and was always heard to say that he was "not much use". There is a picture of his team (Killenaule Senior Hurling Team 1941), which I believe won a county final, published in the Killenaule, Moyglass book. He was one of the last two survivors of the team although the Tipperary Star published the picture a year or two ago with a RIP against his name which caused him much amusement. Tommy was around seventeen at the time, some of his contemporaries would have been Jamesy Connors, Tommy Shanahan, Paddy Hickey and Paddy Foley, Ned Cooke and Dan McCarthy.

The numbers drawn for the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 26th February were as follows: 11, 18, 21 and 28. We had no jackpot winner and 3 'Match 3' winners who received €50 each: Ed O'Brien, Coolquill Castle, Killenaule; Sim Murphy, c/o Donovans, Burke St. Fethard; and Michael O'Rahilly, c/o Coolmore Stud, Fethard.
The winner of our €50 free weekly draw was: Joe Corbett, Grove, Fethard. Next weeks Jackpot is €8,200.

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. All are welcome.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 19th March at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.


Brenda Rowan, Mullinahone (email: Brendar@gofree.indigo.ie)
Fethard.com has a large cosmopolitan guestbook. I signed it two weeks ago only to be contacted by an old school friend whom I haven’t seen in 15 years who now lives in Canada and a friend of the family who is now in Norway and saw my very short entry. I really enjoyed those photos from the Culchie Festival and keep them coming.

S. Stewart, Nova Scotia Canada (email:sstewart@ns.symaptico.ca)
Very interesting! love the country setting with the old style stone buildings. My wife and I can't wait to come and see your countryside in person.

Matthew Nelmes, Storrington (email: matthewnelmes@supanet.com)
A message to Gemma, Mick and John Burke. I love you all and looking forward to seeing you all in the summer. I hope you are all well and that Mick is playing great golf.

Marsha Carter, Calif, USA (email: dzuki@pe.net)
I just finished reading "The Burning of Bridget Cleary". A very informative and interesting book, lots of research into the culture, economics, social and family relationships of that changing time and presented in a way to make one think. I am planning my first trip to Ireland in May, and saw your sites while surfing the Net. Great pictures of Fethard. Since I will be in that area, I am curious about Bridget Cleary's house and grave. I understand the house is still standing. Would you possibly have directions as to the location of the house, and her grave. The book says she is buried in a Roman Catholic burial place in Cloneen, I assume that would be the Catholic church cemetery. Any information you have would be appreciated.

The Fethard & Killusty Community Council held a public meeting at the Fr. Tirry Community Centre on Monday 25th February to take suggestions for consideration in the County Council Review of the South Tipperary County Development Plan. There was a good community representative attendance at this meeting and the following recommendations were discussed and submitted:

1. Population Trends and Demographics
Concentrate population settlements in Fethard Town Centre rather than approach roads or outlying countryside.
Maintain amenities and facilities within and around Fethard to harness a sense of community for its inhabitants.
To develop and promote appropriate housing development in Killusty village to maintain population density.

2. Formulation of a Vision of the future development of Fethard.
To ensure Fethard does not become a Satellite Town of the bigger population centres.
Invest more human resources to support existing services and Community facilities.
To promote Fethard as a Tourist Centre.
To accentuate Fethard’s historical and medieval characteristics.
To utilise Fethard and district’s equine distinction.
To develop craft units / incubator units in the area, such as Chapel Lane.
To further develop the pedestrian friendliness of the town i.e. wheelchair / buggy access.
To develop adult/third level education through outreach centres.

3. Housing, Spatial Strategy.

Infill housing in town centre for elderly and young families intermingled
Ensure that affordable private serviced sites should be made available, within or in close proximity to Town Centre. Fethard & Killusty Community Council should be notified of relevant planning applications and developments in or around Fethard should be sympathetic to the existing Fethard Town Development Plan
Keep ribbon development houses similar in style and finish.
Ensure that planning regulations, re areas of historical sensitivity, e.g. sash windows etc. are adhered to, also that information and advice would be readily available in the initial stages of planning.
Allocate and maintain a supervised designated play area for the town. Voluntary supervision is not longer available and access to many amenities is now restricted because of insurance costs and lack of supervision.

4. Infrastructure: access, roads, sanitary and water provision.

Plan for a town centre by-pass option in future developments.
Safe walking routes, including development of new off road walks / cycle paths.
Wheelchair friendly transport, buildings and roads / paths.
Support for community speed watch.
Water pressure, not consistent throughout town. Lime serious problem.
Main sewerage for Town needs to be upgraded. Cashel Road in particular.
Quality of pot hole filling very poor. Contract road repairs recommended.

5. Employment, retail, tourism and education:

Encourage commercial development on Main Street, serious decline in business in recent years.
Serious lack of guest accommodation available locally.
Develop small enterprise centre, workshops and encourage craft industries.
Concentrate on developing local tourism, equine and craft industry.
Improve services in town, A.T.M. banking badly required in town
Limited public transport available.
Decentralise local authority sections to rural town.

6. Environment and Natural Resources:

Protect unique natural amenities such as Grove Wood, Clashawley River and Slievenamon. Provide parking and ensure access to these gems.
Provide lay-bys at other local scenic spots, such as Peppardstown, and Killerk.
Redevelop former walkways at Strylea, Monroe and Moanbeg.
Maintenance of approach roads, storm water drains, grass verges and ditches are appalling and needs to greatly improved, it is necessary to provide more staff and train existing staff.
Stricter laws prevention owners dumping on land adjacent to public roads.
Enforce the prosecution of litter offenders.

7. Conservation:

Planning regulations to emphasise quality of work.
Facades kept in line with medieval structure.

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