The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 19th March at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. The Community Council would like to express their sincere sympathy to the wife, family and relatives of the late Frank Meagher, who died last weekend.
FETHARD GAA CLUB
In under 21 ‘A’ football on next Sunday 17th March, we commence our bid to win four divisional titles in a row when we play Killenaule in the first round (knockout) at the By-Pass (Clonmel Óg) with a 12 o’clock start. The very best of luck to all involved in our quest .
In the minor football county league on Sunday last we lost in Fethard to Ballina on a scoreline, Fethard 0-5 (0-2) to Ballina 2-5 (0-3). The team was: Ronan Maher, Liam Frewen, Gavin Ahearne, Paul Kenny, Brian O’Connell, Jamie McCormack, Ronan O’Flynn, Shane Walsh, Johnny Conway, P. J. Morrissey, Michael Dillon 0-4 (0-2 F), Johnny Needham, Darren O’Meara, Alan Burke and Shane Aylward 0-1. Subs were Derek Newport and Damien Donovan. At this stage we do not know our next league fixture but the south championship is to commence on weekending 23rd or 30th March. Training in the field continues for all on Thursdays at 6.30pm.
We had no lotto jackpot winner of €2,700. Two match three winners of €75 each, Liz Lonergan, Slievenamon Close, and Eddie O’Brien, Main Street. The €50 lucky dip was won by Davy Woodlock, Fethard.
Our Annual Dinner dance is now upon us on this Friday 15th March. The bus will be leaving Main Street at 7.45pm for Cahir House Hotel. The price of the bus trip, including return journey is €5, payable when getting on bus.
The club wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to the Meagher family, Cloneen, on the tragic death of Frank last weekend.
MESSAGES FROM FETHARD.COM WEBSITE
Marijke Westra, Neitherlands (email is Marijkewestra@hotmail.com)
You don't know me, but I saw your website and wanted to ask you something. My name's Marijke Westra and I am an ex-classmate of Bert van Dommelen, a new inhabitant of Fethard. He is about to open his new restaurant, "Bert's Bistro" behind Lonergan's pub. Bert and I finished cooking school together and I have gotten to know him as a lovely, kind and welcoming man, whom I wish all the success in the world! I would like to ask you that, if you know him and see him, to give him my love, so that he'll hear from someone from home unexpectedly! I hope you will find that Bert is an excellent chef and that you'll have dinner there all the time!
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:firstname.lastname@example.org)
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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
REVIEW OF COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN
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 submitted on behalf of the community:
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 just 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.
To ensure our community has an adequate Garda presence.
To purchase public facilities for future community use.
To provide community services for our young, middle aged and our senior citizens, especially catering for those in need.
To provide local business opportunities and housing for our next generation.
To make Fethard an attractive, happy and safe place to live.
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 traffic 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.
Involve the disabled when planning for the disabled.
Support for community speed watch project.
Walking paths by roadside, especially in traffic danger zones, ie: from Jesuit’s Walk to Congress Terrace on the Clonmel Road; and from the Ballroom to Monroe on the Cashel Road.
Water pressure, not consistent throughout town. Lime is a serious problem.
Main sewerage for Town needs to be upgraded. Cashel Road in particular is neglected for years.
Quality of pot-hole filling is very poor.
Contract road repairs to private business is recommended as an alternative.
5. Employment, retail, tourism and education:
Encourage commercial development on Main Street, Fethard, as there is a 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.
Encourage alternative business ideas for rural towns.
Improve services in town, ie: A.T.M. banking is badly required in Fethard.
Limited public transport available.
Decentralise local authority sections to rural towns.
&Mac183;Development of outreach third-level educational facilities in rural towns.
6. Environment and Natural Resources:
Protect unique natural amenities such as Grove Wood, Clashawley River and Slievenamon. Provide parking and ensure access is available to all.
Provide lay-bys at other local scenic spots, such as Peppardstown, and Killerk.
Reopen and maintain former walkways / paths / rights of way for pedestrians, including those 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 regarding the dumping of waste.
Enforce the prosecution of litter offenders.
Planning regulations to emphasise quality of work.
Inner town developments to preserve old streets and lanes.
Facades kept in line with medieval structure.
Preserve streets and town layouts as they were originally planned
Preserve stone walls wherever possible.
DOUBLE FOR MARK
Local amateur rider Mark Grant, road a double at the Premier Hunt point-to-point at Horse and Jockey on Sunday last. Being narrowly beaten on the favourite ‘Deep King’ in the opening race, and having a fall from ‘Rough Gent’ in the maiden, Mark once again showed that a jockey’s life is one of ups and downs, as he went on to ride two winners, ‘Equivicol’ in the gelding’s maiden and ‘Eastertide’ in the mare’s maiden.
DEATH OF INTERNATIONAL RALLY DRIVER
The death of Frank Meagher while testing his new Ford Cosworth rally car on Slievenamon on Sunday, 10th March, came as a great shock to his many friends and fans in the Fethard area. We have recorded his many successes in this column over the years, especially in the early stages of his career before he became the internationally known driver he is currently. His death, at the peak of his career, is therefore all the more poignant to those who followed his many victories on the national and international car rallying scene where he brought so many honours to Tipperary and his native Cloneen. Frank Meagher was recognised by his colleagues as a driver with natural ability and one of the best on tarmac. He was one of the few drivers to have won both the National Circuit of Ireland Rally and the Tarmac Championship in the one year. He was also to first Irishman to win the Manx International Rally on the Isle of Man.
Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, young family, parents and relatives. Interment took place in Cloneen.
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will now hold their 50th Anniversary Meet on foot in Drangan on this coming Sunday, 17th March, at noon, to finish the season.
The death has occurred of Mrs Patricia Hanly, Coleman Abbey. Interment took place at Clerihan Cemetery.
Fethard’s long ongoing connection with the Cheltenham Racing Festival was again evident last weekend when we had a reporter and photographer from the Sunday Observer newspaper over from England doing an article on the Mouse Morris Everardsgrange Stables, and a BBC film crew at McCarthy’s Hotel. We wonder did they document the unique record that Fethard has in the Gold Cup of 1957 when the first four horses home were locally bred.
Speaking of Cheltenham, a happy and profitable trip to the top National Hunt Festival will be enjoyed by popular local personality Tom Purcell. Tom was winner of the €2,000 all expenses paid trip to Cheltenham at the recent Pre-Cheltenham Race Night held at Dundrum House Hotel.
ST. RITA’S CAMOGIE CLUB
The Annual General Meeting of St. Rita's Camogie Club took place on Friday night March 1st. A sincere welcome is extended to our new Club President, Fr. Breen and the club graciously thank Canon James Power for his support and loyalty in his capacity as President over the past number of years.
The following officers were elected: Chairman: Gerry Ahearne; Secretary: Emma Fitzgerald; Treasurer: Sharon O'Meara; County Board Delegates: Gussie Fitzgerald, Joe Keane and Stephen Fitzgerald. The committee comprises the above in addition with Martha Sheehan, Pat Sheehan, Lisa McCormack and Declan Browne.
In our quest to attain some silverware in this year's Intermediate Championship, we are privileged to retain the services of Declan Browne as trainer despite his commitments to Inter-County teams and his new role as captain of the Moyle Rovers senior football team. We appreciate the effort he is making to accommodate us in to his busy schedule and wish him a successful, injury-free season but candidly speaking, hope this doesn't come at "the Blues" expense!
It is necessary to reiterate that juvenile teams will be catered for and a proper coaching system put in place. The club hopes that the young girls of the area and beyond will choose to play with Fethard and therefore play an active part in allowing this long-standing club to continue well into the New Millennium.
The committee members attended a meeting on Friday 8th of March in the Tirry Community Centre which was followed by a players meeting to finalise training arrangements.
Our Annual Dinner Dance, which is held in conjunction with Fethard GAA Club, takes place on Friday March 15th in Cahir House Hotel. Tickets cost €22.50 and are available from Sharon O'Meara (086-3304502) and Emma Fitzgerald (087-9552574).
GET WELL MESSAGE
Many of their Fethard Friends have requested we send greetings and get well wishes to Gus and Josie Maher who are presently recuperating at Wheatland’s Nursing Home in Carrick-on-Suir.
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION
Muintir Na Tire, incorporating the Fethard & Killusty Community Muintir Council, will hold their annual Church gate Collection on this coming St. Patrick’s weekend.
Local anglers please note that the fishing season on Fethard & Killusty Angling Club’s waters officially opens on this coming Sunday, 17th March.
ESB COMPLIMENTED ON FAST WORK
The ESB are to be complimented on their prompt action on a request from the Community Council to move a pole to enable the erection of one of the new Historical Society/County Council, Fethard Medieval Trail signs. The old wooden electric light pole at Chapel Lane was recently made redundant by the erection of a new lighting system in the area. This pole was blocking the ideal spot for the erection of the Chapel Lane tourist trail sign. Following a call to the ESB central office in Cork, the pole was cut and removed within two hours, which enabled the sign to be erected that evening.
A big ‘thank you’ to the ESB and whoever was responsible for the prompt action.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
On Wednesday 6th March we played for prizes sponsored by FBD Investments and the results were:
1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett
3rd Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
1st Nett: Kay St. John and Rita Kane
2nd Nett: Pearl Lahart and Breda O’Grady
3rd Nett: Nell Broderick and Moira McInerney
Next Wednesday, 20th March we will be playing for Easter Prizes.
Anyone looking for a partner should contact Annie O’Brien at 052 31862.
FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY LOTTO
The numbers drawn for the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 5th March were as follows: 4, 10, 24 and 28.
We had no jackpot winner and three 'Match 3' winners:
Mary Ward, Kerry Street, Fethard.
Douglas Hannigan, 47 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
Josie Costello, Strylea, Fethard.
The winner of our €50 free weekly draw was: Pat Culligan, The Valley, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot €8,350.
FETHARD RUGBY CLUB
Fethard under-8s had an impressive win against Waterpark in Waterford on Sunday morning last by six tries to three. Weather conditions were less than ideal, but this did not deter these enthusiastic young rugby players.
Joss Murray was to the fore scoring two tries and was well assisted by David Bergin, Philip Maher, Stephen Tierney, Luke Keating, Gavin Delaney and Keane O’Connell until injured.
Man of the match went to Keith Bergin who gave a display of tackling.
Fethard under-l0’s ran out easy winners against Waterpark in Waterford on Sunday morning last. The home side had no answer to the Fethard constant attack. Good performances in the backs were given by Jack O Connell, Stephen Tierney, Paul Mackey and Johnny Grassick.
The forwards were very much to the fore in this game and laid back many good balls. Top performers were Matt Sullivan, Mark Ronan, Seanie O’Keeffe and two first-time try scorers Sam Manton and Michael John Murphy. Man of the match went to Sam Manton.
The Sports Centre will be open Monday to Saturday, 6pm to 10pm, for those interested in playing tennis on racquetball.