Saturday 16th March 2002

Some years ago, as this year, the weather in February was very cold and severe. The late Neddy Wall, halfway through the shortest month, remarked, “let us hope St. Patrick’s Day will be a little kinder to us than St. Bridget was”.
This year, St. Patrick was not in a benevolent mood on his feast day or the weather was anything but kind. There was however, a packed congregation at the 11am Mass in the Parish Church on Sunday morning. The combined choirs of the boys and girls national schools were in great voice singing ‘as Gaeilge’, the traditional St. Patrick’s Day hymns. The colour party, from the Fethard Scouts and Girl Guides carrying their troop and national flag, greatly added to the occasion. While many wore the traditional Shamrock emblem, one wonders if this is another old Irish custom that will slowly fade away. A few children, old enough to have known, were heard to ask adults, ‘what’s that green stuff you’re wearing in your coat?”. Another indication of the changing times!

The death has occurred in New York of Ms Mai McCarthy, formerly of Burke Street and one of Fethard’s very long time emigrants. She will still be remembered fondly by many of the local senior citizens. Interment took place in New York.

Bon Voyage to the students of Patrician Presentation Secondary School who leave this week on an educational tour to Paris.

The next club meeting of Fethard Youth Club will be held on Saturday 23rd March, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

A record 29 tables competed in the Table Quiz held in the Secondary School recently. A fine blend of adult, youth, parent and teacher, senior student and junior student, plus many friends of the school pitched their wits against challenging questions. Congratulations to the winning team from 6th Year – Rebecca Carroll, Michael Walsh and Peter Kenny. The Parents’ Association would like to thank the sponsors of the beautiful prizes and all those who helped with the occasion, which was and outstanding success. Proceeds will enable two students assist invalids in Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage in June.

Our Annual Dinner Dance held in Cahir House Hotel on Friday 15th March, was a tremendous success with presentations and medals in abundance. Thanks to everyone who made the night such an enjoyable occasion, and to all those who attended. It was a small disappointment that the ‘county trophy’ was not present on the night.
In under 21 ‘A’ football, under atrocious conditions, our boys gave an great display on St. Patrick’s Day at the Clonmel by-pass field, in reaching the semifinal by defeating Killenaule on a scoreline, Fethard 2-10 (0-3), to Killenaule 1-3 (0-2). The team was: Tommy Gahan, Philly Croke, Michael Ahearne, Nicky Murphy, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Glen Burke, Kenneth Byrne 0-2, Owen Doyle 0-1, Conor McCarthy 1-3 (2f), Kevin O’Donnell 0-1, Brian Coen 0-2, Carl Maher 1-1, John Noonan 0-1, and Kenneth O’Donnell. Subs used: Ian Kendrick, Diarmuid Burke and John Hanrahan. The semifinal will take place over the Easter weekend.
Our senior football team showed great determination in defeating the home side on Monday last in Templetuohy in the county league, under difficult conditions. The final score was: Fethard 0-8 (0-3), Moyne / Templetuohy 0-2 (0-2). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Ian Kendrick, Cian Maher, Michael Ahearne, Willie O’Meara, Michael Quinlan, Stephen O’Donnell, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, Tomás Keane, Tommy Gahan, Miceál Spillane, Jimmy O’Meara 0-2, John Hanrahan, Conor McCarthy 0-3 (2f), and Martin Ryan. Subs used: Owen Doyle 0-1, Philly Croke, Willie Morrissey 0-1, Kevin O’Donnell and Nicky Murphy. Our next game in this league is at home to J.K. Brackens, at a date to be decided.
Club training in football takes place for all adults on Tuesdays and Fridays under the watchful eye off Tom Anglim. Hurling training will resume on Thursdays under Michael Ryan. All training commences at 7.30pm for the present.
Congrats to John and Theresa on there recent addition to the family of another footballer.

We invite any senior citizens intending to come on our annual holiday outing to Carne, Co. Wexford, from Saturday 15th June to Friday 21st June 2002, to hand in their names to any committee member of Fethard St. Vincent de Paul as soon as possible.

The funeral mass and burial of Tommy Tynan late of Cattaganstown, Killenaule has taken place in London. Tommy passed away on Tuesday 26th of February at The Whittington Hospital, Highgate, London following a short illness. Mourners gathered on Wednesday 13th March at the church of St John The Evangelist, Duncan Terrace, Islington where Tommy and his wife Angela have been parishioners for many years. Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr Sean Lennard PP and Fr Danny Horan. Family and friends had travelled from Killenaule, Freshford, Thurles, Foulkstown the USA and various parts of the UK to be in attendance.
Fr Sean Lennard opened the ceremony by saying that "Tommy would probably be very embarrassed to see so many gathered in his honour, such was his gentle and unassuming nature; the presence of so many people here today says much about the man Tommy Tynan."
Following a moving ceremony made all the more so by tributes to "Granddad" from four of his grandchildren, Thomas, Charlie, Natalie and Phoebe, Tommy was laid to rest in the Islington & St Pancras Cemetery, East Finchley, London. Tommy's widow Angela, daughters Marie and Philomena, and stepson Pat would like to express their thanks to the many people from the Fethard, Moyglass and Killenaule areas who sent mass cards and floral tributes to a man who was loved and will be sadly missed by so many.

The numbers drawn for the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 12th March were as follows: 4, 21, 22 and 25. We had no jackpot winner and one 'Match 3' winner of 150 Euro: Danny Mullins, Farranshea, Fethard. The winner of our 50 Euro Free weekly draw was: Anthony Hayes, Burke Street, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot €8,500.

The Parents' Association of St. Patrick's Boy's School will hold an Easter Cake & Sweet Sale, on Friday 22nd March, at 2pm. There will also be a raffle, for which tickets can be purchased on Wednesday 20th & Friday 22nd in the school hall between 9.15 and 9.45 am. Raffle tickets will cost €1 per strip. The proceeds of this Cake & Sweet Sale will go towards the funding of the association's projects.

Joanne Lawler, Silver Spring, USA (email jklawler@att.net)
I have only begun reading the articles in the archives, and came across the references to Grove House. Do you know when the house was built, and if a Thomas Keane might have been a land steward there during the 1850's?
He is an elusive great-great-grandfather of mine, who was a land steward somewhere, and since my great-grandfather, James was born in Fethard in 1852, I thought perhaps he might have served there. Congratulations again on your wonderful site. I hope to visit Fethard within the next couple of years.

Rita Subranni, Cleveland, Ohio USA (email: ritsub@aol.com)
Greetings to all at Nano Nagle Primary School. The St. Patrick's Day holiday caused me to reflect. I grew up in New York City and attended Holy Rosary School, staffed by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and remembered the name "Nano Nagle." I was pleased to see so many sites devoted to her. God bless all of you.

Joan Fagan, Dublin (email: faganjoan@iol.ie)
I hope someone can help me. I am looking for any information on my grandfather, his name was Michael Casey and I think he was born November 1869. His father’s name was Pat Casey, and his mother’s name was Mary Casey, nee Coffey. He married Alice Mahoney on the 11th August 1888. My grandmother lived in The Valley, Fethard. If anyone knows where I can get further information, please contact me.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council, would like to thank all who contributed to their annual Church Gate Collection last weekend.

On Wednesday 13th March the results were:
1st Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
1st Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
2nd Nett: Maureen Mullins and Kathleen O’Connell
Anyone looking for a partner should contact Annie O’Brien at 052 31862.

Huntsman Simon Probin leaves Fethard on My 1st after ten years service as huntsman to the Tipperary Foxhounds. To mark the sport he has provided over the years, the foot and car followers are making a presentation to Simon in Dansie’s Lounge, Rosegreen, on April 3rd. John Cummins, Poulmucka; Willie McGrath, Cashel; and Tony Newport, Fethard, are accepting subscriptions from followers who wish to be associated with the presentation.
Heavy rain driven by gale force winds, made hunting almost impossible on the hills of Priestown on the ‘end of season’ meet of the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers at Drangan on St. Patrick’s Day. With those of the large number of followers brave enough to venture from their cars, soaked through and through, Donie was obliged to blow for home at 3.30pm. The day concluded with an enjoyable, packed to capacity, social night in The Archway Bar, Drangan.
The hunt committee wish to thank sincerely, all landowners over whose lands the pack hunted during the season, all who organised clearance in the various areas, and all who so generously supported their annual draw. Prizewinners were; Robert Murdock, Mary Clancy (Two-Mile-Borris) and Jerry Hutton.

The Easter Penitential Services will be held in Fethard Parish Church on Monday 25th March and in the Augustinian Abbey on Saturday 23rd March.

A final word on the great Cotswold’s National Hunt Racing Festival – A racing personality being interviewed on the BBC National Radio 5 programme last weekend being asked what Cheltenham meant to him, replied, “Cheltenham to me means, Jimmy! Jimmy has been coming here for the past 30 years plus. he never books accommodation, he sleeps wherever he can lay head and gets really into the spirit of the occasion”. No prizes for guessing who Jimmy is!
Jimmy, however, for reasons many and varied, did not make it this year. A local wag was heard to remark, “with two of the leading personalities missing this year, the Queen Mother and Jimmy, some of the sparkle must have been gone from this occasion”.

Bus leaves Fethard each morning for Thurles schools (Ursuline, Presentation and CBS). Depart P.O. at 7.45 am return to Fethard at 5.00 p.m.
For further information contact Jimmy Tobin at 052-56611 or 086 2701364.

This was a highly competitive game with some great defence by both sides, resulting on only one try being scored by both teams. A man of the match performance was given by Paul Mackey, and he was well assisted by Paul Tierney, Johnny Grassick, Shane Kavanagh, Jack O’Connell, Michael John Murphy, Matt O’Sullivan and Conor Kavanagh. Training on Saturday morning next at 11am.

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