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Saturday 30th March 2002

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 26th March were 6, 13, 25 and 27. We had no jackpot winner and one 'match 3' winner: Miss Liz Burke, Burke Street, Fethard. The winner of our €50 free weekly draw was: Monica O'Shea, Woodvale Walk, Fethard. This weeks Jackpot is €8,800.

The annual general meeting of Fethard Historical Society took place on Tuesday night, 26th March in the Abymill Theatre and the following committee was elected: Terry Cunningham (chairman), Mary Hanrahan (vice-chairman), Catherine O'Flynn (secretary), Margaret Newport (assistant secretary), Peter Delany (treasurer), Gemma Burke (planning officer), Joe Kenny (public relations officer), Kitty Delany, Marie O'Donnell, Gerry Long, Diana Stokes, Chris Nevin and Eddie O'Brien. Membership fees for the coming year have been set at: Individual: €6.50, Family: €9, Overseas: €13, OAP's and Students: €4.50. Membership fees now due to: Peter Delaney, Ballygambon, Lisronagh, Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Tel: 052 32031.

Best wishes to Bert and Janneke van Dommelen who open their new ‘Bert’s Bistro’ at Lonergan’s bar on this Thursday night, 4th April. Bert and Janneke from the Neitherlands purchased a cottage on Slievenamon many years ago and have commuted back and forth to Holland several times every year. They have now decided to settle in Fethard for good. Their new Bistro will open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm to 10pm and for Sunday lunch from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. For reservations phone 052 30871 or 087 2312315.

In the under 21 ‘A’ football, we have reached our fourth south final in a row when accounting for Newcastle last Sunday on a scoreline, Fethard 1-17 (1-6), Newcastle 0-7 (0-6). The team was: Tommy Gahan, Philly Croke, Michael Ahearne, Nicky Murphy, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Glen Burke (0-4 f), Kenneth Byrne 0-1, Owen Doyle, Brian Coen 0-1, Kevin O’Donnell 0-1, John Noonan 0-1, Carl Maher, Conor McCarthy 0-5 (4f), Kenneth O’Donnell 1-4. Subs used: Michael Dillon, Ian Kendrick, Paul Hackett and John Hanrahan. The final is down for 14th April.
The minor football south championship starts for us on Wednesday 10th April in Cahir at 7pm against Ballyporeen and not as stated in last week’s paper.
Our lotto jackpot of €3,000 was not won. We had one ‘match three’ winner of €150 to Miceál Seán McCormack (Kerry Street). Our lucky dip winner of €50 was Nellie Ryan (St. Patricks Place). The numbers drawn were 1, 12, 19 and 22.
We have no GAA fixture this weekend.

The results for Wednesday 27th March are:
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
2nd Gross: Frances Burke and Brendan Kenny
1st Nett: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2nd Nett: Mike Burke and Maureen Maher
Anyone looking for a partner should contact Annie O’Brien at 31862.

The much looked forward to TV documentary “A Call to Arms”, shown on RTE2 on Easter Sunday night proved somewhat of a disappointment locally. The programme, based on the 1848 Young Irelanders Rising at Ballingarry, featured members of the Fethard Players and Hogan Musical Society. 'Stray Dog’ film crew spent a whole bitterly cold snowy day working in Fethard back in February 1999. The medieval Chapel Lane being approved as the most suitable site in South Tipperary of the period. While the programme was historically most interesting, the local actors, the ladies especially who were frozen with the cold, must have wondered why it was necessary to film scenes over and over again, that were actually edited out of the final production. Apart from a brief appearance of Michael McCarthy as the blacksmith, and a seconds long shot of a crowd scene, the days very hard graft was difficult to justify.

Our next meeting will be held on 9th April at 8pm in the ICA Hall. Marie Moclair will give a talk and the Red Group will be hostesses on the night. Two guild members attended the federation meeting of March 20th in ‘The Thatch’, Emly, hosted by Mount Bruis Guild. We would like to congratulate Peggy O’Brien from Ballingarry guild on being elected federation president and we send best wishes and thanks for a job well done for the past three years to out-going president Marie Hurley and her committee.

The under-l0s travelled to Clonmel on Friday morning last to participate in our first under-l0 blitz. In the first round of the cup we were drawn against Cashel. This was a very close game and we were unlucky not to score on a number of occasions, with the touchline being crossed just before the tryline.
With Cashel putting us under constant pressure, they were rewarded with two tries, so we were into the plate. Mark Ronan, Johnny Lawlor, Johnny Grassick and Paul Tierney all played well in this game.
In the first round of the plate we were up against Clonmel and in this game Fethard played a lot better, with some good passing movements which resulted in good tries. Matt O’Sullivan crossed for his first try for Fethard and others to touch down were Mark Ronan, Andrew Yates and Jack O’Connell. Other good performers were Andrew Kelly, Jonathan Yates, Jerome Ahearne and Paul Mackey.
We then played Kilfeacle in the semi-final of the plate. The first round was very even with Fethard lucky to get two tries from Jerome Ahearne and Andrew Yates. The second half saw Fethard pile on pressure which resulted in more scores for Johnny Lawlor, Jack O’Connell and Paul Tierney.
The final saw us against Clanwilliam and this was an epic encounter. Clan scored first and them Jerome Ahearne levelled with a great forward pushover. Alan then crossed just before half-time, leaving it two tries to one at the interval. The second half saw plenty of pressure from Fethard but no reward and Clan crossed again to secure victory.
Our thanks to Clonmel RFC for their organisation and hospitality on what was a very enjoyable day. Fethard’s player of the blitz was Jerome Ahearne. Training continues on Saturday morning at 11am.

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