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Saturday 6th April 2002

Calling all Fethard past pupils from 1970 (first year) – to 1975 (Leaving Cert). Our re-union will take place in the back room of McCarthy's Pub at 7pm on Saturday, 4th May, 2002 (Bank Holiday weekend). Bring along any old school photos etc if available.
Please make contact as soon as possible to: Madge (McGrath) Fogarty, Beal Inse, Upper Riverstown, Glanmire, Cork. Tel: 021 4821094 (email: fogartygang@eircom.com); Tom Delahunty, Market Hill, Fethard; or Majella Morrissey Smyth. 6 Strylea, Fethard.

On Saturday last, our intermediates took part in the Celtic-Pan camogie blitz in Kilkenny. This comprised of 80 teams from all over Ireland and the UK. We beat a team from Offaly and a team from Galway but were beaten by Kinvara of Galway, who made it through the final stages of the competition to compete in the final on Sunday. Due to work commitments we were missing about five players - the panel was Laoise O'Connell, Ailish Sheehan, Vanessa O'Donnell, Sandra Maher, Norah O'Meara, Jennifer Fogarty, Imelda Spillane, Niamh Sheehan, Sandra Spillane, Emily Sayers, Caroline Quinlan, Jennifer Keane, Mia Treacy, Sharon O'Meara, Audrey Conway, Marie Holohan and Joan O'Donnell. Training this week is on Wednesday at 7 pm. and Friday at 6.30 pm. The weekend training session will alternate between Friday and Saturday nights to facilitate players' work commitments.

A man of many sporting parts, Joe Keane travelled with the Tipperary girls to the Celtic-Pan camogie blitz in Kilkenny. With so many games to be played on the day, there was nothing unexpected in the fact that a shortage of referees began to delay proceedings. Joe, one of South Tipperary’s long time GAA referees and never one to be found wanting when required, decided to come out of retirement and obliged to fill the vacancy.
I did it, Joe says, “To show the knockers who said I am past it, were mistaken, whatever about the begrudgers who said I could never do it”.
Joe officiated at three top grade games on Saturday and in spite of a slight tightening of the calf muscles, says he was fit to do three more on Sunday. Well done Joe!

Work is due to commence shortly on the extension to the Fethard and District Day Care Centre at Barrack Street. The contract has been given to Kilnockin Construction and the Fethard & Killusty Community Council apologise for any inconvenience caused while the building is in progress. The project, costing approx €120,000, is being funded by the South Eastern Health Board; Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto and other fundraising events run by the Community Council and Day Care Centre committees. Your support is much appreciated.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 2nd April were 6, 20, 25 and 29. We had no jackpot winner and two 'match 3' winners who received €75 each: Nellie Donovan, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard, and Nora Coffey, Grove Road, Fethard.
The winners of the 10 x €50 Special Easter Free Draw ‘Lucky Dips’ were:
Annette McCarthy, Coolmoyne.
Sinead Coffey, Spitalfield
Day Care Centre, Fethard
David O'Loughlin, c/o Coolmore
Paul Shanahan, Friarsgrange
Teresa Roche, Woodvale Walk
Paul Kinsella, Monroe
Louis Coen, Killusty
Bill Maher, The Green
Niamh Shanahan, Friarsgrange
Next weeks Jackpot is now €8,950. Sellers prize for the winning Jackpot ticket is €215.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 16th April at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. The committee would like to express their sympathy to FÁS Community Scheme Supervisor, Joan O’Donohoe and her family, on the recent death of her sister, Elizabeth Moriarty from Nottingham, England.

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.

On Wednesday 3rd April we played for prizes sponsored by J. L. O’Brien & Co. and the results were:
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
2nd Gross: Bridie Lee and Bernie O’Meara
1st Nett: Mike Burke and Maureen Maher
2nd Nett: Nell Broderick and Moira McInerney
Anyone looking for a partner should contact Annie O’Brien at 31862.

Families that may need help with this year’s First Communion or Confirmation expenses are asked to contact any member of the Fethard St. Vincent de Paul committee.

The minor football south championship commenced on Wednesday last with a game against Ballyporeen. The second round takes place on this Saturday, April 13th in Monroe, against Killenaule at 7pm.
The under 21 ‘A’ football south final against Ardfinnan, the same opposition for the fourth consecutive year, takes place in Clonmel on Sunday April 14th at 3.15pm. The very best of luck to all those involved in the final.
Our senior footballers play J.K. Brackens in the county league in Fethard on Tuesday 16th April.
Our lotto jackpot of €3100 was not won. We had four ‘match three’ winners, each receiving €40: Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan), Sean Hanrahan (The Green), Abigail Doyle (Woodvale Walk) and Jim Williams (Killusty). The winner of the €50 lucky dip was Nellie Donovan (Fr. Tirry Park).
The intermediate football county championship commences for Fethard on 26th April when we meet the winners of Fr. Sheehys v J K Brackens in the second round.

Three journalists from the Sunday Observer spent a long weekend recently at the Mouse Morris racing establishment at Everardsgrange. The object of the exercise was to write an article on the stables and the surrounding area. Obviously, our not so learned friends came with pre-conceived ideas of what Ireland was like and wrote an article from that point of view. The completed article certainly reflected no credit on the trainer, Fethard, or indeed on their paper. Then, as the man said, “paper never refuses ink”.

Car and foot followers of Tipperary Foxhounds, plus a large number of supporters were present in Dansie’s Lounge, Rosegreen, on Wednesday 3rd April, where a presentation on their behalf was made to Tipperary Huntsman, Simon Probin. Simon is leaving his position at the end of the season having completed ten seasons as huntsman of the ‘Gallant Tipps’. The presentation was made as a token of appreciation of the good sport Simon has shown in the field during his term of office. Simon, in an emotional reply, thanked all who turned up on the night and said he will carry many happy memories with him when he leaves Tipperary.
The coordinators wish to thank sincerely all who supported the project. The evening then concluded with a most enjoyable social with excellent music provided by Fethard’s ‘Pheasant Pluckers’.

Club members are busy at the moment on club exchange visits and attending Macra Club’s organised table quizzes and race nights. Fethard Macra will hold their next club meeting on Friday April 17th in Lonergan’s Bar at 9pm. New members are cordially invited to attend. Anyone seeking further information on Macra activities may contact Mary Barry on 086 8583261.

Congratulations to Catherine Morrissey, Fethard Badminton Club, a member of the County Tipperary ‘A’ team which won the 2nd Division All-Ireland team championship played in Galway last weekend. Catherine, who is now ranked in the top three lady players in the county, has certainly kept the great tradition of Fethard badminton alive and well. Her display with Tipperary in the Munster Teams Brewster Cup and again on Sunday, were instrumental in Tipperary winning both competitions. Her displays are all the more meritorious when one considers that Catherine, like the illustrious Fethard players of a generation ago — Cly Mullins and the late Jimmy McCarthy, was in her twenties when took up the game at a competitive level. Almost all top players of the present era have been coached from their juvenile days.

It was a wonderful fun-packed few days for forty students from Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School, 2nd to 5th year, who departed with Aer Lingus bound for Charles De Gaulle Airport on March 21st — a fitting day, the Vernal Equinox — Paris in the Springtime!
Our first visit was Stade De France where unfortunately our Irish rugby team got a trouncing at the hands of the French. The weather was glorious, blossom and spring sunshine, and everything that had to be done was accomplished — Bateaux Mouches, the top of the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur Montmartre, Marché Aux Paces, The Louvre and of course, a real highlight, Disneyland Paris. The last Sunday afternoon was spent strolling the famous Champs Élysées and the final picture of the group taken at Trocadéro in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
“I love Paris in the springtime, I love Paris in the fall” — the words of this song were running through the minds of many as they vowed to return. Thanks to all the good parents who sent them and to accompanying teachers Marian Gilpin, Michael Leonard, Justin McGee, Marie and Noel Maher. Vive la France! Vive la difference!

The 2002 competitive season got off to a marvellous start with club athletes taking 8 of the 30 Mosney qualifying positions on offer in the County Community Games cross-country finals. The highlight of the evening was a superb win by the in-form Aoife O’Gorman, who passed her club mate Mary Gleeson in the home straight, to clinch a well-deserved victory. The above mentioned Mary Gleeson led from the start with a brave display of front running and was unlucky to find her team-mate in such fine form on the day. In the girls’ under-12 race, Ciara O’Connor ran a well judged race to take the 5th qualifying spot ahead of her under-age cousin Hannah Trehy, who battled gamely to finish seventh. In the boys under-12 race, Darragh Dwyer was our top man finishing 3rd, followed closely by Michael Costello in 4th and Lolo Trehy in 5th. Ben Walsh (6th), Neil Gleeson (7th) and Ryan Laslett all ran well and can consider themselves unlucky not to qualify. Our qualifiers from the boys-13 category were Wayne Laslett who finished 3rd, and Shane Gorey (4th) who is currently hampered by an ankle injury.
The club officers wish to thank sincerely all those who contributed to our recent Church Gate Collection. The amount collected was €479.43.

The Well Golf Society held their first outing of the year at Thurles Golf Club on Saturday 2nd March. The following were prizewinners:
Category 1
1st S. Walsh; 2nd B. Mullins; 3rd J. Kenny
Category 2
1st S. Aylward; 2nd M. Kenrick; 3rd K. Ryan.
Visitors Prize
A. Hayes
The next club outing takes place on Sunday 14th April at Mountain View Golf Club in Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny. The tee-off time is at 10.30am. Directions to this club are as follows: head towards Callan Golf Club and turn left before reaching club; drive to Knocktopher and turn right on Main Road; drive to Ballyhale and the club is on your left hand side of the main road.
The postponed society draw will now take place in the Well Bar on Saturday night 20th April. Music supplied by Seamus and Mary. Please come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment. Any members who have cards can hand them in to the Well before 20th April.

Mai McCarthy, formerly of Burke Street, Fethard, died recently in America at the age of 96. Born in Fethard, she emigrated to America to teach with the nuns of the Ursuline order. During World War II she joined the US Navy, receiving a citation for her work there. She then joined the firm of Walter Darwin Teague, Industrial Designers, as deputy security officer, one of the few women in the country to do so at that time. Upon retirement she returned to her other avocation – art, particularly Chinese brush. She had many one-woman-shows and demonstrated and taught art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She earned a masters degree from New York University in English Literature, with gaelic as part of her ‘required’ work towards that degree. For many years she corresponded with Irish playwright, Sean O’Casey.
Mai is survived by her sister Teresa, a niece, Mrs Stewart Robinson, Huntingdon, Scotland, and two grandnephews.

The club would like to thank everyone who supported their Easter raffle. the winners were: 1st Josie Costello; 2nd Philly Croke; 3rd Adam Lyons.
Our under-11 football team played in the floodlit cup semifinal in Clonmel on Friday last and were beaten by a strong Cahir team on a scoreline of 1-15 to 2-8, with Cahir scoring a goal and 2 points in the final two minutes. Adam Lyons scored a great goal for Fethard and great displays were given on the day by Eoin O’Connell, Davy Walsh, Matt Fitzgerald, Daniel Hickey, Ciaran Ryan and Gavin Fitzgerald. Well done to all the team.
Our under-12 football team were beaten by a very strong Moyle Rovers team, but the highlight of the game was a brilliant penalty save by Ben Walsh in the final minute of the game.
Training continues for the under-8 to under-12 footballers every Tuesday at 6.30pm and on Saturdays at 4pm. All parents are welcome to attend and participate in training activities. Hurling training for under-12s continues every Friday at 4pm; under-14 football training on Mondays and Thursdays at 6.30pm; under-14 hurling training on Saturdays at 4pm. All players are asked to attend training and new players are always welcome.
Our under-16 footballers played Clonmel Og on Sunday last and were narrowly beaten by two points. Upcoming fixtures are Under-14 football against Moyle Rovers in Fethard on Thursday 18th April; and under-16 football against Davins in Carrick on Monday 15th April.

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