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Saturday 13th April 2002

The death has occurred in London recently of Mrs Miriam Cuniffe, Chelsea. The late Miriam Cuniffe was formerly Miriam O’Keeffe, Barrettstown, Fethard. Widow of the late Col Joseph Cuniffe, Kickham Barracks, Clonmel, she was interred on Monday 15th April, in the family plot at Calvary Cemetery where her late husband was interred with full military honours in 1959.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 9th April were 12, 16, 19 and 25. We had no jackpot winner and no 'match 3' winners. Five tickets were drawn and the following received €30 each:
Mairead McCormack, c/o Coolmore Stud, Fethard
Kevin Buckley, c/o Coolmore Stud, Fethard
Sue Drain, Clarke's Cottage, Castlehiggins, Fethard
Donna Buckley, c/o Coolmore Stud, Fethard
Monica O'Shea, Woodvale Walk, Fethard
The 'Lucky Dip' free draw for €50 was won by:
Fiona Conway, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
This week's Jackpot is now €9,100.
This week's seller's prize for the winning jackpot ticket is: €230.

Well done to our under-21 ‘A’ football team in winning their fourth south title in a row on Sunday 14th in Clonmel, after extra time, on a scoreline Fethard 0-12 (0-7), Ardfinnan 0-9 (0-7). The team was: Tommy Gahan, Philly Croke, Michael Ahearne, Nicky Murphy, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Glen Burke 0-2 (1f), Kenneth Byrne 0-1, Owen Doyle 0-1, Brian Coen 0-1, Kevin O’Donnell, John Noonan, Carl Maher 0-1, Conor McCarthy 0-1, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-3. Subs: Michael Dillon 0-2f, Ian Kendrick and John Hanrahan. Subs not used: Ronan Maher, John Fitzgerald, Paul Hackett, Diarmuid Burke, Jamie McCormack and Shane Walsh. We wish them the best in county semifinal on Saturday 20th April in Cashel versus Moyne at 6pm.
Our senior footballers will resume the county league on Sunday 21st in Fethard at 7.30pm when we play J.K. Brackens.
Last week our minor footballers were defeated twice in the south championship by big margins — Fethard 0-5 to Ballyporeen 5-12; Fethard 1-10 to Killenaule 7-9.
Our lotto jackpot of €3,200 was not won. We had 5 Matched Three winners each winning€ 30 each: Willie Morrissey, Olive Wall, Siobhan Curran, O’Shea family, Sharon O’Meara. Our €50 lucky dip winner was Lar White, Rathkenny.

Well done to our under/10's who beat Clerihan in the 1st round of the Community Games played before a large crowd. Fethard started slowly but began to play some lovely football and with goals coming from Cathal Hurley and Alan Lawrence and points from Tommy Sheehan and Daniel Hickey. The Fethard boys were in control at half time. The second half began with Clerihan putting Fethard under pressure but some great defending from Damien Morrissey, Brian Delahunty, Eoin Dillon, Frank Donovan, Ciaran O'Meara, Ronan Fitzgerald and goalie Colm Shanahan, they held firm and broke away to score another goal by Aaron Conran and a string of points from Alan Lawrence, Daniel Hickey and Tommy Sheehan, the boys had again taken control.
Other players to shine were Dean Sharpe, Philip Maher, Michael Smith, Dylan Fitzgerald, Gerry Maher, Kieran Walsh and Jamie Walsh. Well done to Tony and Michael. Keep up the good work.
Fethard under/12’s played Commercials on Saturday last and were very unlucky to loose after conceding two goals in the last four minutes. The highlight of this game was the improvement shown by Fethard with some outstanding displays from Christopher Sheehan, Cathal Gorey, Paul McCarthy and Tom and Eoin O'Connell. We will hope to get a result from our next game.
The same players played St Mary's in a hurling challenge on Sunday morning and were beaten by three points. We would like to see some more players turning up for training as this is a competition that we can win.
The under/14 team played Commercials in the Feile Competition and were very unlucky to be beaten. There were some great displays by Eoin Doyle, Paul Walsh and Richard Gorey. These lads are showing great improvement.
The under/16 team were again beaten by Killenaule. These lads are well able to do much better than this and we hope to see a big improvement in the coming games.
The sports centre is available to the Juvenile Club on Friday nights from 6pm - 9pm. All children and adults are welcome to come and enjoy in the indoor football, hurling, tennis, racquet ball and handball. The available times are as follows: under/10s from 6 to 7pm; under/12s from 7 to 8pm; and under/14s from 8 to 9pm.
Upcoming games: Thursday 18th April: U/14's v Moyle Rovers in Fethard at 6.30pm. Saturday 20th April: U/12's v Ardfinnan in Fethard at 3.00pm. Monday 22nd April: U/16's v Ballyporeen in Bally at 6.45pm. Football Training continues for under/10's and under/12's on Tuesday at 6.30pm.
Congratulations to the under/21's on completing four in a row, Well done boys and best of luck on Saturday night.

His friends in Fethard and in Tipperary GAA and athletic circles will be glad to hear Tom McCormack, Cashel Road, is now making satisfactory progress in Cork Regional Hospital. Tom suffered some serious setbacks following major heart surgery some six weeks ago. All will be pleased to hear he has now turned the corner on the recovery road and should be back home in his native Fethard within the next few weeks.

The wedding took place on Friday April 5th, at St. Peter's Church, Glenbrien, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford of Thomas, son of Patrick and Margaret Croke, 50 St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard, Co. Tipperary to Ann, daughter of the late William and Anastasia Heffernan, Farnatrane House, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Fethard won their third in a row South Tipperary GAA Championships in Clonmel on Sunday 14th April. They beat Ardfinnan, 12 points to 9 after extra time in a thrill a minute game. Ardfinnan, it could be said, lost the game in the first half of normal time when their 0-3 to 0-1 half-time lead in no way reflected their outfield dominance. They forced extra time with the last kick of the second half leaving the score 0-7 points each. Fethard won the game in the last period of extra time. Keeping their apparently fitter opponents in their own half for the last five minutes, they kicked three excellent points to run out worthy winners on the final score Fethard 0-12, Ardfinnan 0-9.

The hard slog of winter training and cross-country racing is now over and our training now moves to the school field for the summer months. With the emphasis now on the more enjoyable track events, it is an ideal time for new members to come along and enjoy disciplines such as sprinting, relay running, hurdles, ball-throwing and long-jump. Boys and girls from Fethard and neighbouring parishes take part in our training sessions each Monday and Wednesday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, so why not come along, meet new friends and enjoy the healthy sport of athletics.
Sadly it has come to our notice that the school field had been used unauthorised to train horses during the winter months. Might we remind those involved in this activity that the field is private school property. It is most unfair and irresponsible to damage a facility that is being used by the children of our parish, as well as potholes causing possible injury to athletes and school-children using the field.
Our next competitive outing is the county indoor championships in Nenagh on Sunday 21st April and the school’s track competition in Clonmel on the 23rd and 24th April. Finally, the club send its best wishes to former athlete Tom McCormack, who is recovering from a recent major operation.

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.

Stand up, or sit down for that matter, and be counted on the night of April 28th, is the reminder as census day draws near. The census returns of the years makes most interesting reading in regard to the fluctuating population of Fethard town.
The census of 1841 shows the population of Fethard at 3, 915; 1851 at 2,767; 1861 at 2,303; 1871 at 2,106; 1891 at 1,607; 1901 at 1,498 and 1911 at 1,473.
The population that will be shown in the 2002 census should make most interesting reading. One can but wonder under what housing conditions the 1841 population of almost 4,000 people existed. The 1911 population of 1,473 would be quite close to today’s figure.

Fethard scouts, were last weekend the guests of Kilsheelan scouts on a fun weekend away to Rathgormack. Activities included a hike from the Nire car park back to Rathgormack, soccer, basketball, climbing wall, camp fire and some skills training in the form of tent pitching. A great weekend was enjoyed by all thanks mainly to the fantastic weather. We also welcomed Ciaran Leahy, a new scout member to our club. A big thank you to the Kilsheelan leaders — Anne Devin-Murphy, Jim Tobin and Kieran Kennedy; and also to the Fethard leaders — John McCarthy, David Kennedy and Bobby Phelan.

Boys Under 8
1. Brian Healy
2. Gerard Gorey
3. Gary Bradshaw.
Girls Under 8
1. Claire Morrissey
2. Evie O'Sullivan
3. Christine Myler
Boys Under 10
1. Daniel Hickey.
2. Aaron Conran
3. Stephen Tierney
Girls Under 10
1. Faye Manton
2. Amy Lyons
3. Stephanie Allen
4. Katie Coen
5. Fiona Crotty
Boys Under 12
1. Kevin Browne
2. Joseph Sheehan
3. Stephen Coffey
Girls Under 12
1. Sarah Hayes
2. Aisling Sullivan
3. Niamh Fanning
Boys Under 14
1. Robert Ahearne
Girls Under 14
1. Jenny Quigley
2. Samantha Feery
Boys Under 16
1. C.J. Taylor
2. Cathal Maher.

Model Making
Boys Under 14
1. David Lee.
Girls Under 14
1. Sinead Lee.
2. Lorraine Feery
3. Samantha Feery

First two in each of the above categories have qualified for the County Finals which will take place in Killenaule Sports Complex on Saturday next, April 20, at 2 pm. Only those who have confirmed that they are definite competitors with Bernard Feery at 052/31023 before Wednesday last, have being entered. Competitors must supply their own materials. They are allowed 3 hours from 2–5 pm to compete. Judging will then commence, medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd and winner in each category will qualify for national finals in Mosney in August.

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