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Saturday 20th April 2002

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 16th April were 2, 7, 27 and 32. We had no jackpot winner and three 'match 3' winners each receiving €50:
Leanne Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard
Rose Lonergan, The Square, Fethard
Brendan Kenny, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
The winner of the €50 Free Draw was:
Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle, Fethard.
Next week's Jackpot is now €9,250.
Next week's seller's prize for the winning jackpot ticket is: €245.

Tipperary S.R. County Council Housing Department have purchased 8 acres of land on the Rocklow Road (Purcell's Field) for a sum of €600,000. The land, stretching from Rocklow Road to Strylea will be used for housing. The Community Council have been reliably informed by Cllr John Fahey that the County Council Housing Department have no plans drawn up for the housing scheme as yet and that planning permission will be sought.

Work commenced on the extension to the Fethard and District Day Care Centre at Barrack Street on Wednesday 17th April. Kilnockin Construction have started clearing the site, which should take a few days to complete. Traffic lights have been erected to control traffic in Barrack Street and the Fethard & Killusty Community Council apologise for any inconvenience caused while the building is in progress.
The Tirry Community Centre, up to recently, was held in trust for the community by Austin O’Flynn, John Whyte and Tim Slattery. The premises has now been legally assigned to the Fethard & Killusty Muintir Council Ltd, who have also recently purchased the Convent Hall for future community use. The Fethard & Killusty Muintir Council Ltd are a voluntary community group with charitable status and trade under the name of Fethard & Killusty Community Council. Sub committees of the Fethard and Killusty Community Council include the Fethard & District Day Care Centre (incorporating the Meals on Wheels), Fethard Tidy Towns, Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto, Woodvale Walk Residents Association and St. Patricks Place Residents Association.
The purchase of the Convent Hall cost €65,000, of which €40,000 has already been repaid. The extension to the Day Care Centre project will cost approx €120,000, and is being funded by the South Eastern Health Board (€63,000), and the balance by Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto and other fundraising events run by the Community Council and Day Care Centre committees. Provisional plans have been already been drawn up for a Golf Classic at Slievenamon Gold Course on 30th/31st August, 2002. Entry fee for a team of 3 will be €60. Keep a note for your diary!

We had a great start to the season, when we beat Knockavilla-Kickhams in our first match of the year, on Saturday night in Dundrum. It was in the Intermediate League competition and the team played very well scoring 5-13, despite four players being unavailable for selection.
Our next match is at home against Moycarkey-Borris on Saturday 27th. Local support at the game would be very much appreciated. The team was: Jean Morrissey, Edel Fitzgerald, Sharon O'Meara, Ailish Sheehan, Norah O'Meara, Imelda Spillane, Sandra Spillane, Niamh Sheehan 0-1 (f), Jennifer Keane, Marie Holohan, Caroline Quinlan 0-3, Emily Sayers, Mia Treacy 1-1, Lisa McCormack 0-5, Audrey Conway 3-3 (1-1f). Subs: Laoise O'Connell 1-0, Vanessa O'Donnell, Louise Wade and Joan O'Donnell.
The club are delighted to welcome Davy Morrissey as trainer for the juveniles and we are very grateful for his commitment. Juvenile training will take place every Tuesday at 6.30pm and every Saturday at 5.30pm. All interested young girls from Fethard and surrounding areas are encouraged to attend. Intermediate training will take place on Wednesday and Friday at 7pm.

Fethard & Killusty area was represented by many budding artists at the County Art and Model Making county final, held in Killenaule on Saturday last, 20th April. We achieved a good result winning a total of four medals overall. Fifteen-year-old Christopher Taylor, Kerry Street, produced a brilliant picture to win a gold medal in the u/16 boys event, this was the first time that Chris had ever entered in this competition and he has now qualified for the ESB National Finals which will take place in Mosney in August. We wish him the very best of luck. The silver medallist was thirteen year old Cathal Maher, Dun Aoibhinn who has been successful in this event for the past five years. In the under-8 event, the silver medallist was 6-year-old Evie O’Sullivan, Main Street and Bronze medal went to 6-year-old Gerard Gorey from Moanbeg. Winner of the Gold medal in the u/14 girls model-making event was 12-year-old Suzanne Large, who will represent Gortnahoe/Glengoole area but who goes to school in Killusty. Well done to all who participated.

Congratulations to Bridget Quinlan, 52 Thomas Street, Clonmel, and formerly of St. Patrick's Place, Fethard, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday with members of her family at Hotel Minella, Clonmel.

Our under/10's played Clogheen in the community games on Friday night in Clogheen and came away with a win. Played in constant rain, Fethard got off to a flying start with a great goal from the outstanding Tommy Sheehan and the same player scored another goal two minutes later to put Fethard in control. With Colm Shanahan outstanding in goals and the six back players playing great, it was not long before Fethard extended their lead with a great point from Dean Sharpe and a goal from Ciarán O’Meara followed by goals from Aaron Conran, Alan Lawrence, Cathal Hurley and a point from Tommy Sheehan, Fethard led at half time. The second half began with Fethard making sweeping changes and replaced the outstanding Alan Lawrence, Daniel Hickey and Frank O’Donovan with Dylan Fitzgerald, Gerry Maher and Kieran Walsh and withstood constant pressure to break up field to score points from Dean Sharpe and Alan Lawrence to run out winners in the end. Outstanding for Fethard were Brian Delahunty, Damien Morrissey, Eoin Dillon, Ronan Fitzgerald, Michael Smith and Philip Maher. Fethard now advance to meet Powerstown in the semi-final. Well-done lads.
With both Fethard under/12 team and the opposing team on the field ready to play, it was disappointing to see no referee turn up for this fixture. The game will now have to be played at a later date.
Our under/14’s played Moyle Rovers in Fethard on Thursday night last and suffered another defeat, surely these lads are capable of a bigger effort and we want to see a bigger improvement in your next game
Our under/16’s played Carrick Davins on Monday last and were unlucky to loose, it is good to see these lads still putting in a big effort even though things don’t seem to be going their way.
We would like to see more children and adults turning up to the sports centre on Friday evenings to enjoy the facilities provided by the Juvenile club, activities include indoor football and hurling, tennis and racquetball and handball. We also have some new sports equipment available. Times are: under/8's from 6pm to 7pm; under/12's from 7pm to 8pm; and under/14's from 8pm to 9pm.
Training continues for under/10's to under/12's on Tuesdays at 6.15pm; and for under/14's on Mondays at 6.30pm. Hurling Training for under/10's to under/14's on Fridays at 6.30pm; under/14's on Fridays at 6.30pm; and under/16's on Saturdays at 4.00pm.
Our upcoming fixture for our under/14's is on Thursday 25th April against Ardfinnan; and our under/16's play Mullinahone on Monday 29th April.

Well done to our under/21 football team in reaching there third county final in a row on a scoreline of Fethard 1-10, Moyne / Templetuohy 0-2, played in Cashel on Saturday last. The team was: Tommy Gahan, Philly Croke, Michael Ahearne, Nicky Murphy, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Glen Burke 0-1f, Kenneth Byrne 0-2, Owen Doyle 0-1, Brian Coen 0-2, Kevin O’Donnell 1-0, Michael Dillon, Karl Maher 0-1, Conor McCarthy 0-2f, and Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1. Subs used: John Noonan, John Fitzgerald, Paul Hackett and Jamie McCormack. Other subs were: Ian Kendrick, John Hanrahan, Ronan Maher, Diarmuid Burke and Shane Walsh.
The county final is scheduled for next weekend against Galtee Rovers who beat Burgess last weekend. Check sports page for time and venue. The very best wishes to our team in the final who are seeking there third county title in a row at this grade.
In minor football, on last Tuesday, we played Ardfinnan in the county league and on Wednesday, 1st May, we meet the same opposition in the south championship at Ned Hall Park at 7.30pm.
Our lotto jackpot €3,300 was not won. We had four ‘match threes’ who received €40 each: Noelle Doyle (St Patricks Place), Jim Fogarty (The Green), Paula Gahan (Cedar Grove), and Arthur Daly (St Patricks Place). Our €50 Lucky Dip winner was Brian Walsh (Baptistgrange).
The new format County Board Draw has been launched at €8 per month or €96 per year, with increased prize money. The first draw has two cars, one being a jeep. The cars are valued at €15,000. Tickets may be purchased from our promoters or any club member. Promoters will be calling in the next two weeks and the club would like to thank you for your continued support in this, our main fund raising activity.

Nenagh was the venue for the county indoor championships, which took place on Sunday last, April 21st. A team of 28 athletes travelled to the games to represent Fethard A.C. thus marking the start of our 2002 track and field season Our top performers were, Damian Morrissey who won bronze in the under/10 long jump; Ryan Laslett who competed with distinction to win bronze in the under/12 shot; Darragh Dwyer who maintained his usual high standard by taking bronze in the under/12 60 metres and Aoife O’Gorman who continued her recent good form by also winning bronze in the under/14, 800 metres.
The event continued on a high note for the club as our relay team of Michael Costello, Kevin Quigley, Conor Prendergast and Darragh Dwyer gave a marvellous display of team running to win the silver medals in the final of the boys under/12, 4x200 meters. The boys were just beaten by the All-Ireland champions from Carrick-on-Suir.
Club chairman, the evergreen Miceál McCormack, was not to be outdone by the juveniles, as he struck gold in the masters long jump, shot and 60 meters, and bronze in the senior shot putt. The team was as follows: Damien Morrissey, Roisín Trehy, Hannah Trehy, Michelle Ryall, Aisling O’Connor, Elizabeth Kennedy, Ciara O’Connor, Catherine Trehy, Ciara Trehy, Teresa O’Donovan, Aisling Dwyer, Kelly Walsh, Siobhán Kelly, Laura Rice, Darragh Dwyer, Michael Costello, Conor Prendergast, Kevin Quigley, Ryan Laslett, Bernadette Costello, Aoife O’Gorman, Jennifer O’Donnell, Elaine Kennedy, Rebecca Ryan, Lolo Trehy, Wayne Laslett, Margaret O’Gorman and Helen O’Gorman.

Transition year students have just returned from Delphi, Co. Mayo, having spent four energetic and fun-filled days there. Delphi Adventure Centre is a wonderful place set in one of the most scenic valleys in Ireland, and it would be difficult not to enjoy oneself there. The final venture of the year is work-experience in May.
Congratulations to Christopher Taylor, of third year, for winning a Community Games gold medal for his art work. He’s now on his way to the finals in Mosney.
There will be a soirée on April 30th, at 8.30pm in the school, for the parents and guardians of those who travelled to France in March. Lasting approximately one hour, it will be a pleasant way to look back on this wonderful trip which was enjoyed by all.
The Irish, French and Music orals are in full swing and we wish all our students taking these, the best of luck.

Fethard had a facile 1-11 to 0-2 win over Moyne in the County under/21 football semifinal at Cashel on Saturday night last. Fethard could have easily doubled their final score but for the safe handling of the ‘bar-of-soap’ like ball by the busiest man on the field — the Moyne goalkeeper, and some back-to-the-wall goal line defending by the Moyne full back line prevented Fethard from adding at least three more goals to their tally.

The Lourdes Invalid Fund will organise a sponsored walk on Thursday evening, 2nd May, starting at Fethard Ballroom car park at 7.30pm. Cards are available from Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, or Noelle O’Dwyer, Clonacody, Fethard. All are welcome to take part.

The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday 30th April at 8.30pm. All members welcome. Membership fees are now due to Peter Delaney, Ballygambon, Lisronagh, Fethard.

An article in the travel section of the New York Sunday Times of April 2nd, ‘Walking Along Norman Walls’, gives great coverage to the medieval town wall of Fethard. Written by Ms Christine Cozzens, the feature also includes an excellent quarter-page photograph of the restored town wall including the castle in Henehan’s yard; the bell-tower of Holy Trinity Church; the Pound and the Millennium foot-bridge over the Clashawley river. The prospects are that an increase of American tourists and archaeologists visiting Fethard in 2002 are most likely. Ms Cozzens is a lecturer in Irish Studies and Writing at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, CA, USA.
Fethard also featured last weekend on an American TV documentary. High Noon TV Productions, who follow the international Bridgestone Award winners, were doing a programme on Whelan’s award winning butchers shop in Clonmel. The documentary followed a ‘source-to-table’ meat journey from Whelan’s farm at Giantsgrave, Clonmel, through their retail shop at Oakville Shopping Centre, Clonmel, to J’s Restaurant at McCarthy’s Pub in Fethard. The crew also filmed McCarthy’s Hotel Bar in full flow, if you pardon the pun. McCarthy’s must be by now, the most televised pub in Ireland if not the world.

Congratulations to the participants of the Fethard Community Employment Scheme, Martin Bolger, Tom Purcell and Chas Keane, who have done trojan work in clearing the old entrance and forecourt to the Presentation Convent at Lower Main Street. The Convent Hall has been recently purchased by Fethard and Killusty Community Council with funding raised through their Community Lotto.

The Mustard Seed, under the patronage of The Immaculate Heart House of Prayer, Doon, Co. Limerick, are holding a church gate collection in Fethard & Killusty Parish on weekending 28th April. The Prayer House are fundraising to provide funds to build a catholic church in Orsk, Russia. The parish priest at Orsk, Fr. Dariusz P.P. is currently administering to his parishioners from a makeshift prefabricated building.

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