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Saturday 27th April 2002

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 23rd April were 2, 5, 24 and 30. We had no jackpot winner and one 'match 3' winners who received €50:
Bernadette McManus, Fethard
The winner of the €50 Free Draw was:
Adrian Moloney, Redcity, Fethard.
This week's Jackpot is now €9,400.
This week's seller's prize for the winning jackpot ticket is: €260.

The following request was received through the Fethard Website from Karen Maher, Australia. Karen’s email address is: karenmm67@hotmail.com
I am looking for information on Maher/Meagher who live in Fethard and who are descendants of James Maher and Margaret Leahy who left Ireland on the ship Eean on 25 Jan 1863 and arrived in Western Australia in July 1863. There were two other Maher/Meagher brothers and Thomas Leahy along with the Gavins family. Fitzgerald family came earlier and they all knew each other. They took up land in New Norcia and their descendants are living there on the original property. The property is run by David John Maher and is known as Brook Hills Farm, New Norcia, WA 6509

The county under-21 A football final is fixed for this coming Sunday, 5th May, in Cahir at 7.30pm against Galtee Rovers. We wish the team the very best of luck in there quest for three county titles in a row at this grade .
The intermediate hurling county league commences on Tuesday 14th May. Training takes place presently on Mondays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.
Our minor footballers played Ardfinnan in their own back yard on April 23rd in the county league and resulted in a victory for our boys on a scoreline Fethard 1-13 (0-7), Ardfinnan 1-12 (0-5). Team was: Michael Lawrence, Johnny Conway, Alan Burke, Gavin Ahearne, Connie O’Flynn, Jamie McCormack, Shane Walsh, Johnny Needham 0-1, Emmet Burke 0-1, Daren O’Meara 0-1, Michael Dillon 0-5 (3f), Owen Maher, Shane Aylward 0-2, Ronan Maher 1-2, and William Doyle 0-1. Subs used were: Ronan O’Meara and John Leahy. Other subs: Mike Kelly, Darragh Corbett, Damien Donovan, Keith Lawrence and Ned Allen. On Wednesday 1st May we play Ardfinnan in the south championship.
Our senior football county championship game takes place on Saturday 11th May in Clonmel at 7.30pm against Cahir and on Tuesday 21st May, we play Eire Óg (Annacarty) away in the county league.
Our lotto jackpot of €3,400 was not won. We had two match three winners who received €75 each: Willie O’Meara (Killusty) and John Corcoran (c/o Erin Foods). The lucky dip winner of €50 was Tony Maher (50 Woodvale Walk). We ask you for continued support in the county board draw with our promoters who are presently calling door to door.

A meeting will be held on this coming Friday night, 3rd May, to form a Golf Society at the Bridge Bar, Lower Main Street, Fethard. The meeting will take place at 9pm in Burkes Bar and all are welcome.

On Saturday night last we beat Moycarkey-Borris in the Intermediate League. The game was played in atrocious conditions and on a water-logged pitch which could have warranted it being abandoned and is reflected in the scoreline of 4-3 to 1-3. The lineout was Jean Morrissey, Ailish Sheehan, Vanessa O'Donnell, Edel Fitzgerald, Sandra Maher, Imelda Spillane, Norah O'Meara, Jennifer Keane, Niamh Sheehan 1-0(f), Marie Holohan, Caroline Quinlan, Sandra Spillane 0-1, Mia Treacy, Lisa McCormack 2-0, Audrey Conway 1-0(f). Subs used : Sharon O'Meara 0-2, Louise Wade, Emily Sayers, Joan O'Donnell and Laoise O'Connell. Our next match is at home to Clonoulty on Saturday May 11th.

The under/12 soccer boys from Fethard/Killusty area played a super game in dreadful weather conditions on the wonderful Killusty pitch under the shadow of Slievenamon on Sunday evening last, defeating Clerihan by 3 goals to 2. This match was really exciting from beginning to end with two very good teams giving their best shot. There was some great footwork in the first half which remained scoreless. After a few minutes into the second half Clerihan scored a goal, Adrian Lawrence then scored the equalizer for Fethard. His cousin Alan then scored a very clever goal to put Fethard in the lead and then Adrian followed up with the third goal. But, five minutes from the end, Clerihan rallied and smashed a second goal into the net. This game was really nail biting stuff up to the final whistle. Colm Shanahan gave a great performance in goal and all the lads played their part in this great win. They now meet Tipperary Town next week which will be played in Killusty. Well done to Bernard Feery, Laura Lyons and all connected with this talented group of boys.
Team consisted of:- Adam Lyons, Ciaran Ryan, Darren Connolly, Matthew Fitzgerald,
Damien Morrissey, Padraig O’Shea, Ben Walsh, Aaron Conran, Daniel Hickey, Adrian Lawrence, Owen Healy, Alan Lawrence, Colm Shanahan, Jake Maher and Patrick Kearney. Referee was Stephen Byrne.
The county final of under/11 rugby will be played in Fethard on Friday May 10th. There will be two semi-finals and a final. Teams concerned are:- Fethard, Killenaule, Thurles and New Inn. Coordinator is Anne Quinlan and can be contacted at Tel: (052) 31498.

The Lourdes Invalid Fund will organise a sponsored walk on this Thursday evening, 2nd May, starting at Fethard Ballroom car park at 7.30pm. All are welcome to take part.

The inaugural primary schools track and field competition took place in Clonmel last week. The long months of dedicated training paid handsome dividends as Fethard and Moyglass schools dominated the large and medium school categories. Fourteen large schools were in action on day one as Fethard 3rd and 4th class boys won their section with 5th and 6th class boys securing the silver medals. The combined effort was enough to win the overall competition for St. Patrick’s Boys School. The Nano Nagle girls were not to be outdone either as 5th and 6th class girls won silver in the ‘A’ section and 3rd and 4th class girls won gold in the ‘B’ competition.
Moyglass were in action on day two with the medium schools and they completely dominated the proceedings, winning the overall competition in both the boys and girls categories. This achievement was just reward, not only for the effort put in at club workouts, but also at the weekly school sessions.
It is wonderful to see the names of Fethard and Moyglass schools being inscribed on the beautiful new shields which were presented at this event. Many thanks to Niall O’Sullivan of Clonmel A.C. whose vision, energy and commitment helped to bring this project to fruition.

Did you remember to fill in your census form last Sunday night. The Census enumerator will be around shortly to collect forms. Remember you are compelled by law to complete the form. Failure to do so may result in prosecution and a heavy fine.

Two local young jockeys both rode their first winners over last weekend. Young David Kelly, Rathvin, had his first winner on ‘Southern Shine’ at the Kilkenny Hunt Point-to-Point at Gowran on Sunday. The winner was trained by local trainer, Mr, Michael Croke, Barrettsgrange. Shane Walshe, Knockbrack, also had his first winner in England on Saturday.

The local planning authority has advised Mr Jim O’Flaherty, Killusty, that there has been an objection to his application for planning permission to erect a hotel, bistro, and guesthouse at Killusty. A number of friends have, however, collected a very large number of signatures in the Killusty area, including some residents in close proximity to the proposed new structure, stating that they have no objection to the building going ahead. The pros and cons of the current situation are arousing widespread local interest.

Congratulations to Jimmy and Bridget Hayes, Main Street, who recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

The two members of The White Fathers African Missions who spoke in Fethard on the church and on their work in Africa, wish to thank sincerely, the parishioners of Fethard & Killusty who responded to their appeal on behalf of their mission fund. One local and staunch Celtic supporter was heard to remark that a priest, a native of Glasgow, who had the courage to say that his father was a Rangers supporter, deserved all the support he could get. The Rev father did add, in connection with same, “We all have our problems!”
A sum in excess of €2,000 was donated in the Parish and Abbey Churches.

Information to hand from Mr Brendan Fennessy, Environmental Officer with South Tipperary County Council, re tidy burial ground competition 2002 states that, the competition will run from June 1st to September 30th. The graveyards, for the purpose of the scheme, have been divided into various categories such as size, age etc.
The Council wishes to encourage local voluntary committees to maintain graveyards in their areas. To establish the workings of such groups, is there any organisation or individuals in the district willing to coordinate the project? Further information may be obtained from the County Council Offices, Emmet Street, Clonmel. Grants are also available to local committees.

Recent visitors to Fethard, Mr and Mrs Barry, Chicago, returned home well pleased with their Fethard trip. Mr Barry’s great grandfather, one of the Meagher family of College emigrated to the USA in the 1870’s. Fortunately they brought the name of College townsland with them. The Barrys were put in touch with Mr Pierce O’Donnell, Grangebeg, who took them to see the ruins of the old Meagher substantial farmhouse and outbuildings at Grangebeg. Pierce was also able to take them to Killusty Cemetery and showed them the old Meagher burial plot. The last Meagher in College was the late Jimmy Meagher who died in 1970. Mr Barry, on seeing the Meagher grave was quite emotional and said, “What would my 93 grandmother give to be here today?”. She particularly asked us before leaving, if at all possible, to find the Meagher burial plot.

The Annual May Procession takes place on this Sunday evening, May 5th. Please note the starting time of the procession this year is 6pm, weather permitting.

We note that quite a number of pedestrians, or whose benefit the zebra crossing was constructed, do not use the facility. People still continue to cross the widest part of Main Street, opposite the petrol pumps within yards of the official crossing. Surely we should be well used to it by now!

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