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Saturday 4th May 2002

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 21st May in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 30th April were 14, 24, 28 and 30. We had no jackpot winner and one 'match 3' winners who received €50:
Anne Connolly, Main Street, Fethard
The winner of the €50 Free Draw was:
Margaret Bradshaw, Congress Terrace, Redcity, Fethard.
This week's Jackpot is now €9,550.
This week's seller's prize for the winning jackpot ticket is: €275.

On Sunday last in Cahir, history was made when our under 21 A footballers won their 21st game in a row, winning minor county and south titles in 1999 and winning under 21 titles south and county in 2000,2001 2002, three county titles in a row. The last time the club won three in a row was back in 1966, 1967 and 1968. Well done to all involved in those years and thanks to Tommy Sheehan, Pat Sheehan and Thomas Anglim and the players for the enjoyment and commitment to achieve such an honour for the club and town. The final score was Fethard 1-13 (0-6), Galtee Rovers 0-5 (0-4). The team was: Tommy Gahan, Nicky Murphy, Michael Ahearne, Philly Croke, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Glen Burke 0-2 (2f), Kenneth Byrne, Eoin Doyle, Brian Coen 0-1, Kevin O'Donnell 1-1, Michael Dillon 0-6 (2f), Karl Maher 0-2 (1f), Conor McCarthy and Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1. Subs used: John Noonan for Conor McCarthy (injured), John Hanrahan. Other subs: Ronan Maher, Ian Kenrick, Paul Hackett, Dermot Burke, John Fitzgerald, Shane Walsh and Jamie McCormack.
In the minor football south championship, on Wednesday last week, we went down on a scoreline, Ardfinnan 1-10, Fethard 1-4. The team was: Ronan Maher, William Doyle, Alan Burke, Gavin Ahearne, Connie O’Flynn, Jamie McCormack, Owen Maher, Ronan O’Meara 1-0, Michael Dillon 0-3, Johnny Conway, Nicky Noonan, John Leahy and Shane Aylward. Subs used: Liam Frewen, Mike Kelly, Darragh Corbett and Keith Lawrence.
Senior footballers are out in the first round of the county on this coming Saturday 11th May in Clonmel against Cahir at 7.30pm.
Our lotto jackpot of €3,500 was not won. We had two ‘match threes’ winning €75 each: Paul Dillon (Tullamaine) and James Hayde (Ballinure). The ‘lucky dip’ €50 winner was Ann Marie O’Meara (Grove Rd.).

Edward O'Connor wrote to in connection to the item we published on Skateboarding a few months back. Maybe this is a good time to make some progress. He writes: "I was wondering if the plans for a skatepark for children is going ahead in Fethard. I found some great plans on the internet on how to build ramps etc. There are many references to the positive aspects of skateboarding. It keeps kids on a natural high they will have less interest in drink and cigarettes as this affects performance. I will be around for a while this summer and it is a project I would like to get involved in. How should I get this idea started?"
Edward can be contacted by email at: 9840176@student.ul.ie

We would like to welcome Mrs Nuala Tobin, who is temporarily replacing Mrs Morrissey in the capacity of teacher for 6th Class. Mrs Tobin will be with us until just after the Confirmation. We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for all her help preparing our Boys for this very special occasion.
In the absence of Mrs C. Morrissey, Mrs Eileen Fitzgerald is now acting Principal of St Patrick’s National School. We wish her all the best & assure her of our assistance when every needed.
We were delighted to receive a donation of training bibs for the pupils from Mr Mick Smith of The Well Bar, Burke Street, whom we thank very much. It's not often we receive donations of this kind, without asking first. The boys are really grateful and have send ‘thank-you’ cards to Mr Smith expressing their gratitude.
As we head for a general election in the next couple of weeks, we are sure that you will be answering the door to many Politicians. Take this opportunity to remind them of the e amalgamation of our primary schools and, just as important an issue, ask them why our school in on the sub-standard building list and nothing has been done about it.
Dates for your diary: Confirmation Day is on Tuesday 14th May at 11.00am; First Communion is on Saturday 18th May at 11.00am. We all would like to wish everyone involved in these two wonderful days, a marvellous time. Let’s hope the sun shines!
We had a fantastic response to our Bric-a-Brac and Cake Sale. Thanks to all for attending and we hope you enjoyed your purchases. We made over €460 and, along with a private donation, we were able to bank €500. The Parents' Association of St Patrick’s National School thank you very much. We are especially grateful to those who brought in cakes and bric-a-brac. Also those who donated raffle prices: The Bridge Bar (Burke’s); Kenny’s Centra Foodstore; Noel O’Gorman of Fieldmaster; Mr & Mrs S. Fleming; and Mr & Mrs J. McGrath.

The following request came through the Fethard Website from Dennis Ashby, England. (email address: dennisashby@blueyonder.co.uk).
I am looking into the family tree. My mother was born in Fethard in 1932. Her name is Mary McGrath (now Ashby). My Grandfather was of course a McGrath (originally from Tipperary Town) married a young girl called Catherine Slattery from Fethard. I know a good bit from talking to uncles and relatives but if anyone can shed any new information it would be appreciated. Patrick (a local barber in Burke Street) and Catherine (died c. 1934) had seven children, Jack, Buster, Paddy, Frankie, Philip, Monica and Mary. His sister Bridget (‘BiBi’ to all who knew her) who was working in Dublin, came to Fethard and helped raise the children after my grandmother died. Unfortunately only Phil and my Mother are still with us. Phil lives in Cahir, my mother in London. Any help please?

The County Finals in Community Games Rugby will take place in the school field on Friday 10 May at 6.30pm.
The Judo County Finals will also take place on Friday 10th May in the Town Hall at 7pm.
The second game for the boys under-12 soccer team will take place in Killusty on Sunday 12 May at 7pm. Their opposition will be Tipperary Town.
Area Athletics in conjunction with Fethard Athletic Club will take place in the school field on Monday 13 May at 6.30pm. The committee regret that this event had to be postponed last week.

A group of five athletes made the journey to Templemore last weekend to compete in the County Track and Field Championships. The games, this year, have been divided into three weekends with the under-13 and 14’s in action on the 5th and 12th May. The Fethard team of Lolo Trehy, Rebecca Ryan, Jennifer O’Donnell, Aoife O’Gorman, Elaine Kennedy performed splendidly to bring home a total of seven medals. The star of this great team performance was undoubtedly Rebecca Ryan who became the County Under-14 Shot Putt Champion on her first attempt at this discipline. Rebecca also added a silver to her gold medal when she led the under-14 girls relay team of Jennifer O’Donnell, Elaine Kennedy and Aoife O’Gorman to second place in the final of the 4x100m relay.
Our talented middle-distance runners, Aoife O’Gorman and Elaine Kennedy came up trumps yet again when the both won silver medals in the final of the girls under-14 800m and girls under-13 600m. We can now look forward with optimism to Sunday 12th May when the under-13’s and upwards, are in action again, and to Sunday 19th May when the under-9’s, 10’s, 11’s and 12’s get their turn to represent their club at county level.
Community Games Area Athletics for Fethard will take place on Monday 13th May at 6.30pm in the school field and all children living within the parish of Fethard and Killusty are eligible to take part.

The bridge results for Wednesday 1st May are:
1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2nd Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
1st Nett: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
2nd Nett: Nora Lawrence and Rosemary Lalor
On Wednesday next, 15th May, we play for our President’s Prize and the presentation of prizes will take place on Sunday, 19th May at our President’s Prize lunch at Hotel Minella.
Anyone looking for a partner should contact Annie O’Brien at 31862.

Last week saw no championship games been played, with the under/10's and under/12's games being deferred because of weather conditions, and the under/14's getting a walkover from Carrick Swans.
The under/12's played a challenge match last Saturday against Father Sheehys and won. There were some great performances by Gavin Fitzgerald, Eoin O’Connell, Adrian Lawrence, Cathal Gorey, Paul McCarthy, Chris Sheehan, Aaron O’Donovan, Tom O’Connell, Ciaran Ryan and Robert Ahearne. Training continues on Tuesdays at 6.15pm in the school field.
We would like to see more children coming to the sports centre on Fridays, the new starting time 7.00pm. It would be encouraging to see more adults staying to supervise these activities.
The Juvenile Club would like to thank A&B Design, The Castle Bar, Top Class Cleaning and Chris Looby & Sons for their kind donation towards the purchase of new sports equipment. Your donations were gratefully appreciated.
Upcoming Games are on Thursday 9th May, under/14 -v- Clonmel Og in Fethard, and on Saturday 11th May, under/12 -v- Cahir in Cahir.
Finally, on Tuesday 14th, there will be Confirmation in Fethard, we hope all the children in the Parish will have a great day as this is a very important day in their lives, and lets hope the weather stays fine for Canon James Power and Fr Tom Breen P.P. and all involved.

A local young couple, on returning from an extended ‘down-under’ working holiday trip, were amazed to find amongst their awaiting mail, a demand for a €160 fine under the new anti-litter laws. Apparently a receipt bearing their name was found littering the pavement. The law must take its course, but having satisfied the local authorities that as they were 6000 miles away at the time of the alleged offence, they could not possibly be responsible and the matter was satisfactorily settled.
However, who ever said that “the law is an ass”, was not to far wrong! We have mentioned before that the worst litter scatterers are some students who are the chief users of wrapped and pre-packed eatables, canned and bottled drinks. Many of these students, as our streets show daily, seem to suffer from anti-litter bin phobia. These offenders are it seems, because of their ages are like Ceaser’s wife, above reproach in the matter of littering our streets. It certainly is a funny old world!

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will visit Fethard on Monday next, 13th May. Blood donors are very urgently needed at present and a special plea is made for as many donors as possible to please turn up and help to save a life, at the Presentation Patrician Secondary School between 6pm and 9pm on next Monday evening, 13th May. 7, 02

Fethard ICA Guild will hold their AGM in the ICA Hall on Tuesday 14th May at 8pm. Margaret Morrissey C.D.A. will be guest speaker on the night. The members are holding a ‘bring-and-buy’ sale before the meeting. All members are requested to attend as arrangements are being made for the guild’s summer outing.
Annual subscriptions are now due. Non-members are always welcome and intending new members are cordially invited to attend.

A tribute to the members of the Fethard Under/21 football team who annexed their hat-trick of Under/21 County Football Championship titles in Cahir on Sunday night last. Last Sunday’s victory, in their current ‘three-in-a-row’ campaign, stretched their record to 21 games unbeaten and very few draws. The team have been together for, believe it or not, eight years. They were beaten by one point by Dúrlas Óg in the 1994 under/12 county final. They won two under/14 championships, one under/16, a county minor title and now three under/21 crowns. Their only defeat in the past four years was a one-point loss to Holycross in the 1999 county under/21 semifinal.
The ‘one-for-all and all-for-one’ spirit of the young players has stood them a good stead when in games where all seemed lost, entering the closing stages they dug very deep and rallied to draw or win before the final whistle. In the games they drew, they certainly made no mistake in the replays.
The team now ends participation in under-age competition as the larger majority of the current panel celebrate their 21st birthday this year and within a year or two, having completed their school and college years, they set out on the path of life. Wherever their future careers take them, we wish each and every one of them every success and the very best of luck, and hope that wherever fortune takes them, they will still be available to wear the ‘blue and white’ in many more victories to come.

The Fethard win on Sunday night was marred somewhat when Conor McCarthy, Fethard’s most prolific scorer over the years, was stretchered off in the first five minutes of the game. Removed by ambulance with what looked like a serious knee injury, Conor was allowed to return home after hospital treatment. He is making satisfactory progress and is fortunately able to sit his exams in Waterford College on Tuesday.

The death has occurred of Mrs Kathleen ‘Kit’ McGivern, Knockbritt House, Fethard. Interment took place in Moyglass Cemetery.
The death has occurred recently in Dublin of Rev Fr Daniel Ormonde OSA. The late Fr Ormonde, a native of Villierstown, Co. Waterford, served a term as prior of Fethard Augustinian Abbey in the early 1980’s. Interment took place at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.
The death has occurred on May 1st, in Victoria, Australia, of Rev. Fr Bartholomew ‘Batt’ O’Dea. The late Fr O’Dea was the last surviving member of his generation of the O’Dea family. A very large congregation attended a remembrance mass for Fr O’Dea in Moyglass Church on Monday evening last. Many tributes were passed to Fr. O’Dea and his great work as a priest and a man in faraway Australia. Interment took place in Victoria at 2pm Irish time on Monday last.

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