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Saturday 11th May 2002

It looks like being a very busy season for descendents of Fethard emigrants returning to the home of their ancestors to look for family roots. Mrs Frances Nicholls, a very sprightly octogenarian left a party of Australians on a European tour in Greece to visit Fethard. Frances’s father William Burges left Fethard in the late 19th century for Australia. The Burges family home, The Lilacs, Burke Street (then Moor Street), is now the residence of Mrs Pauline Coffey. She was able to visit Mrs Coffey in the old family house and also the family burial plot in Holy Trinity Church Cemetery, and a plaque erected in memory of Dr. William Burges in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland.
She had a recollection of visiting her aunt, the last of the Burges family in Fethard, Mrs Lucy Burges – Triphook in Burke Street. She was also fortunate to meet a few senior citizens who remembered her aunt quite well, who died in the early forties.
Having made arrangements for a plaque in memory of her late mother, whose ashes were brought from Australia to be interred in the family plot in 1986, she left Fethard with very happy memories of her two-day visit.
Not so fortunate in their search were descendents of Thomas Quinn of Fethard who emigrated to Nova Scotia, also in the mid 19th century. They did however, receive a copy of the marriage certificate of Thomas Quinn’s parents at Fethard Parish Church.
The problem with many enquiring into their ancestors families is the fact that they have very little information. They know the name of the person and the fact that they emigrated from Fethard and that’s it! Fethard may not be even Fethard Town, but could be anywhere within a three or four mile radius. If the name happens to be a common Irish surname, without the name of at least a townsland area, it is almost impossible to trace their roots. Also, with the boundaries of adjoining parishes such as Powerstown and Clerihan coming to within a mile or so of Fethard Parish, the person on whom information is sought may not be even from Fethard parish. However, with Joe and Co, we will keep trying!

We hear from our friends in neighbouring Cloneen that arrangements are well in hand for the big social event of the season in the area, the Slievenamon Musical Society’s annual Summer Ball. The date set is June 8th, 2002 and tickets are currently available. The event is usually a sell-out, so you have been warned. Knock the mothballs off your tux, for the ‘Summer Ball’ is surely a must!

Out of the frame for some time now, due primarily to the cancellation of Point-to-Points last season, it is good to see Mick Ahearne back in the winner’s enclosure on Sunday. Mrs Monica Ahearn’s ‘Jims Gift’, trained by John Halley, was winner of Div 1 of the Mare’s Maiden at Ballindenisk Point-to-Point on Sunday last.

Results for Wednesday 8th May
1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2nd Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
1st Nett: Joan Kelly and Anne Ryan
2nd Nett: Philly Kenny and Rose Lonergan

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 7th May were 4, 9, 19 and 22. We had no jackpot winner and two 'match 3' winners who received €75:
Mary Brown, Drangan.
Marie McGrath, Sparagoleith, Fethard.
The winner of the €50 Free Draw was: Kitty Roche, Ballinard, Fethard.
This week's Jackpot is now €9,700. This week's seller's prize for the winning jackpot ticket is: €290.

Our Intermediates have qualified for the County League Final by beating Clonoulty-Rossmore on a scoreline of 3-6 to 1-3. Fethard didn't play at all well in the first half and only lead by a point at half time. They redeemed themselves somewhat in the second half, but a huge improvement is needed if silverware is to be won. Jean Morrissey was inspirational in goal and Sandra Spillane played a captain's role - scoring 2 very good goals. Our opponents in the County Final are as yet unknown.
The team lineout was: Jean Morrissey, Ailish Sheehan, Vanessa O'Donnell, Joan O'Donnell, Sandra Maher, Imelda Spillane, Norah O'Meara, Jennifer Fogarty, Niamh Sheehan 0-2 (F), Marie Holohan, Caroline Quinlan 0-1, Sandra Spillane 2-0, Jennifer Keane 0-1, Sharon O'Meara 1-1, Audrey Conway 0-1 (F). Subs: Edel Fitzgerald, Mia Treacy, Lisa McCormack, Emily Sayers, Louise Wade, Laoise O'Connell.

U/11 Rugby
Fethard u/11 boys rugby contested the Co. Final of Community Games Rugby on Friday evening last, they were defeated by a very strong team from New Inn. However participation and enjoyment is what it is all about and the Fethard lads all played their part, they did some great tackling and defending and Captain Seamus O’Keeffe scored a great try in the first half. It was a great achievement to be runners-up in a Co Championship. Many of the club players had to be divided between Fethard and Killenaule area because of the parish rule. These teams had an exciting challenge match before the Co. Final. Silver medallists were: Seamus O’Keeffe (Capt), Mark Ronan, John Lalor, Johnny Grassick, Sam Manton, Stephen Maguire, Tim O’Hagan, Michael John Murphy, Eoin Healy, Daniel Hickey, Jerome Ahearne and Matt O’Sullivan. Coaches; Sean Devaney, Valerie Colville & Paul Kavanagh.

U/12 Boys Soccer.
Bernard Feery is doing a wonderful job with these lads who have now reached the South Final after a super victory over Tipperary Town in a downpour in Killusty on Sunday evening. Captain Adam Lyons and Ciarán Ryan scored a goal each in the first half and the versatile Daniel Hickey, who is also on the rugby and u/10 GAA panel scored a goal in the second half. Goalie Colm Shanahan made some great saves. All these boys played their hearts out in achieving this great success. We are all now looking forward to the South Final. Winning Team consisted of: Adam Lyons (Capt), Daniel Hickey, Colm Shanahan, Ciaran Ryan, Padraig O’Shea, Damien Morrissey, Darren Connolly, Matthew Fitzgerald, Ben Walsh, Aaron Conran, Adrian Lawrence, Alan Lawrence, Jake Maher, Patrick Kearney, Philip Doyle and Eoin Healy.

County Finals in Judo took place in Town Hall on Friday night. Eric O’Donnell and his assistants Roy Gorey, Helena O’Shea and Rose Gorey competently ran this event. All medallists are members of Fethard Club and represented their respective areas. All winners have now qualified for Munster Finals and are requested to submit their Birth Certificates immediately. Richard Gorey and D J. Gorey, along with club mate Martin O’Donnell are all members of the Munster and National Squads. Detailed results are on the sports page. The winners from the Fethard Area are as follows:
U/25 Kg. Gold Padraig O’Shea, Bronze Mattie Holohan.
U/30 Kg. Silver Sarah McManus, Bronze Seamus Holohan.
U/35 Kg. Gold Michael Costelloe, Bronze Ben Walsh
U/40 Kg. Gold Bernadette Costello, Silver Mary Ellen O Reilly. Bronze Katie O’Shea
U/45 Kg. Gold Cathal Gorey, Silver Samantha Feery.
U/50 Kg. Silver Bridget O’Reilly
U/55 Kg. Gold D.J. Gorey
Open; Gold Richard Gorey
Munster finals will take place in University of Limerick on Sat. July 13th and ESB National Finals in Mosney are now on Aug 16th to 19th and Aug. 23 – 26th.

Congratulations to Valerie Colville, Spitalfield, who won CRFC player of the year award and received a beautiful piece of crystal last week-end. Valerie also captained Clonmel Rugby Club Ladies Sevens to win the coveted “Plate” at Waterpark RFC recently. Other local ladies who excelled on this team were Jackie Freyne, Knockbordan, Claire Kenny, Killusty and Anne White, Killerk.

Best of luck to Ml. Costello, Woodvale walk who is a member of Fethard Athletic Club and will be one of Co. Tipperary's representatives at ESB Community Games Cross Country National Finals next weekend.

Wednesday last saw the South Final of the U/10 Community Games final played before a large crowd in Fethard. The visitors, Mullinahone, opened up brightly and scored first. Daniel Hickey replied with a point. Colm Shanahan was playing soundly in goal, and when one of his great clearances was picked up by Brian Delahunty, who moved the ball swiftly to Eoin Dillon, whose clearance up field found Alan Lawrence, whose shot was punched to the net by Tommy Sheehan, the same player was on hand again to score a point to settle Fethard down. Mullinahone were now starting to dominate the game, but with some brilliant defending from Damien Morrissey, Brian Delahunty, Ciaran O'Meara, Eoin Dillon, Frank O'Donovan and Ronan Fitzgerald, Fethard held firm. Up field, Dean Sharpe and Michael Smith were causing havoc in the Mullinahone defence when Dean Sharpe was fouled, resulting in a penalty that was brilliantly saved by the Mullinahone goalie. The whistle blew for half-time. Score: Fethard 1-2, Mullinahone 0-1.
The second half started at a whirlwind pace, and when Fethard broke up field, Tommy Sheehan cut through to score a great goal, followed by points from Daniel Hickey and Alan Lawrence, and two more from Tommy Sheehan. Mullinahone responded with a point, but with Philip Maher, Aaron Conran, Cathal Hurley and Dylan Fitzgerald winning possession of the ball, it was no surprise when Daniel Hickey scored a goal. Fethard were now dominating in all areas, and brought on Kieran Walsh, Gerry Maher and Jamie Walsh. When the ball broke Alan Lawrence put it into the back of the net. A minute later, Tommy Sheehan scored his third goal to cap off a wonderful performance by the entire team. Final score: Fethard 5-6, Mullinahone 0-2. Well done to all involved.
A special thanks to the Fethard U/21 County Champions, who brought the South and County cups to the dressing room before the game. Well done to Tommy Gahan and his team on their wonderful achievement of 3 in a row. The club wishes them continued success.
The U/12's footballers played out a thrilling draw with Clonmel OG on Tuesday last. Clonmel OG dominated early on but Fethard opened the scoring with a point from Chris Sheehan and with Gavin Fitzgerald outstanding in goal Fethard led at half time. Fethard played against the wind in the second half and Clonmel OG levelled the game with a point but Fethard responded quickly with a brilliant goal by Eoin Fitzgerald followed by another from JP McGrath which was somehow disallowed. Entering the last two minutes Clonmel OG broke up field to score a goal to level the game, but to their credit, Fethard held out in the end. There were some outstanding performances on the night by all. Final score: Fethard 1-01, Clonmel Óg 1-01.
The team consisted of the following players: Gavin Fitzgerald, P. Doyle, Owen O'Connell, Paul McCarthy, A. Lawrence, C. Gorey, Tom O'Connell, C. Sheehan, C. Ryan, A. Power, JP McGrath, J Kelly, D. Hickey, A. O'Donovan and B. Walsh. Subs: O. Fitzgerald, M. Fitzgerald, A. Lyons, J. Fleming, G. Maher and D. Prout.
The U/14 team played Clonmel OG on Thursday night last in Fethard, and were beaten by a couple of points after putting up a great display.
Forthcoming games:
Thursday 16th — u/12, Fethard -v- Cahir, in Cahir
Thursday 16th — u/14, Fethard -v- Commercials, in Clonmel
All hurling championships are due to start very soon, so all players are asked to attend training. On this Saturday there will be First Holy Communion in the Parish. We wish all the children and parents the very best on their special day.

In senior football on Saturday last in Clonmel we defeated Cahir in the first round of the county championship on a scoreline Fethard 1-12 (1-6), Cahir 0-7 (0-4). The team was: P Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher, Willie O’Meara, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan (Capt), Glen Burke, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, Damien Byrne, J P Looby 1-0, Michael Dillon 0-4 3f, B Coen 0-4, Carl Maher 0-1, Michael Spillane 0-2 and Ken Byrne. Sub was Jimmy O’Meara. Our next game is on Tuesday 21st. Check sports page for fixture and venue.
In intermediate football on Sunday last in Cloneen, in the south league we were beaten by Killenaule on a scoreline, Killenaule 3-10 (1-6), Fethard 2-6 (0-3). The team was: Tommy Gahan, Nicky Murphy, Martin Ryan, Philly Croke, Alan Phelan, Chris Coen, Shay Ryan, Tomas Keane, Owen Doyle 0-1, C. Allen 1-2, J. Hurley, Kevin O’Donnell, M. Coen, Michael Riordan, and B. Brett 1-1. Subs: J. Noonan, Ian Kenrick, Jason Nevin 0-2, Johnny Needham. Other subs: John Hanrahan and Jamie McCormack.
The intermediate hurling county league started on Tuesday 14th with an away game to Arravale Rovers. On this Saturday May 18th, in Clonmel at 7.30pm we play Fr Sheehys in the south championship.
On wed last we made our exit from the minor football championship, when going down to Commercials 2-18 (2-10), to Fethard’s 3-9 (1-3). We would like to thank Willie Quigley for his commitment and to selectors, Austy Godfrey, Noel Byrne and Willie Morrissey for there time.
Our Lotto jackpot €3,600 was not won. We had two match threes winning €75 each, Mary Coen (Killusty) and John Walsh (c/o Erin Foods). The lucky dip €50 winner was Paula Gahan (Strylea).
Thanks to promoters and clients for joining the County Board Draw with us and increasing our membership. Best of luck for the year!


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