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Saturday 25th May 2002

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 21st May were 4, 17, 22 and 31. We had no jackpot winner and three 'match 3' winners who received €50 each:
Tom Egan, Garranguile, Cloneen.
Nellie Donovan, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.
Corina Roe, Cashel Road, Fethard
The winner of the €50 Free Draw was:
Ann Cooney, The Square, Fethard.
This week's Jackpot is now €10,000.
This week's seller's prize for the winning jackpot ticket is: €320.

Congratulations to Daniel Byrne, The Green, Fethard, employed by Barlow Motors Ltd. Davis Road, Clonmel, who won the F. J. Foster Perpetual Education Award for Electrical & Electronic Systems, in the Motor Industry Awards Scheme at Davis College, Mallow, Annabella Campus. The award was presented by Mr. Gary Foster, F.G. Foster Ltd.

Just a few hours before we were due to play the County Intermediate League Final on Saturday we were informed that the match would have to be postponed due to a water-logged pitch. As of yet we haven't received notification of the revised fixture. The club wishes to sincerely thank the following sponsors for their generosity: Jimmy Hayes (Sports Bags), Annette Murphy (T-shirts) and Gillian Murphy (Socks).
Following the roaring success of the barbeque, which we held last year to raise much needed funds, we are now attempting to emulate this success. Another barbeque will be held on next Friday night, May 31st in Lonergan's Bar. Music is by DJ K and there will be a raffle and spot prizes. Tickets priced at just €5 are available from all players and committee members, and will also be available at the door on the night. However, patrons are advised to arrive early as there were some disappointed revellers last year who failed to gain entry due to a full house. All are welcome and a night of good food, music and craic are promised. Don't miss it!

One of the largest crowds ever seen at a public meeting in Fethard attended the anti-incinerator meeting held in Fethard Ballroom on Friday night, 24th May organised by the Anti-Incinerator Committee. The overwhelming message from the large attendance of families from Fethard and neighbouring parishes; public representatives; T.D.'s; professionals; medical profession; representatives from farming and community groups, was total opposition to the proposed erection of an incinerator at Castleblake, Rosegreen. The large attendance were very impressed by the excellent manner in which Mr Seamus Hayes chaired the meeting and also by the short speech given by Mr Michael Lowry T.D. For those who were unable to attend the very informative meeting, an Anti-Incinerator Information Office Centre has been set up in Main Street, Fethard, which will be open to provide information. Freephone: 1800 905 906.

Due to weather and cancellations we had no activity on the field of play in the last week. In the intermediate football south league we play Moyle Rovers in Cloneen on wed 29th May. Please check sports fixtures for details of the replay of the postponed championship game with Father Sheehys.
With County Tipperary teams involved on Sunday 2nd June in Cork (hurling) and on the 9th June in Killarney (football), fixtures for the next two weeks will be disrupted.
All tickets drawn for Cork must be collected before 9pm on this Thursday night, 30th May, from secretary or treasurer.
We had no winner of our €3,800 lotto jackpot or ‘match 3’winners. Five lucky tickets were drawn and each received €30: Patricia Breen (The Green), Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan), Noreen Ahearne (Main St,) Jimmy O’Meara (5 St Patricks Place), Bernie Byrne (Killusty). Our €50 Lucky Dip winner was Mick Duffy c/o Lonergans Bar (The Square).
Our sympathies are at this time with the Keane (family), Barrack Street, on the death of Mrs Catherine Keane (Cloneen).

The Patrician Presentation Yearbook, ‘Off The Wall 2002’ is now on sale in local shops. The annual book, published by the transition year students, is full of interesting articles and photographs covering the school events of the past year. A collector’s item in years to come! The price is €6.

It is come to our notice that at least three local families have had to pay fines of between €50 and €100 on behalf of their children who were caught by the litter warden disposing of litter on the street. You’ve been warned!

The bridge results for Wednesday 22nd May are:
1st Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
2nd Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
1st Nett: Nora Lawrence and Rosemary Lalor
2nd Nett: Suzanne Opray and Margaret McCormack

On Monday night 20th May, the under/14's played Ardfinnan in what was to be the crunch game of their championship, played in Fethard, the home team showed great spirit and skill against a team who had won four of their games already. There were some outstanding performances from the boys in blue and when the final whistle blew, Fethard had lost by one point. The final score Ardfinnan 2-6, Fethard 2-5. One wonders what these players might have done if things had gone right for them from the start of the championship. Special thanks to all the players for their efforts and to their trainer Michael Walsh who took up the position at the very last minute.
All under/14's will have to turn their attention to hurling as their championship games will be taking place very soon.
The under/12's played two games last week, the first a challenge against St Patricks, played in very wet conditions. We brought two teams to Cloneen, the under/12's played the first half and the under/11's played the second half, a great evenings football was played by all 28 Fethard players. Two players who showed some great spirit when introduced were Darren Connelly in goal and Darren Prout at corner back who on two occasions when certain goals looked on, the two Darrens somehow managed to clear their lines. Well done to all involved.
On Friday night last, the 24th, the under/12's played Ardfinnan in Fethard in a game that had to be won. Fethard opened well and a point from Christopher Sheehan had them in front early on. With all the rain that fell, the underfoot conditions were now poor, and shortly before halftime, Fethard hit a purple patch with Ben Walsh scoring a great point followed by a brilliant goal by Andrew Walsh. Ardfinnan replied instantly with a goal to leave the score Fethard 1-2, Ardfinnan 1-0. The second half started at whirlwind speed and with Paul McCarthy, Owen O'Connell, Philip Doyle, solid in the full back line, Gavin Fitzgerald in goal was not in any danger early on. The half back line of Adrian Lawrence, Cathal Gorey and the outstanding Tom O'Connell, who was captain for the night, were keeping the quick Ardfinnan forwards at bay and supplying the Fethard forwards with plenty of ball. It was not long before Aaron O'Donovan and Andrew Walsh extended Fethard’s lead with 2 points. With the game now in full flight and Christopher Sheehan dominating mid-field, it was fitting that Andrew Walsh finished off the great move to the net, to leave the final score, Fethard 2-4, Ardfinnan 1-1. Fethard had more outstanding players in Kieran Ryan, J.P. McGrath, Adam Power, Daniel Hickey, Eoin Fitzgerald and Robert Ahearn. They now wait to meet Cahir in their last game.
Training continues for under/10's and under/12's on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Our under/10's are still awaiting their county final opponents. Training for under/10's and under/12's hurling on Mondays at 5.30pm
Our upcoming game is under/14 hurling on the 3rd June in Fethard at 7.15pm.

Fethard scouts were involved in bag packing in Tesco’s Supermarket in Clonmel to raise funds for the Special Olympics taking place next year. The lads also recently took part in the regional shield competition in Parsons Green in Clogheen. A great event was enjoyed by all and some good results were achieved, most notably, 1st place in the ‘Camp Log’, 2nd in the ‘Orienteering Map and Compass’, and a 4th in the Pioneering Project. Well done to all the lads and thanks as always to the ‘ever faithful’ leaders. Best wishes also to three of our leaders who are ‘up to their eyes’ with study for exams – John McCarthy, David Kennedy and John Noonan.


Cathy vanBrederode (Email: CvanB@aol.com)
My great grandmother, Bridget Delia Phelan, was born at Crampscastle in 1853 or 1854. Can you tell me the name and address of the church in the area. I would contact to see if they have a record of her birth. I am trying to find the names of her parents. If you have any information on costs to have them looked up, I'd appreciate that too. Thanks so much and especially thanks for the website and newsletter. I have
enjoyed both since we found you three years ago.

Robert Jones (Email: robertjones2@lineone.net)
My name is Robert Jones and I am writing from my home in Liverpool. I am working on my family tree and hoping you may help me. My grandmother was born in Fethard around 1866. Her name was Margaret Fitzpatrick and her father was James Fitzpatrick. She also had sisters, Bridget and Anne. She emigrated to Liverpool and married on Merseyside in 1898. I have yet to succeed in obtaining her birth certificate but I am hopeful. What I want in the short term is a little reading matter on Fethard. I am told that my grandmother lived in 'The Green' in Fethard. I thought perhaps if I could read a little about the place, particularly about the churches. She was a Roman Catholic, so maybe there is a church nearby where she may have been baptized.
I hope one day to visit Tipperary but for the time being if there is any literature I can purchase that might reflect where she was born I would be very interested. I have found your email address by chance on the internet I hope you will not mind my taking the liberty of contacting you. Sincerely, Robert Jones.

Martha Carper (Email: mcarper@rica.net)
I have thoroughly enjoyed your Fethard web site. It is a wonderful way to stay connected. I lived at Clonacody for two years, 1972-1974, and consider Fethard and the folks my second home and family! On Saturday, May 25th, I will be remembering two of my favourite Fethard Friends — Dinny Walsh and Eithne Carrigan. I do not have email addresses for either of them, but if there is a way to convey my birthday greetings to them, I would appreciate it!
I love the photo on the website that John Kenrick took of Dinny with Pat Mullins, super! I wonder if you could post another of Dinny honouring him on his 77th birthday (I think it is 77...maybe 76?). Dinny is such a compassionate character! I don't know if Eithne is at Clonacody or not, but I do believe she will turn 35 (or thereabouts) on Saturday the 25th, too! I will keep in touch through your wonderful website. Oh how it makes me homesick! Perhaps I can come back and visit with my family in the next year or so! Martha Carper, 23 Click Road, Weyers Cave, VA 24486, USA.

Kate St. John (Email: katestjohn@yahoo.com)
I am looking for the history of St. Johnstown Castle, in particular some information about the coat of arms over the main door. Can you point me in any direction? I'd be most grateful. Yours Sincerely Kate St. John.

David Charlton (Email: david.charlton4@btinternet.com
Thoroughly enjoyed your website, we lived out at Coolmoyne in the early 80`s for about 4 years. Two of my children were confirmed in Fethard church, and the three of them went to school in Fethard. Many happy memories from our time in Ireland. Could you please pass on my regards to the Donovan's of Coolmoyne our nearest neighbours, many a drink I enjoyed with Brendan. Best regards David Charlton and family (Plymouth Argyle FC)

Bob Favelle (Email: bobnjacs@standard.net.au)
Hi, my name is Jackie Favelle and I am interested in finding out about my ancestors, Dalton and Burke families, and I’m having trouble. Would you have a list of researchers for the Tipperary area? I will be in Ireland for my nephews wedding in October and would dearly love to see sites pertaining to my family. Thank you very much.

The wedding took place on Saturday 25th May, in the Church of Our Lady of the Nativity, Cloneen, of Ruth Delaney, daughter of Bill and Nuala Delaney, Redcity, to Brendan O’Meara, Cloneen.

As the school year draws to a close, a number of significant events have taken place. The transition year, having returned from a trip to Delphi, Co. Mayo, took part in the T.Y. Regional Day in Mount Melleray. After a 10k walk in the mountains, an evening of entertainment was enjoyed.
Transition Year evening takes place on May 27th. Fortunately our Annual School Sports Day was a ‘dry day’ and the results are as follows:
1st Boys Sprint: Stephen O’Meara
2nd Boys Sprint: Fintan Maher.
3rd Boys Sprint: Shane Walsh.
1st Girls Sprint: Tracy Burke.
2nd Girls Sprint: Sarah Flynn.
3rd Girls Sprint: Linda Kenny.
1st Boys Sack Race: John Frewen.
2nd Boys Sack Race: Damien Guthrie.
3rd Boys Sack Race: Connie O’Flynn.
1st Girls Sack Race: Donna Ryan.
2nd Girls Sack Race: Marice Sullivan.
3rd Girls Sack Race: Kelly-Ann Nevin.
1st Relay: Ciarán (Josh Harrison, Niall Hayes, Tracy Burke & Katie Murphy)
2nd Relay: Teresa (Leanne Hickey, Kate Hanrahan, James Williams & Richard Gorey)
3rd Relay: Ronan (Shane Walsh, Ronan O’Meara, Kelly-Ann Nevin & Sarah Kennedy)
T.Y. Boys 800m: Shane Aylward
T.Y. Girls Sprint: Miriam Carroll
T.Y. Boys Sack Race: Noel Walsh
Senior Boys Sprint: Eoin Maher
Senior Girls Sprint: Linda Nevin
Senior Boys 800m: Bill Hunt
Senior Girls Sack Race: Zoë Cooney
Senior Relay -6th Years: (Linda Nevin, Jennifer Frewen, Kevin Whyte & Paul Minogue)

The presentation to Mr Paddy Broderick, on behalf of the students, took place on Wednesday 22nd May. The pupils assembled to wish him well in his retirement and presented him with a print of his favourite animal, Istabraq!
The Leaving Cert class travelled to Glendalough on Thursday May 23rd where they travelled on a reflective journey with Roddy Geoghan. Their graduation mass took place that evening, celebrated by Fr. Tom Breen P.P. Musical accompanist was Kevin Hickey with the addition of our school group: Peter Kenny, Paul and Michael Walsh and Paul Cleary.
On a final note, not only do we wish Mr Paddy Broderick a long and happy retirement, but also a long future of happiness to Ms Catriona McKeogh who gets married in a few weeks. An last, but not least, the very best of luck to all our leaving cert and junior cert pupils in their certificate examinations which begin on June 5th.

The members of the Tipperary Foxhounds made a presentation at McCarthy’s Hotel recently to Simon Probin, to mark his retirement after ten years as huntsman to the Gallant Tipps. The presentation was a replica of the mounted silver fox awarded to the champion bitch hound at the All-Ireland Foxhound Championship Show. Simon won this trophy during his term with the pack. Mr Tim Corballis made the presentation on behalf of the hunt members.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Tom Keane, Barrack Street, and his family, on the recent death of his mother, Mrs Catherine Keane, Cloneen.

The very best of luck to our young friends, who we regularly see on a daily basis, as they sit their Leaving and Junior Cert examinations this week, commencing on June 5th. A special good wish to the Leaving Certs who will shortly pass through the old Sparagoleith Gateway as students for the last time.

Best wishes for a long and happy retirement to Mr Paddy Broderick. Mr Broderick retires at the end of this school term after 37 years in the teaching profession, most of which he spent at Fethard Patrician / Presentation Secondary School.

Commiserations to our neighbouring fellow friary townspeople of Callan, Co. Kilkenny, on the closure of their Augustinian Abbey. The people of Fethard know full well how they must have felt when mass was recently celebrated for the last time in Callan Augustinian Abbey.

Results have just been published on a survey carried out by the National Anti-Litter Authorities promoted by the business community. The survey names the cleanest and dirtiest towns, likewise in Ireland. All we can say is, it is probably just as well the survey was confined to towns with a population of over 5,000, as we shudder to think where Fethard would figure. Taking a stroll along the riverside walk recently, we took a look into the Pound. The 15th century Pound was built originally to impound animals for non-payment of dept and was used, up to around 60 years ago, to hold straying or wandering animals, the owner having to pay a fine to have them released. The ancient beautifully cobbled floor of the Pound, discovered when the restoration work was carried out on the Town Wall, is now littered with beer and soft drink cans, fast food bags and containers, plastic bottles etc and is fast becoming a glorified dump. Not a pretty sight as the tourist season commences!
Speaking of the Pound, South Tipperary County Council workers have, this week, commenced repair work on the parapet of Watergate Bridge. A section of the large coping stones on the bridge wall have recently been dislodged. This bridge is the oldest bridge over the river Clashawley between Loughcopple and its source. The ancient bridge has stood the test of time remarkably well, however, it looks like that vandalism has succeeded in damaging the bridge where years of heavy traffic have failed. Will we ever learn!

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