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Saturday 1st June 2002

The Fethard Historical Society will hold the official opening of the Fethard medieval Town Trail on Friday 14th June, beginning at 8pm in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church of Ireland. The evening will include a guided walk of the Medieval Trail followed by a talk and display on ‘Norman Ireland’ by real knights in shining armour. All are invited to what promises to a be a novel and entertaining evening

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
The results of the game following our AGM on Wednesday 29th May are as follows:
1st Gross Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins
2nd Gross Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
1st Nett Joan Kelly and Anne Ryan
2nd Nett Anna Cooke and Madeleine O'Donnell
Bridge is now finished for the summer and will resume on Wednesday 11th September. For those interested in playing during the summer bridge continues at Cahir House Hotel on Monday evenings at 7.30pm, the Times Hotel, Tipperary at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings, Hotel Minella in Clonmel on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm, and Ballinure on Thursday evenings at 8pm. Visitors are welcome at all of these sessions during the summer months.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 28th May were 16, 17, 21 and 23. We had no Jackpot Winner and four "Match" 3 winners:
M. Hannigan, Cashel Road, Killenaule.
Anne Nevin, Ballintemple, Fethard.
Nellie Donovan, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.
Betty & Alan, c/o St. Patrick's Hospital, Cashel.
We had two Free Draws this week for €50 and the winners were: Bernie Horan, Tinakelly, Fethard.
Kathleen Phelan, 18 Prior Park Crescent, Clonmel.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is €335. This week we will have three Free Draws for €50 and a €10 prize for the sellers of any 'Match 3' winning tickets.

Killusty soccer team will take on the might of Holland on Saturday evening next at 6.45pm in Killusty when they play Sieadracht (outside Rotterdam) in a friendly soccer game. Admission to the game will cost €5 and all proceeds will go towards the Church Restoration Fund.

Killusty athlete, Bernard Feery stole the limelight again on Sunday last when he won the Munster Championship over 3,000 metres in Waterford R.T.C. knocking 40 seconds off last years time. Bernard has now qualified for All Ireland Finals next August. He is a great example as secretary of the local community games.

On this, our last week of classes, house exams were held and our Leaving and Junior Certs finished up. The Transition Year Evening included displays of all the work completed by transition year’s students during the year; a photographic display; and Mass celebrated by Fr. Tom Breen P.P. with singers accompanied by Kevin Hickey.
Mrs Carmel Rice, representing Meals-on-Wheels and the Lourdes Invalid Association gave the height of praise to all the students that had helped with Meals-on-Wheels and the wonderful work done by Mr Prendergast and the students in raising enough money to sponsor and invalid to travel to Lourdes. The two students chosen to travel with the Lourdes Pilgrimage this year are Kyle O’Donnell and Claire Ryan.
On Thursday evening, the staff presentation to Mr Paddy Broderick, our retiring deputy principal took place. It was a lovely occasion attended by his wife Nell and his family. In the course of the evening we were treated to a wonderful piece of poetry from Paddy.
As we close the gates on another school year, may we wish all our students well, especially those taking exams.
Every happiness to Ms Caitriona McKeogh of the English / R.E. Department on her forthcoming marriage and best of luck Ms Joan Walsh of the Science Department, who is taking a year out to return to University to study Counselling.
May everyone have a happy summer, especially Paddy Broderick in his retirement, who now hands over to incoming Deputy Principal Marian Gilpin, Mr Ernan Britton (Principal) and staff of the school.

While working in his father’s garden at Rathcoole House, Mr Joe Hayes unearthed some archaeological artefacts of great interest. Some of the items may be from the Stone Age and were handed over to the County Museum for identification. Mr Pat Holland, curator of the museum, has written to Joe stating the items are very important pieces of archaeological evidence of the past and have been added to his collection.
Mr Holland has requested Joe to keep in mind the possibility of other archaeological items being found in the area and if anything turns up to let him know.

The death has occurred of Mr Jimmy McCormack, Kilnockin. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred in Dublin on May 30th of Rev Fr. Anthony Hourihane OSA. Fr Hourihane spent the last 20 years of his sacred ministry at Fethard Augustinian Priory. At the conclusion of the Corpus Christi Procession in the Abbey Grounds on Sunday last, Very Rev Canon James Power paid tribute to Fr Hourihane’s work in Fethard, especially for his concern for and work on behalf of the less well off in our community. Interment took place at Fethard Abby Cemetery on Monday last.
The death has occurred, unexpectedly on May 26th, of Mr William ‘Bill’ Keane, Kilconnell. A native of Cashel, the late Bill Keane spent most of his working life in England. Bill had a most retiring and shy disposition and very few people really got to know him since taking up residence in Kilconnell following his retirement. He took a great interest in cage birds with him to England and while in residence there was one of the top exhibitors at local and national cage and aviary bird shows, winning many championship prizes and certificates with his Norwich canaries and native hybrids. We was also widely sought after in the cage bird fancy as a maker of the proper show cages for the various type of bird where a fraction out in cage or perch dimensions could mean the difference between first and second place in shows at this top level. He continued to keep just a few birds as a hobby at Kilconnell. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife and family.

Fr O’Lochran OSA has been appointed to Fethard Abbey from Callan. Fr O’Lochran is returning from a visit to the Augustinian Friary at Clare Village, Suffolk, England, and prior to his departure had an enquiry from Fr Killian as to the welfare of his friends in Fethard. Fr. Killian, at present in Clare Village, sent special regards to the members of Fethard Youth / Athletic club of which he was a founder member when he ministered at Fethard Abbey over 30 years ago. Some of the names he mentioned were Brendan Kenny, Michael Kenrick, Noel Sharpe, Don McCarthy, Tony Hanrahan, Davy Morrissey, Thomas McCarthy, Kay O’Riordan, Gerry Fogarty, who were members of the club 1970-1975. Miceál McCormack, long time head of Fethard A.C., often has written to Fr. Killian and hopes to organise a visit to Suffolk by some of Fr Killian’s young athletes of the ‘70’s for later in the year.

Well done to the boys in blue, the Fethard U/10's are the County Champions for the second year in a row with a brilliant win over North Tipp champions Moycarkey, the half time scores were Fethard 0-3, Moycarkey 1-01, the Fethard team came back in the second half to show why they are the champions, and with some brilliant playing by all, they then went ahead, Daniel Hickey scoring 1 goal and 3 points, Alan Lawrence 1 goal, Tommy Sheehan 4 points, Dean Sharpe 1 point and Philip Maher 1 point, with the final score Fethard 2-09, Moycarkey 1-01, well done to Colm Shanahan in goal, Damien Morrissey, Ciarán O’Meara, Brian Delahunty, Cathal Hurley, Aaron Conran, Ronan Fitzgerald, Tommy Sheehan, Frankie O Donovan (captain), Eoin Dillon, Daniel Hickey, Michael Smith, Philip Maher, Dean Sharpe, Alan Lawrence, Dylan Fitzgerald, Jamie Walsh, Kieran Walsh, Ger Maher.
They returned home to a hero’s welcome and a Garda escort throughout the town, our thanks to Willie Morrissey for presenting the under/10 captain, Frank O’Donovan with the trophy, and all the people of Fethard who turned out to welcome the team home, and to M.C. Maher for the use of his truck. Well done to all involved, keep up the good work.
The under/14's played a match and were unfortunately beaten, better luck next time lads. Football training continues for under/10 and under/12's on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Hurling training continues for under/10 and under/12's on Mondays from 5.30pm


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