Saturday 8th June 2002

The World Cup will be over and unless we have had to launch Noah’s Ark, Killusty Pony Show will take place on Saturday 6th July at Claremore, Killusty by kind permission. Unfortunately, due to Foot and Mouth restrictions, Killusty could not go ahead in 2001 for what would have been its thirty-ninth show. That thirty-ninth show is now in the pipeline and schedules can be obtained from the Hon Secretary, Betsy O’Connor, Knockelly, Fethard. Entries close finally on June 28th with the exception of the Equitation Classes and Performance Working Hunter where entries will be taken on the day. The ever-popular Dog Show can be entered on the day as well and there is no entry required for the Fancy Dress.
We have included several new classes to keep pace with trends in the showing world. Now, the riding ability of the child is put under scrutiny in the equitation classes where the quality of the pony is not taken into account. There are sections in the Equitation division for both flat and jumping. For the first time this year, the winners and second place finishers in all the Equitation classes will be competing for the Tate Croome-Carroll Memorial Trophy and the Equitation Championship. Many will remember Tate or “Woogie” as he was widely known as being a particularly fine horseman no matter what he was riding. There is a new class for in-hand pure or part-bred Arabs. Due to the popularity of the Side-Saddle Class it has been divided into two, one for under 143 cms ponies (riders under 16) and the second for 143-l58cms animals (riders under 25). With six rings in operation all day long, there is a class for nearly everyone.
From very small beginnings, Killusty has risen to be one of only three Shows for which double points are awarded. The other two shows are the RDS and the IPS Championship Show, this year in Cavan. It is not necessary to be registered with the IPS or indeed, with any other society to take part in Killusty. Day registration is available which allows for insurance cover. Although competitors come from all parts of Ireland, classes are won on a regular basis by local ponies for whom Killusty is their only Show. Killusty was established so many years ago to showcase the quality of local ponies and it is heartening to see that local ponies are rated very highly still.
The organisers invite all to attend even if they do not take part. There is no admission charge and an enthusiastic audience adds to the atmosphere. Without our many generous sponsors and hard-working volunteers, Killusty would never have attained its thirty-ninth show. The committee hope to see you there on the 6th July.

It appears that a very small group have recently caused untold damage to our local Nano Nagle Primary School and the Abymill Theatre. These facilities exist due to the hard work and fundraising by all the members of our community. They continue to provide excellent facilities for all ages in our community and are maintained on a voluntary basis. The time has come for us all to work together in making sure that they remain in our community, unharmed.
Someone knows the people who were involved. We as a community should now make it our business to bring these people to justice and not let them abuse the town we live in.

Community Games County Athletic finals will take place on Sunday next, June 16th in Thurles Dog Track commencing at 12 noon sharp. Well done to the under/10 football team who won the county final last weekend. This team have been drawn in a preliminary round of the Munster Finals and will play Kenmare, Co. Kerry in Rathkeale on Saturday, July 6th. Winners of this game will play Clare in the semi-final. Best of luck to the following list of athletes who have been entered for the County Athletics final next Sunday:
Under 8 60 M: Aine Phelan, Emma Morrissey, Brian Healy.
Under 8 80 M: Aobh O’Shea, Emma Walsh, Gerard Gorey.
Under 10 100 M: Sarah McManus, Kelly Fox, Damien Morrissey, Noel O’Brien.
Under 10 200M: Jenny Pyke, Louis Rice.
Under 12 100 M: Siobhan O’Brien, Catherine Trehy, Eoin Healy, Jake Maher.
Under 12 600M: Ciara O’Connor, Aisling Sullivan, John Lalor, Ben Walsh.
Under 14 100 M: Kate O’Brien, Alan O’Connor.
Under 16 100 M: Niamh O’Connor, Richard Gorey.
Under 16 1500 M: David Sullivan.
Under 17 Marathon: Joey Feery
Boys Under 12 Relay Team: John Lalor, Eoin Healy, Ben Walsh, Jake Maher, Michael Costello.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 18th June, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

In the south intermediate football league on Saturday last we defeated Moyle Rovers on a scoreline: Fethard 1-9 (1-3), Moyle Rovers 0-10 (0-2). The team was: T. Gahan, N. Murphy, P. Croke, P. Prout, K. Browne, S. Ryan, I. Kendrick, P. J. Ahearne, O. Doyle 0-1, C. Allen 0-3, K. O’Donnell, J. Noonan 0-1, B. Brett 0-2, J. Hurley 1-1, J. Neville 0-1. Sub: A. Burke.
On Thursday 13th we play Clonmel Commercials in the south championship at 8pm in Kilsheelan.
We had no winner of our €4,000 lotto jackpot and no ‘match threes’. Five lucky dips received €30 each: Nora O’Meara (St Patricks Place), Pat O’Donnell (Monroe), Bernadette McManus (Burke St), James Reidy (O’Connell Mall Clonmel), Eliza Ward (Northgate House). €50 Lucky Dip winner was Megan Coen (The Green).
Best of luck to Willie, Damien, Miceál in the Munster championship senior football replay and to Paul and Aiden in the intermediate Munster replay on this Saturday against Clare.
Your support will be much appreciated on this w/e 15th and 16th for our annual church gate collection. Any student eligible to avail of summer scheme employment please contact Noel Byrne (31518) immediately.

Due to the recent inclement weather, the County League Intermediate Final has been postponed twice. However, it has once again been re-fixed for Wednesday 12th June in the camogie pitch at The Ragg at 7.30 pm. Our opponents are Portroe who have been a senior side for the last few years and have just been re-graded, so a quick, competitive game is on the cards.

The results of our Easter Draw were as follows:
1st Prize: Hamper (sponsored by Kenny's Centra Supermarket)
Winner: Molly O'Meara, Killusty
2nd Prize: Chez Hans Meal Voucher (sponsored by Coolmore)
Winner: Colm Coen, Killusty
3rd Prize: Two Tickets for Irish Derby (sponsored by Coolmore)
Winner: John Keane, c/o Clonmel Plumbing
4th Prize: Two Tickets for Irish Guineas (sponsored by Coolmore)
Winner: Madeline Carey, Cahir Road, Clerihan
5th Prize: Duiske Crystal (sponsored by Bob Fitzgerald)
Winner: Marie Egan, Old Road, Cashel
6th Prize: Easter Egg
Winner: Tom Farrell, Clonmel
7th Prize: Bottle of Brandy
Winner: Michael Cooney, Coalbrook, Ballingarry
8th Prize: Two Green Fees (sponsored by Cahir Park Golf Course)
Winner: Paul Kenrick, Fethard
9th Prize: Set of Car Mats (sponsored by Cashel Motor Works)
Winner: Pat Woodlock, Coleman, Fethard
The society would like to thank all who supported the annual draw and also to our sponsors above who made this draw possible. Our next outing takes place to the Gold Coast Golf Club, Dungarvan, on Sunday 23rd June. Tee-off from 10.30am to noon.

The Fethard Historical Society will hold the official launch 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 shinning armour. All are invited to what promises to a be a novel and entertaining evening.

A group of thirteen Canadian Students arrived in Fethard on Friday 7th June. All thirteen are on the final stages of a four year degree programme in Child and Youth Care in Malaspina University British Columbia. Nine of these students are staying locally while doing a practical placement in St Bernard’s Group Homes for six weeks

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 4th June were 7, 17, 19 and 25. We had no Jackpot Winner and two “Match 3” winners:
Maureen Whyte, Main Street, Fethard.
Rita Hickey, Walshbog, Cloneen.
We had two Free Draws this week for €50 and the winners were: Maggie Sayers, 44 Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Tom Connolly, Camas Road, Cashel.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is €350. This week we will have three Free Draws for €50 and a €10 prize for the sellers of any 'Match 3' winning tickets.

Despite the rain and a rather depressed looking white baboon, the Youth Club’s trip to Foto Island was a successful outing. While leaders took refuge under trees, umbrellas and last year’s rain-capes from our Oakwood trip, the spirits of the young people couldn’t be dampened. On leaving Foto we decided to head for Youghal and take advantage of ‘Perks’ amusements, bowling and restaurant — we later left there dry, warm and no longer hungry! As usual the members behaved in an exemplary fashion and were a credit to their club. Well done lads!
Tipperary Regional Youth Service has been given the responsibility for co-ordinating the implementation of the National Children’s Strategy at local level. The holding of a ‘Dail na nÓg’ is part of this role. The ‘Dail na nÓg’ for South Tipperary will be held in the Wilderness Project, Clonmel, on Saturday 22nd June, time to be advised.
A member will be selected to represent South Tipperary in the National Platform in September. Our club has been invited to send interested young people and we have started consultation with them. We ask you to encourage your children to consider attending, particularly if they have an interest in local issues and would like to voice their opinion. Next Saturday night consent forms will be given to those interested. These must be returned to any club leader before Thursday 20th June to confirm attendance.
Congratulations to Ronan O’Meara and Ashley McCormack who have been chosen by the Regional Council to be part of an 11 member group who will fly to Haly on 22nd June. They will, with their other Tipperary counterparts, attend an international Youth Conference on Underage Drinking. This project has national and regional funding and is a great opportunity for all concerned. Italy and Croatia are just two of the countries who will also attend. We hope from this event to make connections with other countries and their youth services. maybe in the future a similar conference can be held in Tipperary.
To our annual Trip! Again our members tell us Oakwood in Wales is where they want to go, so plans for this trip are now in progress. We hope to do it as reasonably as last year and feel that the best timing will be end July – early August. We are asking members to bring their deposits on Saturday night 15th June, since the last night of the club this year will be June 22nd.
We have had a good year and are delighted with the continued strength of our membership. We would like to thank the members for their support of the club and their good spirits and willingness. We hope that next year will bring a wider calendar of events.
To all our members doing exams, good luck! We wish you well. To all our members involved in drama, dance, sport and athletics, good luck in your forthcoming shows and events.
Finally we wish to congratulate Fethard under-10 boys who defeated Moycarkey in the county football final last week in Thurles. All credit due to Tony Fitzgerald and Michael Sheehan (trainers and mentors) for their dedication, time and support. Well done and good luck on 6th July — knock their socks off lads!

During recent weeks Fethard athletes have been in fine medal winning form. The talented Mary Gleeson captured a most impressive bronze medal at the recent All-Ireland Cross Country Championships in Mosney, while at county level, the gifted Michelle Ryall showed a welcome return to form by winning gold in the 80m and long jump, and silver in the 300m. Michelle increased her medal tally to four by captaining the girls under-11 team to victory in the 4 x 100m final. The team of Hannah Trehy, Sarah McManus, Aisling O’Connor, and Michelle Ryall gave a marvellous display of team running and became the first Fethard team to win an A.A.I. county relay title. Also winning individual medals on the day were Owen Healy who won bronze in the under-11 boys 80m; Kevin Quigley, bronze in the under-12 boys hurdles; and Darragh Dwyer, bronze in the under-12 boys ball throw. In the 4 x 100m finals, bronze medals were awarded to the boys under-12 team of Darragh Dwyer, Kevin Quigley, Conor Prendergast and Michael Costello. Also winning bronze was the under-10 relay team of Damien Morrissey, Brian Delahunty, Eoin Walsh and Louis Rice.
The next competitive outing is the County Community Games finals at the Dog Track in Thurles on Sunday 16th June. The club’s annual sports evening, deferred recently due to bad weather, will now take place on Wednesday 19th June at 6.30pm in the Boys School Field.

The Abymill Theatre will host a one-man play, “The Gallant John-Joe”, written by Tom MacIntyre and performed by Tom Hickey (Benjy in the ‘Riordans’), on Friday night 5th July at 8.30pm. This play was nominated for two Irish Theatre Awards and was described by the Irish Times as a “a performance of rare virtuosity”. The show is a benefit night for the ISPCA. Tickets are €12 each, which includes a cheese and wine reception at 8pm. Booking at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.

Local punters who follow a system, very profitable actually in recent months, by placing a few Euro on horses named in Gaelic probably missed a good priced winner at Stratford-on-Avon recently. The horse, ‘Guid Willie Waught’, the Scotch Gaelic for “a good pint” was bred by Mr Kieran Duggan, Drumdeel, who still retains a share in the animal.

We can never get far away from the racing scene in Fethard. The point-to-point racing season was brought to a close at Ballingarry, North Tipperary, on Sunday last. Mark Grant, Grangebarry, leading by one winner going into Sunday’s meeting, was forced to share the novice riders point-to-point championship with his arch-rival Dick O’Connor. O’Connor rode one winner at Sunday’s meeting where Mark drew a blank. As a result they share the novice riders title with 16 winners each. Mark now says farewell to the point-to-point scene as he has turned professional. Best of luck to Mark in his new career.

Heavy flooding of the Anner and Clashawley rivers caused the postponement, for the second time, of the Fethard and Killusty Angler’s John Sayers Trophy and Tom O’Shea Cup competition on Sunday last. Both events will now be held on this Sunday, June 16th. Competing anglers meet at Thorny Bridge at 11am.

Farrier James Balfe, working at Coolmore prior to transferring to Australia, caused somewhat of a sensation on the rodeo championship circuit down under recently. Competing for the first time in the senior grade, James won the Steer Roping Competition at one of the principal rodeos in New South Wales. Inquiries as to ‘who is he” were freely circulating as he beat some of the top professional Australian wranglers, some of whom travel to America to compete in the top rodeos in the USA. James uses his stocky build and powerful shoulder strength to rope, throw and hog tie a steer in an unbelievable 4 seconds or thereabouts. A native of Co. Mayo, James was extremely popular locally and made many friends in the Fethard area who follow his rodeo career with great interest and look forward to many more successes in the rodeo circuit in Australia.

Local and all Tipperary football followers must have been most annoyed with Pat Spillane’s summing up of the Tipperary v Clare championship drawn game on R.T.E. on Sunday night. Honest criticism is okay, but holding the players of the so called weaker counties up to ridicule is a different matter altogether. Comments like “of junior standard” and “having to spend my afternoon watching such stuff” etc, is way over the top.
The Gaelic Athletic Association is not comprised of the top four or five counties who annually farm the football and hurling titles between them. The mighty Pat Spillane should remember that the inter-county players, most of whom, under the present system will never even play in Croke Park not alone win All-Irelands, deserve more respect.
These men are true GAA players, maybe not better than Pat Spillane, but they put just as much effort into their playing and preparation without the prospect of seven or eight All-Ireland medals and a dung-hill to crow off every Sunday night.
Pat Spillane rightly praised Declan Browne. he knows of Declan Browne the footballer, he should get to know Declan Brown the man much better, and perhaps the ‘Eamon Dunphy’ of the GAA world will learn a much needed lesson in humility.

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