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Saturday 13th July 2002

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 9th July were 1, 5, 11 and 21. We had no Jackpot Winner and four "Match 3" winners, each receives €40:
Paul O'Brien, Rathsallagh, Fethard.
Philly Kelly, The Green, Fethard.
Stephen Roche, Ballinard, Fethard.
Eddie Croke, 42 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
We had three Free Draws this week for €50 and the winners were:
Annette Murphy, Main Street. Fethard.
Sheila O'Donovan, Garrinch, Fethard.
Frank Hickey, Ballycullen, Mullinahone.
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 2nd July were 1, 5, 19 and 23. We had no Jackpot Winner and three "Match 3" winners, each receives €50:
Paul Kenny, Barrack Street, Fethard.
Monica Pollard, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
Kate O'Shea, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
The winners of the three €50 free draws were:
Noel Ryan, c/o Coolmore, Fethard.
Alice Butler, Kilnockin, Fethard.
Anna M. Ryan, c/o St. Patricks Hospital, Cashel.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is €425.

Over 30 attended the Fethard Historical Society’s outing to Ballingarry on Friday evening, 12th July. A special thanks to Dr. Willie Nolan, UCD, for making the trip so enjoyable. The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 30th July at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre. Membership fees are now due.

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 6th July of Claire, daughter of Mr Frank and Mrs Margaret Coffey, Burke Street, Fethard, to Mr Richard O’Brien, Drangan.

The flowers beds on The Square are now in full bloom and great credit is due to the local County Council workers who spent many days planting and tending to the flower beds. Thanks also is due to Council Supervisor, Tomás Fitzgerald for organising the erection of the remaining Fethard Medieval Trail finger-signs at Watergate and Main Street.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 23rd July at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

The organisers would like to thank all who supported the annual Church Gate Collection in aid of South Tipperary Hospice that took place in Fethard, Killusty and Moyglass last weekend. A total of €1,506 was collected for which there are most grateful.

Conditions following the recent heavy rainfall were far from ideal for the Fethard and Killusty Anglers fishing competitions on Sunday last. Nevertheless, some good catches were recorded. The winners were as follows: The John ‘Jack’ O’Donnell Cup was won by Thomas Fogarty, 2nd was Eddie Casey; and 3rd was John Fleming. The Eddie O’Neill Cup for the heaviest trout caught was won by Eddie Casey.

The Augustinian Abbey will hold their annual pilgrimage to Knock on 20th July, leaving Fethard at 8am. For further information, contact the Abbey at 052 31273.

There was an excellent attendance at the Tipperary Foxhounds Annual Puppy Show held at The Kennels, Tullamaine, on the evening of June 3rd. The quality of the young entry of 4.5 couple of dogs and 10 couple of bitches certainly made the task of judges Mr George Chadman M.F.H. and Mr Michael Higgins, a most difficult one. Pat O’Brien, in his first season as huntsman, proved first class in his own quiet and easy going style of showing the young entry. Pat was assisted by 1st Whip and kennel huntsman, James O’Donnell and by Paul O’Brien. The results were as follows:
Dog Hounds
1st: Rosegreen, walked by Miss Y. McClintock
2nd: Hoover, walked by Mr John Fitzgerald
3rd: Ronnie, walked by Mrs Faith Ponsonby
1st: Radio, walked by Joe and Willie Morgan
2nd: Hoover, walked by Mr John Fitzgerald
3rd: Raceway, walked by Ms Janet Barbour
The Champion was ‘radio’. Mr Tim Corballis, on behalf of the Tipperary Foxhounds committee at the conclusion, thanked the puppy walkers, all sporting farmers over whose lands the Tipps hunt, and paid a special tribute to Pat and James on the pristine state of the kennels and surrounds, and on the quality and condition of the hounds.
The evening concluded with a most enjoyable get-together in the marquee and tea served by the ladies committee.
Following the puppy show, the Gallant Tipps paid a most successful trip to the All-Ireland Foxhound championship show at Stradbally, Co. Laoise, on Sunday. They won first prize for the best couple dog hounds and also in addition, took four blue rosettes which included 2nd in the best couple of bitches. Once again, congratulations and well done to Pat and James.

Two ladies from New South Wales, Australia, visited Fethard during weekending 6th July tracing their roots. That had a photograph of a headstone on the grave of John Gunn from The Green who died in 1891. John Gunn was great-grandfather of one of the Australian ladies, whose grandmother had emigrated from Fethard. Fortunately in the vicinity, when the ladies called, was Carmel Rice who said she thought the monument was in Everardsgrange Cemetery. Joe Kenny was able to confirm this to be correct. So the problem was solved, with information on the family provided. Unfortunately the Australian visitors called at a busy time and in the rush to get them sorted, we did not record their names. We did, however, give them the Fethard website address (www.fethard.com). We would just like to say, if they make contact, that we are glad their visit to the native town of their ancestors proved successful.

The Clubs 2002 track and field season came to a conclusion at the County ‘A’ Championships in Tullamore last weekend. Over 16 children from Fethard competed and succeeded in winning an impressive array of medals. Our top performer on the day was Damien Morrissey who collected no less than five medals in the under/10 category. Hannah Trehy, John Lalor, Wayne Laslett, Lolo Trehy and Roisín Trehy all performed splendidly to win four individual medals. The complete result sheet is as follows: Jerome Ahearne, Adam Lyons, John Lalor and Ryan Laslett came 3rd in the boys under/12 relay; Sarah McManus and Aisling O’Connor, 2nd in the girls under/11 relay; Stephen Walsh, 3rd under/14 long jump and 2nd in the shot; Damien Morrissey, 1st under/10 boys 80m, 1st 200m, 2nd ball-throw, 2nd relay; Aisling Dwyer, 3rd girls under/11 relay; Roisín Trehy, 2nd girls under/10 long jump, 2nd 200m, 3rd relay, 3rd 60m; Ryan Laslett, 2nd boys under/12 ball-throw; Laura Rice, 3rd girls under/12 relay; Lolo Trehy, 1st boys under/13 600m, 1st long jump, 2nd 80m, 2nd relay; John Lalor, 1st boys under/11 300m, 2nd 80m, 3rd long jump; Hannah Trehy, 1st girls under.11 300m, 1st 80m, 2nd long jump, 1st relay; Ben Walsh, 3rd boys under/12 600m; Wayne Laslett, 1st boys long jump, 1st shot, 1st 800m, 2nd 80m.
many thanks to all who supported our recent sponsored walk which raised over €1,500 to help finance the day to day running of our busy club. Seventy children took part in the walk around Ballybough, ending with snacks and drinks in the boys school field. We hope to see our athletes return for training after the summer school holidays.

Thirty-one competitors from Fethard/Killusty Area made the trip to the University of Limerick on Saturday last to contest the ESB Munster Community Games finals. The Judo Club came up trumps as usual with members winning in seven categories. Winners from the area were Michael Costello, Cathal, D.J. and Richard Gorey. Judo Club members representing other areas were Stephanie Lawrence, Clerihan; Tom Woodlock. Powerstown/Lisronagh; and Niall O’Donnell Cahir. Runners up were: Bernadette Costello, Samantha Feery and Padraig O’Shea from Fethard, and Michelle Brannigan, Clonmel and Martin O’Donnell, Cahir. The team manager was Roy Gorey.
In volleyball, the under/16 girls had an excellent match against Skibbereen, Co. Cork, which went to the third match to decide the winner. The girls lost by just 2 points in a match which could have gone either way. The team consisted of Ashley McCormack, Helen Frewen, Suzanne Gorey, Sarah Mai Ahearne, Mary Gorey, Kelly Anne Nevin, Margaret Smith, Evelyn Fogarty, Emma Walsh, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Jillian O’Connell and Susan Harvey. The team manager was Denis Burke, assisted by Ailish O Connell, Coolmoyne.
The under/11 rugby competitors were Seamus O’Keeffe (capt), Sam Manton, Mark Ronan, Michael John Murphy, John Lalor, Johnny Grassick, Stephen Maguire, Matt O’Sullivan, Tim O’Hagan, Daniel Hickey, Eoin Healy and Jerome Ahearne. These boys had a great game scoring six tries. They were defeated by Tralee who scored 10 tries. Seamus O’Keeffe certainly played a captains part scoring three tries. The first try of the match was scored by John Lalor. Daniel Hickey scored a try and Mark Ronan also scored a try before becoming a casualty injuring his ankle. All the boys played their part in becoming runners-up in the prestigious Munster Final and will benefit from the experience for next year. The team coaches were Sean Devaney, Paul Kavanagh and Valerie Colville. It was great to see the amount of parental support present on the rugby pitch and in the Judo gym. Well done to all concerned. Participation is what it is all about. Thanks to the team managers of all competitors for all their work and dedication.
The four winners in the Judo event will contest the ESB National Finals along with Christopher Taylor in under/16 Art on weekending 16–19th August. Athletes David Sullivan and Joey Feery will take part on the weekend 23–26th August.
Our Community Games church gate collection will be taken up weekending 27/28th July. The Judo Club collection will take place this coming weekend 20/21st July.

The Summer Camp, which was held last week, proved to be a great success with over 90 children turning up at the club. We would like to thank the coaches from Carrick, Tommy Dunne, Eoin Brislane and Paddy O'Brien from Toome and local lads Ian O'Connor, Connor McCarthy, Owen Doyle, Willie Morrissey and to all the ladies who gave their time in the field helping out. The coaches were very impressed with the level of skill shown by all in hurling and football.
On Saturday last our under/10 football team travelled to Limerick to play Kenmare (Kerry) in the Community Games, the game was delayed by 20 minutes but when it started, what a game it turned out to be. Fethard opened the scoring with a point from Tommy Sheehan after 4 minutes and with Fethard rearguard under pressure, it was not long before Kenmare opened their account with three points in a row. Fethard, with Colm Shanahan outstanding in goal and the full line of Brian Delahunty, Damien Morrissey, Ciarán O'Meara and half line of Eoin Dillon, Ronan Fitzgerald, and the captain Frank O'Donovan, playing brilliant, it was not long before a long delivery from Alan Lawrence found Dean Sharpe who in turn buried the ball in the Kenmare net. Daniel Hickey who was now dominating mid-field scored a great point which was followed by a long delivery which the Kenmare goalie carried over the goal line then on the stroke of half time, Kenmare got a free 20 metres out that ended up in our net via the crossbar to leave the Half-time score Fethard 2-02, Kenmare 1-03.
The second half started with Kenmare scoring three quick points but Daniel Hickey then travelled 40 yards and scored a great goal, Fethard with now the wind advantage were doing great and with Cathal Hurley, Philip Maher, Dylan Fitzgerald, Dean Sharpe, Tommy Sheehan and Aaron Conran, putting Kenmare under fierce pressure. Kenmare were holding firm and with 10 minutes to go Kenmare broke upfield and scored three goals to leave us 7 points adrift with 3 minutes to go, but to their credit, Fethard came back with a gem of a goal from Tommy Sheehan and when Michael Smith was fouled, Daniel Hickey pointed the free but as hard as they tried they could not get the goal they needed to save the game and Kenmare held out to win on the score line of Fethard 4-03, Kenmare 4-07
Although their was only one substitution made on the day, lets not forget the super-subs consisting of Ger Maher, Jamie Walsh, Kieran Walsh and a big thanks to Dion Butler who was too young to play on this team but never failed to turn up for the games and travelled the county to add his support.
For anybody who was fortunate to see the game would call it a classic. The level of skills shown by both teams was a credit to their coaches but the boys in Blue lost nothing in defeat and each one of the players left the dressing room to hear great applause from both set of supporters. Special thanks must go to Tony and Michael for the work that they have put in. One highlight of the game that Kenmare were trained by one of the greats Tom Spillane, holder of four All Ireland medals and who also had a couple of sons playing. A special thanks to everyone who travelled out on the day to add their support and shout the boys on.
Our under/16 hurlers played St Mary's last weeks and were unlucky to be beaten by two points, Paul Kendrick in the goal was outstanding as was Shane Walsh, John Leahy, Kieran Allen and Nial Hayes. These boys can do well in this competition and with the new trainers Tomas Keane and Colin Allen, they have two of the best, so the lads would like to see more players at training.
Training times
Under/8-Under/14 football - Saturdays 3.00pm
Under/10-Under/12 hurling - Mondays 6.00pm
Under/14-Under/16 hurling - contact Tomas/Colin

In the intermediate county hurling league we had our first defeat on Tuesday 9th July, in Fethard, on a scoreline of Fethard 2-9 (0-4), Kilsheelan 2-12 (1-6). The team was, Owen Doyle, Shay Ryan, Stephen O’Donnell, David Flanagan, Kevin O’Donnell, Tomas Keane, William Delaney, Michael Quinlan, Cian Maher, Jamie Mc Cormack 0-1, Colin Allen 2-5 (3f), Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, Ciaran Treacy 0-1, Michael Ryan 0-1, and Brian Coen. Subs used were: Philly Croke, Shane Walsh and Alan Burke. We await our next fixture.
In the junior (b) hurling championship league played last Friday 12th July, we lost to Kilsheelan in Ned Hall Park on a scoreline Fethard 1-4 (0-3), Kilsheelan 1-6 (1-2). The team was: Stephen McCormack, Ian Kendrick, Peter Nolan, Philly Croke, Alan Phelan, John Hurley, Karl Gahan, Garreth Byrne, Kenneth Byrne, John Noonan, Liam Treacy 0-2f, Brendan Doyle, Ronan Maher 1-2, Miceál Sean McCormack and Alan O’Meara. Subs used were: Gabriel Horan, Kenneth Sheehan, John Hanrahan and John Fitzgerald.
We will report next week on the senior football county league game against Aherlow due to be played in Fethard on Tuesday 16th July.
The junior football (b) championship commences on Wednesday 17th July against St. Martins in Cloneen at 8pm.
Our senior footballers played their County League game against Loughmore in Castleiney on Tuesday 1st July and the result was, Fethard 0-10 (0-5), Loughmore 0-6 (0-5). The team was: Tommy Gahan, Jimmy O’Meara, Cian Maher, Willie O’Meara, Michael Ahearne, Michael Quinlan, Stephen O’Donnell 0-1, Kenneth Byrne 0-1, Glen Burke 0-1, Kevin O’Donnell, Martin Coen 0-3, Brian Coen 0-1 Carl Maher 0-3, Martin Ryan and Nicky Murphy. Subs were: Tom Anglim, Philly Croke and Alan Phelan. Our next game in this competition is at home in Fethard on Tuesday 16th July against Aherlow at 8pm.
The junior (b) hurling commenced on Sunday 7th when we lost to Newcastle on a scoreline, Fethard 1-1 (0-0), Newcastle 1-7 (0-5). The team was: Stephen Mc Cormack, Philly Prout, Peter Nolan, Philly Croke, Ian Kenrick, Liam Treacy 0-1 (F), Pat Looby, John Hanrahan, Kenneth Byrne, Brendan Doyle, John Noonan, Ronan Maher, Paddy Cooney 1-0, John Fitzgerald and Gabriel Horan. Sub used was Garreth Byrne. Our next game in this championship takes place this Friday 12th July in Ned Hall Park (Clonmel) against Kilsheelan /Kilcash.
The very best of luck to Damien Byrne, Willie Morrissey and Miceál Spillane in the replay of the Munster senior football final on Sunday 21st July in Cork.
This weeks Lotto jackpot €4,500 was not won and we had no ‘match threes’. The numbers drawn on were 3, 7, 15 and 23. The €50 lucky dip winner was Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan). The following won €30: Noelle Doyle (St Patricks Place), Seamus Dorney (Woodvale Walk), Catriona Williams (Killusty), Stewart Looby (The Valley), and Martin Power (Moyglass).
The previous weeks numbers drawn were 3, 4, 19 and 21. We also had no jackpot winner and six ‘match threes’ who received €25 each: Billy Morrissey (Tullamaine), Bridget Ryan (Loughcopple), Thomas Barrett (The Green), Abigail Doyle (Woodvale Walk), Michael Sheehan (Killusty) and Bertiem Dannille (Killusty).

Fethard ICA Guild would like to thank all who contributed to the recent Heart Foundation Collection. The amount collected was €580 for which the Foundation are very grateful.

A cutting from a mid-July Nationalist of 1943 will remind many of free-travel age, of the glories of the widely known and supported Annual Fethard Carnival of that era. Definitely Fethard’s biggest day of the year in these modern times, it is almost impossible to recall the significance. The Carnival provided a programme of events which in reality, could each provide an afternoons entertainment on their own. The Fancy Dress Parade was recognised as one of the best in Ireland. A gymkhana, seven-a-side football tournament, sporting programme of cycling and athletics, a complete Irish dancing competition, choir and solo singing competitions, a dance platform, and a very wide selection of stalls, mineral bar, catering marquee, gives some idea of the attractions available. There were also 2 classes, one for 12 to 14 hands, and one for over 14 hands, for the best turned out pony and trap. In addition, there was always a top class band in attendance on the day and a special train from Waterford, travelling via Carrick and Clonmel, usually brought 400-600 passengers to Fethard for the Carnival.
Amongst the prizewinners in the various events were: Paddy and Michael Stokes, P.J. Holohan and Dick McCarthy in the gymkhana; Marie McCarthy as ‘Spotted’, Eva and Mossie McCarthy, Declan Mulligan, Johnny Leahy, Mamie Matthews, Goldie Newport, Mary Lynch, Peg and Barney O’Byrne in the Fancy Dress Parade. Goldie Newport also won the individual singing competition and choirs from Presentation Convent Fethard, Drangan and Clonmel were winners in the choir singing competition. Winner of the 100 yards under/15 sprint was Jackie O’Gorman, Clonmel, who incidentally, went on in later years to win a national titles in the N.A.C.A. sprint and long jump. Tommy Conway, Coleman, was 2nd and Sean Hogan won the 100 yards confined to Fethard parish race.
Many will be surprised to learn that Fethard had some top class track cyclists competing at that time. John O’Donovan won the 2 mile race and Jack ‘Lovely Johnny’ Power was second in the mile race. Other well-known Fethard cyclists of the time were Tom Fogarty and Tom O’Brien, Ballinard, — probably the best know of the bunch.
Belated birthday greetings to Tom O’Brien, who quiet recently celebrated his 90th birthday in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England. We are glad to report that he is in excellent form. John O’Donovan told us he bought a top range racing bike, second-hand at that time for £12. All top-class riders in Carrick and Clonmel now ride bikes which cost over £1,200, and that’s not even converted to Euro. How times have changed!
Mrs La Terrier, with her great trotting pony, ‘Brilliant’, won the best turned out pony and trap event. Mullinahone won the seven-a-side football and their team would have included such players as Waltie Scott, Mick O’Sullivan, Mick Quirke, Paddy Dreen and perhaps some very young Cahill brothers.
Possible the following story indicates what became of the famous Fethard Carnivals. As the Fancy Dress Parade was passing by Main Street, a young boy walking on the pavement was asked, “Are you not going to watch the parade?” His reply was, “I am I’m sure, I’m going home to watch a video!”
This change of attitude amongst our young people sums up the demise of the times and joys that are yore. Once again we quote the mantra of Dick ‘Gurdy’ Cummins from The Valley, “Times change, they certainly do!”

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