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Saturday 3rd August 2002

The death has occurred on Tuesday 6th August of local building contractor, Mr John Harrington, Abbey Street, Fethard. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

Coolmore Stud will be the main sponsor of the oncoming Golf Classic in aid of the new extension to Fethard and District Day Care Centre and due to be held at Slievenamon Golf Club weekending 30th and 31st August. Those willing to enter teams or sponsor prizes are asked to contact Joan O’Donohoe at the Community Office, Barrack Street. Tel: 052 31000. Team of 4 sponsorship costs €100, Green Sponsorship €50 and Tee sponsorship €25. We appeal to local golfers to spread the word around among their fellow golfers and encourage them to enter a team. Further details are available from any member of Fethard & Killusty Community Council or Brendan Kenny at Slievenamon Golf Club, Tel (052) 32213.

The death has occurred in Wexford of Mr James ‘Jim’ O’Keeffe, Kilmore Quay, and Kiltinan. The late Jim O’Keeffe led a most adventurous life. He worked on many motorway constructions and building sites in England and sailed many times to all parts of the world during his career as a sailor and steward on the luxury ocean going lines.
Taking early retirement, he returned to his native Fethard, where he wrote an account of his very varied life style in verse. He called his book of poems, which had a very successful launch at the Abymill Theatre, ‘Odes of a Killusty Emigrant’. The book of Jims poems is still very popular and available locally. Restless as ever, a few short years ago he sold his house at Kiltinan and took up residence at Kilmore Quay, Wexford, where he died on Monday 5th August. He certainly packed a lot of living into his 66 years and this excerpt from one of his last poems called ‘The Barracks’ may have been his last goodbye to the place of his birth.

“The time has come for me to go, so I will move along.
I leave behind The Barracks, and dear old Slievenamon.
Farewell to the big yellow signpost, which said seven miles to Clonmel.
Farewell to my home on the crossroads, the place that I love so well.

Jim’s remains will return to England for burial. May he rest in peace.

The wedding took place in Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 3rd August of Martina, daughter of Mr David and Mrs Bridget Morrissey, St. Patrick’s Place, to Mr James Cowlard, Penge, London.
Best wishes from his footballing contemporaries in Fethard, to Criostóir McGrath, Clonmel Commercials, and Ms Linda O’Connell, Moyglass, whose wedding took place in Moyglass Church on Thursday 1st August.

News of the death of brothers John and David Phelan, Baptistgrange, following a road accident at Market Hill on Sunday night last, has put a pall of gloom over Fethard town on Monday. The Phelan brothers were very well known in the town, two extremely popular young men who were held in the highest esteem by all who knew them. Sincere sympathy is extended to their parents Billy and Dina and family.

Congratulations to Lisa Rice, Brookhill, and Kari Laaksonen, who announced their engagement last weekend. Lisa and Kari got engaged while on holiday in Finland.
Congratulations also to Patrick Burke, Farranshea, and Alicia Hitzler, who got engaged in Milwaukee, USA. The couple are planning to come home to Fethard next April to celebrate their wedding with family and friends.

The AGM of Killusty F.C. will take place in Killusty Sports Grounds on Thursday 8th August at 8.30pm. All are welcome. The youths soccer team will resume training on 8th August at 7pm sharp.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 23rd July were 2, 17, 26 and 31. We had no Jackpot Winner and three "Match 3" winners, who received €50 each:
Caroline Wilson, Drangan.
Paul O'Meara, Fethard.
Paul McCarthy, Dublin
We had three Free Draws this week for €50 and the winners were:
Breda Sheehan, Hore Abbey, Cashel.
Frank Walsh, Barrack Street, Fethard.
Fintan Nixon, Johnstown, Naas.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is €455.

The best selling UK author, Pete McCarthy, included Fethard as one of his stops in his new book 'The Road to McCarthy'. The author tells of how he happens to find McCarthy's Bar on Main Street, Fethard, and of his enlightening meeting with Jimmy Ryan from Watergate.

There will be a Monster Football Marathon/BBQ in the Fethard GAA Field on Sunday 11th August from 10am to 8pm followed by an over 40's football match. There are many fun activities planned for the day such as an under/5's Crèche Corner, Bouncy Castle, Shop, Pole Fighting, Sponge Throwing and these are just to name a few. Clubs from all areas are invited to register their teams, from under/8's to under/16's, with Caroline Sheehan Tel: (052) 32005 for a series of mixed challenge matches throughout the day. All teams are welcome to come along and join in the fun in our Football Marathon
Hurling training continues for under/12's on Monday evenings at 6pm and football training continues for under/10's to under/14's on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.

In the senior football county championship, on Tuesday 30th July, we were defeated by Ardfinnan on a scoreline Fethard 0-6 (0-3), Ardfinnan 2-10 (1-7). The team was: P. Fitzgerald, Jimmy O’Meara, Michael Ahearne, Willie O’Meara, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Stephen O’Donnell, Aiden Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne, Glen Burke 0-1, Miceál Spillane, Brian Coen 0-1, Carl Maher 0-3 (2f), John P. Looby, and Michael Dillon 0-1. Subs used were: Martin Coen, Tom Anglim, Cian Maher and Kenneth Byrne. Our only chance to stay in this competition is to win the South Championship.
In intermediate hurling, on Sunday 4th August, we lost to Cahir in Clonmel on a scoreline Fethard 1-12 (1-6), Cahir 2-12 (0-6). The team was: Owen Doyle, Shay Ryan, Stephen O’Donnell, David Flanagan, Michael Ahearne, Michael Quinlan, Tomas Keane, P J Ahearne, Cian Maher, J P Looby 0-3, Colin Allen 0-6 (3f), Miceál Spillane 1-2, Ciaran Treacy 0-1, Michael Ryan and Jamie McCormack. Subs used were: Shane Walsh, Alan Phelan, Willie Morrissey, Michael Dillon and Glen Burke.
In the south championship league on Tuesday 6th August, we played the quarter final of the County League in New Inn.
We play Killenaule in the under 21 ‘A’ hurling south semi-final on this Sunday 11th August, in Monroe at 7pm.
Our lotto jackpot of €4,800 was not won. We had 4 match three winners who received €40 each: Martin Burke (Main St), Bernie Byrne (Killusty), Tom Ryan (46 St Pats Place) and John O’Riordan (Kerry St). Our €50 Lucky Dip winner was Margaret Napier (15 Slievenamon Close).
The club would like to wish Johnny Farrell (the first Fethard man to win a minor All Ireland hurling medal 1933) a speedy recovery after his recent illness.
The club would like to convey our deepest sympathy at this time to the families of David and John Phelan, Baptistgrange, and Jim O’Keeffe, formerly of Kiltinan on their recent bereavements. Go ndeanai dia trocaire orthu.

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