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Saturday 31st August 2002

In Clonmel on Sunday 1st September we recorded our 27th Senior Football South Title, on a scoreline Fethard 0-13 (0-5), Moyle Rovers 0-8 (0-5). This team performance must go down as one off the best seen for a long time and keeps us in the running for the county championship, at the quarterfinal stage. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearne, Damien Byrne, Michael Quinlan (capt), Willie Morrissey 0-2, Cian Maher, Stephen O’Donnell, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, Kenneth Byrne, John Paul Looby 0-1, Willie O’Meara, Brian Coen, Karl Maher, Miceál Spillane 0-5, and Jimmy O’Meara. Subs used were: Glen Burke 0-2, and Thomas Anglim.
In Junior Hurling ‘B’, on Wednesday 28th August in Ned Hall Park, we recorded our first victory on a scoreline Fethard 3-6 (2-4), Fr Sheehys 2-7 (1-4). The team was: Stephen McCormack, Ian Kenrick, Peter Nolan, Philly Croke, Diarmuid Burke, Liam Treacy 0-2f, John Hanrahan, John Hurley 0-1, John Noonan 0-1, Paul McDonald, Garreth Byrne 2-0, Johnny Neville, Miceál McCormack, Miceál Sean McCormack 1-2, and Paddy Cooney.
On Wednesday 4th September in Cloneen, we play Grangemockler in Junior ‘B’ Football at 6.45pm. Our intermediate hurlers continue this week when they meet Carrick Davins.
Our lotto jackpot of€5,200 was not won. The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 8 and 21. We had three ‘match three’ winners: Bee Gould (Claremore), Geraldine McCarthy (Kerry St) and Mark Tynan (Barrack Street). Each received €50. Our €50 lucky dip winner was Larry Keogh (Curragloe, Carrick-on-Suir).

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 27th August were 14, 16, 26 and 28. There was no Jackpot Winner and one "Match 3" winner, who received €150: Anne Connolly, Main St. Fethard
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Marie Allen, The Green, Fethard
Sean Kelly, Rathavin, Fethard
Dan Murphy, Woodvale Walk, Fethard
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is € 515.

The Coolmore Stud sponsored Golf Classic in aid of the new extension to Fethard and District Day Care Centre held at Slievenamon Golf Club on 30th and 31st August was a great success with over 50 teams competing for the excellent prizes on offer. The main sponsors of the event were Coolmore Stud, which was backed up by tremendous local sponsorship and support by entering teams, green sponsorship and tee sponsorship on the day. Helping out on behalf of the Fethard and District Day Care Centre were Michael Keane, Marie Murphy, Melanie Ryan, Geraldine McCarthy, Joan O'Donohoe and Jimmy Lawrence.
The winning team of Vincent Woodlock, Davy Woodlock, John Lonergan and Sean Lonergan achieved 101 points, that is now the Slievenamon Golf Club record to date. The winners each received a top-class DVD player worth approximately €300.
In second place at 99 points were Ann and Des Delahunty, Mary Stakelum and Ray Morrissey. The winners of third prize at 94 points, decided on the back nine holes, were Ted Cummins, Billy Healy, Jack Bergin and John Lacey. In fourth place, also on 94 points, were Michael Leahy, Tom O'Neill, Paul Boland and Billy Quirke.
The 'nearest to pin' winner was John Queally at 2'6". The longest ladies drive winner was Catherine Morrissey and the gent’s winner was Joe Gleeson.
The winners of the draw were:
1st Prize €100 Voucher for Easons Clonmel
Arthur Daly, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
2nd Prize €75 Voucher for J's Restaurant
Noel Higgins, Dawn Foods, Fethard.
3rd Prize Dinner for Two at Hotel Minella Clonmel
Sheila Corbett, Roebucksland, Grove, Fethard.
The Fethard & Killusty Community Council would like to thank the staff of Slievenamon Golf Club, all those who entered teams, sponsored greens, tees and prizes, and those who helped in any way to make the Golf Classic such a success. The new extension should be ready and available for use in approximately two weeks time.

The new season of bridge commences on Wednesday 11th September at 7.30pm. As work on the Tirry Centre may not be completed by then, we will advise on a temporary venue if required. New members are welcome to come along and we look forward to seeing old and new members back on the 11th September.

Fethard Historical Society would like to remind people that from Sunday 1st September to Sunday 8th September is Heritage Week and most Duchas castles, gardens and parks will have free access for the week. More detailed information is available from The Tirry Community Office in Barrack Street. Tel: 053 31000.
Some members of the Fethard Historical Society plan to travel to Kilkenny Castle on Sunday 8th September to avail of the free special program of events. People to make their own travel arrangements.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 10th September at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Friday 30th August of Patricia, daughter of Mr Dan and Mrs Bernie Morrissey, Cashel Road, Fethard, to Matt, son of Mr Michael and Mrs Monica Hennessey, Coleman.

Milwaukee would not be recognised as one of the chief centres in the USA for Irish emigrants. However, at a recent three-day Irish cultural festival called ‘Irish Fest’, a hurling team representing Milwaukee took part. The only non-native American on the team was Pat Burke, Farranshea, Fethard. The other members of the team, which included two lady members, were all American born and well-known performers in American sports such as American Football, Baseball, Basketball etc. Guests of honour at the ‘Irish Fest’ were the famous Kilfenora Céilí Band from County Clare.

The next meeting of Fethard Irish Countrywoman’s Association will be held on Tuesday 10th September in the ICA Hall. Outstanding fees are now due and can be paid on the night. A guest speaker will attend. New members are always welcome to come along. Yoga classes will recommence on Thursday 12th September.

The highlight of the soccer season in Killusty takes place on this coming Sunday 8th September, when Killusty F.C. promote the annual ‘Pat Aylward Memorial Shield and Trophy Competition’. Confined to juvenile players under/14, the competition attracts over 100 players annually. Enrolment takes place in Killusty at 10.30am, following which the draw for teams will take place. Enrolment fee is €1 per player.

An elderly lady who regularly uses the river walkway has lodged an official complaint re the litter problem in the vicinity of the seat provided between Coffey’s and Watergate bridges. The seat provided for the benefit of walkers such as the lady mentioned, has unfortunately become a night-time meeting place for young people, resulting in the current litter problem in that area. The removal of the seat appears to be the only solution as a litterbin provided at the spot by the County Council was vandalised and dumped in the river within a week of being installed.

Happy birthday to John Joe White, Derryluskin, Fethard, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday with family and friends.

“They will not do it!”, “At least a good display will do!”, were some of the opinions being expressed by some long-time Fethard football supporters prior to last Sunday’s South Tipperary Senior Football Final against Moyle Rovers.
“Oh ye of little faith!”
Putting their lack-lustre displays against Ardfinnan and Cahir well behind them, Fethard at last discovered their 2001 form and deservingly beat hot favourites Moyle Rovers by a well-deserved 5-point margin. Playing against a stiff breeze and setting sun, Jimmy O’Meara’s ploy of adapting the role of sweeper between Fethard’s half and full back lines worked a dream and cut of the supply of ball to Rover’s ace marksman Declan Browne.

Fethard Community Playgroup has now reopened from 9.30am to 12.30 from Monday to Friday. The fee per child per session is €4 and enrolments are now welcome. Parents are requested to pay for their child’s days even if unable to attend for any reason as annual running costs and fees are calculated on a full attendance. A limited number of places are available so if your child is missing for more than two weeks and no payment has been made, your child’s place will be given to the next child on the waiting list. Please let us know in advance if your child will be unavailable to attend for a prolonged period so we can allocate the place temporarily to another child. We hope your child will enjoy their time in our playgroup and if you need further information please telephone 052 32316 or call upstairs to the Health Centre at Rocklow Road.

Corporate Challenge Triathlon - Raising Money for Charity
On Saturday, 7th September, Neilie Hall will compete in a triathlon at Farran Woods, Farran, Co. Cork. The triathlon involves a 800m swim, 25km cycle and 10km run. The triathlon has been organised by Musgraves Supervalue-Centra and the money raised will go to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children and the Irish Cancer Society. Neilie is running on behalf of Centra, Fethard and anyone wishing to sponsor him can do so at Centra or by contacting Neilie himself.

The following messages were received through the Fethard Website (www.fethard.com)

David J. Butler, Cahir (email: carrigeencastle@yahoo.co.uk)
A quick question – I’m told there is a "Jesuit's Walk" area close to the walled town area. Where exactly is it, and is there any information on why it got its name. There were Jesuit foundations in both Cashel and Clonmel, but the foremost Jesuit history has no record of them in Fethard. They were only founded in the mid-1500s, as a reaction of the RC Church to Protestantism, so do not predate the Reformation. Any information most gratefully received.

Angela Monks (email: monksangela@hotmail.com)
I am writing in regards to the quiz show “It's not the answer". I am looking for contestants from the religious sector. If you know anyone in your area who is interested please call me. Telephone: 0044 28 9024 0483. Many thanks Angela Monks.

Cheryl (email: phloors@suscom-maine.net)
I stumbled upon your site and am going to take the opportunity to ask you about the Gorey family of your town. About 1878 Richard Gorey and his wife, Ellen Grinnen moved to Johnsville, NB, Canada. The couple were both born in Ireland in the 1830s and had married in Ireland. They also had children born in Ireland sons - Michael born about 1854, James born about 1857 and Patrick born about 1859 and a daughter, Elizabeth born about 1855. Would you know if this Gorey family might have come from your town? If you do not know, is there a local historian or Gorey family member I could contact? I know this is not what you do and I am taking a long shot, but I have no idea how to find my Irish roots. Thanks a lot, Cheryl.

Tom Magness (email: magnesst@mindspring.com)
Interested to know the parents and ancestors of the historian Thomas Carve / Carue / Carew (1590-after1672) of Mobarnan, Co. Tipperary. His brother was Sir Rosse Cary/Carue/Carew (d1640/41) of Ballyglisson, Co. Tipperary, who married Anne, daughter of Sir Nicholas Hyde, Chief Justice of the King's Bench, of Hinton Daubney, Catherington, Hants. She died 1660 in her 50th year and was buried in Westminster. Sir Rosse Carew was buried in St. Andrew's, Holborn, Middlesex, in the City of London. My mother's family comes from Woodinstown, near New Inn, in Knockgraffon, Co. Tipperary, virtually next door to Fethard. They were cadets of the Carew family of Castleboro, in Clonroche, Co. Wexford. Sir Rosse Carew is believed to be the founder of the Carew of Castlboro family. My great, great grandfather Joseph Carew left Ireland during the famine years and settled in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, sometime after 1827 but before 1850. Any help or advice you can give me will be appreciated. Regards, Tom Magness, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Monica Anglim (email: milgna@aol.com)
I had to comment on the beautiful town of Fethard. The people of Fethard can be very proud of the improvements they have made in the lovely old town. Thanks for your efforts - we emigrants truly appreciate your work. God bless. Monica Anglim (Woodlock).

Bill Allen (email: billallen175@hotmail.com)
My name is Bill Allen and I am trying to write a dissertation for a masters degree on the subject of English soldiers who settled in Ireland, having married, or 'taken up with' Irish women. I would be interested in the story of Robert Jolly, and any later examples of soldiers settling in Ireland. I would be interested in any information of how any such unions were perceived by their contempories and the local people generally. I would be interested in any local people who's father or grand-father was an English soldier, if they are not too ashamed of it!! I would imagine that in all garrison towns there must have been a lot of 'fraternization', and I would be interested in the effects of this. Any help or advice would be gratefully accepted, and i should hope to visit the area this summer. Thanks, Bill.

Jim Fitzgerald (email: jimtess@eircom.net)
I’m trying for years to trace Raymond McSweeney, a school pal. His father was manager of the Munster & Leinster Bank in Fethard. He had an older brother Cyril, and I think two sisters.
Years ago I had an address for him in London but when I wrote, I didn’t get a reply; he had moved on. I’d really like to meet him again as we were very good buddies. If anyone out there knows his whereabouts I would be delighted to hear. Thank you.

Clara Burke Byrne (email: cbyrne@nf.sympatico.ca)
I just had a strange experience on this site. I came across a photo of a teenager (c. 1900) and staring across the room at me is a picture of me taken when I was about 12 years and the resemblance was uncanny. I immediately called my daughter to look as I thought I might be imagining things but she agreed that it must be a long lost relative. My Burke ancestors came here from Ireland in the mid 1700s so I guess she could be a long lost relative (who would be long gone to the great beyond). Any Burkes out there who have any old family stories of ancestors who came to this part of the world? Would love to touch base. Clara Burke Byrne, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

Joseph Moroney, USA (email: jmoroney@kc.rr.com)
I just visited my third cousins at Crampscastle and at Ballingarry (The Byrne Family). Had a wonderful reunion and visit.

Judee Meyer, (email: travelphoto_2000@yahoo.com)
I know my family line of O'Donnell is from Fethard Parish, Tipperary, Ireland. Hanorah O'Donnell was born 11 April 1869 and baptized in Fethard Parish on 18 April 1869. Her father is Lawrence O'Donnell born 23 November 1828 and her mother is Elizabeth Kelly. Lawrence O'Donnell, his parents are Michael O'Donnell and Mary Duggan. I would like to know more about my family line. If anyone wishes to contact me... it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Judee Meyer, New England, USA.

Hazel A. Kennedy, Australia (email: hkennedy@tpg.com.au)
You have an excellent site, a credit to Ireland more so to Fethard. I do not see any thing on Gurrasgarten good work
maybe in the future, Currasgarteen I hope!

Phil Walsh, Co. Down (email: philipwalsh@tiscali.co.uk)
Grandfather played rugby for Fethard and father played football against Fethard. I used to live in Llanrwst, North Wales which was to be twinned with Fethard a few years ago until the Welsh discovered that they had no cash to visit Ireland. You didn't miss much.

Mike Heffernan Ottawa, Canada (email: mike.heffernan@binaryrhyme.removetorespond.com)
Son of former Fethard resident Jim Heffernan (son of Michael Heffernan) - comin' your way in the Summer of 2003!

Richard Fallon, Woodside (email: alennon@aol.com)
Hi from New York. Great web site!

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