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Saturday 7th September 2002

A memorial service for the late Jim O'Keeffe, formerly from Kiltinan, will take place on Saturday 21st September at 7pm in the Parish Church, Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford. All are welcome to attend.
Jim published a book of his poems; "Odes of a Slievenamon Emigrant" back in 1997.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 3rd September were 3, 5, 12 and 15. There was no Jackpot Winner and two "Match 3" winners, who received €75 each:
Alice Quinn, Burke St., Fethard.
Hannie Leahy, Annesgift, Fethard.
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Nellie Ryan, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
Brud Roche, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Tracy Pollard, Kilnamack, Clonmel.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €530.

Articles and photographs for inclusion in this year’s Annual Emigrant’s Newsletter are invited and should be submitted as soon as possible to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. Please have articles typed if possible or sent by email to the following address: newsletter@fethard.com

On Saturday 7th September, we received a walkover against Carrick Davins in intermediate hurling, which leaves us with 9 points out of a possible 12 to date.
In junior b football on Wednesday 4th September, we recorded our first victory on a scoreline, Fethard 1-11 (1-7), Grangemockler 1-7 (0-3). The team was: John Fitzgerald, Peter Nolan, Diarmuid Burke, Donny Tobin, Emmet Burke, Willie Quigley, Paul Hackett, Colm Coen 1-3 (2f, Garreth Byrne, John Noonan 0-2, David Flanagan 0-1, John Hanrahan 0-1, Paul McDonald, Shay Coen 0-3, and M J Croke 0-1. The subs were: Alan O’Meara, Aiden Phelan, Gerry Murphy, Jonathan Spillane, and Owen Whyte. On Wednesday 11th September we are due to play Killenaule in Cloneen.
Our lotto jackpot of €5,300 was not won. The numbers drawn were 1, 17, 23 and 24. We had two match three winners who received €75 each — Margaret Bradshaw (18 Woodvale Walk), and James Hackett (Jnr) (c/o Strylea). Our €50 Lucky Dip winner was Frankie Napier (15 Slievenamon Close).

The wedding took place on Saturday 7th September in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, of Martina, daughter of Mrs Marie and Mr Pat Delaney, Redcity, to James Grimes, Cabinteeley, Dublin 18.
The wedding took place on Sunday 8th September in The Church of the Sacred Heart Killusty, of Áine, daughter of Mrs Mary and Mr Liam Cloonan, Killenaule Road, Fethard, to Mark Sadler, Windsor, Berkshire, Newport, England.

All true followers of Fethard football will be pleased to read in the Nationalist Newspaper match report on the South Tipp Senior Football Final, that Fethard achieved victory without “resorting to underhand tactics”. This is the traditional style of football that has brought so many divisional titles to the Friary town. It was great to see the tradition being maintained and acknowledged. The report recalls to those of us associated with Fethard football, the oft-reported words of very long time club chairman, the late John Keating, “Play the game Fethard, honour before honours!”

A meeting was held between members of the Fethard & Killusty Community Council, Jonathan Cooney, South Tipperary County Council engineer; and Christy Fitzgerald, tree specialist with Coolmore Stud, to discuss the practicalities of planting an environmentally friendly permanent Christmas Tree in The Square, Fethard. Following a very informative meeting on site and investigating similar sized trees used for replanting, it was decided to go ahead with the project in November. Coolmore Stud have kindly agreed to supply the tree, the County Council under the supervision of Thomas Fitzgerald will supply the labour and the Fethard & Killusty Community Council will supply the materials. The Community Council will also purchase additional seasonal lighting for the streets this year.

The current renovations at Fethard & District Day Care Centre are now nearing completion and the Centre should open shortly. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to those using the Tirry Centre.

Fethard Juvenile Rugby Club will commence training in the school field on Saturday next, September14th at 11am. All are welcome.

The highlight of the soccer season in Killusty took place on Sunday 8th September, when Killusty F.C. held the sixth annual ‘Pat Aylward Memorial Shield and Trophy Competition’, confined to juvenile players under/14. This year’s competition, which attracts over 100 players annually, was won by: David Conway (Fethard), Stephen O’Meara (Fethard), Lory Kenny (Fethard), Tony Myler (Fethard), Shauna Casey (Dualla) and Sinead Lee (Killusty). Runners up were: Katie Ann O’Byrne (Cashel), Jason Lawrence (Fethard), Daniel Conroy (Clonmel), Padraig O’Shea (Fethard), Aisling Slattery (Killenaule), Alan Lawrence (Fethard) and Adam Lyons (Fethard).
In third place were: Patrick Kearney (Killusty), Owen Condon (Fethard), Michael Feeney (Clonmel), Brian Anglim (Cashel), Owen Dillon (Fethard), Emily Aylward (Naas) and Yvonne Slattery (Killenaule). Finishing in fourth place were Ciaran Ryan (Fethard), Liam Tobin (Fethard), David Lee (Killusty) Lorraine Feery (Killusty), Shane Power (Cloneen), Robert Anglim (Cashel) and Kelly Aylward (Bray).
Player of the tournament award went to David Conway, Fethard.
The Pat Aylward Memorial Shield was presented to the winning team by Mrs Kathy Aylward, mother of the late Pat Aylward.

“It's annoying that every time I come home I have to make sure I have enough money before going out in Fethard or else take a pit stop in Clonmel on my way. The "Install an ATM in Fethard" campaign starts here! Although in saying that, the way things are going with branch closures around the country, I’d say we'll be lucky if there's even still a branch of AIB in Fethard in 5 years time!”

“Advice to Fethard citizens, now that we've grown accustomed to bringing our ‘green bag’ down the town ... perhaps we'd better develop another new habit to insure our survival .... bring a red flag to wave when attempting to use FETHARD'S one and only pedestrian crossing. To protect my children's lives. I've been forced to scream at motorists "THIS IS A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING, YOU...(Unprintable).."

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