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Saturday 14th September 2002

Our new bridge season started on Wednesday 11th September and the results were:
1st Gross: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey
2nd Gross: Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins
1st Nett: Maura Mullins and Kathleen O’Connell
2nd Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
Bridge will recommence in the Tirry Centre on Wednesday 25th September, where we will be playing for the Free Sub Gross.

We are now settled back to school and well into the new academic year 2002–2003. The Junior Cert results arrived on Wednesday 11th September amid great jubilation. As with the Leaving Cert results they were excellent with many students achieving As in a wide range of subjects. The results were given to the students by school principal, Mr Ernan Britton, and deputy principal, Ms Marian Gilpin. A minutes silence was observed by the students and staff of the school at 1.46pm to mark the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America.

The Annual general Meeting of the Patrician Presentation Secondary School Parents’ Association will take place on Monday 23rd September at 8pm in the school. A guest will attend from the Health Board to speak on ‘Substance Abuse’. All parents are encouraged to attend.

Fethard’s Patrician Presentation Secondary School is the venue for the ‘Life Long Learning Autumn 2002 Classes’. The programme consists of classes in the following:
1. European Computer Driving Licence (16 weeks x 2 hours), cost €320.
2. Woodcrafts (8 weeks x 2 hours), cost €65.
3. Exercise to Music (8 weeks x 1 hour), cost €40.
Classes will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings, commencing on 24th September. A minimum of 10 participants required for classes to form. Enrolment will take place at the school during office hours on or before September 18th. Full payment is due at time of enrolment. Further details from Tel: 052 31572.

Our under/10 football team travelled to Clonmel Commercials on Saturday last. Four teams competed in a mini blitz — Moyle Rovers, Fethard, Clonmel Óg and Clonmel Commercials. After having drawn with Clonmel Óg for second place, we were forced into a 3-minute each way decider which our gallant boys lost by one point. We came away very proudly with third place. Well done to all the boys who played so well. Thanks to all involved for all their help. A really heartfelt apology to Liam Hayes for the ungodly early morning call, in a panic for the football jerseys!
Most of our under/10 football team travelled to Kilsheelan the following morning (Sunday) to partake in a hurling blitz, and we just managed to field a team. It was a rough ride from the start yet we fought our way into yet another decider, this time into the final. It was a case of strapping the injured and those who were able to walk unaided were sent back out onto the pitch. The boys went into the decider with the first goal/point scored earning the team a place in the final. The atmosphere was electric and our man of the day was Owen Fitzgerald who scored the winning point. We went down bravely in the final to Carrick Swans and came away in second place. There were some great displays from the whole team with some great individual playing shown by Matthew Fitzgerald, Kieran Walsh, Damien Morrissey, Owen Fitzgerald, Alan Lawrence, Dylan Fitzgerald, Tommy Sheehan and Ronan Fitzgerald. Well done to all concerned.
Training for under/10 and under/12 football takes place on Wednesdays from 7pm to 8pm. Hurling training for under/10s and under/12s take place on Mondays at 6pm.

The Fethard & Killusty Community Council would like to thank all sponsors and all who supported their recent Golf Classic in aid of Fethard & District Day Care Centre. The total income for the Classic was €9,158 with expenses of €2,145, leaving a profit of €7,013. This money will now go towards the new extension at the Tirry Centre which is due to reopen within the next week or so.

Fethard Youth Club re-opened on Saturday night last September 14th, it was good to see all of our old faces back again. We would like to congratulate all our members for doing so well with their Junior Cert and Intermediate Cert results. Well done lads, keep up the good work!
Please note that the new times for the youth club are from 7.10pm to 9.10pm. We look forward to seeing you again this Saturday night, any new leaders or helpers would be greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Joan O’Donohoe, supervisor of Fethard & Killusty Community Council FÁS Employment Scheme who was recently presented with a Distinction in Community Development Management after completing the FÁS course in conjunction with the National College of Ireland.

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.

Our junior football ‘B’ team is coming good with a late run when on Wednesday 11th September in Cloneen, we beat Killenaule on a scoreline, Fethard 2-12 (1-6), Killenaule 1-2 (1-1). The team was: John Fitzgerald, Peter Nolan, Diarmuid Burke, Keith Woodlock, Emmet Burke, Willie Quigley 0-1, Paul Hackett, Garreth Byrne, Colm Coen 0-5 (2f), John Noonan 1-1, David Flanagan, John Hanrahan 0-1, Paul McDonald, Shay Coen 0-4 (1f), and M.J. Croke 1-0. Subs used were: Miceál Sean McCormack, Paddy Cooney, Owen Whyte and Jonathan Spillane. Check sports page for next fixture.
We have organised some challenge games for our intermediate hurling team while waiting for the semifinal draw. Our senior footballers are also playing challenge games while waiting for the county quarterfinal draw.
The club would like to send birthday greetings to Dick Allen who recently celebrated his 90th birthday and to Johnny Farrell who celebrated his 87th birthday.
The Lotto jackpot of €5,400 was not won. We had four ‘match three’ winners who received €40 each: Stephen O’Donnell (Monroe), Abigail Doyle (Woodvale Walk), Patsy Lawrence (Woodvale Walk), and Frankie Mullins (St Patricks Place). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Tony Maher (Woodvale Walk). The numbers drawn were 6, 10, 17 and 24.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 10th September were 7, 12, 15 and 23. There was no Jackpot Winner and two "Match 3" winners, who received €75 each:
Annie O'Brien, Main Street, Fethard.
Philomena Morrissey, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Maureen Whyte, Main Street, Fethard.
Janet Kennedy, 51 Fairchilds, Clonmel.
Frank Hickey, Ballycullen, Mullinahone.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €545

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

The local Conference of St. Vincent De Paul wish to announce that they are renewing, this year, their support /help scheme for third level education. Anybody who has a son /daughter at a third level college, or just about to start, should contact any member of the conference as soon as possible if they wish to take part in the scheme.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 15th October, 2002, in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

The Well Golf Club’s outing to Mitchelstown Golf Club on Saturday 21st September has been cancelled and will now be rescheduled at a later date to be announced.

Collectors have now been appointed to visit householders in Fethard & Killusty parish. Subscribers will be given full information on the methods by which subscriptions may be paid. The promoters are confident that full support will be given to the project.

Preparations are currently being made for the Annual National Culchie Festival, which will take place in Fethard next month, bank holiday weekend 26th and 27th October. Last year’s winner was Ken Lee from Killusty who took over the crown from another local winner, Brendan Morrissey, Cashel Road, Fethard. Maybe the parish will make it a hat-trick this year!


Dorothy Henehan (email: henehan_culbert@msn.com)
I came across the reference to J.P. Henehan as a founding member of your sporting organization, and I hope I can find out more about him. My father's family came to the US via Boston in the 1920's. Actually, my grandfather's dad was here already, perhaps 20 years longer, in Boston. Grandpa and his brother were raised in Ireland in an orphan's home after their mother and grandmother passed on. John Joseph Henehan was my grandfather and Bernard Joseph is my dad. Dad got to Ireland a year ago but could not locate any family. He did find a church that had 7 children born to the same couple and each time the baptisms were recorded, they spelled Henehan with a different variation. If you know Mr Henehan, or his surviving family, could you please put me in touch with them? I am grateful for your consideration. They may reply at the email address above, or by snail mail: Dorothy Henehan, 6005 Crestview Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220 USA. Phone (Home): 001 317-254-0412

Artisans Attic Publishing Dept. (email: artisans@halenet.com.au)
It is generally believed that Dan Kelly, brother of Ned, didn't survive the inferno at Glenrowan. One elderly man (Vince Allen) says that he met Dan Kelly in the 1940s, and has written Dan Kelly's story in a book, which has just been published by Artisans Attic. The identity of Dan was confirmed by the author's grandfather who had been friends of the Kelly family. His grandfather had acted as a bush telegraph for Ned Kelly and the gang and verified that the old man, Dan Kelly, was the Dan Kelly from his Greta days with the Ned Kelly Gang. We invite anyone interested in this story to look at the newly constructed homepage of the author - they might like to ask questions, and it would be a pleasure to hear from our Irish Red Kelly homeland. This is: http://groups.msn.com/DanKelly/homepage
Since the book has been published, further people are now coming forward with details of when and how they met Dan during his long life as a fugitive in the Northern Territory and Queensland. These stories will be added to the homepage.
This email is also to ask if there is any information on Red Kelly's (father of Ned) brothers, Dan and Edward, who followed Red out to Australia at a later date.

Laraine Dillon larmax@ozemail.com.au
Nice to talk to you from Australia. I have a distant cousin living someplace in Fethard Ann Fitzpatrick. She owns the florist shop in Clonmel Mall. If you know her please send her my regards as I have lost touch or perhaps she has moved. I am hoping you can point me in the right direction. I am tracing my Kelly relatives, Mary, her parents were Thomas Kelly and Margaret Reardon. Mary married James Comerford at Ballyneale in 1840 and then came to Australia. I wonder if Mary Kelly was one of Ned's line. Any help appreciated!

Phil Brindley (email: philbrin@hotmail.com
Since my previous message, we have been able to establish that Michael Ronan was the son of Michael Ronan and Honora Cranley, originally we believe from Fethard. Michael jnr was an excellent horseman. He arrived in Australia with a shipment of horses 1860. Any further information on this family would be appreciated!

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