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Saturday 21st September 2002

Our opponents in the senior football county quarter finals draw should be known by this weekend. The intermediate hurling south semifinal draw should also be known on Sunday evening. The club is also in the county senior football league. We have no further involvement in any other competition. Club honours to date for this year are, under 21 A football south and county champions, and senior football south champions.
Our lotto jackpot €5,500 was not won. We had one match three winner who received €150 — Anton Denmead (Rathkeevin, Clerihan) .Our €50 lucky dip winner was Frank Burke (Main Street). The numbers drawn were 4, 14 ,17 and 18.
Our sympathies are at this time with the family of Seamus Cummins, Burke St. following their recent bereavement.

The wedding took place in St. Cecelia’s Church, Hamilton, Brisbane, Australia, of Thomas, son of Mr and Mrs Michael Meehan, Lismortagh, Fethard, to Ms Suzie Drake, Hamilton. A large number of family members travelled to Brisbane for the wedding and to join in the celebrations afterwards in the Sheraton Hotel, Hamilton.
Thomas was very well known in Tipperary farming circles prior to emigrating. A skilled and very fast sheep shearer in Tipperary, his services and skill in this annual operation on Tipperary sheep farms was very much sought after. We wonder did he avail of the opportunity to develop his proficiency in this field even further in the land of millions of sheep. Best wishes and best regards from his many friends in the area to Thomas and his new bride.

Fethard was grief stricken on Saturday night, 21st September, following the news of the death of popular local resident Seamus Cummins, Burke Street. Rated a most careful and competent driver, it is believed that Seamus took suddenly ill while driving home from Clonmel, and died where his car stopped by the roadside at Lakefield, two miles outside Fethard. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Teresa and family. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

The bridge results for 18th September are:
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
2nd Gross: Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins
1st Nett: Ann Ryan and Joan Kelly
2nd Nett: Kathleen O&Mac226;Connell and Catherine Smith
On Wednesday next, 2nd October, we will be playing for the Free Sub Nett.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 17th September were 4, 24, 27 and 30. There was no Jackpot Winner and two "Match 3" winners, who received €75 each:
Gaye Trehy, Donoughmore, Lisronagh.
Benny Shine, c/o O'Donovans, Burke Street, Fethard.
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Michael Cahill, c/o Walshes, Barrack Street, Fethard
Mary Healy, The Green, Fethard.
Stephen Roche, Ballinard, Fethard.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €560

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

There are still a few more places available for children at the Fethard Community Playgroup. Opening hours from 9.30am to 12.30pm, Monday to Friday. If you are interested, please contact Tel: 052 32316 for details. Cost per child per morning €4.

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 death has occurred of Peggy Martin (nee Marnell), Coolmoyne. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery on Saturday 21st September. Sincere sympathy is extended to her husband John and relatives.

The Fethard & Killusty Community Council, following discussions with the County Council Planning Department, are preparing a community development plan for inclusion in the draft development plan for Fethard due to be published next year. The object is to identify the needs of the community and the needs of local organisations over the next 5 to 10 years. When this is completed the Community Council and the County Council will be in a stronger position to implement these plans in future development and planning applications for the area. Some of the items identified so far are:
&Mac183; Extra playing facilities for sporting organisations,
&Mac183; Serviced sites for private housing developments,
&Mac183; A circular walking route safe for pedestrians around the outskirts of Fethard,
&Mac183; Using our public buildings to their full potential,
&Mac183; Promoting business in Fethard
The Community Council have prepared their initial suggestions in a document that will be posted to local organisations asking for their additional suggestions that will service the needs of their own organisation over the next 5 years. Individuals are also invited to make their own suggestions. Copies of the document are available at the Community Information Office in Barrack Street. A draft community development plan will be prepared from the feedback received before 31st October 2002. This plan will be presented at a public meeting mid-October where corrections and omissions will be noted before the plan is finally submitted to the County Council Planning Office for their consideration.

The resurfacing of Rocklow Road has commenced during the week by the very efficient and obliging County Council workers with road resurfacing contractors Kellys of Fantane. Disruption was kept to a minimum on this very busy road which services a doctors surgery, three schools and a community playgroup every day. The work should be completed as soon as the surface water levels are catered for with the installation of additional shores.

The Original Culchie Festival will take place in Fethard on the October bank holiday weekend 26th and 27th October. A much larger crowd than last year is expected in town during the Festival period. Accommodation needs for the Festival is being coordinated by Catriona Stapleton. Tel: 052 31289. Mobile: 086 8164080
The press launch for this year’s festival takes place at 12 noon on October 10th at the Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin. All are invited to come along and see the ‘Culchie King’ being dethroned! This year’s programme of events for Fethard can also be seen at the Culchie website: www.culchiefestival.com

Following representations made by Councillor John Fahey, Tipperary County Council will provide gullies to alleviate the problem of surface water at the frontage of Calvary Cemetery.

We have had a most interesting reply to the recent article on hurling in Milwaukee. Bar tender Tom Mills of Irish descent became enthralled with the game of hurling on a visit to Ireland in 1996. Following his return to the USA Midwest, he formed a club which now has 160 members. A lot of guys from ice-hockey and baseball backgrounds pick up the basics of the game within a match or two. They say that hurling beats baseball and hockey hands down! They now have eight teams playing off a league and hope to have a team of almost all American born players strong enough to visit Ireland in the fall of 2003. Who knows, they may include Fethard on their itinerary, as their only Irish born player at the moment is Fethard’s Pat Burke.

Fethard’s pedestrian crossing is still causing ongoing problems and complaints from both pedestrians and motorists. Pedestrians claim that some motorists just will not stop when pedestrians are using the crossing. Motorists state that some pedestrians walk directly onto the crossing without any indication or signal of their intention to do so. Motorists also state that driving up Main Street, their view of the crossing is often obstructed by parked vehicles.
However, plans are believed to be in hand to have the crossing upgraded to a push-button green-man crossing. This will ensure that a pedestrian wishing to use the crossing, on pressing the button will change the amber light to red, thereby obliging motorists to stop. Motorists will have ample view of the red light. Let us hope this will solve the problem once and for all!


Lee & Greg Julian (email: hobbitj@tpg.com.au)
Can you tell me please if there is anybody in the Historical Society or anybody else you can recommend to do some local searching for me? Or should I contact a Research Centre?

Billy Masterson (email: billymasterson760@hotmail.com)
Looking for info about my Mom and her family. Her name is Bridget McCarthy (born 1895 in Fethard). Her Dad was Richard McCarthy, and her Mom was Maggie (Margaret) Gilfoyle. Thanks for your help!

Anne Maher (email: jaamah@webtv.net)
We will be in Fethard for a week beginning October 12th. Renting a cottage on the Cahir Road from Mrs Mackey. Looking forward to some lunches at Lonergans.

Stephen Mockler (email: treadman98@hotmail.com)
I'm looking for the family of Kate Meagher, address Tinnakelly Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Eire. She is or was the cousin of my great aunt Mary Mockler (Sister Eligia) Brooklyn NY who wrote to each other in the first half of the 1900's. Mary passed in 1957. We are related somehow and I am seeking information about the Mockler line in Mocklers Hill area near Cashel. So I'm looking for a living relative of Kate in the "Meagher" line in Fethard for some insight. Please e-mail me!

Laurence Maher (email: laurence.maher@uk.sun.com)
Brilliant site, love the photos. My father came from Tipperary and his sister Chris stays at 6 Burke St. It's been a few years since we last spoke. So, if any locals read this and know Chris, please say a BIG HELLO to her and Paddy and the rest of the family.

Brian Woodward (email: brian.woodward@arvinmeritor.com)
We would like to extend our most very sincere condolences to Teresa Cummins, John, Vincent, Mary and Gráinne at the sudden loss of Seamus. We met Seamus at Grainne's and Robins Wedding and we all fell in love with his gentle humour and wry smile. We are sure he will be missed in Fethard as he will by a certain family in Yorkshire, England. Our thoughts and sincere best wishes are with you in your time of need! God Bless You All. Christine and Brian Woodward Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.

Michael Napper (email: nappermd@aol.com)
My g-g-g-grandparents came from Fethard and I am planning a visit there in the early summer of 2003.

Sarah (Morrissey) Hammoum (email: rh0064255@blueyonder.co.uk)
I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the Cummins family in Burke St. on the very sad passing of Seamus. I will be thinking of you all in your hour of sadness. I have very fond memories of Seamus from his Pub days as I'm sure many people have. He will be solely missed around Fethard.

Rønæ Eløn Tryde Pursey (email: bill.pursey@telstra.com)
Apart from my father's Danish background his maternal and my mother's maternal and paternal families are all from Ireland. We are related to the Kellys of Fethard/Cashel, the Dunnes, Morans, Goonans, Cahill, Moores,et.el.

McColes (Perth, Australia)
J immy O'Shea he is my Uncle.
I n far away lands we make a fun call.
M arvelling at his ripening age,
M ust be great to be at this stage.
Y 'd normally catch him in his home,

O nly Sunday did he roam.

S neaking off to hide his seventy,
H e's reached a milestone, now known by plenty.
E ven though he may feel bad,
A ffectionately loved, so don't feel sad.

Thinking of you, McColes in Perth.
PS Will you forgive me, Uncle Jimmy, I couldn't help myself, with love,T.

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