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Saturday 5th October 2002

On Sunday 6th October we overcame Ballybacon/Grange in intermediate hurling (after 7 years of trying to beat them), to reach the south final where we will now meet either Cahir or Kilsheelan. The final score was, Fethard 1-17 (1-10), Ballybacon 0-13 (0-6). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Michael Ryan, Willie Morrissey, Kevin O’Donnell, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Ahearne, P. J. Ahearne, Cian Maher 0-1, John P Looby 0-1, Miceál Spillane 0-3, Brian Coen, Ciarán Treacy 0-1, Tomas Keane 0-1, Colin Allen 1-8 (8f). Subs used were: Damien Byrne 0-2, Owen Doyle, Alan Phelan and David Flanagan. Other subs were: Michael Dillon, William Delaney, Shane Walsh and Jamie McCormack.
The senior football quarterfinals are due to start on this Saturday October 12th. Please check sports page for fixture.
Our lotto jackpot of €5,700 was not won so five ‘match threes’ were drawn and each of the following received €30: Patricia Breen (Back Green), Teresa Roche (22 Woodvale Walk), Dick O’Brien (Main St), Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan), and Tossie Lawton (St Patrick Plc). The €50 ‘Lucky Dip’ was won by Noelle Doyle (St Pats Place). The numbers drawn were 3, 9, 11 and 12.

It is our first full month back and already the calendar for October is a full and busy one with lots of things to look forward to. On Friday, 11th October, twenty club members will travel to the Regional Inter-Club Table Quiz held in Annacarty. A bus will leave from outside the Ballroom at 7pm sharp. Don’t be late lads! This is a wonderful opportunity for our club members to meet members from other clubs participating from all areas of Tipperary.
On 12th October two of our leaders will travel to Tipperary Town to partake in Advanced Leadership Training and one of our longest standing members, Emmet Burke, will attend a Leadership Induction Course. Welcome on board Emmet! On Saturday last, 5th October, some of our Members travelled to Tipperary Town to attend workshops on Drama and Arts and Crafts. A really interesting day was had and some great tips learnt. On Saturday night last, a foundation level NCVA in Italian was held at the Club for our Members and all had a good night. Certificates will be presented to those participating when the course has finished.
On a final note for October, Fethard Youth Club will be hosting the Regional Variety Show where clubs from all over Tipperary will travel to Fethard to compete in this annual event. A good night is promised and good luck to all the entrants. Just a small reminder to some of our Members, that affiliation fees are still outstanding, pay up please. New leaders are especially welcome, come on down any Saturday night from 7.10pm to 9.10pm, we'd be delighted to see you.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 1st October were 6, 10, 20 and 29. There was no Jackpot Winner and no "Match 3" winners. Five tickets were drawn and each of the following received €30 each:
Phyllis Grace, 40 Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Peter Wall, Knockelly, Fethard
Jim Fogarty, Redcity, Fethard
Jim Allen, The Green, Fethard
Eleanor Ryan, Rocksprings, Fethard
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Angela Keavney, Coolanure, Fethard
Vera Paine, c/o O'Donovans, Burke Street, Fethard
Dessie O'Meara, Coolmoyne, Fethard
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €590.

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.

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 county primary schools cross-country championships took place in Thurles on Wednesday 2nd October. Sixty children from Fethard and Moyglass schools participated in the event with both parishes being successful in the competition for individual and team medals. In the large school category, Owen Healy got Fethard off to a flying start by winning the 3rd and 4th class boys race, also the Fethard team of Tommy O’Dwyer, Louis Rice, Padraig O’Shea and Owen Healy were silver medallists in the team competition. In the 5th and 6th class race, Darragh Dwyer was the individual silver medallist, while the team of John Lalor, Ben Walsh, Andy Walsh and Darragh Dwyer won team bronze medals. In the medium school section, Moyglass were the dominant school winning both the 3rd and 4th class boys, and 5th and 6th class girls races. Gregory Henry was the impressive winner of the 3rd and 4th class race and team-mates, Aidan Brophy, Conor Kavanagh and Thomas Keavney were team gold medal winners.
The girls 5th and 6th class team won their race comfortably with the team of Elaine Kennedy, Ciara O’Connor, Michelle Ryall and Hannah Trehy with Elaine Kennedy taking the individual gold medal with ease, her third primary schools title. In the girls 3rd and 4th class event, Aisling O’Connor was the bronze medallist while the 5th and 6th class boys team of Lolo Trehy, Conor Prendergast, Andrew Yeats and Shane Kavanagh won the bronze team prize. This performance surely marks Moyglass as the top medium school in the county. Thanks to teachers Mr Eamon Dwyer and Ms Rita Kenny and to all the parents for their cooperation and help on the day.
The next primary schools competition will be held in Clonmel on 6th November and the next club outing is on next Sunday 13th October, to Moyne for the county uneven age cross-country championships. Girls and boys interested in taking up the challenge of cross-country running can come to out twice-weekly training sessions with further details available from Miceál McCormack, Laura Lyons, Mary Trehy and Fintan Rice.

Noreen Higgins, author of 'Tipperary's Tithe War 1830-1838', will talk on that subject on Friday 18th October, at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre. As might be expected Fethard and Fethard people were' stuck in the middle of it, and Noreen Higgins, a teacher from West Tipperary, will concentrate in particular on the activities in this part of the county. The Tithe War was the name given to the resistance by the majority Catholic population to the payment of 'thites' which were official levees for the upkeep of the state church, The Church of Ireland, at that time. Things got quite nasty for a time and all in all it makes for a very interesting story indeed, especially since it has a big local connection to the Fethard area.

Fethard under-12s made their seasonal debut in Dublin on Sunday last, taking part in the ‘Team Ireland Blitz’ with twenty teams from around the country taking part. The I.R.F.U. have decided to cancel all competitive games for underage rugby and from now on all players are encouraged to play for fun.
Fethard played four games, winning two and loosing two. the first games was against Corinthians going down two tries to nil. Fethard then played Edenderry, winning 3-2, our tries scored by Seanie O’Keeffe and Joe Kelly. Fethard’s second victory was over Boyne, winning 5 tries to 2, with Joe Kelly scoring three tries and the other two scored by David Gorey and William Power. On the day there was some great play and it would be hard to pick one or two who stood out as they all played their part.
The following players have made the step up from under-10s to under-12s: William Power, Seanie O’Keeffe, Paul Tierney and Sam Manton.
Next week we play Nenagh at home and all teams will have games, under 8s, 10s and 12s. Training on Saturdays at 11am and new members are welcome to join.

Fethard has long been known as the home of the racehorse and the community at large were outraged when the news that the manes and tails of twelve saddlers Wells yearlings had been cut at Goff’s yearly sales. This sort of mindless vandalism strikes at the very heart of the bloodstock industry, vital, not alone to local, but to our national economy.

The annual National Culchie of the Year Festival takes place once again in Fethard on the bank-holiday weekend of 25th to 28th October. Owen Whyte, Main Street, was selected to be the Fethard representative at the local Culchie selection heat at Bob Grants on Saturday night last. Eoin had very strong competition for the title of Fethard Culchie and his success may be put in its proper prospective by the fact he was elected by one postal vote from County Kerry.

The death has occurred on Monday 30th September of Mrs Helen (Nellie) Flynn, Derryluskin, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Fethard Flower Show takes place this year on Sunday 20th October in Fethard Ballroom. Fethard Flower and Horticultural Show has taken place annually in Fethard for over half a century. Last year’s show had to be cancelled due to the prevailing ‘Foot and Mouth’ outbreak at that time. The organising committee are making every effort to ensure the success of this year’s venture and are fully confident that the ongoing support of exhibitors from a wide area and the general public will see Fethard Flower Show continue for many years to come.

Fethard Girl Guides, Brownies and Ladybirds commence their weekly new season’s activities in the Ballroom on Monday nights at 7.30pm. The leaders cordially invite and welcome new members to come along.

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:
Extra playing facilities for sporting organisations,
Serviced sites for private housing developments,
A circular walking route safe for pedestrians around the outskirts of Fethard,
Using our public buildings to their full potential,
Promoting business in Fethard
The Community Council have prepared their initial suggestions in a document that was 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 for viewing 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.

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