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Saturday 1st January 2002

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 22nd October were 1, 5, 15 and 16. There was no Jackpot Winner and one "Match 3" winners who received €150:
Rena Sheehan, Killusty.
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Angela Keavney, Coolanure, Fethard.
Mary Looby, Derryluskin, Fethard.
Sean Ryan, 18 Straffan Way, Maynooth.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €635.

A most interesting large poster, dated 1862 and advertising a sale of farm stock and machinery etc. at Derryluskin, has come to light locally. The vendor is Mr Robert Sparrow and the auctioneer is Mr T. Sayers. The items advertised include, thoroughbred, half-breed and walking horses; 390 head of cattle and sheep; and a long list of farm implements. The poster also states the distance from Clonmel, Cashel and Gooldscross railway stations, and that special sidecars will await the various trains. Fethard Station did not open until 1899.
The auctioneer was a member of the Sayers family of Main Street. They were well known in local circles and owned property on Main Street which included Fethard Post Office and Grants Bar. We have no record of a Mr Sparrow, the landowner in Derryluskin.

The wedding took place in Killusty Church on Sunday 27th October of James ‘Jimpy’ Connolly, son of Anne and Jimmy Connolly, Main Street, Fethard, to Ms Lauren Fullager, Kent, England.

We record the death of Bill Fitzpatrick, Ardsallagh, and formerly of Loughmore, who died on Saturday 26th October. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

The whole Ponsonby family and all those involved with holding Grove Estate together have been deeply hurt, saddened and outraged by the audacious stealing and removal of at least 33 priceless antique cut limestone coping (or capping) stones from the once beautiful entrance walls either side of what was the main entrance to Grove in 1730, if not before. This happened during the last two weeks.
A reward will be offered for information leading to their recovery, as it would seem they have been stolen to order. The walls are on the busy main Fethard to Kilsheelan/Waterford road, and as it would take time to remove such bulky heavy stones, it is possible some one travelling the road may have seen a jeep, van, trailer or lorry pulled into the gateway. One would think it unlikely they were removed by daylight.
— Rosemary Ponsonby

Our intermediate hurling team, on Sunday last, bridged a ten year gap when Michael Ahearne lifted the O’Dwyer Cup to take the Couth Championship, bringing our overall tally to four (1982, 1989, 1992, 2002). We would to thank everyone involved in this success, from backroom to players, and we wish them the very best of look in there quest for county honours. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Willie Morrissey, Tomas Keane, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Ahearne, P. J. Ahearne, Cian Maher, John P. Looby, Miceál Spillane 0-2, Brian Coen, Ciaran Treacy, Kevin O’Donnell 0-1, Colin Allen 1-11 (1-9 F). Subs used were: Damien Byrne 0-1, and Michael Dillon. Other subs: Owen Doyle, Shane Walsh, Alan Phelan, Philly Croke, Jamie Mc Cormack, John Kelly and Philly Prout. We play Gortnahoe in the county quarter final.
We wish our senior footballers the very best in the county semifinal due to be played this coming Saturday. Check sports page for venue and time.
Our lotto jackpot of €6,000 was not won. We had 4 ‘match threes’ who received €40 each: Stephanie Johnson (Hair Saloon) Fethard, Theresa Walsh (Ballyknockane) Ballypatrick, Liz Lonergan (Ballyhomuck) Cloneen, Austy Godfrey (Derryluskin) Fethard. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Dylan St John (Priestown) Drangan.

The club has been closed for the last two weeks due to the fact that the Flower Show and Annual Culchie Festival were held in the Ballroom. We are back in action again this Saturday night and we look forward to welcoming back our members.
The month of November will see Fethard hosting the Regional Youth Club Variety Show and rehearsals are in full swing with Fethard entering a few entrants in this years show. Good luck to all the entrants.
New leaders are urgently required to give up a few hours once in a while! Come along down any Saturday night, between 7.10pm and 9.10pm. We would be delighted to see you there.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Mr Johnny Carey, The Green, on the death of his brother Mr Hugh Carey, Coolbawn, which occurred recently in England.

Congratulations to Dr Tadhg O'Keeffe and his wife Margaret on the birth of their son Evan since his last visit to Fethard. His son Evan is now 18 months old. Tadhg worked in Fethard for many months during 1994-1995 while compiling the 'Archaeological and Historical Survey of Fethard' for the National Heritage Council.
Since then, and among other projects, Tadhg has been working on the first draft of the Fethard Historical Atlas for the Royal Irish Academy which he intends to hand this month. The Royal Irish Academy plan to publish the complete atlas for Fethard in 2003.
The good news is that Tadhg has agreed to give a talk at the end of November in Fethard on ‘Fethard in the Eighteenth Century: a look at the famous estate maps’. Lots of new material has surfaced while working on the Fethard Historical Atlas.

The mounted field of 60 riders, a much smaller field than usual, attended the Opening Meet of Tipperary Foxhounds in Fethard on Monday 28th October. The number of car and foot followers, however, was the largest to attend in recent years. An over abundance of foxes, the old railway line at Leahys Bridge held two and half brace, and poor scenting conditions were not in favour of good hunting. A run from Blacks Bridge
to the Ballybough Road and a very good circle from Ardsallagh, sent all followers home in the best of spirits after a most enjoyable day inn dreadful October weather.
The Ballylusky White Heathers also had a very good day from their opening meet in Drangan on Sunday 27th October. Hounds hunted with great style and cry in covert had found the going much more difficult in the open.
The White Heather Harriers meets for November are Loughcopple (Nov 3rd), Cloneen (Nov 10th), Ballylusky (Nov 17th) and Coolbawn (Nov 24th) all at 12 noon.

There was some great football played Monday Bank Holiday last in the Barracks Field with the Danaher and Brother Albert Cups at stake. Some really wonderful displays of skill and talent were shown by players of all ages. It was once again a fiercely contested competition with some of the matches ending in draws only to be played to a nail-biting finish, with the first goal/point scored, deciding the winners, but at the end of the day all the players came away winners.
The winners of the Danaher Cup was David Wash's team, the winners of the Danaher Cup Plate was Kieran O’Connell’s team. The winners of the Brother Albert Cup was Cathal Gorey's team and the winners of the Brother Albert Cup Plate was Andrew Walsh's team.
Four players were chosen for the coveted title of ‘Man of the Match’ and these went to Owen Fitzgerald and Brian Healy for the Danaher Cup and Damien Morrissey and Lolo Trehy for the Brother Albert Cup. A great day was had by all, many thanks to all involved and the club would like to thank the following people and business for the generosity in donating medals and trophies: Frank O Donovan, Chris Looby, Benny Tynan, Noel Sharpe, Buddy Fitzgerald, Michael Sheehan, Tony Fitzgerald and Tommy Sheehan. Not forgetting our refs for the day, Dinny Burke and Ian O'Connell, thanks for coming down, thanks also to those who managed a team and help to set out the field.

On 23rd October we played for Halloween prizes and the results were:
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
2ndGross: Alice Quinn and Berney Myles
3rd Gross: Marie Delaney and Annie O’Brien
1st Nett: Kathleen O&Mac226;Connell and Maura Mullins
2ndNett: Rita Holohan and Mary Delaney
3rd Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret McCormack
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862.

Fethard Players are now taken booking for their West-End, Broadway smash hit ‘Black Comedy’, a farce by Peter Shaffer. The play is a fast moving comedy that has delighted audiences all over the world. The play will run in the Abymill Theatre from Sunday 10th November to Saturday 16th November and booking has now opened at O’Flynns Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.

The annual church gate collection in aid of the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter was held last weekend and a total of €947 was collected. We would like to thank everyone who supported the collection which will help fund the printing and postage of over 1000 Newsletters delivered free of charge to our emigrants throughout the world. Donations can still be made to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. Donations of €10 or more will be acknowledged in this years Newsletter.
Outstanding articles for inclusion in this years issue are requested this week.

As Halloween mid-term approached the entire school and staff of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School assembled in the school hall for the annual mass and awards ceremony. The theme of the Mass, celebrated by Fr Tom Breen P.P., Fr Jerry Horan OSA Prior, and Canon James Power was one of sharing in the feast, with the choir singing appropriate hymns attributed to Liam Lawton. Kevin Hickey was the accompanist for the Mass with a solo ‘Bread of Life’ from Jodie Gilpin of 6th Year.
At the conclusion of the Mass, Mr Ernan Britton, school principal, welcomed and introduced Dr Pat Guiry, Lecturer in Science U.C.D., and guest speaker and past pupil to the occasion. The principal presented Dr Guiry with a commemorative framed photograph to mark the occasion.
De Guiry then presented the awards for the best Leaving Certificate results of 2002 to joint winners Paul Walshe and Jennifer Frewen, followed by the ‘Student of the Year’ awards, Evelyn O’Connor (6th Year), Amy Quigley (4th Year), Sarah Mai Ahearne (3rd Year), and Ronan Shee (2nd Year). The following were commended: Barry Shee (6th Year), Gillian Shine (6th Year), Helen Frewen (4th Year), Connie O’Flynn (4th Year), Suzanne Gorey (3rd Year), Kate Hanrahan (3rd Year) and John Frewen (2nd Year).
The principal then presented the Padraig Pearse Perpetual Trophy to Brian Kennedy (winner 2002) and plaque to Claire Ryan (last years winner). The Paddy Broderick Award for best Junior Cert geography student was presented to Sarah Kennedy. Director of the local Credit Union, Jonathan Gilpin, presented the award for Business and Enterprise to Martin Sheehan (2002 winner) and plaque to Gerard Walsh (last year’s winner).
Mr Denis Burke presented the ‘Sports Star of the Year’ awards to Linda Nevin and Billy Hunt (Leaving Certs 2002).
Mr Britton then presented the best school attendance awards too Eimear Fogarty (6th Year, Jack Kenny (5th Year), Connie O’Flynn (4th Year), Sarah Flynn (3rd Year), Christopher Horan and Ronan Shee (2nd Year).
The STAG Art Awards were presented to Jennifer Frewen (senior) and John Frewen (junior). Highly commended were Sarah Flynn, Christopher Taylor, Sara Condon and Linda Nevin. The Poster Competition Awards for the Autumn Horticultural & Flower Show were presented to Eimear Fogarty (1st Year),, Katie Murphy (2nd Year) Roseanne Meaney (3rd Year).
Finally the ‘Prefect Badges’ for the year were awarded to Barry Shee (Head Boy), Evelyn O’Connor (Head Girl), Evelyn Fogarty (5th Year), Amy Quigley (4th Year), Suzanne Gorey (3rd Year) and Ronan Shee (2nd Year).
The principal, Mr Britton, then concluded the ceremony by wishing all a restful mid-term break with, of course, a measure of study undertaken by exam classes. And so we departed to mid-term with the words of Dr Pat Guiry resounding in our lives, — “No matter where you are or where you come from, if you work hard, you will succeed!”

Twenty-seven athletes travelled to a blustery Ballynonty to compete in the even-aged county cross-country championships last Sunday. The runners in black and blue brought home a total of thirteen medals, a just reward for their dedication to training over the past seven weeks. Our first medal came from the indefatigable Gregory Henry who, fresh from his previous victory in the under-9 category, took a very impressive bronze medal in the boys under-10 race. The boys under-12 race brought even more success as captain Darragh Dwyer ran a splendid race to win the individual silver medal while his team-mate John Lalor took 5th spot with a very gutsy run with excellent support from Kevin Quigley (17th) and Conor Prendergast (21st). The combined score of 45 was enough to win the county title for Fethard.
Not to be outdone, the girls under-14 team put in an immense effort to also win the gold medals in their category. Elaine Kennedy who ran the race of her life to finish second captained this team. Aoife O’Gorman, recovering from illness, fought bravely for 6th place. Aoife was followed home by Aimee Moloney who, running her first cross-country race, finished an excellent 14th. The team was anchored by the ever improving Aoife O’Connor who clinched the county title for Fethard with a marvellous 19th placing. In the boys under-14 event, Shane Gorey put in a battling performance to win the bronze medal while Lolo Trehy ran a great race finishing in 10th position. Other top ten finishers were Ciara O’Connor (8th), Hannah Trehy (9th) in the girls under-12 race.
The days racing concluded on a high as Fethard’s sole competitor in the boys under-18 event, David Sullivan, ran superbly to fend off stiff opposition and win the gold medal despite taking a wrong turn at a crucial stage of the race.
The next club outing is to Kildalton Agricultural College on Sunday next November 3rd for the Munster Cross Country Championships. The Fethard qualifiers are as follows:
Boys Under-9: Gregory Henry and Brendan Gleeson.
Girls Under-11: Hannah Trehy and Ciara O’Connor.
Boys Under-11: John Lalor and Owen Healy.
Girls Under-13: Mary Gleeson, Elaine Kennedy, Ciara O’Connor, Aoife O’Connor, Aimee Moloney and Bernadette Costello.
Boys Under-13: Shane Gorey, Lolo Trehy, Darragh Dwyer, Conor Prendergast, Kevin Quigley, Ben Walsh and Michael Costello.
Girls Under-15: Aoife O’Gorman
Boys Under-15: Wayne Laslett
Boys Under-17: David Sullivan
For travel arrangements please contact Mary Trehy or Fintan Rice.

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