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Saturday 16th November 2002

Fethard travelled to Clonmel on Saturday 16th November with the under-8 team as follows: Colin Meagher, jack Devaney, Keith Bergin, David Bergin (1), Cian O’Connell (1), Philip Maher (1), Gregory Henry (2), Steven Tierney, Josh Murray, Thomas Mackey, James Holohan, Gavin Delaney and Luke Keating. Fethard beat Clonmel 5-2 with a good show by a new Clonmel team who were unlucky. Good defence was played by Keith Bergin, Luke Keating and James Holohan. Steven Tierney and Keith Bergin made some good runs while Cian O’Connell is fast becoming known as a try scorer after last weeks game as well.
The under-10 team was Matt O’Sullivan (2), Michael-John Murphy, Kevin Hayes, Mark Ronan, Conor Kavanagh, Johnny Lalor, Jack O’Connell (2), Steven McGuire, Andrew Kelly, Tim O’Hagan, Joseph O’Brien and Daniel Hickey (1). Fethard won 6-0 and all players played well.
The under-12 team was Dave Gorey, Sam Manton, Josh Hally, Dave Kelly, Paddy Teehan, Seamie O’Keeffe, Shane Kavanagh, Patrick Holohan, Mike O’Hagan, David Hall, Richard Lalor (1), Paul Mackey, Jack O’Sullivan, Paddy Codd (1) and James Kelly. Fethard drew in this match 2-2. The match was well played and enjoyable to watch against a strong Clonmel team.

Saturday, 23rd November sees the Fethard Youth Club hosting the annual Regional Variety Show in the Ballroom. This is the highlight of our calendar year and with 10 clubs from the whole county entering the competition will be stiff but it is a great way for our club members to meet and mix with other club members. Good luck to all our entrants.
New leaders are urgently required, if you have 2 hours to spare any Saturday evening please come down to the Ballroom 7.10pm - 9.10pm, we would be delighted to see you there.

On Sunday last our under/10's travelled to Clonmel Commercials to finish off the South Final for the season. The boys played their socks off and at half time we were one point down, with two great points scored by Owen Fitzgerald and Matthew Fitzgerald. Fethard then came back to level the scores and forced extra time to be played in what was a thrilling game to watch. Fethard were extremely unfortunate to loose out in the end and well done to Clonmel Commercials on their win.
Fethard Juvenile Club have had an amazing year in both the hurling and football and with our under/10's winning the Community Games County Champions Football for the 2nd year in a row, under/10 hurling team making the finals, under/12's making the semi-finals, these are just to mention a few, and the amount of hard work and dedication that have gone into these young lads show in these results.
Congratulations to both the football and hurling teams on such a great year and to all their trainers. Training is now finished for the year and we look forward to seeing old and new faces in the New Year.

The death has occurred on November 17th of Gus Kenrick. The late Gus Kenrick was born in Burke Street 85 years ago, son of John and Margaret Kenrick. Working in England, he volunteered for military service with the outbreak of World War II in 1939. Realising immediately that the army was the life for him, he rose quickly through the ranks, was commissioned and returned with the rank of captain after 37 years service. Serving with his regiment, the 55/77th Regiment of Foot, The Royal West African Frontier Force and The Royal Corps of Signals, he landed with the invading forces on the Normandy Beaches on ‘D’ Day and was in active service throughout the entire campaign up to V.E. Day in 1945.
He made a nostalgic return to France in 1995 for the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of V.E. Day. There he renewed acquaintances with many of his old comrades and visited the graves of many more. He also served many tours of overseas duty including terms in Europe, Africa and Singapore. He was never willing to talk of his wartime experience, many of which were rather hair-raising, except to tell of happenings of a humorous nature. As a brilliant raconteur, he could entertain for hours while recalling such stories at will.
Retiring from the army, he was appointed Secretary of St. Andrews Golf Club in Scotland where he lived for many years. After deciding to return to his native Fethard, he took up a similar position with Clonmel Golf Club.
Always willing to help out locally when required, he was associated with the Meals on Wheels delivery service and also at the ‘front of house’ with the Fethard Players and Annual Flower Show. Gus never married and will be greatly missed by his surviving sister Mary Byard, Burke Street, his nieces, nephews and a whole circle of friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.
Interment took place at the Augustinian Abbey Cemetery. Pro Patria, Rege Et Libera

Change of addresses and new addresses for the Emigrants Newsletter mailing list should be handed in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, as soon as possible.

The official opening of Fethard and District Day Care Extension will take place at 2pm on Thursday 5th December. We invite all to come along. Light refreshments will be served.

The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 3rd December at 8pm in the front room in Grants Bar, Main Street, Fethard. Please note change of time and venue for this meting. The regular ‘last Tuesday in the month’ meeting has been cancelled for November and rescheduled for the following week in Grants Bar to facilitate the showing of the film ‘Casablanca’ following the meeting. This is the 60th anniversary of the film, first shown in 1942, and the society will mark the occasion on this night. All are welcome to come along. Dr. Tadhg O’Keeffe will give his talk on Monday 25th November at 8.30pm in the Abymill.

Dr Tadhg O'Keeffe who compiled the 'Archaeological and Historical Survey of Fethard' for the National Heritage Council, will return to give a talk in Fethard on Monday night 25th November, at 8.30pm. The title of his talk is ‘Fethard in the Eighteenth Century: a look at the famous estate maps’. The talk is organised by Fethard Historical Society and admission is €3 for members and €4 for non-members. Tadhg has presently completed the first draft of the Fethard Historical Atlas for the Royal Irish Academy. This comprehensive study is due to be published in 2003.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Mrs Rosemary Ponsonby, Grove, on the death of her mother, Mrs Ida May Wells, which occurred recently at Grove House. Interment took place in Mrs Wells native Kent, England.

On Sunday next 24th November, the Rosary will be recited at Killusty Cemetery after 10am Mass, at Kiltinan Cemetery at 3pm, Tullamaine Cemetery also at 3pm and at Kilmaclugh Cemetery at 3.30pm. All are welcome to come and pray.

Mr Pete McCarthy, number one best selling author, pays a visit to the Abymill on this Friday 29th November. Mr McCarthy’s latest book ‘The Road to McCarthy’ includes a chapter on McCarthy’s Hotel, Main Street, Fethard. He is also renowned as a brilliant stand-up comic and his visit to the Abymill is one of his two only appearances on his current tour. Tickets at €20 each may be obtained at Clonmel Book Shop or McCarthy’s Hotel Fethard. Admission includes a cheese and wine reception and book signing after the performance.

Anyone needing our assistance for Christmas please find an application form at the back of both local churches. Complete and return same to any member of the Fethard Conference before November 30th.

Fethard Players completed a most successful seven-night run of their 2002 production ‘Black Comedy’, in the Abymill Theatre on Sunday night 17th November. The play was very well received by full capacity audiences on each night, the acting, stage settings and production being well up to the high standard set by Fethard Dramatic Society in previous productions. Perhaps it took some time for the audience on each night to realise that the comedy was performed in darkness and the actual fact that when the stage lighting was on, it was dark, and when it was off, it was bright. However, all got the message, although with some it was later rather than sooner. Well done to all concerned!

Spancil Hill, Co. Clare, was the destination for the ten juvenile athletes from Fethard who competed in the Munster even aged Cross-Country Championships last Sunday 17th November. Cousins Hannah Trehy and Ciara O’Connor were first to toe-the-line in the girls under-12 race and both performed solidly on what was a very testing course. Next to face the hills of County Clare were the boys under-12 team of Darragh Dwyer, John Lalor, Kevin Quigley and Conor Prendergast. The Fethard boys worked splendidly as a team to win bronze medals in the club team competition. Team captain Darragh Dwyer led by example by finishing in 6th position, followed by John Lalor who finished 23rd despite losing his shoe in the mêlée of the start. These two front runners were ably supported by Kevin Quigley and Conor Prendergast who secured the bronze medals for Fethard by finishing in 37th and 60th places.
In the girls under-14 race, Mary Gleeson ran her best race of the season by finishing in an impressive 4th place followed by Elaine Kennedy in 2nd position. Aoife O’Gorman and Aoife O’Connor both ran bravely on a very undulating and demanding course.
Medal winners with Tipperary in the inter-county competition were: Darragh Dwyer and John Lalor in the boys under-12; and Mary Gleeson and Elaine Kennedy in the girls under-14. Next week the club will travel to Cork for the All-Ireland uneven-age Cross-Country Championship. The qualifiers for that outing are:
Boys Under-11: John Lalor
Girls Under-11: Hannah Trehy
Boys Under-13: Shane Gorey, Darragh Dwyer, Lolo Trehy, Kevin Quigley, Conor Prendergast and Ben Walsh.
Girls Under-13: Mary Gleeson and Ciara O’Connor.
The club are currently organising a Christmas Draw to raise funds and we ask you for your support.

The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers will meet next Sunday at Coolbawn (Sunday 24th November). Meet at 12 noon.

The Community Council would like to thank all those who made submissions to be included in the Draft Development Plan for Fethard. The committee, in conjunction with the Fethard Historical Society, will now prepare a presentation of the ‘Draft Plan’ for a public meeting in January.

Fethard Ballroom continues to provide a great nights dancing for young at heart of all ages. next Sunday night the music is by nationally known Paddy O’Brien. Paddy has said that the Fethard Ballroom is the most unique he has ever played in, attracting such large attendances to the largest and best dancing floor in the country, and most especially as it doesn’t have a bar! The AGM of the Ballroom Ltd takes place on Thursday next 26th November at 8pm, to which all are welcome.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 12th November were 12, 18, 21 and 28. There was no Jackpot Winner and five "Match 3" winners who received €30 each:
Brian Byrne, The Green
Paddy McCormack, Kilnockin
Rick Flynn, Tullow, Killusty
Rita Burke, Woodvale Walk
Anne Ryan, Mountjudkin, Cashel
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Aislinn Comerford, Radestown Sth., Kilkenny
Anne Kempton, Fethard
Majella Drea, Cedar Grove, Strylea
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €680.

These are the results for 6th October 2002.
1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
1st Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
2nd Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney
On 13th November we played for sponsored prizes and the results were:
1st Gross: Alice Quinn and Annie O’Brien
2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
1st Nett: Margaret Mary McCormack and Philly Kenny
2nd Nett: Mary and Pattie Tobin
On Wednesday next, 20th November, we will be playing for the Gross Turkey prize. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862.

The Fethard and Killusty Community Council have now formed a ‘Christmas Lighting’ committee who will be responsible for raising funds and erecting the annual seasonal street lighting in Fethard. The quotation received for the erection of this years lights is €16,270 which does not include the erection of necessary ‘Power Supply’ boxes along the street to connect to the ESB. A lot of the expense this year is once-off and with the support of the Community Council, local businesses and fundraising, the committee are confident on going ahead with the plan for this year.

The following queries were received through the Fethard Website (www.fethard.com):

David J. Butler, Cahir (email: carrigeencastle@yahoo.co.uk)
Just a quick question about a publication by a namesake of mine "The Friars of Fethard", which is not in the UCC Library. It may be a journal article or a pamphlet. I wonder if you could check with a Fethard holder of a copy - hopefully there is one in the Historical Society about what it says about the status of the Augustinians after 1540. Perhaps T. O'Keeffe's guide also has something in it you might know of?
I know that the Abbey was restored to the friars in 1820 and subsequently rebuilt, that two friars lived in a thatched cottage nearly opposite from at least 1800 and celebrated public Mass there, and that from the 1770s or 1780s an older community of two friars existed at Fethard, one of whom was curate for over 30 years. I believe they kept up an intermittent discreet presence over part of the 1540 to 1770 period. I just need to know when and from where - possibly hid at time on Slievenamon? I have looked at Knowles (1903) on the Abbey, but it is general, brief and possibly inaccurate in places. I'd be very grateful for your assistance - I am presently redrafting and updating a chapter I wrote 1.5 years ago and tying up loose ends.

Tom Magness, Atlanta, Georgia (email: magnesst@attbi.com)
Do you know anything about the Carews /Careys /Carys /Carons of Ballyglissen /Ballyglisson? Have an ancestor, Sir Rosse Cary /Carew who came from Balliglissen /Ballyglisson, Co. Tipperary according to an admon found at PRONI in the Tennison Groves Collection. Sir Rosse Cary/Carew served at Cadiz in 1625 and the Isle de Rhe in 1627. After the disaster at the Isle de Rhe, Captain Cary's troops were billeted in Essex where they rioted on St. Patrick's Day 1628. Captain Cary was shot in the head during the riot. His wound was not mortal as he lived to testify before the Privy Council. He died at St. Andrew's, Holborn, Middlesex on 28 February 1640.
Sir Rosse Cary/Carew of Ballyglisson, Co. Tipperary, is found in the Irish Statute Staple Book lending money to several Tipperary men - Richard Keating, Gent., of Mourstowne; John Corr/Corry, Gent., of Tuborhany; and Theobald Butler, Esq., of Ballyhemekin. According to the Civil Survey, Mourstowne, Tuborhany and Ballyhemekin are all in the Barony of Iffay and Offay. A close inspection of the ISSB reveals that many if not most of the loans made were to either business partners, family relations, or neighbors - people known to the lender.
The historian Thomas Carve [Carew] of Mobarnan, Co. Tipperary, claimed Sir Rosse as his brother. Because of Thomas Carve's close association with the Butlers, we suspect that Ballyglissen/Ballyglisson is actually Ballyglassin, Co. Tipperary, S.R., Barony of Clanwilliam, in the Parish of Kilfeakle, which is close to Fethard. That said, the ISSB leads us to believe that Ballyglissen /Ballyglisson is more likely Ballyglasheen, Co. Tipperary, S.R., Barony of Iffa and Offa East, in the Parish of Kilsheelan. My Carew ancestors come from Woodinstown, Co. Tipperary, S.R. Barony of Middlethird, in the Parish of Knockgraffon. Any help you can give us will be greatly appreciated.

Catherine O'Connor (email: david@halifax.demon.co.uk)
A couple of my relatives have been busy tracing the family tree and our roots in Fethard. They've written up a fairly factual account, including names and dates. As I'm the journalist in the family, they've left it to me to tell more of a 'story' and put in some historical background and information which will help build more of a picture of the sort of lives our family led. I'm hoping you will be able to put me in touch with a local historian(s) who can give me information on what Fethard was like at certain points during the last 300 years, what life was like for agricultural labourers and those in service, what the impact of the potato famine was in the area etc. I hope whoever I contact is happy to be quoted in the booklet we're hoping to print and distribute to family members. I would also hope that I can put my questions via e-mail to the person concerned and perhaps follow up information they send me with a telephone call if necessary. I'd be happy to have more than one contact name if you know of people
with different areas of expertise. I hope you are able to help and I look forward to hearing from you. With kind regards.

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