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Saturday 1st February 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

Club members have now returned to training and racing after the traditional break. AT the recent Munster inter-county cross-country relays held in Dungarvan, Mary Gleeson, Elaine Kennedy, Shane Gorey, Aoife O’Gorman and Darragh Dwyer were selected to run on the Tipperary teams in their age categories. In the girls under-13 race, Mary Gleeson and Elaine Kennedy ran splendidly to combine with Bláthnaid Waters from Tipp Town and Clíodhna Ryan from St. Flannans to secure the gold medals for Tipperary. Darragh Dwyer, Aoife O’Gorman and Shane Gorey also performed well but their teams finished out of the medals.
Wednesday 29th January was the date for the secondary schools cross-country championships in Thurles. Fethard’s interest centred on the girls minor race as Mary Gleeson continued her fine form with an emphatic victory, while Aoife O’Gorman demonstrated her return to fitness with an impressive 4th placing. In the boys’ minor race, Shane Gorey had a great run moving through the field in the latter stages to claim 2nd place.
The club welcomes the return to racing of former national marathon champion Pat Heffernan, who, after a long lay-off due to injury, restarts his athletic career with Fethard A.C. This should be an ideal opportunity to rejuvenate Fethard senior club and we extend an invitation to local senior athletes to join our active club to emulate the success of our junior athletes in recent years.
Training is now back in full swing with the sessions arranged for Monday and Wednesday nights at 6.30pm in the GAA Park

The next meeting of the ICA will be held on Tuesday 11th February at 8pm in the ICA Hall. Bernie Lonergan will give a talk and demonstration on magnetic products for relief of aching joints and muscles. Anyone interested is welcome to come along.

The Annual General Meeting of the Well Golf Society will be held in the Tirry Centre on Tuesday 11th February at 8pm. It is important that all interested attend this meeting as the future of the society will be discussed and decided.

Fethard Youth Club is back in full swing for 2003. We began with our New Years party on Saturday 18th Jan. Since then, we have continued with all our usual activities including NCVA Italian in the hope of not only gaining Fetac accreditation for those who partake, but giving some of the members a little 'working' language for their trip to Rome in February with the school. Hoping you all have a ball. Many plans are afoot for the year to come - we hope that a good deal of them will come to fruition.
Last year three members of our club went on international group exchanges with the Regional Youth Service and the Oola young women to Italy. The first was a project on 'underage alcohol abuse' and the second was to dance at an international festival against racism. This year we are busy looking new European partners for perhaps 10 members of the club - let’s hope someone will want to work with us!!!!
In a joint initiative with the Youth Service, the club is pioneering the way in our region with an application to send one of our older club members on European Voluntary service for a year and we have also applied to trial a youth information service in the town later this year. Hopefully our proposals will be well received, as both will be of great benefit to the community of Fethard. We are presently on the look out for a premises/office space which would serve this purpose should our proposal be accepted.
On a more 'on the ground' front: the club will be partaking in the regional 5-a-side soccer tournament this spring and we hope to head out for the evening to see a production of ‘My Children, My Africa’ by the Galloglass Theatre Company. We also hope to commence a group project called 'Coping On' by March this will feed into the work being done by the Community
Awareness group.
As a club we wish to thank the individuals and businesses that have supported us over the last three years - without your help we would not have gotten this far. Greatest appreciation from all of us to the Ballroom committee for the support and encouragement they have given us over the years. The members of the club are working on ideas for some community involvement ventures which we hope will show our appreciation. More details about those to follow.
Thanks to all our members for their continued support and enthusiasm and to our leaders for their input into the club every Saturday night as well as their involvement past and present in the Youth Service itself.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place at 8.30pm on Tuesday 11th February in the Tirry Community Centre.

The under-10s and under-12s rugby teams travelled to Carrick last Sunday to play their matches. The under-8s had no matches but put in a great training session on Saturday,
The under-10s had a comprehensive win over Carrick on a very wet and windy day. All players played well with great tackling from Johnny Grassick and good runs from Kevin Hayes. The team was Johnny Grassick, Robert Maher, Michael-John Murphy, Joseph O’Brien, Jack O’Connell, Mark Ronan and Paul Tierney.
The under 12s played Waterford City. It was a tough match with all players playing well especially Colm Blackmore, William Grassick and J.P. McGrath. Fethard drew 3 all with trys coming from Seamie O’Keefe, J.P. O’ Donavan and J.P. McGrath.
Training as usual at 11 o’clock in the new community field. New members are welcome to come up to training on Saturday. There will also be a blitz held in Nenagh on Sunday the ninth.

We record the death of Vincent Breen, Burke Street, Fethard. Vincent's body was found at Ferrybank, Waterford, on Thursday 30th January.
The Breen family would like to express their thanks to the Carrick River Rescue Group who are a voluntary organisation and have worked tirelessly every day searching for Vincent since he was first reported missing last December.
Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

The following message was sent by Paul Looby in Surrey, England, in connection with reviving the Fethard / London Emigrants' Reunion.
I'm one of those people for whom travel back to Fethard during the summer is not always practical and miss the London Reunions that used to be held in October. As Event Management forms part of what I now do, I wouldn't mind co-ordinating it at this end.
I am sticking a toe in the water here to see if there would be any interest in re-introducing the London "leg" of the Reunion.
This is my email address (plooby@ntlworld.com) and would welcome any feedback/comments, etc. A few questions to get the ball rolling:
Would Camden still be a suitable area to aim for as a venue? Would south of the river be better? Or East/West London? I have strong links with London Irish Rugby Club, would Sunbury be a good choice? We should be able to get a good rate for a private booking.
Would the preference be for live music (this would get my vote) or a disco with Irish music?
I used to like the informal nature of the event and would vote to keep it that way rather than any form of dinner dance but again will await feedback. If you know anybody not on the net or email, my tel. no. is +44 (0)1276 509926
It would be great to hear from you.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 28th January were: 2, 23, 30 and 31. There was no Jackpot Winner and no 'Match 3' winners. Five 'Lucky Dip' winners were draw and each received €30:
C.E.S. Tirry Centre, Fethard
Jim O'Meara, St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Michael Kenrick, Burke St. , Fethard
Anne Connolly, Main St., Fethard
P.J. Lonergan, The Square, Fethard
The Jackpot remains at €10,000.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Margaret Walshe, Barrack St., Fethard
Sarah Mullins, St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Joan Ryan, Ladyswell, Cashel
Next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €815.

The Abymill Theatre Fethard presents Ireland’s Opera Theatre Company Baroque Ensemble, conducted by David Adams and featuring soprano Lynda Lee, in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard, on Valentine’s Night, Friday, 14 February at 8:15pm. Tickets are €15 each and can be booked at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Fethard, Tel: 052-31254. Proceeds of the concert are in aid of Br Paul’s Patrician Brothers New School in Kenya. Bro Paul taught in Fethard for many years and was instrumental in Fethard Patrician Brothers school team winning the Kinane Cup back in 1963. Bro Paul left Ireland in 1978 when he volunteered for the Kenyan Patrician apostolate. He went on to be involved very actively with the very first Patrician Primary School in Africa and is now the Coordinator of the new Patrician Primary School and Dispensary at Kabongo, Eldoret.

Fethard Juvenile Club will hold their Annual AGM on Monday, 10th February 2003 at 8pm sharp in the Tirry Centre. All are most welcome to attend and it would be encouraging to see a large turnout. The Juvenile Club would also like to thank all those that donated so generously to their Church Gate Collection.

The death has occurred in England of Mr James ‘Jim’ Walsh, formerly of Coolenure.

Both Fethard Parish Church and Killusty National School were both broken into during last week. The thieves got nothing of any value in either robbery. They did, however, cause considerable damage to both the Parish Church sacristy and to the school premises. Coupled with the recent robberies at Moyglass and Mullinahone churches, we can but wonder at the degeneration in modern society. Time was not too long ago when church property was considered sacred and anything untoward carried out there was considered sacrilegious, apparently not any more! The Ireland of those days has gone down the road consumerism. We must have and we must get, whatever the cost. We appear to be trying to create a society in which there will be no religion, no discipline and no respect. One has only to read the headlines daily in the national newspapers, or listen to the radio news to realise the terrible price we are paying for such an outlook.
Man cannot cope without some believe, respect, discipline and guidelines.

Excellent achievement for past pupils was noted recently with David Kennedy, currently attending C.I.T., receiving the gold medal in 1st year of his national certificate course for Applied Physics and Instrumentation; and Gráinne Lennon receiving the gold medal in National Diploma in Science for Cell and Molecular Biology. We would like to congratulate both on their achievement and also our current third year student, Richard Gorey, who was chosen to represent his country in judo at international events held in England and Scotland.
Our fifth years paid a well worth visit to the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, to a stage production of “The Plough and the Stars”. Our fifth and sixth years also travelled to Dublin to attend the FÁS Opportunities Exhibition held in the R.D.S.
Our transition years, after having successfully staged the annual show “T.Y. Tops Ten”, are about to commence two weeks work experience.

Ballylusky White Heather Harriers had the largest turn out of the season for their meet at Rocklow on Sunday last. Unfortunately, the appalling weather conditions did not help the hunting. Hounds did run their first fox from McCarthys right into Fethard, losing him at the Convent Bridge. They also had a good sharp burst from O’Flynns to Rocklow in the afternoon.
The White Heathers meet in Lismolin on Sunday 9th February, Golden on 16th February, and at The Kennells, Milestone, Cloneen, on 23rd February. All meets at 12 noon.

Fethard Community Playgroup have vacancies for two childcare assistants. The position is advertised in the employment section of this paper. Closing date is 21st February.

Fethard Historical Society will hold their annual Tipperariana Book Fair on this coming Sunday 9th February, in the Ballroom form 2pm to 6pm. Admission is €2. If you have unwanted books to donate to the society please contact Mary Hanrahan (052 32141) or Terry Cunningham (052 23402) to arrange collection or, alternatively, drop them into the Ballroom between 2pm and 6pm on Saturday 8th February.
The Book Fair is now one of the largest and most successful one-day book fairs in the country, with book sellers from all over Ireland in attendance. This year, for the first time, we will select a ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year’ — a book of outstanding merit that has a special relevance to County Tipperary.
If you have a special book you’ve been wondering about, bring it along to be appraised. It just may prove top be very valuable.
The Tipperariana Book fair is the society’s main fundraising event and we are grateful for any support you can give. Volunteers are always needed, so if you have time to spare on that weekend please contact one of the committee and come along and give a hand. You will be most welcome.

I was introduced to the Fethard site by Patrick Kenrick of Springboro, USA, who was pursuing family connections. I forgot all about it until my wife was searching for pictures of prams and happened on it again!
I have no idea of where the link might lie between the Kenricks in Ireland and those in England. Our Kenricks came out of Wales and settled in Birmingham and the Black Country, being iron founders, and we have been here ever since. The other main Kenrick family in England that I know of, is the Kenricks of Woore Hall, in Shropshire, with whom we assume we are related, but have never actually found the final link. I would be interested in any information on the Fethard Kenricks and if we might have a connection - or not!
Kind regards. Martin J Kenrick, 37 Richmond Hill Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3RR, England. Tel: +44 121 455 0184 (o) Tel: +44 121 454 4720 (h). Please also visit my web site at www.kenrick.co.uk for lots of interesting business ideas.


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