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Saturday 8th February 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

Take your partner for a Valentine’s Night treat at the Abymill Theatre where Ireland’s Opera Theatre Company Baroque Ensemble, conducted by David Adams and featuring soprano Lynda Lee, will perform 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. The concert programme includes arias by G.F. Handel with instrumental music by Fasch and Corelli and solo concertos for flute. oboe and violin by Albinoni, Vivaldi and Quantz.
Proceeds of the concert are in aid of Br Paul’s Patrician Brothers New School in Kenya.

At a very well attended meeting in the Tirry Centre on Monday 3rd February it was decided to form a ladies football team in Fethard. Thirty girls attended and all were most enthusiastically in favour of the foundation of a new club. The following board of officers was elected, President, Fr. Tom Breen P.P.; Chairman, Joe Keane; Vice-chairman, Geraldine McCarthy; Secretary, Jennifer Keane; Joint treasurers, Patsy Lawrence and Vanessa O’Donnell.
The club hope to enter a junior and under-16 team in this year’s championship, and if possible, a minor team. The prospects of fielding under-12 and under-14 teams was also discussed.
A further meeting will be held to discuss the project further on this coming Monday night, 17th February, in the Tirry Centre at 8pm.

Our Annual Dinner Dance is fast approaching so do not forget to book your tickets at €25 each from any off dance committee. The date is Saturday 1st March.
Lotto results for 28th January: our jackpot €7,200 was not won. The numbers drawn at The Well were 13, 19, 20 and 23. We had no ‘match threes’ so five names were drawn out off the hat and the following won €30 each: Patricia Byrne (The Green), Jim Carroll, c/o Kennys Centra (The Green), Majella Drea, Ger Manton (Main Street) and Jonathan Hillman (Coolmore). The €50 lucky dip winner was Joe Godfrey (Derryluskin). Lotto results for 4th February drawn at Lonergans Bar were: No jackpot €7,300 winner. The numbers drawn were 4, 8, 9 and 17. We had three ‘matched three’ winner each winning €50: Tony Maher (56 Woodvale Walk), Stephen Hally (26 Oliver Plunkett Tce Clonmel), and Mrs Breda Slein (c/o Cashel Rd). Our €50 lucky dip winner was Louis Coen (Killusty).
Club membership is now due. Fees are €15 (adult) and €10 (juvenile). Please hand to Nicky O’Shea or Noel Byrne from all players who are expecting to play in 2003 and also to the general public who want to be included in county ticket draws during 2003.

Fethard Youth Club will be open on Saturday night the 15th of February at the usual times. We are booked to go to see ‘My Children, My Africa’ on Wednesday night 19th February, times and arrangements will be given to all the people who have put their names on the list on Saturday 15th. This has been arranged on Wednesday night to suit the majority of those interested in going and as a bus has been booked the arrangements will stand firm. I guess we'll have a great night as usual. We will also be taking names for the group to take part in the 'Coping On' project which we hope will begin in March.

Fethard had two winners in this month’s Diocesan Draw. Mrs Nellie Ryan and Ms Ruth Delaney-O’Meara were each winners of one of the €150 prizes.

Paul Looby’s proposal of reviving the Fethard / London Emigrants' Reunion was received with enthusiasm from many people at home and away. Paul’s father, John Looby, also interested in helping out suggested that it might be possible to include emigrants from Drangan, Cloneen, Mullinahone as most grew up together at dances etc in Fethard and surrounding areas. Another suggestion was to have it during the afternoon to facilitate people travelling to the function by train. It was also suggested to keep the music level down in order to facilitate people who wish to chat and talk about old times. Have you any suggestions? Paul’s email address is: plooby@ntlworld.com and his telephone number is +44 (0)1276 509926. He would welcome any feedback or comments, etc.
Is there anyone in Fethard prepared to organise a bus. If so let us know and we’ll do our part to help get the Fethard & Killusty (and maybe neighbours) / London Reunion revived once again!

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 4th February were: 18, 19, 21 and 27. There was no Jackpot Winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received €150:
Jim Moloney, c/o Allen’s Meats, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
B. Farrell, River Street, Killenaule.
Jim Fogarty, Cahir Road, Fethard
Emily White, Boscabell, Cashel.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000.
Next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €830.

Fethard Community Playgroup have vacancies for two childcare assistants (five mornings per week). Interested persons should have completed Level 1 or Level 2 NCVA equivalent. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 21st February (short listing may apply).
Please forward applications to: The Chairperson, Community Playschool, Health Centre, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet in Golden on Sunday 16th February, and at The Kennells, Milestone, Cloneen, on 23rd February. All meets at 12 noon.

At the last meeting of Fethard Tidy Towns with South Tipperary County Council officials, the issue of loose dogs on the Main Street and green play areas was discussed. As a consequence people are asked to control their dogs and take account of dog litter. Also be mindful that loose dogs on the street damage the flowerbeds and flower pots. In addition we wish to remind people who use the bottle bank that it is not sufficient to leave bags of cans or bottles adjacent to the banks as this results in waste of council manpower and leaves an unsightly mess.
In response to questions regarding the quality of lighting at Lower Main Street or indeed any other area, we were informed that a complete light and pole can be provided if a contribution of €850 is made, or a light head to replace existing bulb at a cost of €300.
The County Council Officials agreed to pursue the possibility of additional lighting at Strylea as part of the current housing development, they will also pursue housing with relation to the storm water problem at Woodvale Walk. The meeting was also advised from Council Sanitary Services that sewer line to the proposed site on Cashel Road would be laid from the manhole at the door of the Ballroom, through the car park, to the site. This project will be completed within 2003.
The Town foreman will arrange to replace three trees, one in Burke Street, one in The Square and one outside Newport’s Shop on Main Street.
The car park at the GAA field will be re-surfaced and lined on completion of the current work being carried out.
The following proposed changes regarding parking at Centra Supermarket at The Green were made: a double yellow line in front of the store and extra parking provided where the grass patch is. Any comments or suggestions should be addressed to Jonathon Cooney, Area Engineer, Carrick-on-Suir. The timescale for this project is late 2003.

Mr Michael Holohan, Killusty, has recently retired from the ESB Southern Region, based in Waterford. Michael commenced working with the company when the Rural Electrification Scheme was in full swing. His forty years service is a significant achievement and will be recognised when Michael will be presented with a ‘Long Service Award’. The award will be presented in the Tower Hotel Waterford on Saturday night 22nd February.
His many friends in the locality and especially his team-mates of Fethard senior football teams of his era will join in congratulating Mick on his award and wishing him and Mrs Holohan many years happiness in his retirement.

On Sunday last, close to fifty Fethard rugby players travelled to Kilfeacle to a blitz with teams from Nenagh and Thurles travelling also. We would like to thank Kilfeacle for their hospitality. All teams played well and coaches would like to complement players on some great play, with enjoyable and well-disciplined matches to watch.
Last Saturday John and Pat Looby formerly of Tullamaine called to our training session as representatives of the London-Irish Rugby Club. They invited the Fethard Rugby Club to play London-Irish during the summer, which is a great opportunity for the club and players. They also presented the club with a gift of training equipment and rugby balls for which the members were delighted and thank them sincerely for their generosity and look forward to seeing them later in the year. Training continues as usual at 11 o’clock in the new sportsfield. All are welcome.

The annual general meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Games will take place in Tirry Community Centre on Tuesday next, February 18th at 8.30pm. All are welcome. It is vital that anyone wishing to enter a team attend this meeting or notify the secretary
Bernard Feery at 052 31023 beforehand as closing date for team entries is Feb. 28th. Cost is entering a team is €6. Only those who have notified us of their intention to participate will be entered.

Fethard website is just approaching half million visitors (500,000) this week. This milestone is more credible when you consider that a visitor is only recorded once no matter how many times one logs on in a period of 24 hours. This is a more accurate record of visitors than counting hits, which count every graphic or photograph viewed as one hit. As a result, one visitor could count as two hundred hits. At the moment Fethard Website is receiving and average of over 6,500 hits per day. Other local community sites recently up and running are, Killenaule.net, Glengoole.net, Mullinahone.net Discussions are taken place between local Communities in the Slieveardagh area to create a portal site to link our communities and promote tourism in the area. Representatives from Fethard & Killusty Community Council are attending the meetings.
Recent comments received from the Fethard site are:

Tom Kennedy (email: uptipp@earthlink.net)
I had the pleasure of attending the GAA All Star Football Exhibition in San Diego California on January 18th. I met and spoke with Declan Browne from Clonmel with Fethard connections. Not only is he a superb athlete, but also a real gentleman . Tipp can be very proud of him!

Philippa Coady (email: philippa.coady@europarl.eu.int)
I am looking for children and grandchildren of John Coady (Jacky) born in Cashel 24 April 1908. I am descended from Jacky's brother (Jimmy) and organising a small Coady family reunion in Cashel this year. Someone in Fethard must know of them! Any help will be repaid with a drop of the blackstuff in Cashel - honest I promise!

Dennis Tierney USA (email:dennis.tierney@att.net)
Have visited the website a few times ... finally able to visit the town this past week! Great website, great town. Business brought me to Ireland, family links brought me to Fethard. Promised the Irish cousins we wouldn't wait another 5 generations to return.

Kevin O’Donnell, Toronto (email: kodonnell@louisbourgpipelines.com)
Great site! Keep up the good work. I have sent the link to friends and relatives.

Barbara from Canada (email: bwotten@shaw.ca)
My first time to sign your guest book, I'm really enjoying all the entries and pictures. My life's dream has been to visit Ireland, and now that my sister is living in Clonmel, I'll be there in March. She works in Fethard and so I look forward to seeing your lovely city. Hi Colleen...

Katie Knott, Australia (email: knott@bigpond.net au)
The Embassy of Ireland in Yarralumla ACT is the best place to contact for any information one requires about Ireland. The Girls are very polite and helpful. They are a God send to our family and will go out of there way to help you. Thanks Girls.

William Bernard Lonergan, Illinois (email:www.loner507@AOL.com)
Saw the family name. I had a grandfather by the name of William Bernard Lonergan from Tipp but that is all I know about him.

Lisha O'Connell, Manchester (email: laoise21@yahoo.com)
Just to say hi to all in Fethard. Wrote on this page, but don’t know if it got on or not. just to ask Martha Sheehan to hold a ticket for me for the G.A.A dance in march, it would be much appreciated. Thanks. bye, see ye all soon.

John Carroll – Morrissey, Bedworth (email: caroll17@msn.com)
Nice to feel close to my roots. My sister and myself spent long holidays there, we both went to school in Killusty in 1966! My grandparent were Joe and Ellen Morrissey. My mum is Mary Carroll. I can still remember some names that came to my grandparents home. Bridge Burke, Mrs Smith, Larry O’Meara and Nora O’Meara. My uncle Ned still lives in the area the rest of the gang live all over the world Rita and Joan (USA); Eileen and Clare (London), Joe (New Ross), Sean (Newcastle), Dan R.I.P. (Australia). My Mum and Biddy live close to each other. Mum likes to hear all the news. My grandparents lived just up from the Dorneys. Great Times!

Michael Bourne, South Affrica (email: bournefam@yebo.co.za)
My mother Mary was born in Fethard and went to school at the Dundrum Convent in another area. She was from the Sheehan family who originally came from Limerick.

Cyrang Vinsus (email: cjs@oceanfree.net)

Simon had gathered the pack and was gone
No one was left but Bru and Tom
still giving tongue to the fox that had gone
to earth in Grovewood in the morning.

The wood echoed to that eerie sound
the hunting cry of a single hound
Bru! Bru! come back
my wee hound, in the morning.

He never owned a horse or hound
or lorded acres of hunting ground
Yet few are richer, I'll be bound
than Tom on a hunting morning.

Over the gate they take to the field
He goes on foot, won't lose his view
Be it Williams, Higgins or Pat O'Brien
with their tally-ho in the morning.

Much better off than men of big money
Living in Fethard one hears there are many!
Goes hunting and fishing when he pleases
with Bru in the boot in the morning.

And there's not a man, be he high or low
In the parts down here, or wherever you go
that doesn't know, Tom Sayers or Bru
as ye travel to the meet in the morning.


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