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Saturday 15th February 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

At our AGM which was held last week, the following officers were elected:
President: Mick Smyth
Captain: Pat Woodlock
Secretary: Kevin Ryan
Treasurer: Danny Mullins
Assistant Treasurer: Michael Kenrick
Committee: D. Lawton, M. Leahy, P. McCarthy, D. Woodlock, M. O'Flaherty
Our first outing takes place on Sunday, March 23rd, and it's back to the very popular and always well-attended Tipperary Golf Club. Tee off is from 11.30am to 2.30pm, patrons are urged to arrive well in advance of tee off. A full list of fixtures will be published later.

Fethard Ladies Football Club have now entered the following teams: Junior and Under-16, with the option of entering a team at Minor. We are now looking for under-12 and under-14 members with a view to forming a team in both age groups. All players must be registered with the club prior to training. Players from surrounding areas are very welcome.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 11th February were: 1, 2, 20 and 26. There was no Jackpot Winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received €150:
Dylan Lyons, Coolmoyne, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Breda Burke, Main Street, Fethard
Clodagh Carroll, 32 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Breda Conway, 65 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
The Jackpot remains at €10,000.
Next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €845.

Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet at The Kennells, Milestone, Cloneen, on 23rd February at 12 noon.

We record the death of Kevin Prout, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin, and formerly of Killusty, who died on Wednesday 12th February at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Remains will leave Beaumont at 5.30pm on Friday 14th for St. Anne’s Church, Portmarnock. Burial will take place at Ballygriffen Cemetery following 10am Mass on Saturday.

Fethard had another example of anti-social behaviour, although locals would find another name for it, in the early hours of Saturday morning last. At 6.15am a portion of a cement block was used to smash the large plate glass window in the XL Stop and Shop on Main Street. The thief gained access to the store and stole a quantity of cigarettes. Great credit to two civic-minded neighbours who awakened by the noise were quickly on the scene. They searched the area by car but failed to catch the culprit.
Around 7.30am on the same morning, Eddie Croke, St. Patrick’s Place, left his car engine running to warm up outside his house and on returning from a very brief to the house, was annoyed to discover his car had been stolen. The car apparently broke down and was found abandoned between Fethard and Clonmel.

There was a good turn out on Saturday last of former friends and acquaintances of the late Frankie Rafferty whose ashes were interred in Calvary Cemetery following 11am Mass. Memories were recalled of days and a quality of life that are now gone and of songs that were sung in Fethard and London where Frankie’s lovely singing voice was greatly appreciated. Also recalled were the many races lost and won when Frankie was an apprentice and jockey with Major Vigors at Tullamaine Castle and Coolmore. May he rest in peace.

Congratulations to Jerome Skehan, Coolbawn, who received the ‘Student of the Year Award’ at the presentation of Teagasc / FETAC (Further Education and Training Awards Council) certificates in farming. The presentations were made at a function at Hotel Minella, Clonmel.

Ms Liz Lalor, Rathcanty, looked a very impressive jockey when winning the Division 1 of the Mare’s Maiden Race on ‘Roseboreen’ at the Tipperary Hunt Point-to-Point at Powerstown Park on Sunday last. Liz comes from a family steeped in a racing and bloodstock tradition. Here’s hoping she goes on to equal the record of two of Ireland’s leading lady riders of yesteryear, Mrs Masters and Miss Murdock. Both of these ladies, with strong Fethard connections, each rode over 100 point-to-point winners during their careers.

Sad to note that Fethard Badminton Club, probably the oldest badminton club in the county, did not find it possible to field a team in this season’s County Tipperary Badminton Association’s leagues. Least we hope the lapse is only of a temporary nature as several locals have expressed an interest in playing the game for recreation. If anybody is interested in playing this year and reviving the club, please leave your names at the Community Information Office in Barrack Street. Tel: 052 31000.

It was great to see Pat O’Shea, former Fethard publican, looking so well on a recent visit to Fethard. Pat ran so many exciting and successful table quiz competitions in his pub, O’Shea’s Lounge, for various Fethard clubs and societies. Pat now resides in Thurles and commutes daily by train to Dublin where he works as an accountant. Sign of the times when Pat informs us he can reach his office quicker from Thurles than some of his colleagues who travel by car from places such as Swords adjacent to Dublin City.

Senior citizens who wish to go to Carne, Co. Wexford, on the St. Vincent De Paul sponsored holiday are asked to contact any member of the conference for an application form as soon as possible. The holiday dates are from June 7th to June 13th.

Bro Paul Brennan was delighted to receive €1,000 towards his education project in Eldoret, Kenya, proceeds of the Ireland’s Opera Theatre Company Baroque Ensemble concert on Valentine’s night in the Abymill Theatre. The concert was organised by Austin O’Flynn. Bro Paul replied to the news as follows:

I just got back from a very brief visit overseas during which I attended the funeral of the youngest member of our family, my brother Pat (52 years) who died in New York on Jan 13. Only today did I open my email and what a lovely surprise to find that Fethard people have been working on our behalf . . . terrific and very much appreciated. Our School Project is up and running and we have 110 kiddies in school, many of whom would not have been in education otherwise. Having them in class is one thing but, such is the culture here, that keeping them in class for the entire year is quite another. The girls are especially vulnerable to being withdrawn from school, especially if they are around 12 or 13 — many are married off as second or third wives to much older men.
So, your donation will help tremendously in boosting a sort of endowment fund for the children. My hope is that over the next few years I might be able to build up a fund which will guarantee a year's education for each and every child in our new Patrician Primary School
It is essential to keep hammering away at the education side of things. That is where the real development will happen. Food will last for a day or two but education will equip them for a better life in the long run.
So, many heartfelt thanks to those people who participated and supported in your fundraising venture. I will send you some photographs of the children to show you what is happening with your donation.
For your general information, it takes about €50 to keep a child in our school for a whole year, so your donation will educate 20 young children for this year. I am hoping to encourage further fundraising on the basis of paying €50 to give a child in Kenya a year’s education and a chance of a better life.
Many thanks for your efforts on behalf of very deserving children here in Kenya. You are making it impossible for me to forget Fethard . . . if that were ever possible!
May God bless all abundantly, Paul D. Brennan (Bro.)

Our sympathy from all in Fethard to Bro Paul and to the Brennan family on the recent death of his younger brother Pat in New York. If anyone would like to contact Bro Paul he can be reached at the following address: Rev. Bro. Paul D. Brennan, Box 5064, Eldoret, Kenya, East Africa. or by email at: stpats@multitechweb.com

Capt. Tom Freyne, Grove Road, had the distinguished honour of being the first Irish Army Officer to be invited to ride at the great annual historic Military Meeting at Sandown racecourse. Captain Freyne rode ‘Viking Buoy’ for the Hon. Artillery Company. While not figuring in the frame, he successfully completed the stiff course and thoroughly enjoyed the historic experience.

The South Tipperary Heritage Forum would like to hear your views on how best to protect, enhance and promote the County’s heritage. Come to our public consultation meeting at the Abymill Theatre at 7pm on Wednesday 5th March or write to the Heritage Officer, South Tipperary County Council, Áras an Chontae, Clonmel or by email to bmcsherry@southtippcoco.ie before Friday 14th March 2003. See the County Council website at www.southtippcoco.ie for more details.

Sean Condon, San Francisco, (email: johncondon37@hotmail.com) sent us the following message:
Wow! I just received copy of 2002 Fethard and Killusty newsletter from my brother Billy, who is a retired Garda Siochana and has resided in Goresbridge, Kilkenny, for these many years. I attended school in Fethard 1950-1953 which makes me a bit long in the tooth and I played football with Fethard and Tipperary minors. We got to the All-Ireland in 1955. I wonder if any Tipperary football team ever made it to Croke Park since those days. I spent a short but very enjoyable visit to Fethard during the summer of 2002 and have very fond memories of the town and area. I often wonder what has happened to my fellow team members of the Tipperary 1955 minor football team? It looks like Fethard is linked to just about every country in the world. Up Fethard!

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard and District Day Care Centre will take place on Thursday 27th March at 6pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All are welcome.

Cashel travelled to Fethard on last Sunday. It was the first match to be played in the new Community Field and there was a great atmosphere with a big crowd of supporters cheering the players on.
The under-8s beat Cashel 6-3 with the tries coming from Keith Bergin, Gavin Delaney, Gregory Henry and Colin Meagher who also played well. It was a well-played game of rugby and the team consisted of Keith Bergin, Cian O’Connell, Gavin Delaney, Gregory Henry, Luke Keating, Colin Meagher, Shane Power and Eoin Walsh.
The under-10s had a hard fought game, which resulted in a 4 all draw. The tries came from Conor Kavanagh, Daniel Hickey, Paul Tierney and Mark Ronan. The players were David Bergin, Johnny Grassick, Conor Kavanagh, Kevin Hayes, Daniel Hickey, Luke Mulcahy, Joseph O’Brien, Jack O’Connell, Tim O’Hagan, Mark Ronan and Paul Tierney.
The under-12s had a tough game of rugby resulted in a 7-3 defeat. The tries came from J.P. McGrath and Joe Kelly (2). The team was up at their try line a couple of times and a little more teamwork could have helped capitalise with a score.
Training continues as usual at 11 am on Saturdays and all players are asked to turn up. New players are always welcome.

Sinead Carr, Housing Department, South Tipperary County Council, invited Fethard & Killusty Community Council to discuss the proposed funding plan for the renovation of Fethard Town Hall at the Council Offices on Friday 14th February. The Community Council met with Stephen Fallon, Conservation Officer, before Christmas and submitted a plan for the Town Hall with the hope of attracting 85% EU funding for any conservation work on the building. This is a unique chance of getting badly needed conservation work completed on the building with the added bonus of using the premises as a viable self-financing premises run by the community.
The Couth Council are willing to work with the community in preparing detailed plans and to make an estimated cost of the overall project. It will be then possible to decide how much money is available through funding and how much will need to be raised by the County Council and the Community.

The Community Council have applied for a ‘Fundraising Pack’ to help sponsor an athlete during this years Special Olympic Games in Ireland. The target to raise in the community will be €1,000 and, with the cooperation of local schools and organisations it should be achievable in a short time. Details of the programme are as follows:
The Support an Athlete Programme, sponsored by RTÉ, is the major public fundraising initiative for the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Your donation will ensure that your athlete will be able to perform to the best of their ability in the most conducive environment and at the highest quality facilities during their stay in Ireland. By joining 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games ‘Support an Athlete Programme’ for just €1,000, you can ensure that a Special Olympics athlete will have the opportunity to showcase their talents to the world in a truly world class sporting event in world class facilities. You will also receive a profile of the athlete you are supporting detailing the events they are entering and their training programme. You can follow the progress of your Supported Athlete through the 10 days of the World Games on a daily basis through our website: www.2003specialolympics.com


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