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Saturday 19th April 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

Thurles Drama Society will perform their award winning play, ‘The Enemy Within’ by Brian Friel, on Friday 2nd May at 8.15pm in the Abymill Theatre. Seats at €10 each can be booked at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Tel: 052 31254 or 087 1338961.
Thurles Drama Society were All-Ireland Drama Festival finalists with this play and won best actor awards in four regional festivals. A show not to be missed!

Proceeds from this Thursday night’s Bingo (24th April) will be donated towards the Special Olympic Fund. So we invite you to come along and take part in a great nights family entertainment in the Abymill Theatre.
A dance will take place on Sunday night April 27th in the Ballroom in support of the Special Olympics ‘Support an Athlete’ project. Music will be provided by Chequers and admission is €5. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 15th April were: 3, 14, 16 and 22. There was no Jackpot Winner and two 'Match 3' winners who received €75:
Nellie Heffernan, Barrack Street, Fethard.
Martin Bolger, Drumdeel, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Greta O'Dwyer, Red City, Fethard.
Siobhán Lonergan, Castleblake, Rosegreen, Cashel.
Eimear Gahan, 6 Cedar Grove, Strylea, Fethard.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €980.

Families that may need help with this year’s First Communion expenses are asked to contact any member of the Fethard St. Vincent de Paul committee.

The date is set for the revival of the Fethard & Killusty / London Reunion and we hope will become an annual event once more. The reunion has being organised in London by Paul Looby (Tel: +44 (0) 1276 509926 or email: plooby@ntlworld.com) and will be held on Saturday 7th June 2003, from 5pm till late. There is a £7 admission charge per head to help defray costs.
The venue is The London Scotia Bar, 98 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UB. Reception from 5pm, and a Barbecue timed for 6.30pm. Traditional band will provide music in the Pub from 8 till closing. Any musicians bring your instruments as jamming is definitely allowed. Good beers, caint, ceol agus craic go leor.
The London Scotia Bar is five minutes walk from London Bridge station, which has extensive Mainline and Underground links. Car Parking is available only one minute walk away in Crucifix Lane. For travellers/tourists there are many nearby attractions, such as: HMS Belfast, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, London Dungeons and War Museum. Over London Bridge is the City of London with the Lloyds Building and the Monument. Nearby, Greenwich has the Cutty Sark and the Greenwich Observatory. Direct link on Tube from London Bridge.
The venue is a pub which is open all day. We will have the back section of the pub to ourselves. This consists of a large covered area with access to a large walled garden which is not overlooked. The format is informal and easy going. The outdoor area is quiet and has lots of seating. The bar serves its own food ‘til 6pm.
The reunion will provide a great chance to meet with and enjoy the company of, people with one thing in common, the area of Fethard and Killusty. Whatever the association with the area, all are welcome. More details of travel arrangements to follow next week.

On Wednesday 9th April we played for Easter prizes sponsored by Kenny's Centra, Fethard and the winners were:
1st Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane.
2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh.
3rd Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh.
1st Nett: Nora Lawrence and Madeleine O'Donnell.
2nd Nett: Tony Hanrahan and David O'Meara.
3rd Nett: Annie O'Brien and Marie Delaney.
The bridge results for Wednesday 16th April are:
1st Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett
2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
1st Nett: Mike Burke and Bridie Lee
2nd Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
On Wednesday next, 30th April, we will be playing for sponsored prizes. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien Tel: 052 31862.

A public Meeting regarding the development of Fethard Community Sportsfield will take place in Fethard Ballroom on Tuesday, April 29th at 8.30 pm. There are some very exciting proposals for this field and it is expected that representatives from all organisations in the town and district will attend. It is now time for the local community to show their appreciation of the generosity of Coolmore Stud and the work that has been carried out to date. This field will be of benefit to people from all walks of life. Special word of thanks to Mr Paul Shanahan who responded immediately to the request for help from a plumber. Thanks also to David Gorey and Aiden Maher for their valuable assistance and to all clubs who have made a donation to the funds to date, to Rev. Fr. Tom Breen, to Fethard Ballroom committee and everybody who helped out so far. Fundraising will be one of the main topics on the agenda at this meeting.

Happy 90th Birthday greetings to Jimmy Hayes, Lower Main Street, Fethard, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends at a surprise party held at Slievenamon Golf Course.

Results for Friday 18th April.
Winners on 13 games: Jo Kennedy and Fergus Flynn. Second on 11 games: Jerry and Phyllis Murray, Joe Fanning and Michael Moloughney. Table Prizes: Jim and Mary Garrett, Brigid Fleming and Dinny O'Donnell. Other winners: Nellie Meaney, John St John, Pat Horan, Bid O'Donnell, Chas Keane and Jackie Devitt
Next game Friday 25th April

Fethard Youth Club meeting was held as usual on Saturday 19th. Unfortunately or ironically our project facilitator Noelle O'Dwyer (TRYS) could not attend. Noelle is facilitating the ‘Coping On’ project with some of our members. The project, just to remind you, concerns itself with the issues around antisocial behaviour and crime in local communities. Ironically because Noelle herself was the victim of a car break just before she was setting out to our club this Saturday evening. Noelle all the members of the club send their regrets and hope not too much damage was done and nothing was missing.
The project will continue on the following nights: Saturday 3rd and 10th of May. The club will be closed on Saturday 26th April.

The County Intermediate Road Championships took place in Coolquill on Easter Sunday. In the men’s event Fethard Athletic Club’s only representative, Fintan Rice, dominated the proceedings to take the county title in fine style. The winning time for the 8k race was 27 min 16 sec, in second place was the ever improving Johnny Brunnock, Clonmel AC, with the bronze medal going to Shane Scully of Nenagh Olympic. Fethard’s top senior runner, Pat Heffernan, was in action in the third inter-firms race where he took 2nd place behind the talented Waterford runner William Harty.
The next championship race for our senior athletes is the County 10k which takes place on Sunday May 4th in Dundrum while our juveniles will be in action the following weekend, May 10th and 11th at the county track and field in Kilkenny.
New members should affiliate immediately by bringing a copy of their birth certificate and €10 to the next training session. Please don’t forget our new training session on Saturdays as Jacqui and Cora will be providing quality coaching for long jump and hurdles.

It was a busy week for the Juvenile Club and it kicked off with the under/13s beginning their Community Game hurling campaign. Their first game was against Clerihan and they came away with a really great win. A lot of time and effort has been put into these players and Liam, Martin, Jim and Ian can be extremely proud of their achievements. Good luck to them as they enter into their next game.
Next it was on to the under/12s third game in their league and we played an extremely big and strong Cahir team, the lads did their best but were beaten. We now go on to play Ardfinnan on Thursday next, best of luck this time lads, a big effort will be needed.
On a glorious sunny Good Friday we travelled to Clonmel Commercials with our under/6, under/8 and under/10 teams for a challenge match and we came away with three wins. It was very obvious the amount of effort and time that has gone into training the young players, with our under/6s doing us proud, the show of skills that they have learnt, even at this young age was evident. Football training for under/6s to under/10s will take place in the GAA field every Saturday at 3pm and we would love to see more of our younger members of the parish coming to these training sessions. Any queries you may have contact Club Secretary, Caroline Sheehan Tel: 052 32005. No date has yet been announced for our under/10s who are waiting to play their first round of the Community Games.

The Well was the place to be last Sunday night, and what a night we had. Burke Street rocked like never before to the sound of the Roger Metha Disco Experience. If you weren't there you missed one great night. Our Easter Draw was a great success, thanks to everyone who supported us, and once again sincere thanks to our sponsors who made it all possible. The results are as follows:
1st Prize, Hamper: Claire Lonergan, c/o Lonergan's Bar, Cashel.
2nd Prize, Meal Voucher: Joan Woodlock, The Green.
3rd Prize, Tickets to Irish Derby: Johnny Barrett, Market Hill.
4th Prize, Meal Voucher: Noel Maher, c/o The Well.
5th Prize, Meat Hamper: Ronan Maher, c/o Flancare.
6th Prize, Tickets to Irish Guineas: Michael Costello Jnr, Strylea.
7th Prize, Brandy: Christy Mullins, Mountain Road, Clonmel.
8th Prize, Green Fees: John McCarthy, Woodview, Cahir.
9th Prize, Easter Egg: Mary Mackey, c/o The Well.
Our next outing is on Sunday 27th at Ballykisteen, tee off at 9.45am.

The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 29th April at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre

Well done to Bernard Feery, Killusty, who had a very busy time last Sunday. Bernard travelled to Nenagh in the morning where he won the indoor 3,000m race and received great support from members of the Fethard Club. He then had a Killusty juvenile soccer match to attend in Kilmanahan where they also won. It was then back to Killusty for youths soccer training at 7pm.
Bernard is also secretary of the local Community Games and team coordinator and one of the development officers for the county. To top it off, he is also a community alert officer in Killusty.

Congratulations to Fethard under/13 hurling team who defeated Clerihan in the first round of the hurling played on last Wednesday. The under/10 football team are due to play Carrick this coming week.

The Abymill Theatre, first opened in May 1988, will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary with a Gala Concert on 9th May featuring, ‘Sopranos’ three of Ireland’s leading singers; The Gordonairs from Clonmel; and master of ceremonies Billy McLellan.
Sopranos is an exciting new Irish vocal trio who are currently sweeping the country with their mixture of opera, light-musical and Irish songs. They are young, fresh and modern and although all three are classically trained, they are not afraid to poke fun at the sometimes stuffy institution of classical singing! Wendy Dwyer (Cork), Kay Lynch (Tralee) and Deirdre Masterson (Gorey) between them have a wealth of experience on all musical platforms, ranging from soloist with Riverdance to leading roles on the International Operatic Stage.
Everything they sing is specially arranged and they have already developed an enviable reputation for their unique sound featuring innovative three-part harmonies. An evening with the group is a complete theatrical experience, the music interwoven with fully scripted and staged scenes. Not to be missed!
Seats at €12 each for this special anniversary concert can be booked now at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Tel: 052 31254 or 087 1338961.

On Good Friday morning we took part in the annual under/l0 blitz in Clonmel Rugby Club. In our first game we played Cashel and this turned out to be a very close game with Cashel getting the only try. The forwards kept piling on the pressure and some great runs by Conor Kavanagh and Jack O’Connell were just stopped on the line. We then entered the plate competition and were drawn against Clonmel C team. We took control of this game early on and some great runs by Shane Power, Luke Mulcahy, Padraig O’Shea and Ben Walsh insured a Fethard win. We were now into the semifinal where we played a fine Clanwilliam side, in this game Matt O’Sullivan, Paul O’Neill and Paul Tierney made some great forward drives and set up scores for Daniel Hickey, Conor Kavanagh and Andrew Kelly. We won by three tries to one, and so we proceeded to the final where we played Clonmel A. This was a very fast game in which Fethard took the lead through a great William Power try. Clonmel fought back and scored twice before half time. Fethard scored again through Daniel Hickey and this left a very exciting final five minutes. Clonmel secured victory in the dying minutes and an enjoyable days rugby came to a finish. Our thanks to Clonmel RFC for a great day.
On Saturday our under/12s played in the plate. In the semifinal we played Waterford City in what was a very tight game, at half time it was tied at two all with Andrew Yates and Joe Kelly getting the touch downs. James Kelly was introduced at this stage for the injured Shane Kavanagh, a victim of the hard ground. Fethard took control in the second half and got two more tries to reach the final. Here they met Clonmel who had just beaten Nenagh. This game was very even but Clonmel eventually broke the Fethard defence and got the scores to win the game. Adrian Lawrence, James Kelly, Sam Manton and Seamie O’Keeffe all played their heads out.
Training continues on Thursday evening at 6.15pm for under/10s, under/12s and any one interested in Community Games under/11 for both boys and girls. No rugby next weekend as all roads lead to Toulouse, wishing Munster the best of luck.


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