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Saturday 3rd May 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

Our under-12s Mini-Sevens team played some brilliant hurling in Kilsheelan on Tuesday last week to win the South section of our competition. We played four games taking full honours in all four and defeating Gael Scoil Cluain Meala in the final. Other schools involved were Mullinahone, Kilsheelan and Grangemockler.
Our team was Eoin O’Connell, Tom O’Connell, James Kelly, Darragh O'Dwyer, Jonathan Fleming, Adrian Lawrence and Ciaran Ryan. Each of the team performed exceptionally well and were ably assisted by our three super subs, Adam Lyons, Ben Walsh and Kevin Hayes. The supporters club of Jerome Ahearne and P.J. McGrath also contributed to the success.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 29th April were: 1, 7, 15 and 22. There was no Jackpot Winner and three 'Match 3' winners who received €50 each:
Maura Meagher, Killenaule.
Pat Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard.
Betty Cagney, c/o Gerry Fogarty.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Kitty Brett, Drangan, Thurles.
Eamon Barry, Moyglass, Fethard.
Pat Fox, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
Local Projects supported by the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto to date include: Fethard Day Care Extension; Purchase of Convent Hall; Hogan Musical Society; Christmas Lights & Christmas Tree; Fethard Foróige Club; Medieval Town Wall Floodlights; Fethard Tidy Towns; Historical Society Medieval Trail; Woodvale Walk Residents Association; Senior Citizens Club; Fethard & Killusty London Reunion; and the new Community Sports Field.

The penultimate session of the 'Copping on' project was held at the club on last Saturday night. The other usual events went ahead as planned. Presently the club is winding down for the summer months and it must be admitted that we did miss the lads who are also joined Killusty Soccer Club and who were away in Peterborough this week. However, we hope they have a great time and do us all proud.
Next Saturday night will be the last night of the project and we will have a guest speaker to present the certificates in conjunction with our facilitator Noelle O'Dwyer.
This will be a night of celebrating many success and ventures and we are hoping to have group photographs of the soccer teams, the receivers of certs for the project, the leaders who have recently been awarded 'Volunteer Achievers' status, and possibly a sneak preview of our club's Student Liaison Officer, a direct link between the Youth Information Service and the Secondary School in Fethard. As said already . . .yet to be revealed.
Finally, a list of all interested parties has gone to the youth service with regard to maintaining our very strong European link. This is foreseen as cooperation in projects over the summer and beyond.
Remember the club is open next week 10th May and we look forward to seeing everyone there. (Especially for the photo shoot and to reception of your certs!)
We are also thinking of members who are preparing for their junior/leaving certs this year, in fact around three weeks time — remember it’s never too late to hit the books — you all still have time! Go for it !
If anyone out there is interested in becoming a leader please let us know or just turn up on Saturday night between 7.10pm and 9.10pm.
We also wish the best of luck to Bronagh Galvin who did us proud with our beauty course this year. Bronagh is opening her own salon in Clonmel next week. We only hope she will have time to do a follow up course in the autumn. Best of Luck Bronagh.


Tracey Myers (email: myers <jmyers8@nycap.rr.com)
My family is planning a trip to Ireland in September. There are currently four adults with a possibility of one more adult. We wish to spend time in and around Fethard as my great-grandfather is from the area. Eileen Cahill was a first cousin. I was wondering is there a cottage that will sleep six adults and if it is available the week of September 13, 2003. Also, the rate and what is included. Any other information you think may be necessary is also welcome as this will be our first time in Ireland. Thanks.

Sarah Gearty (email: s.gearty@ria.ie)
I work with the Irish Historic Towns Atlas project based in the Royal Irish Academy. As you know, Tadhg O'Keeffe has been working on Fethard for the atlas and I am pleased to say that it is due to come out next in the series. If you want to know more about the IHTA, our web page is http://www.ria.ie/projects/ihta/ihta.html. We hope to get a page on the forthcoming atlas on Fethard up soon so will keep you informed.
We are well advanced with Fethard and are at the stage now where we are checking the final queries in the topographical information section of the text. Tadhg is writing his essay and I am getting the maps and visual material together. We were hoping to visit Fethard over the next couple of weeks with Anngret Simms, the chairperson of our editorial board to meet and discuss remaining publication details.
Hope all is well in Fethard (we are well acquainted with your web page here in our office!) and we look forward to visiting soon. We have just published Belfast, Part I, to 1840, which was quite a task in terms of its size. Fethard is a welcome relief and promises to be an impressive publication with lots of large colour maps and illustrations.
With best wishes, Sarah Gearty, Cartographic and managing editor, Irish Historic Towns Atlas, Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Sandy Stuart (email: stuartja@hsc.edu)
I'm a college student in the US (Virginia). I'll be working for Coolmore Stud this summer for the months of June and July. Other than work, I intend to spend as much time as I can, fly-fishing. Although I'm not sure whether you all are close to Coolmore, I was hoping that I may be able to fish with you all. Please let me know if this is a realistic idea. I look forward to meeting you all this summer, if you have any helpful information that could help me prepare for this trip, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.

Results of Progressive 25 game on Friday 2nd May. Joint winners on 13 games: Michael Brown and Willie Kennedy, Bobby Gleeson and Tom Phelan. Table Prize: Jimmy McCarthy and Alfie Brett. Sweep Winners: Biddy O'Donnell, Pat Horan, Bob Gleeson, Tom Phelan, Fergus Flynn and Jo Kennedy. Next Game: Friday 9th May at 8.45 sharp.

Fethard / Killusty area played the first round of the community games under/10 mixed football in the GAA Park, Fethard on Wednesday last. This was a very exciting game with the Fethard lads just snatching victory from Carrick-on-Suir in the last few minutes. In the first half Fethard opened the scoring with a point from Cathal Hurley. Aiden Ryan quickly followed up with a goal to give Carrick the lead. Ciarán O’Meara scored 2 points and Philip Maher scored a point but a goal from Jack Doherty saw Carrick with a 2 point lead at half time. In the second half Cathal Hurley scored another great point and Brian Healy pulled the match out of the fire with a fine goal minutes from the final whistle. All the boys played well and held Carrick scoreless in the second half. Final score was 1-5 to 2 goals. Fethard Team consisted of: Brian Delahunty (captain), Gerry Horan (goalie), Dylan Fitzgerald, Ronan Fitzgerald, Kieran Walsh, Donal Walsh, Ger Maher, Michael Smith, Gerard Gorey, Ciarán O’Meara, Ted Barrett, Gary Bradshaw, Dion Butler, Philip Maher, Brian Healy and Cathal Hurley. The match referee was John Hurley. The Carrick boys also played a great game and it was a lovely clean match and a fine example of football. Fethard will now play Cahir in the next round.

The wooded village of Dundrum was the venue for the county senior road race championships as the county’s top road racers toed the line at the start of the 10k course. Pre race favourite, Pat Heffernan underlined his position as the county’s leading long distance athlete by taking the county title in a most comprehensive fashion. The Ballyvaden man’s victory was all the more impressive as he had run a seven mile race in Waterford the previous evening, further enhancing his “tough as teak” reputation. In second place was Kenny Curran, Ballynonty with 3rd going to Tadhg Vaughan, Coolquill. Intermediate winner, Fintan Rice had an off form day to finish a disappointing 6th but nonetheless it was fantastic to see two Fethard runners in the top six of a senior championship race. Both athletes hope to be in action next weekend in Clonmel at the Annual Ballygowan 10k.
The spotlight now falls on our juveniles as they represent their club in the county track and field championships in Kilkenny on Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th of May. A bus will leave on both mornings from outside the GAA field at 9.15 am.
The Community Games local athletics event takes place this Thursday evening 8th May in the new sports field at 6.30pm. This event is open to all children who reside in the parish.

Our intermediate hurlers, on Sunday last 5th May, commenced there defence of the South Title with a very comprehensive victory over our near rivals Kilsheelan, on a score line Fethard 5-13 (1-6), Kilsheelan 0-11(0-4). Our six backs stood firm with Paul Fitzgerald excellent in goal, and Tomas Keane scoring three great points from 65s. At centerfield, P. J. and Miceál tipped the balance in our favour, while on the half-forward line, Cian Maher 0-1, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, Brian Coen 1-5 (4f), did a lot off the damage. The inside line were very effective in setting up the scores with Michael Dillon 2-2, Garreth Byrne, Owen Doyle 0-1 (until retirement injured), and John P Looby 0-2, causing plenty off problems for opposition backs.
The senior football south championship game against Clonmel Commercials takes place on this Sunday May 11th in Kilsheelan at 3.30pm, preceded by the minor ‘B’ football championship game where Fethard play Clonmel Og at 2pm.
Group photographs taken at our Dinner Dance are available from the secretary at €10 each (limited numbers).
Our Community Sports Lotto Jackpot of €8,500 was not won. The numbers drawn were 8, 11, 12 and 13. €150 went to Deirdre Dorney (57 Woodvale Walk). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Michael Kendrick (Burke Street).
Our deepest sympathies are at this time with The McCarthy Family (St Patricks Place) on there recent bereavement. Go Ndeanai Dhia Trocaire Orthu .

The Fethard Historical Society and The Museum of Transport in Clonmel have organised a ‘Vintage Car Trip and Picnic in the Country’ on this coming Saturday evening, 10th May, beginning at 7.30pm. All proceeds from the evening are going to the Chernobyl Childrens Fund. The all in cost for the Visit to Richmond Mill Museum, Vintage Car Trip and Picnic (supplied) in the country is €20 (individual) and €30 for a couple.
Book please with Mary Hanrahan (052 32141), Terry Cunningham (052 23402) or Dóirín Saurus (052 31936), as places are limited due to the number of Vintage Cars in the convoy. Period costume is in order for those who like dressing up!

Anyone wishing to travel to Fethard & Killusty London Reunion on Saturday 7th June please give your names to Joan O’Donohoe at the Community Office, Fr. Tirry Centre, Tel: 052 31000. It is planned to leave Fethard on Friday 6th June and return on Sunday 8th June. We are currently checking travel prices and details will be available from the Community Office.

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 Gordonaires 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.

Congratulations and a job ‘well done’ to Jonathon Cooney, Thomas Fitzgerald and the local County Council employees on completion of the new revised car parking and renovations outside Fethard GAA Sports Field. The new arrangements are more efficient and safer for car owners and pedestrians alike.

It was a busy week for the Juvenile Club with the U/10's kicking off with the first match of the Community Games. We played host to Carrick and played what has to be a game that will be hard to the match the excitement and determination.
Carrick came out and Fethard were down by two goals before the first half was finished and these young players came back and showed how determined they were not to be beaten. There were some brilliant performances by all members of the team but Ciaran O'Meara and Cathal Hurley scored some much needed points, the team were 1 point behind and could not break the Carrick defence, Brian Healy managed to break the defence and scored a goal putting Fethard two points in the lead. There were many times when it looked as if Carrick would break away and score but Fethard’s determination never broke and finally the whistle blew. They now go on to play Cahir in the next round and best of luck to the team, and to Michael, Tony and Frank - keep up the great work.
The under/12s finished their championship bid on Thursday last and unfortunately did not make it to the next round, better luck next time lads. Well done to Stephen and Martin for all the hard work and time put into this team.

The very small attendance of 17,000 at the National Hurling League Div 1 and Div 2 finals must certainly give the powers that be in the GAA plenty of food for thought. They tell us that an attendance of at least 33,000 at a game is necessary at Croke Park to make the game a viable proposition. If this is correct, the Central Council must have lost at least €10,000 on last Sunday’s games.
The attendance at the penultimate stages of the N.H.L. two weeks ago also left a lot to be desired. Important league points were at stake here and attendances at venues where leading hurling counties were playing at home attracted attendances of only two to three thousand spectators. One game only had a group of 500 at the match. Time was when a good junior hurling match between Ballingarry and Killenaule would bring as many to Fethard sportsfield.
When you consider that the soccer friendly international between Ireland and Norway attracted an attendance of 34,000 to Landsdowne Road for a midweek evening match, times and interests certainly have changed. However, come the once in a year All-Ireland final, no doubt the clamour for tickets will once again exceed supply. We can only wonder where were all these once-a-year supporters on Sunday last.

The wedding took place at Gougane Barra, Co. Cork, of Hilda, daughter of Gene and Arabella Walsh, Kilnockin, to Declan, son of David and Sheila O’Donnell, Coleman. The couple will spend their honeymoon in Brazil.

The annual May Procession takes place on this Sunday evening, May 11th leaving from outside Holy Trinity Parish Church at 7pm. Please come along and take part.

The death has occurred of Mrs Margaret Morrissey, Cloran. Interment took place in Cloneen Cemetery.
The death has occurred of Mrs Bridget O’Connell, Barrack Street, formerly Bridget ‘Biddy’ Fogarty, Garrinch. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

The organisers of the Sponsor an Athlete for the Special Olympics fundraising dance at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday April 27th wish to thank sincerely all who supported the event. The Ballroom Committee and Fethard ICA Guild, joint sponsors, are very pleased to announce that well in excess of the €1,000 required was realised.

Most extraordinary how the subject of the official club colours of Fethard GAA comes up for discussion in local pubs. This is the last time we are going down this road so please keep for future reference.
At a meeting held in the vicinity of the old boys National School, about 1912, to reorganise the Fethard GAA Club, the question of club colour arose. A Patrician Brother who was present suggested that the colours be St. Patricks Blue. This proposal was accepted. We have this story from the late Willie Heffernan, Congress Terrace, who was present at the meeting and was also elected treasurer on the occasion.

A local passenger in a car travelling towards Fethard from Cork had a rather unusual experience recently. Leaving Cork her attention was drawn to a very bright rainbow in the northern sky. The rainbow grew brighter as they travelled northwards and suddenly, on approaching Fermoy, the roadway and car were enmeshed in bright lights of blue, purple, indigo, orange, yellow, etc, all colours of the rainbow. They had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of driving through the rainbows end. As suddenly as the they appeared the lights and the rainbow disappeared. Unfortunately there was no sign of the proverbial ‘crock of gold’, perhaps they were a bit unlucky and the jackpot was at the other end!


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