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Saturday 10th May 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

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, Barrack Street, Fethard. It is planned to leave Fethard on Thursday 5th or Friday 6th June and return on Sunday 8th June. We are currently checking travel prices and details will be available from the Community Office in Barrack Street. Tel: 052 31000.
Paul Looby has reported a lot of interest shown on the London side and has over 30 bookings so far. A circular has been posted to all known emigrants living in England.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 6th May were: 3, 7, 31 and 32. There was no Jackpot Winner and no 'Match 3' winners. Five tickets were drawn and each of the following received €30:
Yvonne Tyler, c/o Group Homes, Fethard.
Jason Nevin, Jesuits Walk, Fethard
John Tobin, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard
Maria McGrath, Sparagoulea, Fethard
Noreen Burke, Tullamaine, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Breda Boland, St. Patricks Hospital, Cashel.
Gráinne McManus, Burke Street, Fethard
C.E.S. Tirry Centre, Fethard.
The Jackpot for four correct numbers is €10,000 and the 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.

Well done to members of Fethard Youth Club who have taken time out from their Saturday night meeting to collect litter from the Clashawley river banks and walkway. On last Saturday night alone they removed seven full sacks of rubbish. The members said they will continue their ‘clean-up’ project until their club closes for the summer break at the end of May.

The county track and field championships took place last weekend in Scanlon Park Kilkenny. Fethard A.C. was represented by 40 juvenile athletes who competed with distinction to bring home a total of 15 individual medals and two sets of relay medals.
This result was a well-earned reward for the hard work done in training since Christmas. Our top performers were county champions, John Lalor who won the under-12, 65m hurdles and Michelle Ryall who took gold in the 80m sprint and silver in the long jump. Best all round athlete was Hannah Trehy who won four individual medals, bronze in the under-12, 80m, 600m and long jump and silver in the 65m hurdles.
Darragh Dwyer brought home three individual medals, silver in the under-13 600m and long jump and bronze in the 80m. Wayne Laslett won silver in the under-15, 800m and bronze in the 200m and Shane Gorey was third in the boys under-14, 800m. Our boys under-13 relay team of Adam Lyons, Darragh Dwyer, Owen Healy and John Lalor combined well to take bronze in the final of the 4x100m and the girls under-12 team of Aisling Dwyer, Hannah Trehy, Michelle Ryall and Aisling O’Connor matched that performance by winning bronze in their 4x100m final.
Club chairman, Miceál McCormack, also had a most productive weekend winning no less than five individual medals in the M55 category, gold in the 100m and long jump and silver in the hammer, javelin and shot.
Meanwhile in the Clonmel Ballygowan 10k, Pat Heffernan continued his current good form by winning the M40 category coming fourth overall in this top class event with an excellent time of 32 min. 05 sec. Next weekend eight of our top juveniles travel to Mosney to represent their county in the cross country finals, best of luck to Mary Gleeson, Ciara O’Connor, Elaine Kennedy, Michael Costello, Aoife O’Gorman, Hannah Trehy, Shane Gorey and Lolo Trehy.

History was created in Fethard GAA Park last Sunday when the newly formed Fethard Ladies football team won their first ever match. The team has been formed for a little over a month in Fethard and much thanks must go to Tom Anglim, Conor McCarthy, Aidan Fitzgerald and Geraldine McCarthy for all their coaching and organisation.
Against stiff opposition (Moyne-Templetuohy) in this championship game, the many spectators who attended were treated to a very exciting match. Due to a great contribution from everyone on the team the final scoreline was Fethard 2-8 and Moyne Templetuohy 1-2
The team was: Jenny Fogarty, Kate Hanrahan, Ailish O’Connell, Sandra Maher, Valerie Colville, Marie Holohan, Rebecca Morris, Jacqui Stokes Freyne, Barbara Ryan, Ailish Sheehan (0-2), Vanessa O Donnell (1-2), Meela Noonan, Edel Fitzgerald, Sharon O’Meara, Jennifer Keane (1-4). Subs: Cathy Watters, Tracey Walsh, Sarah-Mai Ahearne, Helen Frewen, Lisa Ryan, Clodagh Blake, Lisa McCormack, Lisha O’Connell, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Gillian O’Connell and Mary Gorey.
The Ladies Football team would also like to say a great big “Thank You” to Bob Grant of Grants Pub, Main Street, Fethard who has very generously offered to sponsor a set of jerseys for the ladies.

Further meeting regarding fundraising took place in Tirry Centre on Wednesday last. There was a small attendance at this meeting, which is never surprising when fundraising is involved. However, members of the community will get a chance to redeem themselves and show their appreciation of the generosity of Coolmore Stud and their support of the community sports field when sponsorship cards will be delivered to every house in the parish in the near future. This sponsorship will be for a community walk around Ballybough on Friday June 27th commencing at 6.30pm and finishing with fun events in the sports field. Some well known personalities will be invited to attend. There will be a special sellers draw for all families who return a full card. Rugby and Athletic Clubs have kindly donated prizes worth €100 each to this draw. This is a community effort and the whole parish are expected to get involved. There are big plans for this field, which will be of tremendous benefit to everybody.

Our under-13 hurling team and under-10 football team both travelled to play Cahir on their home venue on Wednesday last. The hurlers played a great match and won well.
The under-10 lads also played a fine game but unfortunately could not get the vital scores and were defeated by Cahir.
The annual area sports took place in the Community Sports Field on Thursday last. There was a very good attendance and plenty of help from parents and supporters which was very much appreciated. Thank you very much to everybody who helped in any way.
Results are as follows:
Under 6 boys: 1st Dion Dorney; 2nd Mark Heffernan; 3rd Jessie McCormack.
U/6 girls: 1st Aine Proudfoot; 2nd Aine Prout; 3rd Chloe Burke.
U/8 60 M: 1st Gary Bradshaw; 2nd Eoin Hurley; 3rd Adam Fitzgerald.
U/8 60 M: 1st Emma Walsh; 2nd Aobh O’Shea; 3rd Emma Morrissey.
U/8 80 M: 1st David Heffernan; 2nd Darren Bradshaw; 3rd Adam Fitzgerald.
U/8 80 M: 1st Emma Morrissey; 2nd Kate Quigley; 3rd Molly Proudfoot.
U/10 100 M: 1st Ciaran O’Meara; 2nd Louis Rice; 3rd Garrett Lawrence.
U/10 100 M: 1st Rachel Prout; 2nd Jenny Pyke; 3rd Aine Phelan.
U/10 200 M: 1st Garrett Lawrence; 2nd Brian Healy; 3rd Dylan Fitzgerald.
U/10 200 M: 1st Aine Phelan; 2nd Evie O Sullivan; 3rd Jane Holohan.
U/12 100 M: 1st Ml. Costello; 2nd Eoin Healy; 3rd Ger Maher.
U/12 100 M: 1st Siobhan O’Brien; 2nd Sarah McManus ; 3rd Claire O’Brien.
U/12 600 M: 1st Ben Walsh; 2nd John Lalor; 3rd Padraig O’Shea.
U/12 600 M: 1st Kelly Fox; 2nd Claire O’Brien; 3rd Aisha Tobin.
U/14 100 M: 1st Kate O’Brien; 2nd Ida Carroll; 3rd Sandra O Sullivan.
U/14 800 M: 1st Jason Lawrence; 2nd Dion Tobin; 3rd Kevin Browne.
U/14 800 M: 1st Ciara O’Connor; 2nd Aisling O’Sullivan.
RELAY U/12 Girls: 1st Aisha Tobin, Sarah McManus, Kelly Fox, Claire O’Brien.
2nd: Laura Rice, Aisling Sullivan, Laura Moloney, Siobhan O’Brien.
GIRLS RELAY U/14: 1st Ciara O Connor, Kate O’Brien, Ida Carroll, Bernadette Costello.
BOYS RELAY U/12: 1st Ml Costello, John Lalor, Jerome Ahearn, Damien Morrissey.
2nd: Eoin Healy, Ben Walsh, Adam Lyons, Glen Maher
3rd: Padraig O’Shea, Dylan Fitzgerald, Ciaran O’Meara, Louis Rice.
County Finals will take place in Thurles Dog Track on Sunday June, 22nd. Closing date for entries is June 14th. First and second in all events qualified for county final.
All those wishing to travel please confirm with either Fintan Rice or Bernard Feery
052 31023.
Entry fee for county is €2 which may be paid to either Fintan or Bernard. Only those who confirm that they wish to compete before June 6th will be entered.

On Wednesday 7th May we played for prizes sponsored by Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn and the winners were:
1st Gross: Bernie O’Meara and Anna Cooke:
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
1st Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
2nd Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney
Next Wednesday, 21st May, we will be playing for our President’s Prize. We would like all players to be seated and ready to play by 7pm.
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862.

The Slieveardagh website group meeting scheduled for Wednesday 21st May has been rearranged for the day before - Tuesday the 20th in the Culture and Enterprise Centre in Killenaule at 8.30pm.

As our year draws to an end it is great to say that on Saturday night the club was able to recognise achievement once again. The ‘Copping On’ project ended with the presentation of certificates of participation. The certificates were given at the end of the last session, which was hosted by Des Bell, Juvenile Liaison Officer for the Garda Siochana. We would like to thank especially Noelle O'Dwyer who facilitated the project, as Tipperary Regional Youth Service Rural Outreach worker, for her commitment to us by driving from Limerick each Saturday night during the length of the programme and the enthusiasm she showed our young people in the delivery of this project.
Thanks to Des Bell who struck up such a rapport with the young people that they have arranged to have him back for a question time on Saturday the 24th of May.
In receipt of certificates were: Tom Gilpin, Susie Harvey, Ashley McCormack, Sarah Kennedy, Tracy Coady, Helen Frewen, Kyle O'Donnell, Brian Conway, Fintan Maher, William O'Brien and Chris Whyte.
We would also like to congratulate Kyle O'Donnell and Helen Frewen who have been accepted by the Tipperary Regional Youth Service and the Patrician Presentation Secondary School as Student Liaison Officers. Good luck in your posts for the next academic year.
Further to group discussions as to how to offer some return service to the Fethard Community for their support over the last three years the club members began a 'clean up' of the ballroom area and the river bank. The rubbish collection will continue for the next three weeks until summer closure. On Saturday night alone the members of the club collected no less than seven black bags of litter, cans and bottles including large pieces of foam and a full front fender of a car!
The club is presently in contact with a youth group in the Loire valley of France with regard to an exchange which will encompass outdoor activities, sport and dance. We hope to be able to run with this during either the February or Easter break of 2004. We are also working with a Danish youth group for summer next year, they are interested in art and theatre. We had hoped to have an exchange this summer but the time constraints on all involved parties were just too strict.
Our EVS project is still moving forward with countries such as Portugal and indeed Slovakia proposing some very interesting projects for our volunteer Emmet Burke.
On a final note, congratulations to the Fethard lads on their resounding victory in Kilsheelan. Great game lads especially the second half. The weather was atrocious but they stormed to victory. Congrats again from everyone in the club.
Club will open as usual on Saturday night 18th May.

Winners on 11 games: Michael Devitt and John Martin.
Second on 9 games: Richie and Ann Nevin, Chas Keane and Lory Byrne, Bob Gleeson and Tom Phelan, Joe Ryan and Sheila Hall.
Table Prize: Jack Fleming and Gay Horan.
Sweep Winners: Brian O'Donnell and Seamus Maher, Jimmy Hayes and Dinny O'Donnell. Tickets: John Martin, Nora O'Donnell, Bid O'Donnell and Fergus Flynn.
Next game Friday 16th May at 8.45 sharp.

It was a busy week for the Juvenile Community Games teams with both under/10 football and under/13 hurling being played. The under/10 team travelled to Cahir in their second game and were very unfortunate not to come away with a win. They played the first half against a very strong wind and a strong Cahir team. They fought well to keep the score down in the first half but were unable to keep it up in the second half. There were some great performances by every member of a very young Fethard team.
The under/13 hurling team also travelled to Cahir on the same evening and came away with a great win and go onto the next round. The team showed much skill and determination and with some great performances by the whole team we wish them well. Well done to Liam, Ian, Martin and Jim.
The under/16s, who have shown some really great performances in previous matches, were unfortunately beaten by St Patricks in the semi-final. Well done to the lads and all involved.
Our under/14s play away to Ardfinnan on Monday next at 7pm. Good luck to the team.
Training for under/14s at 6pm Friday evenings
Training for under/12s at 6pm Tuesday evenings
Training for under/10s at 7pm Tuesday evenings (boys school field)
The Club would like to wish all the young boys and girls who will be receiving their First Holy Communion on Saturday 17th May 2003 a wonderful happy day.

The summer time is coming and the fishing on the Clashawley and Anner Rivers, which has been poor so far, is improving. The Fethard and Killusty Anglers promote their first competition of the season on Sunday next 18th May. The John Sayers Trophy and the Tom O’Shea Cup competitions will be held. All competing anglers are requested to meet at Thorney Bridge at 11am.

A most enjoyable days outing was had by members of the Hogan Musical Society and friends who travelled by special bus to the popular new musical, ‘Chicago’ at The Point, Dublin, on Sunday last.

The current address of a Mr Peter O’Brien, formerly from Killusty, is sought by a fellow graduate from UCC in 1953. Enquiries have failed to locate a Peter O’Brien of Killusty in that age group. If you have any information please send it to: Tony Newport, Main Street, Fethard.

Many regular patrons of the Abymill Theatre were of the opinion that the 15th Anniversary Concert on Friday night, 9th May, was one of the best ever staged in the theatre. The performance of the three young ladies of ‘Sopranos’ certainly ranks with the best seen in the Abymill over the years. The varied programme of popular operatic arias, songs from the musical theatre and shows, together with some of our own well-known Irish airs, which can hold their own in any musical situation, had something for certainly everyone. The girls were very well supported by the excellent male voice choir The Gordonaires from Clonmel, and MC Billy McLellan was at his brilliant best. The artistes were given a prolonged standing ovation by the full capacity attendance at the shows conclusion.
Austin O’Flynn, stand up and take a bow! All of us have dreams but very few of us live to see them fulfilled. Austy, who has a life-long association with Fethard dramatics, had a dream that Fethard would one day have its own theatre. He has seen that dream fulfilled in the Abymill. Austy would be the first to admit that without the help of a good committee it would not have been realised. However, Austy has been the driving force behind the success of the Abymill. Throughout the fifteen years, he has selected, casted and produced some top class plays by the Fethard Players Dramatic Society. The Abymill has also been home to many excellent productions by the Hogan Musical Society and School Shows.
Austy has brought a variety of international musical acts to Fethard, The Brass Ensemble of Glasgow University Orchestra, The RTE Chamber Orchestra, The Baroque Quartet; The Irish Ballet Company, The Four Note Orchestra, blues singer Mary Coughlan, the Dowling Celiedh Band from Kilkenny, are just a few of the many. Through his own promotional efforts he has, as on last Friday night, brought full house attendances to music that may not have appealed to many, but following the performance, all who attended left with a appreciation of a different type of music they may not have had already.
Austy will be greatly embarrassed by all this publicity, which he usually shuns. He is proud of his Abymill Theatre, Fethard should also be proud of Austy O’Flynn who has provided such high class entertainment for the people of Fethard and surrounding areas over the years. He hopes to book ‘Sopranos’ to play the Abymill during their ‘Christmas Tour’ later in the year.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 27th May at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. The committee have recently met with representatives from Tipperary Leader to discuss projects for the development of the Convent Hall.


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