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Saturday 14th June 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

Last Sunday we held the society's first rumble competition and what a success it proved to be. On a sun-drenched Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club ten teams took part with players coming from as far a field as Galbally and Gortnahoe, Fermoy and a few from Fethard. The results are as follows:
Nearest the pin: Willie Lawrence and Tom Tobin.
First Place, with 79 pts, Davy Woodlock, Pat McCarthy Jnr and Aiden Grant.
Second Place, with 74pts, Dan O'Riordan, Shay Coen and Sean Aylward.
Third Place, with 73pts, Willie Morrissey, Chris Coen and Adrian Fox.
Our next outing takes place on Saturday, August 2nd at Callan Golf Club (soft spikes).

The Fethard/Killusty Reunion revival was held at the London Scotia Bar in London SE1 on Saturday 07th June. It was attended by approximately 70 people who travelled from all parts of the UK and were joined by a party from the Fethard / Killusty area. Aided by the fine weather, the event was held outdoors from 5pm, with a BBQ from 6.30 and music (outdoors) from 8pm. The traditional musicians moved indoors later in the evening as the evening drew in.
The attendees ranged in age from 14 to 80+ years of age and everyone enjoyed catching up with friends, some old and a lot of new ones. There were people who hadn't met for 30 years or so who did a lot of catching up and many tales of a youth spent in Fethard and surrounding area were recounted. A great evening of caint, ceol agus craic was enjoyed by everyone.
Plans are already under way to organise the event for next year already, as all of the attendees were keen for the revival to be just that.

The community walk in aid of Fethard community sports field will take place on Friday week commencing at 6.30 in the square and finishing in the field where there will be a Penalty Kick against county Tipperary goalkeepers Paul Fitzgerald and Philly Ryan.
The Pub Relay is also attracting a lot of interest and the fun sports should make a great evening for all the family. Please sell any outstanding sponsorship cards during this week and contribute to the success of this venture.

Co Athletic Finals will commence in Thurles Dog Track on Sunday next, June 22, at 12 noon sharp. Good luck to all our competitors.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council is an umbrella for other committees formed within the town of Fethard and to date have been quite successful in helping and guiding those groups.
It is our experience that the most effective way of improving the quality of areas around the town is when each area form its own Residents Association. By doing so we can work effectively with those groups, deal with various problems and issues arising for people living in the town.
For those living in newer developments in Fethard and not feeling adequately represented by the Community Council, we would recommend that your area form a Residents Association. If you are interested and willing to participate in such a group please contact the Tirry Centre Information Office, Tel: 052 31000, and we will organise a preliminary meeting.

The clubs annual sports evening took place last Wednesday 11th June in the new community sports field. Support for the event went well above expectations and with almost 200 children taking part the standard of racing was excellent. The club wishes to thank all those local people who supported this meet as well as our friends from Clonmel Coolquill and Ballynonty Athletic clubs.
The results are as follows:
Pre-School girls 40m
1st Aoibhe O’Shea, Ballingarry
2nd Aine Trayer, Moyglass
3rd Nesha Stapleton, Moyglass
Pre-School Boys 40m
1st Michael Murphy, Clonmel
2nd Mark Heffernan, Moyglass
3rd Nathan Thompson, Fethard
Girls U6 60m
1st Kate Quigley, Fethard
2nd Lorraine Doyle, Clonmel
3rd Nicola Thompson, Fethard
Boys U6 60m
1st Jack Gleeson, Moyglass
2nd James Lanigan, Coolquill
3rd Patrick Cleary, Clerihan
Girls U8 60m
1st Jenny Logue, Coolquill
2nd Rachel Delaney, Commons
3rd Megan O’Brien, Clonmel
Boys U8 60m
1st Joss Murray, Fethard
2nd Eoin Quigley, Killenaule
3rd Brian Healy, Fethard
3rd John Power, Clonmel
Girls U10 60m
1st Lorraine O’Shea, Coolquill
2nd Roisín Trehy, Fethard
3rd Ellen Lanigan, Coolquill
Boys U10 60m
1st Jason Mullins, Clonmel
2nd Gregory Henry, Fethard
3rd Thomas Keavney, Moyglass
Girls U12 100m
1st Michelle Ryall, Fethard
2nd Chloe White, Clonmel
3rd Hannah Trehy, Fethard
Boys U12 100m
1st Thomas Power, Clonmel
2nd Kevin Quigley, Killenaule
3rd Michael Costello, Fethard
Girls U14 100m
1st Elaine Kennedy
2nd Aoife O’Gorman
3rd Jennifer O’Donnell
Boys U14 100m
1st Colin Mullins, Clonmel
2nd Shane Gorey, Fethard
3rd Lolo Trehy, Fethard
Boys U16 100m
1st Michael Burke, Killenaule
2nd Wayne Laslett, Moyglass
Mothers Race 100m
1st Kate Delaney, The Commons
2nd Michelle Sheridan
3rd Laura Lyons, Fethard
Fathers Race 100m
1st Paddy Tobin, Killenaule
2nd Anthony Power, Clonmel
3rd Willie Quigley, Fethard
Girls U6 Sack Race
1st Jenny Logue, Coolquill
2nd Megan O’Brien, Clonmel
3rd Emma Morrissey, Fethard
Boys U8 Sack Race
1st Joss Murray, Fethard
2nd Darragh Bradshaw, Fethard
3rd Michael Keane, Ballynonty
Girls U8 Sack race
1st Kate Quigley, Fethard
2nd Lorraine Doyle, Clonmel
3rd Shannon Sheridan, Lisronagh
Boys U6 Sack Race
1st Jack Gleeson, Moyglass
2nd James Lanigan, Coolquill
3rd Paul Moloney, Fethard
Girls U10 Sack Race
1st Jane Hannigan, Lisronagh
2nd Cliona Doyle, Clonmel
3rd Rachel Prout, Fethard
1st Hazel Blackmore, Killenaule
2nd Stasia Tathwell, Clonmel
3rd Ruth Tobin, Killenaule
Boys U10 Sack Race
1st Gregory Henry, Fethard
2nd Alex Purcell, Clonmel
3rd Niall Walsh, Coolquill
Girls U12 Sack Race
1st Caoimhe Bowles Clonmel
2nd Sabrina Taorten Clonmel
3rd Ashia Tobin Fethard
1st Una Ward Clonmel
2nd Chloe White Clonmel
3rd Aisling O’ Connor Fethard
Boys U12 Sack Race
1st David Hannigan Clonmel
2nd Dean Logue Clonmel
3rd Jerome Ahearne Fethard
1st Padraig O’Shea Fethard
2nd Connor Prendergast Fethard
Kevin Quigley, Killenaule
3rd Edmond Morrissey, Clonmel
Girls U14 Sack Race
1st Elaine Kennedy, Fethard
2nd Aoife O’Connor, Fethard
3rd Olivia Tarten, Clonmel
Boys U14 Sack Race
1st Michael Burke, Killenaule
2nd Lolo Trehy, Fethard
3rd Shane Gorey, Fethard
Girls U8 100m
1st Rachel Delaney, The Commons
2nd Jenny Logue, Coolquill
3rd Megan O’Brien, Clonmel
Boys U8 100m
1st Joss Murray, Fethard
2nd Eoin Quigley, Killenaule
3rd John Power, Clonmel
Girls U10 200m
1st Roisín Trehy Fethard
2nd Lorraine O’Shea Coolquill
3rd Cliona Doyle Clonmel
Boys U10 200m
1st Gregory Henry Fethard
2nd Alex Purcell Clonmel
3rd Thomas Keavney Moyglass
Girls U12 400m
1st Michelle Ryall
2nd Hannah Trehy
3rd Jade Looby Clonmel
Boys U12 400m
1st Thomas Power Clonmel
2nd Kevin Quigley Killenaule
3rd Dean Looby Clonmel
Girls U14 800m
1st Elaine Kennedy
2nd Aoife O’Gorman
3rd Aoife O’Connor
Boys U14 800m
1st Shane Gorey
2nd Lolo Trehy
3rd Ciaran Meaney, Clonmel
Mixed Relay U10
1st Ellen Lanigan, Gerard Fennelly Niall Walsh and Lorraine O’Shea (Coolquill AC)
2nd Gregory Henry, Roisín Trehy, Fiona O’Connor and Thomas Keavney (Fethard AC)
3rd Jason Mullins, Cliona Doyle, Stasia Tathwell and Michael Carey (Clonmel AC)
Mixed Relay U12
1st Kevin Quigley, Conor Prendergast, Michelle Ryall and Hannah Trehy (Fethard AC)
2nd Michael Costello, Siobhan O’Brien, Sarah McManus and Eoin Healy (Fethard AC)
3rd Dean Looby, Thomas Power, Sabrina Tarten and Chloe White (Clonmel AC)
Mixed Relay U14
1st John Lalor, Aoife O’Gorman, Jennifer O’Donnell and Ben Walsh
2nd Michael Costello, Elaine Kennedy, Hannah Trehy and Aoife O’Connor
3rd Olivia Tarten, Aisling Browne, Connor Prendergast and Lolo Trehy

Four juvenile Fethard athletes Michelle Ryall, Hannah Trehy, Darragh Dwyer, John Lalor travelled to Castleisland to represent their club in the Munster track & field championships on Sat and Sun 14th & 15th June. Our top performer on the day was once again Michelle Ryall who finished 4th in the final of the girls U12 long jump. This result entitles Michelle to represent her club at the national track & field championships.
Thurles 5k:
Pat Heffernan was Fethard’s and indeed Tipperary’s top athlete in what turned out to be a quality field in this annual road race. Pat finished 2nd in a time of 16min 02secs. Our next athlete was Fintan Rice who finished 10th with a time of 16min 55secs. The next county board race is the “Walls of Fethard” four miler which takes place on Thurs. night 26th June at 8p.m.The race is a four lap circuit around Fethard town, starting in Main street running anti clockwise the athletes will cross the bridge and turn into the valley left over Watergate and right into Burke street, left up the green and turn at Kenny’s into Barrack Street and back to Main street. We appeal to motorists passing through the town on the night in question to do so with extreme caution giving right of way to the participating athletes.
Sponsored Walk
The community sponsored walk in aid of the new sports field will take place on Friday evening the 27th June .This worthy project will benefit all sports organisations in the area. The entire community young and old can avail of this new facility so we appeal to the people of Fethard and its surrounding area to be as generous as possible in supporting this parish fund raising effort.

Billy Martley (email: billy_martley@yahoo.com)
My name is Billy Martley and I'm based in Dublin. I'm trying to find out any information I can about my ancestors who came from Fethard. My great-grand father was born Patrick Markley in Kerry St. Fethard in 1884. His father was called William and mother Bridget. It seems that the name was changed to Martley at some stage when my great-grand father moved to Clonmel. Also a lady called Ellen Purtill was present at his birth. I think he might also have had a brother called William. Any information you would be able to let me have would be much appreciated.

Helen Parente (email: hparente@snap.net.nz)
Hi, Just a quick look this time but have book marked for another visit. I’m doing family history and have a few Irish connections, have had success with some thanks to lots of great people, some being 'new' relatives. The internet is just great, I am sitting here in Christchurch, New Zealand, on a cold, overcast, almost dark, Sunday afternoon, and I can travel all around the world and forget what it's like outside, brrrrr!!! I hope maybe that my Connor/O'Connor, O'Rourk/e and McMahon family ties do come from Tipperary area, just starting to unravel the bits of information here in New Zealand, fingers crossed.

We played our intermediate hurling county league game on Tuesday10th in Fethard against Ballybacon / Grange. The result was, Fethard 2-8 (2-3), Ballybacon Grange 0-11(0-3), giving us two points out of two games. Both teams were short a few players on the night. The game was played in a very sporting manner with some fine scores. Nice to see Michael Caroll back to his form and Cian Maher who had a good game in the middle off the field. We wish Stephen O’Donnell a speedy recovery after taking a very serious knock in the face from the flight of the ball during the game. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Michael Ryan, Philly Croke, Tomas Keane 0-1(f), Michael Carroll 0-2(f), Ian Kenrick, P J Ahearne, Cian Maher, Brian Coen 0-2(f), Stephen O’Donnell 0-1, Michael Costello, Shane Walsh, Miceál Spillane 0-1, Jamie McCormack 2-1. Subs used: Kevin O’Donnell, William Harrington, Tommy Gahan, Johnny Neville and Joe Keane. Our next game in this competition is away to Aherlow 24th June. On this Sunday 22nd June we play Ballybacon / Grange in the South Championship in Clonmel at 7pm.
Our senior football county league game on the 17th June was deferred. Our next expected game is on Sunday 29th June against Ardfinnan in the South Championship.
Well played to Damien Byrne and Aiden Fitzgerald who could not be faulted for the County’s defeat in Tralee against Kerry last Sunday. A snippet from the programme in Tralee on Sunday last mentions that one father and son played for each team, their fathers 30 years ago and their sons on Sunday last — for Kerry, Derry Crowley and his son Johnny Crowley, and for Tipperary, Noel Byrne and his son Damien Byrne. Ironically the result was nearly the same.
Our Junior Football A Championship commences on this Friday 20th June when we play Commercials in Kilsheelan at 8pm
The Minor Football B Championship resumes on Wednesday 25th when we play Swans in Kilsheelan at 8pm.
In Under 12 juvenile hurling, we play Mullinahone at home on Thursday 26th.
Our Lotto Jackpot oif €1,400 was not won. The draw took place in McCarthys on 10th June and the numbers drawn were 2, 4, 12 and 16. WE had three ‘Match Three’ winners who received €50 each: John Hurley (Strylea), Sharon O’Meara (Strylea), and Olive Curran (57 Woodvale Walk). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Liam Kelly (Jessfield, Ballingarry).

Congratulations to Robert Phelan, Olivia Phelan and Bernie Horan for completing a parachute jump in aid of The National Council for the Blind on Saturday last in Hackettstown, Co. Carlow. Between them they raised over €2,000. They would like to thank all those who sponsored them.

Joint Winners on 11 games: Mary and Jim Garrett, Sean Spillane and Chris Maher. Table Prize: Mrs Mullane and Danny Long. Rubber Finals: Jodie Lee, Jim Garrett, Mrs A Muldowney.
Congratulation and well done to Mrs Bobby Phelan and Judy Doyle who put their 'best foot forward' in the sponsored walk for the Hospice Foundation. Fair play to you both!

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 10th June were: 6, 12, 13 and 20. There was no Jackpot Winner and Four 'Match 3' winners who received €40 each:
Shane Power, Taghmon Post Office, Wexford
Nellie Donovan, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard
Brud Roche, Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Joe Morrissey, c/o Shanahans, Friarsgrange, Fethard
Mary C. Butler, Saucestown, Fethard
Chrissie Cummins, 53 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

Fethard Historical Society’s June tour remained very close to home and proved one of the society’s most interesting. A party of 25 members paid a visit to Coolmore Stud. Though on our door step, many were completely unaware of the vastness of the Coolmore operation and the management it takes to keep it running like clockwork. Coolmore, as well as its Irish interests, has stud farms in Australia, America and New Zealand.
The detailed attention from Mr John Magnier and his assistants, and their knowledge of the blood-stock breeding industry, down to the work carried out to make Coolmore a wonderful showpiece for Ireland, worldwide, proves that Coolmore did not earn the title ‘Home of Champions’ by just fortune and good luck. The Coolmore enterprise is a typical example of, “the harder you work, the luckier you get”.
Mr Tim Corballis proved a most informative and interesting guide. He reeled off pedigrees, performances of stallions, and also the performances of their many offspring, without consulting a note. Tim also showed great patience in answering the many questions from the visitors whose knowledge of a horse was that, one ends kicks and the other end bites.
He completed his talk with a most interesting history of Coolmore House, dating from the 17th century, when it was owned by the Everard family, down the centuries through the Jacobs, Sankeys, Murphys, Major Vigors, to the present owner, the Magnier family.
As an appreciation of his detailed and most informative talk, Ms Mary Hanrahan, secretary of Fethard Historical Society, presented Mr Corballis with a framed picture, of the now worldwide acclaimed by those with Fethard connections, ‘First Millennium Sunrise over Slievenamon’, photographed by Joe Kenny.

Two members of an American tourist party, touring the walled towns of Ireland, were more than interested in their Fethard stopover. They were descendants of a Sayers (Fethard) and Baker (Cashel) marriage of 1803. The Sayers family in question, owned property extending from the Post Office to Mrs Ahearns. Members of the family were very prominent in the legal profession, Mr Hugh Tom Sayers being one of Ireland’s best known solicitors of his time. The visitors were able to visit a Sayers/Baker tomb in the burial grounds of Holy Trinity Church of Ireland in Fethard.
The intend making further contact soon, as their visit this time was very brief, being confined to a very tight schedule.

John and Anna Lucey, The Square, have been honoured by receiving a card of congratulations, on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary, from Her Excellency, Ms Mary McAleese, President of Ireland.

The wedding took place at Grangemockler Parish Church on Saturday last of Richard Cummins, son of the late Dick and Anna Cummins, Monroe, to Ms Kay Walsh, Grangemockler.

The annual Corpus Christi Procession takes place on this Sunday evening, 22nd June, at 7pm, commencing from outside Fethard Parish Church.

Margaret Phelan and Judy Doyle, Strylea, were inadvertently omitted last week from the list of Fethard ladies who took part in the Dublin Ladies Mini-Marathon. Margaret and Judy ran for the South Tipp Hospice fund and wish to thank sincerely their many friends for the generous sponsorship received.

The Day Care Centre would like to thank all supported their Church Gate Collection last week. The annul Golf Classic in aid of the building fund will take place on the weekend of 23rd August at Slievenamon Golf Club. Please keep a note of the date.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Mr Pat O’Brien, The Valley, on the death of his brother Tom, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, and formerly of Ballinard, Fethard.
Many will still recall the era of some 60 years ago when open and championship sports events were very much part of the Irish summer sporting scene. The late Tom O’Brien was one of Tipperary’s best track cyclists of the period and won many track races, from half to three miles, at Tipperary and adjoining counties sport meetings.
Interment took place in Leamington.


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