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Saturday 6th September 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

Sunday 31st August proved to be an historic day for the club as Pat Heffernan notched up another victory in his long and illustrious career by taking O 40 gold in the National Half Marathon Championships held in Dungarvan. Pat’s time for the distance was 71 min. 03 sec. and his great win was just reward for months and indeed years of dedicated, 7 days a week training.
Juveniles should now return to action after the summer break as training has restarted in preparation for the upcoming cross country season. Training times- Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30 to 7.30 in the Community Sports Field, Killenaule Rd.

Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 13, Fethard, by Tadhg O'Keeffe, will be published by Royal Irish Academy late in 2003 and will retail at €30. The pre-publication price for orders received before that date is €20 plus €2 post and packaging. Copies can be ordered by writing to: IHTA Fethard special offer, Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Order forms are also available from the Community Office in Barrack Street, Fethard.
This atlas will include historical and archaeological details of over 400 sites, an historical essay, and a range of large-format maps, reconstructions, views and photographs. All trace the growth of Fethard from its possible origins as an early Christian church site, to its foundation as an Anglo-Norman town in the early 1200s, right up to the 20th century. Fethard will join twelve other Irish towns and cites, which have been published as part of the IHTA series. For further details and online order form visit the following website: http://www.ria.ie/projects/ihta/offer.html
This publication should be a must on the list of all locals interested in the deep history of their native town. Was it Thomas Davis, poet and patriot, who said, “Breathes there a man with soul so dead, who never to himself hath said, this is my own, my native place.”

It has been a quiet few weeks for the Juvenile Club but Thursday last week saw our U/14's loose to St Patricks in Mullinahone in their hurling semi-final championship bid. The final score was by no means a reflection on how these young lads played and they were only three points down with just the dying minutes left when St Pats stormed up the field and scored two quick successive goals. These young players did their club proud and played on until the final whistle. Well done to the lads and Liam, Martin, Ian and Jim.
Our U/11's begin their ground-hurling season next Saturday when they travel to Bansha. Players please note bus leaves from outside the GAA field at 10.15am.
The Club would also like to congratulate Ben Walsh and Gavin Fitzgerald (football) and Eoin O'Connell (hurling) who were selected to play the mini-games last Sunday before the South Final was played. They represented their club well.

A Golf Classic will be held in Slievenamon Golf Club on the l2" and 13th of September in aid of the Irish Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust which was first set up by a small group of twenty eight people in Easter of 1972. You may wish to support this venture by sponsoring a team of three for 120 euro (meal included). Sponsor a Tee Box/Green for €50, or any other donation you may wish to make will be greatly appreciated. For any further information regarding Tee times etc. please contact: Brendan Kenny (052) 32213 or Sr. Betty Cagney, Group Leader, (052) 31305.
This year the South Eastern Region have the responsibility of raising €20,000.00. To help raise this amount for next Easter's Pilgrimage, one of our group, Sr. Betty, has decided to take part in a sponsored cycle from Dinard in the north of France to Lourdes, a distance of approximately 600 miles, during the week prior to the children travelling to Lourdes.

Results of Progressive 25 Drive game played on 5th September. Winners, all on 10 games, J J and Willie O'Connor; John Martin and Bridie Lee, Richie and Ann Nevin, Seamus Maher and Brian O'Donnell, Alice Quinn and Vincent Cummins. Table Prize: Pat O'Dwyer and Gerry Murray. Tickets: Jackie Devitt, Phyllis Murray, Vincent Cummins and Tom Tobin. Rubber Finals: Tess Cummins and Brigid Hayes, John Martin and Bridie Lee. Next game Friday September 12th in Fethard Ballroom at 8.45pm sharp.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 2nd September were: 1, 4, 20 and 28. There was no Jackpot Winner and three 'Match 3' winners who received €50: Pat O'Meara, Ballinure, Thurles; Michael O'Donovan, 20 Roaring Springs, Old Bridge, Clonmel; Josephine Moran, c/o Ryans, Coolmoyne Cross. The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were: Jimmy O'Meara, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Finola Anglim, Kilknockin, Fethard; Martin Ryan, c/o G. O'Donovan, Fethard. The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

If you have any photographs or ideas for articles for inclusion in this years Annual Emigrants Newsletter please start getting them together now. Work on compiling this year’s issue has commenced and we invite you to submit your articles to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

Training for Fethard Rugby training for under/8s will commence on Saturday 13th September.

These are the results from our outing last Sunday to West Waterford. Nearest the pin: Willie Lawrence and Michael Leahy. 1st: 38pts Davy Williams; 2nd: 37pts Dan Riordan; 3rd: 35pts Brian Mullins; 4th: 33pts (back nine) Sean Aylward; 5th: 33pts Willie Lawrence; 6th: 33pts Aiden Grant.
We've added another outing to our list, on Saturday October 11th we travel to Dunmore East Golf Club. Tee off at 9am. Our friends in Killusty Soccer Club have asked us to mention their upcoming Golf Classic, which takes place at Slievenamon Golf Club on 26th, and 27th September. The classic will be a three-ball scramble and entry fee is €100 per team which includes meal.

Our Senior Footballers are back on track after a very successful county quarter final victory over last years County champions in Kilsheelan on Sunday last 7th September on a scoreline, Fethard 0-13 (0-7), Clonmel Commercials 0--9 (0-6). Our semifinal opponents are Cahir (2003 South Champions) at a time and date yet to be finalised. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne, Mickey Ahearne, Stephen O’Donnell, Tomás Keane, Cian Maher, Michael Quinlan, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, P J Ahearne, Karl Maher 0-2F, Willie Morrissey 0-2, John P Looby 0-1, Miceál Spillane 0-1, Brian Coen 0-5 (4F), Jimmy O’Meara. Subs used: Michael Dillon 0-1 and Glen Burke.
In Junior A Football on Saturday 6th September, we achieved 6 points out of a possible 8 to qualify for the semifinal of the South Championship, when we defeated Cahir in Monroe on a scoreline, Fethard 1-15 (1-10), Cahir 1-5 (1-4). The team was: Michael Fitzgerald, Philly Blake, Diarmuid Burke, Chris Coen, Ian Kenrick, Owen Doyle, Jamie McCormack, John Hurley, Kevin O’Donnell, Colm Coen 0-2, Shay Ryan 0-1, Jason Nevin 0-1, Brendan Brett 0-6 (3F), Shay Coen 1-2, and John Noonan. Subs were: Martin Coen, Shane Walsh, Tommy Sheehan 0-2 and Garreth Byrne.
For the coming week’s fixtures please check sports page.
Our lotto Jackpot of €1,800 was not won. The numbers drawn at Lonergans Bar were: 1, 4, 8 and 18. We had three match threes and €50 each went to Aine Carey (Kilnockin); Lizzy Reddy (Woodvale Walk), Abbey Mill (c/o Austy O’Flynn, Burke Street). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Margaret Dorney (Woodvale Walk).

William McKone (Email: wmckone@sover.net)
I thought that I would drop you a line complementing you on the Slievenamon article which was most informative on the Fethard website. Only recently have I become aware of the importance of the mountain in Irish legend and history and I am looking forward to seeing it first-hand later this month. On 14th September I depart for a week in Doolin, then another five weeks touring the south, mostly in the Carrick area.
A John Lonergan, born in Carrick on Suir 1838, emigrated to the area of Vermont where I now live in 1848. He raised a company of Irishmen, the Emmet Guard, and received the medal of honour for his actions with this unit at the battle of Gettysburg in our Civil War. He was also the head centre of the Fenians in Vermont and involved in the Fenian invasions of Canada near here in 1866 and 1870. For two years now I've been researching his story and hope to publish it within a year or so. This trip should give me some insight into his early years, which must have been greatly influenced by the famine and the 1848 uprising.
Perhaps someone would be available for some discussions while I am in your area late September and again most of October. I've been exchanging emails with a lady near Liverpool, Jean Morris, whose father is from Carrick. She was just back there and has made contact for me with Dr. Power and a Watty Dunphy who she knows to be knowledgeable about events in the area. It should be quite an education for me. It should also prove valuable to visit the national resources in Dublin, but I want mostly to get a feel for Carrick, Slievenamon, and the area. (William L. McKone, 110 Campground Drive, Jeffersonville, VT 05464-9422. USA. Tel: (802) 644-2126 [fax same number]

Sandra Clare (email: sandra_clare@entemp.ie)
I am trying to trace the final resting place of Rose McCarthy. She married Robert Vere Hunt in 1944 in the church at Boherlahan. She lived in Ardmayle and later moved to England. She died in the 1970's. Rose was an aunt of mine. Any ideas of where I might find this info?

Mr Alwyn Francis O' Connor OAM (email: alwyn@idx.com.au)
My elder brother is Rev Fr Brian Dennise O'Connor, he is the Chancellor of the Diocese of Sale, where Archbishop Patrick Mary O'Donnell came from. He has the original ‘History of the Diocese of Sale’ that was written by Archbishop O'Donnell. Best wishes and kind regards from Gorokan NSW Australia 2263.

John Prout, UK (email: the.john.prout@virgin.net)
Just looking at the name of Prout and its origins. I thought it was not a common name, or is it common, would like to think I could trace my family name back that far thanks.

Tom McCormack (Johnson City, Tennessee)
I think my father may have been from your area. He and my mother separated when I was a baby. His name was John McCormack and he lived in England until 1973, I think. He may have lived in the Clonmel area. I guess I am just grasping at straws. Thanks for your help.

Joan Stewart (email: jstewart2@bigpond.com)
Thank you once again. I have been contacted by a Skehan descendant from Indiana. Her great great great grandfather Patrick Skehan went to the States in 1863. He was my grandmother's uncle. We have been able to exchange information and photographs. And this contact was possible because the US descendants went onto the Fethard website and saw a message I posted over two years ago.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council and Day Care Centre would like to thank all who participated and helped make the recent Golf Classic a great success. The winning teams were:
1st: Peter Gough, Paul Kenrick, Philip Ryan and Aaron Kelly (98pts).
2nd: Ben Johnson, Charlie Johnson, Joan Morrissey and Pauline Lucey (96pts).
3rd: John Smyth, James Smyth, Jim Smyth and David Lawton (96pts).
4th: Dave Williams, Tom Halpin, Liam Kennedy and Noel Higgins (94pts).
Ladies Longest Drive: Mary Comerford.
Gents Longest Drive: John Hurley.
Nearest the Pin: Sean Aylward.
Draw Prize Winners
1st: Bernie Phelan (Waterford Glass Bowl).
2nd: Aidan Maher (Pottery).
3rd: Darragh Corbett (Post House, Clonmel Voucher).
4th: Al McShane (Easons, Clonmel, Voucher).
5th: Carmel Condon (Cuddly Dog).
6th: Joan O’Donohoe (Cushion).
7th: Robin Roe (Shredder).
8th: Robert Bailey (Bottle Whiskey).
9th: Noel Davern (Bottle Whiskey).
10th: Ray Morrissey (Bottle Whiskey).
We would like to thank all our local sponsors: Coolmore Stud Farm, McCarthy’s Hotel, Burke’s Bridge Bar, Lonergan’s Bar, Grants Bar, G. McCarthy, The Well Bar, Ward’s Garage, Meagher’s Garage, Dr Carmel Condon, Dr Molly Owens, Allen’s Butchers, Star Fuels, McManus Grocery, Xl Stop & Shop, Newport’s, Hayes Betting Office, O’Sullivans Pharmacy, Night Owl Video’s, Kilnockin Construction, A & B Designs, Dawn Fresh Foods, M. Morris, Fethard Electrical, Washco, Manton Solicitors, Rathcoole Sand & Gravel, Cleanrite, Gleeson’s Fruit & Veg, Pat Lahart Killenaule, Fethard & Killusty CES, Day Care Committee, Killusty Pony Show, Community Games, ICA, Fethard GAA, M.& D. Sceats, Ballroom Committee, Kenny’s Centra, Coen’s Meat & Market, Woodvale Walk Residents Association, Carmel Rice. We also thank the following sponsors from Clonmel: Eason’s, Superquinn, Dunnes Stores, Crazy Prices, Barlo Motors, Colville Hunt Ltd, Tom Hogan Motors, The Post House, Allen’s Pub Irishtown, Lonergans Pub & Off Licence, Bank of Ireland, Fieldmaster, Chadwicks, Slattery’s Electrical, Major Opticians, Apple Farm, Better Deal Cash & Carry, Clonmel Insurance, Seamus Healy, Clonmel Oil, Hickeys Bakery, Drohan’s Bakery, J.L. O’Brien and Dóirín Saurus Pottery

Yoga Classes will commence in the ICA Hall on Thursday 18th September. Two classes will take place each night, one at 7pm and the other at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 16th September, at 8.30pm in the Fr. Tirry Community Centre.

Fethard ladies were to the fore on the prizewinners list at the Bansha Horse Show on August 27th. Hillary O’Connor took the red rosette for 1st place in the Cob Class with her coloured cob, ‘Chocolate Chip Cookie’. Ginny Hutton was equally successful, winning the Hunter Class, showing Billy and Kylie Magnier’s mare ‘Anretta’.
It was a day to remember also for five-year-old Lucy O’Hagan who took third prize in the Lead-Rein Class of 30 entries riding her pony ‘Paddy’.

Congratulations and best wishes to Dermot and Carmel Rice, Everardsgrange, who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Saturday 7th September.

Fethard had a double success last weekend. Tipperary County GAA Board draw promoter in Fethard, Seamus Hackett, had the months first prizewinner on his list. Martin Burke of the Bridge Bar was winner of the monthly first prize of a motor car. Seamus won the promoters prize of €200. It is great to see Martin on the receiving end of a prize for a change, as he is consistently one of the most generous local sponsors of prizes for almost any local fundraising event.
Fethard club completed a good weekend when the senior footballers had a 13 to 9 points win over Clonmel Commercials in the County Senior Football Championship quarterfinal game at Kilsheelan on Sunday night.

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 6th September of Marianne, eldest daughter of Mr Bill and the late Sheila O’Sullivan, Perryville, Main Street, Fethard, to Mr Robbie O’Connell, Charlestown, Co. Mayo.
The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Saturday 6th September of Ms Caroline Phelan to Mr Alex Benson. Caroline is a native of Kiltinan and returned from Oxford, England, to be wed in her local Killusty church.

Mr Paddy Fitzgerald, on behalf of the residents of Fr. Tirry Park, would like to thank the members of the local County Council who did tremendous maintenance work on the paths etc at the estate which is used by Fethard's senior citizens.


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