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Saturday 11th October 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

On Sunday last 12th October, in the county Senior Football league Semifinal played in Kilsheelan, we recovered from the defeat in the county semifinal to play excellent possession football with a much changed team. Even though we squandered a lot off scoring chances, we still recorded a memorable victory over Moyle Rovers on a score line, Fethard 0-9 (0-4), Moyle Rovers 0-6 (0-2), and in so doing set up a league final with old rivals, Aherlow to be played at a future date. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Alan Phelan, Michael Aherne, Willie Morrissey, Damien Byrne, Michael Quinlan, Stephen O'Donnell, Aiden Fitzgerald, P J Aherne, Glen Burke 0-1, Miceál Spillane, Michael Dillon 0-1, Conor McCarthy 0-5 (2f), Kenneth Byrne, Eoin Doyle 0-1. Subs used were: John P Looby and Brendan Brett 0-1. Our other sub was Tommy Gahan.
The Junior A South football semifinal was played on Saturday 11th October in Monroe against St Patricks. Fethard were winners on a scoreline Fethard 2-12 (0-5), St Patricks 2-05 (1-3). Our last meeting in this grade was in the South Final of 1989 when the 'The Blues' were also successful against all odds. Team on Saturday last were Michael (Buddy) Fitzgerald, Chris Coen, Diarmuid Burke, Philly Blake, Ian Kenrick 0-1, Shane Walsh, Jamie McCormack, Eoin Doyle 0-1, Colm Coen 1-1, Shane Aylward, Shay Ryan, Brendan Brett 0-1, Tommy Sheehan 0-4 (2f), Shay Coen 0-2, John Noonan 0-1. Subs used were: Martin Coen, Ronan Maher and Paul Hackett 1-0. Other subs were: Garreth Byrne, Paul Kenrick and John Hurley. Best off Luck in the South Final against Ballingarry on the 18th October. Check Sports page for details.
The club is now involved in three finals in the coming weeks, Intermediate Hurling (South), Senior Football (County League), and Junior A Football (South). Please lend your support and attendance, which will be much appreciated.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,300 was not won. We had four match threes who received €40 each: Bernadette McManus (Burke St), Megan Coen (Fethard), Tom Kearney (Killusty), and Con Doyle (Woodvale Walk). Our €50 Lucky Dip went to John Shortall (The Valley). The numbers drawn at Fethard Arms were 5, 8, 9 and 15.

Club secretaries are asked to submit their annual reports for inclusion in this years Emigrant’s Newsletter as soon as possible. Photographs and articles can be handed in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. We also remind emigrants to hand in change of addresses or new addresses for those wishing to be added to the mailing list. An up-to-date list is essential to avoid unnecessary postage costs, so please let us know if your children or loved ones living away from home have changed flat or house in the past twelve months.
This year’s annual church gate collection for the Emigrant’s Newsletter will take place on weekending 25th and 26th October. All donations of €10 or more will be acknowledged in this years issue. If you wish to be acknowledged, please put your donation in an envelope with your name and address or else hand it to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road.

These are the results of last Saturday's outing to Dunmore East.
Nearest the pin: Ollie and Davy Woodlock.
Visitor's Prize: Ray Morrissey 28pts.
1st: Donal O'Grady, 37pts.
2nd: Mary Kenrick, 35pts Back 9.
3rd: Ollie Woodlock, 35pts.
4th: Michael Kenrick, 33pts.
5th: Kevin Ryan: 31pts.
6th: Brian Mullins, 30pts.
This was our final outing on what has been a successful season for the society. We must take this opportunity to thank a few people, firstly all of our members, especially those who turned up for all outings. To all the golf courses we visited this year, to the people who sponsored and supported our Easter Draw and, last but not least, our hard working committee for all your time and effort. Our AGM will be held later this year. Watch this space!

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 21st October at 9pm in the Tirry Community Centre. Ms Tess Collins, Tenant Liaison Officer with South Tipperary County Council, will meet the committee and representatives of Fethard’s Residents’ Associations before the AGM at 8.30pm.

Last Sunday, Dunkerrin was the venue for the County uneven-age Cross Country Championships. The club was represented by 22 juvenile athletes in what turned out to be our least successful championships of recent years. Our team was badly weakened by several key last minute defections with the girls under-13 being the only event in which Fethard fielded a full team. Fethard’s top performers on the day were the ever dependable Mary Gleeson, who ran bravely to win silver in the girls under-15 race and the talented Gregory Henry who showed his class by taking bronze in the boys under-11 race. Both these athletes are under age and should be serious contenders in the even-age championships. Other performances of note came from Wayne Laslett who ran impressively to finish 4th in the boys under-15 race and Darragh Dwyer who was 5th in the boys under-13 event. The Fethard team were: Girls under-9, Emma Walsh and Hannah Stapleton; Boys under-9, Ashley Laslett, Anthony Hartnett and Vincent Lawrence; Girls under-11, Roisín Trehy; Boys under-11, Gregory Henry and Louis Rice; Girls under-13, Hannah Trehy, Aisling O’Connor, Michelle Ryall, Aisling Dwyer, Laura Rice and Siobhan O’Brien; Boys under-13, Darragh Dwyer, Michael Costello and Ben Walsh; Girls under-15, Mary Gleeson, Bernadette Costello and Kate O’Brien; Boys under-15, Wayne Laslett and Lolo Trehy.
Meanwhile, our top senior man Pat Heffernan continued his good form of late with an impressive string of results from top road races throughout the country. On the 7th September Pat was 2nd in the Naval Service 4 miler in Cork with a time of 20:37. The following Sunday he was 2nd in the Cork half marathon (73:45) and was 4th in the Adidas half marathon in the Phoenix Park on the 20th September (72:30). More recently Pat took 3rd spot in the famous Cork to Cobh 15 miler with an excellent time of 81 minutes. These results auger well for Pats participation in the Dublin City Marathon which takes place on Mon 27th October.
Our next juvenile outing takes place next Sunday in Dundrum with the staging of the County even-age Cross Country Championships. Training continues on Monday and Wednesday at the new time of 4.15pm in the Community Sports Field. All are welcome to attend.

On Wednesday 8th October we ran a charity night and the proceeds will go to South Tipperary Hospice. The results on the night were:
1st Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and Breda Walsh
1st Nett: Tony Hanrahan and David O’Meara
2nd Nett: Anna Ryan and Rita Holohan
Subscriptions of €25 are now due. New members welcome. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien at Tel: 052 31862.

The hurling season ended on a high note on Saturday last when our U/10's won the South Championship in their division.
They had previously played Kilsheelan and St. Pats to make it through to the next round.
On Saturday last a team of players set off to Cahir to play Skeheenarinky in the semi-final, they had a very convincing win over them and were then on to meet Cahir in the Final. It was a great match to watch and the final score stood at Fethard 4-06 Skins - 2 - 00.
The final was a wonder to watch and these young players were a credit to their club and to themselves and they excelled in every aspect of the game. Their team work and team spirit was very much evident throughout the match, with all members encouraging each other on whether it was a point scored or missed.
Each and every member of this team were outstanding on the day but credit is due to their captain Eoin Fitzgerald who captained the team to a great victory, and notched up some mighty scores on the day, Cathal Hurley who made some wonderful clearances in the backs, Ronan Fitzgerald whose goal from the sideline was a proud moment, Ciaran O'Meara, who made some saves that would have made Brendan Cummins proud, Alan Lawrence no-matter where he was on the field was dependable and notched up a few points himself. Frankie O'Donovan outdid himself on the day and no matter where you looked Frankie was there, meeting any challenge that came his way. Owen Dillon in the forward line was a handful for the Cahir backline and was lucky second time round after his first goal being disallowed. Dylan Fitzgerald was back in form with the opening goal that put us in the lead and Tommy Sheehan in flying form in the wings providing some great runs up the field with Damien Morrissey showing some really great skill and clearing some great balls that came his way. Well done to these young lads and to all their trainers and mentors.
The Juvenile Club would also like to thank everyone that generously supported their Table Quiz and to all those that donated spot prizes.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 7th October were: 7, 9, 14, 17 and the Bonus number was 18. There was no Jackpot winner and three "Match 3" winners who received €50 each:
Seamus Moloney, Tirry Park, Fethard.
Maeve Withero, c/o Nellie O'Connor, Cashel.
Frankie Napier, Mountain View, Killusty, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Maureen Whyte, Main Street, Fethard.
Margaret Browne, c/o AIB, Fethard.
Mary Grant, Killerk, Fethard.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
Don't forget the new additional prize of a Holiday Break of your Choice to the value of €1,000. This prize can be won on your regular ticket if you match three numbers with a ‘bonus number’ that will be drawn separately each week for the duration of the special promotion. Lotto tickets remain at €2 each and we thank you for your continued support each week. All proceeds of the draw are used for community projects in the parish and have helped many organisations and groups in the area to date. If you are interested in selling tickets in your workplace or home, please contact the Community Office 052 31000. All sales big or small are really appreciated and, don’t forget, if you sell the winning Jackpot ticket, you could win the €1,000 sellers prize, or €10 for each ‘Match Three’ ticket you sell.

A very successful Harvest Thanksgiving Service took place in the Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Main Street, on Friday night, October 10. The service was organised by the Clonmel Union of Parishes with Rev. George A. Knowd, Rector, presiding. Special preacher on the night was The Very Rev. W. Beare. Organist Kevin Hickey accompanied the hymns sung during the ceremony. Refreshments and wine were served to all present afterwards.

Fethard Historical Society hosted the first ever County Local History Day on Saturday 11th October. The day-long seminar was very successful and attracted over 80 people from all parts of County Tipperary interested or involved in local history.

Two Parenting Programme courses commenced in Fethard on last Monday night, one at Nano Nagle Primary School and the other at the Patrician Presentation Secondary School. These parenting courses are of great benefit to all parents of young children and teenagers, offering a great opportunity to help understand and overcome simple everyday problems in communicating with children.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first document to attempt to write down all the rights of children. Here are some highlights - and some corresponding rights of parents. It may be more helpful to replace 'right to' with 'need (for)' and to think of these rights as basic needs.
1. Children have a right to be respected by their parents or guardians, and to be involved in decisions that affect themselves.
2. Children have a right to say what they want and think and feel so long as doing so does not break the law or affect other people's rights.
3. Children have a right to personal privacy, including not having personal letters opened or phone calls listened to unless the law allows this.
4. Children have a right to a wide range of information, especially any which would make life better for them.
5. Children have a right to proper care and protection from all forms of violence, including cruel punishment, belittling, or lack of respect.
6. Children have a right to an adequate standard of living, good food, good health care, and the best possible chance to develop fully.
7. Disabled children have a right to be enabled to take an active, full part in everyday life and become as autonomous as possible.
8. Every child is entitled to rest and play, and to have the chance to join in a wide range of activities.
1. Parents have the same right to be listened to and respected by their children, as their children have to be listened to and respected by their parents.
2. Parents have a right to time for relaxing and developing themselves - also a right to time on their own with a spouse or other significant adult.
3. Parents have a right to postpone making a decision until they have had time to think.
4. Parents have a right to say 'no,' to set reasonable limits for their children, and, within reason, to let them live with the results of ignoring those limits.
5. Parents have a right to have their work at home valued and appreciated by the significant people in their lives as well as by government and state bodies.
6. Parents have the right to ask their children for reasonable help around the home, according to each child's ability.
7. Parents have a right to communicate their values and opinions to their children - though they cannot insist on their children having the same values.
8. Parents have a right to proper support in providing their children with due rights and respect.
Do you agree that you and your children have these rights? Which of your children rights might you find hardest to respect? Which of your own rights might you find hardest to claim?

Nano Nagle Primary School will hold a Bric-Á-Brac and Cake Sale in the school hall at 1.30pm on Thursday 23rd October. All donations of bric-á-brac (toys, books, comics, etc.) and cakes would be much appreciated. Items for the sale may be left in to the school during the week and cakes and buns may be brought to the school on Thursday 23rd October. Parents are asked to bring bags on the day of the sale for taking home purchases.

The Fethard / Killenaule Community TV committee unfortunately feel at this stage they have no alternative but to pull the plug on the entire service. Despite numerous requests to peoples integrity and the appointing of a door-to-door collector thy have failed to collect subscriptions from most of the householders utilising the service. This is a very sad refection on our society. Many have openly declared their non-intention of paying on the assumption, ‘why pay for something you can have for nothing’. This opinion has been expressed by some who could well afford to do so.
The innocent will now be punished with the guilty if the committee are obliged to discontinue the source. The installation of the equipment, the maintenance of same, the licence to operate, are just a few of the reasons for the high overheads in maintaining the signal. The committee, a completely voluntary body, can just not afford to operate the source without the co-operation of those using it.
As every other avenue has been tried at this stage, it is probably pointless making a last appeal to the defaulters. The excellent BBC1, BBC2, UTV and Channel 4 signal provided now looks like being a thing of the past for the long winter evenings ahead. The Piper if not being paid, expectantly will not provided the tune.

The death has occurred on October 10th of Mrs Pauline Coffey, Burke Street. The late Pauline Coffey in her 99th year was one of Fethard’s oldest residents. During her long life Pauline Coffey played a leading role, as did her late husband Joe Coffey, in the social and cultural life of Fethard. Possessed of a beautiful singing voice she was a long time member of the Augustinian Abbey Choir. She also played leading parts in the Famous Fethard Pantomimes of the fifties. A lady of very decided opinions, she attended many public meetings when the welfare of Fethard was considered, where she was very forthright in voicing her sometimes-controversial ideas.
Following her husbands death, Pauline Coffey continued to allow Fethard Tennis Club in its best years, free use of the three magnificent grass courts situated at the rear of her residence, the Lilacs, in Burke Street. Her last magnificent gesture was to present Coffey’s Mill, now the Abymill Theatre, for a nominal fee to the Fethard Players, in memory of her husband Joe. She was the last surviving member of her generation of the Coffey family of Fethard, that for over a century played such a leading role in the business life of the town.
She will be greatly missed by her relatives and a very large circle of friends. Her remains were removed to Fethard Augustinian Abbey church on Saturday October 11th. Internment took place in the Coffey family burial plot at Fethard Parish Church Cemetery

Coolmoyne had a very strong connection with the Carrick Swan Minor hurling team that drew with Moycarkey in the county Tipperary minor hurling championship on Sunday. Star of the Carrick team with an exhilarating display was Kevin Hannigan. Kevin’s mother is formerly Helen O’Dea of Ballyvaden. His grandfather and granduncle, Tom and Jack O’Dea would not be unknown to a former generation of south Tipperary GAA players and supporters. Sixteen year old, Kevin and his brother, would seem to be stars of the future in Tipperary hurling.


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