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Saturday 18th October 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper


Fethard Players will stage Sean O’Casey’s, ‘The Plough and The Stars’ in the Abymill Theatre on Sunday 16th November for a six-night run.  Sean O’Casey’s classic needs little introduction to Irish audiences as it has long been recognised as one of Ireland’s greatest plays.  Its mixture of tragedy and comedy captures the dramatic events in Dublin during and prior to the Easter Rising of 1916.

A large cast in this production includes: Marian Gilpin, Angela Dillon Whyte, Mary O’Connell, Mia Treacy, Sarah Kennedy, Siobhán Prout, Jimmy O’Sullivan, Gerry Fogarty, Philip O’Meara, Robert O’Keeffe, Vincent Murphy, Eoin Whyte, Joe Hanley, Michael Tillyer and Eoin Powell.  The play is produced by Austin O’Flynn and booking is now open at Tel: 052 31254 or 087 1338961 and at O’Flynn’s Mens Shop, Burke Street.


Congratulations to Mary Gorey, Main Street, Fethard, who has been selected to play on the Munster under/19 Ladies Squad.  This is a major honour for 16-year-old Mary considering she has only been playing competitive rugby with Clonmel ladies since January of this year.  We wish Mary every success with the Munster team and her future rugby career.


A feature of the Fethard junior football team that defeated Ballingarry in the South Tipperary junior football final at Kilsheelan on Saturday last was the inclusion of four Coen brothers from Killusty, Chris, Shay, Martin and Colm, on the Fethard winning team.  A fifth brother, Brian, is a playing member of the Fethard senior football team.

As far as we know, this is the first occasion in the club’s history on which four brothers have played on a Fethard championship winning team.  We recall an occasion in 1956 when Killusty junior football team travelled to play Grangemockler in a championship match at Kilsheelan.  When the Grangemockler team had not appeared 30 minutes after the official starting time, it was decided to play a Fethard v Killusty practice game.  Two 13-a-side teams were made up from players and supporters.  The Killusty team included seven Sheehan brothers from another very prominent GAA family — Jimmy, Ned, Johnny, Michael, Tom, Dan and Dick.

The Coen family also hold another unique playing record.  The Killusty F.C. team that won the Tipperary FAI Junior Cup included a father and three sons — Louis, Chris, Shay and Martin Coen.

These are unique local sporting records of which the Coen and Sheehan families can be justifiably proud.

Incidentally, on that day long ago in Kilsheelan, when the challenge match concluded having played a full hour, the Grangemockler team turned up.  Apparently, as it was the last Sunday of Summer Time, there was some confusion on their part in regard to the official starting time.  Killusty turned out again with 15 players who had already played the challenge game, and won that game also.


Adrian Morrissey and his new bride, Avril Colville, spent their honeymoon touring New Zealand. They were surprised during their tour to be flagged down by a passing truck which overtook their camper van on a highway outside Wellington.  Their surprise turned out to be amazement when they discovered they had been hailed by Michael Byrne, a very near Killusty neighbour of the bridegroom.

When they had recovered their composure, Michael said, he recognised his old schoolmate as he passed his vehicle.

They arranged to meet in Wellington that night where they had a good natter about the ‘times and the joys’, that for these young people are certainly not gone, but just beginning, in “The Valley Near Slievenamon’ — 12,000 miles away.


On Saturday18th October, our Junior A footballers brought this year’s first piece of silverware to the Senior Club when winning the South Championship (Fr John Egan Cup).  The last time we won being 1999 — when we went on to win the county, making a total of eleven divisional titles, the last four being 1984, 1989, 1999, 2003.  We had one player, Chris Coen, playing in 1984 and 2003, which is a span off 19 years.  Back to the match — which was one off the best Junior A football matches in recent years — played in excellent conditions in Kilsheelan with Fethard coming out on top on a score line Fethard 2-11(1-5), Ballingarry 1-12 (1-6).  The team was: Ronan Maher, Chris Coen, Diarmuid Burke, Philly Blake, Ian Kenrick, Shane Walsh, Jamie McCormack, Eoin Doyle 0-1, Colm Coen 0-1, Shay Ryan(capt), Martin Coen, Brendan Brett 0-1, Tommy Sheehan 0-4 (2f), Shay Coen 1-1, and John Noonan 1-2.  Subs were: Paul Hackett, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1, Shane Aylward (used), Garreth Byrne, Michael Fitzgerald, John Hurley, Paul Kenrick and Philly Prout.  Best of luck to the team in the county semifinal when we next play Rosegreen (West champions).

Congratulations to the Cahir Club on winning their first County Senior football title and we wish them the best in the Munster Club Championship.

The Intermediate Hurling South final takes place this Sunday in Clonmel after the Intermediate Football Final.  We wish the team the very best of luck in the final. 

The Lotto Jackpot €1,400 was not won.  We had no match threes winners and the numbers drawn at McCarthys Hotel were 8, 14, 15 and 16.  The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Joe Grant (Fr Tirry Park).  And the following won €30: Michael Gould (Claremore), Sean Smyth (Claremore), Garreth Byrne (Claremore), Brendan Kenny (St Patricks Place), and Noelle Doyle (St Pats Place).

Our Sincere Sympathies to the Delahunty Family (Market Hill) on their recent bereavement of Eleanor.  Go nDeanai Dia Trocaire Orthu.

First Steps Playschool

First Steps Playschool situated in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, still has vacancies, if you are interested, please feel free to drop in at anytime, or contact Patricia Fitzgerald 052 32164 or 086 1580897


The annual church gate collection for the Emigrant’s Newsletter will take place this coming weekend, 25th and 26th October.  We ask for your support to help us publish and post over 1000 Newsletters free of charge to our emigrants throughout the world. 

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.

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.  Please also hand in change of addresses or new addresses for those wishing to be added to the emigrant mailing list.  Anyone with Fethard connections living away from Fethard is eligible to be added to our list. An up-to-date mailing 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.


Our under/13 footballers travelled to Kilsheelan on Saturday last to participate in a 9-a-side blitz, there were 16 teams from all over the county taking part and these young lads made it through to the semi-final.

They travelled to Kilsheelan to play Kilsheelan and Bansha and had two very convincing wins, they then had to travel on to Clonmel Commercials ground where they met Clonmel Og in the quarter-finals, they had a great win over them and went on to met Moyle Rovers in the semi-finals.

It was a great game played with only 7 minutes a side being played; these young lads showed great skill and teamwork and were extremely unfortunate to be beaten by 3 points.

The Club would also like to congratulate Christopher Sheehan who was selected and played on the South under/14 team, which won the Jim Power Cup, well done to you Christopher.

The under/10 county football championship is commences shortly; players please note that training is at the usual times.  Best of luck to these young lads, we wish them well.


We record the death of Mrs Nellie Delahunty, Market Hill, Fethard, who died on Friday 17th October, at Rathkeevan Nursing Home, Clonmel. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery following 11am Mass on Monday 20th October.


The numbers drawn on Tuesday 14th October were: 6, 7, 10, 17 and the Bonus number was 14. There was no Jackpot winner and three "Match 3" winners who received €50 each:

Greta O'Dwyer, Red City Road, Fethard.

Marie Murphy, Coleman, Fethard.

Chrissie Moloney, 35 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:

Tom Freyne, Fethard.

Hazel Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard.

Pat O'Meara, Ballinure, Thurles.

The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.


The initial confusion over the alternate week collection of household waste wheelie bins and sacks of recyclable waste have more or less sorted itself out.  Householders please note that the wheelie bin collection takes place as usual on next Monday 27th October, which is a Bank Holiday.

Here are some ideas of what can and cannot be included for recycling: newspapers, magazines, junk mail, waste paper, plastic bottles (lids removed and placed in clear bag), shampoo bottles, butter/spread containers, plastic drinks bottles, plastic milk bottles, yoghurt drinks and yoghurt cartons, cream containers, clothes conditioner packets, cereal boxes, plastic bags, biscuit packs, tetra packs, milk cartons, juice cartons, dog food tins, bean/pea tins, soft drinks cans, Christmas/birthday cards.

No unwashed food containers, No wet items, No glass jars or bottles, No heavy bags, No soiled kitchen paper, No ashes, No nappies, No sanitary items, No crisp packets, No sweet wrappers, No contaminated cling film, No food wrappings, No toothpaste tubes, No foil contaminated with food, No milky containers, No bric-a-brac, No builders rubble, No aerosols, No batteries and No grass cuttings.

Remember if the bag contains the wrong material, is too heavy or is wet, it will not be taken.


The hands of the clock have gone around once more, so please remember to put your clocks back one hour on this Saturday night 26th October when old time comes into operation.


One of Fethard’s biggest sporting and social occasions takes place on Monday next, 27th October, when the Tipperary Foxhounds hold their 115th successive opening meet in Fethard.


The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday night, 28th October at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre.


It is great to see the Street Sweeper Lorry now visiting Fethard on a regular basis.  It would be even better if we all make an extra effort to keep litter of our streets from now on.


The Fionn Mac Cumhall Players, Cloneen are hosting a fundraising night on Saturday 1st November in Cloneen.  The ‘Showband Stars’ with special guests Doc Carroll, Damien McCarthy and the ‘Big Chief Flaming Star’ himself will entertain you for 2 and half hours.  A night not to be missed!  Hear all the hits from 60s, 70s and 80s.


We remind all children who may be attending Halloween bonfires or partaking in activities around the Halloween weekend to take every effort to avoid unnecessary risks.  Accidents do happen every year, and have happened to those who think their safe.


Last Sunday 20 juvenile athletes travelled to Dundrum to compete in the County even-age cross-country championships. Unfortunately the club only managed to field one full team, nonetheless Fethard put in some fine individual performances. In the boys under/10 race the indefatigable Gregory Henry took the gold medal in fine style winning his second county title in as many years and in the boys under/12 event John Lalor ran well to win the bronze medal.  Brother and sister Hannah and Lolo Trehy ran impressively to finish 4th in their respective under/12 and under/14 races. 

The Fethard team was as follows: Girls under/10: Emma Walsh, Radka Janalikova and Hannah Stapleton.  Boys under/10: Anthony Hartnett, Vincent Lawrence, Ashley Laslett and Gregory Henry. Girls under/12: Hannah Trehy, Aisling Dwyer, Michelle Ryall, Roisín Trehy, Sarah McManus and Aisling O’Connor. Boys under/12: John Lalor, Louis Rice and Owen Healy.  Girls under/14: Bernadette Costello and Laura Rice.  Boys under/14: Lolo Trehy and Michael Costello.

Upcoming fixtures: Sunday 2nd November, Munster juvenile uneven age and novice in Rathgormack.  Sunday 9th November, County Juvenile B takes place in Ballynonty.  Sunday 16th November, Munster even age and intermediate in Killarney


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