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Saturday 24th January 2004

The death has occurred on Saturday 24th January, of Doris Richardson, Par, Cornwall, England. Doris is the mother of Sue Burke, formerly of Redcity, Fethard, one of the founder members of the Girl Guides in Fethard, and also a prominent member of the Hogan Musical Society while living in Fethard.

The death has occurred in St. Joseph’s Hospital on Friday 23rd January, of Margaret 'Peg' Shee, Bannixtown, Fethard. Requiem Mass took place on Sunday in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty followed by interment in adjoining cemetery.

The death has occurred recently of Mrs Agnes Barry, Ennis, Co. Clare, formerly Agnes White, Derryluskin.  Interment took place in Ennis.

On Sunday, 8th February, local bluegrass musician and promoter, John Shortall, is pleased to present ‘The Monks’ at the Abymill Theatre at 8.15pm. ‘The Monks’ are a raging, twin fiddle driven, old time bluegrass band from Bloomington, Indiana.  Following in the footsteps of the ‘Skillet Lickers’ and the ‘Stripling Brothers’ they're pros at getting the dance floor hopping. In concert, ‘The Monks’ perform sweet, sad southern songs, a capella ballads, rowdy dance tunes and waltzes and polkas from orquestas de cuerdas, Mexican-American string band music. Members of The Monks have won top honours at Mt. Airy and Clifftop Old Time music competitions, and all four are veteran dance camp instructors. As a band, they continue to play nationally to rave reviews, backing up this country's finest dance callers. The Monks are Claudio Buchwald, Abby and Evie Ladin, and Sam Bartlett.  Booking now at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street. 052 31254.

The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will hold a Lawn Meet at Priestown House, Drangan, this Sunday, 1st February, at 12 noon.

Miceál McCormack, chairman Tipperary South Board GAA Referees Association, intends this year to organise a get-together of past referees.  Miceál is anxious for all past referees to contact him on Tel: 052 31534.  He is particularly interested in contacting referees from the seventies, sixties and fifties period.

Incidentally, Miceál has been elected chairman of the South Tipperary Referees Association for the seventh successive year.

Sr. Philomena O'Brien, formerly from The Green, Fethard, has been chosen to be Grand Marshal of the Blue Point / Bayport St. Patricks Day Parade in New York. The committee held a dinner to mark the occasion and to honour her work in the community over the years. Sr. Philomena was presented with a Declaration by Steve Levy, Suffolk Legislator, on behalf of the 1.4 million residents of Suffolk County. It was a great night for all present. This year's parade will be held on the 14th March.

The very popular twenty piece Premier Swing Band from Clonmel, featuring lead singer Irene Malone from Carrick, will play in the Abymill on 13th February (day before Valentine’s Day). Tickets may be booked from O’Flynn’s, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254 or 087 1338961.

The Munster Classics Dancing Championships will take place in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday 1st February from 12 to 6pm.  If you like dancing or watching people dance, this is the place to go.  Admission for spectators is €6.

This year’s Tipperariana Book Fair will take place on Sunday 8th February. Fethard Historical Society are looking for unwanted books that can be sold at their second-hand book stall to raise funds for the society.  If you have books to donate, please contact Terry Cunningham, Tel: 052 23402; or Dóirín Saurus, Tel: 052 31936; and we will arrange to have them collected.

Yoga Classes will commence in Fethard ICA Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 5th February.  Please note there is only one class, so if you are interested, come along at 7.30pm.

Carrick Dramatic Society will perform their smash hit production of, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” by Martin McDonagh, in the Abymill Theatre on Wednesday 25th February.  Booking now at O’Flynn’s Menswear Tel: 052 31254.

The bridge results for Wednesday 21st January 2004 are:

1st Gross: Betty Walsh and Mary Moore

2nd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane

1st Nett: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke

2nd Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke

Anyone looking for a partner, contact Annie O’Brien at Tel: 052 31862.

Fethard & Killusty Community Games AGM will take place on Tuesday next, February 3rd in the Community Games Office, Grove Road, at 8.30pm.  2003 was a good year for the games as we won five gold medals in Judo, certificates in boy’s volleyball and had competitors in art and model making at the ESB National Finals.  We would love to see some new faces at the meeting.  All are welcome.  Enquiries to: 052 31023 or 052 31906.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 20th January were: 5, 12, 18 and 29. There was no Jackpot winner, and four "Match 3" winners who received €40 each:

Trehy children, Mobarnane

Eileen Ryan, Friarsgrange, Fethard

Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard

Mary Grant, Killerk, Fethard

Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:

Paddy Lawrence, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard

Helen Morrissey, 48 St. Patricks Place, Fethard

Mary Myler, 66 St. Patricks Place, Fethard

Next weeks Jackpot is €4,350 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €285.

LAUNCH OF Fethard-Historic Town Atlas
On Saturday evening, 7th February, Dr. Willie Nolan will launch the Fethard-Historic Town Atlas No. 13 for the Royal Irish Academy in the Abymill Theatre at 8.15pm.  The Fethard Town Atlas, by Dr. Tadhg O’Keeffe, includes 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 Irish Historical Town Atlas series. All interested are invited to attend. 

Officers of the Academy, along with their President, Dr. Michael Ryan and The Atlas author, Dr. Tadhg O’Keeffe will attend and remain over in Fethard to attend the Book Fair on Sunday where the Atlas can also be seen, signed and purchased.

A great crowd attended both the Convention held on10th January and the adjourned Convention on the 24th January held in the Abymill Theatre, the use of which we are very grateful.  With nearly everything now in place, we congratulate all those who were elected and we wish them the very best in 2004.  Results were: President, Father Tom Breen P.P.; Chairman, Mick Aherne; Secretary/Insurance/PRO, Noel Byrne; Treasurer, Nicky O’Shea; Vice Chairmen, Dick Fitzgerald and Michael Keane; Assistant Secretary / Juvenile Secretary / Assistant Treasurer, Mary Godfrey; County Board Delegate, Gus Fitzgerald; Football Board Delegate, Austy Godfrey; Scór, Martha Sheehan;  Oifig Na Gaeilge, Ailish O Siochain; Youth, Aiden Fitzgerald; Coaching, Tommy Sheehan; Field Development, Denis O’Meara.

Two others will be co-opted onto the committee during the year. Teams and selectors are now in place.  The following teams in competition for 2004 are: Senior Football, Junior A Football, Under 21 A Football, Minor B Football, Intermediate Hurling, Under 21 B Hurling, and Minor B Hurling.

If there are any transfers or movements by players, please contact the secretary as soon as possible.  Juvenile teams to be entered will be decided after the Juvenile GAA Club’s AGM which takes place on the 8th February in the Tirry Centre at 8pm (sharp).
Under 21s are back in training under Paul Fitzgerald, Brendan Brett and Tomas Keane. We will keep you posted when each grade is ready to resume.
Our Lotto Jackpot €2,700 was not won.  We will give all results since the Christmas break next week. and a big thank you to all contributors and helpers in this fundraising activity.
Our sympathies are at this time are with the family of Margaret (Peg) Shee, Bannixtown, on their loss. Go Ndeanai Dhia Trocaire Orthu.

Results for Progressive 25 Game played in Fethard Ballroom on 16th January are:
Winners on 11 games: Sean Walsh and Chris Colville. Runners up on 9 games: Paddy Butler and Tess Maher; Theresa Cummins and Alice Quinn; Sean Maloney and Philly Kenny.  Table prize: Bridie Lee and John Martin.  Tickets: Sean Callaghan, Jim Garrett,
Brian O’Donnell and Pat Horan. Rubber final: Paddy Butler and Tess Maher.
Results for Progressive 25 Game played in Fethard Ballroom on 23rd January are:
Joint winners on 11 games: Alice Quinn and Theresa Cummins; Richie Nevin and Tom Tobin.  Table prize: Brian O’Donnell and Seamus Maher
Next game takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 31st January at 8.30pm sharp.

Grants for Conservation of Protected Structures
South Tipperary County Council are currently inviting applications for Grant Assistance under their Scheme of Grants for the Conservation of Protected Structures.

In South Tipperary there are currently 1,243 Recorded Protected Structures. The purpose of the grant scheme is to assist the owner / occupier of a protected structure to undertake necessary works to secure the conservation of the structure or part thereof.  A wide range of conservation works will qualify for grants, generally amounting to 50% of the cost of the works up to a maximum of €13,000.  Works consisting of routine maintenance, alterations or improvements will not qualify.

Mr Stephen Fallon, Conservation Officer, South Tipperary County Council - Phone No. 052 34643 will be only to delighted to give advice to members of the public on any aspect of Protected Structures.

Application forms for grants and details are available from the Planning Section, South Tipperary County Council, Aras an Chontae, Clonmel.  The closing date for receipt of completed applications is the Thursday, 26th February, 2004.

Cllr John Fahey has informed us that, following his recent representations on behalf of Mr Tony Newport, Main Street, Fethard, to put in a stile at Red City graveyard, he wishes to advise us that this matter relates to Environment Section, South Tipperary County Council, Clonmel and representations have been re-directed Mr M. McCarthy, S.E.E. Environment for his attention.


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