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Saturday 14th February 2004

Tipperary Foxhounds had one of the best hunts of the season from their meet at Barne on February 9th.  Finding in the fort at O’Gorman’s, close to the Poulmucka road junction, hounds ran to the Lavally road where the fox was headed by passing traffic.  Turning left handed, he crossed the Poulmucka road and ran to Woodroffe.

Swerving right-handed here, the pack fairly flew through Moorestown by the old castle before crossing the Poulmucka-Cahir road close to the old Ballingeary School.  They then ran towards Knockfee wood, but turning right, hunted this good fox through Whitelands almost to New Inn.  There, with the hounds in close pursuit, he did a u-turn back to Whitelands where he went to ground in a foil on Mr Lonergans farm.

This was an excellent run with a five-mile point, probable closer to seven miles as hounds ran in just under one hour.  A feature of this run was the fact that hounds had scarcely a check and were untouched by huntsman Pat O’Brien throughout.

Pat O’Brien had a rather bad fall on the road from the Darcy’s Cross meet on Saturday. Pat very courageously finished the day.  His knee injury necessitated his removal to Ardkeen Hospital on Saturday evening.  Pat is now making satisfactory progress we are glad to report, following an operation on the injured knee on Sunday.  His many friends in hunting circles in Tipperary and surrounding counties will wish him a very speedy recovery and return to the saddle.

The Ballylusky White Heather harriers will meet in Ballingarry on Sunday next 22nd February at 12 noon.

Fethard Ladies Football Club will hold their annual general meeting in Bob Grant’s Bar, Main Street, on this Friday night, 20th February at 8pm.

Another sure sign that spring has arrived is the start of the fishing season on local rivers on March 17th.  The Fethard and Killusty Anglers Club will hold their AGM in the Tirry centre on this Friday night 20th February at 8pm.

Nostalgic memories were brought back to many dancers of yesteryear by the wonderful performance of the Premier Swing Band in the Abymill on Friday night last.  The seventeen piece band, featuring five saxophones, four trombones, five trumpets, keyboard, bass guitar and drums went through a wide repertoire of many of the big American and cross-channel bands of the big-band era, not forgetting a special tribute to our own Mick Delahunty. 

Vocalist Irene Malone gave a great performance being particularly outstanding on Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra numbers.  Ten of the talented seventeen musicians in the orchestra took solo spots during the performance.  These included two young musicians with strong Fethard connections.  Nial Fahey on tenor sax, whose mother was formerly Betty Bradshaw, Drumdeel, and Paul Lyttleton on drums.  Drummers in modern groups are a rarity.  What a delight to hear a drummer of Paul’s capabilities in full flow.  Paul is a son of Pierce Lyttleton, Mockler’s Terrace.  Mr Danny Carroll was arranger and conductor, and Mr Denis O’Sullivan of Tipp FM Radio was a most capable compere.

The next outstanding attraction in the Abymill is the visit of the Brewery Lane Dramatic Society from Carrick-on-Suir on Wednesday 23rd February.  The nationally acclaimed Carrick theatre group present ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’.  Booking is at Austin O’Flynn’s Burke Street. Tel: 052 31254.

A meeting was held on last Tuesday night to discuss the Augustinian 700 Celebrations, which will take place in Fethard in 2005.  Over 35 people turned up to the meeting in the Abymill Theatre.  Further details will follow in due course.

The death has occurred on Sunday 15th February, of Nora Doyle, Clonmel, formerly Nora Godfrey, Barrettsgrange, Fethard.  Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

Results for Progressive 25 game played on 6th February 2004.  Winners on 12 games: Jackie Devitt and Chas Keane. Runners up on 11 games: Chris Colville and Sean Walsh,
Chris Maher and Bob Gleeson.  Rubber finals: Chas Keane and Pat O’Dwyer, Mick Holohan and Paddy McCormack, Nora Lee and Nora O’Donnell.
Results for Progressive 25 game played on 13th February 2004. Winners on 13 games: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn. Runners up on 11 games: Denny O’Donnell and David Curran. Rubber finals: Jim and Mary Garrett, Chris Maher and Sean Spillane. Table prize: Jim Phelan and Phyllis Murray. Tickets: Paddy Butler, John St. John, Tom Phelan and Chris Coleville.
Next game takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 20th February at 8.30pm sharp

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Games recently took place and the following officers were elected: Joe Keane (chairman), Bernard Feery (secretary), Joe Keane and Peggy Colville (joint treasurers).  Committee members: Fintan Rice, Sean Devaney, Helena O’Shea and Rosie Gorey.  The committee plan to hold a Table Quiz in Fethard Ballroom on Saturday, February 28th at 8pm.  Teams of four consisting of 1 adult and 3 children.  This is an open quiz we hope to get support from outside the parish and age of 31st of July will not apply.  Further details next week.

Art & Model Making
Local finals of Art & Model Making will take place on March 15th. All entries will be collected at schools on this day and must be accompanied by an entry fee of €2. If you reside in the parish but go to school elsewhere please hand in your entry to Helena O’Shea, The Valley, Tel: 052 31008 or to the Community Games Office, Grove Road, Tel: 052 31906. The County Finals of both of these events will take place in Fethard Ballroom on Saturday, April 3rd.  Entrants must be under the age specified on the 31st of July for these events, which are part of the National Community Games Programme.   All entries must have a community games theme.

Starting on Tuesday next 24th February, Fethard Civil Defence will run an eight-week public course in First Aid at the Fr. Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard.  The course will take place at 8pm on Tuesday nights and all are welcome.

The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday night, 24th February at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre.

On Wednesday 11th February 2004 we played for prizes sponsored by the Oriental Gardens Restaurant, Fethard, and the results were:

1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh

2nd Gross: Suzanne Opray and Ellen Rochford

1st Nett: Tony Hanrahan and David O’Meara

2nd Nett: Mary and Pattie Tobin

Next Wednesday, 25th February, the second round of the ‘Player of the Year’ competition will take place, for which you pick your own change of partner.

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

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 10th February were: 2, 8, 21 and 24. There was no Jackpot winner, and three "Match 3" winner who received €50 each:

Robert & Megan Hackett, 28 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard

William Needham, Friarsgrange, Fethard

Trish Hennessy, Beechwood, Colman, Fethard.

Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:

Noel Morrissey, 48 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard

Mary Sheehan, 67 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard

C.E.S. Tirry Centre, Fethard

Next weeks Jackpot €4,800. Jackpot sellers prize €330.

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.

Well known singer songwriter, Johnny Duhan, supported by Billy ‘Bob’ Dwyer from Cashel, will perform in the Abymill Theatre at 8.15pm on Friday 5th March.  Booking has now opened at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Fethard, Tel: 052 31254. Tickets €10.

From his musical beginnings in the 1960s fronting the legendary band Granny’s Intentions, Johnny Duhan has earned a justly impressive reputation over the years with a series of highly regarded albums, “Just Another Town”, “Don Quixote” and “Flame”, culminating in the highly anticipated album “Tree”.

Johnny is highly respected for the depth and maturity of his music, and his distinctive and eloquently crafted songs have been recorded by a long list of musical household names including Mary Black, Mary Coughlan, Dolores Keane and Christy Moore, and a number of his songs, including “The Voyage”, have become standards of the genre.

“Johnny Duhan is one of my favourite songwriters" (Ronnie Drew).

The county senior football league started on last Sunday for our team and we had a very nice game under first class conditions in Fethard.  We were victorious on the day with a scoreline, Fethard 3-12 (1-5), to Arravale Rovers 0-4 (0-4).  Our team, consisting of a large number of youths, performed very well with the senior players available for the game.   The team lineout was: Tommy Gahan, Michael Aherne, Ian Kenrick, Paul Hackett, Tomas Keane, Eoin Doyle, Emmet Burke, Kenneth Byrne, Michael Dillon 0-1, Michael Quinlan 1-0, Stephen O’Donnell 0-2, Brendan Brett 0-5 (3f), John Hanrahan, K O’Donnell 1-1, Darren O’Meara.  Subs used were: Tom Anglim, D Burke 0-1, Miceál Spillane 1-2, William Harrington and Shane Walsh. Our next game takes place in Monroe against Moyle Rovers this weekend.  Check sports page for time and date.
Our Lotto Jackpot €3,000 was not won.  The draw was made in Lonergans on Tuesday 10th February and we had one match three winner: O’Shea Family (Woodvale Walk), who received €150.  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Paul Kenny (Woodvale Walk).
Our sympathies are at this time with the Godfrey family on the death of their sister Mrs Doyle.  Go nDeanai Trocaire Orthu.

Fethard Judo Club will hold a table quiz in Grants Bar on Tuesday 24th February, starting at 9pm.  We ask for your support.


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