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Saturday 13th March 2004

All are invited to attend the Fethard Parish Church Novena, which will commence on Monday 22nd March and continue to Tuesday 30th March.  A very interesting programme of sermons will be delivered by a different guest speaker each night and commence each evening at 7.30pm.  The following is a list of the visiting priests and the themes of their respective sermons:

Monday 22nd: Mgr. M. Olden, Tramore — ‘Religion & The People’.

Tuesday 23rd: Rev. C. Hayes, Cashel — ‘Mary Our Mother’.

Wednesday 24th: Rev. J. Delaney, Newport — ‘Hope’.

Thursday 25th: Rev. J. Egan, Lattin & Cullen — ‘Christian Marriage & Family Values’.

Friday 26th: Rev. Seamus Ryan, Walkinstown, Dublin.

Saturday 27th: Rev. Joe Walsh, Thurles — ‘Young People & Christian Principles’.

Sunday 28th: Rev. Joe Egan, Boherlahan — ‘Death and its Christian Meaning’.

Monday 29th: Rev. T. J. Breen, Holycross — ‘Forgiveness & Penitential Service’.

Tuesday 30th: Rev. G. Horan, The Abbey. Fethard.

The Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto Jackpot has now climbed back up to €5,400 with a sellers prize at €390.   All proceeds of the draw are used for community projects in the parish and some of those supported by the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto to date include: Fethard Day Care Extension; Purchase of Convent Hall; Hogan Musical Society; Christmas Lights & Christmas Tree; Fethard Foróige Club; Medieval Town Wall Floodlights; Fethard Tidy Towns; Historical Society Medieval Trail; Woodvale Walk Residents Association; Senior Citizens Club; Fethard & Killusty London Reunion, Community Sports Field and Holy Trinity Church of Ireland.

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 Jackpot sellers prize (currently €390), or €10 for each ‘Match Three’ ticket you sell.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 9th March were: 4, 8, 13 and 16. There was no Jackpot winner, and three "Match 3" winners who received €50 each:

Frank Mullins, 69 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

Michael Flanagan, Tullamaine, Fethard.

Frank Fogarty, 75 Woodvale Walk, Fethard.

Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:

Bill Magnier, Coolmore, Fethard.

Eddie O'Brien, Burke Street, Fethard.

Dick Burke, Main Street, Fethard.

Next weeks Jackpot €5,400. Jackpot sellers prize €390.

Camogie training will take place on Thursday night, 18th March at 7pm to facilitate St. Patrick's Day celebrations. All are welcome.

On Wednesday 10th March 2004 we played the fourth round of the Player of the

Year competition and the results were:

1st Gross: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey

2nd Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn

1st Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney

2nd Nett: Nell Broderick and Breda O’Grady.

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

The Parents Association of the Secondary School, Fethard, will hold a Table Quiz in the Secondary School Hall on Tuesday 23rd March at 8.30pm.  A raffle will also be held in conjunction with the table quiz.  Prizes for both quiz and raffle are kindly sponsored.  Proceeds are in aid of the Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund.  A good night’s entertainment is promised, refreshments will be served and an invitation is extended to all.

Following the success of our local fund raising quiz I am sure many of the competitors will be interested to hear that the county finals of the u/14 juvenile quiz will be held in the Park Avenue Hotel, Thurles, on Friday night, March 26th at 8pm.  Teams of four may consist of boys, girls or mixed.  Competitors must reside in the area and be under 14 on 31st July, 2004.   The attractive prize for this quiz is a weekend away in Mosney to contest the National Finals of the juvenile quiz in mid May.  Areas may send as many teams as they wish to Thurles, there are no qualifying rounds in the areas.  Entries will be taken on the night.   We hope that Fethard & Killusty area will be well represented.

Judging of the local art & model making event is currently taking place, first two in each age group will qualify for the County Finals, which will be held in Fethard Ballroom on Saturday, April 3rd.

In three weeks time, Saturday 10th April, Fethard Junior team will play away to Kilruane in their first match.  Club meeting will take place on this coming Friday night, 19th March, in Grants Lounge, Main Street, at 9pm.   Teams have now been entered in the under-14 and under-16 leagues.  A full turnout at our training sessions will be the deciding factor as to the feasibility of these teams.  Unless we are in a position to field a full team, they will be withdrawn.  Training for underage players will commence on Saturday next, March 20th at 2pm in the GAA field.   Assistance of parents at training sessions would be very much appreciated.  All fees must be paid immediately as any players training who have not paid their fees are not covered by insurance.  Enquiries to club secretary, Jennifer Keane, Tel: 052 31719.   New players very welcome.

Training for the Juveniles has now resumed for this year in the GAA field and times are as follows:

U/8s and U/10s — Saturday at 3pm;

U/12s — Tuesday at 6pm and Saturday at 3pm;

U/14s — Wednesday at 6.30pm and Friday at 6.15pm;

U/16s — Monday at 7pm.

These times are for football training only, hurling training will start at a later date, members will be notified.  Membership fees are now due at €10 per child, membership forms have been given out and please return as soon as possible with membership fees.  If you have any queries please contact club secretary, Caroline Sheehan Tel: 086 1713502.

We look forward to a successful and productive year and a welcome back to all our old members and a special welcome to any new members that may wish to join.

Local Presentation Sister and keen cyclist, Sr Betty Cagney, St. Bernard's Group Homes, is currently in training for a 600 mile Cycle trip from Dinard to Lourdes, to raise funds for the Irish Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust (IHCPT). Since the early 1980s many children have benefited from this Trust, with approximately five to ten local children travelling to Lourdes each year for a week’s pilgrimage. The cyclists will cycle six hundred miles over a period of seven days. Each cyclist has to raise a minimum of £2,000. Cyclists pay their own fare and expenses so all monies raised goes directly to IHCPT to support the local pilgrimage.

This year, Sr Betty will be joined by locals John Lonergan, Stephanie Keating, Bridget Fitzpatrick and Bobby Power from Carrick-On-Suir and these will join a larger group of 80 cyclists who will travel together, leaving Shannon for Dinard in the North of France on Saturday 3rd April and cycle from there to Lourdes arriving, with a bit of luck along the way, on Good Friday.

Sr Betty and her companions are actively fundraising at present and would be grateful for any financial support small or large. The IHCPT is a registered charity and therefore any company making a donation is entitled to tax relief.

Results for Progressive 25 game played on Friday 12th March.

Winners on 13 games: Hannie Leahy and Michael Holohan.  Runners up on 12 games: Greta O’Donovan and Philly Kenny.  Table prize: Paddy McCormack and Tom McCormack.  Tickets: M. Murphy and J. St John, Michael Brown and Margaret Phelan. Rubber finals: Hannie Leahy, Michael Holohan, Sean O’Callaghan and Michael O’Brien.

The next game takes place on Friday 19th march at 8.30pm sharp in Fethard Ballroom.

Fionn McCumhaill Players, Cloneen, forthcoming production of John B Keane’s play, ‘Sharon’s Grave’, will be staged in Cloneen Hall on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March. Curtain 8.15pm.  Adults €10, Children under-12 and OAP’s €5.  Tickets available at the door.

Our next outing is on Saturday April 17th at Rathdowney Golf Course.
The question on everyone’s lips is, are we running our annual Easter draw?  The answer is yes, you lucky people.  As well as the usual Easter hamper, we have meal vouchers, meat vouchers, shopping vouchers, tickets to the races, I could go on all night and at only €2 per line, buy early to avoid the rush!  Ten percent of our sales will go to the Fethard Day Care Centre.

Fethard’s under 21 A football campaign for 2004 came to an end on last Sunday when we were defeated by Moyle Rovers on a scoreline, Fethard 1-3, Moyle Rovers 1-14.  Report on sports page.
The under 21 B hurling gets underway on Sunday 14th March when we play St Marys in Monroe at 12.00.

The Senior Football County League continues also on Sunday 14th March when we play Commercials in Fethard at 4.30pm.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €3,300 was not won.  The numbers drawn in Burke’s Pub were 1, 18, 19 and 22. We had three match three winners who received €50 each: Bernie Byrne (Claremore), Miceál Sean McCormack (Kerry Street), and Brian Higgins (Strylea).  The €50 Lucky Dip went to Cora McGarry (10 Woodvale Walk).

Entries for Art & Model Making will be collected in all schools in the area on Monday, March 15.   Age groups for boys and girls are under 8. 10, 12, 14 and 16.    All entries must have a sporting theme and be accompanied by entry fee of €2.  Any child living in the parish but attending school elsewhere may hand in their entry to Helena O’Shea, The Valley,  Tel: 052 31008 on or before March 15th.

Training now takes place each Monday and Friday at 7.30 pm and we are delighted with the turnout.  Training for all underage players will commence very shortly.  Registration Fees for the coming year are as follows:  €25 for over 18, €15 for underage players and €10 for a non-player.  There is also a €50 registration fee for all individual clubs.  Our next club meeting will take place in Grants Lounge on Friday 19th March at 8.30pm.

Extraordinarily the world wide interest in the recent past into the history of the eminent Tipperary family, the Kellett family of Clonacody.  We have had requests from Australia, America and Ireland about the family history, especially information on the internationally known artic and southern hemisphere explorer and adventurer, Henry Kellett.

The family produced, in addition to the explorer, several high-ranking officers in the British army and navy.  Ms Diana Holderness may be interested in the following information requested in her most interesting email enquiry of last week.

Her grandfather, General Henry Kellett, killed in a hunting fall at Rathronan in 1930, was the last member of the Kellett family to reside in Clonacody.  His second wife Jessica, lived on there until the late thirties when Clonacody was sold and purchased by Mr Conor Carrigan.  Jessica lived in retirement in Saucestown up to her death in 1952.

Each Armistice Day, veterans of World War 1 used to parade to the grave of General Kellett in Holy Trinity Church graveyard where a wreath was laid and the Last Post was sounded.  Jessica Kellett is also interred in the family plot, as is the General’s first wife, Ms Holderness’s mother.

There were no children from the second marriage and as far as we know, there are no direct descendants or relatives of the Fethard family living in the immediate Fethard area.

The annual general meeting of Fethard & District Day Care Centre will take place in the Tirry Community Centre on this Thursday night, 18th March, at 7pm.

Slievenamon Golf Course, it would appear, has recently acquired a self-elected honorary life member.  A magnificent cock pheasant appears each morning at the plate glass window of the dining room.  He pecks at the glass and continues to do so until the obliging staff provides him with his breakfast.  Without so much as a “thank you”, or “charge it to my account”, he then goes on his merry way to do whatever cock pheasants do for the rest of the day.

Usually it is the death of top class racehorses, stallions or international show-jumpers are recorded in the press.  This week we record the death of ‘Jock’, probably the best-known children’s pony in South Tipperary.  Countless juvenile riders learned to ride on Jock.  He was the ultimate child’s first pony.  His speciality was nervous or timid riders.  He was actually, too good.  The young riders, in their first efforts in the show-jumping arena, had only to point Jock in the right direction and he would complete the course on automatic pilot, clearing the small obstacles like a well-trained circus pony and leaving the young rider with nothing to do but sit on his back.  On the rare occasion when a rider fell off, Jock just stood there waiting for them to get back on again.

He had reached the ripe old age of 35, which is very old for a pony.  He was in great form up to quite recently but reached the end of his trail at his owner’s farm at Carrigan’s of Clonacody last week.  Many of the riders to whom Jock taught so much are now very prominent in Tipperary equestrian circles.

In our under-21 B hurling game, played on last Sunday in Kilsheelan, we were narrowly defeated by St. Mary’s on a scoreline, Fethard 1-6, St Marys 1-7.  With no time to prepare our team, we were just in hard luck on the day.  Full match report on sports page. We now enter the loser’s section, where we are awaiting to know our opponents.

In senior football on Sunday last we had a very easy victory over Commercials in the county league on a scoreline, Fethard 1-13 (1-7), Commercials 0-4 (0-1).  This win maintains our 100% record and keeps us on top the table.  With a swirling wind and dry conditions, we played fast free flowing football on the day and, in so doing, got some great scores.  The team was: Tommy Gahan, Michael Aherne, Nicky Murphy, Willie Morrissey, Tomas Keane, Michael Quinlan, Alan Phelan 0-1, Kenneth Byrne, Miceál Spillane, Conor McCarthy 0-2f, Stephen O’Donnell, Brian Coen 0-3, Karl Maher, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-2, Brendan Brett 1-3 (2f).  Subs used were: Cian Maher 0-1, Ian Kenrick, Eoin Doyle, Brian Burke and John Noonan. We now play Galtee Rovers in the final match in this section on Sunday 28th March, in Fethard.

The 1971 Tipperary Senior Football Division 2 League winners were honoured on Saturday 13th March, in Thurles.  We congratulate our two representatives on the panel, Denis Burke and Davy Fitzgerald.

The Sports Lotto Jackpot of €3,400 was not won and we had no ‘match threes’.  The draw took place in Grant’s Bar and the numbers drawn were l2, 17, 21 and 23.  The €50 Lucky dip winner was Brian Coen, Killusty and the following received €30 each: Mark Leahy (c/o Grants Main St), Con Doyle (66 Woodvale Walk), Austy Godfrey (Derryluskin), Mary McCormack (Kerry St), and Martin Cuddihy (Crampscastle).

Our sympathies are at this time with Shanahan (family) Toomevara, (Donie, county chairman’s father), Cusack (family) Ballylooby (Tom, treasurer South Board’s brother Jim), J. J. O’Donoghue (Tipperary) Seamus son, who all passed away recently,  Go Ndeanai Trocaire Orthu.

We record the death of Right Rev. Monsignor Christopher Lee, who died today, Monday 15th March, in Cashel.  Monsignor Lee was ordained a priest in 1935 and was a former curate and Parish Priest in Fethard. Before he retired he was Dean and Parish Priest of Cashel and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly.

After ordination Monsignor Lee was Chaplain to St. Vincent’s Hospital, Tipperary and then served as curate in Knockainey, County Limerick. After five years as curate in Fethard - 1942 to 1947 - Monsignor Lee went as curate to Thurles to serve Archbishop Kinane. He became administrator at the Cathedral before returning to Fethard and Killusty in 1960.

Monsignor Lee was made a Canon and remained in Fethard until 1974 when Archbishop Thomas Morris appointed him Dean and Parish Priest of Cashel and Rosegreen. Here he remained until he retired after a further 14 years of dedicated service.

At his diamond jubilee celebrations, Christopher Lee was described as a pastor, scholar and writer. He had a profound interest in education and it was no wonder, as both his parents were teachers in the Glen of Aherlow. Greatly influenced by his father’s interest in all aspects of Gaelic culture, Monsignor Lee was synonymous with the GAA and in particular the clubs in the parishes in which he served.

Monsignor Lee was the possessor of a national senior schools rugby medal, which he won with Blackrock College in 1927 while at secondary school. He once remarked that, "All games were good, any game is better than no game, but the best of games for Irish boys and Irish girls are the Irish games."


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