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Saturday 10th April 2004

Our U/12 footballers played their second match in their championship bid on Thursday evening last against Clonmel Og in Clonmel.  The team came out in fighting form but were well beaten by a very big and strong opposition who had the upper hand from the word go.  We wish our lads the very best in their next game.  Players will be informed of time and venue when known.

The Juvenile Club would also like to congratulate the Patrician Presentation Secondary School's U/14 team, captained by Christopher Sheehan, for their great win in the South Tipp Schools ‘Lift and Strike’ competition held in Clonmel recently.  Well-done lads a great win and achievement.

Football training continues on Saturdays at 3pm for U/8s, 10s and 12s, and at 6pm on Tuesday evenings for U/12s.  U/14s on Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm and Fridays at 6.15pm.  U/16s on Monday evenings at 7.00pm.  All the above training sessions take place in the GAA field

Hurling training has now commenced for U/14s and U/16s on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm in the new Community Sports Field.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Club Secretary, Caroline Sheehan, Tel: 052 32005 or 086 1713502.

If you are interested in playing soccer for fun and are in the 30-40 age group and upwards, come along and join us in the Community Sports Field on the Killenaule Road on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm or on Sunday evenings (time to be confirmed). We are a recently formed group ‘Badgers’, who are simply a group of people getting together for a game of soccer once or twice a week. This is about getting together for fun and a bit of exercise with little emphasis placed on competition in order to avoid injury. So if you are over 30 and feeling you're already past it, think again!  For further information contact Colm McGrath at Tel: 086 3502360 or Liam Harrington at Tel: 086 8436546.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 20th April at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council have organised a meeting on Friday evening 23rd April (note change of date) at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre for all those interested in starting a 'Slí na Sláinte' walking route around Fethard.  Mr Leo D'Arcy, Killusty, will give an introductory presentation on the night, which will be followed by a discussion and election of a group to steer the project. Tea will be served afterwards. Please do come along!

'Slí na Sláinte' is the Irish phrase for 'Path to Health' and it is a unique exercise concept devised and launched in 1996 by Paddy Murphy, Chief Executive of the Irish Heart Foundation. The aim of the project is to make exercise more attractive and more fun by putting distinctive signs along walking routes around the country to mark one kilometre walked.

Congratulations to Steven O'Connor, originally from Kiltinan, Fethard, who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in England. Steven's election to the almost 200-year old society, is in recognition of his achievement in completing a 3,000 km, trans-European, solo trek (no back-up) with his Spanish horse, Murphy, in 2002. He plans to do a horse-circuit of Ireland this year. You can read all about his trek and plans on his brother's website www.planorganic.com.

Steven would also be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to help with sponsorship. Contact Steven at the following address: Steven O'Connor, 5, Coinagehall Place, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4AZ, England. Tel. 00 441 736 361820

The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 6th April were: 10, 12, 17 and 24. There was no Jackpot winner, and no "Match 3" winner so five tickets were drawn and the following received €30 each:

Richard O'Donnell, Woodvale Walk, Fethard

Peter Grant, The Valley, Fethard

John Joe White, Rathkenny

Susanna Manton, Main Street, Fethard

Jim Murphy, Coleman, Fethard

Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:

Tracy Ryan, 10 Cedar Grove, Strylea, Fethard

David Woodlock, Fethard

Thomas Keating, Cloneen, Fethard

Next weeks Jackpot is €5,950. Jackpot sellers prize €450.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra will return to the Abymill Theatre on Friday 16th April as part of their National Tour. Tickets can now be booked at O'Flynn's Menswear. Tel: 052 31254 at €20 each (Concession €15).

I would like to wish you all in Fethard the very best this Easter. All is going well here with our project here in Eldoret.  I hope to have the second bunch of 4 classrooms ready by November so that we can accommodate 225 youngsters in January, Please God.  I have also started on the construction of the Dispensary.  None of this would not have been possible without the generous help of many Friends of Kabongo round the world and I'd like to pass thanks to all in Fethard who have helped us.   May God Bless all of them. Patrician Brothers, Eldoret.  (email: stpats@multitechweb.com)

The Senior Football County League semifinal was played last weekend in Clonmel against Cahir when we came out on top on a scoreline, Fethard 0-13 (0-8), Cahir 0-10 (0-6), to set up a final date for Saturday 24th April in Cahir against our old rivals Aherlow for the 4th year in a row, meeting at semifinal or final levels of the County League, with Fethard winning 2001, 2003, and Aherlow in 2000, Ardfinnan in 2002. Full report of last weeks match on the sports page.

The Intermediate Hurling County League commenced on Easter Monday and our first match is away to Clonakenny on this Sunday 18th April at 7pm , with a home game on Sunday 25th in Fethard at 7pm against Lorrha.

Minor Football B commences on Wednesday 21st April against St Patricks at 7pm in O’Sullivan Park, Ballingarry.  It is the first South Board fixture to be played in their new field and we wish Ballingarry the very best off luck in this new facility which was blessed and opened to the public last Sunday.
Our under 16 juvenile footballers we are away to Clonmel Og on 19th April at 7pm and in under 12 football we are at home to Moyle Rovers on Thursday 22nd April at 7pm.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €3,800 was not won.  We had two match threes winners of €75: Gary Lonergan (Main St), and Pat Bradshaw (The Green).  The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Aisha Tobin (53 Woodvale Walk).  The numbers drawn in The Well were 8, 13, 17 and 19.

Don’t forget our annual Dinner Dance takes place on this Saturday 17th April in Cahir House Hotel at 8.45 (sharp). Presentation of 2003 South Junior A, County Senior League Medals will take place at the dance, and we will also be honouring the 1978 County/South Senior Football Champions.

The bridge results for Wednesday 7th April are:

1st Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles

2nd Gross: Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins

1st Nett: Tony Hanrahan and David O’Meara

2nd Nett: Mary Quirke and Fr. John Meagher

On Wednesday next 21st April we will be playing the second night of the Club Championship.  Please note that there will be a change to our programme for May.  We will now be playing for the President’s Prize on Wednesday 12th May and our AGM will be held on the following Wednesday, 19th May.  These games are both one week earlier than originally scheduled. Anyone looking for a partner please contact: Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.

My great-grandmother, Emily O'Halloran, was from a property called Grawn House - just outside Fethard.  She was born in 1861 and emigrated to the US in about 1884.  Would love to hear from anyone who could help with any suggestions on how I could go about further researching her family? I would be grateful for any information you could provide. Many thanks, Michael Mathis (email: MMathis@IMGWORLD.COM)

At the Annual General Meeting of Fethard Historical Society held on Tuesday 30 March 2004, the following were elected to the committee: Chairperson, Terry Cunningham; Vice Chairperson, Catherine O’Flynn; P.R.O., Mary Hanrahan; Secretary, Dóirín Saurus; Vice Secretary, Margaret Newport; Treasurer, Peter Delaney; Planning Officer, Chris Nevin; other committee members, Kitty Delany, Ann Gleeson, Tim Robinson, Mary McCormack, Karen Evans, and Marie O’Donnell.

Grand Marshal 2004 - Sister Philomena O'Brien

Sr Philomena O'Brien, formerly from The Green, Fethard, was this year's Grand Marshal, of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade held on 14 March at Bayport, New York.

Seventeen-year-old Philomena O'Brien boarded a ship in 1935, leaving her native Fethard and Ireland for a distant place called Blue Point, New York.

She had chosen America as her missionary field as a refinement of her desire to spread the Kingdom of God. But upon arriving, her expectations of the mission seemed questionable. For here was a place so far away from everything, so far into the country, that her first thought was "This is America?" The landscape was sparsely dotted with homes and in the First Communion Class were only 12 children.

Times changed of course, and with the dawning of the modem age, Long Island towns and villages became vibrant communities. Year later, she realized that the long voyage from her beloved homeland was her answer to Divine guidance. It was her missionary zeal -the mysterious call of God -that sums up her reason for entering the convent.

Looking back through the years and the many memories she cherishes, Sister Philomena fondly recalls John Paul becoming Pope in 1960. Many restrictions regarding women in the Church were being lifted, and choices began to open up for her, providing the opportunity to earn a Bachelor's Degree in English and History from Fordham University, and a Master's Degree in History and her Doctorate in Political Science from) St. John's University.

She was asked to fill a variety of roles, including 18 years as a grade school teacher in Howard Beach, six years as principal at St. Maurice's School in Stamford, Conn., and 10 years as Provincial of her congregation. She also spent six years in Oyster Bay where she conducted retreats. The remaining 20 years were spent as the Director of the St Ursula Retreat Center.

While serving as Director, Sister Philomena began the St. Patrick's Dinner- Dance that was originally held in the Knights of Columbus Hall in Patchogue. When one of her former pupils, Daniel Walsh, was the honouree and over 600 guests wanted to attend, the dinner had to be moved to the much larger West Lake Inn, where it has been held every year since. This very popular event is one of the major sources of financing for the Center. Additionally, Sister initiated the annual Valentines' Day Dance and the well-attended Craft Fair held annually in the fall. Now retired, she continues to offer spiritual guidance to former pupils, long-time friends, and the communities she loves: Blue Point and Bayport.

"My affection for these two communities has no bounds," Sister says, adding that "the people are in my daily thoughts and prayers, particularly the people of the parish. To be selected as Grand Marshal for the 2004 Chamber of Commerce St. Patty's Day Parade is an honour, and 1 am extremely grateful."

The Under-10s finished off their season taking the runners-up medals in the ‘Blitz’ competition held in Clonmel last Friday, going down 3 tries to 1 against Nenagh.  This young side showed great skill and determination but Nenagh just had the upper edge on the day.  Most of the Fethard team will still be able to play under-10 rugby next season and this season’s experience will stand to them.

The under-12 team will finish off their season on Friday with a game of 15-a-side in Cashel at 7pm.

The Community Games team will play their first round game on the same evening.  Both teams will train at 6.30pm on Thursday.

The club’s AGM will take place on Thursday 22nd April at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.  All mentors please take note.


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