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Saturday 1st May 2004

The annual May Procession takes place on this coming Sunday evening, May 9th, leaving the Parish Church at 7pm.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard ICA Guild will be held on 11th May.  Margaret Morrissey CDA will attend and membership will be taken on the night.  Goldie Newport will give a talk on “Memories of Times Past”.  Goldie is a past member of the Fethard Guild, so we eagerly look forward to her visit.
Some of our members attended the drama night on “Rubbish” in Halla na Feile, Cashel.  Well done to the guilds who made the effort and gave us good fun on the night.

Hostesses are the Yellow Group and the competition theme is ‘May Blooms’.

First Holy Communion Mass will be celebrated in the Parish Church on this Saturday morning, 8th May at 11am.

Members of Fethard Branch of PTAA will join in congratulating Gus Maher, Friarsgrange, who this year is 55 years a member of PTAA.  Gus is at present a patient in St. Bridget’s Hospital in Carrick-on-Suir.  We, along with his many Fethard friends wish him well and send our congratulations.

The Department of Agriculture have been engaged in a badger cull nationwide over the past few years.  A cull of a different nature has been taken place locally over the past week. Five adult badgers have been killed on a very short stretch of roadway under Coleman Hill over five days.  Coleman Hill has been the site of a very large badger sett for probably centuries. A local wild life expert is of the opinion that the Coleman badgers have been disorientated by the felling of the plantation on Coleman Hill.  Badgers use the same well-worn paths over the years and these badger motorways have been destroyed during the logging operations.  Apparently, according to our wildlife expert, the badgers are totally confused and just follow the hill fall on to the roadway with disastrous results.

The badger is one of our oldest inhabitants, so perhaps if you see one on the road at night, you might just slow down a little!

The ‘Time Out’ Monday club for ladies is going very well with members meeting every Monday from 10.30am to 12 noon in the Abymill Theatre.  We are still looking for more names to participate in our evening classes.  Please contact Veronica Crowe, Community Educational Facilitator, at Tel: 052 21067.

Our under-12s continued their championship bid on Tuesday and Thursday evening of the week before last.  On that Tuesday they travelled to Cahir and played a brilliant game of football in some really bad weather conditions, but came away with a great win over Cahir.  Final score was, Fethard 4-04, Cahir 1-01.

On the Thursday evening we played host to Moyle Rovers and were witness to a very exciting game that could have gone either way.  In the first half it looked as if the lads had the game in the bag and were comfortably in the lead, but in the second half Moyle Rovers came back with much determination and the game ended in a draw, the last dying minutes of the game were nail biting to watch with the Moyle Rovers back line under pressure from the Fethard forwards looking for the winning point, final score, Fethard 0-7, Moyle Rovers 2-1.  We now go on to meet Ardfinnan in their next match, best of luck to the lads and to all involved.

Training: U/8, U/10, U/12s football on Saturdays at 3pm in the GAA field, U/12s on Tuesdays at 6pm in the GAA field; U/14's on Wednesday at 6.30pm; Fridays on 6.15pm in the GAA Field; U/16s on Monday at 7pm in the GAA Field.  Hurling training for U/14s and U/16s takes place at 6.30pm in the Community Sports Field.

'Slí na Sláinte' — WALKING FOR HEALTH
At a meeting held on Friday 23rd April in the Community Tirry Centre, Leo D'Arcy, Killusty, was appointed chairman of a new committee who will steer the Slí na Sláinte project for the Fethard area. Slí Na Sláinte provides real opportunities to combine walking for leisure while promoting people’s well-being.  As the roads become increasingly busier with traffic, the committee hope to identify not only safer walks, but more importantly, ones which are both interesting and challenging for you.  The committee welcomes new members to this healthy town initiative.  The next meeting will be held on this coming Friday 7th May at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Killusty Soccer Club Sponsored Walk
We could not have asked for a better day for our walk, a fine turnout of walkers from the very young to the not so young, from near, and from as far away as Bray. Thanks to all of our walkers for their time and effort, thanks to everyone who sponsored us.  A special thanks to J.L. O'Brien & Co. Clonmel, for the refreshments, they were greatly appreciated.  Plans are underway already for next year's walk, with a route from Boolagh, across the mountain to Walshbog finishing in Killusty as the likely course. Watch this space...

The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 20th April were: 4, 19, 25 and 27. There was no Jackpot winner, and two "Match 3" winners who received €75:

Fr. T. Walsh, The Abbey, Fethard.

Anne Mc Garry, 29 Woodvale Walk, Fethard.

Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:

Tess Lawrence, 14 Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.

Josephine Boland, Rathkenny, Drangan.

Open Door, Day Care, Fethard.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 27th April were: 2, 5, 15 and 31. There was no Jackpot winner, and one "Match 3" winner who received €150:

Nora Butler, Garrinch, Fethard

Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:

Frank Mullins, 69 St. Patricks Place, Fethard

 Linda O'Shea, c/o Group Homes, Fethard

 Michael Kenrick, Burke Street, Fethard

Next weeks Jackpot is €6,400. Jackpot sellers prize €530.

The senior citizens annual holiday to Cairne, Co. Wexford, will take place in early June. Anybody wishing to travel please contact any member of the Society before the end of April.  Families on social welfare assistance who need our help with Confirmation or First Communion please contact us as soon as possible.

The results of Fethard and District Day Care Centre Easter Draw are as follows:
1st prize Rug: Tara Hogan, Tullamaine.
2nd prize Velvet Painting: Seamus Healy T.D.
3rd prize Painting: Shane Hannigan, Cloneen.
4th prize Tapestry: Margaret Croke, Fethard.
5th prize Whiskey: Pamela Daly, Fethard.
6th prize Cushions: Caroline Neehan, St. Johnstown.
7th prize Rabbit: Mary Grant, Killerk.
8th prize Bottle of Port: Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle.
9th prize Bottle of Wine: Mary Grant, Killerk.

10th prize Bottle of Wine: Rev. George Knowd, Clonmel.

11th prize Biscuits: Margaret Fitzgerald, Cashel Road.

12th prize Biscuits: Alice Quinn, Burke Street.

13th prize Biscuits: Cliodhna McCarthy, Fethard.
Thanks to everyone who supported our Easter Draw and for making it a great success.

On Wednesday 21st April we played the second round of the Club Championship and the results were:

1st Gross: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey

2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John

1st Nett: Rita Holohan and Mary Delaney

2nd Nett: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny

On Wednesday 28th April we played the third round of the Club Championship and

the results were:

1st Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara

2nd Gross: Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins

1st Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret Mary McCormack

2nd Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney

On Wednesday next 12th May we will be playing the President’s Prize and all members are requested to be present at 7pm sharp.  Our AGM will be held on the following Wednesday, 19th May also at 7pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien at Tel: 052 31862.

The Progressive 25 game results played on 23rd April were: joint winners on 10 games: James and Veronica Muldowney, Michael Brown and Willie Kennedy.  Table prize: Bob Gleeson and Tom Phelan.  Rubber finals: Bridie Lee and Lory Byrne, Jim and Mary Garrett.  Tickets: Nora O’Donnell, Bernie Phelan, Biddy O’Donnell and Margaret Phelan.  Next game takes place on Saturday 1st May in Fethard Ballroom at 8.30 sharp.

Last weekend, the Holy Ghost Missionaries preached at all masses in out parish, seeking support for their missionary endeavour, with particular reference to Africa and the ongoing AIDS problem there.  If anyone would like to make a donation and support the tremendous work of the Holy Ghost Missionaries, envelopes are available in the churches and can be handed in or posted directly to their head office.

In senior football on Friday 23rd April, we brought home the Dr Clifford Cup (County League) for the 3rd time in five years and in so doing put back to back titles, on a scoreline Fethard 0-15, Aherlow 0-7.  Full match report on sports page. We congratulate all involved and wish them the best in the championship at the end of June.
Our Minor ‘B’ Football game was played in O’Sullivan Park, Ballingarry, where we were the first team to win a championship game in their new pitch on a scoreline, Fethard 1-9, St Patricks Gaels 0-11.

The Intermediate Hurling County League continued in Sunday last in Fethard when we went down on a scoreline, Lorrha 2-13, Fethard 1-9.  Played in splendid conditions, we were short our county football players who were on duty.  We put up a good show just running out of steam at the vital last quarter.  In the first half we outplayed the Lorrha team to race into a half-time lead of, Fethard 1-6, Lorrha 0-3.  Scores coming from Fethard’s Colin Allen 1-4 (1-3F), Ken O’Donnell and Shay Ryan to Lorrha’s Noel Hogan, Paul Madden and Brian Coen.  In the second half Lorrha upped there game and for their reward scored 2-10 to Fethard’s 0-3.  Lorrha scorers were Paul Madden 1-0, Noel Hogan 0-4 (F), Michael Coen 0-2, R O’Meara 1-0, Liam Carroll 0-2 (1F), Brian Coen 0-1, Michael Clancy 0-1, with Fethard’s scores coming from Colin Allen, all from frees (3), in the third quarter.  We play the Carrick Davins in the first round of the South Championship on Thursday 6th May in Clonmel at 7.15pm.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €4,000 was not won.  The numbers drawn at the Fethard Arms were 4, 5, 9 and 15.  We had five match threes winning €30 each: Teresa Walsh (Ballyknockane, Ballypatrick), Eileen McGrath (4 Woodvale Walk), Con Doyle (Woodvale Walk), Una Fogarty (75 Woodvale Walk), and Bernadette McManus (Burke St).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan).
Juvenile fixtures for under-14 football are, away to St Patricks on 6th May at 7pm and also away to Cahir on the 10th May at 7pm. In under-12 A football we are at home to Ardfinnan on the 1st May at 12 noon.
Please support our County Board Draw Promoters who are on the road presently for the May Draw commencing a ‘New Draw Year’ and thank you for your continued support to this worthy cause.
A special General Meeting of the Fethard GAA Club takes place in the Abymill Theatre on Wednesday 5th May at 8.30pm (sharp).

This year the camogie club has been re-graded to facilitate the development of the team and on Friday night 16th April, the Junior A team took to the field in Rosegreen to face Cashel. Stephen McCormack has taken on the role as trainer and his experience and understanding of the game will be of great benefit to the club this year. Edel Fitzgerald was elected the club captain for the forthcoming year, and no doubt she will prove an inspiration to us all. The team has undergone a make over in the last few years and many new and young faces took to the field in the blue and white of Fethard for the first time, and their contribution to a highly entertaining and tough match must not go un-noted.

Despite losing to a strong Cashel side on the night, there was a very positive atmosphere from both players and mentors after the match that this was the start needed in order to prepare for the Junior A Championship. The team was: Jean Morrissey, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Ailish Sheehan, Emma Walsh, Sandra Maher, Marie Houlihan, Norah O'Meara, Niamh Sheehan, Jennifer Keane, Sarah Mai Ahearne, Vanessa O' Donnell, Gillian O' Connell, Majella Croke, Edel Fitzgerald, Lisha O'Connell, Eimear Gahan, Margaret Smith.

The Junior team were due to play Dromaninch in the County League last Wednesday night, but the North Tipperary team were unable to field a team. A challenge was organised against Dundrum for Wednesday night at 7pm and on this occasion Fethard emerged victorious on a scoreline of Fethard 2-7, Dundrum 2-3.  Details of further fixtures have yet to be confirmed.  Training continues in the field on Wednesday night at 7pm and Sunday morning at 11am.

I believe some local GAA supporters had no sooner recovered from the shock resignation of their chairman, when they were gob smacked to hear of another officer resigning last week.  Both resignations have been one of the chief discussions of local GAA fans in recent days.  Without knowing the personal reasons for either, it is very obvious that both men, over the past number of years, have put trojan work into the running and promotion of Fethard football club.

They have had their share of critics, but so have every official in the county.  The proud record of Fethard teams on the playing field still stands high.  As recently as last Friday night they won the County Senior Football League for the second year in succession.  If I could speak on behalf of all true local GAA supporters, I’m sure they would ask, “Is it time to call a halt?”  Some prominent officials of the recent and not so recent past, all of whom have the interest of the club at heart, appear to be pulling in opposite directions.  A club which is divided will not perform to its true potential and it is only a matter of time before the result becomes apparent on the playing field.  It was always believed that a true member of any club puts the association first, the game second and themselves last.

Being aware of the old saying that, “The best hurlers (and footballers) are always on the ditch!”  I wonder if the critics, especially those who are often talking instead of listening, might be a lot more positive if they went out and promoted the clubs weekly lotto draw.

Ní neart go cur le chéile.

What a treat all true bluegrass music lovers had in the Abymill on Sunday night 25th April and how nice it was to hear top class musicians play real music without the assistance of backing tracks or over amplification.  The playing and singing of their particular type of American bluegrass music of ‘Grassroots’ from England and the virtuoso playing of the guitar and mandolin by American performer, Orrin Star, was the treat of a lifetime.  All we can say is, “Will ye no come back again?”

The wedding took place in St. Mary’s Church, Camp, Co. Kerry, recently of Senan Murray, son of Mr Tom and the late Mrs Bernadette Murray, Redcity, Fethard, to Ms Michelle O’Brien, Camp.

Senan and Michelle met in the United States at the wedding of Ray and Leslie Cummins in 1999.  Senan was best man at Ray’s wedding and, five year’s later, Ray took on best man duties when Senan and Michelle were married.  Rev Tom Breen P.P. Fethard, officiated.

“McAlpine came by motor car and Wimpey came by plane”, is the opening line of a well known national anthem sung by Irish building workers in Britain.  A most unusual form of transport was witnessed by some local Grangebeg residents on Sunday night last when they observed an air balloon pass overhead.  The balloon, occupied by many people, came from the Kilmore area, over Annesfort, Milltown and College, before disappearing from their sight over Fethard town.  They had the balloon under observation for some considerable time before it left the area.

There was a small turn out at the area finals of the community games athletics held in Fethard Community Sportsfield on Friday May 30th.   However, those who braved the cold evening enjoyed themselves.  First and second in all of the events have qualified for the County Finals which will take place in Thurles Dog Track on Sunday, May 30th commencing at 2pm. 

If you do not wish to compete in Thurles please contact area secretary Bernard Feery, Tel: 052 31023 before Sunday May 9th as entries have to be submitted before May 15th. There is no point in entering children who do not intend to travel.  Entry fee is €2.00. Under 8, 60 Meters:  Kate Quigley, Hannah Tobin, Molly Proudfoot, Jack Gleeson, David Heffernan, Eoghain Hurley.  

Under 8, 80 Meters: Molly Proudfoot, Kayleigh Higgins, Alanna Cody, Eoghain Hurley, Kevin Hickey. 

Under 10, 100 Meters: Aine Phelan, Jennifer Rice, Brian Healy, Gary Bradshaw, Vincent Lawrence.

Under 10 200 Meters: Philip Maher, Vincent Lawrence

Under 12 100 Meters: Owen Healy

Under 12 600 Meters: Radika Janacikava

Under 14 800 Meters: Bernedette Costello, Laura Rice, John Lalor

Under 16 100 Meters: Kate O’Brien, Redcity.

County Finals of Under 12 and Under 15 Girls Soccer will take place in Killusty Sportsfield on Sunday, next May 9th.   Teams involved are:  Killenaule-v-Grangemockler and Killenaule-v-Nenagh.   Enquiries to: Bernard Feery Tel: 052 31023.

Crematorium AT Mocklerstown
A public meeting will be held at Clerihan Hall at 8pm on Monday night 3rd May. The meeting has been called to raise people’s awareness regarding the proposed Crematorium in Mocklerstown, Clerihan.

The organisers feel that this is an issue that also concerns the people of Fethard especially as the prevailing winds blow towards Fethard from the proposed site. There are considerable health dangers associated with crematoriums and are such that the South Eastern Health Board specifically equates a crematorium to an incinerator and recommends for both, that pregnant women and young children should stay away from the vicinity of such facilities.  This recommendation is regardless of the safety systems that are put in place by the facilities.


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