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Saturday 8th May 2004

Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School invites all adults to an ‘Information Evening on Drub Misuse’ in the School Hall on Wednesday next 14th May at 8pm.

Mr John Lonergan, Governor Mountjoy Prison, is principal guest speaker.

John Lonergan, a native of Ardfinnan, has shown himself, in his many media interviews, to be one of the great humanitarians of our time.  While a firm believer in discipline, Mr Lonergan forever promotes the cause of the underprivileged members of our society.  Removing or preventing the cause, rather than terms of imprisonment, has been his policy on crime reform.  Experiencing the evil of substance abuse on a daily basis during the course of his work and being the brilliant speaker that he is, no one is more qualified to speak on the subject.

The Garda Drugs Task Force, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Mr John Casey SEHB, will also speak on the subject.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 18th May at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.  The committee are currently working a feasibility study, in conjunction with Tipperary Institute, to refine the development of the Convent Hall to the best community use while still remaining sustainable and self-sufficient.

The Town Renewal Scheme of tax incentives, aimed at promoting the physical renewal and improvement of Fethard, introduced by the Finance Act 2000 has been extended to 31st July 2006.  The original closing date of 31st December 2004 was extended by the Minister of Finance in his Budget 2004, but will only apply to projects under the Town Renewal Scheme for which full planning application has been received at the relevant Planning Authority on or before the 31st December 2004.

Further information is available from the Planning Section, South Tipperary County Council. Tel: 052 34646.

The names and deposits for Adare Manor are coming in slowly but surely and to help you in this endeavour we have organised a golf evening at Slievenamon Golf Club on Saturday, May 22nd.  Tee-off time is 5pm.  The format will be a three-ball scramble or rumble (yet to be decided). A very reasonable rate for green fees will also include dinner. Hope to see you all there.

Best wishes to the 70 children of the parish who will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on this Friday 14th May at Holy Trinity Church Fethard.  Mass, celebrated by His Grace, Most Rev Dr. Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, will commence at 11am and all are invited to attend this special ceremony in our parish.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 4th May were: 4, 14, 29 and 31. There was no Jackpot winner, and no "Match 3" winner so five €30 lucky tickets were drawn:

Gary McManus, The Valley

Philip Croke 42 St. Patricks Place

Mary Hall Slievenamon Close

Jimmy Connolly, c/o Post Office

Maire Allen, 14 St. Patricks Place

Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:

Audrey Devitt, Strylea

Peggy O'Reilly, Fethard

Margaret O'Neill, Rosegreen Post Office

Next weeks Jackpot is €6,550. Jackpot sellers prize €545.

Intermediate Hurling continued last week with our county league match played on Tuesday evening, Fethard 2-9 (0-3), Arravale Rovers 2-9 (2-4), and our south championship game played on Friday evening, Fethard 2-17 (2-7), Carrick Davins 3-4 (0-3).  Full report on sports page.
Fethard’s game against Arravale Rovers, played in Tipp Town, was a very difficult evening for hurling but both teams braved the elements and some fine passages of skills were the order of the evening.  A draw was a fair result as it was a game of two halves. The score in the first half was, Arravale Rovers 2-4, Fethard 0-3.  The Fethard team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Michael Ryan, Tommy Gahan, Philly Croke, Michael Aherne, Shane Walsh, Cian Maher 0-1, Stephen O’Donnell 0-1, Ciaran Treacy 0-1, P J Aherne, Colin Allen 1-5 (5F), John Noonan, Miceál Spillane 1-1, and Gerry Aherne. Our last game in this competition will be played during this week.
The minor football B game played in Ned Hall Park on Saturday 8th May resulted in a fine victory on a scoreline. Fethard 5-9 (3-5), Ballyporeen 1-4 (1-1).

This 2nd round Minor B South Championship game, played in Ned Hall Park on a glorious evening for football on Saturday 8th, was a very one-sided contest.  From the throw-in Fethard were always in control and by halftime had amassed 3-5 to 1-1, with goals for Fethard from Shane Walsh, Ronan O’Meara, and Stephen O’Meara and points from Paul Kenrick 0-2, Shane Walsh, Peter Gough and Johnny Leahy to a Ballyporeen goal scored by David Crotty, and a point from Paidí Fitzgerald.

There was some lovely football movements from both teams but Fethard finished off with scores while Ballyporeen broke down due to the dominance of the Fethard backline, who broke from defence time after time. In the second half Ballyporeen scored only 3 points from Harry English, Dave O’Farrell, and a free from David Crotty, with Fethard adding 2-4 goals from Paul Kenrick and Johnny Leahy, and points from Shane Walsh 0-2, P.J. Morrissey, and Stephen O’Meara to leave the final score, Fethard 5-9, Ballyporeen 1-4.  Fethard thus march on to a semi-final spot. Some of the referee’s decisions on both sides were very hard to understand on the evening.

Teams Fethard: Glen O’Meara, Mike Kelly, Darragh Corbett, Shane Harrington, James Smyth, Richard Gorey, Niall Hayes, P.J. Morrissey 0-1, William O’Brien, Peter Gough 0-1, Ronan O’Meara1-0, Shane Walsh 1-3, Stephen O’Meara 1-1, Paul Kenrick 1-2, Johnny Leahy 1-1. Subs used: Damien Donovan, James Darcy and Christopher Sheehan. Ballyporeen: Pat Ahearne, Paddy McCarthy, Sean McGrath, David O’Neill, Robert Duggan, Tomas Martin , Danny Hannon, Pat Quinlan, Kenneth English, Larry Brophy, Harry English 0-1, Paidí Fitzgerald 0-1, Dave Farrell 0-1, David Crotty 1-1, and Sean Hickey.
Our Juvenile Under 14 A football received a bye for their game scheduled for Monday 17th May.
Our new officers elected at Special General Meeting on Wednesday 5th May for the remainder off the year were Dick Fitzgerald (Chairman) and Miceál McCormack (Secretary).  We wish both the very best off luck.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €4,000 was not won on 27th April. We had one match three winner at our draw held in McCarthys. The numbers drawn were 1, 15, 16, and 23. The winner of the €150 was Mark Leahy (7 Congress Tce). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Noel Burke (c/o Cambells Soup Thurles).
Lotto Jackpot was not won at Burkes Bar on 4th May either. The numbers drawn were: 1, 5, 16 and 18.  We had one match three winner of €150, Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Larry Keogh (Kilcash).
It was with sadness last week that the old Gaels learned of the passing away of Jimmy Hickey (Drangan) who played Minor Football with Fethard and won South titles in 1932 and 1933.  To his family we offer our condolences at this time Go ndeanai Dhia trocaire orthu.

Don’t forget that this years Fethard & Killusty London Reunion will takes place on Saturday 26th June at St. Anthony’s Parish Centre, Garratt Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 9AN, from 6.30pm ‘til late! Buffet food will be available, with music from 8pm onwards and all are welcome. Cover charge on the night to help defray expenses is: adults £10.00, and children £7.00 and tickets available in advance or at the door. Further details from Paul Looby (email: loobs@londonirish.org), Tel: 0044 (0) 1276 459080 or Joe Kenny, Fethard. Tel: 052 31663.

Olly Fitzgerald and family from Leicestershire, England, would like to wish Jimmy Fitzgerald a very happy 60th birthday and they’re sorry that we could not be home to celebrate it with you.

A very good number of parishioners took part in Fethard’s annual May Procession held on Sunday evening 9th May.  Rev Fr. Meagher OSA, at the conclusion, on behalf of the parish clergy thanked sincerely all who took part, especially the children who had received their First Holy Communion the previous day.

One little disconcerting note, we were not alone in commenting on the small number of juveniles and teenagers taking part.  More disconcerting still, was to see numbers of teenagers strolling about in various areas of the town and would not spare the half hour or so to walk in the procession in honour of Our Lady.

Youth is the future of all things!  Perish the thought that the age-old custom in Fethard of the annual May and Corpus Christi Processions should die out through apathy.

On Wednesday 5th May we played for prizes sponsored by Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles and the results were:

1st Nett: Mary and Pattie Tobin

2nd Nett: Suzanne Opray and Ellen Rochford

1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh

2nd Gross: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny

Our AGM will be held on Wednesday, 19th May at 7pm and will be followed by a game of bridge.  Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien Tel: 052 31862.

Sybil Findlay (email: sybil_f@hotmail.com) says she is delighted to receive all the Fethard News and says she can't wait to visit Fethard in the next couple of years.  Sybil also enquired about Maureen Holohan and also her brother of Holohan's Hotel.  Maureen and her father Richard Neagle (Nagle) now deceased, were first cousins and her parents visited Fethard in the seventies and eighties.   Her Mum (now aged 92) also swapped Christmas letters with Maureen until recently.

Last weekend the 2004 County Track & Field Championships took place in Scanlon Park, Kilkenny. A small but successful team of 17 athletes travelled to the games to represent Fethard A.C. and brought home a total of 11 individual medals.

Fethard’s gold medal winners were: Elaine Kennedy in the U15 800m and 1500m; Hannah Trehy in the U13 hurdles and Ciara O’Connor in the U14 1500m.  Silver medallists were: John Lalor (U13 hurdles), Aoife O’Connor ( U15 1500m) and Hannah Trehy (U13 high jump).  Fethard’s bronze medallists were: Michelle Ryall in the U13 long jump and 80m sprint, Laura Rice (U14 1500m), Wayne Laslett (U16 high jump) and Elaine Kennedy in the U15 200m.  Other athletes to compete with distinction were: Hannah Tobin, Kate Quigley, Jennifer Rice, Bernadette Costello, Lolo Trehy, Louis Rice and Roisín Trehy.

We’re told that the Cuckoo has been heard for the first time this year in the Cloneen area, on April 5th.

‘You’re a Star’ finalist Michael Leonard will play a concert in the Abymill Theatre on Saturday 29th May at 7pm.  Tickets are €12 and can be booked at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street. Tel: 052 31254. 

Michael Leonard is not just your average Mr. Nice Guy, behind the blue eyes and the white smile lies a talent that is a rare find these days. Michael began playing the piano when he was seven and as the years rolled by he started to play guitar and drums. At the age of 16 he started writing songs and this has become his single, most favourite, hobby. He looks for inspiration from his rock idols that include Jimmy Hendrix, Counting Crows and U2.

Michael is now concentrating on his song-writing abilities. He has since co-written material with Westlife front-man Brian McFadden and both Brian Kennedy and Simon Casey have expressed interest in recording some of Michael’s songs.  His life has been a whirlwind of excitement since the TV show and he is now touring the country performing to capacity crowds. Michael believes that ‘You’re a Star’ was the best experience of his life. Though it was tiring and stressful for him, he made many friends, many of whom he keeps in contact with, including Simon Casey, Brian Ormond and Susan McFadden.

Jim Flannery (email: jimflan@att.net) contacted us and is looking for some information about Fethard RC Parish baptismal records dated 1827 and 1830.  He said, “My Great Great Grandparents Thomas and Bridget (Delahunty) Flannery and their children lived in the Townland of Spara.  I have not been able to find Spara on any map or townland listing. Does anyone know where this townland may have been located? Could it have been a colloquialism used by the residents for the name of another townland? Does anyone know if any descendants of this family still live in the Fethard area?

The U/12s play their last game of football in their championship bid this Thursday evening away to Clonmel Commercials. A bus leaves from outside the GAA Field at 6.15pm on Thursday 13th May.  They need a win to ensure a place in the semi-finals so best of luck to the lads.

Our U/14s played St, Patricks in Cloneen on Thursday of last week in their championship bid and came away with a great win.  Well done to the these young players and we wish them the best of luck in their next match.

Football training for U/8s, U/10s and U/12s on Saturdays at 3pm in the GAA Field; U/12s also on Tuesday evenings at 6pm in the GAA Field.  U/14s on Wednesdays at 6.30pm in the GAA field and on Fridays at 6.15pm.  U/16s on Monday evenings in the GAA field at 7.00pm

Hurling training for U/14s and U/16s on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm in the new Community Sports Field.  Anyone is welcome to come along to any of these training sessions and new members are always welcome.

If you have any queries please phone Club Secretary - Caroline Sheehan. Tel: 052-32005 or 086 1713502

On a final note, the Juvenile Club would like to wish all the boys and girls that are receiving their Confirmation on Friday 14th May, a very happy day.

Eleanor O’Riordan from Scotland sends her congratulations to Miceál McCormack on his election to secretary of Fethard GAA Club.  She also said, “I know he will bring that unique brand of enthusiasm that is synonymous with Miceál to the job.  Many moon's ago at a Scór Competition in Mullinahone, Miceál was one short on a quiz team, for many that would have been unfortunate and a reason to pull out. Miceál however, just looked around for a replacement, unfortunately for me I was the first one he saw.  No thanks! I'm too young, or I won't be able to answer the GAA question didn’t come into the equation.  It was Fethard’s hour of need, and much to everyone’s amusement (and the best applause of the night) — I did answer the GAA question!”

There were two very exciting girls soccer county finals in Killusty on Sunday evening with Killenaule winning both U/12 and U/15 events.  Fethard boys under 13 indoor soccer champions, winners the county title in Rockwell College recently, paraded under the County Banner proudly displaying their medals before the finals.
Team members who will represent Tipperary at Munster Finals are: Ben Walsh (capt) Adam Lyons, Damien Morrissey, Darren Connolly (goal), Ciaran Ryan, Daniel Hickey and Jake Maher.

Anne Kelly, on behalf of her family and friends, sends get-well wishes to her sister Paula Gahan who is making a speedy recovery in St Joseph's Hospital Clonmel.

At the recent special meeting of Fethard Football and Hurling Club to elect a secretary and chairman, following recent resignations, vice-chairman Dick Fitzgerald was elected chairman, and Miceál McCormack was elected secretary.

Both Dick and Miceál have given great service to Fethard and Tipperary GAA over the years, and we are sure they will continue to do so as each of them filled the positions with distinction on previous occasions.  Both also being dedicated to furthering and promoting GAA ideals at all levels, we feel confident that all Fethard GAA players, committee, members, followers and supporters will unite behind Dick and Miceál in making 2004 another successful year for Fethard GAA.

The Abymill Theatre will stage the renowned ‘Teac a Bloc’ production by Des Dillon on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th June.  The show, as seen on The Late Late Show, is receiving rave reviews throughout Ireland and along with Peigí, Rattle the Boards and all her friends, promises for a great night of music and fun.  The show commences on each night at 8.15pm and tickets are €15 and €12. Booking at O’Flynn’s Menswear. Tel: 052 31254.

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 8th May of Claire, daughter of Mr Edmond and Mrs Phyllis Healy, The Green, Fethard, to Eugene O’Donnell, Clonmel.


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