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Saturday 15th May 2004

Mr Tim Robinson, who has purchased Watergate House, took members of Fethard Historical Society on a most interesting tour of the building following their April monthly meeting.  The house, occupied by the Murphy family the last of whom died over fifty years ago, is reckoned to be one of the oldest houses in Ireland.  The original building dates back to the 14th century.  Improvements and extensions were carried out in ensuing years.  The roof timbers, which can be dated back to the 16th century, are still in perfect condition. Mr Robinson has preserved as many of the medieval features of the building as possible using the expertise of the County Council’s conservation officer.  He intends to restore the house to its original state.  When work is completed and his family in residence, it will in all probability be the oldest occupied house in Ireland.

The Murphy family who resided in Watergate House consisted of two brothers and a sister, none of whom married.  Michael, who was blind, was a former secretary of Fethard Town Commissioners.  Jim, who did casual work locally, was a keen fisherman and also a well-known local fiddle player.  Bridget, their sister, worked as a cook for Mrs Masters MFH at Woodrooffe House.

Even senior citizens only recall the Murphys, gentle retiring people, as elderly, and can not recall any previous occupiers of Watergate House.  The lower part of the house may have, at one stage, been used as a business premises.  Local history also shows that it may have been the residence of a doctor in its early days.  Mr Robinson and the Fethard Historical Society would very much like to discover further information on the historic building.


The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 11th May were: 5, 14, 16 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner, and one "Match 3" winner who received €150:

Niall Walsh, Knockbrack

Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:

Dan Hartnett, Killenaule

Margaret Thompson, Fethard

Carmel Murphy, Crampscastle

Next weeks Jackpot is €6,700. Jackpot sellers prize €560.

Many people are wondering why is it there seems to be so many badgers killed on the side of the road these days. The answer must be that it's just the time of year and these new generation of badgers that are not yet aware of the dangers of our busy roads.  Happily this is not the case as regards to our own ‘Badgers’— the 30s to 40s plus age group soccer players in the community sports field — as numbers seem to be growing all the time.  On the very first Wednesday night just six people appeared, the following week, this doubled to twelve and on the books at present we have 16 players.  The soccer has been lively and people are already feeling the benefits of the fresh air and exercise, but an added bonus has been that of so many old friendships re-acquainted. Some who have not met since school days, one would not have thought the small town was so big. The invitation is still there for those who would like to play a little social soccer, come along to the community field at 19.45 each Wednesday night.

Saturday night’s final of the Eurovision Song Contest would overall have received ‘no vote’ locally if popular opinion is anything to judge by.  The general census of opinion seems to be that the whole thing was a complete farce.  “The quality of the song or the singer seemed not to matter in the least”, and “It looked more like an audition for circus acts than a song competition”, were some of the more printable opinions expressed.

Chris Doran has a reasonably good singing voice and the Irish entry was a song with a beginning, middle and an end.  Chris did his best but had as much chance of winning a good vote, as Christmas would have being voted for by turkeys!

County finals of Swimming Championships will take place in Canon Hayes Sports Complex in Tipperary Town on 5th June.  Entry fee is €2.  Anybody interested in swimming from the Fethard Killusty area are asked to please forward their name to area secretary Bernard Feery Tel: (052) 31023 immediately as entries close this weekend.

John Lalor, Rathcanty and Ciara O’Connor, Ardsallagh, both represented Fethard in the Cross County Events at the ESB National Finals in Mosney.  Hannah and Lolo Trehy, Ballyvaden, and Ryan Laslett, Moyglass, represented Killenaule area at the finals.  Laura and Louis Rice both represented Co. Tipperary in the Crown Paints Art Challenge.  This is a special art promotion where children are given professional help at the art workshop. All of the above are members of Fethard Athletic Club.

A local housewife sent her four-year-old daughter to see if there were some eggs in their hen house.  The child returned rather crestfallen and announced she had broken an egg.  She said she had been carrying it under her chin.  “Why on earth were you carrying the egg under your chin”, her mam asked.  “Because there were three eggs and I only have two hands”, was the reply.  Elementary!

The final Intermediate Hurling game in the county league was played in Fethard on Tuesday last and proved to be a great workout with Fethard winning on a scoreline, Fethard 3-10, St. Patricks 1-12.  Both teams are out of the final stages of the league. The championship continues on this Sunday with Fethard playing Moyle Rovers in Clonmel at 2pm.

Our minor football game was played on Friday 14th May in Marlfield against Cahir.  With both teams already qualified for the final stages, it was the 1st and 2nd places that were at stake.  Fethard fielded with regular five players missing and performed well on the night, going down on a scoreline, Fethard 1-9, Cahir 3-12.  The semifinals will now take place after exams.  Best of luck to all our students who are doing exams over the next few weeks.

Well played to Damien Byrne, Glen Burke, Aiden Fitzgerald and John Paul Looby on Sunday last, who all gave their best in going down to Limerick by 2 points in the 1st round game of the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Football Championship. The only downside was the refereeing who produced 10 yellow cards and one red and as the printed programme on Sunday last had a whole page on ‘more consistent refereeing’, it definitely fell on deaf ears with the Laois referee in charge.

Our Lotto jackpot of €4,300 was not won.  The draw was made in Grants and we had two match three winners who received €75 each: Noel Byrne (Killusty), Nicky O’Shea (Tullow).  The €50 Lucky dip winner was J.P. McGrath (Sparagoleith). Thanks to all those who helped in the County Board Draw and long may it continue.

Fethard and Killusty Anglers promote the John Sayers Trophy and the Tom O’Shea Cup on club waters on this Sunday 23rd May.  Competing anglers are asked to assemble at Kyleavalla Bridge at 11.30am.

My name is Laurie Hayde (email: VirtualGraFX@cox.net) and I am visiting Ireland on my honeymoon in early July.  I have never visited Ireland but my family heritage is from Fethard. Unfortunately, I don't have very much background information at this time on my family tree. Only that my grandfather's name was Robert Joseph Hayde, born 1909, and his father's name was James Hayde and grandfather’s name was Robert Hayde. My grandfather’s brother’s daughter was Greta (Margaret) who lived in Dublin. My fiancé and I were planning to stay in Fethard July 5th if possible. Do you recommend an Inn or Hotel or have any suggestions on finding out more family information.  Thank you for any further assistance.  Regards, Laurie.

At our President’s Prize lunch in Slievenamon Golf Club on Sunday 16th May 2004, the following prizes were presented:

President’s Prize: Mary Quirke and Kathleen O’Connell.

Committee Prize: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles.

1st Gross: Betty Walsh, Brigid Gorey.

2nd Gross: Alice Quinn, Teresa Cummins.

3rd Gross: Bernie O’Meara, Anna Cooke.

5th Gross: David O’Meara, Tony Hanrahan.

4th Gross: Carol Kenny, Gemma Burke.

6th Gross: Annie O’Brien, Marie Delaney.

1st Nett: Breda Walsh, Frances Burke.

2nd Nett: Philly Kenny, Mgt M. McCormack.

3rd Nett: Nell Broderick, Breda O’Grady.

4th Nett: Carmel Condon, Brendan Kenny.

5th Nett: Ann and Sean O’Dea.

6th Nett: Nora Lawrence, Madeleine O’Donnell.

Player of the Year, for which the O’Flynn Perpetual Trophy is presented:  Betty Walsh.

Club Championship, for which the Hayes Perpetual Trophy is presented: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara.

It has been an extremely busy and exciting week for the Juvenile club, with three matches played and all three won.

We played Clerihan away in the semifinal of the Under/10 Community Games Football on Tuesday evening of last week came away with a really good win, qualifying us for the South County Final.  Match fixture still to be confirmed.

In the Under/13 Community Games Hurling we played Cahir on Saturday evening last in Cahir and came away with a win which qualifies us for another South County Final.  It was a close match but the lads did well to maintain their lead to the end.

The Under/12s are now through to the semifinals in their football championship bid.  We played Clonmel Commercials last Thursday evening in Clonmel and came away with a badly needed win, which placed them in the semifinals.  This football match must have been one of the most exciting games that these young lads have ever played.  They were a credit to their club and mentors and the level of skill, teamwork and team spirit was amazing to watch on the night.  They went out in a positive frame of mind, taking the lead from the start and never gave up playing till the final whistle blew.  We wish all these amazing young players the very best in all their next matches and to all the people involved.

Training for U/8, U/10 and U/12's on Saturdays at 3pm in the GAA field; U/12s on Tuesday evenings in the GAA field at 6pm; U/14's on Wednesday evenings 6.30pm in the GAA field and Fridays at 6.15pm also in the GAA field

Hurling training for U/14s takes place 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.

Ned and Alice Power from Wolverhampton (email: nedpower@talk21.com) contacted us to find out information about a James Power, Reg. No. 1021, and whose Rank was a private in the Manchester Regiment First Battalion, killed in action in France on 21st December 1914.  The soldier was born in Fethard and Ned would like to confirm if this man was the brother of Will Power from the Convent Lodge in Fethard.  Ned is anxious to know if this soldier was a relative as he is going to France and would visit the Le Touret Memorial (panels 34 and 35) where this information is on.  He also sends his regards to everyone in Fethard.

One of Fethard’s by now internationally known geese had been hatching a clutch of eggs in the flowerbed at Watergate Bridge.  Regular passers-by had been monitoring the progress daily.  Imagine their dismay on Monday morning to discover the nest empty and no goslings.  A nearby lady resident said the eggs had been thrown over her wall and smashed on Sunday night.  What mindless vandalism and what kind of morons would carry out such a senseless act?

Congratulations to local owner / trainer Mick Ahearne on his good win with his mare, ‘I-Gotta-Knock-on-the-Head’ at the recent Killarney May meeting.  Mick, who renewed his permit from the Turf Club this year after a ten year lapse, trains a few of his own horses with success, especially on the Point-to-Point field.  The manner in which his Killarney winner was named is a story worth telling.

Mick, who stands a fair bit over five feet, was having a look at the work being carried out on the extension to Fethard Community Centre when, apparently, he forgot to duck and banged his head against the scaffolding support.  That evening he went to look at some horses and liking this particular filly, he paid a good bit more for her than what he had intended.  When the deal was completed he said to the vendor, “Only for I got a knock on the head this morning which must have affected my judgement, I would have never given so much for her.”  A friend of Mick who was involved in the deal said, “Now you have the filly and a name for her as well.”

‘I-Gotta-Knock-on-the-Head’ is in foal to ‘Luas’.  Here’s wishing every success and good luck to Mick and hoping the mare is as successful in the paddocks as she was on the race-course.


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