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Saturday 22nd May 2004

We had a very enjoyable get together last Saturday evening at Slievenamon Golf Club. The results of the rumble are as follows:
1st place went to course specialists James Smyth, Liam Meagher and Andy O'Donovan.
2nd place went to Pat Woodlock, Kevin Ryan and Ray Morrissey.
Nearest the pin was won by Kevin Ryan. The list of entrants for Adare Manor is now complete. Any late entries will only be accommodated if there is a withdrawal. Those who are travelling to Adare should note that the Irish Seniors is being held at the adjacent Adare Golf Club, so allow extra travelling time for delays.

At our AGM on 19th May the following officers and committee were elected:

President: Kay St. John;

Vice President: Marie Delaney;

Secretary/PRO: Gemma Burke;

Treasurer: Frances Burke;

Asst. Treasurer: Anna Cooke;

Tournament Directors: Frances Burke, Betty Walsh, Alice Quinn, Gemma Burke;

Committee: Berney Myles, Teresa Cummins, Breda Walsh and Mike Burke;

Partner Facilitator: Annie O’Brien.

The results of the game following the AGM were:

1st Gross: Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins           

2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett

1st Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney

2nd Nett: Mary Quirke and Fr. John Meagher

Bridge will resume on Wednesday 8th September.  Summer Bridge continues in Hotel Minella, Clonmel and Ballingarry on Wednesday nights commencing 2nd June and in Ballinure on Thursday nights commencing 3rd June.  All are welcome.

In intermediate hurling we played Moyle Rovers in Fethard on Friday 21st May and had a great win with Miceál Spillane playing one of his best games. Final score: Fethard 3-13, Moyle Rovers 0-14. Full report on sports page. This gives us two wins from two with our next outing on Friday 4th June in Kilsheelan when we meet St Marys at 7.45pm.
Our senior footballers are playing challenges while awaiting their South Championship match.  Our juniors are due to play Ardfinnan weekending 12th June.
Minor football fixtures have taken a break while exams are in progress.
The Tipperary game against Waterford in Páirc Ui Caoimhe is an all ticket match and all club members interested in a ticket please give their name to Dick Fitzgerald, Nicky O’Shea or Noel Byrne before Monday 31st May.  If you are not in, you can’t win.
Fethard GAA Golf Classic will take place in Slievenamon Golf Club on Saturday 5th June. Team of three for €120 can be booked from John Hurley, Nicky O’Shea, Dick Fitzgerald, Miceál McCormack, Gussy Fitzgerald or any committee member. Thank you very much in anticipation of your support.

The County Athletics Finals will take place in Thurles Dog Track on this coming Sunday, May 30th.  Assembly will be at 1pm.   The following children have been entered from the Fethard area: 

Boys under/8 60m: Jack Gleeson, Coolmore; David Heffernan, Ballyvaden.

Under/8 80m: Eoghain Hurley, Strylea; Kevin Hickey, Coolmoyne. 

Under /10 100m: Brian Healy, The Green; Garry Bradshaw, The Green.

Under /10 200m: Philip Maher, Ballybough; Vincent Lawrence, Derryluskin. 

Under /12 100m: Owen Healy, The Green.

Under /14 100m: John Lalor, Rathcanty.

Under /8 60m: Molly Proudfoot, Strylea; Hannah Tobin, St. Patrick’s Place.

Under /8 80m: Kate Quigley, Redcity: Kayleigh Higgins, Strylea. 

Under /10 100m: Aine Phelan, Kilknockin; Jennifer Rice, Everardsgrange.

Under /12 600m: Radkia Janacikava, Knockelly.

Under /14 800m: Bernadette Costello, Woodvale Walk; Laura Rice, Everardsgrange.

Under /16 100m: Kate O’Brien, Redcity.  

Under /15 mixed Relay Team.

The front pages of all most all national daily papers on Monday last featured prominently the 11 fatal road accidents over the weekend. What, if anything, can be done to reduce the terrible toll?

Driving during the past week on what chould be classed as 2nd if not 3rd class roads, at what one would consider a 40-45 mph reasonable speed, we were overtaken by a driver doing in excess of 70mph.  No doubt these drivers, by the grace of God, got to complete their journey and return journey safely.  One thing is sure however, as long as drivers continue to drive at that speed on such type of roads, the authorities can impose all the penalty points they wish, put Gardai on every cross-road in Ireland, but unless by some manner or means they can get inside these peoples heads and knock some common sense into them, it is all to no avail.

The wedding took place at Holy Trinity Church Fethard on Saturday 22nd May of Nicholas, son of Dr. Paddy and Mrs Diana Stokes, The Square, to Anna, daughter of Dr. Barry and the late Mrs Isobel Kempton, Lambourne, Berkshire, England.

A large number of friends of the bride and groom from the equestrian world in Ireland and England in which Nicky and Anna are widely known, attended the wedding and the reception afterwards in Knocklofty House Hotel.

The Fethard and Killusty Anglers competitions for the John Sayers Trophy and Tom O’Shea Cup took place on Sunday 23rd May.  Winner of the John Sayers Trophy was Mattie Fleming, with Eddie Casey 2nd and Liam Boland finishing 3rd.

The Tom O’Shea Cup for the heaviest trout was also won by Mattie Fleming.  The prevailing North East wind and bright sunshine provided far from ideal fishing conditions.  The catch of 28 trout by 10 rods nevertheless was quite good.

Under/12 Soccer
Well done to Fethard boys under/12 soccer team who put up such a great performance in the south final of the Community Games Championship which took place in Killusty on Sunday last.  The boys were defeated by a strong Carrick-on-Suir team by the narrow margin of just one goal.  The final score was 2-1.  The Fethard lads went very close to equalizing on a couple of occasions, just missing the net by inches.  They all played a great game and Colm Shanahan made some super saves in goal.  Well done to Bernard Feery, team manager, who put so much time into training this team, along with the indoor soccer team, and also to the parents for all their support.

Swimming County Finals will take place in the Canon Hayes Sports Complex, Tipperary Town on Saturday July 5th at 2.30pm.  Fethard will be represented by Philip Maher, Ballybough, in the under/10 freestyle event - one length of the pool, and Kevin Hayes, Redcity, in the under/14 freestyle - two lengths of the pool.  Entries for this event are now closed.

Wonderful; well worth while; positive and re-assuring; — these were some of the responses to the evening from the large attendance of well over one hundred people who attended an Information evening of Substance Misuse held in the school hall on 19th May 2004.

Guest speakers John Lonergan, Governor of Mountjoy Prison; Garda Des Bell, Junior Liaison Officer; and Johnny Casey, South Eastern Health Board; were greeted by senior prefects Paul Kenny and Miriam Carroll on a beautiful May evening.  All present were welcomed by the Principal Ernan Britton, in his opening address.

The evening was organised by the Substance Misuse Committee of the school, made up of teachers, parents and senior students that had spent many months formulating the school’s Substance Misuse Policy.

At the conclusion of the evening there was an open forum where questions were answered by the panel.  The opening address given by Johnny Casey, who chaired the proceedings, gave an interesting and informative idea of the problem of substance misuse in South Tipperary and the help available.

The Garda Junior Liaison Officer spoke of the importance of knowing where children and young people are, what they are doing and in whose company they are.  John Lonergan spoke on the subject of parenting and building of a good relationship with young people based on trust and mutual respect.

It was a very successful evening and gratitude is expressed to all involved: the Principal and staff, caretaker Con Sullivan, Ms Maher and Mrs O’Donnell for the display of posters and projects, the secretary Gwen Cronin, the ladies of the Parents Association who helped with teas for the guests, Seamus Whyte and the Abymill Theatre for sound equipment, the Substance Misuse Committee and most importantly, the guests who made it such an invaluable experience.

This year’s issue of the Patrician Presentation Secondary School annual yearbook, ‘Off The Wall’ is now available for sale in local shops and at the school.  The yearbook is up to its usual high standard with lots of photographs and articles compiled by transition year pupils.  The retail price is €7.

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.

Results for game played on 14th May:
Winners: James and Veronica Muldowney; John Martin and Trish Lee; Pat O’Dwyer and Tony Kelly; Michael O’Shea and Sean Callahan.
Table Prize: Nellie Meaney and Mai Kennedy.
Rubber finals: Mick Murphy and T.J. McGrath; Seamus Maher and Brian O’Donnell; Paddy and Phyllis Murphy.
Results for game played on 21st May:
Winners on 13 games: Sheila Hall and Chris O’Brien.
Runners up on 12 games: Esther and Vincent Phelan.
Table prize: Bridget Hayes and Teresa Cummins.
Rubber finals: Alice Quinn and Kay St. John; Robbie and Bernie Phelan; Esther and Vincent Phelan
Next game takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 28th May at 8.30pm sharp.

Great excitement in the Kilknockin area on Sunday night last when the largest hot air balloon in Ireland came down on the farm of Mr and Mrs Eddie Trehy.

Within minutes, the adjacent Killenaule-Fethard road was lined with cars of interested passing-by motorists.  The balloon was on a routine flight from an outing of the Irish Balloon Club at Knocklofty.  The size of the balloon may be gauged from the fact that the attached pannier basket underneath carried no less than fourteen passengers.

They had cruised over most of South Tipperary at a height of 600 feet and imagine Mr and Mrs Trehy’s surprise to find their daughter Christine and her husband Gearóid Hourihane amongst the passengers.  One might say, they literally dropped in!

Mr and Mrs Trehy cordially invited the unexpected guests in for tea.  The balloonists produced a large bottle of Champagne and an enjoyable time was had by all while the balloon was being deflated and packed in its special trailer.

The death has occurred on May 19th in England of Patrick Theobald Butler, the 28th Lord Dunboyne.  He was born into an Anglo-Norman Irish family in 1917 and was a direct descendant of the 1st Lord Dunboyne who received a writ of summons to the Irish Parliament in 1324.

While the Lords of Ormonde of the Kilkenny branch of the Butler family who owned Kilkenny, Kilcash, Kiltinan and Cahir Castles may be better known, the Dunboyne branch had also very close local connections.

The Dunboyne family were strong Roman Catholics until 1786 when the 22nd Lord Dunboyne resigned as Bishop of Cork to marry his cousin in the hope of having an heir. He was the subject of a most interesting book by the late Col. Watson, “In Search of an Heir”.

He was born at Grangebeg and died at Wilford near Ballingarry and is buried in Fethard Augustinian Abbey Grounds, according to local history having returned to the Catholic Church before his death.

The peerage passed to a Protestant branch of the family from which Patrick Dunboyne was a descendant.  He served with distinction in the Irish Guards during World War II and was reported missing, believed dead.

He studied Law and was called to the Bar in 1949.  He retired from his law practice in 1986 and devoted himself to the genealogy of the Butler family, the passion of his life.  He was active in the Butler Society from its foundation in 1968.

He was an outstanding tennis player, oarsman, and a top grade chess player.  He started the Bar Lawn Tennis Society and was president of the Forty Five Lawn Tennis Club.  In 1950 he married Ann Marie Mallet, daughter of the British Ambassador in Rome. They had three daughters and a son, John Fitzwalter Butler, born in 1851, who succeeds to the title.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 18th May were: 9, 12, 15 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner, and one "Match 3" winner who received €150:

M. R. Neville, c/o Group Homes, Fethard

Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:

Brendan Higgins, 6 St. Patricks Place, Fethard

 Eamon Drea, Fethard

 Mary Fogarty, Monroe, Fethard

Next weeks Jackpot is €6,850. Jackpot sellers prize €575.

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 now at O’Flynn’s Menswear. Tel: 052 31254.

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


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