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Saturday 12th June 2004

Killusty Pony Show
On 3rd July at Claremore, Killusty, the forty-first Killusty Pony Show is scheduled to take place.  From very small beginnings, the Killusty Show has burgeoned to six rings and seventy classes. Generous sponsors have seen to it that this year the format will remain much the same as for last year, which was so very successful.

Killusty is a ‘double points’ Show in the Irish Pony Society points qualification system.  Qualifiers for all IPS Championships will be staged, the finals of which will be held in Cavan in August.  It is also a qualifying show for the British Show Pony Society Championship Show at Peterborough.  The class list has only changed with the division of two Connemara classes to allow for qualification in both divisions of the ‘Gowla Its Kool’ Championship both Ridden and Working Hunter.  The final for these Championships is held at Oughterard Show on 28th August.  The Connemara Broodmare Class is now also a qualifier for the Midland Connemara Broodmare championship of €500 to be held at their Show at Annaharvey on 25th July.  After last year’s successful introduction of the South Tipperary Open Working Hunter League, points can be earned in all Open Working Hunter Classes toward the finals at Clonmel Show (4th July).  Killusty is also a designated Show for the very exciting ‘IPS Breeders Committee Inter-area Youngstock League’ with a Prize Fund of €1,500.  With such a varied list of classes, it is hoped to surpass the entry of 220 ponies at the 2003 Show. Some of those were in as many as five classes

Schedules are now available for the Show from Betsy O’Connor, Knockelly, Fethard, Tel: 052-31130.  All classes must be pre-entered except those for Performance Working Hunter and Equitation for which entries will be taken on the day.  The entries close finally on 27th June.  It is not necessary to be a member of the Irish Pony Society to take part as there is a day registration system in operation, which allows non-members to be covered by insurance for the day.

As usual the very colourful Fancy Dress competition and the Pet Dog Show will also be held.  There is no entry required for the Fancy Dress and the Dog Show can be entered on the day.  The committee hope that you will come even if you don’t have entries as it is a lovely way to spend a day in some of the most beautiful surroundings in Tipperary at the foot of Slievenamon.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
There was no Jackpot winner in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto this week.  The numbers drawn on Tuesday 8th June were 2, 13, 22 and 32.  There was no ‘Match 3’ winner so five tickets were drawn and the following win €30 each:

Conor Maher, Kilnockin, Fethard

Edel Bradshaw, 10 Congress Terrace, Fethard

Mary Fogarty, Monroe, Fethard

Greta O'Donovan, Burke Street, Fethard

Pat Culligan, C/o A.I.B.

Three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Michael & Paul Walsh, Barrack Street, Fethard

Corina Roe, Monkstown, Fethard

J. D. M. J. Ballyvaden

Next weeks Jackpot is €7,300 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €620.

Everard Information Required
The following message was received from Patrick Everard, (Email: Patrick.Everard@dsto.defence.gov.au)  “I've read your article on the Military Barracks in Fethard was one of the oldest in the country. Originally a town-house was acquired from a family called Everard in 1797 and converted into a temporary military barracks to accommodate two troops of Cavalry.

I'm trying to trace my family history going back to Ireland of my great, great, great. great grandfather John Everard and I'm wondering if there is a connection with the Everard Family of 1797, as my John Everard was born in 1798?. I would greatly appreciate if anyone could help me to trace this back. Kind Regards, Patrick Everard.”

Fethard Local Area Plan to 2010
The Council's Forward Planning Section has begun work on the Fethard Local Area Plan. The Community and Enterprise Section are working with Forward Planning to articulate and facilitate the views of the community and agencies represented on the Community Development Board.

This Local Area Plan sets out the Council’s proposals for the development and use of land within the town of Fethard up to 2010. The Plan will be used to: guide the day to day activities of the Council in terms of service provision; provide a policy framework for development over the life of the Plan and beyond; and provide guidelines in relation to the policy objectives and development control standards of the Planning Authority.

In other words what we are attempting to do is identify and possibly prioritise the objectives of relevant community and resident groups, the Local Authority and other relevant bodies and under the policy sections of  housing, enterprise and employment, transport and accessibility, public services, town centre strategy, conservation and recreation/amenity, set out a policy document and land use plan to be adopted by the Elected Members to guide the development of Fethard until 2010.

Community and Enterprise would be very grateful if you could let us know your plans for Fethard. Specifically, between now and 2010; What services do you intent to maintain there? What new services do you intend to provide there? What developments/services do you think should be available there? and any other information/actions or comments which would be of use to us

We will use the information to assist in the development of the Plan and also possibly, an action plan.  With thanks, Pat Holland CEDO, South Tipperary County Council / County Development Board, County Hall, Emmet Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Email: pat.holland@southtippcoco.ie  Tel: 087 2333496.

Councillor John Fahey
Councillor John Fahey would like to thank the people of Fethard for their massive support in the South Tipperary County Council election last week and is looking forward to being able to continue working with the Fethard and Killusty Community Council and the various local committees that he represents at the County Council meetings.

Sli Na Slainte
A recent meeting of the Sli Na Slainte welcomed a good attendance at the Tirry Centre. Good progress is being made with the selection of appropriate local walks.  Key factors in choosing the walks are, safety, enjoyment and healthy challenge.
At the next meeting the recommended walks will be chosen. Everyone present will have the opportunity to explore the walks and have an enjoyable evening.  This will be followed by discussion with the Irish Heart Foundation who will come and review our choices.  Hopefully the selected walks will be extended in due course to provide a greater variety of safe walks in the future.
The next meeting is to be held on Friday evening 18th June, at 8pm in the Tirry Centre. So why not improve your health by joining and being more active through healthy walking. All are welcome. Irish Heart Foundation Day will be celebrated this year on Sunday 26th September.

Abymill Theatre Annual General Meeting
The annual general meeting of The Mill (Fethard) Limited will take place on Monday 21st June in the Abymill Theatre at 8pm.  All are welcome.

Progress 25 Results
The results of the Progressive 25 game played on Friday 11th June are as follows:
Winners on 11 games: Jimmy McCarthy and Jackie Devitt.  Runners up on 10 games: Mick Whelan and John Kelly, Nora Lee and Nora O’Donnell.  Table prize: Esther and Vincent Phelan.  Tickets: Ester Phelan, Margaret Phelan and Jim Garrett.  Rubbers: Terry and Phyllis Murray, Alice Quinn and Tess Maher, Kevin and Betty Sweeney.
Next game takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 18 May at 8.30pm sharp.

Killusty Soccer Club
Due to circumstances beyond our control we have been forced to cancel our party night, which had been fixed for next Saturday at Slievenamon Golf Club.  We now have a new date and venue.  The new date is Saturday July 10th and the venue is The Fethard Arms. Tickets at €10, which include buffet and disco by Billy Bop, are available from committee members. Our AGM takes place on Friday July 2nd at 8.30pm in the Tirry Centre. All are welcome.

The Four Corners' Pilgrimage
Steven O’Connor, formerly from Kiltinan, Fethard, is beginning a trek around Ireland on horseback, starting this Saturday, 11th June from Rosslare.  Steven is calling his ride ‘The Four Corners' Pilgrimage’.  This trek will take him to the four corners of Ireland on horse back. As far as Steven is aware, this will be the first recorded, continuous horseback ride around Ireland by a single rider and mount.  Raising awareness of mental health is an important goal for this journey and he also hopes to raise money along the way for local charities, like the ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ for terminally ill children and the ‘Chernobyl Children’s Fund’. Horse and rider would be glad to help in any way to raise money for a local charity.  He is already in discussion with groups in Cork and Mayo who want to use him for fund-raising.

Steven and his horse should arrive in Fethard around the 19th June, and you can keep up to date with his progress by visiting his website www.pilgrimhorse.info

Sliabh na mBan Holy Year Cross
A number of people have asked what restoration work is being carried out. The old wooden cross at the hill wall, which is the traditional starting point for our August 15th pilgrimage, is in a bad state of repair and is being replaced. Anyone who wishes to contribute to the funding of this project may do so by leaving a donation with Christie Williams, Kevin Ryan or Jimmy O'Donnell.

Hello from Vietnam
Ruth Higgins sends the following greetings from Vietnam, “I’ve been in Ho Chi Minh City now for three days, it’s a bit of a culture shock but I’m having a great time. I spent my first day at the Christina Noble Foundation's social and medical centre today. The Vietnamese staff and volunteers from Ireland and Australia are doing a great job.  Thanks to everyone who supported and helped out at the table quiz, the money goes a long way to making the children more comfortable and happier.

The children are currently in a temporary building until renovations are finished to the old building.  This will provide them with a much better standard of living all thanks to donations received.  I'll be taking lots of photos of the children’s conditions and anyone is welcome to see them when I return.  So again thanks to everyone.  That’s all for now from Saigon!”

Fethard & Killusty London Reunion
Best wishes to all who will attend this year’s Fethard & Killusty London Reunion which takes place on Saturday 26th June at St. Anthony’s Parish Centre, Garratt Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 9AN, from 6.30pm ‘til late! Tickets are still available in advance or at the door from Paul Looby Tel: +44 (0)1276 459080, Mobile +44 (0)7967 648244 or email: loobs@londonirish.org

Lost Gold Signet Ring
A gold signet ring with great sentimental value was lost at the Coolmore Family Day on Saturday last 12th June.  If anyone found same the owner would really appreciate if it could be handed in to reception at Coolmore.  Or contact Coolmore Stud Farm at telephone 052 31400 and let them know where it can be collected.

Fethard GAA News
On last Sunday evening in Monroe our Intermediate hurlers got back on the winning ways to overcome Cahir on a scoreline, Fethard 3-13, to Cahir’s 0-14.   The full match report can be read on the sports page.  This now leaves Fethard on six points from four games as we enter into the second half of the championship.  Our next game is against Skeheenarinka.
The Senior Football South Championship starts for us this weekend when we play Carrick Swans on Saturday 19th June in Clonmel at 8 pm.  The Junior A Football South Championship also commences this weekend with Fethard playing Ardfinnan in Monroe on Sunday 20th June at 7pm.  The Minor B Hurlers start on Wednesday 23rd June in Marlfield where we play Cahir at 8pm in the South Championship.
On the county front it was with sadness that we learned last week that our county senior football team were unable to field a team, for whatever reasons, in the championship qualifier against Fermanagh.  Anyway, to all our six representatives this year we say thank you for your commitment and dedication.  To our under 21s, Michael Dillon and Eoin Doyle, the best of luck, also to Shane Walsh on the county minor team, the very best in the Munster semifinal against Kerry next week.
Our Lotto Jackpot €4,700 was not won.  We had three who ‘matched three’ at the draw made at The Well, receiving €50 each were Seamus Doheny (Woodhouse Fethard), Eileen O’Brien (Kilnockin View), Martin Coen (Redcity).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Martina Lonergan (Grove Rd).  The numbers drawn were 2, 7, 10 and 18.
Thanks to all those who supported our Church Gate Collection last weekend and to any one who still wishes to contribute, they may do so by giving a donation to Nicky O’Shea.
It was with sadness and deepest sympathy to the O’Reilly Family in England that we learned of the death of John, who was interred in his native Redcity during the week.  To his sister Peggy and family we offer our condolences at this time.

Juvenile GAA
Fethard juvenile under/12 hurlers, having won their first match, are playing on Thursday 17th June in Fethard against St Patricks at 7pm.   Next week on the 24th June, we are away to Kilsheelan at 7pm.
The under/14 footballers have had a great run in their south championship bid and have followed in the footsteps of the under/12s in reaching the final to be played shortly. They travelled to Kilsheelan on Sunday last to play Clonmel Óg and came away with a fantastic win ensuring them a place in the final, these young lads were a credit to their club and trainers and we wish them every success in their game in the final.

The under/12s were unfortunate to be beaten on the night after reaching the final but were also a credit to the club and their trainers.

Under/10 football training continues every Saturday afternoon at 3pm in the GAA field and hurling training for under/12s has now commenced every Thursday evening in the GAA field at 5.50pm.  Hurling training for under/14s and under/16s still takes place every Tuesday evening in the new Community Sports Field at 6.30pm.

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

Ladies Football
Fethard ladies football team were runners up in the Clonmel Og Ladies Football Tournament played in Clonmel Og on Sunday last. Fethard defeated Clonmel Og in the first game by 2 -5 to 0-0 and then played Moyle Rovers in the second game which they won by 3-2 to 2-0 this brought them into final against Ardfinnan where they were narrowly defeated by a 2 point margin.  This was an excellent performance by the Fethard team.  Player of the tournament went to Amy Hopkins, Fethard.  Team members were: Sharon Lawton, Jenny Fogarty, Jacqui Freyne, Amy Hopkins, Valerie Colville, Melia and Ollie Noonan, Vanessa O’Donnell, Helen Frewen, Barbara Ryan, Marie Holohan, Edel Fitzgerald, Sandra Maher, Lisa McCormack, Nora O’Meara, and Carol Murphy.

Kay Retires
Best wishes for a long and happy retirement to Kay McGrath who has retired from business and closed her ladies drapery shop on Main Street.  Kay came to Fethard from her native Co. Carlow over fifty years ago. Having first worked with her aunt Miss Doyle at Annie Lonergans Drapery, The Square, then at Landers, Main Street, and the Jack O’Shea’s Shoe Shop also on Main Street, she started her own successful ladies general drapery on Main Street.

The closure of Kay McGrath’s Drapery will now mean that Fethard has joined Carrick-on-Suir and Callan in not having a small ladies drapery retail store.  Ladies, that is if modern young ladies require such items, will have to travel further afield for sewing material, elastic, buttons, needles, stockings, children’s wear etc.  To ask for some of the above items in a modern superstore, so they tell us, they would look at you as if you had come from another planet.

Time was when Fethard had five such well-stocked shops — O’Shea’s, Lonergan’s, Mrs Murphy’s, Mrs O’Mahoney’s and Kay McGrath’s — now there are none.  The old order certainly changeth!  Indeed, in the time Kay has been in business in Fethard, in the block from Rocklow Road corner to Chapel Lane corner, ten businesses have closed and two have opened.

On a personal note, Kay will be sadly missed.  We have campaigned side-by-side in the fifty years plus she has worked on Main Street.  We have particular fond memories of the cups of hot tea on the cold winter mornings of open shop doors and no heating.  Thanks for the memories Kay. (T.N.)

Formula 1 for Fethard

Local motor sports enthusiasts, of which there are a surprisingly large number, will have the rare opportunity of inspecting a Formula 1 racing car at close quarters on this coming Saturday 19th June. The Jordan EJ 12 €1,000,000 plus racing machine, winner of the Brazilian Grand Prix 2003, will be on show at McCarthy’s Bar and Marquee from 4pm to 8pm.  The car is powered by a Ford Cosworth Engine DV 850 BHP and is capable of 220 mph, and from 0-100 mph in four seconds.  A cover charge of €10 will operate and all proceeds will go to the Self-Help Ethiopian Appeal Fund.

Death of ‘Hegney’ Gunne
The death has occurred in England during the past week of Gusty ‘Hegney’ Gunne.  The late ‘Hegney’ Gunne was the last surviving member of his generation of the Gunne family of The Green, one of Fethard’s oldest and most respected families.  Members of the Gunne family, over many generations, were very prominent blacksmiths and farriers in Fethard.  The late Jack Gunne, who operated the family forge on the Lower Green up to his retirement in the early seventies, was the last old time blacksmith and farrier operating in the Fethard district. 

The Gunne family were also widely known in Fethard and Tipperary GAA circles.  ‘Hegney’ Gunne with his brothers Jack, and Mikie of Fethard, Tipperary and New York, were leading playing members of Fethard and Tipperary football teams of their era.  Their prowess and skill on the football field is still spoken of in Fethard by their old-time team-mates and contemporaries.

Sincere sympathy is extended to his family, and near relatives in Fethard and Clonmel, Kathleen (Gunne) Connolly, The Valley, Sean and Pat Gunne, Clonmel, and the Sayers family, Fethard.  Interment took place in England.

Corpus Christi Procession
A very good turnout for the traditional Corpus Christi Procession in Fethard on Sunday night last was warmly thanked by Very Rev Fr. Tom Breen P.P. at the conclusion of the procession with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the Abbey Grounds.

Just a thought in passing, was it absolutely necessary that Fethard GAA Club should be called on to play an intermediate hurling game in Clonmel at a time that coincided with the procession?  Fethard have notified the powers that be of the annual procession but apparently the fixture list is now so crowded that postponements are not an option.  Time was not too long ago when that situation would not have arisen.

Local County Councillors
Heartiest congratulations to our two local South Tipperary County Council candidates, John Fahey F.G. (outgoing) and Michael O’Brien F.G. on their respective election to South Tipperary County Council in last Friday’s election.  A special well done to Michael on his success in his first venture into local politics.

Now for the commercial, a special request to our two local councillors to plug for the speedy erection of an entrance gate to Redcity Cemetery.  A few octogenarians who attended a recent funeral in the ancient cemetery again expressed regret at not being able to gain access to family burial plots.  Just remember councillors, time is not on their side!

Seeing that Fethard had four players involved, we might as well venture an opinion on the walkover conceded by Tipperary footballers to Fermanagh on Saturday last.  While ‘player power’ came into vogue big time and the G.P.A. plus the TV pundits have come out in their support, the popular opinion locally seems to be that the match should have been played.  While the players are the most important people concerned and perhaps they are making the point that football is of secondary importance in Tipperary, nevertheless, a lot of people felt let down.  Secondary or not, quite a considerable amount of money, mostly supporters funding, has been spent on the training, management and preparation of the team.

Secondly, the authority of the County Board has been seriously questioned.

Thirdly, is it the team manager or the County Board calls the shots and clearly no problem was ever solved by walking away from it.

Speaking of player-power, which was much in evidence on Saturday last, would players ever show some of their power by making a more active part in the running of their clubs.  Moyle Rovers showed a welcome change recently by electing one of their prominent players chairman of the club.  Other team games in Tipperary, notably racquet sports, have leading players in positions of importance.  Whether by tradition or not, the same does not seem to apply in the GAA.  Maybe it is time for a change.

World War II Information
In response to our request for further information on soldiers who fought in World War II, we received the following from Margaret (Kenrick) White from New Jersey, USA.

“On August 15, 1944, my brother James Joseph Kenrick made the supreme sacrifice with nine others in Italy.  They were blown to bits — 500 feet in the air — and not identifiable.  Because the remains were un-identifiable, two years after the war, they were brought back to the United States and interred in Jefferson City, Missouri.  The US Government arranged their interment so that each family had only 1,000 miles to travel to the gravesite.  They were known as the unidentifiable war dead of World War II.

My older brother Edward James Kenrick was injured one night on manoeuvres in North Carolina.  He went by ambulance to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC.  When his group moved on, he was then transferred to Fort Devin, Massachusetts, again by ambulance.  When he was discharged, he went to the Veteran’s Hospital in New York City where he had three-quarters of his stomach removed.

I do not know how my mother survived all the tragedy, except that she was a daily communicant in our Parish Church St. Pauls.  She was a widow — a fantastic example for my sister Mary and myself.  All the men who made the supreme sacrifice surely went straight to the Lord.

The late Gus Kenrick’s father from Fethard and my father, James Joseph Kenrick, were brothers.”


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