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Saturday 19th June 2004

Died Recently

The death has occurred on Monday 21st June of Dick Allen, Killusty South. Interment took place in Killusty cemetery.

The death has occurred on Sunday 20th June of Peter Murphy, Cashel Road. Interment took place in Cavalry Cemetery.

The death has occurred recently in Dublin of Br Declan OFM (Paddy Holohan), formerly from Burke Street, Fethard. Interment took place in Dublin.

Tennis Camp
This year's Tennis Camp will take place at Fethard Sports Centre from 12th to 16th July. The coach is Tony McCarthy and the camp will cater for children from age 7 to 15. All are welcome to participate and names should be given to Jimmy or Fionnuala O'Sullivan, Main Street.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council takes place on Tuesday 13th July at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Fethard Athletic Club
The Munster Juvenile Track and Field Championships took place recently in Castleisland. Both Hannah Trehy and Michelle Ryall brought home medals from this competitive and prestigious event.  Hannah won an impressive silver in the girls U/13 high jump, while Michelle took bronze in the girls U/13 long jump.  This qualifies both girls to compete in the National Track and Field Championship.  Hannah Trehy also qualifies for the National 80m hurdles having come 4th in the final and she claimed a respectable fifth position in the long jump.

At the Community Games County finals in Thurles Fethard A.C. athletes were also to the fore with two individuals and one team taking gold medals, earning the trip to Mosney in August.  The individual winners were: Elaine Kennedy in the 1500m (U/16) and the in-form Hannah Trehy in the 80m hurdles. The 4x100m team of Aoife O’Gorman, Jennifer O’Donnell, Rebecca Ryan and Elaine Kennedy took gold medals in the girls U/16 Relay event. Other athletes to perform well were Hannah Tobin who won silver in the U/8 80m and Kate Quigley who took bronze in the U/8 80m and Kate Quigley who took bronze in the U/8 60m.

Affiliation Fees are now over due, please pay same to Mary immediately. The sum of €20 per individual or €50 per family entitles members to train and compete for the entire 2004 season. It is essential, for insurance purposes, that all children who attend our training sessions are affiliated.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
There was no Jackpot winner in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto this week.  The numbers drawn on Tuesday 15th June were 14, 16, 22 and 32.  There was one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150:

Brian O'Donnell, Garrinch, Fethard

Three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Hannie Leahy, Annsgift, Fethard

Nora Butler, Garrinch, Fethard

Mary Kenny, Drangan

Next weeks Jackpot is €7,450 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €635.

The Natives are Restless
We have written here previously on how the most abiding citizens, the motorists, are being harassed.  Parking meter charges, fines for not obeying same, and on the spot fines they pay without dissent.  The car testing charges and re-test charges seem to be the straw that has finally broken the camel’s back.

Protest marches have been held in Limerick and Clare protesting against the absurd nature of cars failing to pass the test on the most trivial points.  Another sore point is that the NCT Company that tests the cars is not government owned but foreign controlled.  The people who took part in the marches are not your everyday protesters, they have been described as, only ever in their lives having marched to mass.  They now have decided, fair dues to them, enough is enough and show that if you kick a dog often enough he will eventually bite you.

The common people of Ireland are now on the march and no doubt about it, they will win eventually if sufficient support is forthcoming.  A large protest march is being organised for Limerick in September, join it if you can.  Limerick is a bit too far distant for many, so how about some idealistic few organising one locally!

Just Married
The wedding took place at Holy Trinity Church Fethard on Saturday 19th June of Rhona, daughter of Mrs Bernadette and Mr Peter McManus, Burke Street, Fethard, to Mr Michael Morrissey, Newtownshandrum, Co. Cork.  The reception was held at Hotel Minella, Clonmel.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the Colville family, Grove Road, on the tragic death, following an accident on Friday last, of Mrs Saline Kennedy, née Colville, Carrick-on-Suir.  Saline was a brother of the late Pat Colville, Spittlefield.

50 Years in Existence
Fethard Athletic Club is now 50 years in existence and athletics are now well organised and promoted in Fethard.  Time was, in the early years when it was, if not a one-man effort, it certainly was quite close to it.  “The Little Black Bag” however, kept the show on the road when times were bad.  Special memories too of the late Pat Ryan, a stalwart member and great committee man in the early years.

To mark the golden jubilee of Fethard Athletic Club, they will promote a four-mile road race in Fethard on this Thursday, 24th June, at 8pm.

Speaking of Fethard AC, best wishes for a long and happy retirement to a former leading member of the club, Garda Thomas McCarthy, son of the late Paddy and Josie McCarthy, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard, who retired from the force recently.  A large number of friends and Garda colleagues joined Thomas and family at a memorable retirement party at the Walter Raleigh Hotel Youghal.  Garda McCarthy spent his 32 years service entirely in Co. Cork, six years in Rathgormack and twenty-six years in Youghal.

Jury Still Out
A new lady resident in Fethard was heard to enquire, “Do ye ever talk about anything else in this place only beagles and football?”  Well football is still being widely discussed, the hurling season has not yet commenced, and the jury is still out on the right or wrong of Tipperary footballers decision to concede a walkover to Fermanagh in their All-Ireland senior football championship game.  Some are of the opinion that Tipp were right.  They see the decision not to play as a protest against football being treated as a second-class game in the county. Others say, the county, the county board, and supporters were let down rather badly.  Some old time followers who fulfilled a lifetime wish to see Tipperary play a championship match at Croke Park, feel they may have been deprived of a similar experience this year.  Indeed Tipperary gave an excellent display on that occasion and Donegal’s victory over Tyrone on Sunday last show that Tipperary football is not too far off the top flight.

However, “What’s done is done and what’s won is won, and what’s lost is lost and gone forever.  We can only pray for a bright brand new day, for the game that we love so well!”  What will the repercussions be? Financially, when one considers the €10,000 grant for qualifiers plus the fine that will be imposed, they are dire.  How will the decision affect the future of Tipperary football?  Time alone will tell!

Death of Mary Mackey
With regret we record the death of Mrs Mary Mackey, Farranaleen, which occurred on June 16th.  The late Mrs Mary Mackey was just two months short of her 99th birthday and was the parish’s oldest resident.  The Mackey residence could be described as the social centre of the district.  Widely known for her hospitality and as a good neighbour, the Mackey’s house was certainly the last of the old country rambling houses.  Here Mrs Mackey ran a very much appreciated country shop.  A great boon in an era when people could only just go to town occasionally, it was here the locals met in wintertime to play cards and in the summer to play skittles and ‘pitch and toss’ on the roadway outside, or handball against the gable end of the store at the nearby Farranaleen Station House.

Mary Mackey was pre-deceased by her devoted husband of over sixty years, Jim, some three years ago.  Jim was also a great personality in his own right.  Mary and Jim are now once again united in Moyglass Churchyard and certainly in the gardens of heaven above.

Sincere sympathy is extended to her daughter Ella, son Jim and extended family.

Art Exhibition
Fethard artists, Sue Perry, Judy Butler and Rosemary Ponsonby, are holding an art exhibition in the Excel Craft Centre, Tipperary Town, which officially opens at 6pm on Saturday, June 26th and will run for four weeks up to July 23rd. Sue works in oils on canvas, Judy works mostly in watercolours, and Rosemary works in both mediums. The pictures are quite varied which makes for a choice. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. The Excel Gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Fethard GAA Notes
It is with great sadness to learn of the death, on Monday 21st June, of the prince of Fethard football, Dick Allen, at the age of 91 and the last survivor of the 1935 Tipperary Munster senior football winning team.  To Vincent, John, Joe (sons), Mary (daughter) and family we offer our condolences at this time. Go nDeanai Trocaire ar an Ainmeaneacha.

The Senior Football South Championship 1st Round was played on Saturday 19th in Clonmel and the final score, Fethard 2-23 (1-11), Carrick Swans 1-4 (0-2).  The result was never in doubt from the throw in.  Team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Alan Phelan, John P Looby, Damien Byrne 1-0, Glen Burke 0-1f, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-3, Kenneth Byrne, Michael Dillon 0-2, Stephen O’Donnell 0-2, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-2, Karl Maher 1-4, Miceál Spillane, Conor McCarthy 0-9 (5f).  Sub: Nicky Murphy for John P Looby.  With the Fitzgerald, Byrne, O’Donnell brothers, Michael Quinlan, Glen Burke, Conor McCarthy and Karl Maher all to the fore on the night, the future looks bright for 2004.  Our next outing is on Sunday 27th at 8pm in Clonmel where we play Ardfinnan in the County Championship.
In the Junior Football A South Championship we got off to a winning start in Monroe on Sunday 20th, finishing on a scoreline Fethard 2-11 (0-6), Ardfinnan 2-8 (1-4).  Full match report is on the Sports Page.  Our 2nd round game is on this Thursday night 24th June in Killenaule against Ballingarry at 8pm.
Our Minor Hurling B game against Cahir has been re-fixed due to Leaving Cert exams and takes place on this Friday night 25th June in Ned Hall Park at 8pm
The very best of luck to Shane Walsh who was chosen on the County Minor Football panel to play against Kerry on Thursday 1st July.
Our Juvenile Under 14B hurling commences on 1st July when we are away to Killenaule at 7pm.  The Under/12 hurling 4th round is fixed for Fethard on Monday 5th July against Killenaule at 7pm.
The Lotto Results Jackpot of €4,800 was not won.  The numbers drawn were 4, 9, 12 and 17.  We had five ‘match threes’ who received €30 each: Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan), Emma Fitzgerald (Monroe), Paddy O’Flynn (Burke St), Paddy Broderick (Kilnockin), and the Sheehan Brothers (Woodvale Walk).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Tony McGarry (29 Woodvale Walk).

Badgers 30 Plus Soccer Club
Numbers are on a slow but steady `badger style' increase with the last couple of matches being good seven-a-sides.  As good as this has been we still aim for perfection and hope that one day it will reach the full eleven-a-side and play the full pitch.  So come along and bring a friend every Wednesday night at 7.45pm.  But of course, there is always the exception, and that is next Wednesday when the Athletic Club are having there sports night.  So take note: next Wednesday 23rd we will not start until 9pm, have you got that Mick?

Sunday 27th at 3pm will be the first weekend day of soccer, especially organised for those of you who have been unable to make the Wednesday nights due to work etc.  It’s a great way to pass those lazy Sunday afternoons so we hope to see you at the community sports field!

‘Murphy’ Rides into Town
Steven O’Connor, formerly from Kiltinan, Fethard, rode into Fethard on his steed 'Murphy' on Friday 18th June.  This was one of Steven’s stops as part of his ‘Four Corners' Pilgrimage’ trek around Ireland on horseback.  Steven was greeted by many of his friends and relatives and was coxed to spend the weekend in the Killusty area before setting off on the remainder of his journey.  The trek which started in Rosslare on Saturday, 11th June, will take him to the four corners of Ireland on horse back. Raising awareness of mental health is an important goal for this journey.  You can keep up to date with his progress by visiting his website www.pilgrimhorse.info


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