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Saturday 3rd July 2004
Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

London Reunion a great success
This year’s Fethard & Killusty London Reunion was held in St. Anthony's Parish Centre, Garratt Road, Edgeware, London, and was attended by approximately 80 emigrants from the parish now living in England.  St. Anthony's Parish Centre was an ideal venue for the reunion, and with the proprietors, Paddy and Mary (Smith) Hennessy, also having Fethard connections, everyone was made feel at home.  Actually, it was even better than home, as one could watch the Tipperary v Limerick hurling qualifier live on the ‘big screen’ on Satanta TV Channel from the comfort of the Lounge Bar downstairs.

Paul Looby did a fine job organising this year’s event again and it was great to get to talk to emigrants from the Fethard area, such as Sean Noonan, who recalled many funny incidents with Brother Albert while he was working in the Patrician Brother’s House in Burke Street, now owned by the Hayes family. Bridie Synnott, a sister of Jimmy Roche, Ballinard, also spoke very fondly of her visits to Fethard over the years.

Pat Shine and Paddy Ryan, two stalwart supporters of the reunion since they started in the 1960s, where still in great form on the night, both on the dance floor and on the band stand, where Pat received many encores for his beautiful rendition of old favourites.

Killusty families were also well represented at the reunion with gatherings of the Sheehans, Byrnes and Ryans very prominent around the hall.  The Fitzgerald family were out in force and we believe Mary and Mickey from Crampscastle haven’t returned to Fethard yet!

Great credit to Michael Cummins, a son of the late ‘Cautious’ Cummins, Kerry Street, who travelled all the way down from Yorkshire to attend the reunion. Ena (Curran) Griffin, Helen and Timmy Curran sent greetings home to family members as did Tony Flanagan, formerly from Tullamaine, and a now a partner with the Wilton Group in Mayfair, London.  This was Tony’s first time attending a reunion.

Special thanks to the Looby family and the Hennessy family for all their effort and help in organising the event, to their guest local Parish Priest, Fr. Pat Salmon, and to all who made the effort to travel to attend the event.  Well done!  We look forward to next year.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
There was no Jackpot winner in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto this week.  The numbers drawn on Tuesday 29th June were 1, 5, 30 and 31.  There was no 'Match 3' winner so five tickets were drawn and each received €30:

Seamus Moloney, 7 Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard

Michael Russell, Drangan

Alice Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard

Karen Fox, Woodvale Walk, Fethard

Nora O'Meara, Cloneen, Fethard

Three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Matt O'Dwyer, Red City, Fethard

Eddie Sheehan, 15 St. Patricks Place, Fethard

Mary McCormack, Kerry Street, Fethard

Next weeks Jackpot is €7,750 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €665.

Irish Heart Foundation

The Irish Heart Foundation would like to thank everyone who supported their Church Gate Collection last weekend.  The sum of €965 was raised for which they are most grateful.

Slí na Sláinte on the move
The next meeting of the Slí na Sláinte group will be held in the Tirry Community Centre on this Thursday 10th July at 8pm. All are welcome to attend.  The committee would like to see all those interested in walking and developing walking routes in Fethard, attend this meeting.  This stage in developing the ‘Path to Health’ is very important and the cooperation of the South Tipperary County Council is crucial if the project is to succeed.

We can all benefit from being a little more active in our lives. Being active gives you more time for living, because physical activity relieves stress and increases productivity, you'll find that it actually adds hours to your day. All it takes is about 30 minutes of aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, swimming, cycling, or dancing, most days, to stay in shape.   This is your chance to start with walking!

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.

Greetings from Abroad
James Sheehan from Liverpool (email: jsheehan@merseyrail.org)

“Hello to all the Sheehans out there. Decided it was about time I signed the guestbook as I am always visiting this site to see what’s going on. Met "young" Martin McHale recently at a cricket match wearing his Tipperary top. Hope you are all well, cheers for now.”

Lois Whittier from Canada (email: niteowl38@hotmail.com)

Says hello to everyone, really enjoys the Fethard news.  I am searching for any information on Eamonn Meagher/Edmund Mahar who was born in Warrington, England in 1738.  He was my ggggg grandfather who settled in Pembroke, Maine, where he is now buried.

Denise Westmoreland, France (email; denise@plan-itsupplies.com)

It was lovely to see Aobh O’Shea how much she had grown.  Love to all the O'Shea family in The Valley from Denise and family now living in France.

Valerie (Penfold) Boulton, Spain (email: vaboulton@aol.com)

Hello, to all my family back home in Killusty!

Ryan Penny, Leeds (email: ryanspenny1@hotmail.com)

Came over in 2002 with my Dad, Mrs Penny and my sister and had a drunken few days in Fethard.  Jimmy Ryan was our tour guide had we a cracking time but just couldn’t understand a word.  Cheers Jimmy!  I think we are something to do with the O’Sheas.

Maria Brennan, Celbridge (email: mariabrennan@eircom.net)

Hello, just came across the site when I was looking for some details on Killusty. An ancestor of mine emigrated from Kilkenny to St. John's, Newfoundland.  She married a native of Killusty called Richard Clancy.  I believe he was born in the 1850's and died in 1936. Hope this might be of interest to someone.

Michael Lyons, Sydney (email: mj_lyons@yahoo.com)

Hello to all in Fethard. My aunt Ellen lived at the Grove Lodge for years. I spent many a lovely Sunday visiting her in my younger days. I am from Killenaule and have lived in Australia since 1970. A great site, keep it up.

Helena McCormack, Germany (email: h84h@hotmail.com)

Hi everyone.  It’s so nice to be able to see what’s going on in Fethard every week. Hope ye are all keeping well.  I’m here making the most of the sunny weather.  Best of luck to Kersty and Zoë in their exams.  Cya all soon.

Susan M. Warren (email: jswarren@tconl.com)

Our family history says my g-grandfather, James Trihy, (born 07/25/1829) was born in Grove, Fethard, County Tipp., Ireland. His parents died young and he was supposedly raised by his mothers' sisters (maiden name Duggan). James had brothers William, Michael, Lawrence, & Richard, and a sister Johanna. There's always been much confusion over the name; it seems some of the family went by the name of Troy. Several of them came to Wisconsin (USA); James eventually came to Nebraska (USA), where he married Bridget Clancy, also supposedly from Fethard, or perhaps somewhere nearby in County Tipperary. Would love to correspond with anyone who might have information they'd like to share. Thanks.

Joyce Sousa (email: Jsousa420@aol.com)

Searching for information on my gg-grandfather, James Phillips born 1811 near Fethard. Emigrated to Iowa, USA about 1840. His parents may have been John Phillips and Anne Ryan. Known siblings are John, Thomas, Ellen, Mary and possibly Jeremiah. May be related to the Carews. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

South Tipperary Hospice Collection
The annual church gate collection in aid of South Tipperary Hospice will take place next weekend, 10th and 11th July, in Fethard and Moyglass.  Please support this wonderful service generously.

Monroe Walk cleared
For a nice change in your walking route, who not try the Monroe walk to Rocklow, turning right just before you come to the Fethard Folk Museum on the Cashel Road.  The pathway has now been cleared thanks to Johnny Burke, Redcity, and Jimmy O’Shea, Burke Street, and is a delightful walk taking you up by ‘Breen’s Bridge’ and out at Rocklow, where you can return to Fethard by the Rocklow Road, or if you prefer, carry on for another mile by the laneway to Rathcoole Cemetery and exit two miles from Fethard on the Cashel Road.

Final Four visit Fethard
Another treat for young music fans on Saturday 24th July when boyband ‘Final Four’, with special guest Michael Leonard, perform in the Abymill Theatre at 8pm. Final Four, not long back from their Eurovision experience, are currently undertaking a tour of Ireland.  The four lads have been busy working on their vocals and are looking forward to playing the intimate Abymill Theatre.  Tickets are €10 and are available from Kenny’s Centra Supermarket, The Green, Fethard.

Silver medal winner in World Championships
Congratulations to Fethard Judo Club member, Josephine O’Donnell, who competed in the World Masters Judo Championships in Vienna last weekend.  Josephine, a coach with the Fethard club, fought very well and was delighted to finish second in a field of top world class athletes.  We congratulate her on this ‘once in a lifetime’ achievement.  Well done Joe.

The Munster Community Games Judo finals are being held in Limerick this Saturday.  The Fethard club have fifteen members competing in the finals.  Any child looking for a lift to Limerick on Saturday morning are asked to be outside the Town Hall at 8.30am.  Best of luck to all players from Fethard Judo Club.

Hunting news
The Tipperary Foxhounds were once again amongst the prizewinners at the Irish Master of Foxhounds Association Show held at Stradbally, Co. Laoise, on Sunday last.  They took 1st Prize in the Best Unentered Dog Hound Class with ‘Tanker’, and second in the Best Couple of Unentered Bitches Class with ‘Crimson’ and ‘Whitewash’.  ‘Crimson’ also took second prize in the Best Unentered Bitch Class.

The Tipperary successes in the young unentered hounds classes, competing against the very best of Ireland’s puppies, speaks very well for the overall quality of the season’s Tipperary Foxhounds young entry and no doubt they will hunt as well as they look.

Congratulations on last Sunday’s rosettes to huntsman, Pat O’Brien, and 1st Whip, James O’Donnell.

Here is the news
Believe it or not, a few of our very senior readers are inquiring, “Where has the Fethard News gone to?”  They apparently are still looking for our usual column with the ‘District News’.  Well, and it is all Joe’s fault, we are now gone upwardly mobile and have been granted a full page for Fethard.  Though in trying to fill it some weeks we feel like as if we will have to go out and bite a dog.

The Councillor and the Clergyman
Rev Fr. John Meagher OSA on meeting Michael O’Brien, congratulated him on his recent election to South Tipperary County Council.  “Michael”, he said, “you did remarkably well in your first time seeking election.  Do you know, if I was wearing a hat I’d take it off to you.”

Michael, as ever not to be outdone replied, “You can bow to me instead Father, that will do just as well.”  Noblesse Oblige.

Recent weddings
The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Friday 25th June of Siobhán, daughter of Mr Willie and Mrs Catherine Ryan, Rocksprings, Cashel Road, Fethard, to Richard, son of Mr Joe and Mrs Mossie Hayes, Rathcoole House, Fethard.

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 3rd July, of Mary, daughter of Mr Eugene and Mrs Arabella Walsh, Kilnockin, to Mr Robert Costelloe, Ballincollig, Cork.

Bigger and Better
Congratulations and very well done, to the organising committee and promoters of the Pony Show held in the showground field at Claremore, Killusty, on Saturday last 3rd July.  The best yet, was how one supporter who has attended every show since its inception, described last Saturday’s event. 

The problem now seems to be is the show to become a victim of its success and nationwide popularity.  Never, such minor positive problems will present no problem to the show committee.  The show rings are scarcely large enough to accommodate the large number of entries in each class; the field barely able to contain the number of boxes and trailers attending. Yet, it is hard to realise that such a hugely successful event is organised and run by the voluntary efforts of a very dedicated committee. 

Shows such as Killusty are the roots of the high prestige in which Ireland holds internationally in the equestrian world.  As long as it produces enthusiasts like those behind the Killusty Pony Show it will continue to do so.

A typical example of the help forthcoming was shown at the show’s conclusion.  An appeal was made over the public address for helpers to dismantle the posts, rails, fences etc used during the day.  Such was the number of volunteers, that within forty-five minutes, it was hard to realise that a show had ever taken place.  Long may it continue.

Fethard GAA Club
In our Intermediate Hurling game played on Sunday last we had a hard earned victory in Clonmel on a scoreline, Fethard 2-11, Skeheenarinka 3-6.  Full match report on sports page.  This now gives us 8 points out off a possible 10, with three games still to be played against, Ballybacon, Fr Sheehys and Kilsheelan.
The Minor Hurling B second round continues with a game in Marlfield on Wednesday 14th July against Ballybacon /Grange at 8pm.
Thomas F Kiely (Ballyneale), was honoured last week in Clonmel with a fitting memorial for a great achievement of winning an Olympic Gold in 1904 in St Louis Canada to add to his 20 years of achievement of GAA Championship Medals from 1888/1908.  As he was born and laid to rest at the foot of Slievenamon we are all very proud of the honour he brought to Ireland and Tipperary.  To his grandchildren we offer our congratulations and to Tony Kiely (Clonmel) who delivered a very eloquent resume of his character, both in Clonmel and in Carrick On Suir over last weekend.  Thanks to the South Board who organized a fitting tribute to such a great Gael.
Juvenile Fixtures: Under 12 B Hurling continues with Fethard v Mullinahone on Monday 12th July in Mullinahone at 7pm.  In Under 14 B Hurling we are away this Thursday 8th July to Ballybacon /Grange at 7pm, and on the 15thh July we are at home to Clonmel Og at 7pm.

Our Lotto Jackpot of €5,000 was not won. This week’s draw was held at McCarthys Hotel, Main Street, and we had two match three winners who received €75 each: John Phelan (Butlerstown, Kilsheelan), and Ger Manton (Main Street).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Con Doyle (Woodvale Walk). The numbers drawn were 7, 9, 12 and 18.

Juvenile GAA Club
Our under-14 hurlers played away to Killenaule on Friday evening last in the start of their championship bid and came away with a great win - the boys were in great form on the night.  Every section of the field was well covered and Gavin Fitzgerald, Eoin O'Connell, Dean Tobin, Christopher Sheehan, Adrian Lawrence, and Aaron O'Donovan were reliable and solid throughout.  The final score stood at Fethard 3-8, Killenaule 1-3.  They are away to Ballybacon in their next match and we wish them the very best of luck.

Uunder-14 and under-16 hurlers please note that training times have now moved to Monday evening at 6.30pm in the GAA field.

On a final note the Club would like to say a special thanks to John Leahy who came to the under/14 and under/16 hurling training session on Thursday of last week to give a hand and share a few tips, a great training session followed.

Training continues for under-8 and under-10 football every Saturday afternoon at 3pm in the GAA field.  If you have any queries please contact club secretary: Caroline Sheehan Tel: 086 1713502 or 052 32005.  New members are always welcome.

Community Games
Fethard and Killusty area will be represented in boys under-13 indoor soccer, judo and boys’ and girls’ volleyball at the Munster Finals of the ESB Community Games which will take place in University of Limerick on this Saturday, 10th July.  Full report and names are printed on the Sports Page. 

A bus will leave the Post Office to transport the volleyball teams on Saturday morning at 9.20 am. Return fare is €7.50.  We wish everybody the best of luck.  Thanks to Denis Burke, Eric O’Donnell and Bernard Feery who put in so much hard work coaching the volleyball, judo and indoor soccer teams.  Indeed, Bernard Feery, who is area secretary, county games director and Munster delegate, certainly had his hands full this year as in addition to all above duties he co-ordinated all the indoor and outdoor soccer events this year and then coached the indoor team.  People may not realise how much background work goes on to give the children the opportunity to participate in sport.  Well done to all concerned.


Leopardstown racecourse announced recently that Fethard based stud Coolmore are to sponsor the prestigious Matron Stakes, a race that was elevated to Group 1 status for the first time this year. The race will be run as the principal supporting race on Baileys Irish Champion Stakes Day, with a prize fund of €260,000 and will be known as the 'Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes', named after the 2000 Kentucky Derby winner now standing at the South Tipperary based stud. The event traditionally attracts much interest from overseas trainers and English trained horses have won 3 of the last 4 runnings of the race, the exception being the 2002 winner 'Dress to Thrill', trained by Dermot Weld. Speaking this week Leopardstown General Manager, Matt O'Dwyer claimed that he was delighted now to welcome a company as prestigious as Coolmore as a sponsor at Leopardstown. Entries for the race close this evening Wednesday 7th July.

Killusty Soccer Club notes
Our AGM took place last Friday night, 2nd July, and the following officers were elected: Hon. Life President: Bob Maher; Chairman: Tony Shelley; Secretary: Sarah Shelley; Ass. Secretary: Sharon O'Meara; Treasurer: Emma Fitzgerald. Committee: Sean Aylward, Louis Coen, Kevin Ryan, Jason Nevin and Ronan Maher.

Groundsman: Tom Kearney; Junior Team Manager: Chris Coen; Youth Manager: Sean Aylward.

In his opening address, the chairman paid tribute to the outgoing officers Sean Aylward, Mick Cranitch and Louis Coen and thanked them for their sterling work for the club, not just last year but down through the years. As we approach our 35th season, we look forward to being back in the premier division once more.

As a team going through a transitionary period, we realise it will be a challenge playing the elite of Tipperary soccer week in week out, but is one we have faced before and feel able to rise to again.  The need for a commitment to training is essential and in light of this, training begins on Wednesday July 14th at 7.30pm.  Youths intending to join next season are also asked to attend.

Unfortunately, the party night, which we had planned for next Saturday, has had to be cancelled as it clashed with outside events. A new date will be announced later.

Our fourth outing of the season took place last Sunday at Carrick on Suir Golf Club. The results are as follows:

Nearest the pin: Davy Williams, Kevin Ryan and Aidan Grant.

Ladies: 1st place (35 pts) Mary Kenrick 2nd place (32 pts) Bernie Phelan

Mens: 1st place (39 pts) course specialist Aidan Grant

2nd place (37 pts) Brian Higgins

3rd place (35 pts, back 9) Donal O’Grady

4th place (35 pts) Kevin Ryan

5th place (34 pts) Willie Morrissey 6th place (33 pts) Francis Lonergan.

We would like to thank Carrick on Suir Golf Club and complement them on their excellent facilities. Our next outing takes place on Saturday, August 28th at Callan Golf Club.


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