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Saturday 17th July 2004

The death has occurred of Mrs Jo (Barrett) O’Connor of The Green, who died on Thursday 17th July, aged 99.  The late Jo O’Connor will long be remembered in Fethard for her lifetime association with Fethard Augustinian Abbey.  Jo joined the Abbey Choir as a teenager.  She later became sacristan of the Abbey Church, a position she held diligently for seventy years.  She would have given over eighty years service in all to Fethard Abbey.

In 1966, Jo was affiliated to membership of the Augustinian Order in recognition of her loyal service to the Abbey over the years.  At a memorable ceremony in the Abbey Church on Sunday 20th March 1994, Fr. John Byrne OSA, Provincial of the Augustinian Order in Ireland, conferred Jo with the Papal Medal "Benemerenti".  This honour was petitioned through His Grace Archbishop Dermot Clifford, to mark 75 years of dedicated service as Sacristan in the Augustinian Abbey. 

Jo would have celebrated her 100th birthday on 25th March 2004.  She will be sadly missed by her sister-in-law, nieces and nephews, and especially by the regular Abbey Church congregation.  Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

Community Games
Fethard & Killusty have a total of 18 competitors and four managers travelling to Mosney next month.  They will hold a volleyball marathon during the coming weeks as a means of raising funds to cover expenses.  The competitors will be selling sponsorship cards so please give your support.  It is a great honour for the area to be represented at the National Finals.

The Community Games annual church gate collection will also be taken up next weekend 26th and 27th July.

Phyllys Donald, Australia, is looking for ancestors of Michael Ronan who was born in Fethard to Michael Ronan and Honora Cranley.  Michael (Jnr) came to Australia in 1860 with a shipment of horses for L. Burges. Any information welcome to email: philbrin@hotmail.com

Fianna Fail

Fethard Fianna Fail Cumann have nominated Joe Keane and Waltie Moloney both from St. Patrick's Place as candidates for the forthcoming selection convention for South Tipperary County Council which will take place in Cloneen on this Thursday night.  We wish them the best of luck.  Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Waltie.

Five south teams have qualified for the quarterfinals of the county senior football championship, Fethard, Commercials, Cahir, Ardfinnan and Carrick Swans.  The west-champions, mid-champions and south champions will join these five. If one of the five south teams also win the south-championship they will automatically take a semifinal spot in the county championship.  All games are scheduled to take place on weekending 14th September.

Our next county league game is against Moyle Rovers on Tuesday 29th July, in Monroe at 7.30pm.

Fethard played Eire Og in the intermediate hurling county league on 15th July.  When the appointed referee did not turn up, Miceál McCormack stepped into the fray, to take charge of the whistle.  The final scoreline was, Fethard 0-14 (0-8), Eire Og  2-11(1-4). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Philly Croke, Michael Ryan, Shay Ryan, Tomas Keane 0-1(65), Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher, Owen Doyle 0-1, Shane Walsh, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-8 (1f), Michael Dillon, Jamie McCormack, Miceál Spillane 0-3 (2f), and Kevin O’Donnell.  Subs used: Ciaran Treacy 0-2 (1f), Gareth Byrne and Joe Keane.  This result leaves us depending on other results if we are to move to the latter stages of the league.

In junior ‘A’ football on Saturday 19th July, we had a good victory over Newcastle on a scoreline, Fethard 2-9 (1-6), Newcastle 1-8 (0-4).  The team was: Tommy Gahan, Martin Ryan, Diarmuid Burke, Alan Burke, Ian Kenrick, Philly Blake, Jamie McCormack, Kevin O’Donnell 0-1, Owen Doyle 0-1, Brendan Brett 0-2, Shay Ryan 0-1, Jason Nevin 0-1, Johnny Neville 2-1, John Hurley 0-1 and John Noonan 0-1.  Sub used was Tommy Sheehan.  This gives us two wins out of two games played with two more games to go.

We played Ballybacon / Grange in junior ‘B’ hurling on Sunday 20th July, in Marlfield, and lost on a scoreline, Fethard 1-8 (0-3), Ballybacon Grange 7-10. After having approached forty players, we only got sixteen to travel.  This competition must be looked at very seriously for the future.  The club is grateful to those who travelled and gave their very best on the day.  Our next game is against Ballingarry, so players please come to the field on Thursday nights for training at 7.30pm.  The team was: Paddy Cooney, Philly Prout, Tommy Gahan, Philly Blake, Alan Burke, William Delaney, Brendan Doyle, Joe Keane 1-1(frees), John Noonan 0-1, Alan O’Meara 0-1, Diarmuid Burke 0-1, M J Croke, Johnny Neville 0-2, John Hurley 0-1, and David Flanagan.  Sub used was John Hanrahan.

In minor ‘B’ hurling, we play Cahir on the 23rd July in Ardfinnan and on the 30th we play Kilsheelan.  Check sports page for details.

Our lotto jackpot of €1,100 was not won.  We had three ‘match threes’ who won €50 each: Mark Leahy (7 Congress Tce), James St John (Gurtnapisma, Cloneen), and Rena Sheehan (264 Elm Park Clonmel).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Joan St John (Peafield, Cloneen). The numbers drawn were 6, 13, 19 and 20.

Juvenile Fixtures coming up are: Under/16 ‘B’ Hurling against Carrick Davins in Fethard on 28th July at 7pm.

The club would like to extend its sympathy to the Barrett family on the passing off Jo O’Connor (nee Barrett).  Go Ndeanai Trocaire Orthu.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 15th July were: 18, 24, 26 and 28.  There was no Jackpot Winner and no 'Match 3' winner.  Five tickets were drawn and the following won €30 each:

Edwina Newport, Main St., Fethard.

Patrick Sheehan, Walshbog, Killusty.

Martin Coen, Fethard.

Monica O'Shea, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.

Frank Hickey, Ballycullen, Mullinahone.

The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:

C,E.S., Tirry Centre, Fethard.

C.E.S., Tirry Centre, Fethard.

John Murphy (Snr), Kilnockin, Fethard.

The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

The tennis courts at Fethard Sports Centre are now open daily from 9am to 5.30pm for children up to 16 years.  Children interested in playing should come along between these hours. 

The wedding took place in Fethard Parish Church on 18th July of Mary, daughter of Mr Jim and Mrs Kathleen Connolly, The Valley, Fethard, to Mr Kevin Shelley, Moyglass.

The wedding took place in Florence, Italy, on 17th July, of Niamh, daughter of Mr Willie and Mrs Catherine Ryan, Rocksprings, Cashel Road, to Paul, son of the late Mr and Mrs Dick Hayes, Burke Street, Fethard.

The death has occurred on 19th July, in Kilkenny, of Ms Ann Quirke, Dukesmeadows, Kilkenny, and formerly of Mocklerstown.  Interment took place at Clerihan Cemetery.

Sierra, a firm engaged in the large contracting job for the ESB in the area, are using the premises of the late Frank Meagher, Cloneen, as a depot.  On Saturday night last, the depot was entered and three of their very expensive 4x4 vehicles removed.  One was recovered overturned in a drain close to the depot entrance, a second vehicle was found badly damaged in a grove at Rathvin.  Gardai are investigating.

Thieves also recently entered the mushroom farm at Silverfort Cross.  Having failed in their attempt to start a large tractor, they then entered the mushroom farm worker’s living accommodation nearby.  Here they committed a very mean type of theft, as they removed some documents, passports etc belonging to a number of non-nationals employed at the farm.  These items are vital to the workers during their stay in Ireland and surely can be of no value to the thieves.

The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 29th July at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre.

At the last meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council, guest speaker Mr Stephen Fallon, Conservation Officer, South Tipperary County Council, outlined a strategy and briefing paper on the future of Fethard Town Hall.  There are two important pieces of information that will inform the final strategy adopted.  The first task is to establish the current physical condition of the town hall building and the second is to understand the sequence of historical developmental of the structure, the phasing sequence.  The first will indicate the scope of works required to bring the building back to an appropriate use and the second will inform us as to the potential scope to reorder the existing arrangement to cater for new needs.  It is the interplay of these two sources of information that will indicate what the building needs, can and will be able to ‘absorb’ without compromising its historical integrity.  The community council agreed to jointly fund, with South Tipperary County Council, the costs involved in getting this initial information by using independent professional advisers to look at the building.

Cllr. John Fahey informed the meeting that a sum of €15,000 was awarded to the New Community Sportsfield as a grant from South Tipperary County Council’s Development Fund.  This was achieved by the committee’s delegation who made a very successful petition to the members of the County Council at a recent Council meeting in Clonmel.

The resurfacing of the Tirry Centre Car Park was also agreed to go ahead following consultation with Jonathan Cooney.  The cost will be approximately €4,000.

It was decided to invite Ms Tess Collins, Tenant Liaison Officer, South Tipperary County Council, to the next meeting to speak on ‘Estate Management’.  This should be of particular interest to members of our local resident associations, who are welcome to come along, and those wishing to find out more information on how they work.

The committee have agreed to make two participants of the Community Council’s CES available to supervise at the Tennis Courts for the summer months if required.  This should help facilitate supervision and opening hours for the children using the courts.

The next monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th August at 8.30pm at the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard.

A Golf Classic in aid of Fethard & District Day Care Centre will take place at Slievenamon Golf Club on weekending 23rd August.  Please lend your support by entering a team or sponsoring a green.  Further details from the Community Office Tel: 052 31000.  For time sheets please ring Brendan Kenny, Slievenamon Golf Club. Tel: 052 32213.


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