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Saturday 31st July 2004

The wedding took place at Killusty Church on July 31st of Philip Ryan, Killenaule, to Ms Sheila Hackett, Co. Clare.

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on August 1st of Michelle, daughter of Mr Pat and Mrs Mary Butler, London and Garrinch, Fethard, to Mr John Roche, Cork.

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on August 1st of Linda, daughter of Mr Bill and the late Mrs Mary Sayers, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard, to Mr Declan Burgess, Lisronagh.

The sudden death of Mr John Bourke, Tullamaine, on Monday 28th July, came as a great shock to his family and wide circle of friends.  A great GAA man, he played minor and junior football for Fethard and in subsequent years was one of Fethard’s staunchest supporters.  His coffin was draped in the club colours and the large attendance at the removal of remains to Fethard Parish Church and at the funeral, testified to the esteem in which he was held by all.

Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Alice, children, sisters, brothers and relatives.  Interment took place in Cormac’s Cemetery Cashel.

Through this column last week, we have located the Gibson Cup and also some further information on Fethard Cricket at Derryluskin.  The Gibson Cup was in the safe keeping of Roger Daly who captained the last Fethard team to win the cup in 1997.  The cup has not been competed for since.

Mrs Elsie O’Dwyer, Coolmoyne, informs us that cricket was played at Derryluskin some years to its temporary revival in the thirties.  Teams representing the Fethard and Cahir Military Barracks played local teams there some 20-25 years previously.

We also have the following rather amusing story from two sources of the thirties period.  The late Mick Hayes, Coolmoyne, a classy defender of Coolmoyne hurling teams of that time, was invited by Mr Rice to try his hand at cricket.  Mick must have made a fair hand of the game as he was asked to play on a Fethard team against Cashel.  Mick replied, “I’m sorry to have to disappoint you Mr Rice, but the fact is, if word got around I had appeared dressed in cricket flannels, I could never show my face in Coolmoyne again!”

The death has occurred recently in England of Mrs Kitty Sparks, formerly Kitty Murphy, Knockelly, Fethard.  Interment took place in England.

A Golf Classic in aid of Fethard & District Day Care Centre will take place at Slievenamon Golf Club on weekending 23rd August. Fethard & Killusty Community Council have built a custom built extension to their Fethard and District Day Care Centre and Meals on Wheels Kitchen at Barrack Street, Fethard.  Work on building the extension commenced on 17th April 2002 and was officially opened on 5th December 2002.  The total cost of buildings and fittings was €127,000.  We have received €63, 000 funding from the South Eastern Health Board, and to date, have raised and repaid an additional €45,000, with the support of committee fundraising and the weekly Fethard Community Lotto.  To help us clear the outstanding balance of €19,000 we ask for your support by entering a team or sponsoring a green / tee.  Further details from the Community Office Tel: 052 31000. For time sheets please ring Brendan Kenny, Slievenamon Golf Club. Tel: 052 32213.

The Tennis Courts are now open daily for the summer months.  It is great to see the many children of the parish using the facility again.  A special thanks to all the parents who helped clean the centre and those helping with supervision of the Sports Centre during the day.  It would be great to see those interested and involved set up a committee to organise the day-to-day running of the centre.

Our U/12's played their semi-final hurling match against Ballybacon/Grange on Saturday last in Kilsheelan and were extremely unfortunate to be beaten.  These young players did their club proud and tried their very best to overcome the lead that Ballybacon had taken in the first half.
These young players are a credit to their club and all credit is due to Liam, Ian, Martin and Jim, the hard work and effort that have gone into these young players is evident and it is a shame that having won 6 out of 6 matches they had to loose out in the semi-final.   The club would like to thank all the people that made the journey to show their support.

The U/14's are still on track for their championship bid, they are at home to Kilsheelan on Thursday evening in the GAA pitch at 7pm and we wish them the best of luck.

If you have any photographs or ideas for articles for inclusion in this years Annual Emigrants Newsletter please start getting them together now. Work on compiling this year’s issue will commence shortly and we invite you to submit your articles to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

Senior Citizens wishing to attend Fethard & District Day Care Centre should give their names to the local public health nurse or contact the Day Care Centre Supervisor, Geraldine McCarthy for further details, at the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 32917. The Day Care Centre caters for the elderly from Fethard, Killusty, Cloneen, Drangan, Killenaule, Moyglass and Ballinure.


Best Business Premises: Post Office.

Best Baskets: Bill Maher.

Best Window Boxes: Esther McCormack.

Best Large Garden: Eileen & M.C. Maher.

Best Overall Area: Strylea.

Knockbrack / Spitalfield / Mockler’s Terrace: Martina & Donal Lonergan.

The Valley / Watergate: Nora Lawrence.

Kerry St / Congress Tce / Red City: Madge & Jimmy Hurley.

Cashel Road: Irene & Noel Sharpe.

Main St / Rocklow Road / Cois Falla: No 3 Stephanie Moore.

Burke St / Abbey Road: Mrs. Nora Harrington.

The Green / Barrack St: Mary Carroll & Chris Mackey.

Fr. Tirry Park / Canon Hayes Court: 1st Biddy Hannigan, 2nd John Tobin.

St. Patrick's Place: 1st Kathleen Coen, 2nd Annie Ryan.

Slievenamon Close: Maura Tynan & Tony Morgan.

Strylea / Cedar Grove: Majella & Eamon Drea.

Woodvale Walk: 1st Patricia & Jim O'Meara (No 49), 2nd Sharon Burke (No 65).

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 29th July were: 10, 14, 21 and 29. There was no Jackpot Winner and five 'Match 3' winners who received €30 each:

Peggy Burke, Grangebeg, Fethard.

Maria Condon, Church Street, Cahir.

Mary McCormack, Kerry Street, Fethard.

Marie Corcoran, The Valley, Fethard.

Deirdre Dorney, 57 Woodvale Walk, Fethard.

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

Noel Reddy, 40 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.

Fr. Tom Breen, Parochial House, Fethard.

Eamon Cullen, c/o Coolmore, Fethard.

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

The Intermediate Hurling South Championship resumes on this Sunday 10th August, when we play Skeenarinka in Cahir at 5.30pm.  In Minor Hurling B we play Kilsheelan on Sunday 10th August in Monroe at 7pm, and on Wednesday 13th August we play Clonmel Og at 7.30pm, also in Monroe.

In Junior Football A on this Thursday 7th August, we play Ballooby in Ned Hall Park at 7.30pm .

Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,300 was not won.  We had no match three winners and the numbers drawn at The Well bar were 13, 16, 22 and 23.  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was: Kay Williams (Killusty), and the following drawn tickets won €30 each: Phil Smyth (Tinakelly), Miceal McCormack (Kerry St), Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan), Eamon Drea (Cedar Grove), and the O’Shea Family (Woodvale Walk).

Juvenile Fixtures are as follows: Under 14 B Hurling on 14th August we are away to Skeheenarinky at 7pm and in Under 16  B Hurling on 11th August we are away to Kilsheelan at 6.45 pm.

The Well Golf Society
We had another successful outing last Saturday in Callan, where the scoring was as hot as the weather. With just over two shots separating the first five teams, the results are as follows:
Nearest the pin: David Moore and Aiden Grant.
In 3rd place with a 63.4 nett: David Moore, Michael Leahy and Aiden Fox.
In 2nd place with a 62 nett: James Smyth, Brian Kennedy and Aiden Grant.
In 1st place with a 61.3 nett: Sean Aylward, David Simmons and, not his first time in the winners enclosure and certainly wont be his last, team captain Paul Kenrick.
We would like to thank Callan Golf Club and complement them on their marvellous course.  A special thanks to the Club House staff for providing such an excellent menu on the day. Our next outing is Sunday, September 7th at West Waterford.

Progressive 25 RESULTS
The results of the Progress 25 Card Game played on 1st August are as follows: Winners on 13 games: Ann and Richie Nevin. Runners up on 10 games: Chris Colville and Sean Walsh. Rubber Finals Winners: Hannie Leahy and Mick Phelan, Jo Ryan and Sheila Hall, J.J. and Willie O'Connor.  Tickets: Pat O'Dwyer, Gus Neville Phyllis Murray and Brigid Hayes.  Next game in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 8th August at 8.45 sharp

I am looking for somewhere to stay next year close to Fethard. Not sure what type, depends on price ranges. Looking to come over at the end of May 2004.  I would prefer self catering if available in area. Want to stay close to Fethard, Killenaule or Moyglass so as to visit family.  Appreciate any information you can give. Thanks, Mick Murphy (email: mehawl@btinternet.com)

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.

It is most important to start this project in good order with the issues full understood, debated and then agreed. There is an upcoming critical date for this year of 1st October to make submission to the Department of Environment for the substantial conservation grants available to local authorities (85% of eligible costs).

The sequence of actions to progress this project are as follows

1.             Obtain 'seed corn' funding from the parties to the proposal this is to fund the initial investigative phase of this project Funds to underwriter the project to years end will be required.

2.             Procure a comprehensive condition report on the existing structure This report will inform the group and other interested parties of the physical condition of the building its principal structural elements, fabric and fittings including services piped and ducted electrical systems security and means of escape issues. It will more crucially prioritise the remediation needs of the building and outline a maintenance strategy to be undertaken in perpetuity at the conclusion of the initial capital project

3.             Obtain an architectural and archaeological analysis of the building particularly as to it's phasing history. This will identify and prioritise the important elements enabling decisions as to appropriate re ordering options from the basis of knowledge.

4.             Arrange to meet, as soon as practicable, with the major interested parties particularly the Department of Environment and the Heritage Council the primary sources of funding.

5.             Obtain the support of local stake holders and other interested parties including for example the Irish Georgian Society, Duchas and its successor organisation, An Taisce, the South Eastern Tourist Board and others appropriate to the project

6.             Discuss the proposals with the South Tipperary Planning Department at the earliest opportunity. This is particularly important, as planning approval should not be considered as a 'given' Approval must be sought and obtained for this project as for any other application.

7.             Source a robust budget adequate to support the capital aspects of project. These funds need to include for the remaining 15% of the conservation costs and all of the new capital costs required to support the new use including professional, planning costs and VAT The budget must be robust to cater for the uplift in standard of workmanship and specification of materials required for works to a protected structure. As important are the long term funding requirements of this building including staff. The sourcing of this upkeep requires a 'dowry' for the future. This is critical to the longer term sustainability of the project

8.             Enlist the support of the County Heritage Officer, County Librarian and the County Museum to the project

9.             Obtain expressions of interest from professional firms of consultants architects, structural and services engineers, building economists and others specialists appropriate as identified from the brief (9 above) Set out a heads of agreement document between the county council and the incoming occupants. This is critical to ensure all the parties are aware of their obligations with respect of this building.

l0.            Establish a command structure client side to 'own' and champion the project.

11.            Establish a publicity and information system to inform and update the public as to progress at each critical juncture of the process and to elicit and obtain support for the enterprise both locally and nationally.

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

Over the last few months a number of badly needed but worthwhile renovations have taken place in The Sacred Heart Church, Killusty. They started with the replacement of the aisle floors and the dry lining of the Sacred Heart aisle.  Then there were alterations to the porch and more recently, the cleaning and painting of the interior of the church. Added to that you have the new sanctuary lamp and of course the excellent job completed on the Stations of the Cross.  To add to the work on the church our Parish Priest, Fr Tom Breen, came across a few pieces of paper which might be of interest, particularly to people associated with Killusty Church.  They were handed to the parish by Dean Lee, now retired, and former Parish Priest of Fethard and Killusty.  The papers were found in the Belfry of Killusty Church when it was taken down on March 26th, 1936.  The papers tell us that the work commenced on the building of the church in May 1881, a Mr James Newstead, Fermoy being the contractor, and M.A. Doolan of Dublin the Architect.  The turret in which the pieces of paper were found was built by Mr James Drysdale of Fethard in May 1882.  The amount which the Church cost being close to £2,000.  The Most Rev Dr Croke, Archbishop of Cashel, subscribed £120 at the commencement of the work.  The church was officially opened in 1882.

The notes were written by a Mr Thomas Meagher teacher of Killusty National School and placed in the turret by James Drysdale on this 3rd day of May 1882.  We join with Fr Breen PP. in offering our sincere thanks to Dean Lee for taking good care of the papers and passing them on to the parish.

Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary members request parishioners to seriously consider joining their group.  They need assistance in performing the works of the Apostolate.  If your are interested, please approach any of the present members or give your name to any of the priests in the parish.  Please let the Legion members know if you cannot get one of the Catholic papers each week.  They also need help in distributing the "Alive" paper each month.

Senior Citizens
We held our summer outing on the 3rd June. The bus was full to capacity when we left the square at 11am, in the rain.  As it was a mystery tour we had no idea where we were going. We arrived at Clonea. It was a great change to see the strand shrouded in mist.  We had a lovely dinner in the Strand Hotel which is very modern now.  After the meal we continued on our mystery tour.  We had sunshine all the way to Youghal which was our destination. There were lots to see and do in Youghal. Some of our group found Perks Amusements, many more toured the shops and some went sight seeing.  As evening approached we all gathered at the Walter Raleigh Hotel where we had high tea with all kinds of everything in the food line. After tea we boarded the bus for home. We had a singsong on the way and arrived back at 9pm. All agreed it was a lovely outing and many thanks to our wonderful organising committee.


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