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Saturday 7th August 2004
Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

The next meeting for Fethard & Killusty Community Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 26th August at 8.30pm in the Tirry Centre.

The annual pilgrimage to the Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon takes places on this Friday August 15th.  Pilgrims are requested to assemble at the mountain wall at 2pm sharp.  Parking facilities are available in O’Donnell’s field.  On everyone’s return from the mountain at approximately 3.30pm, Mass will be celebrated in O’Donnell’s field for the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady at which the intentions of all those who have made the pilgrimage are remembered.

This annual pilgrimage offers people an opportunity to join in prayer and is also a social occasion where you can meet people from different parts of the locality all of whom make this journey together just as they travel the road of life together.

You are most welcome to the Mass if you are unable to make it to the cross.  Please come along and encourage others to be part of this year’s pilgrimage to Slievenamon.

The Holy Year Cross was erected by the people of the parish to commemorate the Marian Year and was blessed by the late Rev. Patrick 0’Donnell, Archbishop of Brisbane, Australia, on 15th August 1950.  The cross was made of wood and extended 12’ by 9’ and each year the Holy Year Cross was illuminated both on Christmas night and Easter time using a lamp powered by wet batteries.  In 1974 the wood of the Holy Year Cross had suffered from the extreme climatic conditions on Slievenamon over the years and had to be replaced by a concrete structure.  That year the annual procession also had Stations of the Cross with smaller Crosses erected at intervals from the entrance to Slievenamon.

In Junior A Football on Thursday 7th August, in Ned Hall Park, we lost our first game on a scoreline, Fethard 1-10 (1-4), Ballylooby 1-12 (0-6).  This was a great game off football apart from the wides, having a total of 16, and played in sweltering heat.  It was a credit to all players who gave of there best and with some players away on holidays, it is very difficult to keep teams together at this time of year.  The team was: Tommy Gahan, Martin Ryan, Diarmuid Bourke, Alan Bourke, Owen Doyle, Colm Coen 0-1, John Hurley 0-1,  Brendan Brett 0-5(2f), Shay Coen 0-2, Kenneth O’Donnell, John Noonan 0-1, Martin Coen 1-0, and Johnny Neville.  Sub used was Chris Coen for Martin Ryan who was injured.  We must get a result from our final game against Cahir to qualify for the final stages of this competition.

In the Intermediate Hurling South Championship played on Sunday 10th August in Cahir, we were fortunate to come away with a share off the spoils on a scoreline, Fethard 3-7 (1-5), Skeheenarinka 0-16 (0-11).  This gives us seven points out off a possible ten, with three games left to play.  The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Philly Croke, Michael Ryan, Shay Ryan, Michael Quinlan, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Ahearne, P. J. Ahearne, John P. Looby 0-1, Michael Dillon 1-0, Aiden Fitzgerald 1-0, Brian Coen, Ciaran Treacy 0-1, Michael Spillane 0-1, and Colin Allen 1-3f.   Subs used were: Tomas Keane and Owen Doyle.  Our next game is against Moyle Rovers.

In Minor Hurling B we played two rounds in the last week.  On Wednesday 6th August, we lost on a score line Fethard 0-8, Moyle Rovers 2-13, played in Cloneen.  The team was: Jim Smyth, Mike Kelly, Darragh Corbett  Liam Ryan  William O’Brien, Alan Bourke 0-3(1f), Gavin Ahearne, Darren O’Meara, Shane Aylward, Johnny Leahy 0-1, Jamie McCormack 0-1f, Ronan O’Meara, Paul Kenny, Paul Kenrick and Liam Frewen.  Subs used were: Shane Walsh 0-3 (1f), Glen O’Meara, Daniel Lonergan and Damien Donovan. On Sunday 10th August we played in Monroe, losing on a scoreline Fethard 2-5 (1-3), Kilsheelan 0-14 (0-6).  This was a very close contest with Kilsheelan just pulling away in the last five minutes with three unanswered points.  The team was: Jim Smyth, Paul Kenny, Darragh Corbett, Mike Kelly, William O’Brien, Shane Walsh, Shane Aylward, Darren O’Meara, Johnny Leahy 0-1, Damien Donovan, Alan Bourke 1-3f, Liam Frewen, Glen O’Meara 0-1, Paul Kenrick 1-0, Ronan O’Meara.  Our next game is on Wednesday 13th August against Clonmel Og.

The Senior Football South draw for the semifinal is Fethard against Moyle Rovers.  The ‘best off luck’ to Brian Coen who plays on the County Under 21 panel against Kerry this Friday in Limerick.

The Lotto Jackpot of €1,400 was not won.  The numbers drawn in The Fethard Arms were 3, 10, 17 and 21.  Match three winners, who received €35 each, were: Mark Prout (32 Woodvale Walk), Patsy Lawrence (Woodvale Walk), Mary Godfrey (Derryluskin), and Ger Manton (Main Street).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was:  Margaret Kehoe (11 Fr Tirry Park).

We have a bye in our Juvenile Under 16 B Hurling fixture for the 18th August.

Best of luck and every good wishes to popular young local couple, John and Rosanne Carroll (Flanagan), who take over the management of the Forge Tavern (Lonergans) Restaurant from Tuesday next 19th August.  John and Rosanne will provide a first class service of lunch and evening meals of Chinese and European Cuisine.

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 numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 5th August were: 9, 19, 25 and 27. There was no Jackpot Winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received €150:

Marion O'Connor, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.

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

Bernard O'Shea, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.

Megan Sceats, Castlehiggins, Fethard.

Cabrina Roche, 30 Woodvale Walk, Fethard.

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

Congratulations to Lisa Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, and Kari Laaksonen, who got married in Finland on Friday 8th August.  Following their honeymoon, the couple will return to live in Fethard where Kari will set up his own 'Deep Tissue Massage' clinic at North Gate House, Rocklow Road.  Kari, an experienced masseur, previously worked with the Finnish National Volleyball Team who participated in the 1993 and 1997 European Championships and in the World League in 1993.

Fethard Historical Society have organised a guided bus tour of the Glen of Aherlow on Saturday 30th August.  The fee is €10 and the bus will depart from the Town Hall Fethard at 6pm.  Following the tour, the group will return to Aherlow House Hotel where refreshments will be available on request.  The bus will return to Fethard at midnight.  All are welcome to come along.

Results of Progressive 25 Card Game played on Friday 8th August.  Joint winners on 10 games: Michael Brown and Willie Kennedy, Brian O'Donnell and Seamus Maher. Table Prize: Mick Phelan and Hannie Leahy.  Tickets: Fr Tom Breen. Brigid Hayes, Mai Kennedy and Richie Nevin.

Compliments this week to a local lady who rang a local radio station on Friday morning last, giving her Christian name as Alice.  The object of her call was the chaotic parking and subsequent traffic chaos in Main Street on Friday morning.  How can people be so thoughtless as to double park on both sides of the street, abandon ship (car in this case) and disappear to the shops, post office or wherever?  Perhaps if we had a few more like Alice who complained loud enough and long enough, something might be done!

Speaking of traffic, compliments also to Garda John Lonergan who carried out an excellent traffic control operation at Redcity Road Cross on Sunday last.  Garda Lonergan was on traffic control duty during the Stonethrowers Rally on Sunday.  The Rally had three stage finishes at Redcity following which the competitors had to return to Clonmel via Fethard.  Garda Lonergan ensured that there was minimum disruption to traffic on the very busy Clonmel-Fethard road.

Not the disk playing variety but the hurly playing kind.  A new ballad, “The Legend of D.J.”, recalls the prowess on the hurling field of Kilkenny hurling legend, D. J. Carey.  One of the lines should be framed and hung in all GAA Juvenile dressing rooms, “His name was never taken, no card was ever shown.”  This ‘play the game’ spirit is the hallmark of nearly all great players and one that readily comes to mind is Tipperary’s immortal, Jimmy Doyle.  The same could be said of current young Tipperary star, Eoin Kelly.  A list of the best local players of the past fifty years would surly include Liam Connolly and the late Cly Mullins and Mick Byrne very near the top.  The same attributes could also be applied to all.  Enough said!

“Where is Coolmoyne?” enquired a visitor at Kerry Street Cross on Saturday last.  Before the local man had time to reply, the visitor added, “I should know as I was born nearby!”

The visitor was John O’Donovan who left Fethard as a young boy.  How many remember his parents and grandparents running O’Donovan’s Bar and Grocery in the premises now known as Burkes Bridge Bar.

We had an Australian visitor last week from Sydney, seeking information on Charles McCarthy.  Charles McCarthy was a surgeon, engineer, architect, artist and operatic singer of international repute and was born at Main Street in the house where AIB now operate.  He was educated at the local National School, and at Castleknock College, following which he entered the Catholic University of Medicine, Dublin.  During his youth he excelled at most sports.  He interrupted his studies to serve with an ambulance unit in the Franco-Prussian War and he received the Licentiate of the King and Queen’s College of Physicians in Ireland in 1872.  He practised in Manchester before returning to Fethard, where he married Anastasia Cantwell on September 24th 1873.  By 1877 he had moved to Clonmel, he had an extensive practice. After his wife’s death, he married a Contralto Marion Cuddihy, in Dublin, in 1881 on the 25th June.

In 1884, he graduated M.D. at the University of Brussels and was admitted a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

In poor health, he emigrated with his family to Sydney in the same year.  He soon established a wide practice in St. Elizabeth Street, he was known as a gentle and skilful Surgeon.  He became Honorary Physician and Surgeon at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Personal Physician to Cardinal Moran.

Prominent in Catholic and Irish Committees, he was Chairman of the ‘98 Centenary Celebration Committee in Sydney and designed the Monument over the grave of Michael Dwyer, the ‘Wicklow Chief’, self-exiled to Australia in 1805.  He had a natural talent for music, painting and sculpture.  He composed several comic operas, wrote patriotic songs, lectured and wrote on music and in 1912 helped to establish Tom Moore Concerts in Sydney.  Though self-taught, he excelled as a Sculptor.  Sarah Bernhardt sat for him, for a portrait of Cleopatra, although his paintings were mostly of a religious theme.  His best works as a sculptor were probably a life size bust of Napoleon, exhibited at the 1915 International Exhibition in San Francisco, and the Statuette “Ills ne Passeant Pas”, embodying the Spirit of France.

He was also gifted with a beautiful singing voice.

Charles McCarthy of Fethard - Surgeon, Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician and Patron of the Arts, - a true Irishman and Patriot, died in his Elizabeth Street home in Sydney on June 7th, 1919, and after Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral was buried in Waverly Cemetery near the’98 Memorial.  He was survived by his wife and their daughter, Maude, a celebrated violist, who are both living in England.

Charles McCarthy’ first wife is interred in the McCarthy family burial plot at the rear of Fethard Parish Church.  He Memoriam is enshrined in a heart, underneath surrounded by another heart is the inscription - Charles William McCarthy, born Fethard, 1848, died Sydney Australia, 1919.

It appears from the McCarthy Headstone that Charles McCarthy may have brought his father to live with him in Sydney, as an inscription reads “John McCarthy, died Sydney, Australia, September 1888 and whose embalmed body was interred here, November 1888.


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