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Saturday 28th August 2004

Fethard Bridge club reopens on Wednesday 10th September in the Tirry Centre at 7.30pm. Please don’t forget that the table money has been increased to €5 per person. New members are welcome. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O'Brien 31862.

The Irish Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust was first set up by a small group of twenty eight people in Easter of 1972. The first group to travel to Lourdes consisted of fourteen young people with special needs who were accompanied by fourteen adult carers who pay their own fare. Thirty years later in 2002 over five hundred people with special needs were accompanied by five hundred adult carers on a very special journey. The Trust covers the cost of the young people selected to travel. It costs approximately €850.00 to bring each young person to Lourdes.

This year the South Eastern Region have the responsibility of raising €20,000.00. The Trust relies on the generosity of people making donations or supporting the many functions organised by its regional committee.

To raise this amount for next Easter's Pilgrimage, one of our group, Sr. Betty, has decided to take part in a sponsored cycle from Dinard in the north of France to Lourdes, a distance of approximately 600 miles, during the week prior to the children travelling to Lourdes. We plan to raise a major part of our sponsorship by organising various events during the coming months, such as Golf Classic, Raffles, Sponsored Walk, etc.

The Golf Classic will be held in Slievenamon Golf Club on the l2" and 13th of September next. You may wish to support this venture by sponsoring a team of three for 120 euro (meal included). Sponsor a Tee Box/Green for 50 euro, or any other donation you may wish to make will be greatly appreciated.

We trust you will look favourably on this request and we look forward to your generous response.

For any further information regarding Tee times etc. please contact: Brendan Kenny (052) 32213 or Sr. Betty Cagney, Group Leader, (052) 31305.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 26th August were: 18, 29, 31 and 32. There was no Jackpot Winner and one 'Match 3' winners who received €150: Dermot Darcy, 30 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

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

Paddy Cooke, 49 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

Seamus Moloney, Cloneen, Fethard.

John Tobin, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.

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

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.

Training for Fethard Rugby players under/12 and under/10 will commence in the Community Sportsfield on this Saturday 6th September.  Training for under/8s will commence on Saturday 13th September.

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 30th August of Tracy, daughter of Mr Bob and the late Mrs Noreen Maher, Barrack Street, to Mr Seán Óg Ryan, Rosegreen.

The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Saturday 30th August of Shirley, daughter of Mr Chris and Mrs Rena Maher, Rathsallagh, to Mr Alan Colman, Dublin.

The death has occurred at her residence in Kilrush, Co. Clare, of Mrs Noreen Deveraux, formerly Noreen Henehan, Main Street, Fethard.  Interment took place at Bohernabreena Cemetery, Dublin.

The Late Fr. Twomey OSA
The news of the death of Rev Fr Michael Twomey OSA in Dublin was received with great regret in Fethard on Monday morning.  The late Fr. Twomey in his three terms of ministry at Fethard Augustinian Abbey probably exceeded the term served by any priest in Fethard Parish.

The saintly Father was held in the greatest regard and high esteem by all who were privileged to know him.  Sincere sympathy is extended to his fellow priests in the O.S.A. and especially to his relatives and the Augustinian Fathers who served with him in Fethard.  Fr. Twomey will be interred at Fethard Augustinian Abbey.  Funeral arrangements are not available at time of going to press.

Congratulations are extended to our leaving cert class of 2003.  They were delighted with their results received on August 13th.  Good grades were achieved at higher and ordinary levels and personal hopes were fulfilled.  Many now travel on to 3rd level education to pursue courses in engineering, business, law, construction and the arts.

Our popular geography and English teacher Justin McGree tied the knot on August 16th.  Both he and his wife Sinéad are on honeymoon in California presently.

The sympathy of the principal and staff is extended to Mr Richard Prendergast on the death of his brother Anthony at so young an age, and to Michael Leonard on the death of his mother, Bridget.

Friday August 29th is E Day (entry) for our new 1st year.  Our intake has increased significantly this year and we wish them a happy six years with us.

“Kerry player bitten by Tyrone opponent in All-Ireland semifinal!”, screamed the headlines in a national Sunday paper.  What’s new?

We recall a Coolmoyne v Carrick Swan senior hurling match way back in the fifties when a similar event occurred. During what the late Micheál O Heir called a ‘schmozzle’ on the edge of the Coolmoyne square, the Coolmoyne full back and the Swan full forward collapsed in an untidy heap.  Both of these players were bordering on the super-heavyweight division.  The Carrick man realising that the thumb of the Coolmoyne full back was in his mouth, could not shout a warning of his predicament. He decided, however, to apply a little pressure with his upper and lower molars to the offending digit, which had the desired effect.

Both players rose to their feet and continued playing, no warning was given, no names taken and no one sent off.  Nevertheless to say, there was no startling headlines of the occurrence on the report of the game in The Nationalist that week.  Concerning which, the late Tommy Kearney of the Carrick Opinion fame wrote, “Next Sunday’s game between Coolmoyne and Swan should be a tough encounter, after all, Coolmoyne are Fethard (feathered) and The Swans have a ‘down’ on them.

Family Treasure Hunt
Next week is Heritage Week all across Europe and Fethard Historical Society have organised two events as our contribution.
On Sunday next, 7th September, there is a Walking Treasure Hunt around the old town. Entry is free and three Family Vouchers have been very kindly sponsored by three of our local restaurants; Oriental Garden, G&T's ,and Sabatinis, who are to be thanked indeed for their support.  Meet at the Town Hall at three o'clock and the Treasure Hunt should last about an hour or so if you're good (and all week if you're bad) at picking up the clues.
On Tuesday evening, 9th September, there is a guided tour of the Medieval Town by Mary Hanrahan, beginning at 7.15pm and again there is no fee as it is Heritage Week.
South Tipperary County Council have produced a brochure of all events for the week, contact Newsagents, Community Council Office or the County Council itself for a free copy.

Results for progressive 25 game played on Friday 29th August. Winners on 12 games: Michael Whelan and Hannie Leahy. Second on 11 games: Tom Phelan and Bob Gleeson, Nora O'Donnell and Tom Tobin.  Table prize: Kay St John and Pat O'Dwyer.

Senior Football County Quarter Final takes place on Sunday 7th Sept when we take on Clonmel Commercials in Kilsheelan at 6pm. This is the last chance to stay in the Championship for the year for both teams.

The Junior A South Football Championship is on this Saturday 6th September when we play Cahir in Monroe at 6.30pm. We have to get a result in this game to make the final four.

The Junior B South Championship Football resumes with a game against Clonmel Og on Wednesday 10th September in Monroe at 6.15pm.

The Lotto Jackpot of €1,700 was not won.  The numbers drawn in Grants Bar were  , 20 , 21 and 24. We had two match three winners who received €75 each: Anna Cooke (St Patricks Place) and Eleanor Roche (Strylea).  The €59 Lucky Dip winner was Michael Dillon (Tullamaine).

A golf classic in aid of TRUST Charity will be held on 3rd and 4th October 2003 at Slievenamon Golf Club.  Teams will cost €200 and Tee Box sponsorship €100.  Further details of the event can be had by contacting any of the following: Vincent Murphy (Tel: 086 8119625), Frank Purcell (Tel: 087 7805482) or Brendan Kenny at Slievenamon Golf Club (Tel: 052 32213).

Alice Leahy has often said that her childhood in Annesgift, Fethard, Co. Tipperary inspired her to found TRUST – the health and social service for people who are homeless. And the wheel comes full circle in the next couple of weeks when at Slievenamon Golf Course, a golf classic will be held to further the work of that organisation, which though based in Dublin, has its roots here in Tipperary.

Alice believes that her childhood experiences, the people she met growing up and those many walks on the fields at Slievenamon and the surrounding area instilled in her a sense of justice and sensitivity to the outsider that allows her to do the work she does today.

Alice Leahy is director of TRUST, which she was the driving force in setting up in 1975 as a non-judgemental, befriending, social and health service for people who become homeless. Former Chairperson of the Sentence Review Group, Alice is also a writer, commentator, broadcaster and lecturer promoting understanding of the needs of the outsider in our society and daily practical ways to help combat exclusion.

Alice recently edited a new book on the theme of the outsider ‘With Trust in Place’, which will be published by Townhouse in October with contributions from a various  cross sections — from writer Maeve Binchy to singer Christy Moore. This is her second book with ‘Not just a bed for the night’ published by Marino in 1995 and written with Anne Dempsey.

A nurse by profession Alice set up the first intensive care unit of its type in Ireland at the request of the Medical Board at the then Royal City of Dublin Hospital in Baggot Street.

Alice also lectures widely to specialist groups and has directly contributed to public policy as a member of various policy bodies such as the Lord Mayor’s Commission on Crime chaired by Justice Michael Moriarty; the Working Party set up by the Minister for Health to look at the care of the disturbed mentally ill; and as a member of the National Crime Forum.

Amongst the various social documentaries over the years Alice has participated in the critically acclaimed television documentary ‘A Fragile City’ about people who become homeless and Trust’s non-judgemental approach, which was broadcast on RTE television.

These efforts have been recognised with several awards over the years including a Person of the Year Award (1988); Carers Award (1992); Lord Mayors Award (1993) and an Honorary Fellowship from the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (1999). Alice sees these awards as recognition of the work of Trust. Information on Trust is available on website: www.trust-ireland.ie


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