Saturday 20th September 2004
Large crowd at George Plant lecture
Nollaig Ó Gadhra, a prolific writer in Irish, is president of Conradh na Gaeilge and has taken a historical interest in the continuous tension of the belligerent relationship between constitutional nationalism and those nationalists who use violence to pursue their political grievances. Within this broad context, Mr Ó Gadhra had read the “definitive Plant story” by Michael Moroney in the 1988 Tipperary Historical Journal and he himself in 1992 recorded a taped interview with Elizabeth, George's sister, who had remained living in the family home in St. Johnstown, Fethard. Nollaig played his tape of this interview which, despite it's poor quality, was immensely poignant as we listened to her describe, with confidence and honesty, family difficulties; her two brothers, George and James, being beaten up in Killenaule RUC Barracks as young boys; their subsequent IRA activities which eventually culminated in her brother George being charged with the murder of Michael Devereux, his conviction and subsequent execution in Portlaoise Prison on March 5th 1942. She told of how news of her brother's execution reached the family via the radio and how, years later, she wished her brothers' commemoration would not be used for political gain, believing that there was little she could do as she was no Antigone.
Mr Ó Gadhra condemned unhesitatingly the execution of George Plant by the State and the legal methodology used to gain the conviction but then proceeded to severely question the republican and democratic credentials of George Plant himself. Such a stance led to active audience participation and in modern diplomatic language it might be said that a 'frank exchange of views' followed.
For those unacquainted with Mr Plant's narrative history, this was not quite the lecture for them as Nollaig Ó Gadhra attempted in a free flowing anecdotal lecture to place Plant’s execution among the many deaths of IRA members from the Civil War up to the mid forties. There were many political asides and the audience was left guessing as to the identity of the Garda who retired from the force in the fifties and who wound up being concerned about his pension before the recent Planning Tribunals in Dublin Castle.
In the Press release for the talk, Mr Ó Gadhra congratulated the Fethard Historical Society for holding the talk as it demonstrated a willingness to try and come to terms on a local basis with all the muddle and suffering that recent historical events have had upon us all and that since the welcome ending of Section 31 of the Broadcasting Act, people can again debate what nationalism means for them in their lives. (John Cooney)
Third Level College Grant Assistance
International Coach visits Fethard Judo Club
There are two Judo clubs in Tipperary at the moment, Koga Judo Club based in Clonmel and Fethard’s Judokwai. The Presentation Primary School in Clonmel also provides judo as an after school sport for its pupils. With Michael Power at the helm of the IJA we hope that more people will join the sport and that we will see many more clubs in the county in the next few years. Judo while considered by many as a martial art is also an Olympic sport and incorporates self-defence, Tachi-waza (throwing techniques), Ne-waza (grappling techniques), Shimi-waza, (strangling techniques) and Katame-waza (locking techniques). Shimi-waza and Katame-waza are only taught to players over the age of sixteen. Most importantly of all is the spirit of Judo where players learn discipline and respect.
All clubs are now back in training after the summer break and we look forward to a busy season of competitions, courses, gradings and squad sessions. With the many new techniques shown by Sensei Jones we hope to see plenty of medals coming home from not only the Leinster Open but also more importantly the Irish Open which is the biggest international competition held in the country. Anyone interested in finding out more about Judo can view the IJA website at, www.irishjudoassociation.ie
Killusty Soccer Club
Badgers Soccer News
Fethard GAA Club News
Back to Sunday last, we had some chances to win but at the end of the game we were lucky to get another chance. We hope by the time you read this column next week we will have played in a south final against our old rivals. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Michael Aherne, Michael Carroll, Tomas Keane, Stephen O’Donnell, Cian Maher, P J Aherne, John P Looby, Aiden Fitzgerald, Eoin Doyle, Brian Coen 0-1, Ciarán Treacy 0-7F, Miceál Spillane, Kenneth O’Donnell. Subs used were: Tommy Gahan for Shay Ryan, Colin Allen 1-1 for Eoin Doyle. Read full match report on Sports Page.
Daylight Robbery as AIB robbed
Apology from Eldoret
I hope you can tell Danny Kane and the people at the Abymill etc that I am very sorry I couldn't meet them to thank them all personally for their help to the children here in Kabongo. I did get a chance to speak with both Mick Ryan and Davy Fitzgerald near the end of my stay in Ireland. It looks likely that I will not be in Ireland again until 2006.
I hope to open the Health Centre here on the first of December 2004. It will cater for about 6000 people or more. Once again thanks to the Friends of Kabongo in the Fethard area. May God Bless you all. Bro. Paul (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fethard Athletic Club Cross Country Schedule
The next upcoming event is the County Uneven Championships to be held in Ballynonty on the 10th October, followed a week later by the County Even Age Championships in Dundrum. Training continues on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6.30 pm in the Community Sports Field.
The Well Golf Society
Fethard Bridge Club
1st Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
2nd Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
1st Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney
2ndNett: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny
The results for Wednesday 15th September were:
1st Gross: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
1st Nett: Nell Broderick and Sean O’Dea
2ndNett: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
On Wednesday next, 29th September we will be playing for the Gross Free Sub and on the following Wednesday, 6th October we will be playing for the Nett Free Sub. We hope all members will be able to play on both nights. Following both these competitions membership fees of €25 will be due - except for the lucky winners of the free sub!
Anyone looking for a partner can contact: Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.
Progressive 25 Results
winners on 11 games, Dinny O’Donnell and David Curran; runners up on 11 games, Bob Gleeson and Tom Phelan, Sean Walsh and Masie O’Grady; table prize, Chris Colville and Mick Holohan; rubber finals, Pat Buckley and Esther Phelan, Mick Holohan and Chris Colville, Michael Browne and Willie Kennedy. Next game takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 24th September at 9pm sharp.
Agree with comments on George Plant
Dermot Kane from Dublin writes, “Just wanted to wish you all the best in your retirement. Enjoyed working for you back in the Eighties. Learned a lot, thanks. Great work with Joe on this in the last number of years. Feels like I didn't miss a thing.”
Jim Fitzgerald from Kerry writes, “Could I please send my very sincere good wishes, to Tony & Mary Newport, and wish many happy and healthy years of retirement.”
Paul Looby from London writes, “Here's to a long and happy retirement, Tony. Part of Fethard folklore and reporter of much of it, thanks for keeping us up to date over the years.”
Tony wishes to thank all those readers, far and wide, for all their good wishes on his retirement, although, he reminds us, they may find as time goes on that they have not got rid of him as they thought!
Rachel’s First Winner
Civil Defence Reopens
Patrician Presentation Secondary School
In association with ‘Transition Year’ the 2004-2995 school show will be the ever popular ‘Joseph, and the Amazing Technical Dreamcoat’, which will go on stage in the Abymill Theatre on 1st, 3rd and 4th December 2004
Awards Day will take place on Friday 22nd October, where students are given recognition for academic, personal and sporting achievements. The guest at this event is a past-student and the opening mass is attended by the student body, staff, board, parents’ association and guests.
Fethard Living History Group
Most big Living History gatherings have wound down for the winter months and will not get going again until next May or June. Now is the ideal time to join a group such as this as over the wintertime we can work together on the equipment and know how needed to take part in events next summer. Events will be taking place up and down the country and further afield in Scotland, England, Wales and on the continent. Hopefully we can also organise something in Fethard.
We are always on the lookout for new recruits so if you think you might be interested contact, Colm ‘Ivanhoe’ McGrath at Tel: 086 3502360.