Saturday 9th October 2004
50 Years of Athletics in Fethard
Even though records show athletic activity in the ‘Valley of Slievenamon’ for hundred’s of years, there appears to be no organised club until 1954. The first Athletic Club was formed in March 1954 at a meeting held in the monastery school under the leadership of three curates in the parish at that time Fr. Ryan, Fr. Hogan and Fr. Lambe. The attendance at that meeting included, Timmy O’Connor, Sean Hogan, Dick Long, Billy Holohan, Willie Heffernan, Paddy Fitzgerald, Tommy Hogan, Billy O’Flynn, John Keating and Tim Tierney to mention but a few. For a number of years Fethard Athletic Club had many outings within the limited scope of the time but, unfortunately, interest waned towards the end of the fifties. In the meantime many outstanding athletes strutted their efforts as individuals with other clubs in the vicinity.
The sixties saw the emergence of a new generation of runners, jumpers and throwers, in an organised way, and has remained so up to the present day. Personnel come and go, likewise athletes, but Fethard Athletic Club is still running strong after 50 years. It has given hundreds of young, not so young, boys and girls, men and women, the chance to follow in the steps of the legendary Fionn MacCumhaill of Slievenamon fame, to stretch their legs and do what comes so natural to us running being the basic prerequisite for nearly all sport.
This year, being our 50th anniversary, a number of activities are in the pipeline and further details will be released as they become available. It would be nice to have a reunion of all our past and present athletes.
The club has played its part in the activities of our parish and indeed, surrounding parishes, and we are thankful for the support and financial help we have received down through the years, and long may it continue.
School Reunion of Leaving Cert Class of 1984
Anyone who was in Leaving Cert Class of 1984, or indeed, any school class at that time, is invited to attend a school reunion in Butler's Bar, Main Street, Fethard, on Saturday 27th November 2004.
The organising committee would like anyone who has photographs of school outings, sports events, etc. they might bring them along on the night. Also, people are requested to pass the word on that the reunion is taking place, as not everyone might see the Fethard Website or indeed, the Nationalist. For any further information contact Lydia at 025-33552 or 087-6792992.
Death of Pete McCarthy
He was a brilliant writer and a very funny man. Pete was given a standing ovation by the full capacity attendance at the show’s conclusion in Fethard. On that occasion, Pete described Jimmy Ryan, Watergate, as one of the most unusual and extraordinary characters he encountered on his worldwide travels.
Fethard Bridge Club Results
We played for the free sub nett and the winners were Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny who were 1st Nett;
1st Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett;
2nd Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara;
2nd Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke.
We played for the free sub gross on Wednesday 13th October - results next week. Subscriptions of €25 are now due. Anyone looking for a partner can contact Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Jackpot €9,850
Martin O'Shea, The Valley, Fethard
Helen Morrissey, 48 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Valerie O'Meara, Strylea, Fethard
Helen Fahey, Buffana, Killenaule
Cassandra Needham, Woodvale Walk, Fethard
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Eddie Sheehan, 15 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
O'Connor Children, Hair M Salon, Main Street, Fethard
Martina Neary, Burke Street, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot is €9,850 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €875.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council AGM
Fethard & Killusty Community Council was formed on the 13th January 1976 at a public meeting, representative of the entire community, to promote the social, cultural and educational welfare of the whole community regardless of class, creed or political persuasion. On 1st August 1996 ‘Fethard and Killusty Muintir Council Ltd’ was incorporated under the Companies Acts, 1963 to 1990 and that company is limited without share capital. Our Charitable Status registration number is CHY 11376.
Today, the Fethard and Killusty Community Council meet at least once a month and run their affairs from The Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard. The building houses a Community Information Office, Fethard District Day Care Centre, Fethard First Steps Play School, three community meeting rooms and is also home to our FÁS Community Employment Scheme employing eleven people. The Fethard and Killusty Community Council is run by a Board of Directors and also has the following independent sub-committees Fethard Community Lotto, Fethard and District Day Care Centre, Fethard Tidy Towns, Fethard Christmas Lighting Committee, Woodvale Walk and Barrack Street Residents Associations, Slí na Sláinte Committee.
The 2003-2204 Board of Directors is as follows: Joe Kenny (chairperson), Edwina Newport (secretary), Jimmy Connolly (treasurer), Gerard Manton (vice-chairman), Marie Murphy (public relations), Peter Grant (FÁS scheme co-ordinator), Joan O’Donohoe (FÁS scheme supervisor), Thelma Griffith (Fethard & District Day Care Centre delegate), Diana Stokes (Tidy Towns delegate). Board Members: Liam Hayes, Brian Sheehy, Fr. Tom Breen P.P. and John Barrett.
Nano Nagle Parents’ Association
Kate Phelan, outgoing secretary, outlined the highlights of the year, which included the, annual cake sale, Santa’s Xmas visit and a ‘Fun Day’.
Helena Delany, outgoing treasurer, gave an account of the income and expenditure for the year. She thanked parents for their support of the annual fundraising event table quiz held in November.
The following officers were elected for the coming year: Helena Delany (chairperson); Selina Gleeson (secretary); Kate Phelan (treasurer). Committee members: Helena O’Shea, Kate Horan, Fionnuala O’Sullivan, Veronica Fogarty, Marie Holohan, Fiona Ryan, Valerie Rice, Mary Butler, Kathleen Tobin, P.J. O’Dwyer, Mandy Quigley, Laura Lyons, Mary Morrissey, Mary Prout, Suzanna Manton, Majella Hayde and Mary Hurley.
Fethard Athletic Club
In the boys U-9 race David Heffernan was our only representative and ran very well to finish 14th in his first competitive outing. The girls’ U-11 event saw Radka Janacikova take an impressive 7th place followed by Hannah Stapleton.
Medal hopes were high as the boys U-11 toed the line with Gregory Henry attempting to win his third successive county cross country title. Optimism proved to be well founded as Gregory won the gold medal convincingly and with great backing from his team-mates, Brendan Gleeson in 10th, Patrick Gorey in 21st and Ciaran O’Connor in 28th, led Fethard A.C. to well deserved team silver medals in this category.
The girls U-13 team also performed well, with Hannah Trehy finishing in 4th place, Aisling O’Connor in 23rd, Roisín Trehy in 31st and Sarah McManus in 32nd position. Louis Rice was our only competitor in the boys’ U-13 race and he finished in 15th place. Fethard vests were to the fore in the girls’ U-15 event as Mary Gleeson and Elaine Kennedy were dominant throughout the race. Mary eventually took the silver medal in a very close finish with Cliodhna Ryan of St. Flannan’s with Elaine winning bronze and Laura Rice finishing in 11th place.
In the boys U-15 race Lolo Trehy ran well to claim 14th spot. Overall it was a most successful outing with a respectable medal haul of 3 individual and one set of team medals. The next event is the Even Age Championships to be held in Dundrum next Sunday October 17th.
St. Patrick’s do well in Allianz Cumann na mBunscoil
The Under 13 B match was played in Littleton on 24th September, Fethard got off to a great start and led by four points at halftime. Loughmore rallied well in the second half but Fethard held out for a well deserved win on a scoreline, Fethard 3-3, Loughmore 2-5.
Fethard under 13s played Upperchurch in Drombane on 7th October. Fethard dominated the play in the first half but only managed to score one point. Upperchurch put in a brave effort in the second half and led at one stage. However, the Fethard boys fought hard to win the match. Final score: Fethard 3-4, Upperchurch 2-1.
Fethard GAA Club
St. Patrick’s Boys School Parents’ Association
Dates for your diary are:
Thursday 14th October Dr. Vincent Maloney, Clinical Psychiatrist, is a guest speaker following the AGM of the County Parents’ Association, which will be held in the Munster Hotel Thurles, at 8pm. The topic of Dr. Maloney’s talk is, “The Ten Commandments of Parenting”.
Monday 18th October Lisronagh Parents’ Association have invited Mr Brian Gilsenan, author of “The Essential Parents’ Guide to the Primary School Years”, to speak at the Clonmel Arms Hotel at 8pm. Admission is €5.
Tuesday 19th October St. Patrick’s Boys’ School Parents’ Association annual table quiz, in The Well Bar, Burke Street, Fethard, at 9pm. Tables of four will cost €20 and all funds raised will go towards purchasing Maths and Science equipment for our sons’ school.
As parents of pupils at St. Patrick’s are aware, school principal, Mr Eamon Dwyer, retired from teaching on 30th June last. The Board of Management and the Parents’ Association will make a joint presentation to Mr Dwyer at the Table Quiz in the Well bar on Tuesday 19th October. We would like to take this opportunity to invite all past and current parents of pupils, teachers etc to attend on the night. We look forward to meeting you on the night.
‘Feathard Lady’ wins again
Killusty Soccer Club
This was a game that had everything, plenty of goals, many missed chances and a penalty shoot out. Rovers started the brighter and went into an early lead, Killusty replied with a well-taken goal from Philly Croke. Mid way through the first half Rovers were reduced to ten men after a crude challenge on Glen Burke. Glen was replaced by Karl Maher who continued his goal-scoring spree with two before half time, the first coming from the penalty spot.
Early in the second half Rovers were reduced to nine men, and as is often the case, that's when the outnumbered team start to play. Rovers quickly pulled one back and the lads were under pressure trying to hold on to their one gaol lead. But to their credit Rovers got a well-deserved equaliser to bring the game to extra time. Rovers took the lead in the first period of extra time and it needed an excellent goal from Brian Coen to take the game to penalties. The lads found their scoring boots scoring five from five. This was a game we could have won easily but in the end were relieved to get the win.
Nano Nagle Bric-à-Brac sale