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Saturday 23rd October 2004

Emigrants’ Newsletter Collection
The annual church gate collection for the Emigrant’s Newsletter will take place this coming weekend, 30th and 31st October.  We ask for your support to help us publish and post over 1000 Newsletters free of charge to our emigrants throughout the world. 

All donations of €10 or more will be acknowledged in this years issue.  If you wish to be acknowledged, please put your donation in an envelope with your name and address or else hand it to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road.

Club secretaries are asked to submit their annual reports for inclusion in this years Emigrant’s Newsletter as soon as possible.  Photographs and articles can be handed in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.  Please also hand in change of addresses or new addresses for those wishing to be added to the emigrant mailing list.  Anyone with Fethard connections living away from Fethard is eligible to be added to our list. An up-to-date mailing list is essential to avoid unnecessary postage costs, so please let us know if your children or loved ones living away from home have changed flat or house in the past twelve months.

The late Gus Danagher
The death has occurred on Wednesday 20th October at the Mater Hospital Dublin of Mr Gus Danagher, formerly of Kilnockin Road, Fethard.  The death of Gus Danagher came as a great shock to his many friends in Fethard and Tipperary GAA circles.  One of Tipperary's most stylish players of the period he was a member of the Tipperary Minor Football team beaten by Dublin in the 1955 All Ireland minor football final.  He played on the Tipperary junior football team the following year and was a regular member of Tipperary senior football teams of the following decade.  Gus was honoured twice by the Munster football selectors in the sixties and he was also an accomplished hurler and figured prominently on Coolmoyne and group selection junior and senior teams of the period.  He was a leading playing member of the Fethard county senior football championship team of 1957.

Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Celine, son Paul, daughter Lucy, and relatives.  Interment took place in Lucan, Dublin.

Hackett Information
My name is Philip Hackett, I live in New Zealand and I am trying to trace my father’s side of the family.  The point that I am at right now is that I now my oldest relative, who’s name was Philip Henry Hackett a native of Tipperary born in 1843 who moved to New Zealand sometime in the 1860s to 1870s or possibly later.  I was wondering if you had any baptism records about this person to help find out who his parents were or if you could possibly suggest any place that may have these records.
Regards, Philip Hackett (email: pmphackett@hotmail.com)

Susan’s new shop on Main Street
Congratulations to Susan Archdeacon on the opening of her new shop, 'Town & County Interiors', which officially opened at Lwr Main Street, Fethard, on Friday 15th October. Susan's spacious shop has an extensive selection of items on show: furniture & gifts, art, Danish down quilts & pillows, bed linen, lamps, cushions, Stevenson Rocking Horse, Park Candles — ideal for Christmas and wedding gifts. Gift vouchers can also be purchased.

Susan's shop is situated opposite Holy Trinity Parish Church on the site of Morrissey's Grocery Shop and will open from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday. It is always great to see new business start on Main Street and we wish Susan the best of luck in her new venture and hope many more will follow her example. Susan can be contacted by telephone at: 052 32805 or 086 8553318.

Fethard Community Sportsfield
Fethard Community Sportsfield are presently fundraising for future development in the field.  As part of the efforts to raise money, Fethard Community Field Finance Committee have invited the National Coaching Training Centre to present two workshops in the Abymill, Fethard, on Tuesday, November 24th at 7.30 pm. The field committee are presenting all clubs/organisations/individuals with the opportunity to access free education for the athletes, players’ coaches in the area of Sports Science, which is sponsored by Lucozade Sport.  Alan Swanson, expert in the field of Sports Science will present two seminars, ‘Fluid for Sport’ and ‘Fuel for Sport’. This should be a very beneficial night out for everybody.  Make a date in your diary for Wednesday, November 24th. There is a nominal fee of €5
Further details on the sports seminar please contact Valerie at 086-1704874. Proceeds will be for future development in the field, which presently cater for athletics, rugby, soccer, GAA and individual requirements.

Fethard Ladies Football Club
Congratulations to Fethard Ladies Junior Football Team who won the replay of their match against Moyne Templetuohy by 3 points, played in Gortnahoe on Sunday evening.  Fethard got off to a great start and by half time the score was Fethard 1-8 to Moyne 0-4.  Moyne fought back hard in the second half but the Fethard girls gave no quarter and the final score was 2-9 to 2-6.  Fethard are now in the semifinal of the County Junior ‘C’ Championship against Upperchurch, date to be arranged.

Scorers for Fethard were: Edel Fitzgerald (1-1), Sandra Maher (1-0), Jennifer Keane (0-4), Audrey Conway (0-2), Jacqui Freyne (0-1), and Vanessa O’Donnell (0-1).  Good luck in the semi-final.

Killusty Soccer Club
Two Mile Borris 0, Killusty 2.

This was a great away win for Killusty against a Borris side that had been in fine form in recent weeks. The first half was evenly matched with both defences on top and clear chances were few. In the second half Borris got more into the game and the lads had to sustain some serious pressure. Borris didn't make the pressure count, and midway through the half Killusty got the opening gaol. Karl Maher unleashed a left foot shot from outside the area which flew into the top corner of the net. This score settled the team and we began to get more in control, with ten minutes remaining Aaron Kelly got his name back on the score sheet with a well taken goal after a fine build up. This win puts us on 14 points with eight games played.  Great credit is due to the lads, as many of them were involved with the junior footballers the previous day.

St. Patrick’s Boys School
The Allianz Roinn B semi-final between Ardfinnan and St. Patrick’s School Fethard was played in the Barracks Field, Fethard on October 21st. and Fethard emerged winners on a scoreline, 3-10 to 3-02. The match was refereed by Micheál McCormack and a minute’s silence was held in memory of the late Gus Danaher RIP.

The scoring opened with a point from Tommy Sheehan.  Ardfinnan responded with three goals scored by John O’Donnell (1) and Dean O’Mahoney (2).  The Fethard boys were stunned but did not panic.  The introduction of Matthew Fitzgerald settled the Fethard side and within minutes they responded with a goal by Owen Healy.  John Gartland followed up with a second goal and further points from Tommy Sheehan, John Gartland and Ciarán O’Meara as well as a pointed free from Matthew Fitzgerald gave Fethard a two point advantage at the end of the first half.

In the second half the Fethard backs, led by captain Kieran O’Connell, stood firmly as Ardfinnan worked hard to get back into the match.  However, they were limited to two points scored by Ciarán Nugent.  Fethard started their second half scoring with a point by Damien Morrissey, they scored four more points in the second half and finished their scoring with a well-taken goal by Tommy Sheehan.  Fethard deserved their victory and now go on to play either Carrick or Loughmore in the Roinn B Final.

Ardfinnan: Padraig Duggan, Jamie Butler, Liam Walsh, William Healy, Philip Murphy, Michael Goonan, Oisín O’Flynn, John O’Donnell, Stephen Kenny, Dawn Doolan, Ciaran Nugent, Dean O’Mahoney, Hayden Maher, Emma Sweeney, Eoin Lambert, Samantha Meaney, Nigel Carbery and Cian Hartigan

Fethard: Colm Shanahan, Ger Maher, Dean Sharpe, Kieran O’Connell, Stephen Maguire, Matthew Fitzgerald, Damien Morrissey, Brian Delahunty, Frankie O’Donovan, Tommy Sheehan, Ciarán O’Meara, John Gartland, Owen Healy, Padraig O’Shea, Michael Smyth, Andrew Maher.

Holy Souls in November
The Legion of Mary wish to remind us that the Rosary will be recited in the following Parish Cemeteries during the month of November.

Monday, 1st Nov: Parish Church at 3pm and Holy Trinity at 3.30pm.

Sunday, 7th Nov: Abbey Church at 3pm and Everardsgrange 3.30pm.

Sunday, 14th Nov: Calvary at 3pm and Peppardstown at 3.30pm.

Sunday, 21st Nov: Rathcoole at 3pm, Redcity at 3.30pm and Tullamaine at 3pm.

Sunday, 28th Nov: Killusty, after Sunday Mass, Kiltinan at 3pm and Kilmaclough at 3.30pm.

We can remember all our dead in each cemetery we visit during the month of November.  May they rest in peace.

Fethard Bridge Club

On Wednesday 20th October we played for Hallowe’en prizes and the winners were:

1st Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane;

2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh;

3rd Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara;

1st Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney;

2ndNett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;

3rd Nett: Ellen Rochford and Suzanne Opray;

Subscriptions of €25 are now due.  Anyone looking for a partner contact, Annie O’Brien. Tel: 052 31862.

Information on Fethard Schools
My name is Maeve Gahan and I'm hoping to find information on schools in Fethard in the late 1930's and early 40's.  I am an education student in Mary Immaculate College and as part of the course, we are asked to do a history of education project. I am hoping to base my project on my late grandmother, Mary Gahan nee Boland, Cloneen, who did her leaving certificate in Fethard in 1943.  If you have any information that could be useful to me, relating to school or local records from the time I would be most grateful.

Thank you, Maeve Gahan. (email: m9929223@student.ul.ie or maevegahan@hotmail.com)

Fethard & Killusty Community Council AGM
Fethard & Killusty Muintir Council Limited held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 19th October in the Tirry Community Centre.  This event marked the culmination of another very successful year for the organisation.

The Board of Directors elected at this meeting are as follows: Joe Kenny (chairperson), Jimmy Connolly (treasurer), Edwina Newport (secretary), Fr. Tom Breen, Ger Manton (liaison officer for Christmas Lighting), Thelma Griffith, Diana Stokes (liaison officer for Fethard Tidy Towns), John Barrett, Brian Sheehy, Nellie Donovan, Paddy McEvoy, Liam Hayes (liaison officer for Fethard & District Day Care Centre), Peter Grant (vice-chairperson and liaison officer for Community Employment Scheme) and Maria Murphy. 

The highlight of the past year was the recent announcement of funding of €700,000 to expand Childcare provision in the town.  This facility will be incorporated into the Convent Hall Development which is currently in the planning stage by the committee in co-operation with Tipperary Institute and Tipperary Leader Group. 

Other highlights during the year included the development of designated walking routes in Fethard in co-operation with the Irish Heart Foundation as part of their Sli na Slainte campaign; a comprehensive submission was forwarded to South Tipperary County Council for inclusion in the Fethard Development Plan which is due for publication this year; an application has been made to enable Broadband Internet Access be available in the immediate Fethard area; and discussions with Foróige to appoint a permanent youth officer in Fethard who will work on youth projects that provide alternative activities that help curb anti-social behaviour.

In his chairpersons address Joe Kenny stated that having started out a few years ago with the objective of tackling the work of the organisation in a manageable way, both the workload of the committee and projects have grown considerably since.  The sharing of the workload among all members in a piecemeal fashion has enabled the group to make substantial progress.  The individual contribution of each member of the group has enhanced the quality of the work of the organisation and projects have grown accordingly.  The recent sanction of  €700,000 for the Convent Hall Development has instilled a new sense of enthusiasm as we embark on one of our biggest projects to date. Fethard Community Council have now reached an ideal situation whereby we are functioning effectively and have the County Council, the Health Board and others co-operating and working with us. 

Patrician Presentation Secondary School ‘Open Night’
An 'Open Night' for the Patrician Presentation Secondary School will take place on Monday November 15th from 7 - 8.30pm.  All parents and senior primary school pupils are very welcome to visit the school at Rocklow Road, Fethard.

New Cab Service in Fethard
We are happy to report that a new cab service has opened in the town. 'Jim's Cabs Fethard' is now open for business and proprietor Jim Smyth can be contacted at the following number 086 1742456.

‘Blithe Spirit’ Comedy for the Abymill
Fethard Players will stage their forthcoming production of ‘Blithe Spirit’, a comedy by Noel Coward, in the Abymill Theatre from Sunday 14th November to Saturday 20th November. The cast for this production is: Lisa Laaksonen (Ruth), Niamh Hayes (Edith), Jimmy O’Sullivan (Charles), Gerry Fogarty (Dr. Bradman), Helen Carrigan (Mrs. Bradman), Anne Connolly (Madame Arcati) and Mia Treacy (Elvira).  The play is produced by Austin O’Flynn and booking is now opened at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street. Tel: 052 31254 or 087 1338961.

Íosagáin – how long has it been sung in Fethard?
Many people, both local and visitors, are very moved by the playing of the hymn Íosagáin' at funeral masses in Fethard Parish Church.  Many enquiries are made to the organist as to its name and origin.  The hymn is usually played at all funeral masses of past pupils of Fethard Patrician Brothers schools.  ‘Íosagáin’ has been traditionally sung by pupils of Fethard Boys National School at the masses on St. Patricks Day.  It has no association with St. Patrick whatsoever as the words are actually suited to a before or after Communion prayer.  The air is set to a well-known Church of England hymn, 'Lead Kindly Light', written by Cardinal Newman.

Can any of our readers throw light on who wrote the Irish lyrics of ‘Íosagáin’ and how long it has actually been sung on St. Patricks Day by Fethard schoolboys.

Tipperary Foxhounds
Once again very favourable weather favoured the opening meet of The Tipperary Foxhounds in Fethard on Monday last.  Following the joint blessing of the hounds and followers by Very Rev. Fr. Tom Breen P.P. and Rev. George Knowd, the traditional stirrup cup was served.  The field of 110 mounted, with even more car and foot followers, and set out for the traditional first draw at Rocklow.  While the hunting did not feature runs of any great length, nevertheless, foxes were in very plentiful supply with no less than four brace being marked to ground during the day.  The large field were kept very busy all day and the car and foot followers greatly entertained.  Feature of the day was 45 minutes of glorious hound work with great cry at Rocklow House covert.

Truly it can be said that an enjoyable day was had by all when huntsman Pat O'Brien finally blew for home at 5pm in glorious evening sunshine of a beautiful autumn day. 

White Heather Harriers
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers will hold their opening meet in Drangan on this Sunday October 31st at 12 o'clock.

For ‘Old Time’ sake
Most extraordinary the amount of people who are enquiring as to whether the clocks go back or forward this weekend.  Let there be no mistake - the clocks go BACK one hour on this Saturday October 30th.  The Fethard page on the Nationalist says so - no more needs to be said!

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Jackpot €10,000
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 19th October were 7, 15, 21 and 26.  There was no Jackpot winner and two 'Match 3' winners who received €75:

Mairead Ni Siochain, 25 Ait Naomh Phadraig, Fethard

Alfie Brett, Rocklow Road, Fethard

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Pauline Morrissey, 48 St. Patricks Place, Fethard

Louise Nagle, Cashel Road, Fethard

Mary Newport, Congress Terrace, Fethard

Next weeks Jackpot is €10.000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €905.

Recent Deaths

The death has occurred on Tuesday 12th October of Mr Daniel (Dan) Murphy, Woodvale Walk and formerly of Cashel Road.  Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.  Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife and family.

Presentation to Retired Principal
In recognition of 20 years of dedicated service on the staff of St. Patrick’s Boys School, the Board of Management and the Parents’ Association presented Mr O’Dwyer with a beautiful handcrafted bowl and pedestal made from Chilean pine by local craftsman, Johnny Sheehan. The presentation was made at the Parents’ Association annual table quiz, which was held in The Well Bar on Tuesday 19th October.  A bouquet of flowers was also presented to Eamon’s wife, Anne.

We would like to thank all who supported this event and we wish Mr Dwyer many years of happiness and good health in the future.

Primary Schools Cross Country
Following on from recent great success on the football field, Fethard boys once again made their mark on the Cidona Primary Schools Cross Country Competition.  First into action were the boys 3rd and 4th classes competing in the large schools category.  The team was led home by Brian Healy who ran an excellent race to finish 4th.  Next to cross the line was Kieran Walsh with a great 5th placing, followed by Ciarán O’Meara in 10th and Ronan Fitzgerald in 11th place.  Their combined score was good enough to take silver medals in Division 1.

Bronze medal winners in Division II were: Cathal Hurley (15th), Gerry Horan (20th), Eugene Walsh (25th), Dylan Fitzgerald (27th), Gary Bradshaw (30th) and Andrew Maguire (33rd).

Fethard’s 5th and 6th class boys were next to toe the line as Matthew Fitzgerald led the team home with a superb individual victory. Matthew’s win was complimented by marvellous team running from Louis Rice in 4th place, Owen Healy in 6th and Frankie O’Donovan in 7th.  Next Fethard boy home was John Gartland in 15th position, closely followed by Brian Delahunty in 16th, Padraig O’Shea in 22nd, Stephen Maguire in 23rd, David Burke in 24th, Tommy Sheehan in 29th and Darren Thompson in 34th place.  Their score earned them well-deserved bronze medals in division II.

Fethard GAA Club News
The Junior A football semifinal was played last Saturday 23rd Octber in Kilsheelan on a very wet and miserable evening for football with Fethard victorious on a scoreline, Fethard 0-7, Moyle Rovers 0-3 (Full Report see Sports Page).  We are now in our second South final in two years having last year been successful over Ballingarry by 2-11 to 1-12.  This year our opponents are Clonmel Commercials in Kilsheelan on Saturday 30th October at 3pm.  With eleven of last year’s team available for selection, we wish them the best in the final.

Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,300 was not won. We had one match three winner of €150 to Dick Burke (Main Street). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Bernie Byrne (Claremore).

It was with great sadness when on Thursday 21st Oct we learned of the passing away of Gus Danaher, The Georgian Village, Castleknock, Dublin, and Fethard.  He was one of the finest and stylish players of his era and gave tremendous service to both club and county over 10 years (approx) 1955 to 1968, until an accident curtailed his playing career which he bore with great patience up to his death.  His motto was “Keep Smiling”.  On the playing fields he wore the county jersey with distinction playing in All Ireland minor football final of 1955 at centre forward, losing to Dublin by 5-4 to 2-7.  He wore the county jersey on many occasions after that when in 1957 Tipperary lost to Kerry in the junior, he lined out at corner forward.  He was then drafted into the senior team in 1958 where he remained on and off until 1968, with very little reward, except in 1967 when Tipperary played Dublin in the Bloody Sunday commemoration game on 19th November which ended in a draw in Croke Park, Tipp 0-12, Dublin 1-9.  At the replay in Clonmel the following Sunday Tipp were winners by 5-9 to 4-10 and also their first time winning this annual game.

Gus was honoured to represent the county on Munster Railway Cup teams of 1966 and 1968.  On the club scene he played on the Killusty 1956 junior football team, south and county champions, and he went on to wear the senior Fethard jersey with distinction when in 1957 he added south and county titles to his collection and played for the club up to 1968.

A keen Hurler he played with the Fethard/Killusty Juniors of the 1950s and was also a member of the 1959 Coolmoyne south junior champions. 

He was, we understand, a very keen golfer. At the grave side his wife Celine was delighted to meet all those who travelled up and expressed her thanks to all present.
The Club wish to express it deepest sympathy at this time to the Danaher family on their loss and particularly to Celine, Paul, Lucy, family and relatives. Go Ndeanai Dhia Trocaire ar an ainmeanacha.


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