Saturday 22nd April 2006
Easter a time to meet old friends
Fethard & Killusty Anglers
Speaking of birds, there are two unusual feathered friends locally at the moment. We have a blackbird with a white head and neck and a most unusual jackdaw. This jackdaw has been with us at least four years and with every moult produces more white feathers. Now it looks more like a magpie than one of its own species.
Fethard Open Coursing AGM
A Parting Glass!
Then they were off again. They had to find a bar in Cork before heading for Sligo and then back to Dublin to get to the three bars that were closed when they started their tour. We wish them well on their quest. Hope they remember some of it.
The death has occurred on Wednesday 5th April of Mr Gus Smyth, Tinakelly, Fethard. Interment took place in Cloneen.
The Well Golf Society
'Green is the Valley, Blue are the Hills'
Tom Crane began to research his family tree in the late 1970s, after his mother and father passed away over a span of less than a six months. "We had no idea really of where we came from, and that creates a sort of emptiness," he said. "Consequently, if you don't know where you're coming from, you don't know where you're going more or less in life."
After many years of research Fethard turned out to be the ancestral home of Tom’s branch of the Crane family. It was here that his great-grandfather, Patrick Crean, was born and baptized in Holy Trinity Church on January 9, 1844. Patrick’s parents names were Michael Crean and Mary Shea. The witnesses to the event were Thomas Coady and Catherine Shea.
"It was almost like a revelation," he said. "As I dug deeper, I found more meaning behind the individuals I was seeking out. It wasn't like as if were an established family or notable family. My family was really working class. I really felt like I was travelling back in time."
Tom Crane knocked off "Green is the Valley" over the course of a six-week period during the summer of 1986, with an addendum to the book included a year later. Hard copies of the book have made their way to numerous libraries and institutions, including the Villanova Library at Villanova University, the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Ill., the Pennsylvania Historical Society, and the National Library of Ireland. "Green is the Valley, Blue Are The Hills" can be found online at: https://fethard.com/crane
McCarthy’s Hotel Golf Society
Congratulations to the winners in Adare-Brian Higgins and John Hurley in the mens section, Bobbi Holohan and Anne Moloney in the women’s section (1st and 2nd respectively). The fourball matchplay competition is now up and running with first rounds to be completed by April 30th. The full list of rules and playing partners is now available in the Hotel. All those who entered should now check to see when they are playing.
It is rumoured that one member of the society had a hole in one on the par 4 fifth hole in Slievenamon recently. Witnesses are thin on the ground, but it is believed that Annette was his playing partner on the day. The identification of this golfer isn’t certain, but information leaking from the course suggests that it may be the man in his late 50’s that was seen doing a victory lap of the golf course with a pint of ale in both hands screaming, “hole in one . . . birthday . . . April 5th . . . more beer . . . hole in one . . . vj . . . etc, etc”. It is rumoured that he is a beginner. Good luck to all in Gowran!
Fethard Bridge Club
1st Gross: Philly Kenny and Rita Kane;
1st Nett: Ellen Rochford and Suzanne Opray;
Killusty Soccer Club
Fethard GAA Club News
Intermediate Hurling is also in full swing with our team playing a challenge game away last weekend. Training nights for all are Mondays and Thursdays, until further notice.
The Minor Football B Championship started on Wednesday 19th April with a game against Mullinahone. In Under-21 B Hurling, Fethard will play Cahir or Skeheenarinka in Ned Hall Park on Sunday 23rd April at 6.45pm.
The County Board Draw is in full swing with promoters on the road. Thanks again for your support. The lotto jackpot of €2,200, tickets sponsored by J. L. O’Sullivan Chemist, was not won. We made five lucky dips and the following won €30: Dermot O’Meara (Woodvale Walk), Sharon O’Meara (8 Cedar Grove), Mary Godfrey (Derryluskin), Abigail Doyle (The Green), and Martin Coen (The Green). A draw for five Easter Eggs was also made. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Noel Sharpe (The Castle Bar).
Our sympathy at this time is with Kitty O’Donnell and family (Lisronagh) on their recent loss. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.
Shooting of Officers in Fethard 1921
A feeling of anxiety still prevails here following the shooting of the three military officers. The people are apprehensive. All business was voluntarily closed down on Wednesday as a mark of respect. On wednesay evening the following notice was posted outside the courthouse:
“The Colonel Commanding directs that the shops and places of business (less the creameries) shall be closed from 6 o’clock am on June 23 to 6 o’clock am on June 24 as a mark of respect to the three officers murdered on Sunday last. This is in no way intented as a punihsment, as no such punishment would, of course, be adequate for such a foul deed. J.H. King, Major.”
It was estimated on Tuesday morning that the considerable damage had been done by the smashing of plate glass windows in town. Barricades have been put up in a number of cases as a protection against any further outbreak. It is stated that considerably much more damage would have been done only for the promptitude with which the military patrol acted. Windows in the following establishments were smashed:- T. Donovan’s, publican, Main Street; Messers. Tierney’s Drapers; Mrs. McCarthy’s Hotel; Miss Tobin’s, draper; W.Heffernan’s, cycle mechanic; John Fitzgerald’s, saddler; the Convent Laundry windows; Brett’s Drapery establishment; Mrs. Fennelly’s; S. O’Brien drapery; Michael Hogan’s hardware; Edmd O'Shea, Burke Street; P. Flynn’s; P. Doolan’s; P. McCarthy’s; J. Morrissey’s; Mrs O’Shea’s; D. Triprook’s; MacKenzie and Skehan’s. Practically all the windows in Quirke’s Hotel and the windows of the Town Hall were damaged, and a couple of panes of glass in the parish priest’s house (Rev. Father Ryan) were smashed. On Tuesday morning an inventory of the damage was taken by an officer.
Since the shootings took place the town is patrolled at night and the inhabitants are obliged to be indoors by 11 o’clock. It is stated that Messers. P.J. Henehan and P. Flynn, members of the South Riding County Council, were ordered to leave the town during the week. On Wednesday their families left the district also.
During the week a number of loiterers were commandeered to pack up the furniture of the late Crosbie Boyle, whose dead body, pierced with several bullets, was recently found lying on the roadside, in the Killusty district.
Fethard Athletic Club
On a separate note, a belated congratulations to Hannah Trehy for her success in both the Munster and All-Ireland Indoor competitions. Hannah won one silver medal (hurdles) and two bronze medals (long jump and high jump) in the Munsters. She went on to win a silver medal in the hurdles at the All Irelands. This is a wonderful achievement for this great all round athlete and well deserved as she trained hard all over the winter months. Well done Hannah.
A reminder to all that training continues every Monday and Wednesday in the Community Field from 6.30 to 7.30. All children age 7 (or approaching 7th birthday) and upwards welcome . For those who have not yet paid, the yearly registration fee is now due (€20).
Racing Success for neighbouring families
Shane Walsh, from Knockbrack who is currently enjoying a good season in England rode a 33/1 winner last weekend for Ken Clutterbuck and had a second for the same trainer on Easter Monday. Shane has ridden 19 winners this season and has 30 winners overall since he moved to England. Well done to all!
Fethard Historical Society