Saturday 22nd April 2006

Easter — a time to meet old friends
Easter time in Fethard, this year, was a time for old friends to meet and talk about their school days. Noticeably different from other weekends there was an air of relaxed friendship in the local hostelries, without the usual rush to evacuate in time for the pending disco or night club in Clonmel. It was nice to see so many people return home to meet their families and friends this Easter, which added something special to the local ambience and activities in Fethard over the weekend.

Fethard & Killusty Anglers
Fethard and Killusty Anglers fishing competition will take place on this coming Sunday, 23rd April. Anglers are asked to meet at Thorny Bridge at 10.30am, fishing to start at 11am.

They’re Back!
The weather may be a bit chilly but not to worry, summer is around the corner and the first swallows have arrived on time. We have reports of the first swallow being sighted in Grove on 3rd April and a few more in Derryluskin on the following days.

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
The annual general meeting of Fethard Open Coursing Club fixed for 7th April was postponed owing to the death of Paddy Ryan, Killenaule, one of the club’s longest serving members. To his wife Kitty and family, we extend our deepest sympathy. The AGM will now take place on Friday 21st April at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All members and intending members are requested to attend.

A Parting Glass!
A party of American tourists arrived in Fethard last week on a mission. They were looking for McCarthy’s bar and they were carrying a bundle of books under their arms. The books were all the same. They bore the title “A Parting Glass” by Eric Roth. Inside the covers were 41 pubs around Ireland that Mr Roth had chosen to represent the traditional pubs of Ireland. The American party were from Chicago and Fort Worth and were determined to have a drink or two or three in each bar in the book. On condition that the books were signed by the owners of each establishment as a memento of their visit.

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.

Died Recently
The death has occurred in London of Mrs Josephine Fennel, formerly ‘Josie’ McCarthy, Kerry Street, Fethard.

The death has occurred on Wednesday 5th April of Mr Gus Smyth, Tinakelly, Fethard. Interment took place in Cloneen.

The Well Golf Society

Our first outing of the season is fast approaching, on Sunday Apr.30th we take a trip to Tipperary Golf Club, where we have an 11.30 tee off. Our second outing is on Sunday May 21st at Callan, on Saturday 24th June we travel to Abbeyleix and on Sunday July 16th we play at Mountain View, Kilkenny. At present we are awaiting confirmation on a few other venues. Membership fee is €25, this is to be paid to Sean Aylward or Michael Kenrick, on or before our first outing. As always, new members are most welcome.

'Green is the Valley, Blue are the Hills'
Tom Crane, Calumet City, USA, author of 'Green is the Valley, Blue are the Hills', was recently invited to talk about the writing of his book before a live audience at Lansing Library, Illinois, USA. Tom spoke about the writing of his book, how the book was placed on the world wide web, the names of the people who helped him through the whole process and finally, reads some of his poems. The presentation was recorded as a podcast and can be listened to on the internet or downloaded to an mp3 player. There is a link from the current news page of the Fethard website (www.fethard.com).

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
Our next outing of McCarthy’s Golf Society takes place on Saturday 15th April to Gowran Park Golf Club, from 11.30am to 1pm. This is the second outing of 2006 and the draw takes place in McCarthy’s on Thursday 13th April at 10pm.

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
On Wednesday 12th April we played for Easter prizes which were postponed from the previous week.  The results are:

1st Gross: Philly Kenny and Rita Kane;
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn
3rd Gross: Gemma Burke and Carol Kenny;

1st Nett: Ellen Rochford and Suzanne Opray;
2nd Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke;
3rd Nett: Anna Ryan and Rita Holohan.

On 19th April we played for prizes sponsored by Nora Lawrence and Madeleine O’Donnell.  Results next week.  We play for our President’s Prize on Wednesday 10th May and prizes will be presented at our President’s Prize dinner on Wednesday 17th May.  Our AGM has been deferred to 24th May.

Killusty Soccer Club
Killusty Soccer Club will hold a social evening in The Well, on Sunday 30th April. Burke Street will rock to the sound of DJK, with loads of food and plenty of craic. The Well is the place to be. All are welcome.

Fethard GAA Club News
A senior football challenge game took place over last weekend with the county championship kicking off on weekending 28th April. Fethard got a bye in the first round and will meet the winners of Grangemockler v Carrick Swans in the second Round.

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
Michael Hall, Kyle, Drangan, supplied us with this piece of local information taken from the Clonmel Cronicle published on Saturday 25th June 1921. The report by a local corrospendent goes on to say:

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
Fethard athletes travelled to Nenagh on Sunday 9th April for the County Indoors — our first outing of the 2006 season. The standard was high in all events and each and every one of our athletes put in a great effort on the day. Congratulations to Hannah Trehy on winning a silver medal in the girls under-15 60m sprint and also silver in the long jump. Competing for Fethard were: (Boys U-11) Jack Gleeson, David Heffernan, Eoghan McCormack, Cian O’Connell, Jason Ryan, Jack Stapleton; (Girls U-11) Sophie Meehan, Nell Trehy, Karen Hayes; (Boys U-13) David Hayes; (Girls U-13) Aine Phelan, Evie O’Sullivan, Deirdre O’Dwyer, Maeve Walsh, Hannah Stapleton, Fiona O’Connor; (Boys U-15) Adam O’Donnell, Eoin Healy; (Girls U-15) Hannah Trehy and Roisín Trehy. A long but enjoyable day was had by all and the club would like to thank the parents who travelled to Nenagh to support the athletes.

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).

Fethard Ladies Football
Fethard u-16 team had a good win over Clonmel Og on Wednesday night last and now go on to meet Lorrha in Clonmore. Apologies to Laura Rice who was omitted from the team who beat Upperchurch last week. The duck race due to take place on Easter Sunday has been rescheduled for this coming Sunday, 23rd April at 1.15pm commencing at the Convent Bridge.

Racing Success for neighbouring families
There was more racing success for the Fethard locality over the Easter Period. Easter Sunday started well for Nick Stokes, Knockboordan Stables, when his gelding, ‘All for Luck’ won the first race on the card at Dromoland Point to Point to bring his total to four winners for the current season. This horse was ridden by Richard Harding and won in an impressive fashion. The second race, the Mares Maiden, was won by ‘Sarahhall’ who stormed home to a 10 length victory under John Thomas McNamara.  This mare is owned by James Barry, Rathbritt, Fethard, and provided P.J. Colville with his first winner from his Railstown Stables.

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!

Ladies Rugby
Congratulations to Jennifer Fogarty, Valerie Colville, and Mary Gorey, from Fethard and the Kenny sisters Catherine and Aisling from Killusty and all other members of the Clonmel Ladies Rugby Team who won the coveted Keane County Cup in the Rugby County Finals against Clanwilliam on Sunday last. Clonmel Rugby Club enjoyed huge success this season winning 14 of their 15 games. They defeated a strong team from Nenagh in the semifinal of the Keane Cup and then took the county title on Clanwilliam soil much to the delight of their many supporters who travelled to Tipp Town to witness a spectacular match.  This was a just reward for this dedicated team who train in all types of weather.  The girls will now travel to Kildare RFC on Saturday next to play the final of All Ireland League against Ballincollig, Co Cork.    We wish them the best of luck.

Fethard Historical Society
The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society takes place in the Abymill at 8.30pm on Tuesday 25th April. Everybody is welcome. A slide show by Pat Looby will follow at 9.15pm.  The title of the slide show is ‘Fantasy Worlds’ and will include images of Nicki de Saint Phalles' Tarot Garden. Admission free.




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