Saturday 8th July 2006
Rev George calls it a day!
In reply, Rev Knowd said, he was not alone and mentioned his many colleagues who also worked very hard over the years. He went on to say, It was a work of joy to see what the church has come from nine years ago, to what it is today, and in particular thanked FÁS who have been part of Old St. Mary’s for the past nine years. He said, that without the FÁS employment scheme of up to 15 workers the work could not have been completed. He thanked organist, Mr Earl Moffitt, for his contribution to many events over the years and also thanked everyone for coming.
Rev George A. Knowd has chosen to retire and live in Fethard and what is Clonmel’s loss is our gain. George, we wish you and your wife Gwen, a long and happy retirement here in Fethard. Well done, good and faithful servant!
Annual Newsletter Articles
Abymill Theatre AGM
Music on Thursday Night
On this Thursday 6th July, Philip Donnelly will play his unique country rock music for his fans. Again this is a great opportunity to hear one of the finest guitarists in the country here in Fethard for free!
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
50th Wedding Anniversary
Senior Day at Fethard Day Care Centre
Fethard Cycling News
An overcast evening saw us heading up Market Hill for Clonmel at a nice even pace with no one under pressure. At the roundabout in Clonmel we turned left along the by-pass towards Kilsheelan and at Kilheffernan roundabout we turned left towards Kilkenny. Following some debate at the Ormond Stores we decided to turn left for Gambonsfield. Straight through here brought us to Thorny Bridge and on towards Kiltinan Barracks where we turned right here for Killusty.
At this stage the group had broken up somewhat. A cramp saw two cyclists head for home while the main group went to Cloneen. From here they claim to have gone towards Drangan, turning left at Kylenagranagh for the ‘Fairy Cottage’ and on towards Rathkenny, down Bennett’s Hill and back to Fethard. A phone call from the top of Bennett’s Hill is supposed to be proof, but I don’t know for sure!
All in all it was a good cycle and the rain stayed off. Next week the group meet at 7pm at the car park (not 7.30pm). It’s a far cry from the days when men were men, and a platform dance at the crossroads was the place to be. A woman would have been lucky to get a crossbar home from the dance. Not so in Fethard last Wednesday when the two girls stayed with the main group. Well done girls and hopefully more ladies will turn up at 7pm next Wednesday. (Bi.Ke)
Longford in retrospect
Time and again they ran the ball into attack from their own full back line, usually finishing with a well-taken point, often from either wing from 40 or 50 yards. Their tactics of playing their full-forward as an extra center-field man worked a dream. He acted as their play-maker-in-chief and must have stepped on every blade of grass in Pearse Park over the 70 minutes. Surely there cannot be a fitter player playing inter-county football than Paddy Doyle.
What of Tipperary? Was it all doom and gloom? Not at all, far from it. Longford scored 1-23 on Saturday, the highest score by any inter-county Gaelic football team playing last weekend. Tipperary scored 1-10, the highest score by any losing team last weekend. They also hit the post three times. After ten minutes Tipp led 0-1 to 0-0 when it could just as easily have been 0-4 to 0-0. After that it must be truly admitted there was going to be only one winner and it was not going to be Tipperary.
Tipperary, to give credit where credit is due, never let their heads drop. They did their best on the night no team or individual player can do any more and it is no disgrace to be beaten by a better man or a better team on the day.
Tipperary footballers are now in the Tommy Murphy Cup. Heartened by the fact that the county minor team has reached the Munster Minor Football Final and the county junior football team should have reached the Junior Football Final, perhaps we can win the Tommy Murphy Cup once more. Keep the faith and our Fethard representatives may help to bring more national football silverware to visit our town.
Fethard GAA News
The Intermediate hurlers are out this weekend, Saturday 8th July, in Monroe against Cahir in the South Championship. Our Minor B Hurlers are also out this Friday 7th July in Kilsheelan against St Marys at 8pm. The Junior B Hurlers are out on Wednesday next 12th July in Cloneen against Kilsheelan at 8pm.
Best of luck to Tipp Minor Footballers in the Munster Final on Sunday 9th July in Killarney we have no one on the panel this year but we wish the best of luck to our neighbouring clubs particularly Killenaule who have three players on the first fifteen.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €2,900 was not won. The numbers drawn were: 6, 10, 20 and 21. We had one match three winner of €150 to Sally Hayes (Cashel Rd). The €50 Lucky Dip going to Rocky Crean (Jesuits Walk). Tickets supplied by AIB, Main St. Fethard.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games
This year our judo squad consists of Aobh and Padraig O’Shea, The Valley; Natalie Cahill, Woodvale Walk; Lorraine Feery, Killusty; and Gary Bradshaw, The Green.
The Under-11 Tag Rugby team to play Rathkeale, Limerick, in the semifinal are: Adam Fitzgerald, David Morgan, Donal Walsh, Russell Casey, Kyle Walsh, Tommy Anglim, Zoë Maher, Emma Walsh, Charlie Manton, Eoghain Hurley, Derek O’Brien and James Harrington. Team Manager is Gerard Manton.
The Under-14 Tag Rugby team to play Quinn/Cooney, Co Clare, also in the semifinal, are Joseph Morgan, William Morgan, Anita Pollard, Shannon O’Brien, Faye Manton, Michael Smith, Philip Maher, Kieran Walsh, Nicola Harrington, Jack Devaney, Cathal Hurley and Dylan Fitzgerald. Team Manager is Tommy Morgan.
The Under-15 Boys Volleyball Team compete in the final against Rathkeale, Limerick. The team is: Ciaran Ryan, Jerome Ahearne, Matthew Fitzgerald, Kevin Hayes, Glen Maher, Michael Fitzgerald, Damien Morrissey Padraig O’Shea, Darren Thompson, Joseph Sheehan, Owen Healy and Tommy Sheehan.
The Under-16 Girls Volleyball team consist of: Carrie Sweeney (capt), Lisa Anglim, Mary Anne Keane, Leslie Looby, Chloe Gough, Sarah Hayes, Sarah Conway, Debbie Lawrence, Niamh Fanning, Aisha Tobin, Kelley Coady and Laura Rice. Team Managers are Denis Burke and Audrey Conway.
Community Games Judo Coordinator is Peggy Colville. Judo competitors must check in at the PESS (old Sports building) at 10.30am. Girls Volleyball must check in at 11am. The semifinal is at 11.30, and the boys under-15 final is at 12.15pm. The Coordinator for both volleyball events is Joe Keane. Volleyball takes place also in the PESS Building. Tag Rugby must check in at 12 noon and will be played on the main sports pitch No 10 on programme.
Judo and Tag Rugby competitors are looking after their own transport. Bus will collect all volleyball competitors at the Town Hall at 9.15am. Return Fee is €8. It is recommended that people purchase official programmes costing €2 as it will contain photos of Tipperary teams. Official launch took place in University of Limerick on 26th June. Niamh Finn, a niece of Brud Roche, Woodvale Walk, represented County Tipperary as flag bearer at this event and was proud to inform us that her mother came from Cloneen.
Slí na Sláinte Launch on Target
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Happy 70th Birthday
Irish Walled Towns Network to meet in Fethard
Walking Along Norman Walls
“Fethard in County Tipperary occupies a more strategic location than Athenry, sitting on a rise astride the River Clashawley, between Kilkenny and Cahir. But Fethard never caught on as a market or political center, which probably saved its walls from destruction. Still the home of several monastic orders, tiny Fethard today claims the most complete circuit of medieval town wall in Ireland. Recently a large section, including a tower, wall walk and several original gates, was restored.
From the well-tended churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, which is entered through a gateway on Abbey Street, I climbed steps up to a tower and a walkway along the crenelated southern portion. From these heights, I could see lush pastures awash in heather, hilltop forests and a long section of the south wall between private gardens and the riverbank. A park with benches and a path along the river is the best place from which to view the wall or to stroll along its length. The bright hue of the recently cleaned stones here suggests something of the magnificence of the medieval town.”
Frank Purcell Memorial Golf Classic
Warmly welcoming the decision of his friends to carry on the Golf Classic in aid of TRUST, which he co-founded with Vincent ‘Jasper’ Murphy, Alice said: “I am really delighted that Frank’s memory will be honoured by naming the Golf Classic after him. He never sought publicity or recognition of any kind but was always unstinting in his efforts and commitment on behalf of TRUST. A true gentleman in the very best sense of that word and I am very grateful to Jasper and his friends for ensuring that his great work for us will be acknowledged in this way thanks to their continuing support.”
The Frank Purcell Memorial Golf Classic will take place at Slievenamon Golf Course on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August.
Vincent ‘Jasper’ Murphy, Co-Founder of the Golf Classic said: “The Classic was Frank’s brainchild and we could think of no better way of carrying on his memory than calling the event after him. We are hoping to make this year’s event really special as I know his many friends will welcome the opportunity to remember him in a way that I think he would have liked very much.”
The Classic has raised €50,000 since its inception in 2003. This year co-founder Vincent Murphy is organizing the event with Chris Coen, John Leahy, Vincent Woodlock and Brendan Kenny. RTE personality Peter Collins, a personal friend of Frank who has acted as MC at the event since the beginning, has pledged to continue his work with the Classic.
Teams cost €200 and Tee Boxes are €50. For further information contact Vincent on 086-8119625, Brendan on 052-32213 or any of the organisers.