Saturday 28th October 2006

Celia for Winning Streak
Best of luck to Mrs. Celia Byrne, Cois Falla, formerly of Killerk, Fethard, who will be one of the contestants on the Winning Streak TV Show on Saturday next October 28th. This weekly show, presented by Derek Mooney, will be broadcast on RTE One at approx. 8.10pm. Celia's ticket was one of five drawn from the drum on last Saturday’s show.  The other contestants to appear are: Kathleen Kehoe, Co. Wexford; Ian McNamara, Co. Clare; Kathleen Keating, Co. Dublin and, another Tipperary person, Richard Downey of Outrath, Cahir.

Died in USA
The death occurred of Nora Raglow (Nee Bergin) aged 98, on the 7th September 2006, in Walbridge Ohio USA and formerly of Magorban, Fethard, at the residence of her daughter Kathy, who she lived with since 1979.  Nora emigrated in her teens with a group of Sisters to New York where she did teachers training for two years but did not enjoy it, so turned to nursing, she spent several years nursing in New York. Before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, where she continued her nursing career and she married Walter Raglow who predeceased her many years ago.  Nora visited Ireland many times up to the late 80s with members of her family. She enjoyed her visits, being able to visit the home where she was born, she also look forward to family visiting her from Ireland and hearing the news of Fethard and Moyglass, her daughter Kathy kept her up to date with the news from home via the Fethard notes from the internet.  In her retirement Nora played golf a few times a week and bowls, both games she enjoyed very much and continued to drive till she was nearly ninety.  Nora raised ten children and leaves a family of over forty grandchildren, seventy great-grandchildren and a few great-great grandchildren.  She will be greatly missed by all her family.

Halloween Fun for Some
Kids of all ages, enjoy Halloween by all means, however, keep the fun to yourself and respect the older people of the parish who may not wish to partake.  We also ask you to please try and confine your firework activities to just the one night as many dog owners undergo a lot of unnecessary strain when their family pets get terrified with the loud explosions.

Emigrants’ Newsletter Collection
The annual church gate collection for the Emigrant’s Newsletter will take place this weekend, 28th and 29th 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 you can also deliver by hand to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road.

Kinane Cup Reunion 
In 1963 Patrician Brothers Secondary School won the Dr. Kinane Cup Munster Colleges championship for the first and only time.  This was unique for a school from a predominantly football area.  For a school of only 75 pupils it was literally unbelievable. Last Saturday night the bulk of the team plus the team manager and trainer gathered again to visit the school and enjoy that most pleasant of all pastimes, reliving great days and renewing old friendships forged on the field of play.

A young Brother from Co. Meath, Brother Paulinus Brennan started the team and the first round in October 1962 was a victory over Mitchelstown CBS.  Hopes began to rise with victory over Bandon.  The terrible winter of 1962-‘63 intervened with snow on the ground from New Years Day till St. Patrick's Day.  Trainer Garda Joe McNamara from Galway moved training indoors and even braved the elements to train in the snow.  The semi-final was in Tipperary Town against Adare County Limerick.  Adare fielded 3 players who later won senior All Ireland medals with Limerick in 1973.  They fell to a barrage of Fethard goals (9 in fact) and we now faced our first ever Munster Final in famed Semple Stadium in Thurles.

The opposition were Doon CBS from Limerick Tipp border.  The final went to a replay and the drawn game was an incredible tussle.  After fifty two minutes of play the Fethard back line of Goalie Pat Barrett, Joe Morrissey, Austy Woodlock, Pierce Coady (Killenaule), Ger Casey, Dinny Burke and Paul Raleigh (Glengoole) had held the Doon forwards scoreless and a rugged Doon defence had conceded only 3 scores (a goal and two Points).

A driving solo from Willie Harrington of 80 yards, a perfect pass to Gerry Leahy in front of the Doon goal and the rocket of a shot that followed should have ended the game.  To this day Gerry cannot understand how he missed. Worse was to follow. An injury to the face suffered by Goalie Pat Barrett led to 3 Doon goals in 3 minutes and Fethard were fighting to save a game already won 3 minutes earlier.  Davy Fitzgerald moved to midfield and himself and Pa Joe Purcell (Glengoole) drove everything into the Doon goalmouth.  Harrington again knifed through the Doon defence and crushed home a goal. With time almost up Willie Frewen came close to equalizing but was wide and with time up Tony Fitzgerald cut a ball back from the end line.

Full forward Pierce Ryan (a Mayo native) clashed with the full back and the ball somehow ended up over the bar and the team had escaped.  Contrary to local tradition Br. Paulinus had not left Semple Stadium but had miscounted the score and thought that we had lost.  The replay was an anti-climax compared to the draw. In the early minutes of the game Philly Byrne (Killusty) pointed from 90 yards out and the Fethard forwards ran riot.  If the backs had held the team together in the draw the forwards now went to town and the final tally was a clear 8 point victory 3-7 to 1-5.  Contributing heavily to the victory were the displays of Jimmy O'Connor (Kiltinan) and Pat Butler (Garrinch) whose fiery tussle with Doon full back John Kelly - an All Ireland medal winner with Tipperary in 1971 was a highlight of the game.

Last Saturday these former players travelled from Cavan, Wexford, Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford and London (Pat Butler) to meet Bro. Paulinus and Joe MacNamara. Bro. Paulinus is now building schools and health clinics in Kenya and playing a little golf (badly I may say).  Joe MacNarnara travelled from his home in Templemore where he is living in retirement.  Everybody enjoyed themselves on their journey back to their youth and all wished panel member Mick Ryan (Killusty) the best of luck in the golf classic he is organizing in aid of the Kenya projects.

My thanks to all who attended, to Joe Ahearne for hosting the reunion and Fethard GAA Club for their thoughtful presentation to Paulinus.  A special word of thanks to Charleville CBS for the loan of the Kinane Cup as they are the current holders.  I was lucky to have been Captain of the team and it was the proudest achievement of my life.
— (Denis Burke)

Fethard Players stage ’12 Angry Men’
Fethard Players will stage their production of "12 Angry Men" in the Abymill Theatre from Sunday 12th November to Saturday 18th November, with the exception of Thursday 16th November. Tickets are €12 each with a special priced ‘Family Night’ on Monday. The play starts at 8.15pm and tickets can be booked at O'Flynns Menswear, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254 or 087 1338961. The play, using a mixed cast, is produced by Austin O’Flynn and includes the following cast members: Tommy O'Brien, John Fogarty, Joe Hanley, Anne McGrath, Colm McGrath, Marian Gilpin, Angela Dillon Whyte, Gerry Fogarty, Mary O'Connell, Anne Connolly, Jimmy O'Sullivan, Liam O'Connor and Eoin Whyte.

12 Angry Men is the gripping, penetrating, and engrossing examination of a diverse group of twelve jurors (mostly middle-aged, white, and generally of middle-class status) who are uncomfortably brought together to deliberate after hearing the 'facts' in a seemingly open-and-shut murder trial case. They retire to a jury room to do their civic duty and serve up a just verdict for the indigent minority defendant (with a criminal record) whose life is in the balance. The film is a powerful indictment, denouncement and expose of the trial by jury system. The frightened, teenaged defendant is on trial, as well as the jury and the American judicial system with its purported sense of infallibility, fairness and lack of bias. One described how the workings of the judicial process can be disastrous: "Life is in their hands — death is on their minds! It explodes like 12 sticks of dynamite."

A Man of Many Parts 
Usually around teatime on Saturdays the local insurance man arrived in our house. It was Bill’s last call of the day and he was never in a hurry to leave. His breezy good humour was infectious and it enlivened the household particularly my Grandfather as he reposed in the kitchen armchair.

Almost unfailingly in the midst of the recounting of the local news — and Bill would have visited innumerable houses — the story of ‘the car’ would emerge.  “God, Paddy it would be a good night to have your big shiny car instead of my old crock of a bike.”

Over fifty years later I can remember the softening smile as my Grandfather listened quietly to the dramatic tale of the Gladiator as its huge silver coloured steel frame trundled down the Fethard road into Clonmel. Unquestionably there would have been great interest in this invention but Bill suggested that nearly half the population of Clonmel were on the Railway Bridge in a frenzy of excitement.  ‘It must have been a great feeling at the wheel of that huge big yoke? Where did ya learn to drive anyway?  Sure ya were one of the most famous men around then and to think it was the first registered car in Tipperary.  HI 1, a part of history’.

Grandfather rarely added anything except to clarify that he was the driver and not the owner.  It was very clear that he enjoyed the fuss and the attention. It was the highlight of his week. I was entranced by this weekly performance in the kitchen but there was a note of poignancy when my mother told me many years later that the parting handshake between the two men covered the surreptitious passing of a half crown to my Grandfather.

Patrick Kenrick the eldest of fourteen children was born and grew up in Fethard. He had an extraordinarily varied life, working as a tailor, house steward, soldier, school attendance officer and small shopkeeper. Another of his talents came to light many years after his death when a large number of photographic glass plated negatives were unearthed in a disused room in the old family home.  They were found by Tony Newport and he gave them to his cousin Joe Kenny who is a professional photographer. It was fortunate that Joe had the interest and expertise to take on the processing.

Later the processing and developing revealed a very interesting collection of photographs which experts have acknowledged as a remarkable reflection of the social spectrum of the early nineteen hundreds. Their varied natures include the local gentry, the Royal Irish Constabulary and the plain people of South Tipperary. The National Museum and South Tipperary County Museum in Clonmel now hold copies under the title of the Kenrick Collection.

Confined to a wheelchair towards the end of his days, in good weather occasionally he sat outside the house in Clonmel and chatted with locals. Apparently he rarely if ever referred to his former exploits. I was too young then to have engaged him in any kind of meaningful dialogue.  As a young adult I had a recurring nightmare for a period in which I am told the complete story of his life but forget it all because of my lack of attention.

Patrick Kenrick died in 1950 aged 78. One week later I was given his bedroom and I still remember that first night as I lay fearfully in the bed in which he had spent his last night. It was eerie even though I had asked that the light be left on. I slept peacefully no doubt watched over by his benign spirit.
— (Frank Marshall)

McCarthys Reunion
Back L to R: George Hoare (son of Bridie McCarthy) London; Angela (McCarthy) Barrett, Ardfinnan; Pauline Hoare (daughter of Bridie McCarthy) London; Carmel Reed (daughter of Mary Gavin nee McCarthy) London; Margaret (McCarthy) O’Donnell, Fethard; Bridget McCarthy (daughter of Michael McCarthy) London; Michael McCarthy, Fethard. Front L to R: Marion (McCarthy) O’Connor, Fethard; Theresa Hoare (daughter of Bridie McCarthy) London; Don McCarthy, Kildare; Caroline Barwick (daughter of Michael McCarthy) London; Tony McCarthy, Clonmel; and Breda Crossman (daughter of Patrick McCarthy) London.

This photograph, received from Breda Crossman (nee McCarthy), is of extended McCarthy and Sheehan families.  Breda has just returned to her home in England after spending a very enjoyable weekend visiting her relatives in Fethard and Killusty.  George Hoare was visiting Ireland for the first time and he was blown away by the experience, tracing his mothers footsteps, seeing where she grew up and remembering names like McCarthy’s bar and seeing where the old dance hall was.

Their parents were Tommy, Patrick, Michael McCarthy, Mary Gavin (nee McCarthy), Bridie Hoare (nee McCarthy), Mary McCarthy (nee Sheehan).  They grew up in Fethard in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s and they all left for England looking for work.  The only son to stay in Fethard was my uncle Tommy.  All of his children stayed in Fethard.

Fethard Community Youth Project
The first meeting of a Youth Group, under the auspices of Fethard Community Youth Project, took place in the Community House, Woodvale Walk, on Friday 20th October.  At four o’clock the Community House opened its doors and the FCYP commenced.

Ten enthusiastic and energetic young people attended.  The session, which lasted an hour and a half, started off with fun ice-breaker games including Human Bingo and an M&M game.  These activities encouraged everyone in the group to have fun and get to know one another better.  After the games the group held a discussion about the naming of the group – they decided that the name would be ‘Walking Woodies’; the ground-rules for the group and the plan for the next few months which may include a day trip along with the painting of a mural on one of the walls of the house, cooking and a lot more games. 

Suzie O’Shea, FCYP Youth Worker, would like to thank all the young people who got involved, Cora McGarry for assisting with the group, the County Council for allowing the Community House to be used by the Project and everyone in Woodvale Walk for their enthusiasm and guidance regarding the establishment of ‘Walking Woodies’.  Everyone who attended really enjoyed the session and all are eagerly awaiting the next one which will take place in the Community House on Thursday 26th October at 4pm.  Thereafter the ‘Walking Woodies’ will meet, same time, same place, every Wednesday.

The training of Adult Volunteers for the FCYP will commence on Thursday 26th Oct. at

8 pm in the Tirry Centre.  Prior to the commencement of training a brief information session will be provided for anyone who might like to become involved in the Project and those who were unable to make the previous information night.  If you have any further queries do not hesitate to contact Suzie O’Shea at the Tirry Centre or on 086 2485977.

Information Sought
Local Gardai are seeking information in relation to the recent theft of valuable audio/visual and computer equipment.  These items disappeared from a residence in the town between 11.30pm on Thursday 19th and 7.30am on Friday 20th October.  Among the equipment removed were video recording and editing devices and a computer.  These items are vital equipment required by the owner and their return is critical to enable him to carry on his video recording business.

Fethard Bridge Club Results
The results of the Bridge game on Wednesday 18th October are:
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
1st Nett: Mary and Patti Tobin;
2nd Gross: Rita Holohan and Mary Delaney. 

Annual subscriptions of €25 are now due.  Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at Tel: (052) 32038.

Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 18th October were 4, 12, 16 and 27. There was no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each:
James Cooney, Coleman, Fethard
Kitty Delaney, Parsons Hill, Fethard

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Eamon Cullen, c/o Coolmore, Fethard
Timothy Hanley, 2 Bansha Road, Tipperary Town
Denis O’Meara, 57 St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard

This weeks Jackpot is €7,800 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €780. 

Fethard Open Coursing Club
A meeting of Fethard Open Coursing Club will be held in the Tirry Community Centre on Monday 30th October at 9pm.  All members are earnestly requested to attend.

The Well Golf Society:
Our second last outing takes place on Sunday next, Oct 29th, when we make the short journey to Cahir Golf Club.  Tee-off is at 11 o’clock.

Fethard & District Rugby Club
Our first ever match at under 18 level was played in monsoon like conditions in Waterford on Saturday evening last.  It was a very closely contested game and our forwards performed particularly well against a much stronger Waterford side.

Cathal Gorey broke their defensive line on a number of occasions and but for the inclement conditions he would have surely scored.  Adrian Lawrence continues to impress and his overall play and particularly his commitment and enthusiasm is a pleasure to witness.  Others to impress on the night for Fethard were Paddy Teehan, Steven Heelin and Ian Croke.  Waterford won by 2 tries to nil, but the coaches were very impressed with this team on their first outing and are convinced that they will improve greatly.  They will be a force to be reckoned with at this level.

Our under 9s played a great game against Cashel.  They continue to improve with every outing showing great skills in attack and in defence.  Players who impressed on the day were Luke Grant, Andrew Phelan, Henry Tobin and Gary Kavanagh.

Our under 14 team recorded a great win against Dungarvan on Sunday.  They were powerful in the forward with our new hacker for the day, Stephen Tierney being particularly effective and capping off his performance with a fine try.  The Hall brothers, Kevin and Robert, had great games with Robert dominating the line-outs for us - what a great prospect this fine young sportsman is.  Frankie Donovan continues to impress in the back line, both in defence and attack.  It’s early in the season but already this team is showing it has the stuff of champions.

Fethard GAA Club News
The top of the table Junior A Football clash, played in Kilsheelan, saw Fethard get to within two points during the second half but in the finish victory went to Moyle Rovers.  The South Semi-finals are expected to take place this weekend.  Final Score: Fethard 1-4; Moyle Rovers 1-12. Please check Sports Section for fixtures

Team: Ronan Maher, James Smith, Diarmuid Burke, Connie Flynn, Ml Carroll 0-1, Damien Byrne, Ronan Allen, Shane Walsh, Kevin O Donnell , Shane Aylward, Jason Nevin 1-2, Richard Gorey, PJ Morrisey, John Fitzgerald 0-1 and Shane Kenny.  Subs used: Paul Kenrick, Gay Horan and John Hanrahan,

The Senior Relegation game against Killenaule will take place next Monday in Ballingarry at 12noon (Check Sports Section for confirmation).

Juvenile GAA Notes - U/10 SOUTH CHAMPIONS
On Saturday last the u/10 Footballers won the B South Final in a thrilling final played against Ballylooby in Cahir.  This win was truly deserved as Fethard won all of their five games played.  In the first game against Killenaule we came back from a nine point deficit at half time to win by 2 points on the score of 2-3 to 3-2.  The 2nd game against Mullinahone was a tough game but we won on a score of 3-4 to 2-0.  In the final game of the league section we played Kilsheelan winning 1-5 to 2-4. The semi-final saw us take on St. Pats.  We knew this game could go either way as we had played challenge games against each other recently and both back lines were defending very well.  However the boys held out to win 2 points to 1. 

With very little break between the games a very tired Fethard side went into the final v Ballylooby.  Fethard started great with two quick points from Adam Fitzgerald and Kyle Walsh but we then conceded a goal just on half time.  There was worse to come when we let in another goal through no fault of the goalie.   With seven minutes remaining and four points down the boys got a second wind.  They played their best football of the day scoring 3 goals to win by 4 points when the ref blew the final whistle.  The scenes of celebration were great as Fethard had secured their first Football Title this year.  What a great way to finish the year when captain Charlie Manton accepted the trophy.  Charlie richly deserved to be standing there as he had made some fantastic saves during the day to get us to the final.  Our backs on the day were outstanding - Donal Walsh, Eoghan Hurley, Alex O’Donovan, (never give up) Andrew Phelan, Joedy Sheehan, Darragh Bradshaw, Eoin O’Donavan and Jack Ward who was our youngest team member at six.  In midfield we had stars in Kyle Walsh, who gave his all on the day, and Tommy Anglim who scored the goal of the Championship.  Our forwards, although very young, got the vital scores in all games and were brilliant throughout - Niall Doocey, Adam Fitzgerald, Tom Sheehan, David Morgan, and Matthew (the gooch) Lynch who scored the vital goal in the final, Dean Dorney, Dean Kenny, Liam Quigley and Darragh Lynch.  Well done to all involved and to their coach on the day Andy O’Donovan. Medals will be presented later in the year.  Due to the ever-increasing expense of running the Juvenile Cub we are running a Race Night which will be held in McCarthys Bar on Saturday 2nd December.  All parents are asked to support. Horses are currently on sale from committee members.





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