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Monday 1st July 2002

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Very Rev Canon James Power celebrated his Golden Jubilee Mass in Fethard Parish Church on Wednesday night 26th June with family relatives, parishioners and guests. The large attendance at the mass and at the reception showed the high respect the community has for Canon Power and his tremendous work in the parish over the past 18 years.

Canon Power was ordained on 15th June 1952 and was first posted to Dublin as temporary mission He returned to the diocese in 1955 as Chaplain at Cashel Hospital for two years. He then spent six years in Cappawhite and eleven years in Kilbehenny, Mitchelstown. Borrisoleigh was his next parish where he stayed for ten years before being transferred to Fethard in 1986.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 25th June were 8, 13, 15 and 17. We had no Jackpot Winner and no "Match 3" winner. Five 'Lucky Dips' were drawn and each receive €30:
Biddy Kearney, St. Patricks Place Fethard.
Michael Purcell, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.
Maura Meaney, Crampscastle, Fethard.
Nora O'Meara, Milestown, Fethard.
Donal Cummins, 126 Willow Heights, Clonmel.

We had three Free Draws this week for €50 and the winners were:
Rita McDonagh, c/o Nano Nagle Centre
Julie Wall, Barrettstown, Fethard
Joe Corbett, Grove, Fethard

This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is €395

The clash with the Ireland v Spain World Cup match resulted in a smaller than usual entry for the Fethard & Killusty Anglers fishing competition on June 16th. The overall winner was Irish International fly-fishing team member, Jim Sayers. It was good to see the youth coming to the fore with David Grant (junior), son of a many times local competition winner, taking the heaviest trout caught award.

Experts from Sothebys of London will attend Grove House on Thursday next 4th July between 11.30am and 4.30pm to advise and value antiques. Now is the opportunity to have that old ceramic or porcelain figure, old portrait hanging since great-grandmothers day, old books etc valued. Light refreshments, strawberry and cream teas will be available in Grove Gardens. There will also be a sale of plants and cakes. Proceeds of the day will go towards the Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Restoration Fund. Please come along and bring your friends!

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Friday 20th June of P.J., son of Michael and Monica Ahearn, Prospect, to Noelle, daughter of Mrs Mary and the late James Murphy, Coolmore, Fethard. The groom is a very popular playing member of Fethard GAA Club. His playing colleagues and his many friends in Fethard and Tipperary GAA circles join in wishing the happy couple best wishes and every success and happiness.

If you have an old photograph of interest to our readers why not email it to us and we will include it on our Saturday 'Pic of the Past'
Killusty group photographed outside Killusty Church in the 1950’s. Back L to R: Mick Duggan, Jack O’Donnell, Willie Slattery, Dan Davis, Mick Byrne, Jim D'arcy, Jim Corr. Middle Row L to R: Pat Maher, Christy Williams, Johnny Sheehan, Jim Davis, Neddy Dunne. Front L to R: Liam O'Flaherty, Phil Byrne, Carmel Byrne, Ber Byrne and John Byrne.

Brian McBride, a member of the USA international soccer team who surprised many by their excellent performance in the World Cup, has strong South Tipperary connections. His great-grandfather, Michael McCormack, emigrated from Shanakyle, Drangan, in the latter half of the 19th century, to Nebraska. When the USA team visited Ireland in March last, his mother paid a visit to Fethard and visited relatives — members of the McCormack family at Kilnockin. The players on this occasion were not allowed social visits, but he has stated that he hopes to visit, accompanied by his wife, the area in the not too distant future. The McCormacks of Kilnockin, Fitzgeralds of Kiltinan, and the extended family of Drangan McCormacks, would be cousins of the USA international. Forty-nine players in total playing in the World Cup are sponsored by Nike or Adidas sports-wear. Brian, along with Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were the only three Nike sponsored players to score in the competition. Everton F.C. are currently reported to be interested in signing Brian. The player also expressed a great interest in declaring for Ireland but unfortunately the connection was one generation short to qualify.

The annual general meeting of Fethard Abymill Theatre took place on Monday night 24th June in the Abymill Theatre. The officers appointed following the meeting were Michael McCarthy (chairman), Marian Gilpin (secretary), Agnes Evans (treasurer), Austin O’Flynn (administrator), and the following board members, Carmel Rice, Noelle O’Dwyer, Joe Kenny. The accounts for the past year were presented by John Fahey, Accountant, Clonmel.

The senior football county championship game played in Clonmel last Sunday 23rd June, finished all square on a scoreline, Fethard 1-4 (1-2), Ardfinnan 0-7 (0-4). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearne, Cian Maher, Willie O’Meara, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Stephen O’Donnell, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, Damien Byrne, Brian Coen, Michael Dillon, John Paul Looby 0-1, Karl Maher, Miceál Spillane 1-0, and Glen Burke 0-2f. Sub was Thomas Anglim.

Our intermediate football county championship game played in Ardfinnan last Sunday resulted in defeat on a scoreline, Fethard 0-11 (0-6), Fr Sheehys 2-12 (0-7). The team was: Tommy Gahan, Michael Ryan, Martin Ryan, Nicky Murphy, Ian Kenrick, Shay Ryan, Philly Croke, Owen Doyle 0-1, Alan Phelan, Johnny Neville, John Hurley 0-1, Kevin O’Donnell 0-2, Brendan Brett 0-1f, Chris Coen and Martin Coen 0-6 (4f).

The intermediate hurling south championship against Skeheenarinka is on this Saturday in Cahir at 8pm. We'll have a report on the intermediate county hurling league game against Moyne next week.

The senior county football league game against Loughmore takes place in Castleiney on Tuesday 2nd July. The minor hurling south championship commences on Wednesday 26th June against Cahir in Marlfield.

Our lotto jackpot of €4,200 was not won. We had no ‘match threes’. Our €50 lucky dip winner was: Gerard Gahan (40 Woodvale Walk). Our five drawn €30 winners were: Paul Dillon (Tullamaine), Collie Bradshaw (52 Woodvale), Anne McGarry (29 Woodvale), Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan) and John Aylward (Grove).

Tickets for the Munster final, Tipperary versus Waterford, must be collected tonight (Thursday 27th) in the GAA dressing room between 7pm and 9pm.
Our sympathies are at this time with the O’Callaghan family (Clonmel) and McMenamin family (Clonmel) on there recent bereavements.

The under/12 football team played Moyle Rovers in the south semi-final at the Clonmel Bye-Pass on Thursday night last and were defeated by a very strong Moyle Rovers team on the scoreline of 2-07 to 0-0. While the scoreline looks bad, it in no way reflected on the game as the Fethard boys put up a great display right up to the end. After dominating the first 10 minutes, Fethard’s Arran O’Donovan somehow managed to steer a long ball from midfield to the Moyle Rovers net only to see the referee disallow the goal, and when two minutes later Moyle Rovers scored a similar goal, the referee to the amazement of both teams, allowed the goal to stand, a decision which was to have a major impact on the game. Fethard had many outstanding players on the night, but Gavin Fitzgerald, Paul McCarthy, Eoin O’Connell, Adrian Lawrence, Cathal Gorey, Tom O’Donnell, Christopher Sheehan and Kieran Ryan were terrific on the night. Well done to all players involved, you can be proud of your achievements and efforts in your development as future senior footballers for Fethard. Congratulations to Moyle Rovers on their win and we now wish them the best of luck in their quest for south and county titles.

Our main attention will now turn to the under/10 football team who are currently training for the Munster Championship. Fethard under/12 hurlers travelled to Killenaule last weekend with their first league game of the season and came away with a well-earned win over Killenaule. This game proved to be a real nail biter with the scores standing at 2 points each at half time. Some spectacular playing from the whole team and with some brilliant show of skill and determination by Christopher Sheehan, Fethard then went ahead to win a really exciting and well worth watching match, some great displays were shown by Kieran Ryan, Joe Fogarty and Kevin Hayes. The final score stood at Fethard 1-03, Killenaule 0-02, well done to the whole team on a great show of skills learnt. All credit to Liam Hayes, Martin O’Connell, Jim McGrath and best of luck on your next match.
Training continues on Tuesdays at 6.15pm and Saturdays at 3pm for under /10 football; Mondays at 5.30pm for under/12 hurling; Saturdays at 3pm for under/14 hurling and under/16 hurling.

Our upcoming games are: under/12 ‘B’ hurling against Carrick Davins on Thursday 27th June, bus leaving at 6pm; under/10 football against Ballymac (away) on Monday 1st July, bus leaving at 6pm.

Congratulations to Liam Ryan and Niall Hayes who were picked for the final trial for the South Tipp under/14 football team and to Shane Walsh on his selection on the under/16 football team.


A group of thirteen Canadian Students arrived in Fethard on Friday 7th June. All thirteen are on the final stages of a four year degree programme in Child and Youth Care in Malaspina University British Columbia. Nine of these students are staying locally while doing a practical placement in St Bernard’s Group Homes for six weeks. The students are photographed above at St. Bernard’s Group Homes Fethard. L to R: Lani Mugford, Margot Dahling, Pennie Baumel, Terra Keith, Kim Robinson, Paul Besso, Donald Shaw, Laurie Clarke, Sherry Jondreau, Michelle Brocklehurst, Colleen Macintosh, Diane Schultz and Crystal Horton.

In spite of the appalling weather and the Ireland v Spain soccer match, Fethard Athletic Club was well represented at the recent Community Games County Finals in Thurles. Winners of the coveted gold medal and subsequent trip to Mosney were club members David Sullivan, in the under/16 boys 1,500 meters and Mary Gleeson in the under/14 girls 800 meters. Indeed, the 800 meter final was dominated by the Fethard club as Elaine Kennedy finished a close second to Mary and Aoife O’Gorman won the bronze medal. Aisling O’Connor won silver in the under/10 200 meter race while her cousin Liam O’Connor won silver in the under/12 600 meters final.

In the under/12 boy’s 600 meters final, Lolo Trehy ran splendidly to win the silver medal, while his sister, Roisín Trehy also took silver in the final of the under/10 girls 80 meter hurdles. Rebecca Ryan continued her good form in the shot putt by winning bronze in the girls under/14 competition.
In the relay races, the girls under/14 team of Aoife O’Gorman, Jennifer O’Donnell, Rebecca Ryan and Elaine Kennedy were most unlucky to be piped into second place by a strong Carrick team, while the boys under/12 team of Conor Prendergast, Kevin Quigley, Ryan Laslett and Lolo Trehy put in a great performance to win silver medals in the final of the 4 x 100 meters. The girls under/12 team of Hanna Trehy, Michelle Ryall, Elizabeth Kennedy and Yvonne Slattery ran a great race to win bronze in the 4 x 100 metres.

Our annual summer sports evening took place on last Wednesday and the club would like to thank parents and children who came to participate in what turned out to be a most enjoyable evening of fun and sport. The following is the result list and well done to all:

Under/5 Boys 40m: 1st Adam Fitzgerald; 2nd Kieran White; 3rd Jody Sheehan; 4th Mark Heffernan.
Under/5 Girls 40m: 1st Gráinne Fanning; 2nd Rachel O’Meara; 3rd Imelda Hackett.
Under/5 Boys 60m: 1st Jack Stapleton; 2nd Darragh Bradshaw; 3rd Owen O’Donovan.
Under/7 Boys 60m: 1st Brian Healy; 2nd Ciarán O’Connell; 3rd Gary Bradshaw.
Under/7 Girls 60m: 1st Emma Walsh; 2nd Emma Morrissey; 3rd Amy Pollard.
Under/7 Boys 80m: 1st Owen Healy; 2nd Kevin Allen; 3rd Donal Walsh; 4th Ashley Weslet.
Under/9 Boys 60m: 1st Ciarán O’Meara; 2nd Louis Rice; 3rd Ger Maher.
Under/9 Girls 60m: 1st Roisín Trehy; 2nd Jenny Pike; 3rd Fiona O’Connor.
Under/10 Boys 60m: 1st Damien Morrissey; 2nd David Burke; 3rd Dean Sharpe.
Under/10 Girls 60m: 1st Sarah McManus; 2nd Fiona Walsh; 3rd Kelly Fox.
Under/10 Boys 200m: 1st Damien Morrissey; 2nd Dean Sharpe; 3rd Padraig O’Shea.
Under/10 Girls 200m: 1st Fiona Walsh; 2nd Sarah McManus; 3rd Kelly Fox.
Under/11 Boys 60m: 1st Michael Costello; 2nd Eoin Healy; 3rd Kieran Ryan.
Under/11 Girls 60m: 1st Michelle Ryall; 2nd Claire O’Brien; 3rd Debbie Lawrence.
Under/11 Boys 300m: 1st John Lalor; 2nd Michael Costello; 3rd Ben Walsh.
Under/11 Girls 300m: 1st Michelle Ryall; 2nd Catherine Trehy; 3rd Áine Gleeson.
Under/12 Boys 60m: 1st Lolo Trehy; 2nd Adrian Lawrence; 3rd Darren Prout.
Under/12 Girls 60m: 1st Ciara O’Connor; 2nd Bernadette Costello; 3rd Elizabeth Kennedy.
Under/12 Boys 600m: 1st Wayne Laslett; 2nd Lolo Trehy; 3rd Stephen Walsh.
Under/12 Girls 600m: 1st Ciara O’Connor; 2nd Bernadette Costello; 3rd Elizabeth Kennedy.
Under/14 Boys 80m: 1st Alan O’Connor; 2nd Christopher Sheehan; 3rd Wayne Laslett.
Under/14 & 16 Girls 600m: 1st Aoife O’Gorman; 2nd Niamh O’Connor.
Under/14 Girls 80m: 1st Aoife O’Gorman; 2nd Jennifer O’Donnell; 3rd Kate Costigan.
Under/16 Girls 80m: 1st Niamh O’Connor; 2nd Helen O’Gorman.
Under/5 Boys Sack Race: 1st Gary Bradshaw; 2nd Kieran White; 3rd Darragh Bradshaw.
Under/5 & 7 Girls Sack Race: 1st Mel Trehy and Aobh O’Shea (U/7); 2nd Hannah Stapleton; 3rd Ruby Kennedy.
Under/9 Boys Sack Race: 1st Sean White; 2nd Jamie Walsh; 3rd Pio Hartnett.
Under/9 Girls Sack Race: 1st Roisín Trehy; 2nd Rachel Prout; 3rd Faye Manton.
Under/10 Boys Sack Race: 1st Alan Lawrence; 2nd Tommy Sheehan; 3rd Padraig O’Shea.
Under/10 Girls Sack Race: 1st Rita Tobin; 2nd Fiona Walsh; 3rd Kelly Fox.
Under/11 Boys Sack Race: 1st Ben Walsh; 2nd Eoin Healy; 3rd Owen Prout.
Under/11 Girls Sack Race: 1st Michelle Ryall; 2nd Sandra O’Sullivan; 3rd Catherine Trehy.
Under/12 Boys Sack Race: 1st Lolo Trehy; 2nd Adrian Lawrence; 3rd Robert Ahearne.
Under/12 Girls Sack Race: 1st Aoife O’Connor; 2nd Elizabeth Kennedy; 3rd Bernadette Costello.
Under/14 Girls Sack Race: 1st Kate Costigan; 2nd Aoife O’Gorman; 3rd Aoife O’Connor.

Under/10 Relay:
1st Tommy Sheehan, Fiona Walsh, Damien Morrissey and Roisín Trehy.
2nd Ciarán O’Meara, Sarah McManus, Louis Rice and Kelly Fox.
3rd Alan Lawrence, Lisa Healy, Padraig O’Shea and Aisha Tobin.

Under/12 Relay:
1st Michelle Ryall, Elaine Kennedy, Owen Healy and Ben Walsh.
2nd Claire O’Brien, Áine Gleeson, Michael Costello and Kieran Ryan.
3rd Siobhán O’Brien, Aisling Sullivan, John Lalor and Adam Lyons.

Under/14 Relay:
1st Jennifer O’Donnell, Aoife O’Gorman, Wayne Laslett and Richard Lalor.
2nd Aoife O’Connor, Christopher Sheehan, Ciara O’Connor and Alan O’Connor.
3rd Michael Costello, Margaret O’Gorman, Áine Gleeson and Kieran Ryan .

Fethard and District Day Care Centre members photographed above with the centre’s supervisor Sr. Christine, who was presented with flowers on the occasion of her last committee meeting with the Fethard group. Photographed above back L to R: Nellie O’Donovan, Phil Wyatt, Brian O’Donnell, Jimmy Lawrence, Joan O’Donohoe, Jimmy Connolly, Megan Sceats, John Pollard, Pauline Sheehan, Mary Fennel (South Eastern Health Board). Front L to R: Carmel Rice, Agnes Evans, Sr. Christine, Thelma Griffith and Marie Murphy.
Fethard and District Day Care Centre members photographed above with the centre’s supervisor Sr. Christine, who was presented with flowers on the occasion of her last committee meeting with the Fethard group. Photographed above back L to R: Nellie O’Donovan, Phil Wyatt, Brian O’Donnell, Jimmy Lawrence, Joan O’Donohoe, Jimmy Connolly, Megan Sceats, John Pollard, Pauline Sheehan, Mary Fennel (South Eastern Health Board). Front L to R: Carmel Rice, Agnes Evans, Sr. Christine, Thelma Griffith and Marie Murphy.

The committee of the Fethard Day Care Centre would like to send best wishes to Sr. Christine on her transfer from Fethard to Clonmel. Sr Christine was supervisor at the centre and was instrumental in getting the centre up and running smoothly over the past few years. She was loved by all the patrons who attended the centre from Fethard and surrounding areas and will be sadly missed by all.

The committee would also like to thank sincerely all who donated to their recent Church Gate Collection. A sum in excess of €1,000 was collected. Thanks also to the local girls, photographed below, who ran the Ladies Dublin City Marathon in aid of the building fund.

Group of ladies who ran the Dublin Ladies Mini-Marathon in aid of Fethard & District Day Care Centre. L to R: Dolores Costigan, Helen Galligan, Celia Allen, Eileen Ryan, Josephine Shelly, Mary Connolly and Donna Reddy.
Group of ladies who ran the Dublin Ladies Mini-Marathon in aid of Fethard & District Day Care Centre. L to R: Dolores Costigan, Helen Galligan, Celia Allen, Eileen Ryan, Josephine Shelly, Mary Connolly and Donna Reddy.

A Golf Classic in aid of the new extension to Fethard and District Day Care Centre will be held in Slievenamon Golf Club at the end of August. Local golfers interested in helping out are asked to contact any member of Fethard & Killusty Community Council or Brendan Kenny at Slievenamon Golf Club, Tel (052) 32213.

The Abymill Theatre will host a one-man play, “The Gallant John-Joe”, written by Tom MacIntyre and performed by Tom Hickey (Benjy in the ‘Riordans’), on Friday night 5th July at 8.30pm. This play was nominated for two Irish Theatre Awards and was described by the Irish Times as a “a performance of rare virtuosity”. The show is a benefit night for the ISPCA. Tickets are €12 each, which includes a cheese and wine reception at 8pm. Booking at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.

The Fethard Historical Society will employ 10 students under the 2002 Students Summer Jobs Scheme operative from 1st June to 30th September. This years work includes local research, data entry on computer and re-checking current records. If you are a third level student and qualify to avail of the scheme, please contact Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. Tel: 052 31663 or by email

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