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Monday 15th July 2002

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Due to the welcome increase in traffic to the Fethard site, we've had to divide the available online 'information' between two sites to avoid exceeding our allowed server's 'bandwidth', and as a result, being automatically cut off.
The Fethard site is now accessible at both of the following addresses: or (from now on, if one doesn't work, try the other!)
We hope this should solve the recent disruption to service problems you may have been experiencing.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 9th July were 1, 5, 11 and 21. We had no Jackpot Winner and four "Match 3" winners, each receives €40:
Paul O'Brien, Rathsallagh, Fethard.
Philly Kelly, The Green, Fethard.
Stephen Roche, Ballinard, Fethard.
Eddie Croke, 42 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
We had three Free Draws this week for €50 and the winners were:
Annette Murphy, Main Street. Fethard.
Sheila O'Donovan, Garrinch, Fethard.
Frank Hickey, Ballycullen, Mullinahone.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is €425.


Clonmel Rotary Club members photographed at the election of their new president, Jimmy Trehy, Donoughmore, Lisronagh, and formerly from Fethard. L to R: Michael Lavin, John O’Donoghue, incoming president Jim Trehy, Con Moroney, Angus Grant (treasurer), Rev George Knowd (incoming vice-president), Noel O’Gorman and Noel McNamara.

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'

One of Fethard's 'Bonny Babies' chosen by Tom Hickey (Benjy Riordan) at Fethard Festival Baby Show in the late 1960's. Tom Hickey (right) is photographed above congratulating the proud mum, Anne Connolly and her son Barry, who won second place. Also in the photograph is Anne's mother, Peggy O'Neill (centre).
Incidentally, the winning 'Bonny Baby' on the day was Vinny Murphy, McCarthy's Hotel. There must have been no girls born that year!

The Clubs 2002 track and field season came to a conclusion at the County ‘A’ Championships in Tullamore last weekend. Over 16 children from Fethard competed and succeeded in winning an impressive array of medals. Our top performer on the day was Damien Morrissey who collected no less than five medals in the under/10 category. Hannah Trehy, John Lalor, Wayne Laslett, Lolo Trehy and Roisín Trehy all performed splendidly to win four individual medals. The complete result sheet is as follows: Jerome Ahearne, Adam Lyons, John Lalor and Ryan Laslett came 3rd in the boys under/12 relay; Sarah McManus and Aisling O’Connor, 2nd in the girls under/11 relay; Stephen Walsh, 3rd under/14 long jump and 2nd in the shot; Damien Morrissey, 1st under/10 boys 80m, 1st 200m, 2nd ball-throw, 2nd relay; Aisling Dwyer, 3rd girls under/11 relay; Roisín Trehy, 2nd girls under/10 long jump, 2nd 200m, 3rd relay, 3rd 60m; Ryan Laslett, 2nd boys under/12 ball-throw; Laura Rice, 3rd girls under/12 relay; Lolo Trehy, 1st boys under/13 600m, 1st long jump, 2nd 80m, 2nd relay; John Lalor, 1st boys under/11 300m, 2nd 80m, 3rd long jump; Hannah Trehy, 1st girls under.11 300m, 1st 80m, 2nd long jump, 1st relay; Ben Walsh, 3rd boys under/12 600m; Wayne Laslett, 1st boys long jump, 1st shot, 1st 800m, 2nd 80m.
Many thanks to all who supported our recent sponsored walk which raised over €1,500 to help finance the day to day running of our busy club. Seventy children took part in the walk around Ballybough, ending with snacks and drinks in the boys school field. We hope to see our athletes return for training after the summer school holidays.


The Coolmore ladies team entered the Dublin Ladies Mini Marathon on 3rd June for the purpose of raising €25,000 to purchase a Pal Care Computer for the South Tipperary Hospice. This goal was achieved thanks to the sponsorship from many companies who deal with Coolmore and very many individual sponsors. This was the single largest donation that the South Tipperary Hospice have received to date. Photographed above is Pauline Walsh making the presentation to Brendan O’Keeffe, chairperson South Tipperary Hospice.
Back L to R: Mary O’Rahilly, Maria O’Sullivan, Selina Gleeson, Mary Lynch, Noll O’Brien, Jim Bond, treasurer South Tipperary Hospice, Helen Carroll, Heather Bailey, Aneta Maguire, Peggy Sullivan, Anne Moloney. Front L to R: Mary Dempsey, team leader South Tipperary Hospice, Pauline Walsh, Brendan O’Keeffe, chairperson South Tipperary Hospice; and Deirdre Lanigan. Other team members missing from photo are Bridget O’Donnell, Jane Lanigan, Trish Donnelly, Wendy Normile and Melissa Stokes.


Taking part in the Summer camp organised by Fethard GAA Club were back L to R: Niamh McGrath, Stephanie Allen, Sara McManus, Amy Grant, Rachel Prout, Edel Sullivan, Laura Mullins, Jean Anglim, Jane Kenny, Front L to R: Emma Walsh, Jane Holohan, Amy Lyons, Faye Manton, Emma Fleming, Nicole Looby, Jade Pattison and Evie O’Sullivan.
The Summer Camp, which was held last week, proved to be a great success with over 90 children turning up at the club. We would like to thank the coaches from Carrick, Tommy Dunne, Eoin Brislane and Paddy O'Brien from Toome and local lads Ian O'Connor, Connor McCarthy, Owen Doyle, Willie Morrissey and to all the ladies who gave their time in the field helping out. The coaches were very impressed with the level of skill shown by all in hurling and football.

Boys and girls waiting for the presentation of medals at the Summer Camp in Fethard organised by Fethard GAA Club.

Coach Ian O'Connor, photographed with his group of athletes.

Christopher Sheehan, chosen as the weeks best overall athlete at Fethard Summer Camp, being presented with his trophy by coach Liam O’Dwyer (left) and Tipperary football captain Willie Morrissey.

Coach Liam O’Dwyer, Carrick-on-Suir, photographed with his group of athletes that participated in the Summer Camp.
On Saturday last our under/10 football team travelled to Limerick to play Kenmare (Kerry) in the Community Games, the game was delayed by 20 minutes but when it started, what a game it turned out to be. Fethard opened the scoring with a point from Tommy Sheehan after 4 minutes and with Fethard rearguard under pressure, it was not long before Kenmare opened their account with three points in a row. Fethard, with Colm Shanahan outstanding in goal and the full line of Brian Delahunty, Damien Morrissey, Ciarán O'Meara and half line of Eoin Dillon, Ronan Fitzgerald, and the captain Frank O'Donovan, playing brilliant, it was not long before a long delivery from Alan Lawrence found Dean Sharpe who in turn buried the ball in the Kenmare net. Daniel Hickey who was now dominating mid-field scored a great point which was followed by a long delivery which the Kenmare goalie carried over the goal line then on the stroke of half time, Kenmare got a free 20 metres out that ended up in our net via the crossbar to leave the Half-time score Fethard 2-02, Kenmare 1-03.
The second half started with Kenmare scoring three quick points but Daniel Hickey then travelled 40 yards and scored a great goal, Fethard with now the wind advantage were doing great and with Cathal Hurley, Philip Maher, Dylan Fitzgerald, Dean Sharpe, Tommy Sheehan and Aaron Conran, putting Kenmare under fierce pressure. Kenmare were holding firm and with 10 minutes to go Kenmare broke upfield and scored three goals to leave us 7 points adrift with 3 minutes to go, but to their credit, Fethard came back with a gem of a goal from Tommy Sheehan and when Michael Smith was fouled, Daniel Hickey pointed the free but as hard as they tried they could not get the goal they needed to save the game and Kenmare held out to win on the score line of Fethard 4-03, Kenmare 4-07
Although their was only one substitution made on the day, lets not forget the super-subs consisting of Ger Maher, Jamie Walsh, Kieran Walsh and a big thanks to Dion Butler who was too young to play on this team but never failed to turn up for the games and travelled the county to add his support.
For anybody who was fortunate to see the game would call it a classic. The level of skills shown by both teams was a credit to their coaches but the boys in Blue lost nothing in defeat and each one of the players left the dressing room to hear great applause from both set of supporters. Special thanks must go to Tony and Michael for the work that they have put in. One highlight of the game that Kenmare were trained by one of the greats Tom Spillane, holder of four All Ireland medals and who also had a couple of sons playing. A special thanks to everyone who travelled out on the day to add their support and shout the boys on.
Our under/16 hurlers played St Mary's last weeks and were unlucky to be beaten by two points, Paul Kenrick in the goal was outstanding as was Shane Walsh, John Leahy, Kieran Allen and Nial Hayes. These boys can do well in this competition and with the new trainers Tomas Keane and Colin Allen, they have two of the best, so the lads would like to see more players at training.
Training times
Under/8-Under/14 football - Saturdays 3.00pm
Under/10-Under/12 hurling - Mondays 6.00pm
Under/14-Under/16 hurling - contact Tomas/Colin


Photographed at the Sotheby’s valuation day at Grove House, Fethard, in aid of the Holy Trinity Church of Ireland maintenance fund are L to R: Mrs Bridget Quinlan, Phyllis and Billy McLellan from Clonmel and formerly from Fethard.

Petranelle Clifton Brown (right), Cashel, talking to Rosemary and Harry Ponsonby, at the fundraiser for Holy Trinity Church of Ireland held at their residence, Grove House, Fethard.

Marie Moclair and her daughter Maeve at their food stall.

Elizabeth Grant, Grangebarry, photographed at the Sotheby’s valuation table at Grove House organised in aid of the Holy Trinity Church of Ireland maintenance fund.

Looking after teas and cakes were L to R: Thelma Griffith, Mary Danagher, Heather Bailey and Diana Hazel.

Jenny Butler at the cake stall.

Fethard & Killusty area have the distinction of having three teams i.e. under/10 GAA, under/11 rugby and under/16 girls volleyball, along with fourteen members of the Fethard Judo Club qualified for the ESB Community Games Munster finals which will take place on Saturday next, July 13th in University of Limerick. The under/10 football team played their preliminary game on Saturday last and in a match that could have gone either way, with luck being the deciding factor in the end, they were defeated by Kenmare, Co. Kerry. However, these boys gave a tremendous amount of pleasure to many people during the past few months and are a credit to their area and county. Team consisted of: Tommy Sheehan, Frankie O’Donovan, Aaron Conran, Brian Delahunty, Colm Shanahan, Daniel Hickey, Alan Lawrence, Damien Morrissey, Dillon Fitzgerald, Cathal Hurley, Ronan Fitzgerald, Philip Maher, Gerry Maher, Michael Smith, Kieran Walsh, Ciaran O’Meara, Eoin Dillon, Jamie Walsh, Dean Sharpe. Team managers were: Michael, Tommy and Caroline Sheehan.
The under/11 rugby team are also drawn against Kerry in their first match, which will be played on the day. The team consists of: Sam Manton, Mark Ronan, Seamus O’Keeffe, Stephen Maguire, Johnny Grassick, Daniel Hickey, Michael John Murphy, John Lalor, Eoin Healy, Tim O’Hagan, Matt O’Sullivan and Jerome Ahearne. Team managers are: Sean Devaney and Valerie Colville.
The girls under/16 volleyball team are: Ashley McCormack, Helen Frewen, Sarah Mai Ahearne, Suzanne and Mary Gorey, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Margaret Smith, Emma Walsh, Evelyn Fogarty, Kelly Anne Nevin, Jillian O’Connell and Susie Harvey. Team manager is Denis Burke and these girls play Cork in the semifinal.
Judo competitors are: Richard, Cathal and D.J. Gorey, Padraig O’Shea, Michael and Bernadette Costello, Samantha Feery, Orla, Niall and Martin O’Donnell, Michelle Brannigan, Stephanie Lawrence, Grace Maher and Tom Woodlock. The Judo weigh-in takes place at 10.30am and competition will begin at 11am sharp. All teams must register between 11.30 and 12 noon. Best of luck to all.


Local Councillor John Fahy arranged a visit to Dail Eireann and many members of the Fethard Historical Society joined the trip on Wednesday 26th June 2002 and gave us the following report:
“Our first stop was the Visitors Gallery where we got to see Michael McDowell in action presenting a motion to the Dail. Then it was off on a guided tour of Leinster House itself, which was originally built as the townhouse of the Duke of Leinster (hence the name). From the Taoiseach’s Gallery, so-called because that is where the portraits of all former retired Taoisigh are displayed, we passed by what were once the apartments of the Duke and Duchess of Leinster to the Seanad. Our guide explained in detail the workings of the Upper House and pointed out that any member of the public can view the proceedings simply by making arrangements with one’s local T.D. Our tour concluded with lunch which was considerably enlivened by the many familiar political faces in the dining room. Our visit afforded a fascinating insight into the workings of government in this most impressive historic building. Our thanks to society member and local councillor, John Fahy, and to Tom Hayes, T.D. who facilitated our visit and most generously treated us to lunch. A word of appreciation also to Senator Maurice Manning who took time out from his busy schedule to meet with us.”

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 6th July of Claire, daughter of Mr Frank and Mrs Margaret Coffey, Burke Street, Fethard, to Mr Richard O’Brien, Drangan.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 16th July at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Fethard Historical Society’s outing to Ballingarry will take place on this Friday evening, 12th July. Those wishing to attend are asked to make their own way and meet the group outside Ballingarry Church at 7.30pm where Dr. Willie Nolan, UCD, will commence his tour of the local historical attractions, which includes The Warhouse. The fee for the evening is €3 and all are welcome to attend.

Your support is asked for the annual Church Gate Collection in aid of South Tipperary Hospice which will take place in Fethard, Killusty and Moyglass on weekending 13th and 14th July.

Conditions following the recent heavy rainfall were far from ideal for the Fethard 7 Killusty Anglers fishing competitions on Sunday last. Nevertheless, some good catches were recorded. The winners were as follows: The John ‘Jack’ O’Donnell Cup was won by Thomas Fogarty, 2nd was Eddie Casey; and 3rd was John Fleming. The Eddie O'Neill Cup for the heaviest trout caught was won by Eddie Casey.

The Augustinian Abbey will hold their annual pilgrimage to Knock on 20th July, leaving Fethard at 8am. For further information, contact the Abbey at 052 31273.

Our senior footballers played their County League game against Loughmore in Castleiney on Tuesday 1st July and the result was, Fethard 0-10 (0-5), Loughmore 0-6 (0-5). The team was: Tommy Gahan, Jimmy O’Meara, Cian Maher, Willie O’Meara, Michael Ahearne, Michael Quinlan, Stephen O’Donnell 0-1, Kenneth Byrne 0-1, Glen Burke 0-1, Kevin O’Donnell, Martin Coen 0-3, Brian Coen 0-1 Carl Maher 0-3, Martin Ryan and Nicky Murphy. Subs were: Tom Anglim, Philly Croke and Alan Phelan. Our next game in this competition is at home in Fethard on Tuesday 16th July against Aherlow at 8pm.
The junior (b) hurling commenced on Sunday 7th when we lost to Newcastle on a scoreline, Fethard 1-1 (0-0), Newcastle 1-7 (0-5). The team was: Stephen McCormack, Philly Prout, Peter Nolan, Philly Croke, Ian Kenrick, Liam Treacy 0-1 (F), Pat Looby, John Hanrahan, Kenneth Byrne, Brendan Doyle, John Noonan, Ronan Maher, Paddy Cooney 1-0, John Fitzgerald and Gabriel Horan. Sub used was Garreth Byrne. Our next game in this championship takes place this Friday 12th July in Ned Hall Park (Clonmel) against Kilsheelan /Kilcash.
The intermediate hurling county league game against Kilsheelan took place on Tuesday 9th July. Full report next week.
The very best of luck to Damien, Willie and Miceál on Sunday 14th in the Munster Senior Football Final against Cork and also to Michael Dillon in the minor football final also in Thurles on this coming Sunday,14th July. It would be a great honour to see the Munster trophy presented to a Fethard man. Please note that Munster football final is an all-ticket match.
We had no winner of the €4,400 jackpot and six ‘match threes’ who received €25 each: Billy Morrissey (Tullamaine), Bridget Ryan (Loughcopple), Thomas Barrett (The Green), Abigail Doyle (Woodvale Walk), Michael Sheehan (Killusty) and Bertiem Dannille (Killusty). The numbers drawn were 3, 4, 19 and 21.

There was an excellent attendance at the Tipperary Foxhounds Annual Puppy Show held at The Kennels, Tullamaine, on the evening of June 3rd. The quality of the young entry of 4.5 couple of dogs and 10 couple of bitches certainly made the task of judges Mr George Chadman M.F.H. and Mr Michael Higgins, a most difficult one. Pat O’Brien, in his first season as huntsman, proved first class in his own quiet and easy going style of showing the young entry. Pat was assisted by 1st Whip and kennel huntsman, James O’Donnell and by Paul O’Brien. The results were as follows:
Dog Hounds
1st: Rosegreen, walked by Miss Y. McClintock
2nd: Hoover, walked by Mr John Fitzgerald
3rd: Ronnie, walked by Mrs Faith Ponsonby
1st: Radio, walked by Joe and Willie Morgan
2nd: Hoover, walked by Mr John Fitzgerald
3rd: Raceway, walked by Ms Janet Barbour
The Champion was ‘radio’. Mr Tim Corballis, on behalf of the Tipperary Foxhounds committee at the conclusion, thanked the puppy walkers, all sporting farmers over whose lands the Tipps hunt, and paid a special tribute to Pat and James on the pristine state of the kennels and surrounds, and on the quality and condition of the hounds.
The evening concluded with a most enjoyable get-together in the marquee and tea served by the ladies committee.
Following the puppy show, the Gallant Tipps paid a most successful trip to the All-Ireland Foxhound championship show at Stradbally, Co. Laoise, on Sunday. They won first prize for the best couple dog hounds and also in addition, took four blue rosettes which included 2nd in the best couple of bitches. Once again, congratulations and well done to Pat and James.

Two ladies from New South Wales, Australia, visited Fethard during weekending 6th July tracing their roots. That showed Tony Newport a photograph of a headstone on the grave of John Gunn from The Green who died in 1891. John Gunn was great-grandfather of one of the Australian ladies whose grandmother had emigrated from Fethard. Fortunately in the vicinity, when the ladies called, was Carmel Rice who said she thought the monument was in Everardsgrange Cemetery. From our records, we were able to confirm this to be correct. So the problem was solved with information on the family provided. Unfortunately the Australian visitors called at a busy time and in the rush to get them sorted, we did not record their names. We did, however, give them the Fethard website address ( We would just like to say, if they make contact, that we are glad their visit to the native town of their ancestors proved successful.

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 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


This site is maintained by Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.