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Thursday 8th August 2002

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The death has occurred on Tuesday 6th August of local building contractor, Mr John Harrington, Abbey Street, Fethard. Remains will leave his residence on Wednesday evening to arrive at the Augustinian Abbey at 7.45pm.

Burial in Calvary Cemetery on Thursday morning following 11am Mass.





The death has occurred on Tuesday 6th August of James 'Shem' Danagher, 12 Congress Terrace, Fethard. Remains left McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 6.30pm for Holy Trinity Church Fethard.

Burial on Thursday in Calvary Cemetery following 12.30pm Mass.




The numbers drawn on Tuesday 30th July were 3, 4, 11 and 27. We had no Jackpot Winner and three "Match 3" winners, who received €50 each:
Seamus Cummins, Burke St. Fethard.
Michael Moloney, Killenaule.
Benny Shine, c/o Spillanes, Killerk, Fethard.
We had three Free Draws this week for €50 and the winners were:
Clodagh Carroll, 32 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
Kitty Brett, Drangan.
Amy Roche, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is €500.


The death has occurred in Wexford of Mr James ‘Jim’ O’Keeffe, Kilmore Quay, and Kiltinan. The late Jim O’Keeffe led a most adventurous life. He worked on many motorway constructions and building sites in England and sailed many times to all parts of the world during his career as a sailor and steward on the luxury ocean going lines.
Taking early retirement, he returned to his native Fethard, where he wrote an account of his very varied life style in verse. He called his book of poems, which had a very successful launch at the Abymill Theatre, ‘Odes of a Killusty Emigrant’. The book of Jim's poems is still very popular and available locally. Restless as ever, a few short years ago he sold his house at Kiltinan and took up residence at Kilmore Quay, Wexford, where he died on Monday 5th August. He certainly packed a lot of living into his 66 years and this excerpt from one of his last poems called ‘The Barracks’ may have been his last goodbye to the place of his birth.

“The time has come for me to go, so I will move along.
I leave behind The Barracks, and dear old Slievenamon.
Farewell to the big yellow signpost, which said seven miles to Clonmel.
Farewell to my home on the crossroads, the place that I love so well."

Jim’s remains will return to England for burial. May he rest in peace.

The wedding took place in Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 3rd August of Martina, daughter of Mr David and Mrs Bridget Morrissey, St. Patrick’s Place, to Mr James Cowlard, Penge, London.
Best wishes from his footballing contemporaries in Fethard, to Criostóir McGrath, Clonmel Commercials, and Ms Linda O’Connell, Moyglass, whose wedding took place in Moyglass Church on Thursday 1st August.


The late David and John Phelan, Baptistgrange, Lisronagh.

Two brothers, John (26) and David Phelan (24), Baptistgrange, Fethard, were killed shortly after 8pm on Sunday night 4th August, when their motorbike was involved in a collision with a car at the top of Market Hill (The Commons), Fethard. The lady driver of the car was taken to hospital where she is being treated for her injuries.
Remains will leave O'Donoghue's Funeral Parlour, Clonmel, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 6th August for St. John the Baptist Church, Lisronagh. Burial in adjoining cemetery following 11am Mass on Wednesday.

The next meeting of Fethard Community Awareness Group will take place in the Tirry Community Centre on Tuesday night 6th August at 8.30pm. Representatives of all community groups are invited to attend.

Congratulations to Lisa Rice, Brookhill, and Kari Laaksonon, who announced their engagement last weekend. Lisa and Kari got engaged while on holiday in Finland.
Congratulations also to Patrick Burke, Farranshea, and Alicia Hitzler, who got engaged in Milwaukee, USA. The couple are planning to come home to Fethard next April to celebrate their wedding with family and friends.

The AGM of Killusty F.C. will take place in Killusty Sports Grounds on Thursday 8th August at 8.30pm. All are welcome.
The youths soccer team will resume training on 8th August at 7pm sharp. Boys and girls playing the under-12 mixed soccer summer league will resume on Sunday evening, 4th August, at 6.30pm. A penalty shoot-out will also take place for all age groups up to under-12.

The results of the Census of Population taken at the end of April last show that Fethard has fallen by 6.3%. The only other area to show a decline in population in this area was Tipperary Town at 1.7%.

The best selling UK author, Pete McCarthy, included Fethard as one of his stops in his new book 'The Road to McCarthy'.

The author tells of how he happens to find McCarthy's Bar on Main Street, Fethard, and of his enlightening meeting with Jimmy 'Buck' Ryan from Watergate.

The Committee of Killusty Pony Show were very fortunate on Show Day, Saturday 6th July, that the only summer storm in the area was the pony named Ardfry Summerstorm. Given the hazardous weather conditions to date in the Showing season it was a relief to all concerned that it was virtually dry all day. The atmosphere as a result was second to none and all appeared to go home happy.

A racing pigeon has been found locally. The bird is a Y.B. (young bird) Blue Hen. The ring number is 2002 – 5092379. The pigeon does not carry a racing band. Telephone 052 32130 for further details.


Photographed at the South Tipperary Anti-Incinerator Campaign Gala Race Night at Thurles Greyhound Stadium are L to R: Carol O’Mahoney, Clonmel; Bridget Walsh, Martin Bourke, Tony Walsh and Sean Spillane from Fethard. In front is Noreen Bourke, Fethard. CLICK TO SEE MORE PHOTOGRAPHS

The South Tipperary Anti-Incinerator Campaign held their first major fundraiser, a night at the dogs, at Thurles Greyhound Track on Saturday 27th July. Campaign chairman, Seamus Hayes, states:
"The campaign is a little over two months old and the response we have had is beyond all expectations. 20,000 people have signed petitions, there are hundreds of objections lodged with An Bord Pleanála and people have been most generous with their time and money. It would be impossible to begin to thank everyone who has helped, but they should know that it is very much appreciated.
We need all the support we can get. We know that the people of South Tipperary do not want to see their health and livelihoods threatened by a meat and bone meal incinerator at Rosegreen. It is the wrong place; National By-Products are the wrong people; and incineration is the wrong process. Together we can ensure that it does not happen."

Happy birthday wishes to Mamie Morrissey, St. Patrick’s Place, who recently celebrated her 79th birthday.

The wedding took place recently at Gougane Barra Church, Co. Cork, of Mary Lou, daughter of Mr P.J. and the late Mrs Betty Holohan, Abbey Street, Fethard, to Signor Tersten Edvar, Milan.

Congratulations to Ms Irene Maher, Rathmacarthy, Tullamaine, winner of the recent ‘Queen of the Suir 2002’ title.

The death has occurred of Mr Jimmy Phelan, Mocklershill. The late Jimmy Phelan worked as an insurance agent in Fethard and will also be remembered by old time patrons as one of the best ballroom dancers to grace the maple floor of Fethard Town Hall in the ‘Twilight Serenaders’ era. Interment took place in Moyglass.

In the county intermediate hurling league quarter final our opponents are Eire Óg (Annacarty) in Golden on Tuesday 6th August at 7.15pm and on Sunday 3rd August we play Cahir in Clonmel in the south championship as a curtain raiser to the senior game.
In the minor hurling ‘b’ championship played on Wednesday 24th July in Cloneen, we lost out to Carrick Davins on a scoreline of, Carrick: 1-12 (1-10), Fethard 0-6 (0-0). The team was: Keith Lawrence, Darragh Corbett, Alan Burke, Ed Allen, Gavin Ahearne, Shane Walsh 0-2f, Michael Lawrence, Jamie McCormack 0-1, Darren O’Meara, Ronan O’Meara, Michael Dillon 0-3 (If), Owen Maher, Mike Kelly, Ronan Maher, William Doyle. Subs used: Johnny Leahy, Liam Frewen and Paul Kenny. Our next match is on Wednesday 7th August in Ned Hall Park (Clonmel) against Newcastle.
On Thursday 25th July in Clonmel, we lost our last chance in the intermediate football championship for this year on a scoreline Fethard 1-5 (0-1), Kilsheelan 0-12 (0-6). The team was: Tommy Gahan, Nicky Murphy, Michael Ryan, Philly Prout, Philly Croke, Shay Ryan, Ian Kenrick, Owen Doyle 0-1, Kevin O’Donnell, Martin Coen 1-3, John Hurley, Chris Coen, Johnny Neville 0-1, Michael O’Riordan and Brendan Brett. Our remaining games are in the South League.
In junior ‘b’ hurling on Friday 26th July, in Fethard, we lost to Saint Marys on a scoreline of 2-10 (0-4), to Fethard’s 1-9 (0-5). The team was: Stephen McCormack, Ian Kenrick, Peter Nolan, Philly Prout, John Hanrahan, Liam Treacy 0-3 (2f), Philly Croke, Kenneth Byrne 0-1, Ronan Maher, Brendan Doyle 0-1, Johnny Neville 1-0, John Noonan 0-2 F, Paddy Cooney 0-1, Garreth Byrne 0-1 and John Fitzgerald. Sub used was Alan O’Meara.
Well done to our players on the county senior football team: Damien Byrne, Willie Morrissey and Miceál Spillane who gave of there best during the championship campaign. Better luck next year!
The lotto jackpot of €4,700 was not won. The €50 winner was Siobhán Curran (Woodvale Walk ) and the following won € 30: Anthony Leo (Clonmel), Jack Maher (Kilnockin), Mandy Hickey (Main St ), Frankie Mullins (St. Patricks Place) and Bernie Byrne (Killusty).

Fethard & Killusty Community Games Committee wish to thank most sincerely all those who contributed to their church gate collection last weekend.
This funding is vital to the youth of the parish. “Thank You”

The annual collection for Concern will be taken up this coming weekend. Please subscribe generously to the needs of these people far less fortunate than us.

A mass for the Holy Souls will be celebrated in Calvary Cemetery on Wednesday next 31st July at 8pm.

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'

Fethard Past Pupils Union Dinner Dance in the 1970's. Back L to R: John Delahunty, Maura Butler, Eamon Delahunty, Paddy Henehan. Front L to R: Simonn Delahunty, Hugh Holohan and Michael Kenrick.

Fethard Past Pupils Union Dinner Dance in the 1970's. L to R: Jim Carroll, Doris Higgins, Joan and Johnny Barrett, Jimmy Higgins and Mary Carroll.

A Golf Classic in aid of the new extension to Fethard and District Day Care Centre will be held in Slievenamon Golf Club weekending 30th and 31st August. The committee ask for your support by sponsorship of one of the following: Team of 4 sponsorship €100, Green Sponsorship €50 and Tee sponsorship €25. 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 Community Council are now well advanced in their building of an extension to Fethard and District Day Care Centre. Plans to fit out the new downstairs Community Office and kitchen for Meals and Wheels are now underway.
The Town Wall Lights are currently being replaced and fitted with protective grills. We expect them to be connected and turned on when this work is completed.
Representatives from Christmas Light suppliers were currently in Fethard to give an estimate for adding extra lights for this years festive season. For environmental reasons, we are also planning to plant a permanent Christmas Tree in the Square. The practicalities of this are currently being discussed with South Tipperary County Council engineer, Jonathan Cooney.
The Pound gate by the Town Wall has been locked as it was becoming unsightly with litter collecting inside the walls. We would like to thank the local County Council for organising this and supplying keys to the Fethard Historical Society and Community Council. If anyone needs to visit The Pound, a key will be available from the above.
Representatives of the Community Council recently met with the South Tipperary County Council Planning Officer, Pat Slattery, and Housing Engineer, John Moloney, to discuss the provision of a community playing field in Fethard. The results were very positive and it was decided to have a follow up meeting will take place after we make a formal plan of where facilities, walkways and housing plans for the future should be implemented in the Fethard Development Draft Plan due to be published next year. The next Fethard Development Plan will be completed in 2004 and apply to the following five years. The proposed community field would service athletics, rugby, soccer and training for other sports. The Community Council will contact local organisations in the near future to collect their ideas before the next meeting with the County Council officials.
The committee would like to thank all who support our Community Lotto every week. Recent contributions were made towards the annual insurance costs for Woodvale Walk Residents Association and the purchase of the Convent hall for community use. The Convent Hall was purchased at a total cost of €69,800 (£55,000). We are happy to say that, due to the Community Lotto, the balance owed is now down to €12,000.
New members are always welcome to join the Community Council. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th August.

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