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Friday 6th September 2002

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The back-to-school blues have been somewhat eased by the arrival of the most elaborate travelling amusement show across the road from Woodvale Walk on the Killenaule Road. For the past few nights hundreds of children and adults have turned up to take part in the fun. These photographs were taken on Saturday 7th September.

Happy birthday to John Joe White, Derryluskin, Fethard, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday with family and friends.

Photographed above outside the Gateway B&B, while visiting to celebrate their father's 70th birthday are L to R: George Pedeira, Lawrence White, Geraldine White Padeira, Penny and John White.

A memorial service for the late Jim O'Keeffe, formerly from Kiltinan, will take place on Saturday 21st September at 7pm in the Parish Church, Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford. All are welcome to attend.
Jim published a book of his poems, "Odes of a Slievenamon Emigrant" back in 1997.

If you have an old photograph of interest to our readers why not email it to us and we will include it on next week's 'Pic of the Past'

Johnny Ward, Lord rest him, used to say that the part of a race meeting was shaving before he left. Well the best part of the County Football Final played at Cashel on Sunday 2nd October, 1983, for these Fethard supporters was a drink before they set off for the match. This photograph captures these good humoured men at Carrolls Pub before the match. L to R: John Harrington, Jack O’Brien, Michael Dineen, Jack Casey, Ned 'Buz' Laurence, Jimmy Mullins, Willie O’Donnell and Seamie Danaher.


Milwaukee would not be recognised as one of the chief centres in the USA for Irish emigrants. However, at a recent three-day Irish cultural festival called ‘Irish Fest’, a hurling team representing Milwaukee took part. The only non-native American on the team was Pat Burke, Farranshea, Fethard. The other members of the team, which included two lady members, were all American born and well-known performers in American sports such as American Football, Baseball, Basketball etc. Guests of honour at the ‘Irish Fest’ were the famous Kilfenora Céilí Band from County Clare.

These photographs, taken at this years Irish Fest, were sent to us by Brian Connors whose great-grandfather William O'Connor was born in 1822 at Ballyvadin, Fethard and emigrated to Wisconsin where Brian now lives with his family.

The next meeting of Fethard Irish Countrywoman’s Association will be held on Tuesday 10th September in the ICA Hall. Outstanding fees are now due and can be paid on the night. A guest speaker will attend. New members are always welcome to come along. Yoga classes will recommence on Thursday 12th September.

The highlight of the soccer season in Killusty takes place on this coming Sunday 8th September, when Killusty F.C. promote the annual ‘Pat Aylward Memorial Shield and Trophy Competition’. Confined to juvenile players under/14, the competition attracts over 100 players annually. Enrolment takes place in Killusty at 10.30am, following which the draw for teams will take place. Enrolment fee is €1 per player.


Starting school for the first time at Nano Nagle Primary School Fethard on Monday 2nd September were L to R: Sadie McGrath, Ann Prout and Laura Ryan.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 3rd September were 3, 5, 12 and 15. There was no Jackpot Winner and two "Match 3" winners, who received €75 each:
Alice Quinn, Burke St., Fethard.
Hannie Leahy, Annesgift, Fethard.
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Nellie Ryan, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
Brud Roche, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Tracy Pollard, Kilnamack, Clonmel.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €530.


Photographed above at this year's Patrician Presentation Secondary School Debs Ball held in Cahir House Hotel on 29th August are Strylea residents L to R: John Smith, Mary Doyle, Bobby Roche, Marisa Roche and Alan Phelan.

Fethard Community Playgroup has now reopened from 9.30am to 12.30 from Monday to Friday. The fee per child per session is €4 and enrolments are now welcome. Parents are requested to pay for their child’s days even if unable to attend for any reason as annual running costs and fees are calculated on a full attendance. A limited number of places are available so if your child is missing for more than two weeks and no payment has been made, your child’s place will be given to the next child on the waiting list. Please let us know in advance if your child will be unavailable to attend for a prolonged period so we can allocate the place temporarily to another child. We hope your child will enjoy their time in our playgroup and if you need further information please telephone 052 32316 or call upstairs to the Health Centre at Rocklow Road.

Fethard Historical Society would like to remind people that from Sunday 1st September to Sunday 8th September is Heritage Week and most Duchas castles, gardens and parks will have free access for the week. More detailed information is available from The Tirry Community Office in Barrack Street. Tel: 053 31000.
Some members of the Fethard Historical Society plan to travel to Kilkenny Castle on Sunday 8th September to avail of the free special program of events. People to make their own travel arrangements.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 10th September at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

“They will not do it!”, “At least a good display will do!”, were some of the opinions being expressed by some long-time Fethard football supporters prior to last Sunday’s South Tipperary Senior Football Final against Moyle Rovers.
“Oh ye of little faith!”
Putting their lack-lustre displays against Ardfinnan and Cahir well behind them, Fethard at last discovered their 2001 form and deservingly beat hot favourites Moyle Rovers by a well-deserved 5-point margin. Playing against a stiff breeze and setting sun, Jimmy O’Meara’s ploy of adapting the role of sweeper between Fethard’s half and full back lines worked a dream and cut of the supply of ball to Rover’s ace marksman Declan Browne.

The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Friday 30th August of Patricia, daughter of Mr Dan and Mrs Bernie Morrissey, Cashel Road, Fethard, to Matt, son of Mr Michael and Mrs Monica Hennessy, Coleman.

Corporate Challenge Triathlon - Raising Money for Charity
On Saturday, 7th September, Neilie Hall will compete in a triathlon at Farran Woods, Farran, Co. Cork. The triathlon involves a 800m swim, 25km cycle and 10km run. The triathlon has been organised by Musgraves Supervalue-Centra and the money raised will go to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children and the Irish Cancer Society. Neilie is running on behalf of Centra, Fethard and anyone wishing to sponsor him can do so at Centra or by contacting Neilie himself.

In Clonmel on Sunday 1st September we recorded our 27th Senior Football South Title, on a scoreline Fethard 0-13 (0-5), Moyle Rovers 0-8 (0-5). This team performance must go down as one off the best seen for a long time and keeps us in the running for the county championship, at the quarterfinal stage. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearne, Damien Byrne, Michael Quinlan (capt), Willie Morrissey 0-2, Cian Maher, Stephen O’Donnell, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, Kenneth Byrne, John Paul Looby 0-1, Willie O’Meara, Brian Coen, Karl Maher, Miceál Spillane 0-5, and Jimmy O’Meara. Subs used were: Glen Burke 0-2, and Thomas Anglim.
In Junior Hurling ‘B’, on Wednesday 28th August in Ned Hall Park, we recorded our first victory on a scoreline Fethard 3-6 (2-4), Fr Sheehys 2-7 (1-4). The team was: Stephen McCormack, Ian Kenrick, Peter Nolan, Philly Croke, Diarmuid Burke, Liam Treacy 0-2f, John Hanrahan, John Hurley 0-1, John Noonan 0-1, Paul McDonald, Garreth Byrne 2-0, Johnny Neville, Miceál McCormack, Miceál Sean McCormack 1-2, and Paddy Cooney.
On Wednesday 4th September in Cloneen, we play Grangemockler in Junior ‘B’ Football at 6.45pm. Our intermediate hurlers continue this week when they meet Carrick Davins.
Our lotto jackpot of€5,200 was not won. The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 8 and 21. We had three ‘match three’ winners: Bee Gould (Claremore), Geraldine McCarthy (Kerry St) and Mark Tynan (Barrack Street). Each received €50. Our €50 lucky dip winner was Larry Keogh (Curragloe, Carrick-on-Suir).

The new season of bridge commences on Wednesday 11th September at 7.30pm in the ICA Hall. This is a temporary venue until work on the Tirry Centre is completed. New members are welcome to come along and we look forward to seeing old and new members back on the 11th September.

The Coolmore Stud sponsored Golf Classic in aid of the new extension to Fethard and District Day Care Centre held at Slievenamon Golf Club on 30th and 31st August was a great success with over 50 teams competing for the excellent prizes on offer. The main sponsors of the event were Coolmore Stud which was backed up by tremendous local sponsorship and support by entering teams, green sponsorship and tee sponsorship on the day. The winning team achieved 101 points which is now the Slievenamon Golf Club record to date.

The winning team are photographed above at the presentation of prizes on Saturday night. L to R: Denis Burke (Slievenamon Golf Club Captain), Vincent Woodlock, Davy Woodlock, John Lonergan, Joan O'Donohoe (representing Fethard & District Day Care Centre), and Brendan Kenny (Slievenamon Golf Club Secretary). Also on the team was Sean Lonergan, missing from photograph.

In second place at 99 points were. L to R: Denis Burke (Slievenamon Golf Club Captain), Ann and Des Delahunty, Mary Stakelum, Ray Morrissey, Joan O'Donohoe (representing Fethard & District Day Care Centre), and Brendan Kenny (Slievenamon Golf Club Secretary).

Helping out on behalf of the Fethard and District Day Care Centre were L to R: Michael Keane, Marie Murphy, Melanie Ryan, Geraldine McCarthy, Joan O'Donohoe and Jimmy Lawrence.
The winners of third prize at 94 points, decided on the back nine holes, were Ted Cummins, Billy Healy, Jack Bergin and John Lacey. In fourth place, also on 94 points, were Michael Leahy, Tom O'Neill, Paul Boland and Billy Quirke. The 'nearest to pin' winner was John Queally at 2'6". The longest ladies drive winner was Catherine Morrissey and the gents winner was Joe Gleeson.
The winners of the draw were: 1st Prize €100 Voucher Easons - Arthur Daly, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard. 2nd Prize €75 Voucher for J's Restaurant - Noel Higgins, Dawn Foods, Fethard. 3rd Prize Dinner for Two at Hotel Minella Clonmel - Sheila Corbett, Roebucksland, Grove, Fethard.
The Fethard & Killusty Community Council would like to thank the staff of Slievenamon Golf Club, all those who entered teams, sponsored greens, tees and prizes, and those who helped in any way to make the Golf Classic such a success. The new extension should be ready and available for use in approximately two weeks time.

The town of Fethard was overjoyed with the great Leaving Cert results achieved by the students of Patrician Presentation Secondary School.

Above, left to right, are twins Paul and Michael Walsh who achieved an astonishing 1125 points between them in this years leaving cert. Paul will study Chemical Engineering in C.I.T. and Michael will study the same subject in U.C.D.

Left to right are Rebecca Carroll and Linda Corcoran. Rebecca received 555 points to study her first choice of Veterinary in U.C.D. Linda will study Medical Laboratory Science in C.I.T.

Above are pupils Jennifer Frewen and Peter Kenny. Jennifer also achieved an outstanding 565 points and will study Architecture at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Peter Kenny will study Applied Physics in University College Limerick.

Claire Ryan, Killusty, sent us these photographs taken at this year's pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon which took place on Thursday 15th August.

L to R: John Barrett, Billy Prout, Bernard Feery.

Noel Sharpe and son from Fethard

Molly O'Meara and Meagan Coen.

Killusty group, including Dick Allen, Bab Donovan and Jim Williams.

Fr John Meagher OSA and Canon James Power celebrating Mass.

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