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Monday 14th October 2002

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Photographed at the presentation of certificates to participants who completed the recent First Aid Course organised by Fethard Red Cross are Back L to R: Marie Murphy, Aidan Lonergan, Margaret Tuohy, Ruairi O Caisleain, Helen Guiry, Rosemary Lalor, Eileen Tobin, Mary Holohan, Ann Darcy, David Lawton, Marie Lanigan, Frank O’Donovan, Brian Guiry, Richard Cummins, Katie Murphy, Paddy Croke, Austin Kenny, Dermot Riordan. Front L to R: Darren Ryan, Carri Acheson, Maureen Guiry, Tony Lalor, Bridget Trehy, Frank Coffey, Mary Tierney, Jackie O’Gorman and Clodagh Barrett.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 8th October were 3, 6, 20 and 28. There was no Jackpot Winner and no "Match 3" winners. Five tickets were drawn and each of the following received €30 each:
Paddy Stokes, Main Street, Fethard
Trish Hennessy, Coleman, Fethard
Jim Fogarty, Cappaghmore, Cloneen
Gretta O'Donovan, Burke Street, Fethard
James Needham, App 8 Richmond Mill, Clonmel
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Di Stokes, Main Street, Fethard
Dessie Allen, 14 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard
Alfie Brett, Rocklow, Fethard
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €605.

The bridge results 2nd October are:
1st Nett: Marie Delaney and Annie O'Brien (winners of free sub)
2nd Nett: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke
1st Gross: Suzanne Opray and Noreen Evans
2nd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O'Brien 31862.

The 55th Autumn Flower & Horticultural Show takes place this year on Sunday 20th October in Fethard Ballroom. The Autumn Flower and Horticultural Show has taken place annually in Fethard for over half a century. Last year’s show had to be cancelled due to the prevailing ‘Foot and Mouth’ outbreak at that time. The organising committee are making every effort to ensure the success of this year’s venture and are fully confident that the ongoing support of exhibitors from a wide area and the general public will see Fethard Flower Show continue for many years to come.

Fethard Girl Guides, Brownies and Ladybirds commence their weekly new season’s activities in the Ballroom on Monday nights at 7.30pm. The leaders cordially invite and welcome new members to come along.

The county primary schools cross-country championships took place in Thurles on Wednesday 2nd October. Sixty children from Fethard and Moyglass schools participated in the event with both parishes being successful in the competition for individual and team medals. In the large school category, Owen Healy got Fethard off to a flying start by winning the 3rd and 4th class boys race, also the Fethard team of Tommy O’Dwyer, Louis Rice, Padraig O’Shea and Owen Healy were silver medallists in the team competition. In the 5th and 6th class race, Darragh Dwyer was the individual silver medallist, while the team of John Lalor, Ben Walsh, Andy Walsh and Darragh Dwyer won team bronze medals. In the medium school section, Moyglass were the dominant school winning both the 3rd and 4th class boys, and 5th and 6th class girls races. Gregory Henry was the impressive winner of the 3rd and 4th class race and team-mates, Aidan Brophy, Conor Kavanagh and Thomas Keavney were team gold medal winners.
The girls 5th and 6th class team won their race comfortably with the team of Elaine Kennedy, Ciara O’Connor, Michelle Ryall and Hannah Trehy with Elaine Kennedy taking the individual gold medal with ease, her third primary schools title. In the girls 3rd and 4th class event, Aisling O’Connor was the bronze medallist while the 5th and 6th class boys team of Lolo Trehy, Conor Prendergast, Andrew Yeats and Shane Kavanagh won the bronze team prize. This performance surely marks Moyglass as the top medium school in the county. Thanks to teachers Mr Eamon Dwyer and Ms Rita Kenny and to all the parents for their cooperation and help on the day.
The next primary schools competition will be held in Clonmel on 6th November and the next club outing is on next Sunday 13th October, to Moyne for the county uneven age cross-country championships. Girls and boys interested in taking up the challenge of cross-country running can come to out twice-weekly training sessions with further details available from Miceál McCormack, Laura Lyons, Mary Trehy and Fintan Rice.

Fethard under-12s made their seasonal debut in Dublin on Sunday last, taking part in the ‘Team Ireland Blitz’ with twenty teams from around the country taking part. The I.R.F.U. have decided to cancel all competitive games for underage rugby and from now on all players are encouraged to play for fun.
Fethard played four games, winning two and loosing two. The first games was against Corinthians going down two tries to nil. Fethard then played Edenderry, winning 3-2, our tries scored by Seanie O’Keeffe and Joe Kelly. Fethard’s second victory was over Boyne, winning 5 tries to 2, with Joe Kelly scoring three tries and the other two scored by David Gorey and William Power. On the day there was some great play and it would be hard to pick one or two who stood out as they all played their part.
The following players have made the step up from under-10s to under-12s: William Power, Seanie O’Keeffe, Paul Tierney and Sam Manton.
Next week we play Nenagh at home and all teams will have games, under 8s, 10s and 12s. Training on Saturdays at 11am and new members are welcome to join.

On Sunday 6th October we overcame Ballybacon/Grange in intermediate hurling (after 7 years of trying to beat them), to reach the south final where we will now meet either Cahir or Kilsheelan. The final score was, Fethard 1-17 (1-10), Ballybacon 0-13 (0-6). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Michael Ryan, Willie Morrissey, Kevin O’Donnell, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Ahearne, P. J. Ahearne, Cian Maher 0-1, John P Looby 0-1, Miceál Spillane 0-3, Brian Coen, Ciarán Treacy 0-1, Tomas Keane 0-1, Colin Allen 1-8 (8f). Subs used were: Damien Byrne 0-2, Owen Doyle, Alan Phelan and David Flanagan. Other subs were: Michael Dillon, William Delaney, Shane Walsh and Jamie McCormack.
The senior football quarterfinals are due to start on this Saturday October 12th. Please check sports page in 'The Nationalist' for fixture.
Our lotto jackpot of €5,700 was not won so five ‘match threes’ were drawn and each of the following received €30: Patricia Breen (Back Green), Teresa Roche (22 Woodvale Walk), Dick O’Brien (Main St), Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan), and Tossie Lawton (St Patrick Plc). The €50 ‘Lucky Dip’ was won by Noelle Doyle (St Pats Place). The numbers drawn were 3, 9, 11 and 12.

The annual Original Culchie Festival takes place once again in Fethard on the bank-holiday weekend of 25th to 28th October. Eoin Whyte, Main Street, was selected to be the Fethard representative at the local Culchie selection heat at Bob Grants on Saturday night last.
Eoin had very strong competition for the title of Fethard Culchie and his success may be put in its proper prospective by the fact he was elected by one postal vote from County Kerry.

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'
The following photographs were sent to us by June Howard, New York. Joan's husband's great grandmother, Elizabeth Gleeson, married John Crean from Fethard. After he died she then married a John or Michael Connolly. Their daughter, Elizabeth Bridget Connolly, married Richard Carey and moved to the USA. They all came from Fethard except Carey, he came from Kilmallock.

This is a picture taken in 1935 - in N.Y.

Liz (Elizabeth) Crean, born in Fethard, in 1899 ( Jim Crean's sister), her aunt Marie Crean Quirk ( of Fethard) and Clara (Claire) Carey Howard and her 2 daughters.

This is a picture of Jim Crean of Fethard (died 1983), married Nora McCarthy. He is the nephew of Maria Crean Quirk (her brothers son).
This is an interesting picture of two Fethard girls who married two Fethard men. They came over on the boat together and remained friends until their death. Their descendants and our family are still continuing the friendship, like we were cousins!

Maria Crean Quirk is one, she married James Quirk, he was born in 1870.

Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, married Patrick J. Heffernan of Fethard.
This is Maria Crean Quirk with two of her great grand nieces, Marge and Claire Howard. Taken in Brewster, N.Y., in 1934.
This is a picture of Maria Crean, born in Fethard, on Nov. 28, 1869 and baptized in the church of Fethard. God parents were Pat Shea and Mary Ann Gleeson. Her parents were John Crean & Lizzy Hackett.

Noreen Higgins, author of 'Tipperary's Tithe War 1830-1838', will talk on that subject on Friday 18th October, at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre. As might be expected Fethard and Fethard people were' stuck in the middle of it, and Noreen Higgins, a teacher from West Tipperary, will concentrate in particular on the activities in this part of the county. The Tithe War was the name given to the resistance by the majority Catholic population to the payment of 'thites' which were official levees for the upkeep of the state church, The Church of Ireland, at that time. Things got quite nasty for a time and all in all it makes for a very interesting story indeed, especially since it has a big local connection to the Fethard area.

It is our first full month back and already the calendar for October is a full and busy one with lots of things to look forward to. On Friday, 11th October, twenty club members will travel to the Regional Inter-Club Table Quiz held in Annacarty. A bus will leave from outside the Ballroom at 7pm sharp. Don't be late lads! This is a wonderful opportunity for our club members to meet members from other clubs participating from all areas of Tipperary.
On 12th October two of our leaders will travel to Tipperary Town to partake in Advanced Leadership Training and one of our longest standing members, Emmet Burke, will attend a Leadership Induction Course. Welcome on board Emmet! On Saturday last, 5th October, some of our Members travelled to Tipperary Town to attend workshops on Drama and Arts and Crafts. A really interesting day was had and some great tips learnt. On Saturday night last, a foundation level NCVA in Italian was held at the Club for our Members and all had a good night. Certificates will be presented to those participating when the course has finished.
On a final note for October, Fethard Youth Club will be hosting the Regional Variety Show where clubs from all over Tipperary will travel to Fethard to compete in this annual event. A good night is promised and good luck to all the entrants. Just a small reminder to some of our Members, that affiliation fees are still outstanding, pay up please. New leaders are especially welcome, come on down any Saturday night from 7.10pm to 9.10pm, we'd be delighted to see you.

A Harvest Thanksgiving Service will take place in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland on Friday 18th October at 8pm. All are welcome.

We record the death of Mrs Helen 'Nellie' Flynn, Derryluskin, Fethard, who died on Monday 30th September. Removal took place at 7 pm on Tuesday 1st October, from McCarthys Funeral Parlour to Holy Trinity Parish Church Fethard. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery following 11am Requiem Mass on Wednesday.


The new extension at Fethard Tirry Centre was used for the first time on Wednesday night 25th September by Fethard Bridge Club. The South Eastern Health Board have appointed a new supervisor for the Day Care Centre will the Centre will reopen when the position is filled which is expected to be on Monday 14th October.


Coolmoyne Creamery, closed its doors for good on Friday, 27th September 2002 after 108 years service to the community. The occasion was marked by inviting past workers and neighbours for refreshments. Any queries will now be handled by the Fethard Glanbia Branch. Tel: 052 31108 or 087 6272009.
Congratulations to Joe Keane, formerly from The Green, who was appointed Creamery Manager at Glanbia, Ballingarry.

The Fethard & Killusty Community Council, following discussions with the County Council Planning Department, are preparing a community development plan for inclusion in the draft development plan for Fethard due to be published next year. The object is to identify the needs of the community and the needs of local organisations over the next 5 to 10 years. When this is completed the Community Council and the County Council will be in a stronger position to implement these plans in future development and planning applications for the area. Some of the items identified so far are:

  • Extra playing facilities for sporting organisations,
  • Serviced sites for private housing developments,
  • A circular walking route safe for pedestrians around the outskirts of Fethard,
  • Using our public buildings to their full potential,
  • Promoting business in Fethard

The Community Council have prepared their initial suggestions in a document that will be posted to local organisations asking for their additional suggestions that will service the needs of their own organisation over the next 5 years. Individuals are also invited to make their own suggestions. Copies of the document are available at the Community Information Office in Barrack Street. A draft community development plan will be prepared from the feedback received before 31st October 2002. This plan will be presented at a public meeting mid-October where corrections and omissions will be noted before the plan is finally submitted to the County Council Planning Office for their consideration.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 15th October, 2002, in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm. All are welcome to attend.


Preparations are currently being made for the Annual National Culchie Festival, which will take place in Fethard next month, bank holiday weekend 26th and 27th October. Last year’s winner was Ken Lee from Killusty who took over the crown from another local winner, Brendan Morrissey, Cashel Road, Fethard. Maybe the parish will make it a hat-trick this year! THIS YEAR'S PROGRAMME

Articles and photographs for inclusion in this year’s Annual Emigrant’s Newsletter are invited and should be submitted as soon as possible to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. Please have articles typed if possible or sent by email to the following address:


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