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Monday 28th October 2002

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The opening meet of the Tipperary Foxhounds in Fethard on Monday next, 28th October at 11am and the opening meet of Ballylusky White Heather Harriers in Drangan on Sunday next 27th October is proof, if any were needed, that the dark November days are with us and winter activities about to begin.


Fethard Players are back on stage for this year’s production, a West-End, Broadway smash hit ‘Black Comedy’, a farce by Peter Shaffer. The play is a fast moving comedy that has delighted audiences all over the world. The play will run in the Abymill Theatre from Sunday 10th November to Saturday 16th November and booking has now opened at O’Flynns Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.
Members of the cast are photographed above at rehearsal. Back L to R: Gerry Fogarty, Niamh Ryan, Lisa Rice, Jimmy O'Sullivan, Anne Connolly. Front L to R: Joe Walsh and Shay Dempsey. Also in the cast is Eoin Powell and the play is produced by Austin O'Flynn.

The introduction of olde time on this Saturday night, 25th October, is another sure-fire signal that the hands of the clock have gone around once more. The hands on Saturday night however, should go in reverse so do not forget to put your clocks back one hour before retiring.

The bridge results for 16th October are:
1st Gross: Tony Hanrahan and David O’Meara
2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
1st Nett: Anne O’Brien and Marie Delaney
2nd Nett: Anne and Sean O’Dea
Anyone looking for a partner please contact Annie O’Brien. Tel: 052 31862.

The annual church gate collection in aid of the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter will take place on this coming October Bank Holiday Weekend, 26th and 27th October. We ask for your support to help fund the printing and postage of over 1000 Newsletters delivered free of charge to our emigrants throughout the world. The postage cost alone of each Newsletter delivered outside Europe is €4. If you would like your donation acknowledged in this years Newsletter (we will acknowledge donations of €10 or more), please put your donation in an envelope with your name and address included and hand it in at the Church Gate Collection or deliver to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard.

Anyone interested in travelling on the 2003 pilgrimage to Lourdes and would like to pay their fare by weekly instalments can do so. Kathleen Barry, Tullamaine, has organised a 28-week saving scheme where you pay per week save your fare in time for the trip. If you would like to join the scheme or get further details contact Kathleen at Tel: 052 31630.


Congratulations to Dr Tadhg O'Keeffe and his wife Margaret on the birth of their son Evan since his last visit to Fethard. Evan is now 18 months old.
Tadhg worked in Fethard for many months during 1994-1995 while compiling the 'Archaeological and Historical Survey of Fethard' for the National Heritage Council.
Since then, and among other projects, Tadhg has been working on the first draft of the Fethard Historical Atlas to the Royal Irish Academy which he intends to hand in at the end of this week. Their plan is to publish it in 2003.
The good news is that Tadhg has agreed to give a talk at the end of November in Fethard on
‘Fethard in the Eighteenth Century: a look at the famous estate maps’. Lots of new material has surfaced while working on the Fethard Historical Atlas.
Date of talk to be announced later!

The Fethard Historical Society’s lecture on ‘Tipperary’s Tithe War 1830-1838’ by Ms Noreen Higgins in the Abymill Theatre on Friday night last proved most interesting and informative. Noreen emphasised the part played by the residents of Fethard in the war against the payment of tithes. History books do not give details of Fethard’s very active part in the campaign.

If anyone has any information regarding the theft of very old ‘Capping Stones’ from the Lodge entrance to Kilmaclugh Graveyard on the Grove Estate, please contact the local Gardai. The entrance is on the left leaving Fethard and a few hundred yards before the entrance to Kiltinan Castle, on the top of Drumdeel Hill. This theft would have taken some time to complete and if anyone saw a vehicle parked in the entrance or anyone acting suspicious, your help would be much appreciated.

Fergal Murray, Redcity, has a very extensive range of used cars now in stock for October. Cars to suit everybody! You can see the cars and special prices for yourself by visiting his website. CLICK HERE


Having a chat at Watergate are L to R: Jim O'Meara, Bill Bradshaw and Joe Bradshaw.

The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Saturday 12th October of Louise, daughter of Mr Sean and Mrs Alice Moloney, Redcity, to Stephen Lalor, Killenaule.


Photographed above are a group of dairy farmers from Hessen, Germany, who paid a visit to Fintan Rice's organic farm at Brookhill Fethard. The trip was organised through Teagasc, Moorepark, Co. Cork.

The new extension to Fethard’s Fr Tirry Community Centre has been completed and is open for use by all groups and societies availing of the centre’s facilities. The recent addition is of particular benefit to the senior citizens, patrons of the centre’s Day Care activities. The boon the Day Care Centre is to its patrons was only fully realised by the sense of loss our senior citizens felt while the centre was temporarily closed while the building work was in progress. However, all’s well that ends well, and all are now unanimous that the wait was more than well worthwhile.

Fethard Athletic Club played host to the County Under 23 Masters Cross-Country Championships last weekend. The combination of steep terrain and atrocious weather conditions ensured that all athletes received a stern test of their cross-country racing ability. The club and indeed the A.A.I. would like to thank Marie and Philip Crean for the use of their land at Market Hill to run this event.

The first three home in the AAI County Under-23 Mens Cross-Country race held in Fethard last Sunday L to R: 2nd John Kirwan (Coolquill), 1st Ross Alexander (Coolquill) and 3rd Owen Fanning (Ballynonty)
The next race for juveniles is the County Even-Age Championships which takes place in Ballynonty on Sunday next 27th October. Cars will leave Fethard GAA Field at 10.45am sharp. The Fethard team is as follows:
Girls’ under-10: Roisín Trehy, Fiona O’Connor
Boys’ Under-10: Gregory Henry, Brendan Gleeson, Damien Morrissey, Louis Rice and Jim Moloney.
Girls’ Under-12: Ciara O’Connor, Sarah McManus, Hannah Trehy, Michelle Ryall, Aisling O’Connor, Aisling Dwyer, Laura Rice.
Boys’ Under-12: John Lalor, Owen Healy, Ben Walsh, Conor Prendergast, Michael Costello, Kevin Quigley, Ryan Laslett, Darragh Dwyer.
Girls’ Under-14: Mary Gleeson, Elaine Kennedy, Aoife O’Gorman, Aoife O’Connor, Bernadette Costello, Amy Morrissey, Aisling Browne and Nicola Henry.
Boys’ Under-14: Lolo Trehy, Shane Gorey, Wayne Laslett.
Boys’ Under-18: David Sullivan

Left is Bernard Feery (St Catherines AC) winner of the AAI Masters Over-40 County Cross Country Race in Fethard and right, Dolores Costigan, Moyglass, running in the Masters Women's race at the in the AAI County Cross-Country Championships held in Fethard last Sunday

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 taken in Fethard in the 1940's and 1950's and used as postcards. No need for pedestrian crossings then!

Lower Main Street

Fethard From Cashel Road

Kerry Street, Fethard

Presentation Convent Fethard

Ireland's Original Culchie Festival will take place in Fethard next weekend and the buzz in town is beginning to start as the locals prepare for the annual invasion of Culchies and their supporters. To see a selection of this years contestants CLICK HERE

In the senior football championship last weekend we had a most energy sapping county quarterfinal played over 60 minutes under ideal conditions in Cashel on Saturday 19th where we played a Houdini act to secure a replay the following day. The scoreline was Fethard 1-7 (0-3) to Galtee Rovers 0-10 (0-4). The team was: P. Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearne, D. Byrne, J. O’Meara, W. Morrissey, C. Maher, S. O’Donnell, G. Burke, K. Byrne, B. Coen 0-1, W. O’Meara, J.P. Looby, C. Maher 0-3 (2f), Miceál Spillane 0-1, C Allen 1-1. Subs were: Michael Dillon 0-1 and T. Anglim.
At the replay played on Sunday 20th in Cashel under atrocious conditions, Fethard emerged winners on a scoreline Fethard 0-7 (0-3), to Galtee Rovers 0-6 (0-5). The team was: P Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearne, D. Byrne, W. Morrissey, W. O’Meara, G. Burke 0-1, Cian Maher, S. O’Donnell, J.P. Looby 0-1, Ken Byrne, B. Coen 0-1, Carl Maher 0-2f, Miceál Spillane 0-1, Colin Allen 0-2. Sub used was Michael Dillon. We have now qualified for the county semifinal where our opponents are Aherlow, the team we last met in the county league and championship finals in 2001.
The intermediate hurling south final against Cahir should take place this coming Sunday 27th October. Check sports fixtures on Nationalist.
The lotto jackpot of €5,900 was not won We had 6 ‘match threes’ who received €25 each: O’Shea Family (Woodvale Walk), T. Quinn, Stoke (Rossmore, Cashel), Eamon Drea (Strylea), Ann Hahessy (34 Woodvale Walk), Abymill Theatre, c/o Austy O'Flynn (Burke St), Conor Spillane, c/o Gleesons Quarry (Thurles). The €50 lucky dip winner was John Butler (Garrinch).

We record the death of Jack Ryan, Fr. Tirry Park, and formerly of Kerry Street, who died on Thursday 17th October. Remains left McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 7pm on Friday 18th October for Holy Trinity Church Fethard. Burial took place at Calvary Cemetery following 11am Mass on Saturday.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 15th October were 4, 8, 11 and 23. There was no Jackpot Winner and three "Match 3" winners who received €50 each:
Rebecca, Sean, Thomas, 5 Slievenamon Close, Fethard.
Michael Moloney, Graystone, Killenaule.
Michael Russell, Drangan, Thurles.
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Anne Maher, Ballagh Road, Clonoulty, Cashel.
Alfie Brett, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
Marcella Lonergan, Grove Road, Fethard.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €620.



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