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Monday 4th November 2002

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There was some great football played Monday Bank Holiday last in the Barracks Field with the Danaher and Brother Albert Cups at stake. Some really wonderful displays of skill and talent were shown by players of all ages. It was once again a fiercely contested competition with some of the matches ending in draws only to be played to a nail-biting finish, with the first goal/point scored, deciding the winners, but at the end of the day all the players came away winners.

The winners of the Danaher Cup was David Wash's team. David is photographed above proudly holding the cup on behalf of his team mates, Frankie Donovan, Alan Lawrence, Brian Delahunty, Adam Fitzgerald, James Donovan and Gerard Maher. The winners of the Danaher Cup Plate was Kieran O’Connell’s team. The winners of the Brother Albert Cup was Cathal Gorey's team and the winners of the Brother Albert Cup Plate was Andrew Walsh's team.
Four players were chosen for the coveted title of ‘Man of the Match’ and these went to Owen Fitzgerald and Brian Healy for the Danaher Cup and Damien Morrissey and Lolo Trehy for the Brother Albert Cup. A great day was had by all, many thanks to all involved and the club would like to thank the following people and business for the generosity in donating medals and trophies: Frank O'Donovan, Chris Looby, Benny Tynan, Noel Sharpe, Buddy Fitzgerald, Michael Sheehan, Tony Fitzgerald and Tommy Sheehan. Not forgetting our refs for the day, Dinny Burke and Ian O'Connell, thanks for coming down, thanks also to those who managed a team and help to set out the field.

On 23rd October we played for Halloween prizes and the results were:
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
2ndGross: Alice Quinn and Berney Myles
3rd Gross: Marie Delaney and Annie O’Brien
1st Nett: Kathleen O'Connell and Maura Mullins
2ndNett: Rita Holohan and Mary Delaney
3rd Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret McCormack
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862.


The mounted field of 60 riders, a much smaller field than usual, attended the Opening Meet of Tipperary Foxhounds in Fethard on Monday 28th October. The number of car and foot followers, however, was the largest to attend in recent years. An over abundance of foxes, the old railway line at Leahys Bridge held two and half brace, and poor scenting conditions were not in favour of good hunting. A run from Blacks Bridge to the Ballybough Road and a very good circle from Ardsallagh, sent all followers home in the best of spirits after a most enjoyable day inn dreadful October weather.

Loyal Tipperary Hunt followers Tony Newport, his daughters Margaret, Lydia, Edwina, Catherine, and his granddaughter Mary Jane Kearney photographed at the Opening Meet of Tipperary Foxhounds in Fethard.

Mr John and Mrs Anna Lucey sharing in the traditional drink served at the Opening Meet of the Tipperary Foxhounds.

Photographed at the Opening Meet of Tipperary Foxhounds in Fethard are L to R: Tom Purcell, George Mathews and Dan Cummins from Fethard.

The Ballylusky White Heathers also had a very good day from their opening meet in Drangan on Sunday 27th October. Hounds hunted with great style and cry in covert had found the going much more difficult in the open.
The White Heather Harriers meets for November are Loughcopple (Nov 3rd), Cloneen (Nov 10th), Ballylusky (Nov 17th) and Coolbawn (Nov 24th) all at 12 noon.

A most interesting large poster, dated 1862 and advertising a sale of farm stock and machinery etc. at Derryluskin, has come to light locally. The vendor is Mr Robert Sparrow and the auctioneer is Mr T. Sayers. The items advertised include, thoroughbred, half-breed and walking horses; 390 head of cattle and sheep; and a long list of farm implements. The poster also states the distance from Clonmel, Cashel and Gooldscross railway stations, and that special sidecars will await the various trains. Fethard Station did not open until 1899.
The auctioneer was a member of the Sayers family of Main Street. They were well known in local circles and owned property on Main Street which included Fethard Post Office and Grants Bar. We have no record of a Mr Sparrow, the landowner in Derryluskin.

Twenty-seven athletes travelled to a blustery Ballynonty to compete in the even-aged county cross-country championships last Sunday. The runners in black and blue brought home a total of thirteen medals, a just reward for their dedication to training over the past seven weeks. Our first medal came from the indefatigable Gregory Henry who, fresh from his previous victory in the under-19 category, took a very impressive bronze medal in the boys under-10 race. The boys under-12 race brought even more success as captain Darragh Dwyer ran a splendid race to win the individual silver medal while his team-mate John Lalor took 5th spot with a very gutsy run with excellent support from Kevin Quigley (17th) and Conor Prendergast (21st). The combined score of 45 was enough to win the county title for Fethard.
Not to be outdone, the girls under-14 team put in an immense effort to also win the gold medals in their category. Elaine Kennedy who ran the race of her life to finish second captained this team. Aoife O’Gorman, recovering from illness, fought bravely for 6th place. Aoife was followed home by Aimee Moloney who, running her first cross-country race, finished an excellent 14th. The team was anchored by the ever improving Aoife O’Connor who clinched the county title for Fethard with a marvellous 19th placing. In the boys under-14 event, Shane Gorey put in a battling performance to win the bronze medal while Lolo Trehy ran a great race finishing in 10th position. Other top ten finishers were Ciara O’Connor (8th), Hannah Trehy (9th) in the girls under-12 race.
The days racing concluded on a high as Fethard’s sole competitor in the boys under-18 event, David Sullivan, ran superbly to fend off stiff opposition and win the gold medal despite taking a wrong turn at a crucial stage of the race.
The next club outing is to Kildalton Agricultural College on Sunday next November 3rd for the Munster Cross Country Championships. The Fethard qualifiers are as follows:
Boys Under-9: Gregory Henry and Brendan Gleeson.
Girls Under-11: Hannah Trehy and Ciara O’Connor.
Boys Under-11: John Lalor and Owen Healy.
Girls Under-13: Mary Gleeson, Elaine Kennedy, Ciara O’Connor, Aoife O’Connor, Aimee Moloney and Bernadette Costello.
Boys Under-13: Shane Gorey, Lolo Trehy, Darragh Dwyer, Conor Prendergast, Kevin Quigley, Ben Walsh and Michael Costello.
Girls Under-15: Aoife O’Gorman
Boys Under-15: Wayne Laslett
Boys Under-17: David Sullivan
For travel arrangements please contact Mary Trehy or Fintan Rice.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 29th October were 2, 4, 12 and 30. There was no Jackpot Winner and six "Match 3" winners who received €25 each:
Katie Tierney, Bannixtown, Fethard.
Brian Byrne, The Green, Fethard.
Edward Collum, Kilsheelan.
Ian Meagher, Fethard.
Ann Healy, Strylea, Fethard.
Con Hurley, Strylea, Fethard.
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Alan Connolly, Garrinch, Fethard.
Sandra Ryan, Abbey Tavern, Holycross.
Pat Culligan, The Valley, Fethard.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €650.

The wedding took place in Killusty Church on Sunday 27th October of James ‘Jimpy’ Connolly, son of Anne and Jimmy Connolly, Main Street, Fethard, to Ms Lauren Fullager, Kent, England.

Our intermediate hurling team, on Sunday last, bridged a ten year gap when Michael Ahearne lifted the O’Dwyer Cup to take the Couth Championship, bringing our overall tally to four (1982, 1989, 1992, 2002). We would to thank everyone involved in this success, from backroom to players, and we wish them the very best of look in there quest for county honours. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Willie Morrissey, Tomas Keane, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Ahearne, P. J. Ahearne, Cian Maher, John P. Looby, Miceál Spillane 0-2, Brian Coen, Ciaran Treacy, Kevin O’Donnell 0-1, Colin Allen 1-11 (1-9 F). Subs used were: Damien Byrne 0-1, and Michael Dillon. Other subs: Owen Doyle, Shane Walsh, Alan Phelan, Philly Croke, Jamie Mc Cormack, John Kelly and Philly Prout. We play Gortnahoe in the county quarter final.
We wish our senior footballers the very best in the county semifinal due to be played this coming Saturday. Check sports page for venue and time.
Our lotto jackpot of €6,000 was not won. We had 4 ‘match threes’ who received €40 each: Stephanie Johnson (Hair Saloon) Fethard, Theresa Walsh (Ballyknockane) Ballypatrick, Liz Lonergan (Ballyhomuck) Cloneen, Austy Godfrey (Derryluskin) Fethard. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Dylan St John (Priestown) Drangan.

The club has been closed for the last two weeks due to the fact that the Flower Show and Annual Culchie Festival were held in the Ballroom. We are back in action again this Saturday night and we look forward to welcoming back our members.
The month of November will see Fethard hosting the Regional Youth Club Variety Show and rehearsals are in full swing with Fethard entering a few entrants in this years show. Good luck to all the entrants.
New leaders are urgently required to give up a few hours once in a while! Come along down any Saturday night, between 7.10pm and 9.10pm. We would be delighted to see you there.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Mr Johnny Carey, The Green, on the death of his brother Mr Hugh Carey, Coolbawn, which occurred recently in England.

We record the death of Bill Fitzpatrick, Ardsallagh, who died on Saturday 26th October. Remains will leave McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 7pm on Sunday 27th October for Holy Trinity Church Fethard. Burial at Calvary Cemetery following 11am Mass on Monday.


The whole Ponsonby family and all those involved with holding Grove Estate together have been deeply hurt, saddened and outraged by the audacious stealing and removal of at least 33 priceless antique cut limestone coping (or capping) stones from the once beautiful entrance walls either side of what was the main entrance to Grove in 1730, if not before. This happened during the last two weeks.

A reward will be offered for information leading to their recovery as it would seem they have been stolen to order. The walls are on the busy main Fethard to Kilsheelan/Waterford road , and as it would take time to remove such bulky heavy stones, it is possible some one travelling the road may have seen a jeep, van, trailer or lorry pulled into the gateway. One would think it unlikely they were removed by daylight.
— Rosemary Ponsonby


Ireland's top contenders for this year's Original Culchie Festival arrived in Fethard on Thursday evening last. The entrants, photographed above on Friday, were just about getting into the festival atmosphere when they were called to order by chief organiser Paddy Rock, to make their way to Lonergans Bar for the Sandwich Making Competition!

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 22nd October were 1, 5, 15 and 16. There was no Jackpot Winner and one "Match 3" winners who received €150:
Rena Sheehan, Killusty.
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Angela Keavney, Coolanure, Fethard.
Mary Looby, Derryluskin, Fethard.
Sean Ryan, 18 Straffan Way, Maynooth.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €635.

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 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!

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

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