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Saturday 9th November 2002

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Roger Daly, photographed above in his new home heating oil truck, has now expanded their solid fuel and gas delivery service to include agri-diesel and home heating oil. Roger can be contacted by phone on Tel: 087 9896709 or 052 31896. We wish him well in his new venture.

Eugene Mullins, photographed above in McCarthy's Bar on Friday night 8th November while on holiday in Fethard. Eugene left Fethard over 22 years ago and now lives in Stoke, England. L to R: Stephanie Pagliaccio, Donal Mullins, Eugene and Margaret Mullins.

Mr Pete McCarthy, number one best selling author, pays a visit to the Abymill on Friday 29th November. Mr McCarthy’s latest book ‘The Road to McCarthy’ includes a chapter on McCarthy’s Hotel, Main Street, Fethard. He is also renowned as a brilliant and very witty speaker and his visit to the Abymill is one of his two only appearances on his current tour. Tickets at €20 each may be obtained at Clonmel Book Shop or McCarthy’s Hotel Fethard. Admission includes a cheese an wine reception and book signing after the performance.

The seventh Annual General Meeting of Fethard Ballroom Company Limited will be held on Tuesday 26th November at 8pm. The meeting takes place in the Ballroom and all are welcome. The reputation of Fethard Ballroom as an outstanding venue for dancing for dancers from 25 to 85 is now acknowledged all over Munster and beyond. Next Sunday night music is provided by ‘Checkers’, on of the most popular bands to play at the venue.

Best wishes and congratulations to Jim and Mary Mulcahy, Orchardstown, who recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Their many friends in Fethard, Mary’s home town, will join in wishing Jim and Mary many more years of happiness and health.

The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet for November are Cloneen (Sunday 10th November), Ballingarry (Sunday 17th November) and Coolbawn (Sunday 24th November). All meets at 12 noon.

Well done to the captain and members of Fethard intermediate hurling team who brought the South Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Championship Cup when they visited Dick Wall in Mocklershill Nursing Home. Dick, a patient in Mocklershill, gave over forty years service to local GAA teams. He will be especially remembered for his many sterling displays with many Coolmoyne hurling teams of former years. A line from the local ballad, ‘The Hurlers of Coolmoyne’, says that, “German tanks could not shake Dick Wall from Tullamaine.”
Jimmy Hickey, the former St. Patricks and Tipperary star footballer, now also a patient in Mocklershill was also very pleased to welcome the visitors. He recalled that he won a minor football championship medal with Fethard as a 15 year old, exactly 70 years ago in 1932.

The Rosary will be recited at Calvary Cemetery at 3pm on Sunday next 10th November and at Peppardstown Graveyard at 3.30pm. All are welcome to come and pray.


Halloween celebrations in Fethard passed in great style. The teenagers, plus, who attended the three bon-fires in the town deserve to be complimented on their excellent behaviour. Great fun was had by all with a few fireworks just to liven up proceedings, and no messing whatsoever. Well done to those who built the bonfires and those who enjoyed the night.
The young children, accompanied by a parent or older brother/sister, were out on their ‘trick or treat’ rounds, but there did not seem to be quite as many this year.
Do the present day children play the old fashioned Halloween games as in former years? Has snap-apple, coins in the basin of water or flour to be retrieved by your teeth, tail the donkey while blindfolded etc., disappeared never to return?
The traditional Halloween Brack, with pea for poverty, bean for health, stick to beat life partner, sixpence for wealth, ring for marriage within twelve months, has also gone down the road of no return.
While we all enjoy the games and pastimes, we must not forget that November 1st is a most important date in the church’s calendar. November 1st, and indeed the month of November, is the time when we remember our dear departed. Let us also remember on November 11th, the men of Fethard area who fell in both world wars, over 40 in the 1914-18 conflict.

The Fethard ICA Guild will hold its next meeting on Wednesday 13th November (please note change of date). Mrs Kathleen Sheedy of Thurles Flower Club, will give a demonstration on Christmas Floral Arrangements in the ICA Hall at 8.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 12th November at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.
Following the recent Annual General Meeting, the board of directors appointed for the coming year are: Joe Kenny (chairman), Edwina Newport (secretary), Jimmy Connolly (treasurer), Joan O’Donohoe (assistant treasurer), Marie Murphy (public relations), Peter Grant (FÁS Scheme coordinator). Board members: Brian Sheehy, Thelma Griffith, Diana Stokes, Fr. Tom Breen, John Barrett, Jimmy Lawrence, Gerard Manton and Liam Hayes.
The loan acquired to purchase the Convent Hall for community use has now been paid off. A total of over €68,000 has been raised and repaid since the hall was purchased in 2001. This achievement and the building of the extension to the Day Care Centre was made possible by your continuous support for the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto, for which we would like to thank you most sincerely. The current Jackpot is €10,000 and tickets are on sale locally at €2 each.

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 the Barrack Field Fethard in the 1960's. L to R: Billy Cummins, Mocklershill, Michael Bowes, Kilconnell, Dan Cummins, Gerry (O') Donoghue, Bothermilóg, and Christy Bowes.

The Juvenile Club have the new Mycra helmets in stock suitable for the ages of 11 years upwards. Please contact the secretary, Caroline Sheehan (052) 32005 if you are interested in buying these helmets at a very reasonable price.
There will be training on Wednesday night at 6.30pm, the under/10's are playing a South Semifinal against Clonmel Og over the coming week-end, best of luck lads and to all involved.

Outstanding articles for inclusion in this years issue of the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter are requested his week. Change of addresses and new addresses for the Newsletter mailing list should be handed in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard..

Congratulations to The Castle Bar for winning the Culchie Cocktail Trail held in conjunction with the Culchie Festival Weekend.

We surrendered our senior football county title hopes last weekend to Aherlow after an absorbing weekend of draws. On Saturday in Boherlahan we drew, Fethard 2-5, Aherlow 1-8, and on Sunday in Cashel we lost the replay on a scoreline: Fethard 1-4, Aherlow 2-6. With eight of last years team on the line (injuries) and playing five matches in fourteen days, it took its toll in the final. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Willie O’Meara (2&11), Damien Byrne, Jimmy O’Meara, Michael Aherne (2&5), Cian Maher, Glen Burke, Kenneth Byrne (1-0), Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Dillon (Sub & 10), Tommy Sheehan (Sub &11) 0-1, Brian Coen, Karl Maher 2-5 (4f), Miceál Spillane, Colin Allen 0-2f. Others were: Willie Morrissey (5 & Sub) 0-1, John P Looby (10 & Sub), Tom Anglim (Sub), Aiden Fitzgerald (Sub) and Michael Quinlan (Sub). With young players coming, we will be back!
We still have the county league programme to complete, where we are undefeated.
The intermediate hurling county quarter final takes place this Saturday, against Gortnahoe, in Boherlahan at a time to be confirmed (check sports page).
The lotto jackpot of €6,100 was not won. We had one match three winner of €150, to Zoë Cooney (Main St) Fethard. The €50 lucky dip winner was Noelle Doyle (37 St. Patricks Place) Fethard. The numbers drawn were: 1, 11, 13 and 20.

On Monday night 18th November, Marie Taylor will give a talk to the society on ‘Continuity and Change in the Parish of Fethard 1185 –1665’. The talk will begin at 8.30pm and is open to all. Members €3 and Non-members €4. Light refreshments served..

As Halloween mid-term approached the entire school and staff of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School assembled in the school hall for the annual mass and awards ceremony. The theme of the Mass, celebrated by Fr Tom Breen P.P., Fr Jerry Horan OSA Prior, and Canon James Power was one of sharing in the feast, with the choir singing appropriate hymns attributed to Liam Lawton. Kevin Hickey was the accompanist for the Mass with a solo ‘Bread of Life’ from Jodie Gilpin of 6th Year.
At the conclusion of the Mass, Mr Ernan Britton, school principal, welcomed and introduced Dr Pat Guiry, Lecturer in Science U.C.D., and guest speaker and past pupil to the occasion. The principal presented Dr Guiry with a commemorative framed photograph to mark the occasion.
De Guiry then presented the awards for the best Leaving Certificate results of 2002 to joint winners Paul Walshe and Jennifer Frewen, followed by the ‘Student of the Year’ awards, Evelyn O’Connor (6th Year), Amy Quigley (4th Year), Sarah Mai Ahearne (3rd Year), and Ronan Shee (2nd Year). The following were commended: Barry Shee (6th Year), Gillian Shine (6th Year), Helen Frewen (4th Year), Connie O’Flynn (4th Year), Suzanne Gorey (3rd Year), Kate Hanrahan (3rd Year) and John Frewen (2nd Year).
The principal then presented the Padraig Pearse Perpetual Trophy to Brian Kennedy (winner 2002) and plaque to Claire Ryan (last years winner). The Paddy Broderick Award for best Junior Cert geography student was presented to Sarah Kennedy. Director of the local Credit Union, Jonathan Gilpin, presented the award for Business and Enterprise to Martin Sheehan (2002 winner) and plaque to Gerard Walsh (last year’s winner).
Mr Denis Burke presented the ‘Sports Star of the Year’ awards to Linda Nevin and Billy Hunt (Leaving Certs 2002).
Mr Britton then presented the best school attendance awards too Eimear Fogarty (6th Year, Jack Kenny (5th Year), Connie O’Flynn (4th Year), Sarah Flynn (3rd Year), Christopher Horan and Ronan Shee (2nd Year).
The STAG Art Awards were presented to Jennifer Frewen (senior) and John Frewen (junior). Highly commended were Sarah Flynn, Christopher Taylor, Sara Condon and Linda Nevin. The Poster Competition Awards for the Autumn Horticultural & Flower Show were presented to Eimear Fogarty (1st Year),, Katie Murphy (2nd Year) Roseanne Meaney (3rd Year).
Finally the ‘Prefect Badges’ for the year were awarded to Barry Shee (Head Boy), Evelyn O’Connor (Head Girl), Evelyn Fogarty (5th Year), Amy Quigley (4th Year), Suzanne Gorey (3rd Year) and Ronan Shee (2nd Year).
The principal, Mr Britton, then concluded the ceremony by wishing all a restful mid-term break with, of course, a measure of study undertaken by exam classes. And so we departed to mid-term with the words of Dr Pat Guiry resounding in our lives, — “No matter where you are or where you come from, if you work hard, you will succeed!”

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 in 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 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


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.

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