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Monday 11th November 2002

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Fethard & Killusty Community Council are currently in negotiations with suppliers of seasonal street lighting to supply and erect same in Fethard this year. The costs will well exceed €12,000 and a fundraising drive will be organised later this month to help fund the project. A meeting took place on Monday morning, 11th November, to decide on the planting of a Christmas Tree on The Square. It was decided to proceed immediately with the County Council preparing the site before Sap Nurseries plant the tree. At the meeting were: Christy Fitzgerald, tree specialist with Coolmore Stud Farm who are kindly supplying the tree; Jonathan Cooney, South Tipperary County Council engineer; Thomas Fitzgerald, foreman with South Tipperary County Council; Gráinne Murphy, manager SAP Nurseries who will plant the tree; and Jimmy Connolly, Gerard Manton and Joe Kenny representing the Fethard & Killusty Community Council.

Congratulations and a very special well-done to players and all concerned with Mullinahone senior hurling team in their magnificent win in the Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship final in Thurles on Sunday last. Mullinahone club was one of Tipperary’s football strongholds for decades, their achievement in rising from a junior hurling club to County Senior Hurling Champions within a decade, must rank as one of the greatest ever success stories in Tipperary GAA. To beat clubs like Toomevara and Thurles Sarsfields on their victory trail certainly makes their victory all the more meritorious.

Confirmation that South Tipperary County Council will cover the energy costs of flood lighting Fethard Town Wall was received by John Bolger, ESB. We expect no further delay in connecting the new lights to the town supply and switching them back on as soon as possible.
The Town Wall lights were first installed by the Friends of Fethard and switched on by President Mary Robinson on Saturday 24 July 1993. Due to high running costs and the disbandment of the Friends of Fethard, the lights were switched off some years later.
The late Cllr John Holohan was promised that The Town Wall lights would be switched on again thanks to a motion agreeing to take over the running costs of the Wall's lighting was carried by Tipperary S.R. County Council at their meeting on Monday 5th October 1998. It has been a long wait!

Anyone needing our assistance for Christmas please find an application form at the back of both local churches. Complete and return same to any member of the Fethard Conference before November 30th.

The death has occurred in England of Mrs Catherine Casey (nee Delaney), Redcity, Fethard.

The Rosary will be recited at Rathcoole Cemetery at 3pm on Sunday next 17th November and at Redcity Cemetery at 3.30pm. All are welcome to come and pray.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard Tidy Towns will take place on Tuesday 19th November at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All are welcome to attend.

Mr Danny Kane retires this Friday, 15th November, from Killusty National School. Danny has taught at Killusty National School for 35 years, most of which he served as principal. His many past-pupils, friends in the Fethard area, and associates in Tipperary GAA and greyhound racing circles will join in wishing Danny many happy and healthy years in retirement.

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 ‘Kieran Fogarty’, dancing from 9pm to 12 midnight.


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.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 5th November were 2, 18, 22 and 31. There was no Jackpot Winner and no "Match 3" winner. Five €30 'Lucky Dip' winners were drawn:
Stephen Nagle, Coolmoyne
Tom Purcell, Burke Street
Padraic O'Donnell, Kilconnell
Barbara Ann Ahearne, Monroe
Brud Roche, Woodvale Walk
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Marty Burke, Tullamaine
Kevin Murphy, Cashel Road
Dermot D'arcy, 30 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €665.

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.

Bridge results for 30th October are:
1st Gross: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke
2ndGross: David O’Meara and Tony Hanrahan
1st Nett: Rita Holohan and Mary Delaney
2ndNett: Fr. John Meagher and Mary Quirke
On Wednesday next, 13th November, we will be playing for sponsored prizes. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien. Tel:052 31862.

Nineteen Fethard athletes made the trip to Dungarvan last weekend to compete in the AAI Munster uneven age cross-country championships. With medals on offer for the first twelve across the line, competition was keen and the racing was of a very high standard. Nonetheless, Fethard Athletic Club can count this outing as one of their most successful to date at this level. The top performer on the day was yet again, John Lalor, who had an excellent race to finish in third place in the boys under-11 event. This was John’s third Munster bronze medal in as many years, a truly remarkable achievement.
In the boys under-13 race, the Fethard team put in a marvellous display of pack running to capture the bronze medals. The team was captained by the ever dependable Shane Gorey who finished in 11th place, followed by the in-form Darragh Dwyer in 15th place, and with Lolo Trehy (45th), Kevin Quigley (52nd), Conor Prendergast (59th) and Ben Walsh (60th) in support, the team bronze medals were secured.
In the county competition, Tipperary were victors with Shane Gorey and Darragh Dwyer adding county gold to their team bronze medals. Other medal winners with Tipperary were, John Lalor (under-11), Mary Gleeson and Ciara O’Connor who won bronze in the girls under-13 race. Top twelve individual medal winners were: Gregory Henry (7th in boys under-9), Mary Gleeson (9th in girls under-13), Shane Gorey (11th in boys under-13), and David Sullivan (11th in boys under-17).
Brendan Gleeson, Owen Healy, Aoife O’Gorman, Hannah Trehy, Aoife O’Connor, Aimee Moloney, Aisling O’Connor and Wayne Laslett can consider themselves unfortunate to be out of the medals, but stronger for having the experience of a top-class race.
The club’s next race is the County ‘B’ Championships to be held in Moyne on next Sunday 10th November. The following athletes are eligible to compete:
Boys Under-10: Noel O’Brien, Ciarán O’Connor, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Moloney, Aidan Brophy and Louis Rice.
Girls Under-12: Fiona O’Connor
Boys Under-12: Michael Costello, Ryan Laslett and Owen Healy.
Girls Under-12: Aisling Dwyer, Siobhán O’Brien, Laura Rice and Sarah McManus.
Boys Under-14: Wayne Laslett
Girls Under-14: Bernadette Costello, Aisling Browne, Nicola Henry and Kate O’Brien.
Parents are reminded that the entry fee for all races is €1. Payment of these fees is appreciated as it helps to defray the day-to-day running costs of the club.


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!”


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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