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Sunday 24th November 2002

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The Fethard & Killusty Community Council have now formed a 'Christmas Lighting' committee who will be responsible for raising funds and erecting the annual seasonal street lighting in Fethard. The quotation received for the erection of this year's lights is €16,270 which does not include the provision of power boxes along the street to connect to the ESB, another €2,925. A lot of the expense this year is once-off and with the support of the Community Council, local businesses and fundraising, the committee are confident on going ahead with the plan for this year. To start the fundraising, the pupils of Patrician Presentation Secondary School art class have prepared 'Christmas Lights Donation Boxes' which will be available in local shops.

Fethard travelled to Clonmel on Saturday 16th November with the under-8 team as follows: Colin Meagher, jack Devaney, Keith Bergin, David Bergin (1), Cian O’Connell (1), Philip Maher (1), Gregory Henry (2), Steven Tierney, Josh Murray, Thomas Mackey, James Holohan, Gavin Delaney and Luke Keating. Fethard beat Clonmel 5-2 with a good show by a new Clonmel team who were unlucky. Good defence was played by Keith Bergin, Luke Keating and James Holohan. Steven Tierney and Keith Bergin made some good runs while Cian O’Connell is fast becoming known as a try scorer after last weeks game as well.
The under-10 team was Matt O’Sullivan (2), Michael-John Murphy, Kevin Hayes, Mark Ronan, Conor Kavanagh, Johnny Lalor, Jack O’Connell (2), Steven Maguire, Andrew Kelly, Tim O’Hagan, Joseph O’Brien and Daniel Hickey (1). Fethard won 6-0 and all players played well.
The under-12 team was Dave Gorey, Sam Manton, Josh Hally, Dave Kelly, Paddy Teehan, Seamie O’Keeffe, Shane Kavanagh, Patrick Holohan, Mike O’Hagan, David Hall, Richard Lalor (1), Paul Mackey, Jack O’Sullivan, Paddy Codd (1) and James Kelly. Fethard drew in this match 2-2. The match was well played and enjoyable to watch against a strong Clonmel team.


The nephews and nieces of the late Gus Kenrick photographed with his last surviving sister, Mary Byard, Burke Street. Back L to R: Ted Kenrick, Ann (Kenrick) Walsh, Brian Kenrick, Gemma (Kenny) Burke, Laurence Kenny, Brendan Kenny, Joe Kenny, Michael Kenrick, Betty Kenrick, Willie Kenrick, Jimmy Kenrick. Front L to R: Paddy Kenrick, Maureen Kenrick, Patsy (Byard) Burke, Mary Byard, Lou (Kenrick) Totonchi, Mary (Kenrick) O'Brien and John Kenrick. Missing from the photograph is David Kenrick. The only other nephew of Gus was the late Don Byard, Ballingarry, who died 24th Feb. 1996.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 19th November were 9, 10, 22 and 27. There was no Jackpot Winner and no "Match 3" winner so five 'Lucky Dips' received €30 each:
Sam Manton, Main St. Fethard
Marion O'Connor, St. Patricks Place
Marie Allen, 14 St. Patricks Place
Marie Butler, Garrinch
Anna Wyse, Knockbordan, Grove Road
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Phil Kenny, Hillview, The Green
Damien Byrne, The Green
Biddy Purcell, Burke Street
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €695.

These are the results for 6th October 2002.
1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2ndGross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
1st Nett: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
2ndNett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney
On 13th November we played for sponsored prizes and the results were:
1st Gross: Alice Quinn and Annie O’Brien
2ndGross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
1st Nett: Margaret Mary McCormack and Philly Kenny
2ndNett: Mary and Pattie Tobin
On Wednesday next, 20th November, we will be playing for the Gross Turkey prize. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862.

Saturday, 23rd November sees the Fethard Youth Club hosting the annual Regional Variety Show in the Ballroom. This is the highlight of our calendar year and with 10 clubs from the whole county entering the competition will be stiff but it is a great way for our club members to meet and mix with other club members. Good luck to all our entrants.
New leaders are urgently required, if you have 2 hours to spare any Saturday evening please come down to the Ballroom 7.10pm - 9.10pm, we would be delighted to see you there.

Spancil Hill, Co. Clare, was the destination for the ten juvenile athletes from Fethard who competed in the Munster even aged Cross-Country Championships last Sunday 17th November. Cousins Hannah Trehy and Ciara O’Connor were first to toe-the-line in the girls under-12 race and both performed solidly on what was a very testing course. Next to face the hills of County Clare were the boys under-12 team of Darragh Dwyer, John Lalor, Kevin Quigley and Conor Prendergast. The Fethard boys worked splendidly as a team to win bronze medals in the club team competition. Team captain Darragh Dwyer led by example by finishing in 6th position, followed by John Lalor who finished 23rd despite losing his shoe in the mêlée of the start. These two front runners were ably supported by Kevin Quigley and Conor Prendergast who secured the bronze medals for Fethard by finishing in 37th and 60th places.
In the girls under-14 race, Mary Gleeson ran her best race of the season by finishing in an impressive 4th place followed by Elaine Kennedy in 2nd position. Aoife O’Gorman and Aoife O’Connor both ran bravely on a very undulating and demanding course.
Medal winners with Tipperary in the inter-county competition were: Darragh Dwyer and John Lalor in the boys under-12; and Mary Gleeson and Elaine Kennedy in the girls under-14. Next week the club will travel to Cork for the All-Ireland uneven-age Cross-Country Championship. The qualifiers for that outing are:
Boys Under-11: John Lalor
Girls Under-11: Hannah Trehy
Boys Under-13: Shane Gorey, Darragh Dwyer, Lolo Trehy, Kevin Quigley, Conor Prendergast and Ben Walsh.
Girls Under-13: Mary Gleeson and Ciara O’Connor.
The club are currently organising a Christmas Draw to raise funds and we ask you for your support.

On Sunday last our under/10's travelled to Clonmel Commercials to finish off the South Final for the season. The boys played their socks off and at half time we were one point down, with two great points scored by Owen Fitzgerald and Matthew Fitzgerald. Fethard then came back to level the scores and forced extra time to be played in what was a thrilling game to watch. Fethard were extremely unfortunate to loose out in the end and well done to Clonmel Commercials on their win.
Fethard Juvenile Club have had an amazing year in both the hurling and football and with our under/10's winning the Community Games County Champions Football for the 2nd year in a row, under/10 hurling team making the finals, under/12's making the semi-finals, these are just to mention a few, and the amount of hard work and dedication that have gone into these young lads show in these results.
Congratulations to both the football and hurling teams on such a great year and to all their trainers. Training is now finished for the year and we look forward to seeing old and new faces in the New Year.

On Sunday next 24th November, the Rosary will be recited at Killusty Cemetery after 10am Mass, at Kiltinan Cemetery at 3pm, Tullamaine Cemetery also at 3pm and at Kilmaclugh Cemetery at 3.30pm. All are welcome to come and pray.

The official opening of Fethard and District Day Care Extension will take place at 2pm on Thursday 5th December. We invite all to come along. Light refreshments will be served.

The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 3rd December at 8pm in the front room in Grants Bar, Main Street, Fethard. Please note change of time and venue for this meting. The regular ‘last Tuesday in the month’ meeting has been cancelled for November and rescheduled for the following week in Grants Bar to facilitate the showing of the film ‘Casablanca’ following the meeting. This is the 60th anniversary of the film, first shown in 1942, and the society will mark the occasion on this night. All are welcome to come along. Dr. Tadhg O’Keeffe will give his talk on Monday 25th November at 8.30pm in the Abymill.

Dr Tadhg O'Keeffe who compiled the 'Archaeological and Historical Survey of Fethard' for the National Heritage Council, will return to give a talk in Fethard on Monday night 25th November, at 8.30pm. The title of his talk is ‘Fethard in the Eighteenth Century: a look at the famous estate maps’. The talk is organised by Fethard Historical Society and admission is €3 for members and €4 for non-members. Tadhg has presently completed the first draft of the Fethard Historical Atlas for the Royal Irish Academy. This comprehensive study is due to be published in 2003.


We record the death of Gus Kenrick who died on Sunday 17th November, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Clonmel.

Remains left McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 7pm on Tuesday 19th November for the Augustinian Abbey Church Fethard.

Burial took place in the adjoining graveyard following 11.30am Mass on Wednesday.

The late Gus Kenrick was born in Burke Street 85 years ago, son of John and Margaret Kenrick. Working in England, he volunteered for military service with the outbreak of World War II in 1939. Realising immediately that the army was the life for him, he rose quickly through the ranks, was commissioned and returned with the rank of captain after 37 years service. Serving with his regiment, the 55/77th Regiment of Foot, The Royal West African Frontier Force and The Royal Corps of Signals, he landed with the invading forces on the Normandy Beaches on ‘D’ Day and was in active service throughout the entire campaign up to V.E. Day in 1945.
He made a nostalgic return to France in 1995 for the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of V.E. Day. There he renewed acquaintances with many of his old comrades and visited the graves of many more. He also served many tours of overseas duty including terms in Europe, Africa and Singapore. He was never willing to talk of his wartime experience, many of which were rather hair-raising, except to tell of happenings of a humorous nature. As a brilliant raconteur, he could entertain for hours while recalling such stories at will.
Retiring from the army, he was appointed Secretary of St. Andrews Golf Club in Scotland where he lived for many years. After deciding to return to his native Fethard, he took up a similar position with Clonmel Golf Club.
Always willing to help out locally when required, he was associated with the Meals on Wheels delivery service and also at the ‘front of house’ with the Fethard Players and Annual Flower Show. Gus never married and will be greatly missed by his surviving sister Mary Byard, Burke Street, his nieces, nephews and a whole circle of friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. (T.N.)

Tom Crane has published his book 'Green is the Valley, Blue are the Hills" on the Fethard Website (Click Here). The book was written some 16 years ago and many of the people who read it thought it a rather original piece of work. In essence, the book is written from the heart and I think that is the spirit that it conveys. Tom will be 70 years old on his next birthday and is pleased to see his life's work published for all to see. Tom can be contacted at:


Members of the Fethard Players cast photographed on stage at the Abymill following their performance of 'Black Comedy' on Saturday night 16th November. L to R: Joe Walsh, Lisa Rice, Jimmy O'Sullivan, Niamh Ryan, Eoin Powell, Gerry Fogarty, Anne Connolly and Shane Dempsey. The play played to packed houses and was produced by Austin O'Flynn.


Members and leaders of Fethard Youth Club photographed at the presentation of certificates to members who completed a three week beauty treatment course run by Brónagh Galvin, Bronagh’s Beauty Parlour, Claremore, Fethard. Back L to R are leaders: Marie Murphy, Rita McCormack John, Bronagh Galvin, Patricia Fitzgerald and Claire Hannigan. Front L to R: Louise Neagle, Helen Frewen, Sarah Kennedy, Tracy Coady and Ashley McCormack. Missing from photo is Samantha Sheehan who also completed the course.
November has been a busy month for our club members. We would like to thank Bronagh Galvin from Killusty, who has run a Beauty Treatment course for the girls of our club. The girls were presented with certificates at the completion of the course on Saturday 16th November.
The members are currently practising for the Regional Variety Show that will be hosted by the Fethard Youth Club in the Ballroom on Saturday 23rd November. Best of luck to all the entrants. The competition will be stiff this year as we are expecting ten clubs to take part in this variety show which has always been a great highlight for the clubs and their members. Members are also in training for the upcoming soccer tournament, a date and venue is still to be decided.
Any new leaders would be warmly welcomed, if you have two hours to spare any Saturday night, we would be delighted to see you down at the Ballroom, from 7.10pm to 9.10pm. So come on down and see for yourself what its all about.

Following a short illness the death has occurred in London of Joe Ryan. Joe spent his last days in the care of St Josephs Hospice, Hackney, East London; he passed away peacefully on Friday 11th October 2002. Following requiem mass on Friday 18th October at St Joseph’s Church, Bunhill Row in the City of London, Joe was laid to rest in Finchley Cemetery, North London.
A native of Parsonstown, Westmeath Joe was the husband of the late Mary Ryan (nee Neville) of Woodhouse, Fethard. Joe was a regular visitor to the Fethard area, in particular the Moyglass district and the townlands of Woodhouse, Arbour Hill, Mobarnane and Silverfort. Joe spent fifteen years in the Air Force and saw action throughout the Second World War as a combatant in the North African Campaign. He is survived by his son Matt Ryan, Matt would like to express his gratitude to all those who sent Mass cards and messages of sympathy.

The intermediate hurling county quarterfinal was played on Saturday last in Boherlahan when we lost on a scoreline, Fethard 1-8 (0-7), Gortnahoe 4-8 (3-4). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Michael Ryan, Willie Morrissey, Tomas Keane 0-1f, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Aherne 0-1, P. J. Aherne, Cian Maher, John P Looby 0-1, Brian Coen, Miceál Spillane, Ciarán Treacy 1-1, Aiden Fitzgerald, Colin Allen 0-3 (2f). Subs used were: Damien Byrne 0-1, Kevin O’Donnell, Owen Doyle, Alan Phelan and Philip Croke. On behalf of the club I would like to thank trainer, selectors, club officers, and players for their commitment and dedication over the year in bringing the south title back to the friary town.
With six competitive games in three weeks, it took its toll. We would like to congratulate Commercials in winning the county senior football title and to Mullinahone in winning there first county senior hurling title, and in so doing, bringing the double to South Tipperary (last time was 1967). All remains for us is the county senior football league.
Our lotto jackpot of €6,200 was not won. We had no match three winners so five lucky dips were drawn and each receives €30: Lizzy Reddy (Woodvale Walk), Catherine Kearney (The Green), Garreth Byrne (Killusty), Richard Bennett (Golden) and Margaret Grant (Tirry Park). Our €50 lucky dip winner was Miceál McCormack. The numbers drawn were: 6, 10, 23 and 24.

Dr Tadhg O'Keeffe who compiled the 'Archaeological and Historical Survey of Fethard' for the National Heritage Council, will return to give a talk in Fethard on Monday night 25th November, at 8.30pm. The title of his talk is ‘Fethard in the Eighteenth Century: a look at the famous estate maps’. The talk is organised by Fethard Historical Society and admission is €3 for members and €4 for non-members. Tadhg has presently completed the first draft of the Fethard Historical Atlas for the Royal Irish Academy. This comprehensive study is due to be published in 2003.


Photographed above, on Monday 11th November, are members of Fethard & Killusty Community Council and those involved in arranging the planting of a Christmas Tree on The Square.
L to R: Gráinne Murphy (SAP Nurseries), Jimmy Connolly, Christy Fitzgerald (Coolmore), Gerard Manton, Jonathan Cooney (South Tipperary County Council) and Thomas Fitzgerald (South Tipperary County Council).
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.

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 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.


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.

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.

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.


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