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Monday 9th December 2002

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The first of the Christmas Lights on Main Street were erected on Saturday, 7th December. The work should be completed in the next few days.

The official opening of Fethard and District Day Care Extension took place at 2pm on Thursday 5th December. Founder member Sr. Christine cut the tape which was followed by Mass celebrated by Fr. Tom Breen P.P. attended by a capacitry crowd at the centre.

For the weeks leading up to Christmas, Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto will have six extra free draws every week for 3 x Christmas Hams and 3 x Christmas Turkeys. This is in addition to the €10,000 Jackpot, €150 ‘Match Three’ prize and 5 x €50 Lucky Dip Draws every week. The Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €725. We would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support every week, it is really appreciated!
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 3rd December were 3, 6, 11 and 27. There was no Jackpot Winner and four "Match 3" winners who received €40 each:
C.E.S. Tirry Centre, Fethard
Ann McGarry, 29 Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Breda Ryan, Coolmoyne Cross
Michael Burke, Main Street, Fethard
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Anna Wyse, Knockborden, Grove
Kevin Wilson, Rathkenny, Drangan
Geraldine Mullins, Farranshea Lodge, Farranshea

We record the death of Mary Byard, Burke Street, who died on Tuesday December 3rd, at St. Josephs Hospital Clonmel. It is only two weeks since Mary buried her brother Gus Kenrick. She was the last surviving member of her generation of the Kenrick/ Gould family from Burke Street.

Remains will leave McCarthy's Funeral parlour at 7pm on Thursday for the Augustinian Abbey Fethard. Burial in Ballingarry Cemetery following 11.30am Mass in Fethard on Friday 6th December.

Its time again to start planning your ‘Christmas Hat’ for the annual ‘Hat Party’ organised for Charity at Burkes Bridge Bar. This year’s ‘Party’ will be held on Saturday 14th December and promises to be bigger and better than ever with ‘Great Prizes’, food and loads of craic! The theme for this year is ‘Make, Wear and Name your Hat’. All hats should be clearly named and easily read. Great prizes this year for the top three hats and an additional two prizes for the ‘Best Named’ hat on display. We look forward to seeing a large turn out again to support this great fundraising idea spawned some years ago by Marianne Shortall. This years entry is €5 which all goes to charity.


On Monday last, 2nd December, a crew from County Council, SAP Nurseries and Coolmore planted a beautiful Christmas Tree in The Square Fethard. This tree was kindly supplied to the Community Council by Coolmore Stud. Our special thanks to Tom Fitzgerald and his County Council staff for the preparation of the site over the past few weeks.

The curtains came down on our playing season for 2002 on Saturday last, 30th November, in Cashel when we lost the senior football semi final of the county league to Aherlow on a final score of, Fethard 2-7, Aherlow 1-14. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Willie O’Meara, Damien Byrne 0-1, Nicky Murphy, Alan Phelan, Cian Maher, Glen Burke 0-1, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, Stephen O’Donnell, Brian Coen, Kenneth Byrne 0-1, Michael Dillon, Carl Maher 2-2 (2f), Miceál Spillane 0-1, Kevin O’Donnell. Subs used: Owen Doyle, Willie Morrissey, Thomas Anglim and Martin Ryan. Thanks to trainer, selectors and players for a most enjoyable year and a south title. Our next event is the Annual general meeting on 29th December.
Our lotto jackpot €6,500 was not won. We had 3 ‘match threes’ and the following received €50 each: T. Quinn, Stouke, Rossmore, Cashel, O’Shea Family, Woodvale Walk, Fethard, and Deirdre Dorney, 57 Woodvale Walk, Fethard. The €50 lucky dip went to Pat Bradshaw, The Green. The numbers drawn were 1, 5, 8 and 19.
The very best off luck to Miceál McCormack in his quest for the south board chair on this Sunday 8th December. Our deepest sympathies are at this time with Ellen Ryan (nee Aylward ), Cashel, and family on their recent bereavement.

Fethard Parish was shocked on Monday morning last on hearing of the sudden and unexpected death of Mr Michael ‘Mick’ Quinlan on Sunday night. Mick, well known in GAA circles and father of Michael Quinlan, captain of Fethard senior football team, had attended the annual Christmas party for regular patrons at Fethard Ballroom. He took suddenly ill when leaving the hall and though medical assistance was almost immediately available, he died within a short period.
Sincere sympathy is extended to his family, Ann Marie, Margaret and Michael and to his extended family.

Remains left his family home for Holy Trinity Church at 7pm on Tuesday. Burial took place in Calvary cemetery following 11am Mass on Wednesday.

The death has occurred of Mrs Josephine O’Rourke, Kilnockin Road, Fethard. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
Sincere sympathy is extended to Jackie Aylward, Roebucksland, on the recent death of his sister, Mrs Ellen ‘Nell’ Ryan, Cashel. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.


Niamh Kenny (third from left), photographed above with some of her cousins on the occasion of her 30th birthday party held at Slievenamon Golf Club on last Saturday night 30th November.

Dr Tadhg O’Keeffe gave a most interesting talk on ‘Fethard in the 18th Century’ to a highly appreciative audience in the Abymill on Monday 25th November. During the course of his lecture Dr O’Keeffe showed two 17th century maps of the town of Fethard from the Everard and Barton libraries. He said, the maps in addition to other material he had recently unearthed, confirmed what he already thought that the Archbishops of Cashel had played a far bigger part in the development of the town than the Normans who founded Fethard.
Fethard is one of seven historical Irish towns comprehensively studied by the Royal Irish Academy. Dr O’Keeffe has recently completed the first draft of the Fethard submission that will be included in the next ‘Town Atlas’ to be published in September 2003.

The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Saturday last of Catherine, daughter of Mr Michael and Mrs Mary Tierney, Bannixtown, to Mr McCarthy, Quinn, Co. Clare.

Miceál McCormack, Fethard, contests chairmanship of South Tipperary GAA Board on Sunday next. Miceál’s CV for the position is above reproach. As a player, administrator, committee member, officer and referee, he has given a life times service to the association. He has served two terms as chairman of Fethard GAA Club, a prolonged period as secretary and is chairman of South Tipperary GAA Board’s Referee committee. He has also served the cause of athletics both in a N.A.C.A. national committee member and more recently thrown in his lot with the unified national Athletic Association of Ireland.
All Fethard gales join in wishing him the very best of luck on Sunday.

Fethard travelled to Kilfeacle on Sunday 1st December. On a wet and windy day Fethard played very well and the trainers and supporters were proud of the discipline and determination of the players on the day.
The under-8 team consisted of Colin Meagher, Jack Devaney, Keith Bergin, Cian O’Connell, Philip Maher, Josh Murray, James Holohan, Gavin Delaney, Luke Keating, Jonathan Yates and Shane Power. The boys played very well drawing the first match 2-2 against the Kilfeacle-Golden team. Our try scores came from James Holohan and Keith Bergin. In the second match Fethard beat Cashel 3-0 and in this game Cashel played 14 against our 11. Philip Maher, Colin Meagher and Keith Bergin scored for Fethard in this game and good ball control and teamwork served the team well.
The under-10s played the Kilfeacle A team in their first match. Kilfeacle were a strong team and beat Fethard 6-1 with our only try coming from William Power. Fethard boys who played well were, Joseph O’Brien, Matt O’Sullivan, Andrew Kelly, Kevin Hayes and Daniel Hickey. In the second match Fethard drew 2-2. The team had great runs and passes with Daniel Hickey providing a lead in the first half. In the second half William Power scored to leave the opposition under pressure. Tim O’Hagan narrowly missed another try, which would have given us victory. Other that played well were, Luke Kavanagh, Conor Kavanagh and Johnny Grassick.
The under-12 team played Galbally in the first game, which they won 2-0 with tries coming from Andrew Yates and Joe Kelly. They followed with another victory beating a strong Kilfeacle team 1-0 with the try coming from William Grassick. All the team played well in hard conditions especially Joe Kelly, Dave Gorey and Sam Manton. A great team spirit was present as Fethard showed much improvement in their game compared to the game against Kilfeacle last year. Seamie O’Keeffe and Andrew Yates pulled off some great tackles.
On Saturday next we will hold a sponsored walk in aid of the club and all members are asked to turn up. On Thursday night last we had a great night at our table quiz which raised in excess of €900. On Sunday 15th December the club will travel to Shannon and players that attend training regularly will get priority.


The talk by Mr Pete McCarthy, internationally known author and wit, at the Abymill on Friday night last proved an outstanding success. Pete was given a standing ovation by the full capacity attendance at the show’s conclusion. Author of ‘McCarthy’s Bar’ and ‘The Road to McCarthy’, he described Jimmy Ryan, who he met in Fethard’s McCarthys, as one of the most unusual and extraordinary characters he encountered on his world wide travels. Photographed after the performance are L to R: Pete McCarthy, Michael Chang, Paul Buckley and Vinny Murphy (McCarthy's Bar Fethard). For more information visit Pete McCarthy's own website CLICK HERE

Photographed on the way to see 'Pete McCarthy' in the Abymill is Mary (Walshe) Hanrahan and her two brothers, Michael (left) and Joe.

The venue for the all Ireland inter-counties cross-country championships last weekend was Donoughmore, Co. Cork. Ten athletes from Fethard had qualified to compete in this event but unfortunately, due to an administration error outside the club’s control, only six runners were allocated numbers on the official start list. This meant huge disappointment for our boy’s u/13 team who were the bronze medallists at the Munster championships. Nevertheless, our remaining athletes performed admirably on the big stage to bring home a total of four national cross-country medals. In the boys under/11 event, John Lalor had a fine race to finish in 17th place. John’s run was pivotal in ensuring that Tipperary won 21 medals in the boy’s under 13 race . Fethard’s Shane Gorey had no small part to play in this success with an excellent 23rd placing. The talented Mary Gleeson produced another storming run when she finished 12th in the girls under 13 race. This performance merited her winning a much-coveted individual medal while also scoring on the Munster team, who were silver medallists in the inter-provincial competition. Hannah Trehy (69th girls u/11), Darragh Dwyer (60th boys u/13) and David Sullivan (26th boys u/17). All had fine runs and were unfortunate to be out of the medals. The clubs next race is the even aged National cross-county finals, to be held in Navan, Co. Meath on Sunday 8th December. Qualifiers: Boys u/12: - Darragh Dwyer, John Lalor, Ben Walsh, Kevin Quigley and Conor Prendergast. Girls u/14 Mary Gleeson and Elaine Kennedy.

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 photograph was taken of Fethard School ballad group outside the Tirry Community Centre c.1980. L to R: Mary Maher, Deirdre Barrett, Linda Kane, Kay O'Riordan, Eddy Sheehan.


The quotation received for the erection of this year's lights is €16,270 and a further €2,925 to erect and provide permanent power boxes along the street to connect to the ESB. Most of the expense this year is only 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. We ask for your support ‘Buying a Bulb’ by putting the equivalent amount in the boxes provided in the local shops.

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