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Monday 13th December 2002

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This year’s Patrician Presentation Transition Year production ‘T.Y. Tops Ten’ is a mixture of the past ten musicals performed by the past Transition Years. The show opened on Tuesday 10th and runs for four nights, Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December, in the Abymill Theatre commencing at 8.15pm sharp. Booking at Tel: 31572 between 9.30am and 12 noon. Tickets €8 each. The cast are photographed above after Wednesday nights performance.

Photographed left is Vincent Breen, Burke Street, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, who is missing from his home in Clonmel since Tuesday 3rd December 2002.

Description: 40 years old, 5'10", 15 stone, dark grey hair, grey beard. Last seen wearing a green or cream coloured jacket and cream coloured trousers and black shoes.

Any information please contact Clonmel Garda at Tel: (052) 77640

The total cost of erecting and purchasing this years Christmas Street Lights is over €19,000. 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 raising the money to pay for the lights. The Community Lotto will donate €10,000, Coolmore Stud will donate €5,000 and the rest will be raised locally. 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. We also thank the local businesses who have already agreed to make a donation towards the overall costs.

Fethard Country Markets will hold their Christmas Market from 8am to 11am on Friday December 20th. Fethard Country Markets, established 1947, is the longest established Country Market in the country. Mrs Hannie Leahy, a founder member, is we are glad to report, still very actively involved in the weekly operation. The usual Christmas fare of holly, cakes, puddings, etc will be on offer, so come along early!


Past supervisor of the Day Care Centre, Sr Christine, was given the honour of cutting the tape at the official opening of the extension to Fethard and District Day Care Centre on Thursday 5th December. The extension was built the Fethard & Killusty Community Council and was part funded by the South Eastern Health Board. Following the opening, Mass was celebrated at the centre by Fr Tom Breen P.P. Among those attending were, Joe Nixon FÁS Clonmel, Cllrs John Fahey, Denis Landy and Susan Meagher; past and present members of the Community Council, Fethard FÁS Community Scheme Staff, voluntary workers with the Fethard Meals on Wheels and Day Care Centre and the senior citizens who attend the centre every day. Laurence and Rosena Kenny, Centra Foodmarket, kindly sponsored the food and wine reception that followed, for which we were most grateful.

Quite a number of local residents were puzzled on hearing the winners of the South Tipperary Environmental Awards presented at Hotel Minella recently. Second prize in the small (under half acre) old cemetery section went to Kilmurry Cemetery, Fethard. Problem solved! The scheme covered electoral areas, not parishes. Kilmurry cemetery, as far as we know, is actually in the Kilsheelan area.
Congratulations to Fethard’s Woodvale Walk Residents Association who won €800 second prize in their section of the competition.
We received the following information from Margaret Doyle, Ballyneale. "The prize-winning Kilmurray graveyard is in the parish of Ballyneale and Grangemockler, about half a mile at the Ballydine side of Ballyneale church." Thanks Margaret.

A fair few euro of local punters money went down the Swanee when Mickey Croke (the horse) failed to show in the 3.15 bumper race at Hereford. Owned by Lady Lloyd Webber, the horse is named after Mickey Croke, the local trainer who broke him. Mickey Croke (the man) says, he (the horse) was not suited by the going at Hereford and with firmer ground he will win next time out.

Congratulations to Neilie Hall on his Dublin City Marathon run which realised a total of €788 for South Tipperary Hospice Group. Thanks to all who supported him.

The local conference of St Vincent de Paul asks for your support this coming weekend for their annual church gate collection. During the past 12 months the committee have spent €3,100 on holidays for our senior citizens, €2,800 on help with education, particularly at 3rd level, €3,800 in helping families at Christmas, and €5,100 on help to individuals and families throughout the years. A totally confidentially service is offered to those in need and we confidently ask for your generous support as in the past.

Sarah Gleeson, Brookhill, has been selected on the Munster under/18 girls hockey team that takes part in this seasons inter-provincial championships. Sarah, as far as we know, is the first lady inter-provincial players from this area. We wish her and her team the very best of luck in the games which take place in Galway this weekend, December 13th and 14th.

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

The death has occurred on December 2nd of Mrs Mary Byard, Burke Street. Mary Byard’s death, after a very short illness within two weeks of the death of her brother Gus Kenrick, came as a great shock to her family and friends. An old and respected resident of Burke Street, she will be greatly missed by her family and her many old Burke Street friends.

Sincere sympathy is extended to her daughter Patsy Burke, Kylenahone, Killenaule, her grandchildren, and extended family. Interment took place at Ballingarry cemetery following Requiem Mass at the Augustinian Abbey Fethard.

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.

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.

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