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Friday 20th December 2002

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We record the death of Derek Wall, Main Street, who died suddenly on Thursday, 19th December. Remains will leave McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 7pm on Friday 20th December for Holy Trinity Parish Church Fethard. Funeral Mass at 11am on Saturday followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery.
We record the death of Tommy Fleming, Coolmore, Fethard, who died on Thursday, 19th December. Remains will leave McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 6.30pm on Saturday 21st December for Holy Trinity Parish Church Fethard. Burial at Calvary Cemetery following 11am Mass on Sunday.

The newly erected Christmas Lights on Main Street and the Christmas Tree on the Square have been the source of much favourable comment from both locals and visitors. The Christmas Tree, kindly supplied by Coolmore Stud, is a growing permanent fixture. A special type of Norwegian Fir, there is actually only one other tree of this type in Ireland and that one is in Belfast. This year’s lighting project was a very expensive with a total cost on €19,000. Fethard and Killusty Community Council, who spearheaded the project, would appreciate donations to help defray the huge cost and maintain an ongoing seasonal lighting programme for the town. Donations may be made to AIB Fethard or through one of the special ‘Lighting Boxes’ available in local shops.


On Monday 16th December, the lights by the Town Wall have been switched on again after an absence of many years. The Community Council would like to thank the County Council for undertaking the maintenance costs of running the lights and their help in installing the new lights. We would also like to thank Andy Kerwick and John Bolger from the ESB for their help and co-operation in getting them switched back on again.

The Annual Emigrants Newsletter will be on sale in local shops this weekend. The price remains the same as last year, €7, which will help defray the cost of printing and posting over 1,100 copies free of charge to our emigrants throughout the world. Change of addresses and new addresses should be handed in immediately to Joe Kenny as all returned newsletters will have their address deleted from our mailing list.

This year’s Carol Singing on the streets of Fethard will take place on this Thursday night, 19th December at 7.45pm, starting from outside the Town Hall. All proceeds will go towards the Annual Santa Bear Appeal in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin. Bears at €2 each will be on sale on the night.

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'

Helen and Phyllis O'Connell photographed while preparing for an ICA Open day at their home on Rocklow Road in the 1960s. Both Helen and Phyllis, along with Olivia Hughes, were founder members of the ICA in Fethard in 1926.

The results of the Patrician Presentation Parents Association Christmas Draw are as follows:
First prize, Hamper (value €100): Sally Argrave, Coolbawn, Fethard.
Second prize, Fuel voucher (value €60): Danny Donovan, Jossestown, Fethard.
Third prize, Hamper (value €50): Tommy Hennessy, Chadwicks, Clonmel.
Fourth prize, Christmas Cake (homemade): Richie Corcoran, Railstown, Fethard.
Fifth prize, Set of novels: Joey Fogarty, Congress Terrace, Fethard.

The death has occurred of Sr. Imelda O’Connor, Long Island, New York, and formerly of Ballyvaden, Fethard. A memorial Mass will be held in Moyglass on Thursday 19th December at 7pm.

Fethard Youth Club would like to remind people that we will be holding our annual Table Quiz on Friday, 20th December 2002 in Joe Ahearns pub at 8pm. Please come along and support this very worthy cause. A table of four will cost €20. We will also have spot prizes and a raffle. We look forward to seeing you there on the night.

There is no doubt that there is nothing to beat the wit of the Irish as the following exchange between two great exponents of the quick reply will indicate. Sean Hanrahan, one of our senior citizens and a great man for the joke and craic, was in hospital for a slight operation recently. Sean, on his return was greeted by local gravedigger Tom Purcell as follows, “Sean I thought you would be the last man to let me down, especially coming up to Christmas, you didn't die!” Sean replied, “Tom, it's a lot better for me to let you down, than for you to let me down!”
The many friends of this very popular local personality will be glad to learn he has made a full recovery from his operation and no doubt over the Christmas period and for many Christmases to come, he will give a few spiritual renderings of ‘Spancil Hill.”

The death has occurred of Con McCormack, Shanakyle, Drangan, who died on Sunday 15th December. Interment took place in Drangan.

There will be no meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council in December. The next meeting will take place on January 14th in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our voluntary workers at the Day Care Centre, Meals on Wheels, Tidy Towns, Residents Committees, Community Lotto, Christmas Lighting Committee, Community Information Office and the participants of the FÁS Community Scheme for their dedication over the past twelve months and wish all a Very Happy Christmas. We would also like to thank all who supported us during the year and a special ‘thank-you’ to Jonathan Cooney, Tom Fitzgerald and the staff of Tipperary County Council for their help and ongoing cooperation over the past twelve months.


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 ran for four nights, Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December, in the Abymill Theatre. The cast are photographed above after Wednesday nights performance.

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 3 x €50 Lucky Dip Draws every week. The Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is now €740. We would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support every week, it is really appreciated!
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 10th December were 1, 18, 27 and 29. There was no Jackpot Winner and one "Match 3" winner who received €150.
Helen O'Connell, c/o Macks, Clonmel
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Nellie Ryan 56 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Tommy Bulfin, The valley
Brian McCluskey, Mountain Road, Clonmel.
Turkey winners
Paul Fanning, c/o Carrolls Bar, Parnell St. Clonmel
Frank Mullins, St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Kenneth Sheehan, Derryluskin, Fethard
Ham winners
Ann Cooney, The Square, Fethard
Angela Keaveney, c/o Tess Maher, Coolenure, Fethard
Jim O'Meara, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

Fethard and Tipperary blues fans are in for a rare treat on Saturday night 21st December when Ms Mary Coughlan performs in the Abymill Theatre. Mary Coughlan is recognised as one of Europe’s leading lady singers of the blues. She will be supported on Saturday night by local singer Jewel Burke, an excellent artiste in her own right. Tickets can now be booked at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.

The December Meets of the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers are as follows, Sunday 15th Golden; Sunday 22nd Ballingarry; Thursday 26th (St Stephens Day) Drangan. All meets at 12 noon.

The ceremony of reconciliation will be held in Fethard Parish Church on Monday night 16th December at 7.30pm. All are asked to attend this ceremony in preparation for Christmas.
The Augustinian Abbey will hold their reconciliation ceremony on Saturday 21st December following 7.30pm Mass.

The annual Christmas Carol Service will be held in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Main Street on Sunday 22nd December at 8pm. All are invited and welcome to come along and sing. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

The club has now closed for the Xmas holidays and we would like to wish all our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will be back in full swing for the New Year with plans for our New Years party already underway, we will notify all our members when we will re-open.
We would like to thank Noelle O'Dwyer, Rural Outreach Worker from the Tipperary Youth Services, for her visit on Saturday night last, hope she enjoyed her visit with us and saw how much hard work and time goes into these teenagers.
Saturday night last saw some of our members doing an Arts and Crafts session, with Candle Holders being made, and some really wonderful work was created.
We would like to wish our Transition Year students the best of luck for their show which is being performed at the Abbey Mill Theatre, good luck lads, you will be used to performing after our Variety Show, lets hope there are no last minute nerves.
We would also like to advise people that we will be holding our annual Table Quiz on Friday, 20th December 2002, in Joe Ahearns Pub at 8pm. Please, please come along and support this really worthy cause, the proceeds from this table quiz goes straight back into the club, enabling us to fund future events, keep entrance fees down and most importantly, keep the club running.
New leaders are urgently required and we would be delighted to see you any Saturday night from 7.10pm -9.10pm, if you have 2 hours to spare please come on down and see what we are all about.


Fethard Athletes photographed at the All-Ireland Even-Aged Cross Country Championships held in Navan last weekend. L to R: John Lalor, Conor Prendergast, Mary Gleeson, Elaine Kennedy, Darragh Dwyer, Kevin Quigley and Ben Walsh.
The club was represented by seven athletes at the All-Ireland even-aged cross-country championships held in Navan, Co. Meath, last weekend. With only two club teams from Tipperary qualified for the event, the participation alone of the Fethard boys under-12 team of Ben Walsh, Conor Prendergast, Kevin Quigley, John Lalor and Darragh Dwyer can be considered as an excellent achievement. Individual medals were on offer for the twelve athletes across the line and team captain Darragh Dwyer ran a splendid race to win his 1st All-Ireland cross-country medal by finishing in 12th place. Darragh was followed by Muster under/11 bronze medallist John Lalor who finished in 32nd position. Kevin Quigley, Conor Prendergast and Ben Walsh ran very competitively to finish in 78th, 92nd and 110th places respectively.
In the provincial category, the Munster team, of which Darragh was a scoring member, were the gold medallists. In the girls under/14 race, Mary Gleeson and Elaine Kennedy were Fethard’s representatives. Mary achieved an excellent 25th placing despite being boxed in at the start and suffering a nasty spike to her knee. Elaine, who was representing her county for the first time at an All-Ireland, finished in a very creditable 67th place. The final cross-country of the season, the county cross-country relays, take place on next Sunday 15th December at the Clonmel Racecourse.
Our Christmas Party takes place the following night, Monday 16th December in the Ballroom. All club members and families are invited to attend.

The Committee of Fethard & District Rugby Club wish to thank most sincerely everybody who supported their recent table quiz and sponsored walk, both of which were highly successful and surpassed all expectations. Your support was greatly appreciated.
The under-10s and under-12s travelled to Fermoy on Sunday last. The under-10s team played well with tries coming from William Power and Daniel Hickey. Kevin Hayes and Tim O’Hagan played very well and were unlucky not to score more tries. The final result was a loss to Fethard 4-2.
The under-12s had a great game of rugby and it was a superb match to watch with a great effort by all the players resulting in a 3-0 score line in the first half, with James Kelly, Andrew Yates and William Grassick scoring. In the second half, Fermoy came back strong with two tries and it looked to be a very close game until the last minute when a try was scored for Fethard. The final score was 4-2 to Fethard.
The sponsored walk was a great success and a special thanks to all the sponsors and those who participated in the event. A bus will leave Fethard at 9.15am on Sunday 15th December for a trip to Shannon. Training as usual on Saturday at 11am.

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.

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