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Wednesday 29th January 2003

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The proposed plans for the Community Sports Field on the Killenaule Road are printed above. The field will be available to all members of the community interested in using the facilities. It will need your support and a great community effort to now raise the necessary funds to complete the project. At the moment, the field (pictured below) is used for training by the Rugby Club.

The rugby teams travelled to Clonmel on Saturday last for their matches. The u-8s lost 2-1 in a poor game of rugby. Passing and tackling need improvement. Philip Maher had a great game and Gregory Henry scored our only try. The team was: Thomas Anglim, Keith Bergin, Cian O’Connell, Gavin Delaney, Jack Devaney, Gregory Henry, James Holohan, Luke Keating, James Mackey, Philip Maher, Colin Meagher, Joss Murray, Shane Power and Steven Tierney.
The u-l0s played well and won their match 4-1 with tries coming from Jack O’Connell (2) and Kevin Hayes (2). Mark Ronan, Johnny Grassick Joseph O’Brien and David Bergin played very well. The team was: David Bergin, Johnny Grassick. Conor Kavanagh, Kevin Hayes, Andrew Kelly, Daniel Hickey, Robert Maher, Luke Mulcahy, Michael-John Murphy, Joseph O’Brien, Jack O’Connell, Tim O’Hagan, Matt O’Sullivan, Mark Ronan and Paul Tierney.
The u-12s resulted in a three all draw. Tries came from Andrew Yates, Seamie O’Keeffe and James Kelly. Mike O’Hagan played very and was narrowly stopped at the try line a few times. The team was: Colin Blackmore, Dave Gorey, David Hall, Josh Hally, Shane Kavanagh, David Kelly, Joe Kelly, James Kelly, Sam Manton, Mike O’Hagan, Seamie O’Keeffe, Jack O’Sullivan, William Power and Andrew Yates.
Training as usual at 11am on Saturday in the new community field.

Our lotto jackpot of €7,100 was not won. The numbers drawn were: 5, 18, 21 and 24. We had three ‘match 3’ winners who received €50 each: Tom Ryan (46 St Patricks Place), John & N. Whelan, c/o Nicky O’Shea (Tullow), and Goldie, c/o Nicky O’Shea (Tullow). Our lucky dip winner of €50 was: Seamus Dorney (72 Woodvale Walk).
Club membership for the coming year is: adults €15 and juveniles €10. Fees are now due and can be given to Noel Byrne or Nicky O’Shea.
Our annual dinner dance is fast approaching and tickets at €25 each can be had from any of our dance committee. Date to remember is 1st March and the venue, Cahir House Hotel.
Congratulations to Damien Byrne, Aiden and Paul Fitzgerald, and John Paul Looby, on their McGrath cup success with Tipperary senior footballers, in the final played last Sunday in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. The final score after extra time was: Tipperary 1-9, Clare 1-8. Tipperary’s last success was in 1993 . Best of luck in the National League which commences this Sunday against Clare in Ardfinnan.
Our sympathies are with Darcy Family (Borrisokane) on the death of Mick who, for a number of years, was the official driver of Tipperary footballers al over the county. Go ndeanai Di trocaire orthu.

Jacinta Jackson has informed us that her father, Michael John Coffey, formerly of Clonmel and born in Fethard, died peacefully in Leeds England on January 16th 2003.

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'

This photograph of a Fethard Rugby Team was taken in the Barrack Field and supplied by Bob O'Shea. Maybe somebody can provide names ?

This photograph was taken in March 1979 of a group leaving Larkins Hotel, Clonmel, by minibus for the three-day national hunt festival at Cheltenham. Included are: Mrs and Mrs Donal O'Sullivan, Mr and Mrs Jackie White, Miss Mary White, Mr and Mrs Eddie Holohan, Tom Purcell, Derek Wall, Joe Hayes, John Burke (Lisronagh), Sean Henehan, Margaret O'Brien, proprietor of Corrig Travel, Carrick-on-Suir and Laurence O'Donoghue (Clonmel) who drove the group.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 21st January were: 8, 11, 13 and 31. There was no Jackpot Winner and two 'Match 3' winners who received who received €75 each:
Martin Ryan, C/o G. O'Donovan, Burke St., Fethard
Madge Kennedy, St. Benedicts Ward, St., Patricks Hospital, Cashel
The Jackpot remains at €10,000.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Lorraine Coen, c/o Coens
Elaine Purcell, Burke St., Fethard
Eileen White, Drangan
Next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €800


The South Tipperary Anti-Incinerator Campaign art competition attracted more than 300 fabulous entries from all over Tipperary. Hard at work with the difficult job of judging the entries are Seamus Hayes, STAIC chairman, Fethard artist Patricia Looby and STAIC's Fiona Mulcahy. Results due shortly and in the meantime thanks to all the teachers and students who put so much time and creative energy into their entries that have a strong message - Keep Tipperary Clean & Green'

Results for sponsored prizes played for on 15th January 2003:
1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2ndGross: Nell Broderick and Moira McInerney
1st Nett: Margaret M. McCormack and Philly Kenny
2ndNett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke
On Wednesday next, 29th January, we will play the first round of the Club Championship. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862.

Ms Marie Hurley, during her talk on the history of the I.C.A. said she felt in coming to speak to the Fethard I.C.A. Guild she had more to learn than she had to offer. Fethard was on of the founder guilds of the I.C.A. and some of the members present, such as Hannie Leahy and Aggie Barrett, were members of the I.C.A. before she was born.
Fethard Guild formed the first I.C.A. summer school on Slievenamon in 1926. This project was a forerunner of the now internationally known ‘An Grianán’ at Termonfeckin in Co. Louth. National organiser, Mrs Olivia Hughes, Phyllis O’Connell who helped ladies from rural Ireland establish I.C.A. branches throughout the land, her sister Helen, Dollie O’Keeffe, Liz Brett who gave classes to various guilds in rush work, rug making, garment, glove and slipper making from cured sheepskins, helped greatly to make the I.C.A. the national institution it is today.
Fethard was first in the field in this regard and it is a tradition of which Fethard I.C.A. Guild should be justifiably proud.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard Country Markets will be held in the Market Shop on Friday 31st January at 10.30am.

On Saturday 11th January we trained for the first time on the new Community Field on the Killenaule Road, Fethard, which is a tremendous facility. Our gratitude to Coolmore Stud for providing this sports field for the people of Fethard and surrounding areas. We also thank the Fethard Primary and Secondary Schools for the use of their sports field over the past two years. It was much appreciated and there was some great memorable matches played there.
On Sunday we travelled to Dungarvan to play under-8s, 10s and 12s. Our under-8s played a very big and strong team and were beaten by five tries to one, with Philip Meagher scoring for Fethard. Good performances were given by Colin Meagher, James MacKay, Keith Bergin, Jack Devaney, Joss Murray, Cian O’Connell, James Holohan and Gavin Delaney. Eoin Walsh, Shane Power and Tomás Anglim tackled well but were unable to stop the constant pressure applied by Dungarvan.
Our under-10s had a comprehensive win in their match. They played some good rugby and put some fine passing movements together. Tim O’Hagan, Kevin Hayes, Daniel Hickey, Conor Kavanagh and Jack O’Connell were among the scorers in the game. Another aspect that helped win was the great defence shown in the backs with great tackling by Paul Tierney, Mark Ronan, Andrew Kelly and Johnny Grassick.
The under-12s also put in a fine performance and had a good win. The foundation of this success was the power in the forwards especially from Stephen Healan who is just back from injury. Stephen was well assisted by the ever-improving Sam Manton, David Hall, Seamie O’Keeffe and David Gorey. The backs tackled very well, especially Paul Mackey, Shane Kavanagh, William Grassick and Josh Halley. The try scorers were J.P. McGrath, J.P. O’Donovan and Pa Holohan.

The Tipperary Foxhounds had their longest field of the season on Saturday last when a field of 101 riders turned out for their meet at Cloneen on Saturday last. Another great days hunting was enjoyed by all. Following three good circles through Garrankyle, Rathkenny and Ballinard in the morning, hounds had another great afternoon’s hunt. Finding on the rock at Calanigbawn, hounds ran through Byrnskill and Ballinard to Milestown. Doing a u-turn, the fox then ran back close to the Killusty-Cloneen road, passing Killusty ran towards Tullow. Raynard then decided to head to the hills, swinging left-handed he crossed the Anner River and hard pressed was heading for Kyleavalla Wood when hounds were stopped at a check on the mountainside at Cappanadroma sending what few followers remained home, tired, very wet, but also very happy after a great days sport.
The White Heather Harriers will meet at Loughcopple on this Sunday 26th January at 12 noon and at Fethard for Rocklow / Rathvin on Sunday 2nd February at the same time.

AUCTION FOR CHARITY (sent by Paul Looby)
Simon Whitworth’s Race Card, autographed by Frankie Dettori
Everyone remembers The Ascot Festival of Racing on 28th September 1996, when Frankie Dettori achieved what no one in the history of flat racing had ever achieved, by winning all seven races on the card – a feat that will probably never be repeated.
Six years later few will remember that while Frankie was winning the seventh race on ‘Fujiyama Crest’, Simon Whitworth was riding the favourite ‘Durham’. How fitting then that immediately after the last race at Ascot, in the weighing-in room, Frankie signed Simon’s own Race Card “Dettori 7.”
Simon has asked that this unique memento of a unique day be auctioned to help raise money for Jarrod Cunningham’s S.A.L.S. Associates Foundation. (See below.)
Frankie Dettori has provided the following letter of provenance which will be supplied with the Race Card to the successful bidder. "I signed this Race Card on the 28th September 1996 for a fellow jockey Simon Whitworth at Ascot for completing my seven consecutive wins. I understand that it is to be sold or raffled in aid of Jarrod Cunningham's Motor Neurone Disease Charity and I hope it raises a good amount." Frankie Dettori
The Auction
The auction will be conducted on e-bay from 12th March 2003 approximately. The card may be viewed now at, but of greater importance, anyone interested in bidding can register their email address at that site and they will be emailed as soon as the auction goes live on e-bay.
The Charity
Jarrod Cunningham was the leading points scorer in rugby’s Premiership in 1999/2000 with 324 points. In his London Irish career he scored 851 points in 82 games, including 18 tries. In June 2002 he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) a form of Motor Neurone Disease.
Such is Jarrod’s popularity, and the respect in which he is held, that both London Irish, whom he left in the autumn of 2001, and the London Irish supporters are going to great lengths to raise funds to support Jarrod’s SALSA Foundation, which aims to promote Positivity, Hope, and Support to all with ALS. This auction is part of this fund-raising drive. S.A.L.S.A. stands for Supporting ALS Associates. (See website at
For details of some of the fund-raising for Jarrod Cunningham, see or
Simon Whitworth, one of Britain’s leading flat racing jockeys, has made this Race Card available, and is a London Irish supporter. His son Neil plays for the LI Academy, for his school, Downside, and has been capped by England in his age group.

The Fethard GAA Club’s annual dinner dance takes place on Saturday 1st March in Cahir House Hotel. Tickets are now available from Noel Byrne, Gus Fitzgerald, Martha Sheehan, John Hurley, Mary Godfrey or Nicky O’Shea. Please book early.

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

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