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Monday 2nd February 2003

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Fethard Historical Society will hold their annual Tipperariana Book Fair on this coming Sunday 9th February, in the Ballroom form 2pm to 6pm. Admission is €2. If you have unwanted books to donate to the society please contact Mary Hanrahan (052 32141) or Terry Cunningham (052 23402) to arrange collection or, alternatively, drop them into the Ballroom between 2pm and 6pm on Saturday 8th February.
The Book Fair is now one of the largest and most successful one-day book fairs in the country, with book sellers from all over Ireland in attendance. This year, for the first time, we will select a ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year’ — a book of outstanding merit that has a special relevance to County Tipperary.
If you have a special book you've been wondering about, bring it along to be appraised. It just may prove top be very valuable.
The Tipperariana Book fair is the society’s main fundraising event and we are grateful for any support you can give. Volunteers are always needed, so if you have time to spare on that weekend please contact one of the committee and come along and give a hand. You will be most welcome.

The next meeting of the ICA will be held on Tuesday 11th February at 8pm in the ICA Hall. Bernie Lonergan will give a talk and demonstration on magnetic products for relief of aching joints and muscles. Anyone interested is welcome to come along.

The Annual General Meeting of the Well Golf Society will be held in the Tirry Centre on Tuesday 11th February at 8pm. It is important that all interested attend this meeting as the future of the society will be discussed and decided.

Fethard Youth Club is back in full swing for 2003. We began with our New Years party on Saturday 18th Jan. Since then, we have continued with all our usual activities including NCVA Italian in the hope of not only gaining Fetac accreditation for those who partake, but giving some of the members a little 'working' language for their trip to Rome in February with the school. Hoping you all have a ball. Many plans are afoot for the year to come - we hope that a good deal of them will come to fruition.
Last year three members of our club went on international group exchanges with the Regional Youth Service and the Oola young women to Italy. The first was a project on 'underage alcohol abuse' and the second was to dance at an international festival against racism. This year we are busy looking new European partners for perhaps 10 members of the club - let’s hope someone will want to work with us!!!!
In a joint initiative with the Youth Service, the club is pioneering the way in our region with an application to send one of our older club members on European Voluntary service for a year and we have also applied to trial a youth information service in the town later this year. Hopefully our proposals will be well received, as both will be of great benefit to the community of Fethard. We are presently on the look out for a premises/office space which would serve this purpose should our proposal be accepted.
On a more 'on the ground' front: the club will be partaking in the regional 5-a-side soccer tournament this spring and we hope to head out for the evening to see a production of ‘My Children, My Africa’ by the Galloglass Theatre Company. We also hope to commence a group project called 'Coping On' by March this will feed into the work being done by the Community
Awareness group.
As a club we wish to thank the individuals and businesses that have supported us over the last three years - without your help we would not have gotten this far. Greatest appreciation from all of us to the Ballroom committee for the support and encouragement they have given us over the years. The members of the club are working on ideas for some community involvement ventures which we hope will show our appreciation. More details about those to follow.
Thanks to all our members for their continued support and enthusiasm and to our leaders for their input into the club every Saturday night as well as their involvement past and present in the Youth Service itself.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place at 8.30pm on Tuesday 11th February in the Tirry Community Centre.

The under-10s and under-12s rugby teams travelled to Carrick last Sunday to play their matches. The under-8s had no matches but put in a great training session on Saturday,
The under-10s had a comprehensive win over Carrick on a very wet and windy day. All players played well with great tackling from Johnny Grassick and good runs from Kevin Hayes. The team was Johnny Grassick, Robert Maher, Michael-John Murphy, Joseph O’Brien, Jack O’Connell, Mark Ronan and Paul Tierney.
The under 12s played Waterford City. It was a tough match with all players playing well especially Colm Blackmore, William Grassick and J.P. McGrath. Fethard drew 3 all with trys coming from Seamie O’Keefe, J.P. O’ Donavan and J.P. McGrath.
Training as usual at 11 o’clock in the new community field. New members are welcome to come up to training on Saturday. There will also be a blitz held in Nenagh on Sunday the ninth.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 4th February were: 18, 19, 21 and 27. There was no Jackpot Winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received €150:
Jim Moloney, c/o Allens Meats, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
B. Farrell, River Street, Killenaule.
Jim Fogarty, Cahir Road, Fethard
Emily White, Boscabell, Cashel.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000.
Next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €830.

Club members have now returned to training and racing after the traditional break. AT the recent Munster inter-county cross-country relays held in Dungarvan, Mary Gleeson, Elaine Kennedy, Shane Gorey, Aoife O’Gorman and Darragh Dwyer were selected to run on the Tipperary teams in their age categories. In the girls under-13 race, Mary Gleeson and Elaine Kennedy ran splendidly to combine with Bláthnaid Waters from Tipp Town and Clíodhna Ryan from St. Flannans to secure the gold medals for Tipperary. Darragh Dwyer, Aoife O’Gorman and Shane Gorey also performed well but their teams finished out of the medals.
Wednesday 29th January was the date for the secondary schools cross-country championships in Thurles. Fethard’s interest centred on the girls minor race as Mary Gleeson continued her fine form with an emphatic victory, while Aoife O’Gorman demonstrated her return to fitness with an impressive 4th placing. In the boys’ minor race, Shane Gorey had a great run moving through the field in the latter stages to claim 2nd place.
The club welcomes the return to racing of former national marathon champion Pat Heffernan, who, after a long lay-off due to injury, restarts his athletic career with Fethard A.C. This should be an ideal opportunity to rejuvenate Fethard senior club and we extend an invitation to local senior athletes to join our active club to emulate the success of our junior athletes in recent years.
Training is now back in full swing with the sessions arranged for Monday and Wednesday nights at 6.30pm in the GAA Park

Fethard Community Playgroup have vacancies for two childcare assistants (five mornings per week). Interested persons should have completed Level 1 or Level 2 NCVA equivalent. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 21st February (shortlisting may apply).
Please forward applications to: The Chairperson, Communiuty Playschool, Health Centre, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

Fethard Juvenile Club will hold their Annual AGM on Monday, 10th February 2003 at 8pm sharp in the Tirry Centre. All are most welcome to attend and it would be encouraging to see a large turnout. The Juvenile Club would also like to thank all those that donated so generously to their Church Gate Collection.


The photographs taken at last year's Culchie Festival in Fethard are now up on their website CLICK HERE TO VIEW

The death has occurred in England of Mr James ‘Jim’ Walsh, formerly of Coolenure.

Both Fethard Parish Church and Killusty National School were both broken into during last week. The thieves got nothing of any value in either robbery. They did, however, cause considerable damage to both the Parish Church sacristy and to the school premises. Coupled with the recent robberies at Moyglass and Mullinahone churches, we can but wonder at the degeneration in modern society. Time was not too long ago when church property was considered sacred and anything untoward carried out there was considered sacrilegious, apparently not any more! The Ireland of those days has gone down the road consumerism. We must have and we must get, whatever the cost. We appear to be trying to create a society in which there will be no religion, no discipline and no respect. One has only to read the headlines daily in the national newspapers, or listen to the radio news to realise the terrible price we are paying for such an outlook.
Man cannot cope without some belief, respect, discipline and guidelines.

Excellent achievement for past pupils was noted recently with David Kennedy, currently attending C.I.T., receiving the gold medal in 1st year of his national certificate course for Applied Physics and Instrumentation; and Gráinne Lennon receiving the gold medal in National Diploma in Science for Cell and Molecular Biology. We would like to congratulate both on their achievement and also our current third year student, Richard Gorey, who was chosen to represent his country in judo at international events held in England and Scotland.
Our fifth years paid a well worth visit to the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, to a stage production of “The Plough and the Stars”. Our fifth and sixth years also travelled to Dublin to attend the FÁS Opportunities Exhibition held in the R.D.S.
Our transition years, after having successfully staged the annual show “T.Y. Tops Ten”, are about to commence two weeks work experience.

We record the death of Vincent Breen, Burke Street, Fethard. Vincent's body was found at Ferrybank, Waterford, on Thursday 30th January.

The Breen family would like to express their thanks to the Carrick River Rescue Group who are a voluntary organisation and have worked tirelessly every day searching for Vincent since he was first reported missing last December.

Remains arrived at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 7pm on Sunday 2nd February. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery following 11am Mass on Monday. The family have asked that people make a donation to the Carrick River Rescue Group instead of flowers.

The Abymill Theatre Fethard presents Ireland’s Opera Theatre Company Baroque Ensemble, conducted by David Adams and featuring soprano Lynda Lee, in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard, on Valentine’s Night, Friday, 14 February at 8:15pm. Tickets are €15 each and can be booked at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Fethard, Tel: 052-31254. Proceeds of the concert are in aid of Br Paul’s Patrician Brothers New School in Kenya.
Bro Paul taught in Fethard for many years and was instrumental in Fethard Patrician Brothers school team winning the Kinane Cup back in 1963. Bro Paul left Ireland in 1978 when he volunteered for the Kenyan Patrician apostolate. He went on to be involved very actively with the very first Patrician Primary School in Africa and is now the Coordinator of the new Patrician Primary School and Dispensary at Kabongo, Eldoret. This project will be completed in Spring 2003.

Yoga classes will commence on Thursday 6th February in the I.C.A. Hall on Rocklow Road. There will be two sessions, one at 7pm and one at 8.30pm. All are welcome to participate.

The following message was sent by Paul Looby in Surrey, England, in connection with reviving the Fethard / London Emigrants' Reunion.

I'm one of those people for whom travel back to Fethard during the summer is not always practical and miss the London Reunions that used to be held in October.
As Event Management forms part of what I now do, I wouldn't mind co-ordinating it at this end.
I am sticking a toe in the water here to see if there would be any interest in re-introducing the London "leg" of the Reunion.
This is my email address ( and would welcome any feedback/comments, etc. A few questions to get the ball rolling:
Would Camden still be a suitable area to aim for as a venue?
Would south of the river be better? Or East/West London? I have strong links with London Irish Rugby Club, would Sunbury be a good choice? We should be able to get a good rate for a private booking.
Would the preference be for live music (this would get my vote) or a disco with Irish music?
I used to like the informal nature of the event and would vote to keep it that way rather than any form of dinner dance but again will await feedback. If you know anybody not on the net or email, my tel. no. is +44 (0)1276 509926
It would be great to hear from you.

Results for Wednesday 22nd January.
1st Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane
2nd Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
1st Nett: Mike Burke and Suzanne Opray
2nd Nett: Nell Broderick and Moira McInerney
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862.

A young Fethard lady had a rather frightening experience during the bush fires raging out of control in Australia. Sarah Ryan, Rocksprings, Fethard, now resident in Canberra, was given notice with her friends to pack and leave the house in which she resided as it was in danger of being engulfed by the flames. Very fortunately, within 15 minutes of their departure deadline, the strong wind fanning the flames changed direction and the danger was averted. Sarah has been in touch with her parents, Willie and Catherine Ryan, and is none the worse of her adventure.

The unending search by decedents of Fethard emigrants for information on their Fethard ancestors is ever ongoing. Mrs Rosmarie Burns – Gutterbarn, 115 Euston Road, Garden City, New York 11530, says, during the course of a recent letter, that we are the last resort! Her great-grandfather, John Strappe, was born in Fethard c.1845-1846. Date of emigration is unknown but Rosmarie’s grandmother was born in 1876. John Strapp(e) was a carpenter by trade. She seems most anxious to trace her Fethard roots and would be most grateful for any information.

Local customers and friends of Paula Kelly were most disappointed to learn she has been obliged to close her beautifully appointed shop 'Lily White Flowers' on Main Street. Paula, however, will still offer her excellent services supplying funeral wreaths, wedding flowers, gifts or flowers for special occasions from her home and will deliver. Paula can be contacted at tel: 052 56862 or 086 1037338


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.

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. Michael worked on the installation of the first Electric Light system in Fethard, one of the first towns in Ireland to be electrified.

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.

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