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Monday April 7th 2003

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Gortnahoe & Glengoole - Killenaule - Mullinahone - Ballingarry

Tickets are now on sale for our annual Easter Draw. We have some fabulous prizes on offer, including hampers, meal vouchers, tickets to the Derby and Guineas plus many more. Sincere thanks to all our sponsors for making this possible. As usual, ten percent of our proceeds will go to the Fethard Day Care Centre. The draw takes place in The Well on Easter Sunday night, where there will be music, food and fun.


On Sunday 6th April, our great under 21 A football team’s run came to an end in Clonmel. Our great success in this grade commenced on the 24th April 1999, following which we were successful in twenty-one championship games, winning four south titles and three county titles during this period. On Sunday last our players dominated the early exchanges so much that at the interval Fethard led by 0-7 to 0-3 and in missed scoring chances by 0-8 to 0-1. At the three-quarter stage the scoreline was Fethard 0-8 Killenaule 0-6, when on two occasions we had scores at our mercy, goals or points, but nothing was registered. When the opposition broke away and got a goal they received great confidence and our missed chances came back to haunt us. The final score was, Fethard 0-8 (0-7), Killenaule 3-10 (0-3).
Scorers for Fethard: Glen Burke 0-4 (3f), Brian Coen 0-1, Darren O’Meara 0-1, John Noonan 0-2. This was our first time ever to loose a south final at this grade since the competition began back in 1962. We wish Killenaule the very best of luck in their quest for county honours. On behalf of the club, we give thanks to the players for the entertainment and enjoyment provided during the year and to the selectors for their assistance.
The under 21 ‘B’ hurling starts for our club on Saturday 12th April when we play Moyle Rovers in Kilsheelan at 6.30pm.
Our senior footballers county league game takes place against Aherlow on Sunday 13th April in Lisvernane, at a time yet to be clarified as we go to press.
Our Community Sports Lotto Jackpot of €8,100 was not won. We had three ‘match three’ winners who each received €50: Susan McCormack (c/o Reflections Main St), David Flanagan (Derryluskin), and Noel Maher (Barrack St). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Bill Bradshaw (24 St. Patricks Place). The numbers drawn were 4, 18, 21 and 23.
The County Board Draw is now coming up for renewal, we thank you for your continued support for the new draw, bigger and better than before. We also have a club personalised draw booklet in the handouts, with club goals for the future and club honours for 2002 listed. The cost for the new draw is €100 per year or €10 per month. Cards can be obtained from any club promoters or club secretary or treasurer before 1st May, who will call to houses in the locality. Please support and remember that Fethard club will get 50% off what you pay to help run the club for the year. The club helps to keep our youth off the streets by providing playing fields supervised by voluntary workers . Thank you again for your support and assistance.
Our sympathies are at this time with the O’Connell Family (Coolmoyne) on their recent bereavement. Go Ndeanai Dia Trocaire Orthu.

Our under-16 B footballers play Ballingarry on Saturday 12th April at 12 noon in Fethard. In under-12 A football we play Cahir in Fethard at 6.45pm on Thursday 17th April.

The death has occurred on April 4th of Mai O'Connell, Coolmoyne. Interment took place at Moyglass Cemetery.

Congratulations to the two boys five-a-side soccer teams who took part and won their sections of the Tipperary Regional Youth Service's tournament in scorching heart stopping finals - a force to be contended with this year.
Congratulations also to the girls who played like lions in their section and although they didn't win, they were far from picking up the wooden spoon. This was their first run out as a team and they probably had an hours practice in total up to their first match. They will be a cracking team this time next year and have vowed to start training for that next Saturday! Go the women. Well done again lads and girls.
The day whole day lasted 8 to 9 hours with only a ten-minute break for the ref to have a cuppa? He needed it.
The teams were:

A: John Conway, John Hannigan, Noel Walsh, Aaron Kelly and Michael Barrett.
B: Philip Ryan, Davey Conway, Tom Gilpin, Stephen O'Meara and Fintan Maher
C: Samantha Sheehan, Louise Nagle, Ashley McCormack, Tracy Coady, Sara Kennedy and Susie Harvey.
Well done to Clare Hannigan and Tony Askins who supported the Fethard teams to their victories. Many thanks to Dinny Burke who lent the girls their kit - it's in the wash already Dinny!
Thanks to the Regional Youth Service for organising the event - cheers Noelle. Most of all, thanks to all the teams who played with such great spirit on the day.

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'
These photographs were taken at a Fethard Festival Pub Relay Race held in the Barrack Field in July 1982. L to R: Gerry Burke, Miceál McCormack, Roger Mehta, Claire McCormack and Fergus McCormack.

L to R: Gemma Kenny, Dan O’Riordan, Paddy Lonergan, Robin O’Donnell and Nora Coffey.

L to R: Tom Marshell, Ann O’Riordan, Michael Healy and John Neagle.

L to R: Richie Hayes, Anne Morrissey, Anthony Hayes and Tony Hanrahan.

L to R: Lorainne McCormack, Joe Keane, Denis O’Meara and Joseph Keane.


Mary-Anne Fogarty, Garrinch, Fethard, a pupil in 3rd class at Nano Nagle Primary School, is photographed above with her new bicycle that she won as first prize in Siamsa, a magazine published by Folens every Christmas.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 1st April were: 5, 12, 22 and 24. There was no Jackpot Winner and six 'Match 3' winners who received €25:
Audrey Devitt, Strylea, Fethard
P. Dolan, c/o Coolmore, Fethard
Keith Culligan, The Valley, Fethard
Nellie O'Connor, Cashel Road, Golden
Mark Moloney, Cashel Road, Fethard
Anne Daly, 34 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Noreen Evans, Congress Terrace, Fethard
Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Dick O'Brien, Main Street, Fethard.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €950.

Reflections Hair Salon, Fethard, has recently reopened under the new management, of Susan McCormack. Susan, a gifted hair stylist, has built up a reputation for offering her customers the latest up-to-the minute styles and colour, with a friendly and professional service.
The premises is ideally situated in Main Street, Fethard, with easy access for wheelchairs and the elderly, and with ample parking outside. It has been tastefully decorated in bright, vibrant colours and is very spacious and comfortable inside.
Having been in the business for almost five years, Susan is well aware of customers' needs, and she is ably assisted by her aunt, Annette O'Donovan, who is also a qualified barber. Annette has been in the business for over twenty years, gaining a vast amount of experience in William Walsh's, Clonmel.
Reflections is open for business from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, with late opening on Fridays. Other times by appointment.
Susan started training in Lloyds Hair Care in Clonmel and then Spectrum International Hair Salon, Clonmel, before moving to Attractions, Clonmel where she worked for four years. She is a very experienced hair stylist with a passion for colour. Upstyle and meche highlights are just some of the other professional services available.
Annette works on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. She is married with four children, enjoys her work and is delighted to be working in her home town. Together, Susan and Annette provide a very professional friendly service and there is always a cup of tea and a great buzz in the salon.
For Appointment Call Reflections on 052 31533. Gift vouchers are available. Susan is aware of people's busy lifestyles, so is always available at other times by appointment, so call in to say hello, have a cup of tea and maybe a hairdo!
Susan would like to thank all her family members who helped her to get started so quickly: Annette, Frank, Tommy, Pat, Gerry, Eddie and, of course, her parents.

The death occurred on 23rd February, in Peterboro, England, of James (Jim) Walshe, formerly of Curraghtarsna, Fethard.
In his fifties, he had spent most of his life in England, working in London initially, and later years in Peterboro, where he was very highly regarded by his close circle of friends.
An indication of the esteem in which he was held there, was the fine turnout of his acquaintances at his funeral and the hospitality accorded his brother Sean, who travelled to Peterboro to take charge of the funeral arrangements. In this regard, Roscommon man John Byrnes, proprietor of Jim's local in Geneva Street, and his family, were particularly supportive and helpful.
Educated in PBS, Fethard, Jim was an excellent scholar, who won a scholarship at the school. However, he choose to go working instead and after a spell with local builder Paddy Martin, he emigrated to England 38 years ago.
For twenty years he worked around Shepherd's Bush in London before moving to Peterboro. He last visited home thirty years ago for his father's funeral.
After cremation in England, his brother Sean brought home his ashes which were interred in the family grave at Moyglass, following a ceremony conducted by Father Kennedy.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the Walshe family on their bereavement.

A Clonmel double bill which will feature the Dick Cummins sponsored under 21 Football (A) final between holders Fethard and Killenaule tops this weekend's championship action in South Tipperary. The final is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be preceded at 1.30 by the under 21 hurling (C) tie between St. Patricks and Ballyneale. Another attractive tie on the weekend list is Saturday evening's under 21 (B) hurling local derby between Swan and Davins at Davin Park at 6.30. In other hurling ties in the under 21 grade Marlfield oppose Skeheenarinky in Cahir on Saturday at 6-30 whilst Newcastle face Ballylooby/Castlegrace on Sunday at 12 noon in Clogheen.

Fethard are seeking an unprecedented five in a row in the under 21 final and they have high hopes of coming out on top. In recent weeks they have accounted for Commercials, Moyle Rovers and Cahir having drawn with Sunday's opponents Killenaule in the opening round. It cannot be denied that Fethard are a useful side but they have not been firing on all cylinders and they will need to improve on their recent performances if they are to gain that fifth title on the trot. They will not lack for motivation however and in the likes of Brian Coen have accomplished players who can all prove inspiring figures.

Killenaule who easily defeated Fr. Sheehys in last Sunday's second semifinal and earlier overcame Ardfinnan also have a major incentive as they have never won this particular championship. They now have an outstanding opportunity to do so and their first round draw with The Blues will be a major confidence booster. Killenaule can boast plenty of talented performers including Tony Doyle, Joe Caesar, Michael Farrell, Noel 0' Grady, Johnny Grace and Jonathan O'Dwyer and whatever the end result they'll not be easily beaten.

Cahir pay the penalty as Fethard march on
Fethard 0-9, Cahir 0-5

Champions Fethard remain on course for a fifth successive South under 21 Football (A) Championship title following a less than convincing win over a battling Cahir side in a dogged semi-final played at Clonmel on Sunday.

The winners deserved their victory in the sense that they made the better use of the scoring chances that came their way over the hour but in contrast Cahir who fielded very much under strength due to injuries will rue their lack of scoring power and more particularly their failure to raise a flag from two penalties.

Defences on both sides held sway in a low scoring game that saw Fethard ahead by 0-5 to 0-4 at the break. It was Cahir however who had opened the scoring with a Martin Burke point in the second minute and although Fethard responded with points from Glen Burke and Shane Aylward, Cahir were enjoying the better of the exchanges. Their first penalty miss come at the end of the opening quarter when Paddy O'Flaherty was fouled and James Darcy's week effort presented no problem to confident goalie Ronan Maher. Glen Burke and James McGrath exchanged points from frees before Cahir defender Gavin Berry produced the score of the game as he soloed out of defence to kick a splendid long range left legged point. At the other end Alan Bourke placed Brian Coen for another quality point and Fethard edged further in front when Shane Walsh kicked a point that was also out of the top drawer.

Cahir came back to narrow the interval deficit to the minimum with a James McGrath point.

Cahir again dominated the early second half exchanges but they failed to raise a flag and twelve minutes elapsed before Michael Dillon from a free increased the Fethard lead. The Fethard defence then conceded a second penalty but Paddy O'Flaherty's powerful effort was well saved by Ronan Maher. Fethard now had the winning post in sight and a point from a Michael Dillon free was followed by a splendid insurance point from Brian Coen. Mark Kearney briefly raised Cahir hopes with a 57th minute point and whilst his side battled gallantly for the goal they so badly needed, Fethard were not to be denied and an injury point from Michael Dillon ended the scoring.

It proved an adequate if not impressive performance from the champions who will need to improve if they are to see off the Killenaule challenge In next Sunday's decider

They looked very strong down the middle but struggled in some sectors. Over the hour they owed much to goalie Ronan Maher, defenders Diarmuid Bourke, Eoin Doyle, and Paul Hackett, Glen Burke and Michael Dillon in midfield and Brian Coen, Shane Walsh and Shane Aylward in attack.

Cahir will look back with regret at a game that could well have been won especially had one or both penalties been converted. They gave it their best shot however with a much depleted side, Their top performers were goalie Anthony Burke, Robbie Costigan, Gavin Berry, Brian Enright, Paddy O'Flaherty, James McGrath and Daniel Maguire.

Fethard: Michael Dillon 0-3, Glen Burke 0-2, Brian Coen 0-2, Shane Walsh 0-1, Shane Aylward 0-1. Cahir: James McGrath 0-2, Martin Burke, Gavin Berry, Mark Kearney 0-1 each.
Fethard: Ronan Maher, Ian Kenrick, Diarmuid Bourke, Paul Hackett, Alan Bourke, Eoin Doyle, Jamie McCormack, Glen Burke, Michael Dillon, Shane Walsh, Brian Coen, Shane Aylward, Darren O'Meara, Ronan Allen, John Noonan. Sub: John Hanrahan
Cahir: Anthony Burke, Liam Cantwell, Noel O'Gorman, Eamonn Halley, Liam O'Gorman, Robbie Costigan, Gavin Berry, Brian Enright, Paddy O'Flaherty, Martin Burke, Mark Kearney, James McGrath, James Darcy, Daniel Maguire, Christy Kenrick. Sub: Benny Ryan
Ref: Brian Tyrell, St. Mary's.

On 26th March we played the fourth round of the Player of the Year and the results were:
1st Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett;
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
1st Nett: Gemma Burke and Carol Kenny;
2nd Nett: Ann and Sean O’Dea.
On Wednesday next, 9th April, we will be playing for Easter Prizes. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien 31862.

News of Lotto winners and winnings has been very much to the forefront in Fethard in recent times. First we had the unclaimed €300,000 prize winning ticket, purchased at Fethard Post Office and not produced in time to claim the prize. A recent joint winner of a €300,000 prize in Listowel is very well known in the Fethard area. Mrs Bridget Fahey of Listowel, along with a friend, has been doing the National Lotto regularly. They were pleasantly surprised to discover on presenting their winning ticket at Lotto Headquarters that they were outright winners of the €300,000 prize. They were apparently under the impression they were joint sharers of the amount and would only receive €150,000.
Mrs Fahey is formerly Bridget O’Brien from Cloneen, to whom we offer heartiest congratulations on her win.
More recently we have news of this weeks €5,000,000 winning National Lotto Jackpot ticket being purchased in nearby Cahir on Saturday night. The identity of the winner is unknown at present.

A record 31 tables competed in the Table Quiz held in the Secondary School recently. A fine blend of adult and youth, parent and teacher, senior student and junior student, plus many friends of the school pitched their wits against challenging questions. Congratulations to the many prizewinners.
The Parents Association would like to thank the sponsors of the beautiful prizes and all those who helped with the occasion, which was an outstanding success. Proceeds will enable two students assist invalids in Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage in June and augment the funds of the parochial Lourdes Invalid committee.

On Sunday 23rd March we took part in the Annual Regional Orienteering competition held in Rasheen Wood in Dundrum with over eighty scouts taking part. Fethard kept up the club tradition of top class performances, set around 15 years ago, which has been maintained by many Fethard Scouts since. One who comes to mind is Alan Phelan who, in his scouting days, won the Regional event and went on to win the All Ireland. Fethard are still proving their map reading skills or ‘cunning running’ as some call it. Congratulations to Mikey McCarthy on winning 1st place and Dermot Culligan coming 2nd, and the same two along with Kieran Barrett and Declan Doyle winning the team event. Paul McCarthy and Kieran O'Connell had the best time in the under 13 event, but unfortunately also had one fault. Well done to all. Many thanks to Philip O'Donnell SL, John Noonan ASL, John McCarthy ASL and David Kennedy ASL for their help in training the lads to this high standard, and also to Olivia Phelan ACL who helped out on the day.

Nenagh travelled to Fethard on Saturday last. On a sunny morning a good crowd of support was present to cheer the home teams on. The under 8s played four short matches with six players on each team. It was a closely fought game of rugby with Philip Maher, Eoin Walsh, Keith Bergin, Shane Power and James Holohan making some great runs. Defending and tackling well from Luke Keating, Gavin Delaney, James Mackey, Jack Devaney and Colin Meagher meant they didn't give Nenagh a clear break when they started. A new member to the team was Philip Dalton who also had a good game.
The under 12s played two hard games of rugby in which they were victorious for both. In the 1st game, Adrian Lawrence teamed up with Eoin O'Connell to score a try with Eoin O'Connell scoring in each of his previous matches. The result was 5-3 to Fethard with Seamie O’Keeffe (2), Shane Kavanagh, Adrian Lawrence and Eoin O'Connell scoring the tries. In the 2nd game, a well played game of rugby was on show which resulted in 3-0 defeat for the visitors. Dave Gorey scored all the tries in this game. Training for under l0s and under 12s takes place on Thursday night at 6.15pm and for under 8s on Saturday mornings.
Our under 10s came up against a fine Nenagh side on Sunday morning last, which really brought out the best in the Fethard team. We were eventually beaten by 6 tries to 4 but it was a fantastic game. Some great runs were produced by Mark Ronan, Daniel Hickey, Kevin Hayes and the elusive Gregory Henry, which led to tries for Conor Kavanagh, William Power and Paul Mackey. The defence tackled brilliantly throughout with Jack O’Connell, Joseph O’Brien, Andrew Kelly and Luke Mulcahy to the fore. The forwards came up against a fine pack but even so and produced some fine rolling mauls with Matt O’Sullivan and Michael John Murphy making some great drives.

Now that new time has arrived the Fethard Community Sportsfield Committee wish to announce that any organisation wishing to avail of the field at Kilnockin may apply for permission to use same, indicating day and time required in writing to, The Secretary, Peggy Colville, Spitalfield, or to Manton's Solicitors, Main Street. All applications must be accompanied by a current insurance certificate and letter from the insurance company indemnifying the field. It is expected that each club will forward a once off donation towards running costs of the field, on a proportion of usage basis, with the application. Once the committee are satisfied that everything is in order, clubs will be notified of a commencement date. The committee would like to thank most sincerely all those who have made a contribution towards the cost of getting this venture up and running to date and everybody who have submitted letters of support for application for capital grant. We are delighted to report that several people have already confirmed strong support of the project.

The area Art Competition recently took place. There was a good response and the following are the medallists:
Girls Under 8: Aobh O’Shea, Robyn Tobin, Shannon Dorney.
Boys Under 8: Jody Sheehan, Mike Earl, Cormac Horan.
Girls Under 10: Faye Manton, Chloe Gleeson, Zoë McManus.
Boys Under 10: Joseph Thompson, Tommy Sheehan.
Girls Under 12: Laura Rice, Gráinne Horan, Niamh Fanning.
Boys Under 12: Kevin Browne, Adam Lyons, Padraig O’Shea.
Girls Under 14: Bernadette Costello, Lisa Anglim, Kate O’Brien.
Boys Under 14: John Frewen.
Girls Under 16: Amy Channon
Boys Under 16: Cathal Maher and Joseph O’Connell
The Model Making under/14 event was won by 12-year-old David Gorey from Main Street, Fethard.
The first two in each category will represent the area at the County Finals (provided that they are under the age specified on the 3lst July). Some people make the mistake of thinking it is okay to be under the age on the day they submit their entry for local or county finals. This is not the case.
The County Finals will take place this coming Saturday 5th April, in Fethard Ballroom commencing at 1pm. The entry fee for county finals is €2 which may be paid to the area secretary or to art managers. All competitors must bring their own paper, paints, pencils or whatever else they need. Best of luck to all. This is the first time the County Art Final ever took place in Fethard. The county committee would like to thank the Ballroom committee for their cooperation. Fethard area was also well represented at the County Finals of the Cross Country in Thurles on Monday night last. Full details next week.

Local residents are advised that post for local delivery the following day must now be posted before the normal collection time of 3.15pm. From Friday last modern technology has decreed that all Tipperary post goes to Portlaoise to be sorted, then it is returned to Tipperary for delivery. Letters for local delivery, which before Friday 28th March could be posted at anytime the previous day, must now be in the letterbox before the official collection time. Better make sure you also put the full address in case they end up in Fethard-on-Sea, Co. Wexford!

We make no apology for referring once again to the ongoing problems at Fethard’s Pedestrian Crossing at Main Street. A civic-minded local citizen, on receiving numerous complaints, parked his car nearby and carried out a lengthy observation at the crossing.
He found that too many motorists are not showing pedestrians using the crossing the respect and courtesy they are entitled to. He has made representations to have a safety manual traffic light system installed but apparently the powers that be say the volume of through going traffic does not merit such a measure in Fethard. The situation is ongoing and we await the outcome with great interest.

Well done to Fethard under 21 football team and their mentors on qualifying for their fifth successive under 21 South Tipperary Football ‘A’ Final. Fethard, with almost all of their four-in-a-row final winning team now over the under 21 age limit, were obliged to field an almost complete new fifteen in this year’s competition. Best of luck to the team as they go in search of their record-breaking fifth successive title against Killenaule in Clonmel on Sunday next.

Local Woodvale Walk resident, Jim O’Meara, had a rather lucky escape on last Monday morning while out for a stroll in the nearby fields. While getting under a fence he fell and was badly spiked by a ‘sceach’ in the thigh. Fortunately, a passer by heard his shouts for assistance and an ambulance was quickly called on the scene to remove him to hospital. The ambulance crew stated it was fortunate that he did not attempt to remove the piece of timber as it stopped serious bleeding.

Results for the Progressive 25 Drive on March 28th.
First on 12 games: Jim McGrath and Chris Maher;
Second on 10 games: Jim McCarthy and Alfie Brett;
Table prize: Hannie Leahy and Mick Phelan;
Other winners: Pat Butler, Pat Hickey, and Mrs Bobby Phelan.

A dance will take place on Sunday night April 27th in the Ballroom in support of the Special Olympic’s Support an Athlete’ project. Music will be provided by Chequers and admission is €5. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.


Fethard’s St. Patrick’s Boys School quiz team who came third in the final of the National Parents' Council, South Tipperary Cadbury Challenge Primary School’s Quiz, held recently in Thurles. L to R: Darragh Dwyer, Dave Gorey, Sam Manton and Colm Horan.

The annual general meeting of Fethard and District Day Care Centre was held on Thursday 27th March in the Tirry Community Centre. The elected officers for the following year were: Thelma Griffith (chairperson); Carmel Rice (secretary); and Liam Hayes (treasurer). Committee members, Brian O’Donnell, Agnes Evans, Nellie Donovan, Nora Lawrence, Joe Kenny, Jimmy Lawrence, Jimmy Connolly and Patsy Lawrence. Also attending the meeting were Cllr John Fahey, Joan O’Donohoe (supervisor Fethard & Killusty Community Employment Scheme) and Geraldine McCarthy (supervisor Fethard & District Day Care Centre).

On Saturday night 28th March, the club continued its activities at Fethard Ballroom. The Coping project went ahead in support of the Fethard and Killusty Community Awareness initiative regarding local crime and anti-social behaviour.
Teams were picked for the 5-a-side regional soccer tournament, which will take place in Doon on Sunday 6th April. For the boys it was hard to choose - from the girls perspective it was easier since our numbers have not increased since the inception of the club. An interesting observation! Stick with it girls...
Two boys teams and one girls team will represent the club. Good luck to them all. I'm sure they will have a great day out in any case.
The Italian lessons for NCVA have been put on hold since February as other short-term initiatives are being implemented.
Our bid for the youth initiative was well received by the Leargas National body, but we will have to work with them to implement a programme that has a much bigger budget for the training of the young people involved. They impressed on us the necessity for top class professional and thorough training. We will resubmit the plans for the autumn deadline and hope to be up and running for ‘CAO’ time next year.
Finally well done to the Fethard under-21 football team in their South semifinal success in Clonmel. We are behind them in a win in the final but since we will be in Doon we can only wish them much success. Lets hope everybody’s a winner.
Club will take place next Saturday as usual and the girls will have training in the Ballroom on Wednesday 2nd April for the tournament 7-8pm


Fethard GAA Club made a presentation to Jim McGrath and Liam Hayes for their dedicated work in coaching pupils from St. Patrick’s Boys School in hurling and football over the years. The pupils are photographed above with Mr Eamon Dwyer (school principal), Noel Byrne (secretary Fethard GAA Club). Dick Fitzgerald (vice chairman Fethard GAA Club), Marie Murphy (Parents Association), and coaches Liam Hayes and Jim McGrath.

The under 21 ‘A’ football semifinal was played on Sunday 30th in Clonmel at 12.30pm, in glorious conditions for fast flowing open football which both teams served up on the day. The final result was, Fethard 0-9 (0-5), Cahir 0-5 (0-4). This earns us a final spot for five years in a row at this grade. We were already successful on four occasions and with Ronan Maher saving two penalties so far and our defence improving in every game we look forward to the final against Killenaule, the same team we drew with in the opening round. Our centre field dominating with Glen Burke 0-2 (f), Michael Dillon 0-3 (f), the half forward line, Shane Walsh 0-1, Brian Coen 0-2, and Shane Aylward 0-1 completing the scoring. The Final takes place in Clonmel on Sunday 6th April at 3pm.
Our senior football County Championship draw against Aherlow or Moyle Rovers will take place in early July.
Our Community Sports Lotto Jackpot of €8,000 was not won. We had nine ‘match three’ winners who received €20 each: Colin Allen (c/o Reflections), Tony McGarry (Woodvale Walk), Jim Carroll (c/o Centra), Brian Walsh (Baptistgrange), Marian O’Connor (St Patricks Place), Bernadette McManus (Burke St), Mary Godfrey (Derryluskin) ,Chris O’Dwyer (Strylea), and Michael Smyth (The Well). The numbers drawn were 3, 9, 15 and 19. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Maggie O’Gorman, 13 Slievenamon Close, Fethard.

Hurling training for under 12s and under 14s has now commenced and will continue on each Monday evening between 6pm and 7pm. All players are asked to attend at 5.50pm. Parents, please note training finishes at 7.00pm sharp. Under 16 hurling training has also commenced and will continue on each Wednesday evening at 7pm sharp. Under 10 hurling training will commence on Saturday, 5th April from 2pm to 3pm. Training time for under 8s and under 10s will be from 3pm to 4.30pm on Saturdays straight after hurling practice. Parents please note these time changes.
Fethard juvenile under 16 B football team will play Mullinahone in Fethard on Monday 7th April at 6.45pm and the under 12 A footballers play Clonmel Og in Fethard on Thursday 10th April also at 6.45pm.
Our under 12's travel to Monroe on Friday 4th April for their first round championship league game against Moyle Rovers at 6.15pm. The bus will be leaving outside the GAA Field at 5.45pm. Good luck to the team. They have had a great start to their season with wins against Kilsheelan and St Patricks.
Fees to cover membership and insurance cover for the current season are now due at €10 per individual or €25 for families of three or more members. Please forward to Club Secretary, Caroline Sheehan.


Third year pupils from Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School photographed while undertaking a ‘cleanup’ of Old Chapel Lane in Fethard. Old Chapel Lane is one of the oldest lanes in Fethard and is included in the Fethard Medieval Tourist Trail. The students must be commended for their civic minded project.

The total amount raised for this year’s ‘Daffodil Day’ was €2,024 which includes €1,200 of Daffodils sold by the transition year students of Fethard Presentation patrician Secondary School outside the Post Office. Well done to all!

Youths between the ages of 13 and 18 are invited to join the Disabled Integrated Youth Club held every Tuesday night from 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the Wilderness Youth and Community Centre, Clonmel. The club caters for the needs of both disabled and able-bodied youth in Clonmel and surrounding areas. New members are very welcome. Contact Club Secretary, Rosaleen O'Leary at 086 8279038.


Eddie O'Brien (Killenaule) sent us this photograph from a recent 'training week' in Lanzarote. I'm not sure what these three Fethard ball-hoppers were training for? L to R: Paul Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne and Aidan Fitzgerald.

Local Gardai have asked for more local support to help solve incidents of crime in the Fethard area. If we want to keep crime at bay in the area, a much higher level of local cooperation is needed in helping Gardai with their work. It is essential that all suspicious activities are noted and reported. We should also keep a closer look on our neighbours property and record unusual activities. All information can be passed on confidentially to members of the local Garda or to the Garda Confidential Freephone: 1800 666 111

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