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Sunday 22nd June 2003

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The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 17th June were: 3, 19, 27 and 28. There was no Jackpot Winner and one 'Match 3' winners who received €150:
Bill O'Sullivan, Perryville, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle, Fethard
Roger Daly, St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Nellie O'Connor, Cashel Road, Golden
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.


The Fethard/Killusty Reunion revival was held at the London Scotia Bar in London SE1 on Saturday 7th June. It was attended by approximately 70 people who travelled from all parts of the UK and were joined by a party from the Fethard / Killusty area.
Aided by the fine weather, the event was held outdoors from 5pm, with a BBQ from 6.30 and music (outdoors) from 8pm. The traditional musicians moved indoors later in the evening as the evening drew in.
The attendees ranged in age from 14 to 80+ years of age and everyone enjoyed catching up with friends, some old and a lot of new ones. There were people who hadn't met for 30 years or so who did a lot of catching up and many tales of a youth spent in Fethard and surrounding area were recounted. A great evening of caint, ceol agus craic was enjoyed by everyone.
Plans are already under way to organise the event for next year already, as all of the attendees were keen for the revival to be just that.

Last Sunday we held the society's first rumble competition and what a success it proved to be. On a sun-drenched Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club ten teams took part with players coming from as far a field as Galbally and Gortnahoe, Fermoy and a few from Fethard. The results are as follows:
Nearest the pin: Willie Lawrence and Tom Tobin.
First Place, with 79 pts: Davy Woodlock, Pat McCarthy Jnr and Aiden Grant.
Second Place, with 74pts: Dan O'Riordan, Shay Coen and Sean Aylward.
Third Place, with 73pts: Willie Morrissey, Chris Coen and Adrian Fox.
Our next outing takes place on Saturday, August 2nd at Callan Golf Club (soft spikes).

The community walk in aid of Fethard community sports field will take place on Friday week commencing at 6.30 in the square and finishing in the field where there will be a Penalty Kick against county Tipperary goalkeepers Paul Fitzgerald and Philly Ryan.
The Pub Relay is also attracting a lot of interest and the fun sports should make a great evening for all the family. Please sell any outstanding sponsorship cards during this week and contribute to the success of this venture.

Co Athletic Finals will commence in Thurles Dog Track on Sunday next, June 22, at 12 noon sharp. Good luck to all our competitors.

Congratulations and 'Happy Birthday' to Ruth Higgins, St. Patrick's Place who celebrated her 21st Birthday last weekend.

We played our intermediate hurling county league game on Tuesday10th in Fethard against Ballybacon / Grange. The result was, Fethard 2-8 (2-3), Ballybacon Grange 0-11(0-3), giving us two points out of two games. Both teams were short a few players on the night. The game was played in a very sporting manner with some fine scores. Nice to see Michael Caroll back to his form and Cian Maher who had a good game in the middle off the field. We wish Stephen O’Donnell a speedy recovery after taking a very serious knock in the face from the flight of the ball during the game. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Michael Ryan, Philly Croke, Tomas Keane 0-1(f), Michael Carroll 0-2(f), Ian Kenrick, P J Ahearne, Cian Maher, Brian Coen 0-2(f), Stephen O’Donnell 0-1, Michael Costello, Shane Walsh, Miceál Spillane 0-1, Jamie McCormack 2-1. Subs used: Kevin O’Donnell, William Harrington, Tommy Gahan, Johnny Neville and Joe Keane. Our next game in this competition is away to Aherlow 24th June. On this Sunday 22nd June we play Ballybacon / Grange in the South Championship in Clonmel at 7pm.
Our senior football county league game on the 17th June was deferred. Our next expected game is on Sunday 29th June against Ardfinnan in the South Championship.
Well played to Damien Byrne and Aiden Fitzgerald who could not be faulted for the County’s defeat in Tralee against Kerry last Sunday. A snippet from the programme in Tralee on Sunday last mentions that one father and son played for each team, their fathers 30 years ago and their sons on Sunday last — for Kerry, Derry Crowley and his son Johnny Crowley, and for Tipperary, Noel Byrne and his son Damien Byrne. Ironically the result was nearly the same.
Our Junior Football A Championship commences on this Friday 20th June when we play Commercials in Kilsheelan at 8pm
The Minor Football B Championship resumes on Wednesday 25th when we play Swans in Kilsheelan at 8pm.
In Under 12 juvenile hurling, we play Mullinahone at home on Thursday 26th.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,400 was not won. The draw took place in McCarthys on 10th June and the numbers drawn were 2, 4, 12 and 16. WE had three ‘Match Three’ winners who received €50 each: John Hurley (Strylea), Sharon O’Meara (Strylea), and Olive Curran (57 Woodvale Walk). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Liam Kelly (Jessfield, Ballingarry).

Congratulations to Robert Phelan, Olivia Phelan and Bernie Horan for completing a parachute jump in aid of The National Council for the Blind on Saturday last in Hackettstown, Co. Carlow. Between them they raised over €2,000. They would like to thank all those who sponsored them.

Joint Winners on 11 games: Mary and Jim Garret, Sean Spillane and Chris Maher. Table Prize: Mrs Mullane and Danny Long. Rubber Finals: Jodie Lee, Jim Garret, Mrs A Muldowney.
Congratulation and well done to Mrs Bobby Phelan and Judy Doyle who put their 'best foot forward' in the sponsored walk for the Hospice Foundation. Fair play to you both!

Plans are in train for the 2003 Killusty Pony Show. It is scheduled, as usual for the first Saturday in July. This year, it will be held on Saturday 5th July at Claremore, Killusty looking up to Slievenamon. This will be the fortieth Killusty Pony Show and full credit must be given to the Committee, loyal sponsors, judges, stewards, not forgetting competitors who have made it possible to carry on. A new class for coloured ponies has been added this year to an already frill schedule requiring six rings to be in operation all day. In-hand, Ridden Show, Show Hunter and Working Hunter are all catered for as well as Lead rein and first ridden ponies. It is not necessary to be a member of the Irish Pony Society to take part as a day registration is available. Killusty is a qualifier for the BSPS Summer Show and for all 1PS Championships to be decided at Cavan in August.
An Open Working Hunter League is being run by the South Tipperary Shows of Kilcooley, Killusty and Clonmel. Points will be awarded at each of these Shows and the winners on points in each height Class l33cms, 143cms and 153cms. will receive a Rug and Sash. It is not necessary to be an Open Pony to compete in an Open Class. It is necessary to pre-enter in the Open Working Hunter Class in order to take part. There is a Local Handy Pony Class confined to competitors within 20 miles of Killusty with a special prize for the best competitor from the Parish of Fethard and Killusty. Schedules are available now from the Hon. Secretary, Betsy O'Connor, Knockelly, Fethard, Tel: 052-31130 and entries close on 27th June. Entries for performance Working Hunter, Equitation Riding and Equitation Jumping will be taken on the day but all other entries must be catalogued.

Best of luck to Fethard Cabs who now have their own website. So if you need a cab service in the area you can log on and book online.

A former Clashawley swimmer of sixty years ago enquired, if we remember when Eddie King brought the first life jacket ever seen in the area to Fethard. Will we ever forget!
Having served in the RAF, the late Eddie King arrived home with an airman’s life jacket. Word quickly spread about this magic coat, that when worn in the water, kept the wearer afloat. There were many doubting Thomases of the truth of the story. However, when they saw the jacket in action or had the privilege of wearing it, they were certain they were witnessing the eighth wonder of the world. How times have changed! The youth of the present time would not be as awe struck if a spaceship landed on Market Hill.

One-hundred-to-one winners are certainly very few and far between on Irish racetracks, especially on provincial tracks like Kilbeggan. Did any of our usually very shrewd local punters, even for local interest reasons, invest a few Euro on ‘After the Ball’.
The 100/1 winner at the recent Kilbeggan meet was bred by Liam Quirke, Mocklerstown, and sold on having won a point-to-point.

Our senior footballers had a good work-out when they played their County League match against Cahir in Fethard on Tuesday 29th May. The final score was, Fethard 1-12 Cahir 0-4. In the first half, it was an evenly contest with only a point separating the teams at half time on a score line, Fethard 1-5 Cahir 1-4. In the second half, Cahir failed to raise a flag while Fethard added 8 points. On the night it was nice to see Conor McCarthy getting back to form with a personal tally of 1-4. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Alan Phelan, Michael Aherne, Tom Anglim, Tomas Keane, Cian Maher, Stephen O’Donnell, Kenneth Byrne, P. J. Aherne, Carl Maher 0-2(F), Miceál Spillane, Willie Morrissey 0-1, Conor McCarthy 1-4 (1f), Brian Coen 0-3, John P Looby 0-2. Subs used were: Kevin O’Donnell, Philly Blake, Philly Croke, Michael Dillon and Brendan Brett. We now have 10 points out of possible 12 going into our last game away to Moyle Rovers on Tuesday 18th June, at 8pm.
Best off luck to Damien Byrne and Aiden Fitzgerald who were selected to play on the Tipperary senior football panel to play Kerry in the Munster semifinal in Tralee on this coming Sunday.
The much awaited South Championship intermediate hurling contest between the two teams who contested the South Final in 2002 proved to be a very one sided affair as Fethard proved to be to strong in all departments after a slow start. Cahir got off the mark with points from James Cantwell and Brian Enright (free) within 5 minutes, the lead was short lived as Fethard, from the 8th to the 25th minute scored 1-7 without a reply — J P Looby 1-1, Brian Coen 0-2(F) Aiden Fitzgerald 0-2 , Miceál Spillane 0-1, and Jamie Mc Cormack 0-1. On the 26th minute, Cahir’s David Coffey scored 0-1(f), but immediately Miceál Spillane got 1-0 followed by a pointed free by Brian Coen to end the challenge.
Cahir fought back in the last 5 minutes of the half to score 3 points James Cantwell 0-1 James Looby 0-1, David Coffey 0-1 (F) to leave the half time score, Fethard 2-8, Cahir 0-6. A second half challenge from Cahir was expected but try as they might they were unable to break down the Fethard rearguard and could only muster 1-1, a goal from James Looby, and a point from a free by David Coffey, while Fethard added 0-11 — Aidan Fitzgerald 0-5, Brian Coen 0-2 (F), J P Looby 0-2, Miceál Spillane 0-1, and Shane Walsh 0-1. Fethard showed patches of the form that brought them the title last year but overall the game was very uneven to give a fair judgement of their potential to retain the title. The final score was, Fethard 2-19 (2-8), Cahir 1-7 (0-6). Best for Fethard were Paul Fitzgerald (goalie), Michael Carroll, Michael Aherne (defence), Aiden Fitzgerald, Brian Coen, John P Looby, and Miceál Spillane (forwards). For Cahir, Brendan Hickey, Brian Enright, and James Looby tried there best.
Fethard team: Paul Fitzgerald, Philly Croke, Michael Ryan, Michael Carroll, Tomas Keane, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Aherne, P. J. Aherne, Cian Maher, John Paul Looby 1-3, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-7, Brian Coen 0-5 (f), Jamie McCormack 0-1, Miceál Spillane 1-2, Shane Walsh 0-1. Subs used: Michael Costello, William Harrington, Ian Kenrick.
Cahir team: Gerard Burke, James Cantwell, Richard O’Sullivan, Gavin Quinn, David Gorman, James Swords, Pat O’Halloran, Brian Enright 0-1, Liam Kiely, James McGrath, Paul Frazier, David Coffey 0-3(f), James Looby 1-0, Brendan Hickey, and James Cantwell 0-2. Sub used: Derek Lonergan.
In intermediate hurling, we have two wins out of two games played to date. A report on the league game against Ballybacon Grange will be published next week.
Our Sports Lotto Jackpot of €1,300 was not won. We had one ‘Match three’ winner of €150 to Tony Maher ( 56 Woodvale Walk). Our €50 Lucky Dip winner was Lorna Smyth (Claremore). Numbers Drawn (Fethard Arms) were 4, 8, 10 and 17.

It was an extremely busy week for the Juveniles and it kicked off on Monday Bank Holiday with the U/13 Community Game Hurling team travelling to Thurles to play the County Final. These young players came up against an extremely strong and skilled Loughmore team and were unfortunate to be well beaten. They did their club proud and came away with well-earned silver medals.
It was great seeing so many supporters travel to watch the match and the juveniles would like to thank Mick Ahearn, Senior Club Chairman, for making the journey and showing his support.
U/12s began their hurling championship bid on Friday last with a great win over Carrick Swans. This was a really exciting match to watch from start to finish and the final score was 3-10 to 3-3. It was a game that could have gone anyway at any time but the lads kept Carrick at bay and play host to Ballybacon at 7pm in the GAA field on Thursday. Best of luck to all.
The U/14's hurlers played host to Eire Og Annacarty on Wednesday last in a challenge match and also came away with a great win, the lads were down in the first half but came back in the second and showed what they were made of - another great match and a great show of skills.
It was a busy day for the youngest of the juvenile club when on Saturday last we played host to Clonmel Commercials in our U/7 - U/10 age group and both teams came away with 2 great wins, the youngest of young came up to the field and played, and entertained the parents and children who came up to support. Our U/7s final score was 3-1to 1-0, there were great goals scored by Adam Fitzgerald, Tommy Anglim, Gary Bradshaw, and to put the icing on the cake, a great point scored by Jody Sheehan. There was a great display of skills shown by these young players and the club would welcome anyone who would be interested in coming to any of the training sessions. The U/10s also had a great win and the final score stood at 2-07 - 0-02, another great show of skills learnt. The club would like to thank Commercials for travelling to Fethard for these matches.
These youngsters are off to Cloneen on Saturday next to play in challenges and we wish them well, the bus leaves from outside the GAA field at 1.45pm. Any queries you have please phone Club Secretary - Caroline Sheehan - 052 32005.
U/14 footballers had a great win in their championship bid against Killenaule final score stood at 3-10 to 0-5. Well done to all and we wish them well in their next match.

The following are the results for the Fethard & Killusty area and are now entered for the Athletics County Finals, which will take place in Thurles Dog Track on Sunday June 22. Only those children who indicated their intention to travel have been entered. Due to the small group going competitors must arrange their own transport. It would be advisable for all children involved to become members of Fethard Athletic Club - training is very important. Contact: Fintan Rice at Tel: (052) 31670.
Boys U/8, 60M: 1st Eoin Hurley.
Boys U/8, 80M: 1st David Heffernan, 2nd Darren Bradshaw.
Girls U/8, 80M: 1st Emma Morrissey, 2nd Kate Quigley.
Boys U/10, 100M: 1st Ciaran O’Meara, 2nd Louis Rice.
Girls U/10, 100M: 1st Rachel Prout, 2nd Jenny Pyke.
Boys U/10, 200M: 1st Garrett Lawrence, 2nd Brian Healy.
Girls U/10, 200M: 1st Aine Phelan.
Boys U/12, 100M: 1st Michael Costello, 2nd Eoin Healy.
Girls U/12, 100M: 1st Siobhan O’Brien, 2nd Sarah McManus.
Boys U/12, 600M: 1st John Lalor, 2nd Ben Walsh.
Girls U/12, 600M: 1st Kelly Fox, 2nd Claire O’Brien.
Girls U/14, 100M: 1st Kate O’Brien, 2nd Ida Carroll.
Girls U/14, 800M: 1st Ciara O Connor.
Boys Relay U/12: 1st Michael Costello, John Lalor, Eoin Healy Damien Morrissey and Jerome Ahearne.
Girls Relay U/12: 1st Aisha Tobin, Kelly Fox, Sarah McManus, Claire O'Brien and Siobhan O’Brien.
Girls Relay U/14: 1st Ciara O Connor, Kate O’Brien, Ida Carroll and Bernadette Costello.
Also qualified in the under-8 section were Emma Walsh, Aobh O’Shea and Gary Bradshaw but are not eligible due to the fact that they are already Co Champions in Judo.

A short note to say we are thinking of all our members doing exams at this time and wishing them the best of luck!

Joint winners on 11 games: Greta Donovan and Philly Kenny, Jo Ryan and Sheila Hall. Table Prize: Pat O'Dwyer and Gerry Murray. Rubber Finals: Tess Maher and Paddy Butler, Chris Colville and Betty Sweeney, Paddy and Tom McCormack. Tickets: Michael Devitt, Seamus Maher, Jimmy O'Donnell and Bid O'Donnell. Next game is on Friday May 13th in Fethard Ballroom at 8.45pm sharp.

Pat Heffernan continued his domination of the county road-racing scene by recording another victory in the recent Borrisoleigh 5K. Pat’s winning time was 15 min. 40 sec. This bodes well for next Friday night’s Thurles 5K where the Fethard man will start as hot favourite.
Meanwhile our juveniles had another successful outing at the County A Championships held in Moyne last weekend. Medal winners on the day were Aisling Dwyer who won gold in the 4x100m, Ida Carroll silver in the 4x100m, Aisling O’Connor bronze in both the 4x100m and long jump, Lolo Trehy, silver in the 80m and long jump and gold in the relay, Fiona O’Connor, silver in the 4x100m, Roisín Trehy gold in the 80m and 300m, silver in the long jump and 4x100m and Aoife O’Connor who was 2nd in the 800m, 3rd in the long jump and won gold in the 4x100m relay.

Our next outing is on Sunday June 15th, at Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club. We intend to have our first ‘three-person-rumble’ competition. Once again we are asking players to arrive no later than 10.30am. Last sign in is at 11 o' clock. Players arriving after this time may not be guaranteed a place in the competition. Tee off is at 11.15am and as usual, new players and non-members are most welcome. So, let's get ready to rumble!

Mr Joe Nixon, Community Services Officer, County Tipperary, has published a book, “The Effects of Government Employment Interventions of Fethard to Tipperary Since 1977”. Joe made a very comprehensive study of his subject as his thesis for his B.A. degree in Training and Education with University College Galway. The resulting publication gives a very in-depth account of the economic and social conditions prevailing in Fethard during the period covered. The book, bound in hard back, will not be on sale publicly. Mr Nixon will however, present a copy to the people of Fethard through the Fethard and Killusty Community Council.

The wedding took place at Ballyneale Church on Saturday last of Kim, daughter of Mr John and Mrs Joan Barrett, Market Hill, to Mr. Ambrose Hanrahan.

A special coach brought a number of Fethard people to Graigcullen, Co. Carlow, on Sunday last to visit the relics of St. Anthony at the St. Clare Church. A good many also travelled to Carlow by car. The Fethard pilgrims were most impressed by the St. Clare church ceremonies. The mass and veneration of the relic were carried out in a most dignified, devotional and orderly manner on which the very large numbers present from a very wide area are to be complimented.
Highlight of the trip for many was the wonderful homily on the life of St. Anthony given by Rev. Fr. Mario, who travelled from Padua with the relics.

Mná Fiodh Árd / Cill Loiscthe were not found wanting when taking part in the Dublin City Women’s Mini Marathon. A team of nine runners coordinated by Diana Halpin, ran on behalf of the Friends of St. Joseph Hospital Clonmel committee. Donna Reddy, Mary Connolly, Celia Allen, Mary Holohan, Kay Williams, Gemma Burke, Bernadette O’Meara, Sarah Shelley, Ann Coen were the members of Diana’s team. Dolores Costigan ran for South Tipperary Hospice; Catherine and Marguerite Tynan on behalf of the Brothers of Charity; and Ann D’arcy on behalf of the Mater Hospital were the participants we know of from the Fethard, Killusty and Moyglass areas. Congratulations and well done to each and every one and to those who sponsored them.
Congratulating the runners, let us in no way forget the Friends of St. Joseph’s Hospital Committee, a state registered charity, on the wonderful work they are doing in fundraising for many Clonmel Hospital amenities.

A lady resident in the Coleman area, rushing to answer the phone, was surprised many times recently to find there was no one on the other end! Thinking she was hearing things, the problem was solved on Friday of last week. Sitting in her garden the phone rang once again. Realising it was much closer than the house, on looking around she was amazed to see a starling perched on a nearby bush mimicking the ring of the telephone perfectly.
The starling is the natural mimic of the bird world. We have heard one repeat the beautiful notes of the song thrush and also have authentic information on one that could make a fair attempt to mimic the bark of a farm dog!

Congratulations to the girls and boys of Nano Nagle Primary School on their performances in this years School Concert. Due to the large number of pupils, the producers gave all the children a chance to perform by having two separate casts who performed two shows each. The pupils from Junior Infants to 2nd Class performed ‘The King’s Magic Cloaks’ and the senior pupils, from 3rd class to 6th class performed ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
Each performance in the Abymill Theatre was greeted with an appreciative response from a full audience. The continuation of Fethard’s great reputation in drama is ensured for generations to come after the performances viewed in all these shows. Well done to all concerned!

Memories came flooding back when we saw two boys swimming in the Clashawley just below the pipe on The Valley. The 1st June was the traditional start of the swimming year a generation ago on the local river. Whatever the weather, if you could not answer in the affirmative to the question, “Have you been in yet?”, in the first week of June, you were considered to be ‘chicken’ and showing the ‘white feather’. Breen’s Bridge, The Kennels, and Whelan’s Bog were the traditional swimming holes. Newbridge, fed by the famed Mullinbawn Springs, was considered much to cold early in the year. In later years, The Rectory was also a popular swimming place.
The swimming season was governed by the old jingle, “April, May keep away from the sea (bay); June, August, July, swim ‘til you die; Go in in September, you're sure to remember!”
The local swimming holes, considering their size and depth, produced some very good swimmers in the ore-swimming pool era. Many of them are alas, now no longer with us, while others, now in London, Leicester, Dublin, New York and San Francisco will read this, and, “With fond memory bring the light, of other days around them,” and remember when, “All the world was young and all the fields were green”.

With great moves afoot to further develop the Community Sportsfield on Kilnockin, we must ask, “What about the excellent Sports Centre already fully developed in the GAA sportsfield, to see such a wonderful amenity almost permanently padlocked is really a poor show!”
What is the reason? What is the solution? A way out of the problem must be found and the facilities for tennis, racquetball, handball, be made available for the local youth, especially during the school holidays.

“James Balf, First Irish World Champion Team Roper”, said the large headlines in the current edition of ‘The Australian Horseman”. James, a native of Co. Mayo, is a former employee of Coolmore and emigrated to Australia in 1995. Fascinated by the expertise of the competitors in Australian Rodeos, James decided that was the sport for him. When you consider that at this stage, thought he was under hundreds of horses at his work, he had never ridden one. His rise to the top in his chosen sport is nothing short of phenomenal. The sport of steer roping requires competitors to be excellent riders, skilled with a lasso and have great physical strength to get the steer on its back and hog-tie its legs.
The competitors are allowed and assistant, hence the term, team roping. When James started he won his first pay-cheque when finishing in fifth place in 24 seconds. His time to throw and rope a steer in winning the World Champion Novice Team Rope Title was under six seconds. Less that six seconds to lasso, throw and rope a steer — try it some time!
Well done to the ‘Coolmore Cowboy’, whose father, brother and sister travelled to the finals at Tamworth Rodeo to see James compete. We look forward to his progress as he moves up from the novice grade to compete against the top professionals in a sport where courage and strength are the names of the game.


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