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Monday 8th September 2003

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Our sympathy to Betty (Bradshaw) Fahey, Poulavanogue, Clonmel, on the sudden death of her husband Pat, who died on Wednesday September 3rd in Dublin. Pat and Betty are photographed above at a function in Fethard not long ago. Betty, originally from Drumdeel, Fethard, worked for many years as receptionist for Dr. Maher, Main Street, Fethard.
Remains left O'Donoghue's Funeral Parlour, Clonmel, at 6.45pm on Friday 5th September, for Sts Peter and Paul's Church, Clonmel. Burial took place at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Clonmel, following
Requiem Mass at 1pm on Saturday.

FETHARD HISTORIC TOWN ATLAS (pre-publication offer)

Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 13, Fethard, by Tadhg O'Keeffe, will be published late in 2003 and will retail at €30. The price for orders received before that date on a special pre-publication order form is €20 plus €2 post and packaging.
Complete the form and return to: IHTA Fethard special offer, Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. For further information email: Sarah Gearty Royal Irish Academy
This atlas will include historical and archaeological details of over 400 sites, an historical essay, and a range of large-format maps, reconstructions, views and photographs. All trace the growth of Fethard from its possible origins as an early Christian church site, to its foundation as an Anglo-Norman town in the early 1200s, right up to the 20th century.
Fethard will join twelve other Irish towns and cites, which have been published as part of the IHTA series.

Published by Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 09543855-7-8

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 2nd September were: 1, 4, 20 and 28. There was no Jackpot Winner and three 'Match 3' winners who received €50:
Pat O'Meara, Ballinure, Thurles
Michael O'Donovan, 20 Roaring Springs, Old Bridge, Clonmel
Josephine Moran, c/o Ryans, Coolmoyne Cross.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Jimmy O'Meara, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard
Finola Anglim, Kilknockin, Fethard
Martin Ryan, c/o G. O'Donovan, Fethard.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.


Photographed at the Debs Ball at Cahir House Hotel on 28th August are L to R: Damien Prout, Catriona Lyons, Martin Sheehan and Marie O’Brien. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOGRAPHS

Congratulations are extended to our leaving cert class of 2003. They were delighted with their results received on August 13th. Good grades were achieved at higher and ordinary levels and personal hopes were fulfilled. Many now travel on to 3rd level education to pursue courses in engineering, business, law, construction and the arts.
Our popular geography and English teacher Justin McGree tied the knot on August 16th. Both he and his wife Sinéad are on honeymoon in California presently.
The sympathy of the principal and staff is extended to Mr Richard Prendergast on the death of his brother Anthony at so young an age, and to Michael Leonard on the death of his mother, Bridget.
Friday August 29th is E Day (entry) for our new 1st year. Our intake has increased significantly this year and we wish them a happy six years with us.

“Kerry player bitten by Tyrone opponent in All-Ireland semifinal!”, screamed the headlines in a national Sunday paper. What’s new?
We recall a Coolmoyne v Carrick Swan senior hurling match way back in the fifties when a similar event occurred. During what the late Micheál O Heir called a ‘schmozzle’ on the edge of the Coolmoyne square, the Coolmoyne full back and the Swan full forward collapsed in an untidy heap. Both of these players were bordering on the super-heavyweight division. The Carrick man realising that the thumb of the Coolmoyne full back was in his mouth, could not shout a warning of his predicament. He decided, however, to apply a little pressure with his upper and lower molars to the offending digit, which had the desired effect.
Both players rose to their feet and continued playing, no warning was given, no names taken and no one sent off. Nevertheless to say, there were no startling headlines of the occurrence on the report of the game in The Nationalist that week. Concerning which, the late Tommy Kearney of the Carrick Opinion fame wrote, “Next Sunday’s game between Coolmoyne and Swan should be a tough encounter, after all, Coolmoyne are Fethard (feathered) and The Swans have a ‘down’ on them.

Next week is Heritage Week all across Europe and Fethard Historical Society have organised two events as our contribution.
On Sunday next, 7th September, there is a Walking Treasure Hunt around the old town. Entry is free and three Family Vouchers have been very kindly sponsored by three of our local restaurants; Oriental Garden, G&T's ,and Sabatinis, who are to be thanked indeed for their support. Meet at the Town Hall at three o'clock and the Treasure Hunt should last about an hour or so if you're good (and all week if you're bad) at picking up the clues.
On Tuesday evening, 9th September, there is a guided tour of the Medieval Town by Mary Hanrahan, beginning at 7.15pm and again there is no fee as it is Heritage Week.
South Tipperary County Council have produced a brochure of all events for the week, contact Newsagents, Community Council Office or the County Council itself for a free copy.

Results for progressive 25 game played on Friday 29th August. Winners on 12 games: Michael Whelan and Hannie Leahy. Second on 11 games: Tom Phelan and Bob Gleeson, Nora O'Donnell and Tom Tobin. Table prize: Kay St John and Pat O'Dwyer.


The news of the death of Rev Fr Michael Twomey OSA on Sunday 31st August in Dublin was received with great regret in Fethard. The late Fr. Twomey in his three terms of ministry at Fethard Augustinian Abbey probably exceeded the term served by any priest in Fethard Parish.
The saintly Father was held in the greatest regard and high esteem by all who were privileged to know him. Sincere sympathy is extended to his fellow priests in the O.S.A. and especially to his relatives and the Augustinian Fathers who served with him in Fethard. Fr. Twomey will be interred at Fethard Augustinian Abbey.
Remains left Ballyboden, Dublin, at 4pm on Tuesday, and arrived at the Augustinian Abbey Fethard at 7.30pm. Requiem Mass took place at 12 noon on Wednesday 3rd September followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Senior Football County Quarter Final takes place on Sunday 7th Sept when we take on Clonmel Commercials in Kilsheelan at 6pm. This is the last chance to stay in the Championship for the year for both teams.
The Junior A South Football Championship is on this Saturday 6th September when we play Cahir in Monroe at 6.30pm. We have to get a result in this game to make the final four.
The Junior B South Championship Football resumes with a game against Clonmel Og on Wednesday 10th September in Monroe at 6.15pm.
The Lotto Jackpot of €1,700 was not won. The numbers drawn in Grants Bar were , 20 , 21 and 24. We had two match three winners who received €75 each: Anna Cooke (St Patricks Place) and Eleanor Roche (Strylea). The €59 Lucky Dip winner was Michael Dillon (Tullamaine).

It was sweet pay-back time for recent defeats by Fethard when a confident and well-focussed Moyle Rovers stripped their arch rivals and the fancied holders of their championship crown with this comprehensive victory in their South Tipperary Clonmel Oil SFC semi-final at Kilsheelan on Saturday 23rd August. READ MATCH REPORT FROM THE NATIONALIST

The Irish Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust was first set up by a small group of twenty eight people in Easter of 1972. The first group to travel to Lourdes consisted of fourteen young people with special needs who were accompanied by fourteen adult carers who pay their own fare. Thirty years later in 2002 over five hundred people with special needs were accompanied by five hundred adult carers on a very special journey. The Trust covers the cost of the young people selected to travel. It costs approximately €850.00 to bring each young person to Lourdes.
This year the South Eastern Region have the responsibility of raising €20,000.00. The Trust relies on the generosity of people making donations or supporting the many functions organised by its regional committee.
To raise this amount for next Easter's Pilgrimage, one of our group, Sr. Betty, has decided to take part in a sponsored cycle from Dinard in the north of France to Lourdes, a distance of approximately 600 miles, during the week prior to the children travelling to Lourdes. We plan to raise a major part of our sponsorship by organising various events during the coming months, such as Golf Classic, Raffles, Sponsored Walk, etc.
The Golf Classic will be held in Slievenamon Golf Club on the l2" and 13th of September next. You may wish to support this venture by sponsoring a team of three for 120 euro (meal included). Sponsor a Tee Box/Green for 50 euro, or any other donation you may wish to make will be greatly appreciated.
We trust you will look favourably on this request and we look forward to your generous response.
For any further information regarding Tee times etc. please contact: Brendan Kenny (052) 32213 or Sr. Betty Cagney, Group Leader, (052) 31305.

Training for Fethard Rugby players under/12 and under/10 will commence in the Community Sportsfield on this Saturday 6th September. Training for under/8s will commence on Saturday 13th September.

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 30th August of Tracy, daughter of Mr Bob and the late Mrs Noreen Maher, Barrack Street, to Mr Seán Óg Ryan, Rosegreen.
The wedding took place at Killusty Church on Saturday 30th August of Shirley, daughter of Mr Chris and Mrs Rena Maher, Rathsallagh, to Mr Alan Colman, Dublin.

The death has occurred at her residence in Kilrush, Co. Clare, of Mrs Noreen Deveraux, formerly Noreen Henehan, Main Street, Fethard. Interment took place at Bohernabreena Cemetery, Dublin.


Boys and girls from Fethard who took part in a week’s tennis coaching programme at Fethard Sports Centre. The course was organised by Jimmy and Fionnuala O’Sullivan, and given by Tony McCarthy.

Fethard Bridge club reopens on Wednesday 10th September in the Tirry Centre at 7.30pm. Please don't forget that the table money has been increased to €5 per person. New members are welcome.
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O'Brien 31862.

PHILIPPA & CATHERINE (message & photos received)

Loved your website and have just returned from spending 2 glorious weeks in Fethard. My father, Grandfather and Greatgrandfather all came from there and so it was like home from home made especially so by such wonderful people. One such person must be Fethard's greatest character, Jimmy Ryan, who nightly regaled my cousin and I with his storytelling. He was such a mine of information and willingly passed on all he knew about some cousins of mine I was trying to trace. He even arranged a tour of the Coolmore Stud which I would never have known existed in Fethard. It's a lovely unspoilt place and I hope it says that way, so don't make your website too attractive to visitors!!

Best wishes to last year's Leaving Cert pupils from Patrician Presentation Secondary School who held their Debs Ball at Cahir House Hotel on Thursday Night 28th August. Lots of photos shortly!


Jim Fitzgerald sent us this photograph taken last year in Cashel at a surprise birthday party for Dick Fitzgerald. Dick was asked, "Which was his favourite GAA sportsman of all time?" He answered, "Tipperary hurler John Doyle"; . . . and so his daughter made it happen — Dick was so delighted to meet John Doyle (photographed above) — a perfect gentleman.


Grandson of the late Stasia Kenrick of Congress Terrace, Fethard, Robert Hetterley collected his BSc in Chemistry at Birmingham University. He is pictured above with younger brother John who attends Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe, Lancashire. Parents David and Frances Hetterley (nee Kenrick) live in Hereford and next plan to visit relatives and friends in Fethard in September.

Congratulation to the boys under15 volleyball team and Michael Costello who competed in the ESB National Finals of Community Games in Mosney. Michael Costello got into the semifinal of the boys under/12 100 meters and the volleyball team won Certificates of Merit. Team members were: Stephen O’Meara (Capt), Liam Ryan, Christopher Sheehan, Aaron O’Donovan, Cathal Gorey, Michael Fleming, Lory Kenny, Paul McCarthy, Christopher Horan, Declan Doyle and Joe Fogarty. Managers were Denis Burke and Liam Frewen. The lads played very well and enjoyed the experience.

If you have any photographs or ideas for articles for inclusion in this years Annual Emigrants Newsletter please start getting them together now. Work on compiling this year’s issue will commence shortly and we invite you to submit your articles to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

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