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Monday 6th October 2003

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We record the death of Alice Slattery, Congress Terrace, and formerly of Coolmoyne, who died on Friday 3rd October at Killusty Nursing Home, aged 98. Remains will leave McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 6.30pm for Holy Trinity Church Fethard. Burial in Calvary Cemetery following 11am Mass on Sunday.

Fethard has just opened a new hat hire business 'Mad Hatters' run by Pamela Sweeney. Pamela will provide hats for hire for all your special dress occasions. To arrange an appointement please contact Pamela at Tel:052 31920 or 086 8743752.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 21st October at 9pm in the Tirry Community Centre. Ms Tess Collins, Tenant Liaison Officer with South Tipperary County Council, will meet the committee and representatives of Fethard’s Residents’ Associations before the AGM at 8.30pm.

Results for Progressive 25 game played on Friday 26th September. Winners on 12 games: John Martin and Bridie Lee. Runners up on 11 games: Micky Phelan and David Curran. Table Prize: Seamus Maher and Brian O'Donnell. Tickets: John Martin, Willie Kennedy, Patricia Lee and Gerry Murray. Next game will take place on Friday 3rd October at 8.45pm in Fethard Ballroom. Please remember games start sharp on time.

Members of the Fethard and Killusty Community Council and the Fethard Community Playgroup committee met with Mr Chris Sheehan, County Childcare Committee, and Ms Phil Mackey, South Eastern Health Board, on site at the Convent Hall to discuss the feasibility of opening a full-day Childcare Facility on the premises. Childcare is becoming an essential part of modern day living and Fethard has been identified as an area where facilities could be successfully developed. Further discussions are due to take place.

On Saturday last we qualified for the Intermediate Hurling South Final on a scoreline Fethard 1-13 (1-6), Kilsheelan/Kilcash 1-11(0-5). We now have a chance to put back-to-back titles having won the 2002 Championship as well. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Quinlan, Michael Ryan, Shay Ryan, Tomas Keane 0-3F, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Aherne, John P Looby, P J Aherne, Cian Maher 0-1, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-2, Brian Coen 0-1, Miceál Spillane 0-3 (1F), Michael Dillon 0-2, Ciaran Treacy 1-1 (1F). Subs used were, Jamie McCormack and Shane Walsh.
The Senior Football County semifinal replay against Cahir takes place on this Sunday 5th October in Clonmel at 3.15pm (extra time will be played in the event off a draw).
The Junior Football A south semifinal against St Patricks will not be played this weekend. It will possibly we played 13/14th October.
The Lotto Jackpot of €1,100 was not won. The draw took place at the Well and the numbers were 5, 17, 18 and 19. We had one ‘match three’ winner and €150 went to Caroline Flanagan (Derryluskin). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Liz Burke (Burke Street).
Our Sympathies are with the Hayes Family (Main Street) on the death of Jimmy (Nobby) recently. Go nDeanai Trocaire Orthu.

Fethard Community Playgroup are now open on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm. For further details of times and places, please contact administrator Helena O’Shea at Tel: 052 32316 or call upstairs to Fethard Health Centre, Rocklow Road, during opening hours.

Fethard Bridge Club results for Wednesday 24th September.
1st Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles (winners of the Free Sub Gross)
2nd Gross: Bridget Gorey and Betty Walsh
1st Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke
2nd Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney
We played for the Free Sub Nett on Wednesday 1st October and on Wednesday next, 8th October, we will be playing for charity. We hope all our members will come along on the 8th to support our charity night. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien at 31862.

This was the first week of our now '€1000 Holiday Break' for those who matched three numbers with the extra bonus number drawn on Tuesday night. We are delighted to say it was 'First Time Lucky' for T.J. Sheehan, Killusty, who won the prize on the first week of its launch.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 30th September were: 6, 9, 12, 24 and the Bonus number was 18. There was no Jackpot winner and two "Match 3" winners who received €75 each:
Vera Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard
Niall Connolly, Garrinch, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Jondy O'Connor, Farranalleen, Fethard
Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Martin Burke, Main Street, Fethard
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

Don't forget the new additional prize of a Holiday Break of your Choice to the value of €1,000. This prize can be won on your regular ticket if you match three numbers with a ‘bonus number’ that will be drawn separately each week for the duration of the special promotion. Lotto tickets remain at €2 each and we thank you for your continued support each week. All proceeds of the draw are used for community projects in the parish and have helped many organisations and groups in the area to date. If you are interested in selling tickets in your workplace or home, please contact the Community Office 052 31000. All sales big or small are really appreciated and, don’t forget, if you sell the winning Jackpot ticket, you could win the €1,000 sellers prize, or €10 for each ‘Match Three’ ticket you sell.

Are you interested in joining a women's group in Fethard?. Meet new friends, have a chat and a cuppa, participate in some training or courses at a time that suits you. If yes is your answer contact; Veronica Crowe, (Community Education Facilitator) VEC, The Mall, Clonmel, (052) 21067, (087) 2277510, or please give your name to Joan O'Donohoe, Tirry Centre Office, Barrack Street, Tel: (052) 31000.

The organisers of the Diocesan Draw wish to thank sincerely, promoters and subscribers who supported the Diocesan Fund Draw in Fethard Parish over the past few months. As a sign of appreciation, a special draw for €2,000 amongst parish subscribers took place at the final promoters meeting on Tuesday 23rd September.
Winners were as follows:
James Lonergan €500; Mary Newport €500; Mrs Ita and Hugh Carrigan €200; Teresa Harrington €200; Berney Myles €200; Joan Anglim €200 and Robert Grant €200. In a draw for promoters, the following were winners, Paddy Wallace and Paddy Butler €100, Teresa Roche €100.

“Shake the hand that shook the hand of the man that shook the world”, was the catchphrase in American twenties of many who had shaken hands with Irish American, John L. O’Sullivan, heavyweight-boxing champion of the world.
This week we would like to shake the hand of local farmer, Brendan Morrissey of Cashel Road, who shook hands with 14,169 people in eight hours at this year’s Annual Ploughing Championships held last week. This represents an astonishing rate of 1,771 handshakes per hour and gives Brendan a place in the Guinness Book of Records. The handshakes were recorded by computer through a special disk placed in the palm of Brendan’s right hand. He was only allowed to use his right hand and obliged to shake the right hand of each individual separately, among other conditions, before the record would be recognised.
Brendan’s effort is even more meritorious as he did 99% of the organising, public relations etc, as well as thinking up the idea himself in the first place.
Always a great man for the craic, Brendan, a former all-Ireland ‘Culchie of the Year’ winner, had much more than craic in making the world record hand-shaking attempt. Brendan’s aim was to raise funds for the Tipperary and Meath branches of the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland. Members of Enfield and Fethard Macra, along with members of the South Tipperary and Meath branches of the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland, provided stewarding and back-up for the event.
We congratulate Brendan for his physical prowess in his record-breaking achievement and complement him on the purpose for which the event was organised. We feel sure that if anyone is still interested, Brendan and Fethard Macra would be only too pleased to accept further subscriptions towards the cause.

The 2003/2004 coursing season has just opened and already Fethard has a qualifier for this year’s Derby at Powerstown Park. John Morrissey’s ‘Fiodh Ard’ was winner of the 64 dog Derby Trial Stake at last week’s coursing meeting in New Ross. Congratulations to John and also to his father Billy, who assisted on the preparation of ‘Fiodh Ard’. Here’s hoping it is the start of better things to come and that the dog will do himself and Fethard proud in Powerstown Park next spring.

A disappointing start to the club year this week. The club was unable to open on Saturday 27th due to unavailability of the Ballroom but we will open on October 4th at 7.15pm. Sorry to any members who were left waiting — a notice was posted but seems to have been taken down.


The late Jimmy Hayes is photographed above at a function in Fethard Ballroom. L to R: Bridget Hayes, Mrs and Mrs Brian O’Donnell and Jimmy Hayes.
The death has occurred on Wednesday 24th September of Mr Jimmy Hayes, Main Street. The late Jimmy Hayes was the last of his generation of a well-known and highly regarded family — the Hayes family of Coolmoyne.
Jimmy was known throughout Irish racing circles where for over fifty years on all Irelands racecourses, he acted as clerk for his late brother Dick in their course bookmaking. he was regarded as the best bookmaking clerk of his era. In keeping with a great family tradition, he was also a former Coolmoyne and Fethard senior hurler and footballer. He won South Tipp senior hurling medals with Coolmoyne in 1937 and 1938, and South and County Tipperary senior football medals with Fethard in 1938 and 1942.
Throughout his long life, he remained a constant racegoers and a great supporter and follower of Fethard GAA teams. He took particular interest in the 4 south and 3 county under/21 Fethard championship-winning teams.
Jimmy was also a very keen card player and a many-times winner at local ‘25s’ competitions. A regular attender at the weekly Progressive 25 game at Fethard Ballroom each Friday night, he was actually present on the Friday night previous to his last illness.
Jimmy Hayes’s greatest qualities were as a great family man and good neighbour. He was also a man of very deep faith. A daily communicant at 10am Mass each morning at Fethard Parish Church, he also regularly came back from his Rocklow Road walk through the Convent Grounds making a private visit to the Blessed Sacrament on his way home.
Jimmy Hayes, who has passed his ninetieth birthday, was something of an institution in the town. he will be greatly missed by his wife Bridget and family, and by a very wide circle if friends. Past and present players of Fethard GAA formed a guard of honour at his funeral. His coffin was draped with the Fethard and Coolmoyne ‘blue and white’. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.


Fethard Intermediate Hurlers had a good win over Kilsheelan/Kilcash in the South Semifinal played at Monroe this evening, Saturday 27th September. Final score was Fethard 1-13, Kilsheelan/Kilcash 1-11.


Relatives of the late Eileen Cahill, Coolmoyne, are photographed above while visiting Fethard last week. L to R: John Myers and his wife Tracey (Cahill) Myers, Joe (junior) Cahill and his son Michael Cahill. Joe’s father was Joseph A. Cahill and his grandfather was Michael Cahill who emigrated from Fethard to Troy, New York in 1866. Michael Cahill was the older brother of Laurence Cahill who was Eileen and Tom Cahill’s father from Coolmoyne.
On their visit, they brought with them a very interesting diary belonging to Joseph A. Cahill, which describes his visit to Fethard c.1918-1919 while serving in the US Navy.

We record the death of Jimmy Hayes, Lower Main Street, Fethard, who died on Wednesday 24th September. Remains left McCarthy's Funeral Parlour, Fethard, for Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 7pm on Thursday. Burial took place at Calvary Cemetery following Requiem Mass at 11am on Friday.

Best of luck to local journalist Conor Kane who has started as journalist with The Nationalist on Monday last. Conor is the son of Danny and Rita Kane, Kerry Street, Fethard.

Fethard Bridge Club results for Wednesday 17th September.
1st Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
1st Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke
2nd Nett: Pearl Lahart and Breda O’Grady
We played for the Free Sub Gross on 24th September and we will play for the Free Sub Nett on next Wednesday 1st October.
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien at 31862.


Fethard’s Damien Byrne and Cahir’s James McGrath photographed in action at the County Championship semifinal in Clonmel. READ MATCH REPORT from The Nationalist
On Sunday 21st September in Clonmel our Senior Footballers earned the right to do it all over again in the county championship semifinal when the game ended level on a scoreline, Fethard 1-11, Cahir 1-11. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne, Michael Aherne, Stephen O’Donnell, Tomas Keane, Michael Quinlan, Cian Maher, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, P J Aherne 0-2, Michael Dillon 1-1, Willie Morrissey, John P Looby, Miceál Spillane, Brian Coen 0-5F, Jimmy O’Meara 0-1. Subs used were: Glen Burke 0-1, Tomas Anglim, and Conor McCarthy.
Intermediate Hurling is now down to South semifinal stage and on this Saturday 27th September, we play Kilsheelan in Monroe.
Junior A Football is also at South semifinal stage where we understand our opponents are St Patricks, at a time and venue to be arranged.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €1000 was not won. The numbers drawn in The Castle were 10, 18, 21 and 22. We had one match three winner of €150 who was Francis Dillon (Tullamaine). Our €50 Lucky Dip went to John Walsh (Curraghtarsna).

Progress 25 results for game played on Friday 19th September are as follows: Winners on 13 games: John Martin and Bridie Lee. Joint second on 11 games: Michael Murphy and Jim Mescal, Lory Byrne and Sean Walsh. Table Prize: Dinny O'Donnell and David Curran. Rubber Finals: Tom McCormack and Jackie Devitt, Jim Garrett and Mick Holohan, John Martin and Bridie Lee. Tickets: Margaret Phelan, Jerry Murray, Michael Devitt and Jackie Devitt. Next game will take place on Friday 26th September in Fethard Ballroom at 8.45 sharp.

Fethard Ballroom dancer, the late Babe Maher who with her husband Bill were oft times winner of local ballroom dancing competitions, will be remembered in Cahir on Sunday next. The Babe Maher Memorial Dancing Championships will be held in Cahir House Hotel on Sunday next 28th September from 1pm to 6pm. The afternoon’s entertainment is not only for competitors, there will be dancing for everyone and families are especially welcome. Admission for spectators is €6.

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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