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Monday 13th October 2003

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We record the death of Pauline Coffey, Burke Street, who died at St. Patrick's Hospital, Cashel, on Friday 10th October. Remains will leave McCarthy's Funeral parlour at 7pm on Saturday 11th for the Augustinian Abbey Church, Fethard. Burial will take place at the Holy Trinity Parish Church Graveyard following 11.30am Mass on Sunday.

We record the death of Jimmy Gibbs, Ballypatrick, who died on the 8th October. Remains left Condon's Funeral Parlour Clonmel at 7.30pm on Friday 10th October for St. John the Baptist Church Kilcash. Burial will take place in the adjoining cemetery following 11am Mass on Saturday.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 7th October were: 7, 9, 14, 17 and the Bonus number was 18. There was no Jackpot winner and three "Match 3" winners who received €50 each:
Seamus Moloney, Tirry Park, Fethard
Maeve Withero, c/o Nellie O'Connor, Cashel
Frankie Napier, Mountain View, Killusty, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Maureen Whyte, Main Street, Fethard
Margaret Browne, c/o AIB, Fethard
Mary Grant, Killerk, Fethard.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

The Irish Countrywomen’s Association will hold their next meeting on Tuesday 14th October in the ICA Hall at 8pm. Mary Joe Murphy from Maigue Flower Club in Adare will demonstrate some floral arrangements suitable for Christmas. All are welcome. Admission to non-members is €5. Hostesses for the night are the Red Group. Competition theme is ‘Last Blooms of Summer.
Please note that the demonstration will begin at 8pm sharp, before the meeting.

Good news for passengers who regularly use the Thurles-Fethard-Clonmel Shamrock bus service. From 1st October, there is a full service each day from Monday to Saturday. Heretofore, the bus, which was put on service when the Thurles-Clonmel railway line closed down, did not operate on Wednesday or Thursday. This meant there was no service provided on Thursday. Fethard now will have a bus to Clonmel on Thursdays for the first time since the service was established.
Departure times from Fethard to Clonmel are, 9.10am, 1.10pm 4.10pm and 8.10pm. Departure times from Fethard to Thurles are 8am, 11.45am, 3.50pm and 6.20pm. The departure times from Clonmel to Thurles are approximately 30 minutes before the Fethard times.

Our senior footballers made their exit from the county championship on Sunday last in Clonmel on a scoreline, Fethard 0-5 (0-1), Cahir 0-8 (0-4), in the county Semifinal replay. It is ironic that since we last won the county championship in 2001, we’ve lost in 2002 and 2003 in semifinal replays almost by the same margin. The team on Sunday last was: Paul Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne 0-1, Michael Aherne, Cian Maher, Tomas Keane, Michael Quinlan, Stephen O’Donnell, Aiden Fitzgerald, P J Aherne, Brian Coen 0-2 (1f), Willie Morrissey, Michael Dillon, Jimmy O’Meara, Miceál Spillane and John P Looby. Subs used were: Glen Burke 0-2f, Thomas Anglim, Conor McCarthy, Willie Morrissey and Kenneth Byrne. We wish Cahir the very best in the county final. Our remaining game is in the county league semifinal against Moyle Rovers at a date, time and place to be arranged.
The Intermediate Hurling South Final will not be played for a few weeks as we await our opposition.
The Lotto Jackpot of €1,200 was not won. We had six match three winners who received €25 each: Annette McCarthy (Main Street); David Lawton (St Patricks Place); Tom Gilpin (The Valley); Chris, Tommy and Jody Sheehan (1 Woodvale Walk); Dermot O’Meara (63 Woodvale Walk); and Joe Hanly (Coleman). The €50 Lucky Dip went to Liam McGrath (c/o Campbell’s Soup Thurles).

Fethard Bridge Club results for Wednesday, 1st October are as follows. The free sub nett was won by Kathleen O’Connell.
1st Nett: Kathleen O'Connell and Carmel Kelly.
2nd Nett: Ellen Rochford and Suzanne Opray.
1st Gross: Bernie O’Meara and Anna Cooke.
2nd Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John.
Next Wednesday, 8th October, we will be playing for sponsored prizes. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien, Tel: 052 31862.

Club secretaries are asked to submit their annual reports for inclusion in this years Emigrant’s Newsletter as soon as possible. Photographs and articles can be handed in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. We also remind emigrants to hand in change of addresses or new addresses for those wishing to be added to the mailing list. An up-to-date list is essential to avoid unnecessary postage costs, so please let us know if your children or loved ones living away from home have changed flat or house in the past twelve months.
This year’s annual church gate collection for the Emigrant’s Newsletter will take place in a few weeks time on weekending 25th and 26th October. All donations of €10 or more will be acknowledged in this years issue. If you wish to be acknowledged, please put your donation in an envelope with your name and address or else hand it to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road.


Photographed at the presentation of prizes at Slievenamon Golf Club following the very successful Golf Classic run in aid of TRUST for the homeless. L to R: Frank Purcell (organiser), Des Delahunty (Captain Slievenamon Golf Club), Alice Leahy (Director of TRUST), Vincent Murphy (organiser) and Peter Collins (RTE Sports Presenter and M.C. for the event).
Last weekend a very successful Golf Classic was run at Slievenamon Golf Club in aid of TRUST, a charity for the homeless run by Alice Leahy who is formerly from Annesgift, Fethard. Alice was present on Saturday night for the prizegiving ceremony which was compared by RTE sports presenter, Peter Collins. Alice thanked the main organisers, Frank Purcell and Vincent Murphy for their wonderful work in organising sponsorship and teams for the event, she also thanked Slievenamon Golf Club’s secretary Brendan Kenny and Club Captain, Des Delahunty, for their help in running the event and organising the course and timesheets etc. In reply, Club Captain Des Delahunty, said he was delighted to be able to help such a worthy cause and invited the organisers back for another Golf Classic next year. RTE sports presenter and MC for the night, Peter Collins, spoke of the wonderful work that Alice achieves while working with the homeless in Dublin and how the funds raised will help so many people live a better quality of life over the next year.
Alice has recently published a new book, ‘With Trust in Place’, which will be officially launched by RTE presenter Pat Kenny at 6pm on Tuesday 14th October at the City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2. The book is written on the theme of ‘the outsider’ with contributions from many well-known writers such as Maeve Binchy and Christy Moore. This is her second book, her first book being, ‘Not just a bed for the night’ published by Marino in 1995 and written with Anne Dempsey.
The results of the Golf Classic are as follows.

Winners of the Golf Classic at Slievenamon Golf Club in aid of TRUST are L to R: Des Murtagh, John Lonergan, Martin Burke and Des Delahunty (Captain Slievenamon Golf Club). Also on the team was James Dunne, Tramore.

Runners-up were L to R: Gerard Purcell, Paul Kelly, Eugene Fitzsimons and Martin McGowan.

Third Place were L to R: Paul Kenny, Aidan Kenny, James Smith and Colin Kenny.
In fourth place were: Willie Harrington, Michael Fitzgerald, Denis Burke and Ted Cummins. Finishing fifth were: Liam Whyte, Vincent Woodlock, Mick Mullane and Nat McCarthy.
The organisers wish to thank all who sponsored prizes, made donations and entered teams, to help make the event the great success it turned out to be over the two days.

All are invited to the Annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service that will take place in the Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Main Street, on this Friday night, October 10, at 8pm.


On next Saturday 11 October, 2003, the town of Fethard in County Tipperary, will host the first ever County Local History Day. It is a day when everyone interested or involved in local history — whether in a voluntary or official capacity — can come together to exchange information and expertise for the benefit of all. The day-long seminar is being hosted for 2003 by the Fethard Historical Society and it will be held in the Abymill Theatre. Photographed above in Fethard are organisers L to R: Noreen Higgins, a well-known local historian and author from Golden; Mary Hanrahan, public relations officer with Fethard Historical Society and Terry Cunningham, chairman Fethard Historical Society.

The Programme for the day is as follows:

  • 9.30am: Registration and Tea or Coffee.
  • 10am: Up-date from the Statutory Heritage Agencies, including: Brendan McSherry (Heritage Officer); Stephen Fallon (Conservation Officer); Sarah Gillespie (Museum Curator), Róisin Treacy (Archivist), all from South Tipperary County Council; Martin Maher (County Librarian) and Jean Farrelly (DEHLG, formerly Dúchas) etc. To be followed by a public Discussion.
  • 11.15am: Up-date from Local and County Historical Societies with information on: support and networking (eg. South Tipperary Voluntary and Community Platform); sources of funding (eg. Tipperary Leader); Insurance issues; ideas for the 2004 Seminar etc. To be followed by a public Discussion.
  • 12.30pm: Lunch, a light lunch is included in the booking fee
  • 1.45pm: Special Topic for 2003 ‘Conserving Older Buildings’. This will be a detailed look at the issue of conserving and restoring older buildings. Expert speakers will outline in detail the planning, financial and practical issues involved. The Panel will include Stephen Fallon (Conservation Officer with South Tipperary County Council), Margaret Quinlan (Architect) Garry Gleeson (Builder/Conservator), Barry O’Reilly (Archaeologist). Site visits in the immediate area will also form part of the workshop. To be followed by a public Discussion.
  • 4.00pm: Close and Tea or Coffee.

For those wishing to only come to the afternoon session, ‘Conserving Older Buildings’, you can arrive before the session starts at 2pm and a reduced fee of €7 will apply. This also includes a tea/coffee break which will give you an opportunity to talk to the speakers if you are particularly interested in this topic.

Anyone interested in travelling on the 2004 pilgrimage to Lourdes and would like to pay their fare by weekly instalments can do so now. Kathleen Barry, Tullamaine, has organised a 30-week saving scheme, commencing on 12th October, where you pay €20 per week and save your fare in time for the trip. If you would like to join the scheme or get further details contact Kathleen at Tel: 052 31630.

Our final outing of the year takes place next Saturday, Oct 11th at Dunmore East Golf Club. It’s also Captain’s Prize day for our society captain, Pat Woodlock, so a large turnout is expected. The good news is that tee-off is at 9am, so early to bed on Friday night.

To say we were delighted by the success of our golf classic would be an understatement. We never cease to be amazed by the generosity of people, from our main sponsor South East Scaffolding to all the business people and individuals who sponsored teams, tee boxes and prizes. Without your support, this would not have been possible, we must also thank Kevin and Margaret Lalor of Slievenamon Golf Club for their facilities. Also club captain Des Delahunty and a special thanks to Brendan Kenny for his support over the two days. Thanks to all who helped out in any way in organising the golf classic, especially our chief organiser Chris Coen, who did trojan work during the last few weeks. For photos of the day, check out the Slievenamon Golf Club website.

Results for Progressive 25 game played on Friday 3rd October in Fethard Ballroom. Winners: Chris O'Brien and Chas Keane on 12 games. Runners up: Chris Coleville and Sean Walsh, Jack Fleming and John St John, Mary and Patricia Lee — all three on 10 games. Table Prize: Nora Lee and Nora O'Donnell. Tickets: Ann Nevin, Gerry Murray, Joe Godfrey and Fr. Breen. Next game takes place on Friday 10th October at 8.45 sharp.

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.


One of the oldest pubs in the country, The Thatch Pub in Cloneen, is about to get a facelift this week as preparations are being made to remove the old thatch roof and have it replaced. There is also some necessary conservation work needed to the interior. This unique pub is a protected structure and is now in the ownership of Noel and Patricia Fitzgerald. It was last thatched in the 1970’s when the pub was run by Noel’s relative, the late Theresa Walsh, Tubber, Cloneen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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