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Monday 27th October 2003

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The annual general meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council (Fethard & Killusty Muintir Council Ltd.) was held on Tuesday 21st October in the Tirry Community Centre, attended by Tom O'Gorman, representing O'Gorman Brannigan Purtill & Co., Accountants & Registered Auditors, Clonmel. Mr O'Gorman praised the committee for their achievements during the year and was very impressed with the keeping of accounts.

The total income for the year was €120,179, with €65,864 coming from Community Lotto ticket sales and the balance from rent, fundraising and donations. Expenditure, including Lotto prizes and administrative expenses, amounted to €61,196 leaving an operating profit of €59,573 (which includes €590 bank interest received).

The committee have now repaid outstanding loans for the purchase of the Convent Hall and the building/refurbishing of the extension to the Fethard & District Day Care Centre. The next project, now in progress, is the development of the Convent Hall.

Projects undertaken during the past year included: Fethard & Killusty Community Employment Scheme; Purchase and Erection of Christmas Lights and Tree; Participation in the Slieveardagh Tourism Project; Preparation for Fethard Development Plan 2004; Fethard & Killusty London Reunion; Fethard & District Day Care Centre; Fethard Town Wall Floodlighting; Formation of Residents Associations; Sponsorship Special Olympic Athlete; Resurfacing Car Park at Community Centre; Golf Classic at Slievenamon Golf Course; Tidy Towns Development Projects; Town Hall Consultation Work; Fethard Community Information Office; Feasibility Study Application to Tipperary Leader Group; and individual consultation committee meetings with the following guest speakers: John Devane (Tipperary Leader Group); Martin Maher (Tipperary County Library); Michael Bulfin (Tipperary Institute); Sheila Comerfort (County Childcare Committee); Stephen Fallon (Conservation Officer South Tipperary County Council); Tess Collins (Tenant Liaison Officer, South Tipperary County Council); Chris Sheehan (County Childcare Committee).

The board of directors appointed for the coming year are as follows: Joe Kenny (chairman); Jimmy Connolly (treasurer); Edwina Newport (secretary); Marie Murphy (public relations officer); Ger Manton (vice-chairman & Christmas Lighting); Peter Grant (Community Employment Scheme Coordinator); Thelma Griffith (Day Care Centre Delegate); Diana Stokes (Tidy Towns Delegate). Board Members: Liam Hayes, John Barrett; Brian Sheehy; Fr. Tom Breen; and Jimmy Lawrence. The committee would like to acknowledge the work of Joan O'Donohue, Supervisor of the Community Employment Scheme, and her staff who do excellent work on a daily basis at the Centre and in the community. Also the voluntary workers who help on an ongoing basis with the Day Care Centre; Meals on Wheels, Community Lotto and Tidy Towns. A special thank-you to Cllr John Fahey, who never fails to attend all our meetings and offer his help when needed.

Fethard Civil Defence have now resumed their weekley meetings on Tuesday nights at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre. If you are over 16 and would like to take part, please come along on Tuesday night or contact Rory Walsh at Tel: 086 0802782.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 21st October were: 7, 11, 26, 29 and the Bonus number was 13. There was no Jackpot winner and four "Match 3" winners who received €40 each:
Nora Ryan, Darcy's Cross, Fethard.
Anna Wyse, Tipp Tack, Fethard.
Audrey Sheehan, Derryluskin, Fethard.
Nora Ryan, Darcy's Cross, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Paul O'Meara, The Green, Fethard.
Con Hurley, The Green, Fethard.
Mary Ward, 62 Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.


Atheltes from Nano Nagle Primary School, Fethard, who took part in the Cidona Primary Schools Cross Country Races held at Marlfield, Clonmel, on Wednesday 22nd October.

Atheltes from St. Patrick's Boys School, Fethard, who took part in the Cidona Primary Schools Cross Country Races held at Marlfield, Clonmel, on Wednesday 22nd October.

The Fethard / Killenaule Community TV committee have informed us that their service will continue in the Fethard Area. There are no plans to discontinue the service now or in the future. Subscribers are issued with a written guarantee of service on receipt of payment. If you have not already subscribed, please hand your annual fee to Austin O'Flynn, Burke Street, Fethard.


Pictured above are members of the Tipperary Pony Club team that won the All-Ireland Eventing championship. L to R: Kate Morris, Jack Halley, Jennifer Ronan and Kate Hannigan receiving the winning trophy from Tipperary D.C. Mrs Joan Dooley.
The initial Dressage phase saw the team in a close second position. However a strong cross-country and show jumping performance resulted in an exciting win for the Tipperary Pony Club Team over the 2002 winners from the Island Hunt branch.
Both Kate Hannigan and Jennifer Ronan were individual winners in their respective arenas.
This young team went to represent the Irish Pony Club Championships at Sansaw park. They finished in the top ten in a very strong competition with teams from all over the U.K. and Northern Ireland. Jack Halley finished a very credible seventh individually in his arena. A group of enthusiastic supporters travelled to the event and their help and encouragement was greatly appreciated.

The annual church gate collection for the Emigrant’s Newsletter will take place this coming weekend, 25th and 26th October. We ask for your support to help us publish and post over 1000 Newsletters free of charge to our emigrants throughout the world.
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.
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. Please also hand in change of addresses or new addresses for those wishing to be added to the emigrant mailing list. Anyone with Fethard connections living away from Fethard is eligible to be added to our list. An up-to-date mailing 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.


Jasper Murphy and Frank Purcell presented a cheque for €8,000 to Alice Leahy Director of TRUST helped by international best selling author Maeve Binchy and RTE's Pat Kenny - the proceeds of the Slievenamon Golf Classic in aid of TRUST. The presentation took place at the launch of book WITH TRUST IN PLACE edited and complied by Alice all of proceeds of which also go to TRUST.

Adrian Morrissey and his new bride, Avril Colville, spent their honeymoon touring New Zealand. They were surprised during their tour to be flagged down by a passing truck which overtook their camper van on a highway outside Wellington. Their surprise turned out to be amazement when they discovered they had been hailed by Michael Byrne, a very near Killusty neighbour of the bridegroom.
When they had recovered their composure, Michael said, he recognised his old schoolmate as he passed his vehicle.
They arranged to meet in Wellington that night where they had a good natter about the ‘times and the joys’, that for these young people are certainly not gone, but just beginning, in “The Valley Near Slievenamon’ — 12,000 miles away.

The initial confusion over the alternate week collection of household waste wheelie bins and sacks of recyclable waste have more or less sorted itself out. Householders please note that the wheelie bin collection takes place on Saturday 25th October instead of Monday 27th October, which is a Bank Holiday.
Here are some ideas of what can and cannot be included for recycling: newspapers, magazines, junk mail, waste paper, plastic bottles (lids removed and placed in clear bag), shampoo bottles, butter/spread containers, plastic drinks bottles, plastic milk bottles, yoghurt drinks and yoghurt cartons, cream containers, clothes conditioner packets, cereal boxes, plastic bags, biscuit packs, tetra packs, milk cartons, juice cartons, dog food tins, bean/pea tins, soft drinks cans, Christmas/birthday cards.
No unwashed food containers, No wet items, No glass jars or bottles, No heavy bags, No soiled kitchen paper, No ashes, No nappies, No sanitary items, No crisp packets, No sweet wrappers, No contaminated cling film, No food wrappings, No toothpaste tubes, No foil contaminated with food, No milky containers, No bric-a-brac, No builders rubble, No aerosols, No batteries and No grass cuttings.
Remember if the bag contains the wrong material, is too heavy or is wet, it will not be taken.

The hands of the clock have gone around once more, so please remember to put your clocks back one hour on this Saturday night 26th October when old time comes into operation.

One of Fethard’s biggest sporting and social occasions takes place on Monday next, 27th October, when the Tipperary Foxhounds hold their 115th successive opening meet in Fethard.

The next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday night, 28th October at 8.30pm in the Abymill Theatre.

It is great to see the Street Sweeper Lorry now visiting Fethard on a regular basis. It would be even better if we all make an extra effort to keep litter off our streets from now on.

The Fionn Mac Cumhall Players, Cloneen are hosting a fundraising night on Saturday 1st November in Cloneen. The ‘Showband Stars’ with special guests Doc Carroll, Damien McCarthy and the ‘Big Chief Flaming Star’ himself will entertain you for 2 and half hours. A night not to be missed! Hear all the hits from 60s, 70s and 80s.

We remind all children who may be attending Halloween bonfires or partaking in activities around the Halloween weekend to take every effort to avoid unnecessary risks. Accidents do happen every year, and have happened to many who think they're safe.


Fethard AC girls under/10 athletes L to R: Radka Janalikova, Hannah Stapleton and Emma Walsh.

Last Sunday 20 juvenile athletes travelled to Dundrum to compete in the County even-age cross-country championships. Unfortunately the club only managed to field one full team, nonetheless Fethard put in some fine individual performances.

Fethard AC girls under/14 athletes L to R: Bernadette Costello and Laura Rice.

In the boys under/10 race the indefatigable Gregory Henry took the gold medal in fine style winning his second county title in as many years and in the boys under/12 event John Lalor ran well to win the bronze medal. Brother and sister Hannah and Lolo Trehy ran impressively to finish 4th in their respective under/12 and under/14 races.

Fethard AC boys under/10 athletes L to R: Anthony Hartnett, Vincent Lawrence, Gregory Henry and Ashley Laslett.

The Fethard team was as follows: Girls under/10: Emma Walsh, Radka Janalikova and Hannah Stapleton. Boys under/10: Anthony Hartnett, Vincent Lawrence, Ashley Laslett and Gregory Henry. Girls under/12: Hannah Trehy, Aisling Dwyer, Michelle Ryall, Róisin Trehy, Sarah McManus and Aisling O’Connor. Boys under/12: John Lalor, Louis Rice and Owen Healy. Girls under/14: Bernadette Costello and Laura Rice. Boys under/14: Lolo Trehy and Michael Costello.

Fethard AC girls under/12 athletes L to R: Aisling Dwyer, Sarah McManus, Aisling O'Connor and Róisin Trehy.

Upcoming fixtures: Sunday 2nd November, Munster juvenile uneven age and novice in Rathgormack. Sunday 9th November, County Juvenile B takes place in Ballynonty. Sunday 16th November, Munster even age and intermediate in Killarney.

Fethard AC boys under/12 athletes L to R: Owen Healy, Louis Rice and John Lalor.

On Saturday18th October, our Junior A footballers brought this year’s first piece of silverware to the Senior Club when winning the South Championship (Fr John Egan Cup). The last time we won being 1999 — when we went on to win the county, making a total of eleven divisional titles, the last four being 1984, 1989, 1999, 2003. We had one player, Chris Coen, playing in 1984 and 2003, which is a span off 19 years. Back to the match — which was one off the best Junior A football matches in recent years — played in excellent conditions in Kilsheelan with Fethard coming out on top on a score line Fethard 2-11 (1-5), Ballingarry 1-12 (1-6). The team was: Ronan Maher, Chris Coen, Diarmuid Burke, Philly Blake, Ian Kenrick, Shane Walsh, Jamie McCormack, Eoin Doyle 0-1, Colm Coen 0-1, Shay Ryan (capt), Martin Coen, Brendan Brett 0-1, Tommy Sheehan 0-4 (2f), Shay Coen 1-1, and John Noonan 1-2. Subs were: Paul Hackett, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1, Shane Aylward (used), Garreth Byrne, Michael Fitzgerald, John Hurley, Paul Kenrick and Philly Prout. Best of luck to the team in the county semifinal when we next play Rosegreen (West champions).
Congratulations to the Cahir Club on winning their first County Senior football title and we wish them the best in the Munster Club Championship.
The Intermediate Hurling South final takes place this Sunday in Clonmel after the Intermediate Football Final. We wish the team the very best of luck in the final.
The Lotto Jackpot €1,400 was not won. We had no match threes winners and the numbers drawn at McCarthys Hotel were 8, 14, 15 and 16. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Joe Grant (Fr Tirry Park). And the following won €30: Michael Gould (Claremore), Sean Smyth (Claremore), Garreth Byrne (Claremore), Brendan Kenny (St Patricks Place), and Noelle Doyle (St Pats Place).
Our Sincere Sympathies to the Delahunty Family (Market Hill) on their recent bereavement of Eleanor. Go nDeanai Dia Trocaire Orthu.

Our under/13 footballers travelled to Kilsheelan on Saturday last to participate in a 9-a-side blitz, there were 16 teams from all over the county taking part and these young lads made it through to the semi-final.
They travelled to Kilsheelan to play Kilsheelan and Bansha and had two very convincing wins, they then had to travel on to Clonmel Commercials ground where they met Clonmel Og in the quarter-finals, they had a great win over them and went on to met Moyle Rovers in the semi-finals.
It was a great game played with only 7 minutes a side being played; these young lads showed great skill and teamwork and were extremely unfortunate to be beaten by 3 points.
The Club would also like to congratulate Christopher Sheehan who was selected and played on the South under/14 team, which won the Jim Power Cup, well done to you Christopher.
The under/10 county football championship is commences shortly; players please note that training is at the usual times. Best of luck to these young lads, we wish them well.

First Steps Playschool situated in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, still has vacancies, if you are interested, please feel free to drop in at anytime, or contact Patricia Fitzgerald 052 32164 or 086 1580897.

Group of children attending First Steps Play School in Fethard. Back L to R: Susan O’Meara, Jack Ward, Thomas Morgan, Eric Fogarty, Rowan Wagner, Conor Clancy, Patricia Fitzgerald. Middle Row L to R: Dylon Lyons, Laura Stocksborough, Isobel Kennedy, Kelda McManus, Megan McCarthy, Amy Reynolds, Carly Tobin. Front L to R: Caroline Meehan, Leanne McKenna, May Jo Hayes and Jordan Coen.

Fethard Players will stage Sean O’Casey’s, ‘The Plough and The Stars’ in the Abymill Theatre on Sunday 16th November for a six-night run. Sean O’Casey’s classic needs little introduction to Irish audiences as it has long been recognised as one of Ireland’s greatest plays. Its mixture of tragedy and comedy captures the dramatic events in Dublin during and prior to the Easter Rising of 1916.
A large cast in this production includes: Marian Gilpin, Angela Dillon Whyte, Mary O’Connell, Mia Treacy, Sarah Kennedy, Siobhán Prout, Jimmy O’Sullivan, Gerry Fogarty, Philip O’Meara, Robert O’Keeffe, Vincent Murphy, Eoin Whyte, Joe Hanley, Michael Tillyer and Eoin Powell. The play is produced by Austin O’Flynn and booking is now open at Tel: 052 31254 or 087 1338961 and at O’Flynn’s Mens Shop, Burke Street.

Congratulations to Mary Gorey, Main Street, Fethard, who has been selected to play on the Munster under/19 Ladies Squad. This is a major honour for 16-year-old Mary considering she has only been playing competitive rugby with Clonmel ladies since January of this year. We wish Mary every success with the Munster team and her future rugby career.

A feature of the Fethard junior football team that defeated Ballingarry in the South Tipperary junior football final at Kilsheelan on Saturday last was the inclusion of four Coen brothers from Killusty, Chris, Shay, Martin and Colm, on the Fethard winning team. A fifth brother, Brian, is a playing member of the Fethard senior football team.
As far as we know, this is the first occasion in the club’s history on which four brothers have played on a Fethard championship winning team. We recall an occasion in 1956 when Killusty junior football team travelled to play Grangemockler in a championship match at Kilsheelan. When the Grangemockler team had not appeared 30 minutes after the official starting time, it was decided to play a Fethard v Killusty practice game. Two 13-a-side teams were made up from players and supporters. The Killusty team included seven Sheehan brothers from another very prominent GAA family — Jimmy, Ned, Johnny, Michael, Tom, Dan and Dick.
The Coen family also hold another unique playing record. The Killusty F.C. team that won the Tipperary FAI Junior Cup included a father and three sons — Louis, Chris, Shay and Martin Coen.
These are unique local sporting records of which the Coen and Sheehan families can be justifiably proud.
Incidentally, on that day long ago in Kilsheelan, when the challenge match concluded having played a full hour, the Grangemockler team turned up. Apparently, as it was the last Sunday of Summer Time, there was some confusion on their part in regard to the official starting time. Killusty turned out again with 15 players who had already played the challenge game, and won that game also.


Brendan Morrissey photographed above presenting the proceeds of his Guinness World Record attempt to the South Tipperary Branch of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland on Friday night 17th October in Lonergans. L to R: Rena O'Neill (secretary), Brendan Morrissey, Elaine Johnson (chairperson) and Margaret Brannigan (treasurer).

We record the death of Mrs Eleanor Delahunty, Market Hill, Fethard, who died on Friday 17th October, at Rathkeevan Nursing Home, Clonmel.

Remains left McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 7pm on Sunday for Holy Trinity Parish Church Fethard. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery following 11am Mass on Monday 20th October.

Welcome Win For Killusty Youths
Killusty Youths won their first game of the season when they beat Bansha Celtic 3-1. Bansha Celtic were first to score and led 1-0 at the break. Killusty introduced Jamie McCormack in the second half and he made an immediate impact by scoring within 5 minutes of his introduction at 1-1. Killusty took control and further goals from William Doyle and Shane Aylward secured a valuable win for Killusty. Final score: Killusty 3, Bansha Celtic 1. Next Saturday 18th October, Killusty Youths take on Clonmel Celtic in the 1st Division League.

Fanning Heads Winner
Killusty made it two wins from two league games when they beat Clonmel Celtic 1-0. Celtic, who were short several of their regular players, had their chances to equalise but Killusty held out for a deserved win. Final score: Killusty 1, Clonmel Celtic 0,.


T.J. Sheehan, Killusty, winner of the first €1,000 Holiday Voucher in Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto's new 'Bonus Number Draw' held in addition to the €10,000 Jackpot for 4 numbers. The prize was presented by Jimmy Connolly (left), treasurer Fethard and Killusty Community Council.

Well done to the Sheehan family, Walshbog, Killusty, who have enjoyed great luck lately. A few months back Pat won a car in the Credit Union Draw. Not to be outdone mam got in the action with a modest but nice win in local Lotto. Then we had T.J. winning the €1,000 holiday first prize in the new Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto ‘Bonus Number Draw’, and Vera Sheehan also coming up trumps with a nice little cash prize. Well done to one and all.

On Wednesday 8th October we ran a charity night and the proceeds will go to South Tipperary Hospice. The results on the night were:
1st Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and Breda Walsh
1st Nett: Tony Hanrahan and David O’Meara
2nd Nett: Anna Ryan and Rita Holohan
Subscriptions of €25 are now due. New members welcome. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien at Tel: 052 31862.

BRENDAN'S NEW WORLD RECORD (by Conor Kane, Nationalist)

Shaking hands with someone is an action which doesn't cost us a thought - but to shake hands with over 14,000 people in the space of just eight hours is a different matter. However, that's exactly what a Fethard man did last week at the National Ploughing Championships, and all to raise money for a very worthy cause. READ REPORT

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