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Monday 10th November 2003

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The Annual General Meeting of Fethard Tidy Towns will take place on this Tuesday night, 11th November, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All are welcome.

The curtain came down on our senior football campaign on Saturday November 8th last in New Inn when we won the County League Division 1 (Corn Ui Chlumhain) Cup presented to our captain, Paul Fitzgerald, by County Football chairman Michael Frawley after a difficult game that finished on a scoreline, Fethard 0-9 (0-5), Aherlow 0-6 (0-3). Since 1999 we have appeared in four county league finals and one semifinal and on four of the five appearances we played Aherlow — in 2000, Fethard 2-9 Aherlow 0-8; 2001 (Fethard 2-12, Aherlow 1-15); replay, Fethard 1-11, Aherlow 1-12.; 2002 Fethard 2-7, Aherlow 1-14. This made it four years in a row with some silverware for our senior footballers. The team last Saturday was: Paul Fitzgerald. Alan Phelan, Michael Aherne, Willie Morrissey, Glen Burke 0-3f, Michael Quinlan , Stephen O'Donnell , Aiden Fitzgerald, P J Aherne, Miceál Spillane, Michael Dillon 0-1, Brian Coen, Conor McCarthy 0-1f, Tom Anglim 0-2, John P Looby 0-1. Subs were: Jimmy O’Meara 0-1 (Miceál Spillane), Cian Maher (Brian Coen), Nicky Murphy (Conor McCarthy). Congratulations and well done, and thanks to the players and the management team for their time, commitment and for the enjoyment afforded to all over the last year.
The Junior A Football County semifinal against Rosegreen takes place on this Sunday in Cashel at 12.00 clock. Check Sports page for verification.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,700 was not won. We had four ‘match three’ winners who received €35 each: Willie O’Meara (Killusty), Frank Kearney (73 St Patricks Place), Nicola / Nathan Thompson (37 St Patricks Place), Rena Sheehan (264 Elm Park, Clonmel). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Jim Sheehan (36 Hazelwood, Dublin Road, Thurles).


John Cooney and Doírín Saurus, ARCHIVED FETHARD NEWS 1997-2003, photographed in their new Pottery Shop on Main Street which will open on Fridays from 9am to 6pm (closed for lunch from 12.00 to 12.30) and on Saturdays from 12am to 4pm for the Christmas Period.

Fethard juveniles travelled to Ballynonty on Sunday 9th November to compete in the County B Cross-Country Championships. First into action on a tough windswept course was the girls under-10 team of Hannah Stapleton, Emma Walsh and Radka Janlikova. Radka was first Fethard girl home with an excellent 4th place followed by Emma and Hannah in 14th and 20th place respectively. In the boys under-10 race Vincent Lawrence ran really well to claim 13th place as did Ashley Laslett who finished in 22nd position. All our under-10s are entitled to feel very proud of their achievements in their debut cross country season. Girls under-12 was the next race to feature and here Fethard provided not only the individual winner in the person of Hannah Trehy, but also the team gold medal winners. This was Hannah’s 2nd win of the season and she was ably supported by her sister Róisin in 5th place, her cousin Aisling O’Connor in 7th place, Aisling Dwyer in 12th and Sarah McManus in 20th position. In the boys under-12 event Fethard’s only representative was Louis Rice who ran well to finish in 4th place. Laura Rice was also our sole competitor in the girls under-14 competition and she ran a determined race to claim 7th spot. Next to toe the line were the boys under-14 and in this race Fethard’s team of Darragh Dwyer, Lolo Trehy and Ben Walsh combined splendidly to take the team gold medals. Darragh also had the distinction of winning the race, adding yet another gold medal to his collection. Last to take part was Wayne Laslett who put in a great performance to win the bronze medal in the boys under-16 race.
Upcoming events are the Munster even age championships in Killarney November 9th and the County Cross-Country Relays to be held in Thurles on the 16th of November.

If you have an old photograph of interest to our readers why not email it to us and we will include it on next week's 'Pic of the Past'

One of the oldest known photographs of a Fethard football team c.1913. The striped jerseys are believed to be knitted by the nuns in the Presentation Convent Fethard. Front L to R: C. Burke (The Green), T. Saddler (Rathkenny), T. King (The Valley), T. O’Gorman (The Green), Frank ‘Scout’ Butler (The Green), T. Curran (The Valley), P. Keating (The Valley). Back L to R: D. McCarthy (The Valley), Laurence Kenny (The Green), D. Lonergan (The Green), D. Heaney (Kerry Street), M. O’Donnell (The Green), T. Conroy (The Green), T. O’Donnell (The Green), J. Coffey (The Green).

We now have all the 'Fethard Notes' submitted to the Nationalist Newspaper, from 1997 to the present day, available on the site. You can access the files by Crampscastle Pottery or from the 'CLICKING HERE' page.

WALKING AROUND FETHARD (Opinion by Margaret Rossiter)
Why has it taken me a half-a-life time to discover that Fethard is a charming and most interesting town? Perhaps it is that it has had to live in the shadow of the, capital of South Tipperary - Clonmel - a town which for much of the last half century has been arrogantly sucking the commercial lifeblood of its smaller neighbours. Local Information

Golden-Kilfeacle 0-11; Fethard 0-10
Having been behind for most of the match, the hurlers of Golden-Kilfeacle held their nerve at Boherlahan last Sunday to edge out Fethard after a tough, frenetic battle in this Credit Unions of Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Championship quarter-final. READ FULL ARTICLE (published The Nationalist) by Conor Kane (The Nationalist)

Treacy leveller gives holders Fethard second chance.
Fethard (holders) 1-11, Ballybacon/ Grange 1-11
Never-say-die Fethard held on to their South Tipperary Martins Fruit and Veg intermediate hurling crown when they came from behind to snatch a hard earned last gasp draw with an impressive Ballybacon / Grange in this highly entertaining divisional final at Clonmel Sportsfield on Sunday. READ MATCH REPORT (The Nationalist)


This photograph was taken from the front gate of Canon James Powers house on the Cashel Road on Thursday morning, 6th November.

Overhead berries hanging from a tree on the Cashel Road.

The quiet and beautiful road to Grangeduff / Rathcoole.

Killusty recover from early setback to win well
Killusty 5, Ballingarry Albion 1
A comprehensive win for the home team and in truth it could have been a lot more but poor finishing and good goalkeeping kept the score down Ballingarry got off to a good start and Adrian Cleere had them in front after 15 minutes when he picked up a loose ball and cracked it home.
After this the home ream started to get back on top and Jimmy O'Meara had them level with a good header at the far post after 25 minutes. Just five minutes later Declan Fanning put the home team in front when he fired home from the edge of the box Brian Coen got on the scoresheet on 43 minutes when after good work down the left he was on hand to shoot home, 3-1 at the break. Killusty continued their dominance in the second half and added two more goals through Brian Coen on 70 minutes and Pa Looby on 85 minutes Munster Youth Cup second round

Fanning hits four as Cashel Town run riot
Cashel Town 9-0 Killusty
Clearly a game in which the home side were on fire. They dominated throughout and took their chances. They were 5-0 up at the break and looking good, the goals in the opening half were scored by Paul Hoare, Michael King, Kieran Bergin and Eddie Fanning who got two.
As hard as they tried, Killusty were still fighting a losing battle in the second half. And to add more salt to the wounds of the visitors defence the home side notched up an impressive four more goals in the half. Eddie Fanning got two more to bring his tally for the day to four, Michael King got a second, and to top things off for the day, Colin Bargary got one.

The Youth team suffered their biggest defeat of the season when they were trounced by Cashel. The difference a few months can make. Last season, although in a lower division, it looked like they could do nothing wrong. Now it's turned full circle and they are finding life in the 1st Division very difficult. Juniors. 1st Division League
Having been beaten last weekend by Rosegreen in the Munster Junior Cup, Killusty bounced back with a good win over Ballingarry in Killusty. The scoreline of 5-1 in Killusty's favour did little to reflect Ballingarry's contribution to the game as they had several chances to score without converting any. On the mark for Killusty were Brian Coen (2), Jimmy O'Meara, Declan Fanning and John Looby, 1 goal apiece.

Anthony Feery turned in an excellent performance in the Southern Division Army and Naval Championship race in Powerstown Park, Clonmel, on Wednesday last, to finish second overall and a clear winner in the Junior category. In the one hundred strong field which included Army and Naval representation from Cork, Kilkenny and Clonmel, Anthony kept the Tipp flag flying with this great run. Anthony is stationed in Collins Barracks, Cork.

Congratulations to Frank Feery who was featured as Artist of the Week on Tony Brookes Irish and Country Show on Tipp FM. Frank who hails from Killusty, now living in Roscommon, went down very well with the Tipp FM listenership and we have received many messages of congratulations to pass on the him. Singer I songwriter Frank has written such songs as "Tipperary in my Dreams", also recorded by Jimmy Buckley, "My Lovely Isle of Green", also recorded by Brendan Shine and "My Galway Queen", a very popular song also recorded by Dominic Kirwan. we join in wishing Frank continued success, from his many friends throughout Tipp and in particular, everyone in the Fethard / Killusty area. (CD tapes available. Contact: 01 7196 20246).

Bridge Club results for Wednesday 29th October are:
1st Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
2nd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane
1st Nett: Bernie O’Meara and Anna Cooke
2nd Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret Mary McCormack
Subscriptions of €25 are now due. Next Wednesday 12th November we will be playing for sponsored prizes. On the following three Wednesdays we will be playing for turkey prizes and to be eligible for a turkey prize you must have played at least four nights.
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien at Tel: 052 31862.

The under-10 football finished on Saturday last when we travelled to Clonmel Commercials to play for a place in the South County final. The lads were unfortunate to be beaten by Commercials who made it through to the final.
The lads gave it their best shot and were beaten by a better team on the day, congratulations to Commercials who won it outright, Moyle Rovers the other team making it through to the finals.
Under-11 training continues as the floodlight cup begins shortly. Best of luck to the lads.


Fethard's oldest petrol pumps were closed and taken down on Tuesday 4th November. Due to new safety regulations, underground petrol tanks adjacent to streets are no longer permitted. The two underground petrol tanks are photographed above being filled in and had already taken three lorry loads of concrete by the time this photograph was taken on Tuesday evening. The garage on Main Street has now closed and proprietor, Kieran Duggan, will now operate his business from his home in Kiltinan.

Downey goal makes it safe for Rosegreen
Rosegreen 3, Killusty 1
Rosegreen advanced to the next round of the Munster Junior Cup with good win against Killusty, and while they ran out good winners in he end the visitors put up a good battle. Rosegreen were quick off the blocks and pushed the visitors back but they met with stern resistance, and it was not until the stroke of halftime that they went ahead. John Ryan started the move down the right and was in the box to finish it off to give his team the advantage at the break. Killusty put a couple of good attacks together at the start of the second-half, but the home team defence stood up well to the pressure and on 60 minutes Ross Doyle put them 2-0 up when he rose high at the far post to head home.
It looked like the home team were going to go on to win handy, but the visitors had other ideas. On 75 minutes a good move out of defence by Killusty resulted in a through ball being played into the home team's area, and when Eugene Walsh reacted quickest to find the net it looked like we were in for a grandstand finish. However after 84 minutes Rosegreen got the goal that made the game safe, when Trevor Downey fired home from just outside the box.

Congratulations to Paddy Cooke, St. Patrick's Place, who won the €10,000 Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto Jackpot on Tuesday night 4th November. The winning ticket was sold by his wife Anna, who received the sellers prize of €1,000.
The numbers drawn were 10, 14, 23, 31, and the bonus number 15. The three 'Lucky Dip' winners of €50 each were:
Michael Meehan (Snr), Coolbawn, Fethard
Mary Ryan, 2 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard
William Needham, Friarsgrange, Fethard
Next week's Jackpot will commence at €3,000 and the sellers prize will commence at €150. The weekly 'Bonus Number' draw for €1,000 Holiday Break will also continue until Christmas.

READ MATCH REPORT - Click for Report and More Pictures 2003 - 2002 - 2001
Recipients of awards at the Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School Awards Ceremony held on Friday 24th October. Back L to R: James D’Arcy (Best Attendance 4th Year); Vanessa O’Donnell (Sports Award); Fintan Maher (Junior Fiction Writer Award); Lory Kenny (Student of the Year, 1st Year); John Frewen (Student of the Year, 3rd Year); Ronan Shee (Student of the Year, 2nd year); Jonathan Hall (Poster Art 14-17); Joe Fogarty (Best Attendance 1st Year); J. P. McGrath (Poster Art 11-14); Dave Gorey (Poster Art 11-14); Brian Kennedy (Student Council Award); Shane Walsh (Business and Enterprise Award ); Miriam Carroll (Student of the Year, 5th Year). Front L to R: Stephanie Lawrence (Sports Award); Samantha Morrissey (Poster Art 11-14); Richard Gorey (Sports Award); Past Pupil and Special Guest Speaker, Alice Leahy; Mr Ernan Britton (Principal); Gillian O’Connell (Junior Poetry Writer Award); Suzanne Gorey (Paddy Broderick Memorial Award) and Sara-Mai Ahearne (Padraig Pearse Perpetual Trophy).

The next meeting of Fethard ICA Guild takes place on Monday 10th November (please note change of night). Elka Wilson from Newcastle will give a talk on Christmas celebrations in her native Germany. She will also give us some cookery tips and recipes. Catering by ‘Blue Group’. Competition theme is “The Oldest Cookery Book”. Social half hour with the ‘Red Group’.

Last weekend eight Fethard athletes travelled to Rathgormack to compete in the uneven-age Munster cross country championships. First to toe the line was Gregory Henry who ran well to finish 16th in the boys under-11 race. Next in action were the boy’s under-13 team of Ben Walsh, Michael Costello, John Lalor and Darragh Dwyer. This team competed doggedly but were unlucky to finish outside the medals, however, Darragh Dwyer ran a great race to take an individual medal in 8th place.
In the girls under-15 event Fethard captured another individual medal as Mary Gleeson put in a very determined effort to finish in 9th position. Lastly, in the boys under-15 race, both Wane Laslett and Lolo Trehy can both be very pleased with their efforts as they finished mid-pack in what was a top class competition.
Next weekend, Sunday 9th November, the County B Championships take place in Ballynonty. All athletes who did not win medals in the County Championships are eligible to compete. Training continues on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 4.15pm in the Community Sports Field. All are welcome.

The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will meet in Cloneen on Sunday 9th November at 12 o’clock.

Our intermediate hurling county quarterfinal played in Boherlahan on Sunday 2nd November resulted in another hard luck story going down by the narrowest of margins on a scoreline, Golden 0-11 (0-4), to Fethard 0-10 (0-7). The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Quinlan, Michael Ryan, Shay Ryan, Tomas Keane, Stephen O’Donnell (capt), Michael Aherne, John P Looby 0-2, P J Aherne, Jamie McCormack 0-1, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-2, Brian Coen, Colin Allen 0-3f, Miceál Spillane, Michael Dillon 0-2. Subs: Cian Maher (used), Eoin Doyle, Shane Walsh, Garreth Byrne, Philly Croke and William Harrington. Thanks to all who brought us so far this year, players and Management. Twenty-one years ago, in 1982, we played our first county quarterfinal in this grade against Golden in Boherlahan and, on the day, we lost by the same margin. Our remaining game this year is the south final replay to be played at a future date .

The senior football county league final and county junior A county semifinal fixtures are still to come up.
Our lotto jackpot of €1,600 was not won. We had one match three winner of €150, who was Patrick Kearney (Killusty). The numbers drawn at Grants Bar were, 16, 18, 20 and 23. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Stephen O’Donnell (Monroe, Fethard).

The Parents Association of the Secondary School, Fethard, will hold a Table Quiz in the Secondary School Hall on Tuesday 11 November at 8.30 pm. A raffle will also be held in conjunction with the Table Quiz. It is customary to have prizes for both the Quiz and Raffle sponsored. The main sponsor on this occasion is Merck Sharp & Dohme (Ireland) Ltd.
We greatly appreciate those who have sponsored prizes in the past and always welcome new sponsors. A good night's entertainment is promised, refreshments will be served and an invitation is extended to all.

Congratulations to Shane Kenny, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard, and Niamh Connolly, Kilsheelan, who announced their engagement last weekend. Niamh is a daughter of Sean Connolly, originally from Fethard. The couple have planned to marry in December 2004.


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. Photographed above at rehearsals are Back L to R: Angela Dillon Whyte, Robert O’Keeffe, Eoin Whyte, Joe Hanley, Philip O’Meara, Vincent Murphy, Jimmy O’Sullivan. Front L to R: Mia Treacy, Sarah Kennedy and Gerry Fogarty.

Sun. Nov 9th Calvary cemetery 3pm, Peppardstown 3.30 pm;
Sun. Nov 16th: Rathcoole Cemetery 3pm, Redcity Cemetery 3.30 pm;
Sun. Nov 23rd: Kiltinan cemetery 3pm, Kilmaclugh 3.30 pm;
Sun. Nov 30th: Killusty after Sunday Mass, Tullamaine 3pm.

The Annual General Meeting of Fethard and Killusty Ballroom Ltd will be held in the ballroom on Thursday November 20th at 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend.


Huntsman Pat O’Brien and Whipper-in James O’Donnell leading the Tipperary Foxhounds and riders under Fethard’s North Gate as the Opening Meet leaves for Rocklow.
The opening meet of the Tipperary Foxhounds was held in Fethard on Monday October 28th. The mounted field of 85 riders was perhaps down a little on recent years attendances. However, whether it was the beautiful day or what was the cause, the car followers largely outnumbered the mounted field.
There must have been in excess of 100 cars on the roads around Rocklow. A fox from the first draw on the old railway line but ran to Kilknockin Hill. The little progress hounds made up with this one did not seem to indicate a good days sport. From Mr Halley’s, hounds hunted very well to Carrigeen. Crossing the road they found in Crehanes Grove and ran a good right handed circle around the sandpits back to Rathvin and lost him at the close to Mr Alfie Brett’s.
Rocklow held a brace out a half. After some excellent covert hunting, hounds pushed one out at Rocklow Lodge, hunted him through the fort to Rathvin and back to Rocklow covers where he was left. A few more circles in the Powers Wood and Rathsallagh areas bought a most enjoyable day, while followers witnessed some excellent hound work in glorious weather to the end.
Here’s wishing Pat, James P.J. and all followers an excellent seasons sport.

Michael O’Hagan serving the traditional glass of punch to all in attendance before the Tipperary Foxhounds Opening Meet leaves the Square Fethard.

Sr. Philomena O'Brien (left) photographed with her first cousin Gemma Burke at the Opening Meet of Tipperary Foxhounds. Sr. Philomena, is home on holidays from New York to celebrate her 85th birthday and she was delighted that it coincided with the Opening Meet, which she remembers from her childhood days. Originally from the Green, Sr. Philomena left Fethard at the age of 17 to join the Ursuline Order of Nuns at Long Island, New York, where she is still based today.


Happy Birthday to Liz (Newport) Kennedy who celebrated her 40th birthday on Saturday night 25th October at Slievenamon Golf Club. The Party had a '60's Theme' and a great effort to dress for the occasion was made by all who attended, which in turn, guaranteed a great night's fun.

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