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Tuesday 3rd February 2004

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Archieved Fethard Notes 1997-2003

We record the death of Vincent Cunningham (aged 23), Rathkenny, Drangan, who died on Monday 2nd February. Remains will leave McCarthy's Funeral Parlour, Fethard, at 7pm on Tuesday 3rd February for the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Drangan. Requiem Mass at 11am on Wednesday followed by burial in the Assumption Cemetery, Drangan.

We record the death of Josie Williams, Canon Hayes Court, Fethard, who died on Monday 2nd February. Remains will leave McCarthy's Funeral Parlour, Fethard, at 7pm on Wednesday 4th February for The Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty. Requiem Mass at 11am on Thursday followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

The National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships took place in Nenagh last Saturday, January 31st. Fethard’s top performer on the day was Jacqui Stokes who won gold in the V1 60m, 200m, Long Jump and High Jump. Kay O’Riordan also had a fine championship performance, taking bronze in the V1 High Jump, while Miceál McCormack was 3rd in the M55 60m. Overall, this was an excellent achievement by Fethard’s masters athletes.
Juvenile training for the upcoming Track & Field season starts next Tuesday, February 10th at 6 pm in Fethard Ballroom. All are welcome.

The primary School Credit Union Quiz will take place in the Ballroom on Friday 6th February at 6pm. Mr Jonathan Gilpin, a director of Fethard and District Credit Union, has been appointed on the Board of Chapter 10 as public relations officer. This is the first local director to receive such an appointment.

Have you an hour to spare on a Thursday morning? Help is wanted with the cleaning of the Parish Church, which is cleaned weekly by a very small group of people. You can help reduce their workload by offering your support on a Thursday morning after 10am Mass. If you are not available every Thursday, don’t worry, just come along when you can as any help is better than none!

Next year marks the 700th anniversary of the arrival of the Augustinians in Fethard and we are hoping to find appropriate ways in which to celebrate the event. An Informal planning meeting will take place in the Abymill on Tuesday, February 10th, at 8pm to which you are cordially invited.
Explorations have recently been carried out on the church roof, the results of which will form the basis for the tendering process for that aspect of the renovations. More information as it becomes available

A general meeting of the Hogan Musical Society will take place on Monday 9th February 2004 in the Abymill at 8.30 m. All are welcome.

This month of February brings with it ‘Mock Exams’ for our Leaving Certs and Junior Certs. This Spring term is a busy one for exam classes, with the practical and orals taking place before Easter. The Certificate Exams now being only 19 weeks away. Our Transition year students also have a full programme with work experience, history and art outings and outdoor pursuits.
Mary Gorey, 5th year, is having a very challenging and successful time presently playing rugby for Munster on the ladies under/19 team and also playing with Clonmel, the winning team of the Tipperary Cup. On the sporting front, our boys’ cadet volleyball team have won through to the All Ireland Junior final.
Mock interviews for Leaving Certs will take place at the school on Thursday February 12th. This is a very valuable experience as interview and aptitude tests now play a big part in certain 3rd level courses.
The 5th year English Students will travel to Cork on February 11th to see the stage production of William Shakespeare's ‘Hamlet’. The Annual Lourdes Quiz, which is very popular with both adults and students, will take place in the school on March 9th 2004.
Our first year Entrance Assessment will take place on Saturday morning March 27th and applications should be submitted to the school office by Friday March 19th 2004.

We had a massive attendance at our recent blitz held in the Community Field on Sunday 25th January. We hosted teams from Cashel, Nenagh and Thurles at under/9 and under/11.
Our under/9s played four great games with every player participating and playing their part. All the games were very even with no more than a score separating any of the teams. Fethard had great performances from the Morgan brothers, Greg Henry, Thomas Keavney, James Holohan and Luke Keating.
We fielded two under/11 teams with each team playing three games. One aspect of our game that has to be improved on is our tackling. Our rucking and rolling mauls improved giving a good supply of ball to our backs. Damien Morrissey had a great day and others of note were, Colm Shanahan, Colin Meagher, David Walsh, M.J. Murphy, Daniel Hickey, Aaron Conran and Stephen McGuire.
Our under/13s travelled to Clanwilliam for a league game on Sunday morning and they gave a great account of themselves. The first half was very even but the more experienced Clan ran out worthy winners in the end. We had good performances from Matt O’Sullivan, Sam Manton, William Grassick and J.P. McGrath.
Training takes place as usual on Saturday mornings.

We record the death of Bridget 'Bridie' Phelan, Canon Hayes Park, Fethard, and formerly of Grawn, Fethard, who died on Saturday 31st January. Remains left McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 7pm on Sunday 1st February for Holy Trinity Church Fethard. Requiem Mass took place at 11am on Monday, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.

On Saturday evening, 7th February, Dr. Willie Nolan will launch the Fethard-Historic Town Atlas No. 13 for the Royal Irish Academy in the Abymill Theatre at 8.15pm.  The Fethard Town Atlas, by Dr. Tadhg O'Keeffe, includes 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 Irish Historical Town Atlas series. All interested are invited to attend. 

Officers of the Academy, along with their President, Dr. Michael Ryan and The Atlas author, Dr. Tadhg O'Keeffe will attend and remain over in Fethard to attend the Book Fair on Sunday where the Atlas can also be seen, signed and purchased.


Three Fethard people who recently conferred with M.A. in School Chaplaincy and Pastoral care at the Mater Dei, Institute of Education, Dublin. L to R: Majella Fahey, Fr. A.B. Kennedy and Sr. Brenda O'Rourke.

Carrick Dramatic Society will perform their smash hit production of, "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" by Martin McDonagh, in the Abymill Theatre on Wednesday 25th February.  Booking now at O'Flynn's Menswear Tel: 052 31254.

Cllr John Fahey has informed us that, following his recent representations on behalf of Mr Tony Newport, Main Street, Fethard, to put in a stile at Red City graveyard, he wishes to advise us that this matter relates to Environment Section, South Tipperary County Council, Clonmel and representations have been re-directed Mr M. McCarthy, S.E.E. Environment for his attention.


Temperature in Fethard on Thursday morning fell to -5º and as one of these wise horses illustrates — time to put on your coat!

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 27th January were: 6, 9, 14 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner, and no "Match 3" winners. Five tickets were drawn and each of the following received €30 each:
Marie Allen, The Green, Fethard
Padraic O'Donnell, Kilconnelll, Fethard
L. Byrne, Crampscastle, Fethard
Mary Sheehan, 67 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard
Gwen Cooke, 49 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard
Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:
Lisa O'Donnell, Red City Rd., Fethard
Chrissie Nash, Shanakyle
Tracy Ryan, 10 Cedar Grove, Strylea, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot €4,500. Jackpot sellers prize €300.

The bridge results for Wednesday 21st January 2004 are:
1st Gross: Betty Walsh and Mary Moore
2nd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane
1st Nett: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke
2nd Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike BurkeNext weeks Jackpot is €4,350 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €285.
Anyone looking for a partner, contact Annie O'Brien at Tel: 052 31862.

Fethard & Killusty Community Games AGM will take place on Tuesday next, February 3rd in the Community Games Office, Grove Road, at 8.30pm.  2003 was a good year for the games as we won five gold medals in Judo, certificates in boy's volleyball and had competitors in art and model making at the ESB National Finals.  We would love to see some new faces at the meeting.  All are welcome.  Enquiries to: 052 31023 or 052 31906

The Munster Classics Dancing Championships will take place in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday 1st February from 12 to 6pm.  If you like dancing or watching people dance, this is the place to go.  Admission for spectators is €6.

Yoga Classes will commence in Fethard ICA Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 5th February.  Please note there is only one class, so if you are interested, come along at 7.30pm.

We record the death of Mark Hackett, Fethard, who died on 28th January in Dublin.

Remains arrived (from Dublin) at 7pm on Thursday 29th January to Holy Trinity Church Fethard.

Burial takes place in Calvary Cemetery following Requiem Mass at 11am on Friday.

The death has occurred recently of Mrs Agnes Barry, Ennis, Co. Clare, formerly Agnes White, Derryluskin. Interment took place in Ennis.


On Sunday, 8th February, local bluegrass musician and promoter, John Shortall, is pleased to present 'The Monks' at the Abymill Theatre at 8.15pm. 'The Monks' are a raging, twin fiddle driven, old time bluegrass band from Bloomington, Indiana. Following in the footsteps of the 'Skillet Lickers' and the 'Stripling Brothers' they're pros at getting the dance floor hopping. In concert, 'The Monks' perform sweet, sad southern songs, a capella ballads, rowdy dance tunes and waltzes and polkas from orquestas de cuerdas, Mexican-American string band music. Members of The Monks have won top honours at Mt. Airy and Clifftop Old Time music competitions, and all four are veteran dance camp instructors. As a band, they continue to play nationally to rave reviews, backing up this country's finest dance callers. The Monks are Claudio Buchwald, Abby and Evie Ladin, and Sam Bartlett. Booking now at O'Flynn's Menswear, Burke Street. 052 31254. Tickets €10.

A great crowd attended both the Convention held on10th January and the adjourned Convention on the 24th January held in the Abymill Theatre, the use of which we are very grateful.  With nearly everything now in place, we congratulate all those who were elected and we wish them the very best in 2004.  Results were: President, Father Tom Breen P.P.; Chairman, Mick Aherne; Secretary/Insurance/PRO, Noel Byrne; Treasurer, Nicky O'Shea; Vice Chairmen, Dick Fitzgerald and Michael Keane; Assistant Secretary / Juvenile Secretary / Assistant Treasurer, Mary Godfrey; County Board Delegate, Gus Fitzgerald; Football Board Delegate, Austy Godfrey; Scór, Martha Sheehan;  Oifig Na Gaeilge, Ailish O Siochain; Youth, Aiden Fitzgerald; Coaching, Tommy Sheehan; Field Development, Denis O'Meara.

Two others will be co-opted onto the committee during the year. Teams and selectors are now in place.  The following teams in competition for 2004 are: Senior Football, Junior A Football, Under 21 A Football, Minor B Football, Intermediate Hurling, Under 21 B Hurling, and Minor B Hurling.

If there are any transfers or movements by players, please contact the secretary as soon as possible.  Juvenile teams to be entered will be decided after the Juvenile GAA Club's AGM which takes place on the 8th February in the Tirry Centre at 8pm (sharp).
Under 21s are back in training under Paul Fitzgerald, Brendan Brett and Tomas Keane. We will keep you posted when each grade is ready to resume.
Our Lotto Jackpot €2,700 was not won.  We will give all results since the Christmas break next week. and a big thank you to all contributors and helpers in this fundraising activity.
Our sympathies are at this time are with the family of Margaret (Peg) Shee, Bannixtown, on their loss. Go Ndeanai Dhia Trocaire Orthu.

Results for Progressive 25 Game played in Fethard Ballroom on 16th January are: Winners on 11 games: Sean Walsh and Chris Colville. Runners up on 9 games: Paddy Butler and Tess Maher; Theresa Cummins and Alice Quinn; Sean Maloney and Philly Kenny.  Table prize: Bridie Lee and John Martin.  Tickets: Sean Callaghan, Jim Garrett, Brian O'Donnell and Pat Horan. Rubber final: Paddy Butler and Tess Maher.
Results for Progressive 25 Game played in Fethard Ballroom on 23rd January are: Joint winners on 11 games: Alice Quinn and Theresa Cummins; Richie Nevin and Tom Tobin.  Table prize: Brian O'Donnell and Seamus Maher
Next game takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 31st January at 8.30pm sharp.

The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers will hold a Lawn Meet at Priestown House, Drangan, this Sunday, 1st February, at 12 noon.

Miceál McCormack, chairman Tipperary South Board GAA Referees Association, intends this year to organise a get-together of past referees. Miceál is anxious for all past referees to contact him on Tel: 052 31534. He is particularly interested in contacting referees from the seventies, sixties and fifties period.
Incidentally, Miceál has been elected chairman of the South Tipperary Referees Association for the seventh successive year.

South Tipperary County Council are currently inviting applications for Grant Assistance under their Scheme of Grants for the Conservation of Protected Structures.
In South Tipperary there are currently 1,243 Recorded Protected Structures. The purpose of the grant scheme is to assist the owner / occupier of a protected structure to undertake necessary works to secure the conservation of the structure or part thereof. A wide range of conservation works will qualify for grants, generally amounting to 50% of the cost of the works up to a maximum of €13,000. Works consisting of routine maintenance, alterations or improvements will not qualify.
Mr Stephen Fallon, Conservation Officer, South Tipperary County Council - Phone No. 052 34643 will be only to delighted to give advice to members of the public on any aspect of Protected Structures.
Application forms for grants and details are available from the Planning Section, South Tipperary County Council, Aras an Chontae, Clonmel. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is the Thursday, 26th February, 2004.

The death has occurred on Saturday 24th January, of Doris Richardson, Par, Cornwall, England. Doris is the mother of Sue Burke, formerly of Redcity, Fethard, one of the founder members of the Girl Guides in Fethard, and also a prominent member of the Hogan Musical Society while living in Fethard.

The death has occurred on Friday 23rd January, of Margaret 'Peg' Shee, Bannixtown, Fethard. Remains left McCarthy's Funeral Parlour on Saturday 24th January for the Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty, at 7pm. Requiem Mass took place at 10am on Sunday followed by interment in adjoining cemetery.


Sr. Philomena O'Brien, formerly from The Green, Fethard, has been chosen to be Grand Marshal of the Blue Point / Bayport St. Patricks Day Parade in New York. The committee held a dinner on Tuesday night to mark the occasion and to honour her work in the community over the years. Sr. Philomena (photographed above) was presented with a Declaration by Steve Levy, Suffolk Legislator, on behalf of the 1.4 million residents of Suffolk County. It was a great night for all present. This year's parade will be held on the 14th March.

Our U/12s played at half time in Thomond Park during Munster’s great win over Gloucester on Saturday evening last. This is an experience these young players will carry with them for a very long time, as they were cheered off the pitch for their great display by the enthusiastic crowd. We hope that in years to come some of them might play in the red jersey and carry on this great tradition.
On Sunday morning last we travelled with our U/8s 10s and 12s to Cashel for a blitz. Our U/8s played three great games against Cashel, Thurles and Nenagh each game was very even. Fethard had fine performances from James Harrington, Russell Casey, Harvey Blackmore, Shane Cleere, Colin Kenny and Keith Bergin.
Under 10s played their hearts out, were beaten in one game and drew the other game with Nenagh, in this game they had lead for a long time but Nenagh came back to level just before the final whistle. Joseph Morgan, Eoin Walsh, Thomas Kearney, Jonathan Yates and Colin Maher played well.
Our Under 12's were beaten by a strong Nenagh side in their first game, but played a much closer contest with Cashel, where they lead for most of the game. Good performances from Sam Manton David Walsh, Conor Kavanagh and Matt O'Sullivan.
Training on Saturday for 8, 10, 12s. Under 13s play Waterpark at home at 11 o'clock on Sunday. We hold a blitz for Under 9s and 11s and 13s travel to Clanwilliam for a league game.

This year’s Tipperariana Book Fair will take place on Sunday 8th February. As usual, the Fethard Historical Society are looking for unwanted books that can be sold at their second-hand book stall to raise funds for the society. If you have books to donate, please contact Terry Cunningham, Tel: 052 23402; or Dóirín Saurus, Tel: 052 31936; and we will arrange to have them collected.



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