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Thursday 20th May 2004

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The Abymill Theatre will stage the renowned ‘Teac a Bloc’ production by Des Dillon on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th June.  The show, as seen on The Late Late Show, is receiving rave reviews throughout Ireland and along with Peigí, Rattle the Boards and all her friends, promises for a great night of music and fun. 

The show commences on each night at 8.15pm and tickets are €15 and €12. Booking now at O’Flynn’s Menswear. Tel: 052 31254.


Congratulations to the 69 children of the parish who received the sacrament of Confirmation on Friday 14th May at Holy Trinity Church Fethard.  Mass was celebrated by His Grace, Most Rev Dr. Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.

Last weekend the 2004 County Track & Field Championships took place in Scanlon Park, Kilkenny. A small but successful team of 17 athletes travelled to the games to represent Fethard A.C. and brought home a total of 11 individual medals.
Fethard’s gold medal winners were: Elaine Kennedy in the U15 800m and 1500m; Hannah Trehy in the U13 hurdles and Ciara O’Connor in the U14 1500m.  Silver medallists were: John Lalor (U13 hurdles), Aoife O’Connor ( U15 1500m) and Hannah Trehy (U13 high jump).  Fethard’s bronze medallists were: Michelle Ryall in the U13 long jump and 80m sprint, Laura Rice (U14 1500m), Wayne Laslett (U16 high jump) and Elaine Kennedy in the U15 200m.  Other athletes to compete with distinction were: Hannah Tobin, Kate Quigley, Jennifer Rice, Bernadette Costello, Lolo Trehy, Louis Rice and Roisín Trehy.

We’re told that the Cuckoo has been heard for the first time this year in the Cloneen area, on April 5th.

‘You’re a Star’ finalist Michael Leonard will play a concert in the Abymill Theatre on Saturday 29th May at 7pm.  Tickets are €12 and can be booked at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street. Tel: 052 31254. 
Michael Leonard is not just your average Mr. Nice Guy, behind the blue eyes and the white smile lies a talent that is a rare find these days. Michael began playing the piano when he was seven and as the years rolled by he started to play guitar and drums. At the age of 16 he started writing songs and this has become his single, most favourite, hobby. He looks for inspiration from his rock idols that include Jimmy Hendrix, Counting Crows and U2.
Michael is now concentrating on his song-writing abilities. He has since co-written material with Westlife front-man Brian McFadden and both Brian Kennedy and Simon Casey have expressed interest in recording some of Michael’s songs.  His life has been a whirlwind of excitement since the TV show and he is now touring the country performing to capacity crowds. Michael believes that ‘You’re a Star’ was the best experience of his life. Though it was tiring and stressful for him, he made many friends, many of whom he keeps in contact with, including Simon Casey, Brian Ormond and Susan McFadden.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 11th May were: 5, 14, 16 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner, and one "Match 3" winner who received €150:
Niall Walsh, Knockbrack
Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:
Dan Hartnett, Killenaule
Margaret Thompson, Fethard
Carmel Murphy, Crampscastle
Next weeks Jackpot is €6,700. Jackpot sellers prize €560.

There were two very exciting girls soccer county finals in Killusty on Sunday evening with Killenaule winning both U/12 and U/15 events.  Fethard boys under 13 indoor soccer champions, winners the county title in Rockwell College recently, paraded under the County Banner proudly displaying their medals before the finals.
Team members who will represent Tipperary at Munster Finals are: Ben Walsh (capt) Adam Lyons, Damien Morrissey, Darren Connolly (goal), Ciaran Ryan, Daniel Hickey and Jake Maher.

Anne Kelly, on behalf of her family and friends, sends get-well wishes to her sister Paula Gahan who is making a speedy recovery in St Joseph's Hospital Clonmel.

At the recent special meeting of Fethard Football and Hurling Club to elect a secretary and chairman, following recent resignations, vice-chairman Dick Fitzgerald was elected chairman, and Miceál McCormack was elected secretary.
Both Dick and Miceál have given great service to Fethard and Tipperary GAA over the years, and we are sure they will continue to do so as each of them filled the positions with distinction on previous occasions.  Both also being dedicated to furthering and promoting GAA ideals at all levels, we feel confident that all Fethard GAA players, committee, members, followers and supporters will unite behind Dick and Miceál in making 2004 another successful year for Fethard GAA.

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 8th May of Claire, daughter of Mr Edmond and Mrs Phyllis Healy, The Green, Fethard, to Eugene O’Donnell, Clonmel.

The U/12s play their last game of football in their championship bid this Thursday evening away to Clonmel Commercials. A bus leaves from outside the GAA Field at 6.15pm on Thursday 13th May.  They need a win to ensure a place in the semi-finals so best of luck to the lads.
Our U/14s played St, Patricks in Cloneen on Thursday of last week in their championship bid and came away with a great win.  Well done to the these young players and we wish them the best of luck in their next match.
Football training for U/8s, U/10s and U/12s on Saturdays at 3pm in the GAA Field; U/12s also on Tuesday evenings at 6pm in the GAA Field.  U/14s on Wednesdays at 6.30pm in the GAA field and on Fridays at 6.15pm.  U/16s on Monday evenings in the GAA field at 7.00pm.
Hurling training for U/14s and U/16s on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm in the new Community Sports Field.  Anyone is welcome to come along to any of these training sessions and new members are always welcome.
If you have any queries please phone Club Secretary - Caroline Sheehan. Tel: 052-32005 or 086 1713502
On a final note, the Juvenile Club would like to wish all the boys and girls that are receiving their Confirmation on Friday 14th May, a very happy day.


A very good number of parishioners took part in Fethard’s annual May Procession held on Sunday evening 9th May.  Rev Fr. Meagher OSA, at the conclusion, on behalf of the parish clergy thanked sincerely all who took part, especially the children who had received their First Holy Communion the previous day.

On Wednesday 5th May we played for prizes sponsored by Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles and the results were:
1st Nett: Mary and Pattie Tobin
2nd Nett: Suzanne Opray and Ellen Rochford
1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2nd Gross: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny
Our AGM will be held on Wednesday, 19th May at 7pm and will be followed by a game of bridge.  Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien Tel: 052 31862.


Congratiulations to the boys and girls from Nano Nagle Primary School and St. Patrick's Boys School, Fethard, who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday 8th May.

Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School invites all adults to an ‘Information Evening on Drub Misuse’ in the School Hall on Wednesday next 19th May at 8pm.

Mr John Lonergan, Governor Mountjoy Prison, is principal guest speaker. John Lonergan, a native of Ardfinnan, has shown himself, in his many media interviews, to be one of the great humanitarians of our time.  While a firm believer in discipline, Mr Lonergan forever promotes the cause of the underprivileged members of our society.  Removing or preventing the cause, rather than terms of imprisonment, has been his policy on crime reform.  Experiencing the evil of substance abuse on a daily basis during the course of his work and being the brilliant speaker that he is, no one is more qualified to speak on the subject.

The Garda Drugs Task Force, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Mr John Casey SEHB, will also speak on the subject.

The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 18th May at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.  The committee are currently working a feasibility study, in conjunction with Tipperary Institute, to refine the development of the Convent Hall to the best community use while still remaining sustainable and self-sufficient.

The Town Renewal Scheme of tax incentives, aimed at promoting the physical renewal and improvement of Fethard, introduced by the Finance Act 2000 has been extended to 31st July 2006.  The original closing date of 31st December 2004 was extended by the Minister of Finance in his Budget 2004, but will only apply to projects under the Town Renewal Scheme for which full planning application has been received at the relevant Planning Authority on or before the 31st December 2004.

Further information is available from the Planning Section, South Tipperary County Council. Tel: 052 34646.

The names and deposits for Adare Manor are coming in slowly but surely and to help you in this endeavour we have organised a golf evening at Slievenamon Golf Club on Saturday, May 22nd.  Tee-off time is 5pm.  The format will be a three-ball scramble or rumble (yet to be decided). A very reasonable rate for green fees will also include dinner. Hope to see you all there.

Intermediate Hurling continued last week with our county league match played on Tuesday evening, Fethard 2-9 (0-3), Arravale Rovers 2-9 (2-4), and our south championship game played on Friday evening, Fethard 2-17 (2-7), Carrick Davins 3-4 (0-3). 

Fethard’s game against Arravale Rovers, played in Tipp Town, was a very difficult evening for hurling but both teams braved the elements and some fine passages of skills were the order of the evening.  A draw was a fair result as it was a game of two halves. The score in the first half was, Arravale Rovers 2-4, Fethard 0-3.  The Fethard team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Michael Ryan, Tommy Gahan, Philly Croke, Michael Aherne, Shane Walsh, Cian Maher 0-1, Stephen O’Donnell 0-1, Ciarán Treacy 0-1, P J Aherne, Colin Allen 1-5 (5F), John Noonan, Miceál Spillane 1-1, and Gerry Aherne. Our last game in this competition will be played during this week.

The minor football B game played in Ned Hall Park on Saturday 8th May resulted in a fine victory for us on a scoreline. Fethard 5-9 (3-5), Ballyporeen 1-4 (1-1). This 2nd round Minor B South Championship game, was a very one-sided contest.  From the throw-in Fethard were always in control and by halftime had amassed 3-5 to 1-1, with goals for Fethard from Shane Walsh, Ronan O’Meara, and Stephen O’Meara and points from Paul Kenrick 0-2, Shane Walsh, Peter Gough and Johnny Leahy to a Ballyporeen goal scored by David Crotty, and a point from Paidí Fitzgerald.

There was some lovely football movements from both teams but Fethard finished off with scores while Ballyporeen broke down due to the dominance of the Fethard backline, who broke from defence time after time. In the second half Ballyporeen scored only 3 points from Harry English, Dave O’Farrell, and a free from David Crotty, with Fethard adding 2-4 goals from Paul Kenrick and Johnny Leahy, and points from Shane Walsh 0-2, P.J. Morrissey, and Stephen O’Meara to leave the final score, Fethard 5-9, Ballyporeen 1-4.  Fethard thus march on to a semi-final spot. Some of the referee’s decisions on both sides were very hard to understand on the evening.

Our Juvenile Under 14 A football received a bye for their game scheduled for Monday 17th May.

Our new officers elected at Special General Meeting on Wednesday 5th May for the remainder off the year were Dick Fitzgerald (Chairman) and Miceál McCormack (Secretary).  We wish both the very best off luck.

Our Lotto Jackpot was not won at Burkes Bar on 4th May either. The numbers drawn were: 1, 5, 16 and 18.  We had one match three winner of €150, Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Larry Keogh (Kilcash).

It was with sadness last week that the old Gaels learned of the passing away of Jimmy Hickey (Drangan) who played Minor Football with Fethard and won South titles in 1932 and 1933.  To his family we offer our condolences at this time Go ndeanai Dhia trocaire orthu.
Fethard Team: Glen O’Meara, Mike Kelly, Darragh Corbett, Shane Harrington, James Smyth, Richard Gorey, Niall Hayes, P.J. Morrissey 0-1, William O’Brien, Peter Gough 0-1, Ronan O’Meara1-0, Shane Walsh 1-3, Stephen O’Meara 1-1, Paul Kenrick 1-2, Johnny Leahy 1-1. Subs used: Damien Donovan, James D'Arcy and Christopher Sheehan. Ballyporeen Team: Pat Ahearne, Paddy McCarthy, Sean McGrath, David O’Neill, Robert Duggan, Tomas Martin , Danny Hannon, Pat Quinlan, Kenneth English, Larry Brophy, Harry English 0-1, Paidí Fitzgerald 0-1, Dave Farrell 0-1, David Crotty 1-1, and Sean Hickey

Don’t forget that this years Fethard & Killusty London Reunion will takes place on Saturday 26th June at St. Anthony’s Parish Centre, Garratt Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 9AN, from 6.30pm ‘til late! Buffet food will be available, with music from 8pm onwards and all are welcome. Cover charge on the night to help defray expenses is: adults £10.00, and children £7.00 and tickets available in advance or at the door. Further details from Paul Looby (email:, Tel: 0044 (0) 1276 459080 or Joe Kenny, Fethard. Tel: 052 31663.

Olly Fitzgerald and family from Leicestershire, England, would like to wish Jimmy Fitzgerald a very happy 60th birthday and they’re sorry that we could not be home to celebrate it with you.

Many people are wondering why is it there seems to be so many badgers killed on the side of the road these days. The answer must be that it's just the time of year and these new generation of badgers that are not yet aware of the dangers of our busy roads.  Happily this is not the case as regards to our own ‘Badgers’— the 30s to 40s plus age group soccer players in the community sports field — as numbers seem to be growing all the time.  On the very first Wednesday night just six people appeared, the following week, this doubled to twelve and on the books at present we have 16 players.  The soccer has been lively and people are already feeling the benefits of the fresh air and exercise, but an added bonus has been that of so many old friendships re-acquainted. Some who have not met since school days, one would not have thought the small town was so big. The invitation is still there for those who would like to play a little social soccer, come along to the community field at 19.45 each Wednesday night.

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.

Hugh Walsh sent us this photograph taken at his parents wedding, Bill Walsh to Nora White, in 1945. The photo includes several Fethard people that we all remember well:
Back Row (L to R):- Louis O'Donnell, Fethard;  Kay O'Keeffe, Barrettstown;  Michael O'Keeffe, Barrettstown;  Peg Hayes, Derryluskin;  Bill Holohan, Killusty;  Kitty McCarthy, Fethard;  Billy Kenrick, Fethard,  Mary Goldsborough, Fethard;  P. J. Holohan, Fethard;  Babs Looby,  Fethard;  Michael Britton, Cloneen;  Middle Row (L to R):- May White, Mullinahone;  Tom Walsh, Newtown;  Maureen Holohan. Fethard;  Canon Ryan, Fethard;  Bill Walsh, Baptistgrange;  Nora Walsh (nee White), Baptistgrange; Andy Holohan, Fethard;  Nora Nyhan (nee Carew), Cork & Derryluskin;  Matt White, Mullinahone;  Liz Brett, Fethard;  Front Row (Seated) Jackie White, Derryluskin;  May Britton (nee Walsh), Cloneen;  Tim Walsh, Newtown;  Agnes Barry (nee White), Ennis;  John White, Derryluskin;  Ellen White, Derryluskin.

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