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Thursday 3rd June 2004

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Archieved Fethard Notes 1997-2003

Patrician Presentation Secondary School

Sports Day
The gods of the elements were definitely on our side for our Annual Sports Day on Thursday 13th May.  This year’s event was held in the sports field in brilliant sunshine and the results were as follows:

1st Year Boys Sprint: Robert Aherne
1st Year Girls Sprint: Bernadette Costello
2nd Year Boys Sprint: Alan O’Connor
2nd / 3rd Year Girls Sprint: Stephanie Lawrence
3rd Year Boys Sprint: Stephen O’Meara
Senior Boys Sprint: Gavin Aherne

First Year: Robert Ahearne (boys), Bernadette Costello (girls);
Second year: Alan O’Connor (boys), Stephanie Lawrence (girls);
Third year: Stephen O’Meara (boys), Stephanie Lawrence (girls);
Senior boys: Gavin Ahearne.

Long Distance
First year: Darragh Dwyer (boys), Bernadette Costello (girls);
Second year: Christopher Sheehan (boys)
Third year: Niall Hayes (boys).

Sack Race
First year: Adrian Lawrence (boys), Charlene Burke (girls);
Second year: Alan O’Connor (boys)
Third year: Michael Fleming (boys)
Senior: Richard Gorey (boys), Kelly Ann Nevin (girls.

First Year: ‘Ronán’ - Robert Ahearne, Bernadette Costello, Alex Channon and Ida Carroll
Second Year: ‘Máire’ - Christopher Sheehan, Cathal Gorey, Declan Doyle and Stephanie Lawrence
Third Year: ‘Majority Áine’ - Stephen O’Meara, Katie Murphy, David Conway and Cormac Grogan
Senior: ‘Majority TY’ - Fintan Maher, Richard Gorey, Zach Breslin and Michael McCarthy.

Killary Harbour Weekend
On May 17th, transition year ended a marvellous three days activity at Killary Harbour in the sunshine of County Mayo.  The conclusion of their year was celebrated with mass and a social evening for parents on Monday 31st May.

Leaving Cert Class
Leaving Cert 2004 spent their last day together as a class on May 27th in Woodstock Estate, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny, accompanied by Roddy Geoghan and teachers.  Later that evening, Rev. Tom Breen P.P. celebrated their Graduation Mass with parents and families in the school hall.  The music included one of the pieces of Liam Lawton and Kevin Hickey accompanied the choir.

Gaelic Football Blitz
Congratulations to the boys who played so well in the football blitz on May 26th at Rockwell.  In the morning they had two good wins over Our Lady’s Templemore and Thurles Vocational School, which qualified them for the knockout stages in the afternoon.  In the quarterfinal they played exceptionally well to beat Abbey CBS and qualify for the semifinal against Carrick Vocational School.  Unfortunately at that stage they suffered the loss of captain and key player Christopher Sheehan who had to leave for Dublin where his family had an urgent appointment.  In spite of this the team played well to hold Carrick to a draw at half time before losing out in the second half.  It was a very good day with all the team having some great moments.  Team: J.P. McGrath, Adrian Lawrence, Cathal Gorey, Aaron O’Donovan, Thomas O’Connell, James Kelly, Christopher Sheehan, Ciarán Ryan, Jonathon Fleming, Eoin O’Connell, Darragh Dwyer, Robert Aherne, Darren Prout and Dick Walsh.

Transition Year Mural
The transition year students, with the permission of Nano Nagle Primary School Principal, Sr. Maureen, have completed a beautiful mural on the theme of ‘Flora and Fauna’, which will be installed in the playground at Nano Nagle Primary School.  The students work, under the guidance of art teacher, Ms Patricia Looby, was complimented by the principal Mr Ernan Britton and Mr Vincent Doocey, transition year co-ordinator.

Best wishes
The Principal and management wish teachers and students a happy summer vacation and good luck to our Junior and Leaving Certs in the forthcoming state exams.

We had no games in the senior club last weekend and our next competitive game is on Friday 4th June in the Intermediate South Hurling Championship when we play St Marys in Kilsheelan at 8pm.  Our first opponents in the County Senior Football Championship will be Ardfinnan to be played on weekending 25th June.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €4,500 was not won. The draw took place in McCarthys and we had four match three winners who received €40 each: Caroline Flanagan (Derryluskin), Helen Morrissey (St. Patricks Place), Francis Dillon (Tullamaine), and Mary McCormack (Kerry St).  The €50 Lucky Dip went to Mark Leahy (7 Congress Tce).
In Juvenile hurling Under/12 ‘B’ we are away to Carrick Davins in the first round on Monday 7th June at 7pm.
Our Golf Classic due to be played this weekend has been deferred to a later date.  We apologize for the disruption.

On this coming Saturday June 5th — your hospital needs you!  The South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, urgently needs €2 million to amalgamate acute hospital services.  To further focus the Government to the urgent need for funding, a Protest March will be held in Clonmel on Saturday at 2pm, starting from St. Mary’s Church in Irishtown, to the Main Guard.

The new ‘state-of-the-art’, fully equipped unit in Clonmel, still remains unopened. This is nothing short of a national scandal.  For instance, during the past week a local man, having suffered a heart attack, required urgent hospitalisation.  If the amalgamated acute services were not available in Clonmel, the patient would have to be brought to Waterford, thus losing the first hour during which treatment is vital in such cases.  Next week or even sooner it could be a member of your family in need of urgent treatment. 
This is our hospital! The dedicated doctors and nurses who are doing their utmost to get the necessary funding need our support.  Do not leave it to someone else.  Get the mid-day meal over a bit early on Saturday and join the protest march.  Your support is urgently needed!

Congratulations to the Bob Grant Bar Syndicate whose ‘Fethard Lady’ won the ‘Bumper’ at Limerick race meeting on Sunday last.  The winning syndicate is comprised of management, staff and customers of this popular Main Street hostelry.

Fethard Lady’s performance would seem to indicate that her win on Sunday was more than beginner’s luck.  The mare is trained by up-and-coming young Wexford trainer, Colm Murphy, of Cheltenham ‘Brave Inca’ renown.

Best of luck to the Bob’s Bar Syndicate and here’s hoping that they, like the Kerry Syndicate owners of ‘Brave Inca’, will be celebrating in the winners enclosure in Cheltenham in the not to distant future.

Councillor Susan Meagher has been informed that the sum of €283,000 has been approved for work to be carried out in Woodvale Walk Estate.  Mrs Meagher was informed of the approval in a letter from Mr Martin Cullen TD, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
The much-needed maintenance work on the water drains, resurfacing of main road and rear access lane will also be complemented by the provision of a rear boundary wall, additional rear lighting and the provision of a storm sewer network.  The funding was applied for by South Tipperary County Council following submissions made by the Woodvale Walk Residents Association.

The Fethard Historical Society has organized a trip to Dublin on Friday 18th / Saturday 19th June 2004.

Train will leave from Thurles at 3pm on Friday 18th June.  Return fare will cost €30 approx.  Following the very successful launch of the ‘Fethard Town Atlas’ in the Abymill last February, the Society has been invited to visit the Royal Irish Academy from 5.30 to 7.00pm for a reception and tour of the Academy.  Overnight accommodation has been booked at the Harcourt Hotel (room only) at €39 per person sharing.  Limited availability, so those wishing to stay in the hotel please contact Terry Cunningham as soon as possible.

On Saturday 19th June at 10.30am, we will start with a Guided tour of the National Library where we will also have the opportunity to see Cromwell's letter in which he refers to Fethard. The James Joyce "Rejoyce" exhibition is also on display in the Library.

We visit to the National Museum, Kildare Street, at 2pm to view, among other things, the Medieval Fethard Statues.  At 2.30pm (optional) there will be a ‘1916 Rebellion Walking Tour of Dublin’.  Train departs from Dublin at 7pm.

Members intending to travel please book as soon as possible with Terry Cunningham, Tel: 052 23402 or Mary Hanrahan Tel: 052 32141, Mobile:  087 9009722.

Fethard Historical Society will visit Derrynaflan on Friday 4th June. Sean Watts will guide the group along the railway tracks to the island where he will give a short talk on the monastic site and on the treasures recovered.
Those interested in taking part are asked to meet at the National School in Killenaule, opposite Bourke's Garage as you exit Killenaule on the Ballynonty side. Fee is €2 and further information from Dóirín Saurus, Crampscastle, Fethard. Tel: 052 31936.


Photographed while taking part in the Moyle Rovers Golf Classic at Slievenamon Golf Club are the P.F. Quirke & Co. Ltd team L to R: Danny Ryan, Marie Quirke and Pat Quirke.

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.

Bernie O'Meara, Ballyvaden, sent us this photograph taken at the late Mrs La Terrier's, birthday party celebrated on Slievenamon. We're unsure of the date and would appreciate any additional information.

So far Hugh Walsh has told us, "I enjoyed Mrs Croome Carroll's article on Mrs la Terrier. I remember many happy summers as a child playing at Kiltinan Castle. I was at her birthday party on Slievenamon. It was her 70th birthday and she died in February 1968 aged 78, the party must have been in the summer of 1959."

To take a closer look at the faces in the crowd CLICK HERE and it will open in a separate window. The following article was written in 1988 for the Annual Emigrants' Newsletter by the late Evie Croome-Carroll:

Joan de la sales le Terrier lived in the beautiful and unique surrounds of Kiltinan Castle. She had a life-long attraction to and love of animals of all kinds. Amongst her nearest and dearest were her many dogs and horses. Living on her own as she did, these pets were her constant companions and had free access to the Castle. She mourned any individual dog that might die, and had a burial box made for the dead pet before it was placed in the Dog’s Cemetery.

She also had a great live of horses and ponies and was an outstanding horse-woman both as a breeder of very fine ponies and as an individual rider. She had the distinction of being the first lady to ride ‘astride’ which was unheard of in those days. She performed at shows and many went to see her ‘new style’. It is amusing today when one considers that it is the once common ‘side saddle’ style that is back in vogue! Her attraction to unusually marked ponies led her wheeling and dealing with the gypsies. In her later years, these gypsies took advantage of this interest in ‘unusual markings’ by painting various colours on the ponies and donkeys knowing full well that she would buy them, and it was not unknown for these colours to wash out on their first crossing of the river.

“Tommy” was a favourite ‘cobb’ on which she won many prizes. Being such a keen horse lady, many people from far and near sought to buy animals from her as she had so many and of such high quality. She kept ‘Arab’ Horses which have such attractive features, the ‘Dish’ face, attractive eye, high head carriage, and the distinctive raised tail. The bone of this breed of animal is ‘solid’ (more like ivory than bone) and they have one rib less! Yet, they are very strong and they are crossed with so many different other breeds with consequent improvement all round.

Many local children were attracted to Kiltinan to try their hand at riding and learning to ride. Kiltinan’s land was not divided up by rails and ditches but was an open space so that the ponies had to be ‘rounded up’ every so often and the more suitable ones were then kept for riding and eventual sale. ‘The Dublin Flick’ was an expression used then to describe a good ‘conformation’ and a horse or pony with a ‘double flick’ meant it had particularly good and attractive movement and was sure to do well at the Dublin Horse Show. The area across from the river was known as the ‘Farm side’ and all the space in front of the castle was known as the ‘long range’ which is self-descriptive. It was fever pitch excitement herding the ponies from the two areas into the courtyard. Mrs. la Terrier’s code word when selecting out ponies was to look for “Ballerina’s” (the beautiful movers) and not the “soldier type” (stiff and sombre).
Mrs la Terrier kept two particularly good stallions, one was called “Kingfisher’ and the other ‘Allsprings”. The names were well suited to an aspect of their character. ‘Kingfisher’ had a great liking of water and spent a lot of time standing in it, while ‘Allsprings’ pranced about with such a lofted action that it looked as if he had in built springs in his legs. She also had a harness horse call ‘Brilliant’ which was used to drive and jump. ‘Brilliant’ was used for the many trips here, there and everywhere, and indeed was a brilliant ‘Trapper’. They were great days then when the lifestyle was so different from now, and so much has changed to make movement and communication readily accessible in todays world.

I remember Chris McCarthy, Dan Ryan, Rogie Hannigan, who are now all sadly departed, they were always there to help with the many activities. Mrs. la Terrier was a great story teller and conversationalist, she help people ‘spellbound’ with tales from abroad and many a time the birds were singing their dawn chorus by the time we dispersed.

Kiltinan has three noted antiques - ‘the Boiling Pot’, the ‘Roaring Springs’ and ‘st. Aubens Bridge’. The Boiling Pot has recently aroused new interest with the discovery that this circular well has two water levels. The many stories of the Roaring Springs are known to all locals. I remember many other interesting facts about these times and places and I will relate them on another occasion. Let me finish by telling a true and funny incident at Kiltinan - in those days we only had candle-light and that meant we used to make our own candles which were made from melted down bones and fat. Given that there were so many dogs about, it was not unusual to have the candles ‘nicked’ as they were a tasty chew and even more alarming if they were alight at the time.

Mrs. la Terrier’s grave and that of her mother, Mrs. Grubb, are in the grounds of Kiltinan overlooking the Castle. Inscriptions read: Alice Hannah Grubb (née Binney), died 29th August, 1955. Joan Mary de Sales la Terrier, died 3rd February, 1968 - aged 78 years.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 25th May were: 1, 3, 9 and 10. There was no Jackpot winner, and one "Match 3" winner who received €150:
John Whyte, Main Street, Fethard
Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:
Patrick Shine, Monroe, Fethard
Martin Bolger, Drumdeel, Fethard
C.E.S., Tirry Centre, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot is €7,000. Jackpot sellers prize €590.


Student Garda Wesley Kelly demonstrating some of the items used by those involved in substance misuse.

Wonderful; well worth while; positive and re-assuring; — these were some of the responses to the evening from the large attendance of well over one hundred people who attended an Information evening of Substance Misuse held in the Patrician Presentation Secondary School hall on 19th May 2004.

L to R: Garda Des Bell, Junior Liaison Officer; Johnny Casey, South Eastern Health Board; guest speaker John Lonergan (Governor of Mountjoy Prison), and Ernan Britton (School Principal).

Guest speakers John Lonergan, Governor of Mountjoy Prison; Garda Des Bell, Junior Liaison Officer; and Johnny Casey, South Eastern Health Board; were greeted by senior prefects Paul Kenny and Miriam Carroll on a beautiful May evening.  All present were welcomed by the Principal Ernan Britton, in his opening address.

The evening was organised by the Substance Misuse Committee of the school, made up of teachers, parents and senior students that had spent many months formulating the school’s Substance Misuse Policy.

At the conclusion of the evening there was an open forum where questions were answered by the panel.  The opening address given by Johnny Casey, who chaired the proceedings, gave an interesting and informative idea of the problem of substance misuse in South Tipperary and the help available.

The Garda Junior Liaison Officer spoke of the importance of knowing where children and young people are, what they are doing and in whose company they are.  John Lonergan spoke on the subject of parenting and building of a good relationship with young people based on trust and mutual respect.

Photographed at the Information Evening on Substance Misuse in the School Hall on May 19th 2004 are L to R: Mary Ann Fogarty (teacher), Ernan Britton (principal), guest speaker John Lonergan (Governor of Mountjoy Prison), Paul Kenny (head boy prefect) who presented Mr Lonergan with a framed photograph of the 'Millenium Sunrise over Slievenamon' on behalf of the school, Miriam Carroll (head girl prefect) and Marian Gilpin (vice-principal).

Mr John Lonergan's talk was very much focussed on prevention and the important roll that parents have in 'listening' to their children instead of preaching to them.  He stressed that substance misuse is often symptomatic of deeper-rooted problems that are compounded by the pressures and stress of living and parenting in today's society where money is plentiful.  Communication and listening to our children is far more important than giving them money etc. During his talk, he quoted from the following thought-provoking documents, which were later photocopied and distributed to those present by the school. (click to read)

It was a very successful evening and gratitude is expressed to all involved: the Principal and staff, caretaker Con Sullivan, Ms Maher and Mrs O’Donnell for the display of posters and projects, the secretary Gwen Cronin, the ladies of the Parents Association who helped with teas for the guests, Seamus Whyte and the Abymill Theatre for sound equipment, the Substance Misuse Committee and most importantly, the guests who made it such an invaluable experience.

This year’s issue of the Patrician Presentation Secondary School's Transition Year's production of their annual yearbook, ‘Off The Wall’ is now available for sale in local shops and at the school. 

The 32-page yearbook is up to its usual high standard with lots of photographs, art and articles compiled by transition year students. 

The retail price is €7.

Disabilities campaigner Kathy Sinnott

Kathy Sinnott on her Election Campaign in Fethard. L to R: Janet Blake, Kathy Sinnott, Maurice Colgan, and Margaret Taylor.

High profile disabilities campaigner, Kathy Sinnott, was in Fethard last week, to canvassing for the European Elections in June. Kathy, who is running as an independent candidate needs more than 100,000 votes to be elected in Munster.  Explaining her platform for the European Election, on June 11, Kathy said that she is offering to the people of South Tipperary exactly what she is doing now and taking it to Europe. "People know what I do and that's what they want me to do in Europe."  She said she is not making artificial political promises but she will fight hard for people. Kathy said she has a lot of experience in the things that affect people everyday, and has manned a helpline almost single handedly for the last eight years. Doing this she has come across good and bad stories.

She said people want her to work at EU level because it is now so powerful, and there is also a feeling that our national government is such an obstacle she has to go 'over their heads.'  "The response has been amazing," she reports. "I have a great team, everybody is a volunteer and they have great commitment." Her support come from all kinds of people, she adds, including people who are anti incineration and those who want to see a woman representing Munster. Her basic message she says is all about people and the family.

Congratulations to Rhona Hoelsken (eldest daughter of Paddy O'Flynn, Burke Street, Fethard) and Michael Hoelsken, now living in San Francisco, on the birth of their son Andreas Michael Hoelsken on 2nd February 2004.
Rhona, Michael, their oldest son Conor (3 yrs) and Andreas look forward to visiting Fethard this year for their cousin, Corrina Cleary's wedding.

Great excitement in the Kilknockin area on Sunday night last when the largest hot air balloon in Ireland came down on the farm of Mr and Mrs Eddie Trehy.

Within minutes, the adjacent Killenaule-Fethard road was lined with cars of interested passing-by motorists.  The balloon was on a routine flight from an outing of the Irish Balloon Club at Knocklofty.  The size of the balloon may be gauged from the fact that the attached pannier basket underneath carried no less than fourteen passengers.

They had cruised over most of South Tipperary at a height of 600 feet and imagine Mr and Mrs Trehy’s surprise to find their daughter Christine and her husband Gearóid Hourihane amongst the passengers.  One might say, they literally dropped in!

Mr and Mrs Trehy cordially invited the unexpected guests in for tea.  The balloonists produced a large bottle of Champagne and an enjoyable time was had by all while the balloon was being deflated and packed in its special trailer.

The death has occurred on May 19th in England of Patrick Theobald Butler, the 28th Lord Dunboyne.  He was born into an Anglo-Norman Irish family in 1917 and was a direct descendant of the 1st Lord Dunboyne who received a writ of summons to the Irish Parliament in 1324.

While the Lords of Ormonde of the Kilkenny branch of the Butler family who owned Kilkenny, Kilcash, Kiltinan and Cahir Castles may be better known, the Dunboyne branch had also very close local connections.

The Dunboyne family were strong Roman Catholics until 1786 when the 22nd Lord Dunboyne resigned as Bishop of Cork to marry his cousin in the hope of having an heir. He was the subject of a most interesting book by the late Col. Watson, “In Search of an Heir”.

He was born at Grangebeg and died at Wilford near Ballingarry and is buried in Fethard Augustinian Abbey Grounds, according to local history having returned to the Catholic Church before his death.

The peerage passed to a Protestant branch of the family from which Patrick Dunboyne was a descendant.  He served with distinction in the Irish Guards during World War II and was reported missing, believed dead.

He studied Law and was called to the Bar in 1949.  He retired from his law practice in 1986 and devoted himself to the genealogy of the Butler family, the passion of his life.  He was active in the Butler Society from its foundation in 1968.

He was an outstanding tennis player, oarsman, and a top grade chess player.  He started the Bar Lawn Tennis Society and was president of the Forty Five Lawn Tennis Club.  In 1950 he married Ann Marie Mallet, daughter of the British Ambassador in Rome. They had three daughters and a son, John Fitzwalter Butler, born in 1851, who succeeds to the title.

We had a very enjoyable get together last Saturday evening at Slievenamon Golf Club. The results of the rumble are as follows:
1st place went to course specialists James Smyth, Liam Meagher and Andy O'Donovan.
2nd place went to Pat Woodlock, Kevin Ryan and Ray Morrissey.
Nearest the pin was won by Kevin Ryan. The list of entrants for Adare Manor is now complete. Any late entries will only be accommodated if there is a withdrawal. Those who are travelling to Adare should note that the Irish Seniors is being held at the adjacent Adare Golf Club, so allow extra travelling time for delays.

At our AGM on 19th May the following officers and committee were elected:
President: Kay St. John;
Vice President: Marie Delaney;
Secretary/PRO: Gemma Burke;
Treasurer: Frances Burke;
Asst. Treasurer: Anna Cooke;
Tournament Directors: Frances Burke, Betty Walsh, Alice Quinn, Gemma Burke; Committee: Berney Myles, Teresa Cummins, Breda Walsh and Mike Burke; Partner Facilitator: Annie O’Brien.

The results of the game following the AGM were:
1st Gross: Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins        
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett
1st Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney
2nd Nett: Mary Quirke and Fr. John Meagher

Bridge will resume on Wednesday 8th September.  Summer Bridge continues in Hotel Minella, Clonmel and Ballingarry on Wednesday nights commencing 2nd June and in Ballinure on Thursday nights commencing 3rd June.  All are welcome.

In intermediate hurling we played Moyle Rovers in Fethard on Friday 21st May and had a great win with Miceál Spillane playing one of his best games. Final score: Fethard 3-13, Moyle Rovers 0-14.
This gives us two wins from two with our next outing on Friday 4th June in Kilsheelan when we meet St Marys at 7.45pm.
Our senior footballers are playing challenges while awaiting their South Championship match.  Our juniors are due to play Ardfinnan weekending 12th June.
Minor football fixtures have taken a break while exams are in progress.
The Tipperary game against Waterford in Páirc Ui Caoimhe is an all ticket match and all club members interested in a ticket please give their name to Dick Fitzgerald, Nicky O’Shea or Noel Byrne before Monday 31st May.  If you are not in, you can’t win.
Fethard GAA Golf Classic will take place in Slievenamon Golf Club on Saturday 5th June. Team of three for €120 can be booked from John Hurley, Nicky O’Shea, Dick Fitzgerald, Miceál McCormack, Gussy Fitzgerald or any committee member. Thank you very much in anticipation of your support.

Fethard put down marker with impressive display
South Intermediate Hurling Championship
Fethard 2-17; Carrick Davins 3-4
(The Nationalist 15th May 2004)

Fethard made an impressive start to their I.H.C. campaign with a ten point victory over Carrick Davins in their first round game played in Kilsheelan on Friday evening last. Fethard dominated in most sectors of the field against a weak Davins side and had a commanding lead built up by the half time stage.

With Cian Maher and Tomas Keane in complete control around the midfield area, Fethard went into an early lead and had a succession of points by Colin Allen, Aidan Fitzgerald and Tomas Keane. Ml Spillane playing at full forward sent to the net midway through the half and when Jamie McCormack finished a pass by Cohn Allen to the net shortly afterwards, Davins faced an uphill battle.

Michael Hackett opened their account with a pointed free and Ger Robinson and Willie Waters had two further points to leave the half time score at Fethard 2-7 Davins 0-3.

The second half followed much the same pattern with Fethard scoring some impressive points from all angles, Colin Allen was particularly outstanding in this regard ending up with a personal tally of eight points. Davins raised their game somewhat in the last quarter and after struggling for long periods they eventually penetrated the Fethard defence.

Alan Casey connected with a dropping ball to score a fine goal and sub Seamus Harris connected with a delivery from Ger Robinson to finish to the net. The same player followed suit moments later with his side's third goal as time ran out. It was too little too late for Davins however as the damage had been well inflicted at this stage and Fethard ran out comfortable winners of their first outing.

On this form Fethard will pose a threat to all other Intermediate sides and anyone coming up against them will want to be well prepared. Carrick Davins, who were missing some regulars, will no doubt field a stronger outfit in other games and when they have all hands on deck they are sure to make a better impression.

Fethard: P. Fitzgerald, S. Ryan, M. Ryan, T. Gahan, M. Ahearne, S. O'Donnell, S. Walshe, T. Keane 0-2, C. Maher, B. Coen 0-1, A. Fitzgerald 0-4, C. Allen 0-8, J. McCormack 1-0, M. Spillane 1-1, L. Treacy 0-1. Subs: P. Croke, N. Noonan, E. Doyle.

Carrick Davins: S. Butler, M. 'Cronin, J. P. McGrath, A. J. Cronin, M. Ryan, M. Whelan, E. McGrath, N. Butler, S. Cronin, P. Murphy, G. Robinson 0-2, W. Waters 0-1, M. Hackett 0-1, P. McGrath, B. Butler. Subs: Alan Casey 1-0, S. Harris 2-0.

Fethard too strong for Ballyporeen
South Minor Football Championship 'B'
Fethard 5-9; Ballyporeen 1-4
(The Nationalist 15th May 2004)

This second round South Minor 'B' Championship game played in Ned Hall Park on a glorious evening for football on Saturday 8th was a very one sided contest. From the throw in Fethard were always in control and by half time led 3-5 to 1-1 with goals from Shane Walsh, Ronan O'Meara and Stephen O'Meara and points from Paul Kendrick 0-2, Shane Walsh, Peter Gough and Johnny Leahy to a Ballyporeen goal by David Crotty and a point from Paidí Fitzgerald.

There was some lovely 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 Kendrick 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 march on to a semifinal spot.

Fethard: 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'Meara l-0, Shane Walsh 1-3, Stephen O'Meara 1-1, Paul Kendrick 1-2, Johnny Leahy 1-1. Subs: Damien Donovan, James Darcy, and Christopher Sheehan.

Ballyporeen: 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, Sean Hickey

The County Athletics Finals will take place in Thurles Dog Track on this coming Sunday, May 30th.  Assembly will be at 1pm.   The following children have been entered from the Fethard area:
Boys under/8 60m: Jack Gleeson, Coolmore; David Heffernan, Ballyvaden.
Under/8 80m: Eoghain Hurley, Strylea; Kevin Hickey, Coolmoyne.
Under /10 100m: Brian Healy, The Green; Garry Bradshaw, The Green.
Under /10 200m: Philip Maher, Ballybough; Vincent Lawrence, Derryluskin.
Under /12 100m: Owen Healy, The Green.
Under /14 100m: John Lalor, Rathcanty.
Under /8 60m: Molly Proudfoot, Strylea; Hannah Tobin, St. Patrick’s Place.
Under /8 80m: Kate Quigley, Redcity: Kayleigh Higgins, Strylea.
Under /10 100m: Aine Phelan, Kilknockin; Jennifer Rice, Everardsgrange.
Under /12 600m: Radkia Janacikava, Knockelly.
Under /14 800m: Bernadette Costello, Woodvale Walk; Laura Rice, Everardsgrange.
Under /16 100m: Kate O’Brien, Redcity.
Under /15 mixed Relay Team.

The front pages of all most all national daily papers on Monday last featured prominently the 11 fatal road accidents over the weekend. What, if anything, can be done to reduce the terrible toll?

Driving during the past week on what chould be classed as 2nd if not 3rd class roads, at what one would consider a 40-45 mph reasonable speed, we were overtaken by a driver doing in excess of 70mph.  No doubt these drivers, by the grace of God, got to complete their journey and return journey safely.  One thing is sure however, as long as drivers continue to drive at that speed on such type of roads, the authorities can impose all the penalty points they wish, put Gardai on every cross-road in Ireland, but unless by some manner or means they can get inside these peoples heads and knock some common sense into them, it is all to no avail.

The wedding took place at Holy Trinity Church Fethard on Saturday 22nd May of Nicholas, son of Dr. Paddy and Mrs Diana Stokes, The Square, to Anna, daughter of Dr. Barry and the late Mrs Isobel Kempton, Lambourne, Berkshire, England.

A large number of friends of the bride and groom from the equestrian world in Ireland and England in which Nicky and Anna are widely known, attended the wedding and the reception afterwards in Knocklofty House Hotel.

The Fethard and Killusty Anglers competitions for the John Sayers Trophy and Tom O’Shea Cup took place on Sunday 23rd May.  Winner of the John Sayers Trophy was Mattie Fleming, with Eddie Casey 2nd and Liam Boland finishing 3rd.

The Tom O’Shea Cup for the heaviest trout was also won by Mattie Fleming.  The prevailing North East wind and bright sunshine provided far from ideal fishing conditions.  The catch of 28 trout by 10 rods nevertheless was quite good.

Under/12 Soccer

Fethard boys u/12 Soccer Team runners up in South Final of Community Games Soccer Championship  Front Row L-R Dean Sharpe, Frankie O Donovan, Alan Lawrence, Tommy Sheehan, Ciarán O'Meara, Dylan Fitzgerald, Owen Dillon. Back L to R: Brian Delahunty, Ronan Fitzgerald, Colm Shanahan, Damien Morrissey, Bernard Feery (manager), Daniel Hickey and Aaron Conran.

Well done to Fethard boys under/12 soccer team who put up such a great performance in the south final of the Community Games Championship which took place in Killusty on Sunday last.  The boys were defeated by a strong Carrick-on-Suir team by the narrow margin of just one goal.  The final score was 2-1.  The Fethard lads went very close to equalizing on a couple of occasions, just missing the net by inches.  They all played a great game and Colm Shanahan made some super saves in goal.  Well done to Bernard Feery, team manager, who put so much time into training this team, along with the indoor soccer team, and also to the parents for all their support.

Swimming County Finals will take place in the Canon Hayes Sports Complex, Tipperary Town on Saturday July 5th at 2.30pm.  Fethard will be represented by Philip Maher, Ballybough, in the under/10 freestyle event - one length of the pool, and Kevin Hayes, Redcity, in the under/14 freestyle - two lengths of the pool.  Entries for this event are now closed.

Results for game played on 14th May:
Winners: James and Veronica Muldowney; John Martin and Trish Lee; Pat O’Dwyer and Tony Kelly; Michael O’Shea and Sean Callahan.
Table Prize: Nellie Meaney and Mai Kennedy.
Rubber finals: Mick Murphy and T.J. McGrath; Seamus Maher and Brian O’Donnell; Paddy and Phyllis Murphy.
Results for game played on 21st May:
Winners on 13 games: Sheila Hall and Chris O’Brien.
Runners up on 12 games: Esther and Vincent Phelan.
Table prize: Bridget Hayes and Teresa Cummins.
Rubber finals: Alice Quinn and Kay St. John; Robbie and Bernie Phelan; Esther and Vincent Phelan
Next game takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 28th May at 8.30pm sharp.


Kathleen O'Connell (left) and Mary Quirke, winners of this year's President's Prize. Breda Walsh (centre) is President of Fethard Bridge Club.


At the Fethard Bridge Club's President’s PrizeLunch held in Slievenamon Golf Club on Sunday 16th May 2004, the following prizes were presented:

President’s Prize: Mary Quirke and Kathleen O’Connell.
Committee Prize: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles.
1st Gross: Betty Walsh, Brigid Gorey.
2nd Gross: Alice Quinn, Teresa Cummins.
3rd Gross: Bernie O’Meara, Anna Cooke.
5th Gross: David O’Meara, Tony Hanrahan.
4th Gross: Carol Kenny, Gemma Burke.
6th Gross: Annie O’Brien, Marie Delaney.
1st Nett: Breda Walsh, Frances Burke.
2nd Nett: Philly Kenny, Mgt M. McCormack.
3rd Nett: Nell Broderick, Breda O’Grady.
4th Nett: Carmel Condon, Brendan Kenny.
5th Nett: Ann and Sean O’Dea.
6th Nett: Nora Lawrence, Madeleine O’Donnell.
Player of the Year, for which the O’Flynn Perpetual Trophy is presented:  Betty Walsh.
Club Championship, for which the Hayes Perpetual Trophy is presented: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara.

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.

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.

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