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Monday 6th September 2004

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Died Recently
We record the sudden death of Mr Jack Maher, Killenaule Road, Fethard, who died on Saturday 4th September. Remains will leave McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 7pm on Monday 6th September for Holy Trinity Parish Church Fethard. Requiem Mass at 11am on Tuesday 7th September followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery.

Broadband Service for Fethard
Fethard & Killusty Community Council have entered a partnership with Eircom and applied for funding from the Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources under the recently announced Group Broadband Scheme. The initiative is designed to promote the linking of local groups like Fethard & Killusty Community Council and Internet Service Providers, like Eircom, to stimulate the take up of broadband in local communities.

Discussions have taken place with Des Keating from Eircom's Broadband Programme who is enthusiastic about the project. He will assist us in putting together a profile of the Fethard area, this profile would cover business, non-commercial organisations and residential customers.

We will need approximately 100 ‘expressions of interest’ from businesses and residential customers who are interested in getting broadband in the locality. These ‘expressions of interest’ are not binding. Fethard Community Office has these letters available for circulation at the moment and in order to proceed with the application it is essential to get these returned within the next two weeks. Contact Joan at the Community Office for further information. Tel: 052 31663. Download Form (Acrobat pdf)

Broadband Internet is a vital tool for modern businesses and communities. The key features are: Download speeds up to 10 times faster than dial-up – and potentially as much as 40 times faster; Always-on service — no more dial-up and wait for service; Flat fee per month, starting at €40 including VAT per month and no call charges on top; You or others in the house/business can make calls and surf the internet at the same time, without the need for a separate phone line.

If we get enough local people interested in Broadband, we can expect the service to be up and running in Fethard by early 2005.

Fethard & Killusty Lotto Jackpot €9,100
There was no Jackpot winner in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto this week.  The numbers drawn on Tuesday 31st August were 1, 4, 6 and 14.  There was no 'Match 3' winner and three tickets were drawn who received €50 each:
Treasa Ni Siochain, 25 Ait Naomh Padraig, Fiodh Ard
Sadhbh Morrissey, Cappa Cross, Cloneen
Greta O'Dwyer, Red City, Fethard
Three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
R. Broderick, Coolmore, Fethard
Amanda Kelly, Rocklow Road, Fethard
J. Culligan, The Valley, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot is €9,100 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €800.

Fethard Bridge Club Reopens

Kay St. John (left), Presidentt of Fethard Bridge Club for the coming year, is photographed above with fellow players, Bernie Myles (centre) and Kathleen O'Connell from Fethard. Kay reminds all players that Fethard Bridge Club reopens on Wednesday next 8th September at 7.30pm in the Tirry Centre.

It is a sure sign that summer is coming to a close when Fethard Bridge Club reopens! The 2004/2005 season for Fethard Bridge club starts on Wednesday next 8th September at 7.30pm sharp in the Tirry Centre. We look forward to seeing all our old members (old in experience, not in age!) again and would like to welcome any new or former members who would like to join. Further information can be had by contacting our president, Kay St. John, secretary, Gemma Burke, or any member of the club. Anyone looking for a partner are asked to contact: Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.

Progressive 25 Results
Results for Progressive 25 Drive game played on Friday 27th August are as follows: winners on 11 games, Willie Kennedy and Michael Browne, Teresa Cummins and Bridget Hayes; table prize, Pat O’Dwyer and Tony Kelly; tickets, Hannie Leahy, Vincent Phelan, Chris O’Brien and Pat O’Dwyer; rubber finals, May Kennedy and Nellie Meaney, Jim Phelan and Jack Fleming, Chas Keane and Jackie Devitt. Next game takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 3rd September at 9pm sharp.

Clonmel Tenor sings in ‘Café of Romance’
Friday 10th September will be a treat for music lovers when the Abymill Theatre host the national touring Drawing Room Opera Company’s production of ‘Café of Romance’ at 8.15pm. The musical director is Andrew Synnott, a music graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where he specialised in composition. A former organ scholar of the Pro Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral. Andrew is also an experienced choral conductor, having worked with the Trinity College Singers and the Palestrina Choir among others.
The cast also include, Liz Ryan (High Mezzo Soprano), Mairead Buicke (Soprano), Gerry Noonan (Baritone), John Dempsey (Bass Baritone), and Joe Roche (Tenor) from Clonmel who made his operatic debut with Opera Ireland in 1995.

This production will guide music lovers through time featuring some of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. Tickets are €20 and early booking is recommended at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.

The Well Golf Society
The results of The Well Golf Society outing to Callan are as follows:
Nearest the pin: Vincent Phelan
Ladies 1st: Mary Comerford 36pts (back 9)
2nd: Mary Kenrick 36pts (back 9)
3rd: Ann Delahunty 36pts.
Men 1st: Joe Corbett 40pts
2nd: Ray Morrissey 38pts
3rd: Sean Aylward 36pts
4th: Davy Woodlock 33pts
5th: Billy Phelan 32pts
Golfer of the year: When we disregard the scores from the first outing, things are very tight at the top and to add some suspense, I'm not going to give you the scores. All will be revealed at our final outing of the season at Thurles Golf Club on Saturday, October 2nd.

Heritage Week, Sunday 5th to Sunday 12th Sept 2004
This years National Heritage Week takes place from Sunday 5th to Sunday 12th September 2004. Almost every day there will be something happening somewhere in South Tipperary and, indeed, across the whole county and country. Most of these events are free, including admission to OPW properties, like Cahir Castle and the Rock of Cashel that normally charge entry fees! With more than 20 events taking place all across South Tipperary, there should be something for everyone, no matter what your age, where you live or what aspects of heritage most interest you. An information leaflet will be available all over the County (and on the County Council website, click on or for details on the 20 special events taking place across South Tipperary during Heritage Week. It has been produced to supplement the national Heritage Week booklet produced by the Office of Public Works, who organise Heritage Week in Ireland.

Here in Fethard, the local Historical Society have organised a tour, “Heritage Work in Progress in Fethard” which will take place on Tuesday 7th September, meeting outside the Town Hall at 7pm. The guided tour will look at restoration works in progress at the Town Hall (c.1600), Holy Trinity Church (c.1200), and the Augustinian Abbey (c.1305) and other sites. For further information contact: Dóirín Saurus (secretary) Tel: 052 31936, Mary Hanrahan (public relations officer) Tel: 052 32141, or Terry Cunningham (chairperson) Tel: 052 23402.

Fethard GAA Club News
On Saturday last in Monroe, our intermediate hurlers finished the league campaign of the championship with a win on a scoreline, Fethard 2-13 (1-8), to Kilsheelan 1-13 (0-9), and in so doing, ended with 13 points out of a possible 16 which qualifies us at the top of the leader board for the semifinals to be played on weekending 19th Sept. Our team is showing well and all looks well for the semifinal. Kilsheelan must now play off for the fourth spot with Davins and St Marys, to join Fethard, Cahir and Ballybacon Grange. Saturday’s team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Tommy Gahan, Michael Ryan, Michael Carroll, Tomas Keane 0-1f, Michael Aherne, Carol Gahan, John P Looby 0-1, Eoin Doyle, Brian Coen, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, Ciaran Treacy 0-7 (5f), Alan Phelan 2-2, Miceál Spillane 0-1, Kenneth O’Donnell. Sub used was P J Aherne.

The senior football county quarterfinals take place on this weekend with Fethard playing Aherlow in New Inn on Saturday evening at 6.15pm. The last time we played Aherlow was in the league final back on the 24th April in Ballyporeen, winning on that occasion on a scoreline, Fethard 0-15, Aherlow 0-7. Best of look to all!
In Junior A Football we are still awaiting the outcome of other matches to find out who our semifinal opponents will be.

Our Lotto Jackpot of €5,900 was not won. We had three ‘match three’ winners who received €50 each: Eileen McGrath (4 Woodvale Walk), Tom Kearney (Killusty), and David Maher (8 Barrack Street). The €50 lucky dip €50 winner was Marion O’Connor (St Patrick’s Place). The numbers drawn at the Fethard Arms were 5, 6, 15 and 23.

Happy 80th Birthday Gus

Gus Smyth, Tinakelly, Fethard, photographed with his daughter Eleanor and son Gus on the occasion of his 80th birthday which was celebrated with family, friends and neighbours at a surprise party held in the ICA Hall in Fethard last Saturday night. Photographed above are L to R: Eleanor Smyth, Gus Smyth, Fr Kelly and Gus Smyth (jnr).

Community Support for Older People Grant Scheme
Now is a good time for the elderly of the parish to avail of funding for home security improvements. Applications are now invited from Community and Voluntary Groups for funding under the 2004 Scheme of Community Support for Older People. The scheme aims to improve the security and social support of vulnerable older people by providing grants for small-scale security equipment designed to strengthen points of entry to the dwelling such as window locks, door locks and door chains; security lighting; the once-off cost of installing socially monitored alarm systems and smoke alarms.

Voluntary or community-based organisations working with or providing support for older people can apply to participate in this scheme. Application forms and further information is available on the Department’s website at or by contacting the Department at: Voluntary and Community Supports, Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Dun Amhirgin, 43/49 Mespil Road, Dublin 4. Tel: (01) 6473237. The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on 13 September 2004.

Helplink South is a non-profit making organisation with charitable status who provide socially monitored alarms to elderly people.  They are based in Athlone and work through a network of local community alert groups, neighbourhood watch groups, public health nurses, home help and other community organisations. They can be contacted for further information at: Helplink South, ACT, Ballalley Lane, Athlone. Phone: (090) 6445081.

Insurance Company says no to Cemetery entrance
The following is a reply received from Michael McCarthy. A/S. E. Environment & Waste Management, in reply to a motion from Cllr John Fahey, on behalf of families looking for better access to visit their relatives buried at Redcity Cemetery (only access by stile photographed on right).

“I wish to acknowledge your representations in connection with the provision of an access gateway to the Redcity Old Burial Ground at Redcity, Fethard.
The access to the Burial Ground at he moment is by way of two stiles in each wall to the Burial Ground. I accept that it is not very accessible for old or infirm people. I also accept that the terrain inside the Burial Ground is uneven and difficult to traverse.
I have had a good look at this Burial Ground and have consulted with the O.P.W. and with our own insurance Company. The advice from both parties is to leave the access points as they are and not to provide an access gateway. There are several reasons for such advice, among them:

  • The Burial Ground is an old Burial Ground and should not be altered in any fashion.
  • The ground level inside is higher than the ground level outside, and to provide an access gateway would involve excavation. In old Burial Grounds this is not recommended.
  • By providing gateway access, people are being invited to use access, and onto uneven ground, whereby accidents could occur. Insurance Company have advised against this.
  • In providing altered access on roadway, a traffic hazard may be created. This should he avoided.

I have undertaken to review all the advice I have received on this matter. If there is any I can improve the situation without creating hazards and insurance difficulties, I will endeavour to do so. In the meantime, I will keep you up to date with developments.”

On of the reasons given for this is that the Insurance Company have advised against it. Have we now reached the stage where the Insurance Companies not alone rule the living, but they also rule the dead? God save Ireland!

Appeal to shooting men
With the opening of the shooting season on September 1st we have been requested to make an urgent appeal to all local sportsmen. A pair of Egrets have taken up residence on the lower reaches of the Clashawley and the Anner rivers. These beautiful wading birds are natives of Africa and, whether due to global warming or whatever, have over wintered in Ireland in recent years and have actually nested in the Youghal area.

The Egret is easily identified, smaller than a Heron and larger than a Seagull, they are pure white in colour and are instantly recognisable. What a pity if these beautiful visitors should be shot, so sportsmen please look out and be careful.

An example of how careful shooting men should be of clearly identifying their target before pulling the trigger was clearly in evidence in neighbouring Clerihan last week. A farmer out walking his lands had a very valuable working sheep-dog shot by mistake. The russet coloured dog made his way to a nearby pond and was shot dead by a shooting man who mistook it for a fox. The dog valued in excess of €1,000 was a working dog and also a much cherished family pet.

The Changing Year
With the news that training for all Fethard juvenile rugby teams commences in the Community Sportsfield on this Saturday September 4th, we are reminded that the year is moving on. All under/8, under/10, under/12, under/13, under/14 players are requested to attend. New members are also very welcome. Further details may be had from Paul Shanahan (086 8388205) or Sean Devaney (087 9661315).

Hunting news
Another sure sign that the year is moving on is that local hunting packs, the Tipp Foxhounds and Ballylusky White Heather Harriers, have commenced their autumn hunting.

Foxes are proving difficult to find in many areas and the Tipps have had two blank mornings so far when they failed to find. However, it is early days yet.

Speaking of hunting, the White Heather harriers are currently organising a members and friends draw. The draw is limited and substantial prize money is on offer. Monthly subscription is just €5 and if you wish to participate, please contact any committee member.

Fethard Clonoulty Wedding
The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday last of Corina, daughter of Mr Pat and Mrs Dolores Cleary, Market Hill, Fethard, to Mr John Barry, Clonoulty.

Good Luck Jim
Best of luck to Jim Sayers, Dublin and St. Patrick’s Place, who appears on Saturday night’s TV ‘Fame and Fortune’ game show, to we all hope, spin the wheel. Jim is an Irish international fisherman and here’s hoping he has the biggest catch of his life on Saturday night.

House for rent
One person required to share very modern house in Fethard, double room, very nice location, garden, car parking, 3 mins walk from the town. Rent reasonable, please contact 086 8222923 for further information.

Died Recently in London
It is with great sadness and reget to announce the sudden death of Ann Morgan, London, daughter of Michael and Mary McCarthy [nee Sheehan] of Killusty, Fethard. Funeral Mass at St Anns Church, Underwood Rd, E1, 11am on Thursday 2nd September folowed by internment afterwards at St Patricks Cemetery, Leytonstone, London EII, at 12.30pm. With our sincere sympathy to all Ann's family from all the Sheehans worldwide. (this message was received on Tuesday 31st Aug)

Fethard Patrician Presentation School Debs Ball 2004

Some Fethard Patrician Presentation School pupils puotographed at their Debs Ball held at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel. L to R: William O'Brien, Daniel Lonergan, Ronan O'Meara, Shane Walsh and P.J. Morrissey. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOGRAPHS

Killusty Soccer Club
St. Michael's bounced back from their opening day defeat as they collected all three points on their visit to Killusty in the TSDL Premier League on Thursday evening 19th August.

Killusty soccer team who were beaten 3-1 by St, Michael's in their Premier League game played at Killusty on Thursday 19th August. Back L to R: Philip Croke, Michael Carroll, Brian Coen, Ronan Maher, Noel Walsh, Aaron Kelly, Jason Nevin, Cian Maher, Nicky Murphy. Front L to R: William Doyle, Philip Ryan, John Noonan, Colm Coen, Shane Aylward, James O'Meara, Martin Coen and Chris Coen.
Killusty, who were playing their first game hack in the top flight, were to rue missed early opportunities when St. Michael's took the lead against the run of play through Anthony Glasheen after 13 minutes to give the Tipperary town club a 1-0 interval lead.

A depleted Killusty side refused to throw in the towel and were back on level terms seven minutes after the restart when Aaron Kelly netted. However, St. Michael's upped the tempo and had regained their lead five minutes later when Barry Ryan fired home following a corner-kick. Both sides had chances before Barry Ryan secured all three points for St. Michael's after 75 minutes when he curled a direct free-kick into the top corner of the net to bring his personal tally of goals from two games to four.

Killusty's goalscorer Aaron Kelly in a tackle with St. Michael's James Walsh.

Newly promoted Killusty shock Clonmel Celtic
Clonmel Celtic 3, Killusty 5.
In what was the shock of the day (Sunday 22md August) in the TSDL Premier League, newly promoted Killusty came away from the By-Pass with all points intact after beating an undefeated Clonmel Celtic.
Killusty, who had players involved in other codes, were not given a chance on paper to even pick a point up from this fixture had a Clonmel Celtic side going into this game undefeated a goal behind after just minute when Aaron Kelly headed home. It was not until after 54 minutes that Killusty extended their lead when Philip Ryan's wickedly deflected shot found the net. Then Killusty went 3-0 up after 75 minutes when William Doyle was upended in the penalty area and the same player made no mistake from the spot-kick. A minute later Clonmel Celtic pulled a goal back through James Power, but Killusty made it 4-2 after 83 minutes again through Aaron Kelly. After 86 minutes it was 4-3 to Killusty when Stephen Ryan pulled another goal back for Clonmel Celtic. But with Celtic pushing forward looking for the equaliser, Killusty caught them on the break right on the stroke of full-time as Jimmy O'Meara added a fifth for a deserved 5-3 victory.

Young Jeff Hanrahan wins all-Ireland cycling title
(from The Nationalist — by Eamonn Wynne)

Congratulations to Jeff Hanrahan, Rathronan, Clonmel, who won the under-15 category at the All-Ireland Youth Cycling Championships in Drogheda last weekend.
Jeff is a son of Jeff Hanrahan, formerly from The Green, Fethard, and is a student at the High School Clonmel. The national title is a fitting reward for Jeff’s consistency throughout the season with the Clonmel Cycling Club, which saw him chosen on the Munster underage team for the three-day Youth International in Killorglin on the August Bank Holiday Weekend.
He has been in the shake-up in several other events including the Bill Hyland Memorial in Clonmel, when he finished sixth; the National League Underage Finals in Athlone, when he came in third; and he also finished third in the Munster League.

Photos from Áine

These photographs were sent to us by Áine Wright, formerly of Killerk. The photograph above was taken at McCarthy's of Serena Huang, Bill Kennedy and Áine Wright. The photograph below was taken outside the Brú Ború Heritage Centre in Cashel of Áine and her friend Justine, maybe practising a few dance steps for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2004 which was held in Clonmel last week.

Fethard & Killusty Lotto Jackpot €8,950
There was no Jackpot winner in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto this week.  The numbers drawn on Tuesday 24th August were 2, 3, 7 and 9.  There was six 'Match 3' winner who received €25 each:
Nellie Ryan, 46 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Mai Byrne, c/o Group Homes, Fethard
Stephanie Moore, c/o AIB, Fethard
John Slattery, Barrettstown, Fethard
Mary Brown, Drangan
Deirdre Cuddihy, Killusty, Fethard
Three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Gussie Slattery, Kilnockin, Fethard (x 2)
Avril Morrissey, Tullow
Next weeks Jackpot is €8,950 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €785.

Introduction to Irish Archaeology
You may be interested to know that (NUI) University College Cork's Centre for Adult Continuing Education is to run a Certificate Course entitled an "Introduction to Irish Archaeology" in the Central Technical Institute on the Mall, Clonmel at 7pm on Thursday evenings between 7 October 2004 and May 2005.

The course is being organised by Fethard archaeologist, Ms Denise (Maher) Sheehan of UCC. Those interested are invited to attend an information and registration evening at the Central Technical Institute Clonmel on Thursday night September 2nd.

Further information is available from Denise Sheehan, Dept of Archaeology, UCC, on 021 490 4032 (email or from Mr Pat Murphy, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, on 021 490 4710 (email

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