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Monday 10th July 2006

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Slí na Sláinte Launch on Target

Preparing for the launch of Fethard's first Slí na Sláinte, provisionally set for 29th July, are L to R: Joe Kenny (Chairman Fethard & Killusty Community Council), Jimmy Connolly (Treasurer Fethard & Killusty Community Council), Tanya Comber-Rait (National Coordinator, Slí na Sláinte, Irish Heart Foundation), James Horan (Co. Council Foreman Fethard Area), Jonathon Cooney (Fethard Area Engineer, South Tipperary County Council) and Edwina Newport (Secretary Fethard & Killusty Community Council).

The launch of Fethard’s Slí na Sláinte took a big step forward this week with the delivery of the signs and visit of National Coordinator, Tanya Comber-Rait, to meet Community Council representatives and members of the County Council. The group met in the Tirry Community Centre to finalise plans for the launch on Saturday 29th July, to coincide with the Fethard to Fethard Cycle in aid of the ‘Heart-Safe’ programme. We will have further details of both events in the near future. The Community Council acknowledge the support of the Irish Heart Foundation and it is envisaged that with your support Fethard will be long on its way to be one of Ireland’s first ‘Heart-Safe’ towns.

Rev George calls it a day!

Rev. Canon George A. Knowd, and his wife Gwen, signing a commemorative booklet at his final service in Old St. Mary’s Church, Clonmel, on last Sunday afternoon, 2nd July.

Rev. Canon George A. Knowd held his final service in Old St. Mary’s Church on last Sunday afternoon, 2nd July, before a packed congregation of appreciative friends. The Clonmel Union of Parishes — Clonmel, Cahir, Fethard, Tullaghmeelan and Inishlounaght — organised the Service of Farewell and Thanksgiving to mark his retirement. Special guest preacher for the occasion was The Very Reverend Dr. P.J. Knowles, Dean of Cashel, who spoke highly in his praise of the work achieved by George in transforming the restoration work first initiated by Colonel Sidney John Watson (1920-1999). He said the town is losing someone very special and it is very important that Government, County Council and relevant groups carry on the work of George, whose life and ministry we celebrate here today. He went on to also compliment George’s vision in opening Old St. Mary’s to regular art and cultural events.

In reply, Rev Knowd said, he was not alone and mentioned his many colleagues who also worked very hard over the years. He went on to say, It was a work of joy to see what the church has come from nine years ago, to what it is today, and in particular thanked FÁS who have been part of Old St. Mary’s for the past nine years. He said, that without the FÁS employment scheme of up to 15 workers the work could not have been completed. He thanked organist, Mr Earl Moffitt, for his contribution to many events over the years and also thanked everyone for coming.

Rev George A. Knowd has chosen to retire and live in Fethard and what is Clonmel’s loss is our gain. George, we wish you and your wife Gwen, a long and happy retirement here in Fethard. To quote the words of Reverend Dr. P.J. Knowles on the night, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

Rev. Canon George A. Knowd held his final service in Old St. Mary’s Church, Clonmel, on last Sunday afternoon, 2nd July, before a packed congregation of appreciative friends. The Clonmel Union of Parishes — Clonmel, Cahir, Fethard, Tullaghmeelan and Inishlounaght — organised the Service of Farewell and Thanksgiving to mark his retirement. L to R: Rev Jenny Crowley, Rev Arthur Carter, Dean Philip Knowles; Mayor of Clonmel, Cllr Phil Prendergast; Rev. Canon George A. Knowd, Gwen Knowd, Canon Nicholas Power P.P. and Fr Colm O'Brien C.C.

Annual Newsletter Articles
Now that the long evenings are in decline we remind our regular local writers, and budding new ones, of the ever-fast approaching wintertime and invite articles for inclusion in this years Emigrants’ Newsletter.  It is our annual ambition to have the Newsletter printed and on sale by December but without your cooperation it is proving impossible. So this year we’re reminding you in time — now is the time to start writing your articles!

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Wednesday 5th July were 23, 24, 29 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner. Three tickets were drawn and the following €50:
Claire O’Brien, Drangan Village:
Mary Myler, 66 St Patricks Place, Fethard:
John Walshe, Curraghtarsna, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Christy Williams, Killusty, Fethard;
Nellie Donovan, 22 Fr. Tirry park, Fethard;
Seamus Moloney, 7 Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot is €5,550 and the Jackpot ticket sellers prize is €555.

Happy 70th Birthday Shamie

Shamie Dineen (2nd from right) celebrating his 70th birthday in Fethard with his brother Lory, Waterford, sisters Betty (Nichols), Warwick, UK, and on the right, Marie (White), Leamington Spa, UK.

A regular visitor to Fethard every summer is Shamie Dineen, formerly from Kerry Street, Fethard, and now living in California USA. Shamie celebrated his 70th birthday on 3rd July and we take this opportunity to wish him a very ‘Happy Birthday’ from all his Fethard friends. Shamie has been a long-time supporter and promoter of tennis in Fethard, sponsoring many trophies for childrens’ tournaments at Fethard Sports Centre. What better birthday present for Shamie than to see the long-awaited revival of Fethard Tennis Club take a step forward this year with the running of a juvenile Tennis Camp from 24th July to 28th July this month.

Wedding Bells
Congratulations to Helen Morrissey, daughter of Pauline and the late Tom Morrissey, St. Patrick’s Place, who married Eamon Power, Old Parish, Dungarvan, in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, on Saturday 1st July.

Music on Thursday Night
Music followers came out in force to Butler's Bar last Friday night to hear ‘Loudest Whisper’ and once again they were not disappointed. In fact the band promised to return again within the next few months to satisfy all their loyal followers, not alone from Fethard but also those who travelled from Fermoy and Clonmel to hear the band.

On this Thursday 6th July, Philip Donnelly will play his unique country rock music for his fans. Again this is a great opportunity to hear one of the finest guitarists in the country — here in Fethard — for free!

Tennis Camp
A Tennis Camp for boys and girls from the ages of 7 to 15 will take place in Fethard Sports Centre from Monday 24th July to Friday 28th July.  The camp will take place every morning from 10am to 12.30pm and children willing to take part are asked to give their names to Fionnuala O’Sullivan, Main Street.

Looking for the date

We are trying to find the date this photograph was taken. We do know that the official opening of the Patrician Brothers Secondary School took place on 3rd October 1946 and the Monastery House was officially opened on the 19th November 1956. Maybe there are some other clues in the photograph to refine the date it may have been taken. Let us know!

Longford in retrospect
A thirteen-point defeat is a Gaelic football match looks bad whatever way you look at it. However, any of the top three or four county football teams would have had to play at their very best to defeat Longford playing as they did against Tipperary on Saturday last. The standard of fitness shown by the Longford players in exploiting the modern running and passing game was unbelievable for amateur players.

Time and again they ran the ball into attack from their own full back line, usually finishing with a well-taken point, often from either wing from 40 or 50 yards. Their tactics of playing their full-forward as an extra center-field man worked a dream. He acted as their play-maker-in-chief and must have stepped on every blade of grass in Pearse Park over the 70 minutes. Surely there cannot be a fitter player playing inter-county football than Paddy Doyle.

What of Tipperary? Was it all doom and gloom? Not at all, far from it. Longford scored 1-23 on Saturday, the highest score by any inter-county Gaelic football team playing last weekend. Tipperary scored 1-10, the highest score by any losing team last weekend. They also hit the post three times. After ten minutes Tipp led 0-1 to 0-0 when it could just as easily have been 0-4 to 0-0. After that it must be truly admitted there was going to be only one winner and it was not going to be Tipperary.

Tipperary, to give credit where credit is due, never let their heads drop. They did their best on the night — no team or individual player can do any more and it is no disgrace to be beaten by a better man or a better team on the day.

Tipperary footballers are now in the Tommy Murphy Cup. Heartened by the fact that the county minor team has reached the Munster Minor Football Final and the county junior football team should have reached the Junior Football Final, perhaps we can win the Tommy Murphy Cup once more. Keep the faith and our Fethard representatives may help to bring more national football silverware to visit our town.

Fethard GAA News
Our Junior B Football game played on the 28th June resulted in a heavy defeat for Fethard at the hands of Grangemockler, on a scoreline, Fethard 2-8, Grangemockler 2-17. The team was: Micheál Sean McCormack, Mike Kelly, Diarmuid Burke 0-1, Tommy Gahan, Kenneth Sheehan, Richard Gorey 1-1, M J Croke, Gabriel Horan, John Hanrahan, Paul Kenrick 1-3 (1p,1f), Michael O’Riordan, David Flanagan, Jerry Aherne, Michael Quinlan 0-3 (1f), and Paul Kenny.

The Intermediate hurlers are out this weekend, Saturday 8th July, in Monroe against Cahir in the South Championship. Our Minor B Hurlers are also out this Friday 7th July in Kilsheelan against St Marys at 8pm. The Junior B Hurlers are out on Wednesday next 12th July in Cloneen against Kilsheelan at 8pm.

Best of luck to Tipp Minor Footballers in the Munster Final on Sunday 9th July in Killarney we have no one on the panel this year but we wish the best of luck to our neighbouring clubs particularly Killenaule who have three players on the first fifteen.

Our Lotto Jackpot of €2,900 was not won. The numbers drawn were: 6, 10, 20 and 21. We had one match three winner of €150 to Sally Hayes (Cashel Rd). The €50 Lucky Dip going to Rocky Crean (Jesuits Walk). Tickets supplied by AIB, Main St. Fethard.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night 11th July at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All are welcome. We would especially welcome anyone interested in helping or getting involved in the Community Council. For more information contact Joan at the Community Office, Barrack Street, Tel: 052 31000.

50th Wedding Anniversary

Denis and Kay McGrath photographed on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary with their children, back L to R: Madge, Colm, Denise, Eddie, Rena and Dolph.

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary to Kay and Dennis McGrath, Rathkenny, Fethard, who celebrated the occasion with family and friends at Slievenamon Golf Club last weekend. Kay came to Fethard from her native Co. Carlow over fifty years ago, having first worked with her aunt, Miss Doyle at Annie Lonergans Drapery, The Square, then at Landers, Main Street, and then Jack O'Shea's Shoe Shop also on Main Street. Kay is an active member of Fethard Bridge Club and Fethard ICA. Denis McGrath still runs his farm at Rathkenny and has spent a lifetime involved in farming organisations. Denis was one of the first members of Fethard Macra na Feirme back in the 1950s and in 1966 became secretary of the local branch of the National Farmers Organisation (later IFA), a position he held for 40 years.

Senior Day at Fethard Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Centre will hold their next Senior Day on this Friday, 28th July. The Centre will open to all our senior citizens from 11.30 to 2.00pm. A hot meal will be served during these hours at a cost of €5. A qualified chiropodist will attend and the cost of this service is €10. The district nurse will also be in attendance. All are welcome.

Fethard Cycling News
On Wednesday 28th June a turnout of eleven cyclists assembled at the car park for training. We were delighted to see three new faces this week — including two girls — welcome Liz and Kathleen!  I knew those girls were out there somewhere.

An overcast evening saw us heading up Market Hill for Clonmel at a nice even pace with no one under pressure.  At the roundabout in Clonmel we turned left along the by-pass towards Kilsheelan and at Kilheffernan roundabout we turned left towards Kilkenny.  Following some debate at the Ormond Stores we decided to turn left for Gambonsfield. Straight through here brought us to Thorny Bridge and on towards Kiltinan Barracks where we turned right here for Killusty.

At this stage the group had broken up somewhat. A cramp saw two cyclists head for home while the main group went to Cloneen.  From here they claim to have gone towards Drangan, turning left at Kylenagranagh for the ‘Fairy Cottage’ and on towards Rathkenny, down Bennett’s Hill and back to Fethard.  A phone call from the top of Bennett’s Hill is supposed to be proof, but I don’t know for sure!

All in all it was a good cycle and the rain stayed off.  Next week the group meet at 7pm at the car park (not 7.30pm). It’s a far cry from the days when men were men, and a platform dance at the crossroads was the place to be.  A woman would have been lucky to get a crossbar home from the dance.  Not so in Fethard last Wednesday when the two girls stayed with the main group.  Well done girls and hopefully more ladies will turn up at 7pm next Wednesday.
— (Bi.Ke)

Frank Purcell Memorial Golf Classic

The late Frank Purcell, second from left, a great supporter and friend of TRUST photographed last year at the launch of the TRUST Golf Classic which this year will be renamed in his memory. Also in the photo are RTE’s Peter Collins who will be continuing his support for the event in Frank’s memory with Bab Keating and Alice Leahy, Director and Co-Founder of TRUST.

Frank Purcell, a leading supporter of TRUST passed away suddenly this year and Alice Leahy, Director and Co-Founder, said he would be missed not just for his loyalty and commitment but as a good friend as well.

Warmly welcoming the decision of his friends to carry on the Golf Classic in aid of TRUST, which he co-founded with Vincent ‘Jasper’ Murphy, Alice said:  “I am really delighted that Frank’s memory will be honoured by naming the Golf Classic after him.  He never sought publicity or recognition of any kind but was always unstinting in his efforts and commitment on behalf of TRUST. A true gentleman in the very best sense of that word and I am very grateful to Jasper and his friends for ensuring that his great work for us will be acknowledged in this way thanks to their continuing support.”

The Frank Purcell Memorial Golf Classic will take place at Slievenamon Golf Course on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August.

Vincent ‘Jasper’ Murphy, Co-Founder of the Golf Classic said: “The Classic was Frank’s brainchild and we could think of no better way of carrying on his memory than calling the event after him.  We are hoping to make this year’s event really special as I know his many friends will welcome the opportunity to remember him in a way that I think he would have liked very much.”

The Classic has raised €50,000 since its inception in 2003. This year co-founder Vincent Murphy is organizing the event with Chris Coen, John Leahy, Vincent Woodlock and Brendan Kenny. RTE personality Peter Collins, a personal friend of Frank who has acted as MC at the event since the beginning, has pledged to continue his work with the Classic.

Teams cost €200 and Tee Boxes are €50. For further information contact Vincent on 086-8119625, Brendan on 052-32213 or any of the organisers.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Niamh Finn who acted as Flag Bearer for Co. Tipperary at launch of HSE Community Games Munster in UL last week.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games area will be well represented this weekend at the HSE Community Games Munster Finals in University of Limerick. We have two teams in both under-11 and under-14 Tag Rugby, boys and girls volleyball, and of course, our Judo competitors, who always take a couple of Munster titles.

This year our judo squad consists of Aobh and Padraig O’Shea, The Valley; Natalie Cahill, Woodvale Walk; Lorraine Feery, Killusty; and Gary Bradshaw, The Green.

The Under-11 Tag Rugby team to play Rathkeale, Limerick, in the semifinal are: Adam Fitzgerald, David Morgan, Donal Walsh, Russell Casey, Kyle Walsh, Tommy Anglim, Zoë Maher, Emma Walsh, Charlie Manton, Eoghain Hurley, Derek O’Brien and James Harrington. Team Manager is Gerard Manton.

The Under-14 Tag Rugby team to play Quinn/Cooney, Co Clare, also in the semifinal, are Joseph Morgan, William Morgan, Anita Pollard, Shannon O’Brien, Faye Manton, Michael Smith, Philip Maher, Kieran Walsh, Nicola Harrington, Jack Devaney, Cathal Hurley and Dylan Fitzgerald. Team Manager is Tommy Morgan.

The Under-15 Boys Volleyball Team compete in the final against Rathkeale, Limerick. The team is: Ciaran Ryan, Jerome Ahearne, Matthew Fitzgerald, Kevin Hayes, Glen Maher, Michael Fitzgerald, Damien Morrissey Padraig O’Shea, Darren Thompson, Joseph Sheehan, Owen Healy and Tommy Sheehan.

The Under-16 Girls Volleyball team consist of: Carrie Sweeney (capt), Lisa Anglim, Mary Anne Keane, Leslie Looby, Chloe Gough, Sarah Hayes, Sarah Conway, Debbie Lawrence, Niamh Fanning, Aisha Tobin, Kelley Coady and Laura Rice. Team Managers are Denis Burke and Audrey Conway.

Community Games Judo Coordinator is Peggy Colville. Judo competitors must check in at the PESS (old Sports building) at 10.30am. Girls Volleyball must check in at 11am.  The semifinal is at 11.30, and the boys under-15 final is at 12.15pm. The Coordinator for both volleyball events is Joe Keane. Volleyball takes place also in the PESS Building. Tag Rugby must check in at 12 noon and will be played on the main sports pitch No 10 on programme.

Judo and Tag Rugby competitors are looking after their own transport.  Bus will collect all volleyball competitors at the Town Hall at 9.15am.  Return Fee is €8. It is recommended that people purchase official programmes costing €2 as it will contain photos of Tipperary teams. Official launch took place in University of Limerick on 26th June. Niamh Finn, a niece of Brud Roche, Woodvale Walk, represented County Tipperary as flag bearer at this event and was proud to inform us that her mother came from Cloneen.

Irish Walled Towns Network to meet in Fethard
A Management Committee Meeting of the Irish Walled Towns Network will take place in Fethard, on 28th July 2006. Fethard is affiliated to the Irish Walled Towns Network and featured prominently in the recent seminar held in Derry City on Thursday 11th May. The Network was established in 2005 by The Heritage Council, the official body that advises the government on all matters relating to both the natural and man-made heritage of this country.

Walking Along Norman Walls
The following excerpt is from an article published by Christine S. Cozzens in the New York Times on 7th April, 2002.

“Fethard in County Tipperary occupies a more strategic location than Athenry, sitting on a rise astride the River Clashawley, between Kilkenny and Cahir. But Fethard never caught on as a market or political center, which probably saved its walls from destruction. Still the home of several monastic orders, tiny Fethard today claims the most complete circuit of medieval town wall in Ireland. Recently a large section, including a tower, wall walk and several original gates, was restored.

From the well-tended churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, which is entered through a gateway on Abbey Street, I climbed steps up to a tower and a walkway along the crenelated southern portion. From these heights, I could see lush pastures awash in heather, hilltop forests and a long section of the south wall between private gardens and the riverbank. A park with benches and a path along the river is the best place from which to view the wall or to stroll along its length. The bright hue of the recently cleaned stones here suggests something of the magnificence of the medieval town."

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Wednesday 28th June were 8, 10, 19 and 22. There was no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150:
Margaret Doocey, Abbey Road, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Hannah Daly, Ballybough, Fethard;
Francis Culligan, Clonacody, Fethard;
Seamus Hackett, Strylea, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot is €5,400 and the Jackpot ticket sellers prize is €540.

Famine 1848 Walk
There will be a Public Walk commemorating the Great Famine, and the 1848 Rising which took place in the middle of the Famine, in Ballingarry, Co Tipperary. The Walk is being held on Saturday, 29 July at 3pm. The Walk set out from the national flag monument in the village of The Commons to the Famine Warhouse 1848, an OPW national monument, which was the scene of the 1848 Rising. The distance of the Walk is one-and-a-half miles. The Walk will remember all those who died during the Great Famine and the 1848 Rising. Walkers and visitors will have an opportunity to see the Exhibition in the Famine Warhouse 1848. All are welcome to attend.

Appreciation —The late Tony Sheehan
Ballycarron, Bansha and Fethard. 1954 – 2006

The late Tony Sheehan in the 1970s — his prime clay pigeon shooting success period

Born in June, 1954 Tony started his education in Killusty National School, he then attended Fethard Patrician Brothers and progressed to St Kieran’s College and Crawford Technical Institute in Cork where he studied while serving his apprenticeship as a mechanical fitter. He served part of that apprenticeship with Mulcon Ltd., a company owned by John A Mulcahy, and the remainder was served with J.V. Duffy Plant Ltd., in Dublin, who later sent him to Saudi Arabia for six months managing their plant fleet there.

Tony took up clay pigeon shooting at the age of 15 and was soon winning trophies against senior competitors and was Irish under-18 runner up in 1969. He won that same competition in 1970 and 1971 and was runner up again in 1972. Tony won the Irish Juvenile Skeet Championships in 1970 and went to England in 1972 where he was runner up in the British u/18 Championship.

Tony was selected on the Irish International Sporting Team in 1971. The competition was held at Killeek, Dublin, and that year Ireland won the Luigi Franchi Trophy for the first time in 40 years. He held his place on that team in 1971, 72, 73, 74, 75, and 76 when he retired for a while and made a comeback in 1979.  He won a Tipperary Sports Star award in 1972 and also secured 3rd place for Ireland against Wales in the same year.

Tony was Irish Closed Champion in 1973, Irish Open Champion in 1974, runner-up High Gun v Wales 1974, Munster Sporting Champion 1974, and Irish Representative at European Skeet Champions in England 1974.  In 1975 he became Munster Skeet Champion, Irish International Skeet and Irish High Gun Champion. He was Irish International Skeet champion again in 1976.

International Sporting and Skeet Clay Pigeon Competitions used to be held between Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales and were later joined by Jersey, being staged one year Ireland, next year England and so on.  Prior to all home Internationals Tony was taken to Dublin on the Friday before the shoot on Saturday as a guest of Dr. ‘Nap’ Keeling and his wife ‘Doe’ to make sure he was fresh for the competition and avoided travelling from Fethard on the morning of the events.

Tony was one of Irelands top competitors and his regular high scores are testimony to this. In his prime Tony was to Clay Pigeon Shooting what Pelé was to football. In 1974 at the international sporting championships in Dublin the ICPSA did not put up the coveted trophy for the Irish Open Championships because they feared it may be won by a UK team member. But evergreen Tony was High Gun over the two days with the highest second day score ever recorded at Killeek shooting grounds and again at the international skeet event in 1975. He was also Irish High Gun on both days and was unlucky to lose the international championship by two targets (after a marathon shoot off with three other Englishmen in a 100 bird shoot off) to the British team captain Jack Pennington who had 20 years international competitions behind him, but was high in his praise of Tony. This earned Tony a great write up in a shooting magazine and a treasured letter from the Irish Team Captain, solicitor Arthur McMahon.  Over three hundred people watched that epic shoot off. Tony had shot 100 targets on Saturday, another 100 on Sunday, and then had to shoot another 100 that same evening to decide the winner.

In 1976 he lost the Irish Open Skeet Championship by one target and the left the sport for a couple of years.  In 1979 he made a comeback and was the first man to break 25 straight on the new Clogheen layout and earned a wonderful mention in the Shooting Magazine Rod and Gun. In 1981 he made another come back and competed in the ‘Victor Ludorum All Round Championships’, but through lack of practice he lost by two targets.  That same year he had his place again on the Irish International Sporting team and in June 1982 he competed in the Irish Open Skeet Championships, a two-day event with 100 targets each day.  Tony was amongst the three leaders after the first days shoot and his first round of twenty five targets next morning was broken (twenty five straight) and up to the last twenty of the day Tony was in contention but again due his lack of practice he ‘dropped’ too many in the last round, but earned a great write up from a Northern Ireland shooter and correspondent in a shooting magazine.  He was William ‘Bill’ Johnston and he said of Tony, “When he first came south of the border to shoot skeet, Tony was one of the stars to watch.”

In 1976 he was earmarked for the Montreal Olympics as International Shooters Union Skeet in one of the clay pigeon competitions but would have to attend two major shoots in Europe and that would cost big money. Tony represented his country at Caerphilly in Wales, Northolt, Devon, Mill Hill and Bedford in England, Blairgowire in Scotland and of course, Dublin.

As a young boy he was an accomplished Irish Step Dancer and won many medals for same. Until his teens he lived with his parents, Johnny and Peg, in St. Patricks Place in Fethard. He was a wonderful son to them. Both parents and his sisters Phyllis and Terry were very proud of his achievements. For some years he then resided wherever his work took him and eventually returned to live in Fethard with his wife Margaret and children for a while before deciding to make his home in Ballycarron, Bansha.

Tony was a natural champion and a great ambassador for the sport of clay pigeon shooting in Ireland. On 10th February this year he lost the most important challenge of his life and after a hard fought battle with a long illness he was laid to rest in his native Killusty, just across the road from the school he attended as a young boy.   During a short life he achieved so much and gave so many people such wonderful memories.  He will not be forgotten.

May the green sward of Killusty Churchyard rest lightly on his grave.

Coolmore Family Day

Emma Ryan and Rebecca Farrell at the Coolmore Family Day

Coolmore held their annual Family Day on Saturday 17th June which was blessed with beautiful weather. To view photographs taken on the day CLICK HERE. You will notice small nagivation buttons (circles) on the bottom right hand corner of the 'Family Day' page. Clicking the third button from the right will allow you to view the photographs as a slide show, changing the photo every 10 seconds.

Abymill Theatre AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Abymill Theatre (The Mill Ltd) will take place on Thursday 6th July at 7.30pm in the Abymill Theatre.

Class Reunion of 1976
A class reunion of Leaving Cert Year 1976 will take place in Slievenamon Golf Club at 9pm on Saturday 8th July. A great night is planned and all those intending to attend are asked to contact Catherine Newport at Tel: 052 31620 to help her finalise numbers.


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