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Rev George calls it a day!
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!"
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Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Happy 70th Birthday Shamie
Music on Thursday Night
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!
Looking for the date
Longford in retrospect
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
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.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
50th Wedding Anniversary
Senior Day at Fethard Day Care Centre
Fethard Cycling News
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!
Frank Purcell Memorial Golf Classic
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
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
Walking Along Norman Walls
“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."
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The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
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Appreciation The late Tony Sheehan
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
Abymill Theatre AGM
Class Reunion of 1976