Seisiun Returns: The monthly Seisiun returns on Wednesday night February 19 at the Millennium Centre with a 9pm start. All are welcome to this great night of entertainment. Music, song, dance and a bit of craic will be in plentiful supply and there is no better way to forget about the tribulations of the spell of bad weather than by lifting the spirits. Make sure to bring along a friend with you. Light refreshments will be served on the night. For more information contact Martin on 087 6849381 or Mike on 087 2997187.
Ras Luimni Advance Notice: Posters have been erected throughout the cycle circuit giving advance notice of the upcoming Ras Lumni 2014 which is being run once again from the Caherconlish centre. More details will be published in the coming weeks about this eagerly awaited event.
Vintage Tea Dance: At present plans are being put together for a Vintage Tea Dance to be held in the Millennium Centre on April 5. It seems a long way off but advance notice is important as the organising committee are looking for old delph etc to serve up a really period style vintage tea dance. Search out in the meantime old period style clothing for the occasion. All proceeds are going to the funds of the Millennium Centre which is being renovated presently. The committee hopes that all parishioners and the wider community will support this community event.
In Full Flow: The Groody and its network of little streams are in full flow presently with some parts of its basin taking the overflow of copious amounts of water. There is no need to be unduly worried around the Caherconlish district as the Groody is fast flowing here, twice as fast as the Mulcair. However, it’s when it turns on a dogleg left below Knockatana that flooding occurs as it begins its seven mile journey to the Shannon off the old Dublin Road. The bog area filled a bit too but with a break of a day in heavy rainfall it soon emptied out swiftly.
Horses Rescued: A number of horses were rescued by animal rescue services some days ago from Gragane Bog south of Caherconlish Village. Some two and a half feet depth of water engulfed the area.
Oil Spill: There was a spillage of oil on the stretch of public road from Connolly’s Cross south towards Herbertstown on Sunday morning last. According to reports some five vehicles or so were slightly damaged when control was lost on the road surface. Nobody was reported to have been injured in the incidences. The Fire Services immediately went into action and a clean-up took place with gritting of the affected parts. Signs indicating the spillage were posted in various locations.
Trees Down: A number of trees came down in consequence to the recent high winds. At Caherline House farm some old mature trees were brought down by the force of the storm. Another tree came down on the roadway at Inch St Laurence and swift work by a local farmer ensured the blockage was cleared.
Echoes from the past: It is thirty two years ago, 1982 in actual fact, and what would a person opinion as to the main item of public interest then in Caherconlish village. Ruffling through a Residents Association Newsletter of that year that a friend recently supplied and the following is part of a quotation therefrom- urgently needed.. ‘a pedestrian crossing in the Main Street as the speed and volume of the traffic through the village is extremely dangerous’. The then Residents Association members waited with baited breath for a positive response. Councillors came and went, administrators came and went, and engineers came and went, all promises but no money to do the job, then the Residents Association went. The new millennium arrived,the Celtic Tiger came, plenty of money about and in 2005 a brand new set of promises arrived in the guise of Caherconlish Local Area Plan with whiff of a pedestrian crossing in the offing. A pedestrian crossing arrived in the meanwhile a third of a mile down from where it was badly needed. It was assumed it was going to have a twin in the main street but that did not happen. The Celtic Tiger didn’t cough up either and finally choked itself. A brand new Caherconlish LAP which gave the public an input into it was baptised a year ahead of the old one finishing. Not one of those inputs has been actioned. Again, a pedestrian crossing was put forward as an urgent requirement. Caherconlish’s main street, is still half a lifetime thirty two years on, without a safe crossing for its citizens. By the way, the local elections are coming up some time about May and there are a lot more votes here this time around.
Caherconlish GAA Club: Training For The Up Coming Season -The club has already started training for the U12’s For U8’s, the club need parents to get involved in training and helping out with the U8 players. It had 46 players, U6 and U7, children take part in a coaching academy in the Millennium Centre just over a year ago and as of now no parent has come forward to help out with this age group. If parents do not involved in this age group the coaches will be unable to train this age group.
Note to parents that all underage players are required to wear a GUM SHIELD this year at all times whether it be training or a blitz or a match. The club will be continuing with our OLD CLOTHES and MOBILE PHONES COLLECTION this year which is a very successfully fundraiser for the club. We will be holding our next COLLECTION in April. So please put those throwaways to one side and support our fundraiser in April. If you have not got the storage room the club will gladly take them off your hands at any time. Please see the list of club officers who will be glad to assist you, Kevin Prendergast. John Purcell. – Pat Hourigan. Robert McNamara. John Mulcaire. Pat McGrath. Donal Whelan. Liam Coleman. Pat Vaughan, Liam Coleman,
Pilgrimage to Medjugorje: Life changing experience. Sept 10th – 17th. Departing from Shannon. Fare €689. Discount €50 bookings before Feb 17. Half board accommodation. Marian Pilgrimage guides. John O’ Brien 061-380614.
Cashel & Emly Pilgrimage to Lourdes: from Shannon Airport June 16 – 21. Cost €708. Application forms available from Caherconlish Church Sacristy. Phone Fr. Hearne 062-61409.