COMMUNITY GAMES: Granagh/Ballingary community games activities are really catching on in recent weeks and featured U/13 & U/10 girls, and boy’s indoor soccer competitions.
Boys team, Paddy Frawley, Mark O’ Shea, Niall Sheahan, Eoin Lynch, Zack Hayes, Jack Mullane, Cian McGoey, Coach Tom O’ Sullivan O’Shea, U/13 Girls team, Grace Mullane, Sophie Alymer, Molly Cagney, Ciara O’Connor, Lisa Lynch, Orla Lynch, Molly O’Connor Aimee Tagney.
Local Talent competitions were held this week in the hall Ballingarry and the county events are coming up Friday 5th February.
Art, model making, handwriting, competitions are fixed for Saturday 1st February.
TRAD. MONTHLY IN “THE WELL”: In answer to a number of traditional followers and performers, a traditional Irish night will be held on the 1st Friday of each month in Patrickswell village at “The Dark Horse” venue.
The new series of “Irish Nights” organised by local musician John Hayes and local election contestant Fergus Kilcoyne have already attracted big crowds of young and experienced performers and appreciative audiences. Local Limerick leader correspondent has been invited (John O’Riordan) to present the new 1st Friday of the month (Each month) series.
Admission is free both Audience and performers.
HOMELY WELCOME TO EAST RADIO: Our visit to east limerick community radio organised by David O’Riordan, Kilmore, Granagh, turned out to be one of most homely and relaxed nights of the local groups performing experience on local radio to date.
On hand to welcome his former parishioners was Michael Carey, original native of Granagh village.
The presentation of the open invitation show was in the capable hands of Elizabeth Wrenn, who herself is a former west Limerick native.
The 1 ½ hour show featured Tommy O’Riordan singing his successful newly composed Knockfierna Ballad and “The Shores of Loughree” David O’Riordan gave the rarely heard Gaelic Ballad “An Choolfionn” composed by Rev.Fr. Albbe Hanley P.P. Knockainey many decades ago. David also sang “The Dear Little Isle” John Hayes, was featured also playing his compositions of his native crecora and did the backing music for John O’Riordan’s arrangements of “Kyle Jack” and “Down By The Barnakyle” presenter Elizabeth Wrenn expressed her delight in Meeting the Granagh group for the first time and hoped to organise another get together shortly as the group complimented Elizebeth on her relaxed homely style of radio presentation and hearty welcome.
2nd WEEK OF DRAMA: After packed houses supporting the local production of Brian McMahons play entitled “The Honey Spike” many locals and visitors are looking forward to the second weekend performance of the humorous production directed by parishioner Jimmy Sheehy and his local cast of 18 actresses and actors starting 8pm each night as in previous years the demand for seats is very brisk and it is advisable to arrive early at the local Granagh village hall, admission €10 adults and €5for students, 2nd week dates, 31st January and 1st and 2nd February 8pm, Granagh Village Hall.
PARISH SOCCER CLUB: Granagh United recorded some good results this week in various divisions of the Desmond League, The junior side (Adults) had a 4 to 1 League cup 1st round win over Ballysteen on Saturday are placed in the middle of the field in spite of losing 3 points in the walkover a few weeks ago in Div.2.
Granagh youths also playing in the second division lived up to local supporters confidence in their abilities with their latest 3-1 result against Rathkeale to put them top of Div.2. with Stephen Hickey, scoring twice and Cian McCarthy, completing the creditable tally, for the local Parish club.
The juveniles continue to maintain great promise for the future promotion of parish soccer as along with the youth’s panel, U/10’s Div.1. and Div.5 are leading the schoolboy Desmond in the respective groups – U/12’s are also holding the top spot in Div.2. U/14’s and u/16’s are finding the 1st Division hard so far to put up the points in their high standard groups, in spite of a number of good games to their credit were just a bit out of luck, but, continue to be an important aspect of the clubs foundation soccer club. Lottery jackpot €16,050 is on offer this week @ 2 per ticket at local outlets and local granagh united soccer promoters.
GAA SENIOR SCOR: Fellow west Limerick correspondent Jim Long informs us of the forthcoming county senior scor competitions on March 7 at Cappamore community centre 8pm.
This is a great variety programme promoted by the G.A.A throughout the country and open to all clubs who enter 2 or more of the competitions i.e. music, song, dance, recitation, question time, with both solo and group participation in some categories, we pass on the reminder to clubs (G.A.A) to make arrangements to have supporters and participants present at Cappamore on Friday night March 7at 8pm.