Caherconlish Feb 1

Gaelic Football News: The AGM of Caherconlish GAA Football Club was held at the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish on Thursday 23rd January.

Gaelic Football News: The AGM of Caherconlish GAA Football Club was held at the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish on Thursday 23rd January.

The following officers were elected for 2014:- Life Presidents -Pat Halvey and Charles Ahern, Chairman –Kevin Prendergast, Vice Chairman –John Purcell, Secretary – Pat Hourigan. Assistant Sec and PRO – Robert McNamara, Treasurer - John Mulcaire, Assist Treasurer –Pat McGrath, ASAP – Leyton Donavan, Irish Officer – Donal Whelan, Child Protection Officer – Liam Coleman, Coaching Committee – John Carroll, Pat Vaughan, Liam Coleman, Donal Whelan, Robert McNamara, Pat McGrath.

The financial position of the club revealed a healthy state and this was due to the excellent support received from all parts of the parish through the church gate collection and various other fundraising ventures. Other reports were given regarding team activities and over the next fortnight the club coaching officers will be finalising their plans for the various teams and the year ahead.

Club membership is €20 for adults, and €10 for underage single or for two or more players from a family €20. The underage membership will be collected at training. A special appeal is being made to parents of players to assist us with team mentoring. It makes the job easier for the coaches when parents are involved. Training for the up-coming season will be starting for U 12 next week on Tuesday Feb 4th in the Millennium Centre from 6-00 to 7-00. €2 per session whilst using the hall. Registration forms and membership fees on the night. Players are reminded to bring your Gum Shields.

Parents are asked to get involved in training and helping out with the U8 players. The club had 46 players, U6, and U7, children take part in a coaching academy in the Millennium Centre just over a year ago. As of now no parent has come forward to help out with this age group. If parents do not get involved with this age group the club will be unable to train this age group. All underage players are required to wear a GUM SHIELD this year at all times whether it is training or a blitz or a match.

Community Alert: The AGM of the Caherconlish/Caherline Community Alert will take place in the last week of February. The actual date will be published in the days ahead. It is provisionally fixed for 25th of the month. It is advised to be on the alert and watch out for one another. Check with elderly neighbours to insure that all it well with them regarding safety issues in their immediate environment.

Muintir na Tire Web-based toolkit for community groups: Muintir na Tíre are in the process of developing an online, web-based toolkit for community groups. This web service will facilitate an easy and comprehensive way of both generating and tailoring localised and relevant information, as well as the means to disseminate this information to the community that the Community Alert and Community Council groups serve.

Coherent and structured templates for creating localised information do not currently exist, and the manner in which information spreads is currently dependent on the enthusiasm and capability of members of community groups to generate this themselves. The idea of generating standardised templates will maintain the look and feel of belonging to a national structure. The creation of a systematic approach also means a seamless handover of information should the composition of the group change.

In practice this will be an online website/application which an affiliated group may log on to. There will be a series of templates for the community groups to use. One of the main incentives for groups is to quickly and seamlessly generate print-ready materials for local representatives, third party affiliates, garda personnel (especially registers of vulnerable adults living, thereby enhancing relationships within the community. There will also be a technology component in the form a mapping function, so community groups will be able to delineate their boundaries.

Flooding: Severe flooding occurred in the bog at Grasgane last week. Such was the downpours over a few days that ditches overflowed unable to take the waters to the confluence of the Groody.

Good Job Done: There was a fine job done on levelling the large deposits of earth and building debris at Ceol na hAbhainn, Caherconlish. When the growth comes it is hoped that seeding will mean the area will be lush and green. It could also do with the planting of a few nice trees.

Wanted for the Summer Holidays: Kind responsible families are needed to look after French, Spanish, German students during the summer holidays. For more information please contact Jane O’Regan 0876576427.

Ballyhoura Notes: Caherconlish Community Council needs the help of a Sports Coaching Volunteer to engage young people in various sporting activities in the Community Hall. Volunteer will be asked to coach older teenagers and organise tournaments in any of the following sports: Indoor Soccer Indoor Football Basketball Badminton Volleyball Tennis. Volunteer will have access to the Community Hall facilities in the afternoons (subject to bookings) and will predominantly be coaching during the spring.

Ballyhoura Development also need the help of an Afterschools Homework Club Volunteer in Caherconlish. This role will involve helping national school students with homework and developing their social skills through activities. Volunteers should have good communication skills and a knowledge of school subjects is an advantage but not essential.

Blood Donor Clinic: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will visit Caherconlish on Monday next, Feb 3. The venue is the Millennium Centre- time 6pm. It is hoped that this first clinic will be well supported by all who wish to give this really great gift. New donors are most welcome.