May 25

Patrick Hourigan 061

Reporter:

Patrick Hourigan 061

An Post Ras: There was huge excitement in the village this Tuesday when the An Post Ras bandwagon rolled into Caherconlish. This was stage three from Nenagh to Listowel and just a little after noon, the first of the cyclists rounded the corner onto High Street –it was a three man break that had got away from the main bunch. Some five minutes later the main 180 strong peloton followed –it was a most impressive sight to all who had the privilege to watch it. Not since the sieges of Limerick in 1690 were there so many Dutchmen in Caherconlish Village at the one time. Pupils of Caherconlish National School massed on the school perimeters to give a big Caherconlish welcome to all the cyclists. Their roar of encouragement could be in Knocknagoshel. It was also a nostalgic moment for John Hickey, Caherconlish who along with Joe Hedderman, Lough Gur competed in this Ras forty-five years ago.

An Post Ras: There was huge excitement in the village this Tuesday when the An Post Ras bandwagon rolled into Caherconlish. This was stage three from Nenagh to Listowel and just a little after noon, the first of the cyclists rounded the corner onto High Street –it was a three man break that had got away from the main bunch. Some five minutes later the main 180 strong peloton followed –it was a most impressive sight to all who had the privilege to watch it. Not since the sieges of Limerick in 1690 were there so many Dutchmen in Caherconlish Village at the one time. Pupils of Caherconlish National School massed on the school perimeters to give a big Caherconlish welcome to all the cyclists. Their roar of encouragement could be in Knocknagoshel. It was also a nostalgic moment for John Hickey, Caherconlish who along with Joe Hedderman, Lough Gur competed in this Ras forty-five years ago.

Ken Doherty Night Success: The Ken Doherty Night held on Sunday last proved to be a most successful one. A good size following of the 1997 World Snooker Champion assembled at Mulcahy’s Lounge to see their fellow Irishman display his considerable skill in the smaller Pool table. As part of the enjoyment a number of people, some local, skilled at the game challenged their super hero. It was a special occasion for young Mark McInerney who featured recently in the Limerick Leader when he took on former World Champion Denis Taylor. The young enthusiast out-scythed his more illustrious opponent in his game. Philip Mulready kept the crowd in good spirits with a Pat Shortt -like performance. ‘Tis not too late yet for him to start a new career on the comic circle. The Caherconlish GAA benefitted hugely on the night and a handsome sum was donated by Robert Mulcahy to the club following the night’s entertainment.

Caherconlish GAA: Membership is now due for the 2013 season . It is important that membership is paid up so that the players can be registered and covered by insurance for the year ahead. The committee have kept the membership the same as last year, 10 euro per child, 20 euro for 2 or more children, and 20 euro for adult membership. It can be paid to any of the committee members. The GAA field is closed due to the current weather conditions so if there is a change the club will send out a text for training. The Club sincerely thank Caherconlish AFC for allowing their grounds to be used by the club recently. It is much appreciated. Thanks to Robert Mulcahy of Mulcahy’s Lounge Bar for organising the Ken Doherty fundraiser night for the club. U14 play their first match of the season at home to Bruree on Wednesday 22nd weather depending. Notice to parents- 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. Thanks to everyone that contributed to the clothes collection, and anyone that still has clothes for collection put them to one side as the club will be holding another clothes collection later in the year. If storage is a problem just contact any of the committee for collection.

Speed Radar Sign: Following recent representations by Cllr Brigid Teefy on behalf of residents of Ceol na hAbhainn, Caherconlish, the Castleconnell Area Engineer Mr John Sheehan has informed her that a Speed Radar Sign similar to the ones installed at Ballyneety and Oola will be put in place during July/August of this year. Though the present signage is found to be acceptable nevertheless the downhill aspect of the approaches to the existing pedestrian crossing has been seen to necessitate this extra signage. The Speed Radar sign will be set at the 50Km per hour speed limit. Any speed above that will be flashed to the oncoming motorist. It is envisaged that this will slow down the traffic in this area. Any new aid to calm traffic entering Caherconlish Village is to be welcomed.

St. Michael’s College: The principal and board of management of St. Michael’s College, Cappamore, would like to invite students, parents and the local community to their closing ceremony on Saturday, June 1 at 7.30pm in the Parish Church, with refreshments and book launch in the school afterwards.

Murroe-Boher Camogie club: will be having a Disco in aid of the U14 Féíle team in Muintir na Tire Hall Murroe, from 8pm-10pm on Friday, 24 May. Admission €5. If aged between 10-16 come along and bring your friends. Spread the word to everyone, the more the merrier. Great night and music promised. On the following weekend, Sunday- 2nd June, we are holding a Coffee Morning in Boher Community Centre from 10.30am. We will have tea/coffee and a wide variety of cakes and buns, there will be something for everyone. Please pop in, have a chat and help raise funds for the Féile team.

Speed and Pedestrian Safety: A large number of residents are very worried about the rate of speed of motorists though the village. One elderly man, in his eighties, stated last week that he was afraid to walk across the main street to go shopping such was the continuous flow of speeding traffic. ‘There is nothing there to aid people like me to safely cross the road’ he said. ‘Why’ he added, aren’t the council taking it seriously to put in a pedestrian crossing in the main street or square’. My only reply to him was, ‘Tis on paper, they have it pencilled in to do something down at the corner of Low Street and High Street. He looked at me bewildered and then peered at the open sky –searching. ‘What are you looking at,’ I said to him. ‘ I’m looking for a Blue Moon’ said he. ‘Yeah, and I’m Blue in the face writing about this’.

Water Pipelaying Progress: The laying of the new water line with accompanying meters is at the closing stages. The old cast iron water line will be no more and will remain in situ to be filled with a polystyrene filling. The old line approximately 120 metres in extent was leaking at a weekly rate of 2000 litres of processed water. This quantified annually to 104,000 litres of water loss. The water was emptying into the open surface water pipework leading to the Groody River for a considerable time.

Community Alert: One of last Sunday’s newspapers covered a much overlooked aspect of home security. Throughout the country at varying times reports are published about break-ins and burglaries to homes whilst events such as weddings, family events and funerals are in progress. The thief has no conscience even when it comes to the distress of losing a loved one. They see it as an open opportunity to sedate their greed. Residents should ensure that they have someone designated on such occasions to look after their property and valuables.