PATRICK (PATSY) O’RIORDAN, RIP: Patsy O’Riordan, RIP, Howardstown, Bruree and former native of Kilmore, passed away on Tuesday, May 14. He was sadly mourned by wife Mary O’Riordan, nee Cummins, and his brothers Davy, Tommy and John along with other relations and friends.
Rev. Fr. Des McAuliffe, PP, Bruree/Rockhill paid the highest glowing tributes to the late Patrick (Patsy) O’Riordan, stating that his noble work for various charities, i.e. Lisnagry Special School, The Rehab Foundation, The Mater Hospital Fundraising and associated charities for the handicapped was the admirable confirmation of the honourable disposition of the late Patsy O’Riordan.
COMMUNITY GAMES “THANK YOU”: The Granagh/Ballingarry branch of the Community Games wish to thank all for the generous support their annual church gate collection which helps to fund the promotion of the community games sports programme, i.e. athletics, cross country, swimming, draughts, gaelic games, camogie, football soccer, art, talent, etc. Already four members of Granagh/Ballingarry have booked their place in the national finals of the community games in Athlone later this month. They include Ellen Murphy and Sean O’Connor in cross country, Eve Higgins in swimming and Eoin Sheahan in the arts competition.
CELEBRATION OF VOLUNTEERS: Very Rev. Fr. Dan lane PP, Granagh/Ballingarry was heartily complimented for organising a volunteer celebration for the church volunteers of the combined parishes last Friday night at the local community centre over 100 church volunteers were treated to a 5 course meal. The programme included an ecclesiastical quiz and none other than Mairead Chawke led the winning team to victory of a prize of €60 worth of lottery tickets in recognition of her knowledge of catechism.
The enjoyable night concluded with everyone included in a draw for “a trip to Lourdes” with the Diocesan pilgrimage group. The winner of the trip was Kathleen Toomey, sacristan, who expressed her surprise and delight at her luck as she had only returned from a pilgrimage to Garabandal a short time ago.
IRELAND’S MISSING PEOPLE: A special gathering to focus on the missing people of Ireland was held at Knockfierna Rambling House last Sunday, May 12. Organised by Knockfierna Heritage Society, special guest speakers included Bob Shanahan, Limerick father of Gus Shanahan, missing since February 11, 2000, Rev. Fr. Mark Patrick Hedderman and Rev. Fr. Tomas O’Duinn, both of Glenstal Abbey.
PARISH SOCCER CLUB: Granagh united FC weekly lottery jackpot is currently running at €14,250 for an outright winner as no winner emerged this week.
Lucky Dips were Padraig Murphy, Kingsland, Seamus and Mary Sheehan, Croom and Mairead Cagney, Castletown.
Tickets are on sale for the local soccer club draw at O’Gormans shop/petrol station, Chawkes Cross, The Rock Bar, Granagh, Hickeys Bar, Croom, Bennis’ bar Ballyagran or from any of the soccer club promoters.
The junior (adult) div. 2. side can make a big impact in the Desmond League if they get a few favourable results in the coming weeks as they had a consistent league run so far this season.
Some very impressive underage schoolboy league displays have been recorded and the selection of Gearoid Lynch on the U/12 Limerick Desmond team/panel that beat North Dublin1-0 in the All-Ireland qualifying round.
U/8’s are throughto the cup semi final.
U/10’s have reached the Div. 1 . play off with Ballingarry in the league final.
U/16’s enjoyed a 5-3 2nd round cup win over Newcastle West Rovers last weekend.
GAA CLUB: Granagh/Ballingarry’s senior hurling team performance in the first round of the championship against former winners Na Piarsaigh was a very creditable display considering the local side were missing half a dozen of their regualar panel. They matched Na Piarsaigh well into the second half and enjoyed a 5 point lead at half time.
The local GAA club lottery jackpot draw is €19,000 and a €1000 bonus this week.