COMHALTAS : The Annual General Meeting of the Teampall an Ghleanntáin Comhaltas craobh which was scheduled for Wednesday of this week signals the beginning of a new season for the branch. Forty two years have elapsed since the craobh was first set up and during that time many young people have been introduced to traditional music, song and dance through the weekly classes. The past year has been a rather active one for the craobh and also quite successful. The craobh is most grateful to all who helped in any way and is looking forward to that continued support in the year ahead. There is always a céad míle fáilte for new members or anyone who would like to assist with the running of various activities. Ní neart go cur le chéile.
BRÓN: The death occurred recently in Plymouth, UK of Kathleen Riordan, formerly of Gortnagloss, Templeglantine. She was aged 89 and was eldest of the family born to Pat Riordan and Mary (nee Harnett). The family moved to England many, many years ago. Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas síorraí dá hanam.
PARENTS AGM: The National School Parents Council held its AGM on Thursday last. All existing members of the association were re-elected by that parents that attended the AGM. The members for the coming year are Catriona Stack, Celina Hannon, Martin Lyons, Hannah Fitzgerald, Gerard O’Connor, Liz O’Grady and Kerry Keane. It was agreed on the night that the Halloween party would go ahead on Friday 26th in the Devon Inn.
CÚRSAÍ EAGLAISE: Daily mass in the local church will be at the usual times this week, Monday and Friday at 7.00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9.30am. The Saturday evening mass takes place at 6.00pm and on Sunday morning at 10.30pm. The anniversary masses for Joan O’Donoghue, Maurice Leahy and Mary Ita Sugars took place on last weekend. Beannacht Dé ar anamacha na marbh.
CHARITY CÉILÍ: A Charity Céilí in aid of the Fr Chriss O’Donnell mission fund in St. Patrick’s parish in Argentina will take place at the Devon Inn Hotel on Saturday, November 2nd with music supplied by the Templeglantine Comhaltas Céilí Band.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Afternoon tea dancing resumes at Fr. Casey’s on Sunday, October 13 from 3-6pm with music by the Seamus Sheehy Band. Admission €5. Teas served. All welcome. This is a fundraiser for the AAA.
REPORT: The following is the concluding section of the 2013Tidy Towns report for Templeglantine. The whole report gives very good advice on the elements that need attention so that further progress can be made in the future.
Residential Areas (40) 29
Private residences were presented to a high standard including your one housing development Maple Grove, where green areas were well maintained and no litter evident. There was nothing special here in the line of landscaping. Do they have a residents association?
Roads, Streets and Back Areas (50) 34
Your approach roads are well maintained with attractive name signs and ‘failte’/’Slan’ stone signs. Just be careful that your name signs are not obscured by the planting. Grass verges are well maintained within your village boundaries. Road surfacing is excellent which also gives a favourable impression. Landscaping further enhances your village boundaries. Traffic calming measures in recent years bring more of a village feel to Templeglantine and hopefully are slowing down the traffic! You have some lovely hedgerows on both main approaches to the village. Some wire fencing on both sides need attention. Fine stone walls along the main road also add character. Those around the Halla are particularly well maintained. The cream capping on the wall beside the school requires repair. The green farm gates help bring a sense of cohesion to the village.
General Impression (10) 7
It was a pleasure to visit Templeglantine village. Thanks to your ongoing efforts, the village appears much improved in recent years. Please fill in all categories in the entry form and read the heading descriptions carefully. Thank you for a fine presentation and we wish you well going forward.
IN THE MOOD: The Arts Assembly Weekend in Abbeyfeale which begins on Friday, October 18 will feature ‘In the mood...& all that jazz’ concert on the opening night and will kick off with a cheese and wine reception at 7.30pm in the Glórach. This musical extravaganza features the cream of local musical talent with Riona Curtin and Helen Hasenfuss performing ragtime; Mick O’Donnell and friends with their take on gospel; and Rebecca Stryker and Laura Sheehy singing songs from the musicals. Members of the Abbeyfeale Youth Theatre will also perform. Mick Guinane will kick off the proceedings with his trumpet and the second half is crammed full of jazz, with a jazz quintet from Limerick that will close the show. MC for the evening is Marian Harnett. Tickets cost €10 and proceeds from this event will be used to support the Glórach Community theatre. The remaining tickets for this event which are almost sold out are available from Ann Lyons, The Square or by phoning 087 6866450.
‘LET US ENTERTAIN YOU’: The Arts Assembly weekend will draw to a close in the GAA clubhouse at 8pm on Sunday, October 20 with a special performance from a variety of Abbeyfeale’s premier poets and players. ‘Let us entertain you’ will feature choice snippets from the plays ‘the Chastitute’, ‘Dancing with Lughnasa’, ‘the Field’ and ‘Big Maggie’ – all performed by 16 members of the Abbeyfeale Drama Group. Dick Woulfe will take to the stage as a Sean chai, while Tom Lee becomes Hamlet. Be prepared for the hilarious antics of Katie Moloney in D’unbelieveables and the appearance of Nicky Cotter as a D-list superhero. Special appearances on the night will include a recital by local poet Jackie Harnett . MC for the evening will be Richie Roche and tickets are €5 each. Tickets are available from the Farmers’ Market, Batt Harnett and Ann Lyons or by phoning 087 6866450.