Mar 9

Billy Lenihan

Reporter:

Billy Lenihan

DEATH: The death occurred peacefully at her home in Ballycommane on Sunday, February 24 of Mrs. Eileen (Eily) Curtin. Eily was the eldest daughter of the late Mary and Willie Curtin of Meenteenowen. She was predeceased by her sisters, Sr. Maureen and Shelia and her brother Sean. She took on the role of motherhood in her own family when her mother died at a young age.

DEATH: The death occurred peacefully at her home in Ballycommane on Sunday, February 24 of Mrs. Eileen (Eily) Curtin. Eily was the eldest daughter of the late Mary and Willie Curtin of Meenteenowen. She was predeceased by her sisters, Sr. Maureen and Shelia and her brother Sean. She took on the role of motherhood in her own family when her mother died at a young age.

Eily Curtin lived a good long, saintly life, private prayer, the family Rosary and Mass were central to her living. Her home was her palace, she was a caring and loving mother and grandmother and a great neighbour. She celebrated her 90th birthday recently. Eily got great care from her family especially her son Liam in recent years.

Eily’s remains were removed from Roches’ Funeral Home on Monday last to St. Patrick’s Church in Tournafulla where her Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr. Willie O’Gorman on Tuesday at 12.30pm. Afterwards Eily’s remains were laid to rest in the local cemetery.

We say a fond farewell to a lady who lived all her long life in a parish she loved. Eily was predeceased by her husband Michael M.J.

To her sons Gerard, Liam, John, Michael and Jerome, daughters Mary and Patricia, brothers Willie, Michael and Patrick, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends, we extend our sincere sympathy.

Ar dheis lámh De go raibh a h-anam dhílis.

CARDS: The winners at last week’s cards with nine games were: Chrissie Roche and John J. O’Sullivan; second with eight games each were: John Joe Sexton and Jack Lane; Paschal O’Rourke and Sean Bowen. The table prize winners were: Tony Kelly and Denis Aherne; Joan O’Connor and Bobby Mullane; Nuala O’Connell and Siobhán Flynn. Those lucky in the raffle were: 1. Kathleen Nash. 2. Joan O’Connor. 3. Denis Aherne. 4. Bobby Mullane.

CEILI: The next Ceili will take place in Halla Tadhg Gaelach on Friday, March 15. Music by Johnny Reidy. Teas and refreshments served. Dancing 9.30 to 1.

POSTMAN TONY: A function will take place in Halla Tadhg Gaelach in April to thank and honour our postman of 33 years, Mr. Tony Quinn. Watch this space for more information.

G.A.A.: The first Limerick G.A.A. Club Development Draw will take place in Patrickswell on this Friday night March 8. The club co-ordinator Joe Collins would like to wish all our supporters the very best of luck.

HALL OF FAME: On Saturday night last at a very pleasant function in the Devon Inn Hotel, Timmy Horgan was awarded a Hall of Fame Award by the West Limerick G.A.A. Board. Timmy has given outstanding service to Tournafulla G.A.A. Club as a player, an officer and a mentor. He began his playing career at under-16 level in 1958 and played his last game in the famed green and white in 1990. What a playing career spanning 32 years as a back, a midfielder and a forward. He was to the fore during the golden era of Tour hurling during the 1970’s and 1980’s. A great reader of the game he was equally adept off the left and right.

Timmy served as vice-chairman, chairman and treasurer of the club and was instrumental in purchasing Páirc Mhic Chárthaigh from the late Pats Ward in 1979. He has always been a great fundraiser and is an excellent promoter of the Club Development Draw (formerly Mackey Stand Draw) and the club lotto. He is a very active Club Life President.

Timmy Horgan along with Pat O’Shaughnessy and the late Jackie O’Sullivan and Mikie O’Sullivan was responsible for resurrecting the fortunes of the club in 1963.

Timmy played minor hurling with Templeglantine in 1961; Junior with Monagea in 1962; he played in two West minor finals with N.C.W. in 1962; losing the hurling to Knockaderry and defeating Fr. Casey’s in the football. He won a West under-21 football championship with N.C.W. in 1965 beating Glin in the final (the first year of the under-21 grade.) He also played football with Mountcollins and Tournafulla.

With Tour he won a West Junior B medal in 1965; two West Junior A medals in 1970 and 1971; six West Senior medals in 1972, 1973, 1979, 1981, 1983 and 1987. He won four county senior inter-firm titles with three Munster titles with Limerick County Council. He played intermediate for Limerick in 1971 and 1972. He served as a selector at minor, under-21 and junior level and as a senior selector for five years from 1980 to 1984.

Timmy is an example to everyone in the club.

TOURNAFULLA 5K: There is great interest in the inaugural Tournafulla 5km Charity Run and Fun Walk. The West will take centre stage on March 31. Walkers leave at 12.30 with the runners taking the gun at 1pm.