CROOM LOST ESSAYS BY CON HOULIHAN: Croom the Maigueside town steeped in heritage, culture, music, poetry, horse racing, stud farms. These were recalled in the well known writer Con Houlihan’s lost Essays. A documentary in the “Independent Supplement” last weekend, the Kerry Scribe wrote of Croom having the perception of a sleepy town but the Americans and the British find their way to come hunting to the Croom area. In his writing of his featured Essays he stated that Croom was one of the oldest settlements on this Island even though the residents would have used the force of Arms in conflicts. Croom was for long a long time a stronghold of the great Fitzgerald family, in Croom Castle. For years they waged war with their neighbours, the O’Briens. The Fitzgerald’s power declined in the second half of the 16th Century. Their great Castle in Croom survived until 1689. Then it fell victim to the war between King James and William of Orange.
COLLEEN BAWN : Con Houlihan wrote of Ballycahane House which he stated was in the head lines in the early years of the last century. John Scanlon was one of the Scanlon sons of the upper crusted family of the district. It was the classical case of rich young man and the poor girl. Scanlon married Eileen Hanley the daughter of a Cottier who was the local beauty. Scanlon married her in a ceremony that was secret and probable illegal but their partnership turned sour. The time came when he wanted rid of her. Scanlon’s servant Stephen O’Sullivan took Ellen on what was supposed to be a boating trip on the Shannon. She was never seen alive again. Con Houlihan wrote of the famous Daniel O’Connell “couldn’t save John Scanlon from the hang man’s Noose.”
CON HOULIHAN ADMIRED MARTIN MOLONEY JOCKEY: Con the Scribe/writer wrote that Martin Moloney from Rathmore was one of the greatest Jockeys that ever adorned the world of National Hunt. He could also have been equally great on the flat. Martin was only 17 and studying for his Leaving Cert when he rode his first winner. The late Con Houlihan acknowledged that he used to have a bet every day and Martin Moloney, would be the jockey that he would put his trust in. He stated that Martin’s wins paid good dividends to the Kerry punter to be a follower of the great Martin Moloney as sportsman and jockey.
SEÁN O TUAMA “LIMERICKS”: Con Houlihans love for poetry was clearly evident in his Essay writings when he mentioned Seán O Tuama, the famous citizen, poet and publican in Croom. He was a rare being. A meeting place for other local poets and especially Aindreas McCraith, Nicholas O’Domhnaill, Micheal Coimin and Tomas Gliosain.
I keep the best Brandy and Sherry
To keep my good customers merry
But sometimes it chances
They’re short of finances
And I’m very sad, very.
This is said to be the first ever “Limerick” and maybe it was. The new form could just as easily as been called a “Croom”
The last meeting that the correspondent of the Croom Notes had with the late Con Houlihan scribe/writer/historian was leaving Croke Park on that desperate day when Limerick lost to Offaly in the All Ireland Final, the day Limerick was robbed of an All Ireland title in the last 2 minutes of that game. Following the game that day the correspondent walked with Con Houlihan the two and a half mile journey to Parnell St. Dublin having discussed the defeat of the Limerick Team on that All Ireland Sunday. The Croom scribe can recall Con Houlihan say, did the Limerick team go to sleep on the day? In his writings he did not agree that Croom was a sleepy town.
MY “WIFE’S FAMILY” MANISTER DRAMA: The Manister group are putting on stage for 3 nights at Manister Community Centre from the 8th, 9th and 10th March the comedy will be directed by Nigel Mercier. Nigel is well known from Television and Stage. The cast of the production Jack Gay, Pat Kennedy, Stella Gay, Michelle Burke, Willie Nagg, Daniel Casey, Sally Nagg, Karen Conmy, Arabella Nagg , Sandra O’Loughlin, Noah Nagg, John Nestor, Ima Nagg, Maria Power, Dolly White, Catherine Kennedy. “Doc” Knott, Joe Biggane, Lotto Sayles, Margaret O’Connor, Det. Trackem Alan Carey, Set Design Marie McCabe, Directors Jack Galvin, and Jack Kennedy. Programme, Jack Kennedy. This play is set in the living room of Jack Gay’s Summer home. The play takes place in the 1920 at the summer home of Jack Gay and his wife Stella. Stella’s brother Willie Nagg is secretly married to Sally the family servant. They have had a baby in secret. Willie is reluctant to reveal these details to his family until he becomes a successful writer so that he will not be cut off .
THE WITNESS MUSICAL: A musical by Carol & Jimmy Owens. The Witness is the story of Jesus, told and sung by Peter and the other men and women who knew the Master best. Featuring a great cast and coordinated by Fr. Terry Loughran. “The Witness” a musical, will be presented by the Diocese of Limerick, in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March at 8pm. This production which is being staged just before Easter is an ideal opportunity for parishes, youth groups, as well as individuals to participate in a meaningful and relevant way in the Year of Faith and to enter into the spirit of the season of preparation for the events of Holy Week. Young people would particularly enjoy this Musical. You can book your tickets at the Lime Tree Box Office Tel 061-774774 or www.limetreetheatre.ie at €15 each.
JOEY HANNAN MEMORIAL FUN RUN: The Joey Hannan Memorial Fun Run and Walk takes place again this year on St. Patrick’s Day. As with other years, the Walk is a 6 Km walk. However, 4Km has been added to the run, making it a 10K. event. The Walk will start at 1.15 pm and the race will start at 2pm. The Entry fee for the 6Km Walk is €10 per family. Entry fees for the Run are €15.00 per individual on the day of the race but if you book on line in advance on www.joeyhannanrun.webs.com, you can register for €10.00.
Prizes will be given to the 1st. 3 Male and Female Runners and also, there will be prizes for the 1st. over 40, 45, 50 & 55 Male and Female Runners.
There won’t be any Raffle tickets sold this year. However, a Cake Sale will be held on the day to raise much needed funds for the two beneficiaries – namely The Chernobyl Children’s Trust & Croom Church Heating Fund.A Traditional Irish night will be held on St. Patrick’s night in the hall at Coláiste Chiaráin. A wide variety of local storey telling, singing and musical talent will be available for all to enjoy on the night. As with other years, it is expected that there will be a huge turnout again this year for this most enjoyable day in Croom Community.
ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for Jimmy Moynihan Athlacca, and Francie O’Dea Rathbrannagh Croom took place St. Mary’s Church Croom on Sat 2nd March. The anniversary mass for Mary B. Lynch Banogue at SS. Peter and Paula’s Church Banogue Sun. 3rd March. The anniversary mass for Mrs.. Mary Kerins Fanningstown and Ballingarry at St. Mary’s Church Croom Sun. 3rd March. Prayers for Mrs. Kathleen O’Reilly, Caharass, and Mrs. Chrissie Neville Main St. Croom.
KAREN FAHEY ST. SENAN’S TCE.: Croom native Karen Fahey daughter of Liam and Carmel Fahey .St. Senan’s Tce. will speak on Sunday next at all masses on the work of the charity Trochaire. The organisation has 40 years of committed dedication working for a just world. During the last year Karen has spent her time working and assisting the efforts of Trochaire in Ethiopia seeing at first hand the great results of the organisation. Your Euro goes a long way on direct charitable contributions.
CROOM MACRA: On Saturday, 2nd February, our debating team travelled to Macroom, County Cork to compete in debating. Caggigaline were the competition on the night. The motion was ‘ Smoking should be banned in Ireland’. Croom were proposing the motion. Croom agued their point excellently. Unfortunately Croom were unsuccesseful on the night. Good luck to Carrigaline in the next round.The first round of the NDC Mens Basketball competition got off to a flying start. Croom battled against Ballylanders and Boher and now go through as the winners to the next round. Well done lads!The next county meeting takes place on Wed 6th March in Hickeys Bar at 8pm.
ASTHMA INFORMATION DAY IN CROOM: Plunkett’s Pharmacy in Croom is holding an Asthma Information Day on Wednesday 13th March. This event is aimed at giving patients the opportunity to discuss their asthma symptoms as well as management of the condition. Reviews of inhaler techniques will be carried out free of charge and information leaflets will also be available. This day is open to all members of the public and will run from 10am onwards.