AHANE U-16 GIRLS FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Ahane were crowned county novice league champions for the first time, followed their victory over Shamrock Gaels, on the score line Ahane 2-6 to Shamrock Gaels 2-3. In a very sporting game, played in ideal conditions and both sides giving it everything, Ahane got the edge in the second half and never looked back. It would be unfair to single out any one of the girls as it was a superb team effort. Team Lineout: Katie Molloy, Christine O’Grady, Niamh Reynolds, Sine Hartigan, Aoife Quinn, Niamh Martin, Emma Hennessy, Aine O’Curry, Kate Herbert (0-2), Siofra Keane (0-2), Robyn Nugent, Caoimhe Macken, Nicole Byrnes. Subs: Aine Reynolds (2-2) for Nicole, Niamh O’Curry for Christine and Aimee Griffin for Caoimhe. Rest of Panel: Catriona O’Halloran, Emma Ridder, Aoife O’Halloran and Aisling Herbert. Team Mentors: Breda Ahern, John Keane, Joe O’Curry and Alice Reynolds.
CAMOGIE UNDER 12: Our under 12 camogie panel had their first blitz of the season in beautiful sunshine in Cappamore recently. Murroe Boher and Cappamore were the other participants in the blitz and all teams gave a great display of skill and determination. The Ahane girls produced great displays on the day and really enjoyed the occasion which was hosted by Cappamore. Their next blitz takes place on 18 May. Panel on the day: Ciara Greaney, Ciara Macken, Sinéad O Curry, Ciara O Keefe, Ailish Reynolds, Anna Nagle, Siobhan O’Reilly, Daena Ryan, Caoimhe Hackett, Cliodhna Twomey, Leanne Cole, Aoife Cross, Amy Keogh, Emma Roche, Sinéad O’Brien, Niamh Devitt, Sian Fahy and Jane Hussey.
CAMOGIE UNDER 8 AND 10 TRAINING DETAILS: Under 8’s train down in Ahane GAA Pitch on Monday nights from 6.30 to 7.30 pm, for further details: contact Margaret Hickey at 086 4062607 and Under 10’s train behind Castleconnell School on Tuesday’s from 6.30 to 7.30 pm, further details from Catherine Keane at 087 6853761.
ACM COMMUNITY CENTRE SAY THANKS: The ACM Management Committee would like to thank all those who turned up last week to help suggest ideas for the further development of ACM Community Centre Services over the next 1 - 3 years. With a packed house and a lively brainstorming session, a total of over 80 ideas were suggested for progression. The suggestions were grouped under the following main headings - Training Courses, Youth Services, Services for the Elderly, Community Events, Setting Up of New Clubs & Societies and finally, Community Administration Services. The management committee will now use these suggestions as its guideline to support the community both individually and organisationally on an ongoing basis. Once again, thanks for all your support!
YOUTH DISCO A GREAT SUCCESS: Over 200 young people from around Limerick danced the night away at Castleconnell Parish Hall recently, as Limerick Youth Service held its final youth disco of the season, which was marked with a special 40th theme. ‘It was a great evening and the young people really enjoyed it,’ said Martin Duhig, Castleconnell Youth Project, who gave a special mention to DJ Cian O’Brian who made his debut on the decks. ‘He was great and kept the crowd on their toes with some classic tunes,’ continued Mr. Duhig, who was already looking forward to next season’s discos! Mr. Duhig thanked youth clubs from Fedamore, St. John’s (Irishtown), St. Senan’s (Foynes), Rathkeale and Newcastlewest for their commitment and support in making the youth disco possible. ‘I’d also like to thank Castleconnell Parish Hall and of course our own members at Castleconnell Youth Project,’ concluded Mr. Duhig.
SYMPATHY: Sympathy has been extended to the loving wife and family of Michael McNamara, 9 Meadow Close, Caherdavin Park and formerly of Rich Hill, Lisnagry, who passed away peacefully at this home, on Friday, April 26. Michael, who worked for C.I.E., was laid to rest in Kilmurry Cemetery, after Requiem Mass in Christ the King Church, Caherdavin, the following Monday. Michael will be sadly missed by his loving wife Breda, sons and daughters Mary, Christy, Jane, Michael, Elizabeth, Edel, Brigid, Barbara, Eileen, Bernadette, Veronica, Paula, Martha and Jacinta; daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, brother, Martin; sisters, May and Bernie; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
AHANE GAA LOTTO RESULTS FOR MARCH AND APRIL: The March results of the Ahane GAA Club Development Lotto draw was held at the Clubhouse, on Sunday, April 28, as follows: Numbers drawn – 8, 15, 20, 22 – No Winner. Members draw: First prize of €200.00, Jim Pidgeon, Coolbawn; 2nd prize of €150, Matt and Emmie Byrnes, Ruan; 3rd prize of €120, Mike and Ann O’Brien; 4th prize of €120, Brian Meskell, Castleconnell; 5th prize of €120, Tom Ryan c/o John Brynes; 6th prize of €120, Padraig Power, c/o Ger Mulcahy; 7th prize of €120, John McNamara, Dereen; 8th prize of €120, Emmett and Maura Barry, Castleconnell; 9th prize of €120, Harry Mulcahy, Lisnagry; 10th prize of €120, Ger Lavin, Newgarden.
The April results of the Ahane GAA Club Development Lotto draw was held at the Clubhouse, also on Sunday, April 28, as follows: Numbers drawn – 4, 16, 27, 31 – No Winner. Members draw results: First prize of €200.00, Eamon Walshe, Lismore, County Waterford; 2nd prize of €150, Timmy and Mary Collins, Clonkeen; 3rd prize of €120, Padraig Power, Mountshannon Road; 4th prize of €120, Janet Harbison, Harp Centre, Castleconnell; 5th prize of €120, Maeve and Richard Butler, O’Connell Avenue; 6th prize of €120, Breda Ahern O’Halloran, Birdhill; 7th prize of €120, Alan Roberts, 14 Castlecourt; 8th prize of €120, Kenneth Carroll, Ballyvarra; 9th prize of €120, Seamus Bridgeman, Clyduff; 10th prize of €120, Ciara Dempsey, c/o John Brynes. Monthly tickets can be purchased at the Clubhouse, Newgarden, and Shannon Stores, Castleconnell, at €10 per month.
DEATH: The death took place on Friday, March 22, at Rosary Hill Nursing Home of Paddy (Pat-Joe) McCarthy, Scanlan Park, Castleconnell and formerly of Garriencoona North, Effin, Kilmallock. Aged 83 years on March 17, he was the fifth eldest of the family of the late Patrick and Margaret McCarthy and was predeceased by his son Donal, his brother Dan and his sisters Margaret Shearin, Mary and Sr. Elaine, Sister of Charity of St. Paul.
The funeral Mass at St Joseph’s Church, Castleconnell was concelebrated by Fr. Brendan Kyne PP, assisted by, Fr. Donal McCarthy SCA, Pallottine House, Dundrum, Dublin (cousin). Burial took place afterwards at St. Joseph’s cemetery.
Paddy was a mechanic and always had a great interest in cars. He started his working life at the garage of E and T Dick, Charleville, Co. Cork. Like many others in the 1950s he emigrated to England and worked in the trade in Birmingham. Returning to Ireland in 1974 the family settled in Castleconnell. He spent many happy years there and had many good neighbours and friends. He is much missed by all of them but especially by his wife Kathleen, his daughters Anna and Catherine, his grandchildren Saoirse and Seán and his sisters Kathleen and Sr. Anne, Sister of Charity of St. Paul.
Sadly Paddy’s sister Mary McCarthy died three weeks before him on March 1st. Her funeral from the family home in Effin took place at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Effin on March 4th followed by burial in the family plot at the nearby cemetery. Solas na bhFlaitheas chucu