Ahane/Castleconnell Oct 5

JOHN ENRIGHT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TIMETABLE: Just a few days to go the inaugural John Enright International Festival... With competitors arriving from Russia, USA, Scotland and Norway as well the Irish contingent, the weekend is shaping up to be very exciting indeed! Apart from the spectacle of the Overhead Casting taking place in Castleconnell (Castle Oaks House Hotel is the venue), and the Spey casting (taking place at Doonass), there are many other activities also for the wider community.

JOHN ENRIGHT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TIMETABLE: Just a few days to go the inaugural John Enright International Festival... With competitors arriving from Russia, USA, Scotland and Norway as well the Irish contingent, the weekend is shaping up to be very exciting indeed! Apart from the spectacle of the Overhead Casting taking place in Castleconnell (Castle Oaks House Hotel is the venue), and the Spey casting (taking place at Doonass), there are many other activities also for the wider community.

On Friday, October 11, there will be an exhibition of John Enright Memorabilia at the Castle Oaks House Hotel - all welcome to attend and hear about Castleconnell’s 3-times World Champion! From 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday, you can visit the Memories of Castleconnell Shop in the Parlour at the ACM Community Centre on Castle Street. Everything on show is for sale including art, toys, tablecloths, old Caisleán copies, etc. with all items either related to the parish in some way or produced by a person living in, or from the parish. Also on Saturday morning from 10.00am, you can take a historical narrated tour of the river by boat from the World’s End, past the Errina Canal, through O’Briensbridge and around the Island past the weir - it’s a unique trip!

Saturday afternoon, October 12, is also a great time for young people aged 10-16 years with events running in the Parish Hall including a hot new band, One Simple Word, playing in the hall from 2.00-3.00pm, tag rugby from 3.00-4.00pm and a soccer camp from 4-5pm. Also on Saturday afternoon, the ACM Centre will have a Kiddies Disco from 2.00-3.00pm followed by a magic show from 3.00pm-4.00pm with all ages welcome to attend.

On Saturday night the Holly Tree Theatre in the ACM Centre will host a one act play about the life of John Enright and will also include a talk by Bob Hogg and Mick Murtagh. Again, all are welcome to attend. The remainder of the evening can be spent at the former home of John Enright (The Shannon Inn!) with jazz and other entertainment provided for the night. Places are limited so call the ACM Centre at 061 372750 to reserve your tickets.

Fancy art? Children’s art workshops will be running in the ACM Centre from 2.00pm to 5.00pm on Sunday afternoon, and adults have not been forgotten either with Barbara Hartigan hosting a riverside painting session at the same time followed by tea and scones afterwards in the ACM Centre. Call the ACM Centre at 061 372750 to book.

Sunday night includes a great night out at the Castle Oaks House Hotel with a 3 course dinner, entertainment and presentation of prizes to the weekend competition Champions. All are welcome to attend and tickets can be purchased from the Castle Oaks House Hotel reception.

For the fishing enthusiasts, the Overhead Casting qualifiers start at 8am on Saturday morning at the front of the Castle Oaks House Hotel and the Spey Casting Qualifiers start at 10.30am at the river at Doonass. The Spey Casting Finals start on Sunday at 11.00am in Doonass and the John Enright Overhead Casting Finals start at 3.00pm in the grounds of the Castle Oaks House Hotel. Come along and watch the elite flycasters in the world battle it out for the top prizes - it’s free to watch!

Never tried fly-casting before? On Saturday from 3.00pm – 4.00pm at the Castle Oaks venue, and on Sunday from 2.00pm – 3.00pm at Doonass, you can ‘Have a Go’ and win your own fishing rod!

CHANGE OF DATE FOR CHIROPODY SERVICE: Chiropody Service for senior citizens will be available on Friday, October 11, and NOT this Friday (as seen on the parish newsletter), in the Health Centre, Castleconnell, at 4.30pm.

FIRST FRIDAY: As this Friday is the First Friday of the month, Holy Communion will be taken to the sick and the housebound.

AHANE CAMOGIE GIRLS REACH THE COUNTY FINAL: The Ahane Senior girls put on a fabulous display this weekend in Mungret against Ballyagran in the county semi-final, with scores from Niamh Mulcahy, Eimer Cregan, Judith Mulcahy and a brilliant goal at the end of the game from Ann Kennedy. The Ballyagran team started off the play with the first score, but the Ahane team soon settled into the game and Eimer Cregan got a goal to level the score board once again. Ahane finished a point behind at half time. In the second half the Ahane girls played a blinder and even at one stage when they were 3 points behind they kept fighting and managed to win the game by 4 points, 2-11 to 2-7. The senior Ahane team are now in a County Final, where they will take on Granagh Ballingarry. It is 2008 since the club contested a senior final.

CASTLE GOLF SOCIETY: The captain’s prize is surely the most attractive outing on the Society’s calendar and its popularity was evident by a fine turn out of 30 players, who travelled to Shannon Golf Club on Saturday, September 14 to play for Noel Ryan’s magnificent prize. There were many positives contributing to making it a wonderful day for the player’s enjoyment: 8 invited visitors eager to participate in the day’s play, a glorious sunny morning that promised and delivered, the opportunity for players to improve their position on the GOY table, a cheerful atmosphere amongst the competitors with no shortage of good natured banter and a high level of expectation for a good performance from each player from a quality field. The course, an absolute gem, was in immaculate condition and certainly proved a stern test for all the players.

It was significant that the more experienced players were in the winner’s enclosure. Larry Culhane displayed a level of golfing talent that raised the bar sufficiently to storm home with an exhilarating score of 37 points and deservedly won this most sought after Captain’s prize. Larry also won the past Captain’s prize. Congratulations to Larry.

Declan Aherne put in a sparkling performance to amass a brilliant score of 37 points and was rewarded with second place.

Paul Carroll displayed his ability with an excellent score of 35 points and claimed third place.

Eddie Madden won the Gross prize with an impressive 34 points. Patricia Quigley, blending skill with power, totted up to a superb score of 34 points for fourth place. Tim Aherne’s consistency earned 34 points and eased him in to fifth place. Ger Carroll’s persistence realised 33 points for sixth place. Willie Reddy’s controlled game pushed him into seventh place with 32 points. James Reddy’s promising season continues and his 31 points took eight place. Eugene Hannon posted 31 points for ninth place. Tim McCarthy clinched tenth place with 31 points. Donal Walsh won the visitors prize with a brilliant score of 33 points.

Noel Ryan won the front nine with 18 points and John Quigley won the back nine with 19points. Tim Aherne’s shot was nearest the pin and Brendan Murphy had the longest drive.

The presentation of prizes took place in the Castle Oaks House Hotel later that evening. Noel Ryan, captain of the Society welcomed all those present and said he was delighted with the outing. Noel thanked the management of the Hotel for their hospitality, the sponsors for their generosity, the players for their support, the committee for all their efforts, the visitors for their participation, all those who contributed and helped in any way and congratulated all the prize winners. Overall, a most enjoyable day.

Next Outing will be in Roscrea Golf Club, on Saturday, October 19. Tee off time 10.00am to 11.30am.