POSTMAN TONY: On Friday, April 19, at 9 p.m. un Halla Tadhg Gaelach, we will hold a party for our former postman of 33 years, Tony Quinn. Tony gave tremendous service and this is an opportunit for people to say thanks and show their appreciation. All the people of the parish and of Tony’s postal area are invited to attend.
DEATH: The death occurred at Lir Nursing Home in Tournafulla on Thursday last of 93 year old Ben Nolan of Knocknadiha. He was the last remaining member of his family. Ben lived a good, long, positive life. He loved meeting people and telling stories and was great company. He had many tales to relate of his travels from Tournafulla creamery to Mallow and Rathmore with his milk lorry. He was a great man to give a lift. After returning from the UK, Ben got a job as a lorry driver in Tour creamery where he worked for 40 years, until his retirement in 1984. His co-drivers were Mikie O’Callaghan, Dan O’Brien and Denis O’Driscoll, alas all gone to their eternal reward. Of the 23 people who worked in Meenahela and Tour creamery, Neddy Doody is the only man living of the old brigade. Ben Nolan was married to Peg Curtin of Milleen and they had a great life together. He drove Peg to Bingo every week. He was a great husband, father and grandfather and was a great neighbour. He was a good solid Christian, a regular Mass attender who said his prayers and had no fear of meeting the Lord. He enjoyed his free time and was a good man to socialise. He loved a pint “from the middle of the barrel”. When his sight failed Ben really appreciated the members of his family who took him to John Michael’s and The Homestead. Ben’s remains were removed from Roche’s Funeral Home on Friday night to St. Patrick’s Church, Tournafulla where his Requiem mass was celebrated on Saturday by Fr. Willie O’Gorman. He was laid to rest afterwards beside his wife Peg in the local cemetery. The Nolan family would like to thank most sincerely Dr. Kissane and Dr. O’Dowd, the Public Health nurses, the staff of the Mid-Western Regional hospital, Margaret and John and the staff of Lir Nursing Home, his home helps, relatives and good neighbours for the support and help they gave Ben. To his son Patrick, daughter-in-law Phil, granddaughters Julie and Honor, nieces and nephews, relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam uasal.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: We had a night to remember on Friday last, April 12, when people from all over the country came to honour two of the greatest athletes this country ever produced, the late Michael O’Sullivan and his brother Sean. Father O’Gorman gave the blessing and Ronnie Long unveiled the memorial statue to the famous O’Sullivan brothers. Then it was on to Halla Tadhg Gaelach for reminiscing of famous achievements on track and field. It was great to see so many contemporaries of the O’Sullivan brothers present to pay their respects. We also had representatives of the GAA, the world of golf and the local wrenboys, as well as many people from the parish. Our thanks to the organising committee of Sean Scanlan, Timmy Horgan, Seamus Horgan, Sheera Collins, James Wright, Máiréad O’Connor and Marina O’Mahoney and especially to the hard working secretary John J O’Sullivan, who left no stone unturned in making sure the event was a success. To our sponsors, stone sculptor James O’Reilly, stonemason Seamus O’Mahoney, Megan and Gerry Guiney for supplying the PA, to the ladies who provided the most scrumptious refreshments which were really appreciated by the large attendance, to Ronnie Long, who did a great job contacting former and present day athletes and to Neilus Roche and the wrenboys who entertained us afterwards and to all who helped in any way to make this a most successful event, we express our sincere thanks. It truly was a night to remember.
GAA: Allaghaun Gaels had two points to spare over Croagh/Kilfinny in a ding-dong struggle in the under-21 A West Final which was played in Newcastle West on Saturday last. The final score in the Cavanaghs of Charleville sponsored championship was 2-9 to 2-7. The outcome was in the balance right up to the final whistle. The Gaels lined out: Padraig Collins, Chris Smith, Matthew Brouder, James O’Meara, Tom Smith, Patrick Brislane, Jamie Lenihan, Kieran Brouder, Alan O’Kelly, Cian O’Sullivan (1-2), Stephen Cahill (0-1), Cian Larkin, Conor Moroney (0-4), James Brouder (1-1),. Subs used were Gary Vaughan (0-1), Mark O’Connor and Stephen Behan. Great credit is due to all the players on the panel and to the management team of John Collins, Gerard Moroney, Mossie McCarthy, Alan Kelly and Seamus Murphy and to all the backroom team.
Fixtures: We have a busy week on the playing fields. We are down to play Killeedy on Thursday away at 6.45 p.m.in the West League. On Saturday we are fixed to play Crecora at home in the County League but with the under-21’s in the semi-final it is best to check out the West and County Board fixtures.
BIG WIN: The Tour Boys syndicate had a good win at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Saturday night last, when Tour Ali won the Try the Trio A6 525 in a time of 28.93. The lads had a nice touch on the Shane Curtin trained Ali.
CARDS: The winners of last week’s card game with 11 games were Donal Mulcahy and Pa Quilligan. Second with 7 games were Siobhan Flynn and Nuala O’Connell. Winners of table prizes were Nellie O’Donoghue & Noreen Curtin, Tony O’Kelly & Denis Ahern and Davy Kelly & John O’Sullivan. Those lucky in the raffle were Donal Mulcahy, Peggy Riordan, Johnny Ward and Nellie O’Donoghue.