DANCING: On this Friday night September 6th a Social Dance will be held in Kilbehenny Community Centre. Music will be provided by the very popular Sam O’Doherty. The dance will commence at 9.30pm. Irish dancing classes will resume on Saturday morning 7th September at 9.15am and on Wednesday 11th September at 5pm in Kilbehenny Community Centre. Beginner’s class is from four years of age. Anyone interested in joining are most welcome and should contact Eileen O’Reilly at (086) 2177471 or (025) 85721.
KILBEHENNY FESTIVAL RESULTS: Soap Box Race: 1st prize - Ger O’Sullivan, Ballyporeen. 2nd prize - Stephen Ryan, Kilteely and 3rd prize - Bobby Ryan, Kilteely. Fancy Dress: 1st prize - “The Smurfs”. 2nd prize - “The Limerick Team” and 3rd prize - “Kate and William with baby George”. The fancy dress parade was led by Patrick Cronin on the bag pipes. He is a member of the Liam Lynch Memorial Pipe Band, Anglesboro. The winner of the handcrafted piece of furniture made by Tom O’Mahony was David Byrne of Loughananna.
HARVEST FAIR: With the annual Harvest Fair only three weeks away, the Committee is putting the final touches to the programme. With such a big event, lots of help is needed, so to that end, an open meeting will be held this Thursday night at 8.30pm. Even if you cannot attend, please contact any member of the Committee. As part of the Gathering event, which was held earlier this year, we will be re-enacting “A day at the Creamery” - which closed in August 1981. Luckily, the last day at the Creamery was recorded on video by the late Mick O’Connell. He was the then proprietor of the Galtee View Bar. Sadly, many who were interviewed on that occasion have now passed to their eternal reward. A script for the occasion has been written by John McGrath of Lackendarra. Anyone who has any old items or memorabilia of interest can contact any Committee member. All items will be returned straight after. An invitation is extended to anyone who worked in the Creamery or anyone who supplied milk, or was interviewed on the video to come along to Anglesboro on Sunday 29th September. Any relations to those already mentioned are more than welcome also. This should be a great occasion.
COLLECTION: On this weekend, the Liam Lynch National Commemoration Committee will take up a church gate collection in Anglesboro and Kilbehenny following the very well attended Commemoration at Kilcrumper, Fermoy, last Sunday. The guest speaker was Micheal Martin T.D.
COMMEMORATIVE GARDEN: On Sunday last a Commemorative Garden was dedicated to Mary King of Ruthuskas. She is formally of Carrigeen, Kilbehenny. The Garden was blessed by Fr. John Casey, who is home on holidays from Texas. He is also formerly from Carrigeen. Many members of the King family travelled fro the event. Mary King’s daughter Marie spoke of how proud her late mother was of her native beloved Kilbehenny. Thanks to Noel Bradfield, who donated the site for the garden. The people of Kilbehenny will enjoy this place for many years to come due to the generosity of others.
R.I.P: Sincere sympathy is extended to the Cleary family of Cluaindarra, Anglesboro on the recent death of Mickey’s sister Bridget Blake of St. Ita’s Road, St. Mary’s Park, Limerick. Internment took place in Limerick. May she rest in peace.
KILBEHENNY CYCLING CLUB & “SPECIAL FRIENDS”: Kilbehenny cycling club were delighted to attend the Special Friends charity event last weekend, What people may not know is that Special Friends are a voluntary group of parents who set up a support group for parents of children with special needs seven years ago which has since flourished into a charity, which provides equipment, one to one support for the children, family days and much more. There are 16 children using services from Ballyduff, Mitchelstown, Kilbehenny, Ballylanders, Kildorrery, Glenroe, Rathcormac and Burncourt. As a result of charity funding, seven of the children received iPads in November which were needed for education, they attend schools from Charleville to Douglas and Ballygiblin daily. They also have a bank of equipment to help their motor skills that they loan to the children. They have five family fun days in the year this give parents a chance to enjoy a day out. Also they also have begun sensory parties which are a fun way to help children with touch and smell issues. For some children sand, flour and sticky items are their worst nightmare; the most recent party was at the pizza house in Mitchelstown where the kids enjoyed making their own pizzas! For the first time this year they had an outing for older siblings who we often forget are careers too. They have provided volunteers for the children to attend mainstream summer camps. They have attended arts and crafts camps, Lets go camps, computer camps and the U5’s attended various pre-school summer camps. What a wonderful job Special Friends do in our area and Kilbehenny cycling club will continue to support it year after year, may the good work continue. Many thanks to the caterers and cooks of all of the fabulous food that was served on return to abbey farm in Mitchelstown. The Club continues to plan events – some major ones are in the pipeline which were discussed at the last meeting. Details will follow on these shortly. The Wednesday evening cycle start time will change shortly, but for Wed 4th & 11th September, the start time is 7pm. From Wednesday 18th September the new start time will be 6.30pm as the evenings are getting darker. The Sunday morning cycle will continue at 9am. Thank you to everybody that supported the Supervalu Bag Pack last week, it was a huge success and a massive benefit to the Club for the future. Thanks to Supervalu for allowing the space to fundraise this year and a big thank you to the public for supporting also. The AGM date has been fixed for 30th November 7pm – please add this to your diary. The gathering – the great Irish event of 2013 – will be celebrated with a “club gathering” next month – details will follow nearer the date. For further details on the Cycling Club please contact Tom on (087) 2683587. New members are always welcome. General routes are as follows - Group A (50-100km) Group B = (30-80) and Group C (10-30).