Meelick/Parteen Sept 7

Parish Gathering: In 1962, the late Fr. David Browne was appointed curate in Parteen/Meelick & reformed Redgate Athletic Club.

Parish Gathering: In 1962, the late Fr. David Browne was appointed curate in Parteen/Meelick & reformed Redgate Athletic Club.

He was very involved with the youth of the parish through the club and local athletes won County, Munster & National titles as well as creating several National Records.

Fr. Browne had a video camera at the time and made videos of many races, training sessions as well as other parochial events. He recorded the President Éamon de Valera visiting Parteen in 1966. He also recorded parish outings to the seaside which were a feature of parish life in those days.

When he died two years ago, Fr. Browne passed on all the films and athletic literature to his friend Tony Keogh.

Tony has arranged that the videos are condensed in to one DVD. It also includes a recording of Fr. Brownes visit to Meelick School for the 50th Anniversary, where he was interviewed with three of the athletes that represented Meelick School in 1967. These athletes were third in Ireland in the Primary Schools Competitions.

Fr. Browne was also the last Chairman of Meelick/Parteen GAA Club before they went their separate ways in 1970.

Gathering: A committee has been formed which includes Tony Keogh, Ger Daly, Seán Daly, Robin O Connell, Pat McDonagh, Maureen O Connor, James Pierce, Mickey Cronin & Donal O’ Shea. This committee is organising a Gathering of all friends, associates & their family. The Gathering will be held at Ray McMahons, Blackwater on Friday, December 6th. Finger food will be provided as well as music by local musicians. There will be a charge of 5 euro for the social. The video will be available for 10 euro and all proceeds will be donated to Milford Hospice.

Tony Keogh said, “ We hope to have a big reunion of all friends and their families at the time as an acknowledgement of the wonderful legacy that Fr. Browne has given to the parish”.

It is also hoped to have old photographs and manuscripts of life in the parish in the sixties. It will also be of interest to younger folk to see how their parents & grandparents lived in those days.

No. 10 for Robin: When East Clare Gaels won the Junior B Ladies Football Championship against Tubber, it was Robin O’ Connells 10th success as coach of the championship winning side. On this occasion, it is a Parteen/Meelick combination & surrounding parishes. The team is trained by Robin, Brendan Healy & Mick Keogh. There was tremendous excitement when the victorious team and supporters returned to Pascals Bar in Westbury on Saturday. There was also a reception at the Meelick Tavern on Sunday.

Robin O’ Connell said, “All the girls played very well and it would be unfair to single out anyone for special mention.”

Recent death: The death occurred recently in Mullagh, Co. Clare of Peggy O Gorman, formerly Peggy Prenderville of Parteen Village. Peggy was predeceased by her husband Michael and is survived by her family in Mullagh & sisters Mavis and Lillian.

Parteen St. Nicholas Lotto Draw: Lotto took place at Browne’s bar for a jackpot of €20,000. The numbers drawn were 4, 12, 25 & 27.There was no overall winner.

Lucky dip winners were: Colm Quinn Sydney Australia; Cian O’Doherty Essex England; Mossie & Colman c\o Daggers Blackwater; John & Mariead Guckian Ballyfinnan Ardnacrusha; Ronan Conlon Castlebank Ardnacrusha and Joe Dempsey c\o Meelick Tavern.

Next weeks draw takes place at Larkins on Monday 9th September for a jackpot of €20,000. Thank you for your continued support.