Marriage: The marriage took place on Saturday last, August 31, at Our Lady Mother of the Church, Caherconlish of Aurore Armand, Besancon, France and Tom Hourigan, Caherline, Caherconlish. The ceremony was conducted by Fr Roy Donavan PP and the prayers and reading were offered in the French, Irish and English. The spell of fine weather added to the happy occasion. Twenty members of the Armand family travelled from France to join Aurore and Tom on their happiest of days. The reception was afterwards held in the Aherlow House Hotel and the honeymoon is being spent in Cuba.
John Passes Away: It was with deep sadness that we learned of the passing last week at Milford Care Center following a long illness of John McKeon, Caherconlish. Following Funeral Service at Abington Church of Ireland, Murroe on Saturday morning last, his remains were removed to Little Island, Cork for cremation. A fuller appreciation of the late John will be published in the near future. To his wife Mary and family and friends are extended our deepest sympathies.
Clean-up continues: Work continued on Saturday last in the village clean-up which started five weeks ago. Painting took place at the Square and also a general clean-up was started at Caherconlish NS area. It was most encouraging to see the listed building, formerly O’Connell’s Public House receiving a makeover and thanks are extended to the present owners as it really does complete the good looks of the Square. It would be doubly encouraging to have the few remaining properties receive a makeover. Caherconlish Village has really woken up from its Van Winkle sleep.
American Visitors: Jacqueline Ruiz and her husband Dave Hill from California spent a brief time in Caherconlish last week attempting to unearth information on Jacqueline’s Caherconlish roots. Her mother’s family, Conroys, came from Caherconlish and in the post famine years took the ship to America. Their holiday in Ireland was part of the Gathering year and they just fell in love with Ireland and Caherconlish. They remarked how bright and scenic looking the place was. The paid a visit to where the old Conroy household still exists and those long sought after photographs were gratefully flicked. While here, they called to the Old Forge which is very near where the Conroys hailed from and met up with farrier, Mick Fitz. They would be delighted to hear of anybody with the Conroy connection and if there is anybody out there who has any information they might direct it to P Hourigan 085 7309360.
Church Car Park: Preparatory work was undertaken at the Caherconlish Church Car Park earlier this week in readiness for the laying of a new surface on this Thursday. Parking lanes will be marked on the new surface and this will help parking in an orderly fashion. Trucks and large vehicles that use the car park presently will be unable to do so for the obvious fear of breaking up the newly laid surface. Signage indicating this will be positioned. Following agreement, landscaping works similar to what is indicated in the Limerick County Council Caherconlish Local Area Development Plan, will it is envisaged take place anon at the street bounds.
Soccer: Caherconlish A side earned a well merited draw against Shannon Town on Sunday morning last. Dean Power was the Caherconlish scorer in a one all draw.
The B side had a fine 2gls to nil win against neighbours Murroe. It is a valuable three pointer for the Noel Kenny managed side. The scorers were D Reddan and J Mulqueen.
The fifth and last club 200 Draw of 2013 took place in Flannery’s Bar on Friday night last. 1st prize 400euro, Mickey Nelligan, 2nd prize200 euro Pa Power, 3rd prize 50 euro Ann Wakelin, 4th prize 50 euro Maureen Coffey, 5th prize 50 euro Pat Murray. The house draw was won by John (Olga) O Brien
Caherconlish Soccer Awards Night: Also held at Flannery’s Bar the 2013 recipients are as follows; A Team Player of the Year – Jason Lee, B Team Player of the Year – Dean Power, A Team Top Scorer – Brendan Hourigan, B Team Top Scorer- Philip Mulready, Clubperson of the Year was shared between Liam O’Brien Jun and Niall Rainsford. The club would like to thank Flannerys bar for the food and venue and to all who supported the club draw and to those who supported the golden goal tickets weekly. Thanks to all involved in organising the draw and congratulations to all winners of the 200 Club Draw and annual award winners.
Buckos and Boyos: A woman met me in the street last week and out of simple curiosity she wanted to know what the difference between a bucko and a boyo is. That curiosity welled-up in her as a consequence of a piece written in this column recently. I explained as best I could – A bucko is an eejit who does something stupid without thinking and a boyo is a clever eejit who does all the thinking- for the bucko. Now, an eejit is ……
The Cock Saga: The big question being asked at present is, where is the Caherconlish Cock gone to. No more do we have the pleasure of its early morning cock a doodle doo. Some few people suggest that it may have contacted some form of chick laryngitis or his timing has left him. But that does not seem to be the case as our feathered clock seems to have completely disappeared. Pondering whether or not the alleged owner should be approached I took the plunge and asked the Ceist. My longstanding friend who once assisted in taking a case full of butter, bacon and black pudding up Kilburn High Road assured me that there was no need to worry. He stressed the Cock is a bit of a rambler and has taken a fancy to another chick down the other side of the village. He is keeping his beak closed for the present for fear he would be brought home. He’s no eejit, you know, he can think for himself, added the alleged owner.
Local Radio Fundraiser: East Limerick Community Radio is holding a fundraiser draw with €2,000 in prizes including a 1st prize of €1,000. Tickets are €5 each and will be on sale throughout East Limerick in the coming weeks and are also available from all station presenters and volunteers. For further information contact John McCarthy on 087-2746299
Caherconlish GAA Football Club: Training continues in the GAA field next Tuesday evening 6-00 to 7-00 for U8, U10, and U12. Please remember to bring you gum shields
U8 played a blitz last Friday evening Aug 23rd in the North Campus pitch UL. It was a great opportunity for this bunch of players to play in such a modern facility. They did not let the occasion get to them playing three game on the evening against Knockainey, Croom and Cappamore. They did excellent in all three game winning all three and in doing so played some excellent football on the evening. Well done to all involved. The panel was Tadgh Spenser, Tiernan Donovan, Hugh Murnane, Andy Burcur, Niall Connaughton, Sean McGrath , Sean Partridge, ZaK Vaughan.
PARENTS:.All underage players are required to wear a GUM SHIELD this year at all times whether it be training or a blitz or a match.
Fundraising; Clothes collection: Caherconlish Football club would like to thank everyone that contributed to our clothes collection ,and anyone that still have clothes for collection put them to one side we will be holding another clothes collection later in the year or if you do not have storage room we will gladly take them off your hands at any time now that the school year is coming to a end we will take any clothes you are getting rid of at training on Tuesday evening just contact any of the coaches.