THE PASSING OF JOHN MCGRATH: The passing of well known John McGrath of St Anthony’s Nursing Home and Killuragh, has occasioned great sadness throughout Pallasgreen and surrounding areas and among his beloved family and friends last weekend. He was one of the Community’s highly respected citizens and was a man of genial and unassuming nature. His early years were spent farming with his late wife Nancy on the banks of the Mulcair River at Killuragh where they spent their life happily together, raising their loving son George. The couple also had many wonderful friends and neighbours. Those who knew John recognised him as a man who was strong, faithful and true.. He appreciated the real, true qualities of life. The two of them were a great team and the Pallasgreen community were to benefit greatly for their involvement. Both were very active locally and members of the inaugural community council formed in 1980. They will be remembered for their Trojan work in fundraising for the present Community Centre. In 1981 John was candidate in the first ever Baron of Pallasgreen and both he and Nancy travelled the hi-ways and bi-ways not alone of Limerick but of Munster to raise much needed funds for the Community Centre. His hard work paid off as he was the undisputed winner and duly received his “robes” of office at an open air dance held in the Tennis Courts on Sunday evening August 31st. Its was fitting that his photograph would appear on the cover of the Grean Magazine 1981 edition alongside three other icons of Pallasgreen; Rev Canon P.J. Lee, Paddy Ryan and Rev Fr Matt Ryan. Two other associations were close to John’s heart, The Pioneer Association and the Legion of Mary. His good deed and drive for a recreational centre is there for us all to enjoy and we thank him for his contribution to the community. Funeral was Ryan’s funeral home to Nicker Church. Following requiem Mass internment took place in St Columba’s Cemetery. May the green sod of Pallasgreen rest lightly on his kind and generous soul.
Sympathies are extended to his son George, daughter in law Sally , grandchildren, relatives and friends.
SYMPATHY: The death took place last weekend of Michael Conway of Killeenavera, Dromkeen. Funeral was from Ryans funeral home to Dromkeen Church. Following requiem Mass internment took place in Templebraden Cemetery. Sympathies are extended to his sisters, brothers relatives and friends.
CHURCH NEWS: Mass for the Holy Souls takes place every Tuesday night at 7.30pm followed by the adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament until 8.30pm and finishing with the Divine Mercy Chaplet. All are welcome.
First Friday Sept 6th; Mass in Nicker at 9am. Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament from 7pm to 8pm. Mass in Templebraden at 7.30pm
OPENING SCHOOL YEAR MASSES: Mass will be celebrated in Nicker Church this Saturday night at 6.30pm to mark the opening of the school year in Nicker School. It will be celebrated in Templebraden Church on Sunday at 10.15pm to mark the opening of the school year in Garrydoolis and Barna Schools. We look forward to having all parents, students and staff present at these Masses.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT: The Active Retired “Go for Life” will commence in the Community Hall at 2.15pm on Sept 11th. The Art Classes will commence on Sept 18th. Anyone aged 55+ are welcome to join us and we look forward to meeting new members.
SEPTEMBER PARISH DRAW: This will take place on this Thursday night at 7.30pm in the Old Credit Union Room of the Community Centre. All are welcome
BARNA GROTTO: The Legion of Mary will recite the Rosary at the Grotto in Barna This Sunday evening in honour of Our Lady’s Birthday 8th September at7.30 pm. It is also the 92nd Anniversary of the founding of the Legion of Mary in Dublin By Frank Duff. The process for his Beatification has begun in Rome in the last few years with the Compilation of his 30,000 letters and writings under consideration by the Pope. We are all asked To pray for his canonisation
Murroe/Cappamore Comhaltas Music classes: Murroe/Cappamore Comhaltas will hold a registration night for traditional music and singing classes on Tuesday 10th September from 5pm to 6pm in Scoil Chaitríona Cappamore (Convent Primary School) Classes will then resume on Tuesday 17th September at Scoil Chaitríona. Tuition will be provided by top class tutors on all traditional instruments including Button and Piano Accordion, Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar,Concertina,Flute and Tin Whistle. All levels of ability and ages are catered for including beginners. Enquiries to 061 381269
ST MICHAEL’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAPPAMORE: Attention all leaving cert students, and those wishing to return to further education. The following day courses are available at St Michael’s College Cappamore.
CHILDCARE/SPECIAL NEEDS ASSISTANT Fetac Level 5 & Level 6,
Business & Computer Studies Fetac Level 5 & Level 6,ECDL, Care of the Elderly/Healthcare, Support Fetac Level 5, Pre Nursing Course Fetac Level 5, Horticulture
Evening classes also on offer:
Computers for beginners, Bridge for beginners, HACCP, Occupational First Aid,Furniture making, Introduction to Blacksmithing, Tool Making, Spanish, Yoga, Care of the elderly, Conversational Irish Cookery, Sewing.
Enrolment day for all courses will be held on Tuesday Sept 10th from 9am to 9pm. Courses commencing on September 16th 2013.Application Forms/Brochures available from the College
ALL IRELAND LADIES U16 FOOTBALL FINAL: Commiserations to the local girls all who were part of the Limerick Ladies U16 Football team that were defeated by Westmeath in the All Ireland replay last Saturday in Banagher Co Offaly. Margaret Ryan, (Garrydoolis) Allanagh Russell (Old Pallas), Karen O’Dwyer (Ayle and formerly of Brackile) and Dromkeen native Meabh McCarthy were all part of the side that was pipped by two points by the Leinster side.
SEPTEMBER PARISH DRAW: This will take place on Thursday 5th September at 7.30pm in the Old Credit Union Room of the Community Centre. All are welcome
O’DWYER’S BAR GOLF SOCIETY: Next outing is the rescheduled Captains Prize ( Joe Heelan) in Portumna Golf Club on Sunday 14th September. Tee time is reserved from 10am -11.15am. For timesheet you can contact the Bar 384295 or Tom O’Dea 087-9220906.
KNOCKANE MACRA NA FIERME: A new Macra na Feirme group was set up in Knockane in the Idler Bar on August 18th last. Anyone aged 17-35 years is welcome to join and can contact Helen Ryan or John Butler or visit our facebook page for more information.
PALLASGREEN GAA LOTTO: No Winner Mon Aug 26th lotto draw of €7,900. Numbers drawn were 11, 14, 18 & 22.
Lucky Dip Winners; Pat Foley, Vickey Leonard, Jack & Marie Gammell, Mark Fennessy, Matt Ryan
KNOCKANE GAA Lotto : No Winner Mon Aug 26th Draw. Numbers drawn were; 12,19,20,23.
Lucky Dip Winners: Chloe McCarthy, Denise Flynn, Fr Pat Burns, James Buckley. Seller’s Prize: Pat Ryan
GAA NEWS: Pallasgreen GAA Bingo is held every Wednesday in Pallasgreen Community Centre at 8.30pm. Please support by coming along and taking part. Pallasgreen travelled to Mungret on Saturday to face Kildimo Pallaskenry in the Intermediate Hurling Relegation semi-final. A good first half saw Pallasgreen leading at the break by 11 points to six. For most of the second half the two teams exchanged scores with Pallasgreen maintaining their lead well, however Kildimo Pallaskenry were able to manufacture two late goals to win the match, and ensure their survival in the Intermediate ranks. The final score was 2-13 to 0-16 in favour of Kildimo Pallaskenry. Scorers were: Colin Ryan (M) 0-9, Aidan Shanahan 0-3, Kevin Barry, Seamus Mulcahy, Chris McMahon & Liam O’Dea a point each. Sunday saw our Junior B Hurlers face South Liberties in the East semi-final. A slow start from Pallasgreen saw the Liberties take an early lead, but the stronger hurling of our players told and they took the upper hand, with points from John Kirby and a goal and point from Anthony Daly. A well taken goal from Leigh Gammell just on the stroke of half time, where he followed a long ball in to tip it past the opposition goalkeeper, ensured that Pallasgreen lead at half time 2-4 to 0-4. In the second half South Liberties took two early points and looked to be back in the game, only for Duane O’Carroll to score a goal in the move of the match. Receiving the ball just past half way, he soloed past a number of players until the 14 yard line where he slotted the ball past the keeper into the corner of the net. With John Kirby scoring like clockwork there was no looking back for the Pallasgreen men who finished out the game 3-9 to 0-9 winners. Scorers were: John Kirby 0-8 (7 frees), Anthony Daly 1-1, Leigh Gammell & Duane O’Carroll 1-0 each.
The new season’s training and matches are well under way. New members are always welcome. Hurling Training for U6, U8 & U10 every Wednesday evening at 6.30pm. Football Training for U6, U8 & U10 every Sunday morning at 11am. For information on training for U12, U14, U16 contact 087-2755690.
Adare to Survive with Cliona’s Foundation: Adare to Survive is a 7.5km military style obstacle course taking place in Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Adare, Co Limerick on Sunday 29 September. Cliona’s Foundation which provides financial assistance to the families of critically ill children is the charity partner and participants are invited to Endeavour | Endure | Enjoy a unique physical and mental challenge, individually or part of a 4 person team, to raise funds for a charity or club of their choice. Full details, including registration is on the event website www.adaretosurvive.com