Granagh Drama Series: The Parish Drama group will perform this year’s Brian McMahon play “The Honey Spike” on the weekend January 24, 25 and 26 and the following weekend January 31 and February 1 and 2 at the Granagh community centre at 8pm. Nightly admission €10 and student’s €5. The local cast of 18 has all the experienced performers of other year’s, with just three new faces, Francis O’ Kelly, Paddy Tierney and Niall Clifford. Overseeing the production again this year is the very experienced Jimmy Sheehy, who can rely on the knowledgeable acting abilities of Jimmy Chawke for Assistance.
Donal Senior Captain: Local intercounty hurler Donal O’ Grady of Granagh / Ballingarry will captain the Limerick senior hurling team this season. This is a great honour for the local star player and the combined parishes G.A.A club.
Donal’s first term last year 2013 brought great dividend’s to the county G.A.A in the form of the munster senior hurling title, after a 17 year wait. The selection of Niall Kennedy to the senior hurling panel is seen as important Gaelic Games Progress in the locality along with David Condron being called on to the U/21 county team.
At the reconvened A.G.M Dinny Ahern was re-elected chairman of Granagh/Ballingarry G.A.A Club with Kevin O’Connor in charge of the junior B. Hurler’s. Senior hurling management includes, Seamus Stapleton, John T. ? Paddy Hennessey, Willie Power, Donagh O’ Grady, James Flynn, Gerry O’Donovan, Jimmy Chawke, Graham Russle the club passed a vote of sympathy to the relations and friends of the late Davy Hartigan – R.I.P coolrus, who was a prominent member of the combined parishes G.A.A club for many year’s.
A Story & A Song: Willie Relihan the recently discovered North Cork Ballad Singer, was the west Limerick radio featured artist on Pat O’Donovan’s Saturday’s “A Story And A Song Show” Up to a few Years ago Willie Relihan was only known in his own church town locality, but, in the short space of time he has recorded too top selling C.D’s.
His selection on the local radio show included, both old popular ballad’s and rare ones like “Mount Falvey” “My hometown of Coolea” “Carry me back to old Verginny” and Other numbers featured in his new C.D’s.
Pat O’Donovan reminded local performers that the west Limerick radio station is open for Singer’s, Musician’s and storyteller’s etc… If they wish to take part in the show, please contact him in Newcastle-West or the radio station.
Parish Soccer Club: Granagh United Desmond League progress continues with great promise in the current season.
In the juvenile section of the desmond league our U/10’s in Div.1$ and Div.5 are setting the pace for the west Limerick club’s having respective point’s Leads of 3 in Div. 1 and 6 in Div.5
U/12’s playing Div.2 are also top in their Division, with 5 points to spare over their nearest rival’s.
U/14’s recorded a high scoring 7-4 cup 2nd round win over mountcollins. U/16 Div.1 have shown great promise during the current season, with a few individual’s on the Desmond Inter divisional selection showing remarkable promise of big thing’s for the future of the Granagh United Parish club the Junior (Adult) Div.2. side will have to pull out all the stop’s to recover from the walkover deduction some weeks ago, but, this local side can rise to the occasion when the chips are down, and it won’t surprise Parish supporter’s if they climb back to the top three by the end of the season.
The parish youth’s team playing in Div.2 are solidly placed in the Desmond league with two games in hand are only 2 points behind the leaders in third place. This team also could hold the keys to the more successful promotion of local soccer notwithstanding the almost unbelievable general progress within the club in the last decade.
Sympathy: Sincere sympathy is extended to the relations and friends of the late Mrs. Bridie Martin, Nee Sheehan, R.I.P. Limerick City and former native of Ballinleena, Granagh, the late Bridie was predeceased by her husband John Martin R.I.P who was a very prominent and popular croom and county hurler in the 1950’s Bridie was a very popular member of the local Sheehan family and endeared herself to the whole community with her ever friendly approach.
May she rest in eternal peace.
In the neighbouring parish of Bruree G.A.A patron’s paid a sad farewell to one of the most renowned hurling heroes the late Liam Hogan R.I.P Garrouse, Bruree.
Liam will be fondly remembered for his single handed turning of victory from certain defeat especially in Inter-club hurling matches, and on many encounters representing the county, his display’s were equally heroic. His loyalty to the family building trade over many decades was most admirable, as was his sincere dedication to all his responsibilities to family, work, or the sport of hurling which he loved with such passion. Local parishioners are proud of the Granagh connections of history and family relationships with the late Liam Hogan R.I.P
May he rest in eternal peace.