Mar 2

Patrick Hourigan 061

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Patrick Hourigan 061

Caherconlish Notes Community Alert: A meeting will be held in the Millennium Centre on this Thursday February 28 with a view to forming a working committee to take Caherconlish Community Alert forward into a new phase. Please come to this important meeting. All are welcome.

Caherconlish Notes Community Alert: A meeting will be held in the Millennium Centre on this Thursday February 28 with a view to forming a working committee to take Caherconlish Community Alert forward into a new phase. Please come to this important meeting. All are welcome.

Ras Luimni 2013: Caherconlish will again be the venue for Limerick Cycling Club’s annual cycle race, Ras Luimni, on Sunday March 10. This event attracts the top amateur cyclists from all over the country, which sets the scene for a great spectacle on the roads around the Caherconlish, Ballyneety, and Herbertstown area. The host club invites the public to experience the excitement and thrills of road racing in Ireland. Last year’s winner Paudie O’ Brien will be trying for two in a row. He is the leader of a new team, Planet Tri Racing based in Killaloe. Also on this team is local man Mike Storan from Ballynagarde. Mike is in very good form and will be a serious contender this year. The race headquarters will be at The Millennium Centre Caherconlish. The riders will leave the centre at 12.00 and after a short briefing by officials; the race will start proper on High Street. The race will travel to Ballyneety, turning left at the village taking the main road to Holycross, then turning left at the next junction to Herbertstown passing the Honey Fitz pub, turning left back to Caherconlish. The race finish line will be just past the Tennis Court grounds, just outside the village. The club race committee are expecting up to 250 competitors from clubs around the country, especially from Munster. The races will start at 12.30pm. Three separate races will run in parallel. First off will be A1/A2 category riders. They are the elite cyclists; they will race four laps of a 31Km circuit. Next, the A3 category that is made up Senior, Junior, Veteran and Lady racing cyclists will race three laps of the circuit. The third race will be the A4 category, which caters for Novice and lapsed racing cyclists they will race two laps of the circuit. Prize giving will take place after the race at The Millennium Centre where refreshments will be provided. Limerick Cycling Club in conjunction with the Gardaí will do their upmost to minimise any inconvenience caused to the local community during this event between 12.00 and 4pm. The Ras organisers would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Passing of Michael Blackwell: The death occurred on February 19 last of Michael Blackwell (82), High Park. His funeral took place from Crosses Funeral Home. Ballyneety to Our Lady Mother of the Church, Caherconlish on Wednesday February 20 and he was buried in Inch St Laurence Cemetery after Requiem Mass the following day. The late Michael was one of the quietest gentlemen to grace this place. He hailed from a long established and much respected family whose roots go back a long time here. A bachelor, Michael was a farmer by profession and a most progressive one at that who also took a deep interest in the happenings of his native place. He is survived by his brother John and family in Cappamore and his sister Nora, Knockainey. May he rest in peace.

Soccer: Caherconlish A team crossed the Shannon River to Coonagh on Sunday morning last to take on the local side in the Lawson Cup. In a well contested game success was achieved, thus assuring that the Lish reached the last eight of the competition. This was thanks to a 3gls to 1 score line. Caherconlish pushed hard from the outset before finally getting the breakthrough courtesy of a Brendan Hourigan goal. Gary Murphy increased their lead with a super effort and William Hourigan ended the contest with an early second half goal. But credit to Coonagh; they didn’t give up and restored some of their pride half way through the second half with their only goal of the game. The B team were away to Newport in the semi-final of their divisional cup and found themselves under pressure for the first half hour of play. It did not surprise anyone when Newport took the lead before the short whistle. The Lish came out a different team in the second half and took the game to Newport. Under constant pressure Newport succumbed to a Hughie Maguire special that rose highest to even up matters. At the final whistle sounded all ended evens and it was then on to extra time but that added-on period failed to separate the sides. And so penalties followed with Bernard Corbett, Kian O’ Shaughnessy, Jason Creamer, and Michael Nelligan all converting their spot kicks. Keeper Theo Butler saved a Newport penalty. The deciding penalty was coolly slotted home by Philip Mulready. Finally, former snooker world champion Denis Taylor will play an exhibition match in Mulcahy’s bar on March 3. Admission is 10 euro. Funds raised will go to the club. All welcome.

Rambling House Drama: Due to Drama Rehearsals there will be no Rambling House on March 8 at An Teach in Cloverfield. Instead the long established St. Patrick’s Players Cloverfield will perform ‘’MOLL’’ a two act comedy by J.B. Keane in the Teach on St Patrick’s Night Sunday March 17 and on Friday March 22 at 8.30p.m. The Play will also be performed in Pallasgreen C.C. on Sunday March 24 at 8.30p.m. and in Friarsgate Theatre Kilmallock on Friday April 5th and Saturday April 6 at 8p.m

Denis Taylor Arrives: Former World Snooker Champion, Irishman Denis Taylor will be the star attraction at Mulcahy’s Lounge, Main Street on Sunday next. The affable Denis will display a number of trick shots and, no doubt, will keep the punters in good form with his indomitable sense of humour.

Mary is Hale and Hearty: Mary Kearns from Ballybrood celebrated her 83rd birthday on Saturday week last with family and friends. Mary is a fit as a person thirty years younger and is a regular at many of the local dances. She would sweep the floor with any of the younger ones. On Saturday night last she was at Margaret Hourigan Gundak’s fiftieth birthday party at Mulcahy’s Lounge. We are delighted to give her a mention in this column and add that she was still celebrating her birthday after a week. One is reminded of the song ‘Step it out Mary.’ Our Mary certainly knows how to. Keep it up.

Emly Variety Players: Will present John Murphy’s Three Act Play “The Country Boy” on Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd March and Sat 9th & Sunday 10th March in Halla Naoimh Ailbhe, Emly, at 8.15 nightly. They would especially ask all the surrounding communities to support their play group.