GAA CLUB: Granagh/Ballingarry senior hurlers while delighted to retain the senior status face one of the toughest challenges ever in this years draw. But the local combined parishes panel when playing completely against the odds on a few occasions before have managed to turn the tables so to speak on the hot favourites, so our hopes may not be in vain, but, we need luck on our side.
1st round group 2, v Na Piarsaigh; 2nd round v Patrickswell; 3rd round v Doon.
The top two teams in each group qualify for the quarter finals, while the lower placed teams will compete for the County cup.
Our interest in the County panel has been encouraged this season with the appointment of one of our own members to the captaincy of the county senior hurling team, Donal O’Grady, and as we pen these notes together he has honour of leading Limerick on the Gaelic grounds against Antrim.
KNOCKFIERNA RAMBLING HOUSE: The next Rambling House in the locality will be in Kilfinny Community Hall on Friday, March 1, and will be presented by Pat O’Donovan at 8pm, it will include, music, song, dance, storytelling and recitations, etc.
A great night of traditional entertainment is in store for both performers and audience and the night is free and open to all.
Cead mile failte to singers, musicians, dancers, storytellers, recitations, etc., no admission fee.
TRADITIONAL IRISH SESSIONS: During the past week a few nice sessions were organised to entertain the elderly in the Bruree/Athlacca area, at the Beech Lodge Nursing Home, Denis and Jackie Mangan put on a great variety show on Tuesdays, Thursdays features the music of the well known Charlie Reynolds with supporting locals John Kennedy, Christina and Ida Meaney, Paddy Tierney, Jimmy Gubbins, Johnny O’Gorman, Billy O’Donovan and John O’Riordan.
This week Eileen O’Carroll added to the local Bruree entertainment with the playing of her favourite CDs on Friday evening.
The residents at Dawn Court were entertained by the Athlacca group, Christy Lynch, Ida Meaney, Paddy Harvey, Tony Downes, Alan Cunningham, Pakie Lynch, Eamon Quirke, Stephan Moloney, John O’Riordan, Mrs and Liam O’Connor, Michael Griffin, along with visiting performers from County Cork and surrounding areas.
GRANAGH FC SOCCER: The parish soccer club recorded good cup wins this week and thus confirming the general top ratings by our local teams in the Desmond League Division in the current season.
In the U-15 cup Granagh had six goals to spare over Creeves Celtic, in their 8 to 2 score, featured Brian Sexton scoring four goals for the local side, in a great run of sharp shooting, was encouraged by John Geary, Calum Leahy, David O’Connell and Jason Leahy with a goal each.
The Juniors (adults) had a bit of a cliff-hanger with Askeaton in the first round of the Desmond Cup had to bring out all the stops to halt the tenacious Askeaton side in this 2 – 1 decider. But without trying to patronise the parish panel, their winning abilities seems to shine brighter when the challenge is greatest, and this was a day when Askeaton brought out the best in Granagh United in a full team effort, with goals from Denis O’Connor and Pa O’Donoghue.
The parish soccer club weekly lottery prize is now at an attractive €13,700 for a lucky winner holding the right combination some week, all for a €2 ticket, sold by the local soccer promoters or from outlets in the locality, O’Gormans Foodstore/petrol station, Chawke’s Cross, the Rock Bar, Granagh, Hickey’s Bar, Croom, Bennis’s Bar, Ballyagran.
GET WELL SOON: All who are ill in the locality at the moment are wished a full and speedy recovery and we promise to remember them in our prayers as well as having everyone included in the Masses. Recently in hospital was Lil O’Brien, Woodcock, John Sheahan, Knockfierna, Helen Murphy, Kingsland, Anne Ryan, Bruff, Bridie O’Carroll, Manister, Christina Meaney, Athlacca, Mary O’Riordan, Howardstown. Best wishes also to all the Granagh people at Beech Lodge, including Johnny O’Gorman, Mrs O’Regan, Eamon O’Carroll, Timmy Enright, John O’Brien, along with the residents from Dromin, Athlacca, Bruff, Rockhill, Bruree and surrounding areas, all are included in our best wishes.
Over some months and up to recent days the reports of the most remarkable recoveries by patients in the locality has been wonderful and their gratitude to all who tended them, in hospitals, at home, in the ambulance, etc., was so admirable, down to the simple words of encouragement from their relations and friends. Out of this number of great recoveries we just name Johnny Sheehan, Jim Enright, Helen Murphy, Bridie O’Carroll, Anne Ryan, Christina Meaney and it’s our pleasure to join in the thanksgiving for each of their recoveries and may next week witness even more.
SEAN OG Ó CEALLACHAIN, RIP: One of the best known GAA broadcasters was the late Sean Og Ó Ceallachain RIP, with close West Limerick connections, having a number of relatives in Ballyhahill, Rathkeale, Newcastle West.
Our sincere sympathy to all the late Tom’s relations and many friends and also the relations and GAA, friends of the late Sean Og Ó Ceallachain. May they rest in peace.