Community Alert Update: Following on recent meetings, the Community Alert committee are moving at pace to put in place a number of priority proposals that will progress its reorganisation within the community/parish area. The provision of new signage and the upgrading of the existing signage are being proceeded with immediately. Quotations for the signage have been received already but it is necessary to find funds to purchase same. The texting system that presently appears to be the way forward for most community alert groups is also being proceeded with immediately. This has an annual cost factor and will require funding to be sourced locally. It has been decided in committee that a sum of about €5 per user be sought to fund the foregoing. This is a very modest and affordable sum that will help in making our district a safer place. Application is being made to the Garda authorities for permission to collect same. It is envisaged that each household will be called on by designated collectors in the near future. They will also be distributing helpful telephone numbers and printed advice on home and personal security. The texting system will require having individual signed-up approval from those wishing to be part of it. A number of applications for the installation of a Telephone Alert System have been received and are being processed presently. Further applications can be made by contacting Hon Secretary, Liz Stanley.
80’s Nite Chernobyl Fundraiser: The Chernobyl Childrens 80’s Nite held in Mulcahy’s Lounge on Sunday night last was a huge success. It helped to raise over €1100 for the charity and its organisers were most pleased and encouraged by the support received. Local organisers, Orla Hourigan and Josephine Hannigan and their very able team had everything ship shape on the night. They are most thankful for the sponsorship of spot prizes etc and to Mulcahy’s for their Lounge facility. Your goodwill is very much appreciated. Anybody still wishing to contribute to the fund may contact Orla or Josephine.
Radio Mass: The first ever broadcast of Holy Mass took place on Sunday last from Our Lady Mother of the Church, Caherconlish. East Limerick Community Radio was the broadcasting service with Fr Roy Donavan PP celebrating. A slight transmission glitch was experienced at the start of the broadcast but this was rectified by the technician by the second reading time.
Seisiun: The last Caherconlish/Caherline Seisiun before the summer recess takes place in the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish on Wednesday May 15. The Seisiun has been a most enjoyable experience for those who attended over the past while. This upcoming session promises to be full of music, song, story and craic. There is a big Failte for everyone so in Din Joe parlance its lift the latch, open the door and take the floor at the Millennium. The organisers wish to thank everyone for their support.
Soccer: Last week Caherconlish bowed out of the 2013 Lawson Cup at the quarter final stage. City side Moyross were their opponents with the final outcome 2gls to 1 for the northsiders. Big Ben Hourigan was the local club’s scorer. This was a disappointing result but when it comes to top opposition it is the small breaks that make the difference. That being said, Caherconlish can be proud of its record over the past few seasons in the second top flight of local soccer.
Ballyhoura Notice SPAR Helping Hand Community Fund: To celebrate its Golden anniversary in Ireland, SPAR has announced a €50,000 ‘Helping Hand’ Community Fund together with Olympic Gold medallist Katie Taylor in which local groups, clubs and organisations throughout the country are being encouraged to apply for funding.
The SPAR Community Fund will award one-off donations to support initiatives, projects and not for profit organizations that will directly benefit local communities and will leave a lasting positive legacy. The funding can go towards providing practical support, ‘a helping hand’ such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit for example children, youth, the elderly, community services, arts and culture or the environment.
Nancy Bourke passes on: News has arrived of the passing of one of our most senior citizens, Nancy Bourke (nee Ryan) of Hundred Acres East. A full report on her obsequies will be published next week. May she rest in peace.
An Teach Rambling House: The Final Rambling House before the Summer break will take place at The Teach, Cloverfield on this Friday May 10, from 9 to 11pm. This will be a Children’s and families Rambling House, as promised, and all are welcome. Beginners, improvers and accomplished performers most welcome. Children must be accompanied by adults.
Ken Doherty Arrives: Irish and International Snooker Star Ken Doherty will make a guest appearance at Mulcahy’s Bar on May 19 next. This is part of a fundraiser for the underage gaelic footballers and tickets will be on sale from next week. Your support will be much appreciated
Dog Crap Epidemic: Quite a number of village residents have complained about the most recent upsurge in dog faeces being deposited on the village public footpaths and public lawn areas. Path users have to have their eyes fully focused on the paths surface in order to avoid the unsightly excretions. A large number of dog owners are most responsible and take extra care in making sure that their animals do not litter. In fact one dog lover in the village who looks after several dogs has always taken extra special care in the walking of dogs. A leaf should be taken out of that owner/walker’s book on how to look after their animals. There is a noticeable increase in dog numbers in the area with the added pastime of dog walking. Most of these animal lovers would not like dog faeces deposited on their own doorsteps so they should respect other people’s doorsteps. One particular dog walker takes time out with his dog to adorn a certain rear-gate entrance with his dog’s daily inner impending deposit. There is a impending likelihood that one fine or wet day the deposit will be collected and transported back to him. The lesson to be learned is if your dog parks it then its owner should shift it. This is a health and safety issue as well as a litter issue and the local authority is empowered to act in regard to dog faeces fouling. The law is as follows:- Under Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 it is an offence to allow a dog under your control to foul a public place. This means the owner/person in charge of the dog is required to remove dog faeces and dispose of them in a suitable, sanitary manner. You can complain to the District Court under the litter laws against an owner or someone in charge of a dog who allows that dog to foul public places and who fails to act responsibly. Before you do this, you must first inform the dog owner of your intention by completing a special form available from the Dog Control Unit of your local authority. Source is Citizens Advice Bureau.