Listowel races: Knocknagoshel punters had a most enjoyable time at Listowel Races last week especially those who had backed horses from the Byrne stables. Not alone did the Byrne family from Coolenalig steal the show on the track but also when they appeared on our television screens after winning the Kerry National on Wednesday. Many claim Johnny Byrne could well carve out a Movie career yet if he so wishes.
HERITAGE NIGHT: Friday last was Heritage day and what better way to celebrate it than to attend the All Ireland Wren boy Competition in Listowel on Friday night. And that’s just how locals celebrated our ancient custom. With four batches of Wren boy’s entertainment of a high order prevailed. It was refreshing to see our neighbours Brosna back on the scene. We recall a former Brosna Batch winning out at several venues during the 1960’s and 1970’s with the late Paddy Fitzgerald as a great captain.
GAA: Congratulations to the Knock- Brosna u21 footballers who who captured the U21 Shield by defeating St Michael’s Filemore in the final on Saturday last.
St Kierans Abu: St Kierans face the acid test on Sunday next when they face Austin Stacks in the county championship quarter final at Austin Stack Park in a double header. The Saints drawn from Currow, Scartaglin, Cordal, Desmonds, Ballymac, Brosna and Knocknagoshel are a formidable outfit and a surprise result cannot be ruled out.The Saints are well prepared and contain some high profile players.
PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS: A number of locals were to be seen heading for the All Ireland Ploughing Championships up in Laois this week. At the time of writing conditions were ideal for turning the sod.
THE CLARE SHOUT AND BANNER ROAR: No stone is being left unturned in the preparations by Neily and Ita Lyons of Ballabawn for next Saturday’s All Ireland Hurling replay at Croke Park. Ita a native of the Banner has converted husband Neily to an out and out Clare supporter and they intend to travel to Croker all decked out in the blue and gold and hopes high that the Banner Roar and the Clare Shout echoes around Donnellon’s Cross on Sunday evening. Should there dream come true the Lyons’s could well end up joining the celebrations in Ennis where Neilly‘s idol De Valera often addressed election rallies in days of yore.
MUSHROOMS: It has come to our notice that a great spurt in Mushroom picking has broken out in the Ballanahown district of late. This has meant extra demand on all ready over taxed frying pans