Talk of Times Past: There is great talk and discussion locally about life in the Parish in the sixties, when the late Father Browne was appointed a Curate in the Parish and re started an athletic club which became very well known. He kept meticilious records and kept all newspaper cuttings and video-ed many Parish events. On his death he passed on his papers to Tony Keogh who put together a committee to organise a gathering at Dagger’s Bar Blackwater on December 6th.
Former athlete and sporting character Robin O’Connell said “When we started there was a cross country race in Caherdavin one Sunday and we were anxious to take part but the only way we could compete in Limerick was to have a Limerick name, so I suggested to Father Browne that we call it Redgate which had been previously done by my brother Paddy twenty years earlier”. He continued “I remember well the first day we had no training and the only one to finish the cross country race was Pa O’Brien and in a very short time we became one of the best clubs in the region especially at under age level”.
In 1966/7 Meelick School were placed third and fourth in the Countrywide schools competition.
Former Limerick full back Pat Hartigan said last week “Father David was really great for athletic’s and the Redgate Sports were fantastic. They used to call them the Dalcassian Games and I competed in them on three or four occasions in the late sixties and early seventies and I remember winning the Frost Cup on one occasion.
At the function which is expected to be attended by a cross section of people from all over there will be a display of all Father Browne’s photos as well as newspaper cuttings and memorobilia. There will also be numerous photos of a sporting nature outside of athletics as Father Browne was the last chairman of Parteen/Meelick GAA Club before they went their separate ways in 1970. A very rare photograph of the entire staff and pupils at Limerick CBS Sexton Street 1959/60 who later competed in many of the athletic events which are the subject of the occasion.
Tony Keogh said “ a DVD of parochial life at the time through the lens of Father Browne will be launched on the night and all proceeds will be donated to Milford Hospice where Father Browne spent the final weeks of his life.
Parteen GAA: Parteen Intermediate hurlers had a great win over Crusheen on Saturday last. Parteen GAA Club said, “Parteen were well on top at the break and led 2-06 to 0-05. Crusheen worked their way back in to the contest in the second half and scored four points on the trot. Parteen did stem the tide to go six up with ten minutes left. A goal soon afterwards for Crusheen put this game back in the melting pot. Parteen again responded and put five between the teams with time nearly up.A further free from Crusheen at the end left four points between the teams. The game finished on the scoreline 2-13 to 1-12.”
East Clare Gaels: U14 East Clare Gaels took on Doonbeg on Friday last in Parteen. East Clare Gaels showed great spirit throughout the match but were defeated on the scoreline Doonbeg 4-08, East Clare Gaels, 2-05.
Parteen St.Nicholas Lotto Draw: Lotto draw took place at Landscape Hse for a jackpot of €20,000. The numbers drawn were 23, 24 ,25 & 28.There was no overall winner.Lucky dip winneres were: Pat Phelan, Westbury; Jamie Lynch, C/O Meelick Tavern, Meelick; Maureen Greene, Ballyconnell; Chrissie Cosgrove, C/O Pat O’Connor Athlunkard; Carmel & Claire O’Connor, Athlunkard and Bobby O’Connell, Ballycar, Ardnacrusha .
Next weeks draw takes place on Monday 30th September at Daggers Bar Blackwater for a jackpot of €20,000.
Meelick GAA: Meelicks U8 hurlers showed a great display of skill and determination in Páirc Cnoc an Lisín on Saturday last, winning two out of three of their Go Games. Well done to all involved.