Coolrus Xmas Lights : The Coolrus, Granagh, residents of Joe, Bernie Carroll, is once again open to the public to enjoy the Disney Land/ Christmas scenes, and lights exhibition. This year’s display is bigger and better than ever, with over a hundred extra new spotlights, new fountain water features, ect. Santa Clause will arrive on the 8th of December for a big party night with all the children. The proceeds of this year’s Christmas lights and Disney Land display will be shared between St. Joseph’s Foundation, Charleville and Pieta House, Mungret, Limerick.
Local Horseman Admired: Charles Byrnes, our most successful horse trainer ever in the locality, was congratulated for his continued outstanding achievements at various meetings in the recent weeks. Local racing followers who remember the loyal trainer’s relatively humble beginnings are amazed and delighted to see Charles Byrnes reach the pinnacle of the horse racing scene. We are also very proud of the brilliant jockey Billy Lee, Granagh, and like our famous horseman of the past and present , Billy’s expert judgement has to be admired and in tight finishes can produce that tough of magic.
Both Charles and Billy have earned their top racing fame through hard work and dedication to their respective involvements/ contributions to racing.
Xmas Carols for Charity: On Sunday December 8 at 5pm at the Church of Immaculate Conception, Ballingarry, 3 combined parishes’ choirs will perform for the combined charity/worthy causes i.e. St. Vincent de Paul and Granagh/Ballingarry G.A.A. Club.
Admition £10 and underage £5, tickets are available locally in Granagh and Ballingarry. For further detail call 087 6646281.
Parish Soccer Club: Granagh United continue to lead in Div. 1 and 5 U/10 age group and U/12 Div. 2. In the Desmond Schoolboy/ girl’s league while our youth’s team are sharing 2nd place and only 2 points off the leaders, the Junior panel (adults) are making a brave fight back after losing 3 points in giving a walk over a few weeks ago, are six points off the lead.
Happy Birthday: Christina Meany, Athlacca, celebrates her 90th birthday this week at the Beech Lodge Nursing Home, Bruree. Christina is a well-known performer/promoter of Irish entertainment, and at the present time shows a unique interest in music, song, dance and story. In her active working career she was secretary to the famous Dr. Quaine, Bruree, along with tutoring her 3 daughters to Fleadh Cheoil fame. We join with her family and friends in wishing Christina a very happy 90th birthday.
Munster College Success: Charleville C.B.S U/16 ½ Hurlers captured the Munster Colleges title with a 3-10 to 0-12 against Causeway College last week at Rathkeale. Local hurler/footballer/soccer enthusiast Edward Sheehy, once again showed his all-round sports skills, as a prominent member of the successful Charleville C.B.S team. Congratulations to Edward on his latest hurling success.
Another Well Invitation: Local musicians/singers/storytellers/dancers (solo) ect are sure of a hearty welcome to and Irish style “rambling house” in Patrickswell on this Friday night December 6 at 8:30 pm. The non-profiting session is at the request of local accordionist John Hayes and business man Jer Kilcoyne, who in turn has invited Granagh musician/singer/promoter John O’ Riordan to do M.C on the night.
At the time of writing, a great variety of performers have expressed their intention to be part of the free admission traditional promotion. Of course we would appreciate also loal and visiting audience support as the Patrickswell venue “The Dark Horse” can accommodate a very large crowd. A typical cead mile failte is assured to all.
Sympathy: Deepest of the parishioners and clergy is extended to all the Houlihan families in Stylepark, and Kilatal Granagh, on the death of very Rev. Fr. Liam Houlihan, R.I.P. Kilatal, Granagh, who was serving his priesthood duties in England for many decades with great distinction.
The late Fr. Houlihan, R.I.P. was very popular with the whole community, and his regular visits to his family in Granagh was always looked forward to, And his ever gentle approach held him in the highest esteem with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.
May he rest in peace.