END OF AN ERA: Allied Irish Bank closes itâ€™s doors permanently this Friday 12 April. While the courtesy of the staff is applauded it cannot detract from the shock, anger and frustration of what the closure will mean to Hospital and the wider catchment area it has served.
A Banking service began in Hospital with a Munster Bank in the late 1860â€™s to 1885 when it went bust. It was taken over by Munster and Leinster 22 August 1966, then joined the Provincial and Royal Bank Which formed the AIB.
The many determined efforts by the community to keep the Bank open fell on deaf ears and its loss remains a very sore point.
TIDY TOWNS: The annual Spring clean-up is set for 13 April, meeting at the community hall at 9.30pm. Volunteers are called for to help where needed. If possible bring brushes and any wheelbarrows available will be a great help. Refreshments will be available after the clean up. Letâ€™s all show our community spirit and come along and help out.
Also Tidy Towns church gate collection will be held the weekend of 20/21st April. Your support would be appreciated.
Death: We remember Oscar Canty, Gotoon, who died last week, the last member of his family and a native of Hospital he was in his 87th year. He is survived by his sons Eamon and Gerald, daughters-in-law, nieces and nephews, other relatives.
TEA DANCE: To be held in Caherconlish Millennium Centre on 14 April from 3 â€“ 6pm. Music by Johnny Mac and light refreshments, all welcome.
Also in the Centre on Wednesday April 17 from 9 to midnight Caherconlish Seisiun Group, free entrance, come along and bring a friend, all welcome. Light refreshments.
GAA: In the South Senior Hurling championship HH were defeated by Bruree on a score of 3-12 to 0-9. After a poor first half showing they rallied somewhat in the second half to put some scores on the board. Things didnâ€™t get any easier when they met Murroe/Boher in the ACHL. A much improved performance saw them match their opponents for long parts of the game but in the end they lost out on a score of 2-16 to 2-10. Attention turned to the big ball this week with Bruff in the South championship on Wednesday 10th. While in the ACHL they take on Oola this Saturday at home at 7pm.
The clothes truck is coming Saturday next at 5.30pm, if anyone has any outstanding clothes or books (not school books) or phones, please support.
BORD NA NOG: Congratulations to the U12 hurling team who travelled to Croke Park last Tuesday to play three matches, they left a 9pm with a bus full of supporters and dined in Portlaoise on the way up and on the way home. They played Tralee Parnells, which ended in a draw, had a win against Sean Treacy of Tipperary and lost to Ballyduff of Waterford. They gave some great displays and represented the club brilliantly both on and off the field at GAA headquarters. All returned in great spirits after their long day at 10pm and hopefully weâ€™ll see them playing there again one day, maybe for club or County. The team was: S.Connaughton, J.Gleeson, S.Whelan, M.Howard, J.Leddin, J.Leonard, T.Ryan, J.Baggott, S.Oâ€™Brien, K.Oâ€™Shea, M.Durcan, K.Real, S.Ryan, E.OCallaghan, D.Hartnett, L/Ryan, L/Kelly, A.Boyle, M.Leddin, S.Sheehan, W.Power, D.Oâ€™Connor, coaches, G.Ryan, G.Oâ€™Callaghan, D.Reale, I.Ryan, and maoireuice were E.Wheelan, and S.Oâ€™Shea. Some photos of the day are on the Facebook page.
U6, 8 and 10 training in the GAA field Thursday from 6 â€“ 7, all welcome especially new players. 12 training on Saturday at 11.30 to 12.30. U 14 training Tuesday 6.30 to 7.30pm and U16s on Friday 5 â€“ 6pm. The club has helmets, hurleys and gum shields for sale for all ages at reduced prices.
Bord na nOg cake sale is on April 28 in the clubhouse after 11 Mass. If all the U14 players parents, if possible, could help out and also any parents of other teams in the club, they would be very grateful.