Apr 13

Helen Ambrose


Helen Ambrose

Adult Set Dancing Classes: Set dancing classes continue in the parish hall in Ballyhahill every Monday night at 8.30 p.m. Everybody welcome.

Adult Set Dancing Classes: Set dancing classes continue in the parish hall in Ballyhahill every Monday night at 8.30 p.m. Everybody welcome.

Sympathy: Sincere sympathy to Marie Griffin and family Flean, Ballyhahill on the death of her father last week. May his soul rest in peace.

The Clounleharde School Reunion: The Clounleharde School Reunion committee is giving one last chance to anybody who has not yet responded to the invitation to attend the reunion on June 29th. If names are not in by Friday 26th April they will not be included in the sit-down meal. The cost of the meal plus a marquee and sundry expenses comes to €20 per person. Naturally, anybody can come along on the night and meet up in the pub for the music and banter which is bound to follow. The members would like to get any photographs which were taken in the school please. All these will be displayed on the night. Thanks to those who have already submitted photos and monies.

A Fest is again launched on the White River: The fun and games commenced again last Wednesday evening at Gerald Griffins GAA clubhouse in Ballyhahill as the second instalment of the WHITE RIVER FEST was launched by the Bord na Nog of the club which takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend (May 3rd to 6th). Dozens attended the launch night which was rounded off with a lively session of music and refreshments at The Anglers Rest Bar, Loughill which gives an indication of the fun to be had at the upcoming festival.

“The buzz is electric, a great vibe from people who loved the festival last year and who impressed upon us to run another one this year” said Teresa Cregan Stack of the White River Fest team “ after last year being so full on we didn’t know how people would take to another fest but it has really caught on and we said we better make it even bigger and better this year”.

Indeed last years White River Fest saw the first festival in the Loughill-Ballyhahill area in over 30 years, something organiser Edel Buttery feels was needed in the area.. “When you have two small parishes joined as we are for so many things like GAA , music, schools, churches etc it’s great to have a festival to bring everybody out together in a social setting and give a sense of identity to the area. It is not as such a GAA event but an event held and organised by the local GAA to incorporate and involve all community groups and people.....it was a blast last year and we hope so again this year”.

Gary Thompson, another organiser says the event programme will see some of the same events as last year with some extras to cater for everyone...” We try to cater for everyones taste and you will notice many of our events are free to attend....for those nights where bands play etc the admission is reduced as are certain concessions to provide a more value for money experience and to involve all the family - we pride ourselves in our coaching of underage footballers here at Gerald Griffins and this weekend hopes to provide some revenue to keep doing so into the future”.

The fun and games will begin on Friday night May 3rd with The finals of the Darts Competition running, culminating in a grand finale at The Angler Rest Bar, Loughill; running at the same time at the White River Fest Marquee which will again be situated in the Gerald Griffins club grounds in Ballyhahill will be a Teen Dsco catering for secondary school goers...all youth groups/schools welcome.

Saturday May 4th will see a packed schedule all day beginning at 12 midday with an Art Expo at the Loughill Resource Centre running until 5pm.....The WRF HQ at the GAA grounds will see from 2pm to 5pm displays of exotic wildlife and fish with thanks to Limerick Animal Magic Wildlife Rescue running at the same time as the very popular Vintage/Classic Car, Tractor & motorbike rally...there will be a full bar and refreshments at the marquee at this event. As if that wasn’t enough there will be a Ceili Mor running from 3pm - 6pm at the Ballyhahill Parish Hall with music from the ever popular TAYLOR’S CROSS, admission €10.

Music lovers will then at the WRF marquee from 7-30pm onward have an opportunity to enjoy a WREN COMPETITION whereby 5 teams may enter, (team fee €100) for a winner takes all first prize of €500!!! The night will culminate with Limerick band THE HUMBUCKER FRESHMEN who will play the night away with a mixture of live Rock/Country/Trad Rock into the early hours. Full bar - Admission only €10.

Those with any energy left on Sunday the 5th can enjoy a sports/family fun day at the Gerald Griffins GAA grounds....the highlight of last years event with sheaf toss, tug-o-war, games, novelty games, races, BBQ, Ice-cream, stalls fun for all not least the rematch of the amusing and sartorially questionable over -35s White River Football Final....expect some eye-opening action at this one folks!!!!

Later that evening to settle all that dust the Barndance will be held at the WRF marquee from 9pm with well known Limerick rock group ESCAPADE supported by DJ CONOR MAC playing into the early hours...Full late bar - Admission €15.

Finally, to get the cultural balance right on the Bank Holiday Monday afternoon a number of local secondary schools will assemble from 1pm to 4pm to take part in a choral recital at Loughill Church. This will be a fitting musical end to what is hoped will be a great local festival where everyone, especially those returning for The Gathering are most welcome.

Information on the festival is available on Facebook (White River Fest) and anyone wishing to have stalls or trade the the events are asked to call 087-3584003 for details.

Bally Rovers: There was no winner of the €18,900 jackpot at the draw which took place at The Angler’s Rest in Loughill Wednesday night 3rd. April.

The numbers drawn were as follows: 13, 15, 21, 30: Lucky Dip Winners: €75 Denis Costello c/o John Lane; €30 Deirdre Kelly, Ballyhahill; €30 Noreen Allen, Shanagolden and €30 Eddie O’Shaughnessy, Ballyhahill.

10 Free Tickets: c/o Tom Riordan

Promoter’s Prize: John Lane.

The new jackpot is €19,000 and the draw was held at The Knockdown Arms Tuesday night last 9th. April

Gerald Griffin’s Lotto: There was no winner of the €4,800 jackpot at the draw which took place at The Angler’s Rest in Loughill Monday night last 8th. April.

The numbers drawn: 1, 17, 22, 24:

Lucky Dip Winners: €80 Margaret O’Sullivan, Athea; €35 Sharon McElligott, Mohernagh, Ballyhahill; €35 John Hogan, Glin and €20 Ita Mullane, Knockdown.

Promoter’s Prize: Con Ambrose.

The jackpot next week will be €4,900 and the draw will be held at Brown Joes in Athea Monday night next 15th. April.