Afternoon Tea Dance: The first ever Afternoon Tea dance will be held in the Millennium Centre on this Sunday April 14. All going well the organisers are hoping to have it established as a regular monthly event throughout the summer period. It will be of three hours duration from 3pm to 6pm and refreshments will be served during it. Johnny Mac will provide the music and admission is set at a very affordable â‚¬5. The funds collected with go to the running of the centre. Bring a friend. All are welcome.
Graveyard Extension: Last week, following a Castleconnell Electoral Area meeting of Councillors, plans were revealed for an extension of the new cemetery adjacent to Caherconlish Church. The Area Councillors voted unanimously to proceed with the plan. In all, an extra 232 plots are planned for the proposed new extension into the neighbouring Oâ€™Connell land. The plan will now go forward to the planning stages and following this it is envisaged that works will start on merging the two properties. This is good news for the parish and wider district as for some time now it has been well publicised and highlighted that only one or two grave spaces were on hand in the present cemetery. The present cemetery lies in east to west alignment as in keeping with the ancient Christian custom of facing the Holy Land. It is unclear if the same alignment is planned for the new extension.
Seisiun: The Caherconlish-Caherline Seisiun Group will hold their monthly session in the Millennium Centre on Wednesday April 17 next. The last monthly session held during the St Patrickâ€™s Week Festivities was a most enjoyable affair and this April one promises to be equally as entertaining. Light refreshments are served during the break. Come along and enjoy the sing song, music and the craic.
Soccer: Caherconlish A team played host to Dromore Celtic on Sunday morning last. The game ended in a scoreless draw in what was a quiet affair with neither side able to gain the advantage. At this stage of the season Caherconlish are placed in mid table in their Division 1A.
The B team played away to Parkville also on Sunday morning and picked up an important three points. Damien Ryan gave Caherconlish the lead only for Parkville to level after the break. Daniel Reddan had the last word with a well taken goal to seal the win for the Lish.
The club 200 draw tickets are available to buy from any club member. Your support is very much welcomed.
Sympathy: Sympathy has been tendered to John Flavin. Eileen and family, Caherconlish on the death earlier this week of his brother Michael, formerly of Skule (Fedamore) and who resided in Limerick City for a long number of years. May he rest in peace.
Sympathy is also tendered to the Nicholas family, Annacotty, on the passing of their mother Mary a few days short of her 91st birthday. The late Mary was a regular visitor to the Nicholas homestead in Caherconlish over the years past. She was a very lovely lady. May she rest in peace.
Year of Faith Pilgrimage: Pilgrimage to Medjugorje, from September 14 to 21. Departing from Shannon. Half Board accommodation â‚¬689 includes airport transfers, taxes and spiritual guide. Accommodation 2 minutes from church. Contact John Oâ€™Brien 061-380614.
Water Works: Work has commenced on the installation of a new water line at High Street by Earth Work Profiling, a County Limerick contractor. The works involve the laying of approx 200m of 6â€ main and some crossings for the individual house connection and installation of boundary boxes at each domestic connection. Upon completion of the pipeline the concrete paths and roads will be reinstated. The works will take approximately four weeks. Letters were dropped to all homes and businesses that are directly affected by the works on High Street. This section of High Street has experienced a large number of leakages in the past. The new line connects to the line that was installed from Ballyneety to Upper High Street some years ago. High Street accordingly will be the first location to be metered. Disruption of traffic and street use is being kept to a minimum.
Liam Lawton Concert -The Shamrock Revisited: It will be the case of the Shamrock revisited on Sunday April 21 when a concert will be held in Caherconlish Church to help raise parish funds. It is half a century since the last concert or public entertainment event took place in the building. At that time 1963, the building was known as the Shamrock Ballroom, a community development led by the late Fr Tom Hayes. The Shamrock was to quote its foreman, the late Jack Reardon, as the only building to be planned as a Theatre, opened as a Ballroom and finish up a Church. It gained an unworthy appendage as being a white elephant at that time but the late Jack reminded us that whereby other Ballroom of Romances came to an end, the Shamrock still filled its aisles with people. It served its purpose. So on April 21 next the aisles will once again be filled in enjoyment of Fr Liam Lawtonâ€™s arrival here as he performs in Concert at Our Lady Mother of the Church, Caherconlish. He will be joined by our local Adult and Youth Choirs under the direction of Valerie Walsh. For the past 20 years Fr. Liam has been composing sacred and inspirational music, which has become a repertoire for Choirs and Artists throughout the world. To date he has recorded 14 collections with a number achieving platinum status. Most recently Fr. Liam has composed the Glendalough Mass, an Irish Mass celebrating the life of St. Brigid. Fr. Liam has performed in venues including the Vatican, Carnegie Hall, the White House and the Eucharist Congress held in Dublin. His song Cloudâ€™s Veil was adopted as an anthem across New York and America following 9/11, and is performed at events associated with the Twin Towers tragedy. Tickets cost â‚¬20 and will be sold door to door in the coming days. Tickets are also available at Caherconlish Post Office or from Fr. Roy (087)2225150, and others. Doors open at 7pm. Concert starts 8pm sharp. Full support is appreciated.
Community and Sports Centre Refurbishment: A major refurbishment of the Millennium Centre is about to start shortly. It is hoped to keep to a minimum any disruption that may arise during the works. It is endeavoured to honour all bookings. Due to the nature of some work the centre will have to close for a short period at the end of summer. This is to be flagged well in advance. The centre opened at Halloween in 1999. On the last day of the old millennium and the eve of the new one it was named The Millennium Centre. It has gone from strength to strength over the last dozen years serving not alone this community but the adjacent communities as well.
Community Alert: The installation of Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms to all household is most essential to assist personal safety in the home. These are widely available in most hardware and DIY shops and are easily fitted. They are relatively cheap. It is recommended that at least two smoke alarms should be fitted in a home. If you have these alarms fitted already make sure they are in working order. Do a simple test today to see if they work. If you are unable by way of an infirmity to test them have a trusted neighbour help you.
Garda Advise: Report any unusual activity in your area to the local Gardai. Never leave valuables or personal items in open view in your parked cars. Security cameras should be checked to see if they are in working order.
Summer Hosting: Jane Oâ€™Regan (www.tyeurope.com) who is Director of a Language Company for teenagers based in Dromin, is looking for nice responsible families to host French, Spanish and German teenagers during the summer months. If there is anybody in the Caherconlish district and/or wider area interested in hosting these teenagers during the summer holidays, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Graveyard Clean-up: The second day of cleaning up the new Cemetery at Caherconlish took place on Saturday morning last. A fine job of work was done by those who volunteered their services. Walls and paths were cleaned up of moss and ivy. All plots were cleared on grass and weeds. Great credit is due to all who gave freely of their services. It is in the best condition since it opened in 1977. A follow up is being planned to keep it in good order. Fr Roy Donavan thanked everyone involved at Sunday Mass last.
Weather Vane: The recent spell of cold arid weather hasnâ€™t done the land or that upon it any favours presently. Grass growth is non-existent and farmers are reporting depleted stock of fodder for their animals with one intensive dairy farmer having to buy in from adjacent counties. In places the grass is a sickly looking brown colour. Gardeners patiently await a softening of the weather before chancing the bending of their backs. The salmon weather vane on top of Caherconlish steeple sat motionless facing the south east for the past month with only one turn on Friday last to reveal a hint of spring. But by Sunday last the fish was back facing Waterford again. The old men of the village were never far wrong when it came to weather forecasting and when the vane stuck to the east they would always say that it was a bad point. Beware of Old March was the word.
Caherconlish GAA: Will be continuing with our OLD CLOTHES and MOBLIE PHONES COLLECTION this year which is a very successfully fundraiser for the club. We will be holding our next COLLECTION on Saturday April 20 so please put those throwaways to one side and support our fundraiser in April. If you have not got the storage room we will gladly take them off your hands at any time, please see the list of club officers below who would be glad to assist you. Kevin Prendergast. John Purcell. â€“ Pat Hourigan. Robert McNamara. John Mulcaire. Pat McGrath. Leyton Donavan. Donal Whelan. Phil Oâ€™Dea. John Carroll, Pat Vaughan, Liam Coleman, Derek Casey, James Spence