Tom Walsh Memorial Race and Walk: The heavy downpours of rain and the swirling and freezing winds threatened to put a damper on the3rd Annual Tom Walsh Memorial Road Races and Walk on Sunday afternoon last at Caherconlish. A cursory eye towards the weather-vaned fish on top of the old steeple to check what extra was in store for the competitors didn’t reveal any promise of a lessening in the elements. The organising committee, however, decided to postpone the start for a half hour in trust that an opportune window would open up and favourable conditions would ensue to launch the start of the day’s events. On the road outside the Millennium Centre which performed the task of sheltering the large groupings of walkers and athletes, a few hardy runners, men and women, flexed their leg muscles in the prerace warm-up. The rain soaked running gear must have added a kilo or two to their body weight. The decision of the race organisers held good and prayers being answered the rain halted for a while and the 10K race eventually started followed immediately by the walk. Last year’s winner, Sean Hehir, Rathfarnham AC Dublin led the large field off from the start line at Boskill Cross. Sean, a native of Kilkishen, Co Clare became the first Irishman in twenty years since John Treacy to win the Dublin City Marathon in 2013. Prior to the race he commented that he wasn’t in his best form yet since his last race. He did not disappoint on this occasion either at Caherconlish when he finished first in a time of 31 mins, which was twenty seconds slower than last year. Bur it must be conceded that the conditions for running were much poorer this year. He was followed by runner up Julio Cesar with Paul Fitzgerald of Limerick AC in third position in the senior race. Eamon Balfry was the first local man home finishing a creditable seventeenth. Orla Drum was the first lady home in the Senior Ladies. After the race all were served up hot food and refreshments in the Millennium Centre where once again their staff was excellent. The late Tom Walsh’s niece Maisie Williams made the presentations to the winners. Once again the Caherconlish/Caherline Community Games Committee who are the organisers of the Memorial Races had everything down to a tee and the heartiest of congratulations can be given to one, all and sundry.
Groody: The heavy rainfalls in the past week have swollen the Groody River so much so that it’s in torrents gushing through Caherconlish itself. It’s a long time since white water has been seen in this area but that in a way is good for the river especially in its village basin. It has flushed and cleared away much of the debris that has been deposited up stream. The only disadvantage is that when the river waters drop again there will be left behind that rubbish that did not get through in the first surge of water.
Clearing Works: Staff of Limerick County Council cleared up silted pipework that had resulted in road flooding near the Square. In freeing up the blockage, they also done a fine job of clearing up building rubble that had been deposited there during works on a nearby property. The bank is restored much like it was before and that will enhance the general wellbeing of the bridge location.
Rubbish Dumping Survey: An impromptu survey in connection with the spate of domestic rubbish dumping was undertaken earlier this week by a number of local people following on last week’s report in this column. They reported that the problem is a lot greater than what can be physically seen. Upwards of twenty bags of domestic rubbish were located in fields, just inside and under hedgerows. Some of these were concealed in such a manner that one would have to look carefully in order to locate them. The conclusion arrived at by the locators is that some of this rubbish could not have been dumped in a hasty manner, thereby possibly eliminating a fly-by drop from persons farther afield. In particular, the west side environs of the village and district seem to experience the greatest amount of dumping with a large number of locations selected by the dumper/dumpers.
Wednesday Club: This Wednesday 15th January the Wednesday Club will have celebrating its 10th anniversary following Mass in the Millennium Centre at 1.00 pm for all deceased members of the Club. The club is a very much large part of the weekly calendar of events within the locality during the week.
Soccer: Caherconlish A team suffered a setback in their quest for points in Division 1A after losing 3 2 at home to Newport. It was a disappointing result all round for the team. Scoring for Caherconlish were Andrew Brennan and Arron Power. The team position in the league table shows them in second last place with 8 points collected. Things will definitely have to improve in order to hold onto to the Div 1A status. The B team had a very off day suffering a big defeat on Sunday afternoon. Aaron Carroll was the scorer of Caherconlish’s only score in a 6gls to 1 defeat. Caherconlish were well beaten in the their own divisional cup competition. Come on Caherconlish and give us a lift up.
New Craft and Social Club Starts: A new craft and social club will meet each week in the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish, beginning on Monday next January 20, at 10.00 a.m. Anybody interested in crafts (patchwork, general sewing etc.) is welcome to come along. Tea and chat will be provided.