Mar 30

Donal O’Shea 087-678

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Donal O’Shea 087-678

New War of Independence monument to be unveiled at Blackwater on Easter Sunday: A new monument commemorating Cecil and Aidan O’Donovan, two young boys killed during the War of Independence, will be unveiled in Parteen on Easter Sunday. On February 20th 1921 the pair left their home in Thomondgate, Limerick and set out with their brother Thomas, and their first cousin Brendan to search for birds nests at Blackwater Mill, Parteen. Shortly after arriving at the mill they were spotted by some person, who mistook their presence for that of IRA men on a training exercise. This person reported their presence to the British Military and a raid involving British soldiers and Black and Tans was organised.

New War of Independence monument to be unveiled at Blackwater on Easter Sunday: A new monument commemorating Cecil and Aidan O’Donovan, two young boys killed during the War of Independence, will be unveiled in Parteen on Easter Sunday. On February 20th 1921 the pair left their home in Thomondgate, Limerick and set out with their brother Thomas, and their first cousin Brendan to search for birds nests at Blackwater Mill, Parteen. Shortly after arriving at the mill they were spotted by some person, who mistook their presence for that of IRA men on a training exercise. This person reported their presence to the British Military and a raid involving British soldiers and Black and Tans was organised.

At 1.30 p.m. a party of Black and Tans arrived at Blackwater and, without warning, opened fire upon the O’Donovans. Cecil and Aidan O’Donovan were both killed instantly before an officer intervened to stop the shooting. The deaths of Cecil and Aidan O’Donovan reflected the terror and danger that lurked in Ireland in 1921 when totally innocent civilians could be shot down without warning as they went about their normal lives.

On Easter Sunday a new memorial will be unveiled marking the spot where the O’Donovan brothers were killed. The event is being organised by the Meelick-Parteen and Cratloe Commemoration Committee a non-political group who have previously erected a number of other memorials in the area. The Committee’s ceremonies will begin at 1pm with the annual wreath laying ceremony at the Republican plot in Meelick Churchyard. Following this the monument to the O’Donovan brothers will be unveiled close to McMahon’s Pub at Blackwater, Parteen. The oration will be given by Limerick historian, Tom Toomey. The Committee has also published a commemorative booklet about the O’Donovan brothers which will be on sale at the event. Further details are available from Johnny White 0876341039, Pat McDonagh 0862591618 or Cathal Crowe 0871368882

Recent death: The death has occurred of Kevin Murphy of Kenyon Avenue, Kileely, Limerick Late painter at St. Joseph’s Hospital and late member of Ardnacrusha Pitch and Putt Club. Deeply regretted by his wife Mary, sons Paddy, Kevin and David, daughters Margaret, Ann and Marion, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law and sisters Helen, Kathleen and Teresa.

Parteen Championship Intermediate Draw 2013: Parteen drew Group 3 in the Championship Intermediate Draw. Group 3 includes the following teams: Parteen, Feakle, Ogonnolloe and Crusheen.

Come Dine with me- Season two: Well done to Mark Allen on winning last week and Mary from the Daggers on their great entries. This week will see Colman Fox and Ben Costello go head to head.

Parteen St. Nicholas Lotto Draw: The Lotto draw took place at Meelick Tavern on Sunday 24th March . The numbers drawn were: 09, 21, 23 & 25. There was no overall winner. Lucky dip winners: Rosemary O’Doherty, Lackyle Ardnacrusha; Martin & Ann Ryan, Moorings, Westbury; Caroline McDonagh, Keelgrove, Ardnacrusha; Keith Williams, c\o Meelick Tavern; Mary White, Redgate, Meelick and Treasa Crawford, Coolmeala, Ardnacrusha.

Next weeks draw takes place at Flash’s bar on Monday 1st April. Thank you for your continued support.