Soccer AGM: On Thursday last, May 30, the AGM of Caherconlish AFC was held in the Millennium Centre. Elected for season 2013 – 14 were President, Willie Hannigan, Chairman Liam O’Brien Sen. Vice Chairman Sean Bourke, Secretary Liam O’Brien Jun, Treasurer Niall Rainsford, Assistant Treasurer Sarah O’Brien, Assistant Secretary Aisling Crofton, and PRO Timmy Ryan. Club President Willie Hannigan is in his fifteenth year as President and hopes that the club will have a good year ahead.
200 Club Draw:- The second monthly Soccer 200 Club Draw took place at Uncle Tom’s Bar, Lombardstown on Ist Prize, Barry and Jacinta O’Donnell, 2nd Ber ands Ger Daly, 3rd Seanie Kiely, 4th Nora Flannery, 5th Noel Corbett, House Draw Seanie Kiely. The club were well looked after by Donald and Mairead Reardon and for that they thank them sincerely.
Caherline Hurling Win: Well done to Caherline Intermediate Hurlers who beat Pallasgreen in the East Final on a score of 1gl 16pts to 15pts. The match was played at the well-appointed Ballybricken Bohermore Grounds at Caherelly
Steeple Lighting: Word has been received that the lighting that floodlights the iconic Steeple of Caherconlish will be put back in working order by the County Council. A representative of the Council and a member of Airtricity staff were to see for themselves this week what can be done immediately. It is learned that the lights were vandalised recently. The only comment that can be made on that is that the perpetrators have to feed their infantile egos with some form of thrill. They will be caught some time for their nocturnal activities.
SUMMER CAMP: This year’s Summer Camp will take place 8th to 12th of July in the GAA Field. Club Summer Camp Coordinator is John Hickey. Registration forms will be handed out to the schools in the coming weeks or you can register on Line www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie Attendance is open to primary school children aged 6 years to 13 years. Cost is €55 for 1st child; €45 for 2nd child; €40 for 3rd and subsequent children.
Scoop the Poop Signage: Dog poop signage is installed in a number of locations in Caherconlish. In the newer estates, Ceol na hAbhainn has two signs, Cois Rioga has one and Oakley Lawn has one. This leaves the village streets, Castlepark, Hillview Estate, Beechview Gardens, Barrack Close, the School area, The Old Cemetery, New Cemetery, Goonans Way, the main Square and the Church Square without signage at present. Some of the sign recipient estates are not as yet taken over for road or other maintence by the public authority.
Direction Sign Disagreement: ‘They have got it all wrong’ so says Gerard Walsh of Clashbane whose family connection with this district goes back a long time. He was referring to the recently installed signage for Caherline at Lombardstown junction and the Proctors Cross. His objection or disagreement isn’t with the placement of the signs themselves rather it is with the Gaelic version of the place on them. The signs are emblazoned with the name Cathair Fhlainn which Gerard definitely does not wear, one whit. It has a totally different meaning according to the knowledgeable Clashbane resident and this correspondent agrees with him one hundred per cent. The new signs translates Flanns homestead and a version Cathair Floinn first appeared on the Ordnance Survey letters of 1839/40. It fitted the bill for mapping and surveying purposes at the time for nowhere is it recorded as Cathair Fhlainn or Floinn before that. The famous local builder of the earlier 20th century, John Reardon from Caherline , had his truck door imprinted with the signage Seaghan O Riordain Cathair Laighin, which is the accepted local version of the name. This form appears as the state official name for the national school, election material and the local hurling club. There is still though one more and probably correct Gaelic version that of Cathair Lin meaning the Stone Fort of the Flax and that would seem to be plausible owing to the presence of the remains of a fort nearly a mile distant on the banks of the Groody River. All the Flanns that Gerard knew were in Killaloe and the Banner. So Gerard has to be thanked for raising this observation –the sign writer will be busy again.
Whither Ballybrood ?: Seeing that there is a lot of money doing the rounds for signs maybe a couple could be pressed for the ancient centre that is Ballybrood. It seems to have lost it importance in Local Government agencies/offices and ordnance survey offices. Up to recent decades it was recognised on the country’s maps. This correspondent’s maternal family hailed from there, right smack in the same plot as the present day Catholic Church. It was also a postal district up to the early 1960’s and is a civil parish. Let’s have Ballybrood recognised properly; after all it is a primary historical entity. To potential signwriters it is Baile Bhruid in Gaelic.
Annual Collection: Caherconlish GAA club held their annual church gate collection after all Masses on Saturday and Sunday last. The club got good support and for this it is extremely grateful. Your generosity is appreciated for the good of sport amongst the youth. Go raibh mile maith agaibh go leir.
Green Grows the Grass: A couple of weeks ago the country was on its knees for want of grass fodder. Fourteen days or so on and the Square of Caherconlish is looking akin to an Amazon jungle such is the lack of grass cutting maintenance. On questioning a few in the know villagers about the lack of a public cut at that locus, the information poured forth that there was a hair-cut budget this year and that the locus –the primary focal point in the village- was not on the list of the hired contractors. And to make matters worse property owners will have to pay for not having this grass cut in taxes anon.
Caherconlish GAA Football Club : Training continues in the GAA field next Tuesday evening 6-00 to 7-00 for U8, U10, and U12. Please remember to bring you gum shields. All underage players are required to wear a GUM SHIELD this year at all times whether it be training or a blitz or a match so parents are requested to make sure that the gum shield is in the gearbag.
U14 play their second match of the season play this Wednesday at Beary’s Cross against Murroe Boher. U6 Football training this Friday evening after hurling.