ALL IRELAND SEMI FINAL: The very best of luck is extended to Gavin O’Mahoney, Graeme Mulcahy and Paudie O’Brien this coming Sunday as they join the rest of the Limerick Senior Hurling Team for the 2013 All Ireland Hurling Semi Final. Also the very best of luck goes to the Limerick Minor Team who will also contest their place into the All Ireland Final.
KILMALLOCK’S WALLED TOWN DAY: Saturday August 17
10am -1pm Blossom Gate, King’s Castle and the Museum open to public
11am-12.30pm Guided walk of town meeting at car-park behind King’s Castle
1.30pm Parade from car-park behind King’s Castle to Coláiste Iósaef
2pm Combat Display
2.3pm Kiddies Races
3pm Kiddies Battle
3.30pm Concert featuring Brenda Malloy and the Buttevant Singers
4.45pm Treasure Hunt
To get all the kids prepared there will be a workshop run at Friars Gate Theatre with Jane Howe on August 15 and 16 August on making a medieval costume.
Saturday kicks off with the opening of King’s Castle and Blossom Gate, both of these buildings are central to the town but are not always accessible. There is a wonderful view of the town to be had from both towers. They will open at 10am and stay open until 1pm. Kilmallock Historical Society will also open the Museum to visitors on Saturday morning. The town walk will start from the car-park behind King’s Castle at 11am. In a change from last year the parade will gather in the car-park and will set off for the field at 1.3pm promptly accompanied by the White Horse Living History Society. The re-enactors will give a combat display at 2pm and will be giving demonstrations throughout the afternoon on medieval life. On the field there will be lots of fun for the kids between races, a medieval battle, painting, parading and face painting. Jane Howe will be running a painting workshop on a medieval theme during the afternoon. This year we have added a musical treat with medieval harpist Brenda Malloy who will be joined by the Buttevant Singers. We are happy to say that the blacksmith Eric O’Neill who was a big hit last year will again be giving demonstrations and will be joined by Clare Jordan, potter and Pat Broderick, sugán maker who will both be showing their crafts. As well as other craft and food stalls we are joined by Animal Magic and the stilt walker. The Tug-of-War promises to be hotly contested this year with teams from local rugby and GAA clubs battling it out, so if you have a team come along and join the fun. The day finishes with the ever popular Treasure Hunt which challenges local knowledge, quick thinking and fast legs! Kilmallock Tourism Ltd acknowledges the support of the Irish Walled Towns Network, Ballyhoura LEADER and Limerick County Council.
KILMALLOCK PASTORAL & RESOURCE CENTRE: The Citizens Information Centre is open this Thursday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 10am and 2pm and on Friday from 10am to 1.30pm. Thursday August 15 is the Citizens Information Centre Legal Night between 8pm and 9pm. The Bridge Club continue to meet on Thursday August 15 between 7pm and 10.30pm and all are welcome to attend. On Saturday August 17 the Computer Software Classes continue from 11am 2pm, all welcome. For further details please contact the Pastoral & Resource Centre on 063-98131.
KILMALLOCK CYCLING CLUB: GIVING A LITTLE BACK – well done to club members Juliette O’Connell and Liam Hayes who ran a very successful fund raising day for the Limerick Regional Oncology Deptartment on Sunday last. A fantastic day was had by all the cyclists, runners and walkers along with their families so great credit is due to our two club members.
RÁS Cill Mocheallog – preparations are well under way for the resurrection of a road race in Kilmallock, it has been over 20 years since it was last held and the committee are very busy in the organisation stages. The routes are set and those along with all other information can can be found on our website.
CLUB SPINS - Our club spins continue every week with plenty cycles to choose from with our Sunday morning cycle that leaves the neodata car park at 9am with two groups and a beginner group to choose from with a prearranged speed and distance there is sure to be a group to suit you. Our Wednesday evening beginner group leaves the neodata car park at 7pm this is a leisurely cycle your speed is our speed this group is going from strength to strength with new faces turning up on a regular basis. We also have a Tuesday and Thursday group that leaves the neodata car park at 7pm these groups are for the stronger cyclists and is a much faster group over a longer distance. So why wait log onto our website www.kilmallockcyclingclub.com and get all our contact details there or just turn up to one of the spins and become part of our ever growing numbers.
FRIAR’S GATE THEATRE: Award Winning Comedy – Auditions, Zoe’s Auditions on Friday August 23, Friars’ Gate will host the crowd pleasing Auditions, Zoe’ Auditions written and performed by Suzanna Geraghty. This hilarious, touching tale of lovable Zoe, a back stage worker who dreams of landing an acting job. Her senile, over the hill agent sends her on assortment of inappropriate auditions ranging from “Riverdance” to “Spiderman, to being shot of cannon for a touring circus. As she get farther and farther from the job, Zoe just might be getting closer to herself. In 2012 Susannah was invited to return to New York to feature in the Encore Group of Most Outstanding show at the United Solo Theatre Fest. The show sold- out, received standing ovations and a Best Seller Rating. The show was also chosen to represent the best of Irish theatre at the first Irish Fest in New York, 2012. The show was also winner of the Audience Favorite Show selected from 77 shows from 11 countries. United Solo Theatre Fest –The biggest solo theatre fest in the world, New York , 2011. Don’t miss this comically uplifting, fun night out. www.friarsgate.ie/063-98727
SOUTHSIDE WHEELY WHEELERS: Another busy week for Southside Wheely Wheelers cycling club with training and supporting deserving charities near and far, giving a little back was a very apt theme for the week. Wednesday night training continued with two routes which gives the opportunity for everyone to chose and enjoy a cycle within a group that suits them with plenty banter and craic. Route one took in the familiar 3 hills of Glenanaar, Ballyshonak & Ballyorgan and back to Kilmallock while Route two was Ardpatrick, Kilfinnane, Garryspillane Cross, Knocklong ,Elton and home to Kilmallock. The large turnout consisted of Sean Burchill, Mathew Gammell, Brendan Houlihan, Dave Lyons, Jerry Ryan, Ciara Heffernan, Michelle Gammell, Ber Gammell, Simon Kelly, Owen Tobin, William McCarthy, Ann Marie McCarthy, Mark O’Shea, Paul Gammell, Gerry Reidy, Declan McCarthy, Robert Shanahan and Pat O’ Donnell.. SWW was represented on Saturday in Kilkee by Ger Finn for the 120 Km Ian’s Trust cycle which provides financial support to families of children who have acquired brain injury. Sunday morning, Simon Kelly, Stephen Hehir, Martin Lake and John Crowley completed the Youghal CC 130Km Vee Challenge in aid of Bru Columbanus House. Good preparation for the now not so very far away An Post Sean Kelly. Also on Sunday morning a large contingent of SWW’s left the car park in Kilmallock at the earlier time of 7:30 to travel to Herbertstown for “Giving a Little Back” to raise funds for Breast Cancer in Limerick Regional Hospital. Great credit to Juliette O’ Connor and Liam Hayes on an extremely well organised and enjoyable event. Out in support were Paul Gammell, Donnie Mulcahy, Michael Gammell, Edmund O’Reilly, Mathew Gammell, Stephen Finn, Brendan Houlihan, Mary McCarthy, Mike Sexton, Owen Tobin, Shane O’Brien, Paula Cleary, Ciara Heffernan, Michele Gammell, Ger Reidy, Pa Carey, Declan McCarthy, John Carey, Mark O’Shea, Ger O’Connell and Willie McCarthy. Gr Stephen Finn, Brendan Houlihan and Willie McCarthy felt they had more to give and ran in the 8k run after. You never know we could have an SWW duathlon team next year!
Another busy week ahead with our Training club cycles continuing on Wednesday at 6.30, Saturday morning at 9.30 and Sunday morning at 8.30.
The club would like to advise all cyclists for the Wednesday evening spin to dust down those lights and reflectors as the evenings are starting to close in.
Last chance to get a few miles in the legs before the Sean Kelly An Post in a few weeks.
Best of luck to the Limerick Hurlers on Sunday.
As always Be Safe, Be Seen.
LIMERICK WEST GIY: Limerick West GIY with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food goes on the road again and this month we will pay a visit to Chris Enright’s growing area in Morenane, Kilcornan on Thursday August 15 with meeting time for the garden tour for 7pm. Chris has a garden that is just over two years old and has both fruit and vegetable areas. Although it is mid season in his garden with many of the crops now being harvested for winter storage Chris grows all year round so there will always be some produce to view with cabbage, potato and different varieties of pumpkin among the many crops sown. This year he has sown a number of varieties of potato from Sharpe’s Express, the blight resistant Sarpo range and a midlands variety called Black Bog. A tasting session of these varieties among others will take place later in the evening. Chris is an organic grower and is always willing to share his knowledge. All are welcome and as with all GIY meetings there is no charge to join in. If you plan to attend and need directions please text your name to Chris on 0879918956.
CLIONA’S FOUNDATION: Cliona’s Foundation Cycle, now in its sixth year will take place on Saturday August 31 leaving from the Honeyfitz Theatre, Lough Gur. With three routes this year including an 8km for family and funsters (fee €25.00), the organisers have appealed to experienced cyclists with a challenging 90km route (fee €30.00) and a less arduous 40km route (€30.00) for leisure cyclists. Following the cycle there’s a BBQ, face painting, music and bouncy castle to keep the entire family entertained. Registration online at www.eventmaster.ie. Sponsorship cards available from Cliona’s Foundation 087 - 188 7700. Pencil the date into your diary !