Community Alert: A meeting will be held in the Millennium Centre on Thursday February 28 with a view to forming a working committee to take Caherconlish Community Alert forward into a new phase of usefulness. Tom Piggott and Pat Vaughan have been running Community Alert for the last 24 years and deserve our gratitude for their work, now it is up to all of us to take responsibility for looking after the more vulnerable members of the community and each other. It would be great if all the townslands and all the voluntary organisations in the parish could be represented at the next meeting. We should not wait for something bad to happen before putting an active, useful and fully representative Community Alert group in place. Please make an effort to come to the Millennium Centre on Thursday February 28 at 8.00p.m. Over the past decade there has been considerable swelling of the population in this area due to large scale housing development. In that time too there has been large changes in society none more so than in the social side of things. Through modern day law acts and the work of caring organisations, the bar has been raised regarding personal safety standards. But equally, it has been lowered by criminal elements that require constant monitoring by communities united together. Be alert, be together to minimise the all too frequent attacks on vulnerable groups. This is the age of cutbacks in society, in particular in law enforcement. The criminal element never have to face a cutback, rather they fodder on weakness and vulnerability. There are a thousand more people extra in this community area than when community alert was formed a quarter of a century ago here. It is time for all to be concerned. There has to be interest and input from the newer developments and hopefully this call on you will encourage you to come along to the meeting above mentioned.
Caherconlish GAA Football Club: Caherconlish GAA is looking forward to the year ahead and hopefully it will be another successful year for the club. For this to be possible all need to work together , club officials, parents, players, and get the parish to row in behind us. The club which caters for Gaelic Football especially welcomes new members, and in particular those who want to help in the running of the club whether it is as a coach or helping out with the underage teams or as a fundraiser. Membership is now due for the year ahead and this is important so that the players can be registered and be covered by insurance for the year ahead. There is no increase in membership fees and it is kept the same as for the previous year - 10 euro per child, 20 euro for 2 or more children, and 20 euro for adult membership. It can be paid to any of the committee members which are listed below. The U 16’s will be notified in the coming week as to start of training which is expected before end of March. They will be continuing with our OLD CLOTHES and MOBLIE PHONE COLLECTION this year which is a very successful fundraiser for the club. The next clothes collection will be in April so please put those throwaways to one side and support the fundraiser in April. If you have not got the storage room the committee will gladly take them off your hands at any time. Please see the list of club officers following who would be glad to assist you. Kevin Prendergast. John Purcell. – Pat Hourigan. Robert McNamara. John Mulcaire. Pat McGrath. Leyton Donavan, Donal Whelan. Phil O’Dea. John Carroll, Pat Vaughan, Liam Coleman, Derek Casey and James Spence.
Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association 5K Walk: Our neighbouring community of Pallasgreen have come together to fundraise for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. This is in the form of a 5km Walk that is arranged for this Saturday February 23. This walk is hoping to raise much needed funds for the research and wonderful care carried out by the I.M.N.D.A. The walk commences at 2pm from the Pallasgreen Community Centre and takes a scenic route returning to the Centre where refreshments will be served. Our friends in Pallasgreen invite everyone to come along and support this very worthy cause especially from the surrounding east Limerick Communities. Motor Neurone Disease is presently incurable and it only through people support in fundraising that research to find a cure can be carried out. On the day the I.M.N.D.A. will have a stand set up at Pallas Community Centre in order to provide information about the organisation and the services proved including home visiting by an M.N.D. dedicated nurse, financial assistance towards home care help & provision of specialist medical equipment and appliances on loan free gratis to clients. Also support of research into the causes and treatment of the disease
The Witness: A musical by Carol & Jimmy Owens. The Witness is the story of Jesus, told and sung by Peter and the other men and women who knew the Master best. Featuring a great cast and coordinated by Fr. Terry Loughran. “The Witness” a musical, will be presented by the Diocese of Limerick, in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March at 8pm. This production which is being staged just before Easter is an ideal opportunity for parishes, youth groups, as well as individuals to participate in a meaningful and relevant way in the Year of Faith and to enter into the spirit of the season of preparation for the events of Holy Week. Young people would particularly enjoy this Musical. You can book your tickets at the Lime Tree Box Office Tel 061-774774 or www.limetreetheatre.ie at €15 each. Ballyhoura Local Office
Notice: Beginners Course-Mobile IT, Bruree are running a beginners course in conjunction with the Ballyfermot IT Centre titled “Benefit 3”. Information can be had at the local office at High Street, Caherconlish.
The Elvis Experience: Mark Saturday March 2 in your diary and keep it free for the Elvis Experience in the Millennium Centre. This event is a fund raiser to help finance our contribution for the refurbishment of the Millennium Centre. You can sit and listen or dance in your blue suede shoes. Admission is just €5.00; tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door on the night.