CASTLE FOR SALE: Castle Oliver, the majestic red sandstone building near Ardpatrick is presently on the market, the asking price is 2.95 million, the present owners Declan and Emma Cormac bought the castle in 2006. Over the years the family have refurbished a vast area of the building on all floors. It enjoys a thriving wedding reception business with guest availing of 14 bedrooms decorated in a period style.
Most of the estate lands were sold off many years ago to local people, so that the land area now is 15 acres (six hectares). Most of that area comprises terraced lawns, woodland pathways and a winding driveway.
The 30,000 sq.ft castle built in the Scottish Baronial style is set in a most beautiful part of county Limerick, with commanding views of Glenosheen and the Ballyhoura mountains.
Over the years the present owners were very generous to the local community, putting the castle at the disposal of organisations for guided tours and sponsorship of events.
BAG PACK: Ardpatrick National School will be involved in a Bag Pack at Super Value, Charleville on this Friday, February 22. Volunteers will be on duty from 10am to 6pm. Support would be greatly appreciated.
COLLECTION: The church gate collection taken up last weekend amounted to €222.00.
NATURE WATCH: On Sunday last it was interesting to find a little Egret in the Bohernagore area of Ardpatrick. Local people reported the bird in the area again last year, also on Sunday. I discovered another one near Griston Bog in Ballylanders, the bird is white, looks like a Heron but much smaller in size. With the loss of so many species from our fields it is a pleasant surprise to discover a new species.
The Limerick Branch of Birdwatch Ireland will have an outing to the Ballyhoura on this Saturday, February 23. Meet outside the Community Centre, Ardpatrick at 10am. It is hoped to find Crossbill and early spring migrants. The leader is Anthony Mee.
BEREAVEMENT: The death occurred on February 13 in Mallow General Hospital of Jimmy Meskill of Mount Russell, not in great health in latter years he was confined to a Nursing Home for over five years. Very big crowds attended both his removal from McCarthy’s Funeral Home, Kilfinane to Ardpatrick Church on Friday night last. Burial took place to Kilquane Cemetery on the following day after requiem Mass. The celebrant was Rev. Fr. Anthony Bluett, Ardpatrick.
Sympathy is extended to his son John, daughters Anne and Catherine and their families, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends.
WALKS: On the Thursday night there’s a night walk from Glenosheen at 7.30. Information 087-7118560.
Saturday walk from Ardpatrick Community Centre at 11am. Contact 087-416676.
Sunday February 24 is Ballyhoura Bears Training Day. Meet Cush car park at 10am. Contact 085-1798612.
The B Walk on Sunday starts from the Ardhu Bar, Limerick, at 11am. Contact Emily 086-7975490 or Mary 085-1234469.