Feb 23

Hugh Murphy 087-6799

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Hugh Murphy 087-6799

Anniversary Mass : Friday 15 February 7pm Mass : Mary Condon (Ashbrook)

Anniversary Mass : Friday 15 February 7pm Mass : Mary Condon (Ashbrook)

Saturday 16 February 11am Mass Ellen Collins 6.30pm Mass Denis O’Dea (Kilmurry) Sunday 17 February 11am Mass ; James Egan (Laurencetown)

BIRTHDAY WISHES : Congratulations are extended to the following who recently celebrated Birthdays recently,Aoife Weeks, (Ballyagogue), and Jennifer Halpin, (Laurencetown) who celebrated their Twenty First Birthday last week, Ciara Hanley (Lower Main Street) on Saturday 16 February, Aoife Lawler (Lower Main Street) who celebrated her Birthday on Monday 18 February, Jack Murphy (Murrin’s Cross) who celebrated his second birthday on Tuesday 19 February, also Brooke O’Dea (Radharc an Cille) James Keogh (Ballyhoura Heights) on Tuesday 19 February, James O’Doherty (Bosnetstown) on Wednesday 20 February, Aidan Murphy (Ballinvreena and Australia)) on today Thursday 21 February.

SCOIL FHIONAIN SILVER CIRCLE : The Scoil Fhionain Silver Circle Draw Two was held on Tuesday last 12 February Results : First Prize €70 Mary Healy, Main Street, Kilfinane; Sellers Prize €70 Gearoid Lawlor, Lower Main Street; Second Prize €30 Michaela McAuliffe, Ballyroe Upper, Kilfinane; Third Prize €20 Jack Cronin, Ballintubber, Kilfinane; Fourth Prize €20 Phil and Paddy Hennessy, Lower Main Street and Fifth Prize €20 Caitriona Quinn, Bosnetstown, Kilfinane

The Third Draw will take place on this Thursday afternoon 21 February, If you wish to join at any time, please contact Carmel at Scoil Fhionain on 063 91326

CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWS: The County Intermediate Hurling Championship draw was made on Tuesday 12 February, and this year it takes on an added incentive, in that the four teams that reach the Co. Semi Finals will play in the Premier Intermediate Championship in 2014 along with four teams that will be relegated from this years Senior championship. Blackrock are in Group with Monaleen, Pallasgreen, and Knockaderry who they will play in the opening round on weekending 12 May with round two pencilled in for weekending 16 June, meanwhile on Wednesday 13 February the Draws for the South Championships were made, in Senior Hurling Blackrock will play Garryspillane while in the Intermediate draw Blackrock will play Kilmallock, in the Junior ‘B’ Hurling championship Blackrock meet Effin in their opening game In the Junior football championship Blackrock will meet Banogue in the opening round while in Under 21 Hurling Blackrock will play Castletown Ballyagran in their opening game, while in Under 21 Football Castletown Ballyagran will also be Blackrock’s opponents in the opening round, in the Minor Hurling draw Sean Og Hanleys (Blackrock/Glenroe) will play Knockainey in the opening round in defence the Divisional championship which they won last year

LIMERICK GAA SUPPORTERS CLUB (Dublin) : The Annual General Meeting of the Limerick GAA Supporters Club (Dublin) was held recently at The Got Inn, Goatstown, and three locals have been elected to the Officer Board and committee, for 2013/14 as follows, Monine native John Keating has been elected as Limerick County Board Liaison Officer, former Kilfinane resident Tom Cotter was elected director of Golf competitions while Ballinlyna native Tom McGrath was elected on the committee.

DEATH OF FAMED ENTERTAINER : Famed Limerick entertainer Tom O’Donnell, one half of comedy duo Tom and Paschal who played in New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall over a long career, passed away recently in his home in Limerick at the age of 88 and his death has been described as “end of an era” by long-time collaborator Paschal O’Grady. The duo, who began their comedy-double act in 1959 but had in fact met in the mid-1940s, were loved and feted across the nation as a comedy double-act that had few parallels over a career that spanned over four decades.Tom and Pascal were regular entertainers at The Maple Ballroom in Kilfinane over many years and were always given a great reception by the very big and appreciative audiences, on their last visit to Kilfinane in 1994 they reminded the audience of the their long association with Kilfinane over the years.

KILFINANE ATHLETIC CLUB : Club Athletes out in force at local races. There was a good turn out by club athletes at the following local events Castleconnell 10k The club was well represented in the Catleconnell 10k with 5 club runners taking on this tough course. Seamus Hourigan led the team home with an impressive time of 40:17 in Fourteenth place and was closely followed by the ever.

Improving Gary Egan in Seventeenth with a PB of 41:06. Great runs also by Donnacha Enright Ninteenth in 41:12, Paul Ryan Fort Secend in 44:52 and Agne Bulyceva One Hundred and Twelfth with a PB of 51:09. Signs are good for the Adare 10K on the Sunday next 24 February. Combaun Wood to Templehill IMRA Race : Liam Sheehy, Edel Hennessey and Sean Manning ran in the Combaun Wood to Templehill mountain race in Angelsboro which was the opening race of the Munster League, with Edel and Liam both running their first IMRA race. All were well placed and ran very good times in blustery conditions. IMRA races offer something different and hopefully more club members will give these unique events a go in the coming months. We will keep ye posted on upcoming events.for details of upcoming events UL 5K Series : On a perfect mild evening for a run all 4 Kilfinane AC participants knocked significant time off their previous weeks effort with Agne Bulyceva shaving a full minute off her previous weeks effort. Sean Manning and Seamus Hourigan had strong runs with both breaking 19 minutes. Sean finished Eleventh in 18:40 and Seamus finished Thirteeth in 18:56. Shelly Campbell finished Forthy First in 23:18 and Agne Bulyceva Forty Fourth in 23:38. Looking like both will be under the 23 minutes before long. Training : A great turnout again for Saturdays training session with 15 taking to the roads around Dromin. Great to see the beginners group continuing to grow Training continues this Saturday in Dromin at 9.30am. Due to the number of races this Sunday there will be no hill run in Kilfinane this Sunday. Tuesday evenings Track training session continues from 7-8pm in UL. For information on club training etc.contact Sean on 086-6001430 or send us a message on facebook. New runners always welcome. Upcoming Races : This Sunday 24 February, 1pm - 1st race of 4 in the Doneraile Park 5km series, Saturday 2 March 11am- Ballycotton 10 Mile Sunday 3 March - 1.30pm. Fully Booked.- Munster Senior & Novice 4 Mile Road Championships. Sunday 10 March. Newtownshandrum- Sunday 17 March Joey Hannon Memorial 10km Croom, 2pm start - Monday 18 March Mallow 10 Mile Monday at 12.30, closing date 10 March, restricted to 1200 entries- Munster Masters 4 Mile Road Championships Sunday 24 March. Venue TBC.

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 8 and Saturday 9 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.

GAEL SCOIL MHUIRE GLEANN RUA: A very successful and well attended public/information meeting was held in Scoil Mhuire, Glenroe on Monday week last 11 February. Chairperson of the Board of Management Mrs Mary Coffey presided over the meeting and gave the background to the decision to revitalise the school. Mr Michael Dennehy (principal) quoted the research supporting Gaelscoileanna and also his own stance on all things Irish. Parents of children currently enrolled in the school Mrs Helen Buckley and Mrs Nicola Dennehy also spoke. Helen spoke of the benefits of the smaller rural school while Nicola outlined the “Campa Cásca” which will run from 2 to of April inclusive. The Campa is an activity camp conducted through Irish. It will be held in the school from 10.30 am to 2p.m for the three days. Enrolment forms will soon be available from the school, local shops and from the Camp co-ordinators: Helen 087 2436972 on and Nicola on 086 8275944. There is no charge for the camp but organisers have asked that each enrolment form be submitted with a €5 deposit which will be refunded to participants on the last day of the camp. Book soon to avoid disappointment as places are limited.The meeting concluded with a most welcome “cupán tae” and some delicious confectionery provided by the parents.’Gaelscoil Mhuire’,Gleann Rua represents a wonderful new departure in our local area. It represents the growing interest by a local community in its Gaelic heritage. Gleann Rua has a place, all of its own, in the cultural history of our country. It was in the parish of Gleann Rua/Baile Uí Argáin that Ireland’s first truly great educationalist, historian, collector of music, elucidator of place names and lifelong recorder of Ireland’s past, Patrick Weston Joyce (1827-1914), was born and reared. He started his teaching career in Glenroe National School, as did his equally famous brother, Robert Dwyer Joyce (1830-1883). Their published works, have shown the world, over the last century and a quarter, how they have been inspired by the richheritage and culture of the Glenroe/Ballyorgan countryside. It is fitting that now once again, here in their home parish, a Gaelscoil is established to provide the next generation with an opportunity to share,in that wonderful cultural inheritance of ours.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: You are invited to put on your dancing shoes on this Sunday 24 February 24th in Bruff Rugby club from 4-6:30pm. Music by James O’Callaghan. Admission €5 which includes tea, coffee and home baking. This is a once off event & promises to be a great afternoon. All are welcome.