A STORY & A SONG: Diarmuid O’Leary of the famous “Bards Group” was the featured singer on Pat O’Donovans West Limerick radio show, A Story and a Song. It was a lucky scoop for the local radio station to have a member of the popular ballad group. O’Leary spoke of how he first got into music and about his time with the band.
MAY EVE IN KNOCKFIERNA : All the ancient traditions of good and evil were recalled at Knockfierna Rambling House last Tuesday evening. The religious traditional sprinkling of the Holy Water to dispel the evil spirits is still practised in the Knockfierna area to protect the crops and animals from the evils of Piseoges.
The evenings re-enactment included a historic walk to the Knockfierna pinnacle and a traditional Irish “rambling house” in the old thatched farm house where like in old times neighbours gathered to tell “tall stories” and perform their party pieces
The May-Eve get together was organised by Pat O’Donovan and the committee of the Knockfierna Heritage Society.
CAMOGIE HIGHLIGHTS: Local camogie club players are currently playing prominent roles with their college panels, St Marys of Charleville, Cork.
Limerick County camogie team had a most convincing 4-12 to 0-12 over Kilkennny in Div.2. of the national league semi final. It was a great honour for the local combined parishes club to have Fiona Hickey featured in memorable victory.
GAA CUL CAMP: Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Kellogs Cull Camp will be held from Monday, July 15 to Friday 19 at Ballingarry GAA Grounds.
The Gaelic Games camp is open to children from the ages of 6-13 years old, fee is €55 per participant with special reductions for family members bookings. There will be registration forms available in the local schools in good time prior to the start of the camp in Ballingarry. Register online at www.kellogsculcampsgaa.ie.
DUNWORTH GAA CLUB : The final of the Dunworth Cup Hurling tournament last Sunday evening in Ballingarry recalled the traditional hurling battles of bygone days.
It was the boys of Croom and the local panel of Caman Wieders from Granagh/Ballingarry who were doing battle for the capture of the much sought after Dunworth Cup and medals, the home side have held this cup 5 times in the past.
While our county footballers completed a great progressive league campaign with a win over Offaly last Saturday evening at Croke Park. Our local senior hurlers had a hard luck defeat 0-11 to 1-7 against Knockaderry in the West semi-final on Saturday evening at Croagh.
While players, management and supporters were understandably disappointed with the narrow defeat this was a fine display by everyone of the panel .
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