Caherconlish/Caherline Community Alert: Supt Keane of An Garda Siochana Limerick South Division and Garda John McCormack, Caherconlish Garda Station attended our Community Alert meeting held in the Millennium Centre on last Tuesday evening April 23rd. A large crowd of residents were present to hear Supt Keane update the community on the efforts the Gardai are making in the prevention of crime in the area and also gave an extended talk on personal safety, home and property security. He also stated that Caherconlish was going to hold onto its Garda Station and also its compliment of two Garda and a Sergeant. This most welcome news was greeted with a round of applause. He gave some statistics on crime in the area and stated that Caherconlish was no worse than any other place. But in the first third of this year, in comparison to the same period of the year before, there had been an increase in thefts from cars and burglary in particular. A number of persons are about to go before the courts in certain cases. It was essential that all crime was reported and logged into the Garda Pulse system. That ensures that when analysis is being done on an area, the volume of activity becomes a factor in whether a Garda Barracks is marked for closer or not. Those who attended the meeting played a full part in a question and answer session and in reply to many questions placed before Supt Keane by them, he gave the fullest possible answers. It was refreshing to see a senior member of an Garda being so open and helpful. Caherconlish has been under close monitoring by the Roxboro Division and already we have been part of Operation Trasna and Operation Alloy which is ongoing. It is most important that all suspect activity be reported to An Garda Siochana. There is no other agency or service within the state to deal with law and order issues only An Garda and this was clearly stated by the Supt at the meeting. Garda McCormack said that he intends to visit regularly senior residents that live in isolated locations and who may require such a service. At present a list is being made to help realise this worthwhile undertaking.
The Community Alert Chairman, John Hickey, assured those in attendance that a list of priorities is being proceeded with. That includes the provision on new signage and a text messaging service. It is hoped that a Home and Personal Safety and Security Fair will be held locally so that people can see security items at first hand and avail of advice as well. This will be a after the summer period, possibly early autumn.
It was gratifying to see so many residents from our new estates attending the meeting and their participation is most welcome and crucial to the good working of the Community Alert and other associations within our community.
The clear message coming from the meeting was that we are all in it together. United we stand.
First Communion Day: The girls and boys of Caherconlish National School communion class received their First Holy Communion at Our Lady Mother of the Church on Saturday morning last, April 27. The weather delivered on our prayers and the sun shone brightly for the eighteen communicants who were resplendent looking in their attire for the occasion. As to the ceremony itself, the church looked tremendous with some beautiful flower arrangements adorning the pillars and Altar. There too, were positioned all the artwork produced by the children for the occasion and one can safety say that here are some budding Angelo’s and Da Vinci’s about. The music produced by the pupils and the supporting school choir during the ceremony under the baton of the school principal Sandra Ni Chiosog was excellent. All credit goes to their teacher Ms Mulcahy whose preparation of them was top notch and indeed to the parents of the children who had them well turned out. These sentiments were reflected by celebrant Fr Roy Donovan PP.
Eighties Nite Fundraiser: An Eighties Nite Fundraiser in aid of the Chernobyl Children’s Fund will take place in Mulcahy’s Lounge, Main Street on Sunday Night next, 8.30pm. It promises to be an excellent night’s entertainment and is for a very good cause. It is hoped that patrons would dress up in 80’s fashion for the occasion. Your support will be very much welcomed.
Community and Sports Centre Refurbishment: Work commenced last week on a major refurbishment of the Millennium Centre. It is hoped to keep to a minimum any disruption that may arise during the works. It is endeavoured to honour all bookings. The centre is open for business presently. Pedestrian entrance is via the newly constructed pathway to the Children’s Playground at the river side of the main gate. Due to the nature of some work the centre will have to close for a short period at the end of summer. This is to be flagged well in advance. The centre opened at Halloween in 1999. On the last day of the old millennium and the eve of the new one it was named The Millennium Centre. It has gone from strength to strength over the last dozen years serving not alone this community but the adjacent communities as well.
Pipe Laying: Work is continuing on the laying of a new water line at High Street. The work is progressing steadily and a minimal amount of disruption is being experienced. The new line will join up with the existing line that was brought from Ballyneety some years ago at a point near the entrance to Hillview Estate. The work when fully completed will see the first of the metering of the public water supply in the town. An archaeologist is overseeing the digging of the pipe trench.
Soccer Club 200 Draw: The second annual Caherconlish AFC 200 Club had its first draw on Friday night last at Flannery’s Bar.
Limerick Leader Coverage: Many local readers of the Limerick Leader have been very complimentary of the reporter coverage and photography by the Limerick Leader on the recent concert of Fr Liam Lawton at Caherconlish Church.
Weatherwise: The recent prolonged spell of miserable cold and chilly weather is about to end and that can be vouched for. The brazen fish on top of Caherconlish Steeple has flipped its tail and turned face to the modest south westerlies over the past few days. For a long spell his head was locked in the direction of Jerusalem, far to the east. All our prayers were answered and the Ballyhudane wind has once again come back home to where it belongs. A gardener in the know of such aerial things advises ‘It’s safe to break ground and set the spuds now that the winds have changed and the piseogue period has passed’. And he wasn’t full of wind when he said that.
Ken Doherty Arrives: Irish and International Snooker Star Ken Doherty will make a guest appearance at Mulcahy’s Bar on May 19th next. This is part of a fundraiser for the underage gaelic footballers and tickets will be on sale from next week. Your support will be much appreciated. Further details next week.