Ardpatrick Sept 21

CHURCH READERS: The following are the readers at masses this weekend, Sean O’ Riordan the 7pm on Saturday evening, and Mary O’ Sullivan at the 10am on Sunday morning.

CHURCH READERS: The following are the readers at masses this weekend, Sean O’ Riordan the 7pm on Saturday evening, and Mary O’ Sullivan at the 10am on Sunday morning.

TIDY TOWNS REPORT: There were two adjudications days, the first one on Sunday June 16 and also on July 28. The report was very positive in general, a few tiny grey areas were pointed out that will need attention, breaking the 300 mark barrier for Ardpatrick was special, but gaining 4 marks and again being awarded a bronze medal was more than expected, however there is no great change in Limerick, Adare first overall, Ardpatrick 2nd and Galbally 3rd.

Our entry submission was most complete, map excellent and the photos much appreciated, the work on the former Sunvale Inn is being done sensitively, the Greenwood Inn looked really well, the Church is beautifully kept, the Community Centre is beautiful, O’Sullivans Garage well painted and as neat as could be asked, well done to the owners.

Bright and vibrant flower colours made a great impact on an otherwise dull day (1st adjudication), a high level of care was noted in all planting. Carraig Mor is tremendous, that’s the old creamery site, the bog area was especially liked as were the bee and butterfly friendly plants.

Bishop Murphy Park is superlative in its neatness and spectacular in its colours, the work at the Church is excellent, and the bird board on the Kildorrery road had a similar comment, the new hawthorn hedgerow on the roadside near the Community Centre was commended, a single piece of litter was found on 1st adjudication. Fantastic, the fact that the National School is lining up for a sixth Green Flag, the bottle bank was nearly spotless, a few cans squashed into the base of the bins, the approach roads either excellent or very nice, all neatly trimmed.

The first adjudicator was spotted at work, he made his way to the graveyard on the hill top, pleased with what he saw particularly the fine views, a high level of care and attention to detail is the overriding impression of Ardpatrick.

The village owes its success to so many people too numerous to mention, but David Meskill and Anthony O’ Connor on the schemes did fantastic work through the year in all weathers. The volunteers such as Davy McGrath for looking after the beautiful hanging baskets and flower beds in general, the Coughlan family for so many plants, and Eileen O’ Sullivan for her watering duties in Carraig Mor, members of the Community Council put in a vast amount of work, well done and thanks to all.

MEETING: The Graveyard Committee held its AGM on Thursday night of last week, the outgoing officers were re-elected as follows :- Chairman - Francey Goggin, Secretary - Anne McGrath, Treasurer - Pat Quilty, there was a good attendance of 10 people.

CASTLE OLIVER: Tours of Castle Oliver continue on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, and again the following weekend, tours 12 noon, 2pm, and 4pm, gates open at 11.30 each day

LIBRARY VISIT: A number of people from Ardpatrick visited Marsh’s Library in Dublin last week, the first public library in Ireland and a magnificent place, it was great to meet Ardpatrick man John Keating, a member of staff at the library, John gave us a guided tour with access to books, manuscripts and maps, some almost 300 years old, a wonderful experience, a special thanks to John, to keeper Jason McElligott and staff for their kindness shown to us on our first ever visit.

HELP THE HOSPICE: The local ladies club is holding a Coffee evening and morning on September 28 and 29 after masses, all taking place in the Community Centre.

MOBILE IT: Wish to update your computer skills, such as email, the internet, online services etc, courses commencing Mobile IT Main Street, Bruree, on Wednesday September 25, 26 and 27. Booking, Anne Marie or Theresa on 063 - 90952.