Mountcollins Notes 03.02.2014
Card Game: The winners of first prize at last weeks card game were Marian Quirke, JJ Lenihan and Dixie Quirke. In the runners up position were Kathleen Lenihan, Denis Flanagan and David O Connell. The table prize went to Jackie Hartnett, Pat Fitzgerald and Connie Lenihan. The winner of the door prize was John Murphy with raffle prizes going to Eamon Sheehan, Tom Lenihan, David O Connell, Pat Fitzgerald and John Lyons. Cards as usual on this Thursday night at 9pm and everyone is welcome.
Ceili: The February ceili in Halla Tadhg Gaelach, Tournafulla will be held on St. Valentines Night, February 14. Dancing will commence at 9.30pm to the music of Taylor Cross Ceili Band. There will be refreshments served during the evening and all are welcome.
Award Winner: Congratulations to Muireann Hickey, The Village, Mountcollins on being awarded first prize in the All Ireland History Essay competition on the Spanish Civil War. As part of her prize she will travel to Madrid in February to read her essay and visit sites connected with the civil war. She has also been invited to participate in the Limerick City of Culture weekend as it remembers the input of the International Brigade to the Spanish Civil War. Muireann is a Transition Year student at Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale and is also an accomplished Irish Traditional musician. She is the daughter of Joan and Seamus Hickey, The Village, Mountcollins.
Soccer Lotto: The numbers drawn last weeks soccer lotto were 3, 17, 19 and 25. There was no winner of the jackpot prize. The winners in the lucky dip draw were, Frank McCarthy, Breda Flannery, Mary Murphy, Marie Lenihan and Sinead and Mike Dillane all Mountcollins. The winner of the promoter’s prize was Stephen Cahill. This week’s jackpot will be €2,100.
Recent Death: Sympathy is extended to the family of well known Rathkeale referee, Shane Hourigan who died tragically last week. Over the years Mountcollins GAA club teams were involved with Shane at both divisional and county level and always found him to be a fair and impartial official. May he Rest in Peace.
GAA Lotto: There was no jackpot winner in last weeks Mountcollins/Tournafulla Gaa clubs lotto where the numbers drawn were 4, 8, 9 and 30. The winners in the lucky dip draw were Sinead Nolan, Sean O Mahony, Liam O Gorman all Tournafulla and Chris Reidy, Newcastlewest. The winner of the promoters prize was Muireann Hickey. This weeks draw will be held in The Goalpost Bar, Tournafulla for a jackpot prize of €3,300
Parish History: The first creamery in the parish was erected in 1897. The appointment of Mr. Frank Moran as manager in 1925 saw the business go from strength to strength. In that year the creamery came in fourth place at a butter making exhibition in New Zealand while gold medals were also in New York. Over the years the creamery made great progress and provided much local employment. As well as butter making all the surplus milk was sent to the chocolate factory in Rathmore. The creamery store also sold meal, flour and various cattle feed. A sawmill was also in operation and concrete blocks were also manufactured. Prior to Christmas, lorry loads of turkeys were brought to the creamery and prepared for the festive period. This again provided local employment with workers employed on a night shift. The main creamery also had two branches at Rockchapel and Gleannlahan, Frank Moran was definitely ahead of his time. The creamery was later amalgamated into Golden Vale and is now part of the Kerry Group.