Mar 23

Joe McCarthy 061-398

Reporter:

Joe McCarthy 061-398

35TH ANNUAL ASKEATON ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Large crowds gathered for the 35TH Annual Askeaton St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Askeaton. The children had a great time, they loved seeing all their favourite characters from Mickey & Minnie Mouse to Sponge Bob Square pants & lots of hugs were the order of the day. There was plenty of green ice cream, popcorn & candy floss on hand to satisfy every sweet tooth. The streets were festive with bunting & the viewing stand was beautifully decorated, a big thank you to all those involved.

35TH ANNUAL ASKEATON ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Large crowds gathered for the 35TH Annual Askeaton St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Askeaton. The children had a great time, they loved seeing all their favourite characters from Mickey & Minnie Mouse to Sponge Bob Square pants & lots of hugs were the order of the day. There was plenty of green ice cream, popcorn & candy floss on hand to satisfy every sweet tooth. The streets were festive with bunting & the viewing stand was beautifully decorated, a big thank you to all those involved.

Our St. Patricks’ Pakie O’ Donoghue & Michael McCarthy were looking well as they lead the 35th Annual Askeaton St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The emergency services were out in force, units from Foynes & Limerick district were represented. Limerick County Civil Defence took part this year marking Askeaton’s long involvement with the Civil Defence. We had a number of new entrants this year which is a good sign that the parade is growing each year. Maurice Carrig was excellent as compere & D.J. & got the crowd in a festive mood for the parade. Well done to our three young musicians who played on stage. Thank you to our guests on stage & to our judges who did a great job choosing the winners.

Rathkeale Brass & Reed Band played in front of the reviewing stand. Well done to all the groups, clubs & organisations who marched & had floats in the parade. A big thank you to all our stewards who gave up their time to help out, without them the parade would not run smoothly. The T.Y. students from Coláiste Mhuire did a great job as chaperones for the Disney characters. Everything is voluntary, the committee, stewards & students all give their time without reward & we would like to acknowledge all the hard work behind the scenes from the committee members, Larry Meade, Betty & Mike McCarthy, Catherine McCarthy & Mike McCarthy (Parade co-ordinator) & our accounts team Breda Kelly & Patricia McCarthy.

Thank you to An Garda Siochána for their assistance on the day. Thank you to our bucket collectors on the day who were out collecting for funding for the parade & big thank you to all those who donated. A special thanks to all our sponsors without whom there would be no parade. We rely solely on funding from the business community.

The 6th Askeaton Beavers Cubs & Scouts troop took home best group in the medieval category & they were delighted that all their hard work paid off. We had Knights, Popes & Princess’ marching in the parade this year. Askeaton/Ballysteen Bord Na Nóg won best float in the medieval category. Askeaton Contemporary Arts Group made their debut at the parade & won best float with “Whats a Little Fall out” by artist Aaron Lawless.

Congratulations to all our winners- Best Float: Askeaton Contemporary Arts.

Best Medieval Float: Askeaton/Ballysteen Bord Na Nóg. Best Medieval Group: 6th Limerick Askeaton Beavers Cubs & Scouts. Fancy Dress: Adult: 1st place: St. Patrick, 2nd place: Pope Francis: 3rd place: Pope Francis’ Assistant.

Children’s Fancy Dress: 1st place: Jimmy Harty - Road run, Joint 2nd place: Sean O’ Keeffe - Medieval Knight & Cormac O’ Keeffe - Pope. 3rd place: Desmond Princess’ Niamh McCarthy, Colleen O’ Rourke & Louise Ryan.

Best Dressed Window: 1st place: Mary’s; 2nd place: Sheahans Korner Shop.

Askeaton National School: An Easter cake sale and book sale is being hosted by the Parents Council. Venue: Askeaton National School. Date : Sunday 24th March. Time: 11 – 1 pm. All donations of cakes and books along with your support would be greatly appreciated.

ASKEATON/BALLYSTEEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL LOTTO DRAW: The jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were 3, 14, 22 and 25. The lucky dip winners were John Jnr. Loughnane/D. Doupe c/o Mgt. McKnight, Shane Scanlon c/o A. Goggin, James Maun c/o N. Allen. McMahon’s c/o J. McMahon, Mal Keaveney c/o E. Ralph. Next week’s jackpot is €2,800 and the venue is Ranahan’s.

BALLYSTEEN LOTTO DRAW: The jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were 3, 9, 13 and 31. The lucky dip winners were Margaret O’Brien c/o D. Shier, Eilish and Mark Ranahan c/o J. Neville, Owen Shaughnessy c/o P. McDonagh, Hughie O’Neill c/o P. Holland. Next weeks’s jackpot is €4,100 and the venue is The Thatch.

ASKEATON G.A.A. LOTTO DRAW: The jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were 4, 12, 15 and 21. The lucky dip winners were Mary Conway c/o P. Morrisroe, Dick Costello c/o Dick Costello, Ann Goggin c/o Francie Kenny, Eamon Barry c/o Eamon Barry. Promoter’s prize Patricia Morrisroe. Next week’s jackpot is €7,300 and the venue is Top of the Town.

LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS: For the Friday nights during the Lenten season, it is planned to celebrate the Stations of the Cross in different areas of the parish.

Starting time for each night is 7.30pm. As this is a parish event, we encourage as many as possible to attend.

We also ask those in their own areas to help as much as possible on the night itself.

As a reminder, we will let you know each week where the following week’s Stations will be held.

We wish to thank you all for your participation in last Friday night’s Stations of the Cross, which took place in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballysteen on Friday last.

The next Stations of the Cross takes place on Friday, March 22 in William Street/Friary Court/St. Mary’s Terrace. Start time 7.30pm.

As this is a parish event, we encourage as many as possible to attend.

BALLYSTEEN NATIONAL SCHOOL: Parents wishing to enrol their children in Ballysteen National School in September 2013 are invited to contact the school principal for an application form. The closing date for application is Friday, April 12. Please telephone 061-398383.

SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of the late Mary Ryan nee Curtin, Borrigone, Askeaton who passed away during the week. May she rest in peace.

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDGUJORGE: Askeaton/Ballysteen Parish are organising a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for September 14, 2013. Seven nights inclusive flying from Shannon, fare €689.

Accompanied by Spiritual Director. Enquiries to Josephine Kiff 061-392579; Caroline Sheahan 061-392125; Pauline Scanlon 061-392454.

FUN DANCE CLASS: Fun Dance Class with Nicola Brennan to raise funds for Askeaton Junior National School.

Class on Tuesday, March 26 at 8pm. Tea, coffee and spot prizes after class. For more information contact Nicola Brennan on 086-8140593.

THANK YOU: On behalf of Daughters of Charity, Lisnagry, many thanks to all who contributed €205 in Ballysteen Church.

DAFFODIL: As part of National Daffodil Day for Cancer, our fundraisers will be at Twohig’s SuperValu in Askeaton on Friday, March 22. Please continue with the generous support you have shown in the past.

PILATES: New five week Pilates Class for Beginners starts Tuesday, March 26. For more information contact Nicola Brennan on 086-8140593.

THANK YOU: Dear Frances and Patsy, on behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation thank you very much for your recent donation of €3,600 following your Christmas Lights extravaganza. It was a fantastic amount of money to raise and I appreciate all the support you got from local companies, businesses and the school. Please convey our thanks to the people of Askeaton for their generosity. Kind regards, Anne Riordan, Regional Manager. Thank you.

THANK YOU: Patsy and Frances McCarthy and family wish to thank everyone who made donations to our Christmas Lights for Life fundraiser in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation. Also all those who helped out to make this fundraiser a success. The amount raised was €3,600. Patsy and Frances McCarthy and family.