FIRST HOLY COMMUNION IN THE PARISH: The pupils of four schools in the parish received the Sacrament of Holy Communion during April and May. The names are as follows: St. Vincent’s National School who received First Holy Communion on Saturday, April 27 — Natalie Ryan, Sophie Moran, Richard O’Brien, Kieran Keane, Theo Cox, Sam Curtin, William Crowe.
The following Schools received their First Holy Communion during the Month of May: Ahane National School — Thomas Allen, Niamh Brennan, Michael Carmody, Kalvin Cleary, Luke Collins, Luke Curtis, Lucy Cusack, Nicole Cusack, Aimee Doyle, Luke Fahy, Jack Fitzgerald, Max Flanagan, Samuel Flynn, Brian Foley, Conor Foley, Stephen Hassett, Michael Herbert, Dylan Keppel, Emma Kiely, Darragh Lehane, Aoife Lunn, Jana Magno, Gerard Maher, Ben Murphy, Cody Murphy, Hugh MacLughadha, Anthony McInerney, Elle McGill, Niamh O’Brien, Erin Ryan, Aoife Whelan.
Castleconnell National School — Sorcha Cronin, Devon Farrell, Jack Comber, Gavin Keane, Dylan O’Connell, Mark Murphy, Seán O’Neill, Nathan Bradshaw, Darragh Oloyede, Ava Ryan, Shay Power, Robyn Porter, Aaron Kelleher, Conor Porter, Jonah O’Rourke, Adam O’Connell, Matthew Trehy, Tyler Campion, Sophie Higgins, Dominik Boguslawski, Jakub Kot.
Lisnagry National School — Clodagh Cullen, Isabel Russell, Sofia Brennan Vacas, Rachael Donnellan, Lauren Magill, James Myers, Keira Shyne, Sarah Fahy, Lee Ryan, Ciara Keaveney, Sarah Tobin, Lucy Holt, Áine Conway, Tristan Ryan, Nathan Bridgeman, Tara McCarthy, Jack Butler, Kate Foleym, Emma Thomas, Ella Conlon Ryan, Evie Hurley, Patrycja Nedza, Roan Van Dijk, Wini Kwapinski, Dáithí Gallagher, Donnacha O’Leary, Tommy Vaughan, Jeff Sheehan, Craig O’Connell, Harry O’Brien.
GRAVEYARD PROJECT: A Thank You night was recently arranged at Herbert’s Pub to express appreciation to all those who helped out in the recently concluded Graveyard project. This project photographed, with GPS co-ordinates, almost 1,000 headstones in Stradbally Graveyard, The Church of Ireland and St. Joseph’s Church. Each headstone was examined and the lettering on the headstone transcribed onto paper. This information was subsequently typed into the website www.historicgraves.com<http://www.historicgraves.com>. This very important information is now available online worldwide and is a wonderful record of our local history. The Castleconnell Development Association and the Historical Society thanked Colm Hardy, the project leader from Ballyhoura, and also the following 27 wonderful local volunteers who did such fantastic work and who are such a credit to the community - Brendan Murphy, Kit Joyce, Nicky McNamara, Eileen Joyce, Henry Nash, John Hyland, Padraig O’ hEidhin, Pat Collins, Kay Barry, John Mac Namara, Colm Martin, Rachel Gaffney, Paddy McNamara, Shirley McGrath, Fiona Barry, Deirdre McCarthy, Tim Mc Carthy, Betty Hayes, Stephen Reidy, Robin Rynhart, Leslie Hartigan, Paddy Tuohy, Marie Jerome, Pat O Riordan, John Hardiman, Emma Carroll and Janet Harbison.
CASTLE GOLF SOCIETY: Twenty four members of the Society travelled to Castletroy Golf Club on Saturday May 11th to play their third outing of the season. There were many positives contributing to making it a great day for the player’s enjoyment: a cheerful atmosphere amongst the players, free-flowing banter, an opportunity for players to improve their position on the G.O.Y. table, the course in superb condition and a high level of anticipation from each player for a good performance on the day. The weather certainly had a major effect on the day’s play due to heavy showers and extremely strong winds leading to energy sapping conditions. However undaunted, the competitive nature of the players emerged resulting in some exceptional golf being played and excellent results were returned. Once again a close finish materialised with just three points separating the top four players and it was significant that the more experienced players were in the winners enclosure. Joan Garahy was surely firing on all cylinders, displaying patience, admirable resilience, sufficient success in using the wind to her advantage and the combination of all these qualities realised a brilliant score of 36 points. and she deservedly won the first prize. Congratulations to Joan. Ger Carroll was in sparkling form and amassed a superb score of 35 points to clinch the second prize. Noel Ryan, enjoying a purple patch was rewarded with a great score of 35 points and eased him into third place. Willie Reddy’s fine play totted up to a superb 33 points and into fourth place. Declan Ahern won the front nine with 18 points and Tim McCarthy took the back nine with 15 points. Willie Reddy won nearest the pin. Connie Carroll won the longest drive and what a fantastic drive it was. WOW! The presentation of prizes took place at Guerins later that evening. Noel Ryan, Captain of the Society, welcomed all those present and said he was delighted with the outing. Noel thanked the Guerins for their hospitality, the players for their support and the committee for their efficiency and those who helped in any way. He congratulated all the prizewinners. Next Outing will be at Portumna Golf Club on Saturday June 22.
UNDER-14 GIRLS FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS: Ahane were crowned Under 14 B Novice Champions for the first time, following their victory over Knockainey, on the score line Ahane 5-4 to Knockainey 3-8. In a very sporting game, played in Mick Neville Park, both sides served up a great game of football and Ahane got the edge in the last few minutes to record a two point victory. It would be unfair to single out any one of the Ahane girls as it was a superb team effort. Team Lineout: Katie Molloy, Emma Ridder, Orla Twomey, Aoife O’Halloran, Niamh O’Curry, Roisin Clothier, Sine Hartigan, Sinead Callinan (0-1), Aisling Herbert (2-0), Aine Reynolds (3-3), Sinead Meskell, Catriona O’Halloran and Cailionn Keane. Subs used: Sinead O’Curry, Ailish Reynolds, Ciara Macken and Ciara Greaney. Team Mentors: Breda Ahern, John Keane, Joe O’Curry and Alice Reynolds.
Congratulations to Sinead Callinan who played in the Primary Game at half time in the Limerick v Cork, Mens Senior Football Munster Championship Match in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday last.
LIMERICK UNDER-14 TEAM: Congratulations to Sine Hartigan, Katie Molloy and Aine Reynolds, who were on the Limerick Team that played Waterford in the Munster Final and were unlucky to lose by one point.
AHANE CASTLECONNELL ICA: Guest for the meeting was Gardiner Robert McNamara, who brought a great selection of potting plants, pansies, bogonias and some cabbage plants. He advised the Guild members to always use the best compost to get good results. Robert filled some window boxes with very colourful flowers. Members asked him for advice about hedges and plants. The final meeting of the season will be held on Wednesday, June 12. New members are welcome.
SYMPATHY: Sympathy has been extended to the family of Margaret (Mag) Byrnes (nee Conway), The Bungalow, Lisnagry, and Lakes nursing home Killaloe, who passed away on Monday, May 20. Margaret, who was predeceased by her loving husband Michael, was laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Castleconnell, after Requiem Mass in Castleconnell Church, on Thursday last. She will be sadly missed by her loving son, Thomas; daughters, Noreen and Mary; brothers, sister, grandchildren, Bryan, Dylan and Katelyn; son-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
CV WORKSHOP: Ballyhoura Jobs Club is running a CV Workshop in Castleconnell on Thursday, June 6. “This workshops is designed to help you prepare a professional CV and Covering Letter and identify your strengths and skills to highlight your CV in the best possible way to attract an employer.
“Why not take this opportunity to dust off your CV and as one past participant said ‘this workshop helped me to define my key strengths and skills and gave me to confidence to apply for jobs again, shortly after the workshop I got a number of interviews and I am now after successfully getting the job I wanted. This was thanks to Ballyhoura Jobs Club who gave me the kick-start to get out there & knock on doors again’.
“So why wait, book your place now as numbers are limited. Contact Anisa on 063-91730 / email@example.com. Workshop is free of charge.”