Changing Landscape: The people of Knockalisheen and its hinterland are coming to terms with the fact that the landscape of the area is about to change completely.
The northern distributer road from the Coonagh Roundabout to Knockalisheen is expected to start shortly. This means that a new roundabout on the Knockalisheen Road will be cited halfway between the Camp Gate and Bonds corner where the four lane dual carriageway will meet the existing road. The road from there to the Watchhouse cross will be widened and upgraded to take the increased traffic.
It is expected that in the future this road may continue to meet the Dublin road at Annacotty despite serious objections.
Many people feel this new road will ease the traffic flow from South East Clare to and from Shannon and eliminate the “rat run” through Ardnacrusha and Ballycannon. However one local community activist feels that the delays at the traffic lights on the tailrace bridge will still force motorists to use the shortcut.
In general it will make Knockalisheen more accessable where heretofore great difficulty was experienced by some motorists in finding the area. It is expected that Limerick 37 soccer club will be located close to the roundabout and the local Parkville Club and Bateman Park are close by as is the Refugee Centre.The Meelick GAA Grounds are close by and they host a number of College games throughout the year where up to now patrons from distant counties had difficulty finding the pitch.
The locals also hope that the new road structure will put an end to the unsightly dumping on the Delmege Estate where complaints from locals have fallen on deaf ears. So the quiet mile long stretch from Bonds Corner to Brennans Cross that has changed little in the past hundred years is about to change drastically.
Meelick GAA: The draw for the Junior football championship was completed last Monday night. Meelick find themselves in Group 1. The group is as follows. Kilmihil, St. Joseph’s Doora-Barefield, Meelick, Cooraclare and Naomh Eoin .
There were great scenes in a packed Páirc Cnoc an Lisín on Saturday last as Meelick hosted the U8 hurling Go Games. A Club official said, “ The skills displayed by the youth of Meelick is promising for the future of the club.”
Parteen St. Nicholas Lotto Draw: Lotto took place on Sunday 26th May at Browne’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 01, 06, 10 & 21. There was no overall winner. Lucky dip winners were: Tom Hanley c\o Craughan Butchers, Kileely; Joe O’Connell Ballycar, Ardnacrusha; Tom McDonnell Quinpool, Parteen; Ger Beatty Parkroe, Ardnacrusha; Mary Carey Popin Green, Westbury and Mike &Mary O’Brien Bishop Murphy Park, Parteen.
Next Monday night (3rd June) , the draw will take place at Larkin’ s bar for a jackpot of €20,000.
Pilgrimage to Knock: The annual Parteen/ Meelick/Coonagh pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday June 16th starting at Parteen at 8.20am through Ardnacrusha and Meelick and if requested, they will stop at the Coonagh roundabout should the need arise. Those interested in travelling should procure their tickets immediately from Mary Dillon or Mary White.