CARDS: The following are the results of last week’s card game at Monagea Parish Hall: 1s, with nine games, Mike Cronin and Brendan, 2nd divided, with eight games each, Donie Culhane and Bridget Kenny, Jer and Mary Collins. Table prizes May O’Brien and Joan Nash, Denis O’Connor and Connie O’Sullivan, Bobby Mullane and Con Cregan. Raffle Jimmy Murphy (x2), Danny Barry, Con Cregan, Bridget Kenny. The card game continues every Wednesday night at 9pm.
GREYHOUND SUCCESS: A huge crowd from Monagea travelled to Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Saturday night last to support the Monagea GAA nominated Roxholme Bully in the final of the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake. The stake, which was the richest puppy stake in the world, was sponsored by JP and Noreen McManus. With €80,000 for the winner competition was very intense, Roxholme Bully had been one of the favourites from the punters again piled on the money to make him odds on favourite before the off. As in any greyhound race the break and getting to the first bend was going to be very important. The break was very even and Roxholme Bully got to the first bend in the lead. As he stretched the lead the Monagea supporters were on a high and could only see one result. In the end their confidence was well founded as Roxholme Bully won well. The result means that Monagea GAA benefited to the tune of €10,000. This will prove to be a huge boost to the funds of the club. Many thanks to JP and Noreen McManus for their generosity.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: The next Sunday Afternoon tea dance at Monagea Parish Hall will be held on this Sunday April 7th from 3 to 6pm. Since the renovations to the hall these dances are proving to be the best supported in the area. Music on this Sunday will be provided by Michael Sexton. Refreshments will be served. The organisers would like to see as much local support as possible. So why not come along and enjoy a great evening’s entertainment.
SPRING CLEAN: An Taisce has set aside the month of April for its annual National Spring Clean. This is the fifteenth year of the spring clean which has proved very successful in the past. The aim of this event is to encourage people from all walks of life to take pride in their local environment and to take action against litter. It is hoped that people from each townland will come together and organise groups to collect the litter in their own townland. This can be done for an hour or so over a number of evenings. The bags of litter can then be collected in a given location and the local council will collect them. Don’t wait for someone else, get the wheels in motion in your area.
CEILI: The next Ceili in Halla Tadhg Gaelach, Tournafulla will take place on this Friday night April 5th. The five counties ceili band will provide the music on the night. Dancing from 9.30pm to 1am. Teas and refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome.
CRY: Preparations for the charity 10k walk/run and the 40k and 80k cycles are now well advanced. All proceeds will go to CRY which helps with Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. All the event start from Monagea Parish Hall on May 4th. Registration for all events will take place in Monagea Hall on Sunday April 14th from 10.30am to 12.30pm. It is €5 to register for the walk/run and €20 for the cycle. If you have filled a sponsorship card or donated to a card we do not expect you to contribute again. It is important from an insurance point of view that all participants register. Wrist bands will be issued to all who register. The organisers would like to see as many as possible registering on the 14th April so as to avoid confusion on the 4th May. Completed sponsorship cards and money will also be collected on April 14th. If anyone would like to help with parking cards or act as a steward on May 4th. Please contact Tom Scanlon on 087 2140916. Anyone willing to help with the catering in the hall can contact Claire Scanlon on 085 1458214.
BEST OF LUCK: Best of luck to Keith Hanley, Charleville who is currently taking part in the Voice of Ireland competition on RTE. Keith’s mother is a niece to Ita Murphy, Rathcahill and Geraldine Vaughan, The pub Strand. Keith will appear again this Sunday 7th April on RTE1 and will be looking for votes in order to progress in the competition. Please tune in on Sunday evening and vote when the lines open and hopefully we will see him perform in the final show.