JACK MANNING CROOM/KILCOOLE: The death took place of Jack Manning at Kinvara House Nursing Home, Bray, formerly of Main St. Croom and a resident of Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow for the past 30 years. The removal of the remains of the late Jack Manning took place to St. Anthony’s Church, Kilcoole on Easter Saturday 30th March. The funeral service was celebrated by Fr. Eamon Clarke P.P. Kilcoole. The Entrance hymn Ag Chríost an Síol and Clouds Veil. The first Reading read by Keith J. Manning. The new Testament Reading Eileen Jeffers. Prayers of the Faithful, Carina Grahan, Sharon Jones, Sue Caplis, Emma Jeffers. Solo singer Liam Kinsella, Organist John Brady. A poem was recited by Keith J. Manning. Mick Manning gave a Eulogy of Jack’s life, his Management role with Esso Ireland, his business involvement throughout the country, his interest in sport, rugby, Limerick hurling, his keen interest in bloodstock where he set up his stables in Kilcoole. Jack followed a family tradition in horse breeding. The Manning family had a long business involvement in Victuallering and also well known in Horse Training where they had stables in Croom in the early 20th century. Their training stables had major racing wins in the Premier Racing circuit in many of the well known racing venues throughout Ireland. There was a Guard of Honour by the local Golf Club in which he formerly held the Captaincy. Jack Manning is survived by his son Keith, daughter Jacqui, Grandchildren Adam and Maja, brothers Mick and Jerry, his sisters Maura and Eileen, nieces and nephews, family and friends. . Following the Funeral service on Easter Saturday his burial took place in Redford Cemetery, Greystones, Co. Wicklow.
CROOM MACRA: The Hustings for Macra na Feirme National President and Vice Presidential elections was held on Wednesdau 27th March in Kilmurray Lodge hotel, Castletroy, Limerick. Members attended and the club cast its vote. The annual Limerick Easter Ball kicked off in style on Easter Sunday in the Castletroy Park Hotel. Next Sunday 7th April is the first round of National Talent Competition. It will be held in Caherconlish. All support needed for our members.
EASTER CEREMONIES: The Holy Week Ceremonies concluded on Easter Sunday morning in the old historic Cemetery at Anhid. The Altar canopy was erected on Saturday by the Anhid Cemetery committee. The lighting was installed by John Cronin, to provide the current for the Celebrant Fr. Joe Kennedy who has officiated at the annual Easter Dawn mass for over 13 years.There was a large congregation to participate in the celebrating of the Risen Christ. Dawn was breaking at 6.30 a.m. where the final Easter celebration took place on the banks of the River Maigue where the River Camogue joins. The wild life from Islandmore and animals would have been disturbed by he loud speakers broadcasting the Eastere hymns and the Easter mass. Communion was distributed to the large group. Following the end of the mass Stephen Moloney secretary of the committee thanked Fr. Joe Kennedy for celebrating the mass, the choir, the altar server Ciara Lynch, the people who cut the grass, for the providing of chairs by Banogue community, the traffic attendants who directed people to the cemetery parking area and also for Sean Healy who directed the road traffic onto the Main Cork Limerick Road. The Church service in St. Mary’s Church Croom on Easter Saturday Vigil mass was well attended where he lighting of the Paschal Candle, The blessing of the waters and the renewal of the Baptismal Vows took place.
JOHN THOMAS SOON TO BE IN IRISH HOSPITAL: News that our parishioner John Thomas McNamara well known Jockey who received serious injuries from his fall at the Chelthenham meeting will be brought to the Dublin hospital for further medical care. Michael O’Leary of Ryanair who brought off a major win at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday donated the prize money to the John Thomas Injuries fund. The entire community of the district and the country nationally are very supportive with good wishes to a great sportsman who are thinking of John Thomas and his family at this time.
HISTORICAL EVENTS: Kenry Historical Society invites you to a tour conducted by Br. John Feheney on Sunday next April 7, at 3.pm Meet at Castletown Church, near Pallaskenry.All welcome.
The Adare History Society is hosting a talk by a local historian on ‘The Curfew in Shantraud in 1921’. At the Adare Heritage Centre, rear entrance at 8.30 pm on Tuesday April 9.’