Blood Donations: There will be no ITBS blood donation clinic held in Caherconlish during the month of June. Local organiser, Jim Hickey, Inch St Laurence, stated that anyone wishing to give blood can do so during this month at a number of other venues such as Mulgrave Street Limerick on June 19 and Knockainey on June 20. The Caherconlish IBTS Clinic will resume following the completion of the Millennium Centre new development.
Sympathy: Sympathy has been tendered to Micky O’Connor, wife and family, Rathjordan, Martin O’Connor family, Knockeen and Boher, relatives and friends, on the passing recently of Mickey’s sister, the late Mary O’Connor (93) of Boher.
Sympathy is further tendered to John and Kitsy Hickey and family, Post Office, Caherconlish and the extended Hickey family on the passing recently of John’s sister, Mary O’Carroll (nee Hickey), Raheen, Limerick and formerly of Hospital.
Sympathy is also tendered to the Portley family and to the relatives locally of Helen (Eileen) Portley of Limerick City who passed away recently. She was daughter of the late Morgan Portley who was deeply involved in the fight for Irish Independence.
Community Alert Meeting: Progress has been made with regard to planning for the introduction of a Text Alert system for the area. A meeting to bring everybody up to speed on this will be held on this Thursday, June 13 at 8.30p.m in the Community Centre. This will be an important meeting.
Steeple Lights Working: The County Council are to be congratulated on the fixing of the public lighting of Caherconlish Steeple last week. It looks great when its floodlight at night.
Sign Disagreement: Last week, this column covered a story on the Irish version of the Caherline place-name. In it Gerard Walsh, Clashbane as well as yours truly disagreed with the version presently displayed. There has been a prompt response to this from the County Council through a question raised by Cllr Brigid Teefy, MCC. The information sourced by the County Council is derived from Govt Placename Order 2003 (Co Limerick) S1 522. www.logaimn.ie. The order of 2003 replaced the earlier order contained in the Act of 1946. It was during the ministry of Eamon O’Cuiv that these orders were made when he was Minister for the Gaelteacht etc etc. that this order was made and who himself finishes his name with the letter ‘v’. Of course, it must be stated that this letter does not exist in the Irish alphabet. The main source employed in the 2003 Order is extracted supposedly from the official cards compiled for the general postal services (GPO). On closer examination of those cards, they do not anywhere state that version of the name. Doon, Co Limerick had its Irish name restored to it on appeal back a few years ago. There is a form of appeal on this and that can be downloaded from the internet, so Gerard will have to get the pen out. But, maybe, the horse has bolted on this one. At present it seems there are two versions of the name. Former Caherline NS and Caherconlish NS teacher, the late Art Kavanagh, a principal in both schools, used to spell it Cathair Lin (meaning the Stone Fort of the Flax). It’s all very interesting and confusing.
Just in passing the Irish version of Baskethill amongst others also appear to have been altered by the Coimisineir Teanga in 2003. Its old original Irish name was Garrain na Cise. It is presently named Cnoc Cise (2003)
Caherconlish Caherline Community Centre Council: Held an open day on Sunday June 9 last at their Tennis Courts Caherconlish. Membership for 2013 was taken on the day. Fees: Family €20 – Singles €10 – U18’s €5. A new committee organised on the lines similar to the transfer of ownership in the mid 1990’s was recently elected to manage the grounds and pavilion. Remedial work that included the painting of the exterior roadside wall gives it a new lease of life. Well done to the new community subcommittee.
Caherline N.S: recently put on an improvised drama and sound scape at Caherline Cross. It was a most effective way of teaching the children about the local history. The pupils researched, compiled information and communicated the information by means of a sound scape and improvised drama. The sound scape involved the pupils recording sounds they felt were appropriate to their drama, these were then played on a speaker in the background and the improvised drama involved the pupils responding to the drama in their own way, thus expressing their creative side. It was a most enjoyable show and the pupils did the school proud. The bare- footed runner, Tom Walsh, Richard Leonard, who was shot in Ballybrood by the Black and Tans, the faction fights and fair of Ballybrood were the topics the pupils decided to concentrate on. Well done to all the pupils and parents for providing the costumes. Part of the drama was shown on RTE 2 on “News2day” on Tuesday the 4thof June at 4.25. Anyone who missed it can view it on RTE Player on the RTE website.
Caherconlish GAA Football Club: would like to thank everyone that contributed to their church gate collection last weekend. Your support is greatly appreciated. Training continues in the GAA field next Tuesday evening 6-00 to 7-00 for U8, U10, and U12. Please remember to bring your gum shields. U12 play their next game on Thursday June 13th at home against Crecora. Please be there for 6-30. Remember gum shields. On Saturday 15th of June U12 play in a Blitz to be hosted by Murroe/Boher to be held in Boher. U6 Football training this Friday evening after hurling.
PARENTS: All underage players are required to wear a GUM SHIELD this year at all times whether it is training or a blitz or a match.
Caherline Hurling Club: Feile na Gael Fixtures have made been completed Caherline games starting on the July 5 and with two games on the Saturday July 6. Semi Finals will take place at 6:15pm on the Saturday and the Final is fixed for Sunday July 7 at 10am in Gaelic Grounds. This Year’s Summer Camp will take place 8th to 12th of July in the GAA Field. Club Summer Camp Coordinator is John Hickey. Registration forms will be handed out to the schools in the coming weeks or you can register on line www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie Attendance is open to primary school children aged 6 years to 13 years. Cost €55 for 1st. child, €45 for 2nd child, €40 for 3rd and subsequent children. More information can be found on the Clubs Facebook page.
Groody River: The present state of the Groody River that flows through Caherconlish and which was highlighted in this column recently following local contact on it was raised at a meeting of councillors of the Castleconnell Electoral Area last week. There has been progress on this earlier this week when Cllr Eddie Wade visited the location and revealed that following a request by him the OPW are to set aside one week to have work done on it. A professional photographer who took photographs at the same location over a decade ago was amazed at the depreciation of the locus. The river was cleaned up several times by Residents Associations and the Community over the years but slackness in public planning led to the siting of houses close to its banks making it impossible for machinery to work from its banks. This has led to overgrowth of weeds etc and discarded rubbish washed downstream gathering in inaccessible spots. However, it has to be acknowledged that there are a number of well-kept gardens with some lovely river bank features in parts of the river. A beautiful feature on the upper portion of the river was removed some time back. In the recent past, there was five access points to the river for residents of the village for watering purposes etc. The rights of use of the river are still there and it is up to the Council, the OPW and the Shannon Fisheries to see that these rights are restated and then restored to the people. Large sums of local community raised money were spent on this stretch of river in 1993/94 and from 1997 to 2002 to improve its appearance. In fact, some weirs were positioned in the river bed in order hold back water to sustain fish stocks. An Foras Forbartha in the early 1990’s, undertook a test of the river’s water at the behest of the Shannon Fisheries following residents requests to have it restocked. It was found at that time that the river could sustain trout etc but that the fast water flow of it at Caherconlish due to works undertaken in the early 1960’s would mean that any restocked fish would ultimately end up in the Shannon following floods. The remedy to this was to create weirs and pools to enable fish to avoid the rapids and floods. The Shannon Fisheries at the time were about to place one thousand young trout in the river at Gragane. A further reason to hold back water was one of public health care. The river waters because of the works mentioned above used to decrease greatly in the dryer months, thereby uncovering much of the bed of the river and all within it. The stench from decaying vegetation and general rubbish coupled with the old medieval sewerage entering it meant that it was a serious public health hazard. It still is. Water, as everyone is aware of, flushes and a continuous flow of water however attained could only be healthy to the environmental aspect and general good look of the location. A River Walk was also in the plans during the period 1993/2002 mentioned above. However, the OPW quashed all that, when they summarily removed the weirs and obliterated the work done at the Boskill /Templemichael Bridge without notice soon after the first two weirs were built. On questioning this at the time, the OPW (Mungret) stated in a telephone call that their job was to keep the waters running free. It was a case of bureaucracy gone wrong at the time. Hopefully, it has changed since then.
Water Works: The works on the laying of a section of new public water line at High Street, Caherconlish will be completed this week. These works include the commissioning of water meters to all businesses, and private residences on the street in addition to Caherconlish Church. The water charges associated with metering will not kick in until 2015 for private households and this ensures a honeymoon period for residents until then. Cllr Brigid Teefy MCC has been assured by council officials that the public road and paths will be restored following the completion of the works. A number of residents and property owners in the High Street envisage coming together when the street road surface is restored to plan its facelift. This can only be done then as painting at present cannot be undertaken because of dust raised at owing to the works.