Village Cleanup Continues: The past seven days has seen excellent voluntary work done by the Caherconlish Citizens Work Group. Attention was given on Saturday last to the Square area in particular to the greens and the statue of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Full cooperation was the order of the day and quite an amount of work was achieved. The Work Group would like to thank most sincerely the Village Diner for providing food free of charge during the works. Pam and staff were excellent, really appreciate this. The Work Group also would like to acknowledge the number of local people who gave them generous sponsorship for the cleanup. They know who they are and importantly the Work Group are happy to have it on the record.
During Monday and Tuesday, paintwork was carried out in High Street and the general comment was the neighbours there are most pleased with the outcome.
Special Appeal: The Work Group are earnestly requesting as many volunteers as possible to assemble at the Square on Saturday morning next at 9.30 am with a view to complete as much work as possible in the approaches to the village. Many hands make light work. We also would encourage where possible for villagers and businesses to assist us in this job of work. Thank you for your goodwill and cooperation so far.
Community Alert Update: The Caherconlish/Caherline Community Alert have placed an order for the new Community Alert signs. These will be ready for collection on this Thursday and over the following period these will be placed on the perimeters of the Alert area. The inner district signage will be proceeded with thereafter. In addition, a service provider has been contacted to put ‘live’ the text messaging system as passed in recent meetings. During week past, the Gardai provided the contact number which will be displayed on the signage.
A number of additional applications are being processed for the telephone alert package.
Disappointment: A large Limerick following of supporters, some say a four to one ratio, made the trip to Dublin on Sunday last with high expectations that the hurling team would qualify for the All Ireland final due on the second Sunday of September. Depressed and disappointed at the outcome, we were, to say the least, battered by an in form Banner team. Simply put, Clare were a better prepared team, mentally and physically. The long wait of five weeks without a competitive game threw Limerick off their appetite. In this column last week, an analogy was made of the Clare team ‘running around the hurling fields like rabbits’. It was a warning. The Clare ‘bunnies’ from the outset catapulted out of their warren and in a Hulk-like metamorphosis turned into terriers. Whatever is being said about Davy and his going ‘bannanas’ on the sideline from time to time, there is one thing for sure, he won the tactical battle and the game. Biddy Earlies green bottles are in smithereens now - the banner is flying high and our cousins in Springfield are smiling quietly. Good luck to Clare in the final.
Cliona Ring Cycle: Cliona’s Cycle, now in its 6th year will take place on Saturday August 31 leaving from the Honeyfitz Theatre, Lough Gur. With three routes this year including an 8km for family and funsters (fee €25.00), the organisers have appealed to experienced cyclists with a challenging 90km route (fee €30.00) and a less arduous 40km route (€30.00) for leisure cyclists. Following the cycle there’s a BBQ, face painting, music and bouncy castle to keep the entire family entertained. Registration online at www.eventmaster.ie. Sponsorship cards available from Cliona’s Foundation. 087 - 188 7700. Pencil the date into your diary !
EXTENDED DATE FOR MICHAEL GILL BURSARY AWARDS: To facilitate students taking up second round 3rd level offers St Ailbe’s Credit Union are extending the closing date for applications for the Michal Gill Bursary award to 5pm Friday September 6th. The Bursary Award is worth €1.000 per annum up to three years. The award will be based on the applicant’s efforts to actively participate in and improve their community rather than just focusing primarily on academic achievements. Applications in 2013/2014 are welcome from members who have joined before January 1st 2013. Application forms and terms and conditions are available in any of our offices and can also be downloaded from our website www.stailbecu.ie Last year’s winner was Jean Cleary a former student at John the Baptist Community College Hospital.
Millennium Development: Work is progressing in the extension to the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish. It will be a very imposing building when completed.
Bog Road Resurfaced: The Bog Road at Caherconlish has had its second surface dressing last week. On the first top dressing during the recent extra hot and sunny period temperatures had risen so high that adhesion to the under-surface came unstuck and large portions of the road surface was pockmarked. However, the most recent top dressing is successful and all’s well that ends well.
Groody River: It is hoped that the Groody River which flows through the Caherconlish Village area will receive a make-over. Most villages and towns which are situated on river banks as is Caherconlish employ their streams and waterways as focal points. The extent of the river could be a feature of the village and hopefully this can be achieved with the cooperation of the various public bodies, land and property owners.
Boarded Up Buildings: The boarded up buildings especially on our main thoroughfare, some holding premier positions, are not very pleasing to the eye of the visitor or the native. One iconic building in particular, a listed building, continues to have its windows and doors boarded up. The public authority must bear some responsibility in the continuing state of this building. There surely must be byelaws that can be activated in this regard. This will have to change according to a large number of people in contact with this column and who want the situation highlighted.
Local Authority Houses: A number of local authority houses at Oakley Lawn, Riverfield and Gragane Court are metalled up for some time now. There is an excuse offered for this situation – wait for it – the housing departments of the county council and city council are amalgamating –going into a new office in the city. Apparently all things are still in the waters until this happens despite the fact that the amalgamation of these bodies is old news. Another excuse is that the BER ratings of the dwellings have to be brought up to speed and for this another body is providing the finance so that all houses in the estates mentioned are to receive improvement re the BER ratings.
In the meanwhile, despite assurances received from a member of the Government over four months ago that all local authority house purchase monies have been ceased by the Minister at least three privately owned properties in the Caherconlish village area were purchased by public monies during the same period.