COMMUNITY GAMES: Congratulations to Dearbhla Egan who won a bronze medal at the All-Ireland Community Games Long Puck competition. Dearbhla is having a great season with school, club and county and this is a fitting award for this talented player.
ALL IRELAND FLEADH: The 2013 All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil was held in Derry last weekend, and we are glad to report that the long trip was well worthwhile for Emily Condon and Brendan Power, who both brought home two silver medals each. Emily and Brendan both are members of the U12 Céili Band and Group which were awarded second place in their respective competitions. Derry is this year’s City of Culture and as such was awarded the privilege of hosting the Fleadh. The people of Derry really embraced this event and it turned out to be one of the best Fleadhs of recent times, as those who followed it live on TG4 during the week could testify.
ALL IRELAND HURNING SEMI-FINALS: There was a mass exodus from Crecora last weekend as people from the area joined the throngs who travelled from Limerick to support our County U18 and Senior Teams. Sadly both team’s campaigns ended on the day, but our local GAA and Camogie clubs would like to congratulate them both on bringing Munster titles to Limerick. We appreciate the huge effort and sacrifice that these players have made and we thank them for lifting everyone’s spirits and putting Limerick Hurling back on the map. Everyone in the parish agrees that that elusive All-Ireland title isn’t far away.
MPCC CREDIT UNION: Third Level Education Bursary Award. With the Leaving Cert results on the way, many of those who sat the exams are now beginning to think about what lies ahead in terms of third level education. Starting college is an exciting time in any young person’s life and often marks the beginning of financial independence. However as well as being exciting, it is also a very costly time for students and parents. With this in mind, last year MPCC Credit Union launched its Third Level Education Bursary Award to help ease the financial burden on one deserving winner. The inaugural winner in 2012 was Michelle Nicholas of Gouldavoher who is currently studying in Mary Immaculate College. Once again, the credit union are now looking for eligible candidates from its members for this year’s Bursary. The Bursary Award is worth € 2,000 per annum up to four years; therefore the winner can potentially receive € 8,000 towards funding their third level education costs. Given the high financial value of the award, MPCC Credit Union, decided that instead of a lottery style draw or academic achievements determining the winner, the recipient of the award will have to show their efforts as to how they actively make a contribution to their local community or have improved the lives of others through their actions. Candidates are also invited to show how they have created a greater awareness of an issue or cause they are involved in. This criteria is in keeping with the community based ethos of the credit union and the strong belief underpinning the movement that people matter most. With a closing date of August 31, applicants are urged to get their applications in plenty of time. Further details can be obtained from any of the credit union offices in Dooradoyle, Mungret & Patrickswell or on their Facebook page & website www.mpcccreditunion.ie
CLIONA’S FOUNDATION CYCLE: Cliona’s Foundation Cycle, now in its 6th year will take place on Saturday August 31st 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 087-1887700. Be sure to pencil the date into your diary !