Kilfinane Jan 11

Anniversary Mass : Friday 20 December 7pm Mass : James Cleary (Glebe Road)

Anniversary Mass : Friday 20 December 7pm Mass : James Cleary (Glebe Road)

Saturday 21 December 6.30p. (Vigil) Mass : James Sheedy (Laurencetown)

Sunday 22 December 11am Mass : Michael O’Dea. (Mountain View)

Saturday 28 December 6.30pm : Pat Moloney (Castle Street - Months Mind)

Sunday 29 December 11am Mass : Neilus and Maura Fitzpatrick (Lower Main Street)

Sunday 5 January 11am Mass : Mary Barrett (Barrack Street) Month’s Mind Mass

Monday 6 January 11am mass. Requiem Mass Breda Clancy (Ballyroe Lower)

REGRETTED DEATH : There was widespread regret in the Kifinane on Saturday last 4 January with the news of the death of Breda Clancy (Ballyroe Lower), wife of Gerry, mother to Martin, Michael and Joseph. Breda is also survived by sisters, brother, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces relatives and friends to whom Sincere Sympathy is extended. Breda was reposed at McCarthy’s Funeral Home on Sunday evening 5 January before removal to St Andrew’s Church where the Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday 6 January followed by burial in the local cemetery. (May She Rest in Peace).

SINCERE SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to the family, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends of Michael O’Rourke, Ballyhaught Bruree (late Ballinanima) and Limerick County Council who died on Sunday 29 December and was laid to rest on New Years Day in Ballingaddy Cemetery after Requiem Mass at Mary Immaculate Church Bruree (May He Rest in Peace).

FEAST OF EPIPHANY: Monday last 6 January was the Feast of the Epiphany and there was good congregations at the vigil and morning masses to celebrate the feast day which traditionally marks the closing of the season of Christmas which is also Nollaig na mBan, Little Women’s Christmas which is usually by old custom allowed women a day off from the chores after their busy time over the festive season.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: Congratulations are extended to the following who recently celebrated their birthdays recently, Thomas English, Vale View and Soussons, France) on Saturday 4 January, Eric Fitzpatrick (Forest View and Sydney, Australia) , Margaret Flynn (West End) and Ger Quane (Treada na Ri) on Wednesday 8 January. Edd Valatka (Mill Hill) on Thursday 9 January.

THANK YOU : Kilfinane Tidy Towns Committee wish to thank most sincerely all who supported their very successful and well supported 80s Disco Fundraising Night at Pat O’Shaughnessy’s Bar on Saturday 28 December.

KILFINANE NEW CEMETERY AWARD WINNER : The Kilfinane New Cemetery has been announced as the Winner of the Modern Section in the Kilmallock Electoral Area for 2013. Congratulations to the Committee and all who helped to keep the cemetery in excellent condition all through the year.

ENGAGEMENT CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to wish Deirdre O’Shaughnessy (Ballyroe Upper) and Brian Stokes (Limerick) who announced their engagement on Christmas Day.

KILFINANE OPEN COURSING CLUB OFFICERS 2014: At the recently held Annual General Meeting of Kilfinane Open Coursing Club, the following Officers were elected as follows : Presidents : Tom Ryan, Pad Joe Treacy and Maurice O’Regan. Chairman : John O’Brien. Vice Chairman : Maurice O’Brien. Secretary : John Treacy. Assistant Secretary : Liam O’Brien. Treasurer : Dick Fitzgerald. Assistant Treasurer : John O’Farrell. PRO : Tommy O’Sullivan.

COURSING SUCCESS : On New Years Day in the Coursing Meeting in Galbally, there was success for a local dog, Vale View Flyer who won the Derby Trial Stake much to the delight of the local associates of the winner and Best of Luck in Clonmel.

DARTS TOURNAMENT: Kilfinane Open Coursing Club held their second Annual fundraising Darts Tournament over the holiday period which had an entry of sixteen teams, played over three nights at McGrath’s Bar culminated in the Semi Finals and Final on Friday night last 3 January, where Storan’s Bar (Croom) comprising of Edward Daly, Pat O’Donnell, Stevie Twomey and Paudie Noonan, defeated Lynch’s Bar(Kilmallock) and Premier Bar (Ballylanders) comprising of John Leonard, Dell Sheehan, Stephen Sheehan and TJ Clancy defeated Mark Heffernan’s Team to reach the final, in a repeat of the final in 2013, and it was the Premier Bar that emerged winners once again. In the ‘B’ Final, a team led by Matt McDonagh with Arthur McDonagh, Patrick O’Donnell and Patrick McCarthy emerged winners over Healy’s Bar team which comprised of Dave Healy, Kevin Palmer, Richard McCarthy and Barry O’Shaughnessy. The Secretary of the organising Committee, John Treacy thanked all who helped out in the organisation of the Tournament, in particular, Pat McGrath who hosted and sponsored the event, Joe O’Connor for his help and all the teams that entered the very successful competition, he presented the winning team captain John Leonard (Premier Bar) with the winning Cheque and Pat O’Donnell (Croom)) was presented with the runners up cheque while the Semi Finalists cheques were presented to Mark Heffernan’s team and Lynch’s Bar (Kilmallock) while McDonagh’s team were presented with the B Final winners cheque and Healy’s Bar with the runners up cheque. All in all a very god conclusion to a very well organised Tournament and Well Done to all concerned.

LONG PUCK COMPETITION: Twelve teams took part in the Blackrock GAA Club Long Puck Competition on New Years Day, with participants from Ballylanders, Castletown Ballyagran, Effin and Kilmallock joining the locals in a very competitive and enjoyable contest. The weather seemed as if it might spoil the competition early in the day but by the time the first sliothar was struck shortly after midday at Murrin’s Cross the weather improved and was very favourable all afternoon. The winning team of Brian Moloney, John O’Donnell, David Moloney and Kieran Moloney had a score of 40 shots while there was a tie for second place with 41 shots, with the team of Richard Murphy, Paudie Leahy, Aidan Murphy and Aidan Fitzgerald level with David Healy, Liam Walsh, Richard McCarthy and Brendan Hennessy. There was much appreciated beverages in the Greenwood Inn where the Presentation of Prizes took place and of course all the participants reviewed and relived the competition and where improvements can be made in their ‘game’ for next year, well Done to all involved in a very enjoyable afternoon and to the Quilty family for the very usual nice welcome and beverages.

MEDAL PRESENTATION : On Saturday night last 4 January, Scoil Pol was the venue for the Presentation of Divisional and County medals to Sean Og Hanley’s Minor team of 2012 and 2013. The team, won the South Minor League in 2012 and 2013, while taking the South Minor ‘A; Hurling Championship title also in 2012. Divisional and County honours came in 2013 winning the Minor ‘B’ Hurling Championship titles while Ballyhoura Gaels won the South 13 a side hurling competition title. Local Limerick Senior Hurling All Star Richard McCarthy made the presentations of medals to the players who brought success over the past two years, also present were Pat Heffernan Vice Chairman Limerick Co G.A.A. Board, Hugh Murphy, Secretary South Limerick GAA who addressed those present as did Richard McCarthy, Carmel Murphy, Chairperson, Blackrock GAA Club, Dave McCarthy Chairman Glenroe GAA Club and Joe Brazill Staker Wallace GAA Club.

KILFINANE ATHLETIC CLUB : 2014 off to a busy start. Training at the Sportsfield in Kilfinane continues every Thursday from 7 to 8. We have a number of people taking up running for the first time who find training with others a great way to improve. We are linking with the Galtee Runners 5k Fit for Life run in February as a goal to aim for. Anyone who is interested in joining us on Thursdays is more than welcome. The Limerick County 4 Mile now takes place on Sunday the 26 January 2014, 1 week earlier than previously scheduled. Start time is 1pm. Any members interested in running can contact Pat or Vinny to register. This is an event that we are generally very successful at, with both our men’s and women’s team having won the Novice category over the last few years. The Limerick County 10 mile and 5 mile race which was postponed on St. Stephen’s Day due to ice on the route will now go ahead on Sunday 2 February 2014 with a 1:30pm. start time. The Munster Senior Novice Road will take place on Sunday 16 March 2014. (Waterford Venue) while The Munster Masters Road will take place two weeks later on Sunday 30 March 2014 (Clare venue)