Festive Parties GalorE: We experienced one of the busiest seasons for festive parties including on Christmas morning at the Daughters of Charity Special Needs school in Lisnagry, after the sponsored fun run from Limerick city.
Chief organisers Paddy O’Connell, Paul O’Connor, Ronnie Long, Peter Hogan, Tom Considine, had a very hearty welcome for Granagh musicians John O’Riordan who touched down spot on time for the big event.
There was also a welcome home party for John, and Bridget Hayes, Crecora, daughter Sonya, here husband and their four month old son, at the Cu Chullain bar.
A farewell party coinicded with the monthly trad session at the Dark Horse, Patrickswell for Bruff native Jason Hickey, returning to England afte rhis extended holiday in Granagh.
Oraganisers John Hayes, Fergus Kilcoyne and MC J O’Riordan wished Jason bon voyage, and hoped he would be back in Granagh for the summer season. Other Gatherings included Adare, Colmanswell, Rockchapel and Knockfierna.
Kilatal win Puc fada: The Kilatal boys from the western side of the parish were the best of 39 entries in the Knockfierna long puck held on St Stephen’s Day. Included in the winning team were Stephen Hickey, Jack O’Donoghue and Edward Sheehy with 46 shots they were just clear of the ‘Murphy team’.
Sympathy: Sincere sympathy was expressed to the Lynch family, Ballinamuddock recently on the death of the late Mrs Peggy Lynch (nee Broderick). She is fondly remebered not alone in Dromin/Athlacca and her native Milford, Co Cork but also in the surrounding parishes where along with her late husband John J Lynch had life time friendships in the general locality. Her funeral to Dromin was large and very representative of her native Cork and the local representative of her native Cork and the local parishes. Deepest sympathy to her sons, daughters and relations.
May she rest in peace.
Deepest sympathy is also conveyed to the family, relations and friends of the late Tim Quaid, Main Street, Croom. And the Hartigan families Coolrus, Granagh, on the sudden death of the late David (Davy) Hartigan.
Our sympathy to all relations and friends of the late Mick O’Rourke, Ballynaught, Bruree who was called to his eternal reward recently.
May they rest in peace.
RIP Fr BRowne:The Very Rev. Fr Denis Browne, PP retired parish priest of the combined parishes of Castletown/Ballyagran/Colmanswell was called to his eternal reward on Wednesday December 11 at Milford House, Limerick.
The late Fr Denis will be fondly remembered by every parish he ministered as the very lovable, gentle dispositioned and forgiving Catholic curate and subsequently a very unassuming Cannon and parish priestt until his retirement in 2004.
From Castletown/Ballagran, Fr Browne’s 10 year term in Granagh/Ballingarry was remarkably productive as he settled into very organisations ambitions and achievements in the parish.
His arrival in Granagh had an almost immediate tonic effect on the promotion of local athletics and in general terms during the 1960s, the local athletic club could be said to been one of the top parish athletic clubs in Ireland catering for all aspects/grades of athletics, which was the result of Fr Browne’s outstanding encouraging promotions in the parish and county.
As spiritual director of the Pioneer Total Abstinence association, Fr Browne had an unequalled encouraging approach that endeared himself to the stranger as if they were his very own flock while his addresses to the PTA meetings had the most admirable gentleness of delivery, like his Sunday sermons, they also contained an unshakeable Christian message for all to adhere to.
Our sincere sympathy to his relations and thousands of friends in the athletic fields, pioneer association, clergy and religious orders.
May he rest in eternal peace.
Greetings overseas: to all our relations and friends in England, America, Australia and other parts of the world. May you have your happiest new year where ever you are. Our sincere thanks to Mr Tom Byrnes, Athlacca for his recent letter from Salford, England regarding the many outstanding tributes payed to the late Very Rev Canon Liam Houlihan, PP Salford and former native of Granagh/Ballingarry. Mr Byrnes very kindly sent us copies of the interesting feature on Rev Fr Houlihan and is doing so reminds us all to think at least at this time of year about all our immigrants in various parts of the world and to send our best wishes to them as we do to all our friends at home.