Big Road Race on Sunday: Caherconlish district is about to get off with a great start in 2014 and should have a real buzz about it on Sunday next January 12 when the third annual Tom Walsh Memorial 10k race & 5 mile walk will be staged under the very capable auspices of Caherconlish-Caherline Community Games Committee. The 10K route and the 5 Mile Walk is unchanged from last year’s race circuit. The inaugural race, two ago (2012), was won by Limerick AC’s Michael Carmody from a field consisting of 250 competitors. Last year, Jan 2013, Sean Hehir, Rathfarnham AC won the 10K race with a new course record of 30:37. A new -female course record was also set by Angela McCann in a time 36:54. Four hundred participants that included athletes and walkers turned out in last year’s events and it is expected that a similar turnout will be achieved this year. All participants of all abilities are welcome. Entry fee for the 10k race is €15 up to midnight on this Thursday Jan 9th 2014 and €20 after this date. Online entries will be open in the coming days on www.eventmaster.ie and online entries will close midnight of the 11th Jan 2014, late entries will be accepted before 1:45pm on race day at the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish. Walkers’ entry fee is €5 for an individual and €10 for family. Further information is being posted about the race and online entry details on the organiser’s facebook page. People can also follow on Twitter @Tomwalsh10k. Like us at www.facebook.com/pages/Tom-Walsh-Memorial-10k-Run-5m-Walk/289098387795801. The race and walk is in aid of St. Vincent’s Special School, Lisnagry, which is a very deserving cause. So come out and give your support this much awaited early New Year event.
Tom Walsh the Barefooted Runner: The name of the late Tom Walsh, the Barefooted Runner, of Ballyvourneen, is remembered on the stone plinth raised in his memory four years ago. He brought honour, pride and much enjoyment during a long and illustrious athletics career to his native place and indeed to Limerick as a whole. His career spanned three decades (twenty two years in all). His athletic prowess on the running fields and tracks of Ireland and abroad during the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s inspired many a young athlete. Tom’s story will further inspire the athletes of the future and no doubt but that his spirit will be with all the participants in next Sunday’s race held to honour his name. Tom was a batchelor who loved Irish ways, song, dance and culture. He was a man who always kept himself fit with a healthy lifestyle. Born in 1918, he was a hardworking man and was attached to the outdoor staff of Limerick County Council for most of his life. He was for a long number of years the Caherconlish correspondent with the Limerick Leader. Tom passed away in the year 2000 and is buried at Ballybrood.
Caherconlish AFC: Caherconlish AFC committee would like to thank all for the continued support during 2013. On the field it has been a tough year for their teams but off the field the club has been busy securing a 99 year lease and building new dressing rooms. These are at an almost completed stage at present. This new year it is hoped to improve the playing surface and start underage soccer again. The club committee would also like to thank those who supported the fundraising night of December 28 for the senior citizens’ group who do amazing work each year. Happy new year to all.
Caherline GAA Lotto: The jackpot prize in the Caherline Hurling Club Weekly Lottery which stood at €1650 was won outright by Ger Coffey just before Christmas. The prizefund reverts to €1000 increasing weekly when not won. Congratulations to Ger.
Caherconlish National School: The school is presently accepting new pupil enrolments for 2014/15 Contact the school any morning between 9.00 and 11.00 am to get an enrolment form. The school would like to thank all the parents and pupils who helped in the Carol singing in the Crescent shopping centre a total of €367.30 was raised. Well done to the music group.
Dumping: Dumping of domestic rubbish has once again raised its ugly head in the districts roads. The dumper either alone or in number are carefully selecting their depositing locations. They seem to know the lie of the countryside in which to drop off their dirt and rubbish. There is no a location safe it seems. The old road from Bohermore to Caherconlish got a right pasting with rubbish over the past number of days. The bog road at Gragane was also a recipient of the dumper, though on this occasion seems to have taken care to drop it out of sight of the travelling public. Walkers reported that numerous bags full of rubbish were tidied away so as not to cause immediate unsightly annoyance. The one annoying aspect of this type of unhealthy and uncivil habit is that it must cost the dumper time, petrol and mileage to drop the load and for €6 two bags of rubbish can be safely deposited seven miles farther on in a Ballysimon Fuel Station. Just before Christmas it was learned that in the New Year that cameras may be installed in selected areas to catch and deter the dumper. The sooner that happens with a prosecution to follow, the better it will be for everybody.
HEALING RETREAT: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you for the Healing Retreat through the Ministry of Fr. Michael O’Shea, Limerick and lay speaker, John Delaney, Portlaoise, enriched with Rosary, Eucharistic adoration, Laying on of hands, Mass, Confession, music by the Maranatha Gospel Choir on Sunday next, 19th January, 2014 from 2.30pm to 7pm at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick.