Liam Lawton Huge Success: It was a night filled with nostalgia when Liam Lawton and his musicians moved centre stage in concert onto the Altar of Caherconlish Church on Sunday last.. It was fifty years ago since such a big sound reverberated around the building which was originally the Shamrock Ballroom. The old Hi Fi ceiling in place since 1960 done its purchaser the late Fr Tom Hayes proud as it transmitted the rich melow tones of Fr Liam to an appreciative audience. The followers of the singing priest and composer came from near and far. There were a number of people from the US. To add to the enjoyment, the local Adult and Youth Choir under the direction of Valerie Walsh done the name of the parish proud as they performed a number of songs with Fr Liam. They really were most professional and pitch perfect on the night. When a choir receives the accolades from an international personage such as Liam Lawton for their perfo0rmance it is saying something special. The organisers led by Phil Martin are to be complimented on their project. The ladies who done the flower arranging too must be complimented.
Ballyhoura Rural Service: is now operating a ‘Community Phone Link’ service, in addition to our existing visitation service.
‘Community Phone Link’ consists of a friendly phone call once or twice a week from a trained member of staff and is available to anybody in the Ballyhoura area who would appreciate a regular call, particularly elderly people. The service is free of charge and operates Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
If you would like to register for this service, or if you know somebody who may be interested in receiving a friendly call, please contact Kay Kennedy at 061 383666.
Graveyard Extension: Plans have been posted publically by Limerick County Council for an extension to Caherconlish Cemetery. These can be seen in the Planning Office Limerick County Council. Already a number of people have been in receipt of copies of the plan and it really looks as if the long overdue extension will be realised. Over two hundred new graves will be available as a result.
Old Clothes Collection: The old unwanted clothes collection for the Caherconlish GAA Underage was held in the grounds of the Millennium Centre on Saturday last. The club sincerely thanks all who donated clothes and will collect those that were offered for collection over the coming days. You have been enormous benefactors to the underage over the past three years with the donation of unwanted clothes. The funds raised have helped to insure players over this time. The club also wishes to convey its thanks to the Community Tennis Grounds and the Soccer Club who came to their assistance in providing their grounds for training recently.
Thanks: John Flavin our village maintenance man for the past six years and who recently received a Community Award from Limerick County Council wishes to appreciate all the well wishes he received since and thanks all who assisted him over the last six years in keeping the village and estates tidy.
Soccer: The Caherconlish A team sufered a disappointing defeat to Moyross on a 2 gls to 1 scoreline. Brendan Hourigan was the local clubs scorer. Caherconlish after a season of up and downs and near misses finish in fifth place in the league.
The B team beat Shannon Town four goals to three on Sunday last. The B’s led 3gls to nil at one stage in the game but Shannon rallied greatly. Eventually time ran out for them and a fourth goal by Caherconlish sealed the win. Daniel Reddan (2), Bernard Corbett and Kian O’Shaughnessy were the Caherconlish scorers.
The 200 club draw takes place in flannerys bar Friday night all are welcome and tickets can still be purchased from club members.
Seeking Holiday Families: Jane O’Regan is looking for kind responsible local families to look after Spanish, French and German teenagers during the summer months. Is it possible please to include the following in your notes for the Limerick Leader, thank you. please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Millennium Centre Refurbishment: There has been a delay in starting the refurbishment of the Millennium Centre. The work is due to start within the next week. This work will cause a certain amount of disruption and limited parking. We know this work will cause some disruption to our neighbours. We ask you to be patient with us for the next few months.
Ciorcal Comhra: An informal group will meet between 10.30 am and noon on Tuesday April 23rd in the Millennium Centre to have a cup of coffee and to chat in Irish. Everybody has at least 10 years’ worth of school Irish in their heads - if you would like to brush up on what you can remember, you are welcome to come and practise with other people who are in the same position. Some will be better, some worse than others but we can all enjoy using what Irish we have.
Caherconlish First Communion Day: Saturday, April 27, 11 am: Congratulations & blessings to all 18 young children who will receive their First Communion. You have prepared well & have participated in 8 liturgical celebrations as part of the “Do this in Memory” programme. Over the past year there was a sharing of responsibility by the home, school and parish for religious education of the children. We are grateful for the teachers sharing from the treasury of their faith – especially 1st Communion Teacher, Ms. Marie Mulcahy, who has worked with such enthusiasm and commitment leading the children to this very special day. Thanks to parents for the wonderful support to your children in the ‘growing’ of the faith – you will be especially happy for them on Saturday.
Pastoral Council Suggestion Box: Any ideas, suggestions/ what you feel needs to be addressed from a Parish/Church point of view. These boxes will be available in the Church for 10 days prior to the next meeting of Council on May 9.
Diocesan Church Collections: We hold about 5 of these every year – usually Church Gate. These will be replaced by a second collection held within the Church after Communion. The Second Collection on Sunday 28th April is for the Education of Priests. The proceeds go to the Diocesan Education Fund which meets the cost of seminarians’ fees at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and also contributes to on-going formation of priests in the Diocese. We as a Parish are asked to contribute €980. Please be as generous as you can.