Caherconlish Nov 23

Christmas Party: The annual local Social Services Party will take place in the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish on Sunday December 8. Names are presently being taken for this annual event and should be forwarded to any of the following, Marie Merrick at 061 351358, Nancy Connolly at 061 351219, Kitsy Hickey in the Post office or any member of the committee. Please do so by Friday November 29 next.

Christmas Party: The annual local Social Services Party will take place in the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish on Sunday December 8. Names are presently being taken for this annual event and should be forwarded to any of the following, Marie Merrick at 061 351358, Nancy Connolly at 061 351219, Kitsy Hickey in the Post office or any member of the committee. Please do so by Friday November 29 next.

November Remembrances: There will be Rosary and Prayers in Caherconlish Old Graveyard on Sunday November 24. Please check notices for times etc.

Parish Finances: The newly elected Parish Finance Committee have distributed leaflets to homes in the parish district setting out the state of affairs. Recognising the financial difficulties that is being experienced throughout Ireland at present our parish priest Fr Roy Donovan sets out clearly information on the state of the parish finances in the leaflet. There is a decrease in parish income due to a number of factors. These has been indicated on the leaflet. In 2012 alone a deficit of €20,000 was experienced. The messages in the leaflet suggest methods by which this can be remedied during 2014. The parish needs to bring in €120,000 during 2014.

National Emergency Church Gate Collection: Collections were made last weekend at both churches to help the people of Syria and the Philippines. This was organised by Caritas & Trocaire.

Walk of Life Fund: The recently held Table Quiz held in the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish realised a handsome sum of €875. The proceeds of this night goes to the Walk of Life, Milford Hospice Fund. The organisers are indebted to those who participated on the night and to those bodies and organisations who gave sponsorship. Many thanks.

Community Alert: The Winter is upon us now with the advent of the dark evenings, blustery conditions and cold weather. If you haven’t as of yet done so, it is equally a time to take stock of the safety status of your property and your personal safety. The text messaging system is live at present and do not be afraid to use it should the case arise. Just a few small reminders is required when it comes to protecting your property and your personal safety. Exterior lighting should be checked to see that they work. Make sure that windows and doors have been equipped with safety locks. To prevent fire in the home make sure that chimney flues are cleaned. Ensure that cooking appliances are safe and maintained. Fireguards are essential when it comes to open fireplaces. Also ensure smoke alarms are positioned and working properly. Carbon Monoxide Alarms are most necessary. Protect your tools and machinery by locking them up and storing them in a place that proves inaccessible to the thief. For those who have special phone alarms please make sure that they are in use –try them out at least once within the next week or so. Oil is an expensive commodity so make sure that home heating oil tanks are secured. If you are away from your home for a period make sure it has protection – inform a trusted friend or neighbour. There has been a few break-ins in recent times. Look out for one another. If you see someone acting suspiciously around your or other people’s property call the Gardai straight away. These individuals have no right to your hard earned gains or your property. Some people have reported one or two instances of hood wearing individuals in places where they shouldn’t be.

Christmas Book and Craft Fair: Fundraiser for Playground: Sunday Dec 1st. Anyone interested in taking a stall at this fair, please contact Susan at 087 2210790. The organisers are looking for crafts of all types jewellery, baking, Christmas gift ideas and more. Stalls are €10.

Ballyhoura Rural Services: are hosting an event in Kilbehenny Community Hall on Friday November 22nd to celebrate Ireland’s 40 year membership of the EU. Guest speakers include Phil Prendergast MEP and Aidan Gleeson Chairperson of County Limerick IFA. There will be various workshops and exhibits available. Light lunch will be followed by afternoon dancing to Heart to Heart. The event commences at 10.30 am. This might fruitful to those locally interested in attending. For further details and bookings contact Kay Kennedy at 061 383666 or 08637754202.

Work Group: Work Group activity recommenced after a week’s break. On Friday last one group collected all the fallen leafs in High Street and sowed some bulbs at the school precincts whilst on Saturday last daffodils bulbs were set at Goonans Way and the Turnhole was cleaned up. The group would like to see everyone making an effort to clear up in front of their properties over the next four weeks on the lead up to Christmas.

Echoes from the past: Radio and television programmes have been saturated over recent days concerning the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy with many recollections being put forward by programme participants. The most questions being asked was where were you then and what were you doing at the time? It is amazing that the memory impales such sharp and traumatic episodes of life into our grey matter, events forever to be recalled and with added micro- second accuracy. If I was asked what I ate for my breakfast twenty-four hours ago I’d have to seek information from the person that cooked it. One perhaps would maybe have no difficulty about recalling where they were then on that fateful November day of 1963 but confessing what you may have been up to may require a self-infliction of the Hippocratic oath. So after fifty years let the oath be set aside and confession be made. It was in Johnny Hickey’s shop at Templemichael in the first of my teenage years and in the act of pulling and puffing on a Carrolls Number 1. Hickey’s Shop was the bolt hole for a couple of young fellows like myself whose homes the television set had not yet entered. Rin Tin Tin and all that jazz had an intoxication that drew us to a 19inch square piece of talking glass tube and the parentless freedom to puff a ‘Virginia’ best. Then the awful moment came. The television screen went momentarily blank followed by the warning ‘Newsflash’ and Charles Mitchell, the solemn faced newscaster, broke the news that broke all our hearts, ‘President John Fitzgerald Kennedy…………………is dead’. I looked up at shop-owner John standing at the end of the counter and all I could hear him mutter was ‘My God Almighty’. Unbelievable and the world was not the same after that.

Abington Church Concert: There will be a concert given by a student choir from the UL World Academy of Music in Abington Church on this Friday November 22 at 8pm. Items performed will include sacred and secular music. Admission is free. Donations to church welcome.