Meelick/Parteen Nov 23

Northern Distributor Road: It is hoped that work on the Northern Distributor Road will start in the coming year. Locals are beginning to appreciate the benefits the new road will bring.There will be a dual carriageway from the Coonagh roundabout to the Knockalisheen roundabout where a roundabout will be sited between the entrance to the refugee centre and Bonds corner. The road from Knockalisheen to the Watchhouse Cross will be upgraded to cope with the extra traffic.

Northern Distributor Road: It is hoped that work on the Northern Distributor Road will start in the coming year. Locals are beginning to appreciate the benefits the new road will bring.There will be a dual carriageway from the Coonagh roundabout to the Knockalisheen roundabout where a roundabout will be sited between the entrance to the refugee centre and Bonds corner. The road from Knockalisheen to the Watchhouse Cross will be upgraded to cope with the extra traffic.

Knockalisheen will now become must more accessible where heretofore there was considerable difficulty finding local venues.

Meelick GAA Club with their new acquisition of extra land will be situated very close to the new roundabout as will Limerick 37 and Parkville Soccer Clubs. It should also speed up commuters to and from Shannon as well as improved traffic flow to and from the City.

Meelick Community Hall: There will be computer classes available free of charge in Meelick Community Hall,

Local Councillor Cathal Crowe said, “Two class groupings will be formed with lessons taking place on four consecutive Thursday’s: November 14, 21, 28 & December 5. Class grouping 1 will be tutored from 10-12 and Class grouping 2 will be tutored from 12.15-14.15. You must be over 18 years of age to avail of these classes” . There is still a limited number of places available.

Anybody interested is asked to contact Cathal Crowe.

School Extension: Parteen School extension which was completed in time for the academic years 2013/2014 has received the praise of Parents Teachers and Pupils. It is a standalone building by Quinn Architects and replaces a number of pre fabs with modern teaching facilities. The architects say “the design of the extension was finalised following acceptance of our earlier masterplan for the development of the school campus and is arranged to allow for future connection to the existing school building”.

Gathering: A huge crowd is expected at “The Gathering of the friends of Fr. Browne” at Daggers Bar, Blackwater on Friday December 6th. Tickets for the function will be on sale shortly at 5 euro each and all will be donated to Milford Hospice where Fr. Browne spent his final weeks. Local musicians will provide the music and finger food will be kindly provided and sponsored by Ray McMahon.

On the night also, a DVD will be launched featuring life in the parish in the 60s through the lens of the late Fr. Browne including athletics, track & field events, parish outings, pioneer rallies, the visit of the late President Éamon de Valera to Parteen and a recorded interview with Fr. Browne himself when he was a guest at the Meelick School 50th Anniversary Celebrations four years ago.

Committee Chairman Tony Keogh said, “We have received calls from all over from people who want to be there and the DVD will be launched on the night and available for immediate sale”.

Kilquane: Following Mass in Parteen Church on Sunday morning, well- known Limerick historian Tony Browne took a number of locals on a guided tour of Kilquane Cemetery and he gave a very interesting talk on the history of the cemetery and many of the people who are buried there.

Parteen GAA: Parteen GAA Club will hold its Juvenile Club AGM on November 22nd in the Daggers Function Room.

The Senior Club pre AGM meeting is set for Wednesday, November 20th in the Daggers Function Room. During this meeting, a date will be decided for the AGM in December.

Parteen U21 footballers were defeated in the County Semi Final against Killimer last weekend. Parteen GAA Club said, “There was no joy for Parteen U21 footballers when they went down 2-17 to 3-06 to Killimer at Gurteen. Killimer led 1-02 to 0-12 at the break. Parteen fought back brilliantly after half-time and reduced the lead to a point midway in to the half. However, Killimer pulled away again and finished strongly”.

Parteen East Clare Gaels held a Medal presentation night in Pascals Bar on Saturday last. The girls were presented with their County medals and a great night was had by all.

Four young players from Parteen Camogie team modelled in Clare Camogies Fashion Extravanganza in Dromoland Castle last weekend. Moya Kenny, Brook Flynn, Levi Flynn and Sarah Hall first modelled for their respective shops and then donned their Parteen jerseys.

A great night was had by all.

Parteen GAA Club will hold a Christmas Social Night on December 14th in the Daggers Bar. The night will kick off at 9.30pm. Music and finger food will be provided. Admission cost is 5 euro with all proceeds from the tickets going to the Children’s Oncology Unit in the Midwest.

Parteen St. Nicholas Lotto Draw: The Lotto draw took place at Dagger’s Blackwater for a jackpot of €20,000.The numbers drawn were 01, 07, 13 & 19. There was no overall winner. Lucky dip winners were: Deirdre Hopkins c\o Mannion Dry cleaners Athlunkard Street; Liam Kelly c\o Meelick Tavern; Thomas A.O’Connor Athlunkard; Mary Dillon & Angela Nash c\o\Ardnacrusha PO; Ashling Murphy Paddocks Westbury and Pat & Freda Gleeson Caherdavin Lawn Limerick.

Next weeks draw takes place at The Meelick Tavern on Sunday 24th November for a jackpot of €20,000.