Charity begins at home and abroad in Limerick village Boher for Bothar

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

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Charity begins at home and abroad in Limerick village Boher for Bothar

Jimmy O'Donnell and Caroline Hickey at the Boher parish social

TRAINS don’t stop at Boher station any more but it is still always milling with people.

The building has been transformed into a community centre by Boher Community Development Association. Their annual parish social keeps the centre “on track” and pays for its upkeep and running costs. Over 130 attended and as well as a night of socialising and dancing, an auction is held.  

Local farmer and active committee member, Paudie Laffan, was the auctioneer for the night and he could sell snow to eskimos. Paudie turned bags of timber blocks, animal feed, gravel, and much more into cold hard cash. Almost €5,000 was raised for Boher Community Centre. There is a social conscience aspect to the parish social as a calf that was sold will be reared in prison before being donated to Bothar.

Committee chairman, John O’Connell and Mary Finucane, PRO, thanked attendees, everybody who bought tickets and supplied items for auction.

This included the Quirke family who gave trees for blocks; volunteers who cut timber; Roche’s Feeds; Liffey Mills Nenagh; Dan O’Connor’s; Dairygold, Pallasgreen; John O’Connell, Crecora Mills; Rearcross Quarries; Kerry Agribusiness, Herbertstown; Eddie and Marie Hennessy; Michael and Margaret O’Reilly and John Kennedy, Dunnes Stores.

Sincere thanks also to the staff of the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish, Johnny and Niall Skehan and all who donated spot prizes.