Boher backs Bothar as part of parish social in County Limerick

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Paudie Leahy, Maria O’Connell, Catherine Leahy, Leanne Leonard and Buddy Duff enjoying the Boher parish social

Paudie Leahy, Maria O’Connell, Catherine Leahy, Leanne Leonard and Buddy Duff enjoying the Boher parish social

TRAINS don’t stop in Boher station anymore but it sounds like Clapham Junction at times because it is so busy.

The former station house has been transformed into a thriving local hub by Boher Community Development Association. A parish social is held every year to help with the maintenance of the community centre. This year, over 100 people attended the event. As well as a night of socialising and dancing, an auction was also held.

Local farmer and active committee member, Paudie Laffan picked up the gavel and proved he could sell snow to Eskimos. Paudie turned bags of timber blocks, bags of turf, animal feed, gravel, and much more into cold hard cash.

Over €5,000 was raised for upkeep of the centre.

Pat O’Connell, chairman of Boher Community Development Association, gave an update on the two calves donated and auctioned last year which will be given to Bothar.

“They are progressing well. One is being reared locally and the other is being reared in Shelton Abbey Prison,” said Pat, who thanked attendees, everybody who bought tickets and supplied items for auction.

This included Paudie who gave trees for blocks; volunteers who cut timber for the auction; Roche’s Feeds; Dan O’Connor’s; John O’Connell, Crecora Mills; Rearcross Quarries and Gleeson Concrete in Donohill. Pat also thanked the staff of the Millennium Centre in Caherconlish, Johnny and Niall Skehan and all who donated spot prizes.