Ras Luimni 2013 Race report: Last Sunday, Limerick Cycling Club hosted the annual Ras Luimni cycle race on the roads of Caherconlish, Ballyneety, Holycross and Herbertstown on a brutally cold and damp day. The race started from the Church car park in Caherconlish. Hardy spectators were out around the 31K circuit and witnessed some of the tough men of the sport. Ras Luimni is always a poplar and well attended race. This year a large turnout of 260 riders set off at 12.30. In the first race category, the A1/ A2 about 60 riders covered 4 laps of the tough 125K circuit in just 3 hours and twenty minutes. The racing was very fast in the A1 and 2 categories, 41k an hour average. Sean Lacey notched up his second win in three weeks as he stormed to an outstanding victory at Rás Luimní. The Tralee rider now riding for the Aqua Blue team went from the drop of the flag with his team-mate Olan Barrett and they pulled out a small gap over a large A1/A2 bunch behind. The riders had to contend with horrendous crosswinds, temperatures that skirted just above freezing and sleet. But Lacey made light of the elements as he slipped away on the last lap and had well over a minute on Barrett in the end, who came second. Twohig rounded out the podium. To quote Twohig, “It was such a brutally hard day out there today, you just couldn’t get warm and we were out there for almost three and a half hours.” 1 Sean Lacey, Aqua Blue 2 Olan Barrett Aqua Blue 3 Barry Twohig Blarney C.C. The second race, category A3, had around 90 riders, which included juniors and Veterans. They covered 3 laps of the same circuit. The racing was exciting, with many attacks but seven riders got away, that break was reduced to six. Well done to the juniors from Limerick C.C. Stephen Shanahan and Henry Cooke who put it up the senior riders. Just behind the placings were two more juniors from the Limerick club, Shane O’ Hara and Mark O’ Callaghan. 1. Cathal Moynihan (Tralee, Manor West CC 2. Dylan Foley (Nicholas Roche Performance Team (Junior) 3. Trevor Robinson (Comeragh CC) 4. Stephen Shanahan (Limerick CC) (Junior) 5. Eddie Dunbar (Kanturk CC) (Junior) 6. Henry Cooke (Limerick CC) (Junior) The last race, A4 category, had 100 riders, which was a fantastic turn out, and covered two laps of the circuit. This category, now in its third year, caters for novice riders and cyclists who are making a comeback. Category A4 is a huge growth area in cycle racing. The race held together until the final three kilometres. 1. Barry Meehan (World Wide Cycles CC) 2.John Brosnan (Killarney CC) 3. Moyles (Visit Nenagh CC) Based on feedback from the riders and all involved, Ras Luimni 2013 was a major success once again, in spite of the foul weather. A huge amount planning goes into an event like this. Club chairman Pat Spaight commented that this year’s event was up to the usual high standard. He would like to sincerely thank the race committee, club members and friends, which includes Limerick Triathlon Club, who assisted in marshalling. The Gardai provided outstanding support, while the Civil Defence and the Red Cross provided the backup on the day that allowed the event take place in a professional manner. He would like to thank all the residents along the circuit and especially the people of Caherconlish for their support. Local men Denny Hourigan and Johnny O’ Donnell put themselves forward again this year for stewarding, which much appreciated. The committee is also very appreciative of The Bike Shop in O’Connell Ave., Joe Walsh of Walsh Windows, and Christy Enright. Thanks to John Hickey for presenting the Michael Fogarty perpetual cup. Finally, the event was enhanced by the excellent facilities at the Millennium Centre. Sincere thanks to the manager Tommy O’Connell and Margaret Ryan and all the staff. Many thanks to Pat Spaight, Bohermore, for the above report. Liam Lawton
Concert: On Sunday April 21 at 8pm, Caherconlish will have the honour of welcoming Fr .Liam Lawton as he performs in Concert at Our Lady Mother of the Church, Caherconlish. Fr. Liam will be joined by our local Adult and Youth Choirs under the direction of Valerie Walsh. For the past 20 years Fr. Liam has been composing sacred and inspirational music, which has become a repertoire for Choirs and Artists throughout the world. To date he has recorded 14 collections with a number achieving platinum status. Most recently Fr. Liam has composed the Glendalough Mass, an Irish Mass celebrating the life of St. Brigid. Fr. Liam has performed in venues including the Vatican, Carnegie Hall, the White House and the Eucharist Congress held in Dublin. His song Cloud’s Veil was adopted as an anthem across New York and America following 9/11, and is performed at events associated with the Twin Towers tragedy. Tickets cost €20 and will be sold door to door in the coming weeks. Tickets are also available at Caherconlish Post Office or from Fr. Roy (087)2225150, Phil (087)1363747, John (086)2575686, Nuala (086)8443288 and Chris (087)7455092. Proceeds go to the funds of Caherconlish/Caherline Parish. The Parish Pastoral Council welcomes all to this event
Soccer: Caherconlish A team with a much weakened team travelled to league leaders Granville Rangers. Unfortunately, minus seven of the regular panel, they were beaten 2gls to nil by a strong Granville outfit. Credit goes to B team players who were called upon to help out. They stood up to the task and gave a great account of themselves In their Divisional Cup the B team had home advantage to a St Pats side. The game was only fresh off the blocks with Caherconlish taking the lead through a well taken Michael Nelligan goal. However, St Pats levelled the tie before half time. With about ten minutes remaining young Noelle Kenny popped up with a fine effort to seal the win for the locals. The B team already have a cup final date in Jackman Park and are a step nearer to another after Sundays result. Off the playing field, the club are re launching their very successful 200 Club Draw. Details will be announced soon.
Community Alert: The Community Alert is being revitalised presently and Micheal O’ Riain from Pallasgreen was a guest at one of its recent meetings. He provided some excellent advice and the committee publicly wishes to thank him for his help.
Graveyard Cleanup Date: A clean up of Caherconlish New Graveyard is being organised for Saturday March 23. The start time is set for 10am. The organisers of the cleanup encourage all who have graves in the cemetery to come along with spades, shovels and brushes to complete the task in one go. Together will make the difference.
Seisiun with a difference: As part of the St Patrick’s week of celebrations, the local Seisiun Group have organised a special celebration of music, song etc in the Millennium Centre on Wednesday night March 20. There will be a special guest appearing on the night and everyone is encouraged to come along and enjoy themselves. Light refreshments are being served with a full members bar.
Moll: ‘Who said that wemon have no power in the church’’. If you want the answer to this question come to The Teach Cloverfield on St. Patrick’s Night for St. Patrick’s Players performance of Moll by J.B. Keane at 8.30p.m. The play will also be performed in The Teach on Friday March 22nd and in Pallasgreen on Sunday March 24th at 8.30p.m. Other dates announced later.
Cappamore says thanks: Cappamore Estates Committee - would like to thank you greatly for the support you gave at the time of selling raffle tickets for our Bric a Brac which was held Sunday March 3. They have reached their target and shall start their landscaping job in the very near future.
Variety Show: Pallasgreen Variety Group is back after a three year absence with a show called “Here we are again”. Produced by the renowned Maureen Fitzgerald on Friday, Sat and Sun night March 15,16 and 17 at 8pm nightly. It promises to entertain with wonderful singing, music, comedy and dance from start to finish. A large cast both young and old have been rehearsing for the past few months and the weekend will be one to enjoy. All are welcome