Ras Luimni 2013: All roads will lead to Caherconlish on this upcoming Sunday, March 10 for Limerick Cycling Club’s annual cycle race, Ras Luimni. Hopefully the weather will be on a par with the previous two years when good dry conditions were experienced. This event attracts the top amateur cyclists from all over the country, and sets the scene for a great spectacle on the roads around the Caherconlish, Ballyneety, and Herbertstown area. The host club invites the public to experience the excitement and thrills of road racing in Ireland. Last year’s winner Paudie O’ Brien will be trying for two in a row. He is the leader of a new team, Planet Tri Racing based in Killaloe. Also on this team is local man Mike Storan from Ballynagarde. Mike is in very good form and will be a serious contender this year. The race headquarters will be at The Millennium Centre Caherconlish. The riders will leave the centre at 12.00 and after a short briefing by officials; the race will start proper on High Street. The race will travel to Ballyneety, turning left at the village taking the main road to Holycross, then turning left at the next junction to Herbertstown passing the Honey Fitz pub, turning left back to Caherconlish. The race finish line will be just past the Tennis Court grounds, just outside the village. The club race committee are expecting up to 250 competitors from clubs around the country, especially from Munster. The races will start at 12.30pm. Three separate races will run in parallel. First off will be A1/A2 category riders. They are the elite cyclists; they will race four laps of a 31Km circuit. Next, the A3 category that is made up Senior, Junior, Veteran and Lady racing cyclists will race three laps of the circuit. The third race will be the A4 category, which caters for Novice and lapsed racing cyclists they will race two laps of the circuit. Prize giving will take place after the race at The Millennium Centre where refreshments will be provided. Limerick Cycling Club in conjunction with the Gardaí will do their upmost to minimise any inconvenience caused to the local community during this event between 12.00 and 4pm. The Ras organisers would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Dick Laffan to be honoured: Cumann na Sean Ghaeil Luimneach Thoir (Old East Limerick Gaels) in association with St Ailbe’s Credit Union Ltd is honouring the lifelong services to the Gaelic Athletic Association of Dick Laffan, Herberstown and Baskethill. The presentation night is on this Saturday in the Millennium Centre Caherconlish at 8.30pm. This is in my opinion a long overdue honour as Dick Laffan has been a unsung hero for Gaeldom since the 1960’s when he first represented the local club as a delegate. He served for a long number of years as Registrar of the Caherline GAA club until he was elected to the similar position in the East Limerick Bord. I had the honour of proposing him for that position way back then. A member of Caherconlish GAA Field Committee in bygone days, he was always at the ready willing to help collecting at the gates and other duties such as umpire or referee. Since the start of the Scor competitions, way back, he became instantly involved. Trath na gCeist was his particular forte and he won Divisional honours in it when Scor was held back then in the Oyster Ballroom at Dromkeen. Dick’s family, the Laffan’s all played a prominent part in the GAA in past years, his late brother Mike being one of the most able administrators at club level. It’s an honour well deserved.
Soccer: Caherconlish A team continued their fine run of form on Sunday last with a solid 4 gls to 2 win against Mungret. Caherconlish led by two goals for most of the game with goals from Philip Mulready and Brendan Hourigan. But with 20 minutes left in things took a dramatic change and play Mungret had drawn level. Things appeared ominous then but Gary Murphy and Hughie Maguire lifted the pressure off the local side by scoring two late goals. This sealed a valuable 3 points and the recent good form by the side is much welcomed by all.
Denis Taylor Night: By all accounts, the presence of former World Snooker Champion Denis Taylor at Mulcahy’s Lounge on Sunday last was a memorable affair. As Denis touched down first there to greet him was local man Mickey Nelligan who had an instant rapport with him. ‘Are you the man that kept me up all night messing around with the black ball’ charged an ebullient Mickey. There was no offer of howr you Denis and the proud Tyrone man laughed heartily as himself and Mickey instantly hit it off. A large crowd were on hand to listen to and enjoy Denis.
Elvis Night Success: The Elvis Night at the Millennium Centre on Saturday night last was an outstanding success with a large patronage present at the event. They were rocking round the clock as local man Timmy Ryan came home and gave a memorable performance of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Timmy complete with a copy of the Kings attire has been performing his favourite singer’s songs since he was a teenager. He presently resides in Co Meath and is son of Maureen and Paddy of Oakley Park. All the proceeds of the night went to the Community.
Rambling House Drama: Due to Drama Rehearsals there will be no Rambling House on this March 8 at An Teach in Cloverfield. Instead the long established St. Patrick’s Players Cloverfield will perform ‘’MOLL’’ a two act comedy by J.B. Keane in the Teach on St Patrick’s Night Sunday March 17 and on Friday March 22 at 8.30p.m. The Play will also be performed in Pallasgreen C.C. on Sunday March 24 at 8.30p.m. and in Friarsgate Theatre Kilmallock on Friday April 5th and Saturday April 6 at 8p.m
Caherconlish GAA Football Club: Caherconlish GAA Club which caters for Gaelic Football especially welcomes new members, and in particular those who want to help in the running of the club whether it is as a coach or helping out with the underage teams or as a fundraiser. Membership is now due for the year ahead and this is important so that the players can be registered and be covered by insurance for the year ahead. There is no increase in membership fees and it is kept the same as for the previous year - 10 euro per child, 20 euro for 2 or more children, and 20 euro for adult membership. It can be paid to any of the committee members. The U 16’s will be notified in the coming week as to start of training which is expected before end of this month.
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