Feb 2

John O’Riordan 087-1


John O’Riordan 087-1




Pieta House Mungret wishes to thank all who supported their Christmas card promotion all over the county.

In the Bruree area, Sonny Ward, of Costcutters, musicians Jackie Mangan, Ida Meaney, Johnny O’Riordan were complimented for their successful promotion efforts.


Recent local area Rehab Foundation weekly draw (helping the Mid-West Handicapped) winners included Betty O’Doherty, Garouse, Bruree, Kathleen Gould, Bruree, Maureen O’Connor, Main Street, Croom, Tom O’Connor, Ballingarry, Caroline Lenihan, Ballingarry, Tina Hennessey, Ballingarry, Eileen Cahill, Kylefea, Croom. All the above members won a €100 voucher each in recent weeks in the local area.

The Limerick Rehab Foundation draw has a prize fund of €2,100 in its weekly draw. It is run in aid of services for the Handicapped in the Mid Western Region, i.e. Day Care Centre, Rehab Care, New Resource Day Care Centre, open at John Street, Limerick. Members can join with local promoters, or direct at William Street Office, Limerick City. Phone 061-311358, €2 per week, or monthly. Annual subscriptions accepted.


An Irish Traditional Music get together will take place at “Dawn Court” housing estate in Athlacca, on the second Tuesday night of February. Dromin/Athlacca P.R.O. correspondent Pakie Lynch ensures a hearty welcome to all whether performers, musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers or audience.

Having been present on a few of the current series sessions, the Athlacca night can be highly recommended for an enjoyable and entertaining night out.


Michael Carey the popular presenter (formerly from Granagh) on East Limerick Radio last week brought back some lovely memories with his old versions of an old gramophone record we used to play several decades ago. What a beautiful version of “The Bouquet of Roses” Michael played for his listeners.

I also had to admire the selection of his version of “My Lovely Irish Rose” as this was a song I was asked to sing every year at the Granagh Nurseries special “Rose Day” celebrations, and was a great favourite with the late Patricia Whetham, R.I.P. family and staff. Over the two decades the local Garden Centre enjoyed outstanding business and national recognition.


Bernie Miller of O’Callaghan’s Mills, Co. Clare was Pat O’Donovan’s special guest this week on West Limerick Community Radio Show “A Story and A Song”. The hour long life show featured Bernie Miller’s favourite ballads/songs and recalled her youthful experiences growing up in Co. Clare.

Amongst the fine selection of her outstanding performance of songs were, My Irish Soldier Boy, Kevin Barry, The Lakes of Coolfin, It’s Good To Be Back Home Again.

In her interview with Pat O’Donovan, Bernie Miller was very forthcoming in her details of the tough times she experienced during her schooldays and the early working career she had to embark on, with very low wages. Her married life got into troubled waters in later years, and bringing up her four children on her own when her marriage broke up was an achievement she was justified in being proud of, and their career achievements were as a result of her dedication to her young family at the time.


Local combined parishes sporting clubs are getting into gear so to speak in preparation for the forthcoming playing season.

The G.A.A. Club have set their membership at €40 per adult player, €20 for students, (under-18) and €10 for Bord na nOg members (under-16 years). Payment of membership is now compulsory for players/members to take part even in training etc. Closing date for membership is March 31, 2013. Payment of fees will be accepted by club registrar John O’Carroll and the team managers.

Granagh/Ballingarry G.A.A. Club lottery jackpot is now at €13,400 and is the attractive prize for next week’s draw.

A number of camogie players from Granagh/Ballingarry have made a good start to their playing season representing their college St. Mary’s, Charleville, Co. Cork.

In the junior panels we had Tara Lynch, Siobhan Toomey, Christina Geary, Ashling Scully, Rebecca Noonan and Eimear Morrissey.

On the senior St. Mary’s team were Grainne Noonan, Ashling Scully, Christina Geary and Rebecca Noonan.


Deepest sympathy to the McCarthy family, relations and friends of the late Mrs. Francis McCarthy R.I.P. former native of “The Hill”, Kilmallock, who tragically lost her life last week in Abbey Street, Dublin, as a result of being struck by a car. Her funeral took place in Dublin.

May she rest in the eternal peace of heaven.


Sympathy is extended to the O’Donovan families, Tullovin, Croom on the very untimely death of very popular Croom man the late Vincent O’Donovan R.I.P. Tullovin, Croom.

His funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church on Saturday and burial at Reilig Mhuire had a large attendance of the local community paying their respects to the late Vincent O’Donovan R.I.P. and extending their sympathy to his wife Sheila, daughter and sons. May he rest in peace.

Sincere sympathy to the family, relations and friends of the late Christy Sheerlin R.I.P., Main Street, Bruree, who passed on to his eternal reward last week. The late Christy was a well known local creamery worker, and gave outstanding service in the locality including long terms at Banogue and Bruree Co-Operatives Creameries.

Sincere sympathy to his family members and many friends.

May he rest in peace.


Granagh Drama Group who successfully staged for six nights the Dion Boucicault play “London Assurance” directed by Jimmy Sheedy held a seventh night to help St. Joseph’s Foundation, Charleville, development of nearby Liskennett House as a new handicapped centre. All proceeds of last Saturday’s night’s showing were in aid of the St. Joseph’s Group.

The local cast and producer included: Jimmy Sheehy, Jimmy Chawke, Marylee Stapleton, Emma Chawke, Kevin Fitzgibbon, John Bennett, Liam Houlihan, Tony Sheehan, Carmel Clifford, Thresa Noonan, Marguerite Lynch, John English, Muireann O’Connor, Seamus Murphy, Richard O’Donoghue, Lily Hanley, Marian Sheehy. Mary O’Regan was P.R.O. and MC, while members of the backroom team included: Grace and Michelle McCarthy, Pat O’Donnell, Eileen Simcox, Alan Chawke, Mary and Emma Morrissey, Marian Noonan, Ann Hickey, Mary Lynch, Ann Fitzgibbon, Sean Cagney, Martin Carroll, Mick Houlihan, Pat Joe Boyce along with other local volunteers.


My music partner in Patrickswell John Hayes has invited me to join him in the organising of an Irish Rambling House at the Dark Horse, Patrickswell on Sunday, February 10.

The programme will feature an open house from 6pm for u/18 performers which is a unique opportunity for underage musicians, singers and dancers to participate up to 8.30pm.

The senior session will start approximately 9pm. We are hoping for a good response from all the surrounding areas of Crecora, Mungret, Clarina, Croom, Croagh, Granagh/Ballingarry, Bruree etc. So we would be grateful if any juvenile and senior singers, musicians, storytellers and dancers would give their support on Sunday, February 10 (next Sunday evening) at 6pm for juveniles and 9pm for the adults at The Dark Horse, Patrickswell, Co. Limerick. Admission free. Further details of the music night from John Hayes, Patrickswell or John O’Riordan, Granagh.


The best Gaelic Games news of the week was that Granagh/Ballingarry senior hurlers will hold their senior hurling status in the 2013 season. Last year it will be recalled that a series of unprecedented hard luck hit the combined parishes’ senior hurling team after showing such promise in the early years of promotion.

Of course a number of supporters and observers including yours truly felt the misplacing of key players in the early rounds automatically missed the chance of the team being in a better position later. But, now with the new season ahead a new start can be made, with all the lessons learned from last year’s mistakes and hard luck stories.

It’s also time to round up the senior Scor performers for the county finals in Askeaton on Friday March 1, 7.45pm.

Local promoters would like to hear from interested performers, question time, set dancing, recitation, ballad group, solo singing, novelty act, instrumental music and figure dancing as the rule requires at least two entries from each club. We are hoping for a good response this year, please contact John O’Riordan, Ballinlena, Granagh, so that your group/team can be entered in good time, same applies for the individual performers.

Votes of sympathy by the G.A.A. Club were passed to the Murphy and Quaid families on their recent bereavements.


The Granagh United junior (adult) and juvenile panels have created great interest in the current Desmond League series in West Limerick.

Our junior side are maintaining a very steady third position in division two and in recent seasons can be relied on to stand up to the big challenges ahead.

Local U/16’s playing in division one are top of the league table and this panel will be inevitably promoted to the junior side in a short few years, and looks good for the future of the parish soccer club.

Down the line the U/10’s are leading their group division one, with U/8’s, 12’s and U/14’s putting in very promising, high standard schoolboy league performances to date.

The soccer club lottery jackpot €13,550 is on offer at this week’s draw, as only lucky dips were won last week by Liam Galvin, Newcastle West, Eugene Mulcair, Croagh, Claire McMahon, Rock Bar, Granagh.

Tickets for this week’s draw can be bought at O’Gorman’s Shop/Filling Station, Chawke’s Cross, The Rock Bar, Granagh, Hickey’s Bar, Croom, Bennis Bar, Ballyagran, or from any soccer club promoter in the Granagh area.


Janice Carrig was this week’s featured guest in West Limerick Community Radio Show “A Story and a Song”. Janice is the well known wife of Moss Carrig, Askeaton, who in turn is a member of the well known large West Limerick family known for their music, song and story. Janice, along with her husband Moss have worked overseas for the Foreign Missions and including the Calcutta Children’s Project, have held healing congregation meetings in Catholic Churches all over Ireland and overseas to raise funds for many third world charity projects but puts no pressure or commitment on contributors/donors to give money. It’s completely up to individual generosity.

The New Zealand born Janice proved multi-talented in her singing performance on local live radio. Included in her songs, City of Joy, The Rose, How Great Thou Art, Angelicus, The Wind in the Willows and Lady of Knock.


The recent death of the late Colm O’Regan R.I.P., Anhid, Croom was learned with deep regret over a wide area, as Colm was a very popular person amongst the general community of Croom, and the neighbouring parishes. The late Colm O’Regan R.I.P. involved himself in a big way in every group/organisation in the locality such as Macra na Feirme, G.A.A., I.C.M.S.A., Athletic Club and was an ardent promoter of the original Mackey Stand/County G.A.A. Development Draw. Our sincere sympathy to his wife, family, other relations and wide circle of friends. May he rest in peace.

Our sincere sympathy is also extended to the O’Connor families of Ballytigue, Bruree and Dohera, Banogue on the death of the late Jim O’Connor R.I.P. formerly of Dohera/Ballytigue. He had reached 98 years of age and was a very respected member of the farming community. He played an important role in the formation of the Golden Vale Marts Group, also was part of Bruree Co-Operative Society.

In his younger days he helped Banogue and Croom G.A.A. Clubs to achieve many Gaelic Games titles.

May he rest in peace.