COMMUNITY GAMES NEWS: The Community Games committee wish to express their thanks to parishioners for their most generous contributions at the recent Church Gate collection. Congratulations to Bobby Kaghazchi and Shannon Smith who won gold medals in their respective events at the Swimming county Finals recently and will represent Limerick in the National Finals in Athlone at the end of May. That brings to 11 the number of children from the parish participating in National Finals in May i.e. 2 swimmers as above, cross country athlete Peter O’Grady and our 8 under 10 indoor soccer stars. Congrats also to Padraig Harnett on winning silver in his county solo music competition. Date for Diary: Bank Holiday Monday May 6, 3.00pm, Area Athletics qualifiers ( under-8 –under-16) at Ahane GAA Field. Egg and Spoon and fun races for under-5’s and under-7. We are encouraging all parents/guardians living in the community to bring their children along and have a go.
AHANE GIRLS FOOTBALL: Our under-16 team got back on winning ways, with a well deserved victory in the league over Gerald Griffins played in Pallaskenry Pitch. In blustery conditions both teams gave it everything, with Ahane dominating the early exchanges and finishing strongly to record victory on a Score line: Ahane 5-6 to Gerald Griffin’s 1-2. Ahane scores came from Aine Reynolds (1-1), Siofra Keane (2-1), Kate Herbert (1-1), Caoimhe Macken (1-1) and Emma Hennessy (0-2). Great credit must go to all the girls, in what was a superb team effort. Ahane Panel on the night: Katie Molloy, Niamh Reynolds, Niamh O’Curry, Sine Hartigan, Aoife Quinn, Niamh Martin, Emma Hennessy, Aine O’Curry, Kate Herbert, Siofra Keane, Robyn Nugent, Aine Reynolds, Caoimhe Macken, Emma Ridder and Catriona O’Halloran.
HEALING RETREAT: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you for the Healing Retreat through the ministry of Rev. Fr. Phonsie Cullinan, Janice&Moss Carrig enriched with Holy Rosary,Healing Mass, Eucharistic adoration, Word of God, Praise &Worship, Confession and Spirit filled music by Maranatha Gospel Choir, on this Sunday, from 2.30pm till 7.30 pm, at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. For more details contact: 0857338617, 0874167561
AHANE/ CASTLECONNELL ICA: The Guild were delighted to welcome Mary Moloney, local historian and author of many books, including Down Memory Lane to their monthly meeting. She spoke about the fountain of Carrowkeel, which was erected by Lady Fitzgibbon in the mid nineteenth century. It was a very enjoyable night with Mary answering all the questions of the members.
CHARITY 5 K. RUN/WALK: “On Saturday April 27, at 7.20 pm Friends of Limerick ‘73 will hold a charity 5 Km Run/Walk in Knockane, Pallasgreen. Runners €10 and walkers €5 with all proceeds going to Milford Care Centre, MS Limerick and Lisnagry Association Limerick. A special aspect is our “best of three times” team event. There is no limit to the number of participants on a team but the three lowest times will count. The team with the lowest aggregate times will be the winner. So any GAA, family, soccer, rugby team can participate and make the event a bit more special. As luck would have it we are competing with the Munster Rugby Game and The Limerick Football game which commence at 5.00 pm. The Idler Bar will be showing the games should you wish to get here early. We can stall the start to 7.20 pm. We ask you to make a special effort to attend and thanking you in anticipation of your support. We look forward to seeing you on the night. Regular updates on our Facebook page.”
BOXING AND FIRST AID FOR CASTLECONNELL: Young people from Castleconnell Youth Project recently took part in an intensive First Aid course at Boland Meadows, Foynes, County Limerick. The course, which was facilitated by Lisa Boland, proved a great success with young people loving the role play element. Staying with Castleconnell Youth Project, THUMP boxing classes have started. They take place every Wednesday at Castleconnell Parish Hall. The women’s group runs from 11.00am to midday, followed by the men from 12.00-1.00pm. If you would like to know more about Castleconnell Youth Project please contact Martin Duhig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to the son and family of Pady Berkery, late of Lisnagry and Mulgrave Street, Limerick, who passed away at the Limerick Regional Hospital, on Monday, April 8 last. Paddy was a former member of the nursing staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Limerick. He was laid to rest in Stradbally Cemetery after Requiem Mass in Castleconnell Church. He will be sadly missed by his son, Jack; grandson, Mitchel; brother, Tom; Jack’s partner, Liz; relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
CASTLE GOLF SOCIETY: Twenty seven members of the Society travelled to the Ballykisteen Golf Club Saturday March 30th to play their first outing of the season. A glorious sunny morning enhanced the course which was in excellent shape and players on form responded to the conditions and played spells of quality golf leading to great scores and a great finish One of the highlights of this most enjoyable day was the very encouraging performance of James Reddy, who played with youthful exuberance and deservedly took his place in the winner’s enclosure. The attraction of the first G.O.Y game of the season was always going to guarantee to raise the levels of competitiveness among the players and this was reflected in the scoring with only four points separating the top four players. Tim McCarthy revealed an early sharpness to his season and returned a brilliant score of 40 points to claim the first prize. Congratulations to Tim. James Reddy’s practice throughout the winter was rewarded with a superb 38 points which eased him into second place. Willie Reddy’s consistency realised an excellent 37 points and clinched the third place. Brendan Murphy’s fine play amassed 36 points and an encouraging fourth place.
The presentation of prizes took place in The Shannon Inn later that evening. Noel Ryan, effortlessly adapting to his new role as Captain of the Society, welcomed all to the presentation and said he was delighted with the outing. Noel thanked Michael Hickey for his hospitality, the players for their support, the committee for their efficiency and those who helped in any way and congratulated all the prize winners.
The results are as follows: 1st Prize, Tim McCarthy with 40 points: 2nd Prize, James Reddy with 38 points: 3rd Prize Willie Reddy with 37 points: 4th Prize, Brendan Murphy with 36 points: Front nine, Michael Neville with 16 points: Back nine, Larry Culhane with 20 points: Nearest the pin, Andrew Keane and Longest drive, Michael Neville.
The next outing will be at Nenagh Golf Club on Saturday April 27th 10.00 to 11.30am.
CARE OF THE AGED ANNUAL EASTER MASS: Care of the Aged committee are organizing the annual Easter Mass for the seniors in the Parish Hall, on this Sunday, at 3.00pm. There will be an opportunity for confession, and to receive the Sacrament of the sick. Tea, sandwiches and whiskey cake will be served. Please contact any of the committee members or Ann Ryan at 377193.