Kilfinane Nov 16

Anniversary Mass: Saturday 9 November 6.30pm (Vigil Mass) : Paddy O’Connor (Lower Main Street).

Anniversary Mass: Saturday 9 November 6.30pm (Vigil Mass) : Paddy O’Connor (Lower Main Street).

Sunday 10 November 10 at 11am Mass : Jack Hennessy (Vale View).

Remembrance Mass /Anniversaries : Dr O’Donnell late GP Kilfinane and Ballinhassig Co Corkwho died recently. Kitty O’Keeffe (Forest View), Con Sheehan, Jack Ahern Bosnetstown & England). Fr. Fred McDonnell, C.C. Meelick.

SINCERE SYMPATHY : Sincere Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Liam Fitzpatrick (Thomastown) and late of Hospital, who died on Sunday evening last November 10 as a result of an accident when his vintage motorbike collided with a wall in Kilballyowen, Bruff. (May He Rest In Peace).

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS : Congratulations and Best Wishes to the following who celebrated Birthdays recently, Tommie Hanley (West End), Tony Roche (Ballyroe Upper) on Saturday 9 November, Maurice Flynn (Thomastown) on Sunday last 10 November, Denis McSweeney (Mountain View) and Stephaine Ryan (Mill Bar) on Monday 11 November, Trish Green (Mountain View) and Ned Cleary (Ballyriggan) on Tuesday 12 November, Seamus McLaughlin (High Street) on Wednesday 13 November.

KILFINANE BRIDGE CLUB: Results from Monday, November 4: 1. Elizabeth Halpin & Aenie Leane; 2. Nellie McCarthy & Margaret Fenton; 3. Mary Ita & Freddie Ward and 4. Maura Boylan & Maureen Lynch

BALLYHOURA RURAL SERVICES : Ballyhoura Rural Services are hosting an event in Kilbehenny Community Hall on Friday 22 November to celebrate Ireland’s 40 year membership of the EU. Guest speakers include Phil Prendergast MEP and Aidan Gleeson Chairperson of County Limerick IFA. There will be various workshops and exhibits available. Light lunch will be followed by afternoon dancing to Heart to Heart. The event commences at 10.30 am. For further details and bookings contact Kay Kennedy at 061 383666 or 08637754202.

BLACKROCK CAMOGIE CLUB : Blackrock Camogie Club will hold their Annual Church Gate collection on this Saturday 16 and Sunday October 17 at Kilfinane, Ardpatrick and Martinstown Church Gates. Please give generously, all support is greatly appreciated.

HOST FAMILIES REQUIRED: Host families required for Spanish and Italian teenagers who will attend summer school and take part in other organised activities locally in July 2014. Attractive rates for suitable families. Please contact 087 8289959.

MILFORD HOSPICE WALK OF LIFE: The organising Committee of the inaugural Walk of Life for Milford Hospice, Thank all in the Kilfinane/Ardpatrick area for their great effort in raising the sum of €2,535, which does not include donations made on the day of the walk. The money was presented to Martin Kiely in Bulgaden Castle on Wednesday last 6 November to forward to Milford Hospice.The Committee are very grateful to all who helped collect and contributr this fantastic amount for such a worthy cause. Thanks to Mr Michael O’Hara and Tommy O’Sullivan inScoil Pol for their help and assistance onthe night of the Table Quiz on Friday 18 October. A Special word of Thanks to Mr Matt O’Callaghan Quizmaster and the 14 teams that participated, and to the prize winners who donated their winnings to the funds. Thanks to Mr Declan Clancy of Ballyhoura Bears, who led the walk Mr Dave Hennessy and Miss Renee O’Dwyer who acted as sweepers and all the walkers from far and near who participated.

SCOIL FHIONAIN CAKE SALE ON THIS FRIDAY : The Annual Cake Sale in Scoil Pol will be held on this Friday afternoon in the school, commencing at 1.15pm.

KILFINANE PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING : The Annual General Meeting of Kilfinane Historical Society will be held on this Monday night November 18 at McCarthy’s Lounge commencing at 8pm. The Society will review what has been a very busy time since their inaugural meeting in April last year which saw the publication of Pictorial Memories of Kilfinane Volume 1 which was a Book of Photographs of Kilfinane, its people, events etc from 1865 to 2012 which contained over 900 photographs in a 200 page Book which proved an unqualified success in many ways, the production was first class and the sales were likewise with only a few books remaining to be sold. The Society have plans in place for the publication of Volume 2 in December 2014.

GAA/GPA ALL STAR AWARD WINNER: Congratulations and Best Wishes are extended to Richard McCarthy on his selection on the 2013 GAA/GPA Opel All Star Hurling team. Richard was presented with the coveted Award by the President of the G.A.A. Mr Liam O’Neill shortly after 7pm on Friday evening last November 8 at a Banquet held in Croke Park. Richard is a very deserving winner, for his great displays with Limerick Senior hurlers during the past year playing at full back on the Munster Championship winning team where his displays won the admiration of many Gaels all over Ireland, Richard has won many Awards to date in his hurling career with his Club, Blackrock as well as with Limerick and has been a very loyal servant to Club and County over the years and is wished well now and in the future where more will come his way.

BLACKROCK G.A.A. CLUB ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Blackrock GAA Club will hold their Annual General Meeting on this Sunday 17 November at Ardpatrick Community Centre commencing at 1pm. The club will review the past year both on and off the playing field with some pride, winning the South Junior ‘B’ Hurling League and Championship double as well as the Minor ‘B’ Hurling title as Sean Og Hanleys with Glenroe & Staker Wallace, and the Minor 13 a side competition, and the Intermediate side gaining promotion to the Premier Intermediate Championship for 2014. The provision of a new stand and walking track at The Michael Fox Memorial Park marked very significant development work during the year. And to add to all the work, the fact that a club player Richard McCarthy won a GAA/GPA All Star Award brought an end to a successful year.

MINOR HURLERS REACH COUNTY FINAL: Sean Og Hanley’s Minor Hurlers qualified for the County Minor ‘B’ Hurling Championship Final when on Saturday last at Knocklong they defeated Cappamore in the refixed County Semi Final game by 1.16 to 1.06 after leading at the interval by 0.09 to 0.04 They will now meet Tournafulla in the County Final on a date to be fixed. The team was : Adrian O’Sullivan, Sean O’Sullivan (Captain), Josh Watson, Joe Joe Brazill, Ed Valatha, Dylan Dawson, Shane Lyons, Paudie Lawlor, Dean Brazill (0.09f), Tom O’Dwyer, Adrian Cooke, Ben Soundy, Donnacha Leahy, Brian O’Connell (1.03), Darren McCarthy (0.04). Subs : Seamus Ryan for T O’Dwyer, Martin Farrell for D. Leahy, Kevin O’Farrell for B.Soundy, T.Dwyer for J J Brazill, Conor Fenton for S. O’Sullivan.

KILFINANE ATHLETIC CLUB: Nenagh Indoors Report. Our small contingent of athletes had a great day out at the Limerick Indoor Championships. First up was track specialist Edd Valatka who cruised to victory at Junior 800m. In the Senior shot putt, Michael Halpin in his first event since knee injury during the summer finished in a creditable fourth place. Sprinter Peter Mc Mahon was the last to compete notching up a bronze in the shot putt and then medaled twice in the main arena, silver at 60m hurdles and 60m bronze. Overall, a successful outing for the club bringing a close to our debut season at juvenile grade. Medals on the track outdoors and indoor as well as cross country by a number of different athletes is a great starting point. However, in 2014 we will be hoping to compete at Munster and All Ireland level as well as strengthening our numbers from under 9 to under 13 for both girls and boys. If any parents are interested in getting involved with their children for coaching for running, sprints, jump etc, then please contact the club. Winter Training Schedule: It can be difficult to get out running over the winter months especially on week nights. With this in mind, the club have put together a training schedule that best uses the floodlight options available to us. Split between Kilfinane, Dromin and Bruff reflecting the wide area from which our members are from, it is hoped that all sessions will be of use to experienced runners and beginners alike. As always anyone who would like to join us are more than welcome to do so. Training in a group on dark evenings is definitely a safer option. High vis jackets and reflectors are compulsory and lead lights/torches are useful too. The times are as follows: Monday: Bruff Gaa Pitch: 5 Mile Training Run, standard recovery run or faster tempo run. Thursday: Michael Fox Memorial Park Kilfinane Gaa Pitch (floodlit community walkway) - Steady laps at your own pace, ideal for beginners. Also Bruff 5 mile run repeat of Mondays route, also from 7pm. Saturday 9am: Dromin Church Car Park: Various long runs 6-20 miles. Ideal for those training for 10 mile, half or full Marathons. As recent Dublin marathon results proved this training session is one not to missed if you are aiming for the 26.2 mile marathon challenge.

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