Remembering Peadar Cloghessy: The passing of Peader Clohessy of Fanningstown, former Chairman and Councillor with Limerick County Council and Dail representative for Limerick East was met with deep sorrow in Caherconlish district. Peadar had many friends here and he in turn was a very good friend to Caherconlish and district during all that time as a public representative and during the time when he worked with Hanley brothers of Limerick. During his time as a County Councillor this writer can vouch for at least four public projects that he helped getting started in the village. His representations for people in a private capacity are well known to those that he assisted. He was a man who made time to sit down and have a chat and have the cup of tea. Never boastful, he was a man of many great human qualities, an achiever in his own style of doings things. Of all the tributes paid to him and the qualities stated at his funeral Mass last Tuesday in Fedamore Church there is one further quality that needs to be made public. Confidentiality is the word. He could be trusted that if privacy was required in a representation that all in the next parish wouldn’t hear of it. It was such human qualities that people even who were of an alternative political persuasion always marked a number for him on the ballot paper. At this time, it is apt also to remember his wife Jean who passed away in 2004. They were a brilliant couple. Go ndeana Dia trocaire ar a anam uasal.
Sympathies: Sincere sympathy is tendered to the Casey family, Rural Estate, Caherconlish, and the Ryan and Balfrey family on the passing of their loved one, the late Margaret Casey (nee Grimes) of Lough Gur Road, Bruff and late of Cluggan, Doon.
Sympathy is further tendered to the family of Kevin Doody, Kilballyowen, Bruff on his passing last week. The late Kevin was attached to Ballyhoura Development and the Caherconlish Office for some time. He was well regarded and popular man here.
Sympathy is also tendered to the Kirby family, Sheahans Cross, on the passing of Mossie Kirby earlier this week. The late Mossie owner of The Hunting Lodge Public House was a very popular man.
May they rest in peace.
Soccer: Caherconlish bowed out of this year’s Lawson Cup when they were beaten by 3gls to 1 by Summerville Rovers in Summerville’s Grounds at the weekend. William Hourigan scored for the Steeplemen.
Caherconlish have ten games left in the Division 1A league programme. The team is finding it tough going at the moment. Losing one of their main target men in the autumn caused a setback to the team. Hopefully, the lads will have settled and will get a few breaks in the coming weeks and climb up the table. According to one lifelong supporter, there is a need for all to pull together and achieve this.
Millennium Centre Work: Work is still ongoing to the extension of the Millennium Centre at Caherconlish. Some new work had to be carried out lately on the sewerage system. Hopefully, the new extension will be fully operational for St Patricks Day. The venue is one of the most central in rural east Limerick providing many social and sporting outlets to this district and farther afield.
Hurling and Gaelic Football: Preparations are well under way for underage hurling and football competitions. Training schedules are being prepared for both codes by the coaches of both clubs presently.
Community Alert: Now that the Christmas period has just passed it is time to take stock of things in and around your homes and neighbourhood. The following ten steps will ensure a safer home;- Make sure there are secure locks on all your doors and windows. Never leave front and back doors unlocked at the same time. Do not keep large amounts of money in the house. Never give information about your neighbours or yourselves to strangers. Install security lighting outside your house. Take note of suspicious events and report them quickly. Avoid signs of vacancy at the house and uncollected mail etc. Don’t leave keys under a mat or flowerpot or on a string at the letter box. Mark all your property so that you can identify it. Make a photographic record of all valuables.
The foregoing steps are recommended by An Garda Siochana and are printed on the back of the Caherconlish/Caherline Community Alert Handouts. If you require a handout that contains these steps and useful telephone numbers please contact any member of Community Alert.
Rubbish Dumping: This pitiful uncivil act of dumping rubbish appears not to be a local Caherconlish problem. In fact it appears to be a serious problem all over the adjoining parishes and communities as well. Large deposits of rubbish are on every public and byroad in the mid county area as well. How to eliminate it or reduce it without the return of a free rubbish collecting service seems an impossibility. Would it not be much better that free or lost cost automated bins be installed at selected locations so that the dumper may change his/her present habit?. It has possibly now become a habit with the dumper. Habits die hard and in the absence of a real deterrent the habits are not going to change.