LAUNCH OF AN CAISLEÁN 2013: This year’s issue of the parish journal “An Caisleán” has been launched, and is now available throughout the parish. This is the 17th edition, covering the year’s events in Castleconnell/Ahane and Montpelier, the journal that records a wide and varied spread of articles, features and happenings of clubs, schools, residents and returned exiles, in pictures, and stories. With short stories by Mona McNamara (Memories), Matt Byrnes (The Watch); articles by Paddy Tuohy (Cutting the Corn), and a ghost story by Fr. Ger Fitzgerald (Taylor’s Cottage). Also the late Joe Carroll’s “History of Castle Oaks”, Mary A. Moloney’s two articles, one on the Ecumenical Service in All Saint’s Church, and the Famine; Anne Berkery’s “Bulmer Hobson, 1883-1969, and the Castleconnell Connection”; Eileen Cosgrave’s article about the Annacotty Creamery in by-gone days; The events of the present with an article by Brendan Murphy’s “John Enright Festival,” and the launching of the new choir called ‘Cantairí Luimní is also featured, and many more articles plus photos of people and events past and present. There are some excellent poems in the journal, also submissions from all the schools in the parish with photos of their activities during the year. Reports from the various sporting organisations in the parish: Community Games, camogie, ladies football, Ahane sports and social club, etc. Great credit is due to the hard-working editorial committee, who have made a magnificent effort by producing this very entertaining magazine again this year. A spokesperson for An Caisleán said: “The support of our advertisers is vital for the funding of this project. We thank you for affording us this opportunity and would urge the people of our parish to support these sponsors where possible. “The ongoing success of An Caisleán is dependent on the continued support of you, our readers, thank you for your support. All those who contributed to the journal with photos, old and recent, articles, poems and of course, those who buy it for themselves, and also all of you who take the trouble to send it on to loves ones abroad. “An Caisleán is a non-profit making enterprise, and all proceeds of the sale of this parish journal go to local charities and organizations. This year we presented cheques to Tidy Towns committee and Friends of Care of the Aged. “We sincerely hope that you enjoy this, our 17th edition of An Caisleán.” Committee: Steve Reidy, Pat Skehan, Deirdre Connolly, Linda Joyce, Mary Dillon and Anne Berkery. An Caisleán 2013 is on sale at all the usual outlets, priced at €10. An ideal Christmas gift especially for family and friends who are living abroad. The following is one of the many poems which appears in the journal entitled “Montpelier” by the late Joe Carroll: Oh Montpelier I long to see your smiling face once more, Your hills and vales by Shannon’s wave, home of story song and lore, Though exiled now for many years I can still hear your call, When Spring has spread her cloak of green ’round the fields of Fairyhall. I remember old Scoil Gabhaig where I learned to read and write, ’Neath the old stone bridge I fished and swam when summer days were bright. I roamed the Bunlasha’s meadows sweet with fond friends Sean and Bill, And chased the rabbit and the hare through the Commons and Whitehill. I remember still the Fair Days all the cattle and the noise, The buyers and the drovers, the farmers and their boys. There with handshake and luck-penny, the deals were hammered out, And the crowds in Browns and Bonners drinking pints of creamy stout. O’ Montpelier that spot so dear the memories fill my mind, The old folk and the young ones, the neighbours true and kind, And that merry throng that once I knew upon the village green, Some went away with heavy hearts some sleep in old Lisheen.
CASTLECONNELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Society will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday next, December 11, in the Shannon Inn, at 8pm. Limerick historian, Tom Toomey will give a lecture on the foundation of the Irish Volunteers in November 1913. He will give particular attention to the development of the Volunteer movement in Limerick city and county.
LIGHT UP A CHRISTMAS TREE GALA CONCERT: The new community choir Cantairi Luimni, are holding a Light up a Christmas Tree Gala Concert in Ahane GAA Clubhouse, on Saturday December 14, at 8pm. Tickets at €10 buys you a bulb with your name on to light up the tree and also admits one to the concert. There will be a lovely festive atmosphere with complimentary mulled wine and finger food and great entertainment.
ANNACOTTY COMMUNITY CAROL SINGING FOR THE NEEDY THIS SUNDAY: For the past 20 years the community of Annacotty and surrounding area have come together early December to help those who are less fortunate. A Christmas tree is erected in the village and the whole community, children and adults join together in carol singing accompanied by volunteer musicians. Each family brings a toy no matter what value or gives a donation which is placed under the tree. Fr. John Good and Teresa Delaney who run the Redemtorist Christmas poor appeal join us on the night. Our aim on the night is to fill the collection van with gifts and toys, which will be distributed, to families who are in real need throughout Limerick. Everybody is busy at this time of year. But we all agree that this small effort and an hour or so of our time reminds us all of the real meaning of Christmas. Over the past years Santa has paid a flying visit to Annacotty on the night to meet all the children, as he is so impressed with their efforts. As we all know this Christmas is going to be a struggle for so many families, so please come along and join us on this Sunday, December 8, at 6.30pm. A special word of thanks to Paula Ryan and Jean Nicholas, the organisers, who put in their time and energy over those 20 years. Well done to you both. Please come and support this very worthy cause. For more info contact: Paula at (061) 339994 or Jean at (061) 595307.