INFORMATION EVENING: The proposed design for the traffic calming measures in Templeglantine village has now been prepared and will go on display at the Devon Inn Hotel on Wednesday next , February 6th at 6.30pm as part of an information evening. There is a welcome for everybody to come along and view the drawings, ask questions, or give observations. It is hoped that work on these safety measures could commence this year. There is no doubt but that there is an urgent need to carry out this work so that injury and loss of life can be prevented. There is a great need for designated pedestrian crossing points to cater for church, school, post office and hotel as there is always heavy traffic on the N21 road and regrettably the 60Km/h speed limit in the village area is not observed as well as it should. Come along and view the proposed changes on Wednesday evening next.
CÚRSAÍ EAGLAISE: Friday next is First Friday of the month and confessions will be available before and after the evening mass. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place from 5.00pm up to mass time. The daily mass times in the local church this week are as follows, Monday and Friday at 6.30pm,Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9.30pm and at 11.00am on Saturday. The anniversary mass for the late John Harnett will take place on Saturday evening next and for Pat Joe Browne on Sunday.
COMHBHRÓN: The death occurred at St Ita’s Hospital, Newcastle West on Wednesday last, January 23, of Jimmy Finnegan, Meenoline North and formerly of Mountcollins. Jimmy worked as a lorry driver with Limerick Co. Council for many years up to his retirement. It is regrettable that ill health did not allow him to enjoy his retirement to the full. He had a great love for GAA and really enjoyed attending games. He made a significant contribution in time and effort to the local club and especially to the early development of the new playing field. Jimmy had a great grá for music and played quite a bit in his younger days. He was wonderful company, had a great sense of humour and was excellent at telling a story. Jimmy will be sadly missed by all who knew him. His remains lay in repose at Harnett’s Funeral Home on Thursday evening before removal to Templeglantine church. There was a very large congregation for the funeral mass on Friday and afterwards burial took place in Reilig na Tríonóide. His is survived by his wife Peg, daughters Anne, Joan and Noreen, sons Patrick, Michael and Séamus, Sisters Nora and Tess, brother Batt and other relatives. Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas síorraí dá anam.
LAST TRAIN REMEMBERED: On a frosty evening fifty years ago the last regular passenger train wended its way through West Limerick and North Kerry as it made its final journey from Limerick to Tralee. All along the route people came out to bid farewell. It was Saturday 2nd February 1963. Coincidentally in 2013 the 2nd of February also falls on a Saturday and to commemorate the last train a walk will set out from Abbeyfeale Station along the Great Southern Trail(GST) at 2.15pm this Saturday. The route to Duagh Village is approximately four miles long and as portion of the route is on the public road all participants are advised to wear visibility vests. Refreshments will be provided at Jim’s Bar, Duagh and return transport to Abbeyfeale will be provided.
COMHALTAS: A most enjoyable session of music, song and dance took place at the Devon Inn on Saturday night last. The group of college students from California who were in attendance really enjoyed the occasion and participated in the céilí dancing. Míle buíochas to all the entertainers and supporters who came along and helped to make the night so enjoyable.
The traditional singing classes take place on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm and new pupils are always welcome. The Munster Comhaltas convention takes place in Mallow on Sunday next, February 3 and all branches are entitled to send two delegates. Our local craobh qualifiers are looking forward to the Munster Finals of Ceol an Gheimhridh at Cappamore on February 17. The local craobh will be hosting the Munster Adjudicators Training Course at the Devon Inn Hotel on February 23-24. Some members of the craobh attend the Féile Feabhra Féile Cheoil at Lixnaw each year. It takes place on February 9 and 10 with workshops on the Saturday, a cocert on that night and music, singing and comhrá competitions starting at 2.00pm on the Sunday. The competitions are confined to those who have not won prizes at Co. Fleadh or Ceol an Gheimhridh on the particular instrument or singing. Further information available from 066 7132462.
DESERVING CAUSE: The annual fund raising céilí in aid of Chernobyl Children International will take place at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday, February 8th, tosnú 9.30pm. Music will be supplied by Taylors Cross Céilí band. It is always a most enjoyable night and a very deserving cause.
EASPAG NUA: Cuirimid fáilte roimh an nuacht go mbeidh easpag nua again i Luimneach. Sé an tAthair Breandán Ó Laocha a rugadh i mBaile Átha Cliath atá ainmnithe don deoise. Ba as Gaeltacht Chorca Dhuibhne a thuismitheoirí.