Ahane/Castleconnell Nov 9

CASTLECONNELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Historical Society will hold it’s monthly meeting on Wednesday next, November 13, at 8pm, in the Shannon Bar (Hickeys), Castleconnell.

CASTLECONNELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Historical Society will hold it’s monthly meeting on Wednesday next, November 13, at 8pm, in the Shannon Bar (Hickeys), Castleconnell.

“John S. Kelly from Scarriff, will give a lecture on the Bodyke Evictions.

“This is, perhaps, the most significant chapter of the Land War in the late 19th century.

“It is priest, tenants and sympathetic politicians locked in deadly combat with the local landlord, Col. John O’Callaghan and his conservative allies. At issue were the conflicting views on ‘property rights’.

“This absorbing story of the Bodyke Evictions illustrates that given the right circumstances, geographic isolation, need not be synonymous with political ineffectiveness.”

AHANE GIRLS PLAY FOOTBALL FOR THEIR COUNTY: A number of Ahane Players have been busy over the last numbers of weeks taking part in the Limerick Development Squads. The girls got to play in a number of Inter County Blitz’s with Teams from Munster. Under 11: Aisling Lenihan, Chloe Fitzgerald, Niamh Conroy and Cliodhna Twomey. under 12: Sinead O’Curry, Ailish Reynolds, Ciara Macken, Ciara Greaney and Lara Griffin. Under 13: Aisling Herbert, Aoife O’Halloran, Emma Ridder and Caoilionn Keane. Under 15: Aine O’Curry, Siofra Keane, Niamh Martin, Aoife Quinn, Katie Molloy, Aine Reynolds and Sine Hartigan. Well done girls, it is a great honour to play for your County.

AHANE CAMOGIE UNDER-11 AUTUMN LEAGUE WINNERS: Ahane under 11 camogie team finished their season on a high when they won the final of the Autumn C league against Ballybrown. The girls started well with Caoimhe Hackett scoring a goal. The back line held Ballybrown scoreless in the first half with great play from Sian Fahy, Niamh Davitt, Cliodhna Twomey, Leanne Cole, Fiona Herbert and Aoife Cross. But fifteen minutes into the second half Ballybrown got the equalizer and the game went to extra time. Sarah Cosgrove and Caoimhe Hackett gave it everything in the centerfield and gave a good supply of ball to the forwards who battled hard to score and on several occasions they narrowly missed the target driving the ball wide. Amy Keogh, Anna Carr, Áine Herbert, Sinead O’Brien and Jane Hussey gave it everything in the forward line and eventually won a free, Caoimhe Hackett stepped up to take it and drove the ball over the bar. Ahane held the lead and won the match by a point.

Team: Sian Fahy, Cliodhna Twomey, Niamh Davitt, Leanne Cole, Aoife Cross, Fiona Herbert, Caoimhe Hackett Captain, Sarah Cosgrove, Áine Herbert, Anna Carr, Amy Keogh, Sinead O‘Brien and Jane Hussey. Missing on the day was Niamh Conroy and Emma Roche.

NIAMH IS AWARDED CAMOGIE SOARING STAR AWARD: Ahane’s Niamh Mulcahy, was honoured at the Camogie All Stars Banquet at City West Hotel in Dublin last Saturday night with an Intermediate Soaring Star Award for 2013. Congratulations to Niamh on a great achievement.

CASTLE GOLF SOCIETY NEWS: A fine turn out of Society members travelled to Roscrea Golf Club on Saturday, October 19 to play their final outing of the season. There were many positives contributing to making it a most entertaining day for the players enjoyment: the benefit of the motorway, a great atmosphere among the competitors with no shortage of good natured banter, a high level of expectation for a good performance from each player from a quality field and surely the highlight of the day and centre of attraction, who would win the G.O.Y. Trophy? A glorious sunny morning enhanced the impeccable course and players on form responded to the conditions and displayed spells of quality golf leading to brilliant scores and a thrilling finish.

Noel Ryan’s patience and steady game on the front nine yielded a very promising 19 points and provided a cushion to throw caution to the wind, elevate the bar to a new level and storm home with a stunning 25 points on the back nine for an overall total of 44 points which was sufficient to win first prize and deservedly win the most sought after G.O.Y. trophy. Congratulations to Noel.

Pat Skehan was in sparkling form, playing delightful golf, displaying consistency with 20 points on both the front and back nine for an overall total for 40 points for a satisfactory 2nd place.

James Reddy, in true youthful fashion, was oblivious to pressure, completely unruffled and with admirable focus played spectacular golf resulting in a brilliant total of 39 points and 3rd place.

Tim McCarthy displayed his ability with a superb score of 36 points which eased him in to 4th place.

Eugene Hannon won the front nine with 17 points and Willie Reddy won the back nine with 19 points.

Geoff Jerome’s shot was nearest the pin and Willie Reddy had the longest drive.

The presentation of prizes took place at the Shannon Inn later that evening. Noel Ryan, Captain of the Society, welcomed all those present and said he was delighted with the outing. Noel thanked Michael Hickey for his hospitality, the sponsors for their generosity, the players for their support, the visitors for their participation, all those who contributed and helped in any way and congratulated all the prize winners. Noel expressed his gratitude to the committee, namely: Mark Keane, Paul Carroll, Geoff Jerome, Eddie Madden, Jo and Declan Ahern, Seamus Keane and Eugene Hannon for all their efforts and co-operation throughout the season and making his role as captain so much easier.

Noel, as Captain of the Society had a very successful year. Overall, a great day and a most enjoyable season.

LISNAGRY SOCCER CLUB CHURCHGATE COLLECTION: Lisnagry Soccer Club will hold their annual churchgate collection at all Masses this weekend.