Spa Restoration and Horan Dedication Ceremonies: Sunday last, October 20 saw the long awaited Spa Well Restoration and Capt James Horan Dedication Ceremony take place at Inch St Laurence Bridge, Caherconlish. A large gathering of people made the journey to the historic Well, not alone to acknowledge the tremendous job of restoration by local area staff of Limerick County Council but also to honour local Irish Patriot, Capt James Horan, in whose name the Spa Well was dedicated.
The gods shined on the ceremony weather-wise as the forecasted heavy rains ‘held their whist’ and shortly after 12 o’clock noon the programme for the day proceeded. Following a welcome by Pat Hourigan, Cllr Brigid Teefy gave an address and unveiled the Spa Well. This was followed by the unveiling of the Capt James Memorial Plaque and Dedication by nephew Owen O’Neill. The Blessing of the work was given by Fr Roy Donovan whose added words were very appropriate and well received by those present. Leas Cathaoirleach, John Egan made a presentation of a Framed Certificate to Owen O’Neill. Jimmy Hickey and Ger Mulcaire presented Certificates of Appreciation to Sean Kiely and his Council Staff Colleagues.
The gathering included amongst others, Owen O’Neill, Cork, nephew of James Horan and several members of the O’Neill family, the White family from Cork, Rev Fr Roy Donovan PP, Rev Fr Pat Currivan AP, Leas Cathaoirleach, John Egan, Cllr Brigid Teefy, Cllr Eddie Wade, Cllr Eddie Ryan, Deputy Willie O’Dea TD.
The Coiste Cuimhneachain and Plaque sponsors present included Ger Mulcaire, John Mulcaire, Jimmy Hickey, Donie Collins, Pat Hourigan, Kathleen Styles and Anthony Buckley.
The Coiste Cuimhneachain wishes to thank all who were present at the ceremony, all the sponsors who made donations and gave building materials, Liam O’Brien Jnr, Thomas Hourigan and the Local Area Council Dept. A special word of thanks to Mollys Bar for the after-ceremony catering. To Betty Hickey and Jane Collins who did a ‘Wedding Feast at Canna’ for us and to Wesley Ryan of Caherconlish Equestrian Centre and Jimmy Condon for financing the production costs for the souvenir booklet for the occasion. The remembrance would not be complete without the inspiring Uilleann Pipe rendition of Amhran na bhFiann by Mickey Dunne. Sincere thanks to Martin O’Shaughnessy, Castle Erkin who was at the ready to help out and to Tony Brennan, Mike Collins and Kathleen Duggan for preparing the site on the previous day. Lastly, it was so good to see old neighbours and friends coming together at one place, mingling and chatting to one another.
Sympathy: Sympathy is tendered to Gerry Lyons, and family, Hillview Drive, Caherconlish who suffered the passing of his mother, Nancy, on October 18 last, late of Drominboy.
Sympathy is also tendered to Kay Bateman, husband Jim and family, Kilmurry Cross, Mary O’Connell and family formerly Big Tree and his brother Bill and family on the death of Jim Gleeson, Ballinalough, Kilteely who passed away last weekend. May he rest in peace.
Clean-up continues: The local village clean-up continued with a number of residents painting their properties and the Work Group maintaining the War of Independence Monument location. The clean-up is received acknowledgement from many quarters.
Looking After No 1: Caherconlish featured in the Monday night showing of the RTE 1 programme ‘Looking After No 1’ A number of local people from within the community were invited to be part of the programme which dealt with the clinic work of TDs, in this case Deputy Willie O’Dea TD. Community Alert Chairman John Hickey, Pat Hourigan and Sharon McNulty raised particular issues at the televising stage of the programme with Deputy O’Dea and these were followed through over a two month period by the station. Equally, the station related the progress made a number of times to the participants. The Programme did show that when a TD enters the frame with the civil service that things get done. As a result, the shutters came down on the public owned houses here; Sharon McNulty’s call on the speeding through the village sees speed control signage about to be installed and John Hickey’s input regarding the issues he raised on our behalf is bearing fruit. The programme highlighted without reference to it that people are entitled to the basic rights of local democracy – that does not singularly or exclusively mean the right to vote but also to have the right of expression – to have your voice heard. County Councillors should have a stronger position and have their former powers restored to them when it comes to engaging the vagaries of ‘high’ officialdom. The fault for the deficiencies in the democratic governance of the country can be laid at the door of civil service Ireland who ‘acknowledge’ the current system in their dealings with councillors and Teachtai Daile. They appear to give preference to the latter.
Seisiun: The monthly local Seisiun was held in the Millennium Centre at Caherconlish on last Wednesday night.
Padna Puca and turning back the clock: Tuck in well this weekend in the run up to Halloween for the Padna Puca is stirring and purring in the shades, shallows and shadows of the Otherworld ready to pounce on the Unawarers. Remember not to turn the clock back two hours for on that mistake the ‘Puca’ will take the advantage on you and lo and behold what will happen to you. So said the storyteller Martin Walsh long ago. To make sure turn back the hand on the dial one hour.
Millennium Centre Anniversary: The Millennium Centre Caherconlish celebrates its 14th anniversary this Halloween weekend. Opened as Caherconlish Sports and Social Complex is received its new name the Millennium on New Years Eve before the new millennium.
An Teach Rambling House: The next session of Rambling House takes place on Friday Nov 1 between 9pm and 11pm at an Teach Cloverfield.
Blood Donorship: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service held their clinic at the Millennium Centre on Monday evening last. It is heartening to see the clinic back at the venue and well done to Jim Hickey on his organisation of it.
Daisy Days: ‘Tis hard to warrant it but seeing is believing – the daisies are still blooming in the lawns such is the mildness of the weather at present. It has been a fantastic year so far despite the initial lack of growth in the first five months of the year. It was only a few shorts months ago since farmers were suffering severe shortage in animal feed. However, there is much a plenty following the second cut of silage.