BEAUTIFUL WEDDING CELEBRATION: The recent wedding of local very popular Granagh man J.J. Enright, Kilmore, to equally popular girl from Clare, Maureen O’Callaghan, O’Callaghans Mills, in the beautiful ceremony, along with the usual music, and friends participation, both the bride and groom included departed relations/friends in the wedding Mass, which was considered by the wedding party a most admirable gesture by Maureen and J.J.
Chief celebrant was very Rev. Fr. David Carroll P.P., Birr, Co. Offaly (friend of the bride) assisted by Very Rev. Fr. Donal O’Dwyer P.P, O’Callaghans Mills, Co. Clare. Bridesmaids, Caroline Enright and Tara Enright. Bestman, Seamus Enright. Groomsman, Seamus Scanlon. Offertory, Eoin and Josh Enright. Pageboy Jack Clarson. Church Music, Sandra O’Halloran.
Reception was held at the Clare Inn, where the wedding party were dined and entertained to a variety of music, provided by Galway band “Tagloes Twist” and County Clare Youth Group Dancers “Deich Goos” with Irish and Seanos dancing. Once again we join with Maureen’s friends in O’Callaghan’s Mills and J.J.’s friends in the locality to wish them the best of luck and blessing for the future and a hearty welcome to Maureen to Granagh parish.
LIMERICK FLEADH CHEOIL: The 2013 Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh, County Competitions will be held on the June Bank Holiday weekend, beginning on the last Saturday in May.
This year’s venue is Mary Immaculate Training College in the heart of Limerick city.
The huge festival of traditional entertainment will be hosted by the very experienced Ahane/Castleconnell/Herbertstown Branch of C.C.E. and the complete organising of this important event would seem to be in safe hands. Once again the indications of a big representation from local and surrounding parishes looks encouraging especially in the underage categories, where interest in traditional events has been improving, while seniors may be small in numbers generally in the county competitions have been so keen in this group over the last decade.
CEOIL LUIMNIGH GROUP: West Luimnigh Ceoil Group entertained the residents and staff of Beechwood Nursing Home, Newcastlewest last Sunday afternoon, February 10. The traditional music members from the wider west Limerick area and Kerry border was formed by Pat Brosnan, Knocknagorna, Athea who has retired in recent times as organiser/M.C., but, still gives his advice on every aspect of arranging sessions to help charities/worthy causes etc. Pat Dalton of the Irish Red Cross was last Sunday’s organiser/M.C. and like his friend Pat Brosnan, was very popular with both performers and audience. The entertainers contributing the music, song and dance included, Martin Keyes, Ida Hession, Lisa Shine, John Hughes, Dan Shine, Con Warren, Irene Quaid, Martin Enright, Daithi O’Riordain, Ned Magee, Tommy O’Riordan, Paddy Daly, Con O’Sullivan. M.C. Pat Dalton, thanked everyone for supporting the event, and extended best wishes to Pat Brosnan and Chrissie Roche for a speedy recovery.
Apologies from Jim Lyons, Tom O’Donoghue, John O’Riordan, Patsy Noonan and a number of other regulars who were absent due to other commitments.
“DARK HORSE” A TRAD WINNER FOR WELL: Last Sunday evening’s “Rambling House” at the “Dark Horse”, Patrickswell Village was a winning success for the venue owner’s staff who initiated the general promotion night of traditional music and song involving every age of performer, catering for underage girls and boys in an early evening session, with a very appreciative welcome for the senior performers and audience. Mr. Killkyne also congratulated organiser’s local musician John Hayes, Patrickswell, and Fleadh Cheoil participant and promoter John O’Riordan, M.C. Granagh who introduced the musicians starting with the Dunworth family group, from Croom. The father and three sons, Seamus, Shay, Rory and James combination gave two hours of outstanding entertainment, and were joined by Angela and Brendan Power, from Crecora, who also displayed their great Fleadh Cheoil music.
In the senior session, it was great to see a member of the Flanagan family, Castletown-Ballyagran, Maureen Flanagan, singing her favourite songs, Pakie O’Neill, Ballyneety, banjo player, Mike Griffin, singer, from Grange. David O’Riordan, Granagh, sang in Gaelic and some bilingual verses, while Tommy O’Riordan gave his latest composition in praise of Knockfierna and a few of his favourites.
One of the surprise singers Noel Bourke, Patrickswell gave a second half performance that prompted the M.C. to say Noel was the “dark horse” of the night. Donie Hayes was part of the main music, with brother John Hayes on accordion and John O’Riordan, harmonica.
A STORY AND A SONG: Peg Kelly, Templeglantine, a former nurse at St. Ita’s and the Regional Hospital, Limerick, performed as special guest on West Limerick Community Radio show A Story and A Song, presented by Pat O’Donovan.
In the course of the programme live on local radio, Peg Kelly sang her favourite ballads, including, The Story I Tell You is True, Noreen Bán, Rosslare Harbour, Never Grow Old, Eileen McMahon and My Limerick Vales.
In the interview regarding her nursing career she experienced many changes for the improved treatment of patients, but couldn’t understand the present situation in hospitals where important medical equipment is laying idle, for the want of funding to put it into action for the community benefit of its treatment.
Pat O’Donovan invites singers, musicians, storytellers, every Saturday to take part on his A Story and A Song local West Limerick Radio Show.
JOHN REIDY R.I.P.: The untimely passing to the eternal reward of the late John Reidy R.I.P., Ballystradeen, Toureen, Croom, was deeply regretted by the general community of all the surrounding parishes.
His funeral took place at St. Mary’s Church, Croom on Sunday, February 10 and the burial on Monday after concelebrated requiem Mass. Chief celebrant was Very Rev. Fr. Joe Kennedy P.P. assisted by Very Rev. Fr. Joe Noonan P.P., Very Rev. Fr Willie Walsh P.P. and Rev. Fr. Eamon O’Brien C.C.
As the late John Reidy R.I.P. was a noted all-round sportsman in his younger days his coffin was draped with both the Croom and Banogue Club colours, signifying his great contribution to Gaelic Games and he also gave a promising term of service to the formation of an Athletic Youth Club in Banogue.
Deepest sympathy is extended to his brothers Mark and Michael and other relations and many lifetime friends in the Gaelic Games and athletic circles.
May he rest in eternal peace.