Tidy towns: Congratulations to all involved in the Knocknagoshel Tidy Town effort this year, as recent results show another increase in the final marks. Presently the village is looking very well and most of the approach roads leading into the village are well maintained. Provided the effort is maintained the summit can be reached.
LAND RECLAMATION: The recent spate of fine weather has seen many farmers reclaiming land and reseeding. The past number of years of virtual downpours caused much damage to land. Contractors embraced the situation to catch up on a backlog of work that could not be undertaken due to the inclement weather. There is no doubt but all this work will mean farmers should be better off for the future in both grazing and winter fodder.
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP: All roads lead to Austin Stack Park on Sunday next for the clash of the local district side St Kieran’s and Austin Stacks in the county senior football quarterfinal. This is a big ask of St Kieran’s to dispose of a strong Rock Street outfit but the Saints have prepared well for this contest and we will not be surprised if they cause an upset. Knocknagoshel players who should form a strong third of the Saints team include the three Walsh brothers Edmund, James and Michael, Michael Brosna and Padraig Reidy. Hopefully there will be strong support for the boys in green from every nook and cranny in the catchment area.
JIMMY CALLAGHAN A MAYO SUPPORTER: A strong Mayo supporter on Sunday next will be Jimmy O’Callaghan. A native of Loughfouder, Knocknagoshel, is a retired Garda Sergeant, living in Partree, county Mayo since retiring some years ago. An outstanding footballer with Knocknagoshel prior to the joining the Garda in 1953, he continued playing in his adopted county until a serious knee injury cut short a most promising career. Among those who joined the Gardai with Jimmy from our parish were the late Sean O’Connor, Gortroe a man who played minor, junior and senior for Kerry, and Jerome O’Connell of Boula, and who was selected for Laois in the 1950s. Recently Jimmy O’Callaghan was down for the Loughfouder School Gathering, and we we had a lengthy chat about his days playing for Loughfouder Stephenites in the parish league. He also took us back in time when he won a Lyreacrompane District League medal in 1950 with Boula Tones in a game played in Roche’s Racecourse. Boula Tones on that historic occasion were captained by Michael Keane who lorded at midfield. Others on that
Winning team were John Downey RIP, Mundy Reidy RIP, Johnny Rob Walsh RIP, John Broderick RIP, Christy Collins RIP, Moss Boula Chief O’Connell RIP, Tom Browne RIP, Den Browne RIP Among others including Davy Cahill Scart who snatched the who inning point with the last kick of the game from fifty five yards out. Sadly like our country Roche’s Racecourse in Carrigcannon is now partitioned but fond memories remain of when Jimmy O’Callaghan and those stars of yore did battle for honours.
RACES: Knocknagoshel punters are daily to be seen heading to Listowel Races and not alone following the horses but meeting up with old friends.
HURLING: Congratulations to the Kerry minor and U21 hurlers on they both winning All Ireland titles in recent times. This arguers well for the future of the small ball in the Kingdom.