GRANAGH DRAMA SHOW: “London Assurance” staged in the local hall this week, directed by a local producer and with a local cast of 16, is playing to packed houses every night.

GRANAGH DRAMA SHOW: “London Assurance” staged in the local hall this week, directed by a local producer and with a local cast of 16, is playing to packed houses every night.

You have another chance to see the Jimmy Sheehy produced “London Assurance” comedy play composed by Dion Boucicault, admission €10 (€5 teens).

The Granagh Drama Group will stage “London Assurance” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 25, 26 and 27.

Local cast includes, J. Chawke, T. Sheehan, M. O’Connor, J. Bennett, E. Houlihan, M. Stapleton, R. O’Donoghue, M. Lynch, S. Murphy, E. Chawke, J. English, L. Hanley, M. Sheehy, T. Noonan, C. Clifford, Mary O’Regan, is PRO and M.C. for the two weekend performances.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Granagh/Ballingarry u/13 indoor girls’ soccer team were taking part this week at Croagh in the second round of the county competition. They were represented by Shauna Hayes, Eve Higgins, Orla Lenihan, Orla O’Doherty, Sophie Alymer, Ciara O’Doherty and Shannon Fitzgerald.

The team and the local Community Games branch are very thankful to Noel and Toby for coaching the u/13 girls’ team/panel in preparation for the competition. Other events coming up shortly include: u/11 mixed rugby, u/11 and 14 tag rugby, u/11 – 13, and 16 project competition, art competition and handwriting competition from u/8 upwards. Local training for the draughts competition continues on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm. Intending participants in all the forthcoming events are advised to make contact with the managers, coaches/trainers in good time prior to your particular event or events.

G.A.A. CLUB: Gaeltacht scholarships are available to boys and girls in the 12 to 18 age group at Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht during the forthcoming summer season. The scholarship covers playing Gaelic Games, Irish speaking, Irish song/dance etc.

We remind intending participants to contact the local G.A.A. Club secretary John Lynch, Granagh Road, as Gaeltacht spaces are very limited and a first come first served in the applications will have to be applied.

The G.A.A. Granagh/Ballingarry Club lottery jackpot is now worth €18,200 for this week’s draw. Last week’s lucky dip winners were Liam Sheehy, Nora Mulqueen and Mul & Bengy.

Minor hurling and football managers are needed for the combined parishes’ panels and anyone interested in the positions should get in touch with the local G.A.A. Club Secretary for further details.

SOCCER CLUB: Granagh United Desmond League progress in the present season is very promising in the underage section of the parish soccer club, while the junior (adult) team are maintaining a top three position in division two of the Desmond League. The juvenile league table shows Granagh u/16 team leading the way in the West in division one. Also holding a top spot at the moment is our u/14’s in division two. U/10’s also playing in division one are leading by three points with six games played. U/8’s, u/10 and u/12 are also placed in the top half of their respective divisions which is a great general performance for a parish soccer club. The soccer club lottery jackpot €13,350 is on offer at this week’s draw. Lucky dip winners Edel Scully, Banogue, Mary Murphy, Kingsland and Pat Casey, Croom.

TOMMY MURPHY R.I.P.: The unexpected death of the late Tommy Murphy R.I.P. Coolrus, Granagh, was learned with deep shock and sadness throughout the parish and surrounding areas. While the former County Council lorry driver had retired from his position some years previous his call to the eternal reward last week was a very sudden shock to his brothers, sisters and other relations, neighbours and wide circle of close friends throughout the county and overseas.

The late Tommy Murphy R.I.P. was blessed with a unique personality and his sense of humour endeared him to everyone that came in contact with him. In his younger days he enjoyed the game of hurling whether as a player in the local fields or with the parish team playing in the West Limerick championships. As a spectator his deep interest in the county team was very obvious when the radio/TV broadcast of the Limerick v Cork, Limerick v Tipperary etc was coming up the late Tommy would call for complete silence.

His interest in the “old style” music/ballads etc was very admirable and many local entertainers were encouraged by his appreciation of traditional music/songs/stories. At his funeral in his native Granagh the late Tommy Murphy, R.I.P. was honoured with the outstanding bagpipes music of Seamus Hunt, Newcastle West, and the beautiful songs of John McCormack. Concelebrated Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. Fr. Dan Lane P.P., Granagh/Ballingarry and Very Rev. Fr. Dermot McAuliffe P.P., Bruree/Rockhill. May he rest in Peace.

A STORY AND A SONG: Noel and Lorraine White, Rathkeale were featured last Saturday on the West Limerick Radio Show “A Story and A Song” presented by Pat O’Donovan, Newcastle West. Noel White, who has given an enormous contribution to the sporting organisations in Rathkeale, spoke on the many achievements of local Community Games, The Athletic Club, Boxing Club and Soccer Club etc of which he stated national media should focus on, instead of the exaggerated reports regarding the vandalism, traveller family disturbances, etc that only occur once in a while and happen in virtually every town in Ireland.

Noel and Lorraine combined in a number of songs and their duet performance of “Beyond the Rainbow”, “I only have to Close my Eyes”, “Never Grow Old”, “Facing the Dark” were nicely enhanced by Lorraine’s guitar playing and Noel’s harmony singing.

Speaking to Pat O’Donovan recently he is still inviting performers from the West Limerick district to take part in his weekly “Story and a Song” series, open to singers, musicians and storytellers etc.

MASIE BYRNES (NEE O’CARROLL) R.I.P.: Deepest sympathy of the surrounding parishes is extended to the Byrnes family, Harding Grove, Bruree and the O’Carroll families, Liskennett, Croom, Manister and Ballingarry, on the recent death of the late Mrs. Masie Byrnes, nee O’Carroll, R.I.P., Harding Grove and former native of Liskennett, Granagh. The late Mrs. Byrnes, nee O’Carroll, R.I.P. was a member of a very large and esteemed Granagh and West Limerick family. Her funeral to Rockhill Church and burial at Banogue Cemetery after concelebrated Requiem Mass last Sunday afternoon was large and very representative. May she rest in Peace.

MARGARET DOODY/SCULLY R.I.P.: Sincere sympathy is extended to the relations and many friends of the late Mrs. Margaret Doody/Scully R.I.P. Croagh/Kilfinny and former native of Feohanagh/Castlemahon. The late Margaret will be fondly remembered by Athletic Club followers throughout Limerick and even in Munster and nationally for her outstanding cross country achievements representing her local club, and Limerick senior ladies teams in her athletic career (1960’s and 1970’s). During a most successful term in ladies cross country she attained county, Munster and All-Ireland athletic status.

In later years the late Margaret Doody/Scully R.I.P. was acclaimed as a leading author and compiled many highly rated book compositions and historic stories. She was also a leading light in the formation of West Limerick Community Radio and it was in the Newcastle West Radio studios we encountered the late Margaret’s progressive attitude, and her gifted abilities to use her undoubted skills to establish the West Limerick Community Radio, and the general West Limerick area will always be the poorer for her sad passing. To all her relations, family and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy. May she rest in eternal peace.

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