The Spa Restoration and Horan Dedication: On Sunday next, October 20, at 12 noon, the Spa Well at Inch St Laurence Bridge, Caherconlish which was reconstructed by staff of Limerick County Council in October last year and completed recently will be officially acknowledged in a public ceremony. The reconstructed Spa will be dedicated to Capt James Horan, who was killed in an engagement with British Crown Forces at Shraherla Co Cork on May 1st 1921. The Horan family farmed adjacent to the site of the Spa and a limestone plaque in James Horan’s memory will be unveiled. The Spa Well itself is of a very old age and its Chalybeate waters were in previous times renowned for its medicinal elements. Positioned on the roadside, it provided the road traveller in by gone days with its waters which not alone quenched thirst but had the added spiritual and healing qualities. Sunday’s events then are a realisation of double nature for the district and the whole parish. Fr Roy Donavan PP will give his blessing to the work and public officials and family members will attend. Hoping the weather keeps fine and that a good crowd will support the days events.
Walk of Life Fundraiser: A Table Quiz fundraiser was held in the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish on Friday night last, October 11, as part of the Walk of Life fundraising in aid of Milford Hospice. It realised a healthy sum of money for the charity. The fund is still open and any donations will still be taken in this weekend. So if you want to donate please contact P Hourigan 087 7309360, Nancy Lane or Kitsie Hickey, Caherconlish PO. Our sincere thanks to George O’Connell who set the questions and was Quizmaster on the night and to Tommy O’Connell who was a very able MC. We are indebted to the many sponsors of spot prizes for the draw and in particular to John McCarthy, Kilteely who donated a set of winners and runner–up trophies for the event. Caherconlish Soccer Club Quiz Team took the overall winners trophies. To all those teams that have participated they have once again proved their generosity of spirit and they are thanked for it. A full list of sponsors will be published when the fundraising concludes later in the week.
The Walk of Life itself for this part of County Limerick will take place this Saturday, October 19th, in the grounds of Glenstal Abbey, Murroe. It will be 5km in length and everybody is welcome to go along and take part. A bucket collection contribution will be made on the day. The Walk of Life is being spearheaded by fellow parishioner, Martin Kiely, Sports Commentator.
Pig on the Spit Fundraiser: The Pig on the Spit Fundraiser in aid of Milford Hospice held in Mulcahy’s Lounge Bar, Caherconlish and organised by Steven Reidy and Mandy recently realised a very considerable sum of €3000 for the charity. A cheque to this value was presented on 14th September.
New Electronic Speed Controls: New Electronic speed control signs will be placed on the approaches to Caherconlish Village at north and south sides. These signs will indicate to the approaching motorist the speed at which they are travelling. They will flash when the speed exceeds the 50 kmph limit. This is a progressive step by the Co Co.
Clean Up continues: The work undertaken some two months ago to give Caherconlish a makeover continued on Saturday last. Maintenance work was undertaken by the Caherconlish Work Group (Volunteers) in the Square. Individual paint work was carried out as well by home owners on their properties and the result is outstanding. It really encourages everybody to have our village looking healthy and well. Donal O’Regan, journalist with the Limerick Leader, contacted this columnist to say that we were given special mention at a Local Area Council Meeting last week for the work completed by village property owners and the Work Group.
The Work Group are most thankful for all the support especially financial in progressing the work and future projects. It is also grateful to an expat who kindly financed the refurbishment of the War of Independence in total. He wants to remain anonymous at present. If anybody wants to donate to the funds please contact anyone of the Workgroup. Michael Collins is looking after the finances for it.
St Ailbe’s Coffee Morning: St Ailbe’s Credit Union Ltd held their annual coffee morning on Sunday week past in aid of Milford Hospice. A dining tent was set up in Caherconlish for the event. Well done.
Soccer: Caherconlish A team have turned the corner after a series of adverse results with a fine 4gls to 1 win against city side Shelbourne. Caherconlish went 1gl to nil down but made an instant recovery. The ever present and talented William Hourigan had a brace of goals with ‘vet’ Phil Mulready and the up and coming Dave Corbett adding the remaining scores. This win should settle the nerves of the steeplemen and in the run up to Christmas they can add to the points table.
Substance Spillage: There was a substance spillage on Main Street, Caherconlish on last Wednesday October 9. The consequential staining of the main thoroughfare due to vehicle tracking of the substance left an unsightly tinge to the surface. Apparently, a container rolled off a truck according to some reports. Rumours abound, however, especially since another observation reported that the lady unknown (not local) failed to return………..to recover the tin.
Caherconlish GAA: Fundraising; Clothes and Mobile phone collection November 2nd; We would like to thank everyone that contributed to our clothes collection over the last few years as it is our main source of income for the running of the club for the year and all funds raised goes back into the underage teams.