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June 15

COUNTY FLEADH CHEOIL: Sunbeams and clear skies greeted the hosting of the 2013 Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh for the first time at Mary Immaculate Training College.

COUNTY FLEADH CHEOIL: Sunbeams and clear skies greeted the hosting of the 2013 Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh for the first time at Mary Immaculate Training College.

In general, competitions were keenly contested, and while entries were estimated to be a small bit down on last year, it looked as if local area participation was bigger than ever.

As deciphering the results in Gaelic we made out quite a number from the locality that have qualified for the forthcoming Munster Fleadh at UL.

PARISH SOCCER CLUB: Granagh Utd FC lottery jackpot of €14,400 is on offer this week, as the top prize wasn’t won for some months. Last weeks winning numbers were 3-9-21-25.

Lucky dip winners were Jack Mulane c/o Hickeys Croom, Pat O’Shea, Granagh, Caroline Clifford, Nenagh.

Tickets are on sale for the local soccer club draw at O’Gormans shop/petrol station, Chawkes Cross, The Rock Bar, Granagh, Hickeys Bar, Croom, Bennis’ bar Ballyagran or from any of the soccer club promoters. They cost €2.

Under-age “Players of the Year” awards were attained by Terrence Buckley, Div. 1, U/16, John Geary, Div. 2, U/14 and Conor Frawley, Div. 2, U/8.

Once again a few of our leading under age players have been honoured with selection on the Kennedy Cup, Limerick Desmond divisional selection that had of late a good national touch in its list of fixtures.

GAA CLUB RESULTS: Granagh/Ballingarry senior hurlers and Junior b. hurlers recorded county and West Limerick league round 5 and 5 this week, this was a vast improvement from previous outings from both local teams.

Our senior side had a 4-10 to 2-6 over Effin who were favourites to take round 4. The junior B hurlers 2-13 to Newcastle West’s 1-14 was the teams 1st league win in the current season, but, won the league at this grade last year.

Local GAA club supporters are looking forward to our meeting in senior hurling on June 16 at Kilmallock at 7.30pm when we take on Patrickswellin Round 2, group 2 of the Co. Championship while on Sunday at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick Senior Hurling team is captained by Donal O’Grady, which is a great honour for the local club, especially now due to the win.

KNOW YOUR PARISH: Fr. Dan’s quiz has generated great interest in learning more about our Grangh Parish Church, schools, creamery and ancient buildings etc, coupled with some six markers from other correspondents, Mary O’Regan and David O’Riordan who informed us that the main gates of the church were actually made in Belfast, along with the name and year the bishop of Limerick dedicated the local St Josephs church.

Some years ago I got a few notes from an immigrant (Michael Hartnett) who lived in Graiguecurra, Granagh during the 1930s and could recall the first time the parochial house was built and knew the first priest to take up residence in Granagh.

So, to add to the list of questions about the parish. 1: who were the builders of the priests house? 2: Who was the first priest to take up residence?

THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT: Milford Hospice collectors with to thank sincerely all who contributed to the €400 collection recently.

Sincere thanks also to the volunteer workers who helped to “tidy up” the parish graveyards last Thursday.

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