CELEBRATIONS IN BRIEF: Granagh parishioner JJ Enright, Kilmore and his bride Margaret O’Callaghan, O’Callaghans Mills, Co. Clare celebrated their wedding at O’Callaghans Mills Church last weekend.

CELEBRATIONS IN BRIEF: Granagh parishioner JJ Enright, Kilmore and his bride Margaret O’Callaghan, O’Callaghans Mills, Co. Clare celebrated their wedding at O’Callaghans Mills Church last weekend.

BIRTHDAYS: Julia Brosnan, celebrated her 18th at the local Rock Bar, Granagh and Steven O’Brien, Granagh celebrated his 21st while John O’Brien, Woodcock had his birthday party with his relations and friends at Beech Lodge, Bruree, with the music and songs of Charlie Reynolds, residents Paddy Tierney and Mrs Christine Meaney, Dromin/Athlaca, John Kennedy, Garryowen, visitors Ida Hogan, Athlacca, John O’Riordan, Granagh.

Congratulations to JJ and Margaret on their wedding and to Julie, Steven and John on their birthdays and sincere thanks for all your invitations but due to a number of other commitments we were unable to attend personally.

O’GRADY MAKES GAA HISTORY: Granagh/Ballingarry and county senior hurling stalwart Donal O’Grady this week makes local GAA club history on his appointment as the first local combined parishes player to captain the county senior hurling team, and his first appearance as captain will be in the national league at the Gaelic Grounds, Ennis Road on Sunday, February 24 v Antrim at 2pm.

Donal has given sterling service to his county over the last decade, had to battle from time to time with the ups and downs of the sporting arenas and savoured the playing for his club and county win, lose or draw, having his apprenticeship for the captaincy so admirably served we feel most of the county will welcome his appointment. In the local Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club it’s a time of celebrating the series of good tidings for the officers, players and supporters as the combined parishes senior hurlers retain their status, and one of their team-mates Donal O’Grady promoted to lead the county team into battle for the new Gaelic games season.

SENIOR GAA SCÓR: The county senior Scór new date, Friday March 22 at Askeaton Community Centre has been welcomed by local club Scór promoter Johnny O’Riordan, as it gives a few extra weeks to try and get some possible entries together.

The local Gaelic entertainment office hopes to get combined parishes cooperation to first of all hold at least a few Irish entertainment nights between Granagh and Ballingarry, as without this it is hard to expect the local GAA club to be properly represented. But, in any case for both participants and Scór supporters the date and venue is important which is Friday, March 22, 7.45pm, at Askeaton Community Centre, in the meantime local senior scor promoter John O’Roridan, would like to hear from Granagh/Ballingarry musicians, singers, novelty acts, figure/set dancers, recitations, question time group, who are interested in taking part in this years senior scor, phone 087 1553008.

FLEADH CHEOIL LUIMNIGH 2013: Mary Immaculate Training College Limerick city is the venue for this years 2013 Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh. On the June bank holiday May 31 to June 3, for the first time the weekend traditional festival of music, song, dance of both competitions and casual performers will take place at this prestigious college venue in the heart of Limerick city. Representation from the locality has been most encouraging over the last decade and followers no doubt will find that the city venue most convenient. We join with the Limerick County Board CCE in our compliments to the hosting branch for taking on the mighty challenge of the county fleadh, and our sincere thanks to the Castleconnell/Ahane/Herbertstown branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann.

TOMMY DRENNAN ON LOCAL RADIO: West Limerick Community Radio had the famous showband singer Tommy Drennan of the Monarchs Showband on the weekly “A Story and A Song” programme presented by Pat O’Donovan, Newcastle West. Tommy Drennan who had numerous hits with such ballads as Boulavogue, Kevin Barry, Oh Holy Night, The Promise and The Dream, Come Home Rolling Stone and many more fine songs and ballads. To those who took part in the story and song Radio show we can be proud of the fact that we were on the same show as the famous performer and household name Tommy Drennan.

COMMUNITY GAMES FIXTURES: The local Granagh/Ballingarry Community Games have a busy schedule ahead for their active members. Primary Schools quiz on Sunday, February 17, 3pm at Ballingarry.

Art Competition boys/girls from U-8 to U-16, will be held at various venues in the month of May.

National finals in Athlone, May 24 to 26, Saturday, June 29 Munster finals Tralee, Co. Kerry, August 15 to 18, National weekend finals in Athlone.

Best of luck to all our participants in all the forthcoming community games events.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is extended to the Quaid families Ballingarry and the many friends of the late Moss Quiad RIP, Main Street, Ballingarry. The late Moss Quaid RIP was a very popular member of the local business Quaid families in the town, and a very prominent club and divisional team hurler during his sporting renowned career.

To the O’Keeffe families, friends on the death of the late Lissie O’Keeffe RIP, in England. Also our sympathy is extended to the Joyce families on the recent death of the late Mrs Mary Joyce RIP, late of Cliften, Co. Galway.

To the relations and friends of the late Sean Morgan RIP, Ballingarry and also to the Hurley families and horse racing supporters in the Bruff area on the very untimely death of the late Rodger Hurley RIP, Bruff (former point to point jockey).

May they rest in peace.

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