by Kathleen Mullane


‘Out and About’


Sincere Congratulations go to Louise and Francis Aherne of Parkana, Athea who were blessed with their 3rd Baby, a little girl they are naming ‘Grace’, a little sister for Tom and Lucy. Best wishes are also extended to the proud grandparents Eibhlis and Leo Geoghegan, Barrack Street and Eileen Ahern, Parkana.

Best wishes go to Kathleen, Micheál and Shane Ambrose who this Sunday do the Limerick Run in aid of the Josh Keane Fund. All support would be gratefully appreciated, no doubt.

Committee members attended a Hall meeting on last Wednesday night to keep in touch with matters and go through bills, topics for discussion etc. Caroline Phillips along with mothers from the Playgroup were also present to discuss the idea of trying to get a playground started for the children. Hopefully this will come to pass near the Hall in the not too distant future, when all the preliminaries have been gone through. Anyone wishing to join their committee should get in touch with Caroline or any of the Playgroup mothers.

At present we now have a debt of just €4,000 on the Hall – T.G.  This however doesn’t mean “we can sit back on our haunches”, electricity, heat, insurance etc have to be paid, so fundraising will have to be ongoing in some form or another. Hopefully we will do another climb this summer. Last year with 90 climbers including kids was so much fun!

The grand new cooker has arrived as has the tall fridge and the 2 sinks which are necessary for the Health Dept. Volunteers will be needed to remove the kitchen wall tiles and to do a bit of painting etc – to give us a “new look kitchen”- which will be available at a low cost for parties, get-togethers, celebrations and post-funeral gatherings.

(It was a great bonus incidentally for the cyclists on Sunday last for their showers and refreshments and registrations).

Anyone who has any more ideas for a bit of fund-raising we would be delighted to hear as we definitely are not going to ever go back to that debt we had for some years . Thanks to everyone who helped us.

Well done to all the cyclists, organisers and indeed everyone who had any hand, act or part in organising the Fund-Raising Cycle on Sunday last. It was a “Sea of Colour” as all the cyclists left the Hall and travelled out the Glin Road to complete their respective routes, all for a great cause. I’m sure the organisers would be grateful of any further donations for The Brothers of Charity Services. Well done to all, it was a great feat.

Well, I went to Bruff on Saturday last for The Commemorative Mass of Thanksgiving for the pupils and Staff of the F.C.J. Convent which was in operation from 1856 and will close its doors after the Leaving Cert this June. It was sad after all the years that this has to happen with no fund-raising available. We, as boarders in the late ‘60’s, had some great memories from there – we remember the saying “SCHOOL DAYS ARE THE BEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE”