Archive for June, 2012

Pat’s Corner – 27/6/12

by Pat Brosnan

Stone Attack by Thugs

 According to recent media reports a resident of Shannon who, in the company of a friend, went to visit his brother’s grave in Mount St Lawrence Cemetery in Limerick is alleged to have been attacked by a gang of teenage thugs who pelted them with stones. This happened at around 7pm in the evening when one would expect to be a quiet time to visit a cemetery. By all accounts the Cemeteries City Council Superintendent stated that he had no doubt that the two people concerned had a frightening experience and that it was the first time that anything such as this had occurred in that cemetery.

It goes to prove, if proof was needed, that there are certain elements in the country that are completely devoid of ordinary regard for the rights of others and who have no idea of what civilized behaviour is about. Such elements in our society need to be confronted and brought into line for the sake of decent law abiding people. This latest incident in Limerick was perhaps a new departure from the usual kind of thuggery by the fact that it was people rather than property that was targeted in this mindless way.

Perhaps the culprits were high on drugs or alcohol, who knows, or maybe it was done out of sheer blackguardism but whatever it was it should not have happened. We all know of course that far more serious things have happened in Limerick City in recent times but that would have more to do with notorious criminal gangs rather than teenage vandals. Again however we do not have to pretend that such things are happening only in the city or larger towns throughout the country.  The sad fact is that there are groups of teenagers and sometimes older trouble makers to be found in the smallest villages and even rural areas in County Limerick and indeed in many places around the country as well.

Even a few years ago in mainly quiet and peaceful Carrigkerry, where some of the nicest people in the country live, there was the deplorable incident of the statue in the local grotto being smashed and around the same time the tank containing the school heating oil was punctured which caused an oil spillage that was difficult enough to deal with. It is hard to understand the minds of teenagers who carry out such acts of pointless destruction and what kind of perverse satisfaction they get out of it. But what we do know is that it needs to be stopped before it gets out of hand completely before decent people are forced to take the law into their own hands and deal with the problem in their own way.  We recently read about some vigilantes targeting suspected drug dealers in a North Kerry village and ordering them out of the area. The question we would like to see answered is who should we have the most sympathy for, the suspected drug dealers or the vigilantes who are trying to put a stop to such activities.

Apart from one serious incident some years ago Athea has been comparatively free from the more severe types of vandalism, but occasionally anti-social happenings do occur. But the boy racing culture that had been causing some concern to ordinary drivers some years ago as well as the cross roads wheelie or doughnut capers appear to have mostly faded out since the recession came in and there is less money to spend on such activities. Not many will be too sorry to see these dangerous practices coming to an end.

While most of us took part in pranks during our younger days these were of an entirely different type of teenage frolics and were never meant to cause harm or distress to those on whom the pranks were played, or any damage to people’s homes or property. It was all done for a laugh in those times and with no intention of causing any real trouble.  How different things are today with stones being thrown at people visiting a relatives grave or cars being pelted on Halloween or indeed at other times of the year.  We might well ask what is it all in aid of? Thank God however there are many fine young people in the country who are a credit to their parents and relatives and who are no doubt in the vast majority. It is only the insignificant minority who are causing the trouble and that is something that needs to be tackled.


Lartigue Céilí Band 

A new Céilí Band has recently been formed in North Kerry and will be based in the Listowel area. It is being named The Lartigue Céilí Band in memory of the famous Monorail train that at one time carried passengers from Listowel to Ballybunion and back.  There are musicians from various areas of North Kerry and West Limerick who have joined up with it and the band leader is Gearoid Keating from Abbeyfeale whose mother Eileen (nee Dalton) is a native of Toureendonnell. Gearoid’s near relatives who once lived in Knocknagorna had a great traditional musical talent which Gearoid and his sister Roisin inherited. Gearoid’s grandfather Micheál Dalton and his granduncle Sean Dalton both played Senior Football with Limerick. His father David Keating has been very much involved with the GAA as a player and official. Gearoid has won a number of All Ireland Comhaltas titles on the Banjo.  The other members of the new Céilí Band are :- Sean Guerin- Accordion, James Duggan-Fiddle, James Dillon- Concert Flute, John McElligott-Drums, Mairead Curran-Piano, Rosin Ryan- Fiddle, Katie Lucey-Fiddle, Gretta Curtin- Concertina and Colleen O’Shea- Concert Flute.

We wish the new band every luck in the future and there is no doubt that with a combination of such experienced and talented musicians they are very likely to have many successful outings before long.


Disappointed Supporters 

For the many Irish supporters who went to support the Grimes twins “Jedward” in the European so-called song contest, which is in reality a show or gymnastics contest they must have been very disappointed that even the Russian Grannies were far ahead of the Irish representatives who were sent out there to compete unsuccessfully for the second time.

Was it not also very disappointing for the Irish followers who went out to Poland to support the 26 County soccer team in the past weeks. Both these events were hyped up to the last in the Irish media but the fact is that both were far behind current International standards.


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Knockdown News – 27/6/12

by Peg Prendeville

As I mentioned a few weeks ago Glin Development committee has been working on extending the walks around Glin and the latest one is through the Castle Demesne.  Sunday evening was the perfect evening to try this out; a nice gentle breeze and a bit of sunshine. So off I went. It is not a pleasant stroll; in fact it is fairly challenging and one would need good strong muscles to get up the steep hill but it is worth it to get the view from the top. One can see from beyond Scattery Island on the left to Shannon airport on the right. The journey down, through a different route, is just as steep and a little bit muddy here and there. It would be advisable to have company on this journey, as it is very possible to slip or sprain a muscle but if you have good strong walking shoes and a bit of energy I would tell you to go ahead. It takes about 1.5 hours. Their walk along the coast road is a very pleasant and easy one for those who cannot do the Woods Walk.

Great plans are being made for the Vintage Day in Knockdown in July 15th.  An Art & Craft exhibition will be among the many items of interest on the day so if anybody has any items of art or craft to display ( or sell if they wish) they can contact me at the above number. Of course there will be vintage cars and tractors, sports events and Big Maggie who will be entertaining all with her open-air singing. So there will be something for everybody. Keep praying for a good day!

The fine weather for the past two days has enabled some more harvesting of silage and turf to be done. It is a pity that that is all we can rely on, two good days here and there. The days of the long hot summers is but a distant memory.

Ballyhahill School 5th and 6th classes dramatised the story of Hansel and Gretel in the PE Hall on Monday for all the other children and their parents and friends. Drama is a great way to help children speak clearly, gain confidence in themselves and have fun all at the same time. Well done to all. 


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By Carrig Side – 27/6/12

by Tom Aherne

Congratulations and best wishes to Brendan Madigan Ballyegna, Ardagh, and Tayna Tinney, Lifford, County Donegal, who were married in Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman, on Saturday 16th June.

The Ceremony was performed by Fr Denis Mullane. P.P. assisted by family relative Fr Seamus Madigan. The Reception was held in The Woodlands House Hotel Adare.

Congratulations to Jim Molyneaux Ardagh, who won 4th Prize of €200 in the Rathkeale 500 Club Draw held in Rathkeale Community Centre, on Thursday 14th June.

Congratulations to Kit Liston Knockfinisk, who won €500, in the Athea G.A.A. 500 Club Draw.

Congratulations to Noreen O’Callaghan, Ardagh, who won €100 in the recent West Limerick 102 Community Radio Draw. The next draw will be held on Thursday 28th June, and to be included in the draw contact the office at 069-66200.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh, on Monday 18th June. The numbers drawn were 2,11,16,18, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners. €60 M/W c/o Denis Greaney, Ardagh. €60 Mary O’Connor Glensharrold. €60 Eileen Relihan Ardagh. €30 Pat Flynn Ardagh. €30 Garry Byrnes c/o Denis Greaney, Ardagh. €30 Brendan Vaughan, Bus Eireann. Next week’s draw will be held in The Thatch Bar Newbridge, and the Jackpot will be €18,400.

The death has taken place of Paddy Carrig, 32 Corrib Drive, Shannon, County Clare, and late of Creeves, Askeaton. His remains reposed at his residence from 5pm, on Friday 15th June, followed by removal to Mary Immaculate Church, Shannon. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 12 noon, followed by burial in Illaunamanagh Cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his daughter Audrey, sons John, Patrick, Michael, Finbar, Gerard and Tony, extended family members, relatives, and friends. Paddy was honorary life member and President of the Wolfe Tone GAA Club at the time of his death. He played Gaelic football for Kilcolman, and Askeaton/Ballysteen, in his youth. May he rest in Peace.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Mountcollins by 3-13 to 1-4 in Round 2 of Group 2 of the County Senior Football Championship at Newcastle West Gaelic Grounds, on Friday 15th June. A good crowd was in attendance, to see the team make it two wins out of two on a wet evening and under difficult ground conditions. Saint Kieran’s were always in control of the game and they led by 1-8 to 0-2 at half time. They are joint top of their Group with favourites Father Casey’s, with games to come against Adare, Saint Patrick’s, and Father Casey’s, in the coming months. TEAM:  Jim Molyneaux, John O’Connor, John Doyle, Patrick Downes, Patrick Windle, Paudie McCarthy, Mike Flynn, Johnny McCarthy, 1-0 Darragh Treacy, 1-2 JB Harnett, Timmy Carroll, Donal Nolan, 0-2 Ray Cahill, 0-2 Jim Donovan, 1-4 Anthony Molyneaux, 0-3. Sub: Brian Crowley.

Congratulations to Conor Garvey Saint Kieran’s winner of the Poc Fada Competition at the George O’Rourke U-14 Hurling Tournament in Kildimo.

Congratulations to Maurice Windle, Ardagh, a recent winner of the Vice-Captains Prize, at Newcastle West Golf Club in Ardagh. Maurice won numerous honours in hurling and football with the club in times past.

Saint Kieran’s are holding their Cúl Camp in Coolcappa from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th July. All details from Deirdre Ambrose 087-9509218.           

Croagh N.S. defeated Ardagh N.S. by 8-0 to 5-3 in the West Limerick Division 2 Camogie Final in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Thursday 14th June.

Ireland had a very disappointing European Soccer Championship but the fans gave the team great support at home and at the matches in Poland and the Ukraine.  People from the locality travelled to the games to cheer on the side, who never reached their playing potential. A lot of house flags and car flags were in evidence as well as the people got behind the team.

Congratulations to Kilcolman who defeated Breska Rovers 7-1 to win the U-8 Division 2 Shield Final. Team:  Sean Hughes, Darragh McMahon, 1  Oisin Ryan, Conor Kelly, Lorcan Murphy, 2 Con Enright, 2  PJ O’Sullivan 2  Jack Kennedy, Chris Lenihan, Conor Hodgson, Conor Colbert, Padraig Downey, Tim Downey, Cormac Murphy, Maeve Kelly, Kilian Hodgson, Tara Barry, Cathal Keinhan.

Congratulations to Darragh O’Connor, and Adam Kearns,  Creeves Celtic who were member of the Desmond League Kennedy Cup team  who participated in the recent  Competition in the UL.

Congratulations to Carrig Celtic A+B  teams who picked up the Desmond League Division 1+3 clean sheets awards, for last season.

Congratulations to the local prize winners, at the County Fleadh Cheoil hosted by C.C.E. Castletroy over the June bank holiday week end, and well done to all who participated. Best of luck to all in the Munster Fleadh Cheoil finals in Dungarvan, County Waterford in mid July.

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services extends a sincere thank you to the collectors who gave their time on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June in Ardagh and Carrigkerry.  The sum collected in Carrigkerry was €180 and €179.93 in Ardagh which will go towards maintaining the many services ADAPT provides in the Refuge in Limerick and Outreach Services in Newcastle West and Kilmallock.  The 24 Hour Freephone Helpline number is 1800 200 504. 

Grouse Lodge Windfarm is advising householders in the area who are concerned about Television reception to contact the company before 27th July in order to arrange an assessment of the possible interference and any remedial steps required to ensure optimum reception. If people have any queries or wish to arrange an appointment with one of their technicians, please contact the Wind Farm Lo-call Helpdesk number on 1890 940 472 before the service closes on 27th July.

Desmond Hall, The Square, Newcastle West, is now open for the 2012 season with free admission. The site is open daily from 10am to 6 pm with last admission at 5.15pm. Free guided tours are available at regular intervals. The last day of the season will be Wednesday 29th August, and more details from Tel 069-77408.

New Mass schedule in Coolcappa/Kilcolman Parish for the next six months, from this weekend 30th June/ 1st July as follows. Mass will be celebrated in Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday at 7.30pm, and in Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa on Sunday at 10.30am.

The annual fundraising Garden Fete at Rathfredagh Cheshire Home will be held on Sunday 1st July.  The committee is appealing for clothes, curtains, bed linen, shoes, bric-a-brac etc. Items can be handed in to reception at Rathfredagh before the day and all support much appreciated.

West Limerick 102 Community Radio is holding a Race Nite, in The Shamrock Bar Newcastle West on Friday 29thJune commencing at 8pm. More details from the Station.

The next Car Boot Sale and indoor market in aid of West Limerick 102 Community Radio will be held on Sunday 8thJuly at Newcastle West Community Centre from 9am to 3 pm.

Clánn Lír Montessori School Ballyhahill is open each day from 9.30am-12.30pm, with after school care available 1pm to 6pm daily. EECE free pre-school places are also available. Proprietor Jacqueline Mangan and her team are offering a beautiful designed open plan building, with separate library sand and water room play and dress up area, outdoor playground garden and kitchen. More details from 087-2997548, 087-9586062.

Carrigkerry / Old Mill Community Employment Scheme, with a supervisor and 16 participants, concluded their one year term on Friday 22nd June. It was another busy year for all involved in maintaining villages, school grounds, community centre, park areas and playing fields. A new one year extension has been granted and this commenced on Monday 25th June. The sponsor funding for each participant was halved from €20 per week/ per participant to €10 per week/ per participant from January 1st 2012. This has put a lot of financial pressure on Sponsors and has denied training opportunities for participants. It looks like the end of C.E. Schemes in their present format if the Fine Gael Party has their way over the Labour Party who is in favour of them. A review of the Schemes is being held at present, so developments are awaited.


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