Progressive 25 - Winners on Thursday 4th April were:Margaret Fallon & John O’Dwyer, Chas Keane & Seamus Moloney, Joan Boland & Kevin O’Connor.
Mike McGarry & John St John, Pat O’Brien & Liam Meagher. New players are always welcome to our 25 card game on Thursday nights.
Whist Drive - The next Whist Drive in Drangan will be the Cloneen I.C.A. Whist Drive on Monday, 15th April. New players are always welcome to come along.
Drangan Harriers - 2nd Annual Dog Show on Sunday, 14th April at Hayden’s farm, Crohane. Judging begins at 12.30. Lurcher racing at 11am and after judging. Terrier, lurcher, foxhound and pet classes. Digging competition. Prize for best dog in the parish. Free bouncy castle, free face painting, chipper, shop, open tug of war, 100 squares and other events. Drangan Harriers will make a financial contribution to Clonmel Cancer C.A.R.E on behalf of the Hayden family for the use of their land.
CLCG Naomh Pádraig - Next draw on Tuesday, 16th April at 9pm. All are welcome to attend the draw in the clubrooms at Anner Park. You can now play St. Patrick’s by logging onto our website “stpatsgaa.ie” and also receive our free fortnightly newsletter. This may be of special interest to those with family or friends away.
On Friday, 5th April our U/12 footballers were defeated by Ballylooby-Castlegrace in Ballylooby. Team: Thomas O’Brien, Michael Ryan, Mikey O’Brien, Robert Barton, Pat Griffin, Dara Hall, Keith Morrissey, Pauric O’Brien, Eoin Fitzgerald (Captain), Jack Meagher, Denis Clancy, Quinn Moran and Fearghal Keane.
On Monday, 22nd April our U/16 footballers Anner Gaels play Clonmel Commercials at 6.30pm in Clonmel Sportsfield on the Western Road.
On Thursday, 11th April our U/14 footballers play Moyle Rovers at 6.30pm in Monroe and on Thursday, 18th April they play Kilsheelan-Kilcash in Kilsheelan at 6.30pm.
On Saturday last our minor footballers Anner Gaels were defeated by Cahir on a score of 5-11 to 1-5. St. Patrick’s players in action were: Ciarán Mockler, Cathal Mahoney, Mark Mullally, Conor Clancy, Aidan Buckley, Darren Boland and Conor Gorey.
On this Friday, 12th April our Minor Footballers Anner Gaels play Kilsheelan-Kilcash at 6.30pm in Ned Hall Park Clonmel.
Mouthguards and the G.A.A. - The G.A.A. has made the use of mouth guards mandatory in all Gaelic football matches and training sessions for all age grades up to and including minor. We ask parents to ensure that all U/18 players have suitable mouth guards before they commence playing this year.
Death of Mrs. Breda Duggan - Shock and disbelief spread through the community of Drangan and Cloneen when the news broke on Thursday morning, March 21st of the sudden death of Breda Duggan, Newtown (formerly Ballynennan). Breda who hailed from Knockgraffon near New Inn came to Drangan 45 years ago when she married John Duggan, Ballynennan. She was a very active community member and was a kind and caring woman in every way. As a nurse she was always willing to share her expertise with anyone who needed medical advice or medical attention.
The Duggan family have a long association with the St. Patrick’s G.A.A. club. Breda’s husband John was a member of the first St. Patrick’s team to win a South hurling title when St.Patrick’s won the South Junior final in 1963. Over the years John has been a mentor to many St. Patricks’ teams in both adult and juvenile grades. Breda’s son Colm was a member of the St. Patrick’s teams that won South and County titles in the 80’s and 90’s. Colm is also a former Co. Tipperary Minor, U/21 and Senior Footballer and a former Co. Junior Hurler. Today Colm is very active in our Juvenile club and is a mentor to our U/14 teams of which his son Conor is a member.
As one would expect a large crowd attended her removal to Drangan Parish Church and her Funeral Mass which was celebrated on Saturday morning, March 23rd, it was one of the largest seen in Drangan for sometime. The church was full to capacity with not just every seat occupied but every square inch of standing room was occupied as well. Chief celebrant of Breda’s Funeral Mass was her brother, Archdeacon Mattie McGrath P.P. Tipperary town. He was assisted by Rev. T. Lambe P.P. Drangan and Fr. Jimmy Kennedy C.C. Tipperary town. They were joined on the altar by a large number of fellow priests from the diocese along with his Grace Archbishop Clifford. The readings were read by Breda’s daughter Bridget and her daughter in-law Sally. In his homily Fr. Mattie contrasted Breda’s life to the four seasons comparing death to a plant dying down in Wintertime, not gone forever merely gone under ground for a short while to rise again in a new Spring.
One of Breda’s favourite hobbies was playing “Bridge” and her card playing friends in the Bridge Clubs from Ballingarry and Callan formed a guard of honour as her remains were carried from the church to the graveside. Breda was laid to rest in the new Assumption Graveyard, Drangan. To her husband John, son Colm, daughters Miriam and Bridget, daughter-in-law Sally, son-in-law Sean, grandchildren, brothers and sisters and to her many relative and friends we extend our deepest sympathy. Ar dheis Dé do raidh a anam.