Local Notes Edition December 30th 2010

News of the County

News of the County









Up to five years ago, Domhnall Mc Keogh, Four Roads, Ballina was a dedicated hurler/footballer in the local GAA club. On emigrating to Australia his love of and involvement in sport was recognised by officials "down under" when he joined the South's GAA Club in Brisbane, Queensland. For the past four years Domhnall, has represented his Club on the Queensland Province team in the Austrailasia Gaelic Football championship, which consists of Australian and New Zealand provincial teams with a large Irish community involvement. Recently in the 2010 weeklong tournament held in New Zealand, Queensland Province won its first ever provincial Championship.

Domhnall, who is the son of Gerry and Catherine, was voted "2010 Player of the Year" at South's club.

We congratulate Domhnall and wish him continued success both in his sporting and work engagements.

CANCER FUNDRAISER Roderick (Rod) Scanlan, Chapel Street, Killaloe wishes to thank all who supported his "Movember" project in aid of Prostrate Cancer Research. Rods efforts during November raised €900 for a noble cause. The funds raised through Movember's Ireland campaign benefit Action Prostate Cancer, a programme of The Irish Cancer Society.


For the second consecutive year the annual Christmas Day Swim was postponed due to the severe weather conditions that saw the Shannon at the Two-Mile-Gate resemble a skating rink. This event will now take place on New Year's Day and proceeds will benefit Raheen Hospice. Further details are available from Christopher Mc Grath at 061 376245.


Unfortunately, many people were victims of frozen pipes and had no water supply and now that the 'thaw' has arrived some householders are faced with burst pipes and considerable damage to their homes. The Canal was frozen for a couple of weeks and ice on the Shannon stretched, in places, from the Clare shore to the Tipperary shore, a sight never experienced in living memory.


Congratulations to Annie Kitt (nee Hayes) formerly of The Glen, Killaloe who celebrated her 105th birthday recently. Annie, who lived through the Easter Rising, Civil War and Two World Wars, attended the local Glen National School. She celebrated her special day at the home of her daughter Peggy Courtney, Morenane, Askeaton.


Ten years ago a Latvian Artist, Raimonds Karveckis, left his native Riga in pursuit of a better quality of life and an opportunity to display his artistic skills. With his girl friend he settled in Ballina-Killaloe where he now operates "Ecclesiastical Restorations". Raimonds has studied Gilding and Decorative painting at the Florence Art Studio of Decorative Arts in Italy. He specialises in all aspects of Religious restoration projects using techniques and materials sympathetic to the period in which the objects were made. Work also includes specialist paint effects of walls such as frescos and gilding on dados and plaster trims; repairs to paintings, frames, furniture, metal ware, gilded objects, candelabras etc.

If you require further details you may call Raimonds at 061-374242 or 087-9150343.



In spite of the dreadful weather conditions the Borris in Ossory Parish Christmas Carol Service in aid of Knockaroo Church Fund took place in St Canice's Church on Sunday night December 19 and was a great success. Members of the four choirs in the parish took part in the carol service and the children from Killadooley Primary School also performed their carols and Christmas melodies.

Santa Claus even made a surprise visit to the church and shook hands with everyone while the choir sang "Jingle Bells"

Fr. Jackie Robinson PP thanked all who took part and had special thanks for the musical director Patricia Scott and the organist Teresa Flanagan. He also thanked all the soloists, the orchestra, choir members, pupils, parents and teachers from Killadooley Primary School. Thanks was also extended to Sr Regina and Carol Giles who were responsible for the Christmas decorations in the church and also organised the refreshments afterwards.

The Carol Service really brought the true meaning of Christmas to the parish despite the recession, the snow and the frost!


The annual Christmas 25 card game took place in the O'Brien Hall on last Thursday night December 16. Because of the bad weather, the crowd was not as big as usual; however those who did attend had a very enjoyable night. The committee would like to see more support from the local community, after all it is the youth from the local area who benefit from the amenities provided in the hall.

The lucky winners were as follows Jim Walsh and John Mooney, 2nd - Marie Quinn and Murt Ryan, John Delaney and Mary Maher, 3rd - Joe Cass and Mary Kelly, Jacob Fairbrother and Mary Maher, 10th game - Michael Grimes and Nuala Breslin, 20th game – Sean and Anna Bourke, Raffle winners - Tom Moore, P.J.Meade, Leo Kelleher, Joe Cass, Martin Brophy, Joe Dooley, Johnny Dalton, Tom White, Michael Fitzpatrick, Sean Finan, Mary Kelly, Anna Bourke, Seamus Bohane, Stasia Maher, Michael Muldowney, Tom Kennedy, Michael Grimes, Larry O'Mahony, Martin Walsh, Mary Jo Ryan and Jim Walsh.

The committee would like to thank all its generous sponsors who donated raffle prizes – Costcutters supermarket, Borris in Ossory, Geoghegans shop, Borris in Ossory, SuperValu, Roscrea, Young Oil, Templemore and Fintan Kealy, Kilcotton. Thanks to Sal's Diner who supplied the hot food on the night.

The weekly Progressive 25 Drive will take place on this Thursday night December 23 asusual in the O'Brien Hall and the starting time is 9pm sharp.


The O'Brien Hall closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day. The club extends Christmas greetings to all its members and their families, to all the card players, the billiard players and also to the club's sponsors.


Among the casualties of the weather in Borris in Ossory at the weekend were the Social in Killasmeestia in Friday night, the Social Services Christmas party on Saturday afternoon and the ICA Concert in St Andrew's Church, Rathdowney on Saturday night. However, the good news is that Santa Claus did manage to reach O'Keeffe Park, Borris in Ossory on Sunday afternoon.


County Board Draw: Congratulations to Peggie Richardson, Ardarra, Portroe, who won €200 in the weekly draw.

Carol Singing: Carol singing took place outside of all masses on Christmas Eve and both masses Christmas morning. Proceeds help to run the senior citizens party.

Sympathy: Sympathy is extended to the Kelly family, Portroe, on the sudden death of Michael Kelly. He is mourned by his wife Margaret, sons and daughters, and his brother Paddy. Our deepest sympathy also goes to Marie Gleeson and family, Curraghbawn, Newtown, on the death of Sean Gleeson.


The Late Frank Hyland: The death occurred peacefully on December 10th of Frank Hyland of Bordwell Clough. He had been in failing health for some time. He was a very industrious farmer and dedicated to his home. He is sadly mourned by his heartbroken wife Lucy, sons Paul, David and John, daughter Mary, daughters-in-law Elaine and Michelle, grandchildren Frank, Patrick, James, Bill and Louise, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, neighbours, friends, relatives and everyone who knew Frank. Reposing was at his residence. Removal took place on Tuesday evening to St. Canice's Church, Clough. On Wednesday, December 15th con-celebrated requiem mass was celebrated in St. Canice's Church and followed by burial in Clough cemetery.

Ageism Group: On Thursday, December 16th the second session of the ageism and self confidence group took place in the library, Rathdowney. There was a good attendance. The excellent tutors were Trevor Stanley and Catherine Lalor. This course is proving to be a great success, There is a very relaxed and happy atmosphere in the group, all are learning something new and getting brilliant ideas on their lifestyles and well beings. It is a very social evening, where there are questions and answers and each person is free to air their views. The next session will be on January 6th in the library, Rathdowney.

Annual Party: The annual senior citizens Christmas party was held in Cuan Bhide Communal Centre. A large number of guests were present. Our excellent four course meal was served to all. The most senior lady and gent who cut the cake were 90 years old Hannah Finane and 96 year old Mick Begadon. Mick Begadon sang the song 'The Field's of Athenry' perfectly. The beautiful music was supplied by Brendan O' Neill and Danny Haverty. A great event was enjoyed by all.


The Late Mrs Ann McHugh: The death occurred on December 13th peacefully at Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin of Anne McHugh of Terenure, Dublin. She was formerly Anne Phelan of Ballygeehan, Ballacolla. Her death at a young age brought much sadness to the area and beyond. She is deeply mourned by her husband Pat, daughters Elaine and Eleanor, sons Kevin and Paul, grandchildren, her sister, her brothers, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends and all her friends in Ballygeehan. Reposing took place at her home. Removal took place to Terenure College Chapel. On Thursday December 16th, requiem mass was celebrated and was followed by burial in Bohernabreena Dublin Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Book Launch: A beautiful book entitled 'Life Through the Lens' by Alfred Harvey, a renouned photographer, was launched in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow. James Deegan M.C. launched the book. Seosamh Murphy, Lord Mayor of Durrow assisted and the MC for the evening was Declan King. Also present were Sean Fleming TD, Michael G Phelan and Marty Phelan M.C.C. with John Joe Fennelly M.C.C. The book can be bought at most agents or from Alfred Harvey himself. Great credit is due to this young gentleman who has come so far n photography.


Christmas Ceremonies: The Christmas ceremonies in the Abbey were well attended. The Abbey choir added much to the solemnity of the ceremonies.

Schoolmaster Retires: After many years of service in the local school, Jimmy Delaney, of Borrisoleigh retires. He has taught and administered to many boys and girls over his long period here in his profession as a teacher. He is wished well and many years of health and contentment in his retirement. He is succeeded as principle by Ger Corbett, who has also been teaching in this school and is no stranger to the local boys and girls. We wish him well in his new appointment.

Annual Sale of Work and Auction- Thanks: The organisers and our priests thank everyone who were involved in this event and who made it such a financial success. The funds raised are divided equally between the schools and parish halls in Holycross and Ballycahill.