Carrick in Focus

News From The Parishes

To mark thirty years of listening, there is a Public Seminar “Samaritans in the Community” in the Tower Hotel, Waterford on Thursday 2nd March at 7.30p.m. Speakers will include Christy Kenneally, writer and broadcaster; Geoff Day, National Office for Suicide Prevention and Dr. Ella Arensman, National Suicide Research Foundation and in addition to suicide, other topics will include isolation, depression, loss and grief. Condolences to the families and friends of Paddy Tobin, Sir John’s and London; Mary Ryan (nee Carthy), Treacy Park and Wexford; Betty Forristal, Waterford; Biddy Quinlan, Killballyquilty; Bridie Smith (nee Murphy), Clairin; Treasa Norris, Treacy Park; Michael Power, O’Mahoney Avenue; Martin Fitzgerald, Lissadel; Michael Dalton, Kickham Street and London; John Roche, Ballyneale and formerly of St. Mollerans, all of whom died recently.

Daphne Presented with Paddy Clancy Memorial Trophy

The Annual Presentation Ceremony for the Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club ambassador of the Year Award took place at the Nano Nagle Community Resource Centre last week. The winner Daphne Kennington, Piltown was presented with the Paddy Clancy Memorial Trophy and the other participants, Denise Flood, Caolan Deehy Power, Angela Glascott, Tom Larkin, Sarah Hennebry, Anthony Wall, Gerard Finn, David O’Sullivan, William Healy and Lydia McGrath were presented with certificates of merit. Keith Drayton Lions Vice President welcomed the large attendance of participants, parents and judges and thanked Youth Award Officer Stephanie Keating for organizing a most successful project so efficiently. Stephanie said she enjoyed the experience and added that many of the youth of today do not get sufficient praise for the amount of voluntary work they take on. She thanked the parents and judges and wished the participants well in their upcoming exams. John Butler, on behalf of the judges, said they were delighted to be associated with such a worthwhile project and that all the participants were a credit to the town. Following the presentation, the winner Daphne Kennington thanked the members of the Lions Club that helped her prepare for the Regional and National finals.

Carrick Dippers

Recently our under 12 swimmers took part in the McDonald’s gala in Cork. For some of the young swimmers this was their first outing at competition level at which all performed very well. Personal Bests galore! Once again Carrick featured amongst the medal winners, which is no mean achievement as this event is attended by most of the clubs in the southeast region. In the U/9 category Aoife Skelly won gold and three silver in the back crawl, freestyle, breaststroke and IM. In the U/11 category Sinead Lonergan won 3 silver and 2 bronze in the breaststroke, freestyle, butterfly, IM and back crawl respectively. In the relay events the swimmers from Carrick boys and girls featured with the U/12 relay of Louise Kent, Laura Whelan, Siobhan Bray and Aoife Kelly taking bronze, the same team took silver in the Medley relay. The boys U/10 freestyle team of Eoin Bray, Eric O’Halloran, Charlie Foskin and Robert Kent secured silver and the boys U/11 relay in the medley taking bronze, they were Aaron O’Halloran, J. Gaynor, Eric O’Halloran and Eoin Bray. It was great to see some of our first time swimmers qualifying for finals; they were Josie Walsh and Molly Fitzgerald. Once again congratulations to all of the swimmers and a sincere ‘thank you’ to all those that travelled to support our young competitors. We hope to see them all in action again soon. The best of luck to our senior swimmers who are taking part in the Ennis Gala at the beginning of March.

Carrick-on-Suir Athletic Club

Munster Sports Star Awards

Clare County Board played host for the Munster Star Award Banquet where Orla Power was presented the overall Munster Senior Ladies’ Award for her achievements in winning the Munster 800M and the Intermediate Cross-Country title.

Maurice Donoghue and Brian Dunne were presented with the award for the U/23 Top Club Award. Congratulations on their achievements.

An enjoyable night was had by all.

Munster In-Door Championship

Emma O’Gorman won her 60m Hurdles U/13 in a time of 10.77. Emma won her heat and her teammate Colleen Kennedy won the 2nd Heat of the Hurdles where she finished 5th in the final. Ciara Danagher was 4th in the Shot-putt U/13 with a throw of 10.47. Michelle King finished 7th with a PB throw of 7m. In the Relay U/13 our team of Colleen Kennedy, Ciara Danagher, Michelle King and Emma O’Gorman had a convincing win in their heat and finished 4th in the final.

Recently our club members travelled to Scotland to their Indoor Championship in Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. Our best performances were by Tara Fogarty where she had a PB in the High Jump of 1.45m to finish 4th. Ciara Danagher, Stephanie Cleary and Michelle King finished 4th, 5th and 6th in their shot-putt final. Unfortunately for our athletes almost all of the children were sick which took from their performances. Nevertheless they enjoyed their trip and experience.

Faugheen ICA

The monthly meeting of Faugheen ICA guild takes place on Friday evening 3rd March after First Friday Mass. A good attendance would be appreciated.

Nano Nagle Community Resource Centre

Art Classes in pastels and watercolour are currently running at the Nano Nagle Community Resource Centre on Fridays with tutor John Davies. Commencing soon are courses in Manual Handling and EDCL computer and anyone interested in any of these course or other courses should contact the Centre or telephone 051-642418.

Glencomeragh House Retreat Centre

A one-day session on Dance and Meditation in Movement takes place at Glencomeragh House Retreat Centre, Kilsheelan on Saturday 4th March from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Dance has been widely recognised for its ability to bring people together in a gentle and healing way. Mystic Kibran describes music and dance as the food and clothes for the soul. This Saturday is an invitation to gently experience dance and meditation through movement, a time to relax the body and still the mind. There is a follow up on Saturday 8th April where you will be able to move more deeply into the dances. The presenter is Caroline Kehoe.

On Saturday 11th March, there is a Workshop “In the Company of Angels” from 10.00am to 4.30pm. All the major religious traditions refer to angels in their sacred writings. This Workshop will explore the role of angels from the Judaic-Christian tradition with specific references as to how they have been portrayed as messengers of the Divine in the Old and New Testaments. The workshop will also deal briefly with current interest in angels.

On Saturday 25th March, there will be a Workshop “From One Soul to Another” from 10.30am to 4.30pm. reconnecting with our essence – being essentially who we are. A day to work on our personal growth using Gestalt Therapy and Meditation / Visualisation. Introducing Family Systems Therapy also known as “The Orders of Love”. A safe and soulful journey with an invitation for participants to bring in something that is meaningful to them (a part of a book, a poem, a picture, object). Presenter is Chris Eichbaum. For further details on any of the above, please contact Ursula or Ann Marie between 10.30am. to 3.30pm. Monday to Friday, telephone 052 33181.

Bridge results

Tuesday Club – weekly competition – 1st Marie Phelan and Phyllis Fogarty. 2nd Kathleen Coffey and Tilly O’Donnell. 3rd Frank and Angela Bourke.

Thursday Bridge Club – weekly competition – 1st Joan O’Sullivan and Kitty Lalor. 2nd Alice O’Gorman and Irene Purcell. 3rd Vera O’Donnell and Mary O’Brien.

Ballylynch remedial works

Carrick on Suir Town Council has given notice of its intention to carry out works incorporating the demolition of two dwellings at 10 and 11 Mountain View and the construction of two three-bedroom dwellings and two two-bedroom dwellings in the same location. Plans and particulars of the proposed development are available for public inspection at the Town Hall, New Street during normal office hours until Friday 24th March 2006. Submissions or observations with regard to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and development of the area, may be made in writing to the Town Clerk, Carrick on Suir Town Council on or before Friday 7th April 2006.

St. Molleran GAA notes

The Eastern Divisional championship draws were made recently and the following are the groups involving St. Molleran teams – Intermrdiate Hurling: St. Mollerans, Dunhill, Ballygunner, Portlaw, Tramore, Passage and St. Saviours. Junior Hurling : St. Mollerans, Butlerstown, Kilmacthomas, Ballyduff, Roanmore, Clonea,, Dunhill, Ballygunner and Erins Own. Intermediate Football: St. Mollerans,, Rathgormack, Portlaw, Kill and Butlerstown Junior Football: St. Mollerans, Ferrybank, Roanmore, Dunhill, Erins Own, De La Salle, John Mitchells and St. Saviours. As you can see, there are some very interesting games to look forward to in both codes. Deise draw tickets are on sale at €10 per month or €80 all in. This is a fantastic draw with top class prizes and is also very beneficial to the club finances.

There was deep sadness in the club and the Carrick Beg community in general on the news that John Roche had passed away. John was a member of the 1959 St. Mollerans Minor hurling team that was crowned County champions. In a moving tribute, players and mentors of that team formed a guard of honour to pay their respect and say farewell to a team mate and friend. To John’s wife Breda, his mother Nellie and brothers Michael, Donald and Tom, nieces and nephews, the club offers its sincere sympathy.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

Up and running

Jekyll and Hyde opened to rapturous acclaim last weekend in the Strand Theatre and runs until the coming Saturday. Sunday night’s performance was especially for Society patrons who were entertained at a Reception in the Carraig Hotel where they mingled and chatted with cast, committee members and friends. There was a great air of euphoria evident as could be expected after such a brilliantly emptive performance that had no weal links. The superb cast from Principals to Chorus was outstanding in this amazing production, a tribute to Director Tony Finnegan who was loud in his praise for the calibre of the cast and the Society back-up team, rare in amateur groups. Tony’s vision of the Show was evident in John Meany’s set, Gerry Taylor’s lighting, costumes, make up and every facet of the production. The approach of Tony and the Society were on a very professional level, the only amateur aspect was that none of the cast were paid. It was all down to the smell of the greasepaint and the lure of theatre.

On Sunday morning, the Society celebrated and sang at the annual Mass at 12 noon in St. Nicholas Parish Church. It is always a very special occasion when members, past members and friends gather to remember the past, celebrate the present and look forward to the future which judging by the standard set by Jekyll and Hyde is in safe hands.

Greenschool handballers in Munster Finals

Stephen Moroney, John Paul Roche, Joshua Moroney and Darren Floyd together with their mentors Stephen Moroney (Senior), Shaun Floyd and principal Mr. Mansell made the long trek to Tralee on Saturday last 25/02/06. The first topic on the agenda for the boys was the presentation of their County medals, and posing for the relevant photographs that go with it.

The long journey probably told somewhat on their first games. John Paul Roche, (U / 11 singles) had some difficulty coping with a very talented Limerick player – the eventual winner. Stephen Moroney U / 13 singles likewise had to face a strong skilful Cork boy and found it difficult. Stephen was giving away two years and a lot of size.

In the second game however John Paul produced the game of his life. With some tremendous play he defeated a very good Cork lad. Tipperary always enjoys a victory over the rebels. This was good enough to put John Paul into the semis. Stephen also shook off the cobwebs of the long journey to produce a winning display against fine limerick player and make his way into the U / 13 semi-final.

The best start was made by our young guns Josh and Darren. They showed a good combination to record an early victory in the U / 11 doubles. In the second match though they came up against a stern Limerick pair and lost. The first win put the boys into the semi-final where they played Clare. It has to be said that Clare were much bigger, stronger and older. Despite their best efforts the Greenschool boys had to give way to a superior duo. Josh and Darren had the consolation of seeing these Clare lads go on to win the final easily.

Hopes and Spirits were high when John Paul Roche stepped into the semi-final. The first set was close but try as he may John Paul could not get the better of a talented Clare lad. He can feel proud of his efforts and is a name for the future.

Stephen Moroney looked classy in his semi-final, once again giving height and years to the All-Ireland club champion from Clare. It was a great exhibition of schoolboy handball with both boys displaying two strong hands. In the end Stephen had to give way to a great winner but he also had the consolation of knowing that he was beaten by the eventual champion. Well done to all the boys. The school is justifiably proud of their achievements. Thanks to Stephen Moroney (senior), Shaun Floyd and our “little band” of supporters, Dean Walsh and Dale Tobin.

All the boys relaxed and played in the Tralee Leisure Complex swimming pool before they made the long trek home.

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