• Ian O'Gorman

Kilcornan Notes October 2, 2017

LOTTO: The results for September 30. Jackpot was not won. Lucky dips to; Nicola Dolan, Michael O'Neill, John Paul McNamara and Siobhan McCarthy. Next week's jackpot will be €3100. If you wish to buy lotto tickets, please contact any of the following: Liam Meade, Katherine Maher or John Nealon who will organise tickets for you. €2 each or €20 to be included for 10 weeks, €50 for half year or €100 for full year. Tickets are also on sale at the Beer Garden in Kildimo.

CHURCH NEWS: Minister of the Word for Saturday October 7 is Edel O'Connell, and for Sunday October 8 is Kathleen Kelly . Ministers of the Eucharist are Mary O'Neill and Kathleen Hayes for Saturday. Nora Murphy and Ita O'Shaughnessy for Sunday.

NATIONAL SCHOOL: The new Library , a most valuable asset, in the National School will be officially opened on this Friday October 6 at 1pm. Most part of the funding for this project was organized by the parents council mainly through the Nevin Maguire evening held in Dunraven Arms in the Summer. You are most welcome to attend the opening which will include a cup of tea and cake.

TIDY TOWNS: In only our second year of entry in the Tidy Towns, our hard working committee and volunteers have achieved marvelous results from the adjudicators. The following is a short extract from the overall report; "Céad Fáilte roimh Kilcornan Tidy Towns Action Group to The SuperValu TidyTowns Competition for 2017. Thank you for your entry form which included most helpful photos, your hand drawn map which guided me round the area better than any Garmin might do. You are still new to the competition but you have been involved in many projects in the past year which improve the appearance of Kilcornan and have created a greater awareness of the heritage of the village. The adjudicator senses that your group is intent on being open and inclusive to all who wish to contribute to the ideals you have set out. I like the idea of carrying out a skills audit so that you build up a bank of people who can contribute their skill set to particular projects. Well done on your use of Facebook in communicating with the local community.

'Residents are encouraged ' seems like a chorus line from a musical in your submission and well done to you for that encouragement. I suppose the adjudicator would love to know what encourage means in this context but whatever it means it is obvious that you are successful in getting support. Residents present their houses, gardens and frontages with pride adding colour and interest to their surroundings. There are some fine hedges at properties. In a village the size of Kilcornan Village identity is a major priority so the appearance of the name signs at either side of the village is important so your dressing of the signs is not a token but a stamp of that identity. So well done on the flowerbeds. Safety is a major concern when improving the appearance of roads through a village with such volumes of traffic as you experience. But where possible and safe to do so mowing one width of the lawnmower along the grass verge gives definition to the road verges. One appreciates the work done by the residents along the road who do maintain the area adjacent to their dwellings. The minor roads are well maintained, a special example is the road by the pump which is a standard to which to aspire." In general the entire report is complimentary and very encouraging.

Kilcornan also won the Endeavour award in the Tidy Towns competition for County Limerick. The Endeavour award recognises the highest percentage improvement on the previous year. Our percentage improvement on 2016 was 11%, the third highest in the country. The award of €500 will also be very useful to help with next years projects. Well done to all who helped out during the year. Congratulations to everyone concerned for your hard and dedicated work over the past year.

AK UNITED: AK United 4- 3 Dingle Bay Rovers ( after extra time). Well done to our junior team last Sunday in the FAI Cup second round where we hosted Dingle Bay Rovers in a very exciting encounter which saw the tie go to extra time . Great team effort from all the team to see out the result. Well done Sebastian Skorkowski and the team . Scorers Kenneth O'Donoghue, Ross Mann, Ger Garvey, Jakub Cieloch. Squad : Paudie Ivess, Ger Garvey (93 Ryszard Goldyn), Aiden Garvey, James O'Shaughnessy (76 Shane Garvey), Ian Moore, Alan Ryan (65 Jakub Cieloch), Kevin O'Keefe , Alex Potter (53 Anthony Cregan), Blaine Collins, Ross Mann (108 David Dolan), Kenneth O'Donoghue. Sub: Rafal Matjasowicz.

OPT IN: Keep up to date with training, courses, workshop opportunities as they happen in Limerick & Tipperary with Opt In. The range of programmes listed are being rolled out by West Limerick Resources particularly under the SICAP Programme but also the ETB, LEO, Skillnets & LIT to name a few. Opt-In is a collection of courses and events aimed at helping rural dwellers find the means and skills necessary to increase their income generating options. Check it out -

LIMERICK HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Limerick Historical Society will hold an interactive discussion, on the life of Jim Kemmy, twenty years after his death, on Monday October, 9 next at 8 p.m. in Room 203, Mary Immaculate College. Everybody is welcome. Ask at reception for directions. The discussion will be held between people who knew the man and remember him. Michael McCarthy, who helped Jim in the early days of the Old Limerick Journal, Tom Donovan, current editor of the journal and Tony Browne of Limerick Historical Society and some other guests will interact with the audience in a reflection on Jim Kemmy the historian.

JAPANESE KNOTWEED: You may have seen council signage warning; “JAPANESE KNOTWEED DO NOT CUT” – But would you like to know why? This invasive plant is a serious threat to biodiversity, it can cause damage to buildings, tarmac and slope stability, can devalue land and is very difficult to eradicate once established. Cutting, strimming, mowing and flailing is discouraged for various reasons. An open information evening on Japanese Knotweed will be held in Liscarroll Community Centre, County Cork on Monday October 16 at 7pm. Organised by local ecologists and concerned citizens with assistance from Ballyhoura Development CLG, Local Agenda 21 and Cork County Council. Everyone is welcome.


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