• Ian O'Gorman

Kilcornan Notes March 5, 2018

LOTTO: The results of Kilcornan Lotto for Saturday, Mrch 3. The Jackpot was not won. Lucky dips to Bridget Kelly, John Paul McNamara, Larry Meade, Aaron Cregan. Next week's Jackpot will be €4,200.00. CHURCH: It was announced at Masses last week end that our Priest in residence Fr. Tony Kelleher is retiring. Fr . Kelleher has been in Kilcornan for almost two years and will be missed by his friends in the Parish. We thank him for his time among us and wish him good health and happiness in his retirement.

KILCORNAN TIDY TOWNS: We have completed the Garden Bird Survey for 2017/2018. Now we can enjoy watching the birds without having to count them. The results have been entered into the BirdWatch Ireland online database and will contribute to the countrywide results. We are analysing our local data and will shortly have results for the Kilcornan area. Twelve gardens throughout the parish were observed and counts recorded. A big thank you to Noreen Walsh, Christine Kelly, Mike Stokes, Lyn Nolan, Ann Keane, Ann McCarthy, Ralph Drew, Chris Enright, Catherine Browne, Catherine Foley, Kay Travers and Louis McMahon for their commitment to the task from the beginning of December to the end of February.

We are still looking for more 'Bee Patches' - areas of grass left uncut until the Autumn to provide food for the pollinators - so please contact us if you are willing to not cut your grass.

The Tree Day in Curraghchase was postponed until this coming Sunday, March 11 due to the inclement weather over last week. Activities include a Tree walk with Albert Nolan (Limerick Leader nature columnist), Birdwatching with Will Hayes, learning about planting native trees with Seán Hartigan and learning about bats in Curraghchase with Limerick Bat Group. Turn up any time between 11.00 and 14.00.

Finally a reminder about the 2018 TLC cleanup on Good Friday. As in the past years We are hoping that local residents will get together either on the Friday or during the week to do a good clean up of their own side roads. We will be doing the N69 on the Friday. Registrations in the Community Centre from 9.30 on that day. As usual bags and some other equipment will be provided. More details later. Bígí linn air an lá sin.

RATHKEALE TOWN THROUGH THE YEARS: On Friday night March 9, our neighbours in Rathkeale will hold a talk, which will take place at Rathkeale Arts Centre at 8.30pm . This will be one of a series of talks organised by Rathkeale and District Historical Society. Admission is free and all are welcome. During the course of the talk they will recall the businesses which traded in Rathkeale and remember the people who owned and ran the many successful commercial enterprises from 1820 to date. Rathkeale was once the largest town in County Limerick with a population of 4,995. The present population is 1,440.

LIMERICK HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The next lecture being hosted by Limerick Historical Society is on Monday March 12 at 8pm in Room 203 in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. The lecture is by Sorcha O’Brien on the construction of Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme in the 1920s, to harness the power of the River Shannon. Admission is free, and everybody is welcome. In her latest book, Powering the Nation, Sorcha O’Brien details the fascinating story of the Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme. This greatest industrial initiative of the fledgling Irish Free State is portrayed in a visual history examining the construction of this symbol of modern ingenuity. Sorcha O’Brien is a design historian who teaches in Kingston University, UK. She is co-editor of the anthology Love Objects: Emotion, Design and Material Culture and subject editor for the Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Design.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY: The Mustard Seed in Ballingarry is hosting a special meal to mark International Women’s Day on this Thursday March, 8. The dinner will shine a light on leading female food producers with a menu that includes dishes incorporating ingredients from West Limerick and beyond. Pre booking for the €48.00, five course dinner is essential by phoning 069 68508 or email

Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry - Fashion Show: Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry will hold their Annual Fashion Show on this coming Thursday, March 8 at 8pm in Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel, Adare. This year the funds raised will be used to help improve IT facilities in their school which are required to cater for our increasing school numbers. Models from ‘Glamour the Agency’ and all 89 Transition Year students will model on the night. Lorcan Murray of Lyric FM will also present and will compere on the night. Tickets can be purchased in advance and are available from the school 061 393105, adult 15, student €7 or a family ticket for €40. Looking forward to seeing you there.

SALESIAN SECONDARY COLLEGE CYCLE CHALLENGE: This year the Parents’ Association of the Salesian Secondary College has decided to organise a cycle to fundraise for the school. The focus this year is on raising money for the school’s new Autism Spectrum Disorder Programme. The cycle will take place on April 22, comprising two west Limerick routes of 45 or 80 km. The event is for anyone over the age of 16 and will cost €25 (€20 if a member of Cycle Ireland) payable on the day at the school. Thanks to the generosity of The Hub Cycling Club and Shop and Subway of O’Connell street, who is providing some of the snacks on the day, the event should prove to be an enjoyable experience for all taking part. On your bikes everyone. With the emphasis on being active these days, the committee is also providing the local community with the chance to get back on their bikes by joining the ‘Couch to 30k’ programme. This will begin on February 24 for 7 consecutive Saturdays (10a.m.-12 noon) at a cost of €25 (insurance included) in conjunction with The Hub Cycling Club. Bike, helmet and hi-vis jacket essential.


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