Wednesday 17 September 2014

Capacity crowd at opening

Published 07/03/2013 | 05:26

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Louise Bourke, IRD Duhallow, Jim Barry, Newmarket, and Peggy Lynch, Ballinagree, at the opening of the newly refurbished Heritage Centre in Freemount. Photo by Sheila Fitzgerald

The Official Opening of our newly extended Heritage Centre took place on Friday night last with a capacity crowd in attendance.

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The Official Opening of our newly extended Heritage Centre took place on Friday night last with a capacity crowd in attendance.

The premises which will now be known as Cois Alla Cultural Centre was blessed by Fr. Eamonn McCarthy, C.C. and officially opened by Con Herbert who was the founding Chairman of Comhaltas in Freemount on March 3 1983.

A number of presentations were then made to Con. The first was made by the local Comhaltas Branch, then by Con McCarthy Chairman Cork Co. Board of Comhaltas. Tadhg O Maolcatha, Chairman Munster Council of Comhaltas presented Con with a special "60"Gradam medallion (commemorating the founding of Comhaltas Nationally in 1951) on behalf of Labhras O Murchu Ardstiúrthóir of Comhaltas who was unable to attend.

He was also presented with a painting on behalf of the local Art Group. The nights celebrations concluded with a lovely tea and refreshments for all and a group of musicians, singers and dancers entertained the crowd into the early hours.

A sincere thanks to all who helped prepare the food and provide the tea and refreshments and who worked during the day as well as serving the food on the night. A special thank you to all the members of FAS who had worked hard over the past several weeks to make sure that the building and the surrounding area was in excellent condition which was a credit to this group of dedicated FAS workers.


The Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll are inviting people to take part in an Art Competition, closing date is 19th March.

There are three age categories for children over 5 and an adult section. The entry fee is children €2 and adults €5. Your painting/artwork must have a donkey featured in it. We are having an art activity day at the Sanctuary in Liscarroll on Saturday 16th March.

This is for primary school children, it will have adult supervision, however parents must remain on the premises. The charge is €5 which includes entry fee to the art competition and a goody bag. Art materials also supplied.

Places are limited; ring 022 48398 to pre-book. There are very good prizes on offer, exhibition and judging will take place on Saturday 6th April. Your entry must have your name, phone number and age (if under 18) on the back of your painting/artwork. We would like to get more entries in the 13-17 age category. A wonderful prize has been sponsored by Ballyhass Lakes Activity Centre in this category.


Look out for this years Willie Dunne Week-end which will take place in Freemount on March 22nd.-23rd.and 24th.The week-end will consist of a Céilí with Tim Joe and Ann, a concert starring Brian McGrath, and friends. Fiddle and Banjo Workshops,.a Fiddle competition for the Christy Brosnan Memorial Cup,A Heritage Walk, a singing night. etc. Please make a note of the date and tell all your friends.


Freemount Community Playgroup are holding their annual race night fundraiser in The Haggart Bar on Saturday the 16th of March at 8:30pm. Music, refreshments and spot prizes on the night. Buy your horses now at €5. If you're not in you can't win.


LOTTO RESULTS for March 2nd. Numbers drawn were:- 9, 10, 20, 23 There was no winner. Lucky dip €20 each to: 1. Danielle Lynes, Glounicommane, Freemount 2. Ogie O Connell, Tullylease 3. Ruairí O Bruadir, Lios Uí Chearrúill. 4. Cora Lenihan, C/OClaire O Connor, Ballybahallow, FREEMOUNT. 5 Tina and Rachel Morton, Knocknamuck, Freemount. The Jackpot this week is €7,175. If you're not in you can't win.


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