AS each New Year dawns we make wishes and aspirations for the upcoming year and, no matter what, these can only be aspirations, as it is only in review we can see what kind of a year we've had.
The beginning of 2012 brought a lot of worry and apprehension to many as we faced into unsure economic times but they people of Kanturk are very strong-willed people and most came through 2012 - maybe not as good as other years but through all the doom and gloom there were some good moments and now and then a star shone through.
The year started with everyone in a positive mood and none more so than the Kanturk Arts Festival committee who were busy from January on getting ready for the festival, which was held in March. The results of all their hard work was a most successful festival and we are looking forward to an even more successful event in 2013.
At times of downs and hardships we look towards sports to take our minds off of the reality and 2012 provided so much success on the playing fields for the clubs of Kanturk that there was celebrations going on throughout the year to help lift the spirits of the people.
Kanturk Rugby Club started 2012 as they finished the previous year, on a high that saw them win the O'Neill Cup, finish runners up in the Munster Junior League and ended the year winning the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Junior Cup and securing a home draw in the semi-final in early 2013.
The Junior 2 team and the underage teams also had a great year, with more great days ahead.
The fight has begun in what could be a long battle to save Kanturk Community Hospital and the local ambulance service. The fight kicked off at a well attended meeting (in excess of 350 people), which was called by the Kanturk and District Community Council in a response to an announcement by the HSE that Kanturk Hospital was to lose eight beds and that the people of the Duhallow area were to lose the night time ambulance cover from Kanturk.
Scoil Mhuire Kanturk was ranked as the top secondary school in the Duhallow region, as published in The Sunday Times rankings on March 11. The rankings showed that over 80% of Scoil Mhuire students gained a place at third level colleges over the last three years. This reflects the hard work and achievement of students as well as the high level of dedication of the teaching staff of Scoil Mhuire in continuing to strive for high academic standards.
During the year Kanturk Mart ran an initiative to help farmers who were customers of the mart during a period when feed was needed due to the weather. This they did in the form of a draw for vouchers, which could be redeemed for feedstuffs.
In August a young Kanturk man, James Winters, set out to raise funds for Kanturk Hospital by running in the Dingle Ultra Marathon. This he did in style, raising much needed funds for the patient care fund in the hospital.
2012 will go down in the history book of Kanturk GAA Club as the year two of its players were selected as All Stars, Anthony Nash in hurling and Aidan Walsh in football. This is an achievement only achieved by four clubs in the history of the All Stars.
While some stars were rising another star was being laid to rest when Kanturk and Cork legend John O'Mahony passed on to his eternal reward. His funeral and burial were a testament to the high esteem he was held in by the huge crowds that attended.
Kanturk GAA Club will look back on 2012 with pride and maybe a little regret as perhaps the year they let some slip away. Onwards and upwards in 2013.
Community spirit remained strong in Kanturk as it was demonstrated during the year when a fire broke out in a house in the town and the neighbours and the wider community came to the house and helping with the trauma, contacting the family, calling the Fire Brigade (which is a great asset to the community). A great thank you to all who helped out during the traumatic time.
A new school to replace the two primary school in Kanturk was announced early in the year and it's on the list for schools being built in 2013.
During 2012 a Gospel Choir was formed to mark the memory of Lorraine O'Riordan and they now sing and enhance our masses in Kanturk.
Kanturk Ladies Football Club has grown from strength to strength during 2012 and the fruits of all their hard work has blossomed during the year. This was seen by the selection of one of their young players, Caoimhe Moore, who was selected for the Cork panel in January and during the year she helped Cork win an All Ireland title.
Kanturk Chamber of Commerce had a very busy year promoting Kanturk and what it has to offer. The Christmas Fair was a huge success and the lighting of the giant Christmas tree was a highlight.