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Review 2012

Eugene Cosgrove

Published 03/01/2013 | 09:28

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BOOK LAUNCH

January

CIARA ON NATIONAL TEAM A St. Mary's Secondary School student, Ciara Buckley, who previously won the All Ireland Ladies U/14 Road Bowling Championships, was selected for the Irish team to play in the forthcoming European Road Bowling Championships.

MALLOW GAA AGM Bartley Galvin was elected Chairman of Mallow GAA at their AGM in January while the Vice Chairman position was filled by Neil Corbett.

MALLOW ATHLETIC CLUB AGM Long time member and runner Pater Gaffney was elected as Mallow Athletic Club President at their AGM in January with Denis Sheehan as Club Secretary and John Holland as Chairperson.

MERCY BACK HOME Mercy Sisters who had resided for five years at the old Fairy Hill Nursing Home in Kennell Hill returned to their original home at the Mercy Convent at Bathview after extensive renovations to the building, which was their base since the late 1800s.

MURAL FOR HOTEL FRONT The much critised conditions of the closed Park Hotel got a new facelift in February with the erection of a canvas mural depicting old prints of Mallow town in another era.

CÒR MHAGH EALLA WIN Cór Mhagh Ealla came first in Feis Maitiu in the Sacred Music Competition in February at the Holy Trinity Capuchin Church, Fr. Matthew Quay in Cork.

COMMERCIAL STARS Up to ten local people were part and parcel of a TV commercial which was shot at Dano's Supermarket in Spa Glen in February. The advert ran for several weeks.

HOUSEHOLD CHARGES MARCH Over 500 people took part in a protest against the Household Charge, which was held in Mallow in late February and ended with a rally at Mallow Town Hall

March

French-based author and former hellraiser, Mallow-born Finn Mac Eoin launched his second book 'Boyhood's Fire' at the Hibernian Hotel in early March.

NOTRE DAME BAND IN MALLOW The Notre Dame College Band performed in Mallow town centre in mid March to the appreciation of great crowds who turned out to greet them.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE In cool weather conditions, the St. Patrick's Day parade brought crowds out on to the streets of Mallow. The Grand Marshal for this year's event was Pat O'Sullivan who led the parade accompanied by his nieces Chloe, Louis and Kate.

MSRU RAFT RUN The MSRU River Raft Run from Mallow to Killavullen on the River Blackwater seems to get bigger and better each year. Once again in March hundreds of people filled both river banks to view the fun and frolics as colourful rafts jostled for prime position for the seven mile run to Killavullen.

HOSPITAL RETIREMENTS Director of Nursing at Mallow General Hospital Mary Owens paid tributesto 12 employees of the hospital on their retirement. Those who hung up their uniforms for the last time at the end of March were Patsy O'Connor, John Barry, Gwene Barrett, Mary O'Keeffe, Sheila Lane, Eileen Twomey, Phil Curtin, Margaret O'Leary, Ann Casey, Evelyn Kenny, Mary Ryan and Margaret Jones.

April

RACING HOME FOR EASTER The musical highlight of the third Racing Home For Easter Festival had to be Mallow maestro Hank Wedel and his band who stunned a huge audience at the Park Hotel stage. Hank dueted with Blarneyborn singer Anna Mitchell on many numbers. The Food Fair also generated a good appetite with great crowds mingling on Main Street on the Sunday while the bal-rolling on O'Brien Street was yet another hit with Mallow folks.

MUNSTER FISHING The Munster Juvenile Fly Fishing River Championship was fished on the River Blackwater from Mallow Bridge to Lombardstown in mid April. Mallow angler Ian Howard, with his catch of the day of 26 trout, was declared the winner.

DEBBIE AT 101 Former Rahan native Debbie Scully was surrounded by family and friends at Bridhaven Nursing Home in early April to celebrate her 101st birthday.

JOHN CLICKS A WINNER Mallow Camera Club member, John Hooton won international recognition once again on the photographic circuit. At the 8th Holland International

June - July

MTT SCORE WELL In the first period of judging in the Cork County Council Litter Challenge in June, Mallow scored an excellent 980.1. The town lies in second place in the table at present with Mitchelstown topping the list with 995.7.

LADIES WIN The Mallow U-14 ladies footballers took on Newmarket in the North Cork C Final in Liscarroll in June and won on a scoreline of 4-6 to 4-5.

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY Popular Mallow couple Maisie and Tommy Hanover celebrated 50 years Image Circuit 2012 John won a FIAP Ribbon for his Black and White image called "Sea Stack".

PADDY AND SNOOP VISIT Cobh born RTE Radio and Television personality Paddy O'Gorman called to Mona's for a couple of pints in April after filming an O'Gorman television episode on Doneraile Point to Points. The quiet spoke Paddy was accompanied by his dog Snoop and spoke of his life and times with customers.

JOHN ELECTED A Mallow -based member of the Gardai John Parker was elected President of the Garda Representative Association at their annual conference in Athlone in April.

CYCLING SUCCESS At the end of April, 21-year-old Mallow man Richard Hooton took his first win of the 2012 season when he shot to victory in the John Drumm Memorial Race held in Currow Co. Kerry.

MERCY FAREWELL After 133 years of service to the Buttevant community the last of the Mercy sisters left the town to move to other convents or to private dwellings. of married bliss with family and friends in June.

KILSHANNIG TRIUMPH Kilshannig U-14 ladies footballers were crowned North Cork Champions in late June after their win over Kanturk in Glantane.

RING OF KERRY CYCLE JULY: Two local former law enforcment officers got on their bikes for a very good cause in July and completed the gruelling Ring Of Kerry 180km charity cycle. P.J. O'Sullivan and Donal O'Connor proved their gigantic fitness and stamina as they were accompanied by Ann Kenneal-

NIALL IS CHAMPION

may

FOOTBALLERS PROGRESS In early May Mallow footballers

progressed to the third round of the Cork Foot-ball Championship

County Intermediate with a win over Carrigaline Fermoy. in

FOREST RALLY The National Forest Rally

Championship car race took place in the Mallow

area in mid May with types of rally cars and

all well known faces from sport from Ireland and

the the UK featured in the event.

AIDAN PAYS VISIT Mallow born Aidan Bolster

returned to his beloved Mallow in May while attending

a family wedding in Cavan. Aidan and his wife

Jenny and family emmi-grated to Perth in Western Australia 24 years

ago.

MALLOW MAN ELECTED A Mallow man residing

in Dublin was elected President of the Irish Red

Cross Society in May. former civil servant with

A high ranking positions Finance and Defence,

in David O'Callaghan was born in Bathview, Fair

Street, and is brother Toss and Eddie O'Callaghan. of plays His daughter Ciara evil Yvonne in the Irish

TV soap 'Fair City'. ly in the long haul through one of the most visited tourists routes on the planet. Thousands of people took part in the event which raised money for many charities. Young Mallow Angler Niall McCarthy won the Munster Youth Lake Flyfishing Championship in Killarney in July. SEAN MOYLAN PARK FAMILY DAY Mick Griffin spun the dics at the second annual Sean Moylan Park Family day which was held on the greenery in the estate in July. There was plenty sport, music and fun for young and old to enjoy. KARL SHEEHAN MEMORIAL SOCCER In glorious sunshine, the Karl Sheehan Annual Memorial Soccer Tournament was staged at Mallow GAA Centre in Carrigoon in late July. The event, organised as a fundraiser by friends of Karl, attracted 15 teams of seven-a-side plus one sub. A figure of €1,500 was generated from this tournament and the money was divided between the Irish Cancer Society and the Mercy Hospital. Karl played his football for Mallow United and sadly passed away eight years ago.

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