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Monday 25 September 2017

Around the districts: Coachford, Kilshannig, Kilbrin, Aghinagh, Cill na Martra, Freemount, Castlemagner, Buttevant and Clondrohid

Sport, Festivals and world champions are just some of the items that promise to make this summer one to remember in Coachford.

Plans are already in place for the Coachford Family Festival which will run from July 11 to July 16.

O'Riordan's Bar are about to announce their line up for the 11th annual 'Snottfest' on the June Back Holiday weekend. The soccer season for Coachford AFC is drawing to an exciting close for many of their teams while the GAA is just starting to kick off in earnest. The World Youth Angling Championships will take place in Coachford from August 8 to August 13. Teams from all over the world will be descending on the village for this very unique occasion. Summer is also a time for weddings and Coachford church will see many happy couples tying the knot over the next few months. Coachford College is now one of the biggest post primary schools in the county. Almost 300 students will sit the state exams there in June. The river Lee and Greenway will be a hive of activity throughout the next few months and the ESB are again asking the public and especially teenagers and young adults to be aware that the river is not a safe bathing area and should not be used for swimming. The village and the community are looking forward to a summer of fun and hoping that good weather will make it a great one.

Coachford Festival

Plans are well advanced for this year's festival which runs from July 11 to July 16. The committee have been busy putting in place events that offer something for everyone with the focus on family fun and celebrating 100 years of Ford on Cork. The festival, now in its eight-year has grown to be one of the key events in the Lee Valley area and is one of the best run festivals around.

This year the organisers are introducing a novel event on the Saturday night. 'Coachford Lip Sync' will see acts from the Lee Valley area perform as their favourite acts on stage as they mime the hits and add their own unique take on the song and performance. 'Wife Carrying', Tractor Building, 'Kiddies Fun Fair', Vintage Show and '5 Mile Road Race' are just of the many items that will make up this year's festival. Proceeds once again will be making their way to various charities with Marymount Hospice and the Children's Unit at CUH being the main beneficiaries.

Hurlers start campaign

Aghabullogue Intermediate hurlers will take to the field this Sunday in a bid to return to the upper grade of intermediate hurling after a few years in the lower section. Coach Kevin Barry Murphy will be hoping for the availability of a full squad when they face St Finbarr's second team in the first round of the Cork County Intermediate Hurling Championship in Ovens on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Auction raises €21,000 for charity

The Christmas Charity Auction held last December in Macroom Mart has raised €21,000 for Crumlin Children's Hospital, Temple Children's Hospital and Marymount Hospice. Each Charity will receive €7,000 each at a presentation event on Next Saturday, in Macroom Mart at 11 a.m. Jeremiah O'Sullivan, organiser of the event, said 'We are absolutely delighted with the amount raised. It seemed to have really caught the imagination of the people in the area. We were thrilled to have so many items available for auction and especially the high quality livestock goods. The charities have a deep connection with many people and given the opportunity people want to support them. We will certainly look at running this again in the future but maybe not this year. I'd like to thank all those who helped out with donations and publicity. I'd also like to thank my colleagues in Macroom Mart. I'd especially like to thank those who came to the auction and purchased items, those who bided for others and my charity auctioneers.

Kilshannig

Bweeng

On Sunday last the only thing that outshone the glorious Bweeng Trail Blazers 5k and 10k road race was the weather itself. The village of Bweeng looked like a picture postcard as approximately 600participants arrived into the village and many more spectators. This was a huge logistical challenge but amazingly went off without any issues.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way. There really are too many to mention.

The Male Winner of the 5k Race was Rory O'Connor of North Cork AC. The Female Winner of the 5k race was Niamh Roe of Leevale AC and Eoin Healy picked up the Juvenile prize.

In the 10k the Male Winner was Eric Curran of Leevale AC and the Female Winner of the 10k was Carol FINN of Leevale AC. The course record was also broken at all distances.

Thanks to our main sponsors Skechers and to all our co-sponsors. We hope everyone enjoyed their day and we look forward to seeing you all back again in 2018.

Bweeng Celtic Underage

A busy week for all at Bweeng Celtic as the under-11s took on Ballincollig AFC in an away league game. The under-nines took on Carrigaline in the league (home). Well done to both teams on their games. Please check Facebook for this week's fixtures.

We are delighted to have acquired a fabulous banner for our little club, kindly sponsored by All Safe. Our players will be proud to march behind the banner in future events.

Bweeng Celtic training

Outside at Bweeng Community Centre. €2 per training session. New players (age 6-12) welcome from Bweeng, Dromahane, Glantane, Lombardstown and surrounding areas. Email bweengcelticunderage@gail.com or PM us on Facebook for more information. Come on and give your local soccer club a go.

Kilshannig Ladies' Football Club.

The club recently ran a very successful Clothes Collection. The items from the 382 bags will mostly go towards the National Council of the Blind Ireland, who wrote to the club to thank us for our support of their Charity. Overall the club raised €1,910 for the club which will go towards the running of the club for the girls.

Well done to our under-eights who had their first match of the year this week against Grenagh. For many girls, this was their first match ever and both teams enjoyed the game, which ended in a draw.

The club had a winning week this week. Well done to our under-12s who were victorious over Mitchelstown in the league this week, and to the under-14s who were victorious over Mallow in the league this week, and finally the under-16s had a league game versus Dromtariffe and were victorious also.

Keep watch on Facebook and Twitter for fixtures this week.

The club was delighted this week to be informed that we won a €500 shopping spree in Lidl. Thank you to all who shopped in Lidl and nominated our club, and to Lidl Ireland for the continuing support of Ladies' Football.

Houghton and Whelan in Kanturk.

Duhallow Reds have organised for Liverpool and Ireland superstars Ray Houghton and Ronnie Whelan to Speak in the Edel Quinn Hall in Kanturk on Friday, May 12, at 8 p.m. The Champions league trophy will be in attendance on the night. All profits go to Marymount Hospice. Tickets (adults €20, under-16s and OAPs €15) available from bweengcelticunderage@gmail.com.

Kilbrin

Community council AGM

The AGM of the community council was held in the community club on April 25. The chairman thanked all who attended and thanked all of the outgoing officers for their work in the last year. This was followed by the secretary's report and the treasurer's report. The following officers were elected for the coming year. Joint presidents Niall O'Sullivan and Esther Hayes. Chair Tom O'Riordan. Vice-chairman John Corkery. Secretary Pat O'Leary. Assistant secretary Catherine Sullivan. Joint treasurers Adrian Judge and Alan Mullane. PRO Ben O'Dea.

Confirmation

Congratulations to the students from fifth and sixth class in the school who were confirmed in Ballyclough on May 3.

Bealtaine mass

The annual May mass will take place in the graveyard on Saturday 27 may at 6 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Club Events

There is a Joe Dolan tribute night in the club on Friday, May 12.

Wednesday nights 45 drive has finished for the summer and will return in September. Many thanks to Dan and Gerry Sullivan for their commitment to organising this every week.

Bingo continues every Monday night at 8.30 p.m. The current jackpot is €1,600 in 46 calls or less.

Championship Draws and Fixtures.

Kanturk Mart Junior Hurling Championship Round two draw, Kilbrin v Banteer, Castlemagner v Freemount, Tullylease v Millstreet, Newmarket v Dromtarriffe and Kanturk a Bye. Dates and Venues to be confirmed.

League Fixtures

Sunday 14/05/17 at 7 p.m. in Kilbrin, JAHL Banteer v Kilbrin, Friday 19/05/17 at 8 p.m. in Millstreet, JAHL Kilbrin v Millstreet. Wednesday 24/05/17 at 7.30 p.m. in Kilbrin, JBFL Kilbrin v Cullen. Sunday 28/05/17 at 12.30 p.m. in Dromtarriffe, JAHL Dromtariffe v Kilbrin, W/E 2/3/June 4/5 JAHL semi-finals, W/E June 17/18 JAHL Final.

lotto

The GAA lotto will take place on this Monday night in the social club for a jackpot of €3,000. Tickets on sale from club members, €2 a line or three lines for €5.

A Date for the Diary

Kilbrin GAA are hosting a golf classic in Kanturk Golf Club on Saturday, July 1. Teams of three €120 and includes a meal. Full details can be got from Seán Fitzgerald 086 0528300 and Donal Sheahan 086 2560335.

Sympathy.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Catherine Lehane and family, Kanturk, on the death of her husband Stevie. May he rest in peace.

Aghinagh

GAA lotto results.

No jackpot winner numbers drawn 2 - 40 - 41. Next week's jackpot €2,800 €50 Florence Driscoll €20 Jackie Doherty and Carrig Pub €20 Domnic Twomey Laine Bar €20 Dan Creedon Bawnmore €20 Dermot O'Callaghan Rusheen. Next Draw Laine Bar.

Cope Walk.

The Ballinagree Cope Walk takes place on next Sunday, May 14, from Halfway to Ballinagree via Macroom starting at Halfway at 1 p.m. Bus will leave the Laine Bar at midday. This walk is the 22nd walk by Ballinagree Cope and it has raised over €250,000. A great credit is due to Phillis and the very active committee and the big crowd of walkers, who support it each year. Cope Foundation is a wonderful organisation as the parents and familys of children and adults who attend can testify too. The collectors along the road are always supported by very generous people, long may it continue.

Bus to Knock Shrine.

A bus will leave Ballyvourney next Sunday morning for Knock Shrine with pick-up in the Square, Macroom, at 7.15 a.m., if you are interested, contact McCarthys Coach Hire, Ballyvourney.

Cill na Martra

Chéad Commaoine

Beidh an Chéad Commaoine ar siúl i Réidh na nDoirí agus i gCill na Martra an deireadh seachtaine seo, 13ú agus 14ú Bealtaine. Baileoidh Rang a Dó as Scoil Lachtaín Naofa i Séipéal Lachtaín Naofa maidin Dé Sathairn ag 11rn don Chéad Commaoine. Ar an Domhnach, 14ú Bealtaine, beidh an Chéad Commaoine i Séipéal Réidh na nDoirí ag 9: 30rn. Rath Dé ar na páistí seo ar an lá mór.

Local filmmaker

Míle comhghairdeas to our local young filmmaker, Arran Bradstock, Cúil a Bhuacaigh, who won the Spirit of Fresh award at the recent Fresh Film Festival. This festival caters for young filmmakers and Arran's film, Boxed appealed to the judges. Arran's films can be seen on youtube.com/3degreesproductions.

Ciorcal Cainte

Cuirfidh Nóra fáilte is fiche roimh cách ag an gCiorcal Cainte sa Leabharlann, Maigh Chromtha ar an Déardaoin seo, 11ú Bealtaine ag 11: 30rn. Buail isteach, má tá fonn ort cúpla focal a úsáid.

Sympathy

Pobal Chill na Martra sympathises with Máire, Ann, Norma and Diarmuid O'Céilleachair, An Fearann following the unexpected death of their sister, Teresa. Interment took place in St John's Cemetery, Ovens after Requiem Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farran. Suaimhneas síoraí dá h-anam uasal.

Nuacht lotto, May 2

Bhí €6,800sa phota óir ar an Mháirt, 2ú Bealtaine sa Chrois, nuair a roghnaiodh uimhreacha 1, 6, 15 agus 32. Ní raibh said ag éinne. €100: Seán O'Conaill, Cloch Aidhneach. €40: Eibhlín Uí Mhurchú, R. na G. €50: Nóirín Joey, Cill na Martra. €20: Áine Marie Uí Chorcra, Baile Uí Bhuaigh. €20: Síle Ní Chuana, Gort an Éadan. €20: Breandán O'Muineacháin, Droichid na Toinne.

Singing session

The fortnightly Singing Sessions at the Auld Triangle, Maigh Chromtha continue on Sunday, May 21, around nine. All singers, reciters and listeners welcome.

Sóisear B Mhúscrai

Beidh Cill na Martra ag imirt Cill Mhuire sa Sraith Sóisear B i gCill Mhuire ar an Satharn seo, 13ú Bealtaine ag 7: 30in. Go n-éirí leo.

Bealtaine Festival

As part of the Bealtaine Festival in Maigh Chromtha, an Afternoon Sing Along will take place in the Fr Ryan Hall on Wednesday, May 17, at 3 p.m. with Kevin O'Brien and Peggy Lynch. All are most welcome to this pleasant session.

Páirc Uí Chuana

Beidh Foireann Baile an Chollaigh ag teacht go Páirc Uí Chuana ar an Déardaoin, 18ú Bealtaine chun Cill na Martra a imirt ag 8in.

Nuacht lotto, May 8

Níor aimsigh uimhreacha two ná six ná 21 ná 22 aon buaiteoir don phota óir le €7,000 ann ar an Luan seo chaite in Uí Chríodáin. €100: Gobnait Uí Shíocháin, Máigh Réidh, Baile Mhúirne. €40: Siobhán, c/o Tigh Uí Scanaill. €50: Áine Uí Chonaill, Cathair Céirín. €20: Hazel agus Máire Uí Chróinín, Ceann Droma. €20: Breda Uí Mhurchú, c/o Uí Mhurchú. €20: Donncha McSuibhne agus Cristín Ní Luasa, An Chrois.

Freemount

45 Drive

The weekly 45 Drive was well attended on Sunday night last. The following is a list of the lucky winners: First Prize went to: 1 Pat and Maureen O'Connor, Churchtown. Two Neilie O'Connor, and Jim Murphy, Freemount, three Eta O'Connor, Killarney, and Theresa Moynihan, Kanturk. Best ladies' team was: Maureen Vaughan, and Eileen O'Sullivan, Kanturk. Gents team prize was won by: one Denis Healy, Lismire, and Ted. Lenihan, Meelin. 2 Jerry O'Callaghan, and Dan Murphy, Freemount. Mixed prize was won by: one Nora Brosnan, Meelin and Tim Ahern, Freemount, two Margaret O'Leary, and Jack Murphy, Freemount. The Table prize was won by: Mai and Maura Burke, Broadford. Raffle Prizes were won by: one Eta O'Connor, Killarney. two Con Foley, Freemount. Three Denis Barrett, Banteer four Eta O'Connor, Killarney. 5 Nora Brosnan, Meelin. The next 45 drive will be on this Sunday night May 14, at 8.30 p.m. As usual during summer Time the game will commence at 8.30 p.m. Sharp. See you all on Sunday and bring a friend. You can be on the road home at 10.30 p.m.

Around the fireside

The next programme of Around the Fireside will be broadcast on C103 Local Radio on Monday night next, May 15, at 9.50 p.m. On Monday night we have Louise Bourke and a large gathering from all over Duhallow back again, talking about the festival of Bealtaine in the Duhallow Region, with some great music singing and yarns....Don't miss this great programme on Monday night next at 9.50 p.m.

Freemount church

Mass on Sunday morning, May 14, at 10.30 a.m. Mass and Holy Hour on Monday at 7 p.m. Mass on Tuesday morning at 9.30 a.m. Mass and all devotions at St Michael's Church in Freemount are now available on the internet. The web address is myipstream.com/freemount.html. This will be especially welcome for all people who are housebound or away from home. Please pass the word onto your friends.

St Michael's Room is now available to parents who would like to bring young children to Sunday Mass.

Freemount community alert

ID Property Log Book: A new initiative from Muintir Na Tíre/Community Alert and supported by an Garda Siochána is an ID Property Log Book whereby essential details i.e. make, model, serial number of valuable equipment/property are logged for future reference in the event of a burglary. Community organisations are promoting this to continue the good work in local crime prevention, and as a local fundraiser for Community Alert.

Logbooks available for €5 each at the Freemount Creamery Shop or from any member of Community Alert, or text Margaret at 086 0836042.

Art summer camp

Mike Guerin and Bríd Moynahan are running an art and Drama summer Camp from the 17th to July 21 in the Heritage Centre in Freemount running from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. The camp costs €65 per child for the five days. Spaces are limited so if you would like your child to attend please contact Mike at 087 4124741 or find him on Facebook at 'Mike Guerin Drama'.

Churchgate collection

The annual Fianna Fail church gate collection will be held this Sunday, May 14.

Freemount Text Alert Group

Thank you to those who have already joined Freemount Text Alert Network group. Please pick up a form in the church porch, from any Community Alert member, or text Margaret at 086 0836042 for more information.

Defibrillator Fundraiser and CPR Training.

Thank you to All for your support with the recent table quiz fundraise at Barry's Bar. Too many to thank individually, just to know we are well on the way to replacing our community equipment and in the meantime are grateful to have the loan of the GAA equipment.

On that note there is another day arranged for CPR/Defibrillator training on Saturday, May 20, and thank you to Cathal O'Mullane, who did this in February and gives his time voluntarily. If you are keen to participate please text 086 0836042 or any member of Freemount Community Development as soon as possible to secure a place.

As this training is done on a voluntary basis the cost is minimal, just to cover safety masks on the day however donations are gratefully received if anyone wants to contribute towards the new defibrillator.

PTAA pilgrimage to Knock

The annual PTAA Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on this Sunday, May 14. A bus will travel from Tullylease and Freemount. Further details from Ellen at 022 28781, or Hannah at 022 28735.

Thursday club

The Thursday Club will travel to the James O'Keeffe Institute Newmarket on Monday nexy, May 15,for the showing of the Quiet Man (daytime Cinema) and dinner. (Dinner and film €10) Names to Eileen 28604 or Mary at 28682. There will be no get-together in Cois Abhann Centre on Thursday, May 11, until Thursday, May 25.

The Big Knit

This is a reminder to all who were knitting bottle caps in aid of age action that the closing date for receipt of any caps knitted is July 31 Contact any member of the Thursday Club or ring Ellen at 022 28781 for further details.

IRD Duhallow

IRD Duhallow is very conscious that community groups are being subjected to a great deal of bureaucracy and paperwork when it comes to applying for funding especially in relation to procuring prices for community projects. National Procurement is a very detailed and onerous process. Therefore IRD Duhallow is delighted to announce that we have secured Achilles Procurement Services to facilitate a three-hour workshop on both National Public Procurement Guidelines and additional Leader Procurement Rules here in IRD Duhallow on Tuesday, May 30, from 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for community representatives to receive professional advice and guidance on how to complete the procurement process correctly prior to submitting their application for leader funding. Achilles Procurement Services are leaders in this field.

As you will already be aware under the Leader 2014-2020 Programme the following types of projects are subject to e-tendering: Works related projects €5000-50,000 must obtain five written quotations or advertise on e-tenders website; Works related projects greater than €50,000 are required to go through the e-tenders process; services and supplies greater than €25,000 are required to go through the e-tenders process.

All procurement must be completed prior to an application being received by IRD Duhallow for consideration for leader funding. Please also note that this workshop will be relevant to other funding streams you may be applying for in the future that is subject to national procurement guidelines such as Sports Capital and CLAR funding.

Places are limited to 16 community places with a max of one person per community group. The price per person is €150 and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis to communities who contact us. To book a place please contact myself Helen O'Sullivan and complete and return the attached booking form. Payment will be required in advance of the course starting and not on the night of the workshop. Please note places must be booked and forms and payment submitted no later than Friday, May 19.

IRD Duhallow's Employment and Training Working group is determining interest in delivering the following courses: Safe Pass, Forklift Inexperienced, Abrasive Wheels, 360 Excavator and Site Dumper. Persons must be unemployed to participate. Places will be limited and to register your name please contact Mary at 029 60633.

Local Training Initiative Horticulture.

IRD Duhallow is currently recruiting participants for its new Horticulture Training Initiative which is a community based programme for unemployed people. Funded through Cork ETB, it is a free full time programme that will run for 44 weeks where participants can gain the skills necessary to grow their own produce, learn landscaping techniques and perhaps go on to further training, set up a business, or gain employment. On full completion of the course, participants will receive a QQI level four Major award in Horticulture. A travel allowance is available to applicants in receipt of a social welfare payment. For further information, please contact Rachel or Mary at 029 60633.

Children's set dancing classes

Children's dancing classes continue each Monday evening at 3 p.m. in the Heritage Centre.

All welcome, contact Marie Sheehan at 083 0045432.

Used postage stamps

If you have used stamps you can hand them into the Heritage Centre any morning.

Freemount history website

If you would like to keep up with the progress of our History website, please go to freemountvillage.com. You might see your own photo......We would also like to hear from you.

Today's one liner

'Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today may be a burning issue tomorrow.'.

GAA lotto

There was no winner of lotto jackpot for last weekend. The numbers drawn were 2, 7, 29 and 32. Lucky-dip winners were one Joe Daly, Dromina. 2Tim Broderick, Clonsillagh, Freemount. ,3 Pat O'Reilly, c/o Clare O'Connor, Ballybahallow, Freemount.,.4 Eamonn Morton Jnr, Knocknamuck, Freemount. Five Ellen Hannigan, Freemount. This week's jackpot is €9,650.

Freemount GAA are once again asking for your support by joining the weekly lotto the jackpot presently stands at €9,650 the cost of running the club is €25,000 approx. and the weekly lotto is our main source of income the cost of an annual ticket is €90 Please contact any club member if you wish to join. Make sure you buy your tickets early and often and you will be in with a chance to cover a great holiday in 2017.

Macra

Well done to our Impromptu debating team of Ann Fitzgerald Gearoid Murphy and Breda Stritch, who were runners-up in the all-Ireland Final of Impromptu debating. Well done to Brendan Buckley, who won the Senior Beef stock Judging and to Siobhán Ring, who was runner-up.

Items for these notes should be with the correspondent each week before 8 p.m. each Monday. email osullivanpj38@gmail.com.

Castlemagner

Bealtaine Talent

As a part of the 2017 Bealtaine Festival, Castlemagner Sinsir Club will host their annual Bealtaine Talent Exhibition on Friday 19th May in Castlemagner Community Centre starting at 8pm.

At this special event, now in its 4th year, a great evening of entertainment is guaranteed. It will feature well known local personalities and talent from all over the Castlemagner and Duhallow region. This year's line-up promises to bring a great variety of music, song, poetry and a few surprises. Refreshments will also be served on the night. Admission is €10.

Buttevant

Under-12 team

Our under-12 Football team who recently travelled to Croke Park to take part in a football blitz playing against Duagh of Kerry, Wolftones of Limerick and Rockwell Rovers of Tipperary.

This trip came about because our Juvenile club was credited with a Silver Award for benchmarking by Cork County board recently.

A 52-seater bus full to capacity with players, coaches and parents travelled on the day. An early start didn't dampen the enthusiasm as we headed off for Dublin.

All of our 30 players got to play in Croke Park on the day proudly wearing their black and amber jersey - a dream come through for all.

After our matches, all players were given a tour of the Croke Park stadium and GAA Museum. During the tour we were delighted to meet the famous Marty Morrissey, who gladly gave his time to chat and take photos with players and mentors.

A special thanks to all parents who helped to fundraise so each player received a top on the day as a momento and also to those who travelled on the day. Thank you to Lisa and Paudie for sponsoring refreshments for the trip and to Fr Baker, who travelled to support the team on the day - it's all very much appreciated.

Finally, a BIG thank you to our fantastic group of young stars who performed impeccably both on and off the pitch and were a credit to themselves, their parents and to their club.

Thank you for representing our club at such a special event.

Communion

The children, of Buttevant, will receive their first Holy Communion on Saturday next, May 13, in Buttevant church. Teachers, parents, guardians and recipients, have been busy preparing, for this auspicious occasion, for some time, which has now come to fruition. An enjoyable day, is wished to all concerned.

Corpus Christi

The annual Corpus Christi Procession, in honour of the Sacred Heart, will take place, in Buttevant, this year, on Saturday, June 17. This year the Benediction ceremony, will take place, in the Highfield Drive area, of Buttevant. The procession will proceed, to the area, following the 6.30 p.m., Saturday night vigil Mass. It is hoped that the local public, will support this annual religious event.

Bingo

The weekly bingo session continues, on Monday Night, in the local GAA, hall, where there are numerous monetary prizes, to be won by those attending. There is a substantial monetary bingo jackpot, to be won, as well as, an in-house-lottery, an extra sheet game, and a 50/50 - monetary draw. The jackpot, of €4,300, was won by Charlotte O'Neill, from Charleville, following weeks of anticipation, by all attending. The session gets under way each Monday, night at 8.30 p.m.

Pilgrimage

The annual diocesan pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, will take place on this Sunday, May 14. A coach will leave from Buttevant, near the church, on the appointed date at 8 a.m.. Further details can be had by contacting 087 2067067. Early booking is advisable.

Lottery

The local soccer club also promotes, a weekly monetary local lottery draw. The jackpot, in this lottery draw, has passed the €13,500 mark, and will continue to rise, weekly, by €100, till won, and can be won on the choice of four lucky numbers, to match the four numbers drawn on draw night. The draw takes place on Thursday night in a locally appointed public venue. The proceeds from the lottery are used to fund the club's many activities.

Cemetery

The annual Mass for those interred in St Brigid's Cemetery, Buttevant will be held, in the cemetery on Wednesday, May 17, at 8 p.m. Anyone with relatives, friends or acquaintances are cordially invited to be in attendance.

Fundraiser

A fundraising coffee morning will take place in the welcome Inn, Buttevant, this Friday morning, May 12. The event is being held to help raise funds to send two pupils from Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant, to Lourdes as helpers on the Cloyne diocese, pilgrimage. The pupils involved will act as youth helpers to the sick and infirm. The coffee morning will be held between the hours of 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.

Homeless

With the ever increasing problem of homelessness, there will be a fundraising coffee morning held in the Mercy centre, Buttevant, to help raise much needed funds to help combat the problem. The event will be held between 10.30 a.m., and 12.30 p.m. and there will be raffles and draws also held.

Community council

Buttevant Community Council, although not always visible on the ground to the public eye, is continually active, lobbying and cajoling public representatives and public bodies and organisations for the betterment of the local community. The community council has been instrumental in procuring many worthwhile amenities and services which would not have been secured without pressurising the relevant authorities. The Streetscape project has been such a project of the community council, and still the project is being criticised continuously by the 'hurlers on the ditch'. The community council is currently promoting a project of procuring funding for the establishment of a public amenity park and walkway adjacent to the bank of the river Awbeg.

The community council members are ordinary people who give of their time to promote a better place of living and lifestyle for the local community.

The community council members, though few In number, also promote the motto of 'pride of place and pride in your community'. So give your support where possible to foster this idea and ideals.

Sunshine

Do enjoy the current bout of sunshine and exercise care and attention during the hot period, as this may be the only sunshine we get this year, as has been evident in former years.

Clondrohid

First Holy Communion

The second class children of Muinfliuch and Carriganima schools will receive their first Holy Communion in Carriganima church at 10.30 a.m. this Saturday, May 13. Best wishes to the children their families and teachers on this momentous occasion in the parish.

Confirmation

The children of the parish will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday, May 23, a very special day for these children, their families and teachers.

Tidy Towns

Clondrohid Development Group continue with their improvements in the village for the First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and of course the Tidy Towns. Anyone willing to give a hand is most welcome, the appearance of the village and its surrounds should be of interest to everyone in the parish but especially those living in the village. Thanks to the hard working committee, to Johnny for lawn mowing, strimming and his exceptional stone building, to Eugene for his painting, brushing etc. A special word of thanks to the volunteers, Margaret, Denis, Marian, Teresa, Terri, Gobnait, Marguerite, Kathleen for their help in weeding setting and watering.

Horse Fair

The annual horse fair takes place at the Bell Inn on this Sunday, May 14. Everyone welcome.

Rosary at Grotto Macroom

There will be a rosary and prayers at the grotto Macroom organised by the local prayer group on this Saturday, May 13, at 4 p.m. This is in honour of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. A time for reflection and public prayer.

GAA congratulations

Well done to club player Seán Desmond on being part of Cork under-17 squad which qualified for Munster Final with a big win over Limerick. Munster Final: Cork v. Kerry on Tuesday, May 16, at a Kerry venue.

Corkman

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