THE evening of Thursday, November 27 promises to be a very special occasion for the people of Mallow and surrounding areas as Mallow Town Council in association with Mallow Chamber will officially turn on the Christmas street lights.
Santa will arrive at Market Square at 5.45 pm with a huge display of balloons being released on his arrival while tasty treats will be provided by local traders. The Thomas Davis Pipe Band, Town Mayor James Kennedy, Chamber president John Sheahan and Rotary president Bernie Evans will accompany Santa to the Town Hall. Festive music will be played in the town centre before the Mayor and the Chamber president will officially turn on the lights at 6.30 pm. A parade led by the Thomas Davis Pipe Band will then proceed to St. Mary's Church and on the route Santa's helpers will distribute treats to the children present for the festive occasion. Then, the Rotary Club will present a Christmas concert, ' The Spirit of Christmas', in St. Mary's Church. Performers on the night are pupils from the Convent of Mercy Primary School, St. Patrick's Boys National School, Cor Maghalla and soloist Gemma Sugrue. After the concert, the Rotary Club tree lights in St. Mary's Church yard will be switched on to the sound of live music and song from Jerry O'Callaghan. Tickets for the concert are €10 and €5 for OAPs and students. Children are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at Philip's Bookshop, Country Lifestyle and National Irish Bank. All proceeds from this event are in aid of mental health and suicide prevention.
Pioneer Jubilarians entitled to their 25 and 50 year pioneer pins are asked to contact any member of the council. Presentations will be held on Sunday, November 30 in St. Mary's Church at 10.30 am Mass. Please contact Francis on 022- 21925 or Ned at 022-43027 after 6 pm any evening.
Wheelspinner Vera Ward (Bookshop) c/o Tom O'Neill won €75 in the Mallow GAA Members Weekly Draw which was held in Carrigoon on Tuesday, November 11. The €30 lucky dip winners were Kay Sheehan, 29 Blackwater Drive c/o Liam Sheehan, Richard Willis c/o Mona's, Kathleen O'Leary, 2 Canon Sheehan Place, Doneraile c/o P.McCarthy and Gretta Byrne c/o Ronan Sheehan. The numbers drawn were 12-14-17-22. The jackpot is currently at €1,200
Farewell to Fr Stritch
A large group of friends, parishioners and admirers were on hand at the Hibernian Hotel last week to honour Fr. Denis Stritch for his special farewell party. Fr. Denis worked in Mallow for four years and was a very popular man with his duties at Mallow General Hospital and in other parish duties. Fr. Declan Hennessy PP, Monsignor Dennis O'Callaghan and Sister Ita of the Mallow Mercy Sisters, who is a relation, were among those present to bid him a fond farewell to his new appointment in Milford. We wish him well.
Mallow Crafters in association with Avondhu Development are a group of ladies who learn, share and exchange craft ideas on Tuesday mornings from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at Mallow library. They are having their Christmas Sale of hand made products on Thursday, November 27 from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm in St. James' Hall at the rear of St. James' Church. There is ample free parking and all are welcome.
Mullally county bound
Congratulations to Jerry Mullally MCC, MTC who was nominated by the local Labour Party as their Cork County Council candidate in next year's local elections which will be held in June. Councillor Mullally has served two terms at Mallow Town Council and is also a former Mallow Mayor. He was co-opted on to Cork County Council last year after the success of his party colleague Deputy Sean Sherlock in winning a Dail seat in the 2007 General Election.
Mallow ICA will hold their annual Christmas dinner in the Hibernian Hotel on tomorrow Friday, November 21. The ladies are holding their meeting in the Social Services Centre on Monday, November 24 at 8 pm while their Christmas Arranging will take place at the Social Services Centre on Monday December 8 at 8 pm.
First, Noel Cremin, Patsy Lenehan, John O'Donovan and Josie Sheehy. Second, Tom Lenehan and Richie O'Connor. Ladies, Francis McCarthy and Sheila Walsh. Mix, Gerry Carroll, Jean Murphy, Lena O'Keeffe and Joe Sheehy. Gents, Sean O'Callaghan, Paddy Stack, James O'Hanlon and Willie O'Connor. Raffle, Michael and John O'Brien, Richard and Thomas and Gerry and Partner. Cards every Wednesday in Carrigoon commencing at 9 pm All are welcome
Gaelscoil Thomais Dáibhis
Past pupils and past parents of Gaelscoil Thomais Daibhis are asked to come along to the monster ceili and four course meal on Saturday, November 29 at 8 pm in the GAA Complex at Carrigoon. Music on the night will be provided by the legendary Kilfinora Ceili Band. Tickets are available through the school office at 022-42709 or contact Maire on 0863233779. All proceeds on the night will go to the School Building Fund.
At the library
Totstime for younger children every Friday at 1.30 am, Story-time and games with Emma every Saturday at 11.30 am and Knitwits on Thursday evenings at 5.30 pm. Adult activities include Active Retirement Scrabble every Monday at 2.30 pm, Craft Exchange every Tuesday from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm., the Irish Comhra group meet every Tuesday at 11.15 am while the Bridge Group deal their cards every Tuesday at 2.30 pm. The Mallow Writers Group meet on Wednesday at 10.30 am. Munla art network have their session every Wednesday at 12.30 pm, Good Yarns Knitting Group every Wednesday at 2.30 pm, Active Retirement Cards every Thursday at 2.30 pm and HSE Breastfeeding Support Group on Friday at 10.30 am. The exhibitions in the library for November include Mallow College Art Exhibition up to Thursday, November 27 and Steven Flynn's Art Exhibition runs from Thursday, November 27 to Wednesday December 10.
The following are the results of the Mallow Town and District Dart League Week Two. Friday, November 14: Maureen's Bar 7 - Reynold's Bar 1, The Bridge House 4 - Daly's Bar 4, Monday, November 17, Mona's Bar 2 - Moriarty's Bar 6. The Danny's Bar/ Fitzpatrick's Bar match was postponed with a refixture to be decided. Week Three fixtures are: Friday, November 21, Daly's Bar V. Danny's Bar at 9.30 pm, Friday, November 21 Reynold's Bar V. Fitzpatrick's Bar at 9.30pm; Monday, November 24, Moriarty's Bar V. The Bridge House at 9 pm, Monday, November 24, Mona's V Maureen's at 9.30 pm.
Mallow's Got Talent final
The final of the Mallow's Got Talent show will be held in Fitzpatrick's Bar on Saturday, November 22 at 9.30 pm. Large cash prizes will be on offer for first, second and third. Four guest judges will be on hand on the final night to make that all important decision. The talent show will be hosted by Johnny Griffin and Jimmy O'Mahony. Further information is available at 086 8886541.
Liam hits 60
A Mallow man was accompanied by family and friends as he travelled to Cork City last Saturday evening for a meal to celebrate his 60th birthday but behind the scenes, in a cloak of secrecy, his friends were gathering in the GAA Complex in Carrigoon to muster up a surprise party in his honour. Liam, from Lachnalooha, got the shock of his life when he was greeted with the song Happy Birthday at the GAA headquarters and by all accounts the celebrations went on for many hours with an extension later at a private dwelling. Liam is a huge supporter of Cork GAA and is also a staunch Mallow fan. Belated greetings Liam.
The late Teddy O'Connor
The unexpected death of Teddy O'Connor at Mallow General Hospital on Thursday, November 13 was received with great sorrow and shock by people in the Mallow and Ballyclough area. From Lower Crossfield in Ballyclough, Teddy was a very well admired and lovable character who always enjoyed his conversations with all he met during his life. He was a much loved member of the Cope Foundation in Mallow where he made many friends. Teddy is survived by his cousins, Morgan, Nora, Maureen and Tadghie and relatives and friends. His funeral Mass was held on Sunday, November 16 in Ballyclough with burial aftrwards in the adjoining cemetery. To his relations and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.