CLINIC: Jimmy Deenihan TD, will hold his monthly clinic in Flanagans Bar, The Square, this Friday, April 2, from 6.30 to 7pm.ICA: On Tuesday of next week, April 6, a chiropractor will host an informative presentation on chiropractor treatment and its benefits. This meeting will be open to everyone and it will be held in the hall at 8pm. There will be an entry fee of ?2 to IC
CLINIC: Jimmy Deenihan TD, will hold his monthly clinic in Flanagans Bar, The Square, this Friday, April 2, from 6.30 to 7pm.
ICA: On Tuesday of next week, April 6, a chiropractor will host an informative presentation on chiropractor treatment and its benefits. This meeting will be open to everyone and it will be held in the hall at 8pm. There will be an entry fee of ?2 to ICA members and ?4 to non-members in order to cover expenses for the use of the hall and heating.
COMMUNITY GAMES: We wish the producers and actors the very best of luck next Sunday, April 4, when they take part in the Kerry final of Culture Corner in Moyvane. Those taking part are Gretta Curtin, Ann-Marie Fitzgerald, Emer Mooney, Agnes Fitzgerald, Denis McAuliffe and David O’Connor. They are under the expert guidance of Anne-Marie O’Keefe and Eileen Fitzgerald. Last year the team had national success and we hope they can do the same this year. Good luck to you all.
SCÓR NA BPÁISTI: Last Friday night week, in the Ivy Leaf, Castleisland, our young people did themselves proud as they took part in Scór na bPáisti - a competition for National Schools. One group came first in the Instrumental music competition. Those playing were Catherine Curtin, Emer Mooney, Agnes Fitzgerald and Denis McAuliffe. Agnes Fitzgerald came second in the solo singing competition. The Brosna team came first also in the quiz. The team was Conor Shine, Denis McAuliffe and Tomás Prendiville. Congratulations and well done to all of you.
CON CURTIN: Its fast approaching that time again for the now well established and successful Con Curtin festival which is being held this year on June 25, 25, and 27. This festival was begun to put Brosna on the map and to breathe new life into the village. It has succeeded on all fronts and is getting better every year. The committee is holding a meeting in the Hall on Tuesday of next week, April 6, at 8pm, and they will welcome new members.
CONGRATULATIONS: To the following on their achievements: Margaret Horgan, daughter of Ina and Joe, Knockane who is a third year student of Construction Studies at ITT has been picked as outstanding student of the year for a second time and to Noreen McAuliffe, Reacashal, who has graduated with an honours degree from the Michael Smurfit Graduation College of Business. Noreen is daughter of Margaret and Denis and we wish both girls success in their future.
U14 QUIZ: On Wednesday of next week, April 7, the Community Games Quiz final takes place in Darby O’Gills, Killarney at 7pm. The Brosna team comprises of Conor Shine, Denis McAuliffe, David O’Connor, Gerard Walsh, Tomás Prendiville and Seamus O’Connor. They have all been very busy training in recent weeks. We will be hoping that they will make it to Mosney for the third year in succession where we won the All-Ireland last year. Good luck boys!
X COUNTRY: Training continues in the football field on Tuesday nights at 6.30pm, under the guidance of James Doran. Community Games cross country will be held in Beaufort on Monday, April 12, a 2pm. Any boys or girls over ten years of age and under 14 years on July 31, who wish to compete should attend training and make sure their names are entered in the entry form.
GAA: In Round 1 of the county league last Sunday, we took on Cromane in Brosna. It was a game in which we never played like we can, and in the end lost out on a scoreline of Brosna 1-9, Cromane 2-8.
Team and scorers: B Lane, J Cahill, D Curtin, M Murphy, J Horgan, P Curtin, K Cahill, J O’Donnell (1-1), P Reidy (0-2), D Cronin, S Curtin, A Cahill, J Downey, S McAuliffe (0-1), T McGoldrick (0-3).
Subs: J Keane (0-2) for S McAuliffe.
This also was the last game for Paul Reidy, Dave Curtin and Michael Murphy who headed off on Tuesday to Australia on a year long working holiday. We wish them all the best in this venture. Our next county league game is Easter Sunday, away to St Senans. More details later.
Lotto - The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 24, 27. There was no jackpot winner. ?35, Noreen Walsh, Brosna; Promoter - Gerard Walsh, Brosna. Lucky dips ?15, Willie Daly, Brosna; Kerry McAuliffe, Brosnan; Sheila McGoldrick, Brosna; Eileen Browne, Brosna. Next weeks jackpot will be ?2350 at Kate Pats Bar, Brosna, on Monday, April 5.
AFTER many decades of royal customer service and care to the community, Mrs Peggy Fitzgerald has decided to retire from the retailing trade in Knockaclarig. She closed for business on Sunday last, March 28. Peggy had successfully ran the shop for forty years no less and little wonder it was a landmark in the area. A most helpful and obliging lady over the years we wish her the very best for her well–deserved retirement.
RAMBLING HOUSE: Despite the arrival of summer time “The Brosna Rambling House” continues with its evenings of music, song, dance and recitations. The shows take place on alternate Thursdays and all information re these activities can be got by calling 068/44109.
RESULTS of last weeks 41 drive were at Tankard, Anne O’Connor, and Nellie Carmody, Ed Scott and Jim Kelly, Eddie O’Connor and Brendie McCarthy. Cards, as usual next week.
PTAA: Congrats to our four pioneer quiz teams, that qualified for the All Ireland finals on Sunday last, at the Munster finals in Pallasgreen on Sunday last.
Our u25 team, Julie Healy, Sarah Brick and Paul Culloty won the Munster title.
Our u16 team, Grainne Ryle, Ross Reale, John Kirby and Ciara Kenny were runner sup to Beaufort, and our two juvenile teams qualified in 2nd and 3rd places.
The A team of John O’Donnell, Grainne Reale, Eoin Murphy and Maura Dinneen were beaten by one point in a play off with Beaufort and our B team of Conor Mawe, Jack Holland, Shane Kenny and Brian Ryle and David Devane were just a few points behind in 3rd place.
All these teams take part in Pallasgreen on April 24 next in the All Ireland finals.
SYMPATHY: Is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Nora Kenny, Lissmagh, who died last week.
GAA NEWS: The annual quiz will take place in the Tankard, Kilfenora, this Friday night at 9.30pm.
Our u14 team had a good win over Currow at Spa Sportsfield on Saturday last and will have played Firies already on Monday last. Those were Co league games. Our minor team is away to Kilcummin in the Co league on this Friday evening.
Our u16 team hopes to have a match on Saturday. A general meeting of the club will be held in The Community Centre, Spa, this Tuesday night at 8.30pm.
CREDIT UNION QUIZ: Best of luck to Spa NS in the final of this years Credit Union quiz in Dublin this Sunday. Lets hope they will go one better than last year.
SPA/FENIT ICA: The monthly meeting of Spa/Fenit ICA will take place in the Oyster Bar on Wednesday, April 7 at 8pm sharp.
A lady beautician will be in attendance to advise us on make up and beauty hints etc. Our salsa dance classes are now taking place on Monday nights at 8pm in Fenit NS
SENIORS: Churchill 1-13 v St Senans 0-3.
Our seniors got this years Co league off to a good start, with a 13 pt winning margin over St Senans at home last Sunday.
The 13 pt winning margin is a little deceiving as it was only in the last 15 mins, when Churchill pulled away. This was mainly due to the fact that Pa Mac, who was in sensational form, scoring 7 pts, 5 of those coming from play in the last quarter. He kicked a total of 10 pts, over the course of the game.
The first half was an evenly contested affair, with the homeside slow enough to settle, and unable to find any rhythm, Senans on the other hand were playing more route one football.
Our full back line coped admirably with anything that came their way and were superbly marshalled by Morris Wrenn and ably assisted by Peadar Stack and Keith Rolls.
Derek Nolan started off where he finished, last year, with another super display at centre half. It was our forward division with the exception of Pa Mac that didn’t really function as a unit.
Things did improve in the 2nd half, when Pa Mac turned on the style as he totally mesmerised the St Senans defence, with an exhibition of sublime finishing. So the first game out of the way and a victory is a good start, but with the short trip to Ardfert next week, should prove to be a much harder assignment.
Trip to France: On Saturday next the 3rd of April a party of 27 people will set off from the Cloghane/Brandon area for their twin town of Plozevet in Brittany, France. This will be the fourth twinning visit from here, and some people will be renewing old friendships, while for many it will be their first visit.
They will be travelling on the new Brittany Ferries ship the 'Pont Aven' which is making it's first voyage out of Cork on that day. According to the brochures, she is the last word in luxury, just like a cruise liner. So, it will be interesting to see what she is really like.
The Bretons with whom we are twinned are very like ourselves. They love the music and the craic, and are known to like the odd pint of Guinness as well. Above all else, they are Celts and Bretons first, and they have a very high regard for their heritage, customs and traditions. Traditional music and dancing at Fest Nos (Ceilis) is very popular, as is the wearing of traditional dress at these. One is to be held during the week in Plozevet.
It will be good to renew the old acquaintances, and for those visiting for the first time to make new friendships. The twinning committee there and their President Ronan le Gall spare no effort to ensure that everyone really enjoys the week there, and have a really memorable trip.
Holidays: The office of the Comharchumann will be closed from Monday 5th April to Tuesday 13th. Keys to the refuse bins are available at the Naionra bet. 9-12 Mon to Thurs.
Beidh Oifig an Comharchumann, dúnta ón Luain an 5ú Aibreain go dtí an Máirt an 13ú lá Márta
Table Quiz : There will be a table quiz in aid of the Kerry Hospice building at Tralee General hospital in, Micheál Dowds Cloghane on Friday 2nd April. ?20 per table of four. Please support.
GAA: Lotto - The lotto jackpot on Sunday night was ?5000. The draw took place in Cuniffes Bar, Currow. There was no winner. The numbers drawn were 5, 12, 13 and 26. The four consolation winners were Denis Horan, Scartaglin; Vincent P Keogh, Ballyfinnane, Firies; Dylan o’Connor, Dulague, Castleisland and Den Joe O’Connell, Scartaglin. The jackpot will now rise to ?5100 and the next draw will take place in the Brown Flesk Inn, Currow on Sunday night, April 25.
Meeting - A very important meeting of the GAA Club will be held in the Club rooms on Friday night, April 2, at 9pm sharp. All members are welcome.
Co League - The Currow senior team made their debut in the county league last Sudnay, when they went down by a single point to Listowel Emmets. To be fair to Emmets they probably deserved to win by more and in the end fully justified their 0-13 to 1-9 victory.
BORD NA NOG: Last Thursday night, the family of the late Bob Walsh presented a beautiful trophy to the County Bórd na nÓg. As we all know in Currow, Bob loved the GAA and especially the Bord na nOg. Bob was a Cork man but this did not deter him from giving all his expert and sporting knowledge to the young people of Currow, he was a teacher by profession and taught all the present Currow senior squad both academically and in sport, especially GAA. It was very fitting for the Presentation that the present County chairman was Currow’s Johnny Brosnan.
TIDY TOWNS: Clean up of Killeentierna Wildlife Park on Saturday, April 3, at 2pm. Volunteers needed. Looking forward to seeing you there.
BORD NA NOG: Training for U12’s will beginon Friday evening, April 2 to 6-7pm. Training for U8 and U10 on Saturday, April 3, from 10 to 11am.
BASKETBALL: St Bridget’s Basketball Club Monthly meeting on Thursday, April 1, at 8pm, in Currow Community Centre.
COMMUNITY ALERT: Are hoping to provide every elderlyt person living on their own two contact telephone numbers of people willing to help in an emergency. If you would like to be a good neighbour and willing to be available to assist a neighbour in trouble, then please give your name and phone number to Fr Sugrue (9764141) or Connie Enright.
YOUTH CLUB: On Friday night last, the Club travelled to the Cinema in Tralee. Forty six members travelled on the night with leaders Michelle Murphy, Elaine Mitchell and Moss Leane.
On Sunday next, the Club will be attending County Club day in Killarney. Club day will begin at 1pm, and run until 6pm. Amongst the activities that will take place on the day will be a karaoke, fortune teller, magic workshop, fashion show, beautician, body art and temporary tattoos, bungee run, twister, gladiator joust, arts and crafts, dance workshop, tug of war, remote control, model car racing, blind date and creative dance. The day will end with a disco from 4pm to 6pm. The bus will leave at 12.15 and will return again at 7pm approximaely. The cost will be ?8 for the activities and ?3 for the bus. A total of ?11.
Also on Sunday, the Club’s mixed u15 basketball team will take part in the Munster/ Connaught Area finals in Galway.
DEATH: Deepest sympathy is extended to the O’Sullivan family, Beenetirane, Currow and to Patrick O’Sullivan and family; to Catherine Fleming and family, Currow/ City on the death of Mrs Ester O’Sullivan, Ornamore, Go Galway. May she rest in peace.
There was no winner of the ?4200 jackpot in the GAA lotto draw last week so ?4400 will be available on Friday night next April 2 at O’Briens Bar.
Draw on 26th March: No winner of the ?4200 Jackpot. Numbers drawn: 9,11,17,19.
?20 each to Ted Halpin Foildarrig, Annie Dillon Pipers Hill, Brian Byrne Kilmeaney, Noreen O Keeffe Knockaneroe, Noreen O Connor Kilmeaney.
Five free tickets each to: Josephine Halpin Duagh, Sarah Nolan Trieneragh, Betty O Connor c/o Sheila Casey Brosna, Sinead Stack Duagh, Nuala Sheeran Graigue.. Sellers Prize: Larry O Connor
GAA: The senior team got off to winning ways last week with an easier than expected win over Blennerville in the opening game of the 2004 Kerry County league Division III. The final score was 3-12 to 1-4. The next round of the county league will be in two weeks time on Easter Sunday when Duagh travel to play Lispole.
The county minor league starts on this Friday evening at 7pm.
Best of luck to Duagh minor Anthony Maher of Knockadireen who is on the Kerry minor panel for the Munster championship game against Clare in Ennis on Wednesday evening March 31st.
School: Best wishes and thank you go to Kathleen and Paddy Cronin Kilcara who retire on this Friday having been the caretakers of Duagh NS for many years. Paddy is ill in hospital at present so we all wish him a speedy return to health.
St. Michaels: St Michaels College Listowel will hold enrolment times for the academic year 2004/5 on Wednesday next March 31st and Thursday April 1st between 2 and 5pm.
Website: The Duagh GAA website is now on line. This website may be viewed at: www.duaghgaa.com
Duagh-Lyre Community Games
On last Friday week March 19th the first ever Table Tennis competition for Boys and Girls U-13 was held at the Presentation Convent, Listowel. There were two teams in the Girls event, Duagh-Lyre and Abbeydorney-Kilflynn. Julie Collins, Maire Dillon and Yvonne Carmody played the singles matches, while Eabhnait Scanlon and Katie Elliott were the doubles team. All five girls were in tremendous form as they took an early lead in their matches and held that advantage to the end to win Gold. They are our first set of Gold medals in 2004 and we would like to say well done and best of luck in your other activities during the year. Many thanks to Listowel Presentation Convent for their hospitality and in particular to Cliff Gore for having everything in readiness when we arrived. The Boys U-13 team had to play two matches. Abbeydorney-Kilflynn were a class outfit and they played some excellent Table Tennis. However our team of Darragh O'Connor, John Kennedy, Eoin Kelly in the singles and Robert O'Conor and Maurice Lyons in the doubles put up a great fight to the end. Victory going to Abbeydorney-Kilflynn. The last game against An Gaeltacht was a much closer affair. The hero of the hour was John Kennedy as he fought back from being one set down to win his match 2 – 1. His never say die approach ensured that his opponent was bewildered as he made some miraculous returns. An Gaeltacht's extra experience told in the end as they went on to win Bronze medals.
ADULT/U-17 QUIZ All-Ireland Finals. On Saturday evening our Quiz team travelled to Portumna Co.Galway. The other Kerry team to travel was Abbeydorney-Kilflynn who were captained by Tom Hayes. Joe Lynch led our team and his teammates were James Daughton, Noel Walsh, Martha McElligott, and Aisling Scanlon. They were competing along with 31 other teams from all over Ireland. At the half way stage Ballaghadireen of Roscommon were leading on 43pts, Abbeydorney-Kilflynn were on 39pts and we had 31pts. A huge improvement was required in the second half and Joe and his team did not disappoint. They recorded the second highest score in the last five rounds with 39pts to increase their score to 70pts overall and secure 11th place. Abbeydornry-Kilflynn had lost some ground and finished on 74pts in 5th position while Ballaghadireen won their 5th title in six years with 80pts. Well done to Joe Lynch and his team, with a little luck they will be back for another shot at the title next year.
U-13 INDOOR SOCCER. Boys U-13 qualifiers were held on Sunday in Listowel and we had to play Ardfert-Kilmoyley and Brosna. Our first game was barely started when Christopher Carmody set the wheels in motion with a superb strike from far out. Kieran Duffy followed suit with another before Sean Lane was on hand to convert a neat through ball from Michael McKenna. Shane Mangan was rarely troubled in goals as his outfield players were providing great cover. Christopher grabbed another before Nigel O'Connor and Derren McNulty took centre stage. Nigel was only on a few minutes before rattling the net and he repeated the dose shortly afterwards before Kieran Duffy wrapped up the scoring with a beauty to leave the score at 7-0 to Duagh-Lyre. Game two against Brosna was a tougher affair, however the boys held their heads and were rewarded when Christopher Carmody sent a screamer to the net. Kieran Duffy was next on the list as he combined well with Sean Lane and Michael McKenna to score from an acute angle. Finally Christopher Carmody sealed a great win when he wrong footed two defenders before despatching to the net with aplomb. We were through to the playoff game and the excitement was growing. We had to play Listowel and all was well early on until a misplaced back pass allowed Listowel to grab an unlikely lead. Soon afterwards they struck again as an unfortunate deflection allowed their striker to score. 2 – 0 to Listowel. A quick response was essential and Michael McKenna did not disappoint as he sent a rocket to he Listowel net from far out. Our tails were up and pressure was being applied to their defence. Listowel responded to the challenge and grabbed a third before Nigel O'Connor was introduced. Shane Mangan then advanced up court to lift our hopes with a stunning strike from half way to leave the minimum between the teams. Then the game turned in a moment as we were pushing hard for an equaliser the Listowel goalie picked the ball up outside his area. . It was an unsatisfactory end to a superb game but none the less Listowel are a lovely team and should do well in the Finals in April. Well done to our seven players and coach Nelius Collins.
BOYS U-15 INDOOR SOCCER. This competition was played on Sunday March 28th in Listowel. We played Abbeydorney-Kilflynn and Lixnaw in the group games. We were extremely lucky to be able to field a team as Maurice O'Connor was ruled out by an ankle injury. We hope he recovers in time for the All-Ireland Indoor Athletics finals next weekend where he will be representing Listowel Athletic Club. Joey Shanahan had been struggling with a dead leg while Jason Carmody and Peter Duffy had the dreaded tummy bug. It was great to see them rally to the cause and they deserve great credit for turning out. Our first game with Abbeydorney-Kilflynn was a real cracker. They took an earl lead before Joey Shanahan had the Duagh-Lyre supporters roaring as he danced through a maze of tacklers to send a beauty to the neat and square the game. Then Jason Carmody steered a pass from Peter Duffy to the net, 2 –1. They replied shortly afterwards before Micheál Dillon sent a screamer to the net and regain the lead yet again. Then in the dying seconds Abbeydorney-Kilflynn equalised with a stunning effort. Final score, 3 – 3. The final game with Lixnaw was a real tight affair as both defences were dominant. Niall Horgan was impressive in goals as he covered his area extremely well. He was linking well with his defence of Peter Duffy and James Keane. Joey Shanahan and Jason Carmody were a real threat up front with their close control while Micheál Dillon was a real handful when introduced. The game ebbed and flowed and with extra time looming Lixnaw struck for the killer goal. Final score, 0 – 1. It was a heart breaking way to exit the competition but the team can be proud of their endeavours over the day. Most of them are underage again next year and with coach Nelius Collins at the helm they will no doubt give a lash next year. Well done.
BASKETBALL. It's not very often that a parish can boast of having a player taking part in an All-Ireland Final. However, last weekend has certainly taken the biscuit. Following the Secondary Schools All-Ireland qualifying tournaments in Kilkenny and Waterford, there will be nine Duagh girls playing in the Finals which will take place around the first week in April. Two girls will be representing Listowel Presentation Convent in the Second Year A Final. They are Orla Lane and Aine McKenna. Last year they won the Minor A Final for First Year teams. Seven will be playing with the Abbeyfeale Mercy Convent in the Second Year B Final. They are Jean Maher, Michelle Sheerin, Rhiannon McNulty, Aisling Scanlon, Emer Scanlon, Mairead McEnery and Aine Dillon. Not to mention that our own Claire Sheehy coaches them. It's great to see a bunch of talented youngsters making it to the top. Hopefully both games will be held on the same day in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin, and they will carry a lot of support from Duagh. Well done and best wishes from everyone in the parish.
WELL done and congratulations to all athletes who competed in the County B indoor championships at the weekend.
The following are our results: Girls U–9, Amy Joy, 2nd in the shot, her clubmate, Megan Kelly Walsh came 3rd. The U–9 relay came 2nd, team of Joanne McDermott, Megan Kelly Walsh, Macela Kelly Walsh and Amy Joy. Boys U–10, John Kennedy, 2nd in the shot.
Girls U–10 relay, 2nd, team of Bríd Stackpoole, Amy Joy, Joanne McDermott and Aoife O’Connor.
Boys U–11, Billy Joy, 2nd in the shot; Colm Reidy, 2nd, hurdles.
Girls U–11, Roisín Considine, 3rd, hurdles and 3rd in the sprint.
Boys U–12, Nelius Stackpoole, 3rd, sprint; Cormac Wall, 1st, shot.
Boys U–12 relay, 1st, team of Nelius Stackpoole, Cormac Wall, John Kennedy, Denis Gallagher.
Girls U–12, Tracey Mulvihill, 2nd in sprint and 3rd in hurdles.
Boys U–13, Thady Finucane, 1st, shot and 3rd in hurdles.
Girls U–13, Yvonne Joy, 2nd, shot.
Boys U–13, relay, 1st, Thady Finucane, Denis Gallagher, Cormac Wall, Colm Reidy.
Girls U–14, Margaret Hogan, 3rd, sprint.
Girls U–14 relay, 2nd, team of Margaret Hogan, Louise Reidy, Tracey Mulvihill and Yvonne Joy.
Girls U–15, Niamh Shine, 2nd in sprint.
The club came 3rd overall. Well done.
Again, training continues every Tuesday evening, 6–7pm, in Community Centre at Moyvane.
All athletes who may have club singlets, please can you return them to Niamh Wall, Cathy Finucane or Breda Moriarty, as soon as possible. Thank you.
Finuge GAA Club wishes to remind supporters that this week sees the closing date for club membership. Insurance cover, participation in meetings and ticket-draws and, if Sean Kelly’s Croke Park plebiscite comes into being, the right to vote, all depend on being a club member. Last Sunday’s victory over Tarbert marked a winning start to this year’s Credit Union County League. Our Under 14 footballers narrowly lost to Firies on Saturday afternoon and they played their second game on Monday evening in Lixnaw.
Happy Birthdays - It appears that the Marian Year of 1954 saw a baby boom in Finuge. Congratulations to Liam Buckley and to Marion Sheehy who recently celebrated their special birthdays. Several others are also approaching this milestone event.
Grotto - The members of the Killocrim Grotto Committee are busy preparing events to mark the Golden Jubilee of the grotto’s construction. There are plans to celebrate a special Mass and a booklet is to be published.
School Visitors - Author and storyteller, Eddie Lenihan came to Killocrim School on March 4 to mark World Book Day. He performed his show for over two hours and was well received by the children. Last week the school welcomed Mr. Paddy Halpin, Fisheries Inspector with the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board. He brought along videos, maps, posters and leaflets as well as live water insects, elvers and frozen salmon eggs. He gave a very interesting talk on his work with the river habitat and answered the children’s questions.