Around the districts: Buttevant and beyond
River walk - Following a recently held public meeting plans have been lodged with Cork County Council for funding for the provision of a River Bank/Amenity Walk for Buttevant.
The plans were drawn up under the auspices of Buttevant Community Council and Buttevant Heritage Group by Cathal O'Meara architects Fermoy, whose engineer Ms. Wendy Kirkpatrick was at the meeting to introduce the proposed plan and answer any queries.
The walk will take the form of a 'loop walk' along the bank of the river Awbeg extending from the Mill Lane to the area to the rear of the Augustinian Abbey. The area will be plentiful with various forms of plants vegetation and wildlife. There will be access to the proposed area via the Mill Lane and the old National School Lane and the access areas and boardwalk area will be well signposted.
Funding for the project is being sought from Cork County Council Avondhu Blackwater Partnership and Failte Ireland. If the funding is forthcoming the project should be 'shovel ready' by early summer.
When completed the 'boardwalk' will be of benefit to the town businesses tourism in the area and potential industrial development. Further information will be published when it becomes available.
The weekly bingo session continues on Monday night in the local GAA hall, Buttevant with numerous monetary prizes to be won. There is a substantial bingo jackpot of €3,700 to be won as well as an in-house-lottery an extra sheet game and a '50/50' draw. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
The annual St Patrick's' Day parade will take place this year for sure in Buttevant on March 17. The parade was cancelled last year due to the ongoing STREETSCAPE project on the Main Street. It is hoped that all schools groups clubs and organisations will take part and support the parade.
There is a theme for this parade which is not compulsory and it is to commemorate 'Buttevant-A Walled Town for 700-years'. The parade will congregate at Barrack Place Buttevant from 10 a.m. and it is hoped to have the parade commence at 10.30 a.m.
There will be a platform at St Mary's Church where Gerald McCarthy will introduce the various groups as they pass by. Gerald has being doing this 'job' nigh on 20 years and is to be commended for his endurance.
The parade will proceed up Main Street to the church where the groups will be directed to disperse via Kanturk Road and New Street area. Do come out and support your local parade and be proud of your area.
Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire Buttevant is accepting applications from potential new pupils for the upcoming school term. The school held a 'welcome meeting'' for new pupils and their parents and guardians in the school on Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. Application forms can be had by contacting the school at 022 23506-between the hours of 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. on school days.
There is another bingo session now available to the bingo players of Buttevant with monetary prizes on offer. The session takes place on Thursday night at the 'Crossroads Bistro' and has been lauded as a warm homely occasion. Refreshments are served during the session and a night of innocent fun and entertainment is enjoyed by all and sundry.
There was a 'Youth Mass' celebrated in St Mary's Church Buttevant on Saturday night March 11, with the theme of getting the youth involved in the celebration of Mass in general. Mass was held at 6.30 p.m. and a great gathering of young and mature people was evident.
Great planning and preparation went into the holding of this Mass and all youth of the parish were in attendance in abundance. and made the occasion a spectacular occasion in the celebration in the parish. The youth Mass was organised by the pastoral council and the junior pastoral councils of Buttevant and Lisgriffin Churches.
Everybody, who helped make the occasion the success it was is to be congratulated for their endeavours.
Buttevant Soccer Club promotes a weekly local lottery draw to help raise funds for club activities. There is a fabulous monetary jackpot to be won which now stands at €12,700. The jackpot can be won on the choice of four lucky numbers to match the four numbers drawn on draw night. Your continuing support is greatly appreciated.
Sympathy is extended to those who have suffered a bereavement of personal loss recently.
Well wishes go to those who are ill at home or in hospital at this time.
Always be alert to unusual happenings vehicles and persons a ting suspiciously in the local area and report all such happenings.
A number of our club athletes travelled to Nenagh last week to compete for their secondary schools in the Munster Indoor Championships with some very good results, against in some cases, athletes much older than themselves.
Hollie McCarthy, 1st in 60m hurdles, 3rd 60m sprint.
Amy Whelan, 3rd shot putt.
Joe Ivory, 2nd high jump
Ciara Sheehy, 1st shot putt.
Niamh Linehan and Jordan Mason also competed unsuccessfully. Congratulations and well done to all of them.
The officers and members of the Club extend sincere sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of William (Bill) Egan of Cregan, Churchtown who died recently, May he rest in peace.
St Patrick's Day Parade
The club will be represented again this year in the St Patrick's Day Parade in Churchtown which will commence at the National School at 12 noon,. Everyone is invited to attend. Please wear your club singlet/t-shirt or something green on the day.
Training goes ahead on tomorrow night at Charleville, March 17 at the usual time of 6.30pm.
Tuesday training in Churchtown from 8-9pm. All athletes should avail of every opportunity to train on the lead up to the All-Irelands and Counties.
Sat 25 and Sun 26 March and Sat, April 1: All-Ireland Indoor Championships at Athlone.
Sunday, April 9: Ferrybank Open Sports, Waterford.
Saturday, April 22: Munster Junior, U23 championships and juvenile and youth combined events at Waterford.
Sunday, April 23: Leevale Open Sports at CIT Cork. Also coming up in April will be the Liscarroll 5km fun run on Good Friday, April 14 in Doneraile at 7pm.
Thanks to all those who travelled to Buttevant to celebrate a very special Youth Mass at St Mary's Church. In attendance were representatives and members of the many clubs in Buttevant and Lisgriffin parish and surrounding areas.
St Patrick's Day
There is always great support and community spirit in Ballincollig and this St Patrick's Day is gearing up to be special. The preparations are well underway. All the excitement betins at 2-2.30 to 5pm on the Main Street in Ballincollig.
Plans shot down
The former Gaelscoil site near the Westcourt Estate off the Inniscarra road just outside Ballincollig was earmarked for expansion, but was turned down by Board Pleanala. Its inspectors recommended to refuse permission. Among many reasons was 'serious road traffic hazards".
Work is continuing on the new houses which are being built by Rockforest Homes on the Inniscarra road at Coolroe.
St Patrick's Day, March 17, Mass times: Christ Our Light, Vigil Mass on Thursday, March 16 at 7.30pm.
Friday, March 17, 12.30pm (Irish Mass) and 6.30pm
St Mary and St John, Friday, March 17, 8.30am and 10am and 8pm.
The Permanent Diaconate are recruiting for candidates to begin a 'come and see' programme beginning next September. Information can be found in the leaflets in the Churches. Any interested candidates should establish contact via a local priest or the Diocesan office as soon as possible.
The numbers were 13 14 21 28. Lucky dip €50 Niall O'Brien, Ballydaly.
€20 each Manus Fitzgerald, Nohovaldaly; Guerin's Shop, Ballydaly; Denny O'Connell, Cullen; Robbie O'Brien, c/o Mike Forde; Alan and Eoghan O'Leary, Rathmore.
This Saturday's jackpot is €3000 at Cois Airglinn.
The Duhallow Choir and pupils from Newmarket Girls School will perform in St Mary's Church on St Patrick's night, commencing at 7pm.
Tickets costing €10 each are for sale in all local shops. Proceeds go to the Girls School and thanks are extended to the Newmarket Credit Union for sponsoring the concert.
The numbers were 4 6 13 25. Lucky dip €50 Pat Cullinane, Kiskeam.
€20 each Sean O'Connor, Knocknenough; Gearoid and Ava Looney, Knocknagree; Peg Healy, Tureenavoscane.
Sellers prize Patsy Breen.
First: Patrick Murphy and Mick Aherne.
Ladies: Mary O'Keeffe and Eileen Twomey.
Mixed: Maryanne Tarrant and Mick O'Keeffe; Noreen Casey and John Joe O'Connor.
Gents: Hugh Murphy and Michael P O'Keeffe; Danny McLoughlin and John Sheehan; John B O'Riordan and Ned O'Mahony.
Spots: Jack McAuliffe and Bill Hickey; Mick Twomey and John Joe O'Connell.
A Lenten talk for the Millstreet, Rathmore, Dromagh and Ballydesmond parishes takes place on Monday night next, March 20 in the Comprehensive School, Boherbue, from 8-9.30pm.
The speaker will be Fr Peter McVerry and the title is 'homelessness and poverty' - the challenge of the Gospel. All are welcome with admission free.