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Around the districts: Buttevant, Liscarroll

Buttevant: CANCELLATIONS - Due to the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic in Ireland all social sporting entertainment and large meetings congregations and any event where there would be large gatherings of the public have been cancelled or curtailed on the island of Ireland. The government has "outlawed" all events where crowds would congregate to combat the possibility of the "virus" being transmittted to members of the public and causing medical problems and undue hardship.

Public houses restaurants hotels entertainment centres sporting grounds and venues where the public may gather in large numbers have been ordered to close these venues until further notice. Many businessesand commercial enterprises have fallen victim to this lifechanging pandemic which is now prevalent all over the world. There will be a constant policing of public places countrywide and the presence of Garda and Military Peraonnel will be permanently visible at all public places.

Please be mindful and adhere to the news bulletins and media conferences from the medical professionals and the health service executive and relevant medical organisations .

The future of the country financially industrially economically and all aspects of life as we know it depends aa on everybody being vigilant co-operative voluntarily available and concerned for the wellbeing of our families relatives neighbours and the public at large at this serious threat to all our future lives.

SAINT PATRICK'S DAY

The annual Saint Patricks' Day Parade which is usually held annually on March 17th did not take place in Buttevant this year. In fact this annual celebration which celebrates the Patron Saint of Ireland Saint Patrick was not held in any village town parish or city in the country of Ireland this year of 2020.

This cancellation is due to the presence of the deadly and dangerous Coronavirus which is a very severe viral infection for which as yet no antidote has been found. Tests are still in progress but it will be some time before any form of cure will be found. This virus which is similar to a severe flu infection can be very severe for the elderly people and people who have ongoing medical problems and chronic pulmoryand coronary illnesses.

So we all need to be vigilant and follow the instructions of the medical experts and heed their every word. The virus is already in the country of Ireland and can be transmitted even with out people knowing that they may be a "carrier" of this very infectious and somewhat leathal contagious disease. Please be alert and aware of the consequences that can accrew as a result of contacting the disease.

LOURDES COFFEE MORNING

A fundraising "coffeemorning was held on Friday March 6th. 2020 in the Welcome Inn, Buttevant. This fundraising venture was to raise funds to help send two Colaiste Mhuire students as Youth Helpers to Lourdes this June 2020. The two students are Sophie Perrott and Aaron Finnegan representing Colaiste Mhuire Buttevant and will be part of the Cloyne Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in June2020 your support was greatly appreciated.

WEATHER

With the recent onslaught of storms bringing wind rain sleet snowand ice at unannounced intervals and causing severe damage structuraland otherwise leaving areas needing immediate attention regarding electrical supply water shortage and in many areas severe flooding and general repairs needed to roads buildings and general amenities.

According to weather forecasters we have not seen the end of these storms and devastation which inconveniences the general public and in particular the elderly infirm and those living alone who may not have anybody to call on them to check if all is well with them.

So be alert to these severe weather happenings and be alert to the weather warnings as they are announced by the media and other media broadcasters. All these recent happenings have been labelled as a result of climate change and is a prelude of what our climate conditions are going to be in the future.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations and well done to local singer/entertainer Liam Fitzgerald who recently won the Mallow heat of the Over60s Talent Competition and now qualifies for the Cork County Final of this annual competition. Liam was accompanied on guitar by Suzanne Hynes.

ENROLMENTS

Enrolments for potential students wishing to attend Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire Buttevant (Primary School) for the school period commencing on September2020 are now being taken. All details can be obtained by contacting the school office on 022/23506 at your earliest convenience.

G.A.A. CLUB A.G.M.

Buttevant G.A.A. club held their annual general meeting and a great attendance was evident. The officers of the club presented their endof year reports which were well received by the attendance. The outgoing officers thanked the committee members for their services and also thanked the players for their dedication and support for the club. The supporters and general public were also thanked for their continuing support.

The outgoing officers of the club were reelected having done such an excellent year of workand promotion during their tenure of the previous term of office. May the club its' committee members and teams have another successful year both on the field of play and G.A.A. events in general.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Buttevant Community Council are already to the forefront of activity for the good of the town and the local community. The Community Council is currently lobbying Councillors T.D's and authoritative organisations and groups with a view to perfect the traffic situation at the Colaiste Mhuire entrance which is causing mayhem with the "willynilly" parking being practised by motorists parking at the entrance.

This situation is an accident waiting to happen and no doubt will not be rectified until some serious accident occurs there. Parents and guardians should realise the dangerous situation they are causing by obstructing passing traffic and also by parking in the industrial estate where businesses are working hard to make a living. Please be more considerate when and where you park when dropping off your childrenattending the Colaiste.

The Community Council is also liasioning with Bus Eireann and Cork County Council with the possibility of erecting two bus shelters on the Main Street of Buttevant. Talks and consultations are ongoing between the Community Council and Bus Eireann.

Litter is still a problem in the town with no respect being shown with the depositing of litter in all areas. The Community Council is contacting Cork County Council with the view of having at least a twiceweekly "streetsweep" and general landscape improvement and also the possibility of having a "litter warden" patrolling the town area and environs on certain days of the week. ]#Some dog owners are still oblivious when it comes to cleaningup when their canine and feline pets have deposited their poohdroppings on the footpaths and walkways within the town. It takes very little time to gather up the animal residue and take it home with you and your pets. The droppings are unsightly and can cause pedestrians young and notsoyoung to have an unexpected fall when the residue is stepped on. Do take care and be aware of the dangers your pets' depositing can cause.

Although everybody may not agree in general that the Community Council is of benefit to the town and there are those who are constantly talking down the organisation Buttevant Community Council is always to the forefront where Buttevant and its residents are concerned.

The Community Council and its officers are always available to offer help and adviceand direction to anyone who may need help with the relevant authorities governing bodies and organisations in obtaining the advice and help they may need and there is no fee charge or renumeration for the necessary service required.

SOCCER CLUB

The club facilities are now a available for Parties Special Occasions and other celebratory occasions at very reasonable fees. All club facilities can be availed on for your special function. Further details can be had by contacting 0861276374.

The AllWeatherPitch is also available to hire for interested groups and organisations. Please contact the clubhouse on 02241025for details. All club activities are available on Facebook:Buttevant Soccer Club and on Twitter: @buttevantsoccer.

TIDY TOWNS

The tidy towns have arranged to meet on Thursday evenings at 07.00p.m. at Lombards' Castle. It is their aim to keep the town looking colourful and in clean condition to be admired by locals visitors and passing commutersand maybe possible and potential businesses and developers and perhaps interested industrialists in the near future.

BE VIGILANT

Following breakIns and robberies locally we would all do well to be on high alert and vigilant regarding our properties and neighbourhood. We should also be attentive to our elderly residents and living alone sick and infirm neighbours.

There is a CCTV system within the town but it does not cover all visible residential areas and is only accessible to some appointed persons. The majority of people also find that CCTV is an invasion of a persons private and personal persona. Crime is no longer committed during the hours of darkness and the majority of incidents happen during daylight hours.

We should be alert to and conscious of suspicious persons acting suspiciously and also be aware of unusual activities and suspicious vehicles operating in all areas. Always report whatever persons or unusual happenings you may perceiveor observe to the relevant authorities.

LOTTERY

Buttevant Soccer Club promotes a weekly local lottery draw to help finance the clubs' expenses and activities. The winning or sharing of the substantial monetary jackpot rests on the choice of four lucky numbers to match the four lucky numbers drawn on draw night. A new jackpot of €9500 can now be won by entering the draw. The amount will continue to rise until won by some lucky entrant. The draw takes place weekly on Thursday night at an appointed local public venue. Your support is greatly appreciated.

ROAD RUNNING CLUB

Buttevant road running club continues to be very active in all forms of road runningand athletic meets throughout the local areas and further afield. Training sessions continue on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7.15p.m. Tuesday nights runs will beheld outdoors and Thursday nights runs will take place indoors. Please check the clubs' Facebook for all details.

Sunday morning runs meet each Sunday at the local Coop. at 9.00am. HiVis vests/bibs are compulsory. All participants must be over 18 years of age. The club can also be contacted by email at buttevantrc@gmail.com. New members over 18 yrs. of age are always welcome.

SVP HELPLINE

Buttevant Saint Vincent de Paul association has a dedicated helpline for those in the community who may need assistance to provide for themselves or their families. Please contact 0860209477 in strictest confidence.

SYMPATHY

Sympathy is extended to those who have suffered a bereavement or personal loss recently.

WELL WISHES

Well wishes go to those who are ill at home or in hospital at this time.

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