Sunday 25 February 2018

Around the districts: Freemount

Graeme Kennedy and Conor Foley celebrating grand parents day at Freemount National School with their Nan Eucheria Foley
Graeme Kennedy and Conor Foley celebrating grand parents day at Freemount National School with their Nan Eucheria Foley
Conor Foley and Miriam Tachoua invited their Nan Margaret O'Leary to grand parents day in Freemount National School

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: one. Neilie O'Connor, and Jim Murphy, Freemount; two. Mai and Maura Burke, Broadford. Gents Prize was won by Con Foley, and Cian O'Sullivan, Freemount. Mixed prize was won by Margaret O'Leary, and Jack Murphy, Freemount.

The Table prizes were won by: Nora Brosnan, Meelin and Tim Ahern, Freemount; Jeremiah O'Sullivan, and Noreen Barry, Newmarket; Denis Barrett, Banteer and Daithí Burke Meelin. Raffle Prizes were won by Margaret O'Leary, Freemount; John Twomey, Meelin; Jeremiah O'Sullivan, Newmarket.

The next Club 45 drive will be on this Sunday night, March 19, As usual the game will commence at 8 p.m. All Club members welcome. See you all then and bring a friend.

Around the Fireside

The next programme of Around the Fireside will be broadcast on C103 Local Radio on Monday night next March 20 at 9.50 p.m. We have a group from Knockraha, including Pat Burke of the Pat Burke Seven. Showband. Don't miss this great programme on Monday night next at 9.50 p.m.

Freemount Church

Mass on this Friday St Patrick's Day at 10.30 a.m. Mass on Sunday Morning March 19 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 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.

Recent death

The sad death of Rosarie McAuliffe, Freemount on Monday last, after a short illness shocked the entire parish. The removal of her remains took place on Wednesday from her home to St Michael's Church, Freemount. The funeral took place after concelebrated Mass to St Patrick's Cemetery, Kanturk.

We extend the sympathy of the parish to her grieving parents Lucy and Michael, her brothers Kevin and Adrian and sister Hazel, extended family relatives neighbours and friends. May her gentle Soul rest in peace.

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.


The County Fleadh Cheoil will be held in Kinsale on April 22, 23 and 24. Entries for the Fleadh must be with us before Friday, March 17, BENEFIT CONCERT.

The Benefit Concert in aid of the fight for Fionn has been re-scheduled to be held on Friday night, April 7, at 8 p.m. in Cois Alla (Heritage Centre). Full details next week. Please pass the word around.

Art classes

The weekly Art Class continues every Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

Thursday Club

The Thursday Club get together will be held in Cois Abhann Centre on this Thursday, March 16at 2 p.m. If anybody needs a lift please contact any member of the Thursday Club.

Community Playschool

Freemount Community Playschool will be holding a fundraising race night, in Barry's Bar Freemount on this Thursday night March 16TH. at 8 p.m. Horses are €5 and can be bought in all local shops. Great night assured.

We are also holding a clothes drive in early April (dates to be confirmed). In the meantime if you have any unwanted bags of clothes, shoes, duvet covers etc you can drop them to the playschool. Fundraising is a vital income for the continued success of our playschool and we really appreciate your support.

Children's Set Dancing

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.

Lourdes pub quiz

Ruth O'Connor from Ballybahallow and Emma Murphy from Sunfort, Liscarroll, who are students of Scoil Mhuire Kanturk are travelling to Lourdes in June to volunteer with the Cloyne Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage.

A pub quiz for this will be held in the Old Walls. Liscarroll on Friday, March 31, at 8.30 p.m. Tables of four €20, there will also be a raffle on the night, with plenty of spot prizes. Your support is greatly appreciated.

History website

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

Today's one-liner

Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

IRD Duhallow

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.

Women's Training Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning - IRD Duhallow is delighted to announce that it has been awarded funding through the Department of Justice and Equality supporting ESF PEIL Gender Equality Women Returning to the Workforce. This Measure is supported by the European Social Fund (ESF). This grant will support women in order to assist their return to the labour market. We will provide a series of training opportunities focusing on self-development and work related skills such as confidence building, basic IT skills, CV and Interview skills and a host of other training courses required for employment. If you would like to receive further information on any of the upcoming programmes please contact Mary/Jacinta at 029 60633.

Career and Life Guidance Information Seminar with Róisín Kelleher, Careers Consultant - Wednesday next March 22, in the James O'Keeffe Institute at 7.30 p.m. This seminar will provide professional guidance for those who would like support in making career, educational and/or employment decisions. Information will be given regarding college and course entry requirements and the seminar will be of particular benefit for women seeking to get back into the workforce and those looking to explore their career and education options. To register your name please contact Mary/Jacinta at 029 60633.


There was no winner of lotto jackpot for last week-end. The numbers drawn were 6, 20, 26 and 34. Lucky-dip winners were Donal O'Connor, Ballybahallow, Freemount; Eamon Guerin, Lombardstown; Joe Daly, Dromina; Ted Lenihan, Meelin; Dan Brennan, Ballybahallow, Freemount. This week's jackpot is €9,550. Make sure you buy your tickets early and often.

MACRA news

Freemount Macra annual tractor run will be held on Sunday, April 2, commencing at 12.30 from Freemount Hall. Sign in from 11.30 onwards entry €20. All proceeds raised will go towards Pieta House. We will be heading to Killarney this Saturday night for a club night out.

Our next club meeting will be held this Sunday in the Heritage Centre in Freemount at 8 p.m. Best of luck to our volleyball team that will take part in the regional round of volleyball this Sunday.

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