Saturday 17 August 2019

Around the districts: Freemount

The Killavullen team that defeated Buttevant in the U21 Hurling Championship on July 7
The Killavullen team that defeated Buttevant in the U21 Hurling Championship on July 7

Freemount: 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:- 1 Donal and Maureen Mulcahy, Raheenagh. 2 Tim Curtin, Freemount and Con O'Neill, Newmarket.

Best Ladies team was :- Mai and Maura, Burke, Broadford.The winning Gents team was ;-Daithí Burke, Meelin and Cian O'Sullivan, Freemount..Mixed Team prize was won by -Mary Noonan and Tim Broderick, Freemount. The Table Prize was won by:-Margaret and Teresa O'Regan, Kilmeedy.

The following won Raffle prizes :-1Martin Flynn, Feohanagh..2 Mary Noonan, Freemount.. 3 Con O'Neill, Newmarket..4 Denis Barrett, Banteer.5 Ben O'Sullivan, Freemount 6 Kathleen Twomey. Meelin.The next 45 drive will be on this Sunday night July 14th. 2019 at See you all on Sunday night and bring a friend.You can be on the road home at 10.30pm. Please make a note of the new starting time of 8.30pm. During Summertime.

Around the Fireside

The next programme of Around the Fireside will be broadcast on C103 Local Radio on Monday night next July 15th.2019 ,we have Bishop John Buckley,Donal Ring and Friends at 10.06pm.. This is another programme of Around the Fireside not to be missed. Make sure you tune in on Monday night next.

Free Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Apply now to Freemount Community Alert for your free Carbon Monoxide Alarms. Munitir na Tíre have been allocated funding to install this life saving equipment in the homes of elderly and vulnerable persons. Application forms available in front porch of Freemount Church, or contact 083/4589222/ Return completed forms to any member of Freemount Community Alert.

Best wishes

Best wishes to Mrs. Mary O'Brien, Ballinla, Freemount who now resides with her daughter Mary and Nancy and Paddy O'Donovan. Aghinagh ,Macroom. Mrs. O'Brien is in excellent health as she faces her 101st. Birthday in September.

Talking to her she can recite the alphabet in reverse , she can rattle off the 10 Commandments and the Precepts of The Church, and I have no doubt she never broke any one of them.Let's hope she will celebrate many more special birthdays.

Local Link

CHANGE OF TIMETABLE-LOCAL LINK BUS SERVICE (FREEMOUNT TO KANTURK: If you would like to avail of the Local Link bus service from Freemount (and surrounding areas) to Kanturk each Friday please Tel: 025-51454. It is important to book.

Departs Johnsbridge at 10.40am; Freemount Creamery at 11.15am. Arrives Kanturk at 11.35am.Returning from Kanturk at 1.15pm. Drop off to Freemount Creamery 1.25pm; Johnsbridge at 1.35pm; Adults €6, Children €3. Free Travel Pass applies.

Holy Wells Tour of Duhallow

Jack Roche will lead a Holy Wells Tour covering part of Duhallow celebrating both our current and historic Christian practices and linkages to pre-Christian traditions. The tour will depart from the James O' Keeffe Institute, Newmarket on Saturday July 13th. at 1.30p.m. and it will take approx. 6 hours. Booking is essential, please contact Mary on 029 60633.


This year the Comhaltas weekly Seisiún will begin on Wednesday next July 17th. And will run each Wednesday night until Wednesday August 28th. As usual we have a big line up of music, singing ,dancing, storytelling and craic.

We have a special guest every night. Our guest on opening night July 17th. Will be none other than Frances Curtin Kennedy. We look forward to your support as usual ..Mark your diary and you won't be disappointed.

Community Hall renovations

Renovations on the balcony and porch areas of the community hall will begin shortly (a little later than anticipated). When completed the remainder of the resurfacing of the car park will also be finalised.

We hope disruption to current hall users will be minimal and ask for your co-operation and patience during the next few months.

We would really appreciate anyone needing the hall for any purpose to liaise with any member of the committee, text the community phone on 086/4589222 or email beforehand. As always your support during these major works is greatly appreciated.

Mont Blanc revisited

On June 27th Denis O Brien made a return visit to the Alps mountains to renew an acquaintance with a beautiful mountain, standing proudly at 4807m high towering over all of Western Europe. Mont Blanc was his ambition, a mountain he last climbed eleven years ago with his neighbour Sean O Dwyer. Well, it didn't get any easier as it was still very much wrapped in its Winter garb of snow and ice. Brilliant sunshine and a calm morning made for a beautiful summit day along with his two climbing buddies Sean O Sullivan and Dariusz Bober from Cork.

For acclimatising it was decided to take the tunnel from Chamonix into Italy and while there climb Gran Paradiso, Italy's highest mountain at 4061m. Another beautiful mountain rising majestically from a beautiful alpine valley. The climb starts with a walk through beautiful alpine meadows, rising quickly to barren rock and onto solid compacted snow and ice. The summit is too cold and exposed to hold snow and it's rocky features are home to a full size Madonna statue. On our return to that beautiful alpine valley we had lunch at the visitor centre and the prices were amazing. Our coffee was just €1 . All in all it was another great adventure.

Art/Drama Summer Camp

An Art and Drama Summer camp will take place in Cois Alla Freemount from the 22nd to the 26th of July. The camp runs from 10am to 1pm daily. All the art activities are designed by Bríd Moynahan, a practising artist whilst Mike Guerin, a drama teacher, writer, director and actor leads the games and drama. The camp costs €70 per child, bookings can be made by contacting 0874124741 or through 'Mike Guerin Drama' on Facebook. We maintain a low pupil/teacher ratio so book early to avoid disappointment.

GAA Weekly Lotto

Results For W/E 7th. The numbers drawn last week-end were:-14-19-34-35 There was no Jackpot winner. Lucky Dip winners were:- 1Eoghan óhAodha, Curraleagh, Freemount.2 Mary Barry, Barry's Bar, Freemount.3 Sean O'Connor ,C/O. Clare O'Connor, Ballybahallow, Freemount.4Liam McCarthy, Commons, Freemount 5 Kevin Buckley, Freemount. You are still in time to join the weekly lotto by paying €100 for an annual ticket Contact any club member. Jackpot this week-end €1950

Church gate Collection

Freemount GAA will hold their annual Churchgate collection this Sunday 14th. July Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Macra news

Congratulations to our Farm Skills team of Brendan Buckley, Thomas Murphy and Eugene Hough on qualifying for the National Final of the competition last weekend. The semi-final was held last Sunday in Gurteen Agricultural College Co.Tipperary. The National Final will take place at Tullamore Show on the 11th August. The very best of luck to our team! Club members will be attending Derek Ryan this Friday the 12th July in Brosna Co.Kerry. All welcome to join us for a great night of music.

The Macra Creative Challenge competition will be held at Donoughmore Carnival on July 21st. A team of 4 can partake where you will be asked to design a t-shirt, create a summer snack and build a sun lounger using 2 pallets. Teams will have 90 minutes to compete the tasks. Great fun involved for anyone interested in taking part. Please let us know if you have any questions and would be interested. Sign in will be from 2-2:30pm with the competition kicking off at 3pm. On the 1st August, all roads lead to Thurles to support our very own Ciara O'Sullivan in the International Miss Macra Competition. Ciara will take to the stage to represent both Freemount and Avondhu Macra for the weekend. We wish her the very best of luck for the weekend and we know she will do the club and region proud! As a club we are organising accommodation for the weekend, if you would be interested in joining us for a weekend of fun, make sure you contact us.

The Agritech Machinery Show will be on from the 10th to the 16th of November in Hanover, Germany. If you would be interested in attending or would like further information, please contact us. Contact us on our Facebook page 'Freemount Macra' or on 087-0969654 for further details on any club activities or upcoming events. If you would be interested in joining our club, please don't hesitate to contact us! All are very welcome!

Items for these notes should be with the correspondent each Monday night before 8pm .E-Mail

Jack Murphy - an appreciation

Jack Murphy, Commons, and late of Glounicommane, Freemount, who died recently was an outstanding hurler who gave great service to Freemount over many years. In 1953, Freemount and Tullylease amalgamated as Allow Rovers and in their first year proceeded to win the Avondhu junior B hurling championship. Jack was on that team and he was ever present on Allow Rovers and Freemount junior teams until he played his last junior championship game in 1978 at the age of 44.

Jack played for many years at wing back and gave many a memorable display. He played on Allow Rovers and Freemount teams that lost Avondhu Junior A Hurling Championship Finals in 1956, 1960 and 1967 and he was on the Freemount team that won the Avondhu Junior B Championship Final in 1964. He would also have played with Avondhu senior hurlers.

In the twilight of his career, he moved to the forwards where his overhead striking was a great feature of his game. Freemount returned to Duhallow in 1974 and their first Duhallow final following their return was the Duhallow league final of 1975 against Meelin. In this game, Jack gave an outstanding display at centre forward

As well as his long hurling career he was deeply involved in community affairs .In 1959 Freemount Guild of Muintir na Tíre bought a corrugated iron office at Whitegate when the contractor finished the building of the refinery there. This was transported to Freemount and was erected on a site on the Chapel Hill. As soon as this was completed we started a weekly Whist Drive to generate funds. Since that time card drives are a regular feature of life in Freemount and .Jack was involved at all times He played his last game 3 weeks before his death.We had a record crowd one night in the seventies when we catered for 167 tables in The Community Centre and there was tea for everybody in the audience!

Going back to our annual carnivals which started in 1964 to generate funds to repair our Church. We had carnival amusements, marquee dancing ,hurling tournaments, and a host of nightly attractions to entertain our patrons.

As the G.A.A. had no playing field at the time Murphy's field at Glounicommane was made available for the tournaments and Jack, Ben and Jimmy made sure the field was cut and cleaned each night for the match.

One Saturday night during a carnival a huge storm blew up and knocked the marquee and broke one of the main centre poles. On Sunday morning after inspecting the damage ,Jack decided they had trees growing at home and one of them would be a suitable pole to re-erect the marquee. Help was organised ,the new pole was erected,the damage was repaired and Maurice Mulcahy provided the music that night to a capacity crowd.

When repairs to The Church were completed and paid for ,we directed our energies towards providing a permanent hurling field.Land was bought from Bridget Murphy, and Mrs. Hannafin adjacent to the village in 1972, where all the community activities take place now.

The first project was the provision of a playing field. Jack was involved at all times and provided machinery on numerous occasions to help at the lay out. The field was officially opened in August 1972 by the late President Childers in time for the Carnival tournaments.This was a proud day for Jack and all the other hardworking volunteers.

Next we concentrated on building a Community Centre which would be available for all occasions for the community especially for the carnival dances as there was a huge amount of work in providing the marquee each year. Plans were drawn up and planning permission obtained,and work was ready to start,.One night at a meeting somebody asked should we reduce the size and add a leanto later. Jack did not agree ,he said -"build it big enough and we can divide it up later if required."

The building started on the first of May 1975. A contractor erected the frame and the roof. All the other work was voluntary labour, . Men turned up each night after their day's work and laid blocks ,mixed concrete or helped in any way they could. Jack was present every night and if a tractor was needed for any special job ,Jack arrived on with it. There were nights we had 70 workers on site, with the result the centre was ready for the first Carnival dance in August.1975.

Since the opening of The Community Centre a huge amount of fundraising has taken place,like Bingo ,dancing and including the weekly 45 drive. Here Jack was involved at all times ,up to the time of his death.

As Jack has played his last 45 on earth, we hope he will enjoy the great Game up above with all the former patrons ,hurlers and volunteers he met down here over his long life of community involvement .Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilísh.

(Jack's Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated in St. Michael's Church, Freemount on this Sunday August 10.30am)