Tuesday 23 January 2018

Around the districts: Freemount and area

Donal O'Shea, Principal of Churchtown National School, with Caroline O'Brien, and Marie and Eibhlis Brosnan at the Rachel Allen cookery demonstration at the Charleville Park Hotel
Donal O'Shea, Principal of Churchtown National School, with Caroline O'Brien, and Marie and Eibhlis Brosnan at the Rachel Allen cookery demonstration at the Charleville Park Hotel

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 Timmie Curtin, Freemount, and Con O'Neill, Newmarket.

The best ladies' teams were: 1. Kate O'Brien and Mary Withers, Newmarket, 2. Mai and Maura Burke, Broadford, 3. Theresa Moynihan, Kanturk, and Eta O'Connor, Killarney. Gents Prize was won by Jack Murphy and Partner, Freemount. Mixed prize was won by Noreen Barry and Jerry O'Sullivan, Newmarket. The table prize were won by: 1. Joan Dillane and Kathleen O'Connor, Milford. 2. Dan Murphy, and Jerry O'Callaghan, Freemount.

Raffle Prizes were won by Kate O'Brien, Newmarket; Ben O'Sullivan, Freemount; Michael O'Callaghan, Freemount; Neilie O'Connor, Freemount; Tim Ahern, Freemount; Jim Murphy, Freemount; Rita Geary, Milford; Nora Brosnan, Meelin.

The next 45 drive will be on this Sunday night, February 12. As usual the game will commence at 8 p.m. Everybody 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 February 13 at 9.50 p.m. We have a group from Ballyagran and roundabout back again. Don't miss this great programme on Monday night next at 9.50 p.m.

Freemount Church

Mass on Sunday Morning February 12 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.

LOURDES MASS - The annual Mass in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes will be celebrated this year on this Friday night, February 10. In St Mary's Church, Mallow, at 8 p.m.

IRISH HEART FOUNDATION - The annual Church gate collection for the Irish Heart Foundation will be taken up in Freemount on this Sunday, February 12, before mass. All donations welcome.

ID Property Log Book

As part of a new crime prevention initiative Community Alert/Muintir Na Tire have published 'Identification of Property' log books which we hope will become part of every home/business/farms security set up. This common sense (long-term) project seeks to create a mind-set change which will aid recovery, restoration and successful prosecution of criminals, and become the ultimate crime deterrent.

The idea is to note down details of valuable items i.e. make, model and serial number to have in the event of a burglary, The project is not, and should not be confused with property marking which is a valuable additional deterrent. Please help us ensure log books find a place in every home and business in Freemount.

This initiative also boosts funds for Community Alert, who recently set up a local text alert network and now with the help of Cork County Council will refresh existing Community Alert signs in the Freemount area to the new blue signs carrying the Garda Síochána logo.

ID Log Books are for sale for €5 each, from any member of Community Alert, email or ring 022 28667 for more information.

Comhaltas classes

All Music classes continue on Wednesday nights, except banjo which is on Friday nights. The County Fleadh Cheoil will be held in Kinsale on 21st.22nd and April 23.

ICA Guild

Freemount ICA. Guild will hold their monthly meeting in Cois Abhann Centre on Tuesday night next February 14 at 8 p.m. All members are expected to attend.

Art classes

The weekly Art Class have commenced in the Heritage Centre on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. for eight weeks.

Thursday Club

The next get together of the Thursday Club will be held in Cois Abhann Centre on this Thursday, February 9, at 2 p.m. as usual. Tell your friends and if anybody needs a lift please contact any member of the Thursday Club. No birth cert needed.

The gramophone night was also cancelled and will be rescheduled in February. Watch these notes for the new date.

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

History website

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

Today's Words of Wisdom

All of us could take a lesson from the weather-It pays no attention to criticism.

GAA lotto

There was no winner of lotto jackpot for last week-end. The numbers drawn were 9, 16, 21 and 32. Lucky Dip Winners were Jay Healy, Knockough, Freemount; Patsy Morrissey, Kiltane, Freemount; John and Eileen Casey, Johnsbridge, Freemount; Joanne Foley, Glounicommane, Freemount; Tina, Rachel and Eamon Morton Knocknamuck, Freemount. This Week's jackpot is €9,500. Make sure you buy your tickets early and often.

Macra news

Our Ceili will be held this Friday February the 10th in the Edel Quinn Hall at 9.30 p.m. music by Ui Bhriain. Best of luck to our senior debaters Sheila O'Flynn, Noirin Stritch, Siobhán Ring and Gearoid Murphy, who will participate in the all-Ireland quarter finals of senior debating against Ballinscarty in Clonakilty Saturday night.

Best of luck to our members who will be participating in the regional round of basketball this Sunday in Mallow.

Well done to our neighbours Banteer Macra, who won the all-Ireland Capers final over the weekend.

Your notes

Items for these notes should be with the correspondent each week before 8 p.m. each Monday. email


Athletics club notes

COUNTY BOARD AWARDS - Great news was received during the week that four of our 16-year-old and older athletes have been selected to receive Cork Co Board athletic awards in the form of bursaries for their performances and continued interest in athletics during the year 2016.

The four are: Kevin O'Leary, who has made hurdles his number 1 athletic event; Vickie Cusack, who excels at combined events (a competition that includes five events); Sarah O'Keeffe, who also excels at combined events, along with other individual events.

These athletes will be presented with their awards by Mrs Georgina Drumm, president of the Athletic Association of Ireland at a function to be held at the Imperial Hotel, Cork on tomorrow night, Friday, February 10. All four have given great commitment to their training and competitions down though the years and are well deserving of this recognition as aspiring young athletes of the future.

JOHNNY MURPHY TOPS IN NENAGH - Last weekend was a hive of activity at Nenagh Indoor Stadium when boys and girls from age under-nine to 12 competed in their indoor championships. Many children in the ages under-nine and 10 were in competition for the first time but most of them were there to gain experience of the track and competing against other children. Liscarroll AC had a number of athletes involved.

Johnny Murphy under-12 had a great weekend by winning the600m in 1.50.15 and was second in the high jump at 1.30m, he tied with the winner at the same height, but had one more knock down of the bar. He was fourth in the long jump even though having no competition since last August. He will now travel to Athlone to compete in his first all-Ireland Indoor Championships.

Orna O'Connor under-12 had a very good championship. She finished in 18rth place out of 42 jumpers in the long jump. Again with no practice. She was7th in the high jump at 1.20m and reached the final of the 60m sprint.

Stephen Sheehan under-12 did well in the shot put finishing in sixth place with a throw of seven metres.

Lauren Finnegan, ran a great 500m heat as did her twin sister Sarah against the clock but their times were not good enough for a medal.

The following also travelled and competed: Fionn O'Sullivan, John Butler, Ella Butler, Emma Delaunt, Kate Cremin, Olivia Flynn, Orlaith O'Sullivan, Aoibhinn O'Reilly, Isabel Murphy. They were unsuccessful in their events but we thank them and their parents for travelling.

FIXTURES - Sunday, February 12: Special training session for all athletes Under-nine to 13 at Charleville, ie St Joseph's, Baker Road, Charleville. Saturday and Sunday, February 18/19: all-Ireland senior indoor championships at Abbotstown, Dublin. Saturday and Sunday, February 25/26: Munster junvenile indoor championships (ages 13 to 19) at Nenagh. Sunday, March 5: all-Ireland Masters indoor championships at Athlone.

TRAINING - Tonight Thursday, February 9: Little Athletes in Community Centre, Liscarroll, 6.30-7.30. Conditioning training for older athletes at Liscarroll 7.30-8.30 approx.

Tomorrow, Friday, February 10: Training for all athletes under-nine and older at Charleville 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 12: Special training session u9-13 at Charleville. Tuesdasy, February 14: Training for Under-nine and older at Churchtown 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

JOIN THE CLUB - Anyone interested in competing in athletics, ie running, jumping, throwing etc is invited to visit any of our training sessions as listed above or email


John O'Connor r.i.p.

The entire community of Lismire mourns the untimely death of former player 20-year-old John O'Connor, who was taken tragically in a road traffic accident last week.

John was a talented hurler and footballer representing Newmarket at underage level and serving Lismire in the junior ranks. When Lismire entered the Junior A Hurling League in 2014 John hurled majestically at corner-back in a highly entertaining encounter against Tullylease at Mallow. John was also a gifted footballer playing Junior B Football with Lismire at wing back.

It was however in the field of horse racing that was John's true calling. Since he was knee high John was on the back of a pony or horse at every opportunity. He became an accomplished jockey riding six winners last season and worked at Horse Trainer Eugene O'Sullivan's yard in Lombardstown. John was also a trainee at the Irish Racing Academy and centre of Excellence in Kildare and was widely regarded as one of the most talented young jockeys on the Irish Circuit.

John's passing at such a tender age is tragic and heart-breaking and to John's parents James and Mary, his brother Barry and sister Maeve the community of Lismire extends its deepest sympathy. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam didis.


Clyda Rovers GAA

Fixtures - Division two Football League, Clyda v Douglas on Sunday, February 12, in Mourneabbey. Time is TBC.

Lotto - Results for February 3: numbers drawn were 2, 5, 11 and 20. No jackpot won. Spot prizes: €50 Graham Boys (c/o the Hill); €30 Ina O'Sullivan (c/o the Hill) ; €20 Eva Dennehy (Toureen); €20 Danny McAulliffe (Mallow); €20 Ann Bradford (Ballyphilibeen). Next lotto draw in Conway's Bar, Burnfort on Friday, February 10. Jackpot €12,500

Memembership - To coincide with the first senior league game of 2017 club membership can be paid at half time and full time of the Clyda v Douglas league game in Mourneabbey on Sunday, February 12.

The following fees apply: Non-playing membership: Adult non-player €40 OAP. Unwaged, third level student €20 and second level student €15. Player's membership: Adult player €80, third level/unwaged player €65 and second level player €35.

Membership can be given to any member of the committee or players registrars Chris Kenny and Seán Ronayne.


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