Monday 15 October 2018

Around the districts: Freemount and beyond

Esther O'Sullivan, Mary O'Sullivan and Noreen Finnegan enjoying the 21st birthday celebration of the Duhallow Vintage Club at Bob's Bar Kanturk
Esther O'Sullivan, Mary O'Sullivan and Noreen Finnegan enjoying the 21st birthday celebration of the Duhallow Vintage Club at Bob's Bar Kanturk

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 Dan Murphy, and Jerry O'Callaghan, Freemount. The best ladies team was: Maureen Vaughan, and Eileen O'Sullivan, Kanturk.

The best mixed team was: John and Kathleen Twomey, Meelin. The winning Gents team was: Jack Murphy, and Partner, Freemount. Spot prizes were won by: 1 Martin O'Flynn, Feohanagh, and Michael O'Callaghan, Freemount. 2 Richard Kiely, and Michael O'Connor, Lismire. Raffle Prizes were won by: 1 Tim Broderick, Freemount. 2 Ben O'Sullivan, Freemount. 3 Richard Kiely. Lismire. 4 Eileen O'Sullivan, Kanturk, 5 Mai Burke,Broadford. The next 45 drive will be on this Sunday night November 26th.2017 at

As Winter Time has commenced ,the card game will commence at 8p.m each Sunday night during The Winter. See you all on Sunday night and bring a friend. You can be on the road home at 10pm.

Around the Fireside

The next programme of Around the Fireside will be broadcast on C103 Local Radio on Monday night next November 27th.. On Monday night we have a group from Douglas back again . Don't miss this great programme on Monday night next at 9.50pm.

Freemount Church

Mass on Sunday Morning November 10.30am. Holy Hour and mass on Monday at 7pm. Mass on Tuesday morning 9.30am.

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 details onto your friends.

St. Michael's Room is now available to parents who would like to bring young children to Sunday Mass.


MUSIC CLASSES - All music and Singing classes began on Wednesday night September 27th. Banjo on Friday At the usual times.

ALL IRELAND CONCERT - Look out for our All Ireland Concert in Freemount Community Centre on this Saturday night November 8pm.

This is your chance to savour the glory of winning 3 All Ireland Céilí Band Competitions at Ennis Fleadh Cheoil. The three bands will perform in concert on stage on that night as well as other solo All Ireland winners.

The bands will be the U 15's ,U 18's (winners 3 in a row ) and The Shandrum (also 3 in a row winners) Please come, and tell all your friends and bring them with you and see these 3 great bands in the flesh.!!! Be a part of this All Ireland Record Celebration.!!Admission €10.

AMHRÁNATHON - Freemount Comhaltas will hold an "Amhránathon"- Traditional Singing Marathon for Young Singers in aid of Make a Wish Foundation on Friday evening, November 24th from 5-8pm in Freemount Heritage Centre. This will involve young singers singing for three hours non-stop in aid of a very worthy cause. Freemount Comhaltas invite any young singers to come and perform and help to keep our singing tradition alive, while raising money for less fortunate children around the country. Listeners of all ages welcome! For more information, contact Elle Marie on 085-7849716. This event will be followed by our Singing Night.

SINGING NIGHT - This Year's Willie Dunne Weekend will be held on 24th. and 25th. November. On this Friday night 24th. We have a singing night with a difference ,,this year we have a perpetual trophy for the best performance on the night .Please make a note of the date and have your party piece ready !!!. Starting at 8pm.Tell your friends and bring them along. Refreshments. Admission free.

Community hall

For booking the Community Hall, meeting rooms, new Sports Area or to join the Community Development contact list: phone 083/4589222 or email

Freemount NS

Kay Fehin and the Freemount Church Choir in conjunction with Freemount National School present "Carols for Christmas in St.Michael's Church, Freemount on Sunday, December 10th 2017 at 5p.m. Adults - €10; Under 18s - €5 & Under 12s - Free. Tickets are available locally. Tickets are also available by contacting Kay Fehin 087-9146532; Michael O'Regan 086-2370531 or Freemount National School 022-28834. Ticket only event. All proceeds to Freemount National School."

The Thursday Club

The following is the programme organized by Thurs Club until Christmas:

1. Thurs Club get together on this Thursday Nov 23rd at 2pm.

2. Gramophone Night on Nov 29th at 8pm sharp at Cois Abhann presented by Eddie O'Callaghan

3. Christmas Shopping at The Crescent Shopping Centre and lunch on Monday December 4th.

4. Christmas Party at Cois Abhann on Sat December 9th.

Kangaroo Club

Freemount Kangaroo club will hold the blessing and lighting of the Christmas Remembrance Tree and Carol singing on Friday night December 1st at 7.30pm. The switching on of the village Christmas lights will follow. Refreshments will be served in the Heritage Centre immediately afterwards. Everyone welcome. Also if anyone would like to add a deceased family member to the already existing list for our Remembrance Tree please contact Emer at 0868604246 before November. 18th.

They are also erecting a crib in the Remembrance Garden . The lighting of The Crib will also take place on Friday night December 1st at 7.30 Anybody wishing to help with baking would be greatly appreciated ,and it can be handed into the Heritage Centre on Friday afternoon from 2 o'clock to four.

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 might see your own photo. We would also like to hear from you.

GAA Lotto

There was no winner of Lotto Jackpot for last week-end . The numbers drawn were: 3-18-19-35. Lucky Dip Winners were:-1 Denis Buckley, Ballinla, Freemount. 2 Benjie Sheehy, Freemount. 3 Paul Nagle, Ballinla,Freemount.4 Josephine O'Flynn, Ballinla, Freemount. 5Tom Daly, Tullylease. This Weeks Jackpot is €9,950. Make sure you buy your tickets early and often and you will be in with a chance to do something special for Christmas.

MACRA news

Last Saturday night club members travelled to Killarney to celebrate the club's success in coming runners up in the Club of the Year competition and also to celebrate Siobhán Ring's success in winning the National Final of Senior Beef Stock Judging.

Sunday morning, we travelled to Mallow to compete in the Regional round of soccer. Well done to all our members who took part.

Sports night continues again this Wednesday night in Banteer. All welcome to attend.

Contact us on our Facebook page or on 087-0969654! New members always welcome!

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Ploughing Association

The Kilbrin Ploughing Association will hold their annual ploughing match, on Sunday, December 3, at 11 a.m. on the lands of Vincent Hayes, Ballyheen South, Kilbrin.

Fashion show

Kilbrin GAA hosted a most enjoyable male fashion show on Saturday night last. The attendance were treated to a great display of fashion from local shops including Central Stores and Central Sports Stores Kanturk, Morans of Charleville, Barry's men's wear Mallow, Mods and Minis. Our models had their hair styled by the Friendly Barber Kanturk with decorating for the ramp by Castle Buds Kanturk.

Our comperes Celine Hayes and Denise Sheill did a great job and made it a thoroughly enjoyable night. Claire Buttimer put in a huge effort to make the night a great success. We would like to thank everyone for their support.


Our lotto draw takes place on Monday night next for a jackpot of €4,400.


Congratulations to Kanturk on their great win on Sunday last when they captured the Munster intermediate hurling title. We wish them well in the all-Ireland.


U21 Hurling Semi-Final

Best of luck to Robert Emmets, the Newmarket Lismire combination who will play Millstreet in the Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final at Meelin next Saturday at 2.00pm.


Rosary will be held on Sunday 26th November in Kilcorcan Cemetery after 11am Mass in St. Josephs Church.

Annual General Meeting

The Lismire Community Association AGM will be held on Monday 4th December 2017 at 8pm. It is vital to have a large attendance for this in order to keep the organisation running.

Miss Universe

Cailin Tobin, the daughter of local woman Sonya Tobin is competing in the Miss Universe Final in Las Vegas on Sunday November 26th. We would like to wish her the best of luck and every success in the final.


Spin and Win

Results: Joe Bennett, €30; Danjoe and Evelyn Curtin, €60; Eileen and Eamonn O' Connor, €30. Next weeks participants: Denis McAulliffe, Meelin Nicole Murphy, Meelin Dan Joe O' Sullivan, Meelin Jackpot: €700

Gaa news:

Well done to Emma Brosnan who received her jackpot winnings on Friday the 17th of November in Quinlans Bar Meelin.

Well done to the St.Marks u6's and u8's who competed in a monster blitz in Pairc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday the 18th of November Meelin junior B hurlers will now face Newmarket in the league final. Time and date to be confirmed.

Best wishes to St.Peters LGFA junior team who are playing the league final against Carrigaline on Thursday evening at 7.30 in Glantane.

Cyberbullying seminar

IRD Duhallow Youth & Education Working Group will hold an Information Seminar on Cyberbullying for Parents, Guardians and Teachers of Children of all ages. This information Seminar will take place on Monday 20th of November in the James O'Keeffe Institute in Newmarket at 7.30pm. Topics covered on the night will include the causes of Cyberbullying, the effects of technology use on children and prevention and safe use of technology.

The talk will be delivered by Pat Forde of, Pat has worked with schools all over the country implementing his anti-bullying programme with students, staff and parents. He also featured on the RTE Television series Bullyproof with David Coleman and is a regular contributor to national media debates on the subject having had many of his articles featured in newspapers and online.

As places are limited, booking is essential, for booking please contact Jacinta on 029-60633.

Choral Society

Duhallow Choral Society together with Musical Director Sharon Reidy and Accompanist Richard Bun present " A Christmas Carol Concert". This will take place in St. Joseph's Church, Meelin on December 5, 2017 @ 8 p.m. This concert is in aid of Downs Syndrome Ireland , Kerry Branch. Tickets are available in local shops or contact 087 363-8670 or 086-447-1586.

Meelin Hall

Bookings for Meelin Hall can be made by contacting Nora on 0877454525 Christmas Fair A Christmas Fair will be held in Meelin Hall on Sunday 3rd December. Enquiries to 086-8044500.

Children's Workshop

The Brickx Club is a fun building activity for 4-12 year olds and will be in Meelin Hall from 1-3 pm on Sat 25th Nov. Booking is essential on 089 445992. 15 Euro with sibling discount available.