Thursday 22 March 2018

Community news: Around Mallow

The Mallow Easter Monday traditional civic parade will take place once again to honour and remember those who fought and died in 1916.

This year there is a change of time with the event beginning at 12noon from the court house.

The remembrance Mass will be celebrated at 11am for the deceased in St. Mary's Church and those taking part in the parade are asked to go to the court house immediately after Mass to assemble for the parade..People are asked to congregate at 11.40am with the parade proceeding down the New Road, through Fair Street to the Main Street and continue through Bridge Street to the monument on Mallow Bridge.

On the route the Thomas Davis Pipe Band will play 'A Nation Once Again' at the statue on the plaza before a wreath laying ceremony by representatives of the four political parties, and none at the monument on Mallow Bridge.

A reading of the Proclamation by a member of the Regional Defence Force will be followed by a reciting of a decade of the rosary in Irish before the Thomas Davis Pipe Band play Amhran na bhFiann.

The organising committee ask the people of Mallow to walk in this parade and community organisations are welcome while people are requested to walk in ranks of five during the event.

Speakeasy chief Helsa is Toastmaster of the Year

The Speakeasy Toastmasters meeting last week was a very informative meeting with a wide range of speeches.

Tony O'Regan was Toastmaster for the night while Michael Cronin was Topicsmaster and kept all on their toes with topics ranging from "Now that the days are longer what are you doing?" and "TV adverts do they influence you?".

Bridie O'Connell was General Evaluator and Mary Moynihan was Timekeeper for the meeting.

John Brennan was the first speaker with a speech titled "Climate Change." John outlined the concept of global warming and informed of the ways which people can contribute to reducing the carbon footprint.

Dermot Kennedy evaluated John's speech.

Next up was Claire O'Connell with a speech entitled "Where does your money go." Claire advised on ways to save money. Marie Fitzpatrick evaluated Claire's speech.

Liam Flynn was next to the lectern with a speech title "Trophic Cascade." He recounted how in 1884 grey squirrels were brought to Ireland from America.

However, these squirrels had a virus which almost caused the extinction of the red squirrel but thanks to the pine marten, who managed to reduce the number of grey squirrels and so facilitated the comeback of the native red squirrel.

Bobby Buckley evaluated Liam's speech.

The final speaker for the night was Helsa Giles with a speech entitled "My Hero." Helsa was working from the Special Occasions Manual speaking in Praise. Brendan Foley evaluated Helsa's speech.

Congratulations to Bobby Buckley, Pat Sexton and Marie Fitzpatrick who participated in the Division B International Speech and Evaluation Contest which took place in the Castleroy Park, Hotel, Limerick last Saturday. Pat Sexton was placed third in the Evaluation Contest.

Congratulations also to Helsa Giles who received The Division B Toastmaster of the Year Award for her outstanding contribution to the clubs in the area.

The next Toastmasters meeting will be held in the Hibernian Hotel on Thursday, April 20 at 8pm. All are welcome to attend while guests are never requested to speak.

Further information on Speakeasy Toastmasters can be had by visiting or by contacting Marie Fitzpatrick, President (086)8548389 or Helsa Giles, E.V.P (083)8858848.

Anna on tour with rugby world cup

The Women's World Cup Trophy Tour will visit many schools throughout the Mallow area.

The tour will be led by Mallow girl Anna Caplice, one of the major names in Irish ladies rugby today. The former St. Mary's Secondary School student ate, slept and dreamed of rugby all of her life, joining the Mallow Rugby Club in 2007 at the age of 17 while in the same year she was called to the Munster U/18s.

Anna progressed to the Ireland Sevens team before being awarded her first cap against Canada in the Ireland 15s.

2017 looks like a huge experience for Anna in the world of Irish ladies rugby.

Anna admits her father is a staunch GAA supporter while her mother is captain of the Ladies Golf Club in Mallow.

Earlier in time Anna tried her hand at fly fishing with the Mallow Angling Club.

On Monday, April 24 Anna will have a whistlestop tour of schools beginning at Burnfort Primary School at 9am, followed by Mallow Gaelscoil at 11am, St Gobnait's Primary School at 12noon and St. Mary's Secondary School at 1.30pm.

Mallow Library remembers Colm Dwane with great competition for schools

Mallow Library has launched a Cruinniú na Cásca School Competition for the Colm Dwane Memorial Perpetual Cup.

Mallow Library has a long standing association with the Thomas Davis Pipe Band, from sharing the Town Hall premises for many years to the gifting by the pipe band of a beautiful trophy in memory of Colm Dwane. It is therefore with great pride and delight that the staff of the library are running a competition for the schools in the area to support the Cruinniú na Cásca Pipe Band Tattoo on Easter Monday in Mallow Castle.

As part of Creative Ireland, the Government's Legacy Programme for Ireland 2017-2022, Easter Monday sees many creative events taking place under the Cruinniú na Cásca initiative. To tie in with the events in Mallow town, Mallow Library would like schools in the surrounding areas to make a collage based on what happened in their area over Easter.

Teachers are asked to encourage the children to be creative. They may use words, paint, fabric, etc. The aim is to show creativity.

Each class can compile their work into one collage and can be up to A1 in size. One entry per class may be submitted.

The prize for the best overall school will be the Colm Dwane Memorial Perpetual Cup, which will be hosted by the winning school for a year. There will also be a selection of other prizes.

Each school is asked to submit entries to the library in Mallow by Friday 28th April. All entries will be on display in the library during the month of May.

For any queries, please contact the library on 022-21821 or e-mail


The death took place on Monday, April 10 of Annie (Rita) Healy (nèe Berry) at the residence of Pat and John Bullman in Doneraile.

Formerly of O'Sullivan's Place, Rita came from a hugely well loved and popular Mallow family. She is predeceased by her husband, Bobby, and survived by her son Robert, daughters Noreen, Anne, Marion, Patricia and Sr. Kathleen, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Resurrection on Wednesday, April 12 at 12noon followed by burial in St. Gobnait's Cemetery.

To the Healy family we express our deepest condolences.