Monday 27 May 2019

Community news: Around Mallow

Building on the work done in previous season's on the girls rugby programme, Mallow Rugby Club, with the support of Munster Rugby, will be holding a girls 'give it a try' day at the club at St. Joseph's Road on Saturday, October 6 from 10 am to 12 noon.

Girls aged 7 to 17 are encouraged to come and learn rugby skills, meet the coaches and participate in fun games. No rugby or sports experience is necessary and there is no cost to participate in the Girls 'give it a try' day.

As Ian Vaughan, girls rugby co-ordinator with Mallow RFC, stated: "The Girls 'give it a try' day will provide an opportunity for girls to learn about rugby, develop some initial rugby skills, and get a good 'run around' for their physical and mental wellbeing".

Girls aged 7 to 17 are invited to participate in the 'give it a try' day. Proceedings kick off at 10 am so bring your daughter to check rugby out.

The club has teams for minis girls (under 8, 10 and 12), as well as under 14, 16 and 18 girls teams so come and 'give it a try' and make new friends.

For more information on the Girls 'give it a try' day or the girls rugby programme generally, please contact the club's girls rugby coordinator Ian Vaughan at 0862510504 or

Remember Alzheimers poker classic tonight

The Remember Alzheimers fundraising weekend takes place this Saturday with events taking place to finance the upgrade of the Alzheimers Centre at Linehans Lane in Ballydaheen.

This events is the brainchild of of Aidan and Pat O'Connor of the Mouse Trap Bar, and Lar Luddy, who have been planning this fundraiser for some weeks.

The centre supports up to 16 clients daily with a warm, relaxed atmosphere but presently urgent work is needed to bring the centre up to new Health and Safety standards. A series of events including a cycle from Killarney, golf competition, spinning around Ireland and soccer competition is being organised for Saturday, October 6 while a poker classic will be held in the Mouse Trap on tonight Thursday, October 4 commencing at 8pm.

For further information please contact Remember Alzheimers c/o Mouse Trap Bar, Beecher Street, Mallow.

Tickets going fast for the wedding of the year

Tickets are going very fast for the nuptials of John Paul O'Shea and his wonderful fake bride, this year's Kerry Rose, the lovely Celine O'Shea, which is taking place in the Hibernian Hotel on Saturday, November 10.

A Hen and Stag night is also taking place in this fundraiser for the Nazareth Care Building Fund. The ladies in the group will do a tour of the Mallow bars while the boys will take to the highways and byways and visit various villages before returning to join the ladies in the Hibernian Hotel.

If you are interested in taking part in the Hen and Stag, which takes place at 7pm on Friday, October 19, please email

You can also send a message through the Nazareth House Facebook page.

Nazareth House is asking local businesses to come on board by sending good wishes to the happy couple together with a donation / present to Nazareth House, Dromahane, Mallow.

Other members of the 'wedding party' will be revealed in the coming weeks.

St Mary’s bicentenary celebrated

There was much celebration to mark the bicentenary of St. Mary's Church coupled with the 50th anniversary of the Church of the Resurrection in Mallow on Friday night.

Bishop of Cloyne William Crean led 30 priests in a Mass in thanksgiving at St. Mary's on Friday evening. The priests present were both Mallow born and those who served in the parish over the years.

St. Mary's Church choir provided the singing while popular Patrician Academy student Eoghan Kenny performed the readings. After Mass parishioners were invited to the Hibernian Hotel for a social evening to mark the occasion.

The Mallow born priests who attended were Fr. Donal Roberts, Fr. Jim Killeen, Fr. Jimmy Greene, Fr. Paddy Buckley, Fr. Donal O'Mahony, Fr. Pat Winkle, Fr. Comor Murphy, Fr. Gayer and Fr. Jimmy Stubbs.

Upcoming, Mallow Parish presents the Three Tenors in concert at the Church of the Resurrection on Friday, October 19 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Church. The show commences at 8pm and tickets are available at the Mallow Parish office priced at €25. All proceeds will go to the Mallow Parish Capital Project Fund.

Countdown to Stars In Their Eyes

With just one week to go, anticipation of the 2018 Stars In Their Eyes show at the Marquee at the Arches is now at fever pitch.

Over the past few months 39 performers, consisting of 25 ladies and 14 gents from all ages and all walks of life, have gone under stringent rehearsals under the watchful eyes of Aideen McAuliffe and her vocal and dance coaches to insure that this year's event will surpass last years packed Marquee performance.

Unlike last year's bank holiday show, this year's event takes place on Friday, October 12 at 8pm. Stars In Their Eyes 2018 is a fundraiser for the Cope Foundation Mallow and My Canine Friend.

Twelve acts will take to the stage in the form of one solo singer, one duet and ten groups.

Also featured on the programme will be members of both the Cope Foundation and Mallow Choir (Cor Magh Ealla), and a much awaited performance by Centre Stage.

The show will be hosted by Danny Buckley and tickets are available from the Arches or any of the performers on the night.

Healthy days at Scoil Aonghusa

Recently, the third and fourth class pupils at Scoil Aonghusa had great fun taking part in a Gaelic football blitz at Carrigoon organised by Pat Spratt, GDA for Avondhu/Duhallow.

They wore their new school jerseys for the first time at the football blitz - the jerseys were provided by the school's Parents Association. The pupils have after-school football training every Wednesday and will start swimming and basketball lessons later in the year.

The school is a health promoting and active school, and pupil representatives have been elected to the health promotion committee this week. The health promotion committee is made up of pupil representatives from first to sixth class and they aim to help improve the health of all the pupils by involving them in planned physical and well-being activities.

A number of scientific studies have shown the benefits of physical exercise to the physical health and psychological well being of children. It also helps develop a child's motor skills and improves their co-ordination.

Children learn better and have better attention levels when they are fit and healthy. Research at NatCen Social Research at Newcastle University found that the sense of achievement that a child feels when they do well at sports also helps them to achieve higher grades in mathematics.

On hearing about the health promotion programmes at Scoil Aonghusa, world renowned leading paediatrician Dr Alan Greene commented "Kids are designed with energy to burn for a reason. I believe that most children thrive with about two hours of moderate to high-intensity activity daily."