Tuesday 16 July 2019

Community news: Charleville

Mike McGrath

There was an attendance of up to one hundred people at the Charleville Park Hotel for Charleville GAA Club's announcement of their major fund-raising venture, 'Hollywood Comes to Charleville,' which promises to be a gala event taking place in the hotel on March 22.

The event is guaranteed to bring Hollywood magic to the community as it will recreate iconic scenes from seven classic movies starring local people as actors and actresses. Auditions took place last Friday evening with a fantastic turnout of almost a hundred people. It was a great fun evening with rivalry already building for the titles of best film and best actor.

Rehearsals will begin this Sunday followed by filming of the movies in locations across Charleville. This event is a critical part in the development plan for the club's playing pitches and facilities for all players from juvenile to senior level. If you would like to be a part of this fun event, either on screen or behind the scenes, you can contact on Facebook 'Hollywood comes to Charleville'.

Tickets will be on sale in the coming weeks.


Vandals put ETB course in jeopardy

Vandals in Charleville have put at risk the future of a horticultural course organised by the ETB after a polytunnel especially erected for the purpose was severely damaged at their campus in the former Mannix College over the Christmas period.

The damage to the rigid polythene poly tunnel was discovered by the caretaker, Jim Hanley, who immediately notified the ETB course co-ordinator for the North Cork area, Brendan Glynn. He travelled to Charleville to view the destruction of the structure, which had holes punched or kicked in the skin, while a knife was also used to slit the polythene covering. At one corner of the 50ft by 30ft structure a traffic cone was driven through the heavy polythene wall.

The horticulture course, which has ten participants, was started last September in conjunction with the members of Charleville Tidy Towns committee and Charleville Men's Shed. "This development will put the whole course in jeopardy as the damaged skin will have to be patched and this renders it less effective," said Brendan Glynn, while the actions were also condemned by Paul O'Flynn, Mallow, who is tutor for the horticulture course for the past 18 years with the Cork ETB. He agreed that this was a major set-back for the venture.

"This was a major positive collaborative effort between the ETB and the two local committees and preparatory work for the course started last May.

The fact that the polytunnel, which was erected at a cost of €600, was the target for this vandalism could result in the putting the future of the course in doubt, said Mr. O'Flynn.

Members of Charleville Men's Shed committee, who were also on site, were at a loss as to why this damage has been done to the polytunnel, which is located in the campus of the former Mannix College adjacent to their widely used playing field, and in full public view of people using the busy Old Buttevant Road that leads on join the main Cork/Limerick Road.


Fr John O’Callaghan in Kenya

The January/February edition of 'Africa', the magazine of St. Patrick's Mission, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow contains an article on Reverend Father John O'Callaghan, a native of Gariencoona, Effin, Kilmallock, and a past pupil of Charleville CBS.

Fr. O'Callaghan has ministered in the diocese of Lodwar in Kenya since 1967, and is presently part of the pastoral team in the Holy Family parish in Kanamkamer, Lodwar, located south of Kitale on the banks of the Turkwell river.

This is the region where the bones of Homo Erectus were found on the shores of Lake Turkana in the middle sixties. The lake was then known as Lake Rudolph, but reverted to Lake Turkana when Kenya won its independence in 1963.

In an interview he gave to the Charleville CBS Yearbook 2004/'05, Fr. O'Callaghan related how when he first went to Kenya in 1966, Kenya had achieved its independence from Britain in December 1963 and the native government was led by the legendary Jomo Kenyatta, the revered freedom fighter and leader of the Mau Mau movement, who led the country until his death in 1978.

Ordained in 1966, John attended the Convent of Mercy Primary School and the C.B.S. Charleville, prior to going on to the Limerick Diocesan College at Mungret, Co. Limerick and thence to St. Patrick's seminary in Kiltegan to study for the priesthood.

He left on his ordination for the Kiltegan Mission in Kenya, where he has spent the entirety of his priestly mission, only returning to Ireland for the occasional holiday.

Today, Fr. John has overseen many developments in the diocese, including the schools programme in the expanding Holy Family parish in Kanamkamer, which is a suburb of Lodwar. 'The need for education is great with more than 20 primary schools in the parish, a few with over 1,000 children enrolled there, and five of the 40 secondary schools are in Kanankamer,' states the Africa article.

"We are blessed with good donors, including St. Patrick's Missionary, Kiltegan and our main sponsors, Shalom in Nairobi, Misean Cara from Ireland and a very generous layman from a Catholic parish in Geneva, and the local people who hold collections. We still need a laboratory for science subjects and more staff houses, and there is pressure from many quarters to add boarding facilities for students from our outstations, who now live locally with friends. No doubt, all will come with time," said Fr. O'Callaghan.