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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Danno Mahony: a Charleville great honoured

Donncha O'Dulaing with Eily Cronin and Rita Carroll at the Christmas party at Charleville Day Centre.
Donncha O'Dulaing with Eily Cronin and Rita Carroll at the Christmas party at Charleville Day Centre.

ONE OF Charleville's most famous hurlers and club administrators, John ' Dan' O'Mahony was honoured by the Avondhu Juvenile Board when he was presented with the Hall of Fame Award by the Board chairman Mr. Tom Fox at a function at the Hibernian Hotel Mallow last week.

This was the fourth accolade afforded to the popular Danno, both by his native Rathluirc club and by the Avondhu G.A.A. For he also received the Hall of Fame award from the North Cork Junior Board in 1988, the Administrator of the Year from the Avondhu Juvenile Board in 1992, the Hall of Fame award from Rathluirc Junior Club in 2002 and this most recent honour from the Avondhu Juvenile Board.

The Charleville man who was the vice-chairman of the first divisional juvenile board when it was instigated in 1953 was elected President of the Juvenile Board in1994 and he has retained that position ever since.

An outstanding hurler Danno has had many sterling games for the local club, wining medals at minor and junior grades and was a member of the famous Charleville team that won the Cork County Intermediate championship in 1946/ 47. He played his first senior hurling game for Cork in the Thomond Feis competition when he was but sixteen years old, when he replaced the great Alan Lotty in the centre-back position in a game against Limerick.

That senior competition involved counties Cork, Clare Limerick and Tipperary and Danno won two Thomond Feis medals with Cork, playing alongside such legends of the Cork game as his great friend, the late Christy Ring, Willie John Daly, Mattie Fouhy and Sean Twomey. He was one of four Charleville players to win an All-Ireland Junior Championship medal with Cork in 1947 and he played senior hurling with Cork in the 1950/51 season.

As an administrator he has no peer and, again, was involved in the club from an early age. He was instrumental in the setting up and running of the Sean Clarach Minor and Juvenile Club in Charleville in the fifties and was involved with young players for many years. He was also on the committee of the Junior Club and when it was decided to elect a committee to purchase and develop a G. A. A. field locally, Danno was elected the first honorary secretary of the Dr. Mannix Gaelic Sportsfield, a position he held for over forty years. Today he is still involved in the field committee and is on duty every Sunday night at the weekly bingo session in aid of the ongoing maintenance at the field.

This latest recognition of Danno's immense contribution to the G. A. A. in Charleville and at divisional level is fully deserved and we congratulate him on receiving his award and all concerned with the Avondhu Juvenile Board for deeming him worthy of the accolade.

High hopes for CBS team

A TEAM from Charleville CBS will be competing, for the first time in the school's history in a number of inter-schools competitions in Munster this year. The team is coached by the experienced Eamon Holly, who is ably assisted by Joe Fox, Frank Holly and Peadar Cronin, all members of Charleville Rugby Club. The team mentors are very happy with the progress to date, with their charges remaining undefeated in challenge games they have undertaken since September.

However, the real test comes today, when the C. B. S boys play their first competitive game against Douglas Community College in the King Cup. This match is fixed for Shandrum, Charleville on this Thursday, December 11 at 12-30pm.

The squad was presented with a set of gear by local rugby star, Brian Madigan, who lines out with the Limerick based UL Bohemians, Irish Universities and Munster.

The school is indeed indebted to sponsors Hungry Harrys/ Papa Johns, Mainly Mortgages, Acorn Life and Berkshire finance, all Charleville based.

The team will be selected from the following squad: James O' Flynn( captain), Conor Barry, Garry Boyce, Dylan Kennedy, John Madigan, Daniel O' Dwyer, David Sheehan, Adrian McElligott, Conor O'Callaghan, Shane O'Rahilly, David Reidy, Ciaran Ryan, Brendan Woodage, Patrick Moloney, Donal Cagney, Brian Kiely, James O'Brien, Kieran Murphy, Darren Sheehy and John Walsh. CHARLEVILLE Chamber of Commerce is running a Christmas promotion to find the best seasonally themed Christmas shop window in town and the best externally decorated domestic house within a mile of the town.

The Chamber is offering a prize of €300 each for the winning shop and house and both will be judged by independent judges in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

The promotion will be an incentive for business people to decorate their shop windows with a Christmas theme which will be attractive to customers to shop in their premises, while the competition for domestic houses acknowledges the trend of recent years to decorate houses with Christmas lighting. OVER forty of the Charleville's senior citizens gathered for their annual Christmas party at the Day Centre attached to the former McAuley Home, which is situated at the northern end of Main Street. There to celebrate the occasion and with them was the veteran RTE broadcaster Donncha O'Dulaing who recorded a segment for his popular Saturday night programme ' Failte Isteach.'

Among the people he interviewed was 95 year old Co. Limerick born Mick Kearney, the holder of an All-Ireland Junior medal won with Cork and two Cork County Intermediate medals won with Charleville's Rathluirc team in 1946/4.

The sprightly Mick who was accompanied by his daughter Marian Byrnes, gave an account of his life to Donncha who also knew Mick when the latter was a young man in Charleville of the fifties. Mick also gave a great rendition of and also recited the alphabet backwards. The director of the Day Centre, Sr. M. Colman of the local Convent of Mercy was also interviewed about her work in the centre and musician Jim Foley led the attendance in a communal sing song of Christmas tunes.

Good wishes were also extended to musician Johnny Barrett who is a regular entertainer at the centre.

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