Sunday 17 December 2017

A most colourful Halloween

HALLOWEEN: This year's Halloween celebrations were the most colourful in years in Mallow. During my walk to my locals over the three days I met many young people dressed to the nines and what made it special was all those concerned were full of harmless fun as they travelled to various parties for a fun night out.

On my routes I bumped into 'Trinian School Girls', 'Banshees', 'Scream'-style characters, an odd ' Nun' and 'Draculas' but it was done in the best possible taste. Well done.

LGBT: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Support Group (LGBT) hold their meeting at Le Cheile Family Resource Centre Mallow every Friday at 7.30pm. Contact Sharon for more details on 02242439 or Philip on 0873560370.

MALLOW TOASTMASTERS: Congratulations to Michael Cronin and Pat Sexton for winning the Division A final of the humorous speech and table topics competition. They are now going on to represent Mallow Speakeasy Toastmasters in the District final in Glasgow on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13.

Speakeasy Toastmasters had their last meeting on Thursday, October 27. There were four speeches. First was an ice breaker or first speech from Ronan Condon who introduced himself to the club outlining his work and hobbies. Next to the podium was Bridie O'connell with a talk about adult literacy called 'Second Chance'.

It was surprising to hear that up to 25% of people had some problem with reading or figures. She outlined all the work that adult literacy were caring and helping. Liam Flynn gave an interpretive reading of Sean O'faolain's short story 'Up the Bare Stairs'.

This was followed by Noel O'connor with a reading of an extract from 'The Year of the Hiker'. After the tea break the group had a very lively topic session from Pat Sexton. The next meeting is on Thursday, November 10 at 8pm in the Hibernian Hotel. Visit www. for more information.

QUIZ CANCELLED: The Mallow Rugby Football Club table quiz set for Carrigoon on Thursday, November 10 has now been cancelled due to a rugby club decision.

TREASURE ISLAND REHEARSALS: Rehearsals are well underway for this year's panto by On Q Production of Treasure Island, which will take to Mallow Youth Centre stage from Wednesday, December 7 to Saturday, December 10.

The senior cast are meeting twice a week to go through their lines and dance routines while the junior cast meet every Saturday morning. Group bookings are now been taken for all performances so if your school, class or group would like to attend this great show please contact our ticket line on 086-0680791.

Do not miss the opportunity to see local talent on a local stage and support your local community.

MALLOW ART CLUB: Mallow Art Club will hold its next demonstration on Thursday, November 3, in the Mercy Centre at 7.30pm. The demonstration will be given by Pat O'dwyer of Fermoy in acrylic/oils. Admission is €5 and €7 for non members. The painting will be raffled on the admission ticket and all are welcome.

TIDY TOWNS: Tidy Towns regular clean ups continue throughout the winter months on the first and third Saturday of every month. On Saturday, November 5 the group will met at the Spa at 10.30am at the entrance to the Park at the end of the Muddy Hill.

The Tidy Towns AGM will be held on Tuesday, November 8 at 8.30pm in the Day Care Centre near Mallow Public Swimming Pool. All volunteers and any one who is interested in Tidy Towns in Mallow are invited to attend.

There will be a chance to share any ideas for Mallow at the meeting or afterwards while the chat continues informally over tea and coffee. All those who are willing to lend a hand are very welcome, including anyone who wants to work in their own time outside of the organised events. For further information ring or text 087-6359944.

SINN FEIN EXHIBITION: The Sinn Fein Historic Exhibition which was held in the Hibernian Hotel on Saturday afternoon was very much a detailed account of the troubled years in Northern Ireland and the event mainly featured the Hunger Strike years of the 1980s with large black and white press photographs and story lines with funral photographs of the many who died in Long Kesh at that time.

The exhibition also had many items for sale including books, CDS, table mats and t-shirts. One poignant stand displayed the shoes of one of the hunger strikers and his hurling helmet and a club medal he won in the 1970s.

Also on show was a unique home-made transmitter used by a prisoner which was made up of wire, cardboard and a thimble like object which acted as an earpiece. A beautiful timber carving made by a former prisoner was also prominent at the exhibition.

The organising team also had an over head screen which featured many programmes and archived material surrounding the troubles.

GAA LOTTO: Wheelspinner Sandra O'malley c/o Bill won €75 in the Mallow GAA Member's Weekly Lotto draw which was held in Carrigoon on Tuesay, October 25. The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 4 and 9. The €30 lucky dip winners were Billy O'keeffe (taxis) c/o Anne O'neill, Edmond Grey c/o Paddy Mccarthy, Paddy Mccarthy c/o Club and Dave Doyle (Denny's) c/o Anne O'neill.

Spinning the wheel on Tuesday, November 1, was Noreen O'connell, Avondale Park. The jackpot is currently at €10,300.

HANDBALL: Mallow Handball star Killian Carroll fell victim to Mayo's Joe Mccann on Sunday night in Belfast in two straight games. 18year-old Carroll, who is regarded as one of the future stars in the senior bracket, had smooth victories up to the final of the Golden Gloves Tournament an open ranking Senior Event.

The local 17 and under USHA champion overcame Irish Nationals runner-up Diarmuid Nash from Clare in the opening round of the tournament before toppling Cork's Brendan Fleming in the quarter finals. The Mallow club man needed a tiebreak to advance against Mayo's Stephen Cooney in the semi-final. In the final Mccann displayed too much control and touch and ran out as victor by 21-10, 21-6. Killian will be one of the favourites to secure the 19 and under spot on the Irish junior team who head for the States this Christmas for the US Junior Nationals. We wish him well.

MARYMOUNT HOSPICE QUIZ: A fundraising table quiz for Marymount Hospice in Cork will be held in Mona's Bar on Thursday, November 17. The quiz will commence at 9pm and will be hosted by 103FM presenter Eric Griffin.

Tables of four are €30 and lots of spot prizes will be on offer on the night. Please support this very worthy cause.

AWARE: The Aware support group will be meeting on tonight Thursday, November 3 in Le Chéile Family Resource Centre, Community Campus, Fair Street, Mallow at 8pm. Anyone who is feeling depressed or anxiety is welcome to come and talk and listen to each others stories in a safe, confidential and nonjudgemental setting.

Meetings do not need to be pre-booked and are facilitated by two volunteers trained by Aware. They are informal and non directive and last 90 minutes, including some light refreshments at the end.

A small donation is welcome but not essential. Attending support meetings is a positive addition to an individuals self-help programme. Aware's lo-call (from landlines) helpline is 1890 303 302 and is open seven days a week, 10am-10pm MondayWednesday and 10am-1am Thursday-sunday.

Check out for further activities and notes from Aware's monthly series of lectures by leading mental health professionals. If you would like to volunteer with Aware, please contact Kate Donnelly, Regional Coordinator at 087-2993142 o r

SISTERS BLOOM AT FLOWER SHOW: Sisters Mary Hoffman and Liz Fitzgerald competed in the AOIFA National Flower Arranger of the Year 2011. The event took place in the Stillorglin Park Hotel on Friday, October 7 with competitors from all over Ireland taking part.

Mary Hoffman was victorious in the petite category entitled 'Exquisite Detail' and won a trophy for best use of texture. Liz Fitzgdayerald came third in the minature category and was highly commended for her entry into Flower Arranger of the Year.

Mallow Flower and Garden Club congratulate two of its hard working members on their outstanding achievement and wish them continued success .

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DEATHS; Anne Nance Brennan RIP: The death of Nance Brennan at Bridhaven Nursing Home on Tuesday, October 25, brought much sadness to the community.

Nance, who lived in Newberry was a very popular lady in the community and will be well remembered for her great love of poetry. Many of her works were published over many years. She is predeceased by her husband John A and survived by her sons Kevin, Vincent, Pascal, Tom and Anthony, sisters Betty and Maureen, brother Kieran, relatives and large circle of friends. Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Peter's Church, Dromahane at 11.30am on Friday, October 28 with burial afterwards in St Gobnait's Cemetery. To the Brennan family we express our deepest sympathy.

JOHN J MYERS RIP: The death took place of John J Myers at his daughters residence on Wednesday, October 26. John, who resided at 'Rossmore', Navigation Road was well known for many years in the Dairy industry and was Chief Executive Officer at Ballyclough Co-op in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Popular with both staff and employees John is predeceased by his wife Peg and survived by his sons Parick, Sean and Kevin, daughter Maura, relatives and many friends. Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Mary's Church on Saturday October 29 at 12 noon with burial later in St Gobnait's Cemetery. To the Myers family we extend our deepest cond o l en c e .

MARAGARET (MADGE) COLLINS RIP: The death took place at Cork University Hospital of Margaret (Madge) Collins from Rahan, Killavullen in her 94th year. Madge is predeceased by her husband Andrew and survived by her sons William, Maurice and Ben, daughters Maureen, Margaret, Sheila and Nora, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Mary's Church on Wednesday, October 26 with burial later in Killavullen New Cemetery. To the Collins family we offer our sincere sympathy.

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