Saturday, September 19th, 1998
Adare stakes its claim
as top village
By DEIRDRE McGRATH
THE picturesque village of Adare broke a nine year spell this year when it
snatched the title of best village in the county from previous winner Galbally.
Adare notched up a total of 245 points, beating Galbally by just one point.
"We are delighted to regain the county award and we are also very
pleased to be up five points on last years result, if we put in similar effort
next year, we might have a good for the national award," said Michael
Brennan, vice-chairman of the Adare Tidy Towns committee.
Mr Brennan put the substantial five-point increase down to improvements in
the town park, and a new flower programme which began in the housing estates.
He said that a number of new projects are in the pipeline for for next year,
including the completion of a riverbank walk.
The points for Galbally remained unchanged at 244 points.
The team from Galbally were slightly disappointed that they didn't
win the top county title for a tenth time, but were happy that they were just
one mark behind Adare.
Chairman of Galbally Tidy Towns Association, Tim Ryan, congratulated Adare on
He said that the underground wiring, which was given a special mention on
RTE1 programme Nationwide, delayed other work that needed to be done in the
He thanked the FAS workers and everyone else that had helped out.
Mr Ryan, said that the awards have brought a sizeable amount of tourism to
Galbally, which is in Ballyhoura country.
Athea village, has been steadily gaining marks since it entered the
competition in 1991. That first year Athea was awarded 161 points, this year the
village came third in the county with a total of 229, six points up on last
Improvements have been made with the signage on the main approach roads, a
lot of hanging baskets, there was a lot of painting done, he said.
"We are very pleased with the result. We didn't expect to do so well at
all, and we are very grateful to the people fo the village and to all the FAS
workers in the area," said chairman of the Tidy Towns Committee, Canon
Saturday, October 24th, 1998
Too many cooks help Galbally raise the dough
THE dough was flying in all directions in the newly refurbished Galbally
community centre, when eight men took on a challenge to bake a cake each.
The occasion was the Galbally fund raising night - a replacement for the garden
fete cancelled in early September because of the unwelcome storm.
Over 400 people attended the fund raising night, organised to pay for the
refurbishment of the community centre and some other projects planned to mark
It was a great parish night with the Showband Show taking everybody on a trip
down memory lane with some of the big hits of the showband era.
The baking competition, however, took the biscuit. The eight intrepid
contestants were all men and two of them were priests.
The competition was organised by Margaret Hayes, and the fact
that most of the audience were rolling in the aisles with laughter says
something for the quality of the dough and the culinary skills of the bakers.
The contestants were Fr Jim Doherty, Fr Tadgh Treacy, Eddie Moroney, John
McGrath, Mike Carey, Pa Joe Casey and Tom Henebry.
Fr Treacy, incidentally, was declared the winner.
The cancellation of the annual garden fete on the first Sunday in September had
been a major disappointment for everyone, but the fund raising night turned out
to be every bit as entertaining.
Galbally January 1999
THE death occurred unexpectedly of Mr John (Jackie) Hanley, Lisvernane, Aherlow,
Tipperary. The deceased was a respected and popular member of the local
community and his untimely death is deeply regretted. He was brother of Mrs
Shiela Landers, Ballinalard, Tipperary. A motor mechanic by trade the deceased
was employed in his early life by Mr Thomas O'Mahony at Ballylanders and during
his stay with Mr O'Mahony he was responsible for saving the life of his
employer. Both he and Mr O'Mahony were repairing a petrol tank of a car which
was moored over a pit where such repairs could be carried out. During the course
of this repair Mr O'Mahony was underneath the car and without warning the car
went on fire and Jackie pushed the car off the pit and pulled Mr O'Mahony from
the pit with the employer's clothes on fire. Jackie succeeded in putting out the
flames but Mr O'Mahony received serious burns and were it not for the instant
presence of mind of Jackie his employer could have been fatally injured. The
remains of the deceased were removed from Fraser's Funeral Home where the
prayers were recited by Rev. Fr Jim Doherty C.C. Galbally/Aherlow to Lisvernane
Church where they were received by Fr Doherty and following concelebrated
Requiem Mass the chief celebrant being Fr O'Doherty assisted by Very Rev Denis
Canon Talbot P.P. Galbally/Aherlow and Rev Fr Tadhg Treacy C.C. do, the
interment took place in Clonbeg cemetery. The attendance at both the removal of
the remains and at the Mass and burial was very large and representative of all
sections of the community who came to say farewell to a brave man. He is mourned
and will be sadly missed by his sister, nephew, friend Lizzie, grand nephew,
niece-in-law, cousins, other relatives and a large circle of friends.
The annual general meeting of the Galbally Camogie club is scheduled for this
Friday night January 22 at 8.30pm in the Community Centre. It has been a very good year on the playing fields with teams
from under 10 to 18 years and also at junior level. The under 14 and junior teams reached the county finals of both
competitions and both were considered to be unlucky to
lose by small margins. The club has large financial problems in order to promote
the various teams and were it not for the voluntary commitment of parents and others and the sponsorship provided by John
Cummins, Mitchelstown Credit Union and Shreelawn Oil the club would have a major financial problem. The officers of the
club make a special appeal to all parents to
attend the general meeting on Friday night.
John Fraser and Jack Dillon of the Galbally handball club had a great win over
players representing Cork at Liscarroll ballcourt on Saturday night last winning
21-11, 21-13. J.J. Fahey and Francis O'Toole were beaten 21-14, 21-11 at the
same venue. Liam Casey, Paul Bourke and Cathal Dillon of the Galbally club were
no match for the Cork representatives at Liscarroll in the Munster open under 13
age group. In the local novice handball doubles played at the Galbally court on
Tuesday night last J.J. Fahey and Robert Davern beat Johnny Dillon and Declan
Dinneen after a thrilling and sporting contest the scores being 21-19, 17-21 and
21-19. The competition continues this week.
The death occurred at the Regional Hospital, Limerick after a brief illness of
Mrs Thomas (Tom) Cleary, Annagh, Galbally. The deceased was a member of a respected and popular family in his native district
and his death is deeply regretted. Of quiet and unassuming disposition the deceased was a good neighbour and kind friend. His
remains were removed from Fraser's Funeral Home, Galbally where the prayers were recited by Rev Fr Tadhg Treacy C.C.
Galbally/Aherlow to the Church of Christ the King, Galbally and following
concelebrated Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr Tadhg Treacy C.C. Galbally, Very Rev
Denis Canon Talbot P.P. Galbally/Aherlow and Rev Fr Jim Doherty C.C. do, the
interment took place in Galbally cemetery. The deceased was uncle of Willie King
who was a member of the Castleisland Desmonds Gaelic football team that won the
All Ireland club championship in 1985 when they beat St Vincent's of Dublin in
the final and of Desmonds in 1986 when beaten by Burren. The deceased is mourned
by his brother Denis, sister-in-law Peggy, nephews, nieces, relatives and
The annual general meeting of the Galbally G.A.A. club is scheduled to be held
at the Community Centre, Galbally on this Saturday night January 23 immediately after the 8pm Mass at the Church
of Christ the King which will be offered for the deceased members of the club. The Galbally Community Council have scheduled
their annual general meeting for the Galbally
Community Centre on Wednesday night January 27. All members are earnestly
requested to attend this meeting and new members would also be appreciated.
Snow and ice in the Galbally area over the weekend made travel conditions
hazardous and a return to milder weather on Sunday brought a respite from the
extremely cold conditions.
In last weeks notes the name of the whipper-in of the Scarteen hounds was
inadvertently omitted. The reference should have been to Tommy O'Dwyer who was part of the Limerick hurling team that won the All
Ireland Junior in 1957.
Progressive 45 card results from the Community Centre Galbally on Sunday night
last; winners - Mike Murphy and Pauline McGrath, Ned O'Neill and Mike Donovan. Table prize - Bridget O'Sullivan and Joe
O'Farrell. Raffle - Ned O'Neill, Mike Clancy, Mike Murphy and Kathleen McGrath.
The death occurred last weekend of Mr William Francis Heelan, Elton, Knocklong
and Pine Avenue, Galbally. The deceased was a respected member of his native
community and his death is deeply regretted. His remains were removed from
Fraser's Funeral Home, Galbally where the prayers were recited by Rev. Fr Tadhg
Treacy C.C. Galbally/Aherlow to the Church of Christ the King where they
were received by Fr Treacy and following concelebrated Mass, the chief celebrant
being Fr Treacy assisted by Very Rev. Denis Canon Talbot P.P. Galbally/Aherlow
and Rev Fr Jim Doherty C.C. do, the interment took place in Brigown old
cemetery, Mitchelstown. He is mourned by his sons, John, Billy and David,
brother, sisters, family, relatives and friends.
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