Thursday, January 16, 2014


Granagh Players rehearsing for The Honey Spike, which will be performed on 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st Jan & 1st, 2nd Feb in Granagh Community Centre, nightly at 8.00pm 

Lotto Results:-    Friday 10th Jan: -  No Winner.    Winning Numbers. 6. 11. 15. 16. 
Next Week's Jackpot €16,000.
Lucky Dips: - Nora Marie Cotter, Ballyagran.   Michael Clifford, Granagh.   Garrett Hayes, c/o The Rock Bar.
Weekly tickets available at O' Gorman's Foodstore Granagh, Hickeys Bar Croom, The Rock Bar, Granagh.
The Annual Elton table quiz in aid of the street children of Milot, Haiti is taking place this coming Friday 17th January in the Cosy Kitchen, 8.30pm.   All support welcome, great night assured.
Our last full week of rehearsals and still a few bits to be tidied up.  Once again, our artist Grace McCarthy has been hard at work, with four different scenes to be painted. The play begins at the Giants' Causeway, in the month of August , then moves down to the midlands. The main scene is one of the Shannon lakes, Lough Derg and you can almost hear birdsong and fish jumping. By August 10th, the scene moves to Killorglin and Puck Fair and the following morning we arrive at St. Finians Hospital, Kenmare.
The play tells " a tale of the Irish roads, of a tinker and his wife.   It's a tale of trouble and wildness and a child that's born to life.
There's mating in it, birth and death and drink to flood a dyke, So here's how they raced the coloured road that led to the Honey Spike."
We meet Breda & Martin Claffey, a young tinker couple who have travelled from their native Kerry to Antrim, because they wanted to see ' the top of Ireland'.   However, Breda is pregnant and she decides that her child is to be born in the Honey Spike - the 'lucky'  Kerry hospital.   They have Martin's mother Poll-Poll and his stepfather Mickle for company which at times is no great help.!   
They have a run-in with soldiers at the border, priests in the Midlands and feuding clans in Kerry.    
The past is waiting for Breda at Puck Fair in the shape of Winifred McQueen, the gypsy girl who wanted Martin for herself.!    You will have to come and see how it all turns out.   
We have eighteen in the cast, with three new members this year, Frances O'Kelly, Paddy Tierney and Niall Clifford.   Produced again this year by Jimmy Sheehy aided and abetted by Jim Chawke.
Performance dates 24th, 25, 26th Jan and again the following weekend 31st, 1st & 2nd Feb.
In the Community Centre, Granagh, 8.00pm nightly. Shop & Raffle each night. Adm. Adults €10, Students €5.

Granagh National School is currently accepting enrolment applications for the 2014/2015 school year. Enrolment Application Forms can be obtained from the school office or alternatively by contacting the school on (061)399081.  The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday the 31st of January 2014.
On the Bereavement Board in the Church, our dearly departed family and friends are remembered every month.   If you would like to have a loved one remembered, drop their mortuary card into the box provided.   For the month of January we remember : -   Jackie Chawke, David Bennett, Gerry O'Brien, Bartholomew O'Brien, Hanora Sheehan, Mary Sheehan, Denis Fitzpatrick, Rev. John Irwin, Richard Chawke, William Hanley, Joseph Scanlon, Patrick Sheahan, William Daly, George Purcell, William Boyce, Catherine McCann, Rev. Gerard Wall, Elizabeth O' Rourke, James Tierney and Tom Murphy.
A  large crowd attended the launch of the Malin to Mizen Cycle in aid of the horse riding simulator for the Autism centre in Liskennett.    Maurice Riordan, Charleville gave a full and concise run-down on the origins of Team Dave Riordan, its goals, its successes and  the plans for this epic cycle.    They originally had a limit of forty cyclists but due to demand have had to change that to sixty, with twelve subs on standby.     The logistics involved over the 659km route will be anything but simple, however they have an expert committee who are leaving nothing to chance.    Maurice mentioned their corporate sponsors who have been very generous so far in their contributions towards various aspects of the cycle.   A list of all sponsors will be given out to participants so that they can, in turn, support them whenever possible.   They will also produce a set of accounts afterwards for full transparency. 
Maura O'Sullivan spoke about autism, its effects and the benefits of equine therapy.    John O'Shea, spokesperson for everything! , touched on
fundraising and how it is a necessity for any organisation and will continue to be.   Over the last few years various fundraising events e.g.  Joe & Bernie Carroll's  Xmas Lights have contributed enormously.    Next week a Wax & Shave is being held in Geary's Bar, Friday 17th Jan where the elder statesman of the club Francie O'Shea is allowing them to remove his forty three yr old tasche !  
David Doyle, Adult Manager of St. Joseph's Foundation gave a run-down on the facilities they already provide for their 769 users.   As the years went by an increasing number of children were being diagnosed in the Autism specter.   There is nothing wrong with children who have autism, some examples such as Mozart , Isaac Newton, Hans Christian Anderson, Thomas Jefferson all made their own contributions, its just some people need extra support.   St. Joseph's had to look at their services and how they could be improved to give these children a better quality of life.    They did allot of research and found that equine therapy seemed to be the way to go.    Many farms were viewed over a year and after a suggestion from David Lahiff, Banogue they viewed Liskennett, which seemed to  fit their requirements for plenty of space and a quiet environment.     It took a long time for plans to come to fruition, because public money is involved, but the first phase of  eight apartments is due to be completed in the Summer.    Phase two will include six apartments, stables, walled garden, craft centre.
Eamon McCarthy, Chairman of St. Joseph's Foundation spoke of their dream now becoming a reality, which will change the lives of the service users for the better.   He said they wanted to be part of the Granagh community and contribute actively towards it.
Tony Fitzgibbon, Chairman of Granagh -Ballingarry Camogie Club wished St. Joseph's and Team Dave Riordan the very best of luck with the cycle and the fundraising.    For the official launch, the oldest and  youngest members of Team Dave Riordan - Francie O'Shea and James O'Shea rolled out the white ribbon and Granagh Ballingarry camogie captain, Vera Sheehan cut the ribbon.
For all the younger people attending -  Keith Hanly sent his sincerest apologies as he was in Dublin and could not make the launch on time, however, he will make up for it on another occasion.  All  then adjourned for a cuppa.
Granagh Development Association wish to thank the Committee members for their help on the night.  Many thanks to William Casey from the Observer, Dermot Lynch from the Leader and Michael McGrath, The Advertiser for covering the event.   We appreciate the attendance of the Camogie team along with Donal O'Grady and Nickie Quaid - great to see the County and Munster Cups on display. 
For further information - contact John O'Shea 087-6193069, Pat Cullen 087-2966090 and see Facebook Page - Team Dave Riordan. (photos) and web site where you can donate to any of the events. 
Girls U13 Indoor Soccer do the Club Proud: The Under 13 girls indoor soccer team were out last weekend in Galvone and did the club extremely proud by winning two out or three matches now that aint bad!   Team players were: Grace Mullane, Sophie Alymer, Molly Cagney, Ciara O’Connor, Lisa Lynch, Orla Lynch, Molly O’Connor and Aimee Tagney. The girls are now through to the county final so best of luck girls.  Many thanks to the Coaches Ned, Bernie and Shauna (Team Cagney) for coaching the girls to date.                                                                   Girls & Boys U10 Indoor Soccer:   The Girls are out on Saturday for their first leg of the Journey and the Boys are out for the first time in Galvone this Sunday. We would like to wish both teams well and thanks to Martha for coaching the girls and for Tom O’Shea for coaching the boys.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Talent Competition:    The Closing date for the talent competition is 5th February so we will be holding the local competition in the hall in Ballingarry on Sunday 26th January at 2pm the following is a list of competitions that go the National level
- Solo Dance Modern & Disco - U14 (Over 12).   - Solo Music Individual Event - U13 (Over 11).   - Solo Singing - U 14 (over12).                         - Solo Recitation – Individual - U12 (over 10).   - Group Talent (Modern & Disco) - U 14 (over11).   - Group Dance (Max 6 min 2) - U12 (over 9).  - Group Singing (max 6 min 2) - U 14 (over 11).  - Group Drama or Comedy Sketch - U14 (over11).   - Group Music (max 6 min 2) - U14 (over 11).   - Variety - U16 over 10.   There is also a competition of similar events for the U10s that will go to County Level however I'm still waiting for a list of competitions as we go to print.   Anyone wishing to take part in any of these competitions must inform Loraine at 086-0592682 or Kathy at 087-9256150 before Friday 24th January.                                                                                                                                                                   Cross Country: There are a number of children interested in taking part in the Cross Country running, the County final usually takes place by mid March in Rathkeale, however we need someone with a little experience in athletics to help train the children.   If this event is to go ahead this year training would need to commence by early February, however, if we do not have volunteers we will have to forget about Cross Country for this year.   Volunteers can contact Kathy @ 087-9256150 or Loraine at 086-0592682
Closing Dates:    5th February - Talent, Variety, Culture Corner & Project.    Anyone wishing to participate in any of these competitions needs to let us know as soon as possible Kathy 087-9256150 or Loraine @ 086-0592682. 

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