ARDFINNAN COMMUNITY COUNCIL:
The Senior Citizens Christmas Party took place on Sunday, 28th November.
A large number of our most respected Citizen's turned out for a wonderful afternoon where they were waited on hand and foot (and rightly so) by a wonderful group of ladies and gentlemen who put so much effort into organising this event not just this year but for the last 30 years. Babs O'Mahoney the lady responsible for starting this annual event 30 years ago was present and received a bouquet of flowers in recognition of all the hard work and dedication she has given over the years.
Santa was on hand to give out gifts to everyone, while JEB provided the music.
A big thank you to everyone who helped make this event so special and for all yer hard work. Well done!
On a more serious note, Bus Eireann have expressed grave concern for the safety of their passengers on the bus going though our village at 8pm , after the bus was pelted with stones on several occasion, and it's not just buses that have come under fire with stones but many motorist as well.
There's a real danger now that the weather conditions have deteriorated, that the sock of a stone suddenly hitting your car could cause a terrible accident, so we are asking all those responsible for this unacceptable behaviour to GROW UP and start thinking about their actions and the serious consequences that could result from them.We would like to ask parents to please be aware of the whereabouts of your children at all times and to talk to your children about the importance of respecting others and their property.
9th Tipperary Group - Ardfinnan Beavers, Cubs and Scouts:
On Sunday Nov. 7th the Ardfinnan Group held their first combined hike of the year. This consisted of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and their leaders meeting in Goatenbridge at 10:30am. Everyone enjoyed the hike, not forgetting the campfire and sausages - the Beavers really enjoyed building their shelters in the wood while the Cubs foraged for fire wood and the Scouts built the camp fire. The weather was fantastic for this day and added to the enjoyment of the day.
Thanks to all involved with a special mention to Scout Leaders: Mark and Shane for organising the hike and campfire.
The Cub pack is split into little groups with the leaders being called ' Sixers' and the Assistant Leaders being known as 'Seconders'.
Badges were recently given out to the following: Sixers: Caoimhe Quinn, Laura Burke, Saidbh Jordan, Sean Collacott, Tadhg Kenna and James Condon.Seconders: Rachel Doyle, Lauryn Daly, Grace O'Mahoney, John Condon, Darragh O''Brien, Sean Doyle and Michael Cunningham.
We wish these Cubs every success in their roles for the coming year.
On the weekend of 26th/27th/28th November, the Sixers travelled to Melleray to take part in the Provincial Sixer Training Week-end. This week-end was to help the Cubs become the best Sixer they can be. Unfortunately the week-end had to be cut short because of the bad weather but we would like to thank the following Sixers for taking part and hope they learned something from their short time there: Caoimhe Quinn, Laura Burke, Saidbh Jordan, Sean Collacott, Tadgh Kenna and James Condon.
Also a huge thank you to the parents who travelled to Melleray to collect their children
ARDFINNAN GAA CLUB (1910-2010) CLUB HISTORY BOOK:
We are at present compiling our history and are fast approaching our deadline for inclusion. If you wish to provide photographs or any material we could use then contact us immediately. It is vitally important you avail of this historic opportunity and any photos given will be copied and returned immediately. For more details contact:Willie Barrett, Shay Bannon, Stephen O'Brien, Aiden McNamara, Don Keating or John Phelan.
CLUB CENTENARY DANCE:
Our Centenary Dance was held last Saturday week last in Cahir House Hotel. Despite the bitter cold weather, there was a good crowd present.
Proceedings got underway with presentations to our eight County Senior winning captains: Ka Boyle for Patrick Butcher O'Brien Captain 1935: Pat Condon for Mick Condon Captain 1939: John James Lonergan Captain 1962: Noleen Keating for Dick Keating Captain 1963: John Keating Captain 1964: Patsy Ryan Captain 1970: Eamon O'Gorman Captain 1974:Michael Phelan Captain 2005.
John Keating on behalf of the Captains thanked the Club for the lovely presentation and had the place in laughter with his recollection of past games.
After a lovely meal it was time for the speeches:
Club Chairman Stephen O'Brien welcomed those present and thanked everyone who have contributed to our Club for the last hundred years and remembered those who founded the Club in 1910.
Ger Ryan representing Tipperary County Board spoke of how highly our club is regarded in Tipperary football.
Dick Egan South Board Chairmen spoke of our great contribution to the Board with our wonderful facilities, Board officers and Referees. We thank Dick who made the dash from his own Club's celebrations to be present.
Then it was time for special guest "footballer of the year 2009" Kerry's Paul Galvin. Paul spoke of how the GAA is an important part of parish life, and wished us well in the future years. He then stood in for photos.
It was then time for us to hit the dance floor with great entertainment from The Paddies and DJ Pat Treacy.
We thank all who contributed to the success of the night, management and staff of Cahir House for their great service,Willie Barrett for doing MC and all our friends who came along to celebrate with us on this historic occasion.
Numbers Drawn Nov.22nd:5-6-7-25. No winner. Two matched 3nos. Jackpot now E4350.
We held our AGM last Saturday night which was well attended.
The following were elected for 2011.
Honorary Life Presidents, Patsy Myles and Michael Babs Keating.
President, Tom Mahoney.
Vice-Presidents, Michael Lonergan Reechestown and Fr. Bobby Power.
Chairman, Stephen Brien.
Vice-Chairman, Leslie Boyle.
Secretary, Willie Barrett.
Treasurers, Paddy Noonan and Sean Mulligan.
Senior Football Manager, Jim Meara.
Junior Football Manager, Pat Quirke.
U21 Football Manager, Eugene Mahoney.
Minor Management, John Cummins, Michael O'Loughlin, Liam Barrett, Michael Goonan and Liam Myles.
Christmas Voices, Christmas Stories:
South Tipperary Rural Arts Group presents a real treat for everyone, of song, story, drama and poetry in Ballyporeen Hall on Friday, December 17th at 8pm. The show features world renowned spiritual singer Noirin Ni Riain, acclaimed actress Cora Fenton and widely published poet Eileen Sheehan. This seasonal concert with tickets at €15 will include a festive reception. Contact: 087 632 0899.