SYMPATHY: As the parish of Kilsheelan-Kilcash and further afield gathered to pay last respects to Neddie Cronin, there was universal agreement that one of the most gentle souls that had lived amongst us was being laid to rest. Born in the middle house in Ahenny in 1925, Neddie, always the pacifist, was seldom seen without a friendly smile on his face. The eldest of five, the only remaining sibling now is Dan. Neddie worked with the farming community for many years prior to being employed by South Tipp Co. Council. Always and forever a Carrick Swan supporter, it was fitting that he met the lovely Mary Power, Tramore who became his future bride in the Forrester’s hall, Carrick. Mary and Neddie lived near Ballyneale before settling happily in Ballyglasheen where they spent 46 wonderful, contented years before Mary passed away a few years ago.

Hurling was Neddie’s great pastime and in the early years in Ballyglasheen, Neddie and the boys spent summer evenings with his life long great friend, James Holohan watching the matches on television in James’s home. There is hardly a road in Ireland the two hardy warriors did not travel following the fortunes or otherwise of the Tipp team, may they both now rest in peace. When Eoin Kelly along with James, Sean and Billy brought the Liam McCarthy cup to Neddie’s house in 2010 following their historic victory, he was simply so proud and it was such a wonderful moving moment for Neddie, something he always spoke of and never tired of telling folks.

Neddie had a great passion for photography and loved taking snaps of plants, trees, animals, footsteps in the snow - objects out of the ordinary, as each of Neddie’s photographs captured part of his own life story. He often would recount that as a young fella of 12 years he was made plant the potatoes, yet it was one of life’s best lessons as it instilled in him an understanding and love of all things associated with gardening. Neddie possessed the perfect mindset for gardening, patience combined with knowledge and hard graft yielded delightful results on an annual basis.

A wonderful family man who appreciated the true value of simple everyday things life could offer. Never believing in abundance and content with adequacy, Neddie greatly missed Mary, but his deep faith would ensure he never missed his Sunday Mass or reciting the Rosary for which he had particular faith.

Sunday night he visited Ballypatrick for the past twenty years, and enjoyed his customary three pints where he held such appreciation of conversing with friends and then enjoyed the walk home. He loved walking and until recently would be seen to ‘do the round’ or walk the riverbank in Kilsheelan, stop and chat among passers-by. How he loved when a friend would call and spend some time chatting. In retirement, he often assisted neighbours or friends with their gardening requirements and spent so many enjoyable days helping others and passing on the basics that he had acquired throughout his life. We will always remember Neddie for his gentleness, kindness, faith and his belief that a good contented family is everything in life.

We express our deepest sympathy to all of his own family and extended family, may he rest in peace.

G.A.A: Congratulations to the Junior hurling team who have qualified for the County Final following their very impressive victory in Boherlahan last Sunday against Loughmore, 2-16 to 1-7. See match report.

We compliment all involved with the team and wish them well next Saturday as they take on St Kierans (Limerick champions) in Feenagh in the Munster Quarter Final at 2pm. The excitement is building for this one as buses have been arranged for this journey for the supporters and there are still a few seats left. Please contact any committee member if you can travel and lend your vocal support. The County Final will be played the following weekend.

KILLURNEY SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB: The Annual Bring and Buy Sale will take place on Sunday November 18th. As this is our main fundraiser for the year to cover running expenses i.e. fuel, insurance, light and general maintenance we are relying on your support. We appeal in particular to those who benefit from their use of our facility.

CLARE’S MONTESSORI SCHOOL GAA CENTRE:Bookings are coming in fast for September 2013, please contact us for an enrolment form now to avoid any disappointment. Free Pre-School places available. All the children have settled in really well this year, and we are extremely busy with a full house every day. The children had a “Spooky Fancy Dress” Halloween Party on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th.  School re-opened on November 5th and we are busy preparing for the festive season already!! 

FOROIGE: The Ferryhouse youth session resumes this Saturday evening at 8pm. This is open to all the youth from 1st to 6th year. Why not come along and enjoy the evening with table tennis, the use of the indoor sports hall and swimming pool.


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