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Issue 11 Autumn 2009

CaherlistraneKilcoona Elects New Community Council

At the A.G.M. of the Community Council held in Caherlistrane Community Centre on the 22nd of April last the following group of new officers were elected: Chairman, Noel Courtney 087 7833364; Vice-Chairman, David Hynes 086 8514422; Secretary, Christina O'Neill 087 7812736; Assistant Secretary, Mary O'Neill 087 9957742; Treasurer, Colm Tuohy 086 8546850; Assistant Treasurer, Michael Maher; P.R.O., Kieran Reaney 087 7946222. We welcome in the new officers and members to the Council and wish them the best of luck in their positions during their term in the hot seats. We thank the former officers Brendan Gannon, Con McCole, J.J. Higgins, Teresa McHugh, Kate O'Dwyer, Michael McNally and members for their loyal and dedicated service to the Council for the past three years. Since April the Community Council has organised a very successful Parish Sports Day and did without a Summer break this year in order to enter the hugely prestigious Golden Mile Of Galway 2009, with a mile in the beautiful and scenic Knockma Hill area. A number of guest speakers talked to the Council on various aspects of Heritage and we thank them sincerely for their valuable information. Also, we wish to thank all the local people of Caherlistrane-Kilcoona and beyond for their continued assistance and co-operation, because without the support of all these people, new projects quite frankly, could not go ahead. The true spirit of Community Development is alive and well in Caherlistrane-Kilcoona.

Vincent Judge and Michael Maher with a painting of the famous Friar and Jockey Seán Boy at the start of the Knockma Golden Mile. Photogragh by Mary J. Murphy

Knockma Entered in "Golden Mile of Galway"

The Scenic and beautiful walk around Knockma hill has been entered into the Golden Mile of Galway competition.

THE Golden Mile of Galway is an initiative of Galway County Council to foster a greater appreciation and awareness of our country roadscapes. A calendar is produced at the end of the year which will highlight the rich heritage of the miles selected with awards in various categories for the winning entries. Knockma (Cnoc Má ­ Hill of the Plain) Caherlistrane's most prominent landmark, Knockma is the highest hill (552 feet) in the plains of North Galway and South Mayo (the ancient Maigh Sheola). The many ancient remains, including cairns, underground passages and forts, are evidence of a major place of settlement stretching back to preChristian times. It is a religious, spiritual and sacred place and folklore, legend, magic, power and mythology are associated with it. There is also believed to be an underworld there and visualisation originated in this area. Across the road from Knockma Hill is Castlehackett House, which for 200 years, in the 18th and 19th centuries was owned by the Kirwan's, an Irish horseracing family. It was the Kirwan family that built Castlehackett House during the 18th century when the family converted to Protestantism. They also built schools, funded churches and founded agricultural societies. The fairy-hill of Knockma sat in the middle of their 8,000-acre estate. Knockma was the seat of Finnbheara, King of the Connacht fairies. It remains a mystery whether certain fairy legends about the Kirwan's originated with the family or the local people. The Kirwan's, by the turn of the 19th century had built Castlehackett into one of the major horseracing centres in Ireland outside the Curragh of Kildare. They had a wonder-horse called Friar and a legendary jockey Seán Boy who used to win all the races. In the late 18th century as the Kirwan family were becoming a major force in the horseracing business they achieved one critical victory that ­ in legend ­ saved the estate from bankruptcy. Before one big race Seán Boy ­ believed by some people to be one of the fairies ­ told the Kirwan's that if he put the whip across his mouth, he was sure to win and to bet Castlehackett estate on him. They bet the whole estate on him and Friar and Seán Boy had an easy victory. The fairy king Finnbheara aided the Kirwan's to win this crucial race. It was said that when Friar was too old to race, Seán Boy rambled up towards Knockma Hill and was not seen or heard of any more. continued on page 2


Eric Cunningham Knockma Hill Walk in "Golden Mile of Galway" was home of the Hacket family at first, and Following the death of Mrs. Anne Kirwan, later it belonged to the Kirwan's after the Directs World the estate passed to Dennis Kirwan Cromwellian settlement. There is also a Bernard, who fought with the British Army chimney and a gamekeepers hut on the Fleadh Again during the First World War and then right towards the end of the mile.

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CASTLEBAR was this year's venue for the World Fleadh which again had as its Festival Director Eric Cunningham of Mausrevagh, Headford. Son of Matt and Ita Cunningham, this marked the fourth occasion that Eric ran this particular event which ran from July 31st to August 8th last. Ireland's biggest Irish traditional, folk, celtic and country festival had a stunning line up of performers on stage in the county Mayo town including Dolores Keane, Matt Cunningham and The Sawdoctors. This year too saw the inauguration of the Irish Country Music Awards (featuring US mega stars Martina McBride, Randy Travis and Hal Ketchum) during the Fleadh and as usual, family and street entertainment was lavish all through the week. Finally, and uniquely, Eric Cunningham's role as Director in 2009 also included overseeing the Irish Music Awards (IMAs), which is the only national Traditional, Folk and Celtic Music awards ceremony in Ireland. That entire ceremony was recorded for television, to be screened at a later date.

commanded an RIC battalion in Co. Cork during the years leading up to the Civil War. When Friar died his head was preserved and kept in Castlehackett House but in 1923, while Dennis Kirwan Bernard was away the house was burned and Friar's head and many portraits of the Kirwan family were destroyed. After the Civil War came the eventual demise of the Kirwan family. But Castlehackett House was rebuilt and after Dennis Kirwan Bernard's death in 1956 he was buried on top of Knockma Hill. In the 19th century Sir William Wilde and Lady Jane Wilde kept a country house not far from Castlehackett. The research and writing of the Wilde's foreshadowed the Celtic revival and paved the way for writers such as Douglas Hyde, W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory who wrote frequently on the Kirwan family and Knockma. In the early 20th century Eileen Costello began gathering songs locally, which she published in 1923, including two songs specifically about the Kirwan's. Many of these songs were recorded by Rita and Sarah Keane from Carragh, Caherlistrane. In the early 1900s Douglas Hyde who was on a visit to Caherlistrane, was presented with items of musical heritage by Pat Costello of Feeragh. Pat's daughter was the mother of Rita and Sarah Keane. Rita's and Sarah's niece Dolores Keane, in her younger days, and the Keane family lived in the house at the foot of Knockma Hill. This house was a Protestant church in 1926. Other built heritage on the mile is the castle on the left a little bit up from the start. This is known as Hacket's Castle and

Major events that took place in this area include a huge Vintage Day which was held at the front of Castlehackett House on the 14th of June last. In 1972 there was a big Bonfire Night on Knockma Hill and people came from far and near to try and catch a Leprecaun. But the biggest event of all was in 1968 when Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the Hollywood film company, came to Caherlistrane to film a substantial part of the epic movie Alfred the Great on Knockma Hill. Last year was the 40th Anniversary of the film and a book called Viking Summer written by local author Mary J. Murphy, which takes an in-depth look at the filming of Alfred the Great in 1968 was launched last December. The film was first released in cinemas in July 1969, and with such a great interest in the film and the book Viking Summer, Alfred the Great was screened on the last day of the Galway Film Fleadh, at the Town Hall Theatre on the 12th of July this year. This was the 40th Anniversary of its first cinema screening and what a memorable occasion it was.

This history was taken from the following three books: Caherlistrane G.A.A. and 150 Years of Parish Life by Michael J. Hughes. The Kirwan's Of Castlehackett, Co. Galway by Ronan Lynch. Viking Summer by Mary J. Murphy.

The outgoing committee of Caherlistrane-Kilcoona Community Council: JJ Higgins, Teresa McHugh, Brendan Gannon, Kate O'Dwyer, Con McCole and Michael McNally

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"Return to Tanzania" Charity

Deirdre Walsh describes her time with ten other volunteers from Mayo and Galway helping to alleviate the problems and assist the development of a parish in a shanty towns outside Arusha, Tanzania.

The Charity Return to Tanzania was set up in September 2006 by Maura Reilly in memory of her sister Ann O'Dwyer. Return to Tanzania is a charity, which supports the work of Fr. Michael O'Sullivan in Tanzania. Fr. Michael is originally from Milltown, Co. Kerry. He is a Pallottine priest who has worked in Tanzania for many years and had just moved to a new parish in a sprawling shanty town on the outskirts of Arusha. The parish was seriously impoverished with high unemployment and no infrastructure. In addition to these problems, disease, in particular AIDS was rampant. When Maura contacted Fr. Michael she asked him what she could help with in the parish. He said that the children were soccer enthusiasts and had been playing barefoot using bundles of rags as footballs. This sparked an idea to bring the children a soccer camp. In June 2008 a group of 12 volunteers, including myself, travelled out to Pallotti Parish. The team consisted of soccer coaches and fly tying instructors. The trip was a major success, giving the children a time to have fun and a group of young women were given the wherewithal to develop a small fly tying business. Due to the success of the 2008 project, I was fortunate to be one of 11 volunteers from Mayo and Galway who returned to Tanzania on June 14th this year to further assist the development of the Parish. This time the team of volunteers included teachers of English, Music and Computers as well as the fly tying instructors and soccer coaches. The response from the children was phenomenal. Word spread that the volunteers from last year were back and the classes were growing every minute. Between the sounds of laughter from the soccer pitch, 150 recorders being played at once and many conversations being held in English class, Pallotti parish was alive and was being given the attention and assistance it needed. To experience the joy and happiness that can be created in such little time is truly unbelievable. For the people of Arusha who have so little they greatly appreciate every bit of help they are given, no matter how small. In Esso, Arusha every day is recession but you would never think it with the positive attitudes and smiling faces. It was a pleasure for us to work with them. On their behalf I would like to thanks the people of Caherlistrane parish for their kindness and generosity to this project, which I hope, will continue for many years to come. Fr. Michael and his parish team are working very hard to help the community to help themselves and your support goes directly to support that work. So, to all of you I say Asante Sana: Thank you very much.

Townland Name Stone Project

Now that the summer recess period is past, the Community Council have begun the final phase of the Townland Name Stone Project. The project was a very ambitious one as the parish consists of sixty-eight townlands. To date, there have been 54 stones erected, (with some townlands having two name stones) and it is estimated that a further eighteen will see the job completed. A more detailed account of the project will be given when the work is completed.


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Old But Not Foolish!

Martin was in his mid-fifties and had lived alone all his life. He liked listening to the radio and watching TV, and he used to go to the pub at the weekends for a few drinks, and also bet on the horses from time to time. A neighbours grey cat used to call to his house a couple of times every day. One of the cat's legs was hurt and he had to hop around on three legs. But the cat despite his `bit of a handicap' was very fast running. You couldn't keep up to him, in fact he was as fast on three legs as many a cat was on four. One day a young lad at the end of the village said to Martin, "You should enter Skippy in the three-legged race at the local sports!" "Oh! Is that his name?" replied Martin. Skippy was also very sly as he was always looking up at the table in Martin's house. He was obviously unable to jump up but nevertheless it didn't stop him wondering what was on the menu. The years went by and Martin had aged a lot and was now totally grey. I'm sure Skippy aged too, but he was grey anyway. In town the weekend before the Galway Races, a shop window was broken by someone intentionally, and Martin was convinced he knew who did it. The following Wednesday evening, after the Galway Plate, the Parish Priest called to see Martin. The priest used to visit once a week and Martin told him he knew who broke the window in town. The priest told him that he couldn't be sure if he wasn't there, and it may be someone else. The priest said, "When you fill that saucer with milk outside the front door every night for the cat, and the following morning the milk is gone, who do you think drank the milk?" "The cat of course," said Martin. "But maybe," said the priest, "A small animal like the fox could have come during the night and drank it." Suddenly Martin began to get in good form and said, "On this a betting day, I think the cat would be the favourite." "Well," said the priest,"Don't you know that favourites don't win all the time." "Maybe not," said Martin, "But on this occasion I still think the cat rather than the fox drank the milk, because I have no chickens in this house, Father!"

THIS NACHEZ Launches Debut CD

Although a long noted hotbed of traditional music the CaherlistraneKilcoona region can now proudly hoist the rock flag high with the release some months ago of an album from This Nachez. The band consists of Cradock brothers Fiachra and Eimhin, plus buddies Dave Donoghue playing bass guitar and Stephen Monaghan on vocals. The name of the new album is Thought Control Commander Thing and observers of the scene--as well as the guys themselves--have suggested that the sound the band makes can best be described as `organically farmed hardcore rock.' The CD came about after years of playing together and separately in various cover bands and the particular sort of music they produce pays homage, very broadly speaking, to the work of Led Zeppelin, Pantera, Muse and System of a Down. It's all a very long way away from Galway Bay or any Matt Cunnigham tune but their music is heartfelt and burns from within a core of appreciation that the members share for syncopated time signatures interspersed with the trickle down effect of listening to groups like The Band and Rage Against The Machine over the years. We wish This Nachez well and salute their initiative and enterprise.

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L to R: Colm Tuohy, Treasurer; Christina O'Neill, Assistant Secretary; Noel Courtney, Chairman, Chrsitina O'Neill, Secretary; Kieran Reaney, PRO. Missing from picture are David Hynes, Vice-Chairman and Michael Maher, Assistant Treasurer.

Caherlistrane Athletes to the Fore

The All-Ireland Indoor Athletics Championships were held over two weekends in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and Magherafelt, Co. Derry. In Nenagh, Simon O'Shaughnessy (Beaghmore), won first place in the U-14 60 Metres sprint as well as taking part in the Long Jump. In Magherafelt, Simon, who is a member of Galway City Harriers Athletics Club, won the U-14, 4X200 Metres relay with his team, beating City of Derry by 2 seconds in the final. Sean Kyne (Carrowconlaun), who is also a member of Galway City Harriers, helped his team win the U-16, 4X200 Metres relay beating Castlebar by one second in the final. Sean also competed in the U-16 60 Metres hurdles where he took fifth place. Simon's father David O'Shaughnessy is Head Coach at Galway City Harriers Athletics Club. At the County finals of the Community Games in Ballinderreen, Caherlistrane-Kilcoona were well represented. Once again Simon and Sean were amongst the medal winners. Simon took gold in the final of the U-14 100 Metres, and Sean took home a bronze medal. At the National Community Games finals held in Athlone, Simon won the silver medal in the final of the U-14 100 Metres. Cathal Reilly (Carramore), won a silver medal at the National finals of crosscountry running which was also held in Athlone. Cathal also won an All-Ireland National Championship title in Boxing, which was held in Dublin. The Community Council congratulates these wonderful athletes who are bringing honour and glory to their parish.

Alfred The Great Finally Screened in Galway After Forty Year Gap

It's just two years since the excavation into the remains of the decrepit carcass of MGM's Alfred The Great began and thanks to the cooperation and support of scores of people along the way an enormous amount has been accomplished in the intervening 24 months. It took a year to research, write and edit the book Viking Summer (which was launched in The Arches Hotel Claregalway in December 2008) and then the movie was shown in Galway on foot of the extraordinarily vibrant response that followed the book's publication. That screening led in turn to an Alfred The Great memorial plaque (designed by Cathy Fleming and made by Andy Murphy of Design Corner in Dublin) being erected on Knockma inside the Golden Mile route, and now Failte Ireland intend to include details of the film and the numerous attractions of the general locality in their new dedicated film web site and Arts and Culture sections. It's likely too that the Knockma walk will be included in Heritage Week 2010, the Cinemobile is to come to Caherlistrane and give Alfred another special screening where many of the main battles were filmed in 1968, a documentary is planned to capture the magic of the making of the film in our locality forty years ago too, and the University Alumni Association (in NUIG) will hold a special Alfred celebration on October 3rd. That will mark the fortieth anniversary of the participation of hundreds of former UCG students in the film as extras. The Old Galway Society is also to hold a special Alfred the Great night in their upcoming events calendar. The screening of the film in Galway's Town Hall on July 12th at the Film Fleadh was a validation of sorts for all of the graft and grind that had gone into the compilation of the book as well as a triumph of investigative skills by Annette Maye of the Fleadh office who eventually tracked down a suitable print of the picture. Obviously it was a particularly special treat for all of those who'd been involved in the film and who had never actually seen themselves on the big screen. That film's showing (as part of the 21st International Film Fleadh) was a magical evening for all concerned, topped and tailed by the fact that Redmond Morris (son of the former Lord Killanin and Oscar-nominee for `The Reader') introduced Alfred The Great. It was Redmond's debut movie in '68 and it was perfectly clear on the 12th that he harbours nothing but the fondest of memories from the whole harum-scarum adventure. He's currently producing London Boulevard, a film written by Ken Bruen (the Galway-based writer who was himself in Alfred) and starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightly. Recording for a documentary about the making of Alfred commenced on the night of the screening, under the supervisory production of Maud Hand (assisted by fellow media professionals Kevin McCann and Aine Corby) and Ms Hand is also the person whose original idea it was to bring the Cinemobile out to Caherlistrane. Surely one of the indirect legacies of Alfred, alluded to at the Town Hall showing by Michael D. Higgins (who was himself an extra in the MGM epic and who went on to become Minister for the Arts in the mid 1990s, responsible for all films made in the country for a time) has been the establishment of ScreenWest. Launched by Mr. Higgins during the Fleadh, it's a priceless repository for those interested in cinematography, embracing as it does a complete resource for all aspects of film making in the west of Ireland. Denizens of Caherlistrane, Kilccona and much further afield made their way to the Town Hall in July to turn the clock back and amongst the first in the door was a contingent that included Brendan Gannon, the Banes, Eileen Morris from Caltragh, Kieran and Padraig Reaney, Dr. John Cunningham from Biggera with his mother, Mrs Mary Cunningham, Breda McHugh also from Biggera, former teachers of ours from Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, Mattie Quinn and Paddy Boyle, as well as Patsy Clancy and Oliver Curley amongst others. Currans from Renmore attended, as did Mary and Coilin Hernon, Glynns from Feragh and Biggera Beg came along too, as well as the extended Murphy clan from Menlough, Carnmore, Dublin and Corofin, Patsy Dodd, Michael Nash from Roxburgh, Kilchreest (where MGM built their gigantic studio), Peadar and Marie-Anne Monaghan of Biggera Beg and family, Michael and Martina Cunningham and family of Parkmore ,Tom Dowd of Al O'Deas and now Corrib Crafts, `Mouse' Morris (Redmond's brother), Oliver Curley and Martin Concannon were just some of the hundreds of others who appeared and paid a heartfelt, nostalgic homage to a remarkable event that happened in another time and another place. ([email protected])

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Children's Burial Grounds There are at least eighteen

Lisheens or Children's Burial Grounds in the parish.

Most of these are located near townland boundaries and the explanation for this is the widely held belief that unbaptised children went to Limbo, an abode of souls barred from Heaven through no fault of their own where they would have a wandering existence. The term 'Children's Burial Ground' refers to unconsecrated ground where unbaptised children were buried as the Roman Catholic Church discouraged burial of the unbaptised in consecrated ground. The many taboos associated with Lisheens was a factor in their preservation as people were reluctant to interfere with them lest they would have bad luck. There are Children's Burial Grounds in the following townlands: Castlehackett, Caherlistrane, Caltragh, Feeragha, Mausrevagh, Luimnagh West, Kilgarriff, Caltra, Bunanraun, Ballycolgan, Crossursa, Gortarica, Kilkilvery, Bunnaconeen (2), Polla Cullatre, Largan, Mirehill. This article is taken from The White Canons, Abbeytown, Cill-Na-Manach, 1260-1990. Jim Higgins M.A. and Anna McHugh.

Back L to R. Niamh Kyne, Laura O'Neill, Alannah Igoe, Adrian Walsh, Mr. Brett (Teacher), Brian Walsh, Cién D'Arcy, Gary O'Neill, Liam Donnallan. Front Row: Darragh Shaughnessey, John Joe Crevan, Stephan O'Neill, Conor Faulkner, Luke Donnallan, Eoin Reilly, Brian O'Neill.

A Great year on the Sportsfield for Donaghpatrick N.S.

As the school year commenced in September 2008, the pupils of Donaghpaatrick National School had more than academics on their minds. Their passion and love of sports was to the fore. This proved successful as they reached the final of the Cumann na mBun Scoil competition. They travelled to Loughgeorge to play the final against rivals (also in blue and white) Miltown N.S. As the ball was thrown-in on a sun drenched day it was Miltown who got off to a better start and had a comfortable lead of 3 ­5 to 3points at half time. However this was in earnest a "Game of two Halves". Donaghpatrick getting some early goals, once again winning was not out of sight. They dug deep and played excellent as a team and the equalizer was achieved with shouts of joy from their supporters. Both teams exchanged several points and Miltown ahead by one in the closing minutes of the game, Donaghpatrick found the net for another goal. There were tears and shouts of joy from the Children, Teacher and Parents alike when the final whistle blew and Donaghpatrick N.S. two points ahead. Congratulations to all of you. Panel: Brian Walsh, Cien D'arcy, Liam Donnellan, Gary O'Neill, Brian O'Neill, Luke Donnellan, Conor Faulkner, Adrian Walsh, Eoin Reilly, Laura O'Neill, Niamh Kyne, Alannah Igoe, Darragh O'Shaughnessey, John Joe Creaven, Stephen O'Neill. The following week they travelled to Sylane to play the North Galway hurling competition. Once again being successful in the qualifying rounds they reached the final where they played Sylane N.S. In a well contested game Donaghpatrick came out on top and received the trophy for the first time. Well done to all involved. The girls finished the year on a winning streak when they travelled to Sylane to take part in the North Galway camogie blitz. They lost their first game to Belclare, but victory over Kilcoona, and a second Belclare side saw them through to a Simi-final where they played Belclare once again. This was a well contested game with Donaghpatrick coming out on top. They played Sylane/Kilbannon N.S. in an exciting final with great displays of camogie from both sides. The girls from Donaghpatrick N.S. were victorious and there was great excitement when the final whistle blew. Congratulations to all. Panel: Laura O'Neill, Allanah Igoe, Samantha Walsh, Stephanie Walsh, Niamh Kyne, Orla Reilly, Lisa Jennings, Ciara Hudson, Megan Fallon, Michelle O'Neill, Fiona Sice, Anna Judge. Congratulations to the boys and girls from Donaghpatrick N.S. and Knockroon N.S. who joined forces to take part in the Anthony Murphy Cup tournament played in Sylane. Having defeated Sylane in the semi-final they played Cummer N.S. in the final. With some wonderful displays of hurling they won the tournament for the first time ever. Sports is Alive and well in Caherlistrane.!" By Christine and Francie O'Neill.

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Vintage Club Day in Caherlistrane

Shrule & District Vintage Club held its first Annual Vintage Rally on 14th June last in the grounds of Castlehackett Estate, Caherlistrane.

The event was held in splendid sunshine and the attendance surpassed all expectation. The beautiful scenery of Knockma and the background of Castlehackett House provided an excellent location for such an event. Many complimented the club for the excellent location and organisation and promised to return next year. This event was run as a fundraiser for St. Oliver's Special School, Tuam with the aim of providing a donation towards the purchase of a Mini-bus. The Rally was very well supported and had one hundred and fifty vintage tractors, two hundred vintage, classic and American cars, many stationary engines, large trucks, commercials, threshing machines, auto jumble, crafts, food stalls and childrens entertainment. The sheep dog trials were also a feature enjoyed by many locals and visitors. All exhibitors were provided with a commemorative plaque and a meal voucher. Music on the day was provided free of charge by the inimitable Dolores Keane, the nonchalant Leo Moran of the Sawdoctors and the renowned Frankie Gavin. The end result of the club's effort culminated in the presentation of a cheque for 13,000 euros to St. Oliver's Special School, Tuam at a function in The Shawl, Shrule on 4th July. The Club greatly appreciate the help of many individuals who are not members of the club who contributed in no small way to make the day a great success. We would also like to thank all our sponsors who advertised in our brochure, businesses and local organisations, individuals and clubs who provided plant and equipment free of charge, the photographers, Liam, Noel and Barbara. A special word of thanks to Donal O'Connor for the provision of his helicopter for aerial shots and Phillip Jones and Donagh for the perfect location. It is planned to make this an annual event and plans are currently in place for a bigger and better event next year.

Thank you for all your support in the local election in June 2009. I look forward to representing the area for the next five years. Full time constituency office in Headford.

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Fauna and Flora of Knockma's Golden Mile

Fauna: Red Squirrel, Fox, Badger, Pine Marten, Fallow Deer. Flora: Bluebells, Ivy, Dock, Buttercup, White Clover, Plantain, Snowberry, Cleavers/Robin Run The Hedge, Hogweed, Nettle, Red Clover, Enchanter's Nightshade, Golden Saxifrage, Bramble, Silverweed, Self Heal, Wild Woodbine/Honeysuckle, Primrose, Violet, Lords And Ladies, Wood Avens/Herb Bennett, Herb Robert, Sanicle, Common Figwort, Meadow Sweet, Bush Vetch, Germander Speedwell, Greater Burdock, Great Wood-rush, Buckler Fern, Fern, Wood Sorrel, Laurel, Wild Strawberry, Hart's Tongue Fern, Yorkshire Fog Grass, Cock's Foot Grass, Daisy, Tufted Vetch, Nipple Wort, Polypody Fern, Creeping Bent. Trees: Oak, Ash, Poplar (Aspen), Beech, Willow, Sycamore, Wych Elm, Yew, Birch, Rowan, Horse Chestnut, Hornbeam, Japanese Larch (non-native), Stika Spruce (non-native). Shrubs: Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, Holly. Birdlife: Raven, Jay, Blackbird, Thrush, Wren, Robin, Great Tit, Treecreeper, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Owl, Curlew, Whooper Swan, Woodcock, Warbler, Chiffchaff. Bats: Leisler's Bat, Soprano Pipistrelle, Brown Long-eared Bat. Elaine O'Riordan, Department of Ecology NUIG

Sincere Sympathy

The Community Council offers its deepest sympathy to the families, relations, neighbours and friends of people from the parish and surrounding areas who have passed away in recent months, including widely known singer and musician, Rita Keane from Carragh, Jarlath Canavan from Tuam, Andrew Murphy from Menlough and Ann Coleman and Joe O'Connell from Abbeyknockmoy. The Lord Himself will lead you; He will be with you; He will not fail you or desert you; Have no fear, do not be disheartened by anything.


Caherlistrane's Golden Mile

A vast sky. A raven high. Viking Summer's sun. The spirits run. Our golden mile. Oak and ash. Swords that clash. Castlehackett's annual fair. Prunella's golden hair. Our golden mile. Memories are still. O'er the hill. Days of yore. Myths and folklore. Our golden mile. The shadow slopes. The wildlife hopes. The profound dreams. Of sunlit beams. Our golden mile. The violets grow. The snowberries glow. The castle walls. The night-time falls. On our golden mile. KIERAN REANEY

I wish to thank the people of the Community for the wonderful support which I received in the Local Election.

Kilcoona Social Centre

KILCOONA Social Centre will be offering classes and workshops in Pilates, cooking, sewing, crafts, set dancing as well as card playing, talks on local history and much more beginning this Autumn and continuing on thereafter. For more details contact Ruth Maguire at 086 8274071 or email [email protected] There will be a Ceili on Sunday 27th of September in the Social Centre at 3pm. Everyone welcome!

I will continue to work on behalf of the Community at County Council level.


Cllr. Seán Canney


Phone (093) 55367 Fax (093) 55841 E-mail: [email protected]

Autumn Inspiration

Oh, Sacred Heart of Jesus: As we journey through life We face the mysteries of love and hate, of friendship and loneliness, of joy and sorrow, of suffering and death. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart: Help us to believe in the midst of doubt and uncertainty, Help us to hope in the midst of despair, suffering and death, Help us to love in the midst of hate, selfishness and rejection. ANON

Paul and Kathleen Kennedy with Christina O'Neill, Secretary and David Hynes, ViceChairmin at a presentation by the Community Council in appreciation for their many years service to the community in Caherlistrane.

Production Team Editorial: Kieran and Padraic Reaney. Production Team: Mary J. Murphy, Therese Meenaghan, Christina O'Neill, Con McCole, Vincent Judge, Noel Courtney, J.J. Higgins, Mary O'Neill, Brendan Gannon, Joe Flanagan, Brendan O'Neill. Photographs by Noel Judge.


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