Meeting - The next meeting of the Parkstown/Curraheen/Liskeveen Resident’s Group will be on this Friday night, 31st May at 8pm in the Horse & Jockey Handball Alley.
Rás Excitement - Littleton enjoyed one of its proudest International hours when on Friday last at 12.35pm it was privileged to receive the 61st ‘An Post’ National cycling race. On Thursday the village had been decorated with bunting as well as with parish, county, national and 26 International flags which added a beautiful touch of colour to the Main Street. When Billy Shanahan with his crew of charity riders came through at a leisurely pace at 11am some onlookers thought the race was over.
A large crowd had gathered by mid-day as the Angelus bells of St. Kevin’s Church began to merge with those of bag pipes. When Ger Neville and Mick Flanagan from the Sean Treacy Pipe Band followed by all the pupils, teachers and staff of Littleton N.S. arrived in front of the “Old Creamery”, their cheerful enthusiasm added to the sense of expectancy that was building up. More music followed as each of the support cars and motor cycles with horns blowing came by with shouts of applause from the children and the many senior citizens who were present. A rumour that the race was due at 12.15 had all eyes fixed on Ballymoreen where every support car was confused with the cyclists. Suddenly a group of eight break-away riders came through and then the full group appeared over Paddy Quirke’s hill. When they reached the traffic island, for safety reasons the cyclists took the two sides of the road passing within an arm’s length of the crowd.
It was a minute of pure exhilaration as we cheered them on to Carlow. But the memory remains and a water bottle thrown by one of the cyclists to Christy Clancy, will remain a treasured souvenir at Littleton N.S. However only one local citizen, Martin Carthy was the privileged receiver of a Rás cycling jersey which is also a much coveted possession. Smart phones have sent images of this International event to many of our own emigrants living worldwide. Old acquaintances were renewed and new ones made around tea and homemade pastries donated for the occasion. Johnny Purcell, Thurles, Liam Ryan, Ballinonty and formerly Cooleenbee as well as John Buckley, Graigue joined us for the chat. Thanks to all who made the event possible and to the many present on the morning; to our local Fás team; Bart Howard, Chief Steward, Muintir na Tire who donated the Hall; to Joan, Margaret, Patricia and Sandra for tea and cakes; to the Order of Malta who sent out an ambulance; to the Sean Treacy Pipe Band; to Littleton N.S.; to Littleton Development Association who helped organise the event and not least to the many cyclists who inspired this very happy village gathering.
The Late Rodger Lambe - The death has taken place on May 18th of Rodger (Rody) Lambe, Marino, Dublin and formerly Curraheen, Horse & Jockey, husband of the late Mamie. His remains were removed to the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, Marino on Monday. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 10am was followed by burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Moycarkey. Deeply mourned by his brothers Thos, Michael and Paddy, sisters-in-law Bridget and Maureen, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
The Late James Fanning - The death has taken place on May 16th of James (Jim) Fanning, Thurles and formerly of Monaraheen, Coolcroo and Cloughmartin. His remains were removed from Egan’s Funeral Parlour, Thurles to the Cathedral of the Assumption. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 2.30pm followed by burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Thurles. Deeply mourned by his wife Gráinne, sisters Mary (Keane), Hannah (Power) and Kathleen (Ryan), brother Michael, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.