Local farmer Pat Nagle of Baunkyle and his son Oliver were among those to meet with Prince Charles during his visit to The Burren last week as part of his four day trip to Ireland. The Nagle family are part of the Farming For Conservation Project on their land at Carron and the Prince of Wales who was accompanied by Dr Brendan Dunford, Manager of the project, met with Pat and Oliver on site, where they had a brief discussion with the royal party on the farming practices involved. The event was extensively covered by local, national and international media.
On Irish Angling Team
Local angler Thomas O’Loughlin of Newtown, Corofin, travelled to England this week as part of a fourteen strong Irish team to compete in an international fly-fishing competition at Rutland Water, near Peterborough which started on Tuesday May 26th and concludes on this Saturday May 30th. Meanwhile Thomas and other members of the O’Loughlin family were the winners of a team angling competition held in Killarney last week.
Sunday last, May 24th saw the sacrament of confirmation conferred on thirty eight local children at St. Joseph’s Church, Kilnaboy. This was one of the biggest number of children to be confirmed in the parish for many years and resulted in a huge congregation in Kilnaboy. The school hall was used to accommodate many of the attendance with the confirmation mass being screened live on a big screen for the occasion.
The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology and the Department of Archaeology at NUI Galway will hold a series of lectures on local archaeology in the lecture room at Corofin Hall during June and July. The first lecture ‘Seeking Darkness: The Bronze Age ritual use of caves in The Burren’ will be given by Dr Marion Dowd of Sligo IT on Tuesday night next June 2nd commencing at 7.00pm. The series, comprising eight lectures in all, will continue each Tuesday at the same time until the end of July. Further details on the proposed list of talks as well as on each weekly lecture can be viewed on corofinhallfield the Facebook page for St. Patrick’s Hall, Corofin. The lectures are open to the public with special prices for students, unemployed and pensioners.
Kilnaboy’s Clóda Collins, who is a member of the Kilfenora Boxing Club, became the club’s latest All Ireland champion when she won the 86kg championship, in the Youth 2 competition, at the National Stadium, Dublin recently. She defeated Katie Rourke from Brosna Boxing Club in the final.
Walk The Orange Trail
Sunday next May 31st will see a free guided walk on the Orange Trail in the Burren National Park. This is a walk suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It is a 1.3km loop walk passing through mature ash and hazel woodland, meadow and also passes a turlough. The walk gets under way at 2.15pm and walkers will meet at the Mullaghmore Crossroads. Alternatively participants can avail of the free bus service from the Information Point in Corofin which departs at 2.00pm.
The Corofin u-14 hurlers are competing with distinction in this year’s A championship and on Friday last claimed the scalp of Sixmilebridge on a score of 2-1 4 to 2 – 06 to top their group. They will face the East Clare amalgamation of Broadford-Smith O’Briens in the semi-final in Corofin on this Friday evening at 6.30pm which should attract a good attendance at Pairc Finne. The intermediate hurlers are also in action on Saturday when they play Killenena in the championship in Clarecastle. Jamie Malone played for the Clare senior footballers in the championship win over Limerick on Saturday lst while Manus Malone was on the county junior side. Primary school players Cillian McGroary and Diarmuid Cahill featured on the Clare schools football and hurling teams respectively at the week-end while Gearoid Cahill was named St. Flannan’s College player of the year for 2015.
Corofin GAA Club will be taking a final order for club gear on this Thursday night (May 28th) from 8:15pm-9:00pm in the clubhouse. Club gear such as jackets, tops, polo-shirts, togs etc. will be on display on the night and will be available to order, if there is sufficient demand.
The annual Corofin Vintage Tractor and Car Run will take place this year on Sunday July 5th. A big turn out of cars and tractors from all parts of Clare and farther afield are expected on the day. Sponsorship cards for this event are now on display in all local businesses with Clare Crusaders and Corofin Senior Citizens among the groups to benefit from this novel occasion.
The death occurred at the week-end of Eileen Lynch, nee Hanrahan, of Cahercalla, Ennis and formerly of Drumcavan, Corofin. Her funeral took place from her residence to Ennis Cathedral on Sunday. She was interred at Drumcliffe Cemetery following funeral mass on Monday