Corofin-Kilnaboy Notes for Thursday July 30th.

Children’s Nature Quest

For anyone looking to engage in a fun activity with their children next week the Burren National Park will hold a free event along the Nature Trail in the Park on Wednesday next August 5th commencing at 10.30am. The theme involves fun mammal and woodland games and promises to be an enjoyable morning taking around one and a half hours to complete. Children should be accompanied by an adult and suitable foot-ware and clothing is advisable. There will also be a free guided walk along the Nature Trail at 2.15pm on the same day and a similar one on this coming Sunday August 2nd also at 2.15pm. In all cases the meeting point is Gortalecka Crossroads or alternatively walkers can avail of the free bus leaving Corofin fifteen minutes before the start times. Further information can be had from the Burren National Park Information Point in the village.

Some Show

In the lead up to last Saturday’s North Clare Show in Corofin there were a number of concerns for the organisers, not least of which was the forced change of venue for the jumping competitions and the unfavourable weather forecast for the week-end. As it transpired the 2015 event proved to be one of the most successful on record, with ideal weather conditions prevailing and all of the events and activities going ahead as scheduled. The show has received plaudits from many visitors and competitors who were delighted with friendliness, the organisation and the facilities available to all who attended. For their part the organisers have expressed their thanks to their army of volunteers and to everyone else who helped to make the day such a success.

Mixed Fortunes

There was bitter disappointment for Corofin’s u-14 footballers who were well beaten by Ennistymon in the u-14 A county final at Miltown Malbay on Saturday last. The fact that Corofin had twice beaten their opponents in earlier rounds of the competition counted for nothing on Saturday as Ennistymon ran out winners on a score of 3 -12 to 2 – 05. There was also defeat for the Corofin-Ruan amalgamation in the u-16 A hurling league as they went down to O’Callaghan’s Mills-Bodyke on Sunday on a score of 3 – 16 to 1 – 14. In Minor B hurling Corofin-Ruan defeated Doora-Barefield by 0 -16 to 0-14 while a late goal for Naomh Eoin robbed Corofin intermediate footballers of a first round championship victory the game ending on a score of 1 – 12 each.

Village Enhancement

Corofin Tidy towns committee has undertaken a number of enhancements around the village in recent weeks. The most obvious of these is the new faced stone walls at Church Street and a new stone picnic table and seating in one of the green areas near the hall. Pat and Gussie O’Loughlin were the masons who worked on these recent projects. This is part of an on-going programme of work which the tidy towns group hopes to complete in 2015.

Double Gold

Kilnaboy woman Rita Kierce, running in the colours of St. Mary’s A C captured two gold medals in the national masters track and field finals held at Tullamore, Co. Offaly at the week-end. Rita came home first in both the 800m and 1500m finals.

Camogie Final

Corofin camogie club has qualified for the county u15B final following an exciting game last week against Parteen which ended in a draw on a scoreline of Corofin 5 – 04, Parteen 4 – 07. Ellie Harrison scored four goals for Corofin with Lizzie Roche adding a goal and a point. Aileen O’Reilly got Corofin’s other three points from frees. They will contest the final on Wednesday next August 5th. The club also registered an excellent win over Sixmilebridge in the Minor A competition last week on a 4 10 to 4 – 05 scoreline.

Wedding Bells

The wedding took place at Clarecastle Church on Thursday last of Oliver O’Loughlin son of Oliver and Linda of Killeen, Corofin to Lisa Kelly, daughter of Tommy and Mary of Lissane, Clarecastle. The wedding reception was held at the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point. The wedding also took place in Myshall, Co. Carlow of Ciaran Curtin son of Paddy and Evelyn of Inchiqiuin, Kilnaboy to Susan James daughter of George and the late Lilly of Myshall. The wedding reception was held at the Riverside Hotel, Enniscorthy.

Soccer News

Corofin Harps played a pre-season friendly against Lifford at the week-end which ended in a 1 – 1 draw. Brian McGauran put Harps ahead mid-way through the first half but the Ennis side equalised just before the break. The A team is under new management this season with Colm Mounsey and Eddie Walsh in charge.

Recent Death

The death occurred last week of Conor O’Bryen of Kells, Corofin. He reposed at his own residence on Thursday evening and arrived at Corofin Church on Friday morning for 11.00am funeral mass. He was interred at Kilvoydane Cemetery following the mass

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