Work completed on new burial wall
ork has been completed on the construction of the new Columburial wall in the parish cemetery beside Saint Furseys’ Church
This is the third wall built in the cemetery for the repository of the ashes of departed relatives.
Club hold annual blitz
Blackrock camogie club hosted their annual Camogie blitz for u-8s and u-10 players at the well conditioned pitch of their good friends, Na Piarsaigh.
This was one of a series of monthly blitzes in which five u-8 teams and six u-10 teams participated. Players representing St Anne’s, St Brides, Mattock Rangers, St Kevin’s and the host club, Blackrock took part.
At under-8 level, each team played four competitive matches. It’s safe to say that all players gave it their all and the children had a great time and displayed fantastic skills and team work.
The under 10 teams also had four matches each. All teams showed great determination and team spirit. A special mention to the under -10 Cooley team who attended their first ever blitz which hopefully is the first of many.
A big thank you to all parents and guardians that attended to support and to the organizers who made the morning a great success.
Top names help host Gers skills camp
The young players, boys and girls, who attended the Geraldines skills camp, were afforded the opportunity to learn from the best coaches and players in the country.
Covid meant the numbers who could attend was restricted, and those among the 160 who were able to be present couldn’t have had better tutors whose knowledge and expertise at playing and coaching the game are from the top bracket.
It was like a veritable who’s who from the sport, both ladies and men, when the young boys turned up for the three day camp.
The focus is placed on teaching the young boys the basic skills of the sport, and is geared for those in the age range of seven to 17.
The camp was overseen by Gavin McGilly, the Down senior mens coach, and Paddy Christy the former Dublin star and a highly respected coaching figure who is coach of Tipperary were among the glittering list of those who provided a very valued input into the camp.
Further samples of the calibre of coaches and players were Lauren Magee and Oonagh Whyte, Dublin senior ladies footballers, Oisin O Neill Armagh senior footballer and Liam Rafferty Tyrone senior footballer
It was a blank week for players in the Geraldines lottery with neither the jackpot nor match three prize of E200 won.
That means that E400 is added to the jackpot, bringing it up to E6, 600 for this week.
The numbers drawn were: 8, 25, 27 and 31.
Old cemetery blessing of graves
It’s a time to be thankful for small mercies, and one of those was that the blessing of the graves was able to proceed this year in the parish old cemetery on Old Golf Links Road and a remembrance service for all interred in the famine graveyard at Killaly.
All such religious services were casualties of Covid last year, when attempts to re-arrange alternative dates after the original dates were of no avail.
Hopefully this year an alternative to the July date when the main graveyard ceremony has traditionally been held will be possible in Saint Fursey’s cemetery. It will likely entail switching to an afternoon time instead of the usual night time.
It is possible to conform more easily with the Covid restrictions in the old cemetery with the cemetery much smaller and with therefore smaller numbers in attendance.
This year the attendance was even reduced on previous years.
Parish priest Padraig Keenan and Deacon Dermot Clarke led the prayers.