The special meeting of Carrick on Suir Active Retirement Club arranged last week turned out to be a surprise celebratory occasion marking the recent wedding of two members Paddy O'Shea, Callan and Mary Byrne, Ballylaneen.
Chairman Jimmy Hogan congratulated Mr and Mrs O'Shea and a wedding cake was produced and enjoyed by all present. Mrs O'Shea thanked the members for their kindness followed by an evening of music and song.
The annual afternoon tea dance will be held in the Carraig Hotel on April 29 and guests are expected from the other Active Retirement Clubs in the region.
Booking is required. Any members wishing to attend should contact Jimmy Hogan at 051 640398 or Geraldine Kelly at 051 640807.
Public meeting – A public information meeting arranged by Insight Consultants, Dublin was held at the Carraig Hotel on April 11. It was attended by a large number of people interested in the proposed high-quality Technology Park at the Ronan family land at Coolnamuck, Carrick on Suir.
Also in attendance were Paul O'Brien and John Brophy representing the company of Architects, Henry J. Lyons, and Louise Collier and Denis Sullivan representing the project's Engineering Consultancy Company, Atkins.
The stated vision is "to establish a Science and Technology Company to promote the science, technology and biomedical industries research and development."
One of the stated benefits is that the proposed project has the potential to create up to 2,500 direct jobs and additional jobs in local support services.
The Ronan holding consists of 323 acres, 204 of which has been zoned as special development and Johnny Ronan of Treasury Holdings is said to be investing €10,000 in the proposed project in his native area.
The project is designed to attract multi-national pharmaceutical manufacturers to the region.
It must be said that the proposed project is putting the infrastructure in place and an anchor tenant is needed to get the project off the ground and thereby attract other key players.
The Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and the Waterford and South Tipperary County Councils have offered full support and contact has been established with Waterford Institute of Technology.
Access to the site will be from the N24 main Waterford / Limerick road and there will be a 52-metre bridge across the river Suir to the site.
DAFFODIL DAY – The local Daffodil Day committee met to finalise matters following the most successful Daffodil Day collection on March 23.
Chairwoman Marie Walsh thanked all who subscribed so generously and the volunteers who worked so hard. A special thanks to the Lions Club for sponsoring the fresh daffodils. It is expected that €12,000 will be handed over to the Irish Cancer Society.
BRIDGE RESULTS – Tuesday Bridge Club: 1st Claire Shanahan and Honora Murphy. 2nd Brid Flanagan and Phyliss Fogarty. 3rd Ita Power and Annette Feehan.
92 Bridge Club – 1st Breda Feeney and Maureen Nolan. 2nd Tessie Blanchfield and Vera O'Donnell. Best Gross – Martin Kiely and Maura O'Keeffe. 3rd Mary Power and Marietta O'Keeffe.
TOWN COUNCIL – Mayor Denis Landy tabled a motion at the monthly meeting of Carrick on Suir Town Council calling on the district manager at arnrod ireann to address the delays being caused by the long closures of the railway crossing gates at Cregg Road by the provision of extra staff at the Railway Station.
Mayor Landy tabled another motion asking the council in conjunction with the GAA to erect appropriate signage to direct visitors to the grave of Maurice Davin, first president of the GAA at Churchtown, Kilsheelan as it it is now a location of historical significance.
Town Clerk Marie O'Gorman reported that arrangements would be put in place to install the necessary signage.
Two notices of motion were tabled by Cllrs Josie Waters and Patsy Murphy in relation to the St John's Terrace / Clairin area. The council was requested to surface the rear access passage at St John's Terrace and to clean up the area at the Clairin / St John's Terrace sides of the railway bridge.
Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald tabled motions asking the council to actively pursue individuals and companies who are engaged in fly-posting activities in the town; to reinstate the Healy Park footpath running from the N24 (adjacent to the bus shelter) to the riverbank, and to resurface the laneway between Ard Mhuire and John Street as well as cleaning up the illegally discarded household refuse, cans and bottles dumped in the area.
CARERS MEETING – The April meeting of the Carrick on Suir Carers Group welcomed back Kathleen Marshall following her recent operation. Manager Richie Molloy announced that some members had agreed to take part in the Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin on June 4 and sponsorship cards are available.
It was decided to arrange the summer outing on the same day in Dublin and to visit Farmleigh House.
The South Tipperary Carers Association is repeating last year's successful Duck Race in Clonmel.
RATHGORMACK COMMUNITY HALL – The next Progressive 25 Card Game in aid of the Rathgormack Community Hall takes place on April 26 at 8.45pm. Last month's winners were Benny Crotty and Jack Crotty.
2007 TOWN COUNCIL WORK PROGRAMME – The government's Block Grants for 2007 amounting to €287,000 will be used for footpaths at Castle Street, Woodland Heights, Healy Park, Clairin/ Lisadell, St Mollerans to St Mary's Cemetery and Greenside at northern side of road; resurfacing both ends of Old Bridge, Dunbane, Kennedy Terrace, Mill Street, Collins Park Laneway, Mountain View and Treacy Park; improvement to signage within the town, general improvements to lining, provision of parking at Mill Street and improvement to railings within the town.
VDP YOUTH CONFERENCE – Recently elected President of the Carrick on Suir Vincent de Paul Youth Conference Barry Lonergan is settling in to his new position and is organising a senior citizen's party for Monday night at the Carrick Beg Community Hall.
The annual summer outing will take place on July 28. Further details in due course.
SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – The fundraising continues for the Ballyneale Primary School extension and as table quizzes prove popular with the local community, another will be run on Friday in Josie O'Neill's at 9pm. Refreshments served and support would be much appreciated.
MUSICAL SOCIETY – The Strand Theatre project is underway at last. Machinery moved onto the site last week and commenced work. The steps down to the theatre and some adjoining walls have been demolished, and the site dug up. When sewerage work is completed, the foundations of the extension will be laid, then the steelwork, and then the building itself.
The society is deeply grateful to neighbouring residents and businesses at Walsh and Gilligan, the Post Office and Strand Cleaners for their patience, understanding and help during the disruption. It is hoped that the extension will be completed by late summer or early autumn.
The Musical Society extends sympathy to the family of the late Catherine Lyons, New Street, who died recently. Her relations, the Torpey, Coady and O'Shea families, have always had a close relationship with the society.
Last week the society lost a former member, Michael Mc Grath, Treacy Park, who was one of the principal dancers in shows in the 1980s. Michael will be missed by his mother Nellie and family.
News also broke last weekend of the death of a great friend of the society, Paddy Giles of the Waterford Festival of Light Opera. Paddy never missed a Carrick show or function, and was chairman of WIFLO when the Carrick Society won the International Trophy in 1994 and 1997. He features prominently in photographs of the victorious events.
The society has lost a good and valued friend. His genial personality and smile will be sadly missed by his family and friends, not only in Waterford, but by the thousands of members of musical societies all over the home countries, and further afield, who have participated in WIFLO over the past 30 years or so.