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Rest in Peace - ' Sean Dóta '

CHOMHBHRÓN: We extend our sympathies to the family of Johnny Murphy, Kingsland, who passed peacefully but unexpectedly at his home, last Friday, in his 90th year. Dearly beloved husband of the late Hannie. Very deeply regretted by his sorrowing son Seamus and his wife Aileen, daughters Catherine, Mary, Ita, sons in law adoring grandchildren, brothers Timmy and Pat, sisters Sr. Eileen, Ita, Maura and Sr. Cathy, Anne, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and his many friends. He was reposed on Saturday at Daffy's funeral home, funeral mass celebrated on Sunday with burial afterwards in the local cemetery. Friends of Ita's provided the musical accompaniment for the Mass and their beautiful singing and playing added so much to the celebration. Johnny was dedicated to farming and family with politics and GAA, his serious hobbies. In her tribute, Catherine said he always worked hard, had a positive outlook on life, was a great organiser and was not given to complaining. He is affectionately known to all in Granagh Players as 'Sean Dota'.! At a mere 75 he made his comeback on stage when Mary Liston cast him in our first play 'Sive'. He happened to be the old man who the matchmaker decided would be a suitable match for the young girl Sive ! People came from all over to see him. The play was staged for eight nights and he enjoyed every single one of them. Ar dheis lamh Dé go raibh a anam dilís.
DAFFODIL DAY: Mary Morrissey would like to thank all who helped to make the day such a success, the total lodged so far is €2,386.30. The family were all called into service, ferrying food, prizes, balloons and daffodils. In the Hall we had Marian Condron, Liz Browne, Caroline Lenihan, Pauline Murphy and Deirdre O'Connell. Sincere thanks to those who donated prizes, those who provided the delicious baking as well as all the people who called and purchased tickets & products. This was Mary's tenth year orgainising Daffodill Day, she is hoping more people will join to help her out next year. Finally thanks to Granagh Development for the use of the Hall.
CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to Grace O'Connor Downes and her husband Barry on the arrival of their first baby girl, in Perth. A first grandchild for Bernie & Pat, there may be a long haul trip in the offing.!
SPRINGFEST: Wed 6th April, 1 - 6pm: The first family-friendly Limerick SpringFest will take place at the Barnagh Greenway Hub. The festival is a collaboration of local chefs, artisan producers and food enthusiasts. There will be a street food market and craft fayre showcasing the best of West Limerick food, drinks and hospitality offerings available in the area. There will be a seanchaí, guest speakers, craft making sessions along with cookery demonstrations by some of the region’s top chefs - namely Mike Tweedie of the Michelin-starred Oak Room at Adare Manor and 1826 Adare’s Wade Murphy. For more info, 086-0209531 or e-mail, NCW, SINGS FOR UKRAINE: Thur, April 7th; 7.30pm, the Longcourt House Hotel is the venue for a big musical showcase of local talents - students, traditional musicians, wren boys, singer songwriters, big band and an even bigger raffle! Sales go to the Irish Red Cross in Ukraine. Tickets are now available from Longcourt House Hotel and are €20 each,call 069 25300 or purchase at reception in person. Acts performing on the night are: Desmond School of Performing Arts, Abhisek Jino, Scoil Mhuire agus Ide, Desmond College, Susan Browne, Taylor's Cross Ceilí Band, Brian Hartnett, Michael Collins Trad Group, Abby Butler, Emmet Scanlon, Trevor Sexton and Paddy Quilligan.
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