Aubane Notes January 2007

By John F. Kelleher

We extend our greatest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently Joan Buckley Peak, Coachford and late of Knocknakilla, Nora Corkery Ballyvourney, Neily Collins Drishane Road, Marion O’Callaghan Mc Carthy Mc Carthy’s Bar and Noel Hartnett Clara Road. Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis

Congratulations to Margaret O’Sullivan Cullen and Eugene Barrett who were married on Friday 29th December 2006.

Annual Christmas Party
The Annual Mass and Senior Citizens’ party took place on Friday 14th December in the Aubane Community Centre recently and was well attended by the local people. The Celebrants at the Mass were Monsignor Michael Manning and Fr James Mc Sweeney helped by a group from the Millstreet Church Choir. Following the mass, the party was held and patrons were entertained by a group from Ceomhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann who played music and sang, and were joined by people from the crowd who gave renditions of their own songs. Many thanks to everyone that helped to make sure it was a thoroughly enjoyable night especially The Millstreet Choir, John A. O’Sullivan, Ceolthois Ceoltoiri Eireann and to all the Aubane Social members who helped out on the night.

Christmas Morning Climb
The Christmas morning tradition of walking up a Mushera mountain took place again on Christmas Day Morning. This year the Sponsorship Proceeds of the climb were in aid of The Courtmacsherry Lifeboats Fund and the purchase of a Defibrillator for the use of the Aubane Community and the Surrounding, which will be stored in the Aubane Community Centre in Aubane. At 10:30am the first group headed off from St John’s Well, while more were tackling the slightly easier route up along the wire by the Millstreet Country Park. It was a beautiful fresh morning, but we could see what lay ahead of us, the dense fog on top of the mountain. A small flock of sheep seemed the only other things moving. So after about an hour of moving uphill at our own pace, we got to the top at about 11:30. There was already a few dozen hardy souls plus a few dogs at the cross before us. By the time everyone had landed in the next half an hour, there was over One Hundred and Fifty or so cheerful souls on top. After a few photos’ and a good long chat, we we headed back for base, and the warmth of Christmas Dinner. A special word of Thanks to Sean Murphy who filmed the climb which was shown on LTV2 on Christmas Day Night and also Thanks to each and everyone of you who climbed the Mountain on the day.

Christmas Crib
Well done to Fr. James McSweeney on the beautiful crib, which he erected near his home in Ballyvolane, Cork over the Christmas period. People admired it from near and far. This year the proceeds of the crib are going directly to the St Patrick’s Church Restoration Fund in Millstreet. I also invite you to check out The website is checked out by thousands across the world each day. A new photo is updated each day with a short thought for the day.
The website is checked out by thousands across the world each day. On behalf of Aubane Social club, we would like to thank him for attending the various functions in Aubane over the Christmas period.

Santa Claus Visited Aubane:
On Sunday 17th December Santa Claus visited all the boys and girls at the Aubane Community Centre. Santa arrived in great syle in a chauffeur driven Ford Cortina after his sleigh broke down just outside Aubane. It had been over Twenty years since Santa last came to the Aubane Community Centre and he received a warm reception from the crowd. He met all the children there and got notice of what they all wanted for Christmas! They all got a early gift from santa,and were asked to be good, and were delighted with themselves.
There was also an bouncy castle and biscuits and teas for everyone. Thanks to all the people that helped and to our Club Member Jerry Kelleher who put the day together, and especially to Santa who took the time out of his amazing schedule to be with us for a few hours. Also Thanks to the local Businesses who sponsored the day – William Kelleher Kitchens, Sean Kelleher Electrical, Sean Barrett Electrical, John O’Sullivan Bouncing Castles, C&D Plastering Contractors and Tim Lehane Roofing Contractor.

Set Dancing:
The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre continues every Monday night. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm

The Aubane Website Link:
The Aubane Community Website was set up over a year consisting of the History of Aubane, Aubane School, St John’s Well, Places of Interest around the Aubane Area, Aubane Community News and Photographs of the various events that were held during the year. During the Christmas Season a number of pictures were added so don’t forget to log on. The Link can be seen by logging on to the Millstreet Website under the Aubane Community News. If anyone has any pictures or articles relating to the above that they would like to contribute please forward them to myself John F. Kelleher.or Michael Cashman. The Aubane Social Club email address is <email>

Around The Fireside
On December 28th a night of storytelling and singing took place in Aubane Community Centre around a nice homely warm fireside. A large crowd almost seventy people gathered from far and wide to participate in both song and storytelling. Music was provided by local musicians and was enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to Seamus Buckley on his recent appointment as Prinicpal at Colaiste Treasa Secondary School in Kanturk.

Hall Of Fame Award:
Congratulations to Billy Coleman on receiving the Hall of Fame Award 2006 at the Sports Personalities of the year Awards 2006 in Dublin which was show on RTE in December. Billy received the award for being Irelands most successful rally driver ever. To people in the world of Rally Billy is know as the The Millstreet Maestro.

Butter Road Signs
The Butter Road, which was once used as the road to transport ferkins of Butter by horse and trap from Kerry to Cork and is now one of the most scenic roads in Ireland has now been Signposted. The Butter Road infact remains the shortest and most scenic route between Cork City, Blarney and Killarney.
A special Thank you to Cork County Council for their contribution of Butter Road Signs, which are located at the bottom of Tullig Cross and at the Kerryman’s Table.

Improvements done through the Urban Renewal Scheme.
On behalf of the members of the Aubane Social Club I would like to take this opportunity to Thank Cork County Council for their contributions of grants in which enabled us to carry out necessary improvement to the Aubane Community Centre. During 2006 under the Urban Renewal Scheme we were able to lay new Footpaths and a Wheelchair Accessability Ramp. A special Thank you also to our Local Councillors for their continous support to the Aubane Community.

On behalf of the Aubane Social Club I would like to Thank LTV2 Millstreet for the coverage of the numerous events, which we held in the Community Centre during the Christmas Season.

I would like to take this opportunity of behalf of the Aubane Social Club to thank everyone for their continuous help and support they gave us during the year 2006, and to wish everyone a very Happy New Year 2007.

John Kelleher
PRO Aubane Social Club
January 2007

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