Aubane Notes March 2008

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Aubane Social Club AGM – Thursday 27th March 2008

Events Report

The Social Club once again another busy year

The Set Dancing continues every month night and during 2007 the Social Club held Dancing Classes which finished in Late March of 2007.

March 2007

Car Treasure Hunt:

The Aubane Social hosted a Car Treasure Hunt on Sunday 25th March which was a very enjoyable event.

April 2007

Easter Table Quiz:

Another big crowd participated last year in our Good Friday Night Table Quiz with the dancing room full to the brim. The questions were set by quiz-masters Don and Michael O’Riordan. There were questions for everyone from children’s cartoons to old films, from history to local news, music and picture rounds and of course general knowledge

May 2007

HB Ice Cream Sunday:

Aubane hosted its second HB Ice Cream Sunday on Sunday the 27th May, in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. It proved to be a huge success with a considerable amount €1050.00 rose on the day for Down Sydrome Ireland. The main organisers of this event were Kathleen & Jerry Kelleher. The afternoon commenced at 2pm and finished at 4pm at the Aubane Community Centre. It was great to see such a large attendance on a beautiful summers day.

Fr James Sweeney receives the Lord Mayor’s Civic Award

The Mc Sweeney Family Toorenbawn received a very prestigious Award from Bothar.

Batt O’Keeffe TD in Aubane for Presention

The Aubane Historical Society (AHS) organised a local launch of its latest publication and presented a copy to Minister of State, Batt O’Keeffe TD on Saturday 12th May 2007. It is called “Fianna Fail and the decline of the Free State” by Brendan Clifford and is dedicated to Jack Roche


The Lane family Aubane donated a beautiful pine seat to the Aubane Social Club & St John’s Well Committee at St John’s Well in memory of their late parents Hannie & Jackie Lane Aubane. The Aubane Social Club in June hsted a very special mass for the late Hannie Lane who passed away in May 2007 and she also left the Aubane Social Club a generous sum of money in our will. May she rest in Peace. Hannie was a member of the Social Club for many years
Annual Mass at St John’s Well:

The Annual St John’s Well mass was celebrated on the 25 June 2007 as this year it was the 25th Anniversary of the erecting of the Stations of the Cross. . It was celebrated by Bishop Bill Murphy Bishop of Kerry, and assisted by Fr Declan O’Connor CC St Mary’s Cathedral Killarney. A large crowd attended the mass this year despite it being a rather cold overcast evening. During the mass Fr Declan O’Connor recited the well-known poem St John’s that was written by one of the founder members of the St John’s Well Committee

After the mass a reception was held in the Aubane Community Centre where people were treated to refreshments and entertainment. The Aubane Social Club and St John’s Well Committee also made two presentations to the Fr Bill Murphy Bishop Kerry for celebrating the mass. John W. Kelleher presented him with an engrave Slate Clock and Brendan Kelleher presented a framed photograph of St John’s Well. Fr Bill Murphy said that it was his first time to Aubane and was very impressed by its scenic beauty; he also said that the next time he would be travelling to Cork he would take the Butter Road Route. The celebrations went on till the early hours of the morning.

25th August 2007

Aubane Social Club amongst other local people enjoyed a day trip around the Beara Peninsula and stopped off for an enjoyable night of entertainment the Lansdowne Arms in Kenmare.

October 2007

Annual Fancy Dress:

The Annual fancy dress took place on Friday (26th October) in the Wallis Arms Hotel. The annual event raises money for charity each year. This year the money raised went to the Cullen & District Special Needs Association & The Aubane Social Club. There was a fantastic turnout again this year with a very impressive display of costumes.. During the past 7 years Jerry Kelleher and Tony Twomey have raised an incredible amount of over €25,000 for different charities. On Friday 9th November Jerry and Tony presented the two cheques to representatives of both the Aubane Social Club and the Cullen & District Special Needs Association. On the night also a beautiful hand painted slate clock was presented to Tony Twomey for the great the work he did in organising the event for the past 7 years. Jerry Kelleher and Tony Twomey both said on the night that they would not be organising the event anymore and that it was there last, but the good news is that the members of the Aubane Social Club will now continue role in organising the Annual Fancy Dress for next year and the years to come. Like every other year the money will be donated to different charities. On behalf of the Aubane Social Club I would like to wish Tony and Jerry every success for the future and thank you both for such a generous contribution, which will be put towards the Aubane Community Centre Roof Fund.

November 2007

On Friday the 7th December Fr Sean Tucker gave an interesting lecture on History of Drishane Estate. The lecture was officially opened by the President of Aubane Historical Society Jack Lane. The lecture was very well attended.

In November a number of people from the Aubane Area and from the Social Club participated in Defibrillator and Occupational First Aid Training which took place over three Saturday’s. This was very intensive training.

The Annual Mass and Senior Citizens’ party took place on Thursday 13th 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.

Santa Claus Visited Aubane:
On Sunday 9th December Santa Claus visited all the boys and girls at the Aubane Community Centre.

The Social Club enjoyed their Christmas Party at Killarney Heights.

Fr James Relaunches New Book in his homeland:

Aubane’s own Fr James Mc Sweeney launched his new book titled “A year in Reflections in Aubane Community Centre in the presence of a large attendance on Tuesday 18 December. “ A year in Reflections features a thought for each day of the year with a focus written by Fr James. Accompanying the text is a photograph for each day of the year. Mr Sean Radley launched the book and described publication as very special and a treasure. The book is dedicated to his parents Con & Nora Mc Sweeney. Supporting the publication were The Evening Echo newspaper and present at the launch were Dan Linehan CEO, and Diarmuid O’Donovan Circulation Manager. The book has now gone nationwide and remains on sale at bookshops and usual outlets.

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.

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 St Patrick’s Hospital Marymount Hospice in Cork City. 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 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.

January 2008

Aubane Climb supports St Patrick’s Hospital Marymount Hospice

The Aubane Social Club took time to acknowledge a fundraising venture from one of its familiar hostings. All the participants in the club’s annual sponsored Mountain Climb which took place on Christmas Day morning were applauded for venturing out in great numbers to support the traditional staging and helping the Marymount Hospice Fund.

Aubane Social Club Chairman Gerard Mc Sweeney commended the close on 150 participants who made it the most successful undertaking by the club. The brilliant weather added to the occasion in a venture growing in success supported by record numbers. This mountain climb on Christmas Morning has been ongoing now for over thirty years with a different charity benefiting each year. Marymount Hospice offers an invaluable service and it is vital cog to people in County Cork A €6,500 cheque was presented by club member John Kelleher Snr to Noreen Cahill Marymount Hospice. Ms Cahill said that she was no stranger to the Aubane Area as her relatives come from Ivale and was delighted to be back in Aubane again. Mary Cahill expressed gratitude for the generous contribution toward enchancing the working of Marymount Hospice and their plans for a new building which will be built on the Old Greyhound Track.

March 2008

The biggest crowd participated this year in our Good Friday Night Table Quiz with the dancing room full to the brim with over 25 Tables. The questions were set by quiz-masters Don and Michael O’Riordan. There were questions for everyone from children’s cartoons to old films, from history to local news, music and picture rounds and of course general knowledge. Congratulations to all involved.

Fr James Mc Sweeney is awarded Person of the Month.

John Kelleher

27th March 2008

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